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    The universe just got more mysterious, as it continues to expand at a faster rate than anticipated, NASA has learned. Scientists using the Hubble Space Telescope concluded that “something weird” is going on with the universe after comparing NASA's current rate of the universe's expansion to observations from after the universe was created, revealing a discrepancy between the two. The astronomers found that the universe is expanding much faster than they originally thought using the updated and more accurate data, according to Express. “The cause of this discrepancy remains a mystery," NASA said Thursday. “But Hubble data, encompassing a variety of cosmic objects that serve as distance markers, support the idea that something weird is going on, possibly involving brand new physics.” STARLINER SPACECRAFT JETS TO SPACE STATION AFTER TWO-YEAR DELAY NASA scientists predict the universe is expanding at a rate of 73 kilometers per second per megaparsec, an increase from the initial 67.5 predicted, give or take 0.5. Using these measures, it is predicted the universe is set to double in size in the...
    THE universe is expanding at a strange rate, new data from the Hubble Space Telescope suggests. Nasa on Thursday revealed that the Hubble Space Telescope completed a nearly 30-year marathon of data collection. 1The universe is expanding at a strange rate, new data from the Hubble Space Telescope suggests. (Photo By Encyclopaedia Britannica/UIG Via Getty Images)Credit: Getty With this data, Hubble was able to identify dozens of markers for space and time to help scientists measure the expansion rate of the universe. However, the more precise those measures become over the years, the more they indicate that "something weird" is happening, Nasa said. There is a huge discrepancy between the current rate of expansion compared to observations from right after the Big Bang. Scientists are unable to explain this phenomenon, which they say "predicts a different expansion value," per Nasa. Read more on HubbleSTARRY EYED Nasa reveals stunning image of 'grand design' galaxy with 'luminous arms'SPACED OUT Nasa reveals stunning Hubble photo of 'unusual' galaxies with a BIG secret "The cause of this discrepancy remains a mystery." "But...
    DENVER (CBS4)– This is National Police Week, a chance to honor officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty. On Tuesday, the Denver Police Department had its “Honor the Fallen” event. (credit: CBS) That event included a walk around downtown Denver to the memorial markers of some fallen officers. The markers are important so the community never forgets the sacrifices of officers. (credit: CBS) “While the environment may have changed from that period of time, today there is still the service the officers provide and their willingness to stand and defend the City of Denver hasn’t changed,” said Denver Police Museum president Michael Hess. (credit: CBS) The Denver Police Department has lost 77 officers in the line of duty.
    TEACHING how your child how to brush their teeth can be a little tricky. Lucky for you, a savvy mom came up with a simple method that includes common items which can be found at any dollar store. 5A mom of two children revealed a technique she used to teach her son how to brush his teethCredit: TikTok/@bumpsandbottles 5She recommended picking up real toothbrushesCredit: TikTok/@bumpsandbottles In the clip, the baby expert who goes by Bumpsandbottles on social media revealed it's simple, you just need to pick up a dental play kit and some dry erase markers. The five-piece dental package should include a fake set of teeth, a toothbrush, tweezers, a spit bowl, and a clamp. Even though the kit does come with a toothbrush, the mom of two recommended picking up a set of real toothbrushes they'd really use. Once you've collected the materials, take the fake set of teeth and color them in with the dry-erase markers you purchased. Read more dental storiesTHAT BITES I had braces for SIX years then finally...
    ONE mum has come up with a genius hack to prevent the endlessly frustrating problem of constantly finding felt tips without lids. After growing tired of her toddler losing the tops of the pens on a daily basis, mum Cary decided to take matters into her own hands. 3One savvy mum has come up with a genius hack for never losing felt tip lidsCredit: Tik Tok 3She used a plastic lipstick holder to glue the lids intoCredit: Tik Tok "So I’ve made this clear to my toddler a billion times, but apparently he doesn’t get it - he honestly thinks I’m rich. And I am not," she began her video. "And at this point I am just tired. I am tired of buying him markers for him to go ahead and lose the tops." So she went to her local department store and picked up a plastic lipstick holder for £3.75, before then taking each lid off a new pack of markers and using a hot glue gun to glue it into each slot. Then, once...
