Aug 02, 2020
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(CNN)On the same day that three former US presidents joined in a moving tribute to civil rights hero John Lewis and just after the release of government data showing the worst quarterly plunge in economic activity ever recorded, President Donald Trump tried to seize control of the news agenda with a jaw-dropping suggestion: Consider delaying the November election.The idea, delivered in a tweet Thursday morning, was quickly blasted by commentators -- even members of Trump's own party in Congress. But it did keep his name in the headlines."It's insulting to the American public to even suggest that this sacred constitutional right should be undermined by an authoritarian President tanking in the national polls to Joe Biden," wrote historian Douglas Brinkley. "From the earliest days of the republic, regular elections and orderly transfer of power have been signatures of American democracy," he added, noting that even in wartime voting dates have been sacred.
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Join us on Twitter and FacebookA possible peek at his thinking came Tuesday, when an Associated Press photographer captured Biden holding handwritten notes about Sen. Kamala Harris, including the phrases "Do not hold grudges" and "Great respect for her."Civil rights lawyer Ben Crump argued that Harris is the right choice for vice president, describing her as a "change agent at every level of government -- local, state, and federal -- for 30 years." After watching her "skewer witness after witness testifying at Senate hearings," he wrote, "I know exactly who I want to see go toe-to-toe with Mike Pence." Jonathan Alter made the case for former National Security Adviser Susan Rice in a Washington Monthly piece, citing her deep background in international issues and her "critically important experience in the executive branch."In the Los Angeles Times in late June, George Skelton described another contender, Rep. Karen Bass, as "smart, energetic and successful at achieving goals — such as shepherding a sweeping police reform bill through the House last week and attaining major reforms in foster children programs a decade ago as speaker of the California Assembly."Trump's beautiful suburbsPresident Trump hammered at his message to suburban voters this week, promising via Twitter that "people living their Suburban Lifestyle Dream ... will no longer be bothered or financially hurt by having low income housing built in your neighborhood." It's not an accident that he is taking this tack as the election nears. As Monica Hesse noted in the Washington Post, suburban women strongly disapprove of Trump's job performance. "He assumed that this demographic would respond well to barely disguised racial fearmongering," Hesse wrote. "His understanding of women voters is based on six reruns of 'Happy Days' plus a vacuum cleaner ad from 1957." Outdated indeed, wrote Lawrence C. Levy, who heads the National Center for Suburban Studies at Hofstra University. "So much about the suburbs has changed, from an influx of minorities who brought their Democratic Party preferences with them, to the relative rarity of women who only stay at home with their kids instead of also holding down a job outside the home and volunteering for quality of life causes. The days of the suburbs as diversity deserts are long gone." Trump may be well behind in the polls, but his message is getting through to at least some voters in swing states, wrote Rich Thau, who has conducted focus groups in places like Macomb County, Michigan. Voters who went for Obama and Trump in earlier races "think a businessman is best suited to turn the country around economically. They feel Covid-19 was not Trump's fault, and he's doing the best he can to contain it. They conflate the Black Lives Matter protesters with the rioters attacking federal buildings and retail shops. They don't want historic monuments torn down. And they dismiss defunding the police as ridiculous," Thau wrote. "Pay a lot of attention to those voters who don't pay much attention at all. They may be telling us something very important." Joe Biden could still lose the election, wrote Joe Lockhart. His advice to the former vice president: "Don't be afraid to be boring" and "Don't take the bait" from Trump and perhaps most controversially, "Whatever you do, don't debate Trump." For more on politics: Frida Ghitis: Trump turns into a pussycat on all things Puti Steve Israel and David Kriner: Why don't all cities with high rates of crime get the same Trump treatment?Michael D'Antonio: Americans are dying of Covid-19 and Trump is pouting about Fauci Jill Filipovic: Repulsive anti-Semitism -- from the right and left -- needs to have consequencesLaura Coates: Barr's falsehoods and fallacies undermine his own department Harder timesTo add to the gloom induced by the stunning drop in the quarterly GDP numbers, the extra $600 in weekly Covid-era unemployment benefits expired Friday and there's little sign negotiators are close to agreement on a new stimulus bill. Michael Linden of the Roosevelt Institute, writing for the CNN Business Perspectives section, wrote that the conservative case against extending the $600 benefit is