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With just three days left until the election, President Trump's enemies are seeing new opportunities in staunchly red states. The Lincoln Project, a conservative-led political action committee dedicated to eroding President Trump's support among Republicans, announced on Saturday that it is buying over $1 million of ads in Georgia, Montana and South Carolina in the final days of the presidential race. Ron Steslow, a veteran GOP consultant and Lincoln Project co-founder, said the fact that these states could go against Trump shows “just how badly the president is doing all over the country.”
New Jersey prosecutors said a police officer sent sexually explicit texts to an 18-year-old woman. The New Jersey cop, Damien Broschart, is facing multiple charges and might lose his job if convicted, according to state prosecutors. Broschart sent the texts just hours after he arrested the woman, prosecutors say.
Fox News personality Tucker Swanson McNear Carlson is being widely mocked after regaling viewers of his top-rated cable news program on Wednesday with a bizarre, evidence-free tale of deep state-style espionage directed against him by unknown forces who allegedly stole a sheaf of top-secret documents with "damning" information about the Biden family, as it was in transit to him via UPS. Carlson can now rest assured: On Thursday morning a UPS spokesperson reported that the company had found the missing contents. "After an extensive search, we have found the contents of the package and are arranging for its return," the spokesperson said by email.
A Biden campaign event was cancelled in Texas on Friday after reportedly coming under threat from armed Trump supporters, days after the president's eldest son called on his father's supporters to “get out there, have some fun”. Don Jr posted a video earlier this week ahead of Democratic VP candidate, Kamala Harris, holding an event in Texas and urged his father's supporters to show up. He said: “It'd be great if you guys would all get together, head down to McAllen and give Kamala Harris a nice Trump Train welcome.
During recent protests over the police killing of Walter Wallace Jr. in Philadelphia, the U.S.'s largest police union posted what looked like a sympathetic photo. A Philadelphia police office held a Black toddler, with a caption purporting he was found "walking around barefoot in an area that was experiencing complete lawlessness," the National Fraternal Order of Police's Facebook post said. Rickia Young was driving with her toddler son to pick up her 16-year-old nephew when she accidentally drove into an area where police and protesters were facing off.
In the eight months before Cornyn's 1990 election to the state's highest court, seven Texas publications, including regional standard-bearers such as the Austin-American Statesman and the Houston Chronicle, published 10 profiles claiming that Cornyn had "graduated" from "the Judicial Studies Program" at Oxford. The profiles, archived versions of which were reviewed by Salon, ran from February until days before the election in November, with headlines like "Judge Promises 'Restoration of Integrity'" and "Cornyn's Record Makes Him Choice for Supreme Court." The latter article concluded by mentioning the Oxford program.
Minnesota Democrats and election officials on Friday urged people with absentee ballots not yet mailed to drop them off by hand or vote in person, a day after an appellate court's ruling raised questions about whether ballots that arrive up to seven days beyond Election Day would be counted. Thursday's ruling by a three-judge panel of the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said absentees arriving after Election Day should be separated from other ballots, raising the specter that they could later be found to be invalid. The ruling doesn't outright block Minnesota's seven-day extension — which was agreed upon months ago in state court due to COVID-19 concerns — but it raised a host of legal questions and prompted top Democrats, including the governor and attorney general, to warn voters that it's too late to put their ballots in the mail.
Scientists eradicated the first-ever found Asian giant "murder hornet" nest in the U.S. this week, shortly after discovering it. On Wednesday, Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) officials were able to cut down and remove the entire tree that once held the first known Asian giant hornet nest. WSDA said it is unclear whether both are virgin queens or if one is a virgin queen and one is the old queen, which started the nest.
The complaints from President Donald Trump and his allies have been growing louder as the election approaches: Why isn't the mainstream media covering the Hunter Biden laptop story? Trump and his allies say there is evidence of corruption in emails and documents allegedly found on a laptop belonging to Democrat Joe Biden's son. They say those and other documents show that Hunter Biden used his father's influence to enrich himself through business deals in Ukraine and China, and that his father not only facilitated that, but may have benefited financially.
Kyle Rittenhouse was extradited to Wisconsin after an Illinois judge rejected his legal challenge on Friday. The 17-year-old was charged with first-degree intentional homicide in August over the shooting of three people at anti-police-brutality protests in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Rittenhouse argued Wisconsin's request to extradite him from Illinois violated his constitutional rights, but the Illinois judge said it wasn't the court's place to rule on those issues, accusing him of asking the court to "ignore binding Illinois law."
The Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington said in a complaint Friday that White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows allegedly misused campaign funds by spending them on personal expenditures. The watchdog group is urging the Federal Election Commission to investigate Meadows. The FEC prohibits candidates from using campaign funds for personal use.
Parisians fleeing for the countryside jammed the roads ahead of France's lockdown to slow the spread of resurgent coronavirus infections, and there was only a sprinkling of people hurrying along city sidewalks Friday as the nationwide restrictions went into effect. Dystopian images of logjams that stretched for 435 miles (700 kilometers) at one point Thursday evening — exacerbated by the upcoming long holiday weekend — were a grim sign of a return to the dark days of the spring, when virus cases first swelled in Europe and many countries kept their citizens inside for weeks on end. With infections hitting record levels in some countries, many are now resorting to severe restrictions again.
