Trump's pick for Supreme Court justice draws GOP support, Democratic ire … as expected
President Donald Trump’s nomination of conservative federal judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court, like much of his White House tenure, was applauded and attacked across a nation divided.While Democrats and liberal groups were quick to rip Trump and demand a vote delayed until after the Nov. 3 presidential election, Republicans and conservative organizations just as quickly hailed the choice of the 48-year-old mother of seven from Indiana to replace the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.“I will strongly oppose the nomination,” promised Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., who was joined in the vo...
New York Daily News
As Trump questions US election system, Sen. Blunt says it's 'secure as it's ever been'
While President Donald Trump has refused to promise a peaceful transfer of power should he lose, saying he wasn’t sure the election could be honest with the proliferation of mail ballots, Missouri Republican Sen. Roy Blunt says the U.S. election system is “secure as it’s ever been.”Blunt, chairman of the Senate Rules Committee and member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, took to the Senate floor earlier this week to talk about the $1.2 billion made available to help states update systems, increase cybersecurity and address COVID-19 issues.“I want to talk about the election system...
The Kansas City Star
Biden hangs on to lead over Trump, Minnesota poll shows
MINNEAPOLIS — Former Vice President Joe Biden maintains a steady lead over President Donald Trump in Minnesota, propelled by strong support among women and younger voters, according to a new Star Tribune/MPR News/KARE 11 Minnesota Poll.The poll found the Democratic challenger leading 48% to 42% over the Republican incumbent among likely Minnesota voters. Another 8% were undecided, while three third-party candidates together totaled 2%.Biden’s six-point lead in a potential swing state comes less than six weeks ahead of the Nov. 3 election, showing little change from the Democrat’s 49% to 44% ad...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
GOP groups in Michigan sue to overturn late-ballot ruling
DETROIT — Three GOP-led groups are making urgent appeals in state court to gain the legal standing needed to appeal and overturn a recent ruling requiring clerks to count late ballots and making changes to the rules governing ballot collection.The Michigan Supreme Court on Friday issued an order that expedites consideration of the requests to intervene and ordered a ruling in at least one of the cases by Wednesday.The potential challenges from the GOP-led Legislature, the Republican National Convention and the Michigan Republican Party stemmed from a Sept. 18 ruling by state Court of Claims Ju...
The Detroit News
Second lady Karen Pence rallies with evangelicals in Michigan
HOLLAND, Mich. — Second lady Karen Pence rallied in Holland on Friday in an effort to energize the evangelical base that played a key role in elevating President Donald Trump to victory in Michigan in 2016.Pence, speaking to a crowd of around 100 supporters in a tent outside Baker Lofts in Holland, noted Trump’s role in appointing conservative judges to federal courts and the administration’s staunch position against abortion.She also noted Trump’s planned announcement of a nominee to replace the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the Supreme Court, which is expected Saturday.“Tomorrow, he pl...
Detroit Free Press
US judge blocks Texas law that would end straight-ticket voting
AUSTIN, Texas — A federal judge on Friday ordered Texas officials to allow straight-ticket voting for the Nov. 3 election, ruling that a state law ending the practice would endanger voters by causing longer lines at polling places during the pandemic.The ruling, coming only 18 days before early voting was set to begin, will cause problems for election officials who must reprogram voting machine software and reconfigure ballots, U.S. District Judge Marina Garcia Marmolejo acknowledged in her ruling.“The substantial injury to (voters) is outweighed by the inconvenience,” the Laredo judge wrote.G...
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Ron Paul hospitalized after medical incidentAUSTIN, Texas — Ron Paul, the former Republican congressman from southeast Texas and presidential candidate, was hospitalized Friday after suffering an apparent medical incident while speaking during a video livestream.Following reports that the 85-year-old was admitted to a Texas hospital for “precautionary reasons,” Paul tweeted a photo from his hospital bed.“Message from Ron Paul: ‘I am doing fine. Thank you for your concern,’” the tweet read.Video posted on Twitter showed Paul interviewing a guest on video when his speech began to slur and his wo...
Tribune News Service
Trump narrows search for Supreme Court nominee to a pair of reliably conservative women
Two reliably conservative appeals court judges have emerged as President Donald Trump’s favorites to replace Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, as Republicans look to cement a right-wing majority on the Supreme Court before November’s election.Trump, who’s set to unveil his nominee at the White House on Saturday, is known to be mercurial and has kept conspicuously tight-lipped on his thought process since Ginsburg’s death at 87 last week.But Trump has promised that the nominee will be a woman and, according to numerous reports, he is zeroing in on Illinois U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Amy Coney Barre...
New York Daily News
Fresh off controversial visit to Jamaica, Kanye West arrives in Haiti
Music-producer, rapper and U.S. presidential candidate Kanye West is in Haiti.West, who was in Jamaica a week ago, landed at the Hugo Chávez International Airport in the northern city of Cap-Haïtien shortly after 10 a.m. Friday. He was greeted by two women dressed in a traditional Haitian maxi dress bearing two bouquets of the local flowers.So far West, an avid Twitter user, has not said anything on his timeline about what brings him to the Caribbean country, or its most historic city and the region from which the nation was born. The last major battle of the Haitian Revolution, the Battle of ...
'Disgusted' voters in the Philly suburbs could help Biden offset Trump's gains in Pennsylvania
PHILADELPHIA — Sandy Arnell used to work for Republican lawmakers in Washington and in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania’s capital. She considered herself to be liberal on issues like abortion but conservative when it came to fiscal issues. She didn’t always vote Republican. But she identified as one, and voted in GOP primaries.Arnell, of Downingtown, had already been drifting from conservative politics before Donald Trump was elected president. But she reached a breaking point with what she called the “hatred and negativity” of his presidency and became a Democrat.“I was holding on to my Republican ca...
The Philadelphia Inquirer