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Judge allows John Hinckley, the man who shot Reagan, to publicly display his music, artwork
Ben FinleyAssociated PressThe man who tried to assassinate President Ronald Reagan can now publicly display his writings, artwork and music, a federal judge ruled Wednesday. Hinckley, who shot and wounded Reagan in 1981, must inform his treatment team of his plans to display his works. Hinckley was 25 when he shot Reagan in March 1981. Barry Levine, who represents Hinckley, said at a September court hearing that Hinckley should eventually be granted unconditional release. Around the time that then-Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords was shot in January 2011, Hinckley told one of his doctors: “Wow.
Man charged in Whitmer kidnapping plot also threatened to hang Trump, Obama online
Barry Croft, a Delaware resident, railed against numerous present and former elected leaders in private Facebook posts, special agent Kristopher Long said. Croft is one of six purported members of an extremist paramilitary group accused of scheming to kidnap Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer says Trump incites domestic terrorismIt said one Facebook post in May showed an image of Trump with a caption reading, “True colors shining through, wanna hang this mf'er too!! !%"Other profanity-laced posts spoke of hanging former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton “for war crimes against humanity," the affidavit said. But investigators say some cased Whitmer's vacation home in northern Michigan and agreed to buy explosives and tactical gear.
Space Force's second-in-command Gen. David D. Thompson tests positive for COVID-19
WASHINGTON – Gen. David D. Thompson, the second-in-command for the United States Space Force, has tested positive for COVID-19. In a statement published Wednesday evening, the Space Force confirmed that Thompson, its vice chief of space operations, was tested after a close family member who he was in contact with also tested positive. Representatives from the Space Force did not immediately respond to a request for comment from USA TODAY. The Force's announcement ended with a reassurance that it "remains operationally ready to answer the Nation’s call." Space Force head Gen. John Raymond tested negative in the last 24 hours, a representative told the news organization, as did Gen. C.Q.
Eric Holder on the gendered impact of voter suppression
Holder: The most reliable voters, as a group, are African American women. And so, if you look at all of the things that are being done to suppress the African American vote, the Democratic vote, the people who suffer the most under these suppression tactics are African American women. And if you want to neuter the Democratic Party, you have to keep Black women away from the polls. Holder: In the wake of this, people are not really understanding the impact to Black women around police violence and the need for police reform. But we are missing an awful lot when we don’t focus on what’s happening to African American women under similar circumstances.
DHS proposes revamping H-1B visa program to protect American workers
The Trump administration has proposed revamping the H-1B visa selection process for high-skilled foreign technology workers by scrapping the existing lottery and replacing it with a system based on wages to protect American workers, according to the Department of Homeland Security. Getting rid of the computerized lottery system would prod employers into offering higher wages or seeking workers with higher skills, instead of trying to fill vacancies with low wage workers that reduce Americans’ pay, Homeland Security said in a statement released on Wednesday. “The Trump administration is continuing to deliver on its promise to protect the American worker while strengthening the economy,” acting Homeland Security Deputy Secretary Ken Cuccinelli said in the statement. “The current use of random selection to allocate H-1B visas … hurts American workers by bringing in relatively lower-paid foreign labor at the expense of the American workforce.”The proposed change, which has to undergo a 30-day public comment period, would affect the approximately 85,000 H-1B visas awarded each year.
NYPD’s sergeants union blasts Biden, Sanders for Walter Wallace tweets
Sign up for our special edition newsletter to get updates on the 2020 presidential election and moreThe NYPD sergeants union took aim this week at Bernie Sanders and Joe Biden for their tweets about Walter Wallace, the knife-wielding man shot and killed by Philadelphia police this week. Walter’s life mattered.”“FACT: Walter Wallace was armed with a knife & trying to kill 2 uniform police officers,” the union shot back. The SBA responded, “Walter Wallace was a career criminal ARMED WITH A KNIFE. Wallace, 27, was fatally shot by cops in West Philadelphia on Monday after police say he ignored orders to drop a knife. His killing — which sparked riots and looting in the City of Brotherly Love — was caught on camera.
Fact-checking Trump’s closing arguments on covid-19
When comparing the 20 countries most affected by the coronavirus, the United States is fifth in deaths per 100,000 people. The United States is now past both numbers. After the first peak in early spring, US death rates from COVID-19 and from all causes remained higher than even countries with high COVID-19 mortality. The Pinocchio TestThe United States is not “rounding the turn.” Coronavirus cases are spiking across the country. His boast that the United States has 42 percent less excess-mortality deaths than Europe is premature at best and shaky in any case, considering the dearth of reliable data.
How Trump waged war on his own government
Vindman retired in July after what his attorney called a campaign of White House intimidation and retaliation. ADADThe career staff takes policy direction from every White House, following the lead of political appointees. Longtime public servants worry the purges already have cut into public trust in a government on the cusp of producing a coronavirus vaccine. Public service may have lost its luster just as it needs a new generation to backfill a workforce preparing to retire. After concluding her review, Knight was instructed by a White House lawyer to tell Bolton that the coronavirus pandemic had delayed final approval.
Election 2020 polls show Biden with slim lead in Florida, wider lead nationally, with 5 days to go
President Trump is polling close behind Democratic nominee Joe Biden in Florida, according to one poll, as national polls continue to show Biden leading. BIDEN AND TRUMP TO TANGLE IN TAMPA ON THURSDAYAn NBC News/Marist poll released Thursday found Biden with 51% of likely voters' support and Trump with 47% in Florida. NBC News/Marist found Trump and Biden tied at 48% support among likely voters in September. In addition to Florida, Biden continues to poll well in battleground state Michigan. A New York Times/Siena College poll released Wednesday found Biden at 49% support among likely voters and Trump at 41%.
Hillary Clinton to serve as Democratic elector for NY
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton confirmed that New York voters who choose the Democratic ticket for president on their ballots will technically be voting for her, along with the 28 others who will serve as presidential electors if their party wins in their state. If recent history is any indication, Clinton will all but certainly get to participate when electors submit their votes on Dec. 14. HILLARY CLINTON 'SICK TO MY STOMACH' OVER POSSIBLE SECOND TRUMP TERM“I’m an elector, so I’m pretty sure I’ll get to vote for Joe and Kamala in New York, so that’s pretty exciting,” Clinton told SiriusXM’s “Signal Boost” show. According to New York Board of Election records, the 2016 Democratic nominee is not the only prominent Democrat on this year’s list of electors. Her husband, former President Bill Clinton, is an elector, as is New York Gov.
Blueprint Capital CEO on why Trump will keep the White House and what it means for markets
Blueprint Capital CEO on why Trump will keep the White House and what it means for markets"Hillary Clinton seemed to have all of the momentum going into election night, and we all woke up the next day with a hangover," Jacob Walthour, CEO and co-founder of Blueprint Capital Advisors, told CNBC's "Squawk Box" on Thursday. "We have that situation here again in 2020 where you have Trump behind in the polls, but you're also seeing some real momentum on his part, and I think investors are making a mistake if they're paying attention to what national polling data shows."
Here's which political party may be better for Big Tech
Here's which political party may be better for Big TechCNBC's Jon Fortt breaks down the arguments over which political party is friendlier for mega-cap tech stocks.
Election 2020 live updates: Biden holds narrow lead in new Florida poll with 5 days left
There are five days until Election Day. President Trump continues his ambitious campaign schedule, while Joe Biden, his Democratic rival, is slated to hit the trail with a more scaled-back schedule. Biden and his running mate, Sen. Kamala Harris, are looking to expand their electoral map by focusing on traditionally red states such as Texas, Georgia and Arizona. Trump and Vice President Mike Pence, meanwhile, have sought to flip previously blue states Nevada and Minnesota. Both campaigns are focusing a great deal of their time and resources on the so-called "blue wall" states of Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, which Trump flipped in 2016.
Democrats' growing influence in North Carolina meets resistance in this House district
He is being challenged for the seat in North Carolina's 9th District by first-time candidate Cynthia Wallace. "My pitch to [voters] is, you're going to get someone that's focused on kitchen table issues, and her No. Running in a purple state in a district that leans Republican, Wallace has focused on issues that have been fairly safe for Democrats across the country, such as health care. In the 9th District, we just see that in a microcosm all in one district." The election will test how willing voters are to break from Trump and other Republicans running in the state.
Opinion: Why Trump still appeals to Texas conservatives
(CNN) When I moved from California to Texas in 2006, I felt an overwhelming sense of coming home. And it was in Texas that I left the ranks of news and began my career in conservative talk radio and television. He explained that his vote for Trump was an expression of his conservative values and said, "Less government is best." When it comes to what conservatives want from our federal government, David, from Midlothian, Texas, expressed frustration with the tumult and vitriol in Washington, DC. Join us on Twitter and FacebookOf course, Texas conservatives aren't looking to eliminate government.
White House lists ending Covid-19 pandemic as an accomplishment despite cases spiking to record levels
(CNN) The White House included ending the coronavirus pandemic on a list of the Trump administration's science and technology accomplishments, despite nearly half a million Americans tested positive for Covid-19 in just the last week. A White House Office of Science and Technology Policy news release made the claim in announcing a document highlighting the administration's science and technology achievements over the past four years. "Highlights include: ENDING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC," the news release sent to reporters read. "From the outset of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Administration has taken decisive actions to engage scientists and health professionals in academia, industry, and government to understand, treat, and defeat the disease." When asked for comment on including ending the pandemic among the administration's first term accomplishments, office spokeswoman Kristina Baum pointed to the full report.
Factbox: U.S. Supreme Court rules against Trump as legal battles over election continue
FILE PHOTO: The Supreme Court of the United States is seen in Washington, D.C., U.S., August 29, 2020. BIDEN WINS-- NORTH CAROLINA BALLOT EXTENSIONThe U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday left in place North Carolina’s extension of the deadline for receiving mail-in ballots. The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday denied a request from Pennsylvania Republicans to review the decision on an expedited basis. On Oct. 19, the court deadlocked 4-4 on an emergency request by Republicans to halt the lower court decision. By a 6-4 vote, it reversed a lower court ruling that the measure amounted to an unconstitutional poll tax.
UK's Labour leader apologises after damning anti-Semitism report
LONDON (Reuters) - The leader of Britain’s main opposition Labour party apologised after a report found the party responsible for unlawful harrassment and discrimination in its handling of allegations of anti-Semitism under previous leadership. “I am truly sorry for all the pain and grief that has been caused,” Labour leader Keir Starmer said at a news conference on Thursday. He said that the party would implement all the report’s recommendations in full.
UK's Labour responsible for unlawful harassment over anti-Semitism, report says
LONDON (Reuters) - Britain’s main opposition Labour party was responsible for unlawful harassment and discrimination in its handling of allegations of anti-Semitism under the previous leadership of left-wing veteran Jeremy Corbyn, an equalities body said. FILE PHOTO: Britain's Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn arrives for the annual Commonwealth Service at Westminster Abbey in London, Britain March 9, 2020. “The investigation has identified serious failings in the Labour Party leadership in addressing anti-Semitism and an inadequate process for handling anti-Semitism complaints,” the EHRC said in a statement. The EHRC said the Labour Party was responsible for three breaches of the Equality Act: political interference in anti-Semitism complaints; failure to provide proper training to handle the complaints and harassment. “Our investigation has highlighted multiple areas where its approach and leadership to tackling anti-Semitism was insufficient,” Caroline Waters, interim chair of the EHRC, said.
Lukashenko shakes up security team to stamp out Belarus protests
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko replaced his interior minister and named three security hawks to new roles on Thursday in an attempt to tighten his grip on the country after nearly 12 weeks of mass protests. FILE PHOTO: Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko attends a meeting to discuss preparations for the 6th Belarusian People's Congress, in Minsk, Belarus October 27, 2020. Lukashenko is still betting on stifling the protests,” said political analyst Alexander Klaskovsky. Barsukov will be responsible for Minsk, Vakulchik for Brest on the Polish border, and Karayev for Grodno, near the borders with Poland and Lithuania. The emphasis on security in regions bordering NATO countries is consistent with repeated allegations by Lukashenko that NATO and the West are whipping up unrest in Belarus.
Trump, Biden to take campaign battle to critical battleground: Florida
FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally at Phoenix Goodyear Airport in Goodyear, Arizona, U.S., October 28, 2020. REUTERS/Jonathan ErnstOpinion polls show Biden with a significant edge nationally, but his lead is tighter in battleground states. A Reuters/Ipsos poll released on Wednesday showed Trump had essentially moved into a tie with Biden in Florida, with 49% saying they would vote for Biden and 47% for the president. In the battleground state of Pennsylvania, the Philadelphia prosecutor issued a stark warning for Trump campaign poll-watchers not to overstep their bounds as they search for voter fraud. The Trump campaign has said it is recruiting an “army” of 50,000 volunteers to monitor polling places, an effort Democrats say could suppress the vote.
Labour leader Starmer apologises for anti-semitism failings on 'day of shame'
LONDON (Reuters) - British Labour leader Keir Starmer on Thursday apologised for his party’s failure to deal with anti-semitism in its ranks after an official report said it was responsible for unlawful harassment and discrimination. FILE PHOTO: Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer delivers his keynote speech during the party's online conference from the Danum Gallery, Library and Museum in Doncaster, Britain September 22, 2020. Corbyn’s tenure was marred by persistent complaints of anti-Semitism in the party and criticism of the leader’s response. “It is a day of shame for the Labour Party. Corbyn said anti-Semitism was “absolutely abhorrent, wrong and responsible for some of humanity’s greatest crimes”.
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Republican moderate Susan Collins fights for her political life in Trump eraU.S. Senator Susan Collins is fighting for her political life in a race that could decide control of the Senate, having enjoyed years of popularity as an independent-minded moderate before fellow Republican Donald Trump entered the White House.
Analysis: Biden presidency for Turkey would mean tougher U.S. stance but chance to repair ties
U.S. Vice President Joe Biden (L) attends a bilateral meeting with Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan in Washington March 31, 2016. To date, he has refused to impose sanctions on Ankara for buying the Russian S-400 missiles, which Washington says compromise NATO defenses. While overruling advisers is common in Trump’s policy playbook, his instinct to go lightly on Turkey has prevented severely fractured ties between Ankara and Washington from total collapse. “That means Erdogan will not be able to upend U.S. policy with one call to the White House,” he said. To repair the transatlantic alliance, analysts said, Biden will have to work with Turkey, or at least try.
Lukashenko shakes up security team to stamp out Belarus protests
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko replaced his interior minister and named three security hawks to new roles on Thursday in an attempt to tighten his grip on the country after nearly 12 weeks of mass protests. Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko attends a meeting to discuss preparations for the 6th Belarusian People's Congress, in Minsk, Belarus October 27, 2020. Lukashenko is still betting on stifling the protests,” said political analyst Alexander Klaskovsky. Barsukov will be responsible for Minsk, Vakulchik for Brest on the Polish border, and Karayev for Grodno, near the borders with Poland and Lithuania. The emphasis on security in regions bordering NATO countries is consistent with repeated allegations by Lukashenko that NATO and the West are whipping up unrest in Belarus.
UK Labour leader Starmer apologises for anti-semitism failings on 'day of shame'
LONDON (Reuters) - British Labour leader Keir Starmer on Thursday apologised for his party’s failure to deal with anti-semitism in its ranks after an official report said it was responsible for unlawful harassment and discrimination. Britain's opposition Labour Party leader Keir Starmer leaves Lambeth Palace following a press conference in London, Britain, October 13, 2020. Corbyn’s tenure was marred by persistent complaints of anti-Semitism in the party and criticism of the leader’s response. “It is a day of shame for the Labour Party. “This is inexcusable and appeared to be a result of a lack of willingness to tackle anti-Semitism rather than an inability to do so,” Caroline Waters, interim chair of the EHRC, said.
Poll: Biden notches narrow lead in Florida
Still, Biden appears to have gained ground since last month, when the previous version of the survey had the Democratic nominee and the Republican incumbent in a dead heat among likely voters, 48-48 percent. The RealClearPolitics average of Florida polling, which includes surveys from Oct. 20-27, shows Biden and Trump tied in the state. But Biden has grown increasingly competitive in Florida, as well as in the other Sun Belt battlegrounds of Georgia and Texas — traditionally Republican strongholds. Trump, for his part, has sought to expand his 2016 map to flip Minnesota and Nevada, which were won by then-Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton four years ago. The NBC News/Marist poll was conducted Oct. 25-27, surveying 743 Florida likely voters.
'Do-or-die moment': Latino Biden supporters canvass in battleground states against Trump
Latino Democrats in battleground states have been hitting neighborhoods, trying to boost the digital work and phone banking they began when the pandemic hit. Miguel Martinez, 34, of San Antonio, helped ensure that Texas Organizing project canvassers were OK to go door to door to turn out Latino voters in the city for Joe Biden. Trump's Latino supporters extol his economic record before the coronavirus and his anti-abortion stand, and some support his immigration record. Hispanics are the second-largest voting group behind whites — with 32 million eligible voters — and Latino voters' turnout increased significantly in the 2018 midterms. One Trump supporter said Trump is "going to take all of you out of this country — you should go back to Mexico."
Biden holds 4-point lead in Florida, poll shows
SEE NEW POSTSBiden holds 4-point lead in Florida, poll shows Biden holds a 4-point lead over Trump in the key battleground state of Florida, according to the final NBC News/Marist poll of the state before Tuesday's presidential election. The candidates were tied at 48 percentage in the NBC News/Marist poll from September conducted in Florida. Share this -Poll: Biden leads Trump by 12 percentage points nationally Biden leads Trump by 12 percentage points nationally in a new poll released Thursday by CNN, which was conducted by SSRS. Referring again to Taylor, Trump said, "in my opinion, he should be prosecuted." Quick, quick, quick.
Collins on defensive at final debate, ducks Trump re-election question
PORTLAND, Maine — Republican U.S. Sen. Susan Collins and Democratic challenger Sara Gideon clashed Wednesday night over attack ads, health care and the judiciary in their final debate before Election Day. As in the past, Gideon pointed out that Collins hasn’t said whether she’ll vote for Trump. Collins did not vote for Trump in 2016, but wrote in another Republican. The moderator, Steve Bottari, pointedly asked Collins if Trump deserved to be reelected to another four-year term. Gideon used Trump’s judicial appointments to attack Collins on women’s reproductive rights, and on health care.
Judge allows John Hinckley to publicly display his artwork
The man who tried to assassinate President Ronald Reagan can now publicly display his writings, artwork and music, a federal judge ruled Wednesday. Hinckley, who shot and wounded Reagan in 1981, must inform his treatment team of his plans to display his works. Hinckley was 25 when he shot Reagan in March 1981. Barry Levine, who represents Hinckley, said at a September court hearing that Hinckley should eventually be granted unconditional release. Around the time that then-Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords was shot in January 2011, Hinckley told one of his doctors: “Wow.
Ossoff's attack on Sen. Perdue goes viral in Georgia Senate race
SEE NEW POSTSOssoff's attack on Sen. Perdue goes viral in Georgia Senate race David Perdue lined his own pockets – trading medical stocks and dumping casino shares – while he lied to us about the threat of a virus that's now killed over 220,000 Americans. More than half, 51 percent, of likely voters support the former vice president while 47 percent said that they back Trump. Share this -Poll: Biden leads Trump by 12 percentage points nationally Biden leads Trump by 12 percentage points nationally in a new poll released Thursday by CNN, which was conducted by SSRS. Referring again to Taylor, Trump said, "in my opinion, he should be prosecuted." Quick, quick, quick.
Trump rushes Sen. McSally at rally as she fights to keep seat
During a Wednesday rally in Arizona, the president rushed Sen. Martha McSally on stage before calling up three out of state politicians to address the crowd. Sen. McSally, a Republican, is fighting to keep her seat.
Gender gap among Latino voters seen in some families
Behind in national polls, the president is putting up a fight for Latino voters in key swing states with Democratic candidate Joe Biden. Latino men are a growing share of local law enforcement agencies and the U.S. military, he said, which all lean Republican. Hispanic voters in Florida lean more Republican than Hispanic voters nationally, largely driven by Cuban Americans and Venezuelan exiles in the state. Fifty-six percent of Cuban voters in Florida backed Republicans, while 56% of other Hispanic voters in the state backed Democrats. The gender gap tends to benefit Democrats as Hispanic women have voted in some recent elections at higher rates than men.
Tanzanian opposition leader rejects presidential election
Chadema Presidential Candidate Tundu Lissu smiles as he shows his finger marked with ink after casting his vote at Ntewa Primary School's polling station in Ikungi town Singida region, Tanzania, Wednesday. Opposition challenger Lissu has urged people to go into the streets to protest if election results are announced Thursday without being counted properly. (AP Photo)Chadema Presidential Candidate Tundu Lissu smiles as he shows his finger marked with ink after casting his vote at Ntewa Primary School's polling station in Ikungi town Singida region, Tanzania, Wednesday. Opposition challenger Lissu has urged people to go into the streets to protest if election results are announced Thursday without being counted properly. The other top opposition party, ACT Wazalendo, announced that its presidential candidate in the semi-autonomous region of Zanzibar, Seif Sharif Hamad, was arrested Thursday for the second time in a week.
Report slams UK’s Labour Party for tolerating anti-Semitism
Jeremy Corbyn's successor Keir Starmer has vowed to stamp out prejudice and restore relations between the party and the Jewish community. Jeremy Corbyn's successor Keir Starmer has vowed to stamp out prejudice and restore relations between the party and the Jewish community. ADVERTISEMENTCurrent Labour leader Keir Starmer, who has vowed to root out anti-Semitism, said the report marked a “day of shame” for the party. Starmer, elected in April, has vowed to stamp out prejudice and restore relations between the party and the Jewish community. “If you’re anti-Semitic, you should be nowhere near this party,” Starmer said.
If there are ‘Biden’ and ‘Trump’ stocks, why not own a little of each group?
Here’s an alternative take: Maybe Donald Trump or Joe Biden winning is good for stocks. Maybe stocks rally no matter what happens. There are stocks that will clearly do well if Biden wins, and there are stocks that will clearly do well if Trump wins. The problem is that, regardless of whether Biden or Trump wins, you can bet the tax code will become even more progressive. If Biden is priced in, and Biden wins, the stock market is unlikely to do much.
Biden pledge: No ‘false promises’ about the coronavirus pandemic
“Even if I win, it’s going to take a lot of hard work to end this pandemic,” Biden said during a speech in Wilmington, Del. A Trump Nevada rally in September attracted thousands and led to the airport that hosted it being fined more than $5,500 for violating pandemic crowd restrictions. With less than a week until Election Day, Trump is trailing Biden in most national polls. Trump views Nevada, a state that hasn’t backed a Republican for president since 2004, as one option for success. Trump’s team argues that enough of its supporters will vote on Election Day to overwhelm any Biden advantage.
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A win for Joe Biden in the presidential election is likely to be beneficial for European stocks, strategists said, with a number of sectors set to stand out.
Trump’s COVID Advisers: He’s Now Pushing Herd Immunity
Kayleigh McEnany, the White House press secretary, told reporters in September that "herd immunity has never been a strategy" fostered by the Trump administration. Everything he says points to the fact that he believes herd immunity is a good option. “They know that term [herd immunity] is toxic, but that's exactly what they're recommending. Herd immunity as a theory “basically gave him permission to reopen the country even if we hadn’t flattened the curve,” one official said. The Washington Post first reported in August that Atlas was urging the White House to foster the herd immunity idea.
U.S. cannot shield Trump from rape accuser's defamation lawsuit, judge rules
U.S. District Judge Lewis Kaplan in Manhattan refused to let the government substitute itself for Trump as a defendant in former Elle magazine columnist E. Jean Carroll's lawsuit. He has denied the claims of several women who accused him of sexual misconduct occurring before he took office. Roberta Kaplan, a lawyer for Carroll, said they looked forward to pursuing the defamation case in federal court. I am happy that Judge Kaplan recognized these basic truths." NO FREEDOM TO DEFAMEThe Justice Department moved the lawsuit to federal court after Justice Verna Saunders of a Manhattan state court had in August rejected Trump's bid to postpone the case.
Judge: US can't replace Trump in accuser's defamation suit
The government’s lawyers contended that the United States could step in as the defendant because Trump was forced to respond to her lawsuit to prove he was physically and mentally fit for the job. A lawyer for Carroll, Roberta Kaplan, called it a clear victory for her client. Messages were left on Tuesday for lawyers for Trump and the Justice Department seeking comment. “The President of the United States is not an employee of the Government within the meaning of the relevant statutes,” Kaplan wrote. “Even if he were such an employee, President Trumps allegedly defamatory statements concerning Ms. Carroll would not have been within the scope of his employment."
Sen. Johnson presses Twitter CEO Dorsey for evidence Hunter Biden story is disinformation campaign
Sen. Ron Johnson pressed Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey on his company's decision to block the spread of a New York Post story that was highly critical of Democratic nominee Joe Biden's son Hunter Biden at a Wednesday Senate hearing. Continue Reading Below"What you did with the New York Post, you don't think that censorship, that moderation policies, you don't think that influences the election by withholding what I believe is true information from the American public? You don't think that interferes in elections?" Johnson asked both Dorsey and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, who also testified before the Senate Commerce Committee. DORSEY, ZUCKERBERG DEFEND SECTION 230 DURING CENSORSHIP HEARING"We don't," Dorsey responded.
As COVID-19 ravages Wisconsin’s small towns, hostility toward Trump intensifies
The pandemic is rampaging through the small towns of this battleground state just as the presidential campaign draws to a close, a sign of trouble for President Trump. AdvertisementDoris Deutsch, at home in Trempealeau, Wis., recovered from a two-week bout of COVID-19 in September. Bill Schaffner, a construction contractor, keeps a life-size cardboard cutout of President Trump on his front porch in Trempealeau, Wis. (Michael Finnegan / Los Angeles Times)Trempealeau County is overwhelmingly white. AdvertisementA Confederate flag waves above the entrance to Uncle Sam’s bar in Arcadia, Wis. (Michael Finnegan / Los Angeles Times)Next door is a taqueria. AdvertisementPhillip Bunton bolted his “Never TrumPutin” sign to a tree in front of his family’s house in Trempealeau, Wis. An earlier version was stolen off the lawn.
Judge orders U.S. Postal Service to boost service amid concerns that late mail ballots won’t be counted
In a last-minute move to ensure mail ballots are delivered in time for the election, a federal judge has ordered the U.S. Postal Service to rescind guidelines that slowed mail delivery over the summer and boost the numbers of late and extra truck trips. The Postal Service delivered 83.76% of first-class mail on time in that region in mid-July, a rate that sank to 82.69% the week of Oct. 10, according to the Postal Service. The Postal Service told voters in August that the agency could not guarantee on-time delivery for any ballots mailed later than the Tuesday before election day. Tuesday night, the Postal Service appeared to comply with one of the requirements of the order by sending a notice to employees, according to an email provided to The Times.
With seemingly endless political season almost over, Maine voters are ready to exhale
“The local Maine ads have been vicious," Madden, 32, said of the seemingly incessant campaign spots for Senate and president. In Maine, the biggest reason for the advertising tsunami has been the Senate race between Republican incumbent Susan Collins and Democratic challenger Sara Gideon, speaker of the Maine House. AdvertisementThe Wesleyan Media Project, which tracks advertising by federal and gubernatorial candidates, said Maine is host to the most negative Senate race in the country. The $8.3 million reported by the Collins campaign for that quarter would have set a Maine record if not for Gideon’s haul. “There is fatigue out there — voter fatigue, sure — but political fatigue, life fatigue, pandemic fatigue, feeling like somebody’s not operating in their best interests over years and years," she said.
Milwaukee County supervisor proposes cuts to Sheriff's Department; public hearing Friday
Milwaukee County Supervisor Ryan Clancy is offering amendments to the county budget that divert funding from the Sheriff's Department to other priorities such as parks and housing. Clancy acknowledged that the Sheriff's Department has state-mandated duties but said the County Board has historically complied with the department's interpretation that its budget is "untouchable." County supervisors will consider amendments to County Executive David Crowley's budget on Thursday and Nov. 4. Residents can weigh in on the county budget during a public hearing at 4 p.m. Friday. The public hearing will be broadcast on the county's website.
Government health contractors vetted stars’ politics for $250 million coronavirus ad campaign
The firms' vetting came as political appointees planned to spend more than $250 million on a confidence-building campaign surrounding the virus, which has killed more than 227,000 people in the United States and is a core issue in the presidential race between Trump and Democrat Joe Biden. While government public health campaigns are routine, the ad blitz planned by HHS was mired from the start by involvement from department spokesman Michael Caputo, a fierce loyalist and friend of Trump with little experience in the field. In September, a spokesman for Caputo said he was taking a medical leave from HHS as he battled cancer.
Covington bans natural hair discrimination
On Tuesday, Covington became the first city in Kentucky to adopt protections from discrimination related to hair texture and hairstyles commonly associated with a particular race or natural origin. The provision forbids race-based hair discrimination that denies employment or educational opportunities because of hair texture, hairstyles, and protective hair coverings, officials said. She wore her hair natural to celebrate the provisions' anticipated passage. Cincinnati could be first city to outlaw discrimination based on natural hair. Kentucky State Rep. Attica Scott has also proposed statewide legislation to ban discrimination on natural hair.
Powell man faces five years in prison for raping woman at anti-bullying fundraiser
DELAWARE – A May 2018 beauty pageant and fundraiser at a Powell home was to benefit efforts to prevent teen bullying. But testimony in Delaware County Common Pleas Court indicated it devolved into an alcohol and drug-fueled party that led to the rape of a young woman. Joel Walker, an assistant Delaware County prosecutor, asked for eight years, noting that Schlemmer expressed regret, not remorse and empathy, for his actions. "I am afraid of all of the things you might imagine a rape victim being fearful of: running in the park alone, alley ways, parking garages. "I hope that he gets what he needs out of his prison sentence and that this never happens to another woman at the hands of Erik Schmelmer," Arthur said.
How to make sure your mail-in ballot is counted
Nearly 1,500 other absentee ballots were rejected because the voter failed to sign the ballot envelope at all, the election bureau said. Late arrival was the leading cause of absentee ballot disqualification in the August primary with nearly 8,600 rejected for this reason, according to state data. "When we called him to talk to him to see if he had signed his ballot, he said, 'What ballot? Troy rejected 32 absentee ballots in August for signature mismatch and 18 that were missing a signature, out of roughly 17,000 absentee ballots returned to the city. In instances where someone is home bound and forgot to sign the ballot envelope, she has sent a driver from her office to take the ballot to them, Dickson said.
Report slams UK's Labour Party for tolerating anti-Semitism
LONDON (AP) — Officials in Britain's opposition Labour Party failed to stamp out anti-Semitism and committed “unlawful acts of harassment and discrimination” against members of the Jewish community, the U.K. equalities watchdog said Thursday. The Equality and Human Rights Commission found “significant failings” and a “lack of leadership” in how the left-of-center party handled allegations of anti-Semitism among its members. Labour has faced allegations that anti-Semitism was allowed to fester under the 2015-2019 leadership of Jeremy Corbyn, a long-time supporter of Palestinians and a critic of Israel. Current Labour leader Keir Starmer, who has vowed to root out anti-Semitism, said the report marked a “day of shame” for the party. He said there would be “no more denials or excuses.”
Saudi man arrested after stabbing guard at French Consulate
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A Saudi man stabbed and slightly wounded a guard at the French Consulate in the city of Jiddah on Thursday, authorities said, as France urged its citizens in the kingdom to be “on maximum alert.”The Saudi Press Agency offered no immediate motive for the attack in the Red Sea port city. Those caricatures were published by Charlie Hebdo and cited by the men who gunned down the newspaper’s editorial meeting in 2015. The Saudi Press Agency report, citing police spokesman Maj. Mohammed al-Ghamdi, said the special force for diplomatic security was able to arrest the Saudi man after he stabbed the guard “using a sharp tool.” The attacker is said to be in his 40s. The guard was taken to a hospital for treatment, the agency said. A statement published by the French Embassy in Riyadh mirrored the details of the news agency's account, saying that the diplomatic mission condemned the “unjustified” attack.
Graham: 2020 election falling victim to Twitter, Facebook censors
There is no reason for Twitter, Facebook or Google to treat anyone the way they’re treating the New York Post and the Trump campaign right now — restricting or outright denying them access to their platforms over content. You have to choose to follow the New York Post to see their content. But because progressives apparently can’t find that button with four hands and a flashlight, they’ve created the conditions that could result in government regulation of speech on Twitter, Facebook and beyond. And folks — Twitter really, really sucks. He also falsely claimed Twitter had un-blocked the story (journalist fact-checked that in real time) and then made the bizarre claim that Twitter doesn’t influence elections so nobody should care about who and what they block.Graham: 2020 election falling victim to Twitter, Facebook censorsOnce again: Uh … If you don’t have any influence on the election, then why are you blocking anything?
Social media CEOs get earful on bias, warning of new limits
WASHINGTON — With next week’s election looming, the CEOs of Twitter, Facebook and Google received a hectoring from Republicans at a Senate hearing Wednesday for alleged anti-conservative bias in the companies’ social media platforms. “The time has come for that free pass to end,” Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., the committee’s chairman, said at the start of the hearing. The story, which was not confirmed by other publications, cited unverified emails from Biden’s son Hunter that were reportedly disclosed by Trump allies. Dorsey said Twitter was working closely with state election officials. Zuckerberg acknowledged that Congress “should update the law to make sure it’s working as intended.”Dorsey and Pichai urged caution in making any changes.
Zeta lashinng the South with dangerous winds and rain
Zeta lashing areas from the Gulf Coast to the Mid-Atlantic with strong winds and heavy rainfall. CNN Meteorologist Pedram Javaheri has the latest on Impacts into Thursday. As featured on +4 3 killed in knife attack at French church; Zeta barrels northeast; Trump, Biden both in Tampa today Your Thursday morning headlines: Zeta is moving northeast after slamming Gulf; all about Florida today in 2020 race; plus the weather forecast, birthdays and more.
Trump, Biden to appeal to last-minute voters in Florida
Trump is betting on the GOP’s vast field and data operations, and efforts known as “poll flushing” — monitoring precinct lists for who has and has not yet voted — to provide a late boost of votes on Election Day. Nowhere may those efforts be more important than in Florida. Without the battleground state’s 29 electoral votes, Trump’s path to victory is exceptionally difficult. Trump is banking on local news coverage of his visit to overcome a substantial advertising deficit stemming from a late cash crunch. Biden and his allies are outspending Trump and his backers by more than 3-to-1 in Florida — about $23 million to about $7 million — in the final push to Election Day, according to data from ad tracking firm Kantar/CMAG.
Former DHS official says he wrote 'Anonymous' Trump critique
White House chief of staff Mark Meadows called Taylor's revelation “a monumental embarrassment,” tweeting, “I’ve seen more exciting reveals in Scooby-Doo episodes.”During a CNN appearance with Chris Cuomo Wednesday night, Taylor said he didn't unmask himself earlier because the story would have disappeared within 48 hours. “No one would pay attention and they wouldn’t care,” he said. "Right now, Americans are reviewing the president’s resume, his record and his character and it is mission critical that people like me, but others, come out now when the voters are listening and tell them who this man really is.”Taylor’s anonymous essay was published in September 2018 by The New York Times, infuriating the president and setting off a frantic White House leak investigation to try to unmask the author. In the essay, the person, who identified themselves only as a senior administration official, said they were part of a secret “resistance” force out to counter Trump’s “misguided impulses” and undermine parts of his agenda. The author wrote, “Many Trump appointees have vowed to do what we can to preserve our democratic institutions while thwarting Mr. Trump’s more misguided impulses until he is out of office.”
On Kentucky Politics newsletter: Countdown to the Nov. 3 election
This is an online version of our On Kentucky Politics newsletters. We're just five days away from an unforgettable pandemic Election Day, which should hit us with all sorts of crazy surprises — if 2020 keeps acting like 2020. Frankfort down-ballot racesRepublicans hope to preserve or expand their 62-seat supermajority in the House chamber of the Kentucky General Assembly next week, though Democrats are hopeful they can remain competitive. Early voting is still possible Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Monday before Election Day on Tuesday. Chris Kenning wrote about how much of Louisville's large Cuban community still supports Trump despite qualms with his immigration policy.
Guns, lies and ballots set on fire: This is voter suppression in 2020
Moments later a polling place manager intervened and said Arias could vote because Black Lives Matter is "not on the ballot." Black lives matter, the statement, is often confused with the political movement. "I don’t take it (Black lives matter) as a political issue," Arias said. To combat voter suppression, Rochon said he has been leading marches with groups of voters to drop their absentee ballots off at drop boxes. Ballot drop boxes set on fireDrop boxes set up across counties to make it easier for voters to submit their mail-in ballots have also been a source of voter suppression in 2020, voting rights activists and officials say.
Mitch McConnell says chances are '50-50' that voters flip control of Senate to Democrats
FLORENCE, Ky. – During a campaign stop Wednesday in Northern Kentucky, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said the chances were "50-50'' that Republicans lose control of the Senate after Election Day. There are dogfights all over the country,'' the Republican leader told the crowd gathered at the headquarters for the Kona Ice Hawaiian-style shaved ice franchise in Florence. McConnell said Republicans "have a lot of exposure'' in the battle for the Senate with 23 seats up for election, while Democrats have 12. Democrats would need a net gain of three or four seats to win a majority in the Senate, which is currently held by Republicans with 53 senators. But that didn't stop McConnell from warning local residents about the danger he said McGrath poses in a Democratic-controlled Senate.
How Amy Coney Barrett Could End Up Deciding the Election
That’s because of Pennsylvania’s distinctive legal dispute about whether to count mail-in ballots received after 8 p.m. on Election Day. When the U.S. Supreme Court was asked to review the Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s ruling, it split 4-4. His reasoning, we now know, was that it is up to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court to interpret Pennsylvania law, including electoral law and the Pennsylvania Constitution. He reasoned that, unlike the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, which is a state court, a federal district court ought not to change a state’s vote-counting rules. That leaves precisely one unresolved scenario: a state in which the state supreme court has extended the deadline.
Merkel warns against 'lies, disinformation' in virus fight
German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Thursday defended tough new shutdown measures her government has announced against the coronavirus, warning that propaganda and conspiracy theories undermine the fight against the pandemic. "Let me be clear: lies and disinformation, conspiracy and hate damage not only democratic debate but also the fight against the coronavirus," she told the lower house of parliament. Merkel told deputies on Thursday that with new cases doubling over the last week and intensive care units quickly nearing capacity, tight restrictions were the only responsible choice. "The winter will be hard -- four long difficult months -- but it will come to an end," Merkel said. Merkel is at the height of her popularity as her fourth and final term in office comes to a close next year.
Fox News's Tucker Carlson mocked for 'lost in the mail' Biden documents claim
The Fox News host Tucker Carlson has been mocked for his attempt to explain why he could not produce some documents he had promised relating to Joe Biden. He said the only copy of the papers, which he claimed added to claims about Biden’s son Hunter, had been lost. In a segment delivered to camera, Carlson said:On Monday we received a from a source a collection of confidential documents related to the Biden family. Carson’s story of the lost documents cut little ice on social media:BREAKING: Documents Tucker Carlson never actually had that would allegedly blow up the election were so important that they were sent via DHL, and now can’t be found despite copiers, iPhone cameras and security cameras. ??? https://t.co/9yKkDAUh2v — Shannon Watts (@shannonrwatts) October 29, 2020did you check underneath Trump’s healthcare plan https://t.co/Ec9PBvdBRu — Chuck Wendig (@ChuckWendig) October 29, 2020
Democrats Dream of Flipping Texas With Early Vote Exploding
Article content(Bloomberg) — A dramatic surge in early voting across Texas cities is infusing fresh hope in Democrats’ dream of shaking Republicans’ once-solid grip on the state. From Austin to Houston, and in their sprawling suburbs, voter turnout is shattering records in Texas, which hasn’t gone for a Democratic presidential candidate since 1976. Try refreshing your browser, or Democrats Dream of Flipping Texas With Early Vote Exploding Back to videoMore than 8 million Texans had cast ballots by Tuesday, representing about 90% of the entire vote in 2016. Rapidly growing and increasingly diverse suburbs are the sites of some of the biggest upticks in early voting, and Democrats point to a surge in female voters as cause for optimism. Unmarried women make up a third of the Texans voting in this election who didn’t cast a ballot in 2016, according to the party’s state headquarters.
Texas Republicans sound post-2020 alarm bells
This has set off alarm bells for party leaders, who warn that they have to right the ship before it is too late. Further down the ballot, Democrats are also looking to win the requisite nine seats to flip the Texas state house, which has been in GOP control since 2002. According to multiple GOP sources in the state, Republicans are hoping to minimize their losses to four seats. Ed Espinoza, the executive director of Progress Texas, believes they will win control, noting that the two sides are fighting over 22 seats. “They have to fight the fights on what's best in their congressional district.”Rep. Chip RoyCharles (Chip) Eugene RoyDemocrats seek wave to bolster House majority Texas Republicans sound post-2020 alarm bells The Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by Facebook - Smart or senseless for Biden to spend time in Georgia, Iowa?
How drop boxes became central to the partisan legal battles over ballots
But amid the partisan battles over access to the polls, election officials in battleground states are still fighting to limit their usage with only days left until 3 November. Directives from Ohio secretary of state Frank LaRose and Texas governor Greg Abbott – both Republicans – limit drop boxes to one per county. With only about three weeks until Election Day, Florida election officials tried to create new security requirements for the state’s drop boxes. The last-minute announcement presented an obstacle to counties using surveillance cameras to protect drop boxes. Florida law simply requires that drop boxes be “secure,” but does not define the word “secure,” said Ronald Lubasky, an attorney representing local election officials.
Merkel heckled in German parliament after warning against Covid-19 'lies and disinformation'
Angela Merkel, the German chancellor, was heckled by opposition MPs during a speech to parliament on Thursday, while taking aim at groups spreading “lies and disinformation” as the country continues to battle the coronavirus crisis. On Thursday morning, Germany recorded 16,774 new daily coronavirus infections, the highest number of new cases within a 24-hour period since the pandemic began. In a veiled criticism of the far-right Alternative for Germany – staunch opponents of the country’s lockdown measures – Mrs Merkel laid out a plea for unity. “Lies, disinformation, conspiracy theories and hate not only damage democratic debate, but also the fight against the coronavirus” Mrs Merkel said. Such interjections are rare in German parliament, with house speaker Wolfgang Schäuble threatening the hecklers with calls to order and criticising their “dangerous” behaviour.
Labour's anti-Semitism problem 'dramatically overstated': Jeremy Corbyn's statement in full
The EHRC identified serious failings in the Labour Party leadership in addressing anti-Semitism and an inadequate process for handling anti-Semitism complaints. In a statement posted on Facebook, he said:"Anti-Semitism is absolutely abhorrent, wrong and responsible for some of humanity's greatest crimes. As Leader of the Labour Party I was always determined to eliminate all forms of racism and root out the cancer of anti-Semitism. "The EHRC's report shows that when I became Labour leader in 2015, the Party's processes for handling complaints were not fit for purpose. "Anyone claiming there is no anti-Semitism in the Labour Party is wrong.
Can Donald Trump win a second term in the 2020 US election?
This includes Virginia and Michigan, where he holds a 7 per cent lead over Trump - similar to the gap between them at a national level. Such close races mean that the major events of the campaign - like the president's Covid-19 diagnosis and seeming recovery - have the potential to tip the balance either way in these key states. Retaining the baseIf Trump is to have any chance of securing a second term it is crucial he retains - and builds on - his voting base from 2016. In some of the key battleground states Trump flipped the popular vote from the Democrats largely due to his support among white, generally older and less educated, men. Among white non-college graduates he picked up 64 per cent of the vote.
‘There is no way to over-estimate their gall’: Insiders reveal how ‘megalomaniac’ Ivanka and Jared will still win if Trump loses
I vanka Trump and Jared Kushner were waiting for Marissa Velez Kraxberger inside Trump Tower. Ms Trump and Mr Kushner went, of course, with Mr Trump to the White House. Fast forward four years, and Ms Trump, now 38, and Mr Kushner, now 39, are potentially facing another life-altering upheaval. Ms Trump is diligently campaigning for her father, but the future is very uncertain. If Mr Trump loses on 3 November, what will they do next?
'You lied to us': CNN's Chris Cuomo challenges Miles Taylor on why he denied being the 'Anonymous' Trump whistleblower
Questioned by CNN’s Chris Cuomo on Wednesday, Mr Taylor said staying anonymous made it harder for the White House to challenge or deny the narrative of his 2019 book, entitled A Warning. Mr Trump has responded to Mr Taylor’s unmasking by calling on him to be “punished” and “prosecuted”. They should fire, shame, and punish everybody.... associated with this FRAUD on the American people!” Mr Trump tweeted. And while speaking on Wednesday at a rally in Goodyear, Mr Trump said “Anonymous” turned out to be “a low-level staffer, a sleazebag, who has never worked in the White House”. Mr Trump called him "a disgruntled employee who was quickly removed from his job a long time ago for, they tell me, incompetence.”
Trump rushes struggling GOP senator at rally: 'You got one minute, they don't want to hear this'
Mr Trump initially said Ms McSally – who is also fighting for re-election next week – was “great” and “respected by everybody”. “Martha, just come up fast,” Mr Trump said. One minute, Martha! Quick, quick, quick. After her speech, Mr Trump called up three out-of-state politicians to address the rally.
2020 polls live: Latest Trump and Biden odds as candidates face off in duelling Florida rallies
As we’ve seen, opinion polls show Biden with a significant edge nationally, but his lead is tighter in battleground states. The Reuters/Ipsos survey saw Trump had essentially moved into a tie with Biden in Florida, with 49 per cent saying they would vote for Biden and 47 per cent for the president. Clinton received 62 per cent of the Florida Hispanic vote in 2016, according to exit polls, and still lost. Among likely voters, 54 per cent told CNN they will back Biden and 42 per cent said they would opt for Trump. Joe Sommerlad 29 October 2020 09:44 1603961321 Hello and welcome to The Independent’s rolling coverage of the latest 2020 US election polling.
UK Labour Party slammed over its response to anti-Semitism allegations
The UK's main opposition party, Labour, has been slammed over its response to allegations of anti-Semitism within its ranks. Labour was plagued by accusations of anti-Semitism during the leadership of Jeremy Corbyn, who stepped down after losing the last election. EHRC launched an investigation after complaints from the Campaign Against Antisemitism and the Jewish Labour Movement. "The Labour Party made a commitment to zero tolerance for antisemitism," said Caroline Waters, interim chair of EHRC. This is inexcusable and appeared to be a result of a lack of willingness to tackle antisemitism rather than an inability to do so.
Philadelphia DA warns 'power-hungry despot' Trump not to send 'goon squads' to watch the polls
Philadelphia's District Attorney has warned 'lawless, power-hungry despot' Donald Trump not to send his 'goon squads' or the Proud Boys to the city to watch the polls. Larry Krasner threatened the president that if he sent any 'uncertified poll watchers' to the birthplace of American democracy: 'I've got something for you.' 'Keep your Proud Boys, goon squads, and uncertified "poll watchers" out of our city, Mr. President. Trump called it a 'terrible event' and claimed that his Democratic rival Joe Biden supported the looters and rioters. 'Philadelphians are grieving the fatal shooting by police of a black man who appeared to be in mental health crisis.'
Miles Taylor warns Trump will pursue 'Nazi policies' if re-elected
'I worked with DHS officials while I was in the White House, and even I had to research who Miles Taylor was. He's just another standard-issue arrogant, Washington, DC swamp bro who loved President Trump until he figured out he could try to make money by attacking him,' he added. Ben Williams, a senior communications adviser in the White House, called Taylor a 'little circus clown.' The New York Times op-ed describes a 'quiet resistance' that wasn't designed to bring Trump down – only to curb his worst impulses. When he published the New York Times op-ed, he was a deputy to agency's then chief of staff.
Russian Agents Offered 10K Soldiers to Aid Catalan Separatists – Reports
The claims are based on audio recordings from one of the 21 Catalan businessmen detained this week on suspicion of corruption and incitement of public disorder, according to Politico Europe . A Barcelona judge probing links between the failed separatist bid and Russia reportedly said he believes then-Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont had declined the Russian offer of military aid. Alleged Russian agents offered to send 10,000 soldiers to Catalonia during its failed bid for independence from Spain in 2017, Spanish and European media reported Wednesday. It reported that the Russian offer of military aid was “apparently to help in a theoretical armed conflict with Spanish authorities.”Spain, which declared Catalonia’s independence referendum illegal and imprisoned several separatist leaders, accused Russia of interference. Russia’s Embassy in Madrid responded to the latest report of military aid with a sardonic statement that the information is “incomplete.”“You need to add two zeros to the number of soldiers,” it said.
'Dangerously Authoritarian': Trump Says 'Hopefully' Courts Will Stop States From Counting Ballots After November 3
Trump went on to tout as a "big victory" the Supreme Court's ruling earlier this week barring Wisconsin from extending its absentee ballot deadline past November 3 at 8:00 pm local time. Watch:Trump: "Hopefully the few states remaining that want to take a lot of time after November 3rd to count ballots, that won't be allowed by the various courts." But, as Common Dreams reported, the high court left open the possibility of invalidating late-arriving Pennsylvania ballots shortly after the election. "The Supreme Court may throw out ballots that arrive after Election Day—even though they are valid under current law," warned Slate's Mark Joseph Stern. Don't leave your vote in the hands of the Supreme Court."
Fox News's Tucker Carlson mocked for 'lost in the mail' Biden documents claim
Host says documents are authentic, damning … and have gone missing in transitThe Fox News host Tucker Carlson has been mocked for his attempt to explain why he could not produce some documents he had promised relating to Joe Biden. He said the only copy of the papers, which he claimed added to claims about Biden’s son Hunter, had been lost. In a segment delivered to camera, Carlson said:On Monday we received a from a source a collection of confidential documents related to the Biden family. Tuesday morning we received word from the shipping company that our package had been opened, and the contents were missing the documents had disappeared. Carson’s story of the lost documents cut little ice on social media:Shannon Watts (@shannonrwatts) BREAKING: Documents Tucker Carlson never actually had that would allegedly blow up the election were so important that they were sent via DHL, and now can’t be found despite copiers, iPhone cameras and security cameras.
Facts Are Difficult For Brett Kavanaugh
Note: Welcome to our daily feature Trivia Question of the Day! Brett Kavanaugh’s concurrence in Democratic National Committee v. Wisconsin State Legislature has been criticized for a number of factual inaccuracies. We also authorized ballot processing 30 days out. Those are our [state] specific solutions, but other states needs are different. Vote.”See the answer on the next page.
‘Helping the president’: HHS official sought to rebrand coronavirus campaign
Caputo also pitched the idea of framing the ad campaign around helping the president. Burson, which is a subcontractor on the campaign, did not respond to a request for comment. HHS did not respond to specific questions about whether Caputo's interventions were appropriate, who directed the vetting of celebrities’ political stances and other questions about the scope of the campaign. "The review is ongoing," an HHS spokesperson said in a statement. The spokesperson said that Azar was not aware of Caputo's close involvement in the campaign.
Polish Women Lead Strike Over Abortion Ruling Amid Threats of Crackdown
Tens of thousands of women took to the streets in dozens of Polish cities and towns for a nationwide strike on Wednesday to protest a top court’s decision to ban nearly all abortions, even as the nation’s leading politician urged his conservative supporters to “defend Poland.”The call by Jaroslaw Kaczynski, the deputy prime minister and leader of the ruling Law and Justice party, to fight back against the protesters and his description of the opposition as “criminals” seeking to “destroy the Polish nation,” threatened to escalate an already tense moment in the deeply divided nation. “This is the only way we can win this war,” Mr. Kaczynski said, using martial language that critics said served as a call to arms. His remarks, made in a speech to Parliament on Wednesday and in a video posted Tuesday night to his supporters on Facebook, came as protests stretched into a sixth straight day and drew in the Roman Catholic Church, with demonstrators interrupting Mass, vandalizing church facades and staging sit-ins at cathedrals as they held coat hangers aloft to symbolize dangerous abortions.
90,000 Told to Flee as California Fires Nearly Double in Size
The record-breaking 2020 fire season has seen enormous wildfires tear across California and other states in the West. In California alone, fires have burned more than 4.1 million acres, destroyed 10,488 homes and other structures and led to at least 31 deaths. There were concerns on Tuesday about whether the wildfires could affect voting in Orange County, where thousands of people are under evacuation orders. Numerous places around Irvine and other parts of the county, such as parks and schools and community centers, had been set up as evacuation centers. He said the county’s plan had been to set up the voting sites on Thursday, to be ready to open on Friday.
Hurricane Zeta crashes into storm-weary Louisiana
Zeta threatened to push up to 9 feet of sea water inland and batter homes and businesses with fierce winds. Zeta had top sustained winds of 177 km/h (110mph) as a Category-2 hurricane and was the 27th named storm of a historically busy Atlantic hurricane season — with over a month left before it ends. Zeta had been predicted to hit as a relatively weak Category-1 hurricane, but Louisiana residents awoke to updated forecasts predicting a Category-2 at landfall. Hurricane warnings stretched from Morgan City, Louisiana to the Alabama/Mississippi state line, including Lake Pontchartrain and metropolitan New Orleans. Winds could be “especially severe” in the southern Appalachian Mountains, where flash flooding is possible, the hurricane centre said.
USA TODAY/Suffolk Poll: Ahead of Election Day, 3 of 4 voters worry about violence in a divided nation
Three of 4 voters express concern about the possibility of violence on Election Day. A Republican, she plans to go to the polls on Election Day to vote for Trump. Three of 4 say they are concerned about the possibility of violence on Election Day and afterward; more than a third are "very concerned." "Voters on both sides traditionally expect a trick-or-treat on Election Day," said David Paleologos, director of the Suffolk Political Research Center. "In this election, there is a much deeper fear of violence not only on Election Day, but for many days thereafter."
Marsy’s Law was meant to protect crime victims. It now hides the identities of cops who use force.
Hernando County Sheriff’s OfficeUnder a law passed to protect crime victims, the deputy was entitled to privacy, officials said. Marsy’s Law passed first in California in 2008 and, through a well-funded campaign by the woman's brother, is the law in 11 other states. Top: The use-of-force report, with a deputy’s name redacted under Marsy's Law. Marcella Leach has been a driving force behind Marsy's Law, named after her daughter, Marsy Nicholas, who was murdered in 1983. Two members proposed similar versions of Marsy’s Law: Nocco, the Pasco sheriff, and Timothy Cerio, Scott’s former chief legal adviser.
Poll: Biden holds small lead over Trump with Latino voters in pivotal Florida; lead grows in other battlegrounds
The margin between Biden and Trump among Latino voters is much smaller than another recent poll of Latino voters released earlier this week. While the majority of both male and female Latino voters support Biden, there is a gap between their level of support. According to the poll, 71% of Latina voters say the support Biden while 20% of Latina voters support Trump. Comparatively, 57% of male Latino voters say they support Biden while 36% support Trump. When broken down by gender, 65% of Hispanic female voters say they support Biden, while 25% support Trump.
Live election updates: Trump, Biden continue battling for votes five days from election night
President Donald Trump and Democratic candidate Joe Biden are in the home stretch of this election. Three of 4 voters express concern about the possibility of violence on Election Day. Biden holds a steady 8-point lead over Trump in the nationwide poll, 52%-44%, taken after the final presidential debate last Thursday. Florida: Both Former Vice President Joe Biden and President Donald Trump will hold events in Tampa. We're texting you election updatesUSA TODAY launched election texting, where we'll give you all the important updates this historic election year wraps up.
Turkish Bank Case Showed Erdogan’s Influence With Trump
When Mr. Berman sat down with Mr. Barr, he was stunned to be presented with a settlement proposal that would give Mr. Erdogan a key concession. Mr. Barr pressed Mr. Berman to allow the bank to avoid an indictment by paying a fine and acknowledging some wrongdoing. In addition, the Justice Department would agree to end investigations and criminal cases involving Turkish and bank officials who were allied with Mr. Erdogan and suspected of participating in the sanctions-busting scheme. Mr. Berman didn’t buy it. But his prosecutors were still investigating key individuals, including some with ties to Mr. Erdogan, and believed the scheme had helped finance Iran’s nuclear weapons program.
How the Trump Era Has Strained, and Strengthened, Politically Mixed Marriages
President Trump has been particularly divisive, it found. Keep up with Election 2020In the Times/Siena poll, married men in Arizona, Ohio and Nevada preferred Mr. Trump by 13 percentage points, and married women preferred Mr. Trump by one point. Michelle Krueger, a 24-year-old student in Phoenix, said she and her husband talk about politics often, and sometimes disagree. Most people who disagree with their partners about politics avoid the topic, the American Perspectives Survey found. Her husband, George, a retired firefighting captain, supports Mr. Trump, to her great dismay.
Texas Is a Tossup. So Why Won’t Trump or Biden Campaign There?
“This is where the gap is because there are no contested elections down here,” said Gilberto Hinojosa, the chair of the Texas Democratic Party, who has been lobbying Mr. Biden’s campaign all year. “The party has had to jump in here,” he said, alluding to Texas Democrats. After initially only planning to have Ms. Harris visit the state’s two largest metropolitan areas, Mr. Biden’s campaign announced Wednesday that she would also visit the Rio Grande Valley. Visits to a pair of precincts last week in the Rio Grande Valley revealed a noticeable number of first- or second-time voters, including many students. Many of them were Hispanic and they cast their ballots overwhelmingly for Mr. Biden — or, as they put it, against Mr. Trump.
Facing Gap in Pennsylvania, Trump Camp Tries to Make Voting Harder
PHILADELPHIA — President Trump’s campaign in the crucial battleground of Pennsylvania is pursuing a three-pronged strategy that would effectively suppress mail-in votes in the state, moving to stop the counting of absentee votes before Election Day, pushing to limit how late mail-in ballots can be accepted and intimidating Pennsylvanians trying to vote early. Mail-in votes in Pennsylvania and other swing states are expected to skew heavily toward Democrats. At the same time, the campaign has pushed litigation to curtail how late mail-in votes can be accepted, as part of a flurry of lawsuits in local, state and federal courts challenging myriad voting rules and procedures. On Wednesday evening, the Supreme Court refused to hear a fast-tracked plea from Pennsylvania Republicans to block a three-day extension of the deadline for receiving absentee ballots. But Kathy Boockvar, a Democrat who is Pennsylvania’s secretary of state, advised counties to segregate ballots received after 8 p.m. on Election Day, as the issue remains before the court.
How Mail Votes Could Delay Election Results
It’s possible that we won’t know who won on election night. Well, tens of millions of people are voting by mail this year, and counting each ballot involves numerous steps, many of them done by hand. And some critical battleground states don’t start processing mail-in ballots until Election Day or very close to it.
Where the Virus Is Less Bad
Unlike in the U.S., conservative politicians in Canada are not doubting the wisdom of mask-wearing, Ian said. Imagine versions of Anthony Fauci, but ones who are praised across the political spectrum, rather than being called “a disaster,” as President Trump did with Fauci. Among the most successful Canadian regions have been the four small provinces along the Atlantic Ocean, all of which have almost extinguished the virus. The four Canadian provinces — Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and the combined Newfoundland and Labrador — were successful enough this spring that they were able to form a joint “bubble” this summer. “We don’t have any cases here,” Sharon Stewart, a restaurant owner in Pictou, Nova Scotia, recently told The Globe and Mail, “and we want to keep it that way.”THE LATEST NEWSTHE VIRUS
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Jon Ossoff hits Sen. Perdue on pandemic: ‘You’re attacking the health of the people that you represent’
In response, Ossoff unleashed on Perdue over the GOP’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic, a topic the challenger spent most of the hour-long debate relentlessly hammering. The Wednesday debate in Savannah, Ga., came amid an accelerating pandemic has killed more than 225,000 Americans, including more than 7,800 people in Georgia. ADADThe Democrat has spent much of his campaign attacking Perdue for playing down the disease in its early days, as well as for voting multiple times against the Affordable Care Act. His campaign also provided the Atlanta Journal-Constitution a letter from the Senate Ethics Committee clearing him of wrongdoing. As Ossoff has homed in on the pandemic, Perdue has attacked his challenger’s company for working with Middle Eastern and Asian clients, falsely suggesting that Ossoff was “endorsed” by the Communist Party.
Gov. Ron DeSantis had trouble voting. A 20-year-old Florida man is to blame, police say.
On Tuesday, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement arrested Anthony Steven Guevara, 20, and charged him with two third-degree felonies, including voter fraud. “We commend the Florida Department of Law Enforcement on their swift action to bringing this malicious actor to justice. ADOn Tuesday, law enforcement obtained a search warrant for Guevara’s home in Naples. Guevara told law enforcement that he found DeSantis’s birthday on his Wikipedia page. Court records say they found searches for “Florida Governor,” “Florida my vote,” and the Florida Department of State’s website.
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Biden's brother refuses to answer questions about China deals
Approached at a residence on the Eastern Shore, Jim Biden repeatedly rebuffed questions in his driveway as Fox News asked questions from a distance in the street. “I don’t want to comment about anything,” Jim Biden said. He claims Jim Biden chuckled. Asked about the “plausible deniability” claim on Wednesday, Jim Biden did not answer and walked inside the home. Fox News’ Go Watch page is now available, providing visitors with Pay TV provider options in their area carrying Fox News Channel & Fox Business Network.
Republican moderate Susan Collins fights for her political life in Trump era
Senator Susan Collins is fighting for her political life in a race that could decide control of the Senate, having enjoyed years of popularity as an independent-minded moderate before fellow Republican Donald Trump entered the White House. Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) visits Maine Diner in Wells, Maine, U.S., October 27, 2020. Incurring Trump’s wrath, Collins on Monday became the sole Republican senator to reject his choice of Amy Coney Barrett to fill another Supreme Court seat. Collins has voted with Trump 67.5% of the time, according to the website FiveThirtyEight.com, making her the Senate Republican least aligned with the president. IN A BINDPolitical analyst Jessica Taylor, who tracks Senate races for the Cook Political Report said Collins was in a bind.
Tanzania's opposition candidate calls election a 'travesty'
NAIROBI (Reuters) - Tanzania’s leading opposition presidential candidate on Thursday asked countries around the world not to recognise the eventual results of an election held the previous day, calling it a “travesty” due to widespread irregularities. FILE PHOTO: Tanzania's main opposition presidential candidate Tundu Lissu, speaks during a Reuters interview in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania October 7, 2020. But the opposition and rights groups have complained that his administration has cracked down on critical voices, closing down media outlets and preventing opposition public rallies. Opposition parties said electoral authorities disqualified dozens of their parliamentary candidates. The government has denied suppressing dissent and the National Electoral Commission has rejected charges of unfair treatment.
China's Communist Party says it wants to strengthen national security
BEIJING (Reuters) - China’s Communist Party said it wants to strengthen national security capabilities, state media reported on Thursday. The party’s leadership also said at a four-day meeting that it wants to develop defense capabilities in line with economic capabilities, according to a readout by state news agency Xinhua. China should maintain “strategic composure” in the face of newly emerged international challenges and conflicts, the readout said.
Trump, Biden to take campaign battle to critical battleground: Florida
REUTERS/Jonathan ErnstOpinion polls show Biden with a significant edge nationally, but his lead is tighter in battleground states. Thousands of people have crowded together at recent Trump rallies, many eschewing masks despite public health recommendations. After his Tampa rally, Trump will head to another key battleground state, North Carolina, to stage an evening event in Fayetteville. In the battleground state of Pennsylvania, the Philadelphia prosecutor issued a stark warning for Trump campaign poll-watchers not to overstep their bounds as they search for voter fraud. The Trump campaign has said it is recruiting an “army” of 50,000 volunteers to monitor polling places, an effort Democrats say could suppress the vote.
How the U.S. early vote surge is shaping Trump, Biden endgames
FILE PHOTO: People arrive to cast their ballots just after sunrise during early voting in Celebration, Florida, U.S., October 25, 2020. The Trump campaign did not respond to questions about the importance of Election Day turnout to the president’s hopes of winning a second term. Biden’s campaign acknowledged that many, if not most, of its early voters would have shown up on Election Day anyway. “I ask you one little favor: get the hell out and vote,” Trump told thousands gathered in chilly Nebraska on Tuesday. The Biden campaign said most Democratic early voters were reliable supporters that the campaign had been counting on to cast ballots.
Analysis: Biden presidency for Turkey would mean tougher U.S. stance but chance to repair ties
FILE PHOTO: U.S. Vice President Joe Biden (L) attends a bilateral meeting with Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan in Washington March 31, 2016. To date, he has refused to impose sanctions on Ankara for buying the Russian S-400 missiles, which Washington says compromise NATO defenses. While overruling advisers is common in Trump’s policy playbook, his instinct to go lightly on Turkey has prevented severely fractured ties between Ankara and Washington from total collapse. Still, Biden’s priority to counter Russia and Iran and reinvest in multilateral alliances could play into Ankara’s hands, analysts said. To repair the transatlantic alliance, analysts said, Biden will have to work with Turkey, or at least try.
So what if Biden is up in the polls? Weren't they wrong last time?
The former Democratic presidential candidate consistently led Trump in state and national polls in 2016 before he won the White House, just like Biden does now. Many pollsters tweaked their methods to better account for a demographic group that tends to avoid polls but largely favors Trump: whites without a college degree. “And since there are fewer undecided voters, Biden is more consistently hitting above 50% support,” Kondik said. A BIGGER FOCUS ON STATE POLLSNews organizations are also investing more resources this year on state polls, especially in some of the most competitive parts of the country. So far, Reuters/Ipsos’ state polls have shown tight races between Biden and Trump in Arizona, Florida and North Carolina, while Biden has maintained a lead in Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Michigan.
Lukashenko announces security shake-up to tighten grip on Belarus
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko replaced his interior minister and named three security hawks to new roles on Thursday to tighten his grip on the country after nearly 12 weeks of mass protests. Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko attends a meeting to discuss preparations for the 6th Belarusian People's Congress, in Minsk, Belarus October 27, 2020. Nikolai Petrov/BelTA/Handout via REUTERSIvan Kurbakov, who as head of police in the capital Minsk has led the crackdown on the biggest demonstrations, was appointed interior minister. The two other two new presidential aides are Valery Vakulchik, who spent eight years as head of the KGB security police, and former deputy interior minister Alexander Barsukov. Lukashenko, who staged military exercises in September with close ally Russia, has repeatedly alleged that NATO and the West are whipping up unrest in Belarus.
Trump's stock market: A wild four years
(Reuters) - The Trump rally, a trade war, and then a crippling pandemic: The four years since President Donald Trump’s 2016 election victory have been a period like no other for the U.S. stock market. Overall, the strongest stock market performance since the 1980s was under Democratic President Bill Clinton, while the weakest was under Republican President George W. Bush. However, stock market performance over the past four decades reflects no obvious benefit from Republican versus Democratic presidents. Stock market volatility since the start of the 1980s hit a high during the four years after Obama’s first victory, before settling down in his second four years. Graphic: Stock market swings under different Presidents
Poll: Biden holds narrow lead among Florida Hispanics
Trump received 35 percent of the Florida Hispanic vote in 2016 exit polls. The Florida poll results follow months of criticism from Hispanic Democrats. It showed Biden doing markedly better among Florida Hispanics, leading Trump by 20 points, 57 to 37 percent. A CBS News Battleground poll released last week had Biden leading among Hispanics in Florida by 27 points. Coker cautioned that the new poll numbers in Florida, which has a highly diverse Hispanic community, don’t offer much insight into Biden’s performance among Hispanics elsewhere.
POLITICO Playbook: NEW: Pelosi leaves the Covid relief blame on Trump’s doorstep
POLITICO Playbook: NEW: Pelosi leaves the Covid relief blame on Trump’s doorstep Presented bySpeaker Nancy Pelosi is suggesting Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and the administration owe her answers on nearly every contentious issue in the Covid relief package. AND THIS MORNING, we have a brand new letter Speaker NANCY PELOSI sent to Treasury Secretary STEVEN MNUCHIN. IN OTHER WORDS, PELOSI is suggesting MNUCHIN and the administration owe her answers on nearly every contentious issue in the Covid relief package. WHY DOES THIS MATTER 5 DAYS before ELECTION DAY? Some experts project that turnout could hit 12 million by Election Day.
Poll: Biden leads Trump by 12 percentage points nationally
SEE NEW POSTSPoll: Biden leads Trump by 12 percentage points nationally Biden leads Trump by 12 percentage points nationally in a new poll released Thursday by CNN, which was conducted by SSRS. The survey found that 54 percent of likely voters support Biden while 42 percent support Trump. Trump, on the other hand, leads Biden 59 percent to 36 percent among people who say they plan to vote on Election Day. Referring again to Taylor, Trump said, "in my opinion, he should be prosecuted." Quick, quick, quick.
Trump rips 'Anonymous' author Miles Taylor as a 'sleazebag'
SEE NEW POSTSTrump rips 'Anonymous' author Miles Taylor as a 'sleazebag' Trump tore into admitted "Anonymous" author Miles Taylor at a campaign event Wednesday in Arizona, calling him a "sleazebag" and a "low-level lowlife" who "should be prosecuted." Anonymous "turned out to be a low-level staffer — a sleazebag who has never worked in the White House," Trump told supporters at a campaign rally in Goodyear. Taylor says he resigned from the Department of Homeland Security in 2019 out of frustration with the Trump administration's directives. Referring again to Taylor, Trump said, "in my opinion, he should be prosecuted." Quick, quick, quick.
Steve Kornacki: There's 'still time' for a Trump comeback
Anonymous "turned out to be a low-level staffer — a sleazebag who has never worked in the White House," Trump told supporters at a campaign rally in Goodyear. Taylor says he resigned from the Department of Homeland Security in 2019 out of frustration with the Trump administration's directives. Referring again to Taylor, Trump said, "in my opinion, he should be prosecuted." After saying she was "respected by everybody" and "great," Trump rushed McSally to the stage at his Goodyear rally to say a few words. Quick, quick, quick.
Voters speak out about their determination to be heard this election
After saying she was "respected by everybody" and "great," Trump rushed McSally to the stage at his Goodyear rally to say a few words. "Martha, just come up fast. One minute, Martha! Quick, quick, quick. Rep. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell, D-Fla., was the first South American-born member of Congress and Rep. Xochitl Torres Small, D-N.M., was the first woman and Latina elected in her district.
How to Use the Election to Buy Stocks at a Bargain Price
Should the stock market tumble on the election results, sell cash-secured put options on stocks that you want to buy, or on stocks that you own and want to own more of. Should the stock price decline to the put strike price at expiration, investors are obligated to buy the stock. Should the stock be above the strike price at expiration, investors get to keep the money. Should that happen, investors must buy back the put or buy the stock at the strike price. Use options to monetize investor fear and to potentially buy stocks at lower prices.
How to Use the Election to Buy Stocks at a Bargain Price
Should the stock market tumble on the election results, sell cash-secured put options on stocks that you want to buy, or on stocks that you own and want to own more of. Should the stock price decline to the put strike price at expiration, investors are obligated to buy the stock. Should the stock be above the strike price at expiration, investors get to keep the money. Should that happen, investors must buy back the put or buy the stock at the strike price. Use options to monetize investor fear and to potentially buy stocks at lower prices.
Trump hints at stopping "powerful" big tech in latest 'get out the vote' tweet
The not-so-subtle suggestion being that a vote for Trump is a vote to break up the likes of Facebook, Google and Twitter . In the video Trump signposts the DoJ's antitrust suit against Google -- ending with a call to his supporters to get out the vote. Story continuesThe big difference this time around is that 'big tech' is rather more alive to the reputational risks to their platforms and companies if they're found ignoring another orchestrated episode of election interference. "Big tech has to be spoken to and probably in some form has to be stopped," is the closest he gets to an actual policy position here. That then means these very same 'big tech' platforms tend to amplify Republican messaging -- certainly of the Trumpian flavor, i.e.
Landlord’s threat to raise rent if Biden wins is ‘voter intimidation,’ Colorado AG says
A mobile home park landlord illegally intimidated voters when he threatened to raise his tenants’ rent if Joe Biden wins the presidential election, the Colorado attorney general told the landlord in a cease-and-desist letter. Edward (Bernie) Pagel gave notice to “homeowners/tenants” in Fort Morgan on Oct. 19, a letter sent to Pagel on Oct. 23 by Attorney General Phil Weiser said. Specifically, Pagel tried to get people to vote against Biden by indicating rent would increase if he won, according to the letter. Pagel also engaged in voter intimidation “by promising that rent ‘will not increase for at least two years’ if the other candidate wins the election,” the letter said. Story continuesThe attorney general gave Pagel a due date of Oct. 30 to return the signed letter.
