Trump to visit Allentown, Pa.

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May 14, 2020: Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders announced the members of a series of joint task forces. Donald Trump will visit Allentown, Pa., today.  blank    blankblank   


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Notable Quote of the Day

“Having millions of Americans stand in crowded polling places for hours to cast a ballot on Election Day sounds like the makings of a public health disaster — especially if there is a second surge of COVID-19 infections in the fall, as some experts predict. So now, election officials are looking for ways to hold elections remotely. One option that has been proposed is voting via an app on a smartphone or electronic device, just like Grimmett did last fall (though so far, states seem to only be considering this option for certain groups of voters, such as voters with disabilities).

It seems like an obvious solution: With so much of our daily lives now virtual, why couldn’t our elections be moved online too?

Voting online or via an app has even been tested in small elections a handful of times, but election security experts and even the founder of one of the most prominent voting apps on the market, Voatz, say there’s a laundry list of reasons why this technology isn’t ready for prime time. (Not to mention the fact that 19 percent of Americans still don’t have a smartphone, and as many as 21.3 million Americans still lack access to broadband internet, according to the Federal Communications Commission.)”

– Kaleigh Rogers, FiveThirtyEight

Election Updates

  • Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders announced the members of a series of joint task forces on climate change, criminal justice reform, the economy, education, health care, and immigration. Biden tweeted, “A united party is key to winning the White House this November. The work of the task forces will be essential to identifying ways to build on our progress and not simply turn the clock back to a time before Donald Trump — but transform our country.”

  • Donald Trump will visit an Owens and Minor medical supply distribution center in Allentown, Pa., today. According to CBS Philadelphia, he plans to announce an initiative called the Strategic National Stockpile 2.0. Earlier this week, Trump tweeted, “Looking forward to being in Allentown, Pennsylvania, on Thursday. I love the State, and for very good reason!”

  • Trump’s administration began working on potential transition plans, which are required by law to be prepared six months before the presidential election.

Flashback: May 14, 2016

The Washington Post reported that a “band of exasperated Republicans — including 2012 presidential nominee Mitt Romney, a handful of veteran consultants and members of the conservative intelligentsia” was “commissioning private polling, lining up major funding sources­ and courting potential contenders” in hopes of running an independent presidential candidate in the November election.blank

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