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  • John Oliver concedes sad defeat on the Supreme Court, urges Democrats to go big to save U.S. democracy news

    Maybe there's some irony in a British immigrant preaching pro-democracy revolution in America, but these are strange times. The death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, John Oliver said on Sunday's Last Week Tonight, "was distressing enough" before President Trump rushed to fill the Supreme Court seat vacated by "a liberal icon with an extremely conservative justice who's being called 'the female Antonin Scalia,'" Amy Coney Barrett, 48."Look, this has been a very dark week for a lot of people," Oliver said. "The Supreme Court is about to lurch to the right for the foreseeable future. And if things seem hopeless right now, it's because -- to be completely honest -- they basically are.""The fact is, when Barrett is confirmed, a president who lost the popular vote will have picked a quarter of the federal judiciary and a third of the Supreme Court, and his choices will have been rubber-stamped by a Senate Republican majority representing 15 million fewer people than the Democratic minority," Oliver said. "And if that sounds absurd to you, it's because it clearly is, especially when those courts have allowed Republicans to set wildly unpopular policy that wouldn't actually pass muster with voters." So what can be done?If the Democrats manage to win the White House and Congress, they need to go "bold" and enact "significant structural change," Oliver said. That's risky -- "expanding the court is a bit like doing yoga naked -- one way to dampen your enthusiasm for the idea is to picture Donald Trump doing it, too," he said -- but "it is past time for big change." Eliminating the Electoral College and granting statehood to Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico, he argued, "would actually make our system more democratic.""The unavoidable truth here is that the system is already rigged, and its rigged in a way that has allowed a party without popular support to drastically reshape an entire branch of government for the foreseeable future by appealing almost exclusively to white voters in some of the least populous regions of the country," Oliver said. "That is not a mandate, and it's not democracy, it's a f---ing travesty. We're at the end of a generational battle, and the heartbreaking thing is, we lost.""But the next battle has to start right now," he said, and "we must be willing to fight tirelessly and with every tool and tactic at our disposal." Watch below. More stories from Trump literally can't afford to lose the election Trump avoids tax return questions as he brings yet another truck to the White House The bigger truth revealed by Trump's taxes

    Mon, 28 Sep 2020 07:05:50 -0400
  • Teacher says he can no longer teach kindergarten after parent complained about tattoos news

    Local educational authorities said students under six "could be frightened" by the appearance of a teacher with tattoos.

    Mon, 28 Sep 2020 14:54:51 -0400
  • A ballistics report pokes holes in Kentucky AG's claim that Breonna Taylor's boyfriend shot a police officer news

    Friendly fire had been ruled out when it came to a police officer being shot before officers unloaded 30 bullets into Breonna Taylor's apartment.

    Sun, 27 Sep 2020 17:09:46 -0400
  • Trump's campaign message lost amid pandemic for some N. Carolina voters news

    In one of the nation's most consequential swing states, Trump's push in the final run-up to the 2020 election is being overshadowed by a pandemic.

    Mon, 28 Sep 2020 10:31:52 -0400
  • Scientists detected a set of salty lakes on Mars, hidden below the glaciers of its south pole news

    NASA's Perseverance rover is set to search for signs of ancient Martian life that could have migrated to underground lakes like these.

    Mon, 28 Sep 2020 11:30:00 -0400
  • Oregon hostage situation leaves ‘multiple people' dead news

    Officers responded to an address in Salem at around 12:30 pm on Monday

    Tue, 29 Sep 2020 03:16:53 -0400
  • Fauci says Florida lifting restrictions on bars and restaurants is 'very concerning' news

    Dr. Anthony Fauci is calling for the United States to "double down" on public health measures amid the COVID-19 pandemic and expressing concern over Florida letting bars and restaurants fully reopen.Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, spoke to Good Morning America on Monday after Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) announced last week he would be lifting restrictions on bars and restaurants and allowing them to operate at 100 percent capacity."That is very concerning to me," Fauci told GMA. "We have always said that ... that is something we really need to be careful about, because when you're dealing with community spread, and you have the kind of congregate setting where people get together, particularly without masks, you're really asking for trouble."Fauci went on to say that "now's the time" to "double down" on "common sense" public health measures, while the U.S. is reporting an average of about 40,000 COVID-19 cases every day. Fauci had previously stressed the need to get the daily number of cases in the U.S. down to 10,000 a day by September."We're not in a good place with regard to what I had said back then," Fauci said on Monday. "There are states that are starting to show [an] uptick in cases, and even some increase in hospitalizations in some states. And, I hope not, but we very well might start seeing increases in deaths." > FULL INTERVIEW:> > -- Good Morning America (@GMA) September 28, 2020More stories from Trump literally can't afford to lose the election Trump avoids tax return questions as he brings yet another truck to the White House The bigger truth revealed by Trump's taxes

    Mon, 28 Sep 2020 12:30:00 -0400
  • Fact check: False claim that Biden and Harris said the other 'wasn't fit to run the country' news

    A post claims that Joe Biden and Kamala Harris questioned each other's fitness to be president during the Democratic debates. They did not.

