Maria Rodriguez is the executive director of FLIC Votes.
Maria Rodriguez is the executive director of FLIC Votes.
Democratic nominee Joe Biden purchased a domain for "Keep America Great," President Donald Trump's re-election slogan. The website immediately opens with a black and white image of Trump, who's looking down at the words "Promises Made, Promise Kept Broken." The site prominently features promises Trump made on a variety of issues areas like immigration and the coronavirus pandemic and slams his administration's follow-through.
The U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee announced contempt proceedings against Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Friday, citing his refusal to comply with a subpoena for records into his "transparently political misuse" of department resources. The Democratic chairman of the House of Representatives committee, Eliot Engel, also cited a speech Pompeo recorded in Jerusalem for this week's Republican National Convention. Engel said Pompeo had "demonstrated alarming disregard for the laws and rules governing his own conduct and for the tools the Constitution provides to prevent government corruption."
Researchers at the University of Hong Kong have confirmed the first instance of a patient being reinfected with coronavirus a second time, suggesting that immunity to the virus may be short-lived. The patient, a 33-year-old man, tested positive for the virus in March and then again in August after returning to Hong Kong from a trip to Spain. But it's not all bad news; this man's case demonstrates that the immune response, while not able to completely ward off a second infection, may be robust enough to prevent less serious illness the second time around.
Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden's latest ads take direct aim at swing states and Latinx Americans across the country. Puerto Rican rapper Bad Bunny is backing the former vice president and Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) in the 2020 election, and lent one of his hits to a new ad for the Democrats. The ad features footage of excited President Trump fans in 2016 juxtaposed with a sparsely attended recent rally, as well as Trump's Bible photo-op and that time he hugged and kissed a flag.
Jacob Blake was shot seven times by a Kenosha police officer and paralyzed from the waist down. "He can't go anywhere," but the 29-year-old Black man was handcuffed to his hospital bed and deputies were standing guard in his room, his father told the Chicago-Sun Times. After an incident in May, Blake was charged with felony sexual assault as well as disorderly conduct and criminal trespassing, both misdemeanors, court records show.
Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah said on Sunday it was only a matter of time before the group killed an Israeli soldier to avenge the death of one its fighters in Syria and that it would not be drawn into clashes on the Lebanon-Israel frontier. Israel and the Iranian-backed Hezbollah last fought a war in 2006, and tensions on the Israel-Lebanon border have been running high after the Shi'ite movement said one of its members was killed in an apparent Israeli air strike in July in Syria. "Israel needs to understand that when they kill one of our mujahideen, we will kill one of their soldiers.
Former National Security Adviser John Bolton blasted President Donald Trump for his response to the coronavirus outbreak, calling it "a tragedy for Americans." "It's just been one mistake after another," Bolton said in an interview with CNN Wednesday. Bolton joins a growing group of critics who are speaking out against the White House's approach to the coronavirus pandemic.
Rescue efforts ended at a two-story restaurant in a northern Chinese village that collapsed during a local resident's 80th birthday celebration, leaving 29 people dead, authorities said Sunday. The Ministry of Emergency Management said another 28 people were injured, seven of them seriously, when the building suddenly crumbled on Saturday. Hundreds of rescue workers using sniffer dogs, cranes and high-tech sensors had searched the rubble, lifting slabs of concrete in hopes of freeing survivors.
Japan's Defence Minister Taro Kono said on Saturday he had agreed with his U.S. counterpart Mark Esper that both countries opposed any unilateral attempt to change the status quo in the key waterways of the South China Sea and the East China Sea. Kono shared his view with the U.S. defense secretary at a time when the United States and China are at loggerheads over issues ranging from technology and human rights to Chinese military activities in the disputed South China Sea. A thorny issue in China's ties with Japan is Beijing's claim to a group of tiny East China Sea islets controlled by Tokyo.
A former Department of Homeland domestic terrorism expert said the Trump administration is letting right-wing extremists "start a race war." Elizabeth Neumann stepped down in April from her role as an assistant secretary at the DHS. Neumann criticized speakers at this week's Republican National Convention portraying the ongoing Black Lives Matter protests as "lawless" when it is white supremacists instigating the violence.
