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  • Yahoo News/YouGov poll: With one week left, Biden's lead over Trump grows to 12 points — his biggest yet

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    Biden's lead is four times the size of Hillary Clinton’s national advantage over Trump at this point in 2016, underscoring how hard it will be for the president to pull off another upset on Election Day.

    Mon, 26 Oct 2020 15:27:40 -0400
  • Pennsylvania teen fatally shot while watching sunset in park with girlfriend, authorities say

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    Jason Kutt, the 18-year-old shot at Nockamixon State Park Saturday died from injuries, according to his family.

    Tue, 27 Oct 2020 07:52:25 -0400
  • 100,000 people ordered to evacuate due to wildfires in Irvine, California

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    At least 60,000 people had already evacuated as of Monday evening, according to the city of Irvine.

    Mon, 26 Oct 2020 23:00:48 -0400
  • 18-year-old freshman at University of Dayton apparently dies from Covid-19

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    Michael Lang, 18, died on Thursday “apparently due to complications from" coronavirus after a long hospitalization, officials at the Ohio school said.

    Mon, 26 Oct 2020 13:01:00 -0400
  • Man swarmed by rats after falling through sinkhole in NYC

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    ‘It could have been anyone,’ says victim’s mother Cindy White

    Tue, 27 Oct 2020 19:15:08 -0400
  • Mark Zuckerberg and Jack Dorsey warn that stripping tech firms of Section 230 protections would harm free expression on the internet

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    The CEOs will appear before the Senate Wednesday as tensions rise between Big Tech and Republicans, who claim tech is biased against the right.

    Tue, 27 Oct 2020 16:19:44 -0400
  • Hackers breach Trump campaign website, threaten to release 'evidence' of crimes

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

    Tue, 27 Oct 2020 21:39:00 -0400
  • Woman injured in police shooting says cops let boyfriend die

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    A woman who was shot by police last week in suburban Chicago said Tuesday that officers did nothing more than cover her boyfriend with a blanket after he was shot and left him on the ground to die. Tafara Williams, 20, spoke to reporters during a Zoom call from her hospital bed as she described the Oct. 20 shooting in Waukegan that killed 19-year-old Marcellis Stinnette. "They allowed him to die,” Williams said.

    Tue, 27 Oct 2020 13:02:58 -0400
  • Melania Trump finally hits the stump for her husband

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    First Lady Melania Trump on Tuesday hit the campaign trail for her president husband for the first time on her own this year, praising him as a "fighter" and offering support to pandemic victims.

    Tue, 27 Oct 2020 19:20:58 -0400
  • As Trump says news about COVID should be illegal, WH chief of staff says goal is to 'defeat' virus, not 'control' it

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    While President Trump’s chief of staff on Monday attempted to clarify the assertion that the United States is “not going to control” the coronavirus crisis, the president himself complained that the media is too focused on the pandemic.

    Mon, 26 Oct 2020 10:42:43 -0400
  • Why critics find Kavanaugh's Wisconsin mail-in voting opinion 'sloppy'

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

    Tue, 27 Oct 2020 14:53:00 -0400
  • Senate confirms Barrett to the Supreme Court

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

    Mon, 26 Oct 2020 20:33:38 -0400
  • Our Favorite Home Decor Pieces From the Second Annual Etsy Design Awards

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    Tue, 27 Oct 2020 17:41:09 -0400
  • Billy Graham’s pastor grandson denies vulgar act on plane in case of mistaken identity

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    Rev Danny Chalmers was the one arrested over the incident, his wife says

    Tue, 27 Oct 2020 22:48:48 -0400
  • Researchers discover 'massive' coral reef in Australia that's taller than the Empire State Building

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    Scientists have discovered a 1,640-foot-tall detached coral reef in Australia's Great Barrier Reef — the first of its kind in over 120 years.

    Wed, 28 Oct 2020 05:09:50 -0400
  • Trump Had One Last Story to Sell. The Wall Street Journal Wouldn't Buy It.

