Early Voting starts Monday for Orange County
Early Voting starts Monday for Orange County
Trumpworld flew into a frenzy on Wednesday after the New York Post published a report purporting to show a "smoking-gun email" featuring Hunter Biden communicating with a Ukrainian official about meeting with his father, Joe Biden, the Democratic presidential nominee. The Post's story had several red flags and holes that raise questions about its authenticity. The most glaring questions are whether the emails described in the story are legitimate, how they were uncovered, and how the Post obtained them.
U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina has set a fundraising record for Republican Senate candidates, bringing in $28 million in the third quarter of a reelection battle that is swiftly becoming among the more expensive in the country — and his toughest to date. Graham's campaign said Wednesday the amount raised in the final full fundraising quarter before the Nov. 3 general election is the most ever raised in a single quarter by any Republican Senate candidate in the country. The haul comes as Graham takes a turn in the national spotlight where, as Senate Judiciary Committee chairman, he presides over the confirmation hearings of President Donald Trump's third U.S. Supreme Court nominee, Amy Coney Barrett.
Officials at Zion National Park in Utah continue to search for a California mother who went missing last week, providing new information to the public on Tuesday. Courtier rode a private shuttle to the Grotto area of Zion National Park and was hiking the Kayenta Trail, heading toward Emerald Pools around 1:30 pm on Oct. 6, according to a person riding the shuttle.She was supposed to return on the shuttle at 4:40 p.m. Courtier left her phone in California, so search efforts have not been focused on her electronic use and she did not leave any type of itinerary.
A white woman who called police on a black man bird watching in New York's Central Park made a second call accusing him of attempted assault, prosecutors say. Amy Cooper appeared in court on Wednesday charged with falsely reporting an incident. A viral video showed Ms Cooper threatening Christian Cooper, no relation, with the police when he asked her to put her dog on a lead.
The former Navy SEAL known for his role in the operation that killed Osama bin Laden is pushing back after President Donald Trump amplified conspiracy theories that the terrorist leader's death was a hoax. Robert O'Neill, who says he killed bin Laden in the 2011 raid, has rebuffed Trump and others in several tweets for promoting the conspiracy theory that bin Laden's body double was instead killed. "Very brave men said [goodbye] to their kids to go kill Osama bin Laden.
On Wednesday morning, the New York Post published a story alleging that Hunter Biden dropped off a laptop at a Delaware computer store for repair and that the device contained nefarious emails and photos. The Post said that “before turning over the gear,” the owner of the computer repair shop, “made a copy of the hard drive and later gave it to former Mayor Rudy Giuliani's lawyer, Robert Costello.” The story alleged that the Biden son was setting up a meeting between a top executive at a Ukrainian energy firm on which he served and his father, who was then the Vice President.
Judge Amy Coney Barrett, the president's Supreme Court nominee, apologized on Tuesday for using the widely criticized term "sexual preference" to refer to LGBTQ Americans' sexual orientations. "I have no agenda, and I do want to be clear that I have never discriminated on the basis of sexual preference and would not ever discriminate on the basis of sexual preference," Barrett said. Democratic Sen. Mazie Hirono later chastised Barrett during her questioning time, pointing out that the term is "offensive and outdated."
China's trade picked up in September as global demand for masks and medical supplies boosted exports and the economy's early reopening gave producers an edge over foreign competitors. Exports rose 9.9% over a year earlier to $239.8 billion, up from August's 9.5%, the fourth straight month of growth, customs data showed Tuesday. Imports gained 13.2% to $202.8 billion, up from the previous month's 2.1% contraction as the world's second-largest economy regained momentum.
Senate Judiciary Chairman Lindsey Graham has quickly defended controversial comments he made during the third day of confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee, Judge Amy Coney Barrett, in which he referenced “the good old days of segregation”. The Republican senator spoke to reporters immediately after calling a lunch breaking at the Wednesday hearings and said his question to the nominee was “dripping in sarcasm”. Mr Graham was questioning Judge Barrett, President Donald Trump's third nomination to the nation's highest court, when he said: “You're not aware of any effort to go back to the good old days of segregation by a legislative body, is that correct?"
