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Good morning. Hurricane Sally has made landfall. Europe is battling the coronavirus. And Trump hears an earful from voters.
President Trump doesn’t spend a lot time with voters who don’t already assist him. As The Times’s Maggie Haberman puts it: “Trump, by solely doing rallies and virtually by no means doing city corridor boards, has been insulated from the type of voter interplay that normally assist incumbents as they’re operating. However he craves adulation and plenty of of his aides allow it.”
Final night time, although, the president traveled to Philadelphia for a city corridor, broadcast by ABC, with voters who recognized themselves as undecided. And he heard an earful.
The primary query got here from a 2016 Trump voter who stated he was attempting to take the coronavirus critically and needed to keep away from individuals who refused to put on masks: “Why did you throw susceptible folks like me underneath the bus?” the person, Paul Tubiana, requested.
One other voter, Julie Bard, requested why Trump didn’t assist a nationwide masks mandate. A 3rd requested why he downplayed the virus. Others requested about racial injustice, Trump’s makes an attempt to remove medical insurance from folks and his unpresidential conduct.
“I believe that is by far the hardest grilling Trump has confronted as president,” CNN’s Daniel Dale, who has coated Trump extensively as a reality checker, wrote.
Trump responded with a flurry of falsehoods to defend himself. (Here’s a Instances reality test.) He blamed Joe Biden for the dearth of a nationwide masks mandate. Trump additionally stated, “Lots of people assume the masks usually are not good.” At completely different factors, he downplayed the virus and stated that he had “up-played” it.
He claimed he was beloved by South Koreans. (His current approval score there was 17 %.) He stated all People owned shares. (About half do.) And he stated the late John McCain, a battle hero who was recognized within the Senate as an advocate for veterans, didn’t do sufficient for veterans.
“This can be a president who nonetheless hasn’t adjusted to the truth that 2020 is just not the 12 months he wished it to be,” Amy Walter of the Cook Political Report wrote.
The Times’s Trip Gabriel tweeted: “When @JoeBiden debates Trump, he’ll be confronted with what’s on show tonight: speedy fireplace falsehoods, free-ranging private assaults, excessive claims of his achievements.”
On Fox Information, Laura Ingraham described the occasion as an “ambush” by ABC.
In different marketing campaign information:
Yesterday was arguably Biden’s finest day of state polls for the reason that Republican Nationwide Conference, based on Nate Cohn, a Instances polling skilled. And a brand new ABC Information/Washington Publish ballot this morning confirmed Biden forward by six proportion factors in Wisconsin and 16 factors in Minnesota. In 2016, each states had been extraordinarily shut, and Trump received Wisconsin.
Within the final state major of 2020, Senator Chris Coons of Delaware, a Democrat, simply defeated a progressive challenger, Jessica Scarane.
TWO MORE BIG STORIES
1. Disasters with a typical trigger
Greater than 5 million acres have burned on the West Coast. Tens of hundreds of individuals have fled their houses. And at the very least 27 are useless. Extra favorable climate in Oregon has allowed firefighters to make some progress, however the largest fires are nonetheless largely uncontained.
Scientists say local weather change — particularly hotter temperatures that dry out vegetation — is a significant factor within the area’s worsening fires. Local weather can also be enjoying a task hundreds of miles away on the Gulf Coast, the place Hurricane Sally strengthened in a single day and made landfall in Alabama this morning. Scientists imagine that hotter temperatures make such storms each slower and able to holding extra moisture, which might make them extra damaging.
2. Studying to reside with the virus
Going through a attainable second wave of coronavirus infections, European nations are attempting to stroll a tightrope: avoiding the tough lockdowns of the spring, whereas additionally adhering to social-distancing guidelines and contact-tracing protocols.
“It’s not attainable to cease the virus,” stated Emmanuel André, a number one virologist in Belgium. “It’s about sustaining equilibrium. And we solely have a number of instruments out there to try this.”
Town of Louisville, Ky., agreed to pay the household of Breonna Taylor $12 million and institute police reforms, six months after officers fatally shot the 26-year-old Black lady in her residence.
Officers in Rochester, N.Y., spent months attempting to suppress video footage of the police encounter that led to Daniel Prude’s demise.
A “horrific end result” of engineering flaws, mismanagement and a scarcity of federal oversight led to 2 deadly crashes involving Boeing’s 737 Max jet that killed 346 folks, Home Democrats stated in a report.
In a diplomatic victory for the Trump administration, the U.A.E., Bahrain and Israel formally signed a deal normalizing relations among the many three nations.
The Justice Division has opened a prison investigation into whether or not John Bolton, Trump’s former nationwide safety adviser, disclosed labeled data in a tell-all memoir about his time within the administration.
Invoice Gates Sr. — the daddy of the Microsoft co-founder and a key determine in shaping the household’s philanthropy — died at 94.
Lives Lived: When Dr. Marion Moses wasn’t tending to the well being of poor migrant laborers as a trusted aide to Cesar Chavez, she was out campaigning for his or her rights. On a visit to New York to drum up assist for a nationwide shopper grape boycott, she recruited Gloria Steinem, Lauren Bacall and the people trio Peter, Paul and Mary. Dr. Moses died at 84.
IDEA OF THE DAY: The tip of seasons
The pandemic could make time really feel blurry. The varsity 12 months is beginning, however tens of millions of kids aren’t returning to lecture rooms. Final week, for the primary time, all the 4 greatest U.S. professional sports activities leagues — baseball, basketball, soccer and hockey — performed video games on the identical day. And who even is aware of what Halloween will seem like.
Then there’s local weather change, which is answerable for a world “season creep.” Frosts come earlier, first snows fall later. Hurricanes stretch out on either side of the calendar. And, frighteningly sufficient, fireplace season is simply getting began within the American West. As Paul Elie writes in The New Yorker, “The coronavirus pandemic, along with recurring pure phenomena introduced on by local weather change, is sharply altering our sense of the seasons.”
How you can cope? (Beside, maybe, in search of methods to fight local weather change.) Quartz and Slate each steered collaborating in phenology, or the shut examine of nature’s rhythms. Preserve a journal through which you monitor how the seasons are altering round you. “In so doing, you possibly can anchor your self in place and be a witness to the best way nature is definitely responding to vary, as an alternative of dwelling on the disasters which may come,” Rebecca Onion wrote for Slate.
PLAY, WATCH, EAT, CUBE
An ode to tacos
Vegetarian and vegan taco fillings aren’t new: You may hint their lineage again via Indigenous cuisines. This previous spring, many taqueros in Los Angeles turned to creating meatless tacos when the pandemic prompted ingredient shortages and drastic value fluctuations.
There are about 43 quintillion methods to rearrange a Rubik’s Dice, however just one that’s right. Since a Hungarian structure professor named Erno Rubik invented the dice in 1974, greater than 350 million cubes have been bought globally.
Rubik, 76, typically speaks about his invention as if it had been his baby. “I’m very near the dice. The dice was rising up subsequent to me and proper now, it’s middle-aged, so I do know rather a lot about it,” he stated in a brand new interview.
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