The Biden Bump – The New York Times

first_imgTHE LATEST NEWSThe Transition Tropical Storm Eta made landfall on the central part of the Florida Keys yesterday, bringing strong winds and heavy rains. – Advertisement – Republicans have a different set of problems. They have lost the popular vote in seven of the last eight presidential elections. They now appear headed toward a messy struggle over who their new national leaders will be — or whether Trump himself will continue to dominate the party.For more: Congressional Democrats are arguing over the party’s next steps, Michael Shear and Maggie Astor of The Times report. And Ross Douthat, an Op-Ed columnist, looks at how Republicans can become a majority party after Trump. If Democrats had nominated any candidate other than Joe Biden, President Trump may well have won re-election.It’s impossible to know for sure, of course. But Biden won the states that decided the election narrowly — by two percentage points or less in Arizona, Georgia, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, current vote counts suggest. And there is good reason to believe other Democrats might have lost these states. Consider: But there is also a large dose of bad news for Democrats. Despite Trump’s defeat, the Republican Party has retained its popularity in much of the country. A small but crucial segment of Americans chose to vote for both Mr. Biden and Republican congressional candidates.This combination means that neither party has an obvious path forward. Democrats are almost certainly fooling themselves if they conclude that America has turned into a left-leaning country that’s ready to get rid of private health insurance, defund the police, abolish immigration enforcement and vote out Republicans because they are filling the courts with anti-abortion judges. Many working-class voters — white, Hispanic, Black and Asian-American — disagree with progressive activists on several of those issues.But the notion that Democrats should simply move to the center on every issue also seems wrong. A big increase in the minimum wage passed in Florida last week with 61 percent of the vote. Several drug-decriminalization measures also passed. Expansions of Medicaid, a health-insurance program mostly for low-income people, have also passed in red states.- Advertisement – A ‘Jeopardy!’ iconAlex Trebek began hosting “Jeopardy!” in 1984, sporting a thick mustache and a pale pink pocket square on his first episode. He got the job partly because Lucille Ball, of “I Love Lucy” fame, had encouraged the show’s producer to hire him. He went on to host more than 8,000 episodes, breaking a record set by Bob Barker of “The Price is Right” for hosting the most episodes of a single game show.On Sunday, Trebek died at 80, more than a year after announcing he had Stage 4 pancreatic cancer. His death led to an outpouring of tributes from fans who saw him as a steady — and witty — presence in their homes. – Advertisement – Fighting continued between Azerbaijan and Armenia over the weekend in the disputed border region of Nagorno-Karabakh. Azerbaijan — wanting to reclaim the region that is controlled by Armenian forces and mostly populated by Armenians — said its military captured a key town, which Armenian officials denied. This gratin is a fresh way to use roasted cauliflower. Tossed with tomato sauce, sautéed red onions and goat cheese, it’s delicious.Go SightseeingEvery year, millions of pilgrims descend on the central Iraqi city of Karbala to commemorate the religious holiday of Arbaeen. Take a tour of the festivities last year. In living rooms across the country, five nights a week, viewers could count on “an honest, no-frills test of knowledge” guided by Trebek, as a 2002 Times article put it. “We’re comfortable, like an old pair of shoes,” Trebek said. “We don’t come on with a splash.” Pre-pandemic, Trebek would host five episodes a day, two days a week, from July to April. He would go over the 305 clues for that day’s shows at 7:30 a.m., making notes. If a clue seemed too difficult, he would tell the writers to remove it.Part of his appeal was his honesty, which extended to his fight with cancer. He spoke about it publicly, saying his pain would sometimes shoot “from a three to an 11” during tapings.“With his cerebral bearing and aura of quiet, impartial authority, he embodies ideals that feel endangered: the pursuit of knowledge, and the inherent value of facts,” Alexandra Alter wrote in a profile this year. And his honesty included flashes of restrained disappointment when contestants missed an easy question. His tone, he once told New York magazine, tried to convey: “How can you not get this? This is not rocket science.”Still, many contestants adored him. Some were moved to tears upon meeting him. In one episode that aired last week, a contestant — an Indian immigrant named Burt Thakur — said that he had learned to speak English by watching Trebek as a child, sitting on his grandfather’s lap.Episodes of the show hosted by Trebek will air through Dec. 25.PLAY, WATCH, EAT, LISTENWhat to Cook The Supreme Court will hear arguments tomorrow in a case that seeks to eliminate the Affordable Care Act. If the law is struck down, millions of people would lose health insurance and people with pre-existing conditions would struggle to buy insurance. – Advertisement – Morning ReadsThe Media Equation: For the past four years, The Times’s Maggie Haberman has been the source of much of what we know about Trump’s White House. The end of his presidency means the end of her wild ride, Ben Smith writes.Lives Lived: Marguerite Littman, a honey-voiced Louisianian and literary muse, taught Hollywood to speak Southern. But her most enduring legacy was as an early force in the fight against AIDS. She died at 90.Subscribers make our reporting possible, so we can help you make sense of the moment. If you’re not a subscriber, please consider becoming one today.ARTS AND IDEAS Why does this matter? For the past four years, Trump has dominated American politics. At times, he has seemed to possess magical political powers, winning the presidency despite rejecting the usual rules of politics and maintaining a roughly steady approval rating even as he was impeached and presided over a terrible pandemic.In the end, though, Trump didn’t have magical powers. He instead became only the fourth elected president in the past century to lose re-election, after Herbert Hoover, Jimmy Carter and George H.W. Bush. That’s the good news for Democrats. In Nebraska’s Second Congressional District, the Democrats nominated a Bernie Sanders-style candidate — Kara Eastman, who backs “Medicare for all” and was endorsed by progressive groups like the Justice Democrats — for a House seat. She lost her race by almost five percentage points, while Biden won the district by almost seven points. The pangram from Friday’s Spelling Bee was conditioning. Today’s puzzle is above — or you can play online if you have a Games subscription.Here’s today’s Mini Crossword, and a clue: Browser window (three letters).Thanks for spending part of your morning with The Times. See you tomorrow. — DavidA correction: Friday’s newsletter incorrectly stated that the number of votes cast in Georgia was three million; it was nearly five million.P.S. From The Onion: “Media Condemns Biden For Baseless Claim That Nation Will Come Together Once Election Over.”last_img read more