Massachusetts' Republican governor is diverging from his party this election cycle. In a Wednesday statement, Gov. Charlie Baker declared through a spokesperson that he "cannot support Donald Trump for president" and will "leave the election analysis to the pundits." Baker didn't say whether he'd support Democratic nominee Joe Biden in turn.
The biggest World War Two bomb ever found in Poland exploded under water on Tuesday as navy divers tried to defuse it.
The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee is looking into emails that show Hunter Biden introduced his father, former Vice President Joe Biden, to a Ukrainian adviser to Burisma Holdings in 2015. According to a Fox News report, Committee Chairman Ron Johnson (R., Wis.) said the committee has been in contact with the person who provided the emails, which first appeared in a New York Post report on Wednesday. According to the report, Joe Biden met with Burisma adviser Vadym Pozharskyi, in April 2015 in Washington D.C., at the request of his son, Hunter Biden, who was on the board of the Ukrainian natural gas company from 2014 to 2019 while his father headed the Obama administration's Ukraine policy.
The Barry County, Michigan, Sheriff Dar Leaf defended a group of people accused of plotting a domestic terrorism plot to kidnap Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. "These guys are innocent till proven guilty so I'm not even sure if they had any part of it," he told WXMI. Thirteen defendants, who had connections to a militia group known as the "Wolverine Watchmen" have been charged in the alleged plot to kidnap Whitmer.
Editor's note: This story has been updated to reflect the correct spelling of the victim's name as reported by the White County Coroner's Office. Georgia authorities have identified a Cartersville woman as the hiker who fell to her death while climbing Yonah Mountain. Jennifer Randel, 46, was hiking with her husband and son Tuesday when she plummeted more than 300 feet from the mountain's rock face and died, White County Coroner Ricky Barrett told McClatchy News.
Dr Anthony Fauci has concluded “with a high degree of confidence” that Donald Trump is “not shedding infectious virus”, NBC News has said, ahead of the president's Thursday night town hall in Miami. Dr Fauci confirmed to The New York Times that he did indeed make that assessment. On Sunday, Dr Fauci, the nation's top infectious disease expert, was angered by the Trump campaign's use of his words in a campaign advert, which made it appear he was praising Trump's handling of the pandemic.
Some Democrats are urging House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to take the White House's $1.8 trillion stimulus deal. "We're not that far apart and the last few things should be negotiated — we should be able to get something done," Rep. Ro Khanna of California said in an interview. Khanna and Andrew Yang are among the few Democrats who have called for Pelosi to take the deal to try to get federal relief out the door quickly.
The Marine Corps has decided to fire the commander of the unit involved in an amphibious assault vehicle (AAV) accident that left nine service members dead in July, the Marine Corps said in a press statement Tuesday evening. The Marine Corps said that Lt. Col. Michael Regner, the commander of Battalion Landing Team 1/4 attached to the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit, was relieved "due to a loss in trust and confidence in his ability to command as a result of the assault amphibious vehicle mishap." The Marine Corps investigation into the AAV accident that killed eight Marines and a Navy sailor is still ongoing.
Germany's Robert Koch Institute (RKI) now recommends antigen tests to complement existing molecular PCR tests, which have become the standard for assessing active infections but which have also suffered shortages as the pandemic overwhelmed laboratories and outstripped manufacturers' production capacity. PCR tests detect genetic material in the virus while antigen tests detect proteins on the virus's surface, though both are meant to pick up active infections. Another type of test, for antibodies the body produces in response to an infection, can help tell if somebody has had COVID-19 in the past.
As Joe Biden and Donald Trump hurtle toward Election Day, new polling shows the former vice president opening up his widest national lead yet over the incumbent – having never fallen behind Mr Trump all year. According to the University of Southern California's presidential polling tracker, Mr Biden is now pulling ahead by more than 12 points. This reflects a steady increase from the 10-point lead posted at the time of the first presidential debate, indicating that neither Mr Trump's performance nor his bout with the coronavirus have done anything to help his standing.