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' »
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 intel officers 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.
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.”
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.
President Donald Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani told The New York Times on Sunday that he gave the New York Post a copy of a hard drive said to belong to Hunter Biden because other news outlets would have scrutinized it too much. Giuliani told The Times that he chose the 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." Several of the Post's journalists voiced concerns about its reporting in interviews with The Times and New York magazine's Intelligencer, saying the sourcing was "flimsy" and didn't meet "journalistic standards."
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.
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.
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.
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.
For nearly two weeks, Holly Suzanne Courtier was stranded somewhere in Utah's 229-square-mile Zion National Park. She was weak, dehydrated, hungry and alone, according to her daughter — unable to cry for help or even get on her feet. But on Sunday, in a stunning turn of events, Courtier was discovered and reunited with her family, according to the National Park Service.
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."
Wayne Moak isn't sure who first brought the coronavirus into the congregation at Clear Branch Baptist Church in rural Wesson, Mississippi, but when it got there in September, “it spread fast,” he told The Daily Beast. Within weeks, more than two dozen members of the congregation were sick, including Moak, his wife, son, and all three other staff members, he recalled. Of course, this was exactly the scenario he'd been hoping to avoid when the church decided, in the early days of the pandemic, to set up his pulpit on the bed of a 20-foot trailer and conduct parking lot services.
Pennsylvania, one of the most hotly contested battlegrounds in the presidential election, has rejected 372,000 requests for mail-in ballots, straining election offices and bewildering voters. More than 90% of those applications, or about 336,000, were denied as duplicates, primarily because people who had requested mail-in ballots for the state's June 2 primary did not realize that they had checked a box to be sent ballots for the general election, too. Voters have also been baffled by unclear or inaccurate information on the state's ballot-tracking website, and by a wave of mail ballot applications from political parties and get-out-the-vote groups.
Pete Buttigieg has claimed that his marriage could be under threat if President Donald's Trump's pick to replace Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the Supreme Court, Amy Coney Barrett, is confirmed next week. Mr Buttigieg, 38, who married his husband Chasten Buttigieg in 2018, suggested during an interview on Fox News Sunday that 2015's Supreme Court ruling that made same-sex marriage legal could be under threat if Ms Barrett is confirmed as a justice on the Supreme Court. The position of a justice on the Supreme Court is a lifetime role, and if Ms Barrett is confirmed, then the court will likely have a conservative super-majority for decades.
Department of Justice lawyers argued on Monday that President Trump should not be personally sued for denying a rape accusation because he refuted the allegation while acting in his official capacity as president, The New York Times reports. In June 2019, writer E. Jean Carroll accused Trump of raping her in a department store in the 1990s. Last month, Attorney General William Barr intervened in the lawsuit, a highly unusual move, seeing as how the alleged incident took place years before Trump became president.
Attendees at a Trump rally in Michigan on Saturday chanted “lock her up” when the president mentioned Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. And then I guess they said she was threatened,” Trump said in response to the chant, days after authorities announced a foiled antigovernment militia kidnapping plot against Whitmer. And she blamed me.
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 delegation of senior Emirati officials visited Israel on Tuesday for the first time since the two countries agreed to normalize relations, where they signed a slew of bilateral agreements meant to solidify their new ties. U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin accompanied Emirati Finance Minister Obaid Humaid al-Tayer and other senior officials from the United Arab Emirates and the U.S. on the Etihad Airways flight from Abu Dhabi to Tel Aviv. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu greeted al-Tayer and Mnuchin at Israel's Ben-Gurion international airport before signing of a series of bilateral agreements between Israel and the UAE, including civil aviation, visa exemption and science and innovation deals.
In President Donald Trump's favored narrative of how elections are won and lost, the candidate who holds the most events with the biggest crowds wins. "Every RALLY is BOFFO," he said in a Monday tweet about his confidence of winning re-election, telling campaign staffers on a call the same day that he was now more confident of winning than he was two weeks ago, when he appeared at no campaign events while recovering from Covid-19. "He goes out, he gets no people at any of the rallies," Trump said of Democratic nominee Joe Biden at a Sunday campaign event in Nevada.
While fixing a hasty giveaway of county land from two weeks ago, Miami-Dade commissioners are set to vote on two new transfers of county property worth more than $3 million. Habitat for Humanity, a leading developer of affordable housing in Miami-Dade and a charity, is recommended to obtain a 9-acre lot in Southwest Miami-Dade that's valued at $2 million in county tax rolls. The agreement requires the land be used to build affordable housing or the county takes back the property.
Last week: Biden hits double-digit lead in national average, surges in Florida, Michigan National average USA TODAY average of averages: Biden 51.9%, Trump 42.1% (Biden +9.8) Last week: Biden 52.1%, Trump 42.0% (Biden +10.1) Net change: Trump +0.3 RCP: Biden 51.3%, Trump 42.4% FiveThirtyEight: Biden 52.5%, Trump 41.7% At this point in 2016: Clinton +6.5 Swing state averages Arizona: Biden +3.8 USA TODAY average of averages: Biden 49.3%, Trump 45.5% Last week: Biden 48.5%, Trump 45.2% (Biden +3.3) Net change: Biden +0.5 Florida: Biden +2.7 USA TODAY average of averages: Biden 48.7%, Trump 46.0% Last week: Biden 48.5%, Trump 44.5% (Biden +4.0) Net change: Trump +1.3 Georgia: Biden +1.3 USA TOD...
Republican senator David Perdue, who is running for reelection in his home state of Georgia, inadvertently boosted his rival's campaign after mocking Democratic vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris. Afterward, the Georgia senator's Democratic opponent, Jon Ossoff, said his campaign raked in nearly $2 million in donations. Mr Ossoff tweeted on Saturday that his campaign raised $1 million after Mr Perdue "disgraced himself with bigoted mockery of Kamala's name."
The Trump administration has not spent $9 billion in funding for COVID-19 testing because of opposition from Scott Atlas, an advisor on the White House coronavirus task force, The Washington Post reported. Atlas is not an infectious-disease expert and has emerged as an influential and controversial advisor on the task force by promoting ideas in line with Trump's approach to the pandemic. "We're demanding that the feds release ... those dollars," Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said on Sunday, urging the Trump administration to commit to a "robust testing and tracing program."
People threatened to boycott Perdue Chicken after Sen. David Perdue repeatedly mispronounced Sen. Kamala Harris' first name at a Trump rally on Friday. Perdue Chicken's official Twitter account fired back at any confusion over the weekend, saying the senator is not affiliated with the company. The senator sparked outrage on social media after repeatedly mispronouncing the first name of California Sen. Kamala Harris, who is Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden's running mate.
“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.”