America's most senior general has declared the military will not intervene if Donald Trump were to decline to leave the White House following a disputed US election. In a letter to Congress, Mark Milley, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said he did not envisage soldiers playing any role if Republicans and Democrats did not agree on the result. Mr Trump has repeatedly voiced concerns that the election will be undermined by fraud during widespread mail-in voting amid the coronavirus pandemic, and suggested that the result may never be known.
Defense attorneys for Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer accused of killing George Floyd, have asked a judge to dismiss the murder charges against him, arguing that Floyd's alleged drug use, not the improper use of force by the officer, was to blame for his death. At the same time, prosecutors in the case against Chauvin and three other former Minneapolis police officers said they plan to seek stiff sentences if the men are convicted. "Despite Mr. Floyd's pleas that he could not breathe and was going to die, as well as the pleas of eyewitnesses to get off Mr. Floyd and help him, Defendant and his co-defendants continued to restrain Mr. Floyd," the prosecutors wrote.
The president of the Czech Senate arrived in Taiwan on Sunday on a visit that has drawn sharp criticism from China. Milos Vystrcil was accompanied by Prague Mayor Zdenek Hrib and more than 80 representatives from government, business and academia, lending Taiwan a boost in its efforts to resist the diplomatic isolation imposed by Beijing. Taiwanese Foreign Minister Joseph Wu greeted the delegation at Taiwan's main Taoyuan International Airport after their arrival on a flight chartered from Taiwanese flag carrier China Airlines.
Forecasters are watching a new tropical disturbance in the Atlantic with a high chance of developing into a cyclone as two tropical waves are heading west with a third expected off the West African coast this week. As of the National Hurricane Center's 8 a.m. Tropical Weather Update Sunday, a system parallel with the Florida Panhandle has a 70% chance of becoming a tropical depression by Friday. The closest tropical wave is moving west across the Caribbean Sea away from the Lesser Antilles at 15 to 20 mph. It's got a 30 percent chance of developing into a tropical depression in the next five days.
President Trump grants full pardon to a grandmother, Alice Marie Johnson, who was serving life sentence for a non-violent drug arrest.
Thousands of people took to the streets on Saturday in Russia's far eastern city of Khabarovsk to protest against President Vladimir Putin's handling of a regional political crisis and the suspected poisoning of his most vocal critic. "Putin, have some tea," protesters chanted as they marched on the city's main thoroughfare, in a reference to the case of opposition politician Alexei Navalny who fell gravely ill this month after drinking a cup of tea at an airport cafe. Navalny, 44, was airlifted to Germany last week after collapsing during a flight to Moscow from the Siberian city of Tomsk.
But out on the political battlefield, a throng of Democratic candidates and organizations have turned the USPS crisis around as a potent political tool to galvanize supporters—and raise money. Since the beginning of August, when nationwide mail delays and operational “reforms” at USPS exploded into public view, at least 100 Democratic candidates for federal office have sent communications that led to some kind of mail-related fundraising ask, according to a review of campaign emails and social media advertisements. Dozens of Democratic Party-affiliated organizations, outside liberal groups, and state-level candidates have made similar pleas, too.
Pictured last weekend sporting body armour and an assault rifle, Belarus's embattled dictator has shown the world that he does not plan to go down without a fight. By the age of 11, he had been pictured with everyone from Barack Obama and the Pope through to China's Xi Jinping. One picture showed him and his father disembarking from a helicopter, accompanied by the riot police Mr Lukashenko has used to crack down on protesters.
The University of Alabama told professors to not tell students about classmates who had tested positive for COVID-19, reported the Daily Beast. The university made headlines this week after more than 500 people tested positive for COVID-19 within 6 days of opening. Professors, staff, and students told the Daily Beast they worry for their safety, as students are quarantining on campus unsupervised.
Awakened by a thunderstorm at his home on Bowen Island in British Columbia, Cal Misener remembered he'd left the windows rolled down on his truck. The 50-year-old slipped on a pair of camouflage Crocs and went out in his pajamas to remedy the situation, CBC News reported. “I reached in to turn on the ignition, and just as I had done that, bam!” Misener said, CTV News reported.