Army vs. Navy Game score: Black Knights shut out Midshipmen in the fog for fourth win in last five meetings – CBSSports.com

  1. Army vs. Navy Game score: Black Knights shut out Midshipmen in the fog for fourth win in last five meetings  CBSSports.com
  2. Could Donald Trump’s appearance at Army-Navy be his final sporting event as president?  Yahoo Sports
  3. The Army-Navy Game may not be as important as Academy-Ivy contest | TheHill  The Hill
  4. Tim Schwartz: Fair is fair. Annapolis should host Army-Navy next year. | COMMENTARY  Capital Gazette
  5. Army vs. Navy vs. COVID: With pandemic, an American tradition looks different this year  USA TODAY
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Gator Keyontae Johnson's collapse reminds us of Hank Gathers – Orlando Sentinel

  1. Gator Keyontae Johnson’s collapse reminds us of Hank Gathers  Orlando Sentinel
  2. Florida Gators star Keyontae Johnson in critical but stable condition after collapsing on court  ESPN
  3. Florida forward Keyontae Johnson collapses on court, taken to hospital  Yahoo Sports
  4. Gators Star Johnson Collapses on Court, Florida Falls to FSU  Bay News 9
  5. Basketball Tops Florida, 81-73  Seminoles.com
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Boxing: Joshua knocks out Pulev to retain heavyweight world titles

December 12, 2020

LONDON (Reuters) – World heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua knocked out Bulgarian challenger Kubrat Pulev to retain his IBF, WBO and WBA belts at Wembley Arena on Saturday.

The 31-year-old Briton floored Pulev near the end of the ninth round to end the contest.

(Reporting by Martyn Herman; Editing by Ken Ferris)

People Are Rushing To GameStop To Buy PlayStation 5 And Xbox Series X – ComicBook.com

  1. People Are Rushing To GameStop To Buy PlayStation 5 And Xbox Series X  ComicBook.com
  2. PS5 one month later: What we love (and hate)  Tom’s Guide
  3. Conversations around the Xbox Series X and PS5 are getting better on Twitter  TechRadar
  4. iFixit pulls the PS5 completely apart  Engadget
  5. Xbox Series X’s Best Feature Has Been Fixed  ComicBook.com
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Charley Pride, Country Music's First Major Black Star, Dies At 86 – NPR

  1. Charley Pride, Country Music’s First Major Black Star, Dies At 86  NPR
  2. Remembering Charley Pride – His Best Songs + Greatest Hits  Taste of Country
  3. Trailblazing country music legend Charley Pride dies at 86  Fox News
  4. Texas Rangers statement on the passing of Charley Pride  MLB.com
  5. Charley Pride, a Rodeo Houston staple, dead at 86  KHOU 11
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Vanderbilt's Sarah Fuller becomes first woman to score in Power 5 football – NBC News

  1. Vanderbilt’s Sarah Fuller becomes first woman to score in Power 5 football  NBC News
  2. Vanderbilt kicker Sarah Fuller first woman to score in Power 5 football game  ESPN
  3. Vanderbilt’s Fuller first woman to score in Power 5 football game  KNBR
  4. Sarah Fuller becomes first female to score in a Power 5 game  WKRN News 2
  5. Vanderbilt’s Sarah Fuller becomes first woman to score in a Power Five college football game  Yahoo Sports
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"This Is Insane": NYC Small Businesses Furious At Indoor Dining Ban After Data Shows Restaurants Account For Only 1.4% Of Covid Cases

“This Is Insane”: NYC Small Businesses Furious At Indoor Dining Ban After Data Shows Restaurants Account For Only 1.4% Of Covid Cases
Tyler Durden
Sat, 12/12/2020 – 18:30

By Tanay Warerkar Of Eater New York,

Yesterday, we reported that with in parallel with Andrew Cuomo’s decision to once again shut down indoor dining in New York starting Monday, more than half of the city’s restaurants are in danger of closing. Yet as Eater New York reports, many in the New York hospitality industry were dismayed by Cuomo’s decision as it followed close on the heels of new state data which showed that restaurants and bars in the state accounted for just 1.4% of cases over the last three months. While most were prepared for the ban to be announced this week, many felt the decision seemed to contradict the data.

By comparison, private and social gatherings accounted for nearly 74% of COVID- 19 cases tracked by the state between September and the end of November, and the restaurant industry placed fifth overall among the various industries and activities contributing to the spread of the virus.

