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Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden's staff said the former vice president misspoke in saying that the government cost to provide four-year college education would be $150 billion, when in fact it would cost nearly twice as much. The comment came during an interview with CBS' 60 Minutes that aired on Sunday, in which Biden said he could send “every single qualified person” to four-year college if he made “significant institutional changes” that would include a 15 percent minimum tax on corporations. “I can send every single qualified person to a four-year college in their state for $150 billion,” Biden said.
It is the flip-flop of the century, undertaken by the Republicans for one reason: Barrett's confirmation ensures a conservative majority on the high court for the foreseeable future. Perhaps it will persuade them to reject the radical and hypocritical Senate Republicans at the polls. Barrett's confirmation, after all, is only one of many irresponsible moves by the Senate majority, led by the craven Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky), who long ago threw his lot in with President Trump.
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.
An 18-year-old who was shot Saturday at Nockamixon State Park died from his injuries, according to authorities. Bucks County District Attorney Matt Weintraub said Jason Kutt died after he was shot at the park about 5:15 p.m. Saturday. Kutt was sitting with his girlfriend near the lake when he was shot in the back of his neck, he said.
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 Supreme Court sided with Republicans in Wisconsin on Monday, ruling 5-3 along ideological lines that Wisconsin can count only those absentee ballots that arrive by Election Day — even if they were mailed days earlier. Since first-class mail has been taking an average of 10 days to be delivered in the state, Wisconsin's Democratic Party urged mail-in Democrats to hand-deliver their absentee ballots or vote in person. The practical issue involves what happens with Wisconsin's 700,000 outstanding absentee ballots.
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.
OPINION: Sophia A. Nelson says while Noonan's critiques of Harris' joy was tone-deaf and lacked a true understanding of Black women. Noonan penned a column where she was rightly perceived as treating Sen. Kamala Harris, the Democratic vice presidential nominee, disrespectfully by implying that Harris needed to be more serious and sober-minded when she is out on the campaign trail — not dancing, laughing and being what she considered to be inappropriate.
James Blight, 26, is accused of stealing a bulldozer, knocking down a fence, and destroying Biden-Harris campaign signs on residential lawns in Haines City, Florida. Blight told police he had "been drinking whiskey all day and did not remember most of the day," Haines City Police told NBC News. A man in Florida has been accused of stealing a bulldozer and destroying residential yards to remove Biden-Harris campaign signs.
Portugal's national health minister warned on Monday that the country's national health service was under grave pressure and that further restrictive measures could be coming as the number of patients in intensive care approached record levels. "Although the Portuguese and the national health service are better prepared to respond to the pandemic than before, the situation in Portugal - as in other places - is grave," health minister Marta Temido told a news conference. The government "is ready to cover possible new municipalities with more restrictive measures," she added.
President Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner is facing some sharp criticism over what his detractors believe was a textbook example of a lack of self-awareness. During a Fox News interview on Monday, Kushner, speaking about Black communities in the United States, said his father-in-law's policies "are the policies that can help people break out of the problems that they're complaining about, but he can't want them to be successful more than they want to be successful," before claiming there has been a groundswell of support for Trump among Black voters. Kushner's comments were understood by his critics to imply that some Black Americans don't strive for success, and he was quickly rebuked.
In an interview with Jake Tapper on CNN on Sunday, White House chief of staff Mark Meadows said the administration is “not going to control” the coronavirus pandemic. Speaking to reporters on Monday, Meadows clarified his remarks, saying, "We're going to defeat the virus; we're not going to control it."
Former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton said it was "pathetic" that State Secretary Mike Pompeo promised the release more of her emails ahead of the 2020 election. Pompeo made the pledge to release more of Clinton's State Department emails in an interview with Fox News earlier this month, saying "we've got the emails, we're getting them out." Ahead of the 2016 election, the FBI investigated Clinton's use of a private email server, but the investigation resulted in no charges.
Now that the Supreme Court has allowed the Trump administration to end the 2020 census count, the courts should not interfere with efforts to meet a year-end deadline for turning in numbers used for divvying up congressional seats by state, Department of Justice attorneys said in court papers ahead of a hearing Tuesday. All further court challenges to the Trump administration's numbers-crunching methods for the 2020 census should be suspended as the U.S. Census Bureau works toward turning in apportionment numbers by a congressionally-mandated Dec. 31 deadline, Trump administration attorneys said ahead of a hearing before U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh in San Jose, California.
Law enforcement agencies across Ohio cooperated during a monthlong investigation, dubbed "Operation Autumn Hope," leading to 179 arrests and the recovery of 45 missing children. In all, 109 human trafficking victims were rescued and referred to social services, the Ohio Attorney General's Office reported. More than 50 agencies participated in the operation, which also included the arrest of a man and the recovery of two children in West Virginia.
Officials say the skull was discovered in 2019 in the Gobey area of Morgan County, roughly 50 miles northwest of Knoxville after someone tipped them off to its location. No other remains were found, according to the Facebook post. The Morgan County Sheriff's Office took the skull to compare it with DNA samples from relatives of Junior Willie McCann, officials say.
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.
Donald Trump's press secretary, Kayleigh McEnany, reportedly warned in 2015 that Joe Biden would be a “problem” as an election opponent. Ms McEnany also praised the Democratic presidential nominee as a “man of the people” who was more “likeable” than Mr Trump, as both men considered a run for the White House. Those remarks were unearthed by CNN this week, and date back to interviews Ms McEnany made in 2015, when she was a Republican strategist and political commentator.
Anna Delvey — the fake heiress whose real name is Anna Sorokin — says she no longer wants random people dropping by to visit her in prison. "The days of hoping to catch me slipping are over, and all you're achieving by coming here is wasting your time and interfering with my sleep schedule," she wrote in an Instagram post. Delvey was sentenced to four to 12 years in prison after she was convicted on charges related to an elaborate scam where she pretended to be a German heiress and tried to swindle banks into loaning her money.
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.
Republican Rep. Doug Collins' Senate campaign ads have attracted scrutiny for featuring images of himself wearing the US Air Force uniform — particularly in the absence of any disclaimers. At least a dozen images and videos of Collins wearing different variations of the Air Force uniform have appeared on his campaign's social media accounts in recent weeks. "This is a Tiger Woods two-inch putt — it's so obvious," Michael Weinstein, a former US Air Force judge advocate general and a former member of the White House counsel, told Insider.
President Trump signed an executive order last week that could turn tens of thousands of nonpartisan career civil service jobs into "excepted service" positions, stripping federal scientists, public health experts, attorneys, regulators, and other policy professions of civil service protections. Ronald Sanders, appointed by Trump to head the Federal Salary Council, cited this order when resigning Sunday, telling The Washington Post on Monday, "I don't want to sound too corny here, but it was just a matter of conscience." Trump's order "is nothing more than a smoke screen for what is clearly an attempt to require the political loyalty of those who advise the president, or failing that, to enable their removal with little if any due process," Sanders wrote in his resignation letter.
More than 30 people have been detained and 30 police officers have been injured after tensions erupt in West Philadelphia following the fatal police-involved shooting of Walter Wallace on Monday.
A herd of 40 cows escaped their home in Australia and had to be rounded up and returned. One of the cows made that a bit difficult after it wandered onto a neighbor's trampoline and got stuck. The neighbor found the cow in the middle of the night and alerted its owner to the issue.
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.
“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.”