Joe Biden, Coronavirus Surge, Thanksgiving: Your Weekend Briefing

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Here are the top stories of the week and a look ahead

1. President-elect Joe Biden.

Mr. Biden was named 46th President of the United States on Saturday, pledging national unity and healing to face the raging health and economic crises. This makes Donald J. Trump, after four turbulent years, a one-term president and the first president in more than a quarter of a century to lose re-election.

“Let this dark era of demonization in America come to an end here and now,” Biden told a car audience in Wilmington, Delaware, and added, “I promise to be a president who wants to unite, not divide.” Read his full speech.

After several tense days of vote counting in a handful of battlefield states, Mr Biden celebrated his victory with Pennsylvania on Saturday morning and was later declared the winner in Nevada. He obtained a total of 279 electoral college votes for Mr Trump’s 214 votes.

Mr Biden also won the referendum with a record-breaking 74 million votes. Mr Trump received more than 70 million votes, the second highest number ever recorded.

The result was a historic moment for Senator Kamala Harris, who became the first woman – and woman of color – to be elected Vice President. Ms. Harris, the daughter of an Indian mother and a Jamaican father, ranks higher in governing the country than any other woman before her. In her victory speech, Ms. Harris thanked the women who shaped her.

Mr. Biden’s victory marks the culmination of a career that began in the Nixon era and spanned half a century of political and social upheaval. Now, in his successful third attempt at the presidency, Mr Biden will face the ultimate test of his main governance theory: this compromise is good, and modest progress is still progress.

2. There is no evidence of a traditional concession speech from Mr. Trump.

Aides told our White House reporters that the president, who received news of his loss on the way to a round of golf, was not surprised. In a statement made while he was still on the Trump National Golf Club course, Mr. Trump said Mr. Biden was trying to “falsely” impersonate the winner. Many Republican lawmakers remained silent about the result.

Mr Trump didn’t change his plans to legally question the election results, and several of his own advisors warned him that it would be long shots at best. His daunting chances of a change in the election result appeared to be worsening even further in key counting states.

Here’s what happens if the election results are challenged.

Mr. Biden advocated a sober and conventional presence, concerned about the “soul of the country”. In the end, he correctly assessed the character of the country and benefited from Mr. Trump’s missteps. That’s how Mr. Biden won.

3. Screaming from windows Ringing cowbells, blowing car horns: Cheering scenes and relief spread around the world.

On street corners from Los Angeles to Washington, DC, to Philadelphia and to New York, where crowds flooded Times Square, spontaneous celebrations broke out, some with fireworks. And in Ballina, Ireland, upstairs, Mr. Biden’s distant cousins ​​were partying in his ancestral village.

“It feels good to know that I’m not the only one,” said a Biden supporter in Chicago. “And we haven’t had a chance to be happy together for so long.”

But like the race itself, the reaction in America was divided. Crowds of Trump supporters gathered with vows to further combat the results, and tense scenes unfolded at competing events. In Lansing, Michigan, Trump supporters sang, “Whose streets? Our streets? “and repeated Mr. Trump’s false claim that he won the election.

We were with a passionate Trump supporter in the Democratic bastion of Massachusetts when he slowly realized that things were not going his way.

5. The first task of the elected president: the coronavirus.

U.S. infections break records every day, and deaths are rising in more than half the country. According to a Times database, the nation recorded more than 100,000 new cases for the third straight day – including 132,797 on Friday – and more than 1,000 deaths for the fourth straight day. Above Columbus, Ohio.

The Biden campaign has put together an in-house group of around two dozen health and technology experts who will deal with, among other things, the development and delivery of a vaccine, improving health data and securing supply chains. The transition team of President-elect Biden is preparing to fight the pandemic.

And there are fears that another outbreak may hit the White House after six aides, including Mr. Trump’s chief of staff, Mark Meadows, tested positive for the coronavirus on Wednesday.

6. Across the Atlantic, The hospital crisis in Europe has gotten worse.

New data for 21 nations shows there are currently more Covid-19 patients than there were in the worst days of spring that threaten to overwhelm stretchy hospitals and exhausted medical workers. More than twice as many people in Europe are hospitalized with Covid-19 as in the USA, adjusted to the population.

According to a count – by the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control – the total number of cases in Europe has reached over 11.8 million.

7th The work-from-home revolution suggested that anyone could become a digital nomad and tackle the pandemic from an exotic location. It didn’t go that smoothly.

Tax issues, breakdowns, and Covid guilt arise, the things that could be glossed over when making a quarantined decision to pack an apartment and book a one-way ticket to paradise.

Since Hawaii started welcoming tourists up in Honolulu in mid-October – as long as they had a negative coronavirus test – more than 100,000 people from mainland states have rushed to the islands. The travel industry and island authorities say this could be a model for reopening international travel. However, some locals refuse to be part of the experiment.

8. The go-go dancers, aerialists and fire-eaters may be on vacation, but Brooklyn’s wildest party isn’t dead yet.

House of Yes was a revolution in New York nightlife when it opened: a space that is wild and safe, challenging and inclusive at the same time. Glitter, neon and booming disco have always been a matter of course. But the club, like others, was shut down when the pandemic broke out in March and put its future at risk.

Today the performers keep the club’s energy alive as they paint their faces and spin them on poles from home. It is unclear when the club will be at full capacity again and how live performances will fit. One thing is for sure, one of his co-workers said: “The symbol of the House of Yes as a place of radical expression and acceptance is enduring. “

9. The whole point of Thanksgiving is making it big. That probably won’t be the case this year.

Vacation is still weeks away, but our food desk has looked at alternatives for your holiday table. Tiny is the new big one, and preparing a small meal can be as festive as a feast – and a lot easier. It’s just about reducing the proportions.

Follow Melissa Clark’s menu which has all of the traditional flavors in a smaller package. She gave tips on shrinking beloved dishes. No matter what, you will need this apple pie that Genevieve Ko calls “the dessert equivalent of sweatpants from home”. The key: use as many apple varieties as possible.

Join our food team on Tuesday for a live discussion on how to cook Thanksgiving during a pandemic.

10. And finally: great weekend reads.

The 20th anniversary of the International Space Station. Geopolitical Soup Wars. Introduce yourself with the painter Bob Ross. Take a break from the news with these and more stories in The Weekender.

Our editors are also suggesting these nine new books, a new astronaut comedy and other TV shows, as well as new music from Burna Boy and more. Here is our recap of “Saturday Night Live” from last night, hosted by Dave Chappelle.

Have you kept up with the headlines? Test your knowledge with our news quiz. Here is Opinion’s Sunday recap and our crossword puzzles.

I wish you a nice week.

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