Trump travel anticipates a race potentially decided by a single Electoral College vote

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump is spending precious time in the final days of the 2020 campaign in places with just a single Electoral College vote at stake — a sign of just how close an election his campaign is expecting.

With nine days to go, Trump traveled Sunday to Maine, and planned to go to Nebraska on Tuesday. Unlike most states, which tend to utilize a winner-takes-all system, Maine and Nebraska divide up their Electoral College votes, giving two to the winner of the statewide vote and one vote to the winner of each congressional district.

While most of the attention this year has been on traditional battleground states like Florida and Pennsylvania, both campaigns have included Maine and Nebraska — places typically off the beaten campaign path — in their last-minute push, with the Trump team citing possible scenarios where the election could come down to one or two Electoral College votes.

For instance, should Trump manage to hold on to states he won in 2016 other than Michigan, Wisconsin and Arizona, there could be an Electoral College tie. In that scenario, a tie would be broken by the state delegations in the House of Representatives, which are currently majority Republican. Should Trump fail to win that trio of states, along with one of Maine or Nebraska’s congressional districts, he could lose the race by just one Electoral College vote.

In Maine, Biden leads by double digits in recent statewide surveys, according to the NBC poll tracker, and is expected to win Maine’s First Congressional District that includes Portland and Augusta. But the state’s more rural Second Congressional District could come into play — while Trump won it in 2016 it was carried by Obama in 2012 and 2008.

The district “could be pivotal in this election cycle,” said Trump campaign senior adviser Corey Lewandowski in an interview Sunday on Meet the Press.

Trump has spent months trying to win over Maine voters by advocating for the state’s lobster industry. He visited the state in June to hold a roundtable on the lobster industry, invited a Maine lobsterman to speak at the Republican National Convention, and this summer directed his administration to provide lobstermen with bailout money to make up for lost income from his trade war with China.

In Nebraska, Trump is expected to win the popular vote, but Biden has a chance of winning a single vote from Nebraska’s Second Congressional District. A NYT/Siena College poll this month showed Biden leading the district, which includes Omaha and its suburbs, by 7 percentage points.

The district has about the same number of registered Republicans as it does Democrats, and the results could be determined by just a few thousand votes. Trump won the district in 2016 by 6,500 votes and it went to Obama in 2012 by just under 3,500 votes.

The Biden campaign has also been eyeing Maine: Biden’s wife Jill Biden will visit the state on Tuesday, and Kamala Harris’ husband Doug Emhoff was in

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How Should We Restrict Travel Until A Vaccine Arrives?

As infection rates soar across the EU, U.S. and the U.K., it’s clear that people will be living with the pandemic over winter; Severin Schwan, CEO of Swiss pharmaceutical giant Roche Holding said Tuesday, it was “completely unrealistic” to expect that a Covid-19 vaccine would be available for the masses before the second half of 2021.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases told Good Morning America that people need to rethink Thanksgiving celebrations with the current growth in rates of infection across the U.S.

Likewise, many EU countries are currently implementing lockdowns and curfews, in the hope of staving off the worst of the second wave and limiting the impact–the Danish have been warned that they should cancel Christmas parties.

In the first wave, many countries decided on a full lockdown but during the second and third waves, countries have been trying different strategies for a win win situation; to keep the economy afloat, to keep an electorate happy but also to protect the health of the population, especially the elderly and vulnerable.

It still isn’t clear which form of restriction works best when trying to reduce mingling and mixing in the population at large, and the question remains–should we be implementing lockdowns at planned intervals until a vaccine is available?

1) Complete lockdowns

This is the worst case scenario for every country and a last resort. After many enacted a complete lockdown in March and April, leaders are not keen to do the same again, because of the psychological and economic impacts, never mind the political; no one likes to be told to stay inside their home more than once.

Belgium is currently in lockdown again, and the prime minister of the Czech Republic, Andrej Babis, publicly apologised to Czechs on 22 October for having mismanaged the pandemic so much that the country is now forced to go into lockdown again–free movement is limited, and non-essential services and shops have been closed.

2) A short, sharp, ‘circuit-breaker’ or ‘fire-break’

In a curfew, the emphasis is on keeping people off the streets for certain periods (which stops them mixing with each other) whilst during a lockdown, people are kept more in their homes for longer periods of time–the latter is obviously the more drastic solution.

