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Obama returns to campaign trail for Biden, says the US can't "afford four more years of this"
Obama returns to campaign trail for Biden, says the US can't "afford four more years of this"
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Barack Obama condemned President Donald Trump in a speech on Wednesday at the Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, urging Americans to vote for Democratic nominee Joe Biden as "the next 13 days will matter for decades to come."

"Philadelphia, we got 13 days — 13 days until the most important election of our lifetimes. And you don't have to wait for Nov. 3 to cast your ballot," Obama said.

"Donald Trump isn't suddenly going to protect all of us. He can't even take the basic steps to protect himself," he added. "Here's the truth. I want to be honest here. This pandemic would have been challenging for any president. But this idea that somehow this White House has done anything but completely screw this up is just not true."

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USA Today endorses Joe Biden, the newspaper's first presidential endorsement
USA Today endorses Joe Biden, the newspaper's first presidential endorsement
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The editorial board of American newspaper USA Today has published its first presidential endorsement in its history, urging Americans to vote for Democratic nominee Joe Biden.

"In 2016, we broke tradition in urging you not to vote for Trump. Now we're making our first presidential endorsement. We hope it's our last," so the Editorial Board. "We urged readers not to vote for Donald Trump, calling the Republican nominee unfit for office because he lacked the “temperament, knowledge, steadiness and honesty that America needs from its presidents.” We stopped short, however, of an outright endorsement of Hillary Clinton, the Democratic nominee. This year, the Editorial Board unanimously supports the election of Joe Biden, who offers a shaken nation a harbor of calm and competence."

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Rolling Stone magazine endorses Joe Biden for president
Rolling Stone magazine endorses Joe Biden for president
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Joe Biden, the Democratic nominee for president, picked up the endorsement of the Rolling Stone magazine.

The magazine announced the endorsement on October 19 with an editorial that starts with: "We’ve lived for the past four years under a man categorically unfit to be president. Fortunately for America, Joe Biden is Donald Trump’s opposite in nearly every category."

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Climate activist Greta Thunberg declares support for Joe Biden
Climate activist Greta Thunberg declares support for Joe Biden
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The Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg declared Saturday support for Democrat Joe Biden in the upcoming US presidential election.

On Twitter, Thunberg wrote: "I never engage in party politics. But the upcoming US elections is above and beyond all that.

From a climate perspective it’s very far from enough and many of you of course supported other candidates. But, I mean…you know…damn!

Just get organized and get everyone to vote #Biden"

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Trump halts Covid-19 budget stimulus relief talks, reverses course shortly after and urges Congress to approve relief measures
Trump halts Covid-19 budget stimulus relief talks, reverses course shortly after and urges Congress to approve relief measures
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President Donald Trump has halted negotiations with Democratic lawmakers over a Covid-19 relief bill until after the election.

"I have instructed my representatives to stop negotiating until after the election when, immediately after I win, we will pass a major Stimulus Bill that focuses on hardworking Americans and Small Business," Trump announced on Twitter. The US stocks fell by more than 2% after the announcement.

Shortly after, Trump tweeted he "was ready to sign right now" if "sent a Stand Alone Bill for Stimulus Checks ($1,200), they will go out to our great people IMMEDIATELY."

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Presidential Debate: Trump says "I don't want to pax tax," but claims he has paid millions in income taxes
Presidential Debate: Trump says "I don't want to pax tax," but claims he has paid millions in income taxes
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President Donald Trump has claimed "he paid millions of dollars in taxes" during the first presidential debate Tuesday, just days after a report by the New York Times showed the president paid no federal income taxes in 10 out of the last 15 years.

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden suggested Trump "does take advantage of the tax code" and that the president "pays less tax than a schoolteacher."

"I don't want to pay tax," Trump responded, claiming that all business leaders did the same "unless they are stupid."

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Cindy McCain endorses Joe Biden
Cindy McCain endorses Joe Biden
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Cindy McCain, the widow of the late Republican Senator John McCain, endorses Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden.

"My husband John lived by a code: country first. We are Republicans, yes, but Americans foremost. There's only one candidate in this race who stands up for our values as a nation, and that is @JoeBiden," Ms McCain tweeted Tuesday. "Joe and I don't always agree on the issues, and I know he and John certainly had some passionate arguments, but he is a good and honest man. He will lead us with dignity," she added.

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Assange's lawyer says in court Trump offered to pardon the Wikileaks founder
Julian Assange
Julian Assange Credit: Snapperjack

Jennifer Robinson, Julian Assange's lawyer, told a court in London she observed a meeting when Dana Rohrabacher and Charles Johnson made an offer of pardon from Donald Trump.
The pardon would be given if the WikiLeaks founder provided the source for the 2016 hacking of the Democratic National Committee emails.Assange's lawyer Trump offered to pardon Assange if he provided source for Democratic emails, lawyer says

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Biden calls Trump a "Climate Arsonist", after Trump rejects science
Orange sky over the San Francisco Bay Bridge due to the west coast wildfires.
Orange sky over the San Francisco Bay Bridge due to the west coast wildfires. Credit: unsplash.com/MILKOVÍ

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden has called President Trump a "climate arsonist" after the president's California visit where he rejected science and blamed the wildfires ravaging the Pacific West on poor forest management and untamed vegetation, not on climate change.

