5 things to know for October 7: White House, Covid-19, election, Big Tech, China


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2. Coronavirus

Half of US states are now seeing an increase in coronavirus diagnoses, and the country has just passed 7.5 million cumulative cases. Dr Anthony Fauci says the United States could see 400,000 Covid-19-related deaths by this winter if health recommendations continue to be flouted. “Pandemic fatigue”, so to speak, is also a problem in Europe, warns the World Health Organization. Amid this apathy, countries like Germany have seen their highest number of cases in months. On the vaccine front, the FDA has said it will want to see two months of follow-up data for any clinical trial that may lead to a coronavirus vaccine. This would make it difficult, if not impossible, for any vaccine manufacturer to apply for an emergency use authorization before election day.

3. Election 2020

The Vice Presidential Debate between Vice President Mike Pence and Senator Kamala Harris takes place tonight at the University of Utah, and Covid-19 precautions are in the foreground. After initially hesitating at the idea, the Pence team agreed to have plexiglass barriers on stage. Vice Presidents’ debates are usually an underwater, but given that President Trump and Joe Biden are both 70 years old, appearances by Pence and Harris seem to mean more this time around. While Harris’s team says they will likely focus on Trump and his track record, Pence could face questions about the administration’s handling of the pandemic and his own role as the head of the task force on coronavirus from the White House. Watch at 9 p.m. ET.

4. Big Tech

Amazon, Apple, Google and Facebook hold “monopoly power” in key business segments and have abused their market dominance, according to a 16-month congressional investigation of tech giants. The House Judiciary Committee’s antitrust panel issued a strong condemnation and said companies’ anti-competitive behavior had hampered innovation and weakened the market. The results of this investigation could lead to legislation aimed at limiting the influence of Big Tech. Antitrust authorities at the Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission are also preparing to take legal action against some of the companies. Amazon, Apple, Google and Facebook have all spoken out against the report.

5. China

China’s global reputation is declining due to the coronavirus pandemic. Pew Research surveyed people from 14 countries, including the United States, Canada, France, Germany, Australia, Japan, and the United Kingdom, and found that respondents from all countries had a overwhelmingly negative opinion of China. The survey found that 77% of Americans did not trust Chinese President Xi Jinping to “do the right thing” in world affairs. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is certainly not helping China’s reputation. Pompeo met with representatives from Japan, Australia and India for a security dialogue in Tokyo and urged US regional allies to tackle the “exploitation, corruption and coercion” of China.


Seattle Storm wins 4th WNBA Championship

Now this is the kind of storm we love to see.

Apple’s new face mask emoji smiles instead of frowning

Because keeping people safe is fun!

Kraft’s new #SendNoods promotion lets people send mac and cheese to loved ones

Hopefully no one, uh, misinterprets that slogan.

Here’s how to watch the draconid meteor shower tonight and tomorrow

It seems like a good time to look up at the night sky and contemplate how cosmically small we are.

Dogs aren’t wired to care about collegees, and there is no area in their brain designed to distinguish between the back or the front of someone’s head

And yet, they are still so full of love. Bless their hearts.


And the next Nobel Prize goes to …

The French professor and researcher in microbiology, genetics and biochemistry Emmanuelle Charpentier and the American biochemist Jennifer A. Doudna won the Nobel Prize in chemistry “for the development of a method of genome editing”.


Eddie Van Halen, the legendary guitarist of rock band Van Halen, has died at 65 after a long battle with cancer. His son, Wolf Van Halen, wrote that he was “the best dad I could ever ask for” and that “every moment I shared with him on and off stage was a gift”.

Johnny Nash, best known for his 1972 hit, “I Can See Clearly Now”, also died yesterday at the age of 80.


67 billion dollars

The value of the US trade deficit, its highest level in 14 years, according to the Census Bureau. The deficit fell from $ 37 billion in February, before the pandemic sank the U.S. economy.


“The situation broke me as a person. “

Desmond Moelle, once an NFL prospect, during the 2017 police encounter that left him badly injured and threatened to ruin his life. The Georgian officer involved pleaded guilty to assault and battery last week and will never work in law enforcement again. Marrow says he still panics at the police site sometimes.

Officer pleads guilty to choking incident and former NFL prospect struggles to rebuild his life


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A guitar god riffs in peace

Eddie Van Halen’s passing is truly the end of an era, so let’s remember his talents with a dazzling guitar riff of “Eruption”. I thought of the good part, but start at the beginning for a few smoke rings and a guitar head used as an ashtray. (Click here to view.)


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