'We're never going to lock down again,' Trump says in Tampa, as Biden vows in Broward to 'shut down the virus'
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — President Donald Trump and Democratic challenger Joe Biden offered dueling styles and differing priorities in simultaneous Florida rallies Thursday as the coronavirus pandemic worsened just five days before Election Day.The outcome of the deadlocked fight for Florida could determine who holds the keys to the White House.The candidates mocked each other in events that gave dramatically different optics to the ever-shrinking pool of voters left to cast their ballots in Florida.Biden blasted Trump’s handling of the virus at a drive-in event at Broward College’s north campu...
Trudy Rubin: Whether Trump wins or loses, the post-election fight to refresh democracy won't be easy
Last week I got a call from a friend asking if I still had my bulletproof vest from my trips to Iraq over the last decade. She wanted to pass the vest on to a Black lawyer who was traveling to North Carolina to join Democratic poll watchers on Nov. 3, and whose life she feared for.I used to have to travel to places like Iraq, Afghanistan, Russia or Hong Kong to write about dangerous elections. Not anymore.My friend’s fears were legitimate — coming at a time when President Donald Trump is spewing falsehoods about wide-scale election fraud while encouraging armed white supremacists to support hi...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Sixers to hire Daryl Morey as president of basketball operations
Continuing a season of major offseason moves, the 76ers will hire Daryl Morey as president of basketball operations, The Inquirer has confirmed.According to sources, Morey met with the Sixers on Monday and Tuesday. He’s expected to return to Philadelphia by the end of the week after finalizing a five-year deal.In his new role, he would be the top decision-maker, while Elton Brand would remain as general manager. Brand has three years left on his contract, according to a source. Assistant GM Ned Cohen will also remain.Alex Rucker, who was demoted, is expected to be let go. He will be with the S...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Ford Motor Co. reports $2.4 billion net income in third quarter
DETROIT — Ford Motor Co., fresh with new leadership and touting an upcoming lineup of hot new vehicles, reported a $2.4 billion net income Wednesday for the third quarter of the year, an improvement of $2.0 billion from the same quarter last year.Ford reported that earnings in the quarter before interest and taxes — adjusted EBIT — was $3.6 billion, up from the $1.8 billion reported for the same period in 2019 and $1.7 billion a year earlier. EBIT does not include restructuring and other charges.“We plan to compete like a challenger,” CFO John Lawler said on a media call.From the factory floor...
Detroit Free Press
Commentary: As 2020 winds down and Election Day nears, waiting. Patience is a virtue that doesn't always seem very American
Feel that?That heaviness?That’s the barometric pressure of an incoming election, and the anxiety of not knowing how it will turn out. See that other thing, off in the distance? That’s calm and clarity at the end of an impossible year — that’s the thing that T.S. Eliot called “the still point of the turning world.” That’s a ways off. So we wait. And while we wait, in line to vote on Nov. 3, for the results of an election that may not be decided on Nov. 3, for a vaccine, to return physically to classrooms, to enter a movie theater, for justice for Black Americans killed by police, to see loved o...
Mark Zeigler: The elusive, illicit pursuit of speed
After Canadian sprinter Ben Johnson won the 100 meters at the 1988 Olympics in a world-record 9.79 seconds and subsequently was stripped of his gold medal for a positive drug test, the U.S. Olympic Committee set up an anonymous hotline to help athletes understand what was and was not considered a banned performance-enhancing substance.Most of the callers had a different question: What exactly did Johnson take and where could they get some?Johnson’s positive urine sample for the steroid stanozolol was supposed to herald the dawn of the anti-doping movement in sports, and in many respects it did...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Ann McFeatters: How Trump delivered on his promises from 2016, and what it signals for a 2nd term
We have never heard a serious answer from Donald Trump about his priorities for a second term except that having first called the White House a “dump,” he’s come to like living there and flying on Air Force One.Republicans, also, refused to put out a platform for the next four years. But, hey, we easily can review how well Trump kept his promises in his first term as president.Trump promised to bring manufacturing jobs back to U.S. shores and started a trade war with China, imposing higher tariffs to bring jobs back. Sadly, there is not a higher number of American-made widgets. The U.S. trade ...
Tribune News Service
Editorial: Foreign policy is on the ballot, too
The 2020 campaign has mostly focused on domestic dynamics. But because most issues are internationally interrelated, foreign policy is on the ballot, too.The meshing of the global and national could be called “inter-mestic,” former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright said during a virtual Council of Foreign Relations forum on Monday.“People are totally consumed by the domestic issues happening here, which is COVID, the economy and health care; they all have an international context,” Albright said, adding: “One of the things that is going to be in the next president’s inbox is the connection...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Trudy Rubin: America can overcome COVID-19, despite Trump's do-nothing approach. Here's how
President Donald Trump made clear his COVID-19 strategy at a campaign rally in Allentown, Pennsylvania, earlier this week.It amounts to mass murder. Tens, maybe hundreds, of thousands more Americans will die unnecessarily if Trump wins another term.He has thrown in the towel, adopting a do-nothing approach pending vaccines that won’t be widely available until well into next year. “We are rounding the turn,” he said (for the umpteenth time). “It’s ending anyway. It’s happening very quickly.”That is a gross lie. As cases spike nationwide, highly reputable scientific projections predict 160,000 t...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
'He is no socialist': Well-known Cuban-American writer defends Biden in new political ad
MIAMI — A well-known Cuban exile journalist and writer is the star of a new Spanish-language political ad refuting accusations that Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden is a socialist.The award-winning Cuban-born newspaper columnist, Carlos Alberto Montaner, appears in the radio and television ad, financed by former New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg, that will begin airing Tuesday on several Spanish-language stations in South Florida.“Sometimes I vote with the Republicans and sometimes with the Democrats. I have dedicated my life and I have written several books against socialists and commu...