Commentary: Will the US return to global stage or pull further inward?
U.S. presidential elections rarely turn on voters’ views on foreign policy. Domestic issues such as the economy and health care, including the coronavirus pandemic this year, are almost always seen as more important by voters.But foreign policy can turn on the outcome of elections. And that is especially true this year, when not only the major party candidates but their partisan supporters offer starkly different visions for America’s role in the world.The foreign policy differences between President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden are well known. Trump offers an “America Firs...
Fabiola Santiago: This Bay of Pigs vet in Miami is all in for Joe Biden, rejects GOP's socialist attacks
Maybe it’s too late.Less than two weeks before Election Day, people already are voting in record numbers.But finally, somebody with credibility and authority — a Bay of Pigs veteran, no less — is addressing the most damaging accusation by the Donald Trump campaign and the Florida GOP against Joe Biden and down-ballot Democrats.Democrats are socialists. Democrats are Communists.Voting Democrat is a betrayal to the cause of a Cuba, Venezuela, Nicaragua.Failing to follow the Trump cult? You must be an infiltrado, an agent of the Castros, an ill-born Cuban (cubano mal nacido, a favorite insult of ...
Dahleen Glanton: Black support for Trump is a mirage, despite what foul-mouthed rappers say
If you have been paying attention to the news lately, it might appear as though African Americans are abandoning Democrats and lining up to vote for Donald Trump.That would be a disaster for Democratic challenger Joe Biden, who has no chance of becoming president unless Black voters turn out for him in large numbers.The polling organization FiveThirtyEight reported Monday that Trump is losing ground with white voters but seems to be gaining momentum with Latinos and African Americans, particularly young Blacks.Trump always has had the support of a handful of high-profile African Americans such...
Florida to investigate all COVID-19 deaths after questions about 'integrity' of data
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Florida, which has reported the deaths of more than 16,400 people from COVID-19, now says the public may not be able to trust any of those numbers.The state Department of Health on Wednesday ordered an investigation of all pandemic fatalities, one week after House Speaker Jose Oliva slammed the death data from medical examiners as “often lacking in rigor” and undermining “the completeness and reliability of the death records.”House Democrats then blasted the House Republicans’ report as an insult to coronavirus victims and an attempt “to downplay the death toll.”The pol...
Seinfeld stars reunite for Texas Democratic Party virtual fundraiser
The cast of “Seinfeld” will reunite Friday for a virtual fundraiser event for the Texas Democratic Party.Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Jason Alexander, who played Elaine Benes and George Costanza in the show, will join “Seinfeld” creator Larry David for the event called a “Fundraiser About Something.”The virtual reunion will be livestreamed on Friday at 8 p.m. Eastern, according to a news release from the Texas Democratic Party.The trio will discuss behind-the-scenes stories about their favorite “Seinfeld” episodes, according to the news release.“Texas is a battleground state, period,” Louis-Dreyfus...
Rise in use of ballot drop boxes sparks partisan battles
In the presidential election four years ago, there were fewer free-standing ballot drop boxes, and they were uncontroversial. This year, as officials in many states expand use of the boxes amid a pandemic, they have become another flashpoint in the controversy over voting access.Supporters of the expanded use of drop boxes say they make voting easier for people who are afraid to vote in person and fear their absentee ballots won’t be tallied if they send them through the mail. Opponents say they are worried about ballot security, despite little evidence that drop boxes are any less secure than...
Trump lashes back at Nebraska senator in a sign of GOP fissures
President Donald Trump is back to hurling insults at the people who are supposed to be his allies as the campaign heads into the home stretch.Trump trashed Sen. Ben Sasse Saturday as “rather stupid and obnoxious” after the Nebraska Republican slammed the president for botching the national response to coronavirus and “kissing dictators’ butts.”“Little Ben is a liability to the Republican Party, and an embarrassment to the Great State of Nebraska,” Trump tweeted, deriding the conservative Sasse as a RINO, or Republican in name only.Trump waited barely two hours to follow up by effectively prono...
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Biden-Harris not quite all-in in Texas
AUSTIN, Texas — On MSNBC’s “Rachel Maddow Show” on Wednesday night, Democratic vice presidential candidate Kamala Harris revealed that she was about to launch an in-person campaign swing across some crucial electoral terrain.“I’m going to be in North Carolina and Ohio and Pennsylvania and, I think, Texas,” Harris said.Harris thought correctly. Texas was on her itinerary for this weekend, much to the delight of Texas Democrats, who would love for their state, in recent decades the cornerstone of the Republican electoral majority, to be viewed and treated by its national ticket as the biggest ba...
The Chicago 7: A timeline of the protests, the clashes, the trial and the fallout
The Democratic National Convention was held in Chicago in August 1968, in the summer of a tumultuous year. The events of that month, and a subsequent court case, are the subject of the new Aaron Sorkin movie “The Trial of the Chicago 7.” Here is a timeline of the protests and subsequent trial that the film explores.THE BACKGROUNDThe year 1968 was a year of increasing protests against the Vietnam War, the assassinations of Robert F. Kennedy in June and Martin Luther King Jr. in April and subsequent unrest, including in Chicago’s Garfield Park neighborhoods.The convention was held over four days...
Jeff Van Drew has been winning South Jersey elections for decades. Can he do it as a Republican?
HAMMONTON, N.J. — On a rain-drenched Columbus Day morning, Jeff Van Drew stood beneath a tent emblazoned with an Italian flag and spoke about his wife, Ricarda, and her parents. The Villanis, he said, saw America as the land of opportunity for immigrant families.“Today is about cherishing your heritage, cherishing the people who came here and worked so hard so we can all have the opportunities they had,” he told about 50 business and community leaders at the Sons of Italy lodge here.Van Drew, who is fighting to keep his seat in Congress, has attended Columbus Day events like this one for years...
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