Who do Americans blame for lack of second stimulus deal? Here’s what a new poll shows
Democrats, Republicans and the White House have been unable to reach a deal on a second stimulus package for months. Meanwhile, Senate Republicans have balked at the costs from the Democrats’ and the White House’s plans, instead proposing their own $500 billion bill — which Democrats blocked. When asked who is “mostly to blame for the lack of an agreement on an economic relief bill,” 45% of the 923-voter group answered Republicans and Trump while 40% answered Democrats. Meanwhile, 71% of Democratic or Democratic-leaning respondents answered Trump and Republicans are to blame and 17% answered congressional Democrats. Among Democratic or Democratic-leaning voters, 43% said Republicans are mostly to blame, 28% answered Trump and 15% answered Democrats.
Trump rushes struggling GOP senator at rally: 'You got one minute, they don't want to hear this'
One minute, Martha! Quick, quick, quick. After her speech, Mr Trump called up three out-of-state politicians to address the rally. Quick, quick, quick. Quick, quick, quick.
Republican Sen. Mike Lee said fact-checking is a form of censorship
Republican Sen. Mike Lee of Utah defined censorship during a Senate hearing with the CEOs of Twitter, Facebook, and Google. Tasos Katopodis/Getty ImagesDuring a Senate hearing on Wednesday, Republican Sen. Mike Lee said fact-checking is a form of censorship. All three CEOs defended their policies, saying they are intended to be applied equally to anyone that violates their content policies, regardless of political opinions. During a Senate hearing on Wednesday, Republican Sen. Mike Lee said fact-checking is a form of censorship. Senate Republicans said the companies had discriminated against conservative views on their platforms.
Abortion Is Under Threat After Amy Coney Barrett Confirmation. Donors Are Stepping Up.
The National Network of Abortion Funds raised over $25,000 in the first 24 hours of Barrett’s confirmation, which a NNAF spokesperson said is a big uptick in donations for their organization. The night Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died back in September, abortion rights advocates knew they would need to fight tooth and nail for a justice who supported reproductive and sexual health. The $17,000 Yellowhammer Fund received after Barrett’s confirmation will help 40 to 60 patients seeking abortion care pay for costs such as gas, hotels and child care. Jenny Lawson, Planned Parenthood Votes executive directorGroups that support abortion rights plan to use the rushed process and confirmation of Barrett to motivate voters. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, even applauded Barrett for being “unashamedly pro-life” during the confirmation hearing.
Adriana Rivas: Pinochet-era kidnap suspect 'eligible for extradition'
Ms Rivas has 15 days to decide whether to appeal Thursday's decision by a magistrate in New South Wales. Chilean authorities accuse Ms Rivas of having participated in the disappearance of the secretary-general of the Communist Party, Víctor Díaz, and six of his supporters. Ms Rivas had worked as a secretary for the infamous chief of Chile's secret police force, Manuel Contreras. Ms Rivas left Chile in 1978 before working as a nanny and cleaner in Australia. In a 2013 interview with Australian broadcaster SBS, Ms Rivas described her years at the Dina as "the best of my life".
US, Israel extend science accords into West Bank settlements
Until now, three U.S.-Israeli science cooperation agreements excluded projects in areas captured by Israel in the 1967 Mideast war — including the West Bank, east Jerusalem and the Golan Heights. Israel captured the West Bank and east Jerusalem in the 1967 Mideast war, and in the decades since have built dozens of settlements that are now home to some 500,000 Israelis. The Palestinians seek the West Bank and east Jerusalem as part of a future independent state. Amending the agreements grants legitimacy to Israel’s West Bank settlements and “further blurs the Green Line,” said Brian Reeves, spokesman for Israel’s Peace Now organization, referring to the boundary between Israel and the West Bank. “This historic international agreement cements U.S. policy that Israeli settlements are not illegal, and puts money behind it,” he said.
A couple divided over politics, but united in saving lives
Laura Hunter and her husband John straddle a political divide that, in a divisive time, might have wrecked their relationship. (John Hunter): "Back in 2000, there were a whole lot of deaths in the desert. (Laura Hunter): "We are non-political and non-religious organizations, so that's why we attract different people from different walks of life... - Laura Hunter and her husband John straddle a political divide that, in a divisive time, might have wrecked their relationship. Not because I think different than he does makes me wrong, or because he doesn't think the way I think, it makes him wrong, no.
GOP Sen. Kelly Loeffler: 'Not familiar' with Trump's infamous 2005 'Access Hollywood' tape
WASHINGTON – Sen. Kelly Loeffler, R-GA., claimed Wednesday night she was "not familiar" with President Donald Trump's now-infamous 2005 "Access Hollywood" tape where he described sexually assaulting women. "Look, I agree with the approach President Trump has taken since day one to put America first. A journalist pushed back that Loeffler's answer didn't address whether she had any issues with Trump's comments in the "Access Hollywood" tape, to which she replied: "I'm sorry. Trump has denied all allegations and originally dismissed the comments caught in the "Access Hollywood" tape as "locker room talk." Contributing: Jeanine SantucciThis article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Kelly Loeffler: 'Not familiar' with Trump's 'Access Hollywood' tape
US states face biggest cash crisis since the Great Depression
U.S. states are facing their biggest cash crisis since the Great Depression. States are dependent on taxes for revenue—sales and income taxes make up more than 60% of the revenue states collect for general operating funds, according to the Urban Institute. A nationwide decline in combined state revenue has happened after only two events in 90 years: following the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks and in the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis. Annual state revenue fell following the Sept. 11 attacks and the bursting of the dot-com bubble around that time, but recovered within a year. Local government workforces cut 6%, or nearly a million people, and local revenue shortfalls are adding pressure to states’ budgets.
Millions of mail-in ballots not yet returned in battleground states
Just days before the presidential election, millions of mail-in ballots have yet to be returned in key battleground states, sparking warnings from election officials that time is running out for voters who want to avoid going to in-person polling places on election day. In most states, the deadline for ballots to be received is election day next Tuesday. In Florida, 4 million of a record 6 million mail-in ballots requested had been returned as of Wednesday morning. The state was on pace to eclipse the return rate of 2016, when 81% of 3.3 million requested mail-in ballots were returned. “So we certainly encourage anyone who’s applied for a mail-in ballot to use that ballot as a safe and secure way to vote.”
Pennsylvania Latinos worry Joe Biden campaign outreach comes too late
All surveys suggest that Biden will easily win the Latino vote, although turnout and the size of that advantage will be important in key states. Nationally, Trump is polling slightly higher among Latinos than he did in 2016, and surveys show him neck-and-neck with Biden in Florida overall, home to a large number of Cuban Americans, who tend to lean more conservative. Puerto Rican voters, who make up a large percentage of the Latino population in Philadelphia and the Lehigh Valley, tend to lean more Democratic.
Trump, Biden to appeal to last-minute voters in Florida
TAMPA, Fla. — President Donald Trump and Democratic rival Joe Biden are set to chase votes in Florida, a state all but essential to the Republican's pathway to another term as both nominees turn their focus to encouraging voters to turn out on Election Day. More than 73 million Americans have already voted, absentee or by mail, and Trump and Biden are trying to energize the millions more who will vote in person on Tuesday. Thousands gathered in close proximity without wearing masks — a trend that was expected to continue through more than a dozen events in the final sprint to Election Day. Biden, meanwhile, heads later in the week to three more states Trump won in 2016: Iowa, Wisconsin and Michigan, where he’ll hold a joint Saturday rally with former President Barack Obama. Trump, meanwhile, is banking on enthusiasm among his Election Day supporters to overcome indicated Democratic strength in some early returns.
Thursday’s the deadline for sending in your mail-in ballot application. If you miss it, here are some options.
If you’ve requested a mail-in ballot but not received it, you can still vote in person at an early voting site through Monday or at your local polling place or a designated central voting site on Election Day. You will be asked to sign an affidavit attesting that you have not received a mail-in ballot. If you receive the ballot by mail after voting in person, you must discard it. Sending it in could subject you to a Class 3 felony charge.
Powell man faces five years in prison for raping woman at anti-bullying fundraiser
DELAWARE – A May 2018 beauty pageant and fundraiser at a Powell home was to benefit efforts to prevent teen bullying. But testimony in Delaware County Common Pleas Court indicated it devolved into an alcohol and drug-fueled party that led to the rape of a young woman. Joel Walker, an assistant Delaware County prosecutor, asked for eight years, noting after the hearing that acquaintance rape is too often the norm. "I am afraid of all of the things you might imagine a rape victim being fearful of: running in the park alone, alley ways, parking garages. "I hope that he gets what he needs out of his prison sentence and that this never happens to another woman at the hands of Erik Schmelmer," Arthur said.
Russia planted Hunter Biden's laptop? Come on, man
Scott JenningsOpinion contributorI was perusing the pages of The Washington Post and ran across a column by a professor at Johns Hopkins University about the political dustup over Hunter Biden’s laptop. It contained the following sentence:“We must treat the Hunter Biden leaks as if they were a foreign intelligence operation — even if they probably aren’t.”Huh? Results to come faster than primaryIt is no secret Hunter Biden followed the well-worn gilded path of many of Washington’s ne'er do well sons. The Biden campaign claimed Russia had planted Hunter’s laptop. When it comes to the Bidens and today’s Democratic Party, the Russian misinformation call is coming from inside the house.
2020 election: What's at stake and what to expect in Kentucky on Tuesday
But in the Bluegrass State, it's unclear just how busy voting booths may be come Election Day. Thanks to expanded early voting and access to absentee ballots, just over 1.2 million people have already voted. This election also features the most expansive early in-person voting period Kentucky has ever seen. There haven't been lines at the county's sole early voting site, and turnout has been good so far — a little more than 36.3% as of Wednesday morning. Dewey Clayton, a political science professor at the University of Louisville, said he has been surprised by "the level of enthusiasm" for early voting in this election in Kentucky, particularly among young people.
Obama, Trump battle in new wrinkle for 2020 campaign
Trump criticized Fox News for airing an Obama speech from Florida on Tuesday, just the latest incident of him lashing out at Obama. And he'll have another chance to weigh in when Obama appears alongside vice president Joe Biden at a campaign event in Michigan on Saturday. “Remember I wouldn’t be President now had Obama and Biden properly done their job,” Trump wrote on Twitter earlier this month. Trump, he said, is “utilizing that dislike as another mechanism to energize his base and to energize Republican voters writ large.”Since Trump became president, Obama has remained largely silent as Trump has torn into his legacy. Covid, Covid, Covid, he’s complaining.
God and the GOP: will conservative evangelicals stay loyal to Trump? – video
In 2016, white evangelicals made up a quarter of all US voters. And 81% of them voted for Donald Trump. Oliver Laughland and Tom Silverstone head to the pivotal battleground state of North Carolina to see if Trump's religious base is showing signs of crumbling. They meet extreme evangelical pastors, travelling progressive preachers and the moral movement leader Rev William Barber
Trump, Biden to appeal to last-minute voters in Florida
More than 73 million Americans have already voted, absentee or by mail, and Trump and Biden are trying to energize the millions more who will vote in person on Tuesday. Thousands gathered in close proximity without wearing masks — a trend that was expected to continue through more than a dozen events in the final sprint to Election Day. Biden, meanwhile, heads later in the week to three more states Trump won in 2016: Iowa, Wisconsin and Michigan, where he’ll hold a joint Saturday rally with former President Barack Obama . Biden and his allies are outspending Trump and his backers by more than 3-to-1 in Florida — about $23 million to about $7 million — in the final push to Election Day, according to data from ad tracking firm Kantar/CMAG. Trump, meanwhile, is banking on enthusiasm among his Election Day supporters to overcome indicated Democratic strength in some early returns.
Almost 300 asylum seekers have died trying to cross the Channel since 1999
Almost 300 asylum seekers including 36 children have died trying to cross the Channel to the UK in the past 20 years, according to the first analysis to collate deaths. The Institute of Race Relations research, due to be published next month and seen by the Guardian, details the cases of 292 people who have died trying to cross by vehicle, tunnel and over the water since 1999. It includes Tuesday’s four deaths, when an Iranian Kurdish couple and two of their children died when their boat sank. There were four drownings of asylum seekers trying to cross the Channel last year and seven so far this year, with one child unaccounted for from Tuesday’s tragedy. One baby died after being born prematurely to an Iraqi Kurdish woman, another died after a 20-year-old Eritrean woman fell from a lorry trying to reach the UK, triggering a premature birth.
#EndSars, abolish Ice: the trans activist resisting police violence in Nigeria and the US
For years, people have been fighting and resisting police and military violence in Nigeria. Black migrants face longer detention time in Ice – what are the conditions like inside? Queer and trans migrants are stuck in solitary confinement for months. What are you doing to support the local movements to defund the police, abolish Ice, protecting the lives of Black trans folks, of LGBTQ+ people more broadly? You have to center communities that are super marginalized – Black migrants generally, and Black queer and trans migrants in particular.
Legal action taken against PM over refusal to investigate Kremlin meddling
A cross-party group of MPs and peers including a former national security adviser are taking legal action against Boris Johnson over his government’s refusal to order an inquiry into Russian interference in UK elections. It is the first legal action of its kind over alleged national security failures. The move follows the publication in July of the Russia report by parliament’s intelligence and security committee (ISC). It found that the government and its intelligence services had failed to investigate Kremlin meddling in the 2016 EU referendum vote – a “hot potato”, as the ISC put it. Ensuring the integrity of British elections was a key national security issue, he said.
Ignore the twists and turns: This US election campaign has been defined by its stability
There was George Floyd’s death and the flood of anti-racism protests that followed, the most widespread in America for 50 years. There have been two party conventions, two presidential debates, the naming of a vice presidential nominee and countless other big campaign moments. A fortnight after Mr Biden effectively secured the nomination on Super Tuesday primary day back in March, he was around seven percentage points ahead of Mr Trump. Today, he is around seven percentage points ahead of Mr Trump. At no time in between, according to the source of the stats - Real Clear Politics - has Mr Trump led.
US steps up deportation of Haitians ahead of election, raising Covid fears
The Haitian flights coincide with the forced repatriation of scores of Cameroonian, Congolese and other African asylum – seekers, many of whom were flown out while they had legal cases pending. The deportation flights also raise the potential for the spread of coronavirus in Haiti. Several thousands have camped in Mexico since the procedures for applying for asylum were suspended because of the pandemic. In October there appears to have been a surge of illegal crossings by Haitians of the Rio Grande. The US border patrol in Del Rio has reported that since the beginning of the month 450 Haitians had been apprehended in their sector.
Your absentee ballot never showed up. Now what?
If you’re like me, when the time came to request your absentee ballot, you submitted your information and waited for the ballot to arrive in the mail, but it never did. I requested my absentee ballot for New York on 14 September. One of my roommates requested her Pennsylvania absentee ballot on 5 October and it has reportedly been on the way since 19 October. The facts Read moreAnother one of my roommates believed she had properly requested her California absentee ballot online, only to learn that she needed to physically submit an absentee ballot request to her local board of elections as well. They are theoretically counted as long as you don’t submit a completed absentee ballot, but there’s no guarantee.
US election polls tracker 2020: Will Donald Trump or Joe Biden win the race to be America's next president?
Democratic challenger Joe Biden is currently leading Donald Trump in the national polls as the US approaches its 2020 presidential election. The 10-poll average indicates that just over half of Americans intend to back Joe Biden while Mr Trump’s support trails this by around seven or eight points. Americans will vote on Tuesday, November 3, in order to elect their next president, either giving Mr Trump another four years or handing over the keys to the White House to Mr Biden. According to the latest polling averages, Joe Biden's lead over the incumbent is remaining solid, despite a slight downfall in the wake of the US presidential debates and Donald Trump's diagnosis with coronavirus. Mr Biden's polling average has remained above 50 per cent since October 4, and the Democratic nominee has consistently polled in the lead since the race began.
Watch: Nigel Farage on the ground on Trump's US Election 2020 campaign trail
Nigel Farage gives The Telegraph an insight of what it's like on Donald Trump's campaign trail, as he joins the president in Arizona. The leader of the Brexit Party gave several speeches across the state where he praised the president for his time in office and compared it to his battle for Brexit. Mr Farage also joined the Mr Trump on stage for a speech where he called the president one of 'the single most resilient and bravest person I have ever met in my life'.
Covid-19: Nearly 100,000 catching virus every day - study
"I think lockdown as a phrase is inhibiting us a little bit," he said. "I think what our study shows is there would be genuine benefits to some kind of national policy in that we could prevent the pattern in the South turning into the current pattern in the North and bring about a reversal in the North as quickly as possible."
Facebook, Twitter and Google face changes to online speech protection
Twitter, Facebook and Google have been warned their platforms face new restrictions after they were criticised by Republican senators for alleged anti-conservative bias. Donald Trump and the Republicans have accused the social media platforms of deliberately suppressing conservative, religious and anti-abortion views. Both US parties say that immunity under Section 230 enables social media companies to abdicate responsibility to impartially moderate content. Both Twitter and Facebook have used a misinformation label on content from the president, who has around 80 million followers. Google will also halt political ads after the polls close and Twitter banned all political ads last year.
The Middle Eastern past is never dead
In fact, the establishment of diplomatic ties under this summer’s Abraham Accords had little to do with honoring the past. For most of my lifetime, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict was the defining issue in the Middle East. While it continues to support the idea of a Palestinian state, it no longer trusts the Palestinian leadership to leverage Emirati support effectively. But this approach would seem to require a complete re-configuration of the occupation in the interest of settler maximalization, which could fatally undermine the legitimacy of any eventual Palestinian state. If Netanyahu fails to develop a viable Palestinian state, his escape from history could prove very short-lived.
Prague's COVID protests: demonstrators say government measures are 'impoverishing nation'
Protests have been staged in several big European cities, denouncing the latest COVID related restrictions. In Prague, demonstrators are accusing the Czech government of enforcing measures that did not work, but instead "impoverished the nation." An anti-riot squad intervened, forming a barrier to keep large groups of protesters apart. Watch Good Morning Europe's full report in the player above.
Does America still interfere in foreign elections?
Americans have been understandably outraged and alarmed about foreign electoral interference. Electoral interference can take many forms, including vote-changing, disinformation, doxing, propaganda, and financial support. Similarly, McLaughlin says that, “I wouldn’t want to take [covert electoral interference] off the table.”But can America keep the option on the table and still complain when other countries interfere in U.S. elections? And, as we have learned in the last four years, foreign electoral interference via the internet is extremely hard to stop. Another is to try to develop international norms against covert foreign electoral interference.
Conte calls for national unity to combat 'sly, sudden' COVID upswing - English
(ANSA) - ROME, OCT 29 - Premier Giuseppe Conte called for national unity on Thursday as he presented the government's latest restrictions aimed at combatting the spread of COVID-19 after a sharp upswing in contagion. The government has also approved a package of over five billion euros in aid for the sectors worst hit. The premier described the upswing in contagion as "sly and sudden" after Italy registered a record of almost 25,000 new coronavirus cases on Wednesday. "This situation has put the national health service under severe pressure. There has been violence in several Italian cities in recent days during protests against the government's restrictions and curfews imposed at night by several regions.
Lebanon, Israel in new day of maritime border talks
United Nations peacekeeping force (UNIFIL) vehicles patrol the Lebanese southern coastal area of Naqura by the border with Israel, on October 11, 2020Advertising Read moreNaqura (Lebanon) (AFP)Lebanon and Israel, still technically at war, pressed on with a third round of maritime border talks Thursday under UN and US auspices to allow for offshore energy exploration. "The third round of indirect negotiations to draw the maritime border has started," said Lebanon's official National News Agency (NNA). The delegations met at a base of the UN peacekeeping force UNIFIL in the Lebanese border town of Naqura amid tight security measures. Lebanon, reeling from its worst economic crisis in decades, is hoping to settle the maritime border dispute so it can continue exploring for hydrocarbon reserves in the Mediterranean. While the US-brokered talks look at the maritime border, a UNIFIL-sponsored track is also due to address outstanding land border disputes.
Chinese Communist Party wraps up top policy meeting by outlining plans for nation to become greater power
The Communist Party Central Committee’s fifth plenum fleshed out President Xi Jinping’s vision for making China a ‘great modern socialist nation’. Photo: Reuters
Trump got what he wanted at the border. Would Biden undo it?
(The Trump administration has repeatedly demanded Congress make the very same changes.) The making of the "waterproof fabric"The Trump administration adopted a simple solution to the tension between deterrence and humanitarianism: It maximized deterrence. (The Trump administration attempted to undo this law via regulation in fall 2018, but it was quickly stopped in court.) A Biden administration might well do something similar, returning to the 2014 model put in place by Obama. With all of this, the Trump administration has been reluctant to declare victory at the border.
Detroit officials accuse feds of undercutting and undercounting people of Detroit
Mayor Mike Duggan and U.S Rep. Rashida Tlaib of Detroit don't always agree, but they joined forces Wednesday to urge census workers to come forward if they have evidence federal officials undermined the count in Detroit. In addition to ending the nationwide head count early, Duggan said, federal officials did not provide the staff typically assigned to Detroit in previous counts. And he said it took the feds almost a month to begin seeking out city residents who did not fill out census forms. Duggan and Tlaib urged other census workers with evidence that the Detroit count was disorganized or poorly run to call 866-20-COUNT (866-202-6868) or send an email to info@20count. Depending on what they learn, Duggan said the city may challenge the federal government's determination of how many people live in Detroit.
'There is no way to over-estimate their gall': Insiders reveal how 'megalomaniac' Ivanka and Jared will still win if Trump loses
I vanka Trump and Jared Kushner were waiting for Marissa Velez Kraxberger inside Trump Tower. Ms Trump and Mr Kushner, he writes, "would have transformed themselves from relatively obscure rich kids into international celebrities and brand ambassadors." Yet a little over a year after Mx Kraxberger’s departure, Mr Trump would indeed win the election, confounding his daughter's prediction - and everyone else's. Ms Trump and Mr Kushner went, of course, with Mr Trump to the White House. Fast forward four years, and Ms Trump, now 38, and Mr Kushner, now 39, are potentially facing another life-altering upheaval.
So what if Biden is up in the polls? Weren't they wrong last time?
The former Democratic presidential candidate consistently led Trump in state and national polls in 2016 before he won the White House, just like Biden does now. Many pollsters tweaked their methods to better account for a demographic group that tends to avoid polls but largely favors Trump: whites without a college degree. “And since there are fewer undecided voters, Biden is more consistently hitting above 50% support,” Kondik said. A BIGGER FOCUS ON STATE POLLSNews organizations are also investing more resources this year on state polls, especially in some of the most competitive parts of the country. So far, Reuters/Ipsos’ state polls have shown tight races between Biden and Trump in Arizona, Florida and North Carolina, while Biden has maintained a lead in Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Michigan.
Americans plan widespread protests if Trump interferes with election
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Dozens of activist groups who claim to represent millions of Americans from both political parties plan to hit the streets next week, if President Donald Trump appears to be interfering with vote counting or manipulating poll results after Election Day. Slideshow ( 3 images )The "Protect the Results" coalition of over 130 groups from Planned Parenthood to Republicans for the Rule of Law, has about 400 events protecttheresults.com planned to date. Participants are prepping to demonstrate "as early as the afternoon on Wednesday, November 4," the day after Election Day, and await a SMS message. If Trump tries to interfere in the counting of ballots, or pressures state or local officials to say ballots should no longer be counted “then we would mobilize,” he said. Election experts in these states are already warning it could be days before results are known, he added.
The Top 5 Reasons to Believe 2020 Won’t Be a 2016 Sequel
Another way to say this is that pollsters “under-sampled” non-college-educated voters. At the same time, the electorate split sharply along the “diploma divide” to give Trump an advantage among non-college-educated voters. In short, state pollsters made a huge, obvious mistake: Their surveys failed to account for 2016’s most important demographic phenomenon. Practically every high-quality state pollster acknowledged the non-college-educated-voter problem and committed to weighting their 2020 polls by education. Does this mean that the state polls in 2020 are guaranteed to be perfect?
‘Let India remain a free country’: Supreme Court warns police on harassment over social media posts
The Supreme Court on Wednesday warned state governments and the police against summoning citizens from one part of the country to another over social media posts, The Times of India reported. Let India remain a free country,” the Supreme Court said, according to The Times of India. “We, as the Supreme Court, are here to protect free speech. Biswas then challenged this order in the Supreme Court. The Supreme Court bench of Justices DY Chandrachud and Indira Banerjee took exception of the police issuing her summons to appear in Kolkata.
Justice Amy Coney Barrett Must Recuse Herself from Any Election Litigation
Justice Amy Coney Barrett owes it to the American people to recuse herself from any litigation related to the 2020 Election. She would do grave harm to the integrity and reputation of the U.S. Supreme Court if she were to rule on any election litigation. Justice Barrett has an obvious and enormous conflict of interest that is addressed by federal law. Any participation in litigation related to the ongoing election by Justice Barrett would reek of partisan bias and would damage the Court’s independence. Justice Barrett has no business deciding any case related to this election and she must recuse herself.
Federal Court in Texas Requires All Voters and Poll Workers to Wear Masks at the Polls
WASHINGTON - A federal court in San Antonio, Texas issued a ruling last night requiring that all voters, poll workers, and poll watchers wear masks at the polls throughout the state leading into the November election. The ruling, issued in a voting rights lawsuit brought by Mi Familia Vota, the Texas NAACP, and an individual Texas voter, takes effect immediately at all Texas polling sites. In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, Governor Abbott’s exemption for voters, poll workers, and poll watchers from the mask mandate unlawfully forced voters to make that choice, and Latino and Black voters were disproportionately impacted by it. We celebrate this ruling today for all voters across the State of Texas. Now that the district court has properly struck down the Governor’s poll place exemption, Texas voters can safely go vote in person without fear of contracting COVID-19 from unmasked voters and workers.”Read the full court ruling here.
New Stop-and-Frisk Report: NYPD Racial Bias Persists
Despite years of attempted reforms, significant racial disparities in policing persist, with Black and Latinx New Yorkers much more likely than whites to be subjected to illegal stops and frisks. If new trainings, patrol guides, documentation requirements, and all the other efforts ordered by the court fail to reform the NYPD, it’s time to ask, what will? Can you pitch in today and help us make our Fall Campaign goal of $80,000 by November 2nd? NYPD line supervisors who review their subordinate officers' stops continue to fail to catch a very large percentage of the unlawful stops those officers conduct. For the most recent quarter of stop data analyzed by the monitor, 4th Quarter 2019, more than one in four stop reports did not sufficiently articulate reasonable suspicion for the stop.
Sanders, Klobuchar Issue Statement Correcting Misinformation from President Trump and Justice Kavanaugh on Voting Processes
Despite the incorrect assertions from President Trump and Justice Kavanaugh, election officials across the country accept ballots well after Election Day every year, and results are not certified until the votes are counted and a canvas to confirm the results is conducted. Absentee ballots counted after election day do not ‘flip the results of an election,’ as Justice Kavanaugh claimed. “More than twenty states, including states like Mississippi, Kansas, and Utah, require ballots postmarked by Election Day to be counted even if they are received after Election Day. State and local election officials are working around the clock, and experts have concluded that the integrity of our election system is strong. Can you pitch in today and help us make our Fall Campaign goal of $80,000 by November 2nd?
Facebook's Content-Moderation Policies Are a Hot Mess
We have different friends, different likes, different group affiliations and different interests. As a result, Facebook’s algorithms deliver an experience unique to each of us, specifically designed to keep us hooked on the platform. Facebook has long deployed algorithms that amplify and spread these organic posts, ads, events, groups and pages that endanger people’s lives. Facebook has long deployed algorithms that amplify and spread these organic posts, ads, events, groups and pages that endanger people’s lives. The event was flagged 455 times in a day and reviewed by four human moderators who determined it did not violate Facebook’s policies.
What Trump and Biden Get Wrong About North Korea
While North Korea has improved its military capability, it has not tested any long-range missiles or new nuclear weapons since then. But since last year’s Hanoi Summit, talks between North Korea and the United States have stalled. That’s because engagement with North Korea was not accompanied by a fundamental change in U.S. policy. Talking with North Korea should not be viewed differently from what Washington does with any authoritarian power. Furthermore, a majority of Americans support the United States negotiating with adversaries like North Korea to avoid a military confrontation.
Freedom Dreamers: The Faces of Student Debt
In a recent Instagram discussion about student debt for the Congressional Black Caucus, Rep. Ilhan Omar quoted Black Lives Matter founder Alicia Garza as saying, “We’re not freedom fighters, we’re freedom dreamers.” Rep. Omar, who has student debt of her own, went on to say: “We can all dream, and envision, and make it happen: a world without student debt.”Who are the people dreaming of a world without student debt? But many people will be surprised by some of the other groups who are especially harmed by student debt. Student debt also harms people who have no debt of their own – including unemployed and under-employed workers, small business owners, and the nation as a whole. Small business ownersIn a 2015 study for the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia, “The Impact of Student Loan Debt on Small Business Formation,” economists found that student debt depressed the formation of new small business – that is, businesses with one to four employees. We Are All Freedom DreamersThe Levy Institute report shows that the entire US economy would grow if we cancelled all student debt.
Warren Rips USPS Board Members for 'Acting as Accomplices' to DeJoy as He Sabotages Mail Delivery—and the Election
"The USPS Board of Governors has refused to release information about their own financial ties and has doubled down on their support of Louis DeJoy," the Massachusetts Democrat said in a statement. "Once again, I call on the board members to release their financial disclosure forms, remove DeJoy, and do their jobs by reversing DeJoy's actions." The @USPS Board's “full support” of Louis DeJoy’s efforts to delay and degrade mail service raises serious questions about its members' motivations. DeJoy has stock in Amazon & USPS competitors – we should know if the USPS Board has conflicts affecting their actions too. The Board of Governors, wrote Duncan, "remains fully confident that Mr. DeJoy is the right person for the job"—an assessment Warren slammed as "absurd."
'He Needed Social Supports, Not Bullets': Mass Protests Engulf Philly Streets for Second Straight Night Over Police Killing of Walter Wallace
"As we know from the tragic killings of Daniel Prude, Nicolas Chavez, Quintonio LeGrier, and now Walter Wallace Jr., the criminalization of mental health is dangerous, particularly for Black and Brown people." "We must redefine public safety and prioritize investing in community-based services and non-police responses to assist people with mental health needs so we can prevent more tragedies like this." As many as 2,000 people poured into the streets and marched near the site of Wallace's killing in West Philadelphia Tuesday night, with demonstrators chanting, "Who killed Walter Wallace?" "Our hearts are broken for the family of Walter Wallace Jr., and for all those suffering the emotional weight of learning about another Black life in America lost," Biden and Harris said. "We cannot accept that in this country a mental health crisis ends in death."
Texas Supreme Court Upholds 'Shameful, Naked Voter Suppression' With Ruling Allowing State to Limit Counties to One Ballot Drop Box
In a ruling that critics said served as an endorsement of voter suppression, the Texas Supreme Court on Tuesday evening sided with Republican Gov. "Texas continues to be openly hostile to voting rights," tweeted Common Cause Texas after the ruling was handed down. Texas Supreme Court upholds governor’s order for single drop box per county for mail-in ballots. The Tx Supreme Court did its thing. https://t.co/WGtNGpaq4W — Myrna Pérez (@myrna_perez_) October 28, 2020"The Texas Supreme Court did its thing," Perez tweeted.
Miles Taylor (aka 'Anonymous') Goes Public as Voice From Within White House Who Warned of Trump's Depraved Personality and Leadership
—Miles Taylor, aka "Anonymous"In a Medium post also published by the Times, Taylor wrote that it "wasn't easy" to come out as "Anonymous" but "we owe... the American people the truth." "While I hope a few more Trump officials will quickly find their consciences, your words are now more important than theirs. So, no," says @MilesTaylorUSA, when asked by @AndersonCooper if he is the author of the op-ed book written by someone called Anonymous. In a statement later on Wednesday, White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany called Taylor a "low-level, disgruntled former staffer" who "is a liar and a coward who chose anonymity over action and leaking over leading." https://t.co/ARzUQ9oss2 pic.twitter.com/JEgBCxdSss — Miles Taylor (@MilesTaylorUSA) October 28, 2020Read Taylor's full statement—titled "Why I'm No Longer 'Anonymous'"—as it appeared in the Times on Wednesday, below:
'One Word for This: Vandalism': Six Days Before Election, Trump Finalizes Plan for 'Catastrophic' Attack on Largest National Forest
The Trump administration on Wednesday announced its finalized plan to gut protections for the nation's largest national forest, Alaska's Tongass, opening the carbon sink to clear-cut logging and irreparable ecological destruction. [...] America's largest national forest, the 17-million-acre Tongass is home to species like wild Pacific salmon, the Alexander Archipelago wolf, and many others that depend on its majestic old growth forests. The Juneau-based Southeast Alaska Conservation Council (SEACC) also blasted the Trump administration's attack on the forest. Trainor said her group was nonetheless undeterred in fighting for protection of the area, saying, "we are committed to taking any and all necessary steps, including litigation, to keep these national Roadless Rule protections in place on the Tongass National Forest in perpetuity." To achieve that goal, Greenpeace's Moas pointed to pending legislation that would permanently protect areas designated under the Roadless Rule.
Warning of the 'Many Trumps... in Waiting,' Ocasio-Cortez Says Democrats 'Have to Be Better'
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez"It's not just that we can be better, it's that we have to be better," the first-term congresswoman insists. If "people's lives don't actually feel different" under a Biden administration, then "we're done," she says before asking, "You know how many Trumps there are in waiting?" Presenting our December cover star: Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez! Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: "We need to have Medicare for All, but the way that Medicare for All can work is if we forgive student debt so doctors are not crushed under student debt." "And so, you know, I don't know if I could necessarily be more effective in an administration, but, for me that's always what the question comes down to."
Sanders and Klobuchar Explain to Trump: 'In America, We Count the Votes to Determine Who Wins'
"Despite the incorrect assertions from President Trump and Justice Kavanaugh, election officials across the country accept ballots well after Election Day every year." Those widely rebuked remarks came a day after Kavanaugh, a Trump appointee, issued an opinion parroting the president's lies about mail-in voting fraud. "In America, we count the votes to determine who wins an election," declared Sanders (I-Vt.) and Klobuchar (D-Minn.), both ex-Democratic presidential primary candidates who have since endorsed the party's nominee, former Vice President Joe Biden. "Absentee ballots counted after Election Day do not 'flip the results of an election,' as Justice Kavanaugh claimed. Absentee ballots counted after election day do not ‘flip the results of an election,’ as Justice Kavanaugh claimed.
October 29, 2020 – Consortiumnews
The presidential and vice presidential candidates of the U.S. Green Party will be interviewed on CN Live! Thursday night at 8 pm EDT. Read more ?
'Drop It Off or Vote in Person,' Advocates Plea as Supreme Court Suggests It Could Toss Out Late Pennsylvania Ballots After Election
"If the State Supreme Court's decision is ultimately overturned," Alito wrote, "a targeted remedy will be available." It would be anything but: This 'relief' would likely involve the U.S. Supreme Court nullifying thousands of ballots cast under a lawful court order," Stern wrote Wednesday. "If the race is close enough, the winner of Pennsylvania—and the presidency—might come down to a few thousand ballots," Stern continued. Don't leave your vote in the hands of the Supreme Court. "Most important for PA voters right now," said Gupta, "is to vote and drop off ballots as early as possible or vote in-person."
WATCH: CN Live! New Episode—‘Green Ticket’
The presidential and vice presidential candidates of the U.S. Green Party will be interviewed on CN Live! Green Party presidential candidate Howie Hawkins and vice presidential candidate Angela Walker join CN Live! to be questioned on the candidates’ positions on domestic and international issues, five days before the 2020 presidential election. has also requested interviews with the Joe Biden and Donald Trump campaigns. Watch the Hawkins-Walker interview live here with your hosts Elizabeth Vos and Joe Lauria:Please Contribute to Consortium News
America’s Imperial Expenditures & Escapades Stranger Than Fiction
In his classic 1961 novel Catch-22, his wounded protagonist lamented that “outside the hospital the war was still going on. After all, given the hardly distinguished recent track record of America’s 17 intelligence agencies – eight of them within the DOD – a bit more oversight and skepticism seems sensible. Especially since, in any given year, combined intelligence programs account for some 11 percent of the total defense budget. Yes, the very same Shia Washington once feared as a potential Iranian Fifth Column. After 9/11, the Taliban – which Washington had long tolerated even as they terrorized the populace – became the new absolute evil incarnate.
Republicans closely resemble autocratic parties in Hungary and Turkey – study
The Republican party has become dramatically more illiberal in the past two decades and now more closely resembles ruling parties in autocratic societies than its former centre-right equivalents in Europe, according to a new international study. By contrast the Democratic party has changed little in its attachment to democratic norms, and in that regard has remained similar to centre-right and centre-left parties in western Europe. V-Dem’s “illiberalism index” gauges the extent of commitment to democratic norms a party exhibits before an election. “The data shows that the Republican party in 2018 was far more illiberal than almost all other governing parties in democracies,” the V-Dem study found. • The graphic accompanying this article was amended on 26 October 2020 to reduce the number of parties shown.
The Climate Case for Joe Biden (Is Strong but More Complicated Than You Might Have Heard) ? Current Affairs
The argument in favor of Biden roughly goes like this: Biden has a climate plan and Donald Trump doesn’t. Independents and climate activists are right to be skeptical of corporate Democrats like Biden. An ambitious Green New Deal plus keep-it-in-the-ground style policies like fracking bans are bare minimum positions needed for slowing climate change. But even despite this abysmal record, there is a very compelling case from a climate perspective to support Joe Biden, and for climate activists and independents to work for his victory. While Biden is weak on climate, Trump winks at militias who will undoubtedly feel empowered to physically attack those who will be critical in forcing climate action.
Can Biden win one of these states: AZ
More important matters are whether one of five swing states can be won by Biden/Harris. Basically, to win, Biden needs to win at least one of AZ/FL/GA/NC/PA. x Miles Taylor, former Chief of Staff to Kirstjen Nielsen and Chad Wolf at DHS, confirms he is 'anonymous'.https://t.co/AQb0iKeHRC — Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) October 28, 2020 x I had an amazing conversation this morning with ... https://t.co/P99F5JJfU3 — Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) October 28, 2020The Trump administration’s covid-19 message: You’re on your own. https://t.co/llKGAiJTSD — Daniel Dale (@ddale8) October 28, 2020x Opinion | The Trump administration’s covid-19 message: You’re on your own.
TRUMP WHINES: Twitter Won't Allow Me to Tweet Bogus Biden Story that I'm Tweeting
The other closing argument of the Trump campaign is the one that he does want to see more media coverage of. On Wednesday morning he unleashed several tweets assailing the media for "suppressing" the Hunter Biden story. Twitter refuses to allow the any mention of the Biden corruption story which was carried so well on @TuckerCarlson last night. In another of Trump's morning tweets he said that "Calls grow louder to get special prosecutor to investigate Hunter Biden." Trump continued his twit-opining by asserting that "Media and Big Tech are not covering Biden Corruption!"
Mi Famila Vota lawsuit against Trump, Barr, and Wolf for voter intimidation and Ku Klux Klan Act.
It was noted that Trump described the phrase Black Lives Matter as “a symbol hate.” Armed Federal agents, in unmarked clothing were deployed to break up assemblies and detain demonstrators, sometimes with violence. In June federal agents, including riot control teams from the Bureau of Prisons, were ordered to clear peaceful demonstrators from Lafayette Square in Washington D.C. In July the Customs and Border Protection sent armed federal agents to Portland Oregon, to protect the federal courthouse from protestors, some were wearing camouflage and tactical gear which lacked any insignia identifying them as federal agents, they used tear case and impact weapons to disperse mostly peaceful protestors. When asked if the federal agents to had probable cause to detain people, the Deputy Director of the Federal Protective Service, Kris Cline said they were not custodial arrests requiring probable cause. In Trump’s world federal agents can forcibly remove you from the public streets, and detain you, without charging you with any crime, or having probable cause.
Anonymous is Miles Taylor as Speculated
www.nytimes.com/..."Much has been made of the fact that these writings were published anonymously. The decision wasn't easy, I wrestled with it, and I understand why some people consider it questionable to levy such serious charges against a sitting President under the cover of anonymity. But my reasoning was straightforward, and I stand by it," Taylor wrote.
Our secret weapon this election? Texting millennials.
With young voters quickly becoming the largest and one of the most progressive voting blocs in the country, we need to reach young people to ensure they have all the information they need to vote. From now until Election Day, you can join NextGen’s robust textbanking program and get out the youth vote! Textbanking shifts tend to fill up more quickly than phonebanking shifts, so please sign up to text young voters with NextGen America right now. Click here to sign up to volunteer to text young voters with NextGen. Thank you so much for all you’re doing to win this election for Democrats up and down the ballot.
Republican Voters Are Fine With U.S. Being Owned by Polluters, Poisoners, Profiteers and Predators
I should note that while I do have some right-wing friends on Facebook, I’ve unfollowed most of them. Every once in a while my unfollowed right-wing friends will respond to one of my rare political posts. A duly-elected President and a duly-elected Senate exercised their constitutional responsibilities and authority to nominate and confirm a qualified candidate. After all, that is what Republican voters voted for, even if they didn’t do so consciously. Or is it because they’ve been marinating in Republican Fan Fiction for so long that the idea is just entirely beyond their comprehension?
NEW CNN POLL: Biden 54-42 National DANG!!!
Already voted Biden 64-34, will vote but BEFORE 11/3 Biden 63-33, will vote on 11/3 Trump 59-36. Biden up 55-44 on SeniorsBiden up 61-37 with WomenTrump only 48-47 with MenTrump only 50-48 with WhitesBiden up with POC 71-24www.cnn.com/...
CNBC: Paulette Jordan running to be 1st Native American woman in U.S. Senate
Chip In To Support PauletteBy Courtney Connley — CNBCPaulette Jordan is running to become the first Native American woman in the U.S. SenateIdaho native and politician Paulette Jordan is hoping to bring a lot of change to her home state this November. As the Democratic nominee for Idaho’s Senate seat up for election this year, Jordan, is hoping to defeat long-term Republican incumbent, Sen. Jim Risch, who is running for a third six-year term. If Jordan wins, she will be Idaho’s first female senator and the first Native American woman in U.S. Senate history. Paulette Jordan, Democratic nominee for Idaho’s Senate seat.Photo credit: Paulette JordanAfter graduating from the University of Washington in 2003, Jordan followed in her family’s footsteps and was elected to the Coeur d’Alene Tribal Council in 2008, making her the youngest person to hold that role. “Many people ask, ‘Well, why in the 21st century have we never seen a Native American woman like yourself in the Senate,’” she says.
Do liberals really want to take away everyone’s meat?
The political talking point that Democrats want to take away Americans’ meat—spoiler alert, most don’t —references the climate-diet link . Liberals are far more likely to eschew meat and dairy, while conservatives attempting to do so often feel “socially unsupported.” A deeper dive, however, reveals darker connections. Even among the left , veganism largely remains an unpopular ethical stance and dietary choice. Illustrating the prevalence of this implicit bias , 95 percent of Americans consume animal meat and dairy. Left-wing politicians, despite otherwise championing climate science and social justice, largely enable or reinforce dominant attitudes toward animals, too.
Pelosi scorches Trump: Stand up like a man and accept the will of the American people.
The President said that he wants the race called on the day of the election. Due to the unprecedented surge in mail-in voting sparked by the pandemic, the process of tallying ballots and determining the election winner is expected to take longer than usual. Nancy Pelosi did not mince her words as she scorched the president by enumerating all the evil deeds he has done throughout his administration. She then makes it clear that not vacating the White House after his loss will not be tolerated. Please join our YouTube channel so we can get the numbers up to open up some more features and reach more folks.
MT-Sen: New Poll Has Gov. Steve Bullock (D) Beating Sen. Steve Daines (R) 48-47
Montana Governor Steve Bullock, the Democratic candidate, leads Sen. Steve Daines (Republican) in the Senate race by a 48 percent to 47 percent and five percent are undecided. Mike Cooney (Democrat) and Rep. Greg Gianforte (Republican), with Libertarian candidate Lyman Bishop eliciting two percent support. Undecided voters look to hold the key as nine percent of respondents stated they do not know at this point. In the presidential race, President Donald Trump (Republican) leads former Vice President Joe Biden (Democrat) by a 52 percent to 45 percent margin. Another 1 percent support Libertarian candidate Jo Jorgensen, while 2 percent of respondents are undecided.
Standby: Report on US election and post-election rightwing terrorist violence
The International Armed Conflict Location and Event Data project (ACLED) and Militiawatch have released an October 2020 joint report: STANDING BY: RIGHT-WING MILITIA GROUPS & THE US ELECTION. (At 28 pages with an excellent executive summary, it is a downloadable pdf and an easy read.) This joint report reviews the latest data on right-wing militia organizations across the country, identifying the most active groups and mapping the locations most likely to experience heightened militia activity before, during, and after the election. Although many US militias can be described as ‘latent’ in that they threaten more violence than they commit, several recently organized militias are associated with a right-wing ideology of extreme violence towards communities opposed to their rhetoric and demands for dominance and control. ACLED has tracked the activities of over 80 militias across the US in recent months, the vast majority of which are right-wing armed groups.
BREAKING: SCOTUS Rejects Request to Toss Out PA Ballots Rcvd After 11
Or is it only because this particular case had already been decided by the Court? x BREAKING: Supreme Court won't expedite Republican request to stop extended deadline for receiving mail-in ballots in Pennsylvania. New Justice Barrett did not participate — Robert Barnes (@scotusreporter) October 28, 2020Today’s Court decision mirrors their 4-4 decision in this same case earlier this month, Republican Party of Pennsylvania v. Boockvar. Because I believe this intervention was improper, I agree with the decision of the Seventh Circuit to stay the injunction pending appeal. I write separately to note that this case presents different issues than the applications this Court recently denied in Scarnati v. Boockvar, ante, at ___, and Republican Party of Pennsylvania v. Boockvar, ante, at ___.
The Tend Line Continues
We are at the preelection point now where in 2016 Clinton’s polling numbers took a nose dive after Comey's email lap top October surprise. That nose dive is what lead to all the conversations about polling being wrong in 2016, whereas the fact is that the late polling was approximately correct. And last but not least this bazaar story about Trump stranding rally goers out in below freezing temperatures in Nebraska. Unlike the week before the election in 2016 when Clinton’s polling averages went dramatically down, now in 2020 Biden’s numbers are quite dramatically trending upwards nationally and in swing states. Just keep in mind that we are about to enter a political period with an historically unusual window of opportunity for progressives.
Austin and TX update: Masks NOW REQUIRED in polling locations!
This is what we want to seeThis will be quick, since I’m on a crazy work deadline this week. There’s still work to be done in TX, as dvogel0308 points out: www.dailykos.com/…But a couple of headlines from today’s paper caught my eye and made me smile. In Travis County (home to most of Austin), the early vote count surpassed the total count in 2016 today. www.statesman.com/…More interestingly: US judge requires face masks in all Texas polling locations www.statesman.com/…Makes me laugh like the news came straight from bubbanomics. But in the meantime it should help deter some hijinks:Last weekend, the NAACP received reports of maskless poll watchers approaching minority voters as an intimidation techniqueMeanwhile, let’s GOTV!
The Lincoln Project Will Not Be Intimidated
Some Cheese To Go With Their WhineLast Friday, a DK Diary described the Lincoln Project’s one-word reply to the letter from Marc Kasowitz threatening a suit for “enormous compensatory and punitive damages” unless the Times Square billboards shown above were “immediately removed.”The next day, LP’s lawyer replied in more detail. I apologize if this letter was previously reported here, but it’s too good not to share. The reply letter starts strongly: “Please peddle your scare tactics elsewhere. The Lincoln Project will not be intimidated by such empty bluster. Mr. Kushner and Ms. Trump will hear more from the Lincoln Project soon.
AJ Kurdoglu AZ LD-17 and Judy Schwiebert AZ LD-20 are aiming for a Dem Majority in Arizona!
AJ Kurdoglu and Judy Schwiebert will bring a small business focus to new majorities in the Arizona State Legislature...if we put them over the top in AZ LD-17 and LD-20. When researching this profile, I came across a Zoom candidate interview that Judy Schwiebert (running for Arizona House in AZ-LD-20) did with the North Phoenix Chamber of Commerce. The fact that she’s answering small business oriented questions from a local Chamber...well, that just shows Schwiebert’s skill and poise. x YouTube VideoArizona is poised for big political changes this year, and flipping BOTH chambers of the Arizona state house is not outside the realm of possibility. ::AJ Kurdoglu is really popular and is running a truly great campaign for AZ Senate in LD-17.
KS-Sen: New Poll Has Dr. Barbara Bollier (D) Beating Rep. Roger Marshall (R) 47-46
Bollier leads Marshall by one point in a three-way vote with Libertarian Jason Buckley (Bollier: 46%, Marshall: 45%, Buckley: 4%, other/undecided: 4%). She has better consolidated Democrats (Bollier: 93%, Marshall: 6%) than Marshall has consolidated Republicans (Bollier: 20%, Marshall: 70%). She has better consolidated Democrats (Bollier: 93%, Marshall: 6%) than Marshall has consolidated Republicans (Bollier: 20%, Marshall: 70%). Half of Kansas voters say “moderate” better describes Bollier than it does Marshall (51% describes Bollier better, 28% describes Marshall better). Moderates are even more likely to say Bollier—and not Marshall—is the moderate candidate (64% describes Bollier better, 20% describes Marshall better).
IA-Sen: New Poll Has Theresa Greenfield (D) Beating Joni Ernst (R) 51-45
Going head-to-head, Democratic challenger Theresa Greenfield holds a six point lead over incumbent Republican Joni Ernst. Former Vice President Joe Biden, a Democrat, leads President Donald Trump, a Republican, by four percentage points in the latest Nexstar Iowa 2020 RABA Research Poll released on Tuesday. Biden leads Trump 50% to 46% in Iowa, according to research conducted by Red America Blue America in October. Let’s keep up the momentum to flip Iowa Blue. Click below to donate and get involved with Greenfield, Biden and their fellow Iowa Democrats campaigns:Joe BidenIowa:Theresa GreenfieldAbby FinkenauerCindy AxneRita HartJD ScholtenIowa Democratic Party
Texas Early voting, graphical summary
Pattern of Early Voting. The counties in the Austin to San Antonio axis have more early votes than total 2016 votes cast. High Early voting largely coincides with high Democratic counties, with the notable exception of the lower Rio Grande. I am quite certain, the Biden campaign knows of the relative under performance of the lower Rio Grande in the Early Voting turnout. Shapefile used to create map (consists of a simple union of a county outline map and County early voting files ).
Culver City stands up to Big Oil, votes to phase out drilling in largest urban oil field in U.S.
In a year of record fires, record heat and the unprecedented Coronavirus in California, the City Council of Culver City, the site of the largest urban oil field in the U.S, voted on October 26 to phase out oil drilling. The council voted unanimously to phase out oil drilling, properly cap and remediate the site of the largest urban oil field in the country and develop a plan to enact a just transition for workers within five years. Twelve years of work went into the Culver City success and was highlighted in a webinar cohosted by Sierra Club and The Climate Center. Only in a Big Oil state like California would a Legislator have to even author a bill to ban offshore oil drilling in a "marine protected area." And only in a Big Oil state like California would the Legislature vote against a bill to stop oil drilling in a "marine protected area."
No One Can Legally Prevent You from Voting
(Brennan Center for Justice)No one can legally prevent you from voting in the 2020 Presidential election. It is any attempt to prevent people from voting either through intimidation or by preventing them from registering or voting. Today voting suppression is a primary Republican Party campaign strategy. What does modern-day voter suppression look like in comparison to past historical voter suppression? Remember, no one can legally prevent an American citizen and an eligible voter from voting in the 2020 Presidential election and that includes Donald Trump.
NY-SD-43: State Senator Daphne Jordan's Voting Record Is Outside Of The Mainstream
Daphne Jordan: A Right-Wing Voting Record That Clearly Places Her Outside Of The Mainstream:Arch-conservative New York State Senator Daphne Jordan (R), who represents most of the northern stretches of the Hudson Valley region, has maintained a voting record that is so far to the right, it places her out of step with many of her Republican colleagues. (As a matter of fact, in 2019, Jordan was one of only three State Senators to earn a perfect, 100% score from the Conservative Party of New York State.) Daphne Jordan was one of only thirteen State Senators that opposed establishing early, in-person voting (S 1102, 2019). You can learn even more about Daphne Jordan’s voting record at DoNothingDaphne.com. Fortunately, we now have a strong alternative that is running for State Senate this year that will provide our region with more mainstream representation at the state capital in Albany.
Late Breaking Opportunities to Make a Difference
Late Breaking Opportunities to Make a DifferenceAs we reach election day, there are new developments in the news and polling that greatly improve candidates chances. Please donate to the Late Breaking Opportunities Fund to help these candidates. After tomorrow (10/29), Florida candidates can no longer receive money. Kathy Lewis FL-SD-20: Florida needs to flip 3 seats to tie in the senate and prevent a partisan gerrymander. Please support these candidates whose chances have been greatly improved or made more important by late breaking news.
SCOTUS allows extended vote count in North Carolina. GOP plan to disenfranchise falling apart.
So the news keeps getting better:US Supreme Court keeps Nov. 12 deadline for NC to accept mailed-in absentee ballots. North Carolina voters will have a few extra days for their ballots to reach election officials and still be counted after the U.S. Supreme Court declined to intervene Wednesday night. The new deadline for mail-in ballots to be received is Nov. 12, though ballots must still be postmarked on or before Nov. 3, Election Day.
Jack Black, Jason Bateman & Eric Holder Join Beto O'Rourke In Helping Flip Texas Blue
Received this e-mail today from former presidential candidate, Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D. TX) and his organization, Powered By People:It's official: Texas is a TOSS-UP! A state that hasn’t voted for the Democratic nominee since 1976 has been labeled as a Toss-Up state by multiple major polls and election trackers. The polls, the tweets, and other positive indicators about flipping Texas don’t mean a thing if people don’t vote. That’s why we’re spending the three days leading up to Election Day calling voters across Texas, along with some special guests, for Calling Texas: The Last Mile. Whether you can sign up for multiple shifts or just one, it will make a huge difference in Texas.
TX-Sen: "John Cornyn’s (R) fate may depend on whether voters give him a pass for standing by Trump"
Erica Grieder at The Houston Chronicle has good piece out about U.S. That’s a question that may determine a number of downballot races in Texas this year, and the 68-year-old senator seems to know it. Cornyn, a Republican who also serves as Senate majority whip, has been generally if not ardently supportive of Trump since the latter’s election in 2016. The result is that Texas voters now see the two as linked. Several polls have found Trump in a virtual tie with former Vice President Joe Biden in Texas.
Top Comments: Six Days Out Edition... The Waiting
The job of observers is to make sure that everyone who wants to vote gets that chance. No one who comes to vote should leave without at the very least submitting a provisional ballot. If there are any signs of intimidation, I need to help the intimidated voters, and report the intimidation to Democratic operatives. All I need to do is obtain my Poll Observer Certification, and I’m ready to go. In the meantime...x YouTube VideoComments are below the fold, after this message from our sponsor:
When freezing supporters isn't enough...collect their ballots first
The story about the Trump campaign abandoning rally attendees in freezing temperatures after Trump left Omaha has been covered widely here and on the news shows, but thought I’d add a few tidbits:1. Also, don’t know if they wore masks to the rally, but they definitely weren’t on the return trip after they had been congregating in the cold for hours. Nobody wore masks and they kept singing YMCA. The Trump campaign arranged for their own drop boxes to be furnished to the crowd so they could leave their absentee ballots in them. So they grabbed ballots and then left the crowd to fend for themselves.
Florida Early Vote, graphic presentation
Florida early vote is clocking in at 66% of total 2016 presidential vote (10/26 data). High early vote is associated with the sea-front fringe, but is less concentrated in known "high Democratic" strongholds than in Texas. Coastal counties on the densely populated Florida penisula are reporting higher early vote than rural counties. As in Texas, a catastrophic strategy mistake of the Trumpistas was to agitate against early voting, it effectively suppressed Republican (early) turnout in their strongest territory. Shapefile (readable in QGIS and other software) share publicly here, simple union of a county outline map and early voting stats listed above: drive.google.com/...
Preparing to Play the SCOTUS Trump Cards: 'BradCast' 10
If you have any doubts about that, they quote noticed science and technologist Ivanka Trump as supporting evidence;20 former Republican U.S. (So much for Trump as the self-proclaimed "law and order President");Hundreds of Trump supporters were left stranded by the Trump Campaign in frigid temps on an airstrip in Omaha, Nebraska on Tuesday night, after Trump's latest super-spreader rally. But he still has a few Trump Cards that he believes -- with good reason -- he may be able to play at his stolen and corrupt U.S. Supreme Court. That effort will involve preventing timely cast ballots from being tabulated at all following Election Day. Since elections are never certified by states on Election Night -- only the media declare "winners", in that sense -- official state results cannot be "flipped" with the counting of ballots after Election Day.
Overnight News Digest October 28, 2020
From there it made its way across metro New Orleans, taking down trees and wrecking roofs from Grand Isle to Slidell. The new deadline for mail-in ballots to be received is Nov. 12, though ballots must still be postmarked on or before Nov. 3, Election Day. he previous deadline for ballots to be received by local boards was Nov. 6, as set by state lawmakers. Tuesday marked the last day that postal and election administration experts said ballots could be mailed to ensure delivery in time for Election Day, based on national first-class mail service. The celebrated Parisian bookstore told readers on Wednesday that it was facing “hard times” as the Covid-19 pandemic keeps customers away.
AZ-Sen: New Poll Has Mark Kelly (D) Leading Martha McSally (R) 50-40, Biden Beating Trump 49-46
In Maricopa County, Arizona’s largest county, the Democratic candidates for County Attorney and Sheriff hold leads against their Republican opponents. Our polling shows strong leads for Presidential candidate Joe Biden and Senate candidate Mark Kelly in Arizona ahead of Tuesday’s election. ?Democratic challenger Mark Kelly is leading current Senator Martha McSally 50% to 40%, ?with 10% of respondents undecided. In Maricopa County, one of the most important national swing counties, our polling shows strong leads for Democrats in the County Attorney and Sheriff elections. Democratic ?Maricopa County Attorney nominee Julie Gunnigle leads incumbent Republican Allister Adel 38% to 32%.In the Maricopa County sheriff’s race, incumbent? Democrat Paul Penzone leads Republican challenger Jerry Sheridan 47% to 33%.
Possible Republican Strategy: Cheat, Then Yell 'Sore Losers'
This is what happened in 2000. Will it happen again? It’s possible. Don’t back down when they yell “Sore losers”! No one should be allowed to declare victory before all the votes are counted!
Morning Digest: Uber's 9-figure ballot measure to curtail driver rights narrowly leads in new poll
Despite the yes side's lopsided resource advantage, UC Berkeley finds little change from its last poll in mid-September, when Prop. The only other poll we've seen was a late September SurveyUSA poll that had the measure in better shape with a 45-31 edge. 22 would impose massive costs on them that would lead to far fewer drivers in California and higher prices for customers. Local governments would also not be able to require companies to provide additional benefits or protections for their gig workers. More than $5 million will go towards turning out voters of color, while the rest will be for digital ads.
Daily Kos Elections Live Digest: 10
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Markos Moulitsas on MTP Daily: "We have a much broader playing field now"
x WATCH: @Markos says "Hillary Clinton dramatically outspent [Trump] in 2016." #MTPDailyMarkos: "He did not win because of money in 2016." "But it negates one of the Republican Party's historical advantages over the Democrats, that is big money." As Markos explains:We’re seeing fundraising numbers that are just mind boggling, right? I still can’t believe I’m saying Texas is competitive.”You can watch the full video here:
Daily Kos Elections Nov. 3, 2020 poll closing times map
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Trump's October surprise commits the ultimate political sin—it's not just unbelievable, it's boring
Not only did the laptop come in without an identifiable source, it did so at a time when Hunter Biden was living on the opposite coast. Sure, there’s an understandable reluctance to post unsubstantiated emails that feature Hunter Biden delivering scenes from a mob film—if only because no one believes that Joe Biden would make a good Brando. Part one is publishing images of a supposed Hunter Biden that supposedly came from the mystery laptop. Instead of talking directly about Biden, Trump’s team is now busy focusing on the story of how no one will publish their thoroughly debunked material. If the umpteenth coming of the Hunter Biden story was already a limp choice for October surprise, this meta-fiction about that story is incredibly weak.
Trump's precious stock market plunges right as he makes closing argument to voters
After a smaller dip Tuesday, the Dow tumbled more than 943 points Wednesday, or about 3.4 percent," according to The Washington Post. The Dow has tumbled more than 2,400 points since early September, roughly an 8% decline. On Wednesday, Joseph LaVorgna, the chief economist at the White House National Economic Council, tried to pin the stock market dip on Europe. But no matter what happens, expect Trump to lie about the stock market. After all, among Trump’s list of first-term accomplishments, the White House included "ending the COVID-19 pandemic."
like the stock market isn't the economy, America just isn't the 12 states of the 2020 campaign
The last minute, multimillion-dollar boost will air intensive ad campaigns in all television markets in both states. Virtually all of the 2020 campaign has been in 12 states (based on campaign events). Silver notes that although polls are showing Biden with an advantage in Michigan and Wisconsin, "The polls have been tighter in Pennsylvania." [...]"(Pennsylvania) is close to being a must-win for Trump, who has only a 2% chance of winning the Electoral College if he loses Pennsylvania," Silver argues. Sun Belt states in which Biden is competitive include Florida, Arizona and Georgia, among others.
538 says there's "Little sign of the presidential race tightening."
x Right- @chrislhayes is absolutely right, The ABC/WashPO poll released their results as they fell. It showed Joe Biden 17 points (not a typo) ahead of President Trump, 57 percent to 40 percent, among likely voters. Project Veritas for years has misrepresented itself to get an inside look at how Democratic campaigns and liberal groups operate in Wisconsin and around the country. In the latest episode, a man with ties to Veritas posed as a documentary filmmaker to get interviews with liberal groups, according to those groups. In all, six groups said they were targeted: BLOC, Voces, Our Wisconsin Revolution, Souls to the Polls, Wisconsin Race Class Narrative Project and Wisconsin Voices.
Desperate Trump campaign trots out Melania to make partisan attacks
"Let us also not forget what the Democrats chose to focus on when COVID-19 first came into our country,” Melania offered. “While the President was taking decisive action to keep the American people safe, the Democrats were wasting American taxpayer dollars in a sham impeachment.”Um. So we’re in very good shape.”February 25: “I think that’s a problem that’s going to go away.”February 27: “It’s going to disappear. Trump has rolled back progress President Obama and I made to strengthen global health security. Senate Minority Leader Schumer called on Trump to declare a national emergency on January 26.
'It's really important to me to be in this fight': DACA recipients working to get out the vote
Not only are their families at ongoing risk of separation, their immigration protections have been decimated. "Many of our leaders who are volunteering … their family members have gotten sick or lost their jobs because of the pandemic,” she said. "It's really important to me to be in this fight," Guzman said to CNN. Young voters respond to text messages, and NextGen America is reaching out to young voters in 11 battleground states to make sure they have a plan to vote. Sign up to volunteer, and spend some time sending text messages to get out the vote.
Congratulations to Bolivia’s President-Elect Luis Arce
The United States congratulates Bolivian President-elect Luis Arce and Vice President-elect David Choquehuanca, whom the Bolivian people chose in their October 18 national elections. We recognize Supreme Electoral Tribunal President Salvador Romero and all of Bolivia’s electoral authorities for overseeing this credible process, along with the hard work and peaceful conduct of Bolivian voters, political parties, civil society, and the security forces. The United States looks forward to working with the new, democratically elected government on matters of mutual interest.
Getting Away With Murder: ‘Clash’ as Media Euphemism for ‘Massacre’
Those same forces have now conducted massacres of Morales supporters near the cities of Cochabamba and La Paz. (11/18/19) and Common Dreams (11/22/19) framed events as a “massacre” rather than a “clash,” and with far fewer resources, too. Yet when official allies carry out similar violence, it is laundered through the passive voice and the use of neutral words. Words matter, and how issues are presented to us has an enormous effect on public opinion and in shaping society. In a very real sense, by muddying the waters, media are literally helping the powerful getting away with murder.
An innovative way for Bay Area volunteers to get out the vote in swing states
That's why Manny's—a politically themed restaurant at 16th & Valencia in San Francisco's Mission District—has set up get-out-the-vote Victory Booths on their sidewalk as a safe, coronavirus-compliant way to do in-person volunteering to reach voters in swing states. Click here to volunteer for a shift at Manny's Victory Booths. When you show up, you will be given the choice to phonebank or textbank to Democratic voters in swing states. We are so close to recruiting 100,000 get-out-the-vote volunteers for the 2020 cycle. Click to sign up for a shift at Manny's, and come join us at the Victory Booths.
Wednesday Night Owls: Beating Trump is just the beginning
Social movements need a healthy ecology, which means a wide array of activities and manifestations of grassroots power. I say on the campaign trail that we need our feet on the ground and our eyes on the stars of our ideals. If nothing else, Donald Trump has revealed just how much state power matters in this country. They never have been from the beginning of our country and they are not now. As much as our favorite boogeyman loves the limelight, there's one thing he loves even more—being Senator.
To Media, No Democrat Can Possibly Be Right-Wing
The media do report on the split, but they never identify the latter as representing the right at all. In fact, the phrase “right-wing Democrat” has not appeared in the New York Times for over 30 years. This is a common occurrence in media, and has the effect of normalizing the right wing of the party as the default. “Pragmatic”—meaning adapting sensibly and adopting realistic, fact-based positions—is another newspeak word media use to describe right-wing Democrats espousing pro-corporate policies, regardless of what the facts actually are. Corporate media are funded by the same sources that fund both parties and broadly share the same ideology, hence the reluctance to critique them.
Biden eyes GOP candidates for Cabinet slots
Among the names being floated for possible Biden Cabinet posts are Meg Whitman, the CEO of Quibi and former CEO of eBay, and former Ohio Gov. “This plays to Joe Biden’s comfort zone,” said one former Republican member of Congress who is close to the Biden transition. Despite their criticisms, progressives have collected a handful of wins on the Biden transition. Some Cabinet positions have historically been considered less ideological than others, a “safe” slot to fill with a member of the opposite party. The Transportation Department, however, is expected to have a higher profile in a potential Biden administration that wants to focus on a major infrastructure package.
US ‘spied on Brazilian president and top officials’
The US spy agency bugged the phone of Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff along with her top political and financial officials, according to new information released by WikiLeaks. The whistle-blowing website published on Saturday a National Security Agency (NSA) list of 29 Brazilian government phone numbers that the controversial American spy agency monitored. “Even on her official travels, President Rousseff is not safe from interception,” the group added. WikiLeaks said the mobile phone of Luiz Alberto Figueiredo Machado, former foreign affairs minister from 2013 to 2015 and current Brazilian ambassador to the US, was targeted. The latest disclosures come on the heels of new WikiLeaks releases that appeared to show the United States had spied on German and French government officials.
Biden holds a big lead over Trump, but race could tighten, according to CNBC All America Survey
Former Vice President Joe Biden holds an 11-point lead over President Donald Trump one week before the election, but the CNBC All-America Economic Survey shows the race could tighten. Biden leads Trump by 51% to 40%, a 2-point increase from the June poll and 6 points better than in April. Three of the least important issues — taxes, immigration and relations with China — are most critical to Trump voters. That's well below his best days in June 2018, when his net approval (approval minus disapproval) was positive 15. In fact, 18% of Biden's supporters believe the market will go up under Trump compared with 7% of Trump voters who believe it will rise under Biden.
What's Beneath the Chaos We're Experiencing.
Chaos(Image by callum-skelton-LaMnXPLz7qc-unsplash) Details DMCAIt's easy to see politicians and their avid supporters surfing the waves of our social convulsions. The first is a resurgent form of Marxism that has regained new life in our young SJW's (Social Justice Warriors). This thinking is further advanced by French philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre's observation that everything, including personal attributes, is a social construction. In that case, the first step is to awaken to the underlying dynamics at cause in our society's convulsions. Read more in my soon to be released book, "Loosing" Your Mind: Critical Thinking in an Age of Chaos.
Biden Vs Trump Poll: Joe Biden Lead Shrinks As Donald Trump Tops 2016 Vote Share In IBD/TIPP Presidential Poll
Biden Vs Trump Poll: Suburbs Back ChallengerUrban voters prefer Biden by a 38-point margin, outperforming Clinton's 2016 result, the IBD/TIPP presidential poll update finds. The IBD/TIPP presidential poll shows suburban voters back Biden vs. Trump, 53.5% to 44%. Presidential Poll DemographicsIBD/TIPP's latest Biden vs. Trump poll suggests the president now leads by 8 points among senior citizens, 53%-45%. Meanwhile, Trump trails Biden among Hispanics, 33%-65.5% in the latest IBD/TIPP Biden vs. Trump poll. Yet the latest IBD/TIPP Trump vs. Biden poll finds important contrasts with the Trump vs. Clinton race.
White House Watch
President Trump has seesawed back into a one-point lead over Democrat Joe Biden in Rasmussen Reports’ daily White House Watch survey. On the last Wednesday before Election Day in 2016, Trump and Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton were tied at 44% apiece in Rasmussen Reports’ daily White House Watch. Rasmussen Reports has been releasing White House Watch weekly on Wednesdays since the beginning of July. But starting this week, White House Watch is being posted daily at 10:30 am Eastern. Please sign up for the Rasmussen Reports daily e-mail update (it's free) or follow us on Facebook.
Putin's military and security policies are withering: CSTO is de facto no more
Only a blind man would not see that the war in Nagorno-Karabakh isn't about to end any time soon. It seems that Aliyev, who is receiving motivation from Erdogan, still hasn't been able to return Nagorno-Karabakh quickly and without unnecessary bloodshed. The CSTO will not provide any support, and that's why Armenian forces didn't participate in the exercises, not even symbolically. Of course, the CSTO has other members aside from Russia and Belarus - Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Kazakhstan - and no one of them took part in the exercises. This is like the police promising to protect the people while at the same time selling weapons to the mafia.
European defence still matters but not for Lithuania
European countries have different points of view on the issue of the EU collective defence and security. European experts believe, that in order for European countries to be able to defend themselves and choose their own course independently, a consolidation of national defence industries is urgently needed. For this, the EU needs to create a real European Defence Technological and Industrial Base, which can only take shape through the incentives and projects conducted within the European Union. Other European countries such as Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia which are not ready to make their own sufficient investment in the European defence, prefer to completely rely on NATO and the U.S. The opposite positions could lead to a greater gap between European countries and dissatisfaction with existing frame of the organization.
Did They Really Have to Shoot Walter Wallace Jr.?
Click HereWhy is he alive, then, and Walter Wallace Jr. isn't? The Wallace slaying was just the latest in the long and never-ending train of police killings of young Black men. In almost all cases, though the suspects have not been young Black men. Witnesses to the Wallace slaying of Wallace also provided a partial answer. The presumption is that they are much more likely to believe the testimony of police and prosecution witnesses than Black witnesses, defendants, or even the victims.
Social media's erasure of Palestinians is a grim warning for our future
In a new Netflix documentary, The Social Dilemma, former Silicon Valley executives warn of a dystopian future. The result, as we are consigned to discrete ideological echo chambers, is ever greater social and political polarisation and turmoil. Western publics are waking up very belatedly to the undemocratic power social media wields over them. Social media firms are now effectively monopolistic communication grids - similar to the electricity and water grids, or the phone network of a quarter of a century ago. But unlike the phone company, social media corporations control not just the means of communication, but the content too.
The beginning of the end for the U.S. empire's grip over Latin America
The dominoes have begun to fall for Washington's paradigm of domination over Latin America. In Bolivia, Movement for Socialism (MAS) candidate Luis Arce is to be inaugurated next month after having won the country's election. But these roadblocks to equality won't afflict Chile or the rest of Latin America's capitalist countries forever. Less than a year after 2019's vast wave of Latin American protests died down, new revolts are breaking out. The perpetual drawback to these types of efforts towards achieving change is that they're functioning within the confines of the capitalist state, and therefore can't be revolutionary until the capitalist state within each given country is overthrown.