    Conservative news network Newsmax has taken White House Correspondent Emerald Robinson off the air after she was suspended from Twitter for sharing a conspiracy theory that claims Covid-19 vaccines contain a 'bioluminescent' marker that allows people to be tracked. Robinson claimed on Tuesday in a now-taken down tweet that 'the vaccines contain a bioluminescent marker called LUCIFERASE so that you can be tracked'  Newsmax said it had taken her off the air but made it clear she is staying with the company for now.  'Newsmax is currently reviewing the posts and during that period Ms. Robinson will not be on air but continue with duties for the network,' the statement reads, shared by Washington Post reporter Erik Wemple.   Despite its misleading name, Luciferase has nothing to do with the biblical devil. It is a bioluminescence marker that is in a class of enzymes that can produce light in a chemical reaction. Newsmax's White House Correspondent Emerald Robinson has been removed from the network's broadcast after she was suspended from Twitter following her tweet on the Moderna vaccine containing a satanic...
    BRONZEVILLE — Chicagoans can learn more about how a “red summer” of racial violence and Black resistance more than a century ago continues to shape their communities at a historical bike ride this weekend. The opening ceremony for the third annual bike tour of sites linked to the Chicago Race Riot of 1919 begins 10 a.m. Saturday at the Chicago Military Academy, 3519 S. Giles Ave. in Bronzeville. The 5.5-mile bike ride takes place 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., with stops at the Chicago Defender and Chicago Bee offices, the newly unveiled Ida B. Wells monument, the Victory Monument and other locations in Bronzeville and Bridgeport. Following the ride, organizers will unveil a prototype for the markers they plan to install at the sites where more than three dozen people were killed during the 1919 riot. Boxed lunches from Ain’t She Sweet Cafe will be provided. Riders must bring their own bicycle and helmet. To register for the event, click here. “The mission of the project is to increase awareness” on the riot and its impact on Chicago a century later, said...
    OAKLAND, Calif. (KGO) -- The city of Oakland is implementing a new strategy to deter sideshows from happening in some of their busiest intersections after one of the most violent weekends in that city.On Friday, city workers finished installing pavement markers also knowns as "Bott's Dots" on 35th avenue and Mac Arthur Boulevard.After one of the most violent weekends in Oakland's history with illegal fireworks, shootings and sideshows, city workers finished installing pavement markers."To discourage the sideshow activity that we have and at the same time it reduces speed. It's an example of what we are trying to implement," said Oakland Councilmember, Noel Gallo.VIDEO: 7 shootings, sideshows, illegal fireworks: 'Nonstop chaos' in Oakland for July 4th, chief says EMBED More News Videos Oakland's top cop says Fourth of July in his city this year was among the most violent he's seen in more than 20 years on the force. Last Sunday, a massive sideshow involving 300 cars left one man with critical injuries after he was struck by a moving vehicle. Now, on the intersection of 35th avenue and Mac...
    (CNN)"Courage over oppression" is the message the Louisiana Office of Tourism is pressing into with the installation of historical markers memorializing significant locations that were crucial to the Civil Rights Movement around the state. Similar to the US project of the same name, the Louisiana Civil Rights Trail already has the first three markers in place. The project began when Louisiana Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser discovered his state did not have a Civil Rights Trail. From there, Glenda McKinley told CNN she and her team at GMc+Co Strategic Communications were approached to set the project in motion, and they started by talking to different communities around the state through outreach meetings."We traveled about 3,000 miles and held about 22 meetings around the state, and really got to hear firsthand from the people in the community," McKinley said. Read MoreVintage Greyhound bus is restored to commemorate the Freedom Rides 60th anniversary"Some of (the stories) were oral history, some of them were people actually involved in the movement, and it became very clear that we didn't need to tell the story —...
    STACEY Solomon and her lookalike sister were up at the crack of dawn today putting together an Easter egg hunt. The 31-year-old Loose Women star and Jemma were out in the garden before the sun had come up marking out the hugely elaborate game. 5Stacey Solomon and her sister Jemma were up before sunrise to get ready for Easter She said: "Just got off the phone to the Easter bunny, he's not going to be able to make it he's feeling a bit under the weather. "Me and my sister are just going to set up in the garden for him - we're taking one for the team." Jemma was seen hopping about the background of the shot, in Stacey's new £1.2million country home, dubbed "Pickle Cottage". The pair then put out a series of markers, arrows and clues all over the sprawling grounds of the house. 5The pair hid markers and eggs containing treasure hunt clues around her garden 5The tenth and final marker took the children to the family's elaborate Wendy house 5Inside, Stacey revealed, were heaving crates...