mistaken. Yes, some workers are getting more in benefits than they would have received in wages but that doesn't mean they prefer to stay unemployed, Linden wrote. For one thing, most of the unemployed have to pay for health insurance and other benefits they no longer receive. "I'm sure few people would pass up the relative stability of a job for an unemployment insurance benefit with an uncertain future, even if that benefit is higher than normal," he said. By contrast, Rachel Greszler of the Heritage Foundation wrote that businesses are right to worry that it will be harder to get workers back to work if the $600 benefit is extended. "Taking money from future taxpayers to support policies that discourage people from working and that take jobs out of the economy won't help the recovery or individuals' and families' long-term wellbeing," she wrote. "But getting Americans safely back to work will." Dean Obeidallah said millions of Americans are depending on Congress to come to their aid.Food banks reported "50% more people being served than last July and more than 26% of Americans recently reported being unable to pay rent last month or having no confidence they can pay rent next month. Take away this $600 weekly assistance and the number of families going hungry and at risk of losing their homes whenever any extension of the eviction moratorium inevitably ends will skyrocket." Barack Obama and John Lewis On the day Barack Obama took the oath of office as President, he hugged Rep. John Lewis "and said his victory had been made possible only by the sacrifices Lewis made," wrote Dorothy Brown. Obama repaid some of that debt with his eulogy saluting Lewis at his funeral. She quoted Obama saying, "Bull Connor may be gone but today we witness with our own eyes police officers kneeling on the necks of Black Americans. George Wallace may be gone, but we can witness our federal government sending agents to use tear gas and batons against peaceful demonstrators." Obama's election in 2008 marked the start of America's Third Reconstruction, wrote Peniel Joseph. But "dreams that a Black president could prove transformative to national race relations proved short-lived. ... The 2016 election of Donald J. Trump revealed the depth and breadth of racial resentment and fear among those who correctly interpreted the phrase 'Make America Great Again' as a call for a restoration of white supremacy..." America faces a stark choice, according to Joseph: "a liberated future that acknowledges past racial sins in a generational effort at atonement and repair" or "willful blinders that got us in this mess, aided by rationalizations that describe incomprehensible evil as the cost of doing business."Covid-19 tollThe US pandemic death toll reached 150,000 this week, and one leading model predicts that another 80,000 people could die by November. "There are now more than four million confirmed cases in the US," wrote Peter Bergen, "a quarter of the total number of known cases in the world, yet Americans make up just over 4% of the global population.""How the US got here has much to do with a catastrophic failure of national leadership. The federal government abdicated its role by not issuing a national shutdown order and a mandate to wear masks ... by prioritizing 'reopening' over public health, the nation has chosen to accept that many hundreds of thousands of Americans will die of Covid-19."As scientists rush to create and test vaccines, Robert Klitzman warned, we should be careful about accepting shortcuts. Some people have proposed "human challenge" trials that "would allow researchers to intentionally expose all participants to the virus to assess the experimental vaccine's effect more quickly." The problem? "If a controlled infection trial of a vaccine fails after all the participants have been infected, some will likely get very sick and die. While we shouldn't automatically reject the possibility of human challenge trials, given the number of lives that could be saved with an early vaccine, we need to proceed very cautiously." In the meantime, there's one vaccine people should take starting in September even though it doesn't prevent the coronavirus, wrote Dr. Richard Webby. "With the intersection of influenza season, the spread of Covid-19 and discussion of children returning to school, it is more imperative than at any point in our lifetimes for every American older than 6 months (with rare exceptions) to get the flu vaccine as recommended by the CDC starting in September. The flu shot is a valuable and life-saving public health tool that remains the best defense against an influenza virus that kills and sickens too many of our friends, neighbors and family members each year."For more on Covid-19:Fiana Tulip: Why I've been so vocal about my mom's Covid-19 story Erin Bromage: Encouraging signs our immune system may be able to fight off Covid-19 reinfectionKent Sepkowitz: How Covid-19 death rates can be dangerously misleadingWorrying sign for schoolsThe pandemic-shortened baseball season is off to a shaky start, with games canceled as teams discover players who have contracted Covid-19. It doesn't bode well for school reopenings, wrote Amy Bass, especially since schools often lack the scale of resources