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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.
An 18-year-old who was shot Saturday at Nockamixon State Park died from his injuries, according to authorities. Bucks County District Attorney Matt Weintraub said Jason Kutt died after he was shot at the park about 5:15 p.m. Saturday. Kutt was sitting with his girlfriend near the lake when he was shot in the back of his neck, he said.
If Joe Biden wins the White House this November, the Democratic presidential candidate's aides have privately hinted he plans to build the most diverse Cabinet in American history. Mr Biden is fond of saying the government should "look like the country" it governs, and his team have suggested that several women and people of colour are in line for top posts under a Biden presidency. Given Mr Biden's age – he would be 78 by the time he took office – the Democrat is also under pressure to ensure a younger generation of rising political talent features in his government picks.
Michigan police chiefs say that may not be able to enforce a ban on carrying guns at polling places, local news channel WKAR reported. The ban was imposed in October by Michigan secretary of state Jocelyn Benson in response to concerns of voter intimidation on Election Day. Members of a far-right so-called militia group were recently charged with plotting to kidnap and assassinate Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer.
Justice Amy Coney Barrett was asked on Tuesday to recuse herself from a Supreme Court case regarding a disputed extension for mail-in voting in Pennsylvania. The state has allowed elections officials to accept mail-in ballots postmarked by November 3 that are received up to three days after general elections. Republicans in Pennsylvania challenged the policy over what they argued was essentially an extension of election day, which “could destroy the American public's confidence in the electoral system.”
Forty-five missing children were rescued and 179 people arrested in one of the largest human sex trafficking operations in US history. Ohio attorney general David Yost said 109 survivors were recovered as part of operation "Autumn Hope", which involved more than 50 law enforcement agencies conducting simultaneous raids across the state. The three-day sting across Columbus saw US Marshalls and undercover officers rescue children in Cuyahoga, Franklin and Lucas counties, including a 14-year-old girl reported missing from Cleveland and a 15-year-old girl reported missing from Lancaster about six hours earlier.
In an appearance on Fox News on Tuesday morning, McEnany was introduced as “Trump 2020 senior advisor and White House press secretary. A few hours later, Fox Business Network host Stuart Varney introduced McEnany by saying she is “serving now as advisor for the Trump campaign. McEnany's dual roles for the White House and the Trump reelection campaign immediately set off alarm bells among good government advocates, who said they represent yet another instance of the often blurry lines between the Trump administration and the president's political operation.
Fox News staffers are "in a panic" about election-night coverage after several of the network's top hosts were exposed a COVID-19 patient and told to quarantine, a staffer told The Daily Beast on Monday. Several top execs and hosts — including Fox News' president, Jay Wallace, and chief political correspondent, Bret Baier — took a flight with someone who later tested positive for the coronavirus. An internal memo sent to staffers on Monday said the network would be paring down staff for election-night operations after multiple positive cases, The Daily Beast reported.
As the US Senate confirmed Donald Trump's pick Amy Coney Barrett for the Supreme Court, many top Democratic senators warned that their Republican colleagues may rue the day they decided to force through the nomination with just over a week to go before the presidential election. Democrat Senator Chuck Schumer said Monday will go down as one of the “darkest days in the Senate's history” as Senate Republicans are “breaking 231 years of precedent and becoming the first majority to confirm a Supreme Court Justice this close to a presidential election day”.
Jennifer Parson, a teacher's assistant and mother from Arizona, recently went viral on TikTok after sharing her unique experience as a gestational surrogate. Parson, who chose to be a surrogate as a way to help a couple complete their family, gave birth to a baby girl on June 9th. However, thanks to COVID-19 and international travel restrictions, the new parents were unable to make the trip to Tucson from Shenzhen, China — so Parson and her family cared for the newborn for nearly three months.
Liberals and conservatives don't just differ politically. According to scientific research, people on different ends of the political spectrum differ psychologically too. Fear is linked more often to leaning conservative, whereas feeling safer can lead people to lean more liberal.
In this press release, he calls it “the very definition of 'voter suppression'” for a poll, by Franklin & Marshall College, to claim Hillary Clinton was ahead by eleven points among likely voters in surveys taken from October 26–30, 2016. He frankly calls this “liberal bias. Yet, Lee notes, Franklin & Marshall and its lead pollster are still taken seriously by the media and cited as nonpartisan experts.