The theory behind a circuit breaker is easy to understand–by shutting the brakes hard on the pandemic’s spread for a short period of time, it eases pressure on health services and, according to Time, makes compliance far more likely because there is a known end date.

In the U.K., Wales is enacting a fire-break from 6pm, 23 October until 9 November. All non-essential businesses will close, churches and schools will close (it will coincide with the school holidays), and people are encouraged to work from home. Gatherings such as Halloween and Guy Fawkes celebrations

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Kokilaben’s recreation of ‘Rasode Mein Kaun Tha’ with Gopi, Gehna cannot be missed

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‘Rasode Mein Kaun Tha,’ a dialogue that became ‘insanely’ popular and was stuck in everyone’s minds for days together. Well, now, it looks like Indian Television viewers are again going to go ‘crazy’ over it as it has been recreated. Confused, are you? The viral dialogue is incorporated in the show’s second season – Saath Nibhaana Saathiya 2. Yes, you read that right!

 Saath Nibhaana Saathiya 2 also has a ‘Rasode Mein Kaun Tha’ moment. The makers recently shared a new promo, and it has caught everyone’s attention. However, this time it is not Rashi at the receiving end of Kolikaben’s (Rupal Patel) anger, but Gehna (Sneha Jain) at the target. Moreover, ‘cooker’ mystery is passé, as it is about the ‘prashad’ this time. In the new promo, Kokilaben questions Gopi Bahu (Devoleena Bhattacharjee) and Gehna about their whereabouts when something goes wrong in the kitchen while cooking ‘prashad’. Kokilaben then tries a trick on Gehna to blurt out the truth. 

Take a look at SNS 2’s new promo here:

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Well, this viral dialogue in the show’s second season is certainly going to grab viewers’ attention. Saath Nibhaana Saathiya 2 premiered from October 19 (2020) onwards. Rupal Patel, Devoleena Bhattacharjee, Mohammad Nazim (Ahem) Harsh Nagar (Anant), Sneha Jain are leading the show. 

It would be interesting to see how Gehna escapes this situation. Will Gopi help to calm the situation in the Modi house? Only time will tell. Also, will we have the famous rap composer Yashraj Mukhate take a cue from the second part of the dialogue to create something new and interesting again? What are your thoughts on the same? Let us know in the comment section below. 

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UK police to enforce travel ban to curb COVID infections

Danica Kirka, Associated Press
Published 2:09 p.m. ET Oct. 25, 2020


Traffic passes a COVID-19 sign informing drivers of the “firebreak” lockdown which comes into force from 6:00 pm (1700 GMT), closing non-food retailers, cafes, restaurants, pubs and hotels for two weeks in a bid to reduce soaring coronavirus cases on October 23, 2020 in Cardiff. (Photo: GEOFF CADDICK, AFP via Getty Images)

LONDON (AP) — A police force in England says it will try to stop people from leaving Wales, which has started a 17-day lockdown to slow a surging rate of coronavirus infections.

The Gloucestershire Constabulary will patrol routes from Wales and pull over drivers they believe are making long journeys. Travelers without a good excuse will be asked to turn around. If they don’t comply, officers will inform their Welsh counterparts so they can take action because Gloucestershire police don’t have the authority to fine people traveling from Wales, the department said.

The situation illustrates the patchwork of coronavirus restrictions imposed by authorities throughout the U.K., which has Europe’s deadliest coronavirus numbers, with 44,661 confirmed virus deaths. Some 1,756 of those occurred in Wales, which has a population of about 3 million.

Under the U.K.’s system of devolved authority, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland have established their own public health rules. Meanwhile, the national government in Westminster has created a three-tiered virus alert system that applies to England alone.

South Yorkshire on Saturday became the latest region to enter Tier 3 — the tightest level of virus risk restrictions in England — following Liverpool, Greater Manchester and Lancashire.

But it is the Welsh government that has imposed one of the U.K.’s strictest lockdowns, including a ban on non-essential travel. Under rules that took effect Friday evening, Wales also closed most businesses and restricted high schools to online instruction.

Another English police force, West Mercia, also said it will be working with their Welsh counterparts to “enforce, where necessary, the relevant rules for the area we serve.”

New infections are continuing to rise across Britain. Professor Neil Ferguson, whose modelling led to the U.K.’s original lockdown in March, told the BBC that the current situation was “worrying.″

“We are in a critical time right now,″ he said. “The health system will not be able to cope with this rate of growth for much longer.”


