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Analysis: Winter Is Coming for Bars. Here's How to Save Them — and Us
In The News
Analysis: Winter Is Coming for Bars. Here's How to Save Them — and Us

If we really want to stem the spread of the coronavirus as winter looms and we wait for a vaccine, here's an idea: The government should pay bars, many restaurants and event venues to close for some months. That may... Read More

Dreams of a Red Emperor: The Relentless Rise of Xi Jinping
Geopolitics
Dreams of a Red Emperor: The Relentless Rise of Xi Jinping

YANAN, China — Stars showered from the ceiling as actors suspended by ropes ran through the air. An unseen man's voice boomed through the theater: "I have followed this red flag, walking thousands of kilometers with the faith of a Communist Party member in... Read More

Biden Seen As Big Winner in Election 2020 Forecast
2020 Elections
Biden Seen As Big Winner in Election 2020 Forecast
2020-10-27 20:34:09
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Former Vice President Joe Biden has about an 86% chance of winning next week's presidential election and could come away with 344-350 electoral college votes, according to Sabato's Crystal Ball, a publication of the University of Virginia's Center... Read More

Ads Distort Gordon's Military Service
2020 Elections
Ads Distort Gordon's Military Service
2020-10-27 20:25:00
by Dan McCue

This is an installment of an ongoing series of political advertising fact checks during the 2020 campaign. If you would like to submit an advertisement for consideration, please email a link to [email protected] A pair of advertisements, one funded by... Read More

Madeleine Albright, Richard Haass Outline 2020 Election’s Foreign Policy Implications
Foreign Affairs
Madeleine Albright, Richard Haass Outline 2020 Election’s Foreign Policy Implications
2020-10-27 20:22:50
by Kate Michael

WASHINGTON — Former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and diplomat Richard Haass, president of the Council on Foreign Relations, spoke at a virtual discussion convened by the think tank in the week before the U.S. presidential election about the... Read More

Counties Outline Priorities While Awaiting Infrastructure Bill
County News
Counties Outline Priorities While Awaiting Infrastructure Bill
2020-10-27 16:06:56
by Kate Michael

WASHINGTON — Americans rely on public infrastructure like buildings, roads, bridges, and power supply lines every day. Some of the groundworks needed to operate society are handled by the federal government, some maintained by states, and a large portion owned... Read More

Space Force Establishes Operations Command
Military
Space Force Establishes Operations Command
2020-10-27 16:05:11
by Reece Nations

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The United States Space Force recently launched its Space Operations Command, according to Air Force Magazine. Lt. Gen. Stephen Whiting was introduced as the head of the operations command during a ceremony in Colorado Springs, Colo.,... Read More

Senate Confirms Amy Coney Barrett As Newest Supreme Court Justice
Supreme Court
Senate Confirms Amy Coney Barrett As Newest Supreme Court Justice
2020-10-27 16:00:10
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Senate confirmed Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court Monday evening, marking the first time in 151 years that a justice was confirmed without the support of a single member of the minority party. Shortly afterward,... Read More

Poll Shows Deadlocked Races for President, Senate Seats in Georgia
Opinion Polls
Poll Shows Deadlocked Races for President, Senate Seats in Georgia

ATLANTA — The race for president in Georgia is deadlocked in the final week of the campaign, with President Donald Trump and Joe Biden in a statistical tie in a state that hasn't voted Democratic for president since 1992. An Atlanta Journal-Constitution poll of likely voters released Monday showed... Read More

Supreme Court Denies Democrats' Appeal Over Wisconsin's Deadline for Mail Ballots
Supreme Court
Supreme Court Denies Democrats' Appeal Over Wisconsin's Deadline for Mail Ballots

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Monday refused to extend the Election Day deadline for mail ballots in Wisconsin, rejecting appeals from Democrats who said the Postal Service may not be able handle the flood of election mail by Nov. 3. The justices by a 5-3 vote left in place a... Read More

Vote-by-Mail Window May be Closed with Postal Service Still Slow
2020 Elections
Vote-by-Mail Window May be Closed with Postal Service Still Slow

