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Trump’s Manufacturing Promises Disappoint as Economy Sours
The Foxconn plant in Wisconsin that the president hailed as the “eighth wonder of the world” when it broke ground in 2018 has hired less than a quarter of the 2,080 workers anticipated and invested just $300 million, rather than the expected $3.3 billion.

Pledges went unfulfilled in other cases, too. A G.M. plant in Ohio was sold in 2019 to a buyer who promised to employ 3,700 workers; only about 50 engineers work there now. More than 700 jobs were saved in 2016 at a Carrier plant in Indiana, under pressure from Mr. Trump. But over the next two years, the company cut 500 jobs there and moved those roles to Mexico.

Employment in the manufacturing sector, which lapsed into a recession last year, has declined by more than 200,000 jobs from when Mr. Trump took office.

Trump had $270 million in debt forgiven after failing to repay lenders for his 92-floor Chicago skyscraper, according to a NYT report
  • President Donald Trump has had more than $280 million in debt forgiven since 2010, the New York Times first reported.
  • Most of it was linked to money he owed lenders for the construction of a massive skyscraper in Chicago, according to tax return records and loan documents viewed by the paper.
  • Trump borrowed money for the Trump International Hotel & Tower from Germany's Deutsche Bank and Fortress Investment Group, a private equity firm, the report said.
  • When Trump failed to pay the money bank, the lenders initially gave him more time, before eventually forgiving the debt, the Times reported.
In total, since 2010, Trump has had $287 million of debt forgiven, most stemming from the construction of the Chicago tower, which was finished in 2008, the paper reported.

Facebook took down Trump ads that claimed it was already Election Day
  • Facebook pulled down four sets of Trump ads on Tuesday, two of which implied it was already Election Day.
  • The Trump ads all featured the copy "Vote today!" and two of them contained the phrase "election day is today!"
  • Facebook said it took the ads down for violating its ad policies, but did not specify which policies exactly they had broken.
  • Facebook now has a seven-day ban on any new political ads being approved ahead of the election on November 3.
Data from Facebook's Ad Library shows 269 iterations of the ads were run in total, and they were seen by between 714,000 users and 831,000 users.

Last week Facebook removed 48 ads from the Trump campaign which included the phrase: "Your vote has not been counted."

China Threatens Trump Administration Over Hong Kong Asylum-Seekers
China on Wednesday suggested the U.S. decision to turn away political asylum-seekers from the consulate in Hong Kong was largely driven by President Donald Trump's desire to avoid a conflict with Beijing during his hotly contested reelection bid, and officials threatened to shut down the diplomatic facility if it were ever to provide sanctuary to dissidents.

Hundreds of Trump rallygoers were stranded in the cold because there reportedly weren't enough buses to transport them back to their cars
  • Hundreds of supporters at a rally for President Donald Trump Tuesday night were reportedly stranded in the cold in Omaha, Nebraska, due to insufficient buses to transport them from the airfield where the event was held to the parking lots where their cars were.
  • The temperature in Omaha was in the mid-30s the night of the rally.
  • Medics transported at least seven people to the hospital and police officers gave rides to elderly rallygoers.
Trump finished his rally at around 9 p.m., but his supporters were stranded until 12:30 a.m., tweeted Aaron Sanderford, a reporter at the Omaha World-Herald. In the hours between Trump's departure and the full clearing of the event site, the temperature hovered in the mid-30s, according to a weather tracker. With the wind speed factored in, the temperature may have felt almost 10 degrees cooler, according to a wind chill calculator from the National Centers for Environmental Prediction.

Meet 39 journalists who made political contributions. They're among dozens who've together given at least $110,000 mostly to 2020 Democrats, including Biden, Bernie, and AOC.
  • Most journalists don't give politicians money, but for those who have in the 2020 election, they've donated almost exclusively to Democrats, an Insider analysis of federal records shows.
  • Following Insider's inquiries, The Hill said it had suspended a political reporter who had contributed money to Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Senate candidate Amy McGrath, a Democrat running against Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. The Los Angeles Times said it "pulled people off political coverage" who had made political contributions to several Democrats.
  • Journalists at The New York Times, Washington Post, Boston Globe, and Houston Chronicle are among dozens of reporters, editors, and other newspeople who've given tens of thousands of dollars to political candidates and causes.
  • Should President Trump's attacks on the press, coupled with movements like Black Lives Matter, cause newsrooms to rethink their political-participation policies? Some say yes.
Only a handful of journalists gave money to Trump, who on Monday tweeted yet another complaint about his press coverage: "Corrupt Media conspiracy at all time high."

No law prohibits journalists from contributing money to candidates or causes, but many trade groups and newsrooms still demand abstinence. Their reasons: ethics, independence, and avoiding conflicts of interest.

'Barrett is like Jesus': Here's why confirming Amy Coney Barrett before the election mattered more to Republicans than passing a coronavirus stimulus package
  • Amy Coney Barrett's confirmation to the Supreme Court marks a huge victory for Republicans.
  • Despite the criticism from Democrats for prioritizing her appointment over passing a new COVID-19 stimulus package, experts say the GOP was following a longstanding plan.
  • If Republicans lose both the White House and Senate in 2020, they still have control over a critical branch of government: the judiciary.
  • "White evangelicals will wait for the stimulus package. It pales in comparison to getting the Supreme Court justice," an expert told Insider.

Trump says 'hopefully' states won't be allowed to count ballots after Election Day, which is a normal part of the electoral process
  • President Donald Trump on Wednesday suggested that courts should not allow states to count ballots after Election Day.
  • "Hopefully, the few states remaining that want to take a lot of time after November 3rd to count ballots, that won't be allowed by the various courts," Trump said at a press conference in Las Vegas.
  • But results are never finalized on election night and it's a normal part of the electoral process for ballots to be counted days or even weeks after voters go to the polls.
  • A record-breaking number of Americans are voting by mail due to the coronavirus pandemic, and mail-in, absentee, and provisional ballots take officials longer to process and count than in-person votes.

Former DHS chief of staff Miles Taylor revealed as 'Anonymous' author who said there was a 'resistance' in the Trump administration
  • Miles Taylor, a former Department of Homeland Security chief of staff, on Wednesday revealed that he was the anonymous author of the 2018 New York Times op-ed article that said there was a "resistance" in the Trump administration.
  • "We do not owe the President our silence. We owe him and the American people the truth," Taylor said in a statement.
  • Taylor endorsed former Vice President Joe Biden in August and launched an anti-Trump Republican group.

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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.

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