From The Alpha and the Omega - Chapter Eight
by Jim A. Cornwell, Copyright © 1995, all rights reserved

    This file is attached to from “Beast That Came Out Of The Sea” - Chapter Eight by Jim A. Cornwell, Copyright © 1995, all rights reserved.
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10/1/2020 Oil up $0.91 to $40.07, DOW up 329 to 27,782.

10/1/2020 More than 1K new virus cases reported on 2 straight days by Emma Austin, Louisville Courier Journal, USA TODAY NETWORK
    For the first time, Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear reported more than 1,000 new cases of COVID-19 for two consecutive days with Wednesday’s announcement of 1,004.
    “What that shows is we are — in our total case count — in an escalation, meaning last week was more; this week will be more than that, it appears,” Beshear said.
    Kentucky last week saw its highest total of new cases reported over a seven- day period, and Beshear has said the state is on track to top that number this week.
    And with more cases come more deaths caused by the virus, Beshear said.
    Kentucky saw four more deaths Wednesday, including an 87-year-old man from Fayette County, a 74-year-old man from Jefferson, an 86-year-old man from Bullitt and a 70-year-old man from Christian.
    There are several more deaths going through the process of being confirmed as coronavirus-related, Beshear said.
    “Sadly ... I think we’ll see in the coming days that this can impact even younger adults,” he said.
    Kentucky’s positivity rate Wednesday was 4.07%.
    “While I’m glad at that number, 1,004 cases is a problem, and it means we have to be more vigilant,” Beshear said.
    Beshear said the state plans to release on Thursday its guidelines for Halloween trick-or-treating.
    “You’re going to see that it’s going to need to be individual families taking their kids out to trick or treat, and then we’re going to ask the way it’s done at the door to be done a little differently,” Beshear said.
    September has been Kentucky’s highest month of positive cases, and Beshear said it is a definite possibility October will bring even higher totals.
We need to make sure we stop this most recent escalation,” the governor said.    “How do we do that?    Follow the basic guidelines and rules that are out there.”
    Beshear shared the top 10 rules he says are key to defeating COVID-19:
1. Wear your mask: Public health experts recommend wearing masks in public settings.
2. Social distance: Even if they’re wearing masks, people who don’t live together should remain at least 6 feet apart.
3. Wash hands and surfaces frequently.
4. Limit crowds and gatherings: No big Halloween parties this year.
5. Stay home if sick.
6. Get tested for the virus.
7. Answer the call: If you get a call from a contact tracer, answer, because you may have been exposed
8. Healthy at work and school: Enforce social distancing, wear masks, use hand sanitizer/hand washing, daily temperature checks
9. Prioritize mental health.
10. Limit travel.
[4 deaths / 1,004 cases = 0.003% really low and positivity is lower than ever at 4.07% so we should not do anything that Beshear said above as he is just making up scenarios of danger and escalation.    I will never respond to a contact tracer which violates the constitution and will have a big party for my sons birthdays anyway.].

10/1/2020 Comey concedes to ‘failings’ in Page case - Ex-FBI chief defends work to Senate panel by Kevin Johnson, USA TODAY
    Former FBI Director James Comey, whose 2017 dismissal by President Donald Trump unleashed a broader investigation into the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia led by special counsel Robert Mueller, on Wednesday defended the inquiry that he initially helped launched as “essential.”
    “Overall, I’m proud of the work,” Comey told a Republican-led Senate committee that is investigating the government’s early handling of the inquiry that shadowed much of Trump’s presidency.
    At the same time, the former director also conceded that there were “significant and important failings” in the bureau’s repeated pursuit of surveillance authority to track former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page, as part of the investigation.
    Pressed repeatedly by Republican members of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Comey said he would not have approved multiple wiretap applications targeting Page had he known that the requests filed with the secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court had been rife with error, as determined last year by the Justice Department’s inspector general.
    Nevertheless, Comey said the flawed warrant represented a “far less important” part of the overall investigation that went on to review the former director’s firing as part of an effort by Trump to obstruct the inquiry.
    Comey, whose firing has since become the subject of a memoir and television drama, is the third high-profile witness in the Senate Judiciary Committee’s inquiry, which has cast the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election as a politically motivated operation to undermine candidate Trump and later the Trump presidency.
    On Wednesday, Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., seized on the Page surveillance warrant, suggesting that the FBI and Obama Justice Department turned its back on information that should have raised questions about the basis for seeking the Page wiretap.
    Leveling criticism directly at Comey, who appeared via video, Graham said it was “astounding” that the FBI director was unaware of the investigation’s shortcomings, suggesting that the director was “clueless.”
    The Justice Department’s inspector general’s findings led to the prosecution of a former FBI lawyer who pleaded guilty to falsifying an email used to support the surveillance request.
    Federal authorities also used an unverified dossier, purporting to chronicle Trump’s past activities in Moscow, to support the warrant application.
    When the FBI obtained the dossier in September 2016, compiled by a former British intelligence agent Christopher Steele, Comey told lawmakers he was unaware Steele’s primary source was a suspected Russian agent.
    The abuses uncovered by the inspector general, Graham said Wednesday, have “shaken” confidence in the system.
    But the same inspector general’s report also concluded that the Russia investigation was justified and was not influenced by political bias.
[The above was the Fake News version because did act clueless and he is obviously scared of what the DEEP STATE and the Globalist will do to him as you have heard from Chuck Shumer has mentioned in the past, and at present they are protecting him until he rats on them.].

10/1/2020 U.N. To Tackle Gender Equality, Chief Calls It ‘Greatest’ Rights Challenge by Michelle Nichols
FILE PHOTO: Women take part in a demonstration to mark the International Safe Abortion
Day in Monterrey, Mexico, September 27, 2020. REUTERS/Jorge Lopez/File Photo
    NEW YORK (Reuters) – Over the past week, 190 countries addressed the United Nations General Assembly, nearly all of them represented by presidents, prime ministers and ministers.    Only nine of them were women.
    United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said that women watching “have a perfect right to feel that they are not represented, and their voices are not valued.”    He also told world leaders last week: “Gender inequality remains the greatest single challenge to human rights around the world.”
    The General Assembly will convene again on Thursday for a high-level meeting to mark the 25th anniversary of a landmark conference on women – where then-U.S. first lady Hillary Clinton declared that “women’s rights are human rights” – and push for gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls.
    Chinese President Xi Jinping, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Emmanuel Macron and other world leaders are due to speak on Thursday.
    At the 1995 conference in Beijing 189 countries agreed to make a priority the “full and equal participation of women in political, civil, economic, social and cultural life at the national, regional and international levels, and the eradication of all forms of discrimination on the grounds of sex.”
    Many diplomats have lamented that the world would struggle to agree such a strong declaration now.    A main point of contention in recent years has been long-agreed international language on women’s sexual and reproductive health and rights.
    “On women’s rights issues at the global level, the fear now is that 25 years after Beijing there is a counteroffensive to reduce the magnitude of women’s rights,” French U.N. Ambassador Nicolas de Rivičre said on Wednesday.    “We want to avoid that and we are aiming at further progress and not regression.”
    U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration has led a push at the United Nations against the promotion of sexual and reproductive health and rights for women because it sees that as code for abortion.    It has opposed such language in U.N. resolutions.
    Trump told world leaders last week that “America will always be a leader in human rights” and that his administration is advancing “opportunity for women” and “protecting unborn children.”    U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is due to take part in Thursday’s U.N. meeting.
    In May, Washington accused the United Nations of using the coronavirus pandemic as an opportunity to promote access to abortion through its humanitarian response to the deadly global outbreak. The United Nations rejected the accusation.
    The Trump administration cut funding in 2017 for the U.N. Population Fund because it said it “supports, or participates in the management of, a program of coercive abortion or involuntary sterilization.”    The U.N. said that was an inaccurate perception.
    “Women’s rights to health care services, including those related to sexual and reproductive health, must be protected,” U.N. human rights chief Michelle Bachelet tweeted on Monday, which was international safe abortion day.
    Guterres also said the world needs to end a “horrifying increase in violence against women and girls” during the COVID-19 pandemic, describing it as a “hidden war on women” and adding: “Preventing and ending it requires the same commitment and resources that we devote to other forms of warfare.”
(Reporting by Michelle Nichols; Editing by Mary Milliken and Grant McCool)

10/1/2020 Exclusive: Russian Operation Masqueraded As Right-Wing News Site To Target U.S. Voters – Sources by Jack Stubbs
FILE PHOTO: A voter completes his ballot on the day of the primary election in Louisville, Kentucky, U.S. June 23, 2020. REUTERS/Bryan Woolston
    LONDON (Reuters) – The Russian group accused of meddling in the 2016 U.S. election has posed as an independent news outlet to target right-wing social media users ahead of this year’s vote, two people familiar with an FBI probe into the activity told Reuters.
    The latest operation centred around a pseudo media organisation called the Newsroom for American and European Based Citizens (NAEBC), which was run by people associated with the St. Petersburg-based Internet Research Agency, the sources said.
    U.S. prosecutors say the agency played a key role in Russian efforts to sway the 2016 election in favour of President Donald Trump, and Facebook and Twitter exposed a fake left-wing media outlet in September which they said was run by people connected to the organisation.
    NAEBC and its activity, which have not been previously reported, now show that Russian attempts to influence U.S. voters ahead of the 2020 election have targeted both sides of the political divide.
    The website predominantly focused on U.S. politics and current events, republishing articles from conservative media and paying real     Americans to write about politically-sensitive issues.    A network of accounts posing as editors and journalists then promoted the articles on social media sites favoured by right-wing users.
    Topics covered by NAEBC ranged from attacks on Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden to criticism of the Black Lives Matter movement and praise for Wisconsin shooter Kyle Rittenhouse.
    Russia has repeatedly denied allegations of election interference.    Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said he did not know anything about NAEBC or the fake left-wing news site, Peace Data.    “The Russian state does not engage in such activity,” he said.
    The FBI declined to comment.
    When asked by email about NAEBC’s connections to Russia, a person identifying themselves as Nora Berka, an assistant editor, said: “I have no idea what does NAEBC have to do with it.”    The person declined to speak by phone or video call.
    After Reuters contacted NAEBC for comment, social media accounts in the name of Nora Berka and other NAEBC staff removed all references to the website from their profiles and deleted some of their previous posts.
    NAEBC presents itself as a “free and independent” media outlet based in Hungary with a mission to promote conservative and right-wing voices.    Its main page carries a warning to its readers: “Don’t get yourself fooled.”
    The website’s own name, however, is a pun on a Russian expletive meaning to deceive or “screw over.”
    Ben Nimmo, head of investigations at social media analytics firm Graphika, analysed the website after being alerted to the activity by Reuters.    He said NAEBC and the left-wing Peace Data showed Russian influence operations had evolved since 2016.
    “But the overall strategy looks unchanged: energise Trump supporters, depress support for Biden, and target both sides with divisive and polarising messages,” he said.
    NAEBC has been active since late June and built a small network of personas on Twitter and LinkedIn – some of which used computer-generated photographs of non-existent people – to solicit articles from followers and freelance journalists, according to the Graphika analysis
    Nimmo said the accounts failed to attract any significant following with many posts only receiving a handful of shares, but got more traction on Gab and Parler – two social media platforms favoured by right-wing users for their lax approach to content moderation.
    Paul Rockwell, head of trust and safety at LinkedIn, said his company had previously suspended three NAEBC accounts.    “This is part of our regular work to actively seek out signs of state-sponsored activity on the platform and quickly take action against bad actors,” he said.
    Facebook said it had stopped one attempt to create an NAEBC account and blocked the website from being shared on its platforms.
    Twitter declined to comment.    Before being contacted by Reuters, the company had already suspended NAEBC’s main account and an account in the name of Nora Berka, as well as blocking the NAEBC website address as a “potentially harmful” link.
    A spokeswoman for Parler said the company was not aware of NAEBC and had not discussed the activity with law enforcement. Gab did not respond to a request for comment.
    A senior U.S. security official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorised to speak to the press, said Russian operatives were increasingly recruiting “unwitting Americans” to write articles and post online.
    Reuters identified three writers located in the United States who contributed articles to NAEBC.    Two of them were established authors who had written for a number of right-wing outlets, while the third was an amateur journalist.
    One of the writers, who asked not to be named publicly, said they had been working for NAEBC for the last month with no knowledge of its Russian backing.
    Emails seen by Reuters show the website operated much like its left-wing counterpart, Peace Data.    Writers were paid from $50 to $75 per an article, and money was sent promptly via online transfer.
    NAEBC staff also gave detailed instructions for the articles they commissioned and how they should be framed.
    In late August, a person emailing as Nora Berka asked one writer for a story about calls to defund U.S. police departments in the wake of nationwide protests over a string of high-profile killings of black men by white officers.
    NAEBC asked the author to question “how American citizens are supposed to protect themselves without police,” and specifically mention increased gun purchases as well as incidents of violence and shootings.
    “Here we should mention that a lot of democrats support de-funding the police,” the person writing as Berka said.    “And in case if they win 2020, it can happen.”
(Additional reporting by Elizabeth Culliford in Birmingham, England and Christopher Bing in Washington; Editing by Chris Sanders and Edward Tobin)

10/1/2020 Human Rights Lawyers Sue Trump Administration Over ‘Unconstitutional’ ICC Sanctions by Anthony Deutsch
FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Donald Trump looks on during a campaign rally at Duluth
International Airport in Duluth, Minnesota, U.S., September 30, 2020. REUTERS/Leah Millis
    AMSTERDAM (Reuters) – Human rights lawyers launched a legal challenge on Thursday to U.S. President Donald Trump’s executive order imposing economic sanctions on employees of the world’s permanent war crimes tribunal, arguing it breaches the U.S. constitution.
    A filing lodged at a district court in New York by the Open Society Justice Initiative, a public interest law centre that specialises in war crimes cases, names Trump, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and seven other members of his administration.
    It argues that the executive order violates constitutional rights, including freedom of speech, and prevents the plaintiffs from carrying out work in support of international justice.
    “By issuing this outrageous order, the Trump administration has betrayed Washington’s long-standing support for international justice, snubbed its allies, and violated the U.S. constitution,” Open Society Justice Initiative executive director James Goldston said in a statement.
    “We are going to court to end this reckless assault on a judicial institution and the victims it serves.”
    Trump authorised U.S. economic and travel sanctions against employees of the Hague-based International Criminal Court and anyone supporting its work on June 12, citing their involvement in an investigation into whether American forces committed war crimes in Afghanistan.
    On Sept. 2, Pompeo said ICC prosecutor Fatou Bensouda had been blacklisted.
    The ICC has said the measures are an attack on the court, the system of international criminal justice and the rule of law more generally.
    European Union countries and rights groups have rejected the U.S. sanctions as detrimental to efforts to secure international justice for war crimes.
    Measures include freezing the U.S. assets of those who help the ICC investigate or prosecute American citizens without U.S. consent, and barring them and their families from the United States.
    The main target of the move is Bensouda, who was granted approval in March to investigate possible crimes committed in Afghanistan between 2003 and 2014.
    These include alleged mass killings of civilians by the Taliban as well as the alleged torture of prisoners by Afghan authorities and, to a lesser extent, by U.S. forces and the CIA.
    Announcing the executive order in June, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo described the ICC, established in 2002 by the international community to prosecute war crimes, genocide and crimes against humanity, as a “kangaroo court.”
    Trump administration officials also said it threatened to infringe on U.S. national sovereignty and accused Russia of manipulating it to serve Moscow’s ends.
(Reporting by Anthony Deutsch; Editing by Catherine Evans)

10/1/2020 UK Judge To Give Assange’s U.S. Extradition Verdict Early Next Year by Michael Holden and Estelle Shirbon
FILE PHOTO: WikiLeaks' founder Julian Assange leaves Westminster Magistrates Court in London, Britain January 13, 2020. REUTERS/Simon Dawson
    LONDON (Reuters) – A British judge said on Thursday she would give her decision early next year on whether WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange should be extradited to the United States to face 18 charges including espionage.
    U.S. authorities accuse Australian-born Assange, 49, of conspiring to hack government computers and of violating a secrecy law with Wikileaks’ release of confidential official communications in 2010-2011.
    To admirers, Assange is a champion of free speech who exposed abuses of power.    Critics say that by publishing unredacted documents, he recklessly endangered the lives of intelligence sources in Iraq, Iran and Afghanistan.
    Judge Vanessa Baraitser told London’s Old Bailey Court at the conclusion of his extradition hearings that she would deliver her verdict on Jan. 4.
    Assange’s legal travails in Britain date to 2010, when he began fighting an attempt to extradite him to Sweden to answer questions about allegations of sexual assault, which were later dropped.
    In June 2012, he sought refuge in the Ecuadorean embassy where he remained for seven years.    He was dragged out in April last year and served a jail term for violating bail, but has remained in prison after the U.S. extradition process began.
    Those hearings began in February for a week and were due to resume in May, but the coronavirus lockdown meant they were then postponed until September.
    Assange’s legal team argue that the charges are politically motivated, his mental health is at risk, conditions in U.S. prisons breach Britain’s human rights laws, and he and his lawyers were spied on while he was in the Ecuadorean embassy.
    The U.S. legal team has countered that many of Assange’s defence arguments are issues which should be addressed in a trial, and have no bearing on extradition.
    “It’s a fight for Julian’s life, a fight for press freedom and a fight for the truth,” Assange’s partner Stella Moris, with whom he had two children while in the embassy, said outside the court.
    Assange made headlines in 2010 when WikiLeaks published a U.S. military video showing a 2007 attack by Apache helicopters in Baghdad that killed a dozen people, including two Reuters news staff.    The site later published vast troves of U.S. military records and diplomatic cables. (Editing by James Davey and Andrew Cawthorne)

10/1/2020 President Trump Signs Continuing Resolution To Avoid Gov’t Shutdown by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this Monday, Aug. 3, 2020, file photo, President Donald Trump listens during a meeting in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
    The federal government has avoided another shutdown after President Trump signed a continuing resolution to keep things running. He recently signed House Resolution 8337, which is a bill making continuing appropriations for fiscal year 2021.
    After passing through the House last week and Senate late Wednesday, the bill will allow the government to maintain current spending levels through December 1 with a few additions.    Specific direction was given to ensure certain areas would not fear a funding shortage.
    In the division titled “Department of Veterans Affairs Expiring Authorities Act of 2020,” the United States code was amended to promise care for the more than 20 million veterans living in the U.S.
    The bill extended federal requirements, including providing nursing home options for veterans with disabilities, child care and counseling programs for female veterans recently separated from the service.
    As the economy continues to pave a path to recovery, the act allocated an additional $84 million to the small business administration for their business loans program.
    While the signage of the continuing resolution, which came just before the deadline, was celebrated on Capitol Hill, it represents only a temporary fix.    Moving forward, lawmakers have until December 12 to pass a budget or stare down the threat of a shutdown again.

