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  • Jaime Harrison enlists Common in bid to defeat Lindsey Graham in South Carolina -

    Jaime Harrison enlists Common in bid to defeat Lindsey Graham in South CarolinaDemocrat Jaime Harrison enlisted the help of Grammy Award-winning rapper Common at a Monday rally in Columbia, S.C., as polls continue to show a closer race between Harrison and Sen. Lindsey Graham than many had expected.


  • Kushner boasted in April that Trump took 'charge' of pandemic response from 'the doctors' -

    Kushner boasted in April that Trump took 'charge' of pandemic response from 'the doctors'Jared Kushner boasted in mid-April that President Trump was ?back in charge? of the federal response to COVID-19, ?not the doctors.?


  • Gun-wielding St. Louis couple seek prosecutor's removal -

    Gun-wielding St. Louis couple seek prosecutor's removalThe attorney for a St. Louis couple facing felony charges for waving guns at racial injustice protesters who marched near their home asked a judge Wednesday to remove the city's top prosecutor and her entire office from the case. A grand jury earlier this month indicted Mark McCloskey, 63, and Patricia McCloskey, 61, on charges of unlawful use of a weapon and tampering with evidence. The effort to disqualify Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner, a Democrat, contends that her prosecution is politically motivated.


  • Fact check: Biden did tell a Detroit worker 'I'm not working for you' during gun rights argument -

    Fact check: Biden did tell a Detroit worker 'I'm not working for you' during gun rights argumentA viral post on social media claims Joe Biden told a factory worker he doesn't work for him. Biden did say that, but the claim is missing context.


  • Pakistan's Khan calls for collective Muslim action against Islamophobia -

    Pakistan's Khan calls for collective Muslim action against IslamophobiaPakistan?s Prime Minister Imran Khan on Wednesday wrote to the leaders of Muslim countries calling on them to act together against Islamophobia, as anger grows over France?s defence of the right to mock religion.


  • French hospitals saturated by November 11 without new measures, French PM told lawmakers -

    French hospitals saturated by November 11 without new measures, French PM told lawmakersFrench hospitals' intensive care units will be saturated with COVID-19 patients by November 11 if nothing is done to stop the epidemic in France, the French prime minister told lawmakers in a meeting behind closed doors, according to participants. "He told us that on November 11, our hospitals will be at a saturation level equivalent to that of the first wave, so a level of extreme saturation," lawmaker André Chassaigne told reporters after the meeting. President Emmanuel Macron is scheduled to make a speech to the nation on Wednesday, at 1900 GMT, to address the health crisis.


  • Scientists discover a massive coral reef in Australia's Great Barrier Reef -

    Scientists discover a massive coral reef in Australia's Great Barrier ReefAustralian scientists working to map the seafloor around the northern Great Barrier Reef made a major discovery earlier this month, finding a 1,600-foot-tall detached coral reef.This is the first newfound reef in 120 years, NBC News reports. It is taller than the Empire State Building and almost a mile wide at its base. The reef is off the coast of North Queensland, and researchers from the Schmidt Ocean Institute first observed it on Oct. 20. On Sunday, an underwater robot was dispatched to take measurements and explore the reef. The institute's co-founder, Wendy Schmidt, said in a statement that this "unexpected discovery affirms that we continue to find unknown structures and new species in our ocean."Marine geologist Robin Beaman, who is leading the expedition, said the team is "surprised and elated by what we have found." They will continue to explore the area until Nov. 17, and the underwater imagery being captured and mapping data being collected will help people understand this new reef's role within the Great Barrier Reef. More stories from theweek.com How to make an election crisis 64 things President Trump has said about women Republicans are on the verge of a spectacular upside-down achievement


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  • Prince Harry has sent a legal warning to the same tabloid newspaper that Meghan Markle is suing -

    Prince Harry has sent a legal warning to the same tabloid newspaper that Meghan Markle is suingThe duke said the Mail on Sunday's report about his relationship with the marines is "false and defamatory."


