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Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the former White House press secretary, said on Thursday that President Donald Trump didn't expect to have "any kind of transfer of power." "I think the president feels, like many Americans, that it's not going to matter, because he's going to win on Election Day," she told Fox News. Trump has caused alarm by refusing to commit to a peaceful transition of power should he lose the election on November 3.
Fox News host Tucker Carlson Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images In the latest in a series of ongoing race-baiting screeds, Fox News host Tucker Swanson McNear Carlson claimed to his viewers Thursday evening that every story about George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Jacob Blake had at its core been a lie. "It's hard to think clearly when things are on fire," Carlson began. "If you wanted to keep the public from thinking clearly about what you plan to do with their country, you might riot and no one would notice that you're lying," he added.
And although the Missouri Department of Social Services determined in a preliminary finding two years ago that Boyd physically abused a minor, according to court documents — a finding Boyd disputed; the case is still pending — the agency said it didn't have power to force the ranch to close because it did not have licensing authority. Amanda had been uneasy about what she said she'd witnessed at her parents' ranch for years. After seeing the video from Askins, she decided to start talking publicly.
A group of House Republicans led by Representative Jim Banks (R., Ind.) on Friday called on attorney general William Barr to investigate a recent rise in anti-Catholic hate crimes. There have been 70 instances of anti-Catholic violence in North America this year — with 57 crimes being reported since May alone — according to a letter sent to the attorney general by Banks and 15 other House Republicans. “Bigoted criminals are threatening Catholics and undermining America's core ideal of religious liberty,” Banks said in a statement.
New Mexico's Democratic senators have placed the judicial confirmations for two U.S. District Court vacancies on hold until after the Nov. 3 election. Martin Heinrich and Tom Udall interrupted the vetting of two possible lifetime appointments in response to a White House news conference — prior to the death of liberal Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Sept. 18 — in which Trump invoked the president's authority over hundreds of recent and future federal judicial appointments as a rallying cry to political supporters.
Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) is openly hoping that a big fight over a Supreme Court nominee could distract voters from the 200,000-plus Americans who have died from the novel coronavirus on President Donald Trump's watch. In an interview with The New York Times, Alexander said that the Supreme Court battle is the party's best chance to make the 2020 election about something other than Trump and the coronavirus pandemic. "Either the election can be about Trump, or about COVID or about the Supreme Court," Alexander explained.
Louisville Metro Police Sgt. Jonathan Mattingly intends to file civil lawsuits against those who have called him a "murderer" for his role in the fatal shooting of Breonna Taylor, according to his newly hired attorney. Todd McMurtry posted video to Twitter on Thursday night that appeared to show Mattingly being put onto the back of a truck bed and driven away after he was shot March 13 at Taylor's apartment. In the tweet, McMurtry says: "They called him a 'murderer,' when all he did was defend himself."
Donald Trump Jr has echoed his father's calls to supporters to watch polls on election day in a campaign ad urging them to “defend your ballot” by joining an “army” on his behalf, stoking fears that the campaign is supporting efforts to intimidate voters over unfounded ballot fraud claims. “We need every able-bodied man and woman to join Army for Trump's election security operation," he said. Democrats and election analysts, as well as social media watchdogs, have warned that the president could declare victory prematurely based on in-person votes before mail-in vote counts are tabulated in the presidential election between the Republican incumbent and Joe Biden.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Friday defended her previous suggestion that Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden should not debate President Trump, claiming the president has “no fidelity to fact or truth.” Ahead of the first presidential debate next week, Pelosi doubled down during an appearance on “Morning on CBS” on comments she made last month that the former vice president should skip the debates so they don't become “an exercise in skullduggery.” When asked if she still believed Biden should sit out the three presidential debates on September 29, October 15, and October 22, she said “Oh, I do.”
In Louisville, protesters in support of the Black Live Matter movement faced counter-protesters, including an armed Oath Keepers militia. The Southern Poverty Law Center describes the Oath Keepers as a large, extremist "radical antigovernment group" with beliefs "based on a set of baseless conspiracy theories." Protesters have taken to the streets in support of Black Lives Matter following the grand jury's decision to not charge the officers for their involvement in Breonna Taylor's death.
The small number of mishandled military ballots at a Pennsylvania elections board that sparked a federal inquiry and allegations from the Trump campaign that Democrats were "trying to steal the election" were actually "incorrectly" tossed by a temp, a county official said Friday. In a press release, Luzerne County County Manager David Pedri said a "temporary seasonal independent contractor" who started work sorting mail at the Elections Bureau on Sept. 14th had "incorrectly" thrown out a small number of military and overseas ballots.
U.S. Attorney General William Barr Alex Wong/Getty Images/Salon U.S. Attorney General William Barr has insisted that former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, now a CNN contributor, was not fired for political reasons, but McCabe has maintained that the firing was, in fact, politically motivated. And a federal judge has ruled that McCabe's lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Justice can continue. McCabe, in the lawsuit, has argued that his constitutional rights were violated when, in 2018, he was fired as deputy director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will pledge on Saturday a 30% increase in funding for the World Health Organization while urging reforms to the global health body and calling for a revival of cross-border cooperation to end "ugly rifts". Delivering a recorded speech to the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), Johnson will say the COVID-19 pandemic has increased barriers to trade. "After nine months of fighting COVID, the very notion of the international community looks tattered," he will say, according to advance extracts distributed by his office.
