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The holy month of Ramzan has already begun, starting April 24, 2020, Friday. It is the most precious month in the Muslim lunar calendar. The month is marked by festivities all around the world. During Ramzan, Muslims around the world fast from dawn until dusk. Other acts such as praying, reading the Quran, and charity are also encouraged during this holy month. Fasting does not just include abstaining from eating or drinking but also from immoral acts and anger.

The one month of fasting, also known as Roza, is mandatory for all the Muslims. The break for fast in the morning is known as Suhur and the evening meal is known as Iftar. Only pregnant, breastfeeding, or menstruating women are excused from the fast. However, amid the coronavirus lockdown, this is going to be a lacklustre affair in 2020.

Due to the pandemic, this year Ramadan will be a little less festive. As tomorrow, May 1, marks the first Friday of Ramzan, here are some quotes mentioned to wish you, Happy Jumma Mubarak.

  1. Happiness will never come to those who fail to appreciate the blessings they already have. Say Alhamdulillah every moment of life. Jumma Mubarak!
  2. You feel empty? Pray and cry to Allah. Tell him all the problems you have. You will have more than you imagine.
  3. Have faith that your prayers are never wasted. You never know when, where, or how Allah is going to answer, but know for sure that He will!
  4. Life is an adventure from Allah to Allah, so let us make it for Allah. The individuals who bow down to Allah, they can remain before anybody. Jumma Mubarak.
  5. Be happy while helping others, as Allah is helping the person through you. May Allah give all of us the ability to help others! Jumma Mubarak.
  6. Jumma Mubarak! Once on a day of Jumma, the messenger of Allah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wa Sallam) said- “ Allah the Almighty has made Jumma as the day of Eid” – Ibn Majah
  7. Whoever Allah guides none can misguide, and whoever he allows falling astray, none can guide them aright. – The Holy Quran
  8. Friday is the adjusting of the week, Ramadan is the adjusting of the year, and Hajj is the adjusting of life. – Imam Ibn Al-Qayyim
  9. Do not choose the Friday night among all other nights for Qiyam (night vigil prayer,) and do not choose Friday among all other days for fasting except that one of you have accustomed to. – Abu Hurairah (Radi-Allahu Anhu)
  10. Keep in mind…everything a worker…Allah perseveres…each misfortune he encounters. Does Allah dependably have the reward for him?!! Jumma Mubarak.

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Movies with 40 or more critic reviews vie for their place in history at Rotten Tomatoes. Eligible movies are ranked based on their Adjusted Scores.