The Biden campaign's Texas communications director, Tariq Thowfeek, said holding the event would have placed Biden staffers and supporters at risk. Rather than engage in productive conversation about the drastically different visions that Joe Biden and Donald Trump have for our country, Trump supporters in Texas today instead decided to put our staff, surrogates, supporters, and others in harm's way,” Thowfeek told The Daily Beat. Our supporters will continue to organize their communities for Joe Biden, Kamala Harris and Democrats up and down the ballot, and to the Texans who disrupted our events today: We'll see you on November 3rd.
Prosecutors have brought additional charges against seven members of 1488, a white supremacist gang based in Alaska. The group members also assaulted and removed tattoos belonging to two other members, the indictment says. Federal prosecutors in Alaska have announced additional charges against members of a white supremacist gang charged in the kidnapping and death of one of their former members.
The night of Oct. 12 was like any other for former beauty queen Leanza Cornett, according to her roommate, Sue Roberts. Miss America 1993 was in her kitchen at her Jacksonville home when she accidentally fell, Roberts wrote on the Facebook page called “Leanza Cornett's Circle of Love.” The page was for the 49-year-old beauty queen's friends as well as employees at Walt Disney World, where Cornett had played Ariel in the live-action “Voyage of the Little Mermaid” show in the early '90s.
Former Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg criticized Donald Trump Jr. for downplaying the coronavirus and dismissing the deaths of hundreds of Americans each day. "This is what happens when you're so out of touch that you just don't care anymore," Buttigieg said in response to Trump Jr.'s comment that coronavirus deaths are down to "almost nothing" on CNN's "The Situation Room" on Friday. "I mean, tell that to the thousand families who are going to be grieving a loss today.
Recent polls show Republican Senator Lindsey Graham and his Democratic challenger Jaime Harrison in a tight race in South Carolina. Harrison joined CBSN to talk about what we can expect in their final debate Friday night ahead of Election Day.
Vice President Mike Pence is not considered a favorite to emerge as the Republican Party's next presidential nominee. Earlier this month, The New York Times reported that the suggestion prompted laughter from several sources, while multiple GOP strategists expressed doubt to The Washington Post recently, as well. Mike Lindell, the Minnesota campaign chair for President Trump, said it will simply just "be harder for a career politician to be president going forward," but Alex Conant, who served as the campaign spokesman during Sen. Marco Rubio's (R-Fla.) 2016 presidential run, thinks Pence's ties to the Trump administration could mean the vice presidency will remain the apex of his political journey.
Kyle Rittenhouse, the 17-year-old arrested for killing two people at a demonstration in Kenosha, Wisconsin, said he "ended a man's life" and "shot two white kids" when he turned himself in to police in Antioch, Illinois. The 17-year-old told officers he was "hired to protect businesses in Kenosha during the riots and had to protect himself." His behavior and demeanor changed frequently during his meeting with officers, according to the report, as he sometimes appeared calm, while at other points, he was observed crying or "throwing up."
A new CDC study suggests it's very easy to get the coronavirus from someone who's living in your household. The study authors said that people "who suspect that they might have COVID-19 should isolate, stay at home, and use a separate bedroom and bathroom if feasible." A US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report released Friday suggests that getting the coronavirus from someone you live with can be quick and easy, no matter their age.
Barack Obama is hitting President Donald Trump right where he thinks it'll hurt most: His ego. Campaigning for Joe Biden on Saturday, the former president painted Trump as insecure and self-absorbed, describing him as a failed president who cares more about himself than the country. In a scathing speech, Obama mocked and belittled Trump for everything from the president's criticism of the media coverage of the coronavirus pandemic — Trump, he said, was “jealous of COVID's media coverage” — to his “obsession with crowd size.”
Home Depot's 12-foot skeleton became an internet sensation this fall. Lance Allen, Home Depot's decorative holiday merchant, told Insider he was inspired to design the skeleton after seeing similar oversized displays at haunted houses and trade shows. "The 12-foot skeleton was for the Halloween enthusiasts who aren't afraid to go the extra mile for the best of the best decor," Allen said.
It's been three months since the $600 federal unemployment benefit lapsed on July 31, depriving millions of a critical source of government help. Democrats are seeking to reinstate the benefit while the White House offered $400 weekly aid in its latest stimulus offer. Around 15 million people could exhaust their unemployment benefits by the end of the year.
The claim: Amy Coney Barrett and Greta Thunberg quoted on climate change A post on Facebook by the Other 98% compares a quote it attributes to Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett with a quote it attributes to climate activist Greta Thunberg. I've read things about climate change... I would not say that I have firm views on it,” Barrett said.
President Trump has seemingly made life difficult for the National Republican Senatorial Committee, which is hoping to see the GOP retain its majority in the upper chamber this election cycle, The Washington Post reports. The committee's director Kevin McLaughlin, per the Post, explained last week that Trump is "losing Arizona" where "we think that he and [Sen. Martha McSally (R-Ariz.)] are very intrinsically tied together." With Trump down, McSally's Democratic challenger, Mark Kelly, is viewed by both sides as the favorite to take the seat.
“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.”