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Trump reverts to stereotypes as campaign fumbles to respond to Harris pick

Washington (CNN)It took President Donald Trump less than two minutes to reach for the word “nasty” as he reacted to California Sen. Kamala Harris’ historic selection as the first Black woman to join a major-party ticket. A few minutes later, the President added “meanest” and “most horrible” to his characterization of Harris and claimed she…

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Washington (CNN)It took President Donald Trump less than two minutes to reach for the word “nasty” as he reacted to California Sen. Kamala Harris’ historic selection as the first Black woman to join a major-party ticket. A few minutes later, the President added “meanest” and “most horrible” to his characterization of Harris and claimed she was “disrespectful” in her attacks on Biden during the Democratic primary, when they stood on the debate stage as equals. The insults all played into racist and sexist stereotypes about Black women and made clear that Trump does not intend to throw away a playbook filled with misogynistic attacks and dog-whistle racism that have imbued his political career, even as the Biden campaign advances a barrier-breaking ticket. Trump’s limited political career has brought him up against only one previous Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton, whom he called a “nasty woman” during a presidential debate. And since taking office, Trump hasn’t moderated his tone, digging into a public persona that recoils from political correctness while embracing the divisiveness he believes thrills his supporters and provides them validation.Facing his first question on Harris during a White House news conference, Trump seemed unfamiliar with the line of attack his campaign had prepared to use on her — and that he had tweeted himself only a few minutes earlier. “You had an ad out that said she was phony and I wanted to drill down,” a reporter asked before Trump interrupted: “That she was a what?” Looking down, Trump tried to tick through a list of talking points etched before him in black Sharpie: “She’s very big into raising taxes, she wants to slash funds for our military at a level that nobody would ever believe, she’s against fracking … ” But he quickly veered away from the staid talking points, shooting instead from the hip and calling her “extraordinarily nasty.”While the President claimed Harris was his “No. 1 draft pick,” his attacks and the apparent deficiency of the issue-focused talking points revealed a President and his team who would have preferred Biden pick just about any other vice presidential nominee. It also put into sharp relief the challenge inherent for Trump in lining up against a Black woman on the Democratic ticket at the same time as he tries to win back moderate suburban women turned off by his divisive rhetoric. Harris was one candidate that several Trump campaign advisers said they did not want, according to two sources familiar with the discussions. Several Trump campaign advisers told CNN they would have preferred to see Biden pick from the other finalists on his shortlist, with a preference for former national security adviser Susan Rice and Rep. Karen Bass, both viewed as lightning rods for controversy. “She is certainly formidable,” a source close to the campaign said. “She will inject some much-needed energy into the campaign.” The advisers fear the attacks risk distracting from the Trump campaign’s official strategy and highlighting the President’s history of racist and sexist rhetoric at a moment when he is desperately trying to win back voters turned off by those very attributes. Others close to the President’s reelection bid insist he is fully prepared to take on a ticket that includes Harris, who had long been considered one of the likeliest running mate options — even if Trump himself appeared both subdued and unprepared when responding to the pick on Tuesday. A strong contenderWhen Harris mounted her own bid for the Democratic nomination last year, Trump told advisers he thought she was a strong candidate who would pose a real challenge to Biden, people familiar with the conversations said. He stated recently that Harris would make a “fine choice” as Biden’s running mate. And along with his daughter Ivanka, he donated thousands of dollars to Harris’ campaigns for attorney general between 2011 and 2013 — after he’d largely stopped contributing to Democrats. Others in Trump’s orbit pushed back on the notion that Harris would prove difficult for Trump to counter, with a senior Trump campaign aide arguing Harris’ high-energy persona would “show up Biden and make him look weak,” amplifying Trump’s attacks questioning Biden’s fitness to serve as President. “Would I have preferred actual communist Karen Bass? Sure,” one Trump campaign adviser said, hyperbolically. “But