Sep 28: Global COVID-19 Deaths Surpass 1 Million.
Sep 29: Possibly the worst presidential debate of all time happens between Trump and Biden. Trump interrupts Biden and the debate moderator 128 times. U.S. national security officials warn that violent domestic extremists could threaten the fall presidential election. Regeneron releases study results from its ongoing phase 1/2/3 trial showing that its proposed monoclonal antibody treatment for COVID-19, REGN-COV2, was linked to quicker recovery, reduced viral load, and the need for fewer medical visits.
Sep 30: Biden’s fundraising surges in the wake of the disastrous debate. The White House blocks an extension of the CDC’s cruise ship “No Sail” order, Axios reports. HHS announces a plan to send 100 million rapid COVID-19 tests, developed by Abbott, to states by the end of the year.
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Toward the end of the debate, Chris Wallace again gave Trump the opportunity to say that he would abide by two centuries of American presidential behavior and accept the results if he loses. Trump again spouted the discredited fear that there will be millions of fraudulent ballots cast as an excuse to not accept the election. Instead, it seems that the GOP is moving to challenge all results. The only real takeaway from this debate is that it shouldn’t happen ever again. It seems clear than any future debate will have to allow the moderator to silence candidates’ microphones. Presidential debates can sometimes be pivotal moments in an election. Famously, in 1960, John F. Kennedy swept Richard Nixon in the nation’s first televised debates. Nixon had no understanding of how to hold himself on TV. He sweated and blustered while the handsome Kennedy breezed through with punchy quips and telegenic smiles. Many have seen that moment as a cause of Kennedy’s sweeping win. It is hard to know if this debate will translate into any electoral shifts. Nothing has seemed to deter Trump’s base heretofore, so I have my doubts. I turn off the television before the debate ends. It is just too awful, too seedy, like watching a bully stomp across a muddy middle school playground, ready to shove anyone who gets in his way down into that mud.
 Ed Kilgore, “Trump Closes Debate by Threatening Election Night Chaos,” Intelligencer, September 30, 2020, https://nymag.com/intelligencer/2020/09/trump-biden-debate-threatening-election-night-chaos.html.
 Associated Press, “Another GOP Challenge Tries to Block Absentee Ballot Order,” https://www.wilx.com, September 30, 2020, https://www.wilx.com/2020/09/30/another-gop-challenge-tries-to-block-absentee-ballot-order/; Anita Kumar, “Trump Readies Thousands of Attorneys for Election Fight,” POLITICO, September 27, 2020, https://www.politico.com/news/2020/09/27/trump-legal-network-election-day-fight-422035.
 Zoë Richards, “After Trump’s Debate Tantrum, Commentators Question Whether Others Should Go Forward,” Talking Points Memo, September 30, 2020, https://talkingpointsmemo.com/news/after-trumps-debate-tantrum-some-question-whether-others-should-go-forward.
Trump’s “Stand back, stand by,” order to the Proud boys is a call back to the end of Southern Reconstruction when klansmen would patrol Black polling places in the South to intimidate Black voters. #TrumpIsARacist #TrumpIsLosing— La Femme Negrita (@LaFemme_Negrita) September 30, 2020
Trump: Stand back and stand by Game, set and match Biden But you go on supporting the fascists. It’s a good look for you— Lindy (@lindyaneeq) September 30, 2020
President Trump just now at the White House: “I don’t know who Proud Boys are. But whoever they are they have to stand down, let law enforcement do their work.” Trump in February 2016: “I don’t know anything about David Duke … I know nothing about white supremacists.”— Yamiche Alcindor (@Yamiche) September 30, 2020
Planet Earth burning, 300 million people will lose their jobs to automation in the next 10 years, & economic inequality is gaping. Republicans have been saying for 10 years they’re going to pass a healthcare bill. They‘re betraying us, catastrophically.https://t.co/vvjZFd0LNL— Happy Chichester (@HappyChichester) September 30, 2020
You’re paying more in income tax than Trump, let’s not play games about it.When I hear or see brothers or sisters saying they are voting for Trump for economic reasons, that makes no sense. The dude isn’t helping us, he’s helping himself. pic.twitter.com/6nSFla29g4 — Gary Chambers (@GaryChambersJr) September 30, 2020
Donald Trump had one pricey blow-out — according to The New York Times, the president deducted $70,000 on his taxes for hairstyling pic.twitter.com/EO1PTuE3Xy— NowThis (@nowthisnews) September 29, 2020
Regeneron says its trial coronavirus treatment cut virus load, improved symptoms https://t.co/fWI491ckTh— MarketWatch (@MarketWatch) September 29, 2020
I am excited and ready to attend the @Society4Science @Regeneron High School Research Teachers Conference this weekend! Looking forward to learning and sharing best practices for supporting student research. #SSPteach #STEM pic.twitter.com/X0xKnX3rnN— Victoria MacEntee (@V_MacEntee) September 30, 2020
Trump: “You’ll get my tax returns”Biden: “Inshallah” 🤣 #PresidentialDebate pic.twitter.com/aURe4k6zaY — Alex Macheras (@AlexInAir) September 30, 2020
Oh my god, Katie Porter. pic.twitter.com/tO6B7xCx3G— Public Citizen (@Public_Citizen) September 30, 2020
Imagine blaming underserved populations for the COVID death rate due to inequities that certainly aren’t lessened by places like Whole Foods and misinformation from people like Food Babe. How about the correlation between deaths and anti-mask, unempathetic, privileged arseholes? pic.twitter.com/yKi0EU0dEQ— Food Science Babe (@foodscibabe) September 30, 2020
What a load of crap. Fauci’s wife works @ this company. Like the rest of the big pharm, you have bought your way into this race. Please post your full data on the results from your mild/moderate trial and I will break down how your drug does not have the ability of Leronlimab.— Worldwide Pharma Solution (@NformedInvestor) September 30, 2020