Trump looking stronger in Pa., new poll shows — but a double-whammy looms large
PHILADELPHIA — President Donald Trump has closed the gap in swing-state Pennsylvania with most of the Democrats seeking to defeat his bid for a second term, according to a new poll.But there’s a double-whammy hiding in plain sight among the good news for Trump.Voters give Trump his best marks — 58% approval — on the economy. But some of his worst numbers — 36% approval — are on health care.The Muhlenberg College/Morning Call poll landed Thursday. That was just a day after Trump addressed the nation from the White House, seeking to downplay distress about COVID-19, caused by the coronavirus spr...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Feeling the (sun) Bern: Bernie Sanders' comments about Cuba and Israel risk putting the Florida in Trump's column
Bernie Sanders is not just a problematic Democratic nominee because of his $60 trillion (and rising) spending plans. In a matchup with the incumbent, he’s looking increasingly weak in the crucial Electoral College target of Florida.In less than a week, Sanders has managed to offend two important voting Sunshine State blocs. On “60 Minutes,” he defended decades-old comments about Fidel Castro, saying some perfunctorily negative words about authoritarianism while praising Fidel Castro’s “massive literacy program.” He stuck to that line in Tuesday night’s debate in South Carolina.Miami is home to...
New York Daily News
US regulator moves to block deal by St. Louis-based coal giants
ST. LOUIS — A U.S. government agency is pushing to block a proposed joint venture of Peabody Energy and Arch Coal, arguing that the partnership between the country’s two largest coal companies — both headquartered in the St. Louis area — would be bad for consumers.The Federal Trade Commission announced Wednesday that it had filed an administrative complaint challenging the proposal to combine some of the companies’ assets in powerhouse coal-producing regions of the American West, such as Wyoming’s Powder River Basin.“Whatever the product, the antitrust laws protect customers from mergers that ...
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Farmer on U.S.-China trade pact: 'Ag economy doesn't live on promises'
WASHINGTON — Minnesota wheat and soybean farmer Tim Dufault summed up his reaction to the Trump administration’s trade war with China.“We are now nearly two years into a trade war that we were told would be good and easy to win,” Dufault told the House Ways and Means Committee hearing Wednesday. “Time and again, we have been told to hold out for a deal that would make all the pain worth it. And while you would be hard pressed to find a farmer who would disagree with the fact that China has been a bad actor, farmers have shouldered the pain for a strategy that has seen only one minor tariff red...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Lori Loughlin trial start date set in college admissions scam
“Full House” star Lori Loughlin has her date with a jury in the college admissions bribery scandal.A federal judge said Thursday that the actress, her husband, Mossimo Giannulli, and six other parents should go on trial Oct. 5 in Boston, with jury selection slated to start Sept. 28.The grouping of parents includes Las Vegas casino executive Gamal Abdelaziz, who allegedly paid $300,000 to get his daughter into the University of Southern California as a basketball recruit, and Miami developer Robert Zangrillo, who allegedly paid $250,000 to get his daughter into USC as a crew team recruit.Loughl...
New York Daily News
Rudy Giuliani complains he only has 'five friends left' after forgetting to hang up on reporter
Rudy Giuliani is having phone trouble again — and this time, it’s sad.The former New York mayor forgot to hang up on a New York Daily News reporter Wednesday and, thinking he was off the line, started complaining about former New York Gov. George Pataki and said he only has “five friends left.”Giuliani — who has become infamous for butt-dialing journalists — made the confession to someone named “Tony” after this reporter reached out about Pataki’s forthcoming book, which alleges Giuliani privately asked the former governor to call off the city’s 2001 mayoral election so he could remain in offi...
New York Daily News
A 2-year-old boy is getting cancer treatment in Philly. His parents may be deported to Mexico
PHILADELPHIA — Fabian Flores Alameda is not yet 3, too young to comprehend the lethality of the cancer that pummels his small body or the nature of the crisis that confronts his immigrant parents.He has multiple lesions in his skull. A plaster cast envelops his weakened left leg, which fractured as he played and jumped around his home.Fabian’s best chance for survival depends on him continuing to receive chemotherapy and care at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children in Philadelphia, according to his doctors.But now the Trump administration is threatening the toddler’s undocumented mother and...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Bellevue College apologizes after administrator alters mural depicting Japanese American incarceration
SEATTLE — Bellevue College has apologized after one of its vice presidents altered a mural of two Japanese American children in a World War II incarceration camp by whiting out a reference to anti-Japanese agitation by area businessmen in the accompanying artist description.The art installation “Never Again Is Now,” created by Seattle artist Erin Shigaki, includes an 11-foot-tall mural of two children photographed at a California incarceration camp. The project was brought to Bellevue College last week as the school recognized the Day of Remembrance, which commemorates the day President Frankl...
The Seattle Times
14 new E. coli cases linked to sprouts from Jimmy Johns, FDA says
An outbreak of 14 new E. coli illnesses were likely caused by sprouts from Jimmy John’s, federal authorities said Wednesday, marking the sixth outbreak linked to the Champaign, Ill.-based sandwich chain.The new illnesses were reported in Illinois, Iowa, Missouri, Texas and Utah. People who recently ate clover sprouts on a Jimmy John’s sandwich and are experiencing symptoms such as severe stomach cramps, diarrhea, fever, nausea or vomiting should contact their doctor and report the illness to their local health department, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said.Jimmy John’s on Mond...
Celia Rivenbark: There is no purity in politics
“Purity” is a word you don’t hear that much, unless it’s used to describe a ring some high school couples wear so their parents won’t think they’re doing it. (Too cynical? I’m sorry. I wasn’t talking about your kid; he or she is admirably chaste, I’m sure.)So, imagine my surprise when possibly the two most disparate words imaginable formed an illicit relationship of their own. I’m talking about “purity politics,” of course.We heard the phrase back in the December debate when Elizabeth Warren took Pete Buttigieg to the woodshed-shed for attending a fundraiser hosted by millionaires in a crystal...
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