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Biden meets with nation's top experts to discuss distributing a safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine

(Joe Biden) "Yesterday, I met with some of our nation's top experts to discuss how we distribute a safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine. If I win this election, I know that there won't be a minute to waste. I'll get to work on day one implementing an effective distribution plan."

RandySF

Donald Trump accused of sexual assault by former model Amy Dorris

(The Guardian) A former model has come forward to accuse Donald Trump of sexually assaulting her at the US Open tennis tournament more than two decades ago, in an alleged incident that left her feeling “sick” and “violated”. In an exclusive interview with the Guardian, Amy Dorris alleged that Trump accosted her outside the bathroom in his VIP box at the tournament in New York on 5 September 1997.

Mike 03

Dan Coats NYT Opinion: What's at Stake in This Election? The American Democratic Experiment

(NYT) We hear often that the November election is the most consequential in our lifetime. But the importance of the election is not just which candidate or which party wins. Voters also face the question of whether the American democratic experiment, one of the boldest political innovations in human history, will survive.

Omaha Steve

Omaha Steve's "Democratic Underground for Joe & Kamala" page has now raised over $1.5 MILLION

Congratulations to Omaha Steve: his ActBlue page has crossed the $1.5 million mark! Can he hit $2 million by election day?

bigtree

WH canceled early plan to have Postal Service deliver pack of 5 reusable masks to every household

(WaPo) Earlier this year, the White House canceled a proposed plan to have the Postal Service deliver a pack of 5 reusable masks to every household in the US, starting with hard hit areas. An administration official said they didn’t want people to “panic.”

Gothmog

Gloves Off: Mitt Slams RonJohn Ukraine Probe Comments As Illegitimate 'Political Exercise'

(TPM) Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT) slammed a Senate GOP probe into Joe Biden as a waste of taxpayer resources and a “political exercise” unfit for Congress on Wednesday. Romney’s comment’s came one day after Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee chair Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) told a Wisconsin radio station that “what our investigations are uncovering, I think, will reveal this is not somebody we should be electing president of the United States.” Romney derided Johnson’s Ukraine investigation as having, “from the outset, had the earmarks of a political exercise, and I’m fearful that comments made in the media recently have only confirmed that perspective.”

brooklynite

The Memo: Warning signs flash for Trump on debates

(The Hill) The upcoming debates offer President Trump his best chance to shift momentum in an election campaign he appears to be losing — but some signs don’t augur well. Past incumbent presidents have struggled, especially in their first debate, yet Team Trump has insisted the president does not need specific preparations for his clashes with Democratic opponent Joe Biden. “He is preparing for debates by running the country as president,” campaign spokesman Tim Murtaugh said on a recent call with reporters. “I don’t know that any actual debate prep has occurred to this point, and I don’t know of what plans are to begin that.”

BlueWavePsych

Trump ABC town hall pulls in fewer viewers than 'America's Got Talent,' NBA, Fox News

(The Hill) ABC's 90-minute town hall with President Trump drew fewer viewers than NBC's "America's Got Talent," ESPN's NBA Playoff telecast and Fox News prime-time programming featuring Tucker Carlson and Sean Hannity, according to Nielsen Media Research. Overall, the event with the president from Philadelphia moderated by ABC chief anchor George Stephanopoulos Tuesday evening drew 3.967 million total viewers. "America's Got Talent" topped all programming that night with 5.7 million people tuning in.

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