“This is insane,” said Yann de Rochefort, founder of the tapas chain Boqueria.

“They are basically shutting down an industry and throwing thousands of people out of work because restaurants were linked to 1.4 percent of cases? It is criminal.”

Some in the industry say that restaurants have undertaken tremendous expense — while facing a revenue downturn due to the pandemic — to fit their indoor spaces with new air filters and other safety equipment, and that an indoor dining ban could encourage people to congregate in other areas including the several illicit, underground parties that have been busted in the last few months.

“Today’s news will do nothing more than incentivize more unregulated indoor household gatherings, which have accounted for a whopping 73.84 percent of exposures,” said Melissa Fleischut, the CEO of the New York State Restaurant Association (NYSRA), in a statement.

Some others say they are again being forced lay off or reduce hours for a large number of their staff members just before the holidays, with no guarantee that another round of federal coronavirus-related aid will come through.

“I have to call my staff and break the news that they don’t have a job come Monday,” says Stratis Morfogen, the managing director of FiDi steakhouse Brooklyn Chop House. “I’m talking to busboys, dishwashers, wait staff and more to tell them the devastating news that they can’t feed their families.”

Cuomo, though, says the state is being proactive, as it has recently been able to identify that indoor dining is the fastest growing source of the spread of COVID-19. “Restaurants are one of the few areas we think we can actually make a difference,” said Cuomo at a press conference Friday, adding that his government felt they had less control over the spread through other sources like air travel.

Cuomo also pointed to the Centers for Disease Control’s latest guidance from last week that identified indoor dining as a high-risk activity during this second wave of the virus nationwide. Melissa DeRosa, the secretary to the governor, called out this guidance Friday saying it was impossible to eat indoors without taking off a mask, thereby creating a risky environment for the spread of the virus in an enclosed space.

Cuomo also noted that the state was going to indefinitely extend the eviction moratorium for commercial tenants, potentially protecting restaurants and bars from losing their leases while the indoor dining ban remains in place.

Since October, dozens of restaurants across the city have decided to preemptively close for the winter months — many never having reopened their dining rooms even after indoor dining was permitted at the end of the September — citing the safety of their workers, the downturn in business, and the weather. Though almost all said they had been able to negotiate agreements with their landlords in order to hit the pause button.

Owners of restaurants that are staying open — and the ones hibernating — say that without rent forgiveness and federal aid, the industry could be headed toward a raft of permanent closures during the winter months, when outdoor dining will become largely untenable as structures outside need to have at least two open sides to allow for airflow.

“Outdoor dining has declined dramatically, and losing indoor dining is going to be a nail in the coffin for a lot of business,” says Carlos Suarez, the founder of the hospitality group Casa Nela, which operates restaurants like Rosemary’s, Claudette, and Bobo.

Since the start of the pandemic, more than a thousand restaurants have already closed due to the business downturn. As we noted on Friday, a recent survey by NYSRA estimates that a little more than half of the state’s restaurants are in danger of closing in the coming months without aid similar to the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), funds for which have now largely run out.

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Atlanta Mayor Declines Role in Incoming Biden Administration – Bloomberg

  1. Atlanta Mayor Declines Role in Incoming Biden Administration  Bloomberg
  2. Biden’s cabinet of firsts  Washington Post
  3. Statement: Atlanta mayor turned down Biden’s Cabinet offer  Yahoo News
  4. Atlanta Mayor Bottoms’ adviser confirms she declined offer to join Biden’s Cabinet  Atlanta Journal Constitution
  5. Statement: Atlanta mayor turned down Biden’s Cabinet offer  Miami Herald
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10 Months Later, Iowa Democrats Blame National Party for Caucus Meltdown – The New York Times

  1. 10 Months Later, Iowa Democrats Blame National Party for Caucus Meltdown  The New York Times
  2. Iowa autopsy report: DNC meddling led to caucus debacle  POLITICO
  3. Iowa caucus mishap fueled by DNC interference, state missteps: autopsy report | TheHill  The Hill
  4. Iowans Fault Democratic National Committee for Role in Caucus Debacle  The Wall Street Journal
  5. Audit finds DNC ‘interjection’ was ‘catalyst for the resulting chaos’ in Iowa caucuses  USA TODAY
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Vaccine distribution on the horizon as U.S. approaches 300,000 COVID-19 deaths

The U.S. is approaching 300,000 COVID-19 deaths as cases continue to spike nationwide. More than 15.7 million cases have been confirmed, resulting in a new wave of lockdowns and restrictions. But there’s positive news on the vaccine front, following an FDA panel’s recommendation to authorize emergency use of Pfizer’s vaccine. Final approval from the agency is the final step before millions of doses can be shipped and distributed to hospitals and drug stores. “Face the Nation” moderator Margaret Brennan joined CBSN’s Lana Zak to discuss.

