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  • 4 takeaways from a less abrasive ? but more revealing ? debate between Trump and Biden

    4 takeaways from a less abrasive ? but more revealing ? debate between Trump and BidenOn 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.


  • 'A flat-out lie': Breonna Taylor attorneys seek new prosecutor after jurors speak out

    'A flat-out lie': Breonna Taylor attorneys seek new prosecutor after jurors speak outThe 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.


  • Turkey's Armenians 'cannot breathe' as Karabakh rhetoric rages

    Turkey's Armenians 'cannot breathe' as Karabakh rhetoric ragesTurkey's support of Azerbaijan in its conflict with Armenian separatists in Nagorno-Karabakh is loud and intensely partisan, and the tiny Armenian community in Turkey is feeling under pressure.


  • Turkish burgers off the menu in Saudi Arabia as trade boycott bites fast food industry

    Turkish burgers off the menu in Saudi Arabia as trade boycott bites fast food industryWith its spicy sauce and Ottoman-themed packaging, the ?Turkish burger? is one of the more exotic choices on the menu at Saudi Arabian restaurant Herfy. Or, at least, it was. This week, the Turkish patty has vanished from the menu and been replaced with an identical ?Greek burger,? the latest casualty of Saudi Arabia?s unofficial boycott of Turkish products. ?It?s the same thing,? one Herfy worker, Mahmood Bassyoni, told customers as he offered them a taste of the burger, according to Bloomberg news agency. ?Just the name changed.? The boycott reportedly began after Recep Tayyip Erdogan outraged Riyadh, one of its main rivals in the Middle East, by claiming that ?Arab countries in the Gulf will not exist for long but Turkey will always remain powerful.? Tensions have also simmered over the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Saudi Arabia?s Istanbul consulate and differing attitudes towards Islamist groups in the region. Mr Erdogan has accused Mohammed bin Salman, the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, of ordering the murder personally, something that he vehemently denies. The Telegraph approached Herfy for comment on whether the rebranding was related to the boycott but had not received a response at the time of publication. According to Arab News, a Saudi news website, the boycott has been gaining steam in recent weeks, with major supermarket Al Sadhan Group expressing support for the campaign. This was followed by dairy firm Tamimi Markets adding its voice to the backlash against Turkish goods, along with a number of online fashion retailers.


  • Treasure hunter dug through Yellowstone cemetery looking for famous bounty, feds say

    Treasure hunter dug through Yellowstone cemetery looking for famous bounty, feds sayHe was allegedly seeking the coveted Forrest Fenn treasure, officials said.


  • Fact check: Harris said her work as California's AG is a 'model of what our nation needs'

    Fact check: Harris said her work as California's AG is a 'model of what our nation needs'Kamala Harris never said that "California is a model of what the country should be." She did, however, say her work on criminal justice reform is "a model of what our nation needs to do."


  • The family of the rescued Zion National Park hiker spoke out after a sheriff's sergeant questioned her survival story ? but it's still confusing

    The family of the rescued Zion National Park hiker spoke out after a sheriff's sergeant questioned her survival story ? but it's still confusingHolly Courtier was found 12 days after disappearing on a hike. Her sister spoke to reporters after a sheriff's sergeant questioned the survival story.


  • Trump: The only undocumented immigrants who appear for their court dates have the 'lowest IQ'

    Trump: The only undocumented immigrants who appear for their court dates have the 'lowest IQ'

    Following a debate question on immigration, President Trump said that the only undocumented immigrants who appear for their court dates are those with the ?lowest IQ.?


  • Colorado wildfire jumps U.S. Continental Divide, threatens mountain towns

    Colorado wildfire jumps U.S. Continental Divide, threatens mountain townsAn explosive Colorado wildfire that has already forced the evacuation of several mountain communities and the closure of Rocky Mountain National Park blackened another 45,000 acres (18,200 hectares) on Thursday as it jumped the U.S. Continental Divide. The East Troublesome Fire, which broke out on Oct. 14, has now burned 170,000 acres (68,800 hectares) and was only about 5% contained as of Thursday afternoon, incident commander Noel Livingston said at a news briefing. The flames have spread into Rocky Mountain National Park, prompted the National Park Service to close the entire 415 square-mile (668-square-km) expanse and the blaze has become the second-largest on record in Colorado.


