Politics

WaPo: Amy Coney Barrett Had COVID Earlier This Year

The Washington Post reports: Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett was diagnosed with the coronavirus earlier this year but has since recovered, three officials familiar with her diagnosis told The Washington Post. Two of the officials said she tested positive for the virus in the summer. All of the people spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not …

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Former President Jimmy Carter Marks 96th Birthday

The Associated Press reports: Former President Jimmy Carter marks his 96th birthday Thursday, the latest milestone for the longest lived of the 44 men to hold the highest American office. Carter planned to celebrate at his home in Plains, Georgia, with his wife of 74 years, Rosalynn Carter. The 39th president, in office from 1977-81, has largely receded from public …

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Catholic Sect Scrubs Mentions Of Amy Coney Barrett

The Associated Press reports: A tiny religious organization tied to Amy Coney Barrett, Donald Trump’s supreme court nominee, sought to erase all mentions and photos of her from its website before she meets with lawmakers and faces questions at her Senate confirmation hearings. Barrett, a federal appeals judge, has declined to publicly discuss her decades-long affiliation with People of Praise, …

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POLL: 66% Don’t Expect Result On Election Night

Politico reports: Most voters believe they’ll have to wait past election night to find out whether President Donald Trump or Joe Biden has won the 2020 race, according to a new POLITICO/Morning Consult poll. The poll found that just 20 percent of voters said that they believed the winner of the presidential election will be called on election night, while …

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Police Say Brad Parscale’s Wife Had Been Beaten, Called 911 After Hearing Him Fire Weapon Inside Their House

Fort Lauderdale’s ABC News affiliate reports: According to a report from Fort Lauderdale Police, Candice Parscale also had “several bruises on both of her arms as well as scratches and bruising on her face” which she told an officer she suffered a few days ago during a physical altercation with her husband. On Sunday afternoon, Candice Parscale called 911 and …

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Debate Commission: Moderators Won’t Do Fact-Checks

Axios reports: Presidential Debate Commission co-chair Frank Fahrenkopf Jr. said Sunday he doesn’t expect Fox News anchor Chris Wallace or any of the other moderators to fact-check President Trump or former Vice President Joe Biden at the debates. “There’s a vast difference between being a moderator in a debate and being a reporter who is interviewing someone.” Fahrenkopf Jr. said …

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China Gives Unproven Vax To Thousands Outside Trials

The New York Times reports: The world still lacks a proven coronavirus vaccine, but that has not stopped Chinese officials from trying to inoculate tens of thousands, if not hundreds of thousands, of people outside the traditional testing process. Three vaccine candidates are being injected into workers whom the government considers essential, along with many others, including employees of the …

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FL Gov Signs Bill To Issue Pro-Israel License Plates

The Jerusalem Post reports: Florida will now be issuing specialty “Florida Stands with Israel” license plates for those who wish to support the Jewish state throughout the Sunshine State. Gov.  Ron DeSantis signed legislation (HB 1135) on Friday which authorized the creation of the special license plate. The Israeli-American Council (IAC) lauded the “heartwarming expression of solidarity,” saying that it …

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Russians Nominate Putin For Nobel Peace Prize

From the Russian state news agency TASS: The Kremlin did not nominate Russian President Vladimir Putin for the Nobel Peace Prize, Russian Presidential Spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on Thursday. “You all know that completely different people are nominated for this award, this is an initiative of those submitting the nomination. In this case, [the nomination was submitted by] the …

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NYC Council Speaker Drops Bid To Succeed De Blasio

The New York Times reports: Corey Johnson, the New York City Council speaker and a presumed front-runner in the 2021 contest to replace Mayor Bill de Blasio, withdrew from the race on Thursday. Mr. Johnson, who was expected to announce his decision on Thursday afternoon, had been grappling for weeks about whether to continue his candidacy. “I have made the …

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Netanyahu Brings His Dirty Laundry To DC, Literally

The Washington Post reports: Most politicians go to great lengths to conceal their dirty laundry. And then there’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Over the years, the Israeli leader has developed a reputation among the staff at the U.S. president’s guesthouse for bringing special cargo on his trips to Washington: bags and suitcases full of dirty laundry, according to U.S. officials …

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ISRAEL: Netanyahu Calls For Strict National Lockdown

The Associated Press reports: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was pushing on Wednesday for an immediate and strict nationwide lockdown as the country’s raging coronavirus outbreak showed no signs of slowing. Netanyahu warned the nation that tough measures loomed as he took a break from a stormy session of his coronavirus Cabinet. Members of the policy-making body were reportedly deeply …

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LIVE VIDEO: Ginsburg’s Casket Arrives At SCOTUS

CNN reports: Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg returns for the final time to the Supreme Court this morning, and an army of more than a hundred of her former clerks will meet the casket and accompany it up the stone steps leading to the great hall. Besides her family and written opinions, Ginsburg’s clerks are her most lasting legacy. They began …

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Ruth Bader Ginsburg To Be First Woman To Lie In State

USA Today reports: The late Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg will lie in state at the U.S. Capitol on Friday, becoming the first woman in history so honored. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced Monday that Ginsburg’s casket would be placed in National Statuary Hall, where a formal ceremony will be held for invited guests only. A separate ceremony will be …

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Third Party Candidates Take 7% In New Four-Way Poll

NPR reports: Former Vice President Joe Biden continues to lead President Trump in the 2020 presidential election nationally by a substantial margin, according to the latest NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll. Biden leads Trump by 9 points, 52% to 43%, among likely voters, the survey finds. This is the first time this election cycle the poll has screened for likely voters — …

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Court Boots Green Party From Pennsylvania Ballot

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports: Democrats in Pennsylvania succeeded Thursday in bouncing Green Party presidential candidate Howie Hawkins from the Nov. 3 ballot. That could prove critical in the race between President Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden. In 2016, Green Party candidate Jill Stein won almost 50,000 votes in Pennsylvania, and Trump ultimately won the state by just 44,000 …

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Poisoned Water Bottle Likely Sickened Russian Leader

Reuters reports: The nerve agent used to poison Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny was detected on an empty water bottle from his hotel room in the Siberian city of Tomsk, suggesting he was poisoned there and not at the airport as first thought, his team said on Thursday. Navalny fell violently ill on a flight in Russia last month and …

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Obama To Release First Memoir Volume After Election

Axios reports: Former President Obama’s memoir will be published in two volumes — with a 768-page Volume 1, “A Promised Land,” out Nov. 17 in 25 languages, publisher Penguin Random House announced Thursday. The long wait for the book has been a running joke with former Obama aides, but they tell Axios it’s worth the wait. Obama is a graceful, …

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South Dakota AG’s Fatal Crash Story Keeps Evolving

The Rapid City Journal reports: The attorney general said in a statement today that he and the local sheriff searched a crash scene after he thought he hit a deer Saturday night but they both missed spotting the pedestrian he had hit and killed. Jason Ravnsborg said he used Hyde County Sheriff Mike Volek’s personal vehicle to drive home to …

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CNBC Host Calls Pelosi “Crazy Nancy” During Interview

The New York Post reports: CNBC host Jim Cramer called House Speaker Nancy Pelosi “Crazy Nancy” to her face during an interview on Tuesday morning — a taunt for the California liberal typically used by President Trump. The outlandish host of “Mad Money” and former hedge fund manager was interviewing Pelosi on stalled negotiations on a fourth coronavirus stimulus package …

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