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  • Hillary Clinton joins Electoral College 4 years after it cost her the presidency: 'Pretty sure I'll get to vote for Joe' news

    Hillary Clinton, the former Secretary of State and 2016 Democratic presidential nominee, is one of 29 Democratic electors for New York state in 2020.

    Wed, 28 Oct 2020 23:43:18 -0400
  • Woman Beheaded in French Knife ‘Terror’ Attack at Church, 3 Dead news

    Three people have been killed—including one elderly woman and another person by decapitation—and several others injured in a suspected terror attack inside the Notre-Dame basilica in the French city of Nice. The knife-wielding assailant, who was wounded by police gunfire, allegedly yelled “Allahu Akbar” several times, including while he was being detained, in what has come to be known as a battle cry for Islamic extremists in Europe.The city’s mayor, Christian Estrosi, wrote immediately after the killings that “everything suggests a terrorist attack,” and said the unnamed suspect had been arrested and taken to a hospital in the city. The Paris’ anti-terror prosecutors office said it has opened an investigation. Italian police said late Thursday that the killer is a 21-year-old Tunisian migrant who was smuggled to the Italian island of Lampedusa in September. After he completed the mandatory two-week COVID-19 quarantine, he left the migrant camp and made his way to France. Authorities have his details and fingerprints as part of the immigration process and are working with French police. “The suspected knife attacker was shot by police while being detained. He is on his way to hospital, he is alive,” Estrosi told reporters at the scene. Although a motive has not been confirmed by officials, the mayor expressed his wish to “wipe out Islamo-fascism” from the country.French President Emmanuel Macron declared a state of emergency and ordered security to be strengthened at places of worship across the nation. On Wednesday night, Macron had put France back into lockdown because of its out-of-control resurgence in coronavirus cases. Hours after the attack, he visited the basilica and met with security and rescue personnel.The Nice slashings occurred on the same day that an assailant was shot dead by police near another French city, Avignon, after he reportedly waved a gun at officers, and also as a guard was reportedly attacked outside the French consulate in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.Local reports in the French Riviera city say the elderly woman and a man who died were attacked inside the heart of the Nice basilica. The BBC reports a woman who fled to a nearby cafe was stabbed many times and died at a hospital, and that a witness at the scene managed to set off an alarm on a “special protection system” set up by city officials. One eyewitness told the BBC: “We heard many people shouting in the street. We saw from the window that there were many, many policemen coming, and gunshots, many gunshots.”In July 2016, Nice was the scene of unthinkable carnage when an armed French delivery driver attacked a waterfront Bastille Day fireworks party with a truck, killing at 84 people, including 10 children. France has been under high alert for terrorist acts in recent weeks as 14 people suspected of murdering 12 Charlie Hebdo staffers, a female police officer, and four men in a Jewish supermarket in 2015 in retaliation for the publication of cartoons of the Muslim Prophet Muhammad went on trial.As the courtroom proceedings opened, two people were stabbed near the publication’s old offices in Paris on Sept. 25 in what the French interior minister then declared was “clearly an act of Islamist terrorism.”The Nice attack also comes less than two weeks after the beheading of middle-school teacher Samuel Paty in Paris after he had shown his students cartoons published by the satirical magazine.Estrosi said the two attacks were similar. “The methods match, without doubt, those used against the brave teacher in Conflans Sainte Honorine, Samuel Paty,” he said.Family of Moscow-Born Teen Who Beheaded Teacher Were from Chechnya Where Charlie Hebdo Cartoons Are DemonizedPresident Macron delivered the eulogy at Paty’s funeral, and said France would not abandon its right to free speech. “We will continue, Professor. We will defend the freedom that you taught so well and we will promote secularism, we will not renounce caricatures, drawings, even if others retreat,” Macron said. “We will continue the fight for freedom and the freedom of which you are now the face.”Macron’s comments have drawn sharp criticism in the Islamic world with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan calling for a boycott of French goods. In response, Charlie Hebdo published a caricature of Erdogan in his underwear lifting a Muslim woman’s skirt on Wednesday, drawing scorn from Erdogan for what he referred to as a “a grave insult to my prophet.”Read 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.

    Thu, 29 Oct 2020 05:20:20 -0400
  • Trump administration lifts federal protections for gray wolf news

    The move gives states in the continuous United States the authority to manage their local wolf populations, including by allowing them to be hunted. It will mainly affect wolf populations in the upper Midwest, Colorado and Pacific Northwest because wolves in the Northern Rocky Mountains were previously delisted. Wolves have never been federally protected in Alaska.