"If we have four more years of Trump’s climate denial, how many suburbs will be burned in wildfires?" Biden asked. "How many suburban neighborhoods will have been flooded out? How many suburbs will have been blown away in superstorms? If you give a climate arsonist four more years in the White House, why would anyone be surprised if we have more of America ablaze?"

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Biden says intelligence community doesn't trust Trump as he has "no conception" of national security
Screenshot of CNN's interview with Joe Biden
Screenshot of CNN's interview with Joe Biden Credit: CNN (Screenshot)

During an interview with CNN, Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden told Jake Tapper that President Donald Trump "seems to have no conception of what constitutes national security". This statement refers to Trump telling Bob Woodward about existence of a classified nuclear weapons system.

"You wonder why people in the intelligence community wondered from the very beginning whether you could share data with him, 'cause they don't trust him. They don't trust what he'll say or do," so Biden to Tapper. "He seems to have no conception of what constitutes national security, no conception of anything other than, what can he do to promote himself?"

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Kamala Harris met with Jacob Blake in Wisconsin
Kamala Harris at the 2019 National Forum on Wages and Working People
Kamala Harris at the 2019 National Forum on Wages and Working People Credit: Gage Skidmore from Peoria, AZ, United States of America / Wikimedia Commons (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 2.0)

During her first solo and in-person campaign trip as Democratic vice presidential nominee, Kamala Harris met with Jacob Blake's family and legal team in Wisconsin on Monday, while Blake himself joined the meeting by phone. Harris voiced her support and express her concern for their "well-being and of course for their brother and son's well-being."

"I mean, they're an incredible family. And what they've endured, and they just do it with such dignity and grace. And you know, they're carrying the weight of a lot of voices on their shoulders," so Harris.

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Kamala Harris says US has two systems of justice
Kamala Harris (l) and Libby Schaaf (r) in 2020
Kamala Harris (l) and Libby Schaaf (r) in 2020 Credit: The United States Senate - Office of Senator Kamala Harris / Public domain

During an interview with CNN, Democratic vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris said that the United States "have two systems of justice" for Black and White Americans.

"I don't think that most reasonable people who are paying attention to the facts would dispute that there are racial disparities and a system that has engaged in racism in terms of how the laws have been enforced," so Harris. "It does us no good to deny that. Let's just deal with it. Let's be honest. These might be difficult conversations for some, but they're not difficult conversations for leaders, not for real leaders."

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Mayor says it would be better if Trump postponed Kenosha visit

After the White House announced Trump would visit Kenosha on Tuesday to survey the damage caused by last week's protests following the shooting of Jacob Blake, Mayor John Antaramian (D) said: "from our perspective, our preference would have been for him not to be coming at this point in time."

"All presidents are always welcome and campaign issues are always going on. But it would have been, I think, better had he waited to have for another time to come." Antaramian added.

Antaramian further stated that the city supports peaceful protests and that the people had "every right to protest," and added that "our biggest problem really did come from people coming from outside the area and causing a great deal of damage and destruction."

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Portland Mayor denounces violence, calls out Trump for creating "hate and divison"
Portland, Oregon mayor Ted Wheeler (l) during the 2020 George Floyd protests in Portland, Oregon, in front of projection stating "THEODORE RESIGN"
Portland, Oregon mayor Ted Wheeler (l) during the 2020 George Floyd protests in Portland, Oregon, in front of projection stating "THEODORE RESIGN" Credit: Tedder / Wikimedia Commons (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 4.0)

Portland mayor Ted Wheeler has denounced Saturday's act of violence in downtown Portland, where a man was shot during a clash between right-wing supporters and protestors.

Wheeler further blamed President Donald Trump for having created an America that sees a level of violence not seen in decades, saying that it's Trump who has created "the hate and the division."

"President Trump, for four years we've had to live with you and your racist attacks on black people. We learned early about your sexist attitudes towards women. We've had to endure clips of you mocking a disabled man; we've had to listen to your anti-democratic attacks on journalists; we've read your tweets slamming private citizens to the point of receiving death threats; and we've listened to your attacks on immigrants," so Wheeler.

"You bring no peace. You bring no respect to our democracy," Wheeler added. "You've tried to divide us more than any other figure in modern history and now you want me to stop the violence you helped create. What America needs is for you to be stopped so that we can come back together as one America."

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RNC, Night 4: Trump attacks Biden, calls him the "destroyer of America's jobs"
RNC, Night 4: Trump attacks Biden, calls him the "destroyer of America's jobs"
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During the fourth night of the Republican National Convention, President Donald Trump took various swings at Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden.

