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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.

Sub-prime safety

A new cache of [Amazon] company records obtained by Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting – including internal safety reports and weekly injury numbers from its nationwide network of fulfillment centers – shows that company officials have profoundly misled the public and lawmakers about its record on worker safety. They reveal a mounting injury crisis at Amazon warehouses, one that is especially acute at robotic facilities and during Prime week and the holiday peak – and one that Amazon has gone to great lengths to conceal. With weekly data from 2016 through 2019 from more than 150 Amazon warehouses, the records definitively expose the brutal cost to workers of Amazon’s vast shipping empire – and the bald misrepresentations the company has deployed to hide its growing safety crisis.


The internal reports cheer incremental progress in a specific month or region; call out problem warehouses with the worst injury numbers; and detail safety initiatives, action items and pilot projects. While the reports show a committed drive to improve processes with technology or design changes, they don’t propose reducing the intense workload for Amazon’s warehouse employees, which is what helps drive Amazon’s speed.

the national interest
the national interest
Trump’s Tax Returns Show Lying Is His Only Marketable Skill
Scamming reporters, customers, and tax authorities is his art form.
power
power
Only One Officer Was Charged in Breonna Taylor’s Killing
A member of the grand jury claims they were never given the option to indict the other two officers.
up for debate
up for debate
Biden Knows Trump Will Bring Up Hunter in Debate
“In a normal debate, if you catch your opponent in a big flip-flop or telling a lie, that can be an important moment. That’s all changed.”
trump tax returns
trump tax returns
Trump’s Returns Make Case for Funding the Tax Police
The president’s taxes are full of evasion schemes that our underfunded IRS has failed to punish.

More women detained at an ICE-contracted center in Georgia say they were pressured into gynecological surgery that may have been unnecessary

The Irwin County Detention Center in Ocilla, Ga., drew national attention this month after a nurse, Dawn Wooten, filed a whistle-blower complaint claiming that detainees had told her they had had their uteruses removed without their full understanding or consent.


Since then, both ICE and the hospital in Irwin County have released data that show that two full hysterectomies have been performed on women detained at Irwin in the past three years. But firsthand accounts are now emerging from detainees, including Ms. Dowe, who underwent other invasive gynecological procedures that they did not fully understand and, in some cases, may not have been medically necessary.


… The Times interviewed 16 women who were concerned about the gynecological care they received while at the center, and conducted a detailed review of the medical files of seven women who were able to obtain their records. All 16 were treated by Dr. Mahendra Amin, who practices gynecology in the nearby town of Douglas and has been described by ICE officials as the detention center’s “primary gynecologist.”


The cases were reviewed by five gynecologists — four of them board-certified and all with medical school affiliations — who found that Dr. Amin consistently overstated the size or risks associated with cysts or masses attached to his patients’ reproductive organs. Small or benign cysts do not typically call for surgical intervention, where large or otherwise troubling ones sometimes do, the experts said.


The doctors stressed that in some cases the medical files might not have been complete and that additional information could potentially shift their analyses. But they noted that Dr. Amin seemed to consistently recommend surgical intervention, even when it did not seem medically necessary at the time and nonsurgical treatment options were available.


In almost every woman’s chart, Dr. Amin listed symptoms such as heavy bleeding with clots and chronic pelvic pain, which could justify surgery. But some of the women said they never experienced or reported those symptoms to him.

politics
politics
The #Resistance and the Retirement Community
Inside the Villages in Florida, where election tensions are at an all-time high.
vision 2020
vision 2020
Will Fox News Save Democracy With an Accurate Election Night Call?
The real test for decision desks may come when data suggests a call for Biden despite Trump’s in-person voting lead.