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Fact check: Thin Blue Line flag has taken a prominent place at Trump rallies
At issue: A Thin Blue Line flag that was prominently featured behind Trump at an Oct. 24 rally in Waukesha. That blue stripe is meant to symbolize police officers as the “thin blue line” between order and chaos. First the anti-Black Lives Matter flag flew outside his rallies, then beside the American flag. In a June 8 article by the Marshall Project, “The Short, Fraught History of the ‘Thin Blue Line’ American Flag,” Andrew Jacob, president of Thin Blue Line USA said: “The flag has no association with racism, hatred, bigotry. And the Thin Blue Line flag has become a prominent part of the pro-police Blue Lives Matter movement, which arose to counter the Black Lives Matter movement.
Joe Biden's biggest problem is that there is no vaccine for Trumpism
Christian SchneiderOpinion columnistAs the 2020 presidential election hurls itself at us, there is one thing upon which the far right and far left agree: The COVID-19 pandemic should be over within days after Nov. 4. Alas, despite these extremes being so far out there that they meet again in the back, neither is right. Trump is not entirely to blame for the virus’ spread, and Joe Biden’s election will not be a panacea in stopping it. Biden's plan won't be effectiveSure, Biden has a “plan” to solve COVID-19, and it contains all the commonsense proposals: vaccine funding, paid leave, more protective equipment and more funding for testing. Voters can handle 'Saturday Night Live' jokes about Joe Biden.
Fiat Chrysler CEO says Ram will offer electric pickup
Get ready for an electric Ram pickup. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO Mike Manley confirmed on Wednesday that Ram will join the rush to produce an electric truck, an area that promises robust competition with Ford, General Motors, Tesla, Rivian and Lordstown Motors already planning to launch their own models. The news from Manley came in the same week GM announced a more than $100,000 price tag for its GMC Hummer electric pickup. Industry expert Rebecca Lindland said planning to make an electric truck is understandable for FCA. She noted that even though electric vehicle demand "wallows in the single digits, we could start to see pull-demand from millennial buyers as EV models penetrate into larger segments like pickup trucks and crossovers, so an electrified Ram pickup makes a lot of sense."
Man charged in Whitmer kidnapping plot also threatened to hang Trump, Obama online
Barry Croft, a Delaware resident, railed against numerous present and former elected leaders in private Facebook posts, special agent Kristopher Long said. Croft is one of six purported members of an extremist paramilitary group accused of scheming to kidnap Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer says Trump incites domestic terrorismIt said one Facebook post in May showed an image of Trump with a caption reading, “True colors shining through, wanna hang this mf'er too!! !%"Other profanity-laced posts spoke of hanging former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton “for war crimes against humanity," the affidavit said. But investigators say some cased Whitmer's vacation home in northern Michigan and agreed to buy explosives and tactical gear.
Trump raved about his COVID treatment, but hardly anyone can get it. We need a better plan.
Monoclonal antibodies are genetically engineered antibodies that could both treat and prevent COVID-19 infection. Because monoclonal antibodies could help prevent infection, the figure also includes household members of confirmed cases and health care workers with direct patient exposure. Plan for antibodies, not just vaccinesThe Trump administration has also neglected to plan for distribution of monoclonal antibodies. The Trump administration has announced that distribution of monoclonal antibodies will be similar to distribution of the antiviral drug remdesivir. Monoclonal antibodies are a promising treatment and, together with a vaccine, have the potential to turn the tide of this pandemic.
Nature gap: Outdoor recreation isn't just for white people. Invite Black youth outside.
“There are cultural barriers that we deal with within our own community that’s, ‘Oh, that’s not for us. Black people often find power, confidence and healing in returning to natural spaces they were once harmed by or excluded from, said Marcia. The Cuyahoga Valley National Park protects nearly 33,000 acres in Northeast Ohio, and follows the Cuyahoga River for about 22 miles. But in 2010, the National Park Service reported fewer than 1% of all national park visitors were Black. But over the summer, the presidential election cycle spurred political displays in natural spaces that have been tough for Harvey to stomach.
Americans say they are better off under Trump, but is America? Trump by the numbers
Americans say they're better off, but not due to TrumpAnd yet the same percentage — 56% — say Trump “does not deserve to be reelected, while 43% say he does,” Gallup says. It’s an extraordinary disconnect: Americans say they’re better off, but they don’t give the incumbent president credit. President Trump, who talks constantly about how prices are coming down because of him, isn’t fooling anyone here, including senior citizens, who appear to be abandoning him. Trump vs. Biden: Opinion contributors assess the final presidential debate19: The number of women who have accused Trump of sexual misconduct over the years. 17: How many percentage points Trump trails Biden among voters older than 65 — a group the president won in 2016.
Republicans have already packed the Supreme Court. Unpack it by making it bigger.
Todd GitlinOpinion contributorNow that President Donald Trump has named a third of the highest bench in the land, the Supreme Court is already firmly packed. With life-and-death decisions facing a Republican-skewed Supreme Court, it’s imperative, and a high priority, for a new Congress to vote to unpack the courts — just as assuredly and constitutionally as McConnell blithely refused a confirmation hearing or vote on President Barack Obama’s final Supreme Court nominee, Judge Merrick Garland. A majority of Congress has the right to adjust the size of the Supreme Court and has done so seven times. As is well known, President Franklin Roosevelt proposed to enlarge the Supreme Court in 1937, when it had formed the habit of striking down New Deal legislation. Nor is concern about the extremity of the Supreme Court's powers limited to Democrats.
Eric Holder on the gendered impact of voter suppression
Holder: The most reliable voters, as a group, are African American women. And so, if you look at all of the things that are being done to suppress the African American vote, the Democratic vote, the people who suffer the most under these suppression tactics are African American women. And if you want to neuter the Democratic Party, you have to keep Black women away from the polls. Holder: In the wake of this, people are not really understanding the impact to Black women around police violence and the need for police reform. But we are missing an awful lot when we don’t focus on what’s happening to African American women under similar circumstances.
Gilead Sciences raked in nearly $900M from COVID-19 drug remdesivir
Gilead Sciences sold nearly $900 million worth of its coronavirus treatment remdesivir from July to September, the company announced this week. The California-based drugmaker on Wednesday reported third-quarter revenues of $873 million from its antiviral drug, which was the first COVID-19 treatment to be fully approved by the US Food and Drug Administration. The drug, sold under the brand name Veklury, helped Gilead post an 18 percent increase in its total product sales and a net profit of $360 million, a significant improvement from a nearly $1.2 billion loss in the year-earlier period. This was the first full quarter for which Gilead reported sales for remdesivir, which the FDA cleared for emergency use in coronavirus patients in May before granting it full approval last week. Gilead has said Veklury helps shorten recovery times for hospitalized coronavirus patients by five days, but a recent World Health Organization study concluded that it had no significant effect on patients’ chances of survival.
DHS proposes revamping H-1B visa program to protect American workers
The Trump administration has proposed revamping the H-1B visa selection process for high-skilled foreign technology workers by scrapping the existing lottery and replacing it with a system based on wages to protect American workers, according to the Department of Homeland Security. Getting rid of the computerized lottery system would prod employers into offering higher wages or seeking workers with higher skills, instead of trying to fill vacancies with low wage workers that reduce Americans’ pay, Homeland Security said in a statement released on Wednesday. “The Trump administration is continuing to deliver on its promise to protect the American worker while strengthening the economy,” acting Homeland Security Deputy Secretary Ken Cuccinelli said in the statement. “The current use of random selection to allocate H-1B visas … hurts American workers by bringing in relatively lower-paid foreign labor at the expense of the American workforce.”The proposed change, which has to undergo a 30-day public comment period, would affect the approximately 85,000 H-1B visas awarded each year.
Fact-checking Trump’s closing arguments on covid-19
When comparing the 20 countries most affected by the coronavirus, the United States is fifth in deaths per 100,000 people. The United States is now past both numbers. After the first peak in early spring, US death rates from COVID-19 and from all causes remained higher than even countries with high COVID-19 mortality. The Pinocchio TestThe United States is not “rounding the turn.” Coronavirus cases are spiking across the country. His boast that the United States has 42 percent less excess-mortality deaths than Europe is premature at best and shaky in any case, considering the dearth of reliable data.
How Trump waged war on his own government
Vindman retired in July after what his attorney called a campaign of White House intimidation and retaliation. ADADThe career staff takes policy direction from every White House, following the lead of political appointees. Longtime public servants worry the purges already have cut into public trust in a government on the cusp of producing a coronavirus vaccine. Public service may have lost its luster just as it needs a new generation to backfill a workforce preparing to retire. After concluding her review, Knight was instructed by a White House lawyer to tell Bolton that the coronavirus pandemic had delayed final approval.
Election 2020 polls show Biden with slim lead in Florida, wider lead nationally, with 5 days to go
President Trump is polling close behind Democratic nominee Joe Biden in Florida, according to one poll, as national polls continue to show Biden leading. BIDEN AND TRUMP TO TANGLE IN TAMPA ON THURSDAYAn NBC News/Marist poll released Thursday found Biden with 51% of likely voters' support and Trump with 47% in Florida. NBC News/Marist found Trump and Biden tied at 48% support among likely voters in September. In addition to Florida, Biden continues to poll well in battleground state Michigan. A New York Times/Siena College poll released Wednesday found Biden at 49% support among likely voters and Trump at 41%.
Hillary Clinton to serve as Democratic elector for NY
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton confirmed that New York voters who choose the Democratic ticket for president on their ballots will technically be voting for her, along with the 28 others who will serve as presidential electors if their party wins in their state. If recent history is any indication, Clinton will all but certainly get to participate when electors submit their votes on Dec. 14. HILLARY CLINTON 'SICK TO MY STOMACH' OVER POSSIBLE SECOND TRUMP TERM“I’m an elector, so I’m pretty sure I’ll get to vote for Joe and Kamala in New York, so that’s pretty exciting,” Clinton told SiriusXM’s “Signal Boost” show. According to New York Board of Election records, the 2016 Democratic nominee is not the only prominent Democrat on this year’s list of electors. Her husband, former President Bill Clinton, is an elector, as is New York Gov.
Blueprint Capital CEO on why Trump will keep the White House and what it means for markets
Blueprint Capital CEO on why Trump will keep the White House and what it means for markets"Hillary Clinton seemed to have all of the momentum going into election night, and we all woke up the next day with a hangover," Jacob Walthour, CEO and co-founder of Blueprint Capital Advisors, told CNBC's "Squawk Box" on Thursday. "We have that situation here again in 2020 where you have Trump behind in the polls, but you're also seeing some real momentum on his part, and I think investors are making a mistake if they're paying attention to what national polling data shows."
Election 2020 live updates: Biden holds narrow lead in new Florida poll with 5 days left
There are five days until Election Day. President Trump continues his ambitious campaign schedule, while Joe Biden, his Democratic rival, is slated to hit the trail with a more scaled-back schedule. Biden and his running mate, Sen. Kamala Harris, are looking to expand their electoral map by focusing on traditionally red states such as Texas, Georgia and Arizona. Trump and Vice President Mike Pence, meanwhile, have sought to flip previously blue states Nevada and Minnesota. Both campaigns are focusing a great deal of their time and resources on the so-called "blue wall" states of Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, which Trump flipped in 2016.
United Airlines to begin trial of free passenger Covid tests on London flights
The trial will run from Nov. 16 through Dec. 11 on some flights from its hub in Newark, New Jersey, to London's Heathrow. United will pay for the rapid molecular Abbott ID Now tests, for Monday, Wednesday and Friday departures. United earlier this month started offering Covid tests, which travelers pay for, to some passengers traveling from San Francisco to Hawaii. The launch coincided with Hawaii's removal of a two-week quarantine requirement for inbound travelers if they had a negative Covid-19 test result within 72 hours. The tests ahead of the London flights will be conducted at Newark airport at a United Club lounge and customers have to make an appointment ahead of time.
Democrats' growing influence in North Carolina meets resistance in this House district
He is being challenged for the seat in North Carolina's 9th District by first-time candidate Cynthia Wallace. "My pitch to [voters] is, you're going to get someone that's focused on kitchen table issues, and her No. Running in a purple state in a district that leans Republican, Wallace has focused on issues that have been fairly safe for Democrats across the country, such as health care. In the 9th District, we just see that in a microcosm all in one district." The election will test how willing voters are to break from Trump and other Republicans running in the state.
Opinion: Why Trump still appeals to Texas conservatives
(CNN) When I moved from California to Texas in 2006, I felt an overwhelming sense of coming home. And it was in Texas that I left the ranks of news and began my career in conservative talk radio and television. He explained that his vote for Trump was an expression of his conservative values and said, "Less government is best." When it comes to what conservatives want from our federal government, David, from Midlothian, Texas, expressed frustration with the tumult and vitriol in Washington, DC. Join us on Twitter and FacebookOf course, Texas conservatives aren't looking to eliminate government.
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.
Gold holds steady, tracks dollar as election caution kicks in
FILE PHOTO: Gold bars at the Austrian Gold and Silver Separating Plant in Vienna, Austria, March 18, 2016. REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger/File PhotoSpot gold was flat at $1,877.01 per ounce by 1028 GMT. “No one really wants to take any aggressive positions ahead of the election,” said StoneX analyst Rhona O’Connell. But gold, considered an inflation-hedge, was still up 24% this year, helped by near-zero interest rates globally and unprecedented stimulus measures. On the physical front, the World Gold Council expected gold demand to improve into year-end in traditional top buyers China and India after slumping for most of this year.
Factbox: U.S. Supreme Court rules against Trump as legal battles over election continue
FILE PHOTO: The Supreme Court of the United States is seen in Washington, D.C., U.S., August 29, 2020. BIDEN WINS-- NORTH CAROLINA BALLOT EXTENSIONThe U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday left in place North Carolina’s extension of the deadline for receiving mail-in ballots. The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday denied a request from Pennsylvania Republicans to review the decision on an expedited basis. On Oct. 19, the court deadlocked 4-4 on an emergency request by Republicans to halt the lower court decision. By a 6-4 vote, it reversed a lower court ruling that the measure amounted to an unconstitutional poll tax.
White House advisers warn of 'unrelenting' COVID-19 spread in U.S. Midwest, West
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House coronavirus task force is warning of a persistent and broad spread of COVID-19 in the western half of the United States and its members urged aggressive mitigation measures. We’re going in the wrong direction,” said Dr. Anthony Fauci, task force member and director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. Fauci noted that coronavirus cases are rising in 47 states and patients are overwhelming hospitals across the country. “We continue to see unrelenting, broad community spread in the Midwest, Upper Midwest and West. The task force reports said the cooler weather is a major factor in the increase as friends and families move gatherings indoors.
If Biden wins, what would a U.S. climate change pledge look like?
BRUSSELS/WASHINGON (Reuters) - If he wins next Tuesday’s U.S. presidential election, Joe Biden has pledged to give the country a leading role in global efforts to curb climate change. FILE PHOTO: Democratic U.S. presidential nominee and former Vice President Joe Biden makes a statement in Wilmington, Delaware, U.S., October 28, 2020. REUTERS/Brian Snyder/File PhotoPresident Donald Trump, who has rejected mainstream science on climate change, does not have a plan to address global warming. That is because under the Paris Agreement progress towards curbing climate change is measured by countries’ pledges to rein in emissons this decade. A Biden administration could get a boost from climate policies already in place in many states, cities and businesses.
Trump, Biden to take campaign battle to critical battleground: Florida
FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally at Phoenix Goodyear Airport in Goodyear, Arizona, U.S., October 28, 2020. REUTERS/Jonathan ErnstOpinion polls show Biden with a significant edge nationally, but his lead is tighter in battleground states. A Reuters/Ipsos poll released on Wednesday showed Trump had essentially moved into a tie with Biden in Florida, with 49% saying they would vote for Biden and 47% for the president. In the battleground state of Pennsylvania, the Philadelphia prosecutor issued a stark warning for Trump campaign poll-watchers not to overstep their bounds as they search for voter fraud. The Trump campaign has said it is recruiting an “army” of 50,000 volunteers to monitor polling places, an effort Democrats say could suppress the vote.
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Republican moderate Susan Collins fights for her political life in Trump eraU.S. Senator Susan Collins is fighting for her political life in a race that could decide control of the Senate, having enjoyed years of popularity as an independent-minded moderate before fellow Republican Donald Trump entered the White House.
From Facebook to TikTok, U.S. political influencers are paid for posts
REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration/File PhotoThe tactic of paying so-called influencers and publishers for creating and posting political content is taking off across social media sites. A TikTok spokeswoman said its ban on political advertising also prohibited paid political influencer content. PAID POSTSInconsistent disclosure practices and a lack of transparency tools make it difficult to track political paid partnerships online. She said TikTok removes undisclosed paid political content when it becomes aware of it. While the Federal Trade Commission requires social media influencers and creators to clearly label sponsored posts, the Federal Election Commission (FEC) governs political ads.
Golfing great Nicklaus endorses Trump for re-election
FILE PHOTO: U.S. golf great Jack Nicklaus hits off the 3rd tee during the par 3 contest held on the final day of practice for the 2018 Masters golf tournament at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia, U.S. April 4, 2018. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst/File Photo(Reuters) - Legendary golfer Jack Nicklaus said that he has cast his vote for President Donald Trump and urged Americans who have not made up their minds to give the incumbent another four years in the White House. Nicklaus, an 18-time major winner, said Trump has already delivered on his promises in the past 3-1/2 years, while being “more diverse than any other President” before. Soon after Nicklaus' endorsement, Trump replied on Twitter twitter.com/realDonaldTrump: "Jack, this is a Great Honor. Nicklaus, nicknamed The Golden Bear, is a native of Ohio, a state Trump won in the 2016 election.
Analysis: Biden presidency for Turkey would mean tougher U.S. stance but chance to repair ties
U.S. Vice President Joe Biden (L) attends a bilateral meeting with Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan in Washington March 31, 2016. To date, he has refused to impose sanctions on Ankara for buying the Russian S-400 missiles, which Washington says compromise NATO defenses. While overruling advisers is common in Trump’s policy playbook, his instinct to go lightly on Turkey has prevented severely fractured ties between Ankara and Washington from total collapse. “That means Erdogan will not be able to upend U.S. policy with one call to the White House,” he said. To repair the transatlantic alliance, analysts said, Biden will have to work with Turkey, or at least try.
If Biden wins, what would a U.S. climate change pledge look like?
BRUSSELS/WASHINGON (Reuters) - If he wins next Tuesday’s U.S. presidential election, Joe Biden has pledged to give the country a leading role in global efforts to curb climate change. REUTERS/Leah Millis/File PhotoPresident Donald Trump, who has rejected mainstream science on climate change, does not have a plan to address global warming. That is because under the Paris Agreement progress towards curbing climate change is measured by countries’ pledges to rein in emissons this decade. The Biden campaign has not yet set an economy-wide emissions target for 2030, but his climate plan features a goal to eliminate carbon emissions from the power sector by 2035. A Biden administration could get a boost from climate policies already in place in many states, cities and businesses.
White House advisers warn of 'unrelenting' COVID-19 spread in U.S. Midwest, West
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House coronavirus task force is warning of a persistent and broad spread of COVID-19 in the western half of the United States and its members urged aggressive mitigation measures. We’re going in the wrong direction,” said Dr. Anthony Fauci, task force member and director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. Fauci noted that coronavirus cases are rising in 47 states and patients are overwhelming hospitals across the country. “We continue to see unrelenting, broad community spread in the Midwest, Upper Midwest and West. The task force reports said the cooler weather is a major factor in the increase as friends and families move gatherings indoors.
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.
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."
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.
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.
Gender gap among Latino voters seen in some families
Behind in national polls, the president is putting up a fight for Latino voters in key swing states with Democratic candidate Joe Biden. Latino men are a growing share of local law enforcement agencies and the U.S. military, he said, which all lean Republican. Hispanic voters in Florida lean more Republican than Hispanic voters nationally, largely driven by Cuban Americans and Venezuelan exiles in the state. Fifty-six percent of Cuban voters in Florida backed Republicans, while 56% of other Hispanic voters in the state backed Democrats. The gender gap tends to benefit Democrats as Hispanic women have voted in some recent elections at higher rates than men.
US official says UN has ‘lack of curiosity’ on Xinjiang
US official says UN has ‘lack of curiosity’ on XinjiangFILE - In this May 1, 2014, file photo, an Uighur woman rests near a cage protecting heavily armed Chinese paramilitary policemen on duty in Urumqi in China's northwestern region of Xinjiang. The United Nations is not doing enough to investigate reported abuses in China’s Xinjiang region against members of Muslim minority groups, the U.S. envoy for women’s issues said Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020. The Trump Administration withdrew the U.S. from the U.N. Human Rights Council in 2018, citing what it said was a bias against Israel and the human rights track records of member countries. China was reelected to the council earlier in October in a move condemned by major democratic nations and human rights groups. China has maintained that there are no human rights abuses in Xinjiang, denouncing reports to the contrary as fabrications.
China’s leaders vow to become self-reliant technology power
China's leaders vowed Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020, to speed up its development as a self-reliant "technology power" amid a feud with Washington that is cutting access to U.S. components and hampering Beijing's industrial ambitions. China's leaders vowed Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020, to speed up its development as a self-reliant "technology power" amid a feud with Washington that is cutting access to U.S. components and hampering Beijing's industrial ambitions. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)BEIJING (AP) — China’s leaders are vowing to make their country a self-reliant “technology power” as a feud with Washington cuts access to U.S. computer chips and other high-tech components, hampering Beijing’s industrial ambitions. ADVERTISEMENT“Science and technology should be self-reliant as a strategic support for national development,” said a party statement. It promised to “accelerate the building of a science and technology power” but gave no details.
Election 2020 Today: Wooing Florida, getting out the vote
Washington state is one of five states, along with Colorado, Hawaii, Oregon, and Utah, that conduct elections entirely by mail-in voting. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)Here’s what’s happening Thursday in Election 2020 , five days until Election Day:HOW TO VOTE: AP’s state-by-state interactive has details on how to vote in this election . TODAY’S TOP STORIES:WOOING FLORIDA: Trump and Biden will hold competing rallies hours apart in Tampa, Florida, a state all but essential to the Republican president’s pathway to reelection. ADVERTISEMENTGET OUT THE VOTE: In the best of times, it’s a massive logistical challenge to get millions of people out to vote. SUPREME COURT RULINGS: The Supreme Court will allow absentee ballots in North Carolina to be received and counted up to nine days after Election Day .
Biden Tax Plan: Six Ways It Might Affect You
Biden Tax Plan: Assembling The Jigsaw PuzzleTo flesh out Biden's tax plan, the Tax Policy Center (TPC) — which is a nonpartisan joint venture of two prominent think tanks, the Urban Institute and the Brookings Institution — put the jigsaw puzzle together. The overall result is a written analysis of the Biden tax plan by Mermin and five other TPC tax experts. The Biden tax plan would replace the current tax deductions for contributions to traditional 401(k)s and IRAs with a new across-the-board 26% tax credit. Known widely as the Trump tax cuts, the Biden tax plan would repeal the TCJA tax cuts for taxpayers with incomes topping $400,000. The Biden tax plan would restore the estate tax rules of 2009.
Oil prices extend selloff as rising coronavirus cases underline demand fears
Oil futures fell sharply on Thursday, extending this week’s slide as rising COVID-19 cases sparked tighter restrictions on activity in Europe and underlined worries about the outlook for the U.S. and global economic recovery. Oil fell sharply Thursday as France and Germany imposed tighter restrictions in response to the rising number of COVID-19 cases. Oil traders looked past the production disruptions caused by Hurricane Zeta, which made landfall in Louisiana Wednesday as a Category 2 storm. The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement on Wednesday night estimated that two-thirds of oil production in the Gulf of Mexico had been shut-in by the storm, along with around 44.5% of natural gas production. January natural gas NGF21, -2.16% was down 1.6% at $3.355 per million British thermal units.
U.S. stock futures rise ahead of GDP data after worst day since June
Futures on the Dow Jones Industrial Average YM00, -0.38% rose 54 points, or 0.2%, to 26,463, while S&P 500 futures ES00, -0.10% were up 11.75 points, or 0.4%, at 3,275.25. The Dow DJIA, -3.43% on Wednesday dropped 943.24 points, or 3.4%, to close at 26,519.95 for its fourth straight loss. The Dow and S&P 500 saw their worst one-day percentage drop since June 11, while the Nasdaq suffered its biggest decline since Sept. 8. The S&P 500 and Nasdaq erased their October gains with Wednesday’s selloff, joining the Dow, which had turned lower for the month earlier in the week. Read: Why the Nasdaq, with its ‘work from home’ giants, saw its worst day in 7 weeksWhat’s driving the market?
Oil prices extend selloff as rising coronavirus cases underline demand fears
Oil futures fell sharply on Thursday, extending this week’s slide as rising COVID-19 cases sparked tighter restrictions on activity in Europe and underlined worries about the outlook for the U.S. and global economic recovery. Oil fell sharply Thursday as France and Germany imposed tighter restrictions in response to the rising number of COVID-19 cases. Oil traders looked past the production disruptions caused by Hurricane Zeta, which made landfall in Louisiana Wednesday as a Category 2 storm. The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement on Wednesday night estimated that two-thirds of oil production in the Gulf of Mexico had been shut-in by the storm, along with around 44.5% of natural gas production. January natural gas NGF21, -2.08% was down 1.6% at $3.355 per million British thermal units.
Oil prices extend selloff as rising coronavirus cases underline demand fears
Oil futures fell sharply on Thursday, extending this week’s slide as rising COVID-19 cases sparked tighter restrictions on activity in Europe and underlined worries about the outlook for the U.S. and global economic recovery. Oil fell sharply Thursday as France and Germany imposed tighter restrictions in response to the rising number of COVID-19 cases. Oil traders looked past the production disruptions caused by Hurricane Zeta, which made landfall in Louisiana Wednesday as a Category 2 storm. The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement on Wednesday night estimated that two-thirds of oil production in the Gulf of Mexico had been shut-in by the storm, along with around 44.5% of natural gas production. January natural gas NGF21, -2.08% was down 1.6% at $3.355 per million British thermal units.
Oil prices extend selloff as rising coronavirus cases underline demand fears
Oil futures fell sharply on Thursday, extending this week’s slide as rising COVID-19 cases sparked tighter restrictions on activity in Europe and underlined worries about the outlook for the U.S. and global economic recovery. Oil fell sharply Thursday as France and Germany imposed tighter restrictions in response to the rising number of COVID-19 cases. Oil traders looked past the production disruptions caused by Hurricane Zeta, which made landfall in Louisiana Wednesday as a Category 2 storm. The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement on Wednesday night estimated that two-thirds of oil production in the Gulf of Mexico had been shut-in by the storm, along with around 44.5% of natural gas production. January natural gas NGF21, -2.08% was down 1.6% at $3.355 per million British thermal units.
U.S. stock futures rise ahead of GDP data after worst day since June
Futures on the Dow Jones Industrial Average YM00, -0.38% rose 54 points, or 0.2%, to 26,463, while S&P 500 futures ES00, -0.09% were up 11.75 points, or 0.4%, at 3,275.25. The Dow DJIA, -3.43% on Wednesday dropped 943.24 points, or 3.4%, to close at 26,519.95 for its fourth straight loss. The Dow and S&P 500 saw their worst one-day percentage drop since June 11, while the Nasdaq suffered its biggest decline since Sept. 8. The S&P 500 and Nasdaq erased their October gains with Wednesday’s selloff, joining the Dow, which had turned lower for the month earlier in the week. Read: Why the Nasdaq, with its ‘work from home’ giants, saw its worst day in 7 weeksWhat’s driving the market?
If there are ‘Biden’ and ‘Trump’ stocks, why not own a little of each group?
Here’s an alternative take: Maybe Donald Trump or Joe Biden winning is good for stocks. Maybe stocks rally no matter what happens. There are stocks that will clearly do well if Biden wins, and there are stocks that will clearly do well if Trump wins. The problem is that, regardless of whether Biden or Trump wins, you can bet the tax code will become even more progressive. If Biden is priced in, and Biden wins, the stock market is unlikely to do much.
Apple, Amazon, Facebook, and Alphabet Report Earnings Today. Get Ready for Disappointment?
It’s an absolutely enormous day for earnings reports, as Apple, Amazon.com, Alphabet, and Facebook release their earnings following the close of trading. That’s down from the nearly 10.2 percentage point lead he had as recently as Oct. 12. And in a third tight race, Michigan, new polls show Biden with an 8 and 7 percentage point lead, respectively. And in a third tight race, Michigan, new polls show Biden with an 8 and 7 percentage point lead, respectively. In Wisconsin, an ABC News/Washington Post poll showed Biden with a whopping 17 percentage point lead, while a Marquette University poll showed Biden with a 5 percentage point lead.
Global Stocks Stabilize After Pounding Over Europe’s Second Lockdown
U.S. stock-index futures are sagging again as investors await earnings from some of the biggest technology companies and digest news of tighter restrictions in Europe’s largest economies. Futures on the Dow Jones Industrial Average were down 46 points, or 0.2%, after the index slid 943 points on Wednesday. The Nikkei 225 slipped 0.4% in Tokyo, the Hang Seng lost 0.5%, and the S&P/ASX 100 dropped 1.6% in Sydney. Germany and France separately introduced new one-month restrictions to counter a wave of coronavirus cases in Europe. Royal Dutch Shell rose in London, as the oil major’s third-quarter earnings came in well ahead of estimates.
Oil prices extend selloff as rising coronavirus cases underline demand fears
Oil futures fell sharply on Thursday, extending this week’s slide as rising COVID-19 cases sparked tighter restrictions on activity in Europe and underlined worries about the outlook for the U.S. and global economic recovery. Oil fell sharply Thursday as France and Germany imposed tighter restrictions in response to the rising number of COVID-19 cases. Oil traders looked past the production disruptions caused by Hurricane Zeta, which made landfall in Louisiana Wednesday as a Category 2 storm. The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement on Wednesday night estimated that two-thirds of oil production in the Gulf of Mexico had been shut-in by the storm, along with around 44.5% of natural gas production. January natural gas NGF21, -2.08% was down 1.6% at $3.355 per million British thermal units.
Biden pledge: No ‘false promises’ about the coronavirus pandemic
“Even if I win, it’s going to take a lot of hard work to end this pandemic,” Biden said during a speech in Wilmington, Del. A Trump Nevada rally in September attracted thousands and led to the airport that hosted it being fined more than $5,500 for violating pandemic crowd restrictions. With less than a week until Election Day, Trump is trailing Biden in most national polls. Trump views Nevada, a state that hasn’t backed a Republican for president since 2004, as one option for success. Trump’s team argues that enough of its supporters will vote on Election Day to overwhelm any Biden advantage.
U.S. stock futures rise ahead of GDP data after worst day since June
Futures on the Dow Jones Industrial Average YM00, -0.39% rose 54 points, or 0.2%, to 26,463, while S&P 500 futures ES00, -0.10% were up 11.75 points, or 0.4%, at 3,275.25. The Dow DJIA, -3.43% on Wednesday dropped 943.24 points, or 3.4%, to close at 26,519.95 for its fourth straight loss. The Dow and S&P 500 saw their worst one-day percentage drop since June 11, while the Nasdaq suffered its biggest decline since Sept. 8. The S&P 500 and Nasdaq erased their October gains with Wednesday’s selloff, joining the Dow, which had turned lower for the month earlier in the week. Read: Why the Nasdaq, with its ‘work from home’ giants, saw its worst day in 7 weeksWhat’s driving the market?
Oil prices extend selloff as rising coronavirus cases underline demand fears
Oil futures fell sharply on Thursday, extending this week’s slide as rising COVID-19 cases sparked tighter restrictions on activity in Europe and underlined worries about the outlook for the U.S. and global economic recovery. Oil fell sharply Thursday as France and Germany imposed tighter restrictions in response to the rising number of COVID-19 cases. Oil traders looked past the production disruptions caused by Hurricane Zeta, which made landfall in Louisiana Wednesday as a Category 2 storm. The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement on Wednesday night estimated that two-thirds of oil production in the Gulf of Mexico had been shut-in by the storm, along with around 44.5% of natural gas production. January natural gas NGF21, -2.05% was down 1.6% at $3.355 per million British thermal units.
Apple, Amazon, Facebook, and Alphabet Report Earnings Today. Get Ready for Disappointment?
Text sizeIt’s an absolutely enormous day for earnings reports, as Apple, Amazon.com, Alphabet, and Facebook release their earnings following the close of trading. As for Apple, Amazon, Facebook, and Alphabet, expect earnings to be fine. That’s down from the nearly 10.2 percentage point lead he had as recently as Oct. 12. And in a third tight race, Michigan, new polls show Biden with an 8 and 7 percentage point lead, respectively. In Wisconsin, an ABC News/Washington Post poll showed Biden with a whopping 17 percentage point lead, while a Marquette University poll showed Biden with a 5 percentage point lead.
Here’s How Home Builder Stocks Might Fare Under a Biden or Trump Presidency
More than any specific housing policy, that run largely has to do with mortgage rates. The 10-year Treasury yield increased following President Trump’s election on the assumption that the economy would expand, which pushed mortgage rates higher. The credit would build off a similar credit for first-time buyers enacted amid the 2008-09 financial crisis. Unlike the previous tax credit, home buyers would receive the new credit at the time of purchase, instead of receiving a tax credit the following year, according to the Biden campaign. Susquehanna analyst Jack Micenko writes that new home sales experienced an uptick under that tax credit.
Global Stocks Are Sliding Again After Wednesday’s Plunge
Futures on the Dow Jones Industrial Average were down 46 points, or 0.2%, after the index slid 943 points on Wednesday. The Nikkei 225 slipped 0.4% in Tokyo, the Hang Seng lost 0.5%, and the S&P/ASX 100 dropped 1.6% in Sydney. Germany and France separately introduced new one-month restrictions to counter a wave of coronavirus cases in Europe. A wave of corporate earnings are due on Thursday, with tech giants Alphabet, Amazon, Apple, and Facebook each reporting after the close of trade. Royal Dutch Shell rose in London, as the oil major’s third-quarter earnings came in well ahead of estimates.
Is herd immunity even possible? New public health data calls that into doubt
Now, a new study reveals that there are biological barriers that may make it very difficult to achieve for human beings to develop herd immunity against the novel coronavirus. This study has ominous implications for those who believe the pandemic can be brought to heel through herd immunity. Herd immunity — as Dr. Justin Lessler, an associate professor of epidemiology at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, told Salon last week — "is the indirect protection we get because people around us are immune to the disease. If people are not producing more antibodies to fight COVID-19 after being infected, the possibility of herd immunity drops significantly. We may achieve it with 50 percent, but the bottom line is we'd run the risk of not getting herd immunity with the vaccine."
Trump’s COVID Advisers: He’s Now Pushing Herd Immunity
Kayleigh McEnany, the White House press secretary, told reporters in September that "herd immunity has never been a strategy" fostered by the Trump administration. Everything he says points to the fact that he believes herd immunity is a good option. “They know that term [herd immunity] is toxic, but that's exactly what they're recommending. Herd immunity as a theory “basically gave him permission to reopen the country even if we hadn’t flattened the curve,” one official said. The Washington Post first reported in August that Atlas was urging the White House to foster the herd immunity idea.
U.S. cannot shield Trump from rape accuser's defamation lawsuit, judge rules
U.S. District Judge Lewis Kaplan in Manhattan refused to let the government substitute itself for Trump as a defendant in former Elle magazine columnist E. Jean Carroll's lawsuit. He has denied the claims of several women who accused him of sexual misconduct occurring before he took office. Roberta Kaplan, a lawyer for Carroll, said they looked forward to pursuing the defamation case in federal court. I am happy that Judge Kaplan recognized these basic truths." NO FREEDOM TO DEFAMEThe Justice Department moved the lawsuit to federal court after Justice Verna Saunders of a Manhattan state court had in August rejected Trump's bid to postpone the case.
Judge: US can't replace Trump in accuser's defamation suit
The government’s lawyers contended that the United States could step in as the defendant because Trump was forced to respond to her lawsuit to prove he was physically and mentally fit for the job. A lawyer for Carroll, Roberta Kaplan, called it a clear victory for her client. Messages were left on Tuesday for lawyers for Trump and the Justice Department seeking comment. “The President of the United States is not an employee of the Government within the meaning of the relevant statutes,” Kaplan wrote. “Even if he were such an employee, President Trumps allegedly defamatory statements concerning Ms. Carroll would not have been within the scope of his employment."
Today's Headlines: Not turning the corner
Enter Email Address Sign Me Up You may occasionally receive promotional content from the Los Angeles Times. — A new UC Berkeley poll finds fears of election violence are widespread, with nearly 9 in 10 likely California voters worried others wouldn’t accept the outcome. Out of nearly 80 homicides in Central Los Angeles through the end of last month, more than half were suspected of being gang-related, and more than 30 involved victims who were experiencing homelessness, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. (Boris Yaro / Los Angeles Times Archive / UCLA)Want more of the Los Angeles Times archives? Support our journalism Subscribe to the Los Angeles Times.
L.A.'s surge in homicides fueled by gang violence, killings of homeless people
While the LAPD’s identification of individual gang members has not always been reliable, the involvement of gangs in street violence is not in question. Beyond the gang violence in Central and South L.A., a dozen killings each in the Valley and West bureaus are suspected of being gang-related. AdvertisementPolice say gang gunfire has struck down suspected gang members but also innocent bystanders, including children and elderly residents. Homeless individuals are particularly susceptible to street violence, and L.A. has more than 35,000 people estimated to be living on the street. In the South Bureau, one killing involved a homeless suspect, one involved two homeless victims and another involved a suspect and victim who both were homeless, according to the data.
As COVID-19 ravages Wisconsin’s small towns, hostility toward Trump intensifies
The pandemic is rampaging through the small towns of this battleground state just as the presidential campaign draws to a close, a sign of trouble for President Trump. AdvertisementDoris Deutsch, at home in Trempealeau, Wis., recovered from a two-week bout of COVID-19 in September. Bill Schaffner, a construction contractor, keeps a life-size cardboard cutout of President Trump on his front porch in Trempealeau, Wis. (Michael Finnegan / Los Angeles Times)Trempealeau County is overwhelmingly white. AdvertisementA Confederate flag waves above the entrance to Uncle Sam’s bar in Arcadia, Wis. (Michael Finnegan / Los Angeles Times)Next door is a taqueria. AdvertisementPhillip Bunton bolted his “Never TrumPutin” sign to a tree in front of his family’s house in Trempealeau, Wis. An earlier version was stolen off the lawn.
Video of couple threatening to sue California yogurt shop over mask rule lights up Twitter
Mariana Tabla, a co-owner in the business on Vía Fabricante, tells them about the store’s policy in the video. Mission Viejo, CA: These two fake lawyers went to Frapys Frozen Yogurt and tried to intimidate a young attendant who politely asked them to wear a mask. “You’re discriminating, and you’re breaking the law, and you can personally be sued, you realize that?” the woman asks. When I asked them about the face mask, they jumped on me.”The entire incident lasted only a few seconds. Tabla said the couple had been customers before, but they had not been to the yogurt shop since pandemic-related restrictions began in March.
Fact check: Trump falsely claims California requires people to wear ‘special’ and ‘complex’ mask at all times
President Donald Trump has repeatedly mocked former Vice President Joe Biden and others for wearing masks. At a campaign rally in Arizona on Wednesday — at which there was no social distancing and most attendees did not wear masks — Trump started mocking what he claimed are the mask requirements in California. …’ ”Moments later, Trump joked that a meal of spaghetti and meat sauce would mess up a mask someone was forced to wear while eating. But the President sounded serious enough when he made his other assertions about California’s mask rules that his claims are worth fact-checking. Californians are not required to wear “complex” or “special” masks; basic face coverings, even homemade ones, are acceptable there.
Dr. Scott Atlas push to ‘slow the testing down’ tracks with dramatic decline in one key state
Ron DeSantis and several others in Florida, according to transcripts of public events and accounts from private meetings in that state. “The purpose of testing is to stop people from dying,” Atlas said during one stop, captured on video. A White House spokesman claimed Atlas had never advocated reducing testing, despite the doctor’s public statements to the contrary. “We respect Dr. Atlas. Following Trump’s demands in July that schools across the country reopen, the governor became a vocal proponent of returning Florida schools to normal operations.
Coronavirus fallout: Some who struggled early in crisis are on brink, others find hope
A couple can’t pay their bills after the $600 unemployment bonus ran out. But Antoine hopes her unemployment benefits and food stamps start flowing again before her bills are due at the end of the month. Fernandez used a portion of her $1,200 stimulus check to pay bills and shore up savings. It took months for the couple to receive unemployment benefits, but the aid, including the extra $600 a week, briefly helped cover their expenses. She started work in early August, just after the $600 unemployment bonus ended.
Government health contractors vetted stars’ politics for $250 million coronavirus ad campaign
The firms' vetting came as political appointees planned to spend more than $250 million on a confidence-building campaign surrounding the virus, which has killed more than 227,000 people in the United States and is a core issue in the presidential race between Trump and Democrat Joe Biden. While government public health campaigns are routine, the ad blitz planned by HHS was mired from the start by involvement from department spokesman Michael Caputo, a fierce loyalist and friend of Trump with little experience in the field. In September, a spokesman for Caputo said he was taking a medical leave from HHS as he battled cancer.
Opinion: Trump fighting to protect the American Dream
I told President Trump about Lima Company, the 3rd Battalion, and the ultimate sacrifice so many made. Not six months later, President Trump had the courage to take Soleimani out. Just as I was focused on my mission to protect my Marines, President Trump is focused on his mission to protect the American Dream. No president in my lifetime has faced the unbridled opposition that President Trump faces, but he refuses to quit – he is doing his duty. As we approach the 2020 election, it is critical that we live up to our duty of honoring the sacrifices of Lima Company.
China's leaders vow to become self-reliant technology power
BEIJING (AP) — China’s leaders are vowing to make their country a self-reliant “technology power” as a feud with Washington cuts access to U.S. computer chips and other high-tech components, hampering Beijing’s industrial ambitions. Leaders of the ruling Communist Party made the announcement Thursday after a meeting to draft a development blueprint for the state-dominated economy over the next five years. Those threaten to disrupt plans to create Chinese companies able to compete in telecoms, biotech and other fields, which communist leaders see as a path to prosperity and global influence. “Science and technology should be self-reliant as a strategic support for national development,” said a party statement. It promised to “accelerate the building of a science and technology power” but gave no details.
Graham: 2020 election falling victim to Twitter, Facebook censors
There is no reason for Twitter, Facebook or Google to treat anyone the way they’re treating the New York Post and the Trump campaign right now — restricting or outright denying them access to their platforms over content. You have to choose to follow the New York Post to see their content. But because progressives apparently can’t find that button with four hands and a flashlight, they’ve created the conditions that could result in government regulation of speech on Twitter, Facebook and beyond. And folks — Twitter really, really sucks. He also falsely claimed Twitter had un-blocked the story (journalist fact-checked that in real time) and then made the bizarre claim that Twitter doesn’t influence elections so nobody should care about who and what they block.Graham: 2020 election falling victim to Twitter, Facebook censorsOnce again: Uh … If you don’t have any influence on the election, then why are you blocking anything?
Ambrose: Anxiety high, but expect disaster if Biden elected
Yes, he does remain a constant embarrassment, someone who recently called his initially appointed virus chief an idiot, for instance. The bigger question, of course, is what happens if basement boy Joe Biden is elected president, the House stays Democratic and the Senate goes Democratic. In that case, given the ideological inanities of the day and the fact that freebies win votes, I expect disaster. The possible end of the Senate filibuster will mean democracy will count for less in the Senate than progressive regression. For their own advantage, Democrats want to make Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico states, giving them four more Democratic senators.
Social media CEOs get earful on bias, warning of new limits
WASHINGTON — With next week’s election looming, the CEOs of Twitter, Facebook and Google received a hectoring from Republicans at a Senate hearing Wednesday for alleged anti-conservative bias in the companies’ social media platforms. “The time has come for that free pass to end,” Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., the committee’s chairman, said at the start of the hearing. The story, which was not confirmed by other publications, cited unverified emails from Biden’s son Hunter that were reportedly disclosed by Trump allies. Dorsey said Twitter was working closely with state election officials. Zuckerberg acknowledged that Congress “should update the law to make sure it’s working as intended.”Dorsey and Pichai urged caution in making any changes.
Your daily 6: Taking America 'back from the doctors,' campaigns fight for Florida and terrorism suspected in French attack
Instead of following the health experts' advice, Trump and Kushner were focused on what would help the President on Election Day. In the wide-ranging conversations, Kushner described the President's relationship with his public health advisers in adversarial terms. Kushner went on to tell Woodward that Trump did a "full hostile takeover" of the Republican Party when he became its presidential nominee. The US added 73,240 new cases Tuesday, and a record peak of more than 83,000 cases was reported on Friday. The President himself supported Kushner speaking to Woodward for "Rage," according to another audio clip obtained by CNN, calling him "one smart cookie."
3 killed in knife attack at French church; Zeta barrels northeast; Trump, Biden both in Tampa today
Today is Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020. These non-virus headlines are in the news this morning: A suspected terrorist killed 3 in a knife attack at a French church; Zeta moves northeast after lashing Gulf Coast; and all eyes on Florida today as Trump and Biden make campaign stops. Top stories3 dead in knife attack in French church; terrorism suspectedPARIS — An attacker armed with a knife killed three people at a church Thursday in the Mediterranean city of Nice, authorities said. It was the third attack in two months in France. Read more:***Zeta barrels northeast after battering storm-weary coast
Trump, Biden to appeal to last-minute voters in Florida
Trump is betting on the GOP’s vast field and data operations, and efforts known as “poll flushing” — monitoring precinct lists for who has and has not yet voted — to provide a late boost of votes on Election Day. Nowhere may those efforts be more important than in Florida. Without the battleground state’s 29 electoral votes, Trump’s path to victory is exceptionally difficult. Trump is banking on local news coverage of his visit to overcome a substantial advertising deficit stemming from a late cash crunch. Biden and his allies are outspending Trump and his backers by more than 3-to-1 in Florida — about $23 million to about $7 million — in the final push to Election Day, according to data from ad tracking firm Kantar/CMAG.
Former DHS official says he wrote 'Anonymous' Trump critique
White House chief of staff Mark Meadows called Taylor's revelation “a monumental embarrassment,” tweeting, “I’ve seen more exciting reveals in Scooby-Doo episodes.”During a CNN appearance with Chris Cuomo Wednesday night, Taylor said he didn't unmask himself earlier because the story would have disappeared within 48 hours. “No one would pay attention and they wouldn’t care,” he said. "Right now, Americans are reviewing the president’s resume, his record and his character and it is mission critical that people like me, but others, come out now when the voters are listening and tell them who this man really is.”Taylor’s anonymous essay was published in September 2018 by The New York Times, infuriating the president and setting off a frantic White House leak investigation to try to unmask the author. In the essay, the person, who identified themselves only as a senior administration official, said they were part of a secret “resistance” force out to counter Trump’s “misguided impulses” and undermine parts of his agenda. The author wrote, “Many Trump appointees have vowed to do what we can to preserve our democratic institutions while thwarting Mr. Trump’s more misguided impulses until he is out of office.”
On Kentucky Politics newsletter: Countdown to the Nov. 3 election
This is an online version of our On Kentucky Politics newsletters. We're just five days away from an unforgettable pandemic Election Day, which should hit us with all sorts of crazy surprises — if 2020 keeps acting like 2020. Frankfort down-ballot racesRepublicans hope to preserve or expand their 62-seat supermajority in the House chamber of the Kentucky General Assembly next week, though Democrats are hopeful they can remain competitive. Early voting is still possible Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Monday before Election Day on Tuesday. Chris Kenning wrote about how much of Louisville's large Cuban community still supports Trump despite qualms with his immigration policy.
Guns, lies and ballots set on fire: This is voter suppression in 2020
Moments later a polling place manager intervened and said Arias could vote because Black Lives Matter is "not on the ballot." Black lives matter, the statement, is often confused with the political movement. "I don’t take it (Black lives matter) as a political issue," Arias said. To combat voter suppression, Rochon said he has been leading marches with groups of voters to drop their absentee ballots off at drop boxes. Ballot drop boxes set on fireDrop boxes set up across counties to make it easier for voters to submit their mail-in ballots have also been a source of voter suppression in 2020, voting rights activists and officials say.
How Amy Coney Barrett Could End Up Deciding the Election
That’s because of Pennsylvania’s distinctive legal dispute about whether to count mail-in ballots received after 8 p.m. on Election Day. When the U.S. Supreme Court was asked to review the Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s ruling, it split 4-4. His reasoning, we now know, was that it is up to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court to interpret Pennsylvania law, including electoral law and the Pennsylvania Constitution. He reasoned that, unlike the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, which is a state court, a federal district court ought not to change a state’s vote-counting rules. That leaves precisely one unresolved scenario: a state in which the state supreme court has extended the deadline.
Texas Republicans sound post-2020 alarm bells
This has set off alarm bells for party leaders, who warn that they have to right the ship before it is too late. Further down the ballot, Democrats are also looking to win the requisite nine seats to flip the Texas state house, which has been in GOP control since 2002. According to multiple GOP sources in the state, Republicans are hoping to minimize their losses to four seats. Ed Espinoza, the executive director of Progress Texas, believes they will win control, noting that the two sides are fighting over 22 seats. “They have to fight the fights on what's best in their congressional district.”Rep. Chip RoyCharles (Chip) Eugene RoyDemocrats seek wave to bolster House majority Texas Republicans sound post-2020 alarm bells The Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by Facebook - Smart or senseless for Biden to spend time in Georgia, Iowa?
How drop boxes became central to the partisan legal battles over ballots
But amid the partisan battles over access to the polls, election officials in battleground states are still fighting to limit their usage with only days left until 3 November. Directives from Ohio secretary of state Frank LaRose and Texas governor Greg Abbott – both Republicans – limit drop boxes to one per county. With only about three weeks until Election Day, Florida election officials tried to create new security requirements for the state’s drop boxes. The last-minute announcement presented an obstacle to counties using surveillance cameras to protect drop boxes. Florida law simply requires that drop boxes be “secure,” but does not define the word “secure,” said Ronald Lubasky, an attorney representing local election officials.
Can Donald Trump win a second term in the 2020 US election?
This includes Virginia and Michigan, where he holds a 7 per cent lead over Trump - similar to the gap between them at a national level. Such close races mean that the major events of the campaign - like the president's Covid-19 diagnosis and seeming recovery - have the potential to tip the balance either way in these key states. Retaining the baseIf Trump is to have any chance of securing a second term it is crucial he retains - and builds on - his voting base from 2016. In some of the key battleground states Trump flipped the popular vote from the Democrats largely due to his support among white, generally older and less educated, men. Among white non-college graduates he picked up 64 per cent of the vote.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez wears ‘suffragette white’ power suit for Vanity Fair cover
Wearing white has become a political symbol in recent years among female politicians because of its association with the suffragette movement. In fact, this is not the first time that Ocasio-Cortez has worn the colour either. When she became the youngest congresswoman of all time in 2019 at the age of 29, Ocasio-Cortez wore white to her swearing in ceremony and later confirmed that the outfit was a reference to the long history of women’s suffrage. (Getty Images)House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who was seated behind the president, was wearing a cream blazer and white top. Alongside her white Aliétte suit, Ocasio-Cortez wore a selection of prominent designers for the Vanity Fair feature, including recent CFDA winner Christopher John Rogers, Loewe, Christian Louboutin and Wales Bonner.
‘There is no way to over-estimate their gall’: Insiders reveal how ‘megalomaniac’ Ivanka and Jared will still win if Trump loses
I vanka Trump and Jared Kushner were waiting for Marissa Velez Kraxberger inside Trump Tower. Ms Trump and Mr Kushner went, of course, with Mr Trump to the White House. Fast forward four years, and Ms Trump, now 38, and Mr Kushner, now 39, are potentially facing another life-altering upheaval. Ms Trump is diligently campaigning for her father, but the future is very uncertain. If Mr Trump loses on 3 November, what will they do next?
'You lied to us': CNN's Chris Cuomo challenges Miles Taylor on why he denied being the 'Anonymous' Trump whistleblower
Questioned by CNN’s Chris Cuomo on Wednesday, Mr Taylor said staying anonymous made it harder for the White House to challenge or deny the narrative of his 2019 book, entitled A Warning. Mr Trump has responded to Mr Taylor’s unmasking by calling on him to be “punished” and “prosecuted”. They should fire, shame, and punish everybody.... associated with this FRAUD on the American people!” Mr Trump tweeted. And while speaking on Wednesday at a rally in Goodyear, Mr Trump said “Anonymous” turned out to be “a low-level staffer, a sleazebag, who has never worked in the White House”. Mr Trump called him "a disgruntled employee who was quickly removed from his job a long time ago for, they tell me, incompetence.”
Trump rushes struggling GOP senator at rally: 'You got one minute, they don't want to hear this'
Mr Trump initially said Ms McSally – who is also fighting for re-election next week – was “great” and “respected by everybody”. “Martha, just come up fast,” Mr Trump said. One minute, Martha! Quick, quick, quick. After her speech, Mr Trump called up three out-of-state politicians to address the rally.
2020 polls live: Latest Trump and Biden odds as candidates face off in duelling Florida rallies
As we’ve seen, opinion polls show Biden with a significant edge nationally, but his lead is tighter in battleground states. The Reuters/Ipsos survey saw Trump had essentially moved into a tie with Biden in Florida, with 49 per cent saying they would vote for Biden and 47 per cent for the president. Clinton received 62 per cent of the Florida Hispanic vote in 2016, according to exit polls, and still lost. Among likely voters, 54 per cent told CNN they will back Biden and 42 per cent said they would opt for Trump. Joe Sommerlad 29 October 2020 09:44 1603961321 Hello and welcome to The Independent’s rolling coverage of the latest 2020 US election polling.
Philadelphia DA warns 'power-hungry despot' Trump not to send 'goon squads' to watch the polls
Philadelphia's District Attorney has warned 'lawless, power-hungry despot' Donald Trump not to send his 'goon squads' or the Proud Boys to the city to watch the polls. Larry Krasner threatened the president that if he sent any 'uncertified poll watchers' to the birthplace of American democracy: 'I've got something for you.' 'Keep your Proud Boys, goon squads, and uncertified "poll watchers" out of our city, Mr. President. Trump called it a 'terrible event' and claimed that his Democratic rival Joe Biden supported the looters and rioters. 'Philadelphians are grieving the fatal shooting by police of a black man who appeared to be in mental health crisis.'
Coronavirus France: Macron's 5,000-a-day cases target is impossible, scientific adviser says
AdvertisementFrench lockdown restrictions due to come into force Friday morning at 00:01amEmmanuel Macron's target of slashing France's coronavirus infections to 5,000 a day is impossible to achieve in the month-long lockdown he announced last night, his top scientific adviser said today. Macron, 42, said some shops could be allowed to open in mid-November if the situation improves - but his scientific adviser's warning raises the prospect of lockdown measures continuing up to Christmas. France announced 36,437 new infections on Wednesday night, taking the total above 1.2million, while another 244 deaths brought the total to 35,785. Coroanvirus cases are rising rapidly in most major European countries, prompting leaders to consider more lockdown measures. More than two million new confirmed coronavirus cases have been reported globally in the past week, the shortest time ever for such an increase, and 46 per cent of those were in Europe.
Miles Taylor warns Trump will pursue 'Nazi policies' if re-elected
'I worked with DHS officials while I was in the White House, and even I had to research who Miles Taylor was. He's just another standard-issue arrogant, Washington, DC swamp bro who loved President Trump until he figured out he could try to make money by attacking him,' he added. Ben Williams, a senior communications adviser in the White House, called Taylor a 'little circus clown.' The New York Times op-ed describes a 'quiet resistance' that wasn't designed to bring Trump down – only to curb his worst impulses. When he published the New York Times op-ed, he was a deputy to agency's then chief of staff.
Girl Scouts of America delete Tweet congratulating Amy Coney Barret on appointment
The Girl Scouts of America have deleted a Tweet congratulating Amy Coney Barrett for joining the Supreme Court after the organization faced backlash on social media. After deleting the Tweet on Wednesday evening, the Girl Scouts clarified that its post congratulating Barrett was not a political statement. 'Girl Scouts of the USA is a nonpolitical, nonpartisan organization. But others criticized the Girl Scouts for taking down the Tweet and not standing its ground. Nonprofit conservative group the Independent Women’s Forum said: 'Of course the Girl Scouts caved to the mob and deleted this tweet congratulating Amy Coney Barrett.
'Dangerously Authoritarian': Trump Says 'Hopefully' Courts Will Stop States From Counting Ballots After November 3
Trump went on to tout as a "big victory" the Supreme Court's ruling earlier this week barring Wisconsin from extending its absentee ballot deadline past November 3 at 8:00 pm local time. Watch:Trump: "Hopefully the few states remaining that want to take a lot of time after November 3rd to count ballots, that won't be allowed by the various courts." But, as Common Dreams reported, the high court left open the possibility of invalidating late-arriving Pennsylvania ballots shortly after the election. "The Supreme Court may throw out ballots that arrive after Election Day—even though they are valid under current law," warned Slate's Mark Joseph Stern. Don't leave your vote in the hands of the Supreme Court."
Donald Trump's Foreign Policy Hurt American Alliances - The New York Times
Human rights have all but disappeared from the American agenda. The country, under Trump, has lost its compassion; it has appeared crueler to the world. The pandemic has been the first major global crisis since 1945 in which the United States has gone AWOL. The democratic framework of the United States rests on certain principles: checks and balances, a vigorous free press, an independent judiciary, protection of the individual against forms of racial, religious or sexual prejudice. None of this has been lost on a world where the United States once built democracies: in Germany, in Japan, throughout Central Europe after the collapse of the Soviet imperium.
Donald Trump reportedly wants to punish cities for protesting racism by shamelessly cutting their HIV funding
US President Donald Trump (Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)Donald Trump reportedly wants to punish cities for protesting racism by stripping them of vital HIV funding. On September 2, Trump instructed federal departments to slash funding in such cities where “lawlessness” is promoted and police departments are “disempowered”. Trump reportedly plans to cut his own HIV initiative. Funding for migrant health centres could also be stripped of funding under the Trump directive. The HSS list will reportedly be used to establish whether cities should be prevented from accessing federal funds going forward for various programs.
‘Helping the president’: HHS official sought to rebrand coronavirus campaign
Caputo also pitched the idea of framing the ad campaign around helping the president. Burson, which is a subcontractor on the campaign, did not respond to a request for comment. HHS did not respond to specific questions about whether Caputo's interventions were appropriate, who directed the vetting of celebrities’ political stances and other questions about the scope of the campaign. "The review is ongoing," an HHS spokesperson said in a statement. The spokesperson said that Azar was not aware of Caputo's close involvement in the campaign.
Trump’s $250 million coronavirus ad campaign had ‘partisan’ edge, down to the celebrities chosen to participate
Of at least 274 celebrities under consideration, only 10 appear to have been approved, according to a document the lawmakers obtained. None of the celebrity PSAs went live, and the campaign is under review at HHS. Politico first reported about the $250 million contract and the ad campaign. The documents offer curious observations about the celebrities being vetted for possible inclusion in the campaign. Atlas President Mark Chichester wrote that he did “due diligence” on all of them, but he was unable to find much information.
Hurricane Zeta crashes into storm-weary Louisiana
Zeta threatened to push up to 9 feet of sea water inland and batter homes and businesses with fierce winds. Zeta had top sustained winds of 177 km/h (110mph) as a Category-2 hurricane and was the 27th named storm of a historically busy Atlantic hurricane season — with over a month left before it ends. Zeta had been predicted to hit as a relatively weak Category-1 hurricane, but Louisiana residents awoke to updated forecasts predicting a Category-2 at landfall. Hurricane warnings stretched from Morgan City, Louisiana to the Alabama/Mississippi state line, including Lake Pontchartrain and metropolitan New Orleans. Winds could be “especially severe” in the southern Appalachian Mountains, where flash flooding is possible, the hurricane centre said.
USA TODAY/Suffolk Poll: Ahead of Election Day, 3 of 4 voters worry about violence in a divided nation
Three of 4 voters express concern about the possibility of violence on Election Day. A Republican, she plans to go to the polls on Election Day to vote for Trump. Three of 4 say they are concerned about the possibility of violence on Election Day and afterward; more than a third are "very concerned." "Voters on both sides traditionally expect a trick-or-treat on Election Day," said David Paleologos, director of the Suffolk Political Research Center. "In this election, there is a much deeper fear of violence not only on Election Day, but for many days thereafter."
