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WASHINGTON – Dozens of prominent Republicans have publicly endorsed or shown support for former vice president and Democratic nominee Joe Biden instead of their party's incumbent, President Donald Trump. They include elected officials, former Trump administration officials and other prominent Republicans who have slammed Trump for everything from a "bungled" response to the coronavirus pandemic, "terrifying" national security approaches and general divisiveness in the country. Democrats have worked to use this as an advantage, trying to show Biden as the unifying candidate who can appeal to not just Democrats.
Students and parents were upset when the suspected Kenosha shooter was on a list of "modern heroes" that they could choose to defend as part of a Dallas high school's class assignment, CNN reported. Kyle Rittenhouse, 17, was arrested and charged with first-degree intentional homicide and a string of other felonies tied to the killing of two people at a protest in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Joseph Rosenbaum, who was shot and killed in Kenosha, was also on that list.
Three NATO intelligence sources tell Insider they believe Russia's Putin will attempt to kill opposition leader Alexei Navalny again. Navalny may believe that Germany might threaten its gas pipeline deal with Russia in response to the attempted assassination, thus complicating Putin's ambition to murder him. The West has a history of responding feebly to Russian security threats, and Putin is playing the long game.
In a year when ferocious wildfires have killed at least 34 people and burned millions of acres in Oregon, Washington and California, the brigade has pulled off a miracle in the thick forests around Molalla in recent days, residents and fire officials say. They organized and deployed themselves with little or no help from a small and overwhelmed local fire department - which focused on protecting the town center - or from state and federal agencies that were deployed elsewhere. "We were left on our own to stop this," said West, a 36-year-old ranch hand, as she briefly paused her dozer Wednesday afternoon.
A Canadian man has been charged with dangerous driving after being caught asleep at the wheel of a Tesla car on autopilot that was going at 150kmh (93mph). Police in Alberta were called following reports of 2019 Tesla Model S speeding on a highway near the town of Ponoka. Nobody could be seen in the front seats, which were both reclined, officers said.
President Donald Trump stepped up his rhetoric on cultural issues, aiming to boost enthusiasm among rural Wisconsin voters as he tries to repeat his path to victory four years ago. Making his fifth visit to the pivotal battleground state this year, Trump views success in the state's less-populated counties as critical to another term. Trump has increasingly used his public appearances to elevate cultural issues important to his generally whiter and older base, as he hinges his campaign on turning out his core supporters rather than focusing on winning over a narrow slice of undecided voters.
Williamson County, Texas, Sheriff's Office leaders rewarded deputies who used force on the job with steakhouse gift cards, according to two former employees, one of whom made the admission to Texas Rangers investigating the agency's aggressive tactics. Among the deputies who received gift cards to places such as Logan's Roadhouse were J.J. Johnson and Zach Camden, the officers involved in the March 2019 death of Javier Ambler. In a recorded interview with Texas Rangers, former Deputy Christopher Pisa said Cmdr. Steve Deaton awarded deputies he considered “WilCo badass.”
A group of Chinese virologists released a strange new paper on Monday that claims the new coronavirus was engineered in a Chinese lab. One of the virologists, Li-Meng Yan, told the Fox News host Tucker Carlson it was a "man-made virus" that the Chinese government released "intentionally." A strange new paper claiming the coronavirus was a "laboratory product" quietly made its way into a repository of preliminary research on Monday.
Former FBI Director James Comey will testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Sept. 30, appearing just a month before the presidential election as Republicans have tried to make the case that he and his agency conspired against Donald Trump in 2016. Comey, whom Trump fired in May 2017, will be a featured witness in Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham's investigation into the origins of the Justice Department's Russia probe.
Pfizer Inc is betting that its coronavirus vaccine candidate will show clear evidence of effectiveness early in its clinical trial, according to the company and internal documents reviewed by Reuters that describe how the trial is being run. In recent weeks, Pfizer has said it should know by the end of October whether the vaccine, developed together with Germany's BioNTech SE<22UAy.F>, is safe and effective. If the vaccine is shown to work by then, Pfizer has said it would quickly seek regulatory approval.
Climate change: Vulnerable Kansas bird populations are a canary in a coal mine for climate change Three months later, and the world seemed to have forgotten it had even happened. But for a lot of Louisiana natives, life was now different. Seeing FEMA trailers spread across southern Louisiana was not uncommon.
Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden on Thursday night slammed Attorney General William Barr for likening coronavirus-related restrictions to slavery. "What Bill Barr recently said is outrageous," Biden said during a CNN town hall event. Barr described stay-at-home orders as the "greatest intrusion on civil liberties in American history," apart from slavery.
President Donald Trump blamed "blue states" for increasing the nation's death rate from coronavirus, suggesting that if "you take the blue states out" of the equation the United States would be far more competitive with other countries. The claim drew a swift rebuke Thursday from Democrats such as Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., who noted Trump is the president of all states. Trump has long blamed Democratic leaders for a variety of ills, including "Democrat-run" cities where protests against police have occasionally turned violent.
