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Both candidates will make their final call in election reshaped by pandemic Iran, Russia try to influence outcome, US intelligence officials say Republican senators should push nomination forward by President Trump’s Supreme Court candidate this morning

Intelligence officials said Iran and Russia used US voter registration data to try to influence the election

With the final presidential debate taking place tonight in Nashville, the contest between President Trump and former Vice President Joseph R Biden Jr enters its final chapter And once again, voters are reminded of what point the pandemic has completely upset this race for the White House

In a normal election year, both candidates left Nashville for a non-stop swing through the battlefield states, packing their days with large rallies, appeals to supporters and the curious trying to decide who to support Mr Trump has pledged to continue making live appearances in front of large crowds, in defiance of medical expert advice

But M Biden will rely on the advice of medical professionals, largely limiting his campaign to smaller, more controlled events that abide by the rules of social distancing and which have been his staple during this bizarre campaign.

This is the time of election season when candidates make their closing arguments and implore supporters to run Mr. Trump, pushing his rallies forward, is well aware of their effectiveness in generating excitement among supporters , as he saw at his huge gatherings in 2016

George W Bush demonstrated the power of running in 2004 when he arrived on Election Day for a rally in Ohio after correctly calculating the excitement and attention generated by a last minute visit could shoot him to the finish line He defeated his Democratic rival, John F Kerry, with just under 51% of the vote in Ohio

But that doesn’t necessarily mean that M Biden is at a disadvantage in recent days From the onset of the coronavirus, he led a campaign forced out of respect for the virus, with far less travel, fewer public events, and even fewer press conferences He drew some criticism, but this seems to work to its advantage, if the polls are to be believed

And one of the reasons he has so much more money than M Trump has done in recent weeks is that he had much less spending These planes, processions, hotel rooms and prepared meals add up

Does M Biden wins, future presidential candidates could compare the Trump and Biden campaigns in the Covid era as a case study of how to campaign in the digital age All these pitfalls of the modern campaign – the blurring of rallies, fully equipped charter planes, nights at Motel 7 (OK, at the Westin) – might not be necessary to reach the White House

Republicans who control the Senate Judiciary Committee were ready Thursday to push forward the appointment of Justice Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court, planning to bypass panel rules and vote to recommend its confirmation as Democrats boycott the session

Although the panel was not scheduled to meet until 9 a.m., the 12 Republicans had previously signaled that Judge Barrett had their enthusiastic support

Their action would result in a Senate-wide vote on Monday to confirm Judge Barrett, offering President Trump and Republicans a coveted achievement just eight days before the election

Democrats who hold 10 of the 22 committee seats are furious at the extraordinary speed of the process and plan to reject the committee vote altogether.By doing so, they are effectively daring Republicans to break their own rules to bolster the nomination Without the votes to block the judge in committee or the full Senate, however, their action is purely symbolic

Democrats strongly opposed Judge Barrett, a conservative in the mold of former Judge Antonin Scalia, on political grounds But their goal Thursday was to tarnish the legitimacy of his confirmation, arguing Republicans had failed no right to fill the seat vacated a little over a month ago by the death of Judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg, when millions of Americans were already voting

Democrats were especially angry that Republicans had turned around since 2016, when they refused to consider Presidential Supreme Court candidate Barack Obama nine months before this year’s election

« Republicans have moved at breakneck speed to scramble this candidate, ignoring her troubling record and unprecedented breakouts, and breaking long-standing committee rules to fix tomorrow’s vote, » said Senator Chuck Schumer of New York, the Democratic leader, in a statement Wednesday « We will no longer give legitimacy to this process by participating in a committee marking this nomination barely 12 days before the climax of an election already underway »

Democrats planned to hold a press conference on the Capitol Steps to galvanize opposition to the process Left in their place in the courtroom will be large posters of Americans including health care coverage, according to them, could evaporate if Judge Barrett sided with a conservative majority in the court to overturn the affordable care law when he hears a Republican challenge to the law next month

<p Petersburg, Florida, Wednesday, according to local officials

« These people have claimed or said they were hired by the Trump campaign, » Pinellas County Election Officer Julie Marcus told local ABC affiliate WFTS « I’m not going to speculate on this It was a licensed security company and they were licensed security guards »

