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‘He’s always had a plan’: The inexorable rise of Jake Sullivan – POLITICO

President-elect Joe Biden’s national security adviser nominee Jake Sullivan speaks at The Queen theater in Wilmington, Del. | AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster “You have to be kidding me.” Philippe Reines was sitting in a yurt in Mongolia during a trip with then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, sure that he’d finally done it: traveled to more countries than anyone else with Clinton as one of her top aides. And then Jake Sullivan strolled in. “He’d literally just been in Oman for secret peace talks with the Iranians, and he managed to make it to this remote part of Mongolia,” said Reines, still floored by the feat seven years later. “So in the end he’s the only human being who went to 112 countries with Hillary. His capacity for work is just that annoying,” he joked in an interview, one of a...

Illinois surpasses 700,000 COVID-19 cases, 12,000 deaths as state reports 7,574 new cases, 66 deaths – WGN TV Chicago

by: WGN Web Desk Posted: Nov 27, 2020 / 12:11 PM CST / Updated: Nov 27, 2020 / 12:48 PM CST CHICAGO — Illinois health officials announced 7,574 new confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19, including 66 additional deaths as the state’s positivity rate continues to drop. The deaths were reported in the following counties: Bureau County: 1 male 90s Clark County: 1 male 80s Clay County: 1 female 90s Clinton County: 1 male 80s Cook County: 1 male 30s, 1 male 40s, 2 females 50s, 2 males 50s, 3 males 60s, 3 females 70s, 3 males 70s, 4 females 80s, 2 males 80s, 4 females 90s, 1 male 90s DeKalb County: 1 female 80s DuPage County: 2 males 70s, 1 male 80s, 1 female 90s Fayette County: 1 female 60s Hardin County: 1 male 80s Henry County: 1 female 80s Kane County: 1 female 70s Kendall County: 2 female...

The best TV deals of Black Friday 2020 – Ars Technica

Tuning In For Deals — Plus deals on Roku and Fire TV devices, as well as Sonos soundbars. Jeff Dunn – Nov 27, 2020 5:52 pm UTC Enlarge / LG’s BX OLED TV is among the best premium TVs for most people. LG Black Friday is almost synonymous with TV deals, but in reality, most of the offers advertised during the shopping holiday aren’t worth your time. While many retailers are happy to shovel out big screens at dirt-cheap prices, the actual image quality of those cheaper displays tends to be mediocre. Put another way, you usually get what you pay for. That said, for the handful of TVs that are good value, Black Friday is generally the best time to pick up a new set. You can check out our list of the best Black Friday deals for a more general roundup, but to make things easier ...

Minnesota reports daily record 101 deaths from COVID-19 – Minneapolis Star Tribune

Minnesota is reporting 101 new deaths from COVID-19 — a one-day tally that shatters the previous high mark of 72 fatalities, the state Health Department said Friday. With the latest numbers, Minnesota has now seen 3,476 deaths since the pandemic hit the state in March. Deaths reported Friday include residents from 39 of the state’s 87 counties, according to Health Department data. “This is a sad development, but it is not a surprising development,” said Jan Malcolm, the state Health Commissioner, in a statement. “For weeks we have been sounding the alarm about the dramatic growth in COVID-19 cases. We know that more cases leads to more hospitalizations and deaths, and today’s news reinforces that tragic pattern.” Residents of long-term care and assisted-living facilities accounted for 64 o...

Steelers schedule changes: Here’s why Pittsburgh fans are mad, plus what should be done about Ravens game – CBS Sports

For a second time this season, the Pittsburgh Steelers prepared for a game that did not take place at the previously scheduled time. Last month, the Steelers saw their Week 8 bye disappear after the NFL adjusted their schedule following the Tennessee Titans‘ COVID-19 outbreak. Instead of receiving a mid-season bye, Pittsburgh instead received a Week 4 bye before facing the Titans in Week 7. The Steelers then had to face a Ravens team that was coming off a bye week after both teams were initially slated to play each other in Week 7. While their schedule underwent changes, one thing that did not change was Pittsburgh’s success on the field, as the Steelers are currently 10-0 and off to the best start in franchise history. Pittsburgh, after a 27-3 win over the Jaguars in Week 11, ...

‘Don’t talk to me that way’: Trump lashes out at White House reporter over election question – USA TODAY

WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump on Thursday angrily admonished a reporter for asking him whether he would concede the election once the Electoral College formally votes to make Democrat Joe Biden the next president, calling the journalist a “lightweight.”  Trump evaded the question by arguing that the Electoral College would make “a mistake” by voting for Biden and leveled more baseless claims about voter fraud. As Trump continued to repeat unfounded claims, Jeff Mason of Reuters pressed him to answer whether he would concede.  “Don’t talk to me that way,” Trump snapped. “You’re just a lightweight. Don’t talk to me that way.” Trump’s combative exchange with reporters after a Thanksgiving call with troops stationed ...

