A Good Night for Biden

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Joe Biden had another good night counting and appears to be on the verge of winning the presidency. But the race is not over yet and more ballots will be received today. Here’s the latest:

In GeorgiaBiden took the lead over President Trump just before 5 a.m. It’s the smallest margin – less than 1,000 votes as of 6 a.m. on about 5 million votes cast – and it’s not guaranteed to last. But Biden seems to be a small favorite in Georgia. If he wins the state – and holds out in Nevada, where he’s in good shape – he’ll win the election.

In PennsylvaniaBiden is still following, but Trump’s lead has been shrinking all Thursday. It’s now under 19,000 votes out of about 7 million votes cast, and election analysts say the remaining votes – maybe 163,000 or so – seem very favorable to Biden. Pennsylvania officials have announced that they will announce further results today. If Biden wins the state, he wins the election.

In ArizonaBiden has a marginal lead – just over 47,000 votes out of around 3 million – but his situation looks weaker than in Pennsylvania. The Times’s Nate Cohn says the remaining ballots might favor Trump enough to put Trump in the lead, though arguably the game released last night was good news for Biden: They haven’t closed Trump’s deficit at the speed he needs. If Biden Arizona wins and holds out in Nevada, where he’s in better shape, he’ll win the election.

In North CarolinaTrump remains preferred to hold on to his leadership.

To sum it all up, Biden is a strong favorite to win the presidency because he remains a strong favorite in Pennsylvania. He doesn’t need Arizona or Georgia, but he could win too.

Why is the vote count taking so long? In several states, including Pennsylvania, Republican lawmakers blocked attempts to allow electoral officials to start counting postal ballot papers before election day, noted Cox Media Group’s Jamie Dupree. States like Florida were able to post their results much faster.

For other election developments:

  • Trump, who spoke at the White House last night, lied again about the election results and reiterated several exposed internet rumors, BuzzFeed News reported. “A presidency born in a lie about Barack Obama’s birthplace was close to the end of a lie about his own hesitant offer for re-election,” Peter Baker and Maggie Haberman write in The Times.

  • Many Republican officials refused to reiterate Trump’s claims, suggesting they may view his cause as hopeless. Will Hurd, a Texas congressman who is retiring after that term, wrote on Twitter that Trump’s comments were “not only dangerous and false, but also undermined the foundation on which this nation was built”. Others, however, repeated the falsehoods, including Representative Kevin McCarthy, the minority leader of the House, and Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina.

  • Facebook has closed a group called “Stop the Steal” that became a hub for people who falsely claimed the elections were rigged against Trump.

  • More than 150,000 ballot papers were trapped in U.S. Postal Service processing plants and not delivered by election day, reports the Washington Post. As a result, some ballots could arrive after their state’s deadlines.

  • A double runoff for Senate seats in Georgia is now likely, which gives the Democrats a close but genuine hope of regaining control of the Senate.

  • The House Democrats yelled, swore and acted in a three-hour caucus phone call after their predicted election wins resulted in losses that weakened their majority. “We never have to use the word” socialist “or” socialism “again,” said representative Abigail Spanberger, who narrowly won re-election in Virginia. “We lost good members as a result.”

  • The four former Minneapolis officers charged with the murder of George Floyd will stand together on trial. A judge also ruled that the trial planned for next spring could be broadcast live.

  • A user named “Clouseau” posted hundreds of racist messages on an online message board where New York police officers secretly complained about their work. City investigators linked the account to a senior NYPD official responsible for preventing workplace harassment.

  • The Norwegian Supreme Court will hear a case about oil drilling in the Arctic as it violates citizens’ right to a healthy environment.

  • Hurricane Eta, which caused deadly floods and mudslides in parts of Central America, is well on its way to hitting South Florida early next week.

  • A team of astronomers believe they have precisely determined the number of potentially habitable planets in our galaxy: up to 300 million.

Modern love: The chef would arrive after midnight and conjure up a Michelin-worthy spread. That was great until Rebecca Bohanan couldn’t keep her eyes open at work.

From the opinion: Paul Krugman asks if America will become a failed state.

Lived life: As Rolling Stone’s first photographer, Baron Wolman captured permanent images of Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, The Grateful Dead, and many others from 1967 to 1970. He died at the age of 83.

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The most-watched YouTube video in history as of this week is a two-minute ode to a shark family. With almost 7.1 billion views, the catchy children’s song “Baby Shark” broke the three-year run at number 1 on the single “Despacito” in 2017. The song created an empire for its producer, the South Korean educational brand Pinkfong, the merchandise, a live tour Includes show and an upcoming Nickelodeon TV series.

These facts may not come as a surprise to anyone with young children: the kid-centric parts of YouTube are among the most lucrative. A Pew study found that videos featuring children received, on average, nearly three times as many views as other types of videos posted by channels with high subscribers.

Repetition is a reason. Children never tire of watching the same video over and over again. Four of the ten most watched YouTube videos are children’s programs. And last year, 9-year-old Ryan Kaji was the highest-earning YouTuber to review new toys and games on his channel. He made $ 26 million in 2019, Forbes reported.

“YouTube is the world’s most popular babysitter,” the CEO of a digital star-focused management company said in 2019. The pandemic has likely exacerbated this as many families spend more time at home.

Yes, there is a no-fuss donut recipe: try these baked apple cider donuts. The hardest step is simply getting a donut pan (but a muffin pan will work if necessary).

Charlize Theron in “Atomic Blonde”. Danai Gurira in “Black Panther”. Melissa McCarthy in “Spy”. These (and more) women-run action films have broken stereotypes. The Times film critic Manohla Dargis unpacks the story of women and stunts that begins in the 1910s.

This weekend: Two of the NFL’s most exciting young quarterbacks will meet in Phoenix on Sunday: Kyler Murray of the Arizona Cardinals versus Tua Tagovailoa of the Miami Dolphins.

Late night: Late night host Stephen Colbert accused Trump of “poisoning American democracy”.

For a burst of joy: An 1897 snowball fight on a loop.