Police collect nearly 800 bodies from Ecuador’s virus epicenter

first_imgHe later said Sunday on Twitter that the joint task force, in operation for the past three weeks, had retrieved 771 bodies from homes and another 631 from hospitals, whose morgues are full.Wated did not specify the cause of death for the victims, 600 of whom have now been buried by the authorities.Ecuador has recorded 7,500 cases of the coronavirus since the first diagnosis was confirmed on February 29.The coastal province of Guayas accounts for over 70 percent of those infected in the country, with 4,000 cases in the capital Guayaquil, according to the national government. Ecuador said police have removed almost 800 bodies in recent weeks from homes in Guayaquil, the epicenter of the country’s coronavirus outbreak, after the disease overwhelmed emergency services, hospitals and funeral parlors.Mortuary workers in the Pacific port city have been unable to cope with a backlog, with residents posting videos on social media showing abandoned bodies in the streets. “The number we have collected with the task force from people’s homes exceeded 700 people,” said Jorge Wated, who leads a team of police and military personnel created by the government to help with the chaos unleashed by COVID-19. Topics :center_img The military and police began removing bodies from homes three weeks after the mortuary system in Guayaquil collapsed, causing delays in forensic services and funeral homes under a 15-hour long daily curfew.Guayaquil residents posted videos on social media of bodies abandoned in the streets, along with messages asking for help to bury their family members.The Ecuadorian government has taken on the task of burying bodies, given the inability of relatives to do so for various reasons, including financial ones.In early April, Wated said “medical experts unfortunately… estimate that COVID-19-related deaths in these months will reach between 2,500 and 3,500, just in the province of Guayas.”last_img read more

Orange volleyball remains undefeated, off to best start in program history

first_img Published on September 14, 2010 at 12:00 pm Contact Chris: [email protected] | @chris_iseman Hayley Todd has been a part of some very good teams during her career at Syracuse. But after Tuesday’s win against Niagara, this year’s Syracuse squad appears to be that special kind of team. The type of team that can make adjustments on the fly. The type of team that can immediately regroup at the most crucial times. The Orange hasn’t remained undefeated thus far by accident. ‘We knew it was just little things that we could clean up on our own,’ the senior outside hitter said. ‘Volleyball’s all about mistakes and whoever makes less mistakes. It was really just about us getting the dust off a little bit.’ If that’s all it took, the Orange couldn’t have been that dusty. Off to its best start in program history, Syracuse (13-0) beat Niagara (5-7) 3-0, taking the sets 25-20, 25-19 and 25-20. SU hasn’t lost a set since Sept. 3 against North Texas at the Samford Tournament. Since that point, the Orange has won 27 consecutive sets.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Despite the score getting close at several times throughout the match, the Orange maintained its composure to keep the Purple Eagles from ever having a chance to win a set. But starting off the first set on Tuesday, it looked as if that streak might be broken. Syracuse lost the first two points of the first set with unforced errors, hitting two shots out of bounds. ‘We had a lot of unforced errors,’ Orange assistant coach Carol LaMarche said. Once the Orange got warmed up, there wasn’t any looking back. With the score at 8-7, middle blocker Lindsay McCabe placed a perfect shot into the corner of the Purple Eagles’ court to tie the score at eight. Todd followed that up with a kill to make give SU the 9-8 lead. Todd finished up with a team-leading 12 kills. Niagara retook the lead later in the first set to make it 18-17. But a full body dive for a dig by defensive specialist Sarah Hayes set up a kill for sophomore Laura Homann that tied the score at 18. That play turned the momentum in favor of the Orange, and just like that, SU figured everything out. Just as an undefeated team does. ‘They’re really self-motivated to do better and push themselves,’ LaMarche said. ‘They knew that they could play better than how they started.’ SU started off the second set on an 8-1 run, highlighted by two digs by Noemie Lefebvre that set up kills by Todd. Just like they did in the first set, the Purple Eagles started to make a comeback and got the score to 19-18. But that would be as close as they’d come. Once again, the Orange showed it doesn’t get rattled with a tight score. If anything, players step up to make sure the situation doesn’t get any worse. A kill by Lefebvre gave the Orange a four-point cushion at 22-18, propelling SU to win the set. The Purple Eagles made it close again late in the third set, getting the score to 21-19. But Todd made a kill, and Lefebvre followed that up with one of her own to make the score 22-19. That was enough for Syracuse to pull away for the victory and remain unbeaten. Throughout the entire match, the Purple Eagles never really beat the Orange defense. Instead, it was the Orange’s own inconsistency that gave Niagara some points. ‘Against those kinds of teams, our worst enemy is ourselves,’ Lefebvre said. ‘Tonight, we had a little trouble with our consistency. Other than that, we were still able to stay focused and not panic that we were making a little more errors.’ Those errors could be far more costly against tougher opponents. That’s something SU hasn’t forgotten. And having not begun its conference schedule, the Orange isn’t about to let its undefeated status take control. Because even with an undefeated record, Syracuse still knows its toughest opponents lie ahead. ‘We’re 13-0, and that’s great,’ Lefebvre said. ‘But we haven’t played a Big East team yet, so we shouldn’t sit on it.’ [email protected] Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Commentslast_img read more

