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Trump refuses to commit to a peaceful transfer of power: 'there will be a continuation' – video

The US president has declined to say he will transfer power peacefully in the event he loses the 3 November election to Democratic rival, Joe Biden. When asked the question by a reporter during a White House press briefing on Wednesday, Trump replied: 'We’re going to have to see what happens, you know that. I’ve been complaining very strongly about the ballots, and the ballots are a disaster.'Trump refused to commit when asked again: 'Get rid of the ballots and you’ll have a very peaceful – ther...
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Breonna Taylor decision: two officers shot in Louisville as protests erupt across US – live

Both officers suffer non-life-threatening injuries, says chiefCrowds gather in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and elsewhereLawyer Ben Crump condemns ‘outrageous’ announcementKamala Harris: family deserves justice ‘yesterday, today and tomorrow’Just one officer charged with wanton endangermentRuth Bader Ginsburg will lie in repose for two days at supreme courtFDA commissioner says science, not politics, will steer vaccine approvalSign up for our First Thing newsletter 3.29am BST Two officers ...
Tags: US, World news, Joe Biden, US news, Austin, US politics, US policing, Manhattan, Dallas, Donald Trump, Chinatown, Louisville, HARRIS, Cesar Chavez, Barclay, New York Los Angeles Chicago


Donald in Blunderland: Trump won't commit to peaceful power transfer at surreal press briefing

David Smith’s sketch: President takes us through the looking glass amid the kneecapping of American democracyJared Kushner, the US president’s son-in-law, told journalist Bob Woodward that one of the best ways to understand Donald Trump is to study Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Kushner paraphrased the Cheshire Cat’s philosophy: “If you don’t know where you’re going, any path will get you there.”Wednesday was one of those days when to have a seat in the White House briefing ro...
Tags: White House, US, US news, US politics, Lewis Carroll, Donald Trump, Alice, David Smith, Trump, Donald, Bob Woodward, Cheshire Cat, Kushner, Blunderland, US elections 2020


Breonna Taylor decision: Louisville police officer shot amid nationwide protests – live

Officer taken to hospital, reports sayCrowds gather in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and elsewhereLawyer Ben Crump condemns ‘outrageous’ announcementKamala Harris: family deserves justice ‘yesterday, today and tomorrow’Just one officer charged with wanton endangermentRuth Bader Ginsburg will lie in repose for two days at supreme courtFDA commissioner says science, not politics, will steer vaccine approvalSign up for our First Thing newsletter 2.29am BST Some local news outlets in Louisville...
Tags: World news, Joe Biden, US news, US politics, US policing, Donald Trump, Louisville, HARRIS, Louisville Kentucky, New York Los Angeles Chicago, Louisville Metro Police Department, Ben Crump, Bader Ginsburg, US elections 2020, Coronavirus outbreak, Breonna Taylor


Breonna Taylor killing: protesters call for justice in cities across US – live

Just one officer involved in fatal shooting charged with endangermentCrowds gather in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and elsewhereLawyer Ben Crump condemns ‘outrageous’ announcementKamala Harris: family deserves justice ‘yesterday, today and tomorrow’Ruth Bader Ginsburg will lie in repose for two days at supreme courtFDA commissioner says science, not politics, will steer vaccine approvalSign up for our First Thing newsletter 1.27am BST Protests in the largest US cities have started to ballo...
Tags: Kentucky, White House, US, World news, Joe Biden, US news, US politics, US policing, Washington Dc, George Clooney, Donald Trump, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, HARRIS, Clooney, New York Los Angeles Chicago, Ben Crump


Breonna Taylor: anger as no officers directly charged for EMT's death – live

Just one officer involved in fatal shooting charged with endangermentLawyer Ben Crump condemns ‘outrageous’ announcementKamala Harris: family deserves justice ‘yesterday, today and tomorrow’Ruth Bader Ginsburg will lie in repose for two days at supreme courtFDA commissioner says science, not politics, will steer vaccine approvalSign up for our First Thing newsletter 9.27pm BST The Kentucky governor called on the state attorney general, Daniel Cameron, to release online all the information he...
Tags: Supreme Court, Kentucky, World news, Joe Biden, US news, US politics, Donald Trump, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Trump, HARRIS, Ben Crump, Andy Beshear, US elections 2020, Daniel Cameron, Coronavirus outbreak, Breonna Taylor


