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Deroy Murdock: Trump vs. Biden – voters in 2020 should think long and hard about policy, not personality

Trump, Biden battle for key swing-state voters

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Focus on public policy!

This is what I have done, and advised others to do, since Donald J. Trump secured the Republican presidential nomination in 2016.

Some people, including otherwise intelligent and thoughtful free-market and cultural conservatives, cannot tolerate Trump’s larger-than-life persona, his often grandiose statements, his Twitter blasts, and the sneaking suspicion that he might be the reincarnation of P.T. Barnum. Some Americans find the president’s quirks and conduct amusing. Others are appalled.

President Trump’s antics make me grin more than they make me grimace, Regardless, I focus on public policy: What legislation has he signed? What has he vetoed? Do his actions as president make Americans freer, safer, and more prosperous? Do America’s enemies advance or retreat in his presence?

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As voters pick the Oval Office’s next occupant, they should imagine it’s Christmas morning. A large, mysterious box sits beneath a shimmering tree. Is it covered in soothing, lovely wrapping paper or in months-old newsprint? Who cares? The box’s contents matter.

Former vice president Joe Biden generally exudes a vaguely calming tone. His empathetic demeanor, perhaps forced by multiple family tragedies, also amplifies his appeal. For some people, that’s plenty. They, especially Republicans in their midst, should meditate long and hard on what Biden actually would do as president.

While Biden might seem warmer and toastier than Trump, his public policy will be colder than Siberia if he shutters Washington, D.C.’s school voucher program, as threatened.

Biden’s vaunted compassion will be lost on thousands of poor, mainly Black kids who would have no choice but to return to often-dangerous, reliably dysfunctional government schools. While their minds would be crushed, Biden’s teachers-union masters would cheer. They detest competition.

Conversely, a second Trump term promises school choice for every parent.

President Trump has created 8,700 Opportunity Zones, largely in low-income minority neighborhoods. Incentives have attracted some $75 billion in private investment to these communities.

If Biden kills the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, as he has pledged, wave goodbye to Opportunity Zones.

Biden hopes to grant citizenship to 11 million illegal aliens. Most of them likely would vote Democrat. This would steepen GOP election prospects.

Free healthcare for illegal aliens? Biden’s prescription is malpractice for an already overburdened medical system and a morbidly obese federal budget.

Biden now claims he “will not ban fracking.” While this could become his “Read my lips: No new taxes” moment, he could keep this promise while also pleasing keeping his fossil-fuel-loathing far-Left base. Why kill fracking when you simply can study it nearly to death, as Obama-Biden did the Keystone Pipeline? Thankfully, President Trump greenlighted that pipeline.

Indeed, from the left’s perspective, it’s better not to kill projects. Doing so creates bad headlines, and entrepreneurs can move on with their lives. Instead, Team Biden might say: “Please conduct a study on your program’s impact on the Endangered Species Act.” 

Two years and $3 million later, it could be, “Hmmmm. Interesting. Now tell us what your plan will do to Native American burial grounds.” And then, “Please forecast damage to fossils…clean air…urban sprawl.” If the potential frackers have not surrendered, Biden-Harris would deliver the coup de grace: “Please detail your initiative’s impact on racial justice.”

Far better, from the left’s view, to bog down disfavored businesses with these demands and slowly leech them white than slap them with a swift “No!” and let them relocate their dreams and undepleted capital.

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President Trump delivered American energy independence, largely through fracking. Biden would reverse this achievement in favor of habitat-chewing solar panels and eagle-shredding windmills.

While President Trump proposes patriotic education and Americanism in U.S. classrooms, Biden-Harris most likely would set the anti-American 1619 Project on a fast track via the Department of Education. After Trump ditched Critical Race Theory training within federal agencies, Biden-Harris would resurrect it in the U.S. government and perhaps impose it on the private sector.

