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    Fox News host Tucker Carlson appeared to be surprised by Glenn Beck's comments as he dismantled an attempt by Democrats and their media allies to resurrect the Russian election interference narrative for 2020. The talk radio personality and TheBlaze founder appeared Monday on Carlson's Fox News show to discuss the accusations from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and others that Russia is trying to intervene in the 2020 election. "I'm living in an 'Alice in Wonderland' world where, you know... I think if I drink that, then I get smaller. If I eat something, I get larger," Beck said. "Nancy Pelosi, eat me," he continued. "This is a completely upside down world,...
    WASHINGTON — President Trump on Monday said this year’s G-7 summit would be postponed until after the election and added that Russian leader Vladimir Putin could still score an invite. During a briefing at the White House — which was dramatically halted by a non-fatal shooting outside — Trump said he was considering inviting the Russian president back after he was kicked out of the Group of Eight for his country’s annexation of Crimea in 2014. “We have invited a number of people to the meeting. I certainly would invite him to the meeting, I think he’s an important factor,” Trump said on Monday. “We will invite certain people that aren’t in the G-7, some people have already accepted,”...
    November's election represents "the biggest choice election by far in our lifetime and the consequences couldn't be bigger," Fox News host Sean Hannity told "The Story" Monday night. "[On] every issue, it's amazing, there is the deepest divide," Hannity, the author of the new book "Live Free or Die: America (and the World) on the Brink," told host Martha MacCallum. "I've never seen one major party candidate [Democrat Joe Biden] race so solidly to the left ... I mean, they co-opted Bolshevik Bernie's [Sanders] agenda, pledging trillions for AOC's [Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's] new green deal, the gun czar is 'You're damn right we're going to take your gun'  Beto O'Rourke." Hannity's comments came after President Trump accused Biden Friday of "following the...
    Traditionally, the Democratic and Republican conventions kick off the campaign with great fanfare. The party delegates officially nominate their candidate there, who, in highly publicized speeches, accept this role and outline their programs. As the new coronavirus progressed in the country, which deplores more than 155,000 deaths, their magnitude had been revised downwards. Wednesday, “in the face of the worsening of the pandemic”, the organizers of the Democratic convention, scheduled for August 17 to 20 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, further lowered the wing. “Convention speakers, including Vice President Biden, will not travel to Milwaukee in order to protect public health,” they wrote in a statement. The 77-year-old former Barack Obama No. 2 will deliver his nomination speech from Delaware, where...
    Internet connectivity and cellular service in Belarus have been down since Sunday evening, after sporadic outages early that morning and throughout the day. The connectivity blackout, which also includes landline phones, appears to be a government-imposed outage that comes amid widespread protests and increasing social unrest over Belarus' presidential election Sunday. The ongoing shutdown has further roiled the country of about 9.5 million people, where official election results this morning indicated that five-term president Aleksandr Lukashenko had won a sixth term with about 80 percent of the vote. Around the country, protests against Lukashenko's administration, including criticisms of his foreign policy and handling of the Covid-19 pandemic, grew in the days leading up to the election and exploded on...
    Wisconsin voters will head to the polls Tuesday, the second time voting will occur in the state during the coronavirus pandemic, giving election officials one final test run before November, according to CBS News campaign reporter Adam Brewster. In April, clerks were swamped with last minute requests for absentee ballots and many voters around the state reported that they did not receive their ballots by Election Day. There were also issues finding poll workers in April and some cities had to cut the number of polling sites, leading to massive lines. Most dramatically, Milwaukee was only able to operate 5 of its usual 180 polling locations. Poll workers still proved difficult to find in August. The Wisconsin National Guard is providing more...
    (CNN)Sometimes, you know a dictator by the company they keep. Though thousands of Belarusians took to the streets to demonstrate against what they see as Sunday's blatantly rigged presidential election, President Alexander Lukashenko could at least bask in the congratulations of his fellow autocrats. On Monday, Chinese President Xi Jinping sent a congratulatory message to Lukashenko on his re-election. According to China's state-run Xinhua news agency, Xi "extended warm congratulations and best wishes" to his Belarusian counterpart. The Kremlin also had warm words. In a congratulatory message, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Sunday's vote "undoubtedly meets the fundamental interests of the fraternal peoples of Russia and Belarus," and promised "mutually beneficial Russian-Belarusian relations in all areas." Lukashenko has held power...
    Donald Trump has had a vendetta against the U.S. Postal Service throughout his time in office, but it only took center stage after he realized that the Postal Service would be an essential part of the elections because voting by mail is more important during the coronavirus pandemic. But while Trump’s efforts to destroy the Postal Service have only ramped up in the past couple months, destroying things is one of his areas of greatest competence, so there’s very real worry about voting by mail in November, and, as a result, about the elections as a whole. “It seems like they’re just trying to turn customers away from the post office,” the president of the Cincinnati American Postal Workers Union local told The New...
    Madison Summers August 10, 2020 0 Comments Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden has a choice to make: pick a Black woman as his running mate or “lose the election,” several Black public figures are saying. The letter is signed by over a hundred male public figures including radio host Charlamagne tha God and comedian Nick Cannon. The letter reads, “For too long Black women have been asked to do everything from rally the troops to risk their lives for the Democratic Party with no acknowledgment, no respect, no visibility, and certainly not enough support.” The letter continues to read: “Failing to select a Black woman in 2020 means you will lose the election. We don’t want to choose...
    Of all the institutions in American politics, the Electoral College is surely the strangest. It never worked as its designers intended, and for more than 200 years, generations of aspiring reformers have lambasted its distortions and mounted heroic campaigns to replace it. And yet it still stands, only slightly modified, in all its Rube Goldberg curiosity. Which begs the obvious question that titles the Harvard historian Alexander Keyssar’s new book, Why Do We Still Have the Electoral College? The short answer is that the constitution is really hard to amend, and virtually impossible when more than a third of senators or representatives think their states would do worse under new rules. And this has always been the case, for reasons ranging...
    A protester is arrested by riot police on Sunday evening of the Belarusian presidential election. NurPhoto / Contributor / Getty Images The Belarusan president Alexander Lukashenko was re-elected for a sixth term – extending his 26 years in office – according to preliminary results issued Monday, The Washington Post reported.  On late Sunday, protesters expressing dissent against the official results broke out in the streets. Opposition have claimed that the election results – which say Lukashenko won just under 80 percent against four candidates – were rigged, The New York Times reported. Protesters were met by a strong police response. The Times reported that a police truck injured several people when it drove into a crowd of protesters...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Voters in Minneapolis should expect significant changes to the polling process on Tuesday’s primary, as this will be the city’s first election since the start of the COVID-19 outbreak. First off: Your polling place might have moved. The city says 50 of its 125 polling places were moved, particularly if they were located in residential buildings. (To check your polling place, click here.) RELATED: WCCO’s Minnesota Primary Guide Voters will be asked to wear a mask. For those that refuse to wear one or have a medical reason not to, they’ll be able to vote outside the polling place, in a designated area. Curbside voting will also be an option. Those entering polling places...