equivalent to what major league teams have. "Baseball is now a microcosm of how to best battle our imploding failures, a grand experiment for our other institutions, perhaps especially the public schools that the man in the White House is so eager to reopen so America can get 'back to work,'" she wrote. Kathi Valeii, who lives in Southwest Michigan, watches with some sadness out her living room window as her daughter, who's in third grade, rides her bike. "I see her isolated childhood sliding by in slow motion; the days endless, the pandemic a long tunnel we can't yet see out of. You'd think I'd be part of the rallying cry to open up the schools, but I'm not," she wrote. "Considering in-person instruction as cases continue to climb is unfathomable. ... People refuse to wear masks during a 30-minute shopping excursion. Is this really a battle we expect teachers and staff to engage in on buses and in narrow hallways and classrooms? These are unfair burdens to put on school staff."Many women are also facing an undue burden, wrote Rep. Katherine Clark, vice chair of the Democratic Caucus and Fatima Goss Graves, CEO of the National Women's Law Center. "In five short, devastating months, the coronavirus pandemic has laid bare the inequities at the heart of America's economy and our society," they wrote. "Entire workforces are being asked to sacrifice their own safety -- and even their lives -- to keep the economy running. Even those lucky enough to work from home are often simultaneously forced to serve as teacher and caregiver with little support, dwindling savings, and no certain timeline for when this will all be over." Two bills before Congress would shore up essential access to child care for women who need to find new work, and will help protect child care workers, they write. "Unless Congress acts, the advances of women workers over the last 50 years will be jeopardized, blocking women from the workforce and denying our daughters a chance to reach their full potential." Don't miss:Mira Rapp-Hooper: Competing with China? The United States has disarmed itselfDipayan Ghosh: How Congress can expose the silent dangers of big techMoka Makura: What many Africans are hoping to see in Beyonce's 'Black is King'Michelle Slatalla: Melania Trump's brilliant Rose Garden idea AND...The message from naturePoppy, pictured here in August 2015, was the last living mountain gorilla made famous by Dian Fossey in "Gorillas in the Mist." Tara Stoinski's scientific career has focused on protecting mountain gorillas in Rwanda -- the "gorillas in the mist" who became famous due to the work of Dian Fossey, the zoologist after whom Stoinski's nonprofit is named. Fossey was found murdered in 1985 in her cabin in Rwanda. "Dian thought mountain gorillas would be extinct by the year 2000, but instead, they are coming back from the brink, with their numbers slowly but steadily growing over the past three decades," Stoinski wrote. It's an example worth paying attention to, but it's also dwarfed by a larger trend. "Human exploitation of the earth's remaining wild places, like the Congo basin, is destroying habitats at an unprecedented rate. In 2017 alone, we lost 39 million acres of tropical rainforest -- the equivalent of 40 football fields each minute. We are also decimating wildlife populations, with more than one million species now threatened with extinction, according to the International Union for the Conservation of Nature," she wrote.
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UFC 252 pre-event facts: Stipe Miocic makes history with third straight Daniel Cormier fight
Over 1,000 kids quarantined in 1 school district Theres a Reason Why You Haven’t Been Able to Find Dr. Pepper on Grocery Store Shelves UFC 252 pre-event facts: Stipe Miocic makes history with third straight Daniel Cormier fight
The UFC returns to pay-per-view Saturday with UFC 252. The five-fight lineup follows prelims on ESPN and ESPN+ and goes down at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas.© Provided by MMAJunkie
A pivotal moment in the sport’s history will unfold in the main event as UFC heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic (19-3 MMA, 13-3 UFC) and former two-division titleholder Daniel Cormier (22-2 MMA, 11-2 UFC) will clash for the third and final time. The winner not only will have the belt and bragging rights for winning the trilogy, but they’ll also carry the distinction of greatest heavyweight in UFC history, according to UFC president Dana White.
Miocic and Cormier both bring extraordinary and decorated resumes to the octagon. For more on the numbers behind their fight, as well as the rest of the card, check below for 60 pre-event facts about UFC 252.
* * * *Main event © File photo August 17, 2019; Anaheim, CA, USA; Stipe Miocic celebrates his championship victory by TKO against Daniel Cormier during UFC 241 at Honda Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports
Miocic becomes the first in history to face the same opponent in three consecutive UFC fights.
Miocic is one of four heavyweight champions in UFC history to have multiple reigns.
Miocic’s five UFC heavyweight title fight victories are tied with Tim Sylvia for second most in divisional history behind Randy Couture (six).
