DML Morning Briefing – Mon. Oct 26
By Team DML
Today is October 26 and I am Dennis Michael Lynch.
1 – “60 Minutes” interview with Joe Biden goes soft
This week on 60 Minutes, correspondent Norah O’Donnell interviewed former Vice President , the Democratic nominee for president. It was the third time O’Donnell has interviewed him for the broadcast.
The wide-ranging interviews covered everything from coronavirus and the economy to foreign affairs and the Supreme Court. He was also asked about the accusations about his son’s laptop scandal.
O’Donnell asked Biden, “Do you believe the recent leak of material allegedly from Hunter’s computer is part of a Russian disinformation campaign?”
Biden declared that Russia is the biggest threat to America, and China is the biggest competitor.
Biden also said the Supreme Court is “out of wack” and he will set up a panel to study how to reform it.
DML: The fact that a 60-Minutes reporter will not ask Biden the tough questions is a sad indication how biased the media is today.
2 – 2020 presidential election ballots cast so far
Many Americans are voting early in the 2020 presidential election amid concerns regarding the coronavirus pandemic and U.S. Postal Service timing.
More than 59 million total ballots cast as of Monday morning suggested a record turnout for this year’s race compared to the 47.2 million early votes cast in the 2016 election, according to data from the United States Elections Project.
That number of early ballots cast so far represents 43.1% of the total national voter turnout in 2016, and the total number of ballots cast includes more than 40 million mail-in ballots and 19.4 million in-person ballots.
Some states have already reached more than 60% of their 2016 voter turnout as of Wednesday, including Texas (80.2%), Montana (69.6%). Georgia (64.9%), North Carolina (65%), Tennessee (65%), New Mexico (60.9%), and Hawaii (60.2%).
California, however, has recorded the highest number of mail ballot requests at nearly 21.9 million compared to Florida’s 5.9 million as of Sunday morning. Voters in New Jersey have requested more than 6 million. Ballot request data remains unavailable in New York.
DML: If you have not voted for Trump early, do not wait!
3 – Facebook deploys aggressive measures to combat election unrest
As the U.S. braces for election-related unrest next month, Facebook executives are implementing emergency measures reserved for “at-risk” countries in a company-wide effort to bring down the online temperature.
The Wall Street Journal reported Sunday that the social media giant plans to limit the spread of viral content and lower the benchmark for suppressing potentially inflammatory posts using internal tools previously deployed in Sri Lanka and Myanmar.
The tools, now a key component of Facebook’s strategy to prepare for the contentious U.S. election, would only be activated in “dire circumstances” and instances of violence, people familiar with the matter told the Journal.
The measures would loosen the threshold previously established for content deemed dangerous on the platform, and would slow down the dissemination of specific posts as they begin to gain traction, the Journal explains. An internal adjustment would also be applied to news feeds to control the content available to users.
“Deployed together, the tools could alter what tens of millions of Americans see when they log onto the platform, diminishing their exposure to sensationalism, incitements to violence and misinformation, said the people familiar with the measures,” the Journal writes. “But slowing down the spread of popular content could suppress some good-faith political discussion, a prospect that makes some Facebook employees uneasy, some of the people said.”
DML: This is why people need the DML NEWS APP !!!
4 – Anti-Trump protesters attack MAGA fans in New York #JewsForTrump parade
A massive #JewsForTrump convoy in Manhattan descended into chaos as anti-Trump protesters began vandalizing cars and brawling with MAGA fans in Times Square.
Videos showed the protesters ripping flags off of cars in the convoy and throwing red paint and punches as they faced off with President Donald Trump’s supporters on Sunday afternoon
The convoy of about 1,000 vehicles drove in from Coney Island to the Trump Tower in Manhattan before heading to a rally in a Brooklyn park. As the parade was driving into the city, people were seen throwing eggs and rocks at the vehicles from the roadways above.
In Manhattan, the attacks turned into downright brawls. A spokesperson for the New York Police Department said 11 people were taken into custody. Six people were charged with disorderly conduct, obstruction of government administration and harassment, while a seventh person was charged with assaulting a police officer and resisting arrest, the NYPD said Monday.
A family of seven ‒ including four kids ‒ were pepper-sprayed while they were driving down Fifth Avenue with the car windows down and Trump flags displayed. The man of the familiy, who wished to remain anonymous fearing they could be targeted, said a car pulled up next to them and unleashed pepper spray into their vehicle.
DML: The violence from the LEFT is growing more dangerous by the day.
5 – Black Lives Matter invaded Lake Oswego, Oregon, on Sunday and demanded allegiance from suburban shoppers and diners who were on the streets.
The city of approximately 40,000 is situated eight miles south of Portland. It surrounds the 405-acre Oswego Lake. The community is one of the wealthiest suburbs surrounding the Portland area, according to SkyBluePortland.com.
Breitbart News reported that Moms United for Black Lives promised to “f*ck sh*t up in Lake Oswego” on Sunday.
One business, a pub on A Street, said it was going to board up its building to protect itself from vandalism.
The Oregonian reported that one of the leaders, Demetria Hester, said, “The march was about showing Lake Oswego residents that Black lives matter all the time, and about making racists uncomfortable.” Danialle James is also a leader of the group.
The BLM people started harassing a woman sitting alone at a restaurant table on the corner, taunting her.
6 – US opioid deaths rising amid coronavirus lockdowns, state health officials say
Opioid deaths are spiking in places across the U.S. as states remain locked down during the ongoing battle against the coronavirus, state and county health officials reported this month.
While national data isn’t available for most of 2020, several individual states are reporting an increase in opioid overdose deaths amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Health officials and experts have cited increased isolation and job loss due to statewide shutdowns as possible factors for the surge in drug-related deaths.
Opioid deaths in Onondaga County, N.Y., jumped to 86 in the first six months of 2020, according to the county health department. This number was nearly double the reported 44 fatalities in the first half of 2019, the outlet reported, citing the county medical examiner’s office.
Oregon saw a 70% increase in opioid overdose deaths in April and May 2020 compared to the same time last year, the Oregon Health Authority said.
In Maine, which saw 258 overdose deaths from January through June, there was a 27% increase over the second half of 2019. Officials cited increased isolation as a partial factor for the rise.
California Attorney General Xavier Becerra told FOX40 Sacramento that “in some of our counties, there are more deaths from overdoses than there are from COVID-19.”
Preliminary overdose death counts were up in Connecticut more than 19% through the end of July, compared with the same period last year. They were up 9% in Washington through the end of August, 28% in Colorado, and 30% in Kentucky during that same time.
DML: But…but…but I though wearing a mask would make everything ok. Meaning, people wouldn’t die. I guess the pros like Fauci didn’t weigh all the negative impacts. We will take more about this today at 10am on the Dennis Michael Lynch podcast available on the DML News App, and on Apple Podcasts (search Dennis Michael Lynch Podcasts).