    Thu, 29 Oct 2020 16:10:46 -0400
  • Top U.S. officials were briefed on an active threat against Pentagon leaders, say five officials news

    Some officials said the briefings suggested the threat may be potential retaliation for the U.S. military's killing of Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani.

    Thu, 29 Oct 2020 16:07:00 -0400
  • "Someone's reading our texts": Tucker Carlson, UPS and the non-stolen Biden documents news

    Carlson implied he was the target of a deep-state plot when "damning" documents went missing. Then UPS found them

    Fri, 30 Oct 2020 10:30:01 -0400
  • Two same-sex couples in military marry in first for Taiwan news

    Two lesbian couples tied the knot in a mass wedding held by Taiwan's military on Friday in a historic celebration with their peers. Taiwan is the only place in Asia to have legalized same-sex marriage, with more than 4,000 such couples marrying since the legislation passed in May 2019. The mass wedding with 188 couples was the first time same-sex couples have been wed and celebrated at a military ceremony.

    Fri, 30 Oct 2020 00:24:10 -0400
  • Major train derailment forces schools and businesses to evacuate in Texas community news

    A video shows the train derailing in front of drivers on a Texas highway.

    Thu, 29 Oct 2020 12:26:42 -0400
  • Walmart removes guns and ammunition from shelves ahead of election amid fears of civil unrest news

    Walmart says it will continue selling them if customers make a special request, however

    Fri, 30 Oct 2020 01:25:57 -0400
  • A Florida man was scalped by a black panther after he paid $150 for an illegal 'full contact' experience at a backyard animal sanctuary news

    Dwight Turner paid $150 to play with, take pictures, and rub the belly of a black panther at a private enclosure behind a house.

    Fri, 30 Oct 2020 11:45:15 -0400
  • The Electoral College can pick a president who got fewer votes. Here's why and how. news

    The 2020 presidential election again highlights one of the most confusing and controversial parts of the U.S. elections: The Electoral College.

    Thu, 29 Oct 2020 10:29:57 -0400
  • Officer sues Breonna Taylor's boyfriend over emotional distress news

    "Walker's conduct in shooting Mattingly is outrageous, intolerable, and offends all accepted standards of decency and morality," the lawsuit notes.

    Thu, 29 Oct 2020 23:32:00 -0400
  • President Erdogan accused of fuelling the anger that led to French terror attacks news

    The Turkish president’s bellicose rhetoric towards France over the publication of caricatures of the Prophet Mohammed may have contributed to a climate of anger that led to the deadly terror attack in the city of Nice on Thursday, terrorism experts and EU politicians have said. A woman was decapitated, and two more people killed, in an attack in a church in Nice on Thursday that the city’s mayor described as terrorism after the alleged perpetrator reportedly chanted “Alllahu akbar” as he was arrested. Terrorism experts believe the attack – alongside a stabbing at the French consulate in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, and an incident in Avignon where police killed a man brandishing a gun – were retaliation by extremists for France’s hardening attitudes towards Muslims. French President Emmanuel Macron ordered a crackdown on Islamists this month, following the beheading of a teacher who showed his class caricatures of the Prophet Mohammed, something many Muslims consider blasphemous and offensive. Turkish President Recep Tayipp Erdogan has led criticism in the Muslim world of Mr Macron, repeatedly saying he needed mental evaluation over his stance towards Islam.

    Thu, 29 Oct 2020 11:35:23 -0400
  • Georgia Sen. Perdue won't attend final debate, after opponent Jon Ossoff called him a 'crook' news

    Instead of participating in a final debate with his Democratic challenger Jon Ossoff, Georgia Sen. David Perdue (R) will spend his Sunday at a rally with President Trump.Perdue announced his change of plans on Thursday. In response, Ossoff tweeted, "At last night's debate, millions saw that Perdue had no answers when I called him out on his record of blatant corruption, widespread disease, and economic devastation. Shame on you, senator."Their Wednesday night debate in Savannah was heated, with Perdue claiming that out-of-state donors are giving money to Ossoff so he can enact "a radical socialist agenda." In turn, Ossoff brought up Perdue's stock trades in the early days of the coronavirus pandemic, which came ahead of the economic downturn."Perhaps Sen. Perdue would have been able to respond properly to the COVID-19 pandemic if you hadn't been fending off multiple federal investigations for insider trading," Ossoff said. "It's not just that you're a crook, senator, it's that you're attacking the health of the people that you represent."The latest Monmouth University poll of registered voters in Georgia was released on Wednesday, and shows Ossoff leading Perdue, 49 percent to 46 percent. There is a third-party candidate also on the ballot, and if no one receives a majority of the vote on Nov. 3, there will be a runoff election in January.More stories from How to make an election crisis 64 things President Trump has said about women Republicans are on the verge of a spectacular upside-down achievement

