Friday, October 23, 2020

White House News (白宮消息) | Oct 24, 2020

A Trump 2020 flag flies ahead of a campaign rally in Dallas.
Leader of company that flies Trump 2020 flag warns of layoffs if president isn’t reelected

Oct. 20 - A man who has funneled thousands of dollars in donations to President Trump’s campaign warned his employees of layoffs and a bleak future for their company if the president is not reelected.


Democratic U.S. presidential candidate Joe Biden 
Florida factory worker fired for talking to TV station about letter from boss warning of layoffs if Biden wins election - report

Oct. 24 - A Florida man has reportedly been sacked by , after speaking to a news outlet about his boss warning of job cuts if Joe Biden is elected president.The man, Stan Smith, told Orlando's NBC affiliate (WESH 2 News) that he was fired Thursday, presumably because DMC President George Daniels didn't like his comments to the station earlier this week. Smith told WESH on Oct. 19 that a letter from Daniels saying permanent layoffs would likely be necessary in the event Biden wins the Nov. 3 election was inappropriate.     continue to read

Comparing Biden and Trump on defense issues as election nears

Oct. 19 - ...Biden is focusing his platform on service members and their families, rather than touting weapons systems.

His platform includes paying service members a competitive wage, providing military families with resources and prioritizing support for military children.

That translates to researching and developing solutions to increase the time between permanent changes of station (PCS) while ensuring the military’s demands are met.

“One such solution could be investing in the creation of virtual or hybrid learning scenarios for mandatory professional military education so that service members and their families can remain in place, rather than PCS to a new base for a short educational tour,” Biden’s website states.

His platform continues the Defense Department’s work to reduce military spouse unemployment. State governors and military groups have been working on the issue for the past few years...

...Trump is also touting the creation of the Space Force as a way to protect U.S. assets in space and the elevation of U.S. Cyber Command to a full combatant commander. Both of those achievements originated from bipartisan bills in Congress from before the Trump presidency.

The administration is also playing up its work with North Korea, Iran and Russia.

The Trump Administration has applied numerous sanctions against Russia for its malicious cyber activities, its destabilizing activities in Ukraine and its chemical weapons use,” the president’s website states...    source

Oct 24, 2020

Thursday, October 22, 2020

White House News (白宮消息) | Oct 23, 2020

Trump supporters outside Belmont University in Nashville ahead of the debate.

Why Tennessee?
Oct. 23 - Today’s debate is taking place in Tennessee, home of country music, Elvis Presley’s Graceland, and the Parthenon (a full-scale replica of the original monument in Athens).

Tennessee is a traditionally conservative stronghold, which Trump won with almost 61 per cent of the vote in 2016.

FiveThirtyEight’s latest polling average currently has Trump ahead of Biden, 54.3 per cent to 40.9 per cent.

Some Belmont University students moved from dorms to Opryland ahead of debate

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — Students who live within the security perimeter on Belmont University’s campus have been moved to the Opryland Hotel ahead of Thursday night’s final presidential debate.

According to the Belmont Vision, residents of Wright, Maddox, Kennedy, Potter and Hail were asked to temporarily vacate their rooms for 30 hours.

An estimated 600 students are displaced as a security measure and will stay at Opryland through Friday.

The university will reportedly provide students with transportation, meals and internet access for the duration of the one-night move. Students will be housed with their previous roommates. Resident administrative leadership of the impacted dorms, including resident assistants and resident directors, will be relocated alongside students, according to the student paper.
Belmont soccer player Morgan Pettit said despite the challenges of relocating, most students are embracing the debate experience.

“Our campus like looks completely different right now because all of the kind of construction, the different setup for the debate, that’s pretty wild we’re kind of prepping for a kind of mini lockdown.

When the debate is actually happening like we can’t access our dining hall or anything,” explained Pettit. “I think it’s just the reality of the situation and keeping everyone safe and everyone understands that.”

