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Name: Chris Bastian
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A campaign-closing R.N.C. ad acknowledges what Trump played down: the pandemic and unemployment.

New York Times

The Republican National Committee is going on the air in two battleground states in the final days before the election with an ad campaign that acknowledges two issues President Trump has often ignored or insisted are irrelevant: the coronavirus pandemic and high unemployment.

The ad, which will run in Michigan and North Carolina, is much softer in tone than many of Mr. Trump’s commercials. It avoids altogether the divisive racial and cultural themes that have dominated his campaign and run through his messaging, instead focusing on traditional bread-and-butter Republican issues like taxes and job creation.

Of course, it's the HUSBAND's employment they're concerned about...

Message from the Michigan Secretary of State...

Are you still planning to vote early by absentee ballot?

Michigan voters are voting early at record numbers. Over 2.5 million voters have already returned their ballot, which is an extraordinary affirmation of the confidence so many have in the security and accessibility of our process.

If you’re a Michigan voter with a ballot and haven’t yet returned it, here is what you need to do:
* Return your ballot in-person to your city or township clerk or your local drop box as soon as you can - but no later than 8 p.m. on Election Day. Be sure you sign the envelope so that election workers can affirm your identity and validate your vote.
* Vote early in-person. You can also go to your local city or township clerk’s office and vote an absentee ballot in-person. Clerks have extended hours this weekend, so find your clerk at Michigan.gov/Vote and cast your ballot!

Make no mistake: Your ballot must be received by your city or township clerk or dropped in your local drop box no later than 8 p.m. on Election Day.

If you requested an absentee ballot but you haven't received it, you should visit your clerk's office before Election Day to receive a new ballot and vote it all in one trip. Once you do that, any other ballots assigned to you will be invalidated.

Voting is your right, and you have options on how to make your voice heard. Remember: candidates don't get to decide who wins an election, voters do. So vote and make sure your voice is heard.

Visit Michigan.gov/Vote to find your clerk, local drop boxes, and make a plan.

Onward to Election Day!

Biden cancels a two-minute commercial.....


Stand by for Tropical Storm ETA.....

Final Texas ad spending...


Q&A with 'Anonymous': Miles Taylor on his secret, why he didn't resign and more

Source: Washington Post

Leonnig: What motivated you to publish the op-ed?

Taylor: In the first year and a half of the administration, virtually everyone in the national security cabinet was spooked by the president’s behavior. From the White House to the Cabinet on down, what people were seeing with Donald Trump in the White House Situation Room, in the Oval Office, literally scared them. And they felt like he was really unstable.

For me, the breaking point for writing the op-ed was we flew on a trip to Australia, to meet with our “five eyes” intelligence community partners, and while we were there, in the middle of the night, I get a phone call from the White House. DHS just had the flag lowered around the country in honor of the late senator John McCain, which was right and appropriate, and no one thought anything of it. I was awoken in the night by the White House and our military aide frantically trying to get in touch with me and with the secretary to say the president is furious that the flags are lowered for John McCain and he wants you guys to order them raised back up.

It’s probably three in the morning at this point in Australia, and I literally felt sick to my stomach. That was like a gut punch in the middle of the night to be like, the man you’re working for now wants you to dishonor a man you’ve revered throughout your career. Over the course of that night into the next morning we went back and forth with the White House and said, “Look, we’re not going to do that. We’re not going to lower the flags unless we get a written order from the president.” People around the president, the White House, [chief of staff] John Kelly, and others, convinced the president how petty he looked, and convinced him to issue a proclamation instead for the flag to be lowered.

Read more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/anonymous-q-and-a/2020/10/29/21fe1d7e-1a2e-11eb-aeec-b93bcc29a01b_story.html

Mail delays even worse across Pa., with 42% of Philly mail taking longer than 5 days

Source: Patriot-News

Timely mail delivery across Pennsylvania took a drastic turn for the worse in just the last two weeks amid a glut of voting by mail, according to U.S. Postal Service data filed Wednesday in federal court.

In Philadelphia, 42% of all first-class mail is taking longer than five days to be delivered. For comparison, that figure was 33% two weeks ago and just 13% in January, before a series of changes handed down by the Trump administration led to a national slowdown.

Central Pennsylvania, the subject of a PennLive investigation last week, also saw a sharp decline. At the start of the year, just 7% of mail failed to meet the 5-day standard. Today, more than 30% of mail is being substantially delayed.

The delays were obvious enough already that state officials advised voters Tuesday to hand-deliver mail-in ballots rather than risk missing the deadline for votes to be counted. That was before the USPS released the latest data, in accordance with a court order in a federal lawsuit lodged by a voting advocacy group.

Read more: https://www.pennlive.com/news/2020/10/mail-delays-even-worse-across-pa-with-42-of-philly-mail-taking-longer-than-5-days.html

'It's really just devastating': Young adults face logistical hurdles to voting


Washington (CNN)American University students Meredith Reilly and Zachary Houdek requested absentee ballots earlier this fall. But when they realized on Sunday, with just over a week until Election Day, that their mail-in ballots had yet to arrive, the pair hopped in the car and drove 27 hours from Washington, DC, to Texas to cast their ballots in person for the 2020 election.

"We're particularly motivated," Reilly told CNN. "I never expected my vote to matter that much. But this election is getting very close and exciting," Reilly said.

Reilly and Houdek, both 20 years old, want to play their part in what they said is a historic election.

Sarah Cooper strikes again....(NSFW)


To everyone handwringing about Court rulings in WI and MN, there's a simple solution...

Tell people you know to bring in your damn ballot personally (why haven't people already?)

or Early Votes today and tomorrow

or show up on Tuesday.
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