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A Roadmap for Reparations in Education

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Suggestions for confronting the legacy of institutional racism

October 15, 2020

On campaign trails recently, a serious discussion has emerged about the debt the United States government owes its Black citizens, who continue to face obstacles to achieving the American dream as a result of the lasting effects of enslavement. The killings of Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, and Elijah McClain unleashed a wave of racial unrest linked to the disproportionate impacts of police violence on communities of color. A demand for reparations has resurfaced full force as the nation reckons with that and other legacies of institutional racism. Any attempts to address these social ills must include equitable funding and designs for schools that afford every child an opportunity to break through the ceiling of systemic injustice.

Through centuries of policy and practice, from being subjected to barbaric slave codes to being redlined into ZIP codes with limited opportunity for upward mobility, Black people have been mistreated and blocked from opportunity by American institutions. To various degrees and at different times, they have been denied education, health care, homeownership, employment, and the vote. These injustices show up in the classroom as troubling gaps in achievement, disparities in school discipline, and ongoing inconsistencies in college access and completion that ultimately contribute to a wealth gap that will take more than 100 years to close if nothing changes. The COVID-19 pandemic has further distinguished the opportunity divide.

New York is a good example of racialized educational injustice. The city has faced an ongoing struggle to admit Black and Latinx students to its specialized high schools in proportion to their numbers in the public school student population. Admission is determined by a single test, even though the results of end-of-course tests would not similarly disadvantage Black and Latinx students. Adding to the inequity, Black and Latinx students do not generally have access to the same quality of preparation as white students. And we need no other reminder of just how uneven the playing field is for Black people seeking access to upward mobility through education than the massive college-admissions scandal in 2019.

“Historic and systemic inequity in educational opportunity is a debt that must be paid.”

The Trump administration, meanwhile, has systematically tried to dismantle the few tools available to maintain equity for students. It attempted to illegally delay regulations created to address racial disparities in the treatment of students who receive special education services. It also sought to roll back guidance established to disrupt biased school discipline practices. It pressured Texas Tech University’s school of medicine to adopt a policy eliminating the use of race as a factor in admissions and backed the plaintiffs in the Students for Fair Admissions, Inc. v. Harvard University case seeking to eliminate the use of race in admissions. And most recently, the administration waged an attack on curriculum that aims to provide an accurate history of the United States.

All of these actions, and many others, show an increasing aversion to acknowledging and addressing negative impacts based on race. These are just a few reasons elected leaders serious about reparations should look no further than the nation’s education system to begin closing gaps in opportunity.

There’s a rich history of Black Americans pursuing education as a pathway to full citizenship, while maintaining their identity and sovereignty. Prince Hall, a free Black man who fought in the Revolutionary War, started schools to serve free Black children in Boston when they were denied access to Boston public schools. In 1862 and 1890, land grants provided opportunities to Black students seeking higher education by creating a Black college or university for every newly established institution that refused admission to Black people. And today, Black families are again taking matters into their own hands, establishing schools that conspicuously honor their children’s identity and ancestry while providing academic rigor and a culturally sustaining curriculum.

Civic and political leaders need not look far when devising a strategy for reparations. Historic and systemic inequity in educational opportunity is a debt that must be paid. And we see some institutions of higher education already taking the lead to make amends for past atrocities.

Here are just a few suggestions for leading by addressing historic gaps:

• Establish a mechanism such as the Public Education Opportunity Grants proposed by my organization, the Center for American Progress, to dramatically increase the federal investment in K-12 education and fill the annual $23 billion gap in state and local funding between predominantly white and predominantly nonwhite school districts;

• Identify and distribute $200 billion for school infrastructure to update the 54 percent of U.S. school buildings that are crumbling and outdated;

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• Create a grant program to improve teacher preparation, recruitment, and ongoing professional development that fully incorporates culturally responsive pedagogy and acknowledge the new majority of students of color in public schools across America;

• Pass legislation to implement the “Powell exception” in San Antonio Independent School District v. Rodriguez, which would call for elimination of property-tax-based school financing models that advantage wealthy and mostly white districts above predominantly nonwhite districts; and

• Incentivize state education agencies to conduct deep racial-equity audits, eliminate whitewashed curriculum, implement strategies to promptly address negative racial impacts, and establish frameworks for applying a race-equity lens to future policy and programming decisions.

