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Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden has been vague about his plans for the military if he wins the election, but one specific promise he has made is to roll back the Trump administration policy that effectively bars transgender service members from serving openly in accord with their gender identity. Meanwhile, a Trump victory in Tuesday's election would add significance to several cases challenging the current policy that are winding their way through the federal courts. If one or more of those cases end up in the Supreme Court, the recent confirmation of Amy Coney Barrett, a favorite of social conservatives, could mean that legal challenges to the rules would have to clear a particularly high final hurdle.
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.
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on Thursday said that he first learned about a letter House speaker Nancy Pelosi sent to him regarding coronavirus stimulus talks “in the press.” “I woke up this morning and read @SpeakerPelosi 's letter to me in the press,” Mnuchin said on Twitter. Pelosi aides said they had sent the letter to Mnuchin shortly after midnight, though the treasury secretary said he first saw the letter when Politico's morning newsletter Playbook published it just after 6 a.m., according to the Washington Post.
The U.S. Justice Department on Friday urged a federal judge to swiftly reject a last-minute bid by two Massachusetts men to avoid being extradited to Japan to face charges that they helped former Nissan Motor Co Ltd Chairman Carlos Ghosn flee the country. The department in a court filing said Japanese agents are slated to come to the United States in the "coming days" to transport U.S. Army Special Forces veteran Michael Taylor and his son, Peter Taylor, back to Japan. The U.S. State Department informed their lawyers on Wednesday it had approved turning them over.
Two long-rifle shell casings were found in and near Breonna Taylor's Louisville apartment after a botched police drug raid that ended in Taylor's death, Kentucky's attorney general said. It's the first time these specific shell casings have been mentioned by authorities investigating Taylor's death. One of the casings was found by Taylor's sister in her bedroom and the other was found in the parking lot outside the apartment, according to a court filing this week in a criminal case against the sole Louisville police officer charged in connection with the raid.
America just posted its biggest annualized and single-quarter GDP growth of all time. In fact, the 3.5 percent total GDP shrinkage during 2020 "means we are still down almost as much as we were during the height of the Great Recession," tweets Diane Swonk, chief economist at Grant Thornton. Economist Justin Wolfers meanwhile debunked the 33.1 percent growth rate the entire Trump family was touting Thursday morning.
Georgiaâ s senator David Perdue has reportedly pulled out of his final election debate with Democrat challenger Jon Ossoff, after a vicious exchange between the two on Wednesday went viral. In a statement issued to reporters, Mr Perdueâ s office said that the senator is not going to participate in the head-to-head debate and will instead attend an event with President Donald Trump. â As lovely as another debate listening to Jon Ossoff lie to the people of Georgia sounds, Sen Perdue will not be participating in the WSB-TV debate but will instead join the 45th president, Donald J Trump, for a huge Get-Out-The-Vote rally in Northwest Georgia,â Mr Perdueâ s spokesman John Burke said in a statement.
Two men have been arrested in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh for allegedly duping a doctor into buying an "Aladdin's lamp" that they promised would bring him wealth and health. As part of the con, they even pretended to conjure up spirits from the lamp, in line with the tale from The Arabian Nights, Indian media report. The doctor reportedly filed a complaint with local police in Meerut, western Uttar Pradesh, earlier this week.
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."
I knew right away it was my son,” Diane said. And I knew right then someone had killed him. According to Sergeant Chris Spencer with the Omaha Police Department, officers responded to the scene at 3009 Hamilton Street and discovered a badly decomposed body beneath a vehicle behind the house.
President Trump made another visit to the swing state of Wisconsin on Friday evening, bringing some unfounded theories and repetitive rants along with him. For starters, Trump celebrated reports that Democratic nominee Joe Biden wasn't driving Black voter turnout, framing it in a way that made it seem like he was happy about the disenfranchisement. "The Black vote is not turning out for him," Trump said of Biden.
A Black couple in Atlanta was turned away from a local sushi restaurant citing dress code violations although other patrons sported similar gear. Kaylan Colbert captured the confrontation between her husband, Steve, restaurant staff, and the eatery's owner Farshid Ashid. She tells a local news outlet that she and her husband have frequented the Buckhead restaurant throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.
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.
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.
But despite both of Texas' Republican senators being convinced there's a tough competition in the traditionally red state, both President Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden haven't really campaigned there, The New York Times reports. Sen. Ted Cruz's (R-Texas) tight 2018 race against Democrat Beto O'Rourke was one of the first indications Texas could become a tossup in 2020. Cruz has tried to convince Trump that "we have a fight" in Texas, he tells the Times.
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.
Driver charged after his passenger pushed a cyclist to her death from a fast-moving minivan before falling out of the window, hitting his head on a lamppost, and dying The pair pulled up alongside Michelle Weissman, who was in her mid-fifties. Giovanni Medina Barajas leaned out of the window to push her, knocking her to the ground and she died from the impact, according to the Associated Press. Lt. Raymond Spencer told the Associated Press that the momentum of pushing her caused Barajas to fall out of the car, skid at least 150ft before hitting his head on a lamppost and dying at the scene.
Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden is likely to receive more of the Arab American vote than President Donald J. Trump, according to the Arab American Institute. Biden's leading margin with Arab Americans may be smaller than Hillary Clinton's in 2016, and Arab American turnout is expected to be high. The Biden campaign and the Trump campaign have made late pitstops in Michigan, directly and indirectly focusing messaging on the Arab American community.
Erika Constantine says she spoke up during a ceremony Monday in Boston after U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services told the group of new U.S. citizens the voter registration deadline had passed in Massachusetts, GBH News reported. “So I raised my hand and said, 'That's incorrect!'” Constantine told the public radio station. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Boston District Director Denis Riordan confirmed officials at naturalization ceremonies this week incorrectly told new citizens they missed the deadline, which he blamed on an error on the state's election website, The Associated Press reported.
A Florida man was mauled by a black panther - a leopard with excessive black pigments - during a $150 "full-contact experience" at a backyard enclosure near Fort Lauderdale, Florida, according to local media. Dwight Turner's injuries from the attack, which happened on August 31, were so bad that his scalp was "hanging from his head and his right ear was torn in half," his attorneys have said. The leopard was owned by Florida local Michael Poggi who, according to his social media pages, runs an animal sanctuary for rare and endangered animals in his backyard.
President Trump told a small group of supporters at his Minnesota rally on Friday that the state's governor had advised him to cancel the event.
Police in Vancouver, Washington, are bracing for a second night of protests after officers fatally shot a 21-year-old Black man in a bank parking lot Thursday night. Clark County sheriff's deputies shot and killed Kevin Peterson, Jr., 21, near a U.S. Bank just prior to 6 p.m. Thursday. Protesters gathered near the site of the shooting Thursday night, and mourners planned to gather at the site Friday night for a vigil.
Fox News Donald Trump Jr. falsely claimed on Fox News that COVID-19 deaths were down to "almost nothing" on the same day that the disease killed more than 1,000 people and cases hit a new record high. Don Jr. tried to downplay the deadly pandemic spreading uncontrolled throughout most of the U.S. while complaining about Minnesota's decision to cap attendance at an upcoming Trump rally at 250 people. "I put it up on my Instagram a couple days ago, 'cause I went through the CDC data.
Gina Ortiz Jones is the Democratic nominee for Texas' 23rd Congressional District, an expansive border district that is politically competitive. Jones first ran for the seat in 2018 and narrowly lost to Rep. Will Hurd, who is retiring at the end of his term. Healthcare is the biggest issue that Jones hears about from voters, especially rural residents.
“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.”