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

— ZACH MONTELLARO and DAVID SIDERS: “How Biden could end 2020 on election night — and why Trump’s path is unlikely”

HAPPENING THIS MORNING — AMY CONEY BARRETT’S Supreme Court confirmation hearing begins at 9 a.m. Indiana GOP Sens. MIKE BRAUN and TODD YOUNG will introduce her to the committee, and Notre Dame’s PATRICIA O’HARA will also speak. Senators will give opening statements — some will be in the room, others will be remote.

— THERE ARE 22 MEMBERS of the committee, and they’ll all get 10 minutes to make an opening statement. YOUNG and BRAUN won’t introduce BARRETT until the afternoon. BARRETT will likely give her statement in the mid- to late afternoon.

FIRST IN PLAYBOOK … STATE HOUSE LEADERS in all 50 states have written a letter to Senate and Judiciary Committee leadership urging Barrett’s confirmation. The letter BOSTON GLOBE: “Baker, Sununu do not sign GOP governors’ letter supporting Coney Barrett nomination to Supreme Court”

NEW POLL — WAPO’S SCOTT CLEMENT and EMILY SUSKIN: “A slight majority of American voters oppose the Senate holding confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett that begin Monday, though opposition has eased since President Trump announced his choice to replace the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, according to a Washington Post-ABC News poll.

“The national poll finds 44 percent of registered voters say the U.S. Senate should hold hearings and vote on Barrett’s nomination, while 52 percent say filling this Supreme Court seat should be left to the winner of the presidential election and a Senate vote next year. Support for leaving the decision to the next president is down from 57 percent in a Post-ABC poll last month that asked whether the Senate should confirm Trump’s nominee, who had not yet been named.”

VERY, VERY DEEP DIVE … NYT, A1: “Rooted in Faith, Representing a New Conservatism: Amy Coney Barrett’s Path to a Court Pick,” by Elisabeth Dias, Rebecca Ruiz in South Bend, Ind., and Sharon LaFraniere in New Orleans

— NYT’S CARL HULSE on Sen. KAMALA HARRIS’ (D-Calif.) role as a member of the Judiciary panel and how it

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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 to show you care,” the source said. “There’s probably a way to get them back because they probably don’t want to vote for Biden but they want Trump to acknowledge that he gets it.”
  • Still, some questions could be nearly impossible for Pence to answer – namely, the potential exposure of Trump’s supporters: “I can basically defend anything about the White House and coronavirus except for them allowing Trump to go to Bedminster – I’m sorry but there is no good spin on that specific point,” the source added.
  • Trump mingled with more than 200 people at his New Jersey golf club last Thursday, hours before he tested positive – and after knowing he was exposed to the virus.

Will Pence – and the Trump team – take more safety precautions at the debate this time? 

Trump’s family was criticized for taking off their masks at least week’s presidential debate. Now that six of the eight members of Trump’s debate prep team have tested positive so far, including former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and campaign manager Bill Stepien, a public show of masks and distancing could go a long way to show the White House takes the virus seriously. 

  • Yet Pence’s team fought hard against the wall of plexiglass that will divide the candidates on the Salt Lake City debate stage – and traveled to the debate yesterday with his spokeswoman Katie Miller whose husband, top White House aide Stephen Miller, tested positive for coronavirus last night.

Making things more complicated: Questions about whether Pence himself is at risk are already taking center stage. Pence’s doctor released a statement that the vice president’s coronavirus PCR test came out negative yesterday afternoon and therefore is “encouraged to go about his normal activities and does not need to quarantine.” 

Pence’s clean up of Trump’s coronavirus messaging could be critical on the campaign trail: Trump’s advisers, staffers, and allies see the president’s response to his own diagnosis “as a missed opportunity,” our colleagues Ashley Parker and Josh Dawsey report. “Some had hoped that he would emerge from his hospital stay slightly

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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.’”

Tilit is just one of many companies pivoting to masks, as it were. Dozens of apparel companies, big and small, are stepping up to use their facilities or distributors to produce face masks, though the scale and actual products vary. Some companies, like Nike, Eddie Bauer, Ralph Lauren, and Gap, are working to produce clinical-grade equipment that can be used in hospitals and are distributing directly to health care facilities.

Others are making fabric masks for customers, in the hope that their use can free up more medical-grade masks for the frontline workers who need them most. These include companies that typically manufacture aprons and other workwear for kitchen and restaurant use, like Tilit, as well as Hedley & Bennett, Blue Cut, Artifact, and CamCam. Food52 is also selling masks, made of denim and flannel and created in collaboration with canvas manufacturer Steele Canvas.

