"He'll explode and the whole thing will get derailed, because he has this weird affinity for Putin," a former national security officer told GQ.He doesn’t want to be embarrassed' »
The claim: Joe Biden threatened to withhold $1 billion from Ukraine to assist his son, Hunter Biden While former Vice President Joe Biden oversaw foreign policy in Ukraine, his son Hunter Biden served on the board of Burisma Holdings, the largest gas company in the fledgling democracy. Despite a recently concluded investigation by Senate Republicans that found no wrongdoing by the Bidens, claims to the contrary have continued to circulate on social media. "VP Biden threatened to withhold 1 billion dollars from Ukraine to save his son's job," reads a meme posted to Facebook by Secure America Now.
Amy Coney Barrett's nomination to the supreme court has prompted former members of her secretive faith group, the People of Praise, to come forward and share stories about emotional trauma and – in at least one case – sexual abuse they claim to have suffered at the hands of members of the Christian group. In the wake of the allegations, the Guardian has learned that the charismatic Christian organization, which is based in Indiana, has hired the law firm of Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan to conduct an “independent investigation” into sexual abuse claims on behalf of People of Praise.
At least 10 bodies were found in an unmarked grave in Tulsa, Oklahoma, as researchers continue the search for victims of the 1921 Tulsa Race Riots. One set of human remains and possibly a second were found Tuesday at the city-owned Oaklawn Cemetery in north Tulsa, where the July excavation previously ended unsuccessfully. "We are still analyzing what has come out of the ground at this point in time, and so no, unfortunately we have not been able to assess the trauma at this point in time, or potential trauma," Oklahoma state archaeologist Kary Stackelbeck said.
For months, Congress has failed to pass a coronavirus relief bill, despite the widespread economic devastation and the fact that, under Donald Trump's malicious mismanagement, the pandemic has spiraled out of control, infecting 8.25 million people and killing more than 220,000, as of Wednesday morning. The mainstream media has firmly decided who they blame for the lack of a bill: Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and the Democrats who control the lower house of Congress. Blaming Democrats has been the dominant press narrative, even though it's been obvious from the get-go that Republicans don't want more relief legislation.
CNN anchor Brian Stelter on Wednesday chided a reporter after she criticized the media's double standard in reporting on Hunter Biden's controversial emails, telling her that she is “bitter” and harbors “resentment” about the matter. Susan Ferrechio, the Washington Examiner's chief congressional correspondent, called on media outlets to take seriously the recent reports about leaked emails revealing high-dollar negotiations between Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden's son Hunter Biden and foreign companies. “He's running for president of the United States, and this is serious,” Ferrecio said of the former vice president during Wednesday's radio broadcast of “The Media Show” hosted by the BBC's Amol Rajan.
A woman who has accused President Donald Trump of raping her in the 1990s said she was stunned and speechless after the Justice Department on Wednesday turned down an opportunity to make oral arguments on whether Trump can substitute the United States for himself as the defendant in her defamation lawsuit. E. Jean Carroll watched from a seat in the top row of a jury box as U.S. District Judge Lewis A. Kaplan gave a government lawyer a chance to argue by phone, after the lawyer who was supposed to argue in person was banned from the courthouse because he traveled from Virginia. William Lane, a Department of Justice civil division attorney, told the judge the government would rest on its papers, meaning it would rely solely on already submitted written arguments.
This year's election is looking familiar. Polls have long given Democratic nominee Joe Biden a big advantage in this year's presidential race. And with more forecasting Democratic gains in the Senate as well, pollsters and analysts have started to compare 2020 to 1980.
The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Germany rose by more than 10,000 in a single day for the first time, data from the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) for infectious diseases showed on Tuesday. The institute recorded 11,287 new cases in its daily update for a total of 392,049. Health Minister Jens Spahn tested positive for the coronavirus on Wednesday.
When word leaked in 2005 that the New York Times was digging into the details of the adoptions of then-Supreme Court nominee John Roberts's two children, the non-partisan National Council for Adoption issued a scathing denunciation of the Times' “abject invasion of privacy [that] shows a shameful disregard for the integrity of the family in general and the adoptive family in particular.” The Times never published a story on Roberts's kids and announced that “any gratuitous reporting about the Roberts's children” would be wrong. “Bill Keller, the executive editor of the paper, told us that he would not stand for any gratuitous reporting about the Roberts's children,” according to a statement at the time from the Times' Office of Public Editor.
This one involved a flight attendant and a passenger. “Chasing Atlanta” star Lauryn England was on a Delta flight from Miami to Atlanta on Monday night when all hell broke loose in the aisle right before takeoff. England was just feet away from the action and took video of a fight between a female passenger and flight attendant.
