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Donald Trump Beats Joe Biden in Key Swing States in 2024 Matchup, New Poll Shows

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New polling shows Donald Trump beating President Joe Biden in five key swing states in a hypothetical 2024 matchup.

First reported by Politico, the surveys reveal the former president leading Biden in Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin—all states that went for Trump in 2016 but flipped for Biden in last year’s race.

The polls were conducted by Fabrizio, Lee & Associates for Trump’s Make America Great Again Committee.

The former president’s biggest lead came in Michigan, as polling showed him defeating Biden by 12 points among likely voters. In Wisconsin, another Midwest state, Trump was ahead of Biden by 10 points.

The Republican’s margins were tighter in Arizona, Georgia and Pennsylvania.

In Arizona—where Biden achieved his closest margin of victory last year with just 10,000 votes separating the two candidates—Trump led by 8 percentage points among likely voters in the next presidential cycle.

In Pennsylvania, Trump was up by 6 points and Georgia by 3 points. Last year, Trump was the first Republican candidate to lose the Peach State in nearly three decades.

The polls’ findings come as Biden’s own approval rating plummets. The latest Quinnipiac University survey showed the Democrat’s job approval hit a new low, as just 36 percent of Americans think he’s doing a good job in the White House compared to 53 percent of respondents who disapproved.

Most Americans also disliked his handling of key issues, including the coronavirus pandemic and the economy. Half of U.S. adults surveyed said they disapprove of Biden’s response to COVID-19, while nearly 6 in 10 Americans disliked his handling of the economy.

Biden’s low marks on those issues come as COVID-19 cases have risen in several states and inflation plagues the country.

Poll: Trump Beats Biden 2024 Swing States
New polling shows Donald Trump defeating Joe Biden in key swing states in a hypothetical 2024 matchup. In this photo, Trump speaks to supporters during a rally at the Iowa State Fairgrounds on October 09, 2021 in Des Moines, Iowa.
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Biden said earlier this year he plans to run for a second term in 2024. By that time, he will be 81 years old. Having turned 79 on Saturday, Biden is the oldest commander-in-chief in U.S. history.

On Monday, reporters asked White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki to confirm if Biden was going to seek reelection and whether he informed his staff of that. She responded: “Yes, that’s his intention.”

Trump has been teasing a 2024 presidential run since leaving office but hasn’t made an official announcement. In September, he told podcaster David Brody that only a “bad call from a doctor” could keep him away.

“That happens with people,” he said. “Things happen through God. They happen, but I feel so good, and I hate what’s happening to our country.”

Fabrizio, Lee & Associates surveyed 600 likely voters in each state between November 11 and November 16. The polls have a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points.

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Countrywide Active Cases Rise to 99,763

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New Delhi: With 9,765 new coronavirus infections being reported in a day, India’s total tally of COVID-19 cases rose to 3,46,06,541, while the active cases increased to 99,763, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Thursday.

The death toll climbed to 4,69,724 with 477 fresh fatalities including, 403 from Kerala, according to the data updated at 8 am.

Of the 403 deaths in Kerala, 96 were reported over the last few days and 307 were designated as Covid deaths after receiving appeals based on the new guidelines of the Centre and the directions of the Supreme Court, a Kerala state government release said.

The ministry said the daily rise in new coronavirus infections has been less than 50,000 for 158 consecutive days now.

“The active cases comprise 0.29% of the total infections, the lowest since March 2020, while the national COVID-19 recovery rate was recorded at 98.35%,” the ministry said.

An increase of 740 cases has been recorded in the active COVID-19 caseload in a span of 24 hours

“The daily positivity rate was recorded at 0.89%. It has been less than 2% for last 59 days. The weekly positivity rate was also recorded at 0.85% . It has been below 1% for the last 18 days,” according to the ministry.

The number of people who have recuperated from the disease surged to 3,40,37,054, while the case fatality rate was recorded at 1.36%.

The cumulative doses administered in the country so far under the nationwide COVID-19 vaccination drive has exceeded 124.96 crore.

