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POLITICO Playbook: Republicans face the prospect of more House losses

THE UNDERTOLD STORY in Washington right now is how KEVIN MCCARTHY’S House Republican minority is likely to thin quite significantly after this election. STEVE SHEPARD, our election guru, has moved a few Republican incumbents’ seats toward Democrats in his forecast: Reps. ANNE WAGNER in the St. Louis burbs, JIM HAGEDORN in Minnesota and STEVE CHABOT in the Cincinnati area.

OUR OVER/UNDER is Republicans taking a net loss of seven seats. DAVE WASSERMAN of the Cook Political Report pegged the losses at between five and 15 seats.

HERE’S A QUESTION TO PONDER: Who in Republican leadership takes the fall if Republicans lose as many as 10 seats?

SHEPARD has also put JOE BIDEN over 270 electoral votes, which would, of course, hand him the presidency. Steve’s analysis


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Power Up: A VP debate for the times: Pence and Harris face off as White House coronavirus outbreak expands

All this makes the stakes especially high for Vice President Pence, 61, and Sen. Kamala Harris, 55, who will face off tonight for the first time to defend the policies and records of their candidates. These are some key measures of success for both sides, according to sources close to both campaigns: 

Can Pence spin the White House coronavirus outbreak that infected at least 18 people in contact with Trump? 

Trump’s No. 2 – and head of the White House coronavirus task force – will almost certainly be forced to address the outbreak that’s ensnared the president, along with the administration’s handling of the pandemic that has killed nearly 210,000 people in the United States. “Pence’s challenge is to explain what happened in the last few days and defend it,a Trump campaign source told Power Up.

  • You wonder why [Trump’s] numbers with seniors are hurting? You have
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Your Favorite Apron and Kitchen Gear Companies Are Now Making Face Masks

Update, October 6, 2020: This article was originally published on April 27, 2020, and recently updated to include more shoppable masks.

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The seamstresses at Tilit were already working from home when Gov. Andrew Cuomo of New York put out a call on Twitter.

“On March 20, Cuomo had this call to action, saying that NYC was running out of PPE [personal protective equipment]. ‘Small businesses, small companies, get creative,’ was essentially what his Twitter message said, ‘and start helping out,’” says Jenny Goodman, chief operating officer of Tilit, which makes chef coats, aprons, and other “workwear” items for hospitality workers.

Within hours, the team settled on a no-brainer solution. As Goodman explains it, Alex McCrery, Tilit’s founder, happened to be in the office at that moment. “He cut a mask pattern and sewed a sample, and we were like, ‘Okay, let’s make masks.’”


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Emma Roberts wore a matching dress and face mask to her garden-themed baby shower

  • Emma Roberts had a garden-themed baby shower decorated by designer Tory Burch over the weekend.
  • She wore a tropical-print dress with puffy sleeves from the designer, as well as a matching face mask.
  • Floral artist Eric Buterbaugh brought tons of flowers, including roses hanging from trees and a vulva-shaped bouquet, to the backyard event.
  • Even the cookies served at the baby shower were decorated to look like mushrooms and flowers.

Emma Roberts looked whimsical at her garden-themed baby shower this weekend.

On Sunday, the actress — who announced her pregnancy in August — shared photos of herself wearing a midi dress and face mask at the backyard event. The matching garments were created by fashion designer Tory Burch, who also decorated the party. To complete the look, Roberts donned white boots, and wore her hair in loose waves.

“So grateful to my family and pod for making my pregnancy feel

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Trump Administration and House Face Reckoning on Virus Relief

(Bloomberg) — Stimulus talks between the Trump administration and congressional Democrats will reach a fork in the road on Tuesday as both sides either quickly seal a deal or the House moves to pass a Democratic proposal and leave town for pre-election campaigning.

Donald Trump wearing a suit and tie: President Donald Trump

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President Donald Trump

The House released its $2.2 trillion proposal Monday night and the White House greeted initially it with silence.

Its reaction will likely come in a morning call between House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin that largely determines whether another coronavirus stimulus gets done.

While the details of the legislative text adds clarity to the talks, the top-line spending level is no closer to that so far supported by Republicans. President Donald Trump has indicated he could agree to as much as $1.5 trillion in aid — still higher than the $650 billion put forth in a “skinny” aid

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Yorkshire garden centre installs face mask detection cameras to alert customers not complying with rules

A West Yorkshire garden centre has installed cameras to detect if customers are wearing face masks.

Monday, 28th September 2020, 7:06 pm

Whiteley’s – in Mirfield, West Yorkshire – has invested in market-leading face-covering detection technology to protect its employees and customers following the Government’s announcement of increased restrictions on face coverings in shops – with customers facing increased fines if they do not comply.

Upon arrival, Whiteley’s customers are greeted by an interactive screen displaying customised messages depending on whether they are wearing a face covering or not.

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The screen is connected to a camera system at the entrance that is taught to identify whether a person in a specific area is wearing a cover over their mouth and nose.

An award-winning garden centre in the heart of Yorkshire, Whiteleys, has invested in market-leading face-covering
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Mirfield: Face mask cameras installed at garden centre

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image captionCustomers are alerted to the need for face coverings by the software at the garden centre

A garden centre has employed mask recognition technology to help stop customers entering without coverings.

Whiteley’s Garden Centre at Mirfield, West Yorkshire, has installed cameras linked to software at the entrance point to spot anyone without a mask.

Face coverings must be worn by

customers in shops, supermarkets and shopping centres around the UK.

The software scans faces and where it finds visible points such as a nose or mouth it flashes a message on screen.

Managers at the centre said they had seen a “90% drop in customers refusing to wear a face covering” which meant they no longer had to have a member of staff manning the door.

General Manager, Peter Williams said: “Customers’

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Slagh and Banks face off in 90th state House District race

OTTAWA COUNTY, MI — State Rep. Bradley Slagh, R-Zeeland, will face Democratic challenger Christopher Banks in the Nov. 3 general election for Michigan’s 90th House District seat.

The conservative-leaning district in Ottawa County includes Holland, Zeeland, Hudsonville and Jamestown Township.

The candidates vying for the two-year seat are: State Rep. Bradley Slagh, R-Zeelend; and Democrat Christopher Banks, a quality assurance professional who lives in Holland.

Meet the two candidates:

  • Bradley Slagh, 63, of Zeeland, is the incumbent state representative for the 90th District. He earned a degree in business administration and a teaching certificate from Hope College. In addition to his first term as state representative, Slagh worked in finance for 18 years, served as Zeeland Township supervisor for six years and as Ottawa County treasurer for 12 years.
  • Christopher Banks, 44, of Holland, works in the manufacturing industry. Banks, in response to questions about his education, listed Ross Medical
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Daily infections not rising as fast as Vallance’s ‘nightmare projection’

Newly reported Covid-19 cases are not rising as fast as projections presented by the government’s chief scientists, Telegraph analysis can reveal. On Monday, the chief scientific adviser Sir Patrick Vallance presented a scenario in which the number of new confirmed cases could reach close to 50,000 a day by October 13 if it began doubling every seven days. Sir Patrick made clear the scenario was “not a prediction” but an example of how the virus can spread when left unchecked. It was based on the situation as of September 15, when 3,105 new cases were reported across the UK. Since the dire warning the UK has seen the highest daily rise in detected infections since the start of the pandemic for two days running, with 6,634 new cases reported on September 24th and 6,874 on September 25th. Had

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