Going Full Liberal
More trouble for creepy Joe.
An extensive new survey by Morning Consult of nearly 28,000 registered voters presents some troubling numbers for the presumed Democratic presidential nominee, former Vice President Joe Biden — results the pollster ascribes to increased coverage of the sexual assault allegation against Biden from his former Senate staffer Tara Reade. While Biden’s “slide” has resulted in a tightening race between him and President Donald Trump, the pollster still gives Biden a “distinct advantage” among one potentially key group.
“Tara Reade’s allegation that Joe Biden sexually assaulted her when he was a senator in 1993 is one of the few non-coronavirus stories to have broken through to voters amid the pandemic, and it appears to be taking a toll on the former vice president’s popularity,” Morning Consult reported Monday.
The result: Biden’s net favorability has dropped 5 points among registered voters since just a few weeks ago and his head-to-head lead over Trump has shrunk to just 3 points.
A “3 point lead”…think we’ve learned how much to trust polls when Hillary was “polling” 95% above Trump.
Stocks in Asia Pacific traded lower on Wednesday as caution remains over a recent resurgence in coronavirus cases in certain countries regionally.
In Japan, the Nikkei 225 dropped 1.28% in early trade as shares of index heavyweight Fast Retailing fell more than 2%. The Topix index also slipped 0.99%.
South Korea’s Kospi declined 1.07%.
Meanwhile, shares in Australia also traded lower, as the S&P/ASX 200 dipped 0.91%.
Overall, the MSCI Asia ex-Japan index traded 0.41% lower.
Overnight on Wall Street, the Dow Jones Industrial Average closed 457.21 points lower at 23,764.78 while the S&P 500 dropped about 2.1% to end its trading day at 2,870.12. The Nasdaq Composite also fell more than 2% to close at around 9,002.55.
Oil prices fell in the morning of Asian trading hours, with international benchmark Brent crude futures down 1.87% to $29.42 per barrel. U.S. crude futures also dropped 1.94% to $25.28 per barrel.
The U.S. dollar index, which tracks the greenback against a basket of its peers, was last at 99.995 after trading above and below the 100 mark so far this week.
The Trump Update
She is awesome, it’s just that simple!
As I’ve said before, she would be treated as royalty by the press if Trump was a Democratic President.
It was an unusual National Day of Prayer and a somber message from the first lady.
Still, in a video released Thursday by the White House, Melania Trump — seated on a couch, an echo clearly audible — delivered a message of hope.
“On this year’s National Day of Prayer, we are confronted with the challenges of an invisible enemy,” she began.
“One that can only be defeated through unity and our national strength, love and devotion to each other.
“All through history, Americans have unified through challenging moments and during our greatest times of need, we always turn to prayer.”
On this National Day of Prayer, the first lady said, our thoughts should be with those on the frontlines of the coronavirus pandemic and those who have lost a loved one due to the COVID-19 disease.
In addition, she said, the country will get be back in places of work and worship, sending our children back to school and going back to sporting events.
“Our dear citizens, through prayer and faith, we will get through this together,” she said in closing.
“God bless you all, and God bless the United States of America,” she said.
French police in the department of Bas-Rhin in Alsace arrested four individuals advertising drugs on social media, and offering free hand sanitiser and medical masks with each purchase.
The four people arrested, three men aged between 27 and 28 and one woman aged 40, advertised the sale of cannabis resin, cocaine and ecstasy through the popular social media mobile app Snapchat and offered to deliver the illegal drugs to the homes of their customers.
Investigators say the four travelled up to 500 kilometres in two days delivering drugs in the area and not only offered masks and hand sanitizer but made sure to fill out lockdown travel certificates that claimed they were travelling to pharmacies to pick up medicine.
The arrests come as French drug dealers have struggled with a shortage of supplies due to to the Wuhan coronavirus lockdown not only in France but in other countries where illegal drugs flow to and from.
Many others have also adapted to the lockdown measures, which were eased in France on Monday, by using social media apps to advertise.
Some have warned that the lack of supply and higher prices could mean increased violence between drug-dealing gangs with an investigator from the Ile-de-France region stating last month: “If the supply does not start again, and if the confinement lasts longer, it could become hot in certain cities.”