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New Report Shows Keys To Maximizing Real Estate Earning Potential 

McKissock Learning has revealed a new guide of income statistics from licensed real estate professionals across the United States as a means of keeping track of trends, and highlighting the methods that are maximizing agents’ earning potential.

McKissock Learning is one of America’s top online real estate schools, and provides educational courses and professional development to hundreds of thousands of agents across the country every year. 

In November 2021, the company reached out to thousands of licensed real estate agents and brokers to gain a better understanding of the specific strategies used to increase their earning potential. 

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Last year, the number of agents that participated was about half of the 9,000 participants in this year’s report. This way, the guide can show a much more accurate picture of what real estate agents are earning and how they’re making it possible. 

Real estate income is actually on the rise, despite the many complications the industry has faced throughout the Covid-19 pandemic. 75% of real estate agents reported that they earned more in 2020 than they did in 2019, with an average income of $129,996 for full-time agents. 

Another trend that’s helping the market continue to thrive is the fact that more agents are happy with the brokerage they’re a part of. Choosing the right brokerage is an essential part of being a successful agent. 

84% of the agents surveyed stated that they were satisfied with their brokerage experience. Only 6% of participants said that they plan on switching brokerages within the next couple of years. 

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Specializing in a niche has also proven to be one of the keys to maximizing your earning potential. Last year’s report showed the same results, citing that agents who showed eco-friendly properties were able to gain an average income of $263,180. 

92% of the participants reported that they feel very optimistic about their future in real estate, which is the highest percentage in the history of McKissock Learning’s reports. 

Only 12% of agents said they planned on retiring within the next five years. Real estate allows agents to create their own schedules, to an extent, so it’s easier for certain agents to reduce the number of hours they work per week to best fit their lifestyle and income goals. 

The report stated that obviously a reduction in hours could result in a reduction of income for agents, however, individuals can still earn a decent income as a part-time or semi-retired agent.

New Book Reveals Top Military Officials Thought Trump Was Planning A Coup, Planned A Mass Resignation 

“I Alone Can Fix It” is a new book by Washington Post reporters Carol Leonnig and Philip Rucker which details reports of top military officials who knew former president Donald Trump was planning a coup after his defeat in the 2020 election. 

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Mark Milley is one of the many military officials who discussed resigning if they were to be given illegal or dangerous orders from the former president should he attempt a coup. 

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Experts of the book showed Milley and others discussing the possibility of a coup with lawmakers, friends, and other White House top officials. 

“They may try, but they’re not going to succeed. You can’t do this [a coup] without the military. You can’t do this without the CIA and the FBI, we’re the guys with the guns.” 

Other officials also discussed resigning one by one rather than carrying out any illegal orders they may receive. According to the book, one of the main focuses of their concern was Trump’s decision to replace top officials at the Departments of Defense and Justice.

On November 9th Trump announced that former Defense Secretary Mark Esper had been “terminated,” just one week after Esper warned if Trump replaced him, the new Secretary would be “a real yes man, and then God help us.” 

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According to the book, “Milley grew increasingly concerned by Trump’s behavior ahead of January 6, believing that Trump was deliberately seeking to stir unrest with his bogus election-fraud claims to invoke the Insurrection Act and summon the military.” One excerpt quoted an unnamed friend who warned Milley of Trump’s potential coup.

“What they are trying to do here is overturn the government. This is all real man. You are one of the few guys who are standing between us and some really bad stuff.” 

The book claimed that Milley was so concerned over Trump that he compared the former president’s behavior to Adolf Hitler’s after he used the 1933 Reichstag fire to declare a state of emergency and seize full authoritarian power. 

Milley has been the target of multiple attacks from the former president and his allies this week after he also defended the US’s military policy of teaching members about racism in the US before Congress. 

At the congressional hearing, Milley claimed that he was committed to understanding his own “white rage and the motives of the far-right Capitol insurrectionists.”

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How Social Media Platforms Are Combating The Spread Of Misinformation

Without any real solid regulation from the federal government in terms of combating these falsehoods from spreading, it’s up to the platforms themselves to make its users aware when a story, tweet, post, etc. contains important information that may not be 100% correct.

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Joe Biden Is The 46th President Of The United States

After nearly a week of close calls, recounts, and some of the most razor thin margins in US history, Joe Biden has been elected as the 46th President of the United States.

Thursday Morning Election Update: Final States Counting Their Ballots, Biden Still Leading In Electoral Votes

(9:13 a.m.) Two days after Election Day 2020 and ballots are still being counted in 6 key states that could give either presidential candidate a path to the White House. Joe Biden is currently leading in electoral votes with 253, while Trump has received 213. 

