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As Biden wins, Trump golfs, snaps photos with fans, vows to fight

When Donald Trump heard he lost the election to Joe Biden, he was on the golf course.

After being cooped up in the White House since Election Day, the president had traveled to his namesake golf club outside Washington to play a round of golf, like he had so many warm, sunny weekends during his presidency.

He was there at 11:25 a.m. when news outlets declared Democrat Joe Biden had secured the 270 electoral votes needed to win the White House, cutting short Trump’s presidency after one term.

But Trump wasn’t ready to concede. A few minutes after the race was called, the campaign issued a prepared statement from the president, refusing to acknowledge Biden as the winner and continuing to offer vague, unsubstantiated allegations of voter fraud.

“The simple fact is this election is far from over,” Trump said. “Joe Biden has not been certified as the winner of

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  • November 7, 2020
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Choose the Best Medicare Coverage for Your Loved One’s Needs

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Medicare open enrollment runs throughDecember 7th. If you’re a senior, or if you’re a caregiver who is helping someone, now is the perfect time to shop around. It’s important to know you have options, not one size fits all, and you should look around to make sure your loved one has the right Medicare plan to fit their needs.

“This is the time of year when folks that are new to Medicare Advantage can enroll or those that want to switch plans can enroll,” explained Dr. Mark Selna, CEO Quartz Medicare Advantage. “Choosing insurance can be very confusing and Medicare Advantage can be confusing as well. To make it much easier we encourage people to focus really

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  • November 7, 2020
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Census takers say they were told to enter false information

Two census takers told The Associated Press that their supervisors pressured them to enter false information into a computer system about homes they had not visited so they could close cases during the waning days of the once-a-decade national headcount.

Maria Arce said her supervisor in Massachusetts offered step-by-step instructions in how to trick the system. She said she felt guilty about lying, but she did not want to disobey her supervisors, who kept repeating that they were under pressure from a regional office in New York to close cases.

“It was all a sham. I felt terrible, terrible. I knew I was lying. I knew I was doing something wrong, but they said, ‘No, no, we are closing. We have to do this,'” Arce said.

At the time, in mid- to late September, census workers were drawing close to a deadline imposed by President Donald Trump’s administration to finish

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  • November 7, 2020
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Jane Austen, Isaac Asimov, Barbara Cooney: Books Briefing

A writer who is good for you

“No other author goes with such casual intimacy as [Austen] … into the vulnerable spot where society touches the root of self. And few authors are at the same time so quietly fearsome and so intensely consoling.”

📚 Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen

📚 Emma, by Jane Austen

📚 Jane Austen: A Life, by Claire Tomalin

📚 Jane Austen: A Life, by David Nokes

📚 “The Janeites,” by Rudyard Kipling


The sprawling, empathetic adventure of Saga

Saga relies on a stable of heroes, antiheroes, and villains who span the spectra of age, class, gender, race, and sexual orientation … [The series] stands out as a profane, glorious ode to compassion and equality.”

📚 Saga, by Fiona Staples and Brian K. Vaughan


Isaac Asimov’s throwback vision of the future

“So many popular science-fiction

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  • November 7, 2020
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silver linings for the book industry as Australian sales surge

There’s a glimmer of positivity amid Australia’s beleaguered arts industries: with Covid-19 restrictions limiting our ability to attend live shows or go to cinemas, book sales across the country have surged – with many readers returning to familiar authors, and the escapist comforts of fiction.

According to Nielsen Book Australia, which tracks book sales nationally, the Australian market for books experienced a “steep decline” early in the year, but turned a corner over Easter and has been growing ever since.

Adult fiction has done particularly well, with the firm noting a 13% rise in sales value in the year to mid-October.

Related: ‘It’s political’: Michael Robotham and Peter Carey accuse Morrison government of abandoning authors

“People have more time to read the books they had always wanted to, either from their own bookshelf or a bestseller they had never got around to buying,” says HarperCollins chief executive Jim Demetriou, name-checking

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  • November 7, 2020
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Why Do Chase and TPG List Different Values for Ultimate Rewards Points?



