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AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine trial continues despite Brazilian volunteer death

21 October[ —]

AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine trial continues despite Brazilian volunteer deathBrazilian health authority Anvisa said on Wednesday that a volunteer in a clinical trial of the COVID-19 vaccine developed by AstraZeneca and Oxford University had died but added that the trial would continue.



Biden Contradicts His Son, Insists Family Did Not Profit from Biden Name

21 October[ —]

Biden Contradicts His Son, Insists Family Did Not Profit from Biden NameJoe Biden denied that his family has profited from his public offices, appearing to contradict a statement his son Hunter Biden made last year in which he said he thinks he would "probably not" have been asked to be on the board of a Ukrainian energy company if he were not Biden's son.In an interview published Wednesday, the Democratic presidential nominee was asked about Republican Senator Ron Johnson's claim that Hunter Biden along with other Biden family members profited off the family name, an accusation that has become a frequent attack line by the Trump campaign less than two weeks out from the election."Is there any legitimacy to Senator Johnson's claim?" WISN 12 News's Adrienne Pedersen asked Biden."None whatsoever," Biden responded, calling the accusations "garbage" promoted by "Trump's henchman," Rudy Guiliani."It's a last-ditch effort in his desperate campaign to smear me and my family," Biden continued, citing Senator Mitt Romney in the former vice president's argument that "there's no basis to this."Romney serves on the Senate Homeland Security committee, which Johnson chairs, and in September criticized the committee's probe of Hunter Biden's business dealings, saying it is "not the legitimate role of government or Congress … to be used in an effort to damage political opponents.""And the vast majority of the intelligence people have come out and said there's no basis at all," Biden added. "Ron should be ashamed of himself."Last week, the New York Post reported on leaked emails revealing high-dollar negotiations between his son Hunter Biden and foreign companies.In leaked emails from 2014, Biden appears to try to leverage his influence with his father, then-vice president Joe Biden, in negotiations regarding his lucrative position on the board of the Ukrainian natural gas company Burisma. He refers to his father, who was heavily involved in U.S. policy on Ukraine at the time, as “my guy.”Emails from 2017 show Biden discussing a deal with the former chairman of Chinese energy company CEFC China Energy, Ye Jianming, saying Ye agreed to improve the terms of Biden’s three-year consulting contract with CEFC, which initially promised Biden $10 million per-year “for introductions alone.” One of Biden's business partners who was included on the chain confirmed the email's authenticity to Fox News.In an interview last year Hunter Biden appeared to contradict his father's claim that the family name did not provide opportunities for profit."If your last name wasn't Biden, do you think you would have been asked to be on the board of Burisma?" ABC's Amy Robach asked the younger Biden."I don't know. I don't know. Probably not. I don't think that there's a lot of things that would have happened in my life that if my last name wasn't Biden."Trump has claimed that "Biden and his son are stone cold crooked" and on Tuesday called on Attorney General William Barr to investigate the pair.“We’ve got to get the attorney general to act,” Trump said during an interview on Fox News. “He’s got to act, and he’s got to act fast. He’s got to appoint somebody. This is major corruption, and this has to be known about before the election.”



Bloomberg is trying to bleed Trump dry in Florida

21 October[ —]

Bloomberg is trying to bleed Trump dry in FloridaMichael Bloomberg isn't just outspending President Trump in Florida. He's dragging the president into a "money pit," a former a former Florida Democratic Party spokesman tells Politico.After his brief and pricey failed presidential run, the former New York City mayor threw his support and his billions behind Democratic nominee Joe Biden. Bloomberg has specifically focused on the critical swing state of Florida, pledging to spend at least $100 million there, mostly on TV ads, to boost Biden's candidacy. Both Republicans and Democrats aren't quite sure why Bloomberg is spending so much on TV versus social media and voter outreach. But Max Steele, a former Florida Democratic Party spokesman, tells Politico the point is rather to "keep [Trump] mired down" because "Florida is a money pit."Steve Schale, who leads the pro-Biden Unite the Country super PAC, agreed. Because of Bloomberg and other PACs' overhwleming spending, "Trump has now been committed to the equivalent of land war in Asia by having to spend so much of his money in Florida," Schale told Politico. In turn, Trump hasn't had the money he needs to compete in the north and midwest, namely Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin. And with Florida covered by Bloomberg, other Democratic PACs have been able to head for the northern battlegrounds where Trump is falling behind.The idea that Trump is hemorrhaging money to keep up with Biden is boosted by the fact that his campaign reported having just $63 million in the bank at the end of September, even after raising $1.5 billion since the 2016 election. Read more at Politico.More stories from theweek.com The left embraces rigging democracy The greatest risk for a Biden administration A new constitution? Be careful what you wish for.



Trump has sparked a shift in how some conservatives talk and think about abortion

21 October[ —]

Trump has sparked a shift in how some conservatives talk and think about abortionThere is a robust argument being made, by prominent public figures but also among everyday Americans, that the white evangelical movement has made a Faustian bargain by supporting the GOP, and President Trump, in exchange for promises to eliminate abortion.



‘She hit her face!’ Watch a Delta passenger smack a flight attendant on board plane

21 October[ —]

‘She hit her face!’ Watch a Delta passenger smack a flight attendant on board planeAnother day, another on-board confrontation.



3 killed, 1 person in critical condition after Texas club shooting

21 October[ —]

3 killed, 1 person in critical condition after Texas club shootingA shooting in a Texas club left three dead and a fourth critically injured, police said, hours after another incident in which an officer was shot dead.



France bans Islamist group after killing of teacher: government spokesman

21 October[ —]

France bans Islamist group after killing of teacher: government spokesmanFrance will ban an Islamist group named after the late Sheikh Yassin as part of a crackdown on militants following the murder of a French schoolteacher last week, government spokesman Gabriel Attal said on Wednesday. Samuel Paty was beheaded on Oct. 16 by an 18-year-old of Chechen origin seeking to avenge his victim's use of caricatures of the Prophet Mohammad in a class on freedom of expression. "This is a battle over security, culture and education," Attal said.



British study finds traits tied to enduring COVID-19 symptoms

21 October[ —]

British study finds traits tied to enduring COVID-19 symptomsMost people recover from COVID-19 within four weeks, but one in 20 patients is still ill after eight weeks and one in 40 continues to have symptoms after 12 weeks, a new study from Kings College London found, according to BBC News. The researchers pored over self-reported data in the COVID Symptoms Study app, looking for patterns that could predict if a patient who contracts the new coronavirus will have "long COVID" or recover more rapidly. They found several traits that appeared to increase the risk of longer-lasting COVID-19."Having more than five different symptoms in the first week was one of the key risk factors," Dr. Claire Steves at Kings College London told BBC News. Patients with a cough, diarrhea, loss of taste and smell, headaches, and fatigue would be at higher risk than somebody with just a cough, for example. People over 50 also had increased odds of long COVID, as did people with asthma or lung disease, and women."We've seen from the early data coming out that men were at much more risk of very severe disease and sadly of dying from COVID, it appears that women are more at risk of long COVID." Steves said. There are no set symptoms for long COVID, but fatigue is common, BBC News notes. You can find more examples in this new PSA on long COVID from Britain's Department of Health and Social Care. More stories from theweek.com The left embraces rigging democracy The greatest risk for a Biden administration A new constitution? Be careful what you wish for.



Letters to the Editor: USC is taking strong action against anti-Semitism and other forms of hate

21 October[ —]

Letters to the Editor: USC is taking strong action against anti-Semitism and other forms of hateAn ugly fight over social media about racism at USC had one positive outcome: the university president's strong statement condemning anti-Semitism.



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