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US Senate elections: the key races that will determine power in Washington

The Democrats face a tough challenge to reclaim control of the Senate, up against the Republicans’ 53-47 majority. With 35 seats up for re-election it will probably come down to seven key racesWhile the world’s attention is on Donald Trump’s attempt to win re-election as president over challenger Joe Biden, the battle for the US Senate that will culminate on 3 November is equally dramatic.Even if Biden defeats Trump, he will be unable to pass legislation on key issues such as healthcare, immigra...
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Idaho Lt. Governor drives around with a gun and a Bible protesting COVID-19 restrictions, in video questioning if virus is even real

Idaho's Republican Lieutenant Governor drives around with a gun and a Bible protesting coronavirus restrictions in this weird new pandemic truther video. Read more at the Idaho Statesman: Idaho Republicans, including Lt. Gov. McGeachin, decry pandemic measures in new video. — Read the rest
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The polls point to a Biden victory but can they be trusted this time?

Although polling averages gave Clinton the edge over Trump in 2016 there are significant differences in the evidence todayFor months, activists and Democratic party officials have been telling Joe Biden supporters that the only answer to the question “can we trust the polls?” is to go out and vote for Biden, and then get others to do the same. Continue reading...
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Trump keeps promising a coronavirus relief package will be passed after the election — but Democrats say they are still far apart on a stimulus deal

Speaker Nancy Pelosi and President Donald Trump Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images; Sarah Silbiger/Getty Images Trump and Pelosi are both hoping for an economic relief package after the election. "Right after the election, we'll get it one way or the other," Trump said on a podcast interview. "First and foremost the American people need help. They need real help," Pelosi said at a weekly press conference. But there still appear to be significant differences remaining between the White House and ...
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Pennsylvania Republicans fail to get three-day ballot extension overturned

A deadline extended by the state supreme court stands, but may still be considered by the supreme court after the electionThe US supreme court has rejected a last-minute plea from Pennsylvania Republicans to overturn a three-day extension of the absentee ballot deadline, a hugely consequential ruling in one of the most closely-watched swing states in the presidential election.Pennsylvania usually requires ballots to arrive by 8pm on election night in order to count. But last month, the Pennsylva...
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Nancy Pelosi says the stock market slide could force Trump to quickly negotiate a large stimulus deal

A compilation of pictures including President Donald Trump (R) and Nancy Pelosi (L) Getty Images Pelosi said in an MSNBC interview that the recent stock tumble could push Trump to pursue a large economic aid package. Her remarks come as the Dow Jones industrial average plunged 943 points on Wednesday, its worst day since June. Virus cases are rising across the nation and economic aid talks have been largely put off ahead of the election. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. ...
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5 Points Of What To Make Of The Insane Early Voting Numbers We’re Seeing

People are voting early in this pandemic election at volumes they have never voted early before. Late last week, with 11 days still to go before Nov. 3, the number of early votes cast surpassed the total early vote in 2016. It’s too soon to tell how much the of the early vote surge — which includes skyrocketing use of vote-by-mail, as well as a sizable increase in in-person early voting — is due to an increase in overall turnout, and how much of it is a product of the ways in which COVID-19 h...
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Kavanaugh's Opinion in Wisconsin Voting Case Raises Alarms Among Democrats

The Supreme Court decision Monday effectively barring the counting of mail-in ballots in Wisconsin that arrive after Election Day was not a surprise for many Democrats, who had pressed for it but expected to lose.But a concurring opinion by Justice Brett Kavanaugh set off alarms among civil rights and Democratic Party lawyers, who viewed it as giving public support to President Donald Trump's arguments that any results counted after Nov. 3 could be riddled with fraudulent votes -- an asserti...
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Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg, Google's Sundar Pichai to testify at Senate Commerce hearing Wednesday

Less than one week remains before Americans go to the polls on Election Day. With this timing in mind, amid a pandemic, the Republican senators who lead the Senate Commerce Committee have decided to urgently compel the CEOs of Twitter, Facebook and Google to answer to unfounded Rethuglican allegations of anti-conservative bias on social media. — Read the rest
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Congress has left town without passing a coronavirus aid bill. Now a 2nd round of $1,200 stimulus checks may have to wait until December.

