Sleepy Joe Biden continues to comfortably snooze atop his so far unwavering 8-point lead in national polls; a lead that has been remarkably consistent since June 13. But, a new Wall Street Journal poll says that 36% of those intending to vote for Biden are doing so because they like Biden while 58% of Biden voters are primarily motivated to vote against Donald Trump. Contrast this to Trump supporters where almost three-quarters of his voters are voting for him rather than against Biden. The selection of Kamala Harris as Biden’s running mate was generally well received. In a Washington Post poll out yesterday, 54% of Americans approve of her selection along with a quarter of Republicans. Her net approval (+4) is higher than Biden (-6), Vice President Mike Pence (-5), and Trump (-12).
This morning, approximately 48 hours before it was set to occur, the Florida Board of Bar Examiners cancelled the August Bar Exam. The exam, which was scheduled to be proctored remotely, was called off after the board determined remote administration was not “technically feasible.” Those planning to sit for the August exam are being told the Board plans to reschedule for some time in October. The abrupt cancellation will be a bitter pill to swallow for the would-be takers of the exam—the Bar is a culmination of years of schooling and months of relentless, stress inducing marathon studying. Anxiety management during exam prep which can be overwhelming under normal circumstances is likely particularly challenging in the time of Covid;a recent CDC studyfound skyrocketing levels of depression, anxiety and suicidal thoughts in young adults aged 18-24.
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Labor Day weekend is fast approaching, and a little pandemic hasn't stopped people from booking their getaways, particularly to Florida. According to data from TripIt, a travel management app, almost 1 million Americans are heading for the Sunshine State, right in the midst of schools reopening. Compared to 2019’s Labor Day weekend, the numbers are showing a 66% decrease in total travel bookings, but that still leaves almost 6 million Americans traveling to various locations such as Florida, Mexico and the Caribbean. While this influx will most likely provide a large economic boost for Florida’s ailing tourism industry, the number of out-of-staters flocking to Florida has raised some red flags with public health professionals.