The Rock of Talk 'Daily Blast' for Sunday, November 22nd, 2020

The Top 10 links of the day, Conservative Snapshot and Morning Local News Briefing

“It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen.” -George Orwell1984

Here are today’s Top 10 articles you need to read, Conservative Daily Snapshot and your morning news briefs from ‘The Rock of Talk‘

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  1. ‘She’s killing people.’ Protesters criticize governor’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic

  2. Families wait outside hospital windows to be near loved ones with COVID-19

  3. ‘The Shade’ bar and bowling alley for sale as owner struggles with COVID-19 health orders

  4. ‘It’s within every single basin.’ Drought conditions continue to worsen in New Mexico

  5. Trump supporters protest election outcome at Roundhouse

  6. Trapping season is underway and dog walkers should take precautions to protect pets

  7. An Education in Viruses and Public Health, from Michael Yeadon, Former VP of Pfizer

  8. FDA gives emergency approval to COVID-19 antibody serum used to treat Trump

  9. Many GOP lawmakers shrug off Statehouse mask-wearing rules

  10. Joe Biden: Why Are Reporters Asking Me Questions?

Conservative Daily Snapshot

  • On November 20, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) described the 2020 election as “a great victory” for Democrats. Though Joe Biden may become president in January, Pelosi’s party lost at least 11 House seats to Republicans. Democrats also failed to secure a Senate majority, despite the fact that Republicans had to defend more seats this year.

  • Steny Hoyer (D-MD) says that the president’s efforts to persuade Republican officials in key states to reverse election results “borders on treason.” Right or wrong, President Trump’s ongoing battle to challenge vote-counts in certain states is entirely outside the definition of treason as defined by the United States Code.

  • The Hill reports that Joe Biden’s lead over Donald Trump has surpassed six million votes. What are the odds? More than 73 million Americans voted for the president, and yet six million more Americans allegedly voted for his opponent, who hardly campaigned at all?

  • Following a recount of votes in Georgia, Governor Brian Kemp has signed off on the certification of the result, which gave presidential contender Joe Biden a more than 12,000 vote margin of victory. However, that margin is sufficiently close to allow for another recount, and the Trump campaign now has until November 24 to request one. “I would just say I’m formalizing the certification,” the governor told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Friday. “Now that Secretary Raffensperger certified, it triggers the ability of the Trump campaign to ask for the recount.”

  • An opinion piece from The Atlantic suggests: “The Black People Who Voted for Trump Know He’s Racist.” The president’s racism has been a long-time media fantasy. Trump-hating journalists are now scrambling to explain why the incumbent won a larger percentage of the non-white vote than they could possibly have imagined. Such is the intensity and irrationality of their hate for this president that they are unable to consider the possibility that those blacks and Latinos who voted for Trump don’t consider him a racist. Instead, they choose to insult every minority Trump voter by suggesting that those people knowingly voted for a racist.

MORNING NEWS BRIEFS FOR NEW MEXICO

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - New Mexico hospitals face a capacity crunch because of the coronavirus outbreak, so the state on Friday opened an alternate care facility for COVID-19 patients in a renovated former hospital in Albuquerque. The state Department of Health said the Gibson Medical Center will serve adults who don't require acute care. The facility won't have an emergency hospital, intensive care unit or surgical suite. It initially will provide 25 beds for patients needing nursing care and an additional 25 beds for isolation or quarantine. Capacity can be expanded to up to 180 beds. State health officials on Friday reported 2,993 new positive COVID-19 tests and 23 related deaths.

ROSWELL, N.M. - Law enforcement officers arrested 100 people in southeastern New Mexico as federal, state and local agencies conducted a roundup over several days, officials said. U.S. Marshal Sonya Chavez said Friday the arrests made in Chaves, Eddy and Lea counties were part of a national effort to apprehend violent criminals sought on felony arrest warrants. The Roswell Daily Record reported that the 15 participating agencies included the New Mexico State Police, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency, Homeland Security, sheriff's departments and the Roswell Police Department. Chavez said three similar operations have taken place in the past 18 months in the Las Cruces and Albuquerque areas.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Some essential businesses such as grocery stores have been shut down because of a substantial increase in coronavirus cases in New Mexico. A new edict announced Thursday allows the state Department of Health to shut down workplaces for two weeks if they have four or more coronavirus cases in a 14-day period. More than 20 essential businesses across the state were shut down as of Friday, of which nearly half were grocery stores or major retailers. A Department of Health spokeswoman said the current closures are not considered critical because they are in communities with "considerable alternatives." The state on Saturday reported 2,342 additional COVID-19 cases and 25 more deaths.

SANTA FE, N.M. - The documented community spread of the coronavirus is the main reason cited by school officials for scaling back efforts to provide in-person schooling. There's another reason, too: Many school districts anticipate their staff and students will travel out of state. With teachers coming back from Thanksgiving or Christmas vacations, they will have to quarantine for 14 days under Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham's current health order. The governor says she is "really disappointed" to learn that teachers and public servants are traveling. She's vowing to investigate state employees, who don't include teachers, for unapproved travel and other violations of the public health order.

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