  • James Comey's wife tried to convince him not to make his surprise October announcement about Hillary Clinton's emails in 2016 -

    James Comey's wife tried to convince him not to make his surprise October announcement about Hillary Clinton's emails in 2016Patricia Comey tried to stop her husband from announcing the FBI would reopen its Hillary Clinton email investigation, days before the 2016 election.


  • 'Political parasite': Trump ally Lindsey Graham blasted in new Lincoln Project ad -

    'Political parasite': Trump ally Lindsey Graham blasted in new Lincoln Project ad'He's despised. And desperate,' ad says of senator Graham


  • Body of missing hip-hop artist found in trunk after Miami car crash -

    Body of missing hip-hop artist found in trunk after Miami car crashRobert Deupree Avery Coltrain was arrested and charged with illegal transport of human remains and second-degree murder in the death of Brian Trotter.


  • Tourist, 12, and guide lose limbs in shark attack at Sharm El-Sheikh -

    Tourist, 12, and guide lose limbs in shark attack at Sharm El-SheikhA young Ukrainian tourist lost an arm and an Egyptian tour guide lost a leg in a rare shark attack over the weekend off Egypt's Red Sea resort of Sharm El-Sheikh, officials said on Tuesday. The attack took place on Sunday when two tourists - a mother and her son - and their tour guide were snorkelling in Ras Mohammed national park, the Environment Ministry said. The injured were taken to a nearby hospital and an initial investigation showed that the attack involved a 2m-long (6-foot) Oceanic Whitetip shark. The ministry did not release details of the injuries, but a statement by Ukraine's State Agency for the Development of Tourism said that the 12-year-old boy was in intensive care, and that surgery had failed to save his arm. An Egyptian health official said that the family's guide had lost a leg, and the mother suffered light injuries. The health official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorised to brief the media. Officials have closed the area of Ras Mohammed National Park where the attack took place. Shark attacks have been rare in the Red Sea coastal region of Egypt in recent years. But in 2010, a spate of shark attacks killed one European tourist and maimed several others off Sharm el-Sheikh. Sharm el-Sheikh resort at the southern tip of the Sinai peninsula is one of Egypt's major tourist destinations that offers European tourists a warm and quick escape from frigid winter temperatures on the continent. Divers are drawn by the steep drop-offs of coral reefs just offshore that offer a rich and colourful sea life. Authorities have in recent years sought to revive the vital tourism sector battered by years of instability and, more recently, the coronavirus pandemic.


  • Pennsylvania Governor Orders National Guard to Philadelphia after Riots -

    Pennsylvania Governor Orders National Guard to Philadelphia after RiotsPennsylvania governor Tom Wolf ordered National Guardsmen to Philadelphia on Tuesday, following a night of riots that left 30 police officers injured and various businesses vandalized.The riots began after police shot and killed 27-year-old Walter Wallace Jr., an African American man, who officers said approached them with a knife. Video of the incident showed Wallace walking towards officers with his mother attempting to hold him back, and when the camera points away police fire several shots."The Pennsylvania National Guard is mobilizing several hundred members?[to] assist local agencies in protecting life, property and the right to peacefully assemble and protest," National Guard spokesman Lt. Col. Keith Hickox said in a statement. "We are able to conduct operations in support of civil authorities to enhance local law enforcement?s ability to provide continued public safety and critical infrastructure security."Rioters threw bricks and rocks at police officers on Monday night, and a driver intentionally ran over a 56-year-old sergeant, who suffered a broken leg and other injuries. Meanwhile, looters targeted several Rite Aid branches as well as clothing and food stores. Officers arrested 91 rioters on Monday."For today and this evening, we anticipate the chance of additional incidents of civil unrest and, as such, we will be taking additional steps to ensure order," Philadelphia Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw said at a press conference on Monday.American cities have seen instances of civil unrest since the death of George Floyd, an African American resident of Minneapolis who was killed during his arrest by police. Besides large cities including New York and Chicago, rioters have targeted smaller cities including Kenosha, Wis., looting and setting fire to businesses and fighting police.