Is the business lunch dead? In the days of COVID-19, lunch breaks can mean biking, hiking meetings
Now Jeremy Welt, a marketing consultant, takes his meetings on bike rides or canyon hikes. But on a bike, wearing a mask and cruising on the paved beach bike or open mountain trail, no such issues to worry about. He hasn't picked up new business on the business rides, "but I've learned a lot. And beyond the hiking and cycling, in Beaverton, Oregon, Andrew Funderburg has come up with a novel way to meet his clients. "You would build a relationship in a very unique way that you couldn't do over a business lunch," she says.
Poll: Biden holds small lead over Trump with Latino voters in pivotal Florida; lead grows in other battlegrounds
The margin between Biden and Trump among Latino voters is much smaller than another recent poll of Latino voters released earlier this week. While the majority of both male and female Latino voters support Biden, there is a gap between their level of support. According to the poll, 71% of Latina voters say the support Biden while 20% of Latina voters support Trump. Comparatively, 57% of male Latino voters say they support Biden while 36% support Trump. When broken down by gender, 65% of Hispanic female voters say they support Biden, while 25% support Trump.
Live election updates: Trump, Biden continue battling for votes five days from election night
President Donald Trump and Democratic candidate Joe Biden are in the home stretch of this election. Three of 4 voters express concern about the possibility of violence on Election Day. Biden holds a steady 8-point lead over Trump in the nationwide poll, 52%-44%, taken after the final presidential debate last Thursday. Florida: Both Former Vice President Joe Biden and President Donald Trump will hold events in Tampa. We're texting you election updatesUSA TODAY launched election texting, where we'll give you all the important updates this historic election year wraps up.
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.
Turkish Bank Case Showed Erdogan’s Influence With Trump
When Mr. Berman sat down with Mr. Barr, he was stunned to be presented with a settlement proposal that would give Mr. Erdogan a key concession. Mr. Barr pressed Mr. Berman to allow the bank to avoid an indictment by paying a fine and acknowledging some wrongdoing. In addition, the Justice Department would agree to end investigations and criminal cases involving Turkish and bank officials who were allied with Mr. Erdogan and suspected of participating in the sanctions-busting scheme. Mr. Berman didn’t buy it. But his prosecutors were still investigating key individuals, including some with ties to Mr. Erdogan, and believed the scheme had helped finance Iran’s nuclear weapons program.
How the Trump Era Has Strained, and Strengthened, Politically Mixed Marriages
President Trump has been particularly divisive, it found. Keep up with Election 2020In the Times/Siena poll, married men in Arizona, Ohio and Nevada preferred Mr. Trump by 13 percentage points, and married women preferred Mr. Trump by one point. Michelle Krueger, a 24-year-old student in Phoenix, said she and her husband talk about politics often, and sometimes disagree. Most people who disagree with their partners about politics avoid the topic, the American Perspectives Survey found. Her husband, George, a retired firefighting captain, supports Mr. Trump, to her great dismay.
Texas Is a Tossup. So Why Won’t Trump or Biden Campaign There?
“This is where the gap is because there are no contested elections down here,” said Gilberto Hinojosa, the chair of the Texas Democratic Party, who has been lobbying Mr. Biden’s campaign all year. “The party has had to jump in here,” he said, alluding to Texas Democrats. After initially only planning to have Ms. Harris visit the state’s two largest metropolitan areas, Mr. Biden’s campaign announced Wednesday that she would also visit the Rio Grande Valley. Visits to a pair of precincts last week in the Rio Grande Valley revealed a noticeable number of first- or second-time voters, including many students. Many of them were Hispanic and they cast their ballots overwhelmingly for Mr. Biden — or, as they put it, against Mr. Trump.
Facing Gap in Pennsylvania, Trump Camp Tries to Make Voting Harder
PHILADELPHIA — President Trump’s campaign in the crucial battleground of Pennsylvania is pursuing a three-pronged strategy that would effectively suppress mail-in votes in the state, moving to stop the counting of absentee votes before Election Day, pushing to limit how late mail-in ballots can be accepted and intimidating Pennsylvanians trying to vote early. Mail-in votes in Pennsylvania and other swing states are expected to skew heavily toward Democrats. At the same time, the campaign has pushed litigation to curtail how late mail-in votes can be accepted, as part of a flurry of lawsuits in local, state and federal courts challenging myriad voting rules and procedures. On Wednesday evening, the Supreme Court refused to hear a fast-tracked plea from Pennsylvania Republicans to block a three-day extension of the deadline for receiving absentee ballots. But Kathy Boockvar, a Democrat who is Pennsylvania’s secretary of state, advised counties to segregate ballots received after 8 p.m. on Election Day, as the issue remains before the court.
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
Biden's brother refuses to answer questions about China deals
Approached at a residence on the Eastern Shore, Jim Biden repeatedly rebuffed questions in his driveway as Fox News asked questions from a distance in the street. “I don’t want to comment about anything,” Jim Biden said. He claims Jim Biden chuckled. Asked about the “plausible deniability” claim on Wednesday, Jim Biden did not answer and walked inside the home. Fox News’ Go Watch page is now available, providing visitors with Pay TV provider options in their area carrying Fox News Channel & Fox Business Network.
Sharp third-quarter growth will show the economy regaining ground, but it's still in a hole
Third quarter GDP is expected to grow at a sharp double digit pace, but the economy is still behind where it was earlier in the year and may be challenged by a lack of fiscal stimulus. "We will have recovered about 2/3 of the GDP we lost in the recession," said Mark Zandi, chief economist at Moody's Analytics. Zandi expects growth of an above consensus 35% for the third quarter. "I think most of that growth came at the end of the second quarter, coming into the third quarter. That's an opportunity to pass a package," Zandi said.
2020 U.S. ELECTION: What you need to know right now
FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Donald Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden participate in their first 2020 presidential campaign debate held on the campus of the Cleveland Clinic at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S., September 29, 2020. -Biden would immediately consult with America’s main allies before deciding on the future of U.S. tariffs on China, seeking “collective leverage” to strengthen his hand against Beijing if he is elected president, Biden top advisers said. BY THE NUMBERS-Trump has pulled into a virtual tie with Biden in Florida, a Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll showed on Wednesday. INVESTOR VIEWWall Street could see sharp swings in trading after the election. But there are safeguards in place to keep the stock market or equity futures from sliding out of control.
Republican moderate Susan Collins fights for her political life in Trump era
Senator Susan Collins is fighting for her political life in a race that could decide control of the Senate, having enjoyed years of popularity as an independent-minded moderate before fellow Republican Donald Trump entered the White House. Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) visits Maine Diner in Wells, Maine, U.S., October 27, 2020. Incurring Trump’s wrath, Collins on Monday became the sole Republican senator to reject his choice of Amy Coney Barrett to fill another Supreme Court seat. Collins has voted with Trump 67.5% of the time, according to the website FiveThirtyEight.com, making her the Senate Republican least aligned with the president. IN A BINDPolitical analyst Jessica Taylor, who tracks Senate races for the Cook Political Report said Collins was in a bind.
Trump, Biden to take campaign battle to critical battleground: Florida
REUTERS/Jonathan ErnstOpinion polls show Biden with a significant edge nationally, but his lead is tighter in battleground states. Thousands of people have crowded together at recent Trump rallies, many eschewing masks despite public health recommendations. After his Tampa rally, Trump will head to another key battleground state, North Carolina, to stage an evening event in Fayetteville. In the battleground state of Pennsylvania, the Philadelphia prosecutor issued a stark warning for Trump campaign poll-watchers not to overstep their bounds as they search for voter fraud. The Trump campaign has said it is recruiting an “army” of 50,000 volunteers to monitor polling places, an effort Democrats say could suppress the vote.
Analysis: U.S. drugmakers, bracing for price cuts, shift election support toward Democrats
That is a stark shift from 2016, when nearly two thirds of industry campaign donations went to Republicans. Senior pharmaceutical executives lean Republican, while workers’ donations skew toward Democrats and largely supported Democratic presidential challenger Joe Biden, data shows. In the 2018 election cycle, in which Democrats took control of the House, some 57% of the industry’s more than $17 million in donations went to Republicans. Industry PACs leaned Republican during each federal election in the past eight years by varying margins, political donation data shows. They are supporting Biden at a rate of about 4 to 1 or roughly $6 million to $1.5 million in donations, data show.
Factbox: On climate, it's Biden's green revolution versus Trump's war on regulations
Biden supports research on high-tech nuclear energy that would be virtually emissions-free but could still have proliferation risks. Trump does not have a climate plan on his campaign website. In September he refused to acknowledge any role climate change has played in deadly wildfires that swept through the U.S. West. Like Biden, Trump supports advanced nuclear technology. Biden has said he will return the United States to a leadership role on climate change, assertively restoring a U.S. role in future climate negotiations to advance the goals of the Paris Climate Agreement.
How the U.S. early vote surge is shaping Trump, Biden endgames
FILE PHOTO: People arrive to cast their ballots just after sunrise during early voting in Celebration, Florida, U.S., October 25, 2020. The Trump campaign did not respond to questions about the importance of Election Day turnout to the president’s hopes of winning a second term. Biden’s campaign acknowledged that many, if not most, of its early voters would have shown up on Election Day anyway. “I ask you one little favor: get the hell out and vote,” Trump told thousands gathered in chilly Nebraska on Tuesday. The Biden campaign said most Democratic early voters were reliable supporters that the campaign had been counting on to cast ballots.
Analysis: Biden presidency for Turkey would mean tougher U.S. stance but chance to repair ties
FILE PHOTO: U.S. Vice President Joe Biden (L) attends a bilateral meeting with Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan in Washington March 31, 2016. To date, he has refused to impose sanctions on Ankara for buying the Russian S-400 missiles, which Washington says compromise NATO defenses. While overruling advisers is common in Trump’s policy playbook, his instinct to go lightly on Turkey has prevented severely fractured ties between Ankara and Washington from total collapse. Still, Biden’s priority to counter Russia and Iran and reinvest in multilateral alliances could play into Ankara’s hands, analysts said. To repair the transatlantic alliance, analysts said, Biden will have to work with Turkey, or at least try.
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Analysis: With improved leverage, North Korea leader Kim awaits winner of U.S. voteNorth Korea's Kim Jong Un awaits the winner of next week's U.S. presidential election armed with greater leverage in high-stakes nuclear diplomacy, thanks to a more powerful and versatile arsenal of weapons than at the start of the Trump presidency.
Democrats prefer 'scalpel' over 'jackhammer' to reform key U.S. internet law
President Donald Trump and top Republicans, angered by what they allege is tech companies’ censorship of conservative ideas, say the legal shield has outlived its usefulness. Democrats have also taken aim at the law because they claim it fails to tackle widespread misinformation and hate. But they argue the law is important to free speech online and want a more deliberate and moderate approach to reform. She has introduced legislation to remove tech companies’ liability protections if their algorithms amplify harmful, radicalizing content that leads to offline violence. “No matter the outcome of the election, I think Section 230 reform will be on the agenda next Congress,” Representative Eshoo said.
So what if Biden is up in the polls? Weren't they wrong last time?
The former Democratic presidential candidate consistently led Trump in state and national polls in 2016 before he won the White House, just like Biden does now. Many pollsters tweaked their methods to better account for a demographic group that tends to avoid polls but largely favors Trump: whites without a college degree. “And since there are fewer undecided voters, Biden is more consistently hitting above 50% support,” Kondik said. A BIGGER FOCUS ON STATE POLLSNews organizations are also investing more resources this year on state polls, especially in some of the most competitive parts of the country. So far, Reuters/Ipsos’ state polls have shown tight races between Biden and Trump in Arizona, Florida and North Carolina, while Biden has maintained a lead in Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Michigan.
Hurricane Zeta slams Louisiana with high winds, 'life-threatening' surge
(Reuters) - Hurricane Zeta smashed into Louisiana on Wednesday with 110-mile-per-hour (175 kph) winds and what government trackers called “a life-threatening storm surge,” the third hurricane to hit the U.S. Gulf Coast state this year. Zeta’s extremely dangerous winds pummeled a stretch of the Gulf Coast from Louisiana to Mississippi. Its storm surge will reach up to 9 feet (2.7 meters) from Port Fourchon, Louisiana, to the mouth of the Pearl River, in Mississippi. Rains of 2 to 4 inches (5-10 cm) are expected from the Gulf Coast to the central Appalachians, the NHC said. Coastal and low-lying communities along the state’s Gulf Coast called for mandatory evacuations.
Democrats prefer 'scalpel' over 'jackhammer' to reform key U.S. internet law
President Donald Trump and top Republicans, angered by what they allege is tech companies’ censorship of conservative ideas, say the legal shield has outlived its usefulness. Democrats have also taken aim at the law because they claim it fails to tackle widespread misinformation and hate. But they argue the law is important to free speech online and want a more deliberate and moderate approach to reform. She has introduced legislation to remove tech companies’ liability protections if their algorithms amplify harmful, radicalizing content that leads to offline violence. “No matter the outcome of the election, I think Section 230 reform will be on the agenda next Congress,” Representative Eshoo said.
Trump's stock market: A wild four years
(Reuters) - The Trump rally, a trade war, and then a crippling pandemic: The four years since President Donald Trump’s 2016 election victory have been a period like no other for the U.S. stock market. Overall, the strongest stock market performance since the 1980s was under Democratic President Bill Clinton, while the weakest was under Republican President George W. Bush. However, stock market performance over the past four decades reflects no obvious benefit from Republican versus Democratic presidents. Stock market volatility since the start of the 1980s hit a high during the four years after Obama’s first victory, before settling down in his second four years. Graphic: Stock market swings under different Presidents
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.
Poll: Biden holds narrow lead among Florida Hispanics
Trump received 35 percent of the Florida Hispanic vote in 2016 exit polls. The Florida poll results follow months of criticism from Hispanic Democrats. It showed Biden doing markedly better among Florida Hispanics, leading Trump by 20 points, 57 to 37 percent. A CBS News Battleground poll released last week had Biden leading among Hispanics in Florida by 27 points. Coker cautioned that the new poll numbers in Florida, which has a highly diverse Hispanic community, don’t offer much insight into Biden’s performance among Hispanics elsewhere.
POLITICO Playbook: NEW: Pelosi leaves the Covid relief blame on Trump’s doorstep
POLITICO Playbook: NEW: Pelosi leaves the Covid relief blame on Trump’s doorstep Presented bySpeaker Nancy Pelosi is suggesting Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and the administration owe her answers on nearly every contentious issue in the Covid relief package. AND THIS MORNING, we have a brand new letter Speaker NANCY PELOSI sent to Treasury Secretary STEVEN MNUCHIN. IN OTHER WORDS, PELOSI is suggesting MNUCHIN and the administration owe her answers on nearly every contentious issue in the Covid relief package. WHY DOES THIS MATTER 5 DAYS before ELECTION DAY? Some experts project that turnout could hit 12 million by Election Day.
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.
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.
Health contractors vetted stars’ politics for US virus ad
Public relations firms hired by the Department of Health and Human Services vetted the political views of hundreds of celebrities, including Aguilera, Lopez, and Black, for a health education advertising campaign on the coronavirus outbreak. “I have ordered a strategic review of this public health education campaign that will be led by our top public health and communications experts to determine whether the campaign serves important public health purposes,” Azar told the subcommittee, which is investigating the federal government’s response to the coronavirus outbreak . Because public health policy around the coronavirus pandemic has become so politically polarized, it’s unclear how well a confidence-building campaign from the government would play. And Trump has alienated much of the medical establishment with his dismissive comments about basic public health measures, such as wearing masks . Antony and Quaid were among just a few celebrities who were approved for the campaign, according to the documents.
Coronavirus tally: Global cases of COVID-19 44.5 million, 1.17 million deaths and U.S. nears 228,000 fatalities
The global tally for confirmed cases of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 climbed to 44.5 million on Thursday, according to data aggregated by Johns Hopkins University, while the death toll rose to 1.17 million. The U.S. has the highest case total at 8.9 million and deaths at 227,700. Brazil has the second highest death toll at 158,456 and is third by cases at 5.5 million. Mexico has the fourth highest death toll at 90,309 and ninth highest case tally at 906,863. The U.K has 45,765 deaths, the highest in Europe and fifth highest in the world, and 945,378 cases.
Global Stocks Stabilize After Pounding Over Europe’s Second Lockdown
Asian stocks dropped while European equities edged higher on Thursday, as traders awaited earnings from technology titans while a new wave of Covid-19 cases leads to tighter restrictions in Europe’s largest economies. The Nikkei 225 slipped 0.4% in Tokyo, the Hang Seng lost 0.5%, and the S&P/ASX 100 dropped 1.6% in Sydney. Germany and France separately introduced new one-month restrictions to counter a wave of coronavirus cases in Europe. Another surge in new users boosted Pinterest, which is set to rally after reporting better-than-expected profit and sales numbers. Royal Dutch Shell rose in London, as the oil major’s third-quarter earnings came in well ahead of estimates.
Here are five stocks to own for the 5G network buildout
Apple has finally rolled out 5G iPhones. This points to a multiyear effort to build actual working 5G networks. Here are five small-cap companies that Cuellar believes are primed to take advantages of “a good multiyear spending environment” for 5G network construction, sorted alphabetically. InphiInphi Corp. IPHI, -2.55% provides components for companies that make network equipment for telecommunications carriers and data center operators. Cuellar said Inphi’s management expects 5G spending by its customers to “ramp hard” in 2022.
How to Use the Election to Buy Stocks at a Bargain Price
Should the stock market tumble on the election results, sell cash-secured put options on stocks that you want to buy, or on stocks that you own and want to own more of. Should the stock price decline to the put strike price at expiration, investors are obligated to buy the stock. Should the stock be above the strike price at expiration, investors get to keep the money. Should that happen, investors must buy back the put or buy the stock at the strike price. Use options to monetize investor fear and to potentially buy stocks at lower prices.
How a Biden Presidency Would (Slowly) Change U.S. Policy on China
Text sizePresidential candidate Joe Biden, were he to win the November election, would change U.S.-China policy, but not swiftly, Eurasia Group founder Ian Bremmer said in a press briefing. With Biden ahead of President Donald Trump in the polls, Bremmer predicted that a Biden victory would result in “a much greater normalization of high-level engagement with China” beyond trade. Like the U.S. public, the Chinese leadership is divided on a Biden presidency, he said. A Biden administration would try to form multilateral coalitions to contain China, said Gerald Butts, vice chairman of Eurasia Group. Biden would also reach out to China on climate policy, Bremmer said.
How to Use the Election to Buy Stocks at a Bargain Price
Should the stock market tumble on the election results, sell cash-secured put options on stocks that you want to buy, or on stocks that you own and want to own more of. Should the stock price decline to the put strike price at expiration, investors are obligated to buy the stock. Should the stock be above the strike price at expiration, investors get to keep the money. Should that happen, investors must buy back the put or buy the stock at the strike price. Use options to monetize investor fear and to potentially buy stocks at lower prices.
Global Stocks Stabilize After Pounding Over Europe’s Second Lockdown
Text sizeAsian stocks dropped while European equities edged higher on Thursday, as traders awaited earnings from technology titans while a new wave of Covid-19 cases leads to tighter restrictions in Europe’s largest economies. The Nikkei 225 slipped 0.4% in Tokyo, the Hang Seng lost 0.5%, and the S&P/ASX 100 dropped 1.6% in Sydney. Germany and France separately introduced new one-month restrictions to counter a wave of coronavirus cases in Europe. Another surge in new users boosted Pinterest, which is set to rally after reporting better-than-expected profit and sales numbers. Royal Dutch Shell rose in London, as the oil major’s third-quarter earnings came in well ahead of estimates.
Trump hints at stopping "powerful" big tech in latest 'get out the vote' tweet
The not-so-subtle suggestion being that a vote for Trump is a vote to break up the likes of Facebook, Google and Twitter . In the video Trump signposts the DoJ's antitrust suit against Google -- ending with a call to his supporters to get out the vote. Story continuesThe big difference this time around is that 'big tech' is rather more alive to the reputational risks to their platforms and companies if they're found ignoring another orchestrated episode of election interference. "Big tech has to be spoken to and probably in some form has to be stopped," is the closest he gets to an actual policy position here. That then means these very same 'big tech' platforms tend to amplify Republican messaging -- certainly of the Trumpian flavor, i.e.
Republicans used a Senate hearing to criticize tech CEOs for fact-checking Trump's posts before the election
ReutersSenate Republicans berated the CEOs of Facebook, Twitter, and Google on Wednesday, claiming that the tech companies discriminated against conservatives with policies against misinformation related to COVID-19 and mail-in voting. Instead, it focused on the tech companies' steps to fact-check false claims posted by President Donald Trump, which Republicans said amounted to censorship. Meanwhile, Democrats voiced concerns that tech companies would be too willing to bend to Republicans' wishes in the week leading up to the election. They further claimed that tech companies are primarily staffed by liberal-leaning employees — an assertion that Dorsey and Pichai denied but Zuckerberg said may be true. Democrats at the hearing slammed Republicans for their lines of questioning, accusing them of politicizing the hearing to pressure tech companies not to take action against Trump's posts.
Sexy Halloween costumes are 'almost unsellable': Here what's most popular (and unpopular) this season
The Joe Exotic Tiger Honey Costume, left, and the Joe Exotic Costume are top-sellers at 3 Wishes. (Photos: 3 Wishes)The "Tiger King"-inspired Sexy Joe Exotic Costume is popular this season. The Avengers: Endgame Black Panther Deluxe Child Costume based off Chadwick Boseman's famous character is popular at Rubie's Costume Company. (Photos: Rubie's Costume Company)Rubie's Inflatable Adult T-Rex Costume was a viral sensation in 2020. (Photo: Party City)Essential workers are popular inspirations this Halloween season, such as with this popular Girls Doctor Costume.
At Hearing, Senate Republicans Accuse Twitter, Facebook, Google CEOs of Censorship
A Senate Commerce Committee hearing Wednesday about a U.S. law that shields internet companies from liability over content posted to their platforms — predictably — mainly provided a venue for GOP members to slam the CEOs of Twitter, Facebook and Google for allegedly censoring conservative viewpoints and information. The execs of the three tech companies — Twitter’s Jack Dorsey, Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, and Google’s Sundar Pichai — appeared via teleconference before the Senate committee. In a combative exchange with Twitter chief Jack Dorsey, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) asked rhetorically, “Mr. Earlier this month, the House Judiciary Committee issued a report summing up an antitrust probe into four Big Tech companies: Apple, Amazon, Facebook and Google. For the latest news, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
The Stimulus Deal Is On Pause Until After Election Day — Now What?
Congressional lawmakers appear to have thrown in the towel on efforts to help boost the ailing United States economy through a second stimulus package — that is, until after Election Day. That left coronavirus-related relief as the only major legislative goal on Congress’ plate ahead of the election. Both parties have said that they favor providing another round of direct payments to individuals and families, as well as continuing additional unemployment benefits, though they have differed significantly on amounts. The Senate is scheduled to be back in session on Nov. 9 — a week after the election — while House members are not slated to return until Nov. 16. Separately, any stimulus proposal would likely get a vote during a lame-duck session, as some members who return to their chambers following the election will not be in the next Congress.
Who do Americans blame for lack of second stimulus deal? Here’s what a new poll shows
Democrats, Republicans and the White House have been unable to reach a deal on a second stimulus package for months. Meanwhile, Senate Republicans have balked at the costs from the Democrats’ and the White House’s plans, instead proposing their own $500 billion bill — which Democrats blocked. When asked who is “mostly to blame for the lack of an agreement on an economic relief bill,” 45% of the 923-voter group answered Republicans and Trump while 40% answered Democrats. Meanwhile, 71% of Democratic or Democratic-leaning respondents answered Trump and Republicans are to blame and 17% answered congressional Democrats. Among Democratic or Democratic-leaning voters, 43% said Republicans are mostly to blame, 28% answered Trump and 15% answered Democrats.
Trump rushes struggling GOP senator at rally: 'You got one minute, they don't want to hear this'
One minute, Martha! Quick, quick, quick. After her speech, Mr Trump called up three out-of-state politicians to address the rally. Quick, quick, quick. Quick, quick, quick.
Republican Sen. Mike Lee said fact-checking is a form of censorship
Republican Sen. Mike Lee of Utah defined censorship during a Senate hearing with the CEOs of Twitter, Facebook, and Google. Tasos Katopodis/Getty ImagesDuring a Senate hearing on Wednesday, Republican Sen. Mike Lee said fact-checking is a form of censorship. All three CEOs defended their policies, saying they are intended to be applied equally to anyone that violates their content policies, regardless of political opinions. During a Senate hearing on Wednesday, Republican Sen. Mike Lee said fact-checking is a form of censorship. Senate Republicans said the companies had discriminated against conservative views on their platforms.
Abortion Is Under Threat After Amy Coney Barrett Confirmation. Donors Are Stepping Up.
The National Network of Abortion Funds raised over $25,000 in the first 24 hours of Barrett’s confirmation, which a NNAF spokesperson said is a big uptick in donations for their organization. The night Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died back in September, abortion rights advocates knew they would need to fight tooth and nail for a justice who supported reproductive and sexual health. The $17,000 Yellowhammer Fund received after Barrett’s confirmation will help 40 to 60 patients seeking abortion care pay for costs such as gas, hotels and child care. Jenny Lawson, Planned Parenthood Votes executive directorGroups that support abortion rights plan to use the rushed process and confirmation of Barrett to motivate voters. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, even applauded Barrett for being “unashamedly pro-life” during the confirmation hearing.
US, Israel extend science accords into West Bank settlements
Until now, three U.S.-Israeli science cooperation agreements excluded projects in areas captured by Israel in the 1967 Mideast war — including the West Bank, east Jerusalem and the Golan Heights. Israel captured the West Bank and east Jerusalem in the 1967 Mideast war, and in the decades since have built dozens of settlements that are now home to some 500,000 Israelis. The Palestinians seek the West Bank and east Jerusalem as part of a future independent state. Amending the agreements grants legitimacy to Israel’s West Bank settlements and “further blurs the Green Line,” said Brian Reeves, spokesman for Israel’s Peace Now organization, referring to the boundary between Israel and the West Bank. “This historic international agreement cements U.S. policy that Israeli settlements are not illegal, and puts money behind it,” he said.
A couple divided over politics, but united in saving lives
Laura Hunter and her husband John straddle a political divide that, in a divisive time, might have wrecked their relationship. (John Hunter): "Back in 2000, there were a whole lot of deaths in the desert. (Laura Hunter): "We are non-political and non-religious organizations, so that's why we attract different people from different walks of life... - Laura Hunter and her husband John straddle a political divide that, in a divisive time, might have wrecked their relationship. Not because I think different than he does makes me wrong, or because he doesn't think the way I think, it makes him wrong, no.
GOP Sen. Kelly Loeffler: 'Not familiar' with Trump's infamous 2005 'Access Hollywood' tape
WASHINGTON – Sen. Kelly Loeffler, R-GA., claimed Wednesday night she was "not familiar" with President Donald Trump's now-infamous 2005 "Access Hollywood" tape where he described sexually assaulting women. "Look, I agree with the approach President Trump has taken since day one to put America first. A journalist pushed back that Loeffler's answer didn't address whether she had any issues with Trump's comments in the "Access Hollywood" tape, to which she replied: "I'm sorry. Trump has denied all allegations and originally dismissed the comments caught in the "Access Hollywood" tape as "locker room talk." Contributing: Jeanine SantucciThis article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Kelly Loeffler: 'Not familiar' with Trump's 'Access Hollywood' tape
Here comes the best GDP report on record*: Morning Brief
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US states face biggest cash crisis since the Great Depression
U.S. states are facing their biggest cash crisis since the Great Depression. States are dependent on taxes for revenue—sales and income taxes make up more than 60% of the revenue states collect for general operating funds, according to the Urban Institute. A nationwide decline in combined state revenue has happened after only two events in 90 years: following the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks and in the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis. Annual state revenue fell following the Sept. 11 attacks and the bursting of the dot-com bubble around that time, but recovered within a year. Local government workforces cut 6%, or nearly a million people, and local revenue shortfalls are adding pressure to states’ budgets.
Op-Ed: When Trump says immigrants don’t show up for court hearings, he couldn’t be more wrong
Last week, during the final presidential campaign debate, President Trump renewed a claim he has often made: Migrants with pending court dates rarely show up for their hearings. In a study published this year, we found that 83% of migrants asked to return to court attended all their hearings. AdvertisementNor are migrants who have been released pending court hearings “murderers,” “rapists” or “very bad person[s]” — more assertions from Trump’s Thursday debate answers. The immigration court records show that 15% of the small percentage who at first failed to appear later rectified the matter. In 2018, an attorney for the Department of Justice admitted before the Supreme Court that “almost 100%” of the notices to appear in immigration court omitted the time and date of the future hearing.
Pennsylvania Latinos worry Joe Biden campaign outreach comes too late
All surveys suggest that Biden will easily win the Latino vote, although turnout and the size of that advantage will be important in key states. Nationally, Trump is polling slightly higher among Latinos than he did in 2016, and surveys show him neck-and-neck with Biden in Florida overall, home to a large number of Cuban Americans, who tend to lean more conservative. Puerto Rican voters, who make up a large percentage of the Latino population in Philadelphia and the Lehigh Valley, tend to lean more Democratic.
'Clean energy means everything': Long Islander raps about nuclear power
His recent music video "Bright Future" advocates for nuclear power as a solution to climate change. I put out a record called "The Rap Canterbury Tales" in 2004 — that's not really peer-reviewed, but it was academic rap. That was the first peer-reviewed rap. I'm going to use that for all of my stuff now. What's a line or two you're really pleased with?
Trump, Biden to appeal to last-minute voters in Florida
TAMPA, Fla. — President Donald Trump and Democratic rival Joe Biden are set to chase votes in Florida, a state all but essential to the Republican's pathway to another term as both nominees turn their focus to encouraging voters to turn out on Election Day. More than 73 million Americans have already voted, absentee or by mail, and Trump and Biden are trying to energize the millions more who will vote in person on Tuesday. Thousands gathered in close proximity without wearing masks — a trend that was expected to continue through more than a dozen events in the final sprint to Election Day. Biden, meanwhile, heads later in the week to three more states Trump won in 2016: Iowa, Wisconsin and Michigan, where he’ll hold a joint Saturday rally with former President Barack Obama. Trump, meanwhile, is banking on enthusiasm among his Election Day supporters to overcome indicated Democratic strength in some early returns.
TV ads still win elections. And Democrats are buying a lot more of them.
The vast quantity of television advertising aired by candidates, parties and outside groups is proving to be one of the many ways that the 2020 election is remarkable. The effects are not large in presidential races, although they may make a difference in a swing state in a tight year. TV ads, archaic though they seem in an online era, still pack an electoral punch. Then we estimated whether the candidate who aired more ads ended up with a higher share of the vote. We found that in presidential elections, ads matter mainly at the margins.
Letters: Falun Gong, Bidens' corruption, secure voting and packing the court
But why, then, has neither Hunter Biden, Joe Biden nor anyone from the Biden campaign denied their authenticity? Easily found on the internet are his long history of racist statements and actions including telling Black people if they are undecided between him and President Trump, "You ain't Black." So far in the COVID war we are averaging more than 28,000 US deaths per month — three times as many as during World War II. In any war, leadership matters, and in the COVID war Trump has failed us miserably. Roger Digel-Barrett, EtnaRepublicans employed their own version of “court packing”The Republicans decry the idea of “court packing, but that is exactly what they have done.
Opinion: Voter fraud myth a Trojan Horse for voter suppression
When challenged on their actions, these officials insisted they were only trying to stop "voter fraud," by preventing ineligible voters from casting illegal ballots. Never mind that this so-called voter fraud was then and continues to be a myth. Those claiming otherwise have been unable to prove instances of voter fraud, and even Donald Trump’s handpicked commission formed to prove the existence of such fraud quietly disbanded and slunk away after they couldn’t find anything worth talking about. None of these measures will reduce the likelihood of the mythical "voter fraud." In many of these cases, the courts have stood firm in protecting the voting rights of our most vulnerable citizens.
Theodore Decker: In tumultuous times, suicide prevention can be a phone call away
The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention says suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States and estimates that in 2018 there were 1.4 million attempts. Or call the Franklin County Suicide Prevention Hotline at 614-221-5445; the Teen Suicide Prevention Hotline at 614-294-3300; or the national Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255/TALK (1-888-628-9454 for Spanish speakers). The Franklin County Suicide Prevention Coalition works to increase suicide awareness and to bring hope and support to those affected by suicide. The Center for Suicide Prevention and Research at Nationwide Children’sHospital aims to understand and prevent youth suicide. Many of their programs including their school-based suicide prevention program, Signs of Suicide (SOS), have a strong evidence base and are offered without cost to those interested.
Column: Voters head to polls with dueling realities of God, country
Timothy AhrensThe 11th edition of the American Values Survey came out this week and shows we are at war with ourselves. The battle lines over dueling realities of understanding God and country are drawn in dark red and dark blue. • Among white Americans with college degrees, 68% of women and 59% of men believe that Trump’s speech and behavior have encouraged white supremacist groups. Faith calls us to allow God to turn us from hatred to reconciliation and love. It is time to allow the creativity of great ideas and great concepts to rise up in each of us.
The Republicans understand what America really is. It's not pretty, and they know it
Here is yet another chance to set all things right in America by simply casting ballots. American citizens choose, support, encourage and love them as they attempt to ensure continued majority group dominance. Republicans across the country paint their opponents as “extreme” and “progressive” when they know they’re really status-quo moderates. They hold onto lies such as the Confederacy’s “Lost Cause” arguments when the revolt was really rooted in slavery. It is not pretty and Republicans know it.
Russia planted Hunter Biden's laptop? Come on, man
Scott JenningsOpinion contributorI was perusing the pages of The Washington Post and ran across a column by a professor at Johns Hopkins University about the political dustup over Hunter Biden’s laptop. It contained the following sentence:“We must treat the Hunter Biden leaks as if they were a foreign intelligence operation — even if they probably aren’t.”Huh? Results to come faster than primaryIt is no secret Hunter Biden followed the well-worn gilded path of many of Washington’s ne'er do well sons. The Biden campaign claimed Russia had planted Hunter’s laptop. When it comes to the Bidens and today’s Democratic Party, the Russian misinformation call is coming from inside the house.
2020 election: What's at stake and what to expect in Kentucky on Tuesday
But in the Bluegrass State, it's unclear just how busy voting booths may be come Election Day. Thanks to expanded early voting and access to absentee ballots, just over 1.2 million people have already voted. This election also features the most expansive early in-person voting period Kentucky has ever seen. There haven't been lines at the county's sole early voting site, and turnout has been good so far — a little more than 36.3% as of Wednesday morning. Dewey Clayton, a political science professor at the University of Louisville, said he has been surprised by "the level of enthusiasm" for early voting in this election in Kentucky, particularly among young people.
Obama, Trump battle in new wrinkle for 2020 campaign
Trump criticized Fox News for airing an Obama speech from Florida on Tuesday, just the latest incident of him lashing out at Obama. And he'll have another chance to weigh in when Obama appears alongside vice president Joe Biden at a campaign event in Michigan on Saturday. “Remember I wouldn’t be President now had Obama and Biden properly done their job,” Trump wrote on Twitter earlier this month. Trump, he said, is “utilizing that dislike as another mechanism to energize his base and to energize Republican voters writ large.”Since Trump became president, Obama has remained largely silent as Trump has torn into his legacy. Covid, Covid, Covid, he’s complaining.
Trump, Biden to appeal to last-minute voters in Florida
More than 73 million Americans have already voted, absentee or by mail, and Trump and Biden are trying to energize the millions more who will vote in person on Tuesday. Thousands gathered in close proximity without wearing masks — a trend that was expected to continue through more than a dozen events in the final sprint to Election Day. Biden, meanwhile, heads later in the week to three more states Trump won in 2016: Iowa, Wisconsin and Michigan, where he’ll hold a joint Saturday rally with former President Barack Obama . Biden and his allies are outspending Trump and his backers by more than 3-to-1 in Florida — about $23 million to about $7 million — in the final push to Election Day, according to data from ad tracking firm Kantar/CMAG. Trump, meanwhile, is banking on enthusiasm among his Election Day supporters to overcome indicated Democratic strength in some early returns.
Investors should prepare for worst over US presidential election
But if the election turns out to be mostly a referendum on Donald Trump, Democrats might win just the White House while failing to retake the Senate. While Biden has consistently led in the polls, so, too, had Hillary Clinton on the eve of the 2016 election. If Trump loses and resorts to claiming that the election was rigged, violence and civil strife could be highly likely. Usually in this type of scenario the US dollar would strengthen; but, because this particular episode would have been triggered by US-based political chaos, capital might actually flee from the dollar, leaving it weaker. While hoping that the chaotic outcomes outlined above do not come to pass – polls still show a strong lead for Biden – investors should be preparing for the worst, not only on election day but in the weeks and months thereafter.
#EndSars, abolish Ice: the trans activist resisting police violence in Nigeria and the US
For years, people have been fighting and resisting police and military violence in Nigeria. Black migrants face longer detention time in Ice – what are the conditions like inside? Queer and trans migrants are stuck in solitary confinement for months. What are you doing to support the local movements to defund the police, abolish Ice, protecting the lives of Black trans folks, of LGBTQ+ people more broadly? You have to center communities that are super marginalized – Black migrants generally, and Black queer and trans migrants in particular.
'Try again next time': my three visa rejections
I am a western visa rejection expert. You will better understand why your visa was rejected.”It is the same damn green paper they give to every rejected visa applicant. None of them even know about my visa rejection. She would not terrorise me about work documents when I’m travelling on a short scholarship visa. I think that’s maybe because I’ve been a visa rejection expert for so long.
Ignore the twists and turns: This US election campaign has been defined by its stability
There was George Floyd’s death and the flood of anti-racism protests that followed, the most widespread in America for 50 years. There have been two party conventions, two presidential debates, the naming of a vice presidential nominee and countless other big campaign moments. A fortnight after Mr Biden effectively secured the nomination on Super Tuesday primary day back in March, he was around seven percentage points ahead of Mr Trump. Today, he is around seven percentage points ahead of Mr Trump. At no time in between, according to the source of the stats - Real Clear Politics - has Mr Trump led.
US steps up deportation of Haitians ahead of election, raising Covid fears
The Haitian flights coincide with the forced repatriation of scores of Cameroonian, Congolese and other African asylum – seekers, many of whom were flown out while they had legal cases pending. The deportation flights also raise the potential for the spread of coronavirus in Haiti. Several thousands have camped in Mexico since the procedures for applying for asylum were suspended because of the pandemic. In October there appears to have been a surge of illegal crossings by Haitians of the Rio Grande. The US border patrol in Del Rio has reported that since the beginning of the month 450 Haitians had been apprehended in their sector.
Your absentee ballot never showed up. Now what?
If you’re like me, when the time came to request your absentee ballot, you submitted your information and waited for the ballot to arrive in the mail, but it never did. I requested my absentee ballot for New York on 14 September. One of my roommates requested her Pennsylvania absentee ballot on 5 October and it has reportedly been on the way since 19 October. The facts Read moreAnother one of my roommates believed she had properly requested her California absentee ballot online, only to learn that she needed to physically submit an absentee ballot request to her local board of elections as well. They are theoretically counted as long as you don’t submit a completed absentee ballot, but there’s no guarantee.
US election polls tracker 2020: Will Donald Trump or Joe Biden win the race to be America's next president?
Democratic challenger Joe Biden is currently leading Donald Trump in the national polls as the US approaches its 2020 presidential election. The 10-poll average indicates that just over half of Americans intend to back Joe Biden while Mr Trump’s support trails this by around seven or eight points. Americans will vote on Tuesday, November 3, in order to elect their next president, either giving Mr Trump another four years or handing over the keys to the White House to Mr Biden. According to the latest polling averages, Joe Biden's lead over the incumbent is remaining solid, despite a slight downfall in the wake of the US presidential debates and Donald Trump's diagnosis with coronavirus. Mr Biden's polling average has remained above 50 per cent since October 4, and the Democratic nominee has consistently polled in the lead since the race began.
Watch: Nigel Farage on the ground on Trump's US Election 2020 campaign trail
Nigel Farage gives The Telegraph an insight of what it's like on Donald Trump's campaign trail, as he joins the president in Arizona. The leader of the Brexit Party gave several speeches across the state where he praised the president for his time in office and compared it to his battle for Brexit. Mr Farage also joined the Mr Trump on stage for a speech where he called the president one of 'the single most resilient and bravest person I have ever met in my life'.
Facebook, Twitter and Google face changes to online speech protection
Twitter, Facebook and Google have been warned their platforms face new restrictions after they were criticised by Republican senators for alleged anti-conservative bias. Donald Trump and the Republicans have accused the social media platforms of deliberately suppressing conservative, religious and anti-abortion views. Both US parties say that immunity under Section 230 enables social media companies to abdicate responsibility to impartially moderate content. Both Twitter and Facebook have used a misinformation label on content from the president, who has around 80 million followers. Google will also halt political ads after the polls close and Twitter banned all political ads last year.
Tone-deaf Kim Kardashian tries to claw back favour by encouraging people to vote
Kim Kardashian has attempted to claw back public favour by encouraging her 190million followers to vote after grabbing their 'attention' with her controversial 40th birthday trip. Kim wrote: 'Now that I have your attention...this a reminder to VOTE. In the snaps, Kim wore a figure-hugging orange bustier and midi skirt, which featured bold prints and were teamed with a pair of black sandals. In a third image, Kim was flanked by one of her friends as they made their way to dinner on the tropical private island. In recent days, Khloe Kardashian, 36, Kourtney Kardashian, 41, and Kendall Jenner, 24, have all shared bikini clad images on their pages while enjoying the sun-drenched 'secret' location.
Trump got what he wanted at the border. Would Biden undo it?
(The Trump administration has repeatedly demanded Congress make the very same changes.) The making of the "waterproof fabric"The Trump administration adopted a simple solution to the tension between deterrence and humanitarianism: It maximized deterrence. (The Trump administration attempted to undo this law via regulation in fall 2018, but it was quickly stopped in court.) A Biden administration might well do something similar, returning to the 2014 model put in place by Obama. With all of this, the Trump administration has been reluctant to declare victory at the border.
Detroit officials accuse feds of undercutting and undercounting people of Detroit
Mayor Mike Duggan and U.S Rep. Rashida Tlaib of Detroit don't always agree, but they joined forces Wednesday to urge census workers to come forward if they have evidence federal officials undermined the count in Detroit. In addition to ending the nationwide head count early, Duggan said, federal officials did not provide the staff typically assigned to Detroit in previous counts. And he said it took the feds almost a month to begin seeking out city residents who did not fill out census forms. Duggan and Tlaib urged other census workers with evidence that the Detroit count was disorganized or poorly run to call 866-20-COUNT (866-202-6868) or send an email to info@20count. Depending on what they learn, Duggan said the city may challenge the federal government's determination of how many people live in Detroit.
'There is no way to over-estimate their gall': Insiders reveal how 'megalomaniac' Ivanka and Jared will still win if Trump loses
I vanka Trump and Jared Kushner were waiting for Marissa Velez Kraxberger inside Trump Tower. Ms Trump and Mr Kushner, he writes, "would have transformed themselves from relatively obscure rich kids into international celebrities and brand ambassadors." Yet a little over a year after Mx Kraxberger’s departure, Mr Trump would indeed win the election, confounding his daughter's prediction - and everyone else's. Ms Trump and Mr Kushner went, of course, with Mr Trump to the White House. Fast forward four years, and Ms Trump, now 38, and Mr Kushner, now 39, are potentially facing another life-altering upheaval.
So what if Biden is up in the polls? Weren't they wrong last time?
The former Democratic presidential candidate consistently led Trump in state and national polls in 2016 before he won the White House, just like Biden does now. Many pollsters tweaked their methods to better account for a demographic group that tends to avoid polls but largely favors Trump: whites without a college degree. “And since there are fewer undecided voters, Biden is more consistently hitting above 50% support,” Kondik said. A BIGGER FOCUS ON STATE POLLSNews organizations are also investing more resources this year on state polls, especially in some of the most competitive parts of the country. So far, Reuters/Ipsos’ state polls have shown tight races between Biden and Trump in Arizona, Florida and North Carolina, while Biden has maintained a lead in Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Michigan.
Trump paints apocalyptic portrait of life in US under Biden
This is the apocalyptic version of American life that President Donald Trump argues would be the dire consequence of turning over the White House to Democrat Joe Biden. “This election is a choice between a TRUMP RECOVERY or a BIDEN DEPRESSION,“ the president tweeted, echoing what he tells supporters at rallies. In July, Biden said Trump was the country’s first racist president, which glossed over the presidents before Trump who had held slaves. Loading... Loading... Loading... Loading... Loading... Loading...“We’ve had racists, and they’ve existed. They’ve tried to get elected president,” Biden said.
How the Associated Press Determines US Presidential Election Results
She is the Washington bureau chief for the Associated Press, and the reporters in her care bring their Election Day fears to Pace. Julie Pace is the Washington bureau chief for the Associated Press and, lately, the person reporters talk to about their Election Day nightmares. But no one expects Election Day 2020 to look anything like the ones we remember—which explains all the nightmares in the AP’s Washington bureau. On Election Day, some of them will be back in the office, wearing masks. Counting the votes on Election Day shouldn’t pose a problem, according to Jennifer Nicoll Victor, a political science professor at George Mason University.
Americans plan widespread protests if Trump interferes with election
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Dozens of activist groups who claim to represent millions of Americans from both political parties plan to hit the streets next week, if President Donald Trump appears to be interfering with vote counting or manipulating poll results after Election Day. Slideshow ( 3 images )The "Protect the Results" coalition of over 130 groups from Planned Parenthood to Republicans for the Rule of Law, has about 400 events protecttheresults.com planned to date. Participants are prepping to demonstrate "as early as the afternoon on Wednesday, November 4," the day after Election Day, and await a SMS message. If Trump tries to interfere in the counting of ballots, or pressures state or local officials to say ballots should no longer be counted “then we would mobilize,” he said. Election experts in these states are already warning it could be days before results are known, he added.
The Top 5 Reasons to Believe 2020 Won’t Be a 2016 Sequel
Another way to say this is that pollsters “under-sampled” non-college-educated voters. At the same time, the electorate split sharply along the “diploma divide” to give Trump an advantage among non-college-educated voters. In short, state pollsters made a huge, obvious mistake: Their surveys failed to account for 2016’s most important demographic phenomenon. Practically every high-quality state pollster acknowledged the non-college-educated-voter problem and committed to weighting their 2020 polls by education. Does this mean that the state polls in 2020 are guaranteed to be perfect?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
'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.
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.
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.
'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.
The Climate Case for Joe Biden (Is Strong but More Complicated Than You Might Have Heard) ? Current Affairs
The argument in favor of Biden roughly goes like this: Biden has a climate plan and Donald Trump doesn’t. Independents and climate activists are right to be skeptical of corporate Democrats like Biden. An ambitious Green New Deal plus keep-it-in-the-ground style policies like fracking bans are bare minimum positions needed for slowing climate change. But even despite this abysmal record, there is a very compelling case from a climate perspective to support Joe Biden, and for climate activists and independents to work for his victory. While Biden is weak on climate, Trump winks at militias who will undoubtedly feel empowered to physically attack those who will be critical in forcing climate action.
Can Biden win one of these states: AZ
More important matters are whether one of five swing states can be won by Biden/Harris. Basically, to win, Biden needs to win at least one of AZ/FL/GA/NC/PA. x Miles Taylor, former Chief of Staff to Kirstjen Nielsen and Chad Wolf at DHS, confirms he is 'anonymous'.https://t.co/AQb0iKeHRC — Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) October 28, 2020 x I had an amazing conversation this morning with ... https://t.co/P99F5JJfU3 — Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) October 28, 2020The Trump administration’s covid-19 message: You’re on your own. https://t.co/llKGAiJTSD — Daniel Dale (@ddale8) October 28, 2020x Opinion | The Trump administration’s covid-19 message: You’re on your own.
TRUMP WHINES: Twitter Won't Allow Me to Tweet Bogus Biden Story that I'm Tweeting
The other closing argument of the Trump campaign is the one that he does want to see more media coverage of. On Wednesday morning he unleashed several tweets assailing the media for "suppressing" the Hunter Biden story. Twitter refuses to allow the any mention of the Biden corruption story which was carried so well on @TuckerCarlson last night. In another of Trump's morning tweets he said that "Calls grow louder to get special prosecutor to investigate Hunter Biden." Trump continued his twit-opining by asserting that "Media and Big Tech are not covering Biden Corruption!"
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Pelosi scorches Trump: Stand up like a man and accept the will of the American people.
The President said that he wants the race called on the day of the election. Due to the unprecedented surge in mail-in voting sparked by the pandemic, the process of tallying ballots and determining the election winner is expected to take longer than usual. Nancy Pelosi did not mince her words as she scorched the president by enumerating all the evil deeds he has done throughout his administration. She then makes it clear that not vacating the White House after his loss will not be tolerated. Please join our YouTube channel so we can get the numbers up to open up some more features and reach more folks.
MT-Sen: New Poll Has Gov. Steve Bullock (D) Beating Sen. Steve Daines (R) 48-47
Montana Governor Steve Bullock, the Democratic candidate, leads Sen. Steve Daines (Republican) in the Senate race by a 48 percent to 47 percent and five percent are undecided. Mike Cooney (Democrat) and Rep. Greg Gianforte (Republican), with Libertarian candidate Lyman Bishop eliciting two percent support. Undecided voters look to hold the key as nine percent of respondents stated they do not know at this point. In the presidential race, President Donald Trump (Republican) leads former Vice President Joe Biden (Democrat) by a 52 percent to 45 percent margin. Another 1 percent support Libertarian candidate Jo Jorgensen, while 2 percent of respondents are undecided.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
No One Can Legally Prevent You from Voting
(Brennan Center for Justice)No one can legally prevent you from voting in the 2020 Presidential election. It is any attempt to prevent people from voting either through intimidation or by preventing them from registering or voting. Today voting suppression is a primary Republican Party campaign strategy. What does modern-day voter suppression look like in comparison to past historical voter suppression? Remember, no one can legally prevent an American citizen and an eligible voter from voting in the 2020 Presidential election and that includes Donald Trump.
NY-SD-43: State Senator Daphne Jordan's Voting Record Is Outside Of The Mainstream
Daphne Jordan: A Right-Wing Voting Record That Clearly Places Her Outside Of The Mainstream:Arch-conservative New York State Senator Daphne Jordan (R), who represents most of the northern stretches of the Hudson Valley region, has maintained a voting record that is so far to the right, it places her out of step with many of her Republican colleagues. (As a matter of fact, in 2019, Jordan was one of only three State Senators to earn a perfect, 100% score from the Conservative Party of New York State.) Daphne Jordan was one of only thirteen State Senators that opposed establishing early, in-person voting (S 1102, 2019). You can learn even more about Daphne Jordan’s voting record at DoNothingDaphne.com. Fortunately, we now have a strong alternative that is running for State Senate this year that will provide our region with more mainstream representation at the state capital in Albany.
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.
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.
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)
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!
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.
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.
Preparing to Play the SCOTUS Trump Cards: 'BradCast' 10
If you have any doubts about that, they quote noticed science and technologist Ivanka Trump as supporting evidence;20 former Republican U.S. (So much for Trump as the self-proclaimed "law and order President");Hundreds of Trump supporters were left stranded by the Trump Campaign in frigid temps on an airstrip in Omaha, Nebraska on Tuesday night, after Trump's latest super-spreader rally. But he still has a few Trump Cards that he believes -- with good reason -- he may be able to play at his stolen and corrupt U.S. Supreme Court. That effort will involve preventing timely cast ballots from being tabulated at all following Election Day. Since elections are never certified by states on Election Night -- only the media declare "winners", in that sense -- official state results cannot be "flipped" with the counting of ballots after Election Day.
Overnight News Digest October 28, 2020
From there it made its way across metro New Orleans, taking down trees and wrecking roofs from Grand Isle to Slidell. The new deadline for mail-in ballots to be received is Nov. 12, though ballots must still be postmarked on or before Nov. 3, Election Day. he previous deadline for ballots to be received by local boards was Nov. 6, as set by state lawmakers. Tuesday marked the last day that postal and election administration experts said ballots could be mailed to ensure delivery in time for Election Day, based on national first-class mail service. The celebrated Parisian bookstore told readers on Wednesday that it was facing “hard times” as the Covid-19 pandemic keeps customers away.
AZ-Sen: New Poll Has Mark Kelly (D) Leading Martha McSally (R) 50-40, Biden Beating Trump 49-46
In Maricopa County, Arizona’s largest county, the Democratic candidates for County Attorney and Sheriff hold leads against their Republican opponents. Our polling shows strong leads for Presidential candidate Joe Biden and Senate candidate Mark Kelly in Arizona ahead of Tuesday’s election. ?Democratic challenger Mark Kelly is leading current Senator Martha McSally 50% to 40%, ?with 10% of respondents undecided. In Maricopa County, one of the most important national swing counties, our polling shows strong leads for Democrats in the County Attorney and Sheriff elections. Democratic ?Maricopa County Attorney nominee Julie Gunnigle leads incumbent Republican Allister Adel 38% to 32%.In the Maricopa County sheriff’s race, incumbent? Democrat Paul Penzone leads Republican challenger Jerry Sheridan 47% to 33%.
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.
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.
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.
Trump's precious stock market plunges right as he makes closing argument to voters
After a smaller dip Tuesday, the Dow tumbled more than 943 points Wednesday, or about 3.4 percent," according to The Washington Post. The Dow has tumbled more than 2,400 points since early September, roughly an 8% decline. On Wednesday, Joseph LaVorgna, the chief economist at the White House National Economic Council, tried to pin the stock market dip on Europe. But no matter what happens, expect Trump to lie about the stock market. After all, among Trump’s list of first-term accomplishments, the White House included "ending the COVID-19 pandemic."
like the stock market isn't the economy, America just isn't the 12 states of the 2020 campaign
The last minute, multimillion-dollar boost will air intensive ad campaigns in all television markets in both states. Virtually all of the 2020 campaign has been in 12 states (based on campaign events). Silver notes that although polls are showing Biden with an advantage in Michigan and Wisconsin, "The polls have been tighter in Pennsylvania." [...]"(Pennsylvania) is close to being a must-win for Trump, who has only a 2% chance of winning the Electoral College if he loses Pennsylvania," Silver argues. Sun Belt states in which Biden is competitive include Florida, Arizona and Georgia, among others.
538 says there's "Little sign of the presidential race tightening."
x Right- @chrislhayes is absolutely right, The ABC/WashPO poll released their results as they fell. It showed Joe Biden 17 points (not a typo) ahead of President Trump, 57 percent to 40 percent, among likely voters. Project Veritas for years has misrepresented itself to get an inside look at how Democratic campaigns and liberal groups operate in Wisconsin and around the country. In the latest episode, a man with ties to Veritas posed as a documentary filmmaker to get interviews with liberal groups, according to those groups. In all, six groups said they were targeted: BLOC, Voces, Our Wisconsin Revolution, Souls to the Polls, Wisconsin Race Class Narrative Project and Wisconsin Voices.
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.
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.
'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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
'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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Trump and Biden campaigns, Tropical Storm Zeta, California wildfires: 5 things to know Thursday
Remnants of Zeta to wallop eastern US with rain, windHurricane Zeta made landfall Wednesday near Cocodrie in Louisiana, with winds estimated at 110 mph, before weakening to a tropical storm early Thursday over central Alabama. Louisiana has had the worst of it this year, hit by two tropical storms and now three hurricanes. Zeta is the 11th tropical storm or hurricane to hit the U.S. this year, an all-time record high for the nation. It's also the fifth tropical storm or hurricane to hit Louisiana this year, an all-time record for the state. California wildfires: Progress but work remains to control blazesFirefighters are working to contain blazes in California Thursday as fires threaten upscale neighborhoods.
'Most valuable surrogate': Spouses are key in battleground states, lending firepower in final push
And beyond the traditional battlegrounds, polls have showed tightening races in states Trump won in 2016, like Iowa, and some where Democrats might have never imagined being competitive, like Texas and Georgia. She was very popular on the campaign trail and often brought out thousands of supporters on her own. “Michelle Obama was always just a rock star out on the campaign trail,” Han said. The Trump campaign has often looked to second lady Karen Pence, wife of Vice President Mike Pence as a key surrogate on the campaign trail. Han said spouses likely don't sway voters on the campaign trail, but she maintained they can help generate excitement for the candidates.
How the pandemic has affected voters with disabilities – roughly one-sixth of the US electorate
Many people with disabilities, estimated to be one-sixth of voters this year, encounter barriers when they attempt to vote in person. As a result, he said, turnout among voters with disabilities may increase this year. But pandemic-related restrictions have curbed visitors, and in some states, such as North Carolina and Louisiana, state laws prohibit facility staff from helping residents vote. Their study showed that’s an increase of nearly 20% since 2008, compared with an increase of 12% among eligible voters without disabilities. About half of voters with disabilities lean Democratic and about 42% favor Republicans, according to a 2016 report from the Pew Research Center.
Guns, lies and ballots set on fire: This is voter suppression in 2020
Voters in Black Lives Matters shirts rejected at pollsSome polling places are attempting to reject voters wearing Black Lives Matter shirts. Moments later a polling place manager intervened and said Arias could vote because Black Lives Matter is "not on the ballot." Black lives matter, the statement, is often confused with the political movement. "I don’t take it (Black lives matter) as a political issue," Arias said. To combat voter suppression, Rochon said he has been leading marches with groups of voters to drop their absentee ballots off at drop boxes.
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.
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.
The Trump Team’s Plan For The Final Days
The voting ends in five days. A lot of polls keep showing Joe Biden ahead, but the Trump team says no way. Erin Perrine Director of Press Communication for the Trump Campaign discusses the record-breaking amount of early voting, the polls and the campaign's plans for the final stretch. Election Day is quickly approaching and coronavirus cases continue to increase in states across the country. He also responds to critics who say masks don't work and explains why we shouldn't abandon public health measures when there is a vaccine available.
Undecided Voters Weigh In Before Election Day
This week, Martha is joined by a panel of undecided voters in battleground states. The panel tells Martha about what they think about President Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden, how the candidates' vice presidents impacted their decision, and how the President's behavior and handling of the pandemic will influence their choice on Election Day. Follow Martha on Twitter: @marthamaccallum
Newt Gingrich: Elections are never predictable — every vote matters
It is a cruel twist of fate that the most important election we have seen in modern American history is happening during the worst pandemic we have seen in modern American history. SEAN HANNITY: ONLY VOTERS CAN PREVENT DEMOCRATS FROM ENACTING 'RADICAL EXTREME SOCIALIST AGENDA'Nevertheless, it is vitally important that you vote — and that you encourage and help your friends and family to vote. So, it is important that you all vote — no matter where you live. Of course, the most recent, significant example of why every vote matters is Trump’s victory over Hillary Clinton in 2016. So, vote, make sure all your loved one’s vote, and let’s prove them all wrong again.
Biden vs. Trump: Europe watches the U.S. election closely — and hopes
US President Donald Trump and Democratic presidential candidate and former US Vice President Joe Biden are seen during the first presidential debate on a YouTube video displayed on a screen of a smartphone. Transatlantic ties have fractured since President Donald Trump arrived at the White House in 2017, with clashes over trade, defense and technology. Trump has frequently opted out of traditional diplomacy standards by making announcements and commenting on different subjects via Twitter. "If Trump is re-elected, I don't think he will pursue this American tradition to be more pro-European in the second mandate. I don't think that if he is re-elected things will improve in the way we wanted them to improve," Juncker said.
Women for Trump's final 2020 push has rendered 'empowerment' meaningless
There is a Pepto Bismol pink bus coming to a swing state town near you, and it's not bringing Avon or Mary Kay cosmetics. The empowered women among them (see newly minted Supreme Court Justice-for-life Amy Coney Barrett) are appear perfectly happy to disempower other women by, for example, restricting reproductive rights. But no amount of empowerment word salad can hide the fact that Trump has disempowered women in American politics and policy. But no amount of empowerment word salad can hide the fact that Trump has disempowered women in American politics and policy. The pink empowered bus is on an 85-day tour, rolling into small towns and suburbs in battleground states.