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Rank RatingTomatometer Title
1.  96% Black Panther (2018)
2.  94% Avengers: Endgame (2019)
3.  93% Us (2019)
4.  97% Toy Story 4 (2019)
5.  98% The Wizard of Oz (1939)
6.  99% Lady Bird (2017)
7.  97% Mission: Impossible – Fallout (2018)
8.  100% Citizen Kane (1941)
9.  96% The Irishman (2019)
10.  96% BlacKkKlansman (2018)
11.  98% Get Out (2017)
12.  99% Casablanca (1942)
13.  97% Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018)
14.  100% The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari) (1920)
15.  97% Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)
16.  98% Moonlight (2016)
17.  93% Wonder Woman (2017)
18.  90% A Star Is Born (2018)
19.  96% Roma (2018)
20.  98% Inside Out (2015)
21.  98% The Farewell (2019)
22.  100% Modern Times (1936)
23.  99% The Third Man (1949)
24.  96% A Quiet Place (2018)
25.  99% Eighth Grade (2018)
26.  98% It Happened One Night (1934)
27.  96% Booksmart (2019)
28.  92% Dunkirk (2017)
29.  97% Coco (2017)
30.  99% Selma (2014)
31.  97% Spotlight (2015)
32.  100% The Kid (1921)
33.  98% The Godfather (1972)
34.  98% Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)
35.  93% Thor: Ragnarok (2017)
36.  97% La Grande illusion (Grand Illusion) (1938)
37.  92% The Shape of Water (2017)
38.  100% Singin’ in the Rain (1952)
39.  94% Arrival (2016)
40.  93% Logan (2017)
41.  99% All About Eve (1950)
42.  98% E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
43.  98% The Big Sick (2017)
44.  90% Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017)
45.  93% The Favourite (2018)
46.  100% Shadow of a Doubt (1943)
47.  93% Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens (2015)
48.  98% King Kong (1933)
49.  96% Gravity (2013)
50.  100% Paddington 2 (2018)
51.  100% The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938)
52.  85% Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (2019)
53.  97% Boyhood (2014)
54.  100% Laura (1944)
55.  97% Nosferatu, a Symphony of Horror (Nosferatu, eine Symphonie des Grauens) (Nosferatu the Vampire) (1922)
56.  100% Leave No Trace (2018)
57.  96% Argo (2012)
58.  96% Manchester by the Sea (2016)
59.  90% Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019)
60.  98% Alien (1979)
61.  95% 12 Years a Slave (2013)
62.  91% La La Land (2016)
63.  99% Sunset Boulevard (1950)
64.  93% Incredibles 2 (2018)
65.  94% Call Me by Your Name (2018)
66.  98% Zootopia (2016)
67.  96% Psycho (1960)
68.  100% Top Hat (1935)
69.  100% The Maltese Falcon (1941)
70.  99% The Battle of Algiers (La Battaglia di Algeri) (1967)
71.  94% War for the Planet of the Apes (2017)
72.  98% A Hard Day’s Night (1964)
73.  96% The Florida Project (2017)
74.  91% Widows (2018)
75.  92% Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)
76.  100% M (1931)
77.  100% Seven Samurai (Shichinin no Samurai) (1956)
78.  100% Rebecca (1940)
79.  100% The Philadelphia Story (1940)
80.  99% The Night of the Hunter (1955)
81.  92% Baby Driver (2017)
82.  97% Metropolis (1927)
83.  99% North by Northwest (1959)
84.  99% Shoplifters (Manbiki kazoku) (2018)
85.  98% The Bride of Frankenstein (1935)
86.  90% Shazam! (2019)
87.  98% Bicycle Thieves (Ladri di biciclette) (The Bicycle Thief) (1949)
88.  97% Hell or High Water (2016)
89.  98% Up (2009)
90.  98% Jaws (1975)
91.  91% Captain America: Civil War (2016)
92.  100% Pinocchio (1940)
93.  98% Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
94.  100% Toy Story 2 (1999)
95.  100% The Lady Eve (1941)
96.  99% Rear Window (1954)
97.  98% Toy Story 3 (2010)
98.  98% The Godfather, Part II (1974)
99.  97% Won’t You Be My Neighbor? (2018)
100.  99% Chinatown (1974)

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ডেমরায় স্টিল মিলে লোহা গলানোর সময় ৫ শ্রমিক দগ্ধ | Jamuna TV

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The Pinterest Algorithm

*I use a lot of Pinterest, and its algorithm is the most interesting thing about it. Feels like a telescope, almost.

how to understand users deeply enough to keep them coming back for more, without boring them, boxing them in, or creeping them out.

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“Users don’t want to be pigeonholed,” says Candice Morgan, the company’s head of inclusion and diversity. She commissioned a study earlier this year to understand how Pinterest could better serve users from backgrounds that the platform underrepresents. “They don’t want us to guess what they’re going to like based on their demography,” she adds.

And yet, Pinterest does guess what they’re going to like based on their demography, at least in their first moments after sign-up. If it didn’t, some portion of users would decide Pinterest isn’t for them.

Then there are troubles that have plagued higher-profile social networks: viral misinformation, radicalization, offensive images and memes, spam, and shady sites trying to game the algorithm for profit, all of which Pinterest deals with to one degree or another. Here the company has taken a different approach than rival platforms: embrace bias, limit virality, and become something of an anti-social network.

So far, it’s working….


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আল্লামা শফীর সংক্ষিপ্ত জীবনী

প্রয়াত আল্লামা শাহ আহমদ শফী ছিলেন একজন ইসলামি ব্যক্তিত্ব, হেফাজতে ইসলাম বাংলাদেশের প্রতিষ্ঠাতা ও দায়িত্বপ্রাপ্ত আমির। তিনি একইসঙ্গে বেফাকুল মাদারিসিল আরাবিয়া বাংলাদেশের চেয়ারম্যান। ছিলেন দারুল উলুম মুঈনুল ইসলামের হাটহাজারীর মহাপরিচালক। ২০১০ সালে হেফাজতে ইসলাম নামে একটি ধর্মীয় সংগঠন প্রতিষ্ঠা করেন তিনি।

