While much more subdued than his destructive performance in the first presidential debate, Trump's remarks were still threaded with lies and occasional slashing personal attacks. "We are opening up our country," Trump said, adding that the US is "learning to live with it." "I'm going to shut down the virus, not the country," Biden responded. In his condemnation of Biden's more conservative approach to the virus, Trump stressed what he views as the dire consequences of too many coronavirus restrictions. "They left us a mess," Trump said, referring to Biden and former President Barack Obama.
October 22, 2020 21:01 UTC
The race for U.S. Senate in Minnesota has narrowed substantially before the election, with the incumbent, Democratic Sen. Tina Smith, shedding her double-digit lead and finding herself in a dead heat with Republican Jason Lewis, according to a new poll. A KTSP/SurveyUSA poll released on Wednesday showed Lewis and Smith in a virtual tie (43% to 42%). As recently as early October, Smith enjoyed a seven point lead over Lewis. According to 5 Eyewitness News, suburban women -- a key and often-watched demographic -- have helped drive the shift by leaving Smith. That lead appeared to diminish since September, however, in the polls listed by the election site.
October 22, 2020 21:00 UTC
Chip giant Intel Corp. INTC 0.75% may be seeing an end to the work-from-home boost it enjoyed during the pandemic, with earnings hit by consumers gravitating to cheaper laptops and data-center sales softening. The company’s growth has been principally in areas where prices are lower, denting profitability, Intel Chief Financial Officer George Davis said. “We saw much stronger PC demand in the consumer and education side, which tends to be the more entry-level for PC notebooks,” he said. That spurred a 7% drop in Intel’s data-center revenue to $5.9 billion, the company said, falling short of what analysts surveyed by FactSet forecast. To continue meeting customers’ needs, Intel may have some future cutting-edge chips produced outside its own factories, a major shift for the company.
October 22, 2020 20:41 UTC
New YorkThe thing I miss most about live theater is seeing shows in small houses, sitting in the midst of happy audiences who know they’re watching something special. For me, one of the off-Broadway troupes that best satisfies this craving is the Mint Theater Company, which specializes in unjustly forgotten 20th-century plays. The works they choose, no matter how obscure, are always worthy of revival, and their finely wrought small-scale productions make the strongest possible case for the plays.
When a studio announces plans to remake a beloved Hollywood classic, it’s tempting to guess what they’re going to do with it. In the case of “Rebecca,” a 1940 Alfred Hitchcock drama starring Joan Fontaine and Laurence Olivier, the remake wasn’t produced by a conventional studio but by Netflix, the streaming giant that sometimes threatens to replace Hollywood. Still, anyone who knows the Hitchcock film might have made the same guesses that I did when I first heard the news. And we would have been right in the obvious ways, but hard put to imagine how unlovable the Netflix version would be, and how it would handle, or,...
Meanwhile, mom (Ms. Kidman) goes to work on the other side of town, just as “The Four Seasons” hits a crescendo. (Figuring out where in Manhattan “The Undoing” is situated from scene to scene could be a drinking game.) Hugh Grant Photo: HBOIt rains bombshells during the first two episodes of “The Undoing,” and the spoiler map is a minefield. The parents seem to be mostly seven-figure executives, or professionals like Grace and Jonathan. It seems unlikely, though, there being so much alien terrain to explore without leaving the island of Manhattan.
But city officials rejected the assertion that the voters who had been photographed had necessarily done something improper. They also said they do not track which voters use which drop box. “Third party delivery is permitted in certain circumstances,” Benjamin H. Field, a deputy city solicitor and counsel to the city Board of Elections, wrote in a letter sent to Ms. Kerns on Monday. But voting has been upended by the pandemic and many voters are unfamiliar with the rules around drop boxes, which they may be using for the first time. Earlier this month, a Trump campaign official told The Times that the campaign would be videotaping drop boxes but was only interested in people who were dumping large numbers of ballots — not in those bringing an extra ballot or two.
