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Celebrity Vetting and ‘Helping the President’ to Defeat Coronavirus Despair
WASHINGTON — A $265 million public campaign to “defeat despair” around the coronavirus was planned partly around the politically tinged theme that “helping the president will help the country,” according to documents released on Thursday by House investigators. Michael R. Caputo, the assistant secretary for public affairs at the Department of Health and Human Services, and others involved envisioned a star-studded campaign to lift American spirits, but the lawmakers said they sought to exclude celebrities who had supported gay rights or same-sex marriage or who had publicly disparaged President Trump. The actor Zach Galifianakis, for instance, was apparently passed over because he had declined to have Mr. Trump on his talk show “Between Two Ferns.” (Mr. Galifianakis did have President Barack Obama on the irreverent show.) Ultimately, the campaign collapsed in late September amid recriminations and investigation. He is on medical leave battling cancer.
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Virtual Volunteering Still Offers Benefits
Ms. Brynen would help out with setup and at the event; nowadays, she focuses on phone calls. She connects each week via Zoom with a young environmental engineer in Colombia who is hoping to advance her career by improving her English. Ms. Brynen used computers regularly in her public television job, so the transition “from life to Zoom” hasn’t been difficult, she said. Not all of the new volunteer activity is virtual. In northern Minnesota, a community garden program has seen a new infusion of older volunteers, said Lynn Haglin, vice president at the Northland Foundation, a Duluth-based group that organizes and funds the work.
The Finance 202: Trump failed to deliver a Rust Belt revival, imperiling his reelection chances
ADADAnd counties in Midwestern swing states that took a chance on Trump after backing President Obama in 2008 and 2012 are faring worse. Trump pulled off an upset in 2016 when he won the state by less than one percent. Twenty-three of the state’s 72 counties flipped from supporting President Obama in 2012 to Trump in 2016. This year, voters in the state who flipped from Obama to Trump appear to be enduring more financial pain that the broader population. It exceeds the amounts raised from Wall Street executives in support of Trump in both the 2016 and 2020 cycles.
His son’s touchdown run inspired millions. Now he faces his own fight with brain cancer.
ADNow Andy Hoffman is struggling with his own fight with brain cancer. AD“I was diagnosed July 19, when I had a seizure,” Hoffman, 42, an attorney, said in a recent phone conversation. It was really debilitating and I really had to battle back in terms of mobility and I did that. ADHis cancer was diagnosed in 2011, when he was 5, leading to two brain surgeries and chemotherapy. We know we have been given a lot of challenges, but together as a family, we will continue to fight.
Pelosi reveals that she and Mnuchin were miles apart in stimulus talks
ADAD“Your responses are critical for our negotiations to continue,” Pelosi wrote in the letter, which was first reported by Politico Playbook. It’s not happening, right?”Pelosi replied: “Well, that’s when people said, ‘Accept the deal.’ And I was like, ‘What deal? Stocks have been falling as coronavirus cases rise, and the president campaigns around the country accusing Democrats of focusing obsessively on “covid, covid, covid” in their quest to deny him a second term. AD“The American people are suffering, and they want us to come to an agreement to save lives, livelihoods and the life of our American Democracy as soon as possible,” Pelosi wrote. Negotiations have sputtered off and on between Pelosi and Mnuchin, with Trump an erratic force at times calling off talks altogether only to urge an even bigger number than the $2.2 trillion bill approved by House Democrats at the beginning of the month.
Coronavirus live updates: Fauci expresses support for national mask mandate amid record-setting coronavirus infections
A Canadian youth soccer club has been forced to hire private security after parents repeatedly lashed out against coronavirus restrictions in a “horrific and borderline violent” manner. “Enough is enough,” Chilliwack FC wrote in a Tuesday message to the families of players, who range in age from 4 to 9 years old. To be prepared for a potential outbreak, contact tracers also collect spectators’ personal information before games. Some parents have reacted so badly to the new rules “that it can be considered a potential violence in the workplace issue,” the club wrote. After witnessing the amount of abuse directed at volunteers and contact tracers, officials opted to hire private security officers, and said Tuesday that they were prepared to ban parents who become belligerent when asked to comply with the rules.
Weekly unemployment claims dip slightly in last report before election
The data represents what economists say is a disconcertingly high number of new jobless claims that persist seven months into the pandemic. Economists continue to warn about the effect to the economy from the White House and Congress’ inaction on another round of stimulus. ADThe economy has begun to flash more warning signs in recent weeks. Companies announcing layoffs in recent weeks include aerospace giant Raytheon, financial services company Charles Schwab, and Disney World. Indeed Hiring Lab economist AnnElizabeth Konkel noted that the weekly claims remain more than 5 times higher pre-Covid averages.
‘There’s no help coming before the election’: Indiana’s RV capital faces its worst coronavirus outbreak alone
Trump has long disparaged efforts to fight the virus, clashing at times with his own public health officials. Disease detectives from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention were dispatched with state health officials’ help to study the outbreak. The report didn’t include any revelatory findings and was of little help with the current outbreak because it was so dated, health officials said.) Public health officials have been calling local companies and churches, reminding them of the importance of face masks and social distancing. ADMertz, the county health officer, said she has listened to the state health agency’s suggestions and followed its recommendation guidelines.
Trump’s immigration policy on DACA, travel ban and family separations will be hard to fix
(Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post)The legal immigration system, to be clear, has long been broken. The 2020 fiscal year closed with about 11,800 refugees resettled in the United States; over the three decades pre-Trump, the United States averaged more than six times that figure annually. To be sure, many of the president’s immigration policy changes have already been reversed, paused or have yet to take effect. Chief among the victims is the agency that handles most of the legal immigration system: U.S. That means more than reversing the current president’s depredations; it requires something much more difficult: actually fixing the U.S. immigration system.
Opinion | Trump is hopping in a truck and just getting the hell out
He was getting the hell out of this and going back to his good life, waiting for him somewhere at the end of the road. He was a trucker among truckers and he was getting the hell out of this and getting back to his great life. It was easy to forget that, when you were a simple man in a simple truck, getting the hell out of this as fast as you could. These things they wanted were so much harder than they looked and they were so mean about wanting them. He could get into a truck any time and drive the hell away from it all, any time he wanted.
Opinion | New York Times, CNN sullied by ‘Anonymous’ charade
With Taylor’s admission, the newspaper’s opinion section has to answer for the disclosure it ran on his op-ed: “The Times is taking the rare step of publishing an anonymous Op-Ed essay. But now that we know who “Anonymous” is, we are learning that promise was iffy at best. Taylor served as chief of staff, deputy chief of staff and counselor to the secretary at DHS. We asked CNN what it had to say about a contributor doing such a thing on air. Yet that’s the mind-set with which the New York Times and CNN are now associated.
Opinion | Trump must accept the election results if he loses. Will his opponents do the same if he wins?
Journalists granted themselves permission to call the president a liar, often when he simply voiced an opinion. ADFinally, social media giants disproportionately target conservative voices while protecting Biden. Social media is where constructive dialogue goes to die, but it’s also where the national conversation resides. Does anyone doubt that Trump will be holding a rally at 1 a.m. on Election Day while Biden snores? But a question repeatedly asked of Trump should be more often asked of his foes: If Trump wins, will they accept the results?
Trump campaign makes play for Latino voters in Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania doesn’t usually come to mind as a hub for Latino voters. ADThe Trump campaign believes its summer push helped registered more Latino voters, and points to a robust Spanish-language advertising and rapid response campaign, and a steady stream of visits by various surrogates. ADCharlie Gerow, a GOP strategist of Brazilian descent in Harrisburg, believes the ground work by the Trump campaign over the summer with Latino voters will “pay huge dividends” on Election Day. On a recent call with campaign surrogates, the Republican National Committee boasted of Biden’s poor Latino outreach in Pennsylvania, according to a Trump campaign staffer. But they’re still concerned about misinformation that has taken hold — as are Biden campaign officials and Democratic strategists.
A Black voting rights activist confronts the ghosts of racial terror in North Carolina
In 1897, Black men in North Carolina voted in large numbers, but in 1900, the state stripped most of the right to vote. White men were running through the dirt streets, firing as they went. They began plotting to regain control of the government with the aim of removing Black men from public office and disenfranchising Black voters. Black men occupied three of 10 alderman seats after the Fusionists claimed power. To stir up racist sentiment, North Carolina Democrats exploited White fears that Black men who became successful would sexually violate White women.
As Election Day nears, Trump ponders becoming one thing he so despises: A loser
The president’s comments reflect his long-running failure to shift the nation’s focus from the rapidly worsening pandemic in recent months. With Election Day approaching, the virus is surging across the country, with record cases in recent days and growing hospitalizations and deaths. During a speech Wednesday in Wilmington, Del., Biden referenced a Trump rally in Omaha at which thousands of supporters were left stranded waiting for buses in near-freezing weather. On the day of Trump’s visit, Wisconsin recorded 71 covid-19 deaths, the most of any day since the beginning of the pandemic. Trump trails Biden nationally by a wide margin, and his deficit in several swing states remains significant.
Election 2020 live updates: Trump, Biden converging on key battleground state of Florida
Joe Biden leads President Trump by 10 percentage points nationally, 53 percent to 43 percent, according to an average of national polls since Oct. 12. New Post-ABC News polls show Biden with a slight lead in Michigan and a much more substantial advantage in Wisconsin. Check out news, analysis and fact checking about allegations involving the voting process here. Here’s what we know about when to expect results, including in key swing states. Policy: Where Biden and Trump stand on key issues defining the election.
Disneyland Paris shuts down again as France enters lockdown
London (CNN Business) Disneyland Paris is temporarily closing again as France enters a second nationwide lockdown to curb a surge in coronavirus infections. The theme park will be shut from January 4 through February 12. France's President Emmanuel Macron announced a new nationwide lockdown on Wednesday that he said will last until December 1 "at minimum." Non-essential businesses, restaurants and bars will be closed starting Monday as the country battles a surge in coronavirus cases that hospitals warn could cause capacity issues. All 12 of its parks in North America, Asia and Europe were closed between March and May.
'The Joe Rogan Experience,' a podcast that has sparked outrage, is a huge hit for Spotify
Thursday's earnings report comes amid a week of backlash against Spotify after Joe Rogan hosted right-wing conspiracy theorist Alex Jones on his podcast Tuesday. When Spotify added "The Joe Rogan Experience" to the platform, the episodes that featured Jones and Proud Boys founder Gavin McInnes were absent. Vice's Motherboard reported Spotify employees challenged management about Rogan's presence on the platform, specifically citing his comments about transgender people. For the third quarter, Spotify reported 144 million paid subscribers, up 27% from the year prior and at the high end of its forecast. For the next quarter, Spotify estimates that there will be 150 million to 154 million paid subscribers and revenue of $2.3 billion to $2.6 billion.
Jobless claims fall to 751,000 in last report before election
New York (CNN Business) In a sign that the labor market is slowly continuing to improve, 751,000 Americans filed for first-time unemployment benefits last week, the Department of Labor said Thursday in its last report before the presidential election. That's down 40,000 from the prior week , which was revised slightly higher. Unemployment claims have been drifting downward in recent months, but they remain far higher than they were prior to the pandemic. In recent weeks they have fallen below 800,000 for the first time since claims first spiked in March as coronavirus-fueled shutdowns began. That's up nearly 15,000 from the week before.
'The Conners' star Michael Fishman talks losing son to drugs
(CNN) Michael Fishman is sharing his story of loss and grief in an attempt to help others. "The Conners" star appeared Wednesday on "Tamron Hall" and talked about his teenage son, Larry, who died in June from an overdose. The actor, who also shares two children with his ex-wife Jennifer Briner, said Larry had previously been in foster care when he came into Fishman's life. "I feel like I came to Larry maybe later than I wish I could," Fishman said of the teen. "I think for parents, you know, you wish you had more time."
MLB Power Rankings: Where All 30 Teams Stand Entering Free Agency
0 of 30Eric Gay/Associated PressWith the MLB offseason now officially underway, it's time for an updated version of our leaguewide power rankings. For our first offseason reshuffling, teams are ranked based on their 2021 outlook. We'll put together fresh versions of these power rankings throughout the offseason, with clubs shifting according to their wheelings and dealings. For now, this serves as a baseline for those future editions of our offseason rankings. This was my ninth year authoring our weekly MLB power rankings here at Bleacher Report, and debating the rankings each week remains one of my favorite parts of the job.
New York wedding and birthday party lead to 56 Covid cases, nearly 300 in quarantine
A wedding and birthday party in suburban New York turned into two Covid-19 “superspreader” events that infected more than 50 people and left nearly 300 in quarantine, officials said. Out of the 91 attendees, 30 people later tested positive, consisting of 27 guests, two employees, and an outside vendor, Bellone said. Six school districts in Suffolk County have already been affected by the positive cases and associated risk of exposure, officials added. The public health violations come two weeks after a Sweet 16 “super-spreader” party at Miller Place Inn in Suffolk County was fined $12,000, Bellone said at the time. More than three dozen people who tested positive were linked to the event, including 28 students and nine adults, officials said.
Keir Starmer: Labour’s anti-Semitism ‘day of shame’
LONDON — The U.K. Labour Party was “responsible for unlawful acts of harassment and discrimination,” an investigation into anti-Semitism in the party by the national human rights watchdog found. Corbyn’s successor Keir Starmer called it a “day of shame” for the party, accepted the EHRC report’s findings in full, and pledged to implement its recommendations. Since it was launched, Corbyn stood down as leader following the party’s December 2019 general election defeat, to be replaced by current leader Keir Starmer. AdvertisementCaroline Waters, interim chair of the Equality and Human Rights Commission, said: “The Labour Party made a commitment to zero tolerance for anti-Semitism. Our investigation has highlighted multiple areas where its approach and leadership to tackling anti-Semitism was insufficient.
Justin Turner Failed to be a COVID-19 Role Model
As Vanessa Tyson watched the final out of the 2020 World Series from her childhood home in Whittier, Calif., the moment overwhelmed her. She’d been waiting 32 years, since 1988, to savor another World Series win. Then she found out that one of her favorite players, Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner, left the game in the eighth inning because he tested positive for COVID-19. This is awful.”Turner’s actions overshadowed what should have been a euphoric moment for baseball: being able to crown a World Series champion during a pandemic. So a baseball player could have skipped potentially turning a World Series celebration into a superspeader event.
EU needs to recruit beyond the bubble: Report
The EU institutions’ current selection process for staff “hampers geographic and socio-economic diversity,” according to a report out Thursday. The European Court of Auditors said the European Personnel Selection Office (EPSO) — which is responsible for selecting staff to work for the EU’s institutions and agencies — “should reconsider how it selects new recruits for the EU civil service.”EPSO’s recruitment processes (so-called competitions) “are the gateway to a career in the EU civil service, but no longer meet the EU institutions’ current recruitment needs,” Annemie Turtelboom, the ECA member responsible for the report, said in a press release. It says the system met recruitment needs when the EU was expanding its staffing between 2004 and 2007, but is inefficient for today’s more specific role requirements. In one example given, just 159 candidates were shortlisted for a general role that had 25,379 candidates applying for it. Also according to the report, Belgium and Luxembourg remain the two countries where most respondents begin the process toward an EU job and many applicants “are or have been employed in EU institutions.”The report says that managers told the ECA that candidates recruited through EPSO “were not of a noticeably higher calibre than staff they had recruited through other channels.”
New Czech health minister named amid spiraling coronavirus crisis
The previous health minister, Roman Prymula, was forced to resign for breaking his own lockdown rules | Martin Divisek/EPAPRAGUE — Czech President Miloš Zeman on Thursday appointed Jan Blatný as the country’s health minister to succeed Roman Prymula, who was forced to resign after being photographed violating his own lockdown restrictions. He takes over the ministry at a critical time in the Czech Republic’s struggle to contain the pandemic. The Czech Republic now has the second-highest per capita weekly rate of infections in the EU, trailing only Belgium. The president of the Czech Medical Chamber, Milan Kubek, told Czech Radio-Radiožurnál that some 15,500 health professionals, including more than 2,900 doctors, are currently infected. The outgoing health minister had previously mandated the closure of schools and all non-essential shops and ordered the wearing of face masks indoors and in most outdoor situations.
Labour suspends former leader Jeremy Corbyn
LONDON — The Labour Party announced Thursday it had suspended its former leader Jeremy Corbyn pending an investigation. The former Labour leader had earlier responded to a report by the U.K.’s Equality and Human Rights Commission which found that the party was “responsible for unlawful acts of harassment and discrimination” in its handling of complaints of anti-Semitism within its ranks under Corbyn’s leadership. “In light of his comments made today and his failure to retract them subsequently, the Labour Party has suspended Jeremy Corbyn pending investigation,” a spokesperson said. “He has also had the whip removed [been suspended] from the parliamentary Labour Party.”AdvertisementCorbyn — who remains a talismanic figure for many on Labour’s left wing — responded to the findings shortly after their publication saying that, while he regretted that it “took longer” to tackle the issue than it should have done, and that “one anti-Semite is one too many,” the “scale of the problem” had been “dramatically overstated for political reasons by our opponents inside and outside the party, as well as by much of the media.”At a press conference, his successor Keir Starmer, who described it as a “day of shame” for the party, declined to directly criticize his former leader, saying the report’s findings showed a “collective failure of leadership.” However, he added that those who claimed accusations of anti-Semitism were “exaggerated or a factional attack” were “part of the problem” and should be “nowhere near the Labour party.”
Meghan Markle Wins Bid To Postpone Trial For 'Confidential' Reason
During a hearing in London, judge Mark Warby granted the application to delay the trial for around nine months, from a scheduled Jan. 11 start date to the fall of 2021. The decision followed a hearing held in private, and Warby said the reason for the delay request should remain confidential. Chris Jackson via Getty Images The Duchess of Sussex is suing Associated Newspapers over five February 2019 articles in the Mail on Sunday and on the MailOnline website. Associated Newspapers is contesting the claim at the High Court in London. Markle, an American actress and star of TV legal drama “Suits,” married Harry, one of the grandsons of Queen Elizabeth II, in a lavish ceremony at Windsor Castle in May 2018.
U.S. election won’t resolve the world’s China angst
U.S. election won’t resolve the world’s China angst Presented by NoomAs the United States hunkers down for one of the most consequential elections in its history, it’s focused, rightly, on the question of whose votes get counted, how quickly and how justly. Tokyo, Delhi and Canberra want a more consistent U.S. yet fear a post-election over-correction could mean America underestimates China (again). Democratic nominee Joe Biden's supporters say Beijing wants President Donald Trump to win; Trump supporters say Beijing wants Biden to win. "The massive rollout of facial recognition technology is partly exploitation of the psychology of the silent majority,” Lao told China Watcher. — “I'd originally envisioned the story as a ‘tale of two caves,’ Mao's in Yan'an and Xi's in Liangjiahe, both quasi-shrines for red pilgrimages that spin the two leaders' legends,” Su tells China Watcher.
Trump's job rating could tell us a lot about his ballot performance
In 1996, the October NBC/WSJ poll had Bill Clinton’s approval at 56 percent; he got 49.2 percent in that three-way race. In 2004, the late October NBC/WSJ poll had George W. Bush’s approval at 49 percent; he got 50.7 percent of the vote. And in 2012, the October NBC/WSJ poll had Barack Obama’s approval at 49 percent; he got 51.1 percent of the vote. His job rating in our most recent national NBC/WSJ poll was 44 percent. Which means in states like Florida and elsewhere, Trump will need to overperform his current job rating to win.
I Want To Be Happy For My Pregnant Friends, But Sometimes It’s A Struggle. Here’s Why.
It’s not that we aren’t happy for our pregnant friends. We want to be included when you and all our other mommy friends get together with the kids for playdates. With each and every post on their pregnancy journey, their changing shape and their ultrasound photos comes a new reminder of the pain you want to forget. Like when one of my pregnant friends asked me if I was jealous she was pregnant and I wasn’t. Despite the fact that it seems like everyone else can sneeze and get pregnant, it’s actually a fairly common struggle many couples face.
Around 751,000 people filed for first-time jobless benefits last week, in last employment snapshot before Election Day
The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits last week for the first time continued at historically high levels, reaching 751,000, slightly better than analyst predictions. Thursday's data from the Department of Labor represents the last economic snapshot before the presidential election. “That initial bounce we got in employment that was the easy part,” Ryan Sweet, senior director of economic research at Moody’s, told NBC News. “The longer you’re unemployed, the less likely you’re going to find a job — and the longer you’re unemployed, you might just drop out of the job market altogether,” Sonders said. "A surge in the virus also dampens job seeker interest in opportunities that aren’t remote.
GDP rose at 33.1 percent annualized rate last quarter, but blowout figure is not what it seems
Last quarter saw a record-high jump in economic growth: The government’s initial GDP calculation came in at 33.1 percent for the quarter on an annualized basis. That’s what a lot of this is,” said Dan North, senior economist at Euler Hermes North America. “The utility of a number like GDP is to get it all in one shot,” said Ross Mayfield, an investment strategy analyst at Baird. Market observers say the GDP bounce is too little, too late to move the needle with voters. This is bad news for the fourth quarter, North said.
Agency that cares for migrant kids was not told Trump admin was separating families, says report
In 2017, the administration launched a pilot program for separating migrant children and parents in El Paso, Texas. The program lasted about six months, during which time more than 1,100 children were separated from their parents, according to court documents. Lawyers responsible for reuniting separated families recently disclosed in court that they have been unable to find the parents of 545 children separated in the 2017 pilot program. “As administration officials had predicted, the government lacked the capacity to track separated family members. Efforts to reunify separated children continue to this day."
Florida man accused of changing Gov. Ron DeSantis' address in voter database
A Florida man is accused of changing the address of Gov. Ron DeSantis in the state's voter database. Anthony Guevara, 20, from Naples, was arrested Tuesday after investigators said he used a computer to change the governor's voter information. On Tuesday, authorities obtained a search warrant and spoke to Guevara, who admitted to changing the governor's information, the report states. His attorney, Mike Carr, said that his client thought that changing the governor's information was a prank and "had no evil intent."
Perdue, Ossoff face off in Georgia Senate debate, attack goes viral
Perdue and Ossoff met in Savannah for their second debate of the race, which polls indicate is extremely close. The outcome could have national implications over which party controls the Senate, with Democrats hoping Ossoff could give the party their first U.S. Senate win in Georgia since 2000. The number one thing that will bankrupt us is the Green New Deal and socialized medicine,” Perdue said. Wednesday night’s event was the first debate where Perdue and Ossoff met in person. The debate was initially scheduled for Oct. 19 but was postponed so Perdue could return to Washington for a procedural vote on GOP-backed coronavirus relief legislation.
Mail-in ballots extended deadlines in two battleground states approved by Supreme Court
She also repeated her line from earlier today in Tucson that there’s been talk about her values. Trump’s job-approval rating in the battleground is also 47 percent, per the poll. Perdue and Ossoff met in Savannah for their second debate of the race, which polls indicate is extremely close. More than half, 51 percent, of likely voters support the former vice president while 47 percent said that they back Trump. The candidates were tied at 48 percentage in the NBC News/Marist poll from September conducted in Florida.
Biden vows to pass LGBTQ rights legislation in first 100 days
Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden has promised to make passing the LGBTQ rights legislation known as the Equality Act a top priority, hoping to sign what would be a landmark civil rights law within 100 days should he win Tuesday’s election. He outlined his agenda for LGBTQ rights in an email interview with Philadelphia Gay News publisher Mark Segal, a nationally known advocate for gay rights since the 1970s. “I will make enactment of the Equality Act a top legislative priority during my first 100 days - a priority that Donald Trump opposes,” Biden said of the Republican incumbent he is challenging. The Trump administration opposed the Equality Act, saying it would “undermine parental and conscience rights,” and has also restricted queer rights in the name of religious liberty. The Democratic-led U.S. House of Representatives passed the Equality Act in 2019, but the legislation stalled in the Republican-controlled Senate.
Economy grew at 33.1 percent rate in third quarter of 2020
SEE NEW POSTSEconomy grew at 33.1 percent rate in third quarter of 2020 The U.S. economy grew at an annual rate of 33.1 percent in the third quarter of 2020, the Bureau of Economic Analysis reported Thursday. That's up from the second quarter of this year when real GDP decreased 31.4 percent — a drop fueled by a global pandemic that brought the economy to a halt. Share this -The economy is showing signs of recovery. Anastancia Cuna and her daughter Nyeleti, 13, in a park near their home in Peabody, Mass., on Oct. 25, 2020. Perdue and Ossoff met in Savannah for their second debate of the race, which polls indicate is extremely close.
The economy is showing signs of recovery. Many Black Americans are not.
SEE NEW POSTSThe economy is showing signs of recovery. Anastancia Cuna and her daughter Nyeleti, 13, in a park near their home in Peabody, Mass., on Oct. 25, 2020. She left her job and became one of the tens of millions of Americans whose economic livelihoods were upended this year. Perdue and Ossoff met in Savannah for their second debate of the race, which polls indicate is extremely close. #GASen #GASenDebate pic.twitter.com/5iW8wsrpGq — Jon Ossoff (@ossoff) October 29, 2020 Share this -
Prisons’ Pandemic Response: Throw the Infected Into the Hole
× Expand Ben Margot/AP Photo A solitary confinement cell in San Jose, CaliforniaJermane Scott started to feel sick in late July. In June, Unlock the Box, a coalition of organizations, movement leaders, and state and local campaigns working together to end solitary confinement, released a report that estimated an increase in the use of solitary confinement during the pandemic of nearly 500 percent. An estimated 60,000 people were in segregation in state or federal prisons before the pandemic, but that number has ballooned to nearly 300,000. With the third wave beginning and the possibility that people could be re-infected, the perils of solitary confinement grow. At Federal Correctional Institution Elkton, Ohio’s only federal prison, a massive outbreak in April led the ACLU of Ohio to file suit.
Note to Biden: A President Can Do a Lot Even Without the Senate
Wielding the full range of tools in the administrative tool belt will allow the Biden administration to eliminate Trump-era rules more quickly. Give what you can... SUPPORT THE PROSPECTCritically, however, learning the lessons of the Trump administration does not just mean looking to its example and then doing the opposite. If Trump’s administration wasn’t quite so sloppy in its rush to appease industry, it likely could have accomplished even more. Wielding the full range of tools in the administrative tool belt will allow the Biden administration to eliminate Trump-era rules more quickly—something well within reach through legal means. A Biden administration would have the power to implement transformative changes on everything from financial to labor policy and climate to health policy, even in the face of Senate intransigence.
What We Will Know Election Night
× Expand Andrew Harnik/AP Photo Joe Biden speaks at Mountain Top Inn & Resort on Tuesday, in Warm Springs, Georgia. Thanks to the Trumpian Supreme Court, the election outcomes in Pennsylvania and Wisconsin may well be in doubt next Tuesday night. But despite the efforts of Trump’s toadies in robes to disqualify ballots that arrive after Election Day, Biden seems decently ahead in both states, and could win one or both based on ballots cast and counted by Election Day. At this writing, Biden seems narrowly ahead in both, and these states will report their results by election night. So while we may go to bed not knowing who won, Biden may actually win the election on Election Day.
“I Voted” Isn’t Enough
Unfortunately, it’s becoming clearer by the day that even if Trump doesn’t win, there’s no telling what chaos and tyranny might ensue. What this means is that the old activist adage about voting one day and organizing on the other 364 needs to be updated. Even on Election Day itself, we need to be prepared to do much more than vote in order to defend our democratic rights. For starters, it’s not idle speculation to assume that Republicans will try to sabotage a Biden presidency with the less dramatic but perhaps more destructive tactic of sabotaging an economic recovery. Make a recurring or one-time donation today or subscribe to our monthly print edition and get every copy sent straight to your home.
10 Things You Need to Know to Stop a Coup
After all, the best way to stop a coup is to not have one. People who do power grabs always claim they’re doing it to save democracy or claim they know the “real” election results. There’s some good news in that — because people who stop coups rarely have the chance to get training, warning or preparation. The best way to stop a coup is to never have one. These public commitments ahead of time increase the political cost of attempting a coup — because the best way to stop a coup is to deter it.
Trump’s NLRB Just Quietly Ruled to Make Union Pickets Illegal
The NLRB reached its con­clu­sion by using the com­plex and con­vo­lut­ed employ­ment struc­ture cre­at­ed by the jan­i­tors’ employ­ers. The NLRB based its deci­sion on a par­tic­u­lar­ly oner­ous pro­vi­sion in fed­er­al labor law that pro­hibits employ­ees from engag­ing in boy­cotts, pick­ets or oth­er activ­i­ties that are aimed at a sec­ondary employ­er. It takes a nar­row read on the joint employ­ment doc­trine and there­by lim­its work­ers’ right to pick­et. Ulti­mate­ly, this case shows how many basic fun­da­men­tal rights asso­ci­at­ed with the First Amend­ment work­ers are pro­hib­it­ed from engag­ing in. But the case also high­lights some of the core prob­lems of labor law as it cur­rent­ly exists.
Democrats Have Proven They Can Compete on Small-Dollar Donations Alone
In total, donations to Democratic Senate candidates have tripled over where they were in 2018’s cycle, itself a record-setting year for small-dollar donations, evincing an aggressively upward trend. While Biden continues to embrace big money unnecessarily, he’s doing so with the least transparency in a Democratic presidential campaign in recent memory. Democrats, it turns out, can compete, and dominate, solely on the backs of small-dollar donations. Now, it seems that even generic Democrats running in general-election races against Republicans can compete and even overwhelm opponents on internet donations alone. If Democrats do retake the Senate (and they remove the filibuster), that could easily be accomplished.
From One Fragile Democracy to Another
As a citizen of Turkey, a fragile democracy with a history of military coups, where election results are contested and fraud is always a risk, I believe Turkey offers useful lessons for U.S. voters. I remember my celebration of his hard-won victory being cut short when Y?ld?r?m stated his refusal to accept the results. Clearly under pressure from the Erdogan government, the council annulled Imamoglu’s win and decided that the Istanbul election had to be repeated. The first step is to accept that the election results might take an unusually long time to establish, and even then, they might be contested. My suggestion to think of the United States as a “fragile democracy” might sound outrageous.
Bolivia Votes for More MAS
This desire to hold onto power is a chronic problem for left governments in countries with weak institutions like Bolivia. A significant factor propelling the MAS win was the re-articulation of popular indigenous, peasant and union movements after Morales was ousted in a coup last November. The MAS win signals the vibrancy of Bolivian democracy in a country with a long history of instability and unconstitutional political transitions. The opposition candidates focused their campaigns on defeating the MAS at all costs, while Arce and Choquehuanca astutely emphasized the economic stability the previous MAS government had brought compared to the current economic meltdown. This goes hand in hand with controlling the patronage politics that plagued the MAS just as it has all administrations in Bolivia.
Left-Wing Groups Are Filling the Void Left By an "Invisible" Biden Campaign in Michigan
It cer­tain­ly isn’t the two con­tes­tants — one alto­geth­er under­whelm­ing (Biden), the oth­er a socio­path­ic scam artist (Trump). Rather than obsess­ing over the man­ners or absur­di­ties of the can­di­dates, left-wing orga­ni­za­tions are march­ing in to fill the void left, as Time reports, by an ?“invis­i­ble” Biden cam­paign. In a recent Michi­gan Get Out The Vote vir­tu­al ral­ly, Rep. Rashi­da Tlaib (D?Mich.) Groups like Detroit Action, Michi­gan Lib­er­a­tion, Moth­er­ing Jus­tice and the Michi­gan Envi­ron­men­tal Jus­tice Coali­tion are run­ning var­i­ous call­ing, tex­ting and door knock­ing pro­grams, com­mu­ni­cat­ing with tens of thou­sands in the Detroit area. ?“If we’re lucky, our move­ment will pro­duce and con­tin­ue to pro­duce folks like Rashi­da Tlaib,” Michelle Mar­tinez, pres­i­dent of the Michi­gan Envi­ron­men­tal Jus­tice Coali­tion, recent­ly told me.
Our Politicians in Alabama Are Scapegoating Immigrants, But Workers Shouldn't Be Fooled
Yet, many politi­cians and pun­dits in Alaba­ma are using this heat­ed elec­tion cycle to foment divi­sion along these lines. Right now in Alaba­ma, few are more tar­get­ed as scape­goats than immi­grants, espe­cial­ly the undocumented. (Homan was, of course, not remind­ed that it is through the use of ICE as a dis­ci­pli­nary mea­sure for the boss that undoc­u­ment­ed immi­grants are exploitable.) The solu­tion that address­es both of these prob­lems — exploita­tion of immi­grants and low wages and unem­ploy­ment for U.S. born work­ers — is sol­i­dar­i­ty. Alaba­ma Repub­li­cans and their media mouth­pieces want you to be mad at your immi­grant neigh­bors so that you aren’t mad at them.
Trump and the Rotting Core of America
LaborStanding Rock's Enduring Message: "Let Us Teach You How To Live on This Land"A conversation with LaDonna Brave Bull Allard of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe.
Vote Green to Save Life on This Planet
Green Party positions are broadly popu- lar: we embrace Eco-Socialism and call for public ownership and democratic control over our economy. All the WFP needs to do is convince a few percent of New York’s 5 million Biden voters to vote on the WFP line. The Green Party needs the vote of pro- gressives who want a different world and who have the courage to stand up to the two corporate parties. Biden’s climate agenda is a death warrant for life on the planet as we know it. Mark Dunlea is a co-founder of the Green Party of New York and its 2018 candidate for state comptroller.
Journey to the Underworld and Back
His journey of self-discovery ricochets back and forth between the rural El Salvador of the 1930s, the Bay Area of the 1970s, the Marxist guerrilla movement that he would eventually join and present-day El Salvador. In a bout of late Cold War hysteria, El Salvador and neighboring Nicaragua became an obsession of U.S. foreign policy makers during the 1980s. I did a study for the Columbia Journalism Review and found there were zero Central American scholars cited, zero Central American community leaders, zero Central American lawyers and zero Central American journalists or any other experts. You refer to your book as a journey through the underworld. We in the United States could really use hearing that right now because there’s an increased amount of terror here.
Vote Biden/Harris on the WFP Line
Andrew Cuomo and the corporate Democratic establishment are now trying to take away the Working Families Party’s ballot line and weaken progressive power. We can’t let that happen — that’s why we’re voting for Biden and Harris on the Working Families Party ballot line, and you should too. We will both be voting on the WFP line, because we cannot let Gov. By voting for Biden and Harris as well as candidates like us on the WFP line, you can help protect the ballot line — and protect the multiracial, people-powered movement for justice that this moment demands. To win, we need to keep progressive power growing in New York — so join us, and vote for Biden and Harris on the WFP line.
Migrants Face Uncertain Future
But CBP officials without medical qualifications routinely deny them orally, with no written decision attorneys can question. The Border Patrol vehicles swarming the streets of low-income immigrant neighborhoods and the border wall running through backyards are too commonplace to draw much outrage. In Brownsville, stray bullets have hit joggers by sections of the border wall that run near the local community college. Families living in tents complain that immigration judges seem disengaged, do not appear to understand the paperwork presented in court. This water brings you life, this water brings you resources, this water brings you prosperity.
Housing for the People
Philadelphia Housing Action, the umbrella coalition, has filed papers to incorporate the land trust, but details are still being worked out. In June, scores of homeless people set up two encampments demanding permanent housing — one on Ben Franklin Parkway, the boulevard leading to the city’s art museums, and a smaller one in the Sharswood neighborhood, across the street from the Philadelphia Housing Authority’s headquarters. In a deal announced Sept. 25, the housing authority agreed to turn over 50 buildings to the land trust. The 59 buildings in the deal are generally two to four stories tall, with two to six bedrooms, Philadelphia Housing Authority CEO Kelvin Jeremiah told The Indypendent. Community land trusts ensure long-term affordability, especially when combined with a mutual housing association to manage the buildings, Orselli says.
Trump Depression Hotline
Dear Reverend Billy,I can’t wait for the election to be over, hopefully with Trump being trounced so badly we never hear from him again. After all, that paradise you are nostalgic for was the world that created Trump. Accelerating extinction around the world — normal. Trump — normal. What kind of person is drawn to Trump?
Canada’s Only Social-Democratic Government Has Been Decisively Reelected in British Columbia
British Columbia remains the only province in Canada governed by the New Democratic Party (NDP), after the social democrats won a decisive election on Saturday, October 24. Relief From Right-Wing Dominance With conservative and right-wing parties dominating at the provincial level across Canada, the results are a welcome relief. In addition, crucially, the NDP has stemmed the bleeding from sixteen years of privatization and other attacks on the public sector under the BC Liberals. In a 2014 interview with the Georgia Straight, then opposition leader John Horgan asked rhetorically about LNG expansion: What are the greenhouse-gas consequences of expanding the industry? In 2017, Horgan won support for promising to use “every tool in the toolbox” to stop the pipeline expansion.
Donald Trump Has Done One Good Thing — He’s Desacralized the American Presidency
Domestic failures and military defeats notwithstanding, Louis XV’s private life and sexual indiscretions also became the stuff of eighteenth-century tabloid fodder. Before 2016, Trump had never wielded political power and had far more crash-and-burn enterprises under his belt than genuine successes. Trump visibly relishes hierarchy and partly became famous by theatrically telling people, “You’re fired!” on national TV. As Jodi Dean wrote in 2016:Donald Trump cuts through the ideological haze of American politics and exposes its underlying truth . Certain to take office in a country even sicker than the one that produced Donald Trump, the sheen is unlikely to last for long.
The Fossil Fuel Industry’s Dark Money Is Getting Even Darker
The situation is unfolding in a Delaware federal court, where Extraction Oil & Gas declared bankruptcy earlier this year. State records show the company has spent more than $4 million on political causes since 2015. That’s an average rate of more than $12,000 of political spending every single day. Extraction has been active in Colorado elections and ballot measure fights, and it has fought “setback” efforts that would require oil and gas wells be sited further away from homes and schools. According to Reuters, nearly three-quarters of Extraction’s land in Colorado could become “nonviable” under new setback rules proposed by Colorado regulators.
Fighting for Their Hospital
I could never forget his face.”In April, after five Kingsbrook staff members died of the coronavirus, hospital workers rallied outside the hospital for personal protective equipment, saying that insufficient protective gear had contributed to the deaths. Jo Ann Brown, a dietician at Kingsbrook who is organizing against the closure, says removing hospital beds will compound the racial and economic inequities that the hospital and community face. Brooklyn already has 2.2 hospital beds for every 1,000 people, while Manhattan has six. The loss of hospital beds and inpatient services has been a pattern across the city over the past two decades. We have to be there to assist them.”• • •Community Concerns What does it mean for a community when their hospital closes?
Happy 100th Birthday to the Communist Party of Australia
They resolved to establish the Communist Party of Australia (CPA), an organization whose contribution to the workers’ movement echoes to this day. They invited delegates from across Australia to discuss the formation of an Australian Communist Party. Despite their small number, this eclectic assembly resolved to form a communist party, electing an interim executive committee, with Earsman as secretary. An Australian Communist in Moscow After two years, many internal debates and several visits by delegates to Moscow, the Communist Party of Australian was accepted into the Comintern. Others became supporters of the Chinese Communist Party after the Sino-Soviet split, forming the CPA(M-L) in 1963.
Chileans Can Finally Finish the Revolution Against Augusto Pinochet
They are exactly the same demands that we had in the 1980s, when we were fighting for the end of the dictatorship. We should have left the dictatorship behind, with a new constitution, and not with the constitution of the dictatorship. But you have to be honest: at that time, there was a citizen and political majority that opted for the alternative route, the route of neoliberal social democracy. One could say that, while in Chile the cost of living rose every day, in Recoleta, it began to fall. This was thanks to municipality that broke into areas of the market whose abuses had overwhelmed Chileans.
The Labour Antisemitism Report Has Always Been a Politically Motivated Travesty
The JLM apparently considers it damning that the vast majority of Labour members could see what was staring them in the face. After several years of wall-to-wall media coverage of “Labour antisemitism,” academic researchers asked members of the public to guess what percentage of the Labour membership had been disciplined for antisemitism. The liberal broadsheets had invested heavily in the conventional media narrative of “Labour antisemitism” under Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership, and they were not about to start questioning that narrative now. The willingness of Labour members to maintain their empirical foothold in the face of this hurricane was entirely commendable, however frustrating some might have found it to be. What changed after 2015 was the massively increased level of scrutiny from the national media and various campaigning groups seeking proof of “Labour antisemitism.” It was fundamentally a question of demand rather than supply.
The Return of the Trump-Obama Feud
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Along the Keystone XL Pipeline, Hoping for a Miracle
(Sara Hylton / Redux Pictures)Fourstar spread his arms wide, pointing in the direction that TransCanada, the Canadian energy company, plans for the Keystone XL pipeline to cross the river. (Sara Hylton / Redux Pictures)I first became interested in the Keystone XL pipeline because of the impact the project was having on Indigenous women. Sections of pipe that will be used to construct the Keystone XL pipeline are stored in a field near the border of Montana and North Dakota. (Sara Hylton / Redux Pictures)Vermae Taylor spent time in Standing Rock opposing the Dakota Access Pipeline and continues to fight against the construction of TC Energy's Keystone XL. But two months after taking office, President Donald Trump signed an executive order bringing both the Keystone XL pipeline and the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline back to life.
For Black Americans, Being Voters Is Who We Are
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Covid Takes Center Stage at the World Series
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A White House Adviser Was Involved in Surveillance of Protesters
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Palestinian Maher Al-Akhras Demands: Freedom or Death
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The GOP’s Education Extremism Is Alienating Moderate Voters
And it’s not just in Michigan that the GOP’s perceived hostility to public schools has created an opening for Democrats. The extreme discourse of the Trump/DeVos era that paints “government schools” as centers of indoctrination is alienating voters in both parties. At a recent candidate forum on public education, the GOP incumbent painted himself as an ardent supporter of local schools. “Those struggles over public education tilled the soil for GOP voters to begin supporting moderate Democrats,” says Bender. “People look at who has been representing them and they want to know ‘where are the solutions?’”In states across the country, the GOP’s hard-right turn on public education is turning off voters.
To Stop Trump Stealing the Election, Democrats Must Do These 3 Things
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The World Is Burning, but the Political Press Insists It’s a Horse Race
Ad PolicyLast week, audiences watched the most substantive conversation on climate change to ever feature in a US presidential debate. Moderator Kristen Welker, of NBC News, first asked the candidates what each would do to combat climate change while also supporting job growth—a welcome improvement on questions in the first presidential debate and vice presidential debate, which absurdly framed climate change as a matter of opinion. Such a transition, via heavy investments in clean energy, is central to the climate plan Biden put forward in July. (Conservatives, Politico wrote, were “accusing the Democratic nominee of being callous with the economy in his proposals for tackling climate change” [emphasis added].) It’s increasingly evident what makes good climate coverage; the question, as ever, is whether journalists will deliver it.
If You Can’t Speak English, Good Luck Voting in Trump’s America
Current Issue View our current issueSome advocates worry that this fall will see more voting rights violations, including language access violations, than in the past. It’s this last right, advocates say, that is most often trampled upon by poll workers who don’t understand voters’ rights to assistance. Though it does not release the breakdown of problems raised, advocates say that language access issues are common. “Since Trump was elected, the private voting rights bar has had to shoulder all the burdens of litigation,” said Gerry Hebert, a voting rights attorney who worked for the DOJ for 21 years. “That was done out of a political belief that Republicans could win Hispanic votes,” said William Yeomans, who spent two decades at the Civil Rights Division, including as the former acting assistant attorney general for civil rights.
What We Call Freedom Has Never Been About Being Free
As an alternative, they invented the idea that political freedom was to be found in protecting individuals by limiting the sphere of government. Hence the origins, de Dijn concludes, of how we conceive of freedom today and why it means something different for conservatives and liberals. Along the way, we discussed the relationship between democratic socialism and political freedom, the relationship between freedom and today’s populist movements, and how to make sense of the right’s appeal to political freedom. They had what I call a democratic conception of freedom: A free state was one in which the people ruled itself. But I think that appeals to religious freedom today, as in the Hobby Lobby case, are primarily inspired by another and more modern tradition: the conservative tradition identifying freedom not with an inner condition of spiritual freedom from sin but with an absence of state intervention.
The Supreme Court Has Never Been on the Side of Working People
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Some Advice for White People on Halloween
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Separation of Trump and state: Blocking Republicans’ evangelical election strategy
So Trump aimed his Bible photo-op at right-wing white religious voters, mainly white fundamentalist evangelicals or Christian nationalists (used here interchangeably). Besides evangelicals, right-wing Christian voters include mostly white Catholics and Protestants who have been moving toward fundamentalism on many issues. Organizations like United in Purpose use sophisticated data-mining operations to identify and turn out dormant right-wing religious voters. According to Christian nationalists, the more significant the social change, the greater urgency to stop and reverse it. They are working to prevent Christian nationalists’ regressive measures in Congress and state legislatures across the country.
In Key Cities, Activists Are Mobilizing Black Voters Biden Isn’t
Yet, since August, she’s been coming to the Rosa Parks Transit Center and other local hubs every week in an attempt to mobilize Detroit voters. Dubbed the “Black Voices Community Center,” it’s a testament to the Trump campaign’s renewed pitch to Black voters, and Small calls it “scary” to see. And they’re active voters.”Caldwell-Liddell, too, has seen signs that Trump is peeling at least a small share of prospective Black voters away from the Democrats. But he singles out one factor in particular: the Clinton campaign’s failure to actively engage Black voters. The former vice president, for his part, has repeatedly presented Black voters as his “firewall,” while emphasizing a message of bipartisanship designed to win back the elusive white swing voter.
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Trump provides economic stimulus…for the funeral industry
Greg KearneyGreg Kearney was born in Maine and has worked as an editorial cartoonist for over 40 years. A “traditional labor Democrat,” his cartoons have appeared in publications as diverse as the Journal of the Woman's Christian Temperance Union to People's World. “You may not always agree with my views but that is the whole point of editorial cartooning.” Kearney is a member of the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists.
Nigeria’s #EndSARS police brutality protest movement morphs into nationwide uprising
It is the task of legislators to represent their constituents, many of whom can be counted among the End SARS protesters. It is imperative that the government realizes that in nation-building, it is the average citizen that carries the prime burden and the End SARS movement is a major example of this. What that means is that the End SARS movement can be harnessed to confront a multitude of state actions. End SARS could eventually end many things in Nigeria. It is unfortunate that so far the purpose and direction of the protest movement appears to be turning against this tide of positive nationalism.
Modern-day China through Chinese eyes: reviews from Toronto International Film Festival
An ambulance speeds through the streets of Wuhan, China, in this scene from '76 Days'. The 2020 Toronto International Film Festival screened a couple of films that shone some light on the people and history of China. 76 Days is an incredible firsthand account of the early days of COVID-19 in Wuhan, China, where panic and chaos initiated a total lockdown that lasted for 76 days. On April 4, sirens were wailing for the dead, and on April 8 the lockdown was released after 76 days. 76 Days will have its U.S. debut at DOC NYC, where you can watch it at their fabulous online film festival, featuring dozens of world-class documentaries.
Without Senate control, a Biden agenda would be crippled
They were calling for Republican Senate Leader Mitch McConnell's ouster over his handling of the trial. If Democratic control of the Senate is not won on Nov. 3, McConnell will continue to hold power to set or block the nation's legislative agenda. If Biden wins, his agenda can be largely crippled if Republicans continue to control the Senate. If Trump wins, a Democratic Senate can prevent him from doing some of the worst he is capable of. A Democratic Senate can put an end to the brazen dismantling of democracy that the current GOP-controlled Senate has been carrying out.
Colorado’s Sen. Bennet: Barrett on High Court good for the exploitative 1%
| John Locher/APWASHINGTON—Elevation of federal judge Amy Coney Barrett to the U.S. Supreme Court is not just bad news for workers, Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo., says. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago, won the High Court seat by a 52-48 Senate vote on Oct. 26. But Collins was the key vote in confirming GOP Oval Office occupant Donald Trump’s second right-wing High Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh—a top issue now on the Maine campaign trail. Barrett is Trump’s third successful High Court nominee. “And based on everything I have learned about Judge Barrett’s record, I fear she will become one more predictable vote for that agenda,” he concluded.
Texas voter turnout hotter than any Texas BBQ
| LM Otero/APAcross the country, neither the resurgent COVID 19 pandemic nor GOP voter suppression is deterring millions of voters from casting their ballots. Early voter turnout is shattering records (as of this writing, 71 million, or over half of total turnout in 2016, have already voted), and at this pace, the U.S. will experience the highest percentage of eligible voter turnout since 1909. Turnout is the largest in the nation and hotter than any Texas BBQ. While Republican turnout is big, Democratic turnout in blue cities and counties is huge too. “Our targeted universe of voters falls in the low voter turnout category,” said Lira.
Senate tossups: Maine was predicted; Iowa, Kansas and Alaska weren’t
Maine Democratic House Speaker Sara Gideon is running ahead of GOP Sen. Susan Collins in the polls. The Senate races are vital to workers, no matter who wins the White House, Trump or Democratic nominee Joe Biden, Barack Obama’s VP. The shaky GOP roster is now up to a dozen or so of the 23 GOP-held seats up this year. No Senate candidate, of either party, challenges the basic underlying inequities of corporate capitalism, as Sen. Bernie Sanders, Ind-Vt., does. Kansas and Alaska: Call the doctorThere’s one unifying factor in two unlikely Senate battles, in Kansas and Alaska: Medicine.
How Texas Jails Avoid Investigations of Inmate Deaths
Every Texas jail death is supposed to be investigated. But the Bi-State jail didn’t call or email either of them. Since 2009, Texas county jails have been required to report all inmate deaths, and TCJS must inspect the jail to see if it violated minimum standards. Duboise was arrested in 2019 for public intoxication, and this spring hung himself from a handicap bar in the county jail. Two days before Barlow-Austin died, her husband went to visit her at the jail, and was told she wasn’t there.
30% GDP growth? Don’t be fooled by Republicans’ booming economy claims
It is indeed true that economic growth on this scale is unmatched in U.S. history. But before anyone is tempted to give Trump or the Republicans any credit, we should examine this 30% number in more detail. The second quarter was when much of the economy was shut down in an effort to control the coronavirus. For over 70 years, GDP growth has been the gold standard for governments and international financial institutions when they try to quantify economic activity. But the only part of the economy the Trump administration is providing stimulus to right now is the funeral industry.
Record Economic Growth Expected, but Problems Remain: Live Updates
ET Record Economic Growth Expected, but Problems Remain: Live Updates RIGHT NOW Here come the last big economic numbers before the election. The Commerce Department will release its preliminary estimate of economic growth in the third quarter. France is expected to report on Friday a jump in growth during the third quarter, when summer vacations helped fuel a temporary economic revival. The government has calculated that 60 billion euros is lopped off economic activity for every month in which a total lockdown is active. Factories, farms and construction sites will stay open, along with some public services, to limit potentially wider economic damage.
Bank programs seek to widen the path to Black homeownership
ADThey’re rolling out ambitious initiatives aimed at tackling the consistently lower homeownership rates for African Americans and other minorities in the United States. Studies by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau have consistently shown that Black mortgage applicants are denied conventional home loans at higher rates than Whites. Even today, decades after redlining was outlawed, Massachusetts Institute of Technology data shows Black Americans still pay more than any other group to own a home. The homeownership gap between Black and White Americans has widened since the Great Recession, from 28.1 percentage points in 2010 to almost 30 percentage points this year. The reasons for the lower rates of Black homeownership are varied and complex, experts say.
United to offer free coronavirus testing on select Newark-to-London flights
Even with proof of a negative coronavirus test, travelers will still be required to follow local quarantine requirements. U.S. citizens can travel to the United Kingdom but must quarantine for 14 days. Increasingly, the aviation industry sees testing as a key strategy for restarting travel — particularly international travel, which has been hardest hit as countries have closed borders and imposed strict quarantines. According to the most recent update from trade group Airlines for America, international travel was down 77 percent compared with a year ago. The airline already has seen benefits from the testing program it launched for passengers traveling to Hawaii from San Francisco.
‘Big Brother: All Stars’ finale: How the show barely redeemed itself after a very boring season
“Big Brother,” which debuted in 2000, is billed as a “social experiment”: Stick 16 people in a house with cameras and microphones everywhere and have them vote each other out, one by one. This year was “Big Brother: All Stars,” theoretically meaning that the most legendary players in “Big Brother” history would return to compete. From the first week, members of that alliance (and Enzo, secretly aligned with Cody) won the majority of competitions. This win was especially validating to many viewers, as Da’Vonne has become adored by fans over the years, especially for her priceless reactions in response to the madness of the “Big Brother” house. “Big Brother” has had a long, ugly history of houseguests making racist comments, as well as a lack of diversity: A Black contestant has never won the show.
Mother of unarmed man killed by Baltimore County police officer files federal suit
On Tuesday, Catherine Sopp, 82, filed a federal civil rights, disability discrimination and wrongful death suit against Page and Baltimore County, on behalf of herself and Eric Sopp’s two teenage sons. The video shows Page then moved to the driver’s side of the car and as Sopp stood up, Page fired eight times. ADThe shooting was investigated by the Baltimore County police homicide unit and its findings turned over to Deputy State’s Attorney Robin S. Coffin. Baltimore County police protocol called for Page to request help from a mobile crisis team, a critical incident support team or another officer trained in crisis intervention, the suit said. But “neither Officer Page nor Officer [Raymond] Wheeler,” who also arrived on the scene but did not shoot, “received any training on responding to such circumstances.
Is it safe to travel for Thanksgiving? Here’s what health experts are doing for the holiday.
In D.C., Monroe said, health experts have found about 25 percent of new cases involve people who had been attending small social gatherings at homes. “To me, it’s not worth the risk.”If he did travel, he said, car travel carries a lower risk of transmitting or contracting the virus. If people decide to travel for the holiday, how should they travel? For him, he said, “the safer thing to do is hunker down.”If you’re traveling, are you staying overnight at other people’s houses? He suggested not visiting or inviting someone to Thanksgiving dinner who might have underlying health conditions and be high risk.
Interactive theater online is a two-way street
— there seemed few innovative opportunities for the theater world to engage audiences who were stuck at home on their laptops. And in the process, theater is reclaiming for these trying times its rightful status as the most intimate of art forms. Sojourn artistic director Michael Rohd, who staged in-person versions of “The Race” in previous presidential election years, sees the new interactive formulas as theatrical progress. These online meetups often provide a richness of topical conversation that eludes the town halls staged by TV news networks. But it may be that interactive programming finds it broadest audience as an escape from political realities.
Should college students go home for Thanksgiving this year? Here’s what experts say.
Here’s what experts say parents and students should be considering to reduce the chances of infecting family members, whether they return at Thanksgiving or closer to Christmas. ADMany colleges and universities have been regularly testing their students, and some have rolled out special guidances for holiday travel. At the State University of New York, for instance, all on-campus students will have to test negative before they can leave for Thanksgiving break. But experts cautioned against being lulled into a false sense of security by a single negative test. ADIf students travel by plane, train or bus, they should strictly follow safety measures such as mask-wearing and hand hygiene, Omer said.
Classic toys are making a comeback during the pandemic
Classic toys also have strong appeal for adults who want their children engaged in open-ended play for long periods of time. Analysts expect toy sales to be a bright spot in a holiday season mired by recession and high unemployment. Among the season’s most popular toys, according to NPD: Little Tikes, Barbies and Hot Wheels. ADBut the pandemic has created its share of challenges: unpredictable demand, supply chain hiccups and a trucking shortage that is keeping some toys from making it to stores. “It has been a tale of two anxieties: The pandemic hit and we panicked that people would stop buying toys.
Coronavirus live updates: Fauci expresses support for national mask mandate amid record-setting coronavirus infections
Taiwan on Thursday celebrated its 200th day without recording a single locally transmitted coronavirus infection, a milestone no other government can claim. But the opposite happened, because Taiwan had learned from past epidemics and took the virus seriously from the start. As soon as China reported the first coronavirus case to the World Health Organization in December, Taiwan began screening passengers on flights from Wuhan. By late January, the government was using records from its national health system to identify people who had recently developed respiratory problems and have them tested for the coronavirus. Immigration databases were similarly leveraged to allow doctors to prioritize testing people who had recently traveled to hot spots.
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.
United Airlines to offer free covid testing for passengers on select routes
Washington (CNN Business) In what could be a glimpse into the future of pandemic air travel, United Airlines will begin offering free coronavirus tests to passengers on select routes. United hopes the move will not only increase traffic on mostly empty transatlantic flights, but also spark international cooperation to break down travel restrictions. United says those who test negative for coronavirus will be allowed to board the flight. "It would be a requirement for everyone on board to have that negative test result prior to flight," said McMillan. Although the move does not allow travelers arriving in the United Kingdom to bypass its mandatory 14-day quarantine, United hopes the trial will serve as a proof of concept.
