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Thursday, October 22, 2020

President Trump and his advisers have repeatedly discussed whether to fire FBI Director Christopher A. Wray after Election Day -- a scenario that also could imperil the tenure of Attorney General William P. Barr as the president grows increasingly frustrated that federal law enforcement has not delivered his campaign the kind of last-minute boost that the FBI provided in 2016, according to people familiar with the matter. read more


Prominent Republican pollster Frank Luntz blasted President Trump and his campaign on Tuesday for focusing on Hunter Biden in the stretch run to Election Day, calling Trump's campaign the worst he's ever seen and saying the president's advisers should be "brought up on charges of political malpractice." read more


The US is now well into the dreaded fall surge, fueled by indoor socializing, outbreaks at schools and pandemic fatigue. More than 1,100 new deaths were reported Wednesday -- the highest daily toll in more than a month, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. read more


Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell was recently photographed with multiple bruises, raising concerns across social media. In the photos, McConnell's hands appeared to be badly bruised, with bandages on as well. read more


The majority of U.S. registered voters, 56%, believe President Donald Trump does not deserve to be reelected, while 43% say he does. Voters are even less likely to think "most members of Congress" deserve reelection (29%), although six in 10 say their own House member does. ... As would be expected, nearly all Republicans (93%) say the president deserves to be reelected, while few Democrats (3%) agree. Among independents, 36% say Trump deserves reelection and 61% say he does not.


If the U.S. death rate had matched that of other wealthy countries, between about 55,000 and 215,000 Americans would still be alive, according to a scathing new analysis by Columbia University's National Center for Disaster Preparedness. read more


President Trump posted on Thursday an unedited 38-minute clip of his interview with Lesley Stahl of CBS' "60 Minutes" -- days before its planned Sunday airdate. read more


US national security officials have reported Iran was responsible for sending threatening emails to Democratic voters. The emails appeared to come from a far-right pro-Trump group and were meant to "incite unrest", National Intelligence Director John Ratcliffe said. Mr Ratcliffe also said US officials found Iran and Russia have obtained "some voter registration information". read more


Former President Barack Obama delivered an often-incredulous and blistering account of his successor's first four years in office on Wednesday in Philadelphia, making his most direct attacks on President Donald Trump to date both on substance and on a personal level. read more


He "fell in love" with Kim Jong Un, praises Vladimir Putin and calls Recep Tayyip Erdogan "a friend": President Donald Trump's flattery of autocrats has confounded US allies and raised questions about his regard for democratic norms. read more


Joe Lockhart: President Trump has repeatedly refused to commit to leave office peacefully if he loses the election. Instead he rails about voter fraud and a rigged election. His untruths and obstinacy are by now an old story, but they remain both dangerous to our democracy and maybe to our lives if the President continues on this path. read more


Purdue Pharma has agreed to plead guilty to three federal criminal charges for its role in creating the nation's opioid crisis and will pay more than $8 billion and close down the company. read more


Senate Democrats plan to boycott Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett's Judiciary Committee vote Thursday in an act of protest, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer announced Wednesday. read more


Wednesday, October 21, 2020

President Donald Trump got remarkably candid on Tuesday night with his supporters in Pennsylvania, a state he desperately needs to win on Election Day, by telling them that if he had a choice, he wouldn't have bothered to grace them with his presence. "Four or five months ago when we started this whole thing ... before the plague came in, I had it made," Trump said during a rally in Erie, Pennsylvania. "I wasn't coming to Erie. I mean I have to be honest, there's no way I was coming. I didn't have to." read more


New financial forms show that President Donald Trump's re-election campaign is badly outgunned financially by Joe Biden's campaign in the final stretch of the 2020 election and that President Trump has donated $8,000 of his own money to the campaign. read more


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