  • Trump calls for Obamacare repeal, complains about media in leaked '60 Minutes' interview

    Trump calls for Obamacare repeal, complains about media in leaked '60 Minutes' interviewIn 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. 


  • ?Should I Kill Joe Biden??: Feds Say Nomad Busted With Car Full of Guns Debated Assassinating Ex-Veep

    ?Should I Kill Joe Biden??: Feds Say Nomad Busted With Car Full of Guns Debated Assassinating Ex-VeepA 19-year-old who was busted with a car full of guns and explosives?including a semi-automatic rifle?debated killing Joe Biden online, traveling to a Wendy?s mere miles from the former vice president?s home and penning a checklist that ended in ?execute,? federal authorities allege in court documents.Alexander Hillel Treisman, originally from Seattle, was indicted by a federal grand jury in September on a child pornography charge after authorities stumbled upon his abandoned van at a Third Bank in Kannapolis, North Carolina. Inside, officers with the Kannapolis Police Department found a trove of weapons, including an AR-15 style rifle behind the driver?s seat, a canister of Tannerite, an explosive material, and more than $500,000. According to court documents obtained by The Daily Beast, Treisman?s arrest spurred a shocking investigation that uncovered his affinity for mass shootings, racist ideologies, and interest in killing the Democratic presidential nominee. Treisman quickly became the target of a Joint Terrorism Task Forces (JTTF) investigation which included agents from multiple field offices around the country.Seattle Entrepreneur Investigated for Selling Bogus $400 COVID Vaccine: Feds?Should I kill joe biden?? Treisman allegedly wrote on April 15, 2020, alongside an image posted on iFunny, according to a search-warrant application. The application also details how the 19-year-old went to Wilmington, Delaware?Biden?s hometown?on at least one occasion and discussed his need to ?save? Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders.The U.S. Attorney?s office in North Carolina declined The Daily Beast?s request for comment. An attorney representing Treisman did not immediately respond to a request for comment.Authorities say on May 28, 2020, KPD officers responded to a report at about 11 a.m. of an abandoned vehicle in the bank?s parking lot about 30 minutes outside of Charlotte. Peering through the white van?s windows, officers saw several guns, explosive materials, ?books about survival, bomb making, improvised weapons, and Islam; and a large amount of cash banded and sealed in bank bags, estimated to be hundreds of thousands of dollars,? according to the search-warrant application.Hours later, Treisman was arrested for carrying concealed weapons when he returned to the bank to retrieve his van. The application states that during an initial search of the teenager?s second car uncovered several more weapons and three driver licenses from Washington, California, and Florida.In an interview, authorities questioned Treisman on the disturbing material they found inside his van?including hand drawings of swastikas and a plane crashing into a building.?Treisman conveyed to the interviewing officers that he had an interest in terrorist incidents and mass shootings, and that he watched YouTube videos and read Wikipedia articles about such incidents,? the search warrant application states, adding that his friends and family had stopped speaking to him due to his ?remarks and jokes? about mass shootings and the 9/11 terror attacks.> Here is the mugshot police took of Alexander Treisman after they arrested him. He was initially arrested on a state charge of carrying a concealed weapon. He now remains in federal custody -- but still not charged with plotting to kill Joe Biden https://t.co/P4RAY7KouF pic.twitter.com/v2tGZ8JgDJ> > ? Nick Ochsner (@NickOchsnerWBTV) October 22, 2020The application details how the teenager traveled across the country, picking up firearms along the way, all while allegedly expressing on social media his desire to ?execute? people he hates. Treisman, however, denied any real attempts to harm anyone and claimed to authorities ?all online threats were part of a persona.?During their investigation, JTTF investigators also uncovered an iFunny account believed to be associated with Treisman. iFunny is a social media platform where users can post and comment on memes and had, at the time, become known as a hub for white nationalists.In one conversation with another user, Treisman allegedly admitted he ?was going to do a columbine for a while.? When the other user chastised the teenager for wanting to ?harm the innocent,? Treisman replied: ?My hatred is for the complacent American people who will turn u in for their own satisfaction. But aside from former goals, my eyes on the future. If anything I have to save bernie.?White Supremacist Had List of Feds to Kill and Doxx: Unsealed FileInvestigators concluded the account was referring to Sen. Sanders, who dropped out of the presidential race on April 8. Days after Sanders? announcement, the search-warrant application states Treisman allegedly posted another meme on iFunny with a caption questioning whether he should murder Biden. Then, on May 3, investigators state, financial transactions and cell phone records show Treisman was within four miles of Biden?s home in Delaware and had stopped at a local Wendy?s.In a May 30 interview with investigators, one possible associate of Treisman described the young man as an ?outcast that seemed to be driving around the country.? While he remained in contact with Treisman for a short time, the associate said he was ?put off? by the teenager?s ?far-right racist comments??including using racial slurs and talking about killing Black Americans.After obtaining a search warrant for Treisman?s phone in June, JTTF investigators also discovered a video in which the teenager can be heard musing about how ?awesome? it would be to hijack an airplane and fly it into a building. The phone showed the teenager had searched for Biden?s address and looked up, ?does the vp get secret service for life.?Another search warrant revealed a screenshot of a note taken on May 16 that investigators determined ?was consistent with a surveillance and attack plan connected to a possible threat against Joe Biden or other targeted act of violence.? At the end of the note, the search warrant states, was the word ?execute.? Another Oct. 15, 2019, note in Treisman?s phone described a plan to execute a mass shooting at a mall food court either on Christmas or Black Friday, the search warrant application states.Investigators say that Treiman?s phone also revealed a trove of ?sexually explicit videos and images of minors.??Child pornography was found on eight of these devices (three laptops, three hard drives, an additional cell phone, and a flash drive),? an Oct. 6 detention memo states. ?A total of 1,248 videos and 6,721 images of child pornography content were found on Defendant?s devices, in addition to 637 videos and images of child pornography containing sadism and/or masochism content.?The detention memo also noted that Treisman has no prior criminal history and ?had been diagnosed with Asperger syndrome at age twelve.? But despite the diagnosis, court records state Treisman ?denied any mental health conditions? during a May 29 law enforcement interview. He was denied bail on Oct. 6 pending trial and is being held in Durham County, North Carolina.Read more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast hereGet our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.


