The president "lost one of the remaining opportunities he had to reshape the election and not walk into Election Day as the underdog," a former White House official said.Came off as mean rather than confident »
National advocates for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer issues are lobbying the debate commission and moderator Susan Page to commit to ask Vice President Mike Pence and Sen. Kamala Harris questions focused on the community for next week's vice presidential debate. In a letter obtained exclusively by Yahoo News, over a dozen LGBTQIA+ and progressive groups, including the Center for American Progress and the LGBTQ Victory Fund — led by the Human Rights Campaign — specifically zeroed in on stances taken by Pence and the Trump administration as racist, misogynistic and transphobic, and urged both Page and the commission to press Pence on his record.
After a three-week manhunt, a Los Angeles man was arrested and charged Wednesday with attempting to murder two sheriff's deputies who were ambushed as they sat in their car. Deonte Lee Murray, 36, is facing two counts of attempted murder of a peace officer and possession of a firearm for allegedly walking up to the squad car parked outside a Metro station on Sept. 12 and opening fire, the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office said Wednesday. “They became victims of a violent crime for one reason: They wear a badge,” L.A. County District Attorney Jackie Lacey said in a press conference.
The Department of Justice improperly redacted portions of the Mueller report, a US federal judge ruled Wednesday. The censored parts of the report dealt with potential criminal charges, Russia's hack of the Democratic National Committee, and the Trump campaign's interest in stolen DNC emails, BuzzFeed reported. US District Court Judge Reggie Walton said those segments of the report must be unredacted by November 2.
A member of the right-wing hate group Proud Boys was arrested in Oregon the morning after the first presidential debate, in which Donald Trump declined to disavow white supremacy, for assault and weapons charges resulting from a confrontation he had with protestors in August. Alan Swinney, who Oregon Public Broadcasting identified as a member of Proud Boys and the far-right protester that pointed a gun at demonstrators in downtown Portland last month, was arrested on Wednesday morning on multiple assault charges. The 50-year-old, who remains held at the Multnomah County Jail, was seen pulling out a gun during a clash with countrprotestors at the Multnomah County Justice Center on videos shared online from the 22 August rally.
The family of a Dalit (formerly untouchable) woman who died after she was allegedly gang-raped has accused police officials of cremating her body without their permission. The 19-year-old was allegedly raped by four upper-caste men in Hathras district in northern India. Local journalist Abhishek Mathur, who witnessed the cremation from a distance, told the BBC that the police kept her family and media away from the funeral pyre.
A religious organization tied to Amy Coney Barrett, President Trump's Supreme Court nominee, sought to erase all mentions and photos of her from its website before she meets with lawmakers and faces questions at her Senate confirmation hearings. Barrett, a federal appeals judge, has declined to publicly discuss her decades-long affiliation with People of Praise, a charismatic Christian group that opposes abortion and holds that men are divinely ordained as the “head” of the family and faith. A spokesman for the organization has declined to say whether the judge and her husband, Jesse M. Barrett, are members.
“Are you talking about Hunter?” Trump said late into the debate, interrupting Biden as he reflected on his late son, Beau Biden, who died of brain cancer in 2015. Trump's callous and incorrect comments—Hunter Biden was not dishonorably discharged— about his opponent's lone surviving son's past drug use were clearly wielded to leave a mark, but Biden responded with defiance. “My son, like a lot of people, like a lot of people we know at home, had a drug problem,” Biden said.
A Black college student in Texas says police officers stormed into her room after her roommates filed a false criminal report about her. Christin Evans, a student at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas, was asleep in her dorm room when she says police entered with guns drawn at 3 a.m. A group of at least 10 students, including Evans' three white roommates, falsely warned their resident adviser that Evans was threatening to stab one of them with a pair of scissors, Evans' attorney Randall Kallinen told USA TODAY.
The lead investigator into the August blast at Beirut's port that killed and wounded many people issued two arrest warrants Thursday for the captain and owner of a ship that carried thousands of tons of ammonium nitrate to Beirut seven years ago, the state-run National News Agency said. The news agency said judge Fadi Sawwan referred the case to the state prosecution that asked Interpol to detain the two Russian citizens. Igor Grechushkin, a Russian businessman residing in the Mediterranean island of Cyprus, bought the cargo ship in 2012 from Cypriot businessman Charalambos Manoli.
Wednesday's shots, Fort Lauderdale PD Sgt. DeAnna Greenlaw said, were fired into the air as a distraction. The fuss created by the gunshots allowed the robbery team of two to escape in a silver or grey 4-door sedan. Greenlaw said a Walmart manager ferrying cash from the liquor store to the main part of the Supercenter on 2400 Broward Blvd.
The first debate between the U.S. President Donald J. Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden was devoured with eager anticipation all over the world. But top Kremlin propagandists and state media experts came away disappointed, reluctantly acknowledging that Biden managed to wipe the floor with his loudmouth opponent. Russian state media TV show 60 Minutes played a compilation of what they seemingly considered to be Trump's greatest hits of the night, consisting of the incumbent's tasteless insults of his opponent.
Delivering an impassioned defence of his strategy for dealing with the recent rise in Covid infections, he insisted the measures were "collectively vital for the strategy we are pursuing". It came after Philip Davies, the MP for Shipley, told the Commons the 10pm cut-off was doing untold damage to businesses and prompting "jobs to be lost, all just to see people congregating on the streets again". He asked: "When will the Secretary of State act like a Conservative and stop this arbitrary nanny state socialist approach, which is serving no purpose at all apart from to further collapse the economy and erode our freedoms?"
