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CDC extends ban on cruising through October after White House reportedly overrules longer extension

Health and Science
CDC extends ban on cruising through October after White House reportedly overrules longer extension
Published Wed, Sep 30 202010:53 PM EDTUpdated Wed, Sep 30 202010:55 PM EDT
Will Feuer

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Wednesday extended its ban on passenger cruising from U.S. ports through Oct. 31.
CDC Director Dr. Robert Redfield pushed to extend the order until February 2021, according to Axios, which cited two people familiar with the matter.
Axios reported that Vice President Mike Pence overruled Redfield and that the plan is to extend the ban until Oct. 31.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Wednesday extended its ban on passenger cruising from U.S. ports through Oct. 31 after the White House reportedly overruled calls for a further suspension.

The CDC originally issued a no-sail order for cruise ships in U.S. waters on March 14 after hundreds of coronavirus infections and several Covid-19 deaths were reported onboard ships with outbreaks across the world. The CDC previously said “that cruise ship travel exacerbates the global spread of Covid-19” in justifying the order.

Between March 1 and Sep. 29, at least 3,689 probable cases of Covid-19 were reported on cruise ships in U.S. waters, the CDC said in a statement late Wednesday, adding that at least 41 Covid-19 deaths have occurred on cruise ships. The agency added that “these numbers are likely incomplete and an underestimate.”


Posted by babylonsister | Thu Oct 1, 2020, 09:53 AM (2 replies)

More than 50 GOP former national security officials endorse Biden


More than 50 GOP former national security officials endorse Biden
By J. Edward Moreno - 10/01/20 09:04 AM EDT

More than 50 additional former GOP national security officials have officially endorsed Democratic nominee Joe Biden for president.

The group, called Former Republican National Security Officials for Biden, first endorsed Biden in August with 70 members backing the Democrat. On Wednesday an additional 56 people joined the group, bringing their total membership to about 130 individuals.

Those officials join several other GOP groups and political figures who have thrown their support behind Biden. Separately, a bipartisan group of 489 former national security officials also endorsed Biden last week.

The new group of former officials throwing their support for Biden reportedly include: Greg Brower, a former FBI assistant director; Larry Pfeiffer, a former CIA chief of staff; and Alden Munson, former deputy director of national intelligence.

The group, Former Republican National Security Officials for Biden, is reportedly launching ads in several key swing states, such as Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin, Florida, Arizona, North Carolina and Texas.

Elizabeth Neumann, Trump’s former assistant secretary for threat prevention in the Department of Homeland Security, told Reuters that many officials finalized their endorsement for Biden after President Trump refused to denounce white supremacy at the presidential debate Tuesday night.

“He has an inability to clearly condemn white supremacists,” Neumann told the wire service. “He either likes the ambiguity or he’s intentionally endorsing these people. He’s unfit, and I think he’s extremely dangerous.”
Posted by babylonsister | Thu Oct 1, 2020, 09:27 AM (0 replies)

Trump to Hold Large Rallies In Wisconsin as Virus Surges

He doesn't have a shred of humanity or conscience.


Trump to Hold Large Rallies In Wisconsin as Virus Surges
October 1, 2020 at 8:31 am EDT By Taegan Goddard

“President Trump will hold more large-scale campaign rallies in Wisconsin this weekend as coronavirus cases and hospitalization rage across the battleground state, making the clear decision to prioritize campaigning rather than worry about more people getting sick,” ABC News reports.

“Wisconsin, which is a must-win state in the president’s path to victory, is in the midst of an alarming surge of coronavirus cases just a month before the election — an unprecedented political curveball that could alter Wisconsin voters’ opinions on who they trust to handle the pandemic, as more are personally impacted by the virus.”
Posted by babylonsister | Thu Oct 1, 2020, 08:47 AM (6 replies)

Trump Officials Were Told to Be Sympathetic to Alleged Protest Shooter Kyle Rittenhouse


Trump Officials Were Told to Be Sympathetic to Alleged Protest Shooter Kyle Rittenhouse, Says Report
Jamie Ross
Updated Oct. 01, 2020 6:04AM ET /
Published Oct. 01, 2020 5:47AM ET

In the days after 17-year-old Kyle Rittenhouse was charged with fatally shooting two protesters in Kenosha, Wisconsin, the Trump administration reportedly instructed federal law-enforcement officials to be sympathetic toward the alleged shooter when talking publicly about the case. NBC News reports that it obtained internal Department of Homeland Security talking points that prepared officials for questions from the media. The document reportedly told officials to note that Rittenhouse “took his rifle to the scene of the rioting to help defend small business owners,” and that he was “chased and attacked by rioters before allegedly shooting three of them.” The DHS refused to comment on the leak. The talking points echo President Donald Trump’s comments on Rittenhouse, who noted the teen was “trying to get away” from protesters before shots were fired.
Posted by babylonsister | Thu Oct 1, 2020, 08:14 AM (0 replies)