While some of these recommendations will inherently benefit public school students of all races, it is also the case that creating policies targeted exclusively at repairing the ongoing harm to Black Americans stemming from the transatlantic slave trade will benefit all Americans.

Leadership on educational equity must be clear and specific, especially during this time of unrest and transformation. And it must start by acknowledging how education was intentionally withheld from enslaved Americans and for many generations systematically under-resourced in Black communities within the confines of the law. Leaders can then take the right first steps to repay a debt owed to a people whose blood, sweat, and tears made this great nation possible.

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Published in Print: October 16, 2020, as A Roadmap for Reparations

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The Biden-Trump Town Hall Events Presented Parallel Universes

President Trump fielded questions during a telecast town hall event in Miami Thursday night.
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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.

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.

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.
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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.
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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.
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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.

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.
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Senator Susan Collins of Maine, the last New England Republican in Congress, clashed on Thursday with her Democratic opponent Sara Gideon at a debate that focused on the pandemic, health care and reforming the federal judiciary.

Ms. Collins, who is seeking a fifth term in the Senate, and Ms. Gideon, the speaker of the Maine House of Representatives, are locked in one of the toughest races in the country, with the potential to flip the Senate hanging in the balance.

The nonpartisan Cook Political Report has rated the Maine Senate race a tossup, but several polls have found Ms. Collins trailing Ms. Gideon by a narrow margin.

The ongoing Republican effort to reshape the federal judiciary — highlighted by the party’s race to confirm President Trump’s nominee, Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court — has long overshadowed the race. Ms. Collins, who faced a backlash for her vote to confirm Justice Brett Kavanaugh to the nation’s highest court in 2018, again said that she would not support Judge Barrett’s nomination because of the proximity to the November election.

“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.”

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.

The two women also sparred over their health care proposals, in part because oral arguments in a case that could result in the court overturning the Affordable Care Act are set to begin early next month.

Ms. Gideon also repeatedly tried to press Ms. Collins on whether she would vote for President Trump, a question that the senator has continuously dodged.

In response to Ms. Gideon’s charge that Ms. Collins had failed to secure additional pandemic relief after Congress approved nearly $3 trillion of help this spring, Ms. Collins said she expected to vote to advance a targeted relief bill in the Senate and potentially another bill reviving a federal loan program for small businesses. She accused Ms. Gideon of failing to provide significant state relief after adjourning the state legislature in March.

The two independent candidates at the debate, Lisa Savage and Max Linn, sought to differentiate themselves from Ms. Collins and Ms. Gideon, particularly because Maine allows for ranked choice voting.

 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.
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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.”

President Trump at a rally in Greenville, N.C., on Thursday
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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.

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POLITICO Playbook: One year ago today …

TODAY IS THE ONE-YEAR ANNIVERSARY of the last time President DONALD TRUMP spoke with Speaker NANCY PELOSI. We’re living through the most difficult year in most of our lifetimes, and the president of the United States and the speaker of the House have not even had so much as a conversation in 2020.

STUCK IN 2017 … TRUMP THURSDAY NIGHT, to SAVANNAH GUTHRIE on the NBC town hall, live from Miami: GUTHRIE: “Senate Republicans with you, they’re going to go big?” TRUMP: “They’ll go. Yeah, they’ll go. They’ll go. They’re going to be very active.” GUTHRIE: “OK, because so far, they have not said they would.” TRUMP: “I know, because I haven’t asked them to because I can’t get through Nancy Pelosi. … If Nancy Pelosi and I, through my representatives or directly, I don’t care, if we agree to something, the Republicans will agree to it.”

— WASHINGTON’S MOST EAGER MAN UPDATE … Treasury Secretary STEVEN MNUCHIN and PELOSI spoke for 80 minutes Thursday, and said they had made progress in their quest to get a Covid relief deal. They have not made any progress in dislodging Senate Republicans.

