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    NANCY Pelosi said she’s “optimistic” a stimulus deal will be agreed today and said a bill for a compromised stimulus package is being written – so $1,200 checks can be sent out before the election. In an interview with Bloomberg TV, Pelosi said there are still areas in the deal where more work is required to get compromised, but she was pleased with the Trump administrations latest position. 3Nancy Pelosi said she's 'optimistic' a stimulus deal will be agreed on todayCredit: MSNBC According to the House Speaker, both sides are also “in range” on other health care provisions. Pelosi said she’s optimistic because Republicans “finally” want to crush the virus, “Now they’ve come back and returned that language” on testing and tracing. The House Speaker said she thinks she can wrap testing and tracing language this afternoon with Steve Mnuchin, “Hopefully by the end of the day today we’ll know...
    DEMOCRATS are hoping that Joe Biden doesn’t lose the way Hillary Clinton did in 2016 – with just two weeks left until Election Day. Most polls show Biden as the frontrunner against President Donald Trump – many include Biden leading by 10 or more points. ⚠️ Follow our US election 2020 live blog for the latest news & updates 7Joe Biden is leading most of the national polls in the 2020 race against Donald TrumpCredit: Reuters 7Hillary Clinton, pictured here giving her 2016 election concession speech, was also leading in the polls before her lossCredit: AFP - Getty Results from a New York Times/Siena College poll released on Tuesday show that Biden is leading Trump 50 percent to 41 percent. Among those surveyed, the voters prefer Biden to Trump on almost all major issues. While this sounds like a good thing for the Biden campaign, in the weeks and...
     Presented by the Walton Family Foundation   To view past editions of The Hill's 12:30 Report, click here: http://bit.ly/1M1mIfw To receive The Hill's 12:30 Report in your inbox, please sign up here: http://bit.ly/1Tt4hqN   --> A midday take on what's happening in politics and how to have a sense of humor about it.* *Ha. Haha. Hahah. Sniff. Haha. Sniff. Ha--breaks down crying hysterically.   NEWS THIS MORNING I know, I know. Google lawsuits happen a lot. But this one is big:   Via The New York Times’s David McCabe and Cecilia Kang, “The Justice Department accused Google of maintaining an illegal monopoly over search and search advertising in a lawsuit filed on Tuesday, the government’s most significant legal challenge to a tech company’s market power in a generation.” https://nyti.ms/3dIw2Mj  For example: “…through several exclusive business contracts and agreements that lock out competition. Such contracts include Google’s payment of billions of dollars to...
    Twitter and Facebook may not be able to gain the trust the Big Tech giants have lost censoring last week's New York Post bombshell reports,  Dave Rubin told "Fox & Friends." The Post published a story last week detailing Hunter Biden's overseas business dealings. "If we are going to censor things, I think people want to see it as fair. The bigger issue here is I don't think people trust [Facebook's Mark] Zuckerberg. They don't trust Jack [Dorsey] at Twitter anymore. So even if they are telling the truth, which generally speaking I don't think they are ... I think they have lost the trust of the users, and once you lose that trust, I don't know how you get it back," the host of "The Rubin Report" said Tuesday. Rubin's comments come as Senate Republicans, including Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, are set to subpoena Dorsey, Twitter's CEO, to question him on the decision to restrict New York Post's story and to block accounts that promoted it, including that of White...
    WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump's predictions that a coronavirus vaccine would be ready before Election Day, Nov. 3, will not be met.  On Friday, pharmaceutical giant Pfizer announced it would not seek emergency authorization to release its coronavirus vaccine until late November.   Two other vaccine frontrunners are on hold. A fourth is unlikely to have results until the end of the year.  Trump has said repeatedly that a vaccine would be available to many before the election as part of the administration’s highly touted Operation Warp Speed, created to accelerate the development of a vaccine. Top scientists in and out of government have long said that timeline is unrealistic.  Trump Contradicts CDC Director on Vaccine and Masks Seeking to draw a contrast with President Donald Trump’s approach to combating the pandemic, Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden laid out plans for developing and distributing a vaccine if he wins...
    Jon Rahm, Xander Schauffele betting favorites at Zozo Championship What Malls Looked Like From the 50s Through Today 5 things to know before the stock market opens Tuesday 1. Dow set to bounce after sinking over 410 points © Provided by CNBC A pedestrian outside the New York Stock Exchange in New York, July 29, 2020. Dow futures pointed to a nearly 200 point gain at Tuesday's open, one day after the 30-stock average saw a late-session acceleration in losses to close off 410 points or 1.4%. The S&P 500 fell 1.6%. The Nasdaq lost nearly 1.7%, extending its losing streak to five sessions. The Dow and S&P 500 snapped three down days in a row with gains Friday. Heading into the new trading day, third-quarter earnings reports and talks between House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and White House officials on additional coronavirus stimulus have dominated investor attention. Netflix and...
    During a Fox & Friends interview, President Donald Trump demanded that Attorney General Bill Barr investigate his opponent’s son based on an unverified story that even Fox News refused to run. On Tuesday morning, Trump phoned in for a lengthy interview, and despite the fact that Fox News passed on running the story about Hunter Biden — son of former Vice President Joe Biden — that eventually found a home at the New York Post and was banned by social media platforms, the F&F crew covered the topic extensively. At one point, fill-in host Will Cain told Trump “Some are asking will you appoint a special prosecutor to investigate this?” and read from a letter sent by House Republicans demanding “the Department of Justice immediately appoint an independent unbiased special counsel to investigate these issues that have been raised, as well as any corresponding legal or ethical issues that...
    Anthony Weiner has emerged just two weeks before the election to deny his underage sexting scandal led Hillary Clinton to lose the 2016 presidential race and helped put Donald Trump in office. The 56-year-old former Congressman and registered sex offender saw his career unravel in August 2016 when DailyMail.com revealed Weiner had been sexting a 15-year-old girl, which led to an FBI probe in which agents found e-mails from Hillary Clinton’s secret server.   Then just 11 days before the 2016 election then-FBI director James Comey notified Congress they were re-opening an investigation into Clinton’s storage of classified information on a private e-mail server citing Weiner’s laptop. President Donald Trump said Hunter Biden's 'lap top from hell', that purportedly implicates Joe Biden in his son's overseas deals, reminded him of Weiner’s infamous computer that cast Hillary Clinton and her aide, Huma Abedin, who is Weiner's wife under scrutiny. 'When you lose the...
    WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump's predictions that a coronavirus vaccine would be ready before Election Day, Nov. 3, will not be met.  On Friday, pharmaceutical giant Pfizer announced it would not seek emergency authorization to release its coronavirus vaccine until late November.   Two other vaccine frontrunners are on hold. A fourth is unlikely to have results until the end of the year.  Trump has said repeatedly that a vaccine would be available to many before the election as part of the administration’s highly touted Operation Warp Speed, created to accelerate the development of a vaccine. Top scientists in and out of government have long said that timeline is unrealistic.  Trump Contradicts CDC Director on Vaccine and Masks Seeking to draw a contrast with President Donald Trump’s approach to combating the pandemic, Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden laid out plans for developing and distributing a vaccine if he wins...
    President Trump spent one of the last days before the election criticizing the administration’s top infectious disease expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci. "People are tired of hearing Fauci and these idiots, all these idiots who got it wrong," Trump said on a call with his campaign Monday, according to the New York Times. Trump also called Fauci a “nice” guy, but he said, “He’s been here for 500 years.” “Every time he goes on television, there’s always a bomb. But there’s a bigger bomb if you fire him. This guy’s a disaster,” Trump added. Later, when he landed in Arizona for the first of two rallies in the state, Trump told reporters that Fauci “loves being on television” and has made “a lot of bad calls.” The Biden campaign then criticized Trump for attacking Fauci and other government health experts “instead of laying out a plan...
