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Joe Biden making campaign stop in Michigan today

Posted: Oct 16, 2020 / 06:25 AM EDT Updated: Oct 16, 2020 / 06:25 AM EDT

Mich, (WLNS)- 6 News is your local election headquarters, and today Democratic Presidential Candidate Joe Biden will be traveling to several locations in Michigan in order to gain more support from voters.

According to information released from the Biden campaign, the former vice president will be holding three events. The first is taking place in Southfield, which will focus on expanding access to affordable health care.

Following that event, Biden will be attending a virtual meeting with African American faith leaders.
In the evening, Joe Biden will finish his stop in Michigan at a voter mobilization event in Detroit to promote early voting.

Today’s visit by the former vice-president is taking place right before President Trump’s rally scheduled in Muskegon tomorrow.

6 News will be here for you with the latest on all campaign visits on-air, online, and on our 6 News app.

Rallying call to keep visiting Liverpool arts venues in lockdown

Some of Liverpool’s largest arts organisations have come together to call on audiences to keeping visiting their venues.

Although all of the city’s theatres, art galleries and museums were closed for at least several months from the beginning of lockdown, many have since reopened.

All National Museums Liverpool venues, Bluecoat, FACT and Tate Liverpool are now welcoming the public, and the Philharmonic Hall launched a programme of socially-distanced concerts earlier this month.

The Liverpool Playhouse today announced it would be reopening in December with a production of A Christmas Carol.

But with Liverpool City Region now under Tier 3 restrictions, the arts leaders are keen to spread the message that their venues are open and covid-safe.

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Helen Legg, Tate Liverpool director, said: “We are open as usual with Covid-secure measures in place throughout and some incredible art for visitors to enjoy at Tate Liverpool.

“We know that engaging in culture is beneficial to mental health and hope that a visit can bring relief some small relief to visitors in what is a stressful and difficult time for everyone.”

Liverpool arts & culture

Mark Da Vanzo, Everyman & Playhouse chief executive, said: “We have not given up on Christmas and are looking forward to having a festive treat for the people of Liverpool at both the Everyman & Playhouse Theatres.

“We are delighted to be producing A Christmas Carol at the Playhouse and will be announcing our exciting plans for the Everyman over the coming weeks so watch this space.”

Safety measures include visitors wearing a mask in all venues, advance booking and timed entry slots.

Venues have also implemented enhanced cleaning regimes, hand sanitiser stations, one-way routes and socially distanced seating.

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Laura Pye, director of National Museums Liverpool, said: “While we’re all experiencing a great deal of change and restrictions in our lives, the accessibility of arts venues as a source of mental stimulation and wellbeing is more important than ever.

“Although the measures we’ve put in place to ensure people’s safety mean that visits aren’t entirely back to normal, a lot of thought and planning has gone into making sure visitors enjoy their experience with us as much as possible.

“Visiting now is an opportunity to appreciate our venues with more tranquillity, and to benefit from the escapism that arts and culture offers – something we all need at the moment.”

Events, shows and exhibitions taking place this autumn

  • Tate Liverpool’s Don McCullin show features images of conflict, famine and displacement around the world over his 60-year career.
  • At the Walker Art Gallery visitors can enjoy the Linda McCartney Retrospective which has been extended until January 10, 2021 and includes iconic images from the music scene of the 1960s and her family life.
  • At Bluecoat, Frances Disley: Pattern Buffer explores the potential of the gallery space to create a restorative environment, with relaxing film works combining with specially selected plants to create a welcoming setting focused on the wellbeing of the visitor.
  • FACT’s Augmented Empathy also considers wellbeing through Instagram filters, which can be accessed both in the space and at home, to explore how social media can be used as a space for exchange and more empathic connection.
  • Mikhail Karikis’s audio-visual installation Ferocious Love, at Tate Liverpool, focuses on emotional responses and the need for mutual care in the face of the climate crisis.
  • And Say the Animal Responded? at FACT creates a space for the voice of the animal in the midst of a rapidly changing climate.
  • Bluecoat and artist Sumuyya Khader celebrate Liverpool’s Black artists using billboard style pasting of artworks on the building’s façade.
  • Artist Shane D’Allessandro’s Contributions, an ode to the Windrush generation, will go on display at the International Slavery Museum in October.
  • There are multiple opportunities to watch Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra over the coming months with a programme that includes Beethoven, Stravinsky and Mozart as well as chief conductor designate Domingo Hindoyan leading his first concert of the season and a performance by superstar mezzo-soprano, Jennifer Johnston.
  • The Everyman theatre will reopen with a trio of shows for Homotopia Festival which features ground-breaking trans artist Mitchell Jay.
  • Liverpool’s Royal Court will stage The Happiness Show for the first Annual Doddy Day celebrating Sir Ken Dodd which features Les Dennis amongst the host of variety acts.
  • The Unity Theatre also has its doors open for the city’s artists to use as a workplace, offering free rehearsal, development and recording facilities to local creatives.

