Don Bell reports.
Don Bell reports.
In his interview with Yahoo News, Adams detailed the practices that county election officials use to ensure that ballots are not tampered with, and refuted the notion, floated by Trump and Attorney General William Barr, that a foreign government could plant false ballots into the middle of an election. Kentucky is one of 42 states, along with the District of Columbia, that tracks its mail ballots, according to data compiled by the Voting Rights Lab, an advocacy group that analyzes voting laws. Like many states, Kentucky uses a bar code that is generated once a voter applies for and requests a mail ballot.
Richard Spencer, a prominent neo-Nazi who coined the term "alt-right," said over the weekend that he will vote for Joe Biden in the November election. "I plan to vote for Biden and a straight democratic ticket," Spencer tweeted on Sunday. Biden's campaign forcefully disavowed Spencer's endorsement shortly after, describing him as being part of the "vile forces of hate who have come crawling out from under rocks" in the US.
Postmaster General Louis DeJoy faced hours of an intense grilling by Democratic lawmakers on Monday who want answers on why the US Postal Service underwent operational changes in recent weeks that have led to significant delays in delivery. “The president is running this post office like a business,” Mr Lynch said, alluding to Donald Trump's business history chequered with strings of success but also several failures.
The pool attendant Jerry Falwell Jr. claimed tried to extort him after having an affair with his wife revealed Monday that he was involved in a seven-year sexual relationship with the suspended Liberty University president and his spouse. In an explosive Reuters interview, Giancarlo Granda said his relationship with the couple began after they met in March 2012, when he was a 20-year-old employee at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach hotel. The now 29-year-old said that throughout the relationship, which ended in 2018, he would have sex with Falwell's wife, Becki Tilley Falwell, in front of the evangelical leader.
Mike Pompeo's planned speech to the Republican National Convention this week has sparked a fury of criticism for breaking decades of precedent for sitting secretaries of state avoiding overt partisan political activity. Despite State Department assurances that Pompeo will be speaking in his personal capacity and won't violate prohibitions on federal employees participating in public political events on duty, Democrats and others have cried foul. Four teams of lawyers, including the State Department legal counsel, have reviewed the speech that will be recorded in Jerusalem and broadcast in prime time at the Republican convention on Tuesday to ensure that it does not cross ethical lines, according to a person close to Pompeo who was not authorized to discuss the matter publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity.
Despite overwhelming data supporting the use of face masks and social distancing to contain the spread of Covid-19, the White House is continuing to spurn both practices at highly-publicized events. First lady Melania Trump and many other attendees went maskless at a Monday White House event geared towards children that celebrated the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment. Melania spoke and shook hands with many of the maskless children and hugged some of them, according to CNN reporter Kate Bennett.
Over two dozen former Republican members of Congress are backing Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden. The Biden campaign on Monday announced that former Republican Senator Jeff Flake and more are joining a "Republicans for Biden" effort as they endorse the former vice president in the 2020 election, Fox News reports. "These former members of Congress are supporting Joe Biden because they know what's at stake in this election and that Trump's failures as president have superseded partisanship," the campaign told Fox News.
Seventeen staff and two pupils have tested positive for coronavirus at a school in Scotland as hundreds of people are told to self-isolate. In Greece, teachers and students will be required to wear masks in class and indoor spaces when schools reopen in September, Reuters reports. Sweden is likely to see local outbreaks but no big second wave of Covid-19 cases in the autumn, the country's top epidemiologist and architect if its unorthodox pandemic strategy said today.
WASHINGTON – The Manhattan district attorney has agreed to hold off on enforcing a grand jury subpoena for President Donald Trump's tax returns while an appeals court hears the case. Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance is investigating hush money payments made during the 2016 presidential race to two women who claimed to have had affairs with Trump, but has suggested the probe also involves the Trump Organization. The decision to postpone the subpoena allows for further litigation to take shape in the appeals court, where the president's attorneys have asked judges to block a lower court's ruling requiring the disclosure of his tax returns.
