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Wall Street ‘euphoric’ as blue wave seen as unlikely, making progressive change more difficult – Fox Business

  1. Wall Street ‘euphoric’ as blue wave seen as unlikely, making progressive change more difficult  Fox Business
  2. Wall Street jumps on bets for split Congress  Reuters
  3. Stocks Rose On ‘Blue Wave’ Hopes, But Split Government Is Also A Reason To Rally  NPR
  4. Why your stocks and super will go higher on this crazy US election uncertainty  Switzer
  5. Asian stocks mixed after Wall Street election gains  The Associated Press
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Fears Rise for Safety of Election Workers in Battleground States

Tensions over the still undecided U.S. presidential election are prompting some state and local officials to increase security for those charged with counting the remaining votes. 

Supporters of Republican President Donald Trump and Democratic challenger Joe Biden have increasingly focused their attention on states like Arizona, Nevada and Pennsylvania, where slim margins have made calling the race nearly impossible. 

And the tensions have grown as allegations of irregularities in the vote-counting process have sparked protests outside buildings where the tally is going on. 

“I am concerned for the safety of my staff,” said Joe Gloria, registrar of voters in Clark County, Nevada, on November 5, after about 75 people, some wearing Trump T-shirts, chanted “Stop the Steal” and protested outside the county’s election center the night before. 

FILE – Supporters of President Donald Trump protest the Nevada vote in front of the Clark County Election Department in Las Vegas, Nov. 4, 2020.

There were no reports of violence, but following scares at other locations across the country, Gloria said his office was not taking any chances. 

“We’re putting measures into place to make sure that we have the security that’s necessary,” he said. “We have law enforcement who are protecting us.” 

In the neighboring state of Arizona, election officials in Maricopa County announced Thursday they would be setting up a “free speech zone” for protesters with the help of the local sheriff’s office. 

“It is imperative that we balance the protection and well-being of our election workers and volunteers with the constitutional right of protesters,” the Maricopa County Elections Department said in a statement, adding the changes would allow staff to count votes and leave the building “without the threat of intimidation.” 

Maricopa County officials made the move following a protest by about 200 Trump supporters, some armed with rifles or handguns, outside the Election Department in Phoenix on November 4. 

The county called on armed law enforcement officers to escort election department staff from the building. 

Zoned areas for protesters divide the parking lot of the Maricopa County Recorder’s Office, in Phoenix, Nov. 5, 2020.

Confrontations between protesters and election officials were also reported November 4 in Detroit, Michigan, when police officers barred Trump and Biden supporters from a convention center where votes were being counted. 

Officials said windows were covered up to prevent protesters and onlookers from taking video of the poll workers and volunteers. 

FILE – Election challengers yell as they look through the windows of the central counting board as police were helping to keep additional challengers from entering due to overcrowding, in Detroit, Nov. 4, 2020.

Overnight protests November 4 in Portland, Oregon, also turned violent, with police making 10 arrests and seizing multiple firearms as well as ammunition. 

Back in Michigan, the state’s attorney general complained November 5 on Twitter about harassing phone calls and threats to her staff. 

“The safety and security of election officials and election workers is paramount,” a spokesperson for the National Association of State Election Directors told VOA in a statement November 5. 

“Election officials have contingency plans in place,” the spokesperson added. 

Federal and state officials have been bracing for potential violence for months, anticipating frayed nerves due to a close election combined with the likelihood that results would be delayed because of the high number of mail-in ballots. 

FILE - Voters wait in line to cast their ballots on the second day of early voting in in Noblesville, Indiana, Oct. 7, 2020.FILE - Voters wait in line to cast their ballots on the second day of early voting in in Noblesville, Indiana, Oct. 7, 2020.
US States Brace for Possible Violence on Election Day
State security and election officials working to get ahead of a combination of factors threatening to spark chaos around the Nov. 3 vote

“Election result delays and recounts could result in protests and attempts to occupy election offices,” the New Jersey Department of Homeland Security and Preparedness warned in a threat assessment issued in late September. 

Law enforcement officials, including officials at the FBI, also expressed concern before the election that U.S. adversaries, such as Russia, Iran and China, could use the days after the November 3 vote to spark “upheaval and discord,” which could lead to violence. 

“Our preparations for [the 2020 election] take into account the current climate of the country,” an FBI official told VOA at the time. 

Star Wars: Squadrons PS5 Patch Pales in Comparison to Xbox Series X Update – Push Square

  1. Star Wars: Squadrons PS5 Patch Pales in Comparison to Xbox Series X Update  Push Square
  2. Xbox Series X Review  IGN
  3. Xbox Series X: The Kotaku Review  Kotaku
  4. Xbox Series X review: Microsoft recaptures the magic of the Xbox 360  Polygon
  5. Xbox Series X review: No gimmicks, but one secret weapon  CNET
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Covid-19: How a ‘warm vaccine’ could help India tackle coronavirus – BBC News

  1. Covid-19: How a ‘warm vaccine’ could help India tackle coronavirus  BBC News
  2. After COVID-19 vaccine, don’t lose that face mask. You’ll still need it.  Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
  3. US reaches 116,000 new Covid-19 cases in a day, setting another record  Vox.com
  4. Australia strikes deals for 50 million vaccine doses  Reuters
  5. Covid-19 Vaccine Safety Efforts to Feature App Tracking of Vulnerable Groups  The Wall Street Journal
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