She said people left when police arrived, but vowed to return on Thursday SP Marcus said law enforcement would be there to ensure the integrity of the voting process

« The campaign did not hire these people and the campaign did not order them to go to the polling station, » the deputy national press secretary for the Trump campaign said in a statement to the station

« The sheriff and I take voter bullying very seriously, » said Ms Marcus said « It is unacceptable I have been here for 17 years and have never seen this happen before »

Mr. Trump has made contesting the legitimacy of the vote the cornerstone of his re-election campaign, spreading lies about postal voting and declaring the election « rigged » before the votes were even cast

He used the first nationwide televised debate with former Vice President Joseph R Biden Jr to urge supporters to « go to the polls and watch very carefully »

As the election draws near, it’s a message he amplified at rallies and on social media The president’s comments, along with concern over increasingly emboldened extremists and the pandemic of coronavirus, have left many election observers alive

Election officials across the country brace for potential turmoil at the ballot box, with experts saying tension around voting is higher than ever since the Jim Crow era

BRUSSELS – Treated with contempt by President Trump, who sees them as rivals, not allies, many European leaders anxiously await the possibility of a Biden presidency But they are painfully aware that four years of Mr. Trump changed the world – and the United States – in ways that won’t easily be reversed

Even though civility can be restored, a fundamental trust has been broken and many European diplomats and experts believe that foreign policy is no longer bipartisan, so it is no longer reliable « The shining city on the hill not as bright as it used to be ”, said Reinhard Bütikofer, a prominent German Member of the European Parliament

For the first time, said Ivan Krastev, director of the Center for Liberal Strategies, “Europeans are afraid that there is no longer a foreign policy consensus in the United States Each new administration can mean a whole new policy, and for them it’s a nightmare « 

The ideological divide will be exposed on Thursday, when Mr. Trump and Joseph R Biden Jr to hold their last presidential debate

There will be what most see as handy fruit for a Biden administration that will please Europeans The crop includes an extension of the New Start nuclear arms control treaty with Russia and returns to the deal. Paris on climate, the World Health Organization and even the Iran nuclear deal There will be well-being meetings and declarations on multilateralism, less confrontation over trade, renewed efforts to reform the World Trade Organization and a less combative atmosphere during the summit meetings of the Group of 7 and NATO

But M Trump’s complaints are shared by many Americans, and given the polarization in America, French President Emmanuel Macron has pushed Europe to engage in a changed world, where China is rising and the Trump administration is just a symptom of an American withdrawal from world leadership , not the cause

The idea of ​​European « strategic autonomy » – of a Europe less dependent on Washington and with its own strong voice in the world – is gaining ground, although it is more an aspiration than a reality

WASHINGTON – Iran and Russia have both obtained data on U.S. voter registration, senior national security officials said Wednesday evening, providing the first concrete evidence that the two countries are intervening in an attempt to ‘influence the presidential election as it enters its last two weeks

Iran used this information to send threatening and rigged emails to voters, said John Ratcliffe, director of national intelligence, and Christopher A Wray, the FBje director, in an evening announcement from the office headquarters Intelligence agencies had gathered information that Iran was planning to take more steps to influence the vote in the coming days, prompting the unusual moment briefing in order to deter further measures

There is no indication that the tally of election results has changed or that the information on who has registered to vote has changed, which could affect the outcome of the vote which has already started across the country Officials are also not claiming that either country hacked voter registration systems, leaving open the possibility that it was available to anyone who knew where to look.

