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  • Yahoo News/YouGov poll: Despite questions about the 'laptop from hell,' most Americans think the Trumps are more 'corrupt' than the Bidens -

    Yahoo News/YouGov poll: Despite questions about the 'laptop from hell,' most Americans think the Trumps are more 'corrupt' than the BidensPresident Trump has intensified his accusations of wrongdoing by Joe Biden, based on emails supposedly found on a laptop formerly owned by Biden?s son Hunter. But a plurality of voters aren?t buying it ? and a majority believe Trump and his family are more ?corrupt? than the Bidens.


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • Megyn Kelly slams Sunny Hostin over SCOTUS comments: ?More intentionally dishonest than stupid? -

    Megyn Kelly slams Sunny Hostin over SCOTUS comments: ?More intentionally dishonest than stupid?Megyn Kelly is no stranger to controversy and being called out on social media, but this week she was the one taking the offensive against Sunny Hostin for what she believes to be ?intentionally dishonest? rhetoric. Hostin, who serves as a co-host and political analyst on The View, slammed the Republican Party on Tuesday for stealing seats from the Democrats and pushing through right-wing judges in their place. ?We all know the Republican Party has been packing the Supreme Court for decades,? Hostin said.


  • Why critics find Kavanaugh's Wisconsin mail-in voting opinion 'sloppy' -

    Why critics find Kavanaugh's Wisconsin mail-in voting opinion 'sloppy'Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh's critics are perplexed by his concurring opinion following the court's 5-3 ruling that Wisconsin can only count absentee ballots that arrive by Election Day, describing his reasoning as "sloppy."One of the accusations hurled at Kavanaugh is that he confused receipt and submission deadlines while making his point. The Wisconsin case involved extending the former in light of U.S. Postal Service slowdowns, but Kavanaugh's analogies appeared more congruent with the latter.> This analogy makes no sense. The WI deadline is receipt deadline, not a submission deadline. The in-person voting equivalent is if someone showed up at their polling place before it officially closed but -- due to long lines -- didn't get to cast their ballot until after midnight. pic.twitter.com/q26z0vctGa> > -- Tierney Sneed (@Tierney_Megan) October 27, 2020> Another analogy that makes no sense! The IRS April 15 deadline is a submission deadline, not a receipt deadline. pic.twitter.com/UU3Lngl55V> > -- Tierney Sneed (@Tierney_Megan) October 27, 2020Kavanaugh was also criticized for his stance that the deadline should remain intact so that the "apparent winner" on the morning after election night doesn't have their victory overturned by late-arriving ballots, which could spark allegations of a "rigged election." In response, observers argued that declaring an election winner on Nov. 3 isn't necessary and that it's reasonable for close races in states to remain uncalled.> Still stuck on this Kavanaugh concurrence claiming that states announce the winner on election night. They don't. News organizations project based on the trajectory of incoming results. And furthermore, it's not uncommon for close races and states to be undeclared for days. https://t.co/Ivayoe6fOk> > -- Abby D. Phillip (@abbydphillip) October 27, 2020Finally, analysts called Kavanaugh out for apparently misreading a source that influenced his decision. > Kavanaugh ruled AGAINST the six-day extension for Wisconsin to accept ballots postmarked by Election Day. He cited an article from legal scholar (and CNN contributor) Rick Pildes. But in that article, Pildes says states SHOULD extend postmark deadlines. https://t.co/Uupirxyrgm pic.twitter.com/nEyj92Gh6p> > -- Marshall Cohen (@MarshallCohen) October 27, 2020More 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


  • 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.


  • 100,000 people ordered to evacuate due to wildfires in Irvine, California -

    100,000 people ordered to evacuate due to wildfires in Irvine, CaliforniaAt least 60,000 people had already evacuated as of Monday evening, according to the city of Irvine.


  • '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.


  • Facebook throttled Hunter Biden article after being warned by FBI of 'hack and leak' operations, Mark Zuckerberg says -

    Facebook throttled Hunter Biden article after being warned by FBI of 'hack and leak' operations, Mark Zuckerberg saysZuckerberg told Congress that Facebook throttled a New York Post article after being warned by law enforcement about 'hack and leak' operations.


  • 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.


  • Texas reverses decision that allowed social workers to deny LGBTQ, disabled clients -

    Texas reverses decision that allowed social workers to deny LGBTQ, disabled clientsA state regulatory board reinstated nondiscrimination protections that had been removed this month at the recommendation of Gov. Greg Abbott.


