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    The deadline for the 2020 U.S. Census is only a week away; no responses will be allowed after Wednesday, September 30. And according to a new report from the Commerce Department inspector general, it is unclear who gave the order for the Census deadline to be moved up. Stephanie Ebbs and Cheyenne Haslett of ABC News report: The Commerce Department’s internal watchdog has determined that the order to cut short the 2020 Census did not come from the Census Bureau and even the Bureau’s director doesn’t know who ultimately made the call. The Department’s inspector general’s office doesn’t say where the order came from but suggests the question of whether there was political interference is being investigated. Ebbs and Haslett...
    Prince Harry last night left the door open to taking up US citizenship by saying he would not be eligible to vote in 'this' presidential election.  'This election, I'm not going to be able to vote here in the US,' the Duke of Sussex said, adding that he had never voted in Britain either because convention dictates that the royal family keep out of politics.  Harry's remark leaves open the possibility that he could seek to vote in a future election in the US, which would likely require him to obtain a 'green card' and stay in America for at least three years. Meghan and Harry have commented more openly on politics since quitting frontline royal duties earlier this year,...
    As he himself said even before he won the presidential election in 2016, “I could stand in the middle of 5th Avenue and shoot somebody and I wouldn’t lose voters.” Unfortunately for the American people, this wild-sounding claim appears to be truer than not, at least for the majority of his supporters, and that is something that should disturb us. It should also motivate us to explore the science underlying such peculiar human behavior, so we can learn from it, and potentially inoculate against it. In all fairness, we should recognize that lying is sadly not uncommon for politicians on both sides of the political aisle, but the frequency and magnitude of the current president’s lies should have us all wondering why they...
    Prince Harry and Meghan Markle want Joe Biden to become the next President of the United States. They haven't actually said that in so many words. But it's very obvious from a video message they released last night via Time magazine which way they want the result of the election to go and it's not in Donald Trump's direction. Meghan, a US citizen and well-known Trump-hater (she's called him 'divisive' and a 'misogynist' and once told me herself how much she loathed him) said: 'We're just six weeks out from Election Day and today is National Voter Registration Day. Every four years we are told the same thing, that this is the most important election of our lifetime. But this...
    Chris Hedges September 23, 2020 11:00AM (UTC) This article originally appeared at Scheerpost. Used by permission. Two of the rebels I admire most, Julian Assange, the WikiLeaks publisher, and Roger Hallam, the co-founder of Extinction Rebellion, are in jail in Britain. That should not be surprising. You can measure the effectiveness of resistance by the fury of the response. Julian courageously exposed the lies, deceit, war crimes and corruption of the ruling imperial elites. Roger has helped organized the largest acts of mass civil disobedience in British history, shutting down parts of London for weeks, in a bid to wrest power from a ruling class that has done nothing, and will do nothing, to halt the climate emergency and our...
    As the chief legal officers of our states, attorneys general possess a tremendous power to shape public opinion and make official decisions that can affect the outcomes of cases. Regardless of party affiliation, when it comes to exercising the prosecutorial function of our offices, there are certain rules that every attorney general agrees to — and certain lines that should never be crossed. We should never weaponize our office for political gain, regardless of the situation, even when the sitting president of the United States is a citizen of the state we serve. Unfortunately, some of my colleagues across the aisle have done just that. During her campaign, New York Attorney General Letitia James threw out numerous vague and baseless...
    If the City Council goes ahead with business as usual, it will soon kill the Industry City rezoning in Brooklyn — and so sacrifice 20,000 new jobs at a time when the city desperately needs every employment hope it can get. Thousands of now-unemployed Sunset Park residents have their own city councilman to thank for the loss of this hope: Carlos Menchaca has been crusading against the project for years, fanning bogus fears that the plan ensures gentrification that will push people out of the neighborhood. In this, he’s been supported by longtime anti-development Reps. Jerry Nadler and Nydia Velazquez. Now a full 10 Brooklyn lawmakers, including Reps. Yvette Clarke and Hakeem Jeffries, have written Mayor Bill de Blasio and...
    MSNBC is being criticized for not disclosing links between the Joe Biden presidential campaign and one of the channel's medical contributors, who has made dozens of on-air appearances during the coronavirus pandemic. According to NewsBusters, Dr. Vin Gupta has appeared on NBC News ten times and on MSNBC a whopping 31 times between July 15 and Sept. 15. However, neither station has disclosed Gupta's ties to the Democratic candidate on their air. CNN SHAMES TRUMP'S 'LARGE CROWD,' 'LITTLE SOCIAL DISTANCING' AT WH EVENT MARKING HISTORIC MIDDLE EAST PEACE DEAL CNBC reported in January that Gupta had "worked as a volunteer advisor for Joe Biden’s 'Biden for President' group." Last month, the medical news outlet MedPage Today reported that Gupta would be under consideration for the post of Surgeon...
    The passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has brought leftists to a full political tantrum. Facts, timing and the Constitution make it an increasingly likely prospect that President Trump will successfully install a third Supreme Court Justice in his first term. That drives liberals over the edge. Granted, it was not a very long drive, but in the last few days the left has let fly with an unprecedented political rave-out, even before Trump has revealed his nominee. Leftists have invoked Ginsburg’s supposed dying wish that she not be replaced until a new president was in office. Former president Obama noted that RGB “left instructions for how she wanted her legacy to be honored,” and that they should be obeyed. Of course...
    PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — The longer the pandemic goes, the more people are venturing out and gathering. Sure, everyone is sick of the precautions but just how much risk is still out there? Governor Tom Wolf on Monday put it this way, “There’s a virus out there and the virus really likes it when you bring a lot of people together. That’s what we know. And so you ignore that at your peril, yeah, you could ignore reality, but that reality is the virus is out to get us.” “I think that there’s a lot of truth to that,” says Allegheny Health Network Infectious Disease Specialist Dr. Nathan Shively, “The virus is still very much in the community. I know we’ve...
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    It’s been 129 days since the House passed the $3.4 trillion HEROES Act, which Mitch McConnell has refused to take up, and it’s 9 days until the government runs out of funding with the end of the fiscal year. Oh, and the election is in 43 days. It’s also official: the now-annual September government shutdown clock has started. House Democrats released their short-term continuing resolution to keep government funded until after the election. Playing with fire, they named December 11 as the next spending deadline, handing a potential time bomb to Trump who might very well still be trying to fight an election outcome in a court he’s packed. Setting that aside, Pelosi announced “Democrats are proud to include provisions that save America’s seniors...
