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Nexus Mods is banning US political mods for the rest of 2020

  • Popular game modding hub Nexus Mods has banned any mods related to “sociopolitical issues in the United States” until at least next year’s presidential inauguration.
  • Scott wrote that Nexus Mods will reconsider its policy “sometime after the next President of the United States has been inaugurated,” without an explicit end date.
  • But in the past days, some users have complained about low-quality mods designed to make sometimes inflammatory political statements, particularly an anti-antifascist Fallout 4 mod that apparently included a photo of a shooting victim from Kenosha, Wisconsin.
  • “I’m not American and I’m sick of seeing those lazy flag mods and the awful comments in them,” wrote one person, expressing a sentiment echoed across both forums.
  • But Scott’s post suggests that Nexus Mods was just sick of users uploading content designed to upset other community members, and it decided to take a brute-force approach to the problem.

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The U.S. Economy Was Laden With Debt Before Covid. That’s Bad News for a Recovery.

  • The coronavirus brought an end to the longest economic expansion in U.S. history.
  • That wasn’t the only problem.
  • When the U.S. barreled into the deep downturn that followed, it was laden with debt.
  • Why does this matter?
  • Economies carrying a lot of debt generally have weaker recoveries.
  • Businesses and consumers focus on cutting their liabilities during downturns rather than spending cash—and spending is what an economy needs to rebound.

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How Scott Morrison learnt to filter out the noise

  • Prime ministers can generally trace the lineage of ambition like a steel thread, back through their early years – a childhood filled with the promise of leadership; schoolday debates; youthful activism; the steady seduction of belief in the power of politics.
  • But ask him about the making of the man – whether he sees his own life in this way as a continuum to destiny: school, marriage to Jenny, politics, treasurer, prime minister – and he cavils at the very notion.
  • If Hawke and Keating – and Howard in his own “direct to the people way” – stood out as prime ministers able to use the power of words to inspire, then Morrison is not going to attempt to compete.
  • The bushfires taught Morrison something he didn’t fully grasp about leadership: that the nation expected a Prime Minister to show empathy, to “be there” when things are going wrong – even if there was nothing he could do.

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Russia Rebuffs Trump’s Arms-Control Proposal

  • Russia’s top arms-control negotiator has rejected the Trump administration’s core requirements for a new nuclear arms-control treaty, dealing a blow to the White House’s hopes of concluding an election-year framework agreement with Moscow.
  • He also warned that Moscow is prepared to respond if the U.S. allows the New START treaty, a nuclear arms-reduction agreement that entered into force in 2011, to lapse and moves to expand its nuclear arsenal.
  • The Trump administration has built its negotiating strategy on the premise that Moscow is eager to avoid an intensification of the arms race with the U.S., which has a larger military budget than Russia and has begun to upgrade its nuclear forces at a cost of more than $1 trillion.

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Prince Philip Is Right To Be ‘Disappointed’ by Meghan Markle and Prince Harry

  • What many people don’t know, although Netflix show The Crown has helped to highlight, is that Prince Philip was once a well-regarded navy officer with a bright future in the service.
  • He was, in essence, a prince without a kingdom — he had no financial standing, and he was considered a foreigner, despite having been born and educated in England and serving in the British Royal Navy.
  • In today’s world, much of what Prince Philip says is considered politically incorrect, and I admit, he does exhibit the kind of views you’d expect from someone born in 1921 (let that sink in for a minute.
  • Putting aside his embarrassing tendency to express the kind of societal views you’d expect from someone of his advanced years, what cannot be denied is that Prince Philip has served both the country and his wife, Queen Elizabeth, with honor and dedication over the past 70 years or so.

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U.S. Household Income Could Pose Hurdle for Economic Recovery

  • U.S. consumer spending rose 1.0% in August while incomes fell, presenting a new hurdle for the economic recovery.
  • Personal income fell 2.7% in August from a month earlier, the Commerce Department said Thursday.
  • Income fell in part because of a decline in government aid for unemployed workers.
  • Consumer spending is the key driver of growth in...

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Debate Showed Trump Hasn’t Settled on Main Message Against Biden

  • CLEVELAND—President Trump has spent six months searching for a clear message that would erode his challenger’s lead in the polls.
  • Mr. Trump’s debate performance on Tuesday against Democratic nominee Joe Biden, GOP campaign strategists said, encapsulated his struggle to frame the race in the same consistent and persuasive way he did in 2016, as he spent the night ticking through multiple attacks he and his campaign have rotated through for most of the past year.
  • Despite a year of upheaval from the coronavirus pandemic, economic recession and racial unrest, Mr. Biden has maintained a consistent lead in public surveys.
  • He questioned the former vice president’s health, attacked his son and tried to paint Mr. Biden as ill-equipped to stem the violence that has erupted at times alongside civil rights protests during Mr. Trump’s fourth year in office.

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Kim Jong Un’s New Look Is More Man Than Superhuman

  • More recently, he has delegated specific policies and sectors to advisers, including his younger sister, Kim Yo Jong , as a way of sharing responsibilities, North Korea experts said.
  • But propaganda rarely, if ever, showed images of North Korea’s later economic turmoil as the regime teetered on the verge of collapse in the early 1990s, near the end of his rule.
  • North Korean state media never fully reported on the crises, instead publishing images of Kim Jong Il roasting potatoes with comrades over a campfire.
  • Faced with economic hardship, Kim Jong Il avoided regime collapse by negotiating for economic aid from the U.S. and South Korea in return for promising to denuclearize—even though Pyongyang secretly kept enriching uranium and selling weapons to the Middle East.

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Debate Showed Trump Hasn’t Settled on Main Message Against Biden

  • Mr. Trump’s debate performance on Tuesday against Democratic nominee Joe Biden, GOP campaign strategists said, encapsulated his struggle to frame the race in the same consistent and persuasive way he did in 2016, as he spent the night ticking through multiple attacks he and his campaign have rotated through for most of the past year.
  • One difference from Mr. Trump’s first campaign is that, as the incumbent, he has a four-year record, which, along with his coarse behavior that most voters continue to say they disapprove of, could account for much of the president’s deficit in the polls to Mr. Biden.
  • But Kellyanne Conway, then the president’s White House counselor, urged Mr. Trump to focus on his coronavirus response, warning that any other message would fail to resonate with Americans focused on the pandemic, according to people familiar with the conversations.

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How Trump seeks to undermine legitimacy of the vote

  • A week earlier, a Pennsylvania supreme court decision on something known as a “naked” ballot offered a clue as to how Mr Trump hopes to prevail in a contest in which unprecedented numbers of Americans are expected to cast their votes by mail to avoid the risk of coronavirus infection — and one in which he is currently well behind in the polls.
  • In states such as Ohio, Wisconsin, Michigan, Florida and Pennsylvania, for example, partisan lawyers are now fighting to determine whether drop boxes, which were used in June primaries to relieve pressure on a creaking postal service and spare voters from having to visit crowded polling stations, will be allowed — and if so, how many?
  • In one scenario, Mr Trump could declare victory on election night, based on a tally of in-person voting, while piles of mail ballots are still waiting to be counted in key states.

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