শাহ আহমদ শফীর জন্ম চট্টগ্রামের রাঙ্গুনিয়া উপজেলার পাখিয়ারটিলা গ্রামে। তাঁর বাবার নাম বরকম আলী, মা মোছাম্মাৎ মেহেরুন্নেছা বেগম। আহমদ শফীর দুই ছেলে ও তিন মেয়ে। তাঁর বড় ছেলে মাওলানা মোহাম্মদ ইউসুফ পাখিয়ারটিলা কওমি মাদ্রাসার পরিচালক। ছোট ছেলে আনাস মাদানি হেফাজতে ইসলামের প্রচার সম্পাদক।

আহমদ শফীর শিক্ষাজীবন শুরু হয় রাঙ্গুনিয়ার সরফভাটা মাদ্রাসায়। এরপর পটিয়ার আল জামিয়াতুল আরাবিয়া মাদ্রাসায় (জিরি মাদ্রাসা) লেখাপড়া করেন। ১৯৪০ সালে তিনি হাটহাজারীর দারুল উলুম মঈনুল ইসলাম মাদ্রাসায় ভর্তি হন। ১৯৫০ সালে তিনি ভারতের দারুল উলুম দেওবন্দ মাদ্রাসায় যান, সেখানে চার বছর লেখাপড়া করেন।

১৯৮৬ সালে হাটহাজারী মাদ্রাসার মহাপরিচালক পদে যোগ দেন আহমদ শফী। এরপর থেকে টানা ৩৪ বছর ধরে তিনি ওই পদে ছিলেন। হেফাজতে ইসলামের কেন্দ্রীয় যুগ্ম মহাসচিব মুফতি ফয়জুল্লাহ জানান, আহমদ শফীর বয়স হয়েছিল ১০৫ বছর।

ছাত্র বিক্ষোভের মুখে অবরুদ্ধ অবস্থায় অসুস্থ হয়ে পড়েন আল্লামা শাহ আহমদ শফী। মাদ্রাসার দায়িত্ব থেকে অব্যাহতি নেয়ার পর বৃহস্পতিবার (১৭ সেপ্টেম্বর) রাত ১২টার দিকে ফায়ার সার্ভিসের একটি অ্যাম্বুলেন্সে করে তাকে চট্টগ্রাম হাসপাতালে নেয়া হয়।

শারীরিক অবস্থার অবনতি হলে চট্টগ্রাম মেডিকেল কলেজ (চমেক) হাসপাতালের আইসিইউতে থাকা আল্লামা শফীকে এয়ার অ্যাম্বুলেন্সে শুক্রবার (১৮ সেপ্টেম্বর) সন্ধ্যার আগে ঢাকায় এনে আজগর আলী হাসপাতালে ভর্তি করা হয়। চিকিৎসাধীন অবস্থায় সেখানেই তিনি মৃত্যুর কোলে ঢলে পড়েন।

শতবর্ষী আল্লামা আহমদ শফী দীর্ঘদিন যাবৎ তিনি বার্ধক্যজনিত দুর্বলতার পাশাপাশি ডায়াবেটিস, উচ্চ রক্তচাপ ও শ্বাসকষ্টে ভুগছিলেন।

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Biography | Criticism | Attitude | Allama Shah Ahmad Shafi (Rh:)

Allama Shah Ahmad Shafi

Allama Shah Ahmad Shafi (Rh:)

Biography:

>> Allama Shah Ahmad Shafi (1920-18 September 2020) was a Bangladeshi Islamic figure. Founder of Hefazat-e-Islam Bangladesh.The Chairman of Befaqul Madarisil Arabia Bangladesh. The Director-General of Hathazari of Darul Uloom Mueenul Islam.

>> Shafi was born in Pakhiartila village of Rangunia police station in Chittagong. He was educated at Al-Jamiatul Ahlia Darul Uloom Mueenul Islam and Darul Uloom Deoband Madrasa in India. Shafi Al-Jamiatul Ahlia started his career as a teacher in Darul Uloom Mueenul Islam. In 2010, he founded a religious organization called Hefazat-e-Islam.

>> On September 17, 2020, the students of Darul Uloom Hathazari started a movement demanding the resignation of Ahmed Shafi and the expulsion of his son Anas Madani from the madrasa. The movement started at noon, Anas Madani was expelled at night and Ahmad Shafi resigned voluntarily the next day. The government declared the Hathazari Madrasa closed indefinitely, citing health violations. The students continued their agitation by rejecting the announcement of the government. The agitation was suspended after the resignation of Ahmed Shafi.

