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10/23 Mike Luckovich: Nothing to brag on

https://twitter.com/mluckovichajc/status/1319425824513265665

I voted today in Texas

The voting center near me is in a republican part of my county. There were an okay number of Biden.Harris signs but I did not see any trump signs. The place will full of local candidate signs including a ton of judicial race signs. It took me 10 minutes to vote and I spent that much time driving through parking lot looking for even one trump sign

10/22 Daily Dose of Joe

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

• Jill and Joe Biden will travel to Nashville, Tennessee for the final debate of the general election at 9:00 PM EST.

• Yesterday, President Obama made his first in-person campaign stop of the cycle in Philadelphia, where he encouraged Pennsylvanians to make their plans to vote early at iwillvote.com. In his remarks, President Obama made the case for the Biden-Harris ticket and underscored Joe’s plan for the economy, the pandemic and how they will bring character and leadership back to the government. You can watch his full remarks HERE.

• Kamala Harris will participate in “Women Mobilize for Biden,” a virtual rally with Women for Biden and key women leaders. You can RSVP HERE.

• Vice President Biden released a statement in response to the new report that shows hundreds of cases in which the deported parents of migrant children who were taken from their families cannot be located. In his statement, Biden asserted that “we can secure our borders without treating immigrants as less than human.”

• Yesterday, IBEW International President Lonnie Stephenson and United Autoworkers VP Cindy Estrada talked about Joe's plan to Build Back Better and about Trump's broken promises with Tom Steyer and Congressman Tim Ryan.

JOE’S SOCIAL MEDIA TO AMPLIFY

TWITTER

@JoeBiden: Folks, if you plan to vote by mail and haven’t requested your ballot yet, it’s important that you do so as soon as possible. Deadlines are quickly approaching in states across the country. Head to http://iwillvote.com to find all the information you need.

@JoeBiden: Vote early.

Vote by mail.

Vote on Election Day.

Just make sure you vote.


VIRTUAL CAMPAIGN EVENTS THIS WEEK

Progressives for Biden Phone Bank
Thursday, October 22nd at 12:00 PM ET
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Seniors for Biden: What's at Stake for Social Security
Thursday, October 22nd at 2:30 PM ET
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Seniors for Biden Phone Bank
Thursday, October 22nd at 3:00 PM ET
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Progressives for Biden Phone Bank
Thursday, October 22nd at 3:00 PM ET
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Women Mobilize for Biden Rally with Senator Kamala Harris
Thursday, October 22nd at 4:30 PM ET
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Todos con Biden Weekly Bilingual Phone Bank
Thursday, October 22nd at 6:00 PM ET
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Bricklayers for Biden-Harris Phone Bank
Thursday, October 22nd at 6:00 PM ET
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AFSCME for Biden-Harris Phone Bank
Thursday, October 22nd at 6:00 PM ET
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Cooking with Chef Michael Solomonov and Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz
Thursday, October 22nd at 6:00 PM ET
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Indian Country for Biden Weekly GOTV Call
Thursday, October 22nd at 6:30 PM ET
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Shop Talk with HBCU Athletes
Thursday, October 22nd at 7:00 PM ET
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Catholics for Biden Town Hall
Thursday, October 22nd at 7:00 PM ET
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Progressives for Biden Phone Bank
Thursday, October 22nd at 7:00 PM ET
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TWU for Biden-Harris Phone Bank
Thursday, October 22nd at 7:00 PM ET
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Women for Biden National Call
Thursday, October 22nd at 7:00 PM ET
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Joe Biden's Stutter Highlights BU Center's Mission to Help Others Struggling with Speech

I used to stutter and I am glad that Joe is helping people
https://twitter.com/BU_Tweets/status/1319276064649080832

If stuttering seems like no big deal to you, imagine how it feels.

“In that moment, your body just freezes, and the breath stops, and you try to force it out, and it’s not coming,” Mason Blake says. “Mine is more of a block, there’s no pattern to it, there’s just times when I get to a word and I just can’t get it out.”

Stuttering, often misunderstood and mocked, is having a moment, with the possibility of a president who stutters, Joe Biden. And for a long-running, but little-known BU stuttering treatment center, it’s an opportunity to help people with the speech disorder become more fluent speakers, in part by helping them accept its challenge.

Classes were especially difficult for Blake (Wheelock’23), a graduate student in the Counseling Psychology and Applied Human Development doctoral program. “I wasn’t really learning anything because I was just so focused on myself and rehearsing what I was going to say in my head,” he says. “And it would come to my turn to talk, my heart would be racing, and I could feel myself going red, and I’d be blocking left, right, and center.”

He recalls one moment when he was helping to interview potential students for the program, and he could not get his question out. “A member of the staff who was with me looked at me just really, really confused about what was going on, and I couldn’t explain in that moment,” he says. “I was, like, I can’t keep going on like this. And that’s when I looked online and found the Center for Stuttering Therapy at Boston University.”

Faulty US Covid-19 response meant 130,000 to 210,000 avoidable deaths, report finds

https://twitter.com/CNNPolitics/status/1319274828654759941

The Trump Administration’s faltering response to the coronavirus pandemic has led to anywhere between 130,000 and 210,000 deaths in the United States that could have been prevented, according to a report released Thursday by a team of disaster preparedness experts.