As of this morning, the race for the White House is still too close to call. Georgia, Nevada, and some officials from Arizona’s Maricopa County, the biggest in Arizona, all are expected to deliver press conferences today with news of their ballot counts. Georgia’s Secretary of State will be holding a conference at 10:30 a.m. ET.

Clark County, Nevada, which is where Las Vegas is located, is expected to deliver an update at Noon ET; the county has the largest number of votes in Nevada, Biden currently holds the lead in the state by 8,000 votes. Officials in Maricopa County are expected to deliver a conference at 9 p.m. ET, and tweeted that they had 275,000 ballots remaining overnight. 

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Democrats went to bed on Election Night with a bad feeling in their stomach but have been cautiously optimistic throughout the past two days as more and more absentee ballots began being counted and Biden’s numbers began to rise. However, both presidential candidates could still snag the presidency depending on how each state leans. Arizona, Nevada, Georgia, and Pennsylvania are the main ones that party operatives have been paying the closest attention to. 

As previously mentioned Biden currently holds a lead in Arizona and Nevada, but the margins are narrow. Experts, however, still aren’t sure if those margins are narrow enough to give Trump all the votes he needs to pass Biden. 

Most of this “cautious optimism” comes from Pennsylvania, a state that initially looked like it would be going right to Trump on Election Day, but now has experts unsure. 10% of the votes in Pennsylvania are yet to be counted within three suburban counties in Southeast Pennsylvania that are typically known to vote blue. 

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In Philadelphia alone, there are around 140,000 ballots remaining to be counted, and thousands of other mail-in votes from areas around the city also being counted still. “I know there is enough out there in the state as long as those trends continue, I believe personally, a margin that will carry Pennsylvania for the Vice President,” said Pennsylvania Lieutenant Governor John Fetterman.

Georgia, like Arizona and Nevada, has been continuously getting closer and closer in terms of who’s leading. As of 9:40 a.m. ET this morning Trump holds a 20,000 vote lead with around 50,000 votes left to be counted, according to spokesperson for the Secretary of State Walter Jones. For democrats, they’ll have to look at Fulton and Dekalb counties which are still being counted as those also traditionally vote blue. 

If one thing is certain, every vote will be meticulously counted as we enter day three of election “purgatory” if you will. Joe Biden tweeted this morning that “Every vote must be counted” with a short video showing a slew of diverse individuals who voted.

2020 Presidental Election

2020 Presidential Election Still A Close Race As Of Wednesday Morning

(9:00 a.m.) It’s the morning after Election Day and it’s still too early to call who the winner will be. Votes are still being counted in Alaska, Arizona, North Carolina, Nevada, Wisconsin, Michigan, Maine, Georgia and Pennsylvania. 

“Biden holds the lead in the Electoral College at this stage in the count, with 224 electoral college votes. Donald Trump has 213 electoral college votes. Both candidates still have pathways to get to 270 electoral votes – the number of votes needed to win the presidency.”

Currently Biden’s camp is confident that they’re on the right track based on the states they’ve already won and the states whose votes have yet to be counted. Biden is currently ahead in Wisconsin after trailing right behind Trump all night. Trump had been leading in the state by about 100,000 votes all night but as of this morning Biden is leading by 21,000 votes due to all the mail in absentee ballots being counted. 

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Georgia is one of the crucial states that could help either candidate in their race to the White House. The state reported that they’ve begun counting absentee ballots in Fulton County: Georgia’s most populated county with more than a million residents. There are about 48,000 absentee votes still to be counted in the county as well. 

If one thing’s for sure, this race is nowhere near how close it was in 2016, it’s closer. CNN’s Phil Mattingly recently discussed the ways in which both candidates can still win this election. “If Trump wins Alaska, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Georgia, and if Biden holds on to his lead in Wisconsin, Nevada, Arizona and Maine, and overtakes Trump in Michigan, that’s Biden’s path.” 

On the other end, “If Trump wins Pennsylvania, holds his lead in Michigan and flips Nevada, because it’s currently a very close race, he will have the votes he needs.” Both candidates will need to dig into each other’s territories that are more traditionally red or blue in order to secure the votes they need. 

(9:17 a.m.) 8% of the vote remains to be counted in Georgia, 14% of the overall vote in Michigan needs to be counted as well. The Michigan Secretary of State recently told the press this morning that hundreds of thousands of votes are still to be counted. 3% of the vote remains to be counted in Wisconsin, and in Pennsylvania, 25% remains. Pennsylvania also allows mail-in votes to be received and counted up until Friday.

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“The simple fact is there are still votes to be counted … votes cast legally still to be counted in states where the margins are thin,” according to CNN’s Jim Sciutto. The absentee ballots are one of the most crucial aspects of this election process. 

As of 9:00 a.m this morning it’s now being reported that Biden could overtake Trump in Michigan due to the absentee ballot votes being counted, yet again. Additionally, a senior official in Governor Tom Wolf’s administration recently spoke with the press about how Pennsylvania is still at play as well even though Trump is leading in the state currently. 