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    By early October, even people inside the White House believed President Donald Trump's reelection campaign needed a desperate rescue mission. So three men allied with the president gathered at a house in McLean, Virginia, to launch one.The host was Arthur Schwartz, a New York public relations man close to Trump's eldest son, Donald Jr. The guests were a White House lawyer, Eric Herschmann, and a former deputy White House counsel, Stefan Passantino, according to two people familiar with the meeting.Herschmann knew the subject matter they were there to discuss. He had represented Trump during the impeachment trial early this year, and he tried to deflect allegations against the president in part by pointing to Hunter Biden's work in Ukraine. More recently, he has been working on the White House payroll with a hazy portfolio, listed as "a senior adviser to the president," and remains close to Jared Kushner.The three had pinned their hopes for reelecting the president on a fourth guest, a straight-shooting Wall Street Journal White House reporter named Michael Bender. They delivered the goods to him there: a cache of emails detailing Hunter Biden's business activities, and, on speaker phone, a former business partner of Hunter Biden's named Tony Bobulinski. Bobulinski was willing to go on the record in The Journal with an explosive claim: that Joe Biden, the former vice president, had been aware of, and profited from, his son's activities. The Trump team left believing that The Journal would blow the thing open and their excitement was conveyed to the president.The Journal had seemed to be the perfect outlet for a story the Trump advisers believed could sink Biden's candidacy. Its small-c conservatism in reporting means the work of its news pages carries credibility across the industry. And its readership leans further right than other big news outlets. Its Washington bureau chief, Paul Beckett, recently remarked at a virtual gathering of Journal reporters and editors that while he knows that the paper often delivers unwelcome news to the many Trump supporters who read it, The Journal should protect its unique position of being trusted across the political spectrum, two people familiar with the remarks said.As the Trump team waited with excited anticipation for a Journal expose, the newspaper did its due diligence: Bender and Beckett handed the story off to a well-regarded China correspondent, James Areddy, and a Capitol Hill reporter who had followed the Hunter Biden story, Andrew Duehren. Areddy interviewed Bobulinski. They began drafting an article.Then things got messy. Without warning his notional allies, Rudy Giuliani, the former New York mayor and now a lawyer for Trump, burst onto the scene with the tabloid version of the McLean crew's carefully laid plot. Giuliani delivered a cache of documents of questionable provenance -- but containing some of the same emails -- to The New York Post, a sister publication to The Journal in Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. Giuliani had been working with the former Trump aide Steve Bannon, who also began leaking some of the emails to favored right-wing outlets. Giuliani's complicated claim that the emails came from a laptop Hunter Biden had abandoned, and his refusal to let some reporters examine the laptop, cast a pall over the story -- as did The Post's reporting, which alleged but could not prove that Joe Biden had been involved in his son's activities.While the Trump team was clearly jumpy, editors in The Journal's Washington bureau were wrestling with a central question: Could the documents, or Bobulinski, prove that Joe Biden was involved in his son's lobbying? Or was this yet another story of the younger Biden trading on his family's name -- a perfectly good theme, but not a new one or one that needed urgently to be revealed before the election.Trump and his allies expected the Journal story to appear Monday, Oct. 19, according to Bannon. That would be late in the campaign, but not too late -- and could shape that week's news cycle heading into the crucial final debate last Thursday. An "important piece" in The Journal would be coming soon, Trump told aides on a conference call that day.His comment was not appreciated inside The Journal."The editors didn't like Trump's insinuation that we were being teed up to do this hit job," a Journal reporter who wasn't directly involved in the story told me. But the reporters continued to