SPOTLIGHT ON MICHIGAN LEADERS OF COLOR
SPOTLIGHT ON MICHIGAN LEADERS OF COLOR
A history teacher who showed his pupils cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed in class was beheaded near his school in a Paris suburb on Friday by a suspected Islamist terrorist who shouted “Allahu Akbar , police said. Alerted by local residents, police confronted and shot dead a man armed with a kitchen knife and an air gun who refused to drop his weapons and surrender, and threatened them. Minutes later, officers found the body of the male teacher.
It comes after the Trump campaign aired a campaign advert which took comments Fauci had made out of context to appear as if he was praising President Trump's handling of the coronavirus. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. President Trump on Thursday claimed that Dr. Anthony Fauci, the infectious diseases expert helping to co-ordinate the White House's coronavirus response, is a Democrat, despite him not being a member of any party.
A major Democratic group on Friday pulled its last remaining ads from Colorado's closely watched U.S. Senate race, a sign that the party thinks its nominee has the crucial race in the bag. Senate Majority PAC said it will cancel $1.2 million in television ads and spend the money elsewhere as Democrats press a newly expanded Senate map, which Republicans on the run in GOP strongholds such as Alaska and South Carolina. Former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, 68, is challenging Republican Sen. Cory Gardner, 46, in Colorado, a state that has trended sharply to the left since President Donald Trump's 2016 election.
White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany on Wednesday night claimed Twitter is holding a "gun to my head" after she posted a link to a critical story about Joe Biden. Ms McEnany told Fox News's Hannity that she has been “permanently” banned from her personal account after redistributing the article, which both Facebook and Twitter have restricted access to over concerns about its veracity. "It's not a temporary blockage," said Ms McEnany.
Dismal polls and poor debate performances are predictably not playing well within President Trump's campaign — but campaign manager Bill Stepien is reportedly not doing much to change that. Stepien's weekly pep talks encourage staffers to look away from "perennially horrible public polls" and find ways they can "win the week," staffers tell Axios. Stepien is reportedly fond of comparing the campaign to a plane flying through turbulence, saying "It's our job to safely land the plane."
Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein hugged Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham at the close of Amy Coney Barrett's confirmation hearings on Thursday. Feinstein also thanked Graham for leading the hearings. Democrats responded negatively to the chummy show, with many calling for Feinstein to step down from her leadership position on the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Savannah Guthrie did more than just display her journalistic chops at NBC News' town hall with President Donald Trump. NBC was reeling heading into Thursday's event, under widespread criticism for scheduling it at the same time as ABC's town hall with Democratic opponent Joe Biden. NBC was accused of rewarding Trump for rejecting the debate commission's plan to do the second debate virtually.
Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden's tax plan remains a sticking point for some voters. A meme posted to Facebook on Sept. 15 says Biden is no friend of working folks because of his voting history on taxes, such as his vote for a 1983 bill authorizing a 50% tax on Social Security. The former senator from Delaware was also the deciding vote in raising the Social Security tax rate to up to 85% in 1993, according to the meme.
Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said he was "wrong" not to wear a mask to the White House Rose Garden event for the Supreme Court nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett. Christie and several other attendees and White House officials later tested positive for COVID-19. In an interview with The New York Times, Christie detailed his experience since his COVID-19 diagnosis, saying he hoped his experience showed others that "you should follow CDC guidelines in public no matter where you are and wear a mask to protect yourself and others."
Proposing marriage can take months of planning or in the moment. But even the best proposal plans can't take into account variables like a certain Miami Heat legend popping in for a photobomb moment. Dwyane Wade was walking down California's Rosewood Miramar Beach during the middle of Ryan Basch's proposal to Katie Ryan, and the former NBA star's reaction was priceless.
Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images The New York Times editorial board on Friday dropped a massive essay that outlines the case against re-electing President Donald Trump to a second term. The essay does not hold back in describing Trump's presidency in apocalyptic terms, and it begins by saying he "poses the greatest threat to American democracy since World War II." The editors then cycle through a list of grievances against the president, whom they accuse of having "gravely damaged the United States at home and around the world," as well as having "abused the power of his office and denied the legitimacy of his political opponents, shattering the norms that have bound the nation together for...
Peter Larson stopped his tractor in the middle of the soybean fields his family has operated for decades in North Dakota to seriously consider what might happen if he went through with his decision. It wasn't exactly the most thought-out plan: a few days earlier, the farmer had come up with an idea to plow through acres of his land to carve out a sign in support of former Vice President Joe Biden and his running mate, California Senator Kamala Harris. He etched out their last names on a loose piece of paper he carried with him in his tractor until he decided to go through with it.
Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina has set a fundraising record for Republican Senate candidates, bringing in $28 million in the third quarter of a reelection battle that is becoming among the more expensive in the country.
Asian shares were mixed on Friday as investors weighed concerns about the U.S. presidential election and an economic stimulus package, on top of fears of flaring outbreaks of coronavirus. Investors are also looking ahead to the release of data on the Chinese economy next week. Shares rose in Japan and China but fell in South Korea and Australia.
Mary Trump has a problem with one of Savannah Guthrie's questions for her uncle. During President Trump's Thursday town hall with NBC News, Guthrie asked Trump about his questionable tweets and retweets furthering far-right conspiracy theories. Trump tried to defend some of them as "retweets," saying he'll "put it out there, people can decide for themselves."
Reprieve from the long hours of darkness is just around the corner, when spring brings with it Daylight Saving Time and the turning forward of the clocks. Most clocks, digital watches, and smartphones will change automatically to reflect the new time, but if you have an analogue clock, set a reminder to turn the clock forward an hour. To make the time change easier, which can take your body up to a week to adjust to, neurologist and sleep expert of the Cleveland Clinic Tina Waters, MD, suggests making small changes in the weeks leading up to the start of Daylight Saving.
Supreme Court nominee Judge Amy Coney Barrett repeatedly avoided answering questions during her confirmation hearings this week. Barrett leaned on the "Ginsburg rule" in justifying her refusal to address an array of topics, though it's a rule that Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg didn't actually follow. Where Barrett didn't answer, Republicans often stepped in and made her position on hot-button topics like abortion abundantly clear.
Rather than debate each other on Thursday evening, Donald Trump and Joe Biden spoke at separate "town hall" events, both of which began at 8:00 p.m. This was probably inevitable after the president was diagnosed with COVID-19. The thing about Trump and Guthrie is that for most of the evening it really did sound like a debate despite the absence of the other candidate. Here was Trump finally doing what he should have done in his first exchange with Biden (can you believe it was really three weeks ago?): not interrupting, cracking jokes, pushing back against school closures and other lockdown measures, which has always been the single best wedge issue available to him in this campaign.
Senate Judiciary Chairman Lindsey Graham has been accused of violating federal election laws for using an intermission at the Supreme Court confirmation hearings to discuss campaign fundraising efforts and call for “help” from South Carolina voters against his Democratic opponent in the November elections. The Republican senator was discussing his re-election bid against Jaime Harrison, the Democratic senatorial candidate who raised a record-breaking $57 million during the third quarter of his campaign, at a break in the committee hearings when he made the remarks.
A convicted gang member accused of beating singer R. Kelly in his jail cell was allowed to roam “a great distance” at the federal jail in downtown Chicago and no one “lifted a finger” to ward off the attack, Kelly's lawyers alleged in a court filing Friday. Kelly's attorneys want to question Jeremiah Shane Farmer under oath about the August attack as part of their ongoing efforts to have Kelly released on bond pending trial on sexual abuse-related charges. Farmer, a convicted member of the Latin Kings, outed himself as Kelly's attacker in a court filing last month in Hammond, where he's facing a mandatory life sentence for racketeering conspiracy involving a 1999 double murder.