‘SEND IT IN EARLY!’
On Saturday morning, the president issued a frantic warning to NC residents to “sign & send it in EARLY.” “When Polls open, go to your Polling Place to see if it was COUNTED,” he said. “IF NOT, VOTE! [again in person].”
However, platform bosses deemed the president’s post to be in violation of their rules and hid the content, preventing people from liking, replying, or retweeting it.
“Twitter has determined that it may be in the public’s interest for the Tweet to remain accessible,” their label read, with a link to “Learn More.”
“We placed a public interest notice on this Tweet for violating our Civic Integrity Policy, specifically for encouraging people to potentially vote twice,” read their detailed thread on the matter. “Voting twice in North Carolina is illegal.”
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- Lucy SherriffToday, 01:00
COLORADO FILES LAWSUIT AGAINST POSTAL SERVICE
Colorado’s secretary of state filed a lawsuit on Saturday against the US Postal Service over a pre-election leaflet that includes information Jena Griswold says will mislead voters in the state.
“These false statements will confuse Colorado voters, likely causing otherwise-eligible voters to wrongly believe that they may not participate in the upcoming election,” Griswold states in the complaint.
“This attempt at voter suppression violates the United States Constitution and federal statutes and must be stopped immediately,.
The lawsuit asks for a temporary restraining order to stop delivery of mailers that have yet to be delivered.
- Lucy Sherriff12th Sep 2020, 00:12
PRESIDENT TRUMP SUPPORTERS TAKE TO LAKE MEAD FOR BOAT PARADE
Around 750 boats and jet skis took part in an hourlong parade on Saturday afternoon across Nevada’s Lake Mead in support of President Trump.
One boat started taking on water, the Review Journal reported, and officials had to assist the boaters in getting to shore.
The group was granted a First Amendment permit on Friday to hold the large gathering at the Lake Mead National Recreation Area
- Lucy Sherriff12th Sep 2020, 22:52
KID ROCK HITTING THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL FOR TRUMP
Singer Kid Rock is hitting the campaign trail for President Trump in Michigan, alongside Donald Trump Jr and Kimberly Guilfoyle on Monday.
The event will kick off at 7pm according to the flyer, which was posted on Twitter by an ABC reporter.
- Lucy Sherriff12th Sep 2020, 22:31
BERNIE EXPRESSES CONCERNS OVER BIDEN’S CAMPAIGN
SENATOR Bernie Sanders’ has been expressing concerns over Joe Biden’s presidential campaign, the Washington Post has reported, and is urging Biden’s team to appeal to liberal voters.
According to three people familiar with Sanders’ private conservations, Sanders has said Biden is at risk of losing the election if he continues to be too centrist.
- Lucy Sherriff12th Sep 2020, 21:50
PHOTOGRAPHER BREACHES BIDEN’S SECURITY PERIMETER AT AIRPORT
A photographer breached Joe Biden’s airport security perimeter in Pennsylvania on Friday, as the Democratic presidential nominee and his wife Jill boarded an aircraft.
The man, who joined the press pool under the aircraft’s wing, was caught by the Secret Service and removed from the tarmac.
- Fionnuala O’Leary12th Sep 2020, 21:34
ODDS TRAIL FOR TRUMP
Trump continues to trail just behind Biden in presidential race odds, according to Betfair, the world’s largest online betting exchange.
Their latest US election odds show Trump is at 6/5 (45 percent) versus Biden at 5/6 (53 percent) to be the next US president.
- Trump’s visits to rallies in the key battleground states of Florida and North Carolina in the week saw him shorten on the Betfair Exchange, in his quest for crucial electoral votes.
- Trump has also been aided by his recent Nobel Peace Prize nomination, seeing his odds to win odds slashed from 100/1 to 20/1 this week.
- Trump’s chances at winning the Nobel Peace Prize are currently 20/1
- Fionnuala O’Leary12th Sep 2020, 21:04
CHER WEIGHS IN
Cher called Donald Trump a “mass murderer” for his coronavirus response, saying “the punishment [for it] is death” in a deleted tweet.
On Friday, the 74-year-old star issued a shocking all-caps rant on Twitter, as she decried the Trump administration ahead of the election.
Read the full furore here.