As happened recently at the federal Sandia Laboratories, white males would be subjected to mandatory re-education sessions where they would be denounced as racists and forced to apologize for being born white.

“I will end the Muslim ban on Day One,” Biden said. This policy does not ban Muslims. Rather it limits arrivals by foreigners who have traveled through several nations designated by Obama-Biden as either tainted by terror or hobbled by insufficient security standards. Biden would throw the Golden Door open to these travelers, some from nations that sponsor terrorism. What could go wrong?

And, among other planned blunders, a President Biden would revive the Iran Nuclear Deal. Appeasing the ayatollahs surely will unravel the growing Middle East peace that President Trump has orchestrated by isolating Tehran.

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Voters are free to reject President Trump’s eccentricities. But if Joe Biden prevails, the ensuing far-left agenda will be the steep price that 330 million Americans pay to satisfy the Trump haters’ burning desire never to see his face again.

Focus on public policy!

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iPhone 12 vs Samsung Galaxy S20 – specs, price and which is best for you?

APPLE unveiled its latest iPhones yesterday, boasting 5G connectivity and a cracking new camera system.

But how do the US firm's flagship mobiles line up against Samsung's top handset? We compare their specs and prices below.

New iPhones – What are they?

The iPhones 12 series make up the latest and greatest smartphones from Apple, and are the US tech titan’s first to come with 5G connectivity.

They were unveiled during a virtual event on October 13 recorded from Apple's space age headquarters in Cupertino, California.

Apple boss Tim Cook said: “Today is the day of a new era for iPhone. We’re bringing 5G to iPhone.”

In total, Apple announced four new mobiles, with a range of specs and sizes on offer.


They're the 6.1-inch iPhone 12, 6.1-inch iPhone 12 Pro, 6.7-inch iPhone 12 Pro Max and a palm-sized, 5.4-inch iPhone Mini.

The mobiles' release dates are split. The iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro are out October 23 while the Mini and 12 Pro Max launch on November 13.

Samsung, arguably Apple's biggest competitor in western markets, unveiled its Samsung Galaxy S20 in February.

For the purposes of this comparison, we'll be stacking the S20 against the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro, as they come closest in terms of their pricing.

iPhone 12 specs

The iPhone 12 is at the cheaper end of Apple's flagship mobiles, and as such has slightly diminished specs.

The handset boasts 5G connectivity and two rear cameras, with main and ultrawide cameras.

Apple said the mobile also features Night Mode – the AI-powered technology that lets you take great photos in the dark.

Here are the specs:

  • Dimensions: 146.7 x 71.5 x 7.4mm
  • Weight: 162 grams
  • Screen: OLED, 6.1in
  • OS: iOS 14
  • Storage: 64GB / 128GB / 256GB
  • Selfie camera: 12MP
  • Main camera: Dual – 12MP main + 12MP ultra wide angle lens
  • Unlocking: Face ID facial recognition
  • Battery: TBA for 65 hours of audio playback
  • Colours: Black, White, Product Red, Green and Blue
  • Connectivity: 5G
  • RAM: TBA

iPhone 12 Pro specs

The iPhone 12 Pro is the same size as the iPhone 12 but with slightly better specs.

It also supports 5G but houses three rear cameras, adding a telephoto lens to the main and ultrawide camera sported by the iPhone 12.

The screen is the same is the iPhone 12's, and it's powered by the same A14 chip – Apple's powerful new phone engine.

Here are the specs:

  • Dimensions: 146.7 x 71.5 x 7.4mm
  • Weight: 189 grams
  • Screen: OLED, 6.1in
  • OS: iOS 14
  • Storage: 128GB / 256GB / 512GB
  • Selfie camera: 12MP
  • Rear camera: Triple – 12MP main + 12MP ultra wide angle lens + 12MP telephoto lens
  • Unlocking: Face ID facial recognition
  • Battery: TBA for 65 hours of audio playback
  • Colours: Silver, Graphite, Gold, Pacific Blue
  • Connectivity: 5G
  • RAM: TBA

Samsung Galaxy S20 specs

The S20 boasts a gorgeous display and a beefy triple camera system, capable of up to 30x digital zoom, letting you take close-up shots of distant objects.

