U.S. Vice-Presidential Debate, New Zealand, Vladimir Putin: Your Thursday Briefing
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Harris and Pence go head-to-head
Flanked by controversial plexiglass barriers, Vice President Mike Pence and Senator Kamala Harris of California met on Wednesday night for their only debate of the 2020 U.S. election. Their face-off was more civil than the unruly presidential event last week, but the vice-presidential candidates still had sharp exchanges on the virus, foreign policy and health care. Mr. Pence sought to recast President Trump’s record on the pandemic and other issues, often in plain defiance of the facts.
Earlier in the day, in a video recorded outside the White House, Mr. Trump called his coronavirus infection “a blessing from God” and portrayed as a miracle cure the unproven therapeutic drug he was given after testing positive last week. He pledged to provide the drug to Americans free of charge, without offering any details.
White House outbreak: Mr. Trump told the White House medical staff that he was feeling “great.” He is symptom-free and has required no supplemental oxygen, according to his physician. The White House has instructed staff members to follow new safety protocols, including surgical masks and protective eye covers.
Last call: For many very old, ill and infirm Americans who know themselves to be participating for the last time, this election is an opportunity to vote for their children and grandchildren — a final heartfelt, empowering act as American citizens.
New Zealand stamps out the virus, again
Two months ago, New Zealand celebrated 100 days with no community spread of the coronavirus — until a major new outbreak forced a retreat. Now, after a second round of lockdowns, the country is