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Presidential debate reaction: Trump condemned over failure to criticise far-right group – live Presidential debate reaction: Trump condemned over failure to criticise far-right group – live
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Biden and Trump both campaigning in swing states today in aftermath of bitter and chaotic debateBiden and Trump both campaigning in swing states today in aftermath of bitter and chaotic debate
Attorney general William Barr has called the FBI investigation of the Trump campaign, which was brimming with employees in secret contact with Russian operatives, “completely baseless”.
Comey has just testified: “I have no idea on Earth what he’s talking about.”
Comey points out that dozens of people were indicted in the investigation, and the Senate itself had concluded that “the head of Trump’s campaign was a grave counterintelligence threat.”
“The notion that the attorney general believes that was illegitimate endeavor to investigate mystifies me,” Comey says.
Read further on how Barr has bent the justice department in service of Trump’s political needs:
Athletes reacted with bemusement and dismay after Donald Trump refused to condemn white supremacists during the US presidential debate on Tuesday night.
Stephen Curry, one of the biggest stars in the NBA, noted Trump appearing to speak to the far-right Proud Boys. “Stand back and stand by??????????? No further questions your honor! #vote,” he wrote on Twitter.
NBA All-Star Kyle Lowry noted Trump refused to condemn white supremacy: “And he still didn’t say it,” wrote the Toronto Raptors guard on Twitter. NFL wide receiver Randall Cobb tweeted: “He was asked about racism and responded about law enforcement...”
Others highlighted the dismal tenor of a debate between two of the most powerful people on the planet. “This debate is the best sitcom of the year. This is pure comedy and the level of disrespect is off the charts. #Truth #LordHelpus,” wrote NFL hall of famer Deion Sanders.
For many athletes, the takeaway from the evening was that Americans need to ensure they vote in November’s election.
“After watching the adventurous #2020PresidentialDebate and not really being able to hear anything... if nothing else, make sure you’re heard,” wrote WNBA star Renee Montgomery.
LeBron James, perhaps the most famous athlete in America, kept his message brief. “PLEASE VOTE!!!!!,” he tweeted.
In a bar-room brawl, who wins the fight? The guy swinging his fists or the guy clutching his drink?
From the very first minute of the first presidential debate, the 45th president behaved as he has for the last four years: as unpresidential as possible.
He heckled. He bullied. He blustered and he lied. He came out swinging and didn’t mind where his fists landed: his opponent, the moderator, the Biden family, the microphones. It didn’t much matter.
“Will you shut up, man? This is so unpresidential,” gasped Joe Biden at the end of a chaotic discussion about the supreme court. “That was a really productive session. Keep yappin’, man.”
Biden sounded unsettled by the first round of the Trump onslaught. He lost his train of thought as Trump never ceased to talk over him.
If Democrats were hoping that Biden would box Trump in, they were surely disappointed. Biden’s most effective response was to laugh at the brawling around him.
But something funny happened on the way to Trump’s next swing of the fists: a pandemic. Covid-19 stopped the presidential yapping, briefly. Then Biden made a statement of the obvious, by questioning whether Trump was smart enough to handle the coronavirus.
“Did you use the word smart,” the un-president barked. “Don’t ever use the word smart with me.”
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Kentucky attorney general Daniel Cameron has asked a judge to delay by one week the release of recordings of the grand jury deliberations in the killing of Breonna Taylor.Kentucky attorney general Daniel Cameron has asked a judge to delay by one week the release of recordings of the grand jury deliberations in the killing of Breonna Taylor.
Cameron’s office said the judge was expected to rule on the request today.Cameron’s office said the judge was expected to rule on the request today.
There are 20 hours of recordings up for release, according to local reports. The attorney general’s office says more time is needed to redact information that could identify jurors personally.There are 20 hours of recordings up for release, according to local reports. The attorney general’s office says more time is needed to redact information that could identify jurors personally.