    A researcher from the Instituto de Astrofísica Canarias (IAC) leads a work in which they propose techno-markers or evidence of the use of technology or industrial activity in other parts of the Universe for future NASA missionsin search of alien civilizations. The proposals are made in an article published in the specialized journal Acta Astronautica, which includes the first conclusions of the meeting of experts in the search for extraterrestrial intelligence convened last summer under the auspices of the space agency to obtain advice on the matter. , has explained the IAC. Many experts consider it plausible that in the coming years we may witness the discovery of extraterrestrial life, although what is to be expected is that they are very simple forms of life. This article presents ideas about tech markers. that would indicate the existence of extraterrestrial civilizationsFrom the most mundane, such as the presence of industrial pollutants in an atmosphere or huge swarms of satellites, to hypothetical works of space megaengineering, heat shields to combat climate change or Dyson spheres for optimal use of starlight. Some proposals...
    New York : Several spices commonly used in our kitchen can benefit us with their anti-inflammatory properties. Photo: Shantanu Pal / Pexels Condiments can be used not only to flavor our meals, but also to perceive health benefits. As Healthline indicates, one of these benefits is the de-inflammation of body tissues. The use of these condiments can be quite useful in cases where inflammation gets out of control and it no longer only manifests as a mechanism of the body to heal. 1. Ginger Beyond its culinary uses, ginger has been used for many years in the field of traditional medicine to treat different conditions, such as colds, migraines, nausea, arthritis, high blood pressure, and inflammation. Ginger contains more than 100 active compounds that are responsible for its health effects, including inflammatory decrease. An analysis of 16 scientific studies revealed that the seasoning can reduce some genetic markers of inflammation. 2. Garlic Like ginger, garlic has also been used in traditional medicine to treat different conditions, including inflammation. Many of its health effects come from...
    Clyburn targets OSHA, meatpacking companies with investigation of COVID-19 outbreaks Congos 2016 runner-up launches new presidential bid Crayola Has Expanded Its Colors of the World Collection to Include Markers and Colored Pencils It was less than a year ago that Crayola announced it was releasing Colors of the World crayons>>>P, a box that includes 24 new colors to represent over 40 global skin tones. The collection now includes markers and colored pencils>>>P, thanks to Crayola’s recent expansion. © Crayola Last year, Crayola announced it was releasing Colors of the World crayons, a box that includes 24 new colors to represent over 40 global skin tones. Now there are markers, colored pencils, and a coloring book in the collection. The new markers and colored pencils include the same 24 colors that are available in the crayons. There is a large range — from very light, like very light golden and extra light almond, to very dark, like extra deep rose and deep golden, that can be used to make over three dozen skin tones. “The subtle shades inside are...
    In an ad that first aired Tuesday in Grand Rapids, Michigan, flames light up the TV screen, ominous music plays, and a narrator states, "While America's cities burned, Joe Biden and Kamala Harris fanned the flames." The 30-second spot is part of President Trump's final messaging push before Election Day that Mr. Trump will keep Americans safe. The ad differs from the TV spots first aired this week by the Biden campaign, "I believe it's time to unite the country, to come together as a nation," Joe Biden says in a direct-to-camera appeal, reprising common lines from his campaign trail stump speech. In the video testimonial, images of people hugging, holding hands and voting flash across the screen. While both ads aired for the first time with less than a week to go before Election Day, they illustrate the diverging approaches of two campaigns in the final months of the campaign season, CBS News political unit associate producer Sarah Ewall-Wice and CBS News campaign reporter Nicole Sganga report. Since early September, Biden has outspent Mr. Trump by more than $200 million for television advertising, but data shows that's...
    The medical team treating President Trump for COVID-19 at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center said he has improved enough to return to the White House on Monday, but warned he is not yet fully in the clear and declined to provide key details about the president's condition. "Though he may not entirely be out of the woods yet, the team and I agree that all our evaluations, and more importantly, his clinical status, support the president's safe return home, where he'll be surrounded by world-class medical care, 24/7," Dr. Sean Conley, the White House physician, told reporters outside the facility on Monday afternoon. CBS News campaign reporter Nicole Sganga reports Mr. Trump continues to be treated with dexamethasone, a powerful steroid recommended for use to treat severe cases of COVID-19 that can carry serious psychological side effects. Conley said the president has not exhibited any of those side effects. He repeatedly declined to provide specifics about the president's lung condition and the last time he tested negative for the virus, citing federal privacy laws. Minutes before the briefing with the doctors, the...
