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  • Trump v Biden: the key moments of the final presidential debate – video highlights
    on October 23, 2020 at 10:05 am

    Joe Biden and Donald Trump have gone head-to-head for the final time before the US election on 3 November in the final television debate, helped by a mute button on the candidates’ microphones that prevented interruptions.Squaring off in Nashville, Biden had to field aggressive questioning about his son’s business dealings and when Trump compared himself to Abraham Lincoln, the challenger branded his opponent 'one of the most racist presidents we’ve had in modern history'. Here is a look back at the key momentsThe final presidential debate – as it happenedTroubled Florida, divided America: will Donald Trump hold this vital swing state? – videoSign up for Fight to Vote – our weekly US election newsletter Continue reading...

  • 'Kills all the birds': Trump and Biden spar over climate in TV debate – video
    on October 23, 2020 at 10:01 am

    The closing moments of the final presidential debate focused on climate change. Joe Biden stressed the need to expand sources of renewable energy while again disputing Donald Trump’s claim that he intended to ban fracking, which he does not. 'I know more about wind than you do,' Trump retorted, drawing an exasperated laugh from Biden. 'It’s extremely expensive. Kills all the birds'Humanity has eight years to get climate crisis under control – and Trump's plan won't fix itSign up for Fight to Vote – our weekly US election newsletter Continue reading...

  • Trump and Biden clash on coronavirus during final presidential debate – video
    on October 23, 2020 at 8:03 am

    Donald Trump and Joe Biden have clashed over the handling of the coronavirus pandemic during the final presidential debate. While Trump says a vaccine will be available within weeks, Biden questioned the veracity of Trump's claims after the president's previous predictions the pandemic would end by Easter. The pandemic has killed more than 220,000 Americans and infected millions more, including the presidentTrump and Biden offer sharply different visions to tackle Covid in final TV debateBiden slams Trump on coronavirus response, family separations and racism in final debate – live Continue reading...

  • 'Children brought here by coyotes': Trump squares off with Biden on immigration – video
    on October 23, 2020 at 6:06 am

    Donald Trump and Joe Biden have squared off over immigration policies, including the US government being unable to locate the parents of more than 500 immigrant children. 'Children are brought here by coyotes and lots of bad people, cartels, and they're brought here and they used to use them to get into our country. We now have as strong a border as we've ever had,' Trump said. The president also criticised immigration under the previous Obama-Biden administration, including the catch and release policy, saying 'those with the lowest IQ' were the only ones who returned for an immigration hearingBiden the winner of final debate, TV viewers and undecided voters sayBattle for the suburbs: can Joe Biden flip Texas? – video Continue reading...

  • 'Abraham Lincoln over here': Trump and Biden clash on racism at presidential debate – video
    on October 23, 2020 at 5:25 am

    Donald Trump has defended his handling of race issues in the US, declaring three times during the final presidential debate he is 'the least racist person in this room'. Trump was questioned on his handling of incidents such as describing the Black Lives Matter movement as a symbol of hate and saying protesting Black athletes should be fired. Presidential rival Joe Biden called Trump 'one of the most racist presidents we've had in modern history. He pours fuel on every racist fire', before adding 'this guy has a dog whistle about as big as a foghorn'Biden mauls Trump's record on coronavirus in final presidential debateCivil rights and QAnon candidates: the fight for facts in Georgia – video Continue reading...

  • Democrats refuse to participate as Amy Coney Barrett nomination advanced – video
    on October 22, 2020 at 9:17 pm

    Amy Coney Barrett’s supreme court nomination was advanced by a unilateral Republican vote to the full Senate despite Democrats’ refusal to participate in the Senate judiciary committee hearing for what they called a 'naked power grab'.Democratic senators stood outside the Capital and boycotted the vote to install Donald Trump’s third supreme court nominee less than two weeks before the election.No supreme court nominee has ever been installed so close to a presidential election and, just four years ago, the Senate majority leader, Mitch McConnell, and senator Lindsey Graham, who now chairs the judiciary committee, said that installing a nominee in an election year would be a shameful defiance of the will of votersPM admits failings as England's Covid contact-tracing system hits new lowSenate judiciary committee approves Amy Coney Barrett as Democrats boycott – live Continue reading...