“With the CDC guidelines in place recommending cloth masks for everyone, and many grocery stores now requiring cloth masks to be worn by customers before entering, it’s safe to say people want to both protect themselves and donate to frontline health care workers at the same time,” says Food52 buyer Aja Aktay, who spearheaded the initiative with Steele Canvas.

Food52 clearly notes online that the masks “are not a substitute for N95 or surgical-grade masks and they are not FDA approved,” a disclaimer echoed on nearly all of the product pages for these masks. Rather, they’re intended for regular folks trying to minimize the risk they pose to others. As Vox.com explained, “Masks can help stop the spread of coronavirus not just by protecting the wearer, but by preventing the wearer — who could be an asymptomatic spreader — from breathing and spitting their germs everywhere.”

Between consumers’ growing awareness of the importance of face coverings and the changed CDC guidance, orders are coming in fast: Food52 sold through its first batch of masks within three days and is working to fulfill the current waitlist of orders by the end of April. At Tilit, Goodman says “the demand is crazy, so we’re literally sewing as fast

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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.

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


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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 package by Senate Republicans earlier this month.

Should no deal be forthcoming, House Democrats have said they intend to proceed on their own in voting on the new plan, allowing the party’s candidates in the Nov. 3 elections to highlight a recent vote on coronavirus relief. The last vote was on the bigger, $3.4 trillion Heroes Act back in May.

The negotiations have been at an impasse since August.

Read More: Latest Democratic Relief Bill Would Extend Airline Aid to March

Pelosi said earlier Monday that the White House would have to agree to “much more” spending for a fresh round of stimulus if there is any hope of striking a deal before the election. “We can get this done,” Pelosi said Monday on MSNBC, while emphasizing the need for more money.

She spoke to Mnuchin on Monday evening and they planned to talk again on Tuesday, her spokesman said.

A key source of division has been Democrats’ push for large-scale aid to state and local authorities. The plan released Monday has $436 billion for one year of assistance, less than a previous demand for $915 billion, which had triggered scorn among Trump administration officials who called it a bailout for poorly run states.

The Democratic plan includes new aid for airlines, restaurants and small businesses that wasn’t in the original House package, and it has more than double the amount for schools.

The bill would provide another round of $1,200 direct relief payments to individuals and $500 per dependent — less than the $1,200 for dependents Democrats originally proposed. It also has $600 per week in extra unemployment benefits through January, the same amount that expired in July and helped disposable incomes surge even as the economy tipped into recession.

Housing Aid, Virus Testing

The legislation continues the Heroes Act’s aims of bolstering housing assistance, with tens of billions of dollars to assist renters and homeowners make monthly rent, mortgage and utility payments.

Read More: Why the True Covid Death Toll May Be Way Over 1 Million

Also included is $75 billion for coronavirus testing, contact tracing and

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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’ and employees’ safety should be a top priority for all retailers in the current environment.

“I was very excited to see how our visitors reacted to this new system and I must admit I was overwhelmed with the volume of positive feedback we’ve received from customers and employees respectively.

“Our customers are feeling safer coming into the centre knowing that we are doing our best to support national efforts to suppress the virus and our employees are very appreciative of the technology removing the confrontational element, asking customers to put on their mask.”

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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 Education Center, Davenport University and Dale Carnegie. Banks has experience as a mentor, counselor and as an ordained minister.

MLive Media Group partnered with the League of Women Voters of Michigan to provide candidate information for readers. Each candidate was asked to outline their stances on a variety of public policy issues.

Information on all state and federal races and many of Michigan’s county and local races is available at Vote411.org, an online voter guide created by the League of Women Voters.

Below are Slagh and Banks’ unedited responses to six policy questions on issues ranging from education to economic security:

What is your position on the role of public funding of education in Michigan? What measures do you support/propose to improve educational outcomes and accessibility for all Michigan students?

Slagh: Quality education for every Michigan child should be the expectation. We need flexibility in the options including traditional public, public academies, private or parochial schools and home schooling. To improve we must allow innovation, best practices and flexibility for instructors. It needs to include on-line, possibly year round options, and the Governor’s recent Executive Orders eliminated almost 100 specific education expectations, and if they were not necessary in a Pandemic they should all be reviewed and many likely permanently jettisoned.

Banks: I believe that we have to invest in our children by wholly supporting public schools. Funding privately owned charter schools at the expense of public schools, is not good practice. I propose a more definitive structure in pre-school education by introducing young people to other languages, reading and comprehension. Using a “hooked on phonics” approach is one way we will help our students. Adding budgeting courses to elementary would also be a great asset. If we prepare our youth for the global stage, we will gain more than loss in my humble opinion. They will progress beyond what we can conceive.