Tom Kean Jr. Demonstrates Grover Norquest's Taxpayer Protection Pledge Does Not Work for Voting Taxpayer in New Jersey
LegiScan’s Roll Call: NJ A4495 | 2018-2019 | reported, Sen. Kean Jr., Thomas H. [R] voted against closing this estimated $290 million corporate tax loophole. Congressman Tom Malinowski (NJ-7) who supports even fairer corporate tax codes at the Federal and State levels is being challenged by Kean Jr. It is estimated that these measures would generate an additional federal and state tax revenue of $ 97.8 billion and $ 714 million per year, respectively. Grover Norquist’s ATR.org’s Website includes Tom Kean, Jr. as a signer of their Taxpayer Protection Pledge. All the NJ Senate Pledge Signers voted against overturning the corporate tax loophole, this is Taxpayer Protection Pledgers not protecting the taxpaying voters of New Jersey; but protesting Corporations that are unpatriotic to the State of New Jersey and its taxpaying voters.
Arms Control and Domestic Security
Less talked about is the world's crumbling arms control infrastructure, much of which has occurred in the Donald Trump Administration. Little attention has been given to how much our current arms control policies will cost us in the long run. Arms Control Association Executive Director Daryl Kimball pointed out in his story "Trump's Dangerous Disarmament Diplomacy" that no one really wins an arms race. However, the decision is about more than just arms control agreements. Let us work toward a security that includes more economic and environmental security and fewer nuclear and traditional arms!
Big Tech Social Media is in Over its Head About Censoring Policies
(Image by DJANDYW.COM) Details DMCAI'm watching the live grilling of all the Big Tech Social Media leaders of Facebook, Twitter, and Google:The live grilling - there's no better word for it - will be over by the time you read this, so advance the timeline to 1:08 to watch the full hearing. Hiring more "fact checkers" won't work, since the information simply comes in too fast. Complying with government regulators and Congress won't work, especially since they do not agree among their divided parties; Senator John Tester said sarcastically that social media companies will soon be required to hire fact checkers that agree with him, or with other Senators. on social media, and then to allow everything aside from very narrowly defined incitements to violence, child pornography and other specifically defined criminal acts. As Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis said "The cure for bad free speech is more free speech."
US Reports a Record 500,000-Plus Coronavirus Cases Over the Past Week
The United States reported a record of more than 500,000 new cases over the past week, as states and cities resorted to stricter new measures to contain the virus that is raging across the country, especially the American heartland. The record was broken Tuesday, even as the Trump administration announced what it called its first-term scientific accomplishments, in a press release that included “ENDING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC” written in bold, capital letters. The record reflects how quickly the virus is spreading. It took nearly three months for the first 500,000 coronavirus cases to be tallied in the United States — the first was confirmed on Jan. 21, and the country did not reach the half-million mark until April 11. Testing was severely limited in the early days of the pandemic.
Bolivia's Hardline Christian Govt Charged with Massacring Protesters as Morales Returns from Exile
Almost exactly one year after he was overthrown in a U.S.-backed military coup, former Bolivian president Evo Morales is set to return to his homeland. Earlier this week, a Bolivian court threw out terrorism charges leveled by Jeanine Añez's coup government against Morales. MAS won a landslide victory on October 20, receiving over 55 percent of the popular vote in a five-way election. As president from 2006 to 2019, Morales grew the Bolivian economy while also greatly reducing poverty, illiteracy, and hunger. Under her rule, the MAS was persecuted, its leaders charged with sedition and terrorism, with many (like Morales) forced to flee the country.
How the US, Turkey, and Israel are fueling a forgotten war between Armenia and Azerbaijan
Subsequently a war broke out between Armenia and Azerbaijan over the territory, killing 30,000, and displacing about a million people. I don’t think Russia thinks it’s a good move strategically to get more involved militarily. And, frankly, I don’t think that they think they have as big of a dog in the fight as we think they do. And the second thing is I don’t think there’s a lot of partisan points to be gained on it. Both Trump and Biden don’t think this is something that’s going to resonate with the American people, with voters.
Wild Conspiracy Theory? The Truth Behind the Biggest Threat to the 'War on Terror' Narrative
Published from Strategic Culture Foundation"If you must break the law, do it to seize power: in all other cases observe it." It is officially denied to this date that al-Qaeda or any other international terrorist organization participated in the Benghazi attack. On the 6th year anniversary of the Benghazi attack, Barack Obama stated at a partisan speech on Sept 10th, 2018, delivered at the University of Illinois, that the outrage over the details concerning the Benghazi attack were the result of "wild conspiracy theory" perpetrated by conservatives and Republican members of Congress. These arms shipments were sent to Syria and became the arsenal that allowed ISIS and other radical rebels to grow. Essentially, the DIA documents were reporting that the Obama Administration was supporting Islamist extremism, including the Muslim Brotherhood .
What do billionaires like Tom Steyer mean for progressive politics and the climate movement?
The net worth of billionaire Tom Steyer stands at around $1.4 billion, and he ranks #1335 among the richest people in the world. He is a major Democratic Party donor who also ran for the party’s presidential nomination before dropping out in February 2020. According to Forbes, Steyer spent around $65 million in the 2016 US election cycle backing Democratic candidates and supporting environmental causes. Political analysts have branded him as a progressive outsider to the world of politics. TRNN climate correspondent Aman Azhar asked Steyer directly about his position on politically contentious issues, including Joe Biden’s plan to combat climate change, the politics behind fracking and the influence of big oil in American politics, and whether climate change is being used by both aspiring and career politicians to greenwash conservative political narratives.
'Should Be Ashamed': After Installing Barrett, McConnell Adjourns Senate for Recess With No Covid Relief in Sight
They just didn't think Covid relief was important." "Small business owners, workers, and families are desperate for support—and lawmakers and the president abandoned them in order to focus on jamming through a historically non-transparent and extreme Supreme Court pick," Herrig continued. The US Senate confirmed Amy Coney Barrett as a Supreme Court judge in 31 days. "They just didn't think Covid relief was important," Greenberg tweeted. We should not be voting on a Supreme Court justice—we should be voting on major COVID19 relief to protect working families.
Make McConnell Pay for Amy Coney Barrett
The Senate vote hugged party lines. The 52 Republicans who voted to confirm Barrett represent states that are home to just 152 million Americans, while the 48 votes against her confirmation represent 170 million Americans. Republicans moved with reckless haste to confirm Barrett because they know the arc of history is bending against them. As the leader of a "majority caucus" that represents a minority of Americans, McConnell acknowledged Republican infamy on Sunday. McConnell and Senate Judiciary Committee chair Lindsey Graham of South Carolina know their power is threatened.
Are Democrats open to expanding the Supreme Court? After Barrett, it looks that way
It's the first time a Supreme Court nominee has been confirmed without a single vote from a major opposition party since 1869. "Yes, the two Supreme Court cases that have been stolen, where these processes that are just wildly hypocritical have been used to jam through partisan nominees. Maine Sen. Angus King, an independent who caucuses with the Democrats, pointed out on CNN that "the size of the Supreme Court is not set in the Constitution. The number of senators needed to impeach a Supreme Court justice is 67. "Not just the Supreme Courts, but the other courts," she added.
After Installing Barrett, McConnell Adjourns Senate for Recess Sans COVID Relief
After installing right-wing judge Amy Coney Barrett on the Supreme Court just days ahead of the November presidential election, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell summarily adjourned his chamber for recess late Monday without approving any additional coronavirus relief, effectively signaling that the prospect of an aid package ahead of next week’s contest is dead. “Small business owners, workers, and families are desperate for support — and lawmakers and the president abandoned them in order to focus on jamming through a historically non-transparent and extreme Supreme Court pick,” Herrig continued. “Senators should be ashamed of themselves.”The US Senate confirmed Amy Coney Barrett as a Supreme Court judge in 31 days. It's been 87 days since enhanced unemployment aid and a lot of small biz aid expired. We should not be voting on a Supreme Court justice—we should be voting on major COVID19 relief to protect working families.
Trump May Become First Republican to Lose Texas Since 1976, New Polls Suggest
The last time a Democratic candidate for president won in Georgia was in 1992, and the last time one was victorious in Texas was in 1976. Texas and Georgia, meanwhile, have also shown signs of shifting from their traditionally “red state” statuses to possibly going “blue” this year. But he has a rare opportunity to win Texas, too. That matches the aggregate of polls collected at RealClearPolitics, which finds Trump leading Biden in Texas by an average of 2.6 percentage points. In Georgia also, Trump is ahead of Biden within the RealClearPolitics collection of polls, but by a razor-thin margin, leading on average by 0.4 percent.
The World Socialist Web Site, the fight against imperialism and for socialism in the Middle East
In fact, the launch of the World Socialist Web Site in 1998 played a decisive role in making it possible for our group to be here today as we seek to build a section of the ICFI in Turkey. The political influence and prestige that the WSWS has in this region is not limited to Turkey. Our political opponents also testify to the prestige of the WSWS in the region and all over the world. When the World Socialist Web Site welcomed the working class opposition to Iran’s government and opposed the state repression at the end of 2017, Ramin Mazaheri, a journalist and an apologist of “Islamic socialism” and the Islamic Republic in Iran, expressed admiration for the World Socialist Web Site even as he opposed the principled attitude taken by the WSWS. This young proletariat will find in the World Socialist Web Site the political weapons it needs in the struggle for international socialism, against imperialism and the reactionary bourgeois regimes in the region during this decade of the socialist revolution that we have entered.
Is Trump Trying to Suppress Votes by Saying He’ll Disregard Election Results?
Trump could even persuade GOP-controlled state legislatures to submit separate slates of electors declaring him the winner, despite the certified popular vote. Both stand to benefit from a fair election that removes Trump and puts an end to his chaotic administration. A candidate openly attesting that they may not honor election results is a signal to the public that their vote will not count. Is the threat of Trump not accepting the election results a form of voter suppression? A candidate openly attesting that they may not honor election results is a signal to the public that their vote will not count.
White House Press Release Wrongly Claims Trump Has Defeated COVID
In a release titled “Trump Administration Releases Science and Technology Accomplishments from First Term,” the OSTP purported that President Donald Trump had achieved many feats when it came to promoting science. “President Trump has solidified America’s standing as the most scientifically and technologically advanced nation the world has ever seen…. Those comments, however, come within just a few days of the coronavirus pandemic reaching its highest levels yet, in terms of new diagnoses being made, demonstrating that the accolades are wildly incorrect. The Trump administration’s claims that the virus has been defeated are patently false for another reason: Members of his own executive staff continue to get infected with coronavirus. Covid, Covid, Covid, he’s complaining.
Biden Slams Trump for Stranding Omaha Rallygoers in Near-Freezing Temperatures
Democratic candidate for president Joe Biden lashed out at President Donald Trump on Wednesday, making strong criticisms against the president for a campaign event that he held in Omaha, Nebraska, on Tuesday night, which resulted in the stranding of thousands of rallygoers in near-freezing temperatures. Trump wrapped up his event at Eppley Airfield in Omaha, departing on Air Force One around 9 p.m. The Trump campaign took no responsibility for the mishap, claiming that it had provided enough buses for the event and blaming local road closures for what transpired. However, a local volunteer with the campaign offered a contrasting view of what happened, saying little guidance was given to local campaign officials on how to manage the exodus of supporters after the rally. He added that the event “captures President Trump’s whole approach in this crisis” as well, referring to the coronavirus pandemic.
Tuesday’s Down-Ticket Elections Are the Most Important in Generations
Joe Biden wins, but the Democrats fail to take the Senate, ushering in four years of nothing getting done; 3. “Democrats need a net gain of four Senate seats to win the chamber if Biden loses,” reports CNN. In Colorado, GOP incumbent Cory Gardner is likewise facing a large polling deficit against his opponent, Democrat John Hickenlooper. In North Carolina, a sexting scandal surrounding Democratic challenger Cal Cunningham has not served to blow up his lead over GOP incumbent Thom Tillis. Iowa is close, with challenger Theresa Greenfield leading GOP incumbent Joni Ernst by a slim three points.
Barrett and GOP Threaten Health Care for Millions, Democrats Say
As early as November 10, the Supreme Court will consider a case at the center of the GOP’s years-long and deeply unpopular campaign to sabotage and dismantle the Affordable Care Act. Democrats argue the law has improved health care for millions and should remain. Democrats and their allies are hoping to sway undecided voters nervous about losing their health care during a public health crisis. In addition to her presumed opposition to the health care law, the new justice is also seen as a threat to LGBTQ rights, voting rights, racial justice and reproductive rights. “The Republican presidential platform calls for nominating judges who will reverse the Affordable Care Act,” said Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, a Democrat from Rhode Island.
Trump defends killer cops and police attacks on protesters in Philadelphia
… Last night, the city of Philadelphia was ransacked by violent mobs and Biden-supported people. When protests erupt against his hijacking of the election, Trump will declare them “anarchist riots,” “mob rule” and “domestic terrorism” to justify a police state crackdown. Both the Pennsylvania state house and City Hall in Philadelphia are controlled by the Democrats, who have overseen the police crackdown against protesters. In addition to the protests in Washington D.C. and Philadelphia, protests in solidarity with Walter Wallace were held in New York City and Portland on Tuesday night. This is because their primary concern is to suppress popular opposition to Trump and contain the political crisis within the state.
US threatens military strikes against Iran and Venezuela
(Official White House Photo by Joyce N. Boghosian)The threat was issued by Elliott Abrams, who holds the combined posts of US special envoy for both Venezuela and Iran. “The transfer of long-range missiles from Iran to Venezuela is not acceptable to the United States and will not be tolerated or permitted,” Abrams said. Under the JCPOA, Iran agreed to restrictions on its civilian nuclear program in exchange for the lifting of sanctions. We’ll overcome but NEVER forget.”On Wednesday, Iran reported 415 COVID-19 deaths, the highest one-day total since the pandemic began. Iran and Venezuela have conducted trade, particularly in terms of Iranian shipments of gasoline and oil products, despite US threats to seize such shipments on the high seas.
'Most valuable surrogate': Spouses are key in battleground states, lending firepower in final push
And beyond the traditional battlegrounds, polls have showed tightening races in states Trump won in 2016, like Iowa, and some where Democrats might have never imagined being competitive, like Texas and Georgia. She was very popular on the campaign trail and often brought out thousands of supporters on her own. “Michelle Obama was always just a rock star out on the campaign trail,” Han said. The Trump campaign has often looked to second lady Karen Pence, wife of Vice President Mike Pence as a key surrogate on the campaign trail. Han said spouses likely don't sway voters on the campaign trail, but she maintained they can help generate excitement for the candidates.
How the pandemic has affected voters with disabilities – roughly one-sixth of the US electorate
Many people with disabilities, estimated to be one-sixth of voters this year, encounter barriers when they attempt to vote in person. As a result, he said, turnout among voters with disabilities may increase this year. But pandemic-related restrictions have curbed visitors, and in some states, such as North Carolina and Louisiana, state laws prohibit facility staff from helping residents vote. Their study showed that’s an increase of nearly 20% since 2008, compared with an increase of 12% among eligible voters without disabilities. About half of voters with disabilities lean Democratic and about 42% favor Republicans, according to a 2016 report from the Pew Research Center.
Guns, lies and ballots set on fire: This is voter suppression in 2020
Voters in Black Lives Matters shirts rejected at pollsSome polling places are attempting to reject voters wearing Black Lives Matter shirts. Moments later a polling place manager intervened and said Arias could vote because Black Lives Matter is "not on the ballot." Black lives matter, the statement, is often confused with the political movement. "I don’t take it (Black lives matter) as a political issue," Arias said. To combat voter suppression, Rochon said he has been leading marches with groups of voters to drop their absentee ballots off at drop boxes.
State and local leaders order new restrictions amid autumn’s coronavirus surge
Gina Raimondo (D) said at a weekly briefing Wednesday that she would announce new restrictions Friday. “This is like a tidal wave.”ADResistance persists to anything resembling the shutdowns imposed during the frightening viral assault in March and April. The pandemic is showing clear signs of a fall surge in the Northern Hemisphere, with the coronavirus behaving like other seasonal viruses. The order, which Little said was intended to curb alarming demand on hospitals and health-care facilities, rolled back reopening rules in effect since mid-June. ADPublic health officials in the state have attributed much of the surge to social gatherings.
The Trump Team’s Plan For The Final Days
The voting ends in five days. A lot of polls keep showing Joe Biden ahead, but the Trump team says no way. Erin Perrine Director of Press Communication for the Trump Campaign discusses the record-breaking amount of early voting, the polls and the campaign's plans for the final stretch. Election Day is quickly approaching and coronavirus cases continue to increase in states across the country. He also responds to critics who say masks don't work and explains why we shouldn't abandon public health measures when there is a vaccine available.
Undecided Voters Weigh In Before Election Day
This week, Martha is joined by a panel of undecided voters in battleground states. The panel tells Martha about what they think about President Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden, how the candidates' vice presidents impacted their decision, and how the President's behavior and handling of the pandemic will influence their choice on Election Day. Follow Martha on Twitter: @marthamaccallum
Texas mask mandate must extend to polling places, judge rules
AUSTIN, Texas — A federal judge ruled that Texas' statewide mask mandate must include polling places, but election officials Wednesday did not rush to enforce the order that was handed down after more than 8 million people have already voted. Texas is three weeks into early voting, but Pulliam said enforcing a mask order would not be disruptive. Texas has had a statewide mask mandate since July, but Republican Gov. Greg Abbott carved out an exception for polling places. Early voting ends Friday in Texas, which is already close to surpassing the nearly 9 million people who voted in 2016's general election.
Portland delays vote on $18M in police cuts: report
More than 150 people addressed the city council of Portland, Ore., on Wednesday regarding the panel’s plans to slash $18 million more from the city’s police budget, according to a report. After an online meeting that lasted more than five hours, council members decided to seek more information from city budget officials and delay their funding decision until next week, OregonLive.com reported. Eudaly and Hardesty have been leading the effort to move $18 million from the police department to other various other city programs, OregonLive.com reported. Wheeler, 58, is seeking his second term after previously serving as a state treasurer and a Multnomah County commissioner. Eudaly, 50, is a former bookstore owner and renters’ rights advocate who is also seeking a second term.
Impostor nurse got high-paying jobs after lying about work experience, education: DOJ
An impostor nurse who lied about her education and work experience to land a series of high-paying health care jobs has been sentenced to 65 months in prison, the Justice Department said Wednesday. Emery's actions took place from 2011 to 2018, the Justice Department said. She then used her fabrications to land a senior VP job for an Ann Arbor, Mich., health care consulting firm earning an annual salary of roughly $285,000, according to the Justice Dept. From 2015 until 2018, Emery worked as a senior executive for a county government health services agency in California that paid her a total of roughly $960,000. Emery was arrested in 2018 before pleading guilty to mail fraud and tax evasion earlier this year.
Biden vs. Trump: Europe watches the U.S. election closely — and hopes
US President Donald Trump and Democratic presidential candidate and former US Vice President Joe Biden are seen during the first presidential debate on a YouTube video displayed on a screen of a smartphone. Transatlantic ties have fractured since President Donald Trump arrived at the White House in 2017, with clashes over trade, defense and technology. Trump has frequently opted out of traditional diplomacy standards by making announcements and commenting on different subjects via Twitter. "If Trump is re-elected, I don't think he will pursue this American tradition to be more pro-European in the second mandate. I don't think that if he is re-elected things will improve in the way we wanted them to improve," Juncker said.
Women for Trump's final 2020 push has rendered 'empowerment' meaningless
There is a Pepto Bismol pink bus coming to a swing state town near you, and it's not bringing Avon or Mary Kay cosmetics. The empowered women among them (see newly minted Supreme Court Justice-for-life Amy Coney Barrett) are appear perfectly happy to disempower other women by, for example, restricting reproductive rights. But no amount of empowerment word salad can hide the fact that Trump has disempowered women in American politics and policy. But no amount of empowerment word salad can hide the fact that Trump has disempowered women in American politics and policy. The pink empowered bus is on an 85-day tour, rolling into small towns and suburbs in battleground states.
Analysis: With improved leverage, North Korea leader Kim awaits winner of U.S. vote
A person walks past a banner showing North Korean and U.S. flags ahead of the North Korea-U.S. summit in Hanoi, Vietnam, February 25, 2019. [nL4N2HJ1HE]After months of tightening sanctions and trading threats, Trump then became the first sitting U.S. president to meet with a North Korean leader at a summit in Singapore in 2018. [nL2N26N1QZ]‘GAME CHANGERS’While the United States’ far greater military might could swiftly inflict critical damage on North Korea, Pyongyang now poses a threat with its nuclear missiles capable of striking the U.S. mainland. It was seen by military experts as another game changer, just as the Hwasong-15 ICBM launch in 2017 was. A military parade here this month highlighted how the North has beefed up its strategic weapons.
‘Helping the president’: HHS official sought to rebrand coronavirus campaign
Caputo also pitched the idea of framing the ad campaign around helping the president. Burson, which is a subcontractor on the campaign, did not respond to a request for comment. The spokesperson said that Azar was not aware of Caputo's close involvement in the campaign. Both Quaid and Winans posted videos insisting that their participation was solely focused on promoting public health and was not intended to be political. The health department then recommended that contractors hire one of Caputo’s business partners, Den Tolmor, to film the celebrity videos, although the Russian-born filmmaker had no prior experience with U.S. public health campaigns.
CNN’s Brianna Keilar Delivers 7-Minute Takedown Of Donald Trump’s 1950s Worldview
Brianna Keilar on Wednesday put Donald Trump’s outdated view of the world under the spotlight. The host of CNN’s “Newsroom” called out the president’s “tone-deaf pleas to suburban women” this week when he asked for their vote because he was putting their “husbands back to work.”“He seems to miss that, decades ago, women joined the workforce en masse,” said Keilar. Keilar later reeled off other examples of Trump’s “1950s worldview” ? from his references to “Gone With The Wind” and Bob Hope to his denial of systemic racism and touting of Confederate symbols. “His nostalgia for the ’50s is obstructing his understanding of the present-day suburbs,” Keilar concluded. Lassie is not coming to save us and June Cleaver is not waiting at home with meatloaf.”Check out the video here:
Don Lemon Has A Simple Solution To One Of Donald Trump’s Favorite Rally Gripes
CNN’s Don Lemon had some “real talk” for Donald Trump after airing a montage of the president whining about having to attend reelection rallies. On Wednesday’s broadcast of “CNN Tonight,” Lemon offered Trump a simple way out. Come on,” said Lemon. “Somebody told me that, I would say, ‘You are free to go. Nobody asked you to come here.’”
Why Trump needs to suppress the vote to win
Never before in modern presidential politics has a candidate been so reliant on wide-scale efforts to depress the vote as Trump. In 2016, he won Arizona, Florida, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin — five of this year’s most important swing states — with under 50 percent of the vote. But the coronavirus — and Trump’s baseless warnings about widespread voter fraud — shifted a once-ancillary feature of campaigns into overdrive. Democrats pushed to ease voting rules amid the pandemic, and Trump pushed back. After the order was lifted in 2018, Trump and the RNC began assembling a massive poll-watching operation.
Offensive Charlie Hebdo cartoon pushes Turkey-France tensions into overdrive.
Neither leader is motivated entirely by nakedly political considerations, Ulgen said, they likely believe the urgency of their respective missions. Indeed, by most political metrics, Macron is in a more secure position than his Turkish counterpart. Unlike Erdogan, Macron’s gambit is more about ambition than political survival. The worst threats to Macron come from a right-wing opposition, which has repeatedly come within striking distance of taking the Elysée Palace. A statement Monday from the National Rally, the party of right-wing populist Marine Le Pen, dripped with derision for both Erdogan and Macron.
Houston voters are turning out in record numbers. Could they flip Texas for Biden?
In 2016, under Republican leadership, Harris County spent about $4 million to administer the elections. Go Nakamura / Getty ImagesAs a result, more Harris County residents have voted early this year than ever before. Basically, Texas doesn't flip if Harris County doesn't have supersized turnout.”He estimates at least 1.5 million voters need to turn out in Harris County for Democrats to have a reasonable shot at winning Texas. Hidalgo pointed out that voters in Republican-leaning precincts in northern Harris County have also benefited from the changes. In what some experts have taken as a signal of voter enthusiasm in Harris County, more than 29,000 people applied.
Polish president backtracks on abortion view amid protests
(AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)Police stand guard while protesters block the parliament in Warsaw, Poland, Wednesday Oct. 28, 2020. He spoke after seven straight days of huge protests across Poland following a constitutional court ruling declaring it unconstitutional to terminate a pregnancy due to fetal congenital defects. The ruling effectively bans almost all abortions in a country that already had one of Europe’s most restrictive abortion laws. ADVERTISEMENTThat ruling has triggered huge nationwide protests, with young people heeding a call by women’s rights activists to come to the streets to defend their freedoms. On Thursday night, men with a far-right group, All-Polish Youth, attacked women taking part in protests overnight in some cities, including Wroclaw, Poznan and Bialystok.
Trump's rally playlist is the best metaphor for his shallowness
I truly believe that there's no better metaphor for the campaign or the man it's being used to get re-elected. In a strange way, the campaign playlist may be the most on-the-nose part of a truly chaotic campaign. The crowds, for all their mean-spirited energy ready for Trump's cue, are genuinely having a good time listening to it. It's been a mainstay on Trump's campaign trail for his entire political career, often played as a closer after he's finished speaking. Because he is who he is, it's impossible for any part of the campaign — including the rally playlist — not to match the man, a truism seen from top to bottom.
Poll: Biden holds narrow lead in Florida
Just a combined 2 percent of likely Florida voters are undecided or are voting for another candidate. In September's NBC News/Marist poll — conducted after the political conventions — the candidates were tied at 48 percent. Trump held a similar lead among Latinos in September's NBC News/Marist poll of the state. All of those demographic numbers are consistent with the NBC News/Marist poll from September. The NBC News/Marist poll of Florida surveyed 743 likely voters by cellphone and landline interviews from Oct. 25 to 27.
Tennessee’s early voting period ends Thursday
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Thursday marks the last day in Tennessee to vote early in person for the Nov. 3 presidential election. Tennessee offers 14 days of in-person early voting. Voters can find early voting and Election Day polling locations, hours and more with the GoVoteTN app or at GoVoteTN.com . Completed absentee ballots must be received by local election commissions via mail by Election Day’s close of polls. Officials are urging voters to drop off ballots inside the one post office designated in each county by Election Day afternoon where county election officials will pick up ballots.
VoteMobile Helps California Wildfire Victims And Seniors Cast Their Ballots
VoteMobile Helps California Wildfire Victims And Seniors Cast Their BallotsEnlarge this image toggle caption Erika Mahoney/KAZU Erika Mahoney/KAZUThe Santa Cruz County VoteMobile looks like a taco truck. On a recent hot and sticky Santa Cruz day, the VoteMobile was stationed at La Posada Retirement Community. The fire burned about 86,500 acres in Santa Cruz and San Mateo counties, according to the state agency, Cal Fire. The CZU Lightning Complex wildfire destroyed more than 900 homes in Santa Cruz County alone. "This community in Santa Cruz County, we pull for each other," Gail Pellerin, Santa Cruz County's chief elections official, said.
Opioid Crisis: Critics Say Trump Fumbled Response To Another Deadly Epidemic
Opioid Crisis: Critics Say Trump Fumbled Response To Another Deadly EpidemicEnlarge this image toggle caption Jessica McGowan/Getty Images Jessica McGowan/Getty ImagesWhen then-presidential candidate Donald Trump spoke in Manchester, N.H., a week before the 2016 election, he said the opioid crisis was destroying lives and shattering families. Before coronavirus hit, opioids were widely viewed as the nation's top public health crisis. "ONDCP did not issue a national drug control strategy for either 2017 or 2018," the GAO concluded. But in recent months, even some members of the Trump administration have begun voicing alarm. "We've seen very large increases in the number of individuals going to treatment programs," said Brendan Saloner, a researcher at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
During A Mental Health Crisis, A Family's Call To 911 Turns Tragic
During A Mental Health Crisis, A Family's Call To 911 Turns Tragictoggle caption Brett Sholtis/WITFRulennis Muñoz remembers the phone ringing on Sept. 13. Fatal police shootings often involve a mental health crisisIt was a tragedy for the Muñoz family — but it's not that unusual. Across the U.S., people with mental illnesses are 16 times more likely than the overall population to be killed by police, according to one study from the mental health nonprofit Treatment Advocacy Center. By that point, it's often law enforcement, rather than mental health professionals, who are called in to help. The National Alliance on Mental Illness continues to advocate for more resources for families dealing with a mental health crisis.
Polling Places Are Closing Due To COVID-19, It Could Tip Races In 1 Swing State
Polling Places Are Closing Due To COVID-19, It Could Tip Races In 1 Swing StateEnlarge this image toggle caption Charlie Neibergall/AP Charlie Neibergall/APThis story was co-reported by Iowa Public Radio News, the Center for Public Integrity and NPR. "There's precinct numbers and House district numbers and there's Senate district numbers and which one of those is used for my polling place?" All over the country, sports teams are turning over their arenas to be used as large-scale, socially-distanced polling places. The polling place changes vary across the state; while some counties are able to keep all of their sites open, others must close or consolidate half. The races are so close, Larimer says the polling place changes could affect the outcome, especially down the ballot.
'Guns, Protests And Elections Do Not Mix': Conflict Experts See Rising Warning Signs
Experts in global conflict warn this is a toxic brew and that conditions are ripe for conflict and maybe even violence in the U.S. Experts see rising signs of potential violence around the election in the U.S. "What we fear is that guns, protests and elections do not mix well," he said. In fact, some militia leaders say they are afraid of the protesters — on the left. Global conflict experts say it's not inevitable that the election or its aftermath will devolve into chaos.
Giuliani gets irate after Fox Business Network's Kennedy questions his Hunter Biden allegations: 'You better apologize!'
Despite pushing unverified, salacious allegations, as did Steele, Giuliani took the comparison as a personal affront. “Some could say that you are acting like Christopher Steele,” Kennedy said. “I was acting like Christopher Steele?” “That’s what it sounds like,” Kennedy retorted. Giuliani may wish he had actually ended the interview right then because Kennedy did eventually get to the part about Borat. Giuliani replied, “Now that’s a stupid question, isn’t it?” “No, it’s not stupid at all…” “That’s really a stupid question,” Giuliani interrupted.
Politics, COVID and attacks on civil service wearing on intelligence community as election approaches
WASHINGTON — A worsening pandemic and fears about losing their protections as civil servants amid ongoing political chaos is leading many intelligence officers in the U.S. government to consider leaving their agencies, according to more than 10 current and former intelligence officers who spoke to Yahoo News. “You’re going to have a mass exodus from the intelligence community,” said another intelligence officer. While it’s currently unclear how the executive order on the civil service might actually affect intelligence officers, Trump’s message on diversity already has. Other former senior intelligence officers felt that politics wouldn’t be the reason for any major loss of talent in the intelligence community. “If Trump loses, what does he do that could further damage the intelligence community?
U.S. Supreme Court's divisions in voting cases put spotlight on Barrett
In the Wisconsin case, the court was divided 5-3, with the conservative justices in the majority and the liberals dissenting. The conservative justices indicated they are less willing to defer to the decisions of state courts. Story continuesConservative Justice Brett Kavanaugh, a Trump appointee, voted against extending deadlines in the Wisconsin case. Kavanaugh wrote that "under the U. S. Constitution, the state courts do not have a blank check to rewrite state election laws for federal elections." Liberal Justice Elena Kagan wrote that the Wisconsin decision "will disenfranchise large numbers of responsible voters in the midst of hazardous pandemic conditions."
South Korea’s high court upholds ex-president’s 17-year prison sentence
South Korea’s highest court Thursday upheld a 17-year prison sentence for ex-President Lee Myung-bak on a range of corruption convictions, in a final ruling that will send the former leader back behind bars soon. Lee was convicted of taking bribes worth millions of dollars from big companies such as Samsung, embezzling money from a company he owned and taking bribes from South Korea’s spy agency. The Supreme Court also confirmed a lower court ruling that ordered Lee to pay $10.9 million in fines and forfeit another $4.6 million for his crimes, court officials said. Lee, 78, was South Korea’s first president with a business background and once symbolized the country’s economic rise. He led the group’s rapid rise at a time when South Korea’s economy grew explosively after the 1950-53 Korean War.
President Trump, Joe Biden to appeal to last-minute voters in Florida
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — President Donald Trump and Democratic rival Joe Biden are set to chase votes in Florida, a state all but essential to the Republican’s pathway to another term as both nominees turn their focus to encouraging voters to turn out on Election Day. Thousands gathered in close proximity without wearing masks — a trend that was expected to continue through more than a dozen events in the final sprint to Election Day. Biden, meanwhile, heads later in the week to three more states Trump won in 2016: Iowa, Wisconsin and Michigan, where he’ll hold a joint Saturday rally with former President Barack Obama. Trump, meanwhile, is banking on enthusiasm among his Election Day supporters to overcome indicated Democratic strength in some early returns. Advertisement___AP’s Advance Voting guide brings you the facts about voting early, by mail or absentee from each state: https://interactives.ap.org/advance-voting-2020/.
Pennsylvania Latino voters could sway election between Biden and Trump
And while Joe Biden is expected to win Latinos handily, even small shifts toward Trump could prove pivotal in a state decided by less than 1% of the vote in 2016 that is again seen as likely to determine who wins the presidency. With Trump having lost ground among older voters, white women, and others, Latinos are seen as an area where he can grow support.
Biden’s lead over Trump in Pennsylvania hasn’t budged, poll says
A majority of voters, 53%, said they plan to vote in person on Nov. 3, while 46% said they are voting by mail. This is the first year any Pennsylvania voter can cast a mail ballot, and 59% of voters approve of the method, according to the poll.
Chesterfield school health panel goes against VDH guidelines to send remaining students back to school Nov. 9
Heffron asked for a memo to be made that going forward the School Board makes the decisions regarding reopening and not the health panel. This final push brings approximately 34,000 students back into school, joining the nearly 28,600 students already back. Chesterfield County Public Schools had one listed outbreak at Clover Hill Elementary, which is now considered resolved. Since the start of school, Sept. 8, there have been 39 confirmed cases among school employees, including a contractor. There are five confirmed cases among students, all in elementary schools, with two at Chalkley Elementary and one each at Beulah, Bon Air and Watkins.
Today in sports history: Emmitt Smith breaks Walter Payton's career rushing yards record in 2002
The U.S. Senate rejected, 58-42, the Supreme Court nomination of Robert H. Bork, and more events that happened on this day in history.
The Telegraph's big US election quiz
US President Donald Trump and his Democratic rival Joe Biden will go head-to-head in a US election like no other in November, but how much do you know about previous US elections? Can you recall John F. Kennedy's age when he became the youngest person elected president? Who joins Mr Trump in being one of only two US presidents to have been divorced, and which US president stands at 6 ft 4 as the tallest man ever elected to the White House? The Telegraph's US election quiz is here to test your knowledge. You're guaranteed to pick up a few facts that you've never heard before.
Politics latest news: Labour is 'not there yet' on anti-Semitism, says former MP ahead of report
A Jewish former MP who quit Jeremy Corbyn's Labour has said that the party is "not there yet" under new leader Sir Keir Starmer, as the party prepares for an excoriating report on its handling of anti-Semitism. Dame Louise said: "I would like to see changes so the people who were responsible at a leadership level for creating this dreadful situation are made irrelevant. A party that they would no longer want to be in, that they feel uncomfortable in." The contents of the report have been closely guarded but could see more legal action taken against the party if it finds the party acted illegally. The EHRC will publish its findings at 10am and will be followed by press conferences from Sir Keir Starmer and the Jewish Labour Movement.
"The bravest person I have ever met," Farage praises Trump at Arizona rally
President Donald Trump invited Brexit Party founder Nigel Farage on stage during a campaign rally in Goodyear, Arizona, on Wednesday evening, introducing him as "one of the most powerful men in Europe". Mr Farage said of Mr Trump: "This is the single most resilient and bravest person I have ever met in my life."
Fox News host Tucker Carlson mocked for claiming he lost ‘damning’ Hunter Biden evidence in mail
Fox News host Tucker Carlson claims to have acquired incriminating documents about Hunter Biden, son of Democratic presidential candidate Joe – and then lost them in the post. Without providing any further details or evidence, Carlson said the “damning” documents had “vanished” on route, heavily implying foul play. Carlson said a producer had shipped the documents to him from New York to Los Angeles via a “brand-name company”. When they didn’t arrive, the shipping company told Fox that their package had been opened and the documents had “disappeared”. “Good job in getting the Very Important Documents, team.
Trump news live: Latest Biden updates as Supreme Court rejects president’s mail-ballot bid
He also wrote the book A Warning, which argued Trump posed an ongoing threat to America’s democracy. Taylor, who was recently interview as part of the BBC’s three-part documentary series The Trump Show, made the announcement on Twitter. “Much has been made of the fact that these writings were published anonymously. In a separate mail-in ballot case in Pennsylvania, the court declined a second, fast-tracked review of ballot deadlines in that state, where late-arriving ballots can be counted up to three days after 3 November. Blocking the measure “would not be in the public interest,” the court said.
Georgia’s potential at risk because of creeping Russian influence and private interests ? View
But over the last few years, the climate in and around Georgia, a key hub between the East and West, has become increasingly hostile, with private interests and Russian influence creeping in. The more countries have a vested interest in Georgia’s stability, the more protected it is from unwanted attention. All of them were important international infrastructure investments worth billions, which should have confirmed Georgia's position as an international hub. These apparently arbitrary approaches to desperately needed international infrastructure investments raises serious questions about Georgia as a place of doing business. While potential investors look to develop new markets in the aftermath of the pandemic and Brexit, Georgia’s potential is at risk.
VIDEO : US election: Biden vows to unify and save country; Trump hits Midwest
With under a week to go until the vote, the Democratic challenger was in Georgia while the president is on a whistlestop tour of several Midwestern states.
Too hard to vote? Fired-up Black Americans are doing it anyway
Black voters, say residents and activists, have interpreted those actions as an attempt to disenfranchise them. Their response has been to turn out in record numbers in early voting in parts of Waco. “Based on what I’ve seen, it pisses Black voters off,” said Linda Lewis, director of political engagement for the local chapter of the NAACP, the country’s largest civil rights organization. BlackPAC, a left-leaning political action committee that tries to mobilize black voters, has relied on a mostly phone campaign since the coronavirus pandemic struck. Ida Hammonds, a 72-year-old retired hair stylist in Houston, said she grew up hearing her father’s stories about poll taxes and other methods used to disenfranchise Black voters.
Iran frets over U.S. election it insists doesn't matter
Top officials in Iran say the upcoming U.S. election doesn’t matter, but nearly everyone else there seems to be holding their breath. Or it could bring Joe Biden, who has raised the possibility of the U.S. returning to Iran’s 2015 nuclear deal with world powers. An Iranian woman holds up a national flag in July 2015 as people celebrate a landmark nuclear deal. | APAfter Trump withdrew from the deal in 2018 and restored crippling sanctions, Iran began publicly abandoning the agreement’s limits on enrichment. Iran insists its nuclear program is peaceful and still allows IAEA inspectors to monitor its atomic sites.
Labour MP Apsana Begum charged with housing fraud
Labour MP Apsana Begum has been charged with housing fraud after questions arose over how she acquired her London council flat. Ms Begum is due to appear in magistrates court on December 10 and potentially faces losing her seat in the House of Commons or time in prison. She then married and moved in with her husband in 2014, but following the split Ms Begum found council housing again six months later. Ms Begum told The Sun: 'I was so grateful to be housed, which provided me with the lifeline I needed to live independently and safely.' MailOnline has contacted Ms Begum for comment.
Thai opposition figure charged over illegal protest
Thai politician and leader of the disbandedopposition Future Forward Party Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit was charged Thursday for organising an illegal protestAdvertising Read moreBangkok (AFP)A prominent Thai anti-establishment figure was on Thursday charged for his role in an illegal flash mob protest last year, prosecutors in the country's capital said. Charges Thursday are part of a slew of recent legal actions against Thanathorn and other Thai MPs elected under the Future Forward banner but who have now shifted to its successor Move Forward Party. Also facing criminal charges over the December flash mob are Move Forward Party leader Pita Limjaroenrat and former Future Forward party officials Piyabutr Saengkanokkul, Pannika Wanich and Pairatchote Chantarakachorn. Future Forward jolted Thailand's political scene when it entered the fray in 2018, winning 6.3 million votes and drawing the support of mostly young Thais wary of pro-establishment forces in government. Thai police on Thursday also announced they would summon six demonstrators for questioning over Monday's protest at the German embassy in Bangkok.
Beijing slams US for arresting Chinese 'Fox Hunt' agents
On Wednesday, US officials said five Chinese agents were arrested for their roles in an operation known as "Fox Hunt", targeting Beijing's opponents in the United States. Wang said Thursday that Chinese law enforcement act in accordance with international law and respect foreign jurisdictions and sovereignty. Launched in July 2014, the Fox Hunt campaign was meant to track down fugitives suspected of economic crimes, including corrupt officials. By 2016, hundreds had been brought back to China under the project, according to official figures. In an editorial Thursday, China's nationalistic Global Times accused Washington of obstructing the operation so it could retain the wealth of the suspects in the United States.
[Newsmaker] Supreme Court upholds 17-year sentence against ex-president Lee
The country’s highest court on Thursday upheld a lower court ruling sentencing former President Lee Myung-bak to 17 years in prison for bribery and embezzlement. The Supreme Court also upheld the 13 billion won ($11.4 million) fine and the additional forfeiture of 5.78 billion won that the appeals court handed down in February.“There is no fault in the previous ruling in terms of fact finding on embezzlement or bribery charges,” the court said in a verdict.The top court also dismissed the former president’s appeal for bail, sending him back to prison.Lee, who led the country from 2008 to 2013, was arrested in March 2018 and sentenced seven months later. But he was released on bail in 2019 for health reasons.The former president had faced charges of embezzling some 34.9 billion won from DAS, a car parts company owned by his brother, and accepting some 16.3 billion won in bribes from Samsung and other companies. The execution of his sentence is the responsibility of the Seoul Central District Prosecutors’ Office.It is expected that the prosecution will give him two or three days to settle his personal affairs before summoning him.Lee’s attorney called the procedure “a clunky trial that disregards the constitutional spirit.”“It is not normal for the Supreme Court to confirm the previous ruling, even though all the evidence presented by the prosecution do not prove bribes and solicitations were directly delivered to former President Lee,” the attorney said.Lee is the fourth South Korean president who has been convicted of crimes. The others were Chun Doo-hwan, Roh Tae-woo and Park Geun-hye.By Park Han-na ( hnpark@heraldcorp.com
[Newsmaker] Supreme Court upholds 17-year sentence against ex-president Lee
NATIONALFormer President Lee Myung-bak (Yonhap)The country’s highest court on Thursday upheld a lower court ruling sentencing former President Lee Myung-bak to 17 years in prison for bribery and embezzlement. The Supreme Court also upheld the 13 billion won ($11.4 million) fine and the additional forfeiture of 5.78 billion won that the appeals court handed down in February.“There is no fault in the previous ruling in terms of fact finding on embezzlement or bribery charges,” the court said in a verdict.The top court also dismissed the former president’s appeal for bail, sending him back to prison.Lee, who led the country from 2008 to 2013, was arrested in March 2018 and sentenced seven months later. But he was released on bail in 2019 for health reasons.The former president had faced charges of embezzling some 34.9 billion won from DAS, a car parts company owned by his brother, and accepting some 16.3 billion won in bribes from Samsung and other companies. The execution of his sentence is the responsibility of the Seoul Central District Prosecutors’ Office.It is expected that the prosecution will give him two or three days to settle his personal affairs before summoning him.Lee’s attorney called the procedure “a clunky trial that disregards the constitutional spirit.”“It is not normal for the Supreme Court to confirm the previous ruling, even though all the evidence presented by the prosecution do not prove bribes and solicitations were directly delivered to former President Lee,” the attorney said.Lee is the fourth South Korean president who has been convicted of crimes. The others were Chun Doo-hwan, Roh Tae-woo and Park Geun-hye.By Park Han-na ( hnpark@heraldcorp.com
What happens if Hamilton Co. 'goes purple'? DeWine says county decides; county says it's up to him
CINCINNATI — As officials with Hamilton County face the potential of the county going "purple," according to the state's color-coded COVID-19 response levels, county officials said they will follow the governor's lead on how to respond to the "red tide of the virus." “It’s expected that Hamilton County may reach purple on the state’s scale by Thursday,” county commissioner Denise Driehaus said. Hamilton County going purple, according to the Ohio Department of Health, means "severe exposure and spread" of COVID-19. "The governor has the authority to say, ‘If you’re a purple county, X, Y, and Z might happen.'" Ohio's public health advisory system will update Thursday at 2 p.m., and will include information on whether the county has reached the purple level.
The 13 Races That Will Determine Senate Majority
The 13 Races That Will Determine Senate MajorityEnlarge this image toggle caption Alex Brandon/AP Alex Brandon/APRepublicans hold the Senate 53-47. A Republican pickup here would mean Democrats would need to pick up four GOP-held seats and win the White House for Senate control. Maine: Republican Sen. Susan Collins is running against Democrat Sara Gideon, the state's House speaker. Kansas: This is an open-seat race because Republican Sen. Pat Roberts is retiring. Texas: Republican Sen. John Cornyn is favored against Democratic challenger MJ Hegar and has consistently led in public polling.
Kevin Rudd’s News Corp Royal Commission Petition is Now Australia’s Most Signed Parliamentary E-Petition Ever
Kevin Rudd’s News Corp Royal Commission Petition is Now Australia’s Most Signed Parliamentary E-Petition EverA petition calling for a Royal Commission into Australia’s media diversity started by former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has been signed more times than any other e-petition in Australian history. Today, the Royal Commission to ensure a strong, diverse Australian news media e-petition reached more than 404,000 signatures, overtaking the the 2019 Declare a Climate Emergency petition. Sign here: https://t.co/FjfK7ij7YQ pic.twitter.com/jaOJUbbQqh — Kevin Rudd (@MrKRudd) October 28, 2020"The national record for an online petition is 404, 538. Despite the large amount of support, the government has yet to comment on the Royal Commission. It is considered very unlikely that a Royal Commission will eventuate.
2020 Election Live Updates: Trump and Biden Will Visit Tampa on Same Day, Giving Voters Close-Up Contrast
The Supreme Court will allow election officials in Pennsylvania and North Carolina, two key battlegrounds, to accept ballots after Election Day. And Mr. Trump relishes and values the largely maskless crowds he draws by the thousands. “He is making people less favorable and less open to voting for him.” For Mr. Trump, holding a rally in Tampa amounts to coming full circle. —The Supreme Court will allow election officials to accept ballots after Election Day in two key battlegrounds: Pennsylvania and North Carolina. “There’s no question that’s why President Trump nominated Justice Barrett to the court,” Mr. Biden said.
Unrest in Philadelphia after police kill a Black man roils the presidential campaign
To secure victory, Biden is counting on strong support from the populous suburbs around Philadelphia. Mark Tyler, a Biden supporter who has been out in Philadelphia amid the protests this week and worries the looting will overshadow Wallace’s death. “I think it could have been stronger,” said Helen Gym, a Democratic at-large member of the Philadelphia City Council, of Biden’s response. ADOn Tuesday, Biden issued a written statement expressing “shock and grief” at Wallace’s killing and said his was a “black life that mattered.”But that statement also urged the protesters to practice restraint. ), a potential 2024 presidential hopeful, invoked the unrest in Philadelphia to argue that Democrats would not crack down on looting or rioting.
Analysis: With improved leverage, North Korea leader Kim awaits winner of U.S. vote
FILE PHOTO: North Korean leader Kim Jong Un looks at U.S. President Donald Trump as they sit down for a dinner during the second U.S.-North Korea summit at the Metropole Hotel in Hanoi, Vietnam February 27, 2019. After months of tightening sanctions and trading threats, Trump then became the first sitting U.S. president to meet with a North Korean leader at a summit in Singapore in 2018. ‘GAME CHANGERS’While the United States’ far greater military might could swiftly inflict critical damage on North Korea, Pyongyang now poses a threat with its nuclear missiles capable of striking the U.S. mainland. It was seen by military experts as another game changer, just as the Hwasong-15 ICBM launch in 2017 was. A military parade here this month highlighted how the North has beefed up its strategic weapons.
Analysis: With improved leverage, North Korea leader Kim awaits winner of U.S. vote
SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea’s Kim Jong Un awaits the winner of next week’s U.S. presidential election armed with greater leverage in high-stakes nuclear diplomacy, thanks to a more powerful and versatile arsenal of weapons than at the start of the Trump presidency. FILE PHOTO: North Korean leader Kim Jong Un speaks during the 19th Meeting of the Political Bureau of the 7th Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea (WPK), in this image released by North Korea's Central News Agency on October 5, 2020. After months of tightening sanctions and trading threats, Trump then became the first sitting U.S. president to meet with a North Korean leader at a summit in Singapore in 2018. ‘GAME CHANGERS’While the United States’ far greater military might could swiftly inflict critical damage on North Korea, Pyongyang now poses a threat with its nuclear missiles capable of striking the U.S. mainland. A military parade here this month highlighted how the North has beefed up its strategic weapons.
Myanmar's Suu Kyi casts early vote in poll hit by COVID-19 curbs
Slideshow ( 5 images )Opposition parties had urged the government to postpone the election because of rising infections, but Suu Kyi, who is the chair of the ruling National League for Democracy (NLD) party, has said the Nov. 8 vote must go ahead. Wearing a face mask and protective gloves, she voted at a polling station in the administrative capital, where President Win Myint also voted earlier. Suu Kyi, who won the Nobel Peace Prize for campaigning for democracy, took the reins in 2016 after an electoral landslide, but has been forced to share power with the generals. Polls across much of conflict-hit Rakhine have been cancelled by Myanmar’s electoral body that has cited violence for the move. The region, where most parliamentary seats are held by Rakhine nationalist opponents of Suu Kyi, has been beset by an ethnic insurgency that has intensified this year.
Merkel aide: Upbeat that lockdown will prevent healthcare system being overwhelmed
BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s chief on Thursday told broadcaster ARD he was optimistic that a circuit-breaker lockdown agreed for November would be able to prevent hospitals from being overwhelmed with coronavirus patients. Helge Braun also said the lockdown that Merkel agreed with state premiers aimed to allow the economy to function more normally in December, a key month for some businesses.
Donald Trump’s Decades Of Racism Is On Full View In Scathing Supercut
MSNBC’s Ari Melber aired a montage of President Donald Trump’s racism on Wednesday’s broadcast of “The Beat.”And the anchor asked: “Are you for or against this?”The scathing 80-second supercut begins by recalling Trump’s racist attacks in the late 1980s on the teens falsely convicted in the so-called Central Park Five case. It also calls out Trump over his promotion of the racist birther conspiracy theory about former President Barack Obama and ends with Trump’s instruction to the far-right Proud Boys group, during the first presidential debate with Democratic nominee Joe Biden, to “stand back and stand by.”Check out the video here:
Myanmar leader Suu Kyi casts her vote in November elections
NAYPYITAW, Myanmar (AP) — Myanmar’s leader Aung San Suu Kyi cast her ballot Thursday in advance voting for general elections that are taking place during a surge of coronavirus illnesses. Suu Kyi, whose title is state counsellor, and the country’s President, Win Myint, both wore masks and gloves as they voted in the capital Naypyitaw. Suu Kyi is 75 and the president is 68. The last general election in 2015 brought to power Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy after more than five decades of military rule. Suu Kyi, a former political prisoner who won the Nobel Peace Prize for leading the nonviolent pro-democracy movement, remains by far the country’s most popular politician.
Kavanaugh's Opinion in Wisconsin Voting Case Raises Alarms Among Democrats
The Supreme Court decision Monday effectively barring the counting of mail-in ballots in Wisconsin that arrive after Election Day was not a surprise for many Democrats, who had pressed for it but expected to lose. The decision also unnerved Democrats and local election officials in Pennsylvania, where Republicans are asking the Supreme Court to weigh in again on whether the state can accept ballots received up to three days after Election Day. While Democrats in Wisconsin had been appealing for an extension, the current rules in Pennsylvania allow for ballots to arrive three days after the election. Earlier Monday, the president had posted on Twitter that election officials “must have final total on November 3rd,” alleging without evidence that there are “big problems” with mail-in ballots. With Trump indicating that he plans to challenge a loss, Democrats have kept a particularly wary eye on the Supreme Court.
Grand Jurors In Breonna Taylor Case Call Police Actions ‘Negligent’ And ‘Criminal’
#EXCLUSIVE: Two of the grand jurors in the Breonna Taylor case are speaking out for the first time with @GayleKing. The remarks led to the release of the recordings of the grand jury deliberations. “The grand jury didn’t agree that certain actions were justified, nor did it decide the indictment should be the only charges in the Breonna Taylor case,” the juror wrote in a statement via attorney Kevin Glogower. CBS NEWS EXCLUSIVE: Two of the grand jurors in the Breonna Taylor case say the entire jury wanted to discuss more charges against the officers involved. Related...Grand Jury For Breonna Taylor Never Presented With Homicide Charges, Juror SaysOfficer Involved In Breonna Taylor Killing: ‘It’s Not A Race Thing’2nd Breonna Taylor Grand Juror Criticizes ProceedingsLove HuffPost?
Breonna Taylor's mother wants new prosecutor to probe cops
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The mother of Breonna Taylor is calling for a new special prosecutor to investigate police actions in her daughter's death, adding her voice to two grand jurors who are speaking out about the Kentucky attorney general's handling of the case. One of the two anonymous grand jurors said he felt the police actions on the night of her death were “criminal." “We were never told of any additional charges,” one of the grand jurors said in a conference call with reporters Wednesday afternoon. Story continuesPalmer said she also had problems with the suggestion by Cameron that the grand jury agreed that the police returning fire was justified. Two other officers who fired their guns during the raid were not charged by the grand jury.
20 Republican Former U.S. Attorneys Condemn Donald Trump, Back Joe Biden
Twenty former U.S. attorneys ? all appointed by GOP presidents ? gave 2020 Democratic nominee Joe Biden their “strongest endorsement” in an open letter slamming President Donald Trump’s politicization of the Justice Department. The letter adds to Biden’s backing from figures or groups that would traditionally be expected to endorse the GOP candidate. More than 300 military families, nearly 500 retired military officials and 500 faith leaders have also signaled their support of Biden in recent weeks. Story continuesRelated...Kayleigh McEnany Once Had Some Pretty Nice Things To Say About Joe BidenTrump Says He’s Kept ‘Every Single One’ Of His Promises. Jimmy Kimmel Supercut Debunks The COVID-19 Lie That Trump Tells Over And Over AgainAlso on HuffPostLove HuffPost?
Strangers in a room, hammering out climate solutions together
“They just had to go off and find jobs elsewhere.” This experience shaped Robson’s family, and, nearly 40 years later, it shaped his contribution to a fascinating experiment in democracy: Climate Assembly UK. In the United Kingdom, as in the United States, climate politics is dominated by those who have influence and resources. The recommendations from Climate Assembly UK have now been thrown back into a political world where the influence of high-carbon interests is still strong. Rebecca Willis is a professor in practice at Lancaster University in England and an expert lead for Climate Assembly UK. The Democratic Challenge of Climate Change.” Follow her on Twitter @bankfieldbecky.
How Donald Trump's COVID-19 narrative collapsed en route to Election Day
In the final approach to this election, President Donald Trump's fiery wreck of a COVID-19 political narrative continues to burn. A declaration of surrender of sorts was delivered Sunday by Mark Meadows, the White House chief of staff. Wait for vaccines and medicines, the White House seems to suggest. "The Fake News Media is riding COVID, COVID, COVID, all the way to the Election," Trump complained this week. The "COVID, COVID, COVID" plague goes on.
The Trump Administration, Environmental rollbacks, climate change, and pollution
The Trump Administration, Environmental rollbacks, climate change, and pollutionHarvard research director talks about the effects of the Trump administration's environmental roll backs to Air pollution and climate change.
Ohio land restorationist stays positive despite environmental protection roll backs
Ohio land restorationist stays positive despite environmental protection roll backsIn Ohio, there are an estimated 36,000 miles of ephemeral streams which are not protected under the Trump administration’s interpretation of the law.
Afghan officials: 8 inmates dead after prison riot in Herat
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Rioting at a prison in western Afghanistan has left at least eight inmates dead, provincial officials said Thursday. The violence erupted on Wednesday night at the prison in the city of Herat, the capital of western Herat province, according to Mohammad Rafiq Shirzai, a spokesman for the provincial health department. He said 12 others — eight inmates and four prison guards — were wounded in the outbreak at the facility, which holds around 2,000 prisoners. The rioting erupted after prison guards began clearing some partitions created by prisoners in the so-called Block 5 of the prison, said Jelani Farhad, a spokesman for the provincial governor. The police tried to collect “unnecessary items in the possession of the prisoners, which the prisoners resisted," he said.
Australian court rules to extradite kidnap suspect to Chile
SYDNEY (AP) — An Australian judge ruled Thursday that a woman wanted in Chile on kidnapping charges dating to Augusto Pinochet’s military dictatorship in the 1970s can be extradited. Magistrate Philip Stewart dismissed Adriana Rivas’ lawyers’ objections to her extradition on allegations that she kidnapped seven people in 1976 and 1977, including Communist Party leader Victor Diaz. The 67-year-old Rivas has 15 days to appeal the decision in the Federal Court. She has been in custody since her arrest in Sydney in February last year on a Chilean Supreme Court extradition order. Several court attempts for provisional release during the extradition hearing have failed.
Pompeo, in Indonesia, renews China attacks as US vote looms
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo renewed the Trump administration’s rhetorical onslaught against China in Indonesia on Thursday as the American presidential election looms. With China a central theme in President Donald Trump’s campaign to win a second term in just five days time, Pompeo took aim at Chinese aggressiveness in the South China Sea, where it has advanced maritime and territorial claims over the objections of its smaller neighbors, over its handling of the coronavirus pandemic and its repression of religious minorities. Speaking in Jakarta, the headquarters of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, Pompeo praised Indonesia’s leadership in ASEAN for pushing back on what he called China’s “unlawful” claims and lauded Jakarta's protection of its own territory. He also attacked Beijing for its treatment of religious minorities, calling China “the gravest threat to the future of religious freedom." Delivering a speech on religious freedom in the capital of the world's most populous Muslim nation, Pompeo denounced the Chinese Communist Party for its reported mass abuses of Muslim minorities in the western Xinjiang region.
‘Turning pain into purpose’: why the Covid crisis is driving Arizonans to the polls
“I’ve been turning my pain into purpose,” she told the Guardian. Facebook Twitter Pinterest A worker at a Covid-19 testing center at Phoenix College on 15 October. Throughout the summer, multiple polls found that between 60 and 70% of Arizonans disapproved of Ducey’s response to the pandemic. Facebook Twitter Pinterest Ann, and Bill Whitmire at their home in Phoenix, Arizona on 13 October. “Sometimes I feel overloaded.”Late last year, Arizona voters rated immigration, education and healthcare as top priorities, according to a survey conducted by the firm.
Israeli zeal for second Trump term matched by Palestinian enmity
Palestinians see the prospect of a second Trump term as disastrous. “If we are going to live another four years with President Trump, God help us, God help you and God help the whole world,” the Palestinian prime minister, Mohammad Shtayyeh, said this month. It has also imposed further sanctions on Iran, a policy Israel has been advocating against its arch-enemy for years. “For Netanyahu personally, obviously he has a preference,” said Yohanan Plesner, a former Israeli politician and president of the Israel Democracy Institute. A Biden win may even be counterproductive for the Palestinian rights movement, he added, arguing that Trump exposed US policy in the region for the facade that it was.
Rule of six: The latest social distancing rules and exemptions
Support bubblesHouseholds or support bubbles of more than six people are exempt from the new rules. Funeral directors accused councils of misinterpreting lockdown rules by banning family members from crematoria and graveyards and going “way beyond” their legal powers. Read more: Will pubs and restaurants close again? Grouse shootingThe Government has been criticised after granting grouse shooting a special exemption from the rule of six. TiersOn October 12, the Government introduced a new tier system for local lockdowns, with specific requirements on the Rule of Six.
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A year later, that challenge has been eclipsed by the coronavirus pandemic, the biggest threat the country has faced in decades. To date, more than 44,000 people have died after contracting Covid-19 in the UK, the highest number of confirmed coronavirus deaths in Europe. After more than one year of Boris Johnson's Government at the helm, we're asking you to share your opinion on Mr Johnson's premiership so far. In particular, we want to know how you think this Government has handled the coronavirus pandemic. Fill out our survey below and your responses may be used in an article online.
California investigating after secret filming shows 'Trump Store' employees saying they collect votes in unofficial ballot box
Undercover video taken at a Republican campaign headquarters in California shows employees discussing an operation to collect ballots for 3 November’s election from unofficial ballot boxes. The woman filming the video then covers the lens and asks staff members if a ballot box is located in the shop. Libby Huyck, the chair of the Newport Harbor Republican Women group which runs the store, told Vice in a statement on Tuesday: “We take the ballots just like all the other places, and we don’t have an official ballot box, we have an unofficial ballot box. More than 50 boxes labelled “Official Ballot Drop off Box” or “Ballot Drop Box,” were placed outside Republican Party offices, near churches and outside gun shops in California in early October, according to the New York Times. Official county drop boxes are built with specific security protections, and ballots are retrieved only by designated county personnel.”
Jeff Bezos may be considering purchase of CNN, according to bankers
Amazon CEO and world's richest man Jeff Bezos is allegedly considering purchasing news network CNN, according to bankers speaking anonymously with Fox Business. An individual close to Mr Bezos told the outlet that "there has been zero talk on this." He has also publicly pondered about Mr Bezos buying the news giant. In a list of top potential buyers of the network, Mr Greenfield included Mr Bezos, as well as CBS News through Viacom and NBC News through Comcast. Mr Trump has been both a vocal critic of CNN and its current president, Jeff Zucker, as well as Mr Bezos's Washington Post.
Breonna Taylor grand jury say they were not given chance to consider criminal charges against officers
According to the men, many members of the jury were upset over statements by Kentucky’s attorney general that the grand jury “agreed” that homicide charges against officers should not be considered. Grand juror #2, who is Black, called police actions on the night of the raid “criminal” while grand juror #1 said police were “negligent." "Their organisation, leading up to (the Taylor raid), was lacking," he said. Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron announced at a widely-viewed news conference in September that the grand jury “agreed” the officers who shot Taylor were justified in returning fire. “I really felt that this was all Cameron,” said grand juror #2.
Blow for Trump campaign as Supreme Court allows mail-in ballot extensions in battleground states – without new justice Amy Coney Barrett
The US Supreme Court has rejected Donald Trump’s re-election campaign attempt to block a deadline extension for North Carolina mail-in ballots that are postmarked by Election Day. In a separate mail-in ballot case in Pennsylvania, the court declined a second, fast-tracked review of ballot deadlines in that state, where late-arriving ballots can be counted up to three days after 3 November. Justice Barrett did not participate because she “has not had time to fully review" court filings, according to court spokeswoman Kathy Arbert. North Carolina election officials had extended the deadline as part of a legal settlement with union groups, approved under a state judge. The Alliance for Retired Americans had initially sued for a ballot deadline extension in Pennsylvania.
US Election 2020: Which promises has Trump kept in his presidency?
AdvertisementMIDDLE EASTOn Israel and the Middle East, Donald Mr Trump has done some of what he promised and then some. THE SUPREME COURTDonald Mr Trump promised to appoint a conservative judge and by his election is likely to have appointed three. Mr Trump may not be that ideologically motivated but he knows many of his voters are. Whereas Barack Obama held back from filling a vacant Supreme Court seat until after the last election, Mr Trump is showing no such qualms. Mr Trump has resorted to using defence funds to build the wall, after battling through the courts for the right to do so.
Nancy Pelosi says Trump should accept election results 'like a man'
Nancy Pelosi says Donald Trump should accept the election results “like a man” rather than trying to undermine the democratic process. Speaker Pelosi took aim at the president and accused him of trying to “stir the pot” with his claims that votes received after election day should not be counted. The states will count the votes that they have in a timely fashion," Pelosi said on MSNBC. "The easiest thing for him (Trump) to do is to stand up like a man and accept the results of an election of the American people. “We’ll see what happens.”There is no law requiring states to certify their election results on election day and federal law says they have until 8 December to resolve any “controversy or contest” about appointing its electoral college electors.
Trump’s closing argument on virus clashes with science — and voters’ lives
“Do you ever notice, they don’t use the word ‘death,’ they use the word ‘cases’?” Trump said. Polling and interviews with voters show that most are not inclined to trust Trump’s sunny forecast. By a 12-point margin, voters said they preferred Biden to lead the response to the pandemic rather than Trump. And 59% of voters said they favored a national mask mandate, including majorities of Democratic and independent voters, and 3 in 10 Republicans. For most voters, however, Trump’s insistence that happy days are almost here again has fallen flat.
US election: Trump's virus stance an 'insult' says Biden as rhetoric heats up
President Donald Trump and Democratic rival Joe Biden are set to chase votes in Florida, a state all but essential to the Republican's pathway to another term in office. Joe Biden vowed not to campaign in the election homestretch "on the false promises of being able to end this pandemic by flipping a switch." He called Trump's handling of the coronavirus an "insult" to its victims, especially as cases spike dramatically around the country. "Even if I win, it’s going to take a lot of hard work to end this pandemic," Biden said during a speech in Wilmington, Delaware. Trump, meanwhile, is banking on enthusiasm among his Election Day supporters to overcome indicated Democratic strength in some early returns.
Biden would consult allies over U.S. tariffs on China, advisers say
Democrat Joe Biden would immediately consult with America’s main allies before deciding on the future of U.S. tariffs on China, seeking “collective leverage” to strengthen his hand against Beijing if he is elected president, Biden top advisers said Wednesday. The advisers declined to say whether the Democratic presidential candidate would be inclined toward lifting the massive tariffs on China that Trump has used to fuel a trade war between the world’s two biggest economies. In political rallies, Trump has often claimed that Biden would take a softer approach to China. Immediate consultation would be needed “to identify areas where we can bring collective leverage on China,” Prescott said. “But they’ve been alienated, they’ve been insulted by President Trump, and that’s made our hand with China even weaker than it should be.”
Five years ago, Angela Merkel threw open her borders to more than a million migrants
In a rallying cry to her nation, the German chancellor Angela Merkel declared in the autumn of 2015: 'We can do this. Eighty per cent of the 2,000 people in Leipzig's main migrant camp are African. Many entered in 2015 when Mrs Merkel sent out her welcome message to refugees. 'Only a few are Syrians who Mrs Merkel offered to help,' says Ali. And, not wanting to sound uncharitable to Mrs Merkel, it is very likely the Germans will turn a blind eye when he disappears with his handsome young son.
Rioters hurl fireworks at DC police and smash store windows during second night of protests
AdvertisementRioters on Wednesday night hurled fireworks at police in Washington DC and smashed shop windows during a second night of protests over death of black man who died fleeing officers. Karon Hylton, 20, died Monday after crashing into a car while being chased on a Revel scooter by police in DC. Police officers stand guard outside the 4th District Police Station in Washington DC during the second night of protest against the death of Karon Hylton on Wednesday. Washington Metropolitan Police Department police officers shoot pepper spray at demonstrators outside of the fourth district police station in Washington, Wednesday. In DC police said several officers were injured outside the Fourth District Police Station Wednesday evening after projectiles were thrown at them.
James Comey's wife pleaded with him not to reveal damning Clinton probe until after 2016 election
James Comey’s wife attempted to convince him not to announce that the FBI was reopening its investigation into Hillary Clinton’s emails until after the 2016 election, according to a new book. It didn’t matter on November 6 that Comey absolved Clinton of any misconduct. Patrice Comey, his wife of more than three decades, says she was one of the people who tried to stop that from happening. ‘What the hell are Hillary Clinton's emails doing on Anthony Weiner's laptop? He then told his wife he had no other choice but disclose the discovery to Congress.
Disgruntled Russian PR Exec Behind Key Steele Dossier Claims – WSJ
A disgruntled Russian PR executive had provided some of the key unverified allegations for a controversial report at the heart of 2016 U.S. election meddling claims known as the Steele dossier, The Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday. WSJ’s investigation revealed that the source of these claims was Olga Galkina, the tech firm’s PR executive locked in a messy dispute with her employer during the Steele dossier's collection period. Danchenko has threatened to sue Trump and top congressional Republicans for endangering his life by outing him as a subsource of the Steele dossier. The Steele dossier triggered a special counsel investigation that found evidence of Russian interference but no collusion with Trump’s campaign. Russia and Trump have denied the claims.
Ruling party urges government to change capital gains tax plans
NATIONALDemocratic Party Chairman Rep. Lee Nak-yon. (Yonhap)The ruling Democratic Party appears to be moving against the government over sensitive tax reform issues in response to a public outcry.Speaking on the Democratic Party’s official YouTube channel Thursday, party Chairman Lee Nak-yon hinted that the party would negotiate with the government to alter the proposed changes.“The comments are about the requirements of (being categorized as) major shareholders who are subjected to capital gains tax, to abolish the 300 million won (standard), and (the party) will ensure that you do not have to worry too much,” Lee said in response to comments regarding the planned changes.Under the changes, proposed to go into effect at the end of the year, investors with more than 300 million won ($265,000) worth of a company’s shares would be categorized as major shareholders, and as such would be subject to capital gains tax of between 22 percent and 33 percent on profits gained from selling their stocks after April 2021. At present, individuals holding more than 1 billion won worth of stocks are categorized as major shareholders.“The results will be made known within a few days, and the results will not worry you too much,” Lee said. Lee did not clarify whether the ruling party was currently in talks with concerned government organizations to address the issue.But at a separate event, also on Thursday, Lee said the party and the government would soon be reaching an agreement on “very hot issues concerning real estate and stocks.”While Lee did not elaborate, he has stated in recent days that the party will devise policies to address the concerns of homeowners who have owned one property and lived there for long periods.By Choi He-suk ( cheesuk@heraldcorp.com
[US elections and Korea] Biden will be more rigorous on North Korea, experts say
NATIONAL(AP-Yonhap)With the US presidential election just days ahead, Democratic candidate Joe Biden has not said much about his policy on the Korean Peninsula.All he has said so far is that the leader of the North Korean regime is a thug, and he will meet with Kim Jong-un only if Pyongyang agrees to draw down its nuclear capacity as a precondition.During the final presidential debate last week, Biden said that when the Chinese asked why the US was moving its missile defense up so close and continuing its military maneuvers with South Korea, he told China, “It’s because North Korea is a problem, and we’re going to continue to do it so we can control them.”Biden said he told the Chinese, “If you want to do something about it, step up and help. If not, it’s going to continue.”He also said Trump has “legitimized North Korea,” referring to the North’s leader Kim as a thug, adding that Trump “talks about how we’re better off. And they have much more capable missiles, able to reach US territory much more easily.”Biden’s Democratic Party has traditionally emphasized multilateral cooperation and a process-oriented negotiation on North Korean issues.Things have changed, however, as US President Donald Trump’s much-hyped summitry with Kim made North Korea, the traditional hermit, a country at the center of greater global attention.More importantly, more Americans now see the North’s nuclear arsenal as a threat to their own territory.Biden is therefore likely to take a stronger or more proactive approach compared to the “strategic patience” policy of the Obama administration, observers say.Choi Kang, acting president of Asan Institute for Policy Studies, thinks Biden will “try to confirm the North’s commitment to denuclearization through its actions.”Kim Hyun-wook, chief of US research at the state-run Korea National Diplomatic Academy, said Biden’s North Korea policy will likely be a stringent one based on sanctions.“He seems to be willing to negotiate in earnest on the North
US backs Yoo against rival, throwing WTO race up in the air
NATIONALSouth Korean Trade Minister Yoo Myung-hee (left) is competing against Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Nigeria`s ex-finance minister. (AFP-Yonhap)The World Trade Organization’s leadership race has been thrown up in the air, as the US blocked the Nigerian front-runner and decided to put its weight behind South Korean Trade Minister Yoo Myung-hee, despite her failure to win majority support from the member states.At a meeting in Geneva on Wednesday, the selection panel of the WTO recommended Nigeria’s Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala as the next director general, as she won a vast majority of backing from the multilateral body’s 164 member states.But the US, critical of the WTO’s dealings in trade, raised a last-minute objection against Okonjo-Iweala and opted for Seoul’s candidate. 2 official at the World Bank, was endorsed by 106 out of the 164 states, including the 27-block EU and the 55-member African Union, Japan and China, according to media reports. The members eventually compromised and gave each a three-year-term, shortened from four.Observers say the US stance could be affected by the result of the presidential election on Nov. 3, in which Democratic nominee Joe Biden is currently leading the polls.The race initially started with eight contenders. Three candidates -- from Mexico, Egypt and Moldova -- were removed after the first round, followed by three more -- from Britain, Saudi Arabia and Kenya -- who were eliminated after the second round.Whoever is selected will become the first female chief in the WTO’s history.By Ahn Sung-mi ( sahn@heraldcorp.com
Ruling party unveils plan to compete in Seoul, Busan mayoral elections next year
(Yonhap)The ruling party on Thursday unveiled a plan to field candidates in the mayoral by-elections in Seoul and Busan next year. The two seats were left vacant earlier this year by two DP members, Park Won-soon and Oh Keo-don, after both were accused of sexual misconduct. "The party decided to hold a poll involving all party members to decide whether to go for a revision of the party constitution, which could open up the path for (such) nominations," Lee Nak-yon, the chairman of the Democratic Party (DP), told a general party meeting. Lee also apologized to the people of Seoul and Busan for causing "administrative vacancies" in their cities. As the first step, DP plans to hold a poll on Sunday, asking all party members to support or oppose a revision of the party rule for the nomination plans, according to party officials.