    Mon, 28 Sep 2020 14:18:42 -0400
  • A USPS under fire for slowdowns now reveals it has no reliable means of tracking mail theft news

    Anecdotal accounts suggest mail theft is on the rise in parts of the country. Postal inspectors don’t have a reliable internal system to track the crime.

    Sun, 27 Sep 2020 06:00:00 -0400
  • Shepard Smith: Fox News’ Chris Wallace Won’t Tolerate Lies at Presidential Debate news

    Shepard Smith’s new CNBC show is called simply The News. And with that in mind, the former Fox News anchor is trying his best to play everything right down the middle.Ahead of his premiere this Wednesday, Smith appeared on his new network colleague Jimmy Fallon’s Tonight Show, where he offered up a series of non-committal, both-sides takes on the biggest news events of the week.Smith got in one joke about Donald Trump writing off $70,000 in hairstyling expenses but otherwise said he didn’t expect the bombshell report on the president’s tax returns to change any voters’ minds. He similarly had little to say about the coming Supreme Court fight, telling Fallon, “Whether it’ll affect the election or not, it probably will, you just don’t know which way it’s going to play.”“Will conservatives be so happy about it that they come out and vote for more?” he asked. “Or will Democrats and people on the left say we can’t let this happen again and come out and vote in bigger numbers? I don’t think we’ll know until we know.”The anchor said definitively that there is no evidence of widespread fraud in vote-by-mail, but couldn’t bring himself to criticize Trump for refusing to agree to a peaceful transfer of power should he lose, only saying, “I’m not exactly sure what it is he is trying to accomplish.”Smith’s strongest convictions seemed to come when Fallon asked about Tuesday’s night debate, which will be moderated by his former Fox colleague Chris Wallace. Stephen Colbert Unloads on ‘Fake Billionaire’ Trump for Massive Tax Grift“I expect Chris Wallace to be prepared,” Smith said. “Nobody who has watched Chris Wallace thinks [anything] other than that he is a very tough, very thoroughly prepared journalist. And he has said repeatedly over the years, to me and publicly, ‘My job is to stay out of the way and be unnoticed as much as possible.’”“But he’s not one to let a falsehood or a misrepresentation or a ‘look over here’ kind of shiny object thing just slide by the way,” he continued. “He will hold them [accountable]. Both of them. He’s not a partisan guy. He’s searching for truth. He’s trying to speak truth to power. And trying to get information to the public. That’s what all journalists want to do.”It’s the same thing Smith is trying to do at CNBC after spending 23 long years at Fox News. “We’re not going to have pundits, we’re not going to have opinion,” he said. “We’ll bring you facts. The facts, the truth, the news.”Ex-Fox News Anchor Shepard Smith Vows to Fight Disinformation With New CNBC Show“Sometimes people live in a world of just lies,” he added. “And when that’s happening and it rises to the public discourse, we’ll point it out.” Drawing an implicit contrast with Fox, Smith said, “We want to be a source of truth and honesty and we’ll hold truth to power because that is our job.”“The Founding Fathers didn’t only put journalism in the Constitution for no reason,” he said. “They put it there because it is important and journalists have a responsibility to get it right and tell it straight and that’s what we’re going to do.”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.

    Tue, 29 Sep 2020 03:34:34 -0400
  • Professor ripped for suggesting Amy Coney Barrett is a ‘White coloniser’ who uses two Black children as ‘props’ news

    Academic facing calls for firing after Twitter posts about Supreme Court nominee

    Mon, 28 Sep 2020 15:29:18 -0400
  • Pelosi expresses hope deal can be reached with White House on COVID-19 relief news

    U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, the top Democrat in Congress, said on Sunday she thinks a deal can be reached with the White House on a coronavirus relief package and that talks were continuing. Formal talks between Pelosi, Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer, Mnuchin and White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows aimed at hammering out a relief package broke down on Aug. 7 with the two sides far apart.