Source:New York Times
October 22, 2020 20:26 UTC
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Thursday told reporters that his health is fine after recent bruising that has appeared on his hands and lips. In an off-camera conversation, Politico reporter John Bresnahan asked McConnell about his health and how he is feeling. McConnell, at age 78, is just the latest high-profile politician to be the subject of health-related speculation. Notably, both President Trump, especially after being diagnosed with the coronavirus, and Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden have faced questions about their health. In the exchange with Politico's Bresnahan, McConnell also spoke about the timing of the final confirmation vote for Barrett.
October 22, 2020 20:15 UTC
(CNN) The US Food and Drug Administration has approved remdesivir for the treatment of coronavirus infection, the drug's maker, Gilead Sciences, said Thursday. It is the first drug to be approved for treating Covid-19. The drug, sold under the brand name Veklury, has been used under emergency use authorization since May. The antiviral has shown, at best, a modest benefit for coronavirus patients. "Veklury should only be administered in a hospital or in a healthcare setting capable of providing acute care comparable to inpatient hospital care."
DC (CNN Business) A Georgia county is ground zero for what may be the first ransomware attack to hit election infrastructure this political season. The attack on Hall County — home to Gainesville and located roughly an hour north of Atlanta — was disclosed on Oct. 7, but the impact to election infrastructure is only now coming to light. Among the county's affected systems were a voter signature database, as well as a voting precinct map hosted on the county's website, according to Katie Crumley, a Hall County spokesperson. "However, the voting process for our citizens has not been impacted due to the network issues." The initial disclosure by county officials said that the attack had hit "critical systems within the Hall County Government networks" but provided few additional details.
(CNN) A seventh-grader in California was threatened with arrest after missing three Zoom classes, his father says. Mark Mastrov says he recently received a letter from Stanley Middle School in Lafayette, California, saying that his son had been absent for more than 30 minutes on three occasions without a valid excuse. And under California law, the letter reads, that means his son is considered a truant. "He can become a truant of the state and he could be arrested," Mastrov told CNN affiliate KGO-TV . "I said, 'Are you going to come and try to arrest my son at my home, or fine me for not getting him to his Zoom class perfectly on time everyday?'"
Former California governor and presidential candidate Jerry Brown is off the grid again, not only in the newest biography written by former Times journalist Jim Newton but also literally. During the Los Angeles Times’ Festival of Books, Brown chatted Wednesday about “Man of Tomorrow: The Relentless Life of Jerry Brown” with Newton and Times California columnist Gustavo Arellano. Then Brown stopped by for a video chat after the panel concluded, touching on the 2020 election and how the pandemic has forced him to slow down. But I miss the social interaction, going to restaurants,” says Brown, who lives an hour north of Sacramento. He says the Trump era has spawned “politics on steroids.”“Trump, because of his outrageous behavior, has definitely politicized society.
Source:Los Angeles Times
October 22, 2020 20:12 UTC
The world is paying a high price for the technological Cold War between its two greatest powers. The U.S.-China conflict has already upended the tech industry in both countries, disrupting giant hardware manufacturers, computer-chip designers and even social-media services. Now the broader consequences are becoming clear, as the actions of Beijing and Washington reverberate across rural America, Europe and other corners of the world.
October 22, 2020 20:03 UTC
Tech platforms are facing an unprecedented amount of pressure. What does this all mean for the future of big tech and our democracy? The Wall Street Journal’s executive Washington editor, Gerald F. Seib, spoke with Rep. David Cicilline (D., R.I.); Sen. Josh Hawley (R., Mo. ); Microsoft Corp.’s chief privacy officer, Julie Brill; and Alex Stamos, director of Stanford University’s Stanford Internet Observatory. Here are edited excerpts of the conversation at the WSJ Tech Live conference.
October 22, 2020 20:03 UTC
Russia has emerged as a disrupter, knowing that it has neither the money nor the technology to take the United States on directly. China has become a builder — why threaten to cut undersea cables, as Vladimir Putin’s submarine force does, if you can dominate global communications? official who worked for McMaster as the White House cybersecurity coordinator, said: “Russia is the hurricane. Fortunately, it has since been pieced together, and in the 2020 presidential contest, everyone from Facebook to Twitter to the United States Cyber Command has been pushing back. Botnets that spread ransomware that could be directed at election systems have been taken down, at least briefly.
Source:New York Times
October 22, 2020 19:52 UTC