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Who's to blame for stalled stimulus talks?
Sat, 24 Oct 2020 10:26:49 -0400
Hopes that Congress might pass another round of economic stimulus before Election Day are fading quickly. Who's responsible for holding up a deal?

Contrasting responses to COVID-19 restrictions highlights split among evangelical Christians
Sat, 24 Oct 2020 08:01:00 -0400
In May, journalist Mindy Belz was frustrated by the way she saw white conservative Christians in America responding to the pandemic. Belz, by contrast, told Yahoo News that her tweet in May was driven by disappointment in the response of many American Christians to COVID-19.

The U.S. has held an election during a pandemic before. Here’s what happened in 1918.
Sat, 24 Oct 2020 06:00:57 -0400
Americans are heading to the polls as coronavirus cases and deaths continue to rise. But this isn't the first time the U.S. has held an election during a deadly global pandemic. During the so-called 1918 Spanish Influenza, politicians were attempting to campaign and Americans trying to make their voices heard at the ballot box without many of the modern conveniences we have today, like mail-in and absentee voting.

Can 'circuit-breaker' lockdowns save Europe from a second coronavirus wave?
Sat, 24 Oct 2020 05:00:29 -0400
The goal is to prevent the coronavirus from spreading with shorter shutdowns than those that were imposed last spring.

Why is QAnon more obsessed with an imaginary sex-trafficking ring than with Jeffrey Epstein’s real one?
Fri, 23 Oct 2020 21:31:59 -0400
Epstein’s long history of sexual misconduct, on private islands, in his Florida mansion, aboard yachts and and his private jet, with a who’s who of powerful “elites” including former President Bill Clinton (who denies having had a close relationship with Epstein or any knowledge of his crimes), is probably the closest real-world analogue of the imaginary global sex-trafficking ring at the core of the QAnon conspiracy. 

Biden vs. Trump on COVID: A 'dark winter' ahead, or 'rounding the turn'?
Fri, 23 Oct 2020 19:11:19 -0400
One day after holding their final debate of the 2020 campaign, Joe Biden and Donald Trump continued to portray the future course of the coronavirus pandemic in starkly different terms.

‘Shy’ Trump voters will power his win, says pollster who called 2016 race
Fri, 23 Oct 2020 16:34:48 -0400
Thanks to the hidden support from voters who are embarrassed to admit they will vote for Donald Trump, the president will be narrowly reelected on Nov. 3, says one of the few pollsters who correctly predicted his 2016 victory.

'A flat-out lie': Breonna Taylor attorneys seek new prosecutor after jurors speak out
Fri, 23 Oct 2020 15:47:12 -0400
The two anonymous grand jurors in the Breonna Taylor case who spoke out this week about the deliberations had no agenda other than to pursue the truth, their lawyer said. But their disclosures have spurred calls for a new prosecutor in the case.

4 takeaways from a less abrasive — but more revealing — debate between Trump and Biden
Fri, 23 Oct 2020 02:10:44 -0400
On Thursday evening, President Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden met in Nashville for the second — and final — socially distanced debate of the 2020 presidential campaign.

Trump and Biden trade allegations over their personal finances during debate 
Fri, 23 Oct 2020 00:07:14 -0400
President Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden sparred over their personal finances during their second presidential debate on Thursday evening at Tennessee’s Belmont University.

Trump defends family separation in debate, says immigrant kids whose parents can't be found are 'so well taken care of'
Fri, 23 Oct 2020 00:04:27 -0400
During a rare presidential debate exchange about immigration, President Trump defended his administration’s family separation policy for undocumented immigrants, which has left hundreds of children without their parents for years, saying the kids are “so well taken care of” in federal facilities.

Trump says he's the 'least racist person' in the room during presidential debate
Thu, 22 Oct 2020 23:29:38 -0400
President Trump and Joe Biden had a contentious and at times awkward exchange when asked by debate moderator Kristen Welker about Black Lives Matter.

Trump, Biden battle over coronavirus lockdowns in final debate
Thu, 22 Oct 2020 23:11:38 -0400
Joe Biden warned of a “dark winter,” while President Trump promised that the coronavirus is “going away.” Their sharply divergent views on the coronavirus pandemic emerged in the final debate.

'He thinks he's running against somebody else': Trump, Biden spar over health care at presidential debate
Thu, 22 Oct 2020 22:57:57 -0400
President Trump attempted to paint Joe Biden's health care plan as the same as that of the more progressive rivals Biden defeated in the primary race.