Source: CBS, Vaccine distribution on the horizon as U.S. approaches 300,000 COVID-19 deaths

Ashanti Tests Positive for COVID-19 Ahead of 'Verzuz' Battle With Keyshia Cole – Billboard

  1. Ashanti Tests Positive for COVID-19 Ahead of ‘Verzuz’ Battle With Keyshia Cole  Billboard
  2. Ashanti confirms her Verzuz is canceled because she has Coronavirus  REVOLT TV
  3. Ashanti Says She Has COVID, Verzuz Battle with Keyshia Cole Postponed  TMZ
  4. Ashanti Announces Positive COVID Test, Verzuz Battle With Keyshia Cole Postponed  The Daily Beast
  5. Ashanti and Keyshia Cole’s Verzuz canceled  REVOLT TV
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Doubts cast over claims of fair and free election

[Editor’s note: This story originally was published by Real Clear Politics.]

By Joel B. Pollak
Real Clear Politics

The 2020 presidential election was neither free nor fair.

Much of the debate has focused on the question of “voter fraud” — whether alleged violations of the rules moved enough votes in key states to overturn the outcome, or whether speculative theories about hacked voting machines and software should be taken seriously. These claims remain unproven.

But while voting is the most important event in an election, it is not the only event, but the culmination of a process.

There are common international standards about what makes an election “free and fair.” These criteria, summarized by the Inter-Parliamentary Union, include: the “absolute” right to a secret ballot; the right to “express political opinions without interference; [t]o seek, receive and impart information and to make an informed choice”; the right of candidates to “equal opportunity of access to the media”; the “right of candidates to security”; freedom of association, and others.

Many of these were violated in 2020.

“Fraud” was not as important as what Democrats were able to accomplish legally, for example, by pushing the country to adopt vote-by-mail on a massive scale.

The scientific basis for doing so was always dubious. South Korea and Israel both had national elections at the height of the pandemic in March and April, and both used in-person voting, almost exclusively. Neither could be accused of a lax approach to COVID-19.

Never before had the country adopted an entirely new system of voting in the middle of an election, at the urging of one party, and over the objections of the other.

Democrats also sued to lower the safeguards against fraud in absentee ballots. The attorney leading many of those lawsuits, Marc Elias of Perkins Coie, was also the key figure in hiring Fusion GPS to produce the fraudulent “Russia dossier” in an attempt to smear Donald Trump in the 2016 election.

Democrats preferred vote-by-mail because it allowed them to turn out low-propensity voters. Republicans preferred voting in person — the standard practice worldwide — partly because of an attachment to tradition, but also because many Republican voters did not trust that mail-in ballots would remain secret or would be delivered at all by postal workers whose union had backed Democrat Joe Biden.

Republicans turned out voters; Democrats turned out envelopes.

Beyond that unfair advantage to Democrats, there were flagrant abuses of the principles that make an election free and fair.

Political violence was widespread, carried out almost entirely by left-wing groups alongside Black Lives Matter protests. Though most protests were peaceful, hundreds were not.

Forty-eight of the 50 largest U.S. cities experienced riots, as did many smaller towns. Democrats minimized the violence and blamed police, or the president, for the unrest.

With the riots came a national panic that came to be known as “cancel culture.” Conservatives feared speaking out lest they lose their jobs, their social media accounts, or their lives. A poll in July revealed that 77% of Republicans were afraid to share their political views.

The extreme bias of the mainstream media also suppressed conservative and pro-Trump views. Media fact-checkers cast Trump as a liar while ignoring Biden’s lies about Charlottesville and much else.

The 2020 election also featured unprecedented censorship. Google manipulated its search algorithm to bury conservative news. Facebook and Twitter suppressed debate about the coronavirus.