India’s COVID-19 tally had crossed the 20-lakh mark on August 7, 2020, 30 lakh on August 23, 40 lakh on September 5 and 50 lakh on September 16. It went past 60 lakh on September 28, 70 lakh on October 11, crossed 80 lakh on October 29, 90 lakh on November 20 and surpassed the one-crore mark on December 19.

India crossed the grim milestone of two crore on May 4 and three crore on June 23.

The 477 new fatalities include 28 from Maharashtra.

A total of 4,69,724 deaths have been reported so far in the country including 1,41,025 from Maharashtra, 40,535 from Kerala, 38,213 from Karnataka, 36,492 from Tamil Nadu, 25,098 from Delhi, 22,911 from Uttar Pradesh and 19,498 from West Bengal.

The ministry stressed that more than 70% of the deaths occurred due to comorbidities.

“Our figures are being reconciled with the Indian Council of Medical Research,” the ministry said on its website, adding that state-wise distribution of figures is subject to further verification and reconciliation.

(PTI)

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Keanu Reeves says ‘The Matrix: Resurrections’ cast and crew ‘barely rehearsed, if at all’ on set

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  • Keanu Reeves told Entertainment Weekly “The Matrix: Resurrections” team “barely rehearsed.”
  • Reeves compared the filming of “The Matrix” original trilogy to the fourth movie.

Keanu Reeves told Entertainment Weekly that the cast and crew for “The Matrix: Resurrections” “barely rehearsed” when it came to filming the sequel.

The upcoming movie is the fourth installment in the sci-fi franchise about the battle between artificial intelligence and humans. The original trilogy was directed by the Wachowski sisters, Lilly and Lana, however, only Lana has returned to direct the new movie.

In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Keanu Reeves, who starred in the trilogy as Neo and reprises his character in the sequel, spoke about how filming “Matrix 4” compared to the previous movies.

Reeves said that Lana was “more behind the monitor” but “still hands-on” in the original trilogy. “The Matrix” star added: “[With ‘Resurrections’] she was participating more with the movement of the camera, and more interested in doing than rehearsing.”

Reeves then said that the team “barely rehearsed, if at all.” Reeves was not the only one to say that the filming of “The Matrix 4” was unusual.

In February, Neil Patrick Harris told the “Just for Variety” podcast about the filming: “It didn’t feel large because it felt like she was in her sweet spot, which was filming on the fly, filming using natural light. Sometimes you’d sit around for an hour waiting for the clouds to clear, and then you’d quickly film. You’d film pages at a time in 30 minutes and then be done.”

Keanu Reeves says 'The Matrix: Resurrections' cast and crew 'barely rehearsed, if at all' on set
Yahya Abdul-Mateen II in “The Matrix Resurrections.”Warner Bros.

“You would think that a giant movie would be 100% storyboarded, animatics, and we’d be checking off shots,” Harris added. “I think she lived that before three times over, and I would suspect that she wants to do things her own way now. It wasn’t often that you felt that you were doing something gigantic because she made it feel very intimate.”

Jessica Henwick also told Collider last month that she has “never worked with a director who is going so much on a gut feeling.”

“She loves running takes, so we’ll often go 20 minutes without a single cut,” Henwick said. “Everyone had to be aware that it was 360, at all times. She would stand next to the operator and she would be shooting. Keanu is speaking and she’s shooting. She’s handling the camera, zooming in on him, and then she would just turn, and suddenly the camera will be on you, even though you’re on the other side of the line. That’s how she shoots. It’s very much how she feels, in the moment. It’s very instinctive for her. It’s fascinating to watch.”

“The Matrix: Resurrections” is in theatres December 22. The movie also stars Carrie-Anne Moss who played Trinity in the original trilogy. However, the movie also has new actors such as Jessica Henwick as Bugs, Neil Patrick Harris as The Analyst, and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II as Morpheus.

Abdul-Mateen previously told Entertainment Weekly that his Morpheus is “a different iteration of the character” played by Laurence Fishburne in the original trilogy.

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Maharashtra announces new Covid norms, says no to Centre missive

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IN THE latest tussle between the Centre and Maharashtra over Covid norms, the Union Health Ministry Wednesday conveyed to the state government that its revised guidelines for international travellers, following the emergence of the Omicron variant, are “in divergence” with Central norms, and urged it to “align” them for “uniform implementation”.

