"It hurt me so much" to hear the president recently dismiss the pandemic by saying Americans were "pandemic-ed out," said one man who lost a family member to COVID-19.'He always tries to blame somebody else' »
President Donald Trump's lawyer and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani talks to journalists outside the White House West Wing July 01, 2020 in Washington, DC Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images This article originally appeared [here on Salon.com] Rudy Giuliani, the personal attorney for President Donald Trump, was approached by someone offering allegedly compromising emails and images belonging to Hunter Biden in 2019, according to two individuals familiar with the meeting. Giuliani was approached with the offer while at a lunch in New York City in May of last year, according to the sources. The content included emails, as well as allegedly salacious video.
Along with the two-dozen Trump supporters watching the debate at GOP headquarters in Daytona Beach, were two special guests - cardboard cuts-out of the president, one of them standing with the first lady, Melania Trump. In this battleground state, some numbers by way of context: Trump took Volusia County 56-43 in 2016, on the way to capturing the state.
California prosecutors disclosed Friday they will seek the death penalty, again, against convicted killer Scott Peterson, two months after his capital sentence was overturned. Peterson appeared remotely from the San Quentin State Prison, his home for more than 15 years since he was convicted of killing his wife, Laci Peterson, and their unborn son. “At this point in time, we are on track to retry the (death penalty) case," Stanislaus County Assistant District Attorney Dave Harris told a judge in Modesto.
Senators Susan Collins (R., Maine.) and Lisa Murkowski (R., Alaska) voted on Friday against moving the Senate into an executive session to allow McConnell to expedite the final confirmation vote that is expected to seat Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court. The Senate ended up approving the move to executive session — which allows McConnell to file cloture, thereby overcoming any potential filibuster — by a vote of 51-46. Republicans are attempting to confirm Judge Barrett to the Court bench next week, cementing a 6-3 majority of conservative justices.
Ghislaine Maxwell could not hide her frustration during an increasingly heated and bad tempered legal deposition that was unsealed in New York. Several times during the seven-hour exchange, which took place over two days, her anger boiled over as she was forced to answer repeated questions about allegations made by a woman she insisted was a serial liar. At one point, unable to contain her emotions, Miss Maxwell “very inappropriately and very harshly” pounded the desk, forcing them to take a break.
Just minutes after President Trump declared during Thursday night's debate that migrant kids separated from their parents are "so well taken care of" inside U.S. facilities, the Lincoln Project released a searing four-second ad combining his words with the wails of children. This week, lawyers tasked with reuniting migrant kids with their families told a court they haven't been able to track down the parents of 545 children. They were separated under the Trump administration's zero-tolerance policy, and when asked about this by moderator Kristen Welker, Trump claimed the government is working to find the parents, but added that many are smuggled into the country by coyotes and when kids are ...
Former Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg was back on Fox News on Thursday night ahead of the final presidential debate, where he faced questions about the recent stories alleging misconduct by Joe Biden's son, Hunter Biden. "It's not even clear what [they're] claiming it adds up to," Buttigieg said of Biden's opponents and the new claims. Host Bret Baier jumped in to clarify that the unsubstantiated allegation is that Joe Biden was "discussing all of his business deals" with his son.
For what it's worth, Democratic presidential nominee pretty consistently won his final debate against President Trump, according to most reputable snap polls conducted after the Thursday night showdown in Nashville. There was also "the unscientific CNN North Carolina 'undecided voter' panel" that had "Biden 9, Trump 0, a Draw 2," notes Josh Jordan. But on Fox News, Sean Hannity posted an online poll that found Trump to be the overwhelming victor of the night — as Eric Trump highlighted.
A North Carolina man detained on child pornography charges had researched how to kill Joe Biden, according to prosecutors. Court documents say police found Alexander Hillel Treisman's van, which contained numerous guns and explosive material, parked outside a bank. A search of the 19-year-old's devices revealed thousands of examples of child pornography, as well as evidence he had posted a meme asking: "should I kill joe biden?"
A California appeals court on Thursday upheld an order requiring Uber and Lyft to treat their California drivers as employees instead of independent contractors, less than two weeks before voters will be asked to exempt the ride-hailing giants from the state's gig economy law. The decision won't have any immediate impact because it doesn't take effect for at least 30 days, well after the Nov. 3 vote on Proposition 22. Uber and Lyft — who along with DoorDash have heavily bankrolled the ballot measure — had appealed an August preliminary injunction by a San Francisco judge.
Developers will start rolling out their COVID-19 vaccines in the coming months, leaving U.S. health officials to test their long-term safety. But that won't be easy, especially given that the Trump administration quietly shut down the office responsible for ensuring the safety of vaccines last year, The New York Times reports. Before the late 1980s, vaccine safety relied on parents, doctors, vaccine makers, and hospitals to step forward and report symptoms they feared were connected to a vaccine.
