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Good morning. Hurricane Sally has made landfall. Europe is fighting the coronavirus. And Trump hears an earful from voters.
President Trump doesn’t spend a lot time with voters who don’t already assist him. As The Times’s Maggie Haberman puts it: “Trump, by only doing rallies and almost never doing town hall forums, has been insulated from the kind of voter interaction that usually help incumbents as they’re running. But he craves adulation and many of his aides enable it.”
Final evening, although, the president traveled to Philadelphia for a city corridor, broadcast by ABC, with voters who recognized themselves as undecided. And he heard an earful.
The primary query got here from a 2016 Trump voter who mentioned he was making an attempt to take the coronavirus significantly and needed to keep away from individuals who refused to put on masks: “Why did you throw vulnerable people like me under the bus?” the person, Paul Tubiana, requested.
One other voter, Julie Bard, requested why Trump didn’t assist a nationwide masks mandate. A 3rd requested why he downplayed the virus. Others requested about racial injustice, Trump’s makes an attempt to remove medical health insurance from folks and his unpresidential conduct.
“I think this is by far the toughest grilling Trump has faced as president,” CNN’s Daniel Dale, who has lined Trump extensively as a truth checker, wrote.
Trump responded with a flurry of falsehoods to defend himself. (Here is a Times fact check.) He blamed Joe Biden for the dearth of a nationwide masks mandate. Trump additionally mentioned, “A lot of people think the masks are not good.” At completely different factors, he downplayed the virus and mentioned that he had “up-played” it.
He claimed he was beloved by South Koreans. (His current approval ranking there was 17 percent.) He mentioned all Individuals owned shares. (About half do.) And he mentioned the late John McCain, a struggle hero who was identified within the Senate as an advocate for veterans, didn’t do sufficient for veterans.
“This is a president who still hasn’t adjusted to the fact that 2020 is not the year he wanted it to be,” Amy Walter of the Cook Political Report wrote.
The Times’s Trip Gabriel tweeted: “When @JoeBiden debates Trump, he’ll be faced with what’s on display tonight: rapid fire falsehoods, free-ranging personal attacks, over the top claims of his achievements.”
On Fox Information, Laura Ingraham described the occasion as an “ambush” by ABC.
In different marketing campaign information:
Yesterday was arguably Biden’s finest day of state polls for the reason that Republican Nationwide Conference, in accordance with Nate Cohn, a Occasions polling knowledgeable. And a new ABC News/Washington Post poll this morning confirmed Biden forward by six proportion factors in Wisconsin and 16 factors in Minnesota. In 2016, each states had been extraordinarily shut, and Trump received Wisconsin.
Within the final state major of 2020, Senator Chris Coons of Delaware, a Democrat, easily defeated a progressive challenger, Jessica Scarane.
TWO MORE BIG STORIES
1. Disasters with a typical trigger
Greater than five million acres have burned on the West Coast. Tens of hundreds of individuals have fled their houses. And a minimum of 27 are useless. Extra favorable climate in Oregon has allowed firefighters to make some progress, however the largest fires are still mostly uncontained.
Scientists say local weather change — particularly hotter temperatures that dry out vegetation — is a significant factor within the area’s worsening fires. Local weather can also be enjoying a task hundreds of miles away on the Gulf Coast, the place Hurricane Sally strengthened in a single day and made landfall in Alabama this morning. Scientists imagine that hotter temperatures make such storms each slower and capable of holding more moisture, which might make them extra harmful.
2. Studying to stay with the virus
Dealing with a attainable second wave of coronavirus infections, European nations are trying to walk a tightrope: avoiding the tough lockdowns of the spring, whereas additionally adhering to social-distancing guidelines and contact-tracing protocols.
“It’s not possible to stop the virus,” mentioned Emmanuel André, a number one virologist in Belgium. “It’s about maintaining equilibrium. And we only have a few tools available to do that.”
Town of Louisville, Ky., agreed to pay the family of Breonna Taylor $12 million and institute police reforms, six months after officers fatally shot the 26-year-old Black girl in her condominium.
Officers in Rochester, N.Y., spent months trying to suppress video footage of the police encounter that led to Daniel Prude’s demise.
A “horrific culmination” of engineering flaws, mismanagement and an absence of federal oversight led to 2 deadly crashes involving Boeing’s 737 Max jet that killed 346 folks, House Democrats said in a report.
In a diplomatic victory for the Trump administration, the U.A.E., Bahrain and Israel formally signed a deal normalizing relations among the many three nations.
The Justice Division has opened a criminal investigation into whether or not John Bolton, Trump’s former nationwide safety adviser, disclosed labeled info in a tell-all memoir about his time within the administration.
Invoice Gates Sr. — the daddy of the Microsoft co-founder and a key determine in shaping the household’s philanthropy — died at 94.
Lives Lived: When Dr. Marion Moses wasn’t tending to the well being of poor migrant laborers as a trusted aide to Cesar Chavez, she was out campaigning for his or her rights. On a visit to New York to drum up assist for a nationwide shopper grape boycott, she recruited Gloria Steinem, Lauren Bacall and the people trio Peter, Paul and Mary. Dr. Moses died at 84.
IDEA OF THE DAY: The tip of seasons
The pandemic could make time really feel blurry. The college yr is beginning, however tens of millions of youngsters aren’t returning to lecture rooms. Final week, for the primary time, all the 4 greatest U.S. professional sports activities leagues — baseball, basketball, soccer and hockey — performed video games on the identical day. And who even is aware of what Halloween will appear like.
Then there’s local weather change, which is accountable for a world “season creep.” Frosts come earlier, first snows fall later. Hurricanes stretch out on either side of the calendar. And, frighteningly sufficient, hearth season is simply getting began within the American West. As Paul Elie writes in The New Yorker, “The coronavirus pandemic, together with recurring natural phenomena brought on by climate change, is sharply altering our sense of the seasons.”
Learn how to cope? (Beside, maybe, looking for ways to combat climate change.) Quartz and Slate each recommended taking part in phenology, or the shut examine of nature’s rhythms. Preserve a journal by which you observe how the seasons are altering round you. “In so doing, you can anchor yourself in place and be a witness to the way nature is actually responding to change, instead of dwelling on the disasters that might come,” Rebecca Onion wrote for Slate.
PLAY, WATCH, EAT, CUBE
An ode to tacos
Vegetarian and vegan taco fillings aren’t new: You possibly can hint their lineage again by means of Indigenous cuisines. This previous spring, many taqueros in Los Angeles turned to making meatless tacos when the pandemic prompted ingredient shortages and drastic worth fluctuations.
There are about 43 quintillion methods to rearrange a Rubik’s Dice, however just one that’s right. Since a Hungarian structure professor named Erno Rubik invented the dice in 1974, greater than 350 million cubes have been offered globally.
Rubik, 76, typically speaks about his invention as if it had been his little one. “I’m very close to the cube. The cube was growing up next to me and right now, it’s middle-aged, so I know a lot about it,” he mentioned in a new interview.
Right here’s today’s Mini Crossword, and a clue: Variety of teaspoons in a tablespoon (5 letters).
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At present’s episode of “The Daily” is about coronavirus quarantines on faculty campuses.