Gold firms as dollar stalls, uncertainties loom ahead of U.S. polls
FILE PHOTO: Gold bars at the Austrian Gold and Silver Separating Plant in Vienna, Austria, March 18, 2016. REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger/File PhotoSpot gold rose 0.1% to $1,879.71 per ounce by 0805 GMT, with some investors also taking advantage of Wednesday’s slide to a one-month low to buy gold. The U.S. elections and expectation of a pause in the dollar index are propping up gold, said Vandana Bharti, assistant vice-president of commodity research at SMC Comtrade. Also, “in giant economies like France and Germany, COVID-19 cases are increasing and again they are going for lockdowns. The dollar index rally took a breather as it steadied off a one-week peak scaled on Wednesday.
Exclusive: Chinese banks seen swapping dollars for yuan in forwards to curb gains - traders
SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China’s major state-owned banks have been swapping U.S. dollars for yuan this week, traders said on Thursday, suggesting monetary authorities are trying to rein in the sharply appreciating currency. Two other traders told Reuters they saw big state banks buying dollars in the onshore spot market during late night trading sessions to effectively prevent the yuan from strengthening too fast. Traders took the state banks’ action as an official sign that the authorities might not want the Chinese currency to strengthen too much in a short period of time, hurting exports. This is not the first time that big state banks are using swaps to affect yuan expectations. They were active in yuan forwards multiple times in the previous two years, using swaps to curb dollar supply as authorities sought to slow the currency’s depreciation.
UK rejects 'Britain First' trade policy, taking swipes at US and EU
A British ten pound banknote is seen in a photo illustration taken March 16, 2016. REUTERS/Phil Noble/Illustration/FilesThe COVID-19 pandemic has wrought havoc on global supply chains, fanning global trade tensions as nations scramble for scarce goods and try to protect their own economic interests. Trade minister Liz Truss will set out the principles that underpin Britain’s future trade policy in a speech that takes aim at the damage caused by both protectionism and unfettered state-subsidisation. Britain is urgently negotiating a trade deal with the EU to avoid widespread disruption when a transition period of de-facto EU membership ends on Dec. 31. It has also put a U.S. free trade agreement at the top of its post-Brexit wish list.
Analysis: With improved leverage, North Korea leader Kim awaits winner of U.S. vote
A person walks past a banner showing North Korean and U.S. flags ahead of the North Korea-U.S. summit in Hanoi, Vietnam, February 25, 2019. [nL4N2HJ1HE]After months of tightening sanctions and trading threats, Trump then became the first sitting U.S. president to meet with a North Korean leader at a summit in Singapore in 2018. [nL2N26N1QZ]‘GAME CHANGERS’While the United States’ far greater military might could swiftly inflict critical damage on North Korea, Pyongyang now poses a threat with its nuclear missiles capable of striking the U.S. mainland. It was seen by military experts as another game changer, just as the Hwasong-15 ICBM launch in 2017 was. A military parade here this month highlighted how the North has beefed up its strategic weapons.
U.S. Supreme Court deals blow to Republicans in Pennsylvania, North Carolina vote-by-mail fights
(Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday dealt setbacks to Republicans by allowing extended deadlines for receiving mail-in ballots in next Tuesday’s election in Pennsylvania and North Carolina, states pivotal to President Donald Trump’s re-election chances. The Supreme Court already had rejected a prior Republican request to block the lower court ruling on Oct. 19. The conservative-majority court on Wednesday also rejected a request by Trump’s campaign to block North Carolina’s extension of the deadline for receiving mail-in ballots, in another key battleground legal loss for Republicans. The public health crisis has prompted an increase in requests for mail-in ballots as voters seek to avoid crowds at polling places. In their earlier decision, the justices, shorthanded after the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, were divided 4-4, leaving in place the state court ruling.
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.
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.
Opioid Crisis: Critics Say Trump Fumbled Response To Another Deadly Epidemic
Opioid Crisis: Critics Say Trump Fumbled Response To Another Deadly EpidemicEnlarge this image toggle caption Jessica McGowan/Getty Images Jessica McGowan/Getty ImagesWhen then-presidential candidate Donald Trump spoke in Manchester, N.H., a week before the 2016 election, he said the opioid crisis was destroying lives and shattering families. Before coronavirus hit, opioids were widely viewed as the nation's top public health crisis. "ONDCP did not issue a national drug control strategy for either 2017 or 2018," the GAO concluded. But in recent months, even some members of the Trump administration have begun voicing alarm. "We've seen very large increases in the number of individuals going to treatment programs," said Brendan Saloner, a researcher at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
During A Mental Health Crisis, A Family's Call To 911 Turns Tragic
During A Mental Health Crisis, A Family's Call To 911 Turns Tragictoggle caption Brett Sholtis/WITFRulennis Muñoz remembers the phone ringing on Sept. 13. Fatal police shootings often involve a mental health crisisIt was a tragedy for the Muñoz family — but it's not that unusual. Across the U.S., people with mental illnesses are 16 times more likely than the overall population to be killed by police, according to one study from the mental health nonprofit Treatment Advocacy Center. By that point, it's often law enforcement, rather than mental health professionals, who are called in to help. The National Alliance on Mental Illness continues to advocate for more resources for families dealing with a mental health crisis.
'Guns, Protests And Elections Do Not Mix': Conflict Experts See Rising Warning Signs
Experts in global conflict warn this is a toxic brew and that conditions are ripe for conflict and maybe even violence in the U.S. Experts see rising signs of potential violence around the election in the U.S. "What we fear is that guns, protests and elections do not mix well," he said. In fact, some militia leaders say they are afraid of the protesters — on the left. Global conflict experts say it's not inevitable that the election or its aftermath will devolve into chaos.
Politics, COVID and attacks on civil service wearing on intelligence community as election approaches
WASHINGTON — A worsening pandemic and fears about losing their protections as civil servants amid ongoing political chaos is leading many intelligence officers in the U.S. government to consider leaving their agencies, according to more than 10 current and former intelligence officers who spoke to Yahoo News. “You’re going to have a mass exodus from the intelligence community,” said another intelligence officer. While it’s currently unclear how the executive order on the civil service might actually affect intelligence officers, Trump’s message on diversity already has. Other former senior intelligence officers felt that politics wouldn’t be the reason for any major loss of talent in the intelligence community. “If Trump loses, what does he do that could further damage the intelligence community?
U.S. Supreme Court's divisions in voting cases put spotlight on Barrett
In the Wisconsin case, the court was divided 5-3, with the conservative justices in the majority and the liberals dissenting. The conservative justices indicated they are less willing to defer to the decisions of state courts. Story continuesConservative Justice Brett Kavanaugh, a Trump appointee, voted against extending deadlines in the Wisconsin case. Kavanaugh wrote that "under the U. S. Constitution, the state courts do not have a blank check to rewrite state election laws for federal elections." Liberal Justice Elena Kagan wrote that the Wisconsin decision "will disenfranchise large numbers of responsible voters in the midst of hazardous pandemic conditions."
European markets recover as governments struggle to contain COVID-19
Photo: Han Yan/Xinhua via GettyUnease continues to spread across Asian markets but European markets showed a modest recovery despite COVID-19 containment efforts struggling to reap results, and a lack of a US stimulus deal adds further pressure. European markets opened higher. In London, the FTSE (^FTSE) also rose by 0.3%. “Investors do know that they will see another stimulus package as the US economy is in desperate need of another stimulus package” said Aslam. “The delay in the stimulus package could mean that we may actually see a bigger stimulus package.
Tiffany agrees to new deal terms with LVMH
Continue Reading BelowThe companies have come to an agreement on new deal terms calling for LVMH to pay $131.50 a share for the iconic U.S. jewelry maker, according to people familiar with the matter. That’s down from an original price of $135 a share, equating to savings of roughly $430 million for LVMH. Tiffany agreed to sell itself to the European consumer conglomerate late last year in a roughly $16.2 billion deal. LVMH, whose roughly 75 brands include Louis Vuitton and Bulgari, saw an opportunity to revamp the jeweler, which had struggled with weak demand. TIFFANY AND LVMH DISCUSS PRICE CUT TO SETTLE DEAL DISPUTEBut the Tiffany acquisition represented the biggest bet yet by LVMH under Bernard Arnault, the French billionaire who has been its chief executive and controlling shareholder for three decades.
President Trump, Joe Biden to appeal to last-minute voters in Florida
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — President Donald Trump and Democratic rival Joe Biden are set to chase votes in Florida, a state all but essential to the Republican’s pathway to another term as both nominees turn their focus to encouraging voters to turn out on Election Day. Thousands gathered in close proximity without wearing masks — a trend that was expected to continue through more than a dozen events in the final sprint to Election Day. Biden, meanwhile, heads later in the week to three more states Trump won in 2016: Iowa, Wisconsin and Michigan, where he’ll hold a joint Saturday rally with former President Barack Obama. Trump, meanwhile, is banking on enthusiasm among his Election Day supporters to overcome indicated Democratic strength in some early returns. Advertisement___AP’s Advance Voting guide brings you the facts about voting early, by mail or absentee from each state: https://interactives.ap.org/advance-voting-2020/.
Pennsylvania Latino voters could sway election between Biden and Trump
And while Joe Biden is expected to win Latinos handily, even small shifts toward Trump could prove pivotal in a state decided by less than 1% of the vote in 2016 that is again seen as likely to determine who wins the presidency. With Trump having lost ground among older voters, white women, and others, Latinos are seen as an area where he can grow support.
Harry Shearer: 'To say Trump is "beyond satire" is an admission of defeat'
It keeps the experience interesting.”Surely people are always asking him to say something in a voice from The Simpsons, I say, just about resisting doing so myself. Shearer is taking a break from his non-stop work schedule today to discuss a relatively new character for him: Donald Trump. Shearer says the coverage was “a real good example of – I’m sorry to sound like Trump – media misinterpretation”. Was that what sparked his interest in voice work? • The Many Moods of Donald Trump, by Harry Shearer, is out on 30 October.
‘I regret voting for him': Ohioans hit by GM plant closure reflect on Trump
Photograph: Megan Jelinger/AFP/Getty ImagesLaid-off GM Lordstown workers still rail about that speech. He feels betrayed by GM’s decision to shutter the plant; he says the Lordstown workers were doing a “bang-up job”. Like many Ohioans eager to preserve manufacturing jobs, Green was irate that Trump called for boycotting Goodyear, which is based in Akron. After the Lordstown plant closed, Yakim, sturdily built with straight brown hair and a piercing gaze, transferred to the GM plant in Lansing, Michigan, driving four hours back to Ohio each weekend to visit his wife. “I told them voting has consequences.”After working at the Lordstown plant for 24 years, Adams also transferred to GM’s plant in Lansing, sharing an apartment there with a friend.
The Telegraph's big US election quiz
US President Donald Trump and his Democratic rival Joe Biden will go head-to-head in a US election like no other in November, but how much do you know about previous US elections? Can you recall John F. Kennedy's age when he became the youngest person elected president? Who joins Mr Trump in being one of only two US presidents to have been divorced, and which US president stands at 6 ft 4 as the tallest man ever elected to the White House? The Telegraph's US election quiz is here to test your knowledge. You're guaranteed to pick up a few facts that you've never heard before.
What a Biden win means for a UK-US trade deal
A UK-US trade deal was meant to be the crowning achievement of post-Brexit Global Britain’s new freedom. But while Donald Trump is a vocal supporter of Brexit who has promised a “great” UK-US deal, Joe Biden’s election could kick it into the long grass. Last year, the Democrat candidate said he “would not sign any new trade deal until we have made major investments in our workers and infrastructure”. His senior foreign policy adviser Antony Blinken has pledged to end the "artificial trade war" with the EU, waged by Trump, even if a swift EU-US deal is unlikely. By extension, Biden and the Democrats will not welcome Britain leaving the EU without a trade deal.
Thursday morning news briefing: France goes into second lockdown
President Macron warns Europe is being 'overrun'First Germany, now France... is Britain next? France will be plunged into a second lockdown tomorrow after Emmanuel Macron said Europe was being "overrun" by a second wave of coronavirus which would be "harder, more deadly than the first". Boris Johnson - who in March was accused of waiting too long before imposing lockdown - is under pressure from Labour to impose a national "circuit breaker". He will meet ministers to decide if regional lockdowns are necessary in November after his scientific advisers predicted 85,000 people could die in the UK during a second wave of the virus - twice as many as in the original spike. The ranking reveals that the total wealth of Britain's most successful start-up chiefs rose from £4.5 billion last year to £8.5 billion.
The play that predicted Trump’s victory
“Suddenly people understood for the first time what the play was about,” Nottage said. The actors could sense it, even as they worried how the mostly liberal audience would respond to these characters. “It shouldn’t be called Black History Month, it should be called ‘Make White People Feel Guilty Month,’” Jason, Tracey’s son, says in the play. Having predicted the result of the last US presidential election, does Nottage have any idea how this one will go? And if you liked this story, sign up for the weekly bbc.com features newsletter, called The Essential List.
"The bravest person I have ever met," Farage praises Trump at Arizona rally
President Donald Trump invited Brexit Party founder Nigel Farage on stage during a campaign rally in Goodyear, Arizona, on Wednesday evening, introducing him as "one of the most powerful men in Europe". Mr Farage said of Mr Trump: "This is the single most resilient and bravest person I have ever met in my life."
Trump news live: Latest Biden updates as Supreme Court rejects president’s mail-ballot bid
He also wrote the book A Warning, which argued Trump posed an ongoing threat to America’s democracy. Taylor, who was recently interview as part of the BBC’s three-part documentary series The Trump Show, made the announcement on Twitter. “Much has been made of the fact that these writings were published anonymously. In a separate mail-in ballot case in Pennsylvania, the court declined a second, fast-tracked review of ballot deadlines in that state, where late-arriving ballots can be counted up to three days after 3 November. Blocking the measure “would not be in the public interest,” the court said.
Too hard to vote? Fired-up Black Americans are doing it anyway
Black voters, say residents and activists, have interpreted those actions as an attempt to disenfranchise them. Their response has been to turn out in record numbers in early voting in parts of Waco. “Based on what I’ve seen, it pisses Black voters off,” said Linda Lewis, director of political engagement for the local chapter of the NAACP, the country’s largest civil rights organization. BlackPAC, a left-leaning political action committee that tries to mobilize black voters, has relied on a mostly phone campaign since the coronavirus pandemic struck. Ida Hammonds, a 72-year-old retired hair stylist in Houston, said she grew up hearing her father’s stories about poll taxes and other methods used to disenfranchise Black voters.
Iran frets over U.S. election it insists doesn't matter
Top officials in Iran say the upcoming U.S. election doesn’t matter, but nearly everyone else there seems to be holding their breath. Or it could bring Joe Biden, who has raised the possibility of the U.S. returning to Iran’s 2015 nuclear deal with world powers. An Iranian woman holds up a national flag in July 2015 as people celebrate a landmark nuclear deal. | APAfter Trump withdrew from the deal in 2018 and restored crippling sanctions, Iran began publicly abandoning the agreement’s limits on enrichment. Iran insists its nuclear program is peaceful and still allows IAEA inspectors to monitor its atomic sites.
Meagan Good dons shirt bearing Breonna Taylor's image at Black Lives Matter voting rally in LA
Actress Meagan Good honored Breonna Taylor as she participated in a Black Lives Matter protest in her native Los Angeles on Wednesday. The actress/model, 39, wore a black shirt with text that read 'arrest the cops who killed Breonna Taylor' on the front, and a picture of the late emergency technician on the back with the phrase 'Say her name.' She wrote: 'Friends, family, folks I haven't seen in a while, folks I don't even know lol PULL UP!!!!!! She encouraged people to meet 'at 211 W Temple St in DTLA at 3 pm and BRING YO BALLOTS' to vote. Focused: The stunning star wore a face mask at the public gathering in the City of AngelsMoving forward: The entertainer took to Instagram Stories with footage of her experience
‘I regret voting for him': Ohioans hit by GM plant closure reflect on Trump
Photograph: Megan Jelinger/AFP/Getty ImagesLaid-off GM Lordstown workers still rail about that speech. He feels betrayed by GM’s decision to shutter the plant; he says the Lordstown workers were doing a “bang-up job”. Like many Ohioans eager to preserve manufacturing jobs, Green was irate that Trump called for boycotting Goodyear, which is based in Akron. After the Lordstown plant closed, Yakim, sturdily built with straight brown hair and a piercing gaze, transferred to the GM plant in Lansing, Michigan, driving four hours back to Ohio each weekend to visit his wife. “I told them voting has consequences.”After working at the Lordstown plant for 24 years, Adams also transferred to GM’s plant in Lansing, sharing an apartment there with a friend.
Bruce Springsteen Delivers Extraordinary Call For Voters To Dump Trump
Rock icon Bruce Springsteen gave his fans a Halloween message on Wednesday, calling for an exorcism to cast out President Donald Trump during next week’s election. “In just a few days, we’ll be throwing the bums out,” Springsteen said on his SiriusXM radio show. “I thought it was a fucking nightmare, but it was so true.”Then, he delivered a stirring reading of a poem called “The Gray House” by Elayne Griffin Baker:
America’s election - Why it has to be Biden
Those who accuse Mr Biden of the same or worse should stop and think. Yet, whereas most recent presidents have seen toxic partisanship as bad for America, Mr Trump made it central to his office. Nothing Mr Trump says can be believed—including his claims that Mr Biden is corrupt. President JoeThe bar to Mr Biden being an improvement is therefore not high. Mr Biden will not be able to end the bitter animosity that has been mounting for decades in America.
The 13 Races That Will Determine Senate Majority
The 13 Races That Will Determine Senate MajorityEnlarge this image toggle caption Alex Brandon/AP Alex Brandon/APRepublicans hold the Senate 53-47. A Republican pickup here would mean Democrats would need to pick up four GOP-held seats and win the White House for Senate control. Maine: Republican Sen. Susan Collins is running against Democrat Sara Gideon, the state's House speaker. Kansas: This is an open-seat race because Republican Sen. Pat Roberts is retiring. Texas: Republican Sen. John Cornyn is favored against Democratic challenger MJ Hegar and has consistently led in public polling.
Trump's EPA rewrote the rules on air, water energy. Now voters face a choice on climate change issues
Trump EPA officials argue the opposite, despite what scientists and activists say. The Trump Administration, Environmental rollbacks, climate change, and pollution Harvard research director talks about the effects of the Trump administration's environmental roll backs to Air pollution and climate change. He announced an environmental justice grant for Detroit and pledged a more community-oriented focus in a second Trump administration. Even though Massachusetts has strong clean water laws of its own, there are streams and water bodies that have traditionally fallen under federal protection. For decades, Ohio EPA sent teams of biologists out to water basins throughout the state to take a census of the wildlife.
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.
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.
Media embrace Biden after dismissing him as a likely loser
Many in the media are making the equivalent of a closing argument for Joe Biden, casting him as the right person at the right time. So any praise for Biden in the final days of the general election has to come to grips with the earlier dismissals. How could this guy possibly go up against President Trump? Allies fretted he would stumble in debates with President Trump and that his gaffes would give ample material to his tenacious opponent.”Now the situation would look starkly different without the coronavirus. Biden, at 77, has tried to contrast his black mask and cautious approach with the president’s White House events and big rallies.
Timeline: Key events in North Korea-U.S. ties since 2017
SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea’s Kim Jong Un awaits the winner of next week’s U.S. presidential election armed with greater leverage in their high-stakes nuclear diplomacy thanks to a more powerful and versatile arsenal of weapons than at the start of the Trump presidency. Following are key moments in U.S.-North Korea relations since Donald Trump came to office in January 2017. 2017July 4North Korea test-fires the Hwasong-14 intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM)July 28North Korea conducts another Hwasong-14 ICBM testAug. 8Trump warns North Korea might face “fire and fury”Aug. 29North Korea fires Hwasong-12 intermediate range ballistic missile (IRBM)Sept. 3North Korea carries out its sixth nuclear test, claiming to have mastered hydrogen bomb technologySept. 14North Korea fires a Hwasong-12 IRBMSept. 19Trump threatens to “totally destroy” North KoreaSept. 21North Korean leader Kim Jong Un called Trump as a “mentally deranged U.S. dotard”Sept. 23U.S. B-1B bomber flies over the Korean Demilitarized ZoneNov. 29North Korea test-fires Hwasong-15 ICBM, capable of reaching the entire United States, and declares it has become a nuclear power2018Feb. 25North Korean official Kim Yong Chol expresses willingness for U.S. talks while visiting South Korea for the Winter OlympicsMarch 8South Korean President Moon Jae-in’s envoy delivers Kim’s invitation for Trump to visit North Korea; Trump agrees to meet KimMay 10Trump announces a June 12 summit with Kim in SingaporeJune 12Kim, Trump hold first summit in Singapore, agreeing to denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula in exchange for U.S. security guaranteesJune 19South Korea, U.S. announce suspension of joint military exercisesJuly 27North Korea returns remains of 55 U.S. soldiersSept. 9North Korea displays ICBMs at military paradeSept. 10White House unveils Kim’s proposal for second summitNov. 16Kim guides test of “cutting-edge tactical weapon”2019Jan. 1Kim says he’s ready to meet Trump but warns of taking new pathFeb. 28Trump
Timeline: Key events in North Korea-U.S. ties since 2017
SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea’s Kim Jong Un awaits the winner of next week’s U.S. presidential election armed with greater leverage in their high-stakes nuclear diplomacy thanks to a more powerful and versatile arsenal of weapons than at the start of the Trump presidency. FILE PHOTO: North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un and U.S. President Donald Trump talk in the garden of the Metropole hotel during the second North Korea-U.S. summit in Hanoi, Vietnam Feb. 28, 2019. REUTERS/Leah Millis/File Photo/File PhotoFollowing are key moments in U.S.-North Korea relations since Donald Trump came to office in January 2017. 2017July 4North Korea test-fires the Hwasong-14 intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM)July 28North Korea conducts another Hwasong-14 ICBM testAug. 8Trump warns North Korea might face “fire and fury”Aug. 29North Korea fires Hwasong-12 intermediate range ballistic missile (IRBM)Sept. 3North Korea carries out its sixth nuclear test, claiming to have mastered hydrogen bomb technologySept. 14North Korea fires a Hwasong-12 IRBMSept. 19Trump threatens to “totally destroy” North KoreaSept. 21North Korean leader Kim Jong Un called Trump as a “mentally deranged U.S. dotard”Sept. 23U.S. B-1B bomber flies over the Korean Demilitarized ZoneNov. 29North Korea test-fires Hwasong-15 ICBM, capable of reaching the entire United States, and declares it has become a nuclear power2018Feb. 25North Korean official Kim Yong Chol expresses willingness for U.S. talks while visiting South Korea for the Winter OlympicsMarch 8South Korean President Moon Jae-in’s envoy delivers Kim’s invitation for Trump to visit North Korea; Trump agrees to meet KimMay 10Trump announces a June 12 summit with Kim in SingaporeJune 12Kim, Trump hold first summit in Singapore, agreeing to denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula in exchange for U.S. security guaranteesJune 19South Korea, U.S. announce suspension of joint military exercisesJuly 27North Korea returns remains of 55 U.S. soldiersSept. 9North Kore
Analysis: With improved leverage, North Korea leader Kim awaits winner of U.S. vote
FILE PHOTO: North Korean leader Kim Jong Un looks at U.S. President Donald Trump as they sit down for a dinner during the second U.S.-North Korea summit at the Metropole Hotel in Hanoi, Vietnam February 27, 2019. After months of tightening sanctions and trading threats, Trump then became the first sitting U.S. president to meet with a North Korean leader at a summit in Singapore in 2018. ‘GAME CHANGERS’While the United States’ far greater military might could swiftly inflict critical damage on North Korea, Pyongyang now poses a threat with its nuclear missiles capable of striking the U.S. mainland. It was seen by military experts as another game changer, just as the Hwasong-15 ICBM launch in 2017 was. A military parade here this month highlighted how the North has beefed up its strategic weapons.
Analysis: With improved leverage, North Korea leader Kim awaits winner of U.S. vote
SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea’s Kim Jong Un awaits the winner of next week’s U.S. presidential election armed with greater leverage in high-stakes nuclear diplomacy, thanks to a more powerful and versatile arsenal of weapons than at the start of the Trump presidency. FILE PHOTO: North Korean leader Kim Jong Un speaks during the 19th Meeting of the Political Bureau of the 7th Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea (WPK), in this image released by North Korea's Central News Agency on October 5, 2020. After months of tightening sanctions and trading threats, Trump then became the first sitting U.S. president to meet with a North Korean leader at a summit in Singapore in 2018. ‘GAME CHANGERS’While the United States’ far greater military might could swiftly inflict critical damage on North Korea, Pyongyang now poses a threat with its nuclear missiles capable of striking the U.S. mainland. A military parade here this month highlighted how the North has beefed up its strategic weapons.
Wall Street sinks 3%, Dow at late July lows as pandemic surges
The sell-off accelerated during the session’s final minutes,with both the Dow and benchmark S&P 500 posting their biggest single-day declines since June 11. With just six days to the election, Wall Street's fear gauge .VIX spiked to its highest level since June 15. With Microsoft MSFT.O and Amazon.com AMZN.O, they weighed the most on the S&P 500. Of the 206 S&P 500 companies that have reported third-quarter earnings so far, about 83% have topped expectations, according to Refinitiv data. The S&P 500 posted one new 52-week highs and nine new lows; the Nasdaq Composite recorded 15 new highs and 110 new lows.
Regeneron says its COVID-19 antibody treatment cut medical visits in trial
(Reuters) - Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc REGN.O said on Wednesday its coronavirus antibody cocktail - the experimental treatment that U.S. 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% 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. Trump has credited the Regeneron therapy for his recovery from COVID-19 and said he would push for emergency use authorization (EUA) of that treatment and others like it. The U.S. government agreed in June to buy up to 300,000 doses of the antibody cocktail for $450 million.
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:
Kavanaugh's Opinion in Wisconsin Voting Case Raises Alarms Among Democrats
The Supreme Court decision Monday effectively barring the counting of mail-in ballots in Wisconsin that arrive after Election Day was not a surprise for many Democrats, who had pressed for it but expected to lose. The decision also unnerved Democrats and local election officials in Pennsylvania, where Republicans are asking the Supreme Court to weigh in again on whether the state can accept ballots received up to three days after Election Day. While Democrats in Wisconsin had been appealing for an extension, the current rules in Pennsylvania allow for ballots to arrive three days after the election. Earlier Monday, the president had posted on Twitter that election officials “must have final total on November 3rd,” alleging without evidence that there are “big problems” with mail-in ballots. With Trump indicating that he plans to challenge a loss, Democrats have kept a particularly wary eye on the Supreme Court.
20 Republican Former U.S. Attorneys Condemn Donald Trump, Back Joe Biden
Twenty former U.S. attorneys ? all appointed by GOP presidents ? gave 2020 Democratic nominee Joe Biden their “strongest endorsement” in an open letter slamming President Donald Trump’s politicization of the Justice Department. The letter adds to Biden’s backing from figures or groups that would traditionally be expected to endorse the GOP candidate. More than 300 military families, nearly 500 retired military officials and 500 faith leaders have also signaled their support of Biden in recent weeks. Story continuesRelated...Kayleigh McEnany Once Had Some Pretty Nice Things To Say About Joe BidenTrump Says He’s Kept ‘Every Single One’ Of His Promises. Jimmy Kimmel Supercut Debunks The COVID-19 Lie That Trump Tells Over And Over AgainAlso on HuffPostLove HuffPost?
Los Angeles Dodgers Win 2020 World Series
Los Angeles has officially transformed into Titletown. For the second time in October, the city claimed a major sports championship as the Los Angeles Dodgers defeated the Tampa Bay Rays, 2-1, in Game 6 of the 2020 World Series. Probably because the Dodgers have fallen short time and time again since becoming perennial World Series contenders in 2013. However, a stunningly early hook by Rays manager Kevin Cash gave Los Angeles the opening it needed to strike. Mookie Betts, who many believed would be the difference maker for Los Angeles in 2020, once again showed us why.
Prop. 24 is an easy ‘yes’ to protect internet privacy in California. But I’m a ‘no’ on Prop. 14
Bottom line: It would attempt to protect your privacy from the internet monster that profits off people’s personal data. It’s Proposition 14, which seeks to borrow billions — $5.5 billion in principal plus $2.3 billion in interest — to continue state funding for stem cell research. Advertisement“The same way that California led the country in cleaning polluted air.”Mactaggart became alarmed about the internet’s threat to personal privacy three years ago at a cocktail party. The result was passage of the nation’s toughest internet privacy bill, which took effect last year. “If we don’t continue the state funding, lots of facilities would have to close their doors,” says Sarah Melbostad, the Proposition 14 spokeswoman.
Rivers, clean air, imperiled species: How Trump's environmental rollbacks affect Arizona
In some cases, federal law is the final backstop for the preservation of the state's resources. That change left many creeks and washes unprotected under federal law throughout Arizona and other Western states. Species with large critical habitats, like the Mexican spotted owl, are particularly at risk, said Noah Greenwald, Endangered Species Director with the Center for Biological Diversity. “States frequently oppose protection of species under the Endangered Species Act not because they don’t need the protection, but because of economic considerations,” said Greenwald. “The Endangered Species Act was specifically enacted because states weren’t doing enough to protect species from extinction.
How Donald Trump's COVID-19 narrative collapsed en route to Election Day
In the final approach to this election, President Donald Trump's fiery wreck of a COVID-19 political narrative continues to burn. A declaration of surrender of sorts was delivered Sunday by Mark Meadows, the White House chief of staff. Wait for vaccines and medicines, the White House seems to suggest. "The Fake News Media is riding COVID, COVID, COVID, all the way to the Election," Trump complained this week. The "COVID, COVID, COVID" plague goes on.
The nation’s new housing crisis is eviction
More than 20% of Black tenant households are behind on rent. Nearly 20% of Asian and Hispanic tenant households are in the same circumstance. White tenant households are approaching 10%. Landlords will not, and should not, be forced to bear the financial burden of housing tenants who cannot pay. Hundreds of people a week, thousands a month, are housed now only because of the federal moratorium and rental assistance they are receiving.
America’s immigration failure
Two months before the 2016 election, Donald Trump gave his first major speech on immigration in Phoenix. Indeed, according to the Pew Research Center, between 2007 and 2017, the number in the U.S. declined by 14%. Tragically, although the policy ended after public outcry in June 2018, 545 children remain separated from their deported parents. This followed the administration’s ban on H-1B1 visa holders entering the country until the end of the year due to the coronavirus pandemic. In light of other immigration changes, this revision underscores that the strategy is to reduce legal immigration as well as illegal immigration.
The Trump Administration, Environmental rollbacks, climate change, and pollution
The Trump Administration, Environmental rollbacks, climate change, and pollutionHarvard research director talks about the effects of the Trump administration's environmental roll backs to Air pollution and climate change.
Ohio land restorationist stays positive despite environmental protection roll backs
Ohio land restorationist stays positive despite environmental protection roll backsIn Ohio, there are an estimated 36,000 miles of ephemeral streams which are not protected under the Trump administration’s interpretation of the law.
Pompeo, in Indonesia, renews China attacks as US vote looms
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo renewed the Trump administration’s rhetorical onslaught against China in Indonesia on Thursday as the American presidential election looms. With China a central theme in President Donald Trump’s campaign to win a second term in just five days time, Pompeo took aim at Chinese aggressiveness in the South China Sea, where it has advanced maritime and territorial claims over the objections of its smaller neighbors, over its handling of the coronavirus pandemic and its repression of religious minorities. Speaking in Jakarta, the headquarters of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, Pompeo praised Indonesia’s leadership in ASEAN for pushing back on what he called China’s “unlawful” claims and lauded Jakarta's protection of its own territory. He also attacked Beijing for its treatment of religious minorities, calling China “the gravest threat to the future of religious freedom." Delivering a speech on religious freedom in the capital of the world's most populous Muslim nation, Pompeo denounced the Chinese Communist Party for its reported mass abuses of Muslim minorities in the western Xinjiang region.
The Latest: Pakistan orders early closure of businesses
The Latest: Pakistan orders early closure of businesses shares emailA health official from the district office wearing protective gear, walks near a banner showing a precaution against the coronavirus in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)ISLAMABAD — Pakistani authorities have ordered all businesses, including restaurants, wedding halls and markets, be closed after 10 p.m. to contain a coronavirus resurgence that began this month. Also, authorities in the capital, Islamabad, asked police to arrest anyone violating social distancing rules by not wearing masks at public places. The government Thursday reported some of its highest single-day totals, more than 900 new cases and 16 deaths. Pakistan has reported 311,108 confirmed coronavirus infections, including 6,775 deaths.
‘Turning pain into purpose’: why the Covid crisis is driving Arizonans to the polls
“I’ve been turning my pain into purpose,” she told the Guardian. Facebook Twitter Pinterest A worker at a Covid-19 testing center at Phoenix College on 15 October. Throughout the summer, multiple polls found that between 60 and 70% of Arizonans disapproved of Ducey’s response to the pandemic. Facebook Twitter Pinterest Ann, and Bill Whitmire at their home in Phoenix, Arizona on 13 October. “Sometimes I feel overloaded.”Late last year, Arizona voters rated immigration, education and healthcare as top priorities, according to a survey conducted by the firm.
Israeli zeal for second Trump term matched by Palestinian enmity
Palestinians see the prospect of a second Trump term as disastrous. “If we are going to live another four years with President Trump, God help us, God help you and God help the whole world,” the Palestinian prime minister, Mohammad Shtayyeh, said this month. It has also imposed further sanctions on Iran, a policy Israel has been advocating against its arch-enemy for years. “For Netanyahu personally, obviously he has a preference,” said Yohanan Plesner, a former Israeli politician and president of the Israel Democracy Institute. A Biden win may even be counterproductive for the Palestinian rights movement, he added, arguing that Trump exposed US policy in the region for the facade that it was.
The man who wants to help you out of debt – at any cost
Dave Ramsey, America’s most influential personal finance guru, drives a pickup truck that, he says, will eat your electric car. Ramsey believes that as long as you have one red cent of debt – credit card debt, student loans, car payments, mortgages, medical bills – you can never be free. People who have successfully paid off their debt using Ramsey’s program come in person to be interviewed on air. I have more than $80,000 in student debt, most of it from a master’s degree in journalism. So, on a recent Friday, a few minutes before the Dave Ramsey Show goes on air, I decide to call in.
California investigating after secret filming shows 'Trump Store' employees saying they collect votes in unofficial ballot box
Undercover video taken at a Republican campaign headquarters in California shows employees discussing an operation to collect ballots for 3 November’s election from unofficial ballot boxes. The woman filming the video then covers the lens and asks staff members if a ballot box is located in the shop. Libby Huyck, the chair of the Newport Harbor Republican Women group which runs the store, told Vice in a statement on Tuesday: “We take the ballots just like all the other places, and we don’t have an official ballot box, we have an unofficial ballot box. More than 50 boxes labelled “Official Ballot Drop off Box” or “Ballot Drop Box,” were placed outside Republican Party offices, near churches and outside gun shops in California in early October, according to the New York Times. Official county drop boxes are built with specific security protections, and ballots are retrieved only by designated county personnel.”
US ambassador to Jamaica insulted Twitter critics by saying they smoked ‘too much ganja’, report says
The US ambassador to Jamaica insulted Twitter critics by saying they smoked “too much ganja”, say reports. Ambassador Donald Tapia traded insults online after he was accused of interfering in the Caribbean country’s internal affairs, according to Reuters. The Trump administration has claimed that Huawei’s technology could be used to spy for China, which the company has denied. The controversy began when one Twitter user reminded the ambassador that, according to reporting by the New York Times, Mr Trump has a secret Chinese bank account, reported Reuters. Log in here Update preferencesMr Tapia replied with “Too much Ganga”, a misspelling of “ganja”, a common nickname for marijuana.
Jeff Bezos may be considering purchase of CNN, according to bankers
Amazon CEO and world's richest man Jeff Bezos is allegedly considering purchasing news network CNN, according to bankers speaking anonymously with Fox Business. An individual close to Mr Bezos told the outlet that "there has been zero talk on this." He has also publicly pondered about Mr Bezos buying the news giant. In a list of top potential buyers of the network, Mr Greenfield included Mr Bezos, as well as CBS News through Viacom and NBC News through Comcast. Mr Trump has been both a vocal critic of CNN and its current president, Jeff Zucker, as well as Mr Bezos's Washington Post.
Blow for Trump campaign as Supreme Court allows mail-in ballot extensions in battleground states – without new justice Amy Coney Barrett
The US Supreme Court has rejected Donald Trump’s re-election campaign attempt to block a deadline extension for North Carolina mail-in ballots that are postmarked by Election Day. In a separate mail-in ballot case in Pennsylvania, the court declined a second, fast-tracked review of ballot deadlines in that state, where late-arriving ballots can be counted up to three days after 3 November. Justice Barrett did not participate because she “has not had time to fully review" court filings, according to court spokeswoman Kathy Arbert. North Carolina election officials had extended the deadline as part of a legal settlement with union groups, approved under a state judge. The Alliance for Retired Americans had initially sued for a ballot deadline extension in Pennsylvania.
US Election 2020: Which promises has Trump kept in his presidency?
AdvertisementMIDDLE EASTOn Israel and the Middle East, Donald Mr Trump has done some of what he promised and then some. THE SUPREME COURTDonald Mr Trump promised to appoint a conservative judge and by his election is likely to have appointed three. Mr Trump may not be that ideologically motivated but he knows many of his voters are. Whereas Barack Obama held back from filling a vacant Supreme Court seat until after the last election, Mr Trump is showing no such qualms. Mr Trump has resorted to using defence funds to build the wall, after battling through the courts for the right to do so.
Nancy Pelosi says Trump should accept election results 'like a man'
Nancy Pelosi says Donald Trump should accept the election results “like a man” rather than trying to undermine the democratic process. Speaker Pelosi took aim at the president and accused him of trying to “stir the pot” with his claims that votes received after election day should not be counted. The states will count the votes that they have in a timely fashion," Pelosi said on MSNBC. "The easiest thing for him (Trump) to do is to stand up like a man and accept the results of an election of the American people. “We’ll see what happens.”There is no law requiring states to certify their election results on election day and federal law says they have until 8 December to resolve any “controversy or contest” about appointing its electoral college electors.
Taiwan fighter jet crashes, fueling worries about aging fleet
A Taiwanese fighter jet crashed and its pilot was killed Thursday while training over the Western Pacific, highlighting concerns about the island’s aging military fleet at a time of increased pressure from China’s air force. The incident fuels mounting worries about the reliability of the older aircraft in Taiwan’s aging military fleet at a time of near-daily Chinese incursions into the island’s air defense identification zone. The crash is the latest in a series of such incidents to befall Taiwan’s military. The U.S. considered restarting production of parts last year to support Taiwan’s fleet, according to a report in defense publication Janes. Former President Barack Obama agreed to a $5.3 billion deal in 2011 to upgrade Taiwan’s existing fleet of about 140 F-16s.
Trump’s closing argument on virus clashes with science — and voters’ lives
“Do you ever notice, they don’t use the word ‘death,’ they use the word ‘cases’?” Trump said. Polling and interviews with voters show that most are not inclined to trust Trump’s sunny forecast. By a 12-point margin, voters said they preferred Biden to lead the response to the pandemic rather than Trump. And 59% of voters said they favored a national mask mandate, including majorities of Democratic and independent voters, and 3 in 10 Republicans. For most voters, however, Trump’s insistence that happy days are almost here again has fallen flat.
US election: Trump's virus stance an 'insult' says Biden as rhetoric heats up
President Donald Trump and Democratic rival Joe Biden are set to chase votes in Florida, a state all but essential to the Republican's pathway to another term in office. Joe Biden vowed not to campaign in the election homestretch "on the false promises of being able to end this pandemic by flipping a switch." He called Trump's handling of the coronavirus an "insult" to its victims, especially as cases spike dramatically around the country. "Even if I win, it’s going to take a lot of hard work to end this pandemic," Biden said during a speech in Wilmington, Delaware. Trump, meanwhile, is banking on enthusiasm among his Election Day supporters to overcome indicated Democratic strength in some early returns.
Biden would consult allies over U.S. tariffs on China, advisers say
Democrat Joe Biden would immediately consult with America’s main allies before deciding on the future of U.S. tariffs on China, seeking “collective leverage” to strengthen his hand against Beijing if he is elected president, Biden top advisers said Wednesday. The advisers declined to say whether the Democratic presidential candidate would be inclined toward lifting the massive tariffs on China that Trump has used to fuel a trade war between the world’s two biggest economies. In political rallies, Trump has often claimed that Biden would take a softer approach to China. Immediate consultation would be needed “to identify areas where we can bring collective leverage on China,” Prescott said. “But they’ve been alienated, they’ve been insulted by President Trump, and that’s made our hand with China even weaker than it should be.”
Jack Nicklaus says he has voted for Donald Trump in what the president declares is 'a great honor'
Golfing legend Jack Nicklaus has announced that he has again voted for Donald Trump, in what the president said was 'a great honor'. Trump replied: 'Jack, this is a Great Honor. Donald Trump, Jack Nicklaus and Ivanka in February 2015 unveiling the Jack Nicklaus Villa at Trump Doral. Nicklaus and the president have played golf together several times. Trump has played almost 300 rounds of golf as president, with the 290th round on September 5, according to GolfNews.net.
James Comey's wife pleaded with him not to reveal damning Clinton probe until after 2016 election
James Comey’s wife attempted to convince him not to announce that the FBI was reopening its investigation into Hillary Clinton’s emails until after the 2016 election, according to a new book. It didn’t matter on November 6 that Comey absolved Clinton of any misconduct. Patrice Comey, his wife of more than three decades, says she was one of the people who tried to stop that from happening. ‘What the hell are Hillary Clinton's emails doing on Anthony Weiner's laptop? He then told his wife he had no other choice but disclose the discovery to Congress.
Coronavirus in Russia: The Latest News
Sept. 7— Saudi King Salman and Russian President Vladimir Putin discussed the possible joint production of a Russian coronavirus vaccine, the Kremlin said. Russia counts only the latter in its official coronavirus death toll, which stands at 11,017. June 13— Russia more than doubled its official coronavirus death toll for April to 2,712 after changing how it classifies fatalities. — President Vladimir Putin has eased Russia’s “non-working” period imposed to slow the spread of coronavirus even as Russia emerges as Europe’s new coronavirus hotspot. — Russia's coronavirus information center will be headed by doctor and television presenter Alexander Myasnikov, BBC Russia reported.
Disgruntled Russian PR Exec Behind Key Steele Dossier Claims – WSJ
A disgruntled Russian PR executive had provided some of the key unverified allegations for a controversial report at the heart of 2016 U.S. election meddling claims known as the Steele dossier, The Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday. WSJ’s investigation revealed that the source of these claims was Olga Galkina, the tech firm’s PR executive locked in a messy dispute with her employer during the Steele dossier's collection period. Danchenko has threatened to sue Trump and top congressional Republicans for endangering his life by outing him as a subsource of the Steele dossier. The Steele dossier triggered a special counsel investigation that found evidence of Russian interference but no collusion with Trump’s campaign. Russia and Trump have denied the claims.
[US elections and Korea] Biden will be more rigorous on North Korea, experts say
NATIONAL(AP-Yonhap)With the US presidential election just days ahead, Democratic candidate Joe Biden has not said much about his policy on the Korean Peninsula.All he has said so far is that the leader of the North Korean regime is a thug, and he will meet with Kim Jong-un only if Pyongyang agrees to draw down its nuclear capacity as a precondition.During the final presidential debate last week, Biden said that when the Chinese asked why the US was moving its missile defense up so close and continuing its military maneuvers with South Korea, he told China, “It’s because North Korea is a problem, and we’re going to continue to do it so we can control them.”Biden said he told the Chinese, “If you want to do something about it, step up and help. If not, it’s going to continue.”He also said Trump has “legitimized North Korea,” referring to the North’s leader Kim as a thug, adding that Trump “talks about how we’re better off. And they have much more capable missiles, able to reach US territory much more easily.”Biden’s Democratic Party has traditionally emphasized multilateral cooperation and a process-oriented negotiation on North Korean issues.Things have changed, however, as US President Donald Trump’s much-hyped summitry with Kim made North Korea, the traditional hermit, a country at the center of greater global attention.More importantly, more Americans now see the North’s nuclear arsenal as a threat to their own territory.Biden is therefore likely to take a stronger or more proactive approach compared to the “strategic patience” policy of the Obama administration, observers say.Choi Kang, acting president of Asan Institute for Policy Studies, thinks Biden will “try to confirm the North’s commitment to denuclearization through its actions.”Kim Hyun-wook, chief of US research at the state-run Korea National Diplomatic Academy, said Biden’s North Korea policy will likely be a stringent one based on sanctions.“He seems to be willing to negotiate in earnest on the North
The age of the elderly candidate: how two septuagenarians came to be running for president
But it has fuelled debate over whether the mental and physical toll of old age could impair the decision-making of the person with the nuclear codes. Facebook Twitter Pinterest Former president Jimmy Carter, 96, is the longest lived US president in history. I’m happy to have that comparison.”Critics have suggested that Trump’s crude tactics could be seen as insulting by elderly voters and backfire. Photograph: Nicole Hester/APDuring the past two Democratic primary cycles Senator Bernie Sanders, now 79, showed that age is no barrier to campaigning hard or exciting young voters. The president trails among elderly voters by more than 20 points, according to recent CNN and Wall Street Journal/ NBC News polls.
Kelly Loeffler on Trump's Access Hollywood video from 2005
BUFORD, Ga. — Sen. Kelly Loeffler said Wednesday that she doesn’t disagree with anything President Donald Trump has said or done. Earlier this month during a debate, Loeffler was asked if President Trump had ever said or done anything she’d disagreed with. Her answer was emphatically “no.”Loeffler told reporters Wednesday that she doesn’t know anything about an Access Hollywood tape made in 2005 in which Trump described sexually assaulting women. The Access Hollywood tape, made in 2005, emerged in October 2016 while Trump was wearing a microphone. Reminded that it was the Access Hollywood tape, Loeffler dodged again and said that she would always stand by President Trump.
Sunshine State showdown: Trump, Biden to take campaign battle to Florida
Florida, with its 29 electoral votes, is a major prize in next Tuesday’s election and a new Reuters/Ipsos poll shows Trump and Biden running neck and neck in the state. Opinion polls show Biden with a significant edge nationally, but his lead is tighter in battleground states. A Reuters/Ipsos poll released on Wednesday showed Trump had essentially moved into a tie with Biden in Florida, with 49% saying they would vote for Biden and 47% for the president. After his Tampa rally, Trump will head to another key battleground state, North Carolina, to stage an evening event in Fayetteville. Biden will travel to Wisconsin on Friday and campaign with former President Barack Obama in Michigan on Saturday, the campaign said.
Trump Says Federal Authorities Are ‘Looking Into’ Philadelphia Shooting Of Walter Wallace
The federal government is investigating the fatal officer-involved shooting of Walter Wallace Jr. in Philadelphia, President Donald Trump announced Wednesday. While authorities are looking into the case, Trump criticized leaders in Philadelphia for what he described as “allowing” rioters and looters to run rampant in the city. (RELATED: Mississippi Police Arrest Suspect In McDonald’s Drive-Thru Shooting That Left One Dead)Trump said that the federal government is looking at the killing of Walter Wallace in Philadelphia, but he condemned the riots and looting that have followed. Big crowd gathering at Malcolm X park in West Philly this evening following Monday’s police-involved shooting/death of Walter Wallace Jr. pic.twitter.com/0oNgYB1jUB — Shelby Talcott (@ShelbyTalcott) October 27, 2020Officers fatally shot Wallace on Monday. Video evidence shows Wallace was armed with a knife at the time, which police say he repeatedly refused to drop.
‘Repeal Section 230!’: President Trump Criticizes Big Tech For ‘Suppression’ Of Biden Email Story
President Donald Trump attacked Twitter and other big tech companies Tuesday, tweeting that big tech has supplanted freedom of the press with “suppression of the story.”Trump’s tweet was posted as the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation hold a hearing with the CEOs of Twitter, Facebook and Google. So much has been learned in the last two weeks about how corrupt our Media is, and now Big Tech, maybe even worse. So much has been learned in the last two weeks about how corrupt our Media is, and now Big Tech, maybe even worse. — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 28, 2020Republican Texas Sen. Ted Cruz grilled Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey on his company’s handling of the New York Post articles. Ted Cruz owned this.
Iran Reportedly Beginning New Construction On Nuclear Site, New Photos Show
Iran has started construction at a nuclear facility in Natanz, according to satellite photos released Wednesday and reported by the Associated Press (AP). New photos from San Francisco’s Planet Labs, Inc. reveal the nuclear site cleared away with construction equipment present, the AP reports. Iranian spokesman Alireza Miryousefi told the AP that “nothing in Iran regarding its peaceful nuclear program is being done in secret,” saying that the Islamic Republic was still fully complying with the Iran nuclear deal. Satellite photos show Iran has begun construction at its Natanz nuclear facility. President Donald Trump’s administration has carried out a campaign of “maximum pressure,” reinstating heavy sanctions on Iran after pulling out of the Iran nuclear deal in 2018, per previous reporting.
Senate Republicans Release Coronavirus Documentary, Hope To Change Messaging On Virus Response
The Senate Republican Conference on Wednesday released the first of a five-part documentary series, which it intends to use to take back the messaging around the government’s coronavirus response effort. The documentary, entitled “The Invisible Enemy,” gives viewers an inside look at how Senate Republicans responded to the coronavirus outbreak. Produced by the Senate Republican Conference (SRC) communications team, the documentary includes sit-downs with seven Republican senators including Sens. Senate Republicans are committed to beating this virus, and are racing towards a vaccine” (RELATED: Senate Democrats Block Republican’s COVID-19 Relief Bill)WATCH:“The Invisible Enemy” was produced to defend Republicans who have been criticized by Democrats in the run-up to the Nov. 3 election. The Republican senators alleged that the Democratic impeachment effort shifted Congress’s attention away from the increasing threat of the virus.
Latest Poll Shows Biden Opening Gargantuan 17 Point Lead Over Trump In Wisconsin
The latest polls show former Vice President Joe Biden holding a large advantage over President Donald Trump in Wisconsin and extending his lead in Michigan with less than a week to go before Election Day. Data published Wednesday by The Washington Post and ABC showed Biden leading Trump by 17 points among likely voters in Wisconsin (57-40), while the Ipsos/Reuters poll — also published Wednesday — gives Biden a 9 point advantage among likely voters in the same state. (RELATED: Trump Campaign Increases Campaign Ad Spending, Focuses On Critical Battleground States)Biden’s lead in Michigan is smaller but still significant. Biden leads Trump nationally by 7.2 points, according to the average. A survey published Monday by the University of Wisconsin showed Biden holding additional advantages among early Rust Belt voters.
Jeff Flake Films Biden Campaign Ad: ‘Our Country Will Be Better For It’
Former Republican Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake filmed a campaign ad for Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, insisting the United States “will be better” if President Donald Trump is defeated. “I’ve been a conservative Republican my entire life,” Flake said in the ad released Wednesday. “I’ve never before voted for a Democrat for president, but this year, principle and conscience require me to do just that. I’m voting for Joe Biden.”WATCH:“Who will best restore decency and civility to the White House?” Flake continued. Kasich and Flake are reportedly being vetted by the Biden campaign for potential cabinet positions should the former vice president win the presidency.
Miles Taylor Lied On TV Back In August About Being ‘Anonymous’
Former Department of Homeland Security chief of staff, Miles Taylor, lied about being “Anonymous,” the unnamed writer of the New York Times op-ed that criticized President Donald Trump while apart of his administration. Back in August, CNN host Anderson Cooper asked Taylor if he knew the identity of the “Anonymous.”(RELATED: Former Homeland Security Staffer Miles Taylor Comes Forward As ‘Anonymous’)“I’m not. So, no,” says @MilesTaylorUSA, when asked by @AndersonCooper if he is the author of the op-ed book written by someone called Anonymous. pic.twitter.com/sPjs4OoAnp — CNN Newsroom (@CNNnewsroom) August 21, 2020Taylor revealed he was the anonymous NYT op-ed writer Wednesday in a statement on Twitter and Medium. It’s time for everyone to step out of the shadows,” Taylor wrote.
Man Arrested For Brandishing Knife, Baton At Trump Rally
A man was arrested by Maine police after reportedly brandishing a knife and a baton at a Wednesday campaign rally for President Donald Trump. Wade Betters of the Bangor Police Department said according to the Associated Press. Republican South Dakota Gov. Beitzell told the Associated Press that the incident began when he flipped off a Trump bus from about 50 yards away. One of the men was a South Dakota police officer, but Beitzell said that he refused to show his badge when asked.
‘He Should Be Prosecuted’: Trump Reacts To Unveiling Of ‘Anonymous’ Op-Ed Author
Trump criticized Taylor in tweets hours after Taylor came forward as the op-ed’s author on Twitter. His op-ed detailed what he called a “resistance” within the Trump administration made up of officials attempting to thwart Trump’s policies. Trump called Taylor a “low level lowlife” and a “sleazebag” during his Tuesday evening rally in Arizona. Trump tells this Arizona rally that Anonymous aka @MilesTaylorUSA “should be prosecuted.” — Josh Wingrove (@josh_wingrove) October 28, 2020Who is Miles Taylor? (RELATED: ‘Disgruntled Employee’: Trump Responds To Taylor’s Biden Endorsement)The Trump administration initially vowed to investigate and discover the op-ed’s author, but the investigation never came to fruition.
Sen. Bernie Sanders Calls For Police Responsible For ‘Murdering’ Walter Wallace Jr. To Be Prosecuted By Justice Department
Independent Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders said Wednesday on Twitter that the police “responsible for murdering” Walter Wallace Jr. in Philadelphia should be “arrested, investigated, and prosecuted by the Justice Department.”Walter Wallace should be alive today, and our thoughts are with his loved ones. The police responsible for murdering him in front of his mother instead of getting him the medical attention he needed should be arrested, investigated, and prosecuted by the Justice Department. — Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) October 28, 2020“Walter Wallace should be alive today, and our thoughts are with his loved ones,” Sanders said in the tweet. The federal government is “looking into” the fatal officer-involved shooting of Walter Wallace Jr. in Philadelphia, President Donald Trump announced Wednesday. Philadelphia police commissioner Danielle Outlaw announced Wednesday that authorities will release the body camera footage and 911 tapes involved in the police shooting of Walter Wallace Jr. “in the near future.”
Miles Taylor Bragged About Donating Most Of His ‘Anonymous’ Book Royalties — But We Have No Idea How Much Money He Actually Kept
Miles Taylor, the formerly anonymous Trump administration staffer behind writings that criticized the president, said he would donate a portion of his book revenue, but never specified how much he would keep. Taylor also anonymously wrote a book, titled “A Warning,” with a more in-depth attack on the president. My statement: https://t.co/yuhTgZ4bkq — Miles Taylor (@MilesTaylorUSA) October 28, 2020The book was described as “a shocking, first-hand account of President Trump and his record,” the Associated Press reported. Taylor said a portion of sales from the book, which stood as both a New York Times and Wall Street Journal no. (RELATED: Former Homeland Security Staffer Miles Taylor Comes Forward As ‘Anonymous’)“That’s why I’m writing this note — to urge you to speak out if you haven’t,” he wrote.
‘You Better Apologize For That!’: Rudy Giuliani Threatens To Walk Out During Interview With Fox Business Network Anchor
Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani demanded an apology Tuesday and said “I think our interview is now over,” after a Fox Business Network host suggested he was acting like Christopher Steele. You better apologize for that,” Giuliani told Lisa Kennedy after the host questioned his description of material that has allegedly been found on Hunter Biden’s laptop. Steele was the former MI6 agent who prepared a largely discredited dossier for the 2016 Hillary Clinton presidential campaign. Hunter Biden has not denied leaving his laptop with the computer repair shop. I think our interview is now over.”Giuliani continued, “Christopher Steele is a criminal.
Former Homeland Security Staffer Miles Taylor Comes Forward As ‘Anonymous’
“Anonymous,” the unnamed author who, while part of President Donald Trump’s administration, wrote a New York Times op-ed sharply criticizing him, revealed his identity Wednesday as Miles Taylor, the former chief of staff to a former secretary of the Department of Homeland Security. Taylor also authored “A Warning,” a book that anonymously criticized the president from the perspective of a member of the Trump administration. Taylor revealed his identity Wednesday in a Medium post. “I saw Donald Trump prove he is a man without character, and his personal defects have resulted in leadership failures so significant that they can be measured in lost American lives,” Taylor wrote. My statement: https://t.co/yuhTgZ4bkq — Miles Taylor (@MilesTaylorUSA) October 28, 2020Taylor left the administration in 2019 and has publicly criticized Trump and the administration for months.
6 Days Out — Here’s Where The Election Stands
With six days until Election Day, President Donald Trump is campaigning in swing states across the country in an effort to close Democratic nominee Joe Biden’s lead. Trump held three rallies Tuesday across the Midwest, traveling to Lansing, Michigan, West Salem, Wisconsin and Omaha, Nebraska. Biden leads Trump by 9.2 points nationally, and by nine and 8.1 in Wisconsin and Michigan. In Pennsylvania, the third Rust Belt state that Trump won in 2016, Biden leads by 5.3 points, according to FiveThirtyEight. The Biden campaign’s stops in traditionally conservative states reflect its push to expand the electoral map beyond just the upper Midwest.
This Maverick Pollster Had Trump Ahead In 2016. Here’s Why He Has Him Ahead In 2020
The Trafalgar Group was one of the only pollsters in the country to predict President Donald Trump’s 2016 wins in Michigan and Pennsylvania. Four years later, it is one of only two major polls in the country that has Trump up against Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden nationally. Here’s why.
‘Misleading The Public’: Backlash Builds Against NYT For Hyping ‘Anonymous’ Author Miles Taylor As ‘Senior Administration Official’
The New York Times faced a wave of criticism Wednesday for hyping former “Anonymous” author Miles Taylor, a former Homeland Security staffer, as a “senior” Trump administration official. Taylor, who revealed his identity Wednesday, wasn’t even an agency chief of staff at the time he wrote the op-ed. “I also didn’t realize the definition of ‘senior administration official’ could be *this* expansive,” noted Axios reporter Jonathan Swan. Journalists criticized the New York Times Wednesday for over-hyping the unnamed author of “Anonymous” — Miles Taylor, the former chief of staff to a former secretary of the Department of Homeland Security. (RELATED: Former Homeland Security Staffer Miles Taylor Comes Forward As ‘Anonymous’)Donald Trump is a man without character.
Ivanka Turns Heads In Gorgeous Black Coat On Campaign Trail In PA
Ivanka Trump definitely turned heads Wednesday when she stepped out in a gorgeous coat while on the campaign trail in Pennsylvania. (RELATED: Ivanka Turns Heads In Gorgeous Yellow Plaid Skirt Suit)She completed the terrific look with loose hair, black pants and black high heels. In a post later shared on Instagram, Ivanka shared several pictures from the day as she reminded voters in the state that Trump was counting on the state to get four more years. “¡Gracias Miami!” Ivanka captioned her post showing her wearing a pretty short-sleeve white dress and heels, along with a handful of pictures from the events. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Ivanka Trump (@ivankatrump) on Oct 27, 2020 at 7:09pm PDTThe first daughter’s fashion sense is always on point as has been noted numerous times before.
Thousands Of Rally Goers Stuck Outside In Freezing Cold After Trump Rally, 30 People Required Medical Attention
Thousands of Trump supporters in Omaha, Nebraska, were left stranded in the freezing cold Tuesday after shuttles from the rally to the nearby parking lots were delayed. President Donald Trump departed from his rally aboard Air Force One around 9 p.m. while crowds dispersed around 12:30 a.m., according to NBC News. “We need at least 30 more buses,” an Omaha police officer just said, shaking his head at the chaotic cluster that is unfolding. — Jeff Zeleny (@jeffzeleny) October 28, 2020At least 30 people, including elderly rally attendees, a family with young kids and someone who used an electric wheelchair all required medical attention after waiting hours in the cold at the rally, per NBC. (RELATED: President Trump Pleads With Suburban Housewives To Vote For Him After He Sends Their ‘Husbands Back To Work’)“Supporters of the President were brought in, but buses weren’t able to get back to transport people out.
