How Trump, Biden are preparing for first presidential debate
WASHINGTON (AP) — Ahead of the first debate-stage matchup between President Donald Trump and his Democratic challenger Joe Biden, each campaign is promising a stark contrast in policy, personality and preparation. Trump has decided to skip any formal preparation. And while Biden’s team believes the significance of the debate may be exaggerated, the Democratic nominee [...]
If Barrett joins, Supreme Court would have six Catholics
Roman Catholics account for a bit more than 20% of the U.S. population, yet they are on track to hold six of the Supreme Court’s nine seats now that President Donald Trump is expected to nominate Amy Coney Barrett to fill its vacancy. It’s a striking development given that the high court, for most of [...]
AP Explains: What’s next for Trump’s Supreme Court pick?
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican-led Senate is expected to move quickly toward a confirmation vote for President Donald Trump’s nominee to replace the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg once he announces his choice on Saturday. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell hasn’t yet said for certain whether a final vote will come before or [...]
Reagan’s age, Mitt’s binders: Presidential debate highlights
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump and his Democratic challenger, Joe Biden, are set to meet on Tuesday for their first debate, a highly anticipated event in a highly unusual election year. The campaign has been divisive on a historic scale. Trump was impeached for trying to pressure Ukraine to investigate Biden and his son [...]
Early vote shows signs of Black voters’ shift to mail voting
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Shirley Dixon-Mosley had never sent a ballot through the mail. She always treasured casting her ballot in person. But for November’s election, she voted early and by mail because she didn’t want to take any chances. “I want to make sure my vote got in and it counted,” said the 75-year-old [...]
Trump expected to announce conservative Barrett for court
President Donald Trump is expected to announce Saturday that he is nominating Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court as he aims to put a historic conservative stamp on the high court just weeks before the election.
Ginsburg makes history at Capitol amid replacement turmoil
Mourners paid tribute to Justice Ginsburg, who died last week at age 87, in a private Capitol ceremony with elected officials, family and other invited guests. She'll be buried next week.
Justice Department statement on mail-in ballot investigation appalls election law experts
The Justice Department alarmed voting-law experts by announcing an investigation into nine discarded ballots found in northeastern Pennsylvania, a case immediately seized upon by the Trump campaign as evidence of a dark conspiracy.
2 charged in coronavirus outbreak at veterans home that left 76 dead
Two former leaders of a Massachusetts veterans home were indicted on charges of criminal neglect in connection to a coronavirus outbreak that contributed to the deaths of at least 76 residents, the state’s attorney general said Friday. Bennett Walsh, 50, and Dr. David Clinton, 71, were indicted Thursday by a state grand jury on charges [...]
Trump, Biden court Catholic vote in different ways
Alisa Anderson, a lifelong Catholic from Livonia, Michigan, does not typically give much weight to the religious backgrounds of political candidates. But the deeply personal way Joe Biden discusses his Catholicism has caught her attention. “Biden has shown us that his faith has led him through some very dark times and I have admiration for [...]
Trump expected to nominate Amy Coney Barrett to fill Ginsburg’s seat on the Supreme Court
WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump has selected Judge Amy Coney Barrett, the favorite candidate of conservatives, to succeed Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and will try to force Senate confirmation before Election Day in a move that would significantly alter the ideological makeup of the Supreme Court for years. Trump plans to announce Saturday that she [...]
Making history again, Ginsburg is honored in a divided Capitol
WASHINGTON — Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who won trailblazing legal victories for women’s rights before ascending to the nation’s highest court, broke her final barriers on Friday, becoming the first woman and the first Jewish American to lie in state in the U.S. Capitol. In a ceremony choreographed by Speaker Nancy Pelosi to give the [...]
HUD secretary’s notes show he’s upset with WH appointments
ATLANTA (AP) — Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson inadvertently made public his anger with the White House hiring office when cameras captured writing on the back of a page he was consulting during a speech. In a reference to the White House Presidential Personnel Office, Carson’s notes said: “I am not happy with [...]
US Rep. Craig asks supporters to vote despite snag in race
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minnesota congresswoman whose race has been roiled by the death of a third-party candidate urged supporters Friday to vote for her and the rest of the Democratic ticket on the November ballot, even though votes in her race won’t count under current circumstances. In a statement, Democratic U.S. Rep. Angie Craig [...]
Probe into ‘discarded’ ballots becomes campaign outrage fuel
Thursday’s kerfuffle and internet outrage over a handful of mail ballots is likely a taste of what’s to come in the month left before the presidential election.
Majority says winner of presidential election should nominate next Supreme Court justice, Post-ABC poll finds
The Post-ABC poll, conducted Monday to Thursday, finds 38% say the replacement for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg should be nominated by President Donald Trump, while 57% say it should be left to the winner of the presidential election.
As debate over Sweden’s COVID-19 response continues, cases in the country are on the rise
Sweden, where a shutdown-free pandemic response prompted a global debate, is seeing another wave of COVID-19 cases, with the country’s state epidemiologist warning this week that it was heading in the “wrong direction” as winter approaches. Sweden’s public health body recorded 554 new COVID-19 cases Thursday — the highest since early July — and 417 [...]
Court sides with House Democrats in challenge to Trump’s border wall spending
A federal appeals court in Washington sided with House Democrats on Friday in their effort to block the Trump administration’s diversion of billions of dollars to build the president’s signature southern border wall. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit unanimously backed Congress’s power of the purse and said House lawmakers could proceed [...]
‘I feel sorry for Americans’: A baffled world watches the U.S.
Amid the pandemic and in the run-up to the presidential election, much of the world is watching the United States with a mix of shock, chagrin and, most of all, bafflement. Says a Canadian mayor, “It’s like watching the decline of the Roman Empire.”
Ruth Bader Ginsburg lies in state on Friday. Here’s what that means.
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg became the first woman to lie in state in the U.S. Capitol on Friday. Here's what it means to "lie in state" vs. "lie in honor," and other terms.
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Facing possible defeat, Trump threatens the integrity of the election
His relentless campaign against mail-in ballots seeds the ground for chaos or worse when votes are still being counted in the days after Nov. 3.
- Barr said to have told Trump about investigation into discarded Pennsylvania ballots that president seized on as evidence of widespread fraud
- Trump, White House demand FDA justify tough standards for coronavirus vaccine, raising concerns of political interference