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October 25, 2020 at 11:13 pm #1203802444
Ethan Hawke is doing the best work of his career here. He’s happening. Get ready for it, bitches! Next week’s episode is Harpers Ferry finally, so it’s gonna be major.October 25, 2020 at 7:52 pm #1203802220
Loved it! Kidman was luminous. I’m in. Let’s go!October 25, 2020 at 10:44 am #1203801589
White House chief of staff: “We are not going to control the pandemic”
Washington (CNN) White House chief of staff Mark Meadows said Sunday that the US is “not going to control” the coronavirus pandemic, as cases surge across the country and nearly 225,000 Americans have died from the virus.
“We are not going to control the pandemic. We are going to control the fact that we get vaccines, therapeutics and other mitigation areas,” Meadows told CNN’s Jake Tapper on “State of the Union.”
The comments from President Donald Trump’s chief of staff come as coronavirus cases surge across the US and the administration continues to consistently disregard advice from government health experts to wear masks, social distance and avoid large gatherings as a way to curb the spread of the virus.
The White House is also facing a potential second outbreak of the virus after at least five people in Pence’s inner circle have tested positive in recent days, according to a source familiar with the situation.
Pressed by Tapper on why the US isn’t going to get the pandemic under control, Meadows said: “Because it is a contagious virus just like the flu.” He added that the Trump administration is “making efforts to contain it.”
“What we need to do is make sure that we have the proper mitigation factors, whether it’s therapies or vaccines or treatments to make sure that people don’t die from this,” Meadows said.
The US reported its second-highest day of new cases on Saturday, with nearly 84,000 Americans contracting the deadly virus. As of Sunday, there were at least 8,575,000 total cases of coronavirus in the US, and at least 224,800 Americans have died from the virus, according to Johns Hopkins University.
Pence to continue campaigning
But as concerns grow that more people surrounding the vice president could test positive in the coming days, Pence, who is the head of the White House’s coronavirus task force, does not currently plan to self-quarantine, in defiance of US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines, and will continue campaigning as the election nears.
Pence and second lady Karen Pence each tested negative for coronavirus on Sunday, a White House official said.
“I spoke to the vice president last night at midnight and I can tell you that what he is doing is wearing a mask, socially distancing and when he goes up to speak he will take the mask off and put it back on,” Meadows said. “He is wearing a mask as it relates to this particular thing because the doctors have advised him to do that.”
Meadows also refused to disclose the extent of the Covid-19 outbreak in Pence’s orbit, saying the administration doesn’t share personal information and that such disclosures are only appropriate in the case of the President, vice president or those in their inner circle.
“Anytime there’s someone in harm’s way, we have an obligation to let people know for contract-tracing,” he said.
Meadows argued that Pence would continue with travel plans because he is “essential personnel.”
“I’m not saying he is not campaigning, I’m saying that is only part of what he is doing and as we look at that, ‘essential personnel,’ whether it’s the vice president of the United States or anyone else, has to continue on,” he said.
Pence, who is known to rarely wear a mask while flying on Air Force Two, traveled on Saturday to Florida for campaign rallies in Lakeland and Tallahassee. The vice president walked across the tarmac from Marine Two in a mask and boarded Air Force Two about an hour behind schedule.
Pence emerged maskless from Air Force Two in Florida, running down the steps and jogging across the tarmac, fist pumping as he approached the podium.
An official told CNN’s Kevin Liptak on Sunday that Pence is expected to campaign every day until Election Day and those plans remain in place for now.
After visiting North Carolina later Sunday, the vice president is traveling to Minnesota on Monday and back to North and South Carolina on Tuesday. He’s also expected to return to the upper Midwest this week. The official said Pence would continue to be tested but, like Trump, still plans to be on the road every day for the next week.
“They are admitting defeat”
California Sen. Kamala Harris, the Democratic nominee for vice president, said Sunday that Pence “should be following the guidelines,” when asked about his decision to continue campaigning despite news of the positive tests. “We’re doing it. I think what we have modeled (is) the right and good behavior, and they just take our lead.”
Harris canceled travel a week ago “out of an abundance of caution” after two people in her orbit tested positive for the virus.
Harris, speaking shortly after arriving in Detroit, said that Meadows’ comments to Tapper on Sunday show the Trump administration is “admitting defeat.”
“We are breaking records of the number of people that are contracting, a deadly virus, and this administration fails to take personal responsibility or responsibility in terms of leading the nation through this dangerous, dangerous and deadly mass casualty event,” she said. “And that’s why they have forfeited their right to a second term in office.”