    PHOENIX (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said on Monday he would test for the coronavirus before the next presidential debate with Democratic candidate Joe Biden this week. "Sure I would have no problem with that," Trump told reporters when he was asked whether he would be tested before Thursday's debate in Nashville. Trump announced on Oct. 2 that he had tested positive for COVID-19, and has declined to say when he last tested negative before the previous debate held on Sept. 29. (Reporting by Jeff Mason; Writing by Mohammad Zargham; Editing by Doina Chiacu) Copyright 2020 Thomson Reuters. Tags: infectious diseases, United States, coronavirus
    Jeffrey Epstein told cellmates about his private jet trips with Donald Trump and spoke of Bill Clinton's days as a 'lothario', according to a new book Jeffrey Epstein told cellmates about his private jet trips with Donald Trump and spoke of Bill Clinton's days as a 'lothario', according to a new book.  The disgraced financier, who killed himself at age 66 in August 2019 at a Manhattan jail while awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges, is also said to have told fellow inmates he was 'motivated by p****' in days before his prison death.  Excerpts of The Spider, by author Barry Levine, out Tuesday and first reported by The Sun are said to include details of conversations between Epstein and his two prison confidantes.  The book also looks at whether his death was initially misreported as a 'poss arrest' to prevent media attention. DailyMail.com has reached out to representatives for Trump, Clinton and...
    President Donald Trump said Monday that he will take a coronavirus test before his next debate with Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden later this week. This is breaking news. Check back for updates.Related Tags Breaking News: Politics Politics
    HARRISBURG, Pa. (CBS/AP) — With 15 days until the presidential election, Republican lawmakers in the battleground state of Pennsylvania appeared unwilling Monday to authorize counties to process mail-in ballots before Election Day, seen as crucial to producing a prompt election result. More than 9 million Pennsylvanians have registered to vote, setting a state record. A spokesperson for the House Republican majority said in a statement that they have no plans to consider changes to election laws that will affect the Nov. 3 election. County officials are still pushing for the change and say it could ensure the vast majority of ballots are counted within hours of polls closing. They say that waiting until Election Day to dig into roughly 3 million mail-in ballots could require days to process enough ballots to project a winner in the presidential contest. Talks had stalled last week as House Republicans insisted that they would...
    A 13-YEAR-old boy fell 20 floors to his death from a building in Midtown, Manhattan Monday morning. Police sources told the New York Post that the boy, whose identity wasn't immediately released, had been on the terrace at 400 W. 43rd St. doing his homework, his family told cops. The boy was found shirtless on the ground around 6am, the outlet reported. More to follow... For the latest news on this story keep checking back at Sun Online. The Sun is your go to destination for the best celebrity news, football news, real-life stories, jaw-dropping pictures and must-see video. Download our fantastic, new and improved free App for the best ever Sun Online experience. For iPhone click here, for Android click here.  Like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TheSunUS and follow us from our main Twitter account at @TheSunUS. Most read in NewsWarningRIPPED TO PIECES Zookeeper mauled to death by pack...
    President Donald Trump disparaged infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci on a call with campaign staff, tearing into experts as 'idiots' and saying Americans are 'tired of COVID.' In an election upended by the coronavirus, the president vented about lockdowns and Fauci in particular, after the expert has expressed increasing frustration with the lack of direction on social distancing and mask wearing that Fauci says could save thousands of lives. 'People are tired of Covid,' Trump said.  'People are tired of hearing Fauci and these idiots, all these idiots who got it wrong,' he said, going further than in public comments where he has undermined current health directives by pointing to indecision from experts early in the pandemic. Trump called Fauci a 'disaster,' but revealed he believes he cannot fire him.  'Every time he goes on television, there's always a bomb, but there's a bigger bomb if you...
    WASHINGTON -- House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Sunday she and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin must reach an agreement within 48 hours if they want to pass a coronavirus stimulus relief bill before Election Day."The 48 only relates to if we want to get it done before the election, which we do," Pelosi said in an interview on ABC's "This Week." "But we're saying to them we have to freeze the design on some of these things. Are we going with it or not? And what is the language."Pelosi is putting pressure on the administration to cut a deal by Tuesday because the legislative process in the House and Senate will take time to play out, and it won't be feasible to get a bill passed through both chambers by November 3 if the talks drag on beyond the next couple days.READ MORE: Stimulus talks: Republicans, Democrats give White House COVID-19...
    Washington (CNN)Stimulus negotiators face a fast-approaching deadline to resolve key differences and deliver a sweeping coronavirus relief package to the American people before Election Day. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Sunday set a Tuesday deadline for her and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin to reconcile significant policy disputes if they want to pass a relief bill before November 3. That time frame brings enormous pressure for a fast breakthrough that will have implications for millions of Americans struggling with the fallout of a still-raging pandemic. However, a deal has evaded negotiators for months as the Trump administration and Pelosi have been hundreds of billions of dollars apart on topline numbers -- as well as what should be included, and it's unclear if those key sticking points can be resolved before Pelosi's deadline.Pelosi and Mnuchin, President Donald Trump's lead negotiator, spoke Saturday evening for more than an hour, with more negotiations expected...
    Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiLatest Mnuchin-Pelosi call produces 'encouraging news on testing' for stimulus package McConnell details 0 billion COVID-19 bill set for Wednesday vote Graham: Congress should go 'big and smart' on COVID-19 package MORE (D-Calif.) said on Sunday that the chances of passing a COVID-19 stimulus package before the election depend on the Trump administration. Pelosi said ABC’s “This Week” that she and administration negotiators, including Treasury Secretary Steven MnuchinSteven Terner MnuchinLatest Mnuchin-Pelosi call produces 'encouraging news on testing' for stimulus package McConnell details 0 billion COVID-19 bill set for Wednesday vote Pelosi defends not speaking to Trump for an entire year MORE, are “seeking clarity” and “don’t have agreement language yet.” The Speaker said Democrats want to get an agreement before the election, but added that “we have to freeze the design” of the language.  “With all due respect to some of the people in the president’s administration, they're not...
    President Trump let everyone know just how he perceives NBC News' Kristen Welker -- the scheduled moderator for the upcoming presidential debate in Nashville, Tenn. -- calling her “terrible and unfair” Saturday in a pre-debate offensive attack. “She’s always been terrible & unfair, just like most of the Fake News reporters, but I’ll still play the game. The people know! How’s Steve Scully doing?” Trump tweeted along with a retweet from son Donald Trump Jr., linking Welker and her family to prominent Democrats. Welker’s family has donated tens of thousands of dollars to Democrats over the years and Welker and her family spent Christmas at the White House with the Obamas in 2012. DEBATE MODERATOR KRISTEN WELKER'S TWITTER ACCOUNT DEACTIVATED AMID STEVE SCULLY CONTROVERSY Trump’s Steve Scully comment was a reference to a C-SPAN journalist who was suspended, allegedly for lying about his Twitter account being hacked before he was set to moderate a...
    Former President Barack Obama will head to Philadelphia on Wednesday to campaign on behalf of the Biden-Harris ticket, his first appearance on the trail thus far.  With just two weeks until the election, Obama will rally support in a battleground state that President Trump won by less than a percentage point in 2016.  TRUMP, BIDEN FUNNEL AD DOLLARS INTO KEY BATTLEGROUNDS IN FINAL STRETCH Current polls show Democratic opponent Joe Biden leading Trump by more than five percentage points, according to a Real Clear Politics average. Philadelphia bolstered Obama's White House victories in both 2008 and 2012, when Biden was his running mate.  TRUMP CAMPAIGN SAYS WINNING THIS STATE IS VITAL TO CLINCHING ELECTION Meanwhile, vice presidential hopeful Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., has tweaked her campaign events after multiple staffers tested positive for the coronavirus, but her husband, Doug Emhoff, will hold a rally in Philadelphia on Saturday.  Trump will also head...
    Facebook has apologized after tweets posted by Tiffany Trump were blocked from being shared on Facebook, blaming the labelling on 'an error'. On Friday Facebook users noticed that they were unable to share the 27-year-old Georgetown law graduate's tweets on the platform. They received a message saying: 'This URL goes against our Community Standards on spam: twitter.com/tiffanyatrump.'  The restriction was lifted after several hours, after the New York Post noticed the issue and asked Facebook for comment. A Facebook spokesperson told The Post: 'The URL was incorrectly flagged by our automated systems as spam. We have corrected the error.' Tiffany Trump, 27, found her tweets on Friday blocked from Facebook's platform The social network did not ban links to the Twitter accounts of Trump's other adult children, including sons Donald Trump Jr. and Eric Trump, who are known for more frequently posting political content. Facebook on Friday...