    On Sunday speaking with Dana Bash on CNN’s “State of the Union,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi posited that although Bill Evanina, director of the National Counterintelligence and Security Center, has indicated that Russia prefers President Trump and China and Iran prefer presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden, Russia is the greater threat to interfere in the 2020 election. Bash initiated the exchange by referring to Evanina, saying, “A top elections official in the office of the Director of National Intelligence revealed on Friday that Russia is using a range of measures to primarily denigrate former Vice President Joe Biden, while both China and Iran don’t want President Trump to win reelection. You suggested in a statement that the threats posed by these...
    On Tuesday night, November 6, 2018, Republicans got some very bad news: they had lost their majority in the U.S. House of Representatives. But after Election Night, as the vote counting continued, Republicans realized just how large the blue wave was in the 2018 midterms — an example of what journalist David A. Graham, in an August 10 article for The Atlantic, describes as a “late-breaking blue shift.” And the same thing, according to Graham, might happen in 2020. “As polling places closed on November 6, 2018, the expected ‘blue wave’ looked more like a ripple,” Graham explains. “Not only had some of the highest-profile Democratic candidates lost, but the party’s gains in the House and the Senate looked smaller...
    An election worker opens envelopes containing vote-by-mail ballots for the August 4 Washington state primary at King County Elections in Renton, Washington on August 3, 2020.Jason Redmond | AFP | Getty Images Election officials in states across the nation are wrestling with a critical issue for the upcoming presidential contest: how much hand sanitizer will be enough for each polling place on Nov. 3.  The coronavirus pandemic has already disrupted voting in 2020, forcing state officials across the country to institute new procedures and policies meant to maintain turnout while keeping voters safe.  Several states have expanded vote-by-mail access, providing an alternative for those who fear that voting in person will increase their risk of contracting or spreading the virus.  But...
    Russia’s President Vladimir Putin and Belarus’ President Alexander Lukashenko at a ceremony to mark the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Belarus from Nazi occupation, on July 2, 2014. RIA Novosti/REUTERS No one believes Aleksander Lukashenko won 80% of the presidential vote in the Belarus election — that’s why there was fighting on the streets of Minsk this weekend. The chaos is likely to irritate Russian president Valdimir Putin, who has long wanted Belarus to stay closer to Moscow than Europe. But Belarus officials arrested 33 Russian mercenaries, allegedly on their way to the Middle East, at a spa outside Minsk, complicating Putin’s next move. Putin will probably have to make...
    MinnPost file photo by Corey AndersonBoth the Minneapolis Public Schools district and the Red Lake School District are holding school board races that have attracted enough candidates to trigger a first round of elimination during the Aug. 11 primary election.In the midst of all the confusion and controversy surrounding back-to-school planning in the midst of a pandemic, five districts have managed to land items on the primary ballot.  Both the Minneapolis Public Schools district and the Red Lake School District are holding school board races that have attracted enough candidates to trigger a first round of elimination during the Aug. 11 primary election. Only two candidates, per open seat, are allowed to advance to the general election.  In Minneapolis, five...
    Puerto Rico halts primary voting in centers lacking ballots Dollar Tree, Family Dollar reverse decision to require masks at all stores, but request customers wear them Since 1992, how the Dow, S&P trade in the three months into Election Day The 2020 presidential election is just about three months away. Some investors are worried about a potential change from a Trump to a Biden administration. History shows politics, and changes in the political parties in power, have rarely been a good way to measure the market's potential.  Click to expand Replay Video UP NEXT How you can save $1 million for retirement How you can save a million bucks for retirement USA TODAY ...
    A poll worker sanitizes a table on Primary Day in Indiana.Jeremy Hogan/SOPA/Sipa/AP For indispensable reporting on the coronavirus crisis and more, subscribe to Mother Jones' newsletters.In April and May, as the coronavirus ravaged places like New York City and Los Angeles, it looked as if Texas might somehow make it through the pandemic largely unscathed. But then the state’s case counts began to rise precipitously—just in time for its May 26 primary runoff election. Rather than expand mail voting, the Texas’ Republican governor, Greg Abbott, pushed the election to July 14. But by then, things were even worse. Some assisted living centers and residential care facilities that would normally serve as polling places refused to host the election, the Texas...
    By STEVE PEOPLES, AP National Political Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Presidential politics move fast. What we’re watching heading into a new week on the 2020 campaign: Days to general election: 85 Days to first state offering early voting (North Carolina): 26 ___ THE NARRATIVE The 2020 spotlight is about to shift, at least temporarily, away from President Donald Trump and onto his Democratic rival, Joe Biden. The former vice president has largely been an afterthought in recent months as he waited out much of the coronavirus pandemic from his Delaware home and Trump struggled on the global stage through a series of crises and self-made controversies. That dynamic will change when Biden announces his vice presidential selection, which is...
    NEW YORK (AP) — Presidential politics move fast. What we’re watching heading into a new week on the 2020 campaign: Days to general election: 85 Days to first state offering early voting (North Carolina): 26 ___ THE NARRATIVE The 2020 spotlight is about to shift, at least temporarily, away from President Donald Trump and onto his Democratic rival, Joe Biden. The former vice president has largely been an afterthought in recent months as he waited out much of the coronavirus pandemic from his Delaware home and Trump struggled on the global stage through a series of crises and self-made controversies. That dynamic will change when Biden announces his vice presidential selection, which is almost certain to come this week,...
    MINSK, Belarus (AP) — Officials say Belarus’ President Alexander Lukashenko took 80% of the vote in election that sparked mass protests. Copyright © 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    SACRAMENTO —  Democrats accuse Republicans of trying to suppress voting all across America. But in California, Democrats actually ban voting to fill a vacancy in one of our most important offices: U.S. senator. That’s hypocrisy, pure and simple. A Republican legislator is trying to fix the autocratic practice. But he hasn’t a prayer with Democrats controlling both the legislative and executive branches of state government. Of course, the GOP is equally guilty in other states — arguably even more sinful. Both major parties run elections in their own self-interests, regardless of what might be best for the public. Shock! The recent Republican strategy, led by President Trump, has been to suppress voting among Democrats. The GOP does this by discouraging...
    RUDY Giuliani said he thinks Kanye West is still a "secret" Trump supporter, despite a longshot bid for the presidency. Trump's personal lawyer, Giuliani, spoke with TMZ on Sunday about the rapper's late jump into the 2020 presidential election. ⚠️ Follow our US election 2020 live blog for the latest news & updates 7Rudy Giuliani believes Kanye is still a Trump supporterCredit: The Mega Agency 7Trump and Kanye are seen grabbing hands in the Oval Office at the White house after a meeting on October 11, 2018Credit: Getty Images - Getty 7West – who is running as an Independent – was previously a vocal Trump supporterCredit: AP:Associated Press When asked if Kanye West could have a swing on the election,...
    Bradley Cortright August 9, 2020 0 Comments Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is expressing her concern about a new intelligence report that said Russian operatives want to help President Donald Trump’s re-election prospects and hurt the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden. During an interview on MSNBC on Sunday, Clinton was asked what advice she would give to the Biden campaign regarding Russian efforts to meddle in the election. Clinton responded by suggesting that the fact that Trump administration officials are raising the about attempts to meddle in the election, there must be a widespread effort by foreign countries to influence the election.  “When even the Trump administration intelligence officials have to admit that there is so much activity coming from Russia that...