work on the draft as the Thursday debate approached, indifferent to the White House's frantic timeline.Finally, Bobulinski got tired of waiting."He got spooked about whether they were going to do it or not," Bannon said.At 7:35 Wednesday evening, Bobulinski emailed an on-the-record, 684-word statement making his case to a range of news outlets. Breitbart News published it in full. He appeared the next day in Nashville, Tennessee, to attend the debate as Trump's surprise guest, and less than two hours before the debate was to begin, he read a six-minute statement to the press, detailing his allegations that the former vice president had involvement in his son's business dealings.When Trump stepped on stage, the president acted as though the details of the emails and the allegations were common knowledge. "You're the big man, I think. I don't know, maybe you're not," he told Biden at some point, a reference to an ambiguous sentence from the documents.As the debate ended, The Wall Street Journal published a brief item, just the stub of Areddy and Duehren's reporting. The core of it was that Bobulinski had failed to prove the central claim. "Corporate records reviewed by The Wall Street Journal show no role for Joe Biden," The Journal reported.Asked about The Journal's handling of the story, the editor-in-chief, Matt Murray, said the paper did not discuss its newsgathering. "Our rigorous and trusted journalism speaks for itself," Murray said in an emailed statement.And if you'd been watching the debate, but hadn't been obsessively watching Fox News or reading Breitbart, you would have had no idea what Trump was talking about. The story the Trump team hoped would upend the campaign was fading fast.The Gatekeepers ReturnThe McLean group's failed attempt to sway the election is partly just another story revealing the chaotic, threadbare quality of the Trump operation -- a far cry from the coordinated "disinformation" machinery feared by liberals.But it's also about a larger shift in the American media, one in which the gatekeepers appear to have returned after a long absence.It has been a disorienting couple of decades, after all. It all began when The Drudge Report, Gawker and the blogs started telling you what stodgy old newspapers and television networks wouldn't. Then social media brought floods of content pouring over the old barricades.By 2015, the old gatekeepers had entered a kind of crisis of confidence, believing they couldn't control the online news cycle any better than King Canute could control the tides. Television networks all but let Donald Trump take over as executive producer that summer and fall. In October 2016, Julian Assange and James Comey seemed to drive the news cycle more than the major news organizations. Many figures in old media and new bought into the idea that in the new world, readers would find the information they wanted to read -- and therefore, decisions by editors and producers, about whether to cover something and how much attention to give it, didn't mean much.But the past two weeks have proved the opposite: that the old gatekeepers, like The Journal, can still control the agenda. It turns out there is a big difference between WikiLeaks and establishment media coverage of WikiLeaks, a difference between a Trump tweet and an article about it, even between an opinion piece in The Wall Street Journal suggesting Joe Biden had done bad things, and a news article that didn't reach that conclusion.Perhaps the most influential media document of the past four years is a chart by a co-director of the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society at Harvard, Yochai Benkler. The study showed that a dense new right-wing media sphere had emerged -- and that the mainstream news "revolved around the agenda that the right-wing media sphere set."Bannon had known this, too. He described his strategy as "anchor left, pivot right," and even as he ran Breitbart News, he worked to place attacks on Hillary Clinton in mainstream outlets. The validating power of those outlets was clear when The New York Times and Washington Post were given early access in the spring of 2015 to the book "Clinton Cash," an investigation of the Clinton family's blurring of business, philanthropic and political interests by writer Peter Schweizer.Schweizer is still around this cycle. But you won't find his work in mainstream outlets. He's over on Breitbart, with a couple of Hunter Biden stories this month.And the fact that Bobulinski emerged not in