A presidential debate like no other
Over 90 minutes of interjections and arguments, during which host Chris Wallace repeatedly urged President Trump to let former Vice President Joe Biden speak, quickly led to attribution and heckling. The ensuing debate on Tuesday evening was barely any observable and did little to shed light on the United States’s biggest problems or the key differences between Mr Trump and Mr Biden.
As the debate, the first of three between the presidential candidates, came to an end, Mr. Biden pleaded with the American people to vote, reminding them that they alone would make the election. In response, Mr Trump railed during his 2016 election campaign about perceived trifles and said he would ask the Supreme Court to “review” the ballots cast in the elections.
Key lines: The country has become “weaker, sicker” and “more divided” under Mr. Trump’s leadership, said Mr. Biden. From Mr. Trump: “China ate your lunch, Joe.”
Trump’s interruptions: “Mr. President, I am moderating this debate and I want you to let me ask my question and then you can answer it,” Wallace said.
Sweden’s daily virus numbers are among the lowest in Europe
With many European nations tightening restrictions amid an increase in coronavirus cases, new infections in Sweden, if they tip slightly upwards, have remained surprisingly low.
The country responded unusually to the pandemic last spring by refusing to impose a lockdown as its leading health officials argued that limited restrictions were sufficient and would better protect against economic collapse. Many scholars blamed these policies for an increase in deaths, even when libertarians criticizing lockdowns pointed to Sweden as a role model.
Swedish officials acknowledge some flaws – especially in nursing homes where the death toll has fluctuated – but the country’s current low case numbers compared to a sharp increase in other countries raises questions about whether it has struck a sustainable balance – or whether the most recent numbers are just a temporary aberration.
Here are the latest updates and maps of the pandemic.
In other developments:
Ontario, Canada’s most populous province, reported 700 new infections on Monday, the highest total in a day. Regardless, Montreal and Quebec City are now “red zones” with much stricter restrictions.
Nursing home operators and employees in the United States had an almost gratifying experience when 14,000 elderly homes received rapid testing equipment that can provide results in 15 minutes.
The Netherlands tightened restrictions, warning that the worst wave of infections yet was likely to get worse. Indoor gatherings are limited to four people. Masks are required in Rotterdam, The Hague and Amsterdam.
Israel’s second national lockdown is expected to last at least a month, and possibly much longer, as the country’s soaring infection rate of around 8,000 confirmed new cases per day continues to be among the highest in the world.
New York officials announced Tuesday that the daily rate of positive coronavirus tests had increased to around 1 percent to 3.25 percent after more than a month. The mayor called it “cause for concern”.
What the poisoning of Aleksei Navalny means for Germany
The poisoning of Russian opposition leader Aleksei Navalny last month could be an opportunity for Germany to take a tougher stance on Russia. However, experts remain skeptical that either Berlin or the European Union have the political will to take concrete action or unite divided interests that would send a clear message to Moscow.
Russia claims it played no role in the poisoning of Mr Navalny, who was flown to Germany for treatment and came out of a coma; Last week the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Moscow accused Berlin of dramatizing the episode. However, the evidence, including a finding that Mr. Navalny was attacked with a military chemical from the Soviet Union-designed Novichok group, suggests otherwise.
Analysis: Although the use of this toxin is typically in violation of the Chemical Weapons Convention, “there is a lack of political will to take a tougher stance on Russia,” said a think tank leader. Berlin’s own policy towards Moscow remains “stuck in its internal contradictions and compromises,” he said.
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How Australia became a solar power plant
Australia is the second largest coal exporter in the world. But the country has also quietly become a power plant for renewable energies. Every fourth house has panels on the roof, well ahead of the numbers in Germany, Japan and California, one of the leading solar power consumers in the US
Most Australians who have chosen solar do not appear to have done so to fight climate change, our reporters write. They respond to government incentives, lower prices for solar modules and rising electricity tariffs. “This is the economically rational position,” said the New South Wales Secretary of Energy.
The following also happens
Joe Biden: The Democratic Party’s presidential candidate released his 2019 tax return on Tuesday, stating that he and his wife had adjusted gross income of $ 985,000 and paid federal income taxes of $ 288,000 for the past year.
Cardinal Pell: Cardinal George Pell is expected to return to the Vatican today three years after he left for Australia to be charged with sexual abuse and five months after that country’s Supreme Court overturned its conviction on those allegations.
Charlie Hebdo: The man, suspected of stabbing two people in front of the French satirical magazine’s former Paris office last week, admitted to investigators that he wanted to set the building on fire.
Boris Johnson: Nine months after the Conservatives led to a landslide victory in the general election, polls show that the UK Prime Minister has undermined support within his party, surrendered to the once unfortunate opposition and lost public favor.
Japan Airlines: The airline said it would remove the phrase “ladies and gentlemen” from in-flight announcements and promised to use inclusive language.
Snapshot: Theater is creeping back all over the world – albeit with certain coronavirus-specific changes. “It was like coming home,” said a lighting designer who was working on London’s first fully staged indoor musical since the shutdown: “Sleepless: A Musical Romance.” about. “Everyone was smiling the whole time, which sounds kind of Pollyanna, but it’s true.”
Lived life: Lillian Brown, who powdered her nose and gave advice on diction, clothing, and camera angles to nine presidents from Dwight D. Eisenhower to Bill Clinton, died this month at the age of 106.
What we read: In this GQ interview, Black Magazine Covers Instagram curator Donovan X. Ramsey explains “why he’s curating an Instagram page on Black Magazine covers, how it tells a particular cultural story, and why he’s not expanding on Kanye.” writes Kim Severson, our food correspondent.
Now a break from the news
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Taxes from President Trump
A team of Times reporters received thousands of pages of President Trump’s tax records showing losses and tax avoidance. Russ Buettner and Susanne Craig, who studied tax data with Mike McIntire, shared what they had learned on our podcast, The Daily.
What information did you both receive from our colleague Mike McIntire?
Soot: What we now have is 20 years of income tax data on Donald Trump, covering 500 companies, 5,000 corporate tax returns, and his individual tax returns.
What we can see in it is that after 1995 it was still recovering from the billions in losses it had amassed. He tried to reinvent himself, branching out into new things, but it didn’t really last. His casinos failed again.
Susanne: Suddenly he has this new financial lifeline – “The Apprentice”.
Soot: Ultimately, that wealth stream, just the money from his fame that doesn’t require business expertise, comes to $ 427 million. We’ve looked at Donald Trump’s tax returns and financial records and analyzed his inheritance for almost 30 or 40 years now. This source, taken from The Apprentice, is a level of income that he has not experienced in any other aspect of his life.
It sounds like a great thing you’re learning: when it comes to the type of business where someone else borrows and uses the Trump name, Donald Trump is in the money, but when it comes to a business he buys and tries How to function as a great golf course, these become great financial black holes.
Soot: The less decision-making power Donald Trump has for a company, the more money the company will earn. And the more he’s involved in designing, setting up, and creating a business plan, the more likely it is that there will be problems. In 2015 it has to be completely reinvented – and what does it choose?
Susanne: The next thing he does is run for president.
That’s it for the briefing this morning. Thank you for starting your day with The Times.
Thank you very much
To Theodore Kim and Jahaan Singh for the break from the news. You can reach the team at email@example.com.
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