Okay, seriously, this spat between Fox News and Daily Show host Jon Stewart is getting old. Both sides are being crybabies now. But that doesn’t mean that there hasn’t been some entertaining television to come out of these past few days of bickering. For example, in order to rebut Fox’s claim that Stewart’s recent vocal caricature of GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain was racist, the comedian cued up a tape of dozens of his previous ethnic or cultural caricatures. It’s pretty funny, and also a clever response. While Fox can lash out with its trademark self-righteous defensiveness, Stewart can always play the asshole — which is always much more fun.
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Unprecedented turnout in Texas
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Trump absolutely needs to win Florida, so these numbers are not what his campaign wants to see
Florida: Registered voters
Joe Biden 50%
Donald Trump 45%
Biden is up 6 in a high likely turnout 51-45. Biden is up 4 in a low likely turnout 50-46.
A late-arriving hurricane slams the South
Zeta sped across the Southeast on Thursday, leaving a trail of damage and more than 2 million homes and businesses in the dark in Atlanta and beyond after pounding New Orleans with winds and water that splintered homes and were blamed for at least three deaths.
A Category 2 hurricane when it hit the southeastern Louisiana coast Wednesday, Zeta was still a tropical storm Thursday morning with maximum sustained winds of 50 mph about 100 miles northeast of Asheville, North Carolina. The storm inundated some areas with flash flooding, sheared the awning off a gas station, blew a building’s wall open and caused an apartment’s roof to collapse, injuring one person inside, CBS News correspondent Danya Bacchus reports. Hundreds of schools canceled classes or planned to open late across the region.
The numbers don’t seem to be slowing down
A dramatic move from Labour leader Keir Starmer
“In light of his comments made today and his failure to retract them subsequently, the Labour Party has suspended Jeremy Corbyn pending investigation. He has also had the whip removed from the Parliamentary Labour Party” - spox
The new GDP numbers are positive, but there’s a long way to go
2020 first quarter: -1.3%
2020 second quarter: -9%
2020 third quarter: +7.4%
remaining gap from pre-pandemic economy: -3.5%
Everything is fine
Right now: 74,134
5 days ago: 63,228
10 days ago: 56,007
15 days ago: 51,038
20 days ago: 47,531
25 days ago: 43,306
30 days ago: 41,594
This is the third act of suspected terrorism in France in the past month
Three people were killed Thursday in a knife attack at a church in the French Riviera city of Nice, in an assault prosecutors are treating as an act of terrorism.
A man wielding a knife entered the Notre Dame Basilica in the center of Nice in the morning and killed two people, officials said. The third victim managed to escape and flee the church but later died from her wounds, they added. A suspect was taken into custody shortly after the attack, police officials said.
A bit of trolling from the Biden camp