Election experts warn of November disaster
WASHINGTON — After a presidential primary season plagued by long lines, confusion over mail-in voting and malfunctioning equipment, election experts are increasingly concerned about the resiliency of American democracy in the face of a global pandemic.With four months until the presidential election, the litany of unresolved issues could block some voters from casting ballots and lead many citizens to distrust the outcome of one of the most pivotal races of their lifetimes.There is widespread concern among voting activists, experts and elections officials that it will take further federal inve...
Joe Biden promises to build the 'economy of the future' as he attacks Trump
PHILADELPHIA — Speaking to a group of ironworkers just outside his hometown of Scranton on Thursday, Joe Biden promised to be a true champion of the working class as he laid out a plan to reverse the country’s devastating economic decline.“This is our moment to imagine and to build a new American economy for our families and for our communities. An economy where every American, every American has a chance to get a fair return for the work they put in,” Biden said, describing a $700 billion recovery plan aimed at the middle class and accusing President Donald Trump of favoring the wealthy, desp...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Editorial: If Trump would just wear a mask, fewer Americans might die of COVID-19
The novel coronavirus pandemic poses a severe challenge to elected leaders that far exceeds any headaches posed by budget crises or corruption scandals. With projections now showing 208,000 Americans dead by Election Day of COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus, every pandemic decision is fraught with dire public health implications.This is why San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer deserves credit for his executive order on Tuesday waiving permits that cost up to $1,000 and other fees for restaurants serving people outdoors.The recent decisions by the county and the state to close indoor dining ...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Editorial: Electoral College lesson: The Supreme Court opens the door to states making the popular vote matter in electing presidents
The unanimous decision of the U.S. Supreme Court Monday that states can compel electors to vote as each state wants or have their vote voided (and be fined) might seem at odds with the Constitution, inasmuch as the original intent of the Electoral College was for the “most enlightened and respectable citizens” to select the president with “discretion and discernment.”But since the whole wise men thing envisioned by Founders like Alexander Hamilton and John Jay fell apart after George Washington’s term, it makes sense to formally reduce the College to an assemblage of mindless drones pledged to...
New York Daily News
Could Trump’s Push To Undo The ACA Cause Problems For COVID Survivors? Biden Thinks So.
The same day the Trump administration reaffirmed its support of a lawsuit that would invalidate all of the Affordable Care Act, Joe Biden sharply warned that the suit endangers millions of Americans.The presumptive Democratic presidential nominee said the law is even more important now, more than a decade after it was enacted, as the COVID-19 epidemic sweeps the U.S. The virus has killed more than 130,000, and Biden noted that some who survive may have long-lasting health problems.His speech in the battleground state of Pennsylvania focused on a legal challenge headed to the Supreme Court and ...
Kaiser Health News
Kanye West says he no longer supports Trump, had coronavirus and that 'Drake can't be sicker than me' in wild interview
Kanye West is all in on his own presidential campaign.The hip-hop star said he’s not supporting President Trump anymore as West begins his run for the Oval Office, according to Forbes.“I am taking the red hat off, with this interview,” West told the business magazine.West, 43, had voiced his support for Trump in the past, including wearing the red hat reading “Make America Great Again” that’s synonymous with the president’s campaign.The “Famous” rapper took issue with reports that Trump went to an underground bunker amid recent protests at the White House.“It looks like one big mess to me,” We...
New York Daily News
Vote by mail has a long history in Florida, but in 2020 it's a coronavirus salvation and battleground
Voting by mail, a centerpiece of elections in Florida for almost 20 years, is being hailed in 2020 as a life-saving necessity amid the coronavirus pandemic and attacked by President Donald Trump and his supporters as “fraud.”Elections supervisors can begin sending out mail-in ballots on Thursday in Florida, and they’re preparing for a major jump in voters choosing that option — with several sending every voter in their county an application. But Democrats and liberal groups are arguing that even more should be done, citing the high rejection rates and tight deadlines that have bedeviled voting...
Evangelicals wrestle with racism and their own silence: 'We repent'
SEATTLE — Joseph Castleberry, president of Northwest University, an evangelical school in Kirkland, Wash., was sitting at his desk in early May when he started seeing Facebook posts about a Black man killed while jogging through a coastal Georgia town.As Castleberry read about 25-year-old Ahmaud Arbery, fatally shot by white men shown on video chasing him down, he said: “It just broke my heart.”“It was so obviously a case of unjust vigilantism, and it sure looked like racism to me,” said the university president, who is white, and acknowledges intimate knowledge of racism from a childhood in s...
The Seattle Times
Review: 'Of Bears and Ballots,' by Heather Lende
“Of Bears and Ballots” by Heather Lende; Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill (274 pages, $25.95)———In this fraught, bewildering American era, Heather Lende’s latest memoir is a blessed balm.Lende, who has written three previous books about her life in the wildly beautiful, isolated, eclectic town of Haines, Alaska, here focuses on her time as a Haines Borough assembly member. In that role, she weighed in on harbor management, cruise ship rules, dirt-road names, senior citizen housing upkeep, dump cleanup, problem grizzlies and a host of other colorful issues that, while unique to Alaska, parallel t...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Quicken Loans files paperwork for IPO under name Rocket Companies
DETROIT — Quicken Loans, the nation’s largest mortgage lender, has filed paperwork with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission to move forward with taking the company public under the name Rocket Companies.Although the Detroit-based company has not yet announced the number or price of shares that would be offered on the New York Stock Exchange, experts have speculated an initial public offering by Quicken could raise tens of billions of dollars. No date was given for the proposed IPO.Under the proposal made public Tuesday, Quicken founder Dan Gilbert would retain a controlling stake in Ro...
The Detroit News