  • Christian singer to host evangelical ?worship protest? on Washington DC?s National Mall with 15,000 expected to attend

    Christian singer to host evangelical ?worship protest? on Washington DC?s National Mall with 15,000 expected to attendThe event scheduled this weekend will not require attendees to wear masks or social distance


  • Ghislaine Maxwell could not contain frustration as she 'pounded' desk during bad tempered deposition

    Ghislaine Maxwell could not contain frustration as she 'pounded' desk during bad tempered depositionGhislaine Maxwell could not hide her frustration during an increasingly heated and bad tempered legal deposition that was unsealed in New York. Several times during the seven-hour exchange, which took place over two days, her anger boiled over as she was forced to answer repeated questions about allegations made by a woman she insisted was a serial liar. At one point, unable to contain her emotions, Miss Maxwell ?very inappropriately and very harshly? pounded the desk, forcing them to take a break. She was being quizzed about Virginia Roberts Giuffre?s claim that she was just 15 when she was first introduced to Jeffrey Epstein at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida, which she furiously insisted had been fabricated to make the story ?more exciting.? ?Can we agree she was not the age she said? that is obviously, manifestly, absolutely, totally a lie,? Miss Maxwell said. Sigfrid McCawley, for Ms Roberts Giuffre, interjected, stating for the record that Miss Maxwell had banged the desk ?in an inappropriate manner.? ?I ask she take a deep breath and calm down,? she said. ?I know this is a difficult position but physical assault or threats is not appropriate so no pounding, no stomping, no.?


  • Armenian-Americans march in Miami Beach to condemn Azerbaijan, demand Artsakh liberty

    Armenian-Americans march in Miami Beach to condemn Azerbaijan, demand Artsakh libertyAs voters inside Miami Beach City Hall used the ballot box to decide their country?s future, a group of Armenian-Americans took part in a more public display of patriotism right outside.


  • Venezuelans 'dying slowly' in rat- and roach-infested homes

    Venezuelans 'dying slowly' in rat- and roach-infested homesSunlight cannot penetrate, the air is fetid and fellow residents include rats and cockroaches -- but that's how 14 families are "dying slowly" in government accommodation in Venezuela's capital Caracas.


