Retired Adm. William McRaven said in an op-ed that while he’s a "pro-life, pro-Second Amendment" conservative, he's backing Democrat Joe Biden for president.'The world no longer looks up to America' »
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 intel officers 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.
Who fills the next Supreme Court vacancy matters—and it may even impact your sex life. Yes, if Trump nominee Amy Coney Barrett becomes the next Supreme Court justice, the future of the commercial sex industry could be in grave danger—as could the viewing entertainment of millions of Americans since, according to Pornhub statistics, the U.S. consistently outranks all other countries in maintaining the highest rate of daily traffic to Pornhub. Thus, as the Senate hearings to confirm Amy Coney Barrett draw to a close, her seemingly inevitable spot on the bench has sparked panic among the sex-worker community.
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.”
Attendees at a Trump rally in Michigan on Saturday chanted “lock her up” when the president mentioned Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. And then I guess they said she was threatened,” Trump said in response to the chant, days after authorities announced a foiled antigovernment militia kidnapping plot against Whitmer. And she blamed me.
A Shelby County, Tennessee, poll worker was fired Friday after election officials learned that he had turned away voters who were wearing masks and T-shirts that said Black Lives Matter. “What he did was patently wrong and he was fired,” said Suzanne Thompson, spokeswoman for the Shelby County Election Commission. State law prohibits people from wearing items with the name of a political party or candidate currently on the ballot while in a polling place, but statements like “Black Lives Matter” or “I Can't Breathe” are not violations of that law.
President Donald Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani told The New York Times on Sunday that he gave the New York Post a copy of a hard drive said to belong to Hunter Biden because other news outlets would have scrutinized it too much. Giuliani told The Times that he chose the Post because "either nobody else would take it, or if they took it, they would spend all the time they could to try to contradict it before they put it out." Several of the Post's journalists voiced concerns about its reporting in interviews with The Times and New York magazine's Intelligencer, saying the sourcing was "flimsy" and didn't meet "journalistic standards."
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.
An American spacecraft is about to attempt the audacious task of grabbing rock samples from an asteroid. The Osiris-Rex probe will lower itself on to the 500m-wide object known as Bennu to make a contact that lasts no more than a few seconds. The aim is to capture at least 60g, but the scientists and engineers working on the Nasa-led mission are confident the probe can secure a kilo or more.
The claim: Kamala Harris failed the bar exam on her first attempt, while Amy Coney Barrett graduated at the top of her law school class Some of the most-watched moments from Judge Amy Coney Barrett's testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee were her exchanges with Sen. Kamala Harris. One user took to Facebook to compare the qualifications of the conservative Supreme Court nominee and the Democratic vice presidential nominee. "Kamala Harris failed the bar 1st time.
Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden visited a Cook Out in Durham, North Carolina on Sunday. Biden ordered two shakes — one vanilla and one chocolate— and said he planned to create a black-and-white shake, rather than select from one of the dozens of flavors on the regional chain's menu. The visit sparked an explosive response on social media, especially from North Carolinian fans of Cook Out.
Employees at a Florida manufacturing company got letters along with their pay stubs warning they might lose their job if President Trump isn't re-elected. While sending out letters like these is legal, the move was controversial enough it helped one employee decide to quit. "If Trump and the Republicans win (the election), DMC will hopefully be able to continue operating, more or less as it has been operating lately,” read the letter, which went out to the 170 or so employees of aerospace supplier Daniels Manufacturing, Orlando's WESH reported.
Department of Justice lawyers argued on Monday that President Trump should not be personally sued for denying a rape accusation because he refuted the allegation while acting in his official capacity as president, The New York Times reports. In June 2019, writer E. Jean Carroll accused Trump of raping her in a department store in the 1990s. Last month, Attorney General William Barr intervened in the lawsuit, a highly unusual move, seeing as how the alleged incident took place years before Trump became president.
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.
For nearly two weeks, Holly Suzanne Courtier was stranded somewhere in Utah's 229-square-mile Zion National Park. She was weak, dehydrated, hungry and alone, according to her daughter — unable to cry for help or even get on her feet. But on Sunday, in a stunning turn of events, Courtier was discovered and reunited with her family, according to the National Park Service.
Wayne Moak isn't sure who first brought the coronavirus into the congregation at Clear Branch Baptist Church in rural Wesson, Mississippi, but when it got there in September, “it spread fast,” he told The Daily Beast. Within weeks, more than two dozen members of the congregation were sick, including Moak, his wife, son, and all three other staff members, he recalled. Of course, this was exactly the scenario he'd been hoping to avoid when the church decided, in the early days of the pandemic, to set up his pulpit on the bed of a 20-foot trailer and conduct parking lot services.
