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Facebook says it is ready for violent unrest in the US election, and has plans to restrict the spread of inflammatory posts
  • Facebook is preparing in case violence erupts after the November US presidential election.
  • Nick Clegg, its head of global affairs, told The Financial Times the network has plans for scenarios like widespread civil unrest, or an unclear result if mail-in votes are counted slowly.
  • He declined to explain Facebook's specific plan, but said that the company may make strong moves to "restrict the circulation of content."
  • A source told the FT that Facebook is exploring how to respond to around 70 scenarios, and is working with military planners.

Trump and Beijing both hinted at blocking the Oracle-TikTok deal amid huge confusion about who will own the app
  • President Trump threatened to withdraw his initial, informal approval of Oracle and Walmart's deal with TikTok on Monday.
  • Beijing, via state-owned press, also hinted that it would block the deal.
  • Each party is attempting to publicly spin the deal to their advantage, causing huge confusion over the final shape of the deal or even whether it will take place.
  • ByteDance said in a statement Monday it would retain 80% control of the company, but Oracle later said "ByteDance will have no ownership in TikTok Global."

Facebook Takes Down Fake Pages Created in China Aimed at Influencing U.S. Election
It’s the first public disclosure of Chinese efforts to meddle in the election, though relatively minor and not directly attributed to the government in Beijing. Facebook identified a range of fake accounts pushing information both for and against President Trump and Joe Biden, and focused on “driving division,” said the head of security at Facebook.

Some in China believe Mr. Biden, if elected, might do damage to China’s ambitions, taking a harder line on human rights and rallying allies to stand up to Beijing.

And the C.I.A. reasserted that President Vladimir Putin of Russia is most likely continuing to approve and direct interference operations aimed at raising Mr. Trump’s re-election chances.

Donald Trump's campaign blew almost $1 billion and now they're in deep trouble
  • Donald Trump's 2020 election campaign started the day he was sworn into office.
  • Since then, the campaign has raised roughly $1 billion and somehow has wasted most of it.
  • Now with a cash problem and a major deficit in the polls, the Trump campaign has to figure something out — fast.

Utah Sen. Mitt Romney says he will vote on Trump's Supreme Court nominee if they reach the Senate floor
  • Utah Sen. Mitt Romney announced on Tuesday that he planned to consider and vote for President Donald Trump's nominee for the Supreme Court.
  • "The historical precedent of election year nominations is that the Senate generally does not confirm an opposing party's nominee but does confirm a nominee of its own," he said in a statement.
  • "Accordingly, I intend to follow the Constitution and precedent in considering the president's nominee. If the nominee reaches the Senate floor, I intend to vote based upon their qualifications," Romney added.
  • Romney's announcement dealt a fatal blow to Democrats' hopes of blocking Trump from filling Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's seat.

The Democrats' only hope of blocking Trump from replacing Ruth Bader Ginsburg just went up in smoke
  • Democrats are officially out of options to keep President Donald Trump from pushing through a nominee to fill the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's Supreme Court seat.
  • Utah Sen. Mitt Romney came out in favor of a floor vote on Ginsburg's replace on Tuesday, dealing a fatal blow to Democrats' hopes of gaining enough Republican defections to keep the seat open.
  • Democrats needed four Republicans to break ranks, hoping at least some would follow the precedent Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell set in 2016, when he thwarted President Barack Obama from filling the late Justice Antonin Scalia's seat until after the election.
  • Ultimately, Democrats secured only two Republican defections — Sens. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Susan Collins of Maine — leaving them with no recourse.
  • There are stalling measures they can take, but between a lame duck confirmation and McConnell's ability to call for a vote to change Senate rules, Democrats are now in checkmate.

Trump went golfing 25 times as a virus swept across the US and killed over 200,000 Americans
  • President Donald Trump golfed 25 times from the first known death in the US from COVID-19 to Sept. 22.
  • Over 200,000 Americans have died from COVID-19. Trump says his administration deserves an A+ in terms of its response to the pandemic.
  • The US has the highest reported death toll from the virus in the world.
  • More Americans have died from COVID-19 than all US soldiers killed in battle in wars since 1945 combined.

'I beat the socialist': Biden reminds voters 'worried about socialism' that he won the party nomination, not Bernie Sanders
  • Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden aimed to assure voters concerned about socialism by pointing to the fact that he beat Sen. Bernie Sanders in the primary.
  • “I beat the socialist,” Biden said on Monday. “That’s how I got elected. That’s how I got the nomination."
  • President Donald Trump's campaign has attempted to characterize Biden as a "radical socialist."

Trump is trying to reset the 2020 campaign around the Supreme Court, whether the electorate wants it or not
  • The death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg has opened up a new avenue for the Trump campaign heading into the home stretch of the 2020 election, with Democrats unable to do much of anything to prevent Republicans from naming a conservative justice to the Supreme Court.
  • An unnamed source even went so far as to tell CNN that Trump's SCOTUS pick will be the equivalent of a "new running mate."
  • Democratic nominee Joe Biden has largely hesitated from matching Trump's focus on the Supreme Court, as the former vice president continues to benefit from high marks among voters on his coronavirus response ideas.
  • The pick with the biggest upside for the Trump campaign might be Judge Barbara Lagoa, with her Cuban-American background offering an opportunity to run up the score among more conservative Latino voters in Florida, a group Biden has been struggling with.
  • However, a new Insider poll found only 52% of conservatives in favor of a Ginsburg replacement being confirmed before Election Day, with the greatest enthusiasm coming from among the most fervent conservatives in the GOP base.

Facebook took down a Chinese disinformation network that spread propaganda across Southeast Asia and the US (FB)
  • Facebook said in a blog post Tuesday that it had removed two coordinated disinformation campaigns, one from China and another from the Philippines.
  • The network focused mostly on regional political issues and "gained almost no following" in the US, according to Facebook.
  • "The operation’s success in audience building was mixed," Graphika, a social media analysis firm that Facebook asked to examine the network, said in its report.
  • The intelligence community has repeatedly said that Russia poses a larger threat to the integrity of the 2020 US elections, though Trump and top administration officials have attempted to play up China's role.

Trump makes bizarre claim that protesters are throwing cans of Goya Foods products and Bumble Bee tuna fish
  • Trump claimed Tuesday that anti-police-brutality protesters are using cans of soup and tuna as weapons, specifically mentioning the brands Goya Foods and Bumble Bee Seafoods.
  • Trump again touted his administration's aggressive response to the protests in making his case to voters during his campaign rally in Moon Township, Pennsylvania.
  • The president also praised violence against journalists, leveled a racist attack on Rep. Ilhan Omar, and reiterated false election fraud claims.

Trumpism
or Trump-ism

Trumpism refers to the nontraditional political philosophy and approach espoused by US President Donald Trump and his supporters. The term Trumpism can also be used to directly refer to an outrageous or idiosyncratic statement made by Donald Trump.

Trumpisms are Bushisms on steroids.