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The Health 202: Team Biden can finally start preparing for the massive coronavirus vaccine effort

“This is a big problem — but it’s been solved,” Mike Leavitt, who served as health and human services secretary under President George W. Bush, told me. “It opens up access for information and the coordination in between the ingoing and outgoing administrations.”

Setting the transition in motion means Team Biden can view the government’s vaccine distribution plans.

Thirty-five volunteers assigned to the Department of Health and Human Services — along with some assigned to other agencies also involved in the vaccine effort — can now participate in the nitty-gritty details of how the Trump administration is planning to manufacture, distribute and administer hundreds of millions of vaccine doses beginning in December and continuing through the bulk of 2021.

The massive effort, central to restoring the United States to more normalcy next year, probably will be in its early stages once Biden is sworn in as president in late January. 

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In scathing ruling, judge dismisses Trump campaign’s effort to overturn election results in Pennsylvania

This story has been updated with the Trump presidential campaign’s emergency appeal to the U.S Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.

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A Pennsylvania federal court on Saturday denied President Donald Trump’s request to block certification of the state’s election results to give his lawyers time to find evidence to support their claims of a fraudulent election system and improper ballot counting.

In a scathing ruling, U.S. District Court Judge Matthew Brann criticized the Trump campaign’s lack of evidence to support its argument to potentially disenfranchise every voter in the commonwealth who cast a ballot  – nearly 7 million.

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Brann noted that the less-than-2-week-old case developed a “tortured procedural history” that included a parade of lawyers for

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First Nationwide Effort To Save Wild Bees Is Enlisting Citizen Scientists

A lot of attention has been paid to the decline of honeybees, which are critical to crops but not native to the United States. Less attention has been paid to the health of native bees, like the bumblebee. These wild bees pollinate foods like tomatoes, blueberries and potatoes.

Just like honeybees, however, native bees are on the decline, a problem blamed on a loss of plant diversity, or declining floral resource availability, as scientists call it. Native bees, like honeybees, also are suffering due to pesticides and other environmental pollutants.

A new monitoring project funded by a $380,000 U.S. Department of Agriculture grant is creating a first-of-its-kind monitoring network which will train people to go outside and look for wild bees in a standardized way, according to University of California-Riverside

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Black Detroit voters sue Trump campaign over effort to invalidate election results

The lawsuit is over the effort to overturn results of the election in Michigan.

Specifically, the suit takes issue with the campaign’s effort to overturn the results of the election in Michigan by blocking the certification of results in Wayne County, home to Detroit, and attempting to “intimidate” and “coerce” state and local officials into replacing electors.

“Central to this strategy is disenfranchising voters in predominately Black cities,” the suit alleges. “Repeating false claims of voter fraud, which have been thoroughly debunked, Defendants are pressuring state and local officials in

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PA court rejects Trump camp’s effort to block 9,000 absentee ballots after Election Day

A Pennsylvania federal appeals court rejected the Trump campaign’s attempts to block more than 9,000 absentee ballots that arrived after Election Day.

The Supreme Court in October ruled the state could extend its deadline to receive mail-in ballots by up to three days after Election Day, as long as they were postmarked on or before Nov. 3.

Three judges rejected a string of the campaign’s lawsuits, which tried to block a total of 9,300 mail-in ballots Friday. They noted the “vast disruption” and “unprecedented challenges” facing the nation during the COVID-19 pandemic as they upheld the extension.

Chester County election workers process mail-in and absentee ballots for the 2020 general election in the United States at West Chester University, Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2020. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Chester County election workers process mail-in and absentee ballots for the 2020 general election in the United States at West Chester University, Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2020. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Chief U.S. Circuit Judge D. Brooks Smith said the panel kept in mind “a proposition indisputable in our democratic process: that the lawfully cast

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No ruling in effort to be free of dad as guardian

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Britney Spears’ ex-husband Jason Alexander joined her fans Wednesday outside a Los Angeles courthouse, drawing attention to a hearing in the pop star’s conservatorship case. (Aug. 19)

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Britney Spears’ desire to be free of her father’s guardian role in her life remains in limbo following another court hearing in Los Angeles closed to the media and public. 

Judge Brenda Penny declined to rule Tuesday on Britney Spears’ and her lawyer’s legal efforts to regain greater control over her life and her $60 million fortune after 12 years under a conservatorship run mainly by her father, James “Jamie” Spears.

He has been vigorously fighting back, arguing in legal filings that his daughter, 38, is still not ready to resume running her own life, career and financial affairs, and that the career and millions she now has are the product of his management.

Penny declined to immediately rule one

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Judge Rejects GOP Effort to Throw Out 127,000 Houston Votes

(HOUSTON) — A federal judge on Monday rejected another last-ditch Republican effort to invalidate nearly 127,000 votes in Houston because the ballots were cast at drive-thru polling centers established during the pandemic.

The lawsuit was brought by conservative Texas activists who have railed against expanded voting access in Harris County, where a record 1.4 million early votes have already been cast. The county is the nation’s third largest and a crucial battleground in Texas, where President Donald Trump and Republicans are bracing for the closest election in decades on Tuesday.

U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen’s decision to hear arguments on the brink of Election Day drew concern from voting rights activists, and came after the Texas Supreme Court rejected a nearly identical challenge over the weekend.

The ruling came in response to a lawsuit by conservative GOP activists who have filed a battery of court challenges over moves to expand

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Judge rejects DOJ’s effort to defend Trump in rape defamation suit

  • A federal judge on Tuesday rejected an effort from the Justice Department to remove President Donald Trump as the defendant in a defamation case. 
  • Trump is being sued for defamation by writer E. Jean Carroll, who has accused the president of raping her in the 1990s. 
  • The president denied Carroll’s allegations and said she was lying to boost sales of her book. 
  • “His comments concerned an alleged sexual assault that took place several decades before he took office,” US District Judge Lewis A. Kaplan said of Trump, adding that the “allegations have no relationship to the official business of the United States.” 
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A federal judge on Tuesday squashed an effort by the Justice Department to remove President Donald Trump as the defendant in a defamation suit from a woman who’s accused the commander-in-chief of rape. 

The Justice Department requested that the United States

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New radio ads target Texas border voters in effort to boost turnout – News – Austin American-Statesman

Veterans of Bernie Sander’s successful effort to win Latino votes in the 2020 Democratic primaries, are putting nearly a quarter million dollars into Spanish and English radio ads that will begin airing Tuesday in border counties and San Antonio aimed at spurring early voting and Election Day turnout.

While the ads, being paid for by America’s Promise Action Fund, cannot make direct partisan appeals, they are intended to stoke Latino turnout in counties with the richest concentration of Latino voters in the state, and the most overwhelmingly Democratic voting habits. But these counties also have a history of relatively low voter turnout, especially in general elections in a part of the state where most competitive contests are decided in the Democratic primary.

“We’re going to go up with a big radio buy from Brownsville all the way to El Paso,” Chuck Rocha, a former senior aide to Sanders’ presidential campaign

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