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The polls finally catch up with the news, and still show Trump trailing.

President Trump fielded questions during a telecast town hall event in Miami Thursday night.
Credit…Doug Mills/The New York Times

The dueling town halls that aired on separate broadcast networks Thursday night were a microcosm of the parallel universes in which President Trump and former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. are running their campaigns.

The forums replaced what was to be the second debate between the two candidates, after Mr. Trump rejected the decision by the Commission on Presidential Debates to hold the debate virtually because of Mr. Trump’s coronavirus diagnosis.

Mr. Trump, who was interviewed by Savannah Guthrie on NBC before turning to audience questions in Miami, grew angry and defensive almost at the outset, as she challenged him for spreading falsehoods, confronted him about his openness to QAnon conspiracy theorists and coaxed from him that he couldn’t say for sure whether he had been tested for the coronavirus before his first debate with Mr. Biden. Mr. Trump was alternatively hostile and derisive to Ms. Guthrie, a popular “Today” show co-anchor.

Mr. Trump also all but confirmed that he owed about $400 million to creditors, as reported in a New York Times investigation about his taxes. “What I’m saying is that it’s a tiny percentage of my net worth,” Mr. Trump said when Ms. Guthrie pressed him on the specific dollar amount cited in the report.

Over on ABC News, at a very different octane and a very different volume, Mr. Biden answered policy questions from George Stephanopoulos. He also said he wanted proof that Mr. Trump had taken a coronavirus test before their next and last scheduled debate, on Oct. 22.

Mr. Biden’s outing was not completely easy. He again dodged a question on expanding the Supreme Court if he gets elected, though he did say, that he would offer an answer before Election Day but wanted to see how the nomination process for Judge Amy Coney Barrett plays out first.

Mr. Biden also made some news, saying that his support of the 1994 crime bill — which has been blamed for the large-scale incarceration of Black people — was a “mistake,” adding that parts of it had not been carried out properly by states.

Mr. Trump did settle into a rhythm when the audience questions began, and he engaged with some of the voters on policy questions like corporate taxes. Still, at the end of the day, the president may have been better off with a virtual debate after all.

After yet another week in the presidential race and on the heels of the Supreme Court confirmation hearings, there’s little evidence President Trump has improved his standing over Joseph R. Biden Jr. in polls.
Credit…Chang W. Lee/The New York Times

In the never-ending news cycle that is the 2020 presidential campaign, the polls have lagged behind. But for a moment on Thursday, before the candidates’ dueling televised town halls, the polls caught up, and they painted a clear picture: President Trump is trailing badly, even though negative developments like his performance at the first debate with Joseph R. Biden Jr. and his coronavirus hospitalization are well in the rearview mirror.

National polls
Pollster Margin Diff. from ’16 result

Morning Consult

Oct. 12-14, 15,499 L.V.

Biden +9




Oct. 10-14, 864 L.V.

Biden +8



U.S.C. Dornsife

Oct. 1-14, 5,433 L.V.

Biden +13



Whitman (Dem. pollster)

Oct. 8-13, 1,103 L.V.

Biden +12



Marist College

Oct. 8-13, 896 L.V.

Biden +11



University of Massachusetts Lowell

Oct. 5-12, 819 L.V.