    Alabama has broken its record for casting absentee ballots during an election, and there’s still three weeks before Election Day. Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill (R) said that as of Tuesday, 91,786 absentee ballots have been cast ahead of the Nov. 3 election. The previous record was 89,000 ballots cast over the course of the 2012 election cycle.  Merrill told the Hoover Area Chamber of Commerce said he expects to have over 200,000 ballots requested by election day according to 280 Living, likely due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Merrill ruled in July that any person who deems it unreasonable to vote in person due to the pandemic can check on their absentee ballot application that says “I have a physical illness or infirmity which prevents my attendance at the polls. [ID REQUIRED]” Overall, he thinks 2.5 to 2.8 million people will cast their votes this election, which would represent 68...
    Sonali Kolhatkar October 17, 2020 1:59AM (UTC) This article was produced by Economy for All, a project of the Independent Media Institute. The federal government's killing of Michael Reinoehl exactly two months before the November 3 presidential race ought to have been one of the most high-profile election issues being discussed in America. Instead, it has been almost forgotten save for some media outlets starting to question the official narrative of his death. The little-known self-proclaimed "antifa" activist was killed by federal agents on September 3. Officers claimed that he had fired shots at them before being gunned down. But a week after his killing, the Washington Post found that "the wanted man wasn't obviously armed." The Thurston County sheriff in Lacey, Washington, where the suspect was killed, released a public statement saying his investigation team "can confirm… that Mr. Reinoehl pointed the handgun that he had in his possession at the officers at...
    Democrats are calling on Sen. David Perdue (R-Ga.) to apologize after he mocked Democratic vice presidential nominee Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisFeinstein's hug of Lindsey Graham sparks outrage on the left The Hill's Campaign Report: Trump, Biden brace for dueling town halls Greta Thunberg mocks Barrett for not having 'views on climate change' MORE’s name, accusing the Georgia lawmaker of sounding a racist dog whistle. While speaking in Macon, Ga., of the “insidious” plans Democrats have in store should they take power in Washington, Perdue rattled off several lawmakers, including Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerSenate GOP's campaign arm releases first ad targeting Bollier in Kansas Intercept Chief: Democrats' attention to Affordable Care Act in Barrett hearings part of larger election strategy Is Trump a better choice for Jewish voters than Biden? MORE (N.Y.), Democratic presidential nominee Joe and Sens. Bernie SandersBernie SandersHillicon Valley: Facebook, Twitter's handling of New York Post article...
    Getty White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow. On Friday, Larry Kudlow said that passing a stimulus package would be “almost impossible” before the November election, according to Forbes. “Even if you made a deal, it would be almost impossible to execute. Maybe some of it could be executed, but you certainly couldn’t get a grand, large deal,” Kudlow said. Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell echoed those sentiments, according to The Washington Post, stating there is not enough time to get a “large-scale deal passed” before November. Most recently, the sticking point on a stimulus package has been a national strategic testing plan. On Thursday, according to CNN, Mnuchin did agree to “accept ‘with minor edits’ the Democratic language” pertaining to a plan, though. However, Pelosi wrote a letter late last night which suggested both sides of the aisle are still unable to reach an agreement on a number...
    Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer. Reuters/Rebecca Cook On April 17, President Donald Trump tweeted "Liberate Michigan" and six months later the FBI says they foiled a plot by an armed so-called militia to kidnap the Democratic governor.  More than a dozen men face state and federal charges for their involvement in the plot, which was born out of group chats and anti-government discussions. On Friday, an FBI special agent testifying at a hearing for several of the defendants said he wasn't aware of the group's thoughts on Trump's tweet, but that their planning started prior to it.  Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Six months before the FBI dismantled what they say was a plan by an armed so-called militia group to kidnap the Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, President Donald Trump tweeted out a call to "LIBERATE" the state.  FBI Special Agent Richard Trask testified Friday, though, that...
    A BABY has died after ingesting his mom’s mix of fentanyl, cocaine, and morphine - just weeks before his first birthday, police said. Connecticut State Police arrested 35-year-old Rebecca Dixon on Tuesday for the July 6 death of her 11-month-old son, according to Fox 61. 1Rebecca Dixon, 35, has been arrested and charged for the July 6 death of her 11-month-old sonCredit: Connecticut State Police On the day of her son's death, Dixon took a blood test which allegedly showed she had several substances in her body. Dixon - a resident of Oxford, Connecticut - reportedly tested positive for morphine, cocaine, fentanyl, and benzodiazepines. "Based on the fact that the mother had narcotics within the area that the victim was," Connecticut State Police Trooper Christine Jeltema told the news outlet. "Prior to the victim’s death the mother had been using as well." Jeltema said Dixon had a total of six...
    Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden has a 9-point lead over President Donald Trump in the crucial swing state of Michigan less than three weeks before the election. According to a new Hill-Harvard poll conducted by HarrisX, 54% of voters say they support the former vice president compared to 43% of voters who support the president. Cartoons on the 2020 ElectionView All 269 ImagesTrump narrowly carried Michigan in the 2016 election against then-Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, winning by less than a percentage point. The Hill-Harvard poll found that Biden is also leading in Pennsylvania by 5 points, 51% to Trump's 46%. The two candidates are tied with 48% support in Florida. Trump also won both of those states in 2016. A separate poll conducted by HarrisX found that Biden is leading Trump nationally by 7 points. If the election were held today, 47% of voters said they would...
    Two-and-a-half weeks before the election, top Trump administration officials in charge of immigration enforcement blasted Denver and other cities for their unwillingness to cooperate with Immigration and Customs Enforcement. "Sanctuary city policies shield violent criminals, criminal aliens, at the expense of American lives," Chad Wolf, acting secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, said at an October 16 press conference announcing results of a recent ICE enforcement operation that targeted jurisdictions covered by field offices in Denver (which oversees Colorado and Wyoming), Philadelphia, New York, Seattle, Washington, D.C. and Baltimore. The operation had been telegraphed by the Washington Post, which reported on September 29 that the Trump administration was preparing an "immigration enforcement blitz" that would start in California and then expand to other places, including Denver. Related Stories GEO Group Coerced Aurora ICE Detainees Into Cleaning Common Areas Aurora Immigration Court Shuts Down Hearings After Major COVID Outbreak Colorado...
    President Donald Trump slammed Republican Maine Sen. Susan Collins for not being in favor of voting to confirm Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett until after Election Day. In a tweet, Trump said he heard a “nasty rumor” that Collins will not be voting in favor of confirming Barrett. Collins said in September that she does not support voting to confirm a Supreme Court justice to replace Ruth Bader Ginsburg until after the Nov. 3 elections. Collins is up for reelection and a poll released Friday shows her down by seven points against her Democratic opponent Sara Gideon. The Pan Atlantic Research poll shows Gideon at nearly 47%, while Collins is at nearly 40% just weeks before the election. “There is a nasty rumor out there that @SenatorCollins of Maine will not be supporting our great United States Supreme Court Nominee. Well, she didn’t support Healthcare or my opening up...
    President Donald Trump. AP Photo/Evan Vucci Joaquin Buckley's recent knockout was so impressive that the US President Donald Trump called the UFC boss Dana White to talk about it. White said: "I talked to the president and he says to me, 'Oh my God, this Buckley knockout … have you ever seen anything like this?'" White and Trump share a friendship that goes back years. According to White, Trump calls him on Monday mornings to talk about fights from the weekend. He even called White when he was Octagonside in May to congratulate him on bringing live MMA events back amid the coronavirus pandemic. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. FIGHT ISLAND — President Donald Trump called Dana White after Joaquin Buckley's highlight-reel knockout and asked the UFC boss if he had ever seen anything like it before. Not many people have. The 26-year-old American threw a...
    ▶ Watch Video: Biden and Trump hold dueling town halls after canceled debate Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden said Thursday he will come out with a clear position before Election Day about where he stands on expanding the Supreme Court, depending how the rest of the confirmation process of Judge Amy Coney Barrett is handled. At a town hall with  ABC’s George Stephanopoulos, Biden again said Thursday night that he’s “not a fan” of court packing but was asked by Stephanopoulos if he was open to increasing the number of judges on the court if Barrett is confirmed before the election. “I’m open to considering what happens from that point on,” Biden said. Republicans have repeatedly criticized Biden for not directly giving his view on court packing. Biden was asked whether voters had a right to know where he stands on the issue of expanding the court. “They do have...
