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Centrists to Win Brazil’s Two Main Cities in Defeat to Bolsonaro

Bundesbank Deputy Says Not Time for Bank Dividend Return: FAS

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Bundesbank Vice President Claudia Buch says now isn’t the time for the ECB to lift its de facto ban on banks paying dividends, according to an interview in Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung’s Sunday edition.

  • “I do not think it makes sense to simply repeal the recommendation now. As long as there is a lot of uncertainty, we have to insure the system against negative scenarios,” Buch was quoted as saying.
  • READ: ECB Officials Signal Growing Support for Bank Dividend Return

Broncos vs. Saints live blog: Real-time updates from the NFL Week 12 game at Empower Field at Mile High – The Denver Post

Live updates, tweets, photos, analysis and more from the Broncos game against the New Orleans Saints at Empower Field at Mile High at Denver on Nov. 29, 2020.

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President-elect Joe Biden twisted ankle while playing with dog Major

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President-elect Joe Biden was hurt on Saturday and is expected to be examined by an orthopedist "out of an abundance of caution," according to officials. 

Biden's team released a statement saying the 78-year-old slipped "while playing with his dog Major, and twisted his ankle." 

President-elect Joe Biden and his dog, Major. 

"Out of an abundance of caution, he will be examined this afternoon by an orthopedist," his office said. 

Major is one of Joe and Jill Biden's two German shepherds and will be the first rescue dog to live in the White House. The Bidens adopted him from the Delaware Humane Society in 2018. Their other dog, Champ, they have had since 2008. 

The Bidens have also said they plan to get a cat. 

This is a developing story. Check back for updates. 

PHOTOS: New Orleans Saints vs. Denver Broncos, Nov. 29, 2020

The Denver Broncos host the New Orleans Saints Sunday for the NFL Week 12 game at Empower Field at Mile High.

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PHOTOS: Kendall Hinton makes debut as Broncos starting quarterback – The Denver Post

Broncos receiver Kendall Hinton on Sunday made his debut against the Saints as the team’s starting quarterback.

Hinton, 23, was named the starter after quarterbacks Drew Lock, Blake Bortles and Brett Rypien were unable to play after being deemed to be high-risk close-contact cases after quarterback Jeff Driskel tested positive for COVID-19.

Biden Builds All-Female White House Senior Communications Team

President-elect Joe Biden has built a senior communications team composed entirely of women, including Jen Psaki to be the face of the administration as White House press secretary, his transition said Sunday.

Psaki, a former Obama White House communications director and State Department spokeswoman, has been an on-camera spokeswoman for Biden’s transition office. Kate Bedingfield, deputy campaign manager and communications director during the 2020 campaign, will be Biden’s White House communications director.

Ashley Etienne, a former communications director and senior adviser to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, will be Vice President-elect Kamala Harris’s communications director. Symone Sanders, one of Biden’s most visible campaign aides, will be senior adviser and chief spokesperson for Harris. Sanders advised Harris and traveled with her during the final weeks of the campaign, a task she’s continued in during the transition.

Karine Jean-Pierre will be principal deputy press secretary after serving as a senior adviser during the campaign. She also worked on Barack Obama’s two presidential campaigns and in his White House as a regional political director. Pili Tobar, the Biden campaign’s communications director for coalitions, will be deputy communications director.

Liz Alexander, whose work with Biden dates back to his time in the Senate, will be communications director for Jill Biden.

Centrists to Win Brazil’s Two Main Cities in Defeat to Bolsonaro

Brazil’s two largest cities will be governed by centrist candidates who defeated those backed by President Jair Bolsonaro in nationwide municipal elections, consolidating the return of more moderate political actors following a conservative wave that swept the country two years ago.

Brazilians went to the polls on Sunday to choose mayors for Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and other 55 of the country’s 5,500 municipalities whose first-round results in the Nov. 15 vote had been inconclusive. Polling stations opened at 7 a.m. and closed at 5 p.m. local time.

Read More: Every Single Fake Bolsonaro Was Defeated in Brazilian Elections

In Sao Paulo, incumbent Mayor Bruno Covas is projected to have won the race against leftist Guilherme Boulos, according to Datafolha pollster. Covas was supported by Sao Paulo Governor Joao Doria, a key Bolsonaro opponent.

In Rio de Janeiro, former Mayor Eduardo Paes, who led the city during the Olympic Games in 2016, is projected to defeat incumbent Mayor Marcelo Crivella, an influential evangelical leader, Datafolha said. Crivella run for re-election with the support of Bolsonaro.

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