    With 50 days until the election, the Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled on Monday that the Green Party will not be on the ballot in the state during the general election. According to CBS News campaign reporter Adam Brewster, that means clerks will not have to reprint 2.3 million ballots and can begin sending absentee ballots to voters who have requested them. Clerks are required to begin sending ballots by Thursday to the more than 1 million Wisconsinites who have requested absentee ballots. In a court filing last week, the Wisconsin Elections Commission (WEC) reported that clerks recorded sending more than 378,000 ballots, though it wasn't clear how many, if any, had actually been mailed. In the 4-3 decision, the court said it would be too chaotic to change the ballot at this point. "We agree with the Commission that requiring municipalities to print and send a second round of ballots to voters who already received, and potentially already returned, their first ballot would result in confusion and disarray and would undermine confidence in the general election results," the court said in its...
    It's President Trump's turn, again. After a week of carefully choreographed "surprise" appearances, the commander-in-chief will offer a grand finale Thursday night in his official acceptance of the Republican Party's re-nomination. It's a party shaped by the top of the ticket, with more Republicans who say that being a Trump supporter is very important to their political identity (58%) than say being a Republican is (51%) according to a CBS News Battleground Tracker poll released this week. The fourth and final night of the Republican National Convention comes at a crisis point for this country, reports CBS News campaign reporter Nicole Sganga. Hurricane Laura's category 4 storm surge has left a path of destruction in Louisiana; civil unrest in Kenosha, Wisconsin, following the police shooting of Jacob Blake, a 29-year-old Black man; wildfires burn in California and the U.S. coronavirus death toll is approaching 180,000. The president is scheduled to deliver his primetime address from the White House South Lawn, with approximately 1,000 people in attendance. Kellyanne Conway, counselor to the president, told reporters on Thursday morning that all attendees will be tested for the...
    NEW YORK, Aug. 27, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Intercept Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Nasdaq:ICPT), a biopharmaceutical company focused on the development and commercialization of novel therapeutics to treat progressive non-viral liver diseases, today announced additional data indicating that obeticholic acid (OCA) helped patients with nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) achieve sustained improvements in liver biochemistry and noninvasive markers of liver fibrosis over two years of treatment. The new results based upon a post hoc review of the interim analysis data from the Phase 3 REGENERATE study are being presented at the virtual International Liver Congress™ 2020, the 55th Annual Meeting of the European Association for the Study of the Liver (EASL). “The primary goal of a medicine to treat patients with advanced fibrosis due to NASH is to halt or reverse the progression to cirrhosis and its devastating complications,” said Rohit Loomba, M.D., director, U.C. San Diego NAFLD Research Center and director of hepatology at U.C. San Diego School of Medicine. “These new noninvasive data from REGENERATE provide further evidence that OCA can help patients achieve this goal. It is encouraging to see a...
    The name of the woman who could be the country's first female vice president may be revealed next week, as Joe Biden in Delaware on Tuesday said he is planning to select his running mate in "the first week of August." During a Q&A with reporters, Biden would not say if he plans to meet in-person with the women he is vetting.   For him and his eventual vice presidential pick to make history, Biden may have to offer voters additional reasons to be elected. Some state polls, like our recent CBS News Battleground Tracker of Michigan and Ohio, show a majority of Biden's current support comes from people who are "mainly voting against Mr. Trump rather than for him." Asked about this political predicament by CBS News political correspondent Ed O'Keefe, Biden expressed confidence in his current position: "Look, I am running because Trump is the president and I think our democracy is at stake, for real. And what seems to be the case is many Americans -- those who don't like me and those who do -- view me as the...
    Wisconsin voters will head to the polls Tuesday, the second time voting will occur in the state during the coronavirus pandemic, giving election officials one final test run before November, according to CBS News campaign reporter Adam Brewster. In April, clerks were swamped with last minute requests for absentee ballots and many voters around the state reported that they did not receive their ballots by Election Day. There were also issues finding poll workers in April and some cities had to cut the number of polling sites, leading to massive lines. Most dramatically, Milwaukee was only able to operate 5 of its usual 180 polling locations. Poll workers still proved difficult to find in August. The Wisconsin National Guard is providing more than 650 election workers around the state on Tuesday, after municipalities reported a shortage of more than 900 workers last week. Milwaukee has about 40 National Guard members on standby for Tuesday's election in case there are workers who call out at the last minute, but the city is opening nearly 170 polling locations on Tuesday, according to Milwaukee Elections...
