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Early voters in Texas have already exceeded the total number of people statewide who voted for Donald Trump in 2016 — and the election is still 14 days away. Trump won Texas by 9 percentage points in 2016 but is now polling within the margin of error. Early voting in Texas started only a week ago, but the Lone Star State already leads the US in turnout.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The trial of a Russian man alleged to have used ransomware in a 135 million euros ($157 million) bitcoin fraud will begin Monday. Alexander Vinnik, who is also wanted in the United States and in Russia, faces up to ten years in prison at his Paris trial over charges of extortion, money laundering and criminal association. French prosecutors say Vinnik was one of the creators of malware called “Locky” which was delivered through email.
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."
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."
China's government is denying that it may arbitrarily detain foreigners in that country, following a media report that it had warned Washington it could detain Americans as a response to U.S. prosecution of Chinese scholars. Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian on Monday: "I have noted relevant reports. The U.S. claim that foreign nationals in China are under threat of arbitrary detention is playing the victim and confusing black and white.
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.
Several Spanish regions toughened their coronavirus restrictions on Monday, seeking to curb a second wave of contagion that looks set to drive the country with Western Europe's highest case load above one million infections this week. Authorities in the northern region of Castile and Leon announced they would seal off the city of Burgos and nearby Aranda de Duero to all but essential travel from Tuesday night after infection rates in the area surpassed 500 cases per 100,000 people. "We are in circumstances similar to those of March or April," Burgos Mayor Daniel de la Rosa told state broadcaster TVE, recalling the beginning of the pandemic, when many Spaniards were confined to their homes to stop the spread.
A vaccine scientist has warned that the next few months could be the worst of the coronavirus pandemic, as cases rise in more than half of US states. During an appearance on CNN's New Day on Monday morning, Dr Peter Hotez, the director of the Texas Children's Hospital Center for Vaccine Development, said that the US is about to enter the worst phase of the pandemic. The key is now hanging on for the next four or five months, where we're going to enter what may be the worst period during this epidemic.
In Michigan's primary earlier this year, 864 ballots were rejected because the voters died before the election even though they were alive when they filled them out. The president's son Donald Trump Jr. tweeted a link to a story about the dead voters in Michigan that was later debunked for misrepresenting the issue. With President Trump making unsubstantiated claims of voter fraud, the question of whether ballots will count if early voters die soon after could be a source of further conspiracies.
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.
Chuck Schumer refused to defend Sen. Dianne Feinstein over calls from progressive groups for her removal as top Democrat on the Judiciary Committee, with the Senate minority leader divulging he had a “long and serious talk” recently with the California senator. Senate Democrats are grappling with how to handle Feinstein's future role on the panel. Liberal groups say Feinstein was far too accommodating to Republicans during last week's confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett.
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.
Authorities on Tuesday imposed a round-the-clock curfew on the Nigerian state of Lagos - including Africa's biggest city - in response to protests against alleged police brutality which they said had turned violent. The national police chief also ordered the immediate deployment of anti-riot forces following increased attacks on police facilities, a police spokesman said. GT Bank, one of the largest lenders in Nigeria, said all its branches would remain closed for the duration of the curfew.
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.
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.
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.
Michael Talley bought a $4,500 used ambulance from a landscaping company and turned it into a $30,000 home. Talley spent about $10,000 on repairs and converting the space, and he told Insider that he focused on making his home beautiful and having as much open space in the vehicle as possible. Michael Talley told Insider that he found a used ambulance on Craigslist in late 2018.
President Donald Trump on Monday mocked Joe Biden's son, Hunter over his struggles with drug and alcohol addiction while praising his own children at a campaign rally in Arizona. "Can you imagine if Don Jr had the problems of 'where's Hunter'?" Mr Trump, 74, told hundreds of supporters at a Make America Great Again event at Prescott Regional Airport. The president appeared to be suggesting that if his son Don Jr, 42, had drug problems "they wouldn't allow me to run".
Thousands of indigenous people have rallied in the Colombian capital, Bogotá, at the end of a long protest march against an increase in violence in their territories. Outside the presidential palace, they demanded talks with President Iván Duque. The protesters accuse the government of ignoring a rise in murders of indigenous leaders.
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.
“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.”