  • Mother?s body decayed for years in home she shared with her adult children, TN cops say -

    Mother?s body decayed for years in home she shared with her adult children, TN cops sayPolice found her skeleton buried under a pile of clothes on a bed


  • Europe's Second Wave of COVID-19 is Being Driven by Two Countries. Here's Why -

    Europe's Second Wave of COVID-19 is Being Driven by Two Countries. Here's WhyMany countries in Europe are recording more daily COVID-19 cases than the first wave in the spring


  • 'A big win for justice!': Texas officials scrap rule that would allow social workers to deny LGBTQ, disabled clients -

    'A big win for justice!': Texas officials scrap rule that would allow social workers to deny LGBTQ, disabled clientsAfter backlash, Texas officials have reversed a rule that would have allowed social workers to turn away clients who are LGBTQ or have a disability.


  • Senate confirms Barrett to the Supreme Court -

    Senate confirms Barrett to the Supreme CourtThe Senate voted on Monday evening to confirm Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court, just eight days before the election which solidifies a conservative majority on the high court for a generation.


  • Fauci says it's time for the US to 'put aside these extraordinary excuses' and mandate masks -

    Fauci says it's time for the US to 'put aside these extraordinary excuses' and mandate masks"We have to sort of shake each other by the collar and say, 'take a look at what's going on. Look at the data. It speaks for itself,' Fauci said.


  • 'I purely vote for my actual interests': Black men could be critical bloc in presidential election -

    'I purely vote for my actual interests': Black men could be critical bloc in presidential electionWith one week left until the election, some experts say Black men are a key demographic that could shock the country on Election Day and vote for President Trump in surprising numbers.


  • Cause of Southern California fire that forced thousands to evacuate may be 'lashing wire' -

    Cause of Southern California fire that forced thousands to evacuate may be 'lashing wire'The fast-moving Silverado Fire has burned more than 11,000 acres and forced tens of thousands to flee the Irvine area.


  • A North Carolina pastor is accused of peeing on a woman while she was sleeping on a Delta flight -

    A North Carolina pastor is accused of peeing on a woman while she was sleeping on a Delta flight"I jump up and I seen his private area out and I screamed and that woke everybody up," Alicia Beverly told a local news outlet on October 14.


  • Justice Thomas's wife spreads unfounded Biden claims, asks followers to repost -

    Justice Thomas's wife spreads unfounded Biden claims, asks followers to repostThe wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas is using her Facebook page to amplify unsubstantiated claims of corruption by Joe Biden.


  • Fighting cock kills police chief in Philippine raid -

    Fighting cock kills police chief in Philippine raidA Philippine police officer was killed during a raid on an illegal cockfight after a rooster's blade sliced his femoral artery, an official said Tuesday.


  • Ted Cruz Slams Twitter CEO for Censoring NY Post Biden Story: ?Behaving as a Democratic Super PAC? -

    Ted Cruz Slams Twitter CEO for Censoring NY Post Biden Story: ?Behaving as a Democratic Super PAC?Senator Ted Cruz (R., Texas) slammed Twitter and its CEO Jack Dorsey during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Wednesday, comparing the company to a "Democratic super PAC."The Committee last week voted to subpoena Dorsey and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, after both platforms reduced circulation or entirely blocked a New York Post story featuring materials purportedly from Hunter Biden's laptop. The social media companies' actions have led conservatives to accuse them of censorship."Mr. Dorsey, who the hell elected you and put you in charge of what the media are allowed to report and what the American people are allowed to hear, and why do you persist in behaving as a Democratic super PAC, silencing views to the contrary of your political beliefs?" Cruz said during the hearing.Dorsey maintained that the Post?s story fell afoul of Twitter's "hacked materials policy," and that the policy itself should be updated."We recognized errors in that policy. We changed it within twenty-four hours," Dorsey said.The Post was locked out of its Twitter account after posting the initial Hunter Biden story, and the paper has not posted anything on the platform since. Cruz pressed Dorsey as to why the Post was apparently still locked out of its account as of Wednesday.?They have to log into their account, which they can do at this minute, delete the original tweet?and they can tweet the exact same material in the exact same article, and it would go through,? Dorsey said.


