US Elections 2020

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McConnell pledges to bring Trump's SCOTUS nominee to a Senate vote
Senator Mitch McConnell
Senator Mitch McConnell Credit: Gage Skidmore (Creative Commons Attribution 2.0)

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R) pledged Friday to bring President Trump's Supreme Court nominee replacing the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg to a Senate vote.

"President Trump's nominee will receive a vote on the floor of the United States Senate," so McConnell.

Senate Majority Whip John Thune is backing McConnell, saying: "I believe Americans sent a Republican president and a Republican Senate to Washington to ensure we have an impartial judiciary that upholds the Constitution and the rule of law. We will fulfil our obligation to them."

CNN reports that "GOP aides are skeptical that there is enough time to confirm a nominee before November 3" as the process usually takes around two to three months but "that process could be sped up if McConnell, who controls the majority of the chamber, has the votes to confirm a replacement."

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US judge blocks USPS changes that slowed mail
United States Postal Service logo on a post box
United States Postal Service logo on a post box Credit: unsplash.com/Tareq Ismail

Judge Stanley Bastian has temporarily blocked the US Postal Service and Postmaster General Louis DeJoy from changing USPS policies or protocols before the November election. Recent changes have slowed mail nationwide, in what Judge Bastian called "a politically motivated attack on the efficiency of the Postal Service".

"Although not necessarily apparent on the surface, at the heart of DeJoy's and the Postal Service's actions is voter disenfranchisement. This is evident in President Trump's highly partisan words and tweets, the actual impact of the changes on primary elections that resulted in uncounted ballots, and recent attempts and lawsuits by the Republican National Committee and President Trump's campaign to stop the States' efforts to bypass the Postal Service by utilizing ballot drop boxes, as well as the timing of the changes," so the Judge in a statement. "It is easy to conclude that the recent Postal Services' changes is an intentional effort on the part of the current Administration to disrupt and challenge the legitimacy of upcoming local, state, and federal elections, especially given that 72% of the ... high speed mail sorting machines that were decommissioned were located in counties where Hillary Clinton received the most votes in 2016."

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Trump campaign calls federal judge to stop election officials in New Jersey from counting mail-in ballots

In a new filing, the reelection campaign of Presiden Donald Trump asked a federal judge to prevent mail-in ballots to be counted by New Jersey election officials beginning 10 days ahead of Election Day until a lawsuit is settled.

In addition, the campaign asked the federal judge to bar elections officials from accepting mail-in ballots that do not have a postmark for two days after election day.

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Scientific American endorses Joe Biden, first presidential endorsement in its 175-year history
Scientific American endorses Joe Biden, first presidential endorsement in its 175-year history
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For the first time in its 175-year history, the science magazine Scientific American endorses a presidential candidate, stating the editors felt "compelled" to endorse Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden.

"Scientific American has never endorsed a presidential candidate in its 175-year history. This year we are compelled to do so. We do not do this lightly," the magazine's editors wrote in a statement published on their website. "The evidence and the science show that Donald Trump has badly damaged the U.S. and its people—because he rejects evidence and science [...] The evidence and the science show that Donald Trump has badly damaged the U.S. and its people—because he rejects evidence and science."

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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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Nevada governor condemns Trump's indoor campaign rally

Nevada governor Steve Sisolak (D) has publicly spoken out about Sunday's Trump campaign indoor rally in his state where Covid-19 regulations were hardly followed.

“He only cares about himself," so Sisolak about Trump. "He knew what the rules were. He chose to show callous disregard in a reckless, selfish irresponsible way. There's no other way to put it."

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Trump held indoor rally and defied his administration's pandemic health guidelines
U.S. President Donald J. Trump Nevada Rally
U.S. President Donald J. Trump Nevada Rally Credit: Donald Trump (Twitter Reproduction)

The Trump campaign hosted its first indoor rally since June on Sunday. The event, held in Nevada, violated both the Trump administrations pandemic health guidelines and the state's Covid-19 regulation, which bans gatherings of more than 50 people. While temperature checks were performed upon entrance and masks were encouraged, most of the attendees didn't wear masks and social distancing rules were not followed.

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Michael Bloomberg to spend at least $100 million in Florida to help elect Joe Biden
Michael Bloomberg
Michael Bloomberg Credit: World Bank Photo Collection (Creative Commons Attribution 2.0)

The former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg committed to spend at least $100 million in Florida to help elect Joe Biden.

Florida is one of the the swing state, and it is also the most expensive of the expected battlegrounds in which to campaign. Current polls there show a race that between Trump and Biden effectively tied.

Bloomberg adviser Kevin Sheekey stated "Mike Bloomberg is committed to helping defeat Trump, and that is going to happen in the battleground states."

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Microsoft finds Russian, Chinese and Iranian hackers targeting US elections
Microsoft finds Russian, Chinese and Iranian hackers targeting US elections
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Hackers from China, Russia and Iran are targeting the 2020 presidential elections, Microsoft found. In a blog post, Microsoft stated that the three hacker groups Strontium (Russia), Zirconium (China) and Phosphorus (Iran) have launched attacks aimed at both the Democratic and Republican party. The groups have attacked "more than 200 organizations including political campaigns, advocacy groups, parties and political consultants", "high-profile individuals associated with the election" including associates of Biden's campaign and "personal accounts of people associated" with the Trump campaign.

