Who Won the First Presidential Debate? Experts Grade Trump-Biden Mess; Joe Biden Denies Antifa Organizations Exist

By New York Post. President Donald Trump and his Democratic challenger, Joe Biden, spent more than an hour during the first presidential debate in Cleveland, Ohio, brawling over how best to manage the deadly coronavirus crisis, taxes, climate change, and a host of other domestic policy issues. . .

“Both landed some shots. Both interrupted too much and acted like children,” said Matt Mackowiak, a longtime Republican strategist, podcast host and chairman of the local Republican Party in Austin, Texas.

Another election night analyst for The Post, Liz Benjamin, is no stranger to rough-and-tumble politics. But this veteran of Albany — who covered it as a reporter, columnist and as the former longtime anchor of Capital Tonight before becoming a communications consultant — called it a “wash.” . . .

But longtime Staten Island Republican political strategist Leticia Remauro gave Trump a slight edge.

“Trump by a hair. He was forceful and solidified his base but loses points for interrupting,” wrote Remauro, a regular on New York 1’s ‘Inside City Hall’ who ran public relations for the Battery Park City Authority in the aftermath of the Sept. 11th terror attacks. (Read more from “Who Won the First Presidential Debate? Experts Grade Trump-Biden Mess” HERE)

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Joe Biden Denies Antifa Organizations Exist

By Townhall. Former Democratic Vice President Joe Biden denied the existence of organized Antifa groups during the first presidential debate in Cleveland, Ohio on Tuesday.

Fox News anchor Chris Wallace had asked President Trump if he was willing “to condemn white supremacists and militia groups, and to say that they need to stand down and not add to the violence in a number of these cities, as we saw in Kenosha and as we’ve seen in Portland?”

“Sure, I’m willing to do that. I would say almost everything I see is from the left-wing, not from the right-wing,” Trump replied, telling the Proud Boys to “stand back and stand by.”

“But I tell you what, somebody has got to do something about Antifa and the left because this is not a right-wing problem, this is a left-wing problem,” Trump added.

“Antifa is an idea, not an organization, that’s what his FBI director said,” Biden replied. (Read more from “Joe Biden Denies Antifa Organizations Exist” HERE)

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Elon Musk Says He Won’t Take Coronavirus Vaccine, Calls Bill Gates a ‘Knucklehead’

SpaceX founder Elon Musk stirred the pot yet again after claiming that neither he nor his family would take a COVID-19 vaccine even if it was readily available.

The 49-year-old billionaire dropped the bombshell during a Monday appearance on the New York Times opinion podcast “Sway.”

“I’m not at risk, neither are my kids,” Musk told host Kara Swisher about the rationale behind his decision. . .

Later on, the automotive mogul addressed Bill Gates’ criticisms of his skepticism toward the coronavirus, which Musk called “dumb” in March. During a CNBC interview in July, the Microsoft founder claimed that Musk didn’t know much about vaccines and said he hoped that the SpaceX head “doesn’t confuse areas he’s not involved in too much.”

“Gates said something about me not knowing what I was doing,” Musk told Swisher. “It’s like, ‘Hey, knucklehead, we actually make the vaccine machines for CureVac, that company you’re invested in.’” He was referring to the fact that Tesla manufactures equipment for the German biopharmaceutical firm CureVac. (Read more from “Elon Musk Says He Won’t Take Coronavirus Vaccine, Calls Bill Gates a ‘Knucklehead’” HERE)

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Presidential Debate: Insults Fly as Trump, Biden Tussle at First Showdown

President Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden kicked off their first fiery presidential debate Tuesday night, sparring over everything from the Supreme Court nomination, coronavirus and Biden’s sons, with moderator Chris Wallace of Fox News admonishing Trump several times for interrupting.

The first of three showdowns between Trump, 74, and Biden, 77, devolved into attacks on Hunter Biden, smarts and schoolyard name-calling. As Trump went on offense, Biden tried to shut him down by calling the president a “clown” and a “liar.” . . .

Trump came out swinging, but Biden held his own and didn’t fall into previous debate pitfalls where he cut his time short or stumbled to get out responses. The two men often talked over each other in a brawl that got unwieldy at times.

The president touted his record in the White House on boosting the economy and how he handled the pandemic, proclaiming: “There has never been an administration or president who has done more than I’ve done in a period of three and a half years, and that’s despite the impeachment hoax.” . . .

Biden sought to define himself as the steady leader of the Democratic Party and distanced himself from Bernie Sanders’ health care plan and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Green New Deal. (Read more from “Presidential Debate: Insults Fly as Trump, Biden Tussle at First Showdown” HERE)

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Biden Campaign to Fact-Check Trump With New Twitter Account During Debate; Biden and Trump Prepare for a Debate That Could Turn Personal

By Fox News. Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden’s campaign launched a Twitter account for the purpose of fact-checking President Trump ahead of the first of three debates between the two contenders.

The Biden campaign launched the account, @Truth, in partnership with the Democratic National Committee. The account will share updates in real time based on topics discussed during the debates.

