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Lindsey Graham, a Republican senator, has complained he is getting "killed financially" by his Democratic rival, Jaime Harrison, who has seen a surge in donations following death of the late Supreme Court Justice, Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Mr Gramham, whose role as Judiciary Committee chair puts him at the heart of GOP efforts to replace Ginsburg before November's election, bemoaned the reported improved financial muscle of his rival, saying that the donors "hate my guts". My opponent will raise $100 million in the state of South Carolina,” Mr Graham, 65, told Fox News on Thursday.
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.
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.”
Tankers carrying Iranian gasoline that was confiscated by the U.S. government and became embroiled in a court ownership battle have struggled to discharge in the United States, shifting course over the last week. The U.S. Department of Justice last month seized over 1 million barrels of Iranian fuel onboard four privately-owned tankers bound for Venezuela, part of Washington's efforts to disrupt trade between the two sanctioned nations. The fuel has been at sea ever since, aboard two separate vessels that took the fuel in July and have zig-zagged at sea as they search for a terminal to discharge.
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.
More than 100 people have gathered outside a downtown church in Louisville, Kentucky, despite a nighttime curfew. The demonstrators remained largely peaceful Friday night on the sidewalk surrounding the First Unitarian Church, with some yelling “say her name, Breonna Taylor" and “You can't stop the revolution.” The church grounds had offered a brief refuge to demonstrators after a curfew the previous night.
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.
Joe Biden has staked his presidential campaign on his ability to “win back” white working-class voters in midwest swing states like Michigan and Wisconsin. Prior to this campaign stop, Biden amplified an endorsement from the former Michigan governor Rick Snyder, the Republican official who – let's not forget – oversaw and attempted to cover up the Flint water crisis, which exposed an estimated 140,000 people in the majority Black city to lead and other contaminants.
Japan will gradually start allowing entry to foreigners with newly issued long-term visas from October, Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said on Friday, further relaxing tough restrictions introduced earlier this year to guard against imported cases of coronavirus. The relaxation will be applied to foreigners with the appropriate visas, including student and dependent visas, sequentially from countries where the novel coronavirus has subsided, Suga said, without saying which nationalities would be the first to be granted entry. They will be required to test for coronavirus before they are allowed into the country.
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.
People dismayed that the officers who shot the Black woman in her apartment during a drug raid last March wouldn't be charged with her death vowed to persist in their fight for justice. The big question for a town torn apart by Taylor's death and the larger issue of racism in America was how to move forward. Many turned to the streets — as they did in several U.S. cities — to call for reforms to combat racist policing.
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.
Cyprus is committed to reunification talks with estranged Turkish Cypriots but not at gunpoint, its president said on Thursday on a dispute which has deepened Greece-Turkey tensions and stymied European Union policy-making on Belarus. A simmering decades-old conflict which split the east Mediterranean island's Greek and Turkish Cypriots has come full circle with the issue featuring prominently in disputes between NATO allies Greece and Turkey, and now holding up EU plans to impose sanctions on Belarus. EU member Cyprus - backed by Greece - is at odds with Turkey over maritime energy resources.
The Trump administration rescinded an award given to a journalist in Finland after they discovered she had criticised the president on social media, a report by the State Department's internal watchdog has found. The report, filed by the Office of Inspector General (OIG), also found that the administration also gave a false explanation for withdrawing the honor from journalist Jessikka Aro. Ms Aro, a Finnish investigative journalist who broke stories on Russian propaganda and misinformation efforts was selected for an International Woman of Courage Award in March 2019.
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."
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.
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.
The approval rating of Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro's government has jumped, with the right-wing leader enjoying growing popularity even as Brazil suffers the world's second highest COVID-19 death-toll, a poll showed on Thursday. The number of Brazilians that rate his government as great or good has risen to 40% from 29% in December, while those that view it as bad or terrible has dropped to 29% from 38% in the previous poll, the survey by CNI/Ibope said. While Bolsonaro has been criticized by health experts for minimizing the severity of the coronavirus and opposing lockdowns in order to keep the economy going, 50% of those polled said they approved of his way of governing the country, compared with 41% in December.
Democrat Amy McGrath called for fundamental change to combat “systemic racism" as the Senate candidate met Thursday with some of the Kentucky protesters seething over a grand jury's decision not to charge officers in the killing of Breonna Taylor. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, her Republican opponent, said peaceful protests offer a way to honor Taylor's memory. He defended the investigation by his political ally, Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron, into the Black woman's death The senator condemned incidents of property damage and gunfire that broke out during demonstrations in his hometown of Louisville.
President Donald Trump is expected to nominate Judge Amy Coney Barrett to replace Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the Supreme Court, several news outlets reported Friday evening. Barrett is a deeply conservative judge who is a longtime opponent of Obamacare or the Affordable Care Act. If she is voted on to the Court, she could strike down the ACA, which could leave millions of Americans without adequate health insurance during a pandemic.
An unnamed Belarusian taxi driver who helped a man escape from riot police during protests against veteran leader Alexander Lukashenko has transfixed social media users who have avidly shared footage of the dramatic incident. The 16-second video clip, filmed by a Euroradio.fm reporter, features a movie-like pursuit and escape that unfolded in a Minsk residential area on Wednesday evening as crowds protested against what they said was the illegitimate inauguration of Lukashenko. The video, viewed by tens of thousands of people on various online platforms, shows a young man being chased by baton-wielding policemen in riot gear who then manages to jump into a taxi.
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 was booed Thursday as he paid respects to late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. He plans to nominate a replacement this weekend for the liberal justice, best known for her advancement of women's rights. The president and first lady Melania Trump — both wearing masks — stood silently at the top of the steps of the court and looked down at Ginsburg's flag-draped coffin, which was surrounded by white flowers.
New orders for key U.S.-made capital goods increased more than expected in August and shipments raced to their highest level in nearly six years, suggesting a rebound in business spending on equipment was underway after a prolonged slump. The show of confidence by businesses in the report from the Commerce Department on Friday also bolstered expectations for a sharp turnaround in economic activity in the third quarter, thanks to government money, after it was hammered by the COVID-19 pandemic in the first half of the year. Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell this week stressed the need for more fiscal stimulus, telling lawmakers on Thursday that it could make the difference between continued recovery and a much slower economic slog.
“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.”