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PBC News & Comment: Trump Raises the Drawbridge at Fortress America

Even as he stumbled through scripted speech acknowledging Covid-19’s rise, Trump telegraphed that he only cares about numbers and optics…–Joe Biden delivers coherent talk about the pandemic, stressing that actions should be based on science; Bernie Sanders will address it later today

–listener Linda Lewis has volunteered to compile a daily coronavirus update for us

–rushing ahead of ill-timed recess, House passes relief bill

–Trump’s Oval Office teleprompter speech was tedious, and inaccurate

–based on misinformation delivered by Trump, NY Times reporter paid over $5,000 for 2 one-way tickets from Paris to NY; travel ban excludes Trump properties in UK

–Trump says health insurance companies will waive copays and provide testing and treatment at no cost, but that’s not true

–as the pandemic leads to cancelled events, listener Ford Greene wonders if it will cut off Trump’s “narcissistic supply”

NY Times columnist Nick Kristof has some good ideas to beef up the response

NY Times biz reporter notes weirdness in the Wall Street panic, and Federal Reserve injects $1.5 TRILLION in effort to stabilize

–as Dems work with GOP to extend domestic surveillance with no major changes, Trump threatens to veto the bill—right move, wrong reasons

–Trump is expected to veto resolution blocking military action against Iran

–after 10 months of oppressive confinement, Chelsea Manning attempted suicide yesterday

–Biden-Sanders debate is moved to Washington, and Jorge Ramos will not moderate

–Biden names Jennifer O’Malley Dillon campaign manager

–USF Prof. Stephen Zunes is quoted in article about Joe Biden’s bad judgment on foreign policy

–deep analysis of Twitter data exposes the myth of angry “Bernie Bros”

–at The Guardian, Nathan Robinson demolishes the claim that Biden is more electable

–Glen Ford at Black Agenda Report tries to explain why black voters support Biden, despite his bad record on race issues

–lengthy report at The Atlantic reveals tools and schemes of Trump campaign

Vox reports Bernie Sanders is projected to win California by 7 points over Biden, but 1.6 million ballots remain uncounted

–screenshot of Michigan vote count shows Sanders tally was reduced by 303,000 at 10:09 pm on election night

–NYU Prof. Mark Crispin Miller implores Sanders to speak out on election in online rant

–corporate media pundits relish this moment to bury Bernie: David Siders at Politico, Reid J. Epstein at NY Times

, and the reliable Jennifer Rubin at the WashPost Stop Bernie Desk

–Russian lawmakers make Putin Prez-4-life