Biden +11



NBC News/
The Wall Street Journal

Oct. 9-12, 1,000 R.V.

Biden +11



Edison Research

Sept. 25-Oct. 8, 1,378 R.V.

Biden +13



National polls released on Thursday showed Mr. Biden up by an average of more than 10 points. The most favorable one for Mr. Trump found him down by eight points. That would have been an above-average result for Mr. Biden just a few weeks ago.

Nor were there signs of improvement on the horizon for the president. The venerable NBC/WSJ poll did show Mr. Biden’s lead dropping from 14 points, right after the Sept. 29 debate, to 11 points. But that previous result looked as if it was running pretty hot for Mr. Biden, and it’s a lot easier to interpret the new result as expected movement back toward the overall average, rather than as an actual shift toward Mr. Trump.

At the start of this week, it had seemed like the Amy Coney Barrett confirmation hearings might offer the president a positive news cycle. Instead, we’ve gone yet another week without much evidence that the president’s standing has improved. With no immediate signs that last night’s town halls provided a big bump for Mr. Trump, he doesn’t have many opportunities left.

Polls of individual states were a little more encouraging for the president than his national numbers. In Arizona, for instance, two new polls found Mr. Biden ahead by four points and one found Mr. Trump ahead by one point. Some previous polls had shown Mr. Biden farther ahead in Arizona. But in several other swing states, Mr. Biden continues to retain comfortable leads.

President Trump at a rally in Greenville, N.C., on Thursday
Credit…Doug Mills/The New York Times

There are 18 days until Election Day. Here are the schedules of the presidential and vice-presidential candidates for Friday, Oct. 16. All times are Eastern time.

President Trump

1:30 p.m.: Speaks about protecting older Americans in Fort Meyers, Fla.

4 p.m.: Holds a rally in Ocala, Fla.

7 p.m.: Holds a rally in Macon, Ga.

Former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr.

2:30 p.m.: Speaks in Southfield, Mich, on affordable health care.

4:30 p.m.: Meets virtually with faith leaders.

6:30 p.m.: Appears at a voter mobilization event in Detroit, Mich.

Vice President Mike Pence

1:30 p.m.: Delivers remarks at a campaign event in Selma, N.C.

Senator Kamala Harris

Participates in a virtual event on finance; time T.B.D.

Ad Watch

President Trump’s rude and demeaning comments to and about women are no secret. Just last week, he called Senator Kamala Harris, the Democratic vice-presidential nominee, a “monster.” A new ad from the Lincoln Project urges voters to consider what it would be like to have a different kind of president — a man, it suggests, who actually respects women.

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The ad sharply contrasts Mr. Trump with Joseph R. Biden Jr., elevating Mr. Biden’s selection of Ms. Harris as his running mate as proof that he “doesn’t just value a female voice but chooses one to be his right-hand woman.”

The 90-second ad opens with two directives: “Imagine a young girl looking in the mirror, searching for role models in the world to give her hope that one day she, too, can make a difference. Now imagine how she feels when she watches women being verbally attacked.” Cue a series of clips that show Mr. Trump belittling women, including female reporters. “Your daughters are listening,” the ad says.

Then as the music soars, the ad encourages viewers to “imagine a different future for her” — one with Ms. Harris as Mr. Biden’s “right-hand woman.” It closes with a note of hope that doubles as a warning: “Your actions on Nov. 3 will define who she sees.”

The ad does not cover the sharply divergent views both men — and both parties — have on issues that affect women, including women’s reproductive rights.

Mr. Trump is known for his sexist remarks, and the clips the ad shows are real. Mr. Biden, on the other hand, has long styled himself a champion of women. He still refers to the Violence Against Women Act as his proudest legislative achievement and he said months before he selected Ms. Harris as his running mate that he would name a woman to his ticket.

A slightly modified 60-second version of the ad is running nationally on Fox News, MSNBC and CNN, according to Advertising Analytics. It began airing on Thursday morning.

The 2016 Democratic presidential nominee, Hillary Clinton, ran a similar ad four years ago. It did not work.