    Weeks before the New York Post began publishing what it claimed were the contents of Hunter Biden’s hard drive, a Sept. 25 segment on a YouTube channel run by a Chinese dissident streamer, who is linked to billionaire and Steve Bannon-backer Guo Wengui, broadcast a bizarre conspiracy theory. According to the streamer, Chinese politburo officials had “sent three hard disks of evidence” to the Justice Department and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi containing damaging information about Joe Biden as well as the origins of the coronavirus in a bid to undermine the rule of Chinese President Xi Jinping. Three days later, a Twitter account linked to Guo and Bannon’s Himalaya movement subsequently amplified an edited clip of the segment alongside the pledge of a “Bombshell… 3 hard disk drives of videos and dossiers of Hunter Biden’s connections with the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) have been sent to Nancy Pelosi and DOJ....
    Evan Vucci/ZUMA For indispensable reporting on the coronavirus crisis, the election, and more, subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily newsletter.President Trump burst onto NBC’s town hall stage on Thursday, his first major television appearance since testing positive for COVID-19, by dismissing face masks, blaming military families for potentially infecting him with the virus, and refusing to say whether he had been tested on the day of the first presidential debate.  The string of responses, which came in rapid-fire succession at the start of the event, captured a president unwavering in some of the most widely condemned aspects of his response to the pandemic, even after his own positive diagnosis, a White House outbreak, and his poll numbers continuing to fall. “I’m okay with masks, I tell people to wear masks,” Trump told NBC’s Savannah Guthrie, before quickly undermining his own claim by falsely asserting that a recent study had concluded...
    Donald Trump said Thursday he can’t remember when he last tested negative for the coronavirus before he was diagnosed with it last week. Pressed repeatedly by NBC’s Savannah Guthrie, Trump couldn’t say if he was tested for the disease on the day of the first presidential debate with Democratic nominee Joe Biden. The Commission on Presidential Debates required a negative test before the event. ‘Possibly I did, possibly I didn't,’ he said when she pressed him on the issue during a town hall meeting in Miami. The president said he didn’t get tested for COVID every day. ‘No but I take a lot of tests,’ he said. The White House has repeatedly refused to answer when the president last tested negative before he tested positive. Donald Trump said during his town hall on Thursday night he can't remember when his last test was before COVID diagnosis Trump...
    Donald Trump lashed out at NBC News on Thursday, labeling it “fake” just hours before the network was set to air his controversial town hall special. Trump had backed out of the debate scheduled for the same night after the Commission on Presidential Debates announced that the event would be held virtually. The president said he had no interest in participating, and Joe Biden instead scheduled a town hall that will be broadcast on ABC. Trump later schedule his own event on NBC, though just hours before the broadcast began he had some harsh words for the network hosting him. “I will be doing a major Fake @NBCNews Town Hall Forum, live tonight from Miami, at 8:00 P.M.,” he wrote on Twitter. “They asked me to do it in place of the Rigged Steve Scully (he is now suspended from @cspan for lying) Debate. I wonder if they’ll treat me...
    TRENTON, N.J. (CNN) — Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said Thursday he spent seven days in an intensive care unit before recovering from Covid-19 in a new statement that details the severity of his case and urges people to take the pandemic seriously. “Having had this virus, I can also assure those who have not had it of a few things. It is something to take very seriously,” Christie said. “The ramifications are wildly random and potentially deadly. No one should be happy to get the virus and no one should be cavalier about being infected or infecting others.” Christie’s warning comes after he tested positive for Covid-19 earlier this month and checked himself into Morristown Medical Center as a precautionary measure. News of his positive diagnosis — which came a day after President Donald Trump announced that he and first lady Melania Trump had both contracted the virus...
    Washington (CNN)Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said Thursday he spent 7 days in an intensive care unit before recovering from Covid-19 in a new statement that details the severity of his case and urges people to take the pandemic seriously. "Having had this virus, I can also assure those who have not had it of a few things. It is something to take very seriously," Christie said. "The ramifications are wildly random and potentially deadly. No one should be happy to get the virus and no one should be cavalier about being infected or infecting others."READ: Chris Christie statement on being treated in ICU for Covid-19Christie had tested positive for Covid-19 earlier this month -- a day after President Donald Trump announced he and first lady Melania Trump had both tested positive for the virus.Read MoreHe had helped Trump prepare for the first presidential debate; no one wore masks...
    Hours ahead of his already-controversial Thursday night primetime town hall forum on NBC, the president blasted the network, telling North Carolina rally-goers that NBC is “the worst” and that he was “being set-up” but that he’d still do it because it’s a “free hour of television.” After dropping out of the scheduled presidential debate for Oct. 15 after the Commission of Presidential Debates made it virtual due to the president’s coronavirus diagnosis, Trump eventually agreed to a town-hall forum on the same date. The NBC event, booked earlier this week, will occur during the same hour as Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden’s ABC News town hall, sparking outrage among critics and NBC staffers alike, Trump, who wanted to counter-program against Biden in an effort to beat him in the TV ratings, didn’t appear all that appreciative towards NBC on Thursday over their willingness to provide him with that opportunity. “So,...
    New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is asking President Trump to meet with US governors and provide guidance on how coronavirus vaccines should be distributed once they are approved.   States are due to submit their plans for distributing coronavirus vaccines tomorrow, Friday October 16, according to the deadline set out by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) vaccine 'playbook.'  Trump has been outspokenly optimistic about vaccines getting approved 'very soon' and his administration has poured billions of dollars into Operation Warp Speed to fund the development of COVID-19 vaccine.   The initiative has helped companies reach late-stage trials of shots they only began developing in January, at the earliest, in record time.  But with Food and Drug Administration approvals looming in the near future, the US does not have a detailed plan for the next crucial step in inoculating Americans against coronavirus: distribution.  At the top of the letter, in...
    This is going very badly. Remember Donald Trump's big "healthcare plan" from three weeks ago? The one that did nothing except promise a bribe to seniors in the form of $200 cash cards to be used to by their prescriptions? We subsequently found out that he had sprung that brilliant plan on his administration officials, who were tasked with figuring out and implementing what is now estimated to be an $8 billion plan by November 3. That won't happen, not for the majority of the 33 million cards that will need to be sent, the Wall Street Journal reports. In addition to the $8 billion that they're taking out of Medicare to pay the $200 per beneficiary, this is going to cost taxpayers $20 million just in administrative costs to print and send 33 million letters telling seniors to look for the cards eventually. They can't get the cards out...
    PRESIDENT Trump again pushed to release Hillary Clinton’s deleted emails before the election, and said there’s "so much evidence." The President's comments came on Thursday in an interview with Fox Business, with just 19 days until the 2020 presidential election. ⚠️ Follow our US election 2020 live blog for the latest news & updates 1President Trump again said he's working to release files related to Hillary Clinton's email scandalCredit: Reuters President Trump claimed that people "broke the law" and spied on his campaign. He claimed there's "so much evidence." Trump alleged people "tried to overthrow the presidency" in 2016. When asked if the emails and other declassified information would be released before the election, Trump said he's working to get them out. "It's okay for me to have to be spied on and ripped off and defrauded by these thieves, but they don't want to affect the election because...
    Twitter locked the account of @TeamTrump, an official Trump campaign account, citing the same policy it used to ban links to the New York Post’s bombshell story on hitherto unrevealed links between Joe Biden and the Ukrainian gas giant Burisma. Mike Hahn, a social media manager for Team Trump, revealed the censorship in a tweet earlier today. “Twitter has suspended ⁦ TeamTrump for posting a video calling Joe Biden a liar who has been ripping off our country for years, as it relates to the ⁦@nypost ⁩article” said Hahn. He added the suspension comes “19 days out from the election.” According to the screen Hahn tweeted, the tweet violates the platform’s rules against “posting private information.” Twitter has suspended ⁦@TeamTrump⁩ for posting a video calling Joe Biden a liar who has been ripping off our country for years, as it relates to the ⁦@nypost⁩ article. 19 days out from the election. pic.twitter.com/Z9FFzridyr — Mike...
