Biden's lead over Trump in Pennsylvania hasn't budged, poll says
PHILADELPHIA — Former Vice President Joe Biden is holding a steady lead with likely voters in Pennsylvania, with a new Franklin & Marshall College poll showing him up 6 percentage points over President Donald Trump.That edge in the survey released Thursday is unchanged from an F&M poll conducted in September, and in line with other surveys showing Biden leading in the state by mid- to high-single digits.Less than a week before Election Day, Biden is out-performing Hillary Clinton in Pennsylvania counties she won in 2016 while Trump is lagging in counties he carried. Trump’s victory in Pennsylv...
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Appeals court blocks another election order, this time face masks at polls
AUSTIN, Texas — When it comes to blocking judge-ordered changes to election laws and procedures during the pandemic, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has relied on his ace in the hole — a federal appeals court heavy with Republican-nominated judges.Late Wednesday, the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals again served as a reliable backstop, temporarily blocking enforcement of a lower’s court ruling that required everybody in a Texas polling place to wear a face covering.That informal stay will give the appeals court time to weigh Paxton’s main request — an order blocking the face mask requiremen...
'We're never going to lock down again,' Trump says in Tampa, as Biden vows in Broward to 'shut down the virus'
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — President Donald Trump and Democratic challenger Joe Biden offered dueling styles and differing priorities in simultaneous Florida rallies Thursday as the coronavirus pandemic worsened just five days before Election Day.The outcome of the deadlocked fight for Florida could determine who holds the keys to the White House.The candidates mocked each other in events that gave dramatically different optics to the ever-shrinking pool of voters left to cast their ballots in Florida.Biden blasted Trump’s handling of the virus at a drive-in event at Broward College’s north campu...
Will Bunch: Trump's politicized Supreme Court has lost legitimacy. 2021's Dems, do something!
We’ve just seen one of the worst weeks in the 230-year-plus history of the U.S. Supreme Court. And that is really saying something, when you think about its other low points including the 1857 Dred Scott ruling, which held Black people as inferior and denied them U.S. citizenship, or 1896’s Plessy v. Ferguson that allowed segregation, or the high court’s more recent jags that have prized corporate citizenship and eroded voting rights.And yet it is becoming increasingly difficult to have faith in the Supreme Court’s independence — and, thus, its legitimacy — after a day that should be known as ...
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Trudy Rubin: Whether Trump wins or loses, the post-election fight to refresh democracy won't be easy
Last week I got a call from a friend asking if I still had my bulletproof vest from my trips to Iraq over the last decade. She wanted to pass the vest on to a Black lawyer who was traveling to North Carolina to join Democratic poll watchers on Nov. 3, and whose life she feared for.I used to have to travel to places like Iraq, Afghanistan, Russia or Hong Kong to write about dangerous elections. Not anymore.My friend’s fears were legitimate — coming at a time when President Donald Trump is spewing falsehoods about wide-scale election fraud while encouraging armed white supremacists to support hi...
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Editorial: Some good calls, some bad, in Florida's election
The setting is not a romantic getaway in the Caribbean, but a warehouse in Lauderhill, Florida. The programming can’t compete with the glitz of, say, “The Bachelorette,” but The Broward County Canvassing Board is important viewing.Day after day, three people sit at a table to review mail ballots set aside for review. Some have signature problems. Others have votes for two candidates in the same race — or weirder still, a filled-in oval for one and a write-in vote for another. The Broward trio, who must ensure signature validity and divine voter intent, consists of County Judge Ken Gottlieb, Co...
Dahleen Glanton: Can a squirrel predict the winner of the election? After one nutty campaign season, anything is possible
After Donald Trump’s surprising victory over Hillary Clinton four years ago, some people are wary of what the polls are saying about the 2020 election.Nearly every national poll shows Joe Biden with a hefty lead over Trump. But national presidential polls are equivalent to asking people all over the country to weigh in on who should be mayor of Chicago.Seventeen battleground states will determine who lands in the White House. It doesn’t matter who the majority of Americans want. The Electoral College decides, so a handful of voters in a few states could once again end up picking the winner.The...
'It's getting really bad': Fake threats trigger fear for Spanish-speaking Trump backers
MIAMI — In private messaging apps and social media, Spanish-speaking residents in South Florida have been exposed to a barrage of deceptive claims — a voter disinformation tactic that could last until Election Day.The latest example is an anonymous message that emerged in WhatsApp chats this week that threatens Spanish-speaking supporters of President Donald Trump. The claims have rattled some Latinos in South Florida even as experts warn of the claims’ falsehoods.The threat closely mirrors false, often racist and anti-Semitic, narratives peddled in local Spanish media where some hosts and pol...
Federal judges order Minnesota post-Election Day ballots to be held
MINNEAPOLIS — A federal court sided Thursday with a GOP challenge to Minnesota’s extended deadline for receiving absentee ballots after Election Day, imperiling a state rule that would count mail-in ballots received up to a week after Tuesday’s election.In a 2-1 decision, a panel of 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals judges ordered that all mail-in ballots received after 8 p.m. on Election Day be set aside, setting the stage for a potential legal battle after the election. But the order stopped short of a final determination on the validity of the post-Election Day ballots.The ruling came in a ...
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Celebrities vetted (and denied) based on political views ahead of defunct anti-coronavirus ad, report says
WASHINGTON — A now-canceled $250 million anti-coronavirus ad campaign by the Trump administration was so politically motivated it screened possible celebrity spokespeople based on their support for the president and their liberal ideology, according to documents released Thursday by the House Oversight Committee.The campaign has been shelved while the Department of Health and Human Services reviews allegations of impropriety linked to the effort.But a “PSA Celebrity Tracker” document released by the committee that was updated as recently as Oct. 23 lists some 274 celebrities who were considere...
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