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Good morning. Mike Pence and Kamala Harris meet within the marketing campaign’s solely vice-presidential debate. We break it down.
Mike Pence and Kamala Harris are each expert debaters. And their debate final evening was far simpler to look at than final week’s presidential debate.
However there was additionally an issue with the vice-presidential debate: Pence repeatedly made statements that have been both deceptive or unfaithful.
Fairly than laying out his trustworthy disagreements with Harris and Joe Biden — be they on tax coverage, abortion, policing, immigration, the surroundings, or any variety of different points — Pence misrepresented the Trump administration’s document and Biden’s.
To be clear, each Pence and Harris additionally engaged in gentle overstatement and rhetorical prospers at occasions. That’s regular in politics. Harris, for instance, exaggerated the job losses that President Trump’s commerce struggle with China has precipitated. However Pence was much more dishonest. At a number of factors, he appeared to wish to run on a document that didn’t exist.
Right here’s a partial record:
Essentially the most disappointing side of Pence’s efficiency is that he has deep disagreements with Harris and Biden that don’t rely upon distortions. It’s solely attainable to make a fact-based case in opposition to larger taxes on the wealthy; or extensively accessible abortions; or excessive ranges of immigration; or new restrictions on police.
However that’s not what Pence did.
A powerful second for every candidate: Harris’s opening remarks, taking the administration to activity for the horrible toll of the coronavirus on the U.S.; Pence’s celebrating the Trump administration’s flip to a extra hawkish method to China, which has since change into a bipartisan consensus.
Questions unanswered: Harris refused to reply Pence’s direct query about whether or not Democrats would broaden the variety of justices on the Supreme Courtroom. Pence didn’t reply when the moderator requested him why America’s pandemic demise toll is disproportionate to its inhabitants and what he would do if Trump refused to just accept the election outcomes.
Submit-debate prompt polls: 59 % thought Harris gained, 38 % thought Pence gained, CNN’s poll found.
Oil manufacturing in Venezuela has slowed to its lowest level in nearly a century, due to years of mismanagement and U.S. sanctions. Solely a decade in the past, the nation was Latin America’s greatest oil producer.
The Nobel Prize in Literature was awarded today to Louise Glück, the American poet, “for her unmistakable poetic voice that with austere magnificence makes particular person existence common.”
The Justice Division indicted two British members of an Islamic State cell for kidnapping, jailing and killing hostages, together with the journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff.
States alongside the Gulf Coast were under storm warnings and watches on Thursday as Hurricane Delta, which principally spared Mexico the day earlier than, churned north.
Maya Wiley, a former high lawyer for Mayor Invoice de Blasio, announced her run for New York City mayor. Wiley didn’t identify de Blasio, who should step down subsequent yr due to time period limits, however stated New Yorkers have been dealing with a “disaster of confidence in our metropolis’s management.”
Prosecutors indicted six current and former chicken-industry executives on price-fixing charges, The Wall Road Journal reported.
A Kenyan courtroom convicted two men for his or her function in a 2013 terror assault on an upscale mall within the nation’s capital, Nairobi, that killed 67 folks.
Lives Lived: The singer, actor and record-label proprietor Johnny Nash helped convey reggae music to a mainstream American viewers along with his 1972 hit “I Can See Clearly Now.” He died at 80.
IDEA OF THE DAY: Distant debates
Holding an in-person debate throughout a pandemic creates dangers, irrespective of what number of precautions the controversy’s organizers take. And the precautions for final evening’s debate have been fairly weak, as experts told my colleague Apoorva Mandavilli.
However American historical past affords a substitute for in-person debates — from the primary yr of televised presidential debates, no much less. As Frank Donatelli, a former aide to Ronald Reagan, writes in RealClearPolitics:
On Oct. 13, 1960, Vice President Richard Nixon and Sen. John Kennedy debated for a 3rd time, this time a continent aside. Nixon was in a Los Angeles studio, Kennedy was in an an identical studio in New York, and a panel of 4 questioners and moderator Jack Shadel of ABC have been in a 3rd location in Los Angeles.
This distant format has some benefits, Donatelli famous. There isn’t any viewers to interrupt. The candidates can’t have interaction in stunts, like strolling over to their opponent. And the controversy moderator can management the microphones if one candidate retains interrupting the opposite.
Donatelli wrote his article in Might, even earlier than the coronavirus contaminated Trump and elements of his internal circle. Donatelli’s conclusion: “Let the digital debates of 2020 start.”
Experiment with tofu
This breezy tofu scramble delivers a satisfying mixture of flavors and textures which will convert even the most important tofu nonbeliever. Scallions, soy sauce and cumin season the dish, and cooked greens or leafy greens make scrumptious additions. Serve with potatoes, tortillas or salad.
Meet Dangerous Bunny
The Puerto Rican reggaetonero Dangerous Bunny is dominating world pop on his personal phrases.
He has versatile attitudes towards gender and sexuality; he paints his nails purple; and he typically talks about melancholy. His document “YHLQMDLG” turned the highest-charting Spanish-language album of all time. And he cracked “the gringo market” — as he calls it — “with out assimilating, with out making the one concession that appeared unavoidable: his mom tongue,” Carina del Valle Schorske writes in a profile of the artist.
Welcome to homecoming
At traditionally Black schools and universities, homecoming is greater than a soccer sport. It’s a convention akin to a household reunion. This yr, most faculties have canceled their festivities due to the pandemic. Whereas it’s not the actual factor, this collection of videos, photos and memories of homecomings previous helps rejoice the spirit of the occasion.
“Homecoming itself — it’s like being baptized in Blackness,” stated David Thomas, who graduated from Morehouse School in 2005.
Native New Yorker. Travel addict. Hardcore thinker. Analyst. Pop culture fanatic. I live in Queens with my wife Linda and our dog Clemenza.