the pages of the widely respected Journal but in a statement to Breitbart was essentially Bannon's nightmare, and Benkler's fondest wish. And a broad array of mainstream outlets, unpersuaded that Hunter Biden's doings tie directly to the former vice president, have largely kept the story off their front pages, and confined to skeptical explanations of what Trump and his allies are claiming about his opponent."SO USA TODAY DIDN'T WANT TO RUN MY HUNTER BIDEN COLUMN THIS WEEK," conservative writer Glenn Reynolds complained Oct. 20, posting the article instead to his blog. Trump himself hit a wall when he tried to push the Hunter Biden narrative onto CBS News."This is '60 Minutes,' and we can't put on things we can't verify," Lesley Stahl told him. Trump then did more or less the same thing as Reynolds, posting a video of his side of the interview to his own blog, Facebook.The media's control over information, of course, is not as total as it used to be. The people who own printing presses and broadcast towers can't actually stop you from reading leaked emails or unproven theories about Joe Biden's knowledge of his son's business. But what Benkler's research showed was that the elite outlets' ability to set the agenda endured in spite of social media.We should have known it, of course. Many of our readers, screaming about headlines on Twitter, did. And Trump knew it all along -- one way to read his endless attacks on the establishment media is as an expression of obsession, a form of love. This week, you can hear howls of betrayal from people who have for years said the legacy media was both utterly biased and totally irrelevant."For years, we've respected and even revered the sanctified position of the free press," wrote Dana Loesch, a right-wing commentator not particularly known for her reverence of legacy media, expressing frustration that the Biden story was not getting attention. "Now that free press points its digital pen at your throat when you question their preferences."On the Other Side of the GateThere's something amusing -- even a bit flattering -- in such earnest protestations from a right-wing movement rooted in efforts to discredit the independent media. And this reassertion of control over information is what you've seen many journalists call for in recent years. At its best, it can also close the political landscape to a trendy new form of dirty tricks, as in France in 2017, where the media largely ignored a last-minute dump of hacked emails from President Emmanuel Macron's campaign just before a legally mandated blackout period.But I admit that I feel deep ambivalence about this revenge of the gatekeepers. I spent my career, before arriving at The Times in March, on the other side of the gate, lobbing information past it to a very online audience who I presumed had already seen the leak or the rumor, and seeing my job as helping to guide that audience through the thicket, not to close their eyes to it. "The media's new and unfamiliar job is to provide a framework for understanding the wild, unvetted, and incredibly intoxicating information that its audience will inevitably see -- not to ignore it," my colleague John Herrman (also now at The Times) and I wrote in 2013. In 2017, I made the decision to publish the unverified "Steele dossier," in part on the grounds that gatekeepers were looking at it and influenced by it, but keeping it from their audience.This fall, top media and tech executives were bracing to refight the last war -- a foreign-backed hack-and-leak operation like WikiLeaks seeking to influence the election's outcome. It was that hyper-vigilance that led Twitter to block links to The New York Post's article about Hunter Biden -- a frighteningly disproportionate response to a story that other news organizations were handling with care. The schemes of Herschmann, Passantino and Schwartz weren't exactly WikiLeaks. But the special nervousness that many outlets, including this one, feel about the provenance of the Hunter Biden emails is, in many ways, the legacy of the WikiLeaks experience.I'd prefer to put my faith in Murray and careful, professional journalists like him than in the social platforms' product managers and executives. And I hope Americans relieved that the gatekeepers are reasserting themselves will also pay attention to who gets that power, and how centralized it is, and root for new voices to correct and challenge them.This article originally appeared in The New York Times.(C) 2020 The New York Times Company

