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A referendum election arrives, with no clean answers promised

The TAKE with Rick Klein



a group of people standing in front of a crowd: President Donald Trump waves as he walks off stage after speaking during a campaign rally at Michigan Sports Stars Park, Nov. 1, 2020, in Washington, Mich.


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President Donald Trump waves as he walks off stage after speaking during a campaign rally at Michigan Sports Stars Park, Nov. 1, 2020, in Washington, Mich.

It’s been an election about foreign interference, racial justice, science, impeachment, health care, the economy, immigration, the Supreme Court, basic decency, the COVID-19 pandemic — and, finally, perhaps democracy itself.

For all that, Election Day arrives as a referendum on the man who has dominated the national conversation for four-plus years: President Donald Trump. Of course, even that doesn’t guarantee a clean verdict or a drama-free ending — and some late presidential tweets aren’t helping calm things down.

We know that results will start flowing in as polls close at 7 p.m. ET in a first batch of states that includes Georgia and Virginia, with numbers starting to flow out of North Carolina and Ohio a

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Appeals court weighs Mohamed Noor conviction

Attorney in oral arguments says third-degree murder definition doesn’t fit the case.

MINNEAPOLIS — Will the conviction of former Minneapolis police officer Mohamed Noor stand? It’s now up to the Minnesota Court Of Appeals.

Mohamed Noor shot and killed Australian woman Justine Ruszczyk Damond in south Minneapolis in 2017 after she called 911 to report a possible crime.

Noor’s attorney Thomas Plunkett argued before the three-judge panel on Wednesday that third-degree murder does not fit.

It is a rarely-used statute in Minnesota and is the same one that was just dismissed from former officer Derek Chauvin in the George Floyd case.

Plunkett argues that the crime requires that the defendant act with a “depraved mind,” a term that’s been interpreted in different ways. He argued it doesn’t fit Noor’s case.

“You need a frenzied anger, something that would show a depraved mind. And when you are focusing on a particular

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Scott+Scott Attorneys at Law LLP Announces Investigation into CytoDyn, Inc. (CYDY)

Scott+Scott Attorneys at Law LLP (“Scott+Scott”), an international shareholder and consumer rights litigation firm, is investigating whether CytoDyn, Inc. (“CytoDyn” or the “Company”) (OTCQB: CYDY) or certain of its officers and directors violated federal securities laws. If you purchased or otherwise own CytoDyn stock, and have suffered a loss, you are encouraged to contact Scott+Scott attorney Joe Pettigrew at (844) 818-6982 or [email protected] for more information.

CytoDyn is a biotech company based in Vancouver, Washington focused on the development and commercialization of a drug named “leronlimab.” Throughout its history, leronlimab was marketed as a potential treatment for HIV. In the wake of the Covid-19 global pandemic, however, CytoDyn began making statements about leronlimab being used to treat Covid-19. Our investigation concerns whether CytoDyn made false and misleading statements and omitted material information in connection with leronlimab being potentially used as a Covid-19 treatment. CytoDyn shares are currently trading at approximately

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Will Pa’s ‘blue shift’ change races for ‘row offices,’ attorney general, treasurer and auditor general?

Pennsylvania has entered “the blue shift,” an expected phase in the 2020 election when President Donald Trump’s lead from in-person voting Tuesday erodes as more and more mail ballots cast for former Vice President Joe Biden are tallied.

In a state still too close to call, that shift could also tilt down-ballot races for state “row offices” — attorney general, treasurer and auditor general.

Three Democrats, including two incumbents, trail in those races, with a quarter of the vote still to be tallied. More than 1.2 million mail ballots, a form of voting more favored by Democrats than Republicans, still need to be counted, according to the Pennsylvania Department of State, which has already tallied more than 1.3 million ballots.

As of late Wednesday morning:

Republican Heather Heidelbaugh leads Democratic incumbent Attorney General Josh Shapiro, by nearly 7 percentage points, a margin of more than 354,000 votes.

Republican Stacy

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Could Maryland law change help ease backlog of requests for jobless benefits?

The Maryland office that processes unemployment claims is jammed with a backlog of cases, and the governor believes part of the holdup is related to state law.