A public outcry greeted the grand jury’s decision not to charge two police officers involved in the Louisville killing with homicide - or anything else. A third officer was charged with wanton endangerment.A public outcry greeted the grand jury’s decision not to charge two police officers involved in the Louisville killing with homicide - or anything else. A third officer was charged with wanton endangerment.
The move to release the recordings began when a juror stated in a lawsuit that Cameron had misled the public about the deliberations. Cameron did not seek murder charges in the case, he has admitted.The move to release the recordings began when a juror stated in a lawsuit that Cameron had misled the public about the deliberations. Cameron did not seek murder charges in the case, he has admitted.
Check. Mate?Check. Mate?
When Trump blew the racist dog whistle last night around “law and order” and “suburbs” – attempting by the internal logic of his own world view to scare white voters into supporting him – Biden called him out, saying Trump “wouldn’t know a suburb unless he took a wrong turn.”When Trump blew the racist dog whistle last night around “law and order” and “suburbs” – attempting by the internal logic of his own world view to scare white voters into supporting him – Biden called him out, saying Trump “wouldn’t know a suburb unless he took a wrong turn.”
“I was raised in the suburbs,” Biden said. “This is not 1950. All these dog whistles and racism don’t work any more.”“I was raised in the suburbs,” Biden said. “This is not 1950. All these dog whistles and racism don’t work any more.”
A preponderance of polls indicate that voters don’t buy Trump’s pitch of himself as “your law and order president,” saying Trump made them feel less safe and Biden made them feel more safe.A preponderance of polls indicate that voters don’t buy Trump’s pitch of himself as “your law and order president,” saying Trump made them feel less safe and Biden made them feel more safe.
Trump gets called out by... the dictionary.Trump gets called out by... the dictionary.
As previously covered, Trump last night declined to condemn white supremacists and signaled armed far-right groups to be at the ready as an election approaches whose legitimacy Trump has already denied:As previously covered, Trump last night declined to condemn white supremacists and signaled armed far-right groups to be at the ready as an election approaches whose legitimacy Trump has already denied:
In case your appetite for partisan acrimony has not been satisfied, former FBI director James Comey is appearing before the Republican-led Senate judiciary committee this morning to testify about the Russia investigation.In case your appetite for partisan acrimony has not been satisfied, former FBI director James Comey is appearing before the Republican-led Senate judiciary committee this morning to testify about the Russia investigation.
We’ll have a live video stream for you atop the blog – just hit refresh if you don’t see it.We’ll have a live video stream for you atop the blog – just hit refresh if you don’t see it.
The committee is carrying water for Trump – and taking pressure off Vladimir Putin – by weaving conspiracy theories about the origins and conduct of the Russia investigation. In this particular conservative hall of mirrors, Comey, whose Democratic sympathies run so deep that he sabotaged Hillary Clinton’s presidential bid, is a villainous operator who is keeping secrets about a supposed plot to frame the president.The committee is carrying water for Trump – and taking pressure off Vladimir Putin – by weaving conspiracy theories about the origins and conduct of the Russia investigation. In this particular conservative hall of mirrors, Comey, whose Democratic sympathies run so deep that he sabotaged Hillary Clinton’s presidential bid, is a villainous operator who is keeping secrets about a supposed plot to frame the president.
Will Comey keep his patience, will he rise to the bait, will he once again divulge a secret that could change the presidential race? Tune in.Will Comey keep his patience, will he rise to the bait, will he once again divulge a secret that could change the presidential race? Tune in.
Democrats appear to be voting by mail in battleground states at nearly double the rate of Republicans, according to a Washington Post report:Democrats appear to be voting by mail in battleground states at nearly double the rate of Republicans, according to a Washington Post report:
Read the full piece here.Read the full piece here.