    Democrats enraged at the prospect of the Senate's Republican majority considering President Trump's forthcoming Supreme Court nominee are like defensive football players asking the offense not to score a touchdown, "The Five" co-host Greg Gutfeld said Monday. "If you have the ball, you're going to score," he said. "If you control the Senate, of course you're going to score. Imagine the defense would say to you, 'I know you have the ball but it would be really fair if you didn't score'." DEMS THREATEN TO PACK SUPREME COURT IF TRUMP GETS NOMINEE CONFIRMED "'No, no, no, no. We have the ball. We are going to score.' At this point, it's idiotic." Gutfeld went on to describe the controversy as "high drama that's being manufactured to create more discontent. For example, it's kind...
    Kelly Loeffler’s re-election campaign went in a very…unusual direction by using their latest ad to claim the Georgia senator is even more conservative than Attila the Hun. The ad begins with a man and a woman sitting on a couch together, and the lady asks “Did you know Kelly Loeffler is ranked the most conservative senator in America?” “Yup.” The man responds. “She’s more conservative than Attila the Hun.” After that, the scene shifts to an ancient war chamber where Attila is unintelligibly grunting while an aide takes notes on the Hun emperor’s proclamations. The aide translates Attila’s agenda to “fight China” and “attack big government,” but then he fearfully turns to the camera after noting the...
    For more than a week, tens of thousands of protesters have flocked to the streets of Khabarovsk, a region in eastern Russia that has become the epicenter of one of the largest mass protests in the country in the last years. In its eponymous capital, which is more than 6,000 kilometers east of Moscow, around 40,000 people -in a city of 600,000 inhabitants- participated in this Saturday’s call with banners reading “Free Sergei Furgal” , according to local media reported. Sergei Furgal, governor of Khabarovsk Krai, was arrested on July 9; The Russian authorities accuse him of having ordered the murder of several businessmen 15 years ago, without specifying a specific number. He is one of...
    CBS4 Political Specialist Shaun Boyd sat down to talk with our political analysts Democrat Mike Dino and Republican Dick Wadhams about a new Sen. Cory Gardner television ad in which he defends his position on protections for people with pre-existing health conditions. The group also discussed the new effort to recall Gov. Jared Polis. Mike Dino is a Democratic government affairs expert with more than 30 years of experience. He was the CEO of the 2008 Democratic National Convention Host Committee where President Obama received his historic nomination. Dino also served as the executive director of Denver’s Task Force for the 1997 Summit of the Eight. Dick Wadhams is Republican political consultant who has worked with former Colorado Senator Wayne...
            by Glenn Ellmers  Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died Friday at the age of 87. Her passing was not unexpected. On the contrary, her steadily worsening condition over the past several years left her increasingly incapacitated. After Donald Trump’s election in 2016, many on the Left expressed dismay that she chose to stay on the court rather than resign and let President Obama nominate her replacement. Liberals feared she would die during Trump’s presidency, and her seat—which they regard almost as their sacrosanct property—would be in the hands of a Republican president and Republican-controlled Senate. That fear proved prescient. But few expected the moment would come so close to the November election. Ginsburg made a political...
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    La Paz, Sep 19 . .- The Ombudsman’s Office denounced some violent acts this Saturday during the campaign for the general elections in Bolivia. These acts “further deepen the political polarization that is being experienced in the country before the general elections of October 18,” this entity warned in a statement. The entity reported the throwing of stones at a caravan of the Creemos alliance, with insults to its presidential candidate Luis Fernando Camacho, and another from the Movement Toward Socialism (MAS) in Oruro, violence against an act of this party in Cochabamba, in which there were children, and against another from the Citizen Community in El Alto. “The Supreme Electoral Tribunal is responsible, through its...
    You’ve probably heard of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, but you may not have heard of Derek Kilmer. Kilmer grew up in a timber region in Washington state that had seen many of its logging jobs disappear. First at Princeton, then getting a Ph.D. at Oxford, he studied how towns recover from deindustrialization. He went back home to help his community recover economically and now represents that community in Congress. Kilmer is the chairman of the largest ideological group among House Democrats, the New Democrat Coalition. The New Democrat Coalition is a caucus for moderate and center-left House Democrats. It has 103 House members, of whom 42 are the up-and-coming freshmen who brought the Democrats their majority. Its self-declared priorities are “pro-economic growth,”...
    (CNN)Supreme Court nominations are legacy-making events for presidents. It's that important.But the system for confirming new members to the bench, with just nine justices and lifetime appointments, has become as partisan as the rest of our politics. The last time a Supreme Court justice died in an election year -- Antonin Scalia, in 2016 -- Republicans blocked President Barack Obama's nominee Merrick Garland, because it was an election year. It was a craven political move that's burned white hot Democratic anger ever since.The only thing worse will be if, now that Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has died just 46 days before the next election, Republicans are able to push a new justice through because it's an election year.In 2016, Senate...
    How to honor RBG by supporting her favorite causes 25 Towns Devastated by Losing a Single Company As Facebook struggles to fight misinformation ahead of the 2020 elections, Google is escaping the spotlight © Justin Sullivan/Getty Images Sundar Pichai, CEO of Google parent Alphabet, during Google's annual developer conference in 2013. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images As tech companies gear up to fight misinformation ahead of the 2020 elections, Facebook has received the most scrutiny amid a steady flow of reporting that highlights its missteps. Meanwhile, researchers say Google has been "getting a pass on transparency" by hiding behind Facebook and being less willing to share data about its own products, specifically around political advertising. Google is the largest digital...
    BOSTON (CBS) — “Throughout her life, Justice Ginsburg fought for women’s rights, reproductive rights, and a more just and fair society,” tweeted Sara Gideon, the Democrat challenging GOP Sen. Susan Collins in Maine. “Let us continue that fight in her memory.” Gideon didn’t mention the bitter political battle that will now ensue as Republicans try to ram through Ginsburg’s successor before President Trump – should he lose in November – leaves office. She didn’t have to. Collins is already struggling to dilute the political backlash from her 2018 vote to confirm controversial Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. And while Republican leaders believe they’ve been handed a golden opportunity to excite their base, raise money, divert attention from their role in...
    President Donald Trump says we are on track to start delivering and distributing a COVID-19 vaccine sometime in October. U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Robert Redfield says the vaccine won’t be widely available until the second or third quarter of next year. Who’s right? Scientists side with Redfield. But the dispute comes at a time of growing worry about whether political pressure from the White House could influence regulators — and erode public confidence in vaccines. To help you navigate the political thicket and understand what’s really happening, here’s a guide to vaccine approval, the likely timeline and the potential consequences, based on the perspectives of key researchers and regulators. There’s unlikely to be a vaccine...