  • A woman went missing for 12 days in Zion National Park. Here's how her story led to an online frenzy -

    A woman went missing for 12 days in Zion National Park. Here's how her story led to an online frenzyHolly Courtier was found concussed, starving and dehydrated in Zion National Park last week. Her rescue has sparked an online frenzy.


  • The Lincoln Project is reportedly trying to create a House of Cards-style TV series -

    The Lincoln Project is reportedly trying to create a House of Cards-style TV seriesThe Lincoln Project isn't going anywhere.The PAC of President Trump-opposing Republicans and other moderates has built a social media behemoth based largely on trolling the president with pointed ads. And once it potentially achieves its goal of getting Joe Biden and other Democrats elected, it's looking to capitalize on that and build a whole media empire, Axios reports.The Lincoln Project's Twitter account boasts a following that even exceeds the Republican party's, and has raked in millions of dollars from its supporters who'd like to see Trump out of the White House. To Ra Kumar, the project's representative at United Talent Agency, it's clear that "they know how to get audiences," he tells Axios.So in the coming weeks, the Lincoln Project is expected to move beyond podcasts and TV ads and into Hollywood. For starters, the group is working with a documentarian to produce a non-fiction film after the election, Axios reports. Some TV networks are interested in running the project's livestreamed shows, a source says. TV studios are also reportedly reaching out to work with the Lincoln Project "to help develop a House of Cards-like fiction series," Axios reports ? a comparison that probably doesn't help the project with allegations of stealing ideas and memes.More stories from theweek.com How to make an election crisis 64 things President Trump has said about women Republicans are on the verge of a spectacular upside-down achievement


  • Mark Zuckerberg said Facebook makes a 'relatively small' amount from political advertising. The company has made $2.2 billion from political ads since mid-2018. -

    Mark Zuckerberg said Facebook makes a 'relatively small' amount from political advertising. The company has made $2.2 billion from political ads since mid-2018.Zuckerberg and COO Sheryl Sandberg have long maintained that political ads are worth less than 1% of Facebook's overall revenue.


  • 2020 polls: New data refutes Trump?s claims he?s ?winning big? as Biden stretches lead in Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania -

    2020 polls: New data refutes Trump?s claims he?s ?winning big? as Biden stretches lead in Michigan, Wisconsin and PennsylvaniaFollow the latest updates


  • Small plane crashes in Texas, killing one on board -

    Small plane crashes in Texas, killing one on boardThe aircraft crash in Lubbock sparked a small fire and killed one pilot on board, who has not yet been identified.


  • His girlfriend wanted food. ?Only if you pleasure me,? he said. He wound up in jail -

    His girlfriend wanted food. ?Only if you pleasure me,? he said. He wound up in jailA hungry woman and a boyfriend she said was hungry for something else ended with a domestic violence arrest in Vero Beach.


  • Climate change: China's forest carbon uptake 'underestimated' -

    Climate change: China's forest carbon uptake 'underestimated'Scientists put new numbers of Chinese trees' ability to pull carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.


  • Egypt says freedom of expression 'stops' when Muslims offended -

    Egypt says freedom of expression 'stops' when Muslims offendedEgypt's President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi said on Wednesday freedom of expression should stop if it offends more than 1.5 billion people, following the display of images in France of the Prophet Mohammad that Muslims see as blasphemous. Sisi also said he firmly rejects any form of violence or terrorism from anyone in the name of defending religion, religious symbols or icons. The Grand Imam of Egypt's al-Azhar university, one of the world's most eminent seats of Sunni Muslim learning, also called on the international community to criminalise "anti-Muslim" actions.