Trump Is 'Single Largest Driver' of Virus Misinformation


Trump Is ‘Single Largest Driver’ of Virus Misinformation
October 1, 2020 at 7:15 am EDT By Taegan Goddard

Researchers at Cornell University who analyzed 38 million articles about the pandemic in English-language media around the world found that mentions of Trump made up nearly 38 percent of the overall “misinformation conversation,” making the president the largest single source of falsehoods about the pandemic, the New York Times reports.
Posted by babylonsister | Thu Oct 1, 2020, 08:09 AM (5 replies)

The Rude One: The Debate: Trump Give Us Filth and Fraud While Biden Actually Plans a Future for Us

The Rude Pundit
Proudly lowering the level of political discourse
The Debate: Trump Give Us Filth and Fraud While Biden Actually Plans a Future for Us


When it comes to last night, no one is going to remember that Democratic candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden actually laid out plans for his presidency when he could get in more than a few words without being interrupted. Biden said what he'd do to get the nation through the pandemic and what he'd do to help businesses and schools reopen safely after we've finally gotten on the path to recovery. He said he'd get rid of Trump's tax cut for the wealthy. Biden talked about infrastructure spending and creating more jobs while moving the country to greener energy (and how that would create jobs, which is so obvious that it's maddening that this has to be explained). Biden talked about immediate steps he could take to mitigate the Godzilla of climate change that's going to wreck us. Biden talked about addressing racism and white privilege and police brutality.

Biden was the only one of the two candidates to actually utter the word "future," as if he could see beyond his immediate animal needs, unlike President and business failure Donald Trump.

Trump didn't offer a single idea for his second term. Not one. He said he'll have plans in the indeterminate future, but he didn't tell you one thing that he aspires to do for the country because his only aspiration is to stay in power.

But we won't remember any of this because, as is his way, Trump was a fucking tsunami of lies and accusations and conspiracy theories. And he just wouldn't stop. It was like going to an orgy and there's one guy who has done too much cocaine after downing Viagra and he just runs around with his half-hard microdick, frantically fucking any available hole but never able to cum because even the dog is rejecting his desperate humping. Christ, will someone throw this asshole out so the rest of us can enjoy the evening?

You've heard plenty about Trump refusing to condemn white supremacists. But what's being missed is that moderating wet noodle Chris Wallace actually fed him the line he should have said. Wallace asked Trump, "Are you willing tonight to condemn white supremacists and militia group and to say that they need to stand down and not add to the violence in a number of these cities?" And Trump couldn't even bring himself to say that about the neo-Nazi Proud Boys, instead saying the now-infamous "Proud Boys, stand back and stand by" before immediately pivoting to attacking left-wing protesters. It was appalling but of a piece with who Trump is and who supports Trump. The Proud Boys themselves were thrilled.


Posted by babylonsister | Wed Sep 30, 2020, 08:47 PM (3 replies)

Trump says Proud Boys should 'stand down' after backlash to debate comments

Uh huh.

Trump says Proud Boys should 'stand down' after backlash to debate comments
By Brett Samuels - 09/30/20 03:05 PM EDT

President Trump on Wednesday said he didn't know about the Proud Boys
but that the group should "stand down" amid intense criticism of his remarks at the previous night's presidential debate that the far-right group should "stand back and stand by."

Trump on Wednesday faced blowback from a number of Republicans who said he should have forcefully denounced white supremacy when he was given the chance.

"I don't know who the Proud Boys are," Trump told reporters when departing for a campaign trip to Minnesota. "I can only say they have to stand down. Let law enforcement do their work."

Trump, however, again tried to equivocate on the matter, saying "the problem is on the left" while railing against antifa, a loosely affiliated collection of left-wing protesters.

Pressed on whether he would denounce white supremacists, including those who support him, Trump tried to shift the conversation to his support for law enforcement before claiming he has "always denounced any form of that."


Posted by babylonsister | Wed Sep 30, 2020, 04:06 PM (12 replies)

As States Prepared Mail-in Ballots, Postal Service Failed to Update at Least 1.8 Million Addresses

Exclusive: As States Prepared Mail-in Ballots, Postal Service Failed to Update at Least 1.8 Million Addresses
By Eric Lichtblau
September 28, 2020 6:00 AM EDT

For three weeks in August, as election officials across the country were preparing to send out mail-in ballots to tens of millions of voters, the U.S. Postal Service stopped fully updating a national change of address system that most states use to keep their voter rolls current, according to multiple officials who use the system. A USPS spokesperson acknowledged the failure in response to questions from TIME, and said that at least 1.8 million new changes of address had not been registered in the database.

