The Rock of Talk 'Daily Blast' for Saturday, November 28th, 2020

The Top 10 Links of the Day, Conservative Weekend Snapshot and Morning Local News Briefing

“I am, you know, adamantly against illegal immigration.”

-Hillary Clinton

Here are today’s Top 10 articles you need to read, New Mexico News Snapshot and Global and US Daily News Snapshot from ‘The Rock of Talk‘

For the rest of the links, click “NEWS” on the ABQ.FM - Rock of Talk App. Download for Apple or Android.

TOP 10 STORIES YOU NEED TO READ

  1. Undocumented immigrants could get state stimulus money

  2. Johns Hopkins published then deleted a study questioning the U.S. coronavirus death rate

  3. The Media’s Covid War on the Dakotas

  4. Experts: Virus numbers could be erratic after Thanksgiving

  5. Fauci: COVID-19 won’t let up in time for Christmas, New Year’s celebrations

  6. Music Legends Eric Clapton, Van Morrison Team for Anti-Lockdown Single ‘Stand and Deliver’

  7. Working remotely from different states? You could face additional state taxes next year

  8. Paris Climate Treaty Puts America Last

  9. Saudi Arabia: The Ally From Hell

  10. How the assassination of Iran’s top nuclear scientist can sabotage diplomacy & start a war

New Mexico News Snapshot

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. - An independent audit has found that more than $15,000 was stolen from inmates' accounts at the Bernalillo County jail over a four-year period. The forensic audit recently made public by the state auditor's office alleges that a former fiscal supervisor at the jail tapped into inmate trust accounts and issued fraudulent debit cards. The account is used for commissary and phone card transactions. State Auditor Brian Colón says there was a breakdown of internal controls that resulted in possible embezzlement and fraud. A criminal investigation by Bernalillo County authorities is ongoing.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - 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.

CARLSBAD, N.M. - Managers are pumping water from state reservoirs into the Pecos River in southeastern New Mexico to account for drought losses. The move is meant to augment supplies for users and water rights holders along the river while maintaining deliveries to Texas required by a 2003 settlement. About one-t hird of New Mexico is dealing with exceptional drought - the highest designation under which fire danger increases, no surface water is available for agriculture and large rivers run dry. Most of Eddy, Lea and Chaves counties are in that category, while drought in the rest of the state is classified as either severe or extreme.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Authorities i n New Mexico have announced that the two men who were shot by police in separate incidents within four days of each other last month were each holding a gun when they died. The Albuquerque Journal reported that Albuquerque Police Lt. Hollie Anderson of the Violent Crimes Division released details on the fatal shooting of 52-year-old Matthew Montoya in a neighborhood driveway on Oct. 12 and the shooting of Jason Edward Galliart at a motel on Oct. 16. The status of the officers involved in both shootings was not immediately known.

Conservative Weekend Snapshot

  • Before the 2020 election has even been decided, some people are trying to predict who will run on the GOP ticket in 2024. White House National Security Advisor Robert O’Brien has been mentioned in media reports but dismisses the idea as speculation.

  • Florida Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz says President Trump “should pardon everyone from himself to his administration officials to Joe Exotic if he has to,” to quench the “bloodlust” of the radical left.

  • Joe Biden continues to play at being president-elect by staffing up his as yet purely hypothetical administration and White House team. It has not gone unnoticed that former Obama administration officials feature heavily among those tapped for key positions.

  • The left-leaning media leads with President Trump’s acknowledgment that he will concede the election to Joe Biden if the Electoral College goes the Democrat’s way. The intent is to portray this as an admission of defeat, which it is not. Legal and other reviews of election results continue.

  • The media’s efforts to ratchet up the fear continue. Newsweek reports that a George Washington University professor predicts Thanksgiving celebrations will cause the COVID-19 fatality rate to double.

  • Some Huffington Post blogger is outraged that President Trump – should he lose the election – may not attend Joe Biden’s inauguration. Who would have thought that a politician might choose to boycott a presidential inauguration? Surely such an act of blatant disrespect has never before occurred. Surely.

  • During a Thanksgiving Day Press conference, President Donald Trump made it clear that he would continue fighting to overturn what many Americans and the commander in chief himself believe is a deeply flawed election result. While admitting that he would concede to Joe Biden if the Electoral College voted for his opponent, the president pointed to “massive fraud” and said that the final results “have a long way to go.”

  • Andrew Weissmann, who served as Robert Mueller’s deputy during the special counsel investigation into the Russia collusion hoax, says that a Biden-appointed attorney general should investigate President Trump. Critics of the 45th president continue to speak about unity while also issuing threats to exact revenge upon Trump and his supporters. They are playing with fire. Suppose he doesn’t secure a second term. In that case, Donald Trump could become the symbolic leader of conservative resistance to a Biden presidency, should Democrats continue their vendetta against him when (if) he leaves office in 2021. Politically-motivated persecution of Trump and those who voted for him could divide the country further – and with dangerous consequences.

LET’S GET YOU TALKING!

OF COURSE! POLL: MAJORITY OF REPUBLICANS WOULD VOTE FOR TRUMP IN 2024

President Trump hasn't publicly conceded the election. But he has been talking about potentially running again 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 -- at least as things stand now. 

In the Politico/Morning Consult poll out yesterday (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. 

INSANE! Poll: 61 Percent Have Changed Thanksgiving Plans Because of CV19

While many Americans are planning to go forward with plans to get together with extended family and friends for Thanksgiving despite the warnings against it, a new poll finds that a majority have gotten the message and have changed their plans for the holiday because of the ongoing fall surge of the coronavirus across the country. In the Axios-Ipsos survey out yesterday (November 24th), 61 percent said they'd changed their Thanksgiving plans. The most common changes reported were only celebrating with immediate household members and having a smaller dinner than originally planned. Nine percent even said they're no longer planning to celebrate at all. There was a partisan divide in the results, however, with 75 percent of Democrats saying they've changed their Thanksgiving plans, compared to 49 percent of Republicans.

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