Miocic’s three consecutive UFC heavyweight title defense during his first reign were the most of any champion in divisional history.
Miocic’s 13 victories in UFC heavyweight competition are tied for fifth most in divisional history behind Andrei Arlovski (18), Frank Mir (16), Junior Dos Santos (15) and Derrick Lewis (15).
Miocic’s nine knockout victories in UFC heavyweight competition are tied for fourth most in divisional history behind Lewis (11), Dos Santos (10) and Cain Velasquez (10).
Miocic’s stoppage victory at UFC 241 despite a -58 significant strike deficit is the second largest comeback in a UFC title fight behind Anderson Silva’s win over Chael Sonnen at UFC 117 (-60).
Miocic and Cormier combined for 304 significant strikes landed at UFC 241, the single-fight record for a UFC heavyweight fight.
Miocic’s nine fight-night bonuses for UFC heavyweight bouts are the most in divisional history.© Provided by MMAJunkie
Cormier is one of four simultaneous two-division champions in UFC history. Conor McGregor, Amanda Nunes and Henry Cejudo also accomplished the feat.
Cormier is one of seven two-division champions in UFC history. McGregor, Nunes, Cejudo, Georges St-Pierre, B.J. Penn and Randy Couture also accomplished the feat.
Cormier is one of three fighters in UFC history to record successful title defenses in two weight classes. Cejudo an Nunes also accomplished the feat.
Cormier is one of five fighters in UFC history to win a belt while coming off a loss. He accomplished the feat against Anthony Johnson at UFC 187.
Cormier is one of two fighters in UFC history to win two title fights following a loss or no-contest. Couture also accomplished the feat.
Cormier competes in the 17th heavyweight bout of his career. He’s 15-1 overall in the weight class.
Cormier lands 62.9 percent of his significant strike attempts in UFC heavyweight competition, the third best rate in divisional history behind Alistair Overeem (74 percent) and Anthony Hamilton (65.6 percent).
Cormier and Alexander Gustafsson combined for 260 significant strikes at UFC 192, a single-fight record for a UFC light-heavyweight bout.
Cormier’s 140 significant strikes landed against Gustafsson are second most in a UFC light-heavyweight bout behind Cyrille Diabate’s 146 at UFC on VERSUS 3.
Cormier is one of nine fighters in UFC history to earn a knockout stemming from the crucifix position. He accomplished the feat at UFC 220.
Cormier is 9-0 in his career when he lands at least two takedowns in a fight.
Cormier has spent just 12 seconds in bottom position in UFC heavyweight competition, the least in divisional history for anyone with at least five fights.Co-main event © Provided by MMAJunkie
Sean O’Malley‘s (12-0 MMA, 4-0 UFC) four-fight UFC winning streak at bantamweight is tied for the fourth longest active streak in the division behind Petr Yan (seven) Aljamain Sterling (five) and Marlon Vera (five).
Marlon Vera’s (15-6-1 MMA, 9-5 UFC) five-fight UFC winning streak at bantamweight is tied with Sterling for the second longest active streak in the division behind Yan (seven).
Vera has earned eight of his nine UFC victories by stoppage.
Vera’s seven stoppage victories in UFC bantamweight competition are tied with Urijah Faber for second most in divisional history behind T.J. Dillashaw (eight).
Vera’s four submission victories in UFC bantamweight competition are tied for third most in divisional history behind Faber (six) and Rani Yahya (five).Featured bout © Provided by MMAJunkie
Junior Dos Santos
Junior Dos Santos (21-7 MMA, 15-6 UFC) enters the event on the first losing skid of his career. He hasn’t earned a victory since March 2019.
Dos Santos’ total fight time of 3:50:40 in UFC heavyweight competition is second most in company history behind Arlovski (4:48:42).
Dos Santos’ 15 victories in UFC heavyweight competition are tied for third most in divisional history behind Arlovski (17) and Mir (16).
Dos Santos’ 10 knockout victories in UFC heavyweight competition are tied with Velasquez for second most in divisional history behind Lewis (11).
Dos Santos’ 14 knockdowns landed in UFC heavyweight competition are the most in divisional history.
Dos Santos has landed 1,075 significant strikes in UFC heavyweight competition, the most in divisional history.
