• Politics
    NBC News

    It's Trump's one clear advantage. To erase it, Biden's taking a page from Obama's playbook.

    The Democratic nominee is increasingly evoking an age-old narrative pitting regular Americans against wealthy elites in the hope of connecting with economically anxious voters.

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  • Entertainment
    In The Know

    Eerie figure spotted in the background of woman’s TikTok video: 'You can see someone crawling'

    If you thought you saw an intruder standing behind your curtain, what would you do?

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  • Science
    AFP

    NASA chief warns Congress about Chinese space station

    NASA chief Jim Bridenstine told lawmakers Wednesday it was crucial for the US to maintain a presence in Earth's orbit after the International Space Station is decommissioned so that China does not gain a strategic advantage.

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  • Politics
    The Guardian

    Joe Biden is repeating the same mistakes that cost Hillary Clinton the election

    Biden is trying to woo unhappy Republicans, when he should be mobilizing hundreds of thousands of DemocratsJoe Biden has staked his presidential campaign on his ability to “win back” white working-class voters in midwest swing states like Michigan and Wisconsin. But he has the wrong target.In Manitowoc, Wisconsin, a city that’s 90% white, Biden recently donned his populist hat, telling an audience: “I’ve dealt with guys like Trump my whole life … Guys who inherit everything they’ve ever gotten in their life and squander it. Guys who stretch and squeeze and stiff electricians and plumbers and contractors working on their hotels and casinos and golf courses to put more bucks in their pocket.”Prior to this campaign stop, Biden amplified an endorsement from the former Michigan governor Rick Snyder, the Republican official who – let’s not forget – oversaw and attempted to cover up the Flint water crisis, which exposed an estimated 140,000 people in the majority Black city to lead and other contaminants. In an appearance in Michigan, Biden sat down with steelworkers, flanked mostly by white men, to discuss his jobs plan. And prior to that, after white vigilante Kyle Rittenhouse shot and killed two Black Lives Matter protesters in Kenosha, Wisconsin, Biden aired a Richard Nixon-style law and order ad attacking “lawlessness” and accusing Trump of sowing discord.Biden and his advisers clearly believe that Hillary Clinton lost in 2016 because white voters in key swing states shifted from Obama to Trump. Biden’s entire campaign strategy is built on that assumption. There are two problems with that. For one, it almost entirely ignores the Black working class. For another, it may not even be true.If you look closely at the data on Wisconsin and Michigan – two of the three swing states that secured Trump’s victory – it’s apparent that a significant decline in voter turnout for the Democratic candidate cost Democrats the 2016 election, not a shift to Trump.White voter turnout in Wisconsin declined by 1%, amounting to 100,000 people who chose not to vote for either candidate. Trump only garnered 721 more votes than Mitt Romney, which could partly be explained by population increase. Across Wisconsin, the decline in votes cast for Clinton substantially exceeded the turnout for Donald Trump – from rural towns to medium-sized urban centers.Black voter turnout declined by an even higher rate, to a level unprecedented in Wisconsin’s recorded history. While 79% of Black voters participated in the 2012 general election, only 47% voted in 2016 – less than half the eligible voters. This amounted to about 88,000 less votes than in 2012. The limited academic research on turnout in Wisconsin reveals that 42% of nonvoters in the state’s two most populous counties stayed home primarily because they disliked the candidates or weren’t interested in them. Issues related to voter suppression amounted to about 5% of the respondents’ answers.But instead of trying to win over the nearly 200,000 people who stayed home in Wisconsin in 2016 (or whose votes were suppressed), Biden has opted to center his Wisconsin campaign on about 700 people, some of whom may have never voted for a Democrat for president. Instead of focusing on the approximately 50,000 voters who stayed home in Democratic-leaning Michigan counties, Biden is touting the endorsement of Snyder, whose neglect threatened the wellbeing of thousands of Flint residents.The Democratic party has embraced this message to a bizarre and troubling degree, often platforming Republicans who are barely popular with their own constituents. The Democratic national convention, for example, featured a cameo from former Ohio governor John Kasich. Yet Kasich averaged 18% support from Republican voters in the 2016 race, the lowest of the frontrunners, while Trump garnered 46.5%. There has been a clear shift in the Republican party from conservativism to an embrace of the far right, but Biden is banking on an unknown number of disaffected Republicans to help him into the White House, instead of hundreds of thousands of disaffected Democrats.This centrist Democratic obsession with “winning back” white conservatives in rural towns and suburbs is more symbolic than strategic. It’s rooted in a longstanding, mistaken archetype that conflates the working class with white workers, a tradition that reaches as far back as the 1800s Reconstruction Era.In his seminal text Black Reconstruction in America, the sociologist WEB Du Bois noted that the mostly white, Northern labor union movement comprehended “chiefly Northern skilled laborers,” but “almost none of them mentioned the Negro, or considered or welcomed him … said nothing of the greatest revolution in labor that had happened in America for a hundred years – the emancipation of slaves”.Black workers, even those emerging from centuries of brutal unpaid labor, barely registered in the mainstream consciousness at all. Instead, we became the face of the undeserving underclass, asking for “free stuff from the government”, as if a federal government that has handed out trillions to corporations and financial institutions cannot afford basic services such as healthcare, affordable housing and higher education for all of its people.It seems like we haven’t moved much past that narrative. Biden’s obsession with the white working class, for example, ignores that over half of Black men worked in Milwaukee’s manufacturing sector, more than double white workers, at the height of the city’s heavy industry. It ignores that deindustrialization hurt them more than anyone else. It ignores that Black and Asian households throughout the country were heaviest hit by the Great Recession. It ignores that a shift to lower-wage temporary warehouse work, and unemployment under Covid-19, disproportionately affects Black and Latinos. And it ignores that these material realities affect how they vote, too. But instead of swinging to Republicans, millions stay home.It’s in Biden’s political DNA to make these superficial white working-class appeals, despite undermining the working class across race. But if he wants to unjustifiably fashion himself as this generation’s Franklin Delano Roosevelt, it’s best he not repeat the same mistakes of failing the party’s Black working-class base. * Malaika Jabali is a public policy attorney, activist and Guardian US columnist

