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The FBI said in a letter to a top Republican lawmaker Tuesday that it has "nothing to add" to recent comments that President Donald Trump's spy chief made about a laptop and emails purportedly belonging to Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden's son, Hunter. The existence of the laptop and its contents were first revealed in a widely discredited New York Post story last week. The FBI is said to be investigating whether the emails in the story were part of a foreign influence operation.
Amy Coney Barrett's nomination to the supreme court has prompted former members of her secretive faith group, the People of Praise, to come forward and share stories about emotional trauma and – in at least one case – sexual abuse they claim to have suffered at the hands of members of the Christian group. In the wake of the allegations, the Guardian has learned that the charismatic Christian organization, which is based in Indiana, has hired the law firm of Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan to conduct an “independent investigation” into sexual abuse claims on behalf of People of Praise.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has reportedly shut down all hope of passing a COVID-19 stimulus bill in the next two weeks. Discussions on the next relief bill have gone on for months with no actual results since the last package — and the boosted unemployment insurance that came with it — expired after July.
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.
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.
A key source for the private investigator's report suggesting links between Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign and Russia told Reuters on Tuesday he is not a Russian agent, contradicting two of Trump's congressional allies. "I am exactly what the Department of Justice National Security Division, the FBI, the FBI Inspector General, the Special Counsel and the Republican Senate Intelligence Committee has determined; an experienced expert in Russian affairs who has spent more than a decade in business intelligence," Russian politics expert Igor Danchenko told Reuters in an email.
Conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh said on his show Monday that his lung cancer had progressed to stage 4 and had become terminal. "The scans did show some progression of cancer," Limbaugh, 69, told his listeners, adding "it's not dramatic, but it is the wrong direction." Limbaugh announced in February he had been diagnosed with "advanced" lung cancer and was undergoing treatment.
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.
Tropical Storm Epsilon has gained new strength and is expected to become a hurricane in the coming hours before it approaches Bermuda on Thursday. Epsilon is expected to make its closest approach to the island on Thursday night, and there is a risk of a direct impact, according to the U.S. National Hurricane Center. A tropical storm watch is in effect for Bermuda and residents have been urged to closely monitor the storm.
Hindu groups in the US have expressed outrage at a morphed photo of the Hindu goddess Durga with Kamala Harris's face, after it was shared online by the vice presidential candidate's niece. Meena Harris, who has been very active on social media with support for her aunt Kamala for the upcoming election, said in a tweet which has now been deleted: “I am speechless, other than to say that the first day of Navratri was LIT.” Navratri is a nine-day Hindu festival, which is currently being celebrated, to worship the feminine deity Durga.
The campaign to re-elect Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., a reliable ally of President Donald Trump, appears to have received a deep discount on lodging at Trump International Hotel in Washington during the Republican National Convention in August, federal records show. Such a discount would violate federal election law barring corporations from contributing directly to campaigns, according to campaign finance experts. Recent Federal Election Commission (FEC) filings show the Gaetz campaign made four separate payments, ranging from $216.20 to $261.47, for lodging at Trump's hotel on Aug. 27, the last of four nights of the convention when Trump gave his acceptance speech from the White House lawn.
Human remains were found Tuesday by a team of archaeologists in the search for victims of the 1921 Tulsa Race Riots. One set of human remains and possibly a second were found at the city-owned Oaklawn Cemetery in north Tulsa, where the July excavation previously ended unsuccessfully. "We are still analyzing what has come out of the ground at this point in time, and so no, unfortunately we have not been able to assess the trauma at this point in time, or potential trauma," Oklahoma state archaeologist Kary Stackelbeck said.
The USPS ordered its uniformed police officers to halt their patrol duties at the end of August, raising concerns about the security of mail-in ballots and sparking a lawsuit against the agency. "Why not wait until after the election to neuter the postal police," a union rep for the officers told The Wall Street Journal. The order came a day after Postmaster General Louis DeJoy testified to Congress that he would suspend sweeping changes until after the election following criticism they could delay ballot delivery.
What started out as an evening of flirting with a woman at a Broward casino ended with him being drugged and robbed, deputies said. New details have come to light as deputies try to find the woman. On Sept. 11, a Georgia man met a woman at a Broward casino near Dania Beach, the Broward County Sheriff's Office said.
If baseball and apple pie are the quintessence of America, the ad Joe Biden's campaign dropped during Game 1 of the World Series seems intent on making a play for that proverbial country kitchen windowsill. The ad, "Go From There," has it all: high school football, veterans, corn farms, and — yes — a train, all rolling by under a piano playing "The Star-Spangled Banner" and famously folksy actor Sam Elliott talking about how great America is and can be if it finds common ground. "No Democratic rivers, no Republican mountains, just this great land and all that's possible on it with a fresh start," Elliott narrates.
"It is no secret that this election is more contentious than in years past," Terence Monahan, the New York City Police Department's Chief of Department told a briefing. Monahan said there has been no intelligence pointing to the prospect of violence surrounding the contest between U.S. President Donald Trump and his Democratic rival, Joe Biden, but that the force would be ready for whatever may occur. In line with previous elections, a member of the police force would be present at each of the 1,201 polling stations across the city on election day, Monahan said.
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.
One of the many nerve-wracking questions Americans facing with the 2020 presidential election is whether all the bizarre conspiracy theories that have sprung up in the last few years will outlast the Trump administration. There are a bunch of QAnon-curious Republican candidates who apparently believe that the Democratic Party is led by satanic, flesh-eating pedophiles and that John F. Kennedy Jr. (who isn't actually dead) will be reappearing any day now to help Donald Trump save the children and put the country back on the right track. Philip Bump of the Washington Post reported on Tuesday that a recent Yahoo/YouGov poll showed that while a minority of GOP voters say they believe in QAnon, 50% of Republicans (fifty percent!
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.
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 the 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.
United States spies and diplomats have accused the Trump administration of refusing to investigate mysterious illnesses that happened to officials while abroad in Cuba, China and Russia, with some calling it a cover-up, the New York Times reported. Cases of a mysterious illness among Americans first were reported in Cuba in 2016. Officials reported hearing strange noises and felt symptoms of nerve damage and headaches.
President Trump's "sprawling political operation has raised well over $1 billion since he took the White House in 2017 — and set a lot of it on fire," The Associated Press reports. Late Tuesday, the Trump campaign said it entered the final month of the campaign with just $63 million in the bank, far less than the $177 million war chest Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden reported. Trump and his shared committees with the Republican National Committee, which jointly raised $1.5 billion since the start of 2019, entered October with $251 million on hand, versus $432 million for Biden and his joint committees with the Democrats National Committee, The New York Times reports.
A police officer in Miami, Florida, was photographed in full uniform wearing a Trump 2020 mask at an early-voting polling site this week. Miami-Dade Democratic Party chairman Steve Simeonidis, who took and published the photo, identified the officer as Daniel Ubeda. Miami police and city authorities did not identify Ubeda by name, but said the officer would face disciplinary action.
“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.”