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              Live from Music Row Friday morning on The Tennessee Star Report with Michael Patrick Leahy – broadcast on Nashville’s Talk Radio 98.3 and 1510 WLAC weekdays from 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. –  host Leahy welcomed the original all-star panelist Crom Carmichael to the studio. (John Rich clip plays) It is a disaster. It is gutted. Mayor John Cooper has betrayed our town. He has betrayed Music City. He is a Judas of this town. He is now the DeBlasio of the South. That is what he is. He has lied to our town for months and months on end. And there are real casualties with this Laura. Forget some of the big companies that have...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is being felt on both sides of the political aisle. Ginsburg, who was 87, died Friday following a long battle with cancer. Not surprisingly, the liberal and women’s rights icon was remembered fondly by New York political figures. She grew up in Brooklyn in the 1930s and ’40s. She graduated from Cornell University and then in 1956, enrolled at Harvard Law School, where she was one of just nine women in a class of about 500. Gov. Andrew Cuomo issued a statement on Ginsburg’s passing, saying in part: “She was a daughter of Brooklyn and the embodiment of all that it means to be New York tough...
    CNN’s Jeffrey Toobin said Friday night, following the tragic passing of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, if Mitch McConnell and the Senate GOP were to push through a Supreme Court nominee before the election it would be “the greatest act of hypocrisy in American political history.” Toobin noted how after the passing of Antonin Scalia in 2016, Republicans held up the nomination of Merrick Garland and then after Donald Trump won the election he nominated Neil Gorsuch for the seat. Toobin went through the list Trump recently laid out for who he’d appoint to the Supreme Court, saying, “This would be a deeply, deeply right wing court, and John Roberts — who has shown signs of moderation — would...
    White House efforts to help Donald Trump politically before the 2020 presidential election prevented American’s seniors from receiving $150 billion in prescription drug price relief. “After months of heated accusations and painstaking negotiations, the White House and the pharmaceutical industry neared agreement late last month on a plan to make good on President Trump’s longstanding promise to lower drug prices. The drug companies would spend $150 billion to address out-of-pocket consumer costs and would even pick up the bulk of the co-payments that older Americans shoulder in Medicare’s prescription drug program,” The New York Times reported Saturday. “Then the agreement collapsed. The breaking point, according to four people familiar with the discussions: Mark Meadows, Mr. Trump’s chief of staff, insisted the drug makers...
    A university in West Virginia has suspended a professor after a video featuring her wishing that Trump supporters would get coronavirus and “die before the election” went viral, numerous sources reported. Professor Jennifer Mosher, who teaches in Marshall University’s Biology department, was placed on administrative leave as an investigation began following the “overtly political statement” Mosher made in the viral video from a class session Wednesday. Marshall University has suspended Assistant Professor, Jennifer Marshall, after this video of her saying she hopes all Trump supporters die from COVID-19 before the election circulated online. pic.twitter.com/y3LtABNVn6 — Courtney Holland ???????? Text COURTNEY to 88022 (@hollandcourtney) September 18, 2020 Mosher was teaching when she began commenting on President Donald Trump’s indoor political...
    Some people simply detest Donald Trump.  A handful of those people, current and former Republicans, have formed a high-profile group dedicated to ousting the President and his congressional allies. They may honestly think they’re doing the “right thing,” but their efforts threaten to hobble the GOP and undermine everything Republicans hold dear. These Never Trumpers believe a Democratic sweep in November will cleanse the Republican Party and lead to its resurgence in the 2022 midterm elections. They’re wrong. Consider the Senate.  If Democrats win a net of four seats in November — certainly a possibility — to capture a modest 51-49 Senate majority, Republicans would need to win two seats in 2022 to reclaim control. But, to do that, Republicans would need to hold...
    Ray Dalio is a billionaire fund manager. He’s an ardent capitalist but sees an imbalance that threatens the U.S., which he calls a “75-year empire” in decline. In an interview with Jonathan Burton, Dalio lays out what he thinks U.S. business leaders and politicians should be doing to better allocate wealth and what investors should do to protect themselves. A few big winners and a lot of pain An index may not reflect what is really going on in the stock market. The S&P 500 Index SPX, -0.47%  has returned 5.3% this year, with dividends reinvested, through Sept. 19. But the benchmark index is weighted by market capitalization, with the FAANG stocks, plus Microsoft MSFT, -1.48%, making up 24%...
    Even as Americans are experiencing something different in this election year, there remains strong support among voters for confident, knowledgeable presidents who exude clearheaded leadership as our nation’s president. It reminded me of a story involving a good presidential candidate who spoke the truth, got into trouble for it and self-destructed long before the election. I was a student at Hamline University in the late ’60s, serving as chair of the popular Hamline Republican Club (we outnumbered the College Democrats manyfold). One of things we did was help candidates, including the surprise election of South St. Paul attorney Harold LeVander as governor in 1966 and a young Arne Carlson’s 1967 campaign for Minneapolis mayor. Article continues after advertisement We began to...
    Dan Froomkin September 18, 2020 10:00AM (UTC) This article was co-produced with Press Watch, a new website that monitors and critiques American political coverage. Please consider supporting Press Watch by making a donation. With the first votes in the 2020 presidential election already being cast, the nation's political journalists face a moment of reckoning: Will they continue to treat this like a normal election, acting as if both sides have equally compelling claims on the American voter? Or will they sound the alarm, and make it clear in every story precisely what is at stake for the country? : Our top newsroom leaders need to empower their political reporters and producers and editors to do the latter — right now...
    Three Republican lawmakers who serve on the House Republican Study Committee are targeting the Chinese Communist Party (CCP)’s political warfare operations in the United States in a new bill, Breitbart News has exclusively learned. Reps. Jim Banks (IN), Mike Johnson (LA), and Joe Wilson (SC) on Thursday morning introduced the Countering Chinese Propaganda Act, which would sanction the United Front Work Department, the CCP’s political warfare arm, and cripple its current operations inside the U.S. The United Front coordinates the CCP’s political warfare operations not only inside China, but overseas to include state-run news media outlets, Chinese propaganda appearing as inserts in American newspapers, and the spreading of Chinese propaganda via American think-tanks, universities, businesses, and other institutions. This week,...
    In addition to the new login and password protection measures, Twitter says it will take additional steps to protect accounts internally. These include: -More sophisticated detections and alerts to help us, and account holders, respond rapidly to suspicious activity -Increased login defenses to prevent malicious account takeover attempts -Expedited account recovery support to ensure account security issues are resolved quickly The new measures will apply to politicians at the federal and state level, as well as people associated with political parties, campaigns, and candidates in US House, Senate or gubernatorial races. The requirements will also apply to “major US news outlets and political journalists.”  Lawmakers have previously criticized Twitter for not doing enough to protect high-profile accounts after hackers gained...
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    Senator Mitt Romney (R-UT) called the Hunter Biden-Burisma investigation was “not the legitimate role of government,” during a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee business meeting on Wednesday. Homeland Security Committee chairman Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) has defended the investigation into former Vice President Joe Biden’s son Hunter’s dealings with Ukraine and his role on the board of energy company Burisma. Romney said, “I’ll call it the Biden-Burisma investigation and that I think from the outset had the earmarks of a political exercise. I’m fearful that comments made in the media recently have only confirmed that perspective.” He continued, “Obviously, it is the province of campaigns and political parties’ opposition research, the media, to carry out political endeavors — to learn about...