    Ohio Democrats see opportunity on the horizon for presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden, given the coronavirus pandemic that the Trump administration is still struggling to control and the economic fallout that has ensued. Ad money is flowing into the state's media markets, according to CBS News campaign reporter Jack Turman and political unit associate producer Sarah Ewall-Wice. The Trump campaign has reserved nearly $22 million on the airwaves since June 1 through Election Day, according to Kantar/CMAG, despite a spending freeze last week. And on Thursday, the president is planning an in-person visit to raise money in Cleveland and to tour a Whirlpool manufacturing plant in Clyde. The Biden campaign has two ads running in the state, part of a seven-figure ad buy that will run through the Democratic convention. The ads, playing in the Toledo and Youngstown media markets, highlight the presumptive nominee's economic recovery plan. While prominent Democratic super PACS have held off advertising so far, Biden is boosted by anti-Trump Republican groups who have invested in the state. Democrats are hoping to rebuild past stronghold coalitions -- including blue-collar workers -- boost city turnout...
    The Democratic Party of Georgia on Monday selected Nikema Williams, a Georgia state senator, to replace civil rights icon and Congressman John Lewis on the ballot for the November general election following his death on Friday, reports CBS News digital reporter Melissa Quinn. Williams will face off against Republican Angela Stanton-King to represent Georgia's 5th Congressional District, though she is expected to face few hurdles to victory in November, as the district, which includes most of Atlanta, is heavily Democratic. As chairwoman of the Georgia Democratic Party, Williams abstained from voting. In 2018, Lewis ran unopposed for his 17th term in Congress, and in June, he defeated Barrington Martin II with more than 87% of the vote in the Democratic primary. Lewis represented Georgia's 5th for more than three decades. The longtime congressman died at the age of 80 on Friday after he was diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer in December. The Georgia Democratic Party on Saturday swiftly launched its efforts to replace Lewis on the November ballot, and 131 candidates submitted applications, the party said. Those applications were evaluated by a nominating committee...
    As the general election unofficially kicks off, presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden is being aided by an unusual array of groups for a presidential election, reports CBS News associate producer Sarah Ewall-Wice. What makes them odd is that they are Republican. A growing number of GOP organizations are moving forward with strategic efforts to unseat a commander-in-chief of their own party — and turn the White House over to a Democrat. Appalled by Donald Trump's presidency, they are spending millions on television ads and digital campaigns and weighing ground efforts in an election year that has seen a global pandemic and major economic crisis following the impeachment trial of the president earlier this year. "We haven't really ever seen anything like this before in a general election," said Mitchell West, of Kantar/Campaign Media Analysis Group. "In primaries, there's always one Republican group that supports one specific Republican candidate and will obviously bash some others, but in terms of a general election, usually you don't see anything like this." Read more on the efforts from groups like The Lincoln Project, Republican...
    The Supreme Court reaffirmed abortion protections on Monday, striking down a Louisiana abortion restriction that, if allowed to be implemented, could have made the state the first to be without a legal abortion provider since Roe v. Wade, CBS News digital reporter Kate Smith reports. The decision — with Chief Justice John Roberts concurring with the court's four-member liberal minority — is the court's first major abortion rights decision since two Trump appointees took the bench, delivering a major win to abortion rights supporters who've been concerned about the court's new ideological makeup and how that would impact the future of abortion access. Thursday's 138-page decision, written by Justice Stephen Breyer, found Louisiana's restriction — which requires doctors who provide abortions to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital — violated precedent set in the 2016 Whole Woman's Health v. Hellerstedt ruling, a case that dealt with a nearly identical regulation in Texas. The Trump campaign referred to today's decision as "disappointing to say the least," according to CBS News campaign reporter Nicole Sganga. In a statement, deputy communications director Ali Pardo wrote in...
    The House passed a bill on statehood for the District of Columbia Friday, the latest in a long-standing effort that picked up momentum during the recent protests in the nation's capital reports CBS News political unit broadcast associate Aaron Navarro.  The bill is sponsored by Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton, a non-voting representative of the district in the House. Supporters of the bill argued reasons for state include include that D.C.'s population, budget and GDP contribution is higher than other states. With the national movement over the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and Rayshard Brooks, many black residents in D.C. feel not having statehood or proper representation has also been highlighted. "For decades, racist accusations about District residents not being able to govern ourselves were used to deny us the rights that every other taxpaying American is guaranteed by the Constitution. Still today, without any senators and with no vote in Congress, we are denied full access to our nation's democracy," D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser wrote in a Washington Post op-ed. Republicans argue the vote is a political attempt by Democrats to grow their ranks, and...
