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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El Oasis Gardeners Get Two More Weeks But Land Sale Seems Inevitable

The gardeners at El Oasis Community Garden enjoyed a small victory earlier this month. Their move-out date was extended to October 18, giving them two more weeks to enjoy their garden’s bounty. It was a small reprieve from the bad news they’d learned from Denver Urban Gardens, which owns the land, less than a month earlier: two-thirds of El Oasis was under contract to be sold.

The sale, brought about to cover the nonprofit’s outstanding debt, is meant to sustain the organization’s ability to provide for more than 180 other gardens it maintains around the city. Without the sale’s revenue, DUG could cease to exist. But once the land — sold in good faith to the nonprofit for $1 in 1988 — is developed, it cannot be replaced.

“I find myself in a pickle,” says Denver City Councilwoman Amanda Sandoval, who’s been contacted by many of her constituents about the sale. “I understand. I’m empathetic to their concerns. … I wish we weren’t in this particular situation for all involved. I think it’s pitting neighbors against a nonprofit that does a lot of really good community work.”

While the El Oasis community celebrated the additional two weeks to garden, they still question the chain of events that led to the sale.EXPAND

While the El Oasis community celebrated the additional two weeks to garden, they still question the chain of events that led to the sale.

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She’s not the only one to feel that there’s no good option. Rachel Bygrave, the garden leader of DUG’s Whittier Garden, expressed frustration that the DUG board hadn’t been transparent about its financial situation. “The gardeners all across the city weren’t able to rally,” she says. “I hope they looked at every possibility… It’s disappointing that people didn’t have an advance [notice], because we can’t lose DUG either. That’s not a good solution.”

El Oasis gardeners hoped that media attention and public pressure could cause Caliber Construction, the anticipated buyers, to back out of the deal. But Caliber has maintained a low profile, ignoring all gardeners’ requests for conversation and declining to comment for this story or the original coverage on September 24. The deal is set to close on December 1.

In 2006, Bygrave experienced the sale of another DUG property, located in Capitol Hill. The nonprofit didn’t own the land, and when the owner died, his children sold the property. DUG’s executive director at the time, Michael Buchenau, did everything he could to save the garden, Bygrave says. “He really cared passionately about saving that garden, and he helped us every step of the way trying to save that land.”

Many brought food made with garden ingredients, including a cake made with edible flowers.EXPAND

Many brought food made with garden ingredients, including a cake made with edible flowers.

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After the sale of El Oasis became public, Dr. Violeta Garcia stepped down as executive director of Denver Urban Gardens the week of September 28. Garcia did not respond to a request for her comment on the matter.

On October 1, Lara Fahnestock, Director of Garden Support, sent El Oasis gardeners an apology for not bringing them into the conversation earlier. “We understand that you’re still hurting

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Two staffers of White House residence tested positive for COVID-19 weeks ago: report

Two members of the White House residence staff who do not come into direct contact with the president or first lady tested positive for the coronavirus about three weeks ago, The New York Times reported Sunday. 

The Times report about the positive tests among the residence staffers, which cited unnamed sources, comes after both President TrumpDonald John TrumpJaime Harrison debates Graham behind plexiglass shield Doctors, White House staff offer conflicting messages on president’s health Trump given second dose of Remdesivir ‘without complication’, ‘not yet out of the woods’, Conley says MORE and first lady Melania TrumpMelania TrumpJaime Harrison debates Graham behind plexiglass shield Doctors, White House staff offer conflicting messages on president’s health Trump given second dose of Remdesivir ‘without complication’, ‘not yet out of the woods’, Conley says MORE have tested positive for the virus. 

Trump said Friday he and his wife tested positive for the virus, but the Times notes that the positive cases among residence staffers raises questions about how and when the president may have been exposed to the virus. 

Asked about the Times’ report over the positive cases among the two residence staffers, White House spokesperson Judd Deere said the White House “does not comment on the personal health information of individual staffers but does take any positive case seriously and has extensive plans and procedures in place to prevent further spread.” 

“A full and complete contact trace consistent with CDC guidelines is included in that and appropriate notifications and recommendations are made,” Deere added in a statement. 

Trump said Friday he tested positive for the coronavirus. He was taken to the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center later that day for treatment. 

