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Sunday shows - Virus surge dominates ahead of fraught Thanksgiving holiday

Sunday shows - Virus surge dominates ahead of fraught Thanksgiving holiday
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Multiple guests expressed concern on the Sunday morning political talk shows about a surge in coronavirus cases ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday, which experts say may contribute to an even greater increase.

President TrumpDonald TrumpKushner lands book deal, slated for release in 2022 Biden moves to undo Trump trade legacy with EU deal Progressives rave over Harrison's start at DNC MORE's refusal to concede the election to President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenMellman: Trump voters cling to 2020 tale FDA authorizes another batch of J&J vaccine Cotton warns of China collecting athletes' DNA at 2022 Olympics MORE was also in the spotlight more than two weeks after the former vice president was declared the election winner.

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Public health expert: Americans no longer acting 'with common purpose' on pandemic
By ZACK BUDRYK
 
The director of the Center for Health Security at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health on Sunday said that the current wave of coronavirus cases is worse because Americans are not “acting with common purpose” the way they were in the spring.
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Fauci: 'We're in a very difficult situation at all levels' but 'help is on the way'
By ZACK BUDRYK
 
Anthony FauciAnthony FauciOvernight Health Care: US surpasses 600K COVID-19 deaths | Federal watchdog to examine NIH grants, likely including Wuhan funding CDC labels highly transmissible delta strain a COVID-19 'variant of concern' Federal watchdog to examine NIH grants, likely including Wuhan funding MORE, the nation’s top infectious diseases expert, warned that the U.S. was in a “very, very difficult situation at all levels” with regard to the coronavirus pandemic, but said “we should not look upon this as a hopeless situation.”
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Vaccine czar: 'Unfortunate' that COVID-19 vaccine 'has been politicized'
By JUSTINE COLEMAN
 
“I really think it’s very unfortunate that the whole process has been politicized and therefore the context has created conditions whereby people’s perception have been exacerbated, and we are where we are today,” Moncef Slaoui said.
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Trump adviser says people could be vaccinated against COVID-19 within 48 hours of FDA approval
By JOSEPH CHOI
 
"We are ready to start shipping vaccines within 24 hours from approval. Ship them to the sites that each state that are located — a quantity of vaccine that's proportional to their population tells us where to deliver the vaccine. We'll have the vaccines there the next day after approval, and hopefully people will start to be immunized, I would say within 48 hours from the approval," said Moncef Slaoui on ABC's "This Week."
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Biden adviser: 'He does not have any concern' about Trump lawsuits
By ZACK BUDRYK
 
Kate Bedingfield, a top communications adviser to President-elect Joe Biden, said Sunday that Biden and his team are not concerned about President Trump’s bids to overturn the results of the presidential election in court.
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Biden transition adviser: Legal action for ascertainment of win 'isn't our preference'
By JUSTINE COLEMAN
 
“Legal action isn’t our preference,” Jen Psaki said. “If it was, we would have done it days ago because we've known the clear outcome for two weeks now, and that’s the only trigger for ascertainment.”
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Biden aide says GSA holdup prevents background checks on Cabinet picks
By JOSEPH CHOI
 
President-elect Joe Biden’s chief of staff Ron Klain said on Sunday that the General Services Administration's (GSA) refusal to ascertain Biden as the winner of the election was preventing his team from conducting background checks on people he wants in his Cabinet.
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GOP senator calls for cooperation on Biden transition: 'I'd rather have a president who has more than one day to prepare'
By JOSEPH CHOI
 
Sen. Kevin CramerKevin John CramerGOP senator introduces constitutional amendment to ban flag burning Trump dismisses climate change, calls on Biden to fire joint chiefs Putin says Nord Stream 2 pipeline nearing completion MORE (R-N.D.) said on Sunday that it was "past time to start a transition" to President-elect Biden's administration, adding he would "rather have a president that has more than one day to prepare."
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Bolton calls on GOP leadership to label Trump's behavior 'inexcusable'
By JUSTINE COLEMAN
 
“I think he’s just playing for time in hopes that something will emerge that allows him either to have a good reason why he’s lost or in his mind, maybe still to win,” former national security adviser John BoltonJohn BoltonJohn Bolton: Biden-Putin meeting 'premature' Republicans request documents on Kerry's security clearance process Trump pushes back on Bolton poll MORE said. “But I think that simply emphasizes the need for senior Republican leaders to join those who have begun to come out and say Trump’s behavior is inexcusable.”
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Richmond says GOP 'reluctant to stand up and tell the emperor he wears no clothes'
By JUSTINE COLEMAN
 
Rep. Cedric RichmondCedric RichmondTrey Gowdy sets goal of avoiding ideological echo chamber with Fox News show The Hill's 12:30 Report: Biden faces pressure amid infrastructure negotiations Buttigieg acknowledges 'daylight' between White House, GOP on infrastructure MORE (D-La.) said Sunday that the GOP has been “very reluctant to stand up” to President Trump, who has refused to recognize President-elect Joe Biden’s win.
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Hogan 'embarrassed that more people' in the GOP 'aren't speaking up' against Trump
By JUSTINE COLEMAN
 
Republican Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan said Sunday that he’s “embarrassed that more people” in the GOP “aren’t speaking up” against President Trump in the wake of the election.
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GOP chairwoman leans into election claims: Party will 'run down every single irregularity'
By CELINE CASTRONUOVO 
 
Republican National Committee (RNC) Chairwoman Ronna McDanielRonna Romney McDanielRNC's McDaniel launches podcast highlighting Republicans outside of Washington The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Citizens' Climate Lobby - Deal or no deal? Biden, Capito continue infrastructure talks RNC warns it will advise presidential candidates against future debates if panel doesn't make changes MORE on Sunday said GOP members need to “run down every single irregularity” in the 2020 election, adding to continued efforts from President Trump and his allies to delay the certification of election results.
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Trump ally Stephen Moore: President 'going to leave the office triumphant'
By KAELAN DEESE
 
Stephen MooreStephen MooreStates push back against federal unemployment policies delaying economic recovery Former Trump economic adviser to Biden: 'Stop taxing. Stop spending. Stop borrowing.' trillion in taxes, trillion in spending, trillion in borrowing — what could go wrong? MORE, an economist and outside adviser to President Trump, said he thinks the president will leave office "triumphant," pointing to optimistic projections for the economy and noting the announcement that a COVID-19 vaccine could be just weeks away.
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