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Wednesday, November 11 2020


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“What is the downside for humoring him for this little bit of time? No one seriously thinks the results will change… He went golfing this weekend. It’s not like he’s plotting how to prevent Joe Biden from taking power on Jan. 20. He’s tweeting about filing some lawsuits, those lawsuits will fail, then he’ll tweet some more about how the election was stolen, and then he’ll leave.”

That’s a senior Republican official explaining why the party isn’t telling Donald Trump that it’s time to pick up his toys and go home. We think it perfectly encapsulates the United States right now—reduced to a giant nanny state (literally) that has to humour the temper tantrum of a spoiled brat. Haw!

Big Story

BJP stumps pollsters in Bihar

The TLDR: Contrary to all those exit polls predicting defeat, the BJP and its ally Nitish Kumar pulled out the proverbial rabbit from the electoral hat. The spoils of this victory, however, belong entirely to the BJP—and spell trouble for Nitish. Consolation prize winner: Tejashwi Yadav. The all-round loser: Congress, of course!

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In today’s edition

Headlines that Matter

  • EU sues Amazon
  • And the word of the year is…
  • Late-night eating does not make you fatter
  • Human trials of Chinese vaccine Sinovac have been suspended in Brazil
  • An unhappy Armenia inks a peace deal

 

A short list of intriguing things

  • Can you teach your pet to ‘talk’?
  • The first-ever human passenger flight on Virgin Hyperloop
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