What the jobs numbers tell us about the presidential election

That intervention parallels the government’s response to the pandemic overall: The government acted and probably avoided the worst-case scenario, but did it do enough? Trump’s administration can (and does) claim credit for where things are, but could things have been better under different circumstances? For the pandemic, the answer seems more clear (yes) than it does for the economy.

All of this is academic for most voters. Most voters will judge Trump on how they themselves are doing — and the employment report released Friday offers a sharp warning for the president’s reelection bid.

In August, the overall unemployment rate was higher than it had been in August of 2008, 2012 or 2016. That’s true for most demographic groups, too: A higher percentage of men, women, Asian, Hispanic and White Americans are out of work now than in those months.

In most cases, the unemployment rates for those groups are

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Brick Township School Board Election 2020: Missy Parker

BRICK, NJ — When voters go to the polls Nov. 3, they will be asked to choose two people to serve on the Brick Township Board of Education.

There are five people seeking those two seats, which are volunteer, unpaid three-year terms on the board.

Patch asked each candidate to answer questions to give voters information about who they are and their stances on various issues. We are printing their responses in full, unedited except for spelling or punctuation.

Here are the answers from Missy Parker, who is running with Micah Bender under the slogan Transparency and Community.

Previous elective office, if any:

None

Does anyone in your family work for the school district or in politics?

Attended Brookdale and Monmouth University

Occupation

Stay-at-home mom

Why are you seeking a seat on the school board?

I have four kids in Brick schools. My youngest started kindergarten in September. I want

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Brick Township School Board Election 2020: Micah Bender

BRICK, NJ — When voters go to the polls Nov. 3, they will be asked to choose two people to serve on the Brick Township Board of Education.

There are five people seeking those two seats, which are volunteer, unpaid three-year terms on the board.

Patch asked each candidate to answer questions to give voters information about who they are and their stances on various issues. We are printing their responses in full, unedited except for spelling or punctuation.

Here are the answers from Micah Bender, who is running with Missy Parker under the slogan Transparency and Community.

Previous elective office, if any:

None

Does anyone in your family work for the school district or in politics?

Bachelor’s degree in finance, University of Maryland; Master’s in Recreation Management, University of Ohio

Occupation

Education Program Specialist, Office of Career Readiness, New Jersey Department of Education

Why are you seeking a seat

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Brick Township School Board Election 2020: Jessica Clayton

BRICK, NJ — When voters go to the polls Nov. 3, they will be asked to choose two people to serve on the Brick Township Board of Education.

There are five people seeking those two seats, which are volunteer, unpaid three-year terms on the board.

Patch asked each candidate to answer questions to give voters information about who they are and their stances on various issues. We are printing their responses in full, unedited except for spelling or punctuation.

Here are the answers from Jessica Clayton, who is seeking re-election and running solo under the slogan Fighting For Funding.

Previous elective office, if any:

Board of Education in Brick

Does anyone in your family work for the school district or in politics?

I have a bachelor’s in History and English from Rutgers University and completed a Preschool through Third Grade graduate certification program at Montclair State University

Occupation

In-Home Family

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House Science Bills on Space Weather and Election Technology Pass the House

House Science Bills on Space Weather and Election Technology Pass the House

Press Release
From: House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology
Posted: Wednesday, September 16, 2020

House Science, Space, and Technology Committee Ranking Member Frank Lucas praised the passage of two bipartisan Committee bills today on space weather and election technology. 

S.881, the Promoting Research and Observations of Space Weather to Improve the Forecasting of Tomorrow Act, more commonly referred to as the PROSWIFT Act, improves our ability to monitor and forecast space weather. Space weather is generated by magnetic activity on the Sun and can affect technologies on Earth ranging from cell phone communications to GPS navigation to the electric grid. The bill includes an amendment by Lucas to create a pilot program that will ensure that emerging private sector companies have a seat at the table and will be able to provide monitoring and forecast data which
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The US election could be a danger for Taiwan, an opportunity for China

Taiwan staged several military exercises in its regional waters this past week. Although the Taiwanese defense ministry would not disclose what it tested, it is likely – considering the “unlimited” flight ceiling that it mandated, and the involvement of Taiwan’s National Chung-Shan Institute of Science and Technology – that the exercises included Taiwan’s most advanced anti-ballistic missile or short-range ballistic missile capabilities.



a fighter jet flying through a cloudy sky: The US election could be a danger for Taiwan, an opportunity for China


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The US election could be a danger for Taiwan, an opportunity for China

Either missile would be critical in a confrontation between the mainland People’s Republic of China (PRC) and the Taiwanese Republic of China (ROC), by mitigating the ferocity of a Chinese first-strike or giving Taiwan precision retaliatory capabilities.

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China, however, did not remain idle. Its air force violated Taiwanese airspace at least twice during the exercises, deploying Su-30MKK air superiority fighters and Y-8 transport aircraft. This force composition deserves greater emphasis.

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ELECTION 2020: North Dakota voters to decide on expansion of state’s higher education board

The constitutional amendment would increase membership on the State Board of Higher Education from eight to 15 voting members and also increase term length from four years to six years. Additionally the measure would prohibit state employees, officials, legislators, from being members.

The board oversees North Dakota’s 11 public colleges and universities.

Board members are appointed to the position by the governor. They currently can serve up to two, four-year terms. The board also includes a faculty and staff representative, both of whom are non-voting members, and a student representative who can serve for a year who is also appointed by the governor.

The ballot measure would change the process of the student member slightly. Under the ballot measure, the student member would be appointed by the governor from a list of names recommended by the executive board of the North Dakota Student Association. The student member would not be

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