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Wisconsin cannot count mail ballots that arrive well after the polls close under an order issued Monday by the Supreme Court, a defeat for Democrats in a battleground state. Voting rights groups, the state and national Democratic parties and the League of Women Voters sued seeking to extend the deadline to accept mail-in ballots. They said the flood of absentee ballots and problems arising from the coronavirus pandemic make it harder for voters to receive their mail ballots and return them on time.
Buckling under the resurgence of the coronavirus in Europe, the Spanish government on Sunday declared a national state of emergency that includes an overnight curfew in hopes of not repeating the near collapse of the country's hospitals. Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez said the decision to restrict free movement on the streets of Spain between 11 p.m.-6 a.m. allows exceptions for commuting to work, buying medicine, and caring for elderly and young family members. “The reality is that Europe and Spain are immersed in a second wave of the pandemic,” Sánchez said during a nationwide address after meeting with his Cabinet.
An infant was attacked and killed by a family dog early Monday as both the child's parents slept, according to police in Hampton on the Virginia coast. The identity and exact age of the baby have not been released, but a police officer told TV station WTKR at the scene that the child was “less than a year old.” The child's father killed the mixed-breed German Shepherd after discovering the attack, police said.The dog was shot “outside of the residence,” WTKR reported.
Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden's staff said the former vice president misspoke in saying that the government cost to provide four-year college education would be $150 billion, when in fact it would cost nearly twice as much. The comment came during an interview with CBS' 60 Minutes that aired on Sunday, in which Biden said he could send “every single qualified person” to four-year college if he made “significant institutional changes” that would include a 15 percent minimum tax on corporations. “I can send every single qualified person to a four-year college in their state for $150 billion,” Biden said.
At a campaign rally on Monday, President Trump claimed that former Vice President Joe Biden referred to him as George on “60 Minutes. Biden was, in fact, participating in a campaign event and referring to comedian George Lopez who was a co-host.
One of the more interesting (and somewhat confounding) polling results in this election cycle has been the belief among members of both parties that Donald Trump will win re-election, regardless of who they're actually planning to vote for. Regardless of whom they personally support, 56% of Americans expect Trump to prevail over Biden in the November election, while 40% think Biden will win. Republicans are more likely to believe Trump will win (90%) than Democrats are to think Biden will (73%).
At least 11 migrants trying to reach Europe, including a pregnant woman, drowned Sunday when their boat capsized off the coast of Libya, the U.N. migration agency said, making it the third migrant shipwreck in the Mediterranean Sea in a week. Safa Msehli, spokeswoman for the International Organization for Migration, said fishermen and the Libyan Coast Guard rescued at least 10 other migrants and returned them to shore. On Tuesday, at least 15 migrants drowned after their boat capsized off Libya.
At least 100,000 people have been ordered to evacuate their homes in Irvine, California. The Silverado Fire in Southern California has forced the evacuation of more than 100,000 people from the city of Irvine. Aided by winds as strong as 70 mph, it scorched 7,200 acres by Monday evening, according to the Orange County Fire Authority.
Fox News has been planning its election night coverage for weeks, prepping staff and on-air talent for the biggest news night of the year. “Everyone is in a panic about election night,” said one current Fox News staffer. On Sunday, The New York Times reported that top Fox News executives and talent will quarantine and get tested after flying on a network-chartered flight from Nashville to New York—following Thursday night's presidential debate—with a staffer who later tested positive for the coronavirus.
In the last week before Election Day, Donald Trump and his team have decided the best possible message on the coronavirus pandemic is the same one Trump wanted back in the spring. "I wanted to always play it down," Trump told Bob Woodward in a taped conversation on March 19. "I still like playing it down, because I don't want to create a panic." On Feb. 28, when the coronavirus had only just started to threaten the U.S., Trump gave a speech in South Carolina where he declared, "This is their new hoax," saying that "Democrats want us to fail so badly" that they were willing to exaggerate the threat of the virus in order to endanger his re-election.
Forty-five missing children were rescued and 179 people arrested in one of the largest human sex trafficking operations in US history. Ohio attorney general David Yost said 109 survivors were recovered as part of operation "Autumn Hope", which involved more than 50 law enforcement agencies conducting simultaneous raids across the state. The three-day sting across Columbus saw US Marshalls and undercover officers rescue children in Cuyahoga, Franklin and Lucas counties, including a 14-year-old girl reported missing from Cleveland and a 15-year-old girl reported missing from Lancaster about six hours earlier.
California prepared for another round of dangerous fire weather Tuesday even as crews fought a pair of fast-moving blazes in the south that critically injured two firefighters and left more than 100,000 under evacuation orders. Some of the fiercest winds of the fire season drove fires up and down the state Sunday night and Monday before easing but they were expected to resume overnight and continue into Tuesday morning, although not to the earlier extremes, according to the National Weather Service.
James Blight, 26, is accused of stealing a bulldozer, knocking down a fence, and destroying Biden-Harris campaign signs on residential lawns in Haines City, Florida. Blight told police he had "been drinking whiskey all day and did not remember most of the day," Haines City Police told NBC News. A man in Florida has been accused of stealing a bulldozer and destroying residential yards to remove Biden-Harris campaign signs.