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Before you start signing up for your first travel rewards credit cards, it helps to know how much value you can expect to receive in exchange for your spending and credit inquiry. A big question you may have is why TPG and Chase value Ultimate Rewards points differently.

This is a great question, as it hits at the very core of what we strive to do every day here at TPG: Help our readers earn and redeem points at the maximum possible value.

Let’s start by looking at the value you can get from booking travel directly through the Chase portal. The Chase Sapphire

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  • November 7, 2020
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How American Express Fine Hotels & Resorts can land you elite-like benefits at top hotels



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Last summer, I had an opportunity to experience something extraordinary — the Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North, a few miles outside of Phoenix. There was only one catch: midday temperatures easily exceeded 110 degrees, making some quality pool time an absolute must.

Those peak-summer temperatures also made for significantly reduced demand and the far more affordable hotel rates that often follow. So, while the Four Seasons might be out of reach during peak season — fall and winter rates can easily approach $500 — I managed to score a base rate of $230 per night.



a path with buildings on the side of a building: Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North (Photo by Zach Honig/The Points Guy)


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Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North (Photo by Zach Honig/The Points Guy)

Better yet, I used

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  • November 7, 2020
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Gibraltar holiday guide: where to stay, eat and drink this summer

The British Overseas Territory of Gibraltar is on the list of quarantine-free countries, meaning summer holidays there are an option again

Arriving in the British Overseas Territory of Gibraltar, you feel you are somewhere exotic but strangely familiar at the same time. On the southern tip of the Iberian peninsula, with the Atlantic on one side and the Mediterranean on the other and just 15 miles from Morocco, it is dominated by the dramatic limestone Rock and covers an area of just over two and a half square miles. There is a lot packed into that small space though and it is really worth staying longer than a day, whether you’re interested in history, anthropology, geology, nature or marine life. Not to mention the shopping.  

What to do

Take the cable car to the top of the Rock

The cable car whisks you up to a dizzying height of

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  • November 7, 2020
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An Evening With Chevy Chase & Beverly D’Angelo

It all happens Saturday, November 28th at 8:00 PM.

DPAC Hosts A (Virtual) Christmas With The Griswolds: An Evening With Chevy Chase & Beverly D'Angelo

Light up your holidays and join Christmas’ favorite couple, Ellen and Clark Griswold for this virtual salute to the holiday classic, National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. Chevy Chase (Clark) and Beverly D’Angelo (Ellen) lead audiences through this live event as they share fan-favorite clips from the movie, reveal their favorite memories from the making of the Vacation franchise and answer your questions in a live audience Q&A. It all happens Saturday, November 28th at 8:00 PM.

Tickets start at $25 and go on sale Friday, November 6th at 10:00 AM. Purchase online at DPACnc.com

A limited number of VIP tickets that include a post-show meet and greet with Chevy and Beverly are available.

An original member of NBC’s Saturday Night Live, Chevy Chase was the trailblazer who turned SNL success into Hollywood mega-stardom. The movies Caddyshack, National Lampoon’s Vacation, Fletch, and Three

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  • November 7, 2020
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Our experts break down GOLF’s latest Top 100 Courses in the U.S. ranking

GOLF Magazine recently launched its latest Top 100 Courses in the United States ranking (in print and online), and there’s nothing like a new Top 100 list to inspire friendly grill-room debate. Let’s dig into the list.

Which two courses in the Top 100 most surprised you in how high they were ranked, and why?

Jeff Lewis (Panelist since 2003; has played 97 of the World Top 100): Let’s start by saying every course in the Top 100 and just about every course mentioned in the issue is outstanding and a joy to play. But, since you asked, Bethpage Black (No. 30). Ultimately the “restoration” of the Black course was one of the biggest missed opportunities of the last couple of decades. The course needed maintenance, not a makeover. Tee shots should bounce into fairway bunkers. Period. Hard to do that when the bunkers are placed so far into the

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  • November 7, 2020