US backs Yoo against rival, throwing WTO race up in the air
The World Trade Organization’s leadership race has been thrown up in the air, as the US blocked the Nigerian front-runner and decided to put its weight behind South Korean Trade Minister Yoo Myung-hee, despite her failure to win majority support from the member states.At a meeting in Geneva on Wednesday, the selection panel of the WTO recommended Nigeria’s Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala as the next director general, as she won a vast majority of backing from the multilateral body’s 164 member states.But the US, critical of the WTO’s dealings in trade, raised a last-minute objection against Okonjo-Iweala and opted for Seoul’s candidate. It must be led by someone with real, hands-on experience in the field,” it said.This comes after the WTO completed the third and final phase of consultations –- where each member state indicates their preferences, as part of the selection process to pick the next director general, replacing Brazilian Roberto Azevedo, who stepped down a year early in August after seven years at the helm.During the latest round, Okonjo-Iweala, who served as her country’s finance and foreign minister and was formerly the No. 2 official at the World Bank, was endorsed by 106 out of the 164 states, including the 27-block EU and the 55-member African Union, Japan and China, according to media reports. The members eventually compromised and gave each a three-year-term, shortened from four.Observers say the US stance could be affected by the result of the presidential election on Nov. 3, in which Democratic nominee Joe Biden is currently leading the polls.The race initially started with eight contenders. Three candidates -- from Mexico, Egypt and Moldova -- were removed after the first round, followed by three more -- from Britain, Saudi Arabia and Kenya -- who were eliminated after the second round.Whoever is selected will become the first female chief in the WTO’s history.By Ahn Sung-mi ( sahn@heraldcorp.com
The age of the elderly candidate: how two septuagenarians came to be running for president
But it has fuelled debate over whether the mental and physical toll of old age could impair the decision-making of the person with the nuclear codes. Facebook Twitter Pinterest Former president Jimmy Carter, 96, is the longest lived US president in history. I’m happy to have that comparison.”Critics have suggested that Trump’s crude tactics could be seen as insulting by elderly voters and backfire. Photograph: Nicole Hester/APDuring the past two Democratic primary cycles Senator Bernie Sanders, now 79, showed that age is no barrier to campaigning hard or exciting young voters. The president trails among elderly voters by more than 20 points, according to recent CNN and Wall Street Journal/ NBC News polls.
Time Is Short, Mail Is Slow and Courts Keep Changing the Rules. What Should Voters Do?
Anticipating pressure to get ballots to elections boards as fast and efficiently as possible, the Postal Service has put in place measures to sort out and expedite election-specific mail, which is often labeled and bar-coded, making it easier to track and prioritize. According to data in court filings the agency provided during a lawsuit over operational changes that caused delays in September, the Postal Service stated that on-time delivery of election mail was as high as 97.2 percent at the time, even though overall on-time delivery for first-class mail was only 84.2 percent then. “It is being treated differently,” said Michael Plunkett, the president of the Association for Postal Commerce. “They’re doing things to identify it and isolate it in the network and devoting resources to make sure that the plants are cleared of election mail on a daily basis.”To be safe, some experts recommend that voters who have the option deliver ballots directly to election officials or collection points themselves. Use a drop box
Thai protest leader 'Mind' sees 'real democracy' taking 2 years
"I will lead the next big rally on Thursday to challenge the government and fight for democracy," Patsaravalee "Mind" Tanakitvibulpon, a protest leader, told Nikkei Asia on Tuesday. "Since the parliament is not functioning, I and my fellow Thais will continue our fight until we get a new constitution that grants us real democracy," she said. Thai lawmakers failed to come up with a convincing response to pro-democracy protesters during a two-day special parliamentary session that ended on Tuesday. Since the march to the German embassy, which added a diplomatic twist to the youth-led protests, Patsaravalee has been bracing for another arrest. Maj. Gen. Piya Tavichai, deputy commissioner of the Metropolitan Police, told Nikkei that the police are investigating the march to the German embassy.
Fox News' Tucker Carlson — a registered Democrat — explains why he always votes for the most corrupt mayoral candidate
During an interview at Business Insider's IGNITION conference in New York on Thursday, Fox News' Tucker Carlson says he doesn't vote in the presidential election and explains why he always votes for the most corrupt mayoral candidate. Nicholas Carlson: Who'd you vote for and which party are you registered to? I'm registered with a party that I sincerely despise because I think it's really a force for bad in this country and it's the Democratic party. But I'm registered because I live in the district, it's a one-party state and the one election I always vote in is the mayor's race because it matters. I always vote for the more corrupt candidate over the idealist.
Kelly Loeffler on Trump's Access Hollywood video from 2005
BUFORD, Ga. — Sen. Kelly Loeffler said Wednesday that she doesn’t disagree with anything President Donald Trump has said or done. Earlier this month during a debate, Loeffler was asked if President Trump had ever said or done anything she’d disagreed with. Her answer was emphatically “no.”Loeffler told reporters Wednesday that she doesn’t know anything about an Access Hollywood tape made in 2005 in which Trump described sexually assaulting women. The Access Hollywood tape, made in 2005, emerged in October 2016 while Trump was wearing a microphone. Reminded that it was the Access Hollywood tape, Loeffler dodged again and said that she would always stand by President Trump.
Sunshine State showdown: Trump, Biden to take campaign battle to Florida
Florida, with its 29 electoral votes, is a major prize in next Tuesday’s election and a new Reuters/Ipsos poll shows Trump and Biden running neck and neck in the state. Opinion polls show Biden with a significant edge nationally, but his lead is tighter in battleground states. A Reuters/Ipsos poll released on Wednesday showed Trump had essentially moved into a tie with Biden in Florida, with 49% saying they would vote for Biden and 47% for the president. After his Tampa rally, Trump will head to another key battleground state, North Carolina, to stage an evening event in Fayetteville. Biden will travel to Wisconsin on Friday and campaign with former President Barack Obama in Michigan on Saturday, the campaign said.
Keshubhai Patel Former Chief Minister of Gujarat dies for Corona Infection
Keshubhai Patel – A former Chief Minister of Gujarat dies at 92 for Corona Infection. Photographs of Shree Kesubhai Patel:He was known as one of the head people of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Current Indian Prime Minister, Shree Narendra Modi had received the heir of Gujarat from Keshubhai Patel. In 1995, Kesubhai Patel considered this event as one of the best election agendas for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). In Gujarat, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was able to make the government for the first time under the supervision of Kesubhai Patel.
‘Primary Food Source Is Weed’: Sen. Hawley Rips Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey Over New York Post Censorship Explanation
Republican Missouri Sen. Josh Hawley slammed Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey on Wednesday for censoring stories from the New York Post about Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden, saying Dorsey’s primary food source is marijuana. This level of idiocy confirms the widespread impression that Jack’s primary food source is weed https://t.co/EREVsyKLty — Josh Hawley (@HawleyMO) October 28, 2020The New York Post report alleges that Joe and Hunter Biden met with a Burisma executive in 2015. Twitter then started to censor the story on its platform that night and suspended multiple accounts who had shared the post. Twitter then suspended President Donald Trump’s official campaign account after it posted a video relating to the Post’s report. (RELATED: ‘Who The Hell Elected You?’ — Ted Cruz Criticizes Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey For Censoring NY Post, Denying The Platform Impacts Elections)The Senate Judiciary Committee, which Hawley is a member of, is also planning on questioning Dorsey about censorship, as well as Zuckerberg at a later date.
Scottish Hate Crime Bill To Prosecute People Who Use Hate Speech Even While Home
A hate crime bill in Scotland is stirring up controversy after the Justice Secretary said “hate speech” in the home must be prosecuted. Artists and journalists could also be in trouble should the bill become law, with Yousaf saying they shouldn’t be able to stoke tensions under the guise of free speech. The change comes after the original bill had a lower threshold that would nab offenders whose behavior was “likely to” stir up hatred, according to The Times. General Secretary Calum Steele agreed with the federation’s sentiment, noting the bill could “cost” free speech. Amanda Miller, President of the Law Society of Scotland, said the bill could be risky.
Beijing Operatives Hired Ex-NYPD Sergeant To Surveil Chinese National In New Jersey, Government Says
The defendants allegedly engaged in a harassment campaign against a Chinese national living in New Jersey who Beijing wanted brought back to mainland China to face prison time. A government complaint says that the Chinese agents hired a private investigator, Michael McMahon, to surveil the target. According to the government’s complaint, the co-conspirators targeted a Chinese national living in New Jersey with threats to force him to return to China to face prison time. Wray and Demers said that the effort to track down the Chinese national was part of “Operation Fox Hunt,” a Chinese government-led campaign to track down Chinese dissidents living in other countries. But he said that Beijing also uses the operation to hunt down dissidents and critics of Jinping and the Chinese Communist Party.
Man Arrested For Hacking Voter Database, Changing Governor’s Address
Florida officials announced Wednesday that a man was arrested for hacking a voter database and changing the address of Republican Gov. Guevara was also accused of accessing the voter information of U.S. Sen. Rick Scott, Michael Jordan and LeBron James. Ron DeSantis went to vote, only to learn that someone had changed his address in the state’s voter registration database. “There has been no breach to the Florida Department of State’s systems.” (RELATED: Judge Refuses To Extend Florida Voter Registration Deadline After Computer Meltdown)“We encourage voters to check their voter registration for accuracy. Every eligible Florida voter will have the ability to cast a ballot and every ballot will be counted.
Trump Says Federal Authorities Are ‘Looking Into’ Philadelphia Shooting Of Walter Wallace
The federal government is investigating the fatal officer-involved shooting of Walter Wallace Jr. in Philadelphia, President Donald Trump announced Wednesday. While authorities are looking into the case, Trump criticized leaders in Philadelphia for what he described as “allowing” rioters and looters to run rampant in the city. (RELATED: Mississippi Police Arrest Suspect In McDonald’s Drive-Thru Shooting That Left One Dead)Trump said that the federal government is looking at the killing of Walter Wallace in Philadelphia, but he condemned the riots and looting that have followed. Big crowd gathering at Malcolm X park in West Philly this evening following Monday’s police-involved shooting/death of Walter Wallace Jr. pic.twitter.com/0oNgYB1jUB — Shelby Talcott (@ShelbyTalcott) October 27, 2020Officers fatally shot Wallace on Monday. Video evidence shows Wallace was armed with a knife at the time, which police say he repeatedly refused to drop.
Iran Reportedly Beginning New Construction On Nuclear Site, New Photos Show
Iran has started construction at a nuclear facility in Natanz, according to satellite photos released Wednesday and reported by the Associated Press (AP). New photos from San Francisco’s Planet Labs, Inc. reveal the nuclear site cleared away with construction equipment present, the AP reports. Iranian spokesman Alireza Miryousefi told the AP that “nothing in Iran regarding its peaceful nuclear program is being done in secret,” saying that the Islamic Republic was still fully complying with the Iran nuclear deal. Satellite photos show Iran has begun construction at its Natanz nuclear facility. President Donald Trump’s administration has carried out a campaign of “maximum pressure,” reinstating heavy sanctions on Iran after pulling out of the Iran nuclear deal in 2018, per previous reporting.
Senate Republicans Release Coronavirus Documentary, Hope To Change Messaging On Virus Response
The Senate Republican Conference on Wednesday released the first of a five-part documentary series, which it intends to use to take back the messaging around the government’s coronavirus response effort. The documentary, entitled “The Invisible Enemy,” gives viewers an inside look at how Senate Republicans responded to the coronavirus outbreak. Produced by the Senate Republican Conference (SRC) communications team, the documentary includes sit-downs with seven Republican senators including Sens. Senate Republicans are committed to beating this virus, and are racing towards a vaccine” (RELATED: Senate Democrats Block Republican’s COVID-19 Relief Bill)WATCH:“The Invisible Enemy” was produced to defend Republicans who have been criticized by Democrats in the run-up to the Nov. 3 election. The Republican senators alleged that the Democratic impeachment effort shifted Congress’s attention away from the increasing threat of the virus.
Latest Poll Shows Biden Opening Gargantuan 17 Point Lead Over Trump In Wisconsin
The latest polls show former Vice President Joe Biden holding a large advantage over President Donald Trump in Wisconsin and extending his lead in Michigan with less than a week to go before Election Day. Data published Wednesday by The Washington Post and ABC showed Biden leading Trump by 17 points among likely voters in Wisconsin (57-40), while the Ipsos/Reuters poll — also published Wednesday — gives Biden a 9 point advantage among likely voters in the same state. (RELATED: Trump Campaign Increases Campaign Ad Spending, Focuses On Critical Battleground States)Biden’s lead in Michigan is smaller but still significant. Biden leads Trump nationally by 7.2 points, according to the average. A survey published Monday by the University of Wisconsin showed Biden holding additional advantages among early Rust Belt voters.
Jeff Flake Films Biden Campaign Ad: ‘Our Country Will Be Better For It’
Former Republican Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake filmed a campaign ad for Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, insisting the United States “will be better” if President Donald Trump is defeated. “I’ve been a conservative Republican my entire life,” Flake said in the ad released Wednesday. “I’ve never before voted for a Democrat for president, but this year, principle and conscience require me to do just that. I’m voting for Joe Biden.”WATCH:“Who will best restore decency and civility to the White House?” Flake continued. Kasich and Flake are reportedly being vetted by the Biden campaign for potential cabinet positions should the former vice president win the presidency.
EXCLUSIVE: Senate Homeland Security Chairman Ron Johnson Won’t Call Tony Bobulinski To Testify Before Election
Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Chairman Ron Johnson will not call Hunter Biden’s ex-business partner Tony Bobulinski to testify before the November 3 elections, the Daily Caller has learned. The Biden family has not yet disputed this information. Johnson interviewed Bobulinski on Friday, saying after he hopes Bobulinski will speak to the Senate Homeland Security Committee as soon as possible, something Bobulinski said he would be willing to do in his interview with Carlson. However, Johnson will not call on Bobulinski to testify in front of the committee before the November 3 elections. “Senator Johnson appreciates Mr. Bobulinski’s forthrightness regarding his first-hand account of the Biden family’s business dealings,” the Johnson spokesperson continued.
Man Arrested For Brandishing Knife, Baton At Trump Rally
A man was arrested by Maine police after reportedly brandishing a knife and a baton at a Wednesday campaign rally for President Donald Trump. Wade Betters of the Bangor Police Department said according to the Associated Press. Republican South Dakota Gov. Beitzell told the Associated Press that the incident began when he flipped off a Trump bus from about 50 yards away. One of the men was a South Dakota police officer, but Beitzell said that he refused to show his badge when asked.
‘He Should Be Prosecuted’: Trump Reacts To Unveiling Of ‘Anonymous’ Op-Ed Author
Trump criticized Taylor in tweets hours after Taylor came forward as the op-ed’s author on Twitter. His op-ed detailed what he called a “resistance” within the Trump administration made up of officials attempting to thwart Trump’s policies. Trump called Taylor a “low level lowlife” and a “sleazebag” during his Tuesday evening rally in Arizona. Trump tells this Arizona rally that Anonymous aka @MilesTaylorUSA “should be prosecuted.” — Josh Wingrove (@josh_wingrove) October 28, 2020Who is Miles Taylor? (RELATED: ‘Disgruntled Employee’: Trump Responds To Taylor’s Biden Endorsement)The Trump administration initially vowed to investigate and discover the op-ed’s author, but the investigation never came to fruition.
Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, Twitter’s Jack Dorsey Can’t Think Of Any Liberal Who Has Been Censored
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey were unable to think of any liberal person or entity that has been censored by either platform during Wednesday’s Senate hearing on big tech censorship. Republican Utah Sen. Mike Lee asked Zuckerberg and Dorsey to name “one high-profile person or entity from a liberal ideology” that was barred off either platform. Mark Zuckerberg and Jack Dorsey really struggled when asked to list a person or entity from the political left that Twitter or Facebook have censored. Lee then turned his attention to Twitter, asking Dorsey if he could provide an answer for the same question, according to Fox News. “Well, we can give a more exhaustive list, but again, we don’t have the political ideology of our accounts,” Dorsey said.
Miles Taylor Bragged About Donating Most Of His ‘Anonymous’ Book Royalties — But We Have No Idea How Much Money He Actually Kept
Miles Taylor, the formerly anonymous Trump administration staffer behind writings that criticized the president, said he would donate a portion of his book revenue, but never specified how much he would keep. Taylor also anonymously wrote a book, titled “A Warning,” with a more in-depth attack on the president. My statement: https://t.co/yuhTgZ4bkq — Miles Taylor (@MilesTaylorUSA) October 28, 2020The book was described as “a shocking, first-hand account of President Trump and his record,” the Associated Press reported. Taylor said a portion of sales from the book, which stood as both a New York Times and Wall Street Journal no. (RELATED: Former Homeland Security Staffer Miles Taylor Comes Forward As ‘Anonymous’)“That’s why I’m writing this note — to urge you to speak out if you haven’t,” he wrote.
‘You Better Apologize For That!’: Rudy Giuliani Threatens To Walk Out During Interview With Fox Business Network Anchor
Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani demanded an apology Tuesday and said “I think our interview is now over,” after a Fox Business Network host suggested he was acting like Christopher Steele. You better apologize for that,” Giuliani told Lisa Kennedy after the host questioned his description of material that has allegedly been found on Hunter Biden’s laptop. Steele was the former MI6 agent who prepared a largely discredited dossier for the 2016 Hillary Clinton presidential campaign. Hunter Biden has not denied leaving his laptop with the computer repair shop. I think our interview is now over.”Giuliani continued, “Christopher Steele is a criminal.
EXCLUSIVE VIDEOS: Police Unable To Handle Philadelphia Looters As Businesses Get Ransacked
PHILADELPHIA — Police in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, were unable to handle swarms of looters Tuesday evening as parts of the city devolved into unrest following an officer-related shooting Monday. Speeches turned to marching in the early evening, and west Philadelphia remained tense but largely peaceful, according to reporters on the ground. Reporters saw few interactions between police and looters, with looters almost always successfully fleeing the scene. Philadelphia police commanders called the evening on Aramingo Avenue “a total loss,” according to CBS3 reporter Joe Holden. After looters fled the area for the last time Tuesday, large bouts of destruction would remain on Aramingo Avenue.
‘Change My Vote’ And ‘Hunter Biden’ Appear Together In Top Google Search Trends — What Does It Mean?
Matthew Weil, the director of the Bipartisan Policy Center’s Elections Project, spoke with the Daily Caller’s Samantha Renck about the uptick in people searching if they can change their vote, the potential impact on the election and more. Google trends showed an uptick in searches for the phrases “change my vote” and “Hunter Biden” following the second and final presidential debate. The president responded to the trend Tuesday morning via Twitter by encouraging people to change their votes if possible. “In most states this is not an option,” Weil said in reference to whether people can change their ballots. “It’s an option in a select few states,” such as Pennsylvania.
Parent Groups Call On Education Department To Launch Civil Rights Investigation Into Critical Race Theory At Public Schools
Two parent-run groups wrote a letter to Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos urging her to launch a civil rights investigation into the critical race theory training at some public schools in Virginia. Loudoun County Public Schools spent $422,500 in taxpayer funds for critical race theory training for staff and $314,000 in 2019 for social justice “coaching”, West Nova News reported in September. “It is imperative that the Department of Education investigate LCPS’s misguided and illegal use of critical race theory as a remedy,” the letter said. Critical race theory is becoming orthodoxy in public schools. PACT and NLTE called on the Education Department to launch a Title VI investigation to determine whether the district violated the Civil Rights Act and President Donald Trump’s directive that ordered all critical race theory training at federal agencies to cease and desist.
Former Homeland Security Staffer Miles Taylor Comes Forward As ‘Anonymous’
“Anonymous,” the unnamed author who, while part of President Donald Trump’s administration, wrote a New York Times op-ed sharply criticizing him, revealed his identity Wednesday as Miles Taylor, the former chief of staff to a former secretary of the Department of Homeland Security. Taylor also authored “A Warning,” a book that anonymously criticized the president from the perspective of a member of the Trump administration. Taylor revealed his identity Wednesday in a Medium post. “I saw Donald Trump prove he is a man without character, and his personal defects have resulted in leadership failures so significant that they can be measured in lost American lives,” Taylor wrote. My statement: https://t.co/yuhTgZ4bkq — Miles Taylor (@MilesTaylorUSA) October 28, 2020Taylor left the administration in 2019 and has publicly criticized Trump and the administration for months.
6 Days Out — Here’s Where The Election Stands
With six days until Election Day, President Donald Trump is campaigning in swing states across the country in an effort to close Democratic nominee Joe Biden’s lead. Trump held three rallies Tuesday across the Midwest, traveling to Lansing, Michigan, West Salem, Wisconsin and Omaha, Nebraska. Biden leads Trump by 9.2 points nationally, and by nine and 8.1 in Wisconsin and Michigan. In Pennsylvania, the third Rust Belt state that Trump won in 2016, Biden leads by 5.3 points, according to FiveThirtyEight. The Biden campaign’s stops in traditionally conservative states reflect its push to expand the electoral map beyond just the upper Midwest.
EXCLUSIVE: Senate Committee Successfully Verifies All Bobulinski Materials Reviewed To Date
The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee has been successful in verifying all materials reviewed so far from Hunter Biden’s ex-business partner Tony Bobulinski, the Daily Caller has learned. Committee Chairman Sen. Ron Johnson will not call Bobulinski to testify before the November 3 elections, as the committee is working to review all the information provided to the committee by Bobulinski. The Biden family has not yet disputed this information. Johnson interviewed Bobulinski on Friday, saying after he hopes Bobulinski will speak to the Senate Homeland Security Committee as soon as possible, something Bobulinski said he would be willing to do in his Tuesday interview with Carlson. All information provided to the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee by Bobulinski will continue to be reviewed.
This Maverick Pollster Had Trump Ahead In 2016. Here’s Why He Has Him Ahead In 2020
The Trafalgar Group was one of the only pollsters in the country to predict President Donald Trump’s 2016 wins in Michigan and Pennsylvania. Four years later, it is one of only two major polls in the country that has Trump up against Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden nationally. Here’s why.
Thousands Of Rally Goers Stuck Outside In Freezing Cold After Trump Rally, 30 People Required Medical Attention
Thousands of Trump supporters in Omaha, Nebraska, were left stranded in the freezing cold Tuesday after shuttles from the rally to the nearby parking lots were delayed. President Donald Trump departed from his rally aboard Air Force One around 9 p.m. while crowds dispersed around 12:30 a.m., according to NBC News. “We need at least 30 more buses,” an Omaha police officer just said, shaking his head at the chaotic cluster that is unfolding. — Jeff Zeleny (@jeffzeleny) October 28, 2020At least 30 people, including elderly rally attendees, a family with young kids and someone who used an electric wheelchair all required medical attention after waiting hours in the cold at the rally, per NBC. (RELATED: President Trump Pleads With Suburban Housewives To Vote For Him After He Sends Their ‘Husbands Back To Work’)“Supporters of the President were brought in, but buses weren’t able to get back to transport people out.
‘Really Weird People’: Josh Hawley Rips Power Of Big Tech’s ‘Modern-Day Aristocracy’ To Suppress Speech
Fireworks from the proceedings included Republican Texas Sen. Ted Cruz harshly criticizing Dorsey for stating that such censorship does not impact elections, a clip of which Fox News host Tucker Carlson played before introducing Hawley. “What did we learn today?” Tucker asked. WATCH:“Well, we learned that the tech companies are gonna keep doing this,” Hawley responded. “Where one tiny group of, in Jack Dorsey’s case, really weird people control what we’re allowed to say, what we’re allowed to share, who’s allowed to report on what. It’s just absolutely ludicrous.”Hawley called it a “modern-day aristocracy” that will continue “until Congress stops it,” but ended the segment by lamenting that Congress “isn’t focused on doing anything” on the issue.
Miles Taylor Tells Chris Cuomo Trump Wanted To ‘Gas, Electrify And Shoot’ Migrants
Former Department of Homeland Security chief of staff and CNN contributor Miles Taylor told CNN host Chris Cuomo that President Donald Trump wanted to “gas, electrify, and shoot” migrants on the U.S. southern border Wednesday evening. What we’re talking about Chris is innocent women and children who are seeking a better life in the United States, fleeing violence and persecution. And the commander in chief is telling us he wants to gas them,” Taylor responded. Taylor revealed Wednesday that he was the anonymous writer of the New York Times opinion piece that criticized President Donald Trump while a part of his administration. (RELATED: Former Homeland Security Staffer Miles Taylor Comes Forward As ‘Anonymous’)
Pennsylvania Secretary Of State Kathy Boockvar Orders Late Ballots To Be Held Separate Until Supreme Court Weighs In
Pennsylvania Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar ordered Wednesday that mail-in ballots received after Nov. 3 will be kept separate from all other ballots in case the Supreme Court rules the ballot extension is unconstitutional. “The Secretary continues to defend the extension to ensure that every timely and validly cast mail-in and absentee ballot is counted,” the guidance read. However, the guidance notes that because the issue is still pending before the Supreme Court, county boards of elections must keep mail-in ballots received after 8:00 p.m. on Nov. 3 through 5:00 p.m. Nov. 6 “separate and segregated” from all other ballots. However, the U.S. Supreme Court deadlocked this month in a 4-4 ruling that allows Pennsylvania to count ballots even if they do not have a postmark through Nov. 6. “I reluctantly conclude that there is simply not enough time at this late date to decide the question before the election,” Alito wrote.
‘I’m A Bed-Wetter’: Juan Williams Admits He’s Worried About Election Outcome
Fox News contributor Juan Williams said Wednesday that he was worried about the outcome of the presidential election. “Juan Williams, I think you would agree that the race is a little closer than the polls would suggest, don’t you?” Watters asked. “Offense in Delaware?” Watters laughed. “Delaware is right there next to Pennsylvania and Delaware —” Williams pushed back. “Because Nevada is right next to Arizona,” Watters laughed.
Love Regime Change Wars? You’re Going To Love Joe Biden
One of President Donald Trump’s most striking departures from conservative orthodoxy was his explicit opposition to the military adventurism that defined his immediate Republican predecessor President George W. Bush.
‘Coward’ … ‘Liar’ … ‘Clown’ — White House Senior Staff Pile On Former DHS Chief Of Staff Miles Taylor’s Coming Out As ‘Anonymous’
White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany issued a scathing statement in response to former Department of Homeland Security chief of staff Miles Taylor’s Wednesday admission revelation that he is the infamous “Anonymous” Trump administration official. “President Trump is focused on leading the great American comeback and keeping his promises to the American people,” McEnany wrote. Miles Taylor? — Ben Williamson (@_WilliamsonBen) October 28, 2020I rolled my eyes so hard I nearly tipped backwards. To paraphrase Andy Warhol: In the future, everyone will be a Senior Admin Officials for 15 minutes.
Kevin McCarthy Wants Media To Wait To Call Election Winner ‘Until Every Polling Center Has Closed’
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy wants all major media outlets to wait to call the 2020 election winner “until every polling center has closed,” McCarthy said in a letter to outlets Wednesday. And understandably, the competition within the media to be the first to deliver those results is intense,” McCarthy wrote. Any media organization that declares a winner of the presidential election before polling centers have closed will unquestionably disenfranchise Americans who have not yet voted,” he added. Media that declares a winner of the presidential election before polling centers close will unquestionably disenfranchise Americans who have not yet voted. I wrote a letter to the heads of major news orgs to request patience in calling a winner until all polling centers close.
Daily Caller Reporter Shelby Talcott Recalls Looting In Philadelphia On ‘Tucker Carlson Tonight’
Daily Caller media reporter Shelby Talcott joined “Tucker Carlson Tonight” Wednesday evening to discuss her firsthand account of the mass looting in Philadelphia that broke out after the Monday death of Walter Wallace Jr.“The protest started out in West Philly which is where Wallace Jr. was killed, and that situation was very tense, but not overly violent,” Talcott told Carlson. “Then about 10 miles away was where all the looting actually occurred. I think simply a bunch of opportunistic individuals who realized that these protests could be used to loot and steal and destroy parts of the city, and that’s exactly what we saw.”Carlson followed up by asking, “Where were the cops?” (RELATED: The Aftermath Of Widespread Looting In Northern Philadelphia)WATCH“Police officers were there,” Talcott noted. (RELATED: Daily Caller Reporter Shelby Talcott Talks About Being Assaulted By Protesters On Ingraham’s Fox News Show)“She essentially said they were understaffed, there were too many people in Philadelphia and they didn’t seem to be doing all that much,” Talcott concluded. Following the death of Wallace Jr., mass rioting and looting broke out across northern Philadelphia on Monday and Tuesday night resulting in over 30 arrests.
‘Baffled And Deeply Bothered By This’: Tucker Carlson Says ‘Damning’ Hunter Biden Documents ‘Vanished’
Fox News host and Daily Caller cofounder Tucker Carlson said Wednesday that confidential documents related to Hunter Biden “vanished” en route to him. Carlson said that he had asked a producer to ship the documents — which were reportedly related to Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and his family — to him in Los Angeles, where he was preparing to interview Biden associate Tony Bobulinski. Carlson hinted that the documents his source provided might shed more light on the situation, but as he said during Wednesday’s show, they never arrived in Los Angeles. “So we texted a producer in New York and asked him to send those documents to us in LA, and he did that. “But the Biden documents never arrived in Los Angeles.”By the next morning, Carlson said the shipping company — which he did not name — said that the package had been opened and the contents had disappeared.
‘We’ve Heard That Line A Lot’: Martha MacCallum Fires Back At Pete Buttigieg Over ‘Spreader Event’ Claim
(RELATED: Pete Buttigieg Defends Biden, Says Barrett Confirmation Violates ‘The Spirit Of The Constitution’)WATCH:“Obviously you couldn’t have more different schedules,” MacCallum said as she turned the question to Buttigieg. Joe Biden was in Delaware. We’re also not taking anything for granted, which is why you’ll continue to see Joe Biden and Kamala Harris and folks like me out there pounding the ground. “As you say, this is a very competitive race so may turn out that less is more,” MacCallum said. “I’m not even sure those visits from Donald Trump are really helping him, right?” Buttigieg said with a smile.
ROGER STONE: Here’s How Trump Could Still Pull Off A Historic Upset On Election Day
As we approach Election Day, President Trump has the odds stacked against him, but victory may in fact be at hand. With increased violence against and harassment of Trump voters, many Trump voters will simply not tell a pollster over the telephone that they are going to vote for the president. In one single week of September, the Trump campaign celebrated volunteers knocking on more than 500,000 doors in swing states. If President Trump had these votes previously, it can be reasonably assumed that he could win them back. This means the Trump campaign or the RNC must also spend additional resources on turning out votes that previously would have already been tabulated by Election Day.
Here’s How Latino And Hispanic Voters Could Determine The 2020 Election
A shift in Latino and Hispanic voter support in a number of key states could help determine whether or not President Donald Trump is reelected in 2020.
Postal Service Put To Test By Fox News Ahead Of 2020 Election. It Doesn’t Go Well.
But millions of Americans have already voted by mail in the 2020 presidential election: 48,370,696 to be exact, according to Elect Project at the time of publishing. With the COVID-19 pandemic still running rampant, many Americans have decided that posting their ballots through the United States Postal Service (USPS) is the safest way to go. Fox’s test included some other interesting information, including how long the envelopes took to arrive. In New York, envelopes were mailed from locations within almost 70 miles of the destination. The envelopes sent to New York from California ironically traveled the greatest cross-country distance of all of the test ballots, but arrived in the least amount of time of any in that same group.
Joe Biden Rumored ‘Basement Strategy’ Really IS His Actual Campaign Plan
In September, Trump wrote: “Basement Biden is no longer playing well in the polls!”And just this week during a raucous campaign speech, Trump had a field day mocking the 77-year-old Democratic presidential nominee. One thing, I did five, six and sometimes seven of these in one day those last few days,” Trump said during a campaign rally in Lititz, Pennsylvania. Now, it turns out, the Biden Basement Strategy really IS real. Somebody said it’s strategy, it’s not, because really strategy would be coming out,” Trump said in New Hampshire. Perhaps Joe’s basement strategy will work out.
Expensify CEO Tells 10 Million Customers To Vote For Biden Or Face Possible ‘Civil War.’ Clients Pummel Him.
If you are a US citizen, anything less than a vote for Biden is a vote against democracy. The trend couldn’t be more clear: Biden wants democracy, Trump does not. A vote for Trump is to endorse voter suppression, it really is very basic. A vote for Biden is a vote for democracy. Or based on the ruthlessness of their voter suppression?
Ep. 1125 - The Case Against Joe Biden
1125 - The Case Against Joe BidenThe Ben Shapiro Show | Oct 28th, 2020We go through everything you need to know about Joe Biden, from his personal history to his political history, from the Senate to the Vice Presidency, and from his corruption to his gaffes.
Trump Country billboard removed from downtown Nashua building
LAS VEGAS/WILMINGTON - With less than a week of voting left, President Donald Trump pushed ahead on Wednesday with mass rallies despite a U.S. surge in COVID-19 cases and mounting criticism that he is prioritizing his re-election above the health of his supporters.
Calls to boycott French products grow in Muslim world after Macron backs Mohammed cartoons
(CNN) Calls are growing in parts of the Muslim world to boycott French goods in protest after President Emmanuel Macron publicly defended cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed, which are considered blasphemous in Islam . On Tuesday Saudi Arabia condemned the publication of "offensive" cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed but stopped short of calling for action against France. Amid the backlash, the French embassy in Ankara advised French citizens in Turkey on Monday to exercise caution and avoid public gatherings. Macron fiercely defended the right to display such cartoons in France at the memorial event for Paty. "We condemn publication of satirical cartoons depicting Prophet Mohammed," Ayman Al-Safadi, Jordan's foreign minister, tweeted on Saturday.
Family Christmas gatherings that breach Covid rules will be broken up, PCCs warn
"We're getting very near the stage where you could see a considerable explosion of frustration and energy. Things are very on the edge in a lot of communities and it wouldn't take very much to spark off unrest, riots, damage." However, Ms Kennedy disagreed, saying: "I don't feel that we are on the brink of serious disorder, not at all. "The Government's always given the view and appearance of making the rules up at the last minute for the next headline and that's not good. That has been a constant frustration for the police, that they often know what the rules are after the public seem to know."
Jennifer Lawrence: Trump An ‘Impeached President Who’s Broken Many Laws’
I was a little Republican,” Lawrence said. “This is an impeached president who’s broken many laws and has refused to condemn white supremacy, and it feels like there has been a line drawn in the sand. I don’t want to support a president who supports white supremacists.”President Trump has denounced white supremacists and white supremacy multiple times. Lawrence then compared President Trump to President Obama, saying that “you would go days, maybe weeks, without thinking about the president because everything would generally be OK.”Jennifer Lawrence has been a frequent critic of President Trump throughout his tenure, both before and after the election. Obviously, I never claimed that President Trump was responsible for these tragic hurricanes,” she said in a Facebook post.
AOC: Democrats Must Take Senate To Avoid Having To Be Bipartisan, I Will Push Biden Further Left
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) blasted the American ideal of being bipartisan on Sunday, calling it “Republican manipulation,” adding that if Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden is elected that she will push him further left. “As you just noted, you disagree with him on a range of critical issues, not just fracking, but also health care. And you have made clear, including just a few minutes ago, that you intend to push him if he wins. But, in terms of my role, I believe that that has been my role. “And that has been my job since—and that has been a part of my role since I have been elected.”WATCH:AOC indicates she is going to push Biden as far-left as possible.
No Sen. Ocasio-Cortez: Crushed by Schumer and Gillibrand in poll
The likelihood of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez ousting either of New York’s senators has dimmed, with a new poll showing that she would get steamrolled by Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand in Democratic primaries. Zogby said that younger Democratic primary voters, New York City Democrats, and women could be targeted if the younger liberal activist ran. But Ocasio-Cortez scored well with younger voters and single women. The pollster’s bottom line:“Although Senators Schumer and Gillibrand are winning against Ocasio-Cortez in hypothetical Democratic primaries, the freshman congresswoman is performing well among younger voters and urban voters. Also, women were the most uncertain of the surveyed groups, which could give ‘AOC’ further leverage against heavyweights like Schumer and Gillibrand.”
AOC’s Next Four Years
Her Republican colleagues had, up until then, been civil. She told Yoho he was being rude and went into the Capitol to vote. “I want to thank him for showing the world that you can be a powerful man and accost women,” she told the House. AOC’s status as overnight sensation unsettled some in Washington. But “we are not used to seeing young women of color in positions of power,” says journalist Andrea González-Ramírez, an early chronicler of AOC’s rise.
Twitter Fact-Checking Trump’s Tweets, Using WaPo And CNN
On Tuesday, Twitter made it clear it will fact-check President Trump’s tweets, placing a warning under two of Trump’s tweets in which he slammed the use of mail-in ballots. The warnings read, “Get the facts about mail-in ballots” with a link to a site that said Trump’s facts were wrong as posited by “CNN, Washington Post and others.”Trump tweeted, “There is NO WAY (ZERO!) that Mail-In Ballots will be anything less than substantially fraudulent. No way!”….living in the state, no matter who they are or how they got there, will get one. Experts say mail-in ballots are very rarely linked to voter fraud.”The site continued, “Trump falsely claimed that mail-in ballots would lead to ‘a Rigged Election.’ However, fact-checkers say there is no evidence that mail-in ballots are linked to voter fraud.
Jack Dorsey: Iranian Leader’s Tweets Questioning Holocaust Not ‘Misinformation’ Under Twitter Rules
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey defended his company’s decision to label some of President Donald Trump’s tweets as “misinformation” while refusing to take similar action against Iran’s ayatollah for questioning the Holocaust. Sen. Cory Gardner (R-CO) hammered Dorsey over the perceived double-standard between how the platform treats Trump versus other world leaders. After all, because Iran’s ayatollah has done exactly this: Questioning the holocaust. And yet his tweets remain unflagged on Twitter’s platform.”Gardner then contrasted Twitter’s treatment of Trump with Twitter’s treatment of the Iranian Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Earlier this year, Twitter began flagging some of Trump’s tweets for allegedly spreading misinformation about mail-in voting.
Democrat Senator On Tech Censorship: ‘Anti-Conservative Bias Not A Problem,’ ‘Not Enough’ Censorship Happening
Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA) claimed during a Senate hearing with tech companies on Wednesday that “anti-conservative bias is not a problem” and that the issue is not that there is too much censorship going on, but that there is not enough. “The big tech business model, which profits ahead of people, is a real problem,” Markey claimed. “Anti-conservative bias is not a problem. Zuckerberg, when President Trump posted on Facebook that when the looting starts the shooting starts, you failed to take down that post. Related:The Daily Wire is one of America’s fastest-growing conservative media companies and counter-cultural outlets for news, opinion, and entertainment.
Where Does Beto O’Rourke Stand On The Issues? Here’s Everything You Need To Know.
Robert Francis “Beto” O’Rourke served as a U.S. congressman from El Paso, Texas from 2013 – 2019. A member of the Democratic Party, O’Rourke previously served as mayor pro tempore of El Paso and as a member of the El Paso city council. O’Rourke is now seeking the 2020 Democratic Party presidential nomination, and has recently polled around fifth or sixth place. Economy: O’Rourke supports rigorous antitrust enforcement and a $15 federal minimum wage. O’Rourke supports universal health insurance coverage, but equivocates on whether “Medicare for All” is the best means to accomplish that end.
‘Anonymous’ Author Is CNN Contributor, Google Employee, Biden Supporter
The author of the controversial “anonymous” New York Times op-ed from two years ago is a CNN contributor and a Google employee currently on leave until after the presidential election. News broke that the “anonymous” author was Miles Taylor just minutes before Taylor confirmed it on his Twitter account. Another example comes from last week, when Taylor responded to Trump saying that Biden wanted to destroy American’s Second Amendment rights. “I wanna make something clear, I’m going to guarantee you this is not the last you’ve seen of [O’Rourke],” Biden said. You’re going to be the one who leads this effort.”“I’m counting on you.
We Don’t Have to Live Like This
The military and the small business sector are virtually alone in commanding consistent and high levels of trust across society. Team members are increasingly unable to explain the views of the other team, and team membership is largely driven by hatred for the other team. When we politicize all aspects of our society, we don’t elevate our politics; we drag everything else down to its level. The bigger challenge is rebuilding trust in our society and pushing back on the tide of politicization of everything. It starts with making this statement, clearly and repeatedly: we don’t have to live like this.
Senate Democrats Back Constitutional Amendment to Undo Citizens United
The ruling they take issue with is 2010's Citizens United v. FEC, which lets corporations engage in political speech without facing extreme regulation. Last week, the entire Senate Democratic Caucus introduced a constitutional amendment to undo Citizens United. "Citizens United has damaged our democracy and allowed corporate money to flood our politics," claimed the California senator and presidential candidate Kamala Harris on Twitter. Democrats pretend that ending Citizens United is about restoring transparency and fairness to political speech. (See also: "Our Presidential Cycle Shows Why Citizens United Was Decided Rightly" and "The Citizens United Backlash Threatens Basic Rights.")
Every Democrat in the Senate Supports a Constitutional Amendment That Would Radically Curtail Freedom of Speech
It would radically rewrite the constitutional treatment of political speech, allowing Congress and state legislatures to impose any restrictions on election-related spending they consider reasonable. But the Court overturned FECA's limits on spending by candidates and on independent spending by individuals and groups. The rationale for that conclusion is not, as critics often claim, that "money is speech." The Supreme Court has explicitly said that such equalization of speech is inconsistent with the First Amendment. But that goal is plainly at odds with freedom of speech and freedom of the press.
US Election 2020: 'MAGA nuns' spotted at Trump rally in Ohio
Pamela Geller, a Trump supporter, tweeted: ‘The #MAGA nuns love Trump!’Three nuns wearing face coverings that read 'MAGA' are seen above at President Trump's rally in Circleville, Ohio, on SaturdayOne of the nuns held up a Bible while another held rosary beads. ‘It’s a pathetic attempt to grab up votes for a losing cause.’Another user tweeted: 'Not real nuns, he found them on craigs list. One Twitter user wondered if 'the nuns approve of him cheating on his pregnant wife with a porn star.' tweeted one Twitter userPamela Geller, a Trump supporter, tweeted: 'The #MAGA nuns love Trump!' 'Nuns with MAGA masks,' tweeted Charlie Spiering on SaturdayAnother Twitter user joked: 'Three nuns walk into a Trump rally...'Marie Oakes tweeted on Saturday: 'Nuns for Trump at #Ohio rally!'
Trump rally nuns say it is their 'joyful duty' to support anti-abortion President Trump
The nuns who attended a Trump rally in Ohio called it their “duty” to support any anti-abortion president. However, the preeminent issue is the intrinsic evil of taking innocent human life through abortion,” the Children of Mary told the Washington Examiner. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci) Evan Vucci/APThe nuns attended the president's rally in Circleville, Ohio, on Saturday, which grabbed the attention of some in the media and others. Trump has highlighted his commitment to anti-abortion issues, becoming in January the first president to speak at the March for Life. In September, the president signed the Executive Order on Protecting Vulnerable Newborn and Infant Children.
Father Pleads For Calm As Philadelphia Erupts Again In Riots, Looting Over Fatal Police Shooting
Philadelphia exploded in violence Tuesday night after the death of Walter Wallace Jr., who was fatally shot by police on Monday. Law enforcement is an incredibly dangerous occupation, and thousands of officers have given their lives in the line of duty. The Trump Administration stands proudly with law enforcement, and stands ready, upon request, to deploy any and all Federal resources to end these riots. But that devolved into violent riots and looting of stores across the city. Related: ‘Rapidly Gone Downhill’: ‘Violent’ Riots ‘With Looting’ Rock PhiladelphiaThe Daily Wire is one of America’s fastest-growing conservative media companies and counter-cultural outlets for news, opinion, and entertainment.
Tucker Carlson Releases Alleged Audio Of Biden Allies: If ‘Story’ Is Verified ‘It Blows Up Big Time’
This audio is very new.”Carlson played the following alleged audio files:Rob Walker: I just think that if somebody comes out now and verifies the story, it blows up big time. WATCH:?? #Tucker just played NEW audio of Biden confidante Rob Walker telling Tony Bobulinski that "if somebody comes out now and verifies the story, it blows up big time." James Gilliar added that things are "escalating" and their business dealings were "on the front pages." pic.twitter.com/j45Mu9ORvV — Curtis Houck (@CurtisHouck) October 29, 2020“Also on that call, Tony Bobulinski pleaded with his partners to just tell the truth,” Carlson continued. Instead of lying, Rob Walker and James Gilliar can come out and admit what happened—Hunter Biden was selling access to his father.
‘Confidential Documents’ Obtained By Tucker Carlson On Biden Family Go Missing, Report
Fox News host Tucker Carlson said on his show Wednesday night that confidential documents that his show received from a source about the family of Democrat presidential nominee Joe Biden have gone missing. “So, on Monday of this week, we received, from a source, a collection of confidential documents related to the Biden family. “So, we texted a producer in New York and we asked him to send those documents to us in L.A., and he did that. “Tuesday morning, we received word from the shipping company that our package had been opened and the contents were missing. The documents had disappeared.”“Now, to it’s credit, the company took this very seriously and immediately began a search,” Carlson said.
WATCH: Rioters Threaten, Assault, Chase Jewish Residents: ‘Synagogue Of Satan’
The man also seems to refer to the Jewish men as “Amalek” on multiple occasions. “This ain’t y’all fight,” the Jewish men are told. One answers, “We’re just showing solidarity.”The protesters grow angrier, telling the Jewish men they are “staring s***” and screaming at them to “walk.”“Get the f*** out! As they begin to leave, a Jewish man in a red t-shirt is shoved by one of the protesters. One protester, seemingly pleased that the Jewish men are chased away, says people are “waking up” and yells about the Book of Revelation and the “synagogue of Satan.”WATCH:Black Lives Matter rioters in Philadelphia threaten, assault, and chase out Jewish residents claiming "you don't live here" and call them members of the "Synagogue of Satan."
MN GOP Senate Challenger Posts Optimistic Message After Hospital Discharge: ‘Now Let’s Go Win’
Earlier I was discharged from the hospital in Hibbing & I’m on my way home to Woodbury. I want to thank Dr. Smith & the entire ICU staff for a successful surgery & stellar care. Now let’s go win this damn campaign. The dr. has said Jason’s surgery was successful & he’s optimistic Jason will be discharged within the next couple days. The Daily Wire is one of America’s fastest-growing conservative media companies and counter-cultural outlets for news, opinion, and entertainment.
Democrats Worked Hard To Put Barrett On The Supreme Court
Judge Amy Coney Barrett is now Justice Amy Coney Barrett, replacing the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the Supreme Court. Reid is not the only Democrat to have worked hard on Barrett’s behalf — indeed, the Democratic Party’s actions during both the Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh confirmation hearings played a pivotal role in making the new Supreme Court. Never had a candidate for the presidency been so clear in his intentions for the Supreme Court. To that end, President Trump did his job by selecting Gorsuch a week after his inauguration. When President Trump nominated Kavanaugh to replace the retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy, the stakes were a little higher for Democrats.
There's No Going Back To 'Normal.' The GOP Is Changed Forever
Republicans who don’t like Trump want to go back to 'normal,' but the old GOP is dead. The reality is we are never going back to “normal.” The old Republican Party is dead. The Old GOP Is DeadIn 2016, Trump hijacked the Republican Party. Many mainstream Republicans still don’t understand this, but no other GOP candidate was going to win in 2016. The people in Trump’s party are risk-takers and wealth-builders, and they truly live the American ideals of independence and free thought.
Everything You Need To Know About The Polls Leading Up To Election Day
On this episode of The Federalist Radio Hour, RealClearPolitics Co-Founder and President Tom Bevan joins Culture Editor Emily Jashinsky to explain what the polls do and do not tell us heading into Election Day 2020. It’s this closeness in the race for the White House, Bevan suggested, that could create delayed election results. The Senate races in these in these states where Biden and Trump are vying for victory will be also close, Bevan noted. While polls show Biden is in the lead, Trump is a “historical anomaly” whose performance with voters isn’t as easily tracked as with other candidates. “The balance of the evidence suggests that Joe Biden has a lead nationally and that he is leading in these swing states,” Bevan said.
Where Is Hunter Biden's Money?
Of all the issues regarding Hunter Biden and Joe Biden's possible influence peddling, another key question deserves an answer: 'Where’s Hunter’s money?' Later in August, Hunter Biden was apparently working another CEFC deal that was to pay him more than $10 million per year “for introductions alone.” According to the Hunter Biden business associate, Tony Bobulinski, “The big guy,” “my guy,” and “chairman” all were names that Hunter used for his father. In the media buzz surrounding President Donald Trump’s tax returns, Joe Biden’s tax returns have largely escaped scrutiny. We also don’t know how much income from foreign sources has flowed through Hunter Biden’s bank accounts. Furthermore, multiple law enforcement sources recently confirmed that the FBI seized Hunter Biden’s laptop in late 2019 as part of a federal money-laundering investigation, although the agency declined to move forward reportedly based on how the material was obtained.
Two Videos Reveal Major Differences Between Biden, Trump
Have an important tip? Let us know. Email us here. Keep up to date with our latest:Roger Stone joins The Alex Jones Show to break down the differences between pro-American Trump supporters and Biden voters who are simply anti-Trump.
Trump Is Doing Better In Michigan And Wisconsin Than Polls Suggest
There’s something afoot in Michigan and Wisconsin. That analysis proved wrong—or at least it did for Macomb County, where Trump won in 2016 by a whopping 48,000 votes, helping him carry Michigan by less than 11,000 ballots. We didn’t expect Trump support in deep-blue Milwaukee, but we found it stopping for a late dinner at a German restaurant downtown where an NBA playoff game played behind the bar. Further north still, in picturesque, lakeside Door County, a local Democratic store owner hopes his party can take back the county Obama won twice. In western Wisconsin, which helped Trump carry the state in 2016, the changing lines of the major parties were laid bare.
“Anonymous” WH Official Who Penned NYT Anti-Trump Hit Piece Is DHS Staffer Who Now Works For CNN
Keep up to date with our latest:The anonymous “senior” White House official who penned a 2018 “Resistance” op-ed in the New York Times against President Trump is a former DHS staffer named Miles Taylor. Taylor’s scathing NYT op-ed described Trump as “impetuous, adversarial, petty and ineffective,” and revealed he’s one of many anti-Trump officials embedded in Trump’s administration. My statement: https://t.co/yuhTgZ4bkq — Miles Taylor (@MilesTaylorUSA) October 28, 2020Interestingly, Taylor denied he was “anonymous” in an August interview on CNN. They should fire, shame, and punish everybody associated with this FRAUD on the American people!”Who is Miles Taylor? Wait, so @CNN hired this Miles Taylor guy as a contributor a month after he LIED to Anderson Cooper about being the "anonymous" NYT writer?
Watch LIVE: President Trump Holds MAGA Rally in Goodyear, Arizona
Have an important tip? Sign Up NowKeep up to date with our latest:Fund the InfoWar. The president delivers another rousing 2020 campaign speech in Goodyear, Arizona. Earlier today, the president spoke to a crowd in Bullhead City, Arizona, after visiting several states, including Florida, North Carolina, Ohio Maine, and Wisconsin. Roger Stone joins The Alex Jones Show to break down the reality of Trump supporters who believe in his vision for America, versus Biden voters who are just doing it to spite the President.
Man Dressed as Trump Plants MAGA Flags In Trees to Stop Dem Thieves
Keep up to date with our latest:A supporter of President Donald Trump in Texas has received special recognition after planting Trump 2020 flags atop trees in the area. “In Lufkin, Texas — someone was stealing Trump signs, so an anonymous tree climber put up 30 of them throughout the community,” the president acknowledged. #MAGA.”In Lufkin, Texas — someone was stealing Trump signs, so an anonymous tree climber put up 30 of them throughout the community. https://t.co/gfHUKZB0DA — Louie Gohmert (@LouieGohmertTX1) October 27, 2020Local media KTRE last week reported on the spate of Trump signs being stolen in the area, with one citizen, Ken Donaghue, claiming up to 40 Trump signs have been taken. “There are currently 38 flags flying high.”On this occasion, the man dressed as President Trump to surprise a supporter who’s undergoing surgery next month.
Why are the Trafalgar and Rasmussen polls so different from the polls the mainstream media puts out?
In fact, if the Trafalgar polls end up being as accurate as they were in 2016, Trump will win the election. But if you listen to the pundits in the mainstream media, that is almost impossible. Just like in 2016, the polls that the mainstream media relies upon make it look like Trump is definitely going to lose. So why are those mainstream polls so wrong? But the latest Trafalgar Group survey has Trump up by 2.3 percent and the latest Rasmussen survey has Trump up by 4 points.
How Long Will It Take To Count All The Votes?
Well, that is going to depend on how long it takes to count the votes, and that is going to be different for each state. You see, the truth is that counting mail-in ballots is much more tedious that running normal ballots through a machine. In Washington State, mail-in ballots received as late as Nov. 23 are still valid, as long as they were postmarked by Nov. 3. To give you an idea of how long it takes to count mail-in ballots, just consider what we witnessed in California earlier this year…Consider this year’s California primary, in which 5.8 million people voted for president. If it took California seven weeks to count a couple million mail-in ballots, how in the world is Pennsylvania going to count a similar number of mail-in ballots in just one week?
Watch Live: Radical Left Preparing to Overthrow Election As Biden Scandal Escalates
Have an important tip? Let us know. Keep up to date with our latest:On this live Wednesday edition of Election Countdown 2020, host DeAnna Lorraine covers breaking revelations in both the Trump and Biden campaigns as well as details from the Hunter Biden laptop scandal that the mainstream media and Big Tech are fighting to keep hidden! Tune in:War Room: Democrats & Big Tech Announce Plans To Censor President Trump On Election DayTune in NOW & share this link! Owen Shroyer breaks down the Senate Judiciary Committee’s grilling of Big Tech over its censorship of the Hunter Biden story.
Why Are The Trafalgar And Rasmussen Polls So Different From The Polls The Mainstream Media Puts Out?
In fact, if the Trafalgar polls end up being as accurate as they were in 2016, Trump will win the election. But if you listen to the pundits in the mainstream media, that is almost impossible. Just like in 2016, the polls that the mainstream media relies upon make it look like Trump is definitely going to lose. So why are those mainstream polls so wrong? But the latest Trafalgar Group survey has Trump up by 2.3 percent and the latest Rasmussen survey has Trump up by 4 points.
AOC: When Trump Says, ‘Jump.’ McConnell Says, ‘How High?’
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) is taking aim at President Donald Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.). After suggesting “Trump is the racist visionary,” the New York lawmaker said that “McConnell gets the job done.”“He doesn’t do anything without Trump’s blessing,” she said of McConnell. “Trump says, ‘Jump.’ McConnell says, ‘How high?’ Trump never does what McConnell says.”According to FiveThirtyEight, McConnell has voted in line with Trump’s position 94.3% of the time. The Republican-led Senate voted to confirm Barrett, Trump’s supreme court nominee, this week — despite opposition from Democratic colleagues. Additionally, Ocasio-Cortez touched on the 2020 presidential election during the interview, saying, “This is not about a decision between two candidates.
Ahead of US Election, Trump Ends a US Restriction Applying To Israeli Settlements
The Trump administration lifted a decades-old ban on Wednesday that had prohibited U.S. taxpayer funding for Israeli scientific research conducted in Jewish settlements in occupied territory, drawing Palestinian condemnation. With Tuesday’s U.S. election approaching, President Donald Trump’s move was praised by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and could resonate with evangelical Christian voters who support Israeli settlement in the West Bank. The West Bank settlement of Ariel, the site of an Israeli university, was chosen as the venue for a ceremony opening a new avenue of U.S. scientific cooperation with Israeli researchers. Palestinians, who seek the West Bank for a future state, said the move made Washington complicit in what they termed Israel’s illegal settlement enterprise. The Trump administration last year effectively backed Israel’s right to build West Bank settlements by abandoning a long-held U.S. position that they were “inconsistent with international law”.
AOC: There Were Times in the First Six Months Serving in Congress I ‘Felt Like I Couldn’t Do This’
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) is sharing how she felt the first six months after becoming a Congresswoman. The New York lawmaker was sworn-in in January of 2019 and her first term ends in January of 2021 — she is seeking reelection. She won her district in the 2018 congressional elections against 10-term incumbent now-former Rep. Joseph Crowley. It’s a very deep, unconditional human bond.”Ocasio-Cortez is part of “the squad” which consists of her, Reps. Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass. After a friend told Ocasio-Cortez, “It’s to get you to destroy yourself so that they don’t have to destroy you,” the New York representative said she came to realize, “Okay, I’m not crazy.
Trump Admin Testing Czar Says COVID-19 Surges in US Is ‘Not Just a Function of Testing’
Cases up because we TEST, TEST, TEST. — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 26, 2020However, the White House coronavirus testing czar Admiral Brett Giroir told NBC News’ “Today” on Wednesday that the surge is not just the result of more testing. On top of those measures, Giroir called for even more testing, “Please increase testing. ALL THE FAKE NEWS MEDIA WANTS TO TALK ABOUT IS COVID, COVID, COVID. — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 27, 2020During a rally in Michigan on Tuesday, he said, “It’s ‘COVID, COVID, COVID,’ you can’t watch anything else.
Ted Cruz Grills Twitter’s Dorsey Over Censoring of Hunter Biden Story: ‘Behaving as a Democratic Super PAC’
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) is blasting Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey for the social media platform’s censorship of a New York Post report on Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden’s son Hunter Biden. “Twitter takes the view you can censor the New York Post, you can censor Politico, presumably you can censor The New York Times or any other media outlet,” Cruz said. We realize that more accountability is needed to show our intentions and to show the outcomes,” Dorsey said. “Our goal is to attempt to add context, and now we have capabilities to do that,” he tweeted. During an interview with former Fox News anchor Eric Bolling, Trump accused Twitter of “trying to protect Biden,” as IJR previously reported.
Trump Critic ‘Anonymous’ Reveals His Identity
The author of an anonymously authored 2018 op-ed in The New York Times, that claimed there was a group of officials in the Trump administration who thwarted the president’s worst instincts, is revealing his identity. '” Taylor wrote. “Trump sees personal criticism as subversive.”He continued, “We do not owe the President our silence. We owe him and the American people the truth.”Taylor asserted that he is a Republican and that he joined the Trump administration in the beginning because he hoped Trump would succeed. He also endorsed Biden for president.
Hillary Clinton Reveals She Is One of the Electoral College Electors in New York
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced she is an Electoral College elector in New York. “I’m an elector in New York,” Clinton said during her appearance on SiriusXM’s “Signal Boost.”She added, “I’m pretty sure I’ll get to vote for Joe and Kamala in New York. Clinton told CNN in 2017 she is in favor of abolishing the Electoral College. When former Vice President Al Gore won the popular vote but lost the presidency in 2000, Clinton called for the end to the Electoral College. I believe strongly that in a democracy, we should respect the will of the people and to me, that means it’s time to do away with the Electoral College and move to the popular election of our president,” Clinton said.
FBI Agents Association Pleads With Trump and Biden To Keep Christopher Wray as Director for 10 Years
President Donald Trump is reportedly considering cutting short the tenure of FBI Director Christopher Wray if he wins re-election. That would make Wray the second FBI director to be fired within the standard 10-year term for the head of the nation’s premier law enforcement agency. Now, the Federal Bureau of Investigation Agents Association (FBIAA) is writing to Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden to implore whoever wins the general election to keep Wray on for the remainder of his term. While Trump appointed Wray, he has not avoided criticizing him. In an interview on Fox News, the president called Wray “disappointing.”
Biden Tears Into Trump Campaign for Leaving Supporters Stranded After Omaha Rally
“Just look at what happened last night in Omaha after the Trump rally ended. Hundreds of people including older Americans and children were stranded in sub-zero, freezing temperatures for hours,” Biden said. It’s an image that captured President Trump’s whole approach to this crisis … He makes a lot of big pronouncements, but they don’t hold up. Biden argued the Trump administration has “just given up.”Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) told reporters on Sunday the Trump administration is “admitting defeat,” as IJR previously reported. “The only person waving a white flag along with his white mask is Joe Biden,” Meadows said.
Tony Bobulinski Calls It ‘Disgusting’ His Claims About the Biden Family Are Labeled as Russian Disinformation
Former Biden associate Tony Bobulinski is expressing his frustration after some say his claims about Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden’s family are Russian disinformation. During an interview with Fox News’ Tucker Carlson on Tuesday night, Bobulinski responded to remarks made by Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) about his claims. “This whole smear on Joe Biden comes from the Kremlin,” Schiff said. I served this country for four years in one of the most elite environments in the world, the naval nuclear power training command,” Bobulinski said. Fifty former intelligence officials previously signed a letter stating that they believe the emails cited in the Post’s story were part of a Russian disinformation campaign.
Pelosi Argues McConnell Is Not a ‘Force for Good’ Following Barrett’s Confirmation
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is taking a swing at Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) following the confirmation of Judge Amy Coney Barrett as a justice to the Supreme Court. MSNBC’s Ayman Mohyeldin noted McConnell told The New York Times, “I certainly didn’t expect to have three Supreme Court justices… At the risk of tooting my own horn, look at the majority leaders since L.B.J. Pelosi argued they are rushing Barrett onto the Supreme Court so she can be there to repeal the Affordable Care Act and to decide on certain aspects of the upcoming presidential election. (00:01:00)Speaking to reporters after the confirmation vote on Monday night, McConnell explained Democrats would have filled the vacancy if they were in power, as IJR previously reported. After Barrett was confirmed late Monday, on a 52-48 vote, Pelosi expressed her disappointment with Republicans, as IJR previously reported.
McEnany Blasts Miles Taylor After He Reveals He Is ‘Anonymous’: He Is a ‘Liar and a Coward’
In the 2018 op-ed published by The New York Times, he claimed he was part of a group of senior administration officials who were thwarting Trump’s worst instincts. After the op-ed was published, he was widely referred to as “Anonymous,” since his identity was not disclosed by the Times. So, no.”PROOF: Miles Taylor, who now admits to being “Anonymous,” once told us he was NOT Anonymous. ?? https://t.co/cNz1Fgpz5g — Kayleigh McEnany (@PressSec) October 28, 2020She said, “PROOF: Miles Taylor, who now admits to being ‘Anonymous,’ once told us he was NOT Anonymous. “Trump also reacted to Miles’ revelation, “Who is Miles Taylor?
Miles Taylor Fires Back at Trump Over Claim He Did Not Know Him: ‘I Remember You, All Too Well’
Former Department of Homeland Security (DHS) chief of staff, Miles Taylor, is responding to President Donald Trump after he claimed he did not know who he was. And I will continue shining a light on your failed presidency through the election—and beyond,” Taylor wrote on Twitter. https://t.co/ARzUQ9oss2 pic.twitter.com/JEgBCxdSss — Miles Taylor (@MilesTaylorUSA) October 28, 2020Taylor revealed himself as the anonymous author of a 2018 op-ed in The New York Times and a book critical of the Trump administration, as IJR previously reported. “Who is Miles Taylor? Just another [New York Times] SCAM – he worked in conjunction with them,” Trump wrote.
ACB Confirmed, Biden Hits Trail Again and Hillary Clinton Says A Trump Win Makes Her Sick | Ep 73
This Is My Show ACB Confirmed, Biden Hits Trail Again and Hillary Clinton Says A Trump Win Makes Her Sick | Ep 73Social media is on fire and the Left is enraged as Amy Coney Barrett was sworn in as just the fifth female Supreme Court Justice in history. Joe Biden lifted his lid to travel a few miles into Pennsylvania and Hillary Clinton says she was born to be president and that the thought of a Trump victory makes her sick. Partner Links: Mammoth Nation Become a member and save at MammothNation.com UFM Underwear Visit UFMUnderwear.com and Use Promo Code DREW to receive $6 off! Hero Soap Company Use this link and promo code DREW to get 10% off Hero Soap! https://herosoapcompany.com/discount/Drew
Sonny Hostin & Whoopi Goldberg Say Republicans Are Packing Court, Former NYT Writer Shuts Them Down
This Is My Show Sonny Hostin & Whoopi Goldberg Say Republicans Are Packing Court, Former NYT Writer Shuts Them DownSonny Hostin and Whoopi Goldberg showed once again how little they understand about politics and our government writ large. The two said Republicans are packing the court and slammed Amy Coney Barrett as ill-qualified to perform the job. However, a former New York Times columnist quickly corrected them explaining what court packing really was and how, like it or not, the GOP was not out of line. UFM Underwear Visit UFMUnderwear.com and Use Promo Code DREW to receive $6 off!
Biden Insider Tony Bobulinski Slams the Former VP and the Mainstream Media With Undeniable Facts
This Is My Show Biden Insider Tony Bobulinski Slams the Former VP and the Mainstream Media With Undeniable FactsBiden Insider Tony Bobulinski sat down with Fox News' Tucker Carlson and dished the dirt on not only Hunter and Jim Biden, but former vice president Joe Biden and his interactions with him as they established their plan to funnel money into the Biden family. Hero Soap Company Use this link and promo code DREW to get 10% off Hero Soap! https://herosoapcompany.com/discount/Drew
Social Media Censorship in the United States
The Wayne Dupree Show Social Media Censorship in the United StatesMarsha Blackburn slams Jack Dorsey, Twitter CEO, for censoring the President 65 times when Twitter did not censor post from Iran's Terrorist Ayotollah or post from Vladimir Putin.
Joe Biden Introduces Himself As Kamala's Running Mate, Says Violent Riots Just a Call for Justice
This Is My Show Joe Biden Introduces Himself As Kamala’s Running Mate, Says Violent Riots Just a Call for JusticeFormer vice president Joe Biden made multiple mistakes after hitting the campaign trail again, and even provided justification for the violent Black Lives Matter riots that are occurring in the streets. Mammoth Nation Become a member and save at MammothNation.com
The Kruiser Kabana Episode 76: Election Mental Health Tips From Life Coach Kruiser
We Will Make It Through This. This episode is one of those rambling, one-sided conversation affairs that I believe we have all come to know and love. People seem a little tense now that we are less than a week out from election day so I thought I would try to talk some folks off of the ledge.
Donald Trump: Why He Deserves 4 More Years
Lost on the President Donald Trump-hating pundits who weighed in on the second and final debate with former Vice President Joe Biden was Trump’s energy and focus. Trump handily defeated Biden, who noticeably tired by the end of this second and final debate. Immediately after Trump’s election, Democrats attempted to invoke the 25th Amendment, arguing that the real-estate-developer-turned-politician lacked the mental fitness to hold a job. Circle the wagons until Joe Biden crosses the finish line. His latest book, “The New Trump Standard,” is available in paperback from Amazon.com and for Nook, Kindle, iBooks and GooglePlay.
Tucker Carlson Rakes the Media Over the Coals for Burying Bobulinski's Hunter Biden Bombshells
He lamented that “no one in America’s vast media landscape has pressed Joe Biden” for his excuse to smear Bobulinski. “Instead, reporters at all levels, and their editors, and their publishers, have openly collaborated with Joe Biden’s political campaign. This confirmation adds to a growing list of evidence suggesting that the bombshells revealed in Hunter Biden’s emails and Bobulinski’s testimony are true. He also discussed a May 13, 2017 email showing that 10 percent of the company’s equity would go to Joe Biden. Hunter Biden’s business deals in China arguably undercut America’s interests in military technology, nuclear technology, and rare earth minerals.
Experts Now Saying Don't Mail Your Ballot; Vote in Person
The Democrats’ ploys to draw out the ballot-counting process have largely failed across the country, so now, election and postal experts are saying it’s already too late to mail your ballot. If you want your vote to count, you need to vote in person. It appears that about 10 percent of all first-class mail is being delayed because of the massive volume of election mail. Daily Caller:“If you haven’t requested a mail ballot yet, it’s too late,” David Becker, executive director of the Center for Election Innovation & Research, told The Post. At this point, if you haven’t requested a mail ballot yet, plan to vote in person and vote early, if possible.”The extraordinary measures the USPS is taking to speed up the delivery of ballots are unprecedented.
Michigan Judge Halts Ban on Carrying Guns at Polling Places
A Michigan Court of Claims judge has issued a temporary injunction against a directive by the secretary of state that would ban the open carrying of firearms at polling places. Where the legislature has said it is not legal to open carry, there is no “affirmative right” involved. So while Meingast is technically correct, there is an “affirmative right” to open carry at polling places because the legislature did not specifically forbid it. Murray points out that there is no state law that allows for open carry, but the Second Amendment does that. The Democrats’ main argument — that people carrying guns at polling places is meant to “intimidate” voters — falls flat because, as Murray points out, there are already laws against voter intimidation on the books.
'Charlie Hebdo' Send-Up of Erdogan Angers the Muslim World
One thing you can say about the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo — they are absolutely fearless. This week’s edition features Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on the cover in a “compromising” situation. The caption reads, “Erdogan: In private, he’s very funny” while the Turkish president chugs a beer. A woman in a Muslim hijab objects when Erdogan raises her skirt to reveal a bare (hairy) backside. The mention of the prophet in a comical situation was enough to send the Muslim world into a tizzy.
Twitter Is Shadowbanning Me, But Only for a Specific Kind of Tweet
One of my favorite things to do on Twitter is point out the absurd bias of “journalists” and give them grief about it. It accomplishes the same thing as banning a user, but without making it seem like Twitter is being heavy-handed. The people who follow me are largely voyeuristic, content with watching the hot mess that is my Twitter life. My workaround for the shadowbanned stuff will be to post those tweets in the Morning Briefing under a recurring section. I just don’t feel right if I go a whole day and don’t drag Poppin’ Fresh at least once.
If You Don’t Vote For Trump, You Ain’t Pro-Black
Ice Cube spoke with Joe Biden’s campaign too, but he was brushed off until “after the election was over,” wink-wink. However, to be fair, Ice Cube was re-invited onto Cuomo’s show after tweeting to CNN “They can’t Handle the Truth.” After several minutes on air with Cuomo, Ice Cube finally convinced him that he isn’t pro-Trump or pro-Biden. Two, by not working with Ice Cube on his plan, more minorities will realize Democrats don’t have their best interests at heart. Subsequently, rapper “50 Cent” endorsed Donald Trump after learning Joe Biden’s tax plan would take 62 percent of his income. Bottom line, blacks should re-elect President Trump if they prefer results over Joe Biden’s rhetoric.
EXCLUSIVE: Civil Rights Commissioners Urge DOE to Investigate Racism at Northwestern Law School
Northwestern U. law school had a town hall meeting online recently. America’s long and successful struggle to ban outright racial discrimination in the law does not matter to the “anti-racist” movement. ]”Eisgruber, like Speta, did not intend to confess to violating federal discrimination law. Federal law rightly prohibits many kinds of racial discrimination, but it prohibits discrimination on an individual level. The government arguably has a role in preventing racial discrimination when it comes to opportunities, but it has no business ensuring exact racial representation in outcomes.