    Sun, 27 Sep 2020 12:04:24 -0400
  • Poll: Slim majority opposes Trump filling Supreme Court vacancy before election news

    Still, a majority of those polled agree that the Senate should hold confirmation hearings for Trump’s nominee.

    Mon, 28 Sep 2020 13:00:33 -0400
  • A second woman has reportedly accused Nikola Motors founder Trevor Milton of sexual assault news

    Two women have filed police reports against Milton, both accusing him of sexually abusing them when they were 15, CNBC reported.

    Tue, 29 Sep 2020 02:08:35 -0400
  • Veteran facing border wall scam charges with Steve Bannon: ‘Not a penny’ was taken news

    When ‘Build the Wall’ amputee veteran Brian Kolfage was arrested, officers forbade use of prosthetic legs, now he plans to sue

    Mon, 28 Sep 2020 19:30:28 -0400
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    Former paramilitary leader deported to Colombia

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    Mon, 28 Sep 2020 15:04:37 -0400
  • 100 Arrested During Unauthorized and 'Unruly' Car Rally in Maryland news

    People at the event shared videos of confrontations that erupted between police officers and rally attendees

    Sun, 27 Sep 2020 15:43:53 -0400
  • 'Motherf-----': Former Mueller prosecutor describes the moment his team nailed Paul Manafort for financial fraud news

    Another prosecutor "let out a freewheeling hoot" when she saw the evidence, Weissmann writes. "If this holds up," Weissmann told them, "he's dead."

    Mon, 28 Sep 2020 18:14:24 -0400
  • In CA: Governor warns of COVID spread; USPS told to stop slowing tactics news

    Plus: 'Heat tourists' flock to to Death Valley; Kathy Hilton to join 'Real Housewives'?; 'Baby Yoda' kitten saved from wildfire

    Mon, 28 Sep 2020 20:39:01 -0400
  • Police officer who choked black man during stop will never serve again news

    Officer captured on camera saying he had choked Desmond Marrow

    Mon, 28 Sep 2020 17:46:23 -0400
  • I voted for Trump as soon as I became a citizen. Here's why I'm doing it again. news

    I gave up everything I knew to live in a nonsocialist country. That some Democrats here now praise socialism is among the reasons I support the president.

    Mon, 28 Sep 2020 20:02:00 -0400
  • Pelosi warns House could be forced to decide presidential election news

    In a letter to her Democratic colleagues, Pelosi underscored the need for Democrats to expand their majority in the House and win control of state House delegations.

    Mon, 28 Sep 2020 11:19:00 -0400
  • Fact check: Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's dissent in pharmaceutical case wasn't anti-vaccine news

    A tribute to Ruth Bader Ginsburg misstates her position in a case involving compensation from vaccine injury.

    Sun, 27 Sep 2020 19:00:06 -0400
  • South Carolina TV anchor hit man with beer bottle in fight over politics, police say news

    The victim was left with cuts on his face, police said.

    Mon, 28 Sep 2020 16:54:10 -0400
  • Saudi Arabia says it busted terrorist cell trained by Iran's Revolutionary Guards

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    Mon, 28 Sep 2020 15:08:15 -0400
  • Dr. Rebecca Grant says 'America First' Trump agenda grounded in domestic economic prosperity news

    U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo believes Trump administration foreign policy has made the world safer. Analysis from international relations expert Dr. Rebecca Grant.

    Mon, 28 Sep 2020 05:43:44 -0400
  • Beijing passes law to protect medical whistleblowers news

    Beijing's city government will protect "non-malicious" medical whistleblowers under a new law, passed months after a Chinese doctor was punished for sounding the alarm at the very beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic.

    Mon, 28 Sep 2020 02:53:30 -0400
  • British Museum 'won't remove controversial objects' from display news

    Cultural institutions received a letter from the government warning them not to remove artefacts.

    Mon, 28 Sep 2020 08:10:02 -0400
  • Alabama town removes statue of Confederate soldier in the middle of the night news

    The town will pay a $25,000 fine for removing the 115-year-old monument

    Mon, 28 Sep 2020 18:34:46 -0400
  • Police: Friend convinced Trump ex-campaign boss to surrender news

    A standoff between South Florida police and President Donald Trump’s former campaign manager Brad Parscale ended after an officer who was friends with Parscale convinced him to surrender, officials said. Fort Lauderdale Officer Christopher Wilson wrote in a report that he had just finished a shift Sunday evening when a mutual friend called him and told him that a SWAT team was at Parscale's home, and he was refusing to come out. When Wilson arrived at the Fort Lauderdale home, he was able to persuade Parscale to come outside.