18 DAYS until Election Day.

RARE: Not a single story on the front page of THE NEW YORK TIMES mentions TRUMP before the jump. A1 NYT

DAVID SIDERS and ANITA KUMAR make a good point here about Thursday’s dueling town halls: “It came off less like a split screen than a breach in the political universe – ‘Die Hard’ versus ‘It’s a Wonderful Life.’ At the edge of his seat at his town hall in Miami, Donald Trump refused to disavow QAnon, the far-right conspiracy theory, and sidestepped questions about his coronavirus tests. On a more sober, distant stage in Philadelphia, Biden criticized Trump’s response to the pandemic and discussed the intricacies of racial injustice.”

FLICKING BACK AND FORTH between BIDEN and TRUMP was like going from Bob Ross to Wrestlemania. For all the flak NBC got before the event, GUTHRIE pressed TRUMP quite hard and elicited interesting and newsworthy responses. The pushback from the White House and TRUMP campaign was GUTHRIE was focused on issues that matter to the Beltway, not ordinary Americans.

— NYT: “NBC’s Savannah Guthrie Grills Trump Opposite ABC’s Sober Biden Talk,” by Michael Grynbaum and John Koblin: “George Stephanopoulos of ABC had it easy, steering an old-school Washington veteran through policy plans against a patriotic backdrop, while Savannah Guthrie of NBC had to navigate the stormy waters of QAnon, white supremacy and whether the virus-stricken president had pneumonia. (Despite repeated inquiries, he would not say.)”

THIS IS BONKERS: Maine GOP Sen. SUSAN COLLINS raised $8.3 million last quarter and has $6.6 million on hand after raising $25.2 million for the cycle. SARA GIDEON, her Democratic challenger, raised $39.4 million last quarter and has $22.7 million on hand after raising $63.6 million this cycle.

— THE DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATE FOR SENATE in Iowa, THERESA GREENFIELD, was asked in a debate what a bushel of corn cost. She knew. Sen. JONI ERNST (R-Iowa) was asked what the price of soybeans was, and she was off by a lot. The clip

WAPO: “White House was warned Giuliani was target of Russian intelligence operation to feed misinformation to Trump,” by Shane Harris, Ellen Nakashima, Greg Miller and Josh Dawsey: “U.S. intelligence agencies warned the White House last year that President Trump’s personal lawyer Rudolph W. Giuliani was the target of an influence operation by Russian intelligence, according to four former officials familiar with the matter.

“The warnings were based on multiple sources, including intercepted communications, that showed Giuliani was interacting with people tied to Russian intelligence during a December 2019 trip to Ukraine, where he was gathering information that he thought would expose corrupt acts by former vice president Joe Biden and his son Hunter.

“The intelligence raised concerns that Giuliani was being used to feed Russian misinformation to the president, the former officials said, speaking on the condition of anonymity to discuss sensitive information and conversations.”

THAT WAS FAST — “Twitter Changes Course After Republicans Claim ‘Election Interference,’” by NYT’s Mike Isaac and Kate Conger: “[L]ate Thursday, under pressure, Twitter said it was changing the policy that it had used to block the New York Post article and would now allow similar content to be shared, along with a label to provide context about the source of the information. Twitter said it was concerned that the earlier policy was leading to unintended consequences.”

BUT NOT FAST ENOUGH … “Senate Judiciary to vote on subpoena for Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey,” by Cristiano Lima

… AND THIS: WSJ EDITORIAL: “Twitter’s Partisan Censors”

Good Friday morning.

CORONAVIRUS RAGING … 7.9 MILLION Americans have tested positive for the coronavirus. … 217,700 Americans have died.

THE FALL SURGE — “Hospitals search for enough beds and nurses as virus rebounds,” by Dan Goldberg: “The coronavirus is engulfing big city hospitals in states including Utah, Wisconsin and Indiana that are running low on nurses and beds and are being forced to set up overflow facilities. With new daily U.S. cases surpassing 62,000 on Thursday, the prospect of swamped intensive care units is prompting some governors who previously resisted public health orders to weigh new restrictions to ease pressure on their health care systems.

“From the early days of the pandemic, the availability of ICU beds — and hospitals’ ability to treat people who need life-support equipment like ventilators to breathe — has been an important benchmark for whether local health systems can handle outbreaks. …

“The pandemic is spawning new infections at a rate not seen since the end of July. Hot spots began to cluster in parts of Utah, Indiana, Wisconsin, Oklahoma, Wyoming, Missouri, Mississippi and North Dakota as the nationwide average number of daily new cases surged over the past month.”

