Morning Brief: Donald Trump Is Refusing to Participate in the Next Debate

Also the most famous fly on earth, a new spike in COVID-19 cases in L.A. County, and more

» Donald Trump, who is currently a carrier of the coronavirus, has said he won’t “waste [his] time” participating in the next debate since the Commission on Presidential Debates announced it would be held virtually. In an interview with Fox Business he proclaimed that “they’re trying to protect Joe Biden.” [CNN]

» ICYMI, a fly landed and stayed on Mike Pence’s head for an entire two minutes during the Vice Presidential debate last night. Rand Paul “joked” that the Deep State planted it. [The New York Times]

» On Wednesday, L.A. County reported its highest number of new COVID-19 cases since August. Public Health director Barbara Ferrer suggested the spike does not yet indicate a trend, but the situation is “something we need to watch closely.” [NBC Los Angeles]

» California university campuses have been hit with significant COVID-19 outbreaks. Even with most classes online, thousands of students have returned to on- and off-campus housing, and the virus has rapidly spread.  [Los Angeles Times]

» Theme parks including Disneyland must stay closed for the immediate future. “We’re going to be led by a health-first framework,” Gov. Newsom said in announcing the continued closure. [Los Angeles Times]

» A woman found a batch of at least five mail-in ballots discarded along Crenshaw Boulevard. They were addressed to residents of an apartment complex about a mile away and returned. [CBS Los Angeles]

» Lawyers for the father of Britney Spears are asking a court to request the pop star personally attend hearings regarding her conservatorshipBritney’s lawyers rebutted that, as a conservativee, she would “lack the legal capacity” to make a verified declaration in court, and suggested her father may have “a larger agenda.” [E.T.]


» Chinese Developer Agrees to Pay More Than $1 Million in City Hall Corruption Case The company behind a $700 million DTLA project was accused of bribing public officials to get permits and approvals

» Ellen’s Ratings Plummeted During Premiere Week Did a summer of scandals have a negative effect on DeGeneres’s viewership?

» Former Congress Member Katie Hill’s Twitter Account Hacked After Movie Deal Announcement Hours after the media reported that Elisabeth Moss will play Hill in a forthcoming film, tweets alleging abuse of power filled her former Twitter feed


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Celebrities Get Naked to Remind Voters of the Importance of Following Ballot Instructions

Naked celebrities including Sarah Silverman, Mark Ruffalo, and Tiffany Haddish (who appears to have filmed her naked clip while driving a car) are hoping they can catch your attention for a very important cause: a PSA about properly completing your 2020 ballot and, specifically, not getting caught with a “naked ballot.”


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