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News outlets are declining to send pool reporters to travel with Trump, after his COVID-19 diagnosis, to protect their health
  • News organizations are declining to send pool reporters back on the campaign trail with President Donald Trump, who recently had COVID-19, to protect their health, The New York Times reported Monday.
  • White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany released a statement from Trump's doctor, which announced that the president tested negative for COVID-19, but it failed to provide the dates of the tests.
  • The same day, Trump hosted his first campaign rally since testing positive earlier this month in Florida, where he falsely boasted immunity from the disease. Trump announced he tested positive early on October 2.
  • "At least three White House correspondents have tested positive for the coronavirus in the past two weeks, including a Times reporter who had traveled on Air Force One, Michael D. Shear," according to The Times.
  • News outlets like The Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post did not send journalists to cover the event as a precaution.
  • "White House reporters had safety concerns and were not comfortable traveling with the president at this time," Elisabeth Bumiller, Washington bureau chief at The Times, said in a statement, according to the report.
  • In addition to Trump, First Lady Melania Trump and others in the White House tested positive for COVID-19 — at least 34 people in the White House tested positive as of last week.
  • Photos showed those in Trump's inner circle not wearing masks or taking other mitigation precautions for the coronavirus. Masks and social distancing have also not been enforced at Trump campaign rallies.
  • A spokesperson for The Post told The Times that the paper will "continue to evaluate our coverage plans."
  • Zeke Miller, a reporter for the Associated Press and president of White House Correspondents Association, addressed health concerns in a memo to members last week, The Times reported.
  • "While we know no situation is 100 percent safe in a pandemic, it is our expectation that the pool will not be put in an unduly risky position," Miller wrote, citing The Times report.

Trump said he wants to 'kiss all the guys and beautiful women' at a his first packed campaign rally since being diagnosed with COVID-19
  • President Donald Trump at his first rally since being diagnosed with COVID-19 said he felt "powerful" and wanted to "kiss" supporters in the audience.
  • The packed rally was his first since announcing on October 2 that he had tested positive for COVID-19.
  • Trump's personal physician, Dr Sean Conley, has said the president is no longer infectious, and that he tested negative for the virus on two consecutive days.

A libertarian, a green, and a child actor from 'The Mighty Ducks' all are running for president. Here's why they want to be swing-state spoilers for Biden and Trump.
  • None of the several minor-party or independent presidential candidates running in 2020 have any hope of winning the White House. But recent history shows they can still dramatically affect the outcome.
  • With Joe Biden leading in national polls, Democrats are dreading a repeat of 2016 when votes for minor-party candidates in critical swing states denied Hillary Clinton the presidency.
  • Florida, Ohio, Iowa, and North Carolina are among the hotly contested states where Libertarian Party candidate Jo Jorgensen and Green Party candidate Howie Hawkins could make their marks in Election 2020.
  • Hawkins has this message for liberal Democrats: 'If you vote for Biden, he'll take you for granted.'
  • Independent billionaire Brock Pierce says denying both Trump and Biden the required 270 electoral votes would hasten a shift away from a two-party system.
"Just like in 2016, a vote for anyone other than Joe Biden is a vote for Donald Trump," said Josh Schwerin, senior strategist for Priorities USA Action, one of several super PACs spending tens of millions of dollars to boost Biden.

Nancy Pelosi blasts the White House's $1.8 trillion stimulus offer and lists 8 areas with 'deficiencies'
  • Speaker Nancy Pelosi ripped into the Trump administration's virus relief proposal on Tuesday.
  • "A fly on the wall or wherever else it might land in the Oval Office tells me that the President only wants his name on a check to go out before Election Day and for the market to go up," Pelosi said in a letter to House Democrats.
  • She listed eight areas where Democrats said it had "deficiencies," among them state and local aid, virus testing, and tax credits for low-income individuals.
The California Democrat listed eight areas with significant "deficiencies:"
  • Aid to state and local governments.
  • Coronavirus testing.
  • Tax credits for families and low-income individuals.
  • Rental assistance.
  • Workplace protections and childcare.
  • Federal funds for states to conduct safe elections.
  • Relief for small businesses.
  • Census funding.

Trump's campaign nearly went broke for the 2020 home stretch amid Brad Parscale's $200 million budgeting misfire, Republicans tell Insider
  • Before his ouster earlier this summer as President Donald Trump's campaign manager, Brad Parscale had been banking on a $200 million cash surge for October, Republicans told Insider.
  • Parscale had been spending big based on his internal estimates. But the money never came, and a GOP source close to the president said his reelection campaign would have been broke by the first week of October had Parscale not been pushed aside.
  • Funds are still tight for the Trump campaign. "They don't have enough money to close out the race," said a former GOP fundraiser familiar with the president's 2020 strategy.
  • The Trump campaign's internal investigation of Parscale's spending has turned up a series of wasteful items including a personal driver and extensive travel on Air Force One.

Amy Coney Barrett won't say if presidents should commit to a peaceful transfer of power and if they can pardon themselves
  • Amy Coney Barrett, President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee, declined to say whether all presidents should commit to a peaceful transfer of power during her confirmation hearing on Tuesday.
  • Barrett also would not comment on whether a president can pardon themself for crimes against the US.
  • Trump has refused to commit to a peaceful transition if he loses the election, and in the past said he has the "absolute right" to pardon himself.
  • "To the extent that this is a political controversy right now, as a judge I want to stay out of it, and I don't want to express a view," Barrett told Democratic Sen. Cory Booker.

'Suburban women, will you please like me?': Trump attempts to appeal to voter group he has struggled to reach
  • President Donald Trump tried to appeal to female voters in the suburbs, saying "Suburban women, will you please like me? Please. Please. I saved your damn neighborhood, OK?"
  • Trump addressed the group of voters he has struggled to reach during a campaign rally in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, on Tuesday.
  • The president slammed Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden for backing Obama-era fair housing regulations, painting his support for it as Biden waging "war on the suburbs."
  • Earlier this year, the Trump administration rolled back the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) mandate, a federal regulation put in place in 2015 by the Obama administration to strengthen the Fair Housing Act established in 1968.
  • The AFFH regulation is designed to aid the effort to "overcome historic patterns of segregation, promote fair housing choice, and foster inclusive communities that are free from discrimination," according to the Housing and Urban Development website.
  • During the rally, the president said the regulation "destroyed your neighborhoods and brought crime to the suburbs."
  • Though the president tried to appeal to "suburban women," polls have shown that likely female voters largely prefer Biden over Trump.
Trump addressed the group of voters he has struggled to reach during a campaign rally in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, on Tuesday, saying he was no longer referring to them as a "suburban housewife" because he used to get "heat" for using the term.

He said he now refers to the voting group as "suburban women" now, adding, "but does anybody care?"

Twitter suspended fake accounts claiming to be Black Trump supporters — but only after they reportedly racked up 265,000 retweets (TWTR)
  • Twitter has suspended fake accounts that claimed to be Black Trump supporters for violating its policies against platform manipulation and spam, The Washington Post reported Tuesday and the company confirmed to Business Insider.
  • But researchers told The Washington Post that the accounts generated more than 265,000 retweets and mentions before Twitter could take action, and that "the damage is done."
  • Twitter refused to comment on how many accounts it had suspended, their origins, or reach.
  • Black voters have been targeted by pro-Trump disinformation campaigns on multiple occasions in both the 2016 and 2020 US presidential elections.

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.

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