Republican Sen. Ted Cruz says the mounting national debt will re-emerge as a major concern for the GOP. The deficit had been growing even before the pandemic hammered the American economy as a result of the 2017 tax cuts and spending increases that Trump had enacted with GOP backing. Many Republicans are reluctant to support another pandemic aid bill, citing the growing federal debt.
Karl Williams of Brooklyn believes that Black men have “nothing to win” in this year's presidential race with either President Trump or former Vice President Joe Biden. There's no policy platform being presented that's going to address any needs of Black men,” Williams, an investor who trades options, said in a video interview with Yahoo News. Despite this conviction, Williams, 34, plans to vote for Trump for a second time on Nov. 3.
Laura and Scott Van Doormaal spent months fundraising to afford a life-saving treatment for their daughter, Lucy. Lucy has spinal muscular atrophy, and was not expected to live past two without treatment. The Van Doormaal family lives in Canada, where the treatment is not yet approved, but was able to get access through a program offered by the drug maker.
An Arizona man has been arrested after he accosted two young Black men outside of his mixed-use commercial/residential property over the weekend. As seen in captured video, the man, Paul Ng, stopped the pair, who were reportedly recording a YouTube show, and inquires what they are photographing. Asking Ng why he is interested in their presence, the young man says, “Do you know a lot of white men are doing racist things in this world, sir?
Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden has taken a step toward revealing his Supreme Court plans. The last-minute nomination of Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court has raised allegations from Democrats that Republicans are unfairly gaming the system. It has also led some Democrats to suggest Biden either expand and pack the court with liberal justices if he's elected, or adopt term limits to replace the current lifetime appointments.
The Trump administration is fighting in federal court to block states from giving billions of dollars in emergency food stamps to the lowest-income Americans during the coronavirus crisis. Residents of Pennsylvania and California have sued President Donald Trump's Agriculture Department over a policy that has kept roughly 40 percent of households who rely on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program from receiving any emergency benefits during the pandemic. After being ordered by a federal judge last week to proceed with the payments in the Pennsylvania case, the department is continuing to appeal.
Former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton said it was "pathetic" that State Secretary Mike Pompeo promised the release more of her emails ahead of the 2020 election. Pompeo made the pledge to release more of Clinton's State Department emails in an interview with Fox News earlier this month, saying "we've got the emails, we're getting them out." Ahead of the 2016 election, the FBI investigated Clinton's use of a private email server, but the investigation resulted in no charges.
The White House says "we are not going to control the pandemic." But Dr. Anthony Fauci disagrees, and scientific evidence is on his side. Fauci and two of his colleagues from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease co-authored a new JAMA viewpoint.
A former US Postal Service worker in Kentucky has been charged "with the delay or destruction of mail," the US Department of Justice announced on Monday. DeShawn Bojgere, 30, of Louisville, is accused of discarding "approximately" 111 ballots in a construction dumpster in early to mid-October. The Justice Department said all of the recovered mail was being delivered.
With one week to go before the 2020 campaign ends, California remains on track to hand former Vice President Joe Biden a victory by the largest margin for a Democratic presidential candidate in state history, the final UC Berkeley Institute for Governmental Studies poll indicates. Biden leads President Trump 65%-29%, the poll finds. The only larger victory in state history came exactly a century ago, in 1920, when Warren G. Harding, the Republican, beat James Cox, the Democratic candidate, by 42 points.
Albert II refused to admit that Delphine Boël was his secret lovechild for 20 years and only after losing a seven-year court battle that forced him to take a DNA test. The palace released a photograph of Princess Delphine de Saxe-Cobourg, sitting smiling alongside Albert II and his wife, Queen Paola, in their Brussels residence of Castle Belvédère on Sunday. The secret princess told reporters the icy legal statement was “like a knife in the back” and that her father had brutally cut contact with her when she was 33.
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.
Walt Disney World announced on Monday that it's changing iconic entrances that feature flag-embellished arches and cutouts of Mickey and Minnie Mouse. The new design is being made to complement other renovations, according to the Disney Parks Blog, and will no longer feature Cinderella Castle or the phrase "Where Dreams Come True." Similar criticism was aimed at Disney World after it unveiled the new pink-and-gold exterior of Cinderella Castle over the summer.
“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.”