Trump Gets an Earful

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President Trump doesn’t spend a lot time with voters who don’t already help him. As The Times’s Maggie Haberman puts it: “Trump, by only doing rallies and almost never doing town hall forums, has been insulated from the kind of voter interaction that usually help incumbents as they’re running. But he craves adulation and many of his aides enable it.”

Last 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 first query got here from a 2016 Trump voter who stated he was attempting to take the coronavirus severely and needed to keep away from individuals who refused to put on masks: “Why did you throw vulnerable people like me under the bus?” the person, Paul Tubiana, requested.

Another voter, Julie Bard, requested why Trump didn’t help 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 health insurance from folks and his unpresidential habits.

“I think this is by far the toughest grilling Trump has faced 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 is a Times fact check.) He blamed Joe Biden for the shortage of a nationwide masks mandate. Trump additionally stated, “A lot of people think the masks are not good.” At totally 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 ranking there was 17 percent.) He stated all Americans owned shares. (About half do.) And he stated the late John McCain, a struggle hero who was identified within the Senate as an advocate for veterans, didn’t do sufficient for veterans.

“This is a president who still hasn’t adjusted to the fact that 2020 is not the year he wanted it to be,” Amy Walter of the Cook Political Report wrote.

The Times’s Trip Gabriel tweeted: “When @JoeBiden debates Trump, he’ll be faced with what’s on display tonight: rapid fire falsehoods, free-ranging personal attacks, over the top claims of his achievements.”

On Fox News, 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 National Convention, in keeping with Nate Cohn, a Times polling knowledgeable. And a new ABC News/Washington Post poll this morning confirmed Biden forward by six share factors in Wisconsin and 16 factors in Minnesota. In 2016, each states have been extraordinarily shut, and Trump received Wisconsin.

  • In the final state major of 2020, Senator Chris Coons of Delaware, a Democrat, easily defeated a progressive challenger, Jessica Scarane.

More than five million acres have burned on the West Coast. Tens of 1000’s of individuals have fled their houses. And not less than 27 are useless. More favorable climate in Oregon has allowed firefighters to make some progress, however the largest fires are still mostly uncontained.

Scientists say local weather change — particularly hotter temperatures that dry out vegetation — is a significant factor within the area’s worsening fires. Climate can also be enjoying a task 1000’s 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 capable of holding more moisture, which might make them extra harmful.

Facing a attainable second wave of coronavirus infections, European nations are trying to walk a tightrope: avoiding the cruel lockdowns of the spring, whereas additionally adhering to social-distancing guidelines and contact-tracing protocols.

“It’s not possible to stop the virus,” stated Emmanuel André, a number one virologist in Belgium. “It’s about maintaining equilibrium. And we only have a few tools available to do that.”

  • The metropolis of Louisville, Ky., agreed to pay the family of Breonna Taylor $12 million and institute police reforms, six months after officers fatally shot the 26-year-old Black lady in her house.

  • Officials in Rochester, N.Y., spent months trying to suppress video footage of the police encounter that led to Daniel Prude’s dying.

  • A “horrific culmination” 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, House Democrats said 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 Department has opened a criminal investigation into whether or not John Bolton, Trump’s former nationwide safety adviser, disclosed labeled info in a tell-all memoir about his time within the administration.

  • Bill 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 help for a nationwide client grape boycott, she recruited Gloria Steinem, Lauren Bacall and the people trio Peter, Paul and Mary. Dr. Moses died at 84.

The pandemic could make time really feel blurry. The faculty 12 months is beginning, however thousands and thousands of youngsters aren’t returning to lecture rooms. Last 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 may be local weather change, which is answerable for a world “season creep.” Frosts come earlier, first snows fall later. Hurricanes stretch out on each side of the calendar. And, frighteningly sufficient, hearth season is simply getting began within the American West. As Paul Elie writes in The New Yorker, “The coronavirus pandemic, together with recurring natural phenomena brought on by climate change, is sharply altering our sense of the seasons.”

How to manage? (Beside, maybe, looking for ways to combat climate change.) Quartz and Slate each prompt collaborating in phenology, or the shut research of nature’s rhythms. Keep a journal by which you monitor how the seasons are altering round you. “In so doing, you can anchor yourself in place and be a witness to the way nature is actually responding to change, instead of dwelling on the disasters that might come,” Rebecca Onion wrote for Slate.

Vegetarian and vegan taco fillings aren’t new: You can hint their lineage again via Indigenous cuisines. This previous spring, many taqueros in Los Angeles turned to making meatless tacos when the pandemic prompted ingredient shortages and drastic value fluctuations.

There are about 43 quintillion methods to rearrange a Rubik’s Cube, however just one that’s appropriate. Since a Hungarian structure professor named Erno Rubik invented the dice in 1974, greater than 350 million cubes have been offered globally.

Rubik, 76, typically speaks about his invention as if it have been his youngster. “I’m very close to the cube. The cube was growing up next to me and right now, it’s middle-aged, so I know a lot about it,” he stated in a new interview.

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