Votto’s double in 10th lifts Reds over streaking Royals 6-5

first_img LIVE TV Associated Press Television News COMMENT SUBSCRIBE TO US Joey Votto doubled home the winning run in the 10th inning Tuesday night, and the Cincinnati Reds blew another late lead before rallying for a 6-5 victory over the Kansas City Royals.The Royals tied it 5-5 in the eighth on Ryan McBroom’s pinch-hit, two-run homer off Amir Garrett, but they couldn’t keep their four-game winning streak going.With a designated runner on second base in the 10th, Josh Staumont (0-1) walked Nick Castellanos and Votto doubled off the wall in center.Lucas Sims (1-0) gave up a walk in the 10th with a designated runner on second base but escaped the threat.Matt Davidson and Jesse Winker hit consecutive homers off left-hander Kris Bubic in his first road start as Cincinnati pulled ahead 5-3, but Cincinnati’s leaky bullpen let another lead slip away.Luis Castillo limited the Royals’ resurgent offense to three runs — one earned — in six innings. The Royals loaded the bases three times in all but managed only one run out of all those chances.Bubic failed again to get a win in his third big league start. The 40th overall pick in the 2018 draft jumped from Single-A to the majors.Kyle Farmer hit a two-run double in the second. Davidson had a two-run shot in the third, and Winker followed with a solo shot, the Reds’ first back-to-back homers of the season. Bubic gave up five runs and seven hits in five innings.The Royals repeatedly wasted bases-loaded chances and failed to take full advantage of three Reds errors.Kansas City left the bases loaded in the second when Alex Gordon lined out. The Royals managed only one run out of a bases-loaded chance in the third, on Ryan O’Hearn’s single.The Royals loaded the bases again with one out in the seventh, but Farmer — playing shortstop — made a diving stop on O’Hearn’s grounder up the middle and turned a double play to protect the 5-3 lead that slipped away two innings later.NEW ROYALSRight-handed pitcher Carlos Hernández and lefty Asa Lacy were added to the 60-man roster. Hernández pitched at three levels of the minors last year. Lacy, 21, was the fourth overall selection in this year’s first-year player draft from Texas A&M.TRAINER’S ROOMRoyals: Outfielder Franchy Cordero had surgery to repair a broken bone in his right wrist. He went on the injured list Sunday. Cordero was acquired from the Padres on July 16 and played in 11 games.Reds: Reliever Pedro Strop went on the 10-day injured list with a groin injury. Infielder Josh VanMeter was recalled.UP NEXTRoyals: Brad Keller (1-0) makes his first road start of the season and first career start against the Reds.Reds: Left-hander Wade Miley is expected to come off the injured list and make his second start. He suffered a groin injury in his Reds debut against the Cubs on July 27.Image credits: AP First Published: 12th August, 2020 08:01 ISTcenter_img Last Updated: 12th August, 2020 08:01 IST Votto’s Double In 10th Lifts Reds Over Streaking Royals 6-5 Joey Votto doubled home the winning run in the 10th inning Tuesday night, and the Cincinnati Reds blew another late lead before rallying for a 6-5 victory over the Kansas City Royals WATCH US LIVE Written By FOLLOW USlast_img read more