Two-thirds of American voters are concerned the presidential election will not be fair, suggesting Donald Trump's sustained attacks on mass mail-in ballots are working. “That's the only thing I'm worried about,” the president said at a Monday afternoon rally in Prescott, Arizona, urging his supporters to become poll watchers: “You have to watch them, too.” Sixty-six per cent of voters described themselves as “very or quite” concerned that the election will not be free or fair, with 68 per cent saying they doubt the result will be clear come 4 November, the day after Election Day, according to a JL Partners-Independent survey.
United States spies and diplomats have accused the Trump administration of refusing to investigate mysterious illnesses that happened to officials while abroad in Cuba, China and Russia, with some calling it a cover-up, the New York Times reported. Cases of a mysterious illness among Americans first were reported in Cuba in 2016. Officials reported hearing strange noises and felt symptoms of nerve damage and headaches.
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.
Fact check: Video claiming to show bikers praying for Trump at Walter Reed is from a South Africa protest Image is from a festival in Switzerland A reverse Google image search reveals that the photo is actually from a music festival called "Street Parade" in Switzerland. The original photo was taken in 2018 at a Zurich lake, according to Street Parade's website, where similar bird's-eye photos of the event are available. Related video: Presidential debate fact check The festival, which takes place every August but was canceled this year due to COVID-19, attracts "hundreds of thousands of dance fans from every continent," according to the event's about tab.
Trump also told his supporters "you have to watch, you have to watch what we do to 60 Minutes. You'll get such a kick. You're going to get a kick out of it.
Small business owner Kelsey Onstott, who creates balloon art installations in the Houston, Texas area, has sparked a TikTok-wide controversy by sharing the pricing of her creations. After receiving negative comments about the pricing of her work, Onstott posted a video in which she challenged her critics to recreate her balloon moasics in 30 minutes using cheaper balloons. The clip racked up millions of views and thousands more critical comments — and some creators responded by making their own balloon videos.
Hindu groups in the US have expressed outrage at a morphed photo of the Hindu goddess Durga with Kamala Harris's face, after it was shared online by the vice presidential candidate's niece. Meena Harris, who has been very active on social media with support for her aunt Kamala for the upcoming election, said in a tweet which has now been deleted: “I am speechless, other than to say that the first day of Navratri was LIT.” Navratri is a nine-day Hindu festival, which is currently being celebrated, to worship the feminine deity Durga.
Rudy Giuliani, Donald Trump's personal lawyer and former New York mayor, has been caught in a compromising situation with a young actress while unsuspectingly being filmed for the latest Borat film. Mr Giuliani was invited to a hotel in Manhattan in July by a member of comedian and director Sacha Baron Cohen's team posing as a Russian reporter who said she wanted to talk about the president's coronavirus handling. The journalist, played by Bulgarian actress Maria Bakalova, 24, starts off by discussing the virus and where it might have started with Mr Giuliani, 76.
Gov. JB Pritzker announced a return to Phase 3 restrictions in some Chicago suburbs as Illinois sees a sharp rise in COVID-19 cases.
Kim Kardashian West and Khloe Kardashian often share their workout sessions on social media and both of their routines seem pretty intense. As a Kardashian fan who regularly exercises, I decided to do a bit of research on each sister's regular moves, try routines inspired by their fitness regimes for one week each, and put them head-to-head to see which I liked best. Keep scrolling to see what it was like working out like Kim and Khloe, plus which routine won.
In James Hibberd's book "Fire Cannot Kill a Dragon," Emilia Clarke said that she "fought back" against "Game of Thrones" producers turning Daenerys into a "cold expressionless" character Clarke said: "I get that she has to be steely and unforgiving and a powerful force. But in this moment she's also a goddam human being." Clarke previously told Entertainment Weekly that the events of the final season made her "look back at all the notes I've ever had."
Joe Biden's tax plan would see the highest earners in California and New York City paying as much as 62% in combined federal and state taxes, while top earners in New Jersey could face a combined rate totalling over 60%. Top earners in New York state could pay slightly more than a 58% tax rate. These calculations from the Tax Foundation come as discussions related to taxes on the wealthy have picked up steam, with the election now just two weeks away.
Addressing a rally in Erie, Pennsylvania, President Donald Trump told his supporters that “there's no way” he would have bothered to campaign there – had it not been for the coronavirus pandemic hurting his re-election prospects. “Four or five months ago when we started this whole thing before the plague came in, I had made it, I wasn't coming to Erie,” said Mr Trump. Mr Trump said he had to return to battlegrounds like Pennsylvania because of the damage caused to the economy by the pandemic.
Nick Saban tested positive for COVID-19 on Wednesday, October 14 — three days before his Alabama Crimson Tide were scheduled to play against the Georgia Bulldogs. According to The New York Times, the university commissioned a private jet to fly a third sample to a lab across the state, enabling Saban to rejoin his team ahead of Saturday's game. Nick Saban's journey from returning a positive COVID-19 test to returning to the sidelines at Bryant-Denny Stadium in three days was something of a miracle for Alabama Crimson Tide die-hards.
“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.”