    (CNN)Foreign actors still view US politics as a playpen. That's the key takeaway from the updated assessment of the election threat landscape by the US intelligence community's top election security official. It included detailed information on the "the intentions and activities" of China, Russia and Iran with respect to the 2020 election, now less than three months away. Samantha Vinograd Four years into Donald Trump's administration, foreign adversaries are still trying to attack our elections; they have not been dissuaded or deterred from attempting to advance their agendas at the expense of our democracy. This is unsurprising, given that the President seems to welcome foreign election interference that benefits him. Trump not only failed to condemn Russian President Vladimir...
    Sarah K Burris August 9, 2020 5:30PM (UTC) This article originally appeared on Raw Story It was announced this week that the New York attorney general is filing a suit against the National Rifle Association over fraud and saying that they must close down. It's a case that was part of an 18-month investigation that revealed the gun lobbying group is "fraught with fraud and abuse." Now, the NRA is faced with trying to convince the public that they're still relevant. Bloomberg reported Friday that the lavish spending on clothing for the group's CEO, internal disputes, and questions about foreign donations are all crashing together just in time for the 2020 election. After spending millions to elect President Donald Trump,...
    Nancy Pelosi said Russia still poses the biggest threat to election interference as she claimed Sunday Moscow is spending all day, everyday in efforts to hurt Joe Biden's chances of getting elected. 'Russia is actively, 24/7 interfering in our election,' Pelosi told CNN's State of the Union Sunday morning. 'They did so in 2016, and they are doing so now,' the House Speaker continued. 'The American people, I believe, they should decide who the President of the United States is. Not Vladimir Putin making that decision for us.' Despite Pelosi's assurance that Russia is the biggest threat to U.S. elections, National Security Advisor Robert O'Brien said Sunday that the government has maxed out on its ability to sanction Russia to...
    President Donald Trump criticized Democrats Saturday for trying to use the coronavirus aid bill to steal the election, by making major changes to election laws. The president said that Democrats had proposed changes in voting laws that would open up voting in 2020 to fraud, including eliminating voter ID and signature verification and enacting universal mail-in voting. “You [know] what it’s about? Fraud,” Trump said. “They want to try and steal this election, because frankly, it’s the only way they can win the election.” The president also warned that Democrats wanted to include stimulus payment checks for illegal aliens, the release of inmates, and the release of illegal aliens in custody. “What does this have to do with stimulus of...
    Youth are stepping up to work the polls on Election Day, addressing the poll worker shortage that has plagued the primary election cycle. Often overlooked, poll workers are an essential component to election administration. They set up and close polling places, and are responsible for protecting ballots and voting equipment.   For young organizers like Evan Malbrough, this is an organizing opportunity to get more young people engaged in civic life, as well as provide an opportunity for employment. “I officially started the Georgia Youth Poll Worker Project in order to address that issue through the employment of young people,” said Malbrough. Recognizing the capacity issues facing metro-area counties, Malbrough stepped in to fill the void.  A recent graduate of...
    Photo via White House/FlickrRepublicans have made statewide gains on Democrats in registering voters in Florida since the last presidential election, as shown by the official voter registration book closing for the August 18 primaries. This latest book closing report shows Democrats’ voter registration advantage over Republicans has been trimmed to 1.7% statewide. That is down from the gaps seen in the last several statewide elections, including the 2016 general election. Democrats had a voter registration advantage then of 2.5% but Republicans won the big contests anyway, with Donald Trump grabbing Florida and winning the presidency and Sen. Marco Rubio easily dispatching Democratic challenger Rep. Patrick Murphy. Between the November 2016 election and now, the Florida GOP has increased its voter base by 377,196 party...
    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — About 120,000 inactive Ohio voter registrations will be purged from state voter rolls after the November election, the state elections chief announced Friday, while saying that number could go down if people on the list simply vote in the election. The removal, required under state and federal law, will take effect Dec. 7 and affects Ohioans who haven’t voted in six years. That could also include voters who died, moved out of state or are in the system twice, the Secretary of State’s Office said. By providing four months’ notice, the hope is to increase voter turnout by encouraging people to check their voter registration and update it if needed, or just cast a ballot, Republican...
    EU and UK flags He may have succeeded in ditching the Irish backstop and getting his Withdrawal Agreement through Parliament against all the odds. But as Boris Johnson prepares to redraw the Brexit battlelines with the EU as negotiations resume later this month, he once again faces the prospect of a backbench rebellion over the deal he struck with Brussels last October.  Although senior Brexiteers endorsed the treaty when faced with a remainer rebellion that threatened to reverse the referendum result, there is mounting disquiet among leave MPs that the agreement still isn’t worth the paper it is written on. As with Theresa May’s original deal, Tory members of the European Research Group (ERG) who universally endorsed the Prime Minister’s replacement...
    President Donald Trump picked apart a reporter on Friday evening over the way the reporter asked a question about foreign countries that are looking to interfere in the upcoming U.S. elections this fall. The question centered around a new report that was released this afternoon by U.S. intelligence officials that said that China and Iran wanted Trump to lose re-election, and claimed that Russia was trying to harm presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden. “The intelligence agencies today said that Russia is already meddling in this year’s election to hurt Joe Biden and that China is considering meddling to hurt you,” a reporter said. “Do you believe that intelligence, and what do you plan to do about it?” The reporter’s...
    (CNN)Democrats are accusing the Trump administration of sabotaging the nation's mail system as voters gear up to cast mail-in ballots during the coronavirus pandemic.There had already been calls for an internal investigation of cost-cutting measures that have led to slower mail delivery and suggestions that the effort by Louis DeJoy, the new postmaster general who is a donor to President Donald Trump and Republicans, is harming the agency.It comes as Trump has repeatedly alleged, without proof, that mail-in voting efforts are ripe for fraud and will cost him the White House when voters cast ballots. Fact-checking Trumps continued assault on mail-in voting and suggestions of delaying the election On Friday, DeJoy announced a hiring freeze for leadership positions and a...
    New York Attorney General Letitia James’ move to sue the NRA has “political timing,” Fox News host Sean Hannity said on Thursday, calling out an overarching agenda of the "radical left" that makes the upcoming election a "tipping point." “It just adds to what is the broader, bigger choice in this election. In [the book] “Live Free or Die,” it’s basically, live free or you’re going to have radicals take over this government,” the host of "Hannity" told “Outnumbered Overtime.” Hannity said that there has never been in American history a “major prominent party candidate” that shifted this far to the “radical left.” “The left has talked about eliminating the Electoral College, they want to stack the courts, they always hated the Second...
    The New York attorney general is “one of the most partisan figures,” said Fox News contributor Ari Fleischer on Thursday, as he criticized Letitia James' move to try to dissolve the National Rifle Association. “This is how an office gets politicized. On the merits of this, there are always two sides to a lawsuit. Let’s see what the NRA says to defend themselves here, I don’t know the facts, but on the politics of it, this is one of the dumbest biggest mistakes an attorney general or anyone can make on an election year,” the former George W. Bush White House press secretary told “Outnumbered Overtime.” Fleischer said that James ran an election campaign on an “anti-President Trump, anti-Republican and anti-conservative platform." NRA LAYS OFF...
