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Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden maintains a double-digit national lead over Donald Trump, but a new poll conducted on behalf of The Independent shows some warning signs for the former vice president. Mr Biden has the support of 52 per cent of voters against the president's 42 per cent, with Americans deeply concerned about Mr Trump's handling of the coronavirus crisis, according to a survey conducted by JL Partners and The Independent. There are deep partisan divides among voters over the two candidates' endorsement of a coronavirus vaccine.
Sen. David Perdue, R-Ga., drew swift backlash on Friday night after he deliberately mispronounced Democratic vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris' first name at a rally, adding several syllables as he drew laughs from the crowd. The senator's re-election campaign said the Republican senator had "simply mispronounced Senator Harris' name, and he didn't mean anything by it." "Perdue has served with Kamala Harris in the Senate for four years," Washington Post White House Bureau Chief Phil Rucker tweeted.
China and Taiwan traded accusations Monday over a violent altercation that broke out between Chinese diplomats and Taiwan government employees at a recent Taiwan National Day reception in Fiji. Both China and Taiwan confirmed the Oct. 8 incident but each disputed the other's claim of what precipitated the fight, which resulted in one Taiwanese staffer being sent to a hospital with a head injury. One of the Chinese diplomats also was injured.
Billionaire Michael Bloomberg's $100 million investment in Florida to defeat Donald Trump is recasting the presidential contest in the president's must-win state, forcing his campaign to spend big to shore up his position and freeing up Democratic cash to expand the electoral map elsewhere. Bloomberg's massive advertising and ground-game spending, which began roughly a month ago, has thrown Trump into a defensive crouch across the arc of Sunbelt states. As a result, the president's campaign has scaled back its TV ad buys in crucial Northern swing states like Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Michigan — a vacuum being filled by a constellation of outside political groups backing Joe Biden.
Peter Madsen - the man who was convicted of killing Swedish journalist Kim Wall in a self-built submarine three years ago - was caught by Danish authorities on Tuesday (October 20), after he escaped from prison. Police say Madsen forced his way out of the jail - near Copenhagen - using objects resembling a gun and a bomb belt - and holding a prison employee hostage. He was sentenced to life in prison in 2018 for murdering, sexually mutilating and dismembering Kim Wall aboard his submarine in Copenhagen harbor.
A father and son in a pickup truck waving a Trump campaign flag were shot at after honking at a Joe Biden supporter installing a Black Lives Matter sign, police allege. Douglas Kuhn, 50, is being held without bail for allegedly firing a shotgun at Neal Houk and son Bradly Lang in Maryland on Saturday afternoon. The judge hearing the case before Baltimore County District Court on Monday was furious that the current political climate had come to this.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has reportedly shut down all hope of passing a COVID-19 stimulus bill in the next two weeks. Discussions regarding the next relief bill have gone on for months with no actual results after the last package — and the boosted unemployment insurance that came with it — expired after July. Mnuchin and Pelosi have been in talks for weeks, with Pelosi setting Tuesday as a deadline for both sides getting their "terms on the table."
Germany has granted refugee status to a Hong Kong pro-democracy activist facing a rioting charge in connection with last year's anti-China protests, the protester told Reuters on Monday. The 22-year-old university student showed Reuters a letter from the German Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF) dated Oct. 14 that confirmed the granting of refugee status. "I chose to flee from Hong Kong because I knew I wouldn't be given a fair trial," the protester, who did not want to be identified, told Reuters by phone from an undisclosed location in Germany.
A divided Supreme Court rejected a Pennsylvania Republican effort to curtail mail-in voting, but experts say the Democratic victory may be short-lived — and confirming Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett would be a "disaster for Democrats." With Chief Justice John Roberts joining the court's three liberals, the court split 4-4 to reject a request from Pennsylvania Republicans to block an order from the state's Supreme Court allowing mail-in ballots to be counted if they are received within three days of Election Day — even if they do not have a clear postmark. The tie left the state decision in place, which Democratic lawyers hailed as "great news for voting rights."
A fisherman who reeled in a 110-pound “monster” catfish in Georgia, setting a new state record, is also catching heat for the rare fish's death. The massive fish, hooked last week on the Chattahoochee River, is the largest ever blue catfish caught in Georgia, the state's Department of Natural Resources said Tuesday. Tim Trone, of Havana, Florida, took the prized catch to DNR for an official weigh-in this week, and the record was made official.