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  • Health
    Eat This, Not That!

    I'm a Doctor and Here are Signs You've Already Had COVID

    There have been over 31 million cases of COVID-19 in the world, with almost 1 million deaths. Chances are, a lot of people we know have had the coronavirus infection. And many people we know are wondering if that flu-like symptom they had this year was actually COVID. But how can you tell?  As a doctor, I know there are silent signs that indicate a person may have been infected with COVID-19. The bottom line is that only an antibody test can tell you for sure—or a COVID test if you're ill now—but since even those aren't 100%, read on for other clues. And to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus.1 You Got SickIf you were sick with a flu-like syndrome or had a strange diarrhea case or unexplained cough, you might have had COVID-19. Widespread testing isn't standard across counties, cities, and states, and many people have trouble getting testing access. 2 You Had a FeverIf you had a fever that could not be linked to other causes, it is possible that it could have been COVID-19. There are many reports that people with COVID experience fever. If you did not get tested for the flu or COVID, this could have been it. RELATED: COVID Mistakes You Should Never Make3 You Could Not Smell Things and Lost the Sense of TasteOver 60 percent of people with COVID-19 have said to have lost the smell or taste. And The CDC lists this loss of taste and smell as a possible COVID-19 symptom. This loss of smell appears more commonly with COVID-19 than other respiratory viruses, but keep in mind that other viruses can cause these same symptoms, like allergies. A COVID antibody test could be useful.4 Someone You Know Had COVIDIf someone in your house had COVID, you were likely exposed. If you met someone at a park or in an outdoor area, you could still have had contact the virus. It is important that if you were around people that had confirmed cases, to advise everyone you have in-person contact with that you have been exposed. RELATED: I'm an Infectious Disease Doctor and Would Never Touch This5 Your Kid Got SickChildren in general have been sick with COVID-19 less when compared to adults, but children can be infected with the virus that causes COVID-19. And they can spread the virus that causes COVID-19 to people around them. Even if they do not show symptoms.  The Centers of Disease Control and Prevention and hospitals are investigating a rare and serious medical condition associated with COVID-19 in children called Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C). It isn't clear yet what triggers the MIS-C but if you have children that got sick during this pandemic, it is possible you were exposed to the novel coronavirus. 6 You Had a CoughIf you experienced a hacking cough for days that could not be explained by allergies, pollen or the wildfires, it could have been COVID.  There is a lot of overlap with the common cold, the flu and the mild version of the coronavirus symptoms, and the flu test and COVID test both play an important role in case you have a cough.While we wait for the COVID vaccine, get a flu shot! Get it today! And keep yourself and others free from COVID-19, no matter where you live, wear a mask, avoid crowds, wash your hands and don't miss these 35 Places You're Most Likely to Catch COVID.

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