    Tia Dufour There’s a plausible argument that the first recognizably proto-fascist campaign appeared in the southern United States in the late 1860s with the Reconstruction-era Ku Klux Klan: white-robed men, in league with conservative elites, using extrajudicial violence to enforce their vision of racial purity. Scholars are more likely to look for fascism’s protean DNA in the fin de siécle movement of 1880s France, a rejection of materialism and liberal democracy rooted in Social Darwinism and racialism; or perhaps the populist nationalism of the French general Georges Boulanger, who, had he not lost his nerve, might have overthrown the Third Republic in 1889.  Fascism officially arrived a generation later, in Milan on March 23, 1919, when Benito Mussolini formed...
    Never Trump conservatives have been praising Sen. Mitt Romney of Utah as one of the few Republicans in Congress who is willing to stand up to President Donald Trump, and now, Romney is speaking out against a GOP investigation of former Vice President Joe Biden’s son, Hunter Biden, and his ties to the Ukrainian energy company Burisma. Republican Sen. Ron Johnson, chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, has said that the Committee will issue a report on Hunter Biden’s activities in Ukraine before the presidential election on November 3. Many Trump allies have promoted the debunked conspiracy theory that it was Ukraine — not the Russian government, President Vladimir Putin and the Kremlin — that interfered...
    Democrats accused Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., of abusing his position after he publicly admitted that his investigation into the party’s presidential nominee Joe Biden would “certainly” help President Donald Trump’s re-election chances. Johnson, the chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, has led a probe into Obama-era intelligence activities and Biden’s alleged ties to Ukraine for months after a similar effort by Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani led to the president’s impeachment last year. Johnson acknowledged during an interview first flagged by Politico that his probe would “certainly” damage Biden’s electoral hopes. “The more that we expose of the corruption of the transition process between Obama and Trump, the more we expose of the corruption within those agencies, I would think it would certainly help Donald Trump...
    Igor Derysh September 17, 2020 9:00AM (UTC) Democrats accused Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., of abusing his position after he publicly admitted that his investigation into the party's presidential nominee Joe Biden would "certainly" help President Donald Trump's re-election chances. Johnson, the chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, has led a probe into Obama-era intelligence activities and Biden's alleged ties to Ukraine for months after a similar effort by Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani led to the president's impeachment last year. Johnson acknowledged during an interview first flagged by Politico that his probe would "certainly" damage Biden's electoral hopes. : "The more that we expose of the corruption of the transition process between Obama and Trump, the more we expose of the...
    Novak Djokovic recently cruised into the third round of the 2020 Italian Open with a win over Italian Salvatore Caruso. But he made bigger headlines during a recent press conference, when Djokovic reiterated to the fans and media about what the Professional Tennis Players’ Association (PTPA) stands for. Moreover, he brought up the subject of having talks with Rafael Nadal about tennis politics.  The new PTPA has been seeing tremendous hype, and it is because Novak Djokovic is heading the first players only tennis council since 1972! He’s also said that it’s been a long project on the works which has finally been stitched together. But, did Novak get a chance to talk with Rafa about the players’ association in...
    (Reuters) - Algeria will hold a referendum on Nov. 1 on changes to the constitution that President Abdelmadjid Tebboune hopes will turn the page on last year's political unrest, but which the opposition seeks to boycott. These are some of the main players. PRESIDENT TEBBOUNE Since his election in December, in a vote boycotted by the opposition protest movement, Tebboune has tried to move on from the demonstrations and focus on Algeria's looming economic problems. A former prime minister who was sacked in 2017 after trying to take on business figures accused of corruption, he is seen by many of the protesters as a cipher for the old ruling elite. He has painted the protests as a moment of national...
    The origins of media bias seen in major news outlets can arguably be traced back to a long list of connections between the political establishment — especially to politicians present during President Barack Obama’s administration — and corporate media executives.
    (CNN)The Democratic Party's grassroots campaign renaissance is facing an existential challenge ahead of the November election, with the sharpest tool in organizers' kits -- face-to-face meetings at potential voters' doorsteps -- blunted by the coronavirus pandemic.Even as the political world has transferred much of its resources and energy, often with great fanfare, toward digital spaces, the analog tradition of meeting people in their homes still sits atop the pyramid of voter contact tactics. Door-knock canvassing has seen a revival over the past few years, as campaigns and political groups developed more precise, technologically advanced means of targeting not only undecided voters, but those who do not typically turn out -- a bloc that could decide tight races up and down...
    The biggest political story of 2016-19 was largely wrapped up this August, and it only made a blip in the news. The Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (SSCI) published the final volume of its enormous investigation into how the Russian government influenced the 2016 election, this time focusing on how the Trump campaign was involved (what has become known as “Russiagate”). Remarkably, the committee is led by Republicans due to their Senate majority — a reasonable sign it was a credible investigation. Since then, there has been a steady drip of reporting about Russia’s apparent effort to influence this year’s election, like President Trump’s own Treasury Department sanctioning a Ukrainian friend of Rudy Giuliani for allegedly doing just that. This...
    MEXICO – The president of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, celebrated an unprecedented Cry of Independence on Tuesday in an atmosphere marred by the coronavirus pandemic and several open political fronts. With the flag of Mexico, received from the hands of cadets of the Military College, the president appeared on the central balcony of the National Palace to give the traditional “Scream” in commemoration of the 210th anniversary of the beginning of Mexico’s independence. “Mexicans and Mexicans”, said López Obrador to start 20 “long live!” for independence, the heroes Miguel Hidalgo, José María Morelos, Josefa Ortiz, Ignacio Allende and Leona Vicario to continue with harangues to the heroic people of Mexico, freedom, justice and even...
    A year after the 2016 election, I overheard my first conversation in which two young men of color discussed the political issues of the day. I don’t remember what they were going on about, but the fact that they were going on about politics—and with such fervor!—was what struck immediately, as young men discussing politics was a rarity in my working-class Miami neighborhood, where typically it was older men who engaged in these sometimes heated discussions. Sitting across from them at Starbucks, I noted their interaction as an entertaining anomaly and chalked it up to the current hyper-politicized cultural moment in which anyone, at any time, might surprise you with their clearly newfound interest in politics. Which is to say...
    New audio from Bob Woodward’s conversations with President Donald Trump aired on CNN Tuesday night featuring the president going off on his political opponents, “RINOs,” and the “fake news” during a conversation about the coronavirus. Woodward questioned Trump in July about how people will look at his response overall. Trump said, “People don’t want me to succeed.” “Even the RINOs don’t want me to succeed,” the president added. “Bob, I have opposition like nobody has, and that’s okay. I’ve had that all my life.” Trump said the nation “got unlucky with the virus” and claimed, “We’ve done better than any other country.” “Other than with the press, I’ve done a great job,” Trump continued. “With the press I can’t...