What policies do you support to increase jobs and help Michigan residents improve their economic positions, in general and given the pandemic?

Slagh: Reduce state and local ordinances, laws and rules as they increase the cost of

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Kate and William host a very famous face in their garden

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There are few people who are as instantly recognisable as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, but Kate and William have hosted one such famous face in their garden at Kensington Palace.

Last night, the Cambridges shared three new photos via their Kensington Royal Instagram account.

The pictures captured Kate, William and their three children – Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis – spending time with true national treasure, Sir David Attenborough, in the grounds of their London home.

The first photo is particularly sweet because Charlotte’s reaction to meeting Sir David is just as we imagine ours would be. She is holding her hands to her face and looking incredibly star struck!

While George is playing with a fossilised giant tooth from an extinct shark – a gift from the 94-year-old naturalist and conservationist who excavated the fossil while in Malta in the 1960s.

As the caption explained, Sir David dropped by to watch a special screening of David Attenborough: A Life On Our Planet with William. The new Netflix film (out on 4th October) charts his life’s work and the devastating changes to the natural world he has witnessed.

In fact, in the third photo, you can see the pair watching the film on a large cinema screen with red-draped curtains – having swapped director-style personalised chairs. They did so in order to adhere to social distancing measures.

‘The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are delighted to share new photographs of their family with @DavidAttenborough,’ the caption reads.

‘The photographs were taken earlier this week in the gardens of Kensington Palace, after The Duke and Sir David attended an outdoor screening of Sir David’s upcoming feature film 🎞️ David Attenborough: A Life On Our Planet.

‘With a shared passion for protecting the natural world, they continue to support one another in their missions to tackle some of the biggest environmental challenges our planet faces.’

Just this week Sir David joined Instagram, quickly amassing 4.2 million followers. So far he has posted four times, including sharing the photo with the Duke.

Prince William has met and worked with Sir David on many occasions, including at the World Economic Forum in Davos last year where the Duke interviewed him about the need to act fast to save our world.

Kate revealed recently that George, Charlotte and Louis are huge fans of his TV shows.

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Hood and Zandstra face off in 76th state House District race

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — State Rep. Rachel Hood, D-Grand Rapids, faces Republican challenger Doug Zandstra in the Nov. 3 general election for Michigan’s 76th House District seat.

Hood is seeking a second, two-year term representing the district that includes the north and southeast parts of the city of Grand Rapids.

But Zandstra, a self-employed accountant, is looking to flip the seat that has long been held by a Democrat.

Here is a look at the two candidates:

  • Hood, 43, of Grand Rapids, is finishing her first term represented the 76th District. Prior to being elected to the legislature, she was the senior project manager for Dig Deep Research. She also cites her experience as former executive director at the West Michigan Environmental Action Council, public relations manager at Metro Health, and executive director at West Grand Neighborhood Organization. She said her bachelor’s degree is in social relations and policy from Michigan State University’s James Madison College.
  • Zandstra, 50, of Grand Rapids, shares in his profile that he has 25 years of experience as a Certified Public Accountant helping individuals and businesses navigate through complex financial issues enabling them to succeed. As a moderate Republican, he says he can work across the table. is a self-employed accountant. He said he earned a bachelors degree in accounting from Calvin College.

MLive Media Group partnered with the League of Women Voters of Michigan to provide candidate information for readers. Each candidate was asked to outline their stances on a variety of public policy issues.

Information on all state and federal races and many of Michigan’s county and local races is available at Vote411.org, an online voter guide created by the League of Women Voters.

Below are Hood and Zandstra’s unedited responses to five policy questions from education to economic security.

What is your position on the role of public funding of education in Michigan? What measures do you support/propose to improve educational outcomes and accessibility for all Michigan students?

Hood: For too long, Michigan has fallen behind in funding quality public education. We need to ensure teachers have resources like textbooks, technology, and hands-on learning opportunities to provide quality education to our students. We need to continue to increase funding for our public schools. In addition, we also need to expand access to higher education for all Michigan students who seek it including free two year community college/trade school and increased financial aid to those attending four year universities. For profit charter, public, and cyber schools should be held to the same transparency standards.

Zandstra: More funding as a percentage needs to go towards the education of students and less towards administration. With the fall budget crisis and uncertainty looming, schools are going to have to be innovative in their approach towards classroom learning and remote learning. I would support unlocking and expansion of the 529 program, as well as more limitations to the increase in tuition costs. I support school of choice, I will programs that include more parent involvement such as

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A Navy officer and a Navy SEAL will face off again in coastal Virginia House district

A pair of decorated Navy veterans are, again, competing fiercely for a coastal Virginia House seat that’s home to a swath of military installations.

