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    As news broke Tuesday night that the former Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid had died at age 82, many people who knew him began sharing their remembrances of the Nevada lawmaker. Former President Barack Obama posted a notable message on Twitter to commemorate his ally, which included a personal letter he had recently written to Reid. "When Harry Reid was nearing the end, his wife Landra asked some of us to share letters that she could read to him," Obama explained. "In lieu of a statement, here’s what I wrote to my friend." When Harry Reid was nearing the end, his wife Landra asked some of us to share letters that she could read to him. In lieu of a statement, here\u2019s what I wrote to my friend:pic.twitter.com/o6Ll6rzpAX — Barack Obama (@Barack Obama) 1640743029 The letter expressed his loved and admiration for the former majority leader, and it credited Reid with being pivotal to most of the accomplishments of the Obama presidency. READ: Peter Navarro reveals new shocking detail about his and...
    NASA's experimental X-43A scramjet was not a missile, but its Mach 7 flight in 2004 certainly inspired missile designers. Over the last four years, Donald Trump did everything possible to help the world unravel. Sometimes that meant withdrawing from organizations like the World Health Organization, or dropping out of the Paris agreement. It also meant flat-out breaking trade agreements or even the six-party nuclear agreement on Iran. Trump has also moved to simply allow existing treaties to expire, including major arms agreements that have (had) existed for decades. Now there’s just one major treaty remaining that places limits on the nuclear stockpiles of the two nations that control most of the world’s nuclear weapons: The START Treaty between the United States and Russia. As The Washington Post reports, that treaty is set to expire on Feb 5. There’s no doubt that, had Trump remained in office, the treaty would have been allowed to expire, kicking off a new, unlimited nuclear arms race.  Now President Biden has just days to secure an extension on that agreement, after Trump made absolutely no...
    On Thursday, the major activity at the White House seemed to be staff members escaping with photographs and statues that very likely were not theirs to take. Inside, many offices are described as empty, due to all those staffers who suddenly began getting concerned that continuing to associate with a twice-impeached instigator of an insurrection might not be good for their resume. Meanwhile, somewhere inside the maze of empty offices, Donald Trump still lurks, his fingers twitching to send out tweets forever out of reach, his fevered brow unmopped by an absent Hope Hicks, his bellows of impotent rage echoing sweetly, sweetly through the corridors. And if there is one thing that’s getting Trump extra ragey in these final days before he’s escorted from the property, it is any comparison between himself and one Richard M. Nixon.  Especially because the thing that keeps coming up is the one thing that Nixon did right for the nation—resign. As CNN reports, Trump is spending his days in a tweetless, rally-less, and apparently friendless circle of accusations, impeachment, and plunging poll numbers. As he gets ready to...
    (Expansión) – Pareciera que el cierre de Donald Trump en la presidencia de Estados Unidos es un reflejo del último año de su gestión. En enero de 2020, Trump atravesaba un proceso de juicio político, denunciado por legisladores demócratas de abuso de poder y de obstrucción de la democracia. En ese momento, el esfuerzo liderado por la Presidenta de la Cámara de Representantes, Nancy Pelosi, parecía una causa perdida. A pesar de tener la mayoría en la Cámara baja, los Demócratas sabían que un Senado mayoritariamente republicano no votaría en favor de la destitución del presidente de ese partido. El proceso se llevó a cabo y siguió esa línea de acción. En paralelo, Trump iniciaba el año electoral con una ventaja aparente para la reelección. De pronto, un factor inesperado en forma de pandemia desvió el cauce de la tendencia. En cuestión de meses, Trump redujo exponencialmente el margen en las encuestas, desilusionó a grupos que habían votado por él, perdió la confianza de integrantes de su equipo, desatendió reclamos sociales como el de Black Lives Matter y politizó...
    By Glenn Thrush | New York Times The events of the last 48 hours — Tuesday’s Democratic takeover of the Senate and Wednesday’s mob violence at the Capitol by President Trump supporters — fundamentally altered the trajectory of President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s presidency two weeks before his hand touches the bible. Once chatty, malaprop-prone and accessible, Biden has transformed himself into a figure of distance and dignity, taking advantage of the spotlight-hogging futility of Trump’s attempts to overturn the election. He has been able to quietly assemble a team and plan for the battles ahead. The violence, in the view of several people in Biden’s immediate orbit, has mellowed the intensity of Republican opposition to him, especially among the members of the chamber most eager to distance themselves from Trump’s antics. Most notable among them: the Senate Republican leader, Mitch McConnell, who had defined unseating President Obama as his primary goal at this point in 2009; and Lindsey Graham, the Republican from South Carolina who has buddied up to both Biden and Trump over the years. There is nothing...
    The Daily Beast What is Putin’s Endgame With Americans Detained in Russia? One of the first challenges Joe Biden will face as president is how to deal with Vladimir Putin, leader of the country that Biden has labelled the biggest threat to the United States. In contrast to the impetuous and inconsistent Donald Trump, Putin is generally seen as a resolute leader, who unflaggingly pursues his country’s foreign policy goals, however malign. But the cases of three Americans who are currently detained in Russia belie this image of Putin, portraying instead a leader who is dysfunctionally beholden to the interests of his security services and the corrupt clans who form his power base.The case of American investor Michael Calvey, which should be decided by a Moscow court within the next few weeks, offers a particularly striking example of how Putin has allowed a corrupted legal and financial system to undermine Russia’s broader interests. Calvey, arrested along with five others in February 2019 on bogus fraud charges, founded the highly successful private equity firm Baring Vostok, which since 1994 has brought...
