Biden expected to tap Blinken as top diplomat; Trump appeals Pa. ruling; Swift wins big at AMAs

Today is Monday, Nov. 23, 2020. Let’s get caught up.

These non-virus headlines are in the news this morning: President-elect Biden is expected to nominate Antony Blinken to serve as the nation’s top diplomat; President Trump is appealing a judge’s rejection of his attempt to block Pennsylvania vote; and Taylor Swift took home the biggest prize at this year’s AMAs.

Read on for these stories, other top headlines, celebrity birthdays and more.


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Biden expected to nominate Blinken as secretary of state

President-elect Joe Biden is expected to nominate Antony Blinken as secretary of state, according to multiple people familiar with the Biden team’s planning.

Blinken, 58, served as deputy secretary of state and deputy national security adviser during the Obama administration and has close ties with Biden. If nominated and confirmed, he would be a leading force in the incoming administration’s bid to reframe the U.S. relationship with the rest of the world after four years in which President Donald Trump questioned longtime alliances. Read more:

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Swift wins top prize at AMAs, says she’s re-recording music

Taylor Swift won her third consecutive artist of the year prize at the American Music Awards, but she missed the show for a good reason: She said she’s busy re-recording her early music after her catalog was sold.

In a video that aired during Sunday’s awards show, the pop star said “the reason I’m not there tonight is I’m actually re-recording all of my old music in the studio where we originally recorded it. So it’s been amazing. And I can’t wait for you to hear it.” Read more:

In other news today …

  • Israeli media reported Monday that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu flew to Saudi Arabia for a clandestine meeting with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, which would mark the first known encounter between senior Israeli and Saudi officials.
  • China on Monday lashed out at Washington over its withdrawal from the “Open Skies Treaty” with Russia, saying the move undermined military trust and transparency and imperiled future attempts at arms control.
  • Two people died and multiple others were injured in a stabbing Sunday night at a church in California where homeless people had been brought to shelter from the cold weather, police said.
  • A co-founder of the social media ALS ice bucket challenge, which has raised more than $200 million worldwide for Lou Gehrig’s disease research, died Sunday at the age of 37, according to the ALS Association.
  • Cincinnati Bengals franchise quarterback Joe Burrow was hit high and low by Washington linemen Montez Sweat and Jonathan Allen after throwing a pass, and the QB’s left leg bent the wrong way. “See ya next year,” he tweeted after the game.

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