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The First Presidential Debate Will Be Hosted in Cleveland

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After multiple location changes for the first presidential debate due to the pandemic, there is now an official location where it’s going to take place.

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  • With the University of Norte Dame withdrawing as host for the first presidential debate between President Donald Trump and Democratic candidate Joe Biden, it will now be hosted by Case Western Reserve University and the Cleveland Clinic.
  • President of Norte Dame, Rev. John I. Jenkins, announced Monday that the university will be withdrawing as the host because of the health precautions, “that would have greatly diminished the educational value of hosting the debate on our campus”. This decision came after consulting the County Deputy Health officer Dr. Mark Fox and the Board of Trustees’ executive committee who gave its unanimous support.
“The inevitable reduction in students attendance in the debate hall, volunteer opportunities and ancillary educational events undermined the primary benefit of hosting, to provide our students with a meaningful opportunity to engage in the American political process”, President Rev. John Jenkins wrote in a press release.
  • Case Western Reserve University and the Cleveland Clinic stepped in to be the hosts for the Sept. 29th debate. It is not confirmed yet if there be will an audience or not for the debate. It will all depend on the status of the pandemic as the event moves closer. The Cleveland Clinic has served as the health security adviser for the Commission on Presidential Debates for all of the fall’s debates, according to a reporting of Cleveland.
  • The second democratic debate, that was set to take place on Oct. 15th at the University of Michigan, was also dropped because of the concerns about the Covid-19 pandemic. The debate will take place at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts in Miami, Florida instead.

The uncertainty about the pandemic still makrs mass gathering events as high risk factors. The presidential debate organizers will have to take safety precautions that will not put the audience (if there will be one), President Donald Trump, and Democratic nominee Joe Biden at risk.

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Joe Biden Taps Kamala Harris As Running Mate

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Presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden announced Kamala Harris as his running mate for the 2020 presidential election yesterday.

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  • Former Vice President Biden’s reveal has been highly anticipated since he promised to select a woman as his running mate if he won the nomination. California Senator Kamala Harris is a historic choice as she is only the third woman to be nominated as a vice-presidential candidate. Harris initially announced her own presidential campaign in January of 2019. She was viewed as a strong contender in the large mix of potential Democratic nominees; however, she suspended her campaign in December 2019. In March, she endorsed Joe Biden as the Democratic nominee.
  • The Biden campaign conducted a months-long search for a running mate, doing several rounds of interviews and pouring over records before presenting Biden with a list of finalists. Amongst the finalists were six women, many of which being women of color with Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) reportedly seen as the favorite among them.  California Rep. Karen Bass and former national security adviser Susan Rice were two other Black woman contenders. Before the announcement, the campaign assembled a staff for Harris led by senior advisor Karine Jean-Pierre.
  • Harris was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2017. Prior to becoming a senator, she served two terms as California’s attorney general. She was the first Black American and first woman to serve in that position. Harris is a Democratic senator, however, she has been criticized for her record as attorney general and for not being progressive enough. Critics point out how Harris failed to bring large-scale police and drug reform in California and often use the slogan “Kamala is a cop.” Her proponents emphasize how she refused to seek the death penalty and reduced many marijuana-related crimes to misdemeanors. Now, as racial injustice and police behavior is in the national spotlight, Harris is using her platform to amplify progressive voices.
  • At age 77, many believe Joe Biden, if elected, would not run for a second term. That makes his Vice Presidential candidate a potential top pick to receive the party’s 2024 nomination. Harris, a national figure and former presidential candidate herself, may pose problems for a Biden administration for that exact reason. “I think some people fear that she won’t necessarily be a team player because she’ll always worry about her own interests,” a source close to Biden suggested.

Many in the Democratic Party view Harris as a solid choice. Her background as a prosecutor and senator provide essential experience for the role of vice president. Biden and Harris will formally accept the Democratic Party’s nominations during the virtual convention next week.