“As of this morning there were 1.4 million absentee ballots still to be counted. The margin of difference between Trump and Joe Biden currently stands at just over 618,000 with 75% of the state’s votes counted.”

65% of the mail-in ballots from Pennsylvania came from registered Democrats as well, but that doesn’t mean they all voted for Biden. Biden’s camp, however, does see a clear path of victory for the former Vice President. According to a senior adviser on the campaign they are confident that they’ll win Wisconsin and Michigan based on the current vote-by-mail numbers. 

They’re also confident that they can overtake Trump in Pennsylvania due to the amount of registered Democrats that voted via mail. While Trump is still leading in the state by 618,000, there are around 1 million absentee ballots still to be counted, and as we’ve seen with Wisconsin and Michigan, the absentee ballots could change everything. The camp is still unclear as to how they think Georgia will move as well. “We feel good,” the senior adviser said. “We’re going to win today.”

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US Officials Preparing For Lines And Lawsuits This Election Day

More than 100 million Americans have already cast their ballots for the 2020 presidential election before the polls opened this Tuesday. This will likely reduce the amount of individuals who will turn up to vote in person this year, however, a lot of issues still remain.

Biden Gains Momentum In Polls As Key Demographics Switch To Vote Democrat

We’re a little more than a week away from Election Day and Joe Biden’s goal of reaching the White House in 2021 could be dependent on two crucial demographics who’s previous loyalty to Trump led him to his presidency back in 2016.

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Biggest Takeaways From The Final Trump-Biden Debate 

The second and final debate between President Donald Trump and Democratic challenger Joe Biden took place Thursday night in what experts are calling a “more normal” debate when compared to the original showdown between the two candidates. 

Trump entered the debate and maintained a relatively calm presence, under the advice of his administration who pleaded with the president to cool down this round. The basis of his arguments remained the same as the previous debate: he downplayed the coronavirus pandemic and took no personal responsibility for America’s failings in handling it, threw personal attacks at Biden, and lacked an overall sense of substance in his answers. For example when asked about a health care agenda for his second term, Trump avoided the question and yet again made it through the night without mentioning a plan.

Additionally, the first question Trump was asked regarded how he would lead during the next stage of the coronavirus pandemic, to which the president reflected on the “success” he’s already had within the past year. The centerpiece of Trump’s arguments focused on the mentality that “it could be worse,” despite the fact that more than 220,000 Americans have now died. 

“It will go away and as I say, we’re rounding the turn, we’re rounding the corner. It’s going away.”

Trump made the above claim while avoiding discussing the multiple surges in cases occurring all across the nation currently. He did optimistically claim that a vaccine would be arriving “within weeks,” despite having no real evidence that that’s true. In a later portion of the debate he backtracked and mentioned that there was no “guarantee” one would be ready but he’s hopeful one will be ready by the end of the year. 

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Biden then offered a much darker, more realistic, painting of America’s handling of this virus, claiming we’re heading toward a very “dark winter” due to the action’s of Trump. Biden accused Trump of denying responsibility for Covid’s spreading in the US and downplaying the virus for months despite the piles of evidence being presented to him. 

“Anyone who’s responsible for that many deaths [over 200,000] should not remain as President of the United States of America.”

When discussing how he would handle the virus, Biden was able to list out some more specifics in terms of a concrete plan of action. He said he would establish a national standard for the reopening of schools and businesses and stimulus payments to get the nation as a whole back on track. He also projected that a vaccine wouldn’t realistically be available in America until at least the middle of next year, which is more on par with what public health experts are claiming, so instead he knows the biggest concern will be minimizing the spread. 

Trump, however, already has 50 million votes cast for him, and as he nears the same position he was in four years ago when he was going up against Hilary Clinton, he’s decided to resort to the same tactics he used back then to hopefully secure him another win. He tried to paint Biden to be a typical politician, like he did with Clinton, and pointed out that he’s been in office for nearly 50 years and America still has the same issues it did 50 years ago, like systemic racism. Trump continued to try to place every systemic issue America has experienced within the past five decades on Biden, which only gave Biden an opening to discuss all the successes that occurred under the Obama administration. 

Trump then continued to attack Biden and brought up the allegations made against his son Hunter and his involvement with the Ukraine, to which Biden just turned it back around and mentioned that “the guy who got in trouble in Ukraine was this guy,” pointing to Trump, “trying to bribe the Ukrainian government to say something negative about me, which they would not do.” Remember, it was Trump’s actions in the Ukraine that led to his impeachment. 