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With Vacation Rentals Empty, European Cities See a Chance to Reclaim Housing

LISBON — Long before the coronavirus swept across Europe this spring, many cities had been complaining that a proliferation of short-term apartment rentals aimed at tourists through platforms like Airbnb was driving up housing costs for locals and destroying the character of historic districts.

Now that the pandemic has all but cut off the steady flow of visitors, many European cities are seizing an opportunity to push short-term rentals back onto the long-term housing market.

In Lisbon, the Portuguese capital, the city government is becoming a landlord itself by renting empty apartments and subletting them as subsidized housing. In Barcelona, Spain, the housing department is threatening to take possession of empty properties and do the same.

Other city governments are enacting or planning new laws to curb the explosive growth of rentals aimed largely at tourists. Amsterdam has banned vacation rentals in the heart of the old city; a Berlin official warned of a crackdown on short-term leasing platforms “trying to evade regulation and the enforcement of law”; and Paris is planning a referendum on Airbnb-type listings.

For years, properties rented out for short-term stays have snatched away housing units from local residents in several European cities. Lisbon has more than 22,000 Airbnb listings, according to Inside Airbnb, which tracks listings in cities around the globe. Barcelona has 18,000, and Paris — one of the platform’s largest markets — has nearly 60,000.

When tourists are plentiful, renting a property on a short-term basis can be more lucrative for owners than a long-term tenant, something that city governments say has distorted housing markets in cities where supply is already tight. They also accuse online platforms of circumventing laws put in place to protect local markets.

“We cannot tolerate that accommodations that could be rented to Parisians are now rented all year to tourists,” the deputy mayor of Paris, Ian Brossat, said in a phone interview. Mr. Brossat also said he was hoping to cut the number of days per year that a property can be rented through platforms like Airbnb — currently 120. He accused the company of breaching even that rule.

“Airbnb pretends to respect the law, but it’s not the case,” said Mr. Brossat, who has written a book critical of Airbnb and its impact on cities.

Airbnb denies any wrongdoing, in Paris or elsewhere. “They’ve set the rules, and we’re following the rules,” said Patrick Robinson, Airbnb’s director of public policy for Europe, the Middle East and Africa. “Where there is a vigorous discussion about the right regulations, we’re part of that conversation, and ultimately that’s for local politicians to decide.”

He said that Airbnb provided registration details and other data to the authorities in major tourism hubs like Lisbon, Paris and Barcelona to help city officials enforce their rules. “We actually think that better access to data is the solution here.” In September, the company introduced City Portal, which it says will allow governments access to data that can help identify listings that do not comply with

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Pence travel questioned after aides test positive

Trump administration and campaign officials faced questioning on Sunday about Vice President Mike PenceMichael (Mike) Richard PenceOvernight Health Care: Following debate, Biden hammers Trump on coronavirus | Study: Universal mask-wearing could save 130,000 lives | Finger-pointing picks up in COVID-19 relief fight Democrats play defense, GOP goes on attack after Biden oil comments McConnell tees up Barrett nomination, setting up rare weekend session MORE’s planned travel in the upcoming week after reports revealed two of his top aides tested positive for COVID-19.

White House chief of staff Mark MeadowsMark Randall MeadowsSenate Health Committee chair asks Cuomo, Newsom to ‘stop second guessing’ FDA on vaccine efficacy Sunday shows preview: Trump, Biden gear up for final sprint to Election Day Trump hasn’t asked Barr to open investigation into Bidens, McEnany says MORE defended Pence’s campaign travel on CNN’s “State of the Union,” promoting the administration’s argument that Pence serves as an essential worker and is allowed to continue campaigning in person. 

“As we look at that, essential personnel, whether it’s the vice president of the United States or anyone else, has to continue on,” Meadows said after host Jake TapperJacob (Jake) Paul TapperNY Times slammed for glowing Farrakhan op-ed: ‘You would think he was a gentleman’ Democrats condemn Trump’s rhetoric against Michigan governor as allies defend rally Illinois governor blames Trump’s allies for state’s wrong direction on coronavirus MORE pressed him on how campaigning classified as essential work. 

Meadows declined to say how many people in the vice president’s office have contracted coronavirus, telling CNN’s Jake Tapper that “we don’t give out that kind of information.” 

The chief of staff stressed that Pence is “wearing a mask, socially distancing and when he goes up to speak he will take the mask off, put it back on.” The vice president was not wearing a mask while speaking at a rally in Tallahassee, Fla. on Saturday.