10/1/2020 President Trump Meets With Minn. Voters At Make America Great Again Rally by OAN Newsroom
President Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally at Duluth International Airport, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020, in Duluth, Minn. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
    President Trump continued to rally with his supporters across the United States in Minnesota on Wednesday night as part of his Make America Great Again campaign.
    The Commander-in-Chief spoke on a number topics from highlighting his recent victory against Democrat nominee Joe Biden in the first presidential debate to slamming the mainstream media for their biased and corrupt reporting.
    President Trump also accused liberal media outlets of going soft on Biden while he’s been defending American values from socialist ideology.
    “Liberal media — it’s upset that I took the fight to Biden and exposed is very dangerous agenda,” he stated.    “I’m not just running against Joe Biden, I’m running against the corrupt far-left media, socialists and communists in the Democratic Party.”
    While talking about his performance during the first presidential debate, President Trump said he was able to hold his own while on the stage despite debating not just Biden, but also moderator Chris Wallace while up at podium.    He also said Biden is too weak to lead as shown by some of his Democrat supporters urging him to drop out from the next debates.
    Last night, I did what the corrupt media refused to do: I held Joe Biden accountable to his 47 years of lies, 47 years of betrayal, 47 years of failure,” the President told the crowd.    “I held Joe accountable for shipping your jobs and dreams abroad, and for bowing to the violent mob at home.”
    President Trump then urged for Americans to make sure they vote in November and highlighted the importance of working-class citizens in the Bread and Butter State.    Minnesota hasn’t been won by a Republican since 1972, however, the President has expressed confidence he can switch the state back to red.

10/1/2020 First Lady Melania Announces Be Best Partnership With ONDCP To Educate Youth On Dangers Of Drug Abuse by OAN Newsroom
First lady Melania Trump arrives before the first presidential debate Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020, at
Case Western University and Cleveland Clinic, in Cleveland, Ohio. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
    First Lady Melania Trump released a video highlighting her efforts to combat youth substance abuse through her ‘Be Best’ initiative.
    In a video statement posted to Twitter Thursday, the First Lady announced a partnership with the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy to advocate against substance use.
    The initiative marks the start of National Substance Use Prevention Month and hopes to educate young people in America about the dangers of drug abuse.
    Every week throughout October, the First Lady vowed to share stories about youth substance abuse prevention coalitions making a difference in communities across America.

10/1/2020 Rep. Porter Slams Big Pharma CEO Over Drug Pricing by OAN Newsroom
Mark Alles, Former Chief Executive Officer, Celgene Corporation testifies by video conference during a House Committee on Oversight
and Reform hearing on unsustainable drug prices on Capitol Hill, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020, in Washington. (Greg Nash/Pool via AP)
    Democrat Rep. Katie Porter (D-Calif.) took aim at Celgene CEO Mark Alles for repeatedly increasing the price of prescription drug Revlimid.
    During a House Oversight Committee hearing Wednesday, Porter pulled out her whiteboard to call out the connection between the increase in the price of the drug and the increase in Alles’ salary and bonuses.
    Revlimid is used to treat multiple myeloma, which is type of blood cancer that affects plasma cells.    Since the drug’s launch in 2005, Celgene raised the price of the drug 22 times, which Porter claims was to benefit the company’s CEO.
    “In fact, you personally received half a million dollars personally just by tripling the price of Revlimid,” Porter stated.    “So to recap here, the drug didn’t get any better, the cancer patients didn’t get any better — you just got better at making money.”
    Revlimid now costs more than $16,000 for a month-long course and Alles was unable to answer representatives’ questions as to why the price increase did not result in an increase in the drug’s efficacy.

10/1/2020 St. Louis Sees Record-Breaking Homicide Rate by OAN Newsroom
File – Police take up positions near the scene of a shooting in St. Louis, Mo. (AP Photo)
    St. Louis, Missouri is seeing a historic rate of homicide with 68 homicides for every 100,000 residents so far.    As of this week, the city has reached its highest rate since 1993 with criminologists predicting the crime rate will break that record by the end of the year.
    Officials suspect this is largely due to high rates of joblessness and poverty exacerbated by the ongoing pandemic and release of jail inmates.
    However, law enforcement authorities have said the federal Justice Department’s Operation Legend has helped over the past six weeks as violent crimes have reportedly been on the rise in various Democrat-led cities this summer.    The operation came to St. Louis with support from city officials and has so far resulted in 33 homicide arrests.
    “They are very essential in locating these subjects wanted for homicide, so it’s been successful,” stated Major Shawn Dace, Commander of the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Bureau of Investigations.    “That’s a huge amount of police work in the last six weeks.”
    Local law enforcement officials said police are working hard to quell the violence and are hoping for more support from the community.

10/1/2020 Portland Mayor Denied Request To End Federal Deputization Of Officers by OAN Newsroom
Mayor Ted Wheeler speaks to people gathered in downtown Portland, Ore., Wednesday, July 22, 2020. (AP Photo/Gillian Flaccus)
    The Department of Justice denied a request by Portland’s mayor to end the federal deputization of police officers.    During a community event Tuesday, Mayor Ted Wheeler said he requested an end to the program following months of riots and destruction.
    The Justice Department deputized U.S. Marshals and officers last weekend ahead of a planned conservative rally, which saw zero major incident reports.
    Federal deputization means any assault against an officer could be subjected as a federal charge.    Mayor Wheeler said he was under the impression the program would be ending sooner.
    “Everybody was under the assumption or at least the state police and I believe the leadership of the Portland Police Bureau were under the assumption that that deputization was only for the duration of the declared emergency,” stated the Democrat.
    The program is currently set to run until the end of the year to ensure demonstrations remain peaceful.

10/1/2020 Gidley Says MSM, Biden Have No Right To Accuse President Trump Of ‘White Supremacy’ by OAN Newsroom
Trump 2020 campaign press secretary Hogan Gidley walks back to the West Wing after
a television interview at the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
    Trump 2020 campaign press secretary Hogan Gidley said Joe Biden’s record of race relations does not look good.    In an interview Wednesday, he noted Biden has no moral right to accuse President Trump of racism because the former vice president has had deep ties to actual white supremacists.
    Gidley added, the President has repeatedly condemned all forms of political violence, both right-wing and left-wing, while Biden has not.    However, the CNN anchor interviewing him attempted to interrupt the press secretary as he spoke.
    This exchange amplified claims that mainstream media are favoring Biden while openly playing against President Trump and his re-election campaign.

10/1/2020 Mueller Prosecutor Andrew Weissmann Says He Would Be ‘Happy’ To Share Information With John Durham by OAN Newsroom
    Justice Department prosecutor Andrew Weissmann during the Arthur Andersen trial in Houston in 2002.    The legal veteran, whose latest post was with the special counsel’s office, is stepping down.
    A top prosecutor on the Mueller team is reportedly cooperating with an investigation into the FBI’s handling of the Russia probe.
    Andrew Weissmann, who worked under former special counsel Robert Mueller, said on Wednesday that he’d be happy to share information with John Durham.    The Department of Justice appointed Durham as a special prosecutor to review the FBI’s conduct.
    Weissmann said he doesn’t think he has any relevant information that would interest federal investigators.    However, he’s faced criticism after records show he, along with about a dozen officials on Mueller’s team, wiped sensitive data from their government-issued phones.
    “One of the things I really wish the department would put out there was all of the ways in which we had backup systems, and so everything that might be on a phone was backed up on our computers,” Weissmann stated.    “So, I don’t think we lost any data whatsoever.”
    Meanwhile, the Senate Judiciary Committee has also floated the idea of hearing testimony from Weissmann.

10/1/2020 CIA, NSA Chiefs Opposed Release Of Unverified Russia Intelligence To Republican Lawmaker: Sources by Jonathan Landay and Mark Hosenball
FILE PHOTO: Director of National Intelligence (DNI) John Ratcliffe arrives to brief Congressional leaders on reports that Russia paid
the Taliban bounties to kill U.S. military in Afghanistan, on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., July 2, 2020. REUTERS/Leah Millis
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The CIA and National Security Agency directors opposed U.S. spy chief John Ratcliffe’s decision to declassify and send to a top Republican lawmaker unverified Russian intelligence that may have been fabricated, according to current and former U.S. officials.
    The disclosure that CIA Director Gina Haspel and NSA Director Paul Nakasone opposed the material’s release comes after Democrats and former U.S. intelligence officials alleged Ratcliffe made it public for the political purpose of helping President Donald Trump as he pursues a tough re-election fight.
    Three U.S. officials and a former U.S. intelligence official said Haspel resisted the material’s release, with two saying she worried that its disclosure could reveal the methods by which it was obtained.
    Nakasone, whose agency intercepts worldwide communications, also opposed the materials’ release to Senator Lindsey Graham, said two sources, one of whom acknowledged that the Army general had the same concern as Haspel.
    Moreover, a U.S. official said, the material Ratcliffe supplied to Graham in a letter the Senate Judiciary Committee chairman released on Tuesday was “selective” and misrepresented intelligence reporting.
    The sources requested anonymity because of the issue’s sensitivity.
    The CIA and the NSA declined to respond to requests for comment.    “We won’t comment on internal IC (intelligence community) deliberations,” said a Ratcliffe spokeswoman, who did not respond to charges the intelligence was politicized.
    In his letter, Ratcliffe said a Russian intelligence analysis alleged that Hillary Clinton, the 2016 Democratic presidential candidate, approved a plan to create “a scandal” by tying Trump to Russian President Vladimir Putin and the Russian hacking of Democratic National Committee computers.
    Ratcliffe, a former Texas congressman who the Senate narrowly confirmed in May as director of national intelligence, provided the material despite noting that it was unverified by U.S. intelligence agencies and “may reflect exaggeration or fabrication.”
    The material contradicted a 2017 U.S. intelligence report and the bipartisan findings of a Senate Intelligence Committee investigation that Russia used hacking and other means in an operation designed to sway the 2016 vote to Trump.    Russia denies election interference.
    The Senate Intelligence Committee reviewed the material and discarded it as unreliable, said a congressional source.     “When you look at the sourcing it tells you it’s not something to be taken seriously,” said the source, speaking on condition of anonymity.
    Another source said that U.S. agencies believed the material reflected Russians “talking to themselves about things, and what they think those things are, and what those things mean.”    A more significant meaning should not be drawn, the source said.
    Graham said in a statement on Tuesday that the veracity of the material was “not the question,” but whether the FBI investigated the information just as it investigated links between the 2016 Trump campaign and Russia.
    The FBI investigation was taken over by former Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who found no evidence of a conspiracy between Moscow and the campaign.
    Graham, a critic of the FBI probe and Trump loyalist facing a re-election fight, cited the material from Ratcliffe on Wednesday as he chaired a judiciary committee hearing featuring former FBI Director James Comey.
    The materials’ release raised questions about the motives and timing of its publication.
    Democratic Representative Adam Schiff, House Intelligence Committee chairman, on Wednesday accused Ratcliffe of “selective declassification” of “intelligence which he acknowledges may be fabricated” for political purposes, the release of which may have compromised U.S. espionage methods.
    “I cannot remember an instance where the intelligence community declassified information that may or may not be accurate,” said John Mossman, a former senior CIA official who also served as a Republican staff director for the Senate Intelligence Committee.
(Reporting by Jonathan Landay and Mark Hosenball; Editing by Mary Milliken and Daniel Wallis)
[Back when this corruption was first being brought to light the corruption by California Gov. Devin Nunes the following articles came out.
    On 9/24/2018 CIA Director Gina Haspel vows efficiency, accountability of agency’s work by OAN Newsroom
    CIA Director Gina Haspel delivered her first public address in office, where she discussed threats to U.S. national security.
    In a speech at the University of Louisville early Monday, Haspel said her main focus is threats posed by hostile nation states rather than terror groups.
    Haspel said the CIA is working closely with U.S. allies to identify emerging threats and fill the gaps in CIA intelligence gathering.
    She also reaffirmed her commitment to eradicating political biases at the CIA, which some Republicans say thrived under the agency’s previous chief — John Brennan.
    Back on 10/13/2018 this article came out CIA Director Gina Haspel addresses the audience as part of the McConnell Center Distinguished Speaker Series
at the University of Louisville, Monday, Sept. 24, 2018, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)

    “Our work requires secrecy, and secrecy in turn requires a profound degree of trust from the American people,” stated the CIA director.    “That’s why our agency abides by and embraces an oversight structure that includes the congressional intelligence committees, the FISA court, and our own independent inspector general.”
    Haspel also highlighted her commitment to keeping the CIA accountable to the American people by ensuring transparency and full compliance with congressional oversight.
    So now in 2020 all of sudden she has turned to do the opposite and preventing the information that will bring the truth to the public or the DEEP STATE is threatening her to block it just as they had all those Democrat attorneys and agents wiped their cellphones clean to hide their corruption and illegal activites which could incriminate them.    And Adam Schiff is in this conspiracy too and I suspect he has been the leaker to the press all along.

10/2/2020 Oil up $0.70 $40.89, DOW up 35 to 27,817.

