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Acting Homeland Secretary Chad Wolf defies subpoena and skips House hearing

Acting Homeland Secretary Chad Wolf defies subpoena and skips House hearing

Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf was a no-show Thursday morning at a House hearing on threats to the US homeland after a feud between the department and the committee over scheduling. Instead, Wolf is participating in a meeting with Senate Homeland Security Committee staff regarding his nomination to be secretary of the Department of…

Clyburn says Barr’s remark comparing lockdowns to slavery is ‘the most ridiculous, tone-deaf, God-awful thing I’ve ever heard’

Clyburn says Barr’s remark comparing lockdowns to slavery is ‘the most ridiculous, tone-deaf, God-awful thing I’ve ever heard’

House Majority Whip James Clyburn on Thursday slammed Attorney General William Barr for comparing coronavirus lockdowns in the US to slavery, saying the comments are “the most ridiculous, tone-deaf, God-awful thing I’ve ever heard.” “You know, I think that that statement by Mr. Barr was the most ridiculous, tone-deaf, God-awful thing I’ve ever heard,” Clyburn,…

FBI director Wray says Russia is actively interfering in 2020 election to ‘denigrate’ Biden

FBI director Wray says Russia is actively interfering in 2020 election to ‘denigrate’ Biden

FBI Director Christopher Wray said Thursday that Russia has been “very active” in its efforts to influence US elections, with the primary goal being to “denigrate” Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden. Testifying before the House Homeland Security Committee, Wray told lawmakers that Russia is primarily interfering through “malign foreign influence in an effort to hurt…

James Comey to testify before Senate committee, Graham says

James Comey to testify before Senate committee, Graham says

Former FBI Director James Comey will testify publicly before the Senate Judiciary Committee on September 30, according to Senate Judiciary Chairman Lindsey Graham. Graham told Fox News’ Sean Hannity that Comey had agreed to appear before the panel at the end of the month voluntarily as part of his committee’s probe of the FBI’s 2016…

Coronavirus surges back into the campaign with Woodward revelations

Coronavirus surges back into the campaign with Woodward revelations

The coronavirus has reemerged as the topic people are hearing most about President Donald Trump after the release of tapes in which Trump admitted downplaying the threat of the virus. Coronavirus was the top word mentioned this week for Trump, up from the fifth spot last week and fourth the week before. More than one…

Fact check: Biden ad misleadingly suggests Trump called Covid-19 a ‘hoax’

Fact check: Biden ad misleadingly suggests Trump called Covid-19 a ‘hoax’

During his campaign’s highest week of ad spending, Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden tweeted out an ad Tuesday attacking President Donald Trump for comments he has made over the pandemic. Specifically, the ad suggests that Trump has called the virus a hoax. The 25-second ad begins with a clip of Trump at a campaign rally…

CNN to host first drive-in town hall due to coronavirus pandemic

CNN to host first drive-in town hall due to coronavirus pandemic

CNN will host the first political drive-in town hall of the 2020 presidential election Thursday night — the latest adaptation to campaigning during the coronavirus pandemic. Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden will face questions from Pennsylvania voters in an unconventional setup in the parking lot of PNC Field in Moosic. The town hall will take…

After football comparisons, University of Georgia will allow on-campus voting

After football comparisons, University of Georgia will allow on-campus voting

After an onslaught of criticism from student groups and local politicians for canceling in-person voting but allowing football this fall, the University of Georgia changed direction Thursday, announcing it would offer election officials the use of their basketball arena for students to vote. Initially, the university was unable to find a suitable location to host…

Pennsylvania Supreme Court election rulings are big wins for Biden

Pennsylvania Supreme Court election rulings are big wins for Biden

In a sweeping victory for Democrats, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court issued three significant rulings Thursday that extended the deadline for absentee ballots, allowed more ballot drop boxes and removed the Green Party candidate from the presidential ballot. The rulings come following court challenges from the state Democratic Party, which has been aiming to ease Pennsylvania’s…

Trump’s former spy chief is calling on Congress to create an election oversight commission

Trump’s former spy chief is calling on Congress to create an election oversight commission

President Donald Trump’s former director of national intelligence called on Congress to create a commission to “oversee the election,” an especially notable proposal from a former senior administration official that comes as the President continues to sow doubt about the integrity of the upcoming contest. Former DNI Dan Coats outlined the proposed oversight commission in…

