The Rock of Talk 'Daily Blast' for Sunday, November 29th, 2020

The Top 10 Links of the Day, Morning Local News Briefing, Conservative Snapshot and "Let's get you talking" topic of the day..

“We must ask ourselves: What is losing? Losing is a disease.…as contagious as polio. Losing is a disease.…as contagious as syphilis. Losing is a disease.…as contagious as bubonic plague. Attacking one.…but infecting all. But curable.” -Sports Psychologist “The Natural”

Here are today’s Top 10 articles you need to read, New Mexico Local News Briefing, Conservative Snapshot and "Let's get you talking" topic of the day..

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  1. Following another loss, Coach Gonzales says Lobos are a ‘terrible football team’

  2. Pennsylvania judge says plaintiffs have ‘viable claim’ that state mail-in ballot rule was illegal

  3. Black Friday shopping in stores craters 52% during pandemic as e-commerce sales surge

  4. No thank you, Dr. Fauci

  5. Pandemic Rules Are Only for the Little People

  6. What the Hasidim Tell Us About Being Americans

  7. The hefty price tag for errant government spending: $2.3 trillion since 2004

  8. The Age of Cant

  9. How the explosion in critical race theory is poisoning America

  10. Who Wrote ‘Citizen Kane’? It’s a Mystery Even If You Know the Answer

New Mexico News Snapshot

SANTA FE, N.M. - New Mexico on Saturday reported 2,142 additional known COVID-19 cases and 23 new deaths. The statewide totals increased to 93,982 cases and 1,527 deaths. Friday saw New Mexico report a daily record 35 deaths. The previous record was 33 set Nov. 22. The number of people hospitalized for COVID-19 was reported on Saturday at 854. That's down from 874 on Friday and the record of 897 set earlier in the week.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - The Archdiocese of Santa Fe is cutting 20 positions and ending publication of its "People of God" magazine. Archbishop John C. Wester announced the layoffs in a letter to parishioners Monday. Wester wrote that the layoffs include six positions in the Pastoral Ministries Division, five in the General Services Division and three each in the Office of the Vicar General and Office of the Chancellor. Rev. Vincent Paul Chávez, pastor of the St. Therese Little Flower Catholic Church, says the archdiocese's income has been adversely affected by the coronavirus pandemic, which has limited in-church attendance. 

LAS VEGAS, N.M. - Regents at New Mexico Highlands University have approved a new program that will offer students a certificate in industrial hemp entrepreneurship. Approval came earlier this month, but school officials say the program must still go through any required state and accreditor reviews. The Higher Learning Commission must also sign off. Industrial hemp production was legalized in New Mexico in 2019. The university's program will have two tracks - one for students focused on the business of industrial hemp and another for students interested in the science of plant production. The certificate curriculum will include six courses for 18 credits.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - New Mexico's daily count of confirmed COVID-19 cases has been trending down over recent days from the record highs reported earlier this month. But nearly every county remained deep in the red zone Friday as the state was days away from launching its new "red to green" system for reopening. State officials say the transition to the tiered county-by-county risk system will begin Wednesday. Counties will be able to shed burdensome public health restrictions as soon as they meet key metrics related to positivity and spread rates within their boundaries. However, only Los Alamos County was even close to meeting the benchmarks.

Conservative Weekend Snapshot

Let’s get you talking….

President Trump’s supporters have been talking about him potentially running again (in the event Biden is given the victory) in 2024, something he can do, since the maximum two presidential terms one person can serve don't have to be consecutive. Now a new poll finds that if he did run, he'd be the favorite for the Republican nomination.

In the Politico/Morning Consult poll out (November 24th), 53 percent of Republicans and Republican-leaning independents supported Trump for the 2024 GOP nomination, ahead of other notable Republicans by a lot. Vice President Mike Pence was second at just 12 percent, followed by Trump's son, Donald Trump Jr., who has never held any kind of political office, at eight percent. Other Republicans, including Senators Tom CottonTed Cruz and Mitt Romney, and former South Carolina Governor and U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley each had less than five percent support. 

  • Do you think that majority support, and by a lot, that Trump has with GOP and GOP-leaning independents for the 2024 Republican nomination will hold for four years if he does run?

  • Who do you think of these people or other notable Republicans might be poised to move up and potentially challenge Trump for the nomination if he runs? 

  • What do you make of Trump's son coming in third place at eight percent, behind only his father and Pence?

  • If Trump were to run and win the 2024 GOP nomination, how good or not do you think his chances would be to win a second term?

  • If you voted for Trump in 2016, this year, or both, would you vote for him in 2024? Why/Why not?

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