NYT’S MAGGIE HABERMAN: “Chris Christie says he should have worn a mask at White House events”: “Chris Christie, the former New Jersey governor who was recently battling a coronavirus infection, said on Thursday that he had been “wrong” not to wear a mask at an event honoring Judge Amy Coney Barrett or in his debate preparation sessions with President Trump, and that people should take the threat of the virus seriously.

“In an interview with The New York Times and in a written statement, Mr. Christie said that he had believed he was in a ‘safe zone’ at the White House while he was there. He urged people to follow best practices, like mask wearing and social distancing, but argued there was a middle ground between extensive, large-scale shutdowns and reopening cities and states without taking proper precautions.”

MEANWHILE … AP: “White House puts ‘politicals’ at CDC to try to control info,” by Jason Dearen and Mike Stobbe in New York and Richard Lardner in Washington: “The Trump White House has installed two political operatives at the nation’s top public health agency to try to control the information it releases about the coronavirus pandemic as the administration seeks to paint a positive outlook, sometimes at odds with the scientific evidence.

“The two appointees assigned to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Atlanta headquarters in June have no public health background. They have instead been tasked with keeping an eye on Dr. Robert Redfield, the agency director, as well as scientists, according to a half-dozen CDC and administration officials who spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity to discuss internal government affairs.

“The appointments were part of a push to get more ‘politicals’ into the CDC to help control messaging after a handful of leaks were ‘upsetting the apple cart,’ said an administration official.

“When the two appointees showed up in Atlanta, their roles were a mystery to senior CDC staff, the people said. They had not even been assigned offices. Eventually one, Nina Witkofsky, became acting chief of staff, an influential role as Redfield’s right hand. The other, her deputy Chester ‘Trey’ Moeller, also began sitting in on scientific meetings, the sources said.”

BIG PROPUBLICA READ: “Inside the fall of the CDC,” by James Bandler, Patricia Callahan, Sebastian Rotella and Kirsten Berg

MARKET WATCH … WSJ: “Stocks Edge Lower on Rising Covid-19, Economic Risks,” by Will Horner and Karen Langley: “U.S. stocks dropped Thursday as tightening coronavirus lockdowns in Europe and a weakening jobs picture in the U.S. cast a shadow on markets. Major indexes recorded a third consecutive day of declines as investors pulled back from the big technology stocks that have helped propel the market this year.”

L.A. TIMES: “Amid Biden speculation, Garcetti says it’s ‘more likely than not’ he’ll remain as L.A. mayor,” by Dakota Smith and Benjamin Oreskes: “Mayor Eric Garcetti floated himself as a possible presidential candidate for 18 months before telling Angelenos last year he wouldn’t run because he wanted to ‘finish the job’ of running L.A.

“Now, Garcetti could face another job prospect. The mayor did not provide a definitive answer Wednesday when asked by The Times whether he’d like to join a Joe Biden Cabinet should the Democratic candidate be elected president. Garcetti endorsed Biden earlier this year when the prospects for his nomination were uncertain, and serves as a co-chair of his campaign. Garcetti, whose term ends in 2022, said that ‘it’s more likely than not’ that he’ll be L.A.’s mayor in two years.”

FROM NWA TO MAGA — “The inside story of how Ice Cube joined forces with Donald Trump,” by Alex Isenstadt

CASH DASH — “Biden routs Trump in September fundraising, $383M to $248M,” by Zach Montellaro

TRUMP’S FRIDAY — The president will leave Doral, Fla., at 11:40 a.m. and travel to Fort Myers, Fla. He will give a speech about protecting seniors at the Caloosa Sound Convention Center and Amphitheater at 1:30 p.m. He will depart at 2:40 p.m. en route to Ocala, Fla., where he will speak at a campaign rally at 4:15 p.m. at the Ocala International Airport. Afterward, he will travel to Middle Georgia Regional Airport in Macon, Ga. He will attend another campaign rally at 7 p.m. Afterward, he will return to Washington. He will arrive at the White House at 10:30 p.m.

