Beltway Insider: Trump/Middle East, Biden/Trump, Israel/Bahrain, COVID Totals, September 11, Wildfires

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President Trump has continued his efforts to normalize relations across the Middle East while maintaining his active reelection campaign as early voting begins in seventeen states in the next month and in the battleground state of Minnesota this week.

The President's job approval rating, according to the website fivethirtyeight.com, which tracked polls of likely or registered voters for the period ending September 13, 2020, decreased by 0.5 percentage points to 43.0% of those polled who approve of his effectiveness as President and those who disapprove of his effectiveness increased by 0.4 percentage points to 52.7%. A slight 3% of the population polled have no opinion. Ratings are calculated weekly.

Election 2020, according to the website 270towin, which tracks the latest Presidential Poll averages have President Donald Trump trailing Democratic challenger Joe Biden by 6.0% percentage points in ten National Polls. With an average of 50.1% of the sample audience indicating they will be casting their vote for Biden, and 42% of the voters sampled indicating they will be casting their vote for Trump.

Based on the state poll projections, the 270towin offers a color coded electoral map which projects, based on current state polls, the expected November vote. The map can be seen here.


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Trump Brokers Normalization Treaty Between Israel and Bahrain

President has continued his efforts to broker normalized relations in the middle east and solidify relationships with the nation of Israel.

"In the spirit of peace and cooperation, both leaders also agreed that Bahrain will fully normalize its diplomatic relations with Israel.  They will exchange embassies and ambassadors, begin direct flights between their countries, and launch cooperation initiatives across a broad range of sectors, including health, business, technology, education, security, and agriculture.  This is a truly historic day," President Trump said via a released statement.

The president's continued effort to normalize relations between Israel and other Middle Eastern nations has not gone unnoticed by outsiders and other nations. He has been nominated for has been nominated for the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize, after helping to broker peace between Israel and the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Trump, Biden Show off Different Campaign Styles

In ten national polls Democratic Presidential Candidate Joe Biden and his running mate, Senator Kamala Harris, have maintained a narrow lead over Republican incumbent President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence.

Trump Maintains Grass Roots Canvassing, Big Rallies

Over the past week, Trump campaign strategists have continued to ramp up grass roots campaigning while keep to the traditional, albeit modified, campaigning tactics including rallies in Nevada and an expected rally with musical guest Kid Rock in Michigan.

Trump rallies are scaled down compared to his arena shows of 2016. The coronavirus has hampered his big picture playbook and has forced the campaign to use traditional canvassing. The Trump campaign has said they have knocked on over 1million doors this week alone.

That person to person contact, akin to celebrity, will go a long way toward the November vote.


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Biden-Harris Maintain Small Lead

Biden, Harris have decided against the use of canvassing relying heavily on social media and internet. The democratic challengers are also using smaller, in-person opportunities to canvass for the vote.

Biden's consistently light campaign schedule, with the election 50 days away, and early voting beginning in seven states in the next week, including the must need states of Minnesota and Michigan, has become a soundbite attack from Trump, who regularly comments on the stamina and health of his democratic challenger, just three years his junior.

"This means Biden won't hold the traditional big rallies, and will have to make do with smaller, socially distanced events. Yes, Biden is ahead in most polling, thus he and his campaign may feel he doesn't need to attend a lot of events," reported the National Review.com.

With Michigan and Minnesota must wins in the electoral college calculation for Biden, the two challengers need to allow their campaign to double up on visits and stop giving in to the "called a lid" on the day's events. The backstretch is here and now is the time for the sprint, the end goal, the finish line is in sight run the race, show the American people team Biden has the stamina to deliver the win.

West Coast Wildfires

An early fire season spanning three states, Washington, Oregon and California, the Western Wall, has produced more than 94 separate fires, choking major cities with smoke clouds, causing untold devastation, and is blamed for dozens of deaths.

"Images from the ravaged areas are perfectly apocalyptic, scorched trees and telephone poles poking out from smoky gray, ashen landscapes. Buildings are reduced to piles of bricks, concrete, and metal. Cars sit in driveways and along roadsides, blackened and gutted. Major fires spanning several states have burned 4.6 million acres, national fire officials say. That's roughly equivalent to Connecticut and Rhode Island combined. While the 94 major blazes are burning mostly in rural and forested areas, major cities along the West Coast -- Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle and Portland, Oregon, among them -- are also feeling the impact," CNN reported.

Fire season on the West Coast is nothing new. The dreaded annual byproduct of the effects of minimal rains, excessively dry conditions, and high winds all add to the equation of a fire season that will devastate communities and could potentially cause fatalities.


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The towns of Talent and Phoenix, Oregon, were essentially wiped off the map as a fast-moving fire, fueled by high winds and dry conditions marched across the tiny communities. Families were told to evacuate, and many heeded the warnings.

Others did not. The Marion County Oregon Fire has left a trail of death and devastation. Thirty-three fatalities have been attributed to the devastating Oregon fires. Wyatt Tofte and his dog were confirmed to be among the fatalities. Surviving family members said their son had attempted to save his 71, year-old grandmother, who also died. His mother was critically burned.

Oregon Governor Kate Brown is expecting a "high fatality" event. California wildfires are burning in both Northern California and southern California, with smoke, haze and ash blocking out the sky in San Francisco. The Bob Cat fire, now at 30,000 acres and 6% containment, is burning into its seventh day, in the Angeles National Forest and threatening communities near Pasadena.