The Fox News host Chris Wallace faced much criticism as he struggled to referee the first presidential debate between Donald Trump and Joe Biden on Tuesday night, writes senior political reporter Daniel Strauss:The Fox News host Chris Wallace faced much criticism as he struggled to referee the first presidential debate between Donald Trump and Joe Biden on Tuesday night, writes senior political reporter Daniel Strauss:
Read the full piece here:Read the full piece here:
From Washington bureau chief David Smith’s analysis of last night’s spectacle: “If Trump is re-elected... this dark, horrifying, unwatchable fever dream will surely be the first line of America’s obituary.”From Washington bureau chief David Smith’s analysis of last night’s spectacle: “If Trump is re-elected... this dark, horrifying, unwatchable fever dream will surely be the first line of America’s obituary.”
David writes:David writes:
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David Corn, Washington DC Bureau Chief for Mother Jones had this to say about last night.David Corn, Washington DC Bureau Chief for Mother Jones had this to say about last night.
Corn sees that as a fatal weakness for the Trump campaign.Corn sees that as a fatal weakness for the Trump campaign.
Read it here: Mother Jones – At the debate, Biden and Trump showed America who they really are. That’s a win for BidenRead it here: Mother Jones – At the debate, Biden and Trump showed America who they really are. That’s a win for Biden
And that is a wrap from me, Martin Belam, in London. I’ll be back tomorrow, and coming up is Tom McCarthy to guide you through the rest of the day…And that is a wrap from me, Martin Belam, in London. I’ll be back tomorrow, and coming up is Tom McCarthy to guide you through the rest of the day…
Carla Hall writes for the Los Angeles Times this morning, asking: If Trump can’t disavow white supremacists, why should anyone want him as president?Carla Hall writes for the Los Angeles Times this morning, asking: If Trump can’t disavow white supremacists, why should anyone want him as president?
Read it here: Los Angeles Times – If Trump can’t disavow white supremacists, why should anyone want him as president?Read it here: Los Angeles Times – If Trump can’t disavow white supremacists, why should anyone want him as president?
While the media – me included – continue to dwell on last night’s debate, both Donald Trump and Joe Biden have a new day’s campaigning ahead of them. Between they will visit three states that have a key role to play in November.While the media – me included – continue to dwell on last night’s debate, both Donald Trump and Joe Biden have a new day’s campaigning ahead of them. Between they will visit three states that have a key role to play in November.
Trump will spend the day in Minnesota. It is one of the few states his campaign is targeting that voted Democratic in 2016. There’s a fundraiser in the afternoon, before a rally in Duluth, reports Jarrett Renshaw fro Reuters.Trump will spend the day in Minnesota. It is one of the few states his campaign is targeting that voted Democratic in 2016. There’s a fundraiser in the afternoon, before a rally in Duluth, reports Jarrett Renshaw fro Reuters.
Biden and his wife, Jill, will embark on an all-day train tour through a half-dozen cities in eastern Ohio and western Pennsylvania, including counties that Trump won four years ago on the strength of working-class white voters.Biden and his wife, Jill, will embark on an all-day train tour through a half-dozen cities in eastern Ohio and western Pennsylvania, including counties that Trump won four years ago on the strength of working-class white voters.
Pennsylvania, which narrowly voted for Trump in 2016, is seen by many strategists as the most crucial of the six most competitive states that will likely decide the election outcome, which also include Arizona, Florida, Michigan, North Carolina and Wisconsin. The latest Reuters/Ipsos poll of Pennsylvania gave Biden a slight advantage there.Pennsylvania, which narrowly voted for Trump in 2016, is seen by many strategists as the most crucial of the six most competitive states that will likely decide the election outcome, which also include Arizona, Florida, Michigan, North Carolina and Wisconsin. The latest Reuters/Ipsos poll of Pennsylvania gave Biden a slight advantage there.
Biden has held a modest but steady lead in national voter surveys for months, although polls in the battleground states show a closer contest. You can keep an eye on those races with our US election polls tracker.Biden has held a modest but steady lead in national voter surveys for months, although polls in the battleground states show a closer contest. You can keep an eye on those races with our US election polls tracker.