    Although President Donald Trump has been trailing former Vice President Joe Biden in poll after poll, a lot could happen between now and Election Day. Attorney Dmitri Mehlhorn, in an article for the conservative website The Bulwark, stresses that while Trump and his Republican allies might “use normal tactics to win outright or make the race closer,” there is also the possibility that they will find ways to steal the election — and Mehlhorn lays out some troubling possibilities. One of them, according to Mehlhorn, is that Trump will “use openly authoritarian tactics to keep power.” “Trump has doubled down on his lies about vote-by-mail security and suggested that those concerns demand a delay of the election,” Mehlhorn explains. “This...
    Ivanka Trump made a bold sartorial statement on Thursday morning when she left her D.C. home in a pretty pink pantsuit, hours after netting an impressive $4 million for her father's re-election campaign during a virtual fundraising event.   And judging by her vibrant choice of outfit, it seems the First Daughter was in a bright mood as she headed into the office, perhaps using her stylish ensemble as an expression of her excitement over the financial triumph.  Ivanka, 38, also sent another message with her choice of accessories - namely the floral face mask that she used to cover her mouth and nose in a nod to the CDC's recommendation that everyone wear the protective gear in public to prevent...
    Sign up here to get our daily updates on coronavirus in Minnesota delivered straight to your inbox each afternoon. And go here to see all of MinnPost’s COVID-19 coverage. Minnesota has to have a primary election that will end August 11, give or take a day or two. It’s in the state legal code, and the consent decree. But that doesn’t mean that candidates and political parties are obligated to make it exciting. In many cases, the opposite is true, with the DFL and the GOP trying to make their own endorsement process more important than the primary. Candidates seeking endorsements are urged to drop out if they don’t win that prize.  Some do. Many don’t. When they don’t —...
    (CNN)Last week, John Lewis took his final leave of the US Capitol. He is home, after a long and noble life of service. John deeply believed that the right to vote was "almost sacred." He risked his life in Selma, Alabama, Nashville, Tennessee, and so many other places to protect the right of every American to vote.Sadly, Americans' faith in our electoral system -- a cornerstone of our democracy -- continues to come under attack by entities that wish us ill. And the right to vote -- the cause that John committed his life's work to -- is threatened by a series of misguided decisions in recent years by the Supreme Court and other federal courts. Dick DurbinIn recent years,...
              Live from Music Row Thursday morning on The Tennessee Star Report with Michael Patrick Leahy – broadcast on Nashville’s Talk Radio 98.3 and 1510 WLAC weekdays from 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. –  host Leahy welcomed Tennessee Republican US Senate candidate Bill Hagerty to the newsmakers line. During the second hour, Hagerty reiterated why he was the conservative choice for Tennesseans in the US Senate race and detailed his resume citing current and past accomplishments. He urged voters to come out to the polls and vote for him to show that Tennessee values are conservative values. Leahy: We are joined on the line now by former Ambassador to Japan Bill Hagerty. Welcome, Bill! Hagerty: Good...
    President Donald Trump returns to the critical election state of Ohio on Thursday for the first time since the coronavirus outbreak as polls show Joe Biden leading him there. While there he'll tout his economic record - one of the areas where voters give him high remarks - and tour a Whirlpool Corporation plant, where he'll sign an executive order requiring the federal government to purchase certain prescription drugs from U.S. manufacturers rather than from overseas companies. A Your Voice Ohio Election Project poll out earlier this week showed Biden leading Trump by four points in the state. Biden leads the president by 2 points in the RealClearPolitics polling average of Ohio.  Trump won Ohio by 8 points in the 2016 election. The...
    trump v biden donors 4×3 Tom Pennington/Getty Images; SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images The US State Department is offering bounties of up to $10 million for information that helps it catch state hackers trying to meddle in the 2020 presidential election. The Rewards for Justice (RFJ) program is offering money for any information that could lead to the identification or location of hackers. State-backed hackers from Russia, China, and Iran have already been detected trying to interfere with the 2020 election. Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories. With less than four months to go until the presidential 2020 election, the US has decided to offer a $10 million...
    Calling the past month a tumultuous one for United States digital policy might be an understatement. Between remote working and learning, Netflix binging, and doomscrolling, internet usage has swelled during the pandemic. The Trump administration, meanwhile, continues its campaign against Chinese telecom Huawei and has touted banning TikTok in the United States. On top of that, General Paul Nakasone, head of US Cyber Command and director of the National Security Agency, said last month, “We’re going to act when we see adversaries attempting to interfere in our elections.” President Trump publicly confirmed a reported US Cyber Command operation in 2018 to knock Russia’s Internet Research Agency offline during the midterms. And Democratic representatives have requested an FBI briefing on foreign...
    (CNN)Before his death, Rep. John Lewis wrote a final essay urging people to exercise their right to vote and keep fighting. "Voting and participating in the democratic process are key. The vote is the most powerful nonviolent change agent you have in a democratic society. You must use it because it is not guaranteed. You can lose it," the civil rights icon wrote in an piece for The New York Times, published posthumously last week.His words, published just a week before the 55th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, ring true for a country that still faces gaps in voter registration for voters of color — an issue that has been further exacerbated by the coronavirus pandemic. The...
    President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign sued Nevada on Tuesday over the state’s expansion of voting by mail after repeatedly pushing false claims about its plan. A mail-in ballot will be sent to all active registered voters in the state after Gov. Steve Sisolak, D-Nev., signed legislation put forward by the state legislature on Monday amid the coronavirus pandemic. Seven states, among them California and Vermont, have now moved to automatically send mail-in ballots to voters amid the ongoing crisis, which has upended in-person voting during primary elections. Trump falsely described the bill as an “illegal late night coup” and alleged that it “made it impossible for Republicans to win the state,” even though research shows mail voting does not favor any one political party. The Trump campaign, the Republican National Committee (RNC) and the...
    In a statement recently tweeted by the 2016 presidential candidate who received the second highest number of votes nationally, it is claimed that the 2020 presidential election will be “the most inaccurate & fraudulent election in history” because of “universal mail-in voting.” He has previously claimed that this election will be the most rigged election ever. I’m guessing that on Nov. 4, the sun will once again rise despite all that challenges us these days. If history repeats itself, and the aforementioned tweeter once again wins the Electoral College vote, won’t it still be “the most inaccurate & fraudulent election in history”? Will it still have been the most rigged election ever? In this case, shouldn’t the Democratic candidate contest...
    Former Justice Department lawyer Matt Miller said that Attorney General Bill Barr has a “tell” that Miller thinks reveals what Barr will do about his new attempt at a GOP-run Russia investigation. The MSNBC panel discussion looked back at Barr’s testimony to the House Judiciary Committee, where he admitted that the White House government appointees have discussions about the 2020 campaign during Cabinet Meetings. Conducting politics under the government is strictly prohibited. “He has a tell, and the one that you just showed is an example, where there’s an answer where you expect the attorney general to give,” Miller began. “In the confirmation hearing, the answer you expected him to give was that he would recuse himself from the Russia...