    A New Jersey teen said a teacher ordered him to take down a Donald Trump banner hanging behind him in his home during a virtual class last week, according to local reports. Anthony Ribeiro, a 17-year-old student at Toms River North High School said the teacher saw the banner and told him to remove it before class. “He said, 'Anthony take the sign down right now' and I looked up, seeing class hasn't started yet,” the teen told NBC New York. “I was on my phone. I looked up at him and kind of just looked back down like I didn't hear him.” But the teacher repeated the request and said Ribeiro would have to leave if he refused. “I waved goodbye, and I was gone,” the teen said. UTAH HIGH SCHOOLER SPAT ON, GLASSES BROKEN AFTER WEARING TRUMP HAT TO CLASS, VIDEO SHOWS District officials told the outlet they were addressing...
    Donald Trump on Wednesday night said that his 14-year-old son Barron was recovering well from coronavirus, adding that he didn't expect him to bounce back so quickly, and insisting that children should be back in school. Addressing a rally in Des Moines, Iowa, the president said the teenager had impressed him with his recovery. 'Barron Trump you know he had the corona 19, the China virus. It's got 20 different names, but to me Corona means Italy,' he said. 'China is China, and it came from China so he had the China virus, right? 'And he had it for such a short period of time, I don't even think he knew he had it. 'Because they're young and their immune systems are strong and they fight it off.' He said Barron had the disease for 'like two seconds' before testing negative. 'Because people have it and it goes,' he said....
    President Donald Trump hinted that he may fire Attorney General Bill Barr after Justice Department probes didn't indict any of his political enemies.  In a Newsmax TV interview that will air Wednesday night on 'Greg Kelly Reports,' Trump said it was 'too early' to determine if Barr would still have his job if there's a second Trump term.  'I have no comment. Can't comment on that. It's too early,' Trump said. 'I'm not happy with all the evidence I have, I can tell you that. I'm not happy,' he added.   President Donald Trump, captured leaving the White House for a campaign rally in Des Moines, Iowa, told Newsmax TV that he was 'not happy' with Attorney General Bill Barr after Justice Department probes failed to indict any of his political enemies  President Donald Trump answered it was 'too early' to determine if Attorney General Bill Barr (pictured) would be staying...
    President TrumpDonald John TrumpLabor secretary's wife tests positive for COVID-19 Russia shuts down Trump admin's last-minute push to strike nuclear arms deal before election Trump makes appeal to suburban women at rally: 'Will you please like me?' MORE in a new interview said he will "stand with" third quarter economic data set to be released ahead of Election Day, tying himself closely to the announcement as he seeks a bounce before Nov. 3. "The good news, I guess, I hope, is that your third quarter numbers are going to be released about two or three days before the election," Trump said on an American Enterprise Institute podcast recorded on Tuesday. "So, they'll be released at the end of the month, or maybe Nov. 1, and that's right before the election, and I'll stand with them," Trump added. "I think you’re going to have numbers, are going to be record-setting numbers. Like, literally, record-setting...
    Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Wednesday that it currently appears unlikely that the White House and Congressional Democrats will agree on and push through a coronavirus stimulus package before the election. "At this point, getting something done before the election and executing on that will be difficult," Mnuchin said at a conference held by the Milken Institute, a nonprofit think tank, though he noted that the two sides are continuing their discussions. [ READ Prospects for Coronavirus Stimulus Deal Grow, GOP Support Still Uncertain ]Mnuchin and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California have been locked in on-again, off-again negotiations for months over another pandemic relief bill. President Donald Trump last week instructed White House officials to pull out of talks until after the election but reversed course after stocks plunged and members of his own party criticized the move. Pelosi and Mnuchin spoke for an hour Wednesday morning and...
    Tiffany Trump is getting the most out of her birthday week with two nights out celebrating in Miami. On Monday night, the day before she turned 27, the First Daughter visited Papi Steak in South Beach, where co-owner David Einhorn presented her with an enormous three-tiered cake decorated with with nearly a dozen photos taken from her Instagram account. The following night, Tiffany toasted her big day at Swan Miami, where she sipped on a green cocktail to match her dress and enjoyed a sweet dessert feast. Way to celebrate! Tiffany Trump was presented with a three-tiered cake covered in her Instagram photos while out at Papi Steak in Miami the day before her 27th birthday Cheers! On her actual birthday, she dressed up in green and sipped cocktails at Swan Miami, which is part of the same restaurant group Looks fun! She was pictured at a...
    Mötley Crüe drummer Tommy Lee has made the promise that many left-wing celebrities have made before and failed to honor — leaving the United States if Donald Trump wins the presidency. Tommy Lee told the British publication The Big Issue that he will quit the U.S. and move to Europe if the president wins re-election in November. “Dude, I swear to god if that happens then I’m coming over to visit the UK. I’m out of here. I’ll go back to my motherland, go back to go Greece and get a house on one of the islands,” said Lee, who was born in Greece but raised in the U.S. “The thing that stings the most is that I feel like we’re embarrassing. I feel like people in Europe and the rest of the world look at America and think: ‘What the fuck are you guys doing over there? Stop voting...
    SUPREME Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett appeared to bat way questions from Democrat senators before holding up a blank pad to show she did all without notes. The 48-year-old judge was hailed as unflappable as she faced an 11 hour grilling over her views on abortion, health care and the peaceful transfer of power after the election. 10Amy Coney Barrett fended off the Democrat grilling without any notesCredit: Getty - Pool With her family sitting behind her, Barrett refused to be drawn on her personal views and insisted she would decide cases "as they come". Firmly, she said: "Judges can't just wake up one day and say I have an agenda". Republicans are rushing to install a 6-3 conservative majority in the court ahead of the election November 3 following the death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Barrett, a mum-of-seven, was nominated by President Donald Trump. She has faced...
    (CNN)The Kremlin on Tuesday rejected assertions by the Trump administration that the US and Russia had come to a "gentlemen's agreement" on extending a key arms control agreement and dismissed the idea that a deal would be reached before the US presidential election.US Special Presidential Envoy for Arms Control Marshall Billingslea on Tuesday said he believed "that there is an agreement in principle at the highest levels of our two governments" for the US to extend the New START Treaty "for some period of time" in exchange for Russia freezing its nuclear arsenal.Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Rybakov quickly rebuffed the comments, saying the position on freezing the arsenal was "unacceptable," according to state run news agency RIA Novosti. Moreover, Ryabkov said that the US would not get an agreement on strategic arms control from the Kremlin in the run-up to the election.US counterintelligence chief says foreign adversaries are exploiting...
    Advisor to the president Ivanka Trump visited Wisconsin ahead of a visit to Georgia on Tuesday for campaign events three weeks before the 2020 presidential election. The first daughter stopped at a pipe manufacturing plant in Kaukauna, Wis., Tuesday morning before traveling to Hilbert to answer questions from supporters. "I'm excited to visit Hilbert to spread the president's message of resilience and prosperity for this country in the years ahead," Trump said in a statement. WISCONSIN BLOCKED FROM ACCEPTING MAIL-IN BALLOTS AFTER ELECTION DAY She continued: "From cutting taxes to advancing school choice and increasing childcare affordability and paid parental leave for hardworking American families, President Trump remains the strongest candidate for Wisconsinites and he will continue to deliver for four more years." The presidential advisor last visited Wisconsin--which President Trump won four years ago--in September, when she toured local manufacturing plant Midwest Manufacturing Countertops with Vice President Mike Pence touting a "made in America" message. After her visit to Hilbert, Trump is traveling...
    Madison Summers October 13, 2020 0 Comments House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is not happy with President Donald Trump, calling his attitude “shameful” with regard to COVID-19 relief negotiations. “A fly on the wall or wherever else it might land in the Oval Office tells me that the President only wants his name on a check to go out before Election Day and for the market to go up,” Pelosi wrote in a letter to her Democratic colleagues on Tuesday. Noting Trump ended negotiations last week on a new coronavirus relief bill, Pelosi pointed out that “the stock market went down” and “so did he in the polls.” She then noted that Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin came back to the negotiations but that the administration “issued a proposal that amounted to one step forward, two steps back” over the weekend. The Trump administration has tossed out the idea of a...
    A MASK-less president Donald Trump departed for Florida on Monday for his first in person rally - as the White House announced he is "not infectious" after testing negative for Covid-19 for "consecutive days." The news of the president’s Covid-19 test results comes days after the White House failed to provide any update on Trump’s health status after testing positive for Covid-19 11 days ago.  ⚠️ Follow our Donald Trump Covid live blog for the latest news & updates 5A mask-less President Donald Trump boards Air Force One to hold his first in-person rally in FloridaCredit: AP:Associated Press Ahead first in-person rally, White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany tweeted out an update from the president's physician Sean Conley. The letter states the president has “tested NEGATIVE, on consecutive days, using the Abiott BinaxNOW antigen card." Dr. Conley wrote “It is important to note this test was not used in isolation...