Sen. Mitch McConnell Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images Congress has left town without passing another pandemic aid bill. Negotiations between the White House and Democrats are ongoing, but the prospect of more coronavirus aid is uncertain during a "lame duck session." The next deadline Congress faces is December 11, the date by which it must approve another spending bill to prevent a government shutdown. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Congress has left town without approvi...
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Trump’s scorched Earth

What we are witnessing in the Trump times is the last stand of angry, old, white men, who would sooner destroy the institutions of democracy than share them with those who will follow. Conservatives — whom Robert Nisbet called “prophets of the past” — no longer strive to conserve institutions. Instead they are undermining the presidency, Congress, the courts, the rule of law, the armed forces, the United States Postal Service, standards of human rights, the Census, voting rights, electio...
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US embassy warns Colombian politicians not to get involved in US elections

At least three senior Colombian lawmakers have been accused of acting as surrogates for Donald Trump in FloridaThe American embassy in Bogotá has warned Colombian politicians to “avoid getting involved” in the US election, amid a growing row over allegations that far-right lawmakers from the South American country are campaigning in support of Donald Trump.At least three senior Colombian politicians have been accused of acting as Trump surrogates in Florida, a pivotal battleground state which ha...
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A Trump win or a disputed result are Canadians' worst fears

Whatever happens on 3 November spells difficulty for Justin Trudeau as trade conflicts with the US won’t go away even after a Biden victoryBefore every US presidential election, a few disgruntled Americans can be relied on to promise that they’ll move to Canada if the results don’t go their way.Canadians watch US elections with close attention – and occasional horror – but they rarely expect many voters to make good on that vow. A few do make the move; most do not. Continue reading...
Tags: Republicans, Americas, US, World news, Joe Biden, US news, Canada, Democrats, US politics, Biden, Donald Trump, Justin Trudeau, Trump, US elections 2020


Republicans are on the verge of a spectacular upside-down achievement

President Trump and congressional Republicans could be headed to a stinging, possibly historic defeat on November 3. With the president down nearly 10 points in national polling averages and looking up at Democratic nominee Joe Biden in every critical battleground state, five incumbent Republican senators trailing their Democratic challengers, another handful tied or barely ahead, and Republicans likely to lose at least a few seats in the House, too, it looks as though the verdict voters hand do...
Tags: Florida, News, Supreme Court, Republicans, Congress, Colorado, Washington, Senate, White House, Barack Obama, Georgia, Joe Biden, Indiana, Democrats, Gop, Hillary Clinton


The Arizona county that could decide the future of Trump – and America

As part of a new series, the Guardian looks at Maricopa county’s transformation from conservative bastion to 2020 battlegroundFor years, Carlos Garcia would grab his bullhorn each afternoon and head downtown to the office of Joe Arpaio, the brash, hardline, anti-immigrant Maricopa county sheriff who became known as “the Donald Trump of Arizona”.When Garcia’s protests began in 2007, just a handful of devoted activists joined him. A conservative firebrand, Arpaio was re-elected every four years by...
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Amy Coney Barrett is sworn in as supreme court justice - live

Barrett has been confirmed by Senate RepublicansDemocratic candidate criticizes president’s ‘super-spreader events’Fauci says US still in first wave of coronavirus infectionsStudy: Republicans closely resemble autocratic partiesSign up for Fight to Vote – our weekly US election newsletter 2.19am GMT Amy Coney Barrett is a constitutional ‘originalist’ – but what does it mean?As the latest conservative judge to declare herself a constitutional “originalist” during confirmation hearings, Barre...
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Wisconsin can't count mail-in ballots received after election day, supreme court rules

Court sided with Republicans in 5-3 ruling, awarding party a victory in crusade against expanding voting rights and accessThe US supreme court has sided with Republicans to prevent Wisconsin from counting mail-in ballots that are received after election day.In a 5-3 ruling, the justices on Monday refused to reinstate a lower court order that called for mailed ballots to be counted if they are received up to six days after the 3 November election. A federal appeals court had already put that orde...
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Mitch McConnell just adjourned the Senate until November 9, ending the prospect of additional coronavirus relief until after the election

US Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) speaks at a press conference at the US Capitol on September 22, 2020 in Washington, DC, as McConnell said in a statement that the Senate would take up President Donald Trumps nominee for the Supreme Court following the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. - There is "overwhelming precedent behind the fact that this Senate will vote on this nomination this year," said Republican Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell, dismissing comparisons to w...
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Amy Coney Barrett confirmed to supreme court in major victory for US conservatives

Senate’s confirmation of Barrett, 48, cements rightwing domination of court for years to comeThe US Senate has confirmed Amy Coney Barrett to the supreme court, delivering Donald Trump a huge but partisan victory just eight days before the election and locking in rightwing domination of the nation’s highest court for years to come. Continue reading...
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Amy Coney Barrett confirmed to supreme court in major victory for US conservatives - live

Barrett has been confirmed by Senate RepublicansDemocratic candidate criticizes president’s ‘super-spreader events’Fauci says US still in first wave of coronavirus infectionsStudy: Republicans closely resemble autocratic partiesNorth Carolina Republicans try to block mail ballot deadline extensionSign up for Fight to Vote – our weekly US election newsletter 12.33am GMT The National Rifle Association (NRA) is celebrating Barrett’s confirmation. As my colleague Lois Beckett points out, the NRA...
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Senate to vote on Amy Coney Barrett's confirmation to supreme court - live

