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CNN’s Tapper trashes Trump as a ‘vector of disease’ in scorching closing commentary

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CNN “State of the Union” host Jake Tapper raked Donald Trump over the coals during his closing comments on Sunday for heading out on the campaign trail despite still being sick with the coronavirus.

After pointing out how members of the president’s cabinet are doing all they can to use their departments to help the president’s faltering re-election campaign, Tapper slammed the president for putting the health of his fans at risk.

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“One of President Trump’s skills during this era has been to behave with so little regard to basic decency, that those who try to uphold the standards get accused of being partisan,” Tapper stated. “Majority Leader Mitch McConnell just admitted this week he hasn’t gone to the White House in months because of how the president and his team there behave with so little regard for basic health and safety guidelines.”

“President Trump has been a spreader of misinformation about the virus,” he continued. “He has been a leader when it comes to recklessness and reckless behavior about the virus. Now he is determined apparently to risk spreading the virus literally. It’s no longer just his failure to do everything he can to respect health standards. It’s no longer that that has caused the life of loss in a tacit way. He has likely become personally a vector of the disease. We don’t know if, after he theoretically contracted the virus, if he spread it in Ohio or New Jersey. The president’s doctor, who has been evasive and admitted to putting a positive spin on the president’s condition released a letter about his health last night that, frankly, raised more questions than it answered. It neglected to say what symptoms the president may still have, whether he is still on medication.”

“Even if President Trump is not spreading the virus anymore as the doctor says, he is increasing the likelihood that other Americans will contract it through holding these reckless rallies as a matter of public health,” Tapper added. “The president is taking actions that could result in loss of life — and for what? To hear the crowd cheering him on? The president is seemingly indulging his ego at the risk of prolonging the pandemic and at the expense of human lives, American lives —  the citizens he swore an oath to protect. It needs to stop. History is not going to be kind to the people around the president who are enabling any of this. It is, frankly, immoral.”

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Moon may be richer in water than thought — and it could help propel humans farther from earth

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There may be far more water on the Moon than previously thought, according to two studies published Monday raising the tantalising prospect that astronauts on future space missions could find refreshment -- and maybe even fuel -- on the lunar surface.

The Moon was believed to be bone dry until around a decade ago when a series of findings suggested that our nearest celestial neighbour has traces of water trapped in the surface.

Two new studies published in Nature Astronomy on Monday suggest there could be much more water than previously thought, including ice stored in permanently shadowed "cold traps" at lunar polar regions.

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Asymptomatic coronaagvirus sufferers lose antibodies sooner: study

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Asymptomatic coronavirus sufferers appear to lose detectable antibodies sooner than people who have exhibited Covid-19 symptoms, according to one of the biggest studies of its kind in Britain published on Tuesday.

The findings by Imperial College London and market research firm Ipsos Mori also suggest the loss of antibodies was slower in 18–24 year-olds compared to those aged 75 and over.

Overall, samples from hundreds of thousands of people across England between mid-June and late September showed the prevalence of virus antibodies fell by more than a quarter.

The research, commissioned by the British government and published Tuesday by Imperial, indicates people's immune response to Covid-19 reduces over time following infection.

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Early voting to be hit by heavy rain and flooding as Hurricane Zeta barrels towards the Gulf Coast

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Hurricane Zeta is expected to make landfall near Louisiana's border with Mississippi on Wednesday evening as campaigns work to get supporters to the polls and convince any undecided voters to back their candidate.

"Hurricane conditions and life-threatening storm surge are possible along portions of the northern Gulf Coast on Wednesday, and Storm Surge and Hurricane Watches are in effect," the National Hurricane Center warned.

"Between Tuesday night and Thursday, heavy rainfall is expected from portions of the central Gulf Coast into the southern Appalachians and Mid-Atlantic states near and in advance of Zeta. This rainfall will lead to flash, urban, small stream, and minor river flooding," the center explained.

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