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Seventeen Republican senators appear to have had an abrupt change of heart when it comes to the idea of confirming a nominee to the Supreme Court in a presidential election year. In 2016, following the death of Justice Antonin Scalia, they pushed a new standard for Senate confirmation of a nominee to the high court: that in an election year, deference should be given to the will of the voters. Here's a comparison of the statements that some of the most notable GOP senators have made.
The Department of Justice is narrowing the focus of its antitrust case against Google to the company's dominance of internet searches, The New York Times reported Tuesday. The decision to focus only on search reflected political disagreements, with some attorney generals now considering additional lawsuits focused on anticompetitive behavior by Google, according to the report. Attorney General William Barr has pushed to sue Google before the election, overruling DOJ attorneys who said they needed more time to build their case, The New York Times previously reported.
A Louisville sergeant at the centre of the Breonna Taylor investigation sent a mass email on Tuesday defending police actions as "legal, moral and ethical". It comes as Louisville police declared a pre-emptive state of emergency in anticipation of findings from the state's attorney general, who has been investigating possible criminal charges against the officers involved Ms Taylor's death. In the email sent to more than 1,000 colleagues about 2 am on Tuesday morning, Jonathan Mattingly said the next few days would be tough whatever the outcome as they were pawns in a political game.
Alexander Lukashenko was abruptly sworn in for a new five-year term as president of Belarus on Wednesday, in an inauguration that came with no warning. The opposition, which has staged mass protests since his disputed election in August, immediately decried the inauguration as illegitimate. And called for its followers to return to the streets.
It's like something that's out of a terrifying movie – a wild pig population that's growing at such a rapid pace, experts are referring to it as a “feral swine bomb” that can go off any minute. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the invasive species of wild pigs has a population of at least 6 million and is growing quickly. The wild pig population has “expanded from 17 states to at least 39 over the last three decades” and causes an estimated $2.5 billion in damage a year, The Atlantic said.
A Pakistani court on Tuesday sentenced two political party operatives to death for starting a fire at a garments factory in Karachi in 2012 that killed 260 people after the factory owners refused to pay bribes. The tragedy drew attention to the routine flouting of safety codes in Pakistan, where business owners often bribe local officials to avoid paying fines. The two who were sentenced to death were members of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement, which has long dominated Karachi politics.
The last confirmation hearings for a Supreme Court nominee were a launching pad for Sen. Kamala Harris' presidential campaign. In a year when the word “unprecedented” has been rendered basically meaningless, the California senator's dual role as both a vice presidential nominee and one of the most prominent members of the Senate Judiciary Committee is a historical first. Progressives are hoping that Harris' aggressive cross-examination of Brett Kavanaugh during the explosive 2018 hearings investigating allegations of sexual misconduct are a preview of a similar performance in the coming weeks as the panel considers President Donald Trump's potential third justice on the Supreme Court—this time, under an even brighter spotlight.
Cindy McCain, the wife of the late GOP Sen. John McCain of Arizona, formally endorsed Joe Biden for president. "My husband John lived by a code: country first," McCain wrote in a tweet. Biden initially announced McCain's endorsement during a fundraiser Tuesday.
A volcanic eruption in Ecuador has covered 80,000 hectares of farming land in Ecuador in ash, the Andean country's government says. The worst affected areas are the provinces of Chimborazo and Bolívar in central Ecuador but Guayas and Los Ríos to the west have also been hit by the ash.
The coronavirus pandemic forced the European Union to postpone a scheduled summit for a week after EU Council President Charles Michel went into quarantine because a close collaborator was diagnosed with COVID-19. Spokesman Barend Leyts said Tuesday that Michel “today learned that a security officer, with whom he was in close contact early last week, tested positive for COVID." Leyts said that the European Council chief is “respecting Belgian rules" and "he has gone into quarantine as of today."
They carry on now as if the Constitution provides otherwise, but the simple fact is that in our system of self-governance, the president nominates Supreme Court justices and the Senate confirms or rejects them — all at their discretion and on their timetable. I realize reason isn't in fashion these days, but reason is the bulwark of our system. Ask yourself these two simple questions: In voting to replace Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg before the November election, would Republicans be doing anything that isn't provided for in the Constitution?
Donald Trump, a week before he will be face-to-face with Joe Biden during the first presidential debate, mocked his opponent for wearing a mask amid the coronavirus pandemic and alleged the 77-year-old former vice president had plastic surgery on his face. “What the hell did he spend all that money on the plastic surgery if he's going to cover it up?" the 74-year-old Trump said during a campaign rally near Pittsburgh in battleground Pennsylvania. The president did one of his vocal polls, asking the Moon Township crowd if they think Mr Biden will wear a mask when he comes onstage next week.
How a pandemic exposed Singapore's inequalities Migrant workers 'in fear' in Singapore dorms Ms Parti first began working in Mr Liew Mun Leong's home in 2007, where several family members including his son Karl lived. In March 2016, Mr Karl Liew and his family moved out of the home and lived elsewhere. Court documents that detail the sequence of events say that Ms Parti was asked to clean his new house and office on "multiple occasions" - which breaks local labour regulations, and which she had previously complained about.