this isn’t that much harder.” Still, the challenges are clear as the campaign enters a new phase and as Trump and his team take stock of a reshaped contest that polls currently show him losing.Harris is widely viewed as a center-left politician who has faced criticism from the left-wing of the Democratic Party for being insufficiently progressive, complicating the Trump campaign’s efforts to paint Biden and his vice presidential pick as members of the “radical left.” A senior adviser close to the President’s reelection effort predicted that his team will have a difficult time shaping Harris in the eyes of voters. By her nature, she is a historic pick who impressed voters on the campaign trail. Clips of her grilling Attorney General William Barr and Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh as they testified on Capitol Hill have both gone viral. But most of all, this adviser said, it will be difficult to label Harris as a member of the “radical left” that the Trump campaign has warned will influence Biden if he wins. The attack hasn’t stuck to Biden and some advisers aren’t hopeful it will with Harris either. That did not stop the Trump campaign from releasing a digital video and statement within minutes of the announcement, accusing Harris of charging left during the Democratic primary and branding her “Phony Kamala.” Painting a pictureOne dilemma the campaign faced immediately Tuesday was whether to portray Harris as an overzealous prosecutor or anti-police leftist. In its first statements on Biden’s pick, the campaign did both. In a call with reporters later, Trump campaign spokeswoman Katrina Pierson and Tennessee Sen. Marsha Blackburn struggled to differentiate between the competing arguments that Harris is both not tough enough on crime and was overzealous in her prosecution as California’s attorney general. “What you’re going to see is a lot of security moms that are all across this nation who are going to say, ‘You know what, law and order is important to me and I don’t want a vice president who is out there, marching in the streets with the BLM organization,'” Blackburn said. Moments later, Pierson called Harris’ record as California attorney general “abysmal” for the exact opposite reason, arguing Harris “fought to keep inmates locked up in overcrowded prisons” and “championed laws that put parents in jail for truancy.” Later, during an telephone interview on Fox News that was arranged ostensibly so Trump could respond to Biden’s running mate selection, the President repeatedly became waylaid in his attacks on Harris. Even as host Sean Hannity launched a series of leading questions about Harris’ record, Trump quickly reverted to old grievances about Hillary Clinton, the Russia investigation and — his consistent bête noire — windmills. When he did return to Harris, his attack lines were similar to the grab bag of liberal accusations he lobbed earlier in the day without highly specific nods to her record.While Trump has never directly faced a Black woman as a political rival, he has repeatedly antagonized lawmakers, mayors, former allies and journalists of color — many of them female — using coded or highly charged language. He has told Black reporters who are women that they are asking “stupid” questions, described their queries as “racist,” and called one a “loser.” He has repeatedly labeled Rep. Maxine Waters, a California Democrat, as “low IQ” and attacked his former aide Omarosa Manigault Newman as “that dog” and a “crazed, crying lowlife.” And as racial tensions increased this summer after the murders of unarmed Black Americans, Trump went after Washington, DC, Mayor Murial Bowser, claiming she was constantly asking the federal government for “handouts” while mismanaging the nation’s capital. Trump did nothing to project a message of racial reconciliation amid the protests; instead, he dug into a “law and order” message that relied heavily on racist themes, including a defense of Confederate statues and the Confederate flag and a reliance on language that harkened to the Civil Rights era. While Trump believed the approach would enthuse his supporters, polls showed him losing ground among key constituencies who disapproved both of his handling of the coronavirus pandemic and of his racial tensions. That was particularly true among women — including white women — who said they viewed Trump as unhelpful in improving the parallel crises. Trump has been working to try and win some of those women back, including by touting efforts to roll back Obama-era anti-segregation rules for the suburbs. In promoting his efforts, he has encouraged the “Housewives of America” to read up on his actions.CNN’s Betsy Klein, Kaitlan Collins, Jim Acosta and DJ Judd contributed to this report.
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Most of the US is headed in the wrong direction again with Covid-19 cases as deaths near 200,000

