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Friday - 10/16/20
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Welcome to Bullet Points by News Bling where we give you a well-rounded dose of bias-free news in the fewest words possible so you can start your day smart. 🧐
 

POLITICS 🏛️

Trump and Biden hold competing town halls. 

  • Trump and Biden answered questions from voters Thursday night during nationally televised town halls with NBC and ABC, respectively
  • Trump said he could not recall if he got tested for COVID before the first debate, refused to denounce QAnon, and questioned the efficacy of masks
  • Biden admitted the 1994 crime bill was a mistake, promised to clarify his position on court-packing before election day, and deferred committing to a mandatory vaccine
     

WORLD 🌎

Protesters defy government decree in Thailand

  • Tens of thousands of student-led protesters took to the streets of Bangkok Thursday after the government issued an emergency decree banning gatherings of more than four people
  • The government arrested 20 activists, including protest leaders, leading to demands for their release
  • The pro-democracy protest movement, which has persisted for months, reached a fever pitch this week when King Maha Vajiralongkorn returned to the country from abroad

BUSINESS 💰

Jobless claims spike to highest numbers in two months

  • The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits shot back up to 898,000 last week, the highest in two months
  • Thursday’s jobs report from the Department of Labor confirms a suspected slowdown in hiring
  • While continuing claims have dropped, the economy has yet to recover roughly 10.7 million of the 22 million jobs lost at the start of the pandemic

TECH 📱

YouTube cracks down on QAnon

  • YouTube updated its policy on Thursday to “prohibit content that targets an individual or group with conspiracy theories that have been used to justify real-world violence”
  • The video hosting platform said it would ban content that “threatens or harasses” someone by suggesting they are complicit in QAnon or Pizzagate
  • The move comes after Facebook banned QAnon accounts from its platform last week and Twitter suppressed QAnon accounts and content in July
Context: QAnon: What is it and where did it come from?
 

US 🦅

Study finds eight million more in poverty

  • Eight million people have fallen into poverty since May following a drop by four million due to aid from the Cares Act at the pandemic’s start, according to researchers at Columbia University
  • Researchers using a differing definition of poverty at the University of Chicago and Notre Dame found that six million people have become poor in the last three months
  • While the Democratic House passed the more than $3 trillion HEROES Act in May, the Republican Senate refused to approve it, and Congress has been unable to agree on a second aid package since

CORONAVIRUS😷

Aviation staffer on Biden campaign tests positive

  • The Biden campaign announced Thursday that an individual that flew with the candidate to Ohio on Monday and Florida on Tuesday tested positive for COVID-19
  • The campaign said that Biden and the infected person did not have any close contact or passing and he is not required to isolate
  • The discovery resulted from contact tracing after Kamala Harris’ communications director and a non-staff flight crew member tested positive Wednesday night

EXTRA BLING ✨

  • Science 🧬. World can avert climate crisis with one-tenth of COVID stimulus, study finds
  • Space🚀. Mercury-bound space probe snaps picture of Venus
  • Entertainment 🎭.  Peter Pan, Dumbo, and the Aristocrats get racism advisories from Disney
  • Scandal😱. C-SPAN suspends Steve Scully, who admitted to lying about Twitter hack
  • Funny 😹. Zamboni bursts into flames at New York ice rink


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