White House coronavirus response coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx is criticizing North Dakotans as the state experiences one of the highest rates of transmission nationwide.'Least use of masks that we have seen' »
House judiciary committee Republicans used their official Twitter account on Monday night to wish Hilary Clinton a "Happy Birthday" after judge Amy Coney Barrett's confirmation to the supreme court. "Amy Coney Barrett, confirmed," the House judiciary GOP page tweeted, shortly after Ms Barrett, 48, was sworn in on the high court in America. Former secretary of state Clinton, who turned 73 on Monday, had condemned the appointment of Ms Barrett to the bench, saying it signalled the death knell for the Affordable Care Act (ACA), sweeping health reforms ushered in under the Obama administration.
The Trump campaign's website was briefly hacked late Tuesday, with the culprits posting a typo-riddled message on the site threatening to release “evidence” of the president's “criminal involvement” in a supposed scheme to sway next week's election. The hackers, whose identity was not immediately known, only managed to crack into the Trump website's “about” page. Within minutes of the breach being discovered, the Trump campaign took down the site, but not before some news organizations were able to screen-grab the ominous message.
Germany's Robert Koch Institute for infectious disease control was hit by a cyber attack days before its headquarters was the target of an arson attempt, Der Spiegel reported on Wednesday. The news weekly, citing the Federal Centre for Information Technology, said the website was knocked out for two hours on Oct. 22 by a distributed denial of service attack. Chancellor Angela Merkel and regional leaders are due to decide whether to reimpose a national lockdown in response to a steep acceleration in infections.
Two sisters entered a small shop in Chicago on Sunday when they were approached by a worker who asked them to wear a mask and to use hand sanitizer to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 according to Karie James who is a police spokesperson, the Chicago Sun Times reported. The argument escalated and the women Jessica Hill, 21, and Jayla Hill, 18, are accused of attacking the man. Jessica pulled a knife out of her back pocket and began stabbing the 32-year-old man.
The grandson of religious leader Billy Graham was forced to deny he was the pastor who performed a vulgar act on a plane passenger in an apparent case of mistaken identity. The Rev Will Graham took to Twitter to deny he was involved in the bizarre incident and had not even been on the flight at the time. Now it has been reported that it was the Rev Danny Chalmers who was charged with disorderly conduct for the allegedly urinating on a passenger on a flight from Las Vegas Detroit, according to the Religion News Service.
A viral social media post claims Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden isn't the public servant he's made out to be. The meme, shared on Facebook, depicts an encounter between Joe Biden and a person wearing a helmet who is turned away from the camera. There's a speech bubble over Biden's head which reads “I don't work for you!” as Biden points at the person, insinuating he said that to the person.
The confirmation of Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court is the culmination of a decadeslong coordinated effort by a constellation of conservative groups, fueled by tens of millions of dollars from wealthy anonymous donors, to tilt the high court farther to the right. At the forefront has been Judicial Crisis Network, which has spent at least $6.3 million in five weeks on national television spots supporting the Republican effort to confirm President Donald Trump's nominee a week before the election. The group spent an additional $2.9 million on digital ads, direct mail and text messages supporting Barrett as of Oct. 26, according to data obtained by The Associated Press from a conservative advertising firm.
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The French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo on Wednesday published a caricature of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan amid his tensions with French President Emmanuel Macron. The cartoon depicts Erdogan sitting in his underwear, drinking a beer, and lifting up a woman's hijab to expose her bare backside. Erdogan has vocally condemned Macron's recent attacks on Islam, saying on Saturday the French president needed "mental" treatment.
Shirtless beneath a pink blazer, Eylon Nuphar stands scarred and proud as she poses for the cover of an Israeli women's magazine one month after undergoing a double mastectomy. Nuphar, 49, an Israeli performing artist, chose not to have her breasts reconstructed after the surgery and hopes her cover shoot for Laisha weekly will inspire other women going through similar trials. Nuphar carries the BRCA gene which is associated with an increased risk of breast and ovarian cancer.
In an appearance on Fox News on Tuesday morning, McEnany was introduced as “Trump 2020 senior adviser and White House press secretary. A few hours later, Fox Business Network host Stuart Varney introduced McEnany by saying she is “serving now as adviser for the Trump campaign. McEnany's dual roles for the White House and the Trump reelection campaign immediately set off alarm bells among good-government advocates, who said they represent yet another instance of the often blurry lines between the Trump administration and the president's political operation.
First lady Melania Trump had nothing but praise for her husband on Tuesday, telling a crowd in Atglen, Pennsylvania, that President Trump is "tough, successful, and fair" and "sees potential in everyone he meets, no matter their gender, race, religion, or sexual orientation." This was the first lady's first solo campaign event for 2020, and she was joined by former White House counselor Kellyanne Conway. The event was held in a converted barn usually used for wedding receptions, USA Today reports, with several hundred people in attendance.
Sacha Baron Cohen told Stephen Colbert on "The Late Show" that he was hiding in a specially constructed hideaway in a wardrobe that locked internally during Rudy Giuliani's hotel-room interview for "Borat Subsequent Moviefilm." Giuliani was being interviewed by Maria Bakalova, a 24-year-old actor who plays Borat's 15-year-old daughter, Tutar, a news reporter. Cohen told Colbert that Giuliani had a security guard sweep the room before the interview but that the guard didn't find him hiding in the wardrobe.