Ohio, which Trump carried by 8 percentage points in his 2016 defeat of Democrat Hillary Clinton, is among the Republican-leaning states that Biden hopes to put into play in November.Ohio, which Trump carried by 8 percentage points in his 2016 defeat of Democrat Hillary Clinton, is among the Republican-leaning states that Biden hopes to put into play in November.
The chances of swinging those votes gets narrower every day – already more than 1.3 million voters in 15 states have cast early ballots, according to the US elections project at the University of Florida.The chances of swinging those votes gets narrower every day – already more than 1.3 million voters in 15 states have cast early ballots, according to the US elections project at the University of Florida.
Secretary of state Mike Pompeo is in Europe this week. he’s already enjoyed a couple of days in Greece, and today headed across to Italy, which he considers to be his ancestral homeland.Secretary of state Mike Pompeo is in Europe this week. he’s already enjoyed a couple of days in Greece, and today headed across to Italy, which he considers to be his ancestral homeland.
Reuters have some of his words this morning, on a trip that has been marked by his criticism of the Vatican for pursuing closer ties between the Catholic church and Beijing.Reuters have some of his words this morning, on a trip that has been marked by his criticism of the Vatican for pursuing closer ties between the Catholic church and Beijing.
“Nowhere is religious freedom under assault more than in China,” Pompeo told a symposium hosted by the US Embassy to the Holy See, saying the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) was looking to “to snuff out the lamp of freedom ... on a horrifying scale”.“Nowhere is religious freedom under assault more than in China,” Pompeo told a symposium hosted by the US Embassy to the Holy See, saying the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) was looking to “to snuff out the lamp of freedom ... on a horrifying scale”.
Pompeo denounced Beijing’s treatment of its Uighur Muslim minority, and said all religious groups faced repression. “The CCP has battered every religious community in China, Protestant house churches, Tibetan Buddhists, Falun Gong devotees and more. Nor of course have Catholics been spared this wave of repression,” he said.Pompeo denounced Beijing’s treatment of its Uighur Muslim minority, and said all religious groups faced repression. “The CCP has battered every religious community in China, Protestant house churches, Tibetan Buddhists, Falun Gong devotees and more. Nor of course have Catholics been spared this wave of repression,” he said.
China has consistently defended its human rights record and has denied any mistreatment of Uighurs.China has consistently defended its human rights record and has denied any mistreatment of Uighurs.
Vatican officials expressed surprise last week when, ahead of his planned visit to Rome, Pompeo published an essay in a conservative Catholic magazine that sharply criticised the Holy See for plans to renew a two-year-old agreement with Beijing.Vatican officials expressed surprise last week when, ahead of his planned visit to Rome, Pompeo published an essay in a conservative Catholic magazine that sharply criticised the Holy See for plans to renew a two-year-old agreement with Beijing.
Pompeo said the deal, which gives the pope some say over the appointment of Chinese bishops, endangers the Vatican’s moral authority. Vatican officials say that while the arrangement is not perfect, it is an improvement after decades during which Chinese Catholics who recognise the pope were forced underground.Pompeo said the deal, which gives the pope some say over the appointment of Chinese bishops, endangers the Vatican’s moral authority. Vatican officials say that while the arrangement is not perfect, it is an improvement after decades during which Chinese Catholics who recognise the pope were forced underground.
Pompeo is due to hold talks tomorrow with Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican’s top diplomat. Pope Francis saw Pompeo when he came to Italy last year, but with relationships more strained, no such meeting is scheduled this time around.Pompeo is due to hold talks tomorrow with Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican’s top diplomat. Pope Francis saw Pompeo when he came to Italy last year, but with relationships more strained, no such meeting is scheduled this time around.
A rare note of sympathy for the media struck here by White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany – well, sort of, anyway…A rare note of sympathy for the media struck here by White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany – well, sort of, anyway…