Facebook removed 48 ads from the Trump campaign for violating their voter interference policy, a spokesperson told Business Insider. President Donald Trump has argued, without evidence, that the US election is rigged, and stoked paranoia among his voters about their ballots being ignored. Facebook said the ads violated its voter interference policies, but declined to explain precisely how.
A La Marque man suspected of shooting his 30-year-old wife appeared to post a clip in the midst of his flight from the law.
An official who helped in the search for Holly Courtier, who was found in Zion National Park 12 days after she disappeared on a hike, raised questions about her survival story earlier this week. Her sister, Jamie Courtier-Strong, told "CBS This Morning" and NBC's "Today" show on Thursday that her sister had been fasting for two days before she went into the park and intended to keep that fast during the hike. She also said Courtier was able to leave the park on her own because of a surge in adrenaline when she was rescued.
Federal prosecutors have charged 127 suspected members of the violent MS-13 street gang this year, and six face sentences of life in prison after being convicted in 2020, the Justice Department said Wednesday. The statistics — detailed in a report being released by the Justice Department Wednesday night — emphasize the priority the Trump administration has given to prosecuting members of MS-13 and the aggressive effort by the FBI and other law enforcement agencies to try to dismantle the gang. MS-13, also known as Mara Salvatrucha, is considered one of the top transnational organized crime threats in the United States.
Sacha Baron Cohen is pushing back as Rudy Giuliani claims his scene in the new Borat is a "complete fabrication." The comedian spoke to Good Morning America on Friday about a climactic sequence in Borat Subsequent Moviefilm, in which Giuliani speaks to an actress, Maria Bakalova, posing as a journalist. After the interview, which takes place in a hotel room, the personal attorney to President Trump is seen lying on a bed and putting his hand into his pants.
These moments, when candidates nonverbally – and largely involuntarily – respond to their opposition can be enormously revealing. In other words, how people listen and react may speak louder than what they say. Biden During this debate Joe Biden reacted as the emotionally expressive politician he has been throughout his career.
At least 52 million Americans have voted so far for the upcoming general election — and Democrats in particular are turning out in droves, according to Michael McDonald, who tracks voting for his site U.S. Elections Project. It's crazy,” said McDonald, a University of Florida political scientist, according to The Associated Press. His analysis shows about 10 times as many people voted already compared to the same time period in 2016.
North Korea has warned its citizens to stay indoors to avoid a yellow dust storm which it claims could carry the coronavirus over from China. The state-run KCTV network warned Wednesday that the storm would arrive Thursday. The Rodong Sinmun newspaper said the storm posed a "danger of invading malicious viruses."
Sacha Baron Cohen as Borat has defended Rudy Giuliani for the hotel room encounter the former New York City Mayor had with Borat's daughter Tutar in "Borat 2." Giuliani was duped into a fake interview before going to Tutar's hotel room for a drink, where he was caught with his hand near his crotch. Tutar is played by 24-year-old actress Maria Bakalova but is supposedly 15 years old in the movie.
As Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) fights for his political life, his supporters' closing argument has emerged: a vote for Democratic candidate Jaime Harrison, they contend, is a vote for looting, rioting, and chaos. As footage rolls of looters smashing windows and setting fires, Lewis intones, “the rioting, the looting, the chaos... If Jaime Harrison is elected to the Senate, get ready, because it's comin'.” Standing in uniform in front of a squad car, Lewis, who is white, alleges that Harrison “stands with the radicals who want to defund the police,” as the camera pans to the window of a squad car, which shows the faces of Harrison, Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY).
"President Trump yet again broke the fact-check meter at the second presidential debate, while Democratic nominee Joe Biden made relatively few gaffes," The Washington Post's fact-check team concluded after Thursday's final presidential debate of 2020. "Trump's first line of the night, about COVID-19 deaths, was false," and he "misrepresented the reality of the pandemic in myriad and familiar ways, insisting against obvious reality that the pandemic is drawing to a close." At times, Biden "was selective on the coronavirus and other matters, at one point stating that no one under ObamaCare lost private health coverage," AP adds.
Murphy Davis, a determined advocate for death row inmates and homeless people in Georgia, died on Thursday of complications related to cancer. Davis had been in hospice care in Baltimore, where she and her husband, Eduard Loring, lived after leaving Atlanta a few years earlier. Davis, a Presbyterian minister, left an indelible imprint on Georgia, where for decades she was a regular visitor to death row inmates.
Facing a myriad of rules and regulations, like many mothers-to-be, Yvette attempted to book a scan at the Queen's Hospital in Romford, but was told that she would have to wait three months. Her partner David would not be allowed to attend. In an attempt to make their NHS Trust as covid-secure as possible Barking, Havering and Redbridge have made antenatal and postnatal appointments available for the mother only.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said that there has been progress between Democrats and the Trump administration on a second stimulus package — but it could be “a while” until a bill is written and passed. On another round of stimulus checks, Pelosi said, “we've come, I think, to terms.” Democrats haven't reached an agreement with the White House on state and local funds, election and census provisions and business liability protections, the publication reported.
“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.”