  • US embassy in Turkey issues a warning about 'potential terrorist attacks and kidnappings' of Americans and foreigners in Istanbul

    US embassy in Turkey issues a warning about 'potential terrorist attacks and kidnappings' of Americans and foreigners in IstanbulIn response to the threat, the embassy suspended its services and urged American citizens to be careful, avoid crowds, and keep a low profile.


  • The South was a lost cause for Democrats. Now eight key Senate seats are in play.

    The South was a lost cause for Democrats. Now eight key Senate seats are in play."You'd sometimes have a good candidate run, but they had no capacity to raise money or get involvement from the national party. That?s changed now," one Democratic strategist said.


  • A 73-year-old in Colorado was fined more than $1,000 after her pet deer gored a woman walking her dog

    A 73-year-old in Colorado was fined more than $1,000 after her pet deer gored a woman walking her dogTynette Housley, 73, was cited on misdemeanor charges of illegal possession of wildlife and illegally feeding wildlife.


  • Scoop: Rudy Giuliani declined offer of compromising Hunter Biden emails and images in May 2019

    Scoop: Rudy Giuliani declined offer of compromising Hunter Biden emails and images in May 2019Giuliani turned the offer down out of credibility concerns, a source familiar with the meeting tells Salon


  • Man gets 20 years for buying guns used in 2015 terror attack

    Man gets 20 years for buying guns used in 2015 terror attackThe man who bought two rifles that husband-and-wife assailants used to kill 14 people in a Southern California terror attack nearly five years ago was sentenced Friday to 20 years in prison. Enrique Marquez Jr. supplied the weapons that Syed Rizwan Farook and Farook?s wife, Tashfeen Malik, used on Dec. 2, 2015, to open fire on a meeting and holiday gathering of San Bernardino County employees who worked with Farook. Minutes later, a post on a Facebook page associated with Malik pledged allegiance to the leader of the Islamic State terror group.


  • Fact check: Biden owns 2 of the 4 homes pictured in a viral meme

    Fact check: Biden owns 2 of the 4 homes pictured in a viral memeA viral meme purports to show four $3 million-$7.5 million homes Biden owns. He only owns two of them, neither of which cost more than $3 million.


  • Hundreds of protesters clash with police over coronavirus restrictions in Naples

    Hundreds of protesters clash with police over coronavirus restrictions in NaplesHundreds of protesters in Naples threw projectiles at police and set rubbish bins on fire late on Friday during a demonstration against coronavirus restrictions in the southern Italian city. Calls were issued on social media to challenge a curfew that took effect in the Campania region ahead of the weekend, enacted in response to a spiralling second wave of infections that saw nearly 20,000 new cases detected in the last 24 hours. A mostly young crowd marched through the streets of the regional capital and chanted as the curfew started at 11pm, with some lighting smoke bombs. One carried a makeshift sign that read: "If you close, you pay."


  • GOP House Candidate Sounds Racist Dog Whistle in Attack on Journalist

    GOP House Candidate Sounds Racist Dog Whistle in Attack on JournalistMadison Cawthorn, a Republican candidate for the House from North Carolina, created an attack website accusing a journalist of leaving a job in academia "to work for non-white males, like Cory Booker, who aims to ruin white males running for office."The journalist, Tom Fiedler, who had written favorably about Cawthorn's opponent, is a former dean of the Boston University College of Communications. He volunteered for the 2020 presidential campaign of Booker, D-N.J.Fiedler has since written articles and fact-checks about Cawthorn for a nonprofit news website in North Carolina's 11th Congressional District, where Cawthorn is facing Moe Davis, a former Air Force prosecutor.The attack on Fiedler was reported by The Bulwark, which called it "a despicable smear" echoing racist remarks by President Donald Trump.By late Thursday, the website's language accusing Fiedler of seeking to ruin white male candidates had been deleted. It was changed to read that Fiedler had "become a political operative and is an unapologetic defender of left-wing identity politics.""The syntax of our language was unclear and unfairly implied I was criticizing Cory Booker," Cawthorn said in a statement. "I have condemned racism and identity politics throughout my campaign including during my convention speech when I highlighted M.L.K.'s vision for equality," he said in reference to civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.The open congressional seat, which was held by Mark Meadows before he became Trump's chief of staff, has become unexpectedly competitive.This article originally appeared in The New York Times.(C) 2020 The New York Times Company


  • How the End Sars protests have changed Nigeria forever

    How the End Sars protests have changed Nigeria foreverThe campaign against police brutality has encouraged young Nigerians to take on the older generation.


