The New York Times, Eric Lipton, 10/17/2020

“WASHINGTON — Facing the prospect that President Trump may lose his re-election bid, his cabinet is scrambling to enact regulatory changes affecting millions of Americans in a Blitz so rushed it may leave some changes vulnerable to court challenges….

“…The effort is evident in a broad range of federal agencies and encompasses proposals like easing limits on how many hours some truckers can spend behind the wheel, giving the government more freedom to collect biometric data and setting standard for when workers can be classified as independent contractors rather than employees….”

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The New York Times, Brad Plumer, 10/16/2020
Key points:

  • ‘What price is America ready to pay?…
  • ‘How quickly must things change?…
  • ‘How can the U.S> adapt to worsening disasters?…
  • ‘Who is hurt the most by warming?…’

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The New York Times, 10/16/2020

“A White House virus adviser prefers ‘herd immunity’ over testing. Outbreaks in the Mountain West show the dangers in rural America….

“…The spread through Rural America has created problem in small towns that lack key resources….”

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The Washington Post, Missy Ryan, 10/15/2020

“Pentagon leaders faced renewed challenges in their attempt to steer clear of divisive election politics this week…

” The Issues included a new on-line campaign ad featuring President Trump in the White House Situation Room flanked by Army Ge. Mark A. Milley, chairman in the Joint Chiefs of Staff — in defiance of norms excluding uniformed leaders from campaign material…

“Peter Feaver, a scholar on civil-military relations at Duke University, said the Trump Campaign’s decision to run it recent advertising showing Milley… illustrated the ‘tone deafness’ of Trump’s campaign team…”

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The New York Times, Abby Goodnough, Sheryl Gay Stolberg, 10/15/2020

“Joseph R. Biden Jr. is preparing for the biggest challenge he would face if elected president — ending the coronavirus pandemic — by reaching back nearly a century to draw on the ideas of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, whose big=government policies lifted the country out of the Great Depression and changed the shape of America….

“…Mr. Biden wants to mobilize at least 100,000 Americans for a ‘public health jobs corps’ of contract tracers to help track and curb outbreaks. And he has even callee for a ‘Pandemic Testing Board’ to swell the supply of coronavirus tests…”

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Washington Post – Opinion, Max Boot, 10/15/2020

“…Trump is on track to be the first president since World War II to see a net loss of jobs during his term. Even worse, he has presided over the loss of 215,000 lives and counting from COVID-19. That’s already nearly four times the U.S. fatalities in the Vietnam War, previously the nadir of presidential bungling….

“…A Pew Research Center survey makes clear the extend of the problem. Along those who get their election news primarily from Fox ‘news,’ 86 percent say Trump is delivering the “completely right’ or ‘mostly right’ message about the pandemic, and 62 percent say Trump and his administration get the facts right about coronavirus ‘almost all’ or ‘most of all the time.’ Perhaps the most disturbing finding of all: thirty-nine percent of Fox News viewers say QAnon — an insane conspiracy theory that posits that Trump’s opponents are satonic child molesters — is “somewhat good’ or ‘very good’ for the country….”

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The Washington Post, David Nakamura, Josh Dawsey, Yasmeen Abutaleb, 10/14/2020

“…Trump on Tuesday responded to Fauci’s warning that the president’s decision to resume campaign rallies this week was ‘very troublesome’ by mocking him in a tweet that unfavorably compared his medical guidance to his errant ceremonial first pitch at a Washington Nationals game in July….”

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The Washington Post, Joel Achenbach, 10/14/2020

“Maverick scientists who call for allowing the coronavirus to spread freely at ‘natural’ rates among healthy young people which keeping most aspects of the economy up and running have found an audience inside the White House and at least one state capitol….”

“William Hanage, an epidemiologist the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, raised the question of how younger people who are sick would be kept separate from older patients. ‘What do you do for the sort of younger populations who need health care themselves? Are you going to have separate hospitals for young people and old people?…'”

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CBS News, 10/13/2020

“‘…Herd immunity is achieved by protecting people from a virus, not by exposing them to it,’ [World Health Organization Chief] Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said during a virtual press briefing. He explained that ‘herd immunity is a concept used for vaccination, in which a population can be protected from a certain virus if a threshold of vaccination is reached….'”

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