Here's What Early Voting Numbers Are Telling Us
In 2016, most state polls were as bad as national polls, and cherrypicking specific polls isn’t a great option either, as it lends itself to confirmation bias. So, what can we say about the state of the election based on early voting statistics? Writing at UncoveredDC, bestselling author Larry Schweikart looked at some early voting numbers. Schweikart noted that despite the Democrats’ early lead in early voting, both in vote-by-mail (VBM) and in-person early voting (IPEV), they peaked around October 16 and Republicans have been catching up—big time. “Currently, the black turnout is at 13% there.
How to Preserve the American Republic? The Constitution and Originalist Justices like Amy Coney Barrett
This is where newly sworn-in Associate Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett comes in. So, if you're upset about Justice Barrett, thank Obama. That's why we have the Constitution and the Supreme Court of the United States. And that's why I'm thankful that the president nominated Justice Barrett, the legal scholar from Notre Dame and former law clerk of the late Justice Antonin Scalia. On the first day of her Senate hearings, Justice Barrett was asked to define what being an "originalist" meant.
Why I’m a One Issue Voter
The issue of abortion has barely come up in the debates of Election 2020. I am a one issue voter, without apology, and that issue is abortion. Those politicians who get the issue of life wrong tend to get just about everything else wrong. It is well documented that Margaret Sanger, the founder of Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion provider, was a racist. Christians need to vote our values, and the issue of life is the most important of these.
WATCH: Senate Commerce Committee Grills Big Tech CEOs
The Senate Commerce Committee is prepared to grill three of Big Tech's most familiar faces on Wednesday. The hearing, entitled, "Does Section 230’s Sweeping Immunity Enable Big Tech Bad Behavior?," will focus on whether Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act is still a useful tool. The social media platforms didn't have evidence to prove it was untrue. "Twitter and Facebook and big tech billionaires don't get to censor political speech and actively interfere in the election," Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) said. You can watch today's virtual Commerce Committee hearing below.
While McGrath Calls America an 'Embarrassment,' Leader McConnell Touts Record of Results
Kentucky Democrat and Senate candidate Amy McGrath, who is challenging Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), made a unique closing argument on Tuesday, with just one week left until the general election. #KYSen pic.twitter.com/1oq8hidyel — Team Mitch (Text MITCH to 47360) (@Team_Mitch) October 27, 2020Now this is a helluva closing message. Responding to McGrath calling America an “embarrassment” McConnell says:America is not an embarrassment. "I led the historic effort to revamp the tax code, cutting taxes and lowering utility bills for Kentucky’s middle-class families. Leader McConnell’s reelection is rated as “Likely Republican,” and McGrath certainly may have broken any record on the books for wasting donor funds throughout her long-shot bid to unseat the Kentucky Republican and GOP leader.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Editorial Board Endorses Sean Parnell Over Conor Lamb in Heated Congressional Race
In the nationally-watched congressional race in Pennsylvania’s 17th district, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette editorial board endorsed GOP candidate and decorated combat veteran Sean Parnell over incumbent Democratic Rep. Conor Lamb. That’s clearly what the district wants, because that’s how Mr. Lamb presented himself in 2016 and has again in 2020. That is Mr. Lamb in a nutshell. He’s smart, he’s clever, he’s a smooth politician. He loves the country and is coming to love the 17th District.
Uh Oh: Biden Chinese Business Associate Was Subject of FISA Spy Warrant
And now, we are learning a Chinese business associate within the Biden orbit was under a FISA spy warrant (via Daily Caller News Foundation):Feds suspected Hunter Biden associate/client Patrick HO of working covertly as a foreign agent. HO was the subject of a FISA warrant, according to court documents in his bribery case. Hunter Biden was part of a business consortium that sought a partnership with CEFC in May 2017. In addition to his partnership with CEFC, Hunter Biden also represented Ho during his legal battle. So, did Joe Biden know about the FISA warrant?
Why Bill Maher Called Dems the 'Loser Party'
Comedian Bill Maher surprised Jimmy Kimmel on Monday after he criticized the Democratic Party as the “loser party” for failing to get Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg off the bench when President Obama was in office. She was a great justice but should have quit.”“The Democratic plan for the Supreme Court was Ruth Bader Ginsburg doesn’t die,” he continued. “And that’s why they’re such a loser party. I vote for them, but they don’t know how to do politics.”“The Democratic plan for the Supreme Court was Ruth Bader Ginsburg doesn’t die. You lose power and then you lose it again.”
The Late Ballot Scam
The left claims failing to count late ballots amounts to "voter disenfranchisement." You'd have to be living on the moon not to know by now to vote or mail in a ballot early to avoid Election Day crowds. Otherwise tens of thousands of late ballots will be counted, contrary to state law. The best preview of what is likely to happen in the Pennsylvania case occurred in an emergency ruling Monday night. All because of late ballots.
Twitter CEO Admits: We Have No Proof the Hunter Biden Story Is False
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and other big tech leaders testified in front of the Senate Commerce Committee today after blocking a New York Post story that exposed Hunter and Joe Biden's shady foreign dealings. When the story broke two weeks ago, Twitter locked the New York Post's account and disabled the ability for users to share the link to the Biden story on the website. But according to Dorsey himself, Twitter has no proof the Biden story, and all of the documents presented to back it up, are false, fraudulent or a foreign influence campaign. “We don’t”: Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey admits they don't have any evidence to say the New York Post Biden story is disinformation pic.twitter.com/Yl5Ltsy1a3 — Steve Guest (@SteveGuest) October 28, 2020As of today, the New York Post is still locked out of their Twitter account. Because in the interval, neither Joe nor Hunter Biden has disputed the authenticity of the e-mails or the ownership of the hard drive.
Sen. Gardner Asks Dorsey Why He's Hidden Trump's Tweets, But Not the Ayatollah's
Why is it that you've hidden the president's tweets, but not the Ayatollah's tweets, Sen. Cory Gardner (R-CO) demanded of Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey. And Sen. Gardner was rightly concerned that President Trump is seemingly a bigger target for Twitter than the Supreme Leader of Iran, considering the Ayatollah has openly denied the Holocaust on the platform, even on International Holocaust Remembrance Day. Jack Dorsey: "It's misleading information, but we don't have a policy against that type of misleading information." pic.twitter.com/OCdBI5rkLV — Francis Brennan (@FrancisBrennan) October 28, 2020Dorsey said they have three categories in which they determine misleading information. Asked by Sen. John Thune (R-SD) if they consider themselves to be "the referees" of political speech, all three CEOs said no.
USC Pollster: Our Experimental But Accurate Model Shows Trump Winning the Electoral College Again
In both the U.S. elections, the social-circle question predicted national and state level results better than the “own intention” question in the same polls. In fact, data from the social-circle question in 2016 accurately predicted which candidate won each state, so it predicted Trump’s electoral college victory…Five for five thus far. Even so, in 2016 it predicted that Trump would win the electoral vote. And in that realm, Trump is doing quite poorly this cycle, which could be a meaningful red flag for his campaign. https://t.co/tNbpHENq9a — Jackson Bryman (@kilometerbryman) October 27, 2020If Trump winds up winning or coming close, people may be talking about the Trafalgar and USC models a lot more.
After Senate Confirmed Justice Barrett, Hickenlooper Still Will Not Give a Firm Stance on Court Packing
After the Senate confirmed Justice Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court on Monday, former Colorado Governor and current Senate candidate John Hickenlooper (D) avoided revealing his stance on “court packing,” once again. As the idea of expanding the size of the Supreme Court gains traction within the Democrat Party, Hickenlooper continually avoids giving a straightforward answer when asked about packing the court. The Senate hopeful first called adding justices to the Supreme Court a “hypothetical,” but then indicated that his support for packing the court would be contingent on the confirmation of Justice Barrett. He will pack the Supreme Court. https://t.co/DDcc7A52yq — Cory Gardner (@CoryGardner) October 27, 2020During his brief run for the Democratic nomination for president, Hickenlooper said that he would be “open to” the idea of expanding the size of the Supreme Court.
Team Biden Continues to Smear Trump for Failing to Condemn Racism, White Supremacy. Trump Campaign Hits Back With Perfect Ad in Response.
The former vice president said the “moment I knew I had to run” was President Trump’s “very fine people on both sides” comment from 2017. Nevertheless, Biden and vice-presidential nominee Kamala Harris have been on the campaign trail falsely claiming he hasn’t denounced white supremacy yet. "Donald Trump fails to condemn White supremacy, doesn’t believe that systemic racism is a problem, and won’t say that black lives matter," Biden said at a campaign stop in Georgia this week. To leave no room for doubt, the Trump campaign hit back, creating a five-minute ad that compiles all the times the president has publicly denounced white supremacy. The Trump campaign has also made a point of highlighting Biden’s “history of racist comments” in a series of campaign ads directed toward the black community.
True Author Behind 'Anonymous' Anti-Trump Writings Finally Steps Forward
Previously, the author was identified only as a "senior Trump administration official." "Much has been made of the fact that these writings were published anonymously," Taylor wrote in a statement posted to Medium. "He’s just another standard-issue arrogant, Washington, DC swamp bro who loved President Trump until he figured out he could try to make money by attacking him." Promoting his book in Nov. 2019, the "Anonymous" writer revealed in a Reddit forum that he did not plan to remain anonymous forever. Vice President Mike Pence has said the "Anonymous" author "should resign" for violating their oath to the Constitution.
Eight Busted as Illegal Agents for the Chinese Communist Party
The Department of Justice announced Wednesday eight individuals have been charged for conspiring to nefariously aid and act as illegal agents for the Chinese Communist Party while in the United States. Five of them have been arrested. “As alleged, the defendants assisted PRC officials in a scheme to coerce targeted individuals to return to the PRC against their will,” Acting U.S. Attorney Seth DuCharme said about the case. “The United States will not tolerate the conduct of PRC carrying out state-authorized actions on U.S. soil without notice to, and coordination with, the appropriate U.S. authorities. Nor will we tolerate the unlawful harassment and stalking of U.S. residents to further PRC objectives.”According to FBI Director Wray, the Bureau is investigating thousands of cases related to nefarious Chinese activity and espionage across the United States.
Dem Senator Claims Social Media Execs Have 'Bent Over Backwards' for Conservatives
Republicans on the Senate Commerce Committee rightfully pressed Big Tech CEOs Jack Dorsey, Mark Zuckerberg and Sundar Pichai about conservative censorship at Wednesday's Senate Commerce Committee hearing. But Sen. Brian Schatz (D-HI) intervened to suggest the real truth was that Republicans were the ones bullying the Big Tech giants. “You have institutionally bent over backwards and overcompensated" for the GOP, Schatz claimed. “In contravention of your terms of service, given special dispensation to right-wing voices, and even throttled progressive journalists," he added. For proof, Schatz noted that the CEOs have hired Republican operatives and posted private dinners with Republican leaders.
Oh, We Have More Damning Calls Between Biden Whistleblower and Joe’s Family Operatives
Last night, Tony Bobulinski sat down with Fox News’ Tucker Carlson for a bombshell interview, where he went into further detail about the Biden family’s China excursions. Tucker asks Bobulinski where the $10 million for the Biden deal with China went. According to Bobulinski, $5 million was supposed to be a loan to the business partnership. — Sean Davis (@seanmdav) October 28, 2020The point is, Bobulinski said in no uncertain terms that the Bidens are compromised. https://t.co/QTgXY94pIK — Ben Smith (@benyt) October 27, 2020Joe Biden, the man who didn’t know anything about Hunter's business dealings, has been exposed as a liar.
Hillary Believes Her Voting Plans Are Relatable...There's Just One Problem.
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton seems to think she's relatable, even though we know she isn't. On Tuesday, Clinton revealed that she's a member of the Electoral College and she's excited to vote for Biden. Even though she's not running for election, Hillary said she is "incredibly nervous." But the biggest thing she's excited for: being a New York state delegate for the Electoral College, something she said rather nonchalantly. “I’m an elector in New York,” Clinton said with a smile.
ICE Releases Hundreds of Criminal Aliens Following California District Court Order
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced the release of more than 250 criminal aliens following a ruling from the Central District of California. On Tuesday, ICE issued a press release announcing that more than 250 criminal aliens were released from Adelanto, the largest immigration detention center in California and the frequent target of immigrant activist groups. "ICE has complied with this overreaching court order; however, the public should know that the ruling undoubtedly places them at greater risk." All those in violation of immigration law may be subject to arrest, detention and, if found removable by final order, removal from the United States. ICE takes many factors into account when targeting and arresting individuals, including their criminal and immigration history.
GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy Asks Media to Practice Patience on Election Night
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) penned a letter to the heads of major news organizations ahead of Tuesday’s general election. The House GOP leader stressed the importance of this consequential election and urged news executives to wait until polling places close completely before publishing election results. Leader McCarthy pointed to the record voter turnout that is expected for Tuesday’s election and urged patience in concluding any results.
Dems Pushing Court Packing Are Taking a Page from Hugo Chavez's Playbook
“And I will—ask them to over—180 days come back to me with recommendations as to how to—reform the court system because it's getting out of whack-- the way in which it's being handled and it's not about court packing. Mercedes Schlapp, a senior advisor for the Trump campaign, cautioned Americans about the similarity between such a move and what happened in Venezuela under the late dictator Hugo Chavez. "Well, there’s no question that Joe Biden can’t commit to anything, he changes his position constantly,” she said. Then he kind of changed his position to say, 'Well, let’s create a commission,' which we know exactly what that means. Changing the rules also was a strategy of Hugo Chavez, the former president of Venezuela.
Nancy Pelosi Is Not Going to Like This Joke Between Trump and Rally Attendee at Arizona Event
During a campaign rally in Bullhead City, Arizona, on Wednesday, President Trump spoke proudly about America’s accomplishments and future goals—including in space. And while Republicans are eager to win back the House and get Democratic Rep. Nancy Pelosi out of the speakership, some apparently would like to see her off Earth altogether. “Make it Nancy Pelosi!” one rally attendee yelled back at the president. Rally attendee: "Make it Nancy Pelosi!" pic.twitter.com/rjQcHUoaoT — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 28, 2020In encouraging supporters to vote, he reminded them that he's not just running against Biden, but the liberal media, big tech, and the Washington establishment as well.
Donald Trump Is Again Going to Win
In 2013, when I met Donald Trump for the first time, I concluded that he could be a successful politician. I concluded early on that Donald would win in 2016. Said Smith, "It's easy enough to find editors these days who say they saw Donald Trump coming, hard to find ones who are telling the truth about that. So, why is Donald going to win? In the Republican primaries more people voted for just one candidate, Donald Trump, than turned out for all the Democratic candidates.
Tucker Carlson Reveals 'Damning' Documents His Show Received About Biden Family Have 'Vanished'
Fox News’s Tucker Carlson informed viewers Wednesday evening that highly sensitive and “damning” documents his show received from a source about the Biden family have disappeared. “On Monday of this week, we received, from a source, a collection of confidential documents related to the Biden family. We believe those documents are authentic, they’re real, and they’re damning,” he said. Carlson explained when he and his executive producer received them, they were in Los Angeles preparing for his interview with Tony Bobulinski about the Biden family’s shady foreign business dealings. They went through the office in New York, where our producer dropped that package off.
BREAKING: Supreme Court Decides NC Absentee Ballot Deadline
The Supreme Court of the United States on Wednesday decided to uphold the North Carolina State Board of Elections' decision to extend the state's mail-in ballot deadline from three to nine days. The decision was made because of the Wuhan coronavirus pandemic. In order to count, ballots have to be postmarked on or before Election Day, but election officials must receive that ballot by 5 p.m. on Nov. 12. The main question surrounding the case was whether or not the State Board of Elections had the authority to make deadline changes without consent from the North Carolina state legislature. Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Brett Kavanaugh joined Justices Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor, and Elena Hagan in upholding the extension.
The Russian Misinformation Narrative Peddled By Democrats Over Hunter Biden Was Delivered a Kill Shot Today
The laptop that contained all of the Hunter Biden emails exposing his family’s web of corruption, which also includes his father, is not a Russian misinformation operation. Only the most delusional believed that; the Biden camp has yet to deny that these emails are fake. And now, the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee has verified all the documents submitted by Biden whistleblower Tony Bobulinski, an ex-business partner of Hunter. The deal’s inception occurred when Joe Biden was still vice president. Is the Biden Doctrine get paid first, even with entities with ties to rival governments, and ask questions later?
PA's Department of State Issues Guidance for Mail-In Ballots and It's a Win for Trump
The Pennsylvania Department of State on Wednesday released a guidance document for mail-in and absentee ballots received after polls close at 8 p.m. While the Pennsylvania State Supreme Court ruled that elections officials have a three-day extension – until Friday, Nov. 6th at 5 p.m. Their hope is that the United States Supreme Court would rule in their favor. Because of that, the Pennsylvania Department of State is advising polling officials to keep two different piles of mail-in and absentee ballots. County boards of elections are not to tally those ballots received between the time that polls close and the end of the three-day extension window.
Donald Trump: Why He Deserves Four More Years
Lost on the President Donald Trump-hating pundits who weighed in on the second and final debate with former Vice President Joe Biden was Trump's energy and focus. Trump handily defeated Biden, who noticeably tired by the end of this second and final debate. Immediately after Trump's election, Democrats attempted to invoke the 25th amendment, arguing that the real-estate-developer-turned-politician lacked the mental fitness to hold a job. Circle the wagons until Joe Biden crosses the finish line. His latest book, "The New Trump Standard," is available in paperback from Amazon.com and for Nook, Kindle, iBooks and GooglePlay.
UN Must End Iran’s Impunity of Crimes Against Humanity
In mid-October, in his annual report, U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres condemned "repeated and serious violations" of human rights in Iran as a "grave concern." For example, in 2016 and 2017, university students disrupted multiple campus speeches by officials to ask about the 1988 massacre. The protesters were massacred with impunity because the regime got away with the 1988 massacre. An investigation into the 1988 massacre should be an explicit paragraph in the final censure resolution of the U.N. Third Committee next month. Ken Blackwell, the former United States Ambassador to the United Nations Commission on Human Rights, is Chairman of the International Foundation of Electoral Systems.
Game over: GOP Sen. Ron Johnson just got Jack Dorsey to torpedo Twitter’s case against the NY Post [video]
Twitter has refused to restore the New York Post’s account access until the Post deletes their tweets about their Hunter Biden scoops. If there’s one thing CEO Jack Dorsey cannot tolerate, it’s disinformation. And if there’s one thing GOP Sen. Ron Johnson cannot tolerate, it’s Jack Dorsey’s BS excuses for censoring the New York Post. Because Biden campaign, when asked about authenticity of the emails after NY Post broke them, cited Twitter's censorship as evidence of their their unreliability. ***Related:‘What Jack told the Senate, under oath, is false’: Ted Cruz grills Twitter CEO on selectively censoring ‘misinformation’
'Ask Not What Your Country Is': The Biden Inaugural Address
I'm not at liberty to reveal my sources, but I have obtained a draft of President Joe Biden's inaugural address. You say I'm not Welsh and my father was a Chevrolet dealer in Wilmington? When I'm president, this country won't be cozying up to the totalitarian regimes of Poland and Hungary. I'm your pop, but I'm not a weasel, pal. I should say, I wasn't actually voted the "outstanding student," but it was an honor just to be nominated.
Conservative journo Jeryl Bier may have just zeroed in on Twitter’s endgame with their NY Post/Hunter Biden shenanigans [screenshots]
Twitter says the specific twitter rules broken were ones that applied to the publication of hacked materials and personal information. — Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) October 27, 20203. https://t.co/Guo0hxLrbP — Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) October 27, 2020Well, tomorrow is today, and we’re just dying to hear more about that. Why would they put the onus on the NY Post to do what they do all the time? Let’s just say we wouldn’t be remotely surprised if this is, as Bier suggests, to teach the NY Post a lesson.
The Media Needs the Biden Scandal to End as Much as Joe Biden
The surprise in all of this is not that the media outlets have chosen a side -- that is regarded as a given by many -- but in how brazen they have become in their stance on this story. During a video conference for the campaign on Sunday Biden made one of his endless strings of verbal pratfalls. Four more years of George — George, uh, he, we're going to find ourselves in a position where if Trump gets elected, we're going to be in a different world." Once this got out on social media many commented that Biden thought he was running against George Bush, but a number of outlets rushed to cover for Joe. We have reached the point now that as this scandal blossoms it is not only Joe Biden who faces accountability.
Are Democrats Heading for a 2020 Bloodbath?
Right now, it looks like Democrats are heading for an Electoral College bloodbath viewing the early vote totals. Larry Schweikart has been tracking these numbers. — Larry Schweikart (@LarrySchweikart) October 27, 2020Miami-Dade is now R +5,500. Trump lead increases. https://t.co/HzKCmjCt49 — PollWatch (@PollWatch2020) October 25, 2020And there's some good news coming from Colorado as well:UPDATE: CORs early vote now down by only 9%.
Politico journo covering ‘Toss Up’ Texas doesn’t like how the state smells
The Cook Political Report has moved Texas into the “Toss Up” category:INBOX from @cookpolitical: "Trump’s Path Narrows, as Texas Moves to Toss Up"https://t.co/wZI6euC4rQ — Josh Kraushaar (@HotlineJosh) October 28, 2020And Politico sent Ryan Lizza to Texas to report on what’s really going on in the state:Texas is officially a toss up according to @CookPolitical. Here’s the full case for and against Biden making a late play there: https://t.co/oZMQMOdWJ1 https://t.co/j2m2SLzujO — Ryan Lizza (@RyanLizza) October 28, 2020But he doesn’t like how the state smells:I’m staying in Odessa, Texas, tonight. — Abby D. Phillip (@abbydphillip) October 28, 2020But experts don’t really know if this means anything or not:Tell me about it. That's nearly 91% of the total votes cast in the state in 2016. @longhornderek data: 42% of voters have no voting history in the last 4 primaries and 14% have no general or primary voting history.
NYT journo who grew up in Pennsylvania says the polls don’t match what he sees happening on the ground
The New York Times Shawn McCreesh, who grew up in Pennsylvania, has an opinion piece out today that says the polls that show Biden ahead don’t match what he’s seeing on the ground:Can We Trust Pennsylvania’s Polls? https://t.co/9B3pUXYIhx — Shawn McCreesh (@ShawnMcCreesh) October 27, 2020“I grew up around here and am dubious” of Biden lead, writes McCreesh:Nothing can stop these pieces. "https://t.co/PJierCBGZr — Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) October 27, 2020a"One of my mom’s acquaintances recently held a Trump-themed birthday party for her child. https://t.co/wETsOROLB1 — Dave Wasserman (@Redistrict) October 28, 2020So, Dems are now counting on “shy” Biden voters? Last election there were a lot of shy Trump voters (“lean-ins” they called them at Primanti Brothers in Pittsburgh) last time and there may still be.
‘What Jack told the Senate, under oath, is false’: Ted Cruz grills Twitter CEO on selectively censoring ‘misinformation’
Tech CEO’s from Facebook, Google and Twitter are testifying to a Senate committee today (after a few minutes off to ironically fix a technical glitch), and during one line of questioning, Sen. Ted Cruz grilled Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey on their selective censoring of “misinformation”:. #section230 pic.twitter.com/YQiuh2cI9r — MRCTV (@mrctv) October 28, 2020Dorsey also told Sen. Cruz that the New York Post’s story on Hunter Biden’s laptop could now be shared, and Cruz put that to the test:What @jack told the Senate, under oath, is false. Why would @Twitter (selectively) #censor anything at all if Jack truly believes that the platform cannot influence voters!?! pic.twitter.com/pJnWLkw2GF — ForAmerica (@ForAmerica) October 28, 2020WATCH: Twitter’s Jack Dorsey can NOT explain why it took Twitter two months to label Chinese propaganda regarding the coronavirus as misinformation. But was able to label a tweet from President Trump raising legitimate concerns about Mail-In Voting as misinformation instantly.
‘That’s not good’: Biden campaign dispatches Barack Obama to Michigan on Saturday (where Joe’s supposedly 9 points up)
The Real Clear Politics polling average currently shows Joe Biden with an 8.6 point lead in Michigan. An Ipsos/Reuters poll shows something similar:Joe Biden leads with 9 points among Michigan voters, according to an Ipsos / Reuters poll. Watch @Morning_Joe break down the latest battleground state polling. https://t.co/rwPJ6Siuq6 — MSNBC (@MSNBC) October 28, 2020If that’s accurate, it’s a decent lead, but the Biden campaign nevertheless has called in somebody to campaign for Joe:Confirmed: Joe Biden and Barack Obama will reunite to rally together in Michigan on Saturday, per person familiar. — Jennifer Epstein (@jeneps) October 28, 2020Remember what Obama himself said after learning he’d been asked to do some last-minute Michigan campaigning for Hillary Clinton in 2016?
AOC, decked out in ‘suffragist white,’ explains that she’s just the latest stunning and brave Dem woman to be a ‘boogeyman’ for the Right
We’ve all been on the edges of our seats waiting for someone to finally ask AOC for her thoughts on everything. And make no mistake, AOC is Republicans’ favorite “boogeyman” [sic] right now:This is totally right. Then it was Hillary, and now it’s me.” — Neera -Vote Early- Tanden (@neeratanden) October 28, 2020Nothing enrages the right more than strong, smart women who wield power. — Neera -Vote Early- Tanden (@neeratanden) October 28, 2020Amy Coney Barrett could not be reached for comment. But back to the idea that AOC is a bogeyman because she’s a woman (so cis-normative, AOC and Neera!).
Flashback: Here’s CNN’s Chris Cillizza suggesting ‘Anonymous’ might be Mike Pence or Kellyanne Conway
The New York Times certainly wouldn’t just hand over the keys to anybody to write an op-ed without adding their name; “This is a genuine high-ranking official,” Cillizza wrote. “A name most people who follow politics — and maybe some who don’t — would recognize.”Miles Taylor. — Laurel Van Driest (@lvandriest) October 28, 2020I follow politics. — Proctalgia Fagux, MD ?? (@CrystalMcKenri1) October 28, 2020I think the bomb drop gif is overused but it’s applicable here soooooooo….. pic.twitter.com/tcrJpRuPgx — Truth Serum (@VrinMarbleye) October 28, 2020Scorched!! !??? — Greg (Just a Simple Man) (@Arcticwolff) October 28, 2020I wish there was a way to literally rub his nose in this — Oakenshield ?? (@TJFofPATN) October 28, 2020What the hell????
CNN and other outlets busy reporting on Miles ‘Anonymous’ Taylor while ignoring Tony Bobulinski
— Honey?????? (@jennifermcfarl4) October 28, 2020So Miles Taylor merits your attention, but Tony Bobulinski does not? Interesting that they actively suppressed Tony Bobulinski from trending last night even though it was a far bigger and impactful story. — Carmine Sabia (@CarmineSabia) October 28, 2020I will take Tony Bobulinski over Anonymous Nobody Miles Taylor any day of the week. Focus on Tony Bobulinski and why his evidence of Biden family corruption isn’t the #1 story in the country right now. With more than ONE MILLION tweets, Tony Bobulinski never cracked the top 5 in the past 18 hours.
‘HA HA HA HA’! Mollie Hemingway roasts media who hyped their anti-Trump hero ‘Anonymous’
— Mollie (@MZHemingway) October 28, 2020And that turned out to be true. HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA. The person that the NYT strongly insinuated was, like, the VP or WH Chief of Staff, or Cabinet Member was literally "Miles Taylor." — Mollie (@MZHemingway) October 28, 2020I'm told "Miles Taylor" is someone you wouldn't know from Adam unless you watch Jake Tapper's show, since apparently he features him on the regular. ***Related:Jake Tapper says CNN didn’t know the identity of CNN contributor ‘Anonymous’ until today
‘Projecting again’? Pow Wow Chow contributor Elizabeth Warren says ‘the Republican Party cheated’ because they can’t succeed legitimately
Elizabeth Warren has a lot of pent-up energy. Last week, Warren ranted and raved about Donald Trump threatening all life on this planet:Sen. Elizabeth Warren: "Donald Trump threatens the existence of human life, of all life, on this planet." — Elizabeth Warren (@ewarren) October 28, 2020Sounds to us like Liz and the Dems are the ones who are scared. https://t.co/f9v1MkS4B1 — The Gormogons (@Gormogons) October 28, 2020GP Please state the specific example(s) you believe constituted cheating. https://t.co/f9v1MkS4B1 — The Gormogons (@Gormogons) October 28, 2020
Man who plotted kidnapping of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer also wanted to hang President Trump; Rashida Tlaib hardest hit
Of course, they were Trump supporters, right? Rep. Rashida Tlaib jumped in headfirst and suggested they got the idea from one of President Trump’s tweets:I wonder where they got their motivation from. “Wanna hang this mf’er too…”DETROIT NEWS: Whitmer kidnap plotter also wanted to hang Trump, FBI says — Josh Caplan (@joshdcaplan) October 28, 2020Narrative buster: The FBI says the Gov. Whitmer kidnap plotter also wanted to hang President Trump https://t.co/JKMnjIv08s — Matt Wolking (Text TRUMP to 88022) (@MattWolking) October 28, 2020…and we'll never hear about this story again. — Landon Ricketts (@LandonRicketts2) October 28, 2020So much for being Trump supporters, ?, knew that was a bunch of BS.
Trump campaign ads rejected by Facebook and CNN
OAN NewsroomUPDATED 10:35 AM PT – Wednesday, October 28, 2020Left-wing media and Silicon Valley have made an attempt to impede the President’s campaign efforts. Facebook has said it will be removing ads by the Trump campaign from its website that read “today is election day.”In a statement Tuesday, the social media giant said it told both campaigns ads that stated “vote today” without additional explanation would not be allowed. Update: Facebook tells me it'll remove Trump's "vote today" ads (example below). "As we made clear in our public communications and directly to campaigns, we prohibit ads that say ‘Vote Today’ without additional context or clarity." This came just days after the tech giant removed nearly 50 ads from the Trump campaign, most of which read “your vote has not been counted.” However, Facebook has not explained why the ads were pulled and only claimed they violated voter interference policies.
DHS opens center to fight human trafficking
OAN NewsroomUPDATED 9:50 AM PT – Wednesday, October 28, 2020Acting Secretary Chad Wolf says that modern day slavery must be addressed as he is leading an effort…partnered closely with Ivanka Trump and other members of Trump admin. To end human trafficking. One America’s Christina Bobb has more.
Analysis: With improved leverage, North Korea leader Kim awaits winner of U.S. vote
Pyongyang embarked on an unprecedented series of weapons tests in 2017, declaring itself a nuclear power after undertaking its biggest nuclear blast and longest-range intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) launches. After months of tightening sanctions and trading threats, Trump then became the first sitting U.S. president to meet with a North Korean leader at a summit in Singapore in 2018. ‘GAME CHANGERS’While the United States’ far greater military might could swiftly inflict critical damage on North Korea, Pyongyang now poses a threat with its nuclear missiles capable of striking the U.S. mainland. It was seen by military experts as another game changer, just as the Hwasong-15 ICBM launch in 2017 was. A military parade https://www.reuters.com/video/?videoId=OVCZJVWBV&jwsource=em this month highlighted how the North has beefed up its strategic weapons.
President Trump: media biased in favor of Biden
OAN NewsroomUPDATED 11:35 AM PT – Wednesday, October 28, 2020Despite claiming to be unbiased before the election, members of the mainstream media continue to back Democrat presidential nominee Joe Biden. One America’s Christina Howitson has the latest. ?MORE NEWS: Trump Campaign Ads Rejected By Facebook And CNN
CBP Commissioner Mark Morgan warns of illegal alien invasion if Biden wins
OAN NewsroomUPDATED 3:31 PM PT – Wednesday, October 28, 2020On Tuesday, U.S. Customs and Border Protection Acting Commissioner Mark Morgan said the U.S. would have an invasion of illegal aliens if former vice president Joe Biden were to win the election. He added that Biden would stop the construction of the border wall and in turn encourage a massive rise in illegal arrivals. The border wall system is critical to @CBP’s multi-layered, risk-based approach to border security and maintaining operational control of our border. pic.twitter.com/FvGfITA26B — CBP Mark Morgan (@CBPMarkMorgan) October 28, 2020He noted human smuggling rings have hoped that the Biden administration would resume the ‘Catch-and-Release’ policy. As a result, the number of illegal aliens in the U.S. would increase by several million people.
White House on Pa. riots: Consequence of liberal Democrats’ war on police
Protests sparked after police fatally shot Walter Wallace Junior on Monday after he walked toward authorities while wielding a knife, despite being ordered to drop it. Viral footage of the event circulated on social media and prompted the riots. The White House stated America can not allow mob rule and should follow the facts to ensure fair and just results. These areas are experiencing widespread demonstrations that have turned violent with looting. Police commanders say the situation has “rapidly gone downhill” along Aramingo Ave. — a “total loss,” they say, from looting.
American Prisons Are the Emptiest They've Been Since 1995
State prisons across the country saw their populations shrink in 2019, with incarceration rates dropping in 33 states. State and federal prisons released over 100,000 people between March and June, constituting an 8 percent decline—the largest single-year drop since 1993. Many cities saw crime rates spike in June, as widespread protesting and rioting drew police resources and attention away from day-to-day safety enforcement. Those data correspond with the end of the "Great Crime Decline," a decade-and-a-half drop in violent crime rates that began in the mid-1990s but has been stagnant since the Great Recession. The concurrent drop in police presence and incarceration, then, may be leaving some possibilities for violent crime reduction on the table.
Cunningham’s Lead in North Carolina Plummets After Affair Scandal
Democratic Senate nominee Cal Cunningham's polling lead in North Carolina against Sen. Thom Tillis (R.) has plummeted since the revelation of his extramarital affair, CBS 17 reported Tuesday. "There has been an erosion in Cunningham’s numbers," Dr. Andrew Taylor, political analyst at North Carolina State University, told CBS 17. After news of Cunningham’s affair broke this month, Cunningham’s lead has nearly vanished. Since news of the affair, Cunningham has all but disappeared from public media events. Cunningham is not the first North Carolina Democrat in recent memory to imperil his chances at higher office due to an affair.
Northwestern Faculty Condemn University President for Denouncing Anti-Semitic Protests
Hundreds of Northwestern faculty and staff condemned the university's president for denouncing violent racial protests that veered into expressions of virulent anti-Semitism against him. Johns Hopkins University students also protested plans to create a campus police department, leading to multiple student and Baltimore-resident arrests. "Black people are not safe anywhere in a world with police, including in their homes, a reality that black students at Northwestern also contend with." The recent faculty letter dubbed Schapiro's commitment to social justice insufficient and called on him to condemn police brutality more explicitly. Northwestern University did not respond to requests for comment.
‘Moderate’ Conor Lamb Votes With Far-Left ‘Squad’ Almost 90 Percent of the Time
First-term representative Conor Lamb (D., Pa.) portrays himself as a moderate in his competitive Pennsylvania district. Yet he votes with members of the far-left "Squad" almost 90 percent of the time. "Conor Lamb proves running as a moderate is a winning strategy," the Hill wrote that same year. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette endorsed Parnell Tuesday, noting the contrast between Lamb's moderate persona and his actual record. Lamb's campaign did not respond to a request for comment.
For Obama, Every Election Is the Most Important of Our Lifetimes
According to former president Barack Obama, the 2020 election is the most important of our lifetimes, a sentiment he also felt was true in 2018, 2016, 2012, and 2008. He did not make those remarks about 2010 or 2014, when Republicans made huge gains in the midterms of his presidency.
Michigan Dem Worries Democrats Will Lose Senate Seat
Rep. Debbie Dingell (D., Mich.) on Wednesday expressed concern about incumbent senator Gary Peters's (D., Mich.) reelection chances against Republican challenger John James. "That is a very competitive race, and that race has not yet been decided," Dingell said during an interview on MSNBC. "Every vote is going to matter in this election and I feel about this race the way that I did about Donald Trump winning Michigan four years ago. "There is a reason Donald Trump is going to Wisconsin, to Michigan, to Pennsylvania, and it's how he won last time," she said. Peters enjoys a six-point polling lead, according to the RealClearPolitics average, but James has made Peters's reelection fight unexpectedly difficult.
Texas Heroes Rail Against Biden Gun-Control Plans
In the video, the pair condemn the former vice president's proposals as "insane," saying Biden will "make the Second Amendment extinct." In the nearly six-minute video, Willeford and Wilson critique Biden's gun-control proposals issue by issue. The pair say the cost of Biden's plan, which would apply to tens of millions of firearms and magazines, would be enormous. Biden called the idea of allowing licensed gun owners to carry inside churches "absolutely irrational." That I shouldn't have been armed in that church," Wilson says.
Pro-Democracy Hong Konger Arrested By China While Seeking Asylum at U.S. Consulate
Chinese authorities arrested a pro-democracy activist on Tuesday while he attempted to seek asylum at the U.S. consulate in Hong Kong. Tony Chung, 19, went to the consulate in Hong Kong on Tuesday morning in an attempt to gain political asylum. After stopping to wait in a coffee shop for the consulate to open, Chung was arrested by men in plain clothes. A swift takeover of Hong Kong by the Chinese Communist Party occurred this summer, sparking international outrage and a new suite of sanctions. Carafano and others also warned that a Biden administration may be ill-equipped to defend Taiwan from the same fate as Hong Kong.
Local Reporter Surveys Philly Walmart Ravaged by BLM Riots
Fox 29 Philadelphia reporter Steve Keeley explored the aftermath of looting in the city's Port Richmond neighborhood Wednesday morning—and found an entire strip mall destroyed by a mob. "An immigrant store owner from north Jersey, he tried to guard his store," Keeley reported. Keeley said a security officer told him what the rioters did to a Walmart they later ransacked. In addition to stealing and destroying products, the rioters took Walmart's cash registers as well. And inside the store ALL the cash registers are GONE.
Combat Vet Slams Dem Opponent Over Role in Shaping Iran Deal
Combat veteran and GOP congressional hopeful Nick Freitas slammed Rep. Abigail Spanberger (D., Va.) after the Democrat boasted that her work on the Iran deal made the United States "more safe." He noted that the deal gave Iran billions in cash as the Middle Eastern nation "actively targeted U.S. service members." Her campaign in 2018 said that while the Democrat "was collecting intelligence for military advisers when the [Iran] deal was negotiated," she "took no position on it at that time." During Thursday's forum, however, Spanberger said she "believed in the JCPOA [Iran deal] and its purpose" while working for the CIA. Spanberger's self-described belief in the Iran deal during the negotiating process was at odds with several congressional Democrats.
Left-Wing Twitter Users Attack Girl Scouts for Tweet Congratulating ACB
The Girl Scouts buckled under pressure Wednesday to delete a tweet congratulating Amy Coney Barrett for becoming the fifth woman to be confirmed to the Supreme Court. Some on the left thanked the organization once it deleted the tweet, arguing that Barrett does not actually support women and girls. Be on our side— the side of girls who grow up to become women who fight for other women and girls, not the opposite. — Girl Scouts (@girlscouts) October 28, 2020"Girl Scouts of the USA is a nonpolitical, nonpartisan organization," the organization said in a follow-up tweet. "Congratulations Amy Coney Barrett on becoming the 5th woman appointed to the Supreme Court since its inception in 1789," the tweet read.
Father of Armed Man Shot by Philly Police Begs: 'Stop Burning Our City Down'
The father of Walter Wallace Jr., the man shot by Philadelphia police on Monday, pleaded with the public to stop the violence and looting that has racked parts of the city because it wasn’t going to bring his son back. Walter Wallace Sr. told CNN’s Chris Cuomo on Tuesday that he didn’t want the chaos that has ensued since the shooting to leave a “bad scar” on his son’s memory, or on his family. Protesters took to the streets after officers in Philadelphia shot and killed a Black man who was holding a knife in an encounter officials say raises questions. At least 91 individuals were arrested Monday in Philadelphia in connection with riots that caused injuries to 30 police officers after two officers shot and killed Wallace Jr. earlier in the day, according to WFTX-TV. “Tell people to stop this looting, stop burning our city down,” Wallace Sr. told Cuomo Tuesday night.
Maine Dem Gideon Bails on Senate Debate
Maine Democratic Senate candidate Sara Gideon, who criticized President Donald Trump for not attending a second presidential debate, canceled her debate with Republican rival Sen. Susan Collins at the last minute Tuesday. Gideon, who said it was "really shameful" for Trump to forgo his debate, canceled her plans to appear in a one-on-one debate with Collins scheduled for Tuesday evening. They want to hear what plans each of the presidential candidates have," Gideon said about Trump's debate nonattendance. While the Trump campaign explained its reasoning in a two-page memo, Gideon has yet to explain why she declined to attend her debate. The Gideon campaign did not respond to a request for comment.
Lawmakers Demand New Hezbollah Sanctions to Thwart Another Mass Explosion in Beirut
Authority granted to the president under the 2018 Shields Act allows sanctions to be placed on any person or entity that uses human shields. The president has yet to exercise his right to sanction Hezbollah or any other group under this law. "Adding human shields to existing sanctions regimes would make clear the U.S. government does not tolerate those who put civilians in harm's way and would encourage like-minded countries to take similar measures." Orde Kittrie, a senior fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies think tank, said there has been an uptick in Hezbollah's use of human shields. "It is time for the U.S. government to implement the Shields Act and hold terrorists and their material supporters publicly accountable for the war crime of using human shields."
California Court Order Forces ICE To Release Hundreds of Immigrants with 'Serious Convictions and Charges'
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials announced California’s Adelanto ICE Processing Center was forced to release 250 “criminal aliens” due to a federal court order. The current headcount at the Adelanto facility, according to ICE officials, is estimated at 465, reduced from 730. Hatter directed ICE to release 50 detainees daily starting on Oct. 19, until the Adelanto facility reached its target new maximum capacity. Do you agree with the release of the Adelanto detainees? 1% (3 Votes) 99% (422 Votes)The order additionally indicated ICE could deport detainees through “final deportation orders” as part of its reduction plan.
Supreme Court Rebuffs Republican Requests In Swing State Election Appeals
Citing the coronavirus pandemic, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ordered election officials to count any ballot that arrives by Friday Nov. 6 unless it appears to have been sent after Election Day. Alito went on to say that he thinks the Pennsylvania Supreme Court's decision is probably wrong. That means Barrett may provide a fifth vote to say that state courts shouldn't rewrite federal election laws. In a brief opinion Monday night, Roberts said that state law may sometimes require late-breaking adjustments, and state courts should have the final word on state law. The Pennsylvania Supreme Court said the grace period was required by a voting rights provision in the state constitution.
Virtual Nobody: Author of Infamous Anti-Trump NYT Op-Ed Revealed
A former Trump administration staffer who penned a scathing anti-Trump Op-Ed and book under the pen name “Anonymous” made his identify public on Wednesday. It’s why I wrote ‘A Warning’ … and it’s why me & my colleagues have spoken out against him (in our own names) for months. It’s why I wrote “A Warning”…and it’s why me & my colleagues have spoken out against him (in our own names) for months. The revelation may come as a surprise to those who expected “Anonymous” to be a high-ranking Trump administration official. Trump “stumbles, slurs, gets confused, is easily irritated, and has trouble synthesizing information,” the author alleged, also citing racist and sexist statements the author claimed Trump made behind closed doors.
FBI Announces Indictment of Numerous Chinese Operatives Working in US
https://t.co/khWMcn1rph pic.twitter.com/CXrQ9dmWcH — FBI (@FBI) October 28, 2020TRENDING: Biden's Worst Nightmare as 7,000 Cars Show for Trump Parade in Vital Swing StateFive of the suspects have been arrested, and three are still at large. FBI Director Christopher Wray issued a statement on the arrests and alleged activities of the defendants suspected in the campaign. Is the DOJ doing enough to crack down on Chinese operatives working within the U.S.? https://t.co/ji5q58ecTK — FBI (@FBI) October 28, 2020Assistant Attorney General for National Security John Demers also commented on the charges. The following winter and spring, other suspected Chinese operatives “caused unsolicited packages to be sent to John Doe-1’s residence,” per the news release.
Just Days After Confirmation, ACB Faces Decision on Abortion Case
The Supreme Court may be faced with a major abortion case soon, making it one of the first cases Justice Amy Coney Barrett could decide on. The Supreme Court on Monday decided it would consider the Mississippi attorney general’s petition to review the state’s 15-week abortion ban. If the court decides to take up the case, Barrett will immediately be subject to public pressure and scrutiny. 80% (911 Votes) 20% (224 Votes)Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 court decision that deemed abortion constitutional, was frequently asked about during Barrett’s confirmation hearings earlier this month. Congratulations to Amy Coney Barrett on her nomination to the Supreme Court!
Revealed: Multiple Voter Polls That Will Terrify Democrats Everywhere
The same poll showed Biden with a lead just two weeks ago, 45.8 percent to 42.6 percent. If voters leaning either Trump or Biden were factored into it, Trump’s lead got slightly slimmer, 48.4 percent to 47.6 percent. In all of these four states, Biden has held significant advantages — much like Hillary Clinton in swing states she lost back in 2016. In the case of the polls commissioned by the Center for American Greatness, there’s the fact that a conservative organization commissioned them. We’ll start to see in a few days just how right everyone else really was, but the parallels should be striking enough to terrify Democrats.
Christian Leader Who Saw God Working Through Trump in 2016 Sees Different Kind of Victory in 2020
One vote could actually make Trump an appointed president rather than an elected president, which of course will release chaos,” he said. For the Christian leader, chaos is not necessarily a bad thing, if it uproots bad structures in government and society. Wallnau just published a sequel to “God’s Chaos Candidate” titled “God’s Chaos Code” in which he addresses other Old Testament parallels to current times. It’s a term from the Reformation, Wallnau explained, regarding a grace God can put on a secular leader to “restrain lawlessness” and the works of the devil. “It’s like you have to be a blind man not to see that this guy has an unusual fidelity to Christians,” Wallnau said.
Searching CNN for 'Bobulinski,' The Biden Whistleblower, Turns Up Zero Results
A search of the name of former Hunter Biden business associate Tony Bobulinski unearths zero results on the CNN website as the establishment media continues to suppress the Biden family corruption scandal. As Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel pointed out in a Twitter post on Wednesday, the establishment media completely ignored the story on morning broadcasts. But what is truly an assault on journalism and an insult to voters, is that Bobulinski’s story is also being surpressed online by the establishment media. CNN and the rest of the country’s leftist media, as Twitter did two weeks ago, have crossed an ethical line of no return. Do you think Biden's corruption scandal will hurt Democrats in the presidential election?
Man Arrested for Allegedly Brandishing Weapons at Trump Rally
A Maine rally for President Donald Trump was briefly disrupted Wednesday by a man allegedly brandishing weapons who was later arrested by police. At around 9:45 a.m., Noem arrived on a Team Trump bus at a Bangor, Maine, strip mall. Police said the incident began with angry words and Trump supporters being harassed, and escalated when Beitzell had an interaction with a member of Noem’s security team. Beitzell at one moved toward the Trump supporters while brandishing a wooden baton and a knife, police said. — Kristi Noem (@KristiNoem) October 23, 2020Noem, who was at a Trump rally in Omaha, Nebraska, on Tuesday, went on to campaign for the president in New Hampshire later on Wednesday.
My warning against a Biden/Harris victory
I offer you this commentary praying you will heed this warning and pass it along to all you can. With 170 million registered voters, do you honestly believe even half understand what would unfold with a Democratic victory? A Biden/Harris victory represents a clear and present danger to our American way of life. The Biden tax plan insures tax increases on corporations and individuals to underwrite massive socialist entitlement programs, gut your savings and guarantees an inevitable economic crash. His tax plan raises corporate tax 7% and our personal taxes through "creative" ways – wealth tax, death tax, capital gains, Social Security.
Justice Department Zeroes In On Cuomo's COVID Cover-Up
The U.S. Justice Department vastly expanded an inquiry on Wednesday that could determine whether New York is undercounting COVID-19 deaths among nursing home residents, demanding detailed data from hundreds of private facilities. Cuomo’s administration has repeatedly refused to release such nursing home data to lawmakers and the media. So, yes, people died in nursing homes. It broadens to more than 600 nursing homes a similar request it made in August that was aimed only at a few dozen publicly run facilities. “We believe the numbers are so significantly higher and they’re trying to find ways of massaging the numbers so they don’t reflect the devastation.”Separately, the Justice Department also sent a letter to Democratic Gov.
When Joe Biden saved Roe v. Wade
Because Roe v. Wade was just saved. The two men are both U.S. senators: Joe Biden of Delaware and Warren Rudman of New Hampshire. And no single member of the Senate Judiciary Committee was as important as Joe Biden, who chaired the committee. Alas, with Planned Parenthood v. Casey, America had its answer, as Souter provided the decisive vote preserving Roe v. Wade. And now, in 2020, Joe Biden envisions another happy ending.
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey Accused of Lying Under Oath
Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz accused Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey of lying under oath while testifying before the Senate Commerce Committee on Wednesday. “What [Dorsey] told the Senate, under oath, is false. “Still blocked.”What @jack told the Senate, under oath, is false. Nothing like lying under oath https://t.co/Jp7monfPNs — Josh Hawley (@HawleyMO) October 28, 2020You’re right, @Jack. Do you think Jack Dorsey lied under oath?
The Bidens got into the hospital business and people died
(FRONTPAGEMAG) -- The old slogan, "The Best of Care" can still be found on Ellwood City Medical Center's old promotional materials. When the pandemic began, the old rural Rust Belt country where President Trump beat Hillary Clinton could have used a hospital. There was even talk of reopening the defunct hospital again to treat coronavirus patients. But, like so much in Pennsylvania, the Ellwood City Medical Center never recovered from the Democrats. Not that it mattered at that point because the hospital had already been shut down since December.
Nearly half of university students OK with censoring speech
A noted pollster is calling the results of his survey of university students an "indictment" of the radicalism that is being taught in institutions of higher learning. Jim McLaughlin's survey for Yale University's William F. Buckley Program found 36% of students call the U.S. Constitution "outdated," and 48% favor "speech codes" restricting faculty and students. More than half, 52%, claim they "share the same opinions and beliefs as all or most of their friends." He said the nation’s future leaders "shows an antagonistic approach by students to views they don’t agree with." 100% (11 Votes) 0% (0 Votes)The survey found 52% say the Constitution is important.
Biden introduces himself as 'Kamala's running mate,' bringing his debate claim into question
I’m Jill Biden’s husband, and I’m Kamala’s running mate,” Biden told the crowd at a sparsely attended drive-in rally in Atlanta. "I am Kamala's running mate. Yet, here’s Joe Biden, the nominal Democratic standard-bearer, identifying himself as “Kamala’s running mate” at a rally one week before Election Day. But calling himself the “running mate” rather than the person at the top of the ticket is a different story. “He's running against Joe Biden.
Beijing operatives sent to U.S. to coerce Chinese national to go back
According to the government’s complaint, the co-conspirators targeted a Chinese national living in New Jersey with threats to force him to return to China to face prison time. The co-conspirators sent videos and letters to the target’s home between February 2019 and April 2019 with similar threats, the complaint alleges. Wray and Demers said that the effort to track down the Chinese national was part of “Operation Fox Hunt,” a Chinese government-led campaign to track down Chinese dissidents living in other countries. Demers said that Chinese President Xi Jinping set up Operation Fox Hunt in 2014, under the guise of hunting down Chinese nationals accused of corruption. But he said that Beijing also uses the operation to hunt down dissidents and critics of Jinping and the Chinese Communist Party.
Senate investigates Hunter Biden for not registering as foreign agent
Newly discovered April 2015 emails show Hunter Biden appeared to be helping a Ukrainian energy executive meet with and lobby his father, who was vice president at the time. In an earlier email that same month, Hunter specifically sought to avoid registering as a foreign agent as part of the venture. Asked if Hunter Biden is the target of a FARA investigation, Justice Department spokeswoman Kerri Kupec declined to comment. The Biden campaign has dismissed accusations of influence peddling as a “smear campaign” against the Democratic presidential candidate and his family. In fact, the overarching Russia “collusion” probe, codenamed Crossfire Hurricane, was actually predicated on possible FARA violations, not espionage.
Franklin Graham makes pre-election Trump proclamation: 'Thank God for all that President Donald J. Trump has done'
Franklin Graham gave President Donald Trump a ringing endorsement a week before the election in a viral Facebook post Monday about voting. “There was an article I read a few days ago that said President Trump had changed the world, even if he didn’t win the next election. “Already in his first term, President Trump has appointed close to 200 constitutionalist federal judges," he wrote. “President Trump has stood up to NATO," Graham said. Did you know that The Western Journal now publishes some content in Spanish as well as English, for international audiences?
Feds got FISA warrant against Hunter Biden's Chinese partner
By Chuck RossDaily Caller News FoundationFederal investigators obtained a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act warrant against one of Hunter Biden’s Chinese business associates, suggesting that the executive was suspected of acting as a covert agent of a foreign government. In addition to his partnership with CEFC, Hunter Biden also represented Ho during his legal battle. Investigators obtained a FISA warrant allowing them to conduct electronic and physical surveillance of Ho’s property, court documents show. Ho’s lawyers tried to block evidence obtained through the FISA process from being used at Ho’s trial, according to one filing submitted in his case. The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court grants surveillance authorization to the FBI and Justice Department in cases in which there is probable cause to suspect the subject of the warrant is working covertly for a foreign government.
FBI announces indictment of 8 Chinese operatives working to 'surveil, threaten, and harass' U.S. residents
https://t.co/khWMcn1rph pic.twitter.com/CXrQ9dmWcH — FBI (@FBI) October 28, 2020TRENDING: Christian leader who saw Trump winning in 2016 sees God bringing victory another way in 2020Five of the suspects have been arrested, and three are still at large. FBI Director Christopher Wray issued a statement on the arrests and alleged activities of the defendants suspected in the campaign. https://t.co/ji5q58ecTK — FBI (@FBI) October 28, 2020Assistant Attorney General for National Security John Demers also commented on the charges. “With today’s charges, we have turned the PRC’s Operation Fox Hunt on its head -- the hunters became the hunted, the pursuers the pursued,” Demers said. The following winter and spring, other suspected Chinese operatives “caused unsolicited packages to be sent to John Doe-1’s residence,” per the news release.
'A green light to crime': Major U.S. city considers excusing poor and mentally ill people from criminal charges
What one critic calls "a green light for crime" is now under consideration by the Seattle City Council. Council member Lisa Herbold said it would be a way to reduce the $20 million the city spends jailing people every year. This would essentially create a legal loophole that swallows all those codes and creates a green light for crime," Lindsay said. "This would absolutely open the floodgates for crime in Seattle, even worse than what we often currently struggle with," Lindsay said. "It's basically a blank check for anybody committing theft, assault, harassment [and] trespass to continue without disruption from our criminal justice system."
ICE: Court order forces release of 250 immigrants with 'serious convictions and charges'
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials announced California's Adelanto ICE Processing Center was forced to release 250 "criminal aliens" due to a federal court order. ICE officials said they had concerns that communities surrounding the processing center could face "unnecessary victimization by recidivist criminals." The current headcount at the Adelanto facility, according to ICE officials, is estimated at 465, reduced from 730. Hatter directed ICE to release 50 detainees daily starting on Oct. 19, until the Adelanto facility reached its target new maximum capacity. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the agency said Adelanto's ICE Processing Center has "restricted intakes and transfers to further protect those in custody."
Trump campaign working with law enforcement after bizarre website hack
President Donald Trump's re-election campaign is working with law enforcement after its website was hacked Tuesday. "Earlier this evening, the Trump campaign website was defaced and we are working with law enforcement authorities to investigate the source of the attack," campaign communications director Tim Murtaugh wrote in a Twitter post. Earlier this evening, the Trump campaign website was defaced and we are working with law enforcement authorities to investigate the source of the attack. @realDonaldTrump's campaign website has been hacked. Doing research for a climate change article and this is what pops up: pic.twitter.com/Kjc2ELSdAV — Gabriel Lorenzo Greschler (@ggreschler) October 27, 2020Parts of the campaign website appeared to be taken over by a scam to collect cryptocurrency, Tech Crunch reported.
'The Hunter Games': Like prodigal father, like prodigal son
The "Prodigal Son" parable is ageless – worth recalling now due to possible Joe Biden family corruption detailed in the damning contents discovered on son Hunter's discarded computer and recent disclosures by a family confidant. While father Joe granted Hunter his inheritance – a family name to trade upon – the son did very well with it. However, instead of raising fatherly concerns about a prodigal son's questionable dealings, Joe wanted in on the deal. Is the Hunter Biden scandal going to affect the vote on Nov. 3? Those insights explain Hunter's behavior: Where there is a prodigal father, there is a prodigal son.
The history voters have seen will determine election's outcome
Judging from the existing data on early and mail-in ballots, it is clear that a lot of voters think this election is very important. As we've seen, the resulting push-back from the left has been unprecedented, giving rise to actions that have been nearly impossible to ignore. TRENDING: Christian leader who saw Trump winning in 2016 sees God bringing victory another way in 2020Thus, I believe it would be worthwhile to examine what voters have actually experienced since President Trump took office. Since January 2017, voters have seen an attempted coup on the part of congressional Democrats in the form of their impeachment proceedings against the president. They've seen their president berated in crude and shameful fashion by Democrats, the press and media, as well as being upbraided for his alleged racism despite no evidence whatsoever to support this contention.
U.S. senator scorches Twitter for censoring bombshell Biden report
U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, on Wednesday skewered Twitter and its CEO, Jack Dorsey, for allowing a negative report about President Trump while censoring a story damaging to Joe Biden's campaign. Dorsey, along with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Google's Sundar Pichai, was subpoenaed after Twitter blocked a New York Post report on alleged influence peddling by the Biden family and suspended the paper's account. But he said that the paper must delete tweets on the Biden story if it wants its account restored. 100% (44 Votes) 0% (0 Votes)Cruz asked Dorsey if Twitter can influence elections, and the CEO denied it. Cruz argued the Biden evidence was not "hacked," coming from a laptop apparently abandoned by Hunter Biden.
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey accused of lying under oath to the Senate: That's a felony
Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz accused Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey of lying under oath while testifying before the Senate Commerce Committee on Wednesday. "What [Dorsey] told the Senate, under oath, is false. What @jack told the Senate, under oath, is false. 18 USC 1621 makes it a felony to lie under oath to the Senate. Nothing like lying under oath https://t.co/Jp7monfPNs — Josh Hawley (@HawleyMO) October 28, 2020You're right, @Jack.
WATCH: 'Ballot chaser' boasts she got $55,000 to flip 5,000 votes for Biden
She said she's paid to flip votes for Biden at a cost of "five to eight dollars per vote. TRENDING: Christian leader who saw Trump winning in 2016 sees God bringing victory another way in 2020"Yeah, that’s what I’m doing. "Yeah, I'm getting the Biden vote out, but I mean I'm not going to do it for free -- in other words if they don’t pay me, I’m like excuse me?" I'm with Biden and I’m with Hegar. After the voter "corrects" her ballot, Rodriguez presents her with a shawl as a gift.
'Obamagate' movie destroys media's 'Russia' narrative
Their plotting to bring down Trump is interspersed by caricatures of Brennan and Comey reading their tweets, with comedic effect. See "The Obamagate Movie":McAleer and McElhinney also have turned the gripping testimony from the 2014 Michael Brown case into a play called "Ferguson." "We would be unemployed if the media did its job," McAleer told WND in an interview. McAleer told WND he hopes "Obamagate" will provide a balance not only to "The Comey Rule" but also to books such as Peter Strzok's, which he said are "trying to rewrite history." See Phelim McAleer and Ann McElhinny talk about "Obamagate":See actor Dean Cain talk about his role in "Obamagate":
'Enough of this': Limbaugh offers solution to stop riots
With the possibility of riots across America in the wake of Election Day, radio star Rush Limbaugh is suggesting a potential solution to end domestic terror: send the rioters to the U.S. military base in Cuba. There's no way they're gonna unify with us. The way you stop riots is law enforcement. "If the riots are led by African-Americans, then law enforcement's not gonna do much. If they lead the riots or if a bunch of women wearing vagina hats lead the riots, then there's gonna be a political component to it.
Study finds no late shift towards Trump so far – HotAir
Those voters broke for Mr. Trump by 30 percentage points in Wisconsin and by 17 points in Florida and Pennsylvania, helping to deliver narrow victories, the study said. This month, the Journal/NBC News poll went looking for signs of a similar, late shift—and found a different picture than in 2016. Undecided voters seem to be moving equally toward both presidential candidates. And they moved almost equally to Mr. Trump and to his challenger, former Vice President Joe Biden. Overall, this set of voters favored Mr. Biden more than the president.
Trump is going to win – HotAir
Yet I have further reasons for believing Donald will win next week. In the Republican primaries more people voted for just one candidate, Donald Trump, than turned out for all the Democratic candidates. The enthusiasm for Donald is not just a matter of turnout at airports where he flies in and flies out. And still another 56 percent of Americans said they expected a Trump victory. Forgive me for jumping to conclusions, but I too am expecting a Trump victory.
Twitter’s continued ban on The Post has no rhyme or reason — only bias – HotAir
Meanwhile, neither Joe Biden nor Hunter Biden has argued the validity of the laptop nor the e-mails; the vice president simply claims the China deal never came to fruition. Receipts show the computer repair shop took in the laptop. So the only reason for social media to continue to punish The Post is not because of any “fake news” concerns — it’s because they’re mad about any story that hurts Joe Biden. Twitter is still demanding The Post delete six posts linking to our reporting (tweets that don’t violate their rules!) before restoring our account — even though any user can now freely share those stories.
Kushner bragged in April that Trump was taking the country "back from the doctors" – HotAir
President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner boasted in mid-April about how the President had cut out the doctors and scientists advising him on the unfolding coronavirus pandemic, comments that came as more than 40,000 Americans already had died from the virus, which was ravaging New York City. In a taped interview on April 18, Kushner told legendary journalist Bob Woodward that Trump was “getting the country back from the doctors” in what he called a “negotiated settlement.” Kushner also proclaimed that the US was moving swiftly through the “panic phase” and “pain phase” of the pandemic and that the country was at the “beginning of the comeback phase.”“That doesn’t mean there’s not still a lot of pain and there won’t be pain for a while, but that basically was, we’ve now put out rules to get back to work,” Kushner said. “Trump’s now back in charge. It’s not the doctors.”
Georgia: Biden 50, Trump 46 – HotAir
Among all registered voters in Georgia, Biden is supported by 50% and Trump is supported by 45%. In a high turnout model, Biden has 50% support and Trump has 46%. The race is tighter using a lower turnout model at 50% Biden and 48% Trump, whereas the incumbent led by 3 to 5 points in this model in prior polls. Trump won Georgia by five points in 2016. More than half (58%) of registered voters in Georgia report having already cast their ballots.
Wisconsin: Biden 48, Trump 43 – HotAir
In new Marquette Law School Poll, Joe Biden is the choice for president of 48% of likely WI voters, Donald Trump is the choice of 43%. #mulawpollLittle change in overall results from most recent Marquette poll, Sept. 30 to Oct. 4, when it was Biden 47% and Trump 42%. In early September, it was Biden 48%, Trump 44%. #mulawpollAmong Republicans, 7% support Biden, 86% support Trump. Among Democrats, 3% support Trump, 92% support Biden.
Trump appointee resigns as "matter of conscience" over executive order aimed at civil service – HotAir
Ronald Sanders, who served as a member and chair of the Federal Salary Council, tendered his resignation on Monday to the director of White House Presidential Personnel, John McEntee, according to a letter obtained by CNN. “On its surface, the President’s Executive Order purports to serve a legitimate and laudable purpose … that is, to hold career Federal employees ‘more accountable’ for their performance,” Sanders wrote. “However, it is clear that its stated purpose notwithstanding, the Executive Order is nothing more than a smokescreen for what is clearly an attempt to require the political loyalty of those who advise the President, or failing that, to enable their removal with little if any due process.”
MAGA scrambles to repair the Hunter Biden narrative – HotAir
The Wall Street Journal and Fox News have both reported finding no evidence that former Vice President Joe Biden benefited from the Hunter Biden business dealings that have drawn scrutiny. More explicitly pro-Trump media outlets — OAN, Breitbart, Newsmax — have mostly shied away from publishing fresher, more salacious allegations. Videos apparently showing Hunter Biden in compromising positions, allegedly obtained from the laptop, have been uploaded to a Chinese website owned partially by Steve Bannon, the former Trump aide who has been helping Giuliani. The explicit photos ended up on Gateway Pundit, a site known for promoting conspiracy theories about various Democratic figures. An email allegedly tying Hunter Biden to a Kazakh oligarch ended up in the British tabloid The Daily Mail, with only a passing mention of Biden.
FBI agents urge Biden and Trump not to fire Christopher Wray – HotAir
“FBI Special Agents respect Director Wray’s leadership and look forward to continuing to work with him to protect this great country from national security and criminal threats,” said Brian O’Hare, president of the FBI Agents Association, in a statement and letters to both Trump and Biden. The vote of confidence in Wray comes as he appears to be on increasingly tenuous footing under Trump, who has publicly assailed him for declining to investigate the president’s political adversaries and for undercutting Trump’s political narratives about foreign election interference and left-wing violence. In recent days, sources close to Trump have fueled stories suggesting Trump is preparing to fire Wray after the election, and may remove other members of his national security team who he has criticized for similar reasons. Biden, on the other hand, has given no indication about whether he would seek to retain Wray, whose term would expire in 2027. Spokespeople for the Biden campaign and transition did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
Poll: Suburbanites show one of largest drops in Trump approval – HotAir
The first date range encompassed Trump’s acquittal in the Senate impeachment trial and the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic in the U.S. During this period, the president averaged 47% job approval, including five separate 49% ratings, which are the highest of his presidency. The second period — which began shortly after George Floyd died in police custody — showed a clear drop in Trump’s approval rating, with an average 42% of U.S. adults saying they approved of Trump. This time period included nationwide protests about racial injustice as well as a resurgence of the coronavirus in Sun Belt states, Trump’s nomination of Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court, the contentious first presidential debate and Trump contracting the coronavirus. None of the subgroups analyzed in this report showed meaningful increases in job approval. However, a small number of groups — including Republicans overall and Republicans who say they have conservative political views — did not show a meaningful decline in approval this year.
Trump pins hopes on rallies that could be sealing his defeat – HotAir
But the rallies’ impact is far from clear. Republicans say they harvest data from attendees and fire up their base, while Democrats say they get a spike in donations and volunteers, too, and wonder if Trump is merely preaching to the choir. Holding rallies in defiance of coronavirus health recommendations has fueled voters’ disapproval of his handling of the pandemic — feeding Biden’s key argument that Trump has mishandled the first major crisis of his presidency. And pollsters say there’s little evidence of a rally boost. “The rapid-fire Trump rallies, while clearly well-received by the base, have done nothing to tip the scale in President Trump’s direction,” said Tim Malloy, a pollster from Quinnipiac University.
Biden makes late push to flip the Senate – HotAir
He campaigned in Georgia on Tuesday with Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock, the top Democrats running in the rapidly changing state’s dual Senate races. Meanwhile, his wife, Jill Biden, was in Maine stumping with Sara Gideon, the party’s candidate facing longtime GOP Sen. Susan Collins. And on Friday, Biden will make his first stop in Iowa since the state’s ill-fated caucuses, where the dead-heat Senate race has become the second most expensive in the country — and Biden and Trump are locked in a tight race themselves. Biden still hasn’t campaigned with every Democratic Senate hopeful, even in the swing states where the party is competitive at both levels. “If we win both of these Senate seats in Georgia, it’s almost mathematically impossible for Mitch McConnell to remain majority leader.”
UK police will enter homes and break up Christmas family dinners to enforce COVID rules – HotAir
Police chiefs have warned that Christmas family celebrations will be broken up by officers if they flout lockdown rules. David Jamieson, the West Midlands police and crime commissioner, said officers will investigate reports of rule-breaking over the festive period. The West Midlands are currently under Tier 2 restrictions, meaning people cannot mix with any other households or bubbles inside. Mr Jamieson told The Telegraph: ‘If we think there’s large groups of people gathering where they shouldn’t be, then police will have to intervene. If, again, there’s flagrant breaking of the rules, then the police would have to enforce.
Parler is becoming a depository for Hunter Biden political porn – HotAir
As A-list internet conservatives lost interest in Parler, the site became a haven for conspiracy theorists. On Tuesday, a list of suggested topics on Parler included “#Pizzagate,” the conspiracy theory that has inspired two violent attacks on a Washington pizzeria. Promoters of the QAnon conspiracy theory, which imagines Donald Trump violently purging his enemies in the Democratic Party, have flocked to the site. GNews, a Chinese-language website tied to billionaire Chinese dissident and Steve Bannon patron Guo Wengui, has posted the images for days. “Fellow fighters are switching to new battlefield (sic) of platforms like Parler and Gab,” a Tuesday article on GNews read.
I'm the FDA point person on COVID vaccines. We'll make sure they're safe and effective. – HotAir
There will be no shortcuts in developing the relevant phase 3 efficacy results. Any vaccine showing efficacy must also be very safe. In addition to this careful evaluation by staff at FDA, we intend to take any COVID-19 vaccine EUA or BLA submission to a public advisory committee meeting for open discussion. FDA’s Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee consists of leading independent scientific and public health experts, carefully screened for any potential conflicts of interest, who provide input to FDA. The materials discussed during open sessions of these meetings, which will be live-streamed, will be posted on FDA’s website.
October surprise: Biden’s zipped lips – HotAir
Biden has finally learned, at the tender age of 77, to shut up and stay on message (yes, sometimes by staying in his basement). To nearly everyone’s surprise, he has run one of the most disciplined presidential campaigns in recent memory. For decades, Biden has enjoyed — or perhaps his opponents have enjoyed — a reputation as an undisciplined windbag. The headline: “Mighty Mouth.” Sixteen years later, Michael Crowley wrote in the same magazine of Biden’s “Castro-length speeches” as chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee after 9/11. Yet Biden 2020 has been so focused and undeviating that his closing message is quite literally his opening message.
These white women voted for Trump in 2016. They’re having second thoughts. – HotAir
Over the past two months, Republican pollster Sarah Longwell, who founded the group Republican Voters Against Trump, has been following nine undecided voters, college-educated women, who ranged in age from 30 to 60. (The remaining three Biden voters were from Pennsylvania and North Carolina.) Three from Arizona, Pennsylvania and Florida were undecided, vacillating between voting for Biden or third party. “The trend as we’ve gotten closer to the election has been just how many people aren’t voting for Trump again,” said Longwell. She added that the phenomenon of a shy Biden voter is “much more likely to manifest” than a shy Trump voter.
IBD/TIPP: Trump now ahead of where he was in 2016
The latest Biden Vs. Trump poll from IBD/TIPP suggests the race has become competitive with just one week to go. President Donald Trump’s support has surpassed his 2016 share of the vote in the IBD/TIPP presidential poll update, while Vice President Joe Biden appears to have lost ground among some key groups. This doesn’t mean that Trump is in any danger of winning the popular vote, but as we saw four years ago, he doesn’t really need to. If the popular vote is “close” (definitions of that word in this context vary), Biden’s path to victory grows increasingly tenuous. If the popular vote between President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden is nearly a tie, Trump has an 88 percent chance of re-election, researchers of the Electoral College predict in a recent study.
Federal judge to DoJ: Nice try, but you can’t shield Trump in defamation case
Yesterday’s decision cuts off a convenient escape route for Donald Trump, who faces a defamation suit from E. Jean Carroll. The decision by US District Court Judge Lewis Kaplan has nothing to do with the merits of Carroll’s case or any demerits of it, either. That would have provided a quick and convenient end to the case, theoretically speaking:Nice try, Kaplan ruled Tuesday. The DoJ can move the suit to federal court and even represent Trump, but they can’t claim that Trump was a government “employee” or that his alleged defamatory comment was part of his official business as such. In fact, as the constitutional head of government, Kaplan wrote, Trump cannot plausibly be seen as acting at any other person’s direction.
Melania in Pennsylvania: Biden’s socialist agenda will destroy America
First Lady Melania Trump traveled to Atglen, Pennsylvania Tuesday for her first solo campaign appearance during this election cycle. Her appearance came the day after President Trump held three campaign events in Pennsylvania. What was striking about her speech is that in her own soft-spoken way, she tore into the Democrats and Joe Biden, as well as the media. “Joe Biden attacked President Trump’s decision to put the American people first and close travel from China. President Trump made a surprise stop in Maine last week and Mike Pence has traveled to the state in recent days, too.