Criticism:

>> Caused controversy for several statements made at different times. In a speech given by Ahmed Shafi at Hathazari in Chittagong, including the Prime Minister of Bangladesh Sheikh Hasina for instructing the use of derogatory words against women and discouraging their education. He was criticized by various women’s organizations, prominent civil society, and the general public.

He is also controversial among the people of various Islamic organizations and ideologies and political parties in Bangladesh. Ahmed Shafi’s statement on behalf of Hifazat-e-Islam was referred to as propaganda in the media. In the context of which criticism is created. After commenting that Jews are destroying society by making mobile phones. Exile writer and controversial columnist Taslima Nasrin criticized her remarks.

Attitude:

>> Shafi issued a joint statement to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in 2009, along with Azizul Haq and other senior Islamic figures, condemning terrorism and militancy in the name of Islam.

Death:

>> He died of old age at Asghar Ali Hospital on 16 September 2020 at the age of 100.

Books:

Urdu:

  1. Faizul Jari (Bukhari’s explanation)
  2. Al-Bayanul Fasil Bayanul Haqwal void
  3. Islam and Shia
  4. Reality in Izhar

Bengali:

  1. The eternal conflict of right and wrong
  2. Islamic finance system
  3. Islam and politics
  4. Call to the truth
  5. Correct identification of Sunnah and Bid’at

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Category: Biography Tags: Ahmad Shafi, Attitude, biography, Criticism, faysal jewel, Hathazari, Hathazari madrasah, Islam, madrasah, shafi biography, Shah Ahmad Shafi


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Karachi teenager shooting TikTok video ‘accidentally’ kills himself

A teenager accidentally shot and killed himself while filming a video for popular video-sharing platform TikTok in Sikandarabad on Sunday.

The deceased, who was 17 years old, was reportedly filming himself while holding his father’s pistol to his temple when he accidentally pulled the trigger, killing himself.

According to the Sachal police, the family refused a post-mortem. The body was handed over to the family after the completion of medico-legal formalities.

The police stated that the pistol was licensed and belonged to the boy’s father, a labourer.

This is not the first time that a life has been lost while filming a TikTok video. In April, a 22-year-old man died after being hit by a train while shooting a video at the Jumma Goth railway station in Bhens Colony.

According to the Landhi Railway police, Kashif had been running on the railway tracks while doing a TikTok challenge when the train hit him, causing critical head injuries. His friends, who were also filming videos, took his to Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre, where he succumbed to his wounds.

Separately, in December, a 16-year-old boy, Ammar Haider, was accidentally shot dead while recording a TikTok video with his friends in Sialkot. The friends told the police that he shot himself by accident, though the deceased’s parents claimed one of his friends shot him.

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2020 election: Trump’s campaign hoping for a superior ground game as election clock ticks

When Donald Trump’s campaign manager Bill Stepien has a tactical decision to make — where to buy TV ads, when to send out mailers about early voting, or where to deploy a campaign surrogate — he consults the complex voting calendar he’s memorized.

Donald Trump et al. posing for the camera: US President Donald Trump arrives for a campaign rally at Smith-Reynolds Regional Airport in Winston-Salem, North Carolina on September 8, 2020. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN / AFP) (Photo by MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images)© Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images US President Donald Trump arrives for a campaign rally at Smith-Reynolds Regional Airport in Winston-Salem, North Carolina on September 8, 2020. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN / AFP) (Photo by MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images)

Stepien knows exactly when each state on the campaign’s target list begins early voting or sends out mail-in ballots, and he can rattle them off with ease. Last Friday, North Carolina began mailing absentee ballots to the more than half a million voters who requested them. Georgia sends them out next, on September 15, followed two days later in Wisconsin. Early in-person voting comes after that, first in Minnesota (September 18) and then Michigan (September 19).

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Though Election Day is less than 60 days out, in reality the campaigns have only a few more weeks before millions of people start casting ballots. More than half of all voters are expecting to vote early this cycle, either in person or by mail. For the Trump campaign, September is a crucial month, when millions of persuadable voters in crucial battleground states start casting ballots.

Although Stepien faces an unprecedented challenge — trailing in some national polls by double-digits with an unpopular incumbent in the midst of a pandemic — he has what Republicans believe is a crucial advantage over Democratic opponent Joe Biden: the Republican Party’s sophisticated, billion-dollar get-out-the vote operation.