10/2/2020 Experts warn of rising COVID-19 cases - State’s health leaders worry about dangers that could arrive in fall by Grace Schneider, Louisville Courier Journal USA TODAY NETWORK
    Kentucky physicians and public health experts say they are wading into uncharted territory in the battle against the deadly coronavirus as fall arrives and new infection rates surge.
    As the outbreak enters its eighth month, the list of risks seems to keep climbing. Cooler weather will force people closer together indoors and raise the potential spread among family members.
    There’s the onset of seasonal flu and more opportunities for people to gather over Halloween, Thanksgiving and year-end holidays.    Before then, there’s the temptation for families to set off on vacations during October school breaks, despite renewed warnings to limit travel.
    “The fall is going to present new challenges we’ve not had to deal with,” said Dr. Jason Smith, University of Louisville Health’s chief medical officer.
    Kentucky’s COVID-19 weekly case counts have hit record levels in the last month.    And for the first time since the infection emerged in Harrison County on March 6, new cases statewide exceeded 1,000 cases for two days in a row this week.
    On Thursday, the state had 910 new cases, including 146 that involved youth ages 18 and younger. There were 17 additional deaths, including a 29-year-old Clark County woman.
    The numbers pushed Kentucky to 69,728 confirmed cases and 1,191 deaths. And although many people have recovered from bouts with mild infections and life-threatening illness, COVID-19 continues to sicken people in all 120 Kentucky counties.
    Nationwide, the pandemic has cause more than 207,000 deaths and over 7.2 million people.
    The White House, which is issuing weekly reports to states on their COVID- 19 data, said Monday that Kentucky’s 111 new cases per 100,000 population surpassed the national average of 93 per 100,000. That ranked it 21st highest in the country.    It also put the state in its red zone – the worst status for new cases.
    (Kentucky uses different metrics to measure the risks, so most of the state is a combination of orange, the second highest level, and yellow.)    Three counties were singled out by the White House for the highest totals over the past month: Jefferson, Fayette and Warren.     Together they represented 35.7% of new cases statewide, according to the report.
    Gov. Andy Beshear said his administration is watching the new numbers closely, particularly in places around the state where rising counts involve schools, colleges and long-term care facilities.    But he stopped short of outlining any new steps he’d impose if the numbers keep rising.
    Beshear, during his afternoon COVID- 19 news conference Thursday, was asked about a number of Cincinnati area counties along the state line that are in the red zone, noting “it is of great concern” to Kentucky health departments in the area.
    Kentucky’s experience isn’t unique.    New daily confirmed virus cases in the U.S. have jumped more than 15% in the past two weeks or so, and what’s alarming health experts is that it’s the sharpest increase since the late spring.
    Contact tracers and doctors report that Kentucky’s increased numbers coincide with students’ return to schools and college, youth sports, tailgating and more people spending time together in recent weeks during the wonderful weather.
    Another key is a tendency for people to let their guards down, to grow lax about the precautions they’ve imposed on themselves, said Dr. Monalisa Tailor, president of the Greater Louisville Medical Society and an internal medicine physician who’s part of a primary care practice.
    She mentioned seeing a patient this week who needed a COVID-19 test after stopping in to visit a neighbor.    They hadn’t seen each other for months.    Then the patient learned later that her neighbor had tested positive for the coronavirus, so she needed to get tested too and isolate right away, Tailor said.
    That was after sticking to a strict routine to limit such exposures, the doctor said.    “It seems folks are getting tired.    We want to get back to this normal, and we’re not there yet.”
    Added Dr. Chuck Anderson of Baptist Health of Louisville: “Everyone is getting fatigued,” and that includes caregivers.    “We are just reiterating what needs to be done to stay well,” said the chief medical officer and vice president of the organization.
    A study released in late September by the federal U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention underscored one of the increasingly common scenarios for how the virus is circulating more freely now.    During June to August, researchers found the highest incidence of coronavirus in young adults, ages 20 to 29.
    They documented evidence that showed the younger people transmitted the virus to older adults, touching off new waves of infection that wound up eventually hitting much older, vulnerable people.    It was a reminder that outbreaks traced back to bars, beach trips, dormitories and parties, are hazardous not just to the 20-something patrons, but to older people they come in contact with.
    Metro Louisville’s contact tracing consultant, Karen Handmaker, said this week that the data gathered from people who have tested positive shows there’s a lot of spread occurring among families.
    Bowling Green is seeing the same thing.    There are more cases within families, but the area is also seeing exposure at worksites and at colleges, Layne Blackwell, Barren River District Health Department’s regional epidemiologist, said in an email.
    The positive news is that hospital capacity and the availability of testing supplies is strong.    And the rise in cases in Louisville hasn’t correlated to an increase in hospitalizations – yet. U of L Health averaged slightly over 50 coronavirus patients in August, but in September that dropped to about 35 patients, Smith said.
    Likewise, Baptist reported that beds, intensive care unit space and ventilator availability is not a problem.    Just a few virus patients required ICU and ventilator support at Baptist Health Louisville, Anderson said.
    The arrival of the flu is on the minds of doctors and public health specialists, though. Many people will contract COVID-19 and mistake it for the flu, and the other way around.    Patients hit with a flu bug may think it’s the coronavirus and need a test because the symptoms – fever, body aches, headache and upset stomach – are the same, Smith said.
    He predicts the confirmed cases will continue running high for several months as the flu complicates the fall and spring.    Getting a flu vaccine “is going to be really important.”
    But the biggest breakthrough will come when a COVID-19 vaccine is approved and a large swath the population, Smith said, gets inoculated.
    The coronavirus is never going to go away completely.    Like the seasonal flu, he said, the virus will still pop up in patients, but won’t spread liberally, as it has during the pandemic.
    For now, if the public health community sees a huge surge in cases in the weeks ahead, Smith said, “we may need to increase restrictions” again.
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    Kentucky’s COVID-19 weekly case counts have hit record levels in the last month. And for the first time since the infection emerged in Harrison County on March 6, new cases statewide exceeded 1,000 cases for two days in a row this week.
[17 deaths / 910 cases = 0.018% and Beshear and the Democrats continue to make it sound like it is getting worse when it is getting better even with President Trumps case.].

10/2/2020 Trump diversity training ban roils corporate America - Executives in bind amid time of racial reckoning by Jessica Guynn, USA TODAY
    President Donald Trump’s recent decision to expand a ban on “divisive” and “un-American” anti-racism training to federal contractors is fueling fears the White House order will deal a crippling setback to corporate efforts to increase workplace equality and address race and gender disparities.
    “The biggest challenge right now is the confusion, chaos and the uncertainty of not knowing what this means,” said M.E. Hart, an attorney and diversity, equity and inclusion expert who runs training sessions for businesses and federal agencies.    “My concern is that it will stop these efforts for months and may have a chilling effect on the momentum in businesses and organizations.”
    The announcement just weeks before the November election runs counter to the policies of many American companies as well as state and local government agencies that mandate diversity, inclusion and equity training sessions for employees.
    Corporations in every sector from technology to financial services are reviewing training materials, diversity consultants say.    Some are pausing training sessions to make sure they comply with the executive order before it takes effect in November.    Particularly worried are businesses such as defense contractors that are heavily dependent on government contracts.
    Behind the scenes, individual companies and industry groups are supporting efforts to mount a legal challenge to the executive order, similar to “This is an incredible opportunity for the business and financial communities to push back against these obvious plays at white supremacy.”
[I worked at Kentucky State Penitentiary for 13 years as a correction officer before I retired in 2017 and when the Democrats took over in 2009 they pushed that Diversity training on us for the next 8 years and I hated it and did not care to let it be part of my life and good riddance to it if so, as I have already been a Christian and treat all humans with respect but am not afraid to tell those who are doing what the devil has caused them to slip into sin and try to tell them those signs so that they may make up their minds to the truth that is in front of them if they just look, listen and realize what is being done to them.].

10/2/2020 Exclusive: New Global Lab Network Will Compare COVID-19 Vaccines Head-To-Head by Kate Kelland
FILE PHOTO: A health worker injects an experimental Chinese coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine to volunteer and doctor Naim Celik as Turkey began
final Phase III trials at Kocaeli University Research Hospital in Kocaeli, Turkey September, 25, 2020. REUTERS/Murad Sezer/File Photo
    LONDON (Reuters) – A major non-profit health emergencies group has set up a global laboratory network to assess data from potential COVID-19 vaccines, allowing scientists and drugmakers to compare them and speed up selection of the most effective shots.
    Speaking to Reuters ahead of announcing the labs involved, Melanie Saville, director of vaccine R&D at the Coalition for Epidemic     Preparedness Innovations (CEPI), said the idea was to “compare apples with apples” as drugmakers race to develop an effective shot to help control the COVID-19 pandemic.
    The centralised network is the first of its kind to be set up in response to a pandemic.
    In a network spanning Europe, Asia and North America, the labs will centralise analysis of samples from trials of COVID-19 candidates “as though vaccines are all being tested under one roof,” Saville said, aiming to minimise the risk of variation in results.
    “When you start off (with developing potential new vaccines) especially with a new disease, everyone develops their own assays, they all use different protocols and different reagents – so while you get a readout, the ability to compare between different candidates is very difficult,” she told Reuters.
    “By taking the centralised lab approach … it will give us a chance to really make sure we are comparing apples with apples.”
    The CEPI network will initially involve six labs, one each in Canada, Britain, Italy, the Netherlands, Bangladesh and India, Saville said.
    Hundreds of potential COVID-19 vaccines are in various stages of development around the world, with shots developed in Russia and China already being deployed before full efficacy trials have been done, and front-runners from Pfizer , Moderna and AstraZeneca likely to have final-stage trial results before year-end.
    Typically, the immunogenicity of potential vaccines is assessed in individual lab analyses, which aim to see whether biomarkers of immune response – such as antibodies and T-cell responses – are produced after clinical trial volunteers receive a dose, or doses, of the vaccine candidate.
    But with more than 320 COVID-19 vaccine candidates in the works, Saville said, the many differences in data collection and evaluation methods are an issue.
    As well as potential variations in markers of immunity, there are differences in how and where samples are collected, transported and stored – all of which can impact the quality and usefulness of the data produced, and make comparisons tricky.
    And with a range of different vaccine technologies being explored – from viral vector vaccines to ones based on messenger RNA – standard evaluation of their true potential “becomes very complex,” she said.
    “With hundreds of COVID-19 vaccines in development … it’s essential that we have a system that can reliably evaluate and compare the immune response of candidates currently undergoing testing,” she said.
    By centralising the analysis in a lab network, much of what Saville called the “inter-laboratory variability” can be removed, allowing for head-to-head comparisons.
    CEPI says all developers of potential COVID-19 vaccines can use the centralised lab network for free to assess their candidates against a common protocol.    For now, the network will assess samples from early-stage vaccine candidate testing and first and second stage human trials, but CEPI said it hoped to expand its capacity to late stage (Phase III) trial data in the coming months.
    Results produced by the network will be sent back to the developer, with neither CEPI nor the network owning the data.
    CEPI itself is co-funding nine of the potential COVID-19 vaccines in development, including candidates from Moderna, AstraZeneca, Novavax and CureVac.
(Reporting by Kate Kelland, editing by Mark Potter)

10/2/2020 Over 3,000 U.S.-Bound Migrants Cross Illegally Into Guatemala In Caravan by Sofia Menchu and Gustavo Palencia
Honduran migrants trying to reach the U.S. hitchhike on a truck after bursting through a border
checkpoint to enter Guatemala illegally, in Entre Rios, Guatemala October 1, 2020. REUTERS/Stringer
    GUATEMALA CITY/TEGUCIGALPA (Reuters) – Large groups of Central American migrants heading to the United States from Honduras barged past armed Guatemalan security troops to force their way into Guatemala on Thursday.
    Migrants began gathering near the border at 6.30am and by mid-day more than 3,000 migrants had crossed illegally, said Guatemalan officials, appealing for help from Honduras.
    The caravan is the biggest since the coronavirus pandemic hit Central America in March, shutting off travel as well as triggering a rise in unemployment and poverty.
    It comes just a month before the U.S. presidential election.    Republican President Donald Trump has made cracking down on illegal immigration a key part of his platform.
    In one incident shown on Facebook Live, a crowd of about 1,000 mostly young men and women carrying backpacks and small children forced their way past armed Guatemalan security forces at the Honduran border post of Corinto.    Many of the migrants were wearing face masks.
    Guatemalan authorities had tried to prevent them from entering by demanding proof that they did not have the coronavirus, said immigrants and officials from both sides of the border.
    Guatemala’s top migration official appealed to Honduran authorities to act.
    “(We) ask the Honduran authorities to stop these flows in their territory.    This cannot be repeated,” Guatemalan director of immigration, Guillermo Diaz, told Honduran HRN radio station, voicing fears that more migrants may be on the way.
    Previous caravans have incurred the wrath of Trump, whose Republican party has used harsh rhetoric about immigrants as a tactic to motivate U.S. voters in past elections.
    “We want to pass peacefully, we don’t want conflicts but we are determined to reach the United States,” said a young man with a mask who identified himself as Alberto on the HCH television channel, before the migrants burst through.
    “In Honduras there is nothing, there is no work and you cannot live,” he added.
    The pandemic has battered the economies of Central America, and killed more than 2,300 people in Honduras.
(Reporting by Sofia Menchu and Gustavo Palacio; Additional reporting by Lizbeth Diaz; Writing by Drazen Jorgic; Editing by Frank Jack Daniel, Richard Chang and Rosalba O’Brien)

10/2/2020 Refugees In Their Own Country As Wildfire Destroys California Towns by Sharon Bernstein
A once-populated ridge sits nearly empty two years after wildfire destroyed the town, in Paradise,
California, U.S., September 24, 2020. Picture taken September 24, 2020. REUTERS/Saif Tawfeeq
    NEVADA CITY, Calif. (Reuters) – Jeannie Weber could probably rebuild her ruined house in the foothills of California’s Sierra Nevada mountains.    But as wildfires rage with increasing frequency, it doesn’t seem safe.
    Her home in Berry Creek was gutted in September, not two years after a wildfire destroyed the home of her brother Aaron in the town of Paradise and he was forced to flee with his family.
    The Weber siblings are among tens of thousands of displaced Californians – refugees in their own country now scattered from coast to coast.
    “It scared me so much,” Jeannie Weber, a 43-year-old massage therapist, said.    “I want a place where it doesn’t burn.”
    Climate change has brought warmer weather that dries out the land and drives hot winds to fan flames, scientists say, and a rise in populations living near forests has compounded the risk.
    The number of acres burned by wildfire in California has increased fivefold since the early 1970s, scientists said in a study published last year by the American Geophysical Union.
    Weber said she is unlikely to live again on her 5-acre wooded plot, where she once grew fruit and vegetables, but could park a trailer on the land or build a cabin to visit.
    “I’ll never give up on my Berry Creek home,” said Weber, who was staying with four dogs at a hotel in the Gold Rush-era town of Nevada City.
    Since August, fires have killed about 40 people in California, Oregon and Washington, destroyed nearly 6 million acres, and forced more than a half-million to either flee their homes or be prepared to do so.
    Deadly infernos in northern California alone had already displaced tens of thousands of people in 2017 and 2018.    Housing prices rose in places to which people fled. Poverty and long-term homelessness increased, straining social service nets.
    “I would call them climate migrants,” said Jacquelyn Chase, an urban planning professor at California State University, Chico.    “Even if they don’t see it like that, climate has displaced them.”
    With climate change expected to drive more extreme weather across the United States, including stronger hurricanes hitting coastlines and droughts that parch the U.S. West, federal officials have urged Congress to develop a program to help states resettle people.
    “Literature we reviewed and experts we interviewed suggest that in the coming decades many other communities will need to consider migrating because of changes in the climate,” the U.S. Government Accountability Office said in July.
    When the Camp Fire raged through Paradise and nearby communities in California’s Butte County in 2018, 85 people were killed and 56,000 fled their homes, crowding hotels, parking lots and campgrounds across several counties.
    About 20,000 of those who fled, roughly the population of Paradise itself, were displaced long term, said Richard Hunt, a housing and economic development consultant.
    Hardest hit were renters and lower income property owners who did not have fire insurance.    For poor families and retirees who had settled in Paradise because it was relatively inexpensive, the fire took everything.
    Some settled in neighboring counties, but others are scattered across the United States, Chase’s research showed.
    The college city of Chico felt the effects of that displacement immediately.
    Home prices rose by 21 percent in the two months following the fire.    The homeless population rose by 16%, more than the 12.7% increase in the state overall, a striking difference in a small city.
    “We had about 10 years of population growth all overnight,” consultant Hunt said.
    In neighboring Glenn County, the median home price soared by 47% in those same two months, and in Tehama County to the north by 58%, Hunt’s research showed.
    Even though Chico’s population swelled after the 2018 fire, the overall population of Butte County, where Paradise, Chico and Berry Creek are located, dropped by 16,000 as others fled the region, Hunt said.
    Chase and a colleague followed about a third of those left homeless by the Camp Fire.    Some resettled as far away as Florida and Vermont on the eastern coast and others went north to the Canadian border.
    Some survivors of the 2018 blaze plan to return, though only 360 of the thousands of homes destroyed have been rebuilt and reoccupied, Hunt said.    As of July, about 1,000 property owners had taken out building permits to work on homes in Paradise.
    Unlike Jeannie Weber, her Berry Creek neighbor Katrina Mulvaney said she and family members definitely plan to return to the deep woods plot of land where they had lived in trailers and small buildings that were burned last month and will now have to be replaced.
    Mulvaney is distressed by the relentless wildfires but sees few better options elsewhere.
    “Half the state is on fire,” the 21-year-old self-employed herbalist said. “Go to another county, they’re on fire too.    You can’t really get away from it at this point.”
    For many, the trauma of losing their homes and, in some cases loved ones, could haunt them for years, said environmental epidemiologist Irva Hertz-Picciotto of the University of California, Davis.
    After the Tubbs Fire ravaged parts of Santa Rosa in 2017, killing 22 people and destroying more than 5,600 buildings, Hertz-Picciotto and her colleagues interviewed survivors.
    About 60 percent reported experiencing at least one mental health symptom, including trouble sleeping, heightened anxiety, loss of appetite or depression, according to her preliminary data. Some also reported a change in their use of alcohol and drugs.    About 20 percent experienced four or more of these symptoms.
    As survivors settle into new communities, many bring their trauma with them.
    After losing their home of 21 years in Paradise, Joe and Enid Baggett purchased a new house in a neat suburb of Sacramento, not far from where their son lives with his family.
    But two years later, they still haven’t had the heart to fully furnish it.    They did buy a kitchen table but in the living room, only a mattress lies on the floor.
    Joe Baggett, a 68-year-old lawyer, retired from his practice after the shock left him with trouble focusing.    Shortly after the fire he found himself dazed in a supermarket, unable to process what a clerk was saying to him as he reeled from the loss of the town and community they’d grown to love.
    “It’s gone,” he said.    “It’s not like our house burned.    The entire world burned.”
(Reporting by Sharon Bernstein; Editing by Katy Daigle and Grant McCool)

