THE FEED
coronavirus stimulus
coronavirus stimulus
Last-Gasp Stimulus Talks Proceed With Time Running Out
A compromise bill brought the previously successful negotiating team of Steven Mnuchin and Nancy Pelosi to the table.
2020 presidential debates
2020 presidential debates
Trump May Have His Microphone Cut Off If He Interrupts the Next Debate: Report
The Commission on Presidential Debates is introducing new rules based on last night’s disaster, and they reportedly have some teeth.
politics
politics
Debate Focus Group: White Working Class Men Sour on Trump
Everyone was lukewarm on both candidates, and that’s a big change for the president’s supposedly impregnable base.
antitrust
antitrust
House Democrats Poised to Recommend Breaking Up Big Tech Platforms
The aggressive posture may signal where the party is headed if it wins control of the government in November.
presidential debate
presidential debate
Trump’s Conspiracy-Theory Shorthand Limits His Audience to True Believers
In the debate and on the campaign trail, Trump constantly alludes to conservative myths that probably sound like gibberish to the uninitiated.
the national circus
the national circus
Frank Rich: Should the First Presidential Debate Also Be the Last?
The next two events are unlikely to improve on Tuesday’s travesty, but Joe Biden still has something to gain by showing up.

Ya don’t say

The Commission on Presidential Debates says “last night’s debate made clear that additional structure should be added to the format of the remaining debates to ensure a more orderly discussion of the issues.”
@kaitlancollins
presidential debates
presidential debates
Even Trump’s Base Found His Debate Performance Off-putting
Trump voters called his showing “annoying,” and “overboard,” while his biggest media champions meekly declared the debate “a tie.”

At least the U.S. being embarrassed on the world stage isn’t a new development

Some people asked how “shitshow” was translated into Japanese. Asahi Shimbun, one of our major national newspapers, translated as くそみたいなショー (Kuso mitai na shō): “a show that is like shit”. https://t.co/zvWh8RXQEJ
@ciaolivia
media
media
The Fall of Troy
Hearst hired a belligerent leader to disrupt its magazine business. Then fired him mid-disruption. Now it’s left with — what, exactly?

Trump is sticking with his plan to energize voters with events that show he doesn’t care about their health

President Trump has scheduled large campaign rallies this weekend in Wisconsin despite recommendations from the White House Coronavirus Task Force that call for increasing social distancing in the state “to the maximal degree possible.”


The task force has further flagged La Crosse and Green Bay, the metropolitan areas where Trump plans to gather thousands of supporters Saturday, as coronavirus “red zones,” the highest level of concern for community spread of the virus, according to a report from the group released Sunday and obtained by The Washington Post.


Wisconsin is listed in the document as the state with the third-highest rate of new cases in the country, with 243 new cases per 100,000 people over the previous week, about 2.6 times greater than the national average. Ahead of Trump’s scheduled rally in Green Bay, the Bellin Health System said Tuesday that its hospital in that city is at 94 percent capacity as covid-19 continues to spike in the community.


“During the intense period of viral surge, large numbers of acutely infected individuals caused exponential growth in infections,” the task force report reads in a section about Wisconsin. “Although young adults are the most affected group currently, spread to other age groups is inevitable.”

2020 presidential debate
2020 presidential debate
We Can Probably Stop Asking Trump If He’s a White Supremacist
At this point in his political career, there’s little to be gained by asking him if he condemns racist violence, because it’s obvious that he doesn’t.
presidential debates
presidential debates
5 Reasons Joe Biden (Probably) Won the First Debate
A tie goes to the guy who’s winning by seven points.
intelligencer chats
intelligencer chats
Biden Emerges From a Train Wreck Mostly Unscathed
The Democratic nominee wasn’t always sharp on Tuesday night, but he probably did what he needed to do against an especially unhinged Trump.
anonymous
anonymous
‘Just Putrid’: GOP Insiders Texted Me Their Honest Feelings About the Debate
A Republican close to the Trump campaign said, “We finally found something that the entire country can agree on: This debate was a complete shitshow.”
politics
politics
Lowlights From the Trump-Biden Debate
Donald Trump and Joe Biden mercilessly attacked one another at the first debate, and it got so bad moderator Chris Wallace had to step in.
presidential debates
presidential debates
Trump Closes Debate by Threatening Election Night Chaos
Rather than forswearing an early victory claim, Trump said the Supreme Court should weigh in on his incoherent, fact-free attacks on voting by mail.
anonymous
anonymous
‘Punch a Bully in the Mouth’: What Democratic Insiders Were Saying During Debate
A congressman, a Biden adviser, and various party operatives gave me candid perspectives by text on the ugly and chaotic debate in Cleveland.
the national interest
the national interest
Trump Controlled the Tone of the First Debate, But Biden Controlled the Message
A tactical success but a strategic defeat for a punch-drunk president.
vision 2020
vision 2020
Key Moments From the First Trump-Biden Debate
It was a disaster: Trump did himself the disservice of constant interruptions, while the moderator failed to stop him from doing so.
satire
satire
Source: Biden to Debate Wearing Brain Implant, ‘Super Bazooka’ Arms
The Democratic nominee refused to consent to pre-debate brain scan to prove that there is no AI homunculus lodged behind his eyes.
vision 2020
vision 2020
2020 Presidential Debates: What to Expect and How to Watch
Everything you need to know about the remaining Trump-Biden contests in the wake of the combative first debate.
vision 2020
vision 2020
Trump Keeps Repeating These Ludicrous Attacks on Voting by Mail
Some Trump claims are made up, others are exaggerations, and still others mistake safeguards against fraud for fraud.
the national interest
the national interest
Here Are All Trump’s Advance Excuses for Biden’s Debate Performance
From brain pills to secret earpieces.
vision 2020
vision 2020
100,000 Brooklyn Voters Possibly Got Ballots With the Wrong Names on Them
With the first ballots arriving in New Yorkers’ mailboxes, serious concerns and potential errors are already popping up.
coronavirus
coronavirus
New York City COVID-19 Numbers Are Suddenly Rising After Months of Stability
Just as public schools finally open their doors and restaurants prepare for indoor dining.
games
games
LeBron James Is Now at the Center of Everything
Still dominant on the court, he has fully embraced his role as sports’ moral conscience as he vies for another title.

The Trump World noise machine is running full blast today

Lots of disinfo ahead of tonight’s debate. One case: InfoWars says Biden got questions in advance, citing former Fox host Todd Starnes. Starnes himself just heard it on local radio. And the radio station got it from conspiracy theory king and ex InfoWars employee Jerome Corsi. pic.twitter.com/O9g8OgZde6
@willsommer
vision 2020
vision 2020
Trump Disrespects His Religious Followers, Former Aides Say
Conservative Evangelical leaders may cynically accept a transactional relationship with a heathenish president, but in the pews they still believe.