    Mon, 26 Oct 2020 07:52:53 -0400
  • Tourist, 12, and guide lose limbs in shark attack at Sharm El-Sheikh

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

    Tue, 27 Oct 2020 22:37:01 -0400
  • Rand Paul says restaurants should hire people who’ve had COVID-19, disputing science

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    “I’ve had it. I can’t get it again,” Paul said, contrary to evidence that shows reinfection is possible.

    Tue, 27 Oct 2020 11:59:21 -0400
  • Lincoln Project to Break Into TV after Election

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    The Lincoln Project is reportedly solidifying plans to ramp up its media arm after the general election next week and is considering offers from various television studios, podcast networks and book publishers.The political action committee, which was founded towards the end of last year and is run by prominent "Never-Trump" current and former Republicans, signed with United Talent Agency with an eye towards expanding Lincoln Media, Axios reported Tuesday.Lincoln Project co-founder Rick Wilson, a longtime Republican strategist before he left the party following President Trump's election in 2016, outlined the group's outlook for its upcoming media ventures."We discovered in doing research that voters are getting lots of information from streaming and podcasts," Wilson said. "We decided to build those things as advocacy vectors. We didn't set out to become a media company, but we've inadvertently become a content creation machine."Other prominent anti-Trump Republicans fronting the group are George Conway, husband of former Trump advisor Kellyanne Conway, and Steve Schmidt, who was a senior strategist for John McCain's presidential campaign."As a media business, we're putting a pretty big bet on the idea that they know how to get audiences," Ra Kumar, a UTA agent who represents the Lincoln Project, said of the group's plans, adding that the Lincoln Project has received numerous inquiries from Hollywood firms wanting to work with the group.The Lincoln Project already launched a wildly successful podcast in June and has two shows that it streams on YouTube, Facebook and Twitter. They have also seen high demand for its merchandise.The group raised over $58 million this year, including $39.4 million from July through September. The PAC's spending has come under scrutiny after they spent nearly $1.4 million through March with most of that money going towards the Lincoln Project's board members and firms run by them.The group raised over $58 million this year, including $39.4 million from July through September. The PAC's spending has come under scrutiny after they spent nearly $1.4 million through March, with most of that money going towards the Lincoln Project's board members and firms run by them.One of the projects reportedly in the works is a non-fiction film to be completed after the election. Several television studios are looking to team up to produce a series reminiscent of the hit show "House of Cards," and television networks that have expressed interest in hosting the Lincoln Project's two streaming shows.The group is currently in a kerfuffle with Ivanka and Jared Trump, who threatened to sue over the Lincoln Project's Times Square billboards depicting the pair displaying indifference to deaths caused by the coronavirus.“Sue if you must,” said Matthew Sanderson, an attorney for the Lincoln Project, saying the group “will not be intimidated by empty bluster.”

    Tue, 27 Oct 2020 11:14:32 -0400
  • Judge rejects Trump request to be replaced in columnist's defamation lawsuit

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

    Tue, 27 Oct 2020 10:34:08 -0400
  • Mitch McConnell just adjourned the Senate until November 9, ending the prospect of additional coronavirus relief until after the election

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    The Senate's last order of business was confirming Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court, capping a contentious nominations process.

    Mon, 26 Oct 2020 23:39:13 -0400
  • Chicago sisters accused of stabbing employee 27 times after being asked to wear a mask

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

    Tue, 27 Oct 2020 13:54:24 -0400
  • Fighting cock kills police chief in Philippine raid

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    A Philippine police officer was killed during a raid on an illegal cockfight after a rooster's blade sliced his femoral artery, an official said Tuesday.

    Tue, 27 Oct 2020 05:15:34 -0400
  • 'A big win for justice!': Texas officials scrap rule that would allow social workers to deny LGBTQ, disabled clients

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    After backlash, Texas officials have reversed a rule that would have allowed social workers to turn away clients who are LGBTQ or have a disability.

    Wed, 28 Oct 2020 00:32:19 -0400
  • A Florida man drove a stolen bulldozer through a neighborhood and destroyed Biden-Harris campaign signs, police say

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    James Blight, 26, was arrested and charged with grand theft auto and trespassing in Haines City, Florida, in connection to the incident.

    Mon, 26 Oct 2020 16:18:19 -0400
  • Small plane crashes in Texas, killing one on board

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    The aircraft crash in Lubbock sparked a small fire and killed one pilot on board, who has not yet been identified.

    Tue, 27 Oct 2020 09:04:00 -0400
  • Passenger hanging out van window falls and dies after killing bicyclist, Vegas cops say

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    “There’s no reason behind this that I can tell you why it occurred, other than complete stupidity.”

