Jill Bourque, RushTix CEO, joins The Final Round to discuss the company's shift from live events to focusing on curating and live streaming standup comedy.
Jill Bourque, RushTix CEO, joins The Final Round to discuss the company's shift from live events to focusing on curating and live streaming standup comedy.
Demon Lane says his east Baltimore neighborhood will still be blighted by drug dealing, deadly gunfire, rat-infested vacant houses and hopelessness, no matter who wins America's presidential election in November.
French police have conducted a series of raids targeting Islamist networks, three days after the beheading of a history teacher who had shown his pupils a cartoon of the Prophet Mohammed.
On one side, a General Robert E Lee look-alike waves a large Confederate flag, facing off against counter-protesters on the other bearing placards that say "Racism kills" and "KKK Go Away."
Global cases of COVID-19 passes 40 million mark; U.S. death toll at 220K. TSA screened 1 million passengers for the first time. Latest COVID news.
Her eyes blazing with determination, Tawnya Parker -- who endured a traumatic abortion as a teenager -- attempts to explain why she and so many other evangelical Christians in the US's southern Bible Belt see President Donald Trump as their spiritual and ethical champion.
Trailing Joe Biden in the polls two weeks ahead of the election, President Donald Trump appears to be trying to make up ground by flinging accusations without evidence that his Democratic opponent is a "criminal" and attacking his son, Hunter Biden.
Josh Heaton "immediately" regretted voting for Donald Trump in 2016. The lifelong Republican intends to make amends by supporting Joe Biden next month in the battleground state of Arizona.
Hollywood actor Jeff Bridges has announced he has been diagnosed with lymphoma. The 70-year-old star of films including The Big Lebowski, Crazy Heart and True Grit said he was starting treatment and promised to keep fans updated. He said the prognosis is "good". Announcing the diagnosis on social media, Oscar-winner Bridges referenced one of his most famous characters and said: "As the Dude would say.. New S**T has come to light. I have been diagnosed with Lymphoma. Although it is a serious disease, I feel fortunate that I have a great team of doctors and the prognosis is good. I'm starting treatment and will keep you posted on my recovery. "I'm profoundly grateful for the love and support from my family and friends. Thank you for your prayers and well wishes."
Florida voters converged on early polling stations Monday in a pivotal state fought over relentlessly by President Donald Trump and Democratic challenger Joe Biden, as their contentious White House race enters its final 15-day stretch.
Australia will take part in a large-scale military drill off the coast of India next month that will bring together a quartet of countries concerned by rising Chinese influence.
After years of teasing, LG is finally selling a rollable OLED TV. The RX-branded Signature OLED R launched in South Korea today, offering a 65-inch 4K display that tucks away into its base at the press of a button.
The Oscar-winning actor said he's starting treatment and the "prognosis is good."
The Georgia senator's Democratic opponent, Jon Ossoff, said his campaign raked in nearly $2 million in donations
The Republican Party has cut into Democrats' advantage in voter registration tallies across some critical presidential battleground states, a fact they point to as evidence of steady — and overlooked — enthusiasm for President Donald Trump and his party. Democrats appear to have been set back by their decision to curb in-person voter registration drives during much of the pandemic.
MIAMI -- For nearly an hour on Monday, Alan Herrera stood in a line to cast his early vote for Joe Biden in the heart of one of Donald Trump’s Latino strongholds. The 33-year-old Honduran American slowly inched closer to the entrance of the John F. Kennedy Library in Hialeah, a predominantly Cuban American city in the coveted swing state of Florida where the president and the former vice-president appear neck-and-neck in various polls.About a dozen people ahead of Herrera waited their turn to go inside the early voting precinct. Roughly three dozen more voters stood behind him, lining the perimeter of the library. Many of them sported Trump-Pence t-shirts, face masks and hats.Nearby, a phalanx of Trump supporters waved at cars pulling into the parking lot to drop off mail-in ballots. They flanked a life-size cardboard cutout of their favorite president showing off his bright smile and giving a thumbs up. One of them held up a flag with the same smiling image of the Donald superimposed on the Stars-and-Stripes.Herrera joined tens of thousands of voters across the Sunshine State who braved long lines and a volatile political climate amid the coronavirus pandemic to cast ballots on the first day of early voting in Florida.But despite the overwhelming number of Trump voters around him, Herrera vocalized his disdain for the commander-in-chief with ease. “This guy Trump has been a disaster,” Herrera said. “I have been an independent voter since I was 18. I’ve voted for Republicans before. There is no way I am voting for any Republicans this time around. For the president to be the biggest threat to our country is shameful.”While Herrara was unfazed by the flag waving opposition, local officials made clear they were ready to ensure everyone felt safe to vote. Miami Mayor Francis Suarez announced in a Monday afternoon tweet that undercover cops would be embedded at local precincts in the city that played a crucial, divisive role in the 2000 recount that handed George W. Bush the presidency.