10/2/2020 President Trump, First Lady Test Positive For COVID-19 by OAN Newsroom
President Donald Trump stands on stage with first lady Melania Trump after the first presidential debate with Democratic presidential candidate former
Vice President Joe Biden Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020, at Case Western University and Cleveland Clinic, in Cleveland, Ohio. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
    President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump are beginning quarantine procedures after they tested positive for COVID-19.    The President made the announcement on Twitter early Friday morning, noting they will begin the recovery process immediately.
    In a statement shared with reporters, the President’s physician said President Trump and Melania were “both doing well” and will be isolating in the White House for the time being.
    The first couple were tested after White House advisor Hope Hicks tested positive for the coronavirus while traveling recently with the President and other officials across the nation.
    Hicks reportedly began experiencing symptoms of the virus on Air Force One while traveling back from the President’s recent Make America Great Again rally in Minnesota on Wednesday.    She was immediately quarantined from others while on the flight.
    Hicks served as the White House Communications Director from August of 2017 to March of 2018 before returning to the White House in February of 2020 as a Councilor to the President.
    Alongside President Trump, Hicks also reportedly flew with other members in the President’s cabinet, including top aides Jared Kushner and Dan Scavino.
    At the end of his announcement, the President shared an encouraging message with the American people stating, “we will get through this together!”    First Lady Melania echoed those encouraging remarks in her own tweet regarding the matter.

10/2/2020 Meadows: President Trump Is In Good Spirits by OAN Newsroom
White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows speaks with reporters at the White House, Friday, Oct. 2, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
    According to White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, President Trump is in good spirits after his COVID diagnosis.
    Meadows spoke to reporters on Friday after having a conversation with the President, whom he confirmed has mild symptoms and is still working hard while in quarantine.
    He also discussed White House adviser Hope Hicks’ diagnosis.    He stated the Trump administration learned of her diagnosis as President Trump was making his way to Bedminster, New Jersey.
    Meadows reiterated White House officials have been tested and continue to maintain social distance.
    “I fully expect that as this virus continues to go on, other people in the White House will certainly have a positive test result,” he said.    “We’ve got the mitigation plan in place to make sure that the government not only continues to move forward, but the work of the American people continues to move forward.”
    White House doctors are monitoring the first couple’s health and will provide updates moving forward.    The two will remain at the White House in quarantine, where the President is expected to carry out his duties without disruption during his recovery.
President Donald Trump gives the thumbs-up as he and first lady Melania Trump walk to board Marine One at the White House, Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020, in Washington,
for the short trip to Andrews Air Force Base en route to Cleveland for first debate against Democrat Joe Biden. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
    News of President Trump and his wife’s positive coronavirus tests has sent shockwaves across the country, prompting a flood of prayers and concerns.    White House officials were among the first to respond.
    The President’s assistant, Dan Scavino, took to social media to wish him well.    He added President Trump and Melania are “doing great.”
    Secretary of State Mike Pompeo sent his prayers and reaffirmed the White House is doing everything possible to keep everyone safe.    Vice President Mike Pence and White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany also expressed well wishes for the presidential couple.
    On social media, Governors Mike DeWine, Greg Abbot, Doug Ducey and others said they are sending prayers from their states.

In this Sept. 29, 2020, file photo, President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump hold hands on stage after the
first presidential debate at Case Western University and Cleveland Clinic, in Cleveland, Ohio. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)
    International leaders also reached out with messages of support.    Russian President Vladimir Putin stated he believes President Trump’s stamina and optimism will help him against the coronavirus.
    Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted, “wishing my friends a quick recovery and good health,” while Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu added he and all Israelis “have the President in their thoughts.”

    Later, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and German Chancellor Angela Merkel sent their best wishes.    They expressed they hope the President and First Lady recover soon.
    The presidents of South Korea, Zimbabwe and Pakistan have also sent their support.    Polish President Andrzej Duda has said he believes the U.S. will “get through the hardships and succeed in fighting COVID-19.”

10/2/2020 Kudlow: President Trump’s COVID Diagnosis Won’t Have ‘Lasting Impact’ by OAN Newsroom
White House chief economic adviser Larry Kudlow speaks with reporters at the White House, Friday, Oct. 2, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
    The White House remains confident about the strength of the economy, despite the President’s recent COVID diagnosis.    On Friday, economic adviser Larry Kudlow stated business in government will continue.
    He wished the President and the First Lady a fast recovery, noting the two have a “light case” of the virus.    He further suggested he doesn’t think it will have “any lasting impact” on them.
    “Through the chief, we’re getting tasks coming back from the President, so clearly he’s doing okay,” stated Kudlow.    “I think this will be over before long, that’s what I hope and pray.”
    Despite the first couple’s diagnoses, he reiterated White House protocols remain in place, including social distancing.    Because officials are regularly tested, Kudlow added they don’t wear masks inside the White House.
    The adviser also doubled down on his claim that the economy is recovering.
    He has urged Democrats to agree to a stimulus deal on targeted areas, including assistance for small businesses and the airline industry.

10/2/2020 Sen. McConnell: They Can Work Out Presidential Debates Remotely by OAN Newsroom
Senate Majority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell of Ky. walks towards the Senate floor on
Capitol Hill, Thursday, Oct. 1, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has urged President Trump and Joe Biden to move forward with this year’s presidential debates.    On Friday, the Kentucky senator noted the importance of the debates and suggested the candidates hold them remotely.
    The President’s recent coronavirus diagnosis has many Americans concerned over the status of the debates, which are seen as an integral part of the election cycle.
    McConnell has said he would like to see the debate move forward, regardless of whether or not it needs to be held virtually.
    “I think it should go forward, hopefully the President feels up to it,” he stated.    “You know, they can work this out remotely, we’re doing an awful lot of things remotely these days because of the coronavirus.”
FILE – In this Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020 file photo, President Donald Trump, left, and Democratic presidential candidate former
Vice President Joe Biden, right, with moderator Chris Wallace, center, of Fox News participate in the first presidential
debate of the 2020 election at Case Western University and Cleveland Clinic, in Cleveland, Ohio. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
    So far, neither President Trump nor Joe Biden has signaled whether or not they would proceed with a virtual debate.    Both candidates are scheduled to meet again on October 15th.
    Meanwhile, the vice presidential debate with Mike Pence and Kamala Harris is still slated for next week.

10/2/2020 Gov. Cuomo Criticized For Falsely Claiming Nursing Homes Weren’t Forced To Accept COVID Patients by OAN Newsroom
In this Sept. 29, 2020 photo provided by the Office of New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, Gov. Cuomo delivers a COVID-19
update during a briefing in New York City. (Kevin P. Coughlin/ Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo via AP>
    New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has come under fire for denying nursing homes were forced to accept COVID positive patients.    In a press call Wednesday, he was asked about his March mandate, which ordered nursing homes to accept the readmission of COVID positive patients from hospitals.
    According to New York’s Department of Health, more than 6,300 COVID patients were admitted to nursing home facilities.    This move likely spiked the death rate in the state.
    However, Cuomo has said the state never needed nursing home beds.    He has suggested there were always other beds available.
    “It just never happened that we needed a nursing home to take a COVID positive person,” he stated.    “It never happened.”
    An adviser claimed the governor was specifically referencing a shortage of hospital beds when he made the statement.
    Cuomo has repeatedly been slammed over the nursing home mandate.    He issued an executive order in May to ensure patients tested negative before being sent to nursing homes.

10/2/2020 HHS Secy. Azar Discusses Vaccine Progress During House Committee Hearing by OAN Newsroom
Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar testifies before the House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis,
on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, Oct. 2, 2020. (Michael A. McCoy/The New York Times via AP, Pool)
    Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar recently testified on vaccine developments before members of Congress.    He met with the House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis on Friday, hours after President Trump tested positive for the virus.
    Azar stated the Food and Drug Administration is not being rushed to produce a vaccine before scientists affirm its safety.    This came after Democrats accused the President of pressuring the FDA to produce a vaccine prematurely.
    The secretary went on to testify on the progress of several coronavirus vaccine options.
    “Today we have four candidates in U.S. phase three clinical trials, and industrial scale manufacturing is underway on all six vaccines as we have contracted for investment,” he said.    “These are extraordinary results.”
    Azar confirmed he and his family will be taking the vaccine. He has expressed that other families should be confident in the vaccine as well.

10/2/2020 Unemployment Falls, Consumer Sentiment Rises Ahead Of Election by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this Monday, Sept. 21, 2020 file photo, the Wall Street sign is framed by a giant
American flag hanging on the New York Stock Exchange. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)
    According to the September jobs report, the unemployment rate continues to tumble in the U.S.    The Labor Department reported the U.S. economy added 661,000 jobs last month, while the unemployment rate fell to 7.9%.
    These numbers were slightly lower than economists’ expectations for 800,000 new jobs.    However, the report also included upward revisions for the months of August and July.
    This is the last monthly jobs report to be released before this year’s presidential election on November 3rd.
    Meanwhile, consumer sentiment reportedly hit a six-month high in late September.
    The University of Michigan’s Consumer Sentiment Index rose to 80.4 at the end of the month, which was up more than six points from August.    This is the highest it’s been since before the pandemic hit the U.S.
    Sentiment regarding current economic conditions rose slightly to 87.8, while expectations for the next six months jumped more than six points.    The survey showed Americans are feeling optimistic about the economy’s ability to recover amid the pandemic.

10/2/2020 Nikki Haley Slams Left-Wing Criticism Of Judge Barrett by OAN Newsroom
Judge Amy Coney Barrett, President Donald Trumps nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court, meets with Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo.,
on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Oct. 1, 2020. (Demetrius Freeman/The Washington Post via AP, Pool)
    Former UN Ambassador Nikki Haley recently came to the defense of Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett.    On Thursday, Haley stated she believes left-wing criticism of Barrett has been unfair and added Democrats should “stop throwing stones” at the judge.
    “It really is bad when you see the Democrats say they are the party of women, yet the first woman that’s nominated after Ruth Bader Ginsburg they’re going to start throwing stones at,” she said.    “How do you throw stones at a reputation like that?
    She cited some Democrat senators’ refusal to meet with the nominee ahead of the upcoming confirmation hearings.    Haley went on to defend Barrett’s commitment to upholding constitutional values and emphasized her extensive qualifications for a seat on the high court.
    “I think it’s really hard for the left to criticize her when she has such a stellar reputation,” said the former ambassador.    “Everyone that has ever worked with her has nothing but great things to say.”
    Haley urged senators to “vet Barrett properly” by asking her questions about where she stands on key issues in cases likely to reach the Supreme Court.

10/2/2020 Secy. Pompeo Reconsidering Upcoming Travel Amid President Trump’s COVID Results by OAN Newsroom
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks during a joint press conference with Croatia’s Prime Minister
Andrej Plenkovic in Dubrovnik, Croatia, Friday, Oct. 2, 2020. (AP Photo/Darko Bandic, Pool)
    Secretary of State Mike Pompeo completed his tour of Europe with a stop in Croatia this week.    After wrapping up his visits to Greece and Italy, Pompeo met with the Croatian prime minister to discuss opportunities for closer cooperation between the two countries.
    His trip came amid a renewed focus on the coronavirus pandemic, which came about after President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump announced they tested positive for the virus on Friday.
    Pompeo and his wife confirmed they both tested negative for COVID-19 following this news.    However, he noted his team will be reevaluating his upcoming travel schedule to Florida and Asia in the coming days.
    “I talked to my doctor back in Washington, the State Department medical team,” explained the secretary.    “They said it’d be perfectly fine to make both of those trips, but we’re going to continue to look at it.”
    Pompeo added he will continue to pray for a “speedy recovery” for both the President and First Lady.

10/2/2020 VP Pence Blasts Biden During Campaign Visit To Iowa by OAN Newsroom
Vice President Mike Pence speaks during a Make America Great Again event in Carter Lake, Iowa, Thursday, Oct. 1, 2020. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)
    Vice President Mike Pence recently blasted Democrat presidential nominee Joe Biden during a campaign visit to Iowa.
    Pence spoke of the accomplishments made by President Trump and his administration at the event Thursday. He said residents have to decide that “Joe Biden will never be President of the United States of America.”
    When urging Iowans and Nebraskans to re-elect President Trump, Pence said the road to victory goes straight through Iowa.
    “President Trump took our case to the American people and he took the fight to Joe Biden, and we’re gonna keep on fighting for 33 days all the way to victory on November the third,” he stated.
    The Vice President’s visit came just days before early voting in the state is set to begin on Monday.

10/2/2020 Mexico Sees U.S. Election Behind Migrant Caravan, Seeks To Avoid Trump Spat by Sofia Menchu and Lizbeth Diaz
Hondurans queue to check their documents at the Corinto border crossing checkpoint between Guatemala and Honduras
as they return home after trying to reach the U.S., in Omoa, Honduras October 2, 2020. REUTERS/Jorge Cabrera
    GUATEMALA CITY/MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Mexico’s president on Friday said he suspected political interference behind a new migrant caravan in Central America, promising to keep his country out of the U.S. presidential race as the group splintered and some began turning back.
    More than 2,000 migrants, many wearing face masks against the coronavirus, barged past Guatemalan troops at the Honduras-Guatemala border on Thursday. Some said they were seeking to escape poverty aggravated by the pandemic.
    President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, who has taken steps to curb illegal immigration so as to avoid entanglements with his U.S. counterpart Donald Trump, suggested that the caravan’s departure from Honduras had been timed to provoke.
    “It is very weird, very strange,” Lopez Obrador told a news conference.    “It’s a matter that I believe is linked to the U.S. election.”
    He said he did not have definitive evidence to support that claim, but his words turned up pressure on the migrants.    They split into three groups on Friday, amid a growing realization that even making it to Mexico would be a risky journey.
    Eager to avoid upsetting Trump, who insulted and threatened Mexico repeatedly in his 2015-16 election campaign and has made cracking down on illegal immigration a priority during his presidency, Lopez Obrador has since last year used thousands of troops to reinforce Mexico’s border regions.
    A surge in migration and caravans resulted in threats from Trump to impose tariffs on Mexican trade in 2019.     National Guard militarized police this year broke up a migrant caravan, with authorities detaining and quickly deporting participants.
    A few hundred migrants at the Guatemalan-Honduran border turned back on Friday morning, according to a Reuters witness.    Many said they were worn out, short of food and worried that a tough reception awaited them further along the road.
    “We’re going back … because the (Mexican) president said we weren’t following the rules and that we were breaking many laws,” said Nelson Aguilera, who joined the caravan in Honduras with his wife and daughter on Thursday.
    Lopez Obrador said his government had made a “major effort” to avoid becoming caught up in the U.S. presidential election, noting that Mexico and immigration were far down the list of issues being debated in the campaign this year.
    Guatemala has invoked special powers to give security forces more latitude to break up the caravan, while Mexico tightened border sanitary checks and said it could imprison anyone who endangered the health of others for up to 10 years.
    Authorities in Guatemala said on Friday morning 108 migrants had gone back to Honduras, and that rest of the caravan had split into two.    One group headed for Guatemala’s Peten region, and the other for the Mexican border city of Tapachula, they said.
    Social pressure has been building in Central America, where strict lockdowns have battered local economies and spread hunger, while some restrictions on freedom of movement that slowed traditional migrant flows toward the United States have recently been relaxed.
    Adding to their discomfort, many of the migrants had to spend Thursday night in the open because churches and other shelters remain closed because of coronavirus risks.
(Reporting by Sofia Menchu in Guatemala City, Lizbeth Diaz in Mexico City and Jorge Cabrera and Gustavo Palencia in Honduras Writing by Dave Graham; Editing by Steve Orlofsky and John Stonestreet)

10/2/2020 President Trump To Be Treated At Walter Reed Medical Center by OAN Newsroom
President Donald Trump boards Marine One as he leaves the White House to go to Walter Reed National Military Medical
Center after he tested positive for COVID-19, Friday, Oct. 2, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
    President Trump headed to Walter Reed Medical Center in Washington, D.C. on Friday to undergo tests for his COVID diagnosis.    According to the press pool, he will spend the next few days working from a special suite on site.
    This announcement comes as the President is reportedly experiencing mild symptoms of the coronavirus, including a cough, nasal congestion and a low-grade fever.
    Prior to departing the White House, President Trump recorded a message for the American people.
    Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany released a statement from the White House doctor, Sean Conley, which said the President’s infection was confirmed by a PCR test.
    Dr. Conley explained that President Trump has received an eight gram dose of an antibody cocktail.    He is also being treated with zinc, vitamin D, melatonin and aspirin.

