White House pushes to hold next week’s canceled debate

A White House spokesman on Sunday called for a canceled in-person debate between President TrumpDonald John TrumpNorth Korea unveils large intercontinental ballistic missile at military parade Trump no longer considered a risk to transmit COVID-19, doctor says New ad from Trump campaign features Fauci MORE and Democratic presidential nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenDemocratic poll shows neck-and-neck race brewing in Florida House district Nebraska district could prove pivotal for Biden in November Bringing Black men back home MORE to be rescheduled after the president’s physician said Saturday that Trump was no longer at risk of transmitting COVID-19 to others.

White House deputy communications director Brian Morgenstern said Sunday that a previously-planned debate on Oct. 15 should take place, CNN reported.  

“The President is ready to debate and his doctors have cleared him for participating in public engagements,” Morgenstern told reporters at the White House Sunday. “They’ve said he’s no longer a risk for transmission so it would be nice if the commission would get the debate back on the schedule.”

That follows a memo released by the Trump administration a day earlier in which White House physician Sean Conley said that he was “happy to report that in addition to the President meeting the CDC criteria for the safe discontinuation of isolation, this morning’s COVID PCR sample demonstrates, by currently recognized standards, he is no longer considered a transmission risk to others.”

The Biden campaign did not immediately return a request for comment.

The Commission on Presidential Debates on Friday canceled Thursday’s debate after a day of back-and-forth between the campaigns over the event’s format. 

The commission on Thursday morning announced it was shifting the debate from an in-person town hall-style format to a virtual debate. Trump refused the virtual format and proposed delaying both remaining debates by a week, which the Biden campaign shot down.

In the end, Trump scheduled a rally for Oct. 15 while Biden said he would hold his own town hall. The commission said in its statement Friday that, “It is now apparent there will be no debate on October 15, and the CPD will turn its attention to preparations for the final presidential debate scheduled for October 22.”

Biden has said that he will follow the advice of medical experts as to whether he will appear in public with Trump again following the latter’s diagnosis, but stated that he would not attend a debate if the president still tested positive for the virus.

“I think if he still has COVID, we shouldn’t have a debate,” Biden said Tuesday.

“I think we were gonna have to follow very strict guidelines. Too many people have been infected. It’s a very serious problem, so I will be guided by the guidelines of the Cleveland Clinic and what the docs say is the right thing to do,” he added.

The president declared himself COVID-free in a tweet Sunday morning that was labeled as misleading by Twitter due to his claim that he was now “immune” from the virus, 

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Trump plans to hold outdoor event at White House while still possibly infected

  • President Donald Trump plans to hold an outdoor event at the White House on Saturday with hundreds of people in attendance, even though he hasn’t released a negative test for COVID-19, ABC News and The New York Times reported. 
  • The outlets said Trump would address a crowd gathered on the White House lawn from one of the White House’s balconies. 
  • Trump also plans to travel to a rally in Florida on Monday. 
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President Donald Trump plans to hold an outdoor event at the White House on Saturday with hundreds of people in attendance before he has released a negative test for COVID-19, outlets including ABC News and The New York Times reported on Friday.

ABC and The Times said Trump was set to give an outdoor speech from one of the White House’s balconies to a group of supporters attending a separate event hosted by the conservative commentator and Trump supporter Candace Owens. 

Trump also plans to hold a campaign rally in Sanford, Florida, on Monday, he announced in a Friday tweet. 

Trump, who was hospitalized at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center over the weekend, has not released a negative test for the virus since his diagnosis last week. 

Trump first tested positive for COVID-19 on October 1 and announced that he and first lady Melania had tested positive for the disease shortly before 1 a.m. on October 2. 

The Times reported that “some in the White House and on the Trump campaign expressed concern about what the president might say in his remarks at the Saturday event” and “feared the entire event would serve to underscore existing criticism that Mr. Trump has been cavalier” about the coronavirus.

Trump did a photo op from a White House balcony in which he removed his face mask to wave at the cameras upon his return from Walter Reed to the White House on Monday. 

The most recent large gathering the White House hosted was an event on September 26 to announce the nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the US Supreme Court. While the event was held outdoors in the Rose Garden, many attendees did not wear masks and closely interacted with each other. 