And the Lincoln Project is a group of Never Trump Republicans founded almost exclusively by men, so this ad has a tone somewhat equivalent to when men stand up and say “as a father of daughters” to denounce bad behavior by other men.

Still, the juxtaposition between the two candidates is powerful and likely to resonate with voters who are tired of Mr. Trump’s rhetoric.

A “Trump Collins 2020” sign, right, paid for by the Maine Democratic Party, stands alongside a “Susan Collins our senator” sign, paid for by the Maine Republican Party in Freeport, Maine.
Credit…Robert F. Bukaty/Associated Press

President Trump lashed out at the Republican senator Susan Collins of Maine on Friday for not supporting the confirmation of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court, adding that given their previous policy disagreements, winning her over was “not worth the work!”

It was an unusual attack: Ms. Collins has often sought to distance herself from the president and preserve her reputation as someone who is willing to break with her party, but she is locked in a tight re-election race that is one of the main reasons Republicans fear they may lose control of the Senate.

Mr. Trump’s tweet described “a nasty rumor out there” that Ms. Collins would not support Judge Barrett’s nomination. It is no rumor. On Thursday night, at a contentious debate with her Democratic challenger, Sara Gideon, Ms. Collins reiterated she would indeed not vote to confirm Judge Barrett because Republicans had blockaded Merrick Garland, President Barack Obama’s appointee, in 2016.

“It’s clearly not a political calculation since it does not make a lot of people happy,” Ms. Collins said. “It’s a matter of principle, it’s a matter of fairness. In a democracy, we should play by the same rules and the fact is that there has not been a confirmation of a Supreme Court justice in a presidential election year since 1932.”

Mr. Trump does not actually need Ms. Collins’s vote to confirm Judge Barrett: Enough members of the Republican Senate majority have said they would support her that her confirmation appears all but certain.

Mr. Trump also criticized Ms. Collins in his tweet for not supporting “Healthcare,” a likely reference to her joining Democrats to block the Republican effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act in 2017.

He made no mention, however, of her support for his two previous nominations to the Supreme Court, Justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh, the latter of which has cost her politically. Her vote for Justice Kavanaugh has galvanized liberal voters in Maine and across the country to flood the race with donations to Ms. Gideon.

Several polls have found Ms. Collins, the last New England Republican, narrowly trailing Ms. Gideon, who chipped away at Ms. Collins’s reputation as a moderate Republican and tie her squarely with the national party.

At Thursday’s debate, Ms. Gideon pressed Ms. Collins on whether she would vote for Mr. Trump. Ms. Collins, who has repeatedly declined to say whether she would, dodged the question again.

Ms. Gideon, who does not support adding justices to the Supreme Court or imposing term limits, said she would support returning a 60-vote threshold, known as the filibuster, for judicial nominees as a way to ensure an independent judiciary. (Both parties have chipped away at the filibuster for nominations as a way to overcome partisan opposition.)

“I think we should go back to having a filibuster in place for judicial nominees,” she said.

In their televised town halls on Thursday night, President Trump continued his pattern of exaggerated, misleading and false statements on many topics, while former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. stuck closer to the facts.

Mr. Trump continued to state without any factual basis that the coronavirus pandemic will end soon, and repeated his false statements that most people who wear masks get sick. He also dodged repeated questions about whether he had a negative coronavirus test immediately before the first presidential debate.

The president’s characterizations of the economy’s performance under his administration were inflated, and he again claimed to have done more for African-Americans than any of his predecessors except for Lincoln, an assertion that historians say is not accurate.

Mr. Biden got his numbers wrong on troop levels in Afghanistan relative to when he left office four years ago and mischaracterized an element of the Green New Deal, but generally avoided clear misstatements.

A team of journalists from The New York Times fact-checked both candidates in their separate appearances, providing context and analysis.

Voters waited in line to vote Thursday in Weaverville, N.C.
Credit…Juan Diego Reyes for The New York Times

Election Day is always the Tuesday after the first Monday in November, but the day circled on the calendar every four years is no longer the singular time when American elections happen. That day, Nov. 3 this year, instead represents the end of a six-week sprint during a record number of Americans cast their ballots in advance.