Insufficient testing, a lack of national mask mandates or guidance, a delayed overall response and outright mocking of basic public health practices by the administration has put the US at the top of the global coronavirus death toll, the report from Columbia University Earth Institute’s National Center for Disaster Preparedness finds

“We estimate that at least 130,000 deaths and perhaps as many as 210,000 could have been avoided with earlier policy interventions and more robust federal coordination and leadership,” the report reads.

“Even with the dramatic recent appearance of new COVID-19 waves globally, the abject failures of U.S. government policies and crisis messaging persist. U.S. fatalities have remained disproportionately high throughout the pandemic when compared to even other high-mortality countries,” it adds.

Is MoscowMitch sick?

https://twitter.com/DetroitSteel_/status/1319125482948919303

10/22 Mike Luckovich - Liberty's mask

https://twitter.com/mluckovichajc/status/1319048081174908932

Texas Democrats are running ads in Hindi and Chinese

https://twitter.com/texasdemocrats/status/1318961078550827008

10/21 Daily Dose of Joe

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

• President Barack Obama will travel to Philadelphia to campaign on behalf of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris. President Obama will hold a drive-in car rally and encourage Pennsylvanians to make their plans to vote early at iwillvote.com/PA. You can watch HERE.

• Kamala Harris will travel to North Carolina. In the morning, Senator Harris will deliver remarks at an early vote launch mobilization event in Asheville, North Carolina. In the afternoon, Senator Harris will travel to Charlotte, North Carolina where she will participate in a voter mobilization event to encourage North Carolinians to make their plan to vote early.

• Jill Biden will join military mom, Kellie Artis, for a virtual conversation hosted by Scary Mommy as a special edition of their "Live. Work. Thrive." series. The discussion will focus on the unique challenges facing military families, the Bidens’ commitment to supporting military families and veterans, and the Biden-Harris vision to build back better for all parents.

• Doug Emhoff will travel to Virginia. He will attend ‘Health Care Is On The Ballot’ lit drop launches in Henrico and Hampton Roads to encourage Virginians to vote early for the Biden-Harris ticket to protect access to health care.

• Yesterday, USA Today announced its support of Joe Biden for President of the United States, in the newspaper’s first-ever presidential endorsement. Highlighting the Vice President’s experience and character, the USA Today Editorial Board unanimously endorsed Biden as the candidate to lead the nation “out of this morass and into the future.”

JOE’S SOCIAL MEDIA TO AMPLIFY

TWITTER

@JoeBiden: If I’m elected president, I won’t waste a minute getting this virus under control. Here’s how I’ll do it:

@JoeBiden: Whether it’s your first time voting or you’re an old pro, voting is better with friends and family. So message a few folks and make your plan to vote together today.

http://makeaplan.com

VIRTUAL CAMPAIGN EVENTS THIS WEEK

Progressives for Biden Phone Bank
Wednesday, October 21st at 1:00 PM ET
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Progressives for Biden Phone Bank
Wednesday, October 21st at 3:00 PM ET
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RWDSU for Biden-Harris Phone Bank
Wednesday, October 21st at 4:00 PM ET
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Progressives for Biden Phone Bank
Wednesday, October 21st at 5:00 PM ET
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FAITH OUT the Vote Weekly Phonebank
Wednesday, October 21st at 6:00 PM ET
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IUPAT for Biden-Harris Phone Bank
Wednesday, October 21st at 6:00 PM ET
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HBCU Students and Alum Weekly Phone Bank
Wednesday, October 21st at 6:00 PM ET
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Ecuatorianos con Biden: GOTV with Senator Robert Menendez
Wednesday, October 21st at 6:00 PM ET
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National AAPIs for Biden Weekly Call & AAPIs Assemble! Phone Bank
Wednesday, October 21st at 7:00 PM ET
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Team Biden Disability Coalition Weekly Action!
Wednesday, October 21st at 7:00 PM ET
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Student Loan Voter Townhall/Phone Bank with Andrew Yang
Wednesday, October 21st at 7:00 PM ET
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Women for Biden: Millennials & Gen Z Weekly Phone Bank with Danai Gurira
Wednesday, October 21st at 8:00 PM ET
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IUPAT for Biden-Harris Phone Bank
Wednesday, October 21st at 8:00 PM ET
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If Trump loses, he'll take this deal

When/if trump loses, he will cut a deal to avoid prison https://www.cnn.com/2020/10/20/opinions/if-trump-loses-lockhart/index.html

President Trump has repeatedly refused to commit to leave office peacefully if he loses the election. Instead he rails about voter fraud and a rigged election. His untruths and obstinacy are by now an old story, but they remain both dangerous to our democracy and maybe to our lives if the President continues on this path.

Many law enforcement and homeland security experts have raised the alarm about possible violence after a contested election. Nothing in the President's words or behavior suggests that he will be a calming force or will leave the White House without a fight, either in the courthouse or the streets. We all know, after four years of this, that it's a pretty good bet he will make a bad situation worse.

I share many of these worries. But I'm not expecting the worst. Not because Trump will have an attack of conscience -- I don't think he has a conscience. And not because he will put the country ahead of his own personal interests -- that fantasy is no longer even debatable.....

Here's where the survival instinct will kick in. What can Trump give prosecutors, creditors and potential investors to allow him to live his life freely and build the kind of media empire he so craves?

What he can give them is -- wait for it -- a peaceful transition of power. Freedom for peace.

To avoid violence in the streets, prosecutors of all stripes may decide it is in their -- and the country's -- interest to cut a deal. Trump may agree to go quietly to save his own skin. There is the basis of the win-win.
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