  • Joe Biden plans special commission to suggest supreme court reforms
    by Kenya Evelyn in Washington on October 22, 2020 at 2:51 pm

    Democrat says court system is ‘getting out of whack’ and says commission would have 180 days to make recommendations Joe Biden has confirmed he would appoint a special commission to study the US court system over 180 days, if he is elected next month, to provide reform recommendations relating to the supreme court and beyond.In response to questions about the US supreme court during an interview for this Sunday’s 60 Minutes news magazine, the former vice-president and Democratic presidential nominee told CBS TV’s managing editor, Norah O’Donnell, that the court system was “getting out of whack” and that “there’s a number of alternatives that go well beyond ‘packing’”, ie increasing the number of seats on the nine-justice supreme court bench. Continue reading...

  • Fight to Vote: why early voting history is being made right now
    by Ankita Rao on October 22, 2020 at 2:00 pm

    Covid-19 is partly driving people to be more proactive, but there are signs that the turnout signals a swell of civic engagementHello Fight to Vote friends,The election is extremely under way, with a record number of Americans casting their ballot via mail or in-person during early voting hours across the country. Continue reading...

  • Is capital finally losing faith in Trump? | Adam Tooze
    by Adam Tooze on October 22, 2020 at 1:42 pm

    The president’s administration is full of plutocrats and CEOs – but big business is leaning toward BidenWhat has kept Donald Trump in the presidential race is his electoral base. It consists of white men, rural and small-town voters and small-business owners. The big bucks for the campaign come from a coterie of wealthy loyalists. This bloc will stick with Trump whatever he says or does. Related: Electoral college explained: how Biden faces an uphill battle in the US election Continue reading...

  • Ohio and Pennsylvania helped elect Trump. But he betrayed us again and again | Bertram de Souza
    by Bertram de Souza on October 22, 2020 at 12:24 pm

    Trump likes to paint himself as a savior of blue-collar America. But Biden is a better path forwardEver since the 31 August 2019 demise of the (Youngstown) Vindicator, a daily newspaper where I spent 40 years as a reporter, columnist, editorial writer and editorial page editor, I’ve written numerous commentaries and editorials about the presidency of Donald J Trump – all in my head. Sadly, there isn’t an antidote for the death of the 150-year-old news institution, which blazed a journalistic trail in Ohio and western Pennsylvania. Related: Rudy Giuliani faces questions after compromising scene in new Borat film Continue reading...

  • Our secret weapon for reaching Latino voters? WhatsApp | Xochitl Oseguera
    by Xochitl Oseguera on October 22, 2020 at 10:27 am

    This election, Latinos will be the largest minority voting bloc for the first time - and there’s a powerful way to reach themLegendary Watergate reporter Bob Woodward will discuss the Trump presidency at a Guardian Live online event on Tuesday 27 October, 7pm GMT. Book tickets hereEvery election season we are flooded with headlines that suggest Latinos do not vote, despite being the largest racial or ethnic minority voting in the US presidential election this November. This stereotype has led to Latino voters being lumped together as “unmotivated” and “unengaged”. This year, we are going to show that not only do we vote, but we organize, educate and fill in the gaps where many presidential candidates have fallen short in motivating our communities.There are so many different cultures represented by the “Latinx” label, but one thing we all have in common is the undeniable power of the mamá. Debates happen and decisions are made at our mom’s dinner tables, and we have begun to turn this power into political engagement. To channel this energy, mom-led organizations like MamásConPoder are taking a new approach this year: WhatsApp. Continue reading...

  • Electoral college explained: how Biden faces an uphill battle in the US election
    by Helena Robertson, Ashley Kirk and Frank Hulley-Jones on October 22, 2020 at 9:57 am

    Trump won the presidency in 2016 despite Clinton receiving almost 3m more votes, all because of the electoral college. How does the system work? When Americans cast their ballots for the US president, they are actually voting for a representative of that candidate’s party known as an elector. There are 538 electors who then vote for the president on behalf of the people in their state. Continue reading...