Something big will be missing from Apple's earnings tonight
New York (CNN Business) Apple's quarterly earnings announcement Thursday afternoon will look different than in past years: The report won't include the new iPhone 12, Apple's ( AAPL ) highly anticipated, first ever 5G smartphone . (iPhone sales during that quarter fell 9%, a narrower rate of decline than in previous quarters, in line with analysts' expectations of strong early iPhone 11 demand.) This year, however, the iPhone 12 release was delayed by several weeks because of the pandemic. "It will not be apples to apples with a typical September quarter with no iPhone launch until October," Wedbush analyst Dan Ives told CNN Business. Though early sales of the iPhone 12 won't be included in Thursday's quarterly revenue report, analysts have indicated that early demand for the new smartphone is strong.
Opinion: Cuts to Medicare services would be disastrous for the country
That's because the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently proposed cuts to certain Medicare services , including breast cancer screening, radiation oncology and physical therapy, along with other medical specialties. Per the HHS , "A five percent annual reduction to the valuations of all non-primary care services and procedures, as determined by the Secretary, under the Physician Fee Schedule will pay for the cost of these payments." But in the process, this move would complicate the lives of patients who need to see specialists, including specialists like myself in radiology. Doctors' offices of all kinds are beleaguered, having worked nonstop since March. The issue, of course, is that doctors' offices aren't charities — they're businesses.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez unveiled as Vanity Fair's latest cover star
Written by Oscar Holland, CNNAlexandria Ocasio-Cortez has been unveiled as Vanity Fair's latest cover star, less than a week before she concludes her bid for reelection in New York's 14th congressional district. Credit: Tyler Mitchell/Vanity FairIn an accompanying interview , Ocasio-Cortez discussed the pressures of the job and her political ambitions, while appearing to downplay reports about friction between her and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Ocasio-Cortez also used the interview to reveal threats to her safety made since she became the youngest woman ever to serve in congress. The interview is accompanied by a series of images by photographer Tyler Mitchell. Beyond politics, the in-depth interview sees Ocasio-Cortez discussing her decision to buy a French bulldog and wondering whether to "freeze my eggs."
David Hockney's most important landscape painting could sell for upwards of $35 million next month
The original article can be seen hereDavid Hockney's 1980 landscape painting "Nichols Canyon" will go on offer at the upcoming Phillips contemporary evening sale, scheduled to take place on December 7th. The painting carries an estimate of around $35 million, according to a press release from Phillips, and is billed as "unequivocally the most important landscape by the artist in private hands." David Hockney's "Nichols Canyon" (1980) Credit: Courtesy Phillips"Nichols Canyon" marked Hockney's embrace of landscape painting following a brief foray into photography in the 1970's, and was included in the landmark 1981 exhibition "A New Spirit in Painting" at the Royal Academy in London. The painting will be on view at Phillips London until November 1st, then travel to Hong Kong, and finally New York before heading to auction. In February, his iconic painting The Splash (1966) sold at Sotheby's London for £23.1 million ($29.8 million).
Millions left without power as Zeta batters Gulf Coast
Zeta pummeling areas from the Gulf Coast to the Mid-Atlantic with strong winds and heavy rainfall. CNN Meteorologist Chad Myers has the latest. Source: CNN
Nice knife attack: At least two people killed in French coastal city
At least two people have been killed in a knife attack in Nice, France according to local mayor Christian Estrosi who described the attack as a "terrorist" incident.
Record GDP won't mean much to investors
You can sign up right hereLondon (CNN Business) The US economy probably grew at a record pace during the summer months. Economists polled by Refinitiv expect GDP grew by an annualized, seasonally adjusted rate of 31%. The third quarter GDP data will be useful in demonstrating that once the economy can operate without social distancing restrictions, it's very resilient. Also today: The first look at US third quarter GDP arrives at 8:30 a.m. Coming tomorrow: GDP data for Europe will provide a look at the third quarter recovery — just as countries like France and Germany enact new lockdowns.
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.
The US is close to having 'exponential spread' in some areas, and the hardest part may still be ahead, former FDA official says
Worst number of cases yetThat's as the country continues to report the most number of cases we've seen to date. But the seven-day average of new Covid-19 cases has soared 23% in the past week, according to Johns Hopkins data. The seven-day average of new tests performed has risen only 2.87% over the past week, according to the Covid Tracking Project. South Dakota's test positivity rate is 23%, the state's health department said Monday. As of Monday, at least 37 states had growing numbers of new Covid-19 cases this past week compared with the previous week, according to Johns Hopkins data.
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.
12 ways the Trump administration botched America's response to Covid-19 (Opinion)
And a number of administration errors have led to the current dire circumstances. Sometimes you can pinpoint a public health error (the crisis of lead in the drinking water in Flint , Michigan, being a clear example). In an academic paper, I've offered a possible definition : "a public health error occurs when one or more stakeholders in a public health system commit a cognizant, negligent act of commission or omission that fails to achieve necessary public health outcomes." Given this definition, the current administration has committed multiple public health errors that have harmed the national Covid-19 response. Just like surgeons go to great lengths to avoid leaving instruments inside of patients, we must avoid errors in public health.
Dietitians share their top picks for stocking your pantry this fall
Here are the six healthy staple items that registered dietitians say you should keep on hand. They also tend to be even less expensive, come in bulk, and in Siegel’s opinion, they taste much better than canned beans, though she added that Eden Foods makes unsalted canned beans that she likes. “But, having variety with legume pastas means extra protein, so you don’t need to worry about adding a protein source to the meal. Albacore contains nearly three times as much mercury as skipjack tuna, which is what’s used in most “chunk light” canned tuna, she said. Dairy milk is a good source of protein, but counting on plant-based milks as a source of protein can be tricky.
Hurricane Zeta slams Gulf Coast as Category 2 storm
After making landfall in Louisiana, Hurricane Zeta is racing up the East Coast, causing deaths, damage, and power outages to more than a million people. NBC’s Morgan Chesky reports from New Orleans, and TODAY’s Al Roker forecasts where the storm is headed next, plus snow in the Northeast.
FBI probes ransomware attacks on US hospitals
Hospitals nationwide are on high alert after a stark warning from several U.S. agencies that cyber-criminals could be targeting them. The attacks utilize ransomware, which can block hospitals from accessing information on their own patients. NBC’s Tom Costello reports for TODAY.
Knife attack at French church kills at least 3
Overnight a deadly knife attack took place at a church in Nice, France, taking at least three lives. Police are investigating it as a terror attack. NBC’s Matt Bradley reports for TODAY from Paris.
Justin Turner under fire for World Series celebration after positive COVID test
After Dodgers star Justin Turner tested positive for the coronavirus during the final game of the World Series, he was pulled from the game. But he still joined the on-field celebration afterward, and Major League Baseball is investigating. NBC national correspondent Miguel Almaguer reports for TODAY from Los Angeles.
Stephen Colbert Takes Naughty Swipe At Trump For Advertising On ‘The Late Show’
Stephen Colbert discovered that President Donald Trump advertises a lot on “The Late Show.” (Watch the full monologue video below.) “Wow,” a surprised Colbert said Wednesday. “Has he seen how I talk about him on this show?”A CNN study revealed that the president’s reelection campaign has aired nearly 1,200 commercials during Colbert’s almost nightly bashing of Trump. “Well, I guess it wouldn’t be the first time Trump’s paid someone to spank him,” Colbert cracked. Oh yeah, he danced after that one.
Netherlands to cull 35,700 chickens after bird flu outbreak
Commercial farmers in the Netherlands are being ordered to keep their chickens indoors | Sander Koning/AFP via Getty ImagesDutch animal health authorities today announced a cull of 35,700 broiler chickens after an outbreak of a highly contagious strain of bird flu at a poultry farm in the eastern village of Altforst. The embargo covers poultry, eggs, poultry manure and used bedding as well as other animals and animal products from poultry farms. AdvertisementZoos, petting zoos and bird owners have additionally been told to shield their poultry and waterfowl to prevent them from coming into contact with wild waterfowl droppings. Action to counter the new strain of bird flu, which is thought to have spread from western Russia and Kazakhstan, has also been taken in France and Poland. No human infections from the H5N8 bird flu strain have been reported and the risk of transmission is considered low.
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.
Philadelphia Police Vow To Release 911 Tapes, Body Camera Video Of Black Man's Killing
Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw pledged to release the video evidence once the department shares it with the family of Walter Wallace Jr. Hundreds of demonstrators marched in West Philadelphia over the death of Walter Wallace, a Black man who was killed by police in Philadelphia on Monday. His family’s lawyer said the family had called for an ambulance to get him help with a mental health crisis. Hundreds of demonstrators marched in West Philadelphia over the death of Walter Wallace, a Black man who was killed by police in Philadelphia on Monday. Both Outlaw and the mayor pledged to address the lack of coordinated mental health services.
'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."
Three dead, others injured in suspected terrorist attack at French church
Three people have been killed and others injured in what police described as a terrorist attack at the Notre Dame basilica in the southern French city of Nice on Thursday.
New York wedding and birthday party lead to 56 Covid cases, nearly 300 in quarantine
A wedding and birthday party in suburban New York turned into two Covid-19 “superspreader” events that infected more than 50 people and left nearly 300 in quarantine, officials said. Out of the 91 attendees, 30 people later tested positive, consisting of 27 guests, two employees, and an outside vendor, Bellone said. More than half of the guests, 26 people, tested positive for the coronavirus and 132 being forced to quarantine, he said. Six school districts in Suffolk County have already been affected by the positive cases and associated risk of exposure, officials added. More than three dozen people who tested positive were linked to the event, including 28 students and nine adults, officials said.
France, Germany on lockdown as Covid-stricken Europe braces for tough winter
LONDON — Surging coronavirus cases across Europe are triggering new national lockdowns as the continent again shows clear signs of becoming Covid-19's global epicenter. The spiraling situation prompted French President Emmanuel Macron to announce a new national lockdown until Dec. 1. "The virus is circulating at a speed that not even the most pessimistic forecasts had anticipated," he said in a televised speech. All bars and restaurants in Germany and France will now close — but unlike earlier lockdowns in spring, schools will remain open. Fabrizio Bensch / ReutersThe World Health Organization said the European region — including Russia, Turkey, Israel and Central Asia — accounted for almost half of the 2.8 million new coronavirus cases last week.
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.
How New York’s Small Cinemas Are Hanging On
Several of the city’s other art houses and smaller cinemas have a surprising safety net — large corporate owners that help buffer them from oblivion. The Angelika Film Center & Cafe on Houston Street is part of a chain of theaters owned by Reading International, a publicly traded multinational company. Others, like Film Forum and Anthology Film Archives, operate as nonprofits, and have leaned heavily on members and donors for support. “We’re only still alive because of the largess of our audience members and our board,” said Cooper, of Film Forum. “This cautious approach has so far served New Yorkers well,” the spokesman, Jack Sterne, said, “and everyone is working to stop a second wave.”
Where Covid Left Holes, Volunteers Stepped In
“We tried to pick books that their families could use,” Ms. Fransen said, including cookbooks and coloring books with postcards people could send to loved ones. In August and October, Vanessa worked with First Book again, this time focusing on Makoti’s younger residents. She distributed them to children around her community as well as to a local school and the Little Free Library. Vanessa, who recently started seventh grade, hopes Ms. Osborne’s books, which combine history and education with adventure, will help children feel less isolated. “What I love about reading is that it takes you to different places and you learn about new things,” she said.
A Biden Win Could Renew a Democratic Split on Trade
Mr. Biden has papered over other difficult divisions within the Democratic Party by declining to state a position. Mr. Biden has released more extensive plans for expanding Buy American programs and proposed tax penalties for companies that send jobs overseas. It’s unclear if a Biden administration would ultimately move to rejoin the Trans-Pacific Partnership, or continue existing trade talks with the United Kingdom and Kenya. Mr. Biden’s advisers tend to be more unified on China, but there is still a split, people familiar with the conversations say. The path of Mr. Biden’s trade policy will depend largely on personnel decisions, including who become the Treasury Secretary, the United States Trade Representative and commerce secretary.
Deadly Knife Attack in France Appears to Be Terrorism, Officials Say
PARIS — An assailant with a knife killed at least two people on Thursday morning at a church in the southern French city of Nice, according to local officials who said it appeared to be a terrorist attack. The assault comes as the country is still shaken by the beheading of a teacher in a Paris suburb this month by a young Muslim man after the teacher showed caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad in a class. The mayor of Nice, Christian Estrosi, said in a statement posted to Twitter shortly after the attack that he was on the scene with the police and that a suspect had been arrested. He later said at least two people were killed and one seriously injured. “I confirm that everything suggests a terrorist attack in the Notre-Dame basilica,” the mayor wrote.
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.
‘Tsunamis of Misinformation’ Overwhelm Local Election Officials
“They’re definitely overwhelmed,” said Isabella Garcia-Camargo, an organizer of the Election Integrity Partnership, a new coalition of misinformation researchers. Last week, the Elections Infrastructure Information Sharing and Analysis Center, an information-sharing partnership, warned election officials about a spate of suspicious emails that impersonated state officials or included links to websites that asked them to verify their password information. But it was a sign that local officials should “remain vigilant in identifying and reporting suspicious activity to protect the vote,” he said. Top state officials who oversee elections said they were also constantly communicating with local authorities about the surge of falsehoods. The experience of Deva Marie Proto, the registrar of voters in Sonoma County, Calif., has been typical of local election officials.
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.
Young and Jobless in Europe: ‘It’s Been Desperate’
BritainTaking ControlWhen Tariro Madzingira’s marketing job wound down during the pandemic, she knew that landing new work would be a struggle. Instead of panicking, Ms. Madzingira, 24, took matters into her own hands. She returned from London to her parents’ home in Birmingham and enrolled in an eight-week career coaching course. “A lot of graduates that I’ve spoken to are doing so many applications and feeling really flustered,” Ms. Madzingira said. But when she logs off from her internship, she pivots back to working with young people in similar straits.
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
The Field: The Specter of Political Violence
Listen and subscribe to ‘The Daily’Apple Podcasts | Spotify | StitcherThis episode contains strong language. With an election in which uncertainty may abound, concerns are swirling around the possibility of political violence. Experts and officials — including those charged with the security of polling stations and ballot counting facilities — have been taking extra precautions. Americans across the political spectrum appear to be preparing themselves for this possibility, too: Eight of the 10 biggest weeks for gun sales since the late 1990s took place since March this year. Many of those sales were to people buying guns for the first time.
As the world awaits a coronavirus vaccine, some Chinese students get early doses
The vaccine would at least provide better protection.”ADADBeijing has taken an immense gamble in rolling out coronavirus vaccines before they are confirmed safe and effective. Cai said she is relieved to have gotten the vaccine before traveling to Italy, which is experiencing a renewed surge in coronavirus cases. In Beijing, Wang Ying, a 42-year-old employee of a state-run bank, says she received the vaccine free of charge in a Sinopharm clinical trial, which required her to send daily health updates. Cai, who got the vaccine for urgent use, had to pay about $68 for the two shots and service fees. Wang said even though she got the vaccine, she might wait for more trial results before vaccinating her 10-year-old daughter.
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.
A Long Island wedding and birthday party infected 56 with covid-19: ‘Blatant disregard for the well-being of others’
AD“One-third of all of those in attendance,” Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone said in a news conference Wednesday. ADThose ill-fated gatherings were not the only large events to spread the coronavirus across Long Island in recent weeks. “This type of blatant disregard for the well-being of others is not only extremely disappointing; it will not be tolerated,” Bellone said Wednesday. County officials fined the wedding venue $12,000. ADAnother party flooded with teenagers in the Long Island hamlet of Farmingville led to multiple 911 calls on Saturday.
Coronavirus live updates: Fauci expresses support for national mask mandate amid record-setting coronavirus infections
Taiwan on Thursday celebrated its 200th day with no locally transmitted coronavirus infections, a milestone no other nation has reached. But the opposite happened, because Taiwan had learned from past epidemics and took the virus seriously from the start. As soon as China reported the first covid-19 case to the World Health Organization in December, Taiwan began screening passengers on flights from Wuhan. By late January, the government was using records from its national health system to identify people who had recently developed respiratory problems and have them tested for the coronavirus. Immigration databases were similarly leveraged to allow doctors to prioritize testing people who had recently traveled to hotspots.
The US economy probably grew at record speed in the third quarter. But the crisis isn't over
New York (CNN Business) The US economy started bouncing back from the pandemic lockdowns over the summer months. That would be a sharp gain from the second quarter, when the economy shrunk a seasonally-adjusted 9%. And it comes after huge losses in the second quarter, when GDP collapsed at an annualized and seasonally-adjusted rate of 31.4% — the biggest drop on record. Either way, the economic crisis is not over, even if Thursday's data shows a jump in economic activity. "The huge GDP growth it will indicate is growth off a level severely depressed by a first-ever lockdown of much of the US economy.
LVMH snags $400 million discount on Tiffany deal after legal spat
The move now values Tiffany at $15.8 billion, $400 million less than the $16.2 billion originally agreed upon. LVMH announced in September that it would abandon its planned acquisition of Tiffany, which was expected to be the biggest luxury goods deal in history. The deal is expected to help LVMH better compete with rival Swiss jewelry seller Richemont by cementing its position in watches and jewelry. The deal, which must be approved by Tiffany shareholders, is expected to close early next year. "The LVMH and Tiffany saga seems to have finally come to an end," he added.
Knife attack in Nice leaves 3 people dead
Police at the scene of the attack in Nice | Valery Hache/AFP via Getty ImagesPARIS — Three people were killed and several others injured in a knife attack in the southern French city of Nice, according to the city’s mayor. The attack, which took place on Thursday morning in and around a church, is being investigated as a potential act of terrorism, Le Monde reported. A police operation was still underway as of late morning on Thursday but a suspect has been arrested, Nice Mayor Christian Estrosi said. The third victim was killed in a bar in front of the church, where she had taken refuge. Estrosi added that later on Thursday, Macron will travel to Nice.
EU eyes tighter grip on data in ‘tech sovereignty’ push – POLITICO
Breton's push was bolstered by the EU's top court stricking down Brussels' transatlantic data flows deal with the U.S., called Privacy Shield, in July because of fears over privacy. AdvertisementRestrictions on data flows are not the only rules in the act that indicate Europe's changing tack. The proposal includes requirements for providers of “data sharing services” and companies engaged in collecting data for “data altruism activities” to be legally established in the EU or EEA. "[Our stance] has not changed with the judgment, we believe in free data flows," Sauer said. Speaking at the same event as Sauer, James Sullivan, a key U.S. negotiator for a revived U.S.-EU data flows deal, said vocal backing of data sovereignty in Brussels was not helpful in keeping transatlantic data flows alive.
What You Can And Cannot Wear To Vote, According To Election Experts
It’s not even clear what exactly each states’ rules are surrounding what you can and cannot wear to cast your vote. But rules vary from state to state, and the inconsistencies create confusion and loopholes. “There have been issues just in the past few weeks about people going to vote early wearing a shirt that says Black Lives Matter, for example,” he said. If you show up on Election Day wearing the wrong thing and someone calls you on it and says you can’t be in this area, that could functionally undermine your right to vote. “The laws are concerned about undue influence, but it’s also a matter of respect for people around you.
3 Dead In Knife Attack Near Church In French City Of Nice
VALERY HACHE via Getty Images French forensics officers arrive at the site of a knife attack in Nice on Oct. 29, 2020. Mayor Christian Estrosi said on Twitter the knife attack had happened in or near the city’s Notre Dame church and that police had detained the attacker. Three people have been killed and several others wounded after a knife attack near a church in the French city of Nice. The attack comes while France is still reeling from the fatal attack earlier this month of French middle school teacher Samuel Paty. It was not immediately clear what the motive was for the Nice attack, or if there was any connection to the cartoons, which Muslims consider to be blasphemous.
Conservative Columnist Says There’s Only One Way To Save The GOP
The Republican Party can now only be saved in one extreme way, conservative columnist Max Boot argued in his new op-ed for The Washington Post. And that is by completely destroying it to remove any vestige of President Donald Trump. “The GOP needs to be detoxified and de-Trumpified,” Boot declared. Boot, a longtime Republican who has endorsed Democratic nominee Joe Biden, said he’d “watched with incredulity” the descent “into collective madness” of the party he left following Trump’s 2016 election win. “The only way Republicans will come to their senses is if they see that the path they are on leads to electoral oblivion.”Read the full column here.
Is It Safe To Host Thanksgiving Dinner During The COVID-19 Pandemic?
To decrease the chances of transmitting COVID-19, experts advise planning a low-risk Thanksgiving celebration. There is no “ideal” number of guests, but Gorbach warned that as the guest list increases, so do the odds of transmitting COVID-19. Remember to wear a mask, practice social distancing and wash your hands regularly when you’re away from home. Even outdoors, it’s still important to maintain social distancing and wear a mask, Nuño said. Practice social distancing, alwaysSkip the hugs and handshakes and encourage social distancing.
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.
Masked Voters Tell Trump-Supporting Family And Friends How They Really Feel On ‘Kimmel'
Jimmy Kimmel’s crew asked people on the street to tell their President Donald Trump-supporting relatives and friends exactly what they thought of their political views. And, from behind the anonymity of a mask, they didn’t hold back. One woman had a scathing message for her sister who, she said, goes on and on “about this orange stain being the best thing to happen to this country.”Another simply asked how “David” could “vote for a pig like that?”Check out Kimmel’s full monologue here:
So Your Favorite Children's Books Didn't Age Well. Here's What You Can Do About It.
Many parents love reading with their kids; it’s a bonding experience — one that promotes learning and a love of storytelling. But what happens when you’re reading a beloved favorite from childhood with your kids only to realize it hasn’t aged so well? In the moment, I wondered, “How should I handle reading this and other books like it with my kid?”And I’m not alone. “Like many people, I have naturally gravitated toward books that I loved as a child or stories that are considered classics. LaNesha Tabb, a kindergarten teacher who also runs the successful Instagram Education With an Apron, explained how she talks to her kids about problematic books.
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.
What Is The Internet Doing To Boomers’ Brains?
What it has not produced, however, is a satisfying answer to a simple question: What is the internet doing to our parents’ brains? Older Americans falling prey to internet conspiracy theories, in other words, could be just another side effect of American inequality. If younger Americans are digital natives, older Americans are digital refugees, drifting onto social media platforms slowly and haphazardly. Social media also amplifies what researchers call the “illusory truth effect” — the more times you hear something, the truer it seems. Keeping them from stumbling across conspiracy theories, however, only takes a government willing to regulate and social media companies willing to curate.
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.
Three dead, others injured in suspected terrorist attack at French church
Three people have been killed and others injured in what police described as a terrorist attack at the Notre Dame basilica in the southern French city of Nice on Thursday. A man armed with a knife attacked people inside the church around 9 a.m. local time, killing a woman and a man, French police confirmed to NBC News. A third victim, another woman, ran from the church seeking refuge in a café, shop but was hunted down and killed, police added. The police confirmed that the incident was being treated as a terrorist attack and that the national anti-terrorist public prosecutor's department is now officially in charge of the investigation. Local police tweeted that there was an operation underway in the Notre Dame area in central Nice.
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.
Trump Makes One More Desperate Bid to Frack the Election
WASHINGTON - The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Donald Trump is considering an executive order that would seek to make the case for expanding fossil fuel drilling. The order would include an analysis of fracking’s economic impacts and the possible consequences of a ban. There is no doubt that fracking poisons our air and water, and that drilling is driving us towards climate crisis. There is something grotesquely fitting that an administration that has sacrificed climate action for the sake of the fossil fuel industry thinks fracking is a winner. “The truth is that the fracking industry is in collapse.
Bankrolling Extinction: The Top 10 Banks Financing Biodiversity Loss
In 2019, 50 global banks provided loans and underwriting of more than USD 2.6 trillion (>GDP of Canada) to economic sectors scientists and governments agree are primary drivers of biodiversity loss. On average, each of the 50 banks was linked to finance with biodiversity loss risk of USD 52 billion. Governments to stop protecting banks’ role in biodiversity destruction and rewrite the rules of finance to hold banks liable for the damage caused by their lending. Removing these legal protections would force banks to more systematically address the biodiversity impacts of their financing, and transform activities across major supply chains. We need to reset the financial system so it is held fully accountable for its impacts.
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.
Lawsuit Aims to Save Leopards From Import to U.S. as Hunting Trophies
On average the country imports nearly 300 leopard trophies per year, which is 52% of all leopard trophies in trade each year. During the most recent five-year period for which data are available, it imported 1,037 leopard trophies from Zimbabwe, Tanzania, Mozambique and Zambia alone. Please select a donation method:The lawsuit challenges the Fish and Wildlife Service’s failure to meet this obligation by authorizing U.S. trophy hunters to import leopard trophies from Africa. Furthermore, an endangered listing would increase transparency and give the public the ability to comment on trophy import applications. That petition also asked the agency to take immediate action to apply a stricter standard to the import of leopards as hunted trophies.
Defying a Federal Court Order, Trump’s EPA Approves Continued Use of Toxic Weedkiller Dicamba
The EPA’s decision ignores an order in June by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals vacating the use of dicamba. In its opinion, the court cited the EPA’s failure to acknowledge the risks the chemical poses to conventional crops and the environment. “Protecting the pesticide industry has been a top priority of the EPA during the Trump administration,” said EWG President Ken Cook. Please select a donation method:Dicamba has been linked to increased risk of cancer and nervous system damage in pesticide applicators. A 2006 study by the National Cancer Institute found an increased risk of colon cancer for those who handle and apply dicamba to crops.
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?
New Report Exposes Secret US Drone Strikes in Yemen
WASHINGTON - A new report from Airwars raises the question of whether the Trump administration has switched to using the CIA for strikes in Yemen in order to shroud US operations there in greater secrecy. Airwars documented at least 30 locally-claimed US drone strikes, including 11 in the past ten months. The US has not officially declared a strike in Yemen since mid-2019. The report found that US strikes and raids in Yemen since Trump came into office have killed at least 86 civilians, including 28 children and 13 women. Instead, officials confirmed that there is no functioning civilian casualty monitoring cell covering Yemen operations within the US Department of Defense.
The Trump Administration Set a New Low Number for Refugee Admissions at 15,000 for Fiscal Year 2021
This is yet another tragic continuation of the administration’s pattern of reducing access to the U.S. refugee admissions program for Muslim refugees. As refugees in the U.S. admissions pipeline, their needs for safety have been verified and security checks completed by U.S. security and intelligence agencies. The Trump Administration’s arbitrary bar on their admission will only serve to keep refugees in danger. Jennifer Sime, the Senior Vice President of Resettlement, Asylum, and Integration at the International Rescue Committee said:"The Trump administration continues to gamble with people’s lives as the President set the annual refugee admissions goal to a new historical low number of 15,000. Please select a donation method:“Since 2016, the number of refugees worldwide has grown by more than 14 million while the Trump administration lowered the refugee admissions cap by more than 80 percent.
The Black Hole of Depressions: Doing Nothing About Climate Emergency Could Cost More Than All the Wealth in the World
* That is in the worst case scenario where the world does virtually nothing to stop carbon dioxide and methane emissions over the coming decades. Although the governments of the world talk a nice game, actually none of them is significantly reducing their annual emissions. In 2019, you, I, and everyone else on earth put nearly 37 billion tons of the dangerous heat-trapping gas, carbon dioxide, into the atmosphere, the third year in a row the number increased. A couple of years ago, this site estimated the value of all the immoveable property in the world at $217 trillion. The world has what is called a “carbon budget.” This results from the ability of the oceans to absorb carbon dioxide.
Voting Will Not Save Us, But We Must Show Up Anyway
Black folks, queer folks, femme folks, folks who watched their families and friends lose jobs and healthcare during COVID, lose their lives to police brutality and incompetence. Voting doesn’t mean we accept the validity of our corrupt system or that our responsibility to change these systems comes once every 4 years. Voting doesn’t mean we accept the validity of our corrupt system or that our responsibility to change these systems comes once every 4 years. Voting will not solve everything and getting the “right” person in the White House won’t magically fix what has plagued this country since its beginning. Each of us must find our work and do it.”The work is voting.
Trump In A Nutshell: They Came For the Covid, But Stayed For the Hypothermia
Meanwhile, temps dropped to 31 degrees, MAGA hats weren't much help, and there were few masks in sight. At the rally, Trump said the U.S. was "turning the corner" on COVID, despite Nebraska cases hitting record highs and 500,000 new U.S. cases in the last week, but details, details. He also complained about the cold - "I'm standing here freezing" - and told his sheeple, "Get the hell out and vote." fumes and his hapless, frosty, often older supporters waiting in more lines for 30 buses to return them to their cars, almost four miles away. With Trump, we all end up abandoned in the cold and dark, trying to get home.
Journalists Pick Sides When They Call Adding Justices 'Court Packing'
And by accepting “court packing” as “the term for” expanding the court, journalists lend a hand to those anti-democratic forces. The phrase “court packing” isn’t new. But the rampant journalistic use of the biased term “court packing” hasn’t changed. A Nexis search of US newspapers for the past three months (7/24/20–10/24/20) turns up 244 headlines with some version of the phrase “court packing” (including, e.g., “pack the court” or “packing the court”). Less than half as many, 98, used a version of the more neutral “court expansion” (such as “expanding the court”), and almost half of those (48) also used the phrase “court packing” within the article.
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.
Black Americans Won’t Fall for Trump’s Big Con
While white Americans recovered about half the jobs that were lost by August, African Americans recovered barely over one-third. White women recovered over 60% of the jobs they lost; Black women barely 34, one in about three. Please select a donation method:Trump’s Small Business Administration stiffed African Americans in dispensing loans through the Pay Protection Plan. Nearly one-half of Black women report that they are unable to pay for necessities like food and housing, even though most work. African Americans have suffered the most from Trump’s mismanagement.
The Rise in Material Hardship Among Working-Class Whites and How It Could Impact the 2020 Election
While housing insecurity has remained relatively stable among whites overall, it has spiked among lower-income whites (under $50,000) without college degrees. Lower-income whites without college degrees were the largest group of voters who voted for Obama in 2012 but switched to Trump in 2016. Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Housing Insecurity Remain LargeIn an August 2020 report, CEPR documented substantial racial and ethnic disparities in housing insecurity between late April 2020 and July 2020. Fewer households have experienced housing insecurity than lost earnings, but the racial and ethnic disparities are even larger. However, the share of lower-income whites without college degrees reporting housing insecurity spiked in 2020.
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.
Between Chaos and Commonwealth
But not more accepting of our world’s systematic disparities of wealth and poverty — and corresponding distortions of corporate and political power. Centuries ago, in a flat-earth world, looking up to the great lords on their commanding heights may have seemed quite natural. Didn’t the sun, moon, and stars shine down from the sky and didn’t gods in heaven above dictate from mountaintops? What’s not so natural or comprehensible today: that this Babel of wealth, power, and knowledge should still survive intact. Yet today we need all the energy and skills, ideas and models, plans and images we can muster between us.
'Grotesquely Fitting' Say Climate Campaigners as Trump Mulls Pro-Fracking Executive Order Ahead of Election
There is no doubt that fracking poisons our air and water, and that drilling is driving us towards climate crisis. There is something grotesquely fitting that an administration that has sacrificed climate action for the sake of the fossil fuel industry thinks fracking is a winner." Trump weighs issuing a not-so-subtle executive order on fracking as he seeks to shore up the oil-and-gas vote in battleground states. "In Pennsylvania fracking does make a difference at the margins. However, in 2016, then-Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton lost all three states to Trump, and some polling in those states and others still suggest a second Trump victory in next week's election.
Unleashing the Power of Poor Voters
During the disastrous Wisconsin primary in April, an estimated 16 percent of Black voters in Milwaukee were disenfranchised. Please select a donation method:A report by the Poor People’s Campaign shows that increasing voter participation among the poor could make a huge difference in election results. In the 2016 presidential election, 34 million poor or low-income people who were eligible did not vote. If low-income voters had participated at similar rates as higher income voters (and voted against the winning candidate) in 2016, new low-income voters could’ve flipped the presidential results in 15 states. Single-digit increases in voter turnout among poor voters could have easily changed the results in states like Michigan, Florida, and Pennsylvania — not to mention Wisconsin.
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."
'Bankrolling Extinction': Report Shows Big Banks Lent Over $2.6 Trillion to Fund Global Biodiversity Destruction in 2019
The world's largest banks in 2019 provided more than $2.6 trillion in loans and underwriting to economic sectors linked to the global biodiversity crisis while doing little to monitor, let alone curb, damage to life-sustaining ecosystems. Did you know that in 2019 banks pumped more than $2.6 trillion into sectors that are driving the destruction of nature? Please select a donation method:The report argues that "to prevent extinction, banks have to stop funding it." "The current legal system protects banks from responsibility and liability, and therefore reduces their business incentive to help address damaging activities. Robin Smale, director of Vivid Economics, pointed out that "the current legal system protects banks from responsibility and liability, and therefore reduces their business incentive to help address damaging activities."
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.
Incensed Over Amy Coney Barrett's Confirmation? Don't Mourn—Organize and Vote
Even the progressive Court of the 1940s, in its infamous Korematsu decision, upheld the internment of Japanese American citizens during World War II. All of these reactionary decisions were eventually overturned or negated by political movements, constitutional amendments, legislation, or political pressure on the Court. On abortion rights, LGBTQ rights or racial justice, the Court, not Congress, has often initiated reforms. To be sure, a reactionary Supreme Court could overturn longstanding precedent and attempt to constitutionally block progressive legislation and reverse women’s and LGBTQ rights. As the labor activist and songwriter Joe Hill famously stated as his death approached: “Don’t mourn, organize”—and vote.
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.
'Don't Be Fooled': Economists Warn Against Deceptive Trump Spin on New GDP Figures
Even though the numbers have not yet officially been released, the Trump reelection campaign is already running Facebook ads touting the "fastest GDP growth in history" and celebrating the "Great American Comeback" that the figures supposedly show. "One reason 30 percent growth doesn't mean the economy is healed stems from how percentage changes work when going down and then up. since @Facebook won't allow new political ads after tomorrow, team Trump went ahead & ran a bunch of ads today about record-setting GDP growth from the Q3 report that won't be released until 10/29. "However, even record-breaking third quarter real GDP growth of 30%-35% will leave the U.S. economy substantially smaller than when the year began." Forecasters predict that tomorrow's Q3 GDP release may reach 30% or higher, by far the largest rise on record.
'Stuff of Tinpot Dictatorships': Trump Appointee Denounced for Move to Turn US Media Agency Into Mouthpiece for State 'Propaganda'
In addition, "the broadcasters are also intended to serve the citizens of nations which do not allow journalists to operate freely." Trump stooge Michael Pack is eliminating the legally required editorial independence of US-funded news outlets abroad so they can act like Trump’s Ministry of Propaganda. She explained that by rescinding the "firewall rule," Pack had removed "the one thing that makes VOA distinct from broadcasters of repressive regimes." "That is what differentiates VOA and the other USAGM-funded networks from the state-sponsored propaganda of Russia, China, Iran, and others." Engel noted that Pack lacks the authority to undue the "firewall rule," which was legislated by Congress.
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."
In 'Extraordinary Step,' International Crisis Group Issues Report Warning of US Election Violence
Robert Malley, president and CEO of the ICG, called the organization's report, advising U.S. and world leaders on how to avoid election-related unrest and violence in the wealthiest country in the world "an extraordinary step." If not, the world's most powerful country could face a period of growing instability and increasingly diminished credibility abroad." "If not, the world's most powerful country could face a period of growing instability and increasingly diminished credibility abroad." But observers on social media expressed alarm over the ICG's unprecedented report on the United States. As with the Carter Center, this is the first time the International Crisis Group is covering a U.S. election.
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 ?
ELECTION 2020: What Trump & Biden Get Wrong About North Korea
Christine Ahn says the two leading presidential contenders present a false dichotomy about U.S. diplomatic options with North Korea. And more pressure and sanctions will not convince North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons arsenal. While North Korea has improved its military capability, it has not tested any long-range missiles or new nuclear weapons since then. Stalled TalksBut since last year’s Hanoi Summit, talks between North Korea and the United States have stalled. Furthermore, a majority of Americans support the United States negotiating with adversaries like North Korea to avoid a military confrontation.
October 28, 2020 – Consortiumnews
The triumph of corporate and foreign interests over one of the most consequential decisions regarding China is likely to bedevil U.S. foreign policy for years to come, writes Gareth Porter. 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
Key Pentagon Official Turned China Policy Over to Arms Industry & Taiwan Supporters
The arms sales Schriver has overseen represent the most dangerous U.S. escalation against China in years. Returning FavorsSchriver is a longtime advocate of massive, highly provocative arms sales to Taiwan who has advanced the demand that the territory be treated more like a sovereign, independent state. Lockheed Martin was the biggest corporate winner in the huge and expensive suite of arms sales to Taiwan. Neocon VisionThe arms sales to Taiwan represented a signal victory for those who still hoping to reverse the official U.S. acceptance the People’s Republic of China as the legitimate government of all of China. The Project 2049 Institute was a key member of the council, along with all the major arms companies hoping to make sales to Taiwan.
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.
Cartoon: Trump's last push for votes
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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.
“Truth has a leftist bias”
You’ve probably heard that saying before. And I’ve seen it verified time & time again…Just as a recent example: my daughter (a sophomore attending- 100% remotely, at this time- Berkeley High), told me the other day how they managed to sneak some politics into her math class- where they illustrated a step function by presenting a graph of the minimum wage over time (which is constant until it jumps up when it gets increased, and then remains constant again until the next increase), contrasted with a function that varies continuously, illustrated by the minimum wage adjusted for the changing value of the dollar, over time (God I love Berkeley…)And now, there’s this…The above link will take you to a page created by web developer Dan Goodspeed, that has a graph- mesmerizingly animated over time- of the total number of COVID cases per million, broken down by state. The bars for each state are also color coded, in a spectrum ranging from intensely red (for heavily Republican states) to intensely blue (for heavily Democratic states). Early on in the pandemic, the distribution of red & blue in the graph is fairly random, as can be seen from the following 2 screenshots:However the graph becomes rather unmistakably stratified, as the pandemic progresses…Which perhaps isn’t too surprising, given that the reality of masks & social distancing being the most effective methods for reducing the transmission of the virus (in the absence of a vaccine or cure), isn’t going to change, merely because the deniers of science (a group strongly correlated with Republican affiliation) declare (with zero substantiation) otherwise. xI’d like to add one…What you say: “herd immunity”What I hear: “genocide”
Photo Diary: Maximo Park Archaeological Site, St Pete FL
Maximo Park is one of several parks in St Pete that preserve and protect Tocobaga Native American archaeological sites. :)The Florida Natives, like most pre-contact cultures, had no written language and left no history of their own. Another temple mound is preserved at Pinellas Point, in Indian Mound Park. There are Tocobaga midden mounds at Abercrombie Park and Jungle Prada de Narvaez Park. In nearby Manatee County is the Portavant Mound site and the Madiera Bickle Temple Mound complex.
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!"
How it's done: activist thrashes KC Board of Police Commissioners, leaving smoldering heap.
I’m not asking y’all for anything because y’all can’t and won’t be both my savior and my oppressor. These would make some really nice apartments.” “So I’m not here begging anything of soulless white folks and self-preserving Black folks. Well done, I say, and thank you Keiajah Brooks for showing the way. You can sign a petition (I did) demanding the Chief’s removal at Change.org. here:Demand the Removal of KCPD Chief Rick Smith for Enabling Police Brutality.
So you say you're 'pro-life,' huh? Yeah, I don't think so
Anyone who was actually “pro-life” wouldn’t belong to a group of Americans who loudly and actively disdain efforts to protect others from infection by this novel coronavirus. Amidst the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, anti-choice political leaders have made it crystal clear that they don’t value people’s lives. Now, against experts’ recommendations, these so-called “pro-life” politicians and pundits have criticized and defied stay-at-home orders in states across the country. There’s nothing“pro-life” about deliberately putting people’s health and safety at risk. If they say “Republican,” you can laugh in their face and ask them if they have any more lies to sell.
Accountability is not Cancellation
Instead of facing the truth about systemic racism, the words ‘Race Card’ become a shield. And for pure bad behavior, we do not apologize, we say ‘Cancel Culture’ is an insult to free speech. Sometimes saying, I was wrong, make me understand, stops what you may feel is your cancellation. So you can say any way you want to say it, but Bill Clinton is abusive to women. Of course, Mr. Trump, embedded lies, misdirection, projection, and most of all a lack of sincerity, honor, or accountability, but lots of malevolence.
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.
Take Heart, America. Helping Humpday at Street Prophets Coffee Hour
HHday resides at the Street Prophets Coffee Hour, the intersection where politics and religion and faith and history and ethical values and art and serendipity conveniently meet and sometimes collide. When you take heart, you’re more able to deal with challenges like aging, illness, trauma, or conflicts with others. You’re also more able to take advantage of opportunities with confidence and grit... … Additionally, it takes heart to live in, live with, and live beyond times that are really hard. So, let’s all take heart and trust that our ship of state will soon be righted and back on course. Some need help with a one-time emergency.
Harvey Wasserman calls voter suppression, Pelosi scorches Trump, Trump abandon supporters & more
Trump’s voter suppression is real, as Harvey Wasserman explains. Nancy scorches Trump. Harvey Wasserman has choice words and advice on voter suppression. Pelosi scorches Trump: Stand up like a man and accept the will of the American people. Harvey Wasserman discusses the state of voter suppression in the latter days of Election 2020.
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.
it's necessary, the only way to defend everything we hold dear
There is no other way to protect the ACA and Roe and the VRA and the environment and any number of other issues. Expanding the Court is not outlandish.What is outlandish is attacking the means , the one and only means, to defend our core principles as Democrats. I can't fathom somebody having the gall to call expanding the Court outlandish after what the republicans did and considering what is at stake. I don't see an alternative to expanding the court that defends all of that which is at stake. If there are other moves that could be made that would defend everything at stake that will come before SCOTUS, tell us what they are and how they defend everything we must defend.
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/...
Kagro in the Morning podcast (AUDIO): Wednesday, October 28 2020
Greg Dworkin asks us to keep our hands and feet inside the Pollercoaster… but you know what? Will Donald’s inept handling of his own rally, potentially endangering his own voters, because he stiffed the bus company, affect Donald Trump’s chance of reelection? Less than a week away from the election and the “How Trump Can Win” articles are finally slipping under “How Trump Can Lose” articles. It still is pretty certain that if Trump loses, he won’t be a good loser, and neither will his supporters. There is the chance Donald Trump could call for… well, violent insurrection and political assassination... as he is sometimes wont to do.
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.
Post 11-3: how to keep up the attack?
Rally round the flag! The election won’t be over on 11/3, but like it or not the focus of all the pumped up Biden supporters islikely to a great extent aimed at a target that is, in their minds, finite: 11/3. Won’t the Pandemic’s inexorable rise in the US, just as Trump wants, begin to erode the ardent support post 11/3 for getting Joe in the White House and Don in the Dog House? Oh we'll rally round the flag, friends, rally once again,Shouting the voters cry for freedom,As we rally ‘cross the fruited plain, we'll gather at the pollsShouting the battle cry of freedom. And we'll fill the vacant seats of the Congress more and more,Shouting the victory cry of freedom.
Election Day is Almost Here! We Are Going to Win This in a Very Big Way!
I have a feeling Election Day and the transition of power will go much smoother than most of us expect. I was so distraught that Hillary was going to lose that I even traveled out-of-state, close to Election Day, to be with my family so that we could consol each other. King Trump and his fellow traitors have traumatized many of us in ways, big and small. The American people are just plain exhausted of King Trump saying 2 + 2 = anything but 4. Most of us on DK have helped Biden and the rest of the Democratic ticket in ways big and small.
Yeah, like not enough is going on, Hurricane Zeta heading to the Gulf Coast
Tracking for Hurricane ZetaWith all the political news coming to a boil lately, it’s easy to get distracted from local weather reports. But, yeah, there is another hurricane on its way to the gulf coast. From CBS News: Hurricane Zeta, a Category 2 storm, is expected to slam New Orleans with a direct hit on Wednesday afternoon. Forecasters said the hurricane will likely bring life-threatening storm surge and strong winds along the Gulf Coast. But I wanted to give space to those in the storm’s path to check-in and let everyone know you’re well and safe.
There is No Right-Wing Militia
Yes, we all need to vote and no, right-wing military groups aren’t going to take over. And there aren’t just police to confront these guys, there is a real militia, the National Gaurd, that can step in if these folks start shooting people. That well-regulated means a militia is controlled by the government for the good of the country. Where are these guys going to go? Does anyone think that they guys are going to drive enmass into such an area and start shooting?
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.
Happy Oxi Day, darn those anti-fascists “Alors, c’est la guerre!” (Then it is war!)
x When writing my opening today saying we are currently in the midst of a coup, comparing Mussolini’s power grab - I hadn’t even realized today is Oxi Day. https://t.co/acpF5XFJMf — Nomiki Konst (@NomikiKonst) October 28, 2020Ohi Day or Oxi Day (Greek: ???????? ??? ???, Epéteios tou Óchi [e?petios tu ?oçi]; "Anniversary of the No") is celebrated throughout Greece, Cyprus and the Greek communities around the world on 28 October each year. Ohi Day commemorates the rejection by Greek Prime Minister Ioannis Metaxas of the ultimatum made by Italian dictator Benito Mussolini on 28 October 1940, the Hellenic counterattack against the invading Italian forces at the mountains of Pindus during the Greco-Italian War, and the Greek Resistance during the Axis occupation. The Greek Resistance (Greek: ?????? ?????????, romanized: Ethnikí Antístasi, "National Resistance") is the blanket term for a number of armed and unarmed groups from across the political spectrum that resisted the Axis occupation of Greece in the period 1941–1944, during World War II. It is considered as one of the strongest resistance movements in Nazi-occupied Europe.
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.
Will Republicans Melt In The Rain ?
European Model for Zeta Storm TrackCourtesy of WAPOHurricane Zeta may bring a burst of strong, damaging wind gusts to portions of Alabama and Georgia, with the storm maintaining its force as it spins far inland thanks to two factors: its rapid forward speed and interaction with the jet stream. There’s a potential for scattered to widespread power outages as far northeast as the Appalachian foothills, with Zeta’s core of strong winds remaining largely intact for more than 500 milesSo, with lots of early votes banked, the dems are getting an assist from mother nature in defeating the orange menace. I wonder if he will change his schedule to visit an area that has been ravaged this hurricane season ?
10/28: No video today, sorry; just a tweet.
I need the same picture, but with cats...Twitter is good for something, anyway...x THE VIDEO THAT MADE MITT ROMNEY CRY! Till then enjoy Olbermann Vs Trump #1 explaining Trump is a terrorist. 15 minutes: https://t.co/0QyxdL4lVcFastest 2 minutes: pic.twitter.com/8iQNAxVhSy — Keith Olbermann (@KeithOlbermann) October 28, 2020Link to KO’s YouTube page. Note title and numbering updates for videos as of 10/25/20. These are published weekday evenings at 5:00pm Eastern time on YouTube, and I’m currently republishing them shortly thereafter.
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 ___.
Racism In America: The Root Of America’s Political Problems.
The Council back then was one of the largest civil rights groups in the nation along with the NAACP. We are now faced with an election that some have called perhaps the most consequential election of our times. And, if you do not believe that racism is the underlying factor in the election and the most important. Yes, climate change is an existential threat to humanity’s future, but it is racism and their support of racist political leaders that is used by the natural resources industry to maintain political control to protect their interests and especially the value of their hydrocarbon reserves. America’s political, economic and social structures have been profoundly influenced by an insatiable urge to obtain wealth, from early settlers to the present.
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!
America Was Ripe For Plunder By A Psychopath (part one)
In 2016, America was ripe for plunder by a clinical psychopath. Neil Postman delineates the contrast between the two dystopias in his influential book Amusing Ourselves to Death (1985):What Orwell feared were those who would ban books. Huxley feared those who would give us so much that we would be reduced to passivity and egotism. Huxley feared the truth would be drowned in a sea of irrelevance, Orwell feared we would become a captive culture Huxley feared we would become a trivial culture, preoccupied with some equivalent of the feelies. In short, Orwell feared that what we fear will ruin us, Huxley feared that our desire will ruin us.
Mad Dog off leash. Who pays this guy a visit?
I have no clue what to say about this but this is the biggest dogwhistle yet. So who pays him a visit? Biden’s secret service detail, the FBI, or his secret service detail. This is grotesquely irresponsible given how many people now have security detail due to Trump publicly disparaging them. Dr Fauci, Leslie Stahl, Gov Whitmer ... — Social?Fly (Gov Cuomo's #StayAtHome Girlfriend) (@socflyny) October 27, 2020The minute he said it, all media should have broken away and apologized for his rhetoric and dogwhistle of inciting violence.
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.
Gangsta Trump Video: Making America Gangsta Again
Jabba The TrumpIs the tragicomic reign of Donald Trump coming to an end? Here, the Gangsta In Chief spouts off about the 'rona, Biden, the Mexicans, thugs, grabbing Lady Liberty, and even shows off his New Clothes (involves some partial nudity, and copious amounts of body hair). One hopes that this will be the last bad Trump impression I'm forced to debase myself doing.
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).
Fun Indie Developed Dump Trump Game
The game has an animated Trump sitting over a dunk tank taunting the player with some of his more outrageous and offensive comments. The player aims and throws a tomato at a moving lever that must be hit to dunk Trump. I’m sure there are many people who would pay for a chance to dunk Trump, or throw a tomato at him for that matter, but this game is free. Voters can take out some of their frustration at the current political landscape by dunking Trump while also donating to the Democratic party. Donate if you will, but I hope you at least get some laughs from this satirical election game.
Has Spelling Devolved into Spelynge?
In Tudor England no one seemed to bother much about spelling. Looking back at that time, we know they had more serious problems than bad spelyng or spelynge. (As you see, I still spell Internet with a capital “I.” “Capital, quite capital!” I can almost hear you saying.) One reason is that I’m trying to put off working on the three articles I’m supposed to write, the mss. I’m supposed to be editing, and the book chapter I’m supposed to upload on Friday night.
Rounding the Corner
President Trump keeps saying that we're rounding the corner with respect to the COVID-19 pandemic. Exactly what corner are we rounding? One morning it was seriously cold and there'd been freezing rain the night before, so the street was a sheet of glass-like ice. The Jeep did round the corner after a fashion. Is that what President Trump meant?
We're at 75 million votes already ! We are looking at a 154 million vote election !
If we get to 82 million votes cast early, then 72 million will get us to 154 million votes total cast. If we can get to 82 million votes cast before 11/3 , then we would only need 72 million votes to get to 154 million votes cast. 72 million votes on 11/3 would be only 80% of the amount of votes cast on election day in 2016 which was 90 million votes. So, even if we saw a dramatic drop of 20% of votes cast on election day proper itself, we would still get to 154 million votes cast. While it is not certain, it seems very likely that we will get to that 154 million votes as 538 is projecting.
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
Democracy Means Listening to the Other Guy
I think that means is that we should make the attempt to listen to voices from the opposition. Donald tRump: Person, man, woman, camera, … uh … wait … I know this … Just a minute … Jared, get in here. Voting Update: At least 73.3 million people have already voted (143% of the 2016 early vote & 53% of the total vote in 2016). 27 states have already surpassed half of their total vote from 2016. Music for Resistingx YouTube Videox YouTube VideoMemaliciousnessAd(s) of the Dayx YouTube Videox YouTube Videox YouTube Videox YouTube Videox YouTube Videox YouTube Videox YouTube Videox YouTube Videox YouTube Videox YouTube Videox YouTube Videox YouTube Videox YouTube Videox YouTube Videox YouTube Videox YouTube Videox YouTube Videox YouTube Videox YouTube Videox YouTube VideoKeith Olbermann: The Worst Person in the Worldx THE VIDEO MITT ROMNEY DOESN'T WANT YOU TO SEE!
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 ).
What is your favorite Johnny Cash song?
I was lucky enough to grow up listening to Johnny Cash. My brother and sister had a 45 of “A Boy Named Sue” and that introduction caused me to seek out (As I still do) all the Johnny Cash songs that I can get my hands on. From his voice, his politics, to his songs, Johnny Cash was a first class man. I cannot disagree with them necessarily, as I never met a Cash song that I did not like. x YouTube Videox YouTube Videox YouTube Videox YouTube VideoAll of the above and many more have been my favorite Cash song at various points in my life...but currently my favorite is:x YouTube VideoHow about you, what is your current favorite song by Johnny Cash?
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.
Kitchen Table Kibitzing 10
Now in my autumn years, I still like to put the blacklights in the windows for the kiddos. Cheap thrillsCheap plastic skeletons with glow paint, day-glo spiderwebs illuminated by blacklight and a couple of lasers bouncing around in the background work pretty well. spooookyMy plastic skeletons are getting old and breaking so I had to make internal frames out of coat hangers. Kitchen Table Kibitzing is a community series for those who wish to share a virtual kitchen table with other readers of Daily Kos who aren’t throwing pies at one another. Newcomers may notice that many who post in this series already know one another to some degree, but we welcome guests at our kitchen table and hope to make some new friends as well.
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.
Trump creep Stephen Miller: Biden will "incentivize child smuggling
Top Trump aide claims Biden would encourage child trafficking, echoing baseless QAnon conspiracyDonald Trump adviser Stephen Miller, on behalf of the president’s re-election campaign, has claimed without evidence that Democratic candidate Joe Biden would “incentivise” child trafficking under his administration, if elected. (via @priscialva) https://t.co/ly6voiHjiI https://t.co/1m1wUu8F6Z — DJ Judd (@DJJudd) October 28, 2020x I'm sorry, but it's people like #StephenMiller that give things like Neo-Satanic Ritualism in Pedo-cannibalistic orgies a bad name! https://t.co/E2BZxPoWbS — politicallandscaping (@politicallands1) October 28, 2020x Stephen Miller must be so proud of himself. https://t.co/t0l3a5bm8w — Molly Wood (@mollywood) October 28, 2020With people like Miller and Trump it is all about projection. It is Trump and Stephen Miller who are trafficking children, many of them.
Expand the Court to 25. Here’s Why and How.
Over the next 16 years, we should add 16 justices to the Supreme Court. First, if we expand the court just once, then the next time Republicans take over, they’ll have to expand it again, and we get into a tit-for-tat arms race. The final number, 25, is roughly two times thirteen. With 25 justices, it will be impossible to pack the court in less than 100 years. With 25 justices, there will be a lot less at stake each time a vacancy opens.
????OFPMFP Novel: Dark Redemption -- Chapter 39
"I recently met a woman named Miss Cooper, Miss Ferner Cooper, who has been looking for a friend, a wolf who disappeared some time ago." "They were very close, and Miss Cooper has been extremely worried. But I promised Miss Cooper I would help her if I could." "Oh, and I should also mention... Miss Cooper is of the Faerie Tribe." You were the one who didn't want to join a wolf pack, but in the end you became the Alpha Wolf of a pack of your own."
Dear Coach Saban: Please endorse Doug Jones for AL Senate. You'll be doing well by doing good!
You have a rare opportunity to pull this off by endorsing Doug Jones for Alabama Senate. Now it’s time for an additional step: Supporting Doug Jones for Senate next Tuesday. On the other hand, when asked about Black Lives Matter, Tommy Tuberville said, “This is not a black issue. Doug Jones or Tommy Tuberville? Marching with your players certainly helped your reputation among African-American recruits , Endorsing Doug Jones would extend and solidify it.
Bishop of church that triggered Charlotte super spreader: Keep coming to church, COVID be hanged
But something playing out in my hometown of Charlotte has done exactly that, and then some. A yearly convocation at a Charlotte megachurch has triggered the area’s first bona fide super spreader—and there is now overwhelming evidence that this was a criminal act. Earlier this month, the United House of Prayer for All People held a “holy convocation” at its flagship church in Charlotte, just north of downtown. And yet, according to these members, church leaders sat on their hands and let the gatherings continue. If this is even half true, then the United House of Prayer basically planted a dirty bomb in Charlotte—with my neighborhood as the epicenter.
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.
Poll: Who would be the second person of this administration you'd like to see in jail?
In my dreams—and they are plausible—there are a slew of criminal cases ready to hit the disorganized crime syndicate currently at the White House. The Great Pumpkin himself would be first, for a long line of felonies from tax evasion to Hatch Act violations to who knows what else. I wish him a long life in jail, his only brief time on the outside outside being for additional indictments. I can’t imagine Barr and Kushner not being guilty of something they could go to jail for. Unfortunately, there are some real monsters who up to now have not been linked with any actionable criminal activity.