This week a Trump supporter went viral for all the wrong reasons after video surfaced of her yelling anti-Black Lives Matter rhetoric at a Starbucks barista in Santee, California. The clip – which was taken by a concerned customer – shows the agitated woman getting into a heated war of words with barista Alex Beckom, 19, after being politely asked her to wear the Trump 2020 mask under her chin, correctly over her face. Instead of leaving quietly, the woman then accused the coffee shop employee of discriminating against her for her political views as a supporter of the president.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has told the White House to refrain from striking a stimulus deal before the election, The Washington Post reported. McConnell said he thought a stimulus agreement would complicate the GOP's efforts to confirm Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court next week, The Post said. Many Republicans are reluctant to support a relief bill with a likely price tag ranging from nearly $1.9 trillion to $2.2 trillion.
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.
Elon Musk | Luis Arce claims victory and celebrates with supporters during a press conference following the general election of MAS Photo illustration by Salon/Getty Images This article originally appeared [here on Salon.com] Tesla CEO Elon Musk became an internet punchline on Monday after the party of Evo Morales, a left-wing Bolivian president whom Musk intimated that America had every right to overthrow, was restored to power by the Bolivian people. The redemption at the ballot box of Morales' party, Movement Toward Socialism, was seen as a rebuke of the role of American elites in helping to oust Morales last year.
Televangelist Pat Robertson on Tuesday said God told him who will prevail in the Nov. 3 presidential election: President Donald Trump. First of all, I want to say without question, Trump is going to win the election,'' Robertson told viewers during a segment on “The 700 Club. The 90-year-old founder of the Christian Broadcasting Network, who has been a supporter and defender of the president, also made dire predictions about the end of the world.
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.
Floridians braved the rain and fears of COVID-19 to head to the polls in record numbers Monday on the first day of early voting, with slightly more Democrats casting ballots in person than Republicans. A total of about 366,000 people voted: about 154,000 Democrats, 153,700 Republicans and 55,000 unaffiliated voters, according to data from the Florida Division of Elections. In the past, Democrats have generally had an edge in early voting.
Ivanka Trump has been mocked for saying she is using the coronavirus pandemic to learn how to play the guitar, just a few days after it was reported that eight million Americans have fallen into poverty since May. During an interview on Monday, Ms Trump, 38, who serves as an adviser to her father, president Donald Trump, revealed she has started learning guitar over the last few months. For a lot of us during this pandemic, we've reconnected to some of life's simple pleasures — board games, for example.
Four months before his arrest for sexual exploitation of children, cheerleader Jerry Harris ditched his cellphone after a friend told him he might be under investigation, federal prosecutors say. Authorities have not named the person who warned Harris, saying only that it was someone who owns a gym. An amended lawsuit filed Monday claims the unnamed friend is Angela Rogers, co-owner of Cheer Athletics, a prominent cheerleading company whose Wildcats team competed this year on NBC's "America's Got Talent."
House Majority Whip James Clyburn speaks during a hearing in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 1, 2020. Name a major political story this year and House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn has probably been at the center of it. Many Democrats believe the South Carolina Congressman's endorsement of Joe Biden before his state's February primary sealed the former vice president's successful march to the presidential nomination.
In September, a close friend of Anil Hebbar died of Covid-19 in India's western city of Mumbai after being ferried around three hospitals over five days. Mr Hebbar, who runs a medical equipment firm, had visited his 62-year-old friend, a well-known social worker, in the intensive care unit, hours before his life ended. The social worker was not the only friend Mr Hebbar lost during the pandemic.
Amid an escalation in Donald Trump's feud with Anthony Fauci, a new poll finds the president's attacks on the top US infectious disease official have worked. A special US election poll compiled for The Independent by JL Partners found a majority of Americans, 51 per cent, said they would be confident while taking a coronavirus vaccine. But among Mr Trump's supporters, that figure drops under a scenario in which Mr Fauci endorses a vaccine.
U.S. Army officials announced Tuesday that Vanessa Guillén, the 20-year-old Fort Hood soldier who went missing in April, died "in the line of duty." "The Army conducts a line of duty determination for all Soldier deaths," Fort Hood officials said in a statement. The line-of-duty determination means that Guillén's family will receive Army benefits, such as compensation for expenses, the Servicemembers' Group Life Insurance, allowances and a funeral with full military honors.
Apple's iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro bring big changes like 5G support, a refreshed design, and cameras that are better at seeing in the dark. While 5G has been touted as the main attraction of Apple's new iPhones, the upgrade to 5G isn't a change most people will notice right away. Aside from 5G, the iPhone 12 and 12 Pro come with a bunch of small changes that together make for a noticeably different pair of iPhones that are a step up from their predecessors.
“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.”