    (CNN)Operating from the sidelines using his near-bottomless war chest and political savvy, former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg could become more powerful than he had been as a billionaire, elected official or presidential candidate. Bloomberg's announcement that he is stepping in to help former Vice President Joe Biden win Florida came as welcome news to many Democrats who had been left wondering when -- or even if -- the former mayor would make good on the promises he had made to help beat Trump, no matter the cost. Arick Wierson On Sunday, The Washington Post revealed that Bloomberg, who made a brief run for the Democratic nomination himself earlier this year, will spend at least $100 million of...
    Two high school football players were suspended after carrying Thin Blue Line and Thin Red Line flags onto the field to honor first responders who died on 9/11, after being told they were forbidden to do so. Brady Williams and Jarad Bentley, students at Little Miami High School in Ohio, were suspended from the team Monday, after the pre-game incident on Friday, September 11. The two students had asked permission to display the flags before the game, and were warned not to do so. But they displayed the flags anyway.  School superintendent Gregory Power said he had concerns that some see the flags as symbols of a political point of view.  Brady Williams (left) and Jarad Bentley (right), students at...
    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution Tuesday welcoming the start of negotiations between Afghan representatives and the Taliban, encouraging the warring parties to engage in good faith and aim for a permanent cease-fire and political settlement to their 19-year conflict. The resolution, which also extended the U.N. political mission in Afghanistan into next September, also strongly encourages the parties “to continue pursuing confidence-building measures including additional reductions in violence.” The Taliban were ousted from power in Afghanistan in 2001 by a U.S.-led coalition for harboring Osama bin Laden, the architect of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on America. The talks in Qatar were laid out in a peace deal that Washington brokered with the...
    During his 22 years in the Central Intelligence Agency, Michael F. Scheuer became known for the time he spent tracking Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden. But Scheuer left the CIA in 2004, and these days, he is best known for his violent rhetoric and fondness for far-right conspiracy theories. Journalist Spencer Ackerman wrote an in-depth article chronicling the story for the Daily Beast this week. Ackerman, who specializes in national security issues, describes Scheuer’s journey from CIA agent to conspiracy theorist — noting that these days, the blogger’s activities including praising the QAnon cult and applauding vigilante Kyle Rittenhouse. And these days, according to Ackerman, Scheuer isn’t shy about calling for violence against fellow U.S. citizens. “The former senior CIA...
    By Stephen Farrell JERUSALEM (Reuters) - The ramparts of Jerusalem, built for battle, were commandeered for a messaging war between Israelis and Palestinians in the build-up to Israel's normalisation deals with two Gulf Arab states. During the White House signing ceremony Israel projected flags of Israel, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates and the U.S. onto the Old City walls as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stood alongside President Donald Trump in Washington hailing what he called "historic" peace agreements. But the same walls, built in the 16th century by Turkish sultan Suleiman the Magnificent, were also used by Palestinians to proclaim their opposition to deals that they see as a betrayal by their fellow Arabs. A week after the Israel-Emirates...
    Dems say that the Russians hacked into our political system to help Trump win. Trump and associates blame former President Barack Obama for the interference. But the truth is, both sides have it wrong.  Filmmaker Alex Gibney (known for documentary films like “Enron and “Taxi to the Dark Side”) has been immersed in the world of foreign hacking, troll farms, and most importantly, what happened in 2016 for his upcoming docuseries “Agents of Chaos.” And he knows the real reason that the Kremlin came after our democracy. “It wasn't a ‘flip votes in order to give Trump the election’” kind of thing, he tells Rick Wilson and Molly Jong-Fast on this episode of The New Abnormal. It actually was all...
    To read Part 1 of this article, go here.  None of the founders of the country conceivably imagined that if the Attorney General is indeed the creature of the President, he would be ill-equipped to investigate, much less prosecute the President or his associates for wrongdoing, either before or during his presidency. It obviously didn’t occur to Hamilton, Madison or Jay that we might one day have a rogue President like Donald Trump with a life history of being one step ahead of the law, and little or no regard for presidential or constitutional norms. Barr enjoys the dubious decision of being the most controversial Attorney General in history. He testified in his confirmation hearings that he would make law enforcement decisions based...
    Three months before Election Day, James Barnes teleconferenced into a strategy meeting about how, exactly, to persuade people not to vote for Donald Trump. The 32-year-old wore his hair loosely gathered in a man bun and had the sober expression of someone who, as a hazard of his occupation, thinks about the president nearly all the time. Other faces popped up on his monitor, offering glimpses into millennial apartments, until someone started a screen share. They were here to review a series of video testimonials by conservatives who had decided to oppose Trump. Barnes and his colleagues wanted to know which ones resonated most with prospective voters on Facebook. Were testimonials from men or women more effective? Midwesterners or Southerners?...
              Live from Virginia Monday morning on The John Fredericks Show –  weekdays on WNTW AM 820/ FM 92.7 – Richmond, WJFN FM 100.5 – Central Virginia, WMPH AM 1010 / FM 100.1 / FM 96.9 (7-9 PM) Hampton Roads, WBRG AM 1050 / FM 105.1 – Lynchburg/Roanoke and Weekdays 6-10 am and 24/7 Stream –  host Fredericks welcomed former Trump White House strategist Steven K. Bannon to the program. During the show, Bannon broke down how he saw the 2020 presidential election playing out and urging people to get out and volunteer. He added that this election was about mobilization and that it will be a grind from November forward for all American patriots. Fredericks: Joining us...
    A fired Facebook data scientist has written a 6,600-word memo condemning the company for ignoring evidence the platform was wielded to sway public opinion and manipulate elections around the world, according to a report from BuzzFeed News, which obtained a copy of the memo. The data scientist, Sophie Zhang, was fired earlier this month and posted the memo on her final day, the report reads. Zhang implies she was fired after bringing her concerns to upper management and being told to stop focusing on issues beyond the scope of her role, which involved analyzing the platform to identity “coordinated inauthentic behavior,” Facebook’s phrase for bot networks and other malicious activity with ulterior motives like influencing election outcomes and promoting...
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    Cody Fenwick September 14, 2020 11:38AM (UTC) This article originally appeared on AlterNet. For all the demands that former Vice President Joe Biden condemn rioting and looting, no serious observer actually thinks he supports violence in the streets. The most plausible criticism of Biden is that he's a creature of the existing political system — a product of and adherent to the established institutional order. He doesn't want violence and chaos to shake the foundations of society. President Donald Trump, on the other hand, really does relish chaos, and he cares little for any institutions that he doesn't see as directly benefiting him. And in a new Fox News interview this weekend, he made clear that he's not just...