A Consummation Devoutly to be Wished
This nightmare that we’ve been experiencing for the past four years may finally be coming to its end. I wrote before the inauguration of the apocalyptic choices to head the key agencies with responsibility for energy and the environment. More democracy will bring more change and we are in desperate need of change on this old sweet blue earth. And then we can truly “crown thy good with brotherhood, from sea to shining sea!” That’s the idea anyway. (Originally posted at A Newer World — on the policy, politics, science and economics of environmental protection, sustainability, energy and climate change)
A Teacher in Vegas
They will NOT be sitting with their teacher and friends, playing games to improve their reading or math skills. They will NOT have a teacher sitting at their desk for one-on-one help. Their teacher will be attempting to help them from a minimum of six feet away – there will be no individual help. And God forbid a student or teacher get severely ill or die. I certainly don’t want to explain to my children that their friend, classmate, or teacher is dead.
Tried to sign in to ActBlue.com They could not find my email address... dirty work?
Made numerous donations via ActBlue.com in the past month. Tried to log in just now at 9:05pm EST 10/28/2020 supplying my usual email address and got a response saying “We couldn't find an ActBlue account with that email, please create an account to continue.”I triple checked the email address I supplied and found that it is right. So… is this dirty work by GOPeratives or is it just a glitch ?
How Biden Gets to 413 Electoral Votes!
As I said in 2018, Blue Wave 2.0 is coming in 2020. 40 years after the 1980 Reagan Landslide, when he won with 489 electoral votes and 11 Dem Senate seats flipped Red, the political pendulum has swung back far left. And he has created the Perfect Wave within a Blue Wave all down the ballot to state and local levels. Electoral Vote Totals for Biden will be one of the following: 351, 357, 375, or 413. Congratulations, President Biden, VP Harris, Speaker Pelosi, and MAJORITY LEADER Schumer!
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.
Tim Curry & The Rocky Horror Picture Show Cast Reunite On Halloween To Help Flip Wisconsin Blue
Received this e-mail from actor Tim Curry on behalf of the Wisconsin Democratic Party:Right now, we can almost see blue skies through the tears… of the Trump presidency, of course. That’s why we’re doing the Rocky Horror Show — LIVE — this Halloween night — to help get out the vote in Wisconsin. This is a live, once-in-a-lifetime musical livestream event, featuring cast members both old and new. And we’re doing this for the most important cause right now — to end the Donald Trump nightmare by turning Wisconsin blue. RSVPPlease join us, it’ll be an absolute pleasure!
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.
Trump’s Body Count: War Crimes Against Iran and Venezuela
Trump’s Body Count:War Crimes Against Iran and VenezuelaBy Al CarrollTrump has been trying to overthrow the governments of Iran and Venezuela since he first took office. Trying to Start a War with IranBefore Obama, every US president since Jimmy Carter has denounced, sanctioned, and occasionally bombed Iran. One Failed Coup After Another in VenezuelaBoth GW Bush and Obama tried to force first Hugo Chavez and then Nicolas Maduro out of office. Where Obama tried diplomatic and limited economic pressure, Trump has tried coup after coup and repeatedly tried to invade. His next book is Trump’s Body Count: The Horrific Human Rights Record of America’s Third Worst President at https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08KY8XRYB?ref_=pe_3052080_276849420.
Remember THIS When Trump Lawyers start Challenging Early Votes and Mail-in Ballots ...
Get out and vote," Mr. Trump said. "Vote early. www.cbsnews.com — Oct 24, 2020And there’s this incriminating “Trump endorsement” of Vote-by-Mail:Trump told supporters [in North Carolina] who'd dialed into a telephone rally. Donald was an active advocate of Early Voting — BEFORE he was against it. —And bring THIS evidence into every court case protecting our precious Right to Vote — whether by mail, or by drop box, or by in-person time-costly lines — early lines, or the day of.
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:
Mischief Night on Woozle Wednesday at PWB Peeps
Welcome to another edition of Woozle WednesdayHello Peeps, welcome to our little corner of Woozleville at the PWB Peeps [that’s Pooties (cats), Woozles (dogs), Birdeez (duh), and us Peeps of course]. But first, a bit of Woozleville history... for Peeps Mischief Night is mostly a thing of the past, for obvious reasons that we won’t go into. It became known by a variety of names including Devil's Night, Gate Night, Goosey Night, Moving Night, and Cabbage Night. [If you want to read last year’s Woozle Mischief Night diary, here is the link, for more history and regional differences from the UK, Canada, New England, and the Northeast U.S. Inaugural Woozle Wednesday Mischief Night Edition 2019]The woozles decided they wanted to put their own stamp on this day. After last year’s successful night of mischief, the Woozleville Community Events Committee decided to make Mischief Night part of the annual calendar.
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/...
545 Children
Federal court filings made this week by the American Civil Liberties Union and the Justice Department say that the parents of some 545 migrant children who are currently in the United States have not been found. These parents were separated from their children at the U.S. border by border officials under President Trump's zero tolerance policy from 2017 to 2018, and the filing says the parents are now unreachable. It’s painful to think about the children who have been separated from their parents by this administration. If Biden is elected, I have no doubt that reuniting those children with their parents is going to be his first priority, but it isn’t going to be easy. If you are feeling helpless about those children and want to do something, please consider donating to help them do the work of reuniting those children with their families.
Don't forget that Republicans also eliminated the filibuster for Supreme Court nominees
Just a quick reminder about something I see largely left out of the coverage of Republicans’ bad faith regarding the Supreme Court: Republicans eliminated the filibuster for Supreme Court nominees. This was supposed to be a seismic event, but I don't hear it discussed much anymore in the overall Supreme Court debate and the so-called “packing the court” narrative. But, Republicans were only able to fill that seat with an ideologue like J. Gorsuch because Republicans eliminated the Supreme Court filibuster. Kavanaugh was nominated and appointed solely because Republicans eliminated the Supreme Court filibuster . As you can see — the key event of the last few years was the Republicans eliminating the Supreme Court filibuster — the once-understood “nuclear option.”So, the case against Republicans, properly understood, leads to three improper Supreme Court nominations based on three key facts: (i) denying Pres.
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.
Twisted Trumpist Presidential Quotes
So let’s play a game — take a famous presidential quote and twist it around to create the Trumpist version. Donald Trump: Speak loudly and carry a little _ _ _ ck (Feel free to fill in the blanks). Franklin D. Roosevelt: The only thing we have to fear is fear itself. Donald Trump: And so, my fellow Americans: ask not what you can do for your country --- ask what you and your country can do for me! Feel free to add your own twisted Trumpist presidential quotes.
Late Night Insomniacs' Vent Hole
SPOILER WARNING: A late night gathering for non serious palaver that does not speak of that night’s show. This Vent Hole (hereafter known as IVH), if lost or stolen will not be replaced nor will the purchase price be refunded. Violation of IVH Rules will result in expulsion without a refund. Kimmell: Oh, oh David Letterman, Gillian Jacobs and Gracie Abrams stop by. Meyers: Guests include Bette Midler and Bryan Washington.
I Got your Recall Petition Right Here, M*therF*cker!
It was with great pleasure that my lady friend and I dropped off four ballots at our local voting location here in Clark County, Nevada. I was irritated on the way in by some jerk with a bull horn just outside the legal perimeter with a recording that repeated over and over “Sign the petition to recall Governor Sisolak and open up Nevada. Sign the petition right here.” Right — let’s all get Covid. As soon as I was past the “perimeter” sign. I turned to the idiot with the bullhorn and shouted “I got your petition right here, motherfucker!” And gave him the classic double palm outward crotch shot signifying “right here!!”.
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!
I am hoping that the appointment of Amy Coney Barrett turns out to be a Pyrrhic victory.
They think it will be a win for them but I think that will be their final downfall. I think that getting rid of the ACA with no real replacement will turn even more of the people against them. Things are going to be bad even if we do get our blue wave and win the election handily. Once the new Supreme Court does the things I mention above I don’t see anyone arguing too much when we rebuild the Supreme Court by adding justices and setting term limits. We also need to rebuild much of the federal court system.
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.
2020 Boxed Mixes are not Sacred!
Mother's Little HelperI have used boxed cake mixes and the like for decades, just like you have. Most of my baking uses boxed mixes. Some of them involve doctoring boxed mixes to make them taste more homemade. That idea spurred me to start adding stuff to all kinds of mixes and tins of food. Videos suggest replacing oil in cake mixes with butter, adding extra eggs and vanilla, changing water to milk and other enhancements that had not occurred to me.
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:
North Dakota has the highest COVID-19 death rate and lowest mask-wearing. Go figure
Masks work. But thanks to Donald Trump politicizing them, many people reject masks and boost the spread of the coronavirus around the United States. We’re in a third surge that is about to swamp the previous two, disastrous ones, and many of the people in affected areas are not willing to change their behavior for their own safety or for public safety. For instance, “North Dakota has the highest covid death rate per capita in the world right now,” the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington’s Christopher Murray told The Washington Post, yet data suggests that less than 50% of people there wear masks. When Dr. Deborah Birx was in the state on Monday, she told reporters, “Over the last 24 hours, as we were here and we were in your grocery stores and in your restaurants and frankly, even in your hotels, this is the least use of masks that we have seen in retail establishments of any place we have been.”
A Senate majority isn't assured. This is how close we are to flipping the Senate
Using FiveThirtyEight.com’s Senate forecasts, we can see just how close that dividing line between “good” and “the best ever” really is. So is a four-seat majority enough to pass the kind of aggressive reforms we need to safeguard our democracy? It’s a real dogfight just to get to a small majority. I actually think both Georgia Senate seats are looking good for us (even if we might need to wait until January to clinch the seats in runoff elections). That’s how close things are between a tied Senate, or even Republicans maintaining their majority, and a 10-seat majority that could become 14 seats nearly overnight with Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico statehoods.
Daily Kos Elections Nov. 3, 2020 poll closing times map
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The Main Event: White Privilege vs Democracy
By 'white privilege' I mean the advantage inherently provided to persons of white descent who live in the United States. White privilege became a part of every practice in and operation of American society and serves the purpose of controlling the national agenda. White privilege is a gravely damaging insidious intrusion into democracy and any provision, any action that advances it diminishes the democratic impulse. White people who have protected white privilege during the course of their lifetimes are determined to continue being successful. Persons who promote white privilege in these offices use every means available to them, even more radical measures employed by white supremacists, to preserve white privilege.
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.
Pandemic Observations -- October 28, Top 40+ Nations (Israel Revisited Edition):
It was just a month ago when Israel, foreshadowing the latest resurgence of the coronavirus that was about to sweep across Europe and North America, crossed the previously unheard of threshold of 5,000 new Covid-19 cases per Million population per week (i.e. a weekly infection rate of 0.5%). a weekly C/1M of 1,000+). Nonetheless, just over a week before reaching its peak infection rate, Israel reinstated the same sort of draconian lockdown measures that had enabled it to crush the initial phase of the pandemic back in March and April. And despite all the grumbling and “Covid fatigue” from a significant portion of the population, they are now one of only two countries (Australia being the other) to have substantially defeated a significantly worse second surge of the coronavirus — reducing their weekly infection rate by nearly an order of magnitude to their pre-surge levels over the past month.
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."
MFWOT Daily Update Thread
Police officers during a far-right demonstration in Berlin. Mojo Friday’s Weekly Open ThreadThis is a diary for those who continue to participate in the Mojo Friday diary throughout the week. You are welcome to join us
USA joins sad and sorry 700 club. Now among the world’s worst eight Covid-19 victim nations.
Chart showing the 20 nations worst-affected by the coronavirus pandemic at 28 October 2020. Data from worldometers.comYesterday the USA clicked over 700 deaths per million population from the coronavirus, joining just eight loser countries with that shameful record. The others are Ecuador (711), Chile (732), Bolivia (742), Brazil (744), Spain (758), Belgium (962) and Peru (1,036). The USA has surged ahead of most of the countries badly affected in the early months of the pandemic. It is intriguing to note that the worst-affected twenty nations include ten classified by the UNHRC as very highly developed (shown in red on the chart, above) and ten less advanced nations.
"It's Close To Midnight..."
In my humble opinion, I feel that the late Michael Jackson’s music video “Thriller” was by far one the 5 best music videos ever to be recorded and released on music television venue. The music video, also known as “Michael Jackson's Thriller”, for "Thriller" premiered on MTV on December 2, 1983. The pair conceived a short film with a budget much larger than previous music videos. It was accompanied by a making-of documentary, “Making Michael Jackson's Thriller”, produced to sell to television networks. “Michael Jackson's Thriller” was launched to great anticipation and played regularly on MTV.
Shouting as a COVID-19 spreader risk, and three sobering scenarios. Spot the Trump implications.
Part of a long analysis of how COVID-19 propagates via aerosols. They don’t directly mention the ‘Trump shouting’ implications though. speaking in a loud voice releases 50 times more virus-laden particles than when we don’t speak at all. These aerosols, if not diffused through ventilation, become increasingly concentrated, which increases the risk of infection. The whole analysis of three scenarios (a social gathering in a private house, a bar, and a schoolroom) is a sobering read.
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.
Twitter Star Mark Hamill Endorses Biden in Glorious Ad
Still from Mark Hamill’s new ad for BidenFrom Joe Biden’s Twitter feed:x Thank you for your support, @HamillHimself. pic.twitter.com/GlgnKz8q96 — Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) October 28, 2020We’ve known Mark Hamill was anti-Trump for a while now, but this official Biden video makes it, well, official. The scrolling yellow text, like from the original Star Wars movies is a nice touch. It kinda hits home the point that this election really is the ultimate battle between good and evil. Thank you, Mark Hamill for being a hero both on-screen and off.
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.
Kansas organization launches website aimed at using flashmobs to expose others to COVID
Well, ridiculous tropes and debunked science, combined with a commitment to expose others. I would like to note, the part about: “enjoy your shopping experience”, should likely read: “your shopping experience will be interrupted by a security guard and people booing you as you are ushered out of a store. “The mask mandate doesn’t make sense and takes away our right to make our own decisions regarding our health.”Hmm. I guess it’s just me, but my next question would be: “So, how do you feel about Roe V Wade”? “There is a cost to remaining silent on the mask wearing issue,” Harpe wrote.
Trump campaign literally leaves hundreds of supporters 'in the cold,' unable to leave Nebraska rally
The Trump campaign literally left hundreds of its supporters out in the cold on Tuesday evening. As reported in Newsweek and elsewhere:Backers of President Donald Trump were left stranded overnight, with several taken to hospital for hypothermia after an Omaha campaign rally ended in chaos. Trump’s rally was held at Eppley airport, with supporters transported in buses along an airport service road from parking lots approximately four miles away. As reported by the Iowa Starting Line:According to a Twitter account named “Omaha Scanner,” police officers located two groups of elderly Trump supporters shortly after the event ended who were struggling in the cold. We saw this: pic.twitter.com/DTRKnH5lkb — Aaron Sanderford (@asanderford) October 28, 2020x ??BREAKING—Elderly attendees at Trump’s Omaha MAGA rally being treated for *hypothermia* after AF1 departs.
Shock! Tucker Carlson says that his treasure trove of secret Hunter Biden documents has 'vanished'
Tucker Carlson has been attempting to do the dirty anti-journalistic, pro-fascist work, of carrying the hoax water of Hunter Biden-gate for Trump. He’s teased out an interview with Tony Bobulinski, Hunter Biden’s “ex-business partner.” Surprisingly, even though his Bobulinski interview was going to be explosive and a must-see for American citizens, Tucker decided to tease out the interview, so far, over a few days. I guess American national security needs to compete with Tucker’s pointless ratings. The special secret documents that Tucker had, showing Hunter Biden’s wheeling and dealing with international companies has “vanished.” VANISHED!!!! Tucker went on his show to say that this package, sent to California, where he was interviewing Bobulinski, was opened and its contents had disappeared.
My 1st Sign. I Took This Photo As A Marine Officer Walked Towards Me. He Was Pissed Off. So Was I.
But I was a Democrat at the end of December in the year 2000, and absolutely prepared to stand my ground. Here was our conversation:“Did you put that up there?”“Yup.”“Why are you displaying the flag like that?”“It’s an international sign of distress.”“I know it’s a sign of distress. He did not, as I’d expected, go onto the bridge and take down my sign, which I really appreciated. 1st experiment with approach/reveal — from a distance looks like a bus terminal or water fountain sign from the late 50’s. And the way to do that was by putting signs on freeways, but not like the ones I’d seen because those signs looked like crap.
Thinking moving towards landslide
because I am seeing more and more evidence that political professionals who have access to internal polls are seeing it. You look at where key people are being deployed — compare Mike Pence going to SC and Kamala Harris going to TX. Read between the lines on some of what Mitch says, and apparently he not only thinks Trjump is going to lose, but that he will lose his majority. There are even more stories embarrassing — or worse — for Trump that are breaking across multiple media outlets. we are seeing results of activity for registering voters in TX and GA, and turning out Native Americans in AZ.
Natives Turn Out in Record Number, Rev Up Actual Bus To Finish Trump in Arizona
In Kayenta, near Monument Valley and the Utah state line, fully one-third of the early ballots are coming from Navajos who have not voted in many years. The 25 paid field organizers of Northeast Arizona Native Democrats have been working to produce this turnout for many months. Of the first 11,800 early ballots returned in Apache County (Arizona’s far northeast which ironically includes the heart of the Navajo Nation), 7,732 have come from Democrats. The White Mountain Apache Tribe responded by creating a new bus line with twice-daily service between Canyon Day and Globe, the county seat with the nearest drop box for Gila County ballots. This doesn’t account for the fact that many county election officials, particularly in Democratic northeast Arizona, are behind in opening their mail.
Caught repeatedly violating 'firewall' rule, Trump's Voice of America head rescinds it entirely
To this end, new Trump-selected USAGM Chief Michael Pack and subordinates have been mounting numerous inquiries aimed at pushing out Voice of America employees deemed insufficiently supportive of Dear Leader, including Voice of America White House Bureau Chief Steve Herman. Pack, a Steve Bannon associate described as "paranoid" in his hunt for anti-Trump witches among the agency's reporters, was put into the position to do exactly that. In September, agency whistleblowers stepped forward to file a claim with the State Department inspector general charging him with violating those rules. He also asserts that the rule is unconstitutional, and based on "flawed" reasoning, and "made the agency difficult to manage," and take-your-pick. And, importantly, the rule "threatened constitutional values because the Constitution gives the President broad latitude in directing the foreign policy of the United States."
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.
Mississippi Republican gives a special kind of racist answer to question about Black Lives Matter
Incumbent Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith is running with a strong lead over Democratic challenger Mike Espy in Mississippi’s U.S. Senate race. Not unlike the rest of the Republican field, Sen. Hyde-Smith has been ducking away from having to face off with her challenger in a debate. However, she has made appearances local news broadcasts to take questions, without challenge, from local news reporters. WAPT’s Mississippi Matters had the senator on Tuesday evening, and host Erin Pickens asked her a few questions. Pickens gave the example of a peaceful protest held by activists in June, in downtown Jackson, Mississippi.
'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.
Hello, 911? I'd like to report a murder of senatorial dignity in the GA-SEN Debate. Ossoff vs Perdue
Senator...” begins the 151 shot:x Sen. David Perdue is a man without vision or integrity. Georgia is finished with David Perdue.https://t.co/zi5Wxg0VYr pic.twitter.com/am9Gh18gUY — Jon Ossoff (@ossoff) October 29, 2020And the Everclear chaser:x Sen. David Perdue doesn't deserve to be re-elected. pic.twitter.com/S7Zi3dsnik — Jon Ossoff (@ossoff) October 29, 2020I don’t remember that I had ever seen Ossoff speak before. There was nothing for David Perdue to do other than stand there looking sheepish as he got pwned. They’re not getting it again until they earn it back, on an individual basis with contrition, humility, and a move toward real integrity.
Walt Disney World entertainment gutted
Actors Equity just announced that 720 of its 780 members at Walt Disney World have lost their jobs. Though that might not seem like much, compared to the company-wide layoffs of 28,000, it is an almost fatal blow to the entertainment industry here in Orlando. It is also an unimaginable loss to all of us who have worked for the company for decades. Outside of Disney we worked in local theatre, did some film and tv, & dinner shows. As if Disney doesn’t plan on having anyone in entertainment who will be able to build a life here anymore.
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.
Trump's thin, thin skin is showing as Obama says a fraction of what he really thinks
At another Florida rally, on Saturday, Obama listed some of Trump’s greatest hits, like suggesting bleach injections to cure coronavirus. “Florida Man wouldn’t even do this stuff!” Obama said. “Why do we accept it from the president of the United States?”And yeah, Trump immediately tweeted about that speech, too. Obama is taking over that role while Harris meshes her tone more with Biden’s unity-focused theme. For years, Obama had to work to deny anyone the chance to stick “angry Black man” stereotypes on him, and he did that work.
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.
Memes, mocking take over Twitter after Kim Kardashian West shares vacation photos on private island
Kim Kardashian West is a famous person. She is also a wealthy person and her extended family has been at the forefront of the “reality stars” entertainment economy for some time. It’s also Kim Kardashian West’s 40th birthday! On Tuesday, Kim Kardashian West put up a post of glamour shots showing a big crew of friends and family living it up in some tropical area. Of course, the tone-deaf, privileged, and ill-timed boasting Kardashian West was very quickly memed into the history books.
Storms in the south and melting ice in the north are emblems of a changing world
The National Snow and Ice Data Center has been tracking the extent of Arctic sea ice for decades. That heat results in more melting ice, and more heat, and … the result is an average extend of sea ice that has fallen over 40% in as many years. Initially, 2020 looked to be tracking second to the record low sea ice in 2012, but as fall began, something … different happened. Since this is sea ice, it’s melting won’t directly cause ocean levels to be higher. The melting ice has already fueled the destabilization of the polar vortex.
Secret History of U.S. Involvement in Brazil’s Operation Car Wash
The nature of the U.S. government’s role in the operation has also generated much public speculation and suspicion among many Car Wash critics. Car Wash task force is part of the former, which is led by the prosecutor general and is responsible for prosecuting crimes. All of this was facilitated by the Car Wash prosecutors and took place in their offices. In 2016, a Swiss court ruled that prosecutors had illegally shared bank data with Car Wash prosecutors. Pozzobon said that a Keppel lawyer had confirmed a trip to Brazil to meet with Car Wash prosecutors.
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.
Judge Sergio Moro Directed Car Wash Prosecutors on Lula Case
Last weekend, The Intercept published explosive group chats between Car Wash prosecutors and conversations between task force coordinator Deltan Dallagnol and Moro, showing that the then-judge and the prosecutors were unethically and inappropriately collaborating in secret. The Car Wash task force refused to comment on the contents of this story. “I thought it went really well,” Santos Lima, the prosecutor, responded. Press Aide 2 – 22:29:13 – What’s the need, actually.. Santos Lima – 22:30:50 – Just something I need taken care of. However, in this case, Car Wash prosecutors spent hours crafting a communications strategy at the judge’s suggestion in order to, in the words of their leader, “comfort the judge.” Prosecutors Deliver on Moro’s Suggestion The following afternoon, the Car Wash prosecutors put out a statement attacking Lula’s arguments and using the exact word Moro had suggested: contradictions.
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.
Biden’s Plans for Latin America: End ‘Bully Dictating Policy’
And in a region where the former vice president feels the United States has long been regarded as a “bully dictating policy to smaller countries,” as he wrote in his book, a Biden White House would work more through persuasion than imposition, several advisers said in interviews. Keep up with Election 2020“The vice president fundamentally believes that the United States should be operating in mutual respect and a sense of shared responsibility,” said Jake Sullivan, a top foreign policy adviser to Mr. Biden. As a starting point, Mr. Biden is proposing a $4 billion aid package for Central America to address the causes of unauthorized migration and help defuse a third rail in American politics. And Mr. Biden’s advisers say they would seek to revive the anti-corruption campaign that set off political earthquakes across the Americas starting in 2014, but largely stalled in recent years. Critics said the Obama administration’s efforts to be seen as conciliatory and pragmatic made it lose leverage.
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.
Nigeria Is Murdering Its Citizens
For years, the name SARS hung in the air here in Nigeria like a putrid fog. SARS, which stood for Special Anti-Robbery Squad, was supposed to be the elite Nigerian police unit dedicated to fighting crime, but it was really a moneymaking terror squad with no accountability. SARS was random, vicious, vilely extortionist. SARS officers would raid bars or stop buses on the road and arbitrarily arrest young men for such crimes as wearing their hair in dreadlocks, having tattoos, holding a nice phone or a laptop, driving a nice car. Then they would demand large amounts of money as “bail.”
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.
Are these Weird Symptoms Indications of McConnell's Declining Health?
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50th Anniversary of Abbie Hoffman's Intro to Steal This Book
Then Hoffman called to them, "Yoo Hoo! Seven cops holding up seven Afro wigs -- like they scalped 'em. In Steal This Book, his street-survival manual, Abbie had advised the reader to keep on hand a few costumes for street theater and escapades. And that really is the serious thread of practical philosophy that informs Steal This Book. Free food, free clothes, free communications, free books, free accommodation all there to be had.
Are these Weird Symptoms Indications of McConnell's Declining Health?
RT @CNNPolitics: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell did not answer questions about his health, only saying there were "no concerns" des… at — Janet Wagner (@JanetWagner1) October 24, 2020Mitch McConnell held a news conference this week and it has sparked a whole conversation about his health. While he is insists he is just fine, photographs of bandages and what appeared to be severe bruising on his hands seem to indicate something larger might be going on with his health. Yellow patches and bruising on his face appeared somewhat visible in spite of the heavily applied makeup. Internet doctors, real and imagined, have noted this type of bruising is common for certain types of blood thinners, although this would appear to be a more severe case. For comparison, just two weeks ago, at a debate on October 12 with Democratic challenger Amy McGrath, McConnell’s hands and face looked quite different.
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.
Bloomberg is Funding Late $15 Million Push to Help Biden in Texas, Ohio
Billionaire Michael Bloomberg is planning to spend around $15 million on television advertising in Texas and Ohio during the final week of the presidential campaign to help Democratic candidate Joe Biden defeat President Donald Trump, a Bloomberg spokesperson said on Tuesday. Statewide ads in Texas and Ohio will run from Wednesday through Election Day next Tuesday.
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Vote for Veterans & Military Families Members for a New Generation of Public Office Leaders in 2020
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QuickLink: "2068" --Massive Asteroid Apophis on Path for Earth Impact
Congress Switchboard: 202-224-3121"Wonderful work! An insightful, integrative adventure into what makes humans flourish. Rob Kall shows us that we know how to do this, that most of human history was about connection and that there are ways to make it happen again. He offers real solutions and practical suggestions for taking back the world for community, connection and well-being?away from hierarchy, exclusion, and destruction. Darcia Narvaez, Professor of psychology, Notre Dame, University, author of Neurobiology and the Development of Human Morality: Evolution, Culture and Wisdom
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.
An Overview of The Kimberley Process and How It Has Helped Reduced War Crime Funding
The Kimberley Process, or also known as the KPCS, strives to destroy the illegal trade of African conflict diamonds which are also known as blood diamonds. The idea is to also maintain peace and region stability while being an international scheme that conserves the order and balance of rough diamonds trade. Following Resolution 55/56 of the UN General Assembly, the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme was approved in November 2002 in Switzerland. diamond(Image by pixabay) Details DMCAWhat does the Kimberley Process mean for the countries dealing with diamonds? By restraining diamond revenues around government-approved origins, the Kimberley Process remains neutral towards any government out there.
Prop 22 is Dirty Politics at its Worst
If Prop 22 were to actually pass, the result could be a frightening new normal for California politics. Money has long distorted electoral politics---but Prop 22 is turning out to be "the most expensive ballot race in California history." One of the biggest has been a collection of lies about what would happen if Prop 22 were to fail. According to one survey, 40% of those who had voted Yes on Prop 22 said they did so to ensure a living wage for workers---when the sad truth is that Prop 22 will undermine their chance for a living wage! And it is because of this vitriolic, selfish, law-disregarding, toxic behavior that a vote for Prop 22 is essentially a vote for Trump.
An Introduction to Friedrich Schiller: Theater Considered as a Moral Institution
- Friedrich Schiller's Theater Considered as a Moral InstitutionAs within any period of time, the question is repeatedly asked "What is the Role of the Artist?" That is, what is the value of Art and can it play a role in the betterment of individuals and even societies? Was Schiller only an artist as a poet and playwright, or could we say he was an artist in every one of these fields? Schiller wrote in response to the loss of the French Revolution, "How could it be that such a pregnant moment, such a moment full of opportunity, failed? Schiller wrote in his paper Theater Considered as a Moral Institution:The stage brings before us a rich array of human woes.
More than 1 Million Mail-in Ballots May be Rejected, Say Experts
Sixty percent of voters — nearly 70 million people — are projected to vote by mail nationwide during the coronavirus pandemic. Those who study absentee rejection rates estimate that 1 percent to 2 percent of those votes — potentially more than 1 million — won't count, which could make a difference in battleground states. 'The vote-by-mail ballot rejections are going to be the hanging chads of 2000,' said Daniel Smith, a professor of political science at the University of Florida. The risk of ballot rejection varies by demographics and geography. The rate of rejection tends to be higher for Black, Hispanic, female and younger voters, as well as for people who don't usually vote by mail.
Jon Stewart Returns to TV with New Current Affairs Show for Apple TV+
Jon Stewart is coming back to TV. Well, Apple TV+, that is. The former anchor of Comedy Central's 'The Daily Show' will host a new current affairs series for the tech company's nascent streaming service, Apple (AAPL) announced Tuesday. It will be the first time that Stewart has had his own regular show since leaving 'The Daily Show' in 2015. While details are scarce, Apple says Stewart's hour-long as-yet-untitled series will 'explore topics that are currently part of the national conversation and his advocacy work.'
In Five States, the Presidential Race Isn't the Most Important Thing on the Ballot
Voters in those first four states will decide whether to legalize recreational use of marijuana; in the fifth, whether to allow medicinal use. But these ballot issues could make the difference nationwide, not just just in those five states. Marijuana hasn't remained illegal at the federal level because it's harmful. It's remained illegal at the federal level because keeping it illegal directs billions of dollars into government bureaucracies with thousands of employees. So far, 33 states and the District of Columbia have legalized medical marijuana, and 11 states and DC have legalized recreational use, in direct nullification of federal law.
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.
Canadian law; illegal to recruit soldiers for a foreign state
There's a Canadian law that makes it illegal to recruit soldiers for a foreign state, but you'd never know it the way Israel and its supporters operate in this country. Additionally, an open letter was released last week demanding the Trudeau government take action on recruitment for the Israeli military. In recent years the Israeli military has bombed Syria on a weekly basis and has multiple boots on Palestinian necks. The Israeli military administers a brutal occupation in the West Bank and regularly kills Palestinians in Gaza. The Liberal government needs to apply Canadian law regarding recruitment for the Israeli military.
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!
Germany, France Gear up for New Lockdowns as Virus Surges
Germany and France were bracing for new lockdowns Wednesday, as governments sought to stop the fast-rising tide of coronavirus cases that are beginning to fill European hospitals. French markets opened lower on expectations that President Emmanuel Macron will announce tough measures during a televised evening address to the nation. Doctors in France are calling on the government to impose a new nationwide lockdown, noting that more than half of the country's intensive care units are now occupied by COVID-19 patients and medical staff are under increasing strains.
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."
The Black Hole of Depressions: Doing nothing about Climate Emergency could cost more than all the Wealth in the World
* That is in the worst case scenario where the world does virtually nothing to stop carbon dioxide and methane emissions over the coming decades. Although the governments of the world talk a nice game, actually none of them is significantly reducing their annual emissions. In 2019, you, I, and everyone else on earth put nearly 37 billion tons of the dangerous heat-trapping gas, carbon dioxide, into the atmosphere, the third year in a row the number increased. A couple of years ago, this site estimated the value of all the immoveable property in the world at $217 trillion. This results from the ability of the oceans to absorb carbon dioxide.
Hospitals Are Reeling Under a 46 Percent Spike in Covid-19 Patients
The patient who died on Tuesday morning at Aurora St. Luke’s Medical Center was rolled out of her room under a white sheet. One nurse, fighting back tears, stood silently in the hall as the outline of the body passed by — one more death in an eight-month-old pandemic that has no end in sight. “Those moments, they hit the soul,” said Jodie Gord, a nurse manager who oversees a team of about 120 people at the hospital in Milwaukee. Aurora St. Luke’s is far from alone in coming under strain. Hospitals around the United States are reeling from the rampaging spread of the coronavirus, many of them in parts of the country that initially had been spared the worst.
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.
The Pandemic Has Been A Bonanza For The Rich
From Other WordsBillionaires are letting their money make money for them, while CEOs slash jobs and reward themselves with bonuses. (Image by Video Screenshot) Details DMCALet's say you're a millionaire. Now let's say you're a billionaire. Rich is nice, but billionaire-rich is over the moon and the wealth of billionaires is now zooming out of this world. They didn't work harder, didn't get one-digit smarter, didn't create some new breakthrough product to benefit humankind.
Ending Regime Change - in Bolivia and the World
In the long history of U.S.-backed "regime changes" in countries around the world, rarely have a people and a country so firmly and democratically repudiated U.S. efforts to dictate how they will be governed. Post-coup interim president Jeanine Añez has reportedly requested 350 U.S. visas for herself and others who may face prosecution in Bolivia for their roles in the coup. The narrative of a rigged election in 2019 that the U.S. and the OAS peddled to support the coup in Bolivia has been thoroughly debunked. As the votes come in from rural areas, there is a swing to MAS in the vote count. It is instructive that the failed U.S.-backed coup in Bolivia has led to a more democratic outcome than U.S. regime change operations that succeeded in removing a government from power.
America's Caste System and Trump's Aggrieved White Working Class Supporters
Thus, she excoriates Americans who claim, "I had nothing to do with how all of this started. "The owner of an old house knows that whatever you are ignoring will never go away" (p. 15). Simple pride in being a thoughtless occupant of the American house doesn't cut it. In the American caste system, the signal of rank is what we call race, the division of humans on the basis of their appearance. In America, race is the primary tool and the visible decoy, the front man for caste" (p.18).
New Philly Anti-Police Protests Show Need to "De-fund" Police
That should be relegated to mental health experts. But such situations should start with mental health experts. If the person is psychotic, there should be mental health personnel trained to restrain and bring in agitated patients. On Monday, two Philadelphia cops shot and killed a man menacing them with a knife. Legalize marijuana and the need for police to deal with marijuana, including unannounced drug bust raids will disappear.
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 .
Is the left organized enough to fight neofascism?
Marc SteinerManaging EditorMarc Steiner, interim co-Editor at TRNN, is a Peabody Award-winning journalist who has spent his life working on issues of social justice. He walked his first picket line at age 13 and at age 16 became the youngest person in Maryland arrested for Civil Rights protests, in the Freedom Rides through Cambridge. As part of the Poor People’s Campaign in 1968, Marc helped organize poor white communities with the Young Patriots, the white Appalachian counterpart to the Black Panthers. Early in his career he counseled at-risk youth in therapeutic settings and founded a theater program in the Maryland State prison system. From 1993 through 1997 his signature “Marc Steiner Show” aired on Baltimore’s public radio airwaves, both WYPR – which Marc co-founded – and Morgan State University’s WEAA.
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.
The Case for Abolition After Philadelphia Police Kill Walter Wallace Jr.
Protesters in Philadelphia mark a second night of calling for the abolition of police after two Philadelphia police shot and killed Walter Wallace Jr., a 27-year-old Black man, while he was having a mental health crisis. Protesters took to the streets of Philadelphia for a second night on Tuesday to condemn the police killing of Walter Wallace Jr. Cellphone video of the fatal shooting shows Walter Wallace Jr.’s mother trying to restrain him before he pushes her away and walks toward the officers, who then shot Wallace at least 10 times. AMY GOODMAN: One of the sons of Walter Wallace Jr. JUAN GONZÁLEZ: And, Marc, along that line, how do you assess how the city of Philadelphia has handled this particular shooting now of Walter Wallace?
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.
Reclaiming Possibility: A Rant Against Despair
Diane di Prima was an artist, an author, a playwright, an activist and much more. A professor I was friendly with introduced me to di Prima’s poem “Rant” when I was a freshman in college. As di Prima said,the ultimate claustrophobia is the syllogism the ultimate claustrophobia is “it all adds up”I know that claustrophobia too well. The restoration of possibility amid despair is an act of destruction paired with a call to imagine — which is a call to arms. So we charge into the breach if that is the only way forward, because possibility is worth it.
Let’s Hold Senate Democrats’ Feet to the Fire Following Barrett Confirmation
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. But we’ve got to look at our federal courts as a whole,” Coons told MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow following Barrett’s confirmation. The number of senators needed to impeach a Supreme Court justice is 67. “Not just the Supreme Courts, but the other courts,” she added.
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.
Nearly 10,000 eviction actions filed across the US since September despite CDC moratorium
According to a recent report by NBC News, some 10,000 families face eviction from their homes due to a surge in filings by big residential landlord companies since the beginning of September. Her landlord, Progress Residential, she says was unsympathetic and uncooperative in working with her considering her economic situation. For their part, the landlord companies carrying out these evictions have told reporters that they are doing everything according to the law and the rules of the CDC moratorium. Progress Residential has filed 97 evictions since the beginning of the CDC moratorium. According to renters’ advocacy groups, most judges accept the terms of an eviction even if it technically falls within the stipulations for protection.
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.
Google providing US Department of Homeland Security with tech platform for virtual border wall
According to documents published recently by the Intercept, Google is now working with the Trump administration on a high-tech surveillance project being developed at the US-Mexico border. The documents—related to a federal contract with the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) division of the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS)—show that Google is providing cloud services as part of the artificial intelligence (AI) infrastructure for a virtual southern border wall. The Virginia-based Thundercat Technology is a shell company that specializes in reselling the information technology services of other companies in US government contracts. The DHS services contract—signed on Aug. 27—shows that Thundercat Technologies is providing “Cloud support services for INVNT team” of CBP. This document shows that Google’s AI platform and Internet of Things (IoT) cloud technology has been integrated with advanced camera imaging hardware.
WSWS coverage of political economy is scientific and therefore partisan
I have been privileged to have been involved, from the very initiation of the WSWS, in writing on issues of political economy. Nick BeamsLet me begin by noting that our coverage is not about so-called “economics” but political economy. They are an historical phase in the ongoing development of human society, destined to be overthrown by the working class. When the WSWS was launched in February 1998, the world capitalist economy was passing through the effects of the so-called Asian financial crisis that had erupted in July 1997. This is the alpha and omega of the analysis of political economy by the WSWS.
The World Socialist Web Site and the defense of historical truth
I am pleased to be able to join with the other speakers in this rally in celebrating the relaunch of the World Socialist Web Site. The World Socialist Web Site places extraordinary value on the careful study of history. That perspective today is defended and advanced by the World Socialist Web Site. Ang World Socialist Web Site ay naglalagay ng pambihirang halaga sa pag-aaral ng kasaysayan. Ang pananaw na ito ay ipinagtanggol at isinusulong ngayon ng World Socialist Web Site.
As US vote total surges, Trump, Republicans seek to block counting
In 2020, as many as 160 million people are expected to vote, with as many as 100 million voting early or by mail. President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference in the James Brady Press Briefing Room (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik). By contrast, many heavily Republican states have early votes at a much lower percentage of 2016 turnout, including Missouri (19 percent), Oklahoma (14 percent), Alabama (7 percent) and Mississippi (5 percent). This explains why the Trump campaign is seeking to disqualify as many of the mail ballots and early in-person votes as possible, through bogus claims of fraud. In some Republican-controlled counties in Pennsylvania, officials have even decided as a matter of policy to begin counting mail ballots only after all in-person ballots have been tabulated.
Health systems in the United States are facing growing strains with the surge in COVID-19 cases
The number of US COVID-19 cases surpassed nine million yesterday, with 500,000 of these cases added to the ledger just in the last week. “Last week saw the highest number of COVID-19 cases reported so far. Twenty-five percent of the 1,385 COVID-19 patients are in the ICU. As of Monday, there are 173 COVID-19 patients admitted, with 29 in the ICU. Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, critical states for President Trump’s reelection bid, are all states where cases and hospitalizations have risen sharply.
As COVID-19 surges in Europe, governments protect profits over lives
The resurgence of the virus had made clear that European governments’ ending of lockdowns this spring was disastrously premature. Imposing a genuine shelter-at-home policy to protect the population from the global pandemic requires an independent, international mobilization of the working class against the European governments. While claiming to pursue lockdowns, European governments are thus essentially continuing their murderous strategy of “herd immunity,” letting the virus keep spreading through the population. As COVID-19 ripped through the population, European governments, shocked by the movement from below, suddenly changed course and implemented lockdowns. It requires a conscious political mobilization of the working class across Europe against capitalism, on a socialist program.
Tens of thousands protest new restrictions on abortion in Poland
Since the end of last week, tens of thousands have been protesting in Poland against new restrictions on abortion. The mass protests were triggered by the decision of the Polish Constitutional Court to declare the country’s abortion regulations unconstitutional. As early as 2016, the ruling PiS party had proposed a change in the law to parliament, the Sejm, which provided for a similar restriction on abortions. With the almost complete abortion ban, the PiS is intensifying its attack on human rights and its authoritarian, extreme right-wing course. The SLD is the official successor party to the former Stalinist state party and, as a long-running party of government after the restoration of capitalism, has, like the PO, launched fierce social attacks.
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.
Amid tense India-China border stand-off, US and India boost military-security partnership
Kashmiri Bakarwal nomads walk as an Indian army convoy moves on the Srinagar-Ladakh highway at Gagangeer, north-east of Srinagar, India in June. The conflict between India and China over their disputed Himalayan border continues to percolate. From its outset, Washington has provocatively intruded in the current dispute, denouncing Chinese “aggression” and egging India on in adopting a hard-line stance. The visit by Pompeo and Esper succeeded in further integrating India into Washington’s war plans against China. Washington has pledged to assist India in pressing American and western-based companies to make India an alternate production-chain hub to China.
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.
Opinion | The Floor of Decency
Until four years ago, there was what you might call a Floor of Decency. This was the basic minimum standard of behavior to be an accepted member of society. Because it was more or less taken for granted, a lot of us weren’t even really conscious of this floor. I vividly remember the moment in the last campaign when, for me, Donald Trump smashed the floor. Trump had already made fun of the appearance of his rival Carly Fiorina in an interview with Rolling Stone.
After Trump, Will International Relations and Trade Ever Be the Same? - The New York Times
America in the 2020s will remain a deeply polarized nation, rife with crazy conspiracy theories and, quite possibly, plagued by right-wing terrorism. But that won’t be Trump’s legacy. Trump’s lasting legacy, I suspect, will come in international affairs. For almost 70 years America played a special role in the world, one that no nation had ever played before. And sometimes it seemed as if one of our main goals was to make the world safe for multinational corporations.
Kara Swisher Talks Big Tech Monopolies and the Google Antitrust Case with Lina Khan - The New York Times
It finally looks as if Big Tech may face some breakups. Lawmakers are interrogating tech C.E.O.s on Capitol Hill while the Justice Department pursues a landmark antitrust case against Google. For decades, tech giants have avoided such scrutiny — hiding behind the idea that their products are free, beneficial, even beloved. As a 28-year-old law student, Ms. Khan published a single scholarly article that greatly shifted America’s antitrust debate. Three years later, she remains an existential threat to companies like Amazon, Facebook, Google and Apple.
Opinion | Trump’s Potemkin Patriarchy
Contemporary manliness is increasingly defined by display — in Mr. Trump’s case, a pantomime of aggrieved aggression: the curled lip, the exaggerated snarl. If Mr. Trump is reclaiming a traditional stereotypical sex role, it’s one that long belonged to women. You could say that Mr. Trump has, if nothing else, found a way. That level of ostentatious macho arrived in the Oval Office on a wave of 21st- century male insecurity. Women were trapped in their ornamental cage because they were locked out of productive work and economic self-sufficiency — assets now increasingly denied to men.
After Trump, How Will I Ever Look at America the Same Way? - The New York Times
We’re a grossly imperfect country, our behavior at frequent odds with our ideals. We demonstrated a yearning to correct our mistakes and, I think, a tropism toward goodness. It’s also a deflection, an evasion: If he gets the whole of the stage, then Americans’ complicity and collaboration are shoved into the wings. We emphasized what a vanquishable opponent Hillary Clinton was because that diminished the significance of the vanquishing and the vanquisher. We spoke of a perfect storm of circumstances that led to his election as a way of disowning the weather.
How Trump Destroyed American Culture - The New York Times
The 2016 election turned on the same thing. But when politics are so alarming that the rest of the world seems to recede, it creates cultural claustrophobia. Conservatives love to jeer Democrats for being obsessed with Trump, for letting him live, as many put it, rent-free in our heads. It’s a cruel accusation, like setting someone’s house on fire and then laughing at them for staring at the flames. The outrage Trump sparks leaves less room for many other things — joy, creativity, reflection — but every bit of it is warranted.
U.S. economic growth expected to be impressive from July to September, but the data is complicated
But it has not shed the coronavirus crisis altogether, and the ongoing health crisis continues to jeopardize the recovery’s strength. Apart from housing-related spending, economists also expect strong gains in manufacturing, which has more than made up for pandemic-era losses. Health-care spending is also expected to rise as people felt safer rescheduling routine appointments or surgeries. ADADConstance Hunter, chief economist at KPMG, said the rebound reflects a shift away from spending on services to spending on goods. Recessions are traditionally defined by a significant decline in economic activity spread across the whole economy for two consecutive quarters.
Hospitals being hit in coordinated, targeted ransomware attack from Russian-speaking criminals
The criminals have demanded a ransom ranging upward of $1 million to unlock the system, and some hospitals have paid, they said. The criminals, who operate out of Eastern Europe, are not targeting election-related infrastructure in this campaign, the analysts said. ADADBut the criminals behind that botnet, known as Trickbot, have mostly moved to a new set of infected computers, analysts said. “If they can do this to six hospitals, there’s no reason they can’t do this to a dozen,” he said. A cybersecurity firm arrived Wednesday afternoon at the hospital, Hottman said.
D.C.-area forecast: Zeta unloads drenching rain today, but weather turns sunny and crisp for Halloween
The heaviest rain may occur in the late morning and afternoon, when the core of Zeta’s remnants make their closest approach. At least one to two inches of rain are likely and a few pockets of flooding cannot be ruled out near streams and in poor drainage areas. Winds from the northeast may gust to 15 to 25 mph during the afternoon and even 30 to 40 mph into Southern Maryland. Lows in the low to mid-30s (upper 30s downtown) make it likely that frost will be scattered across much of the area. Winds abruptly shift to out of the north in the evening and are gusty through the night.
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.
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.
The Supreme Court Is Begging For a Legitimacy Crisis
At a minimum, we are now about to find out what it is like when the Supreme Court joins the rest of us on the low ground — liberated from the pretense that it is anything but another arena in the battle for power. The Supreme Court has the same number. The Supreme Court is virtually begging for a legitimacy crisis. Roberts in 2018 also scolded Trump for referring to Trump judges and Obama judges: “We do not have Obama judges or Trump judges, Bush judges or Clinton judges. No one who has watched the recent history of Supreme Court nominations or narrowly divided decisions could possibly believe what he said.
The Secret Power of White Supremacists — and How Anti-Racists Can Take It Back
Anti-racists who understand the power that medievalist language and symbolism have on white supremacists, and figure out how to wield it themselves, will have a powerful weapon to combat the appeal of white supremacy. This objective relies upon the erroneous notion that medieval European kingdoms offer the perfect all-white example. Increasingly, Blacks were linked with modernity—with progress and its pitfalls alike—and Black medievalism fell out of favor. Black medievalism not only disrupts Black Americans’ restrictive association with modernity, it also disempowers the connection between Black Americans and criminality. There is nothing to stop the protest for racial justice from adapting chivalric medievalism to its own gender-inclusive ends.
MMA fighters line up in Trump’s corner
The Trump campaign counts at least a dozen current and former fighters as top endorsers and surrogates, six of whom were featured at a Don Trump Jr. rally in Las Vegas earlier this month. Last month, former UFC champ Henry Cejudo – one of the most well-known Hispanic sports stars in Phoenix — spoke at a “Latinos for Trump” rally. A former Olympic gold medal wrestler, Cejudo’s appearance drew criticism because he’s the son of illegal immigrants from Mexico, whom the candidate has generally demonized. Rogan’s interview last week with rapper and presidential candidate Kanye West, a sometime-ally of Trump, racked up 7.9 million views on YouTube. Trump’s campaign revels in bashing the Hollywood and sports stars who support Biden and Black Lives Matter-related protests.
A Post-Trump Challenge: Getting Foreign Leaders’ Hands Off U.S. Politics
While the actual practice of foreign policy has often fallen short of that mythologized past, both parties have acknowledged the importance of the norm even when failing to respect it. Disturbingly, foreign leaders have started to treat their partnerships with the United States as a personal relationship with the man at the top and his family—no surprise for a batch of unabashedly authoritarian leaders. If Biden wins, he’ll arrive in office to find a series of counterparts now accustomed to this personal, partisan style, and will need to brush them back, quickly and decisively. These toxic trends were already underway before 2016, with an increasing number of foreign policy issues being decided along party lines. Foreign policy can, and should, transcend an individual presidency—a view the United States has held throughout most of its history.
Attacks on Obamacare threaten coverage gains among minorities
“Having millions suddenly lose their health insurance seems very likely to have an adverse impact." Without health coverage, many would lose access to much-needed care for chronic health conditions — and become more vulnerable to serious complications from Covid-19. Losing Medicaid coverage would be especially hard on communities of color, which also have been disproportionately affected by layoffs during the pandemic. Biden also proposes lowering the Medicare age to 60, which would further reduce the uninsured gap, and doubling investments into community health centers. POLITICO Live is hosting "Beyond COVID-19: Closing the Racial Health Gap” on Thursday, Oct. 29 at 1 p.m.
45 Self-Evident Truths About Donald Trump
“Donald Trump is the host of his own show,” longtime Democratic strategist Hank Sheinkopf once told me. “Support Donald Trump in anything he says and does,” in Stone’s words. And he has slapped his surname on a practically never-ending sequence of duds and scams (Trump Ice bottled water, Trump Vodka, Trump Steaks, Trump magazine, Trump Mortgage, Trump University—for which he settled a class-action fraud lawsuit [in 2017] for $25 million). “Donald Trump is going to give ’em a good story.”“Donald Trump is an excellent storyteller. “He’s the same Donald Trump as the Donald Trump I knew when I was working with him,” former Trump Organization executive vice president Louise Sunshine, who worked for Trump for 15 years starting in the early ’70s, told me.
What the blowout GDP report really means for Trump
The surge in new virus cases is already leading to more restrictions on activity that could further dent the economy. Trump, who has repeatedly mentioned that he would get this big GDP number right before the election, will almost certainly brag about how it is the best in history. And they are, in fact, record numbers. We need to regain almost 40 percent of the $1.85 trillion lost to get back to pre-crisis GDP levels.”Democrats are already preparing to rebut any Trump bragging over Thursday’s GDP number. “Current forecasts estimate that GDP will be substantially smaller than would have been the case if growth had continued at pre-pandemic rates.”
‘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.
'Bly Manor' star Victoria Pedretti on her character's queer journey and surprising inspiration
Just three years after graduating from college, actor Victoria Pedretti has achieved a level of success fit for a Hollywood fairytale. The 25-year-old rising star is using that success — and her on-camera skills — to line up projects that highlight issues she’s passionate about. In her most recent TV role, in Netflix’s “The Haunting of Bly Manor,” Pedretti stars as Dani, an American au pair taking care of two orphaned children at a British estate. Victoria Pedretti and Amelia Eve in "The Haunting of Bly Manor." Shortly after the Oct. 9 release of “Bly Manor,” Pedretti appeared in “This Is Not a Love Letter,” a video poem that explores the topic of abortion and the importance of choice.
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.
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.
Latino voters targeted by abortion misinformation campaigns
"This is part of an ongoing campaign with far-right groups associated with the Catholic Church, focusing on pulling Latinx voters to the Republican side," Woolley said, adding that he saw similar misinformation in 2016 and 2018 likewise targeting religious Latino voters around abortion. But this year, the stakes are even higher, with Latino voters for the first time representing the largest group of minority voters in the country — an estimated 13.3 percent of all eligible voters, according to the Pew Research Center. Spanish-speaking populations are an especially important voter base in crucial swing states, like Texas, Florida and Arizona, where Latino communities are even larger than in the rest of the country. Democrats have expressed concerns through the campaign season that disinformation has been having a major impact on Latino voters, especially in states like Florida. "A lot of the misinformation being shared in Latinx religious communities are really partisan issues," Longoria said.
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.
Covid-19 Live Updates: Survival Rates Increase, and Not Just Because of Younger Patients
ET Covid-19 Live Updates: Survival Rates Increase, and Not Just Because of Younger Patients In Europe, where countries are contending with a new wave of infections, unemployed young people face an especially tough path. At a New York hospital system where 30 percent of coronavirus patients died in March, the death rate had dropped to 3 percent by the end of June. Medical experts worry that the surges in cases around the country could roll back the improvements in mortality rates. “Do you ever notice, they don’t use the word ‘death,’ they use the word ‘cases’?” Mr. Trump said. The Marshall Islands reported its first coronavirus cases after two people who flew to a U.S. military base from Hawaii tested positive.
Opinion | Ultra-Orthodox Jews’ Greatest Strength Has Become Their Greatest Weakness
So it is not surprising that a sudden demand to change their community’s behavior was met by many Haredi Jews — and, notably, by many important Haredi leaders — with suspicion and open revolt. Haredi Jews are well practiced in defying the larger society in which they live, and defiance is the tool they pulled out when new pandemic rules were dictated. It is also reasonable to assume that in some cases Haredi Jews are being singled out. The Haredi model in Israel and the West over the past century was meant to keep a threatened enclave from being wiped out by a cultural tsunami. So Haredi Jews are playing with fire.
France and Germany Lock Down as Second Coronavirus Wave Grows
Ms. Merkel, who has overseen a broad set of stimulus measures to support struggling businesses and workers, said the government would compensate small- and medium-sized businesses affected by closures for up to 75 percent of losses. Ms. Merkel was laughed at when she predicted last month that if people didn’t change their behavior, the country would face 19,000 infections per day by Christmas. “Within weeks we will reach the limits of our health system,” Ms. Merkel said at a news conference, after agreeing with Germany’s 16 governors on the nationwide measures. “The selection was carefully made, knowing that it will be hard and knowing that many people have developed ways to stay safe and acted responsibly,” she said. More people have been protesting against restrictions, and Ms. Merkel acknowledged that introducing new measures two weeks earlier would have helped, but the political acceptance for such a move wasn’t there.
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.
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:
Trump’s ‘No Christmas’ Scaremongering About Biden Presidency Spectacularly Backfires
Twitter users have pointed out a major flaw with President Donald Trump’s scaremongering about how Democratic nominee Joe Biden would respond to the coronavirus pandemic if he won the 2020 election. Trump warned supporters at a rally in Goodyear, Arizona, on Wednesday that a vote for Biden would mean “no kids in school, no graduations, no weddings, no Thanksgiving, no Christmas, and no Fourth of July together.”“Other than that you’ll have a wonderful life,” added the president. Check out the video here:
How Poland’s New Abortion Law Became Such a Flash Point
Tens of thousands of Poles have been marching for almost a week to protest a new high court ruling that imposes a near-total ban on abortion, blocking major roads and bridges and chanting anti-government slogans. The protests began Thursday over the ruling that tightened what was already one of Europe’s most restrictive abortion laws. But they have increasingly turned into a broader expression of anger at a right-wing government that opponents accuse of hijacking the judiciary and chipping away at the rights of women and minorities. On the sixth day of protests, tens of thousands of people poured out of their homes and offices in a nationwide strike. The night before, Jaroslaw Kaczynski, the deputy prime minister and leader of the ruling Law and Justice party, urged his conservative supporters on Facebook to “defend Poland, defend patriotism” and “defend Polish churches.”
