Donald Trump is not suddenly going to protect us all. He can’t even take the basic steps to protect himself.
Trump responded to his predecessor’s criticism of the North Carolina strain, saying of his 2016 victory: “I think the one, the only one more miserable than the crooked Hillary that night was Barack Hussein Obama.
- Maryland man charged with making death threats against Joe Biden and Kamala Harris, in a letter left at the door of a neighbor who had put up signs in support of the Democratic candidate and his running mate.
Russia, Iran try to sow electoral turmoil
Russia and Iran are using U.S. voter registration information to try and stir up unrest ahead of the election, Trump administration National Intelligence Director John Ratcliffe said at a press conference on Wednesday. The news comes after Democratic voters in swing states, including Florida and Pennsylvania, received threatening emails claiming to be from the far-right group Proud Boys, warning recipients “we’ll come after you” if they don’t vote. not for Trump.
Ratcliffe called Iran’s efforts “designed to intimidate voters, incite social unrest and harm President Trump,” but Democrats rebuffed the idea that the attacks targeted the president, describing Ratcliffe – a stalwart of Trump – as a “partisan hack”.
Will the final debate be Trump’s last fight?
Trump and Biden will travel to Belmont University in Nashville on Thursday for the final presidential debate – which could be the president’s last chance to push the poll’s needle in his favor. He’ll likely come with a victory in his pocket: The Senate Judiciary Committee is set to vote to take Amy Coney Barrett’s nomination to the Supreme Court to the next step: a full Senate vote.
Meanwhile, the Guardian has learned that charges of sexual abuse and “emotional torment” have been brought against People of Praise by former members of the charismatic Christian group to which Barrett belongs.
- Can we trust the polls? Biden appears to have a comfortable lead, but Guardian US editor-in-chief Mona Chalabi told the Today in Focus podcast that we should remain skeptical of the same pundits who predicted the poor outcome in 2016.
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Borat gave Rudy Giuliani his own October surprise
While Rudy Giuliani was busy trying to spark outrage over Hunter Biden’s emails, Sacha Baron Cohen waited to create an October surprise on Giuliani himself. On Wednesday, it emerged that Trump’s personal lawyer would appear in a potentially life-threatening sequence from the new Borat film, with a “flirtatious” interview with an actor posing as the daughter of the goofy Kazakh journalist.
Giuliani denied any irregularities. “At no time before, during, or after the interview was I ever inappropriate,” the former New York mayor told WABC. “If Sacha Baron Cohen implies otherwise, he is a ruthless liar.
- Could Borat tip the elections? Cohen’s comedy sequel joins a host of urgent documentaries and dramas released as November 3 approaches. But most of them preach in the choir, writes Charles Bramesco. And besides, “many subscribers to the Trumpist worldview are not the most receptive to the oscillating powers of art.”
Borat 2 examined. Despite a few laughs and some marked political moments, says our critic Peter Bradshaw, it’s been 14 years since Borat’s first film release – and ‘the shock of the new is gone’.
In other electoral news …
Wisconsin Senator Ron Johnson, who led the Republican attacks on Hunter Biden, wonders if he personally benefited from a change in the 2017 tax law that he demanded from the Trump administration.
Florida Republican Secretary of State was accused of suppressing voters after making two last-minute changes to the state’s election guidelines that critics say are likely to lead to intimidation and confusion at the ballot box.
Cameroonian asylum seekers claim they were tortured by Ice to force them to sign deportation orders in what their lawyers and activists see as a scramble to get African migrants out of the United States ahead of the elections and possible change of administration.
Stat of the day
Grassroots Latin American organizations have a secret weapon to get out of the vote, says Xochitl Oseguera: WhatsApp has over 32 million Latinx users in the United States – more than half of the entire Latin population of the country. There are 10 million more Latinos on WhatsApp than on Instagram, and three times more than on Twitter.
Rather than asking serious questions about Hunter Biden’s emails, the mainstream media has chosen to act as an unofficial branch of the Biden Campaign Communications Department – at least Ben Shapiro argues at Fox News.
At a time when our confidence in the media is already low, the media has completely demystified itself as neutral arbiter of fact. In an age when social media has consolidated an unprecedented power to control information seen by Americans, social media executives have decided to bottleneck information they don’t like.
Don’t miss it
For the final film in our Anywhere But Washington series, Oliver Laughland traveled to Youngstown, Ohio, one of the depressed manufacturing hubs Trump has promised new jobs and economic prosperity. So far he has not delivered.
Last Thing: Quibi’s Quick Bites End Quickly
It has attracted nearly $ 2 billion in investment and a large bench of Hollywood talent, but after just six months, the short video service Quibi – or “quick bites” – is shutting down. There was widespread skepticism about the viability of the platform’s expensive content, but its co-founder Jeffrey Katzenberg blamed the sheer bad timing, telling the New York Times in May: “I attribute whatever goes wrong. turned to coronavirus. “
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