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CDC issues 'strong recommendation' for wearing masks on shared mobility modes

Source: Mass Transit

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated its interim guidance regarding the use of face coverings for passengers and operators on shared mobility modes and says face masks are a “strong recommendation” to prevent the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19.

The CDC interim guidance also recommends mask wearing while at an airport, terminal, station, port or other area that provides transportation.

“America’s transportation systems are essential. Not only are they essential for public health, they are also vital for America’s economy and other bedrocks of American life,” the CDC stated in its guidance. “Appropriately worn masks reduce the spread of COVID-19—particularly given the evidence of pre-symptomatic and asymptomatic transmission of the virus that causes COVID-19.”

At the beginning of October, the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) denied a petition by the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD) that masks be required on all forms of commercial public transportation through an emergency order. USDOT noted that many state and local entities, as well as private sector transportation providers, have adopted mask requirements and the department did not want to implement “more regulations than necessary.”

Read more: https://www.masstransitmag.com/safety-security/article/21159094/cdc-issues-strong-recommendation-for-wearing-masks-on-shared-mobility-modes

Melania finds a way out


The Final Polling Domino Falls for Trump

Political Wire (paywall)

One of the great polling mysteries of 2020 has been how—with a mismanaged pandemic response dragging down the economy — Trump has routinely led Biden on handling the economy in most polling.


Well, that paradox—and whatever was fueling it—is finally evaporating.

A CNN poll from Oct. 6th had Trump’s lead on the economy over Biden at just 2 points. An NPR poll from early October had Biden leading on the economy by 1 point. And now, polling released this week from the Financial Times shows Trump’s economic approval numbers going negative on net for the first time in 2020.


Whatever you think of actual Republican implementation of economic policy, it’s undeniable that notions of lower taxes, less regulation, and outsized economic growth hold a very special appeal to tens of millions of reliable American voters. Indeed, if Democrats wipe out Republicans in 2020, expect the Republican Party to turn back to economic issues as their primary messaging focal point to lure voters back into their camp.

But for now, Trump has lost the one thing that could have plausibly fueled another late run up the polls. The voters who might have used economic issues as their ideological cover to vote for Trump—as a way to sidestep the otherwise cataclysmic failures of his presidency—are starting to flee that final piece of land above the climbing waters.

Tiffany buys in completely...


Trump now wants to do 3-5 rallies a day after the debate

Sounds good to me...

538 moves the EC tipping point for Biden to...Ohio



On voters "coming home"...


New Ohio Poll (Rasmussen, C+): Biden +1


McCarthy locking up support despite fears of GOP losses


House Republicans face the possibility of sinking further into the minority on Nov. 3. President Donald Trump is trailing in key polls. But Kevin McCarthy is confident he’ll remain House GOP leader in the next Congress.

McCarthy has already won the support of Rep. Jim Jordan, his one-time rival, after helping the Ohio Republican secure top positions on high-profile committees. And House Minority Whip Steve Scalise, who was long thought to be waiting to replace McCarthy should he stumble or not seek the top position, is also expected to remain in that post, barring a disaster at the polls.

But others in leadership may not be as safe. Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming, currently the No. 3 House Republican, could see a leadership challenge after repeatedly criticizing Trump, while the future of National Republican Congressional Committee Chair Tom Emmer of Minnesota is also uncertain.

Voting group launches seven-figure campaign to build trust in election

Source: Politico

VoteSafe, a bipartisan group that encourages voter participation, is rolling out a $1.7 million campaign featuring local election officials reassuring Americans that the election process is safe and secure.

The “guardians of democracy” campaign is starting in four battleground states: Florida, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, according to details of the program shared with POLITICO. The ads star local election officials, who highlight security features in their systems for both in-person and mail voting.

“Safe and secure elections are fundamental to our country,” Jennifer Edwards, supervisor of elections for Collier County, Fla., says in the ad airing in the state. “No matter how you vote, in-person, early or by mail, we have security measures to make sure your vote is counted.”

The ads, which also feature local officials in Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, are airing on Fox News in the targeted Great Lakes states, as well as on digital platforms like YouTube and Hulu in all four states.

Read more: https://www.politico.com/news/2020/10/20/voting-group-election-ads-430218
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