  • Erdogan says Turkey tested Russian S-400s, shrugs off U.S. objections

    Erdogan says Turkey tested Russian S-400s, shrugs off U.S. objectionsTurkish President Tayyip Erdogan confirmed on Friday that Turkey had been testing the S-400 air defence systems that it bought from Russia and said U.S. objections on the issue did not matter. Washington says Ankara's purchase of the Russian systems compromises NATO defences, and has threatened sanctions. An apparent firing test of S-400s test last week prompted a furious response from the U.S. State Department and the Pentagon.


  • Who the hell are nonvoters? We polled them and found the 6 kinds of people who don't vote.

    Who the hell are nonvoters? We polled them and found the 6 kinds of people who don't vote.If "did not vote" were a presidential candidate in 2016, it would have received 100 million votes and won in a landslide.


  • 'A shocking statement': Pope's backing for same-sex unions divides Catholic world

    'A shocking statement': Pope's backing for same-sex unions divides Catholic world?I am really scandalized by his defense of homosexual union, which surely leads to immoral acts,? retired bishop Arturo Bastes of the Philippines said.


  • Evo Morales leaves Argentina for Venezuela: report

    Evo Morales leaves Argentina for Venezuela: reportBolivia's former president Evo Morales left Argentina for Caracas late Friday in an official Venezuelan aircraft, the official Argentine news agency Telam said.


  • Judge slashes bond for man linked to plot to kidnap Whitmer

    Judge slashes bond for man linked to plot to kidnap WhitmerA judge on Friday slashed bond from $10 million to $100,000 for a man accused of assisting in a scheme to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and commit other violence against state government. A defense attorney argued that Pete Musico was kicked out of the group in the early summer because he was too ?soft? and wouldn't commit to violence after participating in armed but legal spring rallies at the Capitol. ?He was telling them you cannot accomplish what we're trying to accomplish through violence,? Kareem Johnson said.


  • Trump defends family separation in debate, says immigrant kids whose parents can't be found are 'so well taken care of'

    Trump defends family separation in debate, says immigrant kids whose parents can't be found are 'so well taken care of'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.


  • Virus hitting hard in Central and Eastern European countries that rode out first wave

    Virus hitting hard in Central and Eastern European countries that rode out first wavePoland announced sweeping new anti-Covid restrictions on Friday as the number of virus infections surged dramatically across Central and Eastern Europe. Ministers in the European Union's largest ex-Communist state tightened the rules in response to an infections spike that threatens to overwhelm public health care. There are fears that having avoided the worst of Europe's first wave of infections in the Spring, Poland and other neighbouring European nations have allowed complacency to prevail in recent months. Mateusz Morawiecki, the Polish prime minister, said that new restrictions would come into place from Saturday. They include closing bars, allowing only takeaway services at restaurants, and making most schools teach online. He also warned of a ?full scale lockdown? for Poland's 38 million people, including closing borders, if the virus was not brought under control. Poland reported 13,632 positive test results on Thursday, a new record, with 10,788 people hospitalised by the illness. The country has some 18,000 hospital beds available, but with up to 25,000 positive rest results a day now predicted, health professionals are warning that severe staff shortages could undermine levels of care.


  • China's President Xi Jinping issues a warning to potential ?invaders?

    China's President Xi Jinping issues a warning to potential ?invaders?President Xi Jinping has issued a sharp warning to potential ?invaders? on the 70th anniversary of the Chinese entry into the Korean War.


  • Disney California Adventure will reopen select stores, eateries as part of Downtown Disney

    Disney California Adventure will reopen select stores, eateries as part of Downtown DisneyGood news, Disney fans: A small portion of Disney California Adventure Park will soon be open to the public, as part of the Downtown Disney District.