  • 5-year-old weighed just 7 pounds when she died, GA cops say. Her parents face charges -

    5-year-old weighed just 7 pounds when she died, GA cops say. Her parents face chargesPolice say the investigation is ongoing.


  • 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.


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  • Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez hints at a run for higher office -

    Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez hints at a run for higher officeThe only thing Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) is wary of sharing is her ambitions for higher office.Ocasio-Cortez became the breakout star of the House's progressive left from the moment she ousted a longstanding moderate. But when she's asked about where she'll go next, the usually outspoken lawmaker gets unusually "guarded and cautious about her words," Vanity Fair reports in a profile of Ocasio-Cortez.Ocasio-Cortez's "aspirations are a matter of endless speculation," Vanity Fair writes, with a Senate seat, House leadership spot, or Cabinet post all suspected to be in the cards. Ocasio-Cortez doesn't necessarily shut those guesses down. "I don't know if I'm really going to be staying in the House forever, or if I do stay in the House, what that would look like," she said. "I don't see myself really staying where I'm at for the rest of my life."Still, Ocasio-Cortez rejects the idea of "aspir[ing] to a quote-unquote higher position just for the sake of that title," she said. "I think it's part of our cultural understanding of politics, where ? if you think someone is great, you automatically think they should be president," Ocasio-Cortez added. "I joke. I'm like, 'Is Congress not good enough?'"JuliŠn Castro, the former Housing and Urban Development secretary and 2020 presidential candidate, isn't afraid to forecast his predictions. "I've told her, I fully expect that she's going to run [for president] one day, and that she should," he said. "She absolutely has the talent, the dynamism, and the leadership ability." Read more at Vanity Fair.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


  • Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe told to pack bag for prison over new charge -

    Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe told to pack bag for prison over new chargeNazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe has been summoned to court in Iran and told to pack a bag for prison, as her family called on the British government to urgently change its strategy in securing her release. Richard Ratcliffe, Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe's husband, said she had been told to face an Iranian judge in court next Monday to face a new charge brought against her and that she would be returned to the country's notorious Evin prison. Ms Zaghari-Ratcliffe, who holds dual British and Iranian nationality, was detained in Iran in 2016 while visiting her family and convicted on dubious spying charges, as part of an apparent attempt by Iran to use her as a hostage in negotiations with Britain. ?Yesterday Nazanin was suddenly told that she will be facing Judge Salavati in Court on Monday November 2. She was told to pack a bag for prison and bring it with her when the IRGC [Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps] pick her up, since that is where she will be going after court,? Mr Ratcliffe said in a statement on Wednesday. She had been due to attend a trial in September to face new charges against her, but that hearing was postponed. Mr Ratcliffe added that he recently discussed her case with Dominic Raab, the foreign secretary, who is said to have reassured him that diplomatic efforts to free his wife were ?ongoing.?


  • Trump pulls statistically even with Biden in Florida; Arizona is a dead heat: Reuters/Ipsos -

    Trump pulls statistically even with Biden in Florida; Arizona is a dead heat: Reuters/IpsosPresident Donald Trump has pulled into a virtual tie with Democratic challenger Joe Biden in Florida, just a week after the former vice president held a narrow lead there, a Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll showed on Wednesday. Reuters/Ipsos is polling likely voters in six states - Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Michigan, North Carolina, Florida and Arizona - that will play critical roles in deciding whether Trump wins a second term in office or if Biden ousts him. * A prior poll had showed Biden with an apparent lead of 50%-46%, with the margin being on the edge of the poll's credibility interval.


  • 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.


  • Hackers breach Trump campaign website, threaten to release 'evidence' of crimes -

    Hackers breach Trump campaign website, threaten to release 'evidence' of crimesThe Trump campaign's website was briefly hacked late Tuesday, with the culprits posting a typo-riddled message on the site threatening to release "evidence" of the president's "criminal involvement" in a supposed scheme to sway next week's election. The hackers, whose identity was not immediately known, only managed to crack into the Trump website's "about" page. The rest of the website ...


  • 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.