"Joe Biden is not the savior of America’s soul," so Trump. "He is the destroyer of America’s jobs, and if given the chance, he will be the destroyer of America’s greatness."

Trump claimed that his response to the Covid-19 pandemic was based "the science, the facts, and the data" and that Biden would surrender to the virus with the result of "drug overdoses, depression, alcohol addiction, suicides, heart attacks, economic devastation, job loss."

Biden would also "demolish the suburbs, confiscate your guns, and appoint justices who will wipe away your Second Amendment and other Constitutional freedoms," so Trump. He paints Biden as the "Trojan horse for socialism," who "wouldn't have the strength to stand up to Marxists like Bernie Sanders and fellow radicals."

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RNC, Night 3: Mike Pence attacks Biden, calls him "Trojan horse for radical left", praises administration's Covid-19 response
Mike Pence applauding Donald Trump at the 2016 RNC
Mike Pence applauding Donald Trump at the 2016 RNC Credit: Ali Shaker/VOA / Public domain

During the third night of the Republican National Convention, Vice President Mike Pence heavily attacked Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, saying people "won't be safe in Joe Biden's America" and that a vote for Biden would be "nothing more than a Trojan horse for the radical left."

Praising the Trump administration's handling of Covid-19, Pence said: "Before the first case of the coronavirus spread within the United States, the president took unprecedented action and suspended all travel from China, the second largest economy in the world." According to the New York Times, "40,000 people had traveled to the United States from China" between the start of the travel ban on Jan 31 and the beginning of April.

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RNC, Night 2: Eric Trump praises his father, criticises Democrats and media
Donald Trump's son Eric delivers a speech at the 2016 Republican National Convention
Donald Trump's son Eric delivers a speech at the 2016 Republican National Convention Credit: Ali Shaker/VOA / Public domain

During the second night of the Republican National Convention on Tuesday, Eric Trump heavily criticises Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, claiming that Biden did "not know the slightest thing about the American worker or the American business" and had accomplished "nothing" during his entire governmental career. He further added that Biden was "a total pushover for Communist China" whose presidency would be "a giant relief for terrorists."

Eric Trump also accused Democrats of wanting to "disrespect our national anthem by taking a knee, while our armed forces lay down their lives every day to protect our freedom" and to "destroy the monuments of our forefathers."

Voting for Donald Trump would be a vote for "the American spirit, the American dream and the American flag," and would ensure that "freedom will never be a thing of the past," so Eric Trump.

"In closing, I’d like to speak directly to my father," Trump said during the end of his speech. "I miss working alongside you every day but I’m damn proud to be on the front lines of this fight. I am proud of what you are doing for this country."

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27 prominent Republicans announce they’ll endorse Joe Biden
Jeff Flake
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More than two dozen former Republican members of Congress officially announced Monday, before the start of the Republican National Convention, that they would endorse Joe Biden.

Former Senator Jeff Flake of Arizona and former Representative Charlie Dent of Pennsylvania are among those supporting the Democratic presidential nominee through "Republicans for Biden."

Trump is still overwhelmingly popular among Republicans, a point made by Trump campaign spokesman Tim Murtaugh, who dismissed the significance of the endorsements.

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Biden says he'd "do whatever it takes to save lives" if elected president
Biden says he'd "do whatever it takes to save lives" if elected president
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In an interview with ABC News' David Muir, Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden said that he was "prepared to do whatever it takes to save lives, because we cannot get the country moving until we control the virus," including shutting the country down if deemed necessary by scientists.

"That is the fundamental flaw of this administration's thinking to begin with. In order to keep the country running and moving and the economy growing, and people employed, you have to fix the virus, you have to deal with the virus," so Biden. "I would shut it down. I would listen to the scientists."

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Kamala Harris accepts Democratic vice presidential nomination
Kamala Harris accepts Democratic vice presidential nomination
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On the third night of the Democratic National Convention on Wednesday, Californian Sen. Kamala Harris accepted the party's vice presidential nomination, as the first Black and South Asian woman to do so in history.

In her speech, Harris addressed her late mother, stating: "Oh, how I wish she were here tonight. But I know she’s looking down on me from above. I keep thinking about that 25-year-old Indian woman, all of five feet tall, who gave birth to me at Kaiser hospital in Oakland, Calif. On that day, she probably could have never imagined that I would be standing before you now and speaking these words: I accept your nomination for vice president of the United States of America."

Harris said that she and Biden both share "a vision of our nation as a beloved community, where all are welcome, no matter what we look like, where we come from, or who we love," and that Americans are "united by the fundamental belief that every human being is of infinite worth, deserving of compassion, dignity and respect."

Addressing racism and police brutality, Harris said that there was no vaccine for racism, therefore "we've got work to do. For George Floyd. For Breonna Taylor. For the lives of too many others to name. for our children, for all of us."