Day: September 16, 2020

Biden and Democrats focus on health care messaging

Joe Biden and Democrats are leaning in on health care messaging with less than 50 days to go until the election, reports CBS News associate producer Sarah Ewall-Wice.

This morning, Biden’s campaign unveiled two new ads as part of what his team said would be a $65 million ad buy this week across multiple platforms. The first ad “Little Brother” is airing on broadcast and digital in Michigan, Minnesota, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. It focuses on a little boy named Beckett who was diagnosed with leukemia when he was two years old.

“If Donald Trump gets rid of our health care law, my son won’t be protected,” his mother’s voice says in the ad. “We would have to be making some tough decisions about what medications we could afford,” she continues.

The other ad, “Anthony,” is airing on broadcast and digital in Arizona, Florida and Nevada. The 30-second spot

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Facebook Announces Luxottica Deal, Unveils Plans for AR Glasses

At the virtual Facebook Connect conference, chief executive officer Mark Zuckerberg revealed that the company’s work with EssilorLuxottica is bearing fruit, with a highly wearable — and stylish — set of smart glasses planned next year.

The technology company revealed a multiyear partnership with Luxottica, with which it will build and release the first pair of Facebook smart glasses in 2021. Zuckerberg didn’t go into full product details, but described the effort as “the next step on the road to augmented-reality glasses,” an initiative dubbed “Project Aria.”

Facebook’s collaboration with the eyewear giant has been known for at least a year, but previous expectations circled around a launch in 2023 up to 2025.

Those expectations aren’t necessarily wrong. The current announcement is all about connected smart glasses, not full AR eyewear. Zuckerberg didn’t offer product details on Wednesday, so it could be merely about capturing images and video, not unlike

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Has Larry Klayman finally gone too far?

To hear conservative gadfly and attorney Larry Klayman tell it, the end of his legal career haranguing the Washington political establishment could be nigh.

For two contentious days this week, the Judicial Watch founder battled bar ethics charges of “dishonesty, deceit and misrepresentation” over his aggressive drive to join the defense team for Cliven Bundy in a criminal case stemming from the Nevada rancher’s armed standoff with federal authorities in 2014.

D.C. Bar officials contend the famously litigious Klayman misrepresented facts, filed meritless legal pleadings and brought frivolous demands for recusal and an ethics complaint against a judge who rejected the hard-charging lawyer’s bid to join
the defense team at Bundy’s request.

Klayman insists he’s guilty of nothing more than “zealous advocacy” in the episode. But looming over this week’s hearing is a more epic fight between ethics officials, who say he’s made a specialty out of using the legal

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Here’s how to help your kids pay attention to online school

School is back in session for students across Chicago. This year, since the pandemic has moved classes online, parents believe it’ll be harder than ever to manage children and keep them focused on schoolwork, according to a recent study.

In July, a Pew Research study found that half of parents with at least one child age 12 or younger, who may also have an older kid, believed the amount of time kids spent on devices could affect school performance. As for teens, a 2018 Pew Research study found 95% of teens, ages 13 to 17, have a smartphone and nearly half say they’re online “almost constantly.” Unfortunately, long hours of screen time has become mandatory with e-learning. But online games, social media and other tempting distractions could make it difficult to focus on class Zoom sessions. Below are tips from experts to ensure kids get the most out of school

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Vaccine still 6-8 months away

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — It will likely be at least six to eight months longer before a coronavirus vaccine can be distributed in a best-case scenario, leading Maryland health officials and lawmakers said as they make plans for the state.

Senate President Bill Ferguson said he spoke on Tuesday with one of the principal investigators at Johns Hopkins University who is working on a vaccine now in its third phase. While there has been remarkable progress, Ferguson said Wednesday that the logistics that go into distributing a vaccine are “enormous and herculean.”