    After the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and Rayshard Brooks, a drumbeat of protesters has been demanding to "defund the police." In Minneapolis, the city council voted to disband the police force and replace it with a community-led system. But in general, the term does not mean that police should be given zero funding or that police departments should be abolished, but rather that some portion of their funding should be diverted to community programs.   What it means to "defund the police" is being explored nationwide by some of the candidates running for district attorney and county prosecutor, the law enforcement officials who have the power to directly hold police accountable. Progressive candidates told CBS News they interpret the phrase to mean reallocating some police funds for health care and education. And many would also like to see police forces demilitarized, fewer non-violent crimes prosecuted and an end to the cash bail system. CBS News spoke to several candidates, as well as former 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Julián Castro, who is supporting district attorneys backing policing reform as part of their agenda. Get Breaking...
    Democrats will be going to Milwaukee for a convention this summer, but it will be greatly scaled down in size, according to CBS News campaign reporter Adam Brewster, CBS News political unit associate producer Eleanor Watson and CBS News political correspondent Ed O'Keefe. Convention delegates who would normally fill an arena to cheer on Joe Biden as he accepts the Democratic presidential nomination are being instructed not to make plans to travel to Milwaukee and are being told they should conduct their business remotely, the Democratic National Convention Committee said. Some members of those delegations are still expected to make the trip to Wisconsin, but the details of who and how many delegates from each state are yet to be determined.  The event is also moving from the Fiserv Forum, home of the Milwaukee Bucks, to the Wisconsin Center, a convention center in downtown Milwaukee. The Democrats are planning for their convention to feature four nights of programming, starting on August 17, which will be anchored from Milwaukee. Each night will feature live broadcasts from Milwaukee along with "curated content" from Milwaukee and other satellite...
    All eyes are on Kentucky today as the state is expecting historic turnout for its primary despite the pandemic. A number of changes were made in the state to allow for an increase in absentee voting by mail after the primary was also delayed.  In March, Democratic Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear signed an order postponing the state's May 19 primary to June 23 at the recommendation of the Republican secretary of state due to the coronavirus. In April, Beshear signed another executive order at the recommendation of the secretary of state for all Kentuckians to be able to vote by mail in the primary.  The order also directed the State Board of Elections to create an online portal for voters to request that an absentee ballot be mailed to them, and postcards were also sent out reminding voters of the changes made this year. CBS News political unit associate producer Sarah Ewall-Wice says more than 867,000 people requested absentee ballots for the primary according to the secretary of state's office, and as of Tuesday morning, more than 530,000 absentee ballots had been returned, with officials...
    Brad Parscale, Donald Trump's campaign manager, did not vote for President Trump in 2016. In fact, he didn't vote in the general election at all, according to election records obtained by CBS News. Bexar County, Texas Election Department documents show Parscale, then a San Antonio resident, voted in the 2016 primary but not in the general election. He did cast a ballot in the 2012 and 2018 federal elections. And his 2018 vote was submitted by mail. "In 2016, I was in New York working to elect Donald Trump and encountered a series of problems receiving my absentee ballot from Texas and missed the deadline," Parscale said in a statement to CBS News. "Just further proof that vote-by-mail is not the flawless solution Democrats and the media pretend it is." President Trump, who voted by mail in the 2020 Florida primary, has complained the expansion of vote-by-mail is a gateway to fraud as states grapple with holding elections this fall amid the coronavirus pandemic.  "There's a vast difference between voting absentee by mail when you can't get to the polls on...
    Days before President Trump's first rally in over three months, on June 20 in Tulsa, city officials and politicians are worried, as the number of COVID-19 cases in Tulsa County rise to record levels, according to CBS News campaign reporters Musadiq Bidar, Nicole Sganga and political unit associate producer Eleanor Watson. While Trump supporters lined up with their lawn chairs and umbrellas outside the BOK Center in Tulsa, the city's Republican mayor said he will not be attending President Trump's rally on Saturday. "I would love for some other city to have tried this first," Mayor G.T. Bynum said at a press conference Wednesday. "But the president chose this city, and so it falls on us to set that standard moving forward," Bynum added. Bynum said hosting the President will be a "tremendous honor" for his city and he will greet Mr. Trump at the airport but will spend the rest of the day with the police officers protecting the city. Mr. Trump has dismissed concerns about the risk surrounding his return to the campaign trail, blaming the news media for "trying...
