Stephanie Stahl reports.
Stephanie Stahl reports.
Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden shouldn't get too comfortable. It's been a few days since the end of the Democratic National Convention, and as FiveThirtyEight's Nate Silver notes, Biden hasn't seen a typical post-DNC bump in his polling numbers. And while he was once handily leading in several states Hillary Clinton surprisingly lost in 2016, those advantages are starting to slip as well.
A notorious ally of Vladimir Putin says he will use Russia's corrupt courts to destroy Alexei Navalny financially if the stricken opposition leader ever recovers from a chemical agent believed to have been slipped into his tea. Yevgeny Prigozhin, who was sanctioned by the U.S. for financing online efforts to distort the 2016 presidential election, used a company to buy out debts owed by Navalny so that he could increase the financial pressure on the anti-corruption campaigner. Navalny, the leading opponent of President Putin's government, is in a coma in a Berlin hospital, where German doctors say they found evidence of cholinesterase inhibitors in his body, which could indicate the use of weapons-grade nerve agents.
On Monday, the University of Alabama reported a total of 566 coronavirus cases across all of its campuses less than a week after the first day of class on August 19. The University of Alabama is offering a combination of in-person and hybrid courses. One student newspaper criticized the administration, saying, "Students have taken the University's requirements as suggestions solely because administration has as well."
French President Emmanuel Macron has sent a roadmap to Lebanese politicians outlining political and financial reforms needed to unlock foreign aid and rescue the country from multiple crises including an economic meltdown. A French Foreign Ministry official declined comment. Lebanon's now-caretaker government, which took office in January with the support of the Iran-backed Hezbollah movement and its allies, failed to make progress in talks with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for a bailout due to inaction on reforms and a dispute over the size of financial losses.
An aunt of a soldier whose body is believed to have been found about 30 miles from the Texas base where he was stationed says her nephew had been happy in the Army up until a few months ago, when he reported being sexually assaulted by a superior. A body that authorities believe is that of Sgt. Elder Fernandes, 23, was found late Tuesday in Temple, according to local police. Fernandes was reported missing on Aug. 19 by Killeen and Army police.
Bondi attacked the Bidens for their work in Ukraine when Vice President Biden led the U.S. government's anti-corruption campaign in Ukraine, and Hunter Biden secured a lucrative post on the board of a gas company there. "We all know about Joe's son, Hunter Biden," Bondi said Tuesday. "A corrupt Ukrainian oligarch put Hunter on the board of his gas company, even though he had no experience in Ukraine or in the energy sector.
Tiffany Trump, who normally shies away from the spotlight, entered the political arena on Tuesday night with a blistering attack on the media to make the case for her father's reelection. “If you tune in to the media, you get one biased opinion or another,” she said during the second night of the Republican National Convention. This form of attack is rare for the normally unseen 26-year-old Tiffany Trump, who has not condemned the media writ large as her older siblings have.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has called for prevention efforts against the novel coronavirus and a typhoon, state news agency KCNA said on Wednesday. An enlarged meeting of the politburo of the Workers Party took place amid a pandemic that is putting additional pressure on the North Korean economy, battered by recent border closures and flood damage. The meeting assessed "some defects in the state emergency anti-epidemic work for checking the inroads of the malignant virus", KCNA said in a statement.
Markey, a progressive and co-author of the Green New Deal, has the support of 52 percent of likely Massachusetts Democratic Primary voters, a poll from the UMass Lowell Center for Public Opinion shows. Just 40 percent said they'd vote for Kennedy, putting Markey safely over Kennedy even if the 6 percent of undecided voters in the poll went in the challenger's favor. Another poll released Wednesday from the progressive think tank Data for Progress meanwhile gives Markey an 8-point advantage over Kennedy.
Many months into the COVID-19 pandemic, the coronavirus is still spreading uncontrolled through the U.S. Public health authorities including the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) tell us to remain six feet apart, wash our hands, disinfect frequently touched surfaces, and wear masks. Many diseases, including COVID-19, infect most effectively at close proximity.
Jockeying over a debate schedule continues in the hard-hitting Kentucky Senate race pitting Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell against Democratic challenger Amy McGrath. Voters have yet to compare the rivals in a give-and-take at the same event but have already been bombarded with TV ads from both campaigns leading up to the November election. McConnell accepted an offer to participate in a forum next Monday hosted by the Kentucky Farm Bureau, but McGrath turned down the invitation.
Kyle Rittenhouse, a 17-year-old Illinois resident, was arrested Wednesday and charged with first-degree murder, following a night of violent clashes in Kenosha, Wisc., protesting the police shooting of Jacob Blake by Kenosha police. Police said Rittenhouse shot three people, killing two and injuring one. The victims have not been named by police but are believed to have been among the protesters.
Hurricane Laura, spinning in the southeastern Gulf of Mexico with 75-mph winds, could undergo what's known as "rapid intensification" before it hits land late Wednesday or early Thursday along the Gulf Coast, potentially as a potent Category 3 storm with winds of 115 mph. "The conditions ahead of Laura do favor rapid intensification," University of Miami researcher Brian McNoldy said. The phenomenon is typically defined to be a tropical cyclone intensifying by at least 35 mph in a 24-hour period, according to Colorado State University meteorologist Phil Klotzbach.
Coronavirus cases linked to the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in South Dakota have now been identified in eight states. Before hundreds of thousands of motorcycle enthusiasts descended upon a small South Dakota town, against many residents' wishes, for the annual Sturgis rally, public-health experts said it could be a catalyst for further spread of the coronavirus. Cases stemming from the 460,000-person event, which kicked off on August 7, have now been spotted in eight states: Minnesota, Nebraska, Wisconsin, Montana, Wyoming, North Dakota, and Washington.
China accused a U-2 spy plane of entering a live zone while snooping on a military exercise. Countries typically spy on one another's military exercises to gain information about key weapon systems. China claims an American U-2 spy plane interfered with planned military exercises, wandering into a no-fly zone where live ammunition was being fired.
Irish EU Trade Commissioner Phil Hogan was set to resign on Wednesday night, his spokesman said, after days embroiled in a growing scandal for attending a golf dinner in Ireland's County Galway which breached coronavirus rules. Phil Hogan had offered a “fulsome and profound apology” but he struggled to defend his actions during an interview in Irish television (RTE) on Tuesday evening and has been forced to step down. Pressure had been mounting after it was revealed he attended the event at the Oireachtas Golf Society in Galway on August 19 which resulted in a number of senior officials, including Ireland's agriculture minister, resigning from their jobs.
A U.S. judge rejected Ghislaine Maxwell's request to be moved into the general population at the Brooklyn jail where she is awaiting trial on charges she aided the late financier Jeffrey Epstein's sexual abuse of girls. Maxwell had objected to being treated worse than other pretrial inmates at the Metropolitan Detention Center, citing "onerous" conditions including round-the-clock surveillance, numerous body scans, and being isolated in her cell most of the time. Nathan also said the Federal Bureau of Prisons had recently modified Maxwell's confinement conditions to allow her 13 hours a day to review materials and participate in her defense, and that this made further modifications "unnecessary."
Hillary Clinton has urged Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden to “not concede under any circumstances,” in November's presidential election, as she believes the results are “going to drag out,” because of mail-in voting. Officials from both the Democratic and Republican parties have called for voting by mail to be implemented for November's presidential election, due to logistical concerns around the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. However, Ms Clinton, the Democratic presidential nominee in 2016, told her former aide Jennifer Palmieri on Showtime's The Circus on Monday, that she believes the Republicans are attempting to “mess up” mail-in voting to gain “a narrow advantage in the elector...