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College towns fear super-spreader semester as students descend


Earlier this summer, students at the University of Virginia packed bars, rental houses, apartments and fraternity houses as part of Midsummers, a party and reunion tradition of students.

Watching the surge in large gatherings on social media and hearing from concerned residents prompted Charlottesville Mayor Nikuyah Walker to call UVA’s plan to bring students back to campus a “recipe for disaster.” At a virtual press conference, Walker said local officials had little power to control student behavior and that their only option would be to work with the university president and Gov. Ralph Northam.

“I, for one, do not understand why the students are coming back into the community from all over the globe and why we would take that chance,” Walker said. She said she was worried that once the students come and then leave, the city will be left “cleaning up the fallout.”

The university ended up delaying undergraduate in-person instruction and residence hall move-in dates by two weeks and scolded students for their recklessness. "If such behavior continues, we will not make it long into the fall semester before a significant outbreak occurs and we then need to send students home," Dean of Students Allen Groves wrote in a letter to students. "That's the self-interested motivation to do better."

Maya Rudolph teases resuming 'SNL' impression of Harris after VP announcement

The Hill

Maya Rudolph, the comedian who earned an Emmy nomination for impersonating Kamala Harris on "Saturday Night Live," teased the possible return of her performance on Tuesday after presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden picked the California senator to be his running-mate.

Rudolph learned of Harris's selection as Biden's vice presidential pick as she appeared for a panel discussion for Emmy nominees with Entertainment Weekly.

"Oh shit. Ruh-roh," Rudolph said, according to the magazine, adding that she loves to go on NBC's "SNL" and would be thrilled to resume the Harris impression.

"I love going to the show any excuse I can get...I just didn't really anticipate traveling during this pandemic, but if there's anyone who can work it out I'm sure Lorne [Michaels] has some kind of invisible helicopter that can get me there," she said. "Ever since I was a kid, truly, I wanted to be on any kind of 'SCTV,' 'Saturday Night Live,' and I can't believe that I got to work there, and I can't believe that it's my family still."

Team Trump assails 'Phony Kamala' while privately acknowledging her appeal


Trump on Tuesday described Harris as his No. 1 choice for Biden’s running mate, weeks after saying “I think she’d be a fine choice.”

But he and his aides focused their line of attack through the same lens they’ve used on other potential running mates, perhaps indicating after months of research on Harris they don’t have much else to criticize.

Many in Trump’s orbit had hoped Biden would tap Susan Rice, a former ambassador to the United Nations, who they had thought could fire up his MAGA base. Despite their eagerness for her, Rice being selected likely wouldn’t have helped Trump attract the independent voters his team has been trying to win over for years.

With less than three months until the election, Trump is lagging behind Biden in most national polls and battleground states. His standing has even fallen in traditionally red states as the coronavirus pandemic has dragged on.

Republicans, who have found little success in tarnishing Biden, will now try to damage Harris by describing her as a failed presidential candidate who didn’t generate excitement in her own party. Most of Trump’s attention on Harris during the Democratic primary was about her performance in the race, and he returned to that theme Tuesday at the White House to recall her poor showing in the campaign.

QAnon adherant Marjorie Taylor Greene is leading in the Republican Primary for GA-14

Winning 60-40.

Lets stop the speculation: Trump is not dropping Pence for Nikki Haley or anyone else...

The theory appears to be that Biden's selection of Harris would cause Trump to pick a woman to attract female voters. The point is that Trump ONLY cares about his base votes, which is not where he's losing women voters from. He's sticking with his base, which includes his evangelical bible thumpers who love Pence.

$6 million in two hours.....


DNC announces Convention Virtual Roundtables

Join the Milwaukee 2020 Host Committee, in partnership with Business Forward, for a series of thought-provoking Policy Round Tables!

Throughout the duration of the 2020 Democratic National Convention, the Milwaukee 2020 Host Committee and Business Forward are organizing a series of virtual, hour-long round table briefings with senior campaign advisors, elected officials, business leaders, philanthropists, community organizers, and state and local officials. Inspired by the needs of communities across the country, these briefings will examine the critical challenges America faces, including our country’s response to the severe hardships amplified by the COVID-19 crisis.