Breonna Taylor: grand jury indicts one officer in shooting case – live

None of the other officers involved in the fatal shooting were indictedRuth Bader Ginsburg will lie in repose for two days at supreme courtFDA commissioner says science, not politics, will steer vaccine approvalSign up for our First Thing newsletter 8.13pm BST A local reporter in Louisville, Kentucky, observed a militia group marching downtown after the grand jury announced its indictment in the Breonna Taylor case.A militia group marches up 7th St. in downtown Louisville. They wouldn’t iden...
Tags: World news, Joe Biden, US news, US politics, Donald Trump, Louisville, Louisville Kentucky, Jefferson Square Park, Bader Ginsburg, US elections 2020, Coronavirus outbreak, Breonna Taylor, Breonna Taylor Protesters


Trump expected to join thousands of mourners visiting Ruth Bader Ginsburg's casket – live

Ginsburg will lie in repose for two days at the courtCindy McCain endorsing Biden because ‘he’s the better man’Biden team prepared for all possibilitiesUS essential workers burned out amid pandemicSign up for our First Thing newsletter 4.14pm BST In case you missed it: Trump will hold a press conference at 6 pm ET today, on the “economy, job gains and vaccine development,” the president announced in a tweet this morning.White House News Conference today at 6:00 P.M. Economy, Job gains and Va...
Tags: Senate, World news, Joe Biden, US news, US politics, Biden, Donald Trump, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Anthony Fauci, Centers For Disease Control And Prevention, Trump, McCain, Ginsburg, Robert Redfield, US elections 2020, Coronavirus outbreak


Harry and Meghan criticised after video urging Americans to vote

Duke and Duchess of Sussex call on voters to ‘reject hate speech and misinformation’ in videoThe Duke and Duchess of Sussex have spoken out about the 2020 US election, urging Americans to “reject hate speech, misinformation and online negativity” in a video sparking criticism that it breached UK protocol demanding political neutrality by members of the royal family.Speaking in a Time 100 video message, Meghan called the presidential race the “most important election of our lifetime,” as the coup...
Tags: UK, US, UK News, US news, US politics, Prince Harry, Harry, Duke, Sussex, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, US elections 2020


Ruth Bader Ginsburg: thousands expected to pay respects as judge lies in repose

Justice’s former colleagues, family, friends and the public will have the chance over two days to pass by the casket of the feminist iconThousands of people are expected to pay their respects outside the US supreme court on Wednesday to the late justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the women’s rights champion, leader of the court’s liberal bloc and feminist icon who died last Friday evening.Even with the court closed to the public because of the coronavirus pandemic and Washington already consumed with ...
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'This is a transition like no other': Biden team prepared for all possibilities

The Democrat’s large transition team is aiming to raise millions and include ‘diversity of ideology’ at an uncertain timeJoe Biden’s transition team is operating under multiple threats, apart from the obvious one that their candidate might be defeated.In this year’s presidential election, there’s the looming possibility that an outcome won’t be clear for weeks after election day. There’s also the chance that if Biden wins by a close margin Donald Trump will refuse to leave office. And, of course...
Tags: World news, Joe Biden, US news, Democrats, US politics, Biden, Donald Trump, US elections 2020


'A horror film': The Comey Rule is a devastating portrayal of Trump

Democrats are likely to quibble over its sympathetic portrayal of Comey in the TV miniseries, while Republicans may dismiss it as anti-Trump propagandaJames Comey shuffles backwards and tries in vain to blend into a curtain. Donald Trump summons him across the room as photographers click furiously. The US president uses their handshake to aggressively yank Comey closer. “I look forward to working with you,” he mutters menacingly into the FBI director’s ear. “Let’s take a picture.”This awkward re...
Tags: US, US news, Fbi, US politics, Jeff Daniels, Donald Trump, Brendan Gleeson, James Comey, Trump, Comey, Trump propagandaJames Comey