    Washington and Moscow (CNN)With only weeks to go until the general election, the Trump administration is renewing a push to finalize a nuclear agreement with Moscow, hoping that a deal may force China to reconsider its position on trilateral arms talks. A senior administration official told CNN that the effort made some headway when President Donald Trump's national security adviser Robert O'Brien met in early October with Nikolai Patrushev, the top national security adviser to Russian President Vladimir Putin. The meeting, which took place in Geneva, got the ball rolling for a follow up meeting between Trump's arms control envoy, Marshall Billingslea, and his Russian counterpart, Sergei Ryabkov, the official said. The two sides reached an agreement in principle, the official added, but the effort remains a work-in-progress, and talks are ongoing. The meetings were first reported by Axios. Top US general pushes back at national security advisers troop withdrawal...
    David Cay Johnston October 12, 2020 2:40PM (UTC) Read more articles from the DCReport here. There's fresh evidence that the robust economy Donald Trump inherited from Barack Obama was faltering before the pandemic. State personal consumption spending growth slowed sharply in 2019 compared to the year before, the federal Bureau of Economic Analysis reported Thursday morning. The growth rate plummeted by a fifth. : Personal expenditures grew in 2019 but by only 3.9%, down from 4.9% in the previous year. This official data came just hours after Mike Pence told a whopper about American incomes during the vice presidential debate Wednesday night, a lie that escaped the notice of our major news organizations. That's because no official announced the numbers and mainstream journalists rely way too much on what officials tell them instead of doing their own analyses of official government data. Pence said, "the average household income for a family...
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    Sports leagues that went up against the establishment The best fried foods around the world 5 things to know before the stock market opens Monday 1. Wall Street set to rise as investors monitor chances for additional coronavirus stimulus © Provided by CNBC A person walks in front of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in lower Manhattan on September 21, 2020 in New York City. Wall Street was set to open higher Monday, with Nasdaq futures up over 1.5% after the tech-heavy index soared almost 4.6% last week for its best weekly performance since July. Friday's gains also capped a 3.8% weekly advance for the S&P 500, also its best week in three months. The Dow Jones Industrial Average jumped nearly 3.3% last week for its best weekly gain since August. Stocks were supported last week by hopes for additional coronavirus stimulus. Load Error The White House...
    President Trump wants to seal a nuclear deal with Russian President Vladimir Putin before the November election and top officials from both countries have been working feverishly to meet the deadline, according to a report. The two leaders have discussed arms control in a series of phone calls over the past six months as their envoys negotiated in Vienna, Axios reported on Sunday. The talks gained new momentum after national security adviser Robert O’Brien met with his Russian counterpart, Nikolai Patrushev, in Geneva on Oct. 2, leading Trump’s arms control envoy, Marshall Billingslea, to cut short a trip to Asia so he could huddle with Russian deputy foreign minister Sergei Ryabkov in Helsinki. The Trump administration now believes it has an agreement in principle that is agreeable to Putin and Patrushev, Axios reported, citing a source. Still, Rybakov cautioned on Saturday that “there are still huge differences in approaches,...
    ▶ Watch Video: Gottlieb predicts “a lot of death and disease” as COVID cases rise Washington — With the number of confirmed coronavirus cases continuing to rise in states across the country, Dr. Scott Gottlieb, the former commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, warned that there is going to be “a lot of death and disease” from now until the end of 2020. “We’re in a difficult situation heading into the fall,” Gottlieb said Sunday on “Face the Nation.” “I think the only caveat is in terms of us being better prepared for this wave, is that we have dramatically improved clinical care in hospitals. So I think we’re going to have better outcomes overall, but we’re still going to have a lot of death and disease between now and the end of the year.” Transcript: Dr. Scott Gottlieb on “Face the Nation” There have been more...
    President Trump wants to seal a nuclear deal with Russian President Vladimir Putin before the November election and top officials from both countries have been working feverishly to meet the deadline, according to a report. The two leaders have discussed arms control in a series of phone calls over the past six months as their envoys negotiated in Vienna, Axios reported on Sunday. The talks gained new momentum after national security adviser Robert O’Brien met with his Russian counterpart, Nikolai Patrushev, in Geneva on Oct. 2, leading Trump’s arms control envoy, Marshall Billingslea, to cut short a trip to Asia so he could huddle with Russian deputy foreign minister Sergei Ryabkov in Helsinki. The Trump administration now believes it has an agreement in principle that is agreeable to Putin and Patrushev, Axios reported, citing a source. Still, Rybakov cautioned on Saturday that “there are still huge differences in approaches, including...
    As for so many of us, the past several months formed a season of loss for Wynton Marsalis. His father, pianist Ellis Marsalis—who Wynton described on his blog as “a humble man with a lyrical sound”—died on April 1, at 85, from complications of COVID-19. One of his clearest mentors, the writer and critic Stanley Crouch, died on Sept. 16, at 74. The celebrated trumpeter is, as are we all, caught in an extended period of estrangement—his last public performance with his orchestra was more than seven months ago. This new reality requires that Marsalis hustle harder and in new ways to keep his jazz orchestra active and to maintain the vitality of Jazz at Lincoln Center, the organization for which he has been the public face since 1987. “We have to be intelligent and nimble and committed and dedicated,” he told me of his role as managing and artistic...
            by Chuck Ross  Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Friday the State Department is working to release emails from Hillary Clinton’s private server, and that the documents could be published before the November election. “We’ve got the emails, we’re getting them out. We’ll get all of this information out so the American people can see them,” Pompeo said in an interview on Fox News. Earlier Friday, President Donald Trump called for the release of emails from Clinton’s server, which she used throughout her tenure as secretary of state in the Obama administration. It was not immediately clear what emails are poised for release. The State Department has already published the more than 30,000 emails that Clinton turned over to the agency in late 2014. Clinton said she deleted a similar number of emails from her server because they were unrelated to government business. Hundreds of the...
    It’s a number that would make any incumbent jump for joy: 56 percent of registered voters tell Gallup they are better off than they were four years ago, while only 32 percent said they are worse off. President Trump hailed the finding, which is remarkable considering it came while the coronavirus is still claiming casualties and the economy remains restricted. Moreover, the 56 percent result is better than what George W. Bush and Barack Obama got in their first terms. In October of 2004, when Bush was seeking re-election, 47 percent of registered voters said they were better off than before he took office. In 2012, as Obama sought a second term, 45 percent said they were better off than four years earlier. Both won re-election, so Trump is clobbering Joe Biden, right? Oops, the president’s trailing by nearly 10 points nationally and by single digits in most swing-state polls. Something’s...
    Getty/Amazon Trump wanted to 'appear frail' before ripping open shirt to reveal the Superman logo while exiting Walter Reed. President Donald Trump spoke publicly on October 10 for the first time since testing positive for the coronavirus. A mere five days since the president was discharged from Walter Reed Medical Center, Trump spoke from the Blue Room balcony to a crowd of his supporters on the South Lawn. While an energetic, albeit “markedly brief” speech from The White House was sure to bring media attention, The New York Times reported on Saturday that Trump wanted to pull a huge “stunt” when he first left the hospital on Monday. According to Maggie Haberman and Annie Karni, the president wanted to trick viewers, and recreate a scene reminiscent of Gene Wilder’s infamous entrance as Willy Wonka in the original 1971 film. “In several phone calls last weekend from...
    Joe Biden once again refused to reveal his stance on packing the Supreme Court, saying voters 'don't deserve' to know his position ahead of the November election. The Democratic nominee reiterated his stance during an interview on Friday in Las Vegas, Nevada, while taking questions from the media. Biden refused to reveal his thoughts the day prior while in Arizona, stating it would only grab headlines and take focus away from the Trump administration's effort to confirm nominee Amy Coney Barrett.  KTNV reporter Ross DiMattei approached Biden and confessed that viewers were anxious to know if he supported expanding the Supreme Court to more than nine judges. Joe Biden (pictured) told a reporter in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Friday that voters 'don't deserve' to know his opinion on court packing Biden is asked if voters deserve to know if he will pack the Supreme Court.Biden: No. pic.twitter.com/5xsujoDudS— America Rising Squared (@ARSquared)...