Democratic Senate nominee Jaime Harrison has spent millions upon millions of dollars in the last several months attacking his Republican opponent, Senator Lindsey Graham, for not being transparent with South Carolinians about where he stands on the key political issues of the day, from immigration reform and racial justice to his support more broadly for Donald Trump. Mr Harrison and Democrats across the country have assailed Mr Graham for “flip-flopping” on his declaration in 2016 — which he re-affirmed again in a now-infamous clip from the winter of 2018 — that he would not seat a Supreme Court nominee during the 2020 presidential election season.
Republican Rep. Doug Collins' Senate campaign ads have attracted scrutiny for featuring images of himself wearing the US Air Force uniform — particularly in the absence of any disclaimers. At least a dozen images and videos of Collins wearing different variations of the Air Force uniform have appeared on his campaign's social media accounts in recent weeks. "This is a Tiger Woods two-inch putt — it's so obvious," Michael Weinstein, a former US Air Force judge advocate general and a former member of the White House counsel, told Insider.
If President Trump were looking for a little last-minute boost from Russian President Vladimir Putin, Putin had nothing for him on Sunday. In televised remarks on state TV, Putin "took the time to knock down what he made clear he regarded as false allegations from Trump about the Bidens," Democratic nominee Joe Biden and his son Hunter, Reuters reports. Putin said Trump's story about Hunter Biden getting money from the widow of a former Moscow mayor was news to him, even though Trump tried to tie Putin to the alleged payment.
A hunter possibly shot a teenager who died while waiting to watch a sunset with his girlfriend at a Pennsylvania state park, authorities say. Jason Kutt, 18, was sitting at the edge of a lake Saturday evening in Nockamixon State Park when he was fatally shot in the back of his head, according to the Buck's County District Attorney's Office. Kutt's girlfriend told investigators that after Kutt was shot, she saw a man in an orange vest and hunting clothing, police say.
Anna Delvey — the fake heiress whose real name is Anna Sorokin — says she no longer wants random people dropping by to visit her in prison. "The days of hoping to catch me slipping are over, and all you're achieving by coming here is wasting your time and interfering with my sleep schedule," she wrote in an Instagram post. Delvey was sentenced to four to 12 years in prison after she was convicted on charges related to an elaborate scam where she pretended to be a German heiress and tried to swindle banks into loaning her money.
Viana Ferguson, a former Facebook content moderator, said during a panel hosted by the nonprofit the Real Facebook Oversight Board that users have become more vocal about the "violence they are willing to execute" toward people. Ferguson said there would "definitely" be calls for violence after the election, regardless of the winner. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg will appear before Congress on Wednesday to address a law that shields social-media companies from being held liable for the content of users' post.
One week until Election Day, Joe Biden is going on offense, heading Tuesday to Georgia — which hasn't backed a Democrat for president since 1992 — and pushing into other territory where President Donald Trump was once expected to easily repeat his wins from four years ago. The Democratic presidential nominee planned to travel to Iowa, which Trump took by 10 points in 2016, later in the week. His running mate, California Sen. Kamala Harris, is heading to Arizona and Texas, where Republicans haven't lost any statewide office since 1994 — the nation's longest political winning streak.
A father-son hunting trip left a 9-year-old boy dead Sunday following an accidental shooting, according to Nebraska police. Gunnar Holte was pheasant hunting with his father around Branched Oak Lake in Lincoln on Sunday morning when the incident occurred, the Lancaster County Sheriff's Office told KLKN. The boy was reloading his shotgun when his father heard it fire, KETV reported from the sheriff's office.
A herd of 40 cows escaped their home in Australia and had to be rounded up and returned. One of the cows made that a bit difficult after it wandered onto a neighbor's trampoline and got stuck. The neighbor found the cow in the middle of the night and alerted its owner to the issue.
The Duke of Sussex has said his "upbringing and education" meant he had "no idea unconscious bias existed" until he met his wife Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex. During the 30 minute interview, published by GQ Magazine as part of its GQ Heroes Conference, the pair discussed the Black Lives Matter movement, racism in the UK and their families. On unconscious bias, and its role within UK society, the Duke said: “From my understanding, having the upbringing and the education that I had, I had no idea what it was, I had no idea it existed and, sad as it is to say, it took me many, many years to realise it, especially then living a day or a week in my wife's shoes”.
With control of the House hardly contested, Pelosi is working to fortify Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and win extra House seats in case Congress is called on to resolve any Electoral College dispute with President Donald Trump. Pelosi said she feels so confident Democrats will keep the House this election, she's already preparing to win the next one in 2022. This year, I'm trying to win it two years in advance — by being so substantial in this election that as soon as we start into the next year, people will see our strength,” Pelosi told The Associated Press in an interview.
A man reminisced about an experience on his 33rd birthday when his boyfriend threw him a "surprise funeral" in 2017. In a Twitter thread on Wednesday, Eli McCann told the story of when his boyfriend, now husband, gathered his loved ones for a funeral service on his birthday, because "people shouldn't have to die in order for their friends to gather and say why they loved them." "It was so charming and funny and morbid and I loved every second of it," McCann told the Mirror Online.
“Many are longtime Republicans wrestling with what they see as a choice between two lousy candidates.”
“Some undecideds turn out to be people who’ve long felt alienated from the two big political parties.”
“They’re not following the 24-hour news cycle. The election and politics are just not a high priority.”
“One common trait: at this stage of the game, the undecided voter doesn’t fit into an easy political profile.”
“More realistically...these voters may not be motivated to vote at all in the 2020 election.”