  • Germany re-enters lockdown amid skyrocketing infection rates -

    Germany re-enters lockdown amid skyrocketing infection ratesGermany has announced a new range of far-reaching lockdown measures amid skyrocketing coronavirus cases across the country. German Chancellor Angela Merkel hopes the measures, which will apply for a month from Monday, November 2nd, will bring down infection rates before the Christmas holiday period. The measures include the closure of bars, restaurants and hotels, along with contact and travel restrictions. The announcement was made on Wednesday afternoon after a meeting with representatives from Germany?s 16 federal states. Mrs Merkel told the meeting: ?We must break the wave of infection. We have to act now,? German tabloid Bild reported. The lockdown, originally slated for November 4th, was brought forward by two days due to the rapid increase in new infections.


  • 'One step closer': Virginia judge rules Robert E. Lee statue in Richmond can be removed pending possible appeal -

    'One step closer': Virginia judge rules Robert E. Lee statue in Richmond can be removed pending possible appealAn attorney for the plaintiffs says his clients will appeal the decision to the state Supreme Court. Four other statues have already come down.


  • Chicago sisters accused of stabbing employee 27 times after being asked to wear a mask -

    Chicago sisters accused of stabbing employee 27 times after being asked to wear a maskTwo sisters entered a small shop in Chicago on Sunday when they were approached by a worker who asked them to wear a mask and to use hand sanitizer to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 according to Karie James who is a police spokesperson, the Chicago Sun Times reported. The argument escalated and the women Jessica Hill, 21, and Jayla Hill, 18, are accused of attacking the man. Jessica pulled a knife out of her back pocket and began stabbing the 32-year-old man.


  • RV sales continue to soar through the coronavirus pandemic with no end in sight and shipments rising 30% in September alone -

    RV sales continue to soar through the coronavirus pandemic with no end in sight and shipments rising 30% in September aloneSeptember 2020 saw a 31% increase in RV sales compared to 2019, according to an RV Industry Association survey.


  • 2020 election polls: Half of Trump supporters say he shouldn?t accept election result if he loses -

    2020 election polls: Half of Trump supporters say he shouldn?t accept election result if he losesExclusive polling: Some 29% of US adults think it?s ?perfectly acceptable? for the president to refuse to accept the outcome of next week?s election if he narrowly loses


  • Seattle woman still missing three weeks after traveling to Dallas, Texas -

    Seattle woman still missing three weeks after traveling to Dallas, TexasMarisela Botello, 23, was last seen leaving her ex-boyfriend?s house in Dallas, Texas on October 4, 2020. She took a Lyft alone to the entertainment district Deep Ellum. Her family said security video reportedly shows her leaving the Select Start bar at 1 a.m. with an unknown man. Her cell phone and debit card haven?t been used since that night and her other belongings were left behind at her ex-boyfriend?s house where she had been visiting from Seattle for the weekend. She missed her flig


  • Passenger hanging out van window falls and dies after killing bicyclist, Vegas cops say -

    Passenger hanging out van window falls and dies after killing bicyclist, Vegas cops say?There?s no reason behind this that I can tell you why it occurred, other than complete stupidity.?


  • Arctic sea ice at record low October levels: Danish institute -

    Arctic sea ice at record low October levels: Danish instituteSea ice in the Arctic was at record lows for October, as unusually warm waters slowed the recovery of the ice, Danish researchers said Wednesday.


  • A US embassy staffer drugged and sexually abused at least 23 women and kept the evidence on his iCloud account, prosecutors say -

    A US embassy staffer drugged and sexually abused at least 23 women and kept the evidence on his iCloud account, prosecutors sayBrian Jeffrey Raymond had more than 400 photos and videos that showed the scope of his abuse, according to prosecutors.


