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' »
President Donald Trump on Monday mocked Joe Biden's son, Hunter over his struggles with drug and alcohol addiction while praising his own children at a campaign rally in Arizona. "Can you imagine if Don Jr had the problems of 'where's Hunter'?" Mr Trump, 74, told hundreds of supporters at a Make America Great Again event at Prescott Regional Airport. The president appeared to be suggesting that if his son Don Jr, 42, had drug problems "they wouldn't allow me to run".
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.”
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.
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.
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.
Danish submarine killer Peter Madsen has been seized by police on a street in central Copenhagen, after an audacious jail-break on Tuesday morning. "The arrest operation on Nyvej is over, and an arrested person has been driven away from the scene," police in Copenhagen said on Twitter shortly after 1pm. "We are currently working on Nyvej in Albertslund, where a man has been arrested after an attempted escape," the police wrote on Twitter at 11.20am local time.
The U.S. Navy's first stealth destroyer, Zumwalt, test-fired an SM-2 missile out of its MK 57 Vertical Launching System on Oct. 13, the service announced Monday afternoon, demonstrating that the launcher is operable. The test, which took place on the Naval Air Weapons Center Weapons Division Sea Test Range, near Point Mugu, California, was a first for the hull. Zumwalt was delivered to the fleet earlier this year, almost four years after commissioning the ship without a fully installed combat system.
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."
When former LifeLock spokesperson Rudy Giuliani approached Fox News with the trove of emails he alleged had been retrieved from a laptop belonging to Hunter Biden, the network declined to run the story over concerns about its credibility, according to a new report. Giuliani previously told The New York Times that he had chosen to place the material with The New York 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." The Post, a sister company of Fox News, published the unverified emails in a Wednesday exposé, which drew widespread blowback for its dubious sourcing.
The Republican Party has cut into Democrats' advantage in voter registration tallies across some critical presidential battleground states, a fact they point to as evidence of steady — and overlooked — enthusiasm for President Donald Trump and his party. Even though Trump trails in national polls and struggles with fundraising with just weeks before Election Day, Republicans see their progress signing up voters in Florida, Pennsylvania, Arizona and other states as a rare bright spot. Democrats appear to have been set back by their decision to curb in-person voter registration drives during much of the pandemic.
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson's government is set to impose tough new coronavirus restrictions on Greater Manchester after local leaders rejected their latest offer of financial support. Mayor Andy Burnham of Greater Manchester declined the government's offer of an additional £60 million in support, falling short of his previous demands of £75 million and £65 million. UK Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick said the two sides had failed to come to an agreement.
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.
Joe Biden and Donald Trump Photo illustration by Salon/Getty Images This article originally appeared [here on Salon.com] With just two weeks to go, trailing badly in most polls, how can Donald Trump possibly win the 2020 election? That question and its attendant assumptions are dominating the conventional wisdom regarding the 2020 presidential election. The question itself is not unreasonable, and the evidence in support of the assumed answer (that Trump cannot possibly win) is substantial, if not overwhelming.
Kuwait's Emir Sheikh Nawaf al-Ahmad al-Sabah called on Tuesday for national unity to meet challenges facing the Gulf state, in a speech to lawmakers ahead of elections on Dec. 5. The parliamentary elections come at a time when the wealthy OPEC member is facing a liquidity crisis caused by low oil prices and the coronavirus pandemic against the backdrop of continued tensions between larger neighbours Saudi Arabia and Iran. "National unity has proven to be our strongest weapon in facing challenges, dangers and crises," said the emir, who assumed power last month on the death of the previous ruler.
MANSFIELD, Ohio – U.S. marshals believe they are getting closer to locating convicted child killer Lester Eubanks, on the run for 47 years in the 1965 death of 14-year-old Mary Ellen Deener of Mansfield, Ohio. Brian Fitzgibbon of the U.S. Marshal Service said Monday that Eubank's story is being featured in an episode of "Death Row Fugitives" on Netflix, beginning Oct. 20. "He's alive," said Fitzgibbons.
Carter Evans speaks to the sister of formerly missing hiker Holly Courtier, who was found in Zion National Park. She says Courtier was injured and without food for 12 days.
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.
When Americans cast their ballots for the US president, they are actually voting for a representative of that candidate's party known as an elector. There are 538 electors who then vote for the president on behalf of the people in their state. Each state is assigned a certain number of these electoral votes, based on the number of congressional districts they have, plus two additional votes representing the state's Senate seats.
The class of 2021 will have an interesting yearbook. After many schools canceled orientation and picture day earlier this year, photo companies scrambled to find a solution. Lifetouch, a division of Shutterfly Inc., is one of the largest school photography companies in the nation — photographing over 25 million students annually at more than 50 thousand schools.
Donald Trump revved up a rally crowd in battleground Arizona by declaring CNN hosts "dumb bastards" for the amount of coronavirus coverage on the cable network. He opened his first of two Monday campaign events in the state by declaring, as he reportedly did on a call with campaign staff earlier, the American people are "over" the virus – even as it spreads anew in most states. They're getting tired of the pandemic, aren't we?
Mark Zuckerberg signed off on a change to Facebook's algorithm in late 2017 that throttled traffic to progressive news organizations "more than previously planned," following concerns the algorithm change would otherwise disproportionately impact conservative media, according to a new report from The Wall Street Journal. In particular, the move affected Mother Jones, a left-leaning news outlet known for its investigations, WSJ reported. On Friday, the Mother Jones Editor in Chief said that the move had cost the outlet $400,000 to $600,000, and that Facebook had lied to them about the change in meetings in 2017.
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.
U.S. President Donald Trump speaks as Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue looks on during a briefing on the coronavirus pandemic in the press briefing room of the White House. Drew Angerer/Getty Images This article originally appeared [here on Salon.com] A federal judge slammed the Trump administration's "arbitrary and capricious" plan to cut food stamp benefits for up to 700,000 unemployed Americans amid the coronavirus pandemic as she blocked the effort on Sunday in response to a lawsuit from 20 attorneys general.
“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.”