Air quality not perfect
Air quality not perfect
WASHINGTON – Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, is trailing her Democratic opponent in the closely watched Senate race by more than 10 points, according to a new poll released Wednesday. A new Quinnipiac University poll of likely voters surveyed in Maine found the incumbent trailing her opponent Sara Gideon, the state's House speaker, by 12 percentage points. Collins is one of the last moderate Republicans from New England remaining in Congress.
Kamala Harris did not step off of her private plane on her way to visiting the scene of a devastating California wildfire so much as she bounced. The vice presidential nominee did so in Timberland boots, drawing a wave of online cheers and boos, in what might be the first true sartorial scandal of the Biden/Harris campaign. “THE TIMBS THO,” Meena Harris, Kamala's niece wrote on Instagram.
Hurricane Sally brought raging winds and pouring rain as it cut a path through the Gulf Coast on Wednesday morning, and photos of the new Three Mile Bridge in Pensacola, Florida — or what remains of it — showcase the storm's destructive power. “Many of us, we're beating ourselves up this morning,” Escambia County Sheriff David Morgan said during a press conference. Weather forecasts had promised a relatively mild battering, he said, but Hurricane Sally hit harder than anticipated.
Democrat Amy McGrath tried to turn Mitch McConnell's Senate seniority into a liability Wednesday, accusing the Republican leader of helping to create an “inept mess” as Congress struggles to break an impasse on more coronavirus aid in a hyper-partisan environment. Speaking at a virtual event hosted by two Louisville professional groups, McGrath later acknowledged that McConnell's long Senate career looms as her biggest challenge in trying to unseat him in the November election. McConnell, who is seeking a seventh term, has been in office so long, she said, that it's “really hard to get people to believe that he can be defeated.”
Just days after the Trump family took the stage and praised their patriarch at the Republican National Convention, liberals took a closer look at the Trump family's ties to the presidency. On Aug. 26, Ridin' with Biden, a Facebook page dedicated to the election of Democrat Joe Biden, posted a meme that calls the roles of Trump relatives and associates into question. “Trump's daughter works at the White House,” claims the meme.
The final House Transportation committee report on the fatal design flaws of Boeing's 737 MAX—which killed 346 people in two accidents between 2018 and 2019—show the air disasters could have been avoided. The 239-page report, which was released Wednesday, is the product of an 18-month investigation that confirmed time and again that Boeing caved into “production pressure that ultimately jeopardized the safety of the flying public.” The committee cites competition with Airbus as a primary cause of cuts in costs to maintain the 737 MAX production, even though those shortcuts were fatal.
Greece's Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said on Wednesday he was concerned by Turkey's move to extend the operation of its Yavuz energy drill ship in disputed Mediterranean waters. "Turkey has a choice - engage with Europe in a constructive way or continue its unilateral actions and face consequences," he said in an interview with the Economist. Turkey said on Tuesday it had extended the operations the drill ship off Cyprus until Oct. 12, in a move that could stir tension between the Greek Cypriot government and Ankara.
A memo from the Senate Republican campaign committee suggests the GOP is worried its majority in the chamber could succumb to a blue wave this November as Democrats look to expand their electoral reach into typically red states such as Montana, South Carolina, and Georgia. Less than 50 days before the 3 November elections, the internal GOP memo, obtained and first reported by the Guardian , shows how campaign operatives see the races shaping up in 10 key states that will determine whether Democrats reclaim the Senate majority for the first time in two election cycles. "The next few weeks will define the future of our country for generations to come," the memo from the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) reads.
Republican Sen. Mitt Romney is sharply criticizing an investigation by his own party into Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden's son, saying it's “not the legitimate role of government” to try and damage political opponents. GOP Sen. Ron Johnson, chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, has said the committee will issue a report before the Nov. 3 election on Hunter Biden's activities in Ukraine. Johnson, a close ally of President Donald Trump, is leading the investigation into Burisma, a gas company in Ukraine that paid Hunter Biden to serve as a board member while Joe Biden was vice president to President Barack Obama.
A student at Wheat Ridge High School takes notes during sophomore AP U.S. History class on Sept. 25, 2014, in Wheat Ridge, Colo., amid what was then a debate over the Advanced Placement curriculum. This scenario may sound familiar, but it didn't take place just last week, when President Trump threatened the funding of California schools that teach the New York Times' 1619 Project, which reframes the country's origins around the arrival of the first enslaved Africans in Virginia.