    Mon, 28 Sep 2020 18:56:16 -0400
  • How Covid has affected Asian American multigenerational homes news

    "I think many of us come from cultures where putting family and community before yourself is highly valued."

    Mon, 28 Sep 2020 06:00:00 -0400
  • What politicians from Amy Coney Barrett's home state of Indiana say about her Supreme Court nomination news

    Gov. Eric Holcomb said Barrett will add "another healthy dose of Hoosier hospitality to our nation’s capital."

    Sun, 27 Sep 2020 13:59:02 -0400
  • New aftermath footage of police raid that killed Breonna Taylor shows Louisville officers violating investigation policies news

    The footage shows officers involved in the raid on Taylor's apartment walking throughout the scene unescorted, a violation of their police department rules.

    Sun, 27 Sep 2020 12:24:30 -0400
  • Tow company sold vehicles of Texas military members while they were on duty, feds say news

    One of the service members was at basic training when his car was towed, officials say.

    Mon, 28 Sep 2020 19:29:55 -0400
  • Elon Musk says he and his family won't get a coronavirus vaccine when it becomes available news

    Musk said he believes he and his kids are not at risk of contracting COVID-19 and therefore have no plans to be vaccinated against the virus.

    Mon, 28 Sep 2020 18:26:13 -0400
  • Merkel says German coronavirus infections could hit 19,200 a day: source news

    Chancellor Angela Merkel told leaders of her Christian Democrats (CDU) on Monday that coronavirus infection rate could hit 19,200 per day in Germany if the current trend continues but stressed that the economy must be kept running, a party source said. Infections have been rising in Germany for weeks. Data from the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) for infectious diseases showed the number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Germany rose by 1,192 on Monday.

    Mon, 28 Sep 2020 05:54:57 -0400
  • China chip giant SMIC shares plunge after US export controls news

    Shares in China's biggest chip maker plunged on Monday following weekend media reports that Washington has imposed export controls on the company, the latest salvo in the battle for technological dominance over Beijing.

    Sun, 27 Sep 2020 22:49:27 -0400
  • Three Florida police officers fall ill after 'potential poisoning' on night out news

    Investigators await test results to show whether group was drugged

    Sun, 27 Sep 2020 12:54:31 -0400
  • NY Times: Trump paid $750 in US income taxes in 2016, 2017 news

    President Donald Trump paid just $750 in federal income taxes the year he ran for president and in his first year in the White House, according to a report in The New York Times. Trump, who has fiercely guarded his tax filings and is the only president in modern times not to make them public, paid no federal income taxes in 10 of the past 15 years. The details of the tax filings published Sunday complicate Trump’s description of himself as a shrewd and patriotic businessman, revealing instead a series of financial losses and income from abroad that could come into conflict with his responsibilities as president.

    Mon, 28 Sep 2020 00:52:02 -0400
  • NYPD officers charge at group of protesters and diners, arresting people on sidewalk news

    Police say they "responded to a large disorderly group obstructing vehicular traffic," but video of the incident appeared to show a different scene.

    Sun, 27 Sep 2020 14:04:00 -0400
  • Pennsylvania GOP asks Supreme Court to stay mail ballot extension news

    The state supreme court ruled in mid-September that mail ballots should be counted if received within three days after Election Day, if they're postmarked by November 3.

    Mon, 28 Sep 2020 18:25:27 -0400
  • Lawyer says officer thought Blake was trying to kidnap child news

    The Kenosha police officer who shot Jacob Blake in the back seven times last month told investigators he thought Blake was trying to abduct one of his own children and that he opened fire because Blake started turning toward the officer while holding a knife, the officer’s lawyer contends. Sheskey saw Blake put a child in the SUV as he arrived, but he didn’t know that two other children were also in the back seat, Matthews said.

    Sun, 27 Sep 2020 13:11:59 -0400
  • Microsoft 365 including Outlook email, Word, Excel and Teams hit with massive outage

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    Mon, 28 Sep 2020 21:02:09 -0400
  • The South African cleric taking on the church over a rapist priest news

    Reverend June Major has gone on hunger strike twice to demand that the church take action against her alleged attacker who still practises as a priest

    Sun, 27 Sep 2020 20:58:12 -0400
  • Philippines extends partial coronavirus curbs in Manila until Oct 31 news

    Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said on Monday partial coronavirus restrictions in and around the capital region will be extended for another month until Oct. 31 to keep the spread of COVID-19 in check. The Philippines reported 3,073 new COVID-19 cases and 37 fatalities that day, taking its total count to 307,288 cases - the highest in Southeast Asia - with 5,381 deaths. Members of the government's coronavirus task force said they could not afford to be complacent even as they would like the economy to continue to move forward.

