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Biden campaign puts lid on events until after Thursday debate

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Former Vice President Joe Biden‘s presidential campaign called a lid on campaign events Sunday night until after Thursday’s debate with incumbent President Donald Trump.

When a candidate’s team “calls a lid,” they announce to the media that there will not be any campaign events, press conferences, and even interviews for a certain amount of time. While these typically last for only a single day, this one will last up through Thursday. Biden’s campaign states that he will be using the next few days back home in Delaware to prepare for his final debate with President Trump on Thursday evening.

This comes as Trump swings through multiple states with a full roster of in-person rallies and events, all while showing no signs of stopping or slowing down. Additionally, the former vice president is facing heat about the leaked emails from a New York Post exposé last week which alleges that his son Hunter exploited his father’s position at the time as vice president in his dealings abroad.

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While ahead of Trump in the national polls and in swing states, the margin of which has been dwindling slightly, Biden has relatively few campaign events scheduled with 15 days until Election Day. The only event this weekend that Biden is scheduled to hold is a car parade in Durham, North Carolina next Sunday, whereas Trump has four large rallies planned in four swing states.

As of Monday, over 29 million people have already cast their ballots, according to the U.S. Elections Project.

The next couple of weeks will be critical for both campaigns as they try to scrape up whatever undecided voters they can and motivate their bases to get out the vote.

The next and final presidential debate will air Thursday from 9 pm to 10:30 pm (Eastern Standard Time), and will take place in Nashville, Tennessee.

You can follow Douglas Braff on Twitter @Douglas_P_Braff.

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Judge orders Biden’s DHS to release files on agents accused of censoring election ‘misinformation’

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Missouri Attorney General Andrew Bailey and Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry made headway in countering federal agents involved in suppressing what liberal tech labeled “misinformation” on social media.

The Attorneys General moved to release testimony from five Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) employees after learning of their participation in the Biden administration’s counter-“disinformation” efforts. On Wednesday, a Louisiana judge ordered the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to release the files.

Court documents dated Jan. 19 show  the agents participated. The judge’s motion Wednesday could shed light on a “switchboarding” tactic employed during the 2020 election, according to the order.

The lawsuit alleges that the defendants, which include the named individuals as well as President Joe Biden and top officials from a variety of federal agencies, “colluded and/or coerced social media companies to suppress disfavored speakers, viewpoints, and content on social media platforms by labeling the content “dis-information,” “mis-information,” and “mal-formation.”

The Daily Caller reports that the five CISA employees allegedly served as a “switchboard” to route requests from federal agencies to censor disinformation to various social media companies, according to the documents.

Switchboard work employed “an audit official to identify something on social media they deemed to be disinformation aimed at their jurisdiction,” top CISA election security agent Brian Skully testified in a deposition released Thursday.

“They couldforward that to CISA and CISA would share that with the appropriate social mediacompanies.”

 

 

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