Election data obtained by Iran and Russia was mostly public, according to an intelligence official, and Iran was exploiting it as a political campaign Voter names and party registrations are publicly available These information may have been merged with other identifying elements, like email addresses, obtained from other databases, according to intelligence officials, including some sold by criminal hacking networks on the  » dark web « 

« This data can be used by foreign actors in an attempt to communicate false information to registered voters which they hope will confuse, wreak havoc and undermine your confidence in American democracy, » Mr. Ratcliffe said

The administration’s announcement that a foreign adversary Iran tried to influence the election by sending intimidating emails was both a stark warning and a reminder of how other powers can exploit vulnerabilities exposed by Russian interference in 2016 But it can also play in Mr Trump’s hands For weeks he has argued, without evidence, that the Nov 3 vote will be « rigged », that the ballots by correspondence will lead to widespread fraud and that the only way to defeat him is to cheat his opponents

Now, on the eve of the second debate, he has evidence of foreign influence campaigns designed to hurt his chances of re-election, even if they don’t affect the electoral infrastructure

Some of the bogus emails, sent to Democratic voters, claimed to be from pro-Trump far-right groups, including the Proud Boys Iranian hackers tried to cover their tracks, intelligence and intelligence officials said security, by first routing emails through a compromised Saudi insurance company network They later sent more than 1,500 emails using the website of an Estonian textbook company, according to analysis by researchers at Proofpoint, a cybersecurity firm.

So far some officials have insisted that Russia remains the main threat to the elections But new information, Republican and Democratic officials said, shows Iran is relying on Russian techniques and tries to make it clear that he is also capable of being a force in elections

National polls have consistently shown white college-educated voters support Joseph R Biden Jr for President But in Georgia, even though major demographic and demographic shifts have pushed the state to the left in recent years, a majority of those voters remain firmly in M Trump’s Camp

Recent poll shows these voters helped Trump maintain his rock-solid lead over M Biden for Georgian outskirts vote Their continued support is critical to the president’s chances in the state, whose 16 electoral votes are critical to his path to re-election and where polls show the two candidates neck and neck in the ‘together

Georgia may be in the Deep South, but a steady, decades-long influx of young, educated, non-white voters coupled with a shrinking population of uneducated white voters – whose support has helped fuel M Trump’s 2016 victory – increasingly put the state on the line for Democrats Historic turnout among infrequent voters and for the first time in favor of Stacey Abrams in the 2018 gubernatorial race , to Lucy McBath’s triumph over Karen Handel in Newt Gingrich’s former congressional district the same year, lower-ballot Democrats proved the party’s viability in the Trump era

For the president, this made maintaining the loyalty of white Republican-leaning graduates all the more important.In a New York Times / Siena College survey on Tuesday, Mr. Trump and Mr Biden were tied at 45% among likely voters in Georgia, but Mr Trump drove M Biden among white college-educated voters by 12 percentage points (although this is a significant contraction from 2016, when M Trump won the same group by 20 percentage points)

According to more than a dozen of these voters in and around Atlanta, what currently keeps them from jumping ship isn’t so much of a deep affinity for Mr. Trump, but fear of « lawlessness » takes root if Democrats take over the White House Trump has spent much of the past few months stoking these fears, his campaign sending out texts with warnings such as « ANTIFA THUGS WILL TEAR THEM SUBURBS!  »

Polls suggest that in many battlefield states where protests have turned violent this summer, that message has not been pierced.But in Georgia, many voters said Mr. Trump’s calls for « law and order » struck a chord, and almost all cited fear that some progressives’ call to « defeat the police » could materialize during a Biden presidency

« The riots, the push to dismantle the police – this is not the direction our country needs to take, » said Natalie Pontius, 48-year-old interior designer and University of Georgia graduate « I have the impression that the Democratic Party is continually trying to find ways to divide us »

Former President Barack Obama made a fiery first appearance in person in the campaign on behalf of Joseph R Biden Jr on Wednesday in Philadelphia, ridiculing President Trump for complaining about his campaign in Pennsylvania, the contraction of the coronavirus and the cover-up of trade relations with China

« We know he continues to do business with China because he has a secret Chinese bank account. How is that possible? » Mr Obama asked a crowd of supporters invited to hear him speak in the parking lot of the South Philadelphia Sports Complex

He was referring to a New York Times report that revealed hitherto unknown financial holdings in China – at a time when the president is criticizing Mr. Biden for links to this country

« Can you imagine if I had a secret Chinese bank account? » he said, « Can you imagine if I had a secret Chinese bank account when I ran for re-election? » His voice strained, he added: « They would have called me Beijing Barry »