What to know about Joe Biden’s policy proposals ahead of CNN’s town hall

What to know about Joe Biden’s policy proposals ahead of CNN’s town hall

Joe Biden’s presidential campaign has made character its centerpiece, as the Democratic nominee casts the 2020 presidential race as a test of the “soul of the nation” against President Donald Trump. But he has also released a stream of policy proposals outlining what he would try to accomplish in office. And that platform is likely…

GOP growing more indifferent to Trump controversies as election nears

GOP growing more indifferent to Trump controversies as election nears

Public health experts reacted with alarm after President Donald Trump held an indoor rally with thousands of maskless supporters at a packed arena in Nevada amid the deadly coronavirus pandemic. But many Republicans on Capitol Hill had a different view. “No, it doesn’t,” said Sen. Josh Hawley, a Missouri Republican, when asked if the rally…

Chad Wolf appears ready to defy House subpoena to testify, DHS official says

Chad Wolf appears ready to defy House subpoena to testify, DHS official says

Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf appears ready to defy a House subpoena issued last week for him to testify Thursday on threats to the US homeland, as he is not planning to attend the hearing, according to a department official. The move marks the latest volley in the back-and-forth between the House Committee on…

Al Gore rips Trump’s Covid-19 response: ‘He’s trying to gaslight the virus’

Former Vice President Al Gore said Wednesday that President Donald Trump is “trying to gaslight” the coronavirus, in a scathing assessment of the administration’s response to the pandemic. “He’s trying to gaslight the virus, gaslight the climate system, and they are impervious to his words. Really, our only hope is to get the best information…

Seattle mayor says Barr’s suggestions to charge her are ‘chilling’

Seattle mayor says Barr’s suggestions to charge her are ‘chilling’

Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan on Wednesday said a report that Attorney General William Barr suggested prosecutors consider filing charges against her is “chilling and the latest abuse of power from the Trump administration.” Barr, The New York Times reported, asked prosecutors in the Justice Department’s civil rights division to investigate if they could charge Durkan…

Barr says calls for coronavirus lockdown are the ‘greatest intrusion on civil liberties’ other than slavery in US history

Barr says calls for coronavirus lockdown are the ‘greatest intrusion on civil liberties’ other than slavery in US history

Attorney General William Barr suggested on Wednesday that the calls for a nationwide lockdown to prevent the spread of the coronavirus were the “greatest intrusion on civil liberties” in history “other than slavery.” The comments came minutes after he slammed the hundreds of Justice Department prosecutors working beneath him, equating them to preschoolers, in a…

Trump disputes CDC head’s vaccine timeline and mask claims

Trump disputes CDC head’s vaccine timeline and mask claims

President Donald Trump again contradicted his own health officials’ coronavirus statements — this time on the importance of mask wearing and the timing for a vaccine. And he demeaned Dr. Robert Redfield, the director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, saying the doctor was “confused” in his congressional testimony. Redfield said Wednesday…

Biden: ‘We can’t allow politics to interfere with the vaccine in any way’

Biden: ‘We can’t allow politics to interfere with the vaccine in any way’

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden said Wednesday that politics should never interfere with the development, approval and distribution of a potential Covid-19 vaccine. “Scientific breakthroughs don’t care about calendars any more than the virus does. They certainly don’t adhere to election cycles,” Biden said, speaking from Wilmington, Delaware. “And their timing, their approval and their…

Trump’s call for ‘higher numbers’ in stimulus fight undercuts Republican strategy

Trump’s call for ‘higher numbers’ in stimulus fight undercuts Republican strategy

President Donald Trump’s call for “higher numbers” amid an impasse over a new coronavirus stimulus has upended a GOP effort to unite against Democrats pushing for a larger aid package. Trump said on Wednesday, “Go for the much higher numbers, Republicans,” in a tweet referencing coronavirus stimulus payments — a message that stands to undercut…

Attorney General William Barr suggests charging violent protesters with sedition

Attorney General William Barr suggests charging violent protesters with sedition

Attorney General William Barr expressed frustration with some local and state prosecutors’ handling of riot-related crimes, telling top Justice Department prosecutors that he wants them to be aggressive in bringing charges related to protest violence, including exploring using a rarely used sedition law, according to a person familiar with the matter. Since taking office in…

Trump administration plans to appeal second census lawsuit to Supreme Court

Trump administration plans to appeal second census lawsuit to Supreme Court

The Trump administration said Wednesday that it plans to take a second fight over citizenship and the 2020 census to the Supreme Court. The challenge is to the injunction issued last week blocking the Commerce Department from carrying out President Donald Trump’s directive to exclude undocumented immigrants from the census count used to allocate seats…