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President Trump on Tuesday called on Attorney General William Barr to “appoint somebody” to launch an investigation into his Democratic opponent, former Vice President Joe Biden, and his son Hunter before Election Day, now just two weeks away. “We've got to get the attorney general to act,” Trump said in a telephone interview with “Fox & Friends” when asked whether a special prosecutor should be appointed to probe unverified allegations against the Bidens. Trump has repeatedly railed against his attorney general for failing to “lock up” Democrats for alleged crimes, including “spying” on his 2016 campaign.
Famed astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson posted a picture of an asteroid approaching Earth saying that it could strike the planet before the election on Nov. 3. “Asteroid 2018VP1, a refrigerator-sized space-rock, is hurtling towards us at more than 40,000 km/hr,” he wrote in a tweet Saturday. “It may buzz-cut Earth on Nov 2, the day before the Presidential Election.”
Iran on Tuesday reported its highest single-day toll of new coronavirus cases since the start of the pandemic with more than 5,000 new infections, as the country struggles to cope with a surge in transmission. Iran's health ministry also reported that 322 people had died from the virus, pushing the death toll over 31,000. Health minister Saeed Namaki made a dramatic appeal for people to follow health guidance measures, saying that without public help, “the pandemic in this country will not get better and we'll have to collect the bodies," the semi-official ISNA news agency reported.
Danish submarine killer Peter Madsen took a female psychologist hostage and then escaped from prison in Copenhagen on Tuesday, keeping police at bay for nearby two hours after he wore what police feared was an explosives belt strapped around his abdomen. "There is nothing at this point to indicate that (the belt) contained explosives... We think it was fake," Copenhagen Vestegns police inspector Mogens Lauridsen said, adding that an investigation was underway to be certain.
"My final prediction is that Donald Trump will become the first sitting president since George H.W. Bush in 1992 to lose reelection," Lichtman said. While Trump's chances still looked promising at the end of 2019, according to his model, the plunging of the economy amid the coronavirus pandemic and nationwide racial justice protests in 2020 may seal his fate. "Never before in the history of the United States has the party holding the White House suffered such a sudden and dramatic reversal of fortune in just a matter of a few months," Lichtman said.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin spoke for about an hour Monday as they scrabble to reach agreement on a COVID-19 stimulus package before Pelosi's Tuesday night deadline. They reported some progress. "We have finally in the last 24 hours ... come to a place where they are willing to address the crisis," Pelosi said on MSNBC Monday night. "I want this as soon as possible because I don't want to carry over the droppings of this grotesque elephant into the next presidency," Pelosi said on the call, Politico reports.
More than 50 former intelligence officials wrote a public letter Monday saying they were "deeply suspicious" that Russia could be involved with the dubious New York Post stories published recently about Joe Biden's son Hunter. In the letter, first reported by Politico, the former officials said they believed the information at the center of the stories had "all the classic earmarks of a Russian information operation." "It is high time that Russia stops interfering in our democracy," the officials wrote.
A divided Supreme Court rejected a Pennsylvania Republican effort to curtail mail-in voting, but experts say the Democratic victory may be short-lived — and confirming Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett would be a "disaster for Democrats." With Chief Justice John Roberts joining the court's three liberals, the court split 4-4 to reject a request from Pennsylvania Republicans to block an order from the state's Supreme Court allowing mail-in ballots to be counted if they are received within three days of Election Day — even if they do not have a clear postmark. The tie left the state decision in place, which Democratic lawyers hailed as "great news for voting rights."
It's unclear how she survived for 12 days, and her sister told ABC News that Courtier was found covered in bruises and had lost weight. A 38-year-old woman who was missing in Utah's Zion National Park for 12 days was found alive over the weekend and has been reunited with her family. Holly Courtier, from California, was found on Sunday by park rangers, according to the National Parks Service.
Senate Republicans are chilly on the prospects of approving a multitrillion-dollar stimulus deal. "I think we're going to have a hard time finding 13 votes for anything," Majority Whip John Thune said on Monday, referring to the number of GOP votes needed to pass stimulus legislation if all 47 Democratic senators support it. President Donald Trump has continued to call for a larger stimulus package, saying in a Fox News phone interview on Tuesday that he "would be willing to go more" than the $2.2 trillion Democrats seek.
Before long, American Airlines might find out how many travelers are reluctant to fly on the Boeing 737 Max. American plans to put the plane back in its schedule by the end of the year, assuming that federal regulators soon approve changes Boeing made after two crashes of Max jets killed 346 people. A spokeswoman for American said Monday that the airline plans to operate a single daily Max flight from Dec. 29 through Jan. 4 between Miami and New York's LaGuardia Airport, and American is reviewing its plans beyond that.
A federal appellate court panel ruled Monday that Texas does not have to give voters a chance to correct issues with their ballots nor inform them if a ballot was rejected until after the election. The ruling allows election officials to reject ballots over mismatched signatures without allowing voters to correct the problem — or even notifying them of the pending rejection. U.S. District Judge Orlando Garcia ruled last month that the state's process for verifying signatures on mail-in ballots "plainly violates certain voters' constitutional rights" and was "inherently fraught with error with no recourse for voters."
