From Philadelphia to Sonoma County, Calif., election officials said they were working marathon hours to fight a flood of falsehoods.'It wears on all of us' »
Donald Trump appeared to threaten a former mid-level Department of Homeland Security official who two years ago penned an op-ed under the alias âAnonymousâ slamming the president, saying âbad things are going to happenâ to Miles Taylor. The president also boasted about his coronavirus response, saying up to 2m people might have died in the United States.
The FBI opened an investigation into Hunter Biden and associates in 2019 on suspicion of money laundering, a Justice Department official told Sinclair Broadcasting. The criminal investigation is ongoing, the DOJ official said. The revelation comes after Tony Bobulinski, a former business partner of Hunter Biden, came forward with a trove of documents regarding the Biden family's dealings with now-defunct Chinese energy firm CEFC.
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh Zach Gibson/Getty Images Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh corrected his controversial opinion in a Wisconsin mail-in voting case after Vermont's secretary of state sent the hight court a letter fact-checking his "erroneous claim" about the state's voting by mail rules. Kavanaugh issued a concurring opinion in the Supreme Court's 5-3 decision to ban Wisconsin from counting mail-in ballots if they are sent by Election Day but arrive after Nov. 3, citing Vermont as an example of a state which had not changed its "ordinary election rules" due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Germany on Wednesday moved to shut down restaurants, bars and theaters all over again and France weighed demands for another nationwide lockdown as a new wave of coronavirus infections in Europe and the U.S. wipes out months of progress against the scourge on two continents. The resurgence and the growing clampdown sent a shudder through financial markets, and stocks slumped. “We must act, and now, to avoid an acute national health emergency,” German Chancellor Angela Merkel said as she announced a four-week partial lockdown starting Monday.
Former Liberty University President Jerry Falwell Jr. filed a state lawsuit Wednesday against the evangelical school founded by his father, claiming he was wrongly ousted from his leadership post. Falwell had led the school for 13 years before he resigned under pressure in August amid a series of embarrassing scandals, culminating with him posting to Instagram a photo of himself on his yacht with a woman who was not his wife and with his pants unzipped. In a complaint in state court in Lynchburg, Virginia, Falwell's lawyers alleged that Liberty defamed Falwell and breached the former president's contract.
More details on the knife attack in France were revealed Thursday by the country's chief anti-terrorist prosecutor. The man suspected of killing three people at a church in Nice earlier in the day was born in 1999 and from Tunisia. Prosecutor Jean-Francois Ricard says the man arrived by train from Italy.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has hit back at criticism from Fox Newsâ Laura Ingraham over her appearance on the cover of Vanity Fair wearing â outfits worth $14,000â . On Thursday Ocasio-Cortez tweeted a scathing response to Ingrahamâ s retweet of the broadcasters article titled: â AOC appears in Vanity Fair in outfits worth $14,000 to curse out Trumpâ "100 per cent worth it, would do it again," the progressive Democratic representative said. The congresswoman, who is bidding for re-election in New York's 14th congressional district, then went one step further to undermine the broadcaster's criticism of her with sarcastic follow-up.
The Trump administration on Thursday said it would lift Endangered Species Act protections for the gray wolf, arguing the species had been brought back successfully from the brink of extinction. The move gives states in the continuous United States the authority to manage their local wolf populations, including by allowing them to be hunted. It will mainly affect wolf populations in the upper Midwest, Colorado and Pacific Northwest because wolves in the Northern Rocky Mountains were previously delisted.
Stacks of boxes mail are seen at the U.S. Post Office Justin Sullivan/Getty Images The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) argued that there is no "constitutional right" to timely mail delivery after its own data showed that on-time delivery times had plummeted ahead of Election Day. The Department of Justice, which is defending the USPS in a lawsuit brought by New York and other states over changes ordered by Postmaster General Louis DeJoy, a top donor to President Donald Trump, argued that the mail slowdown cannot be unlawful because there is no guarantee in the Constitution of timely mail delivery, Bloomberg News reported.
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Glenn Greenwald said Thursday he had resigned from The Intercept after the US investigative media outlet refused to publish his article critical of Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden. Greenwald, one of the first journalists to report on the Edward Snowden documents on US mass surveillance, said he was leaving the website he started in 2014 with two other journalists. "The final, precipitating cause is that The Intercept's editors, in violation of my contractual right of editorial freedom, censored an article I wrote this week, refusing to publish it unless I remove all sections critical of Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden," Greenwald said in a blog post.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis learned his primary address had been changed without his consent when he went to vote on Monday. Investigators found his address had been changed through a web browser at a home in Naples, Florida. Anthony Guevara, 20, was arrested by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and charged with altering a voter registration without consent and unauthorized access of a computer.
A business partner of Lev Parnas, the former associate of U.S. President Donald Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani, is expected to enter a guilty plea on Thursday after being charged with defrauding investors in an insurance startup they founded. Manhattan federal court records on Wednesday show that David Correia, the business partner, will appear for a change-of-plea hearing, which signals a guilty plea from a defendant who previously pleaded not guilty. Correia was among four defendants, including Ukraine-born Parnas and Belarus-born Igor Fruman, another former Giuliani associate, charged last October with campaign finance violations to further their political or business interests.
