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Next week’s US elections in 2020: Moment of ‘panic button’ for the Republican Senate



Is 'Defund the Police' a major political mistake for Democrats?

5. First 48-day VP election:

Former Vice-President Joe Biden said he wanted to elect his nominee no later than August 1 – which is not long!

(This is my last view of 10 women who will most likely be Biden’s choice.)

Biden himself retreated from the previous quarterbacking about who was considered and who, well, no.

While he sometimes still offers praise for the most mentioned candidates – and his campaign has held virtual fundraising with politicians like New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham – the former vice president has tended to reject many political obstacles lately.

Which means things are becoming more serious.

4. How does the Democratic Party dance ‘Defund the Police?’:

What Democrats want to spend in Congress this week is about the legislation package they introduced last week aimed at reforming the police – from banning chokehold to building a national database of police violations.

What they might have to fight for – for the second week in a row – is an ongoing call from several Black activists to fully harass the police and reallocate the funds to support marginalized communities.
A very full position, politically. A ABC News-Ipsos poll released Friday showed that two-thirds of Americans oppose police denudation. But nearly 6 out of 10 (57%) of black Americans support such actions – and reallocate the money to more community-based programs.
Trying to move beyond the “defund the police” debate, House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn, a high-ranking African-American official in Congress, said this on CNN on Sunday:

“Nobody will fund the police. We can restructure the police forces. Restructure, re-imagine the police. That’s what we will do. The fact is that the police have a role to play.”

Which is politically the right place. Many people support law enforcement reform. Much less back is shaved completely.

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The question before the congressional Democrats was whether Clyburn’s position on Sunday was enough for their party activist wing.

3. Trump and the road:

On Saturday, President Donald Trump delivered the opening address at West Point. And when he left the stage, the camera catches it walking carefully down the road to the ground.

Twitter became a banana, showing Trump looking old and weak. Of course what Twitter does.

But then Trump decided to drastically strengthen his current profile – and make sure it became a much bigger story.

“The road that I went down after West Point’s speech began very long & steep, had no grip and, most importantly, very slippery,” Trump tweeted on Saturday night. “The last thing I will do is ‘fall’ on the Fake News for fun. The last ten feet I run to flat ground. Momentum!”

It’s hard to overstate the miscalculation here by Trump. Without his tweet, the video of him walking down the path is, perhaps, a little Sunday story. With that tweet, it is a BIG story on Sunday, with the potential to leak into the week that the President wants to focus on restarting his re-election campaign.

So why did he do it? Because he cannot be described publicly as a weak person or anything that is less than fully in command at all times. So even if he magnifies criticism, Trump feels as though he has to respond. (Read this about the definition of Trump’s twisted obstinacy.)

It was a political instinct that brought disaster.

2. The Trump campaign resumes:

It’s been the last few weeks of disaster for Trump and his party. (See below). The president hopes this is a week where things change, with everything leading to Saturday’s rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

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Meanwhile it has been tampered with (The rally was originally scheduled for Friday, June 19, known as Juneteenth, a day celebrating the end of slavery) Trump and his closest allies see the return to the campaign trail as perhaps something that can heal what upsets the political fate of the President.

Trump, once a hype man, said on Twitter Friday that “we already have ticket requests for more than 200,000 people. I hope to see everyone in Oklahoma!”
There is no doubt that Trump is driven by crowd energy, and that there will be a ton of people present on Saturday night. (No, there won’t be 200,000 people; the arena where the event is held has the capacity more than 19,000.)

But with soaring coronaviruses – in the west and southwest in particular – this week’s news coverage tends to focus, at least in part, on Trump’s policy of holding a huge general meeting at all.

Participants have been asked to sign a waiver that acknowledges the Covid-19 contract at a general meeting is a possibility. The Tulsa health director said that Saturday he hopes Trump will postpone the general meeting because of concerns about “our ability to protect anyone who is attending a large event indoors.”

However, there are no current plans to establish social distance at public meetings or wear mandate masks.

So yes, Trump is likely to get what he wants – a large crowd celebrating the country’s “transition to greatness”. But how much does it cost?

1. Press the panic button:

Late Saturday night, the Des Moines Register released a poll about the Iowa Senate race. And that was very surprising.

Democrat Theresa Greenfield took 46% in the poll to 43% for Iowa Republican Senator Joni Ernst. As a poll for J. Ann Selzer note down, that’s the first the election since Ernst ran and won in 2014 which shows he trailed electoral opponents.
While the numbers don’t indicate that Ernst will lose – the Republicans are just getting started attack / define Greenfield afterwards his main win earlier this month – they make it clear that the race that looks on the competitive edge now looks like a very real contest.

And that is t-r-o-u-b-l-e for the Republican Senate who hopes to maintain their narrow majority this fall.

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Why? Because there are many seats that are seen by independent handicapers at least as fragile as Iowa.

That Cook Political Reports, for example, ranks Iowa as “leaning Republicans” along with Georgia, Kansas and Montana seats. And they rank four more GOP seats – Arizona, Colorado, Maine and North Carolina – as a lottery, which means they are the most endangered.

Do the math: That’s nine chairs. In contrast, Cook judged that only two Democratic seats – Alabama and Michigan – were competitive. And when you think that Democrats only need to get three seats to win back the majority if Biden wins the presidential election (and four if he doesn’t), you can see why the Republicans have a very bad Saturday night (and Sunday).

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5-star hotels lead the way in the restoration of Portuguese tourist sites



5-star hotels lead the way in the restoration of Portuguese tourist sites

In October, the number of overnight stays in 5-star hotels increased by 15.9% compared to the same month in 2019, which, according to additional information, namely from the DMC (Tourist Inception Agency), is associated with a strong increase in tourism from the United States. states.