It is not clear to what extent the failure, which has not been previously reported, could compromise Americans’ ability to vote in this fall’s election. In normal times, hundreds of thousands of people move every week, and those numbers have increased during the COVID pandemic, which has forced millions of people, particularly young adults, to relocate at higher rates than usual, according to public polling and news reports. As of early June, some 3% of adults had moved and 6% had someone move in with them because of the pandemic, according to a Pew survey. That, and concern about the health risks of voting in person, experts from both parties say, will mean an unprecedented reliance on mail-in voting this year.

Several states contacted by TIME were unaware of the change-of-address problem. Officials in Minnesota, for one, sent out their ballot applications by mail earlier in September based partly on information drawn from the faulty database in August, the state’s election officials say. Other states had to delay sending out their ballots as they scrambled to fix incorrect addresses. At least 43 states plus the District of Columbia use the USPS change of address database. Many, like Minnesota, face close presidential contests, including Florida, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin.

The postal service says it fixed the change-of-address issue and restored the missing data on Sept. 14. The USPS spokesperson, Martha Johnson, said the problem did not impact mail carriers’ ability to forward “eligible” mail to a new address. Many states ban the forwarding of election ballots from an old address, however, and the Postal Service did not respond to requests for clarification on the failure’s potential impact on the election. Internal USPS emails shared with TIME describe the source of the problem only as an unexplained “error”.


Posted by babylonsister | Wed Sep 30, 2020, 02:00 PM (0 replies)

New House and Senate Forecasts


New House and Senate Forecasts
September 30, 2020 at 12:00 pm EDT By Taegan Goddard

The Economist just launched a new U.S. Senate forecast which gives Democrats a 69% chance to win a majority of seats in the chamber.

The U.S. House forecast gives Democrats a 98% chance to keep their majority.
Posted by babylonsister | Wed Sep 30, 2020, 01:13 PM (0 replies)

Dahlia Lithwick:The Most Important Thing Biden Did During Tuesday's Debate


The Most Important Thing Biden Did During Tuesday’s Debate
The president did his best to make the whole thing an unwatchable nightmare, but this one answer saved the night.
By Dahlia Lithwick
Sept 30, 2020
11:59 AM


Here was where Joe Biden did his best work of the evening. Instead of accusing Trump, Trump’s postmaster general, Trump’s attorney general, Trump’s new Supreme Court nominee, or anyone else of outright stealing the election—which has the effect of depressing the very voter confidence he needs to encourage—Biden did almost precisely what communications expert Anat Shenker-Osorio has been suggesting voting advocates do in discussing “rigged elections”: He made it clear that this is not Trump’s election, but the voters’. As Shenker-Osorio puts it in an interview with Rolling Stone: “When he says I’m not going to step down—or the ‘covfefe version’ of that in his garbled way of talking—instead of repeating him, Democrats should say, ‘Over my dead body. You don’t decide how long you’re in this job. We do.’ ” Her point is that instead of succumbing to the dispiriting possibility that Trump gets to cheat and steal the vote, refocus voters on their power to stop it. More from Shenker-Osorio:

The overarching thing is: Let’s have our conversation. If Trump believes he’s going to block us from deciding our next government, he’s got another thing coming. We’re turning out in record numbers and this will be a government by and for the people. If he needs to be ushered out of the White House by force, and that seems to be what he’s asking for—if need be, we’ll deliver.

Those are the threats and the taunts of a bully who knows he can’t win fairly, and also a man absolutely terrified of the immense legal consequences of returning to civilian life.

That is precisely the tack Biden took when, faced with Trump’s lies about millions of stolen ballots and fraudulent ballots and discarded ballots, he simply looked directly into the camera and named the game: “This is all about trying to dissuade people from voting because he’s trying to scare people into thinking that it’s not going to be legitimate,” Biden said. And then he built a seven-layer truth sandwich as he carefully outlined mail-in voting procedures, warned voters to allow time for every vote to be counted, described how to challenge invalidated ballots, and explained how the pandemic has complicated voting. Biden explained that Trump’s own national security experts have discredited his mail fraud claims. The words echoed President Barack Obama’s convention speech urging patience and confidence and determination in every voter. It was simple. Biden simply reminded everyone to just “show up and vote. You will determine the outcome of this election. Vote, vote, vote.”

“Vote whatever way is the best way for you,” he said. “Because he will not be able to stop you from determining the outcome of this election.”


What Biden did on Tuesday that matters more than anything else was to remind us how to keep Donald Trump out of our heads in the weeks before the election. In the most technical, brass tacks formulation he could muster, he simply told everyone who wants to be counted how to do that and where to do that and why, if they in fact do that, Donald Trump will be gone in January. The debate was a misery to the extent we had to witness—yet again—broken truth, shattered norms, and needless, abusive cruelty that Trump acts out for his base on every stage and in every forum. But it was a triumph as a mechanism for reframing the idea of power and agency and hope, none of which Donald Trump controls, and none of which should be surrendered when it is needed most.

Posted by babylonsister | Wed Sep 30, 2020, 01:09 PM (11 replies)
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