Belmont will also provide a 180,000 square foot space at the Music City Center for students to watch the debate and engage in socially distanced activities together.     source

With 12 days until Election Day …
  • Tonight’s debate is scheduled to being at 9 p.m. Eastern and will be streamed on The Post’s website, where live coverage begins at 8 p.m. Eastern. Here’s what to watch for in the final debate.
  • Ahead of the debate, Vice President Pence campaigned in Michigan and Indiana and Sen. Kamala D. Harris (Calif.), the Democratic vice-presidential nominee, held a virtual event to bolster women’s support for her ticket.
  • Judge Amy Coney Barrett moved one step closer to a seat on the Supreme Court as the Senate Judiciary Committee advanced her nomination. Democrats boycotted the vote.
  • More than 47 million Americans have already voted in the 2020 election, surpassing the total number of early ballots cast in 2016.
  • Biden leads Trump by nine percentage points nationally, 53 percent to 44 percent, according to an average of national polls since Oct. 12. Biden’s nine-percentage-point margin is the same in Michigan. It’s eight points in Pennsylvania and Wisconsin; six in Arizona; and two in Florida.     source
Microphone muting
The nonpartisan Commission on Presidential Debates announced Monday that the second and final debate between the two candidates will have each nominee muted while the other delivers his two-minute remarks at the outset of each of the six debate topics. The remainder of each 15-minute block will be open discussion, without any muting, the commission said.
The move is meant to prevent a repeat of the inaugural debate three weeks ago when the two candidates, but mostly Trump, interrupted each other repeatedly...
...Topics are set
The Commission on Presidential Debates released a list of topics for the debate. They are:
  • Fighting COVID-19
  • American Families
  • Race in America
  • Climate Change
  • National Security
  • Leadership
Trump’s campaign is asking The Commission on Presidential Debates to add another topic to the debate...    contine to read


Oct 22, 2020

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

White House News (白宮消息) | Oct 22, 2020

Iran, Russia obtained voter registration info to sow confusion in presidential election, US officials say

Oct. 22 - Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe said late Wednesday voter registration information had been obtained by Iran and Russia in an attempt to undermine confidence in the 2020 election.

Ratcliffe said Iran sought to sow unrest in the U.S. in an attempt to damage the candidacy of President Donald Trump.

He also said that Russia has obtained voter information just as the Kremlin had done in when it interfered in the 2016 election.

Ratcliffe, who appeared with FBI Director Christopher Wray, said that Iran had sent false information to voters, including spoof emails claiming that fraudulent ballots can be sent from overseas.

Ratcliffe said intelligence officials have not seen the same level of activity from Russia but said the country has also obtained voter information.
"These actions are desperate attempts by desperate adversaries," Ratcliffe said. "We will not tolerate foreign interference in our election."
The announcement comes after federal cybersecurity officials Wednesday warned Americans that threatening emails had been sent to voters in Florida, Pennsylvania and other states to undermine the integrity of the election.   source


Tuesday, October 20, 2020

White House News (白宮消息) | Oct 21, 2020

OCTOBER 20, 2020
Campaign 2020
President Trump Campaigns in Erie, PA
President Trump delivers remarks at a campaign rally in Eria, PA in support of his reelection.
Live: Trump campaigns in Erie, Pennsylvania
Oct 20, 2020
2020 Election Live Updates: Trump Campaign Coffers Shrink to $63 Million Two Weeks Before Election Day

President Trump and Joe Biden are tied in Georgia, a New York Times/Siena College poll found, and Democrats are gaining in both Senate races there. Crowds gathered for Wisconsin’s first day of in-person voting and Florida broke a record for early voting.

President Trump at his campaign rally at Erie International Airport in Erie, Pa.
Trump says before coronavirus he never planned on campaigning in Erie, Pa. ‘We had this thing won.’

Oct. 21 - President Trump falsely insisted on Tuesday that the United States is “rounding the turn on the pandemic” and distorted Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s position on fracking as he sought to close ground in the battleground state of Pennsylvania.