Judge: Post Office must reverse mail “collection limits”
In the latest in a series of emergency orders, the judge ordered the USPS to put an end to any “collection limits” when handling mail from now until the election. Notice how Politico points out in the very first sentence of their article that these “limitations on mail collection” were put in place by the “Trump-backed” Postmaster General. Sending carriers and vehicles out for late deliveries and extra trips every day drives up both overtime costs and fuel/vehicle usage. On one hand, their lawsuits make it sound as if some evil cabal is working to undermine mail delivery so people’s ballots won’t arrive in time. And he wants daily updates on how many of them had to make extra delivery trips for late mail?
Bobulinski: I personally met with Joe Biden twice to discuss 2017 China deal
Bobulinski makes a clear case for plausibility, and in doing so indicts Adam Schiff and others of McCarthyism. “There was no other reason for me to be in that bar meeting Joe Biden than to discuss what I was doing with his family’s name and the Chinese CEFC.” (CEFC is a Chinese company with ties to the communist government). … Bobulinski said his second meeting with Joe Biden happened the following day, backstage at the investment conference where Joe Biden had just spoken. In 2017, Joe Biden was a private citizen, not Vice President. And just how did $130 million in stimulus funding, supervised by Sheriff Joe himself, make its way into the coffers of firms connected to Hunter Biden anyway?
CNN’s Blitzer: Why did Philly police “shoot to kill” and not “shoot to injure”?
The answer is because cops aren’t expert marksmen: None are trained to “shoot to injure” because it’s impossible to do consistently. Why not just shoot to injure rather than “shoot to kill,” Blitzer asks. But why shoot to kill opposed to shoot to injure and just prevent anything from going further? So officers are trained to shoot center mass, not shoot to kill. It’s not “shoot to kill,” it’s “shoot to stop the threat while minimizing all other risks.” One would think Blitzer would have learned that by now.
Democrats underperforming in Nevada early vote?
There are too many unknowns about Election Day turnout to draw any safe conclusions from the early returns. And in this case he’s not really “interpreting” early turnout, he’s simply comparing this year’s Democratic advantage to 2016’s Democratic advantage. Trump won that group in Nevada by a 50/37 spread over Clinton four years ago, according to the exit polls. Nate Silver cautioned about that this morning:For example, Biden lost independents by 13 points in Nevada in 2016, per the exit poll there. Georgia would do it for him (along with Michigan and Wisconsin), or Arizona plus an electoral vote somewhere else.
Rush — and Reason: Don’t vote for Biden
Rush Limbaugh’s home-stretch argument won’t surprise anyone, but his focus here on Biden’s negatives rather than Donald Trump’s positives is notable. You have to get out there and vote Trump.”I agree with Rush on all of the above, and so would most Hot Air readers, I’d guess. On many, perhaps most, issues, Joe Biden’s America will be one in which political and economic power is unified under Washington’s control. The question, as always, is whether this is a rational choice or a vote throwaway. Nick and Rush agree on that much, even if they likely don’t agree on the solution.
Twitter chief: We won’t allow Hunter Biden misinformation but we will allow Holocaust misinformation
It’s only the core critique of Twitter’s attempt to suppress the Hunter Biden laptop story, after all. If Trump tweets nonsense about the fraudulence of mail-in ballots, they’re johnny on the spot. What’s the difference between a vicious anti-semitic lie about what was done to Europe’s Jews in World War II and a not-yet-discredited story about Joe and Hunter Biden trying to drum up business in China? Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey defends not flagging tweets denying the Holocaust as misinformation, while flagging the president's tweetshttps://t.co/63qT3FSx8p pic.twitter.com/hkk9MgR3XA — RNC Research (@RNCResearch) October 28, 2020Did this guy prepare for this hearing at all? The Hunter Biden laptop story would be verboten too; the facts simply aren’t certain enough to take a legal risk by publishing it.
RCI: Senate committee investigating Hunter Biden for FARA violations
Until Mueller, FARA violations were only slightly more likely to result in criminal probes than supposed violations of the Logan Act. Mueller picked it back up and added in the FARA violations in order to squeeze Manafort for testimony against Donald Trump. RCI’s Paul Sperry reports that one Senate committee plans to use it in dealing with Hunter Biden, although which committee turns out to be a bit of a surprise:The Senate Finance Committee, which is chaired by Sen. Chuck Grassley, an Iowa Republican, is actively investigating Hunter Biden’s possible non-compliance with the FARA statute, according to a spokesman. (We haven’t seen firm evidence that Hunter lobbied Joe for Burisma, either; they both deny it.) A FARA indictment might dent Joe a little, but most people are inclined to dismiss October surprises, especially those aimed more at family members.
Philadelphia’s mayor imposes curfew in hopes of preventing a third night of rioting
During a press conference today, Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw talked about what went wrong last night. She said as many as 1,000 people were involved, having converged on the site after likely receiving word via a group text. The officers who shot Walter Wallace on Monday were wearing body cameras but video from those cameras has not been released yet. Support your officers, back your officers and let’s get a handle on this thing,” union president John McNesby said. They spoke with some residents of the area where the looting took place last night.
Biden’s relaxed schedule still making some Dems nervous, but they also worry about him getting sick
Biden’s campaign strategy continues to look like an attempt to run out the clock while polls show he has a lead. But some Democrats continue to worry that Biden is taking a big risk by not being aggressive in the final days of the campaign. But compared with many of Mr. Biden’s days this month, and even a few this week, it’s the equivalent of a barnstorm. On Sunday, Mr. Biden held no in-person campaign events, straying from his home in the Wilmington area only for church. Another is that Biden doesn’t have the stamina to campaign and COVID is providing an excuse for never getting Biden out of 2nd gear.
How long will vote-counting take? Estimates in all 50 states – HotAir
New York, Rhode Island and Alaska will not report any mail votes on election night. Officials in Michigan and Pennsylvania, two key battleground states, have said full official counts could take several days. The increase in mail voting could also lead to more provisional votes cast, increasing the number of ballots counted later. Usually the number of provisional votes is not large enough to be significant, but there is evidence from early voting that this election may be different. Provisional voting can slow down lines at the polls, and those ballots are generally the last to be reviewed and counted, sometimes weeks after the election.
Please stop telling cops to shoot suspects in the leg – HotAir
The focus of police work is on de-escalation. The use of firearms is only sanctioned when strictly necessary, in the absence of reasonable alternatives. A “good shoot” prevents serious harm based on the officer’s good-faith assessment of the circumstances; a “bad shoot” means potential non-lethal devices or procedures were available, applicable, and overlooked. Indeed, this requirement to use the least restrictive means to subdue a subject is precisely what differentiates policing from warfare. Under the law of war, enemy belligerents are subject to lethal attack at any time and place.
How The Biden Scandal Exposed The Corporate Press's Corruption
The idea is to disparage the source of the information rather than grapple with what the information reveals. But suppression and distraction can only go so far, even when big media and big tech join forces. The longer the Hunter Biden story is out there, the more one can see a kind of psychosis developing in the American press. Joe Biden felt the need to address the issue in last week’s presidential debate. One way or another, information about Hunter Biden’s shady foreign business deals, and Joe Biden’s role in them, is getting out there.
Senate Panel Investigating Hunter Biden’s Failure to Register as Foreign Agent
The Obama-Biden administration investigated six Trump campaign advisers for suspected FARA violations, but not Hunter Biden, above, with his father. Compared with the treatment of Hunter Biden, that's “a double standard, 100%,” said a former assistant FBI director. Tony Bobulinski, who says he is a former associate of Hunter Biden, has turned over evidence to the FBI. Terry McAuliffe and Democratic Sen. Kamala Harris of California, who is now Joe Biden’s running mate. Chuck Grassley, chair of the Senate Finance Committee: He is actively investigating Hunter Biden’s possible non-compliance with the FARA statute.
College undergrads: America is racist, looting ‘justified,’ reparations required
It was founded in 2010 by Yale students in a bid to promote intellectual diversity. The latest McLaughlin survey covered several current issues, including the coronavirus, attending classes, views of the Constitution, and trust in the media. Several questions addressed race and the types of positions backed by liberals and the Black Lives Matter movement. And as the Black Lives Matter movement claims, that feeling is driven by concerns blacks are targeted by police. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 52.9% of college students are white, 20.9% are Hispanic, 15.1% are black, and 7.6% are Asian.
Facebook Removes Ad Critical of Biden Support for BLM
Facebook removed a black man's ad that criticized Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden's record on crime and the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement just days before the election. The narrator claims that Biden "supports the BLM organization that also wants to keep black men from raising their children." Wallace noted that now-deleted language in the Black Lives Matter platform supporting the disruption of the "Western-prescribed nuclear family structure." Facebook cited a fact check from a website called Lead Stories, which said that Wallace's claims have "no proof" and that Biden has not "formally endorsed" Black Lives Matter. Politifact also fact checked the claim that BLM supports the abolition of the nuclear family.
The Landslide America Will Be Glad to Have
In a bitterly contested, confused election, the social media giants would suppress any information favoring Trump as “disinformation,” and boost any news that demonstrated a Biden win. America is a Sunny CountryI sense America is tired of fighting. That is why I think in one week, America will choose to step up rather than hunker down. I believe Donald Trump will win with a broad coalition, including Blacks and Latinos in record numbers for a Republican. They know Biden is not up for the job.
The Morning Briefing: Philly Riot Thugs Make Final Push for Trump's Reelection
From Bryan’s post:Philadelphia, Pa., erupted into its second straight night of violent riots following the police shooting death of 27-year-old Walter Wallace Jr. Monday afternoon. This kind of violence has not only been condoned by Joe Biden and his fellow Democrats, it’s been embraced. pic.twitter.com/rlvVkSwXhp — Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) October 28, 2020DayumPJM LinktankIf only people hadn’t been voting since February. ?’: Joe Biden introduces himself as Kamala Harris’ running mateBee MeCNN Mourns ACB Confirmation By Flying Chinese Flag At Half-Mast https://t.co/4pcvrOaPfN — The Babylon Bee (@TheBabylonBee) October 27, 2020The Kruiser KabanaUrías is only 24, btw. Monday through Friday he edits PJ Media’s “Morning Briefing.” His columns appear twice a week.
Insanity Wrap #76: This Bud's for You, Racist
Insanity Wrap needs to know: When did beer become racist? Insanity Wrap asks this question rhetorically, of course. You don’t need Insanity Wrap to tell you that the whole rotten structure needs to be torn down. Insanity Wrap believes that in the one-in-a-bazillion chance that Trump is a white supremacist then he’s really, truly awful at it. One More Thing…Who told you Insanity Wrap never shared anything uplifting?
Instapundit » Blog Archive » MAINE SENATE NOW A DEAD-HEAT: Latest results from Colby College Poll has Democrat Gideon with a thre…
MAINE SENATE NOW A DEAD-HEAT: Latest results from Colby College Poll has Democrat Gideon with a three-point margin over Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME), well within the margin of error. Think Collins wishes now that Trump would have a rally in Maine?
On Biden Corruption, Democrats Reap Consequences Of Gentle Primary
In a healthy Democratic Party, Joe Biden's primary opponents would have cared about his family's documented habit of trading on their powerful last name. In a healthy Democratic Party, Joe Biden’s primary opponents would have cared about his family’s documented habit of trading on their powerful last name, almost certainly with the former vice president’s knowledge. Hunter Biden has acknowledged meeting with Jonathan Li, a Chinese banker and his partner in the fund during the trip, although his spokesman says it was a social visit. Beyond being a powerful campaign attack, the issue raises serious questions about Joe Biden’s commitment to ethical conduct. They clearly don’t want to be seen as advancing President Trump’s efforts to get Ukraine to investigate the Hunter Biden deal.”I think that’s correct.
Leftists Are Physically Attacking Trump Supporters Just Like They Did in 2016
Groups including United Against Racism and Fascism NYC and NYC Antifa posted about their involvement with the counterprotest. Throw red paint on vehicles, punch Trump supporters. @realDonaldTrump @TrumpWarRoom pic.twitter.com/qbCeMKWWl9 — NYC Scanner (@NYScanner) October 25, 2020The tolerant left throwing rocks at yesterday’s Jews For Trump caravan. pic.twitter.com/kfrwaLTJgT — NYC Scanner (@NYScanner) October 25, 2020In San Francisco, a black Trump supporter got one of his teeth knocked out. Meanwhile, Trump is repeatedly asked to condemn white supremacy while Joe Biden is never asked to denounce Antifa.
Where the Streets Have No Jokes (cont)
Where the Streets Have No Jokes (cont) by Mark SteynSteyn on EuropeApril 15, 2016 https://www.steynonline.com/7515/where-the-streets-have-no-jokes-cont Why do German comedians get the works? What a disgraceful person she is, the worst German chancellor since ...well, I don't want to go all Godwin's this early in the piece. He has, in effect, imposed Islamic concepts of free speech on a major western power. No part of this website or any of its contents may be reproduced, copied, modified or adapted, without the prior written consent of Mark Steyn Enterprises. If you're a member of The Mark Steyn Club and you take issue with this article, then have at it in our comments section.
Unhinged Anti-Trumpers Already Calling for Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett to Be Impeached
Democrats were powerless to stop the confirmation of Justice Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court, but anti-Trumpers aren’t giving up their anti-ACB crusade. Pennsylvania’s Supreme Court recently ruled that signatures on mail-in ballots do not have to match—which makes such votes highly susceptible to fraud. Justice Elena Kagan has been casting votes in Supreme Court cases on Obamacare for years when, by law, she was disqualified from doing so and should have recused herself. Justice Amy Coney Barrett, however, has no legally mandated reason to recuse herself from election cases. Editor’s Note: Want to support PJ Media so we can expose and fight the Left’s radical plans for the Supreme Court?
‘Anonymous’ anti-Trump writer the NYT’s promoted reveals identity, and in a SHOCKING twist, he’s a CNN contributor (who lied) – twitchy.com
— Mike LaChance (@MikeLaChance33) October 28, 2020The anonymous White House staffer is also a CNN contributor. Miles Taylor wasn't even listed on DHS's senior leadership page when NYT published his op-ed because he was just a policy advisor, not even chief of staff. https://t.co/JU0bYvlttL — Derek Hunter (@derekahunter) October 28, 2020LOL “anonymous” was that lib Miles Taylor?!!! pic.twitter.com/6q603PGmTY — Trump War Room – Text TRUMP to 88022 (@TrumpWarRoom) October 28, 2020Miles Taylor confirms he is "anonymous"Here he is on video categorically denying to Anderson Cooper that he's anonymous. pic.twitter.com/LeAbYgQfr5 https://t.co/HCnaFdk1hT — Rising serpent ?? (@rising_serpent) October 28, 2020So ring that up as yet another lie that was peddled on CNN.
Media Titans Subvert Reality About Biden/Ukraine Profiteering
Thus, the government of Ukraine replaced the chief prosecutor with a new one that would be fired one year later at the insistence of Joe Biden. White House phone logs show that Joe Biden talked to the president of Ukraine at least three times in the week surrounding the firing. This left Joe Biden incapable of using U.S. taxpayer funds to influence Ukrainian officials. The Meeting OccurredYet another media falsehood is the claim that the e-mail isn’t clear about whether Joe Biden actually met with the energy executive. the email isn’t clear about whether Joe Biden actually met with the energy executive.
First look: Victoria Coates denies being "Anonymous"
What she's saying: "The allegations published in Real Clear Investigations are utterly false. I am not Anonymous, and I do not know who Anonymous is," Coates says in a new statement obtained by Axios. Cleta Mitchell, Coates’ lawyer, adds that RealClearInvestigations "peddled false statements citing only anonymous sources, despite on-the-record denials from Javelin LLC (the literary agent for Anonymous), the White House, and three well-respected former members of the Trump Administration—and now Dr. Coates as well." Details: Earlier this week, RealClearInvestigations published a story asserting that a months-long White House investigation identified Coates as "Anonymous," citing "people familiar with the internal probe." Last fall, rumors claiming Coates was the "Anonymous" writer began circulating throughout Washington, despite the administration rejecting the allegations against her.
Twitter, Facebook Confess There Is No Evidence Of Russian Disinformation Behind Hunter Biden Story
In Wednesday’s Senate hearing on Big Tech and Section 230, both Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg admitted that neither had any evidence that the New York Post’s reporting on Joe Biden’s knowledge of his son Hunter Biden’s foreign business deals is Russian disinformation. “Do you have any information whatsoever they are not authentic or they are Russian disinformation? Dorsey and Zuckerberg both denied receiving any indication that the story was part of a Russian misinformation campaign. “We judged it by our hacking policy,” Dorsey replied. Mr. Dorsey,” Johnson replied.
Joe Biden derides game dev ‘creeps’ who ‘teach you how to kill’
During the interview, reporter Charlie Warzel asked Biden about his problems with tech, including Facebook, and Biden mentioned video games. Biden: Yeah, video games… And then one of these righteous people said to me that, you know, “We are the economic engine of America. Considering I highly doubt the words of the artist in question were “my games teach you how to kill people,” I take that as Biden’s slant on what was said. What he says about video games stands out precisely because of how nasty and out-of-touch it sounds. Not necessarily, but there will be a contingent of voters who see in themselves the “little creeps” Biden is referring to, and they’ll remember that when they’re in the voting booth.
Judge: Virginia can’t count some ballots without postmarks
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A judge ruled Wednesday that Virginia elections officials cannot count absentee ballots with missing postmarks unless they can confirm the date of mailing through a barcode, granting part of an injunction requested by a conservative legal group. If the barcode shows the ballot was mailed after polls closed on Election Day, the ballot would be considered invalid. Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld a Pennsylvania state court order extending the absentee ballot deadline. But on Tuesday, the high court sided with Republicans to prevent Wisconsin from counting mailed ballots that are received after Election Day. ___This story has been corrected to note that the judge ruled that elections officials cannot count absentee ballots with missing postmarks unless they can confirm the date of mailing through a barcode, but ruled that they can count absentee ballots with illegible postmarks if the voter signed the ballot by Election Day.
Not a Joke: Dan Rather on ‘Reliable Sources’ Slamming Trump’s ‘Fantasy Land’
Host Brian Stelter began the show the way he almost always does: by whining about Trump and questioning his mental fitness. Even if President Trump prefers to live in a fantasyland, journalists have to at least try to help him see the reality,” he declared just before introducing Rather. But that didn’t stop Stelter from asking, “as someone who has been covering presidents for decades, have you seen this kind of fantasy land thinking or behavior before?”“No. We've certainly seen behavior we didn't like in presidents but we’ve never seen anything like this. It's perhaps more important with President Trump because there are more untruths so to set record straight.
CNN Contributor ‘Anonymous’ Will Remain With Network After Lying On Air
CNN contributor Miles Taylor will remain with the network despite lying on the air about being the anonymous administration official who wrote a book condemning President Donald Trump. Taylor was an aide to former homeland security secretary Kirstjen Nielsen before resigning last year, and he joined CNN as a contributor in September. However, Taylor lied to anchor Anderson Cooper on Aug. 21 when he denied being "Anonymous." So, no," says @MilesTaylorUSA, when asked by @AndersonCooper if he is the author of the op-ed book written by someone called Anonymous. pic.twitter.com/sPjs4OoAnp — CNN Newsroom (@CNNnewsroom) August 21, 2020Taylor is one of at least six Republican contributors at the network who are openly supporting the Democratic nominee for president Joe Biden.
Fifth Circuit Speaks Out Against Campus Speech Codes (in University of Texas Case)
… [The University of Texas-Austin student code forbids, among other speech,] "[h]arassment," which is the "mak[ing], distribut[ing], or display[ing] on the campus any statement that constitutes verbal harassment of another." … Finally, within the University's Handbook of operating procedures is the "Hate and Bias Incidents" policy. The Hate and Bias Incidents policy describes verbal harassment in the same language as the Institutional Rules…. Speech First must clearly show a likelihood that its members' constitutionally protected speech is arguably proscribed, or at least arguably regulated, by the University speech policies…. Such a qualified limitation on the scope of the term "verbal harassment" increases rather than decreases its uncertainty.
WHAT IF THEY START OUTLAWING CONSERVATIVE SPEECH? They will, you know, if Biden wins and Democrats t…
WHAT IF THEY START OUTLAWING CONSERVATIVE SPEECH? They will, you know, if Biden wins and Democrats takeover both chambers of Congress, according to Hans Bader of Liberty Unyielding.
Philadelphia Riots Are Not About Justice
The Philadelphia riots have zero to do with Walter Wallace, the victim who was shot by police after menacing them with a knife. These riots are useful opportunities for thugs to loot and destroy businesses and the city. You see, the Governor believes all of the destruction in Philadelphia is very “peaceful” destruction. If this was about justice for all, then how come those cordial thugs in Philadelphia went after Orthodox Jews who had shown up in support? The police had already visited Wallace THREE times the day he went after cops with a knife in his hand.
Note to Jeff Flake: Joe Biden Is Not the 'Decency and Civility' Candidate
Joe Biden does not have the mean tweets or the history of marital infidelity, but he has character flaws of his own. New revelations from a laptop that apparently belonged to Biden’s son Hunter implicated Joe Biden in Hunter Biden’s notorious foreign deals. While Hunter Biden raked in cash in China and Ukraine, his father served as Obama’s point man on both countries. The Biden family traded on their influential last name before Joe Biden became Obama’s vice president. Only Christopher Tigani, a wealthy beer distributor who bundled cash for the campaign, faced charges, but he exposed Joe Biden’s “Delaware Way” soft corruption.
EXCLUSIVE: FOX News Has Copies of 'Damning' Biden Family Documents Removed From Shipping Package
We have learned from an extremely reliable source in a position to know that Fox News did in fact keep a copy of the documents. In an explosive development, Tucker Carlson of FOX News reported Wednesday night that a potentially ‘damning’ set of ‘confidential documents’ related to the Biden family business dealings went missing while in transit with an overnight carrier between New York and Los Angeles this week. Damning Hunter Biden documents suddenly vanish pic.twitter.com/B2qsajZlID — Tucker Carlson (@TuckerCarlson) October 29, 2020Neither Tucker in his on-air statement, nor Fox News in its news report, stated that the missing set of documents was the only copy. Nonetheless, this has given rise to claims that the missing set of documents meant Fox News does not have a copy. We have learned from an extremely reliable source in a position to know that Fox News did in fact keep a copy of the documents.
10 Ways to Call Something Russian Disinformation Without Evidence
How do you call something “Russian disinformation” when you don’t have evidence it is? We don’t know a whole lot about how the New York Post story about Hunter Biden got into print. A group of 50 “former senior intelligence officials” wrote a letter as soon as the Post story came out. Authorities are investigating if it might be Russian disinformation. Thus the essence of these new headlines comes down to, “Intelligence officials are checking to see if the new story can be connected to prior claims of intelligence officials.”Even if it isn’t a Russian influence operation, we should act like it is.
WATCH: Tucker Carlson reveals damning Hunter Biden documents have suddenly vanished
Fox News' Tucker Carlson reported on Wednesday that a trove of Hunter Biden documents vanished while they were being delivered to him. His producer sent these damning documents from the Fox News studio in Manhattan, using a very popular shipping service. Carlson states he never received the package as the company informed him it was emptied along the way. A comprehensive investigation is under way, but it is believed someone opened the package and took the documents contained within it. "So we texted a producer in New York and asked him to send us those documents to LA.
US Commander Provokes China: Troops Can Be Sent To Defend Japan's Senkaku Islands
The stakes have now been raised as of early this week given the head of US forces in Japan has said the Pentagon could send American troops to defend the Senkaku Islands from future Chinese aggression. It involves almost ten thousand US troops and some 37,000 Japanese troops along with 170 aircraft and 20 ships, according to international reports. Officials from Japan's Defense Ministry view his remarks as a warning to China, which has been stepping up its activities in waters near the Senkaku Islands. China refers to the Senkaku islands as Diaoyu - which Beijing claims as its own. Chinese vessels have been spending record amounts of time in the waters around the islands this year, drawing condemnation from Tokyo.
House To Consider Authorizing 'Mother Of All Bombs' Sale To Israel
Israeli media is reporting that defense officials plan to soon obtain the "mother of all bombs" or a MOAB from the United States. The GBU-43/B Massive Ordinance Air Blast bomb (MOAB) is the most powerful non-nuclear bomb in the US arsenal, which over recent years has seen occasional use in Afghanistan against ISIS, Taliban and al-Qaeda terrorists. Eglin Air Force Base photo shows the GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast bomb, or MOAB. If passed it would pave the way for Israel eventually being able to obtain the massive weapon. Footage of MOAB dropped over Afghanistan:Current US federal law actually forbids the sale of bunker busters to foreign countries, thus Israel would be the first if the bill is passed.
France Joins Germany In Reviving Nationwide Lockdown As COVID-19 Cases Soar Across Europe: Live Updates
Almost 25,000 new #COVID19 cases in #Italy in last 24hrs, and 205 deaths. The northern region of Lombardy is again one of the hardest-hit areas, reporting 7,758 new cases, while Lazio reported 1,963. Angela Merkel has officially confirmed that Germany will enter a 'lockdown light' on Monday, the toughest restrictions since lockdown ended. Hundreds took to the streets in Rome and other Italian cities to protest new Covid-19 restrictions, including curfews and closure of entertainment venues. Mainland China reported 42 new COVID-19 cases for Tuesday, the highest daily toll in more than two months due to a rise in infections in the northwestern Xinjiang region (Source: Nikkei).
Five Arrested As "Illegal Agents" Of China In FBI Bust Of Major PRC Operation On US Soil
The US Justice Department announced charges against eight individuals it says acted as "illegal agents" of China on Wednesday. Specifically the statement alleged they had been engaged in an organized campaign of intimating Chinese citizens currently on American soil. Chinese Embassy in the United States, via Al Jazeera. They are said to have "assisted PRC officials in a scheme to coerce certain individuals to return to the PRC against their will," according to acting United States Attorney Seth DuCharme. He said it was aimed to "bend people here in the United States to their will."
Satellite Images Show Iran Rebuilding Natanz Nuclear Centrifuge Site After Sabotage
Iran has launched a major construction project at its controversial Natanz nuclear facility according to satellite imagery featured Wednesday in the Associated Press. It's widely believed that Israeli intelligence was behind the sabotage to disable advanced centrifuge operations there. Daily, moderate-resolution images from @planetlabs do appear to show construction occurring near the Natanz Fuel Enrichment Plant. "A satellite image Monday shows the site cleared away with what appears to be construction equipment there," it says of the Planet Labs images. Iran's leaders have meanwhile maintained its nuclear development is purely for peaceful nuclear energy needs and not in pursuit of nuclear warheads.
Robinhood CEO Admits Business Boomed This Year Because Of The Fed's Stimulus Checks
When Aaron Ross-Sorkin asked him about the idea of "gamifying investing" and Lee Cooperman's assessment that the Fed stimulus checks would "end in tears", Tenev responded by recognizing the effect of the Fed's measures as "an opportunity for investors". So the government is stepping in and doing aggressive actions to maintain the sanctity of the economy and the markets. Tenev then admitted that Robinhood was literally watching users deposit their stimulus checks: "We saw an impact of people depositing their stimulus checks into Robinhood. And I think what you’re seeing now is sort of a cultural relevance ascribed to investing that hasn’t been there before." Tenev also ducked a question of how Robinhood gets such great terms for its payment for order flow.
Texas Ballot Chaser Reveals 'Massive' Voter Fraud To Elect Biden
Following Tuesday's report by Project Veritas on a Texas 'ballot chasing' ring focusing on senior citizens, the undercover investigative outfit is out with a second video - this one more damning than the first. In it, political operative Raquel Rodriguez who "develops personal relationships with senior citizens when she harvests their ballots" admitted to convincing voters to switch their ballots. BREAKING: Ballot Chaser Reveals MASSIVE Voter Fraud To Elect @JoeBiden'Some of my Republicans are precinct chairs that cannot be known…They want to help Biden'“For the entire team I’m looking at…$55,000"“$55k for 5k votes, top of the ticket, Hegar/Biden”#RiggedElection pic.twitter.com/76qePEuOYR — James O'Keefe (@JamesOKeefeIII) October 28, 2020Rodriguez also helps pro-Biden Republicans. "My people are undercover because some of them are Republicans," said Rodriguez. Rodriguez, a political operative who described herself as a ballot chaser, told Project Veritas undercover journalists, posing as potential clients, that one of her main jobs is helping Mauro Garza, the Republican House hopeful for Texas’ 20th District.
"We're Going To Make Sure Trump Leaves": Leftists Plan To Storm DC After Election
Authored by Paul Joseph Watson via Summit News,A far left group is vowing to “make sure Trump leaves” the White House after the election, even if he wins, with radicals preparing to storm and occupy DC. “We’re inviting everybody who agrees with these organizing principles to work together to make this uprising happen. We’re going to make sure Trump leaves.”Quite how the group is going to make Trump leave the White House on election day is somewhat baffling, given that even if he loses he doesn’t have to officially leave office until next year. Bragging about how mobs of leftists protested outside Sen. Lindsay Graham’s (R-SC) house before sunrise, the organization is conducting “mass rebellion training” in the event of Trump attempting a “coup”. As it is, Shut Down DC’s call to arms has received virtually no mainstream media attention whatsoever.
After Peddling Trump-Russia Hit-Pieces Before 2016 Election - MSM Totally Ignores Bobulinski Bombshells On Bidens
When Bobulinski asked Joe Biden's brother why they weren't concerned about the political or headline risk involved in case Joe Biden decided to run for office in the future, Jim Biden replied "plausible deniability." Nevermind that Joe Biden lied in 2019 when he said that he 'never talked to Hunter about his business.' As Curtis Houck writes via NewsBusters - here are the top 10 moments from the Bobulinski interview that the MSM will ignore:1. ‘I Think Joe Biden and His Family Are Compromised’ by the Chinese 4. Bobulinski’s First Meeting with Joe Biden 7.
"You Better Apologize For That!": Rudy Giuliani Goes Nuclear On Fox Host After Christopher Steele Comparison
I was acting like Christopher Steele?" I've never been accused of anything, and you're accusing me of being Christopher Steele?" "You can come to my office and you can look at it, and tomorrow night you can apologize to me for saying I'm like Christopher Steele," Giuliani continued. That's outrageous, because you have no basis for that. That's outrageous!"
"This Is Trump Country" - NYT Editor Admits Pennsylvania Race May Be Much Closer Than It Seems
McCreesh spends most of the personal essay describing his encounters with Trump supporters at an unofficial "MAGA-themed" store in Bucks County. A couple unloading groceries in their driveway around the corner said that they planned to vote for Mr. Biden but were too intimidated to talk openly about it. Enthusiasm from Trump voters has drawn people from as far away as West Virginia to buy the red cookies, the bakery owner said. Lochel’s bakery in Hatboro has become an overnight Oracle of (Phila) Delphi, selling red “Trump 2020” and blue “Biden 2020” sugar cookies. Mr. Rutledge, 44, a manager at a clinical research organization, was there to snag some red cookies.
Disinformation By Popular Demand: How The Authenticity Of Hunter's Laptop Became Immaterial
Authored by Jonathan Turley,Yesterday, former Vice President Joe Biden was again insisting that the scandal involving Hunter Biden’s laptop was Russian disinformation despite the direct refutation of that claim by the FBI. And we also know that Putin is trying very hard to spread disinformation about Joe Biden. It does not matter if these are real emails and not Russian disinformation. They probably are real but should be treated as disinformation even though American intelligence has repeatedly rebutted that claim. It is disinformation because it is simply inconvenient to treat it as real information.
Philly Imposes Wednesday Night Curfew To Try And Prevent 3rd Night Of Chaos
Update (1500ET): As Philly braces for a 3rd night of unrest following another police shooting of a black man, the city is imposing a curfew at 2100. Of course, it's not a riot without copious video of masked thieves pouring out of department stores clutching whatever merchandise they could grab. Some reported that a U-Haul was driven up to a Wal-Mart in Philly, where it was quickly filled with merchandise. — Philadelphia OEM (@PhilaOEM) October 28, 2020At least one lucky individual capitalized on the heat of the moment to propose to his now-fiance. BlazeTV reporter Elijah Shaffer was badly beaten after being jumped by "BLM rioters" while filming inside a store that was being actively looted.
Fighter Jet Intercepts "Non-Responsive" Plane Near Trump Rally
A General Dynamics F-16 fighter jet intercepted a plane that breached restricted airspace near President Trump's rally in Bullhead City, Arizona, Wednesday afternoon. Video shows Trump looking up at the sky as the fighter jet fired off warning flares. He told the crowd: "Oh, look at that - they [fighter jet] gave the president a little display." MOMENTS AGO: Fighter jet flies over Trump rally in Arizona and appears to fire off flares; crowd chants "USA!" A second tweet from NORAD said the plane's pilot was "non-responsive to initial intercept procedures, but established radio communications after NORAD aircraft deployed signal flares."
How Long Will It Take To Count All The Votes?
Well, that is going to depend on how long it takes to count the votes, and that is going to be different for each state. You see, the truth is that counting mail-in ballots is much more tedious that running normal ballots through a machine. In Washington State, mail-in ballots received as late as Nov. 23 are still valid, as long as they were postmarked by Nov. 3. To give you an idea of how long it takes to count mail-in ballots, just consider what we witnessed in California earlier this year…Consider this year’s California primary, in which 5.8 million people voted for president. If it took California seven weeks to count a couple million mail-in ballots, how in the world is Pennsylvania going to count a similar number of mail-in ballots in just one week?
A 20-Year-Old Book Suggests China Is Already Quietly At War With The US
He has also recently made and delivered more aggressive and direct statements by CCP members and even Chinese military members. Western nations, particularly the United States, did so by sending essential manufacturing jobs to China. Preparing to become the leader of the world’s affairs and eventually even dominate the United States. Still, the book does not focus on direct military vs. military war doctrine but indirect, soft tactics. Like the United States, it is a game of empire, but it is the tortoise instead of the hare.
Supreme Court Deals Double-Blow To Republicans In Pennsylvania, North Carolina Ballot Battles
With freshly-confirmed Amy Coney Barrett standing ready on the sidelines, the already-supposedly-conservative-leaning Supreme Court dealt a double-blow to Republicans tonight over mail-in-ballot cases in two key states. First, the Supreme Court said that it will not intervene before the election to stop Pennsylvania officials from receiving mail-in ballots up to three days after Election Day, refusing a Republican request that the high court expedite review of the issue. "There is a strong likelihood that the State Supreme Court decision violates the Federal Constitution," wrote Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr., who was joined by Justices Clarence Thomas and Neil M. Gorsuch. Second, as AP reports, the Supreme Court voted 5-3 to allow absentee ballots in North Carolina to be received and counted up to 9 days after Election Day, in a win for Democrats. Trump said earlier that he was depending on courts to keep states from counting ballots received after Election Day.
America's Imperial Expenditures And Escapades Are Stranger Than Fiction
Yet in today’s confusing modern twist, with the citizenry and even soldiery now opposing America’s endless wars, the only men going mad are inside Washington. Just last week, two assumedly unrelated stories offered case studies (or are they clinics) in America’s national security politics and procedures of absurdity. After all the abject adventurism and counter-productivity of America’s agents and analysts, this seems explanation feels exceedingly inadequate. Yes, the very same Shia Washington once feared as a potential Iranian Fifth Column. After 9/11, the Taliban – which Washington had long tolerated even as they terrorized the populace – became the new absolute evil incarnate.
The Armenian-Azerbaijani War After One Month
Submitted by SouthFront.org,After a month of war, the Turkish-Azerbaijani bloc continues to keep the initiative in the conflict, exploiting its advantage in air power, artillery, military equipment and manpower. The coming days are likely to show whether Ankara and Baku are able to deliver a devastating blow to Armenian forces in Karabakh in the nearest future or not. Meanwhile, Azerbaijani forces continue their advance in the region amid the failed US-sponsored ceasefire regime. Armenian forces are trying to push Azerbaijani troops back, but with little success so far. Even according to this map, Armenian forces have lost almost the entire south of Nagorno-Karabakh and Azerbaijani forces are close to the Lachin corridor.
Hunter Biden Documents Mysteriously Vanish From Overnight Envelope, Tucker Carlson Says
At the time, Carlson was on the West Coast filming an interview with Tony Bobulinski, the former business partner of Hunter Biden and James Biden. “The documents had disappeared.”Damning Hunter Biden documents suddenly vanish pic.twitter.com/B2qsajZlID — Tucker Carlson (@TuckerCarlson) October 29, 2020The company took the incident seriously and immediately began a search, Carlson said. In the interview, Bobulinski opined that Joe Biden and the Biden family are compromised by China due to the business dealings of Hunter Biden and James Biden. The documents detailed a failed joint venture between a billionaire tied to the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and a company owned by Hunter Biden, James Biden, Bobulinski and two other partners. While the corporate documents don’t mention Biden by name, emails sent between the partners suggest that either James Biden or Hunter Biden held a 10 percent stake for the former vice president.
Has Britain's Top Ambassador Been Caught By A Democratic Party 'Honey Trap'?
And it’s not just the network which follows the doctrine do whatever it takes to stay number one. Kim Darroch is a particularly controversial ambassador, previously based in Washington DC and at the heart of the swamp. Was it a security breach which could have led to British soldiers in hotspots around the world being compromised? CNN journalists offering sexual favours to important figures is certainly nothing out of the ordinary. Has Britain’s own top Ambassador been caught by a Democratic Party ‘honey trap’?
Dorsey Admits To Mob-Driven Censorship On Twitter During Heated Section 230 Hearing
That has become an important topic among conservatives who feel tech companies are unfairly censoring them. At Facebook, we don't think tech companies should be making so many decisions about these important issues alone. Twitter's Jack Dorsey is more aggressive, warning ironically that "Section 230 is the Internet's most important law for free speech and safety. We do our work recognizing that free speech and safety are interconnected and can sometimes be at odds. I do not think anyone in this room or the American people want less free speech or more abuse and harassment online.
France's Charlie Hebdo Sparks Turkish Fury With Cartoon Of "Erdogan In Private"
the character says in the French speech bubble, with the title reading: "Erdogan: in private, he's very funny". "French President Macron's anti-Muslim agenda is bearing fruit! Charlie Hebdo just published a series of so-called cartoons full of despicable images purportedly of our President," he added. On Monday Erdogan called for a Turkish boycott of all French goods over what he called France's 'anti-Islamic' stance towards Muslims and the Turkish people. According to Reuters, Turkey has launched an investigation into the French newspaper, saying it will take "all necessary legal, diplomatic steps against Charlie Hebdo caricature on President Recep Tayyip Erdogan."
Biden 50, Trump 46: It’s getting real in Georgia
Monmouth has a new poll out this afternoon confirming that the state really is in play: Biden 50, Trump 46, assuming high turnout. (Lower turnout points to Biden 50, Trump 48.) Trump maintains an advantage among Georgia voters aged 65 and older – leading Biden by 58% to 42% now, versus 61% to 36% in September. The bad news for him is that the GOP’s own polling is reportedly showing a Biden lead now as well: “A pair of internal G.O.P. Hillary lost the Michigan primary to Bernie Sanders in 2016; Biden destroyed Sanders in the Michigan primary earlier this year.
Tucker Carlson says Hunter Biden documents disappeared en route from New York to Los Angeles
Damning Hunter Biden documents suddenly vanish pic.twitter.com/B2qsajZlID — Tucker Carlson (@TuckerCarlson) October 29, 2020HOLY SHIT. Tucker Carlson just said documents he shipped to LA regarding the Hunter Biden story were STOLEN right out of the package somewhere between NY and LA. — Mike LaChance (@MikeLaChance33) October 29, 2020Tucker says that Biden documents that were mailed to him in LA by his NY producer vanished en route — a major shipper was used and they have been unable to determine who opened the package and stole the Biden documents. Not notes from Tony Bobulinski but from Hunter Biden and James Biden, etc. The Senate report revealed that Chinese sent money to a Biden firm and then straight to Hunter Biden — circumventing Bobulinski's work on behalf of Sinohawk.
Former Biden Family Business Partner Lays Waste to the Biden Family Legacy in Interview With Tucker Carlson
But at some point in 2016, and into 2017 he was brought into the conversation and planning of matters with James Biden and Hunter Biden. He met Rob Walker who was a close associate of the Biden family that Gilliar had been working with. Walker told him that he was a “proxy” for the Biden family in arranging transactions for them around the world. In May 2017 Hunter Biden decided it was time for Joe Biden to meet Bobulinski. But part of the funding turned out to be a “non-recourse” loan for $5 million to the Biden family.
CNN's Oliver Darcy Beclowns Self in Latest Fox News Criticism, Bret Baier Swoops in to Finish Him Off
“It’s what we do to cover an important election fairly,” Baier stated on the program. Trump uses air time to brazenly lie and spread misinfo, including about the coronavirus. Obama and Biden do not. Plus, Biden lied his you-know-what-off during the last presidential debate, not that anyone who watched CNN religiously would know. — Oliver Darcy (@oliverdarcy) October 27, 2020OMG.
You’re ‘Gonna Bury All of Us’: Tony Bobulinski Plays Tape of Biden Partners Begging Him Not to Go Public
Tony Bobulinski gave some rather compelling tidbits of information about the Biden family’s business dealings with a Chinese company during his interview with Fox News’ Tucker Carlson on Tuesday night. At one point in the conversation, the whistleblower played an audio recording of a phone call with a Biden family representative who attempted to talk him out of taking the story public. “The Biden family knew that you were going public with this,” said Carlson. You’re just gonna bury all of us man.’”Carlson asked Bobulinski how he responded to Walker’s plea. “They all know the facts; I lived the facts.
The Media's Excuse for Ignoring the Tony Bobulinksi Bombshell Is Nonsensical Garbage
With Tony Bobulinski throwing more fuel on the fire, providing more texts and documents, the media have upped the standard again. — Bonchie (@bonchieredstate) October 28, 2020When Alexander Vindman sat down with CNN, NBC reported on the interview and took everything that was said as newsworthy. I did not become a journalist to push Russian disinformation. Russian disinformation was good when it was actually Russian disinformation and targeted Trump. The Hunter Biden laptop story is not Russian disinformation, but it will be called such and won’t be reported on because it shields his father.
Law Enforcement Smashes Human Trafficking Ring, Rescues 45 Missing Children
A law enforcement task force just scored a major victory in the fight against human trafficking. During the operation 45 missing children were recovered by the U.S. Marshals and 179 arrests were made by the Central Ohio Human Trafficking Task Force. Information developed from that recovery linked her and other possible victims to an individual in Columbus suspected of human trafficking. I’m incredibly proud of them and pleased that they were able to apply those same skills to finding missing children.
Shutdown DC Plans to Shutdown the Election; the Left’s Agenda is no Return to Normal
I have heard it recently from several friends: I can’t wait until this election is over so things can go back to normal! Now there is unrest in the streets, and apparently someone planned for these “spontaneous” protestors to be well armed. — SV News ? (@SVNewsAlerts) October 28, 2020Issues and Insights warns us,“[… W]hether Donald Trump wins or loses, the left has other plans. Shutdown DC is encouraging other so-called grassroots organizations to coordinate and pop up. The message and training resources is already being delivered via the Shutdown DC website.
Washington Post Letter From 20 Former US Attorneys From GOP Administrations Supporting Biden -- A 'Who's Who' of RINOs
Tuesday saw another “Open Letter from former Republican Administration Officials who support Joe Biden” published by the Washington Post. With changes during an Administration, there are easily 200 or more US Attorneys appointed over the course of an eight-year Presidency. So rounding up 20 appointed by GOP Presidents to say they support Joe Biden is not really a big chore. The New Mexico GOP and then New Mexico GOP Senator Pete Domenici complained about Iglesias to the White House. Charlton had clashed with the Bush Administration over the death penalty; in at least two cases he did not seek capital punishment but was overruled from Washington.
Kamala Says Biden Admin Will Be a 'Game Changer' for Parents; Angel Dad Don Rosenberg Agrees
Drew Rosenberg, right, was killed by illegal alien Roberto Galo in 2011. Credit: Rosenberg family photo, used with permission. Kamala Harris’ current view of what will help parents in the United States is certainly consistent, though, with her actions throughout her career. Nothing Kamala Harris has done, whether as San Francisco District Attorney, California Attorney General, or a United States Senator, has been helpful to parents or families. He received one generic response from a staffer in Harris’ office while she was Attorney General, but, other than that, silence. When asked to comment on the above clip, Don Rosenberg said:“If her [Kamala Harris] entire career has been focused on keeping people safe, she is a failure.
Joe Biden’s Five Worst Policies
To date, presidential nominee Joe Biden has released almost 50 policy plans on his website. Now, without further ado, here are Joe Biden’s five worst policy proposals. “Build Back Better: Joe Biden’s Jobs and Economic Recovery Plan for Working Families”This is one of Joe’s biggest and most ambitious plans. However, history has shown that centralized planning, which Joe Biden is promoting en masse, does not work well. Yet, this is something that Joe Biden has yet to learn after spending more than 47 years as a politician.
NYT Reporter Whines About Conservatives' Reactions to Philly Riots, Gets the Responses He Deserves
Not long after the officer-involved shooting death of a knife-wielding Walter Wallace Jr. on Monday, riots broke out across the city. As big as this story of the Philly rioting and looting should be, however, many national media outlets have chosen to either give it minimal coverage or outright ignore it. Taking cheap shots at conservatives for wanting more attn being drawn to the burning down of a major U.S. city. https://t.co/Cc7JVpNeRK — Claire Mahoney (@TaggertGirl) October 28, 2020Pray tell what the appropriate amount of coverage is for mass looting and rioting in an American city. 3) Reaffirm that legitimate concerns from conservatives about what the national media chooses and does not choose to thoroughly cover are irrelevant to many big-league journalists.
Noted Legal Scholar Sunny Hostin of 'The View': Dems Adding Justices Would Actually Be 'Unpacking' SCOTUS
Sunny Hostin spins: Dems adding justices is actually ‘UNpacking’ Supreme Court Like, putting more shoes in your suitcase is "unpacking" it?https://t.co/4s5PkhlaSD — NewsBusters (@newsbusters) October 27, 2020Here we go. Trump has put now three justices on the Supreme Court and just dozens and dozens of judges on the federal judiciary. “I was, in particular, talking about the Supreme Court being packed and I used those words very specifically. Hostin switched her argument from unpacking the Court to unpacking the “culture” and “values” that she claimed, “are on the Supreme Court.” What is that? It’s not constitutional.”Watch:Joe Biden: "The only court packing is going on right now — it's going on with Republicans packing the court now.
ICE Releases 250 Immigrants With Violent Criminal Histories. The Reason Why Is Infuriating
In yet another story showing how much the open borders crowd cares about the safety of American citizens, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) recently announced that they released 250 immigrants with violent criminal histories into the general public. The agency stated that “despite requests to transfer detainees to alternative locations,” it released these individuals from the facility. The same trend continues in New York City, in which dozens of recently-released criminals committed new violent crimes. According to ICE, over 85% of the nearly 730 immigrants at the Adelanto facility had pending criminal charges or convictions. It is for this reason that they have declared California a “sanctuary state,” that protects illegal immigrants — especially those who commit additional crimes after crossing the border.
A Key Source for Steele Dossier Was an Alcoholic Female Lawyer Living In Cyprus Who He'd Known Since 8th Grade
This is not the first time Olga Galkina’s name has been confirmed as one of the key sources behind allegations in the Steele Dossier reports. Galkina and Danchenko had been friends since the equivalent of 8th grade in the Russian city Perm where they both grew up. XBT and Gubarev sued Buzzfeed News after they published the Steele Dossier reports which included Galkina’s claims to Steele. “Almost immediately,” she recognized the name of Mr. Trump’s lawyer, Mr. Cohen, according to the declassified notes. In December, Ms. Galkina gave Mr. Danchenko new details about Mr. Cohen’s purported meeting and implicated her erstwhile boss, Mr. Gubarev, in the DNC hacking, the notes said.
Infamous 'Anonymous' Op-Ed Writer and Trump Official Has Been Revealed, and It's Hilarious
Some years ago, a supposed “high-level” Trump administration official penned a scathing op-ed in the pages of The New York Times. Well, the identity of that person has finally been revealed and it’s absolutely hilarious. And how does this qualify as a “senior level” Trump administration official? There was a time when people seriously thought the person who wrote the anonymous op-ed was Mike Pence, Mike Pompeo or Nikki Haley. He thought up this scam of purporting to be an “Anonymous,” high-level Trump official, claiming he was saving the nation, to get a CNN gig.
Twitter's Warning People to Be Wary of 'Unconfirmed Claims' That a Candidate Won the Election
With the increase in voting by mail, there might be a delay in the announcement of election results. This means you could encounter unconfirmed claims that a candidate has won their race. They offer users the opportunity to “Learn how voting by mail is safe and secure” and to “Find out more” about why they believe election results might be delayed. Experts are anticipating historic in-person & by mail turnout this year, which means we may not know the full results of voting on election night. The striking messages are designed to push back against the deluge of false claims about the 2020 election.
Google Confirms: There's No Ignoring Bobulinski and 'Plausible Deniability'
During the interview, Bobulinski states that James Biden, brother of the former Vice-President used a particular term to explain away Biden’s potential for scandal should the business dealings in which they were engaging become public. And I just can almost picture his face, where he sort of chuckles and says, you know, plausible deniability. BOBULINSKI: Anyone watching this interview can look up what plausible deniability means — CARLSON: Yes. BOBULINSKI: And the definition is very distinct.”WATCH: Biden family whistleblower Tony Bobulinski says Joe Biden is lying about his family's foreign business deals and planned to hide behind "plausible deniability" pic.twitter.com/axzpn9HMGR — Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) October 28, 2020Turns out, people took his suggestion to heart and jumped on google to do just that. Google has the ability to monitor search results to see what people are searching for, and from where they might be searching.
A Look at the 2020 Election: North Carolina
Part of it is due to districting because there are some weird looking districts in North Carolina. It should be noted that voters in North Carolina are not averse to sending a Democrat to the US Senate. Trump won North Carolina in 2016 by a comfortable margin of slightly less than 200,000 votes of more than 4.5 million cast. Polling out of North Carolina puts that state on the cusp of a Biden victory. I think it comes down to whether Trump pulls Tillis up, or whether Tillis pulls Trump down in North Carolina.
'Hold the Line': Cocaine Mitch Expertly Lays out Why the Stakes 'Couldn't Be Higher' in This Election (Watch)
I don’t often write about political ads, but the “Hold the Line” video recently put out by Sen. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and the NRSC is worth amplifying because it’s critically important to reaffirm what’s at stake in this election, especially as it relates to the United States Senate with the Republican majority being on the line. Some of those shown include Sen. Thom Tillis (NC), Senate Judiciary Chairman Lindsey Graham (SC), Sen. Martha McSally (AZ), and Michigan Republican Senate nominee John James, among others. “Everything is on the line,” McConnell says in the background, while a quaint, small-town with an American flag proudly billowing in the breeze can be seen in the distance. If anything, the “law and order” factor supersedes all others this year as the primary reason to keep the Senate in Republican control.
Here’s Why Miles Taylor Deserves The Grifter Of The Year Award
The anonymous author, who wrote the piece for the Times, revealed himself as Miles Taylor, a former Homeland Security staffer. He wrote:“The NYT answered a bunch of written questions about why they decided to publish the op-ed, and defended the use of “senior administration official. “I also didn’t realize the definition of ‘senior administration official’ could be *this* expansive,” said Axios reporter Jonathan Swan. Miles Taylor was a distant, disconnected figure who pretended to be some prominent Trump administration insider. The former staffer’s motivation seems clear: He wanted attention and money, and he used an all-too-willing New York Times to achieve both.
Yeezus Saves? New Poll Out of Minnesota Is Going to Have Team Biden Fuming
Minnesota went to Clinton in 2016 by a margin of just 44,000 votes, among the smallest margins of victory in the country. That tiny margin, coupled with the economic boom created prior to the Coronavirus outbreak, placed Minnesota within striking distance for team Trump. Polling for the state has Biden up 6 for the Real Clear Politics average, and 270towin had Minnesota leaning blue. To compare to 2016, the last two polls had Clinton with a 10 and 8 point lead respectively, in a race that had Clinton win by 1.5 points. In other words, the majority of Kanye’s voters would be voting for Biden if Kanye wasn’t on the ballot.
Supreme Court in Two Cases Today Says It Is Too Late to Intervene in Election Law Challenges -- BEFORE the Election
In two separate cases today the Supreme Court declined to intervene and block changes to state election laws that had been imposed by lower courts. In North Carolina, the law was changed by the North Carolina Board of Elections. The Purcell principle involves the Supreme Court’s admonishment to lower federal courts that they should not grant relief making changes in state election law close to an election. Justice Roberts has already indicated a reluctance to have federal courts get involved in second-guessing state court decisions on state election law. Justice Kavanaugh has been very outspoken about the application of Purcell to these late election law changes.
Boise NBC Affiliate Refuses to Remove Fake News About GOP Lawmaker and Face Masks
Such is the case with KTVB, the NBC affiliate in Boise, Idaho, which recently lied about a state representative who posted the CDC’s data regarding masks use and Covid infection rates. In her report, Fields stated, “The CDC study Nichols cited as proof that masks don’t prevent the spread of Coronavirus, it needs some context.” Fields then went on to momsplain the study. That was your input.”Then, when Nichols checked her state email account an hour and 15 minutes later, she saw Fields’ email and responded again. KTVB was contacted twice by Representative Nichols and twice by her attorney, but they have chosen to leave slanted, false news on their website. By the way, I reached out to Representative Nichols for comment on this story.
Fighter jets fire flares, escort plane from airspace near Trump event in Arizona
PHOENIX – U.S. fighter jets escorted a plane flying in restricted airspace near President Donald Trump's rally in Bullhead City, Arizona, on Wednesday in an overhead event that briefly distracted the president and the crowd. "The violating aircraft was non-responsive to initial intercept procedures, but established radio communications after NORAD aircraft deployed signal flares," the agency noted. As many in the crowd saw the flares and air traffic nearby, Trump joked about the military craft trying to impress him. Look look look. Trump suggested Democrats had opposed funding for equipment such as the F-35 fighter jet, which has a major presence at Luke.
Feds end road, logging restrictions in Alaska's Tongass National Forest, one of the world's largest temperate rainforests
Becky BohrerThe Associated PressJUNEAU, Alaska — The federal government announced plans Wednesday to lift restrictions on logging and building roads in the country's largest national forest, a pristine rainforest in Alaska that provides habitat for wolves, bears and salmon. The U.S. Department of Agriculture said it has decided to exempt the Tongass National Forest from the so-called roadless rule, which bans road construction and timber harvests with limited exceptions. The majority of Tongass is in a natural condition, and the forest is one of the largest, relatively intact temperate rainforests in the world, the agency said. Many of the roadless areas are wildlife habitats, ecosystems and natural areas like old-growth temperate rainforests, ice fields and glaciers, and islands facing the open Pacific Ocean “that exist nowhere else in the National Forest system,” according to the Forest Service. An official notice of the change at Tongass is expected to be published in the Federal Register on Thursday.
GOP Sen. Kelly Loeffler: 'Not familiar' with Trump's infamous 2005 'Access Hollywood' tape
WASHINGTON – Sen. Kelly Loeffler, R-GA., claimed Wednesday night she was "not familiar" with President Donald Trump's now-infamous 2005 "Access Hollywood" tape where he described sexually assaulting women. "Look, I agree with the approach President Trump has taken since day one to put America first. A journalist pushed back that Loeffler's answer didn't address whether she had any issues with Trump's comments in the "Access Hollywood" tape, to which she replied: "I'm sorry. Earlier this month, during a debate, Loeffler was asked if the president had ever done or said anything she’d disagreed with. Trump has denied all allegations and originally dismissed the comments caught in the "Access Hollywood" tape as "locker room talk."
Forget the polls, these Rust Belters offer real election insight: Devine
To get a real sense for how this election is going, you need to ignore the national polls in establishment media that have Joe Biden poised for a decisive victory. Weirton, over the border from western Pennsylvania, and Steubenville, across the river in Ohio, are ground zero of the deindustrialization of America. But under Trump’s “America first” policies, steel furnaces re-started, manufacturing jobs began to come back, and oil and gas boomed. Coombs suspects some Trump voters also are deliberately misleading pollsters. “That’s what supports this entire panhandle, West Virginia, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Kentucky .
Philly DA Larry Krasner warns Trump against sending ‘uncertified poll watchers’
The Philadelphia District Attorney on Wednesday warned the Trump administration against sending poll watchers to the city on Election Day. District Attorney Larry Krasner warned in a statement that he’s “got something” for President Trump if he breaks the law and sends “goon squads” to the city. The statement comes after a city judge ruled it is illegal for the Trump campaign to send poll watchers to the city during the presidential election. In his statement, Krasner fumed that any attempt by the president to monitor city polls would be met by resistance from his office. “Keep your Proud Boys, goon squads, and uncertified ‘poll watchers’ out of our city, Mr. President.
Supreme Court allows North Carolina absentee ballot deadline extension
Absentee ballots that arrive before or on Nov. 12 in North Carolina will be counted after the US Supreme Court declined Wednesday to hear a case challenging the state’s deadline extension. According to North Carolina’s State Board of Elections, absentee ballots still must be postmarked by Election Day and will have to be received no later than 5 p.m. on Nov. 12. “North Carolina voters had a huge win tonight at the U.S. Supreme Court. The Court upheld the State Board of Elections’ effort to ensure that every eligible vote counts, even during a pandemic,” North Carolina’s Attorney General, Josh Stein said in a tweet. “Voters must have their mail-in ballots postmarked by Election Day, but now we all have certainty that every eligible vote will be counted.
Chris Cuomo slams Miles Taylor for past denial as ‘Anonymous’ op-ed writer
Chris Cuomo on Wednesday night blasted Miles Taylor for denying in a past CNN interview that he was the author of an “anonymous” New York Times op-ed slamming the president. “You lied to us, Miles,” Cuomo told the former Homeland Security staffer. “I wrote that work anonymously to deprive him of that opportunity and to force him to answer the questions on their merits,” he added. Regardless of his intentions, Taylor said, Trump has “failed to deny what was in” his 2019 book, “A Warning,” which bashed the president as an “undisciplined” and “amoral” leader. Taylor, who resigned from DHS in April 2019, also acknowledged he wronged Cooper and other reporters who have questioned if was “anonymous.”“I owe Anderson Cooper a beer, I owe him a mea culpa,” Taylor said.
Breonna Taylor’s mother requests new prosecutor as grand jurors say they were denied evidence
Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron (R) denied grand jurors the right to bring indictments reflecting their belief that the officers were not justified in killing Taylor, Palmer wrote. Jonathan Mattingly and Detective Myles Cosgrove, were justified in returning fire after Taylor’s boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, fired one shot first, the jurors said. ADThe grand jurors characterized the raid on Taylor’s apartment as a chaotic scene where officers did not know what to do and no one stepped up to lead. The second grand juror said he believed the officers never identified themselves as law enforcement before they broke down the door with a battering ram. The second juror said officers skipped over a lot of safeguards in planning for the raid and should not have moved forward.
Philadelphia police bomb squad, ATF on scene after explosives found in van: reports
Multiple explosive devices were found inside a van near Center City Philadelphia on Wednesday night, prompting a response by the city police bomb squad and federal investigators, according to a report. The federal agents on the scene were from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, FOX 29 of Philadelphia reported. Earlier Wednesday, both President Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden commented on the unrest in Philadelphia. The federal government is looking at it also.”Biden spoke briefly about Philadelphia on Wednesday after voting in Delaware. Tom Wolf declared a disaster emergency Wednesday to acquire additional support for dealing with the unrest, FOX 29 reported.
Chicago cop killer gets life sentence in death of Cmdr. Paul Bauer
A man convicted of murdering a Chicago police commander in 2018 was sentenced to life in prison Wednesday. Shomari Legghette, 47, recieved a mandatory life term for the fatal February 2018 shooting of Cmdr. Paul Bauer, 53, because he was convicted of killing a police officer in the line of duty. WAUKEGAN POLICE SHOOTING VIDEO RELEASED, VICTIMS' ATTORNEYS QUESTION OFFICER'S CREDIBILITY“There was nothing fair about this prosecution,” Legghette said, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. CHICAGO SECURITY GUARD STABBED 27 TIMES AFTER ASKING SHOPPERS T OMASK UP AMID CORONAVIRUSBefore the fatal shooting, plainclothes officers saw Legghette urinating on a support column.
Trump gives Arizona's McSally 'one minute' onstage during rally as she lags in polls
Quick, quick, quick. PRESIDENT TRUMP PITCHES NEVADA VOTERS FROM ARIZONA AFTER RALLY-RELATED FINES“I’m proud to be fighting for Arizonans,” McSally had said, in response to a question about whether she was proud to support Trump. After the senator ran off stage Trump proceeded to call up four other Republicans – none of who are up for re-election or even from Arizona. The Wednesday rally was not the first time the president appeared less than enthusiastic about McSally. During a rally earlier this month Trump praised McSally's GOP primary challenger, Kelli Ward, who frequently went after McSally on the campaign trail.
This Day in History: Oct. 29
On this day, Oct. 29 ...1929: "Black Tuesday" descends upon the New York Stock Exchange. Prices collapse amid panic selling and thousands of investors are wiped out as America’s “Great Depression” begins. Also on this day:1901: President William McKinley’s assassin, Leon Czolgosz, is electrocuted. President William McKinley’s assassin, Leon Czolgosz, is electrocuted. 1998: Sen. John Glenn, at age 77, roars back into space aboard the shuttle Discovery, retracing the trail he’d blazed for America’s astronauts 36 years earlier.
New York Post editor accuses Twitter CEO of 'high-tech racketeering' over Hunter Biden story
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey is practicing "blackmail" by demanding the New York Post delete a tweet sharing a link to its bombshell report about Hunter Biden before its account is unlocked, op-ed editor Sohrab Ahmari told "The Story" Wednesday. "I say that sounds like high-tech racketeering," Ahmari told host Martha MacCallum. Though unable to tweet Thursday's cover, Ahmari said that it is available on the New York Post website and features Dorsey "blackmailing" investigative journalism. TWITTER USERS MOCK CEO OVER 'DISGUSTINGLY UNKEMPT' BEARD AT SENATE HEARING"Nice paper you got there," Ahmari remarked in summing up Dorsey's comments. "Neither Mr. Joe Biden or Mr. Hunter Biden has denied the authenticity of the emails," he said.
Trump Jr. warns election is 'about freedom versus tyranny, capitalism versus socialism and Communism'
The Democrats' "endgame" is to transform America into a far-left, Marxist state where dissent is not permitted, Donald Trump Jr. told "Hannity" Wednesday night. That is the Democrat Party today. That's what people across America have to recognize: This is not your grandparents' Democrat Party ... this Democrat Party is a socialist and Marxist party. The president's son went on to explain that "this election is about freedom versus tyranny, capitalism versus socialism and Communism. "It was awesome," Trump Jr. said, joking that he wanted to confirm with the crowd that they knew the rally wasn't "for senior [but] for junior."
Sean Hannity: Only voters can prevent Democrats from enacting 'radical extreme socialist agenda'
The American public is the only thing that can stop Democrats from potentially taking over the entire government next year, Sean Hannity argued Wednesday. The host added that anyone predicting the result with less than a week to go until Election Day, doesn't know “what the hell they’re talking about.”“Nobody has a crystal ball,” he said. “Your vote, if you believe this, is critical and everybody takes it seriously,” he said. “Yes, you can shock the world again… That is your power. You are the ultimate jury.”
Biden and Trump to tangle in Tampa on Thursday
Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and President Trump hold dueling rallies Thursday in Tampa, Florida, the western anchor of the critical I-4 swing region in the extremely crucial general election battleground state. The president goes first, holding an early afternoon rally outside of Raymond James Stadium, which his home to the NFL’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers. THE PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION COMES DOWN TO THESE 9 STATESThe former vice president goes second, headlining a socially distanced drive-in car rally in the early evening. Biden arrives in Tampa after holding a campaign event earlier in the day in Democratic rich Broward County in southeast Florida. An average of the most recent polling in the state shows an extremely close contest between Biden and the president.
Ingraham: Biden 'wants America to be permanently defined and changed' -- and will use COVID-19 to do it
With just six days to go until Election Day, Joe Biden's campaign "reeks of surrender," Laura Ingraham argued Wednesday. "Of course, he is talking about COVID," said the "Ingraham Angle" host of the Democratic presidential nominee. He wants America to be permanently defined and changed and he's all in for using this Chinese virus to do it." Ingraham railed against Biden's proposed approach to managing the coronavirus pandemic, particularly his promise of more lockdowns. INGRAHAM: AMERICANS WILL BE STRIPPED OF ANY FREEDOM UNDER BIDENBiden has staked his campaign on a message of "doom and gloom," and Americans are falling for it, Ingraham said.
'Damning' Hunter Biden documents mysteriously vanish in transit to Los Angeles, Tucker says
A shipment of "damning" documents linked to Hunter Biden and his father mysteriously disappeared in transit to Los Angeles, Fox News host Tucker Carlson revealed on his show Wednesday night. "On Monday of this week, we received from a source a collection of confidential documents related to the Biden family," Carlson went on. HUNTER BIDEN'S EX-BUSINESS ASSOCIATE TALKS TO 'TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT'"We texted a producer in New York and asked him to send those documents to us in L.A, " Carlson explained. But the documents never arrived in Los Angeles, Carlson said. "Tuesday morning we received word from the shipping company that our package had been opened and the contents were missing.
Live Updates: Election 2020 polling average shows Biden leading Trump nationally with just days left
Democratic nominee Joe Biden continues to lead President Trump in national polling, although the race has tightened to a seven-point lead for Biden, down from 10 points earlier in October, according to Real Clear Politics' polling average. More than 59 million total ballots cast as of Monday morning suggested a record turnout for this year's race compared to the 47.2 million early votes cast in the 2016 election, according to data from the United States Elections Project. The number of early ballots cast so far represents 43.1% of the total national voter turnout in 2016. Meanwhile, Pennsylvania is one of a handful of states where the ballot counting process cannot begin until the morning of Election Day. Follow below for more updates on the 2020 presidential race.
Bill Maher says Ruth Bader Ginsburg 'should've quit' under Obama: She didn't 'take the hint'
BILL MAHER RIPS AMY CONEY BARRETT: 'SHE'S A F---ING NUT'"The Democratic plan for the Supreme Court was 'Ruth Bader Ginsburg doesn't die.' So it was just like, 'Hey, boy, that Supreme Court is an important place, huh ... and you're getting up in age.' When you lose power, you keep losing it." CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPHe continued, "We lose presidential elections, they appoint justices, so now the Supreme Court is 6-3. You lose power and then you lose it again."
One battleground state, two rallies — and radically different versions of reality
PHOENIX — Republican President Donald Trump and Democratic vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris held rallies 30 miles apart Wednesday, six days before Election Day, in this battleground state poised to shape the outcome of the race. Scientists widely agree that the virus can be relatively contained if people wear masks and adhere to social distancing guidelines. Many of his rallygoers doubted the official diagnosis figures, while others said elites were using the issue to control the population. People watch a video during a rally with President Donald Trump at Phoenix Goodyear Airport in Goodyear, Ariz., on Wednesday. "We can't get back to normal until we get this virus under control," said Steven Slugocki, the chair of the Maricopa County Democratic Party.
UK lawmakers file legal case against PM Johnson over Russian interference response
FILE PHOTO: Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson emerges from Downing Street as he waits to greet Iraq's Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi, in London, Britain October 22, 2020. REUTERS/Peter NichollsLONDON (Reuters) - A group of British opposition lawmakers have filed a legal case against Prime Minister Boris Johnson over what they say is his failure to protect the public’s right to free and fair elections after allegations of Russian interference. [nL5N2ES2X9]Johnson’s government immediately rejected that recommendation and said it had not been complacent over the “enduring and significant threat” posed by Russia. The legal action launched on Thursday challenges Johnson’s response and seeks a judicial review, claiming the government has breached the right to free elections enshrined in the European Convention on Human Rights. Leigh Day, the legal firm representing the group, said they were asking he court to step in to ensure that the government complied with its “legal duty to independently investigate credible allegations of Russian interference and to adequately protect future elections from foreign interference.”
Sunshine State showdown: Trump, Biden to take campaign battle to Florida
FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally at Phoenix Goodyear Airport in Goodyear, Arizona, U.S., October 28, 2020. Thousands of people have crowded together at recent Trump rallies, many eschewing masks despite public health recommendations. Opinion polls show Biden with a significant edge nationally, but his lead is tighter in battleground states. After his Tampa rally, Trump will head to another key battleground state, North Carolina, to stage an evening event in Fayetteville. Biden will travel to Wisconsin on Friday and campaign with former President Barack Obama in Michigan on Saturday, the campaign said.
Myanmar's Suu Kyi casts early vote in poll hit by COVID-19 curbs
Slideshow ( 4 images )Opposition parties had urged the government to postpone the election because of rising infections, but Suu Kyi, who is the chair of the ruling National League for Democracy (NLD) party, has said the Nov. 8 vote must go ahead. Wearing a face mask and protective gloves, she voted at a polling station in the administrative capital, where President Win Myint also voted earlier. Suu Kyi, who won the Nobel Peace Prize for campaigning for democracy, took the reins in 2016 after an electoral landslide, but has been forced to share power with the generals. Polls across much of conflict-hit Rakhine have been cancelled by Myanmar’s electoral body that has cited violence for the move. The region, where most parliamentary seats are held by Rakhine nationalist opponents of Suu Kyi, has been beset by an ethnic insurgency that has intensified this year.
UK lawmakers file legal case against PM Johnson over Russian interference response
FILE PHOTO: Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson emerges from Downing Street as he waits to greet Iraq's Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi, in London, Britain October 22, 2020. REUTERS/Peter NichollsLONDON (Reuters) - A group of British opposition lawmakers have filed a legal case against Prime Minister Boris Johnson over what they say is his failure to protect the public’s right to free and fair elections after allegations of Russian interference. Johnson’s government immediately rejected that recommendation and said it had not been complacent over the “enduring and significant threat” posed by Russia. The legal action launched on Thursday challenges Johnson’s response and seeks a judicial review, claiming the government has breached the right to free elections enshrined in the European Convention on Human Rights. Leigh Day, the legal firm representing the group, said they were asking he court to step in to ensure that the government complied with its “legal duty to independently investigate credible allegations of Russian interference and to adequately protect future elections from foreign interference.”
Sunshine State showdown: Trump, Biden to take campaign battle to Florida
U.S. President Donald Trump rallies with supporters at Phoenix Goodyear Airport in Goodyear, Arizona, U.S. October 28, 2020. Thousands of people have crowded together at recent Trump rallies, many eschewing masks despite public health recommendations. Opinion polls show Biden with a significant edge nationally, but his lead is tighter in battleground states. After his Tampa rally, Trump will head to another key battleground state, North Carolina, to stage an evening event in Fayetteville. Biden will travel to Wisconsin on Friday and campaign with former President Barack Obama in Michigan on Saturday, the campaign said.
Philadelphia sets citywide curfew to quell unrest after fatal shooting of Black man
PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) - Philadelphia officials imposed a citywide after-dark curfew on Wednesday, seeking to avert a third night of violence amid protests over the fatal police shooting of a Black man wielding a knife and described by family as undergoing a nervous breakdown. Calm prevailed as a 9 p.m.-to-6 p.m. curfew ordered by Mayor Jim Kenney took effect about three hours after sundown on Wednesday. A protest rally planned for earlier in the evening was postponed, then called off, after fewer than a dozen people turned out. In Nevada on Wednesday, Trump said the events in Philadelphia were “terrible” and offered to send federal help. Outlaw said the city would release body-camera footage from the police and the emergency-911 call records related to the shooting after the Wallace family had a chance to review them.
Sunshine State showdown: Trump, Biden to take campaign battle to Florida
With COVID-19 cases raging across the country, Trump will stage an outdoor rally in Tampa. Opinion polls show Biden with a significant edge nationally, but his lead is tighter in battleground states. A Reuters/Ipsos poll released on Wednesday showed Trump had essentially moved into a tie with Biden in Florida, with 49% saying they would vote for Biden and 47% for the president. After his Tampa rally, Trump will head to another key battleground state, North Carolina, to stage an evening event in Fayetteville. Biden will travel to Wisconsin on Friday and campaign with former President Barack Obama in Michigan on Saturday, the campaign said.
What the U.S. Election Could Mean for Relations with China
Chinese trade practices, tech companies, diplomats and even students have been in the crosshairs, feeding Beijing’s paranoia that the U.S. is pursuing a Soviet-era policy of containment. “China, of course, is very concerned about the election,” says Wang Yiwei, director of the Institute of International Affairs at Renmin University in Beijing. China now sits on the U.N. Human Rights Council despite detaining one million Muslims in its far west region of Xinjiang. At the same time, China has torpedoed some of its relationships around the world as it seeks to swell its influence. Some China hawks in the Trump Administration are calling for Taiwan to be provided with an explicit U.S. defense guarantee.