A number of Republicans within Trump’s orbit have also announced testing positive for the virus after Trump.

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Vegas House Crammed With Wild Decor Is the Week’s Most Popular Home

A suburban Las Vegas home filled to the brim with a chaotic collection of statues, mounted animal heads, and baroque furniture drew curiosity seekers on social media. The residence jampacked with knickknacks earned a ton of clicks and is the week’s most popular home on realtor.com®.

Aside from the bright magnolia exterior, the home looks like any other suburban, single-family house. But the interiors are a whole different story.

Hundreds of sets of eyes follow you from room to room—there are life-size mannequins, dolls, moose heads, and religious statuary throughout. Even the furniture in the photos appears to have been transported from a different time and place. All of these things must have meant a great deal to the owner, which is perhaps what makes these particular pictures so appealing. It’s a peek into someone else’s strange and private world.

You also clicked on the most expensive home in Kansas, a wild converted schoolhouse in Colorado, and a fancy Ohio spread being sold by a local auto magnate.

If there’s a common thread to be found throughout this week’s list of most popular homes, it’s the idea that home can be a world you create all your own.

But don’t take our word for it—scroll on down and survey these 10 popular properties for yourself.

Price: $192,500
Why it’s here: With peppy pink exterior paint and the sweet moniker of Harmony Acre Farm, this property comes with its own self-sustaining garden, orchard, and greenhouse. You’ll also find a barn, two-story outbuilding, and garage. The main house was built in 1908 and has been well-maintained over the decades. It features a custom kitchen, hardwood and tile flooring, and a new roof.

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Price: $285,000
Why it’s here: Known as the Crosby house, this mansion from 1867 is a slice of local history. Elegant and light-filled, the eight-bedroom home retains many original details, including the hardwood floors, banisters, crown molding, and French doors. The quarter-acre lot features mature landscaping and a heated pool.

Aurora, IL
Aurora, IL

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Price: $269,000
Why it’s here: A potential candidate to appear on HGTV’s “Home Town,” it’s ideal for a buyer who wants to settle down and entice Ben and Erin Napier to do a televised refresh.

This four-bedroom home in the heart of Laurel was built in 1920 and has 10-foot ceilings throughout, an elevator, and a grand entryway. The lower level is highlighted by a formal dining room as well as a sunroom. Upstairs, the master suite includes a sun porch.

Laurel, MS
Laurel, MS

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Price: $299,900
Why it’s here: Go modern in the country’s heartland. For a style-seeking buyer in Iowa, this brand-new, three-bedroom ranch sits on a half-acre. The residence has an open floor plan with oversize windows plus a back deck overlooking a wooded yard.

Davenport, IA
Davenport, IA

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Price: $149,900
Why it’s here: Built in 1940 and recently updated, this three-bedroom cabin sits on 3 wooded acres near nature trails, campgrounds, and wineries. A new owner can choose

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Coronavirus latest: ICYMI: Top takeaways from this week’s “Face the Nation”: Surgeon General on mask messaging

This week on “Face the Nation” as the West Coast struggles to beat back devastating fires in a COVID-complicated world, the candidates enter the final phase of the 2020 campaign. But the White House is forced to play defense as new revelations raise questions on what President Trump knew, and when.

Here’s the big takeaways from Sunday’s episode of “Face the Nation”

1. Kirby on keeping his airline afloat


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  • On the cusp of an election and in the midst of a national health crisis, it would not seem good politics to allow mass layoffs of Americans across broad swaths of U.S. industry. Yet Congressional talks to craft any new emergency aid package for jobless benefits or lifelines to troubled industries are stalled. 
  • That means that within the next two weeks or so U.S. air carriers are warning that the plan to cut tens of thousands of jobs by October once the terms of the CARES Act expire. That emergency financial support package cobbled together by Congress set aside $50 billion for the U.S. travel industry and required airlines to keep employees on the payroll. 
  • United Airlines CEO Scott Kirby told us that he plans to cut 16,000 jobs but is working with unions to try to reduce that number. The bottom line is that large parts of the economy cannot recovery until there is vaccine, and in the meantime companies are just hoping to stay afloat. 
  • Kirby warned: “without more government support for the whole economy, there’s going to be more layoffs to come across the economy.” 
  • “And in a business like ours, demand is not going to come back until people feel safe being around other people. And that’s going to take a vaccine. And that’s just the reality. Some businesses can recover earlier, but in aviation and all the industries that we support, it’s going to take longer.”