This story has been updated with additional developments Sunday.
CNN’s Kevin Liptak, Kaitlan Collins, Jeremy Diamond, Daniella Diaz, Betsy Klein, Jasmine Wright, Nicky Robertson, and Liz Turrell contributed to this report.October 25, 2020 at 10:39 am #1203801581
The ones with the most opportunities for future nods are Blanchett, DiCaprio, Hanks, & Denzel. Opportunity doesn’t equal reality though, since Hanks would have made it to double digits by now if he hadn’t been snubbed so often lately. From the rest, DiCaprio will eventually get there, but he’s picky, so he won’t get there first. Between Denzel & Blanchett, I’ll vote for Blanchett.October 24, 2020 at 10:57 pm #1203801035
Episode Title: “Smells Like Bear”
Synopsis: John and Onion continue their fund-raising mission, this time heading to Canada on foot. After seeing true freedom for the first time and frustrated with Brown’s increasingly irrational behavior, Onion demands freedom from Brown’s army. But, when the legendary Harriet Tubman endorses Brown in a room full of new recruits, Onion realizes that he may be more invested in the cause and the “old man” than he thought.
Discuss.October 24, 2020 at 10:53 pm #1203801033
Episode Title: “The Undoing”
Synopsis: Grace Fraser becomes intrigued by a young mother at her son’s school. Later, news of a tragedy rocks the school community.
Discuss.October 24, 2020 at 10:05 pm #1203800986
Side eye at that “Africa” sketch.
Maya Rudolph should be back in the opening credits for this kind of screentime. I guess she’s filling in the gaps for what Cecily Strong and Aidy Bryant would normally do.October 24, 2020 at 9:05 pm #1203800875
10/31: John Mulaney/The StrokesOctober 24, 2020 at 4:26 pm #1203800641
For this hypothetical to work, there would need to be a rule in play that every song nominee has to perform. What would have happened to a no-show like Eminem, who actually won? Would his nomination have been disqualified b/c he wasn’t there to put on a telecast performance? This would also force ABC to give equal airtime to the indie songs that the producers clearly don’t give a shit about (“The Moon Song,” “Manta Ray,” “Mystery of Love,” etc.), and no, Beyoncé can’t perform all of those also-rans herself. I’d balk at the “showiest” production always winning out, b/c that doesn’t necessarily imply “best.” “Stand Up” really should have won the Oscar over “I’m Gonna Love Me Again,” but that should be b/c the song itself was superior, not b/c Cynthia Erivo knows how to give electric live performances and Elton giving a rote performance (by his standards) on the piano was boring. I agree that the comedy bias would instantly derail those types of songs winning over the dramatic ones. “Blame Canada!” would never have had a prayer against self-important fare like “You’ll Be in My Heart,” “Save Me,” “Music of My Heart,” & “When She Loved Me.” It really hinges on how the Academy deems a winning song, b/c most of these winners are end credits songs. The exceptions are the ones that are integral to the films themselves, like “Shallow” and “City of Stars,” not the rule that they should be. Making the wins hinge on the live performances divorces the song content completely from the films in question. So no “American Idol Oscars,” please.October 23, 2020 at 10:32 am #1203798594
2009: “A Prophet” [Un prophète]
2010: “Animal Kingdom”
2011: “A Separation”
2012: “The Master”
2013: “Blue Jasmine”
2015: “Ex Machina”
2017: “I, Tonya”
2019: “Pain & Glory”October 23, 2020 at 10:30 am #1203798581
Analysis: Debate is brief interlude of normalcy in 2020 race
By JULIE PACE October 23, 2020 GMT
WASHINGTON (AP) — The second and final presidential debate, it turns out, was actually a debate — a brief interlude of normalcy in an otherwise highly abnormal year, and a reprieve for voters turned off by the candidates’ noxious first faceoff.
President Donald Trump and Democratic challenger Joe Biden spent 90 minutes Thursday sparring over their approach to the coronavirus pandemic, the future of the nation’s health insurance system and who is best positioned to de-escalate nuclear tensions with North Korea. There were heated clashes but far fewer of the angry interruptions and crosstalk that made the opening debate nearly unwatchable.
A mute button mandated by the debate commission helped enforce decorum, clearing the way for Trump and Biden to make their closing arguments to the nation less than two weeks from Election Day. Both men have argued with pride throughout the campaign that there is little overlap between their visions for America, and that was abundantly clear in Thursday’s debate.