BRASÍLIA (Reuters) - President Jair Bolsonaro said late on Wednesday Brazil was being "disproportionately" criticized for fires in the Amazon rainforest and Pantanal wetlands, at a time when many places around the world were seeing a surge in blazes. The Pantanal, the planet's biggest wetland, in 2020 has registered the most annual fires since government records began in 1998. In the Amazon, illegal ranchers and land speculators generally set fire to plots of land to clear them for agricultural purposes.
Last week I got an email from a Drug Enforcement Administration agent I used to work with when I was a federal prosecutor at the Justice Department. He's a former cop, former military man, and a current Republican with whom innocent discussions have turned into political battles. Through the years of investigations, indictments, arrests, and trials, I found him to be a hardworking and honest agent.
Barbados plans to drop Queen Elizabeth as its head of state and become a republic The Caribbean island is a former British colony It gained independence in 1966 but maintained a formal link with the British monarchy similar to other countries that were once part of the British Empire "The time has come to fully leave our colonial past behind… Barbadians want a Barbadian Head of State." Attribution: Barbados Governor General Sandra Mason
In an interview with MSNBC's Chris Hayes, Fauci replied in the affirmative when asked if he would "take the heat" for any problems with a potential vaccine. This week CDC Director Robert Redfield and President Donald Trump clashed over the timing of a vaccine. Redfield projected that a vaccine wouldn't be widely available until the new year, but Trump argued it could come sooner.
A well-defined low-pressure system in the southwestern Gulf of Mexico has become Tropical Depression 22, according to the National Hurricane Center. The tropical depression is forecast to become Tropical Storm Wilfred by Friday afternoon, forecasters said. This would be the 21st named storm — and the last name on the list for the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season.
BHP Group pursued permission to damage Aboriginal cultural sites in April, an Australian parliamentary inquiry heard on Thursday, despite being told of the distress it would cause traditional owners. The inquiry is investigating Rio Tinto's legal detonation in May of sacred and historically significant rockshelters for an iron ore mine at Juukan Gorge in Western Australia's Pilbara region. Rio's Chief Executive Officer Jean-Sebastien Jacques and two deputies stepped down last week following a public outcry, the deep upset of the traditional owners and the discontent from institutional investors who called for management to better account for the damage.
Douglas Emhoff, the husband of Democratic vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris, knew his wife had been picked as Joe Biden's running mate when he heard her say: “Joe, I'm ready to go to work.” The 55-year-old entertainment lawyer was listening in on her conversation with the Democratic presidential candidate with his ear pressed against her office door when he knew his wife had been chosen, according to USA Today. Ms Harris will be the first African American, Asian American and woman to serve as vice president if the Democrats win in November, but Mr Emhoff will make history too, as the US's first Second Gentleman.
China's military sent 18 planes including fighter jets over the Taiwan Strait in an unusually large show of force Friday as a U.S. envoy held a day of closed-door meetings on the self-governing island claimed by China. Under Secretary of State Keith Krach, who handles the economic growth, energy and the environment portfolio, held talks with Taiwan's minister of economic affairs and vice premier. In response to Krach's visit, the Eastern Theater Command of the Chinese People's Liberation Army held combat exercises near the Taiwan Strait, in at least the second round of war games this month aimed at intimidating supporters of the island's independent identity.
The top US infectious-disease expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci, praised the former aide to Vice President Mike Pence who is critical of the US coronavirus response, saying she was a "good person" who was "important" to the White House coronavirus task force. Olivia Troye served as Pence's homeland security adviser and his lead coronavirus staff member on the coronavirus task force until she stepped down in July. This week she became the first former task-force member to publicly condemn the Trump administration's handling of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The indictments follow a flurry of recent actions against alleged Iranian cyber spies including the announcement, earlier on Thursday, that entities and individuals associated with an Iranian hacking group sometimes dubbed APT39 were being sanctioned by the Treasury Department. U.S. Assistant Attorney General John Demers said in a statement it was the third time in three days that alleged Iranian hackers had been indicted, calling out what he described as "yet another effort by a rogue foreign nation to steal the fruits of this country's hard work and expertise." The defendants, identified as Said Pourkarim Arabi, 34, Mohammad Reza Espargham, whose age is unknown, and Mohammad Bayati, 34, are alleged to have impersonated colleagues or academics to get their targets to download malicious software, prosecutors said.
Once lauded for its containment of the virus, Singapore's success crumbled when the virus reached its many foreign worker dormitories, something activists say should have been seen coming a mile off. Now months on, Singapore is reporting single figure daily cases in the local community. People are going back to work, cinemas have reopened and laughter can be heard coming out of restaurants again.
“The SAT is emblematic of higher education’s failure to keep up with the times...Just the stuff that systemic racism thrives on.”
“These tests create unnecessary stress for young people already dealing with mental health challenges.”
“Dropping the SAT requirement makes it harder for colleges to compare applicants against a common standard.”
“The best predictor of college success overall is a simple one: high school grades.”
“What matters more is a broader push to help minority students get better educations.”