Trump Victory, the joint operation between the RNC and the Trump campaign, has an army of 2,000 paid field staffers in 17 states and more than 2 million volunteers making phone calls and knocking on doors. The field operation claims to have made more than 90 million voter contacts in the cycle, including 12 million door knocks since they resumed the practice in June.

In just the last week, according to Trump Victory spokesman Rick Gorka, volunteers have knocked on more than 533,000 doors across the key states of North Carolina, Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota and Georgia.

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The sped-up cycle means Stepien’s job of closing the gap with Biden is even harder. It all adds to the pressure and time crunch he’s been in since taking over the campaign from Brad Parscale in July. The shortened timeline is of a particular obsession for Stepien, who asked his team during an all-staff meeting in July to win each day of the race that they had left.

During these crucial weeks, Stepien has redirected ad money into states like Minnesota, where the Trump campaign more than tripled its TV spending in August and September from the previous two months. He’s also flooding absentee voters in must-win North Carolina with mailers and direct digital advertising, reminding them to get their completed ballots in the mail as soon as possible. And it’s no mistake that Trump himself has visited North Carolina three times in the past three weeks.

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And while the campaign has made some new hires, many more have been in place for months or even a year in some places. It’s these relationships with voters and local party officials that Stepien and other top campaign officials say gives them a crucial edge over Biden, whose campaign has had to scale up in the past few months amidst the challenges of the pandemic.

He still faces an uphill climb, and Trump’s vaunted money advantage has all but disappeared in the past few months. Meanwhile, the President’s own skepticism and often hostility to early and mail-in voting has muddled the message. Nevertheless, Stepien is counting on these conventional get-out-the-vote efforts to win an unconventional election.

“It is a super labor-intensive effort to actually translate a voter into a vote during the early voting or absentee period,” Stepien told CNN. “The fact that we have invested so much, so early, I think is going to pay dividends, especially as people are going to be casting votes during different times.”

An advantage over Democrats?

When it comes to the raw number of field organizers, Democrats can claim to match the Republicans. According to Biden campaign deputy states director Molly Ritner, Biden has around 2,000 paid field staff across 15 states plus the two congressional districts in Maine and Nebraska that could be contested.

But those field operations in key battleground states are relatively new for Biden. In June, for instance, the campaign announced its state director for Michigan, one of the key states Democrats hope to put back into the “blue wall.” But Trump’s Michigan state director has been in place since May — of 2019.

One advantage Republicans have is smooth integration of resources and efforts from the national party to the local level. In states across the country, paid Republican campaign staffers have been an active presence for months, a year, or even longer. Placing the field operatives in early means they have had time to cultivate important relationships with local activists and leaders, usually before the coronavirus halted in-person meetings and strategizing.

People like Drew Sexton, Trump Victory’s Arizona state director, have earned respect from local party leaders.

“He’s a very on-the-ground type guy,” said John Dalton, a legislative district GOP chairman in Pima County around Tucson. “He’s been doing very well in motivating the grassroots and making sure that everyone’s kind of involved and feels included in this election, whether you’re from the southern border towns all the way up, from top and bottom.”

The disciplined planning from the top is something longtime local party leaders have noticed, especially compared to the more haphazard efforts in 2016, when the RNC had just a few short months to coordinate with a short-staffed Trump campaign. This time, they say, things are different.

“In terms of coordination and organization, this one is probably as good as I’ve ever seen,” said Rich Leary, the chairman of the Brunswick County Republican Party in North Carolina. “They’re much more organized than in ’16. The data is really, phenomenally good. There’s a great deal of sharing. We’re getting a lot of very good voter information.”

In some cases, the GOP’s poor showing in the 2018 midterm election shook local Republicans out of complacency. That’s been matched from the national level, says Kim Owens, who chairs a legislative district-level Republican party in the western suburbs of Phoenix.

“As soon as 2018 was over, Trump Victory was in,” said Owens.

There’s also a big difference in what sort of campaigning field organizers and the volunteers they’re recruiting are doing, too. While the Trump team has continued to canvass neighborhoods in person, knocking on doors to either talk with voters or leave campaign literature, Biden and the Democrats have given it up in the name of public health.

“We have taken this stance from the get-go that we are not going to do anything that puts the safety of our staff, volunteers or voters at risk and we are going to listen to medical experts about what is appropriate,” said Ritner. “So, for the last few months, these organizers have been working from home and engaging with volunteers online, over the phone and via text.”