    Postmaster General Louis DeJoy, who has been accused by Democrats of sabotaging the US Postal Service to help President Trump win re-election, donated more than $685,000 to help stage the recent Republican convention. New filings that were first reported by CNN show that DeJoy, a North Carolina businessman, was one of the leading Republican fundraisers for the convention before he was named head of the US Postal Service. The filings released on Friday by the Federal Election Commission show that between December 2018 and March 2020, DeJoy donated $685,230 to the Charlotte Host Committee. In total, the committee raked in more than $44million and spent more than $38million. Postmaster General Louis DeJoy (left) donated more than $685,000 to a committee that staged the Republican National Convention, according to election filings. DeJoy is a prolific Republican fundraiser and supporter of President Trump (right) Host committees are nonprofit organizations that...
    CANDACE Owens accused Democrats of "bringing back segregation" as she addressed Trump supporters in Washington DC today. The conservative commentator said Dems were "fostering race rate" as she spoke in front of a crowd of Blexit protesters on the Ellipse before the president gave his comeback speech at the White House. 3The activist said that the 'left is reintroducing the same segregation they had decades ago' Credit: AP:Associated Press Taking to the stage, she said: "I’m telling you now if the left wins, we are not going to recognise this country any more. "What we are talking about and what they are after are Marxist principles. "They are right now teaching in school critical race theory. "The left is reintroducing the same segregation that they had decades ago. "They are looking to foster race hate. When they look at a crowd like this, it makes them...
    It’s a very nice! I like! Borat Sagdiyev, the fictional ‘reporter’ played by Sacha Baron Cohen who came to America to learn about its culture so that he could ‘make benefit glorious nation of Kazakhstan,’ is now on Twitter to heap praise on ‘Premiere Trump.’ ‘Premiere Trump true leader - he have prove himself stronger than more than 200,000 of his American subjects!’ Borat tweeted. In another sarcastic dig at Trump’s handling of coronavirus, he tweeted: , ‘Trump so strong he did not even need to drink bleach to stay alive!’ That was a reference to comments Trump made when he suggested using cleaning material to treat COVID-19. The president later claimed he was being sarcastic. Jagshemash! Borat Sagdiyev, the Kazakh reporter played by British comedian-actor Sacha Baron Cohen, has joined Twitter to troll President Trump over his handling of the COVID-19 pandemic The Twitter account that bears...
    Cindy McCain, the widow of former Republican nominee for president John McCain, appeared in an ad for Joe Biden that touted his relationship with her husband and his support for the military. “My husband knew Joe Biden a long time,” McCain began the 60-second ad. “They’ve traveled thousands of miles together visiting troops overseas. And they developed the kind of friendship you don’t see too often.” Biden and McCain served together in the Senate for years, representing the states of Delaware and Arizona, respectively. Cindy McCain said that while in the Senate, the two men “disagreed on almost everything” and would “fight like hell on the floor.” “And then, they’d go eat lunch together,” she added. “Because they always put their friendship and their country first. Now, more than ever, we need a president who will put service before self. A president who will lead with courage...
    Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden said Friday that voters do not deserve to hear his position on expanding the Supreme Court before the head to the polls next month. “No, they don’t,” Biden responded to a reporter when asked if voters have a right to learn his position on the hot-button issue. While the former vice president has repeatedly refused to say whether he supports expanding the number of justices on the Supreme Court, his remarks Friday appear to be his most pointed rebuke of voters who care about the issue. (RELATED: Here Are 7 Times Biden And Harris Have Refused To Say Where They Stand On Court Packing) “This is the number one thing that I’ve been asked about from viewers in the past couple of days,” KTLV anchor Ross DiMattei said to Biden of the court packing issue at a campaign stop in Las Vegas. “Well, you’ve been...
    The nation’s top infectious disease expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci, called a recent White House event a “superspreader.” Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said that the event, a Rose Garden announcement from President Trump about his decision to nominate Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court, was punctuated by a lack of proper coronavirus precautions. “We had a superspreader event in the White House, and it was in a situation where people were crowded together, were not wearing masks. So, the data speak for themselves,” Fauci said on CBS News radio Friday about the Sept. 26 event. The Washington, D.C., Department of Health released a letter Thursday urging attendees at the Rose Garden event to get tested for COVID-19. The event was attended by a number of people within Trump’s orbit. Trump tested positive for COVID-19 a few days after the...
    MIKE Pompeo has threatened to release Hillary Clinton’s "deleted" emails before the election after President Trump's fury. The Secretary of State's comments came in an interview with Fox News on Friday. ⚠️ Follow our US election 2020 live blog for the latest news & updates 7Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has said he's releasing Hillary Clinton's deleted emailsCredit: Splash News 7Hillary Clinton was accused of using a private server for emails while working as Secretary of State under the Obama AdministrationCredit: © 2020 Pacific Press 7President Trump previously fumed that Pompeo could not get the emails releasedCredit: Alamy Live News Speaking with Fox, Pompeo said he's working to release deleted messages from Clinton's "scandal" when she used a private email server while working as Secretary of State under the Obama Administration. "We've got the emails. We're getting them out," Pompeo told Fox host Dana Perino. "We're going to get...
    The relief package being negotiated by leaders in Washington will require a miracle for it to hit voters’ pockets before the general election, according to policy experts. “It’s not going to happen,” said Aaron Klein, a fellow in economic studies at the Brookings Institution, a nonprofit public policy organization. The general election is a little over three weeks away, and Adam Michel, a senior policy analyst at the Heritage Foundation, a conservative public policy organization, said that Washington would have to act extremely fast to get relief to people by Election Day. “If they passed it today, which obviously isn’t going to happen, the checks could probably start getting to people by Election Day,” he said. There currently is no bill, just a number of proposals. But members in both parties support a plan that resuscitates the Payroll Protection Program for small businesses and delivers another...
    MSNBC’s Chris Hayes said Friday the continued White House obfuscation over President Donald Trump’s recent coronavirus tests would lead one conclude he didn’t test negative before his first big debate. He reviewed the continuing coronavirus pandemic and the crisis at the White House over dozens of people around the president who have tested positive. Regarding the White House’s refusal to give a straight answer on when the president last tested negative, Hayes said, “They’ve been doing this for a week now and the only reasonable conclusion is that the president did not actually test negative before he got in a room with former vice president Joe Biden, a man of 77 years, for last week’s debate. That despite a negative test being one of the conditions for participating in that debate.” “In other words it appears we dodged an enormous bullet of having two candidates over 70 with the...
    What a bunch of chumps. Republicans were apparently counting on Attorney General William Barr's bogus report into the origins of the Russia investigation to distract the American people from superspreader Donald Trump and a GOP Senate actively abandoning struggling Americans.  But now that report isn’t coming out before the election, based on what Barr has told Republicans about the sweeping probe he tapped U.S. Attorney John Durham to conduct. Durham's is the latest in a long line of fruitless GOP ventures in search of dirt, and its delay almost certainly means he and Barr have found nothing useful to boost the GOP's upcoming electoral prospects. In fact, it suggests that whatever conclusions they have reached could potentially hurt Trump more than it helps him. Go figure.  Sign up or sign in to write personalized "please vote" letters to infrequent, but strongly Democratic, swing state voters with Vote Forward. Anyway, congressional Republicans are...
    Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that he would be releasing more of Hillary Clinton's emails after the president publicly criticized him about the subject on Fox News. Pompeo made the comments to Dana Perino of Fox News on Friday after the "Daily Briefing" host played for him criticism from the president about the lack of released documents. "They're in the State Department, but Mike Pompeo has been unable to get them out. Which is very sad. Actually I'm not happy about him for that reason," said Trump in the recording. "He was unable to get them out, and I don't know why, you're running the State Department, you get them out, forget about the fact that they were classified! Let's go! Maybe Mike Pompeo finally finds them, OK?" he added. Perino also played video from Trump criticizing Pompeo...