The coronavirus pandemic has accelerated a trend toward more early voting. In an effort to make polling places less crowded on Election Day, many states have encouraged absentee voting, opened more in-person early-voting sites and, in a few cases, mailed ballots to all registered voters.

In state after state, voters have waited hours to vote. While the long lines were a vivid symbol of longstanding efforts to make voting more difficult — particularly for people of color — they also demonstrated the intensity of the desire to vote in an election that millions of Americans have waited for since the last one, when President Trump won a victory that shocked the country, exhilarating his supporters and infuriating large parts of the country.

The election so far has been a public demonstration of civic devotion unseen in American life for generations, but also evidence of what in many places remains a broken voting system, damaged either by neglect or intent. Yet the voters keep coming, intent on exercising a constitutional right and in hopes of shaping a better future for their country.

Mark Kelly, the Democratic Senate candidate in Arizona, was among the candidates in his party who announced huge new fund-raising totals over the last three months.
Credit…Brian Snyder/Reuters

Democratic candidates in competitive Senate races received another surge in donations over the last few months, with some breaking fund-raising records in their states and many entering the final weeks of the campaign with significant stores of cash, according to new quarterly filings with election authorities this week.

ActBlue, the central platform for donations to Democratic candidates and causes, announced that from July 1 to Sept. 30, it had processed $1.5 billion in contributions — an amount roughly equal to what the site raised during the entire 2018 election cycle, and one far exceeding the $623.5 million that the equivalent Republican platform, WinRed, took in during the quarter.

Mark Kelly, the Democratic Senate candidate in Arizona, was among those who reported raising another enormous sum. Mr. Kelly’s campaign took in more than $38.7 million in those three months, and polls in the state show him with a widening advantage over the Republican incumbent, Senator Martha McSally. His campaign indicated that it had entered October with $18.8 million in cash on hand.

Senator McSally’s campaign reported raising $22.6 million in the period, with nearly $12.2 million in the bank.

In the Kentucky Senate race, the Democratic candidate, Amy McGrath, raised $36.9 million in the quarter. Her campaign, seeking to unseat Senator Mitch McConnell, the majority leader, reported having nearly $20 million in cash on hand. Senator McConnell’s campaign raised less than half of that, $15.8 million, and reported $13.9 million in cash on hand.

In Maine, the Democratic challenger, Sara Gideon, took in $39.4 million in her effort to unseat Senator Susan Collins, the Republican incumbent, whose campaign raised $8.3 million. Ms. Gideon reported $22.7 million in cash on hand, compared with nearly $6.6 million for Senator Collins, who received an endorsement from former President George W. Bush in August.

Jaime Harrison, the Democrat challenging Senator Lindsey Graham, Republican of South Carolina, shattered the record for Senate campaign fund-raising in a quarter, taking in more than $57 million in the period in question. Mr. Harrison’s campaign reported having nearly $8 million in cash at the start of the month.

Senator Graham’s campaign reported having raised $28.5 million over the same time. As he leads slightly in polling in South Carolina, and as his leadership of the Senate Judiciary Committee has drawn particular attention in his push to confirm President Trump’s third Supreme Court nominee, his campaign indicated that it had nearly $14.8 million in cash on hand.

Joseph R. Biden Jr., the Democratic presidential nominee, spoke at a town hall event in Philadelphia on Thursday.
Credit…Jeenah Moon for The New York Times

On Thursday, the internet felt compelled to weigh in on the stark difference in tone between the two presidential forums, Savannah Guthrie’s performance moderating the discussion with President Trump on NBC, and other assorted Easter eggs that surfaced during all of the questions and answers.

Here’s a quick look at what the online world deemed important.

NBC and ABC, the television networks broadcasting the events, carried them both at 8 p.m. Eastern. So viewers were left with a choice: Watch one candidate exclusively, or flip back and forth?

Among those who periodically switched between the two broadcasts, a consensus emerged: The difference in tone was jarring.

Mr. Trump’s detractors found his loud voice, frequent interjections and rhetorical meandering to be overwhelming and incoherent.