It is « not a good idea to have a president who owes a lot of money to people abroad, » said Mr. Obama said, adding that he probably paid more taxes working in high school in an ice cream parlor than Mr. Trump paid in each of his first two years as president – $ 750

Mr. Obama’s long-awaited speech, the first of several he plans to deliver on behalf of the Biden-Harris ticket over the next two weeks, marked a reversal of his initial reluctance to hire Mr. Trump directly

And while his remarks, occasionally interrupted by the honking of the horns during the drive-in rally, had moments of his signature flamboyant rhetoric, he seemed to be stepping away somewhat from the softer mantra of 2016 inspired by his woman, « When they go low, we go high »

« By the way, his TV ratings are going down, » said the former president « So you know it upsets him But the point is it’s not a reality show It’s reality And the rest of us had to live with the consequences of his inability to take the job seriously « 

Mister Obama, who helped raise millions of dollars for his former vice president online but did not appear in person during campaign events during the coronavirus pandemic, criticized M Trump’s inability to contain the epidemic in a more personal way than he had used before

« Eight months after the start of this pandemic, cases are on the rise again across the country, » he said « Donald Trump isn’t suddenly going to protect us all He can’t even take the basic steps to protect yourself « 

Mr. Obama, who put aside his lofty campaign style in a watershed moment, grabbed a misstep, recalling that Mr. Trump told his supporters at a rally in western Pennsylvania on Tuesday that he would not have visited them if his campaign had not been in trouble

« The president spent some time in Erie last night and he apparently complained about having to travel here, » Mr. Obama said with a laugh « Then he cut the event short. Poor man I don’t feel this I love coming to Pennsylvania »

In Philadelphia in August, for the Virtual Democratic National Convention, Mr. Obama gave a televised speech that made the election an existential battle for the future of American democracy He touched on these same themes during his return visit on Wednesday

He said that M Trump’s antics were unacceptable and would not be tolerated if the person was a school principal, coach or even a family member

He warned Democrats not to let go because of the poll advantage that Mr. Biden now sees and says some had gotten ‘lazy’ in 2016 « I don’t care about the poll, » Mr. Obama said, referring to the head of the poll Hillary Clinton « There was a whole series of polls last time It didn’t work »

« We have to fight on the other side, » he added, as Democratic horns began to honk in unison

Mr. Obama is due to hold his next event on Saturday in Miami, followed by another rally in Orlando next week, according to a Democratic official with knowledge of his plans

President Trump complained about intensive media coverage of the coronavirus pandemic at a campaign rally in Gastonia, NC on Wednesday evening, describing the disease as an annoying inconvenience even as the number of cases and the death toll in the country continues to climb

Attacking two television networks, CNN and MSNBC, with barbed epithets, M Trump insisted for the second night in a row: « This pandemic is fast approaching They hate it when I say it »

« All you hear is Covid, Covid, Covid, Covid, Covid, Covid, Covid, Covid, Covid, Covid, Covid, » M Trump said, repeating the word 11 times « That’s all they put on, because they want to scare everyone »

Mister Trump’s TV news complaint has followed a familiar line in his recent speeches, insisting in disregard of all evidence that the coronavirus is disappearing quickly as a problem This is not a perspective shared by most voters: A nationwide poll released by The Times on Monday found that 51% of likely voters believed the worst of the pandemic was yet to come, compared with 37% who said the worst was over

And that wasn’t the full extent of M Trump is covering up the pandemic He repeated a familiar – and false – line saying the country appears to have only a limited number of cases because there were so many tests, and telling his supporters that his Democratic opponent, Joseph R Biden Jr, sought to ‘prolong the pandemic’ and ‘shut down your country’, even though the former vice president presented a public health program to do the opposite

The president also continued to taunt Democratic governors who have imposed restrictions on gatherings and business activities to counter the spread of the virus, including the North Carolina government Roy Cooper, a Democrat seeking re-election whose popularity has grown in response to his handling of the pandemic

« You must ask your governor to open your state here, » M Trump said, pushing M Cooper « Open your state, Governor It’s time »

President Trump’s personal lawyer Rudolph W Giuliani got caught up in Sacha Baron Cohen’s new satire « Borat », shown in a scene edited following an actress posing as a journalist in a bedroom and at one point laying down on the bed and putting his hands in his pants in what he later said was an attempt to adjust his clothes