    In an interview with Fox News broadcast on Friday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that he has access to a new batch of Hillary Clinton’s emails, Newsweek reported. “We got the emails. We’re getting them out. We’re going to get all this information out so the American people can see it,” he said. Pompeo pointed out that Clinton was caught using a private email server during her tenure as Secretary of State. “You’ll remember there was classified information on a private server — should have never been there. Hillary Clinton should never have done that,” he argued. Pompeo said that President Donald Trump “absolutely” has the authority to declassify such information and noted that the president would put the safety of American intelligence officers first. He added that at least a portion of the emails will be released before November 3. “We’re doing it as fast as we can....
    Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoTrump's new Iran sanctions raise alarm over humanitarian access Trump swipes at Barr, Pompeo, Wray in return to Russia investigation, Clinton emails Kardashian West uses star power to pressure US on Armenia-Azerbaijan conflict MORE said Friday he expects his agency will release more of Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonThe Memo: Trump between rock and hard place on debates Pence-Harris debate draws more than 50M viewers, up 26 percent from 2016 Not treason, not a crime — but definitely a gross abuse of power MORE’s emails in the coming weeks after President TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden campaign raises over M on day of VP debate Trump chastises Whitmer for calling him 'complicit' in extremism associated with kidnapping scheme Trump says he hopes to hold rally Saturday despite recent COVID-19 diagnosis MORE publicly urged him to be more aggressive in going after the former secretary of...
    Welcome to The Hill’s Campaign Report, your daily rundown on all the latest news in the 2020 presidential, Senate and House races. Did someone forward this to you? Click here to subscribe. We’re Julia Manchester, Max Greenwood and Jonathan Easley. Here’s what we’re watching today on the campaign trail: LEADING THE DAY: Happy Friday! From talk of invoking the 25th Amendment to President TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden campaign raises over M on day of VP debate Trump chastises Whitmer for calling him 'complicit' in extremism associated with kidnapping scheme Trump says he hopes to hold rally Saturday despite recent COVID-19 diagnosis MORE’s two-hour call into the Rush Limbaugh show, it’s been another chaotic day in Washington to say the least. Let’s get you up to speed. The day kicked off with Democrats rolling out legislation that would establish a panel to examine a sitting president’s ability to perform...
    WASHINGTON — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Friday said his agency was working as fast as it could to release Hillary Clinton’s missing emails after President Trump lashed his cabinet member for not making them public. In an interview on Fox News’ “The Daily Briefing,” the Secretary of State said some of his predecessor’s correspondence could also be made public before the presidential election in just 25 days. “We’re going to get there. We’re going to get this information out so the American people can see it,” Pompeo said while criticizing Clinton for using a private email server while she was secretary of state in the Obama administration. “We’re doing it as fast as we can. I certainly think there’ll be more to see before the election,” he went on. In an hour-long interview with Fox Business on Thursday morning, Trump rebuked Pompeo and Attorney General Bill Barr over...
    President Trump warned Iran during an interview on Rush Limbaugh’s radio show not to “f--- around” with United States. "If you f--- around with us, if you do something bad to us, we are going to do things to you that have never been done before,” Trump told Limbaugh Friday during a three-hour visit with the conservative radio host. .@realDonaldTrump sends a message to Iran:"If you f--- around with us, if you do something bad to us, we are going to do things to you that have never been done before." pic.twitter.com/P01t8MgcXR— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) October 9, 2020 Trump also told Limbaugh that if he wins the election in November, he expects a new nuclear deal with Iran in a month's time. “If I win, we’ll have a great deal with Iran within one month,” Trump said adding, “I hate to say it on an important show like...
    During his wild interview with Maria Bartiromo, President Donald Trump went after his old foe Hillary Clinton again and asked why she’s not being indicted. “She destroyed 33,000 emails! Forget about the fact that they were classified, let’s go. Maybe Mike Pompeo finally finds them, okay?” the president said. Pompeo appeared on Fox News Friday, and responded to the president by saying they’re working to get the emailed released. Dana Perino stared by playing audio from that interview and asked, “What is the state of the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s emails at the State Department?” Pompeo started by bringing up his involvement in the Benghazi investigations in Congress before saying, “We’ve got the emails, we’re getting them out, we’re going to get all this information out so the American people can see it.” Perino asked if the president could just order emails declassified if he wants to. “Absolutely,” Pompeo...
    President Donald Trump on Friday called news that U.S. Attorney John Durham's report on the investigation into the FBI's Russia probe won't be released before the election a "disgrace" and an "embarrassment." Trump, who had apparently not been told about the news, reacted in real time as radio host Rush Limbaugh informed him of the Axios report. "It was announced by the attorney general that his investigator, the attorney looking into the coup run against you will not have any announcements, any results before the election. This is disappointing, I can not tell you," Limbaugh said. "When was this announced Rush?" Trump asked. "I think it's terrible." "It is because this is the biggest political scandal in the history of this country, certainly our lifetimes," Limbaugh said. "Yeah, if that's the case I'm very disappointed. I think it's a terrible thing, and I'll say it...
    Loading the player... The president of the United States is the most prominent statesmen in the country, but Donald Trump has disregarded that decorum on more than one occasion. He casually dropped the F-bomb while holding a virtual “mega, MAGA rally” with Rush Limbaugh on Friday. “If you fuck around with us, if you do something bad to us, we are gonna do things to you that have never been done before,” Trump uttered on the airwaves. “If you fuck around with us, if you do something bad to us, we are gonna do things to you that have never been done before.” — the President of the United States pic.twitter.com/RfDKchaw7i— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) October 9, 2020 Read More: Families of Jackie Robinson, MLK blast Trump for using their images in ad The colorful comment was made in regard to the tense relations with Iran. On Thursday, the...
    President Donald TrumpKevin Lamarque | Reuters President Donald Trump criticized Attorney General William Barr on Friday after being told during a live radio interview that a probe into the origins of the Russia investigation might not be released before Election Day. Trump, speaking with conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh, had been asked about Axios' report that Barr has warned Republicans on Capitol Hill not to expect the findings of the probe by the Department of Justice to be released before Nov. 3. "If that's the case I think it's terrible. It's very disappointing. And I'll tell him to his face," Trump said during the roughly two-hour radio interview.  "I think it's a disgrace. It's an embarrassment," he said. The president said he was previously unaware of Barr's reported comments. "I'm hearing this for the first time," Trump told Limbaugh. "If Bill Barr made that statement, I would be very disappointed in him," Trump...
    President Donald Trump on Friday expressed frustration with Attorney General Bill Barr and the Justice Department in response to a report that the “Obamagate” investigation would not be finished before the 2020 election. “I’m very disappointed. I think it’s a terrible thing and I’ll say it to his face,” Trump said in a “radio rally” with talk radio legend Rush Limbaugh on his show on Friday afternoon. The president responded to a report that Attorney General Bill Barr privately told Republicans that the investigation led by U.S. Attorney John Durham into former President Barack Obama’s administration and the handling of the investigation into his campaign would not be released until after the election. “This is what I mean with Republicans: they don’t play the tough game,” Trump said. He said that if Democrats were leading the investigation into Republicans, there would already be 25 people in jail. “I think it’s a...
    President Donald Trump is livid at his Attorney General, Bill Barr, over reports that no indictments of Obama officials will be handed down prior to the election. Appearing on The Rush Limbaugh Show Friday, the syndicated radio host alerted the president to a recent report from Axios which indicated that the review of the origins of the Russia investigation, being conducted by U.S. Attorney John Durham, will not be complete prior to the election. Upon hearing the news, Trump — who has been calling for former President Barack Obama, former Vice President Joe Biden, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and others to be indicted following the probe — absolutely unleashed on his attorney general. “I’m very disappointed,” Trump said. “I think it’s a terrible thing. And I’ll say it to his face … I think it’s a disgrace. It’s an embarrassment.” The president went on to attack Republicans,...
    President Trump raged at reporting about Attorney General William Barr telling Republicans not to expect more indictments or a big report from U.S. Attorney John Durham before the 2020 election. Apparently hearing this for the first time, Trump was told of the news reported by Axios during a Friday afternoon virtual "rally" with conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh. “If that’s the case I’m very disappointed. I think it’s a terrible thing and I’ll say it to his face," Trump said. “That’s a disgrace. I think it’s a disgrace. It’s an embarrassment," he added. “I had to beat off the phony Mueller report, I had to beat off all this stuff, I had to beat off impeachment. I had to beat off Congress.” In what has been dubbed the "Obamagate" controversy, Trump's supporters believe top officials in the Obama administration sought to sabotage Trump's candidacy in 2016 and later his...