'Cary Grant' by Scott Eyman book review
Young Archie Leach was told that she was dead (and wouldn’t learn otherwise until he was already a movie star). With “Topper,” “The Awful Truth,” and “Bringing Up Baby,” the recently christened Cary Grant found his truest expression as farceur: virile and subtle, intelligent and flummoxed and — crucially — not quite believing in his own attractiveness. “Why would I believe that Cary was homosexual,” asked third wife Betsy Drake, “when we were busy” fornicating? “You don’t look like Cary Grant,” someone once told him. “Nobody does.”Louis Bayard is a novelist and reviewer whose most recent book is “Courting Mr. Lincoln.”Cary GrantA Brilliant DisguiseBy Scott Eyman
Ask Amy: Friend who is reeling needs soft place to land
I try to remind her of the joys in life and encourage her to take a mental break now and then. I didn’t need anyone to “fix” it for me; I just needed people to be with me through it. Dear Amy: I have a very dear male friend (married) who has suddenly begun making inappropriate comments to me. I am also married, and his wife is a good friend. I want to tell him to stop, but don't want to ruin our friendship in any way.
Miss Manners: Groom’s mother wants to contribute more than money to the wedding
While you should expect your son and his fiancee to be grateful for your financial generosity, Miss Manners does not see the connection between that and your question. ADDear Miss Manners: How do I address a sympathy card to a widow, whom I have never met, of a client? Miss Manners considers the extra time this will take to be well spent and trusts that you will as well. New Miss Manners columns are posted Monday through Saturday on washingtonpost.com/advice. You can send questions to Miss Manners at her website, missmanners.com.
Carolyn Hax: To summarize, you want to exclude her because she’s disabled?
My husband's family is local, and my family is not. — HostHost: I think this is a no-brainer, if we cut the question down to its basic elements: You want to exclude your disabled in-law for being disabled. AD— AnonymousAnonymous: If that’s what Host really wants, then that’s what Host needs to say. Carolyn: I didn't agree to it right away because I am afraid she will say yes and then get overwhelmed. It’s imperative that you’re inclusive — and it’s also important for your sister-in-law to know when to step away to a quiet place when she’s overwhelmed.
U.S. Election: Trump, Biden and India
ADADWhen it comes to the U.S. relationship with India, the Trump administration has largely continued the policies of its predecessors. The United States views India as a useful counterweight to China, together with traditional allies in the region such as Australia and Japan. Trump and IndiaADADTrump and Modi established a rapport early in Trump’s presidency, despite various gaffes (Modi was reportedly shocked to realize that Trump did not know India shared a border with China, and Trump administration officials told The Washington Post that he imitated Modi’s accent with aides). This week, India and the United States concluded the last of four “foundational” agreements that will allow the two countries to deepen their military cooperation. Under a Biden presidency, the focus on the defense partnership would continue, experts say, but other issues neglected under the Trump administration would probably get renewed attention.
Revitalized D.C. United stays in mix for playoffs with third straight win
Chicago (5-9-6, 21) is ahead of United because of a superior goal differential. Even with a low playoff bar, United seemed to have lost hope this fall amid a nine-game winless streak. Julian Gressel scored in the 32nd minute, and United recorded its first shutout since Sept. 6. United midfielder Júnior Moreno prevented a goal in the 22nd minute, volleying Jonathan Mensah’s header off the goal line. With Columbus pressed forward, United wasted counterattacking opportunities but consumed enough possession to limit the Crew’s threats.
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.
Coronavirus live updates: Fauci expresses support for national mask mandate amid record-setting coronavirus infections
Anthony S. Fauci, the nation’s top infectious-disease expert, appeared to call for a nationwide mask mandate for the first time on Wednesday in a series of interviews with the CNBC and the Journal of the American Medical Association. “We haven’t,” Smith interrupted, before going on to ask Fauci if it was time for a national mandate. “You know, yes,” Fauci replied. President Trump has resisted calls to issue a nationwide mask mandate, something that Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden has said he would do if elected. He emphasized that getting 90 percent or more of the population to wear masks could be a key to avoiding future lockdowns.
Samsung reports bumper profits but warns of slump ahead
Analysts polled by data provider Refinitiv had predicted 11.1 trillion won ($9.8 billion) in operating profit. Samsung said sales for the third quarter rose about 6% to 67 trillion won ($59 billion). Smartphone sales for the quarter were 29.81 trillion won ($26.3 billion), up 6% from the same period last year. It added that it also expects smartphone sales to decline and marketing costs to increase because of the competitive market environment. Rival smartphone maker launched its highly anticipated iPhone 12, its first 5G enabled device, this month.
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Analysis: Two words describe the Senate's latest Big Tech hearing: Worthless and petty
For many, the testimony of Big Tech CEOs may evoke a similar feeling. There will be no damning self-incrimination on camera that leads to a dramatic and wholesale reversal of fortunes for Big Tech. Tennessee Republican Sen. Marsha Blackburn asked Google CEO Sundar Pichai if an employee who had criticized her had been fired. Wisconsin Republican Sen. Ron Johnson read out a tweet that had identified itself as satire and had falsely claimed Johnson had strangled a dog. "Republicans can and should join us in addressing the real problems posed by Big Tech," Markey said.
Committee to Hold Hearing with Big Tech CEOs on Section 230
WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., chairman of the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, will convene a hearing titled, “Does Section 230’s Sweeping Immunity Enable Big Tech Bad Behavior?,”at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, October 28. The hearing will examine whether Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act has outlived its usefulness in today’s digital age. Witness es:Mr. Jack Dorsey, Chief Executive Officer, TwitterMr. Sundar Pichai, Chief Executive Officer, Alphabet Inc., GoogleMr. Mark Zuckerberg, Chief Executive Officer, FacebookHearing Details:Wednesday, October 28, 202010:00 a.m.Full Committee HearingThis hearing will take place in the Russell Senate Office Building 253. Witness testimony, opening statements, and a live video of the hearing will be available on www.commerce.senate.gov. Due to current limited access to the Capitol complex, the general public is encouraged to view this hearing via the live stream.
125th Boston Marathon Postponed Until at Least Fall 2021 Amid COVID-19 Pandemic
Charles Krupa/Associated PressThe 2021 Boston Marathon has been postponed until at least next fall, a six-month delay from its traditional April date. "By shifting our focus to a fall date, we can continue to work with stakeholders to adjust the in-person experience for runners and supporters alike. This is the second time the coronavirus pandemic has impacted the Boston Marathon. "We are optimistic that the Boston Marathon will continue its tradition of celebrating the spirit of community and athletic excellence next fall," Grilk said. "We know there will be many questions and we will look to address them in the coming months ahead."
5-Star QB Quinn Ewers Decommits from Texas; No. 2 Prospect in Class of 2022
Back on the recruiting trail looking for a new future quarterback to build its program around, that is. On Wednesday, Quinn Ewers announced he is decommitting from the Longhorns' 2022 recruiting class:Ewers is a 5-star prospect, the No. 1 pro-style quarterback in the 2022 class, per 247Sports' composite rankings. Jeremy Birmingham of Lettermen Row noted Ohio State offered Ewers a scholarship before he even started his high school career. The Buckeyes will be far from alone in their pursuit of one of the best players in the 2022 class.
Pandemic pushing women out of the workforce
Of the 1.1 million workers over age 20 who left the labor force in September, 80 percent were women. NBC’s Vicky Nguyen talks to moms from across the country, many of whom say they were forced to choose between family and career.
Kim Kardashian West's clueless birthday party (opinion)
She is at work on a book about how women are conditioned to compete with one another. (CNN) Kim Kardashian West, you may have heard, turned 40 this week. To celebrate, the television personality threw herself a big party on a private island and invited along a few dozen friends. As part of the celebration, she shared the event with her 190 million and 67 million followers on Instagram and Twitter, respectively, because sharing is what Kardashian West does. Kardashian made a point to note that her friends were asked to quarantine for two weeks before the event.
El Paso hospitals at breaking point amid rise in coronavirus cases
Critical Covid-19 patients are being airlifted from El Paso to other cities in Texas. The county judge has imposed an overnight curfew and a mask mandate to control the spread.
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.
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.
For Poland’s ruling party, waging war against women pays off
WARSAW — The Polish government is at war — and happily so. But far from backing down, Poland’s ruling party is fanning the flames — and setting itself up to bask in the glow of the public backlash. The ruling party thrives on fear mongering and false enemies. But the contested bill threatened to split the ruling coalition and failed to translate into more public support for PiS. If PiS had not brought these institutions under its control, it would not have been able to roll back the human rights of Polish women and undermine the country’s democracy.
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.
Study: Number of coronavirus cases in England doubling every 9 days
Interim results from the unpublished REACT-1 study show that the overall prevalence of infection in the community in England is 1.28 percent, or 128 people per 10,000. Based on these figures, the researchers estimate that 960,000 people are harboring the SARS-CoV-2 virus in England on any one day. This is a mid-range estimate, with the lower level at 860,000 and the higher at 1.05 million. Advertisement“Those are worryingly high numbers,” said Kevin McConway, emeritus professor of applied statistics at the Open University. This compares with an estimated R value of 1.16 from the previous data collection round between September 18 and October 5.
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.
See Trump-era racism exposed as many voters focus on ousting Trump
In a special report about racism in the Trump-era, MSNBC’s Ari Melber states that while videos of police brutality are sparking much needed scrutiny, “numerically, police brutality is actually the smallest part of systemic racism” in the U.S. – and he reports out the wider evidence of racism across virtually every major facet of American life. (This is an excerpt of a broader special report.)
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.”
Trump keeps breakneck rally schedule as U.S. nears 9,000,000 Covid cases
Trump's closing argument on the coronavirus pandemic seems to be act like it's not a significant issue as cases, hospitalizations, and deaths spike across most of the nation.
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.
FBI, other agencies warn of 'imminent cybercrime threat' to U.S. hospitals
Federal agencies are warning of "an increased and imminent cybercrime threat" to U.S. hospitals and healthcare providers, including so-called ransomware attacks. The federal report says that the FBI, the Department of Health and Human Services, and the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency have credible information about the threat. The agencies say they have assessed that people are targeting the health sector with Trickbot malware, which in addition to data theft can result in ransomware attacks. The federal report does not name UNC1878 and does not say who may be targeting health provider systems. Baltimore and the Florida cities of Riviera Beach and Lake City were the victims of ransomware attacks in 2019.
'Comes out beautiful': Trump administration rolls back dishwasher water conservation rules
The Trump administration has quietly rolled back Obama-era rules that regulate energy and water to appliances such as dishwashers, which the president has made a personal issue at rallies. Today, we concluded on an @ENERGY rule to change that. Today, we concluded on an @ENERGY rule to change that,” the tweet said. Current dishwasher standards require that standard-size products use no more than 5 gallons of water per cycle, according to the Appliance Standards Awareness Project. Consumer Reports found that modern dishwashers use about half of the water and energy as those made 20 years ago.
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.”
Dozens dead, scores missing after Typhoon Molave lashes Vietnam
HANOI — Vietnam deployed hundreds of soldiers and heavy machinery on Thursday to search for survivors after landslides triggered by torrential rains from Typhoon Molave, one of the strongest typhoons in the region in decades. Vietnam's state media reports that landslides set off by Typhoon Molave have killed several people with dozens of others missing in the country's central region. Since early October, Vietnam has been battered by storms, heavy rains and floods which have affected over a million people. The government said Typhoon Molave had left millions of people without electricity and damaged 56,000 houses. Before it hit Vietnam, Typhoon Molave passed through the Philippines, where it caused flooding and landslides that disaster authorities on Thursday said had killed at least 16 people.
Ari Berman: Record early voting suggests voter suppression is backfiring
Ari Berman, the author of "Give us the Ballot: The Modern Struggle for Voting Rights in America," tells Lawrence O'Donnell that voters should drop off their mail ballots or vote in person: "Sending your ballot in the mail at this point in time is just too risky."
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."
‘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.
Trump’s Closing Argument on Virus Clashes With Science, and Voters’ Lives
The 74-year-old president pointed to his teenage son, who was diagnosed with the virus earlier this month, to suggest that many of those cases were of only trivial concern. “Do you ever notice, they don’t use the word ‘death,’ they use the word ‘cases’?” Mr. Trump said. Polling and interviews with voters show that most are not inclined to trust Mr. Trump’s sunny forecast. Mr. Trump’s description of the disease is ungrounded in fact, and his theory of countering it has clashed with the preferences of medical officials at every level of government. The country has reported more than 8.8 million cases of the coronavirus, including a 39 percent increase in new cases over the last 14 days.
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.
Latino voters have the potential to make their voices heard more than ever this election — and the potential to fail at doing so
ADIn the upcoming election, a record 32 million Hispanics are reportedly eligible to vote, making them the country’s largest non-White electorate. Just over half of registered Latino voters claimed to be extremely motivated to vote this year, compared with 69 percent of U.S. voters overall, according to the survey. Similarly, 58 percent of Latino voters say they have given a lot of thought to the candidates, compared with 69 percent of U.S. voters overall. love you too cuzTrump received about 30 percent of the Latino vote during the last election. That’s how many eligible Latino voters said they voted in that election, an amount similar to 2012, according to Pew.
How Religion Can Help Put Our Democracy Back Together
A quick tour of both history and the contemporary world would, after all, yield no shortage of examples of religion, especially dogmatic religion, acting as democracy’s foe, rather than its ally. I’ve always had a healthy skepticism toward organized religion, but as I’ve read and learned and practiced more in recent years, I’ve started to think: Could some of the areas where religion excels — the wonder, the mystery — help to repair the intangible corners of American democracy, at a time when American democracy could use all the help it can get? I also heard, understandably, some very good reasons to be skeptical, even cynical, about what religion can do for democracy. There’s one final way in which, I think, a revival of religion could potentially help our democracy, and it revolves around time. Religion can’t solve every problem facing our democracy, but maybe, if we step into the mystery, it can help.
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.
New Jersey school district pledges to protect at least one ritual from pandemic upheaval: The snow day
In one New Jersey district, however, school administrations have staked out a firm pro-snow-day stance. New York City, the nation’s largest school district, has preemptively canceled snow days for the year, while districts from Maryland to Michigan have hinted that calling a snow day will be about as likely this winter as an all-school assembly. While the Mahwah decision to hold open the possibility of a snow day may delight students, closing school is often a fraught decision for administrators. ADCritics of online learning who worry remote instruction is already shortchanging students see even more of an incentive to scrap snow days. AD“We need to make that up, and by reducing snow days and disruptions to the teaching-learning process, that’ll help us do that,” Hallacy said.
Storm-weary Louisianans brace as Hurricane Zeta takes aim at New Orleans
Zeta made landfall Wednesday afternoon near Cocodrie, La., as a Category 2 storm, with maximum sustained winds of 110 mph. ADZeta is the first this season to strike the southeastern portion of the state where New Orleans sits. Cantrell said she is particularly concerned about tornadoes, as well as the weariness city residents are feeling. Evacuating has been complicated this hurricane season by the coronavirus pandemic, which struck Louisiana particularly hard in the spring. Victoria Lewandrowski, economic development liaison for New Orleans City Councilwoman Cyndi Nguyen, said it was the fourth time the city provided sandbags to residents this hurricane season.
Hurricane Zeta live updates: Storm strengthens as it nears landfall in Louisiana
The U.S. Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunters encountered significant turbulence after completing an intercept of Hurricane Zeta’s eyewall late on Wednesday afternoon. The aircraft measured flight-level wind speeds to 129 mph during its most recent pass through the eyewall; that is estimated to correspond to 100 mph surface winds. The aircraft doesn’t fly at a given altitude; instead, it follows the imaginary surface that marks a constant air pressure. The height of that surface changes as pressure drops closer toward the center of a hurricane. As a result, air pressure throughout the aircraft’s journey is the same, but the plane’s actual altitude fluctuates as it climbs and descends to follow that pressure surface.
Gene Weingarten: In a divided country, it feels like hatred for each other has become one more American value. Can we ever heal?
President Trump throws masks to supporters during a campaign stop in Orlando in October. I think Trump is amoral. But Nixon would have disliked him as president, Dean says, because Nixon “had a respect for the office he held, and the rule of law. If you have no respect for the rule of law, you don’t resign.”What does Dean think will happen after the election? What is hard to understand is the way the Trump presidency has divided seemingly like-minded people of goodwill, people of similar backgrounds.
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.
Trump reacts to revealed identity of ‘Anonymous’ NYTimes op-ed writer Miles Taylor
During a campaign rally in Arizona, President Trump reacted to the identity of “Anonymous” NYTimes op-ed writer Miles Taylor, joking that he thought it was Hope Hicks or Jared Kushner. The president went on to say Taylor should be prosecuted, but did not specify for what.
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.
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.
5 takeaways from Congress' latest clash with Silicon Valley
Few lawmakers, however, dug into the details of legislation, instead focusing on their full range of critiques against the companies. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), an outspoken tech critic who in recent days has launched a media blitz criticizing tech companies, railed against Dorsey over Twitter's decision to initially block users from linking out to the Post's reporting. And even Democratic proponents of Section 230 reform balked at the Republicans' focus for the hearing. In a pair of notable endorsements, Zuckerberg urged Congress to "update the law to make sure it’s working as intended." And Dorsey proposed “three solutions” to address concerns raised by lawmakers about how tech companies moderate user content, including possible “expansions to Section 230."
Tech CEOs testify at Capitol Hill hearing: Live Updates & Video Highlights
A proposal by Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey on Wednesday for an "expansion" of the online industry's legal shield is the latest sign that some of Silicon Valley's biggest players are open to departing from the industry's once-solid opposition to revising a crucial 1996 statute. Dorsey said the changes could come in the form of “expansions to Section 230, new legislative frameworks or a commitment to industry-wide self-regulation best practices." His suggestions: Require companies to publish information about how they make moderation decisions, make them offer a “straightforward” process for users to appeal those decisions, and let users select which algorithms dictate what content they view on online platforms. Dorsey's proposals on Section 230 drew relatively limited discussion during the hearing's subsequent three-plus hours, as lawmakers focused more directly on issues including Silicon Valley's alleged censorship of conservatives, extremists' use of platforms like Facebook and threats to the November election. Read More »
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.
Facebook missteps stoke fears of long political ad blackout online
"We’re deeply concerned that at this late date, it’s still unknown when and how political ads will resume,” Scott Fairchild, the DSCC executive director, said in a statement shared with POLITICO. Facebook drew sharp criticism from political groups and operatives this week after initiating its pre-election ad blackout. The political digital ad ecosystem has already faced massive upheaval over the last two years. Facebook declined to take the same step earlier this year, but over the summer, Facebook gave individual users the option to opt out of seeing political ads altogether. Twitter, a smaller player in the digital ad space, outright banned political ads toward the end of 2019, and Adobe followed suit on its ad platform over the summer.
'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.
Body, dash camera video released from fatal shooting of Black man by Waukegan police
Body camera footage released by Waukegan, Illinois, police shows the moments before the police shooting that killed a Black man and wounded a woman last week. change.orgThe body camera footage released Wednesday did not show the officer approaching the vehicle but began when he asked for the couple’s names. In the body camera footage, the officer can be heard telling Stinnette three times that he is under arrest. Williams' car is only partially seen from the dash camera footage. but he kept shooting," Williams said.
Gov. Whitmer: When Trump focuses on me, the ‘violent rhetoric’ increases
“Every time he focuses on my state or on me, we see the violent rhetoric increase. We see the threats online increase,” says Gov. Whitmer of Pres. Trump’s attacks, “It’s dangerous. It’s anti-American.”
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.
More sex assault charges filed against adult film actor Ron Jeremy
Prosecutors in Los Angeles said they have filed seven additional sexual assault counts against adult film actor Ron Jeremy, which together with previous charges carry a maximum sentence of more than 300 years in prison. The seven new counts filed by the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office involve six women and go back to 1996, the prosecutor's office said in a statement. They add to other charges previously filed against Jeremy, 67, whose real name is Ron Jeremy Hyatt. The new charges span 17 years and involve alleged victims ranging in age from 17 to 38, according to the district attorney's office. He was being held in lieu of $6.6 million bail Wednesday night, according to online Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department records.
Haven’t mailed your ballot yet? Here’s what you can do in each state.
Changed your mind about voting absentee? Worried the mail won’t deliver your ballot in time? Here are your options to make your vote count in each state.
'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."
‘Drunken political frat parties’: Trump acts like Covid-19 doesn’t exist at rallies
“This is a moment where we need profound compassion and profound sobriety. Instead these guys are holding drunken political frat parties,” Obama alum Patrick Gaspard says of Trump’s super spreader rallies.
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.
Opinion | Er, Can I Ask a Few Questions About Abortion?
Abortion was legal in the United States up to the point of quickening (the fetal movements felt in the second trimester) until the 19th century, when states began to ban abortion. Abortion opponents counter that what changed was science: We now understand that a fetus before quickening is not inert. Another question: If the aim is to reduce abortions, why not treat the issue as a matter of public health? One particularly effective way to reduce abortions is to reduce unintended pregnancies through free access to long-acting reliable contraceptives. In the end, another hospital agreed to perform an emergency abortion that saved Heidi’s uterus and possibly her life.
The Problems with Prop 24 and California's Internet Privacy Law - The New York Times
Adding to the intrigue, two members of the team who helped write the privacy law are now on opposing sides of the Prop 24 fight. Prop 24 helps solve the enforcement piece of the privacy law with the creation of a stand-alone agency, initially funded with $10 million, to issue fines or citations to companies that abuse consumers’ data and pursue penalties over violations. City and district attorneys also would also be newly enabled to sue companies over violations under Prop 24, said Jim Steyer, head of Common Sense Media. Current law entitles Californians to demand companies turn over the personal data they collect about them and to halt the sale of that information. Prop 24 would broaden what data can be and how it could be used, particularly sensitive details such as race, sexual orientation and location.
Trump’s Closing Argument on Virus Clashes With Science, and Voters’ Lives
The 74-year-old president pointed to his teenage son, who was diagnosed with the virus earlier this month, to suggest that many of those cases were of only trivial concern. “Do you ever notice, they don’t use the word ‘death,’ they use the word ‘cases’?” Mr. Trump said. Polling and interviews with voters show that most are not inclined to trust Mr. Trump’s sunny forecast. Mr. Trump’s description of the disease is ungrounded in fact, and his theory of countering it has clashed with the preferences of medical officials at every level of government. The country has reported more than 8.8 million cases of the coronavirus, including a 39 percent increase in new cases over the last 14 days.
Finally, the Anti-Trump Resistance Gets to Vote - The New York Times
We waited for an impeachment, one that eventually came, but by then Trump had consumed the whole of the Republican Party. There was no way they were going to remove him from office, regardless of his guilt, regardless of the damage he did. Some of us girded for the battle by becoming part of what we called the Resistance. But none of these actions ever held the possibility of removing Trump from office or fundamentally shifting power. They were, however, building community among the disaffected, energizing them, demonstrating the collective spiritual power of direct action.
Vote for Progressive Taxation in California, Illinois and Arizona - The New York Times
Federal taxation requires the biggest overhaul. The federal government and 32 states impose progressive income taxes. Illinois currently taxes income at a flat rate of 4.95 percent. They say that Illinois should cut spending rather than raising taxes, that the rich will flee, that investment will wither. But that’s no argument against progressive taxation as the best way to raise the money it does need.
Opinion | Take This Trump Election Day Quiz Before It’s Too Late
Happy Almost Election Day! I know it’s been a tough road, people, but you’ve been doing a great job. And since your vote is basically all about how you regard the last four years of Trumpdom, here’s a quick quiz. Let’s see how much you remember about the guy you may be allowed to start forgetting very soon.
Mississippi State’s players are fleeing. Mike Leach doesn’t seem to mind.
Leach suspended Hill for the Bulldogs’ most recent game against Texas Tech, and the coach seemed to suggest Wednesday that Hill’s Mississippi State career was over. Washington State cleared Leach after conducting an investigation, and Wilson later redacted his statement. Leach oversaw a similar turnaround at Texas Tech, turning a middling Big 12 program into a consistent winner in the first decade of the century. But his tenure in Lubbock ended in December 2009 after the school investigated his treatment of wide receiver Adam James, who claimed he was twice confined to an equipment room after suffering a concussion. A Texas Tech official said at the time that “other things” had come to light about Leach as well, though he never elaborated, and Leach would unsuccessfully sue the school for wrongful termination.
Boston Marathon postponed to an already busy fall 2021 race calendar
The marathon is traditionally held on the third Monday in April, which is celebrated as Patriots’ Day in Massachusetts. It was postponed this year amid the coronavirus pandemic and eventually was staged in September as a virtual-only event. ADOf the six major marathons, only Tokyo and London staged races this year, and they were restricted to elite-level participants. The Boston Marathon was canceled entirely as an in-person event for the first time in a history that had dated back continuously to 1897. “The Marathon is one of Boston’s most beloved traditions,” the city’s mayor, Marty Walsh, said Wednesday in a statement.
Court rejects Uber drivers’ bid to bar app from pushing political message on employment status
Uber, Lyft and delivery companies such as DoorDash and Instacart have vigorously fought against the law, mounting a $200 million Prop 22 campaign to maintain drivers’ status. The plaintiffs had argued that Uber’s in-app messaging urging drivers to support Prop 22 constituted illegal political coercion. The plaintiffs had also taken issue with the validity of Uber’s survey data claiming the vast majority of drivers support Prop 22. Another minor win, he said, was Uber’s pledge to the court that it would not retaliate against drivers who do not support Prop 22. ADBut Uber argued successfully in court that it could not be forced to pass that message on to drivers directly.
Hurricane Zeta live updates: Storm strengthens as it nears landfall in Louisiana
The city of New Orleans is making last preparations and gearing up for the landfall of hurricane Zeta expected this afternoon, which could potentially cause widespread damage due to strong winds, heavy rainfall and coastal flooding. Authorities in southeast Louisiana have spent Wednesday morning closing flood gates, including the massive storm barrier across Lake Borgne, as Hurricane Zeta is expected to hit the New Orleans area. A total of 34 gates in the area are expected to be closed by the time Zeta hits, the Flood Protection Authority told Nola.com. New Orleans has instructed all public schools to end distance learning by noon Wednesday to allow people to prepare for the storm. All transit operations — including all bus, streetcar and ferry services have been suspended, beginning at noon on Wednesday and until further notice.
It’s not just the White House: Polling shows Democrats with a big lead in Congress, too
The 12-point overall margin is 7 points larger than the advantage the last CNN poll of 2016 gave Hillary Clinton, then Trump’s opponent. Whites without a college degree (called “White, non” for the sake of brevity below) preferred Trump by 30 points over Clinton — but only 18 over Biden. Overall, the percentage of people who viewed Trump favorably in late 2016 was only 5 points less than the percentage who viewed Clinton favorably. Trump voters told CNN that they’re voting for him mostly because they like him. Biden voters were evenly split: About half said their vote was because they liked Biden, and about half said it was because they didn’t like Trump.
District lawmakers call for swift, transparent investigation into man’s death during police stop
On Wednesday evening, dozens met up for a vigil and a march starting at 7th and Kennedy streets NW, where the incident occurred. She then angrily stormed west on Kennedy Street, leading marchers as they continued to scream demands for justice. Police said Hylton drove into an alley and then exited in the 700 block of Kennedy Street. A woman who answered the door at an address listed for Hylton said his family was not ready to comment on his death. Members of the D.C. Council are pushing for a swift and transparent investigation into the matter.
Opinion | Kim Kardashian’s birthday getaway can’t escape the pandemic
But for $99, they can purchase a pair of Khloe Kardashian’s Good American jeans, which are available in sizes 00 to 24. ADADThe fact that the family members are reality-television stars actually makes them more effective pitch women (and men) than traditional celebrities. Given this canny messaging, West’s private-island birthday celebration is shockingly discordant. West’s extended family built an empire by making celebrity seem approachable and attainable. Her birthday posts are a sour reminder that no matter how many jeans or lipsticks you buy, their reality will remain out of reach.
Opinion | Republicans’ only way to win is to stop people from voting
ADThe once-proud Republican Party has determined, correctly, that its only way to prevail in this election is to keep people from voting. Republicans have won the popular vote for the presidency only once since 1988, and the Senate Republican majority has for years represented a minority of the population. But they have used this minority rule to stack the judiciary, including six of the nine Supreme Court justices. Now Republican billionaires are financing a legal war to block voting rights — and the judges the minority Republicans installed on the courts are trying to shield Republican power from the will of the people. Days before that, the court sided with South Carolina Republicans in saying mail-in ballots must be signed by a witness.
Opinion | Why winning rural areas should be a progressive priority
All three point to how rural America is changing in ways that are compatible with practical progressive politics, and how disappointment with Republican policies — particularly on health care, taxes and Social Security — is pushing many rural voters to reconsider their GOP loyalties. And all three candidates think Republicans will regret their ongoing attacks on the Affordable Care Act, a lifeline to rural areas. ADADSouth Carolina’s refusal to adopt the Medicaid expansion, Harrison said, left 250,000 low-income people without health-care coverage in his state even before the coronavirus pandemic. And in Iowa, Greenfield says health care is the “number-one topic” voters have raised at her more than 350 town halls and Zoom events. Medicaid expansion, she said, “has really been a lifeline to Iowa’s hospitals, in particular our rural hospitals.”ADADProgressive populism is by no means dead in rural and small-town America, either.
Millions of mail ballots have not been returned as window closes for Postal Service delivery
Postal Service, with on-time delivery rates in crucial battleground states falling below 60 percent. In reporting the data, Justice Department lawyers representing the Postal Service cautioned that the agency does not consider daily data reliable. ADADThe Postal Service reported that its delivery of ballots was faster than other mail. Those rates apply only to mail the Postal Service was able to identify as ballots. Postal Service leaders say that moving election mail is the agency’s top priority and that they have mobilized extra resources to respond to ballot volumes.
The New York Times called ‘Anonymous’ op-ed author Miles Taylor a Trump ‘senior official.’ Was that accurate?
Was it really accurate to describe the author as a “senior” official? ADNeither the Times nor Taylor’s publisher, Twelve Books, revealed his identity, describing him only as a “senior” official. At times, he spoke to reporters in background briefings, during which reporters were permitted to describe him only as a “senior administration official” — the standard description for such briefings. Did Taylor — who was a DHS policy adviser when the Times published his op-ed, qualify as a “senior” official? AD“I would not describe him as a senior administration official,” said Joe Lockhart, who served as press secretary in the Clinton administration.
The shooting of Walter Wallace Jr. shows how desperately police need reform - The Washington Post
A joint investigation by police and the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office into the death of Mr. Wallace is underway. Police said officers were responding to a call about a man who was screaming and armed with a knife. Mr. Wallace, a police spokesman said, was shot after he was told to drop the knife and advanced toward police. As Philadelphia tries to deal with the fallout caused by Mr. Wallace’s death — there have been protests and some violence and looting that rightly have been condemned by Mr. Wallace’s grieving family — it’s important that officials take steps to improve how people in need of help get it. The de-escalation training developed by the Police Executive Research Forum would be a good place to start.
Opinion | Joe Biden loves his son. We should all be so lucky.
But I am sharing them now because we are engaging in a national conversation over the love Joe Biden has shown to his son Hunter. ADWe heard from Biden at the second presidential debate: “I’m proud of my son.” We read allegedly leaked texts from Joe Biden to Hunter in rehab: “Good morning my beautiful son. ADStill, President Trump and his supporters are intent on making Biden’s love for his son into a liability. ADThose of us who survived such households see in Biden a parent who gives to his son the love our fathers could not. And what is the purpose of being a president if not modeling kindness, decency and unconditional love for families across the country?
Opinion | Why voting should be treated like jury duty
The Democratic Party has been fighting in the other direction — for final realization of the long-lived goal of true universal suffrage. But there isn’t ultimately any way to be cynical about universal suffrage. We have, in other words, spent the year fighting over whether this country can maintain its commitment to universal suffrage. For this reason, I have become a supporter of mandatory universal voting, the idea that voting should be treated like jury duty. Universal suffrage should be one of our core principles.
In closing days, Trump and Biden push opposing pandemic strategies
Biden, during remarks in Delaware, blasted Trump for what he characterized as recklessness in handling the pandemic as Trump held crowded rallies in Arizona. “We’re rounding the turn, regardless,” Trump said near the start of remarks in Bullhead City, Ariz.“Normal life will fully resume. Trump mocked masks, saying the virus can easily penetrate some of them, and he ridiculed the recommendation by California Gov. AD“And boy, you know, when you have spaghetti and meat sauce, that mask is not looking” good, Trump said to laughter. over.”ADMeanwhile, a drop in the stock market threatens to cloud Trump’s campaign message that he is delivering an economic recovery that will soon become a boom.
Dr. Fauci: US may not be back to normal until 2022
As Covid-19 cases continue to jump during the fall surge, Dr. Anthony Fauci says there's little chance of normalcy on the horizon.
With 'husbands' remark, Trump has sealed his fate with women (opinion)
But, with these latest remarks, the President has probably put the final nail in his own reelection chances with many women voters. Before Tuesday, it would have been hard to imagine how Trump could have offended women more than he already has. But previously, I argued when he called prominent women "nasty," for example, that he was a misogynist but not necessarily a sexist . JUST WATCHED Keilar calls out Trump's 'tone deaf' plea to suburban women Replay More Videos ... MUST WATCH Keilar calls out Trump's 'tone deaf' plea to suburban women 06:59Before Tuesday's comments, it wasn't entirely clear that Trump was a sexist; he did put some women in powerful positions in his administration and in the Trump Organization. But by appealing to suburban women to support him because he's helping their husbands, Trump suggested he believes the workplace is the proper domain of men.
US election 2020: What India thinks of the US election (opinion)
Indian diplomats say privately that handling the Trump administration has been complicated. The Trump administration is credited for giving India far greater access to defense technology, for example, than any previous US government. The then-Indian foreign secretary and now Foreign Minister, S. Jaishankar, told India's commentariat in 2017, " Don't demonize Trump , analyze Trump. However, a Biden administration would also have its differences with Modi's nationalist agenda. New Delhi gave President Trump high scores for standing up to Beijing.
Trump uses outdated thinking in attempt to woo suburban women: I'm 'getting your husbands back to work'
Washington (CNN) President Donald Trump offered his latest appeal to suburban women Tuesday evening, promising to get their husbands "back to work" if he's reelected. We're getting your husbands back to work." While Trump focused on "husbands" during his speech in Michigan on Tuesday, the coronavirus pandemic has had a much larger effect on women in the work place. Trump is deeply unpopular among female voters and polls show the President consistently lagging behind Democratic nominee Joe Biden in surveys of women. He has made several attempts at wooing female voters in recent weeks -- at one point even saying, "Suburban women, will you please like me?"
The perfect metaphor for Trump's treatment of his loyal supporters (opinion)
Twitter users instantly jumped all over the metaphor -- Trump leaves supporters in the cold -- but let's take a minute to understand who was responsible. But when the rally ended, "there were no campaign advance teams in sight," according to CNN reporting . "One local advance volunteer said they were given no instructions how to get supporters back onto the buses. President Trump has long shown little regard for the people who come to his rallies. Hundreds of Trump's loyal supporters were left out in the cold in Omaha on Tuesday night.
The 'Archer' Season 11 finale should've been its last. But we needed more of its valiant comedy.
Mostly void stuff." "Archer" finishes its 11th season Wednesday; it was suddenly snatched from the jaws of cancellation last week (likely because of renewed interest in its no-longer-final season) and will have a 12th season next year. It's amazing how much of "Archer" — which reliably makes me laugh so hard I can't breathe — is about stuff that doesn't seem funny. A lot of what makes "Archer" good — and it is really good — is the way it blends good things that are odd together. Archer got shot at the end of the seventh season and spent seasons eight, nine and 10 hallucinating various strange and pulpy adventures before he woke up.
Trump’s path begins in Florida
Trailing by various margins in most polls of most swing states, Trump is still essentially tied with Biden in Florida. And if Biden wants to kill Trump’s chances in one place, Florida is the MAGA horcrux and Tampa is the place to smash it. And Trump won it by even more. First In NightlyGET IN THE VOTE — Trump won the presidency with 46 percent of the popular vote. KEYSTONE — Trump won Pennsylvania by less than 1 percentage point in 2016.
Opinion | Why Brett Kavanaugh Is Right About Wisconsin’s Ballot Deadline
Prior to the judge’s ruling, Wisconsin had an Election Day deadline for absentee ballots, naturally enough and like most other states. It was the district court that overstepped its bounds and interfered in Wisconsin’s election, not Kavanaugh, who voted simply to restore the status quo prior to this judicial intervention. Kavanaugh’s argument that “the rules of the road should be clear and settled” prior to the election would seem obvious. Even if this is correct, if she wants laxer election rules in Wisconsin, Kagan should move to the Badger State and run for state legislator. Kavanaugh is being set up as the boogeyman of the nasty postelection court battles that he’d prefer didn’t happen at all.
Poll: Voters Give Trump A Poor Preelection Verdict On Handling Of COVID-19 Pandemic
With less than a week of campaigning to go, voters give President Donald Trump a poor verdict on his handling of the coronavirus outbreak, a new HuffPost/YouGov survey finds. By an even broader margin, 59% to 38%, voters disapprove of Trump’s own handling of the pandemic. An 84% majority of Democratic voters say they strongly disapprove of Trump’s handling of the issue, compared with the 55% of Republican voters who strongly approve. Democratic voters mostly say Trump’s work on coronavirus has stood out as worse than his work on other issues. Roughly three-quarters of voters say they’re at least somewhat concerned about the spread of the coronavirus in the United States.
Kushner Bragged That Trump Wrested Control Of COVID-19 Response From Doctors: Report
Claiming that the United States was entering “the comeback phase” of the crisis, Kushner said approvingly that Trump had taken over from the doctors who know how to slow the spread of viruses. His comments were part of a recorded interview with journalist Bob Woodward on April 18, three days after the country recorded its highest number of COVID-19 deaths to date. There’s the panic phase, the pain phase and then the comeback phase. I do believe that last night symbolized kind of the beginning of the comeback phase,” Kushner said in one clip. According to Kushner, a turning point for the president came when he announced the reopening guidelines.
Regeneron says its Covid-19 antibody treatment cut medical visits in trial
Regeneron Pharmaceuticals said Wednesday its coronavirus antibody cocktail, the experimental treatment that President Donald Trump received, significantly reduced medical visits in a trial of nearly 800 patients with mild-to-moderate Covid-19. Regeneron said patients given the treatment, REGN-COV2, made around 57 percent fewer Covid-19-related medical visits than those given a placebo over a 29-day period. Last month, the company released early data from the trial showing the treatment reduced viral levels and improved symptoms in non-hospitalized Covid-19 patients. Regeneron said earlier this month it had around 50,000 doses of its treatment ready for distribution. The federal government agreed in June to buy up to 300,000 doses of the antibody cocktail for $450 million.
Anxiety 2020: Voters worry about safety at the polls
Recently, it’s become a hot spot of angry confrontations between Trump supporters and liberal protesters. Kauffman has seen some of the Trump supporters carrying weapons. With Election Day next week, voters can point to plenty of evidence behind the anxiety. About 7 in 10 voters say they are anxious about the election, according to an AP-NORC poll this month. Biden supporters were more likely to say so than Trump supporters — 72 percent to 61 percent.
Trump’s 2020 implosion powered by mounting backlash to racism
Trump trails in most 2020 polls against a wide backlash to his presidency, including the racial justice protests that spread across the nation this year. In a special report, MSNBC’s Ari Melber traces the legal, political and cultural roots of racism in America – and reports the evidence for why the 2020 election presents a stark choice on race. “This is what is on the ballot now,” Melber says, citing Trump’s record and words, “and every voter must answer -- are you for or against this?” (This is the closing excerpt of a broader special report.)
Supreme Court Allows North Carolina To Receive Absentee Ballots After Election Day
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 legal settlement, which also loosened requirements for fixing absentee ballots that lacked a witness signature, was approved by a state judge. The election board and the state judge “worked together to override a carefully tailored legislative response to COVID,” Gorsuch wrote. The changes developed by the Democratic-majority state elections board and defended in court by the state’s Democratic attorney general prompted accusations from Republican legislative leaders that state elections officials had cut a backroom deal to favor left-leaning candidates and causes.
‘It’s gangster culture’: Robert De Niro says Trump acts like a mobster
Here’s what Robert De Niro said about the past four years of Trump: "It's gangster culture ... He has no concept about what the right thing to do for the people in this country."
Anxiety 2020: Voters worry about safety at the polls
SEE NEW POSTSAnxiety 2020: Voters worry about safety at the polls With Election Day next week, voters can point to plenty of evidence behind the anxiety. About 7 in 10 voters say they are anxious about the election, according to an AP-NORC poll this month. Referring again to Taylor, Trump said, "in my opinion, he should be prosecuted." The Star Tribune obtained a voicemail that Weeks left for his friend, Joey Hudson, four weeks before Weeks died last month. “Voters should not have to choose between protecting their health and exercising their fundamental right to vote.” Share this -
Voters speak out about their determination to be heard this election
Taylor says he resigned from the Department of Homeland Security in 2019 out of frustration with the Trump administration's directives. Trump joked that he thought the person behind a harsh New York Times op-ed and a book called "The Warning" would be somebody higher up. Referring again to Taylor, Trump said, "in my opinion, he should be prosecuted." The Star Tribune obtained a voicemail that Weeks left for his friend, Joey Hudson, four weeks before Weeks died last month. “Voters should not have to choose between protecting their health and exercising their fundamental right to vote.” Share this -
Michigan court strikes down ban on open carry firearms at polling places
Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) responds to a Michigan court preventing a ban on open carry weapons at polling sites. "For many, having armed vigilantes...at a polling place would be intimidating," Baldwin stated.
Our experts answer questions you have about voting and the election
Joy is joined by Dave Wasserman, Rachel Bitecofer, and LaTosha Brown to answer questions you submitted about the election. We talk about concerns over voting, the polls, and the legal battles currently in the courts.
Steve Kornacki: There’s ‘still time’ for a Trump comeback in the closing days
Steve Kornacki goes to the big board to break down how a Trump comeback is still a possibility, despite national polls showing the president behind Joe Biden. Steve also answers a ReidOut fan submitted question on when we could expect some results on Election night.
Supreme Court won't block mail ballots in North Carolina arriving up to six days after Election Day
SEE NEW POSTSSupreme Court won't block mail ballots in North Carolina arriving up to six days after Election Day The Supreme Court late Wednesday declined to block lower court rulings that allow six extra days for accepting ballots sent by mail in North Carolina. Share this -Anxiety 2020: Voters worry about safety at the polls With Election Day next week, voters can point to plenty of evidence behind the anxiety. About 7 in 10 voters say they are anxious about the election, according to an AP-NORC poll this month. Referring again to Taylor, Trump said, "in my opinion, he should be prosecuted." The Star Tribune obtained a voicemail that Weeks left for his friend, Joey Hudson, four weeks before Weeks died last month.
The 2020 Campaign Is the Most Expensive Ever (By a Lot)
The 2020 election has blown past previous records to become the most expensive campaign in American history, with the final tally for the battle for the White House and control of the Senate and the House expected to hit nearly $14 billion, according to new projections made by the Center for Responsive Politics. The biggest driver of political spending this year has been — no surprise — the presidential race, as enormous sums have, in particular, poured into supporting Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s bid to oust President Trump. Their contest alone is projected to cost $6.6 billion — more than was spent on the White House race and every congressional campaign combined in 2016. Much of the spending has gone into television ads: $1.8 billion worth of presidential race ads just this year, according to the ad-tracking firm Advertising Analytics. The total cost of the 2016 presidential campaign, even including the primaries, was $2.4 billion.
Days From Election, Police Killing of Black Man Roils Philadelphia
It began on Monday, when two officers confronted Walter Wallace Jr., a 27-year-old with a history of mental health problems. Someone yells repeatedly at Mr. Wallace to “put the knife down.” The officers then fire multiple rounds. After Mr. Wallace falls to the ground, his mother screams and rushes to his body. Image Walter Wallace Jr. Credit... Ellie Rushing/The Philadelphia InquirerMr. Wallace later died of his wounds at a nearby hospital, and the neighborhood exploded in rage. In the days since, dozens have been arrested, cars have been burned and 53 officers have been hurt.
Watch What Happens When Real Housewives Don’t Wear Masks
If you have made it this far into the article and are not already an obsessive fan of reality TV, you may be thinking: Who cares what these people say about coronavirus? Mr. Flynn has published research on reality stars drinking, smoking and sexual activity, as well as the impact of social media on body image. What’s more, viewers can see themselves in reality stars and influencers in a way they don’t with actors on scripted television or movies, even if the reality stars’ lives are more gilded and their houses are supersized. “Maybe they’re not like me, but they’re still real people,” Mr. Flynn said. The virus has made an appearance not just on various Housewives franchises, but also on “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” and “90 Day Fiancé.”
‘We Don’t Have to Put Up With This’: A Candid Conversation About Bodies
Luce: People have asked me a lot about why I wrote this book when I am inclined to being squeamish and it feels so uncomfortable. For me, it was three things: First, the statistics — yes, they offered comfort that I wasn’t alone, but they are also an absolute outrage. Second, a research study said sick people in the hospital considered double incontinence to be a state worse than death. Mara: Yes, and many of us spend too much precious time and mental space hiding parts of ourselves due to shame. Both through the incontinence — and the drudge and work and expense of it — and from the depression and trauma it caused.
Stocks Post Worst Day in 4 Months as Infections Rise Around the Globe
Coronavirus flare-ups across the United States and new lockdown measures in major European economies sent stocks sliding to their worst performance in months on Wednesday. The S&P 500 ended the day 3.5 percent lower, notching the market’s third straight decline and the worst drop for Wall Street since June 11. All 11 sectors fell as traders jettisoned stocks in economically sensitive sectors like energy. Even tech was squeezed — the tech giants were once thought to be almost immune to the economic effects of the virus. Treasury yields fell as investors sought the safety of government bonds, and economic nervousness pushed oil prices down: Benchmark West Texas Intermediate crude oil fell 5.5 percent to $37.39 a barrel.
Europe, 2020 Election, Dodgers: Your Wednesday Evening Briefing
Stocks fell in Europe and the U.S. as investors fret over the impact of the coronavirus pandemic’s new wave. Oil prices dropped more than 5 percent, and shares of energy producers fared poorly. Even Big Tech suffered: Apple and Microsoft dropped more than 4 percent, and Google’s parent company, Alphabet, slid more than 5 percent. With the U.S. hitting a record of more than 500,000 new coronavirus cases over the past week, Covid-19 hospital admissions have climbed an estimated 46 percent from a month ago, and many hospitals are reeling. In El Paso, above, Covid-19 hospitalizations have more than tripled over the past three weeks.
M.L.B. Says Justin Turner Refused to Stay Off Field After Dodgers’ Win
The joy of the Dodgers’ long coveted World Series title was overshadowed on Tuesday night when Justin Turner, the team’s veteran third baseman, joined his teammates in celebration on the field shortly after learning he had tested positive for the coronavirus. said on Wednesday afternoon that it would investigate the incident, but placed the blame squarely on Turner, saying he had refused the orders of league security to remain in isolation. “Turner was placed into isolation for the safety of those around him,” M.L.B. “However, following the Dodgers’ victory, it is clear that Turner chose to disregard the agreed-upon joint protocols and the instructions he was given regarding the safety and protection of others. Security raised the matter of being on the field with Turner, he emphatically refused to comply.”
Supreme Court Won’t Speed a Do-Over on Pennsylvania’s Ballot Deadlines
WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Wednesday refused a plea from Pennsylvania Republicans to put their request to halt a three-day extension of the deadline for receiving absentee ballots on an extraordinarily fast track. The move meant that the court would not consider the case, which could have yielded a major ruling on voting procedure, until after Election Day. Justice Amy Coney Barrett, who joined the court on Tuesday and who might have broken an earlier deadlock in the case, did not cast a vote. A court spokeswoman said Justice Barrett “did not participate in the consideration of this motion because of the need for a prompt resolution of it and because she has not had time to fully review the parties’ filings.”
Washington National Opera singers perform out of a truck
And this week, the Washington National Opera and its Cafritz Young Artists program are rolling up on unsuspecting Arlingtonians with performances from its freshly tricked-out pop-up opera truck — a standard moving van retrofitted by Baltimore company the Concert Truck into a mobile venue, complete with piano, lights, sound and, as is de rigueur, plenty of plexiglass. Her silvery voice scaled the facade of the building as the setting sun seemed to stall awhile to listen. ADADThis impromptu assembly benefited bass William Meinert, whose assured and polished take on “In diesen heilg’en Hallen” (Sarastro’s aria from “Zauberflöte”) still struggled to surmount surges of street noise. But there’s something about opera in its current freed/exiled state that makes the intrusion of the outside world feel especially cruel. Outreach efforts such as the pop-up truck are crucial to maintaining a place for the arts in our much-abused public consciousness through this extended intermission.
For USMNT’s return, Gregg Berhalter weighs European roster options
Few, if any, MLS players will cross the Atlantic, thanks to the league’s rejigged schedule in reaction to the health crisis and the self-isolation requirements upon their return stateside during the playoffs. ADThe last time the U.S. squad visited Europe, in November 2018 for friendlies against England and Italy, eight MLS players were included. This time, the roster of about 25 will draw heavily, if not exclusively, from English, German and other European leagues. Because the regular season ends Nov. 8, MLS players would not be able to join U.S. workouts until one or two days before the Wales match. He played for the first team in friendlies and twice this month made La Liga’s game-day roster.
Ahead of election, a handful of world leaders voice support for Trump
President Trump, on the other hand, in 2016 and 2020, has received the vocal support of a handful of foreign leaders, mostly right-wing populists known for clear parallels to him in policy and rhetoric. But, despite Trump’s low approval rating in many countries, shown in polls, most world leaders have remained quiet. Here are some nations with leaders who have bucked the norm and expressed support for Trump. Last month, Orban again endorsed Trump. Brazil’s leader added that he did not want to “interfere” and said he was speaking “from the heart.”Like Orban, Trump and Bolsonaro share common ground.
How a ‘diabolical’ former DEA staffer conned the intelligence community
and diabolical, there is a lot you can get away with,” said G. Zachary Terwilliger, U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia. Bolstering the claim was the fact that these meetings took place in secure government facilities, with real public officials involved. An attorney for one said that “two senior intelligence officials” gave the direction to straighten out a classified program that was not adhering to protocols. Prosecutors say Courtney was hired at a nonprofit that matches the description of Riverside Research. Prosecutors say Courtney did not have a top-secret security clearance, but victims saw him enter secure facilities with what appeared to be the proper badges.
Baltimore museum halts sales of three paintings, including Warhol’s ‘Last Supper,’ just hours before auction
The museum said in a statement that it was still committed to its “Endowment for the Future” effort. AD“We want to affirm our goals as we envisioned them in relation to the Endowment for the Future,” the statement said. The museum stood by its decision until hours before the Sotheby’s auction was to begin. The move came after a statement from the Association of Art Museum Directors, a national oversight organization, that clarified the intent of an April move that loosened deaccessioning rules. The museum planned to spend $10 million to acquire art by women and artists of color and $500,000 for immediate equity measures.
SpaceX swapping out a pair of rocket engines weeks ahead of next astronaut launch
NASA said it is confident that the problem has been fixed, but that there are still several data reviews to come before the launch. The agency said it would authorize SpaceX to fly the mission only if officials were confident the rocket is safe. “We’re certainly taking the time, and the SpaceX team is committed to flying when we’re ready as well." ADThe problem forced the engines to start prematurely, but the rocket’s computers detected the problem and forced the shutdown autonomously. ADSince the test flight, though, SpaceX has said it noticed a bit more erosion on the heat shield in a couple of isolated areas.
Nationals decline options for Adam Eaton, Howie Kendrick, Aníbal Sánchez and Eric Thames
Eaton, a 31-year-old outfielder, had his $10.5 million club option declined and will instead receive a $1.5 million buyout. ADADFor Kendrick and Thames, a pair of veteran first basemen, the Nationals held a mutual option for next season. Since the Nationals didn’t, Kendrick gets a $2.25 million buyout and Thames will receive $1 million. None of this precludes the Nationals from negotiating with Eaton, Kendrick, Sánchez or Thames in the coming weeks and months. Before Zimmerman decided against playing, that rotation was supposed to include Kendrick and Thames, a left-handed slugger.
Supreme Court won’t expedite GOP request to stop Pennsylvania’s extended deadline for mail-in ballots
New Justice Amy Coney Barrett did not participate in considering the request, the Supreme Court said, because of the need for a prompt resolution, and because she has not had time to fully review the legal arguments. “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. On Oct. 19, the Supreme Court’s 4 to 4 vote left the Pennsylvania court’s ruling in place. ADAlito said there was not enough time to review the Pennsylvania court’s decision before the election. ADADThe Pennsylvania Supreme Court — itself an elected, partisan body, with four Democratic justices and three Republicans — ruled in September in Democrats’ favor on a number of mail-voting changes.
Former Trump campaign official: I believed Trump's con
Former Trump campaign official Jessica Denson is now backing former Vice President Joe Biden for president, calling the Trump campaign a "vile, self-serving branding exercise" for Trump and his family.
Why LGBTQ families like mine are scared and scrambling (opinion)
(CNN) I'll put it bluntly: LGBTQ families are now facing a frightening unknown, and that fear is spurring action. Lawyers are sharing advice for how same-sex families can ensure legal protections if marriage equality goes away -- secure second parent adoption papers, living wills, healthcare proxies. We don't and can't know for sure how Barrett will rule on cases relating to LGBTQ rights, but the overall signs, given past comments and statements from other conservative justices on the Court, are not promising. What if Barrett's confirmation could help put a kibosh in heartwarming happy endings like this one? Though her judicial record doesn't deal substantively with LGBTQ rights, Barrett appears to be no friend to the LGBTQ community, as shown by her use of an antiquated and harmful phrase -- " sexual preference " -- while speaking to the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Jared Kushner deserves an Emmy Award (opinion)
(Really, I'm just curious who is friends with both Kushner and the guy who wrote "F*** Tha Police," but I digress.) Kushner then pivoted from responding to a legitimate question about the meeting to spitting out a dizzying jumble of words dripping with racial grievance. Kushner: "One thing we've seen a lot in the Black community, which is mostly Democrat..."JUST WATCHED Kushner: Trump had to take the country 'back from the doctors' Replay More Videos ... MUST WATCH Kushner: Trump had to take the country 'back from the doctors' 01:56Here we go. "President Trump's policies are the policies that can help people break out of the problems that they're complaining about." For instance, Blacks and whites use marijuana at about the same rate, yet blacks remain 3.6 times more likely to be arrested for marijuana possession.
Why the NBA's Biggest Offseason Prize Could Be 35-Year-Old Chris Paul
Michael Dwyer/Associated PressThe race to the 2020-21 NBA championship might be decided by a 35-year-old who is objectively and colossally overpaid. This past season, his 15th in the Association, he paced his position and ranked fifth overall in ESPN's real plus-minus. I know it would be a dream come true for Chris," an Eastern Conference executive told B/R's Eric Pincus. Then again, so is the idea of Paul joining forces with two-time MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo on the Milwaukee Bucks. If Paul stays, maybe Danilo Gallinari returns in free agency and Steven Adams never sniffs the trade block.
Jazz, Vivint Arena Sold to Ryan Smith After 35 Years Under Miller Family
Kim Raff/Associated PressGail Miller has agreed to sell the Utah Jazz to Qualtrics co-founder Ryan Smith. Our family remains invested in the success of the Utah Jazz and these businesses, and we will retain a minority interest." The Jazz have been controlled by the Miller family since Larry Miller purchased a 50 percent stake in 1985. In January 2017, Miller announced she was placing the Jazz into a legacy trust that would "keep the franchise in Utah for generations." Selling the Jazz to Smith would mean ending that legacy trust, which was intended to remain within members of the Miller family for years.
LGBTQ couples rush to get married before Amy Coney Barrett is confirmed to Supreme Court
Cole and Lawrence were married on the steps of St. Louis City Hall to protest Amy Coney Barrett's nomination to the Supreme Court. Photo: Alecia HoytCole and Lawrence were married on the steps of St. Louis City Hall to protest Amy Coney Barrett's nomination to the Supreme Court. Photo: Alecia HoytLGBTQ couples in Missouri flocked to the St. Louis City Hall last week to get married before far-right Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett is confirmed. Donald Trump has said that he wants Barrett to be approved and sworn in as a Supreme Court justice before the November 3 elections so that she can rule on matters related to the election and how ballots are counted. “Amidst a global pandemic and ongoing election, Republicans are rushing to confirm a Supreme Court Justice to take away health care from millions and execute the extreme and deeply unpopular agenda that they’ve been unable to get through Congress.”
Local officiants offer LGBTQ weddings ASAP after SCOTUS swearing-in
Less that one day after Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett was sworn into her lifetime post, at least two ordained individuals in Humboldt County are offering quick weddings for LGBTQ couples who might be worried about the future. In the wake of Barrett’s confirmation, LGBTQ legal organizations spoke out about concerns about loss of rights with a 6-3 conservative-leaning high court. “We fear that all the progress we have made in recent years is now at risk.”Knox, who said she herself is in a same-sex marriage, said she wanted to offer supportive services to those who needed it. “I certainly do support being in a same-sex marriage.”She said in the two years she has been in Humboldt County, she has only conducted two weddings, one of which was done during the pandemic. With that wedding being on a beach in Trinidad on a windy day, she said she felt safe performing the service.
