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The Trump administration is falling far short of its goal of having 300 million N95 respirators available in time for the flu season, according to internal documents reviewed by Yahoo News. N95 respirators protect wearers against the coronavirus better than cloth or surgical face masks; the name refers to their ability to filter out 95 percent, or all but the smallest, of particles. According to a briefing document dated Sept. 25 and sent to senior officials in the Department of Health and Human Services, the government now has 87.6 million N95 masks available, far short of the 300 million promised several months ago.
Anything can go wrong—from a faulty connection, a verbal slip-up, or, as was the case on Tuesday morning's Fox & Friends, Rudy Giuliani bellowing insane conspiracy theories at the nation with no obvious way to stop him. It's always a risk to allow Giuliani to share his wildly unpredictable stream of consciousness live. The man who was named Time magazine's Person of the Year for 2001 has long since been reduced to sharing the latest Trumpist conspiracy theories on any cable news channel that has the budget to cover any possible subsequent defamation lawsuits.
US Sen. Mitch McConnell and his challenger in the Kentucky Senate race, Amy McGrath, are sparring over upcoming debates. It all started when Mr McConnell sent a press release from "Team Mitch" accusing his opponent of potentially backing out of a debate in October. In a press release issued Monday, Ms McGrath's campaign alleged that "Amy is ready and willing to debate Mitch, but Mitch is afraid to take the stage unless he dictates every detail."
Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron said he would comply with a judge's order to release the grand jury recording in the Breonna Taylor case after a grand juror alleged that Cameron had misrepresented the deliberations. An attorney for the juror told The New York Times that Cameron "misrepresented" the deliberations and "failed to offer the panel the option of indicting the two officers who fatally shot the young woman." The attorney general's office said it is "confident" in the case they presented but acknowledged that jurors were not given the option of indicting Sgt. Jonathan Mattingly and Det.
President Trump ignored every pressing topic Monday as he welcomed one of his favorite things to the White House. The New York Times dropped a bombshell report Sunday evening revealing Trump leveraged business losses to avoid paying taxes for years, as well as using other dubious financial strategies to lower his tax bills. Trump denied the report in a Sunday press conference, and on Monday, avoided questions about his tax returns altogether as he praised an electric pick-up truck.
Ahead of the first presidential debate Tuesday evening, former Vice President Joe Biden mocked the unfounded allegations that he relies on an earpiece and performance enhancing drugs to appear coherent. "It's debate night, so I've got my earpiece and performance enhancers ready," he wrote on Twitter with a photo of tangled earbuds and a pint of ice cream. The remark comes after President Donald Trump and campaign surrogates, who have repeatedly suggested that Biden lacks the physical fitness and mental acuity to serve as president, advocated for pre-debate ear inspections and drug tests.
A 43-year-old man has died after falling 100 feet from a cliff on the Oregon coast while posing for a photograph in a tree, officials have said. Steven Gastelum of Seaside, Oregon, was trying to take a photo while hiking along the Devil's Cauldron Overlook Trail in Oswald West State Park before he died, Oregon State Police said. According to reports, Mr Gastelum climbed a tree on the trail when a branch broke, causing Mr Gastelum to fall about 100 feet into the Pacific Ocean.
Pro-life Senator Joni Ernst (R., Iowa) said on Monday that she thinks the likelihood of the Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade, the 1973 ruling that made abortion legal, is “very minimal.” Moderator David Yepsen asked what each candidate would do if the Court overturned the ruling, which President Trump has suggested may happen now that he has nominated pro-life Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the high court.
A Black student in Texas had guns pointed at her after cops barged into her room in response to her roommates allegedly filing a false report. Christin Evans, 17, is still shaken up after campus police barreled into her room at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas with their guns drawn on Sept. The freshman, who was recruited for the SFA cheer squad, recounted the incident at a press conference on Monday, the Washington Post reported.
Aviation safety expert and famed pilot Chesley Burnett "Sully" Sullenberger III said that during the pandemic, he will only fly on airlines that leave middle seats empty. Sullenberger, who is known for landing a damaged plane on the Hudson River in 2009, saving all 155 people on board, cited a study from MIT that found that leaving middle seats empty halves the risk of catching the novel coronavirus during a flight. Sullenberger's comments came during a podcast interview with former Google CEO Eric Schmidt.
Restaurant at Meadowood, a Napa Valley restaurant with three Michelin stars, has burned to the ground in California's latest wildfire. The world-famous restaurant was consumed by the Glass Fire on Monday morning. A spokesperson for the Restaurant at Meadowood's parent company said the restaurant will be rebuilt and reopen.
They started the week on a high but by Tuesday (Sep 29) European stock market rebounds had largely fizzled out. Investors were cautious ahead of the first U.S. presidential debate, with the pan-European STOXX 600 slipping 0.5% in early deals. Growth-sensitive sectors such as banks, automakers and travel & leisure were down between 1.0% and 1.4% It comes as a Reuters tally showed the global death toll from COVID-19 crossed 1 million.