Baby Yoda gets a name, Rosario Dawson’s Ahsoka debuts in ‘The Mandalorian’ – New York Post

November 27, 2020 | 11:22am | Updated November 27, 2020 | 1:03pm Allow me to reintroduce myself: The name is Grogu! Armed with the doubly-deadly blades of her white lightsabers and crowned in the traditional Togruta Akul-tooth headdress, Rosario Dawson’s highly anticipated debut as beloved “Clone Wars” star, Ahsoka Tano, on Chapter 13 of  Disney ’s “The Mandalorian” unlocked a bevy of fascinating revelations for “Star Wars” zealots — namely, Baby Yoda’s true identity. Spoiler alert warning: Stop reading now if you don’t want to know what happens in the latest episode. A badass former Jedi with a good heart, Ahsoka — hunted down by an unyielding Mando in his fervent quest to reunite Baby Yoda, a k a The Child, with his Jedi tribe — reads The Child’s mind to discover he’s a native of the pla...

Why Miley Cyrus Fans Think These Plastic Hearts Songs Are About Liam Hemsworth – E! NEWS

Liam Hemsworth Files for Divorce From Miley Cyrus Miley Cyrus is asking, “WTF Do I Know?” After dropping her new album, Plastic Hearts, at midnight on Friday, Nov. 27, fans of the superstar singer have been decoding the lyrics to each track, including a few that appear to reference her former marriage to Liam Hemsworth. On the first track of the album, “WTF Do I Know,” the 28-year-old sings, “I’m the type to drive a pickup through your mansion / I’m completely naked but I’m making it fashion / Maybe gettin’ married just to cause a distraction / Here to tell you somethin’ that you don’t know.” As fans may recall, Cyrus and Hemsworth called it quits in Aug. 2019, after less than a year of marriage. “Am I wrong that...

Trump loses appeal of Pennsylvania election case – CNBC

President Donald Trump Carlos Barria | Reuters A federal appeals court on Friday rejected an attempt from President Donald Trump’s reelection campaign to keep alive its effort to undo the result of Pennsylvania’s presidential election. The blistering opinion from a panel of judges on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, all three of whom were nominated by Republican presidents, said that the Trump campaign’s “claims have no merit.” The appellate court’s decision affirmed a federal judge’s ruling from a week earlier, which denied the Trump campaign’s request to block the Keystone State from certifying that President-elect Joe Biden won its election. The opinion marks the latest court loss for Trump, who has refused to concede the e...

Sources — Curtis Blaydes tests positive for COVID-19, fight vs. Derrick Lewis called off – ESPN

12:07 PM ET Marc RaimondiESPN Staff Writer COVID-19 has knocked out this weekend’s UFC main event. The Curtis Blaydes vs. Derrick Lewis heavyweight contender bout scheduled for UFC Fight Night in Las Vegas on Saturday is off after Blaydes tested positive for the coronavirus, sources told ESPN’s Ariel Helwani. The UFC is hoping to reschedule Blaydes vs. Lewis for UFC 256 on Dec. 12, sources told ESPN, but no deal is done yet. ESPN has Blaydes ranked No. 3 and Lewis ranked No. 5 in the world at heavyweight. The scheduled UFC Fight Night co-main event — a light heavyweight bout between Anthony Smith and Devin Clark — will move up to feature-fight status, sources told ESPN’s Brett Okamoto (prelims on ESPN at 8 p.m. ET; main card starts on ESPN2/ESPN at 10 p.m. ET)...

Amazon to pay employee bonus amid threat of Black Friday strikes – Ars Technica

labor strife — One-time payment will be made in January as calls for industrial action grow. Dave Lee, Financial Times – Nov 27, 2020 5:16 pm UTC Enlarge / Amazon boxes. In a quarter in which its revenues are expected to surpass $100 billion for the first time, Amazon says it will spend $500m on a one-time Christmas bonus for its front-line employees. The pay bump—which will not be paid until January—comes amid plans for strike action over the Black Friday shopping weekend, and growing calls for unionisation. Dave Clark, the ecommerce group’s head of operations, on Thursday said full-time staff employed in the US from December 1 to December 31 would receive $300. Part-time workers would get $150. Workers in the UK will get bonuses of £300 or £150, respectively. “This brings our total...

Steelers practice canceled as team awaits NFL decision on game Sunday vs. Ravens – TribLIVE

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