    (CNN)When there's news from the campaign trial, the reporter covering the story often appears on screen perfectly composed and coiffed as they deliver urgent updates with ease. But what you don't get to witness is the work that's happening behind the scenes. For every flawless live shot from Iowa, there's a producer hanging out of a barn window in a desperate attempt to get a WiFi signal mere moments before going on air. And that calm voiceover heard during the primetime news? That's all thanks to the thick winter coat doubling as a makeshift recording studio in the middle of the world's busiest airport -- because story deadlines wait for no reporter's flight schedule.Those are just two of the memories...
    (CNN)President Donald Trump's barrage of challenges to the reputation, structures and traditions of elections is conjuring up a contentious and potentially constitutionally critical three-month period for America's democracy.Trump is casting false accusations of massive fraud in mail-in voting, though has now reversed his position on the practice in must-win Florida, leaving the absurd impression it's only fair in states with Republican governors."I'm doing our country a big favor by bringing it up, and you know, from a common sense standpoint, if you look at it just out of common sense and pure basic beautiful intelligence -- you know it can't work," Trump said Wednesday.Trump has baselessly claimed that the result of the November 3 vote will not be known for...
    America is waging two wars against lethal threats — a very public one against COVID-19, and a more clandestine one with foreign adversaries targeting our democratic elections. The stealth campaign waged by our intelligence community to detect, deter and defeat a global assault on how we pick a president is about to become much more public. What that more public posture looks like, and exactly what, when and why we are permitted to see it, will be shaped by difficult strategic and tactical counterintelligence decisions. That is, if the politicians and political appointees step aside and let the professionals do their job of protecting our elections from foreign interference. There’s some reason to doubt that they’ll do that. On Tuesday,...
    Ivanka Trump brought in $4 million dollars for her father's re-election campaign in her first virtual fundraiser Wednesday that featured a surprise appearance from President Donald Trump. The first daughter's return to the fundraising circuit comes as President Trump has lagged behind Democratic rival Joe Biden in fundraising, trailing him in second quarter totals.  Ivanka Trump appeared on the zoom call with Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel, a source with knowledge of the fundraiser told DailyMail.com.  During the fundraiser, President Trump made a surprise phone call to Ivanka and spoke briefly to her and the more than 70 donors on the call.  Ivanka Trump brought in $4 million dollars for her father's re-election campaign in her first virtual...
    The 2020 US presidential election is less than 100 days away, and in an effort to prevent the foreign election interference that played a role in the 2016 election, the US Department of State announced today that it’s offering up to $10 million for any information that can identify someone who’s been meddling in a US election. Specifically, the State Department is offering the reward for “information leading to the identification or location of any person who works with or for a foreign government for the purpose of interfering with U.S. elections through certain illegal cyber activities.” Foreign interference is reportedly already present in this year’s election As November draws near, foreign interference is reportedly already present in...
    The appearance of top Silicon Valley chief executives last week at a House Judiciary subcommittee hearing on antitrust issues reflected a growing consensus of distrust towards the increasing economic and political power of Big Tech.
    CANDICE Owens has claimed the coronavirus pandemic is a cover for “the greatest ever rigging of an American election". The vocal Trump supporter told The Daily Caller that the Democrats are hiding their campaign - and Joe Biden - and that mail-in voting is "corrupt". ⚠️ Follow our US election 2020 live blog for the latest news & updates 5CandIce Owen's claimed 'This is the greatest rigging of an American election that we are all playing a part in right now,' when asked if Donald Trump can win the upcoming presidential election Credit: Twitter In a tweet, Owens added to her comments on the election saying, “Coronavirus is the greatest rigging of an American election that has ever taken...
    President Donald Trump continued his campaign to discourage universal availability of mail-in voting Wednesday, telling "Fox & Friends" that if everyone is given the opportunity to vote by mail this year, it could take years to get the election results. The president was asked specifically about Nevada, where the Democratic-controlled Legislature passed a measure that would have absentee ballots sent to all active registered voters in the state so they don't have to go vote in person during the pandemic. The Trump campaign has sued Nevada over the plan. "As you know, the postal service for 40 years has had big problems," Trump said. "They're not equipped to handle a governor where they say 'millions of ballots will be...
    CANDICE Owens, a vocal Donald Trump supporter, claimed this year’s election will be “the greatest rigging of an American election,” in part because of the continuous Coronavirus pandemic. When asked if Trump can win this year’s election, Owen’s told The Daily Caller, “This is the greatest rigging of an American election that we are all playing a part in right now.” 5Candice Owen's claimed 'This is the greatest rigging of an American election that we are all playing a part in right now,' when asked if Donald Trump can win the upcoming presidential election Credit: Twitter In a tweet Owen’s added to her comments on the election saying, “Coronavirus is the greatest rigging of an American election that has ever...
    Donald Trump is causing massive headaches for Republican officials with his lies about fraudulent mail-in ballots. President Trump’s unfounded attacks on mail balloting are discouraging his own supporters from embracing the practice, according to polls and Republican leaders across the country, prompting growing alarm that one of the central strategies of his campaign is threatening GOP prospects in November. No matter how hard they try to thread the needle and suggest that there is a difference between absentee ballots (which they claim are fine) and mail-in ballots, the president’s followers have been trained to swallow anything he utters and are buying his lies. A Monmouth University poll of registered voters in Georgia taken late last month found that 60 percent of Democrats are...
    Those of us who blogged right through to the end of George W. Bush’s presidency had already heard enough from John Yoo, thank you, before he decided to become a volunteer legal defender of President Trump. If you aren’t familiar with Yoo, his Wikipedia page is accurate and gets straight to the point. Yoo is upset that some conservative intellectuals have been harshly critical of Trump’s suggestion that perhaps the presidential election should be delayed: Donald Trump’s tweet last week that the possibility of mail-in voter fraud might justify postponing the November elections renewed claims that his presidency is a threat to the Constitution. Conservative commentator Henry Olsen, often a stout defender of the administration, wrote in his Washington Post column that the tweet “is...
    President Donald Trump mocked former rival Hillary Clinton for losing in 2016, saying that she still did not accept that she lost. “She’s living in a cocoon, and I guess people don’t like her or somebody doesn’t like her, but she didn’t do the job,” Trump said. “She didn’t do the job that she was supposed to do, and she should accept that.” The president reacted in an interview on Fox and Friends to Clinton’s accusation that he was purposefully trying to sabotage the U.S. Postal Service to slow the delivery of mail-in ballots. “I fear Republican sabotage of the USPS, including slowing mail delivery, is a Trump strategy to make voting by mail more difficult this fall,” Clinton wrote...
    Igor Derysh August 5, 2020 5:11PM (UTC) President Donald Trump's re-election campaign sued Nevada on Tuesday over the state's expansion of voting by mail after repeatedly pushing false claims about its plan. A mail-in ballot will be sent to all active registered voters in the state after Gov. Steve Sisolak, D-Nev., signed legislation put forward by the state legislature on Monday amid the coronavirus pandemic. Seven states, among them California and Vermont, have now moved to automatically send mail-in ballots to voters amid the ongoing crisis, which has upended in-person voting during primary elections. : Trump falsely described the bill as an "illegal late night coup" and alleged that it "made it impossible for Republicans to win the state," even though research shows mail voting does not favor...
