The MAGAverse tries to summon another Clinton-FBI moment

It’s an eleventh-hour scramble to recreate the situation that arguably helped lift President Donald Trump over Clinton: The FBI announcement, just 11 days before the election, that it was reopening a probe into Clinton after finding more of her State Department emails on a laptop. The move gave Trump and his base last-minute nuggets they […]

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Halloween gets the coronavirus treatment

A fall fight pitting personal liberty against public health is unfolding in cities and suburbs nationwide, playing out in Canadian politics, muting Día de los Muertos celebrations and prompting crackdowns on parties in college towns. Families are weighing how children can celebrate autumn traditions after seven months of scuttled schooling, while Halloween weekend’s college football […]

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Trump executive order strips protections for key federal workers, drawing backlash

Agencies must determine which employees fit the description and reclassify them under the new schedule. They have 90 days, or until Jan. 19 — the day before the next presidential inauguration — to do so. They must also “expeditiously petition” the Federal Labor Relations Authority to remove the positions in question from any bargaining unit, […]

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Judge won’t release more Russia docs due to Trump tweets

Two media outlets pressing the suits, BuzzFeed and CNN, argued that Trump’s Oct. 6 tweets constituted an unambiguous order to declassify the requested materials and to reverse deletions, some of which have already been upheld by Walton. But the unusual declaration Meadows provided Tuesday under a court order insisted that the tweets simply referred to […]

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Meadows to judge: Trump didn’t promise more declassification

“The President indicated to me that his statements on Twitter were not self-executing declassification orders and do not require the declassification or release of any particular documents,” Meadows added. “Instead, the President’s statements related to the authorization he had provided the Attorney General to declassify documents as part of his ongoing review of intelligence activities […]

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Pelosi: Covid-19 relief bill hinges on next 48 hours

“Are we going with it, or not? And what is the language?” Pelosi said on ABC’s “This Week with George Stephanopoulos.” Asked about the timeframe later on Sunday, Pelosi’s office clarified that an agreement would need to be clinched by Tuesday night. If not, a bill would need to be pushed until after the election. […]

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‘He was having fun’: Lara Trump defends president’s attack on Whitmer

“The president was at a rally,” she added. “It’s a fun, light atmosphere. Of course he wasn’t encouraging people to threaten this woman. That’s ridiculous.” At the president’s rally Saturday in Muskegon, Mich., after he demanded that Whitmer loosen her state’s coronavirus-related restrictions, attendees erupted into chants of “lock her up.” The president did not […]

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Judge wants to know if Trump is backing off Russia probe declassification

“I think the American public has a right to rely upon what the president says about what his intent is,” said Walton, an appointee of President George W. Bush. “It seems to me that when a president makes an unambiguous statement of what his intent is, I can’t rely upon White House counsel saying, ‘Well, […]

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Federal deficit triples to $3.1T, Treasury data shows

Those same experts argue that more fiscal stimulus is desperately needed, but the prospects of passing another aid package before Election Day are bleak. Congressional leaders and the White House have been at total loggerheads for months, with little progress made on some of the most contentious issues, like funding for state and local governments. […]

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‘He’s getting a bit desperate’: Trump tramples government boundaries as election nears

“The president is increasingly using all the levers he’s got for political purposes,” says Donald Ayer, a former deputy attorney general under President George H.W. Bush who has endorsed Biden. “You can wonder whether he’s getting a bit desperate. … It appears to me that the president is making increasingly outrageous demands and comments as […]

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