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Trump & Co. still won’t concede

JOE BIDEN won the 2020 presidential election, according to all major news organizations, but President Don Trump and allies are refusing to concede (Shutterstock).

As President-elect Joe Biden goes about planning for the start of his administration in January, President Donald Trump continues to refuse to concede. Most prominent GOP legislators and leaders are sticking to Trump’s position that the election was riddled with fraud and mistakes and that he, rather than his Democratic rival, is the rightful winner of the 2020 presidential election.

All the major news operations, including the Associated Press, have called the election for the Biden. Some have the former vice president at 279 Electoral College votes, some at 290. To win, a candidate needs to reach 270. Trump is at 214. Still uncalled by some news organizations are Georgia (where Biden has a small lead) and Alaska and North Carolina (where Trump is ahead).

So far, all the legal challenges to the results of the election have been rejected by courts, citing a lack of evidence to support allegations of widespread misdeeds and errors in the tallying of votes.

The deadline for resolving any disputes is Dec. 8. The Electoral College is scheduled to meet on Dec. 14, and the votes are counted in a joint session of Congress on Jan. 6. The presidential inauguration is Jan. 20.

Obamacare may survive new court

The Affordable Care Act that has brought medical insurance to over 20 million Americans may have longer life that once believed. Arguments and comments during the U.S. Supreme Court’s hearing Tuesday of a case seeking to declare “Obamacare” unconstitutional suggests that at least two members of the court – Chief Justice John Roberts and Associate Justice Brett Kavanaugh – would join the three liberal justices in declining to strike the law down, now that the mandate requiring everyone to get health insurance or face a tax penalty has been removed.

The News: Coronavirus cases spiking

About 120,000 more cases of COVID-19 infection were reported in the U.S., according to Johns Hopkins University on Monday. According to USA Today, record highs of new cases have been reported in all 50 states.  Cold weather, relaxing standards and holiday gatherings could make December and January even worse. •  A report from the Vatican indicates the Pope John Paul II elevated Theodore McCarrick from archbishop to cardinal despite knowing of allegations of sexual misconduct against him, according to United Press International. • Republican Thom Tillis has been declared the winner of a U.S. Senate seat in North Carolina over Democratic challenger Cal Cunningham, according to Reuters. That gives the GOP at least 49 Senators in the new Congress. • Wall Street continued to offer a split decision Tuesday on stock prices. The Dow rebounded from a bad Monday with a gain of 262.95 points, but the S&P 500 fell 4.97 points and Nasdaq plunged 159.93 points.

Weather:  Over the horizon, some rain

Getting used to the cool weather? You should because the West Orange County area should see daytime highs in the mid-to-upper 60s and overnight lows in the high 40s. Thursday night might bring us some showers and so might Friday during the day, according to the National Weather Service. Sunny skies should return by Saturday.

Sports:  Steelers get top ranking in NFL

ESPN this week is putting the Pittsburgh Steelers (8-0) as the top-rated team in the NFL, followed by the Kansas City Chiefs (8-1). After that the top five are the Baltimore Ravens (6-2, third), Green Bay Packers (6-2, fourth) and the New Orleans Saints (6-2, fifth). The Los Angeles Rams (5-3) are 11th and the Los Angeles Chargers (2-6) are 23rd. In 32nd and last place are the New York Jets (0-9).

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