Biden sees a 'dark winter' ahead on coronavirus, while Trump says the U.S. is 'rounding the turn'
Thu, 22 Oct 2020 21:55:07 -0400
President Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden sharply disagreed during Thursday’s final presidential debate of 2020 about how the coronavirus pandemic would play out in the United States over the coming months.

How to vote in 4 states with Oct. 23-24 registration deadlines
Thu, 22 Oct 2020 16:33:54 -0400
Here are the details you’ll need to vote in four states with deadlines coming up Friday, Oct. 23, and Saturday, Oct. 24.

Trump calls for Obamacare repeal, complains about media in leaked '60 Minutes' interview
Thu, 22 Oct 2020 14:02:53 -0400
In an unusual move he had been teasing for days, President Trump on Thursday released his recent, unaired interview with the CBS News program “60 Minutes,” in which he complains repeatedly about the questions he is asked before abruptly ending the discussion. 

CDC study: Coronavirus thrives where poverty reigns
Thu, 22 Oct 2020 13:00:25 -0400
Low-income communities, particularly those in which people of color live, have a higher risk than their wealthier, whiter counterparts of becoming coronavirus hot spots, according to a new study by the CDC.

Liberals worry Trump supporters will try to intimidate voters at the polls
Thu, 22 Oct 2020 12:46:43 -0400
Worries about intimidation at the polls stem directly from President Trump’s rhetoric on the subject. Trump has relentlessly made false claims about Democrats cheating and rigging the election, and he has urged his supporters to go to the polls to try to prevent wrongdoing.

Fact checking the final presidential debate
Thu, 22 Oct 2020 12:00:26 -0400
Yahoo News provided live analysis and fact checking of claims made by the candidates in real time.

What U.S. foreign policy would look like under Trump, Biden
Thu, 22 Oct 2020 10:18:35 -0400
International issues have taken a back seat during the campaign because of all the domestic challenges facing the country. But the election will have a major impact on how the U.S. interacts with the rest of the world.

Republicans advance Amy Coney Barrett nomination; Democrats stay away
Thu, 22 Oct 2020 10:05:18 -0400
Since the Senate is in Republican hands, as are its constituent committees, there was little Democrats could do but abstain from the vote in a show of protest.

Biden plans a bipartisan commission to advise on court packing and other reforms
Thu, 22 Oct 2020 09:56:03 -0400
In excerpts of recent “60 Minutes” interviews with both President Trump and Joe Biden released by CBS News Thursday, the former vice president gave his most detailed answer to date on the question of so-called court packing.

Trump intel chief sounds alarm over Iran intimidating voters with spoofed emails
Wed, 21 Oct 2020 21:24:33 -0400
DNI Director John Ratcliffe announced in a surprise press conference that the U.S. government has concluded “that two foreign actors, Iran and Russia, have taken specific actions to influence public opinion relating to our elections.”

‘They responded by killing us’: Nigerians seek to end police brutality with #EndSARS protests
Wed, 21 Oct 2020 19:23:54 -0400
Protests calling for an end to police brutality in the West African country of Nigeria turned deadly after soldiers in Lagos opened fire on demonstrators Tuesday, killing at least 12 people.

'It just won't be so exhausting': Obama debuts his closing argument for Biden
Wed, 21 Oct 2020 19:09:23 -0400
In a rousing speech before the Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia, former President Barack Obama lambasted the Trump administration and urged the Democratic faithful to turn out in droves to elect Joe Biden. 

'Pastel QAnon,' where pro-Trump conspiracy theories meet New Age spirituality
Wed, 21 Oct 2020 18:21:52 -0400
“Pastel QAnon,” uses softer language, aesthetically-pleasing imagery to spread the group’s paranoid worldview in the typically apolitical online world of yoga devotees, wellness and nutrition coaches and "mommy bloggers."

Health secretary promises coronavirus vaccine before 2021
Wed, 21 Oct 2020 17:52:58 -0400
The first doses of a coronavirus vaccine could be available before the end of the year, with mass vaccination of Americans taking place throughout the spring, according to public health officials at CDC headquarters in Atlanta.

Why 780 retired generals and former national security leaders spoke out against Trump
Wed, 21 Oct 2020 16:44:28 -0400
The willingness of hundreds of career officers to break with tradition and speak out on behalf of one candidate reflects beliefs, on both sides, that the nation faces an uncertain future.