The extract from M Cohen’s new ‘Borat Subsequent Moviefilm’, due out Friday, was portrayed on social media early Wednesday after The Guardian reported that the film contained ‘a compromising scene’ starring Mr. Giuliani, the former mayor of New York

Late Wednesday, M Giuliani called WABC radio in New York to say he was tucking his shirt in after removing the microphone wires, and attributed the early release from the stage to a ploy to discredit his recent attempts to push the corruption charges against Joseph R Biden Jr Son of Hunter Biden

« The Borat video is a complete fabrication, » M Giuliani, 76, tweeted after leaving the airwaves « At no time before, during or after the interview was I ever inappropriate If Sacha Baron Cohen implies otherwise he is a rock cold liar »

« I called the police, » he said in a brief text exchange on Wednesday, « He and all his crew ran away leaving their equipment behind »

Still photos and scene descriptions from those who screened the film indicate that the heavily edited clip, in keeping with the actor’s mock documentary format, begins with M Giuliani, sitting on a sofa answering questions Soon after, the actress, who speaks with a heavy Eastern European accent, asks the former mayor if they can continue their discussion in the bedroom m Giuliani agrees, and is then shown sitting on a bed, as she appears to remove her microphone and he appears to stroke her

The segment then passes to the image of Mr. Giuliani, lying on the bed, putting his hands on the front of his pants

« I had to remove the electronic equipment, » M Giuliani told hosts of the “Curtis & Juliet Show” “And when the electronic equipment came off part was in the back and my shirt came out a bit, even though my clothes were all over I leaned in back, and I tuck my shirt in, and at that time, at that time, they have this picture they take that looks tampered with, but anyway, I’m tucking my shirt in. I assure you it’s is all I was doing « 

The scene ends with M Cohen, dressed in an extravagant pink costume, bursts into the room and shouting that the woman, played by actor Maria Bakalova, is 15 (the actor is 24, according to IMDb)

Mr. Giuliani declared that Mr. Cohen was frightened by his call to the police, ran away and let him speak with the filmmaker’s lawyer

The former mayor isn’t the first Republican politician to be trapped in one of the M’s Cohen’s jokes that make you cringe

In 2018, M Cohen cheated on former GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore of Alabama grants him an interview for the Showtime satirical show « Who Is America? »

Later in 2018, a Republican lawmaker in Georgia resigned after being duped into repeatedly shouting a racial epithet at M Cohen Showtime Series

Former Alaska governor and 2008 Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin accused Mr. Cohen of posing as a disabled veteran to get an interview with her, which she said was part of her repeated attempts to humiliate and « downgrade » middle-class Americans

« He’s got a lot of people – Newt Gingrich, » added M Giuliani, who insisted that he had not been taken in by M Cohen « He had Donald Trump before he was president »

Monsieur Cohen’s new film, « Borat Subsequent Moviefilm: Delivery of Prodigious Bribe to American Regime for Make Benefit Once Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan », is due out Friday on Amazon Prime

Sen. Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut said Democrats, anticipating President Trump could declare victory before all votes are counted in the election, prepared for this exact scenario

Mr Blumenthal gave no details of the plan, but told members of two grassroots Democratic women’s groups during a Zoom call with his colleague, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, that he could have a prolonged struggle over results

The groups, Suburban Women Against Trump, which goes by the acronym SWUNET, and Joe Mamas, invited the two senators to talk about the election, the appointment of Justice Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court and the coronavirus pandemic

« You know the echo chamber on the right is going to be filled with misinformation about how they stole the election, how they stuffed the ballot boxes, ‘we must rebel’, » Mr. Blumenthal said « This right is not America It is certainly not the America we know »

Both senators sharply criticized Judge Barrett’s appointment and said her near-certain confirmation in the conservative-leaning court threatened women’s reproductive rights and the protection of Americans with pre-existing conditions covered by the Human Rights Act. affordable care

Ms Gillibrand, who unsuccessfully ran for President, said the landscape looked favorable for Democrats to take control of the White House and Senate The party should focus on voting rights and the ethical if it is in the majority, she declared