“As we enter the countdown towards Election Day, your safety is our biggest priority,” Suarez tweeted. “The City of Miami has increased our police presence throughout the city and we’ve stationed plain-clothed officers at every polling place to keep the peace.”Yet, voters at Miami area precincts were more concerned with a lack of faith in the U.S. Postal Service and the mail-in voting process, which Trump has assailed as being overrun with fraud.The Republicans Enabling Trump’s Dangerous COVID-19 Comeback TourFearing his ballot would get lost, arrive late and go uncounted, Herrera said he didn’t want to risk voting by mail. He cited changes to the U.S. Postal Service under Trump ally and Postmaster General Louis DeJoy that have led to widespread delays in mail delivery across the country. “I left work early so I could come do this,” Herrera said. “I needed to come, show my face today and make sure my vote counts.”Rey, a 25-year-old Trump supporter who was a few voters behind Herrera, told The Daily Beast he gave up on voting by mail after his ballot never arrived despite requesting it three times from the Miami-Dade Elections Department. He refused to provide his last name and would not give a reason why.“Mail-in ballot voting is becoming a fraud nowadays,” Rey said. “I have a Trump flag flying in front of my house. Maybe that is why I didn’t get it.”Rey, who voted for the first time in 2016 and is pumped for a second Trump term, showed up to the precinct decked out in a red facemask engraved with Make America Great Again across the front, a matching red MAGA hat and a white t-shirt emblazoned with “Ban Idiots Not Guns” across the chest.His claims about not getting a mail-in ballot shows how easily Trump's supporters buy the president's lie that the fix is in to rob him of his reelection.Recently, Trump erroneously claimed his campaign's poll watchers were denied the opportunity to observe voters filling out ballots in Philadelphia when Pennsylvania state law doesn't give poll watchers the right to do that, according to the Associated Press. Trump also falsely claimed Democratic Rep. Carolyn Mahoney won her New York primary as a result of fraud.The president has also made wild, outlandish claims that millions of fake mail-in ballots are being printed by foreign countries.As far as catching coronavirus waiting in line to vote, Rwy said he wasn’t worried. “I would rate the risk the same as the protests that Black Lives Matters and all these people are doing.”The president’s dubious, unfounded warnings about mail-in voting are expected to turn out conservative voters like Rey in the next two weeks. According to the Tampa Bay Times, around two-thirds of Florida’s GOP voters are expected to vote in person while Democrats have a monstrous edge in mail-in ballots. NBC Miami is reporting more than 40,000 people voted on Monday, surpassing 2016 totals for the first day of early voting.Another Trump voter, Roberto Zavala, stood in line for more than an hour even though he is among the elderly population that is at a higher risk of getting severely sick from COVID-19. The 78-year-old Cuban American, who wore a thin black Trump 2020 campaign facemask, said he wasn’t worried about catching the coronavirus. “I have always voted at the polls,” Zavala said. “The pandemic and the virus is real. You just have to take care of yourself.”Since the postal workers union endorsed Joe Biden, people can’t trust that their mail-in ballots will get delivered on time, Zavala theorized. “I’ve heard a lot of things like they end up getting thrown away,” he said.Roughly ten miles east of Hialeah, voters casting ballots and dropping off mail-in ballots at the Coral Gables Library expressed similar doubts about the mail service. Michelle Sebree, a snow-haired voter sporting a white facemask, decided to drop off her and her husband’s mail-in ballots during her lunch hour and had been waiting for 15 minutes to hand the sealed documents to a poll worker checking voters’ IDs.“I am concerned with the cuts to the post office and that they have taken away a lot of mail boxes,” Sebree said. “I think it is just going to get clogged up if I put in a mailbox. But I didn’t know I would have to wait in line here.”She said she was not concerned about risking infection. “We are outside,” she said. “I wouldn’t want to be inside.”Dani Boucher, another voter, said she was making her second attempt to drop off her ballot. “I came here around 9:30 am and I was like, ‘forget it, I will come back during my lunch hour,’” Boucher said. “In the morning, I couldn’t find any parking and had to get to work.”But she was determined to stick out in the afternoon. “I’ll drop it off in person and track it online,” she said. “If there is any issue, I can check it and fix it by election day.”Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.
The US Commission on Presidential Debates announced Monday they will mute the microphones of President Donald Trump and his Democratic rival Joe Biden when they are not answering questions during their final showdown, to avoid the interruptions that disrupted their last debate.