Pence’s chief of staff, Marc Short, and adviser Marty Obst both tested positive for COVID-19, but the vice president himself has tested negative for the virus twice.

Trump campaign adviser Corey LewandowskiCorey R. LewandowskiSunday shows preview: Trump, Biden gear up for final sprint to Election Day Senate needs to confirm Judge Barrett before Election Day  The Memo: Biden landslide creeps into view MORE on Sunday also stood by Pence’s campaigning, noting on NBC’s “Meet the Press” that Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisTrump knocks idea of a ‘female socialist president’ Sanders hits back at Trump’s attack on ‘socialized medicine’ Watch live: Biden participates in HBCU homecoming MORE (D-Calif.) the Democratic vice presidential nominee, continued her campaign after a staffer tested positive. 

“I’m sure he’ll do what’s necessary and what’s appropriate,” Lewandowski said, referring to Pence. “And look, we’ve also seen Kamala Harris’s team — members of her team come down with COVID and she took the necessary precautions.”

Harris’s communications director, Liz Allen, tested positive for COVID-19 earlier this month, prompting the senator to cancel some planned travel to Oct. 18. But 

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Fitness gear tested Covid-19 positive in Thailand hotel for quarantine

BANGKOK, Oct 25 (Xinhua): Thai health authorities on Sunday said Covid-19 virus was found on the surface of fitness equipment in a hotel gym where an infected patient was quarantined.

“However, rest assured, health officials had conducted swab tests on 67 people in the hotel and all were cleared of infection,” said Dr. Opas Karnkawinpong, Director-General of the Department of Medical Sciences, Ministry of Public Health.

Seven specimens from the environment in the hotel in Bangkok’s adjacent province of Samut Prakan were examined and the virus was found in one of them, he added.

There was a risk of quarantined people spreading the virus in a gym or in other areas of the hotel, he said.

Due to this incident, the ministry’s Disease Control Department and the Department of Health Service Support have decided to tighten up preventive measures at hotels used as quarantine facilities.

Regarding the infected case, a French woman, Opas said that the latest blood test showed no sign of antibodies, while her husband, son and a friend who picked her up at Samui airport have been cleared of the virus.

All 10 passengers on the same flight with the woman from Bangkok to Koh Samui, and two cabin crew, have been tested with negative results and all have been isolated for observation.

The 57-year-old woman entered quarantine at a hotel in Bangkok on Sept 30 after her arrival from France.

She underwent two tests during the 14-day mandatory quarantine period, which both returned negative results.

Two days later she fell ill, with a fever, cough and muscle pain, and was admitted to a private hospital on the island. Two subsequent tests confirmed she was infected.

Thailand on Sunday reported four new coronavirus cases, including the women and three others identified whilst in state quarantine, taking the total number of infections to 3,736.- Xinhua

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Intoxicated hotel guest arrested for disorderly conduct: North Olmsted Police Blotter


Disorderly conduct: Country Club Boulevard

Police responded to a report of a disorderly guest at 6:21 p.m. Oct. 12 at the Extended Stay America hotel on Country Club Boulevard west of Great Northern Boulevard.

Officers learned that an intoxicated woman was causing a disturbance by stumbling around the front lobby and bothering nearby guests. A manager, who had received noise complaints from other guests, had unsuccessfully asked the woman to keep the noise down, according to a police report.

The hotel manager asked police to assist in evicting the woman and a second woman who was in their room.

The second woman appeared to be sober. She was released, but told to leave the hotel. The intoxicated woman was arrested for disorderly conduct while intoxicated.

Petty theft: Brookpark Road

Officers at 11:45 a.m. Oct. 12 responded to Walmart after store security reported that they were holding a shoplifting suspect.

An asset protection employee told police that he saw the woman, driving an electric cart, removing items of clothing from store displays and placing them in plastic shopping bags. The woman grabbed a Pepsi and proceeded past the cashiers without making any attempt to pay for the items in her cart, according to the employee.

The value of the recovered items — mostly clothing — totaled more than $318. The woman told the police she is homeless. Officers charged her with petty theft and she was held in police custody until her mother could take custody of her.

Improper handling of a firearm: Brookpark Road

Officers at 2:22 a.m. Oct. 9 stopped a car on Brookpark near Great Northern Boulevard. Officers charged the woman driver with driving without a license.