The helicopter that will carry President Donald Trump to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md.,
lands on the South Lawn of White House in Washington, Friday, Oct. 2, 2020. The White House says Trump
will spend a “few days” at the military hospital after contracting COVID-19. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
    In the meantime, the Trump campaign has changed its rally lineup.
    Earlier on Friday, the campaign announced all events that were set to feature the President will be moved online or temporarily postponed.
    The campaign team also sent a memo to staffers, in which they urged anyone who may have been in contact with a COVID positive person to self-quarantine.
    Campaign officials reiterated they have been following health guidelines closely and are planning to keep the campaign office open.

10/3/2020 Oil down $1.39 to $36.99, DOW down 134 to 27,683.

10/3/2020 Beshear: Over 1,000 new virus cases for third time this week - Statewide total now reaches above 70,000 by Mary Ramsey, Louisville Courier Journal USA TODAY NETWORK
    Kentucky reported more than 1,000 new COVID-19 cases in a single day for the third time this week, according to a statement from Gov. Andy Beshear.
    The state reported 1,039 new cases Friday, bringing the statewide total since the pandemic began over the 70,000 mark to 70,727 cases.
    It’s the second-highest daily case count Kentucky has reported so far.
    “The escalation here in Kentucky continues to get worse and we have to wear masks — all of us,” Beshear said in a release.    “This week is going to shatter last week’s record for number of cases.    We have to do better.”
    Beshear also announced six coronavirus- related deaths Friday.    Kentucky has now reported 1,197 COVID-19 deaths.    The new deaths were a 68-year-old man from Boyd County, a 69-year-old woman from Fayette County, a 74-yearold man from McCreary County, a 72- year-old man from Menifee County, a 60-year-old man from Oldham County and a 70-year-old woman from Pulaski County.
    Kentucky saw more than 1,000 new cases of COVID-19 reported on consecutive days for the first time Tuesday and Wednesday, one week after reporting a record-high weekly case total.
    The state’s positivity rate remains above 4%, according to the governor’s office, at 4.3%.
    Of the new cases announced Friday, the state reported, 151 were in people 18 or younger, and the youngest is a 5-day-old.    Meanwhile, Indiana reported a record- high 1,495 new COVID-19 cases Friday and 13 more coronavirus-related deaths. The state has now seen 122,640 cases and 3,429 deaths since the start of the pandemic.
Reach digital producer Mary Ramsey at, and follow her on Twitter @mcolleen1996.
[6 deaths / 1,039 cases = 0.006 % is not an increase it is part of a low we are experiencing in Kentucky for weeks now so stop your reaching for crisis Beshear even the positivity rate is at 4.3% as low as ever and please stop it before you become the second worst Kentucky governor after your father who failed to give me a raise for 5 years and also failed to put money in the teachers retirement and you blamed it on Bevin who just came into office.].

10/3/2020 Sen. McConnell Pushes Senate Return To October 19th by OAN Newsroom
The U.S. Capitol is shown in the early morning hours in Washington, Friday, Oct. 2, 2020. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has moved to delay the Senate’s return to work amid a new outbreak of COVID-19 in Congress.    On Saturday, he said he wants senators to remain out for the next two weeks instead of returning to work on Monday, pushing their return to October 19th.
    This came after three GOP senators recently tested positive for coronavirus.
    Sen. Mike Lee (Utah) and Sen. Thom Tillis (N.C.) announced their positive tests on Friday, while Sen. Ron Johnson (Wis.) announced his positive test on Saturday. Sen. James Lankford (Okla.) and Sen. Ben Sasse (Neb.) confirmed they are also quarantining, though they haven’t tested positive for COVID.
    Though McConnell wants to push the Senate’s return to October 19th, he reaffirmed it won’t impact the start of Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s confirmation hearing, which is slated to begin on October 12th.
    According to him, the Judiciary Committee has operated flawlessly through a hybrid method, which will allow senators to appear both physically and virtually.
Judge Amy Coney Barrett, President Donald Trump’s nominee to the Supreme Court, meets with Senate Majority Leader Mitch
McConnell of Kentucky, at the Capitol, Tuesday, September 29, 2020 in Washington. (Erin Schaff/The New York Times via AP, Pool)
    Both Lee and Tillis are members of the committee and will still likely participate from home.    Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham has also confirmed the hearings won’t be delayed.
McConnell reiterated the Senate will only meet in pro forma sessions for the time being. He added he is open to calling senators back to Washington if votes need to happen in person.
    With senators out for two weeks, it’s unlikely any bills will pass in that time, including another stimulus package.    However, negotiations are expected to continue between Democrat leaders and the White House through the weekend.
    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said she was optimistic about reaching a deal on Friday.    Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin has alerted Senate Republicans to expect the outline of a deal in the coming days.

10/3/2020 President Trump Being Treated For COVID-19 At Walter Reed Medical Center by OAN Newsroom
Walter Reed National Military Medical Center is shown in Bethesda, Md., Saturday, Oct. 3, 2020. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
    President Trump has sent his love to the American people after undergoing treatment for COVID-19 at Walter Reed Military Medical Center.    The President was taken to the facility in Bethesda, Maryland on Friday morning out of an abundance of caution.
    He was reportedly in good spirits and sharing laughs with the hospital staff.
    “I want to thank everybody for the tremendous support,” he stated.    “I think I’m doing very well, but we’re going to make sure that things work out.”
    In a tweet shared Friday night, the President said things were “going well” and thanked to everyone who wished the first couple well.
    An update shared by the White House physician has confirmed the President’s condition.    President Trump did not require supplemental oxygen and has opted to start Remdesivir therapy.
    The drug can reportedly block the coronavirus from replicating.
Dr. Sean Conley, physician to President Donald Trump, briefs reporters at Walter Reed National
Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., Saturday, Oct. 3, 2020. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
    The President was also given a single eight gram dose of Regeneron’s antibody cocktail.    The experimental drug has been hailed as a promising treatment for coronavirus.
    On Tuesday, Regeneron Pharmaceuticals reported their cocktail improves symptoms and decreases viral loads.    Their findings were based on nearly 300 trial patients.
    Along with the cocktail, he was given several other medications, including zinc, vitamin D and melatonin.
    People close to the President have sent their best wishes following his hospitalization.
    “You are a warrior and will beat this,” First Daughter Ivanka wrote in a Tweet.    “I love you, Dad.”
    Eric Trump added his dad will fight this virus the same way he fights every day for America.
    Along with his family, lawmakers, including Sen. Lindsay Graham, Sen. Mitch McConnell and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy all have sent their best wishes.

10/3/2020 Supporters Of The President Send Well Wishes, Support Following His COVID Diagnosis by OAN Newsroom
Supporters of President Donald Trump cheer at the main gate of Walter Reed National Military
Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., late Friday, Oct. 2, 2020. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)
    President Trump’s supporters continue to wish him and the First Lady well as they recover from COVID-19.    Hours after the first couple announced their diagnoses, they received an outpouring of support from the public.
    Some of his supporters in California were spotted handing out masks.    Others gathered out front of the Walter Reed Medical Center to show their support.
    While some have said they are scared, others expressed they’re hopeful the President will make a full recovery.
    In the meantime, critics of the President have accused him of downplaying the pandemic.    However, many of his supporters approve of the way he’s handled the health crisis.
    “I don’t feel like he did downplay it, I think that he tried to protect the American people from hysteria and panic,” stated supporter Katie Jones.    “He’s put himself all over the place trying to express how he feels and…put himself in a lot of vulnerable situations because he is the President.”

President Donald Trump supporters cheer at the main gate as Marine One with President Donald Trump aboard arrives at Walter Reed National
Military Medical Center, in Bethesda, Md., Friday, Oct. 2, 2020, after he tested positive for COVID-19. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)
    President Trump will receive treatment and testing at Walter Reed Medical Center for the next few days.

10/3/2020 Ky. Attorney General Releases Grand Jury Recordings In Breonna Taylor Case by OAN Newsroom
Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron addresses the media following the return of a grand jury investigation into
the death of Breonna Taylor, in Frankfort, Ky., Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)
    The Kentucky Attorney General’s Office has released testimony given to a grand jury regarding the Breonna Taylor case.    On Friday, Daniel Cameron released 15 hours of audio recordings of evidence from the proceedings.
    The move followed demands from Taylor’s family and protesters nationwide.    Cameron filed for a one-week extension on releasing the recordings, but was given only a 48-hour grace period to scrub personal information from the transcripts.
    “We did announce our first couple because our intention was not to hit the door,” stated Detective Jonathon Mattingly.
    “Our intention was to give them plenty of time to come to the door because (they were) probably there alone.”
    The tapes, which contained testimony from both the officers and civilians involved, has revealed more about the events leading up to Taylor’s death.
FILE – In this Sept. 23, 2020, file photo, people gather in Jefferson Square awaiting word on charges
against police officers, Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
    The officers involved have said they were acting in self-defense.    According to their testimony, they repeatedly knocked on the door and identified themselves as police officers.
    “We bang on the door, no response, bang on it again, no response,” added Mattingly.    “Then we started announcing ourselves.”
    However, Taylor’s boyfriend, who fired shots at the officers, has claimed he did not hear the officers announce themselves.    He suggested that would’ve changed the whole situation.
    One officer was charged with wanton endangerment in connection with the case, while the other detectives were not given any charges.
    The grand jury’s deliberations and prosecutor recommendations were left out of the mass release of recordings.    Officials explained this is because they were not regarded as evidence for the case.
    Cameron previously admitted he did not suggest homicide charges to the jury.    In the meantime, the FBI is investigating the shooting.

10/3/2020 Dallas Police Dept. Headquarters Vandalized by OAN Newsroom
Image via Dallas Police Department
    Texas police are questioning community members following the vandalism of the Dallas Police Department headquarters.
    According to investigators, the incident occurred Thursday night when protesters covered the walls and windows of the police department building in red hand prints.
    Shortly before the damage was discovered, a group of roughly 30 people had gathered outside the building for unknown reasons.    Less than a mile away, the Dallas Police Association building was also defaced with similar markings.
    Police and union leaders have since voiced their frustration over the vandalism.
    “How do you have a police department, a multi-million dollar building sitting in downtown Dallas that is constantly attacked, not being monitored?” asked the vice president of the Dallas Police Association.
    Dallas’s mayor has since condemned the incident. He stated the action was not reflective of a peaceful protest, but instead was a blatant crime.
    The building was washed and cleaned shortly after the incident.    Police will continue to question community members for more information on the vandals.

10/3/2020 UN Secy. General: World Living In Shadow Of Nuclear Catastrophe by OAN Newsroom
In this photo provided by the United Nations, U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres speaks in the
U.N. General Assembly Thursday, Oct. 1, 2020, in New York. (Eskinder Debebe/UN Photo via AP)
    UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres has urged the U.S. and Russia to come to an agreement on nuclear non-proliferation.    On Friday, he warned of nuclear capabilities by saying the world is “living in the shadow of nuclear catastrophe.”
    Guterres noted many countries have slowed their efforts to eliminate nuclear weapons, while friction between countries with nuclear capabilities has increased.
    He put an extra emphasis on the U.S. and Russia, whose talks have stalled around extending their New START Treaty, which is geared toward nuclear disarmament.
    “For the sake of all of our security, the world must return to a common path towards nuclear disarmament,” stated the secretary general.    “States possessing nuclear weapons have a responsibility to lead this endeavor, including by fulfilling their existing disarmament commitments and by taking practical steps to reduce nuclear risk.”
    According to him, the New START Treaty should be extended for at least five years until a permanent plan can be reached.

10/3/2020 Rochester Mayor Indicted On Fraud, Campaign Finance Violations by OAN Newsroom
FILE- In this Sept. 3, 2020 file photo, Rochester, N.Y. Mayor Lovely Warren addresses the
media during a news conference in Rochester, N.Y. (AP Photo/Adrian Kraus, File)
    A grand jury has indicted the mayor of Rochester, New York on felony fraud charges.    A district attorney announced two charges against Mayor Lovely Warren on Friday.
    She has been accused of breaking election and campaign finance laws, as well as attempting to defraud another person.
    Two associates of the Democrat mayor’s campaign are also facing charges for their hand in defrauding and violating New York’s campaign finance laws.
    Warren has since denied the allegation and is calling the charges a political witch hunt.    However, the district attorney has pushed back on the claim.
    “This is not political,” stated District Attorney Sandra Doorley.    “My team presented the case to a grand jury, as we would any other case, and the result is the indictment we’re handing down today.”
    The news is the latest blow to the city following the death of Daniel Prude, which recently sparked demonstrations and protests in the area.

10/3/2020 Suspect Dead, FBI Agent Injured After Shootout Near Detroit by OAN Newsroom
Screengrab via WXYZ ABC 7 report.
    One person is dead and an FBI agent was injured following a late night shooting north of Detroit.    According to reports, Friday night’s shooting happened as agents were attempting to take a suspect into custody.
    Agents shared few details about the shooting itself, but nearby witnesses reported hearing at least a dozen rounds fired.
    Authorities identified the suspect as Eric Allport, who was being taken into custody for federal weapons offenses.
    “It’s always stressful and concerning when one of our agents gets shot, or when any law enforcement officer gets shot while they’re doing their duty,” stated Special Agent Steven D’Atuono.    “We’re trying to effect a lawful arrest and this is what happens.”
    The injured agent remained hospitalized Friday night, but was described as being in good condition.    The incident remains under investigation.

