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Name: Chris Bastian
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Biden should go on Fox News Sunday...

As the Trump interview shows, Chris Wallace is a tough but fair interviewer. Showing up on Fox will destroy all the "he's senile"/"he's hiding in his basement" mantras the network is throwing out.

Dose of Joe -- August 14

Friends -- see below for today's Dose of Joe.

Yesterday, Joe Biden and Kamala Harris were briefed on the coronavirus by public health experts, and delivered remarks during which they called for a three-month nationwide mandate] to wear a mask. The campaign also released a new ad echoing Biden's call for 50 state mandates.

On Black Women’s Equal Pay Day, Joe issued a statement stating that in a Biden-Harris Administration, closing the pay gap will be a top priority. He wrote: "We will build back better because Black women are the backbones of their families, communities, our economy, and our country."

Joe released a statement on the agreement between Israel and the UAE, recognizing the historic step they have taken in bridging the deep divides of the Middle East.

A Marist poll released today, has Biden with a significant lead at 53% and Trump at 42%.


@JoeBiden: .@KamalaHarris is going to stand with me in this campaign — and all of us are going to stand up for her. Together, we're going to make history.

@JoeBiden: There’s no better partner than @KamalaHarris to help me beat Donald Trump, but we can’t do it without your help. Chip in today to help us win in November:

@JoeBiden: The hard truth is Black women still only get paid 62 cents for every dollar white men make. It's unacceptable. My administration will work to close the pay gap for Black women and create an economy where everyone gets a fair return for their work. #BlackWomensEqualPayDay

Apparently Ralph Nader's political brilliance isn't being appreciated...


The boys and girls on the Zoom


In the mythology of political journalism, covering a presidential campaign is supposed to be a window into the soul of America.

In the reality of the 2020 campaign, Alexandra Jaffe of the Associated Press has a window into the courtyard of her building off H Street NE in Washington, D.C. That’s the view from her junior one-bedroom apartment, not too far from Capitol Hill.

n 2016, Jaffe, then with NBC, spent the cycle as what campaign reporters call an “embed.” She spent much of her time on the Trump campaign plane—up and down, over and over—and when she wasn’t there she was on the road trying to educate herself, and her audience, on the politics of Ohio.

In 2020, she ruefully acknowledges, “Gosh, I basically cover the campaign from my couch.”

Trump's prime-time convention plan: A D.C. ballroom and government backdrops

Source: Politico

The Republican National Convention is coming to D.C. — and to government property.

The Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium, a grand historic federal building located close to the Trump International Hotel, will serve as a “central hub” for speeches, according to two people familiar with the plans. Over the years, the building’s column-lined ballroom has been the location for a variety of notable moments — from the signing ceremony for the North American Treaty Organization to scenes for the walk-and-talk political drama “The West Wing.” And now it will serve as a key site for a pandemic-upended 2020 RNC.

The convention will spread out across federal properties in, and possibly, around Washington. President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence are expected to deliver their acceptance speeches on federal property — including even the White House — as the Republicans scramble to rework the event following a resurgence of the coronavirus.

The unusual arrangement is already drawing ethical concerns that federal resources will be used for campaign events and that administration officials will violate the law by campaigning for the president on government property. And it’s not lost on Trump critics that the president’s flagship hotel, already a gathering spot for Republicans, will be conveniently located a short walk from the Mellon Auditorium.

Read more: https://www.politico.com/news/2020/08/13/trump-rnc-washington-394669

Dodger Stadium vote center planned for presidential election

Source: AP News

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Dodger Stadium will serve as a vote center for the presidential election in November, making the Dodgers the first Major League Baseball team to make their venue available for voting.

Any registered voter in Los Angeles County can visit the stadium over a five-day period. Parking will be free.

Further details will be announced later. The team said Thursday that all Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and public health guidelines will be followed regarding social distancing.

The stadium site is a joint effort between the Dodgers and More Than A Vote, a nonprofit coalition of Black athletes and artists working together to educate, energize and protect young communities of color by fighting systemic voter suppression.

Read more: https://apnews.com/3ff2d839fc9d79391bbd4c55818e1af2?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=newsletter_axiosam&stream=top

Exclusive: Biden signals fall strategy with new COVID-19 ads

Source: Axios

Joe Biden's campaign is doubling down on its criticism of President Trump's mishandling of the coronavirus, launching two new 30-second ads today on the heels of Biden's own call for an outdoor mask mandate.

