Cramm for 10/23/20


The second (and final) presidential debate was last night. 



Every four years, Republicans and Dems nominate a candidate for prez. This year, the Republican candidate is Prez Trump, and the Dem candidate is former Vice Prez Joe Biden. And ICYMI, the election is less than two weeks away. Enter: debates. 



A lot went down. Prez Trump’s key points? Joe Biden is a “typical politician” who talks the talk but doesn’t walk the walk. Also, Hunter Biden. Joe Biden’s key points? Trump gives the US a bad rap and doesn’t really have any morals. 


Here’s where they stood on the important issues:


On election meddling, the Prez shook his head to condemning Russia and Iran for attempting to get involved with the election. Biden said they’ll “pay a price.” 


On the 1994 crime bill, Biden said it was a “mistake” - then referenced that time Trump pushed for the death penalty for the Central Park 5. 


On North Korea, Trump pointed fingers at the Obama team for not getting along all that well with Kim Jong Un. To which Biden said Kim Jong Un is a “thug.”


On the economy, Trump laid out his “good numbers” prior to the pandemic, while Biden said he’d raise the minimum wage. 


On climate change, Trump defended that time he pulled the US out of the Paris climate accord and said the US has clear waters and clean air. He threw shade at China, India, and Russia. Biden said we need to begin transitioning from natural gas to renewable energy - and added that doing so would create a whole lot of jobs. 


On immigration, Biden went after Trump for the 545 kids still separated from their parents due to Trump’s “zero tolerance” policy. Trump shifted blame and said the Obama team built the cages at the border. Later, he said “a murderer” or “a rapist” could come into the US from Mexico. Cue flashbacks to 2016. 


On coronavirus, Trump basically repeated that same thing about the virus “going away.” And said the situation could be a lot worse. 


And lastly, on race, Trump largely dodged questions but said he’s done the most for the Black community since Abraham Lincoln. Oh, and he was the “least racist person in the room.” In response, Biden sarcastically referred to Trump as Lincoln and called him “one of the most racist presidents we’ve had in modern history.” 



Moderator Kristen Welker. The muted mics. 



This debate was a lot more civilized than the last one. TBD on if it changed anything. 


CORONAVIRUS: The US is now seeing more than 70,000 new infections every day. The country is also recording over 1,000 deaths per day, with about one in four of those deaths coming from rural counties. In fact, most of the country’s worst outbreaks at the moment come from counties with populations of less than 50,000, where there’s more likely to be a shortage of critical healthcare resources. On that note: the pandemic is causing “unacceptable” shortages in US drug supplies. See: about 67 out of 156 critical acute drugs are in short supply right now. In more drug news, remdesivir just became the first coronavirus treatment to snag FDA approval. And meanwhile, ex-New Jersey governor Chris Christie just wrote an op-ed titled “I Should Have Worn a Mask” after he spent a week in the ICU due to the virus. 


ELECTION: Yesterday, the Senate Judiciary Committee voted to advance Amy Coney Barrett to a vote before the entire Senate. The committee’s Dem members totally boycotted the vote, but it didn’t matter. Now, it looks like Barrett could be confirmed as soon as Monday - just eight days before the election. Speaking of which, it just came out that Russian hackers targeted state and local govs...and stole data. So far, there’s no evidence the hackers impacted any vote tallies or voter registration deets, but officials say they believe Russia is planning to interfere with the election in its final days or immediately after. And on that note: a ransomware attack hit election infrastructure in Hall County, Georgia. Stay tuned. 

WORLD: Poland’s making some...big moves. And not everyone is happy about them. Case in point: the country’s highest court just ruled that abortions due to fetal defects are unconstitutional. Big deal, since about 98 percent of the abortions taking place in Poland fall into that category. Meaning the country now has a near-total ban on abortion. More specifically, you can only get an abortion in Poland in cases of rape, incest, or if your life is in danger. Intro protests. Meanwhile, Libya’s warring factions just signed an agreement on a permanent ceasefire after five days of talks in Geneva. You read that right. The United Nations brokered the deal. The ceasefire means displaced people and refugees will finally be able to return to their homes. 


Bacon-scented face masks:” what’s apparently a thing. How American. 


“Rare green puppy 'Pistachio' born in Italy” - an actual headline. Oh my dog. 

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