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(CNN)America's annus horribilis is taking another alarming turn.

California's lethal wildfires, yet another historic challenge, are being driven by the "undeniable, accelerating and punishing reality of climate change" to quote Joe Biden. But where the Democratic nominee warns of cascading nightmares, President Donald Trump sees success.
Covid-19? The virus has so far claimed 194,000 lives here, but Trump says America is "rounding the corner." The economy? It's bouncing back, Trump says, disregarding America's 30 million unemployed workers. And a historic reckoning on race? Asked whether he had ever reflected on the historic pain of Black Americans, Trump accused veteran reporter Bob Woodward of drinking "the Kool-Aid."
    So how else would he respond to the flames ravaging America's West Coast? Trump flew Air Force One through the Golden State's smoke-polluted skies on Monday to be briefed on the fires. When a local official bluntly told him it was time to extract heads from the sand and accept that global warming is exacerbating blazes, Trump retreated into his own personal political bubble."It'll start getting cooler. You just watch," the climate-change-denier in chief replied.Read More"I wish science agreed with you," the official gamely countered."I don't think science knows, actually," Trump said.Could this be the approach to problem-solving that Americans want? Biden is wagering that the country actually wants someone in the Oval Office to lead it out of a dark time and to use the government to solve big problems. Trump, offering cultural warfare and the memory of a once-purring economy, has made the opposite bet — that more Americans will jell emotionally with a rabble-rouser who horrifies elites for fun and doesn't care what science knows.'Very explosive trees'Also on Monday, the President re-upped his pet claim that while "forest nations" like Austria and Finland have "very explosive trees," they don't have the same wildfire problem because they properly "manage" their forests -- as if preventing future wildfires in California were simply a matter of making America rake again.Trump often warns voters that the poor and the radical left are on the verge of invading suburbs -- but another threat is already rampaging through American neighborhoods. Above, a sky thick with smoke in Oakland, California. Below, the Bobcat Fire burning behind homes in Arcadia, California, forced residents to evacuate. Ambassador to ... Iowa ?A new Cold War is looming with China, but Trump thinks his ambassador to Beijing can do more good in Des Moines. Former longtime Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad is swapping the Middle Kingdom for the Midwest, as he heads home to campaign for the President in the Hawkeye State. "He's more useful to the President in Iowa than he is in China," a senior Republican official in the state told CNN's political team.
      Branstad was sent to China in the first place because he had a warm relationship with President Xi Jinping. But Trump has turned on Xi to distract from his own failings on Covid-19, so the man who ran Iowa for a record 8,169 days is now likely to serve as a witness for the prosecution — as Trump accuses China of deliberately exporting the virus to harm the US economy.The ambassador's sudden return reflects an unexpectedly tight race in a state Trump won by 9 percentage points in 2016.

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      Dow gains some altitude as shares turn positive despite rising stock-market jitters

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      Stocks were gathering momentum higher Tuesday, coming off intraday lows as investors fight to shrug off worries about renewed coronavirus lockdowns in Europe and rising political uncertainty in the U.S.

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      Investors also watched testimony by Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin before a House panel.

      What are major benchmarks doing?

      The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) was up 120 points, or 0.4%, at 27,267, while the S&P 500 (SPX) was up 27 points, or 0.8%, at 3,308. The Nasdaq Composite (COMP)(COMP)(COMP)rose about 140 points, or 1.3%, to 10,921. (NQ00)

      Stocks fell hard Monday, but ended the day well above session lows. The Dow dropped 509.72 points, or 1.8%, to finish at 27,147.70, after falling more than 900 points at its session low. The S&P 500 fell 38.41 points, or 1.2%, to end at 3,281.06 for its fourth straight daily fall, its longest losing streak since February. The Nasdaq Composite shed 14.48 points, or 0.1%, ending at 10,778.80.

      What are major benchmarks doing?

      Rising COVID-19 cases and threats of renewed lockdowns in Europe kept a lid on the market’s gains on Tuesday, along with heightened U.S. political rancor ahead of November’s general election.

      Bitterness in Washington has investors worries about the dimming prospects for an agreement between congressional Democrats and the White House on additional fiscal aid during the pandemic—a prospect complicated by the looming battle over a nominee to replace Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died Friday, on the Supreme Court.

      “The lack of new fiscal stimulus, unclear direction over coronavirus policy and now an intense Supreme Court-related political battle is causing a new level of angst in the markets,” said Kenny Polcari, managing partner at Kace Capital Advisors, in emailed comments. “Both political parties are now in a full flight with just a few weeks until election day. The U.S. election has begun to spin out of control.”

