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Bannon. Photo: Alex Wong / Getty Images

The globe's populist wave rolls on with Italy’s election the latest in a series of blows to the world's establishments.

Steve Bannon emails me from Milan: 'The Party of Davos' will implode ... The market [this] morning should be a tad choppy — Populist Eurosceptics in Italy; TrumpTrade Unchained in America."

In Italy...

  • "Once-fringe populist parties won almost half the vote, and a stable government is nowhere in sight," the WashPost writes.
  • "European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker warned of potential political chaos."
  • What happened, via Reuters: "[T]he anti-establishment 5-Star Movement saw its support soar to become Italy’s largest single party by far."
  • Why it happened, via Bloomberg: "The anti-establishment groups surged in the balloting as voters punished the mainstream parties for years of economic decline, rising taxes and a wave of immigration."
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Venezuela's predictable elections herald an uncertain future

The watchful eyes of Hugo Chávez on an election poster in Caracas. Photo: Cristian Hernandez/AFP via Getty

Venezuelans will go to the polls on Sunday, Nicolás Maduro will complete his takeover of the last opposition-held body, and much of the world will refuse to recognize the results.

The big picture: The U.S. and dozens of other countries have backed an opposition boycott of the National Assembly elections on the grounds that — given Maduro's tactics (like tying jobs and welfare benefits to voting), track record, and control of the National Electoral Council — they will be neither free nor fair.

Biden plans to ask public to wear masks for first 100 days in office

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President-elect Joe Biden told CNN on Thursday that he plans to ask the American public to wear face masks for the first 100 days of his presidency.

The big picture: Biden also stated he has asked NIAID director Anthony Fauci to stay on in his current role, serve as a chief medical adviser and be part of his COVID-19 response team when he takes office early next year.