The United States presidential election is in 19 days.
Here is a summary of the top 5 political issues making headlines today.
1. Trump, Republicans turn focus, attacks on Harris
The Trump campaign and other Republicans are focusing more of their attacks on the political leanings and record of Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden’s running mate, California U.S. Senator Kamala Harris. The attacks bring charges of racism and sexism. Harris is both the first African-American woman and South Asian woman to be nominated on a major US party’s presidential ticket. Trump recently told Fox News that Harris would assume the presidency within “three months” of Biden’s inauguration due to Biden’s age to raise fears over Harris being in charge.
The President had called Harris a “monster”. In September during another interview. Trump has also said that “nobody likes” Harris, a rather odd comment about someone elected to the U.S. Senate from America’s most populous state.
Former Republican House Speaker Newt Gingrich, a Trump supporter, said: “If voters understand the totality of her radicalism, they would conclude that she would be a very high-risk person to put in the White House.”
2. Graham tries to take care act off the table in Barrett hearings
U.S. Supreme Court nominee Judge Amy Coney Barrett returned for more questioning Wednesday from the Senate Judiciary Committee, again refusing to indicate how she would rule on potential cases.
Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham, a South Carolina Republican, tried to knock down an important concern of many Democrats and activists about a possible Justice Barrett ruling against the Affordable Care Act in an upcoming case should she be confirmed for the court.
Barrett told Graham and the committee the question before the court is whether a section of the act can be “severed” if the statute is deemed unconstitutional or whether the whole law would have to go. Which many Republicans favor.
“The presumption is always in favor of severability,” said Barrett.
3. No debate but Trump and Biden will hold televised town halls
While there won’t be a U.S. presidential debate this week, both Democratic candidate Joe Biden and Republican US President Donald Trump will be competing Thursday night for American voters’ attention with television events.
NBC’s “Today” host Savannah Gutherie will moderate the Trump town hall outdoors at Miami’s Pérez Art Museum as the coronavirus pandemic continues to alter the presidential race.
Biden will participate in a 90-minute town hall on ABC moderated by “GMA” anchor George Stephanopoulos in Philadelphia.
The two were originally scheduled to participate in a second debate but Trump objected to the virtual format announced by the Commission on Presidential Debates due to his testing positive for the virus.
4. Prosecutors investigated Egyptian bank’s dealings with Trump
U.S. federal prosecutors have spent years investigating whether money via an Egyptian state-owned bank might have backed millions of dollars US President Donald Trump supposedly donated to his 2016 presidential campaign election, CNN reported.
The news network said the investigation was kept so secret that at one point investigators locked down an entire floor of a federal courthouse in Washington, DC, so they could fight for the Egyptian bank’s records in closed-door court proceedings following a grand jury subpoena. The probe, which closed this summer with no charges filed, has never before been described publicly.
5. Gun-pointing St. Louis couple plead not guilty to charges
Patricia and Mark McCloskey, the St. Louis homeowners who pointed guns at Black Lives Matter protesters and attracted worldwide attention, pleaded not guilty Wednesday to weapons and evidence tampering charges.
The couples were seen on a video posted to social media brandishing guns outside their mansion at protesters walking on a private street to the home of St. Louis’ mayor.
The McCloskeys each face a count of unlawful use of a weapon — exhibiting, and a count of tampering with physical evidence in a felony prosecution,
St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kimberly M. Gardner said in a statement. A grand jury decision to indict them was announced by a circuit court Wednesday. The class E felony counts are punishable by one day up to 4 years in prison and a fine up to $10,000.
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