    Yoshihide Chuka is viewed by many political analysts As the front-runner to replace the announced Prime Minister Abe Last month He resigned due to complications related to colitis, an incurable inflammatory bowel disease, which he was able to manage for most of his tenure. The ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) will vote in his place on Monday. Japan is not a presidential system – the country’s president is elected by members of parliament, so the next LDF leader, whoever he is, should have an easy path to become prime minister. Former Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida and former Defense Minister Shigeru Ishiba are also in the running. If Sukha is elected, it will mark the culmination of an incredible and impossible...
    “The whole world is watching”, these lines are sure to give you goosebumps as they are chanted repeatedly in the trailer of Aaron Sorkin’s upcoming film. Based on the true story, the film follows the trials of seven people who were a part of the anti-Vietnam War peaceful protests that turned violent at the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago. The film stars Sacha Baron Cohen stars as Abbie Hoffman, Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Richard Schultz, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II as Bobby Seale, Eddie Redmayne as Tom Hayden. The brilliant star cast promises some packing performances and it looks like the film is going to enjoy Oscar buzz. Zero Dark Thirty Actor Jeremy Strong Joins Aaron Sorkin’s ‘Trial of the Chicago 7’. ...
    (CBS4) – With Election Day less than 8 weeks away, legal flights are flying in Colorado. One involved the request for an emergency restraining order against the Ballot Informational Booklet, of the Blue Book. The other over changes at the United States Postal Service that could impact delivery of mail ballots. For perspective, CBS4 Political Specialist Shaun Boyd sat down to talk with our political analysts Democrat Mike Dino and Republican Dick Wadhams. Phil Weiser (credit: CBS) Boyd started with the USPS lawsuit filed by Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser, a Democrat. She asked if the suit is political. “We shouldn’t even have this issue about the Postal Service, I must say it was one of those times where President...
    At an online panel highlighting Canadian talent at the Toronto International Film Festival, Tracey Deer, whose debut feature Beans premiered Sunday as part of the festival’s Discovery sidebar, remarked that her political coming-of-age story was “thirty years in the making.” She was referring to the fact that her traumatizing experience as a 12-year-old during the 1990 Oka Crisis, an intense, 78-day standoff between Mohawk activists and the French-speaking Quebecois majority in a village northwest of Montreal, convinced her that it was necessary to transmute her raw childhood memories into a movie. Although Deer has considerable experience in both documentary cinema and Canadian television (her series Mohawk Girls, based on her documentary of the same name, was a long-running hit...
    (CNN)If Shinzo Abe was perhaps born to be Japan's prime minister, the path to political stardom for his potential successor was hardly guaranteed. Yoshihide Suga is seen by many political analysts as the front runner to replace Prime Minister Abe, who announced last month he was stepping down due to complications related to colitis, a non-curable inflammatory bowel disease that he was able to manage for most of his tenure. The ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) will vote on Monday to choose his replacement. Japan is not a presidential system -- the country's leader is chosen by parliamentarians, so the next LDP leader, whoever that is, should have an easy path to becoming prime minister. Former foreign minister Fumio Kishida...
    September 12, 2020 Last night, at about 10:30, reporter Dan Diamond posted another blockbuster story in Politico. Political appointees at the Department of Health and Human Services have been altering the weekly scientific reports issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) following the course of the coronavirus pandemic. They believe the reports are undermining Trump’s cheery pronouncements about the disease, and claim there is a “deep state” at the CDC determined to hurt the president. Since 1981, career scientists have compiled weekly Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Reports to inform Americans about trends in disease. These records are not controversial. But in April, Trump passed over scientists to install one of his campaign advisers as assistant secretary of HHS for public affairs. Michael Caputo was...
    Senator Sheldon Whitehouse thinks the biggest problem with climate change deniers is the people that line their pockets. The Rhode Island Democrat joined The New Abnormal co-host Molly Jong-Fast and producer Jesse Cannon to talk about the environment, the GOP dropping the ball, and how putting an end to secretive political cash could be the key to solving it all. “The key thing to do on the environment is to focus on the dark money problem,” says Whitehouse. “I don't care whether you're talking to Tea Partiers or Bernie Bros, the notion that big, powerful, special interests can spend unlimited money anonymously through front groups and deploy huge political power out of sight is equally offensive across the...
    Have you ever had a big blister that hurts but keeps getting bigger until finally it pops and though it really hurts at that moment, it actually makes you feel a bit better because now you know things can get back to normal? Is that a bad analogy for the 10%-30% pullback in many of the highest-flying momentum tech stocks? Many people feel a sense of relief at the markets finally giving the world a pullback. Feelings are always the enemy of a successful investor. And if I try to analyze why we’re feeling any particular emotion... Bold stock picks amid today's political and economic realities Revolution Investing is your trusted guide in navigating the economic and political changes...
    (CNN)In his August 20 acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention, Joe Biden said that "there is only one way forward. As a united America ... United in our dreams of a better future for us and for our children." He later asserted that, fortunately, we are indeed "united in our love of America and united in our love for each other." John R. HibbingSuch pleas for and assertions of American unity are de rigueur among politicians, who often tell us that deep down, the American people all have the same basic values and needs.In "The Audacity of Hope," former President Barack Obama considers but then quickly rejects the argument against American unity: "Maybe there is no escaping our...
    Federal prosecutor Nora Dannehy has been an important figure in the U.S. Department of Justice, servicing as an aide to John Durham in his Russia investigation. But Dannehy, the Hartford Courant reported Friday, has resigned from that probe. The Courant’s Edmund H. Mahony reports that Dannehy, according to her colleagues, is stepping down “at least partly out of concern that the investigative team is being pressed for political reasons to produce a report before its work is done.” Mahony explain “Dannehy, a highly regarded prosecutor who has worked with or for Durham for decades, informed colleagues in the U.S. Attorney’s office in New Haven of her resignation from the Department of Justice by e-mail Thursday evening. The short e-mail was...
    It's been 119 days since the House passed the $3 trillion HEROES Act, which Mitch McConnell has refused to take up, and it's 19 days until the government runs out of funding with the end of the fiscal year. One hundred and nineteen days in which Mitch McConnell has refused to act. When he finally did act, it was with a symbolic bill, negotiated only with Republicans who carved it down to $300 billion, $161 million of which was targeted to the coal industry. Democrats—not included in any of the negotiations—rejected the bill unanimously for what it was: a stunt. And look how that was reported by the Capitol Hill press, who en masse let McConnell play them again. Lisa...