Miles Taylor Tells Chris Cuomo Trump Wanted To ‘Gas, Electrify And Shoot’ Migrants
Former Department of Homeland Security chief of staff and CNN contributor Miles Taylor told CNN host Chris Cuomo that President Donald Trump wanted to “gas, electrify, and shoot” migrants on the U.S. southern border Wednesday evening. What we’re talking about Chris is innocent women and children who are seeking a better life in the United States, fleeing violence and persecution. And the commander in chief is telling us he wants to gas them,” Taylor responded. Taylor revealed Wednesday that he was the anonymous writer of the New York Times opinion piece that criticized President Donald Trump while a part of his administration. (RELATED: Former Homeland Security Staffer Miles Taylor Comes Forward As ‘Anonymous’)
Pennsylvania Secretary Of State Kathy Boockvar Orders Late Ballots To Be Held Separate Until Supreme Court Weighs In
Pennsylvania Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar ordered Wednesday that mail-in ballots received after Nov. 3 will be kept separate from all other ballots in case the Supreme Court rules the ballot extension is unconstitutional. “The Secretary continues to defend the extension to ensure that every timely and validly cast mail-in and absentee ballot is counted,” the guidance read. However, the guidance notes that because the issue is still pending before the Supreme Court, county boards of elections must keep mail-in ballots received after 8:00 p.m. on Nov. 3 through 5:00 p.m. Nov. 6 “separate and segregated” from all other ballots. However, the U.S. Supreme Court deadlocked this month in a 4-4 ruling that allows Pennsylvania to count ballots even if they do not have a postmark through Nov. 6. “I reluctantly conclude that there is simply not enough time at this late date to decide the question before the election,” Alito wrote.
‘I’m A Bed-Wetter’: Juan Williams Admits He’s Worried About Election Outcome
Fox News contributor Juan Williams said Wednesday that he was worried about the outcome of the presidential election. “Juan Williams, I think you would agree that the race is a little closer than the polls would suggest, don’t you?” Watters asked. “Offense in Delaware?” Watters laughed. “Delaware is right there next to Pennsylvania and Delaware —” Williams pushed back. “Because Nevada is right next to Arizona,” Watters laughed.
‘Coward’ … ‘Liar’ … ‘Clown’ — White House Senior Staff Pile On Former DHS Chief Of Staff Miles Taylor’s Coming Out As ‘Anonymous’
White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany issued a scathing statement in response to former Department of Homeland Security chief of staff Miles Taylor’s Wednesday admission revelation that he is the infamous “Anonymous” Trump administration official. “President Trump is focused on leading the great American comeback and keeping his promises to the American people,” McEnany wrote. Miles Taylor? — Ben Williamson (@_WilliamsonBen) October 28, 2020I rolled my eyes so hard I nearly tipped backwards. To paraphrase Andy Warhol: In the future, everyone will be a Senior Admin Officials for 15 minutes.
‘We’ve Heard That Line A Lot’: Martha MacCallum Fires Back At Pete Buttigieg Over ‘Spreader Event’ Claim
(RELATED: Pete Buttigieg Defends Biden, Says Barrett Confirmation Violates ‘The Spirit Of The Constitution’)WATCH:“Obviously you couldn’t have more different schedules,” MacCallum said as she turned the question to Buttigieg. Joe Biden was in Delaware. We’re also not taking anything for granted, which is why you’ll continue to see Joe Biden and Kamala Harris and folks like me out there pounding the ground. “As you say, this is a very competitive race so may turn out that less is more,” MacCallum said. “I’m not even sure those visits from Donald Trump are really helping him, right?” Buttigieg said with a smile.
‘I Was Out Of My Tree’: Chelsea Handler Admits Trump Hate Led To Assaulting Conservatives In Airports
Comedian Chelsea Handler admitted Wednesday that her hatred for President Donald Trump got to be so extreme that she assaulted conservatives in airports. “I’m curious, how specifically did therapy help you to deal with your rage against Trump?” she asked. “Then I’d run back in and go, ‘Do you want your daughter to have rights, because she won’t?’ and then I’d run out,” Handler continued. “Now, Trump supporters, I don’t have anything to say to them anymore at this juncture,” she added. Handler concluded that her therapy had been helpful in part because it brought her to the realization that, while she did hate Donald Trump, what she was angry about was a childhood experience that she had not dealt with.
ROGER STONE: Here’s How Trump Could Still Pull Off A Historic Upset On Election Day
As we approach Election Day, President Trump has the odds stacked against him, but victory may in fact be at hand. With increased violence against and harassment of Trump voters, many Trump voters will simply not tell a pollster over the telephone that they are going to vote for the president. In one single week of September, the Trump campaign celebrated volunteers knocking on more than 500,000 doors in swing states. If President Trump had these votes previously, it can be reasonably assumed that he could win them back. This means the Trump campaign or the RNC must also spend additional resources on turning out votes that previously would have already been tabulated by Election Day.
Here’s How Latino And Hispanic Voters Could Determine The 2020 Election
A shift in Latino and Hispanic voter support in a number of key states could help determine whether or not President Donald Trump is reelected in 2020.
Joe Biden Rumored ‘Basement Strategy’ Really IS His Actual Campaign Plan
In September, Trump wrote: “Basement Biden is no longer playing well in the polls!”And just this week during a raucous campaign speech, Trump had a field day mocking the 77-year-old Democratic presidential nominee. One thing, I did five, six and sometimes seven of these in one day those last few days,” Trump said during a campaign rally in Lititz, Pennsylvania. Now, it turns out, the Biden Basement Strategy really IS real. Somebody said it’s strategy, it’s not, because really strategy would be coming out,” Trump said in New Hampshire. Perhaps Joe’s basement strategy will work out.
SHAPIRO: Blaming Trump For COVID Is Dems’ Anti-Fact Religion
Until COVID-19 hit, President Donald Trump was on a glide path to reelection. The narrative that Trump is responsible for COVID’s death toll, then, is a religious argument, not a factual one. It is reliant on a perverse view of the universe by which Trump is responsible for all evil, a miasmatic orange Satan haunting the land. And, the theory goes, if Trump is excised, COVID will be controlled by someone with a steadier hand. But so long as Trump is labeled the true scourge, rather than COVID, Trump will pay the political price.
Expensify CEO Tells 10 Million Customers To Vote For Biden Or Face Possible ‘Civil War.’ Clients Pummel Him.
If you are a US citizen, anything less than a vote for Biden is a vote against democracy. The trend couldn’t be more clear: Biden wants democracy, Trump does not. A vote for Trump is to endorse voter suppression, it really is very basic. A vote for Biden is a vote for democracy. Or based on the ruthlessness of their voter suppression?
Yahoo Reporter Yells At Sick President: ‘Do You Think You Might Be A Super Spreader?’
When President Trump, who spent three days at Walter Reed National Medical Center after being diagnosed with COVID-19, left the facility on Monday evening, the national media was there, waiting. Do you think you might be a super spreader, Mr. President?” Yahoo! “Journalism today is yelling a question at the President, getting ignored, and then tweeting about it as if you’ve accomplished something. Every last one of them fighting for Twitter retweets over an unanswered, ridiculous question,” wrote one person on Twitter. Journalism today is yelling a question at the President, getting ignored, and then tweeting about it as if you've accomplished something.
Trump Country billboard removed from downtown Nashua building
LAS VEGAS/WILMINGTON - With less than a week of voting left, President Donald Trump pushed ahead on Wednesday with mass rallies despite a U.S. surge in COVID-19 cases and mounting criticism that he is prioritizing his re-election above the health of his supporters.
Trump Has Condemned White Supremacists
You see these white supremacists coming out from under the rocks. So, contrary to Biden’s claim that Trump has “yet once to condemn white supremacy, the neo-Nazis,” in the course of two days, Trump did it twice. Trump, Aug. 15, 2017: I’m not talking about the neo-Nazis and the white nationalists, because they should be condemned totally. Nor was that the last time Trump condemned white supremacy by name. But Biden went too far when he said Trump has “yet once to condemn white supremacy, the neo-Nazis.
The Thought Leaders Issue: Jennifer Lawrence
This article appears in V127's Thought Leaders Issue, available for pre-order now. He does not represent my values as an American, and most importantly as a human being. The hope is to make Americans aware of the corruption in our government, so we can vote it out. Tamika Mallory is doing great work for the Black community with her organization Until Freedom. As a white American, I’m listening, learning and trying to show up as an ally.
Jennifer Lawrence: Trump An ‘Impeached President Who’s Broken Many Laws’
I was a little Republican,” Lawrence said. “This is an impeached president who’s broken many laws and has refused to condemn white supremacy, and it feels like there has been a line drawn in the sand. I don’t want to support a president who supports white supremacists.”President Trump has denounced white supremacists and white supremacy multiple times. Lawrence then compared President Trump to President Obama, saying that “you would go days, maybe weeks, without thinking about the president because everything would generally be OK.”Jennifer Lawrence has been a frequent critic of President Trump throughout his tenure, both before and after the election. Obviously, I never claimed that President Trump was responsible for these tragic hurricanes,” she said in a Facebook post.
AOC Has Already Changed D.C. It Hasn’t Changed Her Much.
So the Democratic Party has a role to play in this problem, and it’s like we’re not allowed to talk about it. We’re not allowed to talk about anything wrong the Democratic Party does,” she said. “No one gets all of his or her way,” Congressman Gregory Meeks, Crowley’s replacement as head of the Queens Democratic Party, told me recently. “That’s a kind of project that a lot of people think is a waste of time, but I don’t think it is,” she said. “This whole primary,” she went on, referring to the one Biden and Bernie are in, “is going to be about the soul of the Democratic Party.
Twitter Fact-Checking Trump’s Tweets, Using WaPo And CNN
On Tuesday, Twitter made it clear it will fact-check President Trump’s tweets, placing a warning under two of Trump’s tweets in which he slammed the use of mail-in ballots. The warnings read, “Get the facts about mail-in ballots” with a link to a site that said Trump’s facts were wrong as posited by “CNN, Washington Post and others.”Trump tweeted, “There is NO WAY (ZERO!) that Mail-In Ballots will be anything less than substantially fraudulent. No way!”….living in the state, no matter who they are or how they got there, will get one. Experts say mail-in ballots are very rarely linked to voter fraud.”The site continued, “Trump falsely claimed that mail-in ballots would lead to ‘a Rigged Election.’ However, fact-checkers say there is no evidence that mail-in ballots are linked to voter fraud.
Jack Dorsey: Iranian Leader’s Tweets Questioning Holocaust Not ‘Misinformation’ Under Twitter Rules
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey defended his company’s decision to label some of President Donald Trump’s tweets as “misinformation” while refusing to take similar action against Iran’s ayatollah for questioning the Holocaust. Sen. Cory Gardner (R-CO) hammered Dorsey over the perceived double-standard between how the platform treats Trump versus other world leaders. After all, because Iran’s ayatollah has done exactly this: Questioning the holocaust. And yet his tweets remain unflagged on Twitter’s platform.”Gardner then contrasted Twitter’s treatment of Trump with Twitter’s treatment of the Iranian Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Earlier this year, Twitter began flagging some of Trump’s tweets for allegedly spreading misinformation about mail-in voting.
Democrat Senator On Tech Censorship: ‘Anti-Conservative Bias Not A Problem,’ ‘Not Enough’ Censorship Happening
Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA) claimed during a Senate hearing with tech companies on Wednesday that “anti-conservative bias is not a problem” and that the issue is not that there is too much censorship going on, but that there is not enough. “The big tech business model, which profits ahead of people, is a real problem,” Markey claimed. “Anti-conservative bias is not a problem. Zuckerberg, when President Trump posted on Facebook that when the looting starts the shooting starts, you failed to take down that post. Related:The Daily Wire is one of America’s fastest-growing conservative media companies and counter-cultural outlets for news, opinion, and entertainment.
Is Jeff Bezos interested in buying CNN?
Rich Greenfield, a partner and media and technology analyst at independent research firm LightShed Partners, has tweeted in the past about the logic of Bezos buying CNN. “No one at AT&T has a problem with Turner Classic movies but they are worried CNN angers so many Republicans in Washington,” says one banker who has heard Bezos is interested in CNN. GET FOX BUSINESS ON THE GO BY CLICKING HEREAnother factor in the banker-chatter of a CNN spinoff: The uncertain future of current CNN President Jeff Zucker. FOX Corporation is the parent company of FOX Business and Fox News. In order to cut costs, AT&T is also looking at a sale of DirecTV satellite continent distribution business, sources tell FOX Business.
Where Does Beto O’Rourke Stand On The Issues? Here’s Everything You Need To Know.
Robert Francis “Beto” O’Rourke served as a U.S. congressman from El Paso, Texas from 2013 – 2019. A member of the Democratic Party, O’Rourke previously served as mayor pro tempore of El Paso and as a member of the El Paso city council. O’Rourke is now seeking the 2020 Democratic Party presidential nomination, and has recently polled around fifth or sixth place. Economy: O’Rourke supports rigorous antitrust enforcement and a $15 federal minimum wage. O’Rourke supports universal health insurance coverage, but equivocates on whether “Medicare for All” is the best means to accomplish that end.
A Year Inside the Black Lives Matter Movement
“Some people assume Black Lives Matter is a violent organization, and we didn’t want to give that impression. “Black Lives Matter is not a racist group; anyone can join. There’s simply no equivalence between Black Lives Matter and a hate group. We brought youth workers, we brought medical doctors, we brought healers, we brought alternative media, we brought lawyers.” They also brought signs, some of which said “Black Lives Matter.” (Abdullah says around the time they went to Ferguson, Justice for Trayvon Martin changed its name to Black Lives Matter.) Ferguson protesters were photographed holding the signs, and over time media began referring to the protests as Black Lives Matter.
Concerned about election unrest, Beverly Hills will close Rodeo Drive
Beverly Hills luxury retail mecca Rodeo Drive will be closed to cars and pedestrian traffic on election day and the day after, a move the city’s police chief calls a “proactive approach” to possible protests. WATCH: Police Chief Dominick Rivetti shares a message about Election Week in the City of Beverly Hills. Beverly Hills has been the site of peaceful protests both by Black Lives Matter demonstrators and supporters of President Trump. In August, supporters of President Trump took to the streets of Beverly Hills and faced off with a small group of counter-protesters in a skirmish. Beverly Hills police used tear gas to break up large crowds of protesters on June 13.
‘Anonymous’ Author Is CNN Contributor, Google Employee, Biden Supporter
The author of the controversial “anonymous” New York Times op-ed from two years ago is a CNN contributor and a Google employee currently on leave until after the presidential election. News broke that the “anonymous” author was Miles Taylor just minutes before Taylor confirmed it on his Twitter account. Another example comes from last week, when Taylor responded to Trump saying that Biden wanted to destroy American’s Second Amendment rights. “I wanna make something clear, I’m going to guarantee you this is not the last you’ve seen of [O’Rourke],” Biden said. You’re going to be the one who leads this effort.”“I’m counting on you.
We Don’t Have to Live Like This
The military and the small business sector are virtually alone in commanding consistent and high levels of trust across society. Team members are increasingly unable to explain the views of the other team, and team membership is largely driven by hatred for the other team. When we politicize all aspects of our society, we don’t elevate our politics; we drag everything else down to its level. The bigger challenge is rebuilding trust in our society and pushing back on the tide of politicization of everything. It starts with making this statement, clearly and repeatedly: we don’t have to live like this.
Twitter, Facebook Censored Trump, Campaign 65 Times, Leave Biden Untouched
Twitter and Facebook have censored the president’s social media accounts and the accounts belonging to his re-election campaign at least 65 times. In contrast, the companies have not censored former Vice President and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and his campaign accounts. The Media Research Center’s Techwatch department analyzed two years of social media posts from Trump, Biden, and their respective campaigns. In addition, the Trump campaign was also suspended for sharing the controversial Hunter Biden emails story from the New York Post. FacebookFacebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said in a speech given at Georgetown University on Oct. 17, 2019 that Facebook would “continue to stand for free expression.” But since then, Trump and the Trump campaign have been censored on the platform five times.
WATCH: Jon Voight’s ‘Message Of Hope’: Trump Is A ‘Man Of Great Integrity,’ ‘A Man Who Took On Evil’
The actor went on to hail President Trump as a “man of great integrity” for how valiantly he has fought for the American people. “This is a man of great integrity, this is a man who held his head high, this is a man who took on evil and brought us to light,” continued Voight. This is what a man of great love does, a man that will protect his country to the end. With dignity, honor, respect, and love.”Voight concluded that President Trump’s leadership will earn himself a privileged position in the halls of history. A Message of Hope pic.twitter.com/juAOIr7VLX — Jon Voight (@jonvoight) May 4, 2020Voight has consistently praised President Trump’s leadership throughout his White House tenure.
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey: ‘We Haven’t Censored The U.S. President.’ Report Says Twitter Has Censored Trump 64 Times.
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey claimed during a Senate hearing on Wednesday that the platform has not censored President Donald Trump. A new study, however, claimed that Twitter censored the president 64 times and is “far and away the biggest offender” out of all the social media platforms. How many posts from Iran’s terrorist Ayatollah have you censored?” DORSEY: “Um.” BLACKBURN: “How many posts from Vladimir Putin have you censored?” DORSEY: “We have labeled tweets of world leaders. '”WATCH:Sen. Blackburn: "Looking at some of your censorings, you have censored Joe Biden zero times, Mr. Dorsey. Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey: "We have not censored the President.
Senate Democrats Back Constitutional Amendment to Undo Citizens United
The ruling they take issue with is 2010's Citizens United v. FEC, which lets corporations engage in political speech without facing extreme regulation. Last week, the entire Senate Democratic Caucus introduced a constitutional amendment to undo Citizens United. "Citizens United has damaged our democracy and allowed corporate money to flood our politics," claimed the California senator and presidential candidate Kamala Harris on Twitter. Democrats pretend that ending Citizens United is about restoring transparency and fairness to political speech. (See also: "Our Presidential Cycle Shows Why Citizens United Was Decided Rightly" and "The Citizens United Backlash Threatens Basic Rights.")
Brett Favre: Poor NBA, NFL Ratings Show ‘Fans Clearly Do Not Want Political Messaging’ In Sports
Hall of Fame NFL quarterback Brett Favre blamed “struggling” ratings for professional sports on “political messaging” that has been infused into games. Favre appeared via video at a town hall with President Donald Trump on Sinclair Broadcast Group’s “America This Week” hosted by Eric Bolling. During the town hall, which aired Wednesday, Favre asked the president how professional athletes and teams can balance sports and social justice without losing their fan bases. “The NBA and the NFL are struggling with lower ratings as fans clearly do not want political messaging mixed with their sports, so how should the leagues support and promote an anti-racism position without becoming political and alienating fans?” Favre asked. Trump responded to Favre by saying that people want sports to remain about sports only.
7 Sports Figures Who Should Go Into Politics, and 5 Who Shouldn’t
Recently, Barkley had this to say about anthem kneelers: “The thing is, the national anthem means different things to different people. Because everybody has a preconceived idea for what I should do and what I shouldn’t do. Walker exudes class, something that’s missing from today’s politics, and he’s a legend in his home state. And he knows it, too, calling it “the biggest mistake I ever made.”Sports Figures Who Should Not Enter Politics1. Once he inevitably gets into politics, he’ll be a public meltdown waiting to happen.
US Election 2020: 'MAGA nuns' spotted at Trump rally in Ohio
Pamela Geller, a Trump supporter, tweeted: ‘The #MAGA nuns love Trump!’Three nuns wearing face coverings that read 'MAGA' are seen above at President Trump's rally in Circleville, Ohio, on SaturdayOne of the nuns held up a Bible while another held rosary beads. ‘It’s a pathetic attempt to grab up votes for a losing cause.’Another user tweeted: 'Not real nuns, he found them on craigs list. One Twitter user wondered if 'the nuns approve of him cheating on his pregnant wife with a porn star.' tweeted one Twitter userPamela Geller, a Trump supporter, tweeted: 'The #MAGA nuns love Trump!' 'Nuns with MAGA masks,' tweeted Charlie Spiering on SaturdayAnother Twitter user joked: 'Three nuns walk into a Trump rally...'Marie Oakes tweeted on Saturday: 'Nuns for Trump at #Ohio rally!'
Trump rally nuns say it is their 'joyful duty' to support anti-abortion President Trump
The nuns who attended a Trump rally in Ohio called it their “duty” to support any anti-abortion president. However, the preeminent issue is the intrinsic evil of taking innocent human life through abortion,” the Children of Mary told the Washington Examiner. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci) Evan Vucci/APThe nuns attended the president's rally in Circleville, Ohio, on Saturday, which grabbed the attention of some in the media and others. Trump has highlighted his commitment to anti-abortion issues, becoming in January the first president to speak at the March for Life. In September, the president signed the Executive Order on Protecting Vulnerable Newborn and Infant Children.
Three Nuns Stand Right Behind Trump At Rally Wearing MAGA Masks
On Saturday, three nuns attended a rally for President Trump in Circleville, Ohio, and stood behind him in the front row wearing MAGA masks. President Trump’s Administration issued guidance to enforce the requirement that taxpayer dollars not support abortion coverage in Obamacare exchange plans. Speaking at the Al Smith Memorial Dinner at the beginning of October, President Trump stated:From the very beginning of our republic, Catholics have uplifted and enriched our nation beyond measure. And the great Al Smith, the original “Happy Warrior,” — that’s what he was; he was a happy warrior. I consider myself to be a happy warrior, but it’s not so easy in these times.
‘Looters Were Shooting Looters’: 11 People Shot In Philadelphia Overnight During Riots
As riots spread in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania following the police-involved shooting of a knife-wielding suspect, 11 people were shot while looting businesses. “11 people shot while looting in Philadelphia so far since last night. ‘Looters were shooting looters.’ ‘50 yr old man that had his car filled then was carjacked and had all his stolem stiff re-stolen from him’from @PhillyPolice on scene of looting tell FOX 29. At least 30 police officers were injured by rioters in the city as well, The Daily Wire reported. Get inside access to The Daily Wire by becoming a member.
‘Rapidly Gone Downhill’: ‘Violent’ Riots ‘With Looting’ Rock Philadelphia
CBS Philadelphia reporter Joe Holden reported that law enforcement officials said the situation that unfolded last week was a “total loss” and had “rapidly gone downhill.”Phila. Police commanders say the situation has “rapidly gone downhill” along Aramingo Ave. — a “total loss,” they say, from looting. pic.twitter.com/gmcsebGLDJ — Andy Ngô (@MrAndyNgo) October 28, 2020Footage from inside a Philadelphia business shows looters destroying the place within seconds during the BLM riot. pic.twitter.com/yz81zf8E6j — Andy Ngô (@MrAndyNgo) October 28, 2020BLM rioters break into a @TMobile phone store in Philadelphia and begin looting it. Video by @Julio_Rosas11: pic.twitter.com/7dftWBTEE2 — Andy Ngô (@MrAndyNgo) October 28, 2020Philadelphia rioters and looters destroying the inside of a Dollar Tree.
Father Pleads For Calm As Philadelphia Erupts Again In Riots, Looting Over Fatal Police Shooting
Philadelphia exploded in violence Tuesday night after the death of Walter Wallace Jr., who was fatally shot by police on Monday. Law enforcement is an incredibly dangerous occupation, and thousands of officers have given their lives in the line of duty. The Trump Administration stands proudly with law enforcement, and stands ready, upon request, to deploy any and all Federal resources to end these riots. But that devolved into violent riots and looting of stores across the city. Related: ‘Rapidly Gone Downhill’: ‘Violent’ Riots ‘With Looting’ Rock PhiladelphiaThe Daily Wire is one of America’s fastest-growing conservative media companies and counter-cultural outlets for news, opinion, and entertainment.
‘Death To America’: Left-Wing Rioters Tag, Destroy Businesses During Widespread Looting
Rioters tagged a Bank of America with “Death to America” graffiti and destroyed numerous other stores during the second night of widespread rioting and looting in the Democrat-controlled city of Philadelphia, video shows. “A Bank of America’s windows were smashed and tagged with ‘death to America’ while a black person was still in it! Similarly, during rioting in Kenosha, Wisconsin, back in August, rioters screamed “Death to America” and burned the American flag. WATCH: A bank of America’s windows were smashed and tagged with “death to America” while a black person was still in it! Get inside access to The Daily Wire by becoming a member.
Crenshaw Rips Twitter’s Dorsey: ‘Partisan And A Hypocrite’
Not a single Democrat Senator defended free speech or freedom of the press today.” He concluded, “This should terrify Americans.”Biggest take away from the big tech hearings: 1) Jack Dorsey is a partisan and a hypocrite. Not a single Democrat Senator defended free speech or freedom of the press today. Dorsey, is Donald Trump a world leader?” DORSEY: “Yes.” BLACKBURN: “Okay, so it would be important for world leaders to have access to your platform, correct?” DORSEY: “Correct.” BLACKBURN: “And so, why did you deny that platform via censorship to the U.S. president?” DORSEY: “We haven’t censored the U.S. president.” BLACKBURN: “Oh yes you have. How many posts from Iran’s terrorist Ayatollah have you censored?” DORSEY: “Um.” BLACKBURN: “How many posts from Vladimir Putin have you censored?” DORSEY: “We have labeled tweets of world leaders. And of course, for about a hundred years, foreign sources have been trying to influence U.S. policy and U.S. elections.
WATCH: Rioters Threaten, Assault, Chase Jewish Residents: ‘Synagogue Of Satan’
The man also seems to refer to the Jewish men as “Amalek” on multiple occasions. “This ain’t y’all fight,” the Jewish men are told. One answers, “We’re just showing solidarity.”The protesters grow angrier, telling the Jewish men they are “staring s***” and screaming at them to “walk.”“Get the f*** out! As they begin to leave, a Jewish man in a red t-shirt is shoved by one of the protesters. One protester, seemingly pleased that the Jewish men are chased away, says people are “waking up” and yells about the Book of Revelation and the “synagogue of Satan.”WATCH:Black Lives Matter rioters in Philadelphia threaten, assault, and chase out Jewish residents claiming "you don't live here" and call them members of the "Synagogue of Satan."
Arguably Top Golfer In History Announces Presidential Endorsement: ‘This Is Not A Personality Contest’
Jack Nicklaus, arguably the top golfer in history, released a statement late on Wednesday night announcing that he is endorsing President Donald Trump for re-election. “Through the years, I have been blessed to personally know several Presidents on both sides of the aisle,” Nicklaus began. “They gave their son—my father—the opportunity to pursue his education and his American Dream. I was taught strong family values and worked hard to pursue my own dreams—my own American dream. “This is not a personality contest; it’s about patriotism, policies and the people they impact.
MN GOP Senate Challenger Posts Optimistic Message After Hospital Discharge: ‘Now Let’s Go Win’
Earlier I was discharged from the hospital in Hibbing & I’m on my way home to Woodbury. I want to thank Dr. Smith & the entire ICU staff for a successful surgery & stellar care. Now let’s go win this damn campaign. The dr. has said Jason’s surgery was successful & he’s optimistic Jason will be discharged within the next couple days. The Daily Wire is one of America’s fastest-growing conservative media companies and counter-cultural outlets for news, opinion, and entertainment.
‘A Joyful Duty’: MAGA Mask Nuns Unapologetic For Supporting Trump Because Of His Abortion Views
The three purple-clad nuns who made headlines for appearing in MAGA masks behind President Donald Trump during his Saturday rally in Circleville, Ohio, maintained that they have a duty to support any president who opposes abortion. As The Daily Wire reported:On Saturday, three nuns attended a rally for President Trump in Circleville, Ohio, and stood behind him in the front row wearing MAGA masks. Two of the nuns clutched rosaries, and the third, standing between them, held out a copy of the Bible. During his presidency, Trump has proven to be one of the most staunchly pro-religion, pro-life presidents in history. They will change it.”Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, who is a practicing Catholic, has been rebuked by some Catholic clergy for his abortion views.
Big Tech Censorship Is Driving These Moms To Trump
The five other moms rolled their eyes, utterly not shocked that Big Tech was functioning as their all-knowing nanny again. If Big Tech’s censorship goal is to turn users into political lemmings, these moms with two to seven kids in tow and ranging from age 29 to 48 aren’t having it. “Big Tech censorship makes me feel like thought control and manipulation is the end goal,” one mom later messaged me. “To be honest, I didn’t believe censorship was happening until it happened firsthand to me,” one young Latina mom shared. She eventually felt that she had to “choose a side” and ended up choosing the party that was always on the wrong end of Big Tech “errors” and censorship.
The Battle For The Supreme Court Is Far From Over
While Barrett’s confirmation is seen by many conservatives as a victory for working moms, originalism, the unborn, and America’s future, the battle for the Supreme Court is far from over. Biden Or Not, Court Packing Is On the AgendaIf elected, Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden will pack the Supreme Court. His consistent and defensive refusal to answer questions from reporters, presidential debate moderator Chris Wallace, and Trump about adding justices speaks for itself. By adding carefully selected justices to expand the Supreme Court beyond nine justices, the Democrats are ensuring that they will be able to enact unpopular left-wing policies that can be backed by an intentionally slanted court. While the battle may seem like it is nearing the end because there are three relatively new “conservative” justices on the Supreme Court, including an upstanding woman of character, it’s actually just beginning.
Democrats Worked Hard To Put Barrett On The Supreme Court
Judge Amy Coney Barrett is now Justice Amy Coney Barrett, replacing the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the Supreme Court. Reid is not the only Democrat to have worked hard on Barrett’s behalf — indeed, the Democratic Party’s actions during both the Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh confirmation hearings played a pivotal role in making the new Supreme Court. Never had a candidate for the presidency been so clear in his intentions for the Supreme Court. To that end, President Trump did his job by selecting Gorsuch a week after his inauguration. When President Trump nominated Kavanaugh to replace the retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy, the stakes were a little higher for Democrats.
There's No Going Back To 'Normal.' The GOP Is Changed Forever
Republicans who don’t like Trump want to go back to 'normal,' but the old GOP is dead. The reality is we are never going back to “normal.” The old Republican Party is dead. The Old GOP Is DeadIn 2016, Trump hijacked the Republican Party. Many mainstream Republicans still don’t understand this, but no other GOP candidate was going to win in 2016. The people in Trump’s party are risk-takers and wealth-builders, and they truly live the American ideals of independence and free thought.
The U.S. Has Neither Systemic Voter Fraud Nor Voter Suppression
Bipartisan attacks on our nation’s institutions and the integrity of our electoral processes create the appearance of consensus that our government is illegitimate. Some conservatives now appear willing to join in undermining our electoral systems, largely out of a fear that voter fraud will deprive Trump of reelection. What few realize, however, is that this system also counterbalances election fraud. If there were evidence of systemic fraud, Trump surely would have presented it by now. All that said, significant risks of potential abuse exist in many states’ election systems, as I detailed in a report in August.
DOJ’s Lawsuit Against Yale Is How To Win The Culture War
The U.S. Department of Justice has sued Yale for discriminating against Asians and white applicants in undergraduate admissions. This is an escalation on the culture war front and comes after a group of Asians sued Harvard University for discrimination. These are all ideas rooted in leftist critical theory, and in a normal world, these would be reason enough to not vote for him. Consider the Trump administration’s executive order banning critical race theory after the extensive investigations of a journalist named Christopher Rufo. Polls after polls have suggested that Americans disproportionately oppose any type of affirmative action and quotas based on critical race theory.
Another 'Resistance' Leaker Cashes In On Anti-Trumpism In CNN Contract
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. Taylor joined CNN as a contributor in September, although the network has claimed it was unaware that Taylor was behind these particular anonymous writings from an anti-Trump federal bureaucrat. Ok, so is he still a CNN contributor now that we know he lied to CNN? https://t.co/xcwRjj2qth — Chuck Ross (@ChuckRossDC) October 28, 2020The network has not said, however, whether Taylor will continue his role as a contributor following this week’s revelations. In August, Taylor was asked directly by CNN's Anderson Cooper whether he was Anonymous.
Everything You Need To Know About The Polls Leading Up To Election Day
On this episode of The Federalist Radio Hour, RealClearPolitics Co-Founder and President Tom Bevan joins Culture Editor Emily Jashinsky to explain what the polls do and do not tell us heading into Election Day 2020. It’s this closeness in the race for the White House, Bevan suggested, that could create delayed election results. The Senate races in these in these states where Biden and Trump are vying for victory will be also close, Bevan noted. While polls show Biden is in the lead, Trump is a “historical anomaly” whose performance with voters isn’t as easily tracked as with other candidates. “The balance of the evidence suggests that Joe Biden has a lead nationally and that he is leading in these swing states,” Bevan said.
Two Videos Reveal Major Differences Between Biden, Trump
Have an important tip? Let us know. Email us here. Keep up to date with our latest:Roger Stone joins The Alex Jones Show to break down the differences between pro-American Trump supporters and Biden voters who are simply anti-Trump.
Trump Says Police Were Told to “Stand Back” During Philly Riots
Keep up to date with our latest:President Trump responded to two nights of violent unrest in Philadelphia by claiming police were told to “stand back” and not stop looting and rioting. Trump was asked about the unrest and again made the point that it is unfolding in a Democrat-run city and state. pic.twitter.com/XHaa55OASV — Jack Posobiec ?? (@JackPosobiec) October 28, 2020“I know the police very well in Philadelphia, I think they gave me an endorsement…and they were told, I understand to stand back, to stand back, don’t do anything,” said Trump. “The police were told to stand back, and maybe that’s not so but that’s what I was told upon very good authority,” Trump clarified. The president said that federal assets would be ready to help quell the riots if they were called upon by authorities in Philly.
New Study Sheds Light on Dark Matter
Dark matter makes up 85% of the matter of the Universe, but its existence shows up only on astronomical scales. The maximum entropy of dark matter has been detected in dwarf galaxies, which have a higher ratio of dark matter to total matter than have more massive galaxies, so it is easier to see the effect in them. Two dark matter particles could interact and disappear in a process which is highly improbable, but which would be characteristic of their nature. The probability of this collision depends on the density of the dark matter; the higher the concentration of dark matter, the higher is the probability that the particles will collide. The consequences of this result could be very important because they indicate that the dark matter has interchanged energy with itself and/or with the remaining “normal” (baryonic) matter.
Trump Is Doing Better In Michigan And Wisconsin Than Polls Suggest
There’s something afoot in Michigan and Wisconsin. That analysis proved wrong—or at least it did for Macomb County, where Trump won in 2016 by a whopping 48,000 votes, helping him carry Michigan by less than 11,000 ballots. We didn’t expect Trump support in deep-blue Milwaukee, but we found it stopping for a late dinner at a German restaurant downtown where an NBA playoff game played behind the bar. Further north still, in picturesque, lakeside Door County, a local Democratic store owner hopes his party can take back the county Obama won twice. In western Wisconsin, which helped Trump carry the state in 2016, the changing lines of the major parties were laid bare.
“Anonymous” WH Official Who Penned NYT Anti-Trump Hit Piece Is DHS Staffer Who Now Works For CNN
Keep up to date with our latest:The anonymous “senior” White House official who penned a 2018 “Resistance” op-ed in the New York Times against President Trump is a former DHS staffer named Miles Taylor. Taylor’s scathing NYT op-ed described Trump as “impetuous, adversarial, petty and ineffective,” and revealed he’s one of many anti-Trump officials embedded in Trump’s administration. My statement: https://t.co/yuhTgZ4bkq — Miles Taylor (@MilesTaylorUSA) October 28, 2020Interestingly, Taylor denied he was “anonymous” in an August interview on CNN. They should fire, shame, and punish everybody associated with this FRAUD on the American people!”Who is Miles Taylor? Wait, so @CNN hired this Miles Taylor guy as a contributor a month after he LIED to Anderson Cooper about being the "anonymous" NYT writer?
Watch LIVE: President Trump Holds MAGA Rally in Goodyear, Arizona
Have an important tip? Sign Up NowKeep up to date with our latest:Fund the InfoWar. The president delivers another rousing 2020 campaign speech in Goodyear, Arizona. Earlier today, the president spoke to a crowd in Bullhead City, Arizona, after visiting several states, including Florida, North Carolina, Ohio Maine, and Wisconsin. Roger Stone joins The Alex Jones Show to break down the reality of Trump supporters who believe in his vision for America, versus Biden voters who are just doing it to spite the President.
Man Dressed as Trump Plants MAGA Flags In Trees to Stop Dem Thieves
Keep up to date with our latest:A supporter of President Donald Trump in Texas has received special recognition after planting Trump 2020 flags atop trees in the area. “In Lufkin, Texas — someone was stealing Trump signs, so an anonymous tree climber put up 30 of them throughout the community,” the president acknowledged. #MAGA.”In Lufkin, Texas — someone was stealing Trump signs, so an anonymous tree climber put up 30 of them throughout the community. https://t.co/gfHUKZB0DA — Louie Gohmert (@LouieGohmertTX1) October 27, 2020Local media KTRE last week reported on the spate of Trump signs being stolen in the area, with one citizen, Ken Donaghue, claiming up to 40 Trump signs have been taken. “There are currently 38 flags flying high.”On this occasion, the man dressed as President Trump to surprise a supporter who’s undergoing surgery next month.
Wall Street Banks, Their Employees, Now Officially Lean Democrat
You’d think that voting Republican would be an easy decision if you work on Wall Street, especially given the lower taxes and the removal of burdensome regulations. But Democrats have entangled themselves so deeply in the web of Wall Street, that the industry is now leaning to the left, according to a new report from Reuters. Biden’s campaign has been the beneficiary of $3 million from commercial banks, compared to the $1.4 million Trump has raised. In 2012, Wall Street banks were among the top five contributors to Romney’ campaign. In 2020, campaign contributions to congressional races from Wall Street banks are about even.
Why are the Trafalgar and Rasmussen polls so different from the polls the mainstream media puts out?
In fact, if the Trafalgar polls end up being as accurate as they were in 2016, Trump will win the election. But if you listen to the pundits in the mainstream media, that is almost impossible. Just like in 2016, the polls that the mainstream media relies upon make it look like Trump is definitely going to lose. So why are those mainstream polls so wrong? But the latest Trafalgar Group survey has Trump up by 2.3 percent and the latest Rasmussen survey has Trump up by 4 points.
How Long Will It Take To Count All The Votes?
Well, that is going to depend on how long it takes to count the votes, and that is going to be different for each state. You see, the truth is that counting mail-in ballots is much more tedious that running normal ballots through a machine. In Washington State, mail-in ballots received as late as Nov. 23 are still valid, as long as they were postmarked by Nov. 3. To give you an idea of how long it takes to count mail-in ballots, just consider what we witnessed in California earlier this year…Consider this year’s California primary, in which 5.8 million people voted for president. If it took California seven weeks to count a couple million mail-in ballots, how in the world is Pennsylvania going to count a similar number of mail-in ballots in just one week?
How long will it take to count all the votes?
Well, that is going to depend on how long it takes to count the votes, and that is going to be different for each state. You see, the truth is that counting mail-in ballots is much more tedious that running normal ballots through a machine. In Washington State, mail-in ballots received as late as Nov. 23 are still valid, as long as they were postmarked by Nov. 3. To give you an idea of how long it takes to count mail-in ballots, just consider what we witnessed in California earlier this year…Consider this year’s California primary, in which 5.8 million people voted for president. If it took California seven weeks to count a couple million mail-in ballots, how in the world is Pennsylvania going to count a similar number of mail-in ballots in just one week?
Watch Live: Radical Left Preparing to Overthrow Election As Biden Scandal Escalates
Have an important tip? Let us know. Keep up to date with our latest:On this live Wednesday edition of Election Countdown 2020, host DeAnna Lorraine covers breaking revelations in both the Trump and Biden campaigns as well as details from the Hunter Biden laptop scandal that the mainstream media and Big Tech are fighting to keep hidden! Tune in:War Room: Democrats & Big Tech Announce Plans To Censor President Trump On Election DayTune in NOW & share this link! Owen Shroyer breaks down the Senate Judiciary Committee’s grilling of Big Tech over its censorship of the Hunter Biden story.
Plato’s Plane: Instagram Stars Fake ‘Private Jet Rides’ by Renting $34.99 Photo Studio
Keep up to date with our latest:In yet another example of the illusions of society, Instagram ‘influencers’ are renting a fake ‘business jet’ studio to take photos pretending to be traveling by private plane. An LA-based studio is renting the ‘private jet set’ to photographers starting out at $34.99 per hour, which includes a make-up station, strobe lights and even a mini fridge. Even more, the outside of the studio is built with real OSB chipboard, just like a real-life McMansion! On the other hand, faking your lifestyle through Instagram isn’t fulfilling because you’re not demonstrating that you have power over anything. Creating an illusion, however, isn’t power because people aren’t meant to value illusions, and that’s why so many of them feel alone and disconnected from society without quite understanding why.
Why Are The Trafalgar And Rasmussen Polls So Different From The Polls The Mainstream Media Puts Out?
In fact, if the Trafalgar polls end up being as accurate as they were in 2016, Trump will win the election. But if you listen to the pundits in the mainstream media, that is almost impossible. Just like in 2016, the polls that the mainstream media relies upon make it look like Trump is definitely going to lose. So why are those mainstream polls so wrong? But the latest Trafalgar Group survey has Trump up by 2.3 percent and the latest Rasmussen survey has Trump up by 4 points.
AOC: When Trump Says, ‘Jump.’ McConnell Says, ‘How High?’
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) is taking aim at President Donald Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.). After suggesting “Trump is the racist visionary,” the New York lawmaker said that “McConnell gets the job done.”“He doesn’t do anything without Trump’s blessing,” she said of McConnell. “Trump says, ‘Jump.’ McConnell says, ‘How high?’ Trump never does what McConnell says.”According to FiveThirtyEight, McConnell has voted in line with Trump’s position 94.3% of the time. The Republican-led Senate voted to confirm Barrett, Trump’s supreme court nominee, this week — despite opposition from Democratic colleagues. Additionally, Ocasio-Cortez touched on the 2020 presidential election during the interview, saying, “This is not about a decision between two candidates.
Ahead of US Election, Trump Ends a US Restriction Applying To Israeli Settlements
The Trump administration lifted a decades-old ban on Wednesday that had prohibited U.S. taxpayer funding for Israeli scientific research conducted in Jewish settlements in occupied territory, drawing Palestinian condemnation. With Tuesday’s U.S. election approaching, President Donald Trump’s move was praised by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and could resonate with evangelical Christian voters who support Israeli settlement in the West Bank. The West Bank settlement of Ariel, the site of an Israeli university, was chosen as the venue for a ceremony opening a new avenue of U.S. scientific cooperation with Israeli researchers. Palestinians, who seek the West Bank for a future state, said the move made Washington complicit in what they termed Israel’s illegal settlement enterprise. The Trump administration last year effectively backed Israel’s right to build West Bank settlements by abandoning a long-held U.S. position that they were “inconsistent with international law”.
AOC: There Were Times in the First Six Months Serving in Congress I ‘Felt Like I Couldn’t Do This’
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) is sharing how she felt the first six months after becoming a Congresswoman. The New York lawmaker was sworn-in in January of 2019 and her first term ends in January of 2021 — she is seeking reelection. She won her district in the 2018 congressional elections against 10-term incumbent now-former Rep. Joseph Crowley. It’s a very deep, unconditional human bond.”Ocasio-Cortez is part of “the squad” which consists of her, Reps. Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass. After a friend told Ocasio-Cortez, “It’s to get you to destroy yourself so that they don’t have to destroy you,” the New York representative said she came to realize, “Okay, I’m not crazy.
Trump Goes on Defense After NY Times Reports He Had Over $280 Million in Debt Forgiven
President Donald Trump is going on defense following a report by The New York Times that claims the president had over $270 million in debt forgiven since 2010. The debt forgiven came after he failed to pay back his lenders, the Times reports. “As a developer long ago, and continuing to this day, the politicians ran Chicago into the ground,” Trump tweeted on Wednesday morning. Much of the debt that was forgiven was related to a project in Chicago, where a 92-floor skyscraper in the city was nearly-completed in 2008 but “became another disappointment,” the Times reports. “How Mr. Trump found trouble in Chicago, and maneuvered his way out of it, is a case study in doing business the Trump way,” the Times reports.
White House: Press Release Claiming Trump Ended the COVID-19 Pandemic Was ‘Poorly Worded’
The White House is attempting to clarify a press release issued by the White House’s Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) claiming President Donald Trump has ended the COVID-19 pandemic. During a Fox News interview, White House strategic communications director Alyssa Farah argued Trump does not believe the pandemic has come to an end. But, what I would say is this, because of the president’s leadership we are rounding the corner on the virus,” Farah said. In the press release, the White House said the Trump administration took “decisive actions to engage scientists and health professionals in academia, industry, and government to understand, treat, and defeat the disease,” as IJR previously reported. During a rally in Florida on Friday, Trump told supporters the United States is “rounding the corner beautifully.”The United States is still seeing an increase in the number of COVID-19 cases reported.
Trump Admin Testing Czar Says COVID-19 Surges in US Is ‘Not Just a Function of Testing’
Cases up because we TEST, TEST, TEST. — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 26, 2020However, the White House coronavirus testing czar Admiral Brett Giroir told NBC News’ “Today” on Wednesday that the surge is not just the result of more testing. On top of those measures, Giroir called for even more testing, “Please increase testing. ALL THE FAKE NEWS MEDIA WANTS TO TALK ABOUT IS COVID, COVID, COVID. — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 27, 2020During a rally in Michigan on Tuesday, he said, “It’s ‘COVID, COVID, COVID,’ you can’t watch anything else.
Ted Cruz Grills Twitter’s Dorsey Over Censoring of Hunter Biden Story: ‘Behaving as a Democratic Super PAC’
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) is blasting Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey for the social media platform’s censorship of a New York Post report on Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden’s son Hunter Biden. “Twitter takes the view you can censor the New York Post, you can censor Politico, presumably you can censor The New York Times or any other media outlet,” Cruz said. We realize that more accountability is needed to show our intentions and to show the outcomes,” Dorsey said. “Our goal is to attempt to add context, and now we have capabilities to do that,” he tweeted. During an interview with former Fox News anchor Eric Bolling, Trump accused Twitter of “trying to protect Biden,” as IJR previously reported.
Trump Critic ‘Anonymous’ Reveals His Identity
The author of an anonymously authored 2018 op-ed in The New York Times, that claimed there was a group of officials in the Trump administration who thwarted the president’s worst instincts, is revealing his identity. '” Taylor wrote. “Trump sees personal criticism as subversive.”He continued, “We do not owe the President our silence. We owe him and the American people the truth.”Taylor asserted that he is a Republican and that he joined the Trump administration in the beginning because he hoped Trump would succeed. He also endorsed Biden for president.
Hillary Clinton Reveals She Is One of the Electoral College Electors in New York
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced she is an Electoral College elector in New York. “I’m an elector in New York,” Clinton said during her appearance on SiriusXM’s “Signal Boost.”She added, “I’m pretty sure I’ll get to vote for Joe and Kamala in New York. Clinton told CNN in 2017 she is in favor of abolishing the Electoral College. When former Vice President Al Gore won the popular vote but lost the presidency in 2000, Clinton called for the end to the Electoral College. I believe strongly that in a democracy, we should respect the will of the people and to me, that means it’s time to do away with the Electoral College and move to the popular election of our president,” Clinton said.
FBI Agents Association Pleads With Trump and Biden To Keep Christopher Wray as Director for 10 Years
President Donald Trump is reportedly considering cutting short the tenure of FBI Director Christopher Wray if he wins re-election. That would make Wray the second FBI director to be fired within the standard 10-year term for the head of the nation’s premier law enforcement agency. Now, the Federal Bureau of Investigation Agents Association (FBIAA) is writing to Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden to implore whoever wins the general election to keep Wray on for the remainder of his term. While Trump appointed Wray, he has not avoided criticizing him. In an interview on Fox News, the president called Wray “disappointing.”
Biden Tears Into Trump Campaign for Leaving Supporters Stranded After Omaha Rally
“Just look at what happened last night in Omaha after the Trump rally ended. Hundreds of people including older Americans and children were stranded in sub-zero, freezing temperatures for hours,” Biden said. It’s an image that captured President Trump’s whole approach to this crisis … He makes a lot of big pronouncements, but they don’t hold up. Biden argued the Trump administration has “just given up.”Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) told reporters on Sunday the Trump administration is “admitting defeat,” as IJR previously reported. “The only person waving a white flag along with his white mask is Joe Biden,” Meadows said.
Trump Tells Rally-Goers He Is Immune To COVID-19: ‘I Will Kiss Every Man There and Kiss Every Woman There’
President Donald Trump said during a rally in Arizona that he is immune to the coronavirus and announced that he could jump into the crowd and “kiss every man there and kiss every woman there.”The president told the crowd, “People are getting better and you know you’re immune. During a rally the day before his Arizona speech, Trump said, “You see this crowd right here? I could jump right in. I could give every woman and every man, I’d even kiss the men, I could give every woman and every man right here a kiss and I wouldn’t catch it. But the Center for Disease Control’s website says that “cases of reinfection of COVID-19 have been reported but are rare.
McEnany Blasts Miles Taylor After He Reveals He Is ‘Anonymous’: He Is a ‘Liar and a Coward’
In the 2018 op-ed published by The New York Times, he claimed he was part of a group of senior administration officials who were thwarting Trump’s worst instincts. After the op-ed was published, he was widely referred to as “Anonymous,” since his identity was not disclosed by the Times. So, no.”PROOF: Miles Taylor, who now admits to being “Anonymous,” once told us he was NOT Anonymous. ?? https://t.co/cNz1Fgpz5g — Kayleigh McEnany (@PressSec) October 28, 2020She said, “PROOF: Miles Taylor, who now admits to being ‘Anonymous,’ once told us he was NOT Anonymous. “Trump also reacted to Miles’ revelation, “Who is Miles Taylor?
Trump Campaign Hits Back On False White Supremacy Charge
The Trump campaign, on the issue of white supremacy and the false charge that the president is a racist, is hitting back hard. 38 times!” a Trump campaign official told media. “The Biden campaign continues to sow division and inflame racial tension by spreading this false narrative. “Antifa is bad.”At a town hall Trump said, “I denounce white supremacy, okay. I denounce white supremacy, I have, for years…You didn’t ask Joe Biden if he denounces Antifa.” Joe Biden will not denounce Black Lives Matter.
Law Professor Defends Trump, Comments on Barrett Future
John Yoo, a Berkeley Law Professor and noted conservative legal scholar has a lot to say about what’s coming up on the judicial docket for Justice Amy Coney Barrett. On the overall constitutional effect of the Trump presidency, he said, “As I argue in my book ‘Defender-in-Chief,’ Trump not only raised the Constitution as a shield against assaults on the legitimacy of his presidency. So far, the Supreme Court has placed a light hand on the shenanigans in the battleground states. Article I of the Constitution specifically vests in the state legislatures the right to set the ‘Times, Places and Manner of holding Elections’ and Article II gives the state legislatures alone the right to decide how to appoint presidential electors. If she were to demand that the courts protect the right of speech and religion above all, Barrett would make her most profound contribution to the Supreme Court and the Constitution.”This piece was written by David Kamioner on October 28, 2020.
Wild Brawl Erupts On Flight After Woman Refuses To Wear A Mask
CBS Lead National Correspondent David Begnaud stated that the brawl began after Payne struck 28-year-old Javier Lopez Cruz, another passenger on the plane. “Alfredo says during the flight, a young man was moving about the plane, switching seats and not wearing a mask. Flight attendants, according to Alfredo, instructed the man to stop switching seats & to wear his mask,” he tweeted. The flights attendants – Alfredo says – asked the women to stay seated a wear a mask,” Begnaud added. “1 man, Alfredo says, hit one of the women, who then started punching.
Miles Taylor Fires Back at Trump Over Claim He Did Not Know Him: ‘I Remember You, All Too Well’
Former Department of Homeland Security (DHS) chief of staff, Miles Taylor, is responding to President Donald Trump after he claimed he did not know who he was. And I will continue shining a light on your failed presidency through the election—and beyond,” Taylor wrote on Twitter. https://t.co/ARzUQ9oss2 pic.twitter.com/JEgBCxdSss — Miles Taylor (@MilesTaylorUSA) October 28, 2020Taylor revealed himself as the anonymous author of a 2018 op-ed in The New York Times and a book critical of the Trump administration, as IJR previously reported. “Who is Miles Taylor? Just another [New York Times] SCAM – he worked in conjunction with them,” Trump wrote.
Gretchen Whitmer Slams Trump For Response To Plot To Kidnap Her - 'I Don't Think It's Funny'
Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer is still seemingly trying to blame Donald Trump for the kidnapping plot against her that was foiled by the FBI earlier this month, despite the fact that the president had nothing to do with it. In an interview with CBS News on Wednesday, Whitmer accused Trump of stoking a “mob mentality” toward public officials as she also baselessly suggested he had downplayed the kidnapping plot against her. “I don’t think it’s funny,” she said of the president’s rhetoric. And I think that Donald Trump knows that, and it’s not a coincidence, and he’s feeding it.”Not stopping there, she accused Trump of stoking a “mob mentality” and downplaying the kidnapping plot once again. “I do think that the enthusiasm will be revealed in the sheer number of people that are coming out to vote.”You can likely expect to see Whitmer continuing to use her kidnapping plot to campaign against Trump many more times in the week to come.
Are You Prepared For Post Election America? | Wayne Dupree Show
The Wayne Dupree Show Are You Prepared For Post Election America? | Wayne Dupree ShowCandidates often say a presidential contest is the most important ever, telling voters to act as though their life depended on it and the country’s future was at stake. Dozens of conversations with voters across the nation — from the West Coast to the Upper Midwest to the East — suggest that, this time, many people really believe it. “We’re hoping for the best,” said the Trump supporter. “We’re preparing for the worst.”
ACB Confirmed, Biden Hits Trail Again and Hillary Clinton Says A Trump Win Makes Her Sick | Ep 73
This Is My Show ACB Confirmed, Biden Hits Trail Again and Hillary Clinton Says A Trump Win Makes Her Sick | Ep 73Social media is on fire and the Left is enraged as Amy Coney Barrett was sworn in as just the fifth female Supreme Court Justice in history. Joe Biden lifted his lid to travel a few miles into Pennsylvania and Hillary Clinton says she was born to be president and that the thought of a Trump victory makes her sick. Partner Links: Mammoth Nation Become a member and save at MammothNation.com UFM Underwear Visit UFMUnderwear.com and Use Promo Code DREW to receive $6 off! Hero Soap Company Use this link and promo code DREW to get 10% off Hero Soap! https://herosoapcompany.com/discount/Drew
Hollywood Liberals Lose Their Minds Over Amy Coney Barrett's Confirmation
The liberal elites of Hollywood came completely unglued on Monday after Amy Coney Barrett was confirmed to the Supreme Court. Judging from the tweets of Hollywood celebrities, however, you would have thought her confirmation was the end of the world. During a ceremony at the White House, Trump praised Barrett for the legal abilities that she will bring to the Supreme Court. ?? https://t.co/VtCcqN9AdB — Debra Messing?? (@DebraMessing) October 27, 2020Actress Amy Brenneman, best known for playing a judge on “Judging Amy,” tweeted that House Republicans “do not care about Americans, at all.”We knew this is who they are. She’s on the Supreme Court until the end of her days.
2020 Election Is a Choice Between Rule-Changing and Respect for Constitutional Norms
Ditto the traditional structure of the Supreme Court. For nearly 60 years, a left-leaning Supreme Court revolutionized American cultural and political life with progressive decisions. The Supreme Court includes two of Barack Obama’s liberal nominees, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan. Reid wished to ensure that the Republican Senate minority would have no ability to obstruct the appointment of progressive nominees until at least 2024. In other words, the 151-year tradition of a Supreme Court with nine justices would end.
Donald Trump: Why He Deserves 4 More Years
Lost on the President Donald Trump-hating pundits who weighed in on the second and final debate with former Vice President Joe Biden was Trump’s energy and focus. Trump handily defeated Biden, who noticeably tired by the end of this second and final debate. Immediately after Trump’s election, Democrats attempted to invoke the 25th Amendment, arguing that the real-estate-developer-turned-politician lacked the mental fitness to hold a job. Circle the wagons until Joe Biden crosses the finish line. His latest book, “The New Trump Standard,” is available in paperback from Amazon.com and for Nook, Kindle, iBooks and GooglePlay.
Tucker Carlson Rakes the Media Over the Coals for Burying Bobulinski's Hunter Biden Bombshells
He lamented that “no one in America’s vast media landscape has pressed Joe Biden” for his excuse to smear Bobulinski. “Instead, reporters at all levels, and their editors, and their publishers, have openly collaborated with Joe Biden’s political campaign. This confirmation adds to a growing list of evidence suggesting that the bombshells revealed in Hunter Biden’s emails and Bobulinski’s testimony are true. He also discussed a May 13, 2017 email showing that 10 percent of the company’s equity would go to Joe Biden. Hunter Biden’s business deals in China arguably undercut America’s interests in military technology, nuclear technology, and rare earth minerals.
The 'Normalization' Train Keeps Moving: Even Top Lebanese Figures Talk of Peace with Israel
So for Michel Aoun — and his daughter — to refer openly to peace with Israel is a new development. Many pointed out that the understandings Israel reached with the UAE and Bahrain weren’t really “peace” deals because Israel and those countries had never fought. Last week Sudan accepted those terms. P. David Hornik, a longtime American immigrant in Israel, is a freelance writer, translator, and copyeditor living in Beersheva. Among his books are Choosing Life in Israel and, newly released by Adelaide Books, the novel And Both Shall Row.
Experts Now Saying Don't Mail Your Ballot; Vote in Person
The Democrats’ ploys to draw out the ballot-counting process have largely failed across the country, so now, election and postal experts are saying it’s already too late to mail your ballot. If you want your vote to count, you need to vote in person. It appears that about 10 percent of all first-class mail is being delayed because of the massive volume of election mail. Daily Caller:“If you haven’t requested a mail ballot yet, it’s too late,” David Becker, executive director of the Center for Election Innovation & Research, told The Post. At this point, if you haven’t requested a mail ballot yet, plan to vote in person and vote early, if possible.”The extraordinary measures the USPS is taking to speed up the delivery of ballots are unprecedented.
The Big Picture and the War for the White House
Four years later, as I explain in this week’s War for the White House podcast with Hot Air’s Jazz Shaw and Townhall’s Reagan McCarthy, I wasn’t reluctant at all. Here’s one example of why (and we all go into some others in the podcast):Donald Trump sees the big picture when it comes to the economy and foreign policy. Like no president since Ronald Reagan, Trump understands how to achieve peace through strength. We need four more years of a non-politician who sees the big picture and is not stuck in Washington’s swamp-think. Here’s the War for the White House podcast.
If Trump Wins, There Must Be a Reckoning for the Destructive Left
Leftist sentiment will always exist, but the institutional left will have to be extirpated root and branch. So-called “Studies Programs”—Gender Studies, Critical Race Studies, Fat Studies, Queer Studies, etc.—which produce resentful and unemployable students and waste precious university resources, will have to be abolished. There is also the problem of the military, many of whose top brass have distanced themselves from Trump. As the historical record indisputably reveals, the Left blights everything it touches and inevitably culminates in misery, oppression, violence, and destitution. A Trump victory at the polls must issue in a thorough cleansing of the country’s Augean stables.
What to Tell Your Fence-Sitting Friends About Trump's Record on Due Process and Religious Freedom
Perhaps the greatest sea change from Obama to Trump involves religious freedom. The contraception mandate under Obamacare infamously tread on religious freedom, leading to years of litigation with the Little Sisters of the Poor. Under Attorney General William Barr, the Department of Justice has released numerous statements of interest defending churches from these egregious violations of religious freedom. Early in his tenure, the president issued an executive order promoting free speech and religious freedom across the government, reversing Obama’s abuses on religious freedom. Joe Biden, on the other hand, represents a threat to religious freedom and to traditional Christianity.
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey Gets Epic Smackdown by GOP Senator for Allowing Iranian 'Saber-Rattling' to Go Unimpeded
On Wednesday, the tech CEO, appearing before the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, explained that, to his company, Iran’s “saber-rattling” does not violate its terms of service. “Speech against our own people or a country’s own citizens we believe is different and can cause more immediate harm,” he said. This from a company that routinely puts caution labels on tweets from President Donald Trump that are nowhere near the level of what Khamenei tweets, as Sen. Wicker pointed out to the CEO. “You routinely restrict the president of the United States,” Wicker charged. Meanwhile, the tweets from Iran’s Khamenei remain on the company’s platform with no action taken by Twitter moderators.
