Trump says he'll 'probably' cancel election night party at his DC hotel
It’s checkout time for the president.President Donald Trump told reporters Friday that he will “probably” scrap a planned election night party at his namesake Washington, D.C., hotel and blamed the city’s mayor for the likely cancellation.“You know, Washington, D.C., is shut down. The mayor shut it down,” Trump said on the White House lawn before leaving for a campaign trip to Michigan. “So, so we have a hotel. I don’t know if you’re allowed to use it or not, but I know the mayor shut down Washington, D.C.”The president, whose campaign has already sent out fundraising solicitations for the par...
New York Daily News
Philly firefighter union stands by controversial Trump endorsement as members remain divided
PHILADELPHIA — The union representing firefighters in Philadelphia will stand by its endorsement of President Donald Trump, following a month of controversy and a series of angry protests.But this conflagration promises to keep burning well past Tuesday’s election for Local 22 of the International Firefighters and Paramedics Union.Club Valiants, a 400-member group of Black firefighters, sued Local 22 last week, claiming the timing and process used in the Sept. 29 endorsement by the executive board and a follow-up vote by all union members violated its bylaws on political activity.Some members ...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Mary Schmich: White House of Horrors: A Halloween-themed poem about Donald Trump
This is the latest in my occasional TrumPoems, a rhyming account of the presidency of Donald J. Trump, loosely based, as always, on his words and acts.WHITE HOUSE OF HORRORSIt’s midnight in my haunted house —The White House in D.C. —A house that’s cursed by COVIDBut that doesn’t frighten me..I won’t give in to terrorAs I lie here in my bedAlone with all my scary thoughtsAnd specters of the dead..COVID, COVID everywhere —It got my son and wife! —But still I will not wear a maskBecause I am pro-life..I’m pro my life as presidentWhich means I won’t concedeThat COVID’s a great killerAnd that masks...
Michigan Court of Appeals denies appeal, says open carry at polls is legal
LANSING, Mich. — The open carry of firearms will be permitted at the polls on Election Day, under an order issued Thursday by the Michigan Court of Appeals.A three-member panel of the court rejected Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson’s appeal of a ruling that struck down her directive banning the open carry of guns at or around polling places on Election Day.In declining to hear the appeal, the panel said that although concerns about voter intimidation involving firearms are valid, the state already has laws to handle that.“Voter intimidation is — and remains — illegal under current Michigan la...
Detroit Free Press
'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...
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...
Mark Gonzales: Tony La Russa's wisdom and passion overshadow his age, making him the perfect leader for the White Sox
CHICAGO — The president of the United States is in his 70s.Of course, the Chicago White Sox’s managerial position isn’t as important as the leader of this country. Well, at least to those outside of Guaranteed Rate Field.Which brings us to Tony La Russa, the 76-year-old baseball lifer who will try to lead the Sox to the World Series despite not having managed since 2011.Despite his curious retirement from the St. Louis Cardinals that capped a Hall of Fame career, La Russa’s competitiveness never deserted him. That should serve the Sox well — they have the opportunity to maximize top-notch tale...
Commentary: Trump left workers behind
President Donald Trump’s campaign seems to believe that if it keeps churning out falsehoods, working people in states like Ohio will once again propel him to the White House.Vice President Mike Pence was in Columbus recently, where he claimed the Trump administration had “revived the American economy” and created “97,000 jobs right here in the Buckeye State.”Contrary to Pence’s lies, Ohio lost jobs in 2019 — the state’s worst year since the Great Recession.These lies feel like a punch in the gut to me and the 5,000 workers I used to represent at the General Motors plant in Lordstown, Ohio. Our...
Tribune News Service
Commentary: Elect Biden, then give him power
This January, if Biden enters the White House, he’ll inherit a humongous mess — and not just because the place is rife with the coronavirus.Many people worry that a Biden administration won’t accomplish much. At a time that cries out for systemic change, Biden is a longstanding centrist.Yet the two presidents who brought us the most important progressive legislation of the 20th century were also longstanding centrists who inherited giant messes. Critically, both of those presidents — Franklin D. Roosevelt and Lyndon B. Johnson — faced pressure by mass movements shortly after they were elected....
Tribune News Service
Obama, campaigning in Florida's COVID epicenter, criticizes Trump's pandemic response
MIAMI — Former President Barack Obama criticized nearly every facet of President Donald Trump’s record while campaigning for Democratic nominee Joe Biden Saturday, making specific appeals to Florida’s diverse electorate by mentioning issues like socialism, Obamacare and the federal government’s Hurricane Maria response during his first Miami speech in two years.But the biggest chunk of his 45-minute speech was devoted to an issue that affects every voter: Trump’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic.Obama — speaking at a drive-in rally in Miami-Dade County, Florida’s coronavirus epicenter — ac...