Rep. Elaine Luria, who swept into office in the 2018 Democratic wave, faces former Rep. Scott Taylor, a Republican she ousted as his campaign reeled from petition scandal.

Capturing support from military voters is key in the 2nd Congressional District, which runs from Virginia Beach to Williamsburg and includes eight major military installations.

Luria is an Annapolis graduate who rose to the rank of commander and spent the majority of her career deployed on Navy ships. In the House, she’s a member of the Armed Services and Veterans’ Affairs committees.

Taylor enlisted in the Navy after high school and made it to the SEALs. During the Iraq War, Taylor was a SEAL sniper and spent two years as a SEAL instructor, teaching marksmanship and reconnaissance, among other roles in the elite unit.

He then turned toward politics, with a three-year stint in Virginia’s House of Delegates before winning the open 2nd Congressional District seat in 2016.

But Taylor’s reelection bid against Luria got derailed when, in August 2018, a special prosecutor started investigating reports that members of his campaign staff had added fake names to ballot access petitions intended to help an independent candidate. One campaign aide was charged, though Taylor hasn’t been.

Like much of Virginia, the 2nd District in recent years has become more competitive for Democrats. President Trump beat Hillary Clinton there in 2016, 48%-45%. But Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam won the district in 2017, as did Democratic Sen. Tim Kaine in his 2018 reelection bid.

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Woman, 39, was kept prisoner by jealous ex-boyfriend who smashed her face into bathroom door

A domestic abuse survivor speaks about the abuse she suffered at the hands of her violent ex-boyfriend after he is jailed for five years. 

Katrina Pidden, 39, thought she was going to die after Mitchell Liversedge, 25, attacked her in their home in Daventry, Northamptonshire.

During one attack, Katrina was dragged across the floor by her feet while Liversedge pulled the bathroom door from its hinges and hit Katrina over the head with it.

Katrina Pidden, 39, (pictured) thought she was going to die after she was violently attacked by her ex boyfriend

Katrina Pidden, 39, (pictured) thought she was going to die after she was violently attacked by her ex boyfriend  

In September last year, a neighbour in witnessed Liversedge dragging a bloodied Katrina across the garden by her finger and called the police.

He held her prisoner for hours, locked her out of the house in the rain and shoved her during the year of abuse in their home.

Liversedge was jailed in March for five years for four counts of Actual Bodily Harm (ABH), one charge of false imprisonment and one count of damaging property.

He was also sentenced for threatening to destroy or damage property, and one charge of engaging in controlling or coercive behaviour in an intimate relationship. 

Speaking for the first time since the ordeal, Katrina said: ‘I’d split up with him and he turned up at my house and started getting out of control.

Mitchell Liversedge, 25, (pictured) attacked his ex girlfriend in their home in Daventry, Northamptonshire, and has been sentenced to five years in prison

Mitchell Liversedge, 25, (pictured) attacked his ex girlfriend in their home in Daventry, Northamptonshire, and has been sentenced to five years in prison 

During one attack, Katrina was dragged across the floor by her feet while Liversedge pulled the bathroom door from its hinges and hit Katrina over the head with it (pictured)

During one attack, Katrina was dragged across the floor by her feet while Liversedge pulled the bathroom door from its hinges and hit Katrina over the head with it (pictured) 

‘I could feel it when something was going to happen. He threw a drink over me so I took myself into the garden to get away from him.

‘He came flying outside, attacked me, hitting me over the head with the kitchen chair.

‘He dragged me down the garden by my finger and my finger ended up so swollen that my ring had to be cut off.

‘I only had a nightie on so my skin was getting scraped on the path.

‘I thought he was going to kill me. I was screaming so my neighbour came out and called the police.’

Katrina, who has since stopped working as a retail assistant, met Liversedge on a night out in 2019 and immediately became a couple. 

Katrina said the first four months of their relationship were perfect, but Liversedge, a block paver from Daventry, then became possessive.

Katrina said: ‘He started becoming jealous and I wasn’t allowed any male friends. 

‘The first time he got violent, he tried to hit me with an iron and threw a cup at me.

‘He said it would never happen again but he started pushing me around, throwing me into things then it turned into slaps and then punches and kicks.

Katrina met Liversedge on a night out in 2019 and immediately became a couple, saying the first four months were 'perfect' before he became possessive

Katrina met Liversedge on a night out in 2019 and immediately became a couple, saying the first four months

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