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Good morning, Portland! We've got another gray, rainy day ahead of us, so here's an especially sneaky bodega cat to lift your spirits:
And here are the headlines.
• The Portland Police Bureau (PPB) has used force against protesters over 6,000 times this year, according to new data released by the bureau. The data shows that, despite daily calls against police brutality, PPB did not change the way they responded to protests during this time period.
• Donald Trump's election lawsuits are fizzling out in Pennsylvania this week, because they aren't based on anything of substance. Hey, it's only 64 days until we get to stop caring about what this guy does, says, or thinks!
• Oregon reported 781 new COVID-19 cases yesterday. That's a slight dip from last week's worrying single-day increases of over 1,000—but we continue to see the highest number of coronavirus hospitalizations since the pandemic began. Just since Friday, 40 more people have been hospitalized with the virus in Oregon.
• Oregon's surge in coronavirus cases comes as other states across the country are experiencing the same concerning trend—and enacting their own new restrictions. Iowa's governor finally passed a mask mandate (after initially poking fun at masks), and the city of Philadelphia has banned virtually all indoor gatherings through the end of 2020.
• But there is at least some good news regarding coronavirus: We now have not one, but two promising vaccines that could start to be distributed as early as spring of 2021. Moderna's vaccine, announced yesterday, is reportedly 94 percent effective. Here's more info about how Moderna developed the vaccine, and what it will mean for the pandemic. Oh, and also: Dolly Parton helped fund it!
• What could possibly go wrong?
Now on Amazon: insulin and inhalers. The company said that it has opened an online pharmacy, giving shoppers the chance to buy their medication on their phones and computers. The move propels Amazon into a new business and could shake up the industry. https://t.co/EFSyKsSrVC— The Associated Press (@AP) November 17, 2020
• The US Supreme Court recently announced it would hear Cedar Point Nursery v. Hassid, a case that has the potential to further shrink the rights of labor unions. Depending on how the Court rules, the case could also allow businesses to deny entry to health inspectors, and shirk basic health and safety building regulations.
• In a characteristically understated yet powerful move, Michelle Obama posted a lengthy caption on Instagram yesterday calling out the Trump administration for failing to assist with Joe Biden's transition—and all the Republicans who are playing along with Trump's charade. Obama wrote that in 2016, "We invited the folks from the president-elect’s team into our offices and prepared detailed memos for them, offering what we’d learned over the past eight years."
"I have to be honest and say that none of this was easy for me," she continued. "Donald Trump had spread racist lies about my husband that had put my family in danger. That wasn’t something I was ready to forgive. But I knew that, for the sake of our country, I had to find the strength and maturity to put my anger aside... I want to urge all Americans, especially our nation’s leaders, regardless of party, to honor the electoral process and do your part to encourage a smooth transition of power, just as sitting presidents have done throughout our history."
• Oregon House Speaker Tina Kotek has been nominated by her fellow Democrats to continue serving in her role in the next legislative session. But Rep. Jenelle Bynum, who also sought the nomination, said she plans to seek the speaker position in a vote on the House floor in January. There's a chance that Bynum, who is more moderate than Kotek, could draw the support of both Republicans and some of her follow Democrats.
• And finally, it's that time of year again:
Please note this is how all my packages must be delivered from now on 🎄😂 https://t.co/mMLybc9hL4— Mariah Carey (@MariahCarey) November 17, 2020