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Trump now has ‘no symptoms’ of COVID-19: WH doctor

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Dr. Sean Conley, the physician to President Donald Trump, has reported on Tuesday that the Coronavirus-stricken President has “no symptoms.” This follows President Trump returning to the White House from Walter Reed Medical Center on Monday after his four-day stay at the military hospital.

“This morning the President’s team of physicians met with him in the Residence. He had a restful first night at home, and today he reports no symptoms,” Dr. Conley’s statement reads. “Vital signs and physical exam remain stable, with an ambulatory oxygen saturation level of 95-97%. Overall he continues to do extremely well, I will provide updates as we know more.”

The president and the First Lady both tested positive for the novel Coronavirus late on Thursday, alongside many political figures and staffers. While the exact event where President Trump contracted the virus remains unclear, one of the leading hypotheses posits that it occurred at the event where he announced his Supreme Court nominee, Judge Amy Coney Barrett. Since many of those who were also infected attended the event, many place this as the “superspreader” event.

When he tweeted on Monday afternoon that he would be returning to the White House, President Trump also urged Americans to not “be afraid of Covid.”

https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1313186529058136070

It is still unknown when President Trump will return to the campaign trail. With the presidential election less than 30 days away, and with the standard length of quarantine for the virus lasting 14 days, this is a major obstacle for the incumbent president, who has throughout the pandemic continued to hold large-scale in-person rallies and events.

The president has stated, however, that he intends on still participating in the second presidential debate, saying that he’s “looking forward” it.

https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1313489709847531520

The debate is scheduled for Thursday, October 15 in Miami and will air from 9 to 10:30 pm (Eastern Standard Time). The first and only vice-presidential debate between Vice President Mike Pence and Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) will happen Wednesday, October 7 in Salt Lake City, Utah and will air from 9 to 10:30 pm (Eastern Standard Time).

You can follow Douglas Braff on Twitter @Douglas_P_Braff.

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New York City Dems Push Law to Allow 800,000 Non-Citizens to Vote in Municipal Elections

The New York City Council will vote on December 9 on a law to allow green-card holders and residents with work permits to vote in municipal elections

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New York’s Democratic party is battling over the constitutionality of voter laws. On December 9, the New York City Council will vote on a law to allow green-card holders and residents with work permits to vote in municipal elections.

“Around 808,000 New York City residents who have work permits or are lawful permanent residents would be eligible to vote under the legislation, which has the support of 34 of 51 council members, a veto-proof majority” reports Fox News.

“It’s important for the Democratic Party to look at New York City and see that when voting rights are being attacked, we are expanding voter participation,” Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez, a sponsor of the bill and Democrat who represents the Washington Heights neighborhood of Manhattan, told the New York Times. Rodriguez immigrated from the Dominican Republic and became a U.S. citizen in 2000.

Fox News reports:

Laura Wood, Chief Democracy Officer for the mayor’s office, said at a hearing on the bill in September that the law could violate the New York State Constitution, which states that voters must be U.S. citizens age 18 or older.

Mayor Bill de Blasio indicated he could veto the bill following the September hearing.
“We’ve done everything that we could possibly get our hands on to help immigrant New Yorkers—including undocumented folks—but…I don’t believe it is legal,” de Blasio told WNYC radio at the time.

Mayor-elect Eric Adams, however, submitted testimony to the September hearing in favor of the bill. “In a democracy, nothing is more fundamental than the right to vote and to say who represents you and your community in elected office…Currently, almost one million New Yorkers are denied this foundational right.”

The legislation was first introduced two years ago, but had not yet gained traction due to the legal concerns.

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