In the vice presidential debate, only one candidate looked into the camera and spoke to ‘you’

Because television is a visual medium, what is seen often registers more vividly than what is said. From prestige dramas to reality-show schlock, TV relies on character contrasts, the sharper the better. Much the same is true of politics, whose practitioners like to speak of the importance of “optics.”

Wednesday night’s vice presidential debate between Mike Pence and Kamala Harris was a study in contrasts that went well beyond their parties and positions. It may not have been riveting television, but it was revealing television.

The most significant difference, of course, was built into the evening from the start. History was made by the simple act of Harris, the first woman of color on a major-party ticket, sharing a stage (from a distance of 12 feet) with Pence. Another welcome, impossible-to-miss distinction was the evening’s civility compared with last week’s demolition derby masquerading as a presidential debate, which featured President

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Rare Earth Metals Get The Presidential Treatment

Last Wednesday, the president signed an executive order addressing the threat posed by the United States’ overreliance on “critical minerals” from “foreign adversaries.”

To be more specific, “critical minerals” here means “rare earth metals,” and “foreign adversaries” means “China.”

Although not as rare as gold, the group of 17 metals are used in the manufacture of advanced technologies, including electric vehicles, wind turbines and missile guidance systems. Your iPhone contains a number of them. Each F-35 fighter jet has about half a ton of these strategic elements.

The problem is that the U.S. no longer produces barite (used in fracking), gallium (semiconductors, 5G telecommunications), graphite (smartphone batteries) and a number of other materials. “For 31 of the 35 critical minerals, the United States imports more than half of its annual consumption,” according to the press release.

Today, China controls some 80 percent to 95 percent of the world market,

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Ad attacking Mark Zuckerberg to run during vice presidential debate

  • An ad slamming Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg for the company’s handling of misinformation is expected to run during Wednesday’s presidential debate, per a CNN report.
  • The ad is already posted online and features Zuckerberg’s commentary at a congressional hearing overlaid with headlines reporting on Facebook’s recent missteps, such as its handling of QAnon networks.
  • Facebook remains under scrutiny from lawmakers on both sides of the aisle as regulators continue to fight for more accountability from Big Tech.
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An ad slamming Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is expected to run during Wednesday night’s vice presidential debate, CNN first reported.

The ad, run by the group Accountable Tech, attacks Zuckerberg for the handling of misinformation on the social media site. The ad — which you can view here — features footage of Zuckerberg telling congressional leaders that as Facebook’s founder, he ultimately has responsibility for what

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Trump admin imposes new curbs on H-1B visas to protect US workers ahead of presidential election

Washington, Oct 7 (PTI) The Trump administration has announced new restrictions on H-1B nonimmigrant visa programme which it said is aimed at protecting American workers, restoring integrity and to better guarantee that H-1B petitions are approved only for qualified beneficiaries and petitioners, a move which is likely to affect thousands of Indian IT professionals.

The interim final rule announced by the Department of Homeland Security on Tuesday, less than four weeks ahead of the US presidential election, will narrow the definition of “specialty occupation” as Congress intended by closing the overbroad definition that allowed companies to game the system.

It will also require companies to make “real” offers to “real employees,” by closing loopholes and preventing the displacement of the American workers. And finally, the new rules would enhance the department’s ability to enforce compliance through worksite inspections and monitor compliance before, during and after an H1-B petition is approved.

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Why You Should Vote for Science in the 2020 Presidential Election

Photo credit: Dan Saelinger
Photo credit: Dan Saelinger

From Prevention

Women have always considered many factors when voting, but this election, health care is top of mind. “I say it all the time now: ‘Vote health care, vote health care, vote health care,’” says Cindy Pearson, executive director of the National Women’s Health Network (NWHN), a nonprofit advocacy group in Washington, DC. So much of our health is affected by what our elected officials do: Getting affordable insurance, contraception, and screenings depends on this, as does having access to doctors who understand the unique ways in which conditions like heart disease affect women. Reproductive rights and racial disparities in the system are likewise on the ballot. “It’s more important than ever that women support people who prioritize women’s health,” says Congresswoman Nita Lowey, a rep from New York who is retiring after more than 30 years. “We cannot take that for granted.”

Legislating for

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The Technology 202: Social networks scramble to address the aftermath of first presidential debate

The social network said it took down the accounts based on intelligence provided by the FBI. Twitter shared some examples of the tweets, which the company said “did not make an impact on the public conversation” and had very low engagement:

The activity indicates that social networks are in for a rocky ride for the remainder of election season. 

Tech companies have been revamping their policies and aggressively hiring to address such campaigns in the wake of Russian interference on their platforms surrounding the 2016 election. Yet the companies remain exceptionally vulnerable to a range of evolving and expanding forces that could undermine the election. 

The first presidential debate also sparked an onslaught of extremism and misinformation online. And this is just the beginning: The companies have to contend with three more debate nights as well as a high-stakes Election Day and the delicate post-election period, which might be

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In turning from Trump toward the camera, Biden avoided being dragged down in the first presidential debate

The tactic to ignore Trump’s distractions and speak directly to the American people helped Biden navigate a chaotic debate, according to analysts and debate experts.

The former vice president didn’t have a great night, they said. He missed opportunities to counter some of Trump’s contentions with key facts and engaged in name-calling himself. But Trump set the bar low for Biden’s performance. And Trump’s barrage of interruptions and insults allowed Biden to look competent, empathetic, and presidential in comparison, said Aaron Kall, an expert on presidential debates at the University of Michigan.

“The best thing he did was, instead of showing his anger and channeling it directly toward Trump, he pivoted in several instances directly toward the camera,” said Kall, editor and coauthor of the 2016 book “Debating the Donald.” “He didn’t speak to Trump. He took his message directly to the viewers — the American people.”

This was the

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The first presidential debate between Trump and Biden is tonight. Here’s how to watch

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President Donald Trump and former vice president Joe Biden are facing off tonight in the first of three presidential debates.

Moderator and Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace has selected six topics up for debate tonight:

  • The Trump and Biden Records
  • The Supreme Court
  • Covid-19
  • The Economy
  • Race and Violence in our Cities
  • The Integrity of the Election

The debate starts tonight at 8 p.m. CST. Here are a few ways you can tune in.

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If you haven’t cut the cord yet or you have an antenna, you’ll be able to find the debate airing on ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox, PBS, Telemundo, Univision, CNN, MSNBC and CSPAN.

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