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New, horrifying info on how detainees who’ve died in ICE custody were treated.


Trump’s outreach for LGBTQ votes isn’t just offensive. It’s a sign of desperation.

The Trump campaign is hurting so much that it’s scrounging to peel off LGBTQ voters from Joe Biden, despite the president’s vile record.


Gee…what could this mean??

In the final few days before the big day, President Donald Trump has canceled his planned appearance at his nearby Trump International Hotel for an Election Night party and will instead probably stick around at the White House, The New York Times reports. The reason as to why Trump made this quick switch is uncertain, although he has been frequently criticized for mixing his personal business with his presidency. The Trump campaign, which hasn’t been doing so well financially, would have had to pay for the event and presumably make social-distancing accommodations considering that the COVID-19 pandemic is again spiking across the nation as well. “November 3rd will go down in history as the night we won FOUR MORE YEARS,” Trump wrote in the initial invitation to fundraisers that was sent out. “It will be absolutely EPIC, and the only thing that could make it better is having YOU there. Join us on Election Night.


Stock market drop reflects the fear on Wall Street of not a very stable situation with rising Covid numbers and a panicked world.

  • Stocks fell on Friday, dropping for the fourth time in the past five days in a retreat that has added up to Wall Street’s worst week since March, as rising pandemic cases, new shutdowns and a sell-off in large technology stocks all dragged the major benchmarks lower.
  • The S&P 500 fell 1.2 percent, bringing its loss for the week to 5.6 percent. That’s its biggest weekly drop since the week through March 20, when stocks plunged 15 percent before they began to rebound after the Federal Reserve and lawmakers in Washington stepped in to bolster the economy. The Dow Jones industrial average fell 6.5 percent this week.
  • The latest sell-off has come as a second wave of cases forced more lockdowns in Europe, threatening the economic recovery and spooking investors around the world. In the United States, a record number of cases is prompting city and county governments to start imposing some curfews and limits on gatherings.
  • And trading has been volatile for much of October, with investors whipsawed by expectations about whether Congress and the White House would agree on a new economic relief plan, anticipation of a contested election next week and concern about the sharp rise in virus cases.
  • The decline on Friday leaves the S&P 500 with a gain of 1.2 percent for the year. As recently as Oct. 12, the index was up more than 9 percent for the year.
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Over the past five days, the on-time rate for ballots in 17 postal districts representing 10 battleground states and 151 electoral votes was 89.1 percent — 5.9 percentage points lower than the national average. By that measure, more than 1 in 10 ballots are arriving outside the Postal Service’s one-to-three-day delivery window for first-class mail.

Those delays loom large over the election: 28 states will not accept ballots that arrive after Election Day, even if they are postmarked before. Continued snags in the mail system could invalidate tens of thousands of ballots across the country and could factor into whether President Trump or Democratic nominee Joe Biden captures crucial battleground states and, ultimately, the White House.


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