The House speaker is working to win extra Democratic seats in case Congress is called on to resolve any Electoral College disputes with President Trump.Stunning turnaround »
In the waning days of the 2020 campaign, President Trump has intensified his accusations of (mostly unspecified) wrongdoing by his Democratic rival Joe Biden based on emails supposedly found on a laptop formerly owned by Biden's son Hunter. “They had the laptop, I call it the laptop from hell, and based on that laptop they should have never impeached,” Trump said during a rally Monday in Allentown, Penn., implying without evidence that Democrats, presumably the ones on the House Judiciary Committee, had possession of Hunter's laptop and covered it up during last year's impeachment proceedings because it would implicate Biden and exculpate Trump. The existence of the laptop was only disclosed earlier this month by Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani, who claimed it had been abandoned in a computer repair shop last year and that the shop's owner had given the hard drive, or copies of the contents of it, to Giuliani and the FBI.
France warned its citizens living or travelling in several Muslim-majority countries to take extra security precautions on Tuesday as anger surged over cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad. In a sign that some countries want to limit the fallout, Saudi Arabia condemned the cartoons but held back from echoing calls by other Muslim states for a boycott of French products or other actions. The row has its roots in a knife attack outside a French school on Oct. 16 in which a man of Chechen origin beheaded Samuel Paty, a teacher who had shown pupils cartoons of Prophet Mohammad in a civics lesson on freedom of speech.
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Michigan police chiefs say that may not be able to enforce a ban on carrying guns at polling places, local news channel WKAR reported. The ban was imposed in October by Michigan secretary of state Jocelyn Benson in response to concerns of voter intimidation on Election Day. Members of a far-right so-called militia group were recently charged with plotting to kidnap and assassinate Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer.
The United States, Russia, France and many other countries are setting records for coronavirus infections as a tidal wave of cases washes over parts of the Northern Hemisphere, forcing some countries to impose new curbs. U.S. stocks had their worst day in four weeks over the double whammy of record coronavirus cases and political deadlock in negotiations to provide more economic aid. Word that a vaccine being developed by the University of Oxford and AstraZeneca Plc produced immune responses in both elderly and young people offered some positive news as autumn turns to winter in northern countries and more people socialise indoors.
Another top deputy to Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton is leaving his agency, continuing the exodus of lawyers who earlier this month accused the Republican of crimes including bribery and abuse of office. Darren McCarty, the deputy attorney general over civil litigation, confirmed his resignation Monday but declined to comment further. McCarty's resignation comes as Texas is involved in a landmark antitrust lawsuit brought with other states and the U.S. Department of Justice against Google.
A hunter possibly shot a teenager who died while waiting to watch a sunset with his girlfriend at a Pennsylvania state park, authorities say. Jason Kutt, 18, was sitting at the edge of a lake Saturday evening in Nockamixon State Park when he was fatally shot in the back of his head, according to the Buck's County District Attorney's Office. Kutt's girlfriend told investigators that after Kutt was shot, she saw a man in an orange vest and hunting clothing, police say.
While President Trump's chief of staff on Monday attempted to clarify the assertion that the United States is “not going to control” the coronavirus crisis, the president himself complained that the media is too focused on a pandemic that has killed more than 225,000 Americans and infected more than 8.6 million. Trump said news coverage of COVID-19, which he has described as an attempt to hurt his campaign, should be “an election law violation.” In an interview with CNN's Jake Tapper on Sunday, Mark Meadows, Trump's chief of staff, sought to defend the administration's response to the virus on a weekend in which the United States saw its highest ever number of new COVID-19 cases in a two-day span.
Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden has taken a step toward revealing his Supreme Court plans. The last-minute nomination of Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court has raised allegations from Democrats that Republicans are unfairly gaming the system. It has also led some Democrats to suggest Biden either expand and pack the court with liberal justices if he's elected, or adopt term limits to replace the current lifetime appointments.
The moon's shadowed, frigid nooks and crannies may hold frozen water in more places and in larger quantities than previously suspected. While previous observations have indicated millions of tons of ice in the permanently shadowed craters of the moon's poles, a pair of studies in the journal Nature Astronomy take the availability of lunar surface water to a new level. More than 15,400 square miles (40,000 square kilometers) of lunar terrain have the capability to trap water in the form of ice, according to a team led by the University of Colorado's Paul Hayne.
Black Voice for Trump Co-Chair Jack Brewer weighs in on President Obama holding a rally for Joe Biden in Florida.
Fox News has been planning its election night coverage for weeks, prepping staff and on-air talent for the biggest news night of the year. “Everyone is in a panic about election night,” said one current Fox News staffer. On Sunday, The New York Times reported that top Fox News executives and talent will quarantine and get tested after flying on a network-chartered flight from Nashville to New York—following Thursday night's presidential debate—with a staffer who later tested positive for the coronavirus.
A heavy book that the White House press secretary, Kayleigh McEnany, presented to Lesley Stahl as President Donald Trump's healthcare plan during a "60 Minutes" interview was largely filled with existing legislation, the show said. Stahl said in a clip — and "60 Minutes" suggested in a tweet on Sunday — the book had a series of executive orders and congressional initiatives "but no comprehensive health plan." The Washington Examiner reported last week that a copy of the book it obtained did contain some details about a healthcare plan but that much of it was 13 executive orders and 11 pieces of healthcare legislation enacted during Trump's presidency.
