The first of three debates between President Trump and former Vice President Biden took place last night at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. The topics discussed were the COVID crisis, the economy, the Supreme Court, race relations in America, the records of the two candidates, and the integrity of the election. The debate was moderated by Chris Wallace of Fox News, who struggled to keep the two candidates from talking over one another. In a fashion similar to his debates with Hillary Clinton four years ago, Trump constantly interrupted Biden with personal insults and attempts to fact check him in regards to the statistics he brought up. Biden returned with interruptions to Trump. Both parties touched on each subject, but there was an array of misinformation, ignored questions, and arguments between the two. Many news commentators gave feedback immediately after the debate, the most notable ones being CNN contributor Van Jones and CNN journalist Jake Tapper. Jones condemned the President’s apparent refusal to disavow White supremacist groups, while Tapper called the debate a “hot mess inside a dumpster fire inside a train wreck”.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has threatened to close the American Embassy of Baghdad if the Iraqi government does not take control of attacks on the embassy building. The effort is more for Pompeo to secure American lives in Iraq, but the decision could hurt ties with the country and threaten their safety from Iran. This comes after two rockets were launched near an airport housing U.S. troops. The blasts killed two Iraqi women and three children.
Disney has laid off 28,000 employees, most of whom work in the United States. The decision comes after multiple setbacks due to the COVID pandemic and business being lower than expected from the company. With the California-based Disneyland closed throughout the pandemic and the Florida-based Disney World not seeing the number of visitors that they wanted, the company has furloughed or fired a large number of employees, most of whom work at the theme parks. The California park is trying to have restrictions lifted to operate and the Florida park is keeping with its zealous social distancing measures to ensure visitors and employees are safe.