  • Lindsey Graham, Thom Tillis pushed for controversial casino after donations from gambling mogul -

    Lindsey Graham, Thom Tillis pushed for controversial casino after donations from gambling mogulPair of embattled Carolina senators changed their views after taking big bucks from casino interests and lobbyists


  • Judge rejects Trump request to be replaced in columnist's defamation lawsuit -

    Judge rejects Trump request to be replaced in columnist's defamation lawsuitA federal judge on Tuesday denied President Trump's request that he be replaced as the defendant in a defamation lawsuit alleging he raped a woman in a Manhattan department store in the 1990s.


  • Venezuela's Maduro says Amuay refinery was hit by a 'terrorist attack' -

    Venezuela's Maduro says Amuay refinery was hit by a 'terrorist attack'Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro on Wednesday said the country's Amuay oil refinery was victim of a terrorist attack on Tuesday that involved a "powerful weapon", but said the country had gasoline reserves equivalent to 20 days of consumption. An explosion hit a distillation unit at the 645,000 barrel-per-day (bpd) plant on Tuesday, people familiar with the matter said, though there were no reports of injuries. "Yesterday, the Amuay refinery - one of the most important refineries in Venezuela and Latin America - was attacked with a long, powerful weapon," Maduro said at a press conference, adding that the government was seeking to determine what kind of weapon was involved.


  • I flew on a newly upgraded JetBlue plane and despite less legroom and slimmer seats, the refresh is exactly what the airline needed -

    I flew on a newly upgraded JetBlue plane and despite less legroom and slimmer seats, the refresh is exactly what the airline neededThough long overdue, Jetblue's new cabin brings its aircraft into the modern era with better in-flight entertainment than most US carriers.


  • Bloomberg reportedly funding new ad campaign for Biden in Texas as NBC moves it to 'toss up' -

    Bloomberg reportedly funding new ad campaign for Biden in Texas as NBC moves it to 'toss up'Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is reportedly funding last-minute ad campaigns in two states where Democrats see "opportunities to expand the map," including Texas.Through his Super PAC, Bloomberg is funding television ad campaigns in Texas and Ohio expected to cost about $15 million, The New York Times reports. Aide Howard Wolfson explained to the Times that the former mayor conducted polling to find President Trump's potential vulnerabilities and decided on Texas and Ohio for this last-minute push. Bloomberg has already said he will spend $100 million to support Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden in Florida."We believe that Florida will go down to the wire, and we were looking for additional opportunities to expand the map,? Wolfson told the Times. "Texas and Ohio present the best opportunities to do that, in our view."The Times notes that a poll it published this week showed Trump with a lead of only four percentage points over Biden in Texas, and Wolfson told the Times that Bloomberg's polling suggests the race is even closer.Meanwhile, NBC News on Tuesday morning released its latest battleground map, and Texas has been moved from "Lean Republican" to "Toss Up." Ohio is also still in the "Toss Up" category.> With one week to go, here's the NBC Political Unit's battleground map:> > Biden 279, Trump 125, Toss Up 134 https://t.co/WZdU7kRyRk pic.twitter.com/draICS3Vqb> > ? Mark Murray (@mmurraypolitics) October 27, 2020The NBC map shows Biden with 279 electoral votes, and NBC News' Mark Murray writes that while that math is "not impossible" for Trump, it is "daunting."More stories from theweek.com How to make an election crisis 64 things President Trump has said about women Republicans are on the verge of a spectacular upside-down achievement