  • US election polls tracker: who is leading in the swing states?
    by Ashley Kirk, Pablo Gutiérrez, Frank Hulley-Jones and Juweek Adolphe on October 22, 2020 at 8:58 am

    As the presidential campaign heats up, the Guardian is tracking the latest polling in eight states that could decide the electionJoe Biden is leading ​Donald Trump in the national polls for the presidential election. Continue reading...

  • Trump gets last chance to claw back Biden lead at final presidential debate
    by Ed Pilkington in New York on October 22, 2020 at 8:00 am

    Trump will be under pressure to soften his display compared with the first debate, which was widely criticized as bullyingDonald Trump has his last chance to move the dial in the fast-approaching US presidential election on Thursday night, when he addresses a large nationwide audience at the final televised presidential debate.Trump will face his Democratic rival Joe Biden at 9pm ET at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee. The candidates are expected to attract viewership in the tens of millions of Americans for their 90-minute encounter, giving the US president one last crack at shifting a race that has had him trailing the former vice-president for weeks. Continue reading...

  • Trump responds to Barack Obama's speech at Biden-Harris rally – video
    on October 22, 2020 at 5:13 am

    Donald Trump has responded to Barack Obama's speech at a campaign rally for Joe Biden, saying the former president underestimated him in 2016. "I think the only one, the only one more unhappy than crooked Hillary that night was Barack Hussein Obama," Trump said. Less than two weeks from the election, Trump's campaign took him to North Carolina, where he told supporters "I love this particular state, but I might not have come here so often. I've been all over your state, you better let me win" Continue reading...

  • Russia and Iran obtained US voter data in bid to sow unrest before election, FBI warns
    by Maanvi Singh on October 22, 2020 at 3:39 am

    In rare news conference, the director of national security says Iran has sent spoofed emails to intimidate votersRussia and Iran have obtained some US voting registration information and are attempting to sow unrest in the upcoming election, the government’s national intelligence director said in a rare news conference Wednesday night.“We have already seen Iran sending spoofed emails, designed to intimidate voters, incite social unrest and damage President Trump,” said John Ratcliffe, the director of national intelligence. Continue reading...

  • Barack Obama likens Donald Trump to 'crazy uncle' in Joe Biden rally speech – video
    on October 22, 2020 at 1:37 am

    Barack Obama has delivered a stinging rebuke of president Donald Trump in a speech delivered in Philadelphia while campaigning for Joe Biden. Obama criticised Trump's handling of the coronavirus crisis as well as divisive behaviour including retweeting conspiracy theories that you wouldn't tolerate from  anyone “except from a crazy uncle". The former president also praised the positivity shown during the pandemic and recent Black Lives Matter movement . "We see that what is best is us is still there, but we've got to give it voice." Continue reading...

  • 'Trump isn't going to protect us': Obama returns to campaign trail for Biden
    by Lauren Gambino in Washington on October 22, 2020 at 1:03 am

    Former president told voters in swing state Pennsylvania: ‘What we do now these next 13 days will matter for decades to come’Barack Obama returned to the campaign trail on Wednesday to deliver a scathing – and occasionally humorous – condemnation of his successor while envisioning an America led by his former vice-president, Joe Biden.Sleeves rolled and wearing a black mask that read VOTE, Obama assailed Donald Trump over his response to the coronavirus pandemic, which has killed more than 220,000 Americans and infected millions more, including the president. Continue reading...

  • Voting 'makes things better': Barack Obama praises youth – video
    on October 21, 2020 at 9:49 pm

    Barack Obama has praised young Black Lives Matter demonstrators saying they gave him 'optimism', during a discussion with black male community leaders ahead of a drive-in rally for Joe Biden on Wednesday night.At his Philadelphia campaign event, Obama emphasized the need for young voters to make it to the polls to ensure a better future for the country Continue reading...

  • Maryland man charged with making death threats against Biden and Harris
    by Associated Press on October 21, 2020 at 6:19 pm

    James Dale Reed told investigators he was ‘upset at the political situation’ when he wrote threatening letterA Maryland man was charged Wednesday with making death threats against Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden and running mate Kamala Harris in a letter left on the doorstep of a neighbor who had yard signs supporting the candidates. Related: Trump cuts short pre-election interview as Covid stimulus bill moves closer – live Continue reading...