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The Supreme Court sided with Republicans in Wisconsin on Monday, ruling 5-3 along ideological lines that Wisconsin can count only those absentee ballots that arrive by Election Day — even if they were mailed days earlier. Since first-class mail has been taking an average of 10 days to be delivered in the state, Wisconsin's Democratic Party urged mail-in Democrats to hand-deliver their absentee ballots or vote in person. The practical issue involves what happens with Wisconsin's 700,000 outstanding absentee ballots.
A heavy book that the White House press secretary, Kayleigh McEnany, presented to Lesley Stahl as President Donald Trump's healthcare plan during a "60 Minutes" interview was largely filled with existing legislation, the show said. Stahl said in a clip — and "60 Minutes" suggested in a tweet on Sunday — the book had a series of executive orders and congressional initiatives "but no comprehensive health plan." The Washington Examiner reported last week that a copy of the book it obtained did contain some details about a healthcare plan but that much of it was 13 executive orders and 11 pieces of healthcare legislation enacted during Trump's presidency.
An infant was attacked and killed by a family dog early Monday as both the child's parents slept, according to police in Hampton on the Virginia coast. The identity and exact age of the baby have not been released, but a police officer told TV station WTKR at the scene that the child was “less than a year old.” The child's father killed the mixed-breed German Shepherd after discovering the attack, police said.The dog was shot “outside of the residence,” WTKR reported.
Japan said Monday it will not sign a U.N. treaty that bans nuclear weapons and does not welcome its entry into force next year, rejecting the wishes of atomic bomb survivors in Japan who are urging the government to join and work for a nuclear-free world. The United Nations confirmed Saturday that 50 countries have ratified the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, paving the way for its entry into force in 90 days. The announcement was hailed by anti-nuclear activists, but the treaty has been strongly opposed by the United States and other major nuclear powers.
Law enforcement agencies across Ohio cooperated during a monthlong investigation, dubbed "Operation Autumn Hope," leading to 179 arrests and the recovery of 45 missing children. In all, 109 human trafficking victims were rescued and referred to social services, the Ohio Attorney General's Office reported. More than 50 agencies participated in the operation, which also included the arrest of a man and the recovery of two children in West Virginia.
European Union chief negotiator Michel Barnier resumed talks in London with his British counterpart on Tuesday as the two sides try to strike a last-minute trade agreement less than 10 weeks before the United Kingdom leaves the bloc's orbit. The United Kingdom left the EU in January but the two sides are trying to clinch a deal that would govern nearly a trillion dollars in annual trade before informal membership - known as the transition period - ends on Dec. 31. There is very little time left to bridge significant gaps between Britain and the EU on sticking points in talks about a post-Brexit trade deal, Prime Minister Boris Johnson's spokesman said on Monday.
Anna Delvey — the fake heiress whose real name is Anna Sorokin — says she no longer wants random people dropping by to visit her in prison. "The days of hoping to catch me slipping are over, and all you're achieving by coming here is wasting your time and interfering with my sleep schedule," she wrote in an Instagram post. Delvey was sentenced to four to 12 years in prison after she was convicted on charges related to an elaborate scam where she pretended to be a German heiress and tried to swindle banks into loaning her money.
In the last week before Election Day, Donald Trump and his team have decided the best possible message on the coronavirus pandemic is the same one Trump wanted back in the spring. "I wanted to always play it down," Trump told Bob Woodward in a taped conversation on March 19. "I still like playing it down, because I don't want to create a panic." On Feb. 28, when the coronavirus had only just started to threaten the U.S., Trump gave a speech in South Carolina where he declared, "This is their new hoax," saying that "Democrats want us to fail so badly" that they were willing to exaggerate the threat of the virus in order to endanger his re-election.
A hunter possibly shot a teenager who died while waiting to watch a sunset with his girlfriend at a Pennsylvania state park, authorities say. Jason Kutt, 18, was sitting at the edge of a lake Saturday evening in Nockamixon State Park when he was fatally shot in the back of his head, according to the Buck's County District Attorney's Office. Kutt's girlfriend told investigators that after Kutt was shot, she saw a man in an orange vest and hunting clothing, police say.
James Blight, 26, is accused of stealing a bulldozer, knocking down a fence, and destroying Biden-Harris campaign signs on residential lawns in Haines City, Florida. Blight told police he had "been drinking whiskey all day and did not remember most of the day," Haines City Police told NBC News. A man in Florida has been accused of stealing a bulldozer and destroying residential yards to remove Biden-Harris campaign signs.
Fox News has been planning its election night coverage for weeks, prepping staff and on-air talent for the biggest news night of the year. “Everyone is in a panic about election night,” said one current Fox News staffer. On Sunday, The New York Times reported that top Fox News executives and talent will quarantine and get tested after flying on a network-chartered flight from Nashville to New York—following Thursday night's presidential debate—with a staffer who later tested positive for the coronavirus.
Viana Ferguson, a former Facebook content moderator, said during a panel hosted by the nonprofit the Real Facebook Oversight Board that users have become more vocal about the "violence they are willing to execute" toward people. Ferguson said there would "definitely" be calls for violence after the election, regardless of the winner. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg will appear before Congress on Wednesday to address a law that shields social-media companies from being held liable for the content of users' post.
