The Canadian and American central banks are pulling out all the stops to support the economic recovery, with the latest move being their indications that they expect to hold interest rates near zero over the next few years. However, as the COVID-19 pandemic persists, the hoped-for sustained revival in consumer borrowing and spending is anything but certain. In an unprecedented move on Sept. 16, the U.S. Federal Reserve said it doesn’t expect to raise its key interest rate until 2023, providing a very powerful signal that near-zero rates are here to stay for a long time. A week earlier, the Bank of Canada had said, “The Governing Council will hold the policy interest rate at the effective lower bound [0.25 percent] until economic slack is absorbed so that the 2…
Biden’s campaign has called a lid in the morning nine times this month.
“More often than not, there’s an inverse relationship between how panicked editors are about something and how much voters care,” Biden campaign spokesman Andrew Bates wrote on Twitter.
“This is almost universally true when it concerns process & it *is* universally true when it has to do with both inside jargon *&* process – e.g, ‘lid.’”
“Hello to the introspection-allergic and chronically wrong tiny percent of America who have proudly chosen to learn nothing from this election cycle in the name of ease, clicks, and above all, luxurious self absorption,” he added.
Bates also shared a tweet that stated a lid means Biden’s travel pool, or gaggle of reporters covering him, won’t see him, but it does not mean that he won’t be seen by the public in virtual events.
Biden, 77, stayed at his home for months starting in March, citing the harsh restrictions imposed across the country because of the COVID-19 pandemic. His campaign restart lagged behind President Donald Trump’s, and his schedule has remained less full than his rival, though he has been opting for more virtual events than Trump, who prefers campaigning in person.
Some defenders of Biden pointed to how he told reporters on Wednesday morning that he had not started to prepare heavily for the upcoming Sept. 29 debate, the first between him and Trump.
“I鈥檝e started to prepare but I haven鈥檛 gotten into it really heavily. I will beginning tomorrow,” Biden said.
Biden spent time campaigning in Charlotte, North Carolina on Wednesday.
Trump took to Twitter after the lid was called to goad his challenger, saying: “Sleepy Joe Biden just closed down his campaign for the day (Again). Wants to rest!”
“He is a very LOW ENERGY INDIVIDUAL, and our Country cannot make it in these exciting, but complex and competitive times, with a Low Energy President !!!” Trump added.
Tim Murtaugh, the Trump campaign’s communications director, said Biden is “invisible” with just 39 days before the election.
Trump paid his respects to deceased Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Thursday morning before traveling to Charlotte for a speech. He also had a rally planned in Jacksonville, Florida.
Focus News: Biden Campaign Defends Lack of Public Appearances Amid Trump Attacks
Facebook has shut down more than 180 fake accounts, groups, pages, and Instagram accounts that it determined to be run in China, which posted content on the U.S. presidential election and spread Beijing’s talking points on a range of topics, from the South China Sea to Hong Kong protests. The U.S. social media giant announced the takedown in a blog post published on Sept. 22, saying that these accounts were a violation of its rule against “coordinated inauthentic behavior on behalf of a foreign or government entity.” In total, 155 Facebook accounts, 11 pages, nine groups, and six Instagram accounts were shut down. The Instagram app is owned by Facebook. Nathaniel Gleicher, Facebook’s head of security policy and author of the blog post, explained that while people behind these accounts…