NYT Politics

Trump Appointee Rescinds Rule Shielding Government News Outlets From Federal Tampering
Author: Pranshu Verma
The action comes amid concern that Michael Pack is turning outlets under his purview, including Voice of America, into a pro-Trump public relations arm.
Democrats Are Poised to Expand House Majority in GOP Turf
Author: Emily Cochrane and Catie Edmondson
House Democrats are training their resources on once-solid Republican footholds in affluent suburban districts where voters feel alienated by President Trump.

Columbian Newspaper

Clark County’s COVID-19 activity level reaches new heights
Author: Mark Bowder

Clark County’s COVID-19 activity level reached new heights in data released Tuesday, as the county reported 37 new cases and no new deaths.

The county’s activity level, which tracks the number of new COVID-19 cases per 100,000 population reported over a two-week period, rose to 123.85 cases per 100,000 population over 14 days, up from 115.05 one week earlier, according to Clark County Public Health.

Clark County’s total number of COVID-19 cases rose to 4,604, with 1,130 of those cases in October.

That surge in COVID-19 cases has been reflected in the county’s activity rate, which was as low as 19.45 per 100,000 population over 14 days on June 26. The Activity level reached 63.1 for the week ending Aug. 31, still in the “moderate” range, raising hopes of more in-person education, but case numbers moved into the “high” range after Labor Day and have been steadily climbing ever since.

Recent activity levels were 86.18 as of Sept. 28; 95.6 as of Oct. 5; 100.1 as of Oct. 12; and 115.05 as of Oct. 19.

Under state Department of Health guidelines, schools in counties where the transmission rate is more than 75 new cases per 100,000 residents should keep classes online and postpone or cancel all sports or extracurricular activities except for small groups of high-needs students.

On Monday, nine Clark County public school districts announced plans to offer in-person learning for kindergartners in the coming weeks. District officials said that because kindergarten students have no experience with school, remote learning has been particularly difficult for them to navigate. Health officials said they believe sufficient safety precautions have been put in place.

In-person kindergarten classes are already underway in the Evergreen school district.

Based on state school reopening guidelines, Clark County must be able to report three consecutive weeks of “moderate” activity levels between 25 and 75 cases per 100,000 residents over 14 days, before Clark County Public Health will recommend reopening schools to more students. That three-week countdown cannot begin until the activity level returns to “moderate.”

The county has recorded 69 deaths from COVID-19 to date. No new deaths were reported Tuesday, after three deaths were reported Monday.

As of Tuesday, there were 16 people hospitalized with COVID-19 in Clark County and seven hospitalized awaiting test results.

The county reported 165 active COVID-19 cases, a measure that tracks people with COVID-19 who are still in their isolation period.

Voter turnout in Clark County nears 50 percent
Author: Jack Heffernan

Voter turnout in Clark County is nearing 50 percent for the Nov. 3 general election.

Clark County Elections staff reported an additional 13,327 ballots were received Tuesday morning. Since ballots were mailed Oct. 16, 157,896 have been returned.

A total of 49 percent of 322,269 registered voters in the county have cast ballots.

In the November 2016 general election, 210,760 of 272,832 registered voters voted for a 77.25 percent turnout. County elections officials have predicted a historic turnout of roughly 90 percent in this year’s election.

In-person registration remains available at the Clark County Elections Office, 1408 Franklin St. in Vancouver, until 8 p.m. on Election Day.

Lesley Stahl gets security protection after death threat over Trump ‘60 Minutes’ interview: report
Author: Kate Feldman, New York Daily News

CBS has reportedly hired full-time security for “60 Minutes” correspondent Lesley Stahl after a family member received a death threat over her interview with President Trump.

An unidentified suspect called Stahl’s home Thursday, just hours before the president released his own copy of the interview on Facebook, and threatened her and her family and “said something about neo-Nazis,” TMZ reported Tuesday.

The Los Angeles Police Department would not confirm whether an investigation has been launched.

Stahl, 78, now reportedly has security guards at her home and with her whenever she goes out in public.

A spokesperson for CBS did not immediately return the Daily News’ request for comment.

Trump stringently objected to Stahl’s “tough” questions in the taped sit-down before he eventually stormed out, cutting off the scheduled interview before a planned walk-and-talk around the White House grounds.

Trump claimed he was trying to show “the bias, hatred and rudeness on behalf of ’60 Minutes’ and CBS” when he posted his version of the video, which was supposed to be for archival purposes only, online.

CBS decried Trump’s “unprecedented decision” to upload the 37-minute video and said it would not “deter ’60 Minutes’ from providing its full, fair and contextual reporting which presidents have participated in for decades.”

“Few journalists have the presidential interview experience Lesley Stahl has delivered over her decades as one of the premier correspondents in America,” a spokesperson said in a statement.

When the network finally aired its full version of the interview Sunday night, nearly 17 million people tuned in, the largest “60 Minutes” audience since its March 2018 Stormy Daniels show, according to CBS.

Clark County Talk

Gause Elementary Science Students Explore the World Around Them
Author: LocalTalk Contributor

Submitted by Rene Carroll A student’s classroom can be almost anywhere during this time of remote learning.  For second grade students of Marina Guevara, Julie Taie and Lisa Haskin at Gause Elementary, their field science assignment took them out into the world to look for and study signs of erosion. “We began the year by […]

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Voters Must Register in Person Beginning Today, Elections Open Saturday, October 31
Author: LocalTalk Contributor

Submitted by Clark County Beginning today, Tuesday, October 27, residents needing to register to vote must do so in person at the Clark County Elections Office at 1408 Franklin Street, Vancouver. Anyone who needs to receive a ballot for their new address must do so at the Elections Office. Elections Office hours are 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, […]

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Seattle Times Politics

On 150th day of Seattle protests, demonstrators say more work remains
Author: Heidi Groover

Monday night marked the 150th day of protests for racial justice in Seattle. Though protests have been smaller in recent weeks, demonstrators say they intend to keep the pressure on City Hall.

Portland Business News

Oregon joins with other Western states to review Covid-19 vaccine safety
Author: Elizabeth Hayes
Oregon, Washington and Nevada have joined California’s Scientific Safety Review Workgroup to ensure the safety of a potential Covid-19 vaccine, Gov. Kate Brown announced. The group will independently review the safety and efficacy of any vaccine the Food and Drug Administration approves for distribution to the public. The panel is made up of scientists with expertise in immunization and public health, California Gov. Gavin Newsom announced last week. The states that have newly joined the group…
Daimler Trucks teams with Alphabet's Waymo on self-driving technology
Author: Malia Spencer
Daimler Trucks North America has worked for years to create an autonomous version of its Freightliner Cascadia semitruck.