(CNN)Despite making progress after a difficult summer, most of the US is heading in the wrong direction again as the nation closes in on 200,000 Covid-19 deaths.In 31 states, the number of new Covid-19 cases has increased by at least 10% this past week compared to the previous week, according to data Sunday from Johns…

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Most of the US is headed in the wrong direction again with Covid-19 cases as deaths near 200,000

(CNN)Despite making progress after a difficult summer, most of the US is heading in the wrong direction again as the nation closes in on 200,000 Covid-19 deaths.In 31 states, the number of new Covid-19 cases has increased by at least 10% this past week compared to the previous week, according to data Sunday from Johns Hopkins University. Only four states — Delaware, Hawaii, Louisiana and Michigan — have had decreases of more than 10%. Fifteen states are holding steady, including Alaska, Arkansas, California, Georgia, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Nevada, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Virginia and Washington state.And the test positivity rate — the percentage of new test results that are positive — is rising in 25 states, according to the Covid Tracking Project.This is exactly what doctors feared would happen in the weeks following Labor Day, said Dr. Ashish Jha, dean of the Brown University School of Public Health. “A couple of weeks ago, as we went in to Labor Day, we were talking about exactly this — and our worry that coming out of Labor Day, as we’ve seen after Memorial Day and July Fourth, we’d see an increase,” he said.”And unfortunately, we’re walking into the fall, where weather gets colder. We’re going to spend more time indoors. So this is not where we want to be as a country right now.” Utah set a new record high of 1,117 cases on Friday, Gov. Gary Herbert said Saturday. Herbert extended Utah’s state of emergency until October 20. Wisconsin also reported a record number of new cases — 2,533 on Friday. Health officials urged people to stay home, keep at least 6 feet of distance from those outside their household, and wear masks in public. Nationwide, more than 6.7 million people have been infected with coronavirus, according to Johns Hopkins University data. As of 3:45 p.m. ET Sunday, more than 199,400 have died.A state doing well says keep up the testingBut some states are showing continued progress. On Sunday, Maryland announced a new record-low test positivity rate — 1.89%. And there’s more good news. “Total current hospitalizations have fallen below 300 for the first time since March 30, to 281,” Gov. Larry Hogan’s office said. “There are 68 ICU beds in use — the first time ICU levels have dropped below 70 since March 26.”Many health experts say widespread testing is key to finding asymptomatic or pre-symptomatic carriers, so those people can isolate and prevent the virus’ spread. In Maryland, state officials “continue to encourage all Marylanders to get tested for COVID-19” at one of the state’s 210 testing sites. Study find more links between pandemic and mental healthAs Covid-19 intensified in the US, so did levels of stress and depression, according to a study published in the journal Science Advances. The study of more than 6,500 people found that several factors may have worsened people’s stress.The biggest risk for symptoms of depression was a pre-existing mental health diagnosis prior the pandemic, researchers found.But symptoms of stress and depression were also associated more with personal exposure, rather than public spread — suggesting “concerns about contracting the disease outweighed concerns about pandemic-related disruptions in daily life,” the researchers said.”Approximately a quarter of the sample (23.5%) reported that they or a close other had been exposed to COVID-19 (e.g., experienced symptoms, were diagnosed),” researchers wrote in the report published Friday.Employment also had a big impact, with those who lost their jobs suffering most, the study found. The “data suggest that individuals who continued working during this early phase of the pandemic were less depressed than individuals who were not working, even though they were at greater risk for contracting the virus,” the researchers said.Those “remaining employed as an ‘essential’ worker may have given new meaning to respondents’ work that reduced their risk for depression.”Researchers said another factor in pandemic-related stress is how often participants were exposed to conflicting information from the news and social media. People were immersed in news an average of seven hours a day, they found, and acute stress increased as time went on.But consistent, accurate and reliable news reports may be one of the best ways to control stress, the researchers suggested.Why Black and Hispanic Americans often suffer moreNot everyone has the luxury of working from home. And since many minorities have public-facing jobs, this pandemic has hit them especially hard. “American Indians and Alaskan Natives and African Americans have been hospitalized at rates 3.5 times higher than Whites,” US Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams said. “Hospitalization rates are three times higher for Hispanics compared to Whites.”The pandemic exposes health disparities and structural conditions that contribute to those disparities, the surgeon general said. “Social distancing and teleworking are critical to preventing spread of coronavirus, yet only one in five African Americans and one in six Hispanic Americans have a job that allows him to work from home,” Adams said. People of color are also more likely to live in “densely packed urban areas” and in multi-generational homes. They’re also more likely to use public transportation, he said.”Combined, these and other factors create a greater risk for spread of a highly contagious disease like Covid-19.”CNN’s Gregory Lemos and Lauren Mascarenhas contributed to this report.
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A rare blue moon will light up the sky on Halloween

The night sky on Halloween will be illuminated by a blue moon, the second full moon in a month. The relatively rare occurrence happens once every two and a half years on average, according to NASA’s National Space Science Data Center.Every month has a full moon, but because the lunar cycle and the calendar year…

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A rare blue moon will light up the sky on Halloween
The night sky on Halloween will be illuminated by a blue moon, the second full moon in a month. The relatively rare occurrence happens once every two and a half years on average, according to NASA’s National Space Science Data Center.

Every month has a full moon, but because the lunar cycle and the calendar year aren’t perfectly synched, about every three years we wind up with two in the same calendar month.

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October’s first full moon, also known as the harvest moon, will appear on the first day of the month. The second full moon, or blue moon, will be visible on October 31. It’s the first instance of a blue moon in the Americas since March 2018.
It’s also the first time a Halloween full moon has appeared for all time zones since 1944, according to Farmers’ Almanac. The last time a Halloween full moon appeared was for the Central and Pacific time zones in 2001.

The “once in a blue moon” phenomenon does not necessarily mean the moon will look blue on Halloween. While the dark blue tone of an evening sky can affect the coloring we see, Earth’s satellite will most likely not appear blue at all.

Typically, when a moon does take on a bluish hue, it is because of smoke or dust particles in the atmosphere, such as during a major volcanic eruption.

When the phrase “once in a blue moon” was coined, it meant something so rare you’d be lucky (or unlucky) to see in your lifetime, according to NASA.

So if anything unusual happens to you on Halloween, there might just be a good reason why.

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