Trump's Vocabulary Is Larger Than Biden's, and His Twitter Account Proves It
A language-learning and research platform has analyzed the Twitter accounts of Donald Trump and Joe Biden and found that Trump’s vocabulary is 17.6% larger than Joe Biden’s. “Donald Trump’s vocabulary on Twitter (3,965 words) is 17.6 percent larger than Joe Biden’s (3,371 words),” said Daniel Wueringer, the founder of Lingo Ninja. “In our analysis, Trump’s vocabulary is smaller than the average politician, but by far not the smallest. In contrast, Joe Biden’s vocabulary is the fifth smallest out of the 76 Twitter accounts of the politicians we analyzed.” (Download an infographic.) A surprising outcome (for us) was that Trump’s vocabulary on Twitter is larger than Biden’s.
WATCH: Philly BLM Rioters Shout 'Get the F**k Out' to Jews, Call Them 'Synagogue of Satan'
In the name of Black Lives Matter, rioters and looters ransacked stores and brought mayhem to the City of Brotherly Love. In one particularly ugly incident, black rioters shouted at Jewish men who said they came out to show solidarity with Black Lives Matter. Yet the black men shout, “Get the f**k out, get the f**k out!”“You’re trash, cuz,” another rioter shouts. These Jewish men were not harassing the Black Lives Matter rioters, nor were they persecuting them. Black Lives Matter rioters in Philadelphia threaten, assault, and chase out Jewish residents claiming "you don't live here" and call them members of the "Synagogue of Satan."
Democrats Push for MORE Big Tech Censorship of 'Hate Speech' at Senate Hearing
All speech is “free speech” with one small exception that is inciting violence like yelling “fire” in a crowded theater or yelling “RACIST! But the Democrats want to expand the definition of speech that is not protected to include speech that offends Democrats or pokes holes in their worldview. Nor is responding to acts of violence with force “inciting violence,” when the violence is already in progress. Sen. Ed Markey at tech hearing says: "The issue is not that the companies before us today is that they're taking too many posts down. If you’re a Democrat and worried about free speech in America, you’re in the wrong party.
The Catholic Case for Supporting Trump
I am voting confidently for President Trump, based on four years of steady progress in promoting human life and dignity, religious liberty, and the common good. Joe Biden’s words and deeds, by contrast, make it impossible for me, as a sincere Catholic, to support him. That’s especially so when the Trump administration has been so manifestly successful in advancing the cause of the unborn. Vice President Pence became the first sitting vice president to attend the D.C. annual March for life in 2017 and then President Trump became the first sitting president to attend in person in 2020. It comes to this: Donald Trump fights for policies on “morally grave issues” that as a faithful Catholic I take very seriously.
White House Pins Philadelphia Riots to the Democrat's War on Police
Townhall's Julio Rosas was in Philadelphia overnight during hours of rioting and looting in the city. pic.twitter.com/TYFJ7JzWPS — Julio Rosas (@Julio_Rosas11) October 27, 2020Guys, I haven’t seen riots and looting on this scale and this bad since Minneapolis back in May. — Julio Rosas (@Julio_Rosas11) October 28, 2020Very early Wednesday morning, the White House released a statement pinning the violence directly to the Democrat's ongoing war on police. "The riots in Philadelphia are the most recent consequence of the Liberal Democrats’ war against the police. The Trump Administration stands proudly with law enforcement, and stands ready, upon request, to deploy any and all Federal resources to end these riots."
If You Don’t Vote For Trump, You Ain’t Pro-Black
Ice Cube spoke with Joe Biden’s campaign too, but he was brushed off until “after the election was over,” wink-wink. However, to be fair, Ice Cube was re-invited onto Cuomo’s show after tweeting to CNN “They can’t Handle the Truth.” After several minutes on air with Cuomo, Ice Cube finally convinced him that he isn’t pro-Trump or pro-Biden. Two, by not working with Ice Cube on his plan, more minorities will realize Democrats don’t have their best interests at heart. Subsequently, rapper “50 Cent” endorsed Donald Trump after learning Joe Biden’s tax plan would take 62 percent of his income. Bottom line, blacks should re-elect President Trump if they prefer results over Joe Biden’s rhetoric.
Here's What Early Voting Numbers Are Telling Us
In 2016, most state polls were as bad as national polls, and cherrypicking specific polls isn’t a great option either, as it lends itself to confirmation bias. So, what can we say about the state of the election based on early voting statistics? Writing at UncoveredDC, bestselling author Larry Schweikart looked at some early voting numbers. Schweikart noted that despite the Democrats’ early lead in early voting, both in vote-by-mail (VBM) and in-person early voting (IPEV), they peaked around October 16 and Republicans have been catching up—big time. “Currently, the black turnout is at 13% there.
How to Preserve the American Republic? The Constitution and Originalist Justices like Amy Coney Barrett
This is where newly sworn-in Associate Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett comes in. So, if you're upset about Justice Barrett, thank Obama. That's why we have the Constitution and the Supreme Court of the United States. And that's why I'm thankful that the president nominated Justice Barrett, the legal scholar from Notre Dame and former law clerk of the late Justice Antonin Scalia. On the first day of her Senate hearings, Justice Barrett was asked to define what being an "originalist" meant.
Unasked Questions on '60 Minutes'
The "60 Minutes" interviews of the Democratic presidential and vice-presidential candidates last Sunday were more revealing for questions not asked and for sidestepping than for what inquiring minds really want to know prior to Election Day. Joe Biden doesn't support those things. Mr. President, you're running against Joe Biden. Joe Biden has a deep, steep, and successful record over a long, long time." Here's another unasked question: Mr. Biden, you and President Obama promised "shovel-ready" jobs as part of your administration's infrastructure spending.
Why I’m a One Issue Voter
The issue of abortion has barely come up in the debates of Election 2020. I am a one issue voter, without apology, and that issue is abortion. Those politicians who get the issue of life wrong tend to get just about everything else wrong. It is well documented that Margaret Sanger, the founder of Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion provider, was a racist. Christians need to vote our values, and the issue of life is the most important of these.
Sen. Rubio Can – and Must – Stand up for Victims of Socialism
Since his election to the U.S. Senate in 2010, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) has been a steadfast champion of private property rights. Now, by continuing his commendable stand for property rights by standing firm against Venezuela’s vile expropriation schemes, the lawmaker has a chance to help the victims of Venezuela’s socialist regime reclaim property that was stolen from them. In 2011, the socialist regime announced the nationalization of the mine and the seizure of Crystallex’s investments in the country. Sen. Rubio and his legislative allies have close ties to the Trump administration and are in a unique position to press the administration to act on this critical issue. A number of free-market organizations have supported Crystallex’s claims because continued refusal to act would spell disaster and set a disturbing precedent of disregarding private property rights.
A Time for Choosing Again
In order to win the presidential election next week, President Donald Trump will have to articulate why he is the right choice. This week, we have seen this contrast on full display: the energetic rallies for Trump versus the small, staged events for Biden. The secondary article, below the fold, bore the headline "Supporters brave the rain to hear, 'the best president we've had.'" Video shot along his motorcade route showed that the crowd included Trump supporters who were waving signs in support of the president. While clearly outlining a choice, Reagan differentiated between good motives and bad outcomes.
Markets Signal Strong Dollar Here To Stay
As a citizen, I think Silicon Valley’s anti-conservative actions have been very harmful and unfair and must be dealt with. After the close, Microsoft (MSFT) posted strong results that outpaced Wall Street’s consensus in their three main business sectors. Handicapping the KeepersTomorrow, the biggest publicly traded companies report their financial results amid a backdrop that has become increasingly hostile toward earnings results. Today’s SessionThe market is becoming more defensive and strong earnings and guidance are not enough to stop it at this very moment. The turning points for the market yesterday, which was mostly trading sideways, was the release of the latest Consumer Confidence from the Conference Board.
Food Stocks to Buy Amid the COVID-19 Crisis
Food stocks to buy amid the COVID-19 crisis feature household name companies whose products hold continuing appeal during challenging times. The food stocks to buy amid the COVID-19 crisis have shown sustained demand during a time of job losses and economic weakness. McDonald’s Ranks Among Food Stocks to Buy Amid the COVID-19Jim Woods, who heads the Successful Investing and Intelligence Report investment newsletters, as well as the Bullseye Stock Trader advisory service, has two food stocks that he recommends. The food stocks to buy amid COVID-19 include two grocery retailers, an iconic beverage maker and a fast-food chain known for its value menu. The post Food Stocks to Buy Amid the COVID-19 Crisis appeared first on Stock Investor.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Editorial Board Endorses Sean Parnell Over Conor Lamb in Heated Congressional Race
In the nationally-watched congressional race in Pennsylvania’s 17th district, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette editorial board endorsed GOP candidate and decorated combat veteran Sean Parnell over incumbent Democratic Rep. Conor Lamb. That’s clearly what the district wants, because that’s how Mr. Lamb presented himself in 2016 and has again in 2020. That is Mr. Lamb in a nutshell. He’s smart, he’s clever, he’s a smooth politician. He loves the country and is coming to love the 17th District.
The Late Ballot Scam
The left claims failing to count late ballots amounts to "voter disenfranchisement." You'd have to be living on the moon not to know by now to vote or mail in a ballot early to avoid Election Day crowds. Otherwise tens of thousands of late ballots will be counted, contrary to state law. The best preview of what is likely to happen in the Pennsylvania case occurred in an emergency ruling Monday night. All because of late ballots.
Trump Blasts Big Tech Over Censorship as CEOs Testify Before Senate Committee
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 28, 2020Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act protects social media giants from being held liable for the content they publish. — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 28, 2020It’s amazing. It’s the biggest story and Big Tech, together with the Lamestream Media, isn’t allowing a word to be said about it. — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 28, 2020Why isn’t Twitter trending Biden corruption? Zuckerberg and Dorsey will also testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Nov. 17 regarding their censorship of the New York Post's report on Hunter Biden's emails.
Twitter CEO Admits: We Have No Proof the Hunter Biden Story Is False
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and other big tech leaders testified in front of the Senate Commerce Committee today after blocking a New York Post story that exposed Hunter and Joe Biden's shady foreign dealings. When the story broke two weeks ago, Twitter locked the New York Post's account and disabled the ability for users to share the link to the Biden story on the website. But according to Dorsey himself, Twitter has no proof the Biden story, and all of the documents presented to back it up, are false, fraudulent or a foreign influence campaign. “We don’t”: Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey admits they don't have any evidence to say the New York Post Biden story is disinformation pic.twitter.com/Yl5Ltsy1a3 — Steve Guest (@SteveGuest) October 28, 2020As of today, the New York Post is still locked out of their Twitter account. Because in the interval, neither Joe nor Hunter Biden has disputed the authenticity of the e-mails or the ownership of the hard drive.
Sen. Gardner Asks Dorsey Why He's Hidden Trump's Tweets, But Not the Ayatollah's
Why is it that you've hidden the president's tweets, but not the Ayatollah's tweets, Sen. Cory Gardner (R-CO) demanded of Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey. And Sen. Gardner was rightly concerned that President Trump is seemingly a bigger target for Twitter than the Supreme Leader of Iran, considering the Ayatollah has openly denied the Holocaust on the platform, even on International Holocaust Remembrance Day. Jack Dorsey: "It's misleading information, but we don't have a policy against that type of misleading information." pic.twitter.com/OCdBI5rkLV — Francis Brennan (@FrancisBrennan) October 28, 2020Dorsey said they have three categories in which they determine misleading information. Asked by Sen. John Thune (R-SD) if they consider themselves to be "the referees" of political speech, all three CEOs said no.
USC Pollster: Our Experimental But Accurate Model Shows Trump Winning the Electoral College Again
In both the U.S. elections, the social-circle question predicted national and state level results better than the “own intention” question in the same polls. In fact, data from the social-circle question in 2016 accurately predicted which candidate won each state, so it predicted Trump’s electoral college victory…Five for five thus far. Even so, in 2016 it predicted that Trump would win the electoral vote. And in that realm, Trump is doing quite poorly this cycle, which could be a meaningful red flag for his campaign. https://t.co/tNbpHENq9a — Jackson Bryman (@kilometerbryman) October 27, 2020If Trump winds up winning or coming close, people may be talking about the Trafalgar and USC models a lot more.
Promises Kept: On Judges, Three Cheers for President Trump, Mitch McConnell and Senate Republicans
This series of events represented an exhilarating capstone to a truly extraordinary four years of achievement for President Trump and the Republican-held Senate. But in 2016, 2017, and 2018, McConnell's Senate Republicans stiffened their collective backbone and kept their promises, with the stakes as high as ever. With just one (politically understandable) defection from their ranks, Senate Republicans voted to approve Barrett's nomination, a task made less complicated by their expanded ranks. President Trump has nominated, and Senate Republicans have confirmed, three exceptional Supreme Court justices, representing one-third of the Court. President Trump has nominated, and Senate Republicans have confirmed, 53 circuit court judges, constituting nearly one-third of those extremely influential panels.
Team Biden Continues to Smear Trump for Failing to Condemn Racism, White Supremacy. Trump Campaign Hits Back With Perfect Ad in Response.
The former vice president said the “moment I knew I had to run” was President Trump’s “very fine people on both sides” comment from 2017. Nevertheless, Biden and vice-presidential nominee Kamala Harris have been on the campaign trail falsely claiming he hasn’t denounced white supremacy yet. "Donald Trump fails to condemn White supremacy, doesn’t believe that systemic racism is a problem, and won’t say that black lives matter," Biden said at a campaign stop in Georgia this week. To leave no room for doubt, the Trump campaign hit back, creating a five-minute ad that compiles all the times the president has publicly denounced white supremacy. The Trump campaign has also made a point of highlighting Biden’s “history of racist comments” in a series of campaign ads directed toward the black community.
True Author Behind 'Anonymous' Anti-Trump Writings Finally Steps Forward
Previously, the author was identified only as a "senior Trump administration official." "Much has been made of the fact that these writings were published anonymously," Taylor wrote in a statement posted to Medium. "He’s just another standard-issue arrogant, Washington, DC swamp bro who loved President Trump until he figured out he could try to make money by attacking him." Promoting his book in Nov. 2019, the "Anonymous" writer revealed in a Reddit forum that he did not plan to remain anonymous forever. Vice President Mike Pence has said the "Anonymous" author "should resign" for violating their oath to the Constitution.
Dem Senator Claims Social Media Execs Have 'Bent Over Backwards' for Conservatives
Republicans on the Senate Commerce Committee rightfully pressed Big Tech CEOs Jack Dorsey, Mark Zuckerberg and Sundar Pichai about conservative censorship at Wednesday's Senate Commerce Committee hearing. But Sen. Brian Schatz (D-HI) intervened to suggest the real truth was that Republicans were the ones bullying the Big Tech giants. “You have institutionally bent over backwards and overcompensated" for the GOP, Schatz claimed. “In contravention of your terms of service, given special dispensation to right-wing voices, and even throttled progressive journalists," he added. For proof, Schatz noted that the CEOs have hired Republican operatives and posted private dinners with Republican leaders.
Dr. Fauci Doesn't See the U.S. Returning to Normal for Quite Some Time
The comments were made during a webinar on the global response to the Wuhan coronavirus hosted by the University of Melbourne. Although Dr. Fauci predicts a coronavirus vaccine may be developed in the next few months, he doesn't believe that people will be able to go about their daily lives for quite some time. Does Dr. Fauci anticipate a Joe Biden presidency and a dark future ahead? "I think it will be easily by the end of 2021 and perhaps into the next year before we start having some semblance of normality," said Dr. Fauci. Dr. Fauci says his opinions have changed over time as more information has become available, so perhaps new information will change the doctor's thinking on this too.
Oh, We Have More Damning Calls Between Biden Whistleblower and Joe’s Family Operatives
Last night, Tony Bobulinski sat down with Fox News’ Tucker Carlson for a bombshell interview, where he went into further detail about the Biden family’s China excursions. Tucker asks Bobulinski where the $10 million for the Biden deal with China went. According to Bobulinski, $5 million was supposed to be a loan to the business partnership. — Sean Davis (@seanmdav) October 28, 2020The point is, Bobulinski said in no uncertain terms that the Bidens are compromised. https://t.co/QTgXY94pIK — Ben Smith (@benyt) October 27, 2020Joe Biden, the man who didn’t know anything about Hunter's business dealings, has been exposed as a liar.
Dems Pushing Court Packing Are Taking a Page from Hugo Chavez's Playbook
“And I will—ask them to over—180 days come back to me with recommendations as to how to—reform the court system because it's getting out of whack-- the way in which it's being handled and it's not about court packing. Mercedes Schlapp, a senior advisor for the Trump campaign, cautioned Americans about the similarity between such a move and what happened in Venezuela under the late dictator Hugo Chavez. "Well, there’s no question that Joe Biden can’t commit to anything, he changes his position constantly,” she said. Then he kind of changed his position to say, 'Well, let’s create a commission,' which we know exactly what that means. Changing the rules also was a strategy of Hugo Chavez, the former president of Venezuela.
If Trump Wins Pennsylvania Next Week, Blame the Riots
After Monday's shooting, West Philadelphia was the first to experience protests that turned into rioting and looting. The riots and looting that have been plaguing the nation are often taking place in swing states. The riots in Philadelphia are the latest to occur within Pennsylvania, following those over the summer. In northern Philadelphia, looters ransacked the strip malls, with Philadelphia police trying to keep up with the number of crimes being committed. pic.twitter.com/LNgAVMi5EF — Julio Rosas (@Julio_Rosas11) October 28, 2020If Trump wins states like Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania, look no further than the riots that have torn through much of their cities and towns as a motivator to give him another term in office.
Nancy Pelosi Is Not Going to Like This Joke Between Trump and Rally Attendee at Arizona Event
During a campaign rally in Bullhead City, Arizona, on Wednesday, President Trump spoke proudly about America’s accomplishments and future goals—including in space. And while Republicans are eager to win back the House and get Democratic Rep. Nancy Pelosi out of the speakership, some apparently would like to see her off Earth altogether. “Make it Nancy Pelosi!” one rally attendee yelled back at the president. Rally attendee: "Make it Nancy Pelosi!" pic.twitter.com/rjQcHUoaoT — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 28, 2020In encouraging supporters to vote, he reminded them that he's not just running against Biden, but the liberal media, big tech, and the Washington establishment as well.
Donald Trump Is Again Going to Win
In 2013, when I met Donald Trump for the first time, I concluded that he could be a successful politician. I concluded early on that Donald would win in 2016. Said Smith, "It's easy enough to find editors these days who say they saw Donald Trump coming, hard to find ones who are telling the truth about that. So, why is Donald going to win? In the Republican primaries more people voted for just one candidate, Donald Trump, than turned out for all the Democratic candidates.
PA's Department of State Issues Guidance for Mail-In Ballots and It's a Win for Trump
The Pennsylvania Department of State on Wednesday released a guidance document for mail-in and absentee ballots received after polls close at 8 p.m. While the Pennsylvania State Supreme Court ruled that elections officials have a three-day extension – until Friday, Nov. 6th at 5 p.m. Their hope is that the United States Supreme Court would rule in their favor. Because of that, the Pennsylvania Department of State is advising polling officials to keep two different piles of mail-in and absentee ballots. County boards of elections are not to tally those ballots received between the time that polls close and the end of the three-day extension window.
Donald Trump: Why He Deserves Four More Years
Lost on the President Donald Trump-hating pundits who weighed in on the second and final debate with former Vice President Joe Biden was Trump's energy and focus. Trump handily defeated Biden, who noticeably tired by the end of this second and final debate. Immediately after Trump's election, Democrats attempted to invoke the 25th amendment, arguing that the real-estate-developer-turned-politician lacked the mental fitness to hold a job. Circle the wagons until Joe Biden crosses the finish line. His latest book, "The New Trump Standard," is available in paperback from Amazon.com and for Nook, Kindle, iBooks and GooglePlay.
2020 Hindsight on Impeachment Trial and Unravelling Biden Family Business Deals
As noted in my book, “Abuse of Power: Inside the Three-Year Campaign to Impeach Donald Trump,” voting against calling witnesses in the Senate impeachment trial might have been a political mistake by Republicans. if you’re dealing with a sure-thing Senate trial verdict—a Trump acquittal last February—why cast uncertainty into the picture with a witness? Yet another testimony causing predictable pearl clutching from Trump rivals and “is-that-all” shrugs from Trump supporters might have been worth a deal subjecting the Biden family to scrutiny. But, the Biden campaign hasn’t disputed the authenticity of the emails, nor has the former vice president's response fully answered what should be yes or no questions. Fred Lucas is the author of Abuse of Power: Inside the Three-Year Campaign to Impeach Donald Trump (Bombardier Books, 2020).
Election a Choice Between Rule-changing and Respect for Constitutional Norms
Ditto the traditional structure of the Supreme Court. For nearly 60 years, a left-leaning Supreme Court revolutionized American cultural and political life with progressive decisions. The Supreme Court includes two of Barack Obama's liberal nominees, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan. Reid wished to ensure that the Republican Senate minority would have no ability to obstruct the appointment of progressive nominees until at least 2024. In other words, the 151-year tradition of a Supreme Court with nine justices would end.
The Media Needs the Biden Scandal to End as Much as Joe Biden
The surprise in all of this is not that the media outlets have chosen a side -- that is regarded as a given by many -- but in how brazen they have become in their stance on this story. During a video conference for the campaign on Sunday Biden made one of his endless strings of verbal pratfalls. Four more years of George — George, uh, he, we're going to find ourselves in a position where if Trump gets elected, we're going to be in a different world." Once this got out on social media many commented that Biden thought he was running against George Bush, but a number of outlets rushed to cover for Joe. We have reached the point now that as this scandal blossoms it is not only Joe Biden who faces accountability.
Are Democrats Heading for a 2020 Bloodbath?
Right now, it looks like Democrats are heading for an Electoral College bloodbath viewing the early vote totals. Larry Schweikart has been tracking these numbers. — Larry Schweikart (@LarrySchweikart) October 27, 2020Miami-Dade is now R +5,500. Trump lead increases. https://t.co/HzKCmjCt49 — PollWatch (@PollWatch2020) October 25, 2020And there's some good news coming from Colorado as well:UPDATE: CORs early vote now down by only 9%.
Why a Lifelong Democrat from Battleground Michigan Just Endorsed Trump
It’s about Michigan, where the vice president of the Flint City Council just backed Trump. "Right now the narrative has been spent, President Trump is full of hate. This year I decided to go with President Trump. I am not a bootlicker, I am not an Uncle Tom," said Maurice Davis. Flint City Council member and life long Democrat Maurice Davis says he is backing @realDonaldTrump .
NYT journo who grew up in Pennsylvania says the polls don’t match what he sees happening on the ground
The New York Times Shawn McCreesh, who grew up in Pennsylvania, has an opinion piece out today that says the polls that show Biden ahead don’t match what he’s seeing on the ground:Can We Trust Pennsylvania’s Polls? https://t.co/9B3pUXYIhx — Shawn McCreesh (@ShawnMcCreesh) October 27, 2020“I grew up around here and am dubious” of Biden lead, writes McCreesh:Nothing can stop these pieces. "https://t.co/PJierCBGZr — Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) October 27, 2020a"One of my mom’s acquaintances recently held a Trump-themed birthday party for her child. https://t.co/wETsOROLB1 — Dave Wasserman (@Redistrict) October 28, 2020So, Dems are now counting on “shy” Biden voters? Last election there were a lot of shy Trump voters (“lean-ins” they called them at Primanti Brothers in Pittsburgh) last time and there may still be.
‘What Jack told the Senate, under oath, is false’: Ted Cruz grills Twitter CEO on selectively censoring ‘misinformation’
Tech CEO’s from Facebook, Google and Twitter are testifying to a Senate committee today (after a few minutes off to ironically fix a technical glitch), and during one line of questioning, Sen. Ted Cruz grilled Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey on their selective censoring of “misinformation”:. #section230 pic.twitter.com/YQiuh2cI9r — MRCTV (@mrctv) October 28, 2020Dorsey also told Sen. Cruz that the New York Post’s story on Hunter Biden’s laptop could now be shared, and Cruz put that to the test:What @jack told the Senate, under oath, is false. Why would @Twitter (selectively) #censor anything at all if Jack truly believes that the platform cannot influence voters!?! pic.twitter.com/pJnWLkw2GF — ForAmerica (@ForAmerica) October 28, 2020WATCH: Twitter’s Jack Dorsey can NOT explain why it took Twitter two months to label Chinese propaganda regarding the coronavirus as misinformation. But was able to label a tweet from President Trump raising legitimate concerns about Mail-In Voting as misinformation instantly.
SEEK HELP: CNN’s Ana Navarro compares Melania Trump to Fidel Castro
The always awful Ana Navarro was again awful, this time comparing First Lady Melania Trump to Cuban communist dictator Fidel Castro:Great hire, CNN:You should really evaluate your life when this is what you're reduced to tweeting. LOL What a hack. — Janice ???? (@jannyfayray) October 28, 2020And does she really want to go there? Ana is someone who really shouldn't be attacking someone else's appearance. https://t.co/tZIZrSA81l — Fusilli Spock (@awstar11) October 28, 2020She really is:***
‘You must be new here’: Smug Politico reporter scoffs at ‘the idea that conservatives are silenced on social media’
— issie lapowsky (@issielapowsky) October 28, 2020Well, for what it’s worth, Twitter has slapped misinformation warnings on Donald Trump’s tweets before. So we’re going to let you decide just how tuned into reality Politico Playbook reporter Jeremy B. But the idea that conservatives are silenced on social media, where they often thrive, just doesn't stand up to scrutiny. But leaving aside the argument that Donald Trump is not technically a conservative, is White seriously suggesting that because Donald Trump has a far-reaching Twitter platform, there’s no such thing as anti-conservative bias on Twitter? That is, in fact, what he is suggesting:If “conservatives dominate on social media,” it’s only because they have to work so much harder than liberals to be heard and they persist despite social media overlords’ best efforts to clamp down.
Jake Tapper says CNN didn’t know the identity of CNN contributor ‘Anonymous’ until today
It’s … Miles Taylor, former chief of staff of the Department of Homeland Security and current CNN contributor. >> @MilesTaylorUSA became a CNN contributor earlier this fall. — Relax, I didn't vote for the guy you hate (@jtLOL) October 28, 2020So was he fired for lying in TV or no? — eric (@eriContrarian) October 28, 2020Ok, so is he still a CNN contributor now that we know he lied to CNN? — HammerDownHanna ?? (@Hammerdownhanna) October 28, 2020That’s a good question, though: Is Taylor still a CNN contributor now that we know he lied to CNN that he wasn’t “Anonymous”?
Jim Treacher and Iowahawk skewer the media’s coverage of Trump’s Omaha rally
“We need at least 30 more buses,” an Omaha police officer just said, shaking his head at the chaotic cluster that is unfolding. — Jeff Zeleny (@jeffzeleny) October 28, 2020Some of the Trump supporters required medical attention in the freezing temperatures:Thousands of people left out in the cold and stranded in #Omaha, #Nebraska after a #Trump rally. pic.twitter.com/oIkmixaZt0 — Jeff Paul (@Jeff_Paul) October 28, 2020Things did finally get under control, of course:Officers reporting most parking lots are clear. — Omaha Scanner (@omaha_scanner) October 28, 2020But why has this been a story ALL DAY? https://t.co/1VXvuYHVey — Tom Bevan (@TomBevanRCP) October 28, 2020Note that some accounts dispute the severity of what went down:Incidentally, I spoke to someone who was at the Omaha rally last night.
Flashback: Here’s CNN’s Chris Cillizza suggesting ‘Anonymous’ might be Mike Pence or Kellyanne Conway
The New York Times certainly wouldn’t just hand over the keys to anybody to write an op-ed without adding their name; “This is a genuine high-ranking official,” Cillizza wrote. “A name most people who follow politics — and maybe some who don’t — would recognize.”Miles Taylor. — Laurel Van Driest (@lvandriest) October 28, 2020I follow politics. — Proctalgia Fagux, MD ?? (@CrystalMcKenri1) October 28, 2020I think the bomb drop gif is overused but it’s applicable here soooooooo….. pic.twitter.com/tcrJpRuPgx — Truth Serum (@VrinMarbleye) October 28, 2020Scorched!! !??? — Greg (Just a Simple Man) (@Arcticwolff) October 28, 2020I wish there was a way to literally rub his nose in this — Oakenshield ?? (@TJFofPATN) October 28, 2020What the hell????
CNN and other outlets busy reporting on Miles ‘Anonymous’ Taylor while ignoring Tony Bobulinski
— Honey?????? (@jennifermcfarl4) October 28, 2020So Miles Taylor merits your attention, but Tony Bobulinski does not? Interesting that they actively suppressed Tony Bobulinski from trending last night even though it was a far bigger and impactful story. — Carmine Sabia (@CarmineSabia) October 28, 2020I will take Tony Bobulinski over Anonymous Nobody Miles Taylor any day of the week. Focus on Tony Bobulinski and why his evidence of Biden family corruption isn’t the #1 story in the country right now. With more than ONE MILLION tweets, Tony Bobulinski never cracked the top 5 in the past 18 hours.
‘HA HA HA HA’! Mollie Hemingway roasts media who hyped their anti-Trump hero ‘Anonymous’
— Mollie (@MZHemingway) October 28, 2020And that turned out to be true. HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA. The person that the NYT strongly insinuated was, like, the VP or WH Chief of Staff, or Cabinet Member was literally "Miles Taylor." — Mollie (@MZHemingway) October 28, 2020I'm told "Miles Taylor" is someone you wouldn't know from Adam unless you watch Jake Tapper's show, since apparently he features him on the regular. ***Related:Jake Tapper says CNN didn’t know the identity of CNN contributor ‘Anonymous’ until today
‘Projecting again’? Pow Wow Chow contributor Elizabeth Warren says ‘the Republican Party cheated’ because they can’t succeed legitimately
Elizabeth Warren has a lot of pent-up energy. Last week, Warren ranted and raved about Donald Trump threatening all life on this planet:Sen. Elizabeth Warren: "Donald Trump threatens the existence of human life, of all life, on this planet." — Elizabeth Warren (@ewarren) October 28, 2020Sounds to us like Liz and the Dems are the ones who are scared. https://t.co/f9v1MkS4B1 — The Gormogons (@Gormogons) October 28, 2020GP Please state the specific example(s) you believe constituted cheating. https://t.co/f9v1MkS4B1 — The Gormogons (@Gormogons) October 28, 2020
Chelsea Handler says 50 Cent wasn’t serious about supporting Trump; James Woods zings
Last week, rapper 50 Cent tweeted “Vote for Trump” over a graphic showing top tax rates by state under Joe Biden’s plan, with New York coming in at 62 percent. Chelsea Handler says 50 Cent "wasn't serious" about supporting Pres. Look upon her works ye 50 and despair — Danny Lee (@FrankNDad) October 29, 2020Succubus — PubliusAndronicus (@PubliusAndroni1) October 28, 2020Apologist. — Patrick Adamiak (@PatAdamiak) October 28, 2020For a gangsta rapper to submit to a public humiliation it requires leverage. — Mark Barton (@THE_MarkBarton) October 28, 2020Bet he votes for Trump — Rick Morick (@MorickRick) October 28, 2020Let’s just be honest.
Man who plotted kidnapping of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer also wanted to hang President Trump; Rashida Tlaib hardest hit
Of course, they were Trump supporters, right? Rep. Rashida Tlaib jumped in headfirst and suggested they got the idea from one of President Trump’s tweets:I wonder where they got their motivation from. “Wanna hang this mf’er too…”DETROIT NEWS: Whitmer kidnap plotter also wanted to hang Trump, FBI says — Josh Caplan (@joshdcaplan) October 28, 2020Narrative buster: The FBI says the Gov. Whitmer kidnap plotter also wanted to hang President Trump https://t.co/JKMnjIv08s — Matt Wolking (Text TRUMP to 88022) (@MattWolking) October 28, 2020…and we'll never hear about this story again. — Landon Ricketts (@LandonRicketts2) October 28, 2020So much for being Trump supporters, ?, knew that was a bunch of BS.
CNN is keeping high-ranking official Miles Taylor on as a contributor even though he lied to Anderson Cooper
As Twitchy reported, former Department of Homeland Security chief-of-staff and current CNN contributor Miles Taylor lied to Anderson Cooper when asked if he wrote the anonymous New York Times op-ed, “I Am Part of the Resistance Inside the Trump Administration.”“I wear a mask for two things, Anderson: Halloween and pandemics. pic.twitter.com/sPjs4OoAnp — CNN Newsroom (@CNNnewsroom) August 21, 2020What should CNN do about Taylor now that he’s revealed to have lied on-air and also revealed that he was not a “high-ranking official” in the Trump administration, as the New York Times described him? A CNN spox just told me that Miles Taylor will remain a contributor despite lying to Anderson Cooper. CNN cannot have it both ways — slamming Trump for his lies, yet condoning a very big and blatant one by its own contributor. — ErikWemple (@ErikWemple) October 28, 2020Of course @CNN can have it both ways.
‘Punked by a nobody’: Journo David Martosko says some in media should turn in their press passes after ‘Anonymous’ embarrassment
In other words, NOT exactly a “high level” member of the Trump administration. The New York Times obviously knew all this at the time they published his story, but it didn’t matter. Reporter David Martosko has this take on the situation:So everyone who breathlessly worshipped at the altar of Anonymous got punked by a nobody who never had any influence? — David Martosko (@dmartosko) October 28, 2020Editors who granted this guy anonymity as though he were a serious player with real juice in the administration should turn in their press passes. https://t.co/ulkfWphyZs — David Martosko (@dmartosko) October 28, 2020And interviewing Avenatti was also one of CNN’s favorite things to do!
Scientists discover 1,600 ft. tall coral reef in Australia
OAN NewsroomUPDATED 10:50 AM PT – Wednesday, October 28, 2020Scientists have discovered a detached coral reef in Australia which is reportedly taller than the Empire State Building. On Sunday, researchers used an underwater robot to explore the detached coral near Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. This is reportedly the first detached reef discovered by scientists in more than 120 years. Scientists from @SchmidtOcean and @jcu just made an exciting discovery: a reef taller than the Empire State Building. ? pic.twitter.com/l3bobMGlwE — Pattrn (@pattrn) October 27, 2020Researchers will continue to map and uncover the depths of the area through mid-November.
Trump campaign ads rejected by Facebook and CNN
OAN NewsroomUPDATED 10:35 AM PT – Wednesday, October 28, 2020Left-wing media and Silicon Valley have made an attempt to impede the President’s campaign efforts. Facebook has said it will be removing ads by the Trump campaign from its website that read “today is election day.”In a statement Tuesday, the social media giant said it told both campaigns ads that stated “vote today” without additional explanation would not be allowed. Update: Facebook tells me it'll remove Trump's "vote today" ads (example below). "As we made clear in our public communications and directly to campaigns, we prohibit ads that say ‘Vote Today’ without additional context or clarity." This came just days after the tech giant removed nearly 50 ads from the Trump campaign, most of which read “your vote has not been counted.” However, Facebook has not explained why the ads were pulled and only claimed they violated voter interference policies.
Ant Group curbs support for overseas partners in strategy rethink ahead of listing
It would have also likely made Ant, best known for its Alipay service that serves mainly Chinese customers, a global payments leader. It also said in May it was investing $73.5 million in Myanmar e-wallet firm Wave Money and has applied for a digital wholesale banking license in Singapore. But further aggressive investments in overseas e-wallet firms are unlikely, sources say. A person familiar with Ant’s thinking said its current plan is to offer initial support to overseas e-wallet firms and then see them succeed on their own terms. In other parts of the world, Ant’s new leadership believed the company was spreading its resources too thinly, several company sources said.
DHS opens center to fight human trafficking
OAN NewsroomUPDATED 9:50 AM PT – Wednesday, October 28, 2020Acting Secretary Chad Wolf says that modern day slavery must be addressed as he is leading an effort…partnered closely with Ivanka Trump and other members of Trump admin. To end human trafficking. One America’s Christina Bobb has more.
Analysis: With improved leverage, North Korea leader Kim awaits winner of U.S. vote
Pyongyang embarked on an unprecedented series of weapons tests in 2017, declaring itself a nuclear power after undertaking its biggest nuclear blast and longest-range intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) launches. After months of tightening sanctions and trading threats, Trump then became the first sitting U.S. president to meet with a North Korean leader at a summit in Singapore in 2018. ‘GAME CHANGERS’While the United States’ far greater military might could swiftly inflict critical damage on North Korea, Pyongyang now poses a threat with its nuclear missiles capable of striking the U.S. mainland. It was seen by military experts as another game changer, just as the Hwasong-15 ICBM launch in 2017 was. A military parade https://www.reuters.com/video/?videoId=OVCZJVWBV&jwsource=em this month highlighted how the North has beefed up its strategic weapons.
President Trump: media biased in favor of Biden
OAN NewsroomUPDATED 11:35 AM PT – Wednesday, October 28, 2020Despite claiming to be unbiased before the election, members of the mainstream media continue to back Democrat presidential nominee Joe Biden. One America’s Christina Howitson has the latest. ?MORE NEWS: Trump Campaign Ads Rejected By Facebook And CNN
Wall to Wall: Former Congressman on China Trade Pt. 1
OAN NewsroomUPDATED 1:50 PM PT – Wednesday, October 28, 2020President Trump made reforming the trade relationship with China a key focus of his first term. On Wall to Wall, Greta spoke with former Virginia congressman, Dave Brat, to compare Joe Biden and President Trump’s policies when it comes to China.
White House on Pa. riots: Consequence of liberal Democrats’ war on police
Protests sparked after police fatally shot Walter Wallace Junior on Monday after he walked toward authorities while wielding a knife, despite being ordered to drop it. Viral footage of the event circulated on social media and prompted the riots. The White House stated America can not allow mob rule and should follow the facts to ensure fair and just results. These areas are experiencing widespread demonstrations that have turned violent with looting. Police commanders say the situation has “rapidly gone downhill” along Aramingo Ave. — a “total loss,” they say, from looting.
‘Moderate’ Conor Lamb Votes With Far-Left ‘Squad’ Almost 90 Percent of the Time
First-term representative Conor Lamb (D., Pa.) portrays himself as a moderate in his competitive Pennsylvania district. Yet he votes with members of the far-left "Squad" almost 90 percent of the time. "Conor Lamb proves running as a moderate is a winning strategy," the Hill wrote that same year. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette endorsed Parnell Tuesday, noting the contrast between Lamb's moderate persona and his actual record. Lamb's campaign did not respond to a request for comment.
Michigan Dem Worries Democrats Will Lose Senate Seat
Rep. Debbie Dingell (D., Mich.) on Wednesday expressed concern about incumbent senator Gary Peters's (D., Mich.) reelection chances against Republican challenger John James. "That is a very competitive race, and that race has not yet been decided," Dingell said during an interview on MSNBC. "Every vote is going to matter in this election and I feel about this race the way that I did about Donald Trump winning Michigan four years ago. "There is a reason Donald Trump is going to Wisconsin, to Michigan, to Pennsylvania, and it's how he won last time," she said. Peters enjoys a six-point polling lead, according to the RealClearPolitics average, but James has made Peters's reelection fight unexpectedly difficult.
U.S. Brings Home American Detained in Belarus
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo confirmed Wednesday that the State Department brought home an American citizen arbitrarily detained in Belarus. Vitali Shkliarov, a Washington, D.C.-area resident, returned home Tuesday night after spending three months in jail and house arrest in Belarus. A dual citizen of the United States and Belarus, Shkliarov visited Belarus earlier this summer to see family and friends before deep political instability wracked the Eastern European country. Pompeo told reporters the retrieval of Shkliarov sends a strong message to governments holding Americans overseas. Shkliarov was held in Belarus during a time of mass protest and unrest in Belarus.
Democrats Like Cuba More Than Israel, New Poll Shows
A new poll indicates Democrats look more favorably upon Cuba than they do Israel. According to a YouGov poll released Monday, 39 percent of Democratic-leaning respondents have a favorable opinion of Cuba, compared with a 36 percent favorability rating for Israel. The poll data feature other notable results: China, Russia, Iran, and North Korea rank among the countries in the bottom 10 in overall favorability among respondents. Results of the poll correlate with many of the larger trends in American foreign policy. In contrast, Republicans have a long record of defending Israel and taking on its adversaries and competitors during the Trump administration.
Combat Vet Slams Dem Opponent Over Role in Shaping Iran Deal
Combat veteran and GOP congressional hopeful Nick Freitas slammed Rep. Abigail Spanberger (D., Va.) after the Democrat boasted that her work on the Iran deal made the United States "more safe." He noted that the deal gave Iran billions in cash as the Middle Eastern nation "actively targeted U.S. service members." Her campaign in 2018 said that while the Democrat "was collecting intelligence for military advisers when the [Iran] deal was negotiated," she "took no position on it at that time." During Thursday's forum, however, Spanberger said she "believed in the JCPOA [Iran deal] and its purpose" while working for the CIA. Spanberger's self-described belief in the Iran deal during the negotiating process was at odds with several congressional Democrats.
Father of Armed Man Shot by Philly Police Begs: 'Stop Burning Our City Down'
The father of Walter Wallace Jr., the man shot by Philadelphia police on Monday, pleaded with the public to stop the violence and looting that has racked parts of the city because it wasn’t going to bring his son back. Walter Wallace Sr. told CNN’s Chris Cuomo on Tuesday that he didn’t want the chaos that has ensued since the shooting to leave a “bad scar” on his son’s memory, or on his family. Protesters took to the streets after officers in Philadelphia shot and killed a Black man who was holding a knife in an encounter officials say raises questions. At least 91 individuals were arrested Monday in Philadelphia in connection with riots that caused injuries to 30 police officers after two officers shot and killed Wallace Jr. earlier in the day, according to WFTX-TV. “Tell people to stop this looting, stop burning our city down,” Wallace Sr. told Cuomo Tuesday night.
Maine Dem Gideon Bails on Senate Debate
Maine Democratic Senate candidate Sara Gideon, who criticized President Donald Trump for not attending a second presidential debate, canceled her debate with Republican rival Sen. Susan Collins at the last minute Tuesday. Gideon, who said it was "really shameful" for Trump to forgo his debate, canceled her plans to appear in a one-on-one debate with Collins scheduled for Tuesday evening. They want to hear what plans each of the presidential candidates have," Gideon said about Trump's debate nonattendance. While the Trump campaign explained its reasoning in a two-page memo, Gideon has yet to explain why she declined to attend her debate. The Gideon campaign did not respond to a request for comment.
Lawmakers Demand New Hezbollah Sanctions to Thwart Another Mass Explosion in Beirut
Authority granted to the president under the 2018 Shields Act allows sanctions to be placed on any person or entity that uses human shields. The president has yet to exercise his right to sanction Hezbollah or any other group under this law. "Adding human shields to existing sanctions regimes would make clear the U.S. government does not tolerate those who put civilians in harm's way and would encourage like-minded countries to take similar measures." Orde Kittrie, a senior fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies think tank, said there has been an uptick in Hezbollah's use of human shields. "It is time for the U.S. government to implement the Shields Act and hold terrorists and their material supporters publicly accountable for the war crime of using human shields."
DOJ: CCP Hired Ex-NYPD Officer in Conspiracy To Stalk, Threaten Chinese National Living in US
The defendants allegedly engaged in a harassment campaign to try to force a Chinese national living in New Jersey to return to China to face prison time. According to the government’s complaint, the conspirators targeted a Chinese national living in New Jersey with threats to force him to return to China to face prison time. Wray and Demers said that the effort to track down the Chinese national was part of “Operation Fox Hunt,” a Chinese government-led campaign to track down Chinese dissidents living in other countries. Demers said that Chinese President Xi Jinping set up Operation Fox Hunt in 2014 under the guise of tracking down Chinese nationals accused of corruption. Demers said Beijing also uses the operation to hunt down dissidents and critics of Jinping and the Chinese Communist Party.
California Court Order Forces ICE To Release Hundreds of Immigrants with 'Serious Convictions and Charges'
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials announced California’s Adelanto ICE Processing Center was forced to release 250 “criminal aliens” due to a federal court order. The current headcount at the Adelanto facility, according to ICE officials, is estimated at 465, reduced from 730. Hatter directed ICE to release 50 detainees daily starting on Oct. 19, until the Adelanto facility reached its target new maximum capacity. Do you agree with the release of the Adelanto detainees? 1% (3 Votes) 99% (422 Votes)The order additionally indicated ICE could deport detainees through “final deportation orders” as part of its reduction plan.
Supreme Court Rebuffs Republican Requests In Swing State Election Appeals
Citing the coronavirus pandemic, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ordered election officials to count any ballot that arrives by Friday Nov. 6 unless it appears to have been sent after Election Day. Alito went on to say that he thinks the Pennsylvania Supreme Court's decision is probably wrong. That means Barrett may provide a fifth vote to say that state courts shouldn't rewrite federal election laws. In a brief opinion Monday night, Roberts said that state law may sometimes require late-breaking adjustments, and state courts should have the final word on state law. The Pennsylvania Supreme Court said the grace period was required by a voting rights provision in the state constitution.
UMass Sits on Its Hands After Video Catches Professor Berating Conservative Student, Calling GOP 'Nazis'
The University of Massachusetts Boston is refusing to take responsibility for one of its professors calling Republicans Nazis during class and harassing a conservative student for her political beliefs. The course is usually taught by Nada Mustafa Ali, a lecturer of women’s, gender, and sexuality studies, according to UMass. The student, Mary O’Sullivan, recorded the exchange between herself and Shapiro on her phone. Professor Shapiro responded by making the series of aforementioned accusations against President Trump and the Republican Party. I paid money to be here.”The Western Journal has reached out to UMass Boston regarding the incident and how the university planned to address Professor Shapiro’s conduct during the lecture.
Virtual Nobody: Author of Infamous Anti-Trump NYT Op-Ed Revealed
A former Trump administration staffer who penned a scathing anti-Trump Op-Ed and book under the pen name “Anonymous” made his identify public on Wednesday. It’s why I wrote ‘A Warning’ … and it’s why me & my colleagues have spoken out against him (in our own names) for months. It’s why I wrote “A Warning”…and it’s why me & my colleagues have spoken out against him (in our own names) for months. The revelation may come as a surprise to those who expected “Anonymous” to be a high-ranking Trump administration official. Trump “stumbles, slurs, gets confused, is easily irritated, and has trouble synthesizing information,” the author alleged, also citing racist and sexist statements the author claimed Trump made behind closed doors.
Outlaw Country Music Pioneer Billy Joe Shaver Dead at Age 81
“Billy Joe Shaver was a bona fide, certified, Lone Star original – a throwback to a far different time,” Rather continued. Billy Joe Shaver was a bona fide, certified, Lone Star original – a throwback to a far different time. Godspeed Billy Joe Shaver. Shaver wrote songs that were covered by Elvis Presley, Patty Loveless, George Jones, Tex Ritter, Tennessee Ernie Ford and John Anderson. RIP Billy Joe Shaver.
Meet the 82-Year-Old Woman Known as 'Mom' Who's Been Caring for the Homeless for 30 Years
Some have given the 82-year-old the title to recognize her unusual generosity and giving spirit, as for more than three decades she’s been helping out the homeless in her area. “I’ve learned to be helpful for them and I’ve learned not to judge them,” she told People. Over the years, she’s worked with a variety of local groups who raise funds to help the homeless. “Or just a cup of coffee on the streets.”“If you see somebody out there holding a sign, ask them what they need. “Anybody can do it because it’s a very rewarding type of work that I do and I show compassion for the people.
COVID Patient Classified as Brain Dead in June Is Alive and Well
Inside the walls of Forsyth Medical Center in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, COVID-19 patient Tionna Hairston was declared a brain-dead woman in June. When the Winston-Salem Journal called what happened in between “miraculous,” I’m sure they likely meant it in a secular sense. “I didn’t pick up on it at the time because I thought she was just weak from the virus,” Peatross said. “The CT scan showed the one side of her brain not damaged by the stroke was damaged by her coding and the CPR process,” Peatross said. “The doctors told us her brain damage was so severe that she had a couple of days at the most.
FBI Announces Indictment of Numerous Chinese Operatives Working in US
https://t.co/khWMcn1rph pic.twitter.com/CXrQ9dmWcH — FBI (@FBI) October 28, 2020TRENDING: Biden's Worst Nightmare as 7,000 Cars Show for Trump Parade in Vital Swing StateFive of the suspects have been arrested, and three are still at large. FBI Director Christopher Wray issued a statement on the arrests and alleged activities of the defendants suspected in the campaign. Is the DOJ doing enough to crack down on Chinese operatives working within the U.S.? https://t.co/ji5q58ecTK — FBI (@FBI) October 28, 2020Assistant Attorney General for National Security John Demers also commented on the charges. The following winter and spring, other suspected Chinese operatives “caused unsolicited packages to be sent to John Doe-1’s residence,” per the news release.
Just Days After Confirmation, ACB Faces Decision on Abortion Case
The Supreme Court may be faced with a major abortion case soon, making it one of the first cases Justice Amy Coney Barrett could decide on. The Supreme Court on Monday decided it would consider the Mississippi attorney general’s petition to review the state’s 15-week abortion ban. If the court decides to take up the case, Barrett will immediately be subject to public pressure and scrutiny. 80% (911 Votes) 20% (224 Votes)Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 court decision that deemed abortion constitutional, was frequently asked about during Barrett’s confirmation hearings earlier this month. Congratulations to Amy Coney Barrett on her nomination to the Supreme Court!
Revealed: Multiple Voter Polls That Will Terrify Democrats Everywhere
The same poll showed Biden with a lead just two weeks ago, 45.8 percent to 42.6 percent. If voters leaning either Trump or Biden were factored into it, Trump’s lead got slightly slimmer, 48.4 percent to 47.6 percent. In all of these four states, Biden has held significant advantages — much like Hillary Clinton in swing states she lost back in 2016. In the case of the polls commissioned by the Center for American Greatness, there’s the fact that a conservative organization commissioned them. We’ll start to see in a few days just how right everyone else really was, but the parallels should be striking enough to terrify Democrats.
After Watching Biden's GA Rally, You'll Get Why 'Can I Change My Vote' Was Trending on Google
How pathetic was Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden’s “rally” Tuesday in Warm Springs, Georgia? After listening to him speak, I easily understood why “can I change my vote” has become one of the highest trending searches on Google this week. Warm Springs was the site of former President Franklin Roosevelt’s beloved sanctuary. Hoping that the area’s “warm, buoyant spring waters” would cure his polio, FDR first traveled to Warm Springs in the mid-1920s. Will Biden’s pathetic performance in Warm Springs on Tuesday afternoon change any hearts and minds?
Ted Cruz Blasts Twitter CEO: 'Who the Hell Elected You and Put You in Charge?'
I believe the three witnesses who testified before @SenateCommerce today collectively pose the single greatest threat to free speech in America. I focused my questioning on @Jack because, of @Twitter, @Facebook, & @Google, I believe Twitter’s conduct has been the most egregious. Cruz told Dorsey, “Let’s be clear, the New York Post isn’t just some random guy tweeting. The New York Post has the fourth-highest circulation of any newspaper in America. The New York Post is over 200 years old.
Mike Huckabee: Biden Hasn't Done Anything To Help Your Family in 47 Years, Year 48 Will Be No Different
President Trump is admittedly abrasive, combative, at times vain and vulgar. Joe Biden has said he wants the government to take a bunch of them from you. Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates publicly said that Joe Biden was wrong on every single foreign policy for the past 40 years. RELATED: Mary Beth Brown: Will Christians Regret Voting for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris? President Trump lowered your taxes and put money in your pocket — an estimated $6500 for the average family before the virus hit.
Christian Leader Who Saw God Working Through Trump in 2016 Sees Different Kind of Victory in 2020
One vote could actually make Trump an appointed president rather than an elected president, which of course will release chaos,” he said. For the Christian leader, chaos is not necessarily a bad thing, if it uproots bad structures in government and society. Wallnau just published a sequel to “God’s Chaos Candidate” titled “God’s Chaos Code” in which he addresses other Old Testament parallels to current times. It’s a term from the Reformation, Wallnau explained, regarding a grace God can put on a secular leader to “restrain lawlessness” and the works of the devil. “It’s like you have to be a blind man not to see that this guy has an unusual fidelity to Christians,” Wallnau said.
Biden Lets the Truth Slip, Introduces Himself as 'Kamala's Running Mate'
When Joe Biden tells the truth, American voters should be cringing. “My name’s Joe Biden. I’m Jill Biden’s husband, and I’m Kamala’s running mate,” Biden told the crowd at a sparsely attended drive-in rally in Atlanta. Yet, here’s Joe Biden, the nominal Democratic standard-bearer, identifying himself as “Kamala’s running mate” at a rally one week before Election Day. “He’s running against Joe Biden.
Searching CNN for 'Bobulinski,' The Biden Whistleblower, Turns Up Zero Results
A search of the name of former Hunter Biden business associate Tony Bobulinski unearths zero results on the CNN website as the establishment media continues to suppress the Biden family corruption scandal. As Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel pointed out in a Twitter post on Wednesday, the establishment media completely ignored the story on morning broadcasts. But what is truly an assault on journalism and an insult to voters, is that Bobulinski’s story is also being surpressed online by the establishment media. CNN and the rest of the country’s leftist media, as Twitter did two weeks ago, have crossed an ethical line of no return. Do you think Biden's corruption scandal will hurt Democrats in the presidential election?
Trump Campaign Working with Law Enforcement After Bizarre Website Hack
President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign is working with law enforcement after its website was hacked Tuesday. “Earlier this evening, the Trump campaign website was defaced and we are working with law enforcement authorities to investigate the source of the attack,” campaign communications director Tim Murtaugh wrote in a Twitter post. The website has been restored.”Earlier this evening, the Trump campaign website was defaced and we are working with law enforcement authorities to investigate the source of the attack. @realDonaldTrump‘s campaign website has been hacked. Doing research for a climate change article and this is what pops up: pic.twitter.com/Kjc2ELSdAV — Gabriel Lorenzo Greschler (@ggreschler) October 27, 2020Parts of the campaign website appeared to be taken over by a scam to collect cryptocurrency, Tech Crunch reported.
Bobulinski Bombshell: Biden Brother Said Joe Got Away With It Using 'Plausible Deniability'
Democratic nominee Joe Biden’s family had no qualms about using the political influence of the Biden family name as long as it could maintain the fiction of “plausible deniability,” a former Biden associate told Fox News’ Tucker Carlson on Tuesday night. As Fox News reported, that crucial portion of Carlson’s interview with former Biden business partner Tony Bobulinski came when Bobulinski was describing a 2017 meeting about a joint venture allegedly involving Biden, Biden’s son, Hunter, Biden’s brother, James, and the now-bankrupt Chinese energy firm CEFC. And maybe Joe Biden’s potential as presidential material, too. “I’m thinking about Biden’s family, like, ‘How are they doing this? Is the American public waking up to the idea that Joe Biden might be steeped in corruption?
Teacher Holds Student After Class, Lectures Him After He Picks Trump as His Hero
Seaman, a language arts teacher at the school, assigned the hero project to his eighth-grade class, asking them to cite sources. The student was seen on video mouthing that the teacher is wrong — and, actually, the student is probably more right than the teacher. “The student and teacher spoke about immigration policy in the context of providing evidence for why President Trump is a hero. According to WHDH-TV, the class then allegedly proceeded to verbally bully him, with the teacher doing nothing to stop it. In that case, at least, the teacher and school fully apologized and the staff underwent training to deal with sensitive situations like politics.
Watch Bobulinski Interview: Biden Rep Told Me I Would 'Bury' Them if I Told What I Knew
Tony Bobulinski, a former business associate of Hunter Biden, told Tucker Carlson during an interview Wednesday he was warned he could potentially “bury” everyone involved in the Biden family’s reported foreign business dealings if he came forward with his account. During the interview, Bobulinski corroborated mountains of reporting that Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden was involved at a high level in Hunter Biden’s financial affairs. Joe Biden’s brother, Jim Biden, was also heavily involved in the Sinohawk business, according to Bobulinski. He said he was warned on the phone recently by Biden associate and lawyer Rob Walker of the potential ramifications of his coming forward. Do you believe Tony Bobulinski after seeing his interview with Tucker Carlson?
Man Arrested for Allegedly Brandishing Weapons at Trump Rally
A Maine rally for President Donald Trump was briefly disrupted Wednesday by a man allegedly brandishing weapons who was later arrested by police. At around 9:45 a.m., Noem arrived on a Team Trump bus at a Bangor, Maine, strip mall. Police said the incident began with angry words and Trump supporters being harassed, and escalated when Beitzell had an interaction with a member of Noem’s security team. Beitzell at one moved toward the Trump supporters while brandishing a wooden baton and a knife, police said. — Kristi Noem (@KristiNoem) October 23, 2020Noem, who was at a Trump rally in Omaha, Nebraska, on Tuesday, went on to campaign for the president in New Hampshire later on Wednesday.
Mary Beth Brown: Will Christians Regret Voting for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris?
In sharp contrast, the record shows that Trump has proven to be a champion of religious freedom, the sanctity of life and Judeo-Christian American values. TRENDING: Biden's Worst Nightmare as 7,000 Cars Show for Trump Parade in Vital Swing State“We judge people based on objective facts. On their actions, their public record, their public statements, and certainly, Vice President Biden hasn’t left any doubt in anyone’s mind what his position is,” Cardinal Raymond Burke, a canon lawyer with the Catholic Church, said in August. Religious freedom was constantly under assault during the eight Obama/Biden years, and Biden vows to restore Obama-era policies. Harris asked the Supreme Court to not give Hobby Lobby an exemption because of its religious beliefs.
Big Tech Senate Hearing Delayed by Mark Zuckerberg's Ironic Gaffe
The Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee was forced to delay its Wednesday hearing with Big Tech CEOs because Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg experienced a technical difficulty. Zuckerberg was slated to deliver his opening statement last, following Google CEO Sundar Pichai and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey. I was just having trouble connecting myself,” Zuckerberg told the committee. 100% (656 Votes) 0% (2 Votes)Wednesday’s hearing was the latest grilling the Big Tech CEOs faced over alleged anti-conservative bias, The Associated Press reported. Republicans have accused the Big Tech companies of censoring conservative, religious and pro-life views on their platforms.
Judge Steps In After Dem Official Bans Open Carry at Polling Places
A Michigan judge on Tuesday blocked a ban on openly carrying firearms at polling places. Murray said the directive was more like a law of its own rather than an interpretation of existing state ordinances. “The Legislature has said: Here are the places you cannot carry a weapon,” Murray said during an emergency hearing in response to Benson’s ban. Benson’s ban was intended to prevent voter intimidation, The Detroit News reported. The judge wrote that voter intimidation is a criminal offense and that many polling locations, like churches and schools, already bar visitors from carrying guns.
My warning against a Biden/Harris victory
I offer you this commentary praying you will heed this warning and pass it along to all you can. With 170 million registered voters, do you honestly believe even half understand what would unfold with a Democratic victory? A Biden/Harris victory represents a clear and present danger to our American way of life. The Biden tax plan insures tax increases on corporations and individuals to underwrite massive socialist entitlement programs, gut your savings and guarantees an inevitable economic crash. His tax plan raises corporate tax 7% and our personal taxes through "creative" ways – wealth tax, death tax, capital gains, Social Security.
Justice Department Zeroes In On Cuomo's COVID Cover-Up
The U.S. Justice Department vastly expanded an inquiry on Wednesday that could determine whether New York is undercounting COVID-19 deaths among nursing home residents, demanding detailed data from hundreds of private facilities. Cuomo’s administration has repeatedly refused to release such nursing home data to lawmakers and the media. So, yes, people died in nursing homes. It broadens to more than 600 nursing homes a similar request it made in August that was aimed only at a few dozen publicly run facilities. “We believe the numbers are so significantly higher and they’re trying to find ways of massaging the numbers so they don’t reflect the devastation.”Separately, the Justice Department also sent a letter to Democratic Gov.
When Joe Biden saved Roe v. Wade
Because Roe v. Wade was just saved. The two men are both U.S. senators: Joe Biden of Delaware and Warren Rudman of New Hampshire. And no single member of the Senate Judiciary Committee was as important as Joe Biden, who chaired the committee. Alas, with Planned Parenthood v. Casey, America had its answer, as Souter provided the decisive vote preserving Roe v. Wade. And now, in 2020, Joe Biden envisions another happy ending.
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey Accused of Lying Under Oath
Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz accused Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey of lying under oath while testifying before the Senate Commerce Committee on Wednesday. “What [Dorsey] told the Senate, under oath, is false. “Still blocked.”What @jack told the Senate, under oath, is false. Nothing like lying under oath https://t.co/Jp7monfPNs — Josh Hawley (@HawleyMO) October 28, 2020You’re right, @Jack. Do you think Jack Dorsey lied under oath?