It was the Republican president more so than Biden who entered the night needing to spark a shift in the race, given the public polls that have for weeks showed him trailing both nationally and in some key battleground states. But with nearly 50 million ballots already cast through advance voting, and views of the president long ago hardened among most voters, it appeared unlikely that a more civilized debate alone would significantly recalibrate the contest.
Trump has struggled throughout the year to shift the political terrain, unable to convince Americans that they should look past a coronavirus pandemic that has killed nearly 225,000 people in the United States and infected more than 8 million. Instead, he’s been saddled by sharply negative assessments of his handling of the public health crisis, including his own COVID-19 illness earlier this month. Trump was briefly hospitalized, then quickly returned to the campaign trail for rallies that feature little mask-wearing and no attempts at social distancing.
Trump, who was the chief interrupter and aggressor in the first debate, insisted in Thursday’s debate that the country needed to “learn to live” with the virus and suggested his rival would damage the economy by taking drastic steps to shut down the country. Biden warned of a “dark winter” to come, with cases already on the rise in the U.S. as the weather cools and more activities move indoors, where the virus spreads faster.
“Anyone who’s responsible for that many deaths should not remain as president of the United States,” Biden said. “I will end this. I will make sure we have a plan.”
Some of Trump’s advisers and allies had urged him in the lead-up to the debate to take a more traditional approach, focusing less on badgering Biden and more on drawing his rival out on their policy contrasts. Few had expected he would actually abide by that advice.
And though Trump was more measured than in the first contest, his more controversial impulses indeed flared at times. His answers were often filled with falsehoods, from his descriptions of initial COVID-19 death projections to his statements about the risks wind turbines pose to birds. He also made repeated references to unverified corruption allegations against Biden’s son Hunter for business dealings in Ukraine and China.
Trump’s campaign signaled in recent days that it planned to make the charges against the younger Biden a centerpiece of their closing argument to voters. In the hours before the debate, the campaign orchestrated a media appearance for a man who claims to have been one of Hunter Biden’s business partners — an attempt to create the kind of made-for-TV drama that worked for Trump in his 2016 race against Hillary Clinton.
But Biden isn’t Clinton, a candidate whose own negative standing with many Americans rivaled Trump’s, and the Trump campaign’s efforts to cast him as a corrupt and money-hungry politician don’t appear to be resonate widely outside of Trump’s base.
If anything, Trump’s attempts to push the allegations in front of a wider audience in Thursday’s debate only appeared at times to ricochet back to him. After the president claimed without evidence that Biden has received money from foreign governments, the former vice president noted that his finances are detailed in more than 20 years of tax records he has made public. Trump has repeatedly refused to release his taxes, insisting he can’t do so while he is under an audit by the Internal Revenue Service.
For some frustrated Republicans, the exchanges over Hunter Biden were a prime example of what has put Trump at risk of defeat in November: a campaign that still appears to be grasping for a clear message and approach to taking on the Democratic challenger with just a handful of days before the election.
“Throwing everything at the wall to see what sticks was a fine strategy six months ago, but they’re still doing it twelve days from the election with 40 million votes already cast,” said Erick Erickson, a conservative writer.
The real number of votes cast is even higher: By the time Trump and Biden took the debate stage, more than 47 million people had already cast ballots.October 23, 2020 at 7:35 am #1203798167
63 on Metacritic with 19 reviews. :-/ That’s likely stable leading up to the premiere. Bring on the “high-class trash,” I guess.October 23, 2020 at 3:58 am #1203797885
Forgettable, incoherent lead single, along with Dave Meyers’s usual fake and uninspired direction. thank u, next.October 22, 2020 at 2:24 pm #1203797037
How to watch tonight’s presidential debate
Updated 12:00 PM ET, Thu October 22, 2020
Washington (CNN) – Less than two weeks from Election Day, Joe Biden and Donald Trump are scheduled to appear onstage for the final general election presidential debate of 2020.
Thursday’s televised event may be the last opportunity for both candidates to reach a massive national audience before November 3. Biden is currently ahead of Trump in both national and key swing state polls — the former vice president averages 53% support to Trump’s 42% in polling conducted between September 20 and October 5, according to the CNN Poll of Polls.
The presidential debate scheduled for last week was canceled after Trump objected to the virtual format announced by the Commission on Presidential Debates. The virtual format was put forward after Trump tested positive for coronavirus and spent three days hospitalized.
Here’s everything you need to know about the final debate, which is taking place in-person in Nashville, Tennessee.
What time is the debate?
The debate is scheduled to run from 9 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. ET without commercial breaks.
How can I watch it?
The debate will air live on CNN, CNN en Español and CNN International.