With climate absent from Ankara’s agenda, Turkey’s Greens sense an opening
Press play to listen to this article Voiced by Amazon PollyISTANBUL — Turkey’s new Green Party has a blunt message for voters: “Our house is burning. But while tackling the climate crisis might require similar policies across Europe, Turkey's Greens will have to fight for these changes in a particularly hostile political landscape. Bari? Gençer Baykan, a professor at Istanbul's Yeditepe University who studies environmental movements, said that for many in Turkey, climate change remains abstract in the face of more pressing threats. This new party is the third iteration of a green party in Turkey, with previous groups faltering over administrative missteps and infighting. But with green parties ascendant across Europe, they believe the time is ripe.
When experts attack: Boris Johnson’s advisers pile on the pressure
U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson now gets publicly lashed by government advisers on a near-daily basis. Independent advisers have long piled pressure on governments, whatever their political stripe — but the pandemic has raised the stakes. These celebrity advisers can be the most risky appointments, as their existing prominence with the public gives them huge media cachet. Indeed, Dimbleby made the front page of the Times on Wednesday for his criticism of Johnson, after the prime minister refused to fund free meals for the poorest children during the school holidays. “In a free society I don’t think you can complain about it,” said Andrew Mitchell, the former Cabinet minister.
Spain’s Pedro Sánchez adopts more hands-off approach to second coronavirus wave
AdvertisementSpeaking in parliament on Wednesday, Health Minister Salvador Illa, who was one of the attendees, acknowledged public anger. The prime minister wants the “state of alarm” that was reintroduced on Sunday to remain in place until May 9. But unlike during the first wave in the spring, the Spanish prime minister wants central government to take a less hands-on approach. “What we are doing is governing in partnership with the autonomous communities ... by offering all the legal and material resources with the only goal of protecting public health,” Sánchez told MPs on Wednesday. Pablo Casado, leader of the center-right Popular Party, demanded that the prime minister subject himself to parliamentary scrutiny.
Conservative Supreme Court Justices Seem To Be Itching To Steal The Election For Trump
Though both decisions are clear temporary victories for voting rights advocates, the dissents in each case suggest an ominous possibility. The Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruling allowed ballots postmarked by Election Day to still count if they are delivered by mail up to three days after the election. The order from the North Carolina Board of Elections and a state court extended the receipt deadline to Nov. 12. The U.S. Supreme Court issued two decisions Wednesday evening, declining to stop a Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruling and a North Carolina Board of Elections order that both extended the deadlines for mail-in ballots to be received in their states. This is what Trump wanted when he pushed for Barrett’s confirmation ahead of the election.
If Biden defeats Trump, does Trumpism still survive?
If Joe Biden deprives Pres. Trump of a second term, do the politics of Trump still survive? campaign aide to Mitt Romney Lanhee Chen reacts.
Fmr. Obama aide Robert Gibbs: This is Biden's race to lose
Obama White House press secretary reacts to the state of the race with less than six days to go now until Election Day.
Opinion | The Anonymous Unmasking Reveals a Secret About Washington Dirt
The press spun its Rolodexes searching for the “senior administration official,” as the New York Times called him, who had described the president as an inept manager and a menace to the nation. Not since Deep Throat or the search for the Primary Colors author has Washington had so much fun playing whodunit. The book was written by an author claiming to be a senior Trump administration official. Still others were ticked off at the New York Times for inflating his standing when his position and his physical demeanor appeared to be much more junior. “I would not describe him as a senior administration official,” former Clinton administration press secretary Joe Lockhart told the Washington Post.
Fmr. Gov. John Hickenlooper: Coloradans are ‘tired of the same old nothing happening in Washington’
The Democratic candidate for Senate in Colorado, John Hickenlooper, joins Lawrence O’Donnell to discuss his race where he is polling ahead of his opponent, Senator Cory Gardner, by 8 points. The Former Governor tells says, “The Republicans haven’t demonstrated they know how to run anything and Covid-19 is the largest, glaring example.”
Experts warn: Too late to trust your ballot to mail. Drop off or vote in person.
Rachel Maddow shares new Postal Service delivery delay statistics and advice from election officials and experts who caution that especially in states with Election Day deadlines, voters who have not already mailed their ballots in should not rely on the mail to get it there on time.
Trump sowing seeds of upset with misinformation about Election Night vote counting
Sherrilyn Ifill, president and director-counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, talks with Rachel Maddow about how Donald Trump is knowingly setting the stage for outrage among his supporters by spreading misinformation about counting ballots beyond Election Night.
Happy warrior? Trump has a lot of campaign trail complaints
Down in the polls with only a few days left, Trump seems to have a lot of complaints while campaigning. MSNBC's Brian Williams has the details.
Rep. Porter: Trump is ‘being ridiculous’ to say votes can’t be counted after Election Day
Rep. Katie Porter, who wasn’t declared the winner in her race for nine days after the 2018 election, joins Lawrence O’Donnell to discuss the importance of giving states time to count all mail-in ballots: “We don’t want anybody who casts a valid ballot to lose that vote simply because the United States Postal Service doesn’t deliver the mail.”
One battleground state, two rallies — and radically different versions of reality
SEE NEW POSTSOne battleground state, two rallies — and radically different versions of reality PHOENIX — Republican President Donald Trump and Democratic vice-presidential nominee Kamala Harris held rallies 30 miles apart here on Wednesday, six days before Election Day, in this battleground state poised to shape the outcome of the race. Quick, quick, quick. After McSally spoke, Trump called up a trio of politicians from out of state to speak- Sens. Biden supporters were more likely to say so than Trump supporters — 72 percent to 61 percent. Referring again to Taylor, Trump said, "in my opinion, he should be prosecuted."
Minnesota governors urge patience on mail-in votes
SEE NEW POSTSMinnesota governors urge patience on mail-in votes In a new PSA, Minnesota Governors Walz (D), Dayton (D), Pawlenty (R) and Ventura (I) tell the public that vote-by-mail is secure, final results will take longer than usual, and it's OK if there's no clear winner on election night. After saying she was "respected by everybody" and "great," Trump rushed McSally to the stage at his Goodyear rally to say a few words. Quick, quick, quick. After McSally spoke, Trump called up a trio of politicians from out of state to speak- Sens. Referring again to Taylor, Trump said, "in my opinion, he should be prosecuted."
Philly shooting brings policing, racism back into campaign
Tyler has been active in the community following the shooting death of Walter Wallace, Jr. Tyler has been active in the community following the shooting death of Walter Wallace, Jr. He is critical of President Donald Trump's response to the protests that broke out in Wallace's West Philadelphia neighborhood. Amid this summer’s protests, Trump repeatedly sounded a “law and order” mantra. He said he “absolutely” agrees with Trump’s characterization of the Philadelphia protests.
S. Korea’s top court upholds 17-year jail term on ex-leader
FILE - In this March 14, 2018, file photo, former South Korean President Lee Myung-bak arrives for questioning over bribery allegations at the Seoul Central District Prosecutors' Office in Seoul, South Korea. South Korea’s top court on Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020, upheld a 17-year prison term imposed on ex-President Lee over a range of high-profile corruption charges, a ruling that will send him back to jail again. South Korea’s top court on Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020, upheld a 17-year prison term imposed on ex-President Lee over a range of high-profile corruption charges, a ruling that will send him back to jail again. Lee, 78, was South Korea’s first-ever president with a business background and once symbolized the country’s economic rise. The back-to-back scandals have deeply hurt conservatives in South Korea and deepened a national divide.
Trump, Biden to appeal to last-minute voters in Florida
More than 73 million Americans have already voted, absentee or by mail, and Trump and Biden are trying to energize the millions more who will vote in person on Tuesday. Thousands gathered in close proximity without wearing masks — a trend that was expected to continue through more than a dozen events in the final sprint to Election Day. Biden, meanwhile, heads later in the week to three more states Trump won in 2016: Iowa, Wisconsin and Michigan, where he’ll hold a joint Saturday rally with former President Barack Obama. Biden and his allies are outspending Trump and his backers by more than 3-to-1 in Florida — about $23 million to about $7 million — in the final push to Election Day, according to data from ad tracking firm Kantar/CMAG. Trump, meanwhile, is banking on enthusiasm among his Election Day supporters to overcome indicated Democratic strength in some early returns.
Taking a stand has new meaning in heavily litigated election
(AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)In the most litigious presidential election in memory, court fights are even happening over where poll watchers may stand as the votes as tallied. The latest focus for Republicans in some places is on poll watchers, who are volunteers for candidates or political parties long used in elections. He has also falsely stated that poll watchers were “thrown out” of a polling site in Philadelphia, where he has claimed without evidence that “bad things” are happening. In Nevada, Trump’s campaign and state Republicans went to court to try to stop the counting of Las Vegas-area mail-in ballots. The lawsuit was quickly resolved with an agreement that poll watchers can look at election books and approach poll workers when necessary.
Analysis: Iran frets over US vote it insists doesn’t matter
FILE - In this July 14, 2015 file photo, an Iranian woman holds up a national flag as people celebrate a landmark nuclear deal, in Tehran, Iran. Or it could bring Joe Biden, who has raised the possibility of the U.S. returning to Iran’s 2015 nuclear deal with world powers. Or it could bring Joe Biden, who has raised the possibility of the U.S. returning to Iran’s 2015 nuclear deal with world powers. Or it could bring Joe Biden, who has raised the possibility of the U.S. returning to Iran’s 2015 nuclear deal with world powers. After Trump withdrew from the deal in 2018 and restored crippling sanctions, Iran began publicly abandoning the agreement’s limits on enrichment.
Letters, texts, caravans, parades: Advocates mobilize voters
Voters have been ushered to the polls by fleets of minivans, with bicycle parades and on horseback in Indian Country. Often unable to knock on doors or chat in person because of virus concerns, advocates have had to adapt. In Native American tribal communities devastated by the coronavirus, from job losses to sickness and death, advocates are mindful of causing further stress. Some voters are wary of catching the virus by voting in person, but they’re also concerned about the mail-in option. Like Gehman in New Mexico, Rhada Pyati in Philadelphia has devoted untold hours to writing letters as part of Vote Forward.
Trump’s Omaha rally compared to Fyre Festival after hundreds are left stranded in near-freezing temperatures
Thousands of people showed up to President Trump’s campaign rally at Eppley Airfield in Omaha, Neb., on Tuesday night. And during that time, photos and videos of people lined up in the cold lit up Twitter, drawing comparisons to another epic event fail: 2017’s Fyre Festival. Hundreds of people were late to get inside the site, according to liberal news site the Iowa Starting Line. Once the president exited, lines of people waited for shuttles back to the parking lot as temperatures dipped into the low 30s. “President Trump loves his supporters and was thrilled to visit Omaha last night.
Supreme Court allows North Carolina absentee ballots to be received, counted through Nov. 12
WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court will allow absentee ballots in North Carolina to be received and counted up to nine days after Election Day, in a win for Democrats. Republicans had asked the high court to step in. Under the Supreme Court’s order, mailed ballots postmarked on or before Election Day must be received by 5 p.m. on Nov. 12 in order to be counted. The Court upheld the State Board of Elections’ effort to ensure that every eligible vote counts, even during a pandemic,” he said. The election board and the state judge “worked together to override a carefully tailored legislative response to COVID,” Gorsuch wrote.
What should a smart investor do now?
I’ve been getting some questions lately that make me think investors are unusually nervous and don’t know what to do. The uncertainty revolves around the presidential election more than anything else. Read: 401(k) and IRA changes coming in 2021On Nov. 4, 1992, the morning after the presidential election, John called, and this time he wasn’t that subtle. Fast forward to 2020: Obviously we don’t know the results of the presidential election. These lists allow pundits and commentators to sound pretty smart no matter what they are being asked to explain.
U.S. Supreme Court deals blow to Republicans in Pennsylvania, North Carolina vote-by-mail fights
The Supreme Court already had rejected a prior Republican request to block the lower court ruling on Oct. 19. The conservative-majority court on Wednesday also rejected a request by Trump's campaign to block North Carolina's extension of the deadline for receiving mail-in ballots, in another key battleground legal loss for Republicans. Story continuesThe Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled in favor of the Pennsylvania Democratic Party and various Democratic officials and candidates who had asked for the court to protect voting rights during the coronavirus pandemic. On Monday, the conservative justices were in the majority when the Supreme Court on a 5-3 vote declined to extend mail-in voting deadlines sought by Democrats in Wisconsin. The public health crisis has prompted an increase in requests for mail-in ballots as voters seek to avoid crowds at polling places.
Sunshine State showdown: Trump, Biden to take campaign battle to Florida
Florida, with its 29 electoral votes, is a major prize in next Tuesday’s election and a new Reuters/Ipsos poll shows Trump and Biden running neck and neck in the state. Thousands of people have crowded together at recent Trump rallies, many eschewing masks despite public health recommendations. Opinion polls show Biden with a significant edge nationally, but his lead is tighter in battleground states. After his Tampa rally, Trump will head to another key battleground state, North Carolina, to stage an evening event in Fayetteville. Biden will travel to Wisconsin on Friday and campaign with former President Barack Obama in Michigan on Saturday, the campaign said.
Supreme Court Delivers Two Major Voting Victories to Democrats. But the Battle May Not Be Over
Republicans, including the Trump campaign, challenged that in court, and subsequently appealed to the Supreme Court. Democratic lawyer Marc Elias, who had fought for the extended deadline, called the Supreme Court decision “a victory for voting rights.”The fate of the Pennsylvania ballots, however, may still be uncertain. Story continuesIn September, Pennsylvania’s State Supreme Court issued a ruling extending the deadline for receiving mail-in ballots to Nov. 6. The state’s Republican Party has already tried to appeal the decision to the Supreme Court once before. These rulings came two after the Justices ruled 5-3 to uphold the election-day receipt deadline for mail-in ballots in Wisconsin, which was a blow for Democrats.
Conservative Supreme Court Justices Seem To Be Itching To Steal The Election For Trump
The U.S. Supreme Court issued two decisions Wednesday evening, declining to stop a Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruling and a North Carolina Board of Elections order that both extended the deadlines for mail-in ballots to be received in their states. The Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruling allowed ballots postmarked by Election Day to still count if they are delivered by mail up to three days after the election. The order from the North Carolina Board of Elections and a state court extended the receipt deadline to Nov. 12. Though both decisions are clear temporary victories for voting rights advocates, the dissents in each case suggest an ominous possibility. Related...Brett Kavanaugh Just Endorsed A Radical Legal Theory That Could Cause Election ChaosTrump’s Ballot-Counting Demand Would Disenfranchise Overseas TroopsSupreme Court Allows North Carolina To Receive Absentee Ballots After Election DayLove HuffPost?
'Baptism by fire' for newly appointed Supreme Court Justice Barrett
Barrett joins the court with two election issues already awaiting her from hotly contested battleground states North Carolina and Pennsylvania. No Supreme Court justice had ever been confirmed so close to a presidential election. "I cannot think of any other situation like this," said Rick Hasen, an expert on election law at the University of California, Irvine School of Law. At a White House ceremony on Monday night in which conservative Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas administered to her one of the two oaths of office that justices must take, Barrett pledged her independence from politics. The Supreme Court upheld Obamacare 5-4 in 2012 and rebuffed another challenge by 6-3 in 2015.
Federalist Society Board Chair Funded At-Risk GOP Senators Amid Barrett Hearings
At least two things: They’re all in tight reelection campaigns, and they all received a maxed-out donation from Federalist Society co-founder and board chairman Steven Calabresi during Amy Coney Barrett’s Supreme Court confirmation process. Barrett is a longtime member of the Federalist Society, the conservative legal organization that has chosen and helped confirm all three of President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominees and nearly all of his 53 appeals court judges. Barrett’s confirmation hearing took place between Oct. 12 and Oct. 15, and she was voted out of committee on Oct. 22. Even if the dollar amount doesn’t seem hugely significant, it certainly is when a Federalist Society chairman maxes out a contribution to your campaign in the midst of a fight over a Federalist Society member up for a Supreme Court seat. Calabresi did not respond to a request for comment on whether the timing of his donations was meant to pressure those GOP senators to follow through in confirming Barrett before the election.
Jack Dorsey says the New York Post Twitter account will remain locked until it deletes the original tweet featuring its Hunter Biden story
Drew Angerer/Getty ImagesTexas Sen. Ted Cruz accused Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey of "censorship" for locking the New York Post out of its account for two weeks. The New York Post on October 14 published an article on Hunter Biden that has several red flags pertaining to the sourcing. Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey came under scrutiny from Sen. Ted Cruz for locking the New York Post out of its account for two weeks. Dorsey previously locked the official Twitter account for President Donald Trump's reelection campaign after it posted clips relating to the Hunter Biden story. Twitter locked Trump's account after it shared the email address of a New York Post columnist praising him for battling the coronavirus.
Hillary Clinton to cast New York vote in Electoral College
Hillary Clinton, who lost the White House race to Donald Trump four years ago, said Wednesday that she will have a vote this year in the Electoral College, the body that elects the US president. "I'm an elector in New York," Clinton told the SiriusXM radio program "Signal Boost." New York has 29 electoral votes in the 538-member Electoral College, which determines the winner of the White House race rather than the popular vote. Clinton won 2.8 million more votes than Trump in 2016 but lost in the Electoral College, whose members are party dignitaries or elected officials and are generally obliged to cast their vote in line with the popular vote in their respective state. "I'm sure I'll get to vote for Joe (Biden) and Kamala (Harris) in New York, so that's pretty exciting," Clinton said.
Voting is a patriotic duty. If you don't know these terms, it can be a confusing one.
Voting in the United States is widely billed as a patriotic duty, but it can be a confusing one, filled with unfamiliar rules and terms. A voter commits fraud when the person lies on voter registration, votes when not eligible, votes multiple times or votes under someone else's name. The Electoral College is widely known as a "winner-take-all" system, because the winner of the popular vote in each state gets all of the state’s electoral votes. That is, with the exception of Maine and Nebraska, which award electoral votes more proportionally. Voting by mailAll states allow voting by mail, but the rules in each state vary.
US Air Force F-16s intercepted an unauthorized aircraft flying in a restricted area over a Trump rally
US Air ForceUS Air Force F-16s intercepted an unauthorized aircraft flying near a rally President Donald Trump held Wednesday afternoon in Arizona. The plane ignored initial intercept procedures, North American Aerospace Defense Command said in a statement, but it established radio contact when the F-16s deployed signal flares. US Air Force F-16 fighter jets tasked with defending US airspace intercepted an unauthorized aircraft that was flying in a restricted area near a Trump campaign rally in Bullhead City, Arizona, Wednesday afternoon, North American Aerospace Defense Command said. The NORAD F-16s then escorted the plane out of the area. Look, look, look," Trump said, pointing at the sky.
Kushner boasted in April that Trump took 'charge' of pandemic response from 'the doctors'
Jared Kushner boasted in mid-April that President Trump was “back in charge” of the country’s response to COVID-19, “not the doctors,” and portrayed the pandemic as having entered the “comeback phase.”“There were three phases. There’s the panic phase, the pain phase and then the comeback phase,” Kushner is heard saying to author Bob Woodward, in a recording of an interview that was obtained by CNN. To hear Kushner tell it in mid-April, the president believed his approach to the pandemic would prove popular with the voting public. Story continuesPresident Trump and senior adviser Jared Kushner in the Oval Office. At the core of his remarks to Woodward, Kushner, like Trump, asserted that the administration’s messaging, not that of actual health experts, needed to guide the nation’s behavior.
Polls: Trump trails in Wisconsin as state's coronavirus cases surge
Two new polls released Wednesday show President Trump continuing to trail in Wisconsin, a state where COVID-19 cases are surging while the president downplays the virus. President Trump at a campaign rally in West Salem, Wis., on Tuesday. Police stand guard outside a rally with Vice President Mike Pence in Waukesha, Wis., on Oct. 13. “The vice president has the best doctors in the world around him. Trump won Wisconsin by fewer than 23,000 votes in 2016, the first Republican presidential candidate to do so since 1984.
Hong Kong Police To Launch National Security Hotline For Public To Help Specialist Officers Enforce Beijing-imposed Law
There needs to be a proper channel for making reports to police, as well as for police to gather public intelligence. Photo: Dickson LeeAnother source said the police national security unit was adopting a similar model to gather intelligence from public sources. Hong Kong national security law official English version:Just hours before the drama at the consulate, national security officers arrested Tony Chung Hon-lam, the former leader of a pro-independence group, as he was planning a similar move at the diplomatic mission. Upon approval from the chief executive, officers are allowed to intercept communications and conduct covert surveillance on a person suspected of endangering national security. When handling related cases, national security police are allowed to search premises, vehicles, vessels, aircraft and electronic devices.
Canada Border Officer Denies Police Directed Handling Of Huawei's Meng Wanzhou, Undermining Her Claims Of Covert Plot
A meeting was held with RCMP Constable Winston Yep, who would later arrest Meng. At the pre-arrest meeting, the RCMP said they wanted Meng's devices seized, put in mylar "anti-static" bags, and turned off. Take it from Scott Kirkland, Border Services Officer and veteran of the @RCN_MRC , and get ready now to apply in 2019! These he wrote on a note, which he placed on a stack of Meng's devices. On Wednesday morning, Peck pressed Yep about why he did not arrest Meng on the airport jetway.
Garcetti says new information led him to cut ties with aide accused of sexual harassment
AdvertisementQuestions about Jacobs’ behavior began this summer when LAPD Officer Matthew Garza sued the city , alleging that Jacobs made crude remarks and touched him inappropriately. That lawsuit alleges that Garcetti and mayoral staff saw Jacobs’ behavior but didn’t do anything to stop it. Garza’s lawsuit says that aides working for the mayor witnessed the alleged harassment and apologized to the police officer about Jacobs’ behavior. That complaint, which was reviewed by The Times last week, says that Garcetti spoke with First Lady Amy Wakeland about Jacobs’ behavior. “In fact, Garcetti has discussed with his wife that [Jacobs’] behavior would one day be held to account,” the complaint says.
Tanzania votes but ‘widespread irregularities’ are claimed
Some major independent observers like the European Union were not invited or barred, unlike in previous elections. DODOMA, Tanzania (AP) — Tanzania’s presidential election saw “widespread irregularities," the leading opposition candidate alleged Wednesday amid a massive internet slowdown, while some observers said the once-peaceful country likely faces five more years of repressive rule. The dead man’s son, however, was present in the polling station as an ACT Wazalendo agent,” the party alleged in a statement. The electoral commission chair, Semistocles Kaijage, in a statement after polls closed said that allegations of irregularities circulating on social media were not true. Tanzania Elections Watch, a regional initiative of prominent personalities, said the election will be flawed if held under current conditions.
6 ways Justice Ginsburg’s death could have major implications for Texas
Expect aftershocks in Texas in the wake of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death. The case at the Supreme Court could strike down the individual mandate, the command that all people must purchase health insurance. Replicating a successful 2016 strategy to energize Republican voters, Trump earlier this month released a list of potential Supreme Court nominees. “He’d be an outstanding Supreme Court justice. “In many cases, the Senate has chosen not to confirm,” he said, specifically pointing to the last Texan nominated for a Supreme Court seat, Harriet Miers.
Beth Van Duyne and Candace Valenzuela, locked in congressional race, battle to define Texas suburban way of life
Van Duyne, the Republican, hopes to serve as a firewall in a district that has been reliably conservative. In 2017, Van Duyne joined the Trump administration as a regional administrator for the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Like Van Duyne, Valenzuela beat a longtime incumbent to win her at-large seat. Here’s a quick glance at where Beth Van Duyne and Candace Valenzuela stand on some of the issues. Correction: An earlier version of this article incorrectly stated where Beth Van Duyne was born.
Ex-White House doctor helps Trump spread attacks on Biden amid Texas congressional campaign
On Tuesday, during a Trump campaign call with reporters, Jackson questioned Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden’s mental fitness. Citing “tons of footage” of Biden on the campaign trail, Jackson was happy to support Trump’s attacks. For much of his campaign, Jackson has employed the strategy of appealing directly to Trump and the president’s supporters. Born in Texas, Jackson received his medical degree from the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston and joined the Navy in 1995. The White House denied the allegations, but Jackson never returned to work as the top White House physician.
EDITORIAL: ‘Moderate’ Biden says he’s Harris’ ‘running mate’
Sen. Harris has been in the upper chamber for three years and ran a failed effort for the Democratic nomination. On “60 Minutes” this past Sunday, Norah O’Donnell asked Sen. Harris if she would offer Mr. Biden a “socialist or progressive perspective.” Sen. Harris laughed before answering, “No.” She is deceiving voters. In addition, the organization determined that Sen. Harris was the Democrat least likely to reach across the aisle to co-sponsor a bill proposed by a Republican. Sen. Harris is also an enthusiastic supporter of the radical Green New Deal, having co-sponsored the proposal in the Senate. Sen. Harris supports gutting the First Amendment to allow state regulation of political speech.
2 teens accused of shooting man on Strip extradited to Las Vegas
Christian Miller and David Preston, both 19, are charged with one count of attempted murder with a deadly weapon, according to court documents. Christian Miller, left, and David Preston (Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department)Two teenagers accused of shooting a man on the Strip in September, leaving him paralyzed, were returned to Las Vegas on an arrest warrant Friday. Christian Miller and David Preston, both 19, are charged with one count of attempted murder with a deadly weapon, according to court documents. “Upon review of those officers body camera, the two subjects did match that of the ones involved in the shooting. Less than two hours after the shooting, the California Highway Patrol pulled Preston over near Baker, California, because he was going 94 mph.
Judge hears Trump campaign lawsuit over mail ballot counting
FILE - In this June 9, 2020 file photo election workers process mail-in ballots during a nearly all-mail primary election in Las Vegas. The Nevada Republican Party and Trump’s re-election campaign filed the lawsuit on Friday asking the the court to stop Clark County from counting and verifying mail ballots. “Clark County is a blue county, and this is a numbers game. And quite frankly they would like to exclude as many ballots in Clark County as they can. The lawsuit also asked the court to stop Clark County from using an Agilis ballot sorting machine that verifies the signatures.
Unless polls are way, way off, Trump is running out of time
Reuters/Ipsos polling finds Trump within 1 point of Biden in Arizona, where the president campaigned Wednesday, and in North Carolina. The possibility remained open for the court to consider the case after Election Day. In the final approach to this election, President Donald Trump's fiery wreck of a COVID-19 political narrative continues to burn. He complains: "The Fake News Media is riding COVID, COVID, COVID, all the way to the Election." The "COVID, COVID, COVID" plague goes on.
Mayo Clinic, Rochester warn about risks of coronavirus infection at planned Trump rally
ROCHESTER, Minn. — In wake of the news that President Donald Trump will hold a campaign rally at the Rochester International Airport on Friday, both Mayo Clinic and Rochester Mayor Kim Norton have voiced their support for state health guidelines, including those limiting crowds to 250 persons. Norton said she had been in discussions with the Minnesota Department of Health and the state Attorney General’s Office about the question Wednesday afternoon. There was one coronavirus infection tied to a Minnesota event held by Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden. The state has taken a hands-off approach to Trump campaign defiance of its health orders, however, issuing no penalties to organizers or even strongly worded statements of disapproval. Health officials said that one of the recent deaths had likely contracted the illness at a wedding with an outdoor ceremony and indoor reception, an event associated with outbreaks.
Opinion: Amy Coney Barrett's Memphis liberal arts college fostered diversity in views
Salena ZitoAfter smooth confirmation hearings, Judge (now Justice) Amy Coney Barrett is breaking the ivy ceiling at the Supreme Court of the United States. The White House touted Barrett's Notre Dame pedigree in appointing her, but it also bragged about her undergraduate alma mater, Rhodes College, with a verbal faux pas few people likely caught. By reference, only the undergraduate programs of Stanford, Princeton and Cornell have produced women who've sat on the Supreme Court. But Amy Coney was not the only up-and-comer roaming the quads of Rhodes College. So, what was Rhodes College doing right in the late 1980s and early 1990s?
Opinion: Questions Joe Biden should answer about Hunter's emails
David HarsanyiFirst, Joe Biden's Praetorian Guard in the media argued that the New York Post's Hunter Biden scoop was "Russian disinformation." This isn't about Hunter's addictions, predilections or life choices, but about his favor-trading, and whether a presidential candidate benefited from them during his tenure as vice president of the United States. Recently, a Wisconsin reporter finally asked Biden what he thought about Sen. Ron Johnson accusing his family of profiting from Hunter's shady arrangements. For instance:?In 2018, you bragged that as vice president you had threatened Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko with the withdrawal of United States aid if he didn't fire state prosecutor, Victor Shokin. Two years earlier, you reportedly met with Chinese Communist Party members and favored billionaires in Beijing as vice president, in a meeting facilitated by Hunter's associates.
Supreme Court leaves NC absentee ballot deadline at Nov. 12
Associated PressWashington – The Supreme Court will allow absentee ballots in North Carolina to be received and counted up to nine days after Election Day, in a win for Democrats. North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein, a Democrat whose office defended the deadline extension in court, hailed the high court’s decision in a statement. “North Carolina voters had a huge win tonight at the U.S. Supreme Court. The Court upheld the State Board of Elections’ effort to ensure that every eligible vote counts, even during a pandemic,” he said. The election board and the state judge “worked together to override a carefully tailored legislative response to COVID,” Gorsuch wrote.
Michigan border officials seize up 1,700% this year as flood of
Border protection officers seized 1 ton of marijuana Monday from a commercial tractor attempting to enter Michigan through the Blue Water Bridge in Port Huron, court filings say. It's one of many seizures border officials have racked up this year, recording an increase of 1,726% over last year. The driver, who officers noted did not want to follow directions, was arrested. Christopher Perry, Detroit CBP field director, acknowledged the ton of marijuana seized but had no further comment during an ongoing investigation. While Detroit is seizing between 500 to 600 pounds of narcotics yearly, northern areas of Michigan are seizing upward of 10,000 pounds, Perry said.
Ban guns in Michigan Capitol, ban open carry at polling places, voters say in poll
Lansing — Wide majorities of Michigan voters support banning guns in the state Capitol and the open carrying of firearms at polling places, according to a Detroit News/WDIV-TV poll. In the final days before Election Day, 76% of Michigan voters said guns should be banned at the state Capitol. On Sept. 14, the commission rejected a proposal to completely ban guns and another to ban the open carry of weapons. Even among gun-owning voters, 67% said the open carrying of guns should be banned at polling places. Roberts of Michigan Open Carry said that many people walk to their polling places and cannot simply leave their weapons in their cars.
Millions of mail ballots not yet returned in key states
ATLANTA (AP) — Just days before the presidential election, millions of mail ballots have yet to be returned in key battleground states, and election officials warn that time is running out for voters who want to avoid a polling place on Election Day. At least 35 million mail ballots had been returned or accepted as of early Wednesday, according to data collected by The Associated Press. That surpasses the 33.3 million total mail ballots returned during the 2016 election, according to the U.S. Election Assistance Commission. Yet an estimated 1.9 million ballots were still outstanding in Florida, along with 962,000 in Nevada, 850,000 in Michigan and 1 million in Pennsylvania. In most states, the deadline for ballots to be received is Election Day.
Editorial: It’s a pandemic, but justice system can’t simply shut down
But as we grapple with the pandemic that has claimed the lives of nearly 1,000 New Mexicans, these are far from ideal times. Meanwhile the court system is charged with balancing public safety and justice, not an easy feat as the number of daily COVID-19 cases continues to hit the mid- to high triple digits. Witnesses testifying by video is a huge concern.”Of course an attorney wants the best possible scenario for representation of a client. “It is critical during this pandemic that courts remain open and timely and fairly administer justice.”So yes, it’s not ideal. It was written by members of the editorial board and is unsigned as it represents the opinion of the newspaper rather than the writers.
Millions of mail ballots not yet returned in key states
Many states made it easier to request a mail ballot this year amid the coronavirus pandemic and concerns about crowded polling places on Election Day. One challenge has been ensuring that voters who are not used to voting absentee return their ballots in time to be counted. The state’s ballot deadline is 8 p.m. Election Day. In the state’s April primary, some 80,000 ballots arrived after Election Day. In Florida, 4 million of a record 6 million mail-in ballots requested had been returned as of Wednesday morning.
Fraud by fake CIA operative lands 7-year prison term
“So many people believed in it and were determined for the ‘program’ to succeed. It seemed to me like the program was actually on the verge of becoming real,” Courtney told officials after he was caught, according to court papers. Prosecutors said he used the name Devon Azzamoria to reach out to a former employer and say that Courtney was a legitimate but “burned asset” disavowed by the CIA. He argued for a lighter sentence in part because Courtney admitted his guilt and spared the government from a difficult jury trial. “It's difficult to say what was going on in my life,” Courtney said.
Biden, Warner and redistricting amendment ahead in final CNU poll
Former Vice President Joe Biden leads President Donald Trump in Virginia by double digits according to the final pre-Election Day poll from the Wason Center at Christopher Newport University. Biden received 53% of the vote among likely voters to 41% for Trump in the survey released Wednesday. “Biden’s lead continues to illustrate Virginia’s solid shift left in presidential and statewide races,” said Rebecca Bromley-Trujillo, research director of the Wason Center at CNU. Republicans have not won a statewide race in Virginia since 2009 and Democrats have carried the state in three straight presidential contests. Two years ago Democrats picked up three congressional seats as Abigail Spanberger, Elaine Luria and then-state Sen. Jennifer Wexton unseated GOP incumbents.
Virginia Democratic Party and Richmond election officials working to resolve dispute over voter list
The Democratic Party of Virginia and Richmond’s top elections official are working to resolve a legal dispute over the release of a list of voters whose ballots haven’t been processed due to errors. A DPVA spokesman said the party has received a list of 97 Richmond voters whose ballots were flagged for errors, and is working with Richmond General Registrar J. Kirk Showalter to obtain the most up to date, complete list. DPVA Chairwoman Susan Swecker on Tuesday filed a lawsuit against Showalter, arguing the registrar and her office had violated the state’s public records laws by failing to provide the party with the list of voters. In court filings, DPVA asked the court to compel the city to release the records, which would allow the party to contact those voters and help them fix their ballots in time for the election. DPVA spokesman Grant Fox said the state party requested such lists from more than 50 other localities without significant issues.
Four people charged following Tuesday night's unrest in Richmond
Four people were arrested Tuesday night during a protest after Richmond police said they saw the group throwing things at people, a business and a police vehicle. Dozens of police cars were stationed around Monroe Park on Virginia Commonwealth University’s campus Tuesday ahead of a scheduled 9 p.m. protest calling for justice for Walter Wallace Jr., who was shot and killed Monday during a confrontation with police in West Philadelphia. “At approximately 9:54 p.m., individuals in the group were observed throwing objects at patrons at a restaurant. Soon after, officers observed an individual throw a large stone and damage an RPD K-9 vehicle.”Police said they later saw the same person throwing an object at a business. As officers moved to arrest to the person, another person assaulted an officer, police said.
Police, criminal justice reform bills prompted by demonstrations set to become Virginia law
Legislation intended to bring reform to policing and criminal justice in Virginia — including a ban on no-knock warrants and stricter training and performance requirements for police officers — will soon become law in the state, after a summer of demonstrations over police brutality and systemic racism. The measures Northam signed into law Wednesday are intended to boost oversight over law enforcement officers while restricting chances for abuse of power, in response to nationwide calls for police accountability. Virginia lawmakers, however, did not respond to calls from protesters for some or all police funding to be shifted to social services. Virginia will become the third state to ban no-knock search warrants like the one Louisville, Ky., police officers used on the night they fatally shot Breonna Taylor, during a botched raid in March. The Virginia legislation also bans criminal search warrants from being executed at night.
Tony Chung: Hong Kong activist detained near US embassy charged
Tony Chung: Hong Kong activist detained near US embassy charged Published duration 14 minutes agoimage copyright Getty ImagesHong Kong teen activist Tony Chung has been charged under a new national security law, just days after he was detained outside the US consulate. The controversial law was imposed by China on Hong Kong in June, making it easier to punish protesters and reducing the city's autonomy. UK-based activist group Friends of Hong Kong said he had planned to enter and claim asylum. Hong Kong's national security law was imposed by Beijing in June after months of huge pro-democracy protests last year against an extradition bill. In July, several were arrested under the new powers, including a man carrying a "Hong Kong Independence" flag.
Social media CEOs rebuff bias claims, vow to defend U.S. election
Dorsey said Twitter was working closely with state election officials. Dorsey told Cruz that he does not believe that Twitter can influence elections because it’s only one source of information. GOP senators raised with the executives an array of allegations of other bias on the platforms regarding Iran, China and Holocaust denial. “We approach our work without political bias, full stop,” Pichai said. Jack Dorsey, CEO of Twitter Inc., gives his opening statement remotely during a Senate committee meeting in Washington on Wednesday.
Biden says halting coronavirus will take hard work, as Trump stumps nonstop
“I’m not running on a false promise of being able to end this pandemic by flipping a switch,” he added. After rallying supporters in three states Tuesday, Trump, 74, overnighted in a fourth — Nevada — then flew to Arizona for two more rallies. U.S. President Donald Trump waves to the crowd after speaking at a campaign rally in Goodyear, Arizona, on Wednesday. All are states that Trump won in 2016 but which are up for grabs this year. “If you vote for Biden it means no kids in school, no graduation, no Christmas and no Fourth of July together.
Donald Trump introduces Nigel Farage as the 'King of Europe' at election rally in Arizona
Donald Trump greeted Nigel Farage on stage at a rally in Arizona on Wednesday where he branded the Brexit Party leader the 'King of Europe'. Speaking at one of his final reelection rallies, the President introduced Farage to the stage in front of the adoring crowd. Donald Trump greeted Nigel Farage on stage at a rally in Arizona on Wednesday where he branded the Brexit Party leader the 'King of Europe'Trump called Farage, famous for his longtime activism to get Britain out of the European Union, 'one of the most powerful men in Europe'. 'The king of Europe we have right here,' Trump said of Farage. Farage famously visited Trump in the days after the businessman's shock victory in the 2016 election, which came just months after the surprise Brexit referendum result.
Kim Jong-un's pop-star ex may have usurped his sister in power stakes
Kim Jong-un's former pop star lover has increasingly been seen at the dictator's side - fuelling speculation that she has usurped his sister in the eyes of the supreme leader. Kim Jong-un's former pop star lover has increasingly been seen at the dictator's side - fuelling speculation that she has usurped his sister in the eyes of the supreme leader. Kim Yo-jong was touted as a possible successor earlier this year when the supreme leader mysteriously vanished from public view for several weeks. Kim, who succeeded his late father as supreme leader of North Korea in 2011, met the pop singer when he returned from studying in Switzerland. Hyon went on to marry an officer in the North Korean military and is believed to have had a baby.
Gun-wielding St. Louis couple seek prosecutor's removal
A grand jury earlier this month indicted Mark McCloskey, 63, and Patricia McCloskey, 61, on charges of unlawful use of a weapon and tampering with evidence. The McCloskeys' attorney, Joel Schwartz, cites emails referencing the case that were sent to potential donors ahead of Gardner´s primary election victory in August. In charging the McCloskeys, Gardner drew criticism from President Donald Trump, Missouri Governor Mike Parson and other leading Republicans. Mark McCloskey emerged with an AR-15 rifle and his wife displayed a semiautomatic handgun. Protesters gathered outside the home of Mark and Patricia McCloskey during a protest against racial inequality in St Louis, Missouri
Joe Biden's brother Jim REFUSED to answer whether Joe was involved in the family's dealings in China
On the same day Archer meets Joe Biden at the White House. He phones a staffer at Biden's office to it could 'create perception of a conflict of interest.' Summer: The Burisma investigation appears to become dormantJanuary 2016: Biden travels to Ukraine amid mounting international disgust at Shokin failing to tackle corruption. One of the concerns raised by the European Union and IMF is that he has failed to investigate Burisma. Giuliani later says the shopowner has made four.
US Election 2020: Donald Trump Jr mocks Hunter Biden in Florida
'I'd be in jail a long time ago,' Trump Jr. said. 'They impeached Donald Trump for being right about Joe Biden,' Trump Jr. later said. On Wednesday, Trump Jr. addressed supporters gathered in both the restaurant and rustic-industrial bar of the Double Barrel Grill. 'Donald Trump is apparently doing it all wrong, according to the experts,' Trump Jr. said. 'I'm the son of a billionaire from Manhattan and I've had more blue collar jobs than Joe Biden,' Trump Jr. said.
Joe Biden tells Oprah Winfrey son Hunter 'smartest guy I know'
Joe Biden told Oprah Winfrey that his son Hunter 'is the smartest guy I know' during a Zoom event. Biden told Madison he spoke with late son Beau as well as Hunter, wife Jill and mom Catherine about becoming Barack Obama's running mate. Listing his family's qualities, the Democrat described Hunter as 'the smartest guy I know'. Biden also told Madison that her story 'gives me that extra boost of hope and energy and optimism for the country.' 'Vote because your life depends on it,' Madison told FOX 2 Detroit.
Philadelphia goes under curfew after unrest over police killing of Black man
Police officers stand guard outside a police station after the death of Walter Wallace Jr., a Black man who was shot by police in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S., October 28, 2020. Calm prevailed as a 9 p.m.-to-6 p.m. curfew ordered by Mayor Jim Kenney took effect about three hours after sundown on Wednesday. In Nevada on Wednesday, Trump said the events in Philadelphia were “terrible” and offered to send federal help. Tuesday’s upheavals erupted despite pleas from the dead man’s father, Walter Wallace Sr., to “stop the violence” out of respect for his son and family. Outlaw said the city would release body-camera footage from the police and the emergency-911 call records related to the shooting after the Wallace family had a chance to review them.
Miles Taylor warns Trump will pursue 'Nazi policies' if re-elected
'I worked with DHS officials while I was in the White House, and even I had to research who Miles Taylor was. He's just another standard-issue arrogant, Washington, DC swamp bro who loved President Trump until he figured out he could try to make money by attacking him,' he added. Ben Williams, a senior communications adviser in the White House, called Taylor a 'little circus clown.' The New York Times op-ed describes a 'quiet resistance' that wasn't designed to bring Trump down – only to curb his worst impulses. When he published the New York Times op-ed, he was a deputy to agency's then chief of staff.
Suu Kyi kicks off advance voting for elderly in Myanmar election
Wearing a face mask, rubber gloves and her trademark flowers in her hair, Suu Kyi was one of the first in the country to vote Thursday morning in the capital, Naypyidaw. The 75-year-old's National League for Democracy (NLD) is widely expected to be returned to power in the November 8 polls -- only the second election since the nation emerged from outright military rule. - Credibility questions -Suu Kyi has placed herself front and centre of the nation's efforts to combat the pandemic, giving near daily addresses to implore citizens to follow lockdown measures. The NLD-appointed election commission has been widely condemned for lacking transparency and bungling logistics, including voter lists and alleged discrimination against Muslim candidates. Virtually all the 600,000 Rohinga Muslims remaining in the country are stripped of citizenship and will not be able to vote.
'It's not the time to sit back': In Wisconsin town rocked by protests, race is defining election issue
All evidence suggests that the rioters, many of whom were white, came in from nearby Chicago or Milwaukee looking for trouble. Photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images/FileTanya McLean, a community leader with the Working Families Party, blamed the president for stoking divisions. Biden has managed to attract older black voters, who associate him with Obama, but younger black voters have remained more elusive. Nah man, that wasn’t cool.”Notably, young black voters do not seem to feel as negatively about Trump as older black Americans. “There are people who vote for Trump because of his racism,” she said.
Military says annual defense drill is defensive in nature amid NK criticism
NATIONAL(Yonhap)The Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) said Thursday an annual military exercise under way across the country is defensive in nature after North Korean propaganda outlets denounced it as an intolerable provocation.South Korea kicked off the Hoguk exercise on Oct. 19, involving the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps, staging various programs including joint landing drills.On Monday, DPRK Today, one of the North's propaganda websites, bristled at the exercise, saying it represents "yet another blunt provocation against us, an intolerable, rash behavior that will exacerbate the already sensitive situation. "Uriminzokkiri, another propaganda outlet, ran a similar article last week. "The Hoguk exercise is a defensive drill we carry out in the second half every year that centers on maintaining our military readiness posture and improving joint operations capabilities," JCS spokesperson Col. Kim Jun-rak said during a regular press briefing.Launched in 1996, the exercise has been held on an annual basis in the second half of each year amid persisting nuclear and missile threats from North Korea. This year's exercise will wrap up Friday.The Koreas remain technically at war after the 1950-53 Korean War ended in an armistice, not a peace treaty.
NK slams top S. Korean security official over remarks about inter-Korean ties
NATIONALSuh Hoon, chief of South Korea's presidential National Security Office (Yonhap)North Korea sharply criticized South Korea's national security adviser over his remarks during a recent trip to the United States that inter-Korean relations should be resolved through discussions with the US and other countries in the region.The official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said the remarks by Suh Hoon, chief of the South's presidential National Security Office, represent a "denial and betrayal" of a series of inter-Korean agreements. "South Korea's security adviser secretly visited the United States and went fooling around with them," KCNA said, referring to Suh's trip to Washington earlier this month that included meetings with his counterpart Robert O'Brien and other top officials.During the trip, Suh told reporters that inter-Korean relations "cannot be said to be a relationship between only the South and the North" and that it "needs to be discussed, coordinated and conducted together with the United States and neighboring countries. "KCNA slammed Suh's remarks as "absurd," saying they "degrade the sacred inter-Korean relations to something subordinate of international relations. "It then called his remarks Seoul's "public display of denial and betrayal" of several inter-Korean agreements, including the historic June 15 Joint Declaration in 2000, the Oct. 4 Pyongyang Declaration in 2007, as well as the 2018 Panmunjom Declaration and the Pyongyang Joint Declaration under President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.It also stressed that inter-Korean relations is not an issue to "leach off of a foreign country, discuss and get help from outsiders but rather a national issue that must be resolved between the two Koreas. "The rare criticism by state media against the top national adviser that handles President Moon's North Korea policies appears to be a warning against the strengthening alliance amid the upcoming US presidential elections and stalled n
Rival parties argue over body search on opposition floor leader
When I asked him if they have searched an opposition floor leader like this before, he said ‘yes.’”Joo refused to enter after being searched, and turned back.“This administration does things unilaterally and keeps a distance from the people, but I never knew they would search an opposition floor leader,” Joo said.“It is absurd that they blocked (my) access when the president came to the National Assembly to listen to the lawmakers. Never had any of them been searched or stopped for this. Not even during (former) President Chun Doo-hwan’s time. We should look into any hidden intentions behind this.”People Power Party floor spokesperson Choi Hyung-doo also said in a commentary that “searching the body of an opposition leader without permission at the National Assembly is a blatant insult to the parliament. Speaker Park said he requested the chief presidential secretary to find out how it happened, and if there is anything they should be accountable for, they will be held accountable,” Joo said.By Kim So-hyun ( sophie@heraldcorp.com
[US elections and Korea] Biden will be more rigorous on NK, experts say
NATIONAL(AP-Yonhap)With the US presidential election just days ahead, Democratic candidate Joe Biden has not said much about his policy on the Korean Peninsula.All he has said so far is that the leader of the North Korean regime is a thug, and he will meet with Kim Jong-un only if Pyongyang agrees to draw down its nuclear capacity as a precondition.During the final presidential debate last week, Biden said that when the Chinese asked why the US was moving its missile defense up so close and continuing its military maneuvers with South Korea, he told China, “It’s because North Korea is a problem, and we’re going to continue to do it so we can control them.”Biden said he told the Chinese, “If you want to do something about it, step up and help. If not, it’s going to continue.”He also said Trump has “legitimized North Korea,” referring to the North’s leader Kim as a thug, adding that Trump “talks about how we’re better off. And they have much more capable missiles, able to reach US territory much more easily.”Biden’s Democratic Party has traditionally emphasized multilateral cooperation and a process-oriented negotiation on North Korean issues.Things have changed, however, as US President Donald Trump’s much-hyped summitry with Kim made North Korea, the traditional hermit, a country at the center of greater global attention.More importantly, more Americans now see the North’s nuclear arsenal as a threat to their own territory.Biden is therefore likely to take a stronger or more proactive approach compared to the “strategic patience” policy of the Obama administration, observers say.Choi Kang, acting president of Asan Institute for Policy Studies, thinks Biden will “try to confirm the North’s commitment to denuclearization through its actions.”Kim Hyun-wook, chief of US research at the state-run Korea National Diplomatic Academy, said Biden’s North Korea policy will likely be a stringent one based on sanctions.“He seems to be willing to negotiate in earnest on the North
Vice FM cautions against 'limiting options' amid US-China rivalry
South Korean Vice Foreign Minister Choi Jong-kun (Yonhap)Vice Foreign Minister Choi Jong-kun cautioned Thursday against limiting South Korea's foreign policy options due to an intensifying Sino-US rivalry, stressing that Seoul stay on course to maximize national interests despite the "challenging" global environment. Choi's remarks during a foreign policy forum came amid growing concerns that the increasingly acrimonious competition between Washington and Beijing would constrain maneuvering room for South Korea's diplomacy going forward. "This observation may hold true and is meaningful, but we don't need to limit our options," he added. To cope with the challenging geopolitical context, South Korea should build a cooperation network with neighboring countries, develop the South Korea-US alliance into a future-oriented one and further deepen the strategic partnership with China, Choi said. The vice minister also stressed the need to pursue "consistency" in foreign policy decisions based on national interests and principle to prevent the political interpretation of policy choices Seoul makes.
Rival parties argue over body search on opposition floor leader
When I asked him if they have searched an opposition floor leader like this before, he said ‘yes.’”Joo refused to enter after being searched, and turned back.“This administration does things unilaterally and keeps a distance from the people, but I never knew they would search an opposition floor leader,” Joo said.“It is absurd that they blocked (my) access when the president came to the National Assembly to listen to the lawmakers. Never had any of them been searched or stopped for this. Not even during (former) President Chun Doo-hwan’s time. We should look into any hidden intentions behind this.”People Power Party floor spokesperson Choi Hyung-doo also said in a commentary that “searching the body of an opposition leader without permission at the National Assembly is a blatant insult to the parliament. Speaker Park said he requested the chief presidential secretary to find out how it happened, and if there is anything they should be accountable for, they will be held accountable,” Joo said.By Kim So-hyun ( sophie@heraldcorp.com
[US elections and Korea] Biden will be more rigorous on NK, experts say
With the US presidential election just days ahead, Democratic candidate Joe Biden has not said much about his policy on the Korean Peninsula.All he has said so far is that the leader of the North Korean regime is a thug, and he will meet with Kim Jong-un only if Pyongyang agrees to draw down its nuclear capacity as a precondition.During the final presidential debate last week, Biden said that when the Chinese asked why the US was moving its missile defense up so close and continuing its military maneuvers with South Korea, he told China, “It’s because North Korea is a problem, and we’re going to continue to do it so we can control them.”Biden said he told the Chinese, “If you want to do something about it, step up and help. If not, it’s going to continue.”He also said Trump has “legitimized North Korea,” referring to the North’s leader Kim as a thug, adding that Trump “talks about how we’re better off. And they have much more capable missiles, able to reach US territory much more easily.”Biden’s Democratic Party has traditionally emphasized multilateral cooperation and a process-oriented negotiation on North Korean issues.Things have changed, however, as US President Donald Trump’s much-hyped summitry with Kim made North Korea, the traditional hermit, a country at the center of greater global attention.More importantly, more Americans now see the North’s nuclear arsenal as a threat to their own territory.Biden is therefore likely to take a stronger or more proactive approach compared to the “strategic patience” policy of the Obama administration, observers say.Choi Kang, acting president of Asan Institute for Policy Studies, thinks Biden will “try to confirm the North’s commitment to denuclearization through its actions.”Kim Hyun-wook, chief of US research at the state-run Korea National Diplomatic Academy, said Biden’s North Korea policy will likely be a stringent one based on sanctions.“He seems to be willing to negotiate in earnest on the North’s denuclearization
What data journalists say about the election models giving Trump slim chance of winning
Four years later, that political upset has led many Americans to be skeptical of current models showing Trump, once again, having a slim chance of emerging victorious against Joe Biden. "Yeah, the experts say Trump has a small chance of beating Biden, but the experts also said the same thing in 2016, and they were wrong." To be clear, the models never said it was impossible for Trump to lose in 2016. FiveThirtyEight gave Trump a 28.6% chance, for example, and The Upshot gave him a 15% chance. And while these models put Trump in a much tougher spot than back in 2016, they still do leave open the chance that Trump could win re-election.
First votes counted on Election Night may give false impression of vote leader
Rachel Maddow shares advice from election experts who explain that in-person Election Day votes may be cast by a greater proportion of Republicans, so the counting of those ballots first could show an early "mirage" of stronger showing by Donald Trump than is true once the count of mail-in ballots is added.
Tucker Carlson’s Conspiracy Theory Falls Apart In The Weirdest Way Possible
Fox News host Tucker Carlson told his viewers that he had some very important papers related to his conspiracy theory surrounding Hunter Biden, son of Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden. But the papers were lost ? and so Carlson concocted yet another conspiracy theory to explain their disappearance. Carlson claimed a “source” gave the Fox News show “damning” documents about Biden on Monday. Instead, the shipping company said the package had been opened and the documents were missing. The shipping company launched a search and called in security to interview everyone who touched the documents, Carlson said.
Key Source in Steele Dossier Identified as Disgruntled Russian PR Exec
NYC Cop Charged in Son’s Freezing Death Resigns—With PensionTOOK THE MONEY AND RAN“The NYPD offered him a resignation without a disciplinary hearing,” Michael Valva’s attorney said.
Democratic senator Doug Jones stakes re-election bid on threat to voting rights
Jones, a rare Democratic senator in a red southern state, has been sounding the alarm on his state’s burdensome voting restrictions. Jones has repeatedly bashed retired coach Tommy Tuberville, the Republican nominee for Jones’s seat, for failing to offer a concise position on the Voting Rights Act. During a 1 September appearance with service organizations in Alabama, Tuberville was asked whether he supported extending the Voting Rights Act. “You know, the thing about the Voting Rights Act it’s … you know … there’s a lot of different things you can look at it as, you know, who’s it going to help? “And I think voting across the country needs to be a little bit more uniform.
Amazon Argues Users Don't Actually Own Purchased Prime Video Content
She claims the company "secretly reserves the right" to end consumers' access to content purchased through its Prime Video service. She filed her putative class action on behalf of herself and any California residents who purchased video content from the service from April 25, 2016 to present. "The Complaint points vaguely to online commentary about this alleged potential harm but does not identify any Prime Video purchase unavailable to Plaintiff herself. In fact, all of the Prime Video content that Plaintiff has ever purchased remains available." "The most relevant agreement here — the Prime Video Terms of Use — is presented to consumers every time they buy digital content on Amazon Prime Video," writes Biderman.
Azerbaijan says 21 dead in Armenia attack near Nagorno-Karabakh
Azerbaijan accuses Armenia of killing 21 people and wounding dozens in a missile strike near the disputed region. Azerbaijan has accused Armenia of killing 21 people and wounding dozens in a missile strike near the disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh. Armenia on Wednesday immediately denied carrying out the attack, the second in two days that Azerbaijan says killed civilians in the Barda district close to the front line. Meanwhile, Ria Novosti news agency reported that Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan confirmed the deployment of Russian border guards along the Armenian border with Nagorno-Karabakh. The prosecutor general’s office said the strike hit a densely populated area and a shopping district, killing 21 civilians and wounding at least 70.
Maya Rudolph on potential for 4 years of Kamala Harris impression: 'Let's go. I'm ready'
Maya Rudolph on potential for 4 years of Kamala Harris impression: 'Let's go. I'm ready'If Joe Biden and Kamala Harris win the presidential election next week, Maya Rudolph says she's more than ready for four years of regular work on "Saturday Night Live."
Ohio's rural-urban divide drives politics, to voters' dismay. 'You're either this or that.'
Four years later, Trump won big with 72% of the vote. They point to Trump as the disruptor more than a swing toward the Republican Party. In Brown’s first Senate race in 2006, the Democrat won 13 of the 14 counties in Ohio’s Southeast region against incumbent Republican Mike DeWine. Trump won the non-college educated vote in 2016. Four years ago Trump won Scioto County by nearly 37%, but within the city of Portsmouth Democrat Hillary Clinton won by almost 34%.
Crowd chants 'lock him up' as Trump slams Biden
Crowd chants 'lock him up' as Trump slams BidenPresident Donald Trump is using the final days of the campaign against Joe Biden to maintain a whirlwind schedule. Speaking in Goodyear, Arizona, Trump slammed Biden as "the worst candidate ever to run in the history of a presidential election."
‘Perception Hacks’ and Other Potential Threats to the Election
The Iranians would continue their playbook, which American intelligence officials see as more akin to vandalism than serious hacking, filled with threats in mangled English. Here is a look at some of the potential threats and what has been learned so far in a year of behind-the-scenes cyberbattles. In a tight election, an attacker could target Atlanta, Philadelphia, Detroit or Milwaukee and delay the reporting of results from an electoral battleground. The other weak point in the diversity-as-security claim, election security experts say, is the constellation of contractors that support elections across multiple states and counties. “The claim that diversity is protecting the election is a logical fallacy,” said Harri Hursti, an election security consultant.
Docs from Hunter biz partner Tony Bobulinski reviewed by Senate committee so far legit: report
A Senate committee has been able to verify the materials it has reviewed so far from Tony Bobulinski, a former Hunter Biden business partner, according to a report on Wednesday. Bobulinski provided the materials to the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, The Daily Caller reported. Bobulinski — who has accused Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden of lying about involvement in his son’s overseas business deals — was set to be interviewed by the FBI and by the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee and Senate Finance Committee. Bobulinski on Thursday showed reporters three phones that he said spanned 2015 to 2018, saying they were evidence that he would provide the FBI. The two Senate committees issued an 87-page report last month on Hunter Biden’s overseas business dealings.
Supreme Court Allows Longer Deadlines for Absentee Ballots in Pennsylvania and North Carolina
The Pennsylvania case left open the possibility of later action by the court. “I reluctantly conclude that there is simply not enough time at this late date to decide the question before the election,” Justice Alito wrote. The Pennsylvania Republican Party had asked the justices to temporarily block a ruling from the Pennsylvania Supreme Court that allowed election officials to count some mailed ballots received up to three days after Election Day. The state court said the extra time was needed because of the coronavirus pandemic and delays in mail service. State Republicans, apparently hoping that the arrival of Justice Barrett would alter the judicial calculus, returned to the Supreme Court on Friday asking it to hear an ordinary appeal from the state court’s ruling, which is not unusual, but to compress a process that usually takes months into a few days, which certainly is.
Protesters demonstrate outside D.C. police station for second night after Karon Hylton’s death
By about 9:30 p.m., police had established a perimeter about a block from the Fourth District station after a coordinated push to clear the area near the station, and many of the protesters appeared to disperse. Around 9 p.m., tensions grew outside the Fourth District station. Then, a line of police officers stationed across Georgia Avenue swept south and pushed demonstrators from the entrance. The protesters scattered and fled as police cleared the intersection of Peabody Street and Georgia Avenue and continued to push demonstrators south. The protesters then were pushed further south, seemingly corralled between two police lines on Georgia Avenue south of the station.
Judge opens path for removal of Richmond’s Robert E. Lee statue
Ralph Northam’s order to remove a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee can be enforced – but also barred any action pending an appeal from the statue's supporters. The towering 13-ton statue is the last remaining on the former Confederate capital’s Monument Avenue. WHICH STATE HAS REMOVED THE MOST CONFEDERATE SYMBOLS DURING NATIONWIDE PROTESTS? “The Lee monument was built to celebrate the Confederacy and uphold white supremacy,” Northam said in a statement. It was recorded, then circulated widely online and prompted immediate backlash – including several nights of rioting in a handful of cities and recurring peaceful protests nationwide.
Supreme Court allows North Carolina to extend deadline for receiving absentee ballots to 9 days after election
The state's extension moved the deadline for absentee ballots from three days after the election to nine, or 5 p.m. on Nov. 12. "Voters must postmark their ballots by Election Day but now have certainty their vote will be counted. “All ballots must still be mailed on or before Election Day,” the ruling stated, according to the News & Observer. “The change is simply an extension from three to nine days after Election Day for a timely ballot to be received and counted." Twenty-two states and Washington, D.C., will allow ballots to be counted after Election Day as long as they are postmarked on time.
Colorado AG steps in after landlord allegedly threatens rent raise at mobile home park if Biden wins
Colorado’s Attorney General sent a cease and desist letter to the owner of a mobile home park in Fort Morgan, Colo., following reports of voter intimidation after the landlord allegedly threatened to spike rent rates should Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden win on Nov. 3. Like paying alot more in taxes, utilities, gasoline, groceries, new permits, fees and regulations…everything! This also means your rent will be increased to cover these expenses. Most likely, rent would double in price!” The letter read. “If the current president is re-elected, we will not raise the rent for at least 2 years!” Pagel added.
Buttigieg defends Biden, claims Dems 'would have chosen somebody else' if they wanted fracking ban
mayor told MacCallum that while Biden opposes a full fracking ban, "he understands that climate change is real and he's put forward a way to deal with it that supports workers in the energy industry through this transition. MacCallum reminded Buttigieg that "fracking has allowed this country to become energy independent from the Middle East. FORMER SHELL OIL PRESIDENT SCHOOLS BIDEN ON FRACKING"Yeah," Buttigieg responded. "That's one of the reasons why Joe Biden defeated some Democrats who were further to his left who called for an outright ban on fracking, which he opposes." "If the Democratic Party wanted to choose a candidate who was for an outright total ban then they would have chosen somebody else."
Mask mandates lead to lower rates of coronavirus hospitalizations, Vanderbilt researchers find
Areas of Tennessee where residents regularly wear masks in public have seen notably smaller increases in COVID-19 hospitalizations since June, researchers at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine found. Researchers classified hospitals based on the percentage of patients they treat that reside in counties with a mask requirement. "Hospitals that predominantly serve patients from areas without masking requirements (the <25% group) continue to see the highest rate of growth in hospitalizations," researchers wrote. The study from Vanderbilt University is the latest research to show that masks are an effective tool in mitigating the spread of coronavirus. The CDC recommends that people wear masks in public settings, but masks have turned into a political flashpoint during the pandemic.
Rick Scott makes 'six-figure' ad buy for Trump in Florida: Report
Republican Florida Sen. Rick Scott is backing President Trump’s re-election bid with a significant ad buy in his home state ahead of Election Day, according to a report Wednesday. Scott’s political action committee, Let’s Get to Work, is making a “significant six-figure buy” and will run pro-Trump ads in six to eight Florida media markets, Politico reported. OBAMA UNLOADS ON TRUMP AT RALLY FOR BIDEN: 'WE CAN'T AFFORD 4 MORE YEARS OF THIS'“Democrats have a radical plan for America,” Scott said in the ad. With less than a week until Election Day, the Trump and Biden campaigns are locked in a virtual dead heat in Florida. An average of recent polls compiled by Real Clear Politics shows both Trump and Biden with 48 percent of the vote.
Chris Cuomo confronts former 'anonymous' op-ed author Miles Taylor: You lied to us
Miles Taylor, who has revealed he was the anonymous senior Trump administration official who wrote a 2018 New York Times op-ed and a subsequent book critical of President Donald Trump, explains why he lied when asked if he was "anonymous" on CNN in August.
Venezuelan-Americans' support for Trump could give him Florida boost
NBC News’ speaks to Venezuelan-American voters in Florida about their views on President Trump and how that could impact their vote in the upcoming election.
After protests and amid pandemic, Kenosha residents prepare to vote in election
Residents from Kenosha, Wis., prepare to vote in the 2020 election after enduring massive protests over the death of Jacob Blake, in addition to weathering the coronavirus pandemic.
'Baffled' and 'scared,' U.S. felons face hurdles after regaining right to vote
Felony convictions still disenfranchise about 5.2 million Americans, but that is down 15% since 2016, according to the group. About 1.4 million people with felony convictions in Florida had their right to vote restored in January 2019 after the state amended it constitution. He was able to resolve it, but he said for many people with felony convictions the uncertainty would prevent them from voting. By law, she said, she was not required to provide paperwork to prove she can register to vote. “There is a huge part of our population that is unable to vote and that’s very intentional,” she said.
Montana leads list of gubernatorial races to watch this year
MONTANARepublican Congressman Greg Gianforte faces Democrat Mike Cooney, the state’s Lieutenant Governor, in the race for Montana governor, perhaps the most competitive gubernatorial election this year. Cooney has positioned himself as the natural successor to the state’s popular Democratic Governor Steve Bullock, who is leaving office due to term limits and running for the U.S. Senate. A poll released Wednesday by Montana State University, Billings, showed Gianforte and Cooney each receiving support from 45% of likely voters. Galloway has garnered support from former Democratic Governor Jay Nixon and other former state officeholders. NEW HAMPSHIREPolls show incumbent Governor Chris Sununu, a Republican, leading Democratic challenger Dan Feltes by more than 20 points.
Canada border officer had concerns about interviewing Huawei CFO ahead of arrest
VANCOUVER/TORONTO (Reuters) - A Canadian border officer told a court on Wednesday he had concerns about intercepting and interviewing Huawei Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou before police arrested her on a warrant from the United States almost two years ago. FILE PHOTO: Huawei Technologies Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou leaves a court hearing during a break in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada September 28, 2020. REUTERS/Jennifer Gauthier/File PhotoScott Kirkland was one of the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) officers to intercept Meng when she disembarked at Vancouver International Airport in December 2018. Kirkland said he suggested CBSA skip its interview and instead simply identify Meng and hand her over to the RCMP. The decision to “delay in the arrest of Ms Meng” was “based on delaying her Charter rights,” Peck said.
As COVID-19 roars back in U.S., Trump stages rallies in Arizona
Polls in battleground states that will likely decide the election are tighter than the national surveys. A pro-Biden group, Priorities USA Action, said its recent polling in six battleground states found that when people were told Trump was holding large rallies without mask-wearing requirements, most disapproved. Slideshow ( 5 images )“The longer he’s in charge the more reckless he gets,” Biden told reporters, before casting his own vote in Wilmington, Delaware. New battleground state polls from Reuters/Ipsos show Biden and Trump in a statistical dead heat in Arizona and in Florida, another key battleground state. The Trump campaign was taking all necessary precautions at Pence’s event, campaign spokesman Hogan Gidley told CNN.
As COVID-19 roars back in U.S., Trump stages rallies in Arizona
Polls in battleground states that will likely decide the election are tighter than the national surveys. A pro-Biden group, Priorities USA Action, said its recent polling in six battleground states found that when people were told Trump was holding large rallies without mask-wearing requirements, most disapproved. “The longer he’s in charge the more reckless he gets,” Biden told reporters, before casting his own vote in Wilmington, Delaware. New battleground state polls from Reuters/Ipsos show Biden and Trump in a statistical dead heat in Arizona and in Florida, another key battleground state. The Trump campaign was taking all necessary precautions at Pence’s event, campaign spokesman Hogan Gidley told CNN.
Canada border officer had concerns about interviewing Huawei CFO ahead of arrest
VANCOUVER/TORONTO (Reuters) - A Canadian border officer told a court on Wednesday he had concerns about intercepting and interviewing Huawei Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou before police arrested her on a warrant from the United States almost two years ago. FILE PHOTO: Huawei Technologies Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou leaves a court hearing during a break in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada September 28, 2020. REUTERS/Jennifer GauthierScott Kirkland was one of the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) officers to intercept Meng when she disembarked at Vancouver International Airport in December 2018. Kirkland said he suggested CBSA skip its interview and instead simply identify Meng and hand her over to the RCMP. The decision to “delay in the arrest of Ms Meng” was “based on delaying her Charter rights,” Peck said.
U.S. Supreme Court rejects Trump bid to block North Carolina absentee ballot extension
REUTERS/Al Drago/FilesThe justices left in place a lower court-approved agreement allowing the extension, rebuffing a request by Trump’s campaign, the Republican National Committee and North Carolina Republican officials for an injunction to block it. The state election board, citing potential U.S. The North Carolina dispute is among a number of election-related lawsuits in states around the country over rules governing voting in the Nov. 3 election. The North Carolina dispute centered on an agreement by the state election board, approved by a state court on Oct. 2, to extend the absentee ballot deadline after advocacy groups filed a legal challenge. Circuit Court of Appeals rejected the request, saying that under Supreme Court precedent, federal courts must refrain from disturbing state election rules so close to an election.
Trump stokes suburban fears after Philadelphia shooting
National polls have found that voters trust Biden more to handle public safety and race relations. And a majority of Americans think Trump has encouraged white supremacists, according to a survey by the Public Religion Research Institute. A recent Monmouth poll in Pennsylvania also showed that Biden is narrowly more trusted here than Trump to manage law and order. Wolf later mobilized the Pennsylvania National Guard following the request of the city government. Isaiah Thomas, a Philadelphia city councilman, questioned whether it is necessary.
Former Homeland Security Official Reveals He Wrote 'Anonymous' Trump Critique
(WASHINGTON) — A former Trump administration official who penned a scathing anti-Trump op-ed and book under the pen name “Anonymous” revealed himself Wednesday as a former chief of staff at the Department of Homeland Security. He left the Trump administration in June 2019 and endorsed Democrat Joe Biden for president this summer. Trump and White House officials moved quickly to describe Taylor as someone with little standing and clout. During Taylor’s time as chief of staff, Trump threatened to shut down the border and his administration developed the policy to force asylum seekers to wait across the U.S.-Mexico border. Trump, who had long complained about leaks in the White House, also ordered aides to unmask the writer, citing “national security” concerns to justify a possible Justice Department investigation.
Space Force's No. 2 officer tests positive for Covid-19
Contact tracing to determine if other military leaders may have been exposed to Thompson was underway Wednesday night, an Air Force spokesperson said. Air Force Secretary Barbara Barrett, Chief of Space Operations Gen. John Raymond and Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. C.Q. Brown all tested negative within the last 24 hours, she said. Assistant Commandant of the Marine Corps Gen. Gary Thomas tested positive two days later on Oct. 7. No other members of the Joint Chiefs got sick and all were cleared to return to work after a two-week quarantine.
'Quick, quick, quick': Trump rushes McSally at rally as she fights to hold her Senate seat
President Donald Trump offered a not-very warm welcome to Sen. Martha McSally on Wednesday at his campaign rally in Arizona, where his fellow Republican is fighting to hold on to her seat. After saying she was "respected by everybody" and "great," Trump rushed McSally to the stage at an airport rally in Goodyear to say a few words. One minute, Martha! Quick, quick, quick. After McSally spoke, Trump called up a trio of politicians from out of state to speak — Sens.
One battleground state, two rallies — and radically different versions of reality
PHOENIX — Republican President Donald Trump and Democratic vice-presidential nominee Kamala Harris held rallies 30 miles apart here on Wednesday, six days before Election Day, in this battleground state poised to shape the outcome of the race. But voters could be forgiven for thinking the candidates were running in two different universes. Scientists widely agree the deadly virus can be relatively contained if people adhere to social distancing guidelines and wear masks. In Arizona, Biden leads Trump by 3.5 points in the FiveThirtyEight average, buoyed by defections from college-educated white voters and independents. “We can’t get back to normal until we get this virus under control,” said Steven Slugocki, the chair of the Maricopa County Democratic Party.
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'Quick, quick, quick': Trump rushes McSally at rally as she fights to hold her Senate seat
SEE NEW POSTS'Quick, quick, quick': Trump rushes McSally at rally as she fights to hold her Senate seat President Donald Trump offered a not-very warm welcome to Sen. Martha McSally on Wednesday at his campaign rally in Arizona, where his fellow Republican is trying to hold on to her seat. After saying she was "respected by everybody" and "great," Trump rushed McSally to the stage at his Goodyear rally to say a few words. Quick, quick, quick. After McSally spoke, Trump called up a trio of politicians from out of state to speak- Sens. Referring again to Taylor, Trump said, "in my opinion, he should be prosecuted."
