NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 26: A New York Police Department (NYPD) van is viewed on January 26, 2012 in New York City. After New York City’s police commissioner Raymond Kelly appeared in the film “The Third Jihad” Muslim groups are asking him to step down. The groups say that the film they depicts Islam and its followers in a bad light. Approximately 20 activists held a news conference on the steps of City Hall criticizing Kelly for giving an interview to the producers of the film, which warns against the dangers of radical Islam. The film was shown to hundreds and maybe thousands of NYPD officers for training purposes. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
Photo: Spencer Platt/2012 Getty Images
Law enforcement officials attempted to explain to City Council today why drivers in fatal and other serious accidents are so rarely prosecuted in New York City, only to admit that a lot of figures on the issue remain unknown. What is known: Out of 241 pedestrians or cyclists killed last year, just seventeen drivers faced criminal charges (and not the one who hit Mathieu Lefevre, for example). Meanwhile, truckers received 25,377 summonses last year, while cyclists got 48,556. Gothamist has more unsettling info from thehearing.
Trump tells reporters he wants a replacement for RBG quickly as he believes 2020 election will end up going to SCOTUS: “Yes, I think it’s very important. I think this will end up in the Supreme Court and I think it’s very important that we have nine justices.”
The message that results might take a while is sinking in
63% of likely voters say they don’t think we will know the winner of the presidential election on election night via new Quinnipiac poll. That includes 64% of Republicans, 64% of Democrats and 60% of independents.
An aggressive move on fossil fuels from California
Reuters: California will ban the sale of new gasoline powered passenger cars and trucks starting in 2035 in a dramatic move to shift to electric vehicles and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, Governor Gavin Newsom said on Wednesday.https://t.co/ll1oSlGLTG
Some tense moments between Fauci and Covid downplayer Rand Paul this morning
Fauci aggressively pushes back at Rand Paul’s continued narrative that NYC’s infection rate is < 1% due to herd immunity. Fauci notes that if he thinks 22% of the pop. constitutes herd immunity, “he’s alone”. Fauci instead points to mask wearing & social distancing as factors.
The experimental vaccine being developed by pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson is the fourth vaccine to enter the large, Phase 3 trials in the United States that will determine whether they are effective and safe. Paul Stoffels, chief scientific officer of J&J, predicted that there may be enough data to have results by the end of the year and said the company plans to manufacture 1 billion doses next year.
Three other vaccine candidates have a head start, with U.S. trials that began earlier in the summer, but the vaccine being developed by Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies, a division of J&J, has several advantages that could make it logistically easier to administer and distribute if it is proved safe and effective.
The company is initially testing a single dose, whereas the other vaccines being tested in the United States require a return visit and second shot three to four weeks after the first one to trigger a protective immune response. The J&J vaccine can also be stored in liquid form at refrigerator temperatures for three months, whereas two of the front-runner candidates must be frozen or kept at ultracold temperatures for long-term storage.
Trump’s reported disdain for the military moved Cindy McCain from offering kind words about Biden during the DNC to actually endorsing him
Cindy McCain endorsed Democratic nominee Joe Biden for president on Tuesday.
“My husband John lived by a code: country first,” McCain tweeted. “We are Republicans, yes, but Americans foremost. There’s only one candidate in this race who stands up for our values as a nation, and that is @JoeBiden.”
Her announcement came a few hours after Biden said McCain would be endorsing him during a virtual fundraiser. Biden said at the event that the widow of Republican Sen. John McCain decided to support him following a damning report by The Atlantic that said President Donald Trump had called fallen war veterans “suckers.”
“Maybe I shouldn’t say it, but I’m about to go on one of these Zooms with John McCain’s wife, who is, first time ever, is endorsing me because of what he talks about with my son and John’s who are heroes, who served their country, you know he said they’re losers, they’re suckers,” Biden said according to a pool report of the event.
But he’s still going to be asked about this at every debate
Joe Biden on expanding Supreme Court: “It’s a legitimate question, but let me tell you why I’m not going answer. Because it will shift the focus…Let’s say I answer that question, then the whole debate’s gonna be about what Biden said or didn’t say.” https://t.co/vMbV97lpF4pic.twitter.com/lXm63oJu4c
New guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for the upcoming holiday season warns that hosts and attendees at holiday celebrations will need to take steps to limit the risk of contracting and spreading the novel coronavirus. …
Instead of communal, potluck-style food, hosts can ask attendees to bring their own, the CDC said. Cutting down on shared items by having one person serve, and getting single-use plates and condiments, are also recommended, according to the CDC.
Traditional celebrations like Halloween trick-or-treating, large indoor Día de los Muertos gatherings, crowded Thanksgiving parades and Black Friday shopping sprees could spread the virus and should be avoided, according to the guidance. The CDC recommends alternatives such as virtual Halloween costume contests, holding a small dinner for household members and shopping online.