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Good Morning. Russia interferes again in the elections. New York City delayed the start of school. And Trump has a new stream of false claims.
President Trump breaks so many of the normal rules of politics that it can sometimes be difficult to know when his tweets and comments are really timely. But even by his standards, the last few days have stood out. Consider:
Trump said Monday that a plane that was “almost completely laden with thugs” and wearing “dark uniforms” had flown to the Republican National Convention to cause “great damage”. The claim is similar to an unfounded conspiracy theory it spread online over the summer, long before Congress.
He has refused to condemn the murder of two protesters in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Instead, he defended the 17-year-old charged in the shootings – a Trump supporter named Kyle Rittenhouse – and said he was acted in self-defense. Trump also promoted a twitter post Rittenhouse called this “a good example of why I decided to vote for Trump.”
He defended the violence of his supporters in Portland, Oregon fired paintballs and pepper spray at Black Lives Matter protesters.
He compared Jacob Blake’s police shots in Kenosha with missing “a three-foot putt” in a golf tournament.
He claimed that “people you have never heard of” and “people who are in the dark” control Joe Biden.
He claimed Democrats were trying to “destroy” suburbs with “low-income housing” and that it posed many other problems, including crime. He added that Cory Booker – one of the most famous black Democrats – would be “responsible”.
He predicted that the stock market would collapse if Biden won.
He said that BidenAt the Democratic National Convention, “didn’t even discuss law enforcement, the police. Those words were not mentioned.” In fact, Biden had a discussion with a police chief at the police convention.
Trump card asserts that he “controlled” the situation in Kenosha by sending the National Guard. In fact, Wisconsin’s governor, not the president, sent the National Guard.
He said protests against police brutality were real a secret “coup attempt” of anarchists who “try to overthrow the president”.
Biden took a very different approach to the riots in Kenosha, Portland and elsewhere. He has not spoken blatantly untruths and has criticized violence from both the left and the right – although there are many liberals whose voices Biden needs uncomfortable with any criticism of people on their side of the debate.
G.O.P. Reaction. The Times attempted to reach out to a dozen or so top Congressional Republicans and solicit their response to Trump’s claims. “Nobody wanted to comment” Mark Leibovich writes. Senator Mitt Romney made one of the few public responses, calling the president’s comments “simply stunning”.
Russia is contributing to the misinformation. A Kremlin-backed group is trying again to meddle in the US presidential election and push voters towards Trump. Facebook and Twitter said yesterday.
THREE GREATER STORIES
1. Trump visits Kenosha
President Trump traveled to Kenosha, Wisconsin yesterday Assistance to law enforcement and visits to shops damaged by riot. During the visit, Trump did not mention the name of Jacob Blake, an unarmed black man who was shot dead by police last week, nor did the president speak to his family.
On the corner where Blake was shot, family members and activists held a festival to promote community healing. “We know why Trump is here in Kenosha today,” organizer Tanya McLean told hundreds of people who had gathered. “He is here to sow chaos and fear. We reject these attempts to divide us. “
2. New York City delays school
New York safety protocols include: Most children go to school one to three days a week. Everyone will wear masks all day. and windows stay open even on cold and rainy days.
Photos: Students all over the world are Return to the classroom this week.
In other virus developments:
3. Incumbents win in Massachusetts
IDEA OF THE DAY: Virus Snitching
College students returning to universities across the country face a dilemma: to sniff or not to sniff?
Some students are under pressure to tell university administrators whether their classmates are breaking rules designed to limit the spread of the coronavirus. Some schools, including Colgate and the University of Colorado Boulder, have encouraged students to learn about their peers.
Cold is the price for campus security, some say. “I’m not going to put my life at risk because people have chosen to be selfish,” said a N.Y.U. PhD student told Troy Closson from the Times. “These rules are here for the benefit of everyone.”
Others say that encouraging students to snitch puts them in an impossible situation – and that administrators who reopened campus too quickly are trying to pass the blame on to students for impractical rules.
“Young partiers have become the newest scapegoat for America’s pandemic problems.” Julia Marcus and Jessica Gold wrote in an Atlantic article this summer. Shaming or punishing students could prevent them from revealing symptoms or positive test results, which could hinder administrators’ response to outbreaks.
PLAY, WATCH, EAT, MAKEUP
Dessert for breakfast
Make the most of fresh summer products This cherry and almond muesli is crispy. Eat it for breakfast or dessert, or eat it all day. The caramelized almond and oat tufts soften the sweetness of the fruit.
A meeting between R&B powerhouses
“Verzuz,” a series where hip-hop and R&B stars compete for hit on Instagram Live, has quickly transformed from one entertaining novelty born from the pandemic in appointment viewing and a cultural phenomenon on social media.
In a much-anticipated fight on Monday, R&B singers Brandy and Monica fought for nearly three hours, breaking the show’s record more than 1.2 million viewersaccording to the Los Angeles Times. Michelle Obama, Snoop Dogg, and Queen Latifah all mingled through the comment section, and there was a surprise cameo from Senator Kamala Harris reminding viewers to vote.
Internet beauty culture explains
If you’ve ever scrolled Instagram or caught a glimpse of Kim Kardashian West’s face, you’ve probably seen the work of Mario Dedivanovic. The signature look that makeup artist first gave Kardashian 12 years ago – think of a wet highlighter and a face with lots of contours – is influential to this day.
Dedivanovic started working at Sephora as a teenager and eventually landed an appearance making touch-ups for Fox News’ on-air presenters. “When he first put on makeup, people thought I had a nose job,” said one host.