It will stream live in its entirety, without requiring log-in to a cable provider, on CNN.com’s homepage, across mobile devices via CNN’s apps for iOS and Android, and via CNNgo apps for Apple TV, Roku, Amazon Fire, Chromecast and Android TV.
You can also follow CNN’s live debate coverage on CNN.com, which will include analysis and fact checking.
What are the topics and who is the moderator?
The topics are: “Fighting COVID-19,” “American Families,” “Race in America,” “Climate Change,” “National Security” and “Leadership.” They were chosen by the debate moderator, NBC’s Kristen Welker, and announced last week by the debate commission.
What is different about this debate?
The commission recently announced that Biden and Trump would have their microphones muted during portions of the debate. At the start of each of the six segments, each candidate will be given two minutes to answer an initial question, and during that portion, the opposing candidate’s microphone will be muted.
The rule change was made after the first debate devolved into chaos, with Trump frequently interrupting and heckling Biden and the moderator, Chris Wallace of Fox News. The commission put out a statement the day after the first debate saying they intended “to ensure that additional tools to maintain order are in place for the remaining debates.”
The structure of Thursday’s debate will be the same as the first debate: Each segment will last about 15 minutes, and the candidates will have two minutes to respond after the moderator opens each segment with a question. Welker will then use the rest of the time in the segment to facilitate further discussion on the topic.
Where is the debate taking place?
It is taking place at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee.
Who is hosting the debate?
The Commission on Presidential Debates is a nonpartisan nonprofit organization and has sponsored all general election presidential and vice presidential debates since 1987. The CPD does not receive funding from the government or any political party or campaign, according to the organization.
How many days until Election Day?
On Thursday, it will be 12 days until Election Day (Tuesday, November 3.)October 22, 2020 at 2:18 pm #1203797029
The widow of a police officer who died of Covid-19 has a warning for undecided voters
Updated 3:03 PM ET, Wed October 21, 2020
(CNN) – It’s impossible to measure how much Alice Roberts has lost to Covid-19.
Since the virus took her husband Charles “Rob” Roberts on May 11, she lost a life partner, a cook and the person who constantly made her laugh. Her children have lost a father, the person who helped them with schoolwork and rooted for them during sports games. And their community of Glen Ridge, New Jersey, lost a beloved police officer.
So when President Donald Trump recently advised Americans not to let Covid-19 dominate their lives, his words were of little comfort.
“It’s much too late for that, of course,” Roberts wrote in an op-ed for NJ.com. “For my family and me, it took over our lives when it took my husband, Rob.”
Roberts’ husband contracted Covid-19 while on duty as an officer for the Glen Ridge Police Department, she wrote. As the family awaited test results in April to see whether he was positive, Rob collapsed while at home.
After his colleagues rushed to the home and revived him, he was taken to the hospital, where he eventually recovered from the virus. But, ultimately, he couldn’t recover from the brain damage he sustained during his collapse and he was removed from a ventilator, Alice Roberts wrote. He was 45.
Rob’s death was the first time an officer died in the line of duty in the township’s 125 year history, the Glen Ridge mayor said at the time.
“Every day, it hits me differently, as to what I’ve lost,” Alice Roberts told CNN’s John Berman on Wednesday.
What she wants people to know
Before the pandemic hit, Roberts wrote, she never asked for much in life.
When her husband was sick, she prayed and hoped that he would get better. And now that he’s gone, Roberts hopes that his death will have had meaning and purpose.
She has a message for people who are supporting President Donald Trump in this election, as well as for those who find themselves on the fence.
“I plead with you to remember his lack of action after learning the true dangers of the virus in January,” Roberts wrote. “Consider the long-term consequences that his failed pandemic response has had on first responders, doctors, nurses, workers, students, teachers and families.”
Prominent leaders have called to express their condolences, Roberts said. She’s heard from New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy, and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden called her late Tuesday.
She said the former vice president talked to her about the hardships he had faced in his own life, and told her he knew nothing he could say would bring her husband back.
“It was honestly just like talking to a friend,” she told CNN.
But Roberts says she has yet to hear from Trump — and at this point, the damage has been done.
“I don’t want to hear from him,” she said. “He’s spoken in his actions, and as they say, actions speak louder than words.
The toll that the virus has taken on her family and so many others is insurmountable. But unlike many Americans, Roberts said she doesn’t feel that the President has lost anything.
“We’ve lost an incredible amount, and I think we just stand to lose so much more in the next four years if he is reelected,” she told CNN.
“… It’s hard to tell how much more … I hate to question that because that’s a scary question: how much more can we really take?”