However, Maharashtra Chief Secretary Debashish Chakraborty told The Indian Express that the state will not “amend or revise” its guidelines — for now. Later, official sources indicated that there “might be some changes” Thursday with revisions to some restrictions.

“Under the Disaster Management Act and Epidemic Diseases Act, the state government holds the power to put in additional conditions to prevent the spread of the virus. So the state, acting in accordance with its authority, has decided not to mend or revise the current guidelines issued for international passengers,” he said.

According to Chakraborty, the Centre’s communication is “an advisory, not a compulsion”. “There are basic requirements that need to be observed, which we are following. In future, if any changes need to be made, considering the local situation and convenience of international passengers, we will consider them,” he said.

Earlier Wednesday, Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan wrote to Maharashtra Additional Chief Secretary Dr Pradeep Kumar Vyas that four specific guidelines passed by the state for international travellers are “in divergence with the SoPs and guidelines issued” by the Ministry.

According to the Centre, the four key points of divergence are:

* Mandatory RT-PCR testing of all international travellers at Mumbai airport, irrespective of country of origin. The Centre has mandated such testing only for those from “at risk” nations.

* Mandatory 14-day home quarantine for all international passengers who test negative upon arrival. The Centre had specified seven days.

* Mandatory RT-PCR test for passengers planning to take connecting flights after disembarking at Mumbai; further travel is subject to a negative RT-PCR result. The Centre does not have such a norm.

* Requirement of negative RT-PCR test 48 hours prior to date of journey for domestic passengers travelling from other states to Maharashtra, irrespective of vaccination status. The Centre has not issued such a guideline.

“I would, therefore, urge you to align the orders issued by the state with the guidelines issued by the Ministry of Health…so that uniform implementation of the guidelines may be ensured across all states. I would also advise that such modified orders of the state government are given wide publicity to obviate any inconvenience to travellers,” Bhushan wrote.

Maharashtra has also mandated institutional quarantine of seven days for all passengers coming from “at-risk countries”, which is not part of the Centre’s latest guidelines.

This is not the first time that the Centre and Maharashtra have differed over issues linked to Covid, particularly after Maharashtra flagged the issue of vaccine shortage and lack of adequate medical oxygen supply several times.

On April 7, the then Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan, responding to remarks from Maharashtra’s Ministers on vaccine shortage, had said that there were “deplorable attempts” by the state government to “distract attention from their failures and spread panic among the people”.

On April 17, Union Railways and Commerce & Industry Minister Piyush Goyal had posted on Twitter that he was “saddened to see” Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray’s “gimmicks” on oxygen, claiming that Maharashtra had received the maximum quantity of oxygen in the country.

On Sunday, following reports from across the world on the emergence of Omicron, the Union Health Ministry specified five steps for international travellers arriving from countries tagged as “at risk”:

* They will have to submit a sample for a Covid test at the point of arrival, and wait for the result before leaving or taking a connecting flight.

* If they test negative, they will have to follow home quarantine for seven days. This will be followed by a retest on the eighth day of arrival. They will have to self-monitor their health for the next seven days.

* If travellers test positive, their samples will be sent for genomic testing at the INSACOG laboratory network.

* Those testing positive shall be sent to a separate isolation facility and treated as per standard protocol, including contact tracing.

* The contacts of positive cases will be kept under institutional or home quarantine and monitored strictly by the state government concerned as per protocol.

Apart from all countries in Europe, including the UK, there are 10 other nations currently listed as “at-risk” by the Health Ministry: South Africa, Brazil, Botswana, China, Mauritius, New Zealand, Zimbabwe, Singapore, Hong Kong and Israel.

Additionally, for travellers from countries other than those at risk, a sub-section — currently two per cent of the total flight passengers — will have to undergo post-arrival random testing at airports on arrival.

A senior officer from Maharashtra’s Covid task force said that since “the virus has already spread to over 10 countries, we can’t restrict the screening to countries at risk”, and that “an RT-PCR for all travellers will ensure better safety”.

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