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The unofficial start of autumn brings new challenges in the fight against the coronavirus. Tens of thousands of students are returning to schools and college campuses this week, and as the weather cools, large gatherings will be taking place indoors, increasing the risk of exposure that medical experts from high level have long warned. The Labor Day holiday has also drawn large crowds to beaches and other areas, increasingly concerned that we will soon see a spike in cases similar to those seen after the Memorial Day festivities. and July 4. President Trump continues to tout the possibility that we will have a vaccine before election day in November – and medical experts continue to push back, saying the deadline is nearly impossible.
Racial justice protests have now been unfolding in Portland, Oregon for more than 100 straight days. The weekend’s protests were mostly peaceful until someone threw firebombs at police, sparking skirmishes and more than 50 arrests. It was a similar story in Rochester, New York, where protests against a fatal encounter with police in March began peacefully but ended with authorities dispersing the crowd with tear gas and pepperballs as a result of incidents of vandalism and violence. Another type of protest took place yesterday in Salem, Oregon. Supporters of President Trump marched on the Oregon State Capitol for an American Lives Matter rally, sparking clashes with counter-protesters that resulted in two arrests.
The eighth round of post-Brexit trade talks between the UK and the EU begins today, and it won’t be pretty. Prime Minister Boris Johnson will tell EU negotiators that unless a deal is reached in mid-October, the UK will step down from the table. Moreover, the UK government is reportedly set to issue legislation that would undermine some of the legal force of the original Brexit deal. If these things happen, the UK would face a no-deal December 31 trade deadline. Johnson said it would actually be good for the country, but that is certainly not popular opinion. As for the EU, it is warning the UK that it cannot go back on the promises already made on Brexit.
4. Election 2020
We have less than two months to go before the U.S. election, and President Trump and Joe Biden will be on the ground this week to mobilize voters. The president will visit Florida, North Carolina and Michigan. He is also fighting backlash after launching a public attack on US military leaders, accusing them of waging wars to boost profits for defense manufacturers. Biden will also be traveling to Michigan this week. The two candidates will mark the anniversary of the September 11 attacks in Pennsylvania. Right now, Biden holds an 8 point lead in a national poll average. But as Americans well know, anything can happen on election day.
China has imposed new visa restrictions on foreign journalists working there for US news agencies as animosity grows between countries. Several journalists claim that when they tried to renew their powers, they were given temporary titles with significantly shorter visa periods. The United States is not the only country caught in the crackdown. Two Australian journalists working in China have left the country after being questioned by police and forced to seek protection from their own government. Now that they are gone, Australia has no longer working journalists in China for the first time in nearly 50 years.
BROWSE THE BREAKFAST
Denver gets winter weather advisory two days after city hits 101 degrees Fahrenheit
Hey, Colorado… are you okay?
$ 110 million wastewater treatment plant to be named after comedian John Oliver
Amazon bans overseas seed sales in the United States after all these mystery seed packets were sent to U.S. households
A friendly reminder: do not plant seeds that have been randomly shipped to you from another country! It could be bad for the environment!
Orca who mourned her dead calf for 17 days is a mother again
We love a happy new start.
About 1,000 people gathered in San Francisco to celebrate ‘Burning Man’ culture, and mayor says it put lives at risk
One of the central tenets of Burning Man is to leave the Celebration Zone exactly as you found it, which is difficult to do if you accidentally end up spreading a deadly pandemic-level virus. Just a thought.
That’s the proportion of Americans who got the flu shot in 2019. With so much going on this year, medical experts say it’s more important than ever to get it done.
QUOTE OF THE DAY
“Stop having these stupid parties… Nobody cares about you.” “
Jenna Karvunidis, a blogger who is widely credited with starting the gender reveal party phenomenon. She condemned the trend amid news that the raging El Dorado fire in California was started by an explosive used for a sex revelation party. This fire spread to nearly 10,000 acres. Overall, a huge wave of wildfires across the state burned 2 million acres and caused power outages for more than 170,000 people.
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Relax. Center yourself.
It’s going to be another busy week. But for the next 30 seconds, don’t think about it. Just think of a cat getting a head massage. (Click here to view.)