A Focus on Florida.
Last week, the Editorial Board urged Michael Bloomberg to “write a big old check” to help ex-felons in Florida vote in the presidential election. This week, he announced that he has raised almost $20 million for the cause. Bravo!
U.S.’s New Covid Case Rate is Twice the UK’s.
With 59 new cases per million people each day in the UK over the past week, British officials said infection rates are heading “in the wrong direction” and UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson told the public Tuesday to work from home if possible.
Just ten days ago, the U.S. had about 105 new cases per million people each day. The number has jumped more than 25% in those subsequent ten days.
As Axios put it: “The world’s most powerful country has abjectly failed in its response to this pandemic.
The federal response has been abysmal. Failures range from procurement disasters such as PPE to signs of rot at revered institutions like the CDC.”
What I’m Reading.
CDC Circus Part 2: Emails From Top Trump Health Official Show Efforts to Silence CDC
Your Need to Know on Voting.
November 3 is quickly approaching.
Be prepared and know how to vote by checking out NBC News’ ‘Plan Your Vote’ resource here.
More Data: SCOTUS Ad Wars Begin
Justice Ginsburg’s death was announced Friday evening.
Before midnight, paid ads were already running in the fight over her seat.
And those ads worked. ActBlue reported more than $100 million raised between Friday night and Sunday morning, including new records for the most raised on a given day and in a single hour ($70.6 million and $6.3 million, respectively). While many of those donations surely came from organic interest, campaigns used an array of digital tactics — from email solicitations to paid ads — to reach potential donors.
The Trump campaign has spent between $79,000 and $95,000 to run 410 ads about the Supreme Court vacancy since Friday. The Biden campaign spent between $42,000 and $48,000 to run 114 ads. Trump is even selling “Fill That Seat” t-shirts.
It’s not just the presidential candidates. The lawmaker at the center of the nominating process, Sen. Mitch McConnell, is running fundraising ads filled with exclamation marks and the promise of a 5x match. Other Senate races — perhaps spurred by the chamber’s role of “advice and consent” — also quickly launched acquisition ads.
Some candidates who are out-of-cycle or have non-competitive races also went up with list-building ads. Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) asked for 10,000 signatures. Sen. Jon Tester (D-MT) wanted 20,000. Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA) topped them both by asking for 25,000!
Even some members of the House — who do not vote on Supreme Court nominees — nonetheless put up donation ads to, as Rep. Lance Gooden (R-TX) put it, “ensure a conservative voice on the Supreme Court.”
While these are the first ads for this Supreme Court vacancy, they certainly won’t be the last. The last vacancy generated more than $10 million in TV spending and around 50,000 ads on Facebook alone.
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Best of Late Night.
On returning to the office after months of working from home:
“They divided our office into zones. We have Zone A, Zone B, and Zone C. I’m not sure if I’m hosting a show or boarding a Southwest Airlines flight.”
— Jimmy Kimmel
“I’ve been at home for the last few months working on a Covid vaccine. I’m very close. But now, just like the McRib, I am back at work!”
— Jimmy Kimmel
On the battle over the vacant Supreme Court seat of Ruth Bader Ginsburg:
“Well, there you have it, folks. When you have the Senate, you can do whatever you want. Trump is right — it’s basically the ‘When you’re a star, they let you do it,’ but of judicial appointments.”
— Trevor Noah
“The Trump campaign is now selling ‘Fill that seat’ T-shirts. Seriously, someone just passed away and he’s selling T-shirts like they just clinched the American League East.”
— Jimmy Fallon
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