Why Trump deserves 4 more years
Trump handily defeated Biden, who noticeably tired by the end of this second and final debate. Imagine where Trump would rank in the polls but for the constant, relentless negative media coverage and deranged opposition that would have suffocated the average politician. Immediately after Trump's election, Democrats attempted to invoke the 25th Amendment, arguing that the real-estate-developer-turned-politician lacked the mental fitness to hold a job. Oh, and Trump was impeached on grounds so weak that neither Biden nor running mate Sen. Kamala Harris even bring up impeachment while campaigning. When Trump contracted COVID-19, many Trump-hating Democrats set aside their vaunted compassion-for-the-plight-of-others to gloat that the mask-shunning, anti-science ignoramus got what he deserved.
When 100% of the Democrats vote against Amy Coney Barrett
What should we think when every single Democrat voted against the Supreme Court nomination of Amy Coney Barrett? There were actually three Democrats who voted to confirm Neil Gorsuch in 2017 (Donnelly, Heitkamp and Manchin). Gone are the days when someone like Justice Ginsburg could be confirmed by a vote of 96-3. Ginsburg, as mentioned, by a vote of 96-3 (despite being famously progressive) and Stephen G. Breyer by a vote of 87-9. Now, they have spoken with one voice in their unanimous opposition to Justice Amy Coney Barrett.
The Bidens got into the hospital business and people died
(FRONTPAGEMAG) -- The old slogan, "The Best of Care" can still be found on Ellwood City Medical Center's old promotional materials. When the pandemic began, the old rural Rust Belt country where President Trump beat Hillary Clinton could have used a hospital. There was even talk of reopening the defunct hospital again to treat coronavirus patients. But, like so much in Pennsylvania, the Ellwood City Medical Center never recovered from the Democrats. Not that it mattered at that point because the hospital had already been shut down since December.
Nearly half of university students OK with censoring speech
A noted pollster is calling the results of his survey of university students an "indictment" of the radicalism that is being taught in institutions of higher learning. Jim McLaughlin's survey for Yale University's William F. Buckley Program found 36% of students call the U.S. Constitution "outdated," and 48% favor "speech codes" restricting faculty and students. More than half, 52%, claim they "share the same opinions and beliefs as all or most of their friends." He said the nation’s future leaders "shows an antagonistic approach by students to views they don’t agree with." 100% (11 Votes) 0% (0 Votes)The survey found 52% say the Constitution is important.
Biden introduces himself as 'Kamala's running mate,' bringing his debate claim into question
I’m Jill Biden’s husband, and I’m Kamala’s running mate,” Biden told the crowd at a sparsely attended drive-in rally in Atlanta. "I am Kamala's running mate. Yet, here’s Joe Biden, the nominal Democratic standard-bearer, identifying himself as “Kamala’s running mate” at a rally one week before Election Day. But calling himself the “running mate” rather than the person at the top of the ticket is a different story. “He's running against Joe Biden.
Beijing operatives sent to U.S. to coerce Chinese national to go back
According to the government’s complaint, the co-conspirators targeted a Chinese national living in New Jersey with threats to force him to return to China to face prison time. The co-conspirators sent videos and letters to the target’s home between February 2019 and April 2019 with similar threats, the complaint alleges. Wray and Demers said that the effort to track down the Chinese national was part of “Operation Fox Hunt,” a Chinese government-led campaign to track down Chinese dissidents living in other countries. Demers said that Chinese President Xi Jinping set up Operation Fox Hunt in 2014, under the guise of hunting down Chinese nationals accused of corruption. But he said that Beijing also uses the operation to hunt down dissidents and critics of Jinping and the Chinese Communist Party.
Senate investigates Hunter Biden for not registering as foreign agent
Newly discovered April 2015 emails show Hunter Biden appeared to be helping a Ukrainian energy executive meet with and lobby his father, who was vice president at the time. In an earlier email that same month, Hunter specifically sought to avoid registering as a foreign agent as part of the venture. Asked if Hunter Biden is the target of a FARA investigation, Justice Department spokeswoman Kerri Kupec declined to comment. The Biden campaign has dismissed accusations of influence peddling as a “smear campaign” against the Democratic presidential candidate and his family. In fact, the overarching Russia “collusion” probe, codenamed Crossfire Hurricane, was actually predicated on possible FARA violations, not espionage.
Franklin Graham makes pre-election Trump proclamation: 'Thank God for all that President Donald J. Trump has done'
Franklin Graham gave President Donald Trump a ringing endorsement a week before the election in a viral Facebook post Monday about voting. “There was an article I read a few days ago that said President Trump had changed the world, even if he didn’t win the next election. “Already in his first term, President Trump has appointed close to 200 constitutionalist federal judges," he wrote. “President Trump has stood up to NATO," Graham said. Did you know that The Western Journal now publishes some content in Spanish as well as English, for international audiences?
Egypt president claims freedom of expression 'stops' when Muslims are offended
Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi, responding to a display of images in France of the Prophet Muhammad, said Wednesday that freedom of expression should stop if it offends the world's population of more than 1.5 billion Muslims. The history teacher, Samuel Paty, had shown his students caricatures of Muhammad that had been published in the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in 2015. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said the French president needs a "mental health check." "We will always be on the side of human dignity and universal values." We will always be on the side of human dignity and universal values.
Feds got FISA warrant against Hunter Biden's Chinese partner
By Chuck RossDaily Caller News FoundationFederal investigators obtained a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act warrant against one of Hunter Biden’s Chinese business associates, suggesting that the executive was suspected of acting as a covert agent of a foreign government. In addition to his partnership with CEFC, Hunter Biden also represented Ho during his legal battle. Investigators obtained a FISA warrant allowing them to conduct electronic and physical surveillance of Ho’s property, court documents show. Ho’s lawyers tried to block evidence obtained through the FISA process from being used at Ho’s trial, according to one filing submitted in his case. The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court grants surveillance authorization to the FBI and Justice Department in cases in which there is probable cause to suspect the subject of the warrant is working covertly for a foreign government.
FBI announces indictment of 8 Chinese operatives working to 'surveil, threaten, and harass' U.S. residents
https://t.co/khWMcn1rph pic.twitter.com/CXrQ9dmWcH — FBI (@FBI) October 28, 2020TRENDING: Christian leader who saw Trump winning in 2016 sees God bringing victory another way in 2020Five of the suspects have been arrested, and three are still at large. FBI Director Christopher Wray issued a statement on the arrests and alleged activities of the defendants suspected in the campaign. https://t.co/ji5q58ecTK — FBI (@FBI) October 28, 2020Assistant Attorney General for National Security John Demers also commented on the charges. “With today’s charges, we have turned the PRC’s Operation Fox Hunt on its head -- the hunters became the hunted, the pursuers the pursued,” Demers said. The following winter and spring, other suspected Chinese operatives “caused unsolicited packages to be sent to John Doe-1’s residence,” per the news release.
'A green light to crime': Major U.S. city considers excusing poor and mentally ill people from criminal charges
What one critic calls "a green light for crime" is now under consideration by the Seattle City Council. Council member Lisa Herbold said it would be a way to reduce the $20 million the city spends jailing people every year. This would essentially create a legal loophole that swallows all those codes and creates a green light for crime," Lindsay said. "This would absolutely open the floodgates for crime in Seattle, even worse than what we often currently struggle with," Lindsay said. "It's basically a blank check for anybody committing theft, assault, harassment [and] trespass to continue without disruption from our criminal justice system."
Christian leader who saw Trump winning in 2016 sees God bringing victory another way in 2020
In the 2020 election, Wallnau sees God's providence in play in the elevation of Amy Coney Barrett to the high court. TRENDING: Christian leader who saw Trump winning in 2016 sees God bringing victory another way in 2020Wallnau believes the race for the presidency will be close and there will be questions about the integrity of the ballots, leading to court challenges. For the Christian leader, chaos is not necessarily a bad thing, if it uproots bad structures in government and society. Wallnau just published a sequel to "God's Chaos Candidate" titled "God's Chaos Code" in which he addresses other Old Testament parallels to current times. It's a term from the Reformation, Wallnau explained, regarding a grace God can put on a secular leader to "restrain lawlessness" and the works of the devil.
ICE: Court order forces release of 250 immigrants with 'serious convictions and charges'
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials announced California's Adelanto ICE Processing Center was forced to release 250 "criminal aliens" due to a federal court order. ICE officials said they had concerns that communities surrounding the processing center could face "unnecessary victimization by recidivist criminals." The current headcount at the Adelanto facility, according to ICE officials, is estimated at 465, reduced from 730. Hatter directed ICE to release 50 detainees daily starting on Oct. 19, until the Adelanto facility reached its target new maximum capacity. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the agency said Adelanto's ICE Processing Center has "restricted intakes and transfers to further protect those in custody."
Democrats called on to explain their court-packing plans
What is court packing? In today’s context, it would involve Democrats adding four new seats to turn a (so-called) 6-3 conservative court into a 7-6 liberal court. Yet, contrary to such claims, the Roberts court actually has been moderate. Of the top 10 most “extreme” court terms since 1946, nine came under the liberal Warren court, while only one came under the Roberts court. Court packing thus subjects everyone’s life, liberty, and property to the winds of politics.
Trump campaign working with law enforcement after bizarre website hack
President Donald Trump's re-election campaign is working with law enforcement after its website was hacked Tuesday. "Earlier this evening, the Trump campaign website was defaced and we are working with law enforcement authorities to investigate the source of the attack," campaign communications director Tim Murtaugh wrote in a Twitter post. Earlier this evening, the Trump campaign website was defaced and we are working with law enforcement authorities to investigate the source of the attack. @realDonaldTrump's campaign website has been hacked. Doing research for a climate change article and this is what pops up: pic.twitter.com/Kjc2ELSdAV — Gabriel Lorenzo Greschler (@ggreschler) October 27, 2020Parts of the campaign website appeared to be taken over by a scam to collect cryptocurrency, Tech Crunch reported.
20,000 mail-in ballots need to be redone due to barcode problem
By Andrew TrunskyDaily Caller News FoundationApproximately one-third the mail-in ballots in Tarrant County, Texas have been rejected by scanners due to a defect in their barcodes, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported. Heider Garcia, the county’s elections administrator, attributed the problem to the shop that printed that ballots, but assured that the ballots affected would still be counted, according to the Texas outlet. The county’s election board is preparing to copy the misprinted absentee ballots onto new ballots and then scan those instead, Garcia said, adding that the board would likely have to redo 20,000 ballots before Election Day. BREAKING: @tarrantelection administrator Heider Garcia says scanners are rejecting 1/3 of Tarrant County mail ballots as defective because of a barcode problem. Garcia said ballots must be recopied into new ballots by the ballot board under the election code.
How 3rd-party candidates could determine the presidency
In almost every case, the vote total of third-party candidates made the difference. In Michigan, Trump won the 16 electoral votes by just over 10,700 votes out of almost 5 million votes cast. Trump won Wisconsin’s 10 electoral votes by 22,748 votes, which amounted to a .77% margin of victory. If it were not for the third-party candidates' cumulative 158,121 votes, it’s very possible that Trump would have lost that state. Just a few thousand votes cast for any one of these third-party candidates could very well determine who is standing with their hand on the Bible on Jan. 21, 2021.
The homestretch: 4 top issues affecting the vote
In any event, these are the issues shaping not only the 2020 presidential election, but down-ballot races across America. This election could hinge on Democrats' ability to get away with counting enough fraudulent votes to flip enough states won by President Trump in 2016. As incredible as it seems, it was only eight months ago that President Trump was impeached by House Democrats. If President Trump is successful in driving a large turn-out, his coattails could flip key House races. The stakes in this general election are higher than ever, as Americans cast their vote for one of two completely different worldviews.
'The Hunter Games': Like prodigal father, like prodigal son
The "Prodigal Son" parable is ageless – worth recalling now due to possible Joe Biden family corruption detailed in the damning contents discovered on son Hunter's discarded computer and recent disclosures by a family confidant. While father Joe granted Hunter his inheritance – a family name to trade upon – the son did very well with it. However, instead of raising fatherly concerns about a prodigal son's questionable dealings, Joe wanted in on the deal. Is the Hunter Biden scandal going to affect the vote on Nov. 3? Those insights explain Hunter's behavior: Where there is a prodigal father, there is a prodigal son.
Obama – puppet or puppeteer?
A few weeks ago, while out promoting my new book, "Unmasking Obama," a fellow asked the ultimate question about Barack Obama: puppet or puppeteer? After watching Obama slouch his way toward Election Day, drawing crowds smaller than those of even Melania Trump, I am convinced the answer is "puppet." In his prime, Obama generated dramatically more enthusiasm than does the corrupt and senile Joe Biden. That said, the obvious puppet Biden will likely get more votes than Obama did despite the fact that the strings can be seen from the cheap seats. Jack Cashill's new book, "Unmasking Obama: The Fight to Tell the True Story of a Failed Presidency," is now widely available.
The history voters have seen will determine election's outcome
Judging from the existing data on early and mail-in ballots, it is clear that a lot of voters think this election is very important. As we've seen, the resulting push-back from the left has been unprecedented, giving rise to actions that have been nearly impossible to ignore. TRENDING: Christian leader who saw Trump winning in 2016 sees God bringing victory another way in 2020Thus, I believe it would be worthwhile to examine what voters have actually experienced since President Trump took office. Since January 2017, voters have seen an attempted coup on the part of congressional Democrats in the form of their impeachment proceedings against the president. They've seen their president berated in crude and shameful fashion by Democrats, the press and media, as well as being upbraided for his alleged racism despite no evidence whatsoever to support this contention.
U.S. senator scorches Twitter for censoring bombshell Biden report
U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, on Wednesday skewered Twitter and its CEO, Jack Dorsey, for allowing a negative report about President Trump while censoring a story damaging to Joe Biden's campaign. Dorsey, along with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Google's Sundar Pichai, was subpoenaed after Twitter blocked a New York Post report on alleged influence peddling by the Biden family and suspended the paper's account. But he said that the paper must delete tweets on the Biden story if it wants its account restored. 100% (44 Votes) 0% (0 Votes)Cruz asked Dorsey if Twitter can influence elections, and the CEO denied it. Cruz argued the Biden evidence was not "hacked," coming from a laptop apparently abandoned by Hunter Biden.
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey accused of lying under oath to the Senate: That's a felony
Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz accused Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey of lying under oath while testifying before the Senate Commerce Committee on Wednesday. "What [Dorsey] told the Senate, under oath, is false. What @jack told the Senate, under oath, is false. 18 USC 1621 makes it a felony to lie under oath to the Senate. Nothing like lying under oath https://t.co/Jp7monfPNs — Josh Hawley (@HawleyMO) October 28, 2020You're right, @Jack.
'Soaked in suffering': Christian leaders complain of 'white supremacy pandemic'
More than two dozen Christian leaders in New England have signed a letter to call attention to "decision fatigue and exhaustion" among pastors stemming from what they call pandemics of "white supremacy" and the coronavirus. "As pandemics of COVID, white supremacy, and persistent inequality ravage and despair sets in, we hear the cry of the Psalmist across every generation. "The Church leaders are profoundly concerned about the well-being of these weary shepherds. Are these pastors correct about there being a pandemic of 'white supremacy'? The undeniable truth is this: The Black church only exists because the white church would not welcome black members."
Dr. Scott Atlas demolishes Joe Biden's COVID lockdown claim
When Joe Biden claimed "no serious" doctor agrees with Dr. Scott Atlas' coronavirus strategy of loosening coronavirus restrictions for the healthy while protecting the vulnerable, the White House coronavirus adviser got the last word. Do you agree with Dr. Scott Atlas' strategy? They concluded that that while strict public health measures bring cases down, the number of deaths rise in the long run. The CDC last month issued new estimates that showed people under 50 years infected by COVID-19 have nearly a 100% survival rate. It broke down to a 99.997% survival rate for 0-19; 99.98% for ages 20-49; 99.5% for 50-69; and 94.6% for those over 70.
Highest-rated cable show in history: Tucker Carlson crushes competition
“Tucker Carlson Tonight” surpassed “CBS Evening News with Norah O’Donnell,” with more than 5.3 million viewers, according to Fox News’ press release. Katz (@ajkatztv) October 27, 2020“Tucker Carlson had the highest-rated show on cable TV this month. He is averaging 5.36 million viewers a night-a huge number by modern standards,” Michael M. Grynbaum, media correspondent for The New York Times said in a tweet. 99% (647 Votes) 1% (6 Votes)Tucker Carlson had the highest-rated show on cable TV this month. He is averaging 5.36 million viewers a night – a huge number by modern standards.
WATCH: 'Ballot chaser' boasts she got $55,000 to flip 5,000 votes for Biden
She said she's paid to flip votes for Biden at a cost of "five to eight dollars per vote. TRENDING: Christian leader who saw Trump winning in 2016 sees God bringing victory another way in 2020"Yeah, that’s what I’m doing. "Yeah, I'm getting the Biden vote out, but I mean I'm not going to do it for free -- in other words if they don’t pay me, I’m like excuse me?" I'm with Biden and I’m with Hegar. After the voter "corrects" her ballot, Rodriguez presents her with a shawl as a gift.
'Obamagate' movie destroys media's 'Russia' narrative
Their plotting to bring down Trump is interspersed by caricatures of Brennan and Comey reading their tweets, with comedic effect. See "The Obamagate Movie":McAleer and McElhinney also have turned the gripping testimony from the 2014 Michael Brown case into a play called "Ferguson." "We would be unemployed if the media did its job," McAleer told WND in an interview. McAleer told WND he hopes "Obamagate" will provide a balance not only to "The Comey Rule" but also to books such as Peter Strzok's, which he said are "trying to rewrite history." See Phelim McAleer and Ann McElhinny talk about "Obamagate":See actor Dean Cain talk about his role in "Obamagate":
'Enough of this': Limbaugh offers solution to stop riots
With the possibility of riots across America in the wake of Election Day, radio star Rush Limbaugh is suggesting a potential solution to end domestic terror: send the rioters to the U.S. military base in Cuba. There's no way they're gonna unify with us. The way you stop riots is law enforcement. "If the riots are led by African-Americans, then law enforcement's not gonna do much. If they lead the riots or if a bunch of women wearing vagina hats lead the riots, then there's gonna be a political component to it.
Study finds no late shift towards Trump so far – HotAir
Those voters broke for Mr. Trump by 30 percentage points in Wisconsin and by 17 points in Florida and Pennsylvania, helping to deliver narrow victories, the study said. This month, the Journal/NBC News poll went looking for signs of a similar, late shift—and found a different picture than in 2016. Undecided voters seem to be moving equally toward both presidential candidates. And they moved almost equally to Mr. Trump and to his challenger, former Vice President Joe Biden. Overall, this set of voters favored Mr. Biden more than the president.
Trump is going to win – HotAir
Yet I have further reasons for believing Donald will win next week. In the Republican primaries more people voted for just one candidate, Donald Trump, than turned out for all the Democratic candidates. The enthusiasm for Donald is not just a matter of turnout at airports where he flies in and flies out. And still another 56 percent of Americans said they expected a Trump victory. Forgive me for jumping to conclusions, but I too am expecting a Trump victory.
Kushner bragged in April that Trump was taking the country "back from the doctors" – HotAir
President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner boasted in mid-April about how the President had cut out the doctors and scientists advising him on the unfolding coronavirus pandemic, comments that came as more than 40,000 Americans already had died from the virus, which was ravaging New York City. In a taped interview on April 18, Kushner told legendary journalist Bob Woodward that Trump was “getting the country back from the doctors” in what he called a “negotiated settlement.” Kushner also proclaimed that the US was moving swiftly through the “panic phase” and “pain phase” of the pandemic and that the country was at the “beginning of the comeback phase.”“That doesn’t mean there’s not still a lot of pain and there won’t be pain for a while, but that basically was, we’ve now put out rules to get back to work,” Kushner said. “Trump’s now back in charge. It’s not the doctors.”
Georgia: Biden 50, Trump 46 – HotAir
Among all registered voters in Georgia, Biden is supported by 50% and Trump is supported by 45%. In a high turnout model, Biden has 50% support and Trump has 46%. The race is tighter using a lower turnout model at 50% Biden and 48% Trump, whereas the incumbent led by 3 to 5 points in this model in prior polls. Trump won Georgia by five points in 2016. More than half (58%) of registered voters in Georgia report having already cast their ballots.
Wisconsin: Biden 48, Trump 43 – HotAir
In new Marquette Law School Poll, Joe Biden is the choice for president of 48% of likely WI voters, Donald Trump is the choice of 43%. #mulawpollLittle change in overall results from most recent Marquette poll, Sept. 30 to Oct. 4, when it was Biden 47% and Trump 42%. In early September, it was Biden 48%, Trump 44%. #mulawpollAmong Republicans, 7% support Biden, 86% support Trump. Among Democrats, 3% support Trump, 92% support Biden.
MAGA scrambles to repair the Hunter Biden narrative – HotAir
The Wall Street Journal and Fox News have both reported finding no evidence that former Vice President Joe Biden benefited from the Hunter Biden business dealings that have drawn scrutiny. More explicitly pro-Trump media outlets — OAN, Breitbart, Newsmax — have mostly shied away from publishing fresher, more salacious allegations. Videos apparently showing Hunter Biden in compromising positions, allegedly obtained from the laptop, have been uploaded to a Chinese website owned partially by Steve Bannon, the former Trump aide who has been helping Giuliani. The explicit photos ended up on Gateway Pundit, a site known for promoting conspiracy theories about various Democratic figures. An email allegedly tying Hunter Biden to a Kazakh oligarch ended up in the British tabloid The Daily Mail, with only a passing mention of Biden.
FBI agents urge Biden and Trump not to fire Christopher Wray – HotAir
“FBI Special Agents respect Director Wray’s leadership and look forward to continuing to work with him to protect this great country from national security and criminal threats,” said Brian O’Hare, president of the FBI Agents Association, in a statement and letters to both Trump and Biden. The vote of confidence in Wray comes as he appears to be on increasingly tenuous footing under Trump, who has publicly assailed him for declining to investigate the president’s political adversaries and for undercutting Trump’s political narratives about foreign election interference and left-wing violence. In recent days, sources close to Trump have fueled stories suggesting Trump is preparing to fire Wray after the election, and may remove other members of his national security team who he has criticized for similar reasons. Biden, on the other hand, has given no indication about whether he would seek to retain Wray, whose term would expire in 2027. Spokespeople for the Biden campaign and transition did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
Poll: Suburbanites show one of largest drops in Trump approval – HotAir
The first date range encompassed Trump’s acquittal in the Senate impeachment trial and the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic in the U.S. During this period, the president averaged 47% job approval, including five separate 49% ratings, which are the highest of his presidency. The second period — which began shortly after George Floyd died in police custody — showed a clear drop in Trump’s approval rating, with an average 42% of U.S. adults saying they approved of Trump. This time period included nationwide protests about racial injustice as well as a resurgence of the coronavirus in Sun Belt states, Trump’s nomination of Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court, the contentious first presidential debate and Trump contracting the coronavirus. None of the subgroups analyzed in this report showed meaningful increases in job approval. However, a small number of groups — including Republicans overall and Republicans who say they have conservative political views — did not show a meaningful decline in approval this year.
Trump pins hopes on rallies that could be sealing his defeat – HotAir
But the rallies’ impact is far from clear. Republicans say they harvest data from attendees and fire up their base, while Democrats say they get a spike in donations and volunteers, too, and wonder if Trump is merely preaching to the choir. Holding rallies in defiance of coronavirus health recommendations has fueled voters’ disapproval of his handling of the pandemic — feeding Biden’s key argument that Trump has mishandled the first major crisis of his presidency. And pollsters say there’s little evidence of a rally boost. “The rapid-fire Trump rallies, while clearly well-received by the base, have done nothing to tip the scale in President Trump’s direction,” said Tim Malloy, a pollster from Quinnipiac University.
Biden makes late push to flip the Senate – HotAir
He campaigned in Georgia on Tuesday with Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock, the top Democrats running in the rapidly changing state’s dual Senate races. Meanwhile, his wife, Jill Biden, was in Maine stumping with Sara Gideon, the party’s candidate facing longtime GOP Sen. Susan Collins. And on Friday, Biden will make his first stop in Iowa since the state’s ill-fated caucuses, where the dead-heat Senate race has become the second most expensive in the country — and Biden and Trump are locked in a tight race themselves. Biden still hasn’t campaigned with every Democratic Senate hopeful, even in the swing states where the party is competitive at both levels. “If we win both of these Senate seats in Georgia, it’s almost mathematically impossible for Mitch McConnell to remain majority leader.”
Poll: Biden 54, Trump 42 – HotAir
Among likely voters, 54% back Biden and 42% Trump. Biden has held a lead in every CNN poll on the matchup since 2019, and he has held a statistically significant advantage in every high-quality national poll since the spring. Although the election will ultimately be decided by the statewide results, which drive the Electoral College, Biden’s lead nationally is wider than any presidential candidate has held in more than two decades in the final days of the campaign…Barring major changes in the landscape in the final days of the race, Trump’s chances for closing the gap are deeply dependent on Election Day turnout. The poll finds that among those who have already voted (64% Biden to 34% Trump) or who plan to vote early but had not yet done so at the time they were interviewed (63% Biden to 33% Trump), Biden holds nearly two-thirds support. Trump leads 59% to 36%, though, among those who say they plan to vote on Election Day.
Parler is becoming a depository for Hunter Biden political porn – HotAir
As A-list internet conservatives lost interest in Parler, the site became a haven for conspiracy theorists. On Tuesday, a list of suggested topics on Parler included “#Pizzagate,” the conspiracy theory that has inspired two violent attacks on a Washington pizzeria. Promoters of the QAnon conspiracy theory, which imagines Donald Trump violently purging his enemies in the Democratic Party, have flocked to the site. GNews, a Chinese-language website tied to billionaire Chinese dissident and Steve Bannon patron Guo Wengui, has posted the images for days. “Fellow fighters are switching to new battlefield (sic) of platforms like Parler and Gab,” a Tuesday article on GNews read.
Some Trump supporters might be relieved if he loses – HotAir
I grew up in a conservative social circle, and I talk weekly with friends and family who voted for Mr. Trump. But I’ve come to believe that some people who publicly support the president don’t fully want him to win. Commentators focus on a category they call “shy Trump voters.” These are voters who supposedly support Mr. Trump but won’t acknowledge it publicly. They won’t say they’re tired of him to a pollster. It can be as embarrassing to admit you liked Mr. Trump and now fear him as it was to admit you were attracted to him in the first place.
These white women voted for Trump in 2016. They’re having second thoughts. – HotAir
Over the past two months, Republican pollster Sarah Longwell, who founded the group Republican Voters Against Trump, has been following nine undecided voters, college-educated women, who ranged in age from 30 to 60. (The remaining three Biden voters were from Pennsylvania and North Carolina.) Three from Arizona, Pennsylvania and Florida were undecided, vacillating between voting for Biden or third party. “The trend as we’ve gotten closer to the election has been just how many people aren’t voting for Trump again,” said Longwell. She added that the phenomenon of a shy Biden voter is “much more likely to manifest” than a shy Trump voter.
This is the coronavirus election – HotAir
And yet, the pandemic is not impossible to control, contrary to what White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows recently suggested. Social interventions such as paid sick leave can give vulnerable people the option of protecting their lives without risking their livelihoods. Only the federal government can fund and orchestrate public-health measures at a scale necessary to corral the coronavirus. (By contrast, Barack Obama dealt with the H1N1 flu and MERS in his first term, and Ebola and Zika in his second.) Third, it occurred not during the dawn of his term but at its twilight, when Americans have an opportunity to avert further incompetence.
IBD/TIPP: Trump now ahead of where he was in 2016
The latest Biden Vs. Trump poll from IBD/TIPP suggests the race has become competitive with just one week to go. President Donald Trump’s support has surpassed his 2016 share of the vote in the IBD/TIPP presidential poll update, while Vice President Joe Biden appears to have lost ground among some key groups. This doesn’t mean that Trump is in any danger of winning the popular vote, but as we saw four years ago, he doesn’t really need to. If the popular vote is “close” (definitions of that word in this context vary), Biden’s path to victory grows increasingly tenuous. If the popular vote between President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden is nearly a tie, Trump has an 88 percent chance of re-election, researchers of the Electoral College predict in a recent study.
Federal judge to DoJ: Nice try, but you can’t shield Trump in defamation case
Yesterday’s decision cuts off a convenient escape route for Donald Trump, who faces a defamation suit from E. Jean Carroll. The decision by US District Court Judge Lewis Kaplan has nothing to do with the merits of Carroll’s case or any demerits of it, either. That would have provided a quick and convenient end to the case, theoretically speaking:Nice try, Kaplan ruled Tuesday. The DoJ can move the suit to federal court and even represent Trump, but they can’t claim that Trump was a government “employee” or that his alleged defamatory comment was part of his official business as such. In fact, as the constitutional head of government, Kaplan wrote, Trump cannot plausibly be seen as acting at any other person’s direction.
What happened at Trump’s Omaha rally last night?
He held a rally last night at Eppley Airfield in Omaha, Nebraska. “We need at least 30 more buses,” an Omaha police officer just said, shaking his head at the chaotic cluster that is unfolding. The #Trump rally ended around 8:45pm. pic.twitter.com/JYXCLypTQl — Jeff Paul (@Jeff_Paul) October 28, 2020The “Omaha Scanner” Twitter account was following police and EMT chatter all evening. — Omaha Scanner (@omaha_scanner) October 28, 2020#MedicalBranch of #TACAirIC reports at least 30 patient contacts and 7 patient transports to hospital.
Melania in Pennsylvania: Biden’s socialist agenda will destroy America
First Lady Melania Trump traveled to Atglen, Pennsylvania Tuesday for her first solo campaign appearance during this election cycle. Her appearance came the day after President Trump held three campaign events in Pennsylvania. What was striking about her speech is that in her own soft-spoken way, she tore into the Democrats and Joe Biden, as well as the media. “Joe Biden attacked President Trump’s decision to put the American people first and close travel from China. President Trump made a surprise stop in Maine last week and Mike Pence has traveled to the state in recent days, too.
Judge: Post Office must reverse mail “collection limits”
In the latest in a series of emergency orders, the judge ordered the USPS to put an end to any “collection limits” when handling mail from now until the election. Notice how Politico points out in the very first sentence of their article that these “limitations on mail collection” were put in place by the “Trump-backed” Postmaster General. Sending carriers and vehicles out for late deliveries and extra trips every day drives up both overtime costs and fuel/vehicle usage. On one hand, their lawsuits make it sound as if some evil cabal is working to undermine mail delivery so people’s ballots won’t arrive in time. And he wants daily updates on how many of them had to make extra delivery trips for late mail?
Democrats underperforming in Nevada early vote?
There are too many unknowns about Election Day turnout to draw any safe conclusions from the early returns. And in this case he’s not really “interpreting” early turnout, he’s simply comparing this year’s Democratic advantage to 2016’s Democratic advantage. Trump won that group in Nevada by a 50/37 spread over Clinton four years ago, according to the exit polls. Nate Silver cautioned about that this morning:For example, Biden lost independents by 13 points in Nevada in 2016, per the exit poll there. Georgia would do it for him (along with Michigan and Wisconsin), or Arizona plus an electoral vote somewhere else.
Vanity Fair gives AOC the puffiest of puff pieces
Today Vanity Fair published a profile of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez which has to be one of the puffiest puff pieces ever written. The entire thing from start to finish presents AOC as a uniquely talented candidate without any discernible flaws. Even with the media eagerly rolling out the White House red carpet for her, I don’t think she can get there on icon status alone. If she did make it to the White House the resistance to AOC would be every bit as strong as it was to Trump from day one. There’s just no way she breezes through this in the way Vanity Fair seems to imagine she could.
Hmmmm: Are Democrats coming up short in early voting?
Just how much of a lead do Democrats need in early voting to overcome a projected Republican turnout wave on Election Day? Let’s stipulate to this point up front:It proves it in a sense: People can look at the same early voting returns and see wildly different things. In that shape, Pudner’s estimate might have been a little too soft on where Democrats need to end up. In Florida, much has been made of Democrats flipping the early voting edge this year by outvoting Republicans 1,926,055 to 1,463,281 so far. Democrats’ early voting across the state is actually falling well short of what they would need to win if they lose Election Day 31 percent to 69 percent.
Twitter chief: We won’t allow Hunter Biden misinformation but we will allow Holocaust misinformation
It’s only the core critique of Twitter’s attempt to suppress the Hunter Biden laptop story, after all. If Trump tweets nonsense about the fraudulence of mail-in ballots, they’re johnny on the spot. What’s the difference between a vicious anti-semitic lie about what was done to Europe’s Jews in World War II and a not-yet-discredited story about Joe and Hunter Biden trying to drum up business in China? Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey defends not flagging tweets denying the Holocaust as misinformation, while flagging the president's tweetshttps://t.co/63qT3FSx8p pic.twitter.com/hkk9MgR3XA — RNC Research (@RNCResearch) October 28, 2020Did this guy prepare for this hearing at all? The Hunter Biden laptop story would be verboten too; the facts simply aren’t certain enough to take a legal risk by publishing it.
MLB: Dodgers player ignored security, insisted on celebrating with teammates after testing positive for COVID
They made it all the way to the seventh inning of Game Six of the World Series before running into a problem. He had an inconclusive test the day before, which the Dodgers assumed meant that he was okay to take the field. Then, whoopsie:In the second inning tonight, the lab doing COVID tests informed MLB that Justin Turner’s test from yesterday came back inconclusive. He’s one of the Dodgers’ star players, someone who suffered through their World Series disappointments in 2017 and 2018. After the final out, he was back on the field — against the orders of MLB security.
Former Homeland Security official outs himself as ‘Anonymous’ (Update: Will remain as CNN contributor)
HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA. The person that the NYT strongly insinuated was, like, the VP or WH Chief of Staff, or Cabinet Member was literally "Miles Taylor." HA HA HA — Mollie (@MZHemingway) October 28, 2020Should the NY Times have granted this guy an anonymous platform in the first place? (@EsotericCD) October 28, 2020Should the NYT have granted anonymity as a “senior administration official” to minor DHS bureaucrat Miles Taylor? Miles Taylor?
RCI: Senate committee investigating Hunter Biden for FARA violations
Until Mueller, FARA violations were only slightly more likely to result in criminal probes than supposed violations of the Logan Act. Mueller picked it back up and added in the FARA violations in order to squeeze Manafort for testimony against Donald Trump. RCI’s Paul Sperry reports that one Senate committee plans to use it in dealing with Hunter Biden, although which committee turns out to be a bit of a surprise:The Senate Finance Committee, which is chaired by Sen. Chuck Grassley, an Iowa Republican, is actively investigating Hunter Biden’s possible non-compliance with the FARA statute, according to a spokesman. (We haven’t seen firm evidence that Hunter lobbied Joe for Burisma, either; they both deny it.) A FARA indictment might dent Joe a little, but most people are inclined to dismiss October surprises, especially those aimed more at family members.
Can anyone survive switching parties at this point?
The title question is one that’s clearly on the mind of Congressman Jeff Van Drew this week. Van Drew represents Atlantic City. His district went for Trump by five points in 2016, so you might think the party switch is giving him a boost. The race is only nominally between Kennedy and Van Drew, however. As in down-ballot contests across the country this year, Trump looms large here — perhaps even more so because of the public embrace between Van Drew and the President.
Trump: I was worried this “Anonymous” sleazebag might be Hope Hicks or Jared Kushner
I don’t know why he thinks Miles Taylor should be prosecuted, though. Trump, speaking at the Phoenix Goodyear Airport, calls “anonymous” (Miles Taylor) a “sleaze bag” and adds that he was worried it would turn out to be someone like Hope Hicks, Jared Kushner, Mike Lee, or Rand Paul. “This guy, in my opinion, should be prosecuted,” Trump adds. Taylor went anonymous as a false pretense, to generate exactly the sort of fake suspense Trump jokes about in the clip. — ErikWemple (@ErikWemple) October 28, 2020Asked about his lie to Anderson Cooper, Miles Taylor says he was doing what he'd pledged to do — deny authorship and keep the focus on Trump.
WaPo/ABC poll: Biden leads in Wisconsin by … *seventeen* points?
None of them include Joe Biden winning Wisconsin by seventeen points, two more than Barack Obama’s margin in 2008. In Wisconsin, likely voters favor Biden by 57 percent to 40 percent, with Jorgensen at 2 percent. Among registered voters, Biden’s edge in Michigan is five points, while he leads by 17 points in Wisconsin. Could Biden have a lead, even a substantial lead, in Wisconsin? None of the polling has ever shown Trump ahead, although a recent Susquehanna poll (with only 500 likely voters) put the race at a 45/45 tie.
Biden’s relaxed schedule still making some Dems nervous, but they also worry about him getting sick
Biden’s campaign strategy continues to look like an attempt to run out the clock while polls show he has a lead. But some Democrats continue to worry that Biden is taking a big risk by not being aggressive in the final days of the campaign. But compared with many of Mr. Biden’s days this month, and even a few this week, it’s the equivalent of a barnstorm. On Sunday, Mr. Biden held no in-person campaign events, straying from his home in the Wilmington area only for church. Another is that Biden doesn’t have the stamina to campaign and COVID is providing an excuse for never getting Biden out of 2nd gear.
How far might Trump go? – HotAir
Working in the same vein as Foley, Larry Diamond, a political scientist and senior fellow at Stanford’s Hoover Institution, described by email what he called “by far the most dangerous scenario”:“Trump is leading when the in-person votes are counted on election night. 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.”When the “blue wave comes in,” Diamond continues,“and gives Biden a victory in states with more than 270 electoral votes, Trump cries foul and demands that the Republican legislators in states like Pennsylvania, maybe Florida, give him their electoral votes, even though he didn’t win according to the vote count.”
"I'm absolutely expecting him to do something weird" – HotAir
“The pardon power operates in the way he imagines the presidency to operate — you wave your hand and it’s done,” says Quinta Jurecic, the managing editor of the blog Lawfare. His former lawyer Michael Cohen, who Trump believes betrayed him by cooperating with investigators and speaking publicly. Second, look for the possibility of blanket, preemptive pardons for the president’s own family, close friends and campaign associates. Presidential pardons — as Gerald Ford demonstrated in pardoning Nixon — don’t require existing criminal charges; they can also be used to block attempts to bring federal charges in the future. The third type of presidential pardons or commutations that might emerge from the White House post-election is what might be called the “Fox & Friends and Friends of Fox” category.
Trump: Hopefully courts won’t let states take a lot of time to count ballots after November 3
TRUMP: "We'll see what happens [on Election Day]. Hopefully the few states remaining that want to take a lot of time after Nov. 3 to count ballots that won't be allowed by the various courts, because as you know we’re in courts on that." pic.twitter.com/oKcaYE20K8 — JM Rieger (@RiegerReport) October 28, 2020No one wants weeks of uncertainty after Election Day about who won. The reason he doesn’t want states taking “a lot” of time counting ballots after Election Day next week isn’t because he’s worried about “uncertainty,” or fraudulent votes trickling in. pic.twitter.com/SqPqIQb4tB — Aaron Hanlon (@AaronRHanlon) October 28, 2020The argument for a rule that the ballot must arrive *by* Election Day is certainty.
Luntz: Dodgers win the World Series, Is a Trump victory imminent?
In case you don’t follow baseball, the L.A. Dodgers won the World Series Tuesday. The Rays beat the Houston Astros in the play-off series, so there may be a little residual disappointment around the World Series this year on my part. The World Series title was the second championship title celebrated in a matter of weeks for a Los Angeles team. He noted that every time the Dodgers win the World Series, the Republican candidate wins the presidency. My Dodgers won the World Series.
The coming decade of Democratic dominance – HotAir
There are more than 5 million fewer members of his core constituency — Whites without college degrees — than there were four years ago. And there are more than 13 million more minority and college-educated White eligible voters than in 2016. In Ronald Reagan’s 1984 reelection, voters under 30 were a solidly Republican age cohort; 2020, for the fifth consecutive election, it will be the most Democratic. Furthermore, this will be the first presidential election in which the number of millennial and Generation Z eligible voters will outnumber eligible baby boomers. Generation Z is 49 percent people of color.
US Election 2020: Trump campaign website is 'seized' by hackers
Donald Trump’s campaign website was briefly ‘seized’ by hackers Tuesday who claimed to have evidence that ‘completely discredits’ him as a president and proves his ‘criminal involvement’ in the manipulation of the 2020 election. Trump's website was back up and running by 7:45pm. Trump 2020 Communications Director Tim Murtaugh later released a statement on the system breach, assuring that no sensitive data 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,' Murtaugh wrote. 'Twitter Shuts Down Entire Network To Slow Spread Of Negative Biden News https://babylonbee.com/news/twitter-shuts-down-entire-network-to-slow-spread-of-negative-biden-news via @TheBabylonBee,' Trump's account tweeted on October 16.
Senate Panel Investigating Hunter Biden’s Failure to Register as Foreign Agent
The Obama-Biden administration investigated six Trump campaign advisers for suspected FARA violations, but not Hunter Biden, above, with his father. Compared with the treatment of Hunter Biden, that's “a double standard, 100%,” said a former assistant FBI director. Tony Bobulinski, who says he is a former associate of Hunter Biden, has turned over evidence to the FBI. Terry McAuliffe and Democratic Sen. Kamala Harris of California, who is now Joe Biden’s running mate. Chuck Grassley, chair of the Senate Finance Committee: He is actively investigating Hunter Biden’s possible non-compliance with the FARA statute.
The Landslide America Will Be Glad to Have
In a bitterly contested, confused election, the social media giants would suppress any information favoring Trump as “disinformation,” and boost any news that demonstrated a Biden win. America is a Sunny CountryI sense America is tired of fighting. That is why I think in one week, America will choose to step up rather than hunker down. I believe Donald Trump will win with a broad coalition, including Blacks and Latinos in record numbers for a Republican. They know Biden is not up for the job.
The Morning Briefing: Philly Riot Thugs Make Final Push for Trump's Reelection
From Bryan’s post:Philadelphia, Pa., erupted into its second straight night of violent riots following the police shooting death of 27-year-old Walter Wallace Jr. Monday afternoon. This kind of violence has not only been condoned by Joe Biden and his fellow Democrats, it’s been embraced. pic.twitter.com/rlvVkSwXhp — Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) October 28, 2020DayumPJM LinktankIf only people hadn’t been voting since February. ?’: Joe Biden introduces himself as Kamala Harris’ running mateBee MeCNN Mourns ACB Confirmation By Flying Chinese Flag At Half-Mast https://t.co/4pcvrOaPfN — The Babylon Bee (@TheBabylonBee) October 27, 2020The Kruiser KabanaUrías is only 24, btw. Monday through Friday he edits PJ Media’s “Morning Briefing.” His columns appear twice a week.
Insanity Wrap #76: This Bud's for You, Racist
Insanity Wrap needs to know: When did beer become racist? Insanity Wrap asks this question rhetorically, of course. You don’t need Insanity Wrap to tell you that the whole rotten structure needs to be torn down. Insanity Wrap believes that in the one-in-a-bazillion chance that Trump is a white supremacist then he’s really, truly awful at it. One More Thing…Who told you Insanity Wrap never shared anything uplifting?
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MAINE SENATE NOW A DEAD-HEAT: Latest results from Colby College Poll has Democrat Gideon with a three-point margin over Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME), well within the margin of error. Think Collins wishes now that Trump would have a rally in Maine?
Biden Looked Normal At The Debates, So Why Does He Appear Senile At Most Other Times?
I&I EditorialJoe Biden called President Donald Trump “George” on Sunday, as if he were running against George H.W. Yet at both debates, though he made mistakes, he looked to be far more sentient, at times even sharp, in stark contrast to the doddering senior citizen we usually see. “What kind of country we’re gonna be,” Biden asked in a weekend interview with George Lopez. Just as disturbing as the constant misstatements are his appearances in public and on video outside of the debates. We won’t speculate as to the cause behind the sharp differences in the Biden of the debates and the Biden we’ve been seeing at other times.
On Biden Corruption, Democrats Reap Consequences Of Gentle Primary
In a healthy Democratic Party, Joe Biden's primary opponents would have cared about his family's documented habit of trading on their powerful last name. In a healthy Democratic Party, Joe Biden’s primary opponents would have cared about his family’s documented habit of trading on their powerful last name, almost certainly with the former vice president’s knowledge. Hunter Biden has acknowledged meeting with Jonathan Li, a Chinese banker and his partner in the fund during the trip, although his spokesman says it was a social visit. Beyond being a powerful campaign attack, the issue raises serious questions about Joe Biden’s commitment to ethical conduct. They clearly don’t want to be seen as advancing President Trump’s efforts to get Ukraine to investigate the Hunter Biden deal.”I think that’s correct.
My 'suburban mom' demographic is supposedly all in for Biden. But I'm voting for Trump.
A more expansive view of life:Viable unborn children can live without their mothers — our Constitution protects themThat’s Joe Biden’s America. One of Trump’s first acts was to nominate Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court, followed by Brett Kavanaugh. She would be the first mother of young children to serve on the Supreme Court. Now Biden threatens to turn the Supreme Court into his own liberal mini-Congress. But in Biden’s America he’ll always stand with the teachers, even when they are wrong.
Leftists Are Physically Attacking Trump Supporters Just Like They Did in 2016
Groups including United Against Racism and Fascism NYC and NYC Antifa posted about their involvement with the counterprotest. Throw red paint on vehicles, punch Trump supporters. @realDonaldTrump @TrumpWarRoom pic.twitter.com/qbCeMKWWl9 — NYC Scanner (@NYScanner) October 25, 2020The tolerant left throwing rocks at yesterday’s Jews For Trump caravan. pic.twitter.com/kfrwaLTJgT — NYC Scanner (@NYScanner) October 25, 2020In San Francisco, a black Trump supporter got one of his teeth knocked out. Meanwhile, Trump is repeatedly asked to condemn white supremacy while Joe Biden is never asked to denounce Antifa.
Ted Cruz rips Jack Dorsey over censorship of Post’s Hunter Biden bombshell
Sen. Ted Cruz teed off on Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey over the social-media giant’s censorship of The Post’s reporting on Hunter Biden, in a stunning rebuke during Wednesday’s Big Tech hearings on Capitol Hill. “Can the New York Post post on their Twitter account?” the lawmaker pressed. “Let’s be clear: The New York Post isn’t just some random guy tweeting. The New York Post has the fourth-highest circulation of any newspaper in America. The New York Post was founded by Alexander Hamilton,” he scolded Dorsey.
Wargaming the Electoral College: Can BIDEN Thread the Needle to 270? (Yes, Biden)
Wargaming the Electoral College: Penultimate Edition. Let’s start this edition of Wargaming the Electoral College with that premise and with the broadest possible battleground state map. If the Dems can steal big enough to steal this one from Trump, then voting and the Electoral College no longer matter and this whole country is moot. On this map, without Pennsylvania, Biden would have to sweep all three remaining Rust Belt battlegrounds: Michigan, Minnesota, Wisconsin. Not because I’m driven to flights of fancy, but because all these scenarios drive home the entire point of today’s edition of Wargaming the Electoral College: Trump has more and wider paths to victory than Biden does.
Unhinged Anti-Trumpers Already Calling for Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett to Be Impeached
Democrats were powerless to stop the confirmation of Justice Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court, but anti-Trumpers aren’t giving up their anti-ACB crusade. Pennsylvania’s Supreme Court recently ruled that signatures on mail-in ballots do not have to match—which makes such votes highly susceptible to fraud. Justice Elena Kagan has been casting votes in Supreme Court cases on Obamacare for years when, by law, she was disqualified from doing so and should have recused herself. Justice Amy Coney Barrett, however, has no legally mandated reason to recuse herself from election cases. Editor’s Note: Want to support PJ Media so we can expose and fight the Left’s radical plans for the Supreme Court?
‘Anonymous’ anti-Trump writer the NYT’s promoted reveals identity, and in a SHOCKING twist, he’s a CNN contributor (who lied) – twitchy.com
— Mike LaChance (@MikeLaChance33) October 28, 2020The anonymous White House staffer is also a CNN contributor. Miles Taylor wasn't even listed on DHS's senior leadership page when NYT published his op-ed because he was just a policy advisor, not even chief of staff. https://t.co/JU0bYvlttL — Derek Hunter (@derekahunter) October 28, 2020LOL “anonymous” was that lib Miles Taylor?!!! pic.twitter.com/6q603PGmTY — Trump War Room – Text TRUMP to 88022 (@TrumpWarRoom) October 28, 2020Miles Taylor confirms he is "anonymous"Here he is on video categorically denying to Anderson Cooper that he's anonymous. pic.twitter.com/LeAbYgQfr5 https://t.co/HCnaFdk1hT — Rising serpent ?? (@rising_serpent) October 28, 2020So ring that up as yet another lie that was peddled on CNN.
Media Titans Subvert Reality About Biden/Ukraine Profiteering
Thus, the government of Ukraine replaced the chief prosecutor with a new one that would be fired one year later at the insistence of Joe Biden. White House phone logs show that Joe Biden talked to the president of Ukraine at least three times in the week surrounding the firing. This left Joe Biden incapable of using U.S. taxpayer funds to influence Ukrainian officials. The Meeting OccurredYet another media falsehood is the claim that the e-mail isn’t clear about whether Joe Biden actually met with the energy executive. the email isn’t clear about whether Joe Biden actually met with the energy executive.
First look: Victoria Coates denies being "Anonymous"
What she's saying: "The allegations published in Real Clear Investigations are utterly false. I am not Anonymous, and I do not know who Anonymous is," Coates says in a new statement obtained by Axios. Cleta Mitchell, Coates’ lawyer, adds that RealClearInvestigations "peddled false statements citing only anonymous sources, despite on-the-record denials from Javelin LLC (the literary agent for Anonymous), the White House, and three well-respected former members of the Trump Administration—and now Dr. Coates as well." Details: Earlier this week, RealClearInvestigations published a story asserting that a months-long White House investigation identified Coates as "Anonymous," citing "people familiar with the internal probe." Last fall, rumors claiming Coates was the "Anonymous" writer began circulating throughout Washington, despite the administration rejecting the allegations against her.
'Anonymous' Anti-Trump Author Outs Himself as Former DHS Chief of Staff. Here's What We Know.
The man, who also wrote a book, A Warning, under the name “Anonymous,” is former Department of Homeland Security Chief of Staff Miles Taylor. “Donald Trump is a man without character. 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,” he said in a tweet with a link to his statement. My statement: https://t.co/yuhTgZ4bkq — Miles Taylor (@MilesTaylorUSA) October 28, 2020“Make no mistake: I am a Republican, and I wanted this President to succeed.
Joe Biden derides game dev ‘creeps’ who ‘teach you how to kill’
During the interview, reporter Charlie Warzel asked Biden about his problems with tech, including Facebook, and Biden mentioned video games. Biden: Yeah, video games… And then one of these righteous people said to me that, you know, “We are the economic engine of America. Considering I highly doubt the words of the artist in question were “my games teach you how to kill people,” I take that as Biden’s slant on what was said. What he says about video games stands out precisely because of how nasty and out-of-touch it sounds. Not necessarily, but there will be a contingent of voters who see in themselves the “little creeps” Biden is referring to, and they’ll remember that when they’re in the voting booth.
Pro-Trump rally in Beverly Hills shows True Diversity
They love this country and they support President Trump. It was not simply an assembly of old, white men, as the left often attributes to the majority of Trump supporters. Covering the Freedom Rally in Beverly Hills, a weekly Trump rally in Beverly Hills that’s grown to one of the largest regular pro-Trump events in Los Angeles. Here is another article brought to you by Law Enforcement Today regarding people celebrating their support for President Trump. The current world record according to Guiness Book of World Records was achieved in Malaysia in 2014 and had a recorded 1,180 boats.
Not a Joke: Dan Rather on ‘Reliable Sources’ Slamming Trump’s ‘Fantasy Land’
Host Brian Stelter began the show the way he almost always does: by whining about Trump and questioning his mental fitness. Even if President Trump prefers to live in a fantasyland, journalists have to at least try to help him see the reality,” he declared just before introducing Rather. But that didn’t stop Stelter from asking, “as someone who has been covering presidents for decades, have you seen this kind of fantasy land thinking or behavior before?”“No. We've certainly seen behavior we didn't like in presidents but we’ve never seen anything like this. It's perhaps more important with President Trump because there are more untruths so to set record straight.
CNN Contributor ‘Anonymous’ Will Remain With Network After Lying On Air
CNN contributor Miles Taylor will remain with the network despite lying on the air about being the anonymous administration official who wrote a book condemning President Donald Trump. Taylor was an aide to former homeland security secretary Kirstjen Nielsen before resigning last year, and he joined CNN as a contributor in September. However, Taylor lied to anchor Anderson Cooper on Aug. 21 when he denied being "Anonymous." So, no," says @MilesTaylorUSA, when asked by @AndersonCooper if he is the author of the op-ed book written by someone called Anonymous. pic.twitter.com/sPjs4OoAnp — CNN Newsroom (@CNNnewsroom) August 21, 2020Taylor is one of at least six Republican contributors at the network who are openly supporting the Democratic nominee for president Joe Biden.
Biden previews FDR-like administration during unity pitch in Georgia
During a stop in Warm Springs, Georgia, Biden recalled how Roosevelt sought out the city's mineral springs to ease the paralytic effects of Guillain–Barré syndrome before he died from the disorder in 1945. "This place, Warm Springs, is a reminder that though broken, each of us can be healed. And yes, we can restore our soul and save our country," he said Tuesday, not far from Roosevelt's Little White House. One week before polls close, Biden had two public events in Georgia on his schedule, a state that hasn't supported a Democratic standard-bearer since Bill Clinton in 1992. Trump won Georgia by 5 percentage points in 2016, but four years later, the president is only ahead on average by less than a point, according to RealClearPolitics.
Supreme Court: Girl Scouts deletes Amy Coney Barrett Twitter post
"Shame on Girl Scouts for promoting this. one woman wrote in reply to Girl Scouts' Facebook post. "If you would like to debate partisan politics—keep scrolling," the Girl Scouts tweet added. A third woman wrote of Barrett: "She goes against so much of what Girl Scouts stands for — very disappointed in this. And another woman wrote, "Amy Coney Barrett does not represent what I always thought the girl scouts stood for.
Note to Jeff Flake: Joe Biden Is Not the 'Decency and Civility' Candidate
Joe Biden does not have the mean tweets or the history of marital infidelity, but he has character flaws of his own. New revelations from a laptop that apparently belonged to Biden’s son Hunter implicated Joe Biden in Hunter Biden’s notorious foreign deals. While Hunter Biden raked in cash in China and Ukraine, his father served as Obama’s point man on both countries. The Biden family traded on their influential last name before Joe Biden became Obama’s vice president. Only Christopher Tigani, a wealthy beer distributor who bundled cash for the campaign, faced charges, but he exposed Joe Biden’s “Delaware Way” soft corruption.
10 Ways to Call Something Russian Disinformation Without Evidence
How do you call something “Russian disinformation” when you don’t have evidence it is? We don’t know a whole lot about how the New York Post story about Hunter Biden got into print. A group of 50 “former senior intelligence officials” wrote a letter as soon as the Post story came out. Authorities are investigating if it might be Russian disinformation. Thus the essence of these new headlines comes down to, “Intelligence officials are checking to see if the new story can be connected to prior claims of intelligence officials.”Even if it isn’t a Russian influence operation, we should act like it is.
Satellite Images Show Iran Rebuilding Natanz Nuclear Centrifuge Site After Sabotage
Iran has launched a major construction project at its controversial Natanz nuclear facility according to satellite imagery featured Wednesday in the Associated Press. It's widely believed that Israeli intelligence was behind the sabotage to disable advanced centrifuge operations there. Daily, moderate-resolution images from @planetlabs do appear to show construction occurring near the Natanz Fuel Enrichment Plant. "A satellite image Monday shows the site cleared away with what appears to be construction equipment there," it says of the Planet Labs images. Iran's leaders have meanwhile maintained its nuclear development is purely for peaceful nuclear energy needs and not in pursuit of nuclear warheads.
Will Germany Repatriate its Gold From New York If Trump Wins the Election?
Submitted by The Gold ObserverDuring the Trump administration political ties between the U.S. and Germany have critically deteriorated. In 2013, when Germany repatriated gold from the U.S., the Germans communicated: we will not be threatened. The more of its gold reserves Germany stores at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, the more leverage the U.S. has over Germany. It wouldn’t be the first time the U.S. freezes gold assets in New York to pressure foreign nations. If Trump wins, and trans-Atlantic alliances further deteriorate, I wouldn’t be surprised if Germany brings more gold home.
Rabobank: Half The Election Is Already Over By The Usual Standards
Or rather seven days if you expect that we could see a US election result the day after voting, as per usual. That had looked a long shot a month ago, when the meme was of a flood of vote-by-mail (VBM) ballots arriving days and days after Election Day and taking weeks to contentiously count. Moreover, the election narrative above is already changing in that much of the VBM wave appears to have already arrived, unless there is going to be a sudden flood of fresh ballots sent out. (The press suggests 70m this morning, which would suggest over half the election is already over by the usual standards.) With perhaps half the vote in, why not do so rather than just looking at the Real Clear Politics average to try to guess the other half?
Bill Dudley Pretends To Care About Savers, Says Only Congress Can Fix Mess Fed Has Created
It can promise to keep short-term interest rates lower for longer, or until inflation and the unemployment rate reach their targets. It can put a specified ceiling on long-term interest rates (a maneuver that economists call yield-curve control). It can even take interest rates negative (a move that Fed officials have so far rejected). The only way to keep things going is to lower interest rates further — until, that is, they hit their lower bound, which in the U.S. is zero. No doubt, Fed officials should still commit to using all their tools to the fullest.
"We're Going To Make Sure Trump Leaves": Leftists Plan To Storm DC After Election
Authored by Paul Joseph Watson via Summit News,A far left group is vowing to “make sure Trump leaves” the White House after the election, even if he wins, with radicals preparing to storm and occupy DC. “We’re inviting everybody who agrees with these organizing principles to work together to make this uprising happen. We’re going to make sure Trump leaves.”Quite how the group is going to make Trump leave the White House on election day is somewhat baffling, given that even if he loses he doesn’t have to officially leave office until next year. Bragging about how mobs of leftists protested outside Sen. Lindsay Graham’s (R-SC) house before sunrise, the organization is conducting “mass rebellion training” in the event of Trump attempting a “coup”. As it is, Shut Down DC’s call to arms has received virtually no mainstream media attention whatsoever.
After Peddling Trump-Russia Hit-Pieces Before 2016 Election - MSM Totally Ignores Bobulinski Bombshells On Bidens
When Bobulinski asked Joe Biden's brother why they weren't concerned about the political or headline risk involved in case Joe Biden decided to run for office in the future, Jim Biden replied "plausible deniability." Nevermind that Joe Biden lied in 2019 when he said that he 'never talked to Hunter about his business.' As Curtis Houck writes via NewsBusters - here are the top 10 moments from the Bobulinski interview that the MSM will ignore:1. ‘I Think Joe Biden and His Family Are Compromised’ by the Chinese 4. Bobulinski’s First Meeting with Joe Biden 7.
"You Better Apologize For That!": Rudy Giuliani Goes Nuclear On Fox Host After Christopher Steele Comparison
I was acting like Christopher Steele?" I've never been accused of anything, and you're accusing me of being Christopher Steele?" "You can come to my office and you can look at it, and tomorrow night you can apologize to me for saying I'm like Christopher Steele," Giuliani continued. That's outrageous, because you have no basis for that. That's outrageous!"
"This Is Trump Country" - NYT Editor Admits Pennsylvania Race May Be Much Closer Than It Seems
McCreesh spends most of the personal essay describing his encounters with Trump supporters at an unofficial "MAGA-themed" store in Bucks County. A couple unloading groceries in their driveway around the corner said that they planned to vote for Mr. Biden but were too intimidated to talk openly about it. Enthusiasm from Trump voters has drawn people from as far away as West Virginia to buy the red cookies, the bakery owner said. Lochel’s bakery in Hatboro has become an overnight Oracle of (Phila) Delphi, selling red “Trump 2020” and blue “Biden 2020” sugar cookies. Mr. Rutledge, 44, a manager at a clinical research organization, was there to snag some red cookies.