WASHINGTON – Air Force Two, the airplane used to fly the vice president, was struck by a bird as it took off from a New Hampshire airport Tuesday evening, forcing it to return safely to the nearby airport, according to two senior administration officials speaking on the condition of anonymity to discuss details of the vice president's travel. The bird hit one of the engines of the aircraft, which was carrying Vice President Mike Pence and some staff. It then returned to Manchester Airport out of an abundance of caution, an official said.
Huawei says it had to rush to stockpile chips ahead of the latest tightening of trade restrictions from Washington, which has hit its supply hard. "Non-stop aggression from the US government has put us under significant pressure," Guo Ping, who chairs the company, said. The company urged the US to reconsider the rules, which make it difficult for Huawei to buy essential parts for products such as phones.
U.S. Attorney General William Barr returned to Wisconsin Tuesday, three weeks after a visit to Kenosha to see the aftermath of arson, looting and vandalism that followed protests over the police shooting of a Black man in the back. This time, he was announcing the arrests of 26 people in Milwaukee and California, charged in a sprawling drug trafficking and money laundering conspiracy, as the latest victory in Operation Legend, launched in July to target violent street crime in a few major cities. Barr's visit to election swing-state Wisconsin came a day before Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's scheduled foreign policy speech in the state Capitol in Madison on Wednesday and Vice President Mike Pence's planned visit to Eau Claire on Thursday, his third visit to Wisconsin this month.
Johnson & Johnson is beginning a huge final study to try to prove if a single-dose COVID-19 vaccine can protect against the virus. The study starting Wednesday will be one of the world's largest coronavirus vaccine studies so far, testing the shot in 60,000 volunteers in the U.S., South Africa, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru. A handful of other vaccines in the U.S. — including shots made by Moderna Inc. and Pfizer Inc. — and others in other countries are already in final-stage testing.
A Pennsylvania Supreme Court decision to void so-called “naked ballots” mailed without envelopes that conceal the voter's identity could cause “electoral chaos” and protracted legal battles, state election officials have warned. The decision – part of a series of rulings that extended vote-by-mail deadlines, allowed ballot drop boxes and removed Green Party candidates from the ticket – could force as many as 100,000 votes to be tossed out in a state that Donald Trump carried by just 44,000 more votes than his opponent Hillary Clinton. Another slim margin, with thousands of ballots cast but determined invalid, could prevent a Joe Biden victory in the state.
Sweden, which so far has decided against lockdowns as a means to contain COVID-19, is seeing early signs that the number of coronavirus cases are rising again and could impose new measures in the capital, its chief health officials said on Tuesday. Sweden's strategy emphasising personal responsibility rather than major lockdowns to slow the virus drew fierce criticism as deaths shot up during the spring, but has also been lauded by WHO officials as a sustainable model. Infections dropped significantly in the summer and so far Sweden had been spared the type of sharp increases in new cases seen in Spain, France and Britain in the past month.
As Canada's parliament returns and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau seeks to put an ethics scandal behind him, his government will on Wednesday unveil its plans for the country's pandemic response and recovery. The last time Mr Trudeau's government held a Throne Speech - where a government outlines its policies and programmes as a parliamentary session begins - was less than a year ago. The prime minister also found himself bogged down over the summer by a charity ethics scandal that ended up costing his finance minister his job.
A white nationalist who rose to prominence during a deadly 2017 rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, went on trial Tuesday on federal charges of threatening to rape the wife of a man who was part of a racist group he had been feuding with for months. Christopher Cantwell, a New Hampshire resident, has remained in federal custody since he pleaded not guilty in January to using the Telegram messaging app to convey the threat last year. The group's name was inspired by the haircut of Dylann Roof, who was sentenced to death for fatally shooting nine Black church members during a Bible study session in Charleston, South Carolina.
The U.S. enters fall with 200,000 COVID-19 deaths, and despite President Trump's "historic shanking of the coronavirus response, yesterday in Ohio, our pumpkin spice POTUS put a positive spin on things," claiming "it affects virtually nobody," Stephen Colbert said on Tuesday's Late Show. In fact, "the coronavirus has now killed more Americans than the U.S. battle deaths from the last five wars combined," he said, deadpanning to his masked crew and non-existent live audience that "personally, I haven't been affected at all." "Well, I think he's officially done 'up-playing' the virus," Jimmy Fallon said at The Tonight Show.
The world's health care can thank the horseshoe crab' Since the late 1970s, horseshoe crab blood has been approved to make what's called the Limulus amebocyte lysate test, or the LAL test – an alarm system triggered by a type of bacteria that can cause fever, and in some cases, death. It works like this: A mixture of lysate is made from the horseshoe crab's amebocyte or blood cells. That fluid is added to whatever material a researcher is testing for safety.
NASA says "an unknown piece of space debris" flew uncomfortably close the International Space Station on Tuesday. The debris, which was predicted to zip past the ISS at 6:21 p.m. ET, would have come within 1.39 kilometers (0.86 mile) of the station. The threat of space debris has grown in recent decades more satellites launch, countries test space weaponry, and dead or disabled spacecraft crash into each other.
“Enfranchising 16-year-olds would be good for them and good for our democracy.”
“At 16, most kids have little awareness of politics, civics, or American history.”
“Voting is habit forming...which underscores the importance of having as stable an environment as possible for the youngest voters.”
“Keeping the voting age at 18 is not a slap at 16-year-olds. It is recognition that an informed electorate is the best kind.”
“When young people’s participation lags badly, issues important to them receive short shrift in the public discourse.”