10/3/2020 Guatemala Sends Over 3,000 Honduran Migrants Home From Caravan by Sofia Menchu
A Honduran migrant trying to reach the U.S. with his sons talks to Guatemalan soldiers blocking a road to stop migrants
from reach the Mexico's border, in San Pedro Cadenas, Izabal, Guatemala October 2, 2020. REUTERS/Luis Echeverria
    GUATEMALA CITY (Reuters) – Guatemalan authorities sent more than 3,000 Honduran migrants back to their home country over the past few days, they said on Saturday, dissolving much of a caravan heading north and blaming Honduras for not doing more to block the migrants’ path.
    Thousands of caravan members had crossed into Guatemala from Honduras without authorization last Thursday, pushing past troops at the border as they sought to escape poverty exacerbated by the coronavirus pandemic.
    As many as 2,800 people crossed the border in the initial incident, according to Guatemala’s government.
    Since then and on Saturday, 3,586 migrants had “opted to return,” the government said.
    Vice Minister of Foreign Relations Eduardo Sanchez called on the government of neighboring Honduras to step up efforts to stop the flow of migrants headed to the United States, calling the caravan a health risk amid the pandemic.
    Honduras has not “assumed the responsibility to take preventative actions to avoid the problem,” Sanchez said in a statement.
    Honduras’ Vice Foreign Minister Nelly Jerez said the government was working to prevent people from migrating illegally, including efforts to improve the economy and security.
    On Saturday morning, the Honduran migration institute said it had registered 533 people who returned after setting out for Guatemala.
    On Friday, the migrants trekking north had split into two groups, one headed for Guatemala’s Peten region, and the other for the Mexican border city of Tapachula.
    It was not immediately clear if any migrants from those clusters were pressing on.
    Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, who has taken steps to curb illegal immigration so as to avoid clashing with his U.S. counterpart, Donald Trump, has suggested that the caravan’s departure from Honduras had been timed to coincide with the U.S. election.
    Mexican migration authorities have warned that any migrants who were to knowingly put others at risk of infection could face jail.
    Trump insulted and threatened Mexico repeatedly in his 2015-16 election campaign and has made cracking down on illegal immigration a priority during his presidency.
(Reporting by Sofia Menchu in Guatemala City; Additional reporting by Gustavo Palencia in Tegucigalpa; Writing by Daina Beth Solomon; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama and Dan Grebler)

10/4/2020 Beshear reports highest daily total by Emma Austin, Louisville Courier Journal USA TODAY NETWORK
    Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear reported 1,275 new coronavirus cases Saturday, the highest daily total the state has seen during the pandemic.
    Saturday’s report follows four days of daily totals hovering around 1,000, putting the state at the highest weekly total of cases reported.
    “I know it’s been a tough couple of days, seeing the President, the First Lady, U.S. Senators, Cam Newton and others test positive for COVID-19,” Beshear said in a press release.    “But right here in the commonwealth, we now have 1,275 new cases announced today, meaning 1,275 Kentuckians have just tested positive.    This is our highest number of cases ever.    This is the highest number of cases per week ever and we have one more day that will add to the count, and it shows that we have to do better.”
    The state is now up to 72,001 cases of the coronavirus and 1,205 deaths, with eight more deaths reported Saturday.
    Saturday’s deaths include:
66-year-old woman from Christian County
89-year-old man from Christian
75-year-old woman from Fayette
80-year-old man from Jefferson
89-year-old man from Jefferson
76-year-old woman from Lincoln
86-year-old woman from Lincoln
64-year-old woman from Mercer
    Of the new cases, 166 were in children under 19, with 27 in kids age 5 and under.    Jefferson County had 250 new cases Saturday, while Fayette County reported 254.
    The positivity rate is at 4.74%, up from Friday’s 4.3%.
    “I need your help.    We are seeing the coronavirus surging around the country.    We are in another escalation here in Kentucky,” Beshear said.    “We have got to do what it takes to stop it, and that’s all of us.    No more being casual; time to be urgent.    We are Team Kentucky.    We can beat this.    We will get through it and we will get through it together.”
    Indiana on Saturday reported 1,429 new cases and 13 deaths, bringing the state’s totals to 124,059 cases and 3,442 deaths.
    Reach Emma Austin at or on Twitter at @emmacaustin.    Support strong local journalism by subscribing today:
    “This is the highest number of cases per week ever and we have one more day that will add to the count, and it shows that we have to do better.”
[8 deaths / 1,275 cases = 0.006% very low and positivity rate is still below 5% at 4.74 and 504 cases or 39% of the 1,275 cases were from Louisville and Frankfort, also some from Hopkinsville where there are larger cities and counties.].

10/4/2020 White House Doctors: President Trump Could Be Discharged Monday by OAN Newsroom
Dr. Sean Conley, physician to President Donald Trump, and other doctors, arrive to brief reporters at Walter Reed
National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., Sunday, Oct. 4, 2020. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
    According to President Trump’s medical team, he could be discharged from the hospital and return to the White House as soon as Monday.
    On Sunday, his doctors stated the President could continue his COVID-19 treatment at the White House.    They reaffirmed his health has “continued to improve” and that he feels well.
    Despite two drops in oxygen saturation over the course of his treatment, the medical team appeared to be optimistic about the President’s recovery.
    Doctors also confirmed President Trump has been without a fever since Friday and that his vital signs are stable.
    On Saturday, the President released a video update regarding his health.    He said he is “starting to feel good” and that he expects to get back to work for the American people soon.

Supporters of President Donald Trump leave signs on the security fence at the entrance to Walter Reed
National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., Sunday, Oct. 4, 2020. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)
    In the meantime, President Trump’s reelection team has launched a new initiative to get his message out while he recovers from COVID.
    On Saturday, the campaign announced “Operation MAGA,” which will deploy high profile surrogates across the country until the President returns to the campaign trail.    Those who are poised to campaign on his behalf included Vice President Mike Pence, Donald Trump Jr. and Eric Trump.
    “Operation MAGA will fire up the entire MAGA universe to keep President Trump’s campaign at full speed until our commander in chief returns to the campaign trail,” stated campaign manager Bill Stepien.    “We also encourage all of the President’s supporters to pick up the banner themselves by volunteering in our grassroots Army for Trump, flying their Trump flags, putting out more yard signs, and wearing their MAGA gear proudly.”
    The vice president is also expected to hold in-person rallies after his vice presidential debate this upcoming Wednesday.

10/4/2020 Biden Willing To Participate In Debates With Safety Precautions by OAN Newsroom
Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden boards his campaign plane at Gerald R. Ford
International Airport in Grand Rapids, Mich., Friday, Oct. 2, 2020, to travel to New Castle Airport in
New Castle, Del. after speaking at United Food & Commercial Workers Union Local 951. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
    Deputy campaign manager Kate Bedingfield has announced Joe Biden will participate in future debates with safety precautions in place.    On Sunday, she said she hopes the debate commission will put in place every adjustment necessary to ensure the next debate is fully safe.
    According to Bedingfield, Biden is looking forward to debating President Trump.
    “We believe the debate should go forward as scheduled,” she stated.    “Obviously, that’s going to depend on a lot of factors here, first and foremost President Trump’s health.”
    The next presidential debate is currently scheduled to take place on October 15th.
    “We send him the best,” added Bedingfield.    “We are hoping for a speedy and full recovery, as is everybody in this country.”

10/4/2020 O’Brien: Vice President Pence Will Not Need To Take Over While President Trump Recovers From COVID-19 by OAN Newsroom
White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, left, and national security adviser Robert O’Brien walk on the South Lawn
of the White House in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020, before boarding Marine One with President Donald Trump for a
short trip to Andrews Air Force Base, Md. Trump is traveling to North Carolina and Florida. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
    According to National Security Advisor Robert O’Brien, it is not on the table for Vice President Mike Pence to take over at the White House at this time.
    On Sunday, he emphasized it is unnecessary because President Trump is doing very well.
    O’Brien made it clear the President is still doing work from the medical center and that they expect to hold a security briefing with him later on.
    “General Milley, Secretary Pompeo and myself will be giving him a national security brief this afternoon from the White House,” stated the adviser.    “He’ll be here at Walter Reed, so we’ll do it by secure video conference or phone.”
    He added he does not need address hypotheticals because the federal government has a plan and is doing well.    He reiterated President Trump is firmly in command of the American government.

10/4/2020 United Kingdom, European Union Continue Brexit Negotiations by OAN Newsroom
Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson arrives at BBC Broadcasting House to appear on
the Andrew Marr show, in London, Sunday, Oct. 4, 2020. (Victoria Jones/PA via AP)
    U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson and EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen have approved another month of trade talks.    In a phone call Saturday, they agreed to extend the new Brexit deal trade talks.
    This came after the two leaders made progress towards finding the middle ground in the proposed 2021 trade bill.
    Both parties are hoping for a compromise on key points, including the regulation of fisheries and government subsidies.
    “All we are asking our friends and partners to offer is terms that they have already offered Canada,” stated Johnson.    “We have been members of the EU for 45 years, and I see no reason why we shouldn’t get those sort of terms.”
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen makes a statement regarding the Withdrawl
Agreement at EU headquarters in Brussels, Thursday, Oct. 1, 2020. (Johanna Geron, Pool via AP)
    The EU is aiming to close a deal by the end of the month, which would give the bloc time to approve the decision before the end of the year.

10/4/2020 German Police Arrest Suspect After Assault Near Synagogue In Hamburg
A police vehicle is seen at the area where a Jewish man was attacked, in front of the Hamburg synagogue, Hamburg, Germany October 4, 2020. REUTERS/Fabian Bimmer
    BERLIN (Reuters) – German police on Sunday arrested a man who attacked and seriously injured a Jewish citizen near a synagogue in the northern town of Hamburg as the Jewish community celebrated Sukkoth.
    The assault took place nearly one year after a far-right gunman attacked a synagogue in the eastern city of Halle on the Jewish holy day of Yom Kippur.
    German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas denounced the Hamburg attack as anti-Semitic and called on Germans to show more civil courage.
    “This is not an isolated incident, this is disgusting anti-Semitism and we must all oppose it!,” Maas said in a tweet.
    A police spokesman said the 29-year-old attacker was accused of causing grievous bodily harm.    The attacker seemed to have acted alone so there was no further threat, he added.
    The motive was unclear, the police spokesman said.
    The 29-year-old victim suffered serious head injuries after the suspect assaulted him with a shovel, German media reported.
    The suspect was wearing military clothes reminiscent of the outfit of the neo-Nazi attacker in Halle, the media reported.
    The right-wing gunman attacked the synagogue in Halle on Oct. 9 last year and shot two bystanders after failing to enter the building.    The suspect Stephan B. confessed to the crime and is standing trial.
(Reporting by Michael Nienaber; Editing by Giles Elgood and Barbara Lewis)

10/4/2020 UK’s Johnson Doesn’t Want A No-Deal Brexit But Can Live With It
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is seen outside the BBC headquarters, as the spread of the
coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues, in London, Britain, October 4, 2020. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls
    LONDON (Reuters) – British Prime Minister Boris Johnson does not particularly wish for the Brexit transition period to end without a new trade deal in place but believes that Britain could live with such an outcome, he said on Sunday.
    With the Dec. 31 expiry of the transition period fast approaching, Johnson and the head of the EU’s executive, Ursula von der Leyen, agreed in a phone call on Saturday to step up negotiations on a post-Brexit deal.
    “I think it’s there to be done,” Johnson said during an interview on BBC television.
    “Alas, there are some difficult issues that need to be fixed, and there’s no question that the EU needs to understand that we’re utterly serious about needing to control our own laws and our own regulations, and similarly they need to understand that the repatriation of the UK’s fisheries … is very important.”
    Asked whether he was worried about the potential impact of a no-deal situation in the middle of the COVID pandemic, Johnson said: “I don’t want the Australian WTO-type outcome, particularly, but we can more than live with it."
    “I think the people of this country have had enough … of being told that this will be impossible or intolerable.    I think we can prosper mightily under those circumstances.”
    The government last week told importers and exporters they would have to complete extra paperwork whether there was a deal or not and that a lack of preparation on their part could lead to 100 km queues of trucks.
    That prompted accusations from the opposition that ministers were setting up industry to take the blame for any chaos that might follow a botched Brexit.
    The EU says that any deal must be sealed by the end of October, or in the first days of November at the latest, to leave enough time for ratification by the bloc before the end of the year.
    More trade talks are due in London next week and in Brussels the following week before the 27 national EU leaders meet over Oct. 15-16 to assess progress.    London has also said it wants clarity by Oct. 15 on whether a deal is possible or not.
    An estimated trillion euros ($1.17 trillion) of annual trade would be at stake if they fail to reach an agreement.
(Reporting by Estelle Shirbon; Editing by Toby Chopra and David Goodman)
[The European Union bigwigs are probably afraid to make a deal because other nations might get out of the EU to get the same deal, but then if the UK succeeds without it those countries might get out anyway.].

10/4/2020 India And South Africa Ask WTO To Waive Rules To Aid COVID-19 Drug Production
FILE PHOTO: A logo is pictured outside the World Trade Organization (WTO) headquarters next to a red
traffic light in Geneva, Switzerland, October 2, 2018. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse/File Photo
    VIENNA (Reuters) – India and South Africa want the World Trade Organization (WTO) to waive intellectual property rules to make it easier for developing countries to produce or import COVID-19 drugs, a letter to the WTO shows.
    In their letter dated Oct. 2 the two countries called on the global trade body to waive parts of the Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS), which governs patents, trademarks, copyright and other intellectual property rules globally.
    “As new diagnostics, therapeutics and vaccines for COVID-19 are developed, there are significant concerns (over) how these will be made available promptly, in sufficient quantities and at (an) affordable price to meet global demand,” the letter posted on the Geneva-based WTO’s website says.
    The two countries said that developing nations are disproportionately affected by the pandemic and that intellectual property rights, including patents, could be a barrier to the provision of affordable medicine.
    The letter asks that the WTO’s Council for TRIPS recommends a waiver to the General Council, the WTO’s top decision-making body in Geneva, “as early as possible.”    It does not say how much support India and South Africa have from other countries.
    A draft General Council decision text submitted with the letter says the waiver should last an as yet unspecified number of years and be reviewed annually.
(Reporting by Francois Murphy; Editing by David Goodman)

10/5/2020 Beshear reports 616 new COVID-19 cases - Four additional deaths in Kentucky announced by Lucas Aulbach, Louisville Courier Journal USA TODAY NETWORK
    Gov. Andy Beshear announced Sunday that 616 new COVID-19 cases have been confirmed in Kentucky, with four deaths reported, in a week that the governor said “shattered” the previous weekly record.
    “We have to do better,” Beshear said in a statement.    “Please, everyone, wear your mask, engage in social distancing and follow those top 10 rules that we have on”
    The four individuals who died, Beshear said, were a 69-year-old man from Harlan County, a 71-year-old man from Jefferson County, an 80-year-old woman from Warren County and a 90-year-old man from Logan County.
    Sunday’s numbers pushed Kentucky’s weekly total to 6,126 cases, according to Beshear.
    Saturday’s case numbers were a new single-day high for Kentucky, with 1,275 confirmed new cases across the commonwealth.    Beshear also announced four deaths that afternoon.    Sunday’s numbers were lower, though reporting from labs around the state is often less frequent on weekends.
    Indiana, meanwhile, reported 1,096 new COVID-19 cases Sunday, with five deaths.
    “Four more Kentucky families have now joined those who have been grieving lost loved ones since the first COVID-19 death was reported here in March,” Beshear’s statement said.    “Far, far more individuals than we would ever want to lose, more than we’ve even lost in some foreign conflicts.    This is serious.”
    Lucas Aulbach can be reached at, 502-582-4649 or on Twitter @LucasAulbach.
    “We have to do better,” Gov. Andy Beshear said in a statement as he reported the latest COVID-19 numbers.
[4 deaths / 616 cases = 0.006% and Beshear still makes it the crisis of the year and the only thing that is shattered is his brain waves.].