Philly Imposes Wednesday Night Curfew To Try And Prevent 3rd Night Of Chaos
Update (1500ET): As Philly braces for a 3rd night of unrest following another police shooting of a black man, the city is imposing a curfew at 2100. Of course, it's not a riot without copious video of masked thieves pouring out of department stores clutching whatever merchandise they could grab. Some reported that a U-Haul was driven up to a Wal-Mart in Philly, where it was quickly filled with merchandise. — Philadelphia OEM (@PhilaOEM) October 28, 2020At least one lucky individual capitalized on the heat of the moment to propose to his now-fiance. BlazeTV reporter Elijah Shaffer was badly beaten after being jumped by "BLM rioters" while filming inside a store that was being actively looted.
Wall Street Banks, And Their Employees, Now Officially Lean Democrat
You'd think that voting Republican would be an easy decision if you work on Wall Street, especially given the lower taxes and the removal of burdensome regulations. But Democrats have entangled themselves so deeply in the web of Wall Street, that the industry is now leaning to the left, according to a new report from Reuters. Biden's campaign has been the beneficiary of $3 million from commercial banks, compared to the $1.4 million Trump has raised. In 2012, Wall Street banks were among the top five contributors to Romney' campaign. In 2020, campaign contributions to congressional races from Wall Street banks are about even.
Gundlach: Trump Will Win Next Week, And By 2027 "There Will Be Some Sort Of Revolution"
"The polls right now say he isn’t going to win, but they said that four years ago," said Gundlach referring to the following chart. This one is much more murky, but in my eyes, it favors a Trump win." "Markets don’t like certainty, and with Trump, I think you have more certainty,” said Gundlach. "When I said that I think Trump is going to win in 2016, I also said that if you think 2016 is weird, just wait for 2020,” said Gundlach. "Well, if you think 2020 is weird, just wait until 2024.
Fighter Jet Intercepts "Non-Responsive" Plane Near Trump Rally
A General Dynamics F-16 fighter jet intercepted a plane that breached restricted airspace near President Trump's rally in Bullhead City, Arizona, Wednesday afternoon. Video shows Trump looking up at the sky as the fighter jet fired off warning flares. He told the crowd: "Oh, look at that - they [fighter jet] gave the president a little display." MOMENTS AGO: Fighter jet flies over Trump rally in Arizona and appears to fire off flares; crowd chants "USA!" A second tweet from NORAD said the plane's pilot was "non-responsive to initial intercept procedures, but established radio communications after NORAD aircraft deployed signal flares."
How Long Will It Take To Count All The Votes?
Well, that is going to depend on how long it takes to count the votes, and that is going to be different for each state. You see, the truth is that counting mail-in ballots is much more tedious that running normal ballots through a machine. In Washington State, mail-in ballots received as late as Nov. 23 are still valid, as long as they were postmarked by Nov. 3. To give you an idea of how long it takes to count mail-in ballots, just consider what we witnessed in California earlier this year…Consider this year’s California primary, in which 5.8 million people voted for president. If it took California seven weeks to count a couple million mail-in ballots, how in the world is Pennsylvania going to count a similar number of mail-in ballots in just one week?
A 20-Year-Old Book Suggests China Is Already Quietly At War With The US
He has also recently made and delivered more aggressive and direct statements by CCP members and even Chinese military members. Western nations, particularly the United States, did so by sending essential manufacturing jobs to China. Preparing to become the leader of the world’s affairs and eventually even dominate the United States. Still, the book does not focus on direct military vs. military war doctrine but indirect, soft tactics. Like the United States, it is a game of empire, but it is the tortoise instead of the hare.
America's Imperial Expenditures And Escapades Are Stranger Than Fiction
Yet in today’s confusing modern twist, with the citizenry and even soldiery now opposing America’s endless wars, the only men going mad are inside Washington. Just last week, two assumedly unrelated stories offered case studies (or are they clinics) in America’s national security politics and procedures of absurdity. After all the abject adventurism and counter-productivity of America’s agents and analysts, this seems explanation feels exceedingly inadequate. Yes, the very same Shia Washington once feared as a potential Iranian Fifth Column. After 9/11, the Taliban – which Washington had long tolerated even as they terrorized the populace – became the new absolute evil incarnate.
Trump's Executive Order On Race And Sex Lessens The Political Madness Thrown At Men
Authored by Wendy McElroy via The Mises Institute,On September 22, President Trump signed the Executive Order on Combating Race and Sex Stereotyping. But government is already involved to the hilt, and the executive order seeks to take several steps back. Critical race theory is a postmodern framework by which all institutions and dynamics of society are analyzed in terms of race and hierarchy. A September 4 memorandum issued by the Office of Management and Budget broke ground for the executive order. They are wellsprings of identity politics and critical race theory, as well as pioneers in the demonization of men.
Will They Really Get Away With It?
Will they really get away with it? "Russia, Russia, Russia was a scam that ruined lives and put a cloud over the White House for nearly three years. One hopes John Durham has a reference, file or graphic that is something close to those analytical pieces. How is it that Attorney General William Barr and John Durham are consumed with prosecutorial ennui when the crimes and cover-ups are so painfully obvious? One is left to conclude that it really all comes down to political will.
"Who Is Miles Taylor?" - Trump Assails White House Mole: "They Should Fire, Shame & Punish Everybody Associated With This Fraud"
Who is Miles Taylor? They should fire, shame, and punish everybody.... — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 28, 2020....associated with this FRAUD on the American people! A CNN spox just told me that Miles Taylor will remain a contributor despite lying to Anderson Cooper. Miles Taylor? Miles Taylor?
Has Britain's Top Ambassador Been Caught By A Democratic Party 'Honey Trap'?
And it’s not just the network which follows the doctrine do whatever it takes to stay number one. Kim Darroch is a particularly controversial ambassador, previously based in Washington DC and at the heart of the swamp. Was it a security breach which could have led to British soldiers in hotspots around the world being compromised? CNN journalists offering sexual favours to important figures is certainly nothing out of the ordinary. Has Britain’s own top Ambassador been caught by a Democratic Party ‘honey trap’?
Dorsey Admits To Mob-Driven Censorship On Twitter During Heated Section 230 Hearing
That has become an important topic among conservatives who feel tech companies are unfairly censoring them. At Facebook, we don't think tech companies should be making so many decisions about these important issues alone. Twitter's Jack Dorsey is more aggressive, warning ironically that "Section 230 is the Internet's most important law for free speech and safety. We do our work recognizing that free speech and safety are interconnected and can sometimes be at odds. I do not think anyone in this room or the American people want less free speech or more abuse and harassment online.
Biden 50, Trump 46: It’s getting real in Georgia
Monmouth has a new poll out this afternoon confirming that the state really is in play: Biden 50, Trump 46, assuming high turnout. (Lower turnout points to Biden 50, Trump 48.) Trump maintains an advantage among Georgia voters aged 65 and older – leading Biden by 58% to 42% now, versus 61% to 36% in September. The bad news for him is that the GOP’s own polling is reportedly showing a Biden lead now as well: “A pair of internal G.O.P. Hillary lost the Michigan primary to Bernie Sanders in 2016; Biden destroyed Sanders in the Michigan primary earlier this year.
Tucker Carlson says Hunter Biden documents disappeared en route from New York to Los Angeles
Damning Hunter Biden documents suddenly vanish pic.twitter.com/B2qsajZlID — Tucker Carlson (@TuckerCarlson) October 29, 2020HOLY SHIT. Tucker Carlson just said documents he shipped to LA regarding the Hunter Biden story were STOLEN right out of the package somewhere between NY and LA. — Mike LaChance (@MikeLaChance33) October 29, 2020Tucker says that Biden documents that were mailed to him in LA by his NY producer vanished en route — a major shipper was used and they have been unable to determine who opened the package and stole the Biden documents. Not notes from Tony Bobulinski but from Hunter Biden and James Biden, etc. The Senate report revealed that Chinese sent money to a Biden firm and then straight to Hunter Biden — circumventing Bobulinski's work on behalf of Sinohawk.
Don’t Get Suckered By The Establishment Psy-Op
You have people moving from Hillary to Trump, but nobody moving from Trump to Grandpa Badfinger. On the inside, the insiders almost unanimously think Trump will win – that’s the real talk behind the scenes among people whose names you know. Early voting numbers are GOP-friendly, and many polls now show Trump moving up or taking the lead. But the Establishment will try to psych you out, because you are in total control of the one last piece of the puzzle. Oh, we were totally off in 2016 but we totally get Trump voters now and can poll them accurately.
USPTO: One Deep State Swamp Backwater That Is Getting Drained
President Trump has acknowledged that the Swamp is much deeper – and its Creatures much nastier – than he anticipated. Let us briefly examine the incredibly damaged-by-the-Obama-Era system Trump and Iancu inherited. Iancu Says Congress May Be Up for Patent Eligibility ReformThankfully, Iancu hasn’t been fiddling while Congress and the US patent system burn. Oh: Obama and the Republican Congress also had judicial help in undermining the US patent system. (T)he case was widely considered as a decision on software patents or patents on software for business methods….
Bette Midler Goes Off the Rails Even More Than Usual; Asks God to 'Let Biden' Beat 'Racist Criminal' Trump
In one hilarious “please and thank you” tweet, Midler beseeched the Lord to please let Joe Biden beat Trump. https://t.co/v1k5qbF43e — bettemidler (@BetteMidler) October 25, 2020Hmm. — bettemidler (@BetteMidler) October 24, 2020Did I mention that Bette’s not very fond of Fox News host Sean Hannity, either? — bettemidler (@BetteMidler) August 26, 2020Anodyne, anodyne, nothing but simple minded pablum. — bettemidler (@BetteMidler) August 26, 2020Those three tweets are as perfect an example as there is of the hypocrisy of the Left and the Democrat Party as a whole.
Tony Bobulinski Shares Why He Came Forward About Joe Biden's Corruption, Adam Schiff Hardest Hit
Tony Bobulinski just told @TuckerCarlson that he came forward because @RepAdamSchiff said the whole story was Russian disinformation from the Kremlin. He also provided a receipt showing Hunter Biden signed to have them dropped off (see Repair Shop Receipt for Hunter Biden Laptop Revealed, Media Narrative Burns to the Ground). He could not understand why the Biden campaign was leaning into an obvious lie. In short, had Adam Schiff just kept his mouth shut, none of this would be happening right now to the Biden campaign. The Bidens can send Adam Schiff a nice thank you letter for that campaign contribution.
CNN's Oliver Darcy Beclowns Self in Latest Fox News Criticism, Bret Baier Swoops in to Finish Him Off
“It’s what we do to cover an important election fairly,” Baier stated on the program. Trump uses air time to brazenly lie and spread misinfo, including about the coronavirus. Obama and Biden do not. Plus, Biden lied his you-know-what-off during the last presidential debate, not that anyone who watched CNN religiously would know. — Oliver Darcy (@oliverdarcy) October 27, 2020OMG.
The Hunter Biden Emails Are About Joe Biden Not About Hunter
that presents itself in the form of Hunter Biden. The Bobulinski interview made it clear that Joe Biden was a knowing and willing participant in the various scams in which Hunter Biden was a central figure. That shouldn’t be a shock as virtually all large scale commercial enterprises have some degree of oversight by Chinese intelligence. (READ Hunter Biden Caught On Tape Lamenting His Chinese Business Dealings.) We know that the Chinese desperately want Joe Biden to win, and the porn would be useful in manipulating a President Biden so his wastrel son would not end up in prison.
The Media's Excuse for Ignoring the Tony Bobulinksi Bombshell Is Nonsensical Garbage
With Tony Bobulinski throwing more fuel on the fire, providing more texts and documents, the media have upped the standard again. — Bonchie (@bonchieredstate) October 28, 2020When Alexander Vindman sat down with CNN, NBC reported on the interview and took everything that was said as newsworthy. I did not become a journalist to push Russian disinformation. Russian disinformation was good when it was actually Russian disinformation and targeted Trump. The Hunter Biden laptop story is not Russian disinformation, but it will be called such and won’t be reported on because it shields his father.
Shutdown DC Plans to Shutdown the Election; the Left’s Agenda is no Return to Normal
I have heard it recently from several friends: I can’t wait until this election is over so things can go back to normal! Now there is unrest in the streets, and apparently someone planned for these “spontaneous” protestors to be well armed. — SV News ? (@SVNewsAlerts) October 28, 2020Issues and Insights warns us,“[… W]hether Donald Trump wins or loses, the left has other plans. Shutdown DC is encouraging other so-called grassroots organizations to coordinate and pop up. The message and training resources is already being delivered via the Shutdown DC website.
Washington Post Letter From 20 Former US Attorneys From GOP Administrations Supporting Biden -- A 'Who's Who' of RINOs
Tuesday saw another “Open Letter from former Republican Administration Officials who support Joe Biden” published by the Washington Post. With changes during an Administration, there are easily 200 or more US Attorneys appointed over the course of an eight-year Presidency. So rounding up 20 appointed by GOP Presidents to say they support Joe Biden is not really a big chore. The New Mexico GOP and then New Mexico GOP Senator Pete Domenici complained about Iglesias to the White House. Charlton had clashed with the Bush Administration over the death penalty; in at least two cases he did not seek capital punishment but was overruled from Washington.
Jack Dorsey Lies to Ted Cruz in Senate Hearing on Twitter's Election Interference But Will the Senate Do Anything
The pivot men in this circle jerk are Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook, Sundar Pichai of Google, and Jack Dorsey of Twitter. This is Ted Cruz going at Jack Dorsey. For the record, everything Senator Cruz says in his opening statement is true. This is Senator Cruz’s grilling of Twitter’s Jack Dorsey. Jack Dorsey is either a pathological liar or an out-of-touch dupe.
Joe Biden’s Five Worst Policies
To date, presidential nominee Joe Biden has released almost 50 policy plans on his website. Now, without further ado, here are Joe Biden’s five worst policy proposals. “Build Back Better: Joe Biden’s Jobs and Economic Recovery Plan for Working Families”This is one of Joe’s biggest and most ambitious plans. However, history has shown that centralized planning, which Joe Biden is promoting en masse, does not work well. Yet, this is something that Joe Biden has yet to learn after spending more than 47 years as a politician.
Noted Legal Scholar Sunny Hostin of 'The View': Dems Adding Justices Would Actually Be 'Unpacking' SCOTUS
Sunny Hostin spins: Dems adding justices is actually ‘UNpacking’ Supreme Court Like, putting more shoes in your suitcase is "unpacking" it?https://t.co/4s5PkhlaSD — NewsBusters (@newsbusters) October 27, 2020Here we go. Trump has put now three justices on the Supreme Court and just dozens and dozens of judges on the federal judiciary. “I was, in particular, talking about the Supreme Court being packed and I used those words very specifically. Hostin switched her argument from unpacking the Court to unpacking the “culture” and “values” that she claimed, “are on the Supreme Court.” What is that? It’s not constitutional.”Watch:Joe Biden: "The only court packing is going on right now — it's going on with Republicans packing the court now.
A Key Source for Steele Dossier Was an Alcoholic Female Lawyer Living In Cyprus Who He'd Known Since 8th Grade
This is not the first time Olga Galkina’s name has been confirmed as one of the key sources behind allegations in the Steele Dossier reports. Galkina and Danchenko had been friends since the equivalent of 8th grade in the Russian city Perm where they both grew up. XBT and Gubarev sued Buzzfeed News after they published the Steele Dossier reports which included Galkina’s claims to Steele. “Almost immediately,” she recognized the name of Mr. Trump’s lawyer, Mr. Cohen, according to the declassified notes. In December, Ms. Galkina gave Mr. Danchenko new details about Mr. Cohen’s purported meeting and implicated her erstwhile boss, Mr. Gubarev, in the DNC hacking, the notes said.
Infamous 'Anonymous' Op-Ed Writer and Trump Official Has Been Revealed, and It's Hilarious
Some years ago, a supposed “high-level” Trump administration official penned a scathing op-ed in the pages of The New York Times. Well, the identity of that person has finally been revealed and it’s absolutely hilarious. And how does this qualify as a “senior level” Trump administration official? There was a time when people seriously thought the person who wrote the anonymous op-ed was Mike Pence, Mike Pompeo or Nikki Haley. He thought up this scam of purporting to be an “Anonymous,” high-level Trump official, claiming he was saving the nation, to get a CNN gig.
The Netflix War On Comedy Continues with Liberal Lip-synch Comedian Sarah Cooper Special
After being featured at the Democratic convention Cooper continues the humor-free antics. Netflix appears to be on a mission to kill off comedy as it has been accepted. In 2018 there was excessive hype surrounding the release of the stand-up special starring the Australian comedian Hanah Gadsby, entitled ‘’Nanette’’. In this light the newest offering on the streaming platform, ”Sarah Cooper: Everything’s Fine’’ is a bit different in that there is at least the attempt at humor. Sarah Cooper: Everything's Fine is now on Netflix and it's going to be a *great* day ? Starring @sarahcpr and directed by @nlyonne!!
Ted Cruz Absolutely Wrecks Jack Dorsey at Senate Hearing, 'Who the Hell Elected You'
Today, Twitter’s Jack Dorsey, among other social media platform leaders, testified about the recent censorship of damning information surrounding Joe and Hunter Biden. In fact, that ban was not lifted until today after Cruz caught Dorsey lying about the matter (see Jack Dorsey Lies to Ted Cruz in Senate Hearing on Twitter’s Election Interference, but Will the Senate Do Anything). In a blistering exchange, Cruz laid into Dorsey, and the Twitter founder deserved every bit of it. Cruz began his line of questioning by hammering Dorsey for claiming, without evidence, that Twitter does not have the ability to influence elections. What’s not conservative is giving social media special protections while excusing their blatantly partisan, un-American behavior in quashing free speech.
Twitter's Warning People to Be Wary of 'Unconfirmed Claims' That a Candidate Won the Election
With the increase in voting by mail, there might be a delay in the announcement of election results. This means you could encounter unconfirmed claims that a candidate has won their race. They offer users the opportunity to “Learn how voting by mail is safe and secure” and to “Find out more” about why they believe election results might be delayed. Experts are anticipating historic in-person & by mail turnout this year, which means we may not know the full results of voting on election night. The striking messages are designed to push back against the deluge of false claims about the 2020 election.
New John James for Michigan Ad Taps Last Man Standing's Tim Allen
After the Detroit News endorsed Michigan Republican Senate candidate John James, he has been firing on all cylinders in order to bring more daylight between him and Democrat incumbent Gary Peters. The gorgeously filmed campaign ad “Together”, narrated by none other than Michigan’s adopted son, comedian and actor Tim Allen (Home Improvement/Toy Story/Last Man Standing), should give James some wind in his sails. That’s John James. I hope everybody remembers.” “James had previously told reporters that he is 2000% in support of President Trump when he ran for office in 2018. As a veteran fighter pilot, business owner, job creator, and Black conservative, John James embodies that change from the status quo.
Google Confirms: There's No Ignoring Bobulinski and 'Plausible Deniability'
During the interview, Bobulinski states that James Biden, brother of the former Vice-President used a particular term to explain away Biden’s potential for scandal should the business dealings in which they were engaging become public. And I just can almost picture his face, where he sort of chuckles and says, you know, plausible deniability. BOBULINSKI: Anyone watching this interview can look up what plausible deniability means — CARLSON: Yes. BOBULINSKI: And the definition is very distinct.”WATCH: Biden family whistleblower Tony Bobulinski says Joe Biden is lying about his family's foreign business deals and planned to hide behind "plausible deniability" pic.twitter.com/axzpn9HMGR — Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) October 28, 2020Turns out, people took his suggestion to heart and jumped on google to do just that. Google has the ability to monitor search results to see what people are searching for, and from where they might be searching.
A Look at the 2020 Election: North Carolina
Part of it is due to districting because there are some weird looking districts in North Carolina. It should be noted that voters in North Carolina are not averse to sending a Democrat to the US Senate. Trump won North Carolina in 2016 by a comfortable margin of slightly less than 200,000 votes of more than 4.5 million cast. Polling out of North Carolina puts that state on the cusp of a Biden victory. I think it comes down to whether Trump pulls Tillis up, or whether Tillis pulls Trump down in North Carolina.
Here’s Why Miles Taylor Deserves The Grifter Of The Year Award
The anonymous author, who wrote the piece for the Times, revealed himself as Miles Taylor, a former Homeland Security staffer. He wrote:“The NYT answered a bunch of written questions about why they decided to publish the op-ed, and defended the use of “senior administration official. “I also didn’t realize the definition of ‘senior administration official’ could be *this* expansive,” said Axios reporter Jonathan Swan. Miles Taylor was a distant, disconnected figure who pretended to be some prominent Trump administration insider. The former staffer’s motivation seems clear: He wanted attention and money, and he used an all-too-willing New York Times to achieve both.
Yeezus Saves? New Poll Out of Minnesota Is Going to Have Team Biden Fuming
Minnesota went to Clinton in 2016 by a margin of just 44,000 votes, among the smallest margins of victory in the country. That tiny margin, coupled with the economic boom created prior to the Coronavirus outbreak, placed Minnesota within striking distance for team Trump. Polling for the state has Biden up 6 for the Real Clear Politics average, and 270towin had Minnesota leaning blue. To compare to 2016, the last two polls had Clinton with a 10 and 8 point lead respectively, in a race that had Clinton win by 1.5 points. In other words, the majority of Kanye’s voters would be voting for Biden if Kanye wasn’t on the ballot.
Legendary Golfer Cautions Critics Who Hate Trump's Tweets: 'His Love for America....Has Come Through Loud and Clear'
And all believed in the American Dream. He’s worked for the average person. They gave their son—my father—the opportunity to pursue his education and his American Dream. I was taught strong family values and worked hard to pursue my own dreams—my own American dream. I also believe that Donald Trump’s policies will bring the American Dream to many families across the nation who are still trying to achieve it.
Fighter jets fire flares, escort plane from airspace near Trump event in Arizona
PHOENIX – U.S. fighter jets escorted a plane flying in restricted airspace near President Donald Trump's rally in Bullhead City, Arizona, on Wednesday in an overhead event that briefly distracted the president and the crowd. "The violating aircraft was non-responsive to initial intercept procedures, but established radio communications after NORAD aircraft deployed signal flares," the agency noted. As many in the crowd saw the flares and air traffic nearby, Trump joked about the military craft trying to impress him. Look look look. Trump suggested Democrats had opposed funding for equipment such as the F-35 fighter jet, which has a major presence at Luke.
Feds end road, logging restrictions in Alaska's Tongass National Forest, one of the world's largest temperate rainforests
Becky BohrerThe Associated PressJUNEAU, Alaska — The federal government announced plans Wednesday to lift restrictions on logging and building roads in the country's largest national forest, a pristine rainforest in Alaska that provides habitat for wolves, bears and salmon. The U.S. Department of Agriculture said it has decided to exempt the Tongass National Forest from the so-called roadless rule, which bans road construction and timber harvests with limited exceptions. The majority of Tongass is in a natural condition, and the forest is one of the largest, relatively intact temperate rainforests in the world, the agency said. Many of the roadless areas are wildlife habitats, ecosystems and natural areas like old-growth temperate rainforests, ice fields and glaciers, and islands facing the open Pacific Ocean “that exist nowhere else in the National Forest system,” according to the Forest Service. An official notice of the change at Tongass is expected to be published in the Federal Register on Thursday.
Is the stock market rooting for Trump or Biden? The answer may surprise you
Since 1950, the average annual stock return for the broad S&P 500 stock index was 17.2% under a split Congress, according to LPL Financial. And the odds of Biden defeating Trump are rising, and Democrats may sweep Congress. A Democratic sweep could raise the risk for more regulations and potential tax increases, some experts argue. And investors selling just prior to President Trump taking office would have missed out on a 22% return in 2017, the figures showed. The top two best-performing sectors and the worst two have been the same under both President Obama and President Trump.
Golf legend Jack Nicklaus explains why he voted for President Donald Trump
Legendary golfer Jack Nicklaus posted a statement to Twitter on Wednesday night urging people to vote and detailing why he cast his ballot for President Donald Trump. Shortly after the posting of Nicklaus' statement, Trump – an avid golfer – thanked the Golden Bear for his support. Trump wrote in a tweet he pinned atop his page. President Trump and Nicklaus have played rounds of golf together on multiple occasions. Tiger Woods, second behind Nicklaus on golf's all-time majors list, joined Nicklaus and Trump for one round in 2019.
Hillary Clinton joins Electoral College 4 years after it cost her the presidency: 'Pretty sure I'll get to vote for Joe'
Hillary Clinton won the popular vote but lost the 2016 presidential election because of the Electoral College. The Electoral College is comprised of 538 delegates: People who cast the votes that formally elect the president. If Joe Biden wins the popular vote in New York, Clinton and the 28 other electors will vote for him to be the next president. New York has taken steps to move away from the Electoral College: The state is part of the National Popular Vote Compact. If enough states sign on to this effort, the Electoral College will chose the candidate who wins the national popular vote.
GOP Sen. Kelly Loeffler: 'Not familiar' with Trump's infamous 2005 'Access Hollywood' tape
WASHINGTON – Sen. Kelly Loeffler, R-GA., claimed Wednesday night she was "not familiar" with President Donald Trump's now-infamous 2005 "Access Hollywood" tape where he described sexually assaulting women. "Look, I agree with the approach President Trump has taken since day one to put America first. A journalist pushed back that Loeffler's answer didn't address whether she had any issues with Trump's comments in the "Access Hollywood" tape, to which she replied: "I'm sorry. Earlier this month, during a debate, Loeffler was asked if the president had ever done or said anything she’d disagreed with. Trump has denied all allegations and originally dismissed the comments caught in the "Access Hollywood" tape as "locker room talk."
Forget the polls, these Rust Belters offer real election insight: Devine
To get a real sense for how this election is going, you need to ignore the national polls in establishment media that have Joe Biden poised for a decisive victory. Weirton, over the border from western Pennsylvania, and Steubenville, across the river in Ohio, are ground zero of the deindustrialization of America. But under Trump’s “America first” policies, steel furnaces re-started, manufacturing jobs began to come back, and oil and gas boomed. Coombs suspects some Trump voters also are deliberately misleading pollsters. “That’s what supports this entire panhandle, West Virginia, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Kentucky .
Philly DA Larry Krasner warns Trump against sending ‘uncertified poll watchers’
The Philadelphia District Attorney on Wednesday warned the Trump administration against sending poll watchers to the city on Election Day. District Attorney Larry Krasner warned in a statement that he’s “got something” for President Trump if he breaks the law and sends “goon squads” to the city. The statement comes after a city judge ruled it is illegal for the Trump campaign to send poll watchers to the city during the presidential election. In his statement, Krasner fumed that any attempt by the president to monitor city polls would be met by resistance from his office. “Keep your Proud Boys, goon squads, and uncertified ‘poll watchers’ out of our city, Mr. President.
Chris Cuomo slams Miles Taylor for past denial as ‘Anonymous’ op-ed writer
Chris Cuomo on Wednesday night blasted Miles Taylor for denying in a past CNN interview that he was the author of an “anonymous” New York Times op-ed slamming the president. “You lied to us, Miles,” Cuomo told the former Homeland Security staffer. “I wrote that work anonymously to deprive him of that opportunity and to force him to answer the questions on their merits,” he added. Regardless of his intentions, Taylor said, Trump has “failed to deny what was in” his 2019 book, “A Warning,” which bashed the president as an “undisciplined” and “amoral” leader. Taylor, who resigned from DHS in April 2019, also acknowledged he wronged Cooper and other reporters who have questioned if was “anonymous.”“I owe Anderson Cooper a beer, I owe him a mea culpa,” Taylor said.
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.
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.
Philadelphia police bomb squad, ATF on scene after explosives found in van: reports
Multiple explosive devices were found inside a van near Center City Philadelphia on Wednesday night, prompting a response by the city police bomb squad and federal investigators, according to a report. The federal agents on the scene were from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, FOX 29 of Philadelphia reported. Earlier Wednesday, both President Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden commented on the unrest in Philadelphia. The federal government is looking at it also.”Biden spoke briefly about Philadelphia on Wednesday after voting in Delaware. Tom Wolf declared a disaster emergency Wednesday to acquire additional support for dealing with the unrest, FOX 29 reported.
'Property Brothers' star Jonathan Scott, born in Canada, votes in first US election: 'I am proud'
Jonathan Scott is among the stars to have cast a ballot in the 2020 presidential election. The 42-year-old "Property Brothers" star was born in Vancouver, British Columbia, in Canada, but has obtained the right to vote in the United States. 'PROPERTY BROTHERS' STAR JONATHAN SCOTT OPENS UP ABOUT 'AMAZING' RELATIONSHIP WITH ZOOEY DESCHANELHe added: "Don’t take it for granted. Scott isn't the only Canadian star to cast a ballot in this year's election, however, as actor Ryan Reynolds -- also born in Vancouver -- recently revealed he did the same. JONATHAN SCOTT ON QUARANTINING WITH GIRLFRIEND ZOOEY DESCHANEL: IT'S 'A BLESSING'"This is my first time voting in America.
Trump gives Arizona's McSally 'one minute' onstage during rally as she lags in polls
Quick, quick, quick. PRESIDENT TRUMP PITCHES NEVADA VOTERS FROM ARIZONA AFTER RALLY-RELATED FINES“I’m proud to be fighting for Arizonans,” McSally had said, in response to a question about whether she was proud to support Trump. After the senator ran off stage Trump proceeded to call up four other Republicans – none of who are up for re-election or even from Arizona. The Wednesday rally was not the first time the president appeared less than enthusiastic about McSally. During a rally earlier this month Trump praised McSally's GOP primary challenger, Kelli Ward, who frequently went after McSally on the campaign trail.
Trump Jr. warns election is 'about freedom versus tyranny, capitalism versus socialism and Communism'
The Democrats' "endgame" is to transform America into a far-left, Marxist state where dissent is not permitted, Donald Trump Jr. told "Hannity" Wednesday night. That is the Democrat Party today. That's what people across America have to recognize: This is not your grandparents' Democrat Party ... this Democrat Party is a socialist and Marxist party. The president's son went on to explain that "this election is about freedom versus tyranny, capitalism versus socialism and Communism. "It was awesome," Trump Jr. said, joking that he wanted to confirm with the crowd that they knew the rally wasn't "for senior [but] for junior."
Sean Hannity: Only voters can prevent Democrats from enacting 'radical extreme socialist agenda'
The American public is the only thing that can stop Democrats from potentially taking over the entire government next year, Sean Hannity argued Wednesday. The host added that anyone predicting the result with less than a week to go until Election Day, doesn't know “what the hell they’re talking about.”“Nobody has a crystal ball,” he said. “Your vote, if you believe this, is critical and everybody takes it seriously,” he said. “Yes, you can shock the world again… That is your power. You are the ultimate jury.”
Biden and Trump to tangle in Tampa on Thursday
Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and President Trump hold dueling rallies Thursday in Tampa, Florida, the western anchor of the critical I-4 swing region in the extremely crucial general election battleground state. The president goes first, holding an early afternoon rally outside of Raymond James Stadium, which his home to the NFL’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers. THE PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION COMES DOWN TO THESE 9 STATESThe former vice president goes second, headlining a socially distanced drive-in car rally in the early evening. Biden arrives in Tampa after holding a campaign event earlier in the day in Democratic rich Broward County in southeast Florida. An average of the most recent polling in the state shows an extremely close contest between Biden and the president.
Golf legend Jack Nicklaus endorses Trump
Jack Nicklaus, the legendary golfer, took to Twitter late Wednesday to endorse President Trump and urged Americans who have not made up their minds to give the incumbent another look. He said his grandfathers worked on the railroad and relished living in a country where the American dream is achievable. Nicklaus wrote that he wants more families to achieve that dream and fears the U.S. could turn into a socialist country where the government runs your life. PRESIDENT TRUMP PITCHES NEVADA VOTERS FROM ARIZONA AFTER RALLY-RELATED FINES“This is not a personality contest; it’s about patriotism,” he said. He continued, “His love for America and its citizens, and putting his country first, has come through loud and clear.”
Trump deserves 2nd term even though he’s a ‘wretched human being,’ newspaper says
In an endorsement published this week, a Washington state newspaper said it agrees with President Trump’s critics that the commander-in-chief has numerous faults – but that doesn’t mean Trump doesn’t deserve a second term. “Public employee unions would hold outsized power and demand greater spending,” he continued. “To afford it all,” he added, “Biden and a Democrat-controlled Congress would have to impose unprecedented tax increases or accept catastrophic deficit spending. “President Trump is not always 100 percent wrong, but he is 100 percent wrong for America,” the Union Leader wrote. Biden, meanwhile, may not be the president we want,” the newspaper claimed, “but in 2020 he is the president we desperately need.”
Live Updates: Election 2020 polling average shows Biden leading Trump nationally with just days left
Democratic nominee Joe Biden continues to lead President Trump in national polling, although the race has tightened to a seven-point lead for Biden, down from 10 points earlier in October, according to Real Clear Politics' polling average. More than 59 million total ballots cast as of Monday morning suggested a record turnout for this year's race compared to the 47.2 million early votes cast in the 2016 election, according to data from the United States Elections Project. The number of early ballots cast so far represents 43.1% of the total national voter turnout in 2016. Meanwhile, Pennsylvania is one of a handful of states where the ballot counting process cannot begin until the morning of Election Day. Follow below for more updates on the 2020 presidential race.
Dollar holds gains as Covid-19 surge boosts safe-haven demand
The safe-haven greenback steadied against a basket of six currencies at 93.41, taking a pause after its 0.3% gains in early trade. It also steadied against the Japanese yen, last fetching 122.63 yen after hitting its weakest levels since July overnight. The greenback steadied against the Japanese yen at 104.33 yen, having dropped to a more than one-month low on Wednesday. Across the Tasman Sea, the New Zealand dollar edged higher against its U.S. counterpart, last up 0.27% to 0.6652. Elsewhere, the Canadian dollar held steady, last trading at 1.3308 against the greenback, after it fell to a three-week low overnight.
UK rejects 'Britain First' trade policy, taking swipes at U.S. and EU
A British ten pound banknote is seen in a photo illustration taken March 16, 2016. REUTERS/Phil Noble/Illustration/FilesThe COVID-19 pandemic has wrought havoc on global supply chains, fanning global trade tensions as nations scramble for scarce goods and try to protect their own economic interests. Trade minister Liz Truss will set out the principles that underpin Britain’s future trade policy in a speech that takes aim at the damage caused by both protectionism and unfettered state-subsidisation. Britain is urgently negotiating a trade deal with the EU to avoid widespread disruption when a transition period of de-facto EU membership ends on Dec. 31. It has also put a U.S. free trade agreement at the top of its post-Brexit wish list.
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.
Dollar holds ground as rising COVID-19 cases boost safe-haven demand
“Back then, there was a shift to dollar-buying to prevent risks in case of emergency, leading to a higher dollar. The euro changed hands at $1.1753 after sliding to a one-week low of $1.1718 overnight. Offshore, the yuan traded at 6.7095 per dollar, with one-week yuan implied volatility hitting a more than five-year high as the U.S. elections neared. The greenback firmed against the Japanese yen at 104.45 yen, having dropped to a more than one-month low on Wednesday. The Aussie drifted away from its near one-week low of $0.7038 marked overnight.
Record U.S. third-quarter growth expected; healing from COVID-19 still a long way
The expected surge in GDP growth would recoup a little over half of the 10.6% plunge in output in the first half of the year. DEEP HOLE“There is still a long way to go before we get back to where we were before the pandemic, probably the end of 2021,” said Gus Faucher, chief economist at PNC Financial in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. But spending on services likely remained weak, which would leave consumer spending at least 3.5% below its fourth quarter level. But government spending was probably a drag as transfers largely happened in the second quarter. Government spending was also likely pressured by cuts at state and local governments, whose finances have been squeezed by the coronavirus.
Sunshine State showdown: Trump, Biden to take campaign battle to Florida
FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally at Phoenix Goodyear Airport in Goodyear, Arizona, U.S., October 28, 2020. Thousands of people have crowded together at recent Trump rallies, many eschewing masks despite public health recommendations. Opinion polls show Biden with a significant edge nationally, but his lead is tighter in battleground states. After his Tampa rally, Trump will head to another key battleground state, North Carolina, to stage an evening event in Fayetteville. Biden will travel to Wisconsin on Friday and campaign with former President Barack Obama in Michigan on Saturday, the campaign said.
Sunshine State showdown: Trump, Biden to take campaign battle to Florida
U.S. President Donald Trump rallies with supporters at Phoenix Goodyear Airport in Goodyear, Arizona, U.S. October 28, 2020. Thousands of people have crowded together at recent Trump rallies, many eschewing masks despite public health recommendations. Opinion polls show Biden with a significant edge nationally, but his lead is tighter in battleground states. After his Tampa rally, Trump will head to another key battleground state, North Carolina, to stage an evening event in Fayetteville. Biden will travel to Wisconsin on Friday and campaign with former President Barack Obama in Michigan on Saturday, the campaign said.
Philadelphia sets citywide curfew to quell unrest after fatal shooting of Black man
PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) - Philadelphia officials imposed a citywide after-dark curfew on Wednesday, seeking to avert a third night of violence amid protests over the fatal police shooting of a Black man wielding a knife and described by family as undergoing a nervous breakdown. Calm prevailed as a 9 p.m.-to-6 p.m. curfew ordered by Mayor Jim Kenney took effect about three hours after sundown on Wednesday. A protest rally planned for earlier in the evening was postponed, then called off, after fewer than a dozen people turned out. In Nevada on Wednesday, Trump said the events in Philadelphia were “terrible” and offered to send federal help. Outlaw said the city would release body-camera footage from the police and the emergency-911 call records related to the shooting after the Wallace family had a chance to review them.
Couple divided over Trump united in saving illegal immigrants in desert
(Reuters) - A die-hard Trump supporter and his wife, who despises the U.S. president, are united in a rare mission. Slideshow ( 4 images )For years, John and Laura Hunter have set up water stations for people illegally crossing the U.S.-Mexico border, saving them from fatal heat in the Anza-Borrego desert in California. John, 65, is a Republican who founded the nonprofit group Water Stations 21 years ago when a record number of migrants were dying of dehydration and heat exhaustion. “I think this has created a little bit of friction between us because I don’t like Trump,” said Laura, 73. Water Stations is supported by hundreds of volunteers and donors who put politics aside to follow their heart.
Sunshine State showdown: Trump, Biden to take campaign battle to Florida
With COVID-19 cases raging across the country, Trump will stage an outdoor rally in Tampa. Opinion polls show Biden with a significant edge nationally, but his lead is tighter in battleground states. A Reuters/Ipsos poll released on Wednesday showed Trump had essentially moved into a tie with Biden in Florida, with 49% saying they would vote for Biden and 47% for the president. After his Tampa rally, Trump will head to another key battleground state, North Carolina, to stage an evening event in Fayetteville. Biden will travel to Wisconsin on Friday and campaign with former President Barack Obama in Michigan on Saturday, the campaign said.
Biden, in LGBTQ interview, vows to pass Equality Act in first 100 days
(Reuters) - Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden has promised to put top priority on passing the LGBTQ rights legislation known as the Equality Act, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
'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.
Pompeo, in Indonesia, renews China attacks as US vote looms
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo walks to board an aircraft to leave for Maldives, in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena, Pool)U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo walks to board an aircraft to leave for Maldives, in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020. Pompeo plans to press Sri Lanka to push back against Chinese assertiveness, which U.S. officials complain is highlighted by predatory lending and development projects that benefit China more than the presumed recipients. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena, Pool)JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo renewed the Trump administration’s rhetorical onslaught against China in Indonesia on Thursday as the American presidential election looms. China has pressed ahead with attempts to enforce its disputed claims in the South China Sea, leading to serious spats with Vietnam, the Philippines and Malaysia in recent years.
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."
Samsung reports record sales amid questions about future
FILE - In this June 8, 2020 file photo, Samsung Electronics Vice Chairman Lee Jae-yong arrives at the Seoul Central District Court in Seoul, South Korea. As Samsung Electronics mourns the death of its long-time chairman, Lee Kun-Hee, questions loom over what's next for South Korea's biggest company. As Samsung Electronics mourns the death of its long-time chairman, Lee Kun-Hee, questions loom over what's next for South Korea's biggest company. Questions loom over what’s next as Samsung, South Korea’s largest company by far, begins an era led by Lee’s son and corporate heir, Lee Jae-yong. Including the late Lee Kun-Hee’s 4.18% stake, the family combined holds a 5.79% of Samsung Electronics.
Philly shooting brings policing, racism back into campaign
Tyler has been active in the community following the shooting death of Walter Wallace, Jr. Tyler has been active in the community following the shooting death of Walter Wallace, Jr. He is critical of President Donald Trump's response to the protests that broke out in Wallace's West Philadelphia neighborhood. Amid this summer’s protests, Trump repeatedly sounded a “law and order” mantra. He said he “absolutely” agrees with Trump’s characterization of the Philadelphia protests.
The Latest: Pakistan orders early closure of businesses
A health official from the district office wearing protective gear, walks near a banner showing a precaution against the coronavirus in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020. Also, authorities in the capital, Islamabad, asked police to arrest anyone violating social distancing rules by not wearing masks at public places. The government Thursday reported some of its highest single-day totals, more than 900 new cases and 16 deaths. Acting Mayor Austin Quinn-Davidson says she has been meeting with business leaders, health officials and others to make decisions that protect health but also impose minimal restrictions so businesses can stay open. The small Pacific nation had been among the last places in the world to have no reported cases of the virus.
Trump, Biden to appeal to last-minute voters in Florida
More than 73 million Americans have already voted, absentee or by mail, and Trump and Biden are trying to energize the millions more who will vote in person on Tuesday. Thousands gathered in close proximity without wearing masks — a trend that was expected to continue through more than a dozen events in the final sprint to Election Day. Biden, meanwhile, heads later in the week to three more states Trump won in 2016: Iowa, Wisconsin and Michigan, where he’ll hold a joint Saturday rally with former President Barack Obama. Biden and his allies are outspending Trump and his backers by more than 3-to-1 in Florida — about $23 million to about $7 million — in the final push to Election Day, according to data from ad tracking firm Kantar/CMAG. Trump, meanwhile, is banking on enthusiasm among his Election Day supporters to overcome indicated Democratic strength in some early returns.
Taking a stand has new meaning in heavily litigated election
(AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)In the most litigious presidential election in memory, court fights are even happening over where poll watchers may stand as the votes as tallied. The latest focus for Republicans in some places is on poll watchers, who are volunteers for candidates or political parties long used in elections. He has also falsely stated that poll watchers were “thrown out” of a polling site in Philadelphia, where he has claimed without evidence that “bad things” are happening. In Nevada, Trump’s campaign and state Republicans went to court to try to stop the counting of Las Vegas-area mail-in ballots. The lawsuit was quickly resolved with an agreement that poll watchers can look at election books and approach poll workers when necessary.
Road trip: In Mississippi, love in the time of coronavirus
Road trip: In Mississippi, love in the time of coronavirusJACKSON, Miss. It’s a story about coronavirus, the people it strikes down, and a big quiet house outside of Jackson, Mississippi. She loves to read and can sometimes be quiet, Mike says, but once she knows you she’s a talker. It was just a minor dry cough, but he took a coronavirus test and it came back positive. For weeks, Mike called the hospital continually: 6 a.m.; mid-morning for the hospital shift change, early afternoon; mid-afternoon; dinnertime; just before he went to bed.
Analysis: Iran frets over US vote it insists doesn’t matter
FILE - In this July 14, 2015 file photo, an Iranian woman holds up a national flag as people celebrate a landmark nuclear deal, in Tehran, Iran. Or it could bring Joe Biden, who has raised the possibility of the U.S. returning to Iran’s 2015 nuclear deal with world powers. Or it could bring Joe Biden, who has raised the possibility of the U.S. returning to Iran’s 2015 nuclear deal with world powers. Or it could bring Joe Biden, who has raised the possibility of the U.S. returning to Iran’s 2015 nuclear deal with world powers. After Trump withdrew from the deal in 2018 and restored crippling sanctions, Iran began publicly abandoning the agreement’s limits on enrichment.
Trump paints apocalyptic portrait of life in US under Biden
In this Oct. 28, 2020, photo, supporters of President Donald Trump listen to him speak during a campaign rally at Phoenix Goodyear Airport in Goodyear, Ariz. Trump is painting an apocalyptic portrait of American life if Democrat Joe Biden gets elected. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)In this Oct. 28, 2020, photo, supporters of President Donald Trump listen to him speak during a campaign rally at Phoenix Goodyear Airport in Goodyear, Ariz. Trump is painting an apocalyptic portrait of American life if Democrat Joe Biden gets elected. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)WASHINGTON (AP) — The suburbs wouldn’t be the suburbs anymore, the economy would sink into its worst depression ever and police departments would cease to exist. This is the apocalyptic version of American life that President Donald Trump argues would be the dire consequence of turning over the White House to Democrat Joe Biden. In July, Biden said Trump was the country’s first “racist” president, which glossed over the presidents before Trump who had held slaves.
U.S. Hospitals Targeted In Rising Wave Of Ransomware Attacks, Federal Agencies Say
Hospitals Targeted In Rising Wave Of Ransomware Attacks, Federal Agencies SayEnlarge this image toggle caption Nicolas Asfouri/AFP via Getty Images Nicolas Asfouri/AFP via Getty ImagesSome U.S. hospitals have been hit by coordinated ransomware attacks designed to infect systems for financial gain, federal agencies and a private-sector cybersecurity company warned on Wednesday. The agencies warned health care providers to step up protections of their networks, including regularly updating software, backing up data and monitoring who is accessing their systems. Beyond health care facilities, the FBI says ransomware attacks have been on the rise for several years against hospitals, school districts, state and local governments and even law enforcement. CNN reports that an unnamed Trump administration official said several hospitals have been targeted in the attacks over the past two days. The company said the attacks typically start as emails masquerading as corporate communications containing Google Docs and PDFs with malicious links.
Letters, texts, caravans, parades: Advocates mobilize voters
Voters have been ushered to the polls by fleets of minivans, with bicycle parades and on horseback in Indian Country. Often unable to knock on doors or chat in person because of virus concerns, advocates have had to adapt. In Native American tribal communities devastated by the coronavirus, from job losses to sickness and death, advocates are mindful of causing further stress. Some voters are wary of catching the virus by voting in person, but they’re also concerned about the mail-in option. Like Gehman in New Mexico, Rhada Pyati in Philadelphia has devoted untold hours to writing letters as part of Vote Forward.
Trump’s Omaha rally compared to Fyre Festival after hundreds are left stranded in near-freezing temperatures
Thousands of people showed up to President Trump’s campaign rally at Eppley Airfield in Omaha, Neb., on Tuesday night. And during that time, photos and videos of people lined up in the cold lit up Twitter, drawing comparisons to another epic event fail: 2017’s Fyre Festival. Hundreds of people were late to get inside the site, according to liberal news site the Iowa Starting Line. Once the president exited, lines of people waited for shuttles back to the parking lot as temperatures dipped into the low 30s. “President Trump loves his supporters and was thrilled to visit Omaha last night.
Coronavirus update: Pandemic sets record case numbers across the U.S. as White House suggests the crisis is over
The White House in a press release wrote “ENDING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC” in bold capitalized letters as one of the administration’s achievements during Trump’s first term. • Boeing Co. BA, -4.57% swung to a narrower-than-expected third-quarter adjusted loss, while revenue fell more than forecast. Same-restaurant sales fell 10.9%, with Chili’s same-restaurant sales declining 7.2% and Maggiano’s sales dropping 38.6%, as results were hurt by the COVID-19 pandemic. Revenue fell 17% to $19.42 billion, but was above the FactSet consensus of $18.73 billion. North America sales surged 42%, Europe sales grew 23% and South America sales increased 4%, while Asia Pacific sales fell 6%.
America’s racial wealth gap hits home—what can be done about it
Kearse is a prime example of the racial wealth gap in America, which is having a staggering impact on the retirement readiness of African-Americans. Examples of America’s racial wealth gapThe nation’s racial wealth gap is evident in numerous ways:Home ownership is the chief source of wealth for many Americans, but only 43% of Black people own homes, compared with 72% of white people. Ideas to close the racial wealth gapWhat could be done to help close America’s racial wealth gap? “Baby bonds would not be a panacea, but they hold promise for addressing the racial wealth gap,” Morningstar’s Aron Szapiro recently wrote. “As long as you stay away from wealth-building components, the wealth gap will never close,” Daniels said.
Supreme Court allows North Carolina absentee ballots to be received, counted through Nov. 12
WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court will allow absentee ballots in North Carolina to be received and counted up to nine days after Election Day, in a win for Democrats. Republicans had asked the high court to step in. Under the Supreme Court’s order, mailed ballots postmarked on or before Election Day must be received by 5 p.m. on Nov. 12 in order to be counted. The Court upheld the State Board of Elections’ effort to ensure that every eligible vote counts, even during a pandemic,” he said. The election board and the state judge “worked together to override a carefully tailored legislative response to COVID,” Gorsuch wrote.
What should a smart investor do now?
I’ve been getting some questions lately that make me think investors are unusually nervous and don’t know what to do. The uncertainty revolves around the presidential election more than anything else. Read: 401(k) and IRA changes coming in 2021On Nov. 4, 1992, the morning after the presidential election, John called, and this time he wasn’t that subtle. Fast forward to 2020: Obviously we don’t know the results of the presidential election. These lists allow pundits and commentators to sound pretty smart no matter what they are being asked to explain.
Tiffany accepts new takeover terms from LVMH
That's down from an original price of $135 a share, equating to savings of roughly $430 million for LVMH. Tiffany agreed to sell itself to the European consumer conglomerate late last year in a roughly $16.2 billion deal. LVMH, whose roughly 75 brands include Louis Vuitton and Bulgari, saw an opportunity to revamp the jeweler, which had struggled with weak demand. Tiffany sued LVMH in Delaware Chancery Court to enforce the agreement or obtain damages. That prompted LVMH to countersue, arguing the U.S. jeweler's business had been so deeply damaged during the pandemic that their takeover agreement was no longer valid.
A Biden Win Could Boost European Equities. These Stocks Will Benefit the Most.
A win for Joe Biden in the presidential election is likely to be beneficial for European stocks, strategists said, with a number of sectors set to stand out. Strategists have begun outlining how various outcomes may impact European equities, with particular focus on what Biden’s policies might mean, as a Trump win would likely maintain the status quo. Biden boost for EuropeBarclays strategists, led by Emmanuel Cau, said a Biden win and a Democratic sweep could be seen as more beneficial to Europe than a second Trump term. Three main areas of Democratic policy, in particular, will have an impact on European equities, the Barclays team said. Barclays analyst Lydia Rainforth said Finland-based Neste was the most exposed European energy name to the election result, given its sales of renewable diesel into the U.S. biofuels market.
A Biden Win Could Boost European Equities. These Stocks Will Benefit the Most.
Text sizeA win for Joe Biden in the presidential election is likely to be beneficial for European stocks, strategists said, with a number of sectors set to stand out. Strategists have begun outlining how various outcomes may impact European equities, with particular focus on what Biden’s policies might mean, as a Trump win would likely maintain the status quo. Biden boost for EuropeBarclays strategists, led by Emmanuel Cau, said a Biden win and a Democratic sweep could be seen as more beneficial to Europe than a second Trump term. Three main areas of Democratic policy, in particular, will have an impact on European equities, the Barclays team said. Barclays analyst Lydia Rainforth said Finland-based Neste was the most exposed European energy name to the election result, given its sales of renewable diesel into the U.S. biofuels market.
A Biden win could be good news for Europe, and these stocks will benefit the most, say strategists
A win for Joe Biden in the presidential election is likely to be beneficial for European stocks, strategists say, with a number of sectors set to stand out. Strategists have begun outlining how various outcomes may impact European equities, with particular focus on what Biden’s policies might mean, as a Trump win would likely maintain the status quo. Biden boost for EuropeBarclays strategists, led by Emmanuel Cau, said a Biden win and a Democratic sweep could be seen as more beneficial to Europe than a second Trump term. Read: Biden win could spur deal making rush ahead of tax hikesThree main areas of Democratic policy, in particular, will have an impact on European equities, the Barclays team said. In the other sectors — financials, utilities, and real estate — European companies have very low exposure to the U.S., they added.
Tucker Carlson’s Conspiracy Theory Falls Apart In The Weirdest Way Possible
Fox News host Tucker Carlson told his viewers that he had some very important papers related to his conspiracy theory surrounding Hunter Biden, son of Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden. But the papers were lost ? and so Carlson concocted yet another conspiracy theory to explain their disappearance. Carlson’s producer shipped the documents across the country via a “brand-name company,” but they never arrived. The shipping company launched a search and called in security to interview everyone who touched the documents, Carlson said. 1/ https://t.co/UmxRLCilDs — The Hoarse Whisperer (@TheRealHoarse) October 29, 2020It would be impossible to explain to aliens why Tucker Carlson has a show https://t.co/EhBm6CsZ3z — Elie Mystal (@ElieNYC) October 29, 2020Love HuffPost?
U.S. Supreme Court deals blow to Republicans in Pennsylvania, North Carolina vote-by-mail fights
The Supreme Court already had rejected a prior Republican request to block the lower court ruling on Oct. 19. The conservative-majority court on Wednesday also rejected a request by Trump's campaign to block North Carolina's extension of the deadline for receiving mail-in ballots, in another key battleground legal loss for Republicans. Story continuesThe Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled in favor of the Pennsylvania Democratic Party and various Democratic officials and candidates who had asked for the court to protect voting rights during the coronavirus pandemic. On Monday, the conservative justices were in the majority when the Supreme Court on a 5-3 vote declined to extend mail-in voting deadlines sought by Democrats in Wisconsin. The public health crisis has prompted an increase in requests for mail-in ballots as voters seek to avoid crowds at polling places.
Sunshine State showdown: Trump, Biden to take campaign battle to Florida
Florida, with its 29 electoral votes, is a major prize in next Tuesday’s election and a new Reuters/Ipsos poll shows Trump and Biden running neck and neck in the state. Thousands of people have crowded together at recent Trump rallies, many eschewing masks despite public health recommendations. Opinion polls show Biden with a significant edge nationally, but his lead is tighter in battleground states. After his Tampa rally, Trump will head to another key battleground state, North Carolina, to stage an evening event in Fayetteville. Biden will travel to Wisconsin on Friday and campaign with former President Barack Obama in Michigan on Saturday, the campaign said.
Supreme Court Delivers Two Major Voting Victories to Democrats. But the Battle May Not Be Over
Republicans, including the Trump campaign, challenged that in court, and subsequently appealed to the Supreme Court. Democratic lawyer Marc Elias, who had fought for the extended deadline, called the Supreme Court decision “a victory for voting rights.”The fate of the Pennsylvania ballots, however, may still be uncertain. Story continuesIn September, Pennsylvania’s State Supreme Court issued a ruling extending the deadline for receiving mail-in ballots to Nov. 6. The state’s Republican Party has already tried to appeal the decision to the Supreme Court once before. These rulings came two after the Justices ruled 5-3 to uphold the election-day receipt deadline for mail-in ballots in Wisconsin, which was a blow for Democrats.
Conservative Supreme Court Justices Seem To Be Itching To Steal The Election For Trump
The U.S. Supreme Court issued two decisions Wednesday evening, declining to stop a Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruling and a North Carolina Board of Elections order that both extended the deadlines for mail-in ballots to be received in their states. The Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruling allowed ballots postmarked by Election Day to still count if they are delivered by mail up to three days after the election. The order from the North Carolina Board of Elections and a state court extended the receipt deadline to Nov. 12. Though both decisions are clear temporary victories for voting rights advocates, the dissents in each case suggest an ominous possibility. Related...Brett Kavanaugh Just Endorsed A Radical Legal Theory That Could Cause Election ChaosTrump’s Ballot-Counting Demand Would Disenfranchise Overseas TroopsSupreme Court Allows North Carolina To Receive Absentee Ballots After Election DayLove HuffPost?
'Baptism by fire' for newly appointed Supreme Court Justice Barrett
Barrett joins the court with two election issues already awaiting her from hotly contested battleground states North Carolina and Pennsylvania. No Supreme Court justice had ever been confirmed so close to a presidential election. "I cannot think of any other situation like this," said Rick Hasen, an expert on election law at the University of California, Irvine School of Law. At a White House ceremony on Monday night in which conservative Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas administered to her one of the two oaths of office that justices must take, Barrett pledged her independence from politics. The Supreme Court upheld Obamacare 5-4 in 2012 and rebuffed another challenge by 6-3 in 2015.
Hillary Clinton joins Electoral College 4 years after it cost her the presidency: 'Pretty sure I'll get to vote for Joe'
Hillary Clinton won the popular vote but lost the 2016 presidential election because of the Electoral College. If Joe Biden wins the popular vote in New York, Clinton and the 28 other electors will vote for him to be the next president. New York has taken steps to move away from the Electoral College: The state is part of the National Popular Vote Compact. If enough states sign on to this effort, the Electoral College will chose the candidate who wins the national popular vote. Contributing: Wyatte Grantham-Philips and Josh Peter, USA TODAY; The Associated PressThis article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Electoral College: Hillary Clinton to be New York state elector
Hillary Clinton to cast New York vote in Electoral College
Hillary Clinton, who lost the White House race to Donald Trump four years ago, said Wednesday that she will have a vote this year in the Electoral College, the body that elects the US president. "I'm an elector in New York," Clinton told the SiriusXM radio program "Signal Boost." New York has 29 electoral votes in the 538-member Electoral College, which determines the winner of the White House race rather than the popular vote. Clinton won 2.8 million more votes than Trump in 2016 but lost in the Electoral College, whose members are party dignitaries or elected officials and are generally obliged to cast their vote in line with the popular vote in their respective state. "I'm sure I'll get to vote for Joe (Biden) and Kamala (Harris) in New York, so that's pretty exciting," Clinton said.
Voting is a patriotic duty. If you don't know these terms, it can be a confusing one.
Voting in the United States is widely billed as a patriotic duty, but it can be a confusing one, filled with unfamiliar rules and terms. A voter commits fraud when the person lies on voter registration, votes when not eligible, votes multiple times or votes under someone else's name. The Electoral College is widely known as a "winner-take-all" system, because the winner of the popular vote in each state gets all of the state’s electoral votes. That is, with the exception of Maine and Nebraska, which award electoral votes more proportionally. Voting by mailAll states allow voting by mail, but the rules in each state vary.
'Bar Rescue' host Jon Taffer says he was 'surprised' by Trump's plan to save the hospitality industry in their podcast interview
Jon Taffer attends AOL Build Presents: "Bar Rescue" at AOL Studios In New York on March 2, 2016 in New York City. Robin Marchant/Getty ImagesJon Taffer, host of the hit show "Bar Rescue" on Paramount, scored a sit-down interview in Las Vegas with President Donald Trump on Wednesday morning for "The Jon Taffer Podcast." Jon Taffer: It's very regional: New Jersey is tracking ahead of last year in the restaurant industry because of the closure of Manhattan. I'm a business advocate, and I'm talking to you, Jake, trying to protect and support small businesses across America. Now with President Trump, he's been there for four years, so I know.
US Air Force F-16s intercepted an unauthorized aircraft flying in a restricted area over a Trump rally
US Air ForceUS Air Force F-16s intercepted an unauthorized aircraft flying near a rally President Donald Trump held Wednesday afternoon in Arizona. The plane ignored initial intercept procedures, North American Aerospace Defense Command said in a statement, but it established radio contact when the F-16s deployed signal flares. US Air Force F-16 fighter jets tasked with defending US airspace intercepted an unauthorized aircraft that was flying in a restricted area near a Trump campaign rally in Bullhead City, Arizona, Wednesday afternoon, North American Aerospace Defense Command said. The NORAD F-16s then escorted the plane out of the area. Look, look, look," Trump said, pointing at the sky.
Biden is beating Trump by an unbelievable 17 points in new Wisconsin poll
A Washington Post/ABC News poll of Wisconsin and Michigan released Wednesday morning had good news for Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden. In Michigan, the poll found him beating President Trump by a modest 7 percentage points among likely voters, 51 percent to 44 percent, within the margin of error. Biden's Wisconsin lead in the RealClearPolitics average is 5.5 points (49.8 percent to 44.3 percent), and FiveThirtyEight puts Biden ahead by 7.1 points, 51.4 percent to 44.3 percent. And the polls bear that out: Biden now leads Trump by 20 points on who Wisconsin voters trust to handle the outbreak, from 7 points in September. The polls were conducted via phone, mostly cellphones, Oct. 20-25 among 789 likely voters in Michigan and 809 likely Wisconsin voters.