  • Early Voters in Florida and Wisconsin Are Done With the Mail -

    Early Voters in Florida and Wisconsin Are Done With the MailMIAMI?On Tuesday afternoon, Gerard Legagneur walked right past the mailbox near the front of Miami Beach city hall, one of 33 early-voting and mail-in ballot drop sites in Miami-Dade, the most populous county in Florida.Always a hotly-contested slice of political turf, the county has seen Republicans gain ground on Democrats' lead in the number of early ballots cast for the Nov. 3 presidential election in recent days. Legagneur, a Biden-Harris voter, wanted in on the action.A stocky 44-year-old voter sporting a Captain America t-shirt, Legagneur approached a pair of poll workers in face masks and latex gloves standing underneath a black gazebo. He unzipped his book bag and pulled out his mail-in ballot. After checking his identification, one of the poll workers grabbed Legagneur?s mail-in ballot and placed it inside a metal drop box.Legaganuer told The Daily Beast he received his mail-in ballot roughly three weeks ago and was unsure if he would go through with it.?I?ve always voted at the polls,? Legagnuer said. ?I was still debating whether or not to fill it out. I think it is pretty clear to anyone who is informed about the whole debacle with our mail system, you don?t want to take any chances.?The previous day, Legaganeur found out that the U.S. Postal Service was recommending voters put their mail-in ballots by Tuesday to make sure the documents were delivered to election offices by next week?s election day deadlines. At the same time, he knew the Miami-Dade elections department set up a drop off location at Miami Beach City Hall when early voting began on Oct. 19.?I had walked by a few times and saw how long the lines were, but today was the day I could do it,? Legaganeur said. ?I filled out the ballot and dropped it off. It seems like it?s legit.?If Democrats want to maintain their early voting edge over the GOP as both parties head into the election?s homestretch, the party is counting on tens of thousands more voters like Legaganeur in multiple states to personally deliver their mail-in ballots to local polling sites. By late Tuesday, advocates said, the window to safely prod people to put their votes in the mail had effectively closed.According to the latest data from the Florida Division of Elections, registered Democrats in the state had delivered roughly 600,000 more vote-by-mail ballots than Republicans by late Tuesday. But registered GOP voters were outflanking their liberal rivals at in-person polls, accounting for approximately 316,000 more early votes there so far than Democrats, according to the Division of Elections? statistics.At the same time, 852,117 mail-in ballots requested by Democratic voters had not been turned in compared to 652,405 that had not been returned by Republicans. In Miami-Dade, 111,944 mail-in ballots requested by Democrats remained outstanding compared to 70,960 for Republicans.The county had also sent out 20,342 replacement mail-in ballots to voters who claimed they did not receive it or who filled it out incorrectly.For those vote-by-mail voters still holding on to their ballots, local party leadership and get-out the vote groups were instructing them to forget going to the post office or a mailbox. And Florida wasn?t the only state where activists and advocates were worried the time to postmark a ballot and have a say in Donald Trump?s political fate had come and gone.Jacquelyn Kovarik is the communications director of Voces de la Frontera Action, a nonprofit organization focused on lobbying and civic engagement in Hispanic and Latino dominated wards in Milwaukee. She told The Daily Beast she wasn?t surprised the state Supreme Court had just blocked a judge?s ruling that the state should accept ballots after Election Day as long as they had been postmarked on time.Her organization had already pivoted from telling people to mail in ballots anyway, and as the New York Times reported, Democrats in the state were now frantically urging voters to return early votes in person.?We?ve been encouraging people not to mail in their ballots after October 23 to avoid delays and to instead drop off in the boxes or vote in person after that date,? Kovarik told The Daily Beast.Erica Dvorachek, 44, was among those early voting in-person in Milwaukee Tuesday. But she said the state Supreme Court ruling wasn?t her motivation.?I trust the Post Office but I think they are just overwhelmed, and I just wanted to come in and do it in person,? she said.Perhaps understandably given the history of fraught ballot counts in South Florida, the temperature was even higher there.Abel Iraola, Florida press secretary for the youth get-out-the-vote