  • ?Urban Warfare? as Europe?s Second Wave Spins Out of Control

    ?Urban Warfare? as Europe?s Second Wave Spins Out of ControlROME?A few hours after the regional governor of the Italian region of Campania where Naples is located announced he would be locking down the entire province to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, Neapolitans took to the streets Friday night to defy the order. The situation quickly turned into what one police official likened to urban warfare with protesters lighting dumpsters and ducking teargas being lobbed by police. All the while, the mostly maskless, yelling crowd undoubtedly spread coronavirus even more.Europe is very much out of control when it comes to its second wave, with every single nation in the 27-member zone struggling in a race against time as hospitals fill up and death tolls?which are substantially less than the first wave so far? continue to rise. Millions of people are facing harsh new restrictions as governments play what amounts to whack-a-mole to try to stop the spread of the virus they thought just a few months ago they had defeated. Improved testing in many countries has painted a clearer picture of just how widespread the pandemic is, but because of the number of new infections, systems to contact trace have been overwhelmed, making the spread impossible to control.The U.S. is in Denial Over the Coronavirus Pandemic as Europe Struggles With Second WaveFrance has expanded its Draconian curfew that has stifled Parisian nightlife and put a massive dent in the hospitality sector economy of one of the most vibrant cities in the world. Now 46 million French people will have to be home by 9 p.m. In Wales, a two-week ?firebreak? started Friday, meaning everyone but essential workers has to be home by 6 p.m. The Czech Republic has just reached the dubious honor of having the most cases per capita in Europe with 1,148 cases per 100,000 residents, with Belgium and the Netherlands close behind. Ireland is under a six-week lockdown and Slovakia has vowed to test every single citizen to try to mitigate the spread. The Polish president has just tested positive and Germany logged a whopping 10,003 COVID-related deaths in a 24-hour period as the infection rate continues to rise. Filming of Mission Impossible 7 with Tom Cruise has been suspended in Venice as cases there reach record levels. And the Italian government is facing calls by 100 top scientists to mandate strict new measures in the next two or three days, or the outcome could be catastrophic.And it is still only October.Europe?s problems are dire, and citizens are angry that their governments have not been able to come up with any better plan than locking down, which puts already weak economies that were so badly hurt in the first wave of the pandemic at even greater risk of collapse. Ludovic Subran, the chief economist at Allianz warned last week of a high risk serious recession across Europe as new restrictions are put in place. ?We see an elevated risk of a double dip recession in countries that are once again resorting to targeted and regional lockdowns,? he said, adding that the European Union?s first bailout $880 billion won?t likely go to growth but be used by many countries like Italy, Spain and Greece to just stay afloat.On Saturday, the group Save Our Rights U.K. is holding a massive demonstration in London to protest not only restrictions being enforced by the British government, but the overall handling of the pandemic, pointing to contact tracing and other means to track the spread of the coronavirus as an affront to privacy. ?We believe that the coronavirus regulations that are in place are not proportionate and appropriate, and are causing more harm than good,? Louise Creffield, the group founder told the Guardian. ?We are very concerned with protecting people?s human rights: right to privacy, family life, bodily autonomy, medical freedoms, and so on. We are not just concerned with lockdowns per se, we are concerned with the infringements with our privacy by having this track and trace everywhere.?Similar sentiments are now common across Europe, where pandemic fatigue is now evident. And with lack of a feasible containment plan anywhere, the people are angry, desperate and increasingly ambivalent about what is really at stake: thousands of lives.Read more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast hereGet our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.


  • Kellyanne Conway is being paid $15,000 a month by the GOP following her White House exit: filings

    Kellyanne Conway is being paid $15,000 a month by the GOP following her White House exit: filingsFormer White House adviser Omarosa Manigault-Newman was offered $15,000 when she left the administration


  • WATCH: Trump posts his version of '60 Minutes' interview

    WATCH: Trump posts his version of '60 Minutes' interviewPresident Trump uploaded a cut of his "60 Minutes" segment to Facebook on Thursday before its Sunday evening broadcast on CBS. Trump this week abruptly ended his interview with Lesley Stahl and walked off camera.


  • North Korea told citizens to stay inside, claiming (with no scientific basis) that a storm of yellow dust coming from China was carrying COVID-19

    North Korea told citizens to stay inside, claiming (with no scientific basis) that a storm of yellow dust coming from China was carrying COVID-19On Wednesday, North Korea's state-run Rodong Sinmun newspaper warned people of the "danger of invading malicious viruses" inside an approaching storm.