Dos Santos and Ben Rothwell combined for 234 significant strikes landed at UFC Fight Night 86, the third most in a single UFC heavyweight fight behind Miocic vs. Cormier (304) at UFC 241 and Fabricio Werdum vs. Marcin Tybura (282) at UFC Fight Night 121.
Dos Santos’ 157 significant strikes landed against Rothwell are second most in a UFC heavyweight fight behind Cormier (181) at UFC 241.
Dos Santos’ 92 significant body strikes landed against Rothwell are the UFC heavyweight record for a single fight.
Dos Santos defends 81.8 percent of all opponent takedown attempts in UFC heavyweight competition, the second-best rate in divisional history behind Tybura (82.1 percent).
Jairzinho Rozenstruik (10-1 MMA, 4-1 UFC) has earned nine of his 10 career victories by stoppage. He’s finished all of those wins by knockout.
Rozenstruik’s nine-second knockout at UFC on ESPN+ 12 is the second fastest in UFC heavyweight history behind Todd Duffee’s seven-second finish at UFC 102.
Rozenstruik’s knockout of Alistair Overeem at the 4:56 mark of Round 5 at UFC on ESPN 7 marked the third latest stoppage in UFC history behind Demetrious Johnson’s win (4:59 of Round 5) at UFC 186 and Yair Rodriguez’s victory (4:59 of Round 5) at UFC Fight Night 139.Remaining main card
Daniel Pineda (26-13 MMA, 3-4 UFC) returns to the UFC for the first time since March 2014. He went 8-2 with two no contests between stints with the promotion.
Pineda has earned all 26 of his career victories by stoppage. He’s finished 18 of those wins by submission.
John Dodson (21-11 MMA, 10-6 UFC) is 4-4 since he returned to the UFC bantamweight division in April 2016. He’s 5-4 in the weight class overall.
Dodson has earned all six of his UFC stoppage victories by knockout.
Dodson has fought to three split decision results in UFC bantamweight competition, tied for second most in divisional history behind Kyung Ho Kang (four).
Merab Dvalishvili (11-4 MMA, 4-2 UFC) has earned eight of his 11 career victories by decision. That includes all four of his UFC wins.
Dvalishvili’s 39 takedowns landed in UFC bantamweight competition are most in divisional history.
Dvalishvili is one of two fighters in history to land 10 or more takedowns in three separate UFC bouts. Demetrious Johnson also accomplished the feat.
Dvalishvili outlanded Terrion Ware by 183 total strikes at UFC Fight Night 136, the largest differential in a single UFC/WEC bantamweight bout.Preliminary card © Provided by MMAJunkie
Jim Miller (32-14 MMA, 21-13 UFC) competes in his 36th UFC bout, the most appearances in company history. His 34th lightweight appearance is also a divisional record.
Miller’s total fight time of 5:21:47 in UFC lightweight competition is most in divisional history.
Miller’s 21 victories in UFC competition are third most in company history behind Donald Cerrone (23) and Demian Maia (22).
Miller’s 19 victories in UFC lightweight competition are the most in divisional history.
Miller’s 12 stoppage victories in UFC lightweight competition are second most in divisional history behind Joe Lauzon (13).
Miller’s 10 submission victories in UFC competition are tied with Royce Gracie for third most in history behind Charles Oliveira (14) and Maia (11).
Miller’s nine submission victories in UFC lightweight competition are most in divisional history.
Miller’s 43 submission attempts in UFC competition are the most in company history.
Miller’s 11 fight-night bonuses for UFC lightweight bouts are tied with Nate Diaz for third most in divisional history behind Cerrone (15) and Lauzon (15).
Vinc Pichel (12-2 MMA, 5-2 UFC) is 3-1 since he returned from a career-long layoff that lasted from May 2014 to June 2017.
Pichel lands 60.6 percent of his takedown attempts in UFC lightweight competition, the second-highest rate among active fighters in the division behind Islam Makhachev (68 percent).
Felice Herrig (14-8 MMA, 5-3 UFC) returns to competition for the first time since Oct. 6, 2018. The 679-day layoff (nearly two years) is the longest of her more than 11-year career.
Ashley Yoder (7-5 MMA, 2-4 UFC) was awarded the first 30-24 scorecard in a women’s UFC fight at UFC on ESPN+ 12.
UFC research analyst and live statistics producer Michael Carroll contributed to this story. Follow him on Twitter @MJCflipdascript.MORE:
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