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Trump officials tried to recruit 274 celebrities — including many like George Clooney and Chrissy Teigen who openly despise him — to star in TV ads about COVID-19
  • Politico obtained a list of 274 celebrities considered for a White House public service announcement about the coronavirus.
  • Those on the list include many who have been critical of the president, including Chrissy Teigen, George Clooney, and Meryl Streep.
  • Only two people on the list are highlighted as saying yes to the offer — Dennis Quaid and Marc Anthony.
The spreadsheet includes notes about almost every celebrity on the list, including background on their political allegiances and whether they have said anything negative about Trump.

For example, the note next to singer Billie Eilish's name on the list details how she "made a political statement on gun control in 2019" and said Trump "is destroying our country and everything we care about."

In some cases, the notes also include background on celebrities' criminal histories. Jay-Z is listed as being potentially interested in appearing in the ads, but the list noted that he was "arrested for assault and...sentenced to three years probation."

In another column next to each celebrity's name is information on the kind of Americans they appeal to. For example, rapper Cardi B is listed as appealing to Black Americans, "super spreaders," and the general population. It's unclear what kind of demographic would encompass super spreaders.

Stars who have endorsed Biden for president

Stars from movies, music and more have all expressed support for the former vice president
  • Cher
  • Demi Lovato
  • Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson
  • Hailey Baldwin
  • John Legend
  • Katy Perry
  • Leonardo DiCaprio
  • Maya Rudolph
  • Stephen Baldwin
  • Taylor Swift
  • Tom Hanks
  • Willie Nelson

The most dangerous day for disinformation isn't Election Day, it's the day after
  • America's enemies are trying to sow confusion and discord around the election.
  • And while many people are worried about disinformation in the days leading up to Election Day, it will be the day after votes are cast that will be most dangerous.
  • Americans need to stay vigilant and trust the electoral process.
Regardless of whether Trump or former Vice President Joe Biden appear to be the winner come next Wednesday, there will be a lot of people in deep denial.

Rumors will run rampant about how the other side "stole their victory." But most worryingly, the president seems to be fomenting this coming anger and sowing these seeds of doubt. If the American people vote him out, he and a number of his supporters are likely to claim fraud. Russia will of course be there to lend a hand to amplify these calls.

One of the most basic tactics Trump and his foreign boosters will use is to make individual, isolated issues appear to be significant, systematic problems. A broken voting machine in Iowa will become thousands of machines down across the country. A misplaced mail-in ballot will turn into millions of uncounted votes. One allegation of someone illegally voting is going to quickly be spread around as a story of widespread voter fraud.

... The next task will be to keep attention on the accusations. Evidence will be fabricated and unsubstantiated claims will be blasted far and wide by Putin's propagandists. This will be accompanied by attempts to foment a violent response by both extremists on both sides of the political aisle. The chaos would serve to further delegitimize the process and potentially plunge our nation into a long period of instability. In short, it would represent the achievement of Moscow's most aspirational ambitions.

... We should not take things at face value. Foreign and domestic disinformation campaigns are going to shift into overdrive in the hours after the election. There is a need to be on heightened alert and even more carefully scrutinize "evidence" and emerging information. Resist the urge to re-share on social media. Remind friends and family that reports need to be verified and even if proven true may not represent a large-scale development.

Trump is reportedly scrapping an election night party at his hotel in favor of staying at the White House
  • President Donald Trump is scrapping a more conventional election night watch party at his Washington, DC, hotel in favor of a more pared-down event at the White House, according to The New York Times.
  • Eric Trump, the president's second-youngest son, came just short of confirming the report during a Friday interview on "Fox & Friends."
  • "No, we're thinking about moving it, actually, over to the White House for — we're looking at that right now, and it's going to be a great night. It's going to be a really, really beautiful night," he said.
  • The Trump campaign sent out several fundraising emails asking supporters to join the president and first lady on election night, but a location was not specified. Guest attendance at the White House would be far more limited than at a Trump hotel.

Witches in Salem, Massachusetts, Are Casting Spells to Defeat Trump
This Halloween, the witches are coming — to the ballot box.

Using the hashtag #WitchTheVote, witch-identified folks are encouraging others who have an interest in the occult to get informed about political candidates and cast their vote in the U.S. presidential election Nov. 3.