    Los Angeles County's public health director predicted schools won't reopen until "we are done with the elections" in November, raising questions about political motivations behind keeping students at home. What are the details? Dr. Barbara Ferrer made the comment during a conference call with local educators, school nurses, and other groups while discussing the upcoming flu season, KCBS-TV reported. "We don't realistically anticipate that we would be moving either to Tier 2 [of California's reopening plan] or to reopening K through 12 schools at least … until after the election, after, you know, in early November," Ferrer said during Thursday's call. "Like when we just look at the timing of everything, it seems to us the...
    Download, rate and subscribe here:  iTunes, GooglePlay, Spotify and Stitcher.     Listen to this episode on ART19 Mo Rocca on his favorite "Mobituaries"CBS Correspondent Mo Rocca joined Major Garrett this week to discuss his podcast and book "Mobituaries," his fascination with under-appreciated historical figures, and more. Daniel Peebles "The Takeout" is a weekly podcast about politics, policy and pop culture hosted by CBS News Chief Washington Correspondent Major Garrett. Listeners can expect context and analysis of the week's political news in a casual format that allows for expanded conversation with a newsmaker. Each episode is recorded over a meal at a Washington, D.C. restaurant.   "The Takeout" also airs on CBSN every Friday and Saturday night at 9pm ET/PT. And now "The Takeout" airs...
    Loading the player... From musician SPICE endorsing the youngest member of Jamaica’s parliament Lisa Hanna to Kamala Harris’s vice presidential nomination, history has been in the making for Black women recently. In a time of #BlackLivesMatter, the voices and concerns of Black people–and Black femmes especially–are gaining headway in our nation’s larger discourses with plenty of progress and pushback. So, Dear Culture hosts Gerren Keith Gaynor and Mariel Turner have slowed down the pace, unpacking some of these issues on the latest episode of the podcast. They ask the historically apt and critical question, “Dear Culture, do we truly know the history of Black presidential politics?” Before Harris made her mark, there was Shirley Chisholm who was...
    The vast majority of Americans think that there is political bias in news coverage, a new Gallup/Knight Foundation poll found. 86% of Americans said that the media is biased, with 49% of respondents saying that there is “a great deal” of political bias in news coverage and 37% saying there is “a fair amount” of bias, according to the poll. People are more concerned with other people’s news sources than they are with their own; when given a choice, 69% of Americans were concerned about bias in the news that other people were viewing, while 29% were concerned about the bias in their own news sources. 56% of respondents agreed that there was political bias in the news source that...
    The vast majority of people don’t plan on watching NFL games if players kneel. The first game of the 2020 season is Thursday night when the Chiefs and Texans play, and there’s a good chance we could see players kneel during the national anthem. (RELATED: David Hookstead Is The True King In The North When It Comes To College Football) I asked people in a Twitter poll if they’d tune out in the event of kneeling, and the results weren’t close at all. Of the 4,850 voters, 86.7% voted that they would stop watching if players take a knee during the anthem. The first NFL game of the season is Thursday night. Will you watch if players kneel during the national anthem? — David Hookstead...
    FOX News Media and senior political analyst Brit Hume have agreed to a new multi-year deal that will keep him in his current role, the network announced on Wednesday. “Brit is an exceptional journalist who has played an integral role in our unrivaled political coverage — his extensive knowledge of the intricacies of Washington have made him a tremendous asset to our team and a popular favorite with our viewers. We look forward to his continued expertise for many years ahead,” FOX News Media CEO Suzanne Scott said. FOX NEWS FINISHES AUGUST AS MOST-WATCHED PRIMETIME NETWORK Hume, who anchored “Special Report” for over a decade, will continue to contribute to all election coverage and all major political events while serving as a regular commentator and panelist across Fox News...
    James Murdoch (L) and his wife Kathryn Hufschmid arrive at St Bride's church on Fleet Street in central London on March 5, 2016, to attend a ceremony of celebration a day after the official marriage of Australian born media magnate Rupert Murdoch and former model Jerry Hall.Justin Tallis | AFP | Getty Images The powerful Murdoch family is often linked to conservative politics, particularly through its control of Fox News. Yet James Murdoch, one of billionaire media mogul Rupert Murdoch's sons, and spouse Kathryn Murdoch are working to create their own legacy by supporting causes across the political spectrum. They have have used their cash and influence to become a political power couple in a fractured Washington.  A list from...
    A DEMOCRATIC sheriff has revealed why he left the Democrats and now backs Donald Trump, saying "party leaders condone rioting." Sheriff Dave Wedding of Vanderburgh County in Indiana said he couldn't accept the violence stemming from many Black Lives Matter – and he said Democrats allowed it to happen. 9Sheriff Dave Wedding of Vanderburgh County says he's now backing the GOPCredit: Fox and Friends 9As Donald Trump addressed the crowd in North Carolina, he laid into schools for 'rewriting' history Credit: AP:Associated Press Since Wedding switched to the Republican Party, he has accused the Dems of endorsing flag burning and failing to support the police. “What I’ve witnessed across the United States is shocking,” Wedding told “Fox & Friends"...
    Chinese diplomats say Chinese intelligence agents have questioned a number of journalists in Chinese media outlets and searched their equipment “in violation of their legitimate rights” – the latest flashpoint in the deteriorating relationship between the two countries. China’s state media released details of the episode – in late June – after two Australian journalists returned home on Tuesday due to distress. Tough stance with Chinese authorities And a temporary exit ban. The Chinese Embassy in Canberra posted a link on its website Article in the Global Times – A nationalist state media outlet – an Australian intelligence agency “recently raided the residences of Chinese journalists in Australia, questioned them, confiscated their computers and smartphones, and asked them not...
    From left to right: Kamala Harris, Nancy Pelosi, and Nikki Haley. Ethan Miller/Getty Staff, Win McNamee/Getty Images, Drew Angerer/Getty Images There are currently 127 women in Congress. Women throughout US history have shattered political glass ceilings. Vermont is the only state that has not sent a woman to Congress. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. There are currently 127 women serving in the 116th US Congress, but many more have made political history through the years. Most recently, Kamala Harris became the first ever African-American and Asian-American candidate to run for vice president on a major party ticket. She was born in Oakland, California. Every state has produced powerful political leaders who've shattered glass ceilings. Some of...
    After President Donald Trump on Monday suggested a Covid-19 vaccine could be fully developed and put to market “before a very special day”—apparently referring to the November 3 presidential election—Sen. Bernie Sanders warned that Trump’s ongoing politicization of the vaccine process threatens to undermine public trust and safety. “I think you got a president who’s losing it, and I think most people are sick and tired of the ranting and the ravings of Donald Trump,” the Vermont senator said in an appearance on CNN late Monday. “Look, everybody wants a vaccine, but we want to make sure that that vaccine is safe. We don’t want to see that vaccine put on the market for political reasons.” Sanders went on to urge doctors,...