Barrett is certain to be confirmed by Republicans tonightDemocratic candidate criticizes president’s ‘super-spreader events’Fauci says US still in first wave of coronavirus infectionsStudy: Republicans closely resemble autocratic partiesNorth Carolina Republicans try to block mail ballot deadline extensionSign up for Fight to Vote – our weekly US election newsletter 11.29pm GMT Mitch McConnell, the Senate’s Republican leader who has single-mindedly engineered this moment, is now delivering h...
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Biden warns Trump over holding ‘super-spreader events’ as US Covid cases surge

Democrat also criticizes Amy Coney Barrett celebration plan at White House, while Trump says Biden ‘doesn’t leave his basement’US politics – live coverageA day after his own chief of staff said the US had effectively surrendered to the coronavirus, Donald Trump told reporters rival Joe Biden, had “waved the white flag on life”, while the Democrat nominee warned the president about holding “super-spreader events”. Related: 'The system is broken': Americans cast their vote for better healthcare ...
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Biden criticizes Trump's planned Amy Coney Barrett celebration amid pandemic – live

Democrats protest in Senate against Amy Coney Barrett processStudy: Republicans closely resemble autocratic partiesHow Texas became a top early voting stateNorth Carolina Republicans try to block mail ballot deadline extensionSign up for Fight to Vote – our weekly US election newsletter 9.18pm GMT This is Lauren Aratani taking over for Joan E Greve. Capitol Hill is bracing for the confirmation of Amy Coney Barrett to the US Supreme Court tonight. The Senate is scheduled to have its final con...
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Pelosi rips into the Trump administration over virus testing as the odds of coronavirus relief before the election dwindle

Nancy Pelosi speaks during her weekly news conference on Oct. 22. Caroline Brehman/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images House Speaker Nancy Pelosi fiercely criticized the Trump administration for not including a national virus testing and tracing strategy in their stimulus proposal. "We cannot accept the Administration's refusal to crush the virus, honor our heroes or put money in the pockets of the American people," she said in a Monday letter to colleagues. Democrats are seeking $2.2 trill...
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Fauci says US is still in first wave of coronavirus infections – live

Democrats protest in Senate against Amy Coney Barrett processStudy: Republicans closely resemble autocratic partiesHow Texas became a top early voting stateNorth Carolina Republicans try to block mail ballot deadline extensionSign up for Fight to Vote – our weekly US election newsletter 5.20pm GMT Jared Kushner told Fox News earlier that African American support for his father-in-law is surging, because “President Trump’s policies are the policies that can help people break out of the proble...
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Ted Cruz just claimed that Trump didn't promise to cut the federal debt. But eliminating it was a major part of the president's 2016 campaign — and he hasn't come close.

Tom Williams-Pool/Getty Images Ted Cruz said Trump never promised to cut the federal debt when the president actually pledged to eliminate it in two terms. "I'm very worried about the debt. And I'm worried about it under Trump," Cruz said in an Axios interview. "Now, to be fair, Trump didn't campaign on cutting the debt." The administration fell far short of eliminating the debt before the pandemic, though experts say the debt shouldn't be a concern while the coronavirus outbreak is ongoi...
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Barack Obama recalls epic battle for healthcare law in excerpt from memoir

Advance chapter released as ACA faces supreme court threatEx-president details Republicans’ norm-breaking attacksUS politics – live coverageAn advance chapter from Barack Obama’s first memoir of his White House years, published on Monday by the New Yorker, takes readers inside the epic political battle behind the passage of the Affordable Care Act at the end of his first year of office. Related: Republicans closely resemble autocratic parties in Hungary and Turkey – study Continue reading...
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Democrats hold Senate floor overnight to protest Amy Coney Barrett confirmation – live

Trump aide admits ‘we’re not going to control pandemic’ as Pence staff test positiveNearly 60 million Americans cast early vote as record-shattering turnout expected Many midwest Democrats stayed home in 2016. Will they turn out for Biden? 6.10am GMT The Trump campaign effort to win the election by smearing Hunter Biden – never a strategy that seemed like a slam-dunk – was originally supposed to play out in the pages of the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times reports. But it appears that...
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US Senate to hold final vote on Amy Coney Barrett confirmation – live

Trump aide admits ‘we’re not going to control pandemic’ as Pence staff test positiveNearly 60 million Americans cast early vote as record-shattering turnout expected Many midwest Democrats stayed home in 2016. Will they turn out for Biden? 5.16am GMT Hello and welcome to our round-the-clock coverage as the 2020 US election enters its final lap. Only eight days to go. On Sunday, the number of early voters in the election surpassed 58m, the number who voted early in 2016. That means the 2020 e...
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'This will make lib heads explode': Donald Trump Jr posts 2024 picture

President’s son campaigns in swing state Nevada‘Sue if you must’: Lincoln Project rejects Kushner-Ivanka threatDonald Trump Jr posed in front of a “Don Jr 2024” sign in Nevada on Saturday, posted the picture online and waited for “the lib heads to explode”. Related: 'Owning the libs': how Donald Trump Jr became the unlikely political heir apparent Continue reading...
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