    Mon, 28 Sep 2020 13:01:26 -0400
  • Thousands evacuate from California wine region news

    Thousands of people have been forced to evacuate as a Northern California wildfire continued to spread Monday. The Glass Fire in Napa Valley is being fanned by dry gusts of wind, according to California Governor Gavin Newsom. “The Glass fire grew substantially overnight roughly 800 acres to 11,000 acres, a substantially number of structures have been damaged wineries and other structures in and around the area … An active wildfire generating a lot of attention appropriately so, lot of consternation from residents in that region that has been hit over and over and over again over the course of the last number of years.” Two smaller fires merged to form the Glass Fire, jumping the natural fire barriers of Highway 29, the Silverado Trail and the Napa River. Local resident Tom Kalijan tried to hose down the land before escaping. “Right here we have a little sliver of ground between here and the Napa River, it’s just a couple of acres, and it’s just completely covered with forestation. If anything gets into the yard it will all be gone.” The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection says more than a thousand firefighters are working to contain the flames. It has already been a historically destructive year for wildfires in the U.S. West. A record 3.75 million acres have gone up in flames in California in 2020 alone. At least 26 people have died since August 15, and 7100 buildings have burnt to the ground.

    Mon, 28 Sep 2020 18:49:31 -0400
  • China's UK envoy warns Britain to avoid lectures over human rights news

    China's ambassador to London has told Britain that it will suffer "setbacks" in its relationship with Beijing if it continues to raise issues about human rights. The warning came after a junior Foreign Office minister took Beijing to task at a Chinese embassy function on Monday, held to mark the 71st anniversary of the People's Republic. In his remarks, James Duddridge said that while Britain wanted to retain good relations with China, it was also concerned about Beijing's erosion of democracy in Hong Kong and its treatment of the Muslim Uighur minority in Xinjiang. Mr Duddridge’s comments drew a cool response from Liu Xiaoming, the Chinese ambassador, who is understood to have replied pointedly that as Hong Kong was no longer under British rule, Beijing was not obliged to listen to British concerns. Mr Liu added that China's policies in Xinjiang, where the government has been accused of putting up to two million people into "re-education" camps, were designed to combat terrorism. Unless Britain and China observed a policy of "non-interference" in each other's internal politics, he continued, their relationship "would suffer setbacks or even retrogression." Mr Liu, 64, who has been China's envoy to London since 2010, is one of a new generation of Chinese diplomats who have eschewed the low profile traditionally favoured by their predecessors. Earlier this year, he hinted that some Chinese companies might pull out of Britain after the government reversed its decision to allow telecoms giant Huawei a key role in the 5G network. Last year, he also criticised the then Foreign Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, over his support for pro-democracy demonstrators in Hong Kong, saying the protests were "a matter about breaking laws". His robust reply to Mr Duddridge's comments, which were made during an online gathering of guests, will be seen as a further indication of how relations between London and Beijing have cooled. Traditionally, routine diplomatic functions are not seen as forums where political differences are aired. Other Chinese ambassadors have already taken up a much more aggressive tack than Mr Liu, developing what become known as "wolf-warrior" diplomacy - a new, assertive dialogue to remind the world that China is now a superpower. Named after a Chinese film in which Beijing's troops defeat US enemies in Africa and Asia, the "wolf warrior" tactic was pioneered by Zhao Lijian, until last year China's envoy to Pakistan. In July last year, he got in a vicious Twitter spat with Susan Rice, a former advisor to Barack Obama, about China's treatment of Uighur Muslims, in which he suggested America improve its own record on race relations. It culminated in Ms Rice urging the Chinese government to recall him to Beijing.

    Mon, 28 Sep 2020 13:56:34 -0400
  • Trump claims his tweet inspired US Marshals to kill suspect in shooting of right-wing protester in Portland news

    President has previously expressed support for violence against leftists while supporting right-wing gunman charged with murder

    Sun, 27 Sep 2020 09:45:25 -0400
  • Air Force Completes 8-Year B-1 Bomber Battle Station Upgrade news

    The service announced that it finished the Integrated Battle Station, or IBS, modification earlier this month.

    Mon, 28 Sep 2020 16:11:11 -0400
  • Pennsylvania Republicans urge Supreme Court to overturn mail-in ballot ruling news

    The Pennsylvania state court ruled in favor of Democrats who sought several accommodations because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

    Mon, 28 Sep 2020 16:40:00 -0400
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