Residents of the Los Angeles suburban community of Arcadia have been told to evacuate. Residents of Monrovia have been put on alert and should be ready to evacuate.

Residents should prepare to evacuate on a moment's notice. Vehicles should be packed and parked facing out. Any medicines, documentation, necessary and irreplaceable items should be packed.

Coronavirus Totals

The infection rates of the coronavirus have continued to rise around the world. For the week ending September 6, 2020, coronavirus cases increased globally by 1,862,700 confirmed cases, brings the total of confirmed cases worldwide to 28,790,600, with 920,400 deaths, an increase of 40,137.

Infections rates in the United States are also on the rise. For the week ending September 6, 2020, the total confirmed cases rose to 6,521,200 with new confirmed cases rising by 245,000. The coronavirus has claimed 193,700 total deaths, a weekly increase for 5,103 deaths. (Data from The New York Times).


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September 11 Memorial Ceremonies

Vice President Pence, and Democratic Presidential Candidate Joe Biden paid tribute to the bravery and courage of the crew and passengers of United Flight 93, who at the cost of their own lives, overtook the hijacked plane and brought it down.

Crashing into a field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, the flight, one of four planes that had been hijacked, had turned and was heading toward Washington, DC. The expected target was the U.S. Capital building.

With two planes flying into the World Trade Center and a third crashing into the Pentagon, the passengers, understood they had limited choices, either do nothing and surely die, or fight for freedom and possibly survive.

From all accounts, many passengers made phone calls, and Todd Beamer, speaking with an operator rallied his fellow passengers into action. From all accounts they managed to retake the plane. Ordinary Americans faced with extraordinary circumstances chose to live free or die.

"Nineteen years ago, on this day, at this very hour, on this field, 40 brave men and women triumphed over terror and gave their lives in defense of our nation. Their names and their stories are forever inscribed on the eternal roll call of American heroes. Today, we pay tribute to their sacrifice, and we mourn deeply for the nearly 3,000 precious and beautiful souls who were taken from us on September 11th, 2001," President Trump said from the Flight 93 National Memorial in Shanksville, Pennsylvania.

Proclamation of Patriot Day 2020

  

In 2001, our Nation, united under God, made an unbreakable promise never to forget the nearly 3,000 innocent Americans who were senselessly killed on September 11. 

 

On this sacred day — Patriot Day — we solemnly honor that commitment.  As the bells toll, we call by name those who perished in the terrorist attacks in New York, New York; Arlington, Virginia; and Shanksville, Pennsylvania.  In cities and towns across our great country, we stand in solidarity to remember the victims and mourn their stolen hopes and dreams.

 

On a day that began as ordinary as any other, terrorists carrying out a sadistic plan murdered thousands of our fellow compatriots.  With shock and disbelief, we watched our first responders, encumbered by heavy equipment and hindered by debris and smoke, rush with conviction and courage into the void to rescue those in despair. 

 

With pride and sorrow, we felt the tremendous bravery of those aboard Flight 93, who summoned the courage to charge the terrorists in a counterattack that saved countless American lives.  As the day closed, America steadied its resolve to hold accountable those who had attacked us and to ensure it would never happen again.

 

The courage, heroism, and resilience Americans displayed on 9/11, and in its aftermath, are perpetual testaments to the spirit of our country.  While our Nation was anguished by this attack, the grit displayed that day — the very essence of America — was a reminder that our citizens have never failed to rise to the occasion.  Heroes sprang into action in the face of great peril to help save their fellow Americans.  Many laid down their lives.  As we reflect on the events of that September morning, let us recommit to embrace the stalwart bravery displayed and reaffirm our dedication to defending liberty from all who wish to deny it.

 

To fulfill our collective promise never to forget, we impart the memory of that fateful day to our children and grandchildren.  The smoke that rose from the Twin Towers, the Pentagon, and the Pennsylvania field carried away the souls of innocent Americans.  As we recall the images of our American Flag raised from the ashes of Ground Zero and the Pentagon, we are reminded that good triumphs over evil.  We recommit ourselves to fortifying our cherished American values so that future generations will know in their souls that the United States is the land of the free and the home of the brave.

 

This Patriot Day, we commemorate the lives of those who perished on September 11, 2001, we pray for the families who carry on their legacies, and we honor the unmatched bravery of our Nation's first responders.  We also commend those who, in the days and years following the attack, answered the call to serve our country and continue to risk their lives in defense of the matchless blessings of freedom.

 

By a joint resolution approved December 18, 2001 (Public Law 107-89), the Congress designated September 11 of each year as "Patriot Day."

Register to Vote

One vote won't make a difference. Or will it?

The question may not be the most talked about question of the campaign and yet many American citizens are refusing to even consider voting with the impression that the singular vote they cast will not make a difference. Each vote becomes a total of all votes cast, win or lose, exercising the right to vote is part of a free society.

This election will choose the leaders who present the blueprint for the future which bests aligns with each voter's vision.

Check USA.gov for the local election office in all fifty states and US territories. Register to vote today, opt for the mail in ballot, and send it in as soon as possible.

For more information on President Donald Trump www.whitehouse.gov.

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