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These New England governors want answers from Trump and Biden

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Here’s what three governors from New England said they’d like to know about Trump and Biden.

Maine Governor Janet Mills (D)

  • If you could name one regret in your life, what would it be?
  • Name three major actions you would take to combat the changes occurring in our climate that are harming our fisheries, farms and coastal communities especially in Maine and New England.
  • What are three specific things you would do to either “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act, or improve the ACA, keeping in mind that here in Maine, the people voted to expand Medicaid under the ACA and that there are tens of thousands of Maine people whose health care is provided by the ACA, many of whom may now be saddled with a preexisting condition due to COVID?

Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo (D)

  • How are you going to ensure that Americans historically left behind – women, people of color, parents who took time out of the workforce, formerly incarcerated individuals, and those without a degree or credential beyond high school – are included in our economic recovery?

Vermont Governor Phil Scott (D)

  • If you lose the election, what will you do to help unite the country, decrease polarization, and move the country forward?

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker, New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu, and Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont declined to play along, so we’ll assume they all have the same question: Will you commit to kicking Connecticut out of New England?

Read an important story you may have missed:

Reproductive rights:

The notion of overturning abortion rights, long an abstract threat, has calcified into an imminent likelihood with the anticipated confirmation of President Trump’s third conservative Supreme Court nominee. But even with Roe v. Wade still intact, the landscape for reproductive rights has been dramatically reshaped over nearly four years of the Trump administration. Read more.

60 Minutes:

President Donald Trump posted full, unedited interviews that he and Vice President Mike Pence did with “60 Minutes” on Facebook on Thursday before the show’s scheduled broadcast this weekend. Read more. 

Where the candidates are on Friday:

— Joe Biden will deliver a speech Friday afternoon from Delaware about COVID-19 and the economy.— Donald Trump is holding two MAGA rallies in Florida on Friday. Also, Vice President Mike Pence and Karen Pence will cast their ballots in Indiana on Friday morning.

Learn something new:

— If you’ve ever wondered what it’s actually like to run for president, this podcast with Andrew Yang is fascinating. Plus, Yang has surprisingly deep thoughts on how poorly professional wrestlers are treated. Listen here.

Dan McGowan can be reached at dan.mcgowan@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter at @danmcgowan.

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Trump’s broadsides against science put GOP governors in a bind

“These numbers will not change unless we change,” DeWine said Tuesday. “By more of us wearing masks, by more of us avoiding situations where there can be spread and just really being careful, we can turn this heat down and get back to a simmer of this virus instead of the flame that’s coming up.”

Tennessee Republican Gov. Bill Lee on Tuesday announced a new statewide ad campaign promoting face coverings, saying wearing a mask is the only way people can safely return to their routines. The number of Covid patients in the state’s intensive care units is up 40 percent since Oct. 1.

Mississippi GOP Gov. Tate Reeves on Monday said that hospitals in his state must be able to reserve at least 10 percent of their beds for coronavirus patients or cancel elective procedures. He also issued a mask mandate and limited indoor gatherings to 10 people and outdoor gatherings to 50 people in nine counties.

“We’re trying to prevent so many individuals from getting the virus at once that our health care system cannot respond,” Reeves said.

The push by Republican governors whose states are in danger of being overrun by a new wave of infections and hospitalizations reflects the disconnect between politicians who are fighting the virus’ real effects on the ground and Trump’s reelection campaign, which is trying to project optimism that the country is turning the corner on infections, even though the statistics don’t back him up.

Hospitals in Utah and Wisconsin are at or near capacity, while facilities in Texas and Indiana battle medical staff shortages. Nationally, the number of people hospitalized with Covid-19 has climbed 20 percent in the two weeks since Trump left Walter Reed National Military Medical Center after contracting the virus. And the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported on Tuesday that the pandemic has resulted in 299,000 excess deaths from late January to Oct. 3 — a toll members of Trump’s own administration say is sure to sharply increase.

“We’re going straight up again with the number of cases happening each day,” NIH Director Francis Collins warned in an NPR interview Tuesday. “Hospitalizations are up … and I’m afraid, inevitably, that is going to result in an increase in deaths, because that’s what happens every time with about a two- or three-week delay.”

But with less than two weeks until the election, the president has insisted that coronavirus concerns are exaggerated, called the government’s leading infectious disease expert Anthony Fauci an “idiot” and a “disaster” and relied more heavily on Scott Atlas — a coronavirus task force member who backs protecting vulnerable populations while loosening nearly all Covid-related restrictions and letting the virus spread unfettered among healthy people.

Collins said Tuesday that Trump has also stopped meeting with the rest of the task force even as cases and hospitalizations surge and as public health experts warn that the colder weather and approaching holiday season will send more Americans indoors, where the virus more easily spreads.

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As coronavirus cases rise, red-state governors resist measures to slow the spread, preach ‘personal responsibility’

The novel coronavirus is hammering America’s heartland this fall, with records shattered daily in states that had escaped the worst of the disease this spring and summer. Case numbers also are rising again in other states where the virus was thought to be under control after months of widespread illness.

Yet even as health authorities in small cities and rural towns plead for help in tamping down deadly outbreaks, many Republican governors are resisting new measures to stop the spread. Some are even loosening rules already on the books.

Instead, they preach the mantra of “personal responsibility,” insisting that government interventions such as mask mandates or business restrictions are either unnecessary or harmful, and that people should be trusted to make their own decisions about how to keep themselves — and each other — healthy.

“This is a job for everybody,” Burgum said, describing recommendations for safe behavior, but no new requirements.

Public health experts say that is an inadequate prescription, one that carries great peril as infections climb, the weather drives people indoors and large segments of the population are proving less willing to take the virus seriously.

“This really demands a coordinated, orchestrated higher-level response than just saying to an individual person, ‘Here’s what you might want to try,’ ” said David Aronoff, director of the Division of Infectious Diseases at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine.

An overreliance on personal responsibility, health officials say, is one of the reasons America’s struggle with the coronavirus has been so destructive, with more than 8 million cases and at least 218,000 people dead. And they maintain it is unlikely to be the solution now — especially as Republican leaders from President Trump on down send misleading messages and model dangerous behavior.

Covid-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, sent Trump to the hospital for four days this month, with doctors deploying the latest therapeutics — drugs unavailable to many Americans. Yet he has continued to cast doubt on the effectiveness of masks while maintaining that people should not be “afraid” of the coronavirus and bashing public health measures intended to limit viral spread.

Republican governors have mimicked aspects of that stance. While Democratic governors in blue states such as New York, New Mexico and California have rolled back reopening plans in response to rising coronavirus rates, the opposite has been true of Republican leaders in red states where the virus is now running rampant.

Coronavirus hospitalizations in Iowa have regularly hit new highs this month, and the state last week surpassed 1,500 total deaths. But Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds has refused to revisit her decision to lift most restrictions on businesses and to allow students back to class without masks.

Trump, the Republican said, was “right. We can’t let covid-19 dominate our lives.”

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R), meanwhile, has forged ahead with plans to reopen bars, despite the fact that infectious-disease specialists say they are a prime vector for coronavirus transmission. The state has been averaging nearly 5,000 new