“The American people deserve to remember what it’s like to have a president who tells the truth again,” Biden campaign spokesman Andrew Bates said in a statement.

In its first tweet, the account shared a clip of Biden responding to a question from a reporter who asked what he could have to accomplish in order to have a successful debate performance. In response, Biden said he would “just tell the truth.” (Read more from “Biden Campaign to Fact-Check Trump With New Twitter Account During Debate” HERE)

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Biden and Trump Prepare for a Debate That Could Turn Personal

By CNN. Inside the map room of the White House, a small group of advisers sat around a table and peppered the President with accusations and criticisms about everything from lying to incompetence. The team, led by former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, was getting Donald Trump prepared for the onslaught they expect from Joe Biden on the debate stage Tuesday night.

About 100 miles north in Wilmington, Delaware, a similar scene played out with Biden and his team, led by longtime Biden aide and debate expert Ron Klain. Biden’s prep has been more traditional — putting on mock debates with veteran Democratic attorney Bob Bauer playing the role of Trump in at least one session.

For two very different men with polar opposite temperaments and divergent governing philosophies, their debate objectives have some fundamental things in common: Put their opponent on the defense and make it as much a referendum on the other as possible. In conversations with multiple sources familiar with both candidates’ prep, each is practicing ways to get under the other’s skin, while also avoiding blowing up and going off script if the debate turns personal.

Advisers to both candidates are expecting one of the night’s biggest flash points to be about each man’s children. (Read more from “Biden and Trump Prepare for a Debate That Could Turn Personal” HERE)

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This College Considered Best in the Nation for Free Speech, and Here’s What Ranked Last

A newly compiled list of free speech on college campuses found that the University of Chicago is considered the best campus for free speech in America while DePauw University ranks last.

The 2020 report, “What’s the Climate for Free Speech on America’s College Campuses?” was published Tuesday. The first-of-its-kind, interactive, online tool pulled data from nearly 20,000 students to rank the best and worst schools for free speech and open discourse at 55 U.S. institutions.

The ratings factored in dimensions of free expression on campuses and looked at the ability to discuss challenging topics like race, gender and geopolitical conflicts, as well as polling students on whether they feel held back from openly sharing their views.

The schools are ranked on a scale from 0-100. The University of Chicago received a 64 while Indiana’s DePauw came in at 44.

“A university should be a lively marketplace of ideas – a place where different beliefs and opinions can be discussed, analyzed and challenged with widest possible freedom,” Nathan Harden, editor of RealClearEducation, said in a written statement. (Read more from “This College Considered Best in the Nation for Free Speech, and Here’s What Ranked Last” HERE)

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Newly Declassified Documents Show Hillary May Have Set up the Russia Hoax

Newly declassified documents from Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe show former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton may have set up the 2016 Russia investigation into the Trump campaign. The information was released Tuesday afternoon in a letter written to Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham.

“In late July 2016, U.S. intelligence agencies obtained insight into Russian intelligence analysis alleging that U.S. Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton had approved a campaign plan to stir up a scandal against U.S. Presidential candidate Donald Trump by tying him to Putin and the Russians’ hacking of the Democratic National Committee. The IC does not know the accuracy of this allegation or the extent to which the Russian intelligence analysis may reflect exaggeration or fabrication,” the letter states. “According to his handwritten notes, former Central Intelligence Agency Director Brennan subsequently briefed President Obama and other senior national security officials on the intelligence, including the ‘alleged approval by Hillary Clinton on July 26, 2016 of a proposal from one of her foreign policy advisors to vilify Donald Trump by stirring up a scandal claiming interference by Russian security services.’”

“On 07 September 2016, U.S. intelligence officials forwarded an investigative referral to FBI Director James Comey and Deputy Assistant Director of Counterintelligence Peter Strzok regarding ‘U.S. Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s approval of a plan concerning U.S. Presidential candidate Donald Trump and Russian hackers hampering U.S. elections as a means of distracting the public from her use of a private mail server,’” the letter continues. (Read more from “Newly Declassified Documents Show Hillary May Have Set up the Russia Hoax” HERE)

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Nearly 100,000 Voters Got Wrong Ballot Return Envelopes in New York

The New York City Board of Elections on Tuesday admitted that nearly 100,000 Brooklyn voters received absentee ballot return envelopes with the wrong address and names labeled on them.

CNN reports:

Valerie Vazquez-Diaz, a spokesperson for the board, told CNN the issue affected 99,477 voters. She blamed a third-party vendor, Phoenix Graphics, which had been contracted to print and mail the ballots to voters in Brooklyn and Queens. CNN has reached out to the company for comment.

Michael Ryan, the election board’s executive director, said at a meeting on Tuesday afternoon that the city has ordered the vendor to remail new ballots “to make certain that absolutely no disenfranchisement occurs in the borough of Brooklyn.”

