October 8, 2020 News Summary
US Politics and Economics
Yesterday night, Vice President Mike Pence and Senator Kamala Harris faced off in the Vice Presidential Debate. Due to the current issues along with President Trump’s recent COVID-19 diagnosis, the pandemic took center stage last night. Along with COVID-19, key issues included climate change, the economy, healthcare, and racial justice issues. Despite the welcome civility during the debate, there were still flaws and concerns within the debate, as candidates frequently dodged questions and switched the topics. Moderator Susan Page of USA Today, per public opinion, sometimes failed to control the candidates after their time was up. Many raise the suggestion of allowing the moderator to cut off the microphones when it wasn’t the candidate’s turn to speak. The next debate, the 2nd presidential debate, is scheduled to occur at 8 pm CST next Thursday, October 15th, at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts in Miami, Florida.
According to Texas Tribune, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton desires to discuss a donor's complaints about law enforcement agencies. Paxton released a referral from the Travis County district attorney’s office, which asked the attorney general’s office to investigate a complaint. "The scope and nature of the complaints comprised matters that the D.A.'s Office would normally refer to a law enforcement agency with the resources necessary to conduct the investigation," a statement from the office said.
This week, Tarrant County courts have 346 eviction-related hearings scheduled. “My responsibility is to make sure that this is contained in the citation that goes out so people are informed about it,” Tarrant County Justice of the Peace Ralph Swearingin Jr. said. Texas Tribune reports “even if people successfully have proceedings stopped, they can still be evicted next year if landlords chose to pursue evictions again, even if they have since caught back up on payments.”
According to CDC’s COVID Data Tracker, as of October 8, 2020, 12:20 PM, there are over 7.52 million cases and 211k deaths nationwide. According to the data, California leads with the most cases at 831k, and Texas follows by a total of 777.5k cases.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin have conversed about a stimulus package. According to CNBC, “Pelosi and Mnuchin had a 40-minute afternoon phone conversation about ‘whether there is any prospect of an imminent agreement on a comprehensive bill,’ the speaker’s spokesman Drew Hammill said in a tweet.”
Southeast US Weather
In the past few hours, Delta has strengthened back to major hurricane status. The NHC currently forecasts a 125 mph peak, and may possibly achieve borderline category 4 status. Tracks have shifted towards the west today, so Delta may make landfall close to the area where Hurricane Laura hit. Hurricane warnings are in effect from Galveston to LaFayette.
Analysis: The eye is finally visible on satellite imagery, which implies pressure deepening and another possible burst of RI in the GOM, or strength, before landfall.
Forecast Positions: 10 HRS: 120 mph, 20 HRS: 120 mph, 30 HRS: 125 mph, 40 HRS: 130 mph (Landfall). 50 HRS: 25 mph (Post-tropical storm), 60 HRS: (Dissipated)
US Politics and Economics: Dylan, Caleb, and Annabelle
Texas Politics: Stephanie, Vicki, and Megan
Health: Matthew, David, and Owen
Southeast US Weather: Jade, Aiden, and Simon
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