    PRESIDENT Trump slammed Hillary Clinton after she said she fears he and fellow Republicans are "trying to SABOTAGE the election." Trump took a hit at the 2016 Democratic presidential candidate when speaking with Fox & Friends on Wednesday, saying Clinton "didn't accept the results" of the election. ⚠️ Follow our US election 2020 live blog for the latest news & updates 6Hillary Clinton said in a tweet she fears Republicans will try to 'sabotage' the election with mail-in votingCredit: AP:Associated Press 6Trump hit back at Clinton, saying she never accepted the results of the 2016 electionCredit: BackGrid Clinton on Thursday shared a tweet, saying she "fears" that Republicans will try to "sabotage" mail-in voting. "I fear Republican sabotage of...
    President Donald J. Trump gives a thumbs-up as he disembarks Air Force One at Tampa International Airport in Tampa, Fla. Friday, July 31, 2020, where he was greeted by state and local officials.Official White House Photo by Joyce N. Boghosian There are four plausible interpretations of Donald Trump’s suggestion that we delay the November election over the supposed threat of mail-in voting fraud. He’s an idiot who impulsively farts out whatever thought enters his brain.  He was trolling. He was trying to distract from the abysmal economic data that had just been released.  He wants to delegitimize an election he’s likely to lose.  These are nonexclusive, of course, and each probably has some degree of merit. But the last...
    Hillary Clinton has warned that 'Republican sabotage' of the United States Postal Service, including slow mail delivery times, is a strategy for Donald Trump in the 2020 election. When sharing a Philadelphia Inquirer article on Tuesday, Hillary Clinton speculated that the 'sabotage' of USPS is a strategy by Donald Trump to make voting by mail 'more difficult' and aid his reelection. The article she shared on Twitter detailed Philadelphia residents's anger over mail delays and USPS staffing cuts, leaving the postal service short-staffed.  Hillary Clinton has warned that the 'sabotage' of USPS, including slow mail delivery, is a strategy by Donald Trump to make mail-in voting more difficult and aid his reelection On Twitter, Hillary Clinton urged urged voters to...
    New York (CNN Business)TikTok, the embattled short-form video app owned by a Chinese tech firm, wants to stop the spread of online misinformation and fight foreign interference in November's US presidential election. The company said in a blog post Wednesday that it is updating its policies on "misleading content," and plans to bolster its fact-checking partnerships to "help verify election-related misinformation." The company is also adding an in-app option to report falsehoods. TikTok added that it is working with experts — including the US Department of Homeland Security — "to protect against foreign influence on our platform." Inside Trumps TikTok reversal: How advisers mobilized their deal-making effortsThe announcement comes days after President Donald Trump threatened to ban the app from...
    If the United States isn’t a failed state in 2020, it is rapidly on its way toward becoming one. Economists, historians and public health experts I spoke to would generally agree with that sentence, even if they might disagree on some of the details or the severity of the crisis. Since 2000 we have had two major economic crashes, the related issue of persistent income inequality and an environmental crisis that threatens the future of civilization. In 2020 we are also facing a pandemic and a social uprising against institutional racism, made worse President Trump’s incompetence and the apparent threat he poses to democracy. One might say the real question isn’t whether the U.S. is a failed state, but how we can pull ourselves out of the muck before it is...
    The economy is on course for a record jump in gross domestic product in the third quarter, which will be announced shortly before November’s election. "I certainly think it will be double digits," said Doug Holtz-Eakin, the president of the center-right economic think tank American Action Forum who was also the chief economic policy adviser to Sen. John McCain's 2008 presidential campaign. The existing record for GDP growth is the 16.7% annual rate set in the first quarter of 1950. Several projections expect GDP growth in the third quarter of 2020, which will be announced on Oct. 29, just days before the Nov. 3 election, to eclipse that figure. S&P Global Ratings projects a 22.2% annualized jump in...
    Joe BidenJoe BidenMark Kelly clinches Democratic Senate nod in Arizona Hillicon Valley: NSA warns of new security threats | Teen accused of Twitter hack pleads not guilty | Experts warn of mail-in voting misinformation Biden offers well wishes to Lebanon after deadly explosion MORE is under pressure from two sides, even as he holds a significant lead over President TrumpDonald John TrumpMark Kelly clinches Democratic Senate nod in Arizona Trump camp considering White House South Lawn for convention speech: reports Longtime Rep. Lacy Clay defeated in Missouri Democratic primary MORE in opinion polls. On one hand, the Trump campaign is seeking to portray Biden as beholden to the most left-wing elements in the Democratic Party — a gambit that it...
    Matthew Rozsa August 5, 2020 10:00AM (UTC) If the United States isn't a failed state in 2020, it is rapidly on its way toward becoming one. Economists, historians and public health experts I spoke to would generally agree with that sentence, even if they might disagree on some of the details or the severity of the crisis. Since 2000 we have had two major economic crashes, the related issue of persistent income inequality and an environmental crisis that threatens the future of civilization. In 2020 we are also facing a pandemic and a social uprising against institutional racism, made worse President Trump's incompetence and the apparent threat he poses to democracy. One might say the real question isn't whether the U.S. is a failed state, but how we can...
    Once again, President Donald Trump has shown his ignorance of the Constitution and federal law in raising the question on Twitter of whether the November presidential election should be delayed. To be clear, President Trump has absolutely no legal authority to do this. The date for the election is set by federal statute and can be changed only by Congress. But that didn’t stop Trump from tweeting last Thursday morning, “With Universal Mail-In Voting (not Absentee Voting, which is good), 2020 will be the most INACCURATE & FRAUDULENT Election in history. It will be a great embarrassment to the USA. Delay the Election until people can properly, securely and safely vote???” The president, who is significantly down in the polls,...
    Getty Kanye West. The deadline for an Unbiased candidate to file nomination papers to be on the 2020 presidential poll within the essential battleground state of Wisconsin was 5 p.m. on August 4, 2020. A consultant for Kanye West – recognized by Vice as a GOP-connected lawyer – made it by way of the door within the nick of time. Or did she? Did West miss the 5 p.m. submitting deadline? Cameron Joseph, a senior reporter for Vice Information, recognized the girl submitting the papers as Lane Ruhland, a “prime WIGOP election lawyer who was former common counsel for the state occasion.” Bob Palmer, an area tv photojournalist, captured video of Ruhland...
    Getty Kanye West. The deadline for an Independent candidate to file nomination papers to be on the 2020 presidential ballot in the crucial battleground state of Wisconsin was 5 p.m. on August 4, 2020. A representative for West – identified by Vice as a GOP-connected lawyer – made it through the door in the nick of time. Or did she? Did West miss the 5 p.m. filing deadline? Cameron Joseph, a senior reporter for Vice News, identified the woman filing the papers as Lane Ruhland, a “top WIGOP election lawyer who was former general counsel for the state party.” Bob Palmer, a local television photojournalist, captured video of Ruhland walking through the door of the building...
    Ohio Democrats see opportunity on the horizon for presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden, given the coronavirus pandemic that the Trump administration is still struggling to control and the economic fallout that has ensued. Ad money is flowing into the state's media markets, according to CBS News campaign reporter Jack Turman and political unit associate producer Sarah Ewall-Wice. The Trump campaign has reserved nearly $22 million on the airwaves since June 1 through Election Day, according to Kantar/CMAG, despite a spending freeze last week. And on Thursday, the president is planning an in-person visit to raise money in Cleveland and to tour a Whirlpool manufacturing plant in Clyde. The Biden campaign has two ads running in the state, part of a seven-figure ad buy that will run through...