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Biden’s Texas Political Director Implicated in Massive Mail-In Ballot Harvesting Scheme

A Biden Campaign operative in Texas is attempting to rig the 2020 election with the help of others in a massive ballot harvesting scheme, according to two private investigators who testified under oath that they have “video evidence, documentation and witnesses” to prove it. With the help of mass mail-in ballots, the illegal ballot harvesting operation could harvest 700,000 ballots, one Harris County Democrat operative allegedly bragged.

The investigators—a former FBI agent and former police officer—claim that Biden’s Texas Political Director Dallas Jones and his cohorts have been “hoarding mail-in and absentee ballots” and ordering operatives to them fill out for people in Harris County illegally, “including dead people, homeless people, and nursing home residents in the 2020 presidential election,” Patrick Howley of the National File reported.

While law enforcement agencies are reportedly investigating these potential crimes, nothing will be done about it until “well after the November 3, 2020 election” the former FBI agent said. (Read more from “Biden’s Texas Political Director Implicated in Massive Mail-In Ballot Harvesting Scheme” HERE)

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Yes, Joe Biden Is Compromised by His Family’s Shady Foreign Dealings; Trump Takes Press to Task for Skipping Over Hunter Biden Scandals

By Washington Examiner. The release of a joint report by the Senate committees on homeland security and finance raised important questions about obviously unethical foreign profiteering by members of the Biden family.

In particular, former Vice President Joe Biden’s ne’er-do-well son Hunter received a remarkable amount of money from highly suspect foreign entities, including ones controlled by the Chinese government. On at least one occasion, the elder Biden appears to have directly facilitated his son’s tawdry dealings. On another, the current Democratic presidential nominee ignored an obvious appearance of a conflict of interest that compromised the moral authority of U.S. diplomacy.

Not to be outdone, Joe Biden’s brother James and sister-in-law Sara cashed in as well, creating an international financial web that Politico a full year ago dubbed “Biden Inc.” Finally, and rather sickeningly, the new report shows multiple payments from Hunter to Russian and Eastern European women suspected of links to an “Eastern European prostitution or human trafficking ring.”

The legality of some of these dealings is at least questionable. But the ethical stench is undeniable. And while a father is not responsible for the actions of his grown son, Joe Biden’s role as at least a silent enabler raises serious questions about his judgment, not to mention his susceptibility, at least at the margins, to forms of foreign emotional blackmail. . .

None of this is immaterial to Joe Biden’s fitness for the presidency. As his son sought all this business with Chinese entities, the vice president ferried Hunter Biden on Air Force Two when Joe took a diplomatic mission to China. Again, Hunter Biden was no child accompanying his father: He was a wheeler-dealer adult with no obviously legitimate role on the trip. Hunter Biden emerged afterward with a deal estimated to approach $1.5 billion, of which an unknown amount apparently entered his own pockets as the deal’s broker. (Read more from “Yes, Joe Biden Is Compromised by His Family’s Shady Foreign Dealings” HERE)

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Trump Takes Press to Task for Skipping Over Hunter Biden Scandals

By Fox News. President Trump on Sunday may have shown a preview of this week’s upcoming presidential debate when he asked reporters at the White House why — in his opinion — they have been reluctant to look into Joe Biden’s son Hunter Biden’s business involvement in Russia, Ukraine, and China while his father was vice president.

“If we had a media that was fair — even just reasonable — this would be the biggest story for years and years,” Trump said. “Then you’d be entitled to real Pulitzer Prizes, not the fake committee that gives away these fake awards.”

Trump’s comment was made after the New York Times released a report that he avoided paying taxes for 10 of the past 15 years. Trump called the Times’ report another example of fake news.

Trump has brought up Hunter Biden in the past and two Republican-led Senate committees issued a report last week alleging that the work Hunter Biden did in Ukraine constituted a conflict of interest for the Obama administration. His father had taken the lead on some initiatives dealing with Keiv. (Read more from “Trump Takes Press to Task for Skipping Over Hunter Biden Scandals” HERE)

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Dems’ DMV-Style Healthcare Is a Threat to Americans With Pre-Existing Conditions

. . .Joe Biden and Kamala Harris both support healthcare for illegal aliens. Harris co-sponsored Bernie Sanders’ $32 trillion socialized medicine plan to turn hospitals into DMVs and put bureaucrats in charge of Americans’ health decisions.

The “public option” is no better. Just like Joe Biden himself, it’s a Trojan Horse to usher in the left’s radical agenda. In this case, a single-payer system that would kill private care – which over 180 million Americans depend on.

Obamacare was a disaster. Premiums doubled and healthcare costs increased by $3,000 per year. What good was Obamacare if its “sky-high deductibles” made it “all but useless”? But Biden’s next health plan is even worse. Just ask his advisor Ezekiel Emmanuel. . .

President Trump is bringing meaningful reform to healthcare that led to the first drop in prescription drug costs in 45 years. His America First Healthcare Plan includes an executive order to protect those with pre-existing conditions, and will continue to give patients more choice and access. (Read more from “Dems’ DMV-Style Healthcare Is a Threat to Americans With Pre-Existing Conditions” HERE)

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