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Some banks are boarding up windows in preparation for possible Election Day violence.
Like retailers, some banks are boarding up their storefronts to brace for the civil unrest they fear could accompany Election Day on Tuesday.

In cities including Boston, New York, Philadelphia and Washington, banks have placed plywood over glass windows in some locations and increased their security preparations. In most cases, those branches are continuing to serve customers and operate normally, bank representatives said.

Washington, a city on edge about the election, boards itself up.
Here is one early and unnerving election indicator: plywood.

In recent days, the ominous precaution has been evident all across downtown Washington, fanning out several blocks from the White House, spreading around Capitol Hill, transforming the nightlife corridors of 14th Street and Adams-Morgan and reaching up into the suburbs. Storefronts and office buildings were being boarded up throughout the weekend, and probably will be right up until this is all over, whenever that is.

Plywood is never a comforting sign. It suggests chaos and riots, hunkering down and hurricanes. Elections? That’s not how it is supposed to go here. Yes, the country is palpably on edge and there have already been scattered reports of ugly incidents across the country: Polling place confrontations, peaceful demonstrators getting pepper-sprayed in North Carolina, supporters of President Trump shutting down a New Jersey highway and reported fears of possible militia violence in Georgia.

Macy’s, Saks and Small Stores Brace for Potential N.Y.C. Unrest
The windows of Saks Fifth Avenue and the iconic Macy’s in Herald Square, which have wowed tourists for decades, were boarded up on Monday morning. SoHo, where trendy shoppers once flocked to glittering stores, echoed with the sound of hammers and power saws.

The sidewalk outside the Disney Store in Times Square was filled not with captivated children sporting mouse ears but with workers attaching plywood to the storefront.

On the eve of Election Day, stores in New York City’s best-known shopping districts — eerily hushed in the face of a global pandemic and recently trying to make a comeback — were boarding up their windows for potential unrest tied to a bitterly contentious presidential race.

The sea of plywood stretched to a lesser extent into more modest commercial districts in the Bronx and Brooklyn and reflected a broader national anxiety surrounding the contest between President Trump and Joseph R. Biden Jr. For weeks, fears have grown that no matter who wins, the aftermath of the election could include unrest.

National Guard Readies for Election Day Deployment
This year has brought a barrage of emergencies across the country that have required the National Guard — the coronavirus pandemic, hurricanes, wildfires and a wave of street protests. Now those troops are preparing in case they are needed once again, this time for potential violent unrest in the wake of the election.

Communities are bracing for protest regardless of the election’s outcome. If demonstrations turn violent and overwhelm the local police, governors will almost certainly call out their states’ National Guard.

Under federal law, it is the Guard, not active-duty military, that can enforce order on domestic soil. It has already happened dozens of times this year in cities across the country.

Donald Trump Jr. told Texas supporters to give Kamala Harris a 'Trump Train Welcome' before cars displaying MAGA flags swarmed a Biden campaign bus on a highway
  • Donald Trump Jr. told supporters of President Donald Trump to give Sen. Kamala Harris a "Trump train welcome" in Texas before cars displaying MAGA flags surrounded a Biden campaign bus near Austin on Saturday.
  • "Get out there, have some fun," he said in the video, shared on Wednesday. "Don't forget to vote and bring all of your friends. Let's show them how strong Texas still is as Trump country. Get out there, guys."
  • Video of cars surrounding Biden's campaign bus on a highway near Austin, Texas.
  • A truck displaying Trump flags was filmed colliding with a car accompanying Biden's campaign bus.
"Rather than engage in productive conversation about the drastically different visions that Joe Biden and Donald Trump have for our country, Trump supporters in Texas instead decided to put our staff, surrogates, supporters and others in harm's way," Tariq Thowfeek, Texas communications director for the Biden campaign, told HuffPost.

All the ex-Trump officials who have publicly vowed not to vote for him
  • President Donald Trump has experienced record-setting turnover during his time in office.
  • Many of these former officials have not only gone on to publicly criticize the president, but also create anti-Trump groups and voice their support for Democratic presidential nominee, Joe Biden.
  • The list of ex-Trump employees who say they will not vote for Trump continues to grow.
  • Olivia Troye, former adviser on counterterrorism and homeland security to Vice President Mike Pence
  • Miles Taylor, former Department of Homeland Security chief of staff
  • Josh Venable, former chief of staff for Education Secretary Betsy DeVos
  • Elizabeth Neumann, former assistant secretary of counterterrorism and threat prevention at DHS
  • Anthony Scaramucci, former White House communications director
  • John Bolton, former national security adviser

'Cases up the wazoo for years to come': Legal insiders brace for a world where Trump loses and the ex-president faces down a slew of reinvigorated court fights
  • More than a dozen legal experts and practitioners tell Insider that President Donald Trump's many legal fights are primed to cause him headaches should he lose the 2020 presidential election.
  • There are lawsuits tied to whether the president violated the US Constitution forbidding him from making money off foreign governments, possible Hatch Act violations, Trump's business entanglements, and campaign-finance questions still stewing from the Stormy Daniels hush-money affair.
  • Trump's 2020 campaign also faces accusations it's masking the true recipients of about $170 million in election-season spending.
  • The existence of an internal Trump campaign audit of spending irregularities may also entice federal investigators. A Trump official says the campaign "complies with all campaign finance laws."
  • Could the Mueller investigation make a comeback? It's possible, former Justice Department and Federal Election Commission officials say.

