Federal law enforcement says Iran may be behind 'spoofed' emails sent to Florida voters
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The U.S. government Wednesday night concluded that Iran and Russia have taken “specific actions to influence public opinion” in the 2020 presidential election, suggesting Iran may be behind the threatening emails to Florida voters this week claiming to be affiliated with the Proud Boys.“We have confirmed that some voter registration information has been obtained by Iran, and separately, by Russia. This data can be used by foreign actors to attempt to communicate false information to registered voters that they hope will cause confusion, sow chaos and undermine your confiden...
Poll: Biden draws even with Trump in Texas; Hegar closing in on Cornyn in Senate race
AUSTIN, Texas — Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden has drawn even in Texas with President Donald Trump, and Democrat MJ Hegar is closing in on U.S. Sen. John Cornyn in the Quinnipiac University poll of likely Texas voters released Wednesday afternoon.“Biden and Trump find themselves in a Texas standoff, setting the stage for a bare-knuckle battle for 38 electoral votes,” said Quinnipiac University Polling analyst Tim Malloy.In the Senate race, Malloy said, “While Cornyn maintains a lead, there are still two weeks to go, and you can’t count Hegar out.”In its last Texas poll, released Sep...
Editorial: Vote early. It's our best defense against a presidential coup
If you prefer to have the voters rather than the courts decide the presidential election, there is something you can do about it now.Early voting began Monday at many convenient locations in Broward and Palm Beach counties. Ballots you received in the mail will be accepted at all of them.If you haven’t already voted, this is the opportunity.In the history of our state, there has never been anything more urgent for you to do.Florida has the power to determine not only who the president will be, but whether the American people or the courts will choose him.Vote now, if you don’t want it going to...
Election officials prepare for voter intimidation threat
Election officials across the country have begun reviewing security plans at early and Election Day voting sites, strengthening ties with local law enforcement and training poll workers to prepare for voter intimidation tactics.Even before the presidential debate, when President Donald Trump urged his supporters to “go into the polls and watch very carefully,” Michelle Wilcox, the director of elections in Auglaize County, Ohio, was concerned about disruptions at the polls this year.The rural county near the Indiana border seems like an unlikely candidate for trouble. It has about 32,500 voters...
Fabiola Santiago: Trump, Pence promise a 'Cuba libre' in Miami, but only Obama outsmarted the Castros
Republicans know the drill well.It’s not a proper presidential election without the standard call in Miami for a free Cuba — and the Trump campaign isn’t taking any chances in must-win Florida.The traditional cafecito stop at Versailles with people swarming a candidate may be lost to the contagious coronavirus, but words that stir a people’s yearning for the homeland left behind are still the election prop of choice.Words don’t cost a thing, except maybe to the isolated and repressed people in Cuba.And so, on Thursday, both President Donald Trump, said to be recovered from COVID, and Vice Pres...
Commentary: Congress must deliver COVID-19 relief
Pamela Rush was a good mother and a caring neighbor.She was also a poor woman in rural Alabama, fighting a predatory lender who was fleecing her over the broken, dangerous trailer she and her children lived in. As part of the Poor People’s Campaign, Pamela gave heartbreaking testimony before Congress in 2018 on behalf of roughly 140 million poor and low-income Americans.Life wasn’t easy for this 43% of the American public before the pandemic, and it’s gotten harder now. Despite her fighting spirit, Pamela tragically perished from COVID-19 this summer.As a poor woman who is also Black, Pamela w...
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This is your brain on Trump: Four years of chaos has changed us. What would four more do?
PHILADELPHIA — On an October afternoon nearly a month ahead of the presidential election, Mohamed Kabba hustled into the mail-in voting center at Tilden Middle School in Southwest Philadelphia with an air of urgency.“As an immigrant, there’s a lot at stake for me,” said Kabba, 64. He left Sierra Leone 30 years ago — but the past four divisive, unpredictable, and chaotic years have been like nothing he’s experienced in America.Head-spinning highlights include: President Trump’s impeachment, the longest government shutdown in U.S. history, divisive battles over Supreme Court appointments, countl...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Rudy Giuliani's daughter is voting for Joe Biden for president, says 'none of us can afford to be silent right now'
NEW YORK — When your dad is Rudy Giuliani, father definitely does not know best — at least when it comes to politics, his daughter said Thursday in a surprise op-ed that urged Americans to vote for Democrats Joe Biden and Kamala Harris on Nov. 3.In a piece for Vanity Fair, Caroline Rose Giuliani said that despite her father’s close personal and professional ties with Republican President Donald Trump, “none of us can afford to be silent right now.”“As a child, I saw firsthand the kind of cruel, selfish politics that Donald Trump has now inflicted on our country. It made me want to run as far a...
New York Daily News
Commentary: Barrett will destroy the Affordable Care Act
If Republican senators steamroll Amy Coney Barrett onto the Supreme Court, she could become the crucial fifth vote to overturn the Affordable Care Act, sometimes called Obamacare. That represents a serious threat to families of color.This isn’t a theoretical discussion. The Supreme Court is slated to hear oral arguments on the Trump administration’s latest attempt to overturn the ACA on Nov. 10, exactly one week after the presidential election. Barrett could be a justice by then.The Trump team’s latest effort to kill the health care law turns on its penalty for not having insurance, which the ...
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Ann McFeatters: Recusal in potential election case up to Barrett
If the 2020 presidential election goes to the Supreme Court, as happened just 20 years ago, whether Amy Coney Barrett helps Donald Trump get a second term is totally up to her.Refusing to vote on a case before the Supreme Court because of a conflict of interest (in this case that Trump nominated her just as he is running for reelection after promising he would expect his nominee to support him) is not governed by any ethics code. The justice himself or herself decides whether to recuse or rule.Twenty years ago, Amy Coney Barrett worked to get George W. Bush elected over Al Gore, who won the po...
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