Kushner boasted in April that Trump took 'charge' of pandemic response from 'the doctors'
Jared Kushner boasted in mid-April that President Trump was “back in charge” of the country’s response to COVID-19, “not the doctors,” and portrayed the pandemic as having entered the “comeback phase.”“There were three phases. There’s the panic phase, the pain phase and then the comeback phase,” Kushner is heard saying to author Bob Woodward, in a recording of an interview that was obtained by CNN. To hear Kushner tell it in mid-April, the president believed his approach to the pandemic would prove popular with the voting public. Story continuesPresident Trump and senior adviser Jared Kushner in the Oval Office. At the core of his remarks to Woodward, Kushner, like Trump, asserted that the administration’s messaging, not that of actual health experts, needed to guide the nation’s behavior.
Polls: Trump trails in Wisconsin as state's coronavirus cases surge
Two new polls released Wednesday show President Trump continuing to trail in Wisconsin, a state where COVID-19 cases are surging while the president downplays the virus. President Trump at a campaign rally in West Salem, Wis., on Tuesday. Police stand guard outside a rally with Vice President Mike Pence in Waukesha, Wis., on Oct. 13. “The vice president has the best doctors in the world around him. Trump won Wisconsin by fewer than 23,000 votes in 2016, the first Republican presidential candidate to do so since 1984.
J.R. Smith reveals the one teammate he didn't like in his 16 years in the NBA
Over that period, Smith has played with plenty of teammates, but there was only one he didn’t like. That would be Smith’s former Cleveland Cavaliers teammate Sam Dekker, Smith revealed on the “All Things Covered” podcast. JR Smith says he’s only had 1 teammate that he didn’t like over his 16 year career?Via @E_DeBerardinis pic.twitter.com/Y2JX8lH8Iz — NBA Retweet (@RTNBA) October 24, 2020Smith said he wasn’t on board with Dekker’s comments. “This dude Sam Dekker,” Smith said. J.R. Smith and Sam Dekker weren’t teammates for longSmith didn’t have to spend that much time around Dekker.
Golf legend Jack Nicklaus tweets endorsement of President Donald Trump: 'He has delivered on his promises'
Jack Nicklaus has liked what he’s seen from President Donald Trump, and now he wants four more years. The 18-time major winner posted a lengthy statement via Twitter on Wednesday saying he has cast his vote for Trump and urging others to do the same. pic.twitter.com/IfQb3NeSO3 — Jack Nicklaus (@jacknicklaus) October 29, 2020Nicklaus states that Trump has already delivered on his promises, though neglects to specify which victories Trump has achieved since moving into the White House. Soon after Nicklaus’ endorsement, Trump welcomed it with open arms:Jack, this is a Great Honor. https://t.co/60WWISm5hs — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 29, 2020Nicklaus has been a longtime financial donor to Republican causes, including to Trump’s presidential campaign.
Samsung reports record sales amid questions about future
He now faces immense pressure to navigate Samsung's transition beyond its core hardware business into increasingly diverse technologies and services. The company said Thursday its operating profit for the last quarter reached a two-year high of 12.35 trillion won ($10.89 billion), a 59% jump from a year earlier, thanks to strong sales of computer memory chips, smartphones and appliances. The most crucial long-term question for Samsung is if it will evolve beyond being just a giant in memory chips, smartphones and display screens. NOKIA TAKES A HIT AS SAMSUNG SECURES VERIZON 5G DEALExtending the Lee family’s control over Samsung and its affiliates would be costly. But Samsung’s business likely would run smoothly even if Lee is imprisoned again, said Park Sangin, a professor at Seoul National University.
Tencent-backed Short Video App Kuaishou Technology To File For Hong Kong IPO Within Two Weeks, Say People Familiar
Tencent-backed Kuaishou Technology presses on with a Hong Kong listing, gearing up to file its listing application in the next two weeks, sources say Valued at over US$30 billion, the company is targeting a listing early next yearChinese TikTok competitor Kuaishou Technology is preparing to file for an initial public offering on the Hong Kong stock exchange within the next two weeks, according to people familiar with its plans. The Tencent-backed short video-sharing app is targeting a Hong Kong listing early next year. The souring of US-China relations has also prompted 10 US-listed Chinese tech companies to seek a secondary listing in Hong Kong so far this year. More from South China Morning Post:Read the original article on South China Morning Post. For the latest news from the South China Morning Post download our mobile app.
Coronavirus Today: The Dodgers’ coronavirus surprise
Newsletter Get our free Coronavirus Today newsletter Sign up for the latest news, best stories and what they mean for you, plus answers to your questions. “People are lowering their guards — going back to how they functioned before COVID-19, going to gatherings,” said San Diego County public health officer Dr. Wilma Wooten. — If your job has been affected by the pandemic, here’s how to file for unemployment. Here are resources for coping during the crisis from the CDC and the L.A. County Department of Mental Health. L.A. County residents can also call (800) 854-7771 or text “LA” to 741741.
It’s Biden vs. Trump in the rest of the world, too
For the last 70 years, the United States has sought to shape events in much of the world. As Americans head to the polls, who in the wider world is rooting for President Trump? “The president of the United States has more power over my life than the president of my own country. A recent opinion survey showed more than 60 percent of Israelis favoring Trump, with less than 20 percent for Biden. Hard-liners favor Trump because they agree with him that compromise between Iran and the United States is unthinkable.
6 ways Justice Ginsburg’s death could have major implications for Texas
Expect aftershocks in Texas in the wake of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death. The case at the Supreme Court could strike down the individual mandate, the command that all people must purchase health insurance. Replicating a successful 2016 strategy to energize Republican voters, Trump earlier this month released a list of potential Supreme Court nominees. “He’d be an outstanding Supreme Court justice. “In many cases, the Senate has chosen not to confirm,” he said, specifically pointing to the last Texan nominated for a Supreme Court seat, Harriet Miers.
Beth Van Duyne and Candace Valenzuela, locked in congressional race, battle to define Texas suburban way of life
Van Duyne, the Republican, hopes to serve as a firewall in a district that has been reliably conservative. In 2017, Van Duyne joined the Trump administration as a regional administrator for the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Like Van Duyne, Valenzuela beat a longtime incumbent to win her at-large seat. Here’s a quick glance at where Beth Van Duyne and Candace Valenzuela stand on some of the issues. Correction: An earlier version of this article incorrectly stated where Beth Van Duyne was born.
Ex-White House doctor helps Trump spread attacks on Biden amid Texas congressional campaign
On Tuesday, during a Trump campaign call with reporters, Jackson questioned Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden’s mental fitness. Citing “tons of footage” of Biden on the campaign trail, Jackson was happy to support Trump’s attacks. For much of his campaign, Jackson has employed the strategy of appealing directly to Trump and the president’s supporters. Born in Texas, Jackson received his medical degree from the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston and joined the Navy in 1995. The White House denied the allegations, but Jackson never returned to work as the top White House physician.
We recommend: A list of all our candidate recommendations for the general election
That and her steady refusal to engage in the nastiness that has captured our politics lead us to recommend her. Opponent: Republican Eugene AllenTexas House District 113Rhetta Andrews BowersDemocrat Rhetta Andrews Bowers has been solid, though not spectacular in her first term in Austin. She also was a substitute teacher, a legislative staffer in the Texas House and an advocate for healthy food options in her community. Opponent: Republican Will DouglasTexas House District 114Luisa del RosalRepublican Luisa del Rosal has the sort of inspiring story the Republican Party would wisely embrace. Opponent: Democrat Amy Clark Meachum, Green Party candidate Charles E. Waterbury, and Libertarian Mark AshTexas Supreme Court, Place 6Jane BlandGov.
Letters to the Editor — Voting, tornado damage in Dallas, the office of the president, Justice Amy Coney Barrett
Two comments on citing Justice Amy Coney Barrett as a positive example to all working mothers. Very few of today’s working mothers can afford to have their children raised by nannies and governesses. Barrett therefore presents a very limited example for today’s working mothers and their daily balancing act. The entire unseemly replacement process can in no way either encourage or inspire today’s or tomorrow’s working mothers. Barrett, President Donald Trump and McConnell now gleefully dance on Ginsburg’s grave.
Judge hears Trump campaign lawsuit over mail ballot counting
FILE - In this June 9, 2020 file photo election workers process mail-in ballots during a nearly all-mail primary election in Las Vegas. The Nevada Republican Party and Trump’s re-election campaign filed the lawsuit on Friday asking the the court to stop Clark County from counting and verifying mail ballots. “Clark County is a blue county, and this is a numbers game. And quite frankly they would like to exclude as many ballots in Clark County as they can. The lawsuit also asked the court to stop Clark County from using an Agilis ballot sorting machine that verifies the signatures.
Unless polls are way, way off, Trump is running out of time
Reuters/Ipsos polling finds Trump within 1 point of Biden in Arizona, where the president campaigned Wednesday, and in North Carolina. The possibility remained open for the court to consider the case after Election Day. In the final approach to this election, President Donald Trump's fiery wreck of a COVID-19 political narrative continues to burn. He complains: "The Fake News Media is riding COVID, COVID, COVID, all the way to the Election." The "COVID, COVID, COVID" plague goes on.
At least 1 dead as Hurricane Zeta hammers Gulf Coast
"Guys, we received the brunt of Zeta, and Zeta gave us a good punch," McInnis told WDSU-TV. Zeta had top sustained winds of 110 mph (177 kph) as a Category 2 hurricane at landfall and is the 27th named storm of a historically busy Atlantic hurricane season — with over a month left to go. Before landfall, Zeta’s top winds had risen to just shy of a major, Category 3 storm, according to the U.S. National Hurricane Center. On Tuesday, Zeta raked across Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, toppling trees and briefly cutting power to more than 300,000 people but causing no deaths. Winds could be "especially severe" in the southern Appalachian Mountains, where flash flooding is possible, the hurricane center said.
At least 1 dead as Hurricane Zeta hammers Gulf Coast
Zeta weakened to a Category 1 hurricane with winds of 80 mph (128 kph) as it moved into southern Mississippi few hours after landfall, but forecasters said it remained a life-threatening storm. Even as Zeta battered the south, the upcoming election was still on the mind of some residents. “Guys, we received the brunt of Zeta, and Zeta gave us a good punch,” McInnis told WDSU-TV. More than 875,000 customers were without electricity in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama, including about 350,000 in metro New Orleans. Winds could be “especially severe” in the southern Appalachian Mountains, where flash flooding is possible, the hurricane center said.
Mayo Clinic, Rochester warn about risks of coronavirus infection at planned Trump rally
ROCHESTER, Minn. — In wake of the news that President Donald Trump will hold a campaign rally at the Rochester International Airport on Friday, both Mayo Clinic and Rochester Mayor Kim Norton have voiced their support for state health guidelines, including those limiting crowds to 250 persons. Norton said she had been in discussions with the Minnesota Department of Health and the state Attorney General’s Office about the question Wednesday afternoon. There was one coronavirus infection tied to a Minnesota event held by Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden. The state has taken a hands-off approach to Trump campaign defiance of its health orders, however, issuing no penalties to organizers or even strongly worded statements of disapproval. Health officials said that one of the recent deaths had likely contracted the illness at a wedding with an outdoor ceremony and indoor reception, an event associated with outbreaks.
Philadelphia pledges better response after Black man’s death
Wallace’s mother said she warned police Monday afternoon that her son was in the throes of a mental health crisis. His family’s lawyer said the family had called for an ambulance to get him help with a mental health crisis. His sentence, according to court records, included mental health supervision and six years of probation. Both Outlaw and the mayor pledged to address the lack of coordinated mental health services. “We need to do a better job.”___ Associated Press writer Claudia Lauer in Philadelphia contributed to this report.
Nolan Out Loud: None of above was best choice
For the fourth time in our history, we've decided not to endorse a presidential candidate because we found both choices unacceptable. How about the two political parties give us quality candidates we can get enthused about endorsing? Betting on a Hail MaryThe polls say Michigan is firmly in Joe Biden's grasp. Meanwhile, we learn that the person Facebook has put in charge of election integrity formerly worked for Joe Biden. Sign up here:Twitter: @NolanFinleyDNSign up for the Nolan Out Loud morning report at detroitnews.com/newsletters.
Supreme Court leaves NC absentee ballot deadline at Nov. 12
Associated PressWashington – The Supreme Court will allow absentee ballots in North Carolina to be received and counted up to nine days after Election Day, in a win for Democrats. North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein, a Democrat whose office defended the deadline extension in court, hailed the high court’s decision in a statement. “North Carolina voters had a huge win tonight at the U.S. Supreme Court. The Court upheld the State Board of Elections’ effort to ensure that every eligible vote counts, even during a pandemic,” he said. The election board and the state judge “worked together to override a carefully tailored legislative response to COVID,” Gorsuch wrote.
Gender gap among Latino voters seen in some families
PHOENIX (AP) — Paul Gonzales promised his wife he wouldn’t vote for Donald Trump in 2016. But the 60-year-old salesman in the Phoenix suburb of Mesa voted for him anyway and said he plans to do it again next week. Gonzales said he’s drawn to what he sees as Trump’s alignment with Christian values and his economic record prior to the pandemic. “He’s made it possible for a lot of minorities to … in some cases even better themselves,” Gonzales said. As Trump held two rallies in Arizona on Wednesday his campaign released what it called the American Dream Plan for Hispanic Americans.
VP nominee Kamala Harris stops in Tucson, visits with Latina business owners
Harris emphasized the needs of working class families throughout the state, adding that the Biden administration would not raise taxes for anyone making less than $400,000 a year. “Joe Biden and I understand America deserves so much more. We know that the strength of any human being is not based on who you beat down but on who you lift up,” Harris said. “Let’s not let anyone take our vote from us. Kelly, who was also looking to sway voters in his campaign for U.S. Senate, said the pandemic and subsequent economic impact were made worse by “a crisis of leadership.”
Biden, Warner and redistricting amendment ahead in final CNU poll
Former Vice President Joe Biden leads President Donald Trump in Virginia by double digits according to the final pre-Election Day poll from the Wason Center at Christopher Newport University. Biden received 53% of the vote among likely voters to 41% for Trump in the survey released Wednesday. “Biden’s lead continues to illustrate Virginia’s solid shift left in presidential and statewide races,” said Rebecca Bromley-Trujillo, research director of the Wason Center at CNU. Republicans have not won a statewide race in Virginia since 2009 and Democrats have carried the state in three straight presidential contests. Two years ago Democrats picked up three congressional seats as Abigail Spanberger, Elaine Luria and then-state Sen. Jennifer Wexton unseated GOP incumbents.
AP Explains: Trump pushes questions about Joe Biden's son
Tyson also said she could not confirm or deny the existence of any investigation, in keeping with Justice Department practice. The suggestion that Joe Biden might have met with a Burisma representative is consequential, because he has repeatedly insisted that he never discussed his son’s business with him. But the emails provide no details on whether Pozharskyi and Biden actually met and, if so, what they discussed. If Biden did meet with Pozharskyi, he was not the only U.S. official who may have done so. The Trump campaign also organized a press event featuring Tony Bobulinski, a man who said he was Hunter Biden’s former business partner.
'Who the hell elected you?' Big tech CEOs grilled in US Senate hearing – video
Republican and Democrat lawmakers grill the CEOs of tech giants Twitter, Facebook and Google in a hearing about a federal law protecting internet companies from legal liability for content generated by its users. While Republicans focused on disinformation and the 'censoring' of Donald Trump, Democrats accused their rivals of politicising the hearing, while also questioning the mechanics of the platforms that promoted content they deemed divisiveRepublicans use congressional hearing to berate tech CEOs and claim Trump is 'censored'
Social media CEOs rebuff bias claims, vow to defend U.S. election
Dorsey said Twitter was working closely with state election officials. Dorsey told Cruz that he does not believe that Twitter can influence elections because it’s only one source of information. GOP senators raised with the executives an array of allegations of other bias on the platforms regarding Iran, China and Holocaust denial. “We approach our work without political bias, full stop,” Pichai said. Jack Dorsey, CEO of Twitter Inc., gives his opening statement remotely during a Senate committee meeting in Washington on Wednesday.
Biden says halting coronavirus will take hard work, as Trump stumps nonstop
“I’m not running on a false promise of being able to end this pandemic by flipping a switch,” he added. After rallying supporters in three states Tuesday, Trump, 74, overnighted in a fourth — Nevada — then flew to Arizona for two more rallies. U.S. President Donald Trump waves to the crowd after speaking at a campaign rally in Goodyear, Arizona, on Wednesday. All are states that Trump won in 2016 but which are up for grabs this year. “If you vote for Biden it means no kids in school, no graduation, no Christmas and no Fourth of July together.
Heightened unrest in Philadelphia after police kill Black man
“There were a lot of peaceful protesters out there last night,” Kenney said at a news conference on Wallace’s death. Police said Wallace was wielding a knife and ignored orders to drop the weapon before officers fired shots Monday afternoon. Police stand on the street as demonstrators clash with riot police in Philadelphia on Tuesday. Wallace’s father, Walter Wallace Sr. said Tuesday night that he is haunted by the way his son was “butchered.”“It’s in my mind. In the video, Wallace’s mother and at least one man followed Wallace, trying to get him to listen to officers, as he briskly walked across the street and between cars.
Vaccines, not spy planes: U.S. misfires in Indonesia
Absent from these pledges: the United States. Not only was it not promising any vaccine, but months earlier the United States shocked Indonesian officials by asking to land and refuel its spy planes in the country, four senior Indonesian officials said. On the other hand, China — Indonesia and the region’s biggest investor and trading partner — has won ground with vaccines and trade. Senior officials say Indonesia has told China bluntly of its concerns of its aggression in the South China Sea this year. An estimated 10 million Indonesians have fallen back into poverty and Indonesia’s economic outlook has been downgraded repeatedly by the government and international agencies.
Katy Perry and fiance Orlando Bloom sing to encourage fans to vote
Katy Perry and Orlando Bloom took to Instagram on Wednesday with a clever pro-voting message to the tune of the children’s song Rise and Shine. Bloom, 43, sang, 'Vote in person, not with the mail-in ballot,' to which Perry sang, 'Now’s the time to vote in person, person, people of the United States.' Sing a song: Katy Perry, 36, and her fiancé Orlando Bloom, 43, serenaded her followers on Instagram on Wednesday with a clever pro-voting message to the tune of the children’s song Rise and Shine. Bloom made referenced to their two-month-old daughter Daisy Dove, saying, 'This is for the future generations, by the way: his little ditty is going to be for Daisy Dove.' She has past pledged her support toward former Vice President Joe Biden and California Senator Kamala Harris in their run for the White House against incumbent Trump and Vice President Mike Pence.
Donald Trump introduces Nigel Farage as the 'King of Europe' at election rally in Arizona
Donald Trump greeted Nigel Farage on stage at a rally in Arizona on Wednesday where he branded the Brexit Party leader the 'King of Europe'. Speaking at one of his final reelection rallies, the President introduced Farage to the stage in front of the adoring crowd. Donald Trump greeted Nigel Farage on stage at a rally in Arizona on Wednesday where he branded the Brexit Party leader the 'King of Europe'Trump called Farage, famous for his longtime activism to get Britain out of the European Union, 'one of the most powerful men in Europe'. 'The king of Europe we have right here,' Trump said of Farage. Farage famously visited Trump in the days after the businessman's shock victory in the 2016 election, which came just months after the surprise Brexit referendum result.
Kim Jong-un's pop-star ex may have usurped his sister in power stakes
Kim Jong-un's former pop star lover has increasingly been seen at the dictator's side - fuelling speculation that she has usurped his sister in the eyes of the supreme leader. Kim Jong-un's former pop star lover has increasingly been seen at the dictator's side - fuelling speculation that she has usurped his sister in the eyes of the supreme leader. Kim Yo-jong was touted as a possible successor earlier this year when the supreme leader mysteriously vanished from public view for several weeks. Kim, who succeeded his late father as supreme leader of North Korea in 2011, met the pop singer when he returned from studying in Switzerland. Hyon went on to marry an officer in the North Korean military and is believed to have had a baby.
Edward Snowden and his wife Lindsay Mills reveal they are expecting their first child together
Fugitive US whistleblower Edward Snowden and his wife Lindsay Mills are expecting their first child together, the couple announced Wednesday. Snowden later retweeted the post, writing in response: ‘You made me believe in happy endings. I love you, darlin.’Fugitive US whistleblower Edward Snowden and his wife Lindsay Mills are expecting their first child together, the couple announced WednesdayFollowers of the couple were quick to congratulate them on the news, with the occasional joke also shared. Snowden later retweeted the post, writing in response: ‘You made me believe in happy endings. Earlier this month, a US federal judge ordered Edward Snowden to hand over to the US government $5.2million he made from book sales and speeches, according to the Justice Department.
Gun-wielding St. Louis couple seek prosecutor's removal
A grand jury earlier this month indicted Mark McCloskey, 63, and Patricia McCloskey, 61, on charges of unlawful use of a weapon and tampering with evidence. The McCloskeys' attorney, Joel Schwartz, cites emails referencing the case that were sent to potential donors ahead of Gardner´s primary election victory in August. In charging the McCloskeys, Gardner drew criticism from President Donald Trump, Missouri Governor Mike Parson and other leading Republicans. Mark McCloskey emerged with an AR-15 rifle and his wife displayed a semiautomatic handgun. Protesters gathered outside the home of Mark and Patricia McCloskey during a protest against racial inequality in St Louis, Missouri
Joe Biden's brother Jim REFUSED to answer whether Joe was involved in the family's dealings in China
On the same day Archer meets Joe Biden at the White House. He phones a staffer at Biden's office to it could 'create perception of a conflict of interest.' Summer: The Burisma investigation appears to become dormantJanuary 2016: Biden travels to Ukraine amid mounting international disgust at Shokin failing to tackle corruption. One of the concerns raised by the European Union and IMF is that he has failed to investigate Burisma. Giuliani later says the shopowner has made four.
US Election 2020: Donald Trump Jr mocks Hunter Biden in Florida
'I'd be in jail a long time ago,' Trump Jr. said. 'They impeached Donald Trump for being right about Joe Biden,' Trump Jr. later said. On Wednesday, Trump Jr. addressed supporters gathered in both the restaurant and rustic-industrial bar of the Double Barrel Grill. 'Donald Trump is apparently doing it all wrong, according to the experts,' Trump Jr. said. 'I'm the son of a billionaire from Manhattan and I've had more blue collar jobs than Joe Biden,' Trump Jr. said.
US Election 2020: Trump says Thursday's GDP will be 'off the charts'
'You’re going to have a very big number. You know what, before that happens, and I don’t know what it is, but the Atlanta Fed just predicted a very big number. That’s our big number right?' President Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally at Laughlin/Bullhead International Airport in Bullhead City, Arizona, U.S., October 28, 2020. 'We are substantially up in a state known as Arizona,' said Trump, despite public polls showing him trailing.
Philadelphia goes under curfew after unrest over police killing of Black man
Police officers stand guard outside a police station after the death of Walter Wallace Jr., a Black man who was shot by police in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S., October 28, 2020. Calm prevailed as a 9 p.m.-to-6 p.m. curfew ordered by Mayor Jim Kenney took effect about three hours after sundown on Wednesday. In Nevada on Wednesday, Trump said the events in Philadelphia were “terrible” and offered to send federal help. Tuesday’s upheavals erupted despite pleas from the dead man’s father, Walter Wallace Sr., to “stop the violence” out of respect for his son and family. Outlaw said the city would release body-camera footage from the police and the emergency-911 call records related to the shooting after the Wallace family had a chance to review them.
Miles Taylor warns Trump will pursue 'Nazi policies' if re-elected
'I worked with DHS officials while I was in the White House, and even I had to research who Miles Taylor was. He's just another standard-issue arrogant, Washington, DC swamp bro who loved President Trump until he figured out he could try to make money by attacking him,' he added. Ben Williams, a senior communications adviser in the White House, called Taylor a 'little circus clown.' The New York Times op-ed describes a 'quiet resistance' that wasn't designed to bring Trump down – only to curb his worst impulses. When he published the New York Times op-ed, he was a deputy to agency's then chief of staff.
'It's not the time to sit back': In Wisconsin town rocked by protests, race is defining election issue
All evidence suggests that the rioters, many of whom were white, came in from nearby Chicago or Milwaukee looking for trouble. Photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images/FileTanya McLean, a community leader with the Working Families Party, blamed the president for stoking divisions. Biden has managed to attract older black voters, who associate him with Obama, but younger black voters have remained more elusive. Nah man, that wasn’t cool.”Notably, young black voters do not seem to feel as negatively about Trump as older black Americans. “There are people who vote for Trump because of his racism,” she said.
[US elections and Korea] Biden will be more rigorous on NK, experts say
NATIONAL(AP-Yonhap)With the US presidential election just days ahead, Democratic candidate Joe Biden has not said much about his policy on the Korean Peninsula.All he has said so far is that the leader of the North Korean regime is a thug, and he will meet with Kim Jong-un only if Pyongyang agrees to draw down its nuclear capacity as a precondition.During the final presidential debate last week, Biden said that when the Chinese asked why the US was moving its missile defense up so close and continuing its military maneuvers with South Korea, he told China, “It’s because North Korea is a problem, and we’re going to continue to do it so we can control them.”Biden said he told the Chinese, “If you want to do something about it, step up and help. If not, it’s going to continue.”He also said Trump has “legitimized North Korea,” referring to the North’s leader Kim as a thug, adding that Trump “talks about how we’re better off. And they have much more capable missiles, able to reach US territory much more easily.”Biden’s Democratic Party has traditionally emphasized multilateral cooperation and a process-oriented negotiation on North Korean issues.Things have changed, however, as US President Donald Trump’s much-hyped summitry with Kim made North Korea, the traditional hermit, a country at the center of greater global attention.More importantly, more Americans now see the North’s nuclear arsenal as a threat to their own territory.Biden is therefore likely to take a stronger or more proactive approach compared to the “strategic patience” policy of the Obama administration, observers say.Choi Kang, acting president of Asan Institute for Policy Studies, thinks Biden will “try to confirm the North’s commitment to denuclearization through its actions.”Kim Hyun-wook, chief of US research at the state-run Korea National Diplomatic Academy, said Biden’s North Korea policy will likely be a stringent one based on sanctions.“He seems to be willing to negotiate in earnest on the North
[US elections and Korea] Biden will be more rigorous on NK, experts say
With the US presidential election just days ahead, Democratic candidate Joe Biden has not said much about his policy on the Korean Peninsula.All he has said so far is that the leader of the North Korean regime is a thug, and he will meet with Kim Jong-un only if Pyongyang agrees to draw down its nuclear capacity as a precondition.During the final presidential debate last week, Biden said that when the Chinese asked why the US was moving its missile defense up so close and continuing its military maneuvers with South Korea, he told China, “It’s because North Korea is a problem, and we’re going to continue to do it so we can control them.”Biden said he told the Chinese, “If you want to do something about it, step up and help. If not, it’s going to continue.”He also said Trump has “legitimized North Korea,” referring to the North’s leader Kim as a thug, adding that Trump “talks about how we’re better off. And they have much more capable missiles, able to reach US territory much more easily.”Biden’s Democratic Party has traditionally emphasized multilateral cooperation and a process-oriented negotiation on North Korean issues.Things have changed, however, as US President Donald Trump’s much-hyped summitry with Kim made North Korea, the traditional hermit, a country at the center of greater global attention.More importantly, more Americans now see the North’s nuclear arsenal as a threat to their own territory.Biden is therefore likely to take a stronger or more proactive approach compared to the “strategic patience” policy of the Obama administration, observers say.Choi Kang, acting president of Asan Institute for Policy Studies, thinks Biden will “try to confirm the North’s commitment to denuclearization through its actions.”Kim Hyun-wook, chief of US research at the state-run Korea National Diplomatic Academy, said Biden’s North Korea policy will likely be a stringent one based on sanctions.“He seems to be willing to negotiate in earnest on the North’s denuclearization
What data journalists say about the election models giving Trump slim chance of winning
Four years later, that political upset has led many Americans to be skeptical of current models showing Trump, once again, having a slim chance of emerging victorious against Joe Biden. "Yeah, the experts say Trump has a small chance of beating Biden, but the experts also said the same thing in 2016, and they were wrong." To be clear, the models never said it was impossible for Trump to lose in 2016. FiveThirtyEight gave Trump a 28.6% chance, for example, and The Upshot gave him a 15% chance. And while these models put Trump in a much tougher spot than back in 2016, they still do leave open the chance that Trump could win re-election.
First votes counted on Election Night may give false impression of vote leader
Rachel Maddow shares advice from election experts who explain that in-person Election Day votes may be cast by a greater proportion of Republicans, so the counting of those ballots first could show an early "mirage" of stronger showing by Donald Trump than is true once the count of mail-in ballots is added.
Democratic senator Doug Jones stakes re-election bid on threat to voting rights
Jones, a rare Democratic senator in a red southern state, has been sounding the alarm on his state’s burdensome voting restrictions. Jones has repeatedly bashed retired coach Tommy Tuberville, the Republican nominee for Jones’s seat, for failing to offer a concise position on the Voting Rights Act. During a 1 September appearance with service organizations in Alabama, Tuberville was asked whether he supported extending the Voting Rights Act. “You know, the thing about the Voting Rights Act it’s … you know … there’s a lot of different things you can look at it as, you know, who’s it going to help? “And I think voting across the country needs to be a little bit more uniform.
Doctors: Second wave of mental health devastation from pandemic imminent
Doctors say a second wave of mental health devastation brought on by the pandemic is imminent and has the potential to overwhelm parts of the mental healthcare system. “This is going to be a long-haul situation,” said Chuck Ingoglia, president and CEO of The National Council of Behavioral Health, which offers services to 3,400 local mental health organizations around the country. “We are concerned that these [symptoms] could get worse,” said Dr. Vail Wright, senior director of healthcare innovation at the American Psychological Association. “We’re anticipating that we’ll continue to see mental health challenges including an increase in diagnostic categories as this continues if people don’t take active steps to manage their stress.”One of those major respites has been the outdoors during the summer months. The shift puts even more strain on the local organizations Ignoglia oversees that have been dealing with funding issues.
Philadelphia pledges better response after Black man’s death
Hundreds of demonstrators marched in West Philadelphia over the death of Walter Wallace Jr., a Black man who was killed by police in Philadelphia on Monday. Police shot and killed the 27-year-old on a Philadelphia street after yelling at him to drop his knife. Hundreds of demonstrators marched in West Philadelphia over the death of Walter Wallace Jr., a Black man who was killed by police in Philadelphia on Monday. Police shot and killed the 27-year-old on a Philadelphia street after yelling at him to drop his knife. His family’s lawyer said the family had called for an ambulance to get him help with a mental health crisis.
Trump: virus treatment made me feel like Superman
Trump: virus treatment made me feel like SupermanPresident Donald Trump spoke during a campaign rally in Arizona on Wednesday about his experience contracting COVID-19, saying he "felt like superman" after receiving an experimental antibody cocktail.
Ohio's rural-urban divide drives politics, to voters' dismay. 'You're either this or that.'
Four years later, Trump won big with 72% of the vote. They point to Trump as the disruptor more than a swing toward the Republican Party. In Brown’s first Senate race in 2006, the Democrat won 13 of the 14 counties in Ohio’s Southeast region against incumbent Republican Mike DeWine. Trump won the non-college educated vote in 2016. Four years ago Trump won Scioto County by nearly 37%, but within the city of Portsmouth Democrat Hillary Clinton won by almost 34%.
Crowd chants 'lock him up' as Trump slams Biden
Crowd chants 'lock him up' as Trump slams BidenPresident Donald Trump is using the final days of the campaign against Joe Biden to maintain a whirlwind schedule. Speaking in Goodyear, Arizona, Trump slammed Biden as "the worst candidate ever to run in the history of a presidential election."
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.
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.
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.
Colorado AG steps in after landlord allegedly threatens rent raise at mobile home park if Biden wins
Colorado’s Attorney General sent a cease and desist letter to the owner of a mobile home park in Fort Morgan, Colo., following reports of voter intimidation after the landlord allegedly threatened to spike rent rates should Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden win on Nov. 3. Like paying alot more in taxes, utilities, gasoline, groceries, new permits, fees and regulations…everything! This also means your rent will be increased to cover these expenses. Most likely, rent would double in price!” The letter read. “If the current president is re-elected, we will not raise the rent for at least 2 years!” Pagel added.
Mask mandates lead to lower rates of coronavirus hospitalizations, Vanderbilt researchers find
Areas of Tennessee where residents regularly wear masks in public have seen notably smaller increases in COVID-19 hospitalizations since June, researchers at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine found. Researchers classified hospitals based on the percentage of patients they treat that reside in counties with a mask requirement. "Hospitals that predominantly serve patients from areas without masking requirements (the <25% group) continue to see the highest rate of growth in hospitalizations," researchers wrote. The study from Vanderbilt University is the latest research to show that masks are an effective tool in mitigating the spread of coronavirus. The CDC recommends that people wear masks in public settings, but masks have turned into a political flashpoint during the pandemic.
Rick Scott makes 'six-figure' ad buy for Trump in Florida: Report
Republican Florida Sen. Rick Scott is backing President Trump’s re-election bid with a significant ad buy in his home state ahead of Election Day, according to a report Wednesday. Scott’s political action committee, Let’s Get to Work, is making a “significant six-figure buy” and will run pro-Trump ads in six to eight Florida media markets, Politico reported. OBAMA UNLOADS ON TRUMP AT RALLY FOR BIDEN: 'WE CAN'T AFFORD 4 MORE YEARS OF THIS'“Democrats have a radical plan for America,” Scott said in the ad. With less than a week until Election Day, the Trump and Biden campaigns are locked in a virtual dead heat in Florida. An average of recent polls compiled by Real Clear Politics shows both Trump and Biden with 48 percent of the vote.
Chris Cuomo confronts former 'anonymous' op-ed author Miles Taylor: You lied to us
Miles Taylor, who has revealed he was the anonymous senior Trump administration official who wrote a 2018 New York Times op-ed and a subsequent book critical of President Donald Trump, explains why he lied when asked if he was "anonymous" on CNN in August.
Mark Zuckerberg just gave Facebook employees all of Thanksgiving week off
Facebook's founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg speaks to participants during the Viva Technologie show at Parc des Expositions Porte de Versailles on May 24, 2018 in Paris, France. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is giving all U.S. employees the entire week of Thanksgiving off, according to an internal message he sent on Wednesday night. The move is meant to reward employees for the work they've done during "unprecedented challenges," and could help bolster morale after the company's moderation policies have come under fire from some employees. I hope you can disconnect and take the time to rest and recharge before the final push of the year," Zuckerberg wrote. Facebook later restricted how and where employees could express political views on internal message boards.
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.
A tale of two Guantanamos
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Ant Group curbs support for overseas partners in strategy rethink ahead of listing
It would have also likely made Ant, best known for its Alipay service that serves mainly Chinese customers, a global payments leader. It also said in May it was investing $73.5 million in Myanmar e-wallet firm Wave Money and has applied for a digital wholesale banking license in Singapore. But further aggressive investments in overseas e-wallet firms are unlikely, sources say. A person familiar with Ant’s thinking said its current plan is to offer initial support to overseas e-wallet firms and then see them succeed on their own terms. In other parts of the world, Ant’s new leadership believed the company was spreading its resources too thinly, several company sources said.
'Baffled' and 'scared,' U.S. felons face hurdles after regaining right to vote
Felony convictions still disenfranchise about 5.2 million Americans, but that is down 15% since 2016, according to the group. About 1.4 million people with felony convictions in Florida had their right to vote restored in January 2019 after the state amended it constitution. He was able to resolve it, but he said for many people with felony convictions the uncertainty would prevent them from voting. By law, she said, she was not required to provide paperwork to prove she can register to vote. “There is a huge part of our population that is unable to vote and that’s very intentional,” she said.
Dollar holds gains as COVID-19 surge boosts safe-haven demand
FILE PHOTO: U.S. dollar notes are seen in this picture illustration taken at the Bank of Taiwan in Taipei November 11, 2010. REUTERS/Nicky LohThe safe-haven greenback steadied against a basket of six currencies at 93.41, taking a pause after its 0.3% gains in early trade. It also steadied against the Japanese yen, last fetching 122.63 yen after hitting its weakest levels since July overnight. The greenback steadied against the Japanese yen at 104.33 yen, having dropped to a more than one-month low on Wednesday. Elsewhere, the Canadian dollar held steady, last trading at 1.3308 against the greenback, after it fell to a three-week low overnight.
Montana leads list of gubernatorial races to watch this year
MONTANARepublican Congressman Greg Gianforte faces Democrat Mike Cooney, the state’s Lieutenant Governor, in the race for Montana governor, perhaps the most competitive gubernatorial election this year. Cooney has positioned himself as the natural successor to the state’s popular Democratic Governor Steve Bullock, who is leaving office due to term limits and running for the U.S. Senate. A poll released Wednesday by Montana State University, Billings, showed Gianforte and Cooney each receiving support from 45% of likely voters. Galloway has garnered support from former Democratic Governor Jay Nixon and other former state officeholders. NEW HAMPSHIREPolls show incumbent Governor Chris Sununu, a Republican, leading Democratic challenger Dan Feltes by more than 20 points.
U.S. Supreme Court deals blow to Republicans in Pennsylvania, North Carolina vote-by-mail fights
(Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday dealt setbacks to Republicans by allowing extended deadlines for receiving mail-in ballots in next Tuesday’s election in Pennsylvania and North Carolina, states pivotal to President Donald Trump’s re-election chances. The Supreme Court already had rejected a prior Republican request to block the lower court ruling on Oct. 19. On Monday, the conservative justices were in the majority when the Supreme Court on a 5-3 vote declined to extend mail-in voting deadlines sought by Democrats in Wisconsin. The public health crisis has prompted an increase in requests for mail-in ballots as voters seek to avoid crowds at polling places. In their earlier decision, the justices, shorthanded after the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, were divided 4-4, leaving in place the state court ruling.
As COVID-19 roars back in U.S., Trump stages rallies in Arizona
Polls in battleground states that will likely decide the election are tighter than the national surveys. A pro-Biden group, Priorities USA Action, said its recent polling in six battleground states found that when people were told Trump was holding large rallies without mask-wearing requirements, most disapproved. Slideshow ( 5 images )“The longer he’s in charge the more reckless he gets,” Biden told reporters, before casting his own vote in Wilmington, Delaware. New battleground state polls from Reuters/Ipsos show Biden and Trump in a statistical dead heat in Arizona and in Florida, another key battleground state. The Trump campaign was taking all necessary precautions at Pence’s event, campaign spokesman Hogan Gidley told CNN.
Exclusive: Biden, if elected, would consult allies on future of U.S. tariffs on China - advisers
WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - Democrat Joe Biden would immediately consult with America’s main allies before deciding on the future of U.S. tariffs on China, seeking “collective leverage” to strengthen his hand against Beijing if he is elected president, Biden top advisers said on Wednesday. And that has given China an escape hatch,” said Jeffrey Prescott, a former senior foreign policy in the Obama administration. In political rallies, Trump has often claimed that Biden would take a softer approach to China. Immediate consultation would be needed “to identify areas where we can bring collective leverage on China,” Prescott said. “But they’ve been alienated, they’ve been insulted by President Trump, and that’s made our hand with China even weaker than it should be.”
UK rejects 'Britain First' trade policy, taking swipes at U.S. and EU
FILE PHOTO: Britain's Secretary of State of International Trade and Minister for Women and Equalities Liz Truss is seen outside Downing Street, as the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues, in London, Britain March 17, 2020. REUTERS/Henry NichollsThe COVID-19 pandemic has wrought havoc on global supply chains, fanning global trade tensions as nations scramble for scarce goods and try to protect their own economic interests. Trade minister Liz Truss will set out the principles that underpin Britain’s future trade policy in a speech that takes aim at the damage caused by both protectionism and unfettered state-subsidisation. Britain is urgently negotiating a trade deal with the EU to avoid widespread disruption when a transition period of de-facto EU membership ends on Dec. 31. It has also put a U.S. free trade agreement at the top of its post-Brexit wish list.
Ant Group curbs support for overseas partners in strategy rethink ahead of listing
It would have also likely made Ant, best known for its Alipay service that serves mainly Chinese customers, a global payments leader. It also said in May it was investing $73.5 million in Myanmar e-wallet firm Wave Money and has applied for a digital wholesale banking license in Singapore. But further aggressive investments in overseas e-wallet firms are unlikely, sources say. A person familiar with Ant’s thinking said its current plan is to offer initial support to overseas e-wallet firms and then see them succeed on their own terms. In other parts of the world, Ant’s new leadership believed the company was spreading its resources too thinly, several company sources said.
Exclusive: Biden, if elected, would consult allies on future of U.S. tariffs on China - advisers
WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - Democrat Joe Biden would immediately consult with America’s main allies before deciding on the future of U.S. tariffs on China, seeking “collective leverage” to strengthen his hand against Beijing if he is elected president, Biden top advisers said on Wednesday. And that has given China an escape hatch,” said Jeffrey Prescott, a former senior foreign policy in the Obama administration. In political rallies, Trump has often claimed that Biden would take a softer approach to China. Immediate consultation would be needed “to identify areas where we can bring collective leverage on China,” Prescott said. “But they’ve been alienated, they’ve been insulted by President Trump, and that’s made our hand with China even weaker than it should be.”
Dollar holds gains as COVID-19 surge boosts safe-haven demand
REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/IllustrationThe safe-haven greenback steadied against a basket of six currencies =USD at 93.41, taking a pause after its 0.3% gains in early trade. It also steadied against the Japanese yen EURJPY=, last fetching 122.63 yen after hitting its weakest levels since July overnight. The greenback steadied against the Japanese yen at 104.33 yen JPY=EBS, having dropped to a more than one-month low on Wednesday. Across the Tasman Sea, the New Zealand dollar NZD=D3 edged higher against its U.S. counterpart, last up 0.27% to 0.6652. Elsewhere, the Canadian dollar CAD=D3 held steady, last trading at 1.3308 against the greenback, after it fell to a three-week low overnight.
As COVID-19 roars back in U.S., Trump stages rallies in Arizona
Polls in battleground states that will likely decide the election are tighter than the national surveys. A pro-Biden group, Priorities USA Action, said its recent polling in six battleground states found that when people were told Trump was holding large rallies without mask-wearing requirements, most disapproved. “The longer he’s in charge the more reckless he gets,” Biden told reporters, before casting his own vote in Wilmington, Delaware. New battleground state polls from Reuters/Ipsos show Biden and Trump in a statistical dead heat in Arizona and in Florida, another key battleground state. The Trump campaign was taking all necessary precautions at Pence’s event, campaign spokesman Hogan Gidley told CNN.
Wall Street sinks 3%, Dow at late July lows as pandemic surges
The sell-off accelerated during the session’s final minutes,with both the Dow and benchmark S&P 500 posting their biggest single-day declines since June 11. With just six days to the election, Wall Street's fear gauge .VIX spiked to its highest level since June 15. With Microsoft MSFT.O and Amazon.com AMZN.O, they weighed the most on the S&P 500. Of the 206 S&P 500 companies that have reported third-quarter earnings so far, about 83% have topped expectations, according to Refinitiv data. The S&P 500 posted one new 52-week highs and nine new lows; the Nasdaq Composite recorded 15 new highs and 110 new lows.
Ant Group curbs support for overseas partners in strategy rethink ahead of listing
It would have also likely made Ant, best known for its Alipay service that serves mainly Chinese customers, a global payments leader. It also said in May it was investing $73.5 million in Myanmar e-wallet firm Wave Money and has applied for a digital wholesale banking license in Singapore. But further aggressive investments in overseas e-wallet firms are unlikely, sources say. A person familiar with Ant’s thinking said its current plan is to offer initial support to overseas e-wallet firms and then see them succeed on their own terms. In other parts of the world, Ant’s new leadership believed the company was spreading its resources too thinly, several company sources said.
Pompeo to stop in Vietnam during Asia tour
HANOI (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will visit Vietnam on Thursday and Friday as part of a tour of Asia, the Vietnamese and U.S. governments said. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo walks to board an aircraft to leave for Maldives, in Colombo, Sri Lanka October 28, 2020. The U.S. State Department confirmed Pompeo would add Vietnam to his four-leg tour. Pompeo arrived in the Maldives on Wednesday after visits to Sri Lanka and India and is due to hold meetings in Indonesia on Thursday. Pompeo said in Sri Lanka on Wednesday the Chinese Communist Party was operating as a “predator”.
Oil plunges over 5% as pandemic surges, U.S. crude stockpiles, output soar
FILE PHOTO: The sun is seen behind a crude oil pump jack in the Permian Basin in Loving County, Texas, U.S., November 22, 2019. “Certainly the increase in oil production led to a unexpected build of crude oil, and given the additional lockdowns we are seeing in Europe, that is just further heaping bad news on the oil market,” said Andy Lipow, president of consultants Lipow Oil Associates. Brent futures fell $2.33, or 5.7%, to $38.87 a barrel by 1:10 p.m. EDT (1710 GMT), while U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude fell $2.45, or 6.2%, to $37.12. The stronger dollar .DXY makes oil more expensive for holders of foreign currencies, which traders said weighed on crude prices. Traders said crude prices were also hit by fading prospects for a quick deal on a new U.S. stimulus, and increasing oil output from Libya.
U.S. Supreme Court rejects Trump bid to block North Carolina absentee ballot extension
REUTERS/Al Drago/FilesThe justices left in place a lower court-approved agreement allowing the extension, rebuffing a request by Trump’s campaign, the Republican National Committee and North Carolina Republican officials for an injunction to block it. The state election board, citing potential U.S. The North Carolina dispute is among a number of election-related lawsuits in states around the country over rules governing voting in the Nov. 3 election. The North Carolina dispute centered on an agreement by the state election board, approved by a state court on Oct. 2, to extend the absentee ballot deadline after advocacy groups filed a legal challenge. Circuit Court of Appeals rejected the request, saying that under Supreme Court precedent, federal courts must refrain from disturbing state election rules so close to an election.
Trump stokes suburban fears after Philadelphia shooting
National polls have found that voters trust Biden more to handle public safety and race relations. And a majority of Americans think Trump has encouraged white supremacists, according to a survey by the Public Religion Research Institute. A recent Monmouth poll in Pennsylvania also showed that Biden is narrowly more trusted here than Trump to manage law and order. Wolf later mobilized the Pennsylvania National Guard following the request of the city government. Isaiah Thomas, a Philadelphia city councilman, questioned whether it is necessary.
Former Homeland Security Official Reveals He Wrote 'Anonymous' Trump Critique
(WASHINGTON) — A former Trump administration official who penned a scathing anti-Trump op-ed and book under the pen name “Anonymous” revealed himself Wednesday as a former chief of staff at the Department of Homeland Security. He left the Trump administration in June 2019 and endorsed Democrat Joe Biden for president this summer. Trump and White House officials moved quickly to describe Taylor as someone with little standing and clout. During Taylor’s time as chief of staff, Trump threatened to shut down the border and his administration developed the policy to force asylum seekers to wait across the U.S.-Mexico border. Trump, who had long complained about leaks in the White House, also ordered aides to unmask the writer, citing “national security” concerns to justify a possible Justice Department investigation.
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."
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.
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.
'Quick, quick, quick': Trump rushes McSally at rally as she fights to hold her Senate seat
SEE NEW POSTS'Quick, quick, quick': Trump rushes McSally at rally as she fights to hold her Senate seat President Donald Trump offered a not-very warm welcome to Sen. Martha McSally on Wednesday at his campaign rally in Arizona, where his fellow Republican is trying to hold on to her seat. After saying she was "respected by everybody" and "great," Trump rushed McSally to the stage at his Goodyear rally to say a few words. Quick, quick, quick. After McSally spoke, Trump called up a trio of politicians from out of state to speak- Sens. Referring again to Taylor, Trump said, "in my opinion, he should be prosecuted."
Harris highlights Democrats' broad coalition
SEE NEW POSTSHarris highlights Democrats' broad coalition In her second visit to phoenix (the first was her joint event with Biden after the vice presidential debate), Harris entered the stage with artist Alicia Keys and spoke about the broad coalition of support that is backing Biden. After saying she was "respected by everybody" and "great," Trump rushed McSally to the stage at his Goodyear rally to say a few words. Quick, quick, quick. After McSally spoke, Trump called up a trio of politicians from out of state to speak- Sens. The Star Tribune obtained a voicemail that Weeks left for his friend, Joey Hudson, four weeks before Weeks died last month.
John Brown And Abraham Lincoln: Divergent Paths In The Fight To End Slavery
John Brown And Abraham Lincoln: Divergent Paths In The Fight To End SlaveryIn The Zealot and the Emancipator, historian H.W. His new book is "The Zealot And The Emancipator: John Brown, Abraham Lincoln, And The Struggle For American Freedom." His new book is "The Zealot And The Emancipator: John Brown, Abraham Lincoln, And The Struggle For American Freedom." And part of the lesson is that every movement for social change requires the conscience of people like John Brown, but people like John Brown can sometimes follow their conscience too far. His new book is "The Zealot And The Emancipator: John Brown, Abraham Lincoln, And The Struggle For American Freedom."
Pandemic politics: Biden shuns ‘false promises’ of fast fix
Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks during a virtual public health briefing at The Queen theater in Wilmington, Del., Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020. ADVERTISEMENT“Even if I win, it’s going to take a lot of hard work to end this pandemic,” Biden said during a speech in Wilmington, Delaware. The weather was far milder than during a Tuesday night Trump rally in Omaha, Nebraska. Trump’s campaign argues that enough of its supporters will vote on Election Day to overwhelm any early Biden advantage. That’s already far more than the total advance ballots cast before the 2016 presidential election.
Stocks swoon, Dow ends 942 points lower as COVID cases and election concerns rise
Investors also have begun to take precautions ahead of the Nov. 3 U.S. election while digesting third quarter corporate earnings reports. The Nasdaq Composite COMP, -3.73% fell 426.48 points, or 3.7%, finishing at 11,004.87. The Nasdaq Composite bucked the weaker trend to rise 72.41 points, or 0.6%, to close at 11,431.35. The Dow has now suffered its longest losing streak since February 28, 2020 when the market fell for seven straight trading days, according Dow Jones Market Data. Stocks came under heavy selling pressure Wednesday as Germany and France announced further restrictions on business activity in an effort to contain the rise in COVID-19 cases and the U.S. saw the number of new cases hit records.
Pelosi says Trump and McConnell 'failed miserably' on COVID-19 relief legislation
The Senate adjourned Monday night until the week after the Nov. 3 election, officially ending all hopes of COVID-19 economic relief legislation being passed before voting ends, and probably much longer. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) had made clear he did not want to vote on a roughly $2 trillion package being negotiated by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and, on behalf of President Trump, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin. "The White House and Mitch McConnell have resisted, and on Sunday, Mark Meadows told us why saying 'We're not going to control the pandemic.'" U.S. stock indexes dropped markedly again Tuesday on fading hopes for a financial stimulus and rapidly rising COVID-19 infections. More stories from theweek.comHow to make an election crisis64 things President Trump has said about womenRepublicans are on the verge of a spectacular upside-down achievement
Barack Obama slams Jared Kushner’s comments on Black success: ‘Who are these people?’
The former president blasted the senior Trump aide for implying that Black people did not want to achieveBarack Obama has taken exception to Jared Kushner’s dismissive comments that implied Black people needed to want success before they could achieve it. Joe Biden for President supporters looks on while former President Barack Obama campaigns for Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden at Camping World Stadium on October 27, 2020 in Orlando, Florida. Obama is campaigning for his former Vice President, and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden before the Nov. 3rd election. #BREAKING: President Obama slams Jared Kushner comments on Black Americans' desire for success: "His son-in-law says Black folks have to want to be successful. The post Barack Obama slams Jared Kushner’s comments on Black success: ‘Who are these people?’ appeared first on TheGrio.
‘Who are these folks?’ Obama criticizes Kushner for remarks about Blacks wanting success
"Look how low Black unemployment"-- Well, you know what, unemployment was really high when I came in and we brought that unemployment low, and it kept on going low. Says he's the best president for Black folks since Abe Lincoln. Now his advisors are out there saying-- including his son-in-law-- his son-in-law says Black folks have to want to be successful. BARACK OBAMA: Don't read? BARACK OBAMA: Black unemployment hit almost 17% during the Great Recession, 10 years ago.
Megyn Kelly slams Sunny Hostin over SCOTUS comments: ‘More intentionally dishonest than stupid’
Megyn Kelly took exception to Sunny Hostin claiming that Democrats need to ‘unpack’ the Supreme CourtMegyn Kelly is no stranger to controversy and being called out on social media, but this week she was the one taking the offensive against Sunny Hostin for what she believes to be “intentionally dishonest” rhetoric. Trump has put now three justices on the Supreme Court and just dozens and dozens of judges on the federal judiciary. “The Supreme Court now reflects the minority of the values of America. )”I’m going to guess more intentionally dishonest than stupid, but either way, @sunny is embarrassingly wrong about the Supreme Court. The post Megyn Kelly slams Sunny Hostin over SCOTUS comments: ‘More intentionally dishonest than stupid’ appeared first on TheGrio.
'Anonymous' Author Behind Anti-Trump 'Resistance' Op-Ed And Book Identified
Miles Taylor has been identified as the author of a notorious anonymous op-ed in The New York Times in 2018 that claimed he was part of a secret “resistance” inside President Donald Trump’s administration. The anonymous author, who had previously said they’d reveal their identity before the election, chose to wait until just six days before polls close Nov. 3 to speak out openly. Story continues“It may be cold comfort in this chaotic era, but Americans should know that there are adults in the room,” the author wrote in the 2018 op-ed. And we are trying to do what’s right even when Donald Trump won’t.”However, the author reportedly expressed doubts in 2019 that this so-called resistance group of “unelected bureaucrats and cabinet appointees” within the White House could fix Trump. Related CoverageSenior Trump Official Rips Administration In Anonymous Op-EdWhite House In ‘Total Meltdown’ As Aides Scramble To Contain Op-Ed Fallout: ReportsMore Details Emerge From Tell-All Book By Anonymous White House OfficialLove HuffPost?
Estimated $14B 2020 election cost sets record
The total cost of the 2020 election will nearly hit an unprecedented $14 billion, making it the most expensive election in history and twice as expensive as the 2016 presidential cycle, according to a new estimate from the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics. Continue Reading BelowIn fact, this year’s election spending is more than the previous two presidential election cycles combined. The estimates are up from its previous prediction that the federal election would reach nearly $11 billion in total spending. The two former Democratic candidates spent a combined $1.4 billion, while additional groups and supporters spent $5.5 billion. This cycle, we’re likely to see two.”CLICK HERE FOR THE FOX NEWS APPFox News' Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report.
‘Racism Lives Here’ signs are put in Coronado yards
Some supporters of President Trump in Coronado woke up to find that someone had puts signs on their lawns that read “Racism Lives Here / Make America Great Again.”The Coronado Police Department received six phone calls from residents complaining about the unwanted signs, which mirror the colors, font and design of materials from the Trump 2020 campaign. Two of the callers had Trump signs or flags decorating their homes, according to Coronado Police Department spokeswoman Lea Corbin. Advertisement“Simply placing a sign in another’s yard may be unwanted but is not a crime,” she said. “Neighbors in Coronado are respectful of each other and each other’s point of view,” he said. Results show that Trump received 111 more votes than Clinton in the city.
Susan Collins, Sara Gideon clash in final debate before Election Day
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Republican U.S. Sen. Susan Collins and Democratic challenger Sara Gideon clashed Wednesday night over attack ads, health care and Supreme Court nominations in their final debate before Election Day. On health care, Gideon accused Collins and McConnell of undermining the Affordable Care Act with no plan for a replacement. The debate came just days after Collins voted against the president's latest Supreme Court nominee, Amy Coney Barrett. Gideon, who opposed the nomination, used Trump's judicial appointments to attack Collins on women's reproductive rights, and on health care. As in past contests, Gideon pointed out that Collins hasn't said whether she'll vote for Trump.
Supreme Court leaves NC absentee ballot deadline at Nov. 12
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court will allow absentee ballots in North Carolina to be received and counted up to nine days after Election Day, in a win for Democrats. Under the Supreme Court’s order, mailed ballots postmarked on or before Election Day must be received by 5 p.m. on Nov. 12 in order to be counted. The Court upheld the State Board of Elections’ effort to ensure that every eligible vote counts, even during a pandemic,” he said. The election board and the state judge “worked together to override a carefully tailored legislative response to COVID,” Gorsuch wrote. AdvertisementThe changes developed by the Democratic-majority state elections board and defended in court by Stein prompted accusations from Republican legislative leaders that state elections officials had cut a backroom deal to favor left-leaning candidates and causes.
Which channel do you watch on Election Night?
Netflix, Amazon Prime, and Disney+ (seriously, on-demand cartoons are everything we need in 2020) seem to have replaced linear television in recent years, but when it comes to Election Night, the networks still rule. Two years later, five markets saw changes in top stations on Election Night. Houston went from NBC to ABC; Phoenix went from NBC to Fox; San Francisco went from Fox to ABC; Tampa went from Fox to NBC; and Seattle went from NBC to ABC. The ComScore numbers didn’t include cable networks like CNN, Fox News, and MSNBC, which typically enjoy high ratings on Election Night as well. Learn something new:— When should we expect networks to begin calling states on Election Night?
Supreme Court allows N.C. ballot counting extension
By Ariane de Vogue | CNNThe Supreme Court on Wednesday allowed the counting of ballots in North Carolina received up to nine days after the election as long as the ballots are postmarked by Election Day, a victory for Democrats in another key state. Republicans and the Trump campaign had asked the court to reinstate a deadline set in June by the state Legislature that allowed ballots to be received only up to three days after Election Day. Justice Amy Coney Barrett took no part in the decision because she had not had time to fully review the briefs, the court said. There were two separate challenges, one brought by the Trump campaign and other Republicans and a second brought by Republican North Carolina legislators. A federal appeals court earlier this month had allowed the nine-day extension that was set by the State Board of Elections amid the pandemic, as part of a legal settlement.
Trump's disrespect of Sen. Martha McSally was painful to watch
After spending the last two years as one of President Donald Trump's most loyal supporters, I’m guessing Arizona Sen. Martha McSally wasn’t feeling the love on Wednesday as the president barnstormed through Arizona. “Martha, come up fast,” Trump said. Quick, quick, quick. It was painful to watch as the president who dodged the draft treated the nation's first female combat pilot with such disrespect. Either way, this is what loyalty will get you, Sen. McSally.
'It's historic': When Air Force One lands in Bullhead City, all roads lead to Donald Trump
BULLHEAD CITY — At first, Mark Whitlock didn’t believe it. Bullhead City, about 90 miles south of Las Vegas, is out of the way to almost anywhere, and people like it that way. In a video interview posted to Facebook, Mayor Tom Brady boasted that more than two-thirds of Bullhead City voters cast ballots for Trump. So the Laughlin-Bullhead International Airport, which sits atop a hill in Bullhead City, became the site of choice. Among the crowd were Raiders fans from Las Vegas, cowboys from Kingman and a small contingent of bleary-eyed Los Angelenos.
Trump criticizes Sisolak in Arizona border rally
President Donald Trump criticized Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak — without mentioning him by name — during a rally held across the border in Arizona because of Nevada’s coronavirus gathering limits. Baskow/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @Left_Eye_ImagesPresident Donald Trump listens to statements by Nevada business leaders large and small from the StartUpNV - Nevada's Business Incubator at Trump International Hotel Las Vegas on Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020, in Las Vegas. Baskow/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @Left_Eye_ImagesPresident Donald Trump departs following a press conference with Nevada business leaders large and small from the StartUpNV - Nevada's Business Incubator at Trump International Hotel Las Vegas on Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020, in Las Vegas. But a Trump campaign aide later told the Review-Journal Trump “seems to be mixing up two states,” and apparently was referring to Pennsylvania where one county found a handful of discarded military ballots.
Sisolak condemns coronavirus ‘lies’
Steve Sisolak said Wednesday the threat of COVID-19 is still very real, even as President Trump says the nation has “turned the corner” on dealing with the disease. Steve Sisolak provides an update to Nevadans about the spread of Covid-19 throughout the state. Steve Sisolak condemned the narrative pushed by both men that the worst of the nation’s crisis over COVID-19 has passed. Trump trails former Vice President Joe Biden in Nevada polling by 4.6 percentage points, according to the average calculated by Real Clear Politics. The vice president is scheduled to speak in a 17,000-square-f