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Saturday October 3, 2020 - Times viewed: 608
Coronavirus infects three senators, derailing Senate schedule
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced Saturday that the full Senate will not return until Oct. 19 — two weeks later than planned — after three GOP senators tested positive for the coronavirus. But McConnell also vowed that the Senate would still move ahead with Amy Coney Barrett's Supreme Court nomination, with the Senate Judiciary Committee set to begin confirmation hearings on Oct. 12. “The Senate’s floor schedule will not inte ...
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Saturday October 3, 2020 - Times viewed: 715
Trump's health condition highlights gaps in the 25th Amendment
On March 3, 1958, President Dwight Eisenhower penned a terse, 190-word letter to his deputy and would-be successor, Richard Nixon. Eisenhower, then 67 and still in poor health after a 1955 heart attack, wanted to document the informal understanding he and Nixon had reached about how a president should hand over his powers “in the event of inability.” Only later would the “personal and secret” agreement between the two men be disclosed to the p ...
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Friday October 2, 2020 - Times viewed: 593
Trump taken to Walter Reed medical center and will be hospitalized 'for the next few days'
(CNN)President Donald Trump arrived Friday evening at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, where the White House says he will remain hospitalized for "the next few days." Emerging from the White House residence at 6:16 p.m. ET for his first public appearance since announcing 16 hours earlier he had tested positive for coronavirus, Trump walked under his own power to his waiting helicopter and displayed no major outward signs of illnes ...
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Friday October 2, 2020 - Times viewed: 583
Shell-shocked Trump campaign seeks a way forward
President Donald Trump’s Covid-19 diagnosis has thrust his already reeling reelection campaign into further disarray and forced his top advisers to rip up their plans for the final month of the race. Trump campaign aides say they’re rethinking everything from rallies to fundraisers, adjustments that will take the president off the trail and potentially complicate his efforts to erase former Vice President Joe Biden’s polling lead. The chang ...
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Friday October 2, 2020 - Times viewed: 587
White House says Trump experiencing 'mild symptoms' after positive coronavirus test, 'in good spirits'
“The president does have mild symptoms, and as we look to try to make sure that not only his health and safety and welfare is good, we continue to look at that for all of the American people,” Meadows continued. Meadows said that the president “continues, not only to be in good spirits, but very energetic.” Meadows, though, did not elaborate on the types of symptoms the president was experiencing, or any potential treatments the president’s ...
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Friday October 2, 2020 - Times viewed: 666
Could Nancy Pelosi become President?
Could Nancy Pelosi become President? This depends on the circumstances. Presently as House Speaker, Nancy Pelosi is second in line to the presidency behind Mike Pence. (Note that this article became highly important after the report today that President Donald Trump and his wife have Covid-19) Therefore should the worst ever happen to President and Vice President, she could theoretically take over at the White House. The next scenario w ...
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Friday October 2, 2020 - Times viewed: 681
The Milky Way's most massive star cluster may have eaten a smaller cluster
The Milky Way’s core harbors two giants: the galaxy’s largest black hole and a cluster of tens of millions of stars around the black hole that is denser and more massive than any other star cluster in the galaxy. Most of the cluster’s many stars shine within just 20 light-years of the galactic center and all together weigh about 25 million times as much as the sun. New observations suggest that this “nuclear star cluster” owes some of its bril ...
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Friday October 2, 2020 - Times viewed: 581
By 2100, Greenland will be losing ice at its fastest rate in 12,000 years
By 2100, Greenland will be shedding ice faster than at any time in the past 12,000 years, scientists report October 1 in Nature. Since the 1990s, Greenland has shed its ice at an increasing rate (SN: 8/2/19). Meltwater from the island’s ice sheet now contributes about 0.7 millimeters per year to global sea level rise (SN: 9/25/19). But how does this rapid loss stack up against the ice sheet’s recent history, including during a 3,000-year-long ...
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Friday October 2, 2020 - Times viewed: 552
Chris Wallace: Trump 'bears the primary responsibility for what happened' at the debate
Wallace, who moderated the 94-minute clash in Cleveland, began by joking that the highlights host Bill Hemmer played had led to a recurrence the "PTSD" he had "just gotten over." "My initial reaction was, 'This is great' because so often these debates become parallel news conferences where one candidate answers the question to him, the other candidate answers the question to him," Wallace recalled. "So when the president started engaging with ...
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Friday October 2, 2020 - Times viewed: 564
First lady and Trump begin quarantine process after Hope Hicks tests positive for coronavirus
President Trump told Fox News host Sean Hannity on Thursday that he and First Lady Melania Trump are currently awaiting coronavirus test results.after news surfaced that senior White House advisor Hope Hicks tested positive for the virus. "I just went out for a test ... it will come back later I guess, and the first lady also because we spend a lot of time with Hope," Trump said. Trump later announced on Twitter that he and the first lady w ...
