NEWS THIS MORNING
You might want to download TikTok now:
Via The Hill’s Chris Mills Rodrigo, unless something changes, Nov. 12 is the last date you can download TikTok in the U.S. https://bit.ly/35UD9iO
What happens if you already have TikTok on your phone? “Users that already have TikTok downloaded on their phones will not be directly affected unless the second round of restrictions take effect,” Mills Rodrigo reports.
But why? President TrumpDonald TrumpGraham says he hopes that Trump runs again Trump says Stacey Abrams 'might be better than existing governor' Kemp Executive privilege fight poses hurdles for Trump MORE says TikTok (and WeChat, which is also banned) collect data from American users that could be used by the Chinese government.
Who cares? TikTok hit 2 billion downloads worldwide earlier this year amid a surge during the coronavirus lockdowns, with the U.S. in the top three countries downloading.
Wait though: If TikTok is acquired by Oracle (or another American company) before Nov. 12, it may survive the ban. More info: https://cnn.it/33GiUCN
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ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL
Trump vs. Biden town halls:
President Trump and former Vice President Biden both held town halls this week, showcasing direct interaction with voters. How’d they do?
Trump fact check: https://bit.ly/3mACzgn
Biden fact check: https://wapo.st/33EDRhJ
The Hill’s Joe Concha told Fox News that Trump’s town hall was “obviously hostile” while Biden’s was “hospitable.” https://fxn.ws/3mAZBn2
Via The Washington Post's Amber Phillips, how these town halls could preview the second presidential debate (Oct. 15), which will be a town hall: https://wapo.st/3c9qRV7
READY TO RUMBLE?
Some Democrats fear Joe BidenJoe BidenHaiti prime minister warns inequality will cause migration to continue Pelosi: House must pass 3 major pieces of spending legislation this week Erdoğan says Turkey plans to buy another Russian defense system MORE is not ready to face off with President Trump in the debates, writes The Hill’s Amie Parnes: https://bit.ly/3iW8UMt
Meet me at noon:
Via The Hill’s Morgan Chalfant, President Trump and Biden are holding dueling campaign stops in Minnesota today. https://bit.ly/3caVt8u
OK, it’s not exactly a show-down. Biden will be in Duluth, while Trump will be about 150 miles away in Bemidji.
ANOTHER COLD WAR:
How did Minnesota become a battleground state in 2020? https://bit.ly/3cbfpIn
IN BREATHING NEWS
2020 is out to get us:
Via The Hill’s Rachel Frazin and Jessie Hellmann, not only is the coronavirus in the air, so are wildfires (for much of the country) and one could be making the other worse: https://bit.ly/2ZPjU6w
THIS IS FINE:
Despite the wildfires and hurricanes battering the U.S. this summer, climate change is still a low priority for voters: https://bit.ly/32H4uD7
IN OTHER NEWS
I hardly knew her:
Former Trump officials, including Education Secretary Betsy DeVosBetsy DeVosGOP lawmakers urge Cardona against executive student loan wipeout More insidious power grab than one attempted Jan. 6? Betsy DeVos not running for Michigan governor MORE's former chief of staff and Vice President Pence’s former homeland security aide Olivia Troye, joined a new anti-Trump group called Republican Political Alliance for Integrity and Reform (REPAIR) on Thursday.
Via The Hill’s Brett Samuels, Pence dismissed Troye as a “disgruntled employee”: https://bit.ly/3mCrYSa
The most litigated election cycle in U.S. history:
Via The Hill’s John Kruzel, significant voting rights cases in Florida, Michigan, Pennsylvania and elsewhere could shape the results of the presidential race: https://bit.ly/3mAmp6n
PLEASE MR. POSTMAN:
A federal judge wants to stop your mail from being delayed with a temporary nationwide halt to postal service changes ahead of the election: https://bit.ly/3hIYuyj
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LATEST WITH THE CORONAVIRUS
Coronavirus cases in the U.S.: 6,678,382
U.S. death toll: 197,696
Breakdown of the numbers: https://cnn.it/2UAgW3y
Don’t rain on my campaign:
Potential first lady Jill Biden accepted an umbrella Thursday instead of ending a socially distanced interview in Philadelphia.
Meanwhile, First Lady Melania TrumpMelania TrumpFormer aide sees Melania Trump as 'the doomed French queen': book If another 9/11 happened in a divided 2021, could national unity be achieved again? Former Trump aide Stephanie Grisham planning book: report MORE stopped by a New Hampshire fire station on an unusual (for her) unscheduled visit. She wanted to check on the station’s “Safe Station” program that takes in people overdosing on drugs.
The House is in pro forma. The Senate is out. President Trump is headed to Minnesota. Vice President Pence is going to Phoenix.
10:45 a.m. EDT: Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiPelosi: House must pass 3 major pieces of spending legislation this week Sunday shows preview: Pelosi announces date for infrastructure vote; administration defends immigration policies GOP should grab the chance to upend Pelosi's plan on reconciliation MORE held her weekly press conference.
3:10 p.m. MST: Vice President Pence speaks at a Veterans for Trump event in Phoenix.
TBD: Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisTwo 'View' hosts test positive for coronavirus ahead of Harris interview Rep. Karen Bass to run for mayor of Los Angeles: report Biden taps big bank skeptic to for top regulatory post MORE speaks at the Congressional Black Caucus Political Action Committee's “Turn Up and Turn out the Vote Virtual Bus Tour."
WHAT TO WATCH:
2 p.m. EDT: President Trump holds a press conference. Livestream: https://bit.ly/33Df9y4
6 p.m. CST: President Trump speaks at a Great American Comeback Event in Bemidji, Minn. Livestream: https://cs.pn/3mrMNzo
September 29: The first presidential debate between President Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden. Where: In Cleveland. Debate details: https://wapo.st/3c1xEA0
NOW FOR THE FUN STUFF...:
Today is National Cheeseburger Day.
Your horn is showing:
Rosh Hashanah begins tonight. You might see a few shofars outdoors this year: https://bit.ly/33GkXGZ
And to get your weekend off to the right start, here’s a kitten with a remarkable back flip: https://bit.ly/2ZCYzgs