  • Michigan man missing after allegedly spending virus relief funds on luxury gifts for girlfriend -

    Michigan man missing after allegedly spending virus relief funds on luxury gifts for girlfriendA Michigan man looks to be on the run after allegedly conspiring to steal $2.5 million in coronavirus relief funds. Johnny Richardson, 25, and his girlfriend Micahia Taylor, 27, are accused of teaming up with Brandi Hawkins, a contract employee of the Michigan Unemployment Insurance Agency, to embezzle the money.


  • '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.


  • 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


  • US says 'very real' risk of Turkey sanctions over Russian arms -

    US says 'very real' risk of Turkey sanctions over Russian armsA US official warned Wednesday that NATO ally Turkey faced a risk of sanctions after it defiantly tested Russia's S-400 air defense system.


  • Matthew McConaughey said he lost 50 pounds for 'Dallas Buyers Club' on a diet of fish, tapioca pudding, and 'as much wine as I wanted to drink' -

    Matthew McConaughey said he lost 50 pounds for 'Dallas Buyers Club' on a diet of fish, tapioca pudding, and 'as much wine as I wanted to drink'On the "The Joe Rogan Experience," he said he dropped 50 pounds in five months by eating his special diet and drinking "all the wine" he wanted.


  • 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


  • Kavanaugh opinion on ballot deadlines hints at how US Supreme Court might restrict vote-counting in Trump-Biden election -

    Kavanaugh opinion on ballot deadlines hints at how US Supreme Court might restrict vote-counting in Trump-Biden electionWhile it's unlikely for this election to be decided in the Supreme Court, the Justices' opinions signaled how they may rule on future consequential cases.


  • Man arrested with two weapons at pro-Trump rally attended by South Dakota governor -

    Man arrested with two weapons at pro-Trump rally attended by South Dakota governorGovernor Noem?s security says she was ?not in harm?s way? during incident


  • 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.


  • Chicago sisters accused of stabbing store security guard 27 times after he asked them to wear a mask -

    Chicago sisters accused of stabbing store security guard 27 times after he asked them to wear a maskThe incident occurred at a shoe store in Chicago.


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.?


  • Boeing to cut 7,000 more jobs as it reports another loss -

    Boeing to cut 7,000 more jobs as it reports another lossPressured by another quarterly loss, Boeing announced Wednesday additional job cuts as it adapts to a prolonged downturn in the aviation industry.


  • Bobulinski Claims Documents Prove Joe Biden ?Lying? about Lack of Involvement in Hunter?s Influence Peddling -

    Bobulinski Claims Documents Prove Joe Biden ?Lying? about Lack of Involvement in Hunter?s Influence PeddlingTony Bobulinski, a former business associate of Hunter Biden, has accused Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden of "lying" about whether he was directly involved in his son's foreign business dealings."When he states that, that is a blatant lie," Bobulinski said in an interview with Fox News host Tucker Carlson that was aired Tuesday.The former U.S. Navy lieutenant and corporate investor†added that he almost walked out of the second presidential debate, which he attended as President Trump's guest, when the former vice president claimed again that he†had no knowledge of his son's business dealings and was not involved in them."In that debate, he made a specific statement around questions around this from the president," Bobulinski said. "And I'll be honest with you, I almost stood up and screamed 'liar' and walked out because I was shocked that after four days or five days that they prep for this, that the Biden family is taking that position to the world."Bobulinski was the former CEO of SinoHawk Holdings, which he said was a partnership between the CEFC China Energy conglomerate and the Biden family. He was the recipient of a May 13, 2017 email that discussed a plan to have 10 percent in their related joint venture, Oneida Holdings, ?held by H for the big guy?? The "big guy" was Joe Biden, and "H" was Hunter, Bobulinski confirmed.Bobulinski also slammed Democratic efforts to discredit his claims about the Bidens' business dealings by dismissing it as Russian disinformation, singling out for particular criticism Democratic congressman Adam Schiff, who said on television that this "smear" of Biden "comes from the Kremlin.""To have a congressman out there speaking about Russian disinformation or Joe Biden at a public debate referencing Russian disinformation when he knows he sat face to face with me, that I was traveled around the world with his son and his brother, to say that and associate that with my name is absolutely disgusting to me," Bobulinski said.Bobulinski told Carlson that Schiff's baseless disinformation claim motivated him to come forward with what he knew of Biden family corruption.The former business associate of the Bidens also said he was warned by†former partner Rob Walker that going public with information about the Bidens would "bury all of us."In a recording of a phone call between Bobulinski and Walker, which Carlson aired, he told Walker that if the elder Biden "doesn't come out on record, I am providing the facts.""Don't say this Tony, you're just gonna bury all of us, man," Walker responds in the recording."Throughout 2015 and 2016 while Joe was still the sitting vice president of the United States, these guys had been doing extensive work around the world," Bobulinski said, adding that "the only qualification they had was the Biden name.""They're able to set up meetings and get people to jump through hoops in an interest to garner favor with the sitting vice president, Joe Biden," he said.The American people "can form their own conclusion" about the Biden family's business dealings, Bobulinski added.