organization NextGen America, offered a dramatic warning on Twitter early Tuesday: ?The fact that we're 7 days out means exactly one thing: if you/your friends are still holding on to ballots, DO NOT mail them back. Return them in a dropbox (at an Early Vote location) or go vote early. It is too late to risk your ballot not arriving by 7pm on Election Day.?Iraola told The Daily Beast the tweet was by design. NextGen organizers and activists are now encouraging young voters to show up at polling sites. The shift comes after progressive-leaning electioneering groups had been pushing voters to postmark their mail-in ballots earlier this month to avoid crowding with strangers waiting in line to vote early in person and on election day. It was a strategy aimed at minimizing possible risks of contracting the coronavirus as the most pivotal election in America?s history plays out in a resurgent pandemic.Meanwhile, Republican voters?egged on by President Donald Trump?s deliberately misleading claims about mail-in ballot fraud and getting on with their normal lives?have been casting in-person ballots in droves.?We never went in expecting to get 90 to 100 percent of all these mail-in ballots turned in,? Iraola said. ?But it does put the onus on us to do the work and get people to drop off their mail-in ballots or go vote early. We?ve also had a lot of people who requested mail-in ballots who haven?t felt comfortable sending it with the U.S. Postal Service.?That sentiment was shared by Democratic and Republican voters interviewed by The Daily Beast. Yulia and Yves Arispe were ahead of Legagneur at the Miami Beach City Hall elections site when they dropped off their mail-in ballots. Voting in their first election since becoming U.S. citizens two years ago, the Venezuelan American couple said they filled in the bubble for the Trump-Pence ticket.Yves Arispe said they were aware of the president?s unwarranted attacks on the mail-in ballot system, but that handing over the sealed documents to actual poll workers reassured them that their votes would be counted. ?We don?t need Donald Trump to tell us about corrupted elections,? he said. ?We know because we come from a place where thousands of ballots mysteriously disappear and go uncounted.?Arispe also claimed the U.S. Postal Service failed to deliver other important pieces of mail to him and his wife. ?That was the main reason we wanted to drop it off,? he said. ?We didn?t want to risk not having our ballot delivered on time and go uncounted.?Despite the Arispes? apparently Trump-fueled mistrust of the postal service, there is recent anecdotal evidence mail delivery in the Miami area is not up to the challenge. The Miami-Dade elections department this week hand-delivered a replacement ballot to an elderly voter residing in a Jewish retirement home that went an entire week with no mail delivery, according to the Miami Herald. And on Oct. 19, the first day of early voting, South Florida?s U.S. Attorney?s Office criminally charged Miami Beach mail carrier Crystal Nicole Myree with stealing a vote-by-mail ballot, more than three-dozen political flyers, gift cards, and pre-paid debit cards.The distrust of the postal service stretched across Miami Beach into mainland Miami. At the Lemon City Library early voting and drop off site, 37-year-old Nichole Ayres was dropping off her mail-in ballot. A petite blonde woman with a pink facemask and floral print tank top, Ayres said it was the first time she was not voting in-person. ?I decided to go with a mail-in ballot because of COVID-19,? she said. ?Here, everyone is wearing a mask, I didn?t have to go inside and everybody is socially distant. It was easy peasy.?Still, she had no confidence putting her ballot in a mailbox. ?I was not aware that today was the last day to put it in the mail to make sure it arrives on time,? Ayres said. ?But I always planned on dropping it off. Most everyone I know has either dropped off their mail-in ballot or they are going to do it this week.?Read more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast hereGet our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.


  • Viral photo sparks concerns about Indonesia's 'Jurassic Park' -

    Viral photo sparks concerns about Indonesia's 'Jurassic Park'The viral image has raised questions about the conservation impact on the animal native to Indonesia.


  • Pennsylvania teen fatally shot while watching sunset in park with girlfriend, authorities say -

    Pennsylvania teen fatally shot while watching sunset in park with girlfriend, authorities sayJason Kutt, the 18-year-old shot at Nockamixon State Park Saturday died from injuries, according to his family.


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