CNN's Brianna Keilar spent more than 10 minutes of her broadcast on Friday dismantling the smears she has received from both Fox News and the Trump White House this week. “Yesterday, White House Press Secretary implied that I am responsible for two police officers being shot in Louisville,” the anchor began. After recapping for viewers the devastating details of that police shooting, which left the 26-year-old EMT from Kentucky dead without any of the three officers being held responsible, Keilar said, “The White House wants us talking about racism and the justice system because they use it as a springboard to scare Americans about looting, aided by Fox News running episodes of violence on an incessant loop, that their hearts and minds won't be able to look past the fear to see injustice.”
President Donald Trump has refused to commit to a peaceful transfer of power if he loses the election. Historians and experts on fascism warn that Trump is behaving like the dictators the US is often leading the way to condemn on the global stage. "This is the way dictators come to power," historian Michael Beschloss warned in an MSNBC appearance on Thursday.
A lawmaker in Argentina has been suspended after he was spotted kissing a woman's breast during a virtual session of congress. Juan Emilio Ameri, who represents the northern province of Salta, was seen by both colleagues and members of the public committing the lewd act as the chamber of deputies held a special meeting broadcast on Zoom. Footage of the incident quickly went viral on social media, sparking outrage and quickly leading to a vote in which the 47-year-old was suspended pending an investigation.
The Delta Hellas oil tanker is currently loading its crude cargo from storage tanks at Libya's Hariga oil terminal, according to a shipping source and an engineer at the port. The tanker, chartered by the trading arm of China's Sinopec, Unipec, has the capacity to load 1 million barrels of crude. A second tanker, the Marlin Shikoku, also chartered by Unipec, is expected to dock at the port this evening, the two sources said.
U.S. Sen. Susan Collins talks to reporters during a campaign stop at Blackie's Farm Fresh Produce on Thursday. Ben McCanna/Portland Press Herald via Getty Images According to in-depth interviews with Maine voters, Sen. Susan Collins (R) has a lot of damage control to do in her home state if she has any hope of hanging on to her seat on Nov. 3. With Collins trailing in the polls to Democrat Sara Gideon, Politico dispatched Kathryn Miles to the state to interview voters and what she found was an assortment of voters who have become disenchanted with the formerly popular senator — mainly due to her bowing to the whims of President Donald Trump.
But over the last ten years, he says both parties have become increasingly polarized by moving further from the middle, an issue that has become a top concern for Phelps in 2020. He calls it “the conservatives versus the liberals,” and he's sure not to use the terms Democrat or Republican. Both parties, he says, have been taken over by the ideals of their constituents who represent the fringe, the most radical or the furthest to the left or right, respectively.
U.S. average rates on long-term mortgages rose slightly this week but remain at historically low levels. Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac reported Thursday that the average rate on the 30-year home loan edged up to 2.90% from 2.87% last week. Low interest rates have made demand for housing even stronger, but supply remains scarce.
Britain is preparing Magnitsky sanctions against individuals in Belarus in coordination with the United States and Canada, foreign minister Dominic Raab said on Thursday, after pointedly criticising the country's recent election. Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko was sworn in for a sixth term after an election that the opposition and several foreign governments say was rigged. "Given Lukashenko's fraudulent inauguration, I have directed the FCDO (foreign office) sanctions team to prepare Magnitsky sanctions for those responsible for the serious human rights violations," Raab told parliament.
Carlos Slim is the wealthiest man in Mexico by far. Carlos Slim is the richest person in Mexico, worth an estimated $43.6 billion, according to Bloomberg's Billionaires Index. Slim also owns Sears Mexico, which has been growing and opening up new stores despite the chain filing for bankruptcy in the US.
Representative Doug Collins is preparing to introduce a constitutional amendment to block potential attempts to add justices to the Supreme Court as some Democrats eye adding seats should President Trump's upcoming nominee be confirmed. The amendment would block “court packing,” or adding justices to the Supreme Court, for 10 years after any bill is passed to enlarge the court, a measure Collins said aims to “take the political emotion of the moment out of the way.” “We should not have decisions like packing the court to be based on emotional or political decisions.”
Holding a one-man demonstration about climate change in the middle of Moscow might sound a thankless task, but Arshak Makichyan has taken up the challenge. The 26-year-old violinist has been defying a ban on protests in the Russian capital with signs reading "Strike for Climate" in the hope of building a movement that pressures the Kremlin. He says he's been inspired by fellow climate activist Greta Thunberg, staging protests every week.
“Enfranchising 16-year-olds would be good for them and good for our democracy.”
“At 16, most kids have little awareness of politics, civics, or American history.”
“Voting is habit forming...which underscores the importance of having as stable an environment as possible for the youngest voters.”
“Keeping the voting age at 18 is not a slap at 16-year-olds. It is recognition that an informed electorate is the best kind.”
“When young people’s participation lags badly, issues important to them receive short shrift in the public discourse.”