  • Elderly couple who wouldn't evacuate killed in Colorado wildfire

    Elderly couple who wouldn't evacuate killed in Colorado wildfireThe couple, in their 80s, cherished their home and refused to leave, the sheriff and family said. There are no other known missing people in the blaze.


  • 'He thinks he's running against somebody else': Trump, Biden spar over health care at presidential debate

    'He thinks he's running against somebody else': Trump, Biden spar over health care at presidential debatePresident 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.


  • Judge moves criminal case against Texas attorney general

    Judge moves criminal case against Texas attorney generalA judge on Friday ordered the long-running criminal case against Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton returned to his home county in a legal victory for the Republican. Judge Jason Luong ruled that the securities fraud case should continue in Collin County, north of Dallas, siding with Paxton's defense attorneys who argued the case should be returned there after it was moved to Houston. Paxton pleaded not guilty in 2015 and the case has been stalled for years over legal challenges.


  • How has China avoided a coronavirus second wave?

    How has China avoided a coronavirus second wave?Europe is the epicentre of the coronavirus pandemic once again, with the number of daily infections doubling in the past 10 days as a second wave hits. But China has avoided a second wave. The question is why? The answer is that its authorities, after being overwhelmed in Wuhan, have fine-tuned an emergency response for surprise cluster outbreaks. Many subsequent waves of infection have emerged in China, a country of 1.4 billion people and nearly 40 times the size of the UK. Cases have cropped up across the country, as far apart as in the south along the border to Vietnam, and in the north near Russia.


  • 6 things to know about Southwest's new pandemic policy: No, middle seats won't be empty. Yes, you can get a refund.

    6 things to know about Southwest's new pandemic policy: No, middle seats won't be empty. Yes, you can get a refund.Southwest Airlines will stop blocking middle seats on its flights in December as holiday travel ticks up.


  • Polish President Duda infected with coronavirus; Swiatek goes into quarantine

    Polish President Duda infected with coronavirus; Swiatek goes into quarantinePolish President Andrzej Duda has tested positive for coronavirus and is subject to quarantine but is feeling well, officials announced on Saturday, as the country imposed fresh restrictions to try to stem a surge in the disease. One of the people Duda met in recent days was tennis star Iga Swiatek - who said soon after the announcement about the president being infected that she feels good, but will quarantine. Fresh from winning the French Open earlier this month and gaining national hero status for doing so, Swiatek met with Duda on Friday, when she was awarded the Gold Cross of Merit for her sporting achievements.


  • In two political battlegrounds, thousands of mail-in ballots are on the verge of being rejected