    A federal judge in Alabama blocked the state from enforcing a trio of restrictions for absentee and curbside voting for the state's July 14 runoff election amid concerns from voters who say they are at a higher risk of severe illness from the coronavirus, according to CBS News digital reporter Melissa Quinn. Four Alabama voters and three organizations challenged the requirements and asked the federal district court to issue an injunction blocking the state from enforcing the measures. The voters said the Alabama election laws at issue — the requirement that absentee ballots must be signed by a notary or two witnesses, the requirement that absentee voters must submit a copy of their photo ID and Alabama's effective ban on curbside voting — ran afoul of their right to vote. U.S. District Judge Abdul Kallon, appointed by former President Obama, sided with the voters Monday in waiving the absentee ballot requirements in at least three Alabama counties and lifting the prohibition on curbside voting at in-person polling locations for next month's election. The court ruled the "burdens imposed by the challenged election laws on voters...
    Joe Biden's campaign announced Monday they raised $80.8 million in May along with the Democratic National Committee and joint fundraising committee. CBS News political unit associate producer Sarah Ewall-Wice reports that it's the most the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee has raised to date during the 2020 presidential election cycle. According to the campaign, more than half of the donors last month were new contributors, signaling a surge in grassroots momentum, with more than 1.5 million new supporters joining the campaign in the last few weeks. The campaign also said the number of online donors has tripled since February. The average online donation in May was $30 and educators continue to be listed as the largest occupation group for donors.  "I'm humbled and honored that you have put your trust in me as your presumptive Democratic nominee. And I'm incredibly honored by the support I've received from you all," Biden wrote in an email to supporters. This cash haul comes as the Biden campaign has been furiously playing fundraising catch-up with President Trump's campaign's powerhouse fundraising. In April, the Biden campaign announced it and the DNC...
    In Northeastern Pennsylvania's Luzerne County, a longtime Democratic stronghold overtaken by Donald Trump in 2016, officials were still counting mail-in ballots two days after the state's June 2 primary election. "I have this nightmare of CNN, Fox, CBS and everyone else waiting for these things to come in on election night, and we don't have them," said David Pedri, the county manager. The delay, Pedri said, was simply that the process of counting mail-in ballots is tedious and there's little that can speed it up. Luzerne's experience was replicated across the state. On Thursday, Pennsylvania's biggest county was still counting ballots it received by primary day, June 2. As the day began, Philadelphia elections officials hadn't counted nearly 90,000 mail-in ballots they received over a week before, about double President Trump's margin of victory over Hillary Clinton in the state in 2016. "News organizations and the public will need to adjust their expectations on when results will be announced," Philadelphia Deputy Commissioner Nick Custodio said.   This was the first time all Pennsylvanians were allowed to vote by mail, and...
    The United States unemployment rate dipped slightly to 13.3% in May, as employers added about 2.5 million jobs, the Labor Department reported on Friday. The report stunned many economists and analysts who were projecting millions of job losses for a second straight month and is an indication that some people are getting back to work amid the COVID-19 pandemic, reports CBS News campaign reporter Adam Brewster. In April, 20.5 million jobs were lost, sending the unemployment rate to 14.7%, the highest number since records began in 1948. The 13.3% unemployment rate reported in May is the second-highest monthly rate recorded by the Labor Department. The job gains were not spread equally, though. White unemployment fell from 14.2% in April to 12.4% in May and the Hispanic unemployment rate fell from 18.9% to 17.6%. However, black unemployment ticked up slightly from 16.7% to 16.8% and Asian unemployment was up from 14.5% to 15%. According to University of Michigan economist Justin Wolfers, the Bureau of Labor Statistics acknowledged that the overall unemployment rate was likely underreported and may be closer to 16% due to some...
    As protests continue across the country, new CBS News polling finds 58% of Americans disapprove of President Trump's handling of race relations, while 33% approve. CBS News political unit associate producers Sarah Ewall-Wice and Eleanor Watson report the polling breaks down further along party lines with 72% of Republicans approving while 92% of Democrats disapprove. African-Americans overwhelmingly disapprove of the president's overall job performance and his handling of race relations.  At the same time, more Americans are now saying racial discrimination impacts both treatment by police and chances of getting ahead. Eight in 10 Americans feel discrimination against African-Americans exists today, including half who say there is a lot of discrimination and 31% who say there is some. CBS News polling also found 52% believe white people have a better chance of getting ahead, up from 39% in polling conducted in 2015. At the same time, 57% of Americans now believe police are more likely to use deadly force against a black person.  A majority of both white and black people believe race relations in the U.S. are generally bad, with just 17% saying they're getting...
