Democratic group looks to close Trump-Biden enthusiasm gap

NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump may be losing, but that doesn’t mean Joe Biden is winning.

At least that’s the concern of a pro-Democrat super PAC embracing a new strategy backed by $15 million in online ads to help close the nagging enthusiasm gap between the Republican president and his Democratic challenger. The strategist leading the super PAC known as PACRONYM warns that Biden is leading many polls “by default” and may lose his advantage unless Democrats give key groups of voters better reasons to get excited about their nominee.

“We really think that Biden’s enthusiasm gap could be a vulnerability,” said PACRONYM founder and CEO Tara McGowan.

Beginning in August, the group and its sister nonprofit will begin pumping millions of dollars into online ads targeting a group of roughly 1.7 million “low-information” left-leaning voters — largely women of color under 35 — spread across Michigan, Pennsylvania,

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For college students, taking a gap year might be the best way to outwit coronavirus

Janak Bhakta, 17, from Tustin, had hoped to travel internationally for his gap year, but now he's joining a conservation program this year instead. <span class="copyright">(Jason Armond / Los Angeles Times)</span>
Janak Bhakta, 17, from Tustin, had hoped to travel internationally for his gap year, but now he’s joining a conservation program this year instead. (Jason Armond / Los Angeles Times)

Janak Bhakta, a soft-spoken 17-year-old from Tustin, had big plans for 2020. He wanted to spend time away from academics to learn, grow and mature by traveling the world. Then the coronavirus pandemic struck and turned those plans to dust.

“The ideal plan was to travel internationally, but obviously that’s not going to happen,” Bhakta says about his planned gap year. He filled out applications for Outward Bound Costa Rica and NOLS Baja, two leading outdoor and leadership organizations, but both programs were canceled due to travel restrictions and health concerns.

Bhakta was still able to find the perfect fit with the Colorado-based High Mountain Institute, which puts gap-year participants in national parks to assist in local conservation efforts.

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This VC Firm Is Offering MBAs $100K To Take A Gap Year

Coronavirus is pushing business schools online. Recession is pushing employees and interns out of work. Is this the perfect time to take a “gap year” — defer starting that MBA program or suspend that job search and work on personal growth and passion projects?

Eric Tarczynski thinks so. The founder of Contrary Capital, a university-focused venture fund, Tarczynski is banking on the entrepreneurial chops of the talent in, and close to, higher education, and on that talent’s desire to launch now — no more waiting, now. Literally banking on it — Contrary is offering up to $100,000 to as many as five teams with ideas for new companies.

What are they looking for? Anything. Good ideas that can become good, and great, companies. Just bring the brainpower and the dedication to see your idea through. In addition to the funding, Contrary will connect the selected teams with entrepreneurial experts,

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