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Dueling political town halls

TRUMP and Biden will “face off” in televised separate town halls tonight (Shutterstock).

There will be dueling town halls tonight, as – instead of the originally planned debate – Donald Trump and Joe Biden – will each have their own televised town halls. The president will be on NBC for an event broadcast from Miami, while the Democratic nominee will be on ABC from Philadelphia. According to the Associated Press, Trump will continue the style of discourse the used at the first debate. “Some people say I was rude, but you have to be rude. The guy’s a liar.” Biden said he’s prepared for such attacks. “We’ve got 19 days left and you know he’s going to throw everything but the kitchen sink at me. And it’s going to be an overwhelming torrent of lies and distortions.” According to polling, Biden has a substantial lead over Trump. The’s average of recent presidential polls showed Biden with the support of 51.7 percent to 42.3 percent for Trump, a margin of 9.4 percent.’s average has Biden with 52.4 percent to 41.9 for Trump, a difference of 10.5 percent.

The News:  Jobless claims hit 890k, but rate declines

Jobless claims in the U.S. rose by 898,000 this week, according to a report Thursday by the Labor Department. The unemployment rate declined to 6.8 percent. •  Wall Street’s losing streak extended to three days as all three major stock indexes turned downward. The Dow declined 19.80 points and the S&P 500 dropped 5.33 points, Nasdaq lost 54.86 points. •  The German government will give $664 million to aid to Holocaust survivors. • Tonight’s Thursday Day Football NFL contest has been cancelled. The Buffalo Bills were to play the Tennessee Titans, but because of an outbreak of coronavirus among the Titans, the game will be pushed to Monday, creating a double-header that night. • Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau said Wednesday his country was committed to keeping the border with the United States closed until the U.S. gets its COVID-19  outbreak under control.

Weather: Heat wave cresting on Friday

Temperatures in the West Orange County area are expected to peak on Friday, according to the forecast of the National Weather Service. Friday’s high will be 97 with sunny skies, cooling to 63 degrees overnight. On Saturday, temps will slip to a relatively cool 89 (62 overnight). Sunday will see a high of 81 (62 overnight). Along the coast in Huntington Beach, the NWS is predicting a Friday high of 85 (low of 63), dropping to 78 on Saturday (63 low) and 72 on Sunday with a low of 63 overnight

Sports: Dodgers backs to the wall

The Los Angeles Dodgers were pushed to the edge of elimination Thursday after they lost 10-2 to the Atlanta Braves, who now lead the National League Championship Series three games to one.

A six-run sixth inning did the trick for Atlanta. The hitting star for the Braves was Marcell Ozuna, who had four hits, two home runs and four RBIs.  The Dodgers could only manage three hits, one of which was a third inning solo home run by Edwin Rios.

Atlanta won the pitching duel, too. Bryse Wilson worked six innings and gave up just one hit and one earned run. He struck out five LAD batters and walked one. Clayton Kershaw, on the other hand, gave up seven hits and four runs in five innings. He struck out four ATL batters and walked one.

The fifth game of the series will be Friday at 6:08 p.m. on Fox Sports 1.


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