    Tue, 27 Oct 2020 15:40:17 -0400
  • Early voting sites in Florida GOP strongholds to close early due to hurricane

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    With Hurricane Zeta expected to hit the Florida Panhandle on Wednesday, three counties in this conservative region will shorten their early voting hours, a move that could hurt the GOP.Escambia, Okaloosa, and Santa Rosa counties are all Republican strongholds, Politico reports, and are expected to easily go for President Trump. But Florida is a swing state, and Republicans have been counting on getting voters to cast their ballots early in person, as more Democrats are returning their ballots by mail.In Escambia and Santa Rosa counties, early voting hours are normally from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., but because of Zeta, the voting sites will close at 3 p.m. on Wednesday before reopening at 11 a.m. on Thursday, assuming there is no extensive damage caused by the storm. In Okaloosa County, early voting sites will close two hours early on Wednesday and open two hours later than normal on Thursday."It's an abundance of caution for us," Okaloosa County Supervisor of Elections Paul Lux told Politico. "Hurricane Sally just in September weakened a bunch of trees and power lines, so we need to be careful, but I do think we will get back up and running quickly." Following Hurricane Michael in 2018, which hit the Panhandle a month before Election Day, then-Gov. Rick Scott (R) extended early voting hours.More stories from theweek.com Republicans are on the verge of a spectacular upside-down achievement The very different emotional lives of Trump and Biden voters Middle-finger voting is driving the entire country mad

    Tue, 27 Oct 2020 22:53:00 -0400
  • Pennsylvania Governor Orders National Guard to Philadelphia after Riots

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

    Tue, 27 Oct 2020 18:15:18 -0400
  • Opinion: If the Supreme Court is going to make voting harder, it must explain why

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    Even before election day, the court is ruling on voting during a pandemic

    Mon, 26 Oct 2020 17:44:37 -0400
  • Having more than 5 coronavirus symptoms is a sign you could be at risk of a long-term case, new research shows

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    Age, gender, and BMI could also play a role in whether a patient recovers right away, according to a study from King's College London.

    Tue, 27 Oct 2020 09:44:00 -0400
  • What we know about Nigeria protest shooting

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    Authorities in Nigeria's Lagos have begun a judicial inquiry into the shooting of peaceful protesters one week ago that unleashed chaos across Africa's biggest city.

    Tue, 27 Oct 2020 22:29:42 -0400
  • Viral photo sparks concerns about Indonesia's 'Jurassic Park'

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    The viral image has raised questions about the conservation impact on the animal native to Indonesia.

    Tue, 27 Oct 2020 11:52:32 -0400
  • 84-year-old Ohio man assaulted for having Biden campaign sign in his yard

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    A neighbor told a deputy that the 84-year-old man had been punched and kicked days after the suspect confronted the man for a Biden sign in his yard.

    Tue, 27 Oct 2020 13:53:42 -0400
  • White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany Is Now Formally Moonlighting as a Trump Campaign Aide