  • Justice Kavanaugh seems to argue no votes should be counted after Election Day. He may get his wish in key states. -

    Justice Kavanaugh seems to argue no votes should be counted after Election Day. He may get his wish in key states.The Supreme Court sided with Republicans in Wisconsin on Monday, ruling 5-3 along ideological lines that Wisconsin can count only those absentee ballots that arrive by Election Day ? even if they were mailed days earlier. Since first-class mail has been taking an average of 10 days to be delivered in the state, Wisconsin's Democratic Party urged mail-in Democrats to hand-deliver their absentee ballots or vote in person.The practical issue involves what happens with Wisconsin's 700,000 outstanding absentee ballots. "But the deeper issue is about the extent to which a ballot should be considered as valid," Phillip Bump writes in The Washington Post. In a factually sloppy concurring opinion, Justice Brett Kavanaugh evidently embraced President Trump's baseless conspiracies about voter fraud and bizarre demand that the winner be announced election night.Many states require absentee ballots to arrive by Election Day because they "want to avoid the chaos and suspicions of impropriety that can ensue if thousands of absentee ballots flow in after election day and potentially flip the results of an election," Kavanaugh wrote. "And those states also want to be able to definitively announce the results of the election on election night, or as soon as possible thereafter."Justice Elena Kagan, in her dissent, noted that "there are no results to 'flip' until all valid votes are counted. And nothing could be more 'suspicio[us]' or 'improp[er]' than refusing to tally votes once the clock strikes 12 on election night."More broadly, Kavanaugh ? and Justice Neil Gorsuch ? embraced late Chief Justice William Rehnquist's concurring opinion in 2000's Bush v. Gore, which invented a legal theory "so radical, so contrary to basic principles of democracy and federalism, that two conservative justices" rejected it, even as they agreed to hand the White House to George W. Bush in what was supposed to be a one-off decision, Mark Joseph Stern writes at Slate.> Kavanaugh favorably cites Bush v. Gore two pages later. So much for "limited to the present circumstances." (Kavanaugh worked on Bush's legal team in that case.) pic.twitter.com/3Q7E9Y6Kiy> > ? Matt Ford (@fordm) October 26, 2020Rehnquist argued that state courts cannot interpret state election laws in federal elections, Stern writes, "a breathtaking assault on state sovereignty" that would transform the Supreme Court "into a national board of elections with veto power over each state's election rules." With Judge Amy Coney Barrett put on the court, the conservatives likely have five votes enact Rehnquist's theory, throwing out ballots in Pennsylvania and North Carolina as well as Wisconsin, he added. "In other words, Barrett's first decisions as a justice may determine the outcome of the election."More stories from theweek.com Republicans are on the verge of a spectacular upside-down achievement The very different emotional lives of Trump and Biden voters Middle-finger voting is driving the entire country mad


  • Trump says plot to kidnap Gretchen Whitmer was ?maybe a problem, maybe it wasn?t? -

    Trump says plot to kidnap Gretchen Whitmer was ?maybe a problem, maybe it wasn?t?After right-wing plot to kidnap Gretchen Whitmer, president?s supporters chant ?Lock her up!?


  • 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.


  • Turkish leaders condemn Charlie Hebdo cartoon of Erdogan -

    Turkish leaders condemn Charlie Hebdo cartoon of ErdoganTurkish officials on Wednesday railed against French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo over its cover-page cartoon mocking Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and accused the publication of sowing ?the seeds of hatred and animosity.? The cartoon could further heighten tensions between Turkey and France over French President Emmanuel Macron?s firm stance against Islamism following the beheading of a teacher who showed caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad for a class lesson on free speech.


  • 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.