Determining whether Democrats supported statehood in Washington, DC, and Puerto Rico, Ms. Gillibrand said she would support him if they did

Mr. Blumenthal, a frequent target of M Trump’s Twitter beards said his fellow Republicans had allowed the president

« They are made to feel guilty because they know what they have done, » he said. « They failed to stand up and speak out »

The premise seemed to be politically savvy: finding an everyday bar owner in a battlefield state whose closed business struggled to survive during the coronavirus pandemic

But things are often not what they seem, as the Biden campaign proved this week when it emerged that a Michigan businessman who was at the center of one of his TV commercials criticizing President Trump’s handling of the pandemic also found himself an « angel investor. » He once described his legacy from his wife’s family as « almost like winning the lottery »

The ad, which the campaign aired with great fanfare on the Sunday NFL game between the Cleveland Browns and the Pittsburgh Steelers, and posted on YouTube, has since disappeared

The ad was removed after bar owner Joe Malcoun and his family were threatened, according to the Biden campaign

« The price to pay for having a voice in our political process cannot be endless harassment, » campaign spokesman Bill Russo said in an email Wednesday night. ‘And yet this is what Joe Malcoun and his family are currently facing as he was doxxed, harassed and threatened after the Trump campaign sought to smear a community leader who dared to speak out against Trump’s failed response to the Covid crisis It’s shameful « 

It was not immediately clear whether the Biden campaign knew of the bar owner’s background or not A Trump campaign spokesperson seized with surveillance

« In their desperation to pin something else on the president, they fabricated a story in a last ditch effort to lie to voters because nothing else worked – and they got caught, » said spokesperson Ken Farnaso in an email on Wednesday evening

Monsieur Malcoun, has owned the Blind Pig in Ann Arbor, Michigan, a magnet for musicians for 50 years, attracting artists from Jimi Hendrix and John Lennon to Pearl Jam and Nirvana

There were cutouts in the ad for an inactive microphone, overturned bar stools, and dried out beer taps

« Right now it’s an empty room, » M Malcoun said in the ad « This is the reality of Trump’s Covid response We don’t know how long we will be able to survive without income »

In a 2018 interview with the All About Ann Arbor website, M Malcoun said he provided seed money to start-ups and explained how he became an entrepreneur after the death of his wife’s grandfather, a successful real estate investor, and left them a substantial sum of money

« Usually you become a CEO and you make money, then the money allows you to become an angel investor, » M Malcoun said at the time « I had different circumstances where I had money »

Mr. Malcoun characterized the amount of money he and his wife had inherited this way: “We knew there was something, but we never knew the magnitude, and it was almost like winning the lottery and we were very young »

President Trump’s campaign has far less money than advisers once predicted for the latter part of the presidential election, as upbeat income forecasts failed to materialize, leaving aides to scramble to remedy a serious financial disadvantage against Joseph R Biden Jr at the most crucial moment of the race

To close the budget gap, Mr. Trump has slashed millions of dollars in previously booked TV commercials and turned away from battlefield states that will decide a California shutdown election last weekend to fill his campaign coffers

He also tried to jumpstart his online fundraising with increasingly aggressive tactics, sending out up to 14 email solicitations per day

But M Biden still entered October with nearly triple the M campaign money Trump has – $ 177 million to $ 63 million – and is leveraging that advantage to expand the battlefield map just like Mr. Trump is forced to step down

Despite raising more than $ 1.5 billion in tandem with the Republican Party since 2019, Mr. Trump is now in the same financial situation as four years ago, when Hillary Clinton had about double the money he had

Mr. Trump was quick to point out that Ms. Clinton’s financial advantage did not win him the election

But the financial pinch has plunged its advisers and party officials into an internal blame game after years of bragging about their fundraising prowess, current and former campaign and administration officials say. Republican allies, meanwhile, wonder what all the money was spent on

« The campaigns that drag on two weeks before the election, there is always a lot of finger pointing, » said Alex Conant, Republican strategist and former advisor for the 2016 presidential campaign to Senator Marco Rubio « And ask where has gone money is always the first question « 

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