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    White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany appears to have taken on a new gig. In addition to her role as a government employee, she’s now serving as a senior aide on her boss’s reelection campaign.In an appearance on Fox News on Tuesday morning, McEnany was introduced as “Trump 2020 senior adviser and White House press secretary.” A few hours later, Fox Business Network host Stuart Varney introduced McEnany by saying she is “serving now as adviser for the Trump campaign."McEnany’s dual roles for the White House and the Trump reelection campaign immediately set off alarm bells among good-government advocates, who said they represent yet another instance of the often blurry lines between the Trump administration and the president’s political operation.“This looks like the latest example of Trump administration officials bending and breaking ethics laws and norms,” said Paul Seamus Ryan, the vice president of litigation for the group Common Cause. “This is unfortunately par for the course for this administration.”Now Kayleigh McEnany Has COVID, Making a Dozen From Rose Garden CeremonyA White House spokesperson said McEnany was not representing the White House during her Fox appearances on Tuesday.“Kayleigh was appearing in her personal capacity as a private citizen,” the spokesperson said.A spokesperson for the Trump campaign confirmed that McEnany is an unpaid adviser and also said she was appearing on Fox on Tuesday in a personal capacity. The spokesperson said that cable news shows on which she appears “have been instructed not to refer to her with her White House title,” notwithstanding the America’s Newsroom introduction on Tuesday that included both her campaign and White House titles.While most of McEnany’s two Fox hits on Tuesday concerned the status of the Trump campaign and the 2020 race, she also weighed in on official administration policy on issues such as COVID relief negotiations with congressional Democrats.“The chances [for a deal] are slim when you have someone like Nancy Pelosi as Speaker of the House,” McEnany told Varney. “If we’re providing stimulus relief for the American people, it should be just that, for American people, for United States citizens, not a wish-list from the liberal left,” McEnany told Varney.Speaking in front of a backdrop that featured both the White House and the Trump campaign logo, McEnany also rattled off a series of policy proposals that “we offered” in those negotiations.Fox News Reporter Explodes Over Kayleigh McEnany: ‘Stop Blaming the Media, I’m Tired of It!’It’s that sort of blurry line between White House and campaign messaging, and the prospect that taxpayer resources could continue bolstering the president’s reelection effort, that concern Ryan.“This excerpt is McEnany commenting on federal government policy currently being negotiated by the Trump administration with Congress. This is McEnany doing the work of a [White House] press secretary,” he said. “It's permissible for someone who works in the White House to also do campaign work. They just can't mix the two. They can’t try to do the two things simultaneously.”Ryan compared the situation to controversy over illicit politicking by former senior White House adviser Kellyanne Conway, who used her official Twitter account to share political messages, leading the Office of Special Counsel to recommend her removal over violations of the Hatch Act, which bars the use of taxpayer resources for partisan purposes.Conway brushed off the recriminations with a simple statement: “Blah blah blah.”The Trump White House, and the president himself, have reveled in the frequent criticism they get over their unprecedented uses of taxpayer resources in the service of the president’s reelection. After coming under fire for putting on a political nominating convention on the White House grounds in August, Trump campaign communications director Tim Murtaugh tweeted, “Liberals are more upset about the use of government buildings than they ever were about the use of the FBI to target political opponents.”McEnany’s Fox appearances on Tuesday came about two months after White House attorneys waived ethics rules so that she could meet in her capacity as a government official with employees of the Trump campaign and the Republican National Committee, both of which previously employed her.The waiver memo is undated, but metadata in the file posted to the White House website indicates it was created on August 26. That was the day of McEnany’s speech at the Republican National Convention. She also spoke at a Trump campaign rally this month.The White House has also waived ethics rules for another staffer, director of advance Bobby Peede, to permit communications with the Trump campaign. According to Federal Election Commission records, the Trump re-elect has made regular payments from December 2019 through early this month to the firm Event Strategies, where Peede served as a partner prior to joining the White House.The largest of those payments, for nearly $100,000, came on August 24, two days before Peede’s waiver memo was created.\-- With reporting by Justin BaragonaKayleigh McEnany Grilled on Trump’s Sudden Embrace of Mail-In VotingRead more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.

    Tue, 27 Oct 2020 13:56:46 -0400
  • Seattle woman still missing three weeks after traveling to Dallas, Texas

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    Marisela Botello, 23, was last seen leaving her ex-boyfriend’s house in Dallas, Texas on October 4, 2020. She took a Lyft alone to the entertainment district Deep Ellum. Her family said security video reportedly shows her leaving the Select Start bar at 1 a.m. with an unknown man. Her cell phone and debit card haven’t been used since that night and her other belongings were left behind at her ex-boyfriend’s house where she had been visiting from Seattle for the weekend. She missed her flig

    Mon, 26 Oct 2020 19:18:00 -0400
  • Trump supporter pulls gun on protesters after unknown liquid is dumped on him

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    The man was not cited or arrested for pointing his gun at a group of young anti-Trump protestors

    Mon, 26 Oct 2020 21:55:10 -0400
  • Kansas man charged with capital murder in sons' deaths

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    Tue, 27 Oct 2020 16:17:45 -0400
  • Justice Kavanaugh seems to argue no votes should be counted after Election Day. He may get his wish in key states.

