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One-Minute Election Update
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On the Campaign Trail
Both Pres. Trump (R) and Joe Biden (D) visited crucial battleground states on Tuesday.
Trump held a 90-minute town-hall-style event in Philadelphia, PA, anchored by ABC News Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos.
Biden made his first official trip to Florida as the Democratic nominee. Former Democratic primary rival Michael Bloomberg reportedly plans to put at least $100M towards boosting Biden’s chances in the state.
FL PA MI WI NC AZ Biden: 48.7 49.0 47.8 49.9 47.8 49.5 Trump: 47.1 44.7 43.6 43.1 47.1 44.8
What’s Next? There are 48 days until the Nov. 3 election. Two states (KY & NC) have already sent out absentee ballots to voters who requested one, with six additional states (AR, MN, PA, SD, WV, & WI) scheduled to send ballots by Saturday.
Three presidential debates are scheduled ahead of the election, on Sept. 29, Oct. 15, and Oct. 22. There will be one vice presidential debate, on Oct. 7.
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The Problem Solvers Caucus
The Problem Solvers Caucus, a bipartisan group of 50 House members, unveiled a roughly $2 trillion coronavirus stimulus bill on Tuesday. The bill addresses COVID-19 testing, unemployment insurance, direct stimulus, worker and liability protection, small business and non-profit support, food security, schools and child care, housing, election support, and state and local aid. (What’s in it)
Federal prosecutors issued grand jury subpoenas to former national security adviser John Bolton’s publisher and literary agent on Monday, officially launching a criminal investigation into Bolton’s potential mishandling of classified information. Bolton’s book, The Room Where It Happened, discusses stories of his time working in the U.S. government and his relationship with President Trump.
The city of Louisville, KY, agreed to pay $12M in damages to the family of late Breonna Taylor, who was shot and killed as part of a no-knock raid by police on March 13. The deal marks the largest police misconduct settlement in the city’s history.
🖊️ Sign of the Times… two Middle Eastern countries – the UAE and Bahrain – signed an accord in Washington, DC, on Tuesday to normalize diplomatic relations with Israel.
🦠Small Talk… scientists at the University of Pittsburgh successfully isolated the smallest antibody component to date that completely and specifically neutralizes COVID-19. This would potentially provide therapeutic and prophylactic benefits against the virus. Go deeper.
🧯🔥Progress Report… firefighters on the West Coast reported progress in combating the wildfires across WA, OR, and CA on Tuesday.
How Do You Like Them Apples?
Apple announced new hardware and software (but no new iPhone) at its “Time Flies” product event on Tuesday. The full rundown:
The SEC and DOJ are reportedly looking into the merits of a report published Thursday by short-selling research firm Hindenburg accusing EV-startup Nikola and CEO Trevor Milton of fraudulent behavior (per Bloomberg and the Financial Times). Shares of Nikola – which fell 14% Friday & rallied 11% Monday after the company disputed the report – closed Tuesday down 8.3%, and continued to fall in after-hours trading.
Quantum Of Solace
IBM published a comprehensive quantum computing timeline on Tuesday. The company predicts it can deliver massive computing power alongside a tough-to-achieve low rate of errors by 2023. Unlike the bits in classical computers that can represent two states of information (0s and 1s in binary code), quantum bits – or qubits – can hold multiple states of information at once, raising the potential for exponentially increased computing power.
🦚 Strutting Their Stuff… NBCUniversal’s Peacock streaming service has 15M sign-ups, per Comcast CEO Brian Roberts, up from 10M in late July.
💳 Talking Shop… Swedish payments firm Klarna announced a $650M funding round valuing the company at $10.6B, making it Europe’s highest-valued private fintech company.
📸Keeping Up With The Kardashians… Kim Kardashian – owner of the 7th-most followed account on Instagram – joined a list of two dozen celebrities temporarily freezing their IG and FB accounts as part of the #StopHateForProfit campaign.
Late To His Own Funeral
This month, 80-year-old Harry Harvey of Yorkshire, England, disappeared while hiking in Yorkshire Dales National Park during a hailstorm. In short order, more than 100 members of the local police, the Royal Air Force, and the Swaledale Mountain Rescue team mobilized to find the missing mountaineer. After four days of fruitless searching, the rescue team assembled a press conference at a pub situated within the national park to share the bad news.
That night, the quaint establishment was packed with police, Harry’s concerned family members, and one very special guest – Harry himself. The experienced hiker, who had been spotted by a wildlife photographer, surprised attendees by wandering into the pub during the press conference. Despite the worry the incident caused his family, Harry claims to have had a blast during his elusive expedition.
Just Keep Grinning
The Burmese roofed turtle, native to the Irrawaddy River in Myanmar, is known for its oddly endearing facial expressions, as the shape of its beak gives the reptile the appearance of sporting a nonstop grin (picture). However, in the 1990s, overhunting, egg harvesting, and medicinal use of the turtle led to the species’ near-extinction – giving the amiable-looking animal very little to smile about.
In 2001, biologist Gerald Kuchling of the University of Western Australia learned that a single Burmese roofed turtle had turned up in a Hong Kong pet shop and, inspired by the news, teamed up with the Myanmar Forest Department to launch a rehabilitation project for the species. As of 2020, Dr. Kuchling and his colleagues have successfully raised 1,000 of the rare turtles in captivity, and will soon be ready to release them into the wild.
The Amazing Race
In June, Dave Palazzolo of Salt Lake City, UT, installed a smart security camera above his driveway and was surprised when he received an alert not long after installing the device. The high-tech homeowner discovered that a 4-year-old boy named Quinn came to ride his bike on Dave’s driveway each afternoon. One night, Dave decided to leave a message on his driveway letting the tiny trespasser know how he felt.
The next day, Quinn arrived at Dave’s house to find that the 50-year-old had drawn a chalk racetrack on his driveway for the young boy to ride his bike through. Quinn loved it, leading Dave to leave the racetrack intact ever since. Whenever rain washes away the track, Dave draws a new one, basing each one on a real racecourse to ensure that Quinn’s daily joyrides are authentic.
How are you managing stress?
Modern Holistic Health focuses on addressing the root causes of physiological illness and mental health imbalances. During this difficult time, we’re working overtime to help calm our clients and the community.
And community is more important than ever. So we want to share some stress-management tips to help you get through this time:
Help others. This simple – yet powerful – act can empower you in times of uncertainty.
Practice Sleep Hygiene. Eight hours of sleep each night ensures your body and brain have the time they need to regenerate, manage stress, and keep your immune system strong.
Exercise daily. Whether it’s taking time out for yoga, dancing, running, or walking – just be consistent and do something every day. Not only will this help manage stress, but it also helps support your immune function, healthy sleep cycles, and your mindset.
👣 Absolute Zero… Google on Tuesday said it has now compensated for all of the carbon it has ever created by investing in “high-quality carbon offsets.” The company also pledged to run solely on renewable power by 2030.