Today is Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020. Let’s get caught up.
These non-virus headlines are in the news this morning: Joe Biden and Kamala Harris made their first appearance together as running mates; Facebook is stepping up efforts to combat misinformation ahead of the November election; and the NBA’s latest wave of activism hopes to provide lasting change by focusing on voting.
Read on for these stories, other top headlines, celebrity birthdays and more.
Biden, Harris lash Trump at debut of historic VP choice
Joe Biden and Kamala Harris pushed past their one-time political rivalry to deliver an aggressive attack on the character and performance of President Donald Trump in their historic first appearance as running mates.
The physical debut of the Democratic ticket on Wednesday was without parallel in recent political annals. The coronavirus prevented Biden and Harris from appearing before the large, adoring crowd that typically greets a presidential nominee and his or her running mate. Instead, they spoke in a mostly empty high school gym where reporters nearly outnumbered campaign aides and the candidates’ family members.
While the pandemic made a traditional campaign rollout impossible, it gave Biden and Harris a setting to emphasize their criticism of Trump as unable to contend with the most severe public health crisis in a century.