• After U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy, a Republican from Baton Rouge, won reelection Tuesday night, he talked to members of the media about what he felt he’s done right during his first term and what his plans are for his second term. Congress failed to pass another COVID-19 relief package before Election Day after discussions between the White House and the two political parties stalled, but Cassidy said, “We have a bill that’s kind of Goldilocks, just right. And if the negotiations fail, we’re going to put that bill forward that we think bridges the gap between Democrats and Republicans.” Louisiana Illuminator has the full story.
• The number of new daily coronavirus cases recorded in the U.S. surpassed 100,000 for the time, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University. The data showed 102,831 new COVID-19 infections were recorded on Wednesday, up from 91,530 cases on Election Day, CNBC reports.
• General Motors is posting huge third-quarter numbers, pulling in $4 billion in profit over three months, after a short money-losing stretch as the spread of COVID-19 shut down all U.S. auto factories. Automakers have sprinted out of their pandemic lockdowns, and GM’s big quarter follows similar performances at crosstown rivals Ford and Fiat. All three blew past Wall Street’s sales and profit projections.
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