Trump on election eve in the crucial battleground state of Pennsylvania rants that Jon Bon Jovi 'kisses my a--'
  • President Donald Trump is closing out his 2020 reelection campaign by attacking celebrities who've backed his opponent.
  • Trump on Monday went after Lady Gaga and Jon Bon Jovi at an event in Pennsylvania, a crucial battleground state.
  • "Jon Bon Jovi. Every time I see him, he kisses my a--," Trump said.
With millions of Americans unemployed and more than 231,000 dead from COVID-19 as cases rise across the country, President Donald Trump's closing message to voters on the eve of Election Day was centered on personal grievances and attacking celebrities who've thrown their support behind former Vice President Joe Biden.

At a rally in Avoca, Pennsylvania, on Monday, Trump targeted Lady Gaga and Jon Bon Jovi.

"Now he's got Lady Gaga. Lady Gaga. It's not too good. I could tell you plenty of stories. I could tell you stories about Lady Gaga. I know a lot of stories. Lady Gaga. And Jon Bon Jovi. Every time I see him, he kisses my a--," Trump said, prompting laughter from the audience.

The president discussed multiple celebrities and their support for Democrats during the Avoca rally, including BeyoncΓ©, Jay-Z, and LeBron James.

Only 10 presidents have not won reelection, and polling suggests Trump could join them
  • Only 10 incumbent presidents in US history have won their party's nomination but failed to win reelection.
  • Election polling has suggested Trump's chances of reelection have been dwindling for months, as voters also express disapproval of his handling of the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Trump is trailing former Vice President Joe Biden in the national polls, as well as in a number of key battleground states.
  • Though nothing is guaranteed, polling suggests Trump could join a short list of incumbents who failed to win a second term.
  • John Adams (1797-1801)
  • John Quincy Adams (1825-1829)
  • Martin Van Buren (1837-1841)
  • Grover Cleveland (1885-1889)
  • Benjamin Harrison (1889-1893)
  • William Howard Taft (1909-1913)
  • Herbert Hoover (1929-1933)
  • Gerald Ford (1974-1977)
  • Jimmy Carter (1977-1981)
  • George H.W. Bush (1989-1993)

Twitter labels Trump's tweet about the Supreme Court's ruling on Pennsylvania mail-in ballots as misleading and blocks users from sharing and liking (TWTR)
  • Twitter on Monday labeled a Trump tweet about mail-in voting as making a "potentially misleading claim about an election," and banned users from liking or sharing it.
  • Trump's tweet claimed without evidence that a recent Supreme Court ruling — allowing Pennsylvania to count mail-in ballots that arrive up to three days after Election Day — would lead to widespread election fraud.
  • A Twitter spokesperson said the tweet violated the platform's "civic integrity" policy and that it would "significantly restrict engagements" with the tweet.
  • Trump has repeatedly attempted to cast doubt on mail-in voting, but fact-checkers and election experts have consistently found virtually no evidence of fraud connected with the voting method, which has been used for years.
In the months leading up to the election, Trump has ratcheted up his attacks on mail-in voting and other standard and legitimate aspects of the electoral process, without evidence, and at times echoed by prominent Republicans.

Historically, election experts have found that all voter fraud, including mail-in voter fraud, is exceedingly rare.

Headstones in a Jewish cemetery in Michigan
Headstones in a Jewish cemetery in Michigan were vandalized with spray paint spelling 'Trump,' 'MAGA' ahead of his rally in the state, group says
  • Headstones in a Jewish cemetery in Michigan were vandalized with spray paint spelling "Trump" and "MAGA" ahead of the president's rally in the city on Monday, according to the Michigan Democratic Jewish Caucus.
  • The Michigan Democratic Jewish Caucus condemned the incident, saying they were "appalled and outraged by the desecration."
  • "Make no mistake, this heinous act was committed on the eve of the 2020 election to send an intimidating message to the president's opponents, and particularly, Jewish voters," the Michigan Democratic Jewish Caucus wrote in a Monday statement.
  • The president hosted a rally in Traverse City, Michigan, north of Grand Rapids, earlier Monday — the fourth of five rallies Trump had planned in the state ahead of the election on Tuesday.

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