At times, Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s penchant for long-winded responses and deep policy dives left the voters who posed questions to him appearing perplexed, a point quickly noted by pundits.

Mercedes Schlapp, a senior adviser for the Trump campaign, echoed a criticism from the right about Mr. Biden’s more mellow town hall, essentially arguing that the moderator, ABC’s George Stephanopoulos, and the voters posing the questions were being too soft on the former vice president.

But her particular assertion that Mr. Biden’s town hall felt “like I am watching an episode of Mister Rodgers Neighborhood” was quickly turned into its own social media moment, as people pointed out that, in fact, most people liked Fred Rogers, and that Mr. Rogers was known for preaching kindness on his children’s show.

There was also much discussion of Ms. Guthrie, who questioned the president bluntly on his coronavirus diagnosis, his views on white supremacists, the false QAnon conspiracy theory and his taxes.

Some praised her for pressing Mr. Trump on issues he has tried to evade. Others criticized her style, sometimes in pejorative or misogynistic terms, as overly aggressive and partisan.

At one point, Ms. Guthrie insisted that Mr. Trump explain why he had retweeted a conspiracy theory about Mr. Biden.

“I don’t get that,” she said. “You’re the president. You’re not, like, someone’s crazy uncle who can retweet whatever.”

That comment was widely transcribed and reposted. And it did not take long for social media users to remember that Mr. Trump does have one highly visible niece.

And finally, no roundup of the night’s internet moments would be complete if we did not include the video of one voter’s unprompted appraisal of the commander in chief.

President Trump’s personal lawyer Rudolph W. Giuliani has long waged a campaign to attack former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr.
Credit…Al Drago for The New York Times

The intelligence agencies warned the White House late last year that Russian intelligence officers were using President Trump’s personal lawyer Rudolph W. Giuliani as a conduit for disinformation aimed at undermining Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s presidential run, according to four current and former American officials.

The agencies imparted the warning months before disclosing publicly in August that Moscow was trying to interfere in the election by taking aim at Mr. Biden’s campaign, the officials said. Mr. Trump and Mr. Giuliani have promoted unsubstantiated claims about Mr. Biden that have aligned with Russian disinformation efforts, and Mr. Giuliani has met with a Ukrainian lawmaker whom American officials believe is a Russian agent.

Robert C. O’Brien, the national security adviser, presented the warning about Mr. Giuliani to Mr. Trump in December. Two former officials gave conflicting accounts about its nature. One said the report was presented to Mr. Trump as unverified and vague, but another said the intelligence agencies had developed solid and credible information that Mr. Giuliani was being “worked over” by Russian operatives.

Mr. Trump shrugged it off, officials said, but the first former official cautioned that his reaction could have been colored in part by other information given to him not long before that appeared to back some of Mr. Giuliani’s claims about Ukraine. The specifics of that material were unclear.

Mr. Giuliani did not return requests for comment. The Washington Post reported the intelligence agencies’ warning to the White House earlier on Thursday.

 Nicole Flaherty’s 7-year-old daughter helped insert a ballot in a drop box ahead of Election Day in New Jersey. Ballots can also be mailed or delivered in person.
Credit…Christina Paciolla/Associated Press

With less than three weeks to go before a pandemic-era election that is being conducted mainly by mail, Democrats in New Jersey are returning ballots at rates that outpace Republicans in some of the state’s most conservative strongholds.

In the rural north, on the Jersey Shore and in horse country, Democrats are beating Republicans to the mailbox — and the drop box — in an election where every voter was mailed a paper ballot to turn in by Nov. 3.

In Ocean County, home to more Republicans than any other part of the state, nearly 39 percent of registered Democrats had voted as of Wednesday, compared with 25 percent of Republicans, county records show. Rural Sussex County had a nearly identical split: More than 39 percent of Democrats had returned ballots by Wednesday, compared with 24 percent of Republicans.

While many states have seen a surge in mail-in voting, New Jersey is one of only four states where the rate of return has already eclipsed 25 percent of the state’s total turnout four years ago.

Pollsters, lawmakers and campaign consultants see it as a sign of intensity among Democrats eager to show their displeasure with a polarizing president and a measure of distrust among Republicans toward mail voting — a method President Trump has attacked, without evidence, as being ripe for fraud.

