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The Trump administration is considering proscribing Amnesty, Oxfam, and Human Rights Watch as 'anti-Semitic' and telling other governments not to support them
  • The Trump administration is reportedly considering a move to classify several major humanitarian groups as "anti-Semitic."
  • Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is leading a push to proscribe Amnesty International, Oxfam, and Human Rights Watch as anti-Semitic groups, potentially as soon as this week, according to a Politico report.
  • The declaration would cite the groups' perceived support for the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement, which urges governments to pressure Israel in regards to its behaviour towards Palestine.
  • However, state lawyers have reportedly warned that the plan has weak legal grounds and could result in lawsuits against the Trump administration.

Lawyers at a firm paid millions by the Trump campaign have donated $90,000 to Joe Biden — and only $50 to Trump
  • Lawyers at Jones Day, which provides outside counsel to the Trump campaign, donated $90,000 to Joe Biden between January 2019 and August 2020.
  • In that same period, they donated just $50 to President Donald Trump's re-election campaign, a Reuters analysis showed.
  • The company has been paid millions of dollars by the Trump campaign.
  • Across the industry, individual lawyers donated more than 15 times more to Biden's campaign than to Trump's, according to the Reuters analysis of more than 120,000 donations.
  • "It shouldn't be news that rich, liberal lawyers in Biden's pocket are desperately trying to make up for his lackluster candidacy or that every big law firm has lawyers on both sides of the political aisle," Trump campaign spokeswoman Samantha Zager told Reuters.

Armed men showed up outside a polling place in Florida and claimed to be with the Trump campaign
  • Two armed men showed up outside a Florida polling place, claiming to be connected to the Trump campaign, the county's supervisor for elections said.
  • The sheriff's office opened an investigation, ABC Action News reported.
  • The Trump campaign told WFLA 8 that it did not hire the men or tell them to go there.
  • In the first presidential debate, Trump urged supporters "to go into the polls and watch very carefully."

Trump boasts the economy reached historic heights during his first term. Here are 9 charts showing how it stacks up to the Obama and Bush presidencies.
  • The pandemic wrecked the US economy, and now — in less than two weeks — voters are set to decide which candidate they want to put it back together.
  • Trump and Biden are making competing cases they are the best person to rebuild the economy.
  • But history suggests that presidents exert limited influence over the economy.
  • Here's how the economy under Trump stacked up to Obama and Bush, highlighted by nine charts addressing metrics like GDP growth, job gains, and unemployment among others.
Economic growth under Trump was barely above both Obama and Bush before the pandemic wrecked it.
GDP growth
The debt has mounted under every president for the past 20 years. Trump vowed to eliminate it but it never happened.
Total federal public debt

Obama said politics will be less exhausting if Biden wins, and it's a compelling closing pitch to voters
  • Former President Barack Obama's closing pitch to voters is that life won't be so "exhausting" if they elect Joe Biden over President Donald Trump.
  • It's a compelling message amid a pandemic and economic crisis, and after four years of constant chaos under Trump.
  • Polling has consistently shown voters are suffering from news fatigue in the Trump era, and are extremely unhappy with the state of the country.
  • Trump at a rally on Tuesday told supporters that politics will be boring if he's not reelected, inadvertently reminding voters he's the chaos candidate who prioritizes holding their attention more than anything else.
Trump has been a uniquely destructive president. He's torn families apart, emboldened far right extremist groups, eroded democratic norms, mirrored the behavior of authoritarians while kowtowing to autocrats worldwide, damaged relationships with key US allies, and seen more than 222,000 Americans die from a virus he deliberately downplayed (and eventually contracted) during the final year of his first term.

Meanwhile, there's also an economic recession linked to the pandemic that's left millions unemployed and struggling to pay rent, but the GOP has prioritized confirming Trump's Supreme Court nominee over an economic relief package.

With less than two weeks until Election Day, Trump is still on Twitter airing grievances and attacking journalists rather than focusing on the myriad problems facing the country.

Americans are, quite understandably, exhausted with and disenchanted by the state of US politics.

Trump got 81% of the evangelical vote in 2016. Meet the conservatives who are working to vote him out.
  • 81% of white evangelical Christians voted for President Donald Trump in 2016, but his support has been dropping in recent months.
  • Pastor Doug Pagitt of Minneapolis is going on a bus tour across the country to convince fellow Christians not to vote for the president.
  • Pagitt has gathered the support of more than 1,600 faith leaders to endorse Joe Biden with him.
"We're not asking Republicans to not be Republicans. We're asking Republican voters to not vote for this Republican," he said. "I think this is a singular response to a singular threat to the well-being of this country and this planet."