    As Americans sit on tenterhooks waiting for five key states to finally crown a victor in the presidential election, one question is on everyone's minds: What is taking so long?  Election officials in Pennsylvania, Arizona, Nevada, Georgia and North Carolina have pleaded for patience as they continue chipping away at mountains of hundreds of thousands of uncounted ballots.   The paramount reason tallying has been sluggish is because of a record number of mail-in ballots, which take significantly more time to process than in-person ballots because they have to be verified and scanned via a system with multiple steps where things can, and have, gone awry.   Voting centers around the US have reported issues with ink shortages, ballots printed on the wrong paper and faulty machinery - exacerbating an already arduous process.  The states that still haven't been called as of Thursday are facing yet another challenge: Unprecedented pressure to make sure the results are right when the margin is razor-thin.  President Donald Trump on Thursday promised to mount legal battles in all battleground states won by his rival Joe Biden...
    Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images President Donald Trump is set to hold 14 rallies in seven different states in the final three days of his campaign before Tuesday’s election. On Sunday, Trump will reportedly hold rallies in Washington, MI; Dubuque, IA; Hickory, NC; Rome, GA; and Miami, FL. On Monday, he will hold a further five rallies in Fayetteville, NC; Scranton, PA; Traverse City, MI; Kenosha, WI; and Grand Rapids, MI. Trump sets final campaign schedule: Sunday: Washington, MI Dubuque, IA Hickory, NC Rome, GA Miami, FL Monday: Fayetteville, NC Scranton, PA Traverse City, MI Kenosha, WI Grand Rapids, MI* *where he held final 2016 rally (to @maggieNYT‘s point about superstition) — Eli Stokols (@EliStokols) October 30, 2020 On Halloween Saturday, Trump is zeroing in on the all-important Keystone State — holding four rallies in Pennsylvania including an 8 p.m. ET event in Reading, and a late night affair in Butler at 11 p.m. ET. Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden will speak at rallies in Flint and Detroit, MI with former President Barack Obama. Have a tip we should know? [email protected]
    Amanda Marcotte October 29, 2020 5:03PM (UTC) Sen. Martha McSally, an Arizona Republican, has paid her bootlicking dues. She's repeatedly gone out of her way to show obeisance to Donald Trump, most famously in January when she yelled "liberal hack" repeatedly at a CNN reporter who asked her if the Senate should consider evidence before rushing to acquit Trump during his impeachment trial.  But despite years of bowing and scraping and, of course, voting to acquit Trump despite his obvious guilt, McSally has earned no loyalty in return from her orange master. She's in a tough race against former astronaut Mark Kelly, a Democrat, and has consistently trailed in the polls. At a recent Arizona rally, Trump didn't  bother to hide his disdain for McSally's standard political desire to address her own potential voters.  : "Martha, just come up fast. Fast. Fast. Come on. Quick," Trump barked at her. "You got one minute! One minute, Martha! They don't want to hear this, Martha. Come on. Let's go. Quick, quick, quick. Come on. Let's go." It was clear that, as always, Trump resents every moment when...
    Mother Jones Illustration; Stefani Reynolds/Nicolas Maeterlinck/ZUMA For indispensable reporting on the coronavirus crisis, the election, and more, subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily newsletter.Rudy Giuliani, Steve Bannon, and the entire Trumpland dirty-tricks squad seem desperate. With days remaining until Election Day, they are running out of a time to orchestrate an October Surprise to help their dear leader win reelection. In recent days, their Fox-enabled efforts have demonstrated how far they are willing to go with their skullduggery. Yet the world may be witnessing the death throes of Trump’s most extreme enablers, protectors, and schemers—and it is ugly. At 12:49 am on Tuesday, Giuliani, once known as America’s Mayor, retweeted a suggestion that Joe Biden is a pedophile, an unfounded and ridiculous claim that has spread among QAnon conspiracy devotees. The tweet is no longer available on Twitter. But this is the depth to which Giuliani has sunk in his role as a bottom-feeder searching for any dirt he can use to smear Biden on behalf of his client, Donald Trump.  Last year, Giuliani managed to help get Trump impeached...
    (CNN)President Donald Trump has a simple strategy for the final weeks of the 2020 campaign: If some of me is good, more of me is better.Fresh off battling Covid-19 -- and a multi-day hospitalization -- the President has set an extremely aggressive campaign schedule for himself in the closing days of the race. As CNN's Kevin Liptak wrote Monday:"This week alone will bring the President to Florida, Pennsylvania, Iowa and North Carolina -- all states he won in 2016 -- with stops next Friday and over the weekend still being finalized. While Trump occasionally overnights at his properties, his habit has been to fly out-and-back, returning to the White House often in the dark morning hours..."...Trailing in polls and without much time to reverse his fortunes, Trump is pressing advisers to schedule more rallies and more travel in the lead-up to Election Day."Read MoreWhile Trump seems to believe that the more voters see and hear from him the better chance he has of winning, there's a large amount of polling data that suggests he is, well, wrong.Let's start here: Typically,...
    On Thursday evening, President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump tested positive for coronavirus. The announcement followed the news that the president's top aide Hope Hicks has also tested positive for the virus after travelling with Trump multiple times over the last week.  Fears that the president may have contracted the virus were raised after it was revealed Hicks had travelled on both Marine One, the presidential helicopter, and on Air Force One in the last seven days. Along with the trip to Wednesday night's rally, Hicks had been aboard Air Force One to fly to Tuesday night's first presidential debate in Cleveland. She was spotted by DailyMail.com getting off Air Force One in the city without her mask. Hicks also travelled with the president to a rally in Pennsylvania last Saturday where she was seen mask-less and clapping to the Village People's YMCA. A timeline of Trump's movements and who he has come into contact with in the last week. Both he and presidential aide Hope Hicks tested positive for the coronavirus on Thursday Trump walks from...
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