Trump memo on Comey firing was 'tinfoil helmet material', Mueller prosecutor says

Andrew Weissmann will publish memoir next week‘You could almost feel the spittle coming off the paper,’ he writes Donald Trump’s original draft statement justifying his firing of the former FBI director James Comey was “tinfoil helmet material”, according to a top prosecutor who worked for the special counsel Robert Mueller, and who in a new book calls the draft “excruciatingly juvenile, disorganized and brimming with spite, incoherent and narcissistic”. Related: Mueller too timid in Trump-Rus...
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Cindy McCain rebukes Trump and publicly endorses Joe Biden for president

McCain was motivated in part by Trump’s recent comments on the military, where he called war heroes ‘losers’ and ‘suckers’Cindy McCain has endorsed Joe Biden for president, a stunning rebuke of Donald Trump by the widow of the Republican party’s 2008 nominee.Cindy McCain tweeted on Tuesday: “My husband John lived by a code: country first. We are Republicans, yes, but Americans foremost. There’s only one candidate in this race who stands up for our values as a nation, and that is Joe Biden.” Cont...
Tags: Republicans, Joe Biden, US news, US politics, John, John Mccain, Republican Party, Donald Trump, Trump, McCain, Cindy McCain, US elections 2020


Cindy McCain endorses Joe Biden for president – as it happened

Biden says Trump’s recent remarks on military dead motivated McCainMitt Romney says he intends to vote if nominee reaches floorMitch McConnell non-committal on timeline of nomination voteWhy Trump’s courts power grab is more than just a political winAOC on supreme court battle: ‘This is not the time to give up’Sign up for our First Thing newsletter 1.38am BST We’re ending our live coverage for today, thanks for following along. Some links and developments: 1.28am BST At his Pittsburgh r...
Tags: Law, World news, Joe Biden, US news, Pennsylvania, Democrats, US politics, Mitt Romney, Biden, Donald Trump, US supreme court, Pittsburgh, Trump, McConnell, Cindy McCain, Law (US


Cindy McCain rebukes Trump and publicly endorses Joe Biden

McCain was motivated in part by Trump’s recent comments on the military, where he called war heroes ‘losers’ and ‘suckers’Cindy McCain has endorsed Joe Biden for president, a stunning rebuke of Donald Trump by the widow of the Republican party’s 2008 nominee.Cindy McCain tweeted on Tuesday: “My husband John lived by a code: country first. We are Republicans, yes, but Americans foremost. There’s only one candidate in this race who stands up for our values as a nation, and that is Joe Biden.” Cont...
Tags: Republicans, Joe Biden, US news, US politics, John, John Mccain, Republican Party, Donald Trump, Trump, McCain, Cindy McCain, US elections 2020


Cindy McCain to endorse Joe Biden for president – live

Biden says Trump’s recent remarks on military dead motivated McCainMitt Romney says he intends to vote if nominee reaches floorMitch McConnell non-committal on timeline of nomination voteWhy Trump’s courts power grab is more than just a political winAOC on supreme court battle: ‘This is not the time to give up’Sign up for our First Thing newsletter 12.09am BST Trump’s Pittsburgh rally is due to start any minute. Here’s a snapshot of the crowd:Long line of supporters waiting hours ahead of Pr...
Tags: Law, US, World news, Joe Biden, US news, Democrats, US politics, Mitt Romney, Biden, Donald Trump, US supreme court, Pittsburgh, Trump, Reuters, McConnell, BST Trump


Trump attacks China over Covid 'plague' as Xi urges collaboration in virus fight

US president uses speech to denounce China, UN and WHOBeijing has ‘no intention to fight a cold war’ – Chinese leaderDonald Trump and Xi Jinping offered starkly contrasting responses to the coronavirus pandemic on Tuesday, with the US president blaming Beijing for unleashing a “plague” on the world – and his Chinese counterpart casting the fight against the virus as an opportunity for international cooperation. Related: UN warns of lost decade without Covid economic recovery plan Continue rea...
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Ginsburg did not give up her religion | Brief letters

