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Covid drug given to Trump developed using cells derived from aborted fetus
Trump touts Regeneron antibody cocktail as a potential ‘cure’ while he has consistently sought to restrict abortion access One of the drugs taken by Donald Trump that he has touted as a potential “cure” for coronavirus was developed using human cells originally obtained from an elective abortion, a practice repeatedly denounced by the president and many of his supporters. The drug is a monoclonal
Pelosi: Congress will discuss rules for Trump's removal under 25th amendment
Democrats plan to create commission to review president’s fitness for office as speaker warns of ‘disassociation from reality’ Democrats in the US Congress have announced a plan to create a commission to review whether Donald Trump is capable of carrying out his presidential duties or should face removal from office. The office of the House speaker, Nancy Pelosi, announced a Friday press conferen
Republican senator says 'democracy isn't the objective' of US system
Mike Lee makes inflammatory declaration in morning tweet Lee claimed US ‘is not a democracy’ during Wednesday debate A top Republican senator has said that “democracy isn’t the objective” of America’s political system, sparking widespread outrage at a time when his party has been accused by Democrats of plotting voter suppression and questioning a peaceful transition of power in November’s electi


Donald Trump plans Florida rally on Saturday amid Covid test secrecy
The US president, who is still recovering from Covid-19, refuses to say if he has tested negative as he aims to revive his election campaign Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Donald Trump, who is still recovering from Covid-19, has suggested he might organize a rally in Florida on Saturday, while continuing to ignore questions on whether he has yet tested negative for
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Biden blasts Trump for not condemning Gretchen Whitmer kidnap plot – video
Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden has slammed Donald Trump for not condemning right-wing militias following the foiled kidnapping plot against Michigan's governor, Gretchen Whitmer. Speaking from his campaign in Arizona, Biden criticised the president for not watching his words after Trump previously tweeted 'Liberate Michigan' in response to the state's Covid restrictions. 'You saw what
Presidential debate schedule in disarray after Trump refuses virtual event
Biden and Trump campaigns await final decision after both propose delaying debate until 22 October Donald Trump added more turbulence on Thursday to the US presidential race by refusing to participate in the next presidential debate with Joe Biden after it was changed to a virtual event to guard against the spread of Covid-19, prompting both campaigns to propose postponing it a week. On Thursday
Facebook removes hundreds of fake profiles tied to pro-Trump group
Social network says accounts tied to Turning Point USA sought to influence conversations by flooding news articles with comments Facebook has removed hundreds of fake profiles it has linked to the conservative group Turning Point USA for carrying out organized attacks on the site, including attempts to influence public conversations by flooding news articles with pro-Trump comments and misinforma
Michigan governor Gretchen Whitmer slams Trump in response to kidnapping plot – video
Michigan governor Gretchen Whitmer called for unity and condemned Donald Trump for stoking division during the coronavirus outbreak during a press conference in which she addressed a plot to kidnap her . Members of two domestic terrorist groups have been charged with Whitmer's attempted kidnap , which she said she 'never could have imagined' when she took office. Referencing the first presidentia
Titans could face 'historic' punishment for secret practice amid Covid outbreak
Titans practiced at high school while Covid spread through team Team’s case total increased to 23 on Thursday with new positive The Tennessee Titans were told players could not gather together for any in-person activities either at the club’s facility or elsewhere a day before several members of the virus-stricken team worked out at a local high school, a person familiar with the situation told t
Trump's Afghanistan withdrawal announcement takes US officials by surprise
Tweet calling for troops’ return by Christmas puts peace negotiations in jeopardy and was greeted enthusiastically by the Taliban Donald Trump has announced on Twitter that he wants to bring all US troops home from Afghanistan by Christmas – a plan that came as a surprise to administration officials and which puts complicated peace negotiations in jeopardy. Multiple officials told the Associated
Nancy Pelosi suggests future 25th Amendment discussion on Donald Trump's fitness for office – video
Nancy Pelosi teased a discussion about the 25th amendment, which pertains to the president’s removal from office if found unfit, which she said would be held tomorrow. The House speaker also spoke about Trump calling himself a ‘perfect physical specimen’. She said the president owed it to the American people to share when he tested positive for Covid-19 after the White House refused to provide a
Donald Trump says he will not participate in virtual debate with Joe Biden – video
The US president made his announcement in a Fox Business interview, moments after the commission that oversees the presidential election debates said the next event would be conducted from remote locations after Trump's Covid-19 diagnosis. The White House has refused to say when the president's last negative test for the virus was and, as a result, it is unclear how long he has been positive. The
Activists at Amy Coney Barrett super-spreader event launch US bus tour
Penny Nance and Jenny Beth Martin attended White House Conservative group promotes Trump’s supreme court pick Two conservative activists who were at the White House’s Rose Garden event to announce the nomination of Amy Coney Barrett to the supreme court – now believed to be a super-spreader of the coronavirus – have launched a nationwide bus tour to promote the judge. Related: Amy Coney Barrett:
Six people charged in plot to kidnap Michigan governor Gretchen Whitmer