      See: Stock-market ‘anxiety will only intensify over the next 60-90 days’ warns expert who profited in 1987 and 2008 crises

      Concerns also have been rising about a second lockdown in parts of the developed world, contributing to anxiety over the prospect of renewed restrictions in the U.S.

      “I don’t believe we’ll have a second lockdown in the United States, but it’s a simmering concern for investors and the markets,” Polcari said.

      Equities have been under pressure for much of September, with major benchmarks suffering three straight weekly declines. Tech shares have bore the brunt of the selloff, but have outperformed sectors more sensitive to the economic cycle this week.

      “Coronavirus concerns have resurfaced, worrying investors that a reversal in reopening progress could be near. More and more uncertainty is arising as we get closer to the election but no closer to congressional fiscal relief,” said Lindsey Bell, chief investment strategist for Ally Invest, in a note. “But we’re still optimistic this dip will be bought sooner rather than later.”

      Monday’s selloff, unlike the previous week’s tech-led slide, was driven by value stocks, such as industrials, energy and financials, noted Charalambos Pissouros, senior market analyst at JFD Group.

      “That appears logical to us as tech firms may be the least affected in case of a second round of lockdown measures around the globe,” he said.

      That has investors keenly focused on rising COVID-19 cases, after the U.K. moved to reimpose some lockdown restrictions. Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell on Tuesday told lawmakers it’s up to them to provide relief to some troubled companies, as doubts remain over prospects for another aid package. Powell and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin testified Tuesday before the House Financial Services Committee about the status of pandemic aid.

      In the hearing, Powell pushed back on a suggestion the Fed lower the threshold for loans under its Main Street Lending Program to make loans available to smaller companies. Powell said there was little demand for loans below $1 million and that redesigning the program would require the Fed to start from scratch.

      On the economic front, data showed existing-home sales in August rose by 2.4% to an annual rate of 6 million, the fastest pace in nearly 14 years.

      Chicago Federal Reserve Bank President Charles Evans, in remarks at a forum, warned that it’s important for Congress to pass more spending or risk a downward economic spiral.

      Richmond Federal Reserve Bank President Tom Barkin delivered remarks at an event at noon, while Atlanta Fed President Raphael Bostic is scheduled to speak at 3 p.m.

      Which companies are in focus?
      • Shares of electric car maker Tesla Inc. (TSLA) were down 4% as the company embarked on a “battery day” event. Chief Executive Elon Musk aimed to tone down expectations ahead of the event, tweeting late Monday that the products set to be unveiled “will not reach serious high-volume production until 2022” See:3 things to know about Tesla’s ‘battery day’
      • Amazon.com Inc. (AMZN) shares were up more than 4% after the e-commerce giant was upgraded to outperform from market perform by analysts at Bernstein.
      • Shares of Peloton Interactive Inc. (PTON) fell more than 2%, pulling back from the previous session’s record close, after Amazon unveiled its “Echelon Smart Connect Fitness Bikes,” for $499 to compete against Peloton’s pricier exercise bikes.
      • AutoZone Inc. (AZO) shares rose 2.3%, reversing an earlier gain scored after the auto-parts retailer delivered earnings and revenue that beat expectations.
      • Shares of CoreLogic Inc. (CLGX) gained 1.1% after the company raised its revenue outlook for this year and next, citing increases in mortgage market volumes.
      What are other markets doing?

      The yield on the 10-year Treasury note (BX:TMUBMUSD10Y) rose 0.3 basis point to 0.67%. Bond prices move inversely to yields.

      The ICE U.S. Dollar Index (DXY) was up 0.3% after jumping 0.7% Monday as investors looked for havens amid a global equity selloff.

      Gold futures (GCZ20) lost $2.60, or 0.1%, to $1898.60 an ounce. Oil futures (CLX20) were up marginally to $39.60 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange, attempting to bounce back after a steep fall in the previous session.

      The pan-European Stoxx Europe 600 Index (XX:SXXP) rose 0.2% and the U.K.’s benchmark FTSE (FR:UKX) gained 0.4%. In Asia, Hong Kong’s Hang Seng Index (HK:HSI) fell 1% and the Shanghai Composite Index (CN:SHCOMP) lost 1.3%, while Japan’s Nikkei (JP:NIK) remained closed for a public holiday.

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