New Jersey tech entrepreneur Arun Bantval is U.S. presidential candidate Joe Biden's top fake-news watchdog on messaging service WhatsApp about the Democrat and his Indian American running mate Kamala Harris. Messages on WhatsApp, owned by Facebook Inc, are confidential and cannot be seen by moderators who police misleading memes, claims and other content on the social media giant's flagship platform. Two billion users rely on WhatsApp's free app to chat with individuals and groups of up to 256 people.
Voters relying on the post office to deliver their ballots should drop them in the mail today as a "common-sense measure" to ensure they arrive in time to be counted, the Postal Service says. Most states require ballots to be received by Election Day, some earlier. "Our general recommendation is that, as a common-sense measure, you mail your completed ballot before Election Day, and at least one week prior to your state's deadline," the Postal Service said in a statement.
Keith Raniere, a self-improvement guru whose organization NXIVM attracted millionaires and actresses among its adherents, faces sentencing Tuesday on convictions that he turned some female followers into sex slaves branded with his initials. U.S. District Judge Nicholas Garaufis will announce an almost-certain lengthy prison term Tuesday for Raniere after hearing victims speak. The court proceeding in Brooklyn culminates several years of revelations about NXIVM, which charged thousands of dollars for invitation-only self improvement courses at its headquarters near Albany, New York, and had branches in Mexico and Canada.
The Australian city of Melbourne will exit lockdown from Wednesday after recording no new Covid-19 cases for the first time since June. Victoria state was the epicentre of Australia's second wave, accounting for more than 90% of its 905 deaths. The state capital, Melbourne, went into lockdown 111 days ago - enforcing home confinement, travel restrictions and and closing stores and restaurants.
Zeta weakened back into a tropical storm overnight and is forecast to re-strengthen into a Category 1 hurricane by the time it approaches the northern Gulf Coast Wednesday, prompting hurricane, storm surge and tropical storm warnings from Louisiana to the Florida Panhandle. A few tornadoes may also be possible Wednesday over southeastern Mississippi, southern Alabama, and the western Florida Panhandle, according to the National Hurricane Center. Forecasters expect Zeta will make landfall somewhere between Morgan City, Louisiana, and the Mississippi-Alabama border, which were placed under a hurricane warning Tuesday.
Democratic Senate nominee Jaime Harrison has spent millions upon millions of dollars in the last several months attacking his Republican opponent, Senator Lindsey Graham, for not being transparent with South Carolinians about where he stands on the key political issues of the day, from immigration reform and racial justice to his support more broadly for Donald Trump. Mr Harrison and Democrats across the country have assailed Mr Graham for “flip-flopping” on his declaration in 2016 — which he re-affirmed again in a now-infamous clip from the winter of 2018 — that he would not seat a Supreme Court nominee during the 2020 presidential election season.
Pro-democracy demonstrators in Thailand have expanded their protests internationally, marching to the German Embassy to appeal to Chancellor Angela Merkel's government to investigate whether Thailand's king has exercised political power during his extended stays in Bavaria. The protesters acted while criticizing their own Parliament, which began a special two-day session earlier Monday to address political tensions resulting from the near-daily pro-democracy protests demanding the prime minister's resignation, constitutional changes and reforms to the monarchy. The scrutiny and public criticism of the monarchy displayed by some of the protesters is unprecedented in a country where the royal institution has been considered sacrosanct.
On a recruiting trip to India's tech hub of Bangalore, Alan Cramb, the president of a reputable Chicago university, answered questions not just about dorms or tuition but also American work visas. The session with parents fell in the chaotic first months of Donald Trump's presidency. After an inaugural address proclaiming “America first,” two travel bans, a suspended refugee program and hints at restricting skilled worker visas widely used by Indians, parents doubted their children's futures in the U.S.
Dozens of missing children in Ohio are now safe, thanks to the U.S. Marshals Service and several other state law enforcement agencies in what officials say is the largest anti-human trafficking effort in state history. Deputies helped find 45 missing children as part of the multi-agency operation Autumn Hope, officials announced Monday. The statewide effort also led to 179 arrests this month.
"But most of us don't even know who the electors of our state are unless we've done our research." The state parties appoint electors to cast the electoral ballots on the Monday after the second Wednesday in December of the presidential election – about a month after the Americans cast their ballots in the popular vote. More than 54 million people have already voted Here's how that compares with past elections.
The British version of the Navy SEALs performed a daring rescue Sunday after an oil tanker alerted the police to a suspected hijacking. The Special Boat Service took control of the Nave Andromeda after dark in nine minutes, ending a 10-hour standoff, Sky News reported. The crew had found seven stowaways, believed to be asylum seekers from Nigeria, before alerting the police, according to the BBC.
With a bit of rejiggering, President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump played host Sunday to hundreds of superheroes, unicorns, skeletons and even a miniature version of themselves as part of a Halloween celebration at the White House. The kids still briefly met the president and first lady, who waved and offered words of encouragement from a safe distance about how much they liked the costumes. Trump and the first lady have both recently recovered from COVID-19.
“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.”