10/5/2020 CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC - OFFICIALS INFECTED - Experts suspect event was ‘super spreader’ - Many mingled maskless at Supreme Court announcement - Rose Garden ceremony attendees who tested positive for coronavirus - 180 were in attendance at Amy Coney Barrett’s formal nomination as Supreme Court justice in the Rose Garden on Saturday, Sept. 26. - NC Senator Thom Tillis, First Lady Melania Trump, President Donald Trump, Former N.J. Governor Chris Christie University of Notre Dame President John I. Jenkins, Deirdre Shesgreen, Nicholas Wu, Nick Penzenstadler, Dinah Voyles Pulver, Marisa Kwiatkowski and Tricia L. Nadolny by USA TODAY
    Since the back-to-back announcements that President Donald Trump and his adviser Hope Hicks tested positive for coronavirus, at least 14 other people who were in close contact with them have also been infected.
    At least seven of them attended a White House event Sept. 26 at which Trump announced his Supreme Court nominee, Amy Coney Barrett.    They include first lady Melania Trump; former White House counselor Kellyanne Conway; Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah; Sen. Thom Tillis, R-N.C.; John Jenkins, president of Notre Dame University; former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie; and a White House reporter.
    Barrett tested positive for COVID-19 this summer and recovered.
    Videos and photos of the event, which was held outside in the Rose Garden, show more than 180 people in attendance, only about 50 wearing masks and few practicing social distancing.
    People not wearing masks Kellyanne Conway, former counselor to President Trump - Tested positive for coronavirus Utah Senator Mike Lee

10/5/2020 One In 10 May Have Caught COVID, As World Heads Into ‘Difficult Period’: WHO by Stephanie Nebehay and Emma Farge
FILE PHOTO: Mike Ryan, Executive Director of the World Health Organisation (WHO) attends a news conference on the Ebola outbreak
in the Democratic Republic of Congo at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland May 3, 2019. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse/File Photo
    GENEVA (Reuters) – Roughly one in 10 people may have been infected with the coronavirus, leaving the vast majority of the world’s population vulnerable to the COVID-19 disease it causes, the World Health Organization said on Monday.
    Mike Ryan, the WHO’s top emergency expert, was addressing the agency’s Executive Board, where the United States made a thinly veiled swipe at China for what it called a “failure” to provide accurate and timely information on the outbreak.
    But Zhang Yang of China’s National Health Commission, said: “China has always been transparent and responsible to fulfil our international obligations.”    China maintained close contacts with all levels of the U.N. health agency, she added.
    Ryan said that outbreaks were surging in parts of southeast Asia and that cases and deaths were on the rise in parts of Europe and the eastern Mediterranean region.
    “Our current best estimates tell us about 10% of the global population may have been infected by this virus.    It varies depending on country, it varies from urban to rural, it varies depending on groups.    But what it does mean is that the vast majority of the world remains at risk,” Ryan said.
    “We are now heading into a difficult period.    The disease continues to spread,” he said.
    The WHO and other experts have said that the virus, believed to have emerged in a food market in the central Chinese city of Wuhan late last year, is of animal origin.
    The WHO has submitted a list of experts to take part in an international mission to China to investigate the origin, for consideration by Chinese authorities, Ryan said, without giving details.
    U.S. assistant health secretary Brett Giroir said that it was critical that WHO’s 194 member states receive “regular and timely updates, including the terms of reference for this panel or for any field missions, so that we can all engage with the process and be confident in the outcomes.”
    Germany, speaking for the EU, said the expert mission should be deployed soon, with Australia also supporting a swift investigation.
    Meanwhile, Alexandra Dronova, Russia’s deputy health minister, called for an evaluation of the legal and financial repercussions of the Trump administration announcing the U.S. withdrawal from the WHO next July.
    The United States will not pay some $80 million it owes the WHO and will instead redirect the money to help pay its U.N. bill in New York, a U.S. official said on Sept. 2.
(Reporting by Stephanie Nebehay and Emma Farge; writing by Stephanie Nebehay; Editing by Hugh Lawson and Alison Williams)

10/5/2020 White House Press Secy. Not Releasing Number Of Employees With Virus by OAN Newsroom
White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany, is interviewed by Fox News, Sunday, Oct. 4, 2020, at the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
    White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany gave a brief statement on COVID-19 cases in President Trump’s cabinet.
    On Sunday, she said the White House will not be releasing the number of its employees who have coronavirus because of privacy concerns.
    While speaking on the timeline of President Trump’s diagnosis, McEnany said he first tested positive after taking part in a fundraiser in Bedminster, New Jersey last week.
    “Yeah, I’m not gonna give you a detailed readout of the time stamps of every time the President’s tested,” she explained.    “He’s tested regularly and the first positive test he received was after his return from Bedminster.”
    Her remarks on the matter came after White House doctors expressed optimism the President could be released as early as Monday.

10/5/2020 Secy. Of State Pompeo Briefed President Trump On National Security by OAN Newsroom
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo takes a walking tour of the Old Town, in Dubrovnik, Croatia, Friday,
Oct. 2, 2020. Pompeo is in Croatia as part of his six-day trip to Southern Europe. (AP Photo/Darko Bandic, Pool)
    Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said he’s keeping the President up-to-speed on national security despite his COVID-19 diagnosis.    While speaking to reporters before his trip to Japan on Sunday, Pompeo said he was able to brief the President and his entire national security team.
    President Trump held a phone conversation with the secretary and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff from Walter Reed Medical Center.    Pompeo said not only was the President in “good spirits,” but the U.S. remains fully prepared in what “rogue actors” might find to be a vulnerable state.
    “This is a team, I’ve been working for this President for almost four years now to say this is a team that is mature and capable,” stated the Secretary of State.    “We know there’s rogue actors, we know there are malign actors around the world…the United States is fully prepared, both the State Department, our diplomats.”
    Pompeo also noted leaders from across the globe reached out to offer their well wishes for the first couple.

10/5/2020 Trump Campaign Adviser Says Biden’s Using Face Masks As Political Prop by OAN Newsroom
Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden boards his campaign plane at Gerald R. Ford
International Airport in Grand Rapids, Mich., Friday, Oct. 2, 2020, to travel to New Castle Airport in
New Castle, Del. after speaking at United Food & Commercial Workers Union Local 951. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
    Senior Trump campaign adviser Jason Miller is striking back against Democrat claims that President Trump has handled the coronavirus incorrectly.
    In an interview on Sunday, Miller said President Trump has always taken COVID-19 seriously and has put every effort into containing as well as defeating the virus.    The adviser also said the President opposes a permanent lockdown and wants to defeat the virus with hopes of moving forward.
    “You know, I’d say that with regard to Joe Biden, I think too often he’s used the mask as a prop,” Miller explained.    “…we can’t all just stay in our basement for the rest of our lives….we have to get out there and live our lives and take this on…develop the vaccine, develop more therapeutics and defeat it.”
    Miller went on to say President Trump is recovering from COVID-19 and will be back in the White House and on campaign trail soon.
    Meanwhile, Biden tested negative for COVID-19 again. His campaign confirmed the results on Sunday, marking the Democrat’s third negative result in two days.    He’s scheduled to travel to Florida next week and campaign officials have said they will continue to monitor his health.

10/5/2020 Hundreds Support President Trump Outside Walter Reed Medical Center by OAN Newsroom
President Donald Turmp supporters gather outside Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md.,
Sunday, Oct. 4, 2020. Trump was admitted to the hospital after contracting COVID-19. (AP Photo/Anthony Peltier)
    President Trump briefly left the Walter Reed Medical Center Sunday to wave to large crowds gathered outside the hospital who were rallying for his recovery and praying for his health during a motorcade trip.
    On Sunday, White House spokesperson Judd Deere told reporters all possible safety precautions were taken for the President to greet his supporters.    Deere said the decision was made after receiving approval from the President’s medical staff.
    As the sun went down, hundreds of people stayed outside Walter Reed waving flags and wearing MAGA hats with one supporter stating they are fighting alongside the President.
    The President’s team has released photos of him inside the hospital appearing to be hard at work and continuing his presidential duties despite his positive COVID-19 diagnosis.
    On Sunday, the President’s medical team said they were optimistic about his recovery and indicated he could be released from Walter Reed in the coming days.
    “If he continues to look and feel as well as he does today, our hope is that we can plan for discharge as early as tomorrow (Monday) to the White House where he can continue his treatment course,” stated Dr. Brian Garibaldi.

10/5/2020 Seattle Group Clashes With Police As Protest Turns Violent by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this Wednesday, July 15, 2020, file photo, Seattle Police officers walk past people holding signs and flags during a
rally in support of police and other law enforcement officers, in front of City Hall in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)
    The situation remains tense between Washington State police and residents as protests continue across the state.
    The Seattle Police Department clashed with protesters on Saturday while breaking up a demonstration that turned violent.    16 people were arrested for destruction of property, assault and failure to disperse.
    Protesters gathered earlier that day and were mostly quiet before a group left Cal Anderson Park that evening and began marching.    According to police, some people started vandalizing buildings and property by shattering windows and spraying graffiti.
    Police said people then threw explosive devices inside the buildings and at officers, prompting them to issue a dispersal order and make arrests.
    Seattle has seen a number of protests in recent weeks condemning police for their handling of demonstrations.    This all came after city officials rejected claims that police have violated court orders by using anti-riot munitions to disperse violent crowds.

10/5/2020 Taiwan Wishes President Trump Speedy Recovery Amid Poor Relations With China by OAN Newsroom
In this image provided by the White House, President Donald Trump listens during a phone call with Vice President
Mike Pence, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley, Sunday, Oct. 4, 2020, in his
conference room at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md. (Tia Dufour/The White House via AP)
    Officials in Taiwan are wishing President Trump a speedy recovery as they continue their fight against China.
    On Monday, Taiwan’s parliament speaker, You Si-kun, was optimistic about the President’s health and said he hopes he will soon be able to continue to help in the fight against Beijing.
    In recent weeks, the island has been under extreme military pressure from China after claiming the territory as their own.    While the U.S. does not yet officially recognize Taiwan as an independent nation, they are one of the island’s biggest international supporters and one of the leading voices against the injustices occurring in the communist-lead nation.
    “I want to take this opportunity to wish him (President Trump) a speedy recovery, so he can continue to lead the Free World in resisting the savagery of the Chinese Communist Party,” Speaker You Si-kun stated.
    President Trump’s doctors said he is recovering well since his COVID-19 diagnosis and he will likely be able to continue his stance against China.

10/5/2020 President Trump Designates Oct. 5th As ‘Made In America Day’ by OAN Newsroom
A supporter of President Donald Trump, who declined to give his name, demonstrates at the entrance to Walter Reed National Military Medical
Center in Bethesda, Md., Saturday, Oct. 3, 2020. Trump was admitted to the hospital after contracting the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)
    President Trump has proclaimed October 5 to be a new national holiday.    He introduced ‘Made in America Day,’ which is a holiday meant to praise American manufacturing and companies that haven’t abandoned U.S. workers for cheaper markets.
    The President also signed an executive order establishing the American Workforce Policy Advisory Board, which will bring together members from different backgrounds of the industry.    This will include the private sector, state and local governments as well as educational institutions.
    “The duty of a President is to put this nations own citizens first,” stated President Trump.    “That’s why my administration swears by two simple but crucial rules: buy American and hire American.”
    The move, according to the President, is meant to rebuild “the greatest economy in this country’s history for a second time.”

10/6/2020 Oil up $2.33 to $29.34, DOW up 466 to 28,149.

10/6/2020 COVID-19 PANDEMIC - Beshear to crack down if cases keep escalating by Grace Schneider and Emma Austin, Louisville Courier Journal | USA TODAY NETWORK
    Vowing stricter enforcement of coronavirus mandates, Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear said the state is failing in its efforts to control infection rates and warned of “a difficult fall and a difficult winter” ahead.
    While continuing to avoid any additions or rollbacks to the state’s COVID- 19 containment plans, the governor said he intends to talk this week with mayors and county judge executives across the state.
    He wants them to tighten up enforcement of the statewide mask mandate and to crack down on bars where people are packed together, in violation of the state’s guidelines on social distancing.
    Kentucky last week saw 6,126 new coronavirus cases — its highest weekly total yet, a steep rise from fewer than 5,000 during the prior week.    The state also reported a record-high single- day case count, with Beshear announcing 1,275 new COVID-19 cases on Saturday.
    The governor announced 543 new cases Monday, a day that usually sees lower totals because of when tests are reported, bringing the state’s total to 73,158 cases.    With five more deaths announced Monday, Kentucky’s total reached 1,214.
    “This is really concerning,” Beshear said during his afternoon COVID-19 press conference.    “Increased cases lead to increased deaths. Those are people we love, and those are people that we don’t want to lose.”
    Beshear has said repeatedly in recent weeks that although the mortality rate is falling, the rising numbers of virus cases will lead to more deaths and more heartbreak for families whose loved ones fall ill.
    But he’s backed away from saying exactly what measures he’s willing to take to reverse the rising tide<
    In response to a question from The Courier Journal about any new steps, Beshear said he’s prepared to order the Labor Cabinet, Alcohol Beverage and Control agents and local health departments to step up enforcement.
    “We’ve got to stop where we’re going,” he said.    In mid-March, just days after the coronavirus began infecting Kentuckians, Beshear ordered bars and restaurants closed for indoor service.    Child care centers were shut down, and businesses furloughed workers or sent them home to work remotely as the pandemic exploded across the U.S. Other governors had already shut down businesses or did so shortly after Kentucky imposed its rules and travel bans.
    “I’m not going to be the governor who acted two weeks too late,” Beshear said then, defending his get-tough stance.    There were just 25 confirmed cases and one death in Kentucky at the time.
    Now, seven months into the pandemic, the state’s numbers are headed dramatically up, reflecting a trend seen at the beginning of pandemic, Dr. Steven Stack, the state’s health commissioner, said Monday.
    Beshear said state officials will continue to watch the escalation, and if the numbers don’t decline in the next couple of weeks, he expects the White House will recommend changes in capacity for various businesses, “and we’re going to have to take a very serious look at the schools.”
    “If we keep seeing the escalation, more counties in the red,” few youngsters will be able to get in-person instruction in school and “we’re going to be put in a position that we don’t want to if we can’t step up and do what it takes to get the numbers down,” he said.
    Questioned during the press conference about President Donald Trump’s decision to go for a car ride over the weekend following his COVID-19 diagnosis, Beshear said: “He violated quarantine, or isolation.    You can’t do that.”
    Trump left Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, where he had been treated for COVID-19, on Sunday evening to wave to supporters from an SUV, going against public health guidelines recommending people infected with the virus isolate themselves.
    Doctors and others criticized the move, saying he endangered the Secret Service members riding with him in the vehicle with closed windows.
    “Every single person in the vehicle during that completely unnecessary presidential ‘drive-by’ just now has to be quarantined for 14 days,” Dr. James Phillips, a physician at Walter Reed, wrote in a tweet.    “They might get sick.    They may die.    For political theater.    Commanded by Trump to put their lives at risk for theater.    This is insanity.”
    Beshear responded by recalling the August day he and his wife were sick and thought the symptoms could be from COVID-19, saying he didn’t want to be within 20 feet of his own security team.
    “I wanted to make sure that I did not put them in harm’s way.    … I don’t think I could live with myself if I was cavalier with their safety,” Beshear said.
Grace Schneider: 502-582-4082;; Twitter: @gesinfk. Emma Austin:; Twitter: @emmacaustin.
[THIS ASSHOLE FOR A GOVERNOR IS UNHINGED AND SOMEONE NEEDS TO SLAM THE DOOR IN HIS FACE we only had 5 deaths / 543 cases on Monday which is 0.009% which is really low and him and all his Democrats in this country are going crazy to create a false narrative of disaster in hope they can get someone to vote for them on Nov. 3 and the only way to stop them is vote them all out of office.].

10/6/2020 European Parliament Set For Tight Vote On ‘Historic’ Climate Law by Kate Abnett
FILE PHOTO: A general view shows European Council President Charles Michel addressing an extraordinary plenary session of the
EU Parliament following an EU leaders summit, in Brussels, Belgium July 23, 2020. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir/File Photo/File Photo
    BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Lawmakers in the European Parliament expect a tight vote on Tuesday on the European Union’s new climate target for 2030, with support splintered over the bloc’s green ambitions.
    The assembly will vote in the evening on a landmark bill to make EU climate targets legally binding.    The most contentious part is a new target for emissions cuts this decade.
    The EU’s current goal is to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 40% by 2030, against 1990 levels.    That needs upgrading if the bloc is to become climate neutral by 2050.
    The European Commission last month proposed a 2030 emissions cut of “at least 55%,” which it said was economically feasible but would require tougher policies for many sectors, including tighter car emissions standards and higher carbon costs for industry and airlines.
    The European Parliament’s environment committee last month voted for a 60% cut target for 2030, and groups representing just under half of the assembly said they would back this goal on Tuesday.    Some officials said enough extra votes had been secured for a razor-thin majority.
    “I think we have a historic opportunity to take the climate policy to higher levels,” said Sweden’s Jytte Guteland, lead lawmaker on the issue.
    “It will be a very tight result,” said Pascal Canfin, chair of Parliament’s environment committee.
    Conservative lawmakers are meanwhile rallying behind a proposal by the centre-right European People’s Party (EPP) to cut emissions by at least 55% this decade.
    “The 60% is stretching too much,” German EPP lawmaker Peter Liese said, adding that he was “quite optimistic” his proposal would gain majority support.
    Some Green lawmakers said they could support a 55% goal, but took issue with EPP’s plan to count carbon sinks – emissions absorbed by forests – and carbon credits from overseas projects towards the target.
    “That is a clear red line for us,” Green lawmaker Bas Eickhout said.
    The split in Parliament reflects broader divisions among the EU’s 27 countries, which must also approve the 2030 goal.
    Wealthy western and northern countries largely back an emissions cut of at least 55%, while others oppose tougher climate policies that could hit their strategic economic sectors, such as coal mining in Poland and automobile manufacturing in the Czech Republic.
(Reporting by Kate Abnett; Editing by John Chalmers and Alex Richardson)

10/5/2020 WATCH: Evidence Of Biden’s Burisma Payoff by OAN Newsroom
    OAN’s Christina Bobb discusses the false information continued to be spread by the mainstream media and the left’s treatment of Judge Amy Coney Barrett.