Voters speak out about their determination to be heard this election
NBC’s Harry Smith meets Americans who say they’re more inspired and determined to vote than ever, sometimes waiting for hours to perform their civic duty.
Top Trump health official warns of 'draconian measures' if America doesn't mask up
The Trump administration’s Covid-19 testing czar warned Wednesday that local governments may be forced to impose “draconian measures” if Americans don’t start taking safety precautions seriously and the coronavirus crisis worsens. Covid-19 cases are spreading so fast in Philadelphia that the city’s contact tracing program has been unable to track them all, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported. “Covid, covid, covid, covid, covid, covid cases,” Trump fumed Tuesday before a tightly packed, mostly mask-less crowd Tuesday in Michigan. “He doesn't understand that in order to fix the economy, first you have to control the virus," Trumka said on MSBNC. Fauci said that when it comes to masks, the White House doesn’t practice what it preaches.
'Who the hell elected you?': Cruz blasts Twitter CEO
"Who the hell elected you and put you in charge of what the media are allowed to report and what the American people are allowed to hear?" Cruz asked Dorsey, asserting that Twitter was functioning as "a Democratic super PAC." While he focused most of his ire on Twitter, whose conduct he said “has been by far the most egregious,” Cruz declared that he views all three companies represented at the hearing — which also included the heads of Facebook and Google — as “the single greatest threat to free speech in America and the greatest threat we have to free and fair elections.”Cruz slammed Twitter for initially blocking users from posting links to the New York Post story, a move Twitter reversed within 24 hours and which Dorsey insisted he thought was a mistake. Twitter's action resulted in the suspension of high-profile Twitter accounts, including that of President Donald Trump's campaign and the Post itself. The senator noted that the Post’s Twitter account is still suspended, though Dorsey said the paper can unlock its account and tweet the same story out as long as it deleted its initial tweets.
City So Real Is a Must-See Docuseries About Chicago Politics
The mayoral candidates get the same consideration as these everyday people. Willie Wilson, a medical-supply magnate, talks about empowering Black America and makes ostentatious donations to Black churches but throws elbows at his fellow Black candidates. Lori Lightfoot celebrates a preliminary victory as the Chicago Mayoral race comes to a close. Chicago Story Film, LLCEach candidate offers a different way into the notorious boondoggle that is Chicago politics. But I can’t imagine much of City So Real feeling foreign to anyone who has spent time during the last few years—and especially 2020—in a major American city.
The Surprising Truth About How Long Postpartum Depression Lasts
PhotoAlto/Frederic Cirou via Getty Images Postpartum depression may last far longer than doctors and patients ever realized. When Jane gave birth to her baby 10 years ago, she very quickly began experiencing significant postpartum depression. It builds on a recent scientific review that found up to 50% of moms with postpartum depression struggle beyond the first year. “'Postpartum' depression is not just something that strikes in the weeks and months immediately following childbirth. It can last for years and grow worse with time.”Expanding our collective understanding of how long postpartum depression can persist is important largely because of screening.
8 Down-Ballot Races To Watch If Democrats Win Really Big
HuffPost has identified eight races to watch if 2020 turns out to not only be a successful year for Democrats, but a blowout. Then O’Rourke lost the area by just a percentage point in his 2018 Senate race. It’s a race Democrats see as a possibility — especially in a big election year. Josh Hicks is taking over Amy McGrath’s mission to kick Republican Rep. Andy Barr out of Congress. Wallace, like most Democrats running in moderate suburban districts, has been focusing on health care, saying she will focus on lowering prescription costs and expanding COVID-19 testing if elected.
Union-linked group spending big to target swing states on Facebook
She said she had targeted most of her Facebook spending in six battleground states because that was the best tactic to get politicians’ attention. “They were a major spender,” said Laura Edelson, a researcher with the Ad Observatory , a Facebook political ad transparency project housed at NYU’s Tandon School of Engineering. When asked for comment on WorkMoney’s activities, Facebook said it had taken steps to make political ads more transparent. M+R told POLITICO it had been hired to manage WorkMoney’s Facebook page. “I’m pretty aggrieved by both sides,” she said when asked about her group’s political affiliations.
MLB To Investigate Justin Turner For Intentionally Exposing Team To Coronavirus
Major League Baseball said Wednesday it has opened an investigation into Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner after he willfully exposed numerous others to the coronavirus Tuesday night, including his teammates. Turner was pulled from the team lineup during the eighth inning of Tuesday night’s World Series-winning game after testing positive for the virus, and was placed in isolation. Despite the positive test, Turner later returned to the field to celebrate the Los Angeles Dodgers’ win. Photos and video show Turner removing his mask and smiling while he’s surrounded by teammates. The league said Turner “emphatically refused to comply” when MLB security asked him to leave the field.
Hurricane Zeta Makes Landfall On Louisiana Coast
Zeta had top sustained winds of 110 (177 kph) 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 around the southeastern part of the state. Hurricane warnings stretched from Morgan City, Louisiana, to the Alabama/Mississippi state line, including Lake Pontchartrain and metropolitan New Orleans. And as the 11th named storm to make landfall in the continental U.S., Zeta will set a new record, well beyond the nine storms that hit in 1916. ___Plaisance reported from Laffite, Louisiana, and Santana from Shell Beach, Louisiana.
Fauci: Australia Has 'Done Actually Quite Well' Containing COVID-19, Unlike The U.S.
Speaking on a panel sponsored by Australia’s University of Melbourne, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Dr. Anthony Fauci said that the United States had unfortunately lagged behind Oceanic countries in containing COVID-19. “Australia is one of the countries that has done actually quite well, I believe,” Fauci said on the panel, which was titled “Conversations on COVID-19: The Global View.” “New Zealand has done well. According to the World Health Organization, as of Wednesday, Australia has a little over 27,500 coronavirus cases, while the U.S. faces over 8 million. “When you have a country like Australia, which is a gigantic island, it’s probably easier to contain in and out,” Fauci said. “Whereas in the United States, that’s not the case.
Watchdog sees massive potential loan fraud at SBA, sparking fight with agency
"SBA’s management continues to insist that its controls are robust despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary," the inspector general said in the report. "Our analysis of SBA’s Covid-19 EIDL loan and application data highlights strong indicators of ongoing fraudulent activity in the Covid-19 EIDL program." During the pandemic, the SBA has approved $192 billion of so-called EIDL loans plus $20 billion of related disaster grants. Speaking at a conference Wednesday hosted by the National Association of Government Guaranteed Lenders, Ware said he believed that SBA loan fraud is "more than normal" and it's "a bone of contention when I'm discussing this with the agency." She said the inspector general "largely failed to investigate whether the 'potentially fraudulent loans' raised more than the minimum quantum of suspicion."
Barrett sits out as Supreme Court punts on Pennsylvania ballot deadline case
That means Barrett, who was nominated by President Donald Trump and confirmed earlier this week, could still rule in the Pennsylvania case and other election-related legal fights. During her confirmation hearings earlier this month, Democrats pressed Barrett to agree to recuse herself from any election litigation that would come before the court this year, but she demurred. Her vote in the case could be pivotal, because just last week the Supreme Court deadlocked, 4-4, on the Republicans’ request for an emergency stay that would have blocked the Pennsylvania state Supreme Court’s decision allowing ballots that arrive up to three days after election day to be counted if they are postmarked by election day. No justice publicly dissented from the high court’s decision not to take up the Pennsylvania dispute in advance of next Tuesday’s election. The court noted that the secretary of the commonwealth issued guidance to local election officials earlier on Wednesday to segregate ballots received after the close of polls but before the Nov. 6 deadline, cracking the door for a potential post-election decision.
Supreme Court won't immediately consider whether PA can count ballots that arrive after Election Day
SEE NEW POSTSSupreme Court won't immediately consider whether PA can count ballots that arrive after Election Day The U.S. Supreme Court refused Wednesday to take another look, on a lightning fast track, at the issue of late arriving mail ballots in the presidential battleground state of Pennsylvania, leaving intact a lower court ruling that said the state must count ballots that arrive up to three days after the election. They lost Oct. 19 on a 4-4 vote, when the justices denied their request to put a hold on a lower court order extending the deadline. Wednesday’s vote was 5-3, with Justices Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito, and Neil Gorsuch saying the court should have taken the case immediately. The Star Tribune obtained a voicemail that Weeks left for his friend, Joey Hudson, four weeks before Weeks died last month. Larry Hogan expanded the state's mask order in July, requiring face coverings in most indoor locations and made violation of the order a misdemeanor offense.
Errin Haines: ‘The threat of voter suppression is very real, it is very present’
Errin Haines, editor-at-large at The 19th, tells Nicolle Wallace about her experience waiting in line for 4 hours to cast her ballot in Philadelphia
Eddie Glaude: Covid has intersected with ‘liberty and freedom’
Chairman of the Department of African American Studies at Princeton University Eddie Glaude discusses how he sees covid causing further divisions in the country and how he believes “liberty has become a synonym for selfishness”
Elizabeth Neumann: The ‘president is about his ego’ who ‘will have no constraints’ if he wins a second term
Former Trump staffer Elizabeth Neuman joins Nicolle Wallace to discuss former DHS chief of staff Miles Taylor revealing himself as Anonymous, the Trump official who spoke out in an NYT op-ed in 2018, and her fears of what institutional norms Trump will destroy if he wins reelection
David Rothkopf: From the beginning Trump has been involved in betraying the country
Author of ‘Traitor’ and visiting scholar at the Carnegie Endowment for Peace, David Rothkopf, highlights the ways Trump has ignored the country’s needs in order to further his own political and financial interests
Family says Walter Wallace Jr., killed by Philadelphia police, needed mental health treatment
But Wallace's family members and their lawyer are adamant that police did not have to resort to deadly force. Fitzhugh said the scenario may have turned out differently if the officers who shot Wallace had been equipped with Tasers. In addition, she said, the police department needs to improve its relationships with community mental health agencies so that officers arriving to such a call can better understand a person's mental health history and respond accordingly. Wallace's family said they want those responsible for his death to be held accountable. But whether that will happen has Wallace's father, Walter Wallace Sr., wrestling with his own mental health.
Supreme Court won't immediately consider whether Penn. can count ballots that arrive after Election Day
Under the ruling, ballots arriving as late as three days after the polls close, unless there's evidence that a ballot was mailed after Election Day. State election officials began following the ruling immediately, telling Pennsylvania voters that their ballots would be accepted if received by Nov. 6, provided they were mailed on or before Election Day. "Untold numbers of citizens have relied on that guidance," the Democrats told the Supreme Court on Monday. But the Republican Party said the state Supreme Court ruling usurped the legislature's authority to set election rules. Earlier Wednesday, state election officials ordered that the later arriving mail ballots must be kept separate while the legal issues are still in play.
Growing concerns of possible armed confrontations on Election Day
NBC News’ Cal Perry reports live from Michigan where a judge just struck down the state’s ban on open carry guns at polling places on Election Day
Justice Barrett recuses herself from Pennsylvania voting case
Newly appointed Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett recused herself from the Pennsylvania voting case. NBC News’ Pete Williams reports on the setback for Republicans and why Barrett sat out the vote.
Trump rips 'Anonymous' author Miles Taylor as a 'sleazebag'
SEE NEW POSTSTrump rips 'Anonymous' author Miles Taylor as a 'sleazebag' President Trump tore into admitted "Anonymous" author Miles Taylor at a campaign event 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." The Star Tribune obtained a voicemail that Weeks left for his friend, Joey Hudson, four weeks before Weeks died last month.
In Pennsylvania, Obama voters who switched to Trump could hold the key
They lost Oct. 19 on a 4-4 vote, when the justices denied their request to put a hold on a lower court order extending the deadline. Wednesday’s vote was 5-3, with Justices Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito, and Neil Gorsuch saying the court should have taken the case immediately. But she sat this one out, taking no part in the consideration or disposition of the motion. The Star Tribune obtained a voicemail that Weeks left for his friend, Joey Hudson, four weeks before Weeks died last month. Larry Hogan expanded the state's mask order in July, requiring face coverings in most indoor locations and made violation of the order a misdemeanor offense.
Tracking Viral Misinformation Ahead of the 2020 Election
I chatted with Ms. Goldberg about her article, The Babylon Bee’s habit of skirting the line between misinformation and satire, and how it capitalizes on its audience’s confusion. So, Emma, you wrote about The Babylon Bee, a satirical news site I’ve been fascinated by for a long time. I’m wondering the extent to which being a satire site — which makes them exempt from Facebook’s fact-checking program — has allowed them to traffic in misinformation under the guise of comedy. Do you get the sense that The Bee cares who wins the election, from the standpoint of comedic potential? They also see a lot of humor opportunity in the Biden camp, especially playing off the “Sleepy Joe” motif.
Women Lead Nationwide Strike in Poland Over Abortion Law
Many of the protesters carried signs bearing anti-government slogans and umbrellas, which became the symbol of protests in 2016 against efforts to ban abortion. The decision, which cannot be appealed, halted pregnancy terminations for fetal abnormalities, virtually the only type of abortion currently performed in the country. Pregnancies resulting from rape and those threatening the life of women are still formally legal. And, for the first time, public anger is also being directed at the Catholic church. Poland remains a deeply religious country and scenes of activists interrupting church services on Sunday
Modern Love Podcast: Devoted but Doomed
“You have cow eyes,” he wrote. “I know that sounds like a bad thing but have you ever looked into a cow’s eyes? But he knew he had to tell this “charismatic acquaintance,” for what they had was flirtatious and unstoppable; it was, as Malcolm put it, physics. She was originally from India, and her parents forbade her from dating anyone who was not Indian. They dated anyway — quietly, both knowing that each day of sweetness together was drawing them closer toward the last.
The Utah Jazz will have a new owner for the first time in 35 years
While the Jazz did not disclose the sale price, ESPN.com reported the deal for the Jazz and its home arena to be worth $1.66 billion. That number falls short of the $2 billion sale of the Los Angeles Clippers in 2014 and the $2.2 billion sale of the Houston Rockets in 2017, but both of those franchises operate in significantly bigger markets. The Jazz said the sale agreement should be approved by the NBA’s Board of Governors by the end of the year. Her goal, she said, was to ensure the Jazz would remain Utah. The 40-year-old Smith is a lifelong Utah resident and a longtime Jazz fan.
PM Update: Rain begins tonight and flooding is a risk on Thursday as Zeta’s remnants pass by
Through Tonight: Rain develops tonight. Tomorrow (Thursday): Rain is likely through the day. There could be a wild few hours as the former core of Zeta passes to our south during the afternoon. Winds should be in the 10 to 20 mph range out of the northeast, with gusts in the 20 to 30 mph range. Rainy: If Washington picks up at least two inches of rain tomorrow, it would be the fifth day this year to do so in the city.
To win, Trump needs to win states where he hasn’t led polling averages in months
States where Trump has consistently led have an average of 6.9 electoral votes. States where Biden’s consistently led average 12 electoral votes. In the states where Trump has consistently led, Biden’s average peak is 43 percent, 7.2 points lower than Trump’s average low. In states where Biden has consistently led, Trump’s average peak is 44 percent, 5.2 points lower than Biden’s average low. Right now, Trump leads in two of the other four states but, luckily for him, they’re the two states with the most electoral votes.
Cecilia Chiang, grand dame of Chinese cooking in America, dies at 100
ADThe Mandarin’s menus ventured well beyond the cornstarch-coated stir-fry dishes that many Americans understood as Chinese food. An agent told her the other tenants were concerned about the “sanitation standards” of a Chinese restaurant. Survivors include their two children, May Ongbhaibulya and Philip Chiang; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. While Mrs. Chiang had spent decades delivering high-end, authentic Chinese cuisine to American diners, her son had another clientele in mind. In 1993, Philip Chiang and restaurateur Paul Fleming opened in Scottsdale, Ariz., their first P.F.
Readying for war: Inside an armed right-wing group in Utah
Readying for war: Inside an armed right-wing group in UtahThe Utah Citizens' Alarm is a self-styled militia that formed in response to protests for racial justice this spring. The group’s leaders claim they are trying to protect their community, but experts warn they are part of a worrying trend of Americans taking the law into their own hands.
MLB investigating after Justin Turner ‘refused to comply’ with officials during celebration
When MLB Security raised the matter of being on the field with Turner, he emphatically refused to comply.”In its statement, MLB added that everyone in L.A.’s traveling party was given nasal swab tests. ADADThe sport was mere hours away from a satisfying conclusion to a fraught season when Turner was pulled. That doesn’t sit right with me.”But only minutes later, Turner had returned to the field, initially wearing a mask. ADThere was some irony in the fact it was Turner and the Dodgers at the center of baseball’s coronavirus controversy. They were one of only nine teams to have no players test positive during the 60-game regular season.
Hurricane Zeta live updates: Storm strengthens as it nears landfall in Louisiana
Hurricane Zeta is rapidly intensifying as it nears the Louisiana coastline. In fact, Zeta is just 1 mph shy of major hurricane status. The continental United States has never been hit by a major hurricane this late in the season. That would indicate Zeta is near or at major hurricane status. Human-caused climate change makes rapid intensification more likely to occur.
A Black family battled covid-19 at the same time as Trump. It devastated them.
But instead of a suite at Walter Reed, the 46-year-old Black teacher self-isolated in the basement of her family’s home. “I hate to tell you this,” she said, “but your mom passed away.”'Be strong'Carol Coates and her mother, Dale, could hardly have been closer. Larry Hogan (R) had shut down much of the state on March 12 — the same day Trump insisted the pandemic was “going to go away,” a claim he has made dozens of times. Carol told Konlande she had the virus but kept teaching, even as she coughed and sniffled through class. Carlton told her to put on a mask and gloves, and then watched on FaceTime as his daughter descended into the basement and looked into Carol’s bedroom.
Coronavirus live updates: U.S. averages more than 70,000 new cases a day, shattering records
Data show a resurgence of the pandemic across the country, despite President Trump’s repeated claims to the contrary, Adm. Brett Giroir, the White House’s coronavirus testing czar, said Wednesday. In a tweet Monday, Trump blamed the rise in novel coronavirus infections on increased testing. “It’s not just a function of testing,” Giroir said on NBC’s “Today” show. “Yes, we’re getting more cases identified, but the cases are actually going up. Vice President Pence’s chief of staff and four of his other aides and advisers recently tested positive for the virus.
Opinion | Explosive early voting is already transforming our politics
With campaigns and parties aggressively prodding them to send in ballots early, that’s happening everywhere. But in-person early voting is also surging, with over 20 million Americans already doing it. ADWhy is the surge in early voting leading to such high levels of engagement from low-propensity voters? Democratic operatives say the higher numbers of early voters is freeing up resources that can be more focused on targeting a smaller remaining pool of sporadic voters. In this case, all the early voting might in some cases be producing its own self-reinforcing peer pressure, as CNN’s Dana Bash and Bridget Nolan illustrated in a recent report on young people voting early.
Why California’s Proposition 16 is at risk of failing at the ballot box - The Washington Post
Then, the state Senate met amid fears of covid-19 and mustered the votes to place the repeal amendment — called Proposition 16 — on the November ballot. Amazingly, Proposition 16 — which simply allows affirmative action to be used in public hiring, contracting and admissions — is in danger of failing. ADEven so, most political observers agree that things are looking bleak for Proposition 16. That’s why we must all understand that Proposition 16 is about much more than racial categorization. ADCome Nov. 3, those of us who think change is long overdue can only hope that more California voters than the current polling indicates decide they agree.
Opinion | Election Day will feel different this year. Having the right expectations means rejecting Trump’s lies.
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Opinion | How the idiocy of Trump and Jared Kushner let the pandemic loose
They minimized the pandemic and undermined efforts to contain it because they thought doing so would be a political gold mine. But Trump and Kushner thought they were being so shrewd and so clever. So even now, after all that has happened, the White House is uninterested in actually stopping the pandemic. ADThese taped conversations happened because the president told Kushner to speak to Woodward. It would have gone as follows: This pandemic could be terrible (we know Trump knew this, from previously released conversations with Woodward).
Opinion | We have to destroy the Republican Party in order to save it
Many Republicans I know began by holding their noses and voting for Trump because of judges and taxes and their hatred of Hillary Clinton. ADADThe party has even become infected by the lunatic QAnon cult, whose followers believe Trump’s opponents are blood-drinking, Satan-worshipping pedophiles. ADADRepublicans flatter Trump the way Trump flatters Kim Jong Un. It doesn’t need an extremist party that undermines democracy, caters to White grievances, and rejects science and reason. The only way Republicans will come to their senses is if they see that the path they are on leads to electoral oblivion.
Elizabeth Warren: 'Disney won't answer my questions' on layoffs and executive pay
New York (CNN Business) Senator Elizabeth Warren slammed Disney earlier this month over layoffs and other decisions that she says prioritized shareholders over employees. Now Disney has responded — and Warren is not satisfied with the company's reply. Last month Disney said it was laying off 28,000 people in the US as the pandemic decimated its parks and resorts business. Warren responded in a statement on Wednesday: "Disney won't answer my questions because it has no good answers. The company said it was simply unfeasible to keep paying workers yet had no explanation for how it was feasible to restore senior executive pay."
Ford returns to profitability as it blows past estimates
New York (CNN Business) Ford returned to profitability in a big way Wednesday, as strong demand for its trucks led to a much larger profit than Wall Street was forecasting. The company earned $2.6 billion excluding special items, nearly double the $1.4 billion it earned on that basis a year earlier. And it was far above the $932 million profit that analysts had forecast for the quarter. Ford's net loss excluding items stood at $2.3 billion for the first six months of 2020. But automotive revenue at the company still managed to increase 2% to $37 billion, due to strong pricing for the vehicles it did sell.
If Trump really wants to help suburban moms, he'd help get them back to work
In an appeal to suburban women at a rally Tuesday night, President Trump claimed, "We're getting your husbands back to work." Here's the thing: Many married couples -- especially those with children -- cannot thrive on just one income. This is even more true for Black and Latina women," said Lorraine Hariton, president and CEO of Catalyst, a nonprofit research group focused on helping build workplaces that work for women. So of course while married women want their husbands to have jobs, they're also very interested in having paying work themselves. Of married women with very young children, 62% did.
Stock market news today: Dow sinks as Covid-19 cases soar
Stocks sell off sharply on fears that Covid-19 infections are spiraling out of control again and government leaders could have no choice but to enact another wave of lockdowns. Source: CNNBusiness
Identity of anonymous Trump admin. official revealed
The identity of the anonymous Trump administration official, who wrote an op-ed and book critical of President Donald Trump, has been revealed to be Miles Taylor. Taylor is the former chief of staff to former Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen.
Hear new audio from Kushner on Trump's Covid-19 response
President Donald Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner spoke to Bob Woodward about Trump's approach with the Republican party and in dealing with the coronavirus pandemic.
Why this historically red state might go blue in 2020
Arizona has voted for a Republican presidential candidate since 1952, with the exception of President Bill Clinton in 1996. Arizona voters explain why 2020 may be the year the state turns from red to blue.
Are outdoor dining bubbles safe? Here's what experts want you to know
Outdoor dining has become increasingly common during the coronavirus pandemic — but experts are warning that some structures designed to keep diners warm and cozy in chillier weather aren't very safe. "I think it's a very similar problem to indoor dining," said Dr. Colleen Kraft, associate chief medical officer at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia. As it gets colder, it will be necessary for restaurants to try to keep diners warm if they want to continue outdoor dining. Most states in the country do currently allow for indoor dining, though some areas are limiting indoor dining again due to an increase in hospitalizations and coronavirus cases. I would be comfortable eating outside with space heaters and blankets."
Negotiate rent: Renegotiate your rent with this 3-step plan
Rental concessions, discounts or perks like free parking or rent, are almost twice as common as they were in February, according to Zillow. You can’t really negotiate your expenses down if you don’t know what they should be — so find out. Most likely your landlord would rather have a smaller rent payment from you than no rent payment at all, so bring it up stat. You can also ask for some of those rental concessions, like a month’s rent free or another perk. “If you’re a responsible and good-standing tenant, they’re going to want to preserve you as a tenant,” Riefflin said.
Dietitians share their top picks for stocking your pantry this fall
Here are the six healthy staple items that registered dietitians say you should keep on hand. They also tend to be even less expensive, come in bulk, and in Siegel’s opinion, they taste much better than canned beans, though she added that Eden Foods makes unsalted canned beans that she likes. “But, having variety with legume pastas means extra protein, so you don’t need to worry about adding a protein source to the meal. Albacore contains nearly three times as much mercury as skipjack tuna, which is what’s used in most “chunk light” canned tuna, she said. Dairy milk is a good source of protein, but counting on plant-based milks as a source of protein can be tricky.
Entertainment workers protest as Merkel announces German coronavirus lockdown
“It is very clear we must act, and now,” said German Chancellor Angela Merkel, as she laid out plans for a temporary national lockdown in November.
EU negotiators near deal to unlock €1.8T budget and rescue package
"It looks like we’re going to get a deal [on the budget package] this week or next week, but more likely this week," said German MEP Monika Hohlmeier, chair of the Parliament’s Budgetary Control Committee. "If the Council moves on top-ups we can do it," said one member of the European Parliament. "The European Commission made [on Tuesday] very positive proposals in line with demands of the European Parliament," said a third MEP. If a deal between negotiators is reached on the long-term budget, it would still require a plenary vote in the European Parliament and then final approval from the Council. “It will not be possible anymore to have the recovery fund in place by 1st of January," said one senior EU diplomat last week.
Discord over next global trade chief threatens to blow up WTO
The next global trade chief was supposed to save the World Trade Organization. Instead, the fractious race to appoint a WTO director general has itself now delivered a further blow to an organization on life support. She was presented as the consensus candidate to WTO members after a long process of consultations with all members in Geneva. The decision stunned many in Washington's trade community, even after four years of the U.S. administration's disruptive trade policies. If such a consensus cannot be reached, the WTO could theoretically shift to a vote, which would overrule Washington's veto.
Senior French MEP goes on hunger strike to protest EU budget deal
A senior French MEP has gone on hunger strike to demand the EU introduce a tax on financial markets and to protest against budget plans that downgraded programs on health, research and climate change. But the European Parliament is unhappy with several aspects of the deal, notably the lack of a strong mechanism to punish rule of law breaches by national capitals and cuts to some programs. AdvertisementMEPs also want a definitive timetable for the introduction of a financial transaction tax — something the European Commission first proposed in 2011. EU capitals have consistently resisted the introduction of such EU-wide revenue raising mechanisms to keep direct control over taxation. The MEP also warned that a financial transaction tax would help countries avoid a tough recession in 2024 because “the landing will be brutal.”“Those countries who say 'no' to the [financial transaction tax] — it means they prefer to help traders and tax voters,” he added.
This 19-Year-Old Pop Artist Is Ready To Educate Fans On Trans Issues Through Music
Singer-songwriter Flowerkid says his new single, “miss andry,” was born out of adolescent torment. But in a year defined by political strife and a pandemic, he’s hopeful listeners will find healing in the track. Like those earlier songs, “miss andry” showcases a wise-beyond-his-years artist willing to delve deep. Having come out as transgender two years ago, Flowerkid said the moody track reflects his complex emotions about cisgender men and internal distrust of masculinity that developed as he was growing up in Sydney, Australia. Watch the video for “miss andry” above.
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.
The Push To Allow Guns At Polling Places Is Straightforward Voter Intimidation
What do we do?”The use of guns as a means of political intimidation isn’t theoretical in Michigan. The risk of voter intimidation is heightened by President Donald Trump’s repeated encouragement that his supporters partake in the effort. In Iowa, also a swing state, election officials are bracing for gun-related voter intimidation as a result of a new state law prohibiting bans on firearms in city or government buildings unless an armed security guard is present. As a result of the new law, there will be more polling places in the state where it is legal for people to bring their guns to vote. Not all of the efforts to get guns at the polls are statewide or attracting media attention.
S&P 500 sinks 3.5% as surging virus cases lead to shutdowns
”I did not expect this level of volatility or this degree of a sell-off.”The S&P 500 lost 119.65 points to 3,271.03. The selling was widespread, and 96% of stocks in the S&P 500 fell. The VIX measures how much volatility investors expect from the S&P 500, and it climbed 20.8% Wednesday. Microsoft, the second-biggest company in the S&P 500, reported stronger profit and revenue for its latest quarter than expected. Analysts say that suggests good news on profits has already been built into stock prices and that the market’s focus is elsewhere.
Ratcliffe went off script with Iran remarks, officials say
The seven-minute briefing, during which the officials didn’t take any questions, was hastily arranged and rushed, officials said, to avoid conflicting with a rally Trump was scheduled to give that night. The unusual announcement prompted days of leaks and counterleaks over whether Iran or Russia represented the greater election threat, and set off a fresh round of criticism from Democratic lawmakers. He also scaled back election security briefings to lawmakers over the summer because of leaks, prompting outrage from Democrats. The attribution was aided by a series of clumsy mistakes the hackers made, Krebs told reporters in a separate briefing last week. “Literally no one is disputing the 100 percent factual accuracy of the DNI’s remarks,” said Amanda Schoch, the assistant DNI for strategic communications.
Nickelodeon’s 'Kids Pick The President' Poll Gets Spammed By Pro-Trump Bots
Even Nickelodeon’s attempt to engage future voters in a mock presidential election couldn’t escape the shadow of real-world politics this year. The TV network unveiled the results of its seven-day online “Kids Pick the President” poll late Tuesday, showing Democratic nominee Joe Biden as the winner with 53% of the vote to President Donald Trump’s 47%. The results were aired in a “Nick News: Kids Pick the President” special that allowed young viewers to speak out on topics such as racial inequality and climate change. Organizers discovered on Oct. 21, just one day after the poll had launched, that users on online forums had discussed cheating on various threads, according to a news release on Nickelodeon’s website. The Viacom-owned kids network then employed a “voter certification tool” that identified and removed more than 130,000 bot-generated votes, ensuring only votes that were placed individually counted toward the final tally.
MLB rips Justin Turner for celebrating with Dodgers teammates after positive coronavirus test
Major League Baseball chastised Los Angeles Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner on Wednesday for breaking isolation and celebrating a World Series title with his teammates after he tested positive for the coronavirus. The positive test and Turner's on-field celebration apparently delayed the travel plans of both the Dodgers and the Rays, MLB said. It wasn't clear whether anyone in the traveling party had tested positive. The Dodgers, Turner's agent and a representative for the players union couldn't be immediately reached for comment Wednesday. Statistically, the more time you spend around someone who's positive, the greater the likelihood or the risk is that you yourself will test positive.
'Anonymous' no more: Former DHS official Miles Taylor reveals he is writer of scathing Trump op-ed
But my reasoning was straightforward, and I stand by it," Taylor wrote. I worked with DHS officials while I was in the White House, and even I had to research who Miles Taylor was. With that said, a former DISGRUNTLED EMPLOYEE named Miles Taylor, who I do not know (never heard of him), said he left & is on the open arms Fake News circuit. Taylor wrote on Wednesday that he was stepping forward now in hopes of inspiring others. While I hope a few more Trump officials will quickly find their consciences, your words are now more important than theirs.
Two tight congressional races with Latina Democratic incumbents draw national attention
It's part of the group's efforts to boost Latina candidates, including their #FirstLatinas program, aimed at recruiting female Hispanic candidates. New Mexico–02In New Mexico’s second district, first-termer Torres Small is being challenged by Republican Yvette Herrell. In 2018, Torres Small was among 42 Democrats who helped the party win the House. Torres Small, 35, a water rights lawyer whose grandparents were farm workers from Mexico, beat Herrell by less than 2 percentage points in 2018. Torres Small is casting herself as a moderate Democrat who will work with the Republicans.
Pot candidate upends tight U.S. House race even after his death
The Star Tribune obtained a voicemail that Weeks left for his friend, Joey Hudson, four weeks before Weeks died last month. “Running fake candidates to trick people out of their votes is a new low and shows how desperate Minnesota Republicans are,” Evans said. “The efforts of the marijuana legalization parties has been hijacked by Republican operatives seeking to game the system,” they said. Craig first ran for the seat in 2016, losing to a Republican by two points with a third-party candidate drawing nearly 8%. Two years later, without a third-party candidate, Craig beat the same Republican by 5 points in a rematch.
Face masks required in all Texas polling locations, federal judge rules
SEE NEW POSTSFace masks required in all Texas polling locations, federal judge rules A federal court judge in San Antonio, Texas, mandated face masks at all state polling locations for all voters, poll workers and poll watchers. U.S. District Court Judge Jason Pulliam struck down Texas Gov. Abbott’s order that exempted polling locations from a statewide mask mandate Tuesday night. Larry Hogan expanded the state's mask order in July, requiring face coverings in most indoor locations and made violation of the order a misdemeanor offense. Trump stopped overnight in the state where he stayed at his Trump International Hotel before going to Arizona for two rallies.
Asian Americans more likely to use absentee ballots — and be rejected in Calif.
Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders are the country’s fastest-growing voter bloc, but the group has long faced cultural and systemic hurdles to civic participation. The AAPI electorate faces myriad challenges to absentee voting, including language barriers, cultural differences and confusing election laws, said Daniel Jeon, a voting rights attorney at the nonprofit Asian Americans Advancing Justice (AAAJ). Elsewhere, returned or rejected ballots have discouraged Asian American voters, Jeon said. As the pandemic kept people indoors, advocates say, requests for absentee ballots have soared. In Minnesota, home to the country’s largest Hmong diaspora, the Asian American Organizing Project has been educating younger constituents about absentee voting through youth-centered multimedia campaigns.
Former DHS official Miles Taylor reveals he is writer of scathing Trump op-ed
SEE NEW POSTSFormer DHS official Miles Taylor reveals he is writer of scathing Trump op-ed Miles Taylor, the former Department of Homeland Security chief of staff who stepped forward in August to blast President Trump's leadership, said Wednesday he's "Anonymous," the senior administration official who wrote a scathing op-ed and book about the Trump White House. Abbott’s order that exempted polling locations from a statewide mask mandate Tuesday night. Larry Hogan expanded the state's mask order in July, requiring face coverings in most indoor locations and made violation of the order a misdemeanor offense. “We are watching it very closely,” Trump said of the protests in Philadelphia where there has been looting and injuries. Trump stopped overnight in the state where he stayed at his Trump International Hotel before going to Arizona for two rallies.
Harris takes aim at Trump's handling of Covid-19: 'It didn't have to be this bad'
The Star Tribune obtained a voicemail that Weeks left for his friend, Joey Hudson, four weeks before Weeks died last month. Share this -Face masks required in all Texas polling locations, federal judge rules A federal court judge in San Antonio, Texas, mandated face masks at all state polling locations for all voters, poll workers and poll watchers. Abbott’s order that exempted polling locations from a statewide mask mandate Tuesday night. Larry Hogan expanded the state's mask order in July, requiring face coverings in most indoor locations and made violation of the order a misdemeanor offense. Trump stopped overnight in the state where he stayed at his Trump International Hotel before going to Arizona for two rallies.
Pot candidate upends Minnesota U.S. House race even after his death
SEE NEW POSTSPot candidate upends Minnesota U.S. House race even after his death MINNEAPOLIS — Adam Weeks was never going to win Minnesota’s 2nd District seat in Congress, but the deceased Legal Marijuana Now Party candidate has had an outsized effect on the race. His death in September from an apparent accidental fentanyl overdose set off a legal battle over whether the contest should be delayed until February. The Star Tribune obtained a voicemail that Weeks left for his friend, Joey Hudson, four weeks before Weeks died last month. Larry Hogan expanded the state's mask order in July, requiring face coverings in most indoor locations and made violation of the order a misdemeanor offense. Trump stopped overnight in the state where he stayed at his Trump International Hotel before going to Arizona for two rallies.
People Are Still Having Sex. So Why Are S.T.D. Rates Dropping?
In the greater St. Louis area, only about 11 of 128 testing sites remained fully open this spring and summer, and in one health care system, testing dropped by 45 percent. “Surveillance is the backbone of public health. Those who work with teenagers said that many clinics that distribute free condoms have closed. Dr. Joy Friedman directs adolescent medical services at the Einstein Medical Center, in a low-income neighborhood in Philadelphia. And now, she said, “they need to know that testing won’t be available.”
Win or Lose, It’s Donald Trump’s Republican Party
But for all the attention paid to what Trump represents in American politics, the most salient feature of his ascent within the Republican Party might be what he doesn’t represent. In the space of one term, the president has co-opted virtually every power center in the Republican Party, from its congressional caucuses to its state parties, its think tanks to its political action committees. During Trump’s presidency, his party has become host to new species of fringe figures. Republican voters are essentially the same people who voted Republican before Trump; the party’s politicians are still mostly the same people, hiring mostly the same strategists. “It’s the party’s party,” Reince Priebus, the Republican National Committee chairman, nevertheless repeatedly insisted through the summer of 2016.
Biden’s Limited Campaign Schedule: Wise Tactic or Misguided Gamble?
Yet in-person campaigning plainly also poses risks — to the candidate, to his staff, to his supporters and to his campaign message that he is the responsible candidate when it comes to confronting the pandemic. Mr. Trump has mocked mask-wearing and scorned social distancing, even though he was hospitalized with the virus this month. “We already saw the president, by being careless, got sick,” Mr. Axelrod said. “We would love to see him, have him go to as many parts of the country as he can. But for all of their precautions, the issue has hit close to home for the Biden-Harris campaign, too.
In Rural Virginia, a Militia Tries to Recruit a New Ally: The County Government
“Virginia is not the Virginia it used to be,” lamented John Sharp, a supervisor in Bedford County, which passed a militia resolution in May. “Biden’s coming for us; there will be a war,” said Paul Cangialosi, who works with the Virginia Militia Alliance, created after last year’s election to organize armed groups across the state. We’re too divided.”Gun control, anti-coronavirus lockdowns, talk of a vaccine mandate: Mr. Sharp described it all as if it were an imposition by a remote colonial power. “Neither in Florida nor in Virginia do counties have the power to do this,” Mr. Pitcavage said. “The power to organize the militia is firmly divided between the federal government and state governments.”
Kim Kardashian dragged for boasting about lavish island birthday party: ‘Read the room’
But in 2020, it seems, we can still rely on the Kardashian clan to unite us in collective rage. That tweet in particular spawned a meme that took over Twitter for much of Tuesday, as users collectively derided Kardashian for showing off her wealth. Online, many pasted her words beside a range of disaster scenarios and island trips from across many eras and spheres of pop culture. “I haven’t seen my grandma in months because she could die.”In the U.K., where new restrictions have recently kicked in, a third social media user noted, “We’re not even allowed to meet one friend in a cafe. Others, meanwhile, pointed out one person in her photos whose presence suggested the possible health risks associated with the island gathering.
What’s missing from pandemic-era travel? Plenty.
Like other travel businesses, hotels have adapted to the crisis in ways both welcome and unwelcome. AD“Some hotels have canceled daily housekeeping or turnover services,” says Juan Fernandez, a partner at Elli Travel Group, a boutique luxury travel agency. ADAnd if hotel rooms seem to have less in them, it’s not your imagination. ADAlso among the missing are some travel features that, frankly, needed to disappear. Not to mention the smiles lost behind face masks.”Michael Brein, a Bainbridge Island, Wash., psychologist who specializes in travel issues, agrees.
Maryland man arrested for trying to vote without a mask has sued, saying rights were violated
ADMaryland residents are required under the governor’s coronavirus executive order to wear face masks at all public places, which would include the polls. Swain argues that there is no state law that bars him from voting without a mask. Virginia registrars, following directions from the state electoral board, are encouraging all voters to wear masks at the polls, but not requiring it. If a voter refuses to wear a mask, they are offered the option of voting curbside. The poll workers let them vote indoors, and tried to space them far away from other voters when there is room in the polling place.
Hurricane Zeta live updates: Storm strengthens as it nears landfall in Louisiana
The danger of a direct hit to New Orleans had increased significantly early Wednesday afternoon. It’s becoming likely that the Big Easy will bear the brunt of Zeta’s Category 2 eyewall. Only three Category 2 hurricanes on record have made landfall in the Lower 48 this late in the season. The National Weather Service office in New Orleans warns that mobile homes will be “severely damaged” and some roads will be “impassible due to debris.”Widespread power outages and communications outages are also likely, the Weather Service wrote. During the height of the storm there will be significant danger on the Interstate 10 and Pontchartrain Drive bridges connecting New Orleans to Slidell.
New polling shows how the pandemic is hobbling Trump’s reelection chances
On Tuesday, we pointed out that Trump’s final push toward reelection increasingly hinged on his supporters putting themselves at risk. We polled two states, Michigan and Wisconsin, and found that Democratic nominee Joe Biden leads in both. In Wisconsin, respondents were 20 points more likely to say they trusted Biden more than Trump on handling the pandemic. It may instead be the case in some states that the pandemic is ensuring he’s not doing any better. Trump has repeatedly complained that he was on track for an easy reelection before the pandemic hit.
Merkel says Germany has lost control of coronavirus as country goes into lockdown
“If the tempo of infections stays the same, we will reach the capacity of our healthcare system within weeks,” she said. ADAD“We no longer have control of the spread of the virus,” Merkel said. While Germany has greater ICU capacity than most countries in Europe and fewer daily cases than France, Spain and Britain, infections have been growing exponentially. ADThe closures were a “very hard decision,” Health Minister Jens Spahn, who himself came down with coronavirus last week, told German radio. In France, Macron is also expected to announce a new national lockdown of four weeks, according to French media.
Afghan man arrested in 2008 kidnapping of American journalist David Rohde
If convicted, he could face life in prison. ADADRohde, now an editor with the New Yorker magazine, made a daring escape from the compound along with another of the hostages, Afghan journalist Tahir Ludin. Two other suspects, Akhund Zada and Timor Shah, are named in the indictment in addition to Najibullah. Authorities say the suspects forced Rohde and the other captives to make videos in which they begged for help. In one video, Rohde pleaded for his life while one of the suspects aimed a machine gun at his face, officials said.
The World Series champion Dodgers don't deserve an asterisk
This Dodgers title, clinched Tuesday with a 3-1 win over Tampa Bay in Game 6 of the World Series, will now be scrutinized and weighed. The first Dodger title in 32 years should carry exactly as much heft — and as capably bear the examination of time — as any World Series won by their predecessors. ADIn a worst-possible example, almost too grim to contemplate, what if the (29-31) Houston Cheating Astros had beaten the Dodgers? As a great team should, the Dodgers swept the Brewers in the kind of made-for-a-fluke-upset best-of-three series — against a sub-.500 team — that no best-in-MLB team should ever again have to play. Finally, burdened by memories of previous chokes over the past decade, Los Angeles had to digest the most embarrassing walk-off defeat in World Series history.
Tech company monopolies are ruining capitalism. Biden should fix it. - The Washington Post
Economic power is more concentrated today than at any point in the past century. ADAmericans have long tried to prevent a concentration of economic power; if we are to restore democracy, we must also renew the fight against monopoly. No industry has benefited more from lack of regulation than tech, and no industry has been more effective at using economic power to undermine democracy. ADJoe Biden has stated that if he wins the presidency, his top priority will be to restore democracy. If elected, Biden will have a mandate to restore democracy and capitalism.
Opinion | No more BS? I certainly hope so.
To snag a “No More BS” sign, you’ll have to check out the U.S. Patriot Flags website instead. Patriot, patriot, patriot. Obviously, President Trump lies. He just picks them out, or makes them up, to suit his purpose.”Yet the BS presidency has been about far more than rhetoric. This, all of it, is BS, which may explain for the massive turnout most experts now foresee for Election Day.
Election 2020 live updates: Biden accuses Trump of recklessness on the pandemic; Trump to stump in Arizona
Trump on Wednesday said he hopes the country’s courts won’t allow for the counting of ballots after Election Day — his most direct criticism to date of what has been standard practice in U.S. elections. “States want to avoid the chaos and suspicions of impropriety that can ensue if thousands of absentee ballots flow in after election day and potentially flip the results of an election,” Kavanaugh wrote. “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. They are the results of the election.”The two senators noted that more than 20 states require that ballots postmarked by Election Day must be counted even if they are received after Election Day.
FBI Agents Association calls on Trump, Biden to retain Wray as bureau’s director
“Director Wray is an asset to the Bureau and a trusted leader of Agents in the field,” O’Hare wrote. Director Wray operates independently from partisan activities, and his nomination and acceptance of the position were predicated on that fact. ADTrump nominated Wray to succeed Comey, and he was sworn into the position in August 2017. But particularly in recent months, Trump soured on the director. In a recent Fox News interview, Trump said his attorney general should appoint a special prosecutor to investigate the Bidens.
Opinion | Jared Kushner, Peggy Noonan and White problems with Black ambition
Harris is a Black woman born to immigrant parents in Oakland, Calif. In 2016, she became only the second Black woman ever elected to the U.S. Senate. And now she is the first Black woman to be on a major-party presidential ticket. By the way, Noonan’s sneering at Harris isn’t the first time she has looked down her nose at a Black elected official. The stereotypical notions of Black Americans as shiftless, too ambitious or not serious enough remain.
Opinion | Time is up for the racist know-nothingism of the GOP
The Republican Party could have met those challenges in one of several ways. Without white supremacy and right-wing media supporting each other, the runt Republican Party would have been vulnerable. In a real sense, the Republican Party came apart at the seams in the Trump years. ADADThe obscure conspiracy theories from Trump and the right-wing media now only provoke eye-rolling. It’s the Republican Party and its media handmaidens who are fake.
Matt Bai: What is Trump’s case for reelection? - The Washington Post
Then there is the second question, about handling crises. That leaves us the third criterion, which is what kind of plan the president is offering for a second term. So here we have Trump’s case for reelection, whether or not you think he’s a good role model for your kids:He promised us chaos and isolationism, and we got it. Asked to provide a blueprint for a second term, he deflects and rambles, as if even the thought of governing for another day bores him too much to contemplate. ADTrump may or may not be morally fit to serve a second term.
Opinion: Forget bias, the real danger is Big Tech's overwhelming control over speech
Instead, Democrats fault the tech platforms for failing to adequately moderate content to stop the spread of disinformation , harmful content, extremism and voter manipulation. First, the platforms' business models — originally designed to manipulate and addict — are the very reason that disinformation goes viral in the first place. Second, whether the tech platforms are making fair, unbiased moderation decisions about what content reaches millions of people is the wrong question to ask. Leaving it up to the platforms to self-regulate is not a solution: The platforms' business models are too profitable for the corporations to give them up voluntarily. Starting today, we must dismantle the platforms' business models that are tearing apart America — and countries around the globe.
NFL Announces 90 Percent of Active Players Are Registered to Vote in Election
Tyler Kaufman/Associated PressThe NFL announced Wednesday that 90 percent of its players have registered to vote after a leaguewide effort to increase voter turnout. The league previously announced all club facilities will be closed on Election Day to allow players and team employees the opportunity to cast their ballots. In addition to internal efforts, the NFL has encouraged fans to register to vote in November's presidential election and placed "Vote" signage on the field during the 2020 season. "We're launching NFL Votes to inspire everyone in the NFL family—including our fans—to participate in the civic process by getting registered to vote and ultimately exercising their right to vote," NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said in August. Most major sports leagues have placed an increased emphasis on urging fans and players to vote, with next week's presidential election considered one of the more hotly contested in history.
Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg set to testify about fighting disinformation
Social media CEOs, including Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, will be on Capitol Hill Wednesday to announce controversial new measures they say will fight the spread of disinformation on their sites ahead of Election Day. NBC business and tech correspondent Jo Ling Kent reports for TODAY.
Germany and France announce new lockdowns as coronavirus cases spike in Europe
Both Germany and France announced new nationwide lockdowns on Wednesday as Europe enters a deadly new phase in the coronavirus pandemic. Merkel said, "We must act, and now, to avoid an acute national health emergency." With over 520 deaths recorded Tuesday, Macron said that a new nationwide lockdown would be the only possible way to successfully fight COVID-19. “(France has been) overpowered by a second wave,” Macron said in a national televised address Wednesday. "We are deep in the second wave," European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen told reporters in Brussels.
Breonna Taylor Grand Jurors: Officers Deserved More Charges
(LOUISVILLE, Ky.) — A Kentucky man who served on the Breonna Taylor grand jury said he felt police actions on the night of her death were “criminal” but grand jurors were not given the chance to explore charges related to her shooting death by officers. Two grand jurors, one a white man and the other an African American man, have spoken out about the grand jury proceedings through statements but have remained anonymous. 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. “There was several more charges that could’ve gone forward on all of those officers, or at least the three shooters,” grand juror #2 said. Two other officers who fired their guns during the raid were not charged by the grand jury.
Von der Leyen: EU countries must step up against coronavirus
Von der Leyen issued her sober assessment a day before EU heads of state and government meet by videoconference to discuss their pandemic coordination efforts. Von der Leyen implored national leaders to prepare vaccination plans, even though clinical trials have yet to yield an approved vaccine. "It will be a different Christmas," von der Leyen said. In addition to urging better government action, von der Leyen and Piot said individual citizens also must do more. AdvertisementVon der Leyen noted that in addition to fighting the virus, governments were also battling fatigue and frustration among citizens.
Opinion | Is President Donald Trump a Flight Risk?
Judging from the array of personality traits gleaned from these and numerous other experiences, and correlating them to his current circumstances, to me Trump appears to be a classic flight risk. Setting aside for the moment his conduct as president, Trump faces a financial and legal reckoning of immense proportions as soon as he leaves office. The true nature of his extraordinary personal financial debt—recently reported as $421 million—will be exposed, and his likely foreign creditors revealed. Even the most casual observer knows that Donald Trump is heavily invested in his self-image as a successful businessman and wheeler-dealer. Hunkered down in a foreign country willing to provide sanctuary, he could conceivably style himself a “president in exile” and incite his die-hard American followers to resist the election results.
Marquette poll shows Biden up 5 in Wisconsin
Joe Biden leads President Donald Trump by 5 percentage points in Wisconsin, the latest survey to show the Democratic challenger leading — albeit by less than other recent polls in the state. Roughly 48 percent of likely voters said they preferred Biden, compared with 43 percent who backed Trump, according to a Marquette Law School poll released Wednesday. Libertarian candidate Jo Jorgensen registered 2 percent of those surveyed and 8 percent of respondents expressed no preference. Marquette queried 749 likely Wisconsin voters from Oct. 21 to 25, and the poll had a margin of error of plus or minus 4.4 percentage points. Marquette’s prior poll found Biden leading Trump by the same 5-point margin — 46 percent to 41 percent.
Barack Obama To Appear On LeBron James' Show; NBA Star Calls It 'An Honor'
Barack Obama will appear on an upcoming episode of LeBron James’ HBO show “The Shop: Uninterrupted. The four-time NBA champion called the former president’s appearance “an honor.”James, who received his fourth finals MVP award after the Los Angeles Lakers won the 2020 NBA championship earlier this month, tweeted about Obama’s appearance on Tuesday while encouraging his followers to vote in the upcoming presidential election. “My President giving us the perspective and motivation we need right now,” James tweeted about the show. !”Obama also tweeted about his appearance and shared a message about voting:“In Miami this weekend, I dropped by The Shop to talk with @KingJames and @MavCarter about the NBA bubble, the racial justice movement, and what’s at stake over these next seven days,” he wrote. He added, “Do not give up your power.”
How Unpredictable Could This Election Be? Five Lessons From the Florida Recount
We encountered the office-opening story while making “Fiasco,” a podcast documentary about the 2000 election. The 2000 election, and the Florida recount in particular, offered a storyline with an infinite number of turning points. What does the 2000 recount have to tell us about 2020? Whether or not Katherine Harris’ office would be open on Sunday, November 26, was far from the only thing that decided the 2000 election. In 2000, Florida state law set a seven-day deadline for counties to finalize their vote tallies after Election Day and submit them to the secretary of state.
Jennifer Garner On How 'Sweet' Matthew McConaughey Kept Her From Quitting Acting
Jennifer Garner was on the brink of leaving acting behind for good until Matthew McConaughey convinced her otherwise. I just can’t do this anymore.’” “Sweet Matthew McConaughey pulled me aside and said, ‘What is going on with you?’” she continued, while holding back tears. McConaughey proceeded to tell the crew that Garner needed a minute, allowing her to go to the bathroom. “You can do it.”Eric Charbonneau/Invision/AP Jennifer Garner and Matthew McConaughey seen at the 28th Annual American Cinematheque Awards honoring the actor in 2014. Earlier this month, the “Greenlights” author revealed why he’s never dated any of the many women he’s starred alongside.
2 Democratic senators sick of doom-scrolling are using Twitter to raise millions
To any objective observer, their efforts have been successful, raising nearly $4 million for Democratic Senate campaigns since April with virtually no organization. Their Twitter fundraising pushes read like pep talks intertwined with innocuous anecdotes. The confirmation of Ginsburg’s replacement, Justice Amy Coney Barrett, only accelerated Democrats’ fundraising drive, though Republican campaigns got a boost, too. But Republicans openly acknowledge the organic efforts undertaken by Murphy and Schatz haven't been replicated on their side. “What we do is not what the institutional Democratic Party does,” Schatz said.
Ex-DHS official Miles Taylor reveals himself as Anonymous, who wrote critically of Trump
Miles Taylor has come forward and revealed himself to be Anonymous, the mysterious Washington official who has claimed to be working within the administration to restrain Trump’s impulses for the good of the country. “Donald Trump is a man without character,” tweeted Taylor, the former chief of staff at the Department of Homeland Security in the Trump administration. “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 time for everyone to step out of the shadows.”
Scott opens wallet for Trump in Florida
Joe Biden may not even be aware of it, but Kamala Harris is,” Scott says in the new Florida ad, subtly raising the Republican criticism that Biden is a clueless “Trojan horse” for the left. Scott then goes on to mention “Medicare for all,” a position that Biden doesn’t support but Harris did at one point. Throughout, Scott spent historic sums of his own money — about $150 million — most of it on TV ads that blanked Florida’s 10 media markets. He also spent at least $1 million more on TV ads while serving as governor to influence lawmakers to adopt his agenda at times. With both Trump and Biden coming Thursday to Florida, state political insiders are already speculating about the dynamics of the 2022 election cycle.
'The Walking Dead' Daryl And Carol Spinoff Had An Unexpected Change
Daryl had no idea “The Walking Dead” was going to die. Talking on “EW Live” on Sirius XM recently, actor Norman Reedus discussed the origins of his and co-star Melissa McBride’s upcoming Daryl and Carol “Walking Dead” spinoff. Years later, Reedus got the call that they’d be doing the show, though there was also one unexpected surprise to come: The announcement that “The Walking Dead” would end. The good news for Reedus is that “The Walking Dead” isn’t ending for two years still, airing new episodes through 2022. As Carol said on the most recent episode of “The Walking Dead,” “We still have things to do here.”
Trump Guts Protections For Alaska Forest That His Hero Theodore Roosevelt Established
The Trump administration on Wednesday moved to open Alaska’s Tongass National Forest — the world’s largest intact temperate rainforest — to logging and other development, obliterating protections for a national forest that President Theodore Roosevelt established more than a century ago. “He has done more for the American Outdoorsmen than any President since Roosevelt,” the president’s son Donald Trump Jr. wrote in a recent Twitter post. Roosevelt established Tongass as a protected national forest in 1907, and later expanded it to its current 16.7 million acre footprint. In 2001, President Bill Clinton signed into law the so-called “roadless rule,” which prohibited building roads and harvesting timber on 58.5 million acres of national forest lands, including more than 9 million acres of Tongass. In its final rule, the government states that the change will result in a “modest difference in potential environmental consequences.”
'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 they were part of a secret “resistance” inside President Donald Trump’s administration. In a statement accompanying the announcement, Taylor observed that “Trump sees personal criticism as subversive,” adding, “I take a different view.”“We do not owe the President our silence,” he said. 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. “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.
Trump Sticks To Re-Election Rally Strategy As COVID Ravages U.S.
Biden holds a comfortable lead in national polls, which also show a public increasingly dismayed by Trump’s handling of the largest public health crisis in U.S. living memory. The Trump campaign said the problems were due to the unexpectedly large crowds. “Stay home, Wisconsin.”‘SUPER-SPREADER EVENTS’Epidemiologists say rallies posed grave public health risks during the pandemic because people shout and chant, aiding the spread of the virus. Minnesota public health officials have attributed three COVID-19 outbreaks and more than 20 cases to Trump rallies held in the state in September, according to media reports. The Trump campaign is taking all necessary precautions at the event in Wisconsin, campaign spokesman Hogan Gidley told CNN.