A 71-year-old mother was found dead after school officials asked police to do a welfare check at her home, according to Texas police. Teachers at the Forney Independent School District “sensed something was wrong” Friday when two students were absent and their parent could not be reached, a district spokesperson told McClatchy. The boys, ages 5 and 7, had not been in class since Monday, Sept. 21, according to KTVT.
Scott Atlas and Anthony Fauci Photo illustration by Salon/Getty Imahes Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's top infectious disease expert, on Monday called out Trump adviser Dr. Scott Atlas and Fox News for spreading "misinformation" about the coronavirus. Fauci called out Atlas, a frequent former Fox News guest who has no background in infectious diseases but has pushed the discredited "herd immunity" strategy and questioned the efficacy of masks, during an interview with CNN chief media correspondent Brian Stelter. "Most are working together," Fauci said of the administration's coronavirus advisers.
During the virtual event, the UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced a commitment to protect an extra 400,000 hectares of countryside to support the recovery of nature. He promised that the government will increase the amount of protected land in the UK from 26% at present to 30% by the end of the decade. Mr Johnson said countries must turn "words into action" and "agree ambitious goals and binding targets".
Ashley Madison, a dating site made to help people cheat, released its "Love Beyond Lockdown" report on Tuesday. The report found the pandemic has given people more reason to cheat, fueled by lockdown frustration with their spouse, a lack of intimacy, and more. According to the report, most cheating has gone virtual but some are still meeting up with new affair partners in person.
After more than a year of circling each other, Republican President Donald Trump and Democratic challenger Joe Biden met on the debate stage Tuesday night in Ohio. The 74-year-old president and the 77-year-old former vice president are similar in age, and they share a mutual dislike. But they differ starkly in style and substance.
Former Vatican treasurer George Pell is traveling to Rome this week for the first time since he was acquitted of child sex abuse charges in Australia, a Catholic church spokeswoman confirmed on Monday. Pell left Rome in July 2017 to face charges for sexually assaulting two choirboys in the late 1990s. "He always intended to return to Rome," said Katrina Lee, Pell's close friend who is an executive adviser to the Archdiocese of Sydney.
A new report from Billboard's Carl Lamarre claims rapper Tory Lanez and his team created fake email accounts for Megan Thee Stallion's record label and used them to dispute her accusation that he shot her. Billboard reports that Lanez's team sent multiple emails to media outlets, pretending to be a representative of 300 Entertainment, in order to "campaign press" on his behalf. Billboard's source also claimed that Lanez's team "created fake text message conversations between Megan and Lanez, and sent them to various media outlets."
Well that was ugly. After a series of world-shaking events, President Trump and Democratic challenger Joe Biden grappled face-to-face (sort of) in their first presidential debate Tuesday night — a scabrous spectacle that held out the prospect of dramatically upending their seemingly immovable contest. Typically, debates like this rowdy, off-the-rails session harden opinions, rather than change minds.
Italian carabinieri arrested a female foreign fighter on Tuesday after returning her and her four young children to Italy from a displaced person's camp in Kurdish-controlled territory. The woman, Alice Brignoli, traveled in 2015 with her Moroccan-born husband, Mohamed Koraichi, and their three young children by car from their home north of Milan to Islamic State-controlled territory. Another child was born in Syria.
NASA and Roscosmos determined that a leak on the International Space Station is located in the Zvezda Service Module module on the station's Russian side. On Monday night, NASA flight controllers woke the three men living on the International Space Station. NASA and Roscosmos, Russia's space agency, had already narrowed down the likely location of the leak to several modules on the station's Russian side.
The British government tightened restrictions on socialising in parts of northeast England on Monday, in response to high and increasing COVID-19 infection rates in the region. From Wednesday, residents in seven areas including urban centres such as Newcastle, Gateshead, Sunderland and Durham will be barred from socialising indoors with people from outside their household or strictly defined social bubble. The restrictions will apply in homes, pubs and restaurants, and people who fail to comply will face fines enforceable by law, the health ministry said in a statement.
Donald Trump and Joe Biden have gone head-to-head in Cleveland, Ohio in the first of three televised debates ahead of the most contentious election in modern US history. But who won? Here, The Independent's US team give their instant reactions: John Bennett, Washington Bureau Chief Donald Trump likely amazed his conservative base, but few others.
Barrett is also scheduled on Tuesday to meet Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham at 5:30 p.m. EDT, as well as other Republican Judiciary Committee members, including Senators Chuck Grassley, Mike Lee and Mike Crapo. If Barrett is confirmed by the Senate, as expected, she would further tilt the court to the right, entrenching a 6-3 conservative majority.
“Enfranchising 16-year-olds would be good for them and good for our democracy.”
“At 16, most kids have little awareness of politics, civics, or American history.”
“Voting is habit forming...which underscores the importance of having as stable an environment as possible for the youngest voters.”
“Keeping the voting age at 18 is not a slap at 16-year-olds. It is recognition that an informed electorate is the best kind.”
“When young people’s participation lags badly, issues important to them receive short shrift in the public discourse.”