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FB To Face Antitrust Suit Over Instagram, WhatsApp

The Washington Post reports: State and federal investigators are preparing to bring antitrust charges against Facebook that will challenge the tech giant’s acquisition of two rivals, Instagram and WhatsApp, alleging that the deals helped create an anti-competitive social networking juggernaut that has left users with few quality alternatives. The charges form a critical part of what could be a wide-ranging …

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Yesterday: 172,391 New COVID Cases, 1923 Deaths

The New York Times reports: At least 1,923 new coronavirus deaths and 172,391 new cases were reported in the United States on Nov. 18. Over the past week, there has been an average of 162,816 cases per day, an increase of 77 percent from the average two weeks earlier. As of Thursday morning, more than 11,613,800 people in the United …

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UK’s Oxford Vaccine Shows Strong Immune Response

The BBC reports: The Oxford coronavirus vaccine shows a strong immune response in adults in their 60s and 70s, raising hopes that it can protect age groups most at risk from the virus. Researchers say the Lancet phase two findings, based on 560 healthy adult volunteers, are “encouraging”. They are also testing whether the vaccine stops people developing Covid-19 in …

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100,000 Volunteer For Cruise Line’s Free “Test” Voyages

The New York Post reports: The president of cruise giant Royal Caribbean has announced that 100,000 people have already volunteered to sail free-of-charge on their government-mandated test voyages. Just three days earlier, the company set up a “Volunteers of the Seas” Facebook page to attract those eager enough for a free ride aboard a cruise ship during the COVID-19 pandemic. …

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MI County GOPers Seek To Rescind Certification Votes

The Washington Post reports: After three hours of tense deadlock on Tuesday, the two Republicans on an election board in Michigan’s most populous county reversed course and voted to certify the results of the Nov. 3 election, a key step toward finalizing President-elect Joe Biden’s victory in the state. Now, they both want to take back their votes. In affidavits …

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Biden Transition Team Mulls Keeping On Deborah Birx

Politico reports: President-elect Joe Biden’s transition team is weighing whether to give Trump administration coronavirus coordinator Deborah Birx a role in its Covid-19 response, even as it prepares a broader purge of officials closely tied to the president’s handling of the pandemic. The debate over Birx’s future has vexed transition officials, with advocates for the longtime public health official arguing …

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CHATTER AWAY: Overnight Open Thread

Deadline Hollywood reports: Name That Tune is returning to screens with Jane Krakowski hosting a rebooted series for Fox. Former American Idol judge Randy Jackson is set as band leader for the show, which will premiere on January 6 after The Masked Singer. It comes from Fox Alternative Entertainment, Prestige Entertainment, which owns the rights to the show, and Holey …

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Obama’s New Book Sells 890,000 Copies On First Day

The Associated Press reports: Former President Barack Obama’s “A Promised Land” sold nearly 890,000 copies in the U.S. and Canada in its first 24 hours, putting it on track to be the best selling presidential memoir in modern history. The first-day sales, a record for Penguin Random House, includes pre-orders, e-books and audio. The only book by a former White …

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House Democrats Vote To Keep Pelosi As Party Leader

Reuters reports: Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday voted to keep House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in her job for another two years, despite the Nov. 3 elections in which the party lost seats to Republicans. The full House still must vote for speaker in early January, when Republicans will put up their own candidate for the job, …

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