Republican leaders say they expect a surge of in-person ballot delivery closer to Election Day.

“They’re very suspicious of the mail,” said State Senator Joseph Pennacchio, a Republican chairman of the president’s re-election campaign in New Jersey who is recommending voters use drop boxes. “If you had a $100 bill, would you trust putting $100 in the mail? Of course not.”

Partially true: ‘You’re the president. You’re not like someone’s crazy uncle.’

“I know nothing about it. That was a retweet. That was an opinion from somebody. I’ll put it out there — people can decide,” Trump said. Host Savannah Guthrie responded, “I don’t get that. You’re the president. You’re not like someone’s crazy uncle.” His niece Mary L. Trump, who wrote a bestselling book about his lying, narcissism and cruelty, humorously tweeted in response:

In other words, he is currently president but also is by any layperson’s observation irrational, petulant and utterly unfit — the proverbial “crazy uncle” whom no one wants to sit next to at the family Thanksgiving dinner. And as with white supremacists, Trump finds it impossible to reject possible supporters, no matter how aberrant and reprehensible they might be.

Trump still falsely insists that mail-in ballots are not legitimate, that we are “rounding the corner” on covid-19 (repeating his lie that we have a favorable death rate compared with other countries) and that Obama spied on him. He has not come up with a health-care plan despite repeated promises to provide an alternative to Obamacare, which he wants the Supreme Court to strike down in its entirety. And he wouldn’t say whether he took a covid-19 test on the day of the first debate (which was required by the debate rules).

Independent of any specific answer, Trump’s ranting, bellicose and opaque responses only cemented the impression he gave in the first debate. “Crazy uncle” actually is not too far off the mark. It is tiresome to listen to the same lies, the same evasions, the same self-reverential proclamations. He has nothing new to say, just more whackadoodle accusations and insults. He is now equal parts repugnant and boring.

Meanwhile on ABC, former vice president Joe Biden’s town hall lasted 90 minutes (compared with Trump’s 60 minutes) and offered long, policy-rich answers on criminal justice (acknowledging that parts of the 1994 crime bill were wrong); covid-19 and a potential vaccine (he’ll listen to the scientists); and the Supreme Court (he’ll clarify his position on adding seats and other reforms after the vote on Judge Amy Coney Barrett, who he accurately said did not answer many questions).

On foreign policy, Biden said, “We find ourselves in a position where we’re more isolated in the world than we’ve ever been. Our ‘go it alone, America first’ has made America alone.” He continued: “You have Iran closer to having enough nuclear material to build a bomb. North Korea has more bombs and missiles available to it. We find ourselves where our NATO allies are publicly saying they can’t count on us.” He pledged to reverse Trump’s directive banning transgender Americans from serving in the military.

Where Trump mocks masks, Biden promises to use persuasion. “I’d go to every mayor, I’d go to every councilman, I’d go to every local official and say, ‘mandate the mask.’” He added, “The words of a president matter.”

His most compelling answer might have come on race, when he explained his devotion to criminal justice reform and wealth accumulation for Black Americans:

Even after the debate ended, Biden hung around to answer more questions. He has come a long way from the primaries — when he used to cut himself off as his time ran out. He is arguably more confident, relaxed and fluent than he has ever been. The more unraveled and agitated Trump becomes, the more presidential Biden sounds.

Without the constant interruptions that marred the first debate, Biden was focused, articulate and thoughtful. Once more, he demonstrated his inherent decency. Asked about testing for the coronavirus, he declared: “I just think it’s — it’s just decency. To be able to determine whether or not you are — you’re clear.” He went on: “I’m less concerned about me than the people, the guys with the cameras, the people working in the, you know, the Secret Service guys you drive up with, all those people.” He is in every respect the anti-Trump.

Trump fared even worse in the comparison with Biden than he did in the first debate. Voters could literally turn the channel, tune out Trump’s noise and histrionics in favor of a calm, logical, wonkish candidate who knows what he is talking about. Biden certainly must hope that is a metaphor for the choice facing voters.