Information published today by INE indicates that in October, compared to the same month before the pandemic, the number of overnight stays in tourist establishments in Portugal increased by 6.2%, with the strongest increase in hotels, at 8.2%. in which, therefore, 62.1% is concentrated. overnight stays.

The information shows that 4-star hotels, where the largest number of beds are concentrated, had 48.9% of overnight stays in October, totaling 2.05 million, which is +7.6% or more than 144.7 thousand than in October 2019.

This was followed by 3-star hotels with 927.3k, but this increase was about half of 5-star hotels, by 7.6% or 65.5k, to 927.3k, and then 5-star hotels with 857. 4 thousand overnight stays, an increase of 15.9%. or 117.6 thousand compared to the same pre-pandemic month.

In contrast to the evolution in these categories, there were 2- and 1-star hotels, in which the number of overnight stays decreased by 2.7%, or ten thousand, to 360.8 thousand.

The cheapest apart-hotels (three and two stars) also saw a decrease in overnight stays, from -20.9% or less than 24.4 thousand, in hotels and farms in Madeira, from -0.4% or less, to about 300, and in tourist settlements, from -7.7. % or less than 17.5 thousand.

At the same time, the number of apart-hotels increased by 1.2%, or 8.5 thousand, to 717.5 million, due to the increase in 5-star hotels by 6.7%, or 6.6 thousand, to 104.9 thousand, and 4-star, by 5.4 thousand% or 26.4 thousand to 519.9 thousand.

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Overnight stays in tourist apartments also increased by 3.2%, or 13.6 thousand, to 437.8 million, local accommodation, by 0.6%, or 5.5 thousand, to 901.2 thousand, and , primarily tourism in rural areas and housing, with an increase of 45.2% or 67.3 thousand to 216.5 thousand people.

The INE data also shows that Portuguese tourist sites were the best in October in terms of overnight stays this year, with peaks achieved by 5-, 4- and 3-star hotels, 5- and 4-star apartment hotels, accommodation . and rural tourism and housing development.

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The US market is already setting new annual records in Portuguese hotels

The Portuguese hospitality industry experienced the best October in terms of number of guests and overnight stays.

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Government approves strategy to combat “Portuguese underrepresentation” in Brussels



Government approves strategy to combat "Portuguese underrepresentation" in Brussels

This afternoon the Council of Ministers will approve a national strategy to combat what it considers “underrepresentation de Portugal” in European institutions, in particular the European Commission.

“There is a significant shortage of Portuguese, especially those working for the Commission,” explains the Secretary of State for European Affairs in statements to Renaissance🇧🇷 The problem, according to Thiago Antunes, is not limited to middle management: “This is the first time Portugal does not have a CEO in the European Commission”.

The government wants to “correct this imbalance and fight this deficit in order to win.”ability to influence in decisions.” But it is not possible to increase the number of vacancies for the Portuguese, if only because there are no national quotas for employees working in institutions.

To go to Brussels or even work in Portugal on a full-time basis, you need to pass a series of tests prepared by EPSO (European Personnel Selection Office). 🇧🇷These are very difficult competitions.with very concrete evidence,” the official explains.

The strategy will be based on several pillars: training, increasing grants and encouraging the mobility of civil servants. The Portuguese government is going to create a national training center to “better prepare our candidates for competitions”; to bet on “dissemination of opportunities; increase the balls (by quantity and value); and create a statute that allows those who work in the public administration of Portugal to move into the European public administration.

The aim is to achieve “greater representation” in the European Commission in order to have “greater influence” on the decision. Although the strategy is to strengthen the Portuguese presence in Brussels and the employees do not work for doesn’t matter that they are portuguese“, he defends.

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Fruits may not appear early or may not even be measurable. “It will take some time until we see results,” admits the former secretary of state to the prime minister. But the wait does not stop the Portuguese government. “We have to start right now,” Thiago Antunes insists, pointing to the demographic problem among those working in Brussels. “There are a lot of Portuguese who came in at the time of our accession and are now retiring.”

The strategy aims to reverse the cycle of loss of Portuguese representation among the 27. The diploma will be approved this Wednesday in the Council of Ministers.

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“His manager is Portuguese and…”; The agent changes plans, and Luis Castro “arranges” the problem in the protection of “Botafogo”



"His manager is Portuguese and...";  The agent changes plans, and Luis Castro "arranges" the problem in the protection of "Botafogo"


The defender must return from loan ahead of schedule, and the Glorioso coach will have to make a decision at the beginning of the preseason.

Photo: Jorge Rodriguez/AGIF.  First, Luis Castro does not have Diego Loureiro for 2023.
Photo: Jorge Rodriguez/AGIF. First, Luis Castro does not have Diego Loureiro for 2023.

With the end of the season Botafogo its reformulation is already underway with the participation of Luis Castro. Names like Carlinhos, for example, have already left General Severiano, but there is a tendency for the “purge” to continue a little longer. Especially with the return of borrowed athletes during the year.

goalkeeper case Diego Loureiro, who played on loan at Atlético GO, promoted to Serie B. Curiously, the Botafogo archer has a contract at Goiania until the end of 2023, but Dragao president Adson Batista is pessimistic about the player’s consistency.

“Diego Loureiro is a bit off because he still has a contract with Botafogo, his manager is Portuguese and he has a different vision.” said the director in an interview with radio Sagres from the capital of Goiás.

The goalkeeper played only two games for Atlético-GO, who were betting on Renan in the starting lineup. If he returns to Rio, Loureiro will likely see high competition in the black and white net as Luis Castro now has alternatives to Gatito Fernandes and Lucas Perry.

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