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The first General Election debate between President Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden takes place tonight in Cleveland, OH. The 90-minute, commercial-free debate at Case Western Reserve University begins at 7:00 pm (Colorado time).
Tonight’s debate may be the last good chance Trump has for defining Biden. POLITICO explains why the stakes are so high. A new poll from The Washington Post shows Biden opening a big lead in the battleground state of Pennsylvania.
► There have now been more than 1 million deaths worldwide from COVID-19. As The Associated Press reports, that’s probably a low estimate:
Even at 1 million — greater than the population of Jerusalem or Austin, Texas, more than four times the number killed in the 2004 earthquake and tsunami in the Indian Ocean — the toll is almost certainly a vast undercount.
Many deaths were probably missed because of insufficient testing and inconsistent reporting, and some suspect concealment by countries like Russia and Brazil.
And the number continues to mount. Nearly 5,000 deaths are reported each day on average. Parts of Europe are getting hit by new outbreaks and experts fear a second wave may await the U.S.
Here in Colorado, the number of COVID-19 cases continues to rise — as does the number of hospitalizations related to the virus.
► Senator Cory Gardner (R-Yuma) is one of nine male Republican Senators who will meet today with Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett. Gardner is the only one of the nine who is in danger of losing re-election in 2020; going ahead with this meeting anyway indicates that Gardner realizes his goose is cooked. [UPDATE: Or maybe Gardner is NOT participating in the meeting today?]
Meanwhile, The Colorado Times Recorder reports that Gardner is changing up his tune on why he opposed a confirmation hearing for a SCOTUS nominee in 2016.
► The New York Times dropped another story in what is expected to be a series of new pieces about President Trump’s finances. The takeaway: Trump sucks at business but is good at being Trump:
But while the story of “The Apprentice” is by now well known, the president’s tax returns reveal another grand twist that has never been truly told — how the popularity of that fictional alter ego rescued him, providing a financial lifeline to reinvent himself yet again. And then how, in an echo of the boom-and-bust cycle that has defined his business career, he led himself toward the financial shoals he must navigate today.
Mr. Trump’s genius, it turned out, wasn’t running a company. It was making himself famous — Trump-scale famous — and monetizing that fame.
As Chris Cillizza writes for CNN, the latest NYT story further demolishes the narrative of Trump as a successful businessman.
More political (and coronavirus) news is available right after the jump…
Now Only Partially Coronavirus-Related…
► As The Washington Post’s Jennifer Rubin reminds us, Donald Trump is the bizarro King Midas:
The latest revelations — and those the Times promises are to come — make it much harder, if not impossible, for Trump to find safer terrain in the waning days of the race. He has failed to come up with a coherent (let alone winning) argument against Biden, and worse, has handed Biden one devastating argument after another to deploy against him. He generates devastating stories faster than Biden’s opposition research team can compile them. We have every reason to believe things will get even worse for Trump in the days ahead…
…It seems it’s true that everything Trump touches dies — including his own presidency.
► Democratic Senate candidate John Hickenlooper is running a new ad ahead of this week’s first U.S. Senate debate with Republican Cory Gardner (the first debate is Friday in Pueblo):
► Rocky Mountain Values is up with a new $1.5 million ad buy hitting Sen. Cory Gardner for supporting a rushed confirmation process for a new SCOTUS nominee:
► Everytown for Gun Safety is spending $1 million on a new ad tying Cory Gardner to President Trump and the National Rifle Association:
► And here’s the first TV ad for Proposition 113 (National Popular Vote):
► As The Colorado Sun reports, Climate Change is a top issue for Colorado voters in 2020…which is bad news for Sen. Cory Gardner.
► Brian Eason of The Colorado Sun digs into Amendment B, which would repeal The Gallagher Amendment in Colorado.
► As The Colorado Times Recorder reports, local Republican candidates in Colorado are suddenly going quiet about their support for President Trump.
► Colorado will get a new State Supreme Court Justice in November.
► The Denver Post endorsed Democrat Diane Mitsch Bush in CO-3. Republican candidate Lauren “Q*Bert” Boebert didn’t even bother to meet with the Post editorial board.
► Boulder County Public Health is adjusting its orders for 18-22 year olds in the area as part of an effort to slow a COVID-19 outbreak in the area. Meanwhile, a legal organization representing religious groups is suing the State of Colorado for not allowing churches to hold super-spreader events.
► As Vox.com reports, digital political ads are the Wild West of the 2020 election cycle:
If you want to find out how or why you’re being targeted, good luck. Most answers are hidden beneath layers of ad technology and data collection that tech companies aren’t legally required to disclose. And unlike TV, print, and mailed political ads, which can’t target you nearly as well and are regulated by Federal Election (FEC) and the Federal Communications (FCC) Commissions, the online political ad world is largely unregulated. That means it’s up to companies like Facebook and Google to make their own rules governing the deluge of political ads we’re all seeing, and there’s no guarantee they’ll make decisions that protect our democracy.
► Here’s another thing that Sen. Cory Gardner doesn’t want to discuss.
► CBS4 Denver tried a do-over for a factually-inaccurate story that ran last week…but political “reporter” Shaun Boyd made the same mistakes.
► House Democrats are still trying to figure out a way to convince Senate Republicans to approve another coronavirus stimulus bill.
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► Eric Trump may or may not understand what LGBTQ stands for:
Eric Trump: “The LGBT community, they are incredible. And you should see how they come out in full force for my father every single day. I’m part of that community, and we love the man.” pic.twitter.com/hl51ftW8l2
— Bobby Lewis (@revrrlewis) September 29, 2020
► On the topic of idiots saying stupid things on Fox News, here’s former New York City Mayor and not-a-doctor Rudy Giuliani diagnosing Joe Biden with dementia:
It’s kinda nuts Fox & Friends hosts didn’t aggressively cut off Rudy Giuliani off as he armchair diagnosed Joe Biden with dementia and accused him of using performance enhancing drugs. You know, lawyer stuff. pic.twitter.com/tHrsR6lsbX
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) September 29, 2020
► As National Review reports, there was never a moment when Sen. Cory Gardner (R-Yuma) was NOT going to support a new SCOTUS nominee:
A source who talked to Gardner last weekend says there was “never any doubt” where he’d come down; it was just a matter of the timing of his announcement. The source says Gardner didn’t want to overthink the politics in what’s going to be a “nip-and-tuck race” regardless, and is “prepared to go out with his boots on.”
The Republican strategist says it made sense for Gardner to come out publicly right away and get all the criticism over with rather than stretch it out by staying on the fence. With regard to the decision-making of Gardner and other senators, the strategist points out that this is a defining vote that will long be remembered, even when Trump is gone: “You could launch, fund, and win a Republican Senate primary on this vote alone.”
► Let’s remember these words from Sen. Cory Gardner on whether Donald Trump should release his tax returns.
► Tune in to the latest episode of The Get More Smarter Podcast, featuring an interview with State Senate President Leroy Garcia:
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