    The fall campaign to repeal California’s ban on affirmative action is a testament to the tectonic shift in the state’s politics since the 1990s — and a test of how far left its voters have swung from their politically purple past. Twenty-four years ago, Republican Gov. Pete Wilson led the successful push for Proposition 209, which prohibited any consideration of race in public college admissions and other government functions, such as hiring and contracting. This year, though, the full weight of California’s political establishment — including a Democratic governor, a long list of major elected officials, deep-pocketed donors, business leaders and even several professional sports franchises — are lining up behind Proposition 16, which would repeal Proposition 209. “This is...
    Health fear that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) may be rushing to approve a coronavirus vaccine due to political pressure from Trump administration, The Hill reported. Any inoculation that’s produced too early could undermine confidence in the process and lead to fewer Americans getting vaccinated. The process of developing and deploying a vaccine normally takes years. However, with the COVID-19 pandemic currently claiming hundreds of thousands of lives and wrecking economies across the world, time is of the essence. Researchers in the U.S. and abroad are working feverishly to get a preventative against the novel coronavirus — the pathogen that causes COVID-19 — ready as soon as possible. Indeed, mixed messages have been coming out of Washington about when...
    President Donald Trump said the Democratic ticket, Joe Biden and Kamala Harris, should 'immediately apologize for the reckless anti-vaccine rhetoric' they've deployed during his North Portico press conference on Monday.  'They're political lies. They'll say anything and it's so dangerous for our country what they say,' Trump went on. 'But the vaccine will be very safe and very effective and it will be delivered very soon.'  At practically the same time on the campaign trail in Pennsylvania, Biden told reporters he would take a coronavirus vaccine 'tomorrow' even if it cost him the presidential race. Biden's comments came after Harris said she wouldn't trust Trump's word on vaccine safety.   President Donald Trump demanded that Joe Biden and Kamala Harris apologize...
    Most years, the vast majority of Americans — and probably even political reporters — would be unable to name the postmaster general. But in 2020, Louis DeJoy has become a household name for overseeing a dramatic decline in the U.S. Postal Service’s performance, the result of policies that many fear may intentionally or unintentionally interfere with the processing of mail-in ballots during the November election. With DeJoy already in the spotlight, a new report from the Washington Post about the longtime Republcian donor’s shady fundraising schemes on Sunday has further sullied his reputation. But it’s not just his public standing under threat — the allegations suggest he maybe be vulnerable criminal charges for a vast election finance crime. The Post...
    The U.S. Centers for Disease Control has just told states to prepare for a possible vaccine as early as November, putting the issue of vaccine approval front and center. So consider this column an open letter to scientists, researchers and other experts in public health. I have some news for you: In the debate over how quickly the Food and Drug Administration should approve a vaccine for COVID-19, and over concern about premature approval, you are losing to President Donald Trump. Right now your arguments are simply not good enough. To be clear, I am inclined to agree with you, as I am not myself flying around the world, trying to get the “early vaccines” from Russia and China. Yet...
    Conservative filmmaker and scholar Dinesh D'Souza said Sunday that recent rioting and political division within the U.S. could lead to the "rise of citizen militias," if societal tensions are not quickly de-escalated and diffused. "The problem is that you respond [to rioting] through the lawful authorities, which is through the police; if things escalate beyond a certain point then you call in federal assistance. If things escalate beyond that point you call in the military," he told Fox News during a phone interview. "Local governments and state governors are calling down the cops and licensing their own private gangs. If the cops won't protect us, then you're going to see the rise of citizen militias around the country." "I'm not advocating this," he added. "I'm predicting...
    In 2008, around the time of the Republican National Convention, a white 20-something male approached the Texas Governor’s Mansion and threw a Molotov cocktail at it. The mansion burned down. The case remains unsolved, though federal and state authorities have long presumed it was a left-leaning anarchist. In fact, around the same time, left-wing anarchists were fighting police in the streets of St. Paul, Minnesota, during the GOP’s convention, and some plotted to go back to Texas to commit acts of violence. In 2010, Andrew Joseph Stack crashed a plane into an IRS building in Austin, Texas. Members of the media immediately concluded he must have been a deranged tea party activist. In fact, Stack was both a nut and...
    Peter Montague September 5, 2020 3:00PM (UTC) This article originally appeared on Truthout. The U.S. populace leans strongly to the left, yet the right-wing Republican Party continues to win elections, control government and enact a far right policy agenda. For example, in 2001 and 2003, and again in 2017, Republicans enacted tax cuts that delivered 80 percent of the benefits to the richest 1 percent, which even most Republicans don't favor. How is this possible in a representative democracy? Several things are at work here.  : First, since 1980, we have witnessed the rise of a tiny class of super-wealthy individuals. Now, the richest one-tenth of 1 percent among us owns wealth about equal to what's held by the bottom 90 percent. These superrich individuals...
    Facebook will ban new political ads for the week leading up to Election Day, Nov. 3, in an effort to "help secure the integrity of the U.S. elections by encouraging voting, connecting people to authoritative information, and reducing the risks of post-election confusion." Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg made the announcement Thursday, outlining the steps the social media platform is taking to combat voting misinformation and meddling. Zuckerberg started his communication by saying that "our nation is so divided" and that the election results could potentially take weeks to be finalized, which could open the door for "increased risk of civil unrest across the country." "We're going to block new political and issue ads during...
    (CNN)We have a problem. Recent developments have caused concern among scientists and experts over the independence of both the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the US Food and Drug Administration.Plasma therapy is no surefire cure for CovidThere are indications that President Donald Trump's administration is putting political pressure on these agencies, desperate to show some headway in response to Covid-19, after the pandemic has killed over 185,000 Americans, hospitalized hundreds of thousands, and sickened millions. Worse, many fear such pressure is effective in turning these agencies away from science and toward apparently political decisions. This is not a slur on the civil servants in these agencies. From the outside, it looks like they are being circumvented. This...
    With the US presidential election just two months away, Facebook says it is taking further steps to encourage turnout, minimize misinformation and reduce the likelihood of post-election “social unrest.” The company said Thursday it will limit political advertising in the week before the election. It will also remove messages that convey disinformation about COVID-19 and voting. In all messages from candidates and campaigns that prematurely proclaim their victory, you will include links to the official results. “This election will not be like the others. We all have a responsibility to protect our democracy, ”Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said in a message Thursday. “That means helping people to register and vote, clearing up confusion about how...
    Programming note: The Interface will be off Monday for Labor Day. I. The announcements After months of deliberations, Facebook gave its answer to the critics who have called for it to put new restrictions on political advertising. The company said it would not accept new political ads in the seven days leading up to the Nov. 3rd US presidential election, but would allow those that had already been approved to continue running. The move was framed as a compromise: campaigns can continue to use Facebook for get-out-the-vote efforts through Election Day, but they’ll lose the ability to test new messages. As a result, it might be harder for candidates to spread misinformation in the final days of the campaign. ...