Harris highlights Democrats' broad coalition
SEE NEW POSTSHarris highlights Democrats' broad coalition In her second visit to phoenix (the first was her joint event with Biden after the vice presidential debate), Harris entered the stage with artist Alicia Keys and spoke about the broad coalition of support that is backing Biden. After saying she was "respected by everybody" and "great," Trump rushed McSally to the stage at his Goodyear rally to say a few words. Quick, quick, quick. After McSally spoke, Trump called up a trio of politicians from out of state to speak- Sens. The Star Tribune obtained a voicemail that Weeks left for his friend, Joey Hudson, four weeks before Weeks died last month.
Supreme Court turns away Republican plea to cut deadline for receipt of absentee ballots in North Carolina
Supreme Court turns away Republican plea to cut deadline for receipt of absentee ballots in North Carolina
Supreme Court Allows Ballot Extensions In Pennsylvania, North Carolina, For Now
Supreme Court Allows Ballot Extensions In Pennsylvania, North Carolina, For NowEnlarge this image toggle caption Patrick Semansky/AP Patrick Semansky/APThe U.S. Supreme Court has refused, for a second time, a Republican Party effort to block a three-day extension for counting absentee ballots in Pennsylvania. The court in a second case from North Carolina, also refused late Wednesday to block a similar extension of time to count votes, an extension put into place by the state election board. In the Pennsylvania case, the ruling left in place a decision by the state Supreme Court, based on the state constitution. State courts, however, have been accorded far more leeway; the idea being that they are best able to interpret their own state laws and constitutions. It has never been cited as precedent in any Supreme Court opinion since then — until Kavanaugh's opinion this week.
Pandemic politics: Biden shuns ‘false promises’ of fast fix
Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks during a virtual public health briefing at The Queen theater in Wilmington, Del., Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020. ADVERTISEMENT“Even if I win, it’s going to take a lot of hard work to end this pandemic,” Biden said during a speech in Wilmington, Delaware. The weather was far milder than during a Tuesday night Trump rally in Omaha, Nebraska. Trump’s campaign argues that enough of its supporters will vote on Election Day to overwhelm any early Biden advantage. That’s already far more than the total advance ballots cast before the 2016 presidential election.
Pelosi says Trump and McConnell 'failed miserably' on COVID-19 relief legislation
The Senate adjourned Monday night until the week after the Nov. 3 election, officially ending all hopes of COVID-19 economic relief legislation being passed before voting ends, and probably much longer. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) had made clear he did not want to vote on a roughly $2 trillion package being negotiated by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and, on behalf of President Trump, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin. "The White House and Mitch McConnell have resisted, and on Sunday, Mark Meadows told us why saying 'We're not going to control the pandemic.'" U.S. stock indexes dropped markedly again Tuesday on fading hopes for a financial stimulus and rapidly rising COVID-19 infections. More stories from theweek.comHow to make an election crisis64 things President Trump has said about womenRepublicans are on the verge of a spectacular upside-down achievement
Mitch McConnell just adjourned the Senate until November 9, ending the prospect of additional coronavirus relief until after the election
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has adjourned the Senate until November 9. The move ends the prospect of an additional coronavirus stimulus deal being reached before Election Day. Democrats and Republicans have been at odds over the terms of a deal, with Senate Democrats last week blocking a "skinny" $500 million bill re-proposed by Republicans. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Monday motioned for the Senate to adjourn until November 9. Story continuesRepublicans and Democrats have increasingly sparred as the election approaches, particularly over additional federal coronavirus relief and Barrett's nomination.
Senate adjourns without passing COVID bill before Election Day
The Senate has adjourned until after Election Day, making it increasingly unlikely that Congress will pass a coronavirus relief bill before then. After confirming Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court, a priority for Republicans and President Trump, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell adjourned the Senate until November 9. The House also passed its own $2.4 trillion bill, which has not been taken up on the Senate floor. However, CBS News confirmed last week that McConnell told Senate Republicans that he had warned the White House against reaching an agreement on a coronavirus relief bill ahead of the election. Senate Democrats attempted to bring the House bill to the floor on Saturday, but this effort was blocked by Republicans.
Barack Obama slams Jared Kushner’s comments on Black success: ‘Who are these people?’
The former president blasted the senior Trump aide for implying that Black people did not want to achieveBarack Obama has taken exception to Jared Kushner’s dismissive comments that implied Black people needed to want success before they could achieve it. Joe Biden for President supporters looks on while former President Barack Obama campaigns for Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden at Camping World Stadium on October 27, 2020 in Orlando, Florida. Obama is campaigning for his former Vice President, and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden before the Nov. 3rd election. #BREAKING: President Obama slams Jared Kushner comments on Black Americans' desire for success: "His son-in-law says Black folks have to want to be successful. The post Barack Obama slams Jared Kushner’s comments on Black success: ‘Who are these people?’ appeared first on TheGrio.
‘Who are these folks?’ Obama criticizes Kushner for remarks about Blacks wanting success
"Look how low Black unemployment"-- Well, you know what, unemployment was really high when I came in and we brought that unemployment low, and it kept on going low. Says he's the best president for Black folks since Abe Lincoln. Now his advisors are out there saying-- including his son-in-law-- his son-in-law says Black folks have to want to be successful. BARACK OBAMA: Don't read? BARACK OBAMA: Black unemployment hit almost 17% during the Great Recession, 10 years ago.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez says ‘it’s legitimately hard’ to navigate a professional environment as a first-generation, working class woman
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is the cover star of Vanity Fair’s December 2020 issue, in which the congresswoman opens up about what it’s like to be perceived as a glamorous politician plucked from a working-class family in the Bronx. Video Transcript[MUSIC PLAYING]
‘It’s Not Looting. It’s a Rebellion’: Protests Rock Philly for Second Night After Police Killing
28, of West Philadelphia, told The Daily Beast as protests began again Tuesday evening. And while protests began without incident that evening, by 9 p.m. looting had again been reported in some parts of the city. A few officers began to attempt to push the line of the crowd away from them, resulting in a protester being knocked over. Send it to The Daily Beast hereGet our top stories in your inbox every day. Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you.
'Anonymous' Author Behind Anti-Trump 'Resistance' Op-Ed And Book Identified
Miles Taylor has been identified as the author of a notorious anonymous op-ed in The New York Times in 2018 that claimed he was part of a secret “resistance” inside President Donald Trump’s administration. The anonymous author, who had previously said they’d reveal their identity before the election, chose to wait until just six days before polls close Nov. 3 to speak out openly. Story continues“It may be cold comfort in this chaotic era, but Americans should know that there are adults in the room,” the author wrote in the 2018 op-ed. And we are trying to do what’s right even when Donald Trump won’t.”However, the author reportedly expressed doubts in 2019 that this so-called resistance group of “unelected bureaucrats and cabinet appointees” within the White House could fix Trump. Related CoverageSenior Trump Official Rips Administration In Anonymous Op-EdWhite House In ‘Total Meltdown’ As Aides Scramble To Contain Op-Ed Fallout: ReportsMore Details Emerge From Tell-All Book By Anonymous White House OfficialLove HuffPost?
Estimated $14B 2020 election cost sets record
The total cost of the 2020 election will nearly hit an unprecedented $14 billion, making it the most expensive election in history and twice as expensive as the 2016 presidential cycle, according to a new estimate from the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics. Continue Reading BelowIn fact, this year’s election spending is more than the previous two presidential election cycles combined. The estimates are up from its previous prediction that the federal election would reach nearly $11 billion in total spending. The two former Democratic candidates spent a combined $1.4 billion, while additional groups and supporters spent $5.5 billion. This cycle, we’re likely to see two.”CLICK HERE FOR THE FOX NEWS APPFox News' Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report.
Jim Biden refuses to answer questions about family’s business dealings
Approached at a residence on the Eastern Shore, Jim Biden repeatedly rebuffed questions in his driveway as Fox News asked questions from a distance in the street. “I don’t want to comment about anything,” Jim Biden said. Asked if he cared to answer questions, Biden said: “Nope.”Two sources confirmed the person was Jim Biden, including a neighbor who viewed a picture of the footage. The Eastern Shore house is linked to Jim Biden in public records. Asked about the “plausible deniability” claim on Wednesday, Jim Biden did not answer and walked inside the home.
Supreme Court turns down GOP appeals to limit time for mail ballots in North Carolina, Pennsylvania
The 5-3 decision had the effect of upholding actions by the North Carolina board of elections to extend the deadlines in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. In North Carolina, ballots may arrive as late as Nov. 12 and still be counted. AdvertisementThe three most conservative justices dissented in the North Carolina case. In addition, North Carolina officials said the relaxed deadline for counting late ballots did not clearly conflict with state law. The court’s conservatives have argued it is most important to maintain the procedures set in state election law prior to this year.
Homeless camps will remain for now as City Council delays vote on ban
A divided Los Angeles City Council backed off Wednesday from voting on a proposal that would have allowed the removal of homeless encampments anywhere in the city — if shelter is first offered to those living in them. After a four-hour hearing, when it was clear the council planned to refer the proposal to a committee, Council President Nury Martinez continued the vote to Nov. 24 before the whole council. The proposal divided public speakers between those who opposed a ban, with more than one comparing it to Nazi Germany, and those who pleaded for relief from homeless camps near their homes. It would effectively prohibit anyone from camping in public anywhere in the city if authorities offer shelter as an alternative. He argued that the city needed to have sufficient shelter available before it tried to ban camping.
‘Racism Lives Here’ signs are put in Coronado yards
Some supporters of President Trump in Coronado woke up to find that someone had puts signs on their lawns that read “Racism Lives Here / Make America Great Again.”The Coronado Police Department received six phone calls from residents complaining about the unwanted signs, which mirror the colors, font and design of materials from the Trump 2020 campaign. Two of the callers had Trump signs or flags decorating their homes, according to Coronado Police Department spokeswoman Lea Corbin. Advertisement“Simply placing a sign in another’s yard may be unwanted but is not a crime,” she said. “Neighbors in Coronado are respectful of each other and each other’s point of view,” he said. Results show that Trump received 111 more votes than Clinton in the city.
Susan Collins, Sara Gideon clash in final debate before Election Day
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Republican U.S. Sen. Susan Collins and Democratic challenger Sara Gideon clashed Wednesday night over attack ads, health care and Supreme Court nominations in their final debate before Election Day. On health care, Gideon accused Collins and McConnell of undermining the Affordable Care Act with no plan for a replacement. The debate came just days after Collins voted against the president's latest Supreme Court nominee, Amy Coney Barrett. Gideon, who opposed the nomination, used Trump's judicial appointments to attack Collins on women's reproductive rights, and on health care. As in past contests, Gideon pointed out that Collins hasn't said whether she'll vote for Trump.
Supreme Court leaves NC absentee ballot deadline at Nov. 12
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court will allow absentee ballots in North Carolina to be received and counted up to nine days after Election Day, in a win for Democrats. Under the Supreme Court’s order, mailed ballots postmarked on or before Election Day must be received by 5 p.m. on Nov. 12 in order to be counted. The Court upheld the State Board of Elections’ effort to ensure that every eligible vote counts, even during a pandemic,” he said. The election board and the state judge “worked together to override a carefully tailored legislative response to COVID,” Gorsuch wrote. AdvertisementThe changes developed by the Democratic-majority state elections board and defended in court by Stein prompted accusations from Republican legislative leaders that state elections officials had cut a backroom deal to favor left-leaning candidates and causes.
Which channel do you watch on Election Night?
Netflix, Amazon Prime, and Disney+ (seriously, on-demand cartoons are everything we need in 2020) seem to have replaced linear television in recent years, but when it comes to Election Night, the networks still rule. Two years later, five markets saw changes in top stations on Election Night. Houston went from NBC to ABC; Phoenix went from NBC to Fox; San Francisco went from Fox to ABC; Tampa went from Fox to NBC; and Seattle went from NBC to ABC. The ComScore numbers didn’t include cable networks like CNN, Fox News, and MSNBC, which typically enjoy high ratings on Election Night as well. Learn something new:— When should we expect networks to begin calling states on Election Night?
Supreme Court allows N.C. ballot counting extension
By Ariane de Vogue | CNNThe Supreme Court on Wednesday allowed the counting of ballots in North Carolina received up to nine days after the election as long as the ballots are postmarked by Election Day, a victory for Democrats in another key state. Republicans and the Trump campaign had asked the court to reinstate a deadline set in June by the state Legislature that allowed ballots to be received only up to three days after Election Day. Justice Amy Coney Barrett took no part in the decision because she had not had time to fully review the briefs, the court said. There were two separate challenges, one brought by the Trump campaign and other Republicans and a second brought by Republican North Carolina legislators. A federal appeals court earlier this month had allowed the nine-day extension that was set by the State Board of Elections amid the pandemic, as part of a legal settlement.
Opinion: Day of reckoning has arrived for Silicon Valley Organization
We likewise call on other SVO, CAR, and CAA members to denounce the mailer. Finally, the inclusion of a blatantly racist webpage on the SVO website is shameful, inflammatory, and completely disrespectful to human dignity and to our diverse community. The executive staff and board leadership of SVO, SVO PAC, CAR, and CAA must resign immediately, and each of these organizations publicly cease encouraging or enabling this pattern of racist actions. We encourage additional nonprofit and business members who are members of these organizations to join us in denouncing them and pulling your support. Nicole Taylor is president & CEO of the Silicon Valley Community Foundation.
Trump's disrespect of Sen. Martha McSally was painful to watch
After spending the last two years as one of President Donald Trump's most loyal supporters, I’m guessing Arizona Sen. Martha McSally wasn’t feeling the love on Wednesday as the president barnstormed through Arizona. “Martha, come up fast,” Trump said. Quick, quick, quick. It was painful to watch as the president who dodged the draft treated the nation's first female combat pilot with such disrespect. Either way, this is what loyalty will get you, Sen. McSally.
'It's historic': When Air Force One lands in Bullhead City, all roads lead to Donald Trump
BULLHEAD CITY — At first, Mark Whitlock didn’t believe it. Bullhead City, about 90 miles south of Las Vegas, is out of the way to almost anywhere, and people like it that way. In a video interview posted to Facebook, Mayor Tom Brady boasted that more than two-thirds of Bullhead City voters cast ballots for Trump. So the Laughlin-Bullhead International Airport, which sits atop a hill in Bullhead City, became the site of choice. Among the crowd were Raiders fans from Las Vegas, cowboys from Kingman and a small contingent of bleary-eyed Los Angelenos.
Developer linked to Texas AG Ken Paxton says loan holders, judge conspired to steal his properties
AUSTIN — Nate Paul, the real estate developer at the center of new criminal allegations against Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, has accused several people, including a federal judge, of orchestrating a vast criminal conspiracy to steal his properties. His 10-page complaint is based on information he heard from a loan holder on one of Paul’s properties. Paul’s attorney, Michael Wynne, said he had “significant evidence of the allegations in the complaint,” but he did not provide it. After Paul made the complaint to Travis County District Attorney Margaret Moore’s office, it was referred to the attorney general’s office on Sept. 23. The other, filed in the spring, related to Paul’s allegations that state and federal officers had violated his rights when they raided his home and business in 2019.
Beto O’Rourke visits Garland to turn out voters for Texas House race
Former U.S. Representative Beto O’Rourke and volunteers from a Texas voter advocacy group plan to knock on doors in Garland on Wednesday. Along with O’Rourke, canvassers from the Texas Organizing Project PAC will try to convince “voters to cast their ballot for Brandy Chambers,” the Democratic candidate in Texas House District 112, according to a news release. With the seat currently held by Republican Angie Chen Button, Texas House District 112 includes portions of Garland, Dallas, Richardson, Rowlett, Sachse and Wylie. Founded in 2009, the Texas Organizing Project organizes Black and Latino communities in Dallas, Harris and Bexar counties. Its PAC is focused on increasing voter turnout “with a goal of delivering more than 300,000 voters to help win Texas for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris and win the Texas House for Democrats,” according to the news release.
Review: ‘Us Kids’ shows the human side of activists who survived Parkland shooting
Now you can get to know what they and other teenage survivors of the 2018 school massacre in Parkland, Fla., are really like. There’s no doubt that “Us Kids,” streaming through Alamo Drafthouse Virtual Cinema starting Friday, Oct. 30, is a pro-gun-control documentary. Director Kim A. Snyder’s last feature-length effort, after all, was the Peabody Award-winning “Newtown,” about another senseless slaughter of children. Regardless, anyone prone to watching “Us Kids” will only hope that young voters like these will vote in droves by next Tuesday. M“Us Kids”: Documentary.
State Supreme Court accepts case that could wipe out Evers' emergency COVID-19 orders
MADISON - The state Supreme Court agreed to take a case challenging Gov. Tony Evers' emergency powers during the coronavirus pandemic Wednesday as Wisconsin's COVID-19 cases continue to surge. He asked the Supreme Court to take the case directly, rather than first taking it to a circuit court. If successful, the lawsuit would wipe out Evers' emergency orders. The Supreme Court on Wednesday put on hold one of them that has challenged the mask mandate.
Trump criticizes Sisolak in Arizona border rally
President Donald Trump criticized Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak — without mentioning him by name — during a rally held across the border in Arizona because of Nevada’s coronavirus gathering limits. Baskow/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @Left_Eye_ImagesPresident Donald Trump listens to statements by Nevada business leaders large and small from the StartUpNV - Nevada's Business Incubator at Trump International Hotel Las Vegas on Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020, in Las Vegas. Baskow/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @Left_Eye_ImagesPresident Donald Trump departs following a press conference with Nevada business leaders large and small from the StartUpNV - Nevada's Business Incubator at Trump International Hotel Las Vegas on Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020, in Las Vegas. But a Trump campaign aide later told the Review-Journal Trump “seems to be mixing up two states,” and apparently was referring to Pennsylvania where one county found a handful of discarded military ballots.
Sisolak condemns coronavirus ‘lies’
Steve Sisolak said Wednesday the threat of COVID-19 is still very real, even as President Trump says the nation has “turned the corner” on dealing with the disease. Steve Sisolak provides an update to Nevadans about the spread of Covid-19 throughout the state. Steve Sisolak condemned the narrative pushed by both men that the worst of the nation’s crisis over COVID-19 has passed. Trump trails former Vice President Joe Biden in Nevada polling by 4.6 percentage points, according to the average calculated by Real Clear Politics. The vice president is scheduled to speak in a 17,000-square-foot hangar leased by the airport to Challenger Consulting and Perry DiLoreto, a prominent Reno-area home builder.
Here's how the Electoral College works in presidential elections
In 2016, Trump lost the national popular vote to Democrat Hillary Clinton by nearly 3 million votes, but he prevailed by securing more Electoral College votes. In 2000, Democrat Al Gore won the popular vote but lost the Electoral College by one elector to Republican George W. Bush. In total, five of the country’s 45 presidents did not win the popular vote but went on to win via the Electoral College. For example, New York with two senators and 27 U.S. House members has 29 electoral votes in play. While most states, including New York, have adopted winner-takes-all rules that grant all the state’s electoral votes to the state’s popular vote winner, Nebraska and Maine give two electoral votes to the statewide winner and one for each congressional district.
Supreme Court leaves NC absentee ballot deadline at Nov. 12
WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court will allow absentee ballots in North Carolina to be received and counted up to nine days after Election Day. Republicans had asked the high court to step in. The Court upheld the State Board of Elections’ effort to ensure that every eligible vote counts, even during a pandemic," he said. Republican state Senate leader Phil Berger said the high court's order will undermine public confidence in government. The election board and the state judge "worked together to override a carefully tailored legislative response to COVID," Gorsuch wrote.
Pandemic politics: Biden shuns 'false promises' of fast fix
"Even if I win, it’s going to take a lot of hard work to end this pandemic," Biden said during a speech in Wilmington, Delaware. Bullhead City is just across the border from Nevada, a state Trump is hoping to flip during Election Day next Tuesday. A Trump Nevada rally last month attracted thousands and led to the airport that hosted it being fined more than $5,500 for violating pandemic crowd restrictions. The weather was far milder than during a Tuesday night Trump rally in Omaha, Nebraska. Trump's campaign argues that enough of its supporters will vote on Election Day to overwhelm any early Biden advantage.
Photos: Rallies, early voting dominate last campaign push
Election Day is Nov. 3, but the nation has been teeming with voting activity for weeks as the 2020 campaign barrels down the home stretch. With coronavirus cases spiking in most of the country, millions of Americans are mailing in ballots or lining up at socially distanced intervals at early voting stations to have their say well beforehand. Meanwhile, the candidates, their running mates and surrogates are making last-minute pitches to any voters who may still be persuadable — and haven’t already voted. Amid the rallies and speeches, local elections officials from coast to coast are preparing by sanitizing polling booths and checking vote-counting systems. Here’s a look at the day in photos, 2020 election edition.
Lakeland mayor falsely claims opponent faces ‘criminal complaint’
Lakeland Mayor Richard Glasgow’s campaign website and a flier distributed this week falsely imply that his opponent for mayor, as well as the city attorney, have been charged criminally. The campaign materials claim that “a criminal complaint has been filed” against Joe Paiement, the City Council member who’s running to unseat Glasgow as mayor. Glasgow claims both Paiement and City Attorney Dave Snyder committed a crime by approving a large city contract without soliciting public bids. Washington County Attorney Pete Orput, who has the authority to prosecute criminal matters in the county, said Wednesday that no such criminal complaints have been filed. He was a Lakeland City Council member for 10 years prior to becoming mayor and also served on the city’s planning commission.
Going Home: Amish bought my childhood home in Southeast Ohio. So I went back and asked: Why do they love Donald Trump?
I knew exactly where to start to learn about Amish culture and their affinity for President Trump – my old house. "The best thing the Amish don't have is a TV," said Roy Miller, an Amish furniture maker. President Trump really wants the Amish vote. Some 350,000 Amish live in North America, and most of them are in Pennsylvania, Ohio and Indiana. The reason the Amish don't vote is as simple as their lifestyle: They don't expect anything from the government.
Body cameras for Clermont County sheriff deputies? Officials not ruling it out
Clermont County Sheriff Robert Leahy says state-mandated duties and his own priorities eat up too much of his budget to justify a body camera program now. Other law-enforcement agencies work with deputies on the sheriff’s Clermont County Special Response Team and Clermont County Drug Task Force. Sheriff: Body cameras come with long-term financial commitment“So, the issue financially is the long-term commitment needed to maintain the data and storage of those cameras,” Leahy said. “But as of right now, we are not to that point.”Union Township Trustee John McGraw said whether Clermont County sheriff deputies should get body cameras is a question for Leahy and the Clermont County commissioners. Clermont County Commissioner Ed Humphrey said the sheriff’s opinion on using body cameras would be central to any study of the possibility.
As local political parties go digital, Ohio GOP holds smaller, in-person election party
The Ohio Democratic Party and both Republican and Democratic parties in Hamilton County are forgoing in-person events as the state's COVID-19 cases rise. Politics: 'Enthusiastic' early voters in Ohio shattering recordsThe Ohio Republican Party will hold an in-person election night party at a suburban Columbus hotel, but the number of guests will be capped, spokesman Evan Machan said. "It’s going to look a lot different than our typical, large election night party," said Machan, adding that novel coronavirus protocols will be followed. Ohio Democratic Party Chairman Dave Pepper said he would love to have an in-person election night party, but that doesn't make sense when COVID-19 numbers are rising and Gov. The Hamilton County Democratic Party is hosting a virtual watch party on Facebook.
Conservative activists accused in hoax voting robocalls ordered to make new, 'curative' message
A federal judge on Wednesday ordered two conservative operatives facing charges in Michigan and elsewhere for organizing thousands of robocalls authorities said were designed to intimidate voters to produce a new, "curative" message correcting the misinformation. “Not only did defendants incite fears of these grim consequences, but they baselessly tied the prospects to mail-in voting. A hearing is scheduled Friday to check if the operatives complied with the order to release a new message. “Voting is a cornerstone of our democracy and all voters should be able to cast their ballot without confusion or fear,” she said in a statement. Burkman and Wohl also have been indicted in Cleveland.
Eric Trump tells Columbus crowd that Ohio will help carry father to victory
Eric Trump told a packed ballroom he's confident his father, President Donald Trump, will win another four years in the White House and Ohio will be a part of that victory. His sister, Tiffany Trump, announced a "MAGA Meet-Up" event on Thursday in Holland, a Toledo suburb in northwest Ohio. "That's the kind of work ethic we bring to this," Eric Trump said. "No one ever talks about this," Eric Trump said. Eric Trump said his family is going to keep bouncing from state to state until Tuesday.
Collins, Gideon clash in final debate before Election Day
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Republican U.S. Sen. Susan Collins and Democratic challenger Sara Gideon clashed Wednesday night over attack ads, health care and Supreme Court nominations in their final debate before Election Day. Gideon, speaker of the Maine House, sought repeatedly to link Collins with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and President Donald Trump, urging Mainers to vote for change. Collins, the chief architect of the Paycheck Protection Program that helped 250,000 Mainers, told voters she's been hard at work during the pandemic while Gideon adjourned the House seven months ago. On health care, Gideon accused Collins and McConnell of undermining the Affordable Care Act with no plan for a replacement.
Here’s what you need to know about Kimberly Budd, the next chief justice of the Supreme Judicial Court
Kimberly Budd is poised to take the reins as chief justice of the state’s Supreme Judicial Court where she promises to foster a “team of equals” and draw on her lifetime of experience. Deval Patrick in 2009 to the state Superior Court when the late Chief Justice Ralph Gants vacated the bench to join the SJC. Baker successfully nominated Budd to the state’s highest court in 2016 alongside fellow Justices David Lowy and Frank Gaziano in a unanimous decision by the Governor’s Council.. Although her father was a Republican appointee in the Justice Department, Budd told reporters she is registered as an unenrolled voter. Budd clerked for former Appeals Court Chief Justice Joseph Warner and worked as a litigation associate at Mintz Levin after law school and later served as an assistant U.S. Attorney in the major crimes and drugs unit.
Charlie Baker to participate in fundraiser for Kevin O’Connor
Charlie Baker is ramping up his support for fellow Republican Kevin O’Connor as the Dover attorney looks to unseat Democratic U.S. Sen. Edward Markey. Baker will participate in a private fundraiser over Zoom on Thursday with O’Connor and Beth Lindstrom, a former Republican consultant who lost in the Republican Senate primary in 2018, according to O’Connor’s campaign. The fundraiser comes a little more than a week after Baker endorsed O’Connor in a self-recorded video. Baker also voted for the political newcomer in his Sept. 1 Republican primary against Belmont entrepreneur Shiva Ayyadurai. Baker’s support for O’Connor comes even though the two harbor different views of President Trump.
Kimberly Budd nomination as first-ever black woman to serve as SJC chief justice ‘history being made’
Charlie Baker’s nomination of Kimberly Budd as the next chief justice of the Supreme Judicial Court is “history being made” by a well-known “trailblazer” who — if confirmed — will become the first black woman to lead the state’s high court in its 328-year history. “During a time that has been immensely difficult, a pandemic that has revealed the painful reminders of our country’s continued racial disparities and the tragic passing of Chief Justice Gants, Justice Budd has embodied calm, steady and collaborative leadership,” Baker said, announcing her nomination at the State House Wednesday. It is an “unquestionably bittersweet” moment for Budd and for the court. “He left big shoes to fill but I can think of no one more qualified or better prepared,” Baker said of Budd. She will be the youngest chief justice to sit on the court in over a century.
The Latest: Winfrey boosts Biden at get-out-the-vote event
Zager said the campaign had tents, heaters, generators, hot cocoa, and handwarmers available for guests. She added, “We always strive to provide the best guest experience at our events and we care about their safety.”———11:55 a.m.Six days out from Election Day, Joe Biden isn’t campaigning in a swing state. Instead, he’s receiving a briefing from public health experts on the coronavirus as cases surge nationwide. Biden was briefed virtually at a theater in Wilmington, Delaware, on Wednesday by former Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, Center for Science in the Public Interest director Dr. David Kessler, New York University medical school assistant professor Dr. Celine Grounder and Yale University associate professor of medicine Dr. Marcella Nunez-Smith. Kessler warned Biden, “We are in the midst of the third wave.”
Social media CEOs rebuff bias claims, vow to defend election
Republicans, led by Trump, have accused the social media platforms, without evidence, of deliberately suppressing conservative, religious and anti-abortion views, and they say that behavior has reached new heights in the contest between the president and Democratic nominee Joe Biden. The story, which was not confirmed by other publications, cited unverified emails from Biden’s son Hunter that were reportedly disclosed by Trump allies. “Twitter’s conduct has by far been the most egregious,” Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, told Dorsey. Cruz cited Twitter’s limitations on the newspaper story as part of “a pattern of censorship and silencing Americans with whom Twitter disagrees.”“Who the hell elected you? And put you in charge of what the media are allowed to report?” Cruz asked.
Ahead of the election, a landslide of documentaries
NEW YORK (AP) — The election has unleashed an avalanche of documentaries like no season before it. Dozens of films, exploring issues from gerrymandering to white supremacists, have sought to illuminate the many issues and trends voters are confronting at the polls on Tuesday. In a presidential election of enormous stakes, filmmakers have rushed to finish their films before Election Day, to try to inform, sway and entertain the electorate. A sense of urgency, in particular, drives many of the films which have streamed, aired on TV and played in theaters in the weeks ahead of Nov. 2. Here’s a rundown of highlights from an election-year documentary landside.
Nigel Farage praises Trump at rally after being introduced as one of Europe’s ‘most powerful men’
Nigel Farage praised Donald Trump at a campaign rally after being introduced as one of Europe’s "most powerful men." Mr Trump jokingly described the Brexit Party leader as “a very non-controversial person” and “shy” as he asked him to speak. “Oh I am non-controversial and shy – compared to you,” shouted Mr Farage. Mr Trump stood with a smile on face as Mr Farage spoke for a longer time than Arizona Senator Martha McSally who is desperately trying to hold on to her seat. "That is what he has done and I wish you godspeed, I really do.”Even Mr Trump appeared impressed at the effusive level of support offered by Mr Farage.
Nigel Farage delivers surprise speech at Donald Trump rally in Arizona
During Wednesday afternoon’s rally Mr Trump went further, appearing to refer to Mr Farage as “King of Europe” as he discussed politicians present, though not mentioning him by name. Later Mr Trump ushered Mr Farage, who was watching the rally without a face mask from the front row of the crowd, onto the stage. "He’s a very non-controversial person too, right?” the president joked about Mr Farage. Mr Farage finished with the words “and I wish you God speed, I really do”. “Thank you Nigel, that’s something,” he said as Mr Farage left the stage to applause.
US Election 2020: Will America's race issue decide the next president?
One of the key issues in the US election campaign has been race. After the death of George Floyd, both Donald Trump and his Democratic Party rival Joe Biden claimed they have the right policies to improve the lives of African Americans. The BBC's Clive Myrie reports from the crucial state of Arizona, where black votes could decide who wins.
Mali Radisson Blu attack: Two Islamists sentenced to death
One of the defendants told the court he was "proud" of his part in the attacks, which were claimed by a jihadist group.
Al-Qaeda still 'heavily embedded' within Taliban in Afghanistan, UN official warns
American officials have been vague when questioned as to whether or not they believe the Taliban is fully complying with its commitments on al-Qaeda, often suggesting that the information is classified. Ambassador Nathan Sales, co-ordinator for counterterrorism at the US state department, told the BBC: "We expect the Taliban to honour the commitments that they made… to end all connections with terrorist organisations in Afghanistan. We intend to continue monitoring the situation very closely to ensure actions are matching words."
Joe Biden 'could be compromised by the Chinese Communist Party and must answer key questions'
Joe Biden could be 'compromised by the Chinese Communist Party,' a Republican congressman has claimed, and demanded that the Democrat leader provide a full account of his business dealings with his son Hunter. Dan Crenshaw, a Republican representative for Texas, told Fox News on Wednesday morning that he was deeply concerned. Hunter has a long history of businessThe business started by Bobulinski, Hunter Biden, Joe's brother James Biden and two other men collapsed in the fall of 2017, and never completed any deals. 'There's a possibility that Joe Biden is actually compromised by the Chinese Communist Party,' Crenshaw told Fox & Friends. We're about to have an election and potentially elect a president that's compromised by the Chinese Communist Party because this energy company has direct ties to the Communist Party.'
Miles Taylor is branded a 'two-faced liar' after he denied being 'Anonymous'
Leading the charge of outrage was White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany, who tweeted: ‘PROOF: Miles Taylor, who now admits to being “Anonymous”, once told us he was NOT Anonymous. Miles Taylor? HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA. The person that the NYT strongly insinuated was, like, the VP or WH Chief of Staff, or Cabinet Member was literally "Miles Taylor." HA HA HA,’ Fox News contributor Mollie Hemingway wrote.
Doubts about safety of Flint's water 6 years after crisis
Flint water activist Claire McClinton shown near City Hall says the water problem is still not fixedAdvertising Read moreFlint (United States) (AFP)Authorities say Flint's water meets federal safety guidelines, outperforming comparable cities. "We'll still drink the bottled water until somebody high up says, 'It's okay to drink the water.'" The Michigan state website stops short of calling Flint's water "safe to drink" but says the supply "meets very high standards," while city officials say the water quality has "stabilized" and shows low lead levels. "I don't think there's any safety issues currently with the water," said Stern, who says he understands why people are skeptical. Less clear is the status of criminal probes against top state officials who orchestrated the shift in water supply and downplayed or misled the public about the health implications.
Buffeted by crises, will Flint turn out to vote?
In 2016, low vote counts in Black communities in the industrial Midwest and beyond paved the way for Donald Trump's upset win. So a key question for predominantly African American cities like Flint as Election Day approaches is whether Black voters will demand a bigger say this time around. McClinton backed Bernie Sanders in the Democratic primary, but is now urging friends to vote for Biden. "The apathy among voters has been very, very strong," said Pastor Chris Martin, who is leading the get-out-the-vote drive in Flint. Robinson, who is working with Martin to boost turnout for the Democratic ticket, met Harris earlier this month while she was visiting Flint.
With slim lead and thousands of votes uncounted, Saskatchewan NDP leader declares election win in riding
Article contentREGINA — Saskatchewan NDP Leader Ryan Meili says he plans on returning to the legislature as an updated provincial election count shows him more than 200 votes ahead of his opponent. The counting of more than 40,000 mail-in ballots began Wednesday, following Monday’s fourth-straight majority win by the Saskatchewan Party. Try refreshing your browser, or With slim lead and thousands of votes uncounted, Saskatchewan NDP leader declares election win in riding Back to videoElection night polls closed showing Meili trailing Saskatchewan Party candidate Rylund Hunter by 83 votes in the race to keep his seat in Saskatoon Meewasin. The Elections Saskatchewan website says 1,065 mail-in ballots so far received and counted give Meili a 209-vote lead over Hunter. “I’m so honoured to be able to represent, continue to represent, the people of Saskatoon Meewasin,” he told a news conference in Saskatoon.
Anonymous ex-White House official who wrote scathing N.Y. Times op-ed against Trump reveals identity
Article contentThe former chief of staff at the Department of Homeland Security revealed himself Wednesday as “Anonymous,” the administration official who wrote an unsigned 2018 op-ed and a 2019 book critical of President Donald Trump. The former official, Miles Taylor, who resigned from the department in 2019, announced he is “Anonymous” in a tweet and a post on the website Medium. He published the book “A Warning” last year, describing a “broken” White House led by an “amoral” president, which set Washington abuzz trying to figure out the author’s identity. tap here to see other videos from our team. That is why I’ve already been vocal throughout the general election.”
US senators grill tech giants over content moderation ahead of election
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey gives his opening statement remotely during a hearing to discuss reforming Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act. Dorsey said Twitter was working closely with state election officials. In moderation: US tech firms front Senate hearing over bias claims 04:10GOP senators raised with the executives an array of allegations of other bias on the platforms regarding Iran, China and Holocaust denial. “We approach our work without political bias, full stop,” Pichai said. In their efforts to police misinformation about the election, Twitter and Facebook have imposed a misinformation label on some content from the president, who has about 80 million followers.
Denuclearization will bring prosperity of N. Korea, not end of regime: O'Brien
"Now, the results of the various meetings -- Singapore and Hanoi... and the brief meeting at the DMZ -- is that we have not had a test for long-range intercontinental ballistic missile by North Korea since Singapore. It didn't happen under any of them," he added.What Trump has accomplished with North Korea can be partly attributed to his maximum pressure campaign, but also his new vision for the impoverished North, O'Brien noted. "What the President tried to paint for Chairman Kim, for the North Korean people, is an alternative vision....that the nuclear weapons are not going to bring you prosperity. "But if you get rid of your nuclear weapons, the potential for North Korea is limitless. "If they channeled that into real economy, North Korea could be rich.
Xi renews commitment to firming up relations with N. Korea 'generation after generation'
NATIONAL(KCNA-Yonhap)Chinese President Xi Jinping has renewed his commitment to firm up relations with North Korea "generation after generation," saying the world is witnessing the "great rapid change unprecedented in 100 years," Pyongyang's state media reported Thursday.Xi made the remarks in a response message to North Korean leader Kim Jong-un after Kim sent a congratulatory message earlier this month on the occasion of the 71st founding anniversary of China, according to the Korean Central News Agency.The message appears aimed at demonstrating strong bilateral relations among the allies amid Beijing's deepening rivalry with the United States and stalled denuclearization talks with Washington. It also came days ahead of the US presidential election scheduled for early next week.It was the fourth message exchanged between Xi and Kim in less than a month on the occasion of state anniversaries of the two countries. Last week, Kim also visited a cemetery of Chinese soldiers who fell during the 1950-53 Korean War to mark the 70th anniversary of their participation in the conflict. "I and Comrade Chairman (Kim) have got the relations between the two parties and between the two countries to enter a new historic period through close and deep communication in recent years," the KCNA quoted Xi as saying.Saying that the world is witnessing a "great rapid change unprecedented in 100 years," Xi noted that China is willing to develop long and friendly relations with North Korea "generation after generation," while trying to provide the peoples of the two countries "with better welfare" and propel "regional peace, stability and development. "Xi did not specify what the unprecedented rapid change in 100 years is, but it could be referring to the coronavirus global pandemic and China's deepening rivalry with the US.Mentioning the recent 75th founding anniversary of the Workers' Party of North Korea, Xi lauded Pyongyang for "great successes in the cause of socialist construction,"
Xi renews commitment to firming up relations with N. Korea 'generation after generation'
(KCNA-Yonhap)Chinese President Xi Jinping has renewed his commitment to firm up relations with North Korea "generation after generation," saying the world is witnessing the "great rapid change unprecedented in 100 years," Pyongyang's state media reported Thursday. The message appears aimed at demonstrating strong bilateral relations among the allies amid Beijing's deepening rivalry with the United States and stalled denuclearization talks with Washington. It was the fourth message exchanged between Xi and Kim in less than a month on the occasion of state anniversaries of the two countries. Mentioning the recent 75th founding anniversary of the Workers' Party of North Korea, Xi lauded Pyongyang for "great successes in the cause of socialist construction," the KCNA said. China and North Korea have shown off their strong relations in what appears to be a move to strengthen their hand amid stalled denuclearization talks and deepening rivalry between Beijing and Washington.
Staggering early vote turnout boosts hopes for Biden in Texas
HOUSTONHOUSTON (Reuters) - Less than a week before Election Day, Joe Biden is tantalizingly close to a prize that has eluded generations of Democratic presidential candidates: Texas. They also suggest the former vice president is leading among those helping to set its staggering early vote totals. A Biden win in Texas, which hasn't voted for a Democratic nominee for president since 1976, would end any chance of Trump's re-election. Besides the early vote, there are signs that Texas' shift toward the Democratic Party is not a mirage. "Texas voters recognize Biden's radical anti-energy agenda will destroy the state's economy," Trump campaign spokeswoman Samantha Cotten said.
Exclusive: Biden, if elected, would consult allies on future of U.S. tariffs on China - advisers
WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - Democrat Joe Biden would immediately consult with America’s main allies before deciding on the future of U.S. tariffs on China, seeking “collective leverage” to strengthen his hand against Beijing if he is elected president, Biden top advisers said on Wednesday. And that has given China an escape hatch,” said Jeffrey Prescott, a former senior foreign policy in the Obama administration. In political rallies, Trump has often claimed that Biden would take a softer approach to China. Immediate consultation would be needed “to identify areas where we can bring collective leverage on China,” Prescott said. “But they’ve been alienated, they’ve been insulted by President Trump, and that’s made our hand with China even weaker than it should be.”
Tucker Suggests His Hunter Biden Dirt Was Intercepted in the Mail
“So on Monday this week, we received—from a source—a series of confidential documents related to the Biden camp,” Carlson said. Carlson then claimed that he asked another producer to ship the documents overnight to California with a “large brand-name company,” which he didn’t specifically identify. “But the Biden documents never arrived in Los Angeles,” Carlson continued. “Tuesday morning we received word from the shipping company that our package had been opened and the contents were missing. “The company security team interviewed every one of its employees who touched the envelope we sent,” Carlson breathlessly declared.
Biden makes late push to flip the Senate
There's no state more consequential than Georgia in that fight,” the former vice president and 36-year Senate veteran said. But they acknowledged that the Senate races did play into the late trips to Georgia and other surrogate travel over the final week before Election Day. But she is on an RV tour this week and it wasn’t clear as of Tuesday whether she would join Biden’s campaign event. Doug Gross, a veteran Republican operative in Iowa, said the top of ticket and Senate races were tied together and both sides would get a boost of attention from the visits. “We win Georgia, we win everything,” Biden said.
US supreme court deals setback to Republicans over mail-in voting in key states
Pennsylvania Republicans asked the US supreme court to halt that ruling pending appeal, but it declined to do so last week, deadlocking 4-4 and offering no explanation for its decision. Shortly after Pennsylvania, the supreme court also declined to block an agreement giving North Carolina voters more time to return their absentee ballots. Could the 2020 US election really be decided by the supreme court? The Pennsylvania supreme court’s ruling “likely violates the federal constitution”, Alito wrote for the three, and its decision “could lead to serious post-election problems”. North Carolina Republicans, who control the state legislature, challenged that extension and asked the supreme court to overturn it.
Supreme Court Allows Longer Deadlines for Absentee Ballots in Pennsylvania and North Carolina
Justice Amy Coney Barrett, who joined the court on Tuesday, did not take part in either case. In Pennsylvania, the question was whether the state’s Supreme Court could override voting rules set by the state legislature. In North Carolina, the question was whether state election officials had the power to alter such voting rules. The Pennsylvania case left open the possibility of later action by the court. “I reluctantly conclude that there is simply not enough time at this late date to decide the question before the election,” Justice Alito wrote.
Florida man charged with changing governor’s voting address
Ron DeSantis couldn’t initially cast his ballot this week because someone illegally changed his address online, a complication that resulted in a suspect’s arrest on felony charges and raised questions about the security of the state’s online registration system. He then contacted the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, which determined the record had been changed online from a house in Naples, Florida. Earley said in a transient state like Florida, a simple system for address changes is needed. Court records do not indicate if he has an attorney who could comment on the charges. On Oct. 7, the state’s online voter system crashed during the last hours of registration for this election because the server was overloaded.
On Justice Barrett’s Prospective Participation in Election Cases
Justice Amy Coney Barrett will soon decide whether to take part in election-related litigation. Justice Kagan declined to recuse herself from the first Obamacare case (NFIB v. Sebelius) even though, as President Obama’s Solicitor General, she was personally involved (even if only to a limited degree) in advising how to defend against challenges to Obamacare. That line instead appears to have been developed post hoc in order to salvage Kagan’s participation in the Obamacare litigation. The argument that Justice Kagan and Justice Ginsburg were obligated to recuse in these instances strikes me as far stronger than the argument that Justice Barrett is obligated to recuse from election-related cases. Advertisement(I’ve already explained why I disagree with former judge Michael Luttig’s argument that the Supreme Court’s 2009 ruling in Caperton v. A.T. Massey Coal Co. has any meaningful bearing on Barrett’s recusal decision.)
Should Justice Barrett Recuse from 2020 Election Litigation? (Updated)
Now that Justice Barrett is on the Court, it is inevitable that she will be asked to participate in another election case. Based upon the above, there would seem to be no basis for Justice Barrett to recuse from a 2020 election law case. During her confirmation hearings, Senate Democrats suggested Justice Barrett should recuse from election litigation, and former judge Michael Luttig wrote an op-ed arguing Justice Barrett may be obligated to recuse under the Supreme Court's decision in Caperton v. A.T. Massey Coal. And if, in the end, Justice Barrett decides to recuse the President will have no one to blame but himself. Second, last night, after the Senate vote, Justice Barrett was sworn in at the White House.
Re: JCN Memo on Kagan Recusal
Carrie, thanks for the excellent JCN memo on the issue of Justice Kagan’s from the Obamacare cases. Pardon me for repeating parts of your memo, but I’d just like to highlight a few points:Advertisement1. AdvertisementNor, of course, is there any conceivable reason why Kagan would have been “walled off”; she certainly didn’t have a conflict at that time that prevented her from tending to her duties on Obamacare litigation. In sum, I think that your memo makes a powerful case for Kagan’s recusal from the Obamacare litigation. But I’d of course be eager to hear the counterarguments from those who believe that Kagan may take part.
Jonathan Chait Cannot Stop Thinking about Donald Trump
Jonathan Chait (BookTV/YouTube)New York magazine’s Jonathan Chait has continued his turn toward conspiracy theory with a new essay. cover to back Donald Trump. That Chait cannot stop thinking about Donald Trump irrespective of the topic at hand is sad. Chait is free to disagree with this supposition if he likes; if everybody agreed with me, I wouldn’t bother arguing. I have no doubt that it would be convenient for Chait if I were of the view that capitalism needed a Pinochet to sustain it.
The New York Times / Siena College National Poll: Biden Leads Trump 50-41% – Siena College Research Institute
“Both candidates continue to have near-universal support among voters from their party, and independents continue to support Biden, currently by nine points. Whites continue to be divided along educational lines, as those with a college degree support Biden 56-37 percent and those without a degree support Trump 59-36 percent,” Levy said. Voters Say Yes for Themselves, No for the CountryForty-nine percent of voters say they are better off today than four years ago, and 32 percent say they’re worse off, while 16 percent volunteered that they were the same. Voters support a national mask mandate 59-39 percent, down from 67-31 percent last month. By a 58-31 percent margin, voters say Democrats should not increase the size of the Court.
Pence dismisses 'Anonymous' book claim that senior officials believed VP would back 25th Amendment push
The book doesn't say Pence actually said he would support such a move, according to a summary of an excerpt first reported by HuffPost , which the source described as accurate. I never heard any discussion in my entire tenure as vice president about the 25th Amendment , and why would I?" If there's someone in our administration or served in our administration who doesn't support this President, doesn't support his agenda, they should do the honorable thing and resign," he said. The author wrote that "many of the senior officials in his own administration are working diligently from within to frustrate parts of his agenda and his worst inclinations." In the op-ed, the author said "there were early whispers within the cabinet of invoking the 25th Amendment."
Jake Tapper declares Hunter Biden claims 'too disgusting' to repeat on CNN: 'The rightwing is going crazy'
CNN anchor Jake Tapper declared that the growing allegations made against Hunter Biden ahead of the final presidential debate are "too disgusting" to repeat on-air. ABC NEWS HAS COMPLETELY IGNORED HUNTER BIDEN LAPTOP SCANDAL, STUDY FINDS"Bakari, the rightwing is going crazy with all sorts of allegations about Biden and his family. Too disgusting to even repeat here," Tapper told his Democratic colleague Bakari Sellers. "I mean, that's a tough one," Sellers responded. Meanwhile, former Hunter Biden business partner Tony Bobulinski who came forward Thursday morning to authenticate messages showing an arrangement involving a Chinese company and members of the Biden family, will be attending the final debate as a special guest of President Trump.
Pope calls for Poland to protect life amid protests over abortion law
As protests against a near-total ban on abortions gripped Poland, Pope Francis urged the people of the country to defend life. Poland's Constitutional Court ruled Oct. 22 that a clause in Poland's 1993 abortion law allowing pregnancy terminations in cases of "severe and irreparable fetal damage" was unconstitutional. The decision provoked outrage from some women's rights groups in the country against the governing Law and Justice party, as well as against the Catholic Church. While appealing for dialogue "on how to protect the right to life and women's rights," Archbishop Gadecki said that the church's stance on abortion is "unchanging and publicly known." "The church cannot stop defending life or give up proclaiming the need to protect every human being from conception to natural death," he said.
Casey DeSantis: FDOE, DCF Helped Send Almost 1,000 Devices to Help Children in Foster Care
During a meeting of the Children and Youth Cabinet on Tuesday, First Lady Casey DeSantis today announced that the Florida Department of Education (FDOE) and the Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF) have partnered to provide almost 1,000 devices to Florida children in foster care who are in need of a mobile technology device, such as a laptop or notebook, to help address advance their educations. “As parents, Governor DeSantis and I are passionate about helping Florida’s children reach their full potential. In addition to the value of in-person instruction, this initiative supports children who have already faced significant personal challenges beyond their control,” said First Lady Casey DeSantis. “Foster care students have faced unique levels of disruption to their learning and home environments during Florida’s response and recovery, including spikes in the need to relocate and food insecurities, and consistent mobile access to educational supports can give them some certainty in this otherwise historically challenging period for foster care students. “While the traditional idea of school may look a bit different for families across the state, Florida’s children in foster care will benefit greatly from the enhanced access to educational services.”
Here's one big clue to the identity of the anonymous op-ed writer
The writer was described by the Times as a "senior official in the Trump administration," which is, obviously, very, very broad. There are thousands of people within the federal bureaucracy and God knows everyone thinks they are a senior official, too. (If there is anyone below you on the totem pole, they would be a junior administration official, so you could tell yourself you are a senior administration official.) The other complicating factor, as noted by CNN's own Betsy Klein , is that there is no title of "senior administration official" within the federal government. Except that you have to know this about The New York Times: They aren't publishing an anonymous op-ed from just anyone in the Trump administration.
CNN error extends run of journalistic mishaps
| Mark Makela/Getty Images CNN error extends run of journalistic mishaps The network acknowledged a key mistake in its story on Trump and WikiLeaks. CNN was forced to correct a key error in a story about the Trump campaign and access to hacked Democratic National Committee emails on Friday, extending a run of high-profile media mistakes. The error was the difference between the Trump campaign having advance access to the DNC emails — a potential scandal — and the campaign having access to emails already available publicly. #fakenews #notholdingmybreath.”President Donald Trump, who has frequently targeted CNN on the campaign trail and in office, mocked the outlet for the error at a Florida rally Friday night. WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange also attacked CNN on Twitter, saying: “This is what has happened to CNN in the hands of Jeff Zucker+Jeff Bewkes.
Here's the problem for Donald Trump with the Atlantic story
It is a disgraceful situation, by a magazine that is a terrible magazine, I don't read it." "The Atlantic Magazine is dying, like most magazines, so they make up a fake story in order to gain some relevance," he wrote . You fight and and fight, and then people realize it was a total fraud!" National security adviser Robert O'Brien was called in to serve as a character witness for Trump, telling reporters, "You're not going to find anybody who's more sympathetic to their situation than the President." Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told Fox News he never heard the President use the language described in the article.
Donald Trump Is Just Not an Easy Sell in the Western States, Compared with a Generic Republican
Romney won 53.6 percent in Arizona in 2012, while Trump won 48.6 percent in 2016. Romney won 46.1 percent in Colorado, while Trump won 43.2 percent. Romney won 64.5 percent in Idaho; Trump won 59.2 percent. In a handful of Western states, Trump exceeded Romney’s percentage. Romney won 35.1 percent of the vote in New York in 2016; Donald Trump won 36.5 percent.
Marquette’s Final Wisconsin Poll: Biden 48, Trump 43
Marquette University Law School’s final poll of the 2020 presidential race shows Joe Biden leading Donald Trump 48 percent to 43 percent, but six percent of likely voters refused to say which candidate they’re backing. #mulawpoll — MULawPoll (@MULawPoll) October 28, 2020Trump handling of coronavirus pandemic: 40% approve, 58% disapprove. #mulawpoll — MULawPoll (@MULawPoll) October 28, 2020Wisconsin voters favored the confirmation of Amy Coney Barrett to the U.S. Supreme Court by a ten-point margin:48% say that if they had been in the US Senate, they would have voted to confirm Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court,, while 38% would have voted against confirmation. #mulawpoll — MULawPoll (@MULawPoll) October 28, 2020Trump now trails Biden by 6.4 points in the RealClearPolitics average of Wisconsin polls — almost identical to the 6.5-point margin by which he trailed Hillary Clinton in 2016 before scoring a stunning upset in the state. In the final 2016 average of Wisconsin polls, Clinton led Trump 46.8 percent to 40.3 percent.
Trump Reelection Campaign: Not as Exciting as 2016
He is an entertainer, and the act is not new anymore. NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE T here were always going to be challenges for Donald Trump’s reelection. The first is that he wouldn’t be running against Hillary Clinton, who managed to be extremely unpopular but threatening enough to unify many Republicans underneath Trump’s banner. The second is that his 2016 campaign overpromised in a way that made it impossible for him to deliver. He’d build a wall, and “Mexico would pay for it.” His only attempt …
GOP’s Chances of Holding the Senate if Trump Loses
For clues, look to Trump's polling in the states that will determine control of the chamber. NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE W e don’t know yet what will happen in the presidential election, but the odds clearly favor a Joe Biden victory, and even more strongly favor the Democrats holding the House. If Biden wins, much of his agenda will thus depend on whether Democrats take the Senate. If Trump pulls out a surprise victory, his ability to keep confirming judges at a brisk clip will likewise depend on the Senate. In some ways, control of the Senate may be …
Bobulinski Claims Documents Prove Joe Biden 'Lying' about Lack of Involvement in Foreign Dealings
Tony Bobulinski, former business associate of Hunter Biden, speaks to journalists ahead of the final 2020 presidential debate in Nashville, Tenn., October 22, 2020. (Tom Brenner/Reuters)Tony Bobulinski, a former business associate of Hunter Biden, has accused Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden of “lying” about whether he was directly involved in his son’s foreign business dealings. “In that debate, he made a specific statement around questions around this from the president,” Bobulinski said. Bobulinski told Carlson that Schiff’s baseless disinformation claim motivated him to come forward with what he knew of Biden family corruption. The American people “can form their own conclusion” about the Biden family’s business dealings, Bobulinski added.
Wendy Davis: Has the Blue Wave Finally Arrived in Texas? This District Might Offer a Clue
Former Texas state Senator Wendy Davis during the “Politicon” convention in Pasadena, Calif., June 25, 2016. (Patrick T. Fallon/Reuters)Wendy Davis hopes she and her famous pink shoes can turn Texas blue and she’s starting with Texas’ 21st Congressional District. AdvertisementDemocrats have coalesced behind Davis’ campaign, with the DCCC naming Davis one of a dozen candidates to the first round of its “Red to Blue” program for top House challengers. The TX-21 race is at the heart of the state’s changing demographics. AdvertisementIn TX-21, Davis has outraised Roy $4.4 million to $4.1 million, funding more commonly seen in Senate races than Congressional ones.
Scottish Bill Would Criminalize ‘Hate Speech’ in Private Homes
Scotland’s Secretary for Justice, Humza Yousaf, speaks at the opening of the Scottish National Party conference in Glasgow, Scotland, October 7, 2018. (Russell Cheyne/Reuters)A controversial bill making its way through Scotland’s Parliament would criminalize hate speech even if the offending words were uttered in someone’s private home. Members of the Scottish Parliament questioned Justice Secretary Humza Yousaf for the first time on Tuesday about the Hate Crime and Public Order Bill, which would establish a new crime, “stirring up hatred.”AdvertisementThe legislation criminalizes hate speech relating to age, disability, religion, sexual orientation, transgender identity, and variations in sex characteristics, including potentially hate speech spoken in private residences. After criticism from groups saying the bill threatens to stifle free speech, Yousaf agreed to amend the legislation when it reaches stage two of consideration in Parliament. “I’m very actively considering both the breadth and the depth of freedom-of-expression clauses,” the justice secretary said.
Cook Political Report Shifts Texas to ‘Toss-Up’ in Presidential Race
(Phototreat/iStock/Getty Images Plus)The Cook Political Report, a nonpartisan outlet dedicated to analyzing and predicting elections, on Wednesday shifted Texas from “lean Republican” to a “toss-up” in its Electoral College forecast. The move comes after a number of polls have shown a tightening race in the Lone Star state, which has been reliably red for decades. “Recent polling in the state — both public and private – shows a 2-4 point race. The last Democratic presidential candidate to win in Texas was Jimmy Carter in 1976. To win the election, President Trump must win every state the Cook Political Report currently has labeled as a toss-up: Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, Iowa, Ohio, Texas and Maine’s 2nd CD, Walter wrote.
Rick Scott Criticizes Twitter for Allowing Posts by Foreign Dictators while Flagging Trump Tweets
Sen. Rick Scott (R., Fla.) speaks during a news conference in Washington, D.C., October 26, 2020. (Olivier Douliery/Reuters)Senator Rick Scott (R., Fla.) criticized Twitter during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Wednesday for flagging posts by President Trump and the New York Post but neglecting to do so for tweets by the dictators of Iran and Venezuela. The Committee subpoenaed Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg after both platforms attempted to reduce circulation of a New York Post story on Hunter Biden’s influence peddling. AdvertisementDuring the Wednesday hearing, Senator Scott questioned Dorsey regarding apparent inconsistencies in Twitter’s policy of flagging tweets for potentially inaccurate information. Twitter initially flagged the Post‘s Hunter Biden story even though “the New York Post is one of the most circulated publications in the United States,” Scott said.
2020 Election: What's Happening to the Gender Gap?
Subtracting them yields one measure of the gender gap in voting: 11 percent. AdvertisementAt first glance, though, lot of the polling is finding a smaller gender gap than the one that showed up in 2016. IBD/TIPP’s last poll in 2016 had a 6-point gender gap, Morning Consult’s was 3, CNN’s was 8, and The Economist/YouGov’s was 5. Comparing the same polls now to then suggests the gender gap is indeed bigger this year. AdvertisementAnother gap of note is the marriage gap, which has usually been wider than the gender gap.
Why Did CNN Publish Anonymous’s Claims without Verification?
The intimation, of course, was that we were dealing some truly “senior” figure who could no longer stay silent under Trumpian fascism. And even though everything Anonymous alleged was completely unverified, even his identity, every major media outlet ran with pieces relaying his claims. Though one wonders how many times Taylor and Anonymous were used by reporters as separate independent sources. But it is worth mentioning that Taylor’s book came out the same month he left his position within the administration. So is the idea, it seems, that he ever resisted Trump immigration policies in the White House.
Philadelphia Imposes Curfew after Two Nights of Riots
Rioters clash with police during a rally after the death of Walter Wallace Jr., who was shot by police in Philadelphia, Pa., October 27, 2020. (Yuki Iwamura/Reuters)The Philadelphia mayor’s office announced a city-wide curfew on Wednesday following two nights of riots. The riots were sparked after police on Monday shot and killed 27-year-old Walter Wallace Jr., an African American man who police said was threatening officers with a knife. Wallace’s father, Walter Wallace Sr., called on Tuesday for the riots to cease. Advertisement“Have respect for my family and my son and stop this violence and chaos that’s going on in the city,” Wallace Sr. said.
Trump & 2020: Pollster Sees Win Possible
The president will carry Pennsylvania and prevail in the election, according to Jim Lee of Susquehanna Polling and Research. Last week another pollster, Jim Lee of Susquehanna Polling and Research, echoed some of Cahaly’s points about shy Trump voters being missed by pollsters. “There is definitely a submerged Trump vote,” Lee said. Asked for a prediction, he hedged a little but then predicted a Trump win: “I can’t call it. If the turnout is going to be what I think, Trump wins it.”Lee …
On Trump and Voting Your Conscience
Can you believe it?” She fixed me with a look and said, “You didn’t leave the Republican Party; the Republican Party left you.”AdvertisementThis was an adaptation of Ronald Reagan’s famous remark about the Democrats. Trump is Trump — “he’s a disruptor!” — and you’re the weird one if you make a big deal out of it. Trumpers have Trump on the brain, and anti-Trumpers have Trump on the brain. We’re supposed to shrug that off, evidently, because “that’s Trump being Trump,” and don’t we know that he’s a “fighter”? This theory was promoted by a tweeter calling himself “Oscar the Midnight Rider 1111.” Naturally, President Trump retweeted Oscar the Midnight Rider 1111.
Anonymous Trump Staffer, Author of Tell-All Book, Revealed as Former DHS Chief of Staff
( aetb/Getty Images)The anonymous Trump administration official who penned the tell-all memoir titled A Warning and an anti-Trump Op-Ed in the New York Times was revealed on Wednesday to be Miles Taylor, former chief of staff at the Department of Homeland Security. “Make no mistake: I am a Republican, and I wanted this President to succeed,” Taylor wrote in a statement posted on the blog site Medium. “He was ineffective and incompetent during his time as DHS Chief of Staff which is why he was promptly fired.”Both CNN and Vice asked Taylor in August whether he was “Anonymous,” and in both instances Taylor issued a denial. So, no,” says @MilesTaylorUSA, when asked by @AndersonCooper if he is the author of the op-ed book written by someone called Anonymous. pic.twitter.com/sPjs4OoAnp — CNN Newsroom (@CNNnewsroom) August 21, 2020Send a tip to the news team at NR.
Pennsylvania Ballot Deadline Extension: Supreme Court Declines to Fast-Track Ruling
(Jonathan Ernst/Reuters)The U.S. Supreme Court declined on Wednesday to expedite a decision on whether the state of Pennsylvania can extend the deadline to receive mail-in ballots. The Court’s decision effectively allows Pennsylvania to move forward with its original plan to receive mail-in ballots for the presidential election up until November 6, three days after election day. AdvertisementThe Court initially allowed the mail-in deadline extension in a 4-4 tied vote last week. AdvertisementAdvertisement“It would be highly desirable to issue a ruling on the constitutionality of the [Pennsylvania] Supreme Court’s decision before the election. That question has national importance, and there is a strong likelihood that the [Pennsylvania] Supreme Court decision violates the Federal Constitution,” Justice Alito wrote.
Majority of Commerce Senators Who Hosted Big Tech CEOs Received Campaign Cash from Same Firms, Records Show
AdvertisementIn the end, when it came to actionable items, some Big Tech critics were disappointed, while other Big Tech proponents were pleased. “We’re glad that lawmakers are appreciating the widespread benefits of Section 230 and the costs to startups if it’s amended. AdvertisementNine of the 14 GOP members in the Senate Commerce majority have taken recent contributions, compared to 10 of the 12 Democrats in the minority. Three Republicans who have each accepted contributions from Big Tech — Roy Blunt of Missouri, Dan Sullivan of Alaska, and Todd Young of Indiana — did not show up. During the hearing, Senator John Thune (R., S.D.
Thune: Facebook, Twitter CEOs Must Decide on Publisher Issue
Facebook and Twitter officials must decide whether their sites are a neutral platform used to host user-generated content, or if they are acting as publishers who filter information, Sen. John Thune said Wednesday morning before Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey were to testify virtually before his Senate committee. "We are very interested in hearing from the tech CEOs principally about how they decide, when they decide, to moderate user-generated content on their platform," the South Dakota Republican, who chairs the Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, Innovation, and the Internet, said on CBNC's "Squawk Box." "Data privacy is a big issue and the anti-trust issue and concentration of market power in the hands of the countries and could get probed a little bit." "I don't think that in any way steps on these company's abilities to continue doing what they're doing and doing it well." Meanwhile, social media sites have argued for some time that they are neutral, but "we found that's not true," said Thune, as there are cases where content is being censored.
2020, Trump & GOP Senate Candidates: Comparing Vote Totals Will Give Hint at Party’s Future
(Jonathan Ernst/Reuters)The president’s performance relative to GOP Senate candidates’ will tell us whether he’s a political unicorn or a more durable phenomenon. In 18 states, Trump ran six or fewer points behind the GOP Senate candidate:In Alabama, Richard Shelby won 64 percent of the vote, and Trump won 62 percent. In five states, Trump ran six or more points behind the GOP Senate candidate:In Iowa, Chuck Grassley won 60.1 percent of the vote, and Trump won 51.1 percent. In ten states, Trump ran ahead of the GOP Senate candidate:In Alaska, Lisa Murkowski won 44 percent of the vote, and Trump won 51.2 percent. Four years ago, Trump ran behind the GOP Senate candidate in 23 of 33 states with Senate races.
Serbia's PM: Gov't to be Pro-EU Keeping Russia, China Ties
BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Serbia’s prime minister-designate said Wednesday her new government will be pro-European but will also maintain “friendly’’ relations with Russia and China. Ana Brnabic made the comments in an address to parliament, which is to approve Serbia’s new government dominated by allies of autocratic President Aleksandar Vucic. Although formally seeking EU membership, Serbia has been strengthening its economic, political and military ties with Russia and China. Vucic’s ruling Serbian Progressive Party swept the June 21 parliamentary vote that was boycotted by several of the main opposition parties. The main opposition parties said on Wednesday the new government, which has 21 ministers — nearly half of them women — is not legitimate as it is the result of “fraudulent’’ elections.
Belarus Minister Says Police Could Use Guns During Protests
In a YouTube interview released Wednesday, Interior Minister Yuri Karayev said he thinks that police have been too tolerant of protesters and that they will take a tougher line. Since the country's Aug. 9 presidential election, Belarus has been rocked by the largest and most sustained protests in President Alexander Lukashenko’s 26-year rule. The strike, however, has failed to get enough traction to stymie production at major state-run plants and factories that make up the core of the Belarus economy. Amid the pressure from protesters, Lukashenko has maneuvered to buy time by promising a constitutional overhaul that could trim his powers. Belarus' State Security Committee, which still goes by the Soviet-era name KGB, accused him of conspiring to stage mass riots.
Albania Hosts Online Balkan Anti-Semitism Forum
TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albania held an online forum against anti-Semitism Wednesday, the first time such a meeting has been staged in the Balkans, with Prime Minister Edi Rama calling anti-Semitism “a threat to our own civilization.”The Balkans Forum Against Anti-Semitism was organized by Albania’s Parliament in partnership with the New York-based Combat Anti-Semitism Movement (CAM) and the Jewish Agency for Israel. “We need to continue and fight any form of anti-Semitism, which is a threat to our own civilization … upon which our common future is being built,” Rama said. Regional top leaders, U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo and other officials from the Balkans, Europe and the U.S. took part. Nazi German forces occupied Albania from September 1943 until November 1944, when they were pushed out by local communist partisans. A small Jewish community living in Albania left the country for Israel just after the fall of the communist regime in 1991.
Karl Rove: Trump's Pathway Depends on Michigan, Pennsylvania, or Wisconsin
"If he wins Pennsylvania and loses Wisconsin and Michigan, he has 280 Electoral College votes," Rove told Fox News' Sandra Smith on "America's Newsroom." "Let's assume he holds the same states he won last time around, [and] in the Great Lakes area he wins Michigan and loses Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, he is at 276." And, said Rove, if Trump holds the states he won last time and wins Wisconsin but loses Pennsylvania and Michigan, he'll have the 270 votes he needs to win the Electoral College vote. He later in the interview, however, made a correction, saying that if Trump wins in Pennsylvania, he'll have 306 electoral votes, but if "he loses Pennsylvania, he is at 286, not 280." But if Trump doesn't win Pennsylvania, Michigan, or Wisconsin, he has to win a combination of states that have 10 electoral votes, such as Nevada and New Hampshire, or win Minnesota and its 10 electoral votes.
SCOTUS Rejects Trump Bid to Block NC Absentee Ballot Extension
The Supreme Court on Wednesday rejected a request by President Donald Trump's campaign to block North Carolina's extension of the deadline for receiving mail-in ballots as the justices acted in another voting case ahead of Nov. 3 election. The justices left in place a lower court-approved agreement allowing the extension, rebuffing a request by Trump's campaign, the Republican National Committee and North Carolina Republican officials for an injunction to block it. The state election board, citing potential U.S. Postal Service mail delivery delays, opted to allow absentee ballots postmarked by Election Day to be counted if they arrived up to nine days later.
DOJ Ramps Up Inquiry Into NY Nursing Home Deaths
The U.S. Justice Department vastly expanded an inquiry Wednesday that could determine whether New York is undercounting coronavirus deaths among nursing home residents, demanding detailed data from hundreds of private facilities. New York's method of counting allows Cuomo to boast his state has a lower percentage of nursing home deaths compared to other states. "New York, actually, we're number 46 out of 50 in terms of percentage of deaths in nursing homes — 46 out of 50. So, yes, people died in nursing homes. Separately, the Justice Department also sent a letter to New Jersey Democrat Gov.
Election Spending Projected to Double 2016's with Almost $14 Billion
Election spending ahead of November 4 is expected to hit about $14 billion, more than doubling the amount spent on the 2016 general election, CNBC reports. The Center for Responsive Politics, a nonpartisan organization, found that the amount of money spent on presidential and congressional campaigns in the 2020 election will reach almost $14 billion, with $6.6 billion in total spending expected on the presidential race, and over $7 billion is expected on various congressional races. In previous presidential election years, the amount spent on both presidential and congressional races never surpassed $7 billion. An estimated $2.3 billion was spent on the 2016 presidential race, with an estimated $4.1 billion spent on congressional races that year. In 2012, $2.6 billion was estimated to have been spent on the presidential race, with an estimated $3.6 billion spent on congressional races.
Federal Judge Orders SC Counties Not to Match Absentee Ballot Signatures
A federal judge has ordered county election officials in South Carolina to stop rejecting absentee ballots based on mismatched signatures. He also required that the board give any voter whose ballot signature appears not to match an opportunity to correct the error, The State reported. Ballots which arrive without a voter’s signature or witness signature will be disqualified. Gergel issued his directive after the League of Women Voters of South Carolina sued claiming that one county was using individuals to compare signatures while another was using computer verification. South Carolina State Election Commission Executive Director Marci Andino said there was no basis in law for applying a similar procedure to absentee ballots.
Supreme Court Leaves NC Absentee Ballot Deadline at Nov. 12
The Supreme Court will allow absentee ballots in North Carolina to be received and counted up to nine days after Election Day, in a win for Democrats. Under the Supreme Court’s order, mailed ballots postmarked on or before Election Day must be received by 5 p.m. on Nov. 12 in order to be counted. The Court upheld the State Board of Elections’ effort to ensure that every eligible vote counts, even during a pandemic,” he said. “Voters must have their mail-in ballots postmarked by Election Day, but now we all have certainty that every eligible vote will be counted. The election board and the state judge “worked together to override a carefully tailored legislative response to COVID,” Gorsuch wrote.
DOD, HHS Buy $1.1B in Coronavirus Therapeutics
The Department of Defense will now focus its Operation Warp Speed to coronavirus therapeutics after agreeing to buy $375 million on Wednesday of Eli Lilly’s yet-to-be-proven antibody treatment, according to the Washington Examiner. In the next two months, the government will purchase 300,000 doses of a therapeutic called bamlanivimab at the initial price. It then has an option to buy up to 650,000 more doses for an additional cost of $812.5 million through June 2021. The DOD announced the deal alongside officials from its Operation Warp Speed partner the Department of Health and Human Services. ''The Trump Administration’s commitment to supporting potentially lifesaving therapeutics will help deliver these products to American patients without a day’s delay,'' HHS Secretary Alex Azar said in a statement.
Trump Denounces White Supremacy 38 Times in New Video
President Donald Trump's campaign has released an almost 5-minute-long video that compiles 38 times the president has denounced white supremacy in a pushback against the continued claims being made by Democrat nominee Joe Biden and his running mate Sen. Kamala Harris. “President Trump wants to prosecute the KKK as a terrorist organization and has condemned White supremacy at least 38 times,” a senior Trump campaign official said. “The Biden campaign continues to sow division and inflame racial tension by spreading this false narrative. Tuesday, Biden said during a speech in Warm Springs, Ga. that Trump has failed to condemn white supremacy, and "doesn't believe systemic racism is a problem, and won't say that Black lives matter." The masthead is a seven-figure ad buy, a senior Trump campaign official told Fox News.
Border Boss Morgan Predicts 'Invasion' Under Biden
Illegal immigration could bloom into an "invasion" if Joe Biden wins the presidency, U.S. Customs and Border Protection acting Commissioner Mark Morgan said. Speaking with reporters on Tuesday, Morgan said actions President Donald Trump has taken have drastically cut down the number of detained illegal immigrants who are caught and released back into the U.S. "If the wall is no longer allowed to continue to be built, if MPP goes away, what you're going to see is a resurgence of catch-and-release," said Morgan, referencing what's called the Migrant Protection Protocols. "You're not going to see a crisis; you're going to see an invasion. You're going to get free healthcare.'"