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Opinion | How can we hold the next debate without full transparency on Trump’s health?

And the White House won’t say whether he was tested between then and the first debate with Joe Biden on Sept. 29. In other words, officials won’t say whether he tested negative in the days leading up to the debate.

We know Trump tested positive late on Thursday, Oct. 1, and announced his positive test early on the morning of Friday, Oct. 2. But the White House won’t say when he last tested negative.

This raises the possibility that Trump might have tested positive before the Sept. 29 debate, failed to disclose it and showed up at the debate anyway. At the least, we can’t rule this out.

How can subsequent debates go forward under such conditions?

Government guidelines say people are infectious for 10 days, but as the New York Times notes, that can double in serious cases. Biden is saying he won’t debate Trump on Oct. 15 if

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Arizona Senate candidates sparred over health care and the president in their only debate.

Senator Martha McSally, Republican of Arizona, and her Democratic challenger, Mark Kelly, attempted to shed their party labels Tuesday night and reach out to independent voters in their only debate for the seat Ms. McSally was appointed to in 2018.

Ms. McSally, a former fighter pilot who has consistently trailed Mr. Kelly in the polls, refused to say whether she was proud of her support for President Trump and whether she would want to serve under him in the Air Force. Mr. Kelly, a former astronaut, refused to say whether he would support Senator Chuck Schumer as the Senate majority leader.

The special election is being watched closely, not just because it is for one of a handful of seats Democrats hope to flip in their bid to gain control of the Senate, but because if Mr. Kelly wins, he could conceivably be seated in time to vote on President

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Kamala Harris’ shifting health care positions could come under the spotlight in debate

California Sen. Kamala Harris could be forced into the uncomfortable position on Wednesday night of explaining her past support of “Medicare for All,” a proposal the Trump campaign has described as a socialized takeover of American health care — and Harris’ running mate, Democratic nominee Joe Biden, has long opposed.



a close up of Kamala Harris: Democratic vice presidential nominee U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) speaks on the third night of the Democratic National Convention from the Chase Center August 19, 2020 in Wilmington, Delaware.


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Democratic vice presidential nominee U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) speaks on the third night of the Democratic National Convention from the Chase Center August 19, 2020 in Wilmington, Delaware.

Biden’s attempt to talk through his own plan, which would shore up the Affordable Care Act and add a public insurance option to the mix, set off one of the most contentious exchanges of last week’s historically ill-tempered presidential debate.

President Donald Trump, interrupting repeatedly, insisted that the Democratic nominee backed Sen. Bernie Sanders’ Medicare for All bill, which would create a national

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A breakdown of the U.S. Senate debate between Martha McSally and Mark Kelly

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The race between retired astronaut and Democrat Mark Kelly and Sen. Martha McSally (R-Ariz.) could determine the control of the Senate and makeup of the Supreme Court. 

On Tuesday night, voters heard from the candidates directly. In a debate hosted by The Arizona Republic, Arizona PBS, KJZZ-FM (91.5) and Arizona Public media, the candidates responded to questions about health care, guns, China and

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Ernst, Greenfield debate health care, pandemic as early voting nears

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Republican Sen. Joni Ernst and Democrat Theresa Greenfield each argued during a televised debate Saturday that she is better suited to help lead the nation through a coronavirus pandemic that has left President Donald Trump and thousands more hospitalized this weekend. 

Ernst, who is seeking a second term, touted her efforts in securing federal funding for coronavirus relief in the $2 trillion CARES Act and criticized Greenfield for opposing against a “skinny” relief package that Republicans supported but Democrats said didn’t go far enough. 

“Democrats outright rejected that bill (and) decided doing nothing is OK,” she said. “I continue to push for that.”

Greenfield, a businesswoman who has not held elected office, said Congress must move more quickly to provide the next round of relief. 

“I’ve been calling for a phase four stimulus package and more investment in testing, in PPE — making sure, number one, we’re putting the

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Virginia Senate debate sees Warner, Gade clash on Trump, race, health care

Democratic incumbent U.S. Sen. Mark Warner and his Republican challenger shared the debate stage Saturday night in their second meeting ahead of Election Day in Norfolk, Va.