Microsoft Corp said on Tuesday it had disabled more than 90% of the machines used by a gang of Russian-speaking cyber criminals to control a massive network of computers with a potential to disrupt the U.S. election. Aided by a series of U.S. court orders and relationships with technology providers in other countries, Microsoft said it its weeklong campaign against the gang running the Trickbot network was heading off a possible source of disruption to the Nov. 3 U.S. vote. "We've taken down most of their infrastructure," corporate Vice President Tom Burt said in an interview.
Prosecutors in Taiwan have charged the captain of a fishing boat with ordering the killing of four suspected Somali pirates eight years ago. The suspect said the alleged Somali pirates shot at his boat and three other boats fishing in the area, before one of the fishing boats managed to knock the men into the sea. Despite knowing the men had no way of defending themselves at this point, the suspect told officials he ordered his Pakistani security guards to shoot them so that they could not get away and ask other pirates to hijack his vessel, prosecutors said.
Donald Trump revved up a rally crowd in battleground Arizona by declaring CNN hosts "dumb bastards" for the amount of coronavirus coverage on the cable network. He opened his first of two Monday campaign events in the state by declaring, as he reportedly did on a call with campaign staff earlier, the American people are "over" the virus – even as it spreads anew in most states. They're getting tired of the pandemic, aren't we?
Singapore Airlines will start a new route between Singapore and New York that will take the title of the world's longest flight when it launches in November. Flights will utilize New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport instead of Newark Liberty International, adding an extra two nautical miles to the route. Singapore Airlines suspended flights to the New York area on March 28 as the pandemic reached its peak and global borders closed.
Partly motivated by his experience in March, Mr. Kamin helped found the Poll Hero Project, a nationwide drive to register poll workers for this year's election. Their initial goal, says Ryan Schwieger, a senior at Princeton University and another co-founder, was to recruit 1,000 poll workers in the first month. They hit that number in a week, and have since added almost 30,000 more – mostly still in high school, and like Mr. Kamin, unable to vote themselves.
A woman in her 30s died of COVID-19 while on a commercial flight from Arizona to Texas, Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins announced on Sunday. According to NBC Dallas-Fort Worth, the woman, from Garland, Texas, died on July 25 while the plane was parked outside the airport in Arizona. Prior to her death, the woman had difficulty breathing and was given supplemental oxygen before the flight had taken off, according to the report.
U.S. President Donald Trump speaks as Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue looks on during a briefing on the coronavirus pandemic in the press briefing room of the White House. Drew Angerer/Getty Images This article originally appeared [here on Salon.com] A federal judge slammed the Trump administration's "arbitrary and capricious" plan to cut food stamp benefits for up to 700,000 unemployed Americans amid the coronavirus pandemic as she blocked the effort on Sunday in response to a lawsuit from 20 attorneys general.
People threatened to boycott Perdue Chicken after Sen. David Perdue repeatedly mispronounced Sen. Kamala Harris' first name at a Trump rally on Friday. Perdue Chicken's official Twitter account fired back at any confusion over the weekend, saying the senator is not affiliated with the company. The senator sparked outrage on social media after repeatedly mispronouncing the first name of California Sen. Kamala Harris, who is Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden's running mate.
When Americans cast their ballots for the US president, they are actually voting for a representative of that candidate's party known as an elector. There are 538 electors who then vote for the president on behalf of the people in their state. Each state is assigned a certain number of these electoral votes, based on the number of congressional districts they have, plus two additional votes representing the state's Senate seats.
On Twitter, many users said they had to look up the definition of boffo. Well I just found out what “Boffo” meant. Merriam-Webster tweeted that shortly after the president used the word it became a top trending search on the online dictionary.
A key member of America's coronavirus response team says the Trump administration has been controlling his media appearances during the pandemic. Dr Anthony Fauci, one of the country's top infectious disease experts, said he was banned from conducting several interviews with prominent news outlets. “You know, I think I'd have to be honest and say yes,” said Dr Fauci, 79, when asked by CBS News's Jon LaPook if White House officials had prevented him from appearing on TV.
Google fired back against an antitrust lawsuit filed by the US Department of Justice in a blog post on Tuesday. "This lawsuit would do nothing to help consumers," Google chief legal officer Kent Walker wrote. "To the contrary, it would artificially prop up lower-quality search alternatives, raise phone prices, and make it harder for people to get the search services they want to use."
“Until solar and wind power take more of the energy load, I like not paying an arm and a leg to heat my house.”
“It is imperative to ramp down greenhouse gas emissions as quickly as possible.”
“Any kind of ban on fracking would cause severe damage to our stressed economy.”
“Climate scientists are urging us to leave all fossil fuels in the ground so that they’ll never be burned. That includes natural gas.”
“Any immediate economic repercussions to the economy can be offset if oil-and-gas companies are made to pay their fair share.”