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Fox News's Tucker Carlson mocked for 'lost in mail' Biden documents claim
UPS has now confirmed that a package sent by Fox News was lost, but has since been found The Fox News host Tucker Carlson has been mocked for his attempt to explain why he could not produce documents he had promised relating to Joe Biden, implying some kind of conspiracy. On Thursday United Parcel Service (UPS) confirmed that it had indeed lost, and then found, the package in question. Continue r
'He couldn't move': New York City man falls into sinkhole full of rats
Leonard Shoulders was waiting for bus in the Bronx when concrete cracked open and he fell into hole, unable to scream for help A New York City man has fallen through a sinkhole in a sidewalk, landing directly on to a pack of rats and leaving him unable to scream for help out of a fear that they might crawl into his mouth, local media have reported. In a city long used to tall tales of urban horro
White House coronavirus taskforce warns of 'unrelenting' spread
US is going in ‘wrong direction’ says Fauci as Covid cases rise in 47 states and patients overwhelm hospitals across the US The White House coronavirus taskforce is warning of a persistent and broad spread of Covid-19 in the western half of the United States and its members urged aggressive mitigation measures. “We are on a very difficult trajectory. We’re going in the wrong direction,” said Dr A


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Glenn Greenwald resigns from the Intercept over 'editorial freedom'
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US election roundup: Biden and Trump descend on key battleground of Florida
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Although polling averages gave Clinton the edge over Trump in 2016 there are significant differences in the evidence today For months, activists and Democratic party officials have been telling Joe Biden supporters that the only answer to the question “can we trust the polls?” is to go out and vote for Biden, and then get others to do the same. Continue reading...
In the year of the plague, the road back to recovery is looking bumpy
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Majority of Christians wouldn’t back Trump | Letters
Rev David Haslam takes issue with the suggestion that ‘white Christian America’ is a unified block vote for the Republicans, while Phil Murray praises the strength and clarity of a Guardian editorial on the US election While agreeing wholeheartedly with your editorial ( It’s time to dump Donald Trump. America’s only hope is Joe Biden , 27 October), your suggestion that “white Christian America” i
Walter Wallace Jr shooting: police to release 911 tapes and body cameras
Philadelphia curfew lifted as police promise ‘to do a better job’ at coordinating mental health resources Curfew was lifted in Philadelphia on Thursday as police said they will soon release 911 tapes and officers’ body-camera footage and authorities pledged to “do a better job” at coordinating mental health resources amid widespread unrest following the fatal shooting of Walter Wallace Jr. The 27
Nearly 1,000 instances of police brutality recorded in US anti-racism protests
Police attacks on citizens and journalists over five months accompanied by incidents of tolerance of or collaboration with far right The United States is currently experiencing one of the longest continued periods of civil unrest in generations, after demonstrations sparked by George Floyd’s death expanded to protests against black Americans killed by police and systemic racism in the country. Co
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Historians estimate that one in four cowboys were African American, though you’d never guess because the conventional Hollywood image of a cowboy is a white man. Black cowboys have been written out of history, along with the original cattle-raising Native Americans and Mexican vaqueros who taught them. So what are the real origins of cowboy culture in the US? Josh Toussaint-Strauss talks to some
Fight to Vote: the final countdown to the election begins
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Kim Kardashian is having a luxurious lockdown. Why are people so surprised? | Niloufar Haidari
Maybe the star’s mistake wasn’t sharing pictures of her island party, but trying to relate to us as if we’re on the same planet Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage “After two weeks of multiple health screens and asking everyone to quarantine, I surprised my closest inner circle with a trip to a private island where we could pretend things were normal just for a brief mom
For most Americans the crisis is far from over whatever the GDP numbers may say | Dominic Rushe
The latest US GDP figures have given Trump something to crow about but that will ring hollow for poor people, minorities, women and the young If you drop a ball from a very high window, you can expect a big bounce. The ball, however, has still been dropped. Thursday’s release of the US’s gross domestic product (GDP) figures are Donald Trump’s last chance to claim he has been a great president for
US election polls tracker: who is leading in swing states, Trump or Biden?
With the presidential election just days away, the Guardian is tracking the latest polling in eight states that could decide the election Joe Biden is leading ​Donald Trump in the national polls for the presidential election. Continue reading...
US economy bounces back but deeper trends hint at enduring woe
GDP rises by an annualized rate of 33.1% between July and September Unemployment rate at 7.9%, twice as high as it was in February The US economy bounced sharply back from the record-setting slump at the start of the coronavirus pandemic, according to government figures released on Thursday, handing Donald Trump a key talking point days before the election. Continue reading...
'To me, it's voter suppression': the Republican fight to limit ballot boxes
Election officials in US battleground states are still fighting to limit their usage with only days left until 3 November On the East Side of Youngstown, Ohio, a steady stream of early voters drop off completed absentee ballots into the new drop box outside the Mahoning County Board of Elections. Gloria Phifer is one of them. The 68-year-old retired mail carrier drove about 15 minutes to the form
How Biden’s retirement plans could save small business workers | Gene Marks
If Joe Biden wins 401(K) plans could be in for a major shake-up – one that could benefit tens of millions of Americans The 401(K) retirement plan has proved an extremely popular – and cost-effective – retirement benefit that’s provided by millions of small business owners around the country to their employees. If Joe Biden wins, they could be in for a major shake-up – one that could benefit tens
LVMH agrees $15.8bn takeover of Tiffany
Discount of $425m ends acrimonious battle over luxury sector’s biggest-ever deal France’s LVMH will pay slightly less to buy the US jeweller Tiffany & Co after the two firms agreed to end a bitter dispute triggered by the Covid-19 pandemic and salvage the luxury sector’s biggest-ever deal. The new takeover price was set at $131.5 (£101.6) a share, down from $135 in the original deal, the companie
First Thing election special: supreme court deals mail-in ballot blow to GOP
The court rejected Republicans’ pleas to overturn Pennsylvania’s three-day extension to its absentee ballot deadline. Plus, the age of the elderly presidential candidate Don’t already get First Thing in your inbox? Sign up here Good morning. The US supreme court has dealt a significant election setback to Republicans in Pennsylvania by rejecting their plea to overturn the state’s recent extension
What makes a man in 2020? You tell us
Last week, Guardian US ran a week-long series about modern masculinity. We’re now asking readers to weigh in Last week, we launched The State of Men , a series looking at modern masculinity. We looked at the impact of job loss on men working in the oil industry, visited a luxurious gym , lamented the lack of body-positive options, and even took you to the desert for a “man camp” where men learn t
Horror is back on our screens: and this time it’s personal | Claire Armitstead
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Investors should prepare for worst over US presidential election
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The racist business model behind Uber and Lyft | Erica Smiley
The apps feed a false promise of stability to immigrants and people of color. Instead, drivers receive low pay and no benefits Uber and Lyft want you to know they aren’t racist. It’s why Uber put up billboards all over the west coast saying: “If you tolerate racism, delete Uber.” It’s why Lyft is running ads featuring Maya Angelou’s “Lift up your eyes” poem over clips of Black passengers enjoying
God and the GOP: will conservative evangelicals stay loyal to Trump? – video
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