Republicans, meanwhile, have been relatively aggressive about getting directly in front of voters to encourage them to get to the polls or complete a mail-in or absentee ballot. Trump Victory encourages workers and volunteers to follow local and state orders on social distancing, but otherwise, door-knocking is back to normal. Gorka says Trump Victory volunteers have knocked on more than 3.3 million doors in the early-voting target states of North Carolina, Georgia, Minnesota, Michigan and Wisconsin.

How Republicans are playing Obama’s game

The Trump campaign and the RNC are using an old-school approach in the digital age, and one consciously modeled after Barack Obama’s successful 2012 reelection campaign.

Designed to update how Republicans turn out the vote, the GOP’s new ground-game strategy uses data to drive even the most mundane decisions, such as where to locate a local field office (often very close to where the Obama-era Democrats placed theirs). But it’s also meant a rededication to old, tried-and-true practices like knocking on doors and calling up voters directly.

The revolution in Republican get-out-the-vote began in 2015 with Chris Carr. A veteran of GOP races, including running Mitt Romney’s Nevada campaign in 2012, Carr was tasked with drafting a new plan for maximizing turnout in the 2016 election, no matter who was the Republicans’ nominee.

Carr brought into the RNC everything he could get his hands on about field organization, from the George W. Bush campaign’s 2004 after-action report to “Groundbreakers,” the 2015 book by former Obama field operatives that outlines how the Democrats won two straight presidential elections. (The latter is required reading for nearly every Trump Victory field staffer.)

As he worked in the run-up to the 2016 election, Carr discovered that Republicans had a lot of catching up to do. The idea was to find better ways of using data about voters — how regularly they vote, which issues appear to motivate them, how responsive they are to digital ads or physical mailers — to better tailor the party’s overall get-out-the-vote strategy. His team set out to divide states up into geographic “turfs” of similar size (on average, about 22,500 voters) as a way to organize and localize volunteer the work of turning out Republicans.

Carr told CNN he realized his team was on to something when they discovered that even the location of GOP field offices could be modeled to maximize turnout of “persuadable” voters. In many cases, the ideal site for a Republican office was almost exactly where the Obama campaign had placed its own field office in 2012.

“It literally almost lined up,” Carr said, still in disbelief.

The strategy meant grooming a new crop of field operatives. Modeling the Obama campaign’s fellows program, the RNC launched its own six-week training program, the Republican Leadership Initiative. By the time Trump became the nominee in 2016, the GOP had 1,100 paid field organizers trained and ready to work in the field. They also had something they hadn’t expected: an invigorated base of volunteers dedicated to spreading the Trump message.

“We obviously had a nominee like Obama in that there was more of a movement behind him,” Carr said. “All of a sudden, we had new volunteers showing up.”

All of this groundwork from the RNC and flexible decision making by the campaign is being challenged, however, by a pair of unchangeable conditions: the coronavirus, which has necessarily hampered some of the direct, in-person campaigning, and Trump himself, who poses a more subtle problem.

The President’s months-long disparagement of mail-in voting has made it difficult for Republicans on the ground to encourage their voters to take advantage of it in swing states. And even when Trump does get on board in supporting mail-in ballots, he often undercuts the message, as he has done in North Carolina recently by encouraging those who send in absentee ballots to “test” the system by also trying to vote in person.

At his Tuesday rally in Winston-Salem, Trump repeated this charge, telling thousands of supporters to “make sure you send the ballot and then go to your polling place and make sure it counts, make sure it counts, because the only way they can win is by doing very bad things, that’s the only way.”

Several Trump supporters at the Winston-Salem rally told CNN they were either considering or already had plans to vote early.

“My mind is made up,” said Claudine Bachmann Ray, a North Carolinian who said she plans to vote early. “I wouldn’t even have to listen to a debate — if there is one.”

The President’s messaging on voting is still cause for confusion. At the same event, the President also criticized “unsolicited ballots” being sent out to voters as unfair. But in North Carolina, voters wishing to vote absentee must request a ballot and are never mailed one unsolicited. In other states, the law provides that ballots are mailed to every registered voter.

While in general, voters in Winston-Salem felt comfortable with the concept of early voting, they were clear the practice must still conform to Trump’s standards.

“I am OK with it as long as it is in person that they can check it against the rolls, so there’s poll watchers for both parties to make sure that everything’s on the up and up,” said John Mullin of High Point. “The integrity of the vote is important.”


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