FBI said plot involved contacting members of a militia who ‘talked about murdering tyrants or taking a sitting governor’ Six people have been been charged with a plot to kidnap the Michigan governor, Gretchen Whitmer, that involves links to a rightwing militia group, the Federal Bureau of Investigation announced. Another seven people were charged with plotting to target law enforcement and attack
‘Dangerously incompetent’: medical journal condemns Trump’s handling of pandemic
New England Journal of Medicine publishes editorial saying current US leadership ‘recklessly squandered lives’ One of the world’s most prestigious medical journals has lambasted the Trump administration’s “dangerously incompetent” handling of the pandemic and called for them to be voted out of office, as US coronavirus cases continue to soar. In an unprecedented move in its more than two centurie
Portland: officers targeted medics with teargas and projectiles, report finds
Physicians’ group describes ‘cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment’ by local police and federal agents Law enforcement officers in Portland, Oregon, specifically targeted medics with teargas and projectiles during summer protests in “indiscriminate attacks”, according to a new report by Physicians for Human Rights (PHR). Related: Revealed: pro-Trump activists plotted violence ahead of Portland ra
Hurricane Delta: Louisiana braces for disaster for sixth time this year
State faces flooding and tornado warnings as Mississippi also prepares for the worst People in Louisiana are bracing themselves for flooding and dangerously high winds for the sixth time this year, as 2020’s extraordinary hurricane season sent yet another major storm in the state’s direction, amid Earth’s accelerating climate crisis. Related: Trump says he won't participate in virtual presidentia
Fight to Vote: why Texas is a problem in 2020
Texas is being talked about as a swing state this year, but voters there face many obstacles to casting a ballot Hello Fight to Vote readers, This is one of those weeks where I don’t even know where to start. The president is garnering headlines with his antics after being diagnosed with Covid-19, yet of far greater significance are the hundreds of battles across the country contesting voting res
Provider of Trump Covid drug is president's golf friend
Link to drug company boss raises questions about ‘cure’ claims and exclusive access Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage New questions have emerged over the circumstances in which Donald Trump was given an experimental antibody drug cocktail produced by a golfing acquaintance to treat his coronavirus infection. As Trump wrongly hailed his treatment – which included a drug
The virtual Tory conference was a gift to Johnson – he managed to avoid his party | Katy Balls
With plummeting approval ratings and MPs in revolt, a virtual event offered the prime minister some much-needed cover An empty hall, with no overly enthusiastic ministers in sight or bespectacled Tory activists on hand to cheer: this year’s Conservative conference was billed as Boris Johnson’s worst nightmare. A politician who has spent his career trading on his ability to rally a crowd had to gi
Donald Trump suggests veterans' families could have given him Covid
President highlights event for Gold Star families at White House as campaigns clash over debate schedule Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Donald Trump suggested on Thursday that relatives of fallen soldiers could have given him coronavirus after they visited the White House – as the timetable for the remaining two presidential debates between Trump and Biden was throw
I was caught in New York's election error. That's no cause for alarm
Up to 100,000 New Yorkers received absentee ballots for other voters last week – but the unfixable incident has apparently been fixed On Tuesday, I filled out my second ballot in the 2020 presidential election, and in the coming days, up to 100,000 New Yorkers will be joining me. No, this is not a large-scale incident of voter fraud . It was the result of a vendor error which saw ballots sent to
Mike Pence and Kamala Harris spar on Covid, race and climate in VP debate – video highlights
Mike Pence and Kamala Harris met in Utah for the only vice-presidential debate of the election, separated by Plexiglass barriers as a protection against coronavirus. From the pandemic to healthcare and race to the supreme court, via a fly , here are some of the key moments Pence-Harris vice-presidential debate: six key takeaways Battle for the suburbs: can Joe Biden flip Texas? – video Continue r
Orthodox New Yorkers condemn Cuomo over new Covid shutdowns
Orthodox Jewish journalist said he was attacked as groups gathered in Brooklyn streets on Wednesday night New rules putting parts of New York City back into lockdown amid a rise in fresh coronavirus cases have been met with protests as Andrew Cuomo was accused of using “dangerous and divisive” language against Orthodox Jews. On Wednesday night groups of Orthodox people in Brooklyn and some of the
Trump's response to the pandemic has always been dishonest and cruel | Rebecca Solnit
The contemporary right has one central principle: rejecting any responsibility for others in the hollow name of freedom “Everybody was told to wear a mask. Why did the first family and the chief of staff believe that the rules for everybody else didn’t apply to them?” debate host Chris Wallace said on Fox News Sunday, and the answer is obvious. Throughout the pandemic the Trump administration and
First Thing election special: Pence and Harris performed politics as usual
A relatively normal vice-presidential debate featured clashes over policy, personality and coronavirus. Plus, Trump’s favourite pollster has him down by double digits Good morning. It is perhaps a measure of the vice-presidential debate’s relative mundanity that its most exciting moment was when a fly landed on Mike Pence’s stark, white hair and stayed there for more than a minute, unbeknown to t
Covid ravages Navajo Nation as Trump makes election play for area
Despite the reservation’s Democratic tendencies and its struggles under Trump and amid the pandemic, the president is trying to woo Navajo voters Last spring, the Covid-19 pandemic 


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