    It’s not voter fraud; it’s the process itself — the laws and the lawyers, the incompetence and the bungling bureaucrats — that makes mail-in ballots an almost inevitable nightmare. As The Post reports, as many as 25 percent of the 120,000 mailed-in ballots cast in Brooklyn alone for June’s primaries may have been disqualified, according to the borough’s Democratic Party boss. Some lacked a postmark or a signature or arrived late, even though voters mailed them with sufficient time. On Tuesday, the city Board of Elections technically certified the results of the June 23 primary election — six weeks after the fact, in accordance with election law. But the results in some races may yet change. And late Monday, federal...
    Dr. Jill Biden, the wife of presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden, confirmed Tuesday that her husband will show up to all three scheduled presidential debates. In an appearance on Fox News’ “The Daily Briefing” with Dana Perino, Biden’s wife was immediately asked if her husband would show up and take on President Donald Trump at the three scheduled presidential debates following speculation they could be canceled. “Oh yes,” Biden said. “He will. I think it’s three debates that they decided on. Yeah. He’ll be there.” WATCH In June, Biden’s campaign committed to three debates with Trump before the election in November.  Trump’s campaign requested four live debates against Biden, the New York Times reported. The four debates would be one more debate...
    Candace Owens sat down with the Daily Caller’s Vince Coglianese to discuss the upcoming election and why she believes the results may be “rigged.” Like President Donald Trump, Owens sees the potential mass use of mail-in ballots as a potential threat to the legitimacy of the November election. She also argues the coronavirus pandemic has made both Trump and presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden less available to the American people than almost any other pair of candidates in American history. “This is the greatest rigging of an American election that we are all playing a part in right now,” Owens said. “We don’t see the candidates; candidates aren’t allowed to travel and talk about their policies.” (RELATED: Exclusive Candace Owens...
    In case you missed it, which we doubt, Axios’ interview with President Donald Trump stole just about all of the headlines Tuesday morning.
    Virus updates: 13 nuns die in Michigan convent Amazon gets approval to buy 16% stake in UK food delivery firm Deliveroo Here’s what history says happens to U.S. stocks in a close election race and why the polls are crucial, Deutsche Bank says NEED TO KNOW © Getty Images U.S. stocks tend to move sideways in a close election race before rallying once a clear winner emerges, Deutsche Bank says. U.S. stocks edged slightly higher early on Tuesday after Monday’s rally, despite U.S.-China tensions rising over TikTok. Load Error President Donald Trump said TikTok will “close down” in the U.S. on Sept. 15 unless Microsoft (MSFT) or another company buys the Chinese-owned video-sharing app. Trump also suggested the U.S....
    A federal judge ruled Monday that approximately 1,000 absentee ballots that were not postmarked by the deadline — if they were even postmarked at all — must be counted in a New York congressional primary that still hasn't been decided after six weeks, according to The New York Times. Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y) appears to have beaten challenger Suraj Patel in the Democratic primary for New York's 12th congressional district, but her current margin over Patel is only 3,700 votes, and there are more than 12,000 disputed ballots. Judge Analisa Torres of Federal District Court in Manhattan ruled that 1,000 of the disputed ballots must be counted after failures by the postal service have undermined the election and delayed...
    PHOENIX (AP) — The Latest on Arizona's primary election (all times local): Polling places have opened across Arizona for the state's primary election and are scheduled to remain open until 7 p.m. Tuesday's election features few big-ticket races and most Arizona voters who plan to cast a ballot have already done so. Election officials across the state encouraged voters to request a mail ballot, and some areas expanded options for early voting to reduce crowds on Election Day. But those showing up to vote in person will find it looks different than elections of the past as the tradition of casting a ballot adjusts to the coronavirus pandemic. Maricopa County election officials dropped assigned polling places in metro Phoenix and...
    This article was paid for by AlterNet subscribers. Not a subscriber? Try us and go ad-free for $1. Prefer to give a one-time tip? Click here. The Post’s George Will gave voice to an opinion I’ve heard a lot lately—Joe Biden’s victory over the president would mark the end of our “long national nightmare.” The thing about this opinion is that it sounds right. The other thing about this opinion is that sounding right makes it doubly wrong. The nightmare is not going to be over, and everyone thinking it’s going to be over will be complicit in its long-term viability. Setting aside the problem of presuming Donald Trump is going to lose based on recent polling, and setting aside the problem...
    TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Latest on Kansas' primary election (all times local): 7 a.m. Polls have opened in Kansas for a primary election that features a tight contest for the Republican nomination for an open Senate seat. The GOP ballot for Tuesday's election included 11 candidates for the seat held by retiring four-term Republican Sen. Pat Roberts. They are led by party establishment-backed western Kansas Rep. Roger Marshall and polarizing conservative Kris Kobach. Marshall has support from key business, agriculture and anti-abortion groups, but Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and others failed to persuade President Donald Trump to endorse the congressman. Kobach is a former Kansas secretary of state who lost the 2018 race for Kansas governor after alienating...
    North Carolina Democrat Cal Cunningham (at right) The Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest is compiled by David Nir, Jeff Singer, Stephen Wolf, Carolyn Fiddler, and Matt Booker, with additional contributions from David Jarman, Steve Singiser, Daniel Donner, James Lambert, David Beard, and Arjun Jaikumar. Leading Off ● NC-Sen: Last week, at least three TV stations refused to air a NRSC commercial that falsely accused Democrat Cal Cunningham of personally benefiting from the federal coronavirus relief effort known as the Paycheck Protection Program. WasteZero, where Cunningham served as an executive until March, received at least $1 million in government support, but the candidate was no longer on its payroll by then. WasteZero's CEO also said that Cunningham "was not involved in...
    Tom Brady makes $25 million a year playing football, but he still uses a six-year-old iPhone Fun recipes for National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day Here’s what history tells us about U.S. stocks in a close election race and why the polls matter, Deutsche Bank says NEED TO KNOW © Getty Images U.S. stocks tend to move sideways in a close election race before rallying once a clear winner emerges, Deutsche Bank says U.S. stocks look set to dip slightly on Tuesday after Monday’s rally, as U.S.-China tensions rise over TikTok. Load Error President Donald Trump said TikTok will “close down” in the U.S. on Sept. 15 unless Microsoft or another company buys the Chinese-owned video-sharing app. Trump also...
    Bob Cesca August 4, 2020 12:00PM (UTC) In a time of instability and uncertainty, there's one thing we can count on: Donald Trump will do everything he possibly can to retain power through the forthcoming election and beyond. His motives are well-known: If he loses the election, he'll not only go down in history as a one-term loser, which is anathema to his ridiculously hyperbolic puffery, but it's likely he'll face indictment on myriad criminal charges, while fighting off an avalanche of lawsuits aimed at his criminal negligence. How do we know he's capable of anything? For starters, he already tried to cheat in this election. He was impeached and put on trial in the Senate for doing it. Before that, he...