Multiple people who attended the gathering, including the president and first lady, two US senators, White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany, former White House aide Kellyanne Conway, former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, and the president of Notre Dame University, tested positive for COVID-19 afterward. 

A number of other White House staff, including ones who did not attend the Rose Garden event, also subsequently tested positive for the disease, leading Dr. Anthony Fauci to describe it as a “superspreader” event in a Friday interview with CBS News.

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Trump to hold public event at the White House on Saturday

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump is expected to hold his first official public event since his coronavirus diagnosis at the White House on Saturday, five days after being discharged from the hospital.

The event on the White House South Lawn is expected to feature remarks on law and order, a White House official said. Trump is expected to appear at the event from a White House balcony, the same one where he took off his mask and saluted Monday night when he arrived home from the Walter Reed Medical Center.

Those involved in the event include conservative activist Candace Owens and the group “Blexit,” which aims to get black voters to leave the Democratic Party. The news was first reported by ABC News.

Trump, who has claimed he is cured of the coronavirus, has said he is eager to get back out on the campaign trail, and said Thursday that he was considering having a rally in Florida on Saturday. People familiar with the planning say it’s unlikely the president will be traveling for rallies this weekend, but cautioned that things could change.

His campaign also announced Friday that he would travel to Florida for a campaign event Monday night.

Also on Friday, Minnesota health officials announced that nine people with the virus who attended a Sept. 18 Trump rally in Bemidji and are monitoring for potential cases from a rally in Duluth nearly two weeks later.

The White House has released a series of recorded videos of Trump since he tested positive for the virus, and he has given multiple telephone interviews, including spending nearly two hours on the phone with Rush Limbaugh’s radio show Friday. But Saturday’s event would be his first formal appearance at a White House function since his diagnosis.

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Overnight Health Care: Fauci: ‘We had a superspreader event in the White House’ | Trump to hold an in-person event on Saturday

Welcome to Friday’s Overnight Health Care. President Trump is returning to in-person events, the stimulus talks are maybe sort-of alive again, and the CDC warns about the spread of the virus among young people. But we’ll start with Dr. Fauci weighing in on the White House.



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A stark assessment from Dr. Fauci: ‘We had a superspreader event in the White House’

Anthony Fauci, the government’s top infectious disease expert, said Friday that there was a “superspreader event” at the White House, amid an outbreak of cases among the president and staff.

“Well, I think the data speak for themselves. We had a superspreader event in the White House, and it was in a situation where people were crowded together and were not wearing masks,” Fauci told CBS News Radio.

His remarks came in response to a question about the lack of mask-wearing at the White House, and whether testing alone could stop the virus from spreading.

At least 34 White House staffers and contacts have been infected, according to a Federal Emergency Management Agency memo obtained by ABC News.

Many of the individuals who have tested positive attended a Sept. 26 event at the White House where Trump announced the nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court. The event featured a crowd of people sitting close together in the White House Rose Garden, with many not wearing masks, as well as indoor activities.

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And now, Trump to hold an in-person event on Saturday:

President Trump plans to hold an in-person event at the White House on Saturday, an official confirmed to The Hill, his first public engagement since being diagnosed with the coronavirus last week.

ABC News, which first reported the plans, said that Trump would speak to an audience on the South Lawn from the balcony of the White House at an event being billed to invitees as “remarks to peaceful protesters for law and order.”

It is not clear how many individuals will attend the outdoor event. The setup suggests that Trump will not be close to any of his guests.

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Even though the White House has repeatedly refused to disclose when Trump’s last negative test was, his doctor said he should be able to make a “safe return” to public events by Saturday. Read more on that here.

The latest in a dizzying series of turns on the stimulus talks: Trump proposes a $1.8T coronavirus relief package

Inching closer to Democrats’ demands, President Trump and his aides on Friday offered Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) a $1.8 trillion coronavirus relief package, sources said, as the president urged the negotiators to “go big.”

The new figure was a jump from the White House’s $1.6 trillion offer last week, but there was no

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Trump to hold first White House event after coronavirus diagnosis

President TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden campaign raises over M on day of VP debate Trump chastises Whitmer for calling him ‘complicit’ in extremism associated with kidnapping scheme Trump says he hopes to hold rally Saturday despite recent COVID-19 diagnosis MORE plans to hold an in-person event at the White House on Saturday, two officials confirmed to The Hill, his first public engagement since being diagnosed with the coronavirus last week.