At least 56 cases of the novel coronavirus have been linked to a Starbucks in Paju, South Korea. Health officials attributed the outbreak to customers not wearing face masks, and a lack of proper ventilation inside the store, possibly related to the air conditioning. None of the employees at the cafe were infected.
CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico - Americans who regularly cross the border from Mexico reported long wait times to re-enter the United States on Monday after U.S. officials imposed new COVID-19-related restrictions on cross-border travel by U.S. citizens and permanent residents. The U.S. government closed lanes at select ports of entry on the border and began conducting more secondary checks to limit non-essential travel and slow the spread of the novel coronavirus, a U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) said on Friday. According to CBP data, wait times at some border crossings have since doubled or tripled.
Muslim militants allied with the Islamic State group set off a powerful motorcycle explosive followed by a suicide bombing that together killed 14 people on Monday, many of them soldiers, in the worst extremist attack in the Philippines this year, military officials said. At least 75 soldiers, police and civilians were wounded in the midday bombings in Jolo town in southern Sulu province, regional military commander Lt. Gen. Corleto Vinluan said. The bombings were staged as the government grapples with the highest number of coronavirus infections in Southeast Asia.
WASHINGTON – Several prominent Republicans have publicly endorsed or shown support for former vice president and Democratic nominee Joe Biden instead of their party's incumbent, President Donald Trump. They include elected officials, former Trump administration officials and other prominent Republicans who have slammed Trump for everything from a "bungled" response to the coronavirus pandemic, "terrifying" national security approaches and general divisiveness in the country. Democrats have worked to use this as an advantage, trying to show Biden as the unifying candidate who can appeal to not just Democrats.
People are reportedly bypassing Facebook's marketplace policies and selling guns by pretending to sell stickers, per a Wall Street Journal report. The outlet found four sellers selling stickers promoting gun makers' logos and priced for hundreds of dollars who confirmed when contacted privately that they were actually selling firearms. Facebook prohibits the private sale of guns and ammunition on its marketplace, a policy that sellers have skirted in the past by pretending to advertise gun cases to instead sell firearms.
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro said on Sunday he wanted to punch a reporter in the face for asking about bank deposits made in the account of his wife, First Lady Michelle Bolsonaro, by a former aide to one of his sons. Earlier this month, local media reported that the aide, Fabricio Queiroz, deposited 72,000 reais in checks in the first lady's account between 2011 and 2018. Queiroz was an aide to now Senator Flavio Bolsonaro, the president's eldest son, when he was a Rio de Janeiro state legislator.
The Taliban's chief has finalized a negotiating team that is to have sweeping decision-making powers in upcoming intra-Afghan negotiations, the top Taliban negotiator told The Associated Press on Sunday. Maulvi Hibatullah Akhunzada hand-picked the 20-member team, 13 of whom come from the Taliban's leadership council — around half of the council's total members. The negotiating team will have the authority to set agendas, decide strategy and even sign agreements with the political leadership of the Afghan government in Kabul, lead Taliban negotiator Sher Mohammad Abbas Stanikzai told AP.
Martha Raddatz takes a closer look into the swing state of North Carolina ahead of the 2020 election on "This Week."
Jared Kushner facilitated the delivery of 45 ventilators from Russia to the US earlier this year, two senior administration officials told The Daily Beast. The report said that New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's staffers were surprised to see the supplies arriving from Russia. According to The Daily Beast, Kushner hurried the order along via a personal relationship with the CEO of a Russian sovereign wealth fund that's under US sanctions.
Israeli youths have unearthed hundreds of gold coins stashed away in a clay vessel for more than a thousand years. The treasure was discovered on Aug. 18, the Israel Antiquities Authority said on Monday, by teenagers volunteering at an excavation in central Israel where a new neighbourhood is planned to be built. "The person who buried this treasure 1,100 years ago must have expected to retrieve it and even secured the vessel with a nail so that it would not move.