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How California viewed the seat of Congress

Governor Gavin Newsom canceled a press briefing on Covid-19 “out of caution”, calling the chaos “reprehensible and an outright attack on our democracy and democratic institutions”.

“We always knew that this responsibility would drag us into the night,” wrote Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi of San Francisco in a letter urging her colleagues to meet again on Wednesday night after the crowd, whipped by the aggrieved president , delayed the official Election 2020 certification for more than six hours. “We also knew we would be part of history.”

There was also fear: Ms Pelosi, a frequent target of the president and his supporters, wrote that the episode presented a “shameful image of our country” which was “provoked at the highest level”. The dispatch left a safe place, where security guards had taken her and other members of Congress after the majestic government building turned into chaos.

In his absence, the invaders looted his office for trophies. The Ars Technica website reported that a conservative website host The Blaze tweeted and then deleted photos from Ms Pelosi’s office, rejoicing that “the emails are still on screen with a federal alert warning members of the current revolution.

Another intruder was photographed with his feet on his desk. “WE’RE NOT COMING BACK,” read the note he left, scribbled on a manila paper file. He later stood outside the Capitol, his shirt open and his chest bare, and boasted to my colleague Matthew Rosenberg to pick up his government stationery. He insisted he hadn’t stolen it, saying, “I left a quarter on his desk.”

California Republicans also decried the crowd, some later than others. Only two of the Republicans in the State House – Representatives Young Kim from Orange County and Tom McClintock from Elk Grove – had made it clear before Wednesday that they would certify the election, ignoring the president’s pleas.

Earlier this week, Representative Mike Garcia, who represents the high desert areas of northern Los Angeles County, echoed the president’s misinformation in an editorial, saying “fraud must be stamped out.” Wednesday in the middle of the afternoon it was Tweeter: “This behavior is not patriotism. It is sedition.

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How the internet viewed the presidential debate

We did it, everyone.

It’s Friday, Election Day is 11 days away, and all of the 2020 presidential debates are over.

If you skipped the debate Thursday night and just caught up, here’s some good news: The second of the two presidential debates was much more watchable and less chaotic than the first. The bad news? There was no fly this time.

There was, however, a rarely used mute button and a lot of talk about a strong performance from the debate moderator. And President Trump criticized New York at one point during the event, and New York’s Twitter didn’t take it particularly well.

Here’s a look at what the internet found to be memorable about the 90-minute event.

Kristen Welker of NBC News has received overwhelmingly positive reviews for her quick and to the point questions and for managing to more or less keep the debate on track.

Many observers of the debate have pointed out that even Mr. Trump, who had criticized Ms. Welker ahead of the debate, went out of his way to say, “I respect the way you are handling this very much.

At another point in the debate, Mr. Trump repeatedly insisted that he was “the least racist person in this room.” This play, viewers quickly noticed, included Mrs. Welker, a black woman.

We have tried to tell you.

Yes, there would be a mute button. But as we reported ahead of Thursday’s debate, it would only be used for the first two minutes each candidate has to answer questions from the moderator, and the moderator, Ms Welker, would not be the person controlling the button – this task was left to the production team of the debate committee.

Many viewers were wanting more mute. And while some knew the button was not within Ms Welker’s reach, exactly who controlled it and why that person didn’t move it more often remained a mystery to the masses.

News media, including The New York Times, is often accused of having an “East Coast bias” and of being too focused on events in New York, where many journalists live and work (like the one who wrote this article).

Thursday’s debate vividly showed how many members of the political media actually reside there. Almost immediately after Mr Trump called New York a ‘ghost town’ – as part of his argument that bustling cities and businesses were being damaged by overzealous government responses to the coronavirus pandemic – Twitter exploded with a torrent of unworthy replicas.

Some New Yorkers, at least, had a sense of humor about it.

It has been a long year, and some debate-watchers couldn’t wait for Thursday night’s event to end without mercy.

But are we at least a little sad that this is the last debate of this cycle?

Yes, yes we are.