2. So when will that vaccine be ready? 


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  • Pfizer is investing one and a half billion dollars to develop a COVID-19 vaccine. If its scientists fail then the cost will hit the pharmaceutical giant’s bottom line. Unlike six other vaccine developers, Pfizer declined to accept U.S. taxpayer funding to offset those costs. The company’s CEO Albert Bourla argued that he did so to “liberate” scientists from bureaucracy and thus to be more nimble.
  • What Bourla said: “When you get money from someone that always comes with strings. They want to see how we are going to progress, what type of moves you are going to do. They want reports. I didn’t want to have any of that. I wanted them- basically I gave them an open checkbook so that they can worry only about scientific challenges, not anything else. And also, I wanted to keep Pfizer out of politics, by the way.”
  • How will Americans get the vaccine? “The how I think is going to be very difficult for the government to
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Melania Trump’s newly renovated Rose Garden undergoes repair after less than three weeks



a woman standing in front of a building: The First Lady had unveiled the recently revamped historic garden just under three weeks ago. — Pictures from Instagram/Melania Trump


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The First Lady had unveiled the recently revamped historic garden just under three weeks ago. — Pictures from Instagram/Melania Trump

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 11 — In less than three weeks after it was officially unveiled, the White House’s newly-renovated Rose Garden is requiring repair works.

The iconic garden is reportedly having water drainage issues along with “some minor complications with updated construction”, a source told CNN.

First Lady Melania Trump had hosted a private party on August 22 to celebrate the new Rose Garden which took some three weeks of renovation to complete.

Trump announced she was renovating the iconic garden late July to modernise the outdoor space for televised events.

The lack of drainage had resulted in the south lawn and garden being damaged and as a result, fake turf had to be rolled out on the area to make it usable during the Republican National Convention.

The historic garden was planted by her predecessors and featured rose bushes that were over 100 years old.

The garden famously underwent a redesign by Jackie Kennedy who retained rose bushes planted by other First Ladies before her.

Under Trump, colourful roses and flowers were replaced by just white and pale pink blooms with the addition of a custom platform and lighting apparatus.

US media outlets reported that the once historic area had been turned into a stage for the First Lady’s husband much to the public’s chagrin.

Many were particularly unimpressed with the decision to rip out 10 healthy crabapple trees that were planted by Kennedy to honour her husband’s New England roots.

 

 

 

 

According to a 220-page report on the garden history and renovation, the crabapple trees were removed because they had too much shade, preventing the plants beneath them from growing healthily.

According to CNN, the Rose Garden renovation was paid for by private funds, a large portion of which was acquired by the Trust for the National Mall.

Following the current state of the garden, deputy press secretary Judd Deere said taxpayers won’t be footing the bill for re-sodding costs.

The Rose Garden was reportedly not in good shape after it was water-logged because of the First Lady’s rushed renovations.

The White House has yet to announce when the Rose Garden will be able to properly function.

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Trump announced she was spearheading the Rose Garden overhaul in late July. The renovation included updates to plants, trees, grass and florals, as well as the addition of a new limestone border, pathways and technological elements to make the outdoor space more modernized for televised events.

The first lady’s renovation followed the guidelines from the garden’s original 1962 layout — but the update was largely panned by critics for looking substantially altered. Most discussed was the removal of 10 crabapple trees. The trees, which over the years had been replaced and were not the Kennedy-era originals, were transported to a National Park Service facility for care. According to a White House official, they will be replanted elsewhere on the grounds in the near future.

The trees were causing too much shade to provide for healthy and regular growth of the florals and shrubs beneath them, according to a 220-page report on the garden history and renovation prepared for the Committee for the Preservation of the White House.

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Melania Trump’s newly-renovated Rose Garden is being repaired after just three weeks

Melania Trump’s newly-renovated White House Rose Garden is undergoing repair just three weeks after the new changes were revealed and the first lady gave her speech to the Republican National Convention, making her case for President Donald Trump’s second term.

The garden is experiencing ‘issues with water drainage’ and ‘some minor complications with updated construction,’ a source told CNN.