The Silverado Fire, in the foothills of Irvine, is the larger of the two and quickly spread, fanned by strong winds and dry conditions. More than 70,000 residents were told to evacuate. "Firefighters continue to battle flames throughout the night on the Silverado Fire," Orange County Fire Authority said in a Facebook update on Monday night.
CHICAGO – A Black woman wounded in the fatal police shooting of a Black teen in Illinois said Tuesday that a Waukegan police officer fired on her and her boyfriend while they had their hands raised in the air. A police officer in Waukegan, just north of Chicago, shot and killed Marcellis Stinnette, 19, and wounded Tafara Williams, 20, on Oct. 20 when the car they were in allegedly reversed toward the officer, who fired into the car, according to police. The officer, who was identified only as a Hispanic five-year member of the department, was terminated Friday night "for multiple policy and procedure violations," Department Commander Edgar Navarro said in a news release.
India will be the major driver of global energy demand in the years to come, but will hold down carbon emissions even as its power consumption soars, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Monday. The world's third biggest oil importer has implemented a series of reforms in recent years, including setting up a gas trading exchange and granting marketing freedom to producers, to boost its local output. "India is set to nearly double its energy consumption over the long term," Modi said in the inaugural address at the conference India Energy Forum by CERAWeek.
Donald Trump has narrowed Joe Biden's lead in the crucial battleground state of Pennsylvania, increasing from 44.7 points on 25 October to 45.1 points the next day, as the Democratic contender slipped 0.1 points over the same period. Mr Trump has been campaigning heavily in the state, holding as many as three rallies in one day. Regardless of the election outcome, the major portion of the country - 40 per cent - thinks the US is headed for civil war.
Fox News staffers are "in a panic" about election-night coverage after several of the network's top hosts were exposed a COVID-19 patient and told to quarantine, a staffer told The Daily Beast on Monday. Several top execs and hosts — including Fox News' president, Jay Wallace, and chief political correspondent, Bret Baier — took a flight with someone who later tested positive for the coronavirus. An internal memo sent to staffers on Monday said the network would be paring down staff for election-night operations after multiple positive cases, The Daily Beast reported.
In fact, a USA TODAY investigation last winter into Reagan National had found no evidence of students or faculty at the college at all, even though the institution was approved to operate by an accrediting agency sanctioned by U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos. Colleges that fail to meet accrediting standards should not be approved to operate and receive federal money — and the government counts on accreditors to monitor schools and ensure compliance. But new emails and documents obtained by USA TODAY show the depth of ACICS' struggle to do so with Reagan National.
Recent polling indicates he is struggling in his Nov. 3 race for re-election in New Jersey's 2nd Congressional District against Democratic challenger Amy Kennedy, a former schoolteacher who married into the storied American political family. Nonpartisan political analysts say the contest is a toss-up. In a bad omen for Van Drew, Trump - to whom the congressman pledged "undying support" in an Oval Office appearance last year - is also running behind Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden in Van Drew's district, which stretches across southern New Jersey and includes Atlantic City.
A former US Postal Service worker in Kentucky has been charged "with the delay or destruction of mail," the US Department of Justice announced on Monday. DeShawn Bojgere, 30, of Louisville, is accused of discarding "approximately" 111 ballots in a construction dumpster in early to mid-October. The Justice Department said all of the recovered mail was being delivered.
Donald Trump's press secretary, Kayleigh McEnany, reportedly warned in 2015 that Joe Biden would be a “problem” as an election opponent. Ms McEnany also praised the Democratic presidential nominee as a “man of the people” who was more “likeable” than Mr Trump, as both men considered a run for the White House. Those remarks were unearthed by CNN this week, and date back to interviews Ms McEnany made in 2015, when she was a Republican strategist and political commentator.
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg plan to warn lawmakers that stripping back Section 230 would hurt how we communicate on the internet. The remarks are part of the CEOs' prepared testimonies for a virtual Senate hearing on Wednesday, which will focus on Section 230 protections. Democrats and Republicans have largely agreed that Section 230 should be updated, but conservatives have brought greater urgency to the revisions after Facebook and Twitter began fact-checking President Donald Trump's posts in May.
Xi has long wanted to absorb Taiwan under the Communist Party's rule—he's openly stated his ambition to “reunify” the democratic island with mainland China while he is the party's helmsman. And his strategy to dominate Taiwan includes more than gunboats, jets, and boots on the ground. For decades, party leadership in Beijing has leaned on what Xi calls his “magic weapon” to leverage trade relationships and shared ethnic roots to lay the groundwork for entrenched CCP influence in Taiwan, Hong Kong, and the Chinese diaspora abroad: wielding soft power through China's United Front Work Department.
“Many are longtime Republicans wrestling with what they see as a choice between two lousy candidates.”
“Some undecideds turn out to be people who’ve long felt alienated from the two big political parties.”
“They’re not following the 24-hour news cycle. The election and politics are just not a high priority.”
“One common trait: at this stage of the game, the undecided voter doesn’t fit into an easy political profile.”
“More realistically...these voters may not be motivated to vote at all in the 2020 election.”