One White House official said that Trump will deliver remarks from the Blue Room Balcony to guests on the South Lawn, suggesting he will not be in close proximity to any of those in attendance.

The event is being coordinated with one organized by conservative activist Candace Owens and Trump’s remarks are expected to focus on “law and order,” according to ABC News, which first reported the plans.

A source with knowledge of the planning of Owens’ group said that all attendees would be required to bring a mask with them to the event and instructed to wear it while on the White House complex. Guests will also be required to submit to a coronavirus screening, meaning a temperature check and questionnaire.

“The health and safety of all attendees is our priority and following CDC guidelines is strongly encouraged,” the person said.

White House physician Sean Conley said in a memo Thursday that Trump would be able to make a “safe return” to public events by Saturday, which marks 10 days since Trump’s diagnosis, and that he has responded “extremely well” to his treatment for COVID-19.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that patients self-isolate for at least 10 days after the onset of symptoms from the coronavirus. Trump was diagnosed with the virus last Thursday night and was treated with the antiviral medication remdesivir, the steroid dexamethasone and an experimental antibody cocktail.

Some health experts have expressed skepticism with plans to allow Trump to return to public engagements so soon, noting that those with severe symptoms are told to isolate for longer, up to 20 days, and that there remains a risk that his symptoms could return or worsen. The White House has not said yet whether Trump has tested negative for the virus.

“Given the lack of transparency on his health … it’s difficult to say whether the president’s case is moderate or severe. Certainly, he was given all the treatments that one would expect for a severe course,” said Anand Parekh, chief medical adviser for the Bipartisan Policy Center.

Trump has been eager to get back to work and campaigning, with the election less than four weeks away. He worked from the Oval Office for three days straight this week, after being hospitalized for treatment at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center over the weekend. White House officials say they have increased the use of personal protective gear for those coming in contact with Trump and kept the traffic through the Oval Office extremely limited.

Trump indicated Thursday evening in a phone interview with

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White House Ignores Local Mandates, Giving Virus a New Hold in D.C.

WASHINGTON — In recent months, as coronavirus cases rose around the country, the nation’s capital and most of its surrounding suburbs managed to bring infection rates down, through strict preventive laws and a largely compliant population.

But the recent outbreak at the White House and on Capitol Hill underscored how difficult it is for a city with almost no control over the federal government — and where senior officials have sometimes worked at counter purposes on containing the virus — to sustain progress.

An event on Sept. 26 in the Rose Garden, after which a number of officials including President Trump tested positive for the virus, violated the city’s mandates limiting the size of gatherings and requiring masks. Because the White House is on federal property, however, it is exempt from such rules. Guests at the event may well have ventured into the city, but the White House has refused to comply with a municipal request for help with contact tracing. The city had its highest number of positive cases on Monday — 105 — since June, though city officials say it would take several days to determine any trend.

At least one testing site in Washington reported that those seeking a test doubled to 600 on Monday as residents responded with concern to the cases stemming from the White House and Capitol Hill.

The federal government’s disconnect from the city in which it operates, and where many of its staff members live, was perhaps best demonstrated last weekend when a number of White House officials, some of them senior, frantically called officials at the office of Gov. Larry Hogan of Maryland for help getting tested. Mr. Hogan has been lauded for his management of the crisis. But the White House officials apparently were unaware of the city’s numerous and rapid testing sights.

More than 40 senators, about evenly divided between the two parties, and numerous Capitol staff members have sought coronavirus tests since late last week, when it became clear the White House was a hot spot for transmission and three Republican senators — Mike Lee of Utah, Thom Tillis of North Carolina and Ron Johnson of Wisconsin — tested positive for the virus. Nearly half of all senators are 65 or older, and the House is not much younger.

The cases stemming from the White House will not increase the official number of positive cases, city officials said, because the White House has not shared positive test results with state or local health agencies. City officials said they would be closely monitoring infection trends for several days to see if the Capitol and White House cases affected the city’s overall infection rate.