Warner and Republican challenger Daniel Gade, a wounded Army veteran turned college professor, sparred over the economy, health care, coronavirus relief, and other issues at Norfolk State University, a historically Black university (HBCU). It was the first U.S. Senate debate hosted at the 85-year-old institution.

Many of the questions asked of the two White candidates involved racial disparities.

Early on, they were asked about President Trump’s comments on a deadly, racially charged Charlottesville incident in 2017 and his handling of a similar question during Tuesday’s presidential debate in Cleveland.

“The president badly fumbled that question … and he badly fumbled it in the Charlottesville case as well,” Gade said. “I disavow racism, I disavow white supremacy, and it has no place in our

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Candidates swap jabs on ethics, health care at Senate debate

DENVER (AP) — Republican Sen. Cory Gardner and his Democratic challenger, former Gov. John Hickenlooper, sparred over ethics, health care and energy during the initial debate in Colorado’s hard-fought U.S. Senate race.

The two politicians are both veterans of the state’s political scene and known for their sunny public dispositions. But they traded accusations for a heated hour Friday during the in-person face-off at a community college in Pueblo. Both men tested negative for the coronavirus before the event and sat at a modest distance from each other.

Gardner, 46, is the underdog in the race because Colorado has shifted to the left since he narrowly won his first Senate race in 2014. He opened by calling Hickenlooper “the first governor to be convicted of violating the state constitution” for a pair of ethics violations during his eight years in office.

The nonpartisan Ethics Commission this summer found Hickenlooper, a

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Candidates swap jabs on ethics, health care at Senate debate | National politics

Gardner has tied to defend his votes by pointing to a 117-page bill he wrote that says it protects pre-existing conditions, but legal experts call a political stunt. He also slammed Hickenlooper for supporting “government-run health care” that he said would devastate Colorado’s rural hospitals.

The state’s urban-rural divide was a subtext to the debate. Gardner, a native of Yuma, noted he’s the only statewide elected official who is not from the Denver area. He slammed Hickenlooper for trying to end coal, noting that such policies kill jobs in places like Craig in the northwest. The Democratic candidate is a former petroleum geologist who wants to expand the renewable energy industry to speed the transition off fossil fuels.

“He wants to put you out of work,” Gardner warned energy workers of Hickenlooper.

The former governor, in contrast, repeatedly brought the conversation back to health care, which Democrats count on helping

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Coronavirus FAQ: Folks At Trump-Biden Debate Were Scanned For Fever. Is That Helpful?

Each week we answer some of your pressing questions about the coronavirus and how to stay safe. Email us your questions at goatsandsoda@npr.org with the subject line “Weekly Coronavirus Questions.”

More and more places want to take my temperature before letting me in, with some kind of device they aim at my head. What are the benefits — and drawbacks?

If you go out and about during this pandemic, you’re probably going to get your temperature taken. Often.

At the dentist’s office, at a gym or exercise class, even at some restaurants and grocery stores, a staffer will use a non-contact infrared thermometer (aka a no-touch temperature gun) to see if you are feverish — a symptom that could be a sign of infection with the coronavirus. The device, which looks like a laser gun, is pointed at your forehead, and registers body temperature in a matter of a few

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Peter Meijer, Hillary Scholten clash over health care, ‘misleading’ claims in Congressional debate

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Republican Peter Meijer and Democrat Hillary Scholten, who are vying to replace U.S. Rep. Justin Amash in Congress, spared over health care and “misleading” campaign advertisements in a debate Thursday night but found common ground on the need for a second coronavirus stimulus package.

One of the biggest topics of the debate, broadcast on WOOD-TV, was the Affordable Care Act.

Scholten, who worked at the Department of Justice during the Obama administration, criticized Meijer for pledging to support a repeal of the health care law if elected. Meijer has signed a pledge from the conservative group, Campaign for Liberty, that stated he would “support legislation to fully repeal ObamaCare and oppose efforts to give the federal government more control of health care.”

“A million people in Michigan would lose their health care coverage without this law,” said Scholten, 38. “It is so crucial that we fight

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