Las Notis is a daily news column that gets you up to speed on the political, media + other goings-on in the United States, Latin America, and the diaspora—all in one quick digest.
Here’s your glimpse at what’s going on today:
- Despite the fact that Joe Biden leads votes in Michigan by about 150,000 votes, Trump continues to dispute election results and has invited Republican state legislators to the White House today (Nov. 20) to reportedly try and subvert leaders from certifying Biden’s win. The move appears to be part of a theory that is the results aren’t certified, Republican legislatures could appoint pro-Trump electors to flip the election to Trump. [NYT]
- According to a recent analysis from the National Center for Health Statistics in partnership with the Census Bureau, about 40% of Latinos across the country have reported experiencing frequent symptoms of anxiety or depressive disorder since the pandemic started. Black people and Latinos have continued to experience disproportionately high rates of COVID-19 deaths. [NBC Latino]
- Misinformation researchers have flagged how pervasive misinformation aimed at Latinos continues to be on social media. It targets, in particular, alarming falsehoods about Joe Biden, voter fraud, and Democratic leaders. [Vox]
- Mexico became the fourth country in the world to pass 100,000 deaths as a result of the Coronavirus. The milestone comes just a week after Mexico reached one million infections, although the number could be higher because testing there has been limited. [AP]
- Flooding has continued in Guatemala following Tropical Storm Iota as heavy downpours continue. Thousands of people have been evacuated in the country, and at least two have been confirmed dead. [Yahoo News]
- Thousands of students and workers have joined protests in Colombia to speak out against President Iván Duque, who many feel has not done enough to improve healthcare, help small businesses, and establish basic wages for the unemployed. [BBC]
- The Latin Grammys aired last night (Nov. 19) and resulted in major award categories going to Alejandro Sanz, Residente, and Natalia Lafourcade. The telecast included performances from Anitta, Bad Bunny, Anuel Aa, Karol G, and more. Read our recap here.