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Bank of America Issues 2020 Human Capital Management Report


Bank of America today published its 2020 Human Capital Management Report, which provides the latest information and progress against its continued focus to be a great place to work for its more than 200,000 teammates around the world.

Building on the company’s inaugural Human Capital Management report last year, the 2020 report details the many programs and resources, as well as supporting data, across Bank of America’s primary focus areas including: being a diverse and inclusive workplace; attracting and retaining exceptional talent; providing holistic benefits supporting teammates’ physical, emotional and financial wellness; and recognizing and rewarding performance.

“Since our initial report, we have taken extensive steps to care for the health and safety of our teammates during the unprecedented health crisis, including expanding and enhancing employee benefits and resources,” said CEO Brian Moynihan. “We have also built on work we have had underway throughout our company’s history to ensure a diverse and inclusive workplace, and have seen increases in diverse representation in nearly every area.”

In addition, Bank of America continues to share metrics on diverse representation across the company, a practice the bank has had in place for many years prior to last year’s inaugural report. Specific highlights of what’s new this year include:

  • Additional disclosures related to Black/African American and Hispanic/Latino representation throughout the report.
  • Increases in the representation of women and people of color in nearly every category across the company since 2018 (the exception being women in the top three levels of our company, which remains at 41%).
  • One of the most diverse classes of campus new hires ever – 45% women, 13% Black/African American and 14% Hispanic/Latino.
  • Progress in lines of business, including wealth management, which has seen increases in the percentage of women, people of color, Black/African American and Hispanic/Latino employees.

“Our focus on being a great place to work has never been more important. While our teammates are focused on supporting our clients and communities, we’re focused on supporting them and their families, making sure they can be their best both at work and at home,” said Chief Human Resources Officer Sheri Bronstein.

New to this year’s report, Bank of America has detailed expanded support and benefits to help employees navigate the ongoing health crisis, and long-term commitments to advance racial equality and economic opportunity for all, including:

  • Supporting employee health and safety, including providing no-cost coronavirus testing; no-cost virtual general medicine and behavioral health consults; mental health resources; and additional support for teammates who continue to work in the office, such as transportation and meal subsidies.
  • Launching innovative solutions to support teammates with child care needs, including providing over 1.7 million days of backup child and adult care and an investment of over $200 million in child and adult care reimbursements through September 2020.
  • Delivering for our clients by providing advice, guidance and access to all our capabilities to help clients meet their financial needs, as well as by delivering critical financial relief.
  • Helping our teammates to have conversations about racial, social and economic injustices, with more than 165,000 employees participating in courageous conversations in the first half of the year alone.
  • Making a four-year, $1 billion commitment to advance work underway to address critical issues for people and communities of color, including health care, jobs, small businesses and housing.

These highlights are in addition to the actions Bank of America takes each year, including equal pay for equal work; support for new parents; personalized support for major life events (including connecting employees to resources, benefits and counseling) from Life Events Services, the company’s internal, highly-specialized group; and confidential counseling through its Employee Assistance Program to help manage the stress and broader emotional impacts of events and uncertainty.

Learn more about our progress in the full report.

Bank of America

Bank of America is one of the world’s leading financial institutions, serving individual consumers, small and middle-market businesses and large corporations with a full range of banking, investing, asset management and other financial and risk management products and services. The company provides unmatched convenience in the United States, serving approximately 66 million consumer and small business clients with approximately 4,300 retail financial centers, including approximately 2,900 lending centers, 2,500 financial centers with a Consumer Investment Financial Solutions Advisor and approximately 2,300 business centers; approximately 17,000 ATMs; and award-winning digital banking with approximately 39 million active users, including approximately 31 million mobile users. Bank of America is a global leader in wealth management, corporate and investment banking and trading across a broad range of asset classes, serving corporations, governments, institutions and individuals around the world. Bank of America offers industry-leading support to approximately 3 million small business households through a suite of innovative, easy-to-use online products and services. The company serves clients through operations across the United States, its territories and approximately 35 countries. Bank of America Corporation stock (NYSE: BAC) is listed on the New York Stock Exchange.

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