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Thursday October 1, 2020 - Times viewed: 576
Vulnerable Senate Republicans raise alarm over coronavirus impasse
With their majority on the line, Senate Republicans are beginning to fret about the prospect of facing voters in the final weeks of the campaign without a new round of coronavirus aid being enacted. As the talks between Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin teetered Thursday on the verge of collapse, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is trying to stay outside the blast zone. Many of his members up for reelecti ...
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Thursday October 1, 2020 - Times viewed: 565
Trump says he'll quarantine after aide Hope Hicks tests positive for coronavirus
President Donald Trump said Thursday he will go into quarantine after Hope Hicks, one of his closest allies, tested positive for coronavirus. "Hope Hicks, who has been working so hard without even taking a small break, has just tested positive for Covid 19. Terrible!" the president tweeted late Thursday. “The First Lady and I are waiting for our test results. In the meantime, we will begin our quarantine process!“ Hicks, a counselor to the ...
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Thursday October 1, 2020 - Times viewed: 588
How Trump torpedoed the presidential debates
For more than 30 years, the Commission on Presidential Debates managed to keep the peace between Republican and Democratic nominees and set the terms of engagement in an official, serious and highly structured way. On Tuesday, in the span of less than two hours, President Donald Trump laid waste to those long standing norms and traditions. n the aftermath of a chaotic and widely-panned debate marked by Trump’s repeated interruptions of his ...
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Thursday October 1, 2020 - Times viewed: 583
There's only one way to fix the presidential debates
There's wide public agreement that the ugly, contentious presidential debate between Donald Trump and Joe Biden on Tuesday night was an irritating national embarrassment -- "must-flee TV," as CNN contributor Paul Begala wisecracked. But the Commission on Presidential Debates' announcement that it's considering changes to the format of the two remaining debates won't cure the problem. Tuesday's basic format -- two-minute answers, with opportuni ...
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Wednesday September 30, 2020 - Times viewed: 734
Which Candidate Won The First Presidential Debate?
The dust is still settling after a chaotic debate that news outlets are describing as "bitter", "absolutely awful" and even "a national humiliation". CNN's Jake Tapper described the event as "a hot mess inside a dumpster fire inside a train wreck" and NBC's "Meet the Press" host Chuck Todd labeled it "a train wreck of the making of one person". Moderator Chris Wallace struggled to take control of a debate plagued by interruptions and insults as b ...
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Wednesday September 30, 2020 - Times viewed: 730
Who won the presidential debate?
Donald Trump and Joe Biden have gone head-to-head in Cleveland, Ohio in the first of three televised debates ahead of the most contentious election in modern US history. But who won? Here, The Independent's US team give their instant reactions: John Bennett, Washington Bureau Chief Donald Trump likely amazed his conservative base, but few others. I had Joe Biden on my scorecard by a comfortable margin. He looked and sounded more presidentia ...
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Wednesday September 30, 2020 - Times viewed: 566
Presidential debate: Who won the Trump-Biden clash?
On Tuesday night, on the basis of instant polls and betting markets, that man was Joe Biden - if only because his main goal was to prove to Americans that he could hold up under pressure, that he had not lost a step due to his advancing age. He had to show he could take a pie to the face, metaphorically speaking, and keep his cool. He mostly met that standard, although it was at least in part because Donald Trump, by his constant hectoring and ...
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Wednesday September 30, 2020 - Times viewed: 567
Editorial: A dismal debate, shattered by an off-the-rails American president
Americans should be saddened, if not angered, by the distressingly unhinged debate between President Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden on Tuesday night. Some of the blame could go to Chris Wallace, the moderator from Fox News, for failing to take control of a debate undermined by Trump’s constant interruptions and wanton disregard for the time limit. To be sure, Biden occasionally stepped on Trump’s lines, though he generally refrained ...
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Wednesday September 30, 2020 - Times viewed: 596
A Depressing Debate Spectacle
No one expected a Lincoln-Douglas debate, but did it have to be a World Wrestling Entertainment bout? Which may be unfair to the wrestlers, who are more presidential than either Donald Trump or Joe Biden sounded in their first debate Tuesday night. The event was a spectacle of insults, interruptions, endless cross-talk, exaggerations and flat-out lies even by the lying standards of current U.S. politics. Our guess is that millions of Americans t ...
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Wednesday September 30, 2020 - Times viewed: 569
Presidential debate didn't help Trump catch Biden, but horror show scared America
Presidential debate didn't help Trump catch Biden, but horror show scared America. Our View: Donald Trump the bully and Joe Biden the acceptable stressed to Americans that the United States is infected with more than COVID-19. In the midst of a deadly coronavirus pandemic, economic distress and racial turmoil, American voters deserved a serious exploration of the nation's problems and the range of solutions. Instead, they got a chaotic insult ...
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