White House Releases Trump’s ‘60 Minutes’ Interview
He said he hoped the Supreme Court would kill what was left of the Affordable Care Act. He several times criticized his female interviewer and told her "that's no way to talk." He repeated unsubstantiated or discredited claims about his Democratic opponent and family, the state of the pandemic and the size of his rally crowds.

It's fair to say that President Donald Trump's "60 Minutes" interview, which the White House released unilaterally Thursday, was not directed at swing voters.

Trump taped the interview with CBS's Lesley Stahl on Tuesday for a segment set to air Sunday night, along with a separate interview with Democratic nominee Joe Biden. After reports that Trump was very defensive and evasive in the interview, abruptly ended it and then declined to participate in a scheduled "walk-and-talk" with Vice President Mike Pence, Trump threatened to release the entire tape the White House had made for archival purposes, saying it would show how "biased" it was.

On Thursday, Trump indeed released the entire video. It shows the president defensive, evasive, ending it abruptly and then not coming back as scheduled for a walk-and-talk with his vice president.

CBS denounced the White House's release of the tape, saying in a statement that the "unprecedented decision to disregard their agreement with CBS News and release their footage will not deter '60 Minutes' from providing its full, fair and contextual reporting which presidents have participated in for decades."

Trump apparently thought the tape vindicated him in some way, but his answers in the interview were clearly aimed at his loyal base – a group Trump needs to turn out heavily Nov. 3 but which on its own is not enough to assure him reelection. And instead of diminishing any impact from the Sunday broadcast, Trump's release of the tape just drew more attention to the interview and his testy reaction to it.

It was not an auspicious start for the president, who was asked by Stahl if he was ready for some "tough questions."

"No, I'm not," Trump responded.

From there, the 37-minute interview consisted of Trump complaining about Stahl's questions, Stahl pointing out Trump's misstatements of fact, and Trump insisting her fact-checks were not factual.

The '60 Minutes' interview is embarrassing for Trump, but much like the Zelensky call he's in complete denial
  • President Donald Trump on Thursday released an uncut video of a recent interview with "60 Minutes" that he abruptly walked out of.
  • Trump's decision to share the video seems to stem from the belief that the footage would would portray him in a positive light.
  • But this move is reminiscent of the White House releasing the damning summary of his infamous July 2019 phone call with Ukraine's president — and does Trump no favors.
As president, Trump is the most powerful man in the world. But within the first few moments of the video, which Trump published on Facebook on Thursday, he asked a reporter to go easy on him. When it was clear Stahl would not oblige this request, Trump turned to complaining.

The president repeatedly interrupted Stahl as he peppered her with erroneous claims, such as falsely stating that there are so many COVID-19 cases in the US because the country is doing widespread testing.

Stahl politely challenged Trump throughout the interview, such as when he once again pushed the baseless conspiracy theory that former President Barack Obama spied on his 2016 campaign. He berated her in response.

... The interview made Trump appear as a leader detached from reality and incapable of handling a veteran journalist's polite, professional questions on important issues. But Trump seemingly believed that the exchange revealed him to be a victim of media bias.

"Look at the bias, hatred and rudeness on behalf of 60 Minutes and CBS," Trump said in the caption of his Facebook post featuring the uncut video, which CBS News said the president released in violation of his agreement with the network.

Political commentators were perplexed as to why Trump would elevate such a damning, temperamental performance with less than two weeks until Election Day and hours before he was set to participate in the second and final presidential debate.

Insider poll: People without a college degree are much more likely than others to say they don't intend to vote this year
  • A new set of polls from Insider in conjunction with SurveyMonkey found Americans without a college degree to be far more likely to say they don't intend to vote in the 2020 election than other groups.
  • Among those without a high school diploma or equivalent, 40% said they have no plans to vote this year.
  • Those responses make the group 28% more likely than the average respondent to not vote.
  • Almost 20% of those with a high school diploma or equivalent said they won't vote, with a steep dropoff in non-voter responses from there among other demographics.

Russia plans to interfere in the election to help Trump by 'exacerbating disputes around the results,' report says
  • Russian agents plan to interfere in the 2020 election to help President Donald Trump by amplifying "disputes over the results," The New York Times reported.
  • US officials believe Russia poses a far greater threat to the election than Iran does, according to the report. The assessment appears to contradict Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe, who has stressed Iran's election interference in recent days.
  • Russian actors have also breached state and local networks in recent days, but there's no evidence that they altered vote totals or voter-registration data, the report said.