Why it matters: With Biden's running mate, Kamala Harris, now in place to amplify and augment the message, the campaign is signaling it will hit Trump on the pandemic every day until Nov. 3.

A campaign official tells Axios that “Ready to Lead” will run in Wisconsin, Michigan, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Florida, Arizona and Nevada, weaving in Biden’s call for a universal mask mandate with a pledge to produce more protective gear in the U.S.

“Dignity,” will cycle into the campaign’s existing media buys targeting seniors, with cuts from Biden’s June 30 coronavirus speech played over scenes of the former vice president comforting older Americans.

Read more: https://www.axios.com/exclusive-biden-unmasking-his-fall-strategy-hammer-trump-on-covid-0251bc65-f351-4c85-bf37-14546d16f901.html

With early momentum, Harris to focus on connecting with minorities, activists, women in swing states

Source: Washington Post

Within the first 24 hours after Sen. Kamala D. Harris was named Joe Biden’s running mate, top Democrats were reaching out to syndicated Black radio hosts, eager to line up appearances for Harris on their popular shows.

In roughly the same period, Biden’s campaign cited Harris in a broad fundraising appeal, raising an impressive $34 million, largely from a new set of donors excited by Harris’s role, and sold $1.2 million worth of Biden-Harris lawn signs.

And in coming weeks, the Biden campaign plans to deploy the U.S. senator from California to swing states — often virtually, but at times in person — to connect with Black voters, young activists and suburban women, groups whose support for Biden is solid but far from guaranteed. Joint television interviews are in the works over the next few weeks.

As the history-making running mate joined the Biden campaign in earnest Thursday — receiving a coronavirus briefing alongside him, issuing a joint statement on what are now called “Biden-Harris” policies, and meeting virtually with Biden’s economic team — campaign aides said privately that they hope Harris can provide a jolt of charisma while giving Biden a sort of validation from a younger woman of color.

Read more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/with-early-momentum-harris-to-focus-on-connecting-with-minorities-activists-women-in-swing-states/2020/08/13/2063e834-dd77-11ea-8051-d5f887d73381_story.html?hpid=hp_hp-top-table-main_bidenharris-915pm%3Ahomepage%2Fstory-ans

USPS says Pennsylvania mail ballots may not be delivered on time, and state warns of 'overwhelming'

Source: Philadelphia Inquirer

The U.S. Postal Service has warned Pennsylvania that some mail ballots might not be delivered on time because the state’s deadlines are too tight for its “delivery standards,” prompting election officials to ask the state Supreme Court to extend the deadlines to avoid disenfranchising voters.

The warning came in a July 29 letter from Thomas J. Marshall, general counsel and executive vice president of the Postal Service, to Pennsylvania Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar, whose department oversees elections. That letter was made public late Thursday in a filing her department submitted to the Supreme Court, asking it to order that mail ballots be counted as long as they are received up to three days after the Nov. 3 election date.

If the court agrees, that could increase the likelihood that the results of the presidential race between President Donald Trump and presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden won’t be known for days after the election.

The Postal Service’s letter came amid false attacks on mail voting by Trump, and as concerns mount nationally about how the coronavirus pandemic could disrupt the 2020 election. For Pennsylvania, a battleground state that was decided by less than 1% of the vote in 2016, the letter warned that “certain deadlines for requesting and casting mail-in ballots are incongruous with the Postal Service’s delivery standards.”

Read more: https://www.inquirer.com/politics/election/pennsylvania-mail-voting-deadlines-post-office-lawsuit-20200813.html

White House warns of 'widespread and expanding' COVID-19 spread in Georgia

Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

President Trump’s coronavirus task force warns that Georgia continues to see “widespread and expanding community viral spread” and that the state’s current policies aren’t enough to curtail COVID-19.

The task force “strongly recommends” Georgia adopt a statewide mandate that citizens wear masks, joining a chorus of public health officials, Democrats and others who have warned that Gov. Brian Kemp’s refusal to order face coverings has plunged the state into deeper crisis and will prolong recovery.

“Current mitigation efforts are not having a sufficient impact,” the report said.

Businesses, such as nightclubs, bars and gyms, currently open with some restrictions in Georgia, should be closed in the highest risk counties, the report said.

Read more: https://www.ajc.com/news/white-house-warns-of-widespread-and-expanding-viral-spread-in-georgia/5DEVU3BSCZAIHCSI3A3KTTGGIY/
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