More Anti-Kremlin Protests In Russia’s Khabarovsk

Demonstrations have rocked the city of 600,000 for more than two weeks and have grown to include calls for the resignation of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

On July 25, a crowd estimated at up to 50,000 turned out despite officials urging people to stay away due to concerns over the coronavirus. Officials put the turnout on July 25 at some 6,500. …

SCW NEWSWATCH: “Poll Finds Just 13% of Voters Still Up for Grabs for Trump, Biden; Half of voters in a recent WSJ/NBC News poll say there is no chance they will support President Trump, and 37% say they would never back Joe Biden” – Wall Street Journ

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“… A recent Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll revealed … 13% of voters say their vote is up for grabs in the presidential election. … compared with 50% who say there is no chance they will support … Trump and 37% who say there is no chance they will support … Biden. The up-for-grabs or persuadable voters are people who said that they currently don’t support either … Trump or … Biden or that they back one candidate but still might vote for the other. The small size of that group underscores the divisions in the nation’s politics. Still, they could have an outsize[d] impact on the results. For … Trump, who had 40% of support from all registered voters … to … Biden’s 51%, winning them over is one pathway to close the gap. …”

SCW NEWSWATCH: “Mass Anti-Kremlin Rallies Grip Russia’s Far East” – AFP

“Huge anti-government demonstrations erupted in Russia’s Far East … Saturday over the arrest of a popular governor … replaced this week by a Kremlin appointee who has never lived in the fraught region. … Khabarovsk [residents] near the [Chinese-Russian] border … took to the streets en masse for the third [straight] Saturday … after governor Sergei Furgal was arrested by federal law enforcement and flown to Moscow on murder charges …. some of the largest anti-government protests in Russia in years …. Tens of thousands … marched … waving the region’s flag, carrying banners and chanting slogans against … Putin as passing cars honked their horns in support. …”

SCW NEWSWATCH: “‘Protests had a lot to do with it’: Florida official says demonstrations contributed to coronavirus spike” – Washington Examiner 7.5.20

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“Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez said the massive protests that took place in Florida and elsewhere throughout the country likely contributed to the new spike in coronavirus cases. … [He]said … that the protests ‘obviously’ contributed to the spread of the virus, but … [also] noted … several other factors … including socialization at beaches and in restaurants. ‘I think obviously the protests had a lot to do with it. We had, you know, thousands of young people together outside, a lot of them not wearing masks. And we know when you do that, and you are talking, and you are chanting, etc., that really spreads the virus,’ he told … [a Sunday talk show]. “

U.S. Sets New Single-Day Record for Coronavirus Infections

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The United States marked another grim milestone Tuesday as it posted a record 47,000 new COVID-19 cases, the biggest one day increase in new infections since the start of the pandemic.

The bulk of the new infections stretches from the southwestern states of Arizona and Texas over into the western state of California, with high numbers of infections also reported in the southeastern states of Florida, Georgia and South Carolina.

The rising number of COVID-19 infections across the United States prompted Dr. Anthony Fauci, the head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, to tell a U.S. Senate committee Tuesday that the current rate of new infections could more than double to 100,000 a day if the current surge is not contained.

“Clearly we are not in total control right now,” Dr. Fauci testified. He warned the committee that just focusing on the states undergoing the biggest surges of new infections “puts the entire country at risk.” …

SCW NEWSWATCH: “The Trump Campaign Needs to Hit ‘Reset’ If the president won’t offer voters an agenda for his second term, he may not get one” – Wall Street Journal/ Karl Rove

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“[Trump] is behind with less than 18 weeks to go …trailing by more than … Truman in 1948 … Bush in 2004 and … Obama in 2012, all of whom rallied to win. … 2016 should give every pundit … humility: Don’t count this president out. The campaign hasn’t really begun. Sequestered in his basement … days at a time … Biden has taken the lead without campaigning as the media’s spotlight has been … on the incumbent during a difficult time. … [T]he Democratic nominee can’t hide forever. For Team Trump, the question is what … [to] do to regain momentum …. As president … Trump has powerful tools … [P]olls show that on the most important issue in presidential elections, the economy, Americans trust him over … Biden. … [T]he campaign must admit that a reset is needed. … [and] do it. … “