    Thu, 29 Oct 2020 22:41:00 -0400
  • Biden campaigns in Florida ahead of election news

    Joe Biden campaigned in Florida on Thursday.

    Thu, 29 Oct 2020 20:03:43 -0400
  • Jerry Falwell Jr. is suing Liberty University after his forced resignation over sex scandal news

    The former president was ousted earlier this year and now hints he was victim of political retribution.

    Thu, 29 Oct 2020 16:14:00 -0400
  • SpaceX delayed its NASA astronaut launch because a red 'nail polish' material was plugging part of its rocket engines news

    SpaceX's Crew-1 launch is now set for November 14 after the company checked tiny holes in its rocket engines for bright-red lacquer.

    Thu, 29 Oct 2020 13:59:00 -0400
  • Tony Chung: Hong Kong activist detained near US consulate charged news

    Tony Chung was detained as he reportedly planned to claim asylum at the US consulate.

    Thu, 29 Oct 2020 13:32:54 -0400
  • Searchers find 59 bodies in Mexico mass graves, dig for more news

    Search teams dug for more remains Thursday at a site in central Mexico where 59 bodies have already been found in clandestine graves over the past week in an area known as a cartel battleground. It was the largest such burial site found to date in Guanajuato, the state with the largest number of homicides in Mexico, though bigger clandestine burial sites have been excavated in other parts of the country. Especially striking about this discovery, but also a testament to the prevailing level of fear, is that the site is in the town of Salvatierra, not a desolate area out in the countryside.

    Thu, 29 Oct 2020 13:13:10 -0400
  • 2020 polls: Can Trump pull another 2016 upset? The data says no chance news

    The blue wave is coming - if you believe the polls

    Thu, 29 Oct 2020 11:59:21 -0400
  • Miami police officer used excessive force arresting paraplegic man, civilian panel says news

    Almost a year after an internal review cleared several officers of any wrongdoing during the arrest of a Black paraplegic man who was dragged out of a patrol car, a police civilian oversight board has condemned the actions of five Miami police officers who took Trayon Fussell-Dumas into custody during a traffic stop.

    Fri, 30 Oct 2020 11:48:11 -0400
  • Body-camera footage released of Wallace killing; family says officers were improperly trained news

    The footage from body-worn cameras that was taken as police responded to a call about Walter Wallace Jr. shows him emerging from a house with a knife as relatives shout at officers about his mental health condition, a lawyer for the man's family said Thursday.

    Fri, 30 Oct 2020 06:34:40 -0400
  • Michigan Senate candidate John James is proof all skinfolk ain’t kinfolk news

    OPINION: James is fashioning himself as a moderate who believes in bipartisanship. The problem is when it comes to the party of Trump, you can’t play it both sides. John James is a Black man who has a shot at becoming the next U.S. Senator from the great state of Michigan.

    Thu, 29 Oct 2020 09:00:00 -0400
  • FBI Investigating Hunter Biden for Money Laundering: Report news

    The FBI opened an investigation into Hunter Biden and associates in 2019 on suspicion of money laundering, a Justice Department official told Sinclair Broadcasting.The criminal investigation is ongoing, the DOJ official said.The revelation comes after Tony Bobulinski, a former business partner of Hunter Biden, came forward with a trove of documents regarding the Biden family's dealings with now-defunct Chinese energy firm CEFC. While Joe Biden has denied that he has ever spoken with Hunter regarding the latter's overseas business dealings, Bobulinski claims the former vice president is lying.> EXCLUSIVE: Tony Bobulinski tells @WeAreSinclair he was questioned by six @FBI agents, with counsel present, for five hours on October 23, listing him as a "material witness" in an ongoing investigation focused on Hunter Biden and his associates. His cell phones were examined.> > -- James Rosen (@JamesRosenTV) October 29, 2020Additionally, Bobulinski told Sinclair that he was interviewed by FBI agents for five hours last Friday and was listed as a "material witness" for the agency.The interview "was a very cooperative deep dive into all the facts across that time period" during which Bobulinski conducted business with members of the Biden family, Bobulinski said.The New York Post reported earlier this month that it was given materials purportedly from Hunter Biden’s laptop. While a subsequent Fox News report revealed that Hunter Biden’s laptop was subpoenaed by the FBI in connection with a money laundering investigation, the Thursday report by Sinclair marks the first confirmation that Hunter Biden himself is the subject of an ongoing criminal probe.The Biden campaign has not denied the veracity of any of the materials revealed by the Post or Bobulinski. However, the campaign has stated that "Joe Biden has never even considered being involved in business with his family, nor in any overseas business whatsoever."