Ruth Bader Ginsburg | Menopause | Sign language | Luxury apartments | £2 coinsYour obituary of Ruth Bader Ginsburg (19 September) said she had abandoned her religion. On receiving an award from the Genesis Prize Foundation in 2018, she said: “I am a judge, raised and proud of being a Jew. The demand for justice, for peace and for enlightenment runs through the entirety of Jewish history and Jewish tradition.” Does that sound like a woman who had abandoned her religion?Jonathan HoffmanLondon• I r...
Tags: Politics, US politics, Germaine Greer, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Menopause, Ginsburg, Genesis Prize Foundation, Brigid PurcellNorwich


After 200,000 coronavirus deaths, the US faces another rude awakening

The US death toll has doubled less than four months after the 100,000 landmark – and with autumn nearing, there is little chance of containing the contagion, experts sayDonald Trump attended one of his then daily White House coronavirus briefings on 17 April and in a moment of rare candor talked openly about his projections for the number of Americans who could die from the disease.“Right now, we’re heading at probably around 60, maybe 65,000,” he said, adding: “One is too many. I always say it:...
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Mitt Romney says he supports moving forward with Trump's supreme court pick – live

Romney says he intends to vote if nominee reaches floorTrump to announce nominee on Saturday at White HouseFormer Pence adviser calls Trump’s virus remarks ‘frightening’Why Trump’s courts power grab is more than just a political winAOC on supreme court battle: ‘This is not the time to give up’Sign up for our First Thing newsletter 3.18pm BST Capitol Hill reporters pressed Mitt Romney on his statement supporting advancing a supreme court nomination, but the Republican senator dodged questions...
Tags: Law, Barack Obama, World news, Joe Biden, US news, Democrats, Gop, US politics, Mitt Romney, Mitch McConnell, Donald Trump, US supreme court, Trump, Romney, BST, Merrick Garland


Mueller too timid in Trump-Russia investigation, top prosecutor claims

Andrew Weissmann writes in book: ‘We could have done more’Mueller accused of avoiding confrontation with White HouseA senior member of Robert Mueller’s team says the special counsel was too timid in his investigation of Donald Trump and his links to Moscow during the 2016 election campaign. Related: HR McMaster was 'surprised and disappointed' at Trump claim Putin didn't interfere in election Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, Putin, Russia, World news, US news, US politics, Moscow, Donald Trump, Trump, McMaster, Mueller, Robert Mueller, Andrew Weissmann, Trump Administration, Trump Russia, Trump-Russia investigation


Trump races to fill supreme court seat as Republicans fall into line

Democrats’ hopes of keeping seat empty fade as two key Republican senators signal support for moving quicklyDonald Trump has raced to cement a conservative majority on the US supreme court before the presidential election on 3 November, and Democrats’ hopes of keeping the seat empty have faded as two Republican senators signalled their support for moving quickly.The president said on Monday he would name his third supreme court nominee on Friday or Saturday, following memorials for Ruth Bader Gi...
Tags: Law, US, World news, US news, US politics, Donald Trump, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, US supreme court, Law (US, US elections 2020, quicklyDonald Trump


Why the UN’s 75th general assembly could be worse than the world’s worst Zoom meeting

The worst parts of UN events will be on display, the endless speechifying first among them, but none of what normally makes the general assembly indispensable It has been billed as the world’s worst Zoom meeting, but the United Nation’s 75th general assembly could be even worse than that.It is called the “general debate” but, unlike a Zoom meeting, there will be no discussion – just a week-long procession of pre-recorded video messages from the world’s leaders, stating their positions, very much...
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Trump says he wants supreme court seat filled 'before the election' – as it happened