  • Coronavirus in the U.S. is spreading like 'wildfire,' epidemiologist says -

    Coronavirus in the U.S. is spreading like 'wildfire,' epidemiologist says"The U.S. is now seeing a pretty widespread transmission across the board,? said William Hanage, an associate professor of epidemiology.


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • Jeff Van Drew, congressman who ditched Democrats for Trump, struggling in reelection race -

    Jeff Van Drew, congressman who ditched Democrats for Trump, struggling in reelection raceA congressman who switched from the Democratic Party to join Republican ranks is struggling in his ace for reelection.


  • Joe Biden Is Targeting a Great American Industry -

    Joe Biden Is Targeting a Great American IndustryJoe Biden wants to take one of the great American success stories of the past several decades and drive it into the ground.He would turn his back on the stupendous wealth represented by proven reserves of oil and gas in this country.Rather than focusing on producing cheap, abundant energy -- a key ingredient to human progress through all of human history -- he?d embark on the fool?s errand of trying to adjust the world?s thermostat 80 years from now.After a 50-year effort to diminish our reliance on Middle Eastern oil, which has miraculously happened at last, Biden would force the U.S. to transition to solar and wind, industries that currently depend on Chinese supply chains.Whereas California has embraced the radical goal of a carbon-free electric grid by 2045 (and has drastically increased the price of energy in the state already), Biden has seen and raised the Golden State by embracing a goal of 2035.All this was underlined by Biden?s statement at the end of last week?s debate that he wants to transition from oil, which constituted a gaffe only for anyone who hadn?t been paying attention to his Green New Deal?shaped energy plan.It?s a funny time to want to kneecap oil and gas. Proven reserves of natural gas in the U.S. are higher than ever before, thanks to American-made technological innovations. A couple of years ago, the U.S. surpassed Russia and Saudi Arabia in crude oil production. In recent years, petroleum and natural-gas exports have been increasing. And, of course, the rise of natural gas has cut U.S. carbon emissions.This should be considered a national strength to build on, not a national shame to be put on a glide path to extinction. Fossil fuels are a tremendously useful source of energy, and no hype about renewables can obscure that reality.In 2019, petroleum, natural gas, and coal accounted for 80 percent of overall energy consumption in the United States, according to U.S. Energy Information Administration. Renewables made up only 11 percent, and the bulk of that came from biomass (wood and biofuels) and hydroelectric. Despite being heavily subsidized, wind and solar, combined, were responsible for only about a third of our renewable energy.As Swedish economist Bjorn Lomborg points out, the share of U.S. energy that comes from renewables actually declined over the past century. The rise of fossil fuels was a boon to humanity, a major advance over those old renewables, wood and dung. ?Over a century and a half,? Lomborg writes, ?we shed our reliance on renewable energy and powered the industrial revolution with fossil fuels.?The oil and gas industry should also be prized as a source of good American jobs. Petroleum engineers make about $137,000 a year, pump system and refinery operators $72,000 a year, wellhead pumpers $58,000, and roustabouts $44,000, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.The idea that we are going to transition to wind and solar painlessly is a fantasy. Germany has been spending tens of billions of dollars a year trying to make this happen. Its renewable energy program has doubled the cost of energy, while fossil fuels still account for about 80 percent of its energy supply.If we think eschewing fossil fuels is going to convince other countries to do the same, we are fooling ourselves. Like in the United States, the industrial takeoff in China coincided with a jump in the use of coal. China is still building coal plants at a furious clip. The Institute for Energy Research notes that it has plans to add more than the current U.S. coal-fired capacity on top of its already prodigious use of coal, which accounts for more than half of the world?s total.The Biden plan is an assault on American ingenuity and wealth, not to mention common sense. At least after last week, no one can say he wasn?t warned.© 2020 by King Features Syndicate


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  • Democratic senator Doug Jones stakes re-election bid on threat to voting rights -