    Thu, 29 Oct 2020 18:23:23 -0400
  • Man falls through New York City pavement into 'rat-filled chasm' news

    A man was trapped in a hole teeming with rats for half an hour after a New York City pavement collapsed from under him last Saturday. Leonard Shoulders dropped almost 15 feet into the sinkhole and was unable to cry for help out of fear the rats would get in his mouth. “Rats crawling on him. He can’t move. He just… it was so bad,” the victim’s brother Greg White told NBC News. “He didn’t wanna yell ’cause he was afraid there was gonna be rats going inside his mouth.” Mr Shoulders plunged more than 12 feet into the vault, breaking his arm and leg, when the ground gave way beneath him while he waited for a bus in the Bronx. “He went down feet first," Mr White added. “He was just standing and the sidewalk just — It was like a suction. Like a sinkhole. He just went down."

    Fri, 30 Oct 2020 05:10:34 -0400
  • Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman got served a lawsuit via WhatsApp. Court documents show that he received and read the message. news

    The case, filed by former top security advisor Dr. Saad Al-Jabri alleges that bin Salman set a hit squad to assassinate him in Canada.

    Fri, 30 Oct 2020 04:03:35 -0400
  • Tourist arrested for hiding a loaded firearm at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom news

    A 27-year-old woman has been arrested for hiding a loaded firearm at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom, the Orange County Sheriff's Office confirmed.

    Thu, 29 Oct 2020 21:36:52 -0400
  • Qatar government says invasive searches of women at airport 'illegal actions'

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    Fri, 30 Oct 2020 08:03:03 -0400
  • US to use Iranian fuel sale proceeds to aid terror victims news

    The Trump administration plans to use proceeds from the sale of fuel confiscated from Iranian tankers to benefit victims of terrorism, officials announced Thursday. The U.S. government in August seized 1.1 million barrels of fuel from four Iranian tankers that were en route to Venezuela. The fuel has since been sold, and officials say the proceeds will go to a special fund for victims of state-sponsored terrorism.

    Thu, 29 Oct 2020 15:28:23 -0400
  • Woman in labor refused to go to the hospital until she voted news

    "It was an odd situation, but she wanted to vote and that was her right as an American citizen," a poll worker said.

    Fri, 30 Oct 2020 14:43:00 -0400
  • Op-Ed: The immorality of sentencing a 15-year-old to prison forever news

    The Supreme Court needs to state again that a child cannot be sentenced to life without parole unless a trial court determines that child is beyond rehabilitation.

    Fri, 30 Oct 2020 07:00:32 -0400
  • Trump rushes struggling GOP senator at rally: 'You got one minute, they don't want to hear this' news

    President hurried Arizona Senator Martha McSally before calling up three politicians from other states - plus Nigel Farage - to address the crowd

    Thu, 29 Oct 2020 04:24:21 -0400
  • Greenwald resigns from The Intercept over Biden article news

    Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Glenn Greenwald said Thursday he had resigned from The Intercept after the US investigative media outlet refused to publish his article critical of Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden.

    Thu, 29 Oct 2020 17:38:27 -0400
  • Angela Merkel heckled in German parliament after warning against Covid 'lies and disinformation' news

    Angela Merkel, the German chancellor, was heckled by opposition MPs during a speech to parliament on Thursday when she took aim at groups spreading "lies and disinformation" as the country continues to battle coronavirus. The speech – which took place the morning after Mrs Merkel announced a range of sweeping measures to tackle the spread of the virus – warned that the German people find themselves in a "dramatic situation". On Thursday morning, Germany recorded 16,774 new daily coronavirus infections, the highest number of new cases within a 24-hour period since the pandemic began.

