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Fewer fireworks, more substance: 5 takeaways from the final Biden-Trump debate

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The second presidential debate between Donald Trump and Joe Biden was more traditional and civil than their rancorous showdown last month.

With so little time left before Election Day, however, it wasn't immediately clear if it would amount to anything more than a footnote in a tumultuous contest set against the historic backdrop of an ongoing ...Read more

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Trump compares his record on race to Abraham Lincoln; Biden calls him a racist

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Honest Don?

One of the more heated moments of an otherwise relatively civil debate came when President Donald Trump boasted that no president had done more for African Americans than him except, maybe, the president who ended slavery.

"Nobody has done more for the black community than Donald Trump," Trump claimed. "If you look, with the ...Read more

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Fact-checking the final Trump-Biden presidential debate

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WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden faced off for the second and final debate of the presidential campaign on Thursday night in Nashville. The first one featured a deluge of falsehoods, half-truths and outright lies — mostly from Trump — and this one will probably be no different.

Here's a fact check.

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Emailed threats in Florida dry up as congressional delegation asks for FBI briefing

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Threatening emails claiming to be from a pro-Trump group called the Proud Boys that were sent to voters in Florida and other states earlier this week appeared to have come to a halt after the FBI accused Iran and Russia of being behind attacks to influence the U.S. election.

But two Florida members of Congress are now ...Read more

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Key takeaways from the second and final Trump-Biden debate

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If you're one of more than 48 million Americans who have already cast your presidential ballot, not to worry.

Although they managed to behave better than their last raucous debate — a mute button helped — nothing that President Donald Trump or Democratic challenger Joe Biden said or did onstage Thursday night seems likely to change a great ...Read more

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Trump says he has 'prepaid' tens of millions of dollars in taxes

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President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden squared off in Nashville, Tennessee, on Thursday night for the second and final debate before Election Day. Unlike their first debate, the tone was much more civil but the questions early on were familiar as Biden again badgered the incumbent to release his tax returns.

A blockbuster ...Read more

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Editorial: The signs point toward an uptick in political violence

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A 42-year-old Frederick, Maryland, man is now in the national spotlight for behavior that can best be described as monstrous. In an act captured on a doorbell security camera, he is alleged to have recently delivered a letter threatening to beat presidential nominee Joe Biden and rape his running mate, Sen. Kamala Harris, telling the homeowners ...Read more

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Commentary: Trump stands accused of defamation. An obscure law may let him skate

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In a strange twist of the legal system, the defamation claim by E. Jean Carroll, who alleges that President Donald Trump raped her in the mid-1990s and lied about it in June 2019, could come down to whether Trump was "acting within the scope of his employment" when he accused her of making false accusations and, for good measure, disparaged her ...Read more

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Commentary: Will the US return to global stage or pull further inward?

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U.S. presidential elections rarely turn on voters' views on foreign policy. Domestic issues such as the economy and health care, including the coronavirus pandemic this year, are almost always seen as more important by voters.

But foreign policy can turn on the outcome of elections. And that is especially true this year, when not only the major...Read more

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Friend tries to explain why man hung from the side of Trump Tower in Chicago for more than 13 hours

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CHICAGO — It's been three days since a man was lifted to safety after hanging on the side of Trump Tower for 13 hours, but one of his closest friends says he's still frightened for him.

"He's never done anything like this before. I don't know how it will end up," said Marlen, who didn't want his last name used so he wouldn't be harassed on ...Read more

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Poll: Joe Biden has 10-point edge over Donald Trump less than 2 weeks to Election Day

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HARTFORD, Conn. — With less than two weeks until Election Day, former Vice President Joe Biden has a double-digit lead over Republican President Donald Trump among likely voters nationwide, a new Quinnipiac poll has found.

Thursday's poll is the third since September that shows Biden with a 10-point advantage, according to Quinnipiac. He ...Read more

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Senate Judiciary Committee advances Barrett nomination over Democratic boycott

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WASHINGTON — Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday overcame a boycott by Democrats to approve Judge Amy Coney Barrett for the Supreme Court, sending President Donald Trump's third pick for the high court to the full Senate for confirmation as early as next week.

With all 12 Republicans supporting her nomination, Sen. ...Read more

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Iran takes center stage as US cites election hacking concerns

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While the Trump administration often mentioned Iran among cyber adversaries suspected of seeking to disrupt U.S. elections, the focus had been primarily on China and Russia.

Now, the Islamic Republic is emerging as a prime target for President Donald Trump in the final days before the Nov. 3 election over an alleged Iranian email campaign to ...Read more

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Biden's answer to court-packing question is a commission, spurring fire from the left

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WASHINGTON — Just as President Donald Trump is about to solidify a conservative majority on the Supreme Court, Joe Biden is proposing to appoint a commission to study and suggest reforms to the U.S. court system, moving to deflect nagging questions about whether he would support proposals to expand the high court.

After weeks of unabashedly ...Read more

Trump has struggled with seniors in Florida; can he make up the difference with Hispanic voters?

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MIAMI — The most recent visits to Florida by President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence illustrate the reliance of the Republican ticket on two voting blocs seemingly headed in opposite political directions this election: seniors and Latinos.

Last week, Pence stumped in Miami-Dade County with Hispanic voters who, compared to four ...Read more

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Here's why Biden couldn't ban fracking, but could restrict it

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WASHINGTON — Fracking has emerged as a hot button issue of the 2020 election, with President Donald Trump claiming his political rival will cripple the economy in politically important states such as Pennsylvania by putting an end to the well extraction technique, despite Joe Biden's assertions to the contrary.

There's good reason it's ...Read more

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Defeat for Trump would mean some other leaders also lose out

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If Donald Trump is forced from the White House in the November election, he won't be the only loser.

Though many governments would likely celebrate the end of the most unconventional and at times chaotic U.S. presidency of modern times, others will have reason to miss it. For the leaders of Turkey, North Korea and Israel, the ledger has been ...Read more

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Two congresswomen created social media buzz when they played 'Among Us' on Twitch

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In one of the more fascinating moments in gaming, Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., and Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., were trying to find murderous imposters on a spaceship. They weren't alone. The two congresswomen were joined by popular streamers such as Imane "Pokimane" Anys, Ben "DrLupo" Lupo and Hasan "Hasanabi" Piker as they all played hit ...Read more

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CON: No to Election Day holiday

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If you want to make Election Day a national holiday because you believe American workers should have more days off to hang out with their families — or pound a few brewskis with their buds — I'm all in.

But making Election Day a holiday because you want to increase voter turnout? Count me out. Way too many Americans are voting already.

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PRO: A holiday? Yes. But other election reforms are needed as well

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Americans should have options to vote in a secure and accessible way. One possibility many have raised is making Election Day a national federal holiday. While giving Americans a day devoted to voting is a good idea, it must also be coupled with other election reforms to make sure no one is left out of the political process.

The fact that we ...Read more