Leaders of a popular Thai political party dissolved by the courts eight months ago warned Wednesday that a reported plan to charge them with a crime could inflame the country's current political crisis. Executives of the former Future Forward Party were responding to Thai media reports that the state Election Commission has decided to file charges with police alleging that they violated the Political Parties Act by accepting a large loan from party leader Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit. Piyabutr Saengkanokkul, who had been the party's secretary-general, said at a news conference that the commission's plan, if confirmed, would not stop the former executives from promoting progressive causes.
Walmart removed guns and ammo from all store displays. A statement from Walmart cited "civil unrest" as the reason. Walmart will remove guns and ammo from all sales floors and displays, Sarah Nassauer at The Wall Street Journal first reported, in a year of record gun sales.
President Trump has received a dose of good polling news days ahead of the election — but it may not be enough to turn the tide. In polls wrapping just a week before Election Day, Democratic nominee Joe Biden has posted no new gains in the swing states of Florida, Iowa, Ohio, and Pennsylvania, a Quinnipiac University survey out Thursday reveals. Meanwhile Trump's support has grown in Florida, Iowa, and Pennsylvania — and enough so in Florida and Iowa to be well in contention of winning.
Three people have been killed—including one elderly woman and another person by decapitation—and several others injured in a suspected terror attack inside the Notre-Dame basilica in the French city of Nice. The knife-wielding assailant, who was wounded by police gunfire, allegedly yelled “Allahu Akbar” several times, including while he was being detained, in what has come to be known as a battle cry for Islamic extremists in Europe. The city's mayor, Christian Estrosi, wrote immediately after the killings that “everything suggests a terrorist attack,” and said the unnamed suspect had been arrested and taken to a hospital in the city.
Senate Leader Mitch McConnell has taken a hit among Americans with nearly half saying they feel worse about the senatorâs job performance over the last four years, according to a new poll. Only 16 per cent of respondents said they felt better about Mr McConnell, a Republican senator for Kentucky, and his job performance over the last four years. This compared to 44 per cent of respondents saying they feel worse about his performance, according to an Independent poll with JL Partners.
Donald Trump and Joe Biden | Texas Photo illustration by Salon/Getty Images With less than one week until Election Day and an unprecedented number of early votes already cast, President Donald Trump's campaign appears to be faltering in more states. And the most consequential slip seems to be underway in the historically unassailable conservative stronghold of Texas — an electoral prize Democrats have eyed for years. On Wednesday, the influential Cook Political Report shifted the deep red state towards Democratic nominee Joe Biden, from "lean Republican" to "toss-up."
Ruth Bader Ginsburg should have retired before 2016 so president Donald Trump would never have had the opportunity to fill her vacated seat when she died, Bill Maher has said. The liberal-leaning 'Real Time' talk show host also suggested Democrats failed to properly plan for the possibility that Ginsburg, known as RBG, might die while serving on the bench. Mr Obama had a private lunch with RBG and is understood to have brought up her retirement, pointing out Democrats might lose the Senate, meaning he could lose the chance to appoint a justice.
There have been few high-profile Republican politicians more publicly and slavishly devoted to President Trump over the last few years than Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.). Apparently that near-total fealty hasn't been enough for Graham to earn a little loyalty in return. The Trumpiest corners of the conservative ecosphere have made it plain in recent weeks that they're ready to abandon Graham — who is locked in a tight re-election race with Democratic challenger Jaime Harrison — even if it means losing his Senate seat.
Facebook "improperly" blocked some political ads due to "technical issues" when implementing its ban on new ads in the week before Election Day, the company said in a blog post Thursday. Facebook said this was an automated process and that "no ad was paused or rejected by a person, or because of any partisan consideration." Biden's campaign had earlier on Thursday slammed Facebook after thousands of its ads were blocked, saying it had "no sense of the scale of the problem, who it is affecting, and their plan to resolve it."
Tulsa is gearing up for the centennial of the 1921 race massacre, a violent incident of racism that almost entirely destroyed the city's Black community 100 years ago. The commemoration is putting a spotlight on Black Tulsans' long, painful struggle toward racial equality – a struggle echoed throughout U.S. history in Black communities across the country. Coupled with a divisive presidential election in which race and racism are central issues, the sense among many Black voters in Tulsa is that neither party really has their interests at heart.
Matthew McConaughey doesn't let his three kids say the words "lying," "I can't," and "hate." The actor told Oprah Winfrey about his childrearing philosophy during an interview for Apple TV+ series, "The Oprah Conversation." McConaughey also said that he and his wife Camila Alves are trying to raise kind, respectful young men.
Ice Cube has been adamant that Democrats told him to hold off until after the election before making demands for his “Contract With Black America. However, he admitted that he blew off a Zoom call with vice presidential candidate Kamala Harris. The NWA rapper and actor recently revealed to Fox Soul's Cocktails with Queens, that features Claudia Jordan, Vivica A. Fox, LisaRaye McCoy, and Syleena Johnson, that he turned down a request by the California senator to be a part of a Zoom call.
She called it a symptom of what ails the Senate, saying that under McConnell's leadership “everything's been polarized, everything has been red or blue, dysfunctional. McConnell countered that he's “never seen the Democrats so radical" and tried linking McGrath to her party's progressive leaders — a tested GOP tactic in Kentucky. He also recounted his role in President Donald Trump's impeachment acquittal in the Senate, telling a campaign audience: “I led the opposition to impeaching Donald Trump and I'm proud of it.
“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.”