Bloomberg: Biden Team Crafts Vaccine Plan With Eye on Politics of Trump Bid

Bloomberg: Biden Team Crafts Vaccine Plan With Eye on Politics of Trump Bid. “Joe Biden’s advisers are developing plans to distribute a coronavirus vaccine if he were to win the election as the Democratic nominee’s campaign monitors the Trump administration’s effort to deliver a drug for signs of political interference, according to two Biden advisers.”

‘Keep back!’: How the Biden campaign obsesses over Covid (Politico)

Politico: ‘Keep back!’: How the Biden campaign obsesses over Covid. “With more than 6 million people infected and nearly 200,000 dead from the coronavirus, the former vice president is taking no chances with his safety. He operates in a sanitizer-saturated bubble within the traditional presidential campaign bubble, an environment designed and obsessively cultivated by staff in an attempt to protect him from a possible encounter with the virus.”

Tech Transparency Project: Instagram’s Hashtag Blocking Favors Trump, Hurts Biden

Tech Transparency Project: Instagram’s Hashtag Blocking Favors Trump, Hurts Biden. “When a person searches Instagram for a hashtag and clicks on it, the platform has automatically generated “related hashtags” pointing users to other relevant content. TTP examined related hashtags for 20 popular terms associated with the Trump and Biden campaigns and found starkly different treatment of the two candidates. Instagram blocked the display of related hashtags on all 10 of the Trump hashtags reviewed, including #donaldtrump, #trump and #trump2020. That means users were not directed to other content, including anything negative or critical about the president. But for all 10 similar Biden hashtags, Instagram did display related hashtags, which at times steered users to insults and disinformation about the former vice president, with phrases like #creepyjoebiden, #joebidenpedophile and #joebidenisaracist.”

Coronavirus: Three Biden claims about Trump fact-checked (BBC)

BBC: Coronavirus: Three Biden claims about Trump fact-checked. “Joe Biden, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, has made several claims about President Donald Trump’s handling of the coronavirus crisis. Mr Biden says the president has ordered a slowdown in coronavirus testing, is failing to provide enough protective equipment for healthcare workers, and has attempted to block public-health funding. We’ve taken a look at these claims.”

NPR: Biden’s Foreign Policy Is All About Relationships. That’s Harder Amid A Pandemic

NPR: Biden’s Foreign Policy Is All About Relationships. That’s Harder Amid A Pandemic. “The coronavirus pandemic has made big international summits nearly impossible. The same goes for extended meetings, dinners or most other scenarios where a President Biden could sit down with other heads of government and forge the relationships he sees as so key to reaching agreements with other nations.”

AP: Twitter and Facebook become targets in Trump and Biden ads

AP: Twitter and Facebook become targets in Trump and Biden ads. “President Donald Trump has bought hundreds of messages on Facebook to accuse its competitor, Twitter, of trying to stifle his voice and influence the November election. Democratic challenger Joe Biden has spent thousands of dollars advertising on Facebook with a message of his own: In dozens of ads on the platform, he’s asked supporters to sign a petition calling on Facebook to remove inaccurate statements, specifically those from Trump.”

CNET: Facebook posts from Trump, Biden get new voting information label

CNET: Facebook posts from Trump, Biden get new voting information label. “Facebook’s new voting information label appeared on posts this week from both President Donald Trump and presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden. While the label may appear similar to fact-checks on other social networks, the Facebook notice doesn’t necessarily mean the posts contain misinformation.” Well that won’t be confusing at all.

CBS News: Virus outbreak reshapes presidential race in Sun Belt — CBS News Battleground Tracker poll

CBS News: Virus outbreak reshapes presidential race in Sun Belt — CBS News Battleground Tracker poll. “The coronavirus outbreak is reshaping the presidential race in three key Sun Belt states. Joe Biden is now leading President Trump by six points in Florida, and the two are tied in Arizona and competitive in Texas, where Biden is down by just a point to Mr. Trump. Biden has made gains in part because most say their state’s efforts to contain the virus are going badly — and the more concerned voters are about risks from the outbreak, the more likely they are to support Biden.”

Washington Post: Trump and Biden campaigns shift focus to coronavirus as pandemic surges

Washington Post: Trump and Biden campaigns shift focus to coronavirus as pandemic surges. “The Trump and Biden presidential campaigns now see the coronavirus response as the preeminent force shaping the results of November’s election, prompting both camps to try to refocus their campaigns more heavily on the pandemic, according to officials and advisers of both campaigns.”

Coronavirus: Joe Biden will not hold campaign rallies (BBC)

BBC: Coronavirus: Joe Biden will not hold campaign rallies. “US Democrat Joe Biden has said he will not hold presidential campaign rallies during the coronavirus pandemic. ‘This is the most unusual campaign, I think, in modern history,’ Mr Biden said at a press conference in Delaware. His rival, President Donald Trump, saw lower-than-expected turnout for a rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma, in June and his campaign has announced no new rallies.”

Biden ties COVID-19 to Trump’s ‘callous’ Obamacare assault: ‘A new pre-existing condition’ (NBC News)

NBC News: Biden ties COVID-19 to Trump’s ‘callous’ Obamacare assault: ‘A new pre-existing condition’. “Joe Biden on Thursday warned that President Donald Trump’s attempts to dismantle the Affordable Care Act will have disastrous consequences on Americans who become infected with the coronavirus, demanding in a fiery speech that the ‘callous’ president end a lawsuit that is seeking to terminate the landmark health care law.”

Reuters: Biden blasts Trump as U.S. coronavirus cases top 2 million

Reuters: Biden blasts Trump as U.S. coronavirus cases top 2 million. “With the number of U.S. coronavirus cases now topping 2 million, Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden on Thursday blasted anew President Donald Trump’s handling of the pandemic, saying Trump ‘still refuses to take the virus seriously.'”

Biden, Warren: There’s no oversight of coronavirus relief — because that’s what Trump wants (Miami Herald)

Miami Herald: Biden, Warren: There’s no oversight of coronavirus relief — because that’s what Trump wants. “Sixty-four thousand dead. Thirty million people out of work. Small businesses collapsing. Communities of color hit exceptionally hard. Even the most ideological conservatives have been forced to acknowledge that government is an essential part of the COVID-19 solution. Government delivers best when its actions are fair, transparent and accountable. But President Donald Trump’s approach to this crisis doesn’t reflect these values. Without change, more lives will be lost and more families will go broke.”

CNN: Twitter botches fact-check of manipulated Biden video retweeted by Trump

CNN: Twitter botches fact-check of manipulated Biden video retweeted by Trump. “Twitter (TWTR) said it would take action against a misleading video of former Vice President Joe Biden that was retweeted by President Donald Trump, a major action that courted blowback from the White House. But then the social media company botched it.”

Techdirt: Bogus Automated Copyright Claims By CBS Blocked Super Tuesday Speeches By Bernie Sanders, Mike Bloomberg, And Joe Biden

This is wrong and it needs to stop now. Techdirt: Bogus Automated Copyright Claims By CBS Blocked Super Tuesday Speeches By Bernie Sanders, Mike Bloomberg, And Joe Biden. “Another day, another example of copyright out of control. The latest, as highlighted by Matthew Keys, is that bogus (almost certainly automated) copyright claims by CBS ended up blocking a live stream of a Bernie Sanders speech, but similar notices also interrupted speeches by Mike Bloomberg and Joe Biden.”