In October, when the New York Post published credible allegations about Hunter Biden’s laptop and emails, which exposed Joe Biden’s past dissembling, Twitter and Facebook both censored the story. Mainstream media applauded the censorship, and demanded more.

Other factors also made the 2020 election unfree and unfair. The Commission on Presidential Debates was stacked against Trump, with one moderator caught conspiring with a prominent Trump critic. An election-year impeachment, based on claims by a “whistleblower” whose very name was censored voluntarily by the press, cast the president as illegitimate. Former military leaders, like Admiral William McRaven (Ret.), called for his removal, “the sooner, the better.”

Most of these abuses were legal. That is why the results of the election cannot simply be set aside. When laws were broken — as in the nationwide riots — voters arguably delivered their own verdict, punishing Democratic candidates for the violence and for the party’s waffling on “defund the police.”

But we cannot pretend that what happened in 2020 was acceptable. It leaves many Republicans convinced that the system is “rigged” — even against a “red wave.”

We need to make urgent changes.

If vote-by-mail cannot be reversed, it must be made more secure, or replaced with a secure, 100% American, and politically independent remote voting system.

Political parties must condemn violence unequivocally. Big Tech must lose its immunity under Section 230, which it has abused. The Commission on Presidential Debates should be replaced.

Above all, “free and fair” must be the standard to which American elections are held.

Joel B. Pollak is senior editor-at-large at Breitbart News and the host of “Breitbart News Sunday” on Sirius XM Patriot. His newest e-book is “Neither Free nor Fair: The 2020 U.S. Presidential Election.” He is a winner of the 2018 Robert Novak Journalism Alumni Fellowship. Follow him on Twitter at @joelpollak.

[Editor’s note: This story originally was published by Real Clear Politics.]

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Wisconsin activist judge Jill Karofsky's unhinged rant at hearing (video)

Wisconsin activist judge Jill Karofsky’s unhinged rant at hearing: “What you want is you want us to overturn this election so that your King can stay in power!”
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Deadlock as Brexit trade deal faces make-or-break day

December 12, 2020

By John Chalmers

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – London and Brussels face a make-or-break decision on an elusive trade agreement on Sunday, after a week of tension and deadlock that left a tumultuous ‘no deal’ exit for Britain from the European Union’s orbit on Dec. 31 looking more likely than not.

Negotiators have until the evening to resolve an impasse on arrangements that would guarantee Britain zero-tariff and zero-quota access to the EU’s single market, though talks could carry on if they miss the deadline.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and the president of the EU’s executive Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, both said on Friday that a ‘no-deal’ was now the most likely outcome.

Negotiators met in Brussels on Saturday, and a British government source said they would press on through the night. But the talks were very difficult and “as things stand, the offer on the table from the EU remains unacceptable”.

“The prime minister will leave no stone unturned in this process, but he is absolutely clear: any agreement must be fair and respect the fundamental position that the UK will be a sovereign nation in three weeks’ time,” the source said.

Johnson and von der Leyen are expected to be in touch on Sunday, probably late in the day, to decide whether to abandon the negotiations or keep trying for an eleventh-hour deal.

Britain quit the EU in January but remains an informal member until Dec. 31 – the end of a transition period during which it has remained in the EU single market and customs union.

The two sides have struggled to agree on fishing rights in British waters and EU demands that Britain face consequences if in the future it diverges from the bloc’s rules for fair competition.

A Brexit without a trade deal would damage the economies of Europe, send shockwaves through financial markets, snarl borders and sow chaos through the delicate supply chains across Europe and beyond.

The British government has warned that even with a trade deal, 7,000 trucks heading for Channel ports in south-east England could be held in 100-km (62-mile) queues if companies do not prepare the extra paperwork required.

The BBC reported on Saturday that Britain will fast-track the movement of some perishable goods when its transition period ends to help reduce the expected disruption at ports.

The Ministry of Defence said four Royal Navy patrol ships will be ready on Jan. 1 to help protect Britain’s fishing waters in the event of no deal.

There are concerns about possible skirmishes between British and foreign fishing vessels under that scenario because existing rules that give EU boats access to British waters will expire.

France on Saturday shrugged off the naval deployment plans.

“Keep calm and carry on,” an official at the French presidential office said, using a British wartime slogan.

(Reporting by Johne Chalmers; Editing by Dan Grebler)