“The District of Columbia takes seriously its role as the seat of the federal government and would not infringe on the essential functions of government,” said John Falcicchio, the chief of staff to Muriel E. Bowser, Washington’s mayor. “However, better coordination would allow for a more robust response in this public health emergency.”

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House Democrats hold off on vote to allow more time for bipartisan negotiation

House Democrats will hold off on a planned vote Wednesday night on their $2.2 trillion stimulus proposal to allow more time for bipartisan negotiations in a last-ditch effort to reach a deal just weeks before Election Day. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin are still far apart, however, as negotiations continue, according to four sources briefed on the talks.



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Despite optimistic words from Pelosi and Mnuchin, sources briefed on the talks said that reaching an agreement with the backing of Senate GOP leaders and the White House remains a tall order.

But for now, the two plan to continue to talking, with House Democrats delaying a vote on their own plan to create room for the two sides to come closer to a deal on Thursday.

Still, the topline cost of a final package — which had been the defining hurdle throughout weeks of inaction — has narrowed, the people said, with Mnuchin’s proposal running above the $1.5 trillion that the Trump administration had signaled it was open to in the talks. But it remains short of the current $2.2 trillion House Democratic proposal — and it’s far more than what Senate Republicans are willing to accept given that their conference united around a $500 billion proposal.

More importantly, the people said, the actual details of the various pieces remain far from ironed out, with issues like funds for state and local governments and the shape of liability protections still nowhere near agreement.

Mnuchin told Fox News Wednesday night that President Donald Trump had instructed him and White House chief of staff Mark Meadows to significantly increase the amount of money in a White House proposal, however, he would not say if there’s a magical number that would lead to a deal.

Mnuchin said he would most likely speak with Pelosi again Wednesday night but he didn’t think there would be significant progress until Thursday, when the two sides plan to continue the conversation to try and add details to the talks and narrow differences. “We’re gonna go back and do a little bit more work,” Mnuchin told reporters as he left the Capitol Wednesday. “We’ve made a lot of progress in a lot of areas.”

Time is running out, however, to strike a bipartisan deal before Election Day and pressure is running high, with lawmakers facing questions from constituents in need amid the economic and public health fallout from the pandemic.

Earlier in the day, Pelosi had said that Democrats would press ahead with a vote Wednesday night following a 90-minute meeting with Mnuchin but that the bipartisan talks would continue.

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“Today, Secretary Mnuchin and I had an extensive conversation and we found areas where we are seeking further clarification. Our conversations will continue,” the California Democrat said.

Later, though, a Democratic leadership aide said that there

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Garden City officials hold a meeting to discuss gun violence and possible solutions



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Officials of Garden City held a meeting to discuss gun violence and possible solutions. In the past year,  officials said they’ve had 27 shootings and five deaths. 

They want to get this under control.  

“To ensure a safe community in which we can live in, to ensure a safe community our children can play in, and a community in which our elders can feel safe in,” said Reverend Monroe. 

Officials said they want to go to when they didn’t worry about crime in Garden City and people didn’t feel scared. 

“They’re concerned because young kids are losing their lives. They’re scared because bullets are flying,” said Councilwoman Natalyn Morris. 

Reverend Monroe presented “Operation Protect” to the council today. This includes a 10 point plan on how to address crime. He gave ideas such as installing more home security cameras, gated communities and having more officers on duty. 

Councilwoman Marsha Daniels urged those in the crowd to tell council if they see something. If they don’t want to tell them, call Crime Stoppers. 

They said one shooting is one too many and they want to take action immediately. 

Chief Ballard of the Garden City Police Dept. said they’re beginning to install cameras throughout the city and they want to grow this quickly so they can put a dent in criminal activity.

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The Latest: Taylor’s family to hold Friday news conference

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The Latest on a grand jury’s decision not to indict police officers on criminal charges directly related to Breonna Taylor’s death: (all times EDT)

4:30 p.m.

The family of Breonna Taylor plans to hold a news conference Friday morning along with civil rights attorney Ben Crump in Louisville.

A news release says they’ll address a grand jury’s decision Wednesday to not indict any of the police officers for Taylor’s death at the news conference scheduled for 10:30 a.m. EDT.