    Thu, 29 Oct 2020 07:59:07 -0400
  • NASA's asteroid-blasting spacecraft has stored over 2 pounds of alien dust and rock to bring back to Earth news

    Mission scientists raced to stash the asteroid sample because it was leaking into space. Now the probe is ready to bring more than 2 pounds to Earth.

    Thu, 29 Oct 2020 19:30:00 -0400
  • Philadelphia police say they rescued a lost child. His family says they actually ripped him from his mother's car. news

    During recent protests over the police killing of Walter Wallace Jr. in Philadelphia, the U.S.'s largest police union posted what looked like a sympathetic photo. A Philadelphia police office held a Black toddler, with a caption purporting he was found "walking around barefoot in an area that was experiencing complete lawlessness," the National Fraternal Order of Police's Facebook post said.But lawyer's for the boy's family say that's not what happened. Rickia Young was driving with her toddler son to pick up her 16-year-old nephew when she accidentally drove into an area where police and protesters were facing off. She tried to turn around, but police surrounded the car, smashed its windows, and threw Young and her nephew onto the street, her lawyers tell The Washington Post. The officers then pulled the toddler from the seat, video of the incident shows.> The attacked on this boy and his mother were caught on video. @ryanjreilly has done a good job of pointing out this lie by @GLFOP> > — Riley H. Ross III (@AttorneyRoss) October 30, 2020Police soon detained Young, but she had to be taken to the hospital before she could be processed because she was bleeding from her head after police threw her to the ground. Young's nephew was also injured, and the toddler was hit in the head. Young was split from her son for hours before she was released without charges. Her family found the boy in his car seat in the back of a police car, broken glass from the car's windows still in the seat, the Post describes.The whole scene was caught on video by AApril Rice, who told the Philadelphia Inquirer watching what happened was "surreal" and "traumatic." The National Fraternal Order of Police has since deleted the post. Philadelphia police still haven't told the Young family where to find the car, along with her son's hearing aids and other belongings inside.More stories from How to make an election crisis 64 things President Trump has said about women Republicans are on the verge of a spectacular upside-down achievement

    Fri, 30 Oct 2020 13:34:30 -0400
  • Coronavirus updates: El Paso, Texas, to go on 2-week shutdown; New York tops 500K cases; Wisconsin runs low on ICU beds; 227K US deaths news

    California Gov. Gavin Newsom says no, again, to reopening theme parks. India tops 8M cases. CVS adds more rapid testing sites. Latest COVID news.

    Thu, 29 Oct 2020 22:22:24 -0400
  • Macron Declares ‘France Is Under Attack’ after Islamist Terrorist Kills Three Churchgoers news

    French President Emmanuel Macron declared Thursday that France is "under attack," hours after an Islamic terrorist wielding a knife decapitated a woman and killed two other people at a church in southern France.The attack occurred near the Basilica of Notre-Dame in Nice, a city on France’s southern coast. Two women and a man were killed. At least two of the three victims, including the woman who was reportedly decapitated, were inside the church.“It’s very clear that it is France that is under attack,” Macron said during an address outside the basilica where the attack occurred, calling the incident an "Islamist terrorist attack.”“France will not give up on our values," the French president said.Shortly after the attack, Macron boosted security around the country, increasing the number of soldiers at schools and places of worship from 3,000 to 7,000 troops.The French president also participated in a crisis meeting at the Interior Ministry on Thursday before traveling to Nice in the wake of the attack, which put France on its highest level of alert.Mayor Christian Estrosi said that the suspected knife attacker was shot by police while being detained and was taken to the hospital alive.The “terrorist” shouted “Allahu akbar,” which is Arabic for “God is great,” as police arrested him, the mayor said, adding that, “the meaning of his gesture left no doubt.”The incident was one of three attacks against France on Thursday. A Saudi man was arrested after he attacked a guard with a sharp tool at the French consulate in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, according to Saudi state media. The guard was hospitalized and suffered minor injuries. Meanwhile, an individual in the French city of Avignon wielded a knife and threatened people passing by while shouting “Allahu akbar” until police fatally shot the suspect.Earlier this month, Samuel Paty, a 47-year-old history teacher, was beheaded in a Paris suburb by an 18-year-old Moscow-born Chechen immigrant who was angered by Paty showing caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad to his class.After Paty was killed, Macron vowed to crack down on Islamic extremism in France, promising that “the fear is now going to change sides,” and that “the Islamists cannot be allowed to sleep peacefully in our country.”