Biden then fully flipped the attack on Trump by going down the list of all his failings, specifically in terms of his administration’s economic, health care, and immigration policies. This was the moment in the debate that viewers really saw the difference between their two candidates. One answered every policy related question with a series of detailed proposals that explained how each would impact the average American household while the other kept the statements short, general and in high praise of the current administration. 

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Biden continued to assert his position byt slamming Trump for trying to have the Supreme Court undo the Affordable Care Act and all of its protections for those with pre-existing medical conditions; a pool of people that Biden mentioned will soon include those who suffered from Covid-19. Trump has long promised a new health care plan that would protect all Americans regardless of their current health status, but hasn’t even mentioned the specifics of a new plan once within the past four years. 

Biden, on the other hand, detailed his already existing proposal that would allow Americans to buy into a public health insurance program, he called the proposal “Bidencare.” He also asserted that minimum wage should be nationally raised to $15 an hour while Trump said the matter was up to the states. 

Then, more importantly, the issue of immigration was brought up, to which Biden immediately mentioned the 545 children that were separated from their parents at the border this week, to which Trump responded that they were being “very well taken care of,” despite the fact that some haven’t seen their families in months, which made Biden very upset. 

“They got separated from their parents, and it makes us a laughingstock and violates every notion of who we are as a nation.”

The issue of race and systemic racism was then raised, to which Trump claimed he’s done more for African Americans than any previous president since Abraham Lincoln, claiming to be the “least racist person in the room.” Biden then cast Trump and his entire administration as one that has consistently sought out to divide the country racially. 

“Abraham Lincoln here is one of the most racist presidents we’ve had in modern history. This guy has a dog whistle as big as a fog horn.” The night then ended with Biden claiming he would transition the country away from the oil industry because of how much it pollutes the earth. As of right now the race is stagnant, so the most important thing to remember is to get out and vote!! 

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2020 Billboard Music Awards Recap: Post Malone Wins Big In Nine Categories 

Post Malone proved to be the big winner of 2020’s Billboard Music Awards, taking home nine awards including top artist for the year. Kelly Clarkson hosted the ‘Covid-19 style” award show that involved many remote performances, a crowd less Dolby Theater, and plenty of distancing for the artists that were there to accept their awards. Eight of Post Malone’s awards were delivered to him via cart by Clarkson. 

The show was originally scheduled for April, but obviously the pandemic through a wrench in that plan. Since this award show was meant to take place six months ago, it mainly awarded songs, and albums from last year. For example, Lil Nas X took home four prizes for his 2019 shit single ‘Old Town Road.’

Many of the winners for the evening used their speech time to urge their fans to get out and vote. Lizzo took it all a step further and wore a simple black dress with the word ‘Vote’ repeated all over it while she accepted her award for being the Top Song Sales Artist. 

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“Let me tell y’all something, when people try to suppress something, it’s normally because that thing holds power. They’re afraid of your power. So whether it’s through music, protest or your right to vote, use your power, use your voice, and refuse to be suppressed.”

Billie Eilish picked up three awards throughout the whole night including top female artist and top new artist. When Eilish won the new artist award she stood on the stage and simply said “Please vote, please wear a mask, and please wash your hands and be safe.” Demi Lovato also performed her new politically charged single ‘Commander-In-Chief” which takes aim at President Trump and his harmful policies in terms of the pandemic and other areas of reform.

NBC censored the part of Lovato’s performance which displayed the word “Vote” on the screen, as the broadcasters felt it would be seen as a call to vote against the current president, instead of a neutral call to action. NBC did, however, tweet out the image of Lovato with the word displayed behind her. 

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John Legend gave an emotional performance of his song ‘Never Break,’ which he dedicated to his wife Chrissy Teigen, who suffered a misscarriage a couple of weeks ago. There were several other performances throughout the three-hour show, including a performance of ‘Love Looks Better’ by Alicia Keys and ‘Better Together’ by Luke Combs. The two performances have been regarded as heartfelt and empowering. Combs also won the award for Top Country Artist this year. 

“I know everybody out there has been through so much this year. I want to thank the crew that is working on this show tonight, because they have gone through some insane stuff to make this happen for you guys. I hope everybody’s staying safe at home.”

BTS gave a remote performance of their hit single ‘Dynamite’ from South Korea, where they shortly after won the award for Top Social Artist; an award that’s voted on by the fans. Doja Cat then gave a ‘Chicago’ inspired performance of her songs ‘Say So’ and ‘Juicy.” 

The real winner of the night was Post Malone, and unsurprisingly so as well considering what a year 2019 was for the young artist. In 2019 alone Malone scored two multi-platinum singles in the US with ‘Sunflower’ and ‘Circles,’ while his third studio album ‘Hollywood’s Bleeding’ sold three million copies. The singer-songwriter and rapper, 25, said he was “blown away, just by the love that everybody’s shown to me.”

For a list of all the winners, click here