— VP MIKE PENCE will lead a coronavirus task force meeting at 10:30 a.m. in the situation room. He will leave at 12:25 p.m. and travel to Morrisville, N.C., where he will give a campaign speech. Afterward, Pence will travel back to Washington.

ON THE TRAIL … BIDEN will travel to Michigan. He will deliver remarks on health care in Southfield, Mich. He will also attend a virtual meeting with African American faith leaders. In the evening, Biden will attend an event in Detroit to support early voting.

SEN. KAMALA HARRIS (D-Calif.) will attend a virtual fundraiser.

TV TONIGHT — PBS’ “Washington Week” with Bob Costa: Chuck Todd, Jane Mayer and Ayesha Rascoe.

SUNDAY SO FAR …

  • ABC

    “This Week”: Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Panel: Chris Christie, Rahm Emanuel, Yvette Simpson and Sarah Isgur.

  • Gray TV

    “Full Court Press with Greta Van Susteren”: Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) … Sen. Bob Casey (D-Pa.).

  • Sinclair

    “America This Week with Eric Bolling”: Steve Bannon … Anthony Scaramucci … Alyssa Farah … Scott Atlas … Dinesh D’Souza … Sen. Thom Tillis (R-N.C.).

  • CBS

    “Face the Nation”: DNC Chair Tom Perez … Mike Rogers … Raphael Bostic … Scott Gottlieb.

  • FOX

    “Fox News Sunday”: Jason Miller. Panel: Karl Rove, Catherine Lucey and Bob Woodward. Power Player: Alan Alda.

  • NBC

    “Meet the Press”: Donna Edwards, Mark Leibovich, Pat McCrory and Ashley Parker.

BREAKING OVERNIGHT … CNN: “Trump administration rejects California’s disaster assistance request for wildfires,” by Sarah Moon and Paul LeBlanc

BATTLE FOR FLORIDA — “Florida Republicans cut Democrats’ registration edge to historic low,” by Matt Dixon in Tallahassee: “Republicans in Florida, a must-win state for President Donald Trump, have narrowed the voter registration gap with Democrats to the lowest level in at least three decades, giving the GOP a shot of momentum as they continue to trail in early turnout.

“Republicans now lag Democrats by just 134,242 registered voters, down from 327,483 when Trump won Florida by fewer than 113,000 votes in 2016. The gain is a byproduct of the Trump campaign’s extensive face-to-face ground game and voter registration operation, which continued as Joe Biden and Florida Democrats pulled back from those traditional activities after the coronavirus pandemic erupted in March.

“The shift means the two parties, statistically speaking, are almost evenly matched when it comes to raw numbers, with Democrats holding a narrow 1 percent lead. Final voter registration data released Thursday by Florida election officials show 5.3 million Democrats, 5.1 million Republicans and 3.7 million people with no major party affiliation. Florida Democrats turned much of their focus to boosting vote-by-mail turnout, which has helped them bank 430,000 more votes than Republicans three weeks ahead of Election Day.” POLITICO

“Florida acts to remove felons from voter rolls as election looms,” by Gary Fineout in Tallahassee: “Florida will seek to push former felons from voter rolls if they have outstanding court debts, a surprise, late-hour move that comes after more than 2 million people already have voted in the presidential battleground.

“The announcement, which was distributed to local election officials but not the wider public, drew immediate pushback from county election supervisors and suspicion from Democrats who say it could be used to challenge the eventual election results.”

“Bloomberg teams up with top Latino group for Florida ad buy,” by Sabrina Rodríguez in Miami: “Latino Victory Fund and billionaire Mike Bloomberg are launching a $2.4 million digital ad campaign to get Florida Latinos out to the polls to defeat President Donald Trump in his must-win state.”

SASSY! — “GOP Sen. Sasse says Trump ‘kisses dictators’ butts’ and mocks evangelicals,” by the Washington Examiner’s David Drucker: “Republican Sen. Ben Sasse excoriated President Trump in a telephone conference call with constituents this week, saying he had mishandled the coronavirus response, ‘kisses dictators’ butts,’ ‘sells out our allies,’ spends ‘like a drunken sailor,’ mistreats women, and trash-talks evangelicals behind their backs.