A Black death-row inmate who was convicted of kidnapping and killing a Texas teenager in 1994 has been scheduled for execution in November, the Justice Department announced Wednesday. If the lethal injection goes ahead as scheduled Nov. 19, Orlando Hall would be the eighth person executed this year as part of the Trump administration's resumption of federal executions after a nearly two-decade pause. Hall, 49, was one of five men who prosecutors said kidnapped 16-year-old Lisa Rene from her home in Arlington, Texas, to get revenge on her two brothers for a botched $5,000 marijuana deal.
President Donald Trump's latest Supreme Court pick has again drawn attention to a small religious group called People of Praise. Trump nominated federal appeals judge Amy Coney Barrett to fill the high court seat left vacant by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died Sept. 18 from cancer complications after serving 27 years on the bench. Barrett's nomination has been contentious for a number of reasons, including her stances on the Affordable Care Act and Roe v. Wade, the timing of Trump's pick and Senate Republicans' plans to hold a confirmation vote despite the nearing election.
WASHINGTON – Former Justice Department attorneys expressed concerns Thursday that Attorney General William Barr is using the power of the agency to help President Donald Trump win reelection, citing statements Barr had made about mail-in ballots and the politically fraught inquiry into the Russia investigation. "We fear that Attorney General Barr intends to use the DOJ's vast law enforcement powers to undermine our most fundamental democratic value: free and fair elections," according to an open letter signed by about 1,600 former Justice Department employees. Barr has echoed the president's attacks on mail-in ballots as more states have allowed voting by mail due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Carnival Cruise Line is canceling most U.S. sailings through the end of this year, the latest sign that the cruise industry's recovery from the coronavirus pandemic could still be many months away. The company said Thursday it is canceling sailings from all ports except its home ports of Miami and Port Canaveral, Florida. Carnival said it will focus its initial return to operations on those two ports, but it stressed that it still might not sail from those ports in November and December.
White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany began her press briefing on Thursday by touting the qualifications of Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett. And while the conservative federal judge has a lengthy list of accolades on her resume, she is not, as Ms McEnany falsely claimed, a Rhodes scholar. "When you said Judge Barrett was a Rhodes scholar, I don't believe that is true," a reporter noted during the briefing, just moments after the claim was made.
US President Donald Trump's re-election campaign is running hundreds of Facebook advertisements pushing an unfounded conspiracy theory that Joe Biden cheated during the first US presidential debate. The adverts show the Democratic Party challenger with an earpiece, and say that he refused to have his ears checked for devices prior to the debate. The Biden campaign rejected the claims.
Forecasters at the National Hurricane Center are tracking a tropical wave in the Caribbean Sea that could be the 24th named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season. The wave is forecast to move toward the west and northwest over the next couple of days and "interact with a frontal system, producing a broad area of low pressure over the western Caribbean Sea by Thursday night or Friday," the Hurricane Center said. Forecasters said the conditions are right for development after that, and a tropical depression could form over the weekend.
The second of three ships loaded with gasoline from Iran approached fuel-starved Venezuela on Wednesday amid simmering social unrest over a lack of goods and services that's sparked protests across the South American nation. More than 100 street demonstrations have flared up in remote towns over the last week. Despite each being relatively small, they have raised concern among Venezuelan authorities, who have responded forcefully, sending in soldiers and local police, activists and residents told The Associated Press.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez wrote a letter to the Securities and Exchange Commission asking for the agency to investigate the data-mining company Palantir ahead of its stock-market debut, which it made on Wednesday. Among the congresswoman's concerns is Palantir's longtime penchant for secrecy, which she wrote could hurt future investors. Other concerns listed are its domestic and foreign contracts, including with Immigration and Customs Enforcement, law-enforcement agencies, and foreign governments that "may present human rights risks."
Another video released by the ministry showed military hardware located in the direction of the Jabrayil district was destroyed on September 29. Fighting between Azerbaijan and ethnic Armenian forces entered a fourth day on Wednesday in the biggest eruption of their decades-old conflict since a 1994 ceasefire. Azerbaijan and the ethnic Armenian enclave of Nagorno-Karabakh said there were attacks from both sides at several directions along the line of contact that divides them.
Trump, backed into an electoral corner with more than 200,000 dead from the coronavirus pandemic and an economy in shambles as a result, lashed out in every direction on the debate stage at Case Western University in Cleveland, Ohio. It was a petulant performance of personal and political grievance stunning even by Trumpian standards. According to advisers close to the president, the act was not purely impulsive, but strategic—born out of a strategy that sought to confuse and confound Biden with the ultimate goal of getting the former vice president to stumble and lose his train of thought.
An MP has apologised after she travelled to Parliament having experienced coronavirus symptoms before she tested positive and returned to Scotland. Margaret Ferrier, who represents Rutherglen and Hamilton West for the SNP, acknowledged that "there is no excuse for my actions" after revealing her movements earlier this week. In a statement, Ms Ferrier said she took a test on Saturday afternoon after experiencing "mild symptoms" – meaning she should have self-isolated – before travelling by train to London on Monday.
“Staggered term limits would ensure that electoral winners shaped the Supreme Court, not the Grim Reaper.”
“Term limits undermine the primary function of the judiciary: preventing political majorities from trampling on others’ rights.”
“It would be one important way we could deescalate the stakes of American politics, and protect the system from total breakdown.”
“It would depoliticize the court and judicial selection, and thus promote the rule of law.”
“There are also transition problems...at some point the complications become more trouble than they’re worth.”