    Thu, 29 Oct 2020 13:37:46 -0400
  • Who is leading key Senate races less than a week from election? Here’s what polls show news

    With five days to go, here’s how candidates stack up in key U.S. Senate races.

    Thu, 29 Oct 2020 18:15:46 -0400
  • A couple has lived in a 130-square-foot tiny house for 5 years — here's what a typical week looks like for them news

    As part of the "A Week in My Tiny House" series, Alexis Stephens and Christian Parsons show the reality of living in a tiny house with your partner.

    Thu, 29 Oct 2020 14:47:14 -0400
  • FBI: Extremist suspected of plot to kidnap Mich. governor also threatened Trump news

    A man charged in an alleged conspiracy to kidnap Michigan's governor also made threatening online comments about President Trump, former Presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton and other prominent political figures, an FBI agent said in a federal court filing.

    Thu, 29 Oct 2020 09:51:56 -0400
  • Five things to know about Moldova news

    The ex-Soviet country of Moldova, which holds a presidential election on Sunday, is landlocked between EU member Romania, with which it shares a common language, and Ukraine.

    Fri, 30 Oct 2020 01:28:24 -0400
  • The Government has agreed only three claims by families of deceased Windrush victims news

    The Government has settled only three of the 71 claims by families of dead victims of the Windrush scandal, according to Home Office data. Around one in eight (12 per cent) of Windrush victims claiming compensation have received payouts, according to the official figures. Of 1,587 claims made to the scheme by the end of September, £1,619,291.42 had been paid out to 196 people, around 12 per cent of those who had applied. The data also showed 71 claims have been made for people who have already died, but only three have resulted in payments so far. Some 124 claims have been subject to an appeal over the decision made, while 81 eligible applicants were told they were not entitled to any money because their claims did not demonstrate that they had been adversely affected by the scandal. The fund has an estimated budget of at least £200 million. Previously, Home Secretary Priti Patel described the scheme as "complicated" and said she wanted to see payments "sped up". Earlier this year, Windrush campaigner Paulette Wilson (see below) died, aged 64, just weeks after delivering a petition to Downing Street calling for action to address the failings that led to the scandal and demanding swift compensation for victims.

    Thu, 29 Oct 2020 15:44:36 -0400
  • COVID-19 means US Air Force bombers flying around the world are operating in a 'degraded' environment news

    The ongoing pandemic "means that we can't always stick to the same timelines, the same procedures," Air Force Lt. Col. Michael Middents told Insider.

    Fri, 30 Oct 2020 15:16:37 -0400
  • Record-breaking GDP growth leaves U.S. economy in the same place as the height of the Great Recession news

    America just posted its biggest annualized and single-quarter GDP growth of all time. It isn't that impressive.The U.S. GDP jumped at a 33.1 percent annualized rate in the third quarter, a growth of 7.4 percent from Q2, Commerce Department records released Thursday reveal. But as Gregory Daco, the chief U.S. economist at Oxford Economics, put it in a tweet, that growth is both "record-breaking and meaningless at the same time."It's true that the 7.4 percent GDP rise from Q2 to Q3 is a record. But it also comes after a record contraction from Q1 to Q2, and a total loss of 10.3 percent throughout 2020, so it doesn't even come close to making up what was lost amid the pandemic. In fact, the 3.5 percent total GDP shrinkage during 2020 "means we are still down almost as much as we were during the height of the Great Recession," tweets Diane Swonk, chief economist at Grant Thornton.> Translation into % difference from pre-Covid> > US GDP -3.5% > \- consumer spend -3.3% > \- business investment -4.9% > \- residential invest +5.1% > \- exports -15.3% > \- imports -7.1% > \- federal gov spending +2.6% > \- state and local gov spending -1.9%> > — Gregory Daco (@GregDaco) October 29, 2020Economist Justin Wolfers meanwhile debunked the 33.1 percent growth rate the entire Trump family was touting Thursday morning. Looking at annualized growth reveals how much bigger the economy would be if it "grew at this rate for the next three quarters," Wolfers tweeted. "But there's no chance that will happen, so the annualized rate answers a question no one is asking." And if that wasn't convincing enough, Wolfers had another way of looking at it. Kathryn Krawczyk> If you have a cranky uncle who insists that you focus on annualized rates, point out that the number of new covid cases in Q3 rose to be +87% higher than in Q2, which is an annualized rate of +1,123%.> > — Justin Wolfers (@JustinWolfers) October 29, 2020More stories from How to make an election crisis 64 things President Trump has said about women Republicans are on the verge of a spectacular upside-down achievement