Jared Kushner floating launch of a new Trump-branded media outlet, GOP sources say. It's another sign of a looming 2020 defeat.
  • Jared Kushner has been talking about starting a Donald Trump-themed news outlet or another media company, perhaps as soon as after the November election, five Republicans familiar with the discussions tell Insider.
  • Trump advisers view the nascent discussions as a sign Kushner is looking toward the exit with his father-in-law, President Donald Trump, in danger of losing re-election.
  • "There's no doubt in my mind that Jared's future is in building a media empire of some kind," said one of the Republicans familiar with the talks.
  • A White House official said there has been no talk from Jared Kushner of starting a news outlet.
  • Kushner led talks in 2016 to build a conservative news outlet, but then Trump won a surprise victory and they went to the White House instead.

'Don't react to it': Cindy McCain, wife of the late Republican senator, explains the 'tipping' point that led her to endorse Democrat Joe Biden
  • Cindy McCain, philanthropist and wife of the late Republican Sen. John McCain, explained the moment President Donald Trump crossed the line and spurred the decision to endorse his opponent, former Vice President Joe Biden.
  • McCain recounted the numerous times Trump had disparaged her late husband, a longtime senator known for working with Democratic colleagues to pass legislation.
  • "When the president decided to call my children, and my husband, and my father, and all the other hundreds of people in my family who have served honorably 'losers' and 'suckers,' that was the tipping line for me," McCain said.
  • The McCain family has a long line of military service that stretches back decades.

Trump claims he is 'the least racist person in this room' to Biden and a Black moderator at the final presidential debate
  • President Donald Trump expressed disappointment at Thursday's debate that he has been criticized for being hostile to racial minority groups, especially Black Americans.
  • The final debate of the 2020 election cycle was moderated by NBC News' Kristen Welker, who is Black.
  • "I can't even the see audience because it's so dark. I am the least racist person in this room," Trump said.
  • Democratic challenger Joe Biden responded forcefully on the issue of race, which he has spotlighted extensively throughout this campaign.
  • "Abraham Lincoln here is one of the most racist presidents we've had in modern history," he said, likening Trump to a "dog whistle as big as a foghorn."

Trump falsely claims that only migrants with 'the lowest IQ' return for their court dates after being arrested by US immigration authorities
  • President Donald Trump falsely claimed that only immigrants with "the lowest IQ" return for their court dates when released after being arrested by US immigration authorities.
  • Trump's comments during Thursday's presidential debate referenced a policy often called "catch and release," where migrants are released from DHS custody pending their immigration court proceedings — which his administration ended in 2018.
  • The DOJ says around 44% don't show up, and researchers say that rate is likely much lower, and no evidence suggests that migrants' IQ plays a role in their likeliness to appear in court.
    The rate at which immigrants show up to their court hearings varies depending on the type of proceeding, but data shows that immigrants generally do appear at hearings. From 2008 to 2019, the immigration court appearance rate for all immigrants placed in removal proceedings was 83%, according to analysis from the Migration Policy Institute.
  • Trump also falsely claimed that migrant children his administration separated from their parents at the border were "so well looked after."
    An August report from the inspector general of the Department of Homeland Security found that migrant children were often left in vans for hours and sometimes overnight while waiting to be reunited, according to NBC News. A 2019 report by the Texas Tribune and the Center for Public Integrity also found that Trump administration officials were aware that children could be traumatized by the separations but accelerated the practice anyways.

'Anything less than a vote for Biden is a vote against democracy': Expensify's CEO tells us why the company emailed 10 million customers urging them to vote for Biden
I know you don't want to hear this from me. And I guarantee I don't want to say it. But we are facing an unprecedented attack on the foundations of democracy itself. If you are a US citizen, anything less than a vote for Biden is a vote against democracy.

That's right, I'm saying a vote for Trump, a vote for a third-party candidate, or simply not voting at all -- they're all the same, and they all mean:

"I care more about my favorite issue than democracy. I believe Trump winning is more important than democracy. I am comfortable standing aside and allowing democracy to be methodically dismantled, in plain sight."

If the polls are accurate, there's a roughly 50% chance that you agree Trump needs to go. You know what to do: show up on November 3rd and vote for Biden. Or even better, don't wait until then: vote today. Go to Vote.org if you need help figuring out how. ... Expensify depends on a functioning society and economy; not many expense reports get filed during a civil war. As CEO of this business, it's my job to plot a course through any storm -- and all evidence suggests that another 4 (or as Trump has hinted -- 8, or more?) years of Trump leadership will damage our democracy to such an extent, I'm obligated on behalf of shareholders to take any action I can to avoid it. I am confident our democracy (and Expensify) can survive a Biden presidency. I can't say the same about Trump. It's truly as simple as that.

Trumpism
or Trump-ism

Trumpism refers to the nontraditional political philosophy and approach espoused by US President Donald Trump and his supporters. The term Trumpism can also be used to directly refer to an outrageous or idiosyncratic statement made by Donald Trump.

Trumpisms are Bushisms on steroids.