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In the last few weeks, Joe Biden has led President Donald Trump by a fairly consistent 8-point average in national polls and has maintained leads in more than enough battleground states to win the Electoral College, including Arizona, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin — all states Trump won in 2016. The Trump campaign has boasted that it knocks on more than a million doors a week, a claim that's impossible to independently verify. In sharp contrast, the Biden campaign had ditched a ground game for virtual outreach, citing Covid-19 concerns — even though academic research has routinely concluded door-to-door canvassing is the "most consistently effective and efficient method of voter mobilization." Only just now has the Biden campaign decided to restart its in-person voter contacts in some battleground states.
Congressional Democrats are expecting to vote Thursday evening on a revised COVID-19 relief bill as negotiations remained stalled with the White House and a deal on urgently needed aid remains out of reach. The proposal, a pared-down version of the Heroes Act passed by House Democrats in May, will likely pass the House, but will face opposition in the Republican-controlled Senate, where lawmakers have balked at a higher price tag for more relief. House Democrats unveiled their $2.2 trillion proposal on Monday, though House Republicans panned the bill as a “socialist wish list,” and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told reporters it would be “outlandish” to think Senate Republicans would support a relief bill over $2 trillion.
Ireland's Supreme Court has ruled that Subway's sandwich rolls are not legally bread because of their high sugar content. The case was brought to the court by a franchisee holder in County Galway that believed the bread should be exempt from value-added tax. But the VAT Act 1972 has a narrow definition of tax-exempt bread, saying the fat, sugar, and bread improver can't exceed 2% of the weight of the flour.
After a three-week manhunt, a Los Angeles man was arrested and charged Wednesday with attempting to murder two sheriff's deputies who were ambushed as they sat in their car. Deonte Lee Murray, 36, is facing two counts of attempted murder of a peace officer and possession of a firearm for allegedly walking up to the squad car parked outside a Metro station on Sept. 12 and opening fire, the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office said Wednesday. “They became victims of a violent crime for one reason: They wear a badge,” L.A. County District Attorney Jackie Lacey said in a press conference.
President Donald Trump's handling of the pandemic was a hot topic during Tuesday's debate, including Joe Biden's claim that 1 in 1,000 Black Americans have died due to COVID-19 — and that it could be 1 in 500 if Trump doesn't act quickly. The Democratic nominee appears to be at least partially right. “Actual death rates from COVID-19 data ... have reached new highs for all race groups: 1 in 1,020 Black Americans has died (or 97.9 deaths per 100,000),” the report said.
November's elections are too close for Texas to make changes now and restore a straight-ticket voting option that was sought by Democrats, a federal appeals court ruled Wednesday. Most states don't offer straight-ticket voting, which allows voters to more quickly cast a ballot by choosing a party's entire slate of candidates with a single mark. Texas offered the options for decades, but Republican Gov. Greg Abbott signed a law in 2017 that eliminated the option starting this fall.
As Armenia and Azerbaijan trade deadly blows in a battle that has taken a heavy toll on the warring parties' armor, experts contacted by Military Times say it is too early to sound the death knell for tanks. Located in western Azerbaijan, Nagorno-Karabakh is populated mostly by Armenians, who control the region and seek independence from Azerbaijan and reunification with Armenia. The decades-old dispute over the province of Nagorno-Karabakh erupted on Sunday with both sides posting videos to their social media channels showing aerial footage of tank kills and other destruction.
The Treasury has upped its offer on federal coronavirus spending by some $100 billion as it continues negotiations with Democrats, Roll Call reported. The politics news site reported that Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin offered a $1.62 trillion package when talking to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Wednesday. The two parties have been in a standoff as Democrats seek to secure much more spending than Republicans.
A spider's massive web in Missouri has people asking one question: What exactly is it trying to catch? A Missouri Department of Conservation employee recently snapped a photo of the web along a trail in Springfield. “Those are the kind that literally 'catch' people if they walk through them at night,” a Facebook user commented.
A West Virginia postal carrier pled guilty to mail and election fraud after admitting he changed the political affiliation on multiple voter ballot requests from Democrat to Republican. Thomas Cooper, 47, admitted to attempted election fraud and injury to the mail Thursday after an affidavit was filed against him in May. Cooper held a contract with the U.S. Postal Service to pick up mail in three towns in Pendleton County.
A Kentucky judge has delayed until Friday the release of secret grand jury proceedings in Breonna Taylor's killing by police, so that prosecutors can edit out witnesses' names and personal information. Audio recordings of the proceedings were originally supposed to be made public Wednesday, but Attorney General Daniel Cameron's office asked a Louisville court for a week's delay to remove details such as witnesses' addresses and phone numbers. Cameron's office sought the delay “in the interest of protection of witnesses, and in particular private citizens named in the recordings,” according to its legal motion Wednesday.
Lin Wood, an attorney for Kyle Rittenhouse, said he is suing Democratic nominee Joe Biden and the Biden and Kamala Harris campaigns for libel. Wood's tweet was posted following a video tweeted by Biden showing a montage of white pride groups, and Trump's refusal to condemn them on the debate stage Tuesday. In the video, there is a photo of Rittenhouse who was armed with a Smith & Wesson AR-15-style.
White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany began her press briefing on Thursday by touting the qualifications of Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett. And while the conservative federal judge has a lengthy list of accolades on her resume, she is not, as Ms McEnany falsely claimed, a Rhodes scholar. "When you said Judge Barrett was a Rhodes scholar, I don't believe that is true," a reporter noted during the briefing, just moments after the claim was made.