    Democratic senator Doug Jones stakes re-election bid on threat to voting rightsAlabama senator sounds alarm over state?s voting restrictions and calls for new extension of the Voting Rights ActAmid an unprecedented number of early votes cast in the 2020 election cycle, Alabama senator Doug Jones is staking his electoral fortunes on framing his re-election campaign around the threat to voting rights, especially in his native deep south.Jones, a rare Democratic senator in a red southern state, has been sounding the alarm on his state?s burdensome voting restrictions. He?s been dinging his opponent over comments about a landmark voting law and he?s arguing that in an age of high partisanship in America there?s a path for lawmakers to reinforce national voting laws.Jones, the Alabama Democrat who was elected to his Senate seat in a 2017 upset race, is also calling for a new extension of the Voting Rights Act, the set of voting protections that were gutted in a ruling by the United States supreme court seven years ago. That ruling struck down a core provision of the law which required nine states to seek federal approval before changing their election laws. Those states were required to seek federal permission because of a history of enforcing voter requirements that dramatically affected minorities.Jones has repeatedly bashed retired coach Tommy Tuberville, the Republican nominee for Jones?s seat, for failing to offer a concise position on the Voting Rights Act.?It?s not that he couldn?t articulate a stance, he couldn?t articulate what the hell it is,? Jones said in an interview with the Guardian.During a 1 September appearance with service organizations in Alabama, Tuberville was asked whether he supported extending the Voting Rights Act. His response suggested he had no idea what the law is.?You know, the thing about the Voting Rights Act it?s ? you know ? there?s a lot of different things you can look at it as, you know, who?s it going to help? What direction do we need to go with it?? Tuberville said. ?I think it?s important that everything we do we keep secure.?Jones has been contrasting Tuberville?s remarks with his own position on the Voting Rights Act.?I think they should do everything they can to get it extended,? Jones said.Jones?s re-election campaign has also turned the clip of Tuberville?s comments into digital media ads. Jones is the heavy underdog in the race. Most polling has found Tuberville leading Jones in the traditionally conservative state by double digits. An 11 October poll conducted by Fm3 Research on behalf of the Jones campaign showing the senator leading Tuberville by one percentage point. Even so, Tuberville is widely expected to defeat Jones and Donald Trump is all but certain to win Alabama decisively on 3 November.> I just think it took the election of Donald Trump to see how much their vote counts> > Doug JonesJones finds himself running for re-election in a year that?s seen record turnout in early voting, in part because of the pandemic. More than 66 million votes have already been cast, with no sign that that record breaking pace will let up. Jones himself benefited from high turnout in 2017 and unprecedented enthusiasm from African American voters in the state.Now, as he?s running for re-election in a year where there?s both high voter participation across the country and an active discussion about barriers to voting, Jones is sounding the alarm on Alabama?s own voting requirements.?The fact of the matter is Alabama has just a really burdensome absentee ballot process,? Jones said. ?Most absentee ballots in the past have been by mail. And to do that you?ve got to get an application from the secretary of state or your local election official, fill out the application ? which in and of itself is not too difficult ? but then you?ve got to make a photocopy of your photo ID and send that along. Not everybody has a printer or a scanner at their home, and so that is burden number one.?Not to mention the fact that it has to go through the mails, come back to you with the ballot, and then you have to take the ballot, mark the ballot, put it in their special envelope then put that envelope in another envelope that has to be signed by you exactly the way it is on the voting rolls. Which is not necessarily your usual signature, but the way you are on the voting rolls, and then you?ve got to have two people witness it or whatever. It?s incredibly burdensome.?And, Jones said, if every step isn?t followed correctly, ?that ballot is shoved aside and is likely not counted?.While high-ranking state lawmakers in other states have taken steps to compensate for voting during an ongoing global pandemic, the Alabama secretary of state, John Merrill, has refrained from easing voting restrictions although he has allowed county courthouses to take early absentee votes. But there are only two county courthouses in Jefferson county, where the senator lives, which has, Jones said, effectively acted as yet another impediment to voting.All of that, Jones continued, is an example of how unnecessarily difficult voting can be in Alabama.?And I think voting across the country needs to be a little bit more uniform. What we?re seeing in Alabama is that early voting can work if they could use the technology to streamline it and just make it early voting, I think that could help a lot. And I think that would get the numbers up, which is the goal for everybody,? Jones said.Even with all that, Jones predicted that Alabama would see ?a record number of absentee ballots cast in this election?.The state has already beat previous records and there are still days before the actual election.Asked if he was surprised about the record turnout across the state and elsewhere, Jones said he was not.?I just think it took the election of Donald Trump to see how much their vote counts. I think there are so many people that stayed home, that thought that Hillary Clinton was going to win, or that their vote just didn?t count,? Jones said. ?I think now what we?ve seen is an interest to make sure their votes count because it does matter.?


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