The Maryland office that processes unemployment claims is jammed with a backlog of cases, and the governor believes part of the holdup is related to state law.

Maryland is a mitigation state. “That means we, and three other states in the country, are required to mitigate the disputes on every single claim,” said Maryland Labor Secretary Tiffany P. Robinson.

“In other states, those claims can be denied, and those claimants immediately have the right to appeal,” Robinson said.

The issue was raised during a virtual Board of Public Works meeting Wednesday, in which Comptroller Peter Franchot made a passionate appeal for immediate aid to be provided to people who have been waiting for months for interviews for their claims to be reviewed.

“We

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Glancy Prongay & Murray LLP, a National Class Action Law Firm, Continues Investigation of Alibaba Group Holding Limited (BABA) on Behalf of Investors

Glancy Prongay & Murray LLP (“GPM”), a national investor rights law firm, continues its investigation on behalf of Alibaba Group Holding Limited (“Alibaba” or the “Company”) (NYSE: BABA) investors concerning the Company’s possible violations of the federal securities laws.

If you suffered a loss on your Alibaba investments or would like to inquire about potentially pursuing claims to recover your loss under the federal securities laws, you can submit your contact information at https://www.glancylaw.com/cases/alibaba-group-holding-limited/. You can also contact Charles H. Linehan, of GPM at 310-201-9150, Toll-Free at 888-773-9224, or via email at [email protected] to learn more about your rights.

Alibaba owns a 33% equity interest in Ant Small and Micro Financial Services Group Co., Ltd. (“Ant Group”), an online microlending company that operates Alipay, one of the largest mobile and online payments platforms.

On October 26, 2020, Ant Group priced its initial public offering (“IPO”) to list its shares on

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Here’s when ‘Grey’s Anatomy,’ ‘NCIS,’ ‘Law & Order: SVU’ return, plus more TV highlights (’The Crown,’ ‘Shameless’)

When everyone seems to be fighting, yelling at each other, and the future is uncertain, the idea of settling in to watch new episodes of familiar TV shows sounds like the entertainment equivalent of putting on your most comfy pajamas and snuggling up in a blanket.

Like everything else, TV schedules have been impacted by the coronavirus, as filming was forced to stop in the spring. That meant that, instead of a wave of returning series coming back to our screens in September and early October, season premieres were delayed because of the slow pace involved in getting shows back into production, and steps required for safety protocols.

Returns and premieres of new shows have generally been more staggered than usual, as some series were able to film before others. But, after several weeks of space-filling fare, including repurposed series from cable (“L.A.’s Finest”), streaming (“Star Trek: Discovery”) and imports

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Where Trump, Biden Stand as Vote-Counting Drags On

With record high turnout and more than 155 million votes cast, the race for the presidency between Republican President Donald Trump and Democrat Joe Biden will ultimately be decided by just a handful of states where it remains too close to call a winner.

As of Wednesday afternoon, Biden is ahead in electoral votes 248 to 214, according to Associated Press projections. Trump’s early leads in the Rust Belt states of Michigan and Wisconsin evaporated, and the AP called Wisconsin for Biden on Wednesday afternoon. The Trump campaign is seeking a recount.

Trump still leads in Pennsylvania, but the margin is shrinking. Biden is threatening to trim the president’s leads in North Carolina and Georgia.

Here is an update on the status of the race and the ballot counting in the six states yet to be called by the AP.

Alaska

President Donald Trump will almost certainly win Alaska’s three

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Kim Foxx won big because voters don’t want to go backward on criminal justice reform | Editorial

When it comes to criminal justice reform — keeping us safe without mindlessly filling up prisons — Cook County voters were clear Tuesday about where they stand:

We can’t go back.

They voted decisively to give Kim Foxx a second term as state’s attorney, though they had been fully apprised by the media and her detractors of the glaring mistakes she made during her first term.

Because we generally share Foxx’ view of law enforcement and ultimate justice — that it involves a lot more than locking people up — we’re pleased that she won and her Republican opponent, Pat O’Brien, lost.

O’Brien was a top assistant state’s attorney back in a day when success in the office was measured by how many scalps a prosecutor collected — how many offenders, even if not dangerous, were put behind bars. It’s a mindset to which Cook County should never return.

Countering

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