    Donald Trump has again warned of the danger of election fraud by mail-in ballots and claimed the election could be delayed by its unprecedented scale.  'You know, you could have a case where this election won't be decided on the evening of November 3. This election could be decided two months later.' Trump told Axios. The president added: 'We have a new phenomenon it's called mail-in voting. It's new in terms of the kind of millions and millions of ballots. So they're going to send tens of millions of ballots to California, all over the place. 'I have a friend, lives in Westchester County his son passed away … He called me, he said, "I just got a – I just...
    We begin today’s roundup with Caitlin Oprysko’s summary of Donald Trump’s attack on democracy at Axois: Trump did not elaborate on what any such executive order on mail-in voting would entail. But his suggestion that he has the right to wade into how elections are conducted in states runs counter to Republican orthodoxy. GOP lawmakers have in the past cited local election control for their opposition to congressional attempts to expand voting rights, as well as institute more stringent security measures. And any order from the president to curb mail-in voting would surely face a flurry of challenges in court from voting rights groups. At Rolling Stone, Peter Wade dives deeper into Trump’s extended attack on voting during his press...
    (CNN)Election Day 2020 is now less than three months away. In reality, however, the election starts in one month; on September 4, North Carolina will begin sending absentee ballots to voters. The fact is that we no longer have one election day in this country, especially in the age of coronavirus. And with a record number of voters saying they'll be voting via absentee (or mail) or early in-person, it could mean that President Donald Trump has less time to make up his deficit against former Vice President Joe Biden.North Carolina is one of many states that starts sending its absentee ballots out more than a month before Election Day actually occurs. In fact, states containing more than a combined...
    Roger Sollenberger August 4, 2020 9:00AM (UTC) Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina has voted by mail at least four times, according to election officials in Oconee County, South Carolina, and voter records obtained by Salon. Public records show that Graham has cast a total of nine absentee ballots since 2004, but South Carolina classifies "absentee" to man both in-person early voting and voting by mail. After Salon's review with Oconee County election officials, it appears four of those absentee ballots were cast by mail. : Graham, who has questioned the security of mail ballots as recently as Thursday, appears most recently to have voted by mail in the 2008 general election, records show. He also apparently voted by mail in the...
    It is a truth universally acknowledged that the Achilles’ heel is located nowhere near a person’s foot but rather higher up, as many U.S. presidents and presidential contenders can attest. Stories of illicit sex—including sexual assault—have wafted around our political leaders since the days of the Founders. But if past is prologue, presumed Democratic nominee Joe Biden needn’t worry about the allegations of his former staffer Tara Reade, who claims that in 1993 he pushed her up against a wall and penetrated her with his fingers. As I explore in my forthcoming book, Sex with Presidents, we Americans have gasped in outrage at the bad sexual behavior of political candidates and then blithely ignored them at the ballot box, voting...
    (Reuters) - Here's what you need to know about the coronavirus right now: Military helps enforce Australian state's isolation rules A group of 500 military personnel will be deployed to enforce COVID-19 isolation orders in Australia's Victoria state, with anyone caught in breach of those rules facing hefty fines as high as A$20,000 ($14,250.00). The only exemption will be for urgent medical care. Nearly a third of those who contracted COVID-19 were not home isolating when checked on by officials, requiring tough new penalties, Victoria state Premier Daniel Andrews said on Tuesday. Trump vows to sue Nevada over voting by mail President Donald Trump vowed on Monday he would sue Nevada after the state's Democratic lawmakers passed a bill to...
    The emblem of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) at the court's entrance in Hamburg, Germany.Patrick Lux | AFP | Getty Images China has nominated a Chinese candidate for a judge's position in an international tribunal that settles maritime disputes. But the U.S. is seeking to stop China, arguing that Beijing has flouted international sea laws in the disputed South China Sea. "Electing a PRC official to this body is like hiring an arsonist to help run the Fire Department," said David Stilwell, U.S. assistant secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific affairs, at an online forum held by think tank Center for Strategic and International Studies last month. PRC refers to the People's Republic of...
    (CNN)Any way you cut it, the Manhattan district attorney's subpoena to President Donald Trump's financial firm Mazars USA is bad news for Trump. And that's why Trump's lawyers are trying so desperately to get the subpoena thrown out. Elie HonigNew revelations about the subpoena show that prosecutors are focused on alleged crimes that go beyond hush money payments made by the Trump Organization to two women who alleged that they had affairs with Trump (Trump denies the affairs). Prosecutors are also focused on a series of financial transactions that could relate to potential tax fraud, insurance fraud and bank fraud.Here's why this should concern Trump and his team. Criminal charges relating to hush money payments are notoriously difficult to prove...
    Conservative attorney George Conway III, the husband of White House counselor Kellyanne Conway, ripped President Trump in a Washington Post opinion piece published late Monday, calling him a "blundering cheat" and suggesting the 45th president's name should "live in infamy." Conway, a founding member of the never-Trump Republican "Lincoln Project" group, wrote that Trump has been "peddling lies" for decades and that his recent claim that universal mail-in balloting will make the 2020 election potentially illegitimate is his latest mistruth. Video"Voting by mail has a long, venerable tradition in this country," Conway wrote. "Most notably the election of 1864, when 150,000 Union soldiers sent in ballots that helped ensure President Abraham Lincoln’s reelection, the preservation of the union and the abolition of slavery." Conway went on to...
    Donald Trump continues to both demonize the idea of vote by mail and dismantle the U.S. Postal Service, and it’s making a predictable mess. The House Oversight and Reform Committee is calling new Postmaster General Louis DeJoy to testify about changes to the Postal Service, but they’re letting that testimony wait until September 17, because apparently this isn’t super urgent, even though “While these changes in a normal year would be drastic, in a presidential election year when many states are relying heavily on absentee mail-in ballots, increases in mail delivery timing would impair the ability of ballots to be received and counted in a timely manner—an unacceptable outcome for a free and fair election,” as committee Chair Carolyn Maloney wrote...
    Houston mayor warns of $250 fine for not wearing face mask McDonalds CEO seems to hint at an upgraded chicken sandwich Karlie Kloss Urges Voters to Make Change in the November Election in New YouTube Video All Karlie Kloss wants for her birthday this year... is for her fans to get out and vote. © Provided by People Karlie Kloss/YouTube When Kloss looked back on the past 28 years of her life in a YouTube video titled, "28 Things I've Learned in 28 Years" in honor of her August 3 birthday, the Project Runway host urged her viewers to vote in the upcoming 2020 presidential election in November. "Your voice and your vote matters. So register and show up at the...
    Donald Trump continues to both demonize the idea of vote-by-mail and dismantle the U.S. Postal Service, and it’s making a predictable mess. The House Oversight and Reform Committee is calling new Postmaster General Louis DeJoy to testify about changes to the Postal Service, but they’re letting that testimony wait until September 17, because apparently this isn’t super urgent, even though “While these changes in a normal year would be drastic, in a presidential election year when many states are relying heavily on absentee mail-in ballots, increases in mail delivery timing would impair the ability of ballots to be received and counted in a timely manner—an unacceptable outcome for a free and fair election,” as committee Chair Carolyn Maloney wrote to DeJoy....