"The majority of these attacks were detected and stopped by security tools built into our products. We have directly notified those who were targeted or compromised so they can take action to protect themselves," so Microsoft

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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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Trump suggests a Covid-19 vaccine could be ready "before a very special date"
Trump suggests a Covid-19 vaccine could be ready "before a very special date"
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During a White House press conference, President Trump suggested that a Covid-19 vaccine could be ready "before a very special date". While Trump did not mention a specific date, he previously claimed a vaccine could be available before the US election day.

"We're going to have a vaccine very soon, maybe even before a very special date. You know what date I'm talking about, " so Trump, who had asked journalists to take off their masks when addressing him.

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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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Osama Bin Laden's niece Noor Bin Ladin endorses Trump

Noor Bin Ladin, the niece of Osama Bin Laden, has voiced her support for Donald Trump in the 2020 election, claiming that another 9/11-style attack could happen under a Biden presidency.

"ISIS proliferated under the Obama/Biden administration, leading to them coming to Europe. Trump has shown he protects America and us by extension from foreign threats by obliterating terrorists at the root and before they get a chance to strike," so Bin Ladin who calls herself "an American at heart" even though she's living in Switzerland.

I have been a supporter of President Trump since he announced he was running in the early days in 2015. I have watched from afar and I admire this man’s resolve. He must be reelected… It’s vital for the future of not only America, but western civilization as a whole."

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Michael Cohen says Trump would "start a war" to prevent being removed from office
Michael Cohen says Trump would "start a war" to prevent being removed from office
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President Trump's former lawyer and fixer Michael Cohen told MSNBC on Friday that Trump would "do anything and everything" to stay in office. Cohen added that he believed "that includes manipulating the ballots."

"I believe that he would even go so far as to start a war in order to prevent himself from being removed from office. My biggest fear is that there will not be a peaceful transition of power in 2020," so Cohen.

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Chris Wallace, Steve Scully, Kristen Welker and Susan Page to moderate presidential debates

The presidential debates will start on September 29.

The first debate between Donald J. Trump and Joe Biden will be moderate by Fox News anchor Chris Wallace on September 29. C-SPAN's Steve Scully is set to moderate the second debate on October 15 and NBC's Kristen Welker will host the final debate on October 22.

The vice-presidential debate between Kamala Harris and Mike Pence will be moderated by USA Today Washington Bureau chief Susan Page on October 7.

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US Surgeon General calls for preparation for Covid-19 vaccine by Nov 1, "just in case"

US Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams said the country should prepare for a Covid-19 vaccine distribution by November 1, "just in case" one is ready.

"We've always said that we are hopeful for a vaccine by the end of this year or beginning of next year," Adams told ABC News. "That said, it's not just about having a vaccine that is safe and effective. It's about being ready to distribute it."

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Trump denies calling fallen soldiers "losers" and "suckers"
Trump denies calling fallen soldiers "losers" and "suckers"
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After The Atlantic reported that the President had called fallen soldiers "losers" and "suckers", Trump is denying the allegations. "The Atlantic Magazine is dying, like most magazines, so they make up a fake story in order to gain some relevance," so Trump on Twitter.

"To me, they’re heroes,” Trump told reporters. "It’s even hard to believe how they could do it. And I say that, the level of bravery, and to me, they’re absolute heroes."

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Biden gets endorsement from 81 Nobel laureates
Biden at the 2020 Iowa State Education Association (ISEA) Legislative Conference
Biden at the 2020 Iowa State Education Association (ISEA) Legislative Conference Credit: Gage Skidmore from Peoria, AZ, United States of America / Wikimedia Commons (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 2.0)

A total of 81 Nobel Prize winners have signed an open letter endorsing Joe Biden presidential bid, praising Biden for his "deep appreciation for using science to find solutions" and "willingness to listen to experts."

The letter read: "At no time in our nation's history has there been a greater need for our leaders to appreciate the value of science in formulating public policy. During his long record of public service, Joe Biden has consistently demonstrated his willingness to listen to experts, his understanding of the value of international collaboration in research and his respect for the contribution that immigrants make to the intellectual life of our country."

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CDC says states should prepare for possible vaccine distribution by late October
CDC says states should prepare for possible vaccine distribution by late October
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The CDC has told health officials to be ready to distribute a Covid-19 vaccine by late October or early November. Officials from all 50 states and five large cities were told to prepare the distribution of the vaccine to health care workers and other high-risk groups by that time.

The possibility of a rollout in the proposed timeline has heightened concerns that the Trump administration is seeking to rush the distribution of a vaccine — or suggest that one is near — before Election Day on November 3.

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Trump claims BLM is "bad for Black people" during interview with Fox News' Laura Ingraham
Trump claims BLM is "bad for Black people" during interview with Fox News' Laura Ingraham
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President Donald Trump decried Black Lives Matter as a "Marxist organisation" that is "so discriminatory" and "bad for Black people."

"Black Lives Matter is a Marxist organisation. The first time I ever heard of Black Lives Matter, I said, 'That’s a terrible name.' It’s so discriminatory. It’s bad for Black people. It’s bad for everybody," so Trump.