With a network of more than 100,000 local business leaders, Business Forward works to connect business leaders across the country to Washington decision-makers to discuss how to create jobs and accelerate our economy.

Below, please find the Policy Round Table schedule and RSVP form, where you can sign up to attend as many round tables as you would like. Details on how to watch these discussions will be shared in the coming days. Please note that if you sign up for a meeting, you will receive invites to all of the meetings throughout the week.

Monday, August 17

11:00 am – 12:00 pm CT – Protecting the Integrity of the Election

To ensure safe, secure, and fair elections, efforts are being taken to educate and mobilize voters, while combating voter suppression. Join this briefing to hear from leaders on the front lines of protecting the integrity of the election.

1:30 – 2:30 pm CT – Investing in a Sustainable Future

Investing in a sustainable future for America has proven to yield financial returns. Join this briefing to hear from leaders in the environmental, social, and governance (“ESG”) movement about how sustainable practices are moving both society and the economy forward

4:00 – 5:00 pm CT – Ensuring High Quality Health Care and a Strong Caring Economy

To protect and strengthen our current healthcare system, efforts and being taken to provide access to quality health care for every American, while ensuring that our caregivers receive the respect and dignity they deserve. Join this briefing to hear from leaders in the fight to strengthen our healthcare system.

Tuesday, August 18

11:00 am – 12:00 pm CT – Building A Modern Sustainable Infrastructure

To achieve net-zero emissions economy-wide in the next 30 years, efforts are being taken to build a more sustainable and resilient infrastructure now. Join this briefing to hear from job-creating companies that are working to develop a clean energy future.

1:30 – 2:30 pm CT – Respecting Rule of Law and Protecting an Independent Judiciary

Join this briefing to hear from state attorneys general and leading advocates who have been leading those efforts to ensure partisan politics do not influence judicial conduct or judgment.

4:00 – 5:00 pm CT – Securing Retirement for Working Americans

As almost two-thirds of working Americans have almost no retirement account access, our country is in the midst of a retirement income crisis. Join this briefing to hear from leading experts on their efforts to address the pension crisis and protect Social Security for working Americans.

Wednesday, August 19

11:00 am – 12:00 pm CT – Closing the Homework Gap During COVID-19 and Beyond

Our schools have long struggled to provide low-income students with the tools they need to compete, including affordable laptops, broadband access, digital literacy (for students, parents, and teachers), and curriculum that prepares them for the future of work. Experts call this the “homework gap,” and COVID-19 has amplified the crisis to a dangerous level. Join this briefing to hear from leading experts who are solving one of the greatest educational challenges of our time.

1:30 – 2:30 pm CT – Ending Gun Violence in America

Ending gun violence requires a national and comprehensive response that involves advocates, educators, legislators, gun violence victims, and more. Join this briefing to hear from leaders in the gun violence prevention movement who are working to combat this crisis for all communities.

4:00 – 5:00 pm CT – Creating Jobs and Investment in the Heartland

To create jobs and investment in the heartland, efforts are being taken to invest in innovation infrastructure by delivering broadband access to resource-lacking communities, helping workers get to and from new jobs, and drawing venture capital that is increasingly concentrated on the East and West Coasts. Join this briefing to hear from leading job creators who are turning these efforts into a reality for rural communities.

Thursday, August 20

1:30 – 2:30 pm CT – Advancing Racial Equity Across the American Economy

To advance racial equity, efforts are being taken to close the racial wealth gap, expand affordable housing, reform our police and criminal justice system, and invest in educational opportunities for all children. Join this briefing to hear from leaders who are taking action to urgently address these challenges.

4:00 – 5:00 pm CT – Meeting the Climate Crisis Challenge

To address our climate crisis emergency, experts are pushing government leaders to take bold measures that invest now in a clean energy revolution, while creating good jobs and addressing environmental justice. Join this briefing to hear from leaders who are working to address the grave threat of the climate crisis.


AND.....Trump responds

Lazy conservative boilerplate:


Assume they had an ad ready for any choice...

Kamala Harris works for me...


All - the grassroots fundraiser I circulated a notice about w the VP choice will be TOMORROW...

(per CNN)

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