ByKevin Sheekey

U.S. Employment Stalls As Virus Surges.

After an initial slowing of new unemployment claims and GDP posting strong growth in the third quarter, recent weeks show America’s employment recovery has stalled.

Unemployment in the U.S. is still more than double pre-pandemic levels as the coronavirus surges across the country. 

An unprecedented economic contraction in the spring and summer meant that strong growth was inevitable as the economy reopened, the New York Times reports, but this doesn’t tell the full story.

A moderated pace of recovery from early strong gains is likely to keep economic activity below pre-pandemic levels for some time.

Because the third quarter GDP started from such a low base, even an increase slightly larger than the 31 percent decline would not return economic activity to where it was at the end of the first quarter. 


U.S. Smashes Pandemic Records.



Early Voting Begins.

  • Oklahoma — Thursday, Oct. 29
Early voting ends this week:
  • Arizona — Friday, Oct. 30
  • North Carolina — Saturday, Oct. 31
  • Florida, Wisconsin — Sunday, Nov. 1
  • Michigan — Monday, Nov. 2

Final voter registration deadlines:

  • Nevada — Thursday, Oct. 29

Important Voter NoticeStarting Today, It’s Too Late to Mail Your Ballot. Vote In Person or Drop Off Your Ballot 



Today in Good News.

Amid Record-Breaking Lines at Polling Places, Early Voters’ Spirits Buoyed by Pizza, Live Music 

Watch these videos:
— The Brooklyn United marching band & drumline perform for voters lined up at Barclays Center

— A ‘Democracy is Delicious’ food truck delivers food to polling stations across the country
— A ‘Joy to the Polls’ parade float inspires voters to do the ‘Cha Cha Slide’ in Philadelphia.

Must Have: Exposure Notification Apps.

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If you live in New York or New Jerseydownload your state’s Covid-19 exposure notification app. The more people who use the app, the more effective it will be. 


Bloomberg Ad-Barrage in Florida.

Mike Bloomberg is spending more than $100 million to support Joe Biden in Florida.

Bloomberg Knocks Trump Back On His Heels in Florida

Ground Game Blitz: Laid-Off Hospitality Workers in Florida Hired to Canvass To Reach Black, Latino Voters

Florida Ads Blast Trump’s Secret Deportations of Venezuelans

Mike Bloomberg, Priorities USA Action and BlackPAC released this TV ad as part of an ongoing $3.4 million TV advertising partnership in Florida specifically meant to reach Black voters in the state.

The ad, “Gimme A Break,” focuses on what Joe Biden and Kamala Harris will do to reverse Donald Trump’s record of failed leadership:

Watch it here:

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More Ads:

Like We’ve Never Seen It” calls out Trump for continuing to downplay Covid-19 and his mishandling of the pandemic as new cases once again top 5,000 a day in Florida.

Middle Class First” 
focuses on Joe Biden’s experience successfully extending tax cuts to Americans as vice president — saving the average family $3,000 a year — and his plan to help small businesses and re-open Florida’s tourism industry safely. 

Venezuela ad

Picture: Calls out Donald Trump’s reckless behavior at the infamous Sept. 26 Rose Garden event that was officially a super-spreader resulting in at least eleven new infections. 

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Affordable Care Act: Goes after Donald Trump over his administration’s continued legal efforts to dismantle the Affordable Care Act.

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One Nation: Featuring quotes from Kamala Harris’s vice-presidential acceptance speech that offer a message of unity. 

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Economy: Makes the case that Joe Biden is the strongest choice to get the economy back on track.

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El Otro Huracán: Emphasizes Trump’s disregard for Puerto Rico, which he has labeled “dirty” and “poor.”

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Best of Late Night.

“Over 65 million Americans have already voted, and thanks to the Supreme Court, almost three million of those will be counted.”
— Jimmy Fallon

On the U.S. Senate’s confirmation of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court just weeks after Ruth Bader Ginsburg passed away and the seat became vacant:

“And I don’t know about you, but I was shocked to see the Senate move this quick. I mean, normally they take months to do anything but here they moved so fast it was disorienting. It was like when you call customer service and immediately speak to a human being.”
— Trevor Noah

“I mean, they just hustled Amy Coney Barrett straight from the confirmation to a midnight ceremony. It looked like the basic cable version of ‘Eyes Wide Shut.’”
— Trevor Noah

“During a swearing-in ceremony for Judge Amy Coney Barrett at the White House, President Trump said, ‘This is a momentous day for America, for the United States Constitution, and for the fair and impartial rule of law.’ Momentous in that it’s the last day for all of those things.”
— Seth Meyers


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