Romney: 'I did not vote for President Trump'
Wed, 21 Oct 2020 14:45:49 -0400
Sen. Mitt Romney said Wednesday that he did not cast his vote in the 2020 election for President Trump.

Trump has sparked a shift in how some conservatives talk and think about abortion
Wed, 21 Oct 2020 12:18:35 -0400
There is a robust argument being made, by prominent public figures but also among everyday Americans, that the white evangelical movement has made a Faustian bargain by supporting the GOP, and President Trump, in exchange for promises to eliminate abortion.

'They only care about votes': As millions slip into poverty, voting may be the only leverage for a 2nd stimulus check
Wed, 21 Oct 2020 10:39:23 -0400
Millions of Americans across the country are fed up with elected officials who haven't worked out a second stimulus bill. As more time passes, Americans don’t care how it gets done; they just want something done.

Anxieties rise about substantial delays — and Republican trickery — in election results
Tue, 20 Oct 2020 19:48:24 -0400
One prominent election lawyer said that Republicans in Pennsylvania and Wisconsin appear to want lengthy delays after Election Day in counting votes, given their failure to act and let mail-in ballots be counted before Election Day.

How are there still undecided voters this late in the race?
Tue, 20 Oct 2020 17:02:21 -0400
Despite the stark differences between the presidential candidates, a small but significant slice of the electorate is still undecided. How is that possible?

Trump's closing pitch to voters admits that America has to be made 'great again' all over again
Tue, 20 Oct 2020 16:58:04 -0400
In the closing days of the 2020 election that opinion polls show him likely to lose, President Trump has amended his famous 2016 campaign slogan, promising that, if reelected, he will “make America great again, again.”

Breonna Taylor grand juror speaks out, says prosecutors steered them away from homicide charges
Tue, 20 Oct 2020 16:41:31 -0400
After a judge allowed a grand juror in the Breonna Taylor case to speak about the deliberations, the anonymous juror confirmed what many had suspected.

Two Georgia Senate races could head to January runoffs, leaving control of chamber in doubt
Tue, 20 Oct 2020 15:23:57 -0400
If one or both of the races reach a runoff, it’s difficult to know what the composition of the electorate would look like come next year.

The facts behind Trump's attacks on Fauci
Tue, 20 Oct 2020 13:41:07 -0400
As the coronavirus pandemic worsens in the U.S., President Trump continues to attack the man who for months was the administration’s go-to authority on the disease, Dr. Anthony Fauci.

Trump's health care plan is always two weeks away. Now the election is too.
Tue, 20 Oct 2020 12:26:34 -0400
With two weeks until Election Day, the clock is ticking for Republicans as Democrats reprise their successful midterm strategy of warning that the administration and the GOP want to end mandated coverage for preexisting medical conditions.

86% of Air Force pilots are white men. Here's why this needs to change.
Tue, 20 Oct 2020 11:50:46 -0400
Pursuing equality in the military requires attracting the most capable people from all races and walks of life, says Air Force Maj. Gen. Ed Thomas.

Trump calls on Barr to appoint special prosecutor to investigate Bidens before Election Day
Tue, 20 Oct 2020 11:30:20 -0400
“We've got to get the attorney general to act,” the president said in a telephone interview with “Fox & Friends.” “He's got to act. And he’s got to act fast.”

As White House eyes 'herd immunity,' Sweden's no-mask approach is failing to contain COVID-19
Tue, 20 Oct 2020 11:18:13 -0400
Early on in the pandemic, Sweden was slammed for being reckless, refusing the lockdowns adopted by its Scandinavian neighbors and keeping most everything open. But with the ascendancy of President Trump's coronavirus adviser, Dr. Scott Atlas, herd immunity is getting another look.

Trump rips Biden and Fauci for coronavirus 'bad calls' and again suggests the pandemic nearly over
Mon, 19 Oct 2020 19:29:58 -0400
President Trump attacked Joe Biden and the nation’s top infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci during a campaign rally in Prescott, Ariz.

Trump's rallies define his view of liberty: The right not to care about other people
Mon, 19 Oct 2020 16:03:13 -0400
President Trump made a fateful decision last week to return to holding mass rallies despite warnings from health officials about doing so during a pandemic.

Should Facebook and Twitter suppress questionable news stories?
Mon, 19 Oct 2020 15:29:10 -0400
Facebook and Twitter limited the reach of a questionably sourced New York Post story about Hunter Biden. Was it the right call or an overreach?


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