A herd of 40 cows escaped their home in Australia and had to be rounded up and returned. One of the cows made that a bit difficult after it wandered onto a neighbor's trampoline and got stuck. The neighbor found the cow in the middle of the night and alerted its owner to the issue.
President Trump signed an executive order last week that could turn tens of thousands of nonpartisan career civil service jobs into "excepted service" positions, stripping federal scientists, public health experts, attorneys, regulators, and other policy professions of civil service protections. Ronald Sanders, appointed by Trump to head the Federal Salary Council, cited this order when resigning Sunday, telling The Washington Post on Monday, "I don't want to sound too corny here, but it was just a matter of conscience." Trump's order "is nothing more than a smoke screen for what is clearly an attempt to require the political loyalty of those who advise the president, or failing that, to enable their removal with little if any due process," Sanders wrote in his resignation letter.
Republican Rep. Doug Collins' Senate campaign ads have attracted scrutiny for featuring images of himself wearing the US Air Force uniform — particularly in the absence of any disclaimers. At least a dozen images and videos of Collins wearing different variations of the Air Force uniform have appeared on his campaign's social media accounts in recent weeks. "This is a Tiger Woods two-inch putt — it's so obvious," Michael Weinstein, a former US Air Force judge advocate general and a former member of the White House counsel, told Insider.
A father-son hunting trip left a 9-year-old boy dead Sunday following an accidental shooting, according to Nebraska police. Gunnar Holte was pheasant hunting with his father around Branched Oak Lake in Lincoln on Sunday morning when the incident occurred, the Lancaster County Sheriff's Office told KLKN. The boy was reloading his shotgun when his father heard it fire, KETV reported from the sheriff's office.
A man reminisced about an experience on his 33rd birthday when his boyfriend threw him a "surprise funeral" in 2017. In a Twitter thread on Wednesday, Eli McCann told the story of when his boyfriend, now husband, gathered his loved ones for a funeral service on his birthday, because "people shouldn't have to die in order for their friends to gather and say why they loved them." "It was so charming and funny and morbid and I loved every second of it," McCann told the Mirror Online.
OPINION: Sophia A. Nelson says while Noonan's critiques of Harris' joy was tone-deaf and lacked a true understanding of Black women. Noonan penned a column where she was rightly perceived as treating Sen. Kamala Harris, the Democratic vice presidential nominee, disrespectfully by implying that Harris needed to be more serious and sober-minded when she is out on the campaign trail — not dancing, laughing and being what she considered to be inappropriate.
The US recorded 83,000 new coronavirus cases on Friday and again on Saturday — the highest daily totals since the beginning of the pandemic. But experts say people are experiencing "pandemic fatigue," meaning they are taking more risks as they grow impatient over a long lost sense of normality. At the same time, "mixed messages" from government officials and leaders who are "downplaying the danger" have made people experiencing pandemic fatigue more vulnerable to confirmation bias, one expert said.
The Duke of Sussex has said his "upbringing and education" meant he had "no idea unconscious bias existed" until he met his wife Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex. During the 30 minute interview, published by GQ Magazine as part of its GQ Heroes Conference, the pair discussed the Black Lives Matter movement, racism in the UK and their families. On unconscious bias, and its role within UK society, the Duke said: “From my understanding, having the upbringing and the education that I had, I had no idea what it was, I had no idea it existed and, sad as it is to say, it took me many, many years to realise it, especially then living a day or a week in my wife's shoes”.
Republican Voters Against Trump released a new ad on Monday afternoon featuring several former Trump administration officials who are backing Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden. The three ex-staffers — Miles Taylor, Olivia Troye, and Elizabeth Neumann — have appeared in their own ads, but this is their first video together. In it, they share their insights into President Trump, with Troye, a former adviser to Vice President Mike Pence, saying if he had taken the coronavirus "seriously, he would have saved lives," and Taylor, who once served as chief of staff to former Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, revealing that whether it's a cyber attack or terrorism threat, Trump "wasn't interested in these things because they didn't benefit him personally."
Instagram said it amended its rules about nudity following a three-month campaign from a Black plus-size model whose photos were taken down. Nyome Nicholas-Williams said in August that her images were taken down while images of "very naked, skinny white women" remained on Instagram. Instagram said that it had incorrectly applied its rules on "breast squeezing" to Nicholas-Williams' images and that it was adding more nuance to those rules.
Cycling's new generation claimed another Grand Tour victory on Sunday as British rider Tao Geoghegan Hart won the Giro d'Italia after a tense time trial. Geoghegan Hart edged Australian Jai Hindley by just 39 seconds in one of the most exciting final stages of a Grand Tour. As well as the Maglia Rosa (pink jersey), Geoghegan Hart also beat Hindley to the white jersey that goes to the best young rider who is 25 or under.
Gendry actor Joe Dempsie told The Independent that his "Game of Thrones" sex scene with Maisie Williams (Arya) was "an odd transition." Dempsie explained that he had known Williams since she was a child, so the idea of a sex scene with her had always made him feel "uncomfortable." However, by the time the season eight sex scene happened, Williams was 22 and Dempsie said the scene was "absolutely fine."
“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.”