Mr. Trump hammered his Democratic opponent’s energy policies, repeating a false claim that Mr. Biden supports a total ban on fracking, a major industry in the state.

In what Mr. Trump said was a first for one of his campaign rallies, he played on large video screens a montage of several clips in which Mr. Biden and his running mate, Senator Kamala Harris of California, talked about phasing out fossil fuels to combat climate change.

“If Biden is elected, he will wipe out your energy industry,” Mr. Trump said.

Mr. Trump also offered a litany of false claims about Mr. Biden’s position on the coronavirus, saying that the former vice president would “delay therapies, postpone the vaccine, prolong the pandemic, close your schools, shut down our country.” But his claim that under his own leadership, the country was “rounding the turn” on the pandemic was sharply at odds with the reality that the virus was surging both nationally and in Pennsylvania, where cases are at a level the state has not seen since April.

Mr. Biden leads Mr. Trump by an average of 7 percentage points in the state, according to the Upshot’s calculator. Mr. Trump, seeming to acknowledge that deficit, pined for the days earlier this year when his electoral standing looked brighter. Before “the plague” arrived, he said, “I wasn’t going to Erie. I mean, I have to be honest, there’s no way I was coming. I didn’t have to.”

He added, “We had this thing won.”
Mr. Trump had one other warning for voters during his rally: that Mr. Biden would fail to entertain them as he has. “If you want depression, doom and despair, vote for Sleepy Joe,” he said. “And boredom.”     source


Monday, October 19, 2020

White House News (白宮消息) | Oct 20, 2020

Tucson, Arizona Mayor 'Very Concerned' Trump's Rally Will Become a COVID 'Super Spreader' Event

Oct. 20 - The mayor of Tucson, Arizona—where President Donald Trump will hold a rally on Monday—said she is "very concerned" that the campaign event could become a "super spreader" for COVID-19.

Mayor Regina Romero, a Democrat, explained to CNN on Monday that a mask mandate implemented in her city has been correlated with a 75 percent decline in new infections. As photos and videos of recent Trump rallies in various parts of the country have shown packed venues with thousands of attendees—many of whom do not wear masks—Romero said she is worried that the president's rally could lead to an uptick in infections in Tucson.

"We are very concerned that this can become a spreader event," the mayor said. She asserted that Tucson has "made too many sacrifices" to allow coronavirus infections to once again surge.

But Romero lamented that the city "cannot do much" to force people to wear masks at the event. She explained that police officers at the rally will be there to protect the president, asserting this is the "number one concern." The mayor said that police officers would not be handing out tickets to attendees without masks.     continue to read

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Is this thing on? 

Donald Trump to be 'silenced' at debate as organisers put foot down over rules
The Commission on Presidential Debates say they will enforce rules guaranteeing each candidate two minutes of uninterrupted time - with a mute button

Oct. 20 - Organisers will be able to silence Donald Trump if he tries to disrupt Thursday's final Presidential debate.

Chaos at the first televised debate of the 2020 election prompted the Commission on Presidential Debates to make some changes - including adding a 'mute button'.

The Commission confirmed the organisers will mute the microphones of each candidate, to allow the other two minutes of uninterrupted time for each segment.

In a statement, the Commission did not characterise this as a change to the rules - but as an enforcement of the rules both camps had agreed.

They said: "Both campaigns this week reaffirmed their agreement to the two-minute, uninterrupted rule.

"The Commission is announcing today that in order to enforce this agreed upon rule, the only candidate whose microphone will be open during these two-minute periods is the candidate who has the floor under the rules."

They said the balance of each 15-minute segment would see both candidates' microphones open...     continue to read
PBS NewsHour full episode, Oct.19, 2020
Oct 20, 2020
Monday on the NewsHour, with the election only 15 days away, the candidates traverse the country to appeal to voters. Plus: COVID-19 relief negotiations in Congress, what providers are seeing as the pandemic rages in the West and Midwest, caregivers in crisis, fear as a political campaign tactic, Politics Monday with Tamara Keith and Amy Walter and an essay on interracial friendships.

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