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Rick Santorum cut off female co-panelist Gloria Borger while she was talking about Mike Pence interrupting Kamala Harris at the VP debate
  • Former GOP Sen. Rick Santorum cut off CNN analyst Gloria Borger while she was explaining the significance of Mike Pence repeatedly cutting off Kamala Harris at Wednesday's vice-presidential debate.
  • At a CNN panel afterward, Borger tried to praise Harris, but was cut off by Santorum.
  • "I think women watching that ... are gonna say 'wait a minute,'" Borger began to say, before Santorum interjected: "Don't make the claim that he interrupted her repeatedly, because he didn't."
  • Echoing Harris' response of "Mr. Vice President, I'm speaking" when Pence cut her off, Borger fired back: "Mr Santorum, I'm speaking."

34 people in Trump's orbit have tested positive for the coronavirus, leaked FEMA report says, as White House staffers say they are scared to go back to work
  • Thirty-four White House staffers and contacts have been infected with COVID-19 in recent days, according to an internal Federal Emergency Management Agency memo, ABC News reported Thursday.
  • The memo was leaked as multiple reports said White House staffers are afraid to come back to work now that President Donald Trump has returned home while still sick with the virus.
  • The document suggests the true scale of the White House outbreak, which was first revealed last week when Trump advisor Hope Hicks tested positive.

Regeneron said it had asked the FDA for emergency approval of its antibody treatment, hours after Trump prematurely called the drug a coronavirus 'cure'
  • Regeneron has submitted a request to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for emergency use authorization of its COVID-19 antibody treatment.
  • It announced the move hours after President Donald Trump prematurely claimed the drug had cured his coronavirus in a Twitter video.
  • In the video, Trump called on the FDA to approve the drug, and said the treatment should be available for free.
  • There is no evidence that Regeneron's antibody treatment improved his condition, and his doctors have said he took other drugs too.

Trump says he will drop out of second presidential debate with Biden after organizers made it remote
  • The second presidential debate between President Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden would be held remotely, organizers announced Thursday.
  • But within an hour of the announcement, Trump told Fox Business that he wouldn't participate.
  • "I am not going to waste my time on a virtual debate," said the president.
  • In a statement the Biden campaign was more receptive, and said the candidate "looks forward to speaking directly to the American people."
  • The debate was scheduled to take place on October 15 in Miami.

Trump suggests he caught COVID-19 because he let Gold Star families get too close
  • President Donald Trump told Fox Business host Maria Bartiromo Thursday morning that he figured he would eventually catch COVID-19 because he is around people.
  • He then called attention to a recent Gold Star families event, saying that the families of fallen soldiers who attended got within an inch of his face, hugging him and kissing him. Photos show the White House seated guests right next to each other at the indoor event, and very few wore masks.
  • Prior to his diagnosis last week but after close aide Hope Hicks tested positive, he suggested that members of the military or law enforcement were to blame for infecting his staff because they get too close.

'I'm essentially very clean': Trump was cagey about his health in a rambling Fox Business interview
  • President Trump's interview on the Fox Business Network Thursday morning went off the rails after he said he would not participate in the next debate if it's held remotely.
  • Trump went on a variety of tangents, from appearing to blame the parents of fallen soldiers for giving him the coronavirus to ranting about Hillary Clinton's emails.
  • The president was also obfuscating basic details about his health, refusing to disclose when he last tested negative for COVID-19.
  • "No, I'll be tested very soon, but I'm essentially very clean," Trump said.

Second lady Karen Pence broke safety rules by not wearing a face mask when she joined her husband on stage after the vice presidential debate
Second lady Karen Pence broke safety rules by not wearing a face mask when she joined her husband on stage after the vice presidential debate
  • Second lady Karen Pence didn't wear a face mask when she joined her husband on stage after Wednesday night's debate, breaking the safety rules set by the Commission on Presidential Debates.
  • All attendees, except for the vice president, Democratic nominee Sen. Kamala Harris, and the debate moderator, were required to wear face coverings at all times.
  • The Trump family similarly disregarded the coronavirus-related guidelines during last week's presidential debate and refused to wear their masks as they watched the event in the indoor venue.
  • President Donald Trump, First Lady Melania Trump, and nearly three dozen people in Trump's orbit have since tested positive for COVID-19.

McConnell said he hasn't visited the White House in over 2 months because he doesn't think Trump's COVID-19 protocols are safe
  • Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Thursday said he has not been to the White House since August 6, citing the Trump administration's lax COVID-19 protocols.
  • "My impression was their approach to how to handle this was different than mine and what I insisted that we do in the Senate, which is to wear a mask and practice social distancing," McConnell said.
  • The White House is dealing with a COVID-19 outbreak that's seen dozens of people contract the virus, including President Donald Trump.

Joe Biden says he will hold a solo town hall after Trump backed out of the next debate
  • Former Vice President Joe Biden's campaign team on Thursday said he is going to do a solo town hall after President Donald Trump backed out of the next debate.
  • ABC News will host the Biden town hall in Philadelphia on Oct. 15.
  • After the Commission on Presidential Debates announced that the next debate would be held virtually, Trump, who is infected with COVID-19, said he wouldn't do it.
  • After Biden's announcement, the president's campaign called for the second debate to be moved back to Oct. 22 and for the third to be held on Oct. 29.
  • Then Biden's team shot back, saying, "Trump's erratic behavior does not allow him to rewrite the calendar."

Wealthy Democracies Hold Negative Views of Both China and the U.S.
While survey respondents in most countries view the U.S. slightly more favorably overall than China, many view the U.S. response to the pandemic as worse than China's. People in Western European countries surveyed say the U.S. response as more than 20 percentage points worse than China's, while also reporting more trust in Chinese President Xi Jinping than in President Trump.

The Trump campaign accused Michigan's governor of having 'hatred in her heart' just hours after the FBI said it foiled an extremist plot to kidnap her
  • Trump campaign senior advisor Jason Miller on Thursday attacked Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer just hours after the FBI said that it had stopped armed right-wing extremists who were plotting to kidnap her.
  • Miller went after Whitmer for suggesting President Donald Trump was "complicit" in extremist violence due to his hateful rhetoric and refusal to condemn white supremacist groups.
  • "If we want to talk about hatred, then Gov. Whitmer, go look in the mirror — the fact that she wakes up everyday with such hatred in her heart for President Trump," Miller said in a Fox News appearance.
  • Earlier in the day, federal prosecutors charged six men with plotting to kidnap Whitmer and overthrow Michigan's government.

The last time Trump said he tested negative for COVID-19 was in May, and the White House refuses to say if he's tested negative since
  • The White House has repeatedly refused to disclose when President Donald Trump last tested negative for COVID-19.
  • The last time Trump or anyone at the White House said the president tested negative on the record was on May 21.
  • It's unclear how frequently Trump has been tested since, and he has repeatedly violated coronavirus restrictions by holding public events with large crowds.
  • When asked when Trump was last tested and if the White House could specify any results between May 21 and Trump's positive one on Oct. 2, a White House spokesman said only that "the president is tested regularly."

President Trump coughs during his call-in interview on Hannity, but says he's feeling 'really good'
  • President Donald Trump interrupted himself during a call-in interview on Fox News Thursday night to clear his throat to the point of a stifled cough.
  • Host Sean Hannity did not acknowledge the moment and kept the interview moving.
  • Hannity did ask Trump how he was doing following his discharge from the hospital with COVID-19, and Trump said he was feeling "really great."

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.