Huawei has said it sold the business in 2007 and denies any wrongdoing. Now, Reuters has uncovered previously unreported links in Brazil between Huawei and the company, Skycom Tech Co Ltd, that could offer support to the U.S. case against the tech giant and Meng Wanzhou, its chief financial officer and daughter of its founder. Corporate records filed with the state of Sao Paulo in Brazil show that Huawei and Skycom were closely intertwined there for five years after Huawei disposed of its shares in Skycom in 2007.
"It's going to be a very comprehensive strategy," McEnany said. "We're making healthcare better and cheaper. Guaranteeing protections for people with preexisting conditions.
If the Maldives defaults, Mr Nasheed worries his country could face the same fate as nearby Sri Lanka - it owes billions of dollars to China after borrowing to rebuild after years of civil war. Among the projects, the Sri Lankan government spent nearly $1.5bn on building a port in Hambantota. But within a few years the port proved to be economically unviable and Colombo defaulted on its loan commitment.
President Donald Trump and his allies are normalizing the potential for violence on Election Day with incendiary rhetoric. Meanwhile, Trump and his allies have expressed support for violent crackdowns on dissent. Trump has consistently pushed a conspiracy theory that a group he refers to as "ANTIFA THUGS" will invade the suburbs if former Vice President Joe Biden wins.
Journalist Annie Jacobsen states in a 2014 interview that this was prompted by the Allies' concerns over Hitler's potential weapons arsenal. "Fall of 1944, right after the Normandy landings, scattered among the Allies' troops are these little units of scientific intelligence officers and they're working to find out Hitler's biological weapons, his chemical weapons and his atomic weapons," said Jacobsen, author of "Operation Paperclip: The Secret Intelligence Program to Bring Nazi Scientists to America." These intelligence officers eventually discovered while the atomic weapons program was not as advanced as initially feared, Hitler's biochemical weapons were.
Had the hospital tested and treated me for COVID, my portion of the bill would have been a lot less, if not completely covered. Let patients make an informed choice I feel violated and bullied by a hospital system I want to be able to trust. Is it too much to ask that our health care providers tell us what tests they recommend, why they recommend those tests, the total price of the services, and how much we will be expected to pay with insurance and let us decide if we want the treatment?
U.S. Undersecretary for Economic Affairs Keith Krach will visit Taiwan for a memorial service for former Taiwanese President Lee Teng-hui on Saturday, the U.S. State Department said, a move likely to anger Beijing as U.S.-China ties are at their lowest ebb in decades. Wednesday's announcement of the trip had been widely expected after the senior U.S. diplomat for East Asia, David Stilwell, said last month that Washington would bolster ties with Taiwan by establishing a new bilateral economic dialogue. The State Department statement made no mention of the dialogue, however, and analysts said this appeared to reflect disagreement in the U.S. administration as to how to proceed on economic issues with Taiwan and caution about going too far in upsetting Beijing.
President Donald Trump appeared at an ABC News town hall Tuesday night in which he faced questions from multiple voters. At one point, Trump started to talk over Ellesia Blaque, an assistant professor from Philadelphia with preexisting conditions, who was asking a question about Obamacare. Trump was also confronted at Tuesday night's town hall on his response to the coronavirus pandemic, racial-justice protests, immigration, and more.
Pfizer, one of the front-runners in the quest for a COVID-19 vaccine, said its candidate vaccine looks safe, and the company expects to have data next month on how well it protects people against the coronavirus. Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla said Tuesday that he is intentionally revealing more information about the COVID-19 candidate vaccine than he would about any other vaccine under development, because he wants the process to be open and transparent. "Transparency is a must, particularly given this situation and the politicization of the vaccine," he said in a Q&A with journalists.
Giuffre says Lang, 51, can confirm the basics of her story; unlike many other household staff, the chef traveled everywhere with Epstein, and Lang's name is listed multiple times in flight records for the financier's private plane. In March 2001, for example, Lang traveled from Teterboro, New Jersey, to Santa Fe, New Mexico, with Giuffre, Epstein, Maxwell, MIT scientist Marvin Minsky, and billionaire Henry Jarecki. Giuffre claimed Maxwell directed her to have sex with Minsky, who died in 2016.