“I think it’s really important that we keep that in mind moving forward as we make decisions about the future of Maryland — that even with an amazing light-speed approval, it is still six to eight months from that point until we’ll start to see the impact on herd immunity overall, so there is time to go in this

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How to Make an Impact in the 2020 Election

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Photo credit: BackyardProduction – Getty Images

From Marie Claire

When thinking about an election as consequential as the one that will take place on November 3, 2020—which not only includes choosing our next president but also key races that could flip the Senate blue—it can feel overwhelming deciding where to focus our efforts to help make a difference. While swing states like Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Wisconsin have the greatest ability to affect the outcome of the election, every vote in every state matters. And while the COVID-19 pandemic has certainly presented challenges to traditional campaigning, one silver lining is that people who don’t reside in any of the 12 swing states can have as much of an impact as those who do.

“Primarily, this year, the way that people can get involved and make a big impact is by phone banking. We’re seeing that people are picking

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Black, Hispanic and American Indian Children Make Up 78 Percent of All Youth Coronavirus Deaths

Black, Hispanic and American Indian children are dying due to COVID-19 at a disproportionally higher rate than their white peers, a new Centers for Disease Control study found.

While children are significantly less likely than adults to die from COVID-19, minority youth represent 78 percent of current fatalities.

For this study, the CDC tracked all known pediatric COVID-19 cases and deaths in the U.S. for the first time and found that between February and July, there have been at least 391,814 cases and 121 deaths in people under 21 years old.

Of those 121 deaths, Black, Hispanic and American Indian children accounted for over three-quarters, despite making up just 41 percent of the U.S. population under 21. Hispanic children had the highest rate of death, at 44 percent, followed by Black children at 29 percent and 4 percent for both American Indian and Asian or Pacific Islander children. White children

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Apple is Launching Fitness+ Which Will Fully Change the Way We Work Out

Since Apple Watch first broke into the wearables market in 2015, it has been continuously redefining what a watch can do beyond tell time: Sleep track? Check. Monitor heart rate? Check. Become your exercise companion? Check. And in the most defining step since putting a ring on it with Activity, the smartwatch company announced at today’s online streaming event that by year’s end, Apple Fitness+ will definitively change the way Apple users work out forever. Suffice it to say that the $2.9 billion on-demand fitness industry has a new one to, ahem, watch.

In tandem with the announcement of Apple Watch Series 6 (from $399) and Apple Watch SE ($279)—both of which will launch on September 18, Fitness+ is meant to further integrate movement into your day in a more seamless way. The app will offer wrist-access to HIIT, yoga, running, cycling, and strength training content on Apple compatible

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White House says herd immunity isn’t US strategy

WASHINGTON — White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany on Wednesday was asked whether the White House was now counting on herd immunity to deal with the virus.

President Donald Trump said during an ABC News town hall on Tuesday that eventually there will be herd immunity to the virus, but that with a vaccine, the virus will go away “very quickly.”

For the United States to reach herd immunity against the coronavirus, most experts say, the nation would likely need to vaccinate roughly 70% of Americans.

“Herd immunity has never been a strategy here at the White House,” McEnany said. “The president last night was noting … (that) over a period of time a country, a society, can reach herd immunity. It’s a fact. It was not a strategy ever presented here at the White House. And in fact, he went on, in that very same exchange, to say with

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Trump appointee Michael Caputo takes leave of absence from HHS after online rant

Michael Caputo, a top Trump administration communications official who in a private online social media video accused government scientists of “sedition” and called on the president’s supporters to arm themselves ahead of the election, announced in a statement Tuesday that he’s taking temporary medical leave from the Department of Health and Human Services.

Also leaving HHS is Caputo’s senior advisor, Dr. Paul Alexander. HHS confirmed the departures in a separate statement, noting that Caputo’s leave would last 60 days.

Caputo tells ABC News he will continue collecting a paycheck and health insurance from his HHS post while on leave.

The staff departures follow media reports that Caputo and Alexander had pressured the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to alter scientific reports.

PHOTO: Former Trump campaign official Michael Caputo arrives at the Hart Senate Office building to be interviewed by Senate Intelligence Committee staffers, on May 1, 2018, in Washington.

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