President Trump has been taking a motorcade to Joint Base Andrews for his trips the past two weeks – an unusual move given he usually flies in Marine One to the base to catch his flight on Air Force One. 

The White House press office on Tuesday said he’s been driving instead because of construction on the South Lawn, which is where Marine One takes off and lands.

Melania Trump's newly-renovated White House Rose Garden is undergoing repair just three weeks after the new changes were revealed

Melania Trump’s newly-renovated White House Rose Garden is undergoing repair just three weeks after the new changes were revealed

The garden was closed for about five weeks as construction took place and is now closed again for repair work

The garden was closed for about five weeks as construction took place and is now closed again for repair work

President Trump on Monday held a news conference on the North Portico, an unusual outdoor location for him to take questions from the press as such events are usually in Rose Garden

President Trump on Monday held a news conference on the North Portico, an unusual outdoor location for him to take questions from the press as such events are usually in Rose Garden

President Trump has been taking a motorcade to Joint Base Andrews to catch Air Force One instead of Marine One, which takes off from South Lawn

President Trump has been taking a motorcade to Joint Base Andrews to catch Air Force One instead of Marine One, which takes off from South Lawn

And, on Monday, the president held a news conference on the North Portico, an unusual outdoor location for him to take questions from the press.

‘We have a lot to be thankful for, including this really beautiful day. It’s why I thought we’d do this outside as opposed to in your more normal place,’ President Trump told reporters at the start of his Labor Day press conference.

But the usual location for the president’s outdoor news conferences is the Rose Garden.

The first lady gave her convention speech from the area on August 25 but there was a turf put down for the event.

Washington DC had an abnormally wet summer, with a steady stream of rain in July and August. The 18.75 inches of rain was more than eight inches above average – the downpours the side effect of Tropical Storm Isaias and Hurricane Laura.

Melania Trump unveiled her renovations to the White House Rose Garden on August 22, a project she had been working on for months. 

Paid for by private donations, the first lady returned the garden to its roots, honouring the original design by Bunny Mellon, made at the request of President John F. Kennedy in 1962. 

Melania Trump and President Donald Trump hosted a private reception for the donors, whose names are not being publicly released, in the new Rose Garden that night. Members of the media were given a preview of the garden that morning. 

‘Gardens are symbols of growth and hope. We celebrate this garden in the hope that future generations will not only enjoy – but also draw inspiration and strength – from this space where so much

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Newly renovated Rose Garden under repair less than 3 weeks after unveiling :: WRAL.com

— The newly renovated White House Rose Garden is under repair less than three weeks after it’s official unveiling. The garden is experiencing “issues with water drainage” and “some minor complications with updated construction,” a source with knowledge of the garden troubles told CNN. New sod is also being laid down.

First lady Melania Trump on August 22 hosted a private party to celebrate the redone Rose Garden, which the public was told had been completed after approximately three weeks of renovation.

CNN has reached out to the White House for comment on when the Rose Garden will be able to properly function.

President Donald Trump on Monday held a news conference on the North Portico, an unusual outdoor location, but the source notes hosting press in seats at the Rose Garden “would not be doable” in the iconic garden’s current status. Trump has also had to motorcade to Andrews Air Force Base of late, again preventing media from seeing the construction in the Rose Garden in recent days.

Melania Trump held her Republican National Convention speech from the Rose Garden in front of approximately 75 seated guests on August 25. For that event, the grass of the Rose Garden was too muddy to host an audience due to lack of drainage from heavy rain storms, thus a “turf” lawn was put down over the grass instead, a source with knowledge told CNN at the time.

Trump announced she was spearheading the Rose Garden overhaul in late July. The renovation included updates to plants, trees, grass and florals, as well as the addition of a new limestone border, pathways and technological elements to make the outdoor space more modernized for televised events.

The first lady’s renovation followed the guidelines from the garden’s original 1962 layout — but the update was largely panned by critics for looking substantially altered. Most discussed was the removal of 10 crabapple trees. The trees, which over the years had been replaced and were not the Kennedy-era originals, were transported to a National Park Service facility for care. According to a White House official, they will be replanted elsewhere on the grounds in the near future.

The trees were causing too much shade to provide for healthy and regular growth of the florals and shrubs beneath them, according to a 220-page report on the garden history and renovation prepared for the Committee for the Preservation of the White House.

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