Originally launched by a group of witches from Salem, Mass., during the lead-up to the 2018 midterm elections, #WitchTheVote is a cross-media initiative that identifies and promotes — as one witch tells us — "witch-worthy" political candidates: those who are progressive and social justice oriented. It's fitting political activism in a town known for the Salem witch trials and contemporary witch tourism.

... In a political, cultural and economic moment in which many people feel a sense of hopelessness about the future, #WitchTheVote encourages activists to ground themselves through ritual and magical resistance.

We combed through records of 100 healthcare companies to see who their top executives are donating to in the 2020 election. They reveal a surprising trend.
  • Healthcare executives are favoring Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden when it comes to their personal campaign donations, an Insider analysis has found.
  • Insider reviewed campaign-donation disclosures linked to 100 major healthcare companies this election cycle and found that CEOs from Merck, Independence Blue Cross, and Kaiser Permanente were among the largest contributors to Biden.
  • Biden has promised to raise taxes and overhaul the healthcare system partly by controlling prescription-drug prices and health-insurance costs. But that hasn't stopped healthcare bosses from choosing him over President Donald Trump.
  • "Executives in business like certainty," Bruce Freed, the president of the Center for Political Accountability, said. "And the fact is there has been a great deal of uncertainty and instability."

Trump Team Deploys Cabinet Members as Campaign Surrogates
A federal watchdog agency has opened an investigation into whether Secretary of State Mike Pompeo inappropriately used his office to promote the reelection of President Donald Trump. But that incident is only the latest fueling the complaints of critics who have accused Cabinet members of improperly blurring the lines between their political and official duties as the election nears.

Actions, appearances and comments by Trump administration officials have invited scrutiny from lawmakers and oversight groups who say that officials appear to be acting as Trump campaign surrogates, often in potential violation of regulations designed to prevent political interference.

The actions under scrutiny include comments from officials criticizing Democratic former Vice President Joe Biden, speeches in which officials appear to advocate for another Trump term, events held in key battleground states and even official policy actions that appear timed to energize the GOP base, among others.

"It's obvious that this is a coordinated strategy by the president and his allies to use every tool of the government to try to prop up his campaign," says Donald Sherman, deputy director of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, a nonprofit watchdog group.

Lawmakers and ethics groups, including CREW, have called for investigations into a cadre of officials, alleging potential violations of the Hatch Act – the federal law that prohibits executive branch officials from engaging in partisan politicking in their official capacities or while using government resources.

Other actions fall short of illegality but have nonetheless been at the center of criticism as the election approaches.

Women Could Decide the Election. Here’s How They’re Voting.
If President Trump loses his re-election bid, female voters will probably have played a critical role.

No nominee for either party has ever garnered as much female support as the Democratic nominee, Joseph R. Biden Jr., according to exit polls and data tracked by the Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers University.

Of major concern among female voters this year is the president’s conduct, as well as his handling of the pandemic, according to a range of polls. Even on issues that Mr. Trump has more readily owned, women tend to prefer Mr. Biden: He has emerged as their choice to handle the economy.

In one of the most striking dynamics of the 2020 race, polls indicate that while the gap between male and female voters may be at its widest point ever, the longstanding racial divide among female voters might be narrowing: Women of color have long skewed Democratic, but now white women seem to be leaning toward Mr. Biden as well.

As for women who support Mr. Trump, they tend to score higher on scales of “racial resentment,” said Kelly Dittmar, director of research at the Center for American Women and Politics, and they tend to worry about law and order in greater numbers.

But “to characterize the women’s vote as if it stands for a single ideology or agenda would be too simplistic,” Ms. Dittmar said. “We would rarely make the same characterization for men.”

American Medical Association slams Trump's claim that doctors are making money from listing COVID-19 as cause of death, as cases continue to climb
The American Medical Association hit back on Friday after President Donald Trump falsely suggested doctors are inflating COVID-19 death counts for money, as cases continue to climb across the country.

The AMA, the country's largest association of physicians, responded to the accusation in a strongly-worded statement that did not address the president by name. The statement said frontline healthcare workers have risked their lives to fight the virus "because duty called and because of the sacred oath they took."

"The suggestion that doctors — in the midst of a public health crisis — are overcounting COVID-19 patients or lying to line their pockets is a malicious, outrageous, and completely misguided charge," Susan Bailey, president of the AMA, said.

"Rather than attacking us and lobbing baseless charges at physicians, our leaders should be following the science and urging adherence to the public health steps we know work — wearing a mask, washing hands, and practicing physical distancing," she added.

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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