WASHINGTON — Delivery by the U.S. Postal Service remains slow despite the intervention of federal judges and some voting advocates say ballots not in the mail now may not arrive in time to be counted and should instead be dropped off at voting... Read More

America Wakes Up to Politics: 2020 Brings a Tsunami of Voting and Activism
2020 Elections
America Wakes Up to Politics: 2020 Brings a Tsunami of Voting and Activism

WASHINGTON — The American electorate, often apathetic and cynical about politics, is experiencing a great awakening, with the 2020 election inspiring extraordinary levels of engagement in both parties. People are enduring hours-long lines to cast ballots, early voting is shattering records,... Read More

Senate Packs Up with Coronavirus Relief Bill on Ice Until After Elections
Economy
Senate Packs Up with Coronavirus Relief Bill on Ice Until After Elections

WASHINGTON — Senators prepared to leave town Monday night for their October recess with virtually no prospect of passing new COVID-19 aid legislation before the Nov. 3 elections. Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin spoke by phone for 52 minutes on Monday in what has... Read More

Just in Time for Halloween, Stream the 7 Scariest Movies Ever Made
Entertainment
Just in Time for Halloween, Stream the 7 Scariest Movies Ever Made

When it comes to movies, what constitutes "scary"? The answer is subjective, obviously. Horror movies from the 1930s are cool, but their quaintness keeps them from freaking me out. I'm a huge fan of "Rear Window," "Get Out" and "Silence... Read More

Crisis in the Galapagos: Chinese Fishing Fleets and COVID-19 Threaten a Natural Wonder
Environment
Crisis in the Galapagos: Chinese Fishing Fleets and COVID-19 Threaten a Natural Wonder

GALAPAGOS ISLANDS, Ecuador — Just south of the Galapagos' Marchena Island, there's a dive spot known by locals as the "fish arena." There, within the choppy, cool waters of the Pacific, thousands of colorful fish swim in schools, lobsters poke their long antennae... Read More

American Airlines Is Planning Boeing 737 Max Tours as Ungrounding Nears
Business
American Airlines Is Planning Boeing 737 Max Tours as Ungrounding Nears

American Airlines wants to give tours of Boeing 737 Max aircraft at DFW International Airport and other locations before the beleaguered jets return to the skies more than 18 months of being grounded. The Fort Worth-based airline, the second-largest U.S. owner of 737 Max jets, told employees at... Read More

Airlines Face Winter Survival Test After Virus Slows Rebound
Business
Airlines Face Winter Survival Test After Virus Slows Rebound

The resurgent Covid-19 pandemic is pushing back the recovery in air travel, turning winter into a survival test for carriers now pinning hopes on a spring rebound. Airlines are urging governments to introduce more testing and travel bubbles to help... Read More

Billionaire Investor Accused of Blaring 'Gilligan's Island' Song on Loop to Torment Neighbor
In The News
Billionaire Investor Accused of Blaring 'Gilligan's Island' Song on Loop to Torment Neighbor

LOS ANGELES — A dispute between bond king Bill Gross and his next-door neighbor over a $1 million outdoor sculpture has devolved into police calls to their Laguna Beach, Calif., mansions, multiple legal actions — and allegations that the billionaire investor blared the "Gilligan's... Read More

Few New Movies, Small Crowds: Can AMC and B&B Theaters Survive the Pandemic?
Entertainment
Few New Movies, Small Crowds: Can AMC and B&B Theaters Survive the Pandemic?

At AMC Town Center in the Kansas City suburb of Leawood, Kan., the 20-screen complex has a few recent offerings: There's a new comedy starring Robert DeNiro and Rob Riggle, Christopher Nolan's "Tenet" and a thriller with Russell Crowe. But it's the oldies that tell the story of how the coronavirus... Read More

Judge: US Can't Replace Trump in Columnist's Slander Suit
Law
Judge: US Can't Replace Trump in Columnist's Slander Suit

NEW YORK (AP) — A federal judge on Tuesday denied President Donald Trump's request that the United States replace him as the defendant in a defamation lawsuit alleging he raped a woman in a Manhattan department store in the 1990s.... Read More