Trump Campaign Takes Biden's Pope Francis Quote Out Of Context In Deceptive Video
The Trump campaign took a speech in which Joe Biden quoted Pope Francis on Tuesday and deceptively edited the footage to make it seem as if the Democratic nominee was mentally unfit to be president. Biden had given the speech at a rally in Warm Springs, Georgia. In what may have been a veiled jab at the president, Biden went on to argue that these “charlatans” increased division in the United States to benefit themselves, and then quoted Pope Francis. “In a recent encyclical, Pope Francis warns us against this phony populism, that appeals to ‘the basest and most selfish instincts.’ He goes on to say, ‘Politics is something more noble than posturing, marketing, and media spin. What is my real aim?’ Pope Francis asked questions that anyone who seeks to lead this great nation should be able to answer.
Businesses near the White House board up ahead of Election Day
SEE NEW POSTSBusinesses near the White House board up ahead of Election Day Workers add protective wood boards to the windows of a Wells Fargo bank, a CVS store and the McPherson Building on Wednesday as they prepare for possible demonstrations following next week's presidential election. Republicans are asking the Supreme Court to declare that order unconstitutional. The Supreme Court is scheduled to hear oral arguments on Nov. 10 in a case challenging the health care law. While Biden leads amongst those who have already voted, Trump is still expected to win the election day vote. The state’s other Senate seat will be decided by special election, where again Democrats are holding a lead with candidate Raphael Warnock.
Maryland man arrested after allegedly refusing to wear mask at polling place, sheriff says
A Maryland man is facing charges after refusing to wear a mask at an early voting site after election workers and law enforcement asked him to put a mask on or leave, authorities said. Daniel Swain, 52, was charged Monday with violation of the Governor’s orders and trespassing charge after refusing to leave a voting site or comply with the location’s mask policy, the Harford County Sheriff’s Office said in a Facebook post. Deputies were told that the Harford County Board of Elections had a designated area for voters who were unable or unwilling to wear a mask, but that Swain and another man allegedly refused to vote in that area. Swain allegedly told officers that the request that he wear a mask was “unconstitutional,” according to a police report obtained by The Baltimore Sun. The Harford County Board of Elections said in a statement Tuesday that it has made every effort to afford each eligible voter their right to cast a ballot.
Bed Bath & Beyond to scale back coupons in bid to boost profits
Soon, you might not be seeing as many Bed Bath & Beyond coupons showing up in your mailbox. But in a bid to boost profits and be more competitive on pricing with competitors, the company is planning to scale that back. Bed Bath & Beyond said it has studied 405 million shoppers’ baskets and 285,000 items, and found that 40 percent of its promotions were deemed “ineffective” and unnecessary. “Financially, this is a necessary move as coupons erode margins,” said Neil Saunders, managing director of GlobalData Retail. The shift is part of Bed Bath & Beyond’s broader turnaround strategy to boost sales and profits in the coming years.
Top Trump health official warns of 'draconian measures' if America doesn't mask up
The Trump administration’s Covid-19 testing czar warned Wednesday that local governments may be forced to impose “draconian measures” if Americans don’t start taking safety precautions seriously and the coronavirus crisis worsens. Covid-19 cases are spreading so fast in Philadelphia that the city’s contact tracing program has been unable to track them all, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported. “Covid, covid, covid, covid, covid, covid cases,” Trump fumed Tuesday before a tightly packed, mostly mask-less crowd Tuesday in Michigan. “He doesn't understand that in order to fix the economy, first you have to control the virus," Trumka said on MSBNC. Fauci said that when it comes to masks, the White House doesn’t practice what it preaches.
USDA issued billions in subsidies this year. Black farmers are still waiting for their share.
Black farmers say this level of aid has passed them by, not just in 2020, but also historically. Even though a majority of farmers voted for Trump, Boyd said "I didn't, and I won't, and I don't think many other Black farmers will." After other farmers stepped forth with similar stories, Boyd founded the National Black Farmers Association in 1995. Two years later, he and 400 other Black farmers sued the USDA in the landmark lawsuit Pigford v. Glickman, which alleged that USDA officials ignored Black farmers' complaints and denied them loans and other support because of rampant discrimination. He said he and his staff tried to work as fast as possible to process old claims by Black farmers.
Trump returns to law and order attacks on Biden following Philadelphia unrest
SEE NEW POSTSTrump returns to law and order attacks on Biden following Philadelphia unrest President Donald Trump responded to the unrest in Philadelphia following a police-involved shooting there Monday by blaming Democratic officials in the state. “We are watching it very closely,” Trump said of the protests in Philadelphia where there has been looting and injuries. Trump stopped overnight in the state where he stayed at his Trump International Hotel before going to Arizona for two rallies. Republicans are asking the Supreme Court to declare that order unconstitutional. The Supreme Court is scheduled to hear oral arguments on Nov. 10 in a case challenging the health care law.
Billy Joe Shaver, singer-songwriter and hero of 'outlaw' country, dies at 81
Country music singer-songwriter Billy Joe Shaver, whom Willie Nelson once called "the greatest living songwriter," died Wednesday at the age of 81. In 2004, a documentary about Shaver, "A Portrait of Billy Joe," was released. Bob Dylan referenced him in a latter-day lyric, singing "I'm listening to Billy Joe Shaver and I'm reading James Joyce" in the 2009 song "I Feel a Change Comin' On." Billy Joe talked the way a modern cowboy would speak, if he stepped out of the West and lived today. Shaver was inducted into the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame in 2006.
U.S. charges Afghan man with kidnapping former New York Times reporter
U.S. prosecutors charged a man they say was the commander of kidnappers who held David Rohde, then a reporter for The New York Times and now with The New Yorker, for more than seven months in 2008-09, and the man will appear in a Manhattan court Wednesday afternoon. Rohde and two others — an Afghan reporter and their driver — were kidnapped outside Kabul in November 2008. The grand jury indictment says Najibullah recorded videos of Rohde begging for help while pointing the barrel of a machine gun at his face. Rohde eventually escaped in June 2009 by climbing over the wall of the compound where he was held in Pakistan. He managed to get to a Pakistani military outpost and was flown to the U.S. military base in Bagram, Afghanistan.
Whatever happened to Trump's 'Opening Up America Again' task force?
Some executives only became aware that they were part of the task force a few hours before receiving a request to join a phone conference with the White House. Less than 24 hours after that call — and without the knowledge of some key participants — the White House released a set of guidelines for easing lockdown restrictions. The fast burn of the reopening task force marked the beginning of Trump’s varied approach to public health policy. “The most important economic policy is a public health policy to suppress the virus,” Stock said. — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 27, 2020White House deputy press secretary Judd Deere said the Opening Up America Again industry group is "an ongoing dialogue."
Trump faces cash crunch in battleground ad spending
Larry Hogan expanded the state's mask order in July, requiring face coverings in most indoor locations and made violation of the order a misdemeanor offense. “We are watching it very closely,” Trump said of the protests in Philadelphia where there has been looting and injuries. Trump stopped overnight in the state where he stayed at his Trump International Hotel before going to Arizona for two rallies. Republicans are asking the Supreme Court to declare that order unconstitutional. The Supreme Court is scheduled to hear oral arguments on Nov. 10 in a case challenging the health care law.
The Supreme Court will not protect our voting rights. Here's who actually might.
The Supreme Court’s decision Monday night in the case involving Wisconsin’s election drives home the importance of these down ballot races, especially those for state legislative seats. This Supreme Court will not, and it has become far less likely to permit the lower federal courts to do so, either. Democrats petitioned the Supreme Court to hear the case. This Supreme Court will not, and it has become far less likely to permit the lower federal courts to do so, either. Since the 1965 Voting Rights Act was enacted, the federal courts have extended protection to many previously disenfranchised voters.
What Happened to Those Couples Who Quarantined Together?
It started with a yoga class, a stroll through a secondhand bookstore in Berkeley, Calif., and a rapidly accelerating pandemic. “A couple weeks into it, we kind of looked up and were like, ‘We’re living together?’” said Ms. Keating, 34. Today, the couple shares a one-bedroom in Oakland, Calif., with Ms. Keating’s dog and a newly adopted kitten. “It was a big decision, and in some ways, the big decisions are easy decisions,” said Mr. Lucas, also 34. (Mr. Lucas and Ms. Keating recently purchased an engagement ring.)
Looking Back on Baseball’s Silent Season
“I’m glad for this little window we had, a sense of normalcy and being able to see some baseball games,” his father said. The regular season came and went like a meek note squeezed out of an accordion. And they may have saved Major League Baseball from a nightmare scenario. over recent years: In January, Major League Baseball concluded an investigation that found Houston guilty of a sign-stealing scheme during the 2017 season in which the team ended up winning the World Series. Rumors persisted that the Astros continued to cheat well after the 2017 season, which they have denied.
How Should Black People Sound?
Dominican actors playing Chileans — or Jamaican actors playing Kenyans — are largely on their own. “We celebrate it when white actors nail an accent,” she said. “Right now, most Latino families on TV are coached by white coaches,” Ms. de Vasco said. “On the one hand, a coach should be able to coach whatever they’re skilled at. The Netflix series “Never Have I Ever,” which Ms. Fisher created with Mindy Kaling, centers on a teenage daughter of South Asian immigrants, and has a sizable fan base in India.
The Supreme Court's Attack on Alabama Voters With Disabilities - The New York Times
Mental illness is often a factor in bringing people into contact with the criminal justice system. Of course, disability rights laws are not new, and neither are the problems they are being deployed to address. Disability rights cannot thrive without the broader democratic rights now under attack. Awareness that disability rights offers powerful tools to address voting rights, school desegregation and criminal justice reform, among other civil rights concerns, has helped accelerate the transition. As the disability and civil rights movements realize how much they have to offer each other, old divides are beginning to narrow.
Covid-19 Live Updates: Germany Announces New Restrictions as Cases Surge in Europe
ET Covid-19 Live Updates: Germany Announces New Restrictions as Cases Surge in Europe Germany will close restaurants and bars starting Monday, while France braces for tightened rules of its own. A 46 percent spike in Covid-19 patients strains the capacities of hospitals in the U.S. To expand capacity for coronavirus patients, tents were recently added in a parking lot near University Medical Center in El Paso. More than 217,000 cases have been reported in Wisconsin, where cases have surged in recent weeks, and nearly 2,000 deaths. —N.y. and N.J. roundup New Jersey’s largest city shuts down again as virus cases surge. The seven-day average of the citywide rate of positive coronavirus test results was 1.75 percent, he reported.
Biden Holds 8-Point Lead in Michigan as He Tries to Reconstruct the ‘Blue Wall’
And despite the fact that Mr. Biden is leading in most of them, he still doesn’t entirely believe it. “I get the feeling that whatever happened in 2016 is going to happen to again,” said Mr. Sepúlveda. Among white voters over all, Mr. Trump has just a one-point advantage over Mr. Biden, 47 percent to 46 percent. Mr. Biden also leads significantly with people over 65, another voting bloc that went for Mr. Trump in 2016. Forty-one percent of likely voters in Michigan said they had already voted.
As Supreme Court Weighs Election Cases, a New Life for Bush v. Gore
Even in Bush v. Gore, it commanded only three votes, those of Chief Justice Rehnquist and Justices Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas. The other members of the majority, Justices Sandra Day O’Connor and Anthony M. Kennedy, did not join the chief justice’s concurrence. On rare occasions, however, either federal statutes or the federal Constitution may require federal judicial intervention in state elections. “If there is one area where deference to legislators should not shade into acquiescence, it is election law,” she wrote. On one side of the divide were Chief Justice Roberts and the court’s three-member liberal wing.
It’s Time to Talk About Social Security. No More Waiting.
Mr. Biden proposes an expansion of the payroll tax, but only on the highest earning Americans. Under Mr. Biden’s plan, high earners would also have the tax assessed on their earnings above $400,000. “A key principle of social insurance in general — and the Social Security program in particular — is that contributions are linked to benefit calculations,” said William Arnone, chief executive office of the National Academy of Social Insurance, a nonpartisan group of social insurance experts. He would also allow certain caregivers unable to work full-time to earn Social Security credits. Mr. Biden’s plan would calculate cost-of-living adjustments using a different price index that more closely tracks the spending of older consumers, like on health care bills.
How to use almond flour in cooking and baking
Almond flour or almond meal? The two types of almond flour you are most likely to find at the grocery store are almond flour, which is finely ground blanched (peeled) almonds, and almond meal, which is finely ground whole, unpeeled, almonds. The only difference is that almond flour is pale in color and almond meal has a speckled brown tint. No nut flour, including almond flour, can replace an equal quantity of all-purpose or wheat flour. Almond flour contains no gluten, so it’s not possible, for example, to make a loaf of bread with just almond flour.
This black bean chicken is a spicy, funky bowlful of flavor
And while I’m sharing a dish that features chicken here, the theme holds up: The fermented black beans carry this Black Bean Chicken, and I’m amazed by what they can do and how easy they are to find. NOTE: To reduce the sodium in the marinade, use low-sodium soy sauce as a substitute for the light soy sauce. Heat a wok over a high heat, add 1 tablespoon of the oil, then the peppers, and stir-fry until hot and slightly cooked, but still crisp. Add the remaining oil, swirl it around, then add the marinated chicken and stir-fry to separate the pieces. Continue to stir-fry until the chicken is just cooked through and everything is sizzlingly delicious, seasoning with salt to taste.
Burger King’s latest dig at McDonald’s: Creepy clowns to haunt your dreams
This Halloween, select Burger King restaurants in Denmark and Sweden will resurrect the old horror trope while twisting the knife in the competition. A survey that indicated Americans are more afraid of clowns than terrorist attacks, or Obamacare (at least in 2016, the Year That Clowns Died). Despite the huge success of its Impossible Whopper, Burger King still ranks several notches below McDonald’s in annual revenue, and the chain clearly isn’t above mocking an underemployed clown to improve its market position. Burger King clearly understands the irony of demonizing mascots when it has one of the creepiest in the biz. And who can forget the Burger King Kong ad?
We’re all making choices in the pandemic. Many of us are lying about them.
Given that health experts emphasize keeping our distance from each other during the pandemic, Wolfe doesn’t plan to tell her mother about any of it. AD“We thought there would be relatively high rates of lying,” Evans said. We want to fit in, so we pretend our beliefs match up with those of our friends and family. She and the guy sat outside at the coffee shop, Sasha said, but ended up inside his home, maskless. In retrospect, Sasha said she thinks she hid her coffee date because she was tired of having to plan outings in advance during the pandemic.
For Halloween: a critic’s pick of macabre treats for your library
Violet Paget), author of my favorite ghost story, “Amour Dure,” I would rather read Sheridan Le Fanu than any other 19th-century writer of supernatural fiction. For an excellent one-volume overview of his work, you can’t do better than “Green Tea and Other Weird Stories,” edited by Aaron Worth. Or you might consider this bargain-priced option, “The Song of the Sun,” Drake’s collected writings superbly edited by David E. Schultz. Few writers of dark fantasy can wholly resist the siren call of Cthulhu or the occasional urge to pastiche H.P. ADADWhile the house of horror has many mansions, my own favorite subgenre is the reticent, often enigmatic “strange tale.” This is a specialty of Tartarus Press, which celebrates a major anniversary with “Strange Tales: Tartarus Press at 30,” edited by co-founder Rosalie Parker.
A toddler who hits: How to help
When a young child hits, that means there has been an explosion of frustration energy. Scolding him, similar to the timeout, will bring out shame in your young child and result in more frustration and, hence, violence. Everything you have tried falls into the category of “reaction, reaction, reaction.” Don’t get me wrong, living with preschoolers mandates that we react to them, and often. This connection could help him feel seen and heard, as well as compassionately supported, thus preventing the hitting. Also, pick up Daniel Siegel’s book “No-Drama Discipline” or my book, “Parenting Outside the Lines,” for help in understanding your young man.
Wisconsin-Nebraska football game canceled after 12 positive coronavirus tests
That caused a 36th pandemic-related college football game cancellation or postponement since early September, and a first for the Big Ten. ADADOn Wednesday morning, the school reported 12 positive tests, six among players and six among staff, including head coach Paul Chryst, who said, “I informed my staff and the team this morning and am currently isolating at home. The eight-game, conference-only schedule runs without off weeks from Oct. 24 to Dec. 12 with the Big Ten championship game planned for Dec. 19. The Big Ten already had seen another pandemic phenomenon, that of a head coach testing positive and watching a game from home. Tony Evers said, “Yesterday Wisconsin reached another concerning and tragic milestone as we surpassed 200,000 positive cases of covid-19 in our state.
LeBron James calls for a Lakers-Dodgers championship parade in L.A., with plenty of masks
James acknowledged on social media that the kind of dual celebration he envisioned was not feasible during the novel coronavirus pandemic. I know I know we can’t but DAMN I wanna celebrate with our @Lakers & @Dodgers fans!! “LA is the city of CHAMPIONS”ADIn another tweet, he added, “PARADE PARADE PARADE!!! Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said late Tuesday that he hoped for be some sort of celebration at some point. “I definitely intend to have the opportunity for Angelenos to celebrate the Lakers and, on their own day, the Dodgers,” he told the Los Angeles Times.
Justin Turner's World Series celebration was a frustrating end to baseball's season
ADAD“He’s part of the team,” Dodgers right fielder Mookie Betts said of Turner’s inclusion in the photo. The protocols worked: For nearly two months, no player tested positive. The restaurants in nearby Fort Worth, where I stayed, are open and, over the weekend, were packed, even indoors. ADADBut the frustration with people not wearing masks or mingling closely — or both — is that their personal choice impacts others. “I totally understand the question,” Andrew Friedman, the Dodgers’ president of baseball operations, said early Wednesday morning, when asked about the celebration.
100 years ago: An election, a virus and a cry from disillusioned youths
“Torn nerves craved the anodynes of speed, excitement, and passion,” the historian Frederick Lewis Allen wrote of the period. “And the motions — they are such as may not be described … in a family newspaper.”AD“Our music is distinctly barbaric,” Carter wrote. In 1922, Fitzgerald, 26 — “the amazing young Fitzgerald,” Carter called him — published “Tales of the Jazz Age,” a collection of short stories. “There is radio music in the air, every night, everywhere,” a San Francisco newspaper reported. Soon, radio had penetrated “every third home in the country … and tenement-house roofs [were] covered with forests of antennae,” Allen wrote.
D.C. region hits 11-week high in coronavirus infections, but avoids spikes seen elsewhere
Health officials have said contact tracing data shows much of the spread is originating from small social and family gatherings. Larry Hogan (R) said state health officials are monitoring increases in hospitalizations and the coronavirus test positivity rate, which has risen to nearly 3.4 percent statewide and is above 5 percent in three jurisdictions. Regional health officials Wednesday announced a new tool to help local governments share information about coronavirus contact tracing data. The Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments said the platform would help contract tracers reach residents of D.C., Virginia, Maryland and West Virginia who are exposed to the coronavirus across state and city lines. Virginia added 1,345 cases and 16 deaths, Maryland added 684 cases and seven deaths, and D.C. added 67 cases and no deaths.
These artists point to social upheaval — and one simple solution
Maury developed deadly contact mines (then known as torpedoes) that cost the Union Navy dearly. Now, many decades later, an otherworldly armada has arrived at a former school in Northern Virginia that once bore Maury’s name. ADAD“Passage,” the site-specific installation by Andrews-Barry, is one of three outdoor artworks on view that point to urgent movements in social justice. Then comes a third project, by the conceptual artist Jenny Holzer, with a brisk assessment of the state of affairs. Here she’s condensed the many calamities that America faces into a single catchall category — and offered a two-word solution.
Hong Kong activists turned away in bid for refuge at U.S. Consulate, advocacy group says
So on Tuesday, Chung and four other Hong Kong activists sought to reach the U.S. Consulate in hopes of speeding up the process, according to the London-based advocacy group Friends of Hong Kong and local media reports. The scenes underscored the desperation of Hong Kong protesters and activists in the city, who fear political persecution and unfair trials. It also raises questions about why the U.S. Consulate in Hong Kong would have turned away an American citizen appealing for help. Friends of Hong Kong, which describes itself as defending “rights, freedom and democracy” in Hong Kong, said Chung contacted the group in October, wishing to petition the U.S. government for asylum. There is no indication that the U.S. Consulate in Hong Kong was processing asylum requests or that it plans to offer protection for Hong Kong activists.
U.S. arrests five alleged Chinese agents, accusing them of targeting dissidents
Assistant Attorney General John C. Demers said Fox Hunt sometimes targeted individuals who might have violated financial laws and were legitimate targets of law enforcement investigations. But many other targets, he said, were political rivals, dissidents or critics of the Chinese government. Four of those said to be Chinese government operatives were identified as Zhu Yong, Hongru Jin, Rong Jing and Zheng Congying. Court papers say the surveillance and harassment of Chinese American targets stretched from 2016 to 2019. Last month, the Justice Department charged five Chinese nationals in separate global hacking schemes targeting more than 100 video game companies, universities and other victims.
Why Obama’s ‘lazy’ line about 2016 voters is irking Democrats’ left flank
The Washington Post previously reported that 4.4 million voters who backed Obama in 2012 stayed home in 2016. ADThat was clear from his remarks Tuesday to voters in Florida — a state Obama won but Clinton lost. What would happen if we got 60, 70 percent of the people voting instead of 55 percent of people voting? And it was her centrism that led many voters to vote for her Democratic primary rival, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), in the 2016 election — and again in 2020. He pointed to early voters in North Carolina surpassing 2016 numbers as proof of that.
The Finance 202: Biden's transition team juggles competing demands as liberals push Warren for Treasury
Biden's transition team has informed Democratic officials that she is in the running, the American Prospect’s David Dayen reports. In addition to Raimondo, liberals are raising objections to another reported Treasury short-lister, TIAA chief executive Roger Ferguson. Liberals have raised the stakes over the position because they remain suspicious of Biden’s commitment to their priorities. But Black Democrats argue that the Biden team will needlessly narrow the pool of eligible candidates if they exclude those with corporate experience. “The Biden team is aware they’re taking over broken systems of government, from the State Department to the CDC.
The Daily 202: Amid coronavirus, Democrats look for new ways to juice turnout among irregular voters
“Because birds of a feather flock together, it's disengaged non-activists who are most closely connected to irregular voters, not highly engaged activists. “If you go knock on doors in Milwaukee on Election Day, you'll talk to four voters per hour,” Reynolds said. “Almost all Election Day messaging in 2016, when you look at the biggest voter turnout organizations and biggest campaigns, simply told people to vote. "More Republicans are expected to vote on Nov. 3, Election Day, than Democrats, according to numerous polls. A Michigan judge halted a directive by Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson (D) banning the open carry of guns at polling locations on Election Day.
‘We all wanted to play’: Aging softball buddies defy pandemic for joy of the game
After the coronavirus pandemic hit this past spring, Thornton, whose off-field first name is John, wondered when — or if — he would play again. Like other leagues, from T-ball to the majors, the Montgomery County Senior Sports Association softball program was put on hold. “But I know they are both in a better place.”The pandemic was painful in other ways, beyond stealing precious time from Thorton and his aging softball buddies. “Take a pitch!” a Lions player yelled about the Jaguars’ pitcher. Before the game, Reuben spent several minutes wrapping his toes — all of them — with gauze and tape made by Johnson & Johnson, a company in which his family, for obvious reasons, owns stock.
Melbourne lifts one of world’s longest lockdowns after 111 days
“I’m pretty proud of what we have achieved here,” Sharon Lewin, the director of the Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity in Melbourne, told the BBC. Victoria, the state where Melbourne is located, lost an average of 1,200 jobs a day as most businesses were forced to stay closed, according to Bloomberg News. Demand for mental health services grew by 31 percent in September and October as a lockdown, which began in July and was initially supposed to last only six weeks, dragged on. Melbourne residents stuck at home this summer watched travel and part of ordinary life resume in much of Europe, while the virus surged across the United States. After stringent lockdowns in countries including Italy and Spain, Europe appeared to have largely contained its major outbreaks for a time and began reopening borders.
Coronavirus live updates: U.S. averages more than 70,000 new cases a day, shattering records
'I’m not running on the false promise of being able to end this pandemic by flipping a switch. … We will deal honestly with the American people, and we’ll never, ever, ever quit. “It’s an image that captured President Trump’s whole approach to this [coronavirus] crisis. He gets his photo op, and he gets out. He leaves everyone else to suffer the consequence of his failure to make a responsible plan.
QAnon learns to survive — and even thrive — after Silicon Valley’s crackdown
ADAD“Fortunately, mainstream social media companies are now aggressively moving to keep QAnon off their platforms,” said Rita Katz, executive director of SITE. Following enforcement actions by the major technology companies, the conspiracy theory has been sustained in large part by a robust digital marketplace for goods branded with its iconography. QAnon marketplaces bridge mainstream and fringe online platforms. “Amazon is the one helping QAnon influencers make money, and it might even be more important than Facebook,” Brennan said. A QAnon entrepreneurMeanwhile, numerous independent e-commerce sites offer merchandise related to the conspiracy theory.
Gloom settles over Europe as days darken and coronavirus surges
The reprieve of summer feels a long time ago, and Europe is entering a serious funk. ADIn Belgium, a dim autumn gray settled over the country just as it took the crown as the most-infected hotspot in Europe. ADWith Christmas markets already canceled, and restaurants and bars shuttered, there are few outlets for relief for Belgians these days. When the governor of Campania proposed a lockdown last week, blowback — and violent street protests — caused him to back away. Coronavirus restrictions have transformed Berlin, known for its 24-hour nightlife, thumping techno clubs and vibrant arts scene.
Hurricane Zeta live updates: Storm strengthens as it nears landfall in Louisiana
Zeta’s remnant circulation will interact with an approaching mid-level disturbance from the west to drop a swath of heavy downpours up the Appalachians and into the Mid-Atlantic. The same system that brought record temperatures and snow to the High Plains and Rockies and a devastating ice storm in Oklahoma is moving east and will act as a triggering mechanism for heavy rainfall. Pockets of excessive rainfall are possible in places such as Washington, Baltimore and Philadelphia. It remains uncertain exactly where the main zone of rainfall will set up. While the greatest storm dynamics are off the Washington-to-Baltimore corridor, the greatest moisture will be found to the south.
California voters revisit a fraught history on race with a referendum on the 1990s
In 1996, state voters approved Proposition 209, which amended the state Constitution to ban affirmative action in the public sphere. “Proposition 16 represents immense real-world stakes for a relatively small percentage of the population,” Schnur said. ADTwo years later, state voters approved the ban on affirmative action, a measure labeled on the ballot as the California Civil Rights Initiative. No person is more identified with the opposition to affirmative action in California than Connerly, in large part because he is Black. But since then, the presidential race has overwhelmed even local political debate, and a complex discussion about race and history central to the Proposition 16 campaign has been largely a side note.
Opinion | How California is failing vulnerable victims of systemic racism
Her mom moved her to Sacramento, but became trapped in an abusive relationship there, and Keiana fled the violence in her home. Keiana tried to take refuge with another minor, but that girl also exploited her to make money. Growing awareness about the experiences of survivors such as Cyntoia Brown-Long, Sara Kruzan, Latesha Clay and Alexis Martin has shed light on the myriad ways our systems fail child sex-trafficking survivors. In 2016, California ended the shameful practice of prosecuting child sex-trafficking victims for prostitution and created a better safety net. Keiana cannot protest the injustice of her circumstances from her prison cell at the California Institute for Women.
Jimmy Lai: In Xi's China, there is no such thing as godless communism - The Washington Post
ADXi praised the Long Marchers and held up their sacrifices as the highest standard of revolutionary glory. He was there to demand similar sacrifices today and celebrate them as virtues in his new China. A photograph accompanying the story showed him beaming with fatherly kindness as he spoke to a group of small children. ADBut if the gods of communism are false ones, the suffering they ask — and impose — is all too real. ADRecently, a Beijing-based reporter from the West said to me: China has its own culture and thousands of years of history.
Opinion | Joe Biden can’t unify the country. But he should keep saying he will.
Presidential candidates pledging to bring the country together is so common that before now it was just what we’ve come to expect. They have not served a red America or a blue America — they have served the United States of America. Where does that leave someone like Biden, who sincerely wants to bring the country together? It’s between a division we will lament but tolerate, and one so intense it rips the country apart. If Biden can give us the former and help to keep us from the latter, it will be more than enough.
Opinion | Instead of learning from South Korea’s coronavirus example, Trump is lying about it
First of all, as South Korea’s largest newspaper pointed out, the country’s military has provided only medical staff support. South Korea’s success has nothing to do with some sort of despotic Asian behavior and everything to do with sensible policies. Trump and Azar’s maligning of South Korea is just one aspect of this administration’s overall mistreatment of South Korea and mismanagement of the alliance. This dynamic is particularly tragic given that the United States is seeking South Korea’s cooperation to push back on Chinese regional aggression. South Korea’s program of aggressive testing, contact tracing and isolation is still the best way to save the most American lives today.
Opinion | Why is Trump trailing? New polling shows it’s his slide among Whites.
Meanwhile, in Michigan, White voters blame Trump more than Gov. This is particularly lopsided among college-educated Whites, but more non-college Whites also blame Trump. Just as Trump hoped to rally populist support against social distancing, he also tried to win back White voters with his race-war-mongering. But the Upshot analysis shows that also failed:ADMr. Trump tried to win over white voters with a conservative pitch on race and policing. National surveys showed that white voters overwhelmingly disapproved of the president’s handling of the protests in the aftermath of Mr. Floyd’s death, according to Times/Siena polling.
Trump to strip protections from Tongass National Forest, one of the biggest intact temperate rainforests
The area’s fisheries also have suffered because of climate change, and the global economic crisis hurt seafood prices. AD“The economy is collapsing,” he said, adding that the Trump administration’s action might allow loggers to extract timber from some relatively accessible old-growth stands. According to a Taxpayer for Common Sense analysis of the Forest Service’s accounts, the Tongass timber program has lost roughly $1.7 billion over the last 40 years. AD“We refuse to allow legitimacy upon a process that has disregarded our input at every turn,” the tribal leaders wrote. Some of these tribes had conducted clear cuts decades ago, when they gained legal control over their ancestral lands.
Teachers unions, on the rise, poised for gains if there’s a Biden administration
In Chicago, the teachers union challenged the city’s reopening plans in arbitration. Nearby, in Fairfax County, at least one teachers union says school should remain remote for the rest of the school year. Campaigning for BidenThere was no doubt both teachers unions would endorse Biden in the general election, and both are working to elect him president. Teachers unions oppose charter schools, which are typically not unionized, saying they drain students and funding from traditional schools. Rodrigues, of the National Parents Union, is annoyed that Biden appears ready to give teachers unions everything they want.
Doug Emhoff paused his career for his wife Kamala Harris’s aspirations — and became the campaign’s ‘secret weapon’
Jacoby and Emhoff had met in a Lamaze class when their first wives were pregnant, and they saw each other through divorces. (One of Harris’s staffers and a flight crew member tested positive for coronavirus earlier this month; both Harris and Emhoff have tested negative.) He had continued working as an attorney while Harris was California’s attorney general, and during her campaigns for U.S. senator and the Democratic presidential nomination. “They ask me if he really is Jewish — whatever that means,” said Jacoby, Emhoff’s former law partner. When Allen told him that she’d recently converted to Judaism, the low-key Emhoff surprised her by throwing up his hands.
Election 2020 live updates: Biden accuses Trump of recklessness on the pandemic; Trump to stump in Arizona
“States want to avoid the chaos and suspicions of impropriety that can ensue if thousands of absentee ballots flow in after election day and potentially flip the results of an election,” Kavanaugh wrote. “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. They are the results of the election.”The two senators noted that more than 20 states require that ballots postmarked by Election Day must be counted even if they are received after Election Day. The best defense against those trying to undermine our democracy is the resolve of the American people, who are voting by the millions as we speak.
Stock market slide muddles Trump’s economic message days before 2020 election
They’re not going to be worth — It’s a choice between a boom and a lockdown.”The stock market dip comes amid wider signs of potential economic headwinds at the end of the president’s first-term. White House officials frequently point out that several key sectors -- including housing; automobiles; and manufacturing -- show signs of rapid growth that could power the U.S. economic recovery. ADADJoseph LaVorgna, chief economist of the White House National Economic Council, said after Monday’s dip that the stock market decline was unremarkable and that the underlying American economy remains fundamentally strong. “I don’t think this is anything fundamentally amiss with the economy,” LaVorgna said in an interview. The stock market is still up roughly 40 percent since Trump was elected in 2016.
What to know about the election today
With that in mind, The Fix will provide daily updates on what we know about the election. The national picture: Massive early voting turnoutThe story continues to be an explosion of early voting across the country. According to the latest data from the United States Election Project, more than 73 million people have cast ballots early, which accounts for 53 percent of all 2016 votes — not 2016 early votes, mind you, but total votes. But in most of these states, early votes have already far exceeded the final 2016 early votes. Voters who are persuaded to vote early may simply be ones who would have voted on Election Day anyway.
Nine things the press should do as 2020's election season nears an end
Understand Trump and Biden's emotional appealsI revisit my highlighted copy of psychology professor Drew Westen's 2008 book "The Political Brain" during every election season. Why it's time to retire the term 'Election Day'Veteran journalist and media executive Vivian Schiller penned an important piece about this for CNN Opinion. "It's time to retire the term 'Election Day' and replace it," she wrote, "with a far more clear and more accurate term: 'the last day of voting.' Focusing on the anachronistic notion of a singular election day is a disservice to the public who are already confused by where and how to vote. This is actually math"The other day I spoke with Sally Buzbee, executive editor of The Associated Press, about vote-counting and race-calling preparations.
'Watch Dogs: Legion': A politically minded video game where you start the revolution
New York (CNN Business) "Watch Dogs: Legion" goes on sale Thursday, and promises to be one of the biggest video game releases of 2020. The game, where you can play as nearly anyone in dystopian London, could sell as many as 10 million copies, analysts predict. Ubisoft UBSFF 's "Watch Dogs" franchise has sold over 40 million copies globally, according to the company, which also makes the Assassin's Creed franchise. "Watch Dogs" could get a boost from a relatively quiet video game release schedule leading up to the debut of the new PlayStation and Xbox consoles, according to Wedbush analyst Michael Pachter. "Watch Dogs: Legion" features countless characters generated by a computer that the user can play.
Sen. Cruz to Twitter CEO: Who the hell elected you?
In a fiery exchange during a senate hearing on Big Tech, Senator Ted Cruz sparred with Twitter's CEO and co-founder Jack Dorsey about the platform's role in elections.
Wall Street is spooked, but it should have seen the fall coronavirus surge coming
New York (CNN Business) For months, Wall Street was sleepwalking towards what every health expert said would be a terrible fall and winter. And that's leading to a sell-first, ask-questions-later mentality," said Ryan Detrick, chief market strategist at LPL Financial. David Joy, chief market strategist at Ameriprise, agrees that the rising rate of infections is the primary culprit behind this week's selloff. "There is nothing surprising about this to me," said Danielle DiMartino Booth, CEO and chief strategist of Quill Intelligence. Unfortunately, the US Federal Reserve is very near that point," Bill Dudley, former NY Fed chief, wrote in a Bloomberg News opinion story Wednesday.
A deep recession should hurt Trump's reelection bid, but this isn't a usual downturn
New York (CNN Business) With less than a week until the election, it's not clear whether news from the economy and stock market will help or hurt President Donald Trump. But Wednesday's massive drop in the Dow can't be helping. CNN polling shows Biden with a sizable head-to-head nationwide lead as of October 22, and within striking distance of the 270 electoral votes needed to claim victory. But this, to put it mildly, is a strange downturn. "A lot of recessions are caused by high interest rates or the unwinding of a bubble," said Ashok Bhatia, deputy chief investment officer of fixed income with Neuberger Berman in an interview with CNN Business.
Panera adds pizza to its menu to double down on dinner
New York (CNN Business) Panera fans, rejoice! The fast casual bakery-cafe chain is adding pizza to its menu. Panera had started focusing on its dinner business, which represented more than 30% of the company's sales, and the introduction of pizza is further a move in that direction. Panera is counting on its new pizza to boost its dinner sales. Panera is counting on its new pizza to boost its dinner sales.
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Jitarth Jadeja found QAnon in 2017. The 32-year-old spent two years entrenched in the virtual cult. His biggest regret? Sharing the conspiracy theory with his father.
Covid-19 deaths aren't rising as fast in Europe and US, despite soaring new infections. That doesn't mean the virus is less deadly
Oke has been tracking Covid-19 fatality rates along with his colleague Carl Heneghan of the Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine and health economist Daniel Howdon. Their research shows that, at the end of June, the fatality rate was just below 3% in the UK. The lower death rate isn't unique to Europe. With more young people getting infected, the overall fatality rate has dropped, but this doesn't mean the virus itself has become any less deadly. This is partly down to different approaches to counting their Covid-19 cases.
Sewage testing shows a country flush with coronavirus cases
(CNN) When Rosa Inchausti and her colleagues started testing wastewater in Tempe, Arizona, it was 2018 and they were not looking for coronavirus. As daily coronavirus counts top 70,000 as measured by standard testing, sewage testing suggests things are going to get a whole lot worse. Across the country, cities and universities are testing sewage to monitor the virus. Wastewater testing doesn't recover whole virus, but instead pulls out two specific pieces of viral material called RNA. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has set up a website and is hoping state, tribal, local and territorial health departments will submit wastewater testing data for a national database.
Wisconsin vs. Nebraska Canceled After Badgers Pause Activities Due to COVID-19
A statement from Wisconsin Football said that 12 people within the football program have tested positive for COVID-19 within the past five days, including head coach Paul Chryst. The responsible thing for us to do is to pause football-related activities for at least seven days." ESPN's Adam Rittenberg reported earlier this week that Wisconsin starting quarterback Graham Metz had tested positive for COVID-19 as well. It was also reported that backup quarterback Chase Wolf tested positive for COVID-19, meaning redshirt junior Danny Vanden Boom is the top healthy quarterback on Wisconsin's roster. After testing positive for COVID-19, however, Mertz will reportedly be out a minimum of 21 days.
Ken Burns: An election that massively changed America
Ken Burns is an award-winning documentary filmmaker who has been making films for PBS for over 40 years. American history is filled with moments of change so fundamental that even in retrospect they seem remarkable. In 1928, Republican nominee Herbert Hoover was elected president in a landslide, winning 444 electoral votes for a political party that had dominated national politics for over a decade. By 1932, the Depression had devastated the country, and as the election neared the national mood was not in Hoover's favor. It is rife with evidence of the shifting alliances between states, political parties and citizens -- shifts that have typically brought about the most fundamental changes our country has seen.
Khloe Kardashian reveals she had coronavirus
(CNN) A sneak peek of "Keeping Up With the Kardashians" has confirmed that Khloe Kardashian suffered from Covid-19. "Just found out that I do have corona," the reality star says. The teaser opens before that with her sister, Kim Kardashian West, saying, "We're just anxiously awaiting the results for Khloe to see if she has it or not." "I mean, my gut tells me she does just because she's so sick," Kardashian West says. "And that really scares me for her, 'cause I can tell that she's now getting scared and that she's really nervous about it."
Will.i.am hopes 'LOVE' will drive voters to the polls
(CNN) Twelve years ago, it was Will.i.am's star-studded spoken word video "Yes We Can" that provided the soundtrack to Barack Obama's historic run for the presidency. Will.i.am's group Black Eyed Peas have teamed up with Academy Award winner Jennifer Hudson to release "The LOVE," an adaption of the band's 2003 global smash hit, "Where is the Love." allowfullscreen>In an email correspondence, CNN asked Will.i.am about his message to voters, how the collaboration with Hudson came together, and what he hopes to see for America in 2021. This is an independent artistic project of Black Eyed Peas and Jennifer Hudson. As the largest group of voters, these first-time young voters truly have the change to drive the outcome of this election.
Ted Cruz grills Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey over alleged media censorship
At a Senate Commerce Committee hearing, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-TX, questioned Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey over the company's alleged censorship of an unverified political story from the New York Post related to Democratic nominee Joe Biden.
In battleground states, Trump grapples with a surging foe: The coronavirus
LANSING, Mich. — President Donald Trump's campaign stops on Tuesday read like a rundown of some of the nation's top coronavirus hot spots. But at the campaign events themselves, and at similar rallies over the presidential race's waning days, the surging numbers haven't been the coronavirus issue on which he has appeared most focused. “Covid, covid, covid, covid, covid, covid cases — do you ever notice they use the word 'cases'? Coronavirus cases are only up because of increased testing, he said, and media coverage of the pandemic is being used to make him look bad. Now, the battleground states of Michigan, Minnesota, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin are being hit particularly hard with overwhelmed hospitals and rising death tolls in Wisconsin and Minnesota.
Von der Leyen: EU could vaccinate 700M people against coronavirus
The EU could vaccinate 700 million people with large supplies of vaccines due to begin in April, said Commission President Ursula von der Leyen today as she set out the "best-case scenario" for the bloc. This estimate would cover “more than is necessary” for the EU, and would include the bloc’s donation of vaccines to poorer countries. Speaking at the announcement of additional measures by the EU to control the virus, von der Leyen said that “big supplies are due to start in April" under the best-case scenario. AdvertisementIf all the vaccine candidates with which the EU has advance purchase deals are successful, there will be 1.2 billion doses in 2021. Von der Leyen also reiterated her message from October 15, when the Commission called for the harmonization of countries’ vaccination plans.
Erdo?an takes legal action against Charlie Hebdo over caricature
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdo?an is taking legal action against Charlie Hebdo after the French satirical magazine mocked him with a front-page cartoon on Wednesday. The caricature depicts Erdo?an in underwear, lifting the skirt of a headscarf-wearing woman to expose her naked backside, while exclaiming “Ooh! The prophet.” Both figures are shown holding what appears to be alcohol, which is seen as forbidden by most observant Muslims. AdvertisementTurkish prosecutors had already launched an investigation into the magazine for “insulting the president,” a crime under Turkish law. The row will likely add to escalating tensions between Turkey and France.
Commission backs EU-wide coronavirus testing strategy, passenger locator forms
The European Commission wants EU countries to take the same approach to coronavirus testing and use a single passenger locator form to help coordinate the bloc’s response to the virus. Recommendations published Wednesday urge national governments to test as “widely as possible,” and prioritize the same groups of people for testing — symptomatic individuals, people who’ve had contact with confirmed cases and severe local outbreaks. Wednesday's announcement also places a greater focus on rapid antigen tests, with Commission President Ursula von der Leyen saying they would play a “significant role” in the Continent's virus response, with the EU itself buying €100 million worth of rapid-result test kits. In recent weeks several airports and countries announced a roll-out of antigen testing, which is less reliable than the swab PCR test but allows for much quicker results, a factor that von der Leyen acknowledged today. Filip Cornelis, the Commission’s director for aviation, said Tuesday that air passengers won’t regain confidence in travel until countries agree and enforce a common approach on pre-flight testing.
France prepares sweeping new coronavirus restrictions
France is facing more stringent restrictions to combat the spread of the coronavirus | Kiran Ridley/Getty ImagesPARIS — The French government is set to announce coronavirus restrictions reminiscent of the lockdown imposed earlier this year, but with exceptions to try to avoid an economic catastrophe, officials said Wednesday. France has experienced a rapid increase in infections since August and reached a new peak on Sunday, with 52,000 new cases in 24 hours. France moved to a curfew regime two weeks ago, banning travel between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m in high-risk regions. As part of the new guidelines, remote working is expected to be widely encouraged, including in the public administration. Government ministers are expected to announce more details on the new measures on Thursday.
Germany approves major new restrictions to curb coronavirus
The decision came after talks between Merkel and the leaders of Germany's 16 regional states, who get to decide on the scale of restrictions in their areas. Schools and nurseries will remain open, but non-essential businesses such as gyms, cosmetic studios and tattoo parlors have to close. "The experts told us we have to reduce the number of contacts by 75 percent, that's a lot," said Merkel. AdvertisementDuring their last videoconference with Merkel on October 15, regional leaders stopped short of imposing a new lockdown but settled on limiting private gatherings to 15 people. Germany's disease control center, the Robert Koch Institute, reported 85 deaths for the 24 hours running up to Wednesday.
Iranian hackers target top diplomats and security officials
An Iranian hacker group targeted high-profile government officials by sending fraudulent invites to the upcoming Munich Security Conference, technology firm Microsoft said Wednesday. The attackers sent likely attendees of the conference fake invitations by email in an apparent effort to gather intelligence. "The emails use near-perfect English and were sent to former government officials, policy experts, academics and leaders from non-governmental organization," Microsoft's Corporate Vice President for Security Tom Burt wrote in a blogpost published Wednesday. The firm previously identified the group as one that "we believe originates from Iran and is linked to the Iranian government." The hackers also targeted potential attendees of the upcoming Think 20 (T20) Summit in Saudi Arabia, which also draws high-level security officials.
Commission calls for Frontex meeting over migrant pushback reports
The European Commission has called for an “urgent” board meeting of Frontex following reports that the border management agency had been involved in unlawful operations aimed at stopping migrants from reaching EU shores. Home Affairs Commissioner Ylva Johansson said Wednesday that she had asked, in coordination with Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, “to convene an urgent extraordinary Frontex Management Board meeting on 10 November, to discuss alleged push-back incidents in Greece and fundamental rights protection.”Frontex’s board is made up of member state representatives as well as two representatives of the Commission. AdvertisementLast week, a group of media outlets — including investigative site Bellingcat — published detailed reporting alleging Frontex involvement in so-called pushback operations at the Greek-Turkish maritime border, in which refugees and migrants are prevented from reaching EU soil or are forced out of EU waters. Such pushbacks violate international law. On Tuesday, Frontex announced it would launch an internal inquiry following the reports, but said that so far, “no documents or other materials have been found to substantiate any accusations of violations of the law or the Frontex Code of Conduct by deployed officers.”
UK depression levels ‘almost doubled’ during pandemic
Nearly one in five British adults has likely experienced some form of depression during the coronavirus lockdown, almost double the figure from a year earlier, according to new figures. One in eight adults, or 12.9 percent, developed moderate to severe symptoms while 6.2 percent continued to experience such symptoms, according to the report. AdvertisementThe ONS also found that levels of anxiety, which had been much higher in March compared to before the pandemic, began to decline as the lockdown took hold in spring. However, anxiety levels started increasing again through September and October with the beginning of the second wave. The ONS report makes a distinction between “chronic loneliness” and “lockdown loneliness,” recording no significant change in the former so far but finding that more than 30 percent of adults had been affected by “lockdown loneliness.”
AOC: ‘I don’t know if I’m really going to be staying in the House forever’
President Donald Trump has taken particular pleasure in warning that Ocasio-Cortez poses a threat to Schumer, while describing prominent Democratic leaders including presidential nominee Joe Biden as beholden to her more liberal agenda. Ocasio-Cortez is also viewed as one of the likeliest inheritors of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders’ progressive coalition if she were to run for president. The congresswoman, who endorsed Sanders in the 2020 White House race, turned 31 earlier this month and would meet the constitutional presidential age requirement of 35 by November 2024. Another possibility is Ocasio-Cortez joining a potential Biden administration in some capacity. “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.”
POLITICO Playbook PM: The right previews its attacks on a President Biden
POLITICO Playbook PM: The right previews its attacks on a President Biden Presented byTucker Carlson’s show is the living room of the modern Republican Party, and what he highlights influences elected officials. THE RIGHT HAS AMPLIFIED the story, but the mainstream press has shot down BOBULINSKI’S claims at every turn. And as he continues to highlight this story -- as he will again tonight -- elected Republican officials will be asked more and more about it by constituents, and therefore will bring this story back to the Capitol. ON THE TRAIL -- TRUMP is holding a rally in Tampa on Thursday -- where BIDEN will also be. …“Thirteen owners have contributed directly to Trump’s campaign or Trump super PACs in the 2020 election cycle, with contributions adding up to $1,746,423.
Biden, Democrats vow to rein in financial data collectors, citing breakdowns
It’s poised to be a major lobbying fight, with banks also opposed to big changes to credit reporting. The credit reporting industry is preparing for battle. Another set of concerns focus on aspects of the credit reporting system that fuel racial inequities. For Waters and Brown, the first fight may be over credit reporting during the pandemic. But Rep. Brad Sherman (D-Calif.) said consumer credit scores "can often lag behind in reflecting economic realities."
Okonjo-Iweala suggested as new WTO chief, but US vetoes
The World Trade Organization's General Council Chair David Walker said Wednesday that Nigeria's Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala had garnered the most support among WTO members to become the next global trade chief, a WTO spokesperson said. The United States said, however, it could not support the candidacy of Okonjo-Iweala and said it would continue to back the South Korean candidate Yoo Myung-hee. Walker and his colleagues have finished a long process of consultations, where each member could indicate their preference. Walker told WTO ambassadors Wednesday that Okonjo-Iweala, and not Yoo, was most likely to secure a consensus among the membership, which is needed to select the next chief of the global trade organization. WTO members must formally decide in their General Council meeting who becomes the next director general.
Matthew McConaughey Recalls Electric Reaction He Had To Seeing His Wife For The First Time
Matthew McConaughey had a very McConaughey reaction to seeing his now wife, Camila Alves McConaughey, for the first time in a club some years ago. The actor recalled their intense first encounter and “great connection” during an interview with Oprah Winfrey for Apple TV+’s “The Oprah Conversation” about his new memoir, “Greenlights.”
Biden rips Trump for stranding supporters after Omaha rally
Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden on Wednesday condemned President Donald Trump’s campaign for stranding supporters in freezing temperatures following a rally the previous evening — arguing that the episode was emblematic of the White House’s failed pandemic response. The remarks from the former vice president came during an address in his hometown of Wilmington, Del., on the day after hundreds of people who showed up for Trump’s rally Tuesday night in Omaha, Neb., were left waiting for buses to transport them from the event site at Eppley Airfield back to their cars parked several miles away. Some Trump supporters were forced to endure the frigid conditions into early Wednesday morning, and local law enforcement reported that six people were taken to local hospitals, according to The Omaha World-Herald. Trump said at the rally that 29,000 people were in the audience.
Florida man charged after altering governor’s voter registration
| Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images Florida man charged after altering governor’s voter registrationTALLAHASSEE — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis was briefly unable to vote this week because a 20-year-old Naples man altered the Republican governor’s home address in the state’s voter registration database. The state’s voter registration system wasn’t breached and is secure, she said in a written statement. Guevara acknowledged changing the governor’s voter registration because he had DeSantis’s date of birth and showed officers how he was able to change the governor’s address through the state’s voter registration portal. Florida’s online voter registration system crashed on Oct. 5, the registration deadline ahead of this year’s presidential election.
U.S. to allow 'Israel' to be added to passports of Americans born in Jerusalem
But in December 2017, Trump officially recognized Jerusalem as the Israeli capital. Last year, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said changing the policy on the passports was under consideration. The soon-to-be announced passport change is just the latest of numerous moves the Trump administration has made that favor Israel in the long-running Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Trump has cut off aid to Palestinians, shut down their offices in Washington and downplayed talk of a two-state solution. The Trump administration has proposed a peace plan for the Palestinians and Israelis, but it, too, is heavily weighted in favor of Israel’s positions.
Kushner in April touted Trump 'getting the country back from the doctors'
The interview came shortly after the Trump administration announced guidelines on reopening parts of the country, dubbed “Opening Up America Again.”“That in my mind was almost like Trump getting the country back from the doctors,” Kushner said. However, “that doesn’t mean there’s not a whole lot of pain, and won’t be pain for a while,” Trump's son-in-law added. Kushner’s comments came amid the first wave of the virus as it battered New York City and other parts of the Northeast. Since the start of the pandemic, nearly a quarter-million people have died across the country and more than 8.8 million have contracted the disease, including Trump and members of his family. “It’s Covid, Covid, Covid,” Trump said at a rally in Michigan this week.
First guilty plea expected in campaign finance case involving Giuliani associates
Giuliani has not been charged in the case and has denied any wrongdoing. Legal sources and witnesses have said that Giuliani’s interactions with the defendants have come under scrutiny by federal investigators. Giuliani did not respond to messages seeking comment on the development Wednesday. The case, being overseen by U.S. District Court Judge Paul Oetken, is currently set for a jury trial on March 1. He hasn’t been charged in the case and was left unnamed in the indictment, but his name emerged in other court filings.
Poll: Biden has 5-point edge in Georgia
The latest Monmouth Georgia poll also shows Democrats running slightly ahead of their Republican opponents in the state’s pair of Senate races. Incumbent Republican Sen. David Perdue trails Democrat Jon Ossoff by 3 percentage points among registered voters, 49-46 percent. The high likely turnout model has Ossoff leading, 49-47 percent, as does the low likely turnout model, 49-48 percent. And under the low likely turnout model, Warnock has 42 percent support, Loeffler has 22 percent, and Collins has 20 percent. The Monmouth poll was conducted Oct. 23-27, surveying 504 Georgia registered voters with a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 4.4 percentage points.
Is It Safe To Get A Massage During The COVID-19 Pandemic? Experts Weigh In.
Living through a pandemic is incredibly unnerving, so it’s only natural to crave a soothing massage to help ease the tension. But Fichtenbaum said people don’t need to entirely rule out getting a massage when both parties are taking the proper safety precautions. You’re wearing a mask in large part to protect others, like your massage therapist, from you. That’s why he thinks it’s best to play it safe and lay off the deep breaths while you’re getting your treatment. Ultimately, getting a massage or other spa treatments comes down to how comfortable you feel taking certain risks, Nanos said.
The Final Sprint: New York Congressional Races
The Final Sprint: New York Congressional RacesAfter a “Blue Wave” in the 2018 midterm elections, Republicans are seeking to regain control of the House from Democrats in Congress. In New York, more than 20 members of the state’s House delegation are running for reelection and several other seats are open. Join POLITICO for separate back-to-back conversations with the main party candidates in New York's 17th congressional district race. New York Playbook writer Anna Gronewold will (virtually) sit down with Democratic candidate Mondaire Jones and Republican candidate Maureen McArdle Schulman just days before Election Day. The conversations will cover the candidates' policy positions ranging from New York's economic recovery amid the pandemic and soaring unemployment to calls for criminal justice reform that have sparked widespread demonstrations and issues particularly relevant to senior voters, such as Medicare, prescription drug costs and nursing homes.
Khloe Kardashian Tested Positive For Coronavirus: 'That S**t Is Real'
Months before her family was dragged for taking over a private island during a global pandemic, Khloe Kardashian tested positive for coronavirus. “Just found out that I do have corona,” Kardashian says in self-recorded footage released on Wednesday. In the clip released on Wednesday, Kardashian’s family scrambles in anticipation of the news. “We’re just anxiously awaiting the results for Khloe to see if she has it or not,” Kim Kardashian explained. “We’ve shown some of the craziest real things that have happened on the show that we persevered and we’ve overcome.
Poll: Biden maintains Michigan lead
Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden has maintained his high-single-digit lead over President Donald Trump in Michigan, according to a new survey of the Midwestern swing state. A New York Times/Siena College poll released Wednesday, six days from Election Day, reports that 49 percent of Michigan likely voters prefer Biden and 41 percent favor Trump — an 8 point lead for the former vice president. The previous version of the Times/Siena Michigan poll, published earlier this month, also showed Biden with a lead of 8 percentage points among the state’s likely voters, 48-40 percent.
Gay 'Late Night' Writer Burns Amy Coney Barrett In 'Jokes Seth Can't Tell'
Seth Meyers resumed his “Jokes Seth Can’t Tell” segment on “Late Night” Tuesday, inviting show writer Amber Ruffin, who is Black, and Jenny Hagel, who is gay, to finish jokes that might be too awkward for the straight white host. Meyers noted that a new Hallmark Channel Christmas movie will feature a gay couple that hopes to adopt a child. “And the town that rises up to defeat them!” Hagel zinged. “A town’s not gonna keep gay people from adopting. Amy Coney Barrett is.”The new conservative Supreme Court justice wasn’t the only target.
School Bank Accounts Are Dwindling, As The Third Wave Of COVID-19 Takes Hold
At the end of last school year, Freeman School District Superintendent Randy Russell of eastern Washington state drew up three potential budgets for September: a best-case scenario, a doomsday scenario and one in between. Without aid in sight, school districts are looking into the financial abyss. And on Wednesday, a school district in Georgia sent all students home to learn remotely for 10 days amid an outbreak. In Washington state, districts receive about $10,000 per student, Russell said. Enfield said she is struggling to predict what budget cuts will look like at the state level, without any idea of whether federal relief will come.