Dubbed "Space Zoom", the feature basically turns your phone into a pocket-sized pair of binoculars.

On top of that, you get up to 12GB of RAM and an ultrasonic fingerprint scanner that sits under the screen.

There are two versions: One that supports 4G and one that supports 5G.

Here are the specs:

  • Dimensions: 151.7 x 69.1 x 7.9mm
  • Weight: 163 grams
  • Screen: AMOLED, 6.2in
  • OS: Android 10
  • Storage: 128 GB (you can add up to 1TB more via an SD card)
  • Selfie camera: 10MP
  • Main camera: Triple – 12MP main + ultra wide angle lens and 30x telephoto zoom
  • Unlocking: Under-screen fingerprint scanner, facial recognition
  • Battery: 4,000mAh for 52 hours of audio playback
  • Colours: Space Black
  • Connectivity: 4G and 5G variants
  • RAM: 8GB and 12GB versions
  • Price: Starting at £799

iPhone 12 vs Samsung Galaxy S20 prices

In terms of pricing, there isn't all that much to separate the gadgets.

Pre-orders for the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro open on October 16, while the two mobiles will go on general sale a week later, on October 23.

When it launches on October 23, the iPhone 12 will start at £799 in the UK and $799 in the US. The iPhone 12 Pro will go for £999 / $999.

Those prices jump up as high as £849 for the 12 or £1,299 for the 12 Pro if you decide you want extra internal storage.

Of course, these are the recommended prices set by Apple, and we could see them go up or down (but not by much) at various retailers.

On Samsung's website, the Galaxy S20 5G – which hit shelves around the world in March – still starts at £799 / $799.

It's therefore the same price as the iPhone 12 and a good £200 / $200 cheaper than the iPhone 12 Pro.

When it launched, the phone started at £899 – slap bang in the middle of Apple's new handsets.

iPhone 12 vs Samsung Galaxy S20 – Which is best for you?

With specs that line up pretty similarly, it's tough to call which phone is best for you – especially until we've actually got our hands on the new iPhones.

As far as the specs go, if battery life or a wallet-friendly price tag top your list of priorities, then the iPhone 12 is the way to go.

If a camera is more your priority but you don't want to drop a grand on a phone, then gun for the Galaxy S20.

All in all, we'd suggest sticking to the operating system you know best.

If you're an avid Android fan, then the Samsung is your best bet, while iOS nuts should stick to one of Apple's handsets.

What is 5G?

Here’s what you need to know…

  • The term 5G stands for 5th-generation, and is simply the next "version" of mobile phone networks.
  • The world's network operators have settled on a new method of delivering mobile internet to your phone, making it possible to offer far higher download speeds.
  • Early figures suggest you'll be able to download 4K movies in a matter of seconds, and buffering video will be a thing of the past.
  • But 5G also promises low "latency" – the physical delay in transmitting data – which is a major boon for gamers, who desperately need their online actions to be sent and received as quickly as possible.
  • EE is first across the line in the UK, with 5G live in London, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Belfast, Birmingham or Manchester.
  • The good news is that EE plans to roll out 5G in a further 10 cities by the end of 2019: Glasgow, Newcastle, Liverpool, Leeds, Hull, Sheffield, Nottingham, Leicester, Coventry and Bristol.
  • Vodafone has also switched on 5G in seven cities: Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Glasgow, Manchester, Liverpool, and London.

In other news, Apple recently unveiled the latest version of the Apple Watch – its cheapest smartwatch in years.

There's a new iPhone homscreen in iOS 14, and fans are divided over it.

Find out about all the new iOS 14 features here.

What do you think of the new iPhones? Let us know in the comments!

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