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December 31, 2020

2 House Republicans tell me they expect as of now that at least 140 Republican Members of the House

2 House Republicans tell me they expect as of now that at least 140 Republican Members of the House will on Jan 6 object to and vote against the Electoral College results showing President-elect Biden won


December 31, 2020

Wall Street minted 56 new billionaires since the pandemic began -- but many families are left behind

The bifurcated economy that took shape in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic destroyed the lives, savings and small businesses of innumerable Americans, but the year wasn’t a financial washout for everyone.

Between roughly mid-March and Dec. 22, the United States gained 56 new billionaires, according to the Institute for Policy Studies, bringing the total to 659. The wealth held by that small cadre of Americans has jumped by more than $1 trillion in the months since the pandemic began.

According to a December report issued jointly by Americans for Tax Fairness and the Institute for Policy Studies using data compiled by Forbes, America’s billionaires hold roughly $4 trillion in wealth — a figure roughly double what the 165 million poorest Americans are collectively worth. The 10 richest billionaires have a combined net worth of more than $1 trillion.

It’s a stunning snapshot of how the pandemic has distorted large sections of the real economy and exacerbated the nation’s stubbornly persistent economic inequality — one that persisted, largely along racial and ethnic lines — even in a pre-pandemic economy with unemployment at a half-century low.

December 31, 2020

Spurs' Becky Hammon: Being first woman to serve as NBA head coach 'a substantial moment'

Source: ESPN

Becky Hammon made history Wednesday by becoming the first woman to act as head coach during an NBA regular-season game.

The San Antonio assistant coach filled in for head coach Gregg Popovich after he was ejected in the first half of the Spurs' 121-107 loss to the visiting Los Angeles Lakers.

"Obviously, it's a big deal," Hammon said after the game. "It's a substantial moment. I've been a part of this organization, I got traded here in 2007, so I've been in San Antonio and part of the Spurs and sports organization with the Stars and everything for 13 years. So I have a lot of time invested, and they have a lot of time invested in me, in building me and getting me better."

Popovich received a technical foul and was run from the game with 3:56 remaining in the second quarter for arguing with a referee over a no-call as his team trailed the Lakers 52-41.

Read more: https://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/30627408/spurs-becky-hammon-becomes-first-woman-nba-regular-season-history-act-head-coach

December 31, 2020

And the winner is... Room of the Year... @BeschlossDC

I am kind of partial to Andrew Weissman’s digs (I want to poke around and find all the interesting treasures):

Leading dog:


This, lol:


December 30, 2020

Dr. Drew tests positive for COVID-19

Celebrity doctor Drew Pinsky, famously known as “Dr. Drew,” revealed this week that he has tested positive for COVID-19.

The diagnosis comes months after Pinsky apologized for downplaying the threat of the pandemic in a video that went viral on social media.

In a Tuesday Instagram post, Pinsky, 62, can be seen lying in bed holding up a bottle of an electrolyte drink while his wife wears a face mask nearby. The caption noted that his wife tested negative.

“Drew is home, under survelliance and fever is down,” the post read. “Thanks Dr. Zelenko, Dr. Yo and Dr. Jeff for the superior care and advice. Drew is feeling better and will hopefully get well soon.”



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