Cities around the country have seen protesters take to the streets following the grand jury decision.

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Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Amy McGrath says there is a need to “tackle the systemic racism” in the U.S.

McGrath is challenging U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell in Kentucky’s November election. She met in downtown Louisville on Thursday with some of the protesters who have taken to the streets to seek justice for Breonna Taylor.

Demonstrators turned out Wednesday in Louisville and throughout the country to express their disappointment that police officers weren’t criminally charged in her fatal shooting during a botched drug raid in March.

McGrath called for Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron to release details about the evidence presented to the grand jury in the Taylor case. She faced pushback from some protesters. Rose Henderson says McGrath’s appearance was “all about politics and cameras.”

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HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE BREONNA TAYLOR CASE:

A Kentucky grand jury has brought no charges against Louisville police for the killing of Breonna Taylor during a drug raid gone wrong. Prosecutors said Wednesday that two officers who fired their weapons at the Black woman were justified in using force to protect themselves. Instead, the only charges brought by the grand jury were three counts of wanton endangerment against fired Officer Brett Hankison for shooting into a home next to Taylor’s that had people inside. Taylor was shot multiple times by officers who burst into her home on March 13 during a narcotics investigation.

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— Black attorney general chokes up during Taylor announcement

— A timeline of events related to the death of Breonna Taylor

— Celebrities decry decision in Breonna Taylor case

HERE’S WHAT ELSE IS HAPPENING:

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White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany says she’s not aware of any conversation between President Donald Trump and the family of Breonna Taylor but that their hearts go out to her family.

Asked what the president’s message is to Taylor’s family, McEnany said what happened is “a horrible tragedy” and that their hearts are also with the two police officers who were shot Wednesday night during protests in Louisville.

Cities around the country saw protesters take to the streets following a Kentucky grand jury’s decision to not indict officers in Taylor’s fatal shooting.

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A newspaper publisher says two of the paper’s reporters were arrested during protests in Louisville after a grand jury’s decision to not indict officers in the fatal shooting of Breonna

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Floor & Decor: Hold Your Nose And Buy (NYSE:FND)

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Home improvement stocks have been all the rage since the March bottom. Consumers have spent enormously on things like furniture, appliances, paint, and what matters for our subject here, flooring. Consumers have held up much better through this recession than many – including me – thought they would at the beginning of this pandemic. That has seen companies like Floor & Décor (FND) accrue huge benefits, not the least of which has been a higher share price.

FND tripled from the March bottom to the end of August, and has pulled back slightly with the broader market. However, the company has proven it is a market leader, and until it is proven otherwise, you have to respect the strength it has shown.

Indeed, if we look at the relative strength panels in the bottom of the chart, we can see that the home improvement retailers have outperformed the broader market this year, and by a huge margin since the bottom in March. That means that even the average stocks in the group have a great chance of outperforming the market.

FND, however, has been very strong against its peer group, meaning it is a stock that is outperforming an outperforming group. If you’re looking to buy a stock, buying the best stocks in the best groups is the best way to try and beat the market.

The company’s valuation is enormous and it isn’t perfect, but the market has spoken, and I think the growth of FND overpowers its relative lack of value.

Growth remains a huge factor

We’ve seen during this rally that growth is being rewarded in a big way. Stocks with the best growth prospects have outperformed those that don’t have it, and FND is no exception.

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Its revenue has flown higher in recent years, as the company has rapidly expanded its store base. FND has capitalized on what was a relatively small footprint, and has entered more markets while optimizing those where it was already present. The result is what you see above, with hugely impressive revenue growth. FND is nowhere near done growing its store base, as the company reckons it will open 13 stores this year and will grow its new store base by 20% next year. It still only has 125 stores nationwide, so there remains a huge runway for future growth in the store base.

Importantly, the company has proven its model can work in a variety of markets and conditions, as it offers a value proposition to consumers. So long as consumers continue to spend their money on home improvements, FND stands to win.

We can see below that the company has produced wildly different comparable sales gains that have helped boost revenue in different amounts in the past few years.

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FND’s comparable sales decelerated in recent years, but I think it is quite telling that comparable sales are slated to be positive this year. Considering the economic disruption – to put it lightly

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