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Trump Campaign’s New Ad Features Doctored Images

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President Donald Trump’s campaign paused their ads back in July to review their messaging and restrategize their campaign. However, the newest ad released for the campaign, against presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden, features multiple doctored images.

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  • The Trump campaign released an ad on social media on Wednesday that contains multiple doctored photos of Biden in an attempt to convince viewers that he is alone and hiding out. The caption for the advertisement repeats the narrator’s words in the video, “Deep in the heart of Delaware, Joe Biden sits in his basement. Alone. Hiding. Diminished.”
  • The first doctored image features Biden sitting on the ground while the narrator reiterates the above message. But the photograph, which is supposed to depict Biden sitting alone in his basement, was actually taken in December of 2019 in Iowa when Biden visited the home of Coralville Mayor John Lundell. Additionally, the people in the background of the photograph were edited out.

Joe Biden sitting on the floor during an event at Coralville Mayor John Lundell’s home. (Liz Martin/The Gazette)

A screenshot from the Trump campaign’s ad, which shows the doctored image of Biden sitting alone.

  • The image, used without permission, was taken by Photo Editor Liz Martin of The Gazette at the event in which Martin shares that at least three dozen supporters and journalists were present, and Biden was sitting on the floor because he had given someone else his seat.
  • Shortly after this first doctored image, the video cuts to an image of Biden holding his hands to his forehead, in what seems to be a look of despair. CNN reporter Andrew Kaczynski was the first to call attention to the photograph, saying it appeared to actually be a picture of Biden speaking, but the microphone in his hands was edited out. The original photo was taken by photographer Mark Peterson for Redux Pictures at a town hall meeting in Cedar Rapids, Iowa in September, which Biden spoke at.

  • The ad goes on to narrate that “Biden has no answers and after five decades of failure, he never will.” The quote is accompanied by an image of Biden hanging his head, however, that picture is of Biden in prayer during a church service in Wilmington, Delaware in June in which Biden met with Black leaders for an in-person discussion following the death of George Floyd.

Another clip from the newest Trump campaign. This picture of Joe Biden was taken during a church service he attended in Wilmington, Delaware.

  • The full ad can be viewed here.

The Trump campaign did not respond to requests for comment on the latest advertisement.

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MO Progressive Democrat Cori Bush Beats 10-term Incumbent William Lacy Clay in Primary

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MO Progressive Democrat Cori Bush Beats 10-term Incumbent William Lacy Clay in Primary

Democrat Cori Bush, claimed victory over Rep. William Lacy Clay Tuesday in Missouri’s Democratic primary. This marks the end of a political dynasty that stood for nearly half a century.

What We Know:

  • The politician’s triumph was in lieu of a 2018 rematch when she failed to take advantage of a prominent wave of Democratic supporters in the country, which would have heavily favored new political candidates such as Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
  • Bush was once a formerly homeless woman who organized protests in light of the now infamous, fatal shooting of a Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, back in 2014.
  • During this election, a bulk of Bush’s support came from the current state of the country. Protests over the death of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and increasing social tension finally pushed her over the edge.

  • The 44-year-old also had solid backing from political action committee Justice Democrats and Fight Corporate Monopolies this election. She also campaigned for Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, who actually endorsed Bush earlier this year, during his presidential bid.
  • According to the Bush’s campaign spokeswoman, Keenan Korth, voters in the district were simply “galvanized” by the outcome, and rightfully so.

“They’re ready to turn the page on decades of failed leadership,” Korth stated.

  • This primary win will guarantee Bush a seat in Congress, representing a predominantly Democratic St. Louis area. This same Congressional District has been represented by the Clay bloodline for nearly half a century. Bill Clay served 32 years before at the start of the millennium, then followed William Lacy Clay, who took his place in 2000 and was only remove up until now.

This election has seen a record number of black women candidates running for congress, so Bush is no exception. She is the first black woman to win the seat and first female overall, to be a representative for the House district.

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