    In two political battlegrounds, thousands of mail-in ballots are on the verge of being rejectedTens of millions of Americans have already cast their ballots for the 2020 election by mail, building on a historic shift in voting methods that started with primary elections held during the COVID-19 pandemic.Mail-in ballots, however, aren?t automatically accepted as in-person ballots are. Rather, they can be rejected if they have signature defects on their return envelopes. Unless cured by voters ? which means that voters fix the signature errors on them ? these submitted ballots will be rejected. Thanks to ongoing reporting of voter turnout in two battleground states, Florida and North Carolina, we can identify the number of mail-in ballots at risk of being rejected. So far, we can tell that there are thousands of ballots flagged for rejection in these two states. In addition, racial minorities and Democrats are disproportionately more likely to have cast mail ballots this election that face rejection. The signature issue with mail ballotsAbove, we use the word ?risk? when describing ballots in Florida and North Carolina that have been flagged for rejection. While these ballots have signature defects, they have not yet been formally rejected.Not all states have the same requirements for mail-in voting, but ballots usually face rejection if they?re missing a voter?s signature. Another source of defects is an ostensibly mismatched signature. This happens when an elections official concludes that a voter?s signature on a return envelope doesn?t match the voter?s signature on file. Some states, like North Carolina, require witness signatures on ballot return envelopes, with the lack of such a signature considered a defect. Enough ballots face rejection to sway an electionOur counts of mail ballots facing rejection in Florida and North Carolina are conservative. When calculating them using official data, we assume that any inconsistencies we find in the data are resolved in favor of ballot acceptance.That said, here is what we know as of Oct. 22. In Florida, 3,210,873 voters have cast mail ballots, and of these, 15,003 ballots face rejection, corresponding to a potential ballot rejection rate of 0.47%. This rate is not an estimate. It is based on counts drawn from official statewide data.These thousands of mail ballots currently in limbo can make a difference. Consider the 2018 midterm election. In his successful United States Senate bid in this contest, Republican Rick Scott beat incumbent Democrat Bill Nelson by only 10,033 votes. Over 2 million Floridians have yet to return the mail ballots sent to them by county election officials, so the number of mail ballots subject to rejection in Florida could grow well beyond 15,000.In North Carolina, an even greater percentage of mail ballots face rejection. In that state, 8,228 of 701,425 mail ballots fall into this category, yielding a potential rejection rate of 1.2%.As in Florida, North Carolina?s elections can be extremely close. In the state?s 2016 gubernatorial race, a mere 10,277 votes out of roughly 4.6 million cast separated the winner, Democrat Roy Cooper, from incumbent Republican Pat McCrory. The number of ballots at risk in North Carolina ? 8,228 ? remains smaller than this margin but could grow as more ballots are returned. Partisan and race-based ballot rejection ratesThe risks of mail ballot rejection are not spread uniformly across voters, and rejected mail ballots are not politically neutral. We can see from our Florida and North Carolina election data that registered Democrats have greater rejection rates than Republicans. The partisan differences in potential ballot rejection rates ? Democratic rate minus Republican rate ? are approximately 0.07% and 0.16% in Florida and in North Carolina, respectively.In addition, Democrats have expressed a greater willingness to vote by mail than Republicans ? though this might be changing. This will compound any biases caused by differing ballot rejection rates across Democratic and Republican voters.Official election data in Florida and North Carolina also reveal a clear racial pattern among mail ballots facing rejection: Black and Hispanic voters are much more likely to have their ballots flagged for missing signatures or other discrepancies than are white voters.In Florida, ballots cast by Hispanic voters face a rejection risk 2.6 times that of white voters. In North Carolina, where the two most common racial groups are Black and white, the risk of ballot rejection for Black voters is three times that of white voters. White voters thus have lower ballot rejection rates than minority voters, who tend to support Democratic candidates over Republican ones. Ballots can still be ?cured?In both Florida and North Carolina, voters who have submitted mail ballots with signature defects can still cure them. Florida voters have the opportunity to fix their mail ballots through Thursday, Nov. 5. This can be done via affidavit. Details about ballot curing in North Carolina were until recently tied up in court. But voters in the state can now, in some cases, fix ballots with defects. However, ballots in North Carolina missing witness signatures cannot be cured, and voters in the state who cast these types of ballots must request new ballots if they want their votes to count.Curing a ballot with a signature defect requires knowing that it is facing rejection. But not all states send out notices informing voters of ballot defects.In some states, voters who cast mail-in ballots can check on the status of their ballots with local officials or using web resources provided by the secretary of state, which voters can do in New Mexico and Ohio.However, other states, such as Maine and New Hampshire, don?t have laws mandating that voters get the opportunity to cure mail ballots of deficiencies. For this election, though, officials in these two New England states have developed procedures to allow voters to fix ballots with defects.[Deep knowledge, daily. Sign up for The Conversation?s newsletter.]Given the surge of mail-in ballots in this election cycle, there?s likely to be confusion over rejected ballots and cures. In the future, it?ll be important for states to provide voters with transparent processes for fixing defective ballots so they can ensure they?ll be able to exercise the right to vote.This article is republished from The Conversation, a nonprofit news site dedicated to sharing ideas from academic experts. It was written by: Michael Herron, Dartmouth College and Daniel A. Smith, University of Florida.Read more: * Mail delays, the election and the future of the US Postal Service: 5 questions answered * Mail-in voting is safe and reliable ? 5 essential readsMichael Herron submitted an expert report on behalf of plaintiffs in the matter of North Carolina Alliance for Retired Americans et al. v. North Carolina State Board of Elections et al. Daniel A. Smith does not work for, consult, own shares in or receive funding from any company or organization that would benefit from this article, and has disclosed no relevant affiliations beyond their academic appointment.


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