Guinea's opposition candidate Cellou Dalein Diallo has declared himself the winner of the West African country's presidential election before the official results have been announced. “Despite all the anomalies of this election ... and in view of the results that came out of the polls, I emerge victorious from this presidential election,” he said Monday, a day after the vote, to scores of cheering supporters who thronged his party's headquarters in the capital, Conakry. Diallo did not give any figures to back up his claim but said it was based on information gathered by his party, the Union of Democratic Forces of Guinea.
President Donald Trump has called a reporter “criminal” for not reporting the controversial Hunter Biden story amid continued attempts to push unverified accusations against Joe Biden and his family. In an interview with reporters on Monday, Reuters correspondent Jeff Mason asked the president why his campaign was suggesting the Bidens were criminals. He is a criminal,” Mr Trump replied.
Dr. Deborah Birx has reportedly been trying to get controversial adviser Dr. Scott Atlas removed from the White House coronavirus task force. A new report in The Washington Post describes the "discord on the coronavirus task force" that has reportedly "worsened" ever since the arrival of Atlas, a neuroradiologist who has no background in epidemiology. Atlas has reportedly "succeeded in largely sidelining" other doctors on the White House coronavirus task force, has challenged analysis from Birx and others with what experts have dismissed as "junk science," and is seen by colleagues as "ill-informed, manipulative and at times dishonest."
The origins of the statement technically date to 2015, but public health workers have been thinking about these issues for decades. The disproportionate impact of policing on Black communities has been documented since at least the 1960s, and there is a long history of public health researchers examining the role racism plays in health differences among whites and Black and Latino communities. More recently, the authors of the statement were inspired by activist groups, including Black Lives Matter, which formed in 2013, and the uprisings in Ferguson, Mo.
The U.S. special envoy to Afghanistan warned Monday that “distressingly high” levels of violence threaten to derail ongoing peace talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban. Zalmay Khalilzad's comments come as renewed fighting for days has plagued Afghanistan's southern Helmand province, a longtime Taliban stronghold. The Taliban this Friday agreed to halt its attacks on condition of the U.S. stopping its airstrikes in the area.
Last week: Biden hits double-digit lead in national average, surges in Florida, Michigan National average USA TODAY average of averages: Biden 51.9%, Trump 42.1% (Biden +9.8) Last week: Biden 52.1%, Trump 42.0% (Biden +10.1) Net change: Trump +0.3 RCP: Biden 51.3%, Trump 42.4% FiveThirtyEight: Biden 52.5%, Trump 41.7% At this point in 2016: Clinton +6.5 Swing state averages Arizona: Biden +3.8 USA TODAY average of averages: Biden 49.3%, Trump 45.5% Last week: Biden 48.5%, Trump 45.2% (Biden +3.3) Net change: Biden +0.5 Florida: Biden +2.7 USA TODAY average of averages: Biden 48.7%, Trump 46.0% Last week: Biden 48.5%, Trump 44.5% (Biden +4.0) Net change: Trump +1.3 Georgia: Biden +1.3 USA TOD...
Bangladesh garment factory owner Shahidullah Azim laid off 20% of his workers in the wake of the first wave of the coronavirus pandemic. Bangladesh is the world's second-largest apparel producer after China, but its industry leaders say international retailers are either refraining from placing orders, delaying buying decisions or demanding steep price cuts. Rahman said customers were demanding price cuts of as much as 15%, making the recovery that much harder.
The U.S. Justice Department said on Monday it has indicted six Russian intelligence agency hackers for a four-year hacking spree that included attacks against the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea and the 2017 French elections. ASSISTANT ATTORNEY GENERAL FOR NATIONAL SECURITY, JOHN DEMERS] "Today we announce criminal charges against the conspiracy of Russian military intelligence officers who stand accused of conducting the most disruptive and destructive series of computer attacks ever attributed to a single group."
The coronavirus pandemic and a collapse in oil prices have affected all aspects of the Middle East and North Africa, with the region's economies projected to contract by 5.2% in 2020, the World Bank said Monday. The current projection is 4.1% below the forecast in April, and 7.8% worse than that of October 2019, according to the World Bank's latest regional economic update. The numbers reflect an increasingly pessimistic outlook for the region as a result of the coronavirus pandemic and a collapse in oil prices, the report said.
“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.”