U.S. Voters Worried About Violence And Their Safety At The Polls
Recently, it’s become a hot spot of angry confrontations between Trump supporters and liberal protesters. Kauffman has seen some of the Trump supporters carrying weapons. Americans aren’t accustomed to worrying about violence or safety ahead of an election. But after months filled with disease, disruption and unrest, Americans are worried that Election Day could become a flashpoint. Biden supporters were more likely to say so than Trump supporters — 72% to 61%.
Pope Foregoes Mask, Blames 'Lady Called COVID' For Social Distancing At Audience
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has blamed “this lady called COVID” for forcing him to keep his distance again from the faithful during his general audience, which was far smaller than usual amid soaring coronavirus infections in Italy. Francis again eschewed a protective mask Wednesday even when he greeted a few maskless clergymen at the end of his audience. Zampini said he hoped Francis would don a mask at least when he greeted people during the general audience. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino) Pope Francis shakes hands with Monsignor Luis Maria Rodrigo Ewart as he arrives in the Paul VI Hall at the Vatican for his weekly general audience, Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020. Francis’ audience — which in pre-pandemic times would draw thousands of people each week to St. Peter’s Square or the auditorium — featured only a few hundred people Wednesday.
Democrats Are Reclaiming Populism, And Obama-Trump Territory
But operatives in both parties also said they’ve been surprised at the ability of Biden, a career politician, to steal the mantle of populism from Trump. A New York Times/Siena College poll of Michigan found Biden barely trailing Trump among rural voters there. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio)“It was a campaign that, after [Clinton] lost to Bernie Sanders in Michigan, thought she couldn’t win white working-class and rural voters,” Greenberg said. A rising Latino population in the area has cut into Trump's 2016 leads. Democrats and Greenfield have relentlessly slammed Ernst for suggesting cuts to Social Security, for downplaying the pandemic and for purchasing a “luxury condo” in Washington.
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. And the Yellowhammer Fund, a group advocating for reproductive justice in the South, saw an influx in fundraising logging around $17,000 before the organization even sent out a statement on Barrett’s confirmation. And reproductive justice organizations know these donation dollars will have a big impact on the fight for continued safe and legal access to abortion. 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. The last two decisions on the issue were decided by one vote while Ginsburg, whom Barrett replaced, was still alive.
It's 2020 And I'm Still Being Called 'Exotic.' Here's Why It's Not A Compliment.
While this wasn’t the first time I’d been called exotic, it hadn’t occurred in enough years that I thought it wouldn’t happen again. A request for an exotic model meant they wanted someone who wasn’t white but wasn’t necessarily of any specific ethnicity. I hated being called exotic, but I never said anything about it because I didn’t want to be difficult and potentially lose work. The most challenging part of being called exotic now is that comments like these are racist microaggressions, but they are proffered as compliments. But dictionaries suggest usage of the word “exotic” should be mostly limited to plants and animals or inanimate objects.
Sarah Cooper Jokingly Calls Out Stephen Colbert For Creating Trump
Stephen Colbert ran so Donald Trump could walk ... (somewhat awkwardly down ramps). On “The Late Show” Tuesday, comedian and Trump lip-syncer Sarah Cooper joined Colbert to talk about her new Netflix special, “Everything’s Fine,” and reminisce about the first time the pair met, when Colbert was giving a talk at Google in 2012 and Cooper asked an audience question. At the time of the talk, Colbert was still performing as his ultra-conservative buffoon character on “The Colbert Report,” and a poster for the event apparently depicted him as Captain America. “I have to call you out on something,” Cooper said Tuesday, holding up the event poster. It has been very upsetting,” Colbert said.
Kylie Jenner On The 'Sad' Reason She Doesn't Show Her True Personality Anymore
“It makes me sad.”Of course, her close friends and family know who the real Kylie is. Charles said that Jenner is “so fun”: “Every time you walk in the room, it’s instant laughs. You’re always cracking jokes and nice to everybody and stuff. But I feel like from obviously being online, a lot of people don’t know like how cool you actually are.”“You saying that ? that’s a bigger compliment to me,” Jenner answered. show is ending next year), we have recently seen a few “real” Kylie moments.
Muslims in the U.S. are more politically engaged than ever, study finds
Muslim Americans are more politically engaged and registered to vote in 2020 than ever before, a report published last week says. During a debate, he said “Islam hates us.”The institute recorded a 22 percent drop in Muslim American satisfaction with the country between 2016 and 2017. Between 2017 and 2018, Muslim American satisfaction with the U.S. dropped to just 27 percent. According to the study, Muslims who identified as white were just as likely as white Americans in the general public to approve of Trump’s performance as president, while Black Muslims, Asian Muslims and Arab Muslims were shown to support the president at very low rates. “It just shows that American Muslims aren't immune to having race be a salient factor in how you view the president,” Mogahed said.
Playstation and Xbox: Which game console should you gift?
Editor's note: The new PS5 and Xbox Series X consoles are currently sold out across virtually all retailers, as we note below. After seven long years, Sony and Microsoft are releasing their new game consoles this November: The Playstation 5 and the Xbox Series X, respectively. PS5 vs PS 5 Digital vs Xbox Series X vs Xbox Series S: Which model should I gift? Once you finish the schlep and finally decide between PlayStation and Xbox, you'll have to then decide which PlayStation or Xbox to buy. The Xbox Series S is a lower-cost alternative to the Series X.
Arizona man arrested, fired from job after racist rant is caught on camera
A Scottsdale, Arizona, man was arrested and fired from his job after he was seen in a video using a racial slur while confronting two Black men. In a video posted on Abram's Instagram page, he asks a man identified as Paul Ng if there is an issue. A man identified as Paul Ng was arrested and fired from his job after he was seen in a video using a racial slur while confronting two Black men. Ng told an officer in a police interview that he likes to keep watch of his neighborhood for "suspicious individuals," according to an incident report seen by NBC News. Abram told KPNX that he posted the video of the racist incident on his social media because things like that shouldn't be tolerated anymore.
Satellite photos reportedly show construction at Iran nuclear site
A satellite image Monday shows the site cleared away with what appears to be construction equipment there. IR-8 centrifuges at Natanz nuclear power plant, some 180 miles south of capital Tehran, in 2019. Iran's Atomic Energy Organization / AFP - Getty Images fileAnalysts from the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies say they believe the site is undergoing excavation. However, Iranian officials have repeatedly said they will build a more advanced facility after a fire and explosion struck the advanced centrifuge assembly facility at the Natanz nuclear site in July. Iran maintains its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes, though Western countries fear Tehran could use it to pursue atomic weapons.
Vanessa Guillén's family talks to Estefans on 'Red Table Talk' show
Slain Fort Hood soldier Vanessa Guillén told her mother that she had been sexually harassed at the Army base before she disappeared, the mother said on Gloria Estefan's new Facebook show, “Red Table Talk: The Estefans." An Army specialist, Vanessa Guillén, 20, was last seen April 22 at Fort Hood, Texas. United States ArmyIn an interview with Gloria Estefan, Guillén’s mother, Gloria Guillén, said she had noticed her daughter behaving differently in the months before her disappearance. Vanessa Guillen's mother Gloria Guillen meets with President Donald Trump in the Oval Office on July 30, 2020. She added that Vanessa didn't want to tell her more, “because they'll hurt you,” Gloria Guillén said.
Social media CEOs get earful on bias, warning of new limits
With next week’s election looming, the CEOs of Twitter, Facebook and Google were scolded by Republicans at a Senate hearing Wednesday for alleged anti-conservative bias in the companies’ social media platforms and received a warning of coming restrictions from Congress. Republicans led by President Donald Trump have accused the social media platforms, without evidence, of deliberately suppressing conservative, religious and anti-abortion views. Critics in both parties say that immunity under Section 230 enables the social media companies to abdicate their responsibility to impartially moderate content. Social media giants are also under heavy scrutiny for their efforts to police misinformation about the election. Democrats have focused their criticism of social media mainly on hate speech, misinformation and other content that can incite violence or keep people from voting.
Con man and fake spy who once worked for DEA, DHS gets seven years in prison
From 2012 to 2016, the scheme netted him $4.4 million, according to court records. He bolstered his bona fides by convincing actual military and intelligence officials that he was working on a secret intelligence task force. Those public officials would then accompany him to presentations to companies, court records say. He then had that money disbursed to another of his clients, court records say. Court records don't say how the government began to unravel the scheme, but Courtney is the only person to have been charged.
Bob Dylan reveals he wrote 'Lay Lady Lay' for Barbra Streisand in 'lost' 1971 interview
In long-lost interviews, Bob Dylan speaks candidly about anti-Semitic prejudice and reveals he wrote the hit song "Lay Lady Lay" for Barbra Streisand to sing. A lot of people think that all Jews are like that," Dylan wrote. Glover repeated conventional wisdom that "Lay Lady Lay" was originally written for the soundtrack to the Oscar-winning drama "Midnight Cowboy" (1969), but Dylan interrupted him to reveal the true origins of the song. "Actually, it was written by Barbra Streisand," Dylan is quoted as saying. In context, Dylan appears to be saying that he wrote "Lay Lady Lay" as a tune for Streisand to sing — not necessarily as an homage to her.
Chicago sisters accused of stabbing store security guard 27 times after he asked them to wear a mask
Two sisters were charged with first-degree attempted murder on Tuesday after they allegedly stabbed a security guard 27 times after he asked the women to wear a mask and use the store-provided hand sanitizer, police say. A Chicago Police Department spokesperson told NBC News that Jessica Hill, 21, and her sister, Jayla, 18, initially got into a verbal altercation with a guard at a shoe store in Chicago after they refused to wear a mask. The late Sunday afternoon incident turned physical when one of the sisters allegedly pulled out a knife and stabbed the guard multiple times in the back, neck, and arms, police say. The Chicago stabbing is the latest on a list of violent mask disputes happening all over the country. I can’t fashion conditions that would protect the community.”Prosecutors said the sisters are expected back in court on Nov. 4.
Iran's Covid death toll may be four times the government's official tally, says top doctor
The letter also called for the government to provide for the safety of exhausted medical staff and to pay "their delayed wages." Majid Asgaripour / Wana News Agency/ReutersIran's health ministry said on Wednesday that 415 people had died from the coronavirus over the past 24 hours, bringing the death toll to 33,714. Health ministry spokeswoman Sima Sada Lari said there were 588,648 confirmed cases of COVID-19. If Gheshlaghi's assertions are accurate, that would put the death toll from the virus at roughly 101,000 to 135,000. Iran has suffered the worst coronavirus outbreak in the Middle East, with hospitals stretched to capacity and medical staff exhausted.
Why young Black students are stepping in as poll workers this election season
In 2018, roughly 58 percent of all poll workers in the country were 61 or older, according to a survey from the U.S. Election Assistance Commission. Poll workers as a group are also disproportionately white compared to the voting population at large. The demand for in-person voting has fueled concerns that polling places will not have enough workers to staff the polls by Election Day. It has also partnered with Power the Polls, a national initiative to recruit more than 250,000 new poll workers, to collect additional sign-ups from students online. Other initiatives include the Poll Workers Project and The Poll Hero Project, which is working to recruit college and high school students across the country.
Biden hammers Trump over Covid-related consequences of gutting Affordable Care Act
Share this -Obama to join Biden in Michigan on Saturday Obama will join Biden on the campaign trail at a stop in Michigan this Saturday. Saturday's event will be the first time since Biden won the nomination that the former running mates campaigned in-person together. While Biden leads amongst those who have already voted, Trump is still expected to win the election day vote. Massey voted absentee in September, eight decades after she cast her first presidential ballot — for President Franklin D. Roosevelt. In the 2018 midterms, Vote Tripling worked with 26 Democratic campaigns to get out the vote, enlisting over 18,000 volunteers.
Obama to join Biden in Michigan on Saturday
SEE NEW POSTSObama to join Biden in Michigan on Saturday Obama will join Biden on the campaign trail at a stop in Michigan this Saturday. While Biden leads amongst those who have already voted, Trump is still expected to win the election day vote. Share this -NYC-based organization helps senior citizens travel to early voting sites A NYC-based organization is working to help transport senior citizens to early voting sites in Harlem this week. "Seniors to the polls" volunteers and voters stand outside an early voting site in the Harlem neighborhood of New York on Oct. 28, 2020. His campaign announced Wednesday that he’ll appear at events on Friday in Michigan and Minnesota and in Wisconsin, where Biden will also be campaigning on that day.
FBI arrests five in U.S. accused of trying to coerce Chinese citizens to go home
The FBI arrested five people in three states Wednesday, accusing them of taking part in a campaign to "harass, stalk, and coerce" Chinese people in the U.S., including political dissidents, to return to China. Federal prosecutors said the five, plus three others in China, were part of an international operation called "Fox Hunt," described by the Chinese as an anti-corruption campaign that seeks to locate fugitives. But John Demers, assistant attorney general in charge of the Justice Department's National Security Division, said, "In many instances, the hunted are opponents of Chinese Communist Party Chairman Xi — political rivals, dissidents, and critics." The five arrested Wednesday, including a former New York City police officer working as a private detective, were accused of trying to force a New Jersey man — listed in court documents only as John Doe-1 — to return to China. They also threatened to harm his family members still living in China, the charges said.
Texas man seen in Facebook Live video apparently drinking before car crash that killed 3
The driver, Camilo Morejon, 47, was charged with three counts of intoxicated manslaughter for Sunday's fatal crash in Houston, the Harris County Sheriff's Office said. The truck's driver, Pedro Hernandez-Martinez, 45, is hospitalized in very serious condition, the sheriff's office said in a statement. The sheriff's office said that they believe Morejon was intoxicated at the time of the crash and "open alcoholic beverage containers" were found inside his vehicle. Prosecutors told NBC affiliate KPRC in Houston that moments before the crash, Morejon was seen in a Facebook Live video drinking from a beer bottle. Prosecutors said the charges against Morejon could be upgraded if the driver of the truck does not survive.
305,000 unregistered Asian American swing state voters still have time to register, study finds
Thousands of eligible Asian American voters in seven crucial swing states could define the course of the 2020 election if they utilize the same-day voter registration options available to them. The Research group New American Economy found that there were almost 305,000 currently unregistered Asian Americans living across the seven states in question. “We know that among Asian American communities that trust is a big factor in terms of getting people to do something. Connecting with North Carolina’s more than 50,000 unregistered Asian American voters could have a lasting effect on both its Senate and presidential outcomes. Although there is less than a week until Election Day, there is still time to connect with these potential voters, Lim says.
Democratic Senate candidates have ad spending advantage in nearly every competitive race
SEE NEW POSTSDemocratic Senate candidates have ad spending advantage in nearly every competitive race Democratic Senate candidates have outspent Republicans in TV and radio ad spending in nearly every competitive Senate race, according to data from Advertising Analytics. Share this -NYC-based organization helps senior citizens travel to early voting sites A NYC-based organization is working to help transport senior citizens to early voting sites in Harlem this week. "Seniors to the polls" volunteers and voters stand outside an early voting site in the Harlem neighborhood of New York on Oct. 28, 2020. Massey voted absentee in September, eight decades after she cast her first presidential ballot — for President Franklin D. Roosevelt. "I was going to vote early.
305,000 unregistered Asian American swing state voters still have time to register, study finds
SEE NEW POSTS305,000 unregistered Asian American swing state voters still have time to register, study finds Thousands of eligible Asian American voters in seven crucial swing states could define the course of the 2020 election if they utilize the same-day voter registration options available to them. The Research group New American Economy found that there were almost 305,000 currently unregistered Asian Americans living across the seven states in question. New American Economy defined the swing states with same-day registration available as Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina and Wisconsin. While Biden leads amongst those who have already voted, Trump is still expected to win the election day vote. Massey voted absentee in September, eight decades after she cast her first presidential ballot — for President Franklin D. Roosevelt.
Breaking down the latest battleground polling
Joe Biden is up by nine points in battleground Michigan, up by six points in Nevada, up four points in Iowa and up by one point in North Carolina. The Morning Joe panel discusses the numbers.
In Georgia, Democrats Target the True Silent Majority: People Who Don’t Vote
ATLANTA — Jon Ossoff may not have known it, but a possible key to victory in his Georgia Senate race had just pulled up beside him in a dingy black van. “First-time voters!” the driver yelled as two of the men, Richard Sanabria and Tony Lamar Jones, walked out. Mr. Lamar Jones, 42, looked at the media circus surrounding Mr. Ossoff and asked, “Who’s he?”His question should come as no surprise. Over 100 million eligible, voting-age Americans did not vote in 2016, more than the number who voted for either presidential candidate. In Georgia, about 60 percent of eligible voters cast a ballot in that year’s presidential race, roughly on par with the national figure of 55 percent.
‘Her voice joins ours’: These women say Chrissy Teigen’s heartfelt essay after her pregnancy loss resonates
“I cannot express how little I care that you hate the photos. How little I care that it’s something you wouldn’t have done. I lived it, I chose to do it, and more than anything, these photos aren’t for anyone but the people who have lived this or are curious enough to wonder what something like this is like,” Teigen wrote. “These photos are only for the people who need them. The thoughts of others do not matter to me.”
The Cybersecurity 202: Trump campaign site hack shows risks of even low-grade election interference
Trump Communications Director Tim Murtaugh said on Twitter that law enforcement authorities are investigating the breach. CNN’s Donie O’Sullivan:The breach also raises questions about how scrupulously the Trump campaign is managing its cybersecurity. ADThe Trump campaign didn’t respond to my questions last night about cybersecurity precautions its staff takes. A spokeswoman for the campaign previously declined to answer the same questions, saying the campaign “takes cybersecurity seriously,” but doesn’t discuss specifics about its operations. The USC Election Cybersecurity Initiative will host a final workshop on the lessons from the workshops it has hosted in 50 states leading up to the election on Wednesday at 1:30 p.m.
Section 230: The little law that defined how the Internet works
ADADThe order centered on Section 230, a law that is now more than 20 years old and that has helped define the way we all communicate on the Internet. Critics says Section 230 gives tech companies too much power over what is and is not allowed on their sites. Section 230 “was very specifically crafted to get platforms to moderate content,” she said. Section 230 allows tech companies to leave up pretty much any posts that others make. ADADSome Democrats have pushed back on how tech companies moderate hate speech or other objectionable speech on their platforms, saying the companies don’t go far enough in curbing hurtful language.
The Path Forward: Small Business
ADADFirst elected to the Senate in 2006, Senator Cardin currently serves as Ranking Member of the Small Business & Entrepreneurship Committee. A member of the Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee since arriving in the Senate, Senator Cardin was responsible for the extension of increased guarantees and reduced fees in the Small Business Administration's two largest loan programs. He consistently is urging federal agencies to take all steps possible to meet or exceed their modest small business contracting goals. Content from Principal®:The resilience of small businesses during COVID-19With social distancing, business disruptions, and remote workers juggling financial responsibilities, homeschooling and caregiving, the COVID-19 pandemic presents new challenges for small businesses. Amy Friedrich, President, U.S. Insurance Solutions, Principal®Amy Friedrich leads Principal®’s U.S. Insurance Solutions, serving 100,000 small to medium-sized employers and 3.5 million individuals.
Coronavirus live updates: U.S. averages more than 70,000 new cases a day, shattering records
A new study suggests that the coronavirus pandemic has struck Yemen harder than official figures have shown, appearing to validate concerns voiced by humanitarian groups and the World Health Organization. The WHO has similarly said a lack of adequate testing programs and insufficient data reporting may be skewing Yemen’s numbers. Using extensive satellite imagery of cemeteries in the region, civil registry records and other data, the researchers found a potential excess death toll of 2,100 there, based on estimated average deaths in other years. Almost 100,000 Yemeni children are at risk of death in the country, according to the United Nations. The world body warned this week that it has failed to secure even half of the funding needed for aid programs in Yemen amid rapidly rising acute malnutrition rates among children.
Frontier Airlines pushes ahead, with some success, despite pandemic
Since then, airlines have furloughed more than 33,000 workers, despite receiving more than $50 billion in government support. ADADAnd at a time when business travelers are largely staying home, Frontier’s focus on leisure travelers may serve it well too, said Henry Harteveldt, president of San Francisco-based Atmosphere Research. This summer, like many carriers, Frontier warned that just over 1,400 employees — nearly 30 percent of its workforce — could be at risk of furloughs without additional federal aid. During the pandemic, Biffle also has won fans among the airline’s rank-and-file workers, who have appreciated his efforts to make them feel connected during the pandemic. He used the videos to update Frontier employees on what was happening with the pandemic.
White House could have traced and contained its covid-19 outbreak. It chose not to.
The White House did not provide the requested information. ‘No confidence’When Fox called the White House Oct. 1, he only got as far as the switchboard. From celebration to contagionThe White House also does not appear to have traced contacts or taken other basic public health precautions with all the veterans’ families who were at the White House on Sept. 27. ADThere were no reports of illness from the families, who have generally given the White House event high marks. But the White House told Minnesota officials that contact tracing had been “completed” and did not provide further information.
Opinion | Lindsey Graham is ripe for a takedown. Jaime Harrison could give it to him.
Although the most recent major poll has Graham about six points ahead, the race has polled dead-even at times. Graham needs no introduction, but as he seems to mention at every opportunity, he does need money. ADADThough Harrison’s kick in the final lap took nearly everyone by surprise, Graham was ripe for a takedown. Although Harrison acquitted himself well, Graham’s 18 years of experience, political chops and institutional knowledge were difficult to ignore. He already has made a mark and a difference — and Graham should keep that humbly in mind should he win.
Tech hearing live updates: Facebook, Google, Twitter testify before Senate Commerce Committee
“Our Twitter Rules are not based on ideology or a particular set of beliefs,” Dorsey plans to say. It’s also Dorsey’s first appearance since the company began taking a harder line on misinformation about the voting process and coronavirus. Twitter is the only company appearing before the Senate Commerce Committee that is not currently under investigation for antitrust issues, as it is significantly smaller than Facebook and Google. Dorsey plans to emphasize that changes to Section 230 could have the biggest impact on smaller rivals like his company. “At Twitter, we believe privacy is a fundamental human right, not a privilege,” he is expected to say.
Dow slides nearly 700 points as rising coronavirus counts threaten fragile recovery
The S&P 500 tumbled about 2.7 percent and the Nasdaq 100 gave up 2.9 percent. The rolling seven-day average of new daily case counts in the U.S. hit a record 70,000, while coronavirus-related hospitalizations have shot up nearly 10 percent in the last week. ADADThe steep losses also coincided with a failure in Washington to advance a coronavirus aid package. The uncertainty over when the next round of coronavirus relief will pass is also complicated by the election, which may change the power dynamics in Washington. Senate Republicans have rejected provisions for a larger stimulus deal even as President Trump has publicly called for greater spending.
'The new toilet paper:' Bikes fly off shelves, overwhelming shops
Washington, DC (CNN) Eric Attayi, owner of the Urban Bicycle Gallery in Houston, Texas, has watched the pandemic transform his shop in a way most businesses can only dream of. Attayi said he'd matched his 2019 sales by the start of May. As unemployment reaches record levels and small businesses scramble to survive, bike shops have been an exception. They're thriving whether they're in car-dominated cities like Houston and Los Angeles or more traditional biking areas like Portland, Oregon, New York and Washington DC. A recent survey from the National Bicycle Dealers Association found that 83% of shops are concerned about their inventory levels.
Used masks and gloves are showing up on beaches and in oceans
New York (CNN) The pandemic has not only upended millions of lives around the world, it's now threatening the world's oceans. Pandemic-generated waste, such as discarded disposable masks , gloves and wipes are floating into waterways and oceans. As many as 62,210 PPE items, including single-use masks and gloves were collected during the annual International Coastal Cleanup event last month. "A much as 80% of plastic waste in oceans comes from land," said Chad Nelsen, CEO of the Surfrider Foundation, a California-based nonprofit focused on protecting oceans and beaches. Nelsen said the safest place for used single-use masks and gloves to end up is in landfills.
Harley-Davidson buys electric bike maker for kids
New York (CNN Business) Harley-Davidson is trying to attract a new generation of riders at a very young age. The iconic motorcycle company announced Tuesday that it was buying StaCyc, which makes two-wheel electric bikes for kids. StaCyc has two models -- the 12eDrive and 16eDrive -- that the company describes as "the perfect choice for little rippers" between the ages of 3 and 7. The bikes have a top speed of about 10 miles per hour and sell for a range of $649 to $699. Harley-Davidson HOG said in a statement that Harley-Davidson branded versions of StaCyc's two models will be available at select Harley-Davidson dealers in the United States in the third quarter of 2019.
How grocery stores are preparing for an online delivery rush as winter approaches
New York (CNN Business) In the early stages of the coronavirus pandemic in the United States, finding an open slot for grocery delivery was like winning the lottery. Companies that have online grocery businesses — those that offer curbside pickup, at-home delivery or both — hired more employees to deal with the higher demand they saw and have since kept those workers around. And though demand for grocery delivery is still elevated compared to pre-Covid times it has cooled since the pandemic first hit. Companies like Amazon, which also owns Whole Foods, will try to make it easier for customers to find open delivery slots this winter. "The barriers to online grocery got absolutely obliterated" in March, he said.
Why a Dutch bicycle company just landed $40 million from venture capitalists
Washington, DC (CNN) "VanMoof is like the Mercedes-Benz or the Tesla of electric bikes," Casey Neistat, who has 12.2 million subscribers on YouTube, said earlier this month. And now, the Dutch electric bike startup has raised a $40 million funding round from venture capitalists. (It's lower in the United States because geotags can't track down bikes on specific floors in high-rise buildings.) The company had planned to raise only $25 million, but found investor interest was greater than expected, Carlier said. The latest investment comes just four months after VanMoof raised $13.5 from venture capitalists, as VanMoof has caught on with customers and in pop culture.
CDC Thanksgiving guidelines: How to stay safe and coronavirus-free over the holiday
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently released guidance on holiday gatherings and what Americans need to be aware of before traveling, hosting or attending parties -- or just gathering with family and friends over the Thanksgiving holiday. But if Americans are going to celebrate Thanksgiving, the trick, Fauci said, is to do it as safely as possible. Moderate risk holiday activitiesIf you are going to host a Thanksgiving dinner, the CDC recommends organizing an outdoor event with family and friends from your neighborhood. High risk holiday activitiesHigh risk holiday activities include those where the probability of catching or spreading the coronavirus is greatest, the CDC said. The CDC's holiday guidelines are not meant to replace any local or state mandates on the pandemic, the agency said.
Kim Kardashian West humbly threw a party on a private island during a pandemic, and the internet isn't letting it go
Rob Picheta , CNN Written byUndeterred by an ongoing pandemic, Kim Kardashian West has revealed she threw a party for herself and dozens of friends on a private island that swapped social distancing for dancing, bike-riding and swimming with whales. 1 / 21 Kim Kardashian West in a vintage Alexander McQueen oyster gown at Vanity Fair's Oscars after-party earlier this year. Others found parallels with Kardashian West's party in the art world. It is unclear how severely the controversy will damage the political fortunes of Kardashian West's husband and Presidential candidate, Kanye West. But many questioned the logistics of her event, given that Kardashian West neglected to provide details of what her guests' "multiple health screens" consisted of.
'Colin in Black & White' finds its young Kaepernick
(CNN) Netflix has cast the actor to play a high school aged Colin Kaepernick in its limited series. "Colin in Black & White" was announced in June from the activist and former NFL player in partnership with acclaimed director Ava DuVernay. On Tuesday Kaepernick tweeted the casting news along with a split photo showing him and the actor, Jaden Michael. I never thought I would be casting a young me in a show about my life. I can't wait for the world to see @ItsJadenMichael be an all-star on @netflix #ColinInBlackAndWhite @ava pic.twitter.com/ygb4F4kgM5 — Colin Kaepernick (@Kaepernick7) October 27, 2020"I never thought I would be casting a young me in a show about my life," Kaepernick tweeted.
Hoping for a lucky break in the pandemic could cost the US economy dearly
She is a speaker and consultant on decision strategy, a former professional poker player and the co-founder of The Alliance for Decision Education. With public health at risk and the economy hobbling along, we're going to be facing some painful decisions — again. The states hardest hit by the first wave made these decisions too slowly. When it comes to painful choices, we act like losing gamblers refusing to quit, hoping for that one big hand that will get us even. We hope that luck will break our way and we can avoid ever having to make the tough choices.
What you need to know about at-home Covid-19 tests (opinion)
At Costco, the kit costs $129 for the most basic version and $139 for the fancy version that includes video instructions. Federal law mandates that private insurers, Medicare and Medicaid cover Covid-19 tests without any cost to the patient. However, for the Covid-19 test, the "home" refers only to where you collect the specimen, not where you run the test. In other words, order on Monday and get your test result at the earliest on Wednesday but as late as the weekend. The immediacy of the test result, therefore, is crucial for both personal and public health decisions.
COVID-sniffing dogs test passengers at Helsinki airport
Researchers in Finland believe they may have a strategy to get people flying again: At one airport, dogs sniff passengers for signs of the coronavirus – and it looks like they’re at least as accurate as scientific testing. NBC’s Kelly Cobiella reports for TODAY from Helsinki.
Arrests in Spain over alleged illegal financing of former Catalan president’s life in exile
Those funds were originally targeted at organizations working on international cooperation. Those arrested by the Guardia Civil on Wednesday morning on suspicion of misuse of public funds and money laundering have close links to the pro-independence ruling parties of Catalonia, Together for Catalonia and the Catalan Republican Left (ERC), according to the Catalan newspaper La Vanguardia. More arrests are expected to follow later today. The Guardia Civil is carrying out searches in homes and offices in a number of Catalan towns, including Barcelona, Gerona, Sant Quirze del Vallès, Sant Joan Despí, Vilafranca del Penedès, Cabrera de Mar, Igualada, and Montcada i Reixac. Puigdemont, now an MEP, tweeted: “They are trying the political and civilian death of the independence movement, because three years after the declaration of independence we continue to fight for a fair cause.”
UK scientists’ forecast: Second coronavirus wave more deadly than first
British scientists advising the U.K. government have forecast that the second wave of coronavirus will take more lives than the first. "It's going to be worse this time, more deaths," said one participant quoted by the report. AdvertisementSpeaking today on the BBC’s Today program, SAGE member Mark Walport stressed that the numbers given are projections, "not predictions." "That’s the critical issue.”Walport said the U.K. could look at France and Spain to see what might happen. CORRECTION: This article has been corrected to clarify Mark Walport's comparison between France and the U.K.
Biden’s space policy: One giant leap for climate change
Every year Trump's federal budget proposals have sought to cut the space agency’s Earth science programs, including attempts to cancel programs aimed at the environment. The Biden campaign declined to comment about the candidate’s space priorities, instead pointing to past statements depicting his support for the overall space program. O’Keefe also said he’s watching for John Grunsfeld, a former astronaut, to play some role in shaping Biden’s space policy. Whoever rounds out the space leadership in a Biden administration is likely to play a role in furthering its domestic agenda. Refocusing NASA on climate change could allow Biden to frame space as integral to a number of his policy priorities, including economic recovery and workforce diversity.
Tech CEOs testify at Capitol Hill hearing: Live Updates & Video Highlights
Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) used her opening remarks to shift attention away from Republican accusations of anti-conservative bias, and back to issues that have been more pressing to Democrats: how tech companies handle election misinformation and their impact on local news. In doing so, the Senate Commerce Committee's top Democrat tried to set an agenda that was markedly different from that of Chairman Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) and illustrated how Twitter, Google and Facebook find themselves entrenched in a deeply partisan political fight. She then resurrected the ghosts of the 2016 presidential election, when Russian trolls used hacked emails and online disinformation to sow discord among voters. Cantwell warned that the integrity and security of the U.S. election remain under attack — from both foreign adversaries and domestic political actors.
Donald Tusk in self-isolation with COVID-19 symptoms
Donald Tusk, the president of the European People’s Party, has gone into self-isolation after developing symptoms associated with COVID-19, a party official said Wednesday,“As of yesterday, 27 October, President Tusk has been self-isolating with symptoms,” the official said. “He is awaiting test results.”On October 15, Tusk chaired a meeting of EPP prime ministers and other senior party figures before an EU summit in Brussels. AdvertisementTusk, a former president of the European Council and ex-prime minister of Poland, took over the leadership of the EPP — the alliance of center-right parties from across Europe — in December last year.
Virtual medicine may be the future of abortion
Virtual medicine may be the future of abortionDear Reader,Welcome to POLITICO's newest community: Future Pulse. The Big IdeaRESHAPING ABORTION ACCESS: Abortion clinics that virtually prescribe pills to terminate a pregnancy have become an increasingly common option since Covid-19 discouraged accessing the procedure in person. Eighteen states already ban telehealth prescriptions for abortion medication despite research suggesting that it’s just as safe as in-person. Others may look to online options such as Aid Access, which ships abortion pills internationally, Grossman said. Like the video game designers we’ve written about in Future Pulse, Spiegel argues that immersive virtual experiences can train the brain to avoid intrusive thoughts, interrupt pain signals or, like a digital psychedelic, open up new doors of perception.
Ocasio-Cortez Says She Privately Called Out Yoho For His Nasty Remark. He Mocked Her.
In July, Yoho was overheard by a reporter for The Hill calling Ocasio-Cortez “disgusting” to her face on the steps of the Capitol and, later, a “fucking bitch” once she had walked away. In her conversation with Vanity Fair, Ocasio-Cortez shared that she had actually approached Yoho after the initial insults on the Capitol steps and told him: “You do that to me again, I won’t be so nice next time.” She felt his actions had entered “into the zone of harassment, discrimination.” In response, Yoho reportedly told Ocasio-Cortez: “Oh, boo-hoo.”Yoho’s communications director Brian Kaveney told HuffPost via email that from his “close proximity to the events of that day/ week,” Rep. Yoho “did not say, ‘Oh, boo-hoo.’”“He also didn’t call her any names the Hill reporter claims to have heard,” Kaveney wrote. The aftermath of the exchange led to Yoho not quite apologizing and issuing a statement where he said that “the offensive name-calling words attributed to me by the press were never spoken to my colleagues” and “if they were construed that way, I apologize for their misunderstanding.”Ocasio-Cortez would later go on to address the incident on the House floor and deliver a powerful speech responding to Yoho’s statements about being “married for 45 years with two daughters” and someone who is “very cognizant of the language I use.”
Senate Democrat to accuse Republicans of 'bullying' tech CEOs to help Trump
The Democratic lawmaker will forgo asking tech CEOs questions given what he calls a “disgrace” and “sham” of a proceeding. Schatz will also argue that the attacks are effective, causing the tech companies to have “bent over backwards” trying to disprove allegations of anti-conservative bias by hiring GOP operatives and courting GOP leaders. “Simply put, the Republicans have been successful at working the refs,” Schatz will say. “And so, during one of the most consequential elections in American politics, my colleagues are trying to run this play again. And it’s BS.”The tech companies have said they do not make calls based on the political bent of content and independent analysts have found no evidence of systemic bias on the platforms.
Laura Ingraham Turns To Santa In Latest Scaremongering About Joe Biden
Fox News’ Laura Ingraham on Tuesday night evoked Santa Claus in her latest bid to scaremonger about Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden. “The Ingraham Angle” host warned that if Biden beats President Donald Trump in the 2020 election then “your traveling days are over.”“So long Thanksgiving turkey,” Ingraham told viewers of her widely watched prime-time show. “And Santa and his reindeer are not coming to your rooftop under Biden next year.”Ingraham attacked Biden because the former vice president has said he’ll take advice from scientists about introducing lockdowns aimed at slowing the spread of COVID-19. The president’s allies, of which Ingraham is undoubtedly one, allege Biden will institute long-lasting lockdowns. Trump, meanwhile, has mocked Biden for saying he’ll listen to the experts in a bid to combat the crisis that’s now killed more than 223,000 Americans.
TikTok follows Facebook and Twitter, will limit premature claims of victory
SEE NEW POSTSTikTok follows Facebook and Twitter, will limit premature claims of victory Save those lip-syncs of "We Are the Champions." The move follows similar precautions put in place by Facebook and Twitter that are part of efforts to limit the spread of misinformation about the outcome of the election. Share this -First Read: Biden is vastly outspending Trump in the final week No, the Trump campaign isn’t broke. Share this -Poll: Biden leads Trump in Michigan, Wisconsin Biden leads Trump in both Michigan and Wisconsin, according to Washington Post-ABC News polls released Wednesday. The poll also found that more than half of registered voters in both states trust Biden more than Trump to handle the coronavirus pandemic.
Trump and Biden campaign in key battleground states
SEE NEW POSTSFirst Read: Biden is vastly outspending Trump in the final week No, the Trump campaign isn’t broke. Share this -In battleground states, Trump grapples with a surging foe: The coronavirus President Donald Trump at a rally Tuesday in Lansing, Mich. Evan Vucci / AP LANSING, Mich. — President Donald Trump's campaign stops on Tuesday read like a rundown of some of the nation's top coronavirus hot spots. Share this -Poll: Biden leads Trump in Michigan, Wisconsin Biden leads Trump in both Michigan and Wisconsin, according to Washington Post-ABC News polls released Wednesday. People are entitled to say, ‘Maybe it was a problem, maybe it wasn’t.’” Share this -Trump campaign website hacked President Donald Trump's campaign website appeared to fall victim to hackers on Tuesday night. A spokesman for the Trump campaign, Tim Murtaugh, said, "The website was defaced and we are working with law enforcement authorities to investigate the source of the attack.
Biden is vastly outspending Trump in the final week of the 2020 race
But it sure is facing a significant cash crunch in the final days of the 2020 race. Biden & Co. have the luxury of advertising in both core battleground states and expansion states like Georgia and Texas. They included voters who said they weren’t voting for either President Trump or Joe Biden, non-straight-ticket voters and those who said there was a least a slight chance of voting for either Trump or Biden if they weren’t already supporting them. Yesterday, Biden made a last push in Georgia — a state that hasn’t gone for a Democratic presidential candidate since 1992. On the campaign trail todayIt’s a big day in Arizona: President Trump holds rallies in Bullhead City, Ariz., and Goodyear, Ariz. Kamala Harris hits Tucson and Phoenix.
‘Doesn’t that make me a smart guy?’: Trump defends Chicago business deals after NYT report
Trump’s latest tweet closely resembles other arguments he has employed in response to news accounts of his financial records. After the Times reported in October 2016 that he had declared a nearly $1 billion loss on his 1995 tax returns, Trump remarked during a presidential debate that not paying federal income taxes “makes me smart.”Democrats have since recalled that line to accuse the president of evading his taxes — part of a broader assault on what they claim are Trump’s decades of shady financial dealings. The Times also reported in October 2018 that Trump perpetrated dubious tax schemes and outright fraud during the 1990s to bolster the inheritance he received from his parents, the equivalent today of at least $413 million. More recently, the Times reported last month that Trump paid only $750 in federal income taxes in both 2016 and 2017, and that he was responsible for loans and other debts totaling $421 million — with most of that amount due to be paid within the next four years. Although Trump said he did not “owe Russia money,” when asked whether any of the debt was owed to foreign banks or entities, he replied: “Not that I know of, but I will, probably.”
Wall Street sinks again, with the Dow falling 700 points on lockdown concerns
The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell by over 700 points to fall below 27,000 in Wednesday's morning session. Starting Tuesday, nonessential businesses in the city of Newark must close by 8 p.m., that city's mayor announced this week. “The lockdowns without the stimulus equals what we’re seeing.”Seven months into the pandemic, companies are still attempting to right-size their workforce. Boeing reported its fourth straight quarterly loss Wednesday morning and announced thousands more job cuts. Investors are also parsing news that there will be no fresh round of fiscal stimulus before the election.
Young voters in swing states are a big part of the early surge. That could boost Biden
SEE NEW POSTSFirst Read: Biden is vastly outspending Trump in the final week No, the Trump campaign isn’t broke. Share this -Poll: Biden leads Trump in Michigan, Wisconsin Biden leads Trump in both Michigan and Wisconsin, according to Washington Post-ABC News polls released Wednesday. The surveys found that Biden leads Trump by 7 percentage points in Michigan, 51 percent to 44 percent. The poll also found that more than half of registered voters in both states trust Biden more than Trump to handle the coronavirus pandemic. “It was our people that helped her out with her problem,” Trump says.
Spy agency ducks questions about 'back doors' in tech products
Defenders of strong encryption say the NSA’s sometimes-botched efforts to install back doors in commercial products show the dangers of such requirements. The starkest example of the risks inherent in the NSA’s approach involved an encryption-system component known as Dual Elliptic Curve, or Dual EC. RSA accepted a $10 million contract to incorporate Dual EC into a widely used web security system, Reuters reported here in 2013. Researchers later determined that hackers had turned the firewalls into their own spy tool here by altering Juniper’s version of Dual EC. Isaacson and other researchers believe that customer was a U.S. government agency, since only the U.S. is known to have insisted on Dual EC elsewhere.
Michael S. Schmidt Comey's October surprise shook America four years ago today. His wife tried to stop it.
This piece has been adapted from "Donald Trump v. The United States: Inside the Struggle to Stop a President," by Michael S. Schmidt. "It's a s---show," he told Patrice. "I am screwed no matter what happens," he told Patrice. In the hours after telling Patrice about reopening the Clinton investigation, Jim gave himself pep talks. Adapted from "Donald Trump v. the United States” by Michael S. Schmidt, published by Random House on Sept. 1, 2020.
Sources: Gina Raimondo Being Considered as Biden’s Treasury Secretary
Joe Biden’s transition team has informed Democratic officials that Gina Raimondo, the centrist governor of Rhode Island, is under consideration as the next Secretary of the Treasury should Biden win the election, multiple sources have confirmed to the Prospect. Raimondo, in her second term as governor, dazzled Biden’s campaign in interviews to become his vice president back in June. One source theorized to the Prospect that leaking Raimondo’s name could make Federal Reserve governor Lael Brainard, until now seen as the leading possibility for Treasury Secretary, seem more palatable. Progressives have endorsed other names for Treasury Secretary, the most prominent being Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA). She then transferred 14 percent of the state fund to hedge fund investments, including Dan Loeb’s Third Point Capital and Paul Singer’s Elliott Management.
Unsanitized, Election Edition: Barrett Confirmation Reinforces That McConnell Is Looking Past This Election
× Expand AP Photo/Patrick Semansky Unsanitized-102720 Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett is sworn in on Monday night. The miscalculation, which I recognized just a few weeks later in early October, was that Mitch McConnell already believes this election is over. Read all of our Unsanitized reportsHis priority was to install Barrett on the Court, and set his legacy for transforming the judiciary. If anything, you can blame Nancy Pelosi for not sending over more than one privileged piece of legislation that Senate Democrats had the ability to bring up to waste time. More ominously, Kavanaugh’s concurring opinion appeared to suggest that only votes counted on election night count for the election.
There Are More Gaps Than Gender and Race
This year’s election results will revive discussion of the gender gap, not that it’s ever gone away. Sokolove notes in passing that there’s also a gap between men with college degrees and men without. What he doesn’t note is that this gap is bigger than the gap between the sexes. Now, those unions are gone, and the jobs that pay a family wage tend to require a college degree—and a lot of those don’t pay a family wage, either. Physicists refining string theory are all well and good, but when your pipes burst, what you really need is a plumber.
Why Reopening Schools Has Become the Most Fraught Debate of the Pandemic
It’s also led to one of the most politicized and divisive debates in America: Can we safely reopen schools? These stories clearly suggested that COVID-19 infections in schools were few and far between. Give what you can... SUPPORT THE PROSPECTHere are some additional facts about the COVID-19 School Response Dashboard dataset, as it existed on October 25. There were 1,322 schools voluntarily reporting data, or about 1 percent of all K-12 schools in the country. In Washington, D.C., the mayor wants to allow 21,000 elementary school students to return beginning November 9, although 14,000 of those students would do virtual learning from inside classrooms, supervised by non-teachers.
The Only Precinct Walkers
Kelly Candaele Maggie AcostaAcosta’s union is UNITE HERE, whose members work in hotels, casinos, cafeterias, and airport eateries—when they’re up and running. Third, in two of its targeted states, Nevada and Arizona, UNITE HERE’s operation had become the biggest game in town when it came to generating voter turnout. Normally, a team of canvassers piles as many into a car as it can hold and drives out to their designated precinct. In general, the canvassers knock on the doors of union members, Democrats, and potential voters without a party affiliation. We don’t leave those doors until we’ve worked out a voting plan for the person.”UNITE HERE’s voter outreach isn’t confined to precinct walks.
Venezuelans’ Hopes for a Biden Administration
Venezuelans’ Hopes for a Biden Administration Venezuelans’ Hopes for a Biden Administration Five social scientists on what the U.S. election might mean for the future of Venezuela. The Trump administration surely sees potential electoral benefits to this approach, particularly in Florida, where it has made anti-socialist messaging central to its campaign rhetoric. In the lead up to the election, I wanted to ask Venezuelans what they hope a new a Biden administration might do differently. Peraza thought that a Biden administration should work through international organizations to help restart economic activity and basic services in Venezuela. Finally, I asked everyone how they rate the probability of success for a Biden administration.
How Do You Spell Fiscal Relief?
That $3 trillion relief package provided the Fed with $500 billion, which can leverage other lending at ratios of 10 to 1, or even more. And the terms offered by the Fed are so unattractive that few local or state governments even apply. This would help bridge the fiscal shortfall until a Biden administration and a Democratic Congress came up with another injection of serious relief, and the economy began to recover and restore normal state and local revenue streams. At the September 17 hearing of the oversight commission, the Fed witness, a Fed bureaucrat named Kent Hiteshew, resisted the idea of more liberal lending terms. Inside the Fed, Brainard is said to have pushed for more liberal lending terms.
North Carolina Played a Key Role in the CIA's Counter-Terrorism Torture Program After 9/11. Now, Advocates Want the Records Released.
Price’s letter draws heavily on the work of the North Carolina Commission of Inquiry on Torture, a citizen-led, non-governmental body spearheaded by Cowger and other anti-torture activists. On the federal level, Price remains an outlier among N.C. officials who have been willing to touch the issue. “Most legislators are not educated on [North Carolina’s role in CIA rendition],” Insko said. Reflecting on N.C. Stop Torture Now’s 15-year struggle to demand accountability for the state’s role in the CIA torture program, Cowger lamented how protracted the campaign has been. Next summer, four torture survivors will finally have the opportunity to present their grievances before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights.
A Week in the Life: Here’s What’s Happened Since the INDY Went to Press Last Week
October 23SENATOR JEFF JACKSON , who is running for re-election in District 37 and is also an Army National Guard Captain, announces that he has been called for out-of-state National Guard training through November 12. , who is running for re-election in District 37 and is also an Army National Guard Captain, announces that he has been called for out-of-state National Guard training through November 12. NC STATE UNIVERSITY announces that it will delay the start of the spring semester. October 24SENATOR CORY BOOKER spends the day campaigning for Biden in North Carolina, with stops in Durham, Raleigh, and Fayetteville. spends the day campaigning for Biden in North Carolina, with stops in Durham, Raleigh, and Fayetteville.
Two Recent Country Albums Walk the Line Between Pop and Purist
C. Albert Blomquist: S/T[Self-released; Oct. 2]????Charles Latham and the Borrowed Band: S/T[Self-released; July 21]???1/2It’s getting so that country radio is the last place you’d look for country music. But two recent local records, both of which happen to be self-titled and have physical releases coming out on November 13, adroitly walk the line between pop and purist, recalling the alt-country heyday of Uncle Tupelo and No Depression magazine. Clark Blomquist and Charles Latham both home in on a certain timeless simplicity, letting old tropes and truisms breathe clear contemporary air. He always surprises us, and given his esoteric track record, making fine, flowing country music is probably the last way he could. On vocals and rhythm guitar, Latham leads a well-drilled band featuring cool-headed singer Abby Sheriff and fluent lead guitarist Luis Rodriguez, among others, all glinting together like stars in a constellation.
A Distiller Fights Back Against the ABC Commission’s Attempt to Write New Laws
The ABC Commission doesn’t have the power to write its own laws. A representative from the ABC Commission declined to comment, saying it would be “inappropriate” as they have yet to receive a formal injunction. “Furthermore, the ABC Commission is working continuously with interested parties, both industry and the public, to produce rules and guidelines to clarify North Carolina’s alcohol laws,” ABC spokesman Jeff Strickland told the INDY via email. According to the law, distillers must have a mixed beverage permit in order to sell other people’s liquor. North Carolina is one of just 17 alcohol-control states left in the county, and some legislatures think the ABC system should be abolished in favor of a privatized one.
“The Residents in My District Don’t Have the Luxury of Incremental Change”
I was really glad to see that, as a result of this devastation, a lot of people started waking up. So what can we do at the state level? I don’t ever want to see tear gas being used — a wartime weapon being used on civilians. We saw the National Guard and the police pelt people with rubber bullets, some people take lifelong injuries. I’d like to end qualified immunity at the state level, that would be powerful.
How Australia’s Greens Are Winning a Left-Wing Vote in the Heart of “Conservative Queensland”
There’s a common sense among the Twitter left that Scott Morrison won big in Queensland because the majority of people here are quite conservative. This speaks to a popular misconception about politics, that if people vote for either Labor or the Greens, they’re progressive, and if they vote for the LNP or One Nation, they are conservative — and would never vote for us. Today only 14 percent of people are members of a trade union. As it turns out, he was an ex-boilermaker and was a member of his trade union until the 1980s. I think the Left is demoralized because they believe the population has moved away from them.
Remember What They Did
To always, always, remem­ber what they did. The past four years rep­re­sent both a begin­ning of fall­out to come, and a con­tin­u­a­tion of long-stand­ing Repub­li­can poli­cies and goals that are being wield­ed more brazen­ly than before. Vio­lence is wrong, but mak­ing bad peo­ple unwel­come in polite soci­ety is the right and moral thing to do. In the long run, refus­ing polite pub­lic treat­ment to peo­ple who have not earned it will tend to pro­mote good gov­ern­ment. When the many ser­vants of the Trump dynasty return to us, please don’t for­get to do your part.
20 Lessons from the 20th Century on How to Survive in Trump’s America
To abandon facts is to abandon freedom. Here are 20 lessons from across the fear­ful 20th cen­tu­ry, adapt­ed to the cir­cum­stances of today. When the lead­ers of state set a neg­a­tive exam­ple, pro­fes­sion­al com­mit­ments to just prac­tice become much more impor­tant. And the moment you set an exam­ple, the spell of the sta­tus quo is bro­ken, and oth­ers will follow. To aban­don facts is to aban­don free­dom.
Rep. Van Taylor Is Against Bailouts for Everyone But His Own Industry
Taylor has also accepted more than $200,000 in campaign contributions from the real estate industry this election cycle. Lucrative Loans for Commercial Real Estate Owners The commercial real estate sector is uniquely vulnerable to the COVID-19 pandemic. Many commercial real estate loans are bundled into securities, much like the securities backed by residential mortgages in 2008. The Real Estate Industry Celebrates Taylor’s Legislation Taylor’s legislation was met with praise from real estate lobbyists, who began pushing for the bill. The commercial real estate industry has a long relationship with Taylor.
Both Football Players and Fans Are Sacrificial Lambs for Money-Hungry Universities
As other countries continue to flow in and out of economic lockdowns and government-imposed gathering limits, American college fans are streaming into colossal stadiums across the country, filled up to a quarter of capacity. Rather than demanding additional federal and state funding, universities have turned to students as cash cows to stay afloat. Coauthored by Ohio State professor of higher education Matthew Mayhew, the piece makes the argument for “essentializing college football,” treating it as an essential service. The problem is that the relief comes at an enormous cost: the health and well-being of college football players indentured by universities and the safety of fans themselves. To far different degrees, both players and fans are being victimized by universities, athletic departments, and football staff hell-bent on extracting as much revenue as they can this fall.
Bernie Sanders Would Make a Very Good Secretary of Labor
It oversees basic labor standards (minimum wage, overtime, prevailing wage) and investigates wage theft. Even without (sorely needed) changes to labor law, a crusading labor secretary could make a big difference in the lives of workers. In the 1930s, Frances Perkins was instrumental in the design, passage, and early administration of the Fair Labor Standards Act. In more recent years, Bill Clinton’s labor secretary, Robert Reich, pursued enforcement not just by fielding complaints but through targeted audits of industries where flouting labor standards had become a business model. Scalia’s Labor Department has issued guidances that undercut the relative generosity of the CARES Act’s unemployment and sick leave provisions.
MAS’s Adriana Salvatierra: “Now We Can Continue the Revolution in Bolivia”
When Bolivia went to the polls in 2005, the “Black October” massacres against social movements in the city of El Alto remained fresh in the popular memory. It is therefore not so surprising that the final result of the 2020 election was nearly identical to 2005. While MAS took 55.1 percent of the vote, neoliberal ex-president Carlos Mesa scored 28.8 percent and the far-right candidate from Santa Cruz, Fernando Camacho, 14 percent. Adriana Salvatierra was president of the Bolivian Senate under Morales’s final government. She sat down with Denis Rogatyuk and Bruno Sommer Catalan to discuss Bolivia’s future and the particular difficulties bequeathed by the outgoing regime.
Any True Recovery Must Include US Workers
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Nationalize Walmart
It’s not uncommon for attempts to build new Walmart Supercenters to be met by local resistance. Already the largest private-sector employer in the United States, Walmart has hired half a million new “associates” this year. Nationalizing Walmart wouldn’t mean nationalizing all of its suppliers. Indeed, if nationalizing Walmart really would somehow lead to Walmart locations being full of empty shelves while its competitors continued to be able to provide the sort of shopping experience that so amazed Boris Yeltsin in Texas in 1989, then every non-Walmart retailer would have every reason to welcome the change. But nationalizing Walmart doesn’t have to be a panacea for it to be a dramatic improvement on the status quo.
Nuclear Weapons Have Always Been Immoral. Now They’re Illegal.
The very first resolution of the UN General Assembly called for the elimination of nuclear weapons, making it particularly serendipitous that UN Day would see the ratification of a global agreement that prohibits these weapons. While much work remains to achieve the elimination of nuclear weapons, their prohibition is a crucial step. The number of nuclear weapons in the world peaked in 1986 during the Cold War at over 70,000 weapons. The TPNW stigmatizes nuclear weapons, making it more difficult for nuclear-armed states to justify their possession and defend their “deterrence” doctrines. While we have a long path to achieve the elimination of nuclear weapons, she noted, but “with the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, we can be certain that that beautiful day will dawn.”`
It’s Not Centrism Versus Extremism, It’s Socialism Versus Barbarism
Because it’s true that social media has injurious consequences, The Social Dilemma makes some welcome points with ease. Fine-tuned by developers trained in the art of persuasive technology, social media platforms hijack the evolutionary features of the human brain. All of the film’s real-world examples of social media–inspired extremism come from the Right, but The Social Dilemma still uses a politically generic framing. Centrists in the United States are justifiably concerned about right-wing political phenomena like QAnon and the Proud Boys. But unlike right-wing politics, socialist politics urges reason in our evaluation of and unity in our response to that error.
Brett Kavanaugh Prepares to Upend Election Rules to Benefit Donald Trump
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For Black Americans, Being Voters Is Who We Are
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The Unraveling of Thailand’s National Myth
Most strikingly, they were chanting slogans against the Thai king himself—crossing a line that no prior generation of protesters had dared. For Thailand’s protesters, there is urgency to act before this moment is gone. For decades, power has been traded between Thailand’s military establishment and civilian oligarchs in an intermittently functioning electoral system, upon which the king has final say. The party’s leader was Thanatorn Juangroongruangkit, a charismatic 40-year-old auto executive turned vocal critic of Thailand’s military and corporate oligarchy. It’s the unraveling of a national myth.”Last Wednesday, protesters marched to Bangkok’s Government House and gave Prayuth a three-day deadline to resign.
Supreme Hypocrisy
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‘Why Tell Me That We’re Safer Here?’
It happens like this sometimes, my neighbors tell me about the frost. It was not census data or infection modeling that struck me; rather, I noticed a specific cultural response to a pandemic threat. Scientific facts existed alongside cultural perceptions of New Hampshire as somehow safer, and this idea appeared to be shared throughout my community in everyday conversation. Current Issue View our current issueSo, why tell me that we’re safer here? We, collectively as a nation, will be forced to examine the overall cultural response to Covid-19 in the decades to come.
We Need to Think About Xinjiang in Internationalist Terms
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Paul Gilroy: ‘Whiteness Just Ain’t Worth What it Used to Be’
Gilroy was born in London’s East End in 1956 to a Guyanese mother and an English father. If you ask people to renounce their investments in whiteness, for example, what do they get in exchange for that renunciation? PG: Yes, there are areas of Britain where people have a relationship with themselves, culturally speaking, that allows a political identity and a civic identity to mesh. Let’s face it, whiteness isn’t worth what it used to be worth. Whiteness just ain’t worth what it used to be.