- Lucy Sherriff12th Sep 2020, 20:16
TRUMP TO VISIT CALIFORNIA AMID CRITICISMS
President Trump is to visit wildfire-stricken California amid criticisms he had neglected to address the fires on the West Coast.
Trump is to meet with local and federal fire and emergency response personnel during a trip to McClellan Park, a former air base just outside of the city of Sacramento.
- Fionnuala O’Leary12th Sep 2020, 19:40
Trump slammed Robert Mueller’s “hit squad” for “all using the same really dumb” excuses for wiping their cell phones.
He lashed out after it emerged phones were allegedly wiped of all information before being turned over for review into the investigation over his alleged links with Russia.
Read the full story here.
- Lucy Sherriff12th Sep 2020, 18:30
MAN WHO TRUMP CALLED ‘MY AFRICAN AMERICAN’ NO LONGER SUPPORTS PRESIDENT
Gregory Cheadle “went viral” after Trump singled him out during a rally as “my African-American”. Cheadle has lost friends and partners and been forced to go into hiding since the incident, reports CNN, and now says he no longer supports Trump and left the Republican Party because of its “pro-white agenda”.
- Fionnuala O’Leary12th Sep 2020, 16:46
SUPPORT SLIPS FOR TRUMP
A new poll conducted from September 9 to 11 has found that support for the president is slipping.
The Yahoo News/YouGov poll shows Biden leading Trump by 10 percentage points among registered voters.
Biden is up from 6 points in the wake of the Republican National Convention.
The poll indicated that negative coverage about Trump – including allegations he called fallen troops “suckers” and played down the coronavirus crisis – has affected his ranking.
- Fionnuala O’Leary12th Sep 2020, 16:43
TRUMP SAYS BIDEN’S ‘ON DRUGS’
Donald Trump has claimed that his Democratic rival Joe Biden is “on drugs.” Again.
The president reiterated the unfounded claim this week, citing hearsay.
“It is probably, possibly drugs involved. That’s what I hear,” Trump told Fox News’ Jeanine Pirro, during the White House interview that is set to air on Saturday.
“I mean there’s possibly drugs. I don’t know how you can go from being so bad where you can’t even get out a sentence.”
You can read the full story here.
- Fionnuala O’Leary12th Sep 2020, 16:34
TWITTER FLAGS TRUMP’S TWEET
Twitter flagged Trump’s tweet urging North Carolina voters to vote again in person after mailing their ballot.
The social media giant said his post violated “the Twitter Rules about civic and election integrity” in a warning label and hid the content – with the option to view it – preventing people from liking, replying, or retweeting it.
Their detailed thread on the matter read: “We placed a public interest notice on this Tweet for violating our Civic Integrity Policy, specifically for encouraging people to potentially vote twice.
“Voting twice in North Carolina is illegal,” Twitter noted.
- Jessica Kwong12th Sep 2020, 07:01
IN FAVOR OF VOTING BY MAIL
Nearly three quarters of Americans say they support voting by mail in the November election, a new poll shows, even though President Donald Trump has lodged multiple attacks on the method.
A whopping 73 percent of Americans said that fear over the speed of Covid-19 is a good reason to vote by mail, while 25 percent said it was not a good reason, according to a Washington Post and University of Maryland poll released on Thursday.
Meanwhile, Americans were divided when asked if they were comfortable voting in person, with 45 percent saying they were and 47 percent saying they were not.
- Jessica Kwong12th Sep 2020, 06:33
RACE IN THE 2020 RACE
A Pew Research Center poll released Friday found that American voters are more divided on race issues than they were in 2016, with 44 percent now saying it is a lot more difficult to be black than white, 32 percent saying it is a little more difficult and 23 percent saying it is no more difficult.
The change stems mostly from Democratic voters, with 74 percent of Biden supporters saying it is a lot more difficult to be black than white compared to 57 percent of Hillary Clinton supporters saying so in 2016.
But there was virtually no change among Trump supporters, with 9 percent saying it is a lot more difficult now, versus 11 percent believing so in 2016.
- Jessica Kwong12th Sep 2020, 03:35
President Donald Trump on Friday afternoon again blamed House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer for not making a deal on a stimulus bill.
Trump tweeted that Pelosi and Schumer “want Trillions of Dollars of BAILOUT money for Blue States that are doing badly, both economically and in terms of high crime,” as a condition for passing relief legislation.