Trump Eyes Hosting Election Night Party at His DC Hotel
2020 Elections
Trump Eyes Hosting Election Night Party at His DC Hotel

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has his eye on hosting an election night party at his own hotel in the nation’s capital. Over the past several days, the campaign has pushed out fundraising emails in the president’s name offering... Read More

Virginia’s New Sentencing Procedure Catches Up with Other States
State News
Virginia’s New Sentencing Procedure Catches Up with Other States
2020-10-26 17:28:27
by Tom Ramstack

RICHMOND, Va, - Virginia’s General Assembly passed a jury sentencing reform bill this week that is revolutionary for the state but is already being done nearly everywhere else. The bill allows juries to decide whether a criminal defendant is guilty... Read More

Pelosi, White House Say Each 'Moving the Goalposts' on Stimulus
Economy
Pelosi, White House Say Each 'Moving the Goalposts' on Stimulus

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said the chamber could pass a pandemic relief plan this week, though a deal with the White House remains elusive and the Republican-led Senate might not act before the Nov. 3 U.S. election. Pelosi and White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows accused each other of "moving the... Read More

Voter Suppression: An Ugly American Tradition Clouds the 2020 Presidential Race
Political News
Voter Suppression: An Ugly American Tradition Clouds the 2020 Presidential Race

A Memphis, Tennessee poll worker turned away people wearing Black Lives Matter T-shirts, saying they couldn't vote. Robocalls warned thousands of Michigan residents that mail-in voting could put their personal information in the hands of debt collectors and police. In Georgia, officials cut polling places... Read More

With Just Days to Go, Trump Faces Two Adversaries: Joe Biden and the Pandemic
2020 Elections
With Just Days to Go, Trump Faces Two Adversaries: Joe Biden and the Pandemic

WASHINGTON — With Election Day just nine days away, President Donald Trump fought an uphill battle Sunday against two adversaries: Joe Biden and the pandemic. Trump's repeated claim that the country had turned the corner on the coronavirus was undercut by news that members of Vice President Mike... Read More

Senate Cuts Off Debate on Barrett Nomination, Moves to Final Vote on Monday
Supreme Court
Senate Cuts Off Debate on Barrett Nomination, Moves to Final Vote on Monday

WASHINGTON — A sharply divided Senate dispensed with a key procedural hurdle Sunday on the Supreme Court nomination of Amy Coney Barrett, as Republicans race to a final confirmation vote Monday that will solidify the high court's conservative tilt. In a rare weekend floor vote mostly along party... Read More

US 'Not Going to Control' COVID-19 Pandemic, White House Chief of Staff Meadows Says
Health
US 'Not Going to Control' COVID-19 Pandemic, White House Chief of Staff Meadows Says

White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows said during an interview with CNN on Sunday that the United States is "not going to control the pandemic." When asked why by CNN's Jake Tapper, Meadows responded: "Because it is a contagious virus." Meadows said the country is "making efforts to... Read More

Delta Has Put 460 People on No-fly List for Refusing Mask Requirement
Business
Delta Has Put 460 People on No-fly List for Refusing Mask Requirement

Hundreds of people won't be taking to the skies with Delta Air Lines after refusing to follow the airline's mask policy. The company said in a memo to its staff that numerous passengers have been placed on the no-fly list since it... Read More

'This Is a Moment': US Latino Vote Matters Like Never Before
2020 Elections
'This Is a Moment': US Latino Vote Matters Like Never Before

PHOENIX — President Donald Trump and Joe Biden are spending more time and attention on Latino voters in the 2020 campaign and with good reason: For the first time, Latinos outnumber Black Americans among eligible voters, and a large turnout could make them the most... Read More

Georgia's Tilt Toward Blue an Ominous Specter for GOP Heading into Election
2020 Elections
Georgia's Tilt Toward Blue an Ominous Specter for GOP Heading into Election
2020-10-24 15:35:50
by Dan McCue

President Donald Trump was in his element. Standing before more than 1,000 supporters who had jammed a large hanger facility at Middle Georgia Regional Airport in Macon, Ga., he promised a "red wave" would crush Democrats in November. He had... Read More

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