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Joe Biden, the Democratic presidential nominee
Joe Biden, the Democratic presidential nominee(AP)

Joe Biden is being targeted by a Catholic organisation preparing to spend $10m on advertising to discourage adherents of the faith from voting for him – despite Biden being Catholic himself.

Speaking from his home in Wilmington, Delaware, on Wednesday, the Democratic presidential nominee took aim at Donald Trump’s wayward pandemic response and empty promises: “I trust vaccines. I trust scientists. But I don’t trust Donald Trump.” 

That came as the US president denounced Dr Robert Redfield, director of the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), for suggesting a vaccine was unlikely to materialise until late 2021, after the president told White House reporters on Wednesday that it could be ready as soon as October.

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Why Scientific American endorsed Biden

Firstly, this Stephen Colbert joke deserves as wide an audience as possible.

Secondly, here’s Josh Fischman to explain the journal’s historic decision to abandon its strict neutrality.

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‘With 12 battleground states to win, it’s either candidate’s race to lose’

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Meet Kamala Harris’s husband Douglas Emhoff

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Catholic group launches $10m campaign to discourage Biden support among faithful

Joe Biden is being targeted by a Catholic organisation preparing to spend $10m on advertising to discourage adherents of the faith from voting for him – despite Biden being Catholic himself.

CatholicVote, a national Catholic political advocacy group, says it is producing an “in-depth report on Biden’s record on issues Catholics care about,” including a shortened “voter guide” version, that it plans to send to 5m Catholic voters.

“Joe Biden’s record makes clear he will not protect our Catholic values or defend our way of life. For Catholics who cherish the Faith and their freedom to live it, a Biden presidency represents an existential threat,” said Brian Burch, president of CatholicVote.

“Catholics are less focused on Joe Biden’s claims about his personal faith, and instead on what his policies would do to the culture, and their freedom to live out their own beliefs,” he added.

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Jim Carrey to play Biden on Saturday Night Live

This is surely going to be incredible.

Clemence Michallon has more details.

Joe Sommerlad17 September 2020 10:27

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Trump accused of sexual assault by former model Amy Dorris in new interview

Dorris alleges the president forced his tongue down her throat and groped her at the US Open in 1997 in an interview with The Guardian.

Biden has been accused of inappropriate behaviour towards women himself, which he has vehemently denied, and has so far largely refrained from attacking Trump on these grounds. 

However, this is unquestionably a major blow to the incumbent and the challenger would be well-advised to attack him on his disturbing track record, which includes multiple such allegations, “grab ’em by the p****” and unanswered questions about his friendship with Jeffrey Epstein.

Here’s the latest.

Joe Sommerlad17 September 2020 11:26

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Trump claims Biden wears a mask because he doesn’t want to ‘expose his face’

The president said many absurd things in his White House press conference yesterday, in addition to his attack on Dr Redfield over the vaccine, and you can follow them over at our dedicated Trump blog.

But this was his latest assault on his rival:

Honestly, the politicisation of masks is getting people killed. 

Biden is simply following the federal guidelines set out by the White House’s own Coronavirus Task Force by wearing one and so should everyone else. 

It’s that simple.

Joe Sommerlad17 September 2020 09:51

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Challenger warns UK Good Friday Agreement must not be jeopardised by Brexit

The Democratic nominee has also waded into the hot mess that is Britain’s never-ending trade negotiations with Europe, warning that the hard-won Northern Irish peace deal cannot be allowed to disintegrate amid the acrimony with Brussels. 

Vincent Wood has this.

Joe Sommerlad17 September 2020 09:42

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Biden: ‘I don’t trust Donald Trump on vaccine’

With less than seven weeks to go until Election Day, Joe Biden set out his vision for distributing a potential coronavirus vaccine on Wednesday as he continued to condemn Donald Trump’s wayward pandemic response.

Speaking from his home in Wilmington, Delaware, the Democratic presidential nominee declared: “I trust vaccines. I trust scientists. But I don’t trust Donald Trump.”

That came as the US president was denouncing Dr Robert Redfield, director of the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), for suggesting a vaccine was unlikely to materialise until late 2021, after the president told White House reporters on Wednesday that it could be ready as soon as October.

Biden responded to that empty promise by cooly reiterating his point:

Here’s more from Danielle Zoellner.

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