    Thu, 29 Oct 2020 11:27:35 -0400
  • Leanza Cornett: Former Miss America, 49, dies from brain injury after fall news

    Former Miss Florida, Miss America and Disney performer had been in intensive care following a fall

    Thu, 29 Oct 2020 12:30:50 -0400
  • Activists call for justice after Washington D.C. man killed on scooter after police chase news

    D.C. police were pursuing Karon Hylton-Brown when the scooter rider was struck by a car. Protesters in Washington, D.C. have taken to the streets after a 20-year-old man on a scooter was killed after allegedly being pursued by police. Karon Hylton-Brown was reportedly riding a moped on the sidewalk one week ago without a helmet when D.C. police tried to stop him, and he didn’t stop.

    Fri, 30 Oct 2020 09:47:02 -0400
  • Dem Rep. Tells Hunter Biden’s Business Partner He Will Defend Him against ‘Partisan Hack’ Attack news

    A Democratic congressman told Hunter Biden’s former business associate, Tony Bobulinski, that he will defend him from attacks calling Bobulinski a "partisan hack" over his decision to go public with claims about the Biden family's foreign business dealings.Democratic Representative Ro Khanna sent an email to Bobulinski, who has donated to Khanna in the past, wishing him well and saying he vouched for him that he has "never been a ‘partisan hack’ in our interactions and have talked about putting country over party," Fox News reported.“Tony, hope you are doing okay. I did give an on the record statement to The NY Times that I know you, you have always acted honorably with me, and you and other family members supported me,” Khanna wrote in his message. “I have told any media outlets that have asked the same thing.”The California Democrat said that he “refused to comment on the details of your allegations because I don’t have personal knowledge about that, but have said I respect your service to our country and that you have never been a ‘partisan hack’ in our interactions and have talked about putting country over party.”In a Fox News interview that was aired Tuesday, Bobulinksi accused Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden of “lying” about whether he was directly involved in his son’s foreign business dealings.The former U.S. Navy lieutenant and corporate investor was the former CEO of SinoHawk Holdings, which he said was a partnership between the CEFC China Energy conglomerate and the Biden family. He was the recipient of a May 13, 2017 email that discussed a plan to have 10 percent in their related joint venture, Oneida Holdings, “held by H for the big guy?” The “big guy” was Joe Biden, and “H” was Hunter, Bobulinski confirmed.Bobulinski said he had several meetings with the former vice president, one on May 2, 2017, according to text messages about the meeting.Bobulinski said he decided to go public with documents and information on the Bidens after Democratic congressman Adam Schiff said on television that this “smear” of Biden “comes from the Kremlin,” a claim Bobulinski called "absolutely disgusting."“I also have made it clear that I do not think you are a Russian agent,” Khanna added in his email to Bobulinski. “I will continue to make that statement to any media that asks.”“I remain appreciative for your past support and your requesting your family members to support,” Khanna said. “After the heat of the election, if you want to, I am happy to chat.”Bobulinski also said he was warned by former partner Rob Walker that going public with his claims against the Bidens would “bury all of us.”“Throughout 2015 and 2016 while Joe was still the sitting vice president of the United States, these guys had been doing extensive work around the world,” Bobulinski said in the Fox News interview, adding that “the only qualification they had was the Biden name.”

    Fri, 30 Oct 2020 14:36:41 -0400
  • Kavanaugh corrects controversial opinion after Vermont fact-checks false claim about mail-in voting news

    Vermont Secretary of State Jim Condos called out Kavanaugh's "erroneous claim" and called for a public correction

    Thu, 29 Oct 2020 12:56:52 -0400
  • Armed Right-Wing Groups Aren’t ‘Militias’—We Need to Stop Calling Them That news

    Over the last month, ever since the indictment of 13 men for plotting to kidnap the governor of Michigan, the word “militia” has appeared in thousands of newspaper headlines and TV news reports. The Detroit News: “Feds Say They Thwarted Militia Plot to Kidnap Whitmer.” Because there is no such thing as a legal private paramilitary militia.

    Fri, 30 Oct 2020 10:12:36 -0400
  • All-seeing French frigate flies flag in tense east Mediterranean news

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