5 things to know for September 4: Covid-19, elections, protests, economy, Hong Kong


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2. Election 2020

Russia is trying to cast doubt on the integrity of the upcoming US elections. That’s the troubling warning in a Department of Homeland Security intelligence bulletin. Russian entities are reportedly amplifying false postal voting statements pushed by President Trump in an attempt to raise questions about the integrity of the elections and erode public confidence in the voting process. Now Facebook, which recently said it detected Russian interference on its platform, says it will label disinformation about elections and voting – though it will still let politicians spread lies in ads. . Meanwhile, people are already receiving ballots for the November races. Check here the deadline for submitting postal voting requests in your state.

3. Protestations

A Portland man wanted in the fatal shootout of a right-wing group supporter in recent clashes was himself shot dead last night as police attempted to apprehend him. He appeared to admit the earlier murder. As unrest continues in the city of Oregon, three members of its voluntary police watchdog have resigned due to escalating tensions. Meanwhile, Joe Biden visited Kenosha and spoke with relatives of Jacob Blake, the downed and seriously injured black man. The governor of Wisconsin said the visit was “day and night” compared to President Trump’s previous visit. In Rochester, New York, the mayor said seven officers involved in the March arrest of a black man pinned to the ground and later deceased have been suspended. Daniel Prude’s death came to national fore this week after his family demanded accountability in his case.

4. Stimulus

The White House seeks to avoid a government shutdown as Congress prepares for more tense negotiations over the next round of coronavirus aid. The parties must reach an agreement to avoid a shutdown by the end of September. The White House has told lawmakers it wants an interim measure to keep the government afloat until mid-December, which means the current Congress – with the Republican-controlled Senate – would be on the verge of approve a bill that President Trump will sign, even if he loses the election. A longer interim measure would benefit Democrats if Joe Biden wins and his party reclaims the Senate. At the same time, stimulus talks are stalled: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s $ 2.2 trillion proposal has been rejected by the White House and GOP leaders, and Senate Republicans will try. next week to advance their $ 500 billion relief plan.

5. Hong Kong

Students return to school in Hong Kong, raising new questions about the scope of this controversial national security law. About 24 arrests have been made since the law came into effect at the end of June. This includes four student activists who were arrested for social media posts. Hong Kong has some of the best universities in Asia, but the law makes it difficult to understand what can legally be said and taught in a classroom. The government has already ordered schools to remove books whose content “is obsolete or involves the four crimes under the law”, as well as the work of several prominent pro-democracy activists.


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That’s roughly the number of police dead from Covid-19 in the United States. About 82 have died this year by other means, meaning the disease has killed more agents than all other causes combined.


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Sarah Bailey, wife of Detective Sgt. Nick Bailey, a British officer who was poisoned in 2018 after coming into contact with the nerve agent Novichok. She and her husband responded in an encrypted manner to British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s denunciation of the recent poisoning of a Russian opposition leader. Bailey appeared to suggest that the victims of the 2018 incident felt left behind.


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