Make McConnell Pay for Amy Coney Barrett
Join the Nation Festival Join the Nation Festival for four days of essential conversation and commentary in the wake of the 2020 election. Join the Nation Festival for four days of essential conversation and commentary in the wake of the 2020 election. Join the Nation Festival Join the Nation Festival for four days of essential conversation and commentary in the wake of the 2020 election. Join the Nation Festival Join the Nation Festival for four days of essential conversation and commentary in the wake of the 2020 election. There is reason to believe, though, that the 2020 election could rebalance the Senate to better reflect the will of the people.
‘My Psychedelic Love Story’: A flashback down memory lane to meet Timothy Leary
‘My Psychedelic Love Story.’The 34th annual AFI Fest is arguably Los Angeles’s biggest and best film festival, and this year it is taking place virtually through Oct. 22 (see more here). The closing world premiere of the American Film Institute’s yearly fete is the Showtime documentary My Psychedelic Love Story, wherein Timothy Leary, the High Priest of LSD, meets Errol Morris, the High Priest of documentaries. Morris’s groovy movie uses a psychedelic style to tell the inside story of Leary on the lam and his love affair with Joanna Harcourt-Smith, 26 years his junior. As she says in extensive interviews specifically for My Psychedelic Love Story, she sought Morris out to tell this story on the screen. Although Wormwood is much more of a genre bender than My Psychedelic Love Story, the latter is thematically linked to Morris’s extravaganza in terms of the central roles played by LSD and the Central Intelligence Agency.
CPUSA: Electoral uprising shatters records, signals possible democratic breakthrough
Shattering records: Voters cast their ballots in a vote center in Los Angeles, Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020. Republican operatives in Philadelphia have been photographing voters dropping off their ballots at drop boxes, hoping to “catch” voters dropping off other people’s ballots. Is the voting boom a sign of a new phase of a possible democratic breakthrough? People marching, people voting, people’s movements demanding change: This is what democracy looks like. This editorial was originally published under the title “The voter uprising: A sign of good things to come?” at CPUSA.org.
Visually impaired? Get help voting with Vote.org and Be My Eyes
Vote.org and Be My Eyes have partnered to provide election assistance for visually-impaired voters. “It’s critical we lower the barriers to political engagement, and simplify the voting process, whether by mail, voting early, or voting on Election Day. You need to open the Be My Eyes app, enter the Specialized Help menu, and select Vote.org from the list of available organizations (in the “Civic Engagement” category). Vote.org volunteers will be open to take your calls through Be My Eyes Monday through Friday, 12 pm to 4 pm ET. Visually impaired users of Be My Eyes can call Vote.org for help accessing their tools starting today to make sure they’re all set and ready for November 3.
‘Pink Slime’ Journalism Finds a Home in Texas’ News Deserts
Since January, dozens of identical local news sites have popped up across Texas. Metric Media, a Delaware-based nonprofit media organization, has created a total of 56 news sites in Texas over the past year, and 1,200 sites across the United States. Most hyperpartisan local sites appear to be funded by conservative sources, Napoli says. This type of murky, hyperpartisan media operation has come to be known as “pink slime journalism,” a reference to the blush-hued paste used as filler in processed meat. In this instance, the “pink slime” in journalism is funding by political operatives or agenda-driven groups.
Treaty banning all nuclear weapons will become international law
The treaty bars its signatories from developing, testing, producing, manufacturing, transferring, possessing, stockpiling, using or threatening to use nuclear weapons, or allowing them to be stationed on their territory, or helping, encouraging or pressing anyone to do so. So far, 84 countries have formally signed the treaty, and more countries are expected to ratify it. He said its entry into force “is a tribute to the survivors of nuclear explosions and tests, many of whom advocated for this treaty,” and “represents a meaningful commitment towards the total elimination of nuclear weapons … the highest disarmament priority of the United Nations.”The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), which has led efforts for the treaty, called Honduras’ ratification “a historic milestone,” noting that before the treaty came into being, nuclear weapons were the only mass destruction weapons not banned under international law. The Alliance noted that with the treaty soon to become part of international law, “nations that possess or stage nuclear weapons, including in the United States, will now find themselves standing outside the bounds of international law. Physicians for Social Responsibility called the treaty “a historic milestone for a decades-long, intergenerational movement to abolish nuclear weapons,” adding, “Total elimination is the only appropriate medical response to nuclear weapons by virtue of their humanitarian impacts” including climate impacts possibly leading to nuclear famine.
EMS union drive near Syracuse, N.Y. boosted by coronavirus and company’s hostile response
Photo credit: NOVAEarlier this month, emergency medical services workers near Syracuse, NY, voted overwhelmingly to join the Civil Service Employees Association (CSEA). Organizing efforts were boosted by management’s dismal response to the COVID-19 crisis as well as its hostile anti-union campaign in the summer. At the New York State Fair in August last year, Darbee swung by the CSEA booth, and that union took his efforts seriously. With the pandemic throwing major stress onto the industry, Darbee and the union opted to slow things down. CSEA is the largest affiliate union of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME).
The role of the Left in the 2020 elections
| Wikipedia (CC)Support of a broad anti-Trump coalition is building momentum for the Biden-Harris ticket in this historic 2020 presidential election, now just days away. Most of the U.S. Left is supporting this broad coalition against Trump and Trumpism. The Left must be a part of this historic broad coalition both before and after the election. The left has a long history of building a united front by working with ideological diversity. The stakes are very high, and the role of the Left is vital.
Trump Has Consistently Harmed Workers
It’s been almost four years since Donald Trump was elected president, promising to be the workers’ champion. As of October 23, in the meatpacking and food processing industries alone, 61,141 workers at 1,174 plants had tested positive for COVID-19. (This latter effort, recently struck down by a federal district court, would have cost workers an estimated $1 billion annually.) The result is that thousands of workers — bus drivers, grocery store, factory and warehouse workers — have gotten sick. Meanwhile, as recently reported in the New York Times, team Trump is rolling back yet another key worker protection strategy.
AFT warns Trump: We’ll take to the streets to defend democracy
| AFTWASHINGTON—The Teachers (AFT) will take to the streets, if necessary, to defend U.S. democracy during and after the Nov. 3 election, the 1.7-million-member union’s Executive Council announced. Further, AFT predicts the rest of the labor movement will be out in the streets, too, the council’s Oct. 26 resolution says. “It is our job as…most importantly, human beings, to defend democracy, which requires fighting for Americans’ right to vote and then counting every vote. I feel this even more keenly watching President Trump undermining the foundational underpinnings of our democracy: The consent of the governed. Now democracy faces a new and “historic challenge,” their resolution declares: Trump.
Barrett cements 6-3 GOP majority as election lawsuits hang in balance
Judge Amy Coney Barrett applauds President Donald Trump as he announces her nomination to the Supreme Court at the White House Rose Garden COVID superspreader event, Sept. 26, 2020. | Alex Brandon / APWith exactly a week until Election Day 2020, Trump’s nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court, Amy Coney Barrett, has now been installed, taking the seat previously held by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. The three liberal justices dissented from the order, which was issued mere moments before the Senate began voting on Barrett’s Supreme Court nomination. But none of that means individual judges may improvise with their own election rules in place of those the people’s representatives have adopted,” Gorsuch wrote. The GOP’s appeal may end up before the Supreme Court again, this time with Barrett on the bench.
Opinion | The Supreme Court Should Stay Out of State Election Law
It too empowers each state “legislature”— this time, to regulate the manner of picking presidential electors — but it does not empower a state “legislature” to ignore the state constitution creating that legislature, or the state supreme court that authoritatively interprets that state constitution. Thus, when a state court construes a state election statute to align it with a state constitution’s right-to-vote principles, that state court is doing exactly what the federal Constitution and binding federal precedent authorize. States generally set uniform rules for federal and state elections; giving federal courts latitude to topple state rules, but only for federal elections, eviscerates in-state uniformity. Even if state constitutions do not apply of their own force to presidential ballots, these constitutions apply because state legislatures have chosen to incorporate them by reference into comprehensive state election codes regulating all elections in the state — local, state, congressional and presidential. Likewise, state legislatures have knowingly deputized state courts to oversee all these elections to ensure conformity with state constitutions.
4 Current Affairs Podcasts for Curious Children
The endless deluge of news is staggering and tough to get a handle on, even for grown-ups. And with disinformation packaged as journalism rampant on social media, there is an urgent need to help kids tell the difference between truth and propaganda. These news podcasts are perfect for young people seeking a better understanding of what the adults are fussing about and for parents who want to help their children learn how to engage critically with the world around them. Every weekday morning, expect a seven-minute episode filled with age-appropriate stories from the world of politics, science, sports and entertainment. The show still manages to be full of silliness and surprise and encourages curiosity in the world around young ones.
Take Comfort in Pumpkin This Season
Brush both sides of the pumpkin with olive oil. There you have it: pumpkin purée that will work in all manner of baked goods, from pumpkin pie to pumpkin blondies. Use two cups of the purée to make Samantha Seneviratne’s pumpkin bread, an unfussy classic that lends itself to improvisation. (If you don’t have fresh pumpkin, make it with one 15-ounce can of pumpkin, but not pumpkin-pie filling.) Pumpkin seeds are the ideal autumnal snack, whether you’re on a hay ride or on your couch waiting for election results to roll in.
The Energy 202: Vulnerable Republicans seek to shore up conservation credentials in battle for Senate
Gardner has pushed at least three ads touting his role in passing a piece of major conservation legislation, the Great American Outdoors Act, aimed at shoring up infrastructure in the country’s national parks and other public lands. Climate change isn’t the top issue for Colorado voters, Ciruli added, but “it’s on the list,” and the conservation legislation lets Gardner play defense against attacks on his environmental record. The League of Conservation Voters gives Daines a lifetime score of 6 percent, and in the deep-red state of Montana, state polls show support for climate action below the national average. I would have been fired for doing this," Fullerton said of Interior's minute-long video promoting the president's conservation policies. Evergreen Action has advised both House Democrats and the Biden campaign as they have written climate plans.
The Health 202: Hundreds of millions of coronavirus vaccine doses will be ready in early 2021, officials say
The administration is working on two parallel tracks to get a vaccine approved and ready to distribute. And government officials say it’s critical to track who is getting the vaccine and where. Five of the six vaccines being developed as part of Warp Speed — excluding the vaccine being developed by Johnson & Johnson — require two doses. Public health officials are also particularly worried about more outbreaks over the holidays, especially as colder weather drives people indoors. “The inaction by Congress leaves the public without a lifeline, at a moment when coronavirus cases and hospitalizations are on the rise in multiple Midwestern states and elsewhere.
Poland’s ‘LGBT-free zones’ energize some activists, prompt others to leave
President Andrezej Duda has described the push for gay rights as “even more destructive” than communism. The fear is that gay rights in Poland are slipping toward the direction of notoriously anti-LGBT Russia. “Change is impossible.”A loud and unapologetic movementGay rights activists who have remained in Poland might well disagree that the situation is hopeless. The arrests were dubbed by some the “Polish Stonewall,” in reference to the New York riots that shaped the U.S. gay rights movement. Women’s rights activists have also taken aim at the church, once considered sacrosanct, with activists disrupting mass and spraying graffiti.
How investors are coming up with the green to save the ocean blue
Now some of the giants of the financial world are realizing there could be profits in ocean conservation. “We’re doing all these to help Mother Nature.”Historically, ocean protection has been funded by governments, charities and a few ethically minded investors. The money is allocated by the independent Seychelles Conservation and Climate Adaptation Trust. This winter, the organization hopes to ink the first deals toward its target of generating $1.6 billion for ocean protection around the world. It aspires to negotiate debt-restructuring arrangements, funded by blue bonds, in 20 coastal and island nations within the next five years.
Coronavirus live updates: U.S. averages more than 70,000 new cases a day, shattering records
Four Western states that formed a pact to work together on obtaining crucial supplies and developing a plan to reopen their economies will also join forces to review an eventual coronavirus vaccine, officials announced Tuesday. In April, a coalition of Democratic governors created an informal alliance known as the Western States Pact that was intended to ensure that regulations remained consistent throughout the region. Noting that many Americans have expressed concerns about the politicization of the vaccine approval process, Washington Gov. Gavin Newsom said the state would turn to top infectious-disease specialists and public health experts for “a second set of eyes” before distributing a vaccine. Colorado, part of the Western States Pact, has not announced plans to join the vaccine review effort.
In campaign’s closing days, disinformation arrives via text message and email
Contrary to claims in the text message, the image had not been sent out by the FBI. “Voters should be very cautious about phone calls, emails, social media posts and text messages containing false information about elections,” said the election secretary, Republican Paul Ziriax. Brown, 33, was one of numerous Pennsylvania Democrats who on Sunday reported receiving the misleading text message about Biden from the American Principles Project’s PAC. RoboKiller estimated that a total of 2.7 billion political texts were sent in September alone. Typically, federal law requires political campaigns and other organizations to obtain a person’s consent before sending automated messages.
Election 2020 live updates: Biden seeks to keep a focus on the coronavirus while Trump stumps in Arizona
Election 2020: What to knowGet the latest updates on the election. How to vote: Find out the rules in your state, and if you’re voting by mail, see how to make sure your ballot counts. Check out news, analysis and fact checking about allegations involving the voting process here. Policy: Where Biden and Trump stand on key issues defining the election. Have questions about the election process?
2020 election: Foreign interference from Russia and China matters less than a looming constitutional crisis
The specter of foreign interference has hung over President Trump’s entire term in office. But away from the White House, U.S. officials reportedly fear outside attempts to sow discord even beyond Election Day, especially if there’s no declared winner on election night. Even more so than in 2016, the United States is a hotbed of polarization and conspiracy theories. According to recent studies, Trump himself is a leading driver of misinformation on both the coronavirus and integrity of mail-in voting. Otherwise, the United States is veering toward a deeper crisis.
Trump’s attacks on political adversaries are often followed by threats to their safety
The measures were imposed by the CIA’s Security Protective Service, which monitored thousands of threats across social media and Internet chat rooms. The targets encompass nearly every category of government service: mayors, governors and members of Congress, as well as officials Trump has turned against within his own administration. “President Trump has never advocated for violence against those he disagrees with — unlike Democrats,” said spokeswoman Sarah Matthews. ADThe degree to which Trump is responsible for the spate of threats against public officials is difficult to determine. The Internet and the country’s increasingly partisan climate are often cited as factors in the spread of threats and hateful rhetoric against officials across the political spectrum.
Markets can't ignore the pandemic any longer. Stocks are dropping
A version of this story first appeared in CNN Business' Before the Bell newsletter. You can sign up right hereLondon (CNN Business) Stocks are selling off sharply on fears that Covid-19 infections are spiraling out of control again and government leaders could have no choice but to enact another wave of lockdowns. What's happening: US futures point to steep declines at the open on Wednesday, with Dow futures off 1.7%, or more than 450 points. Germany's DAX dropped 2.8%, while France's CAC 40 shed 2.5% and the FTSE 100 in London lost 1.5%. "The financial markets are still nervous about rising case numbers and the pandemic," said Paul Donovan, chief economist at UBS Global Wealth Management.
Police body cam maker unveils new features it hopes will curb officer misconduct
Axon body cams captured Floyd's death at the hands of four fired Minneapolis Police officers . A protester holds a sign with an image of George Floyd during a peaceful demonstration over George Floyd's death outside LAPD headquarters on June 2, 2020 in Los Angeles. Axon Chief Product Officer Jeff Kunins says the video audit system helps solves one of the major issues police supervisors face in actually catching officer misbehavior. Axon body 3. Even as the technology improves, there are questions among law-enforcement experts over how much body cameras improve officer accountability.
We asked how the pandemic changed your money habits. Here's what you said
But for many of those who are still employed -- or who have a spouse who still is -- it has changed how they use their money. CNN Business asked readers how the pandemic has changed their spending and saving habits. The extra money her husband got as a result of the temporary $600 a week federal unemployment subsidy went toward savings. Neither has been laid off, but Keolanui said the pandemic has made a huge impact on their money habits. So she used the money they saved to bolster their retirement savings and help others.
Weather forecast: Hurricane Zeta moving rapidly towards the Gulf Coast
Zeta re-strengthened into a hurricane overnight and is moving quickly towards the Gulf Coast. CNN Meteorologist Pedram Javaheri has the details on what area will feel the greatest impacts. Source: CNN
In photos: Nigerians protest police brutality
Kola Sulaimon/AFP/Getty Images Police fire tear gas at protesters in Abuja, Nigeria, on Tuesday, October 20. In photos: Nigerians protest police brutalityKola Sulaimon/AFP/Getty Images Police fire tear gas at protesters in Abuja, Nigeria, on Tuesday, October 20. Protesters have been rallying across Nigeria to demand police reform and bring the government's attention to recurring police brutality. The protests led to swift change as authorities disbanded the SARS unit and replaced it with the Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team. Although the demonstrations have been peaceful, at least 10 protesters have been killed by the police, according to the rights group Amnesty International.
Opposition in Zanzibar says candidate detained, people shot ahead of vote
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania An opposition presidential candidate in Zanzibar detained as he tried to vote early on Tuesday has been released, after nine people were shot dead by security forces ahead of Wednesday's elections, according to his party. Zanzibar, an Indian Ocean archipelago, is a semi-autonomous state of the East African country of Tanzania and both are due to elect their presidents and lawmakers in Wednesday's election. Tanzanian President John Pombe Magufuli, whose government is accused of muzzling political dissent and independent media -- accusations officials deny -- is widely expected to win over his rival, Tundu Lissu, and secure another five-year term. In a statement early on Tuesday, the ACT-Wazalendo party said its veteran candidate for Zanzibar's presidency, Seif Sharif Hamad, was detained at a polling station after going to cast his ballot in advanced voting. The party tweeted later in the day that their leader had been released.
Nigeria's youth finds its voice with the EndSARS protest movement
Soon, the movement mushroomed organically around the country as years of frustrations and anger boiled over among the disenfranchised youth. Candle light vigil by #EndSARS protesters for those killed. "The EndSARS movement was the tipping point." Not surprisingly, the EndSARS protests in Nigeria have been compared to the Black Lives Matter fight against police brutality in the US. The global support and strength of the #EndSARS movement clearly rattled the establishment who have responded with brute force and a level of violence that has led to anger and global condemnation.
US citizen abducted in Niger, State Department says
(CNN) A US citizen has been abducted in Niger, the US State Department confirmed in a statement Tuesday. "We are aware of a US citizen abducted in Niger. We are providing their family all possible consular assistance," a State Department spokesman said in a comment to CNN. A US official tells CNN the individual was working in Niger as a missionary. The governor, Abdourahamane Moussa, told these media outlets that after demanding money, the men took the American citizen with them in the direction of the Nigerian border.
'The Bachelorette': Clare Crawley cries and Tayshia Adams emerges
(CNN) Hold on to your seats, Bachelor Nation, because it looks like a bumpy road is ahead. ABC gave us a sneak peek Tuesday night of next week's drama on "The Bachelorette." In the teaser, host Chris Harrison tells a tearful current Bachelorette Clare Crawley that she has just "blown up 'The Bachelorette.'" "We have never dealt with anything like this in the history of our show," Harrison can be seen telling some of the men vying for Crawley's heart, many of whom look less than pleased. What follows is more tears, more angry contestants and, finally, a camera shot of former "The Bachelor" contestant and "Bachelor in Paradise" participant Tayshia Adams emerging from a swimming pool with a smile.
Obama takes hard swings at Trump while campaigning in Florida
Trump, who polls show has diminishing support from suburban women, also criticized the restrictions put in place to slow the spread of Covid-19. People are entitled to say, ‘Maybe it was a problem, maybe it wasn’t.’” Share this -Trump campaign website hacked President Donald Trump's campaign website appeared to fall victim to hackers on Tuesday night. The "world has had enough of the fake news spreaded daily" by the president, the message continued. A spokesman for the Trump campaign, Tim Murtaugh, said, "The website was defaced and we are working with law enforcement authorities to investigate the source of the attack. "They are trying to figure out like if Trump is getting these crowds and Biden is getting like 12 people, you know the circles.
Chrissy Teigen shares emotional story of losing her baby
After the very public loss of what would have been her third child with husband John Legend, Chrissy Teigen is speaking out in an emotional essay, and offering thanks for all the support she has received from the public. NBC senior national correspondent Kate Snow reports for TODAY.
Hundreds of Trump supporters stuck on freezing cold Omaha airfield after rally
SEE NEW POSTSHundreds of Trump supporters stuck on freezing cold Omaha airfield after rally Hundreds of President Donald Trump supporters were left in the freezing cold for hours after a rally at an airfield in Omaha, Nebraska, on Tuesday night, with some walking around three miles to waiting buses and others being taken away in ambulances. Share this -Poll: Biden leads Trump in Michigan, Wisconsin Biden leads Trump in both Michigan and Wisconsin, according to Washington Post-ABC News polls released Wednesday. The surveys found that Biden leads Trump by 7 percentage points in Michigan, 51 percent to 44 percent. People are entitled to say, ‘Maybe it was a problem, maybe it wasn’t.’” Share this -Trump campaign website hacked President Donald Trump's campaign website appeared to fall victim to hackers on Tuesday night. A spokesman for the Trump campaign, Tim Murtaugh, said, "The website was defaced and we are working with law enforcement authorities to investigate the source of the attack.
Hurricane Zeta, gaining strength and speed, may hit near New Orleans as Category 2
Hurricane Zeta gained strength and speed overnight, with forecasters saying early Wednesday that the storm is expected to make landfall in southeast Louisiana in the afternoon as a Category 2 storm with maximum sustained winds of 100 mph. The stronger winds have also raised the storm surge forecast, with up to 9 feet of coastal inundation expected when Zeta's winds whip the Gulf of Mexico onto low-lying lands. NBC News meteorologist Bill Karins said that Zeta's shift has put New Orleans into its forecast path. "The fast forward speed will allow Zeta to reach New Orleans without losing much of its intensity," he said. "A storm surge of this height will cause extensive flooding of low-lying areas and damage structures that have not been raised," Karins said.
EU aviation chief calls for coordination on pre-flight coronavirus testing
DUBLIN — European passengers won’t regain confidence in air travel until countries agree and enforce a common approach to pre-flight coronavirus testing, the European Commission’s director for aviation said Tuesday. “Clearly passengers and the public are lacking confidence because of the ever-changing rules,” he said. Such plans would falter, he said, if EU countries did not adopt this “common approach.”“We need mutual recognition,” Cornelis said. “There is no point putting in place testing facilities if the destination country will not recognize the tests that have been undertaken by a person traveling. Travelers need to know what the rules are not only in their home country, but also in their destination country.
Sean Hannity: 'Coronavirus Hysteria' Is Attempt To 'Demoralize' Trump Voters
As the coronavirus pandemic surges out of control and President Donald Trumptrails in the polls, Trump-supporting Fox News personality Sean Hannity retreated to a familiar strategy on Tuesday: Blame and whine. Trump, however, continues to downplay the outbreak’s severity and offers no cohesive plan to rein it in. The president also continues holding crowded campaign rallies for mostly maskless fans. Hannity griped that progress in vaccine trials was being ignored, and cited the right-wing Media Research Center’s determination that 92% of networks’ coverage of Trump has been negative. “Despite all of the good news, there is now a constant coronavirus hysteria 24/7 on every other news network,” Hannity complained.
Thousands of Trump supporters stuck on freezing cold Omaha airfield after rally
Thousands of President Donald Trump supporters were left in the freezing cold for hours after a rally at an airfield in Omaha, Nebraska, on Tuesday night, with some walking around three miles to waiting buses and others being taken away in ambulances. President Donald Trump looks out at supporters at a campaign rally in Omaha on Tuesday. NBC News has reached out to the Trump campaign, Omaha Police Department, Omaha Fire/EMS and Douglas County Sheriff's Office in Omaha and has not yet received comment. Ahead of the event, the Omaha Police Department warned on Twitter that "Parking at the TRUMP rally is full." — Omaha Police Dept (@OmahaPolice) October 27, 2020"Is there any place you would rather be than a Trump rally on about a 10 degree evening?
Hurricane Zeta, gaining strength and speed, may hit near New Orleans as Category 2
Hurricane Zeta gained strength and speed overnight, with forecasters saying early Wednesday that the storm is expected to make landfall in southeast Louisiana in the afternoon — earlier than expected — as a Category 2 storm with maximum sustained winds of 100 mph. The stronger winds have also raised the storm surge forecast, with up to 9 feet of coastal inundation expected when Zeta's winds whip the Gulf of Mexico onto low-lying lands. NBC News meteorologist Bill Karins said that Zeta's shift has put New Orleans into its forecast path. "The fast forward speed will allow Zeta to reach New Orleans without losing much of its intensity," he said. "A storm surge of this height will cause extensive flooding of low-lying areas and damage structures that have not been raised," Karins said.
Boeing to cut thousands of additional jobs through 2021 as it prepares for long air travel slump
Boeing, which is already shedding 16,000 jobs, said Wednesday it will cut thousands more through the end of next year as it prepares for a long slump in air travel and aircraft demand because of the coronavirus pandemic. Boeing’s CEO David Calhoun told employees the company aims to have a staff of 130,000 by the end of 2021. Earlier this year, Boeing targeted a 10 percent cut to its staff, which stood at 160,000 people at the start of the year. About 19,000 employees are leaving Boeing this year, but the company is adding some jobs in its more stable defense unit. The company reported third-quarter results ahead of the market open, and Boeing executives will detail their results on a 10:30 a.m.
In battleground states, Trump grapples with a surging foe: The coronavirus
LANSING — President Donald Trump's campaign stops Tuesday read like a rundown of some of the nation's top coronavirus hot spots. But at the campaign events themselves, and at similar rallies over the presidential race's waning days, the surging numbers haven't been the coronavirus issue on which he has appeared most focused. “Covid, covid, covid, covid, covid, covid cases, do you ever notice they use the word 'cases'? Coronavirus cases are only up because of increased testing, he said, and media coverage of the pandemic is being used to make him look bad. Now, the battleground states of Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota and Pennsylvania are being hit particularly hard with overwhelmed hospitals and rising death tolls in Wisconsin and Minnesota.
'In the name of love': Venezuelans risk Covid to care for relatives in the hospital
Her father was too weak to sit up straight in a wheelchair when he entered the hospital; Suazo immediately sought and received approval from the hospital to care for him. At the hospital, Suazo takes a seat on a bench outside with others waiting for security guards to call her name for her turn to go inside. The wing is staffed with 120 doctors, nurses and technicians who care for 36 patients, including six in intensive care connected to respirators and under sedation. “I had the good fortune of having a good mother and a good father,” Suazo said. As they left the hospital grounds, they passed relatives of those still battling the virus, waited to be let inside.
Jim Comey's wife tried to stop his October surprise
Former FBI Director Jim Comey's October surprise shook America four years ago today. His wife tried to stop it, writes Michael Schmidt in a new column. Schmidt joins Morning Joe to discuss.
A Podcast Answers a Fast-Food Question That Nobody Is Asking
A comedy writer living in Los Angeles, Mr. Thompson had been bingeing on true crime podcasts when he decided to create a show that would plumb the stupidest, least consequential mystery he could imagine. For reasons he can’t fully explain, he came up with:Whatever happened to pizza at McDonald’s? Which, to Mr. Thompson in the fall of 2016, made the topic all the more appealing. At the first, an employee hung up a few milliseconds after being asked about McDonald’s pizza. “Have a good night.”By 3 in the morning, Mr. Thompson had edited the calls and added some narration.
Quiz: Can You Tell a ‘Trump’ Fridge From a ‘Biden’ Fridge?
We wondered if it was possible to identify Trump and Biden voters based on what's inside their refrigerators. Here are the top correctly guessed fridges — along with those where people most often made a mistake. Top Correctly Guessed Trump Refrigerators Top Correctly Guessed Biden Refrigerators Most Incorrectly Guessed RefrigeratorsThe best ‘clues’Are particular items on those cold shelves reliable indicators about a family’s politics? This is a confusing refrigerator.” It was this Biden fridge:A "confusing" Biden voter's refrigerator. Top Details From Trump Refrigerators Top Details From Biden Refrigerators Most Incorrect Details Here are areas that people thought were clues when they incorrectly guessed the political leanings of the refrigerator's owner.
My Adult Son Moved In. It’s a Nightmare. Can I Kick Him Out?
You live in an apartment building: If there are doormen, you can ask the building not to admit him without your permission. The next day, I was texted by a senior colleague who was present at the gathering to assess the resident’s risk of harming himself. Name Withheld, AustraliaIn Australia, where you live, suicide is the leading cause of death among people between 15 and 44. guidelines here in the United States suggest that you should ask people you have concerns about whether they’re thinking of killing themselves. Is that something you’re really thinking about?” Listening sympathetically to someone’s troubles seems to help — that’s high on the N.I.M.H.
Opinion | How Far Might Trump Go?
Barton Gellman, in a long essay in The Atlantic, “The Election That Could Break America” makes extensive use of Foley’s conjecture. Trump, Gellman continues,is preparing the ground for post — election night plans to contest the results. It is the strategy of a man who expects to be outvoted and means to hobble the count. If you just stopped counting at midnight on election night, Trump would be the winner, even though many millions of mail-in ballots in key swing states are still to be counted. Richard Pildes, a law professor at N.Y.U., pointed out in an email that policymakers who support extended vote processing deadlines “face a trade-off.
Opinion | Some Trump Supporters Might Be Relieved If He Loses
In her view, the American left had long denied being moralistic while acting relentlessly moralizing. “I thought there were a lot of people going around saying things they didn’t really believe. It would accomplish two things: first, make Mr. Trump a martyr to leftist intolerance, and second, get him out of office. “Reagan was very genteel,” another pro-Trump friend complained to me — very much unlike Mr. Trump. But how do you admit you used your ballot — that sacred thing in a democracy — as a weapon to prod your adversaries?
Opinion | When Virtual School Means a Respite From Racism
To be sure, the informal survey’s sample size was small and the respondents aren’t necessarily representative of Black parents across the country. Cheryl Fields-Smith, an associate education professor at the University of Georgia, studies why Black families choose to home-school. She said she had also seen it firsthand observing elementary school classrooms. “If Black children so much as wiggle, it’s ‘Keep still!’ White kids are wiggling, and they don’t say a word. It’s no surprise that Black children are underrepresented in gifted classes and under-enrolled in honors and Advanced Placement courses — or that a Black student at a school with few other Black children is more likely to have a diagnosis of learning disabled than a similarly performing child at a predominantly Black school.
Why Foreign Policy Played Differently in the 2020 Election - The New York Times
And when Americans fear foreign dangers, candidates who appear more hawkish generally prosper. According to a recent poll, Americans are more likely to blame their own government, not “foreign governments,” for the coronavirus. The domestic focus of this year’s race particularly hurts Mr. Trump among older voters. In 2016, according to Pew, they were the age group most afraid of terrorism — and most of them favored Mr. Trump to combat it. This year they are the demographic most fearful of and endangered by the coronavirus — and they disapprove of how Mr. Trump has handled the pandemic.
Opinion | There Is Only One Existential Threat. Let’s Talk About It.
I’m not sure how anyone could come away from that debate thinking that Biden is the one who made a rhetorical flub. “Trump effectively said he doesn’t have a climate plan, and we are facing an existential crisis.”Yet it was Biden, not Trump, who got in political hot water for his answer. Why can’t we abide an honest discussion about climate change? This year the nation has suffered a string of terrifying weather disasters hastened by climate change. To make things much worse, the pundit class on Twitter and cable news rarely discuss climate change as the existential threat to humanity that it now plainly is.
Opinion | Trump and the Boaty McBoatfacing of America
So when he won the election, the joke was on Donald Trump. — wrote that election night left Mr. Trump and his circle dumbfounded and afraid. Melania was in tears — and not of joy.” Steve Bannon, according to Mr. Wolff, described Mr. Trump as disbelieving, and then horrified. Many of the people who voted for him probably thought it was a joke, too, at least until he won. ), Boaty McBoatface was the result of Britain’s Natural Environment Research Council decision to let the internet name its new polar research vessel.
Deutsche Bank Swings to Profit: Live Business Updates
Credit... Ralph Orlowski/ReutersDeutsche Bank, Germany’s largest bank, reported a profit in the third quarter of 2020 after a loss a year ago as volatile financial markets caused trading revenue to surge. The bank, which is trying to recover from years of scandals and losses, has also cut costs. It said that it earned 309 million euros, or $364 million, from July through September, compared with a loss of 832 million euros in the third quarter of 2019. Deutsche Bank has long been regarded as one of Europe’s most troubled big banks. That helped offset an increase, compared with a year earlier, in the amount of money the bank set aside for problem loans.
Covid-19 Live Updates: Sharp Increase in Patients With Coronavirus Strains U.S. Hospitals
ET Covid-19 Live Updates: Sharp Increase in Patients With Coronavirus Strains U.S. A 46 percent spike in Covid-19 patients strains the capacities of hospitals in the U.S. To expand capacity for coronavirus patients, tents were recently added in a parking lot near University Medical Center in El Paso. Coronavirus Cases in Red and Blue States The pandemic has peaked at various times in different states. “The first time around, it’s almost like a once-in-a-lifetime kind of medical challenge,” said Paul Whitaker, a respiratory doctor in Bradford, in northern England, where the number of coronavirus patients has returned to its early May peak. — Benjamin Mueller, Monica Mark andAdvertisement Continue reading the main storyNew Jersey’s largest city shuts down again as virus cases surge.
The Manager, the Ace and a Decision That Will Haunt the Rays
Snell had a 1-0 lead in the sixth inning, with one out, Austin Barnes on first and all winter ahead of him to rest. “I wanted to go that whole game,” said Snell, who gave up two singles and no walks with nine strikeouts. The Rays rely heavily on analytics, which often serve them well. But Anderson had given up at least one run in each of his last six outings. The next three Dodgers hitters — Mookie Betts, Corey Seager and Justin Turner — had each struck out twice against Snell in Game 6 already.
How Does Your State Make Electricity?
Solar power in particular has grown rapidly over the past decade, largely because of state policies like an aggressive renewable electricity standard. Despite its nickname, the Sunshine State still generates relatively little power from solar panels and has no renewable electricity requirements. Natural gas provides the bulk of electricity generation in Louisiana, one of the top five producers of natural gas in the country. But Maine is also New England’s leader in wind power, and wind turbines generated one-quarter of electricity in the state last year. Wind power established a foothold in the state more than a decade ago but remains a relatively small player in the state’s electricity mix.
How America Helped Defeat the Coronavirus* - The New York Times
The new coronavirus was found in —” Yes, the American media hadn’t quite grasped the importance of that mysterious pneumonia yet. She’s one of the top virus scientists in Thailand. What South Korea learned from the game was they were totally unprepared for mass testing in the event of a coronavirus pandemic. Back in 2014, he was part of a team of American scientists and military leaders who introduced their Korean counterparts to a really cool way to simulate potential disasters. “Coronavirus taught us why we need to work together with other countries.” “Countries have increasingly grown to mistrust U.S. leadership.
The Resistance Arrives at Its Biggest Chance to Resist
Carolyn Gibbs puts on the striped pants first, then the striped jacket. For Statue of Liberty, it’s a mint green dress, a foam halo and a political sign, usually, standing in as the torch. Before Donald Trump became president, Ms. Gibbs, 59, rarely dressed up for Halloween, only occasionally for a costume party. Yet for all her playfulness — and it is boundless — Ms. Gibbs is driven by a sense of anger and residual shock. How could so many of her neighbors in western Pennsylvania vote for a man she saw as a threat?
In 2020, the Suburbs Are Stressed
Ruth Fremson/The New York TimesThe American suburbs have long been a place for families to put down roots away from the bustle of urban areas. Children play outside of picture perfect homes with neatly trimmed lawns. In 2020, they are one of the most important battlegrounds in the fight for the presidency. Republicans have lost the suburbs only three times since 1980, but their dominance this year is far from certain.
N.J’s Largest City Shuts Down Again as Virus Cases Surge
“The advantage we have now, that we didn’t have in the spring, is experience,” Dr. Elnahal said. In the Ironbound on Monday, city officials went door to door to restaurants, hardware stores and barbershops, handing out pamphlets detailing Mr. Baraka’s executive order and the extra safety protocols that are now required. The sidewalks at dinner time were filled mainly with residents returning from jobs at construction sites and other essential businesses. Newark has 15 testing sites, including one in the Ann Street School parking lot in the Ironbound neighborhood. From Friday to Sunday, of the 284 people tested within the 07105 ZIP code, 84 were positive for the virus, city officials said.
Zuckerberg, Dorsey and Pichai Head Back to Washington: Live Updates
Pool photo by Graeme JenningsFor more than two decades, internet companies have been shielded from liability for much of what their users post by a once-obscure rule called Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act. Now that shield — and how internet companies moderate content on their sites — is being questioned by lawmakers on both sides of the political aisle. On Wednesday, the chief executives of Google, Facebook and Twitter will testify before a Senate committee about their moderation practices. The hearing, held by the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, will be a repeat performance before Congress for Sundar Pichai of Google, Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook and Jack Dorsey of Twitter. Republicans argue the companies — Twitter, in particular — are being heavy-handed in their content moderation and are unfairly silencing conservative voices.
The Lockdown That Felt Like It Might Last Forever Has Finally Ended
MELBOURNE, Australia — As if from hibernation, Australia’s second-largest city emerged from one of the world’s longest and most severe lockdowns on Wednesday, feeling both traumatized and euphoric after weeks of shared sacrifice that brought a deadly second wave of the coronavirus to heel. It took 111 days, but Melbourne and the surrounding state of Victoria recorded no new infections on Monday, and on Wednesday thousands of stores, cafes, restaurants and beauty salons opened their doors for the first time in months. “That is an achievement that every single Victorian should be proud of,” said the state’s top official, Daniel Andrews. The collective exit for a city of five million came suddenly and none too soon — Mr. Andrews had insisted on a very low threshold of cases before lifting the lockdown. It ended a dizzying and lonely experience that many in Melbourne described as an emotional roller coaster with effects on the economy, education and mental health that will linger.
A Partisan Future for Local News?
Listen and subscribe to ‘The Daily’Apple Podcasts | Spotify | StitcherLocal news in America has long been widely trusted, and widely seen as objective. But as traditional local papers struggle, there have been attempts across the political spectrum to create more partisan outlets. Few can have been as ambitious or widespread as the nationwide network of 1,300 websites and newspapers run by Brian Timpone, a television reporter turned internet entrepreneur. He has said that he sees local news as a means of preserving American civil discourse. INSIDE ‘THE DAILY’ For an exclusive look at how the biggest stories on our show come together, subscribe to our newsletter.
How the Surging Virus Has Crashed Into Campaigning in Every Imaginable Way
And Mr. Lux was monitoring early voting as best he could, between checking his temperature every two hours. The collision of an election and a pandemic has thrown campaigns and early voting efforts into a last-minute frenzy, and the dual narratives seem to be reaching an apex at precisely the same moment. Voters who had never considered mailing their ballots are doing that for the first time rather than braving their usual indoor polling places. When the presidential contest began ramping up in early 2020, there was little inkling that the year would be defined by the coronavirus pandemic. But when Iowans gathered for caucuses in early February, the virus may have already been quietly spreading.
The Anxious Person’s Guide to the 2020 Election
Only if it’s received on time. That’s why sending in your ballot just before the final deadline is a risk. A Times analysis found that in nearly three dozen states, voters can request ballots so close to Election Day that it may not be possible for them to receive and return their ballots in time to be counted. There is also the nontrivial matter of President Trump’s longstanding campaign against the Postal Service, which has fueled concerns about the system itself being hampered. States With Tight Ballot Deadlines AK ME You may not have enough time to vote by mail in these states if you wait until the deadline to request or postmark your ballot.
The Fight Over Voting
Democrats and Republicans are engaged in a furious struggle over voting rights. Much of the fight involves voting by mail, which many people would prefer to do this year, to minimize their risk of contracting the coronavirus at a polling place. Lawyers have already filed more than 300 lawsuits, across 44 states, over issues related to pandemic voting. Pennsylvania Republicans are trying to get the Supreme Court to reverse the order, so that only ballots received by Election Day will count. The board has said ballots can arrive until Nov. 12, as long as they were mailed by Election Day.
Costs to consider before moving to the suburbs
A larger house equals larger monthly bills. The thought of living in a larger house in the suburbs is enticing for many people. Although more space can be a good thing, it does come with larger monthly bills. For example, it takes more electricity to power a larger house. If you’re planning to move from the city to the suburbs, you’re probably moving into a larger space.
Sarah Cooper's Netflix special shows it's time to ditch the Trump lip-syncing
Released Tuesday, “Everything’s Fine” is a political sketch show that, yes, features Cooper lip-syncing to Trump (with a couple A-listers getting in on the act, too). But those moments are the least compelling in a special designed to contend with our grotesque reality. The shtick has become old hat, and “Everything’s Fine” inadvertently makes the case for Cooper to ditch it. Cooper plays a morning-show host also named Sarah Cooper in the special and, in the circulated clip, interviews Trump (er, Cooper-as-Trump) while he golfs at Mar-a-Lago. The more palatable sketches in “Everything’s Fine” are void of lip-syncing and instead take on a surreal tone to express how horrible everything is, be it workplace politics or regular politics.
A Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles co-creator has a long-lost story to tell. And it gets pretty dark.
Fast forward to today: The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are still a household name. ADADJust as resilient has been the turtles’ original gateway to their fandom: the comics. Each issue will be more than 40 pages and printed in an oversize format that pays homage to the original TMNT comics. The story takes place 20 years beyond where the ninja turtles are in their main series, Eastman says. Laird then sold the rights to Viacom, followed by IDW picking up the license to publish TMNT comics in 2011.
A review of how the 2017 tax law affects mortgage interest deductions
Your loan interest and property tax payments will be much lower than the standard deduction of $24,800. ADEven in states where you have state income taxes and/or higher property taxes, you’re still limited to deducting no more than $10,000 for state and property taxes. If your $300,000 mortgage carries an interest rate of 4 percent, your annual interest payments would be around $12,000. With the state and property deduction of $10,000 and the interest deduction of around $12,000, you’d still be below the standard deduction of $24,800. Not only that, but if you take the standard deduction, filing federal income taxes is easier and less complicated.
The most captivating and essential hip-hop and R&B music coming out of the DMV this month
With heartbeat-like bass thumps, sprint synths and a sax at the tail end, it’s earnest as it is comforting. Mannywellz featuring Tems, "Peace"“Peace,” the opening track on Nigeria-born, Bowie-raised singer Mannywellz’s new project “Mirage,” is equal parts beautiful and despondent. Shordie Shordie featuring Rico Nasty, "Feelings"Earlier this year Shordie Shordie became the first Baltimore rapper to have a single reach platinum status: “Bitchuary,” which was released in late 2018. On songs like “Free Bundy,” his staccato flow lands in such a seamless pocket that it feels like an extension of the song’s production. Landover native Xanman gave Erykah Badu’s timeless “Didn’t Cha Know?” the DMV flow treatment a couple years back.
Commuting convenience and value for the price at the Ridings at Blue Spring
But what set the Ridings at Blue Spring apart was the value of the new homes there compared with neighboring South Riding, a much larger community to the west. Some of the homes on and around Rawley Springs Drive in the southern part of the community are on quarter-acre lots. Getting more home for the money also appealed to Jody Donaldson, who moved with his family in 2005 to the Ridings at Blue Spring — known by many residents as “RBS” — after looking at homes in western Fairfax. ADADThe Ridings at Blue Spring HOA, managed by FirstService Residential, oversees trash removal, recycling and maintenance of the community clubhouse, pool, fitness room, tennis courts, basketball court, playground and other amenities. According to data provided by Donaldson, four homes sold in the Ridings at Blue Spring over the past year, with a median price of $860,000.
D.C.-area forecast: Mild with plenty of clouds today, washout likely tomorrow
Otherwise we’re partly to mostly cloudy today with perhaps a light shower or sprinkle during the morning hours. Morning temperatures rise into the 60s, with mild afternoon highs near 70. Tomorrow (Thursday): Rain is likely most of the day and could be moderate to heavy at times. Confidence: HighTomorrow night: The steady rain tapers during the evening, but scattered showers may continue through the night. Friday night lows fall back to the chilly 30s.
Maryland lawmakers write to Gov. Hogan with ‘deep’ concerns about fate of Purple Line
Purple Line Transit Partners, which had employed the contractor, announced that it plans to terminate its $5.6 billion, 36-year public-private partnership with the state, but has continued negotiations in hopes of reaching a settlement. ADADState transportation officials have said they plan to seek another construction contractor or a new private partner, but have not said how much either option would cost or add to the delays. The lawmakers cite the “significant disruption” that Purple Line construction has caused for residents and businesses along the 16-mile alignment between Montgomery and Prince George’s counties. Once completed, they said, the Purple Line will connect residents to jobs and attract investment to communities along the alignment. “We are all anxious for the project to reach that stage as quickly and cost-effectively as possible,” the lawmakers wrote.
A guard asked two sisters to put on a mask. They stabbed him 27 times instead, prosecutors say.
The guard eventually escaped and helped keep the sisters in the store until police arrested them. The altercation in Chicago began at around 6 p.m. Sunday, prosecutors said, when Jessica and Jayla Hill arrived at Snipes shoe store. ADThe sisters punched the guard, prosecutors said, and then Jessica allegedly took out a “comb knife” that had a hidden blade and started stabbing him. They then kicked him in the head and body, prosecutors allege, while the guard and the store’s manager begged the women to stop. ADThe sisters were arrested at about 6:15 p.m., according to police, and the security guard was transported to Mount Sinai Hospital.
The Interior secretary shared a video hailing Trump’s ‘historic feats.’ Critics called it ‘propaganda.’
But in the final week before a presidential election, one former Interior Department appointee had another term for the clip: propaganda. The Interior Department didn’t immediately respond to a message from The Washington Post about the video late on Tuesday. “It’s really upsetting to think about the thousands of people at the Interior Department who are being subjected to this. The White House defended O’Brien’s travel as necessary to protect the mineral industry and defense supply chains. That United States?”Fullerton remembered a much different scenario at the Interior Department eight years earlier.
Can gigantic skeletons save Halloween?
As the pandemic threw Halloween into limbo, Home Depot’s “12 ft. Giant-Sized Skeleton with LifeEyes,” as the product is officially called (the eyes move! (One Twitter writer spoke of “the sexual tension between my bank account and the 12’ tall Home Depot skeleton.” “Can’t stop thinking ’bout him,” wrote another.) ADADHome Depot sold out of the skeletons quickly — they declined to say how many they manufactured — but scarcity has only deepened the resolve of would-be buyers. The giant skeleton comes in a 4-by-4-foot giant box. ADA manager at their local Home Depot intervened, Michelle says, passing word of the bone-napping to the bosses at corporate.
Coronavirus live updates: U.S. averages more than 70,000 new cases a day, shattering records
“We are in an unprecedented global pandemic that really sucks,” he said in televised remarks. “It’s tough going through this second wave. “We will get through this. Vaccines are on the horizon. Spring and summer will come, and they will be better than this winter,” he said.
Did the 'Borat' sequel leave you wanting more? Here are 10 'very nice' satires to watch.
“Election” is a classic but perhaps worth considering in a different light: As the New York Time’s A.O. Scott noted last year, Tracy Flick has for too long been cast as the film’s villain. (Stream on Hulu)“Borat” (2006)Now is a great time to revisit the predecessor to the film that has taken over the news cycle. In 2010, the movie was added to the National Film Registry, which chooses selections that are “culturally, historically or aesthetically” significant. The film’s ensemble cast also includes Toni Collette, Jamie Lee Curtis, Chris Evans and Ana de Armas as Harlan’s nurse, Marta.
Furniture, bikes and cooking supplies: What people are buying during the pandemic
The early days of the novel coronavirus outbreak saw people stocking up on groceries, cleaning supplies and bulk items. The family also bought mountain bikes and supplies for hiking and camping, including a new camp stove and head lamps. Since the onset of the pandemic, she has noticed her guests and listeners talking more about supplies for do-it-yourself activities. Being unable to do those activities has created some room for purchases that will make the pandemic more enjoyable. ADADBread baking is another popular pandemic pastime, with numerous amateur bakers on social media showing off lumpy loaves sprung from sourdough starters.
A spice boom has left manufacturers scrambling, and packaging materials can’t keep up
More meals are being prepared at home, which has led consumers to reinforce their existing herb and spice pantry. ADADAnd though the holiday season typically sees an uptick in spice purchasing, McCormick anticipates even greater demand for garlic, sage, cinnamon, vanilla and pumpkin pie spice. McKinley Thomason owns the Doug Jeffords spice company in Mount Pleasant, Tenn., as well as Nueva Kerala, a spice-growing company in Guatemala. A large portion of his business was industrial supply for food service and private-label spice manufacturing. “We can’t get containers and lids, and the corrugated packaging for gift sets have seen much longer lead times,” he says.
Woman wounded in fatal shooting of Marcellis Stinnette disputes Waukegan police narrative
Williams said the fateful night started after she and Stinnette put their 7-month-old to bed. She said she went outside to smoke a cigarette in the parked car outside their home, and Stinnette joined her in the passenger seat. She said the officer called Stinnette by name and said he recognized him “from jail.” She said they both had their hands up when the officer fired. The close-knit nature of Waukegan, home to fewer than 90,000 people, distinguishes the situation from police shootings in bigger cities. According to attorneys, Cunningham’s family knows the families of both Williams and Stinnette.
A teen was fatally shot at a state park. Officials are searching for answers.
Kutt was shot around 5 p.m. at Nockamixon State Park, according to Matt Weintraub, Bucks County district attorney. When asked by reporters whether Kutt could have been mistaken for an animal, he said that would “be difficult.” Hunters were allowed in the park the day Kutt was shot. Kutt was wearing a black hat with a bright orange brim at the time he was shot, Weintraub said. AD“Things can happen on purpose, they can happen knowingly, they can happen recklessly, they can happen through gross negligence or purely by accident,” he said. Authorities said that while they could not definitely rule out that someone had deliberately shot Kutt and walked away, there was no information available to think that had been the case.
Election 2020 live updates: Biden seeks to keep a focus on the coronavirus while Trump stumps in Arizona
A page on the Trump campaign’s website was hacked, replacing the “About” section with a warning meant to look like the FBI had taken it over and requesting money to reveal compromising information about President Trump and his family. “The world has had enough of the fake-news spreaded daily by president donald j trump,” the new site read. “It is time to allow the world to know truth.”The campaign site was briefly taken offline. Trump campaign spokesman Tim Murtaugh acknowledged that the site had been compromised. “Earlier this evening, the Trump campaign website was defaced, and we are working with law enforcement authorities to investigate the source of the attack,” he said.
Post-ABC polls: Biden leads Trump narrowly in Michigan, significantly in Wisconsin
Source: Oct. 20-25, 2020, Washington Post-ABC News poll among 798 likely voters in Michigan and 809 likely voters in Wisconsin. Source: Oct. 20-25, 2020, Washington Post-ABC News poll among 798 likely voters in Michigan and 809 likely voters in Wisconsin. Washington Post-ABC News Poll Michigan & Wisconsin Biden has wide lead in Wisconsin and is narrowly ahead of Trump in Michigan Q: If the presidential election were held today, for whom would you vote/lean toward? Source: Oct. 20-25, 2020, Washington Post-ABC News poll among 798 likely voters in Michigan and 809 likely voters in Wisconsin. Among the sample of 789 likely voters in Michigan and 809 likely voters in Wisconsin, it is four points.
Mercedes-Benz is taking a big stake in Aston Martin
London (CNN Business) Mercedes-Benz is taking a big stake in struggling British carmaker Aston Martin. The carmakers have confirmed in statements that Mercedes-Benz will increase its stake in Aston Martin over the next three years from 2.6% to as much as 20%. In exchange for the new shares, Aston Martin will get access to Mercedes-Benz technologies and components including next generation hybrid and electric powertrains. Aston Martin, the favorite ride of fictional British secret service agent James Bond, was in rough shape even before the coronavirus pandemic slammed the auto industry. The company battled weak demand for some of its models and a global auto slowdown before Formula 1 billionaire Lawrence Stroll drove to its rescue in January.
London Heathrow loses its crown to Paris as passenger numbers plummet
London (CNN Business) London Heathrow has lost the title of Europe's busiest airport to Charles de Gaulle in Paris and is downgrading its forecasts for passenger numbers this year and next as the outlook for aviation deteriorates further. "Paris has overtaken Heathrow as Europe's largest airport for the first time ever, and Frankfurt and Amsterdam are quickly gaining ground," Heathrow CEO John Holland-Kaye said in a statement on Wednesday. In the first nine months of the year, Charles de Gaulle welcomed 19.27 million passengers, compared with 18.97 million at Heathrow, 17.6 million at Amsterdam's Schiphol and 16.16 million at Frankfurt International, according to Heathrow. Holland-Kaye, who has been lobbying the UK government to develop an international testing standard , on Wednesday blamed the weak passenger numbers on a lack of coronavirus testing, which Heathrow said all three continental rivals have implemented. The government plans to introduce testing for passengers from "high risk" countries from December 1, Heathrow said.
McDonald's new pastries are here. Here's how to get them for free
New York (CNN Business) McDonald's finds itself struggling at breakfast, a part of the day it once dominated. So the chain is rolling out new bakery items Wednesday for the first time in nearly a decade. McDonald's is giving away one of the new items free with a purchase of a hot or iced coffee on orders placed through its app. The new additions to the McCafé lineup is now available. Its most notable rival is, which launched its own breakfast menu nationwide for the first the time earlier this year.
Bugatti unveils a super light hypercar that can top 300 miles an hour
(CNN) Bugatti unveiled an 1,800-horsepower hypercar Wednesday that's even less practical than the powerful multimillion-dollar two-seaters the brand usually makes. The Bugatti Bolide -- a name that comes from French slang for "very fast car," according to Bugatti -- is a concept car designed solely for track driving, not for use on public roads. It's built to be super light and can reach a top speed of well over 300 miles an hour, according to Bugatti. The Bugatti Bolide, seen here in an illustration, takes the basic engineering of the Bugatti Chiron and reduces its weight while increasing engine power. The bubbles improve air flow over the scoop by 10% while also reducing aerodynamic lift by 17%, according to Bugatti.
CEOs of Facebook, Twitter and Google set to be grilled in Senate hearing
The hearing comes less than a week before the US election and as social media companies have been bracing for an onslaught of misinformation and disinformation. In recent days, Facebook and Twitter have both taken action to slow the spread of some content, bringing about allegations of bias, censorship and even election interference. Independent studies of social media have found little credible evidence to suggest that the technology is biased against right-wing viewpoints, but the executives clearly expect to be pressed on the matter. "Our Twitter Rules are not based on ideology or a particular set of beliefs. We believe strongly in being impartial, and we strive to enforce our Twitter Rules fairly."
This is the biggest election in 160 years (opinion)
None of these elections however bear the same weight as the presidential election of 1860, which decided the fate of the American republic. While some may threaten or incite violence, we can ill imagine a long drawn out Civil War over the results of the presidential elections. The election of 1860 that elevated Abraham Lincoln to the presidency was no ordinary election. The threat of violent reprisal hung heavy over the 1860 elections as it does today. The 2020 presidential election is certainly as consequential as that of 1860.
2020 BET Hip Hop Awards: See who won and which politician made a surprise appearance
(CNN) The 2020 BET Hip Hop Awards aired Tuesday night, and the evening was owned by one of the hottest female rappers in the game. Megan Thee Stallion scored the wins for Hustler of the Year, Hip Hop Artist of the Year and a shared Best Collaboration with singer Beyoncé for their "Savage (Remix )," which also earned Beyoncé the Sweet 16: Best Featured Verse award. Roddy Ricch won Song of the Year and Album of the Year for "Please Excuse Me For Being Antisocial." Pop Smoke, who was killed in February during a home invasion, was posthumously crowned Best New Hip Hop Artist. There were also plenty of performances, including 2 Chainz featuring Lil Wayne, City Girls and the awards show's famous cyphers that brought together various performers.
Covid-19 evictions means cats and dogs can be separated from families, compounding the loss
Let's not allow family pets that provide critical companionship and comfort to be a part of that devastating circumstance. Community members should also ask their elected officials to ensure that government-sponsored housing providers are pet friendly. Housing providers themselves are another essential piece of the puzzle. Now is the time to make sure policies aren't unintentionally harming or excluding people with pets who need help. Let's not allow family pets that provide critical companionship and comfort to be a part of that devastating circumstance.
Biden brings closing message to historically red Georgia
Speaking in Warm Springs, Georgia, Biden took aim at Trump's responses to the dual public health and economic crises caused by Covid-19, as well as the protests for racial justice seen across the nation this year. To win the state, Biden w