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Biden Calls On Trump To 'Step Down' Over Botched Response To Pandemic

(TPM) During a town hall hosted by CNN, Biden asserted that “what presidents say matter.” If elected, “I will make it clear what is needed to be done,” the Democratic candidate said. Biden said Trump’s response to the pandemic is “all about his re-election.” “It should be about the American people, and they’re in trouble,” he told the town hall audience.

The Democrat pointed to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Robert Redfield’s assertion during a Senate testimony on Wednesday that masks are “more guaranteed” to protect against the virus than a vaccine, a comment that flew in the face of Trump’s heavy emphasis on cranking out a vaccine while downplaying the importance of masks.

“You’ve got to level with the American people, shoot from the shoulder,” Biden said on Thursday. “There’s never been a time they have not been able to step up. This president should step down.”


Brand New A+ Rated Marist Likely Voter National Poll

Biden: 52%
Klansman: 43%

(Marist was closest to the mark in 2016)


Signs of bottom falling out of Drumpf campaign

(Boston Globe) Since 2000, presidential elections have been won in the margins. Some wins were bigger than others. But compared to the previous century, this two-decade period of competitive elections is a testament to how polarized the country has become. But there is one exception to the recent rule: Barack Obama’s landslide victory in 2008. In November, Obama stomped all over Republican John McCain. Obama took 68 percent of Electoral College votes by winning states like Indiana and Virginia that no Democrat had won since 1964.

For most of that year, the 2008 presidential campaign didn’t feel like a landslide at all. Indeed, in early September national polling from reputable outlets like the Associated Press, CBS News, and ABC News all had McCain ahead of Obama. A USA Today/Gallup poll had McCain up 10 points on Labor Day weekend. But shortly after, the bottom fell out on McCain.


'Vast majority' of funding promised by Trump for Kenosha can't be used for recovery

(Milwaukee Journal Sentinel) Tens of millions in new federal funding promised by President Donald Trump for Kenosha, Wisconsin, can't be used to rebuild the city, Gov. Tony Evers and Sen. Tammy Baldwin wrote Thursday in a letter to the president. Of the $41 million announced by Trump and Barr on Sept. 1 for law enforcement, nearly all of it was already on its way to the state before the Kenosha unrest, according to the Democratic officials. "In fact, it seems the only new funding you announced in Kenosha is $1 million for Kenosha law enforcement," Baldwin and Evers wrote. "Kenosha and Wisconsin will need a more robust federal response than you have already announced."


CDC Coronavirus Testing Guidance Was Posted Against Scientists' Objections

(NYT) A heavily criticized recommendation from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention last month about who should be tested for the coronavirus was not written by C.D.C. scientists and was posted to the agency’s website despite their serious objections, according to several people familiar with the matter as well as internal documents obtained by The New York Times. The guidance said it was not necessary to test people without symptoms of Covid-19 even if they had been exposed to the virus. It came at a time when public health experts were pushing for more testing rather than less, and administration officials told The Times that the document was a C.D.C. product and had been revised with input from the agency’s director, Dr. Robert Redfield. But officials told The Times this week that the health department did the rewriting itself and then “dropped” it into the C.D.C.’s public website, flouting the agency’s strict scientific review process.


Trump Attacks FBI Director Christopher Wray for Warning on Russian Election Meddling

(Daily Beast) President Donald Trump attacked his own FBI director Thursday in a series of vitriolic tweets. Christopher Wray had testified Thursday morning before the House Committee on Homeland Security about “very active efforts” by Russia to influence the 2020 U.S. election and “to both sow divisiveness and discord and...to denigrate Vice President Biden.” Trump, who has long contested his own intelligence agencies’ conclusions about Russian election meddling, wrote in response, “But Chris, you don’t see any activity from China, even though it is a FAR greater threat than Russia, Russia, Russia. They will both, plus others, be able to interfere in our 2020 Election with our totally vulnerable Unsolicited (Counterfeit?) Ballot Scam.” He cited no evidence for his claims about China or voting by mail. In another tweet, he wrote of the FBI’s investigation of domestic terrorism, “The Comey/Mueller inspired FBI is simply unable, or unwilling, to find their funding source, and allows them to get away with ‘murder.’”


Trump's former spy chief is calling on Congress to create an election oversight commission

(CNN) President Donald Trump's former director of national intelligence called on Congress to create a commission to "oversee the election," an especially notable proposal from a former senior administration official that comes as the President continues to sow doubt about the integrity of the upcoming contest. Former DNI Dan Coats outlined the proposed oversight commission in an opinion piece published Thursday in The New York Times in which he wrote that "our democracy's enemies, foreign and domestic, want us to concede in advance that our voting systems are faulty or fraudulent; that sinister conspiracies have distorted the political will of the people," among other things. As a result, Coats wrote, the "most urgent task American leaders face is to ensure that the election's results are accepted as legitimate."


Trump's 'terrific' health-care plan is so secret his own health advisers don't know it exists

(WaPo) There’s secret, top-secret, code-word-secret — and then there’s whatever President Trump’s health-care plan is. It’s apparently so deeply classified that the people overseeing the plan don’t even know they’re involved. The Republican Party has promised (and failed) to repeal and replace Obamacare for more than a decade — that is, the entirety of the law’s existence. Trump began teasing his own replacement plan during his first presidential bid, five years ago. Back then, he pledged to swap out the Affordable Care Act for “something terrific,” details TBD.


Judge blocks changes to Postal Service as 'politically motivated attack'

(AP) A U.S. judge on Thursday blocked controversial Postal Service changes that have slowed mail nationwide, calling them "a politically motivated attack on the efficiency of the Postal Service" before the November election. Judge Stanley Bastian in Yakima, Washington, said he was issuing a nationwide preliminary injunction sought by 14 states that sued the Trump administration and the U.S. Postal Service.

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