A day after President Donald J. Trump in a fiery debate questioned election integrity in Pennsylvania, state House Republicans pushed a plan out of committee to investigate the presidential election. The resolution to create the Select Committee on Election Integrity would give lawmakers the power “to investigate, review and make recommendations concerning the regulation and conduct of the 2020 election.” The new committee would be composed of five members — three Republicans, because they are the majority party, and two Democrats — who would be chosen by House Speaker Bryan Cutler, a Republican from Lancaster.
Iraq's foreign minister on Wednesday said his country hopes the U.S. will reconsider its decision to close its diplomatic mission in Baghdad, as a group of ambassadors expressed their willingness to help Iraq tackle security challenges. Fuad Hussein spoke at a news conference during a heated week sparked by the U.S. warning that it was taking measures to close its embassy in Baghdad. The U.S. said it would be closed unless the Iraqi government took action to stop frequent rocket and improvised explosive device attacks by Iran-backed militias and rogue armed elements against the American presence in the country.
Polish divers say they have found the wreck of a German World War Two ship which may help solve a decades-old mystery - the whereabouts of the Amber Room, an ornate chamber from a tsarist palace in Russia that was looted by the Nazis. Decorated with amber and gold, the Amber Room was part of the Catherine Palace near St Petersburg, but was last seen in Koenigsberg, then a Baltic port city in Germany but now the Russian enclave of Kaliningrad. It was from Koenigsberg that the Karlsruhe steamer set sail in 1945 with a heavy cargo, before being sunk by Soviet warplanes off the coast of Poland.
White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany tells the media Trump has condemned white supremacy more than any other president; John Roberts reports.
GE Aviation's new GE9X engine just received clearance to fly by the Federal Aviation Administration. Boeing selected General Electric to build the engines for its new 777X in 2013 and the result would be the world's largest jet engine. The world's largest plane engine was just cleared to fly by the Federal Aviation Administration, paving the way for the commercial launch of the world's largest twin-engine passenger jet in 2022.
The US House of Representatives has overwhelmingly passed a symbolic bill committing its members to the peaceful transfer of power after the upcoming election – but while 397 members voted for it, 5 Republicans voted no. The vote came on the same day as Donald Trump's first TV debate with Joe Biden, during which the president not only refused to guarantee an orderly transition but also declined to disavow white supremacy, while also telling the violent Proud Boys to “stand back and stand by”. The legislation as written reaffirms “the House of Representatives' commitment to the orderly and peaceful transfer of power called for in the Constitution of the United States”.
Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, who is recovering in Germany after being poisoned in Russia by a nerve agent, said in comments published Thursday that only Russian President Vladimir Putin could have been behind the attack against him. Navalny's supporters have frequently maintained that the poisoning could have only been ordered at the top level, although the Kremlin has repeatedly dismissed the notion. Navalny, a politician and corruption investigator who is Putin's fiercest critic, was flown to Germany two days after falling ill on Aug. 20 on a domestic flight in Russia.
I'm a private citizen now so as a private citizen, yes,” Comey said before a Senate committee examining the origins of the Russia probe. "And he (Trump) said he would." Comey, one of the principal figures behind the U.S. investigation into links between Russia and Trump's 2016 election campaign, testified on an FBI probe of Trump campaign officials, code-named “Crossfire Hurricane.
The day the airline industry didn't want to see coming is here: Oct. 1, when 32,000 American Airlines and United Airlines employees have been furloughed after lawmakers and the White House failed to agree on a broad pandemic relief package, including more federal aid for airlines. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Rheanna Lawson (@rheannalawson) on Sep 28, 2020 at 5:32pm PDT Flight crew members took to social media to share personal reactions to the furloughs, with hashtags such as "#aastews" and "facingfurlough" flooding Instagram.
CNN anchor Jake Tapper abruptly ended an interview with a top Trump campaign aide who persistently refused to address the president's failure to condemn a far-right group. Ending the interview with Tim Murtaugh, the Trump campaign communications director, Tapper referenced the host of the previous night's debate, saying: “I'm not Chris Wallace. The interview, on Wednesday afternoon, quickly became heated after Tapper asked: “Why is it so difficult for President Trump to say, 'I condemn white supremacy'?
While at the company, Alles saw a massive increase in the price of the cancer drug Revlimid — and Porter broke down just what it got Alles in return. Porter started her takedown by asking Alles if he knew what a Revlimid pill cost in 2005: $215, she reminded him with the help of a whiteboard. And by the time Alles left the company last year, after its sale to Bristol-Myers Squibb, a single Revlimid pill cost $763.
A woman in her 40s is the first person known to experience brain fluid leakage after a COVID-19 nasal swab test. For most people, a COVID-19 test is momentarily uncomfortable, but a minority report complications including severe pain and fainting. A woman in her 40s is the first known person to have brain fluid leak into her nose after undergoing a nasal swab to test for COVID-19.
“Staggered term limits would ensure that electoral winners shaped the Supreme Court, not the Grim Reaper.”
“Term limits undermine the primary function of the judiciary: preventing political majorities from trampling on others’ rights.”
“It would be one important way we could deescalate the stakes of American politics, and protect the system from total breakdown.”
“It would depoliticize the court and judicial selection, and thus promote the rule of law.”
“There are also transition problems...at some point the complications become more trouble than they’re worth.”