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

    Tue, 27 Oct 2020 01:39:00 -0400
  • Fox News staffers say the network is 'in a panic' about election-night coverage after top hosts were exposed to a COVID-19 patient and told to quarantine

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    Hosts such as Bret Baier, Martha MacCallum, and Dana Perino had flown on a private jet with someone who later tested positive for the coronavirus.

    Tue, 27 Oct 2020 07:26:03 -0400
  • Charlie Hebdo sparks Turkish fury with cartoon of Erdogan

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    Turkey on Tuesday accused French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo of "cultural racism" over a front-page cartoon for its latest edition that mocks President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

    Tue, 27 Oct 2020 17:20:07 -0400
  • 'Totally irresponsible': Dems criticize Pence presiding over Amy Coney Barrett vote after aides contract COVID-19

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    "As vice president, I’m president of the Senate. And I’m gonna be in the chair because I wouldn’t miss that vote for the world," Pence said Saturday.

    Mon, 26 Oct 2020 11:53:44 -0400
  • Skull on fireplace mantel identified as man missing since 2012, Tennessee officials say

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    Tue, 27 Oct 2020 08:29:57 -0400
  • German embassy in Bangkok becomes flashpoint as demonstrators pressure Berlin on Thai king's legal status

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    The German embassy in Bangkok became a new focal point of Thailand’s months-long pro-democracy rallies on Monday as thousands marched on the building to petition Berlin to investigate the Thai king’s use of his powers while residing in Bavaria. Since 2007, King Maha Vajiralongkorn, who ascended to the throne in 2016, has spent long periods of time in southern Germany. But his extended presence on German soil has become a diplomatic headache for Berlin during Thailand’s nationwide rallies, where some protest leaders have made bold demands for the monarchy to be reformed – long a taboo subject in the Southeast Asian nation because of strict lese majeste laws. In Germany, Heiko Maas, the foreign minister warned the king against using the country as a base to conduct Thai politics. “We are monitoring this long-term,” Mr Maas said. “It will have immediate consequences if there are things that we assess to be illegal.” His comments came as the embassy’s premises in central Bangkok turned into a potential flashpoint between rival protest groups on Monday.

    Mon, 26 Oct 2020 10:41:06 -0400
  • Coronavirus in the U.S. is spreading like 'wildfire,' epidemiologist says

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    "The U.S. is now seeing a pretty widespread transmission across the board,” said William Hanage, an associate professor of epidemiology.

    Mon, 26 Oct 2020 19:56:00 -0400
  • Judge orders USPS to reverse mail collection limits now

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    Tue, 27 Oct 2020 22:17:02 -0400
  • Jacob Wohl and Jack Burkman hit with 15 new felony charges one day after testifying in related case

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    The pair of right-wing provocateurs each face up to 18 years and six months in prison if convicted

    Tue, 27 Oct 2020 20:35:31 -0400
  • Biden campaigns in Atlanta, notes how remarkable it is that Democrats are competitive in Georgia

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    Speaking at a drive-in campaign rally in Atlanta on Tuesday, former Vice President Joe Biden said that there weren’t a lot of pundits in 2016 who would have guessed that the “Democratic candidate for president in 2020 would be campaigning in Georgia” in the final week of the election.

    Tue, 27 Oct 2020 18:33:55 -0400
  • Hillary Clinton said it's 'pathetic' that Pompeo promised to release more of her emails ahead of the election

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    Pompeo pledged to release more of Clinton's State Department emails in Fox News interview earlier this month.

    Tue, 27 Oct 2020 02:44:48 -0400
  • Tanzania's Magufuli: 'Bulldozer' who flattened freedoms

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    Tanzanian President John Magufuli came to power as a no-nonsense man of the people nicknamed The Bulldozer, but along with popular efforts to clean up graft, he has been accused of crushing dissent and stifling democracy.

    Mon, 26 Oct 2020 22:51:37 -0400
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