“Trump has ‘flirted with white supremacists,’ according to Sasse, and his family ‘treated the presidency like a business opportunity.’ He said Trump could drive the Senate into the hand of the Democrats and cause permanent damage to the Republican Party.” The audio

HAPPENING THIS WEEKEND — “Women’s March will bring thousands of marchers to D.C. and cities nationwide this weekend,” by WaPo’s Samantha Schmidt: “In Washington, D.C., organizers expect between 6,000 and 10,000 people to gather on Freedom Plaza for a midday rally focused on voting rights and calling on Congress to suspend the Supreme Court confirmation process, according to a permit issued by the National Park Service on Wednesday. After the rally, participants will march to the U.S. Supreme Court and the U.S. Capitol.” WaPo

MEDIAWATCH — “Fox Business Network Brings Back ‘Kennedy’ After 7-Month Hiatus,” by TheWrap’s Lindsey Ellefson

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TRANSITIONS — Arlene Corbin Lewis will be chief comms and marketing officer at Code for America. She most recently has been comms director for Demos. … Robert Williams is now senior political director at Stateside Associates. He previously was a senior strategist in Orrick’s public policy practice, and is a DLCC alum.

WEDDING — Kelly Klass, principal at the Locust Street Group, and Tucker Bourne, project manager at L.F. Jennings, got married Sept. 26 in a small ceremony in her parents’ New Jersey backyard. They met playing on a congressional softball team on the Mall. Pic Another pic

BIRTHDAY OF THE DAY: Phil Bianchi, public policy specialist at Squire Patton Boggs. A trend he thinks doesn’t get enough attention: “Putting on my public policy hat for a minute: the building consequences of disruption and technological advances. We’re already seeing this in many places, but as automation and artificial intelligence continue to streamline a lot of lower-income jobs, there will be a greater surge in displaced workers. I’m not advocating maintaining the status quo, but, much like my quarantine diet, at some point, the status quo tends to push back. I’m hopeful people much smarter than I will have the right solutions when that time comes.” Playbook Q&A

BIRTHDAYS: Rep. André Carson (D-Ind.) is 46 … Sarah Westwood, White House reporter for CNN (h/t Melissa Brown) … Michael Pratt, chief comms officer for Operation Warp Speed … Jim Courtovich … Beatrice Peterson … Tiph Turpin … Linda Miller (h/ts Jon Haber) … Ben Coffey Clark, partner at Bully Pulpit Interactive (h/t Tim Burger) … Rodell Mollineau, partner at Rokk Solutions (h/ts Mark Paustenbach) … Delacey Skinner (h/ts Ben Chang) … Jim Pribyl … Mark Bohannon … Jeff Link … Chris Walloch … Loranne Ausley (h/ts Teresa Vilmain) … Chamberlain Harris, receptionist of the United States, is 21 … Jenny Hopkinson … USA Today’s Alex Lemley … Dan Hirschhorn … WaPo’s Andrew Heining … Ryan Walters … Alex Macfarlane, comms director for Rep. Mike Thompson (D-Calif.) … USAID’s Daniel Henke … Matt Koch …

… Ivette Fernandez, VP of government relations at Endeavor … POLITICO’s Kelly Hooper … Frank Green … Hamilton Place Strategies’ Adeline Sandridge is 23 (h/t Anna Harter) … Steve Friess is 48 … former Rep. Tom MacArthur (R-N.J.) is 6-0 … former Rep. Dave Trott (R-Mich.) is 6-0 … John Goodwin … former SEC Chair Christopher Cox is 68 … Keely Weiss … Tyler Evans … former North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple is 72 … Lindi Harvey … FT’s Brendan Greeley is 46 … Bradley Becnel … Dan Gross, senior adviser for citywide events for New York Mayor Bill de Blasio … Garrett Murch … Vanessa Dennis … Deloitte’s Kristen McGrath Dugan … Nate Morris … Avi Fink … Devora Kaye … Bruce Plaxen … Emily Karl … Alexandra Fetissoff, managing director at New Partners … Becca Milfeld … Ric Arenstein … Colin Cappadona

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