During the traffic stop, officers searched the driver, her male passenger and the car. Before the search, the driver and her passenger denied having any drugs or weapons and agreed to a search. However, during the search, officers found that the passenger had a 9mm handgun in his waistband that was loaded with 20 rounds of ammunition. Officers also found an empty 9mm magazine in the car and 1.9 grams of suspected marijuana.

Police charged the man with improper handling of a firearm in a motor vehicle.

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Pence’s top aides have COVID; he’ll keep up travel schedule

Vice President Mike Pence plans to maintain an aggressive campaign schedule this week, the White House says, despite an apparent outbreak of the coronavirus among his senior aides.

Pence’s chief of staff, Marc Short, and “a couple of key staff surrounding the vice president” have tested positive for the virus, White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows said Sunday.

The vice president, who along with his wife, Karen, tested negative on Sunday, according to his office, is considered a “close contact” of the aides under Centers for Disease Control and Prevention criteria but will not quarantine, his spokesman said.

Devin O’Malley said Pence decided to maintain his travel schedule “in consultation with the White House Medical Unit” and “in accordance with the CDC guidelines for essential personnel.” Those guidelines require that essential workers exposed to someone with the coronavirus closely monitor for symptoms of COVID-19 and wear a mask whenever around other people.

O’Malley said Pence and his wife both tested negative on Saturday “and remain in good health.”

President Trump commented on Short early Sunday after his plane landed at Joint Base Andrews, outside Washington. “I did hear about it just now,” he said. “And I think he’s quarantining. Yeah. I did hear about it. He’s going to be fine. But he’s quarantining.”

Saskia Popescu, an infectious disease expert at George Mason University, called Pence’s decision to travel “grossly negligent” regardless of the stated justification that Pence was an essential worker.

“It’s just an insult to everybody who has been working in public health and public health response,” she said. “I also find it really harmful and disrespectful to the people going to the rally” and the people on Pence’s own staff who will accompany him.

“He needs to be staying home 14 days,” she added. “Campaign events are not essential.”

After a day of campaigning in Florida on Saturday, Pence was seen wearing a mask as he returned to Washington aboard Air Force Two shortly after the news of Short’s diagnosis was made public. He is scheduled to hold a rally on Sunday afternoon in Kinston, N.C.

Pence, who has headed the White House coronavirus task force since late February, has repeatedly found himself in an uncomfortable position balancing political concerns with the administration’s handling the pandemic that has killed more than 220,000 Americans. The vice president has advocated mask-wearing and social distancing, but often does not wear one himself and holds large political events where many people do not wear face coverings.

By virtue of his position as vice president, Pence is considered an essential worker. The White House did not address how Pence’s political activities amounted to essential work.

Short’s diagnosis came just weeks after the coronavirus spread through the White House, infecting Trump, the first lady, and two dozen other aides, staffers and allies.

Short, Pence’s top aide and one of his closest confidants, did not travel with the vice president on Saturday. Top Pence political advisor Marty Obst tested positive for COVID-19 earlier this

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Atari Hotel’s Concept Art Shows Off a Futuristic, Cyberpunk-Style Hotel

GSD Group and Gensler have revealed their concept art for the upcoming Atari Hotels that are set to open in Las Vegas, Nevada and Phoenix, Arizona, and they look like something pulled out off a Cyberpunk-style future.The Atari Hotels are meant to be pop culture and video game-inspired, and GSD Group also has plans to have more locations in Austin, Chicago, Denver, San Fransisco, San Joe, and Seattle in the future.

Atari Hotel Concept Art

Atari, known for such classic as Asteroids, Centipede, and PONG, is looking to offer “guests a wholly unique hospitality experience inspired by, and built with, classic and modern video game culture in mind” with these new hotels.

Atari Hotels, which were announced earlier this year, will allow guests to “enjoy the latest in video games, experience cutting-edge immersive entertainment, purchase exclusive Atari Hotels merchandise, and play the night away in retro-style gaming arcades.”

There will also be a speakeasy and nightclub, themed restaurants and bars, and much more.“I have seen the vision that GSD Group has for Atari Hotels, and they are poised to shatter the perception of what hotels can be,” said Fred Chesnais, CEO of Atari®. “Atari Hotels will create a world that caters to gamers of all ages and experience levels, giving them a place to call home — a groundbreaking experience that shares Atari’s legacy of innovation.”

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