    Former President Obama is urging Americans and local leaders to seize the urgency of the moment — the killing of George Floyd last week in Minneapolis and the ensuing nationwide protests — and change the nation. "In some ways as tragic as these past few weeks have been, as difficult and scary and uncertain as they've been, they've also been an incredible opportunity for people to be awakened to some of these underlying trends," Mr. Obama said. "And they offer an opportunity for us to all work together to tackle, to take them on, to change America and make it live up to its highest ideals." CBS News political unit associate producer Sarah Ewall-Wice says his remarks were part of a broader conversation hosted by My Brother's Keeper Alliance about proposed reforms to the nation's law enforcement agencies and how to improve trust between police and the communities they protect.  During his remarks, the former president had a direct message for young people of color who have "witnessed too much violence and too much death, and too often some of that...
    NEW YORK (AP) — New York City buses and subways should look different when the city begins to ease coronavirus restrictions next week, with hand sanitizer in the stations and social distancing markers in place, Mayor Bill de Blasio said Wednesday. “I want to see that everywhere you go, whether it is in a subway station, on the platform or on the train or on a bus there are markings telling you exactly where to be,” de Blasio said at his daily briefing. Ridership on subways and buses is expected to increase when the city enters the first phase of New York state’s region-by-region, four-step reopening process Monday, and transit officials say they are taking steps to prevent a flareup of the virus. Officials with the Metropolitan Transportation Authority said in a letter to de Blasio’s administration Tuesday that they’re asking employers to stagger shifts and continue to allow for remote work. The authority is testing hand sanitizer dispensers and social distancing decals, an MTA spokesperson said. The closure of the subway system between 1 a.m. and 5 a.m....
    Almost a majority of Americans disapprove of President Trump's response to the protests and the events in Minneapolis, according to a CBS News poll released Tuesday. The new poll also found that 56% of Americans believe the president tweets divide the country, not unite, report CBS News associate producers Eleanor Watson and Sarah Ewall-Wice. The CBS News polling shows that voters have seen more of the president lately than of Joe Biden. About 19% of Americans haven't heard enough about Mr. Trump's response whereas about 42% said they have not heard enough from Biden. Despite his lack of visibility, Biden leads Mr. Trump by 4 points in a head-to-head national matchup in the poll released on Tuesday. Biden has had a 2 to 6 point lead over Mr. Trump since February.  This comes as CBS News found 57% believe police treat white people better than black people, including nearly 8 out of 10 black people. At the same time, separate polling by Monmouth University found 57% now believe that when faced with a "difficult or dangerous situation," police are more likely to use excessive force if the culprit is...
    President Trump appeared at the White House Rose Garden for a last-minute address to the nation in the wake of demonstrations, Monday evening, reports CBS News campaign reporter Nicole Sganga. "We will end it now," Mr. Trump said, calling himself, "your president of law and order."  Exactly one week after Minnesotan George Floyd's death in police custody, the president said he has recommended every state executive deploy its National Guard: "We will dominate the streets."  Mr. Trump added that if states or cities refuse to act in response to protests, "then I will deploy the U.S. military and quickly solve the problem for them." He also announced the federal government will dispatch "thousands and thousands" of "heavily armed soldiers" and police to enforce the 7 p.m. curfew in Washington, D.C., tonight, adding that violators would be detained and prosecuted.  Trail Markers 2020 Daily Trail Markers: Trump says he spoke to George Floyd's family 2020 Daily Trail Markers: The Senate races to watch 2020 Daily Trail Markers: States focus on mail-in voting access 2020 Daily Trail Markers: Trump tries to discredit vote-by-mail...
    Amid ongoing protests in Minneapolis, President Trump said Friday afternoon that "it's very important that we have peaceful protesters and support the rights for peaceful protesters. We can't allow a situation like happened in Minneapolis to descend further into lawless anarchy and chaos." Mr. Trump said he spoke with the family of George Floyd and demanded the Department of Justice and FBI expedite investigations into the Minnesota man's death. "It's a local situation but we're also making it into a federal situation. And it's a terrible thing. We all saw what we saw," Mr. Trump added. As violence initially boiled over in the streets of Minneapolis Thursday night, Mr. Trump posted a string of reactions on Twitter, CBS News campaign reporter Nicole Sganga reports. "These THUGS are dishonoring the memory of George Floyd, and I won't let that happen," he tweeted. "Just spoke to Governor Tim Walz and told him that the Military is with him all the way. Any difficulty and we will assume control but, when the looting starts, the shooting starts. Thank you!" Mr. Trump's tweet was quickly flagged by...
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