Despite that, Trump claimed that “the USA is coming back strong.”
The president’s comments come a day after he accused Pelosi, Schumer and Democratic leaders of rejecting the stimulus bill to hurt his chances of getting reelected.
- Jessica Kwong11th Sep 2020, 00:21
Vice President Mike Pence and former vice president and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden exchanged elbow bumps at the World Trade Center memorial site on the 19th anniversary of 9/11 on Friday.
Biden reportedly tapped Pence on the shoulder and the two said hello to one another.
The former vice president was slated to visit the Flight 93 memorial in Pennsylvania later in the day and did not cross paths with President Donald Trump.
- Paul Vale11th Sep 2020, 22:44
DODGING THE QUESTION
Joe Biden’s team has refused to answer if the vice president is “being helped out during live interviews.”
The presidential hopeful’s press secretary refused to answer whether Biden uses a teleprompter during an interview with Fox News’ Bret Baier.
Read the full story here.
- Paul Vale11th Sep 2020, 22:26
DURHAM AIDE OUT
A top aide to US Attorney John Durham, who is probing the origins of the Trump-Russia investigation, has resigned from the Department of Justice.
According to local reports, Nora Dannehy resigned “at least partly out of concern that the investigative team is being pressed for political reasons to produce a report before its work is done.”
Read the full story here.
- Paul Vale11th Sep 2020, 19:32
‘I KNOW HOW TO HANDLE BULLIES’
Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden said that he hopes he doesn’t get “baited” into a “brawl” with President Trump during general election debates.
Read the full story here.
- Paul Vale11th Sep 2020, 18:16
SOMETHING TO HIDE?
The phones used by Robert Mueller’s team were allegedly wiped of all information before being turned over for review into an anti-Donald Trump probe.
More than 15 phones were wiped before they were handed over to the Office of the Inspector General to be searched for evidence of potential bias, according to reports.
Read the full story here.
- [email protected]11th Sep 2020, 14:40
HACKERS TARGETING 2020 ELECTION
Microsoft has reported that Russian, Chinese and Iranian hackers have all attempted to hack people and organizations involved in the 2020 US presidential election.
Thursday’s disclosure by the tech giant states that there were unsuccessful attacks on people associated with both the Trump and Biden campaigns in recent weeks.
“The activity we are announcing today makes clear that foreign activity groups have stepped up their efforts targeting the 2020 election,” Microsoft said.
- [email protected]11th Sep 2020, 13:07
BIDEN’S SECRET WEAPON
Joe Biden’s campaign is reportedly trying to work out the best ways to deploy former President Barack Obama to help their cause in the final two months before the election.
The coronavirus pandemic has thrown a wrench into the type of campaigning Obama can actually do for his former VP, but the plan is to have him deliver frequent messages to targeted groups, according to Politco.
Read the story here.
- Kassidy Vavra11th Sep 2020, 06:09
REPORTER SAYS SHE WAS ‘KICKED OUT’ OF TRUMP RALLY
New York Times reporter Kathy Gray says she was kicked out of Trump’s rally in Michigan.
The journalist claimed she was kicked out after tweeting pictures of crowds at the rally.
“I’ve just been kicked out of the trump rally,” Gray tweeted.
She added in a separate tweet: “First for me: Trump campaign tracked me down from pics i tweeted and escorted me out.”
- Kassidy Vavra11th Sep 2020, 04:36
MICROSOFT CLAIMS HACKERS IN RUSSIA, CHINA, IRAN, TRYING TO ATTACK ELECTIONS
Microsoft said it has detected cyber attack attempts in relation to the elections.
People working for Trump and Biden’s campaigns, among others, were targeted in the attempts, the company said in a statement on Thursday.
Attack attempts came from Strontium, in Russia; Zirconium, in China; and Phosphorous, from Iran, according to Microsoft.
“We have and will continue to defend our democracy against these attacks through notifications of such activity to impacted customers, security features in our products and services, and legal and technical disruptions,” Microsoft said.
“The activity we are announcing today makes clear that foreign activity groups have stepped up their efforts targeting the 2020 election as had been anticipated, and is consistent with what the U.S. government and others have reported.”
Microsoft said that built-in security tools halted most of the attacks.