President hopes nominee will be confirmed by 3 NovemberBiden blames Covid death toll on Trump’s ‘lies and incompetence’Whether vote will occur before election remains unclearGinsburg to lie in repose Wednesday and ThursdayWho is Amy Coney Barrett, Trump’s likely court pick?Sign up for our First Thing newsletter 1.15am BST That’s all for this blog for the night! My colleague Helen Sullivan is blogging Trump’s rally live at the link below: Related: Coronavirus live news: US nears 200,000 de...
Tags: England, Law, US, Bloomberg, World news, Joe Biden, US news, US politics, Ohio, Donald Trump, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, US supreme court, Trump, Helen Sullivan, Law (US, US elections 2020


Joe Biden blames Trump's 'lies and incompetence' for coronavirus death toll – video

Joe Biden said Donald Trump’s ‘lies and incompetence’ since the start of the coronavirus pandemic had led to the ‘one of the greatest losses in American history’ as he spoke at an aluminum plant in Manitowoc, Wisconsin.The Democratic presidential nominee noted the country was about to hit the ‘tragic milestone’ of recording 200,000 deaths from Covid-19, adding that number represented many ‘empty chairs’ for families who had lost loved ones to the virusTrump says he wants supreme court seat fille...
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Trump says he wants supreme court seat filled 'before the election' – live

President hopes nominee will be confirmed by 3 NovemberBiden blames Covid death toll on Trump’s ‘lies and incompetence’Whether vote will occur before election remains unclearGinsburg to lie in repose Wednesday and ThursdayWho is Amy Coney Barrett, Trump’s likely court pick?Sign up for our First Thing newsletter 9.30pm BST That’s it from me today. My west coast colleague. Kari Paul, will take over the blog for the next few hours.Here’s where the day stands so far: 9.24pm BST Senator Linds...
Tags: Law, Senate, World news, Joe Biden, US news, US politics, Graham, Donald Trump, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, US supreme court, Lindsey Graham, Trump, Senate Judiciary Committee, Brett Kavanaugh, Kari Paul, Law (US


Trump says he will nominate Ginsburg replacement on Friday or Saturday

Trump tells Fox News five names under consideration‘I’m saving her for Ginsburg’: who is Amy Coney Barrett?Barbara Lagoa: Cuban American conservative makes short listUS politics – live coverageDonald Trump will name his third supreme court nominee on Friday or Saturday, following memorials for Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the liberal justice who died aged 87 on Friday. Related: Supreme court: Joe Biden accuses Trump and Republicans of abuse of power Continue reading...
Tags: Law, World news, Joe Biden, US news, US politics, Fox News, Donald Trump, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, US supreme court, Trump, Ginsburg, Law (US, US elections 2020, Amy Coney Barrett?Barbara Lagoa


Trump doubts Ruth Bader Ginsburg's dying wish, claiming Democrats wrote it

President makes baseless claim in Fox & Friends interviewJustice said no replacement should be made before election‘I’m saving her for Ginsburg’: who is Amy Coney Barrett?US politics – live coverageDonald Trump has attempted to cast doubt on Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s dying wish, baselessly claiming a statement released by the supreme court justice’s family was written by Adam Schiff, Nancy Pelosi or Chuck Schumer, prominent Democrats in Congress. Related: Trump says he will nominate Ginsburg repla...
Tags: Law, World news, US news, US politics, Donald Trump, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, US supreme court, Trump, Ginsburg, Chuck Schumer, Amy Coney, Law (US, US elections 2020, Adam Schiff Nancy Pelosi


Trump says he will announce supreme court pick 'Friday or Saturday' – live

Supreme court: Biden accuses Republicans of abuse of powerWho is Amy Coney Barrett, Trump’s likely court pick? Evidence shows mail slowdowns after Trump ally took overSign up for our First Thing newsletter 1.13pm BST Donald Trump has told Fox & Friends in an interview this morning that he will announce his nominee to replace Ruth Bader Ginsburg on either Friday or Saturday.He says that in respect of Ginsburg, “we should wait until the services over.”If Democrats were in the same situation he...
Tags: Supreme Court, Senate, White House, Barack Obama, World news, Joe Biden, US news, US politics, Biden, Donald Trump, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, US supreme court, Lindsey Graham, Trump, Ginsburg, Fox Friends