Candidates will be muted while the other has the floor and any interruptions will count toward their timeWhen Donald Trump and Joe Biden face off on Thursday for a final televised debate, each candidate will have their microphones cut off while the other is delivering responses to questions.The 90-minute debate is divided into six 15-minute segments, with each candidate granted two minutes to deliver uninterrupted remarks before proceeding to an open debate.The non-partisan Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD) on Monday announced that “in order to enforce this agreed upon rule, the only candidate whose microphone will be open during these two-minute periods is the candidate who has the floor under the rules”. Both mics will be unmuted for open discussion.The commission added in a statement: “We realize, after discussions with both campaigns, that neither campaign may be totally satisfied with the measures announced today. One may think they go too far, and one may think they do not go far enough. We are comfortable that these actions strike the right balance and that they are in the interest of the American people, for whom these debates are held.”The rule change comes after a chaotic first debate on 30 September during which the presidential candidates constantly spoke over each other, with Trump relentlessly interrupting and attacking his Democratic rival.Trump interjected so frequently that Biden at one point lost his patience and snapped: “Will you shut up, man? This is so unpresidential.”The debate rule change is likely to anger the Trump campaign. Republicans and Trump have been critical of the CPD for canceling the second debate due to safety concerns after Trump was diagnosed with Covid-19.And earlier on Monday, the Trump campaign contested the topics of some of the questions the debate moderator, NBC News correspondent Kristen Welker, had chosen for the debate. At a recent rally, Trump griped that Welker is “extremely unfair”. He has also tweeted, “She’s always been terrible & unfair, just like most of the Fake News reporters, but I’ll still play the game.”The president’s campaign manager Bill Stepien issued a statement Monday night, writing: “President Trump is committed to debating Joe Biden regardless of last-minute rule changes from the biased commission in their latest attempt to provide advantage to their favored candidate.”
As many as 100 ballots were damaged on Sunday night when a ballot box in Baldwin Park, California, went up in flames.Firefighters were called to the scene at around 8 p.m. The charred ballots inside the metal box were transferred to the Los Angeles County registrar-recorder's office, and they are trying to determine if any can be saved. Los Angeles County Fire Department spokeswoman Leslie Lua told the Los Angeles Times arson is being investigated as a possible cause, and if that's the case, it will be the first time a ballot box in the county has ever intentionally been set on fire.Baldwin Park Mayor Manuel Lozano on Monday said the county decided where to put the drop-off boxes, and this box was in an area that was "not particularly well-lit." The fire "angers me," he told the Times. "You're literally denying someone's constitutional right to vote, and that's unacceptable." Lozano said he's already heard from many residents who are now worried about something happening to their ballots, so they are holding onto them until Election Day or will vote in person.The ballot boxes are being emptied every 72 hours, but Los Angeles County Supervisor Janice Hahn is asking they now be emptied out nightly until the election. So far, more than 3.7 million ballots have already been cast in California, with 1 million coming out of Los Angeles County.More stories from theweek.com Will Kansas go blue? What happened to third party candidates? If Roe falls
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The US’s highest court is allowing Pennsylvania to count ballots received up to three days after the presidential electionThe supreme court is allowing Pennsylvania to count ballots received up to three days after the election, in a consequential ruling that will likely mean thousands more votes are counted in one of the most critical swing states in the election.The court on Monday rejected a Republican plea to pause a September ruling from Pennsylvania’s state supreme court that allowed ballots to be counted as long as they are postmarked by election day and received up to three days later.Chief Justice John Roberts joined the court’s three liberal justices in the ruling, producing a 4-4 deadlock. The even split means that the state supreme court’s ruling stands.The ruling is a win for Democrats, who sought the extension in state court, and a loss for Republicans, who had asked the US supreme court to intervene. Nearly 900,000 voters in Pennsylvania have already returned their ballots, according to state data collected by Michael McDonald, a professor at the University of Florida.The justices made the ruling after an emergency request from Pennsylvania Republicans and, as is customary in similar cases, offered no explanation for their decision. Justices Samuel Alito, Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh and Clarence Thomas all said they would have granted the Republican request.Pennsylvania typically requires mail-in ballots to arrive by election night in order to count. But last month, the Pennsylvania supreme court, citing potential postal service delays amid the Covid-19 pandemic, extended the deadline by three days, saying ballots should count as long as they are postmarked by election day. The court also required election officials to count ballots with no postmark or an illegible one.In a typical election, only around 1% of mail-in ballots are rejected, but that number is expected to rise this year as more people vote by mail for the first time. One of the top reasons mail-in ballots get rejected is because they arrive after election day. The decisions from the Pennsylvania supreme court and US supreme court offer important insurance against that kind of disenfranchisement.The ruling is a break from a string of rulings this year in which the US supreme court has upheld a swath of voting restrictions across the country, even amid the Covid-19 pandemic. But the Pennsylvania case had an important distinction; while all the voting cases that have reached the supreme court this year have been from federal courts, the Pennsylvania case came from a state court.