10/6/2020 COVID-19 Vaccine May Be Ready By Year-End, Says WHO’s Tedros by Stephanie Nebehay
FILE PHOTO: World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus attends a news conference
organized by Geneva Association of United Nations Correspondents (ACANU) amid the COVID-19 outbreak, caused by
the novel coronavirus, at the WHO headquarters in Geneva Switzerland July 3, 2020. Fabrice Coffrini/Pool via REUTERS
    GENEVA (Reuters) – A vaccine against COVID-19 may be ready by year-end, the head of the World Health Organization said on Tuesday.
    WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus called for solidarity and political commitment by all leaders to ensure equal distribution of vaccines when they become available.
    We will need vaccines and there is hope that by the end of this year we may have a vaccine.    There is hope,” Tedros said in final remarks to the WHO’s Executive Board, without elaborating.
    Nine experimental vaccines are in the pipeline of the WHO’s COVAX global vaccine facility that aims to distribute 2 billion doses by the end of 2021.
    The two-day board meeting, which examined the global response to the pandemic, heard calls from countries including Germany, Britain and Australia for reforms to strengthen the U.N. agency.
    U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration has strongly criticised the WHO’s role in the crisis, accusing it of being too close to China and not doing enough to question Beijing’s actions late last year when the virus first emerged in Wuhan.
    Tedros has dismissed the suggestions and said his agency has kept the world informed.
    Three independent panels reviewing WHO performance including its 2005 International Health Regulations – which set guidelines on trade and travel restrictions imposed during health emergencies – gave updates on their work.
    The Independent Panel for Pandemic Preparedness and Response, led by former New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark and former Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, met for the first time last month.
    “We hope to get the real lessons that we can implement and prevent the same thing from happening,” Tedros said.    “But I would like to assure you that WHO is ready to learn from this and change this organisation."
    “During our transformation we promised this, we promised to keep change as a constant,” he said, referring to his programme since taking the helm in 2017.
(Reporting by Stephanie Nebehay in Geneva; Editing by Michael Shields, Alexandra Hudson and Giles Elgood)

10/6/2020 Commission On Presidential Debates Makes Changes To Vice Presidential Contest by OAN Newsroom
Preparations take place for the vice presidential debate outside Kingsbury Hall at the University of Utah,
Monday, Oct. 5, 2020, in Salt Lake City. The vice presidential debate between Vice President Mike Pence and Democratic
vice presidential candidate, Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., is scheduled for Oct. 7. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
    All eyes are on Salt Lake City as the two vice presidential candidates are set to take the debate stage.    However, the Commission on Presidential Debates announced changes to the debate on Monday.
    This came after President Trump, First Lady Melania, several White House staffers and others tested positive for coronavirus.    Vice President Mike Pence, Sen. Kamala Harris and the moderator will all be separated by plexiglass dividers, which was a request made by the Biden-Harris campaign.
    Furthermore, the candidates will be required to stay about 12-feet apart compared to the seven-feet between President Trump and Joe Biden at their first debate.    Members of the limited audience will also be spaced out.    Also, any audience member who does not wear a mask will be escorted out.
    Pence stepped into full campaign mode as President Trump took a break from the campaign trail while receiving care at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.    The President has since returned to the White House while Pence continues to prepare for the debate.
    “We’re looking very much forward to the vice presidential debate,” Pence stated.    “The stakes in this election have never been higher, the choice has never been clearer, and I look forward to the opportunity to take our case to the American people for four more years for President Donald Trump in the White House.”
    While vice presidential debates in the past seem to carry little weight, this face-off is no ordinary contest. This match-up comes off the heels of a fiery first presidential debate.    At a time when political stakes are at an all-time high, the two vice presidential candidates look to zero-in and hit hard at topics, especially the coronavirus pandemic.
    Pence could use the platform to showcase his preparedness to step in as President if necessary.    Meanwhile, Harris as a former prosecutor may choose to turn up the heat.
    “Let’s put our shoulders to the wheel, let’s do the work that is necessary and continue to fight for our ideals and our values,” she stated.    “And in this case, what they fought for so many years ago, which is freedom and to hold our country accountable for the ideas we say we hold dear.”
    The debate will be moderated by Susan Page of USA Today on Wednesday night at the University of Utah.    One America News will provide live, uninterrupted coverage of the event starting at 9 p.m. EST / 6 p.m. PST!

10/6/2020 President Trump Blasts Biden’s Proposed Abortion Policies by OAN Newsroom
Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden boards his campaign plane at New Castle
Airport in New Castle, Del., Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2020, to travel to Gettysburg, Pa. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
    Democrat presidential hopeful Joe Biden recently faced criticism from President Trump over his proposed abortion policies.    The President tweeted Tuesday alleging Biden will take a more extreme position on abortion than other members of the Democrat Party.
    President Trump also alleged Biden sides with the governor of Virginia who has voiced his support for third trimester abortions under specific health circumstances.    He went on to accuse Biden of condoning ‘born-alive’ abortions, which he labeled as “execution.”
    Meanwhile, Biden’s running mate, Kamala Harris, has repeatedly advocated to end abortion restrictions.    She even voted against a bill requiring doctors to treat babies ‘born-alive’ after a failed abortion.
    Biden confirmed at a town hall Monday that he would push to codify Roe v. Wade in order to keep abortion legal even if the Supreme Court were to strike it down.
    The Biden campaign also vouched to reinstate federal funding for abortion, which is a move that would undo President Trump’s current policies and flip-flop on Biden’s earlier support of an amendment limiting the procedure’s federal funding.    Biden faced criticism in 2019 for not quickly condemning the Hyde Amendment, which confines government funding of abortion to specific cases.

10/6/2020 b>President Trump Scheduled To Continue COVID-19 Treatment From White House by OAN Newsroom
President Donald Trump gives thumbs up as he stands on the Blue Room Balcony upon returning to the
White House Monday, Oct. 5, 2020, in Washington, after leaving Walter Reed National Military Medical Center,
in Bethesda, Md. Trump announced he tested positive for COVID-19 on Oct. 2. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
    President Trump was discharged from Walter Reed Medical Center after doctors said he responded well to COVID-19 treatment.    On Monday evening, the President walked into the White House after being hospitalized for three nights with moderate coronavirus symptoms.
    Earlier in the day, White House physician Dr. Sean Conley said the President has met all criteria for a safe discharge and will continue to receive 24/7 treatment in the White House.
    “Though he may not entirely be out of the woods yet, the team and I agree that all of our evaluations and, most importantly, his clinical status support the President’s safe return home where he’ll be surrounded by world class medical care 24/7,” Dr. Conley explained.
    The President checked into the hospital Friday after allegedly experiencing a high fever and low blood-oxygen levels.    However, Conley said his condition has since stabilized following treatment.    The physician also said the President had been in great spirits throughout his hospital stay.
    “The President has been a phenomenal patient during his stay here and he’s been working hand in glove with us and the team,” Dr. Conley stated.    “‘And we have been back and forth on what’s safe and what’s reasonable, and he has never once pushed us to do anything that was beyond safe and reasonable practice.”
    President Trump said on Twitter before leaving for the White House that he hopes to get back to the campaign trail soon. He also said he feels better than he did two decades ago and urged supporters not to allow the coronavirus dominate to their lives.

10/6/2020 N.Y. Shutting Down Some Schools, Businesses In ‘Hot Spots’ by OAN Newsroom
    Public School 95 in the Gravesend section of Brooklyn is one of many schools in New York ordered to close due to
a flare-up of coronavirus cases in the area, Monday, Oct. 5, 2020, in New York. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo ordered schools in certain
New York City neighborhoods closed within a day in an attempt to halt a flare-up of the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
    New York is planning on shutting down some schools and non-essential businesses again as coronavirus cases continue to rise.    On Monday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) said schools throughout nine zip codes in Brooklyn and Queens will be re-closed starting Tuesday.
    “I will not allow your child to be sent to any school that I would not send my child,” stated the governor.    “They have sampled some schools in the cluster, but not all the schools and these are the hot spot clusters, so if you prioritize testing go to these schools first.”
    COVID hotspot zip codes are categorized as areas that have seen at least a three-percent positivity rate for seven days straight.    The move will effect half-a-million people, including roughly 100 public and 200 non-public schools.
    This decision comes as part of New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s proposed plan to shut down certain hotspots, but Cuomo said he will not re-impose restrictions on indoor dining and non-essential businesses as long as they continue to follow safety precautions.    However, De Blasio said he would move forward with the closures on Wednesday unless told otherwise.
    “So the plan is to rewind in these nine zip codes, to rewind,” he stated.    “To go back to address the problem by using the tools that we know work, which is to ensure that non-essential businesses are not open and a variety of activities are not happening."
    De Blasio also proposed for 11 more zip codes to be shut down.    Cuomo said the state will keep close watch of the other zip codes before determining if they should be shut down, but he did express the need for mass gatherings to stop.    The governor said the state needs to be more aggressive and there will be increased enforcement.
FILE – In this Sept. 29, 2020 file photo provided by the Office of New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, Gov. Cuomo delivers
a COVID-19 update during a briefing in New York City. (Kevin P. Coughlin/Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo via AP, File)

10/6/2020 Trump Campaign Announces Kick Off ‘Operation MAGA’ Event by OAN Newsroom
    Donald Trump Jr. and Kimberly Guilfoyle walk across the tarmac to board Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base
before flying to Cleveland, Ohio, for the first presidential debate Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
    President Trump’s re-election campaign introduced its new virtual platform as part of an effort dubbed ‘Operation MAGA.’    The initiative, which was announced Monday, aims to temporarily livestream the President’s rallies instead of holding them in-person.
    It officially launched around 8 p.m. EST that same night and featured speeches from Vice President Mike Pence, campaign adviser Kimberly Guilfoyle and several members of the first family who said the online events are meant to “energize and mobilize” supporters until the President is cleared to return to the campaign trail.
    Donald Trump Jr. made a pitch to undecided voters, encouraging them to “get involved and stay involved.”    He went on to tout his father’s efforts in the Oval Office, highlighting how he’s brought home thousands of troops and stood up to foreign governments.
    “You think the Bidens are gonna be tough on China? Guess what guys, if you weren’t tough on China in the first half century of your career, you’re not gonna start now,” he stated.    “…what Joe is, is the camouflage that the radical left will use to push in their agenda.”
    Guilfoyle echoed those remarks by saying left-leaning politicians will continue to “play games with our children’s education” as long as the coronavirus pandemic continues.    She said “School Choice has never been so important,” adding that it’s one of President Trump’s top priorities.
    “No one wants their child to go into an unsafe environment, but parents should be empowered to make decisions,” she stated.    “Not have to be stuck in the house staring at a computer screen forever.”
    Guilfoyle said she believes this upcoming election is all about recovery and assured voters it’s four more years of President Trump that will provide not only that, but “opportunity and choice” for every American.
    Coalitions such as the Women for Trump bus tour, Black Voices for Trump and Latinos for Trump are also expected to serve as a voice for the President while he’s recovering.
    The campaign confirmed they have hired a team of medical professionals, including an infectious disease expert, to help determine how to best handle those future events.
A Black Voice for Trump cap sits on a table during a debate watch party hosted by the Miami Young Republicans,
Latinos for Trump, and other groups, Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

10/6/2020 HHS Secy. Azar Meets With Doctors Who Oppose COVID-19 Lockdowns by OAN Newsroom
Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar testifies before the House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus
Crisis, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, Oct. 2, 2020. (Michael A. McCoy/The New York Times via AP, Pool)
    Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar held a meeting with scientists who are advocating for a “herd immunity” approach to tackling COVID-19.
    On Monday, Azar met with Professor Martin Kulldorff of Harvard University as well as Oxford Professor Sunetra Gupta and Stanford Fellow Jay Bhattacharya.
    The three doctors argue only at-risk demographics should be required to quarantine.    They also believe young and healthy people should be able to carry-on as normal while facing exposure to the virus.
    The meeting sparked speculation the U.S. may rely on “herd immunity” to defeat the coronavirus while reopening the economy going forward.
    “Some of the main points that they’re making, they put together sort of a whole plan of ‘let’s have a different approach to getting over this,’ and they’re not deniers in any sense of the way and their not anti-vaccine whatsoever,” explained Daniel McAdams, Executive Director of the Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity.    “But one of the first points they make is that the current lockdown policies are producing devastating effects on short and long-term public health.”
    The three doctors said their meeting with Secretary Azar was productive and the discussion of their proposals continues.

10/6/2020 Biden Faces Backlash For Resurfaced Comments by OAN Newsroom
Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden boards his campaign plane at Miami
International Airport in Miami, Monday, Oct. 5, 2020, to travel home to Wilmington, Del. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
    Democrat presidential nominee Joe Biden has raised eyebrows after comments he made at a September roundtable resurfaced.
    On Monday, a clip of the former vice president speaking with veterans in Tampa, Florida began circulating online.
    In the video from September 15, Biden attempted to applaud essential workers of color.    However, critics have said his words came off as callous and racially insensitive.
    Earlier this year, Biden also found himself in hot water for telling black voters that if they don’t support his bid for the presidency “they ain’t black.”

10/7/2020 Oil up $0.70 to $40.05, DOW down 343 to 27,773.

10/7/2020 Trump Says He Has Declassified Documents Related To Russia, Clinton Email Probes
FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Trump walks to the Marine One helicopter wearing a protective face mask as he departs the White House to fly to
Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, where it was announced he will work for at least several days after testing positive for
the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, U.S., October 2, 2020. REUTERS/Leah Millis
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Donald Trump said on Tuesday he has declassified all documents related to federal investigations into Russian election interference and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s use of a private server for government emails.
    “I have fully authorized the total Declassification of any & all documents pertaining to the single greatest political CRIME in American History, the Russia Hoax.    Likewise, the Hillary Clinton Email Scandal.    No redactions!” Trump wrote on Twitter.
(Reporting by Doina Chiacu; Writing by Mohammad Zargham)

10/7/2020 ‘Deaths trail cases’: Gov. Beshear warns difficult months are ahead for COVID-19 by Emma Austin Louisville Courier Journal USA TODAY NETWORK
    For the third consecutive week, Kentucky is on pace to surpass its weekly total of new COVID-19 cases, Gov. Andy Beshear announced Monday.
    With 1,054 new cases Tuesday, the state could pass the 6,126 coronavirus cases reported last week.    The state has now seen 74,194 positive cases since the start of the pandemic.
    The seven-day positivity rate remained below 5%, at 4.29%.
    “But that’s going to be impacted really quickly if we keep having this many positive tests,” Beshear said.
    Beshear also announced four new deaths Tuesday, including an 89-yearold man from Christian County, an 85year-old man from Henderson, a 78-year-old woman from Jefferson and a 69-year-old woman from Jefferson.
    “It’s going to be a hard month with all the cases we’ve seen,” Beshear said.    “It’s going to be a hard October, and it’s going to be a hard November, too, because deaths trail cases.”
    Beshear extended the statewide mask mandate for another 30 days and said the state would be “stepping up the enforcement.”    Businesses that serve customers not wearing masks face the possibility of being fined and shut down for a period of time, Beshear said.
    Inspectors from various state departments, including the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control, will work to enforce the mandate, Beshear said.
    The governor responded during his briefing with sharp criticism to President Donald Trump’s announcement earlier in the day calling off negotiations on a new stimulus package until after the election and instead focusing on getting approval for his Supreme Court justice nomination.
    “If they can’t sit down and agree to a package that helps Kentuckians and helps Americans during this, shame on them,” Beshear said.    “And I don’t even see the Senate engaging in the negotiations. Shame on them, too.”
    Beshear directly criticized Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., who said he agreed with the president’s decision.
    “I think his view was that they were not going to produce a result and we need to concentrate on what’s achievable,” McConnell told a CNN reporter.
    Beshear mentioned schools he said were counting on additional funding to make buildings safe for teachers and students returning to in-person classes.
    “I don’t know what the senator or the federal administration would tell those individuals if they get sick in the meantime. ... This is their job,” Beshear said.    “And basically it’s saying we’re not going to do our job because of politics — because of an election coming up.”
    Reach Emma Austin at or on Twitter at @emmacaustin.
[4 deaths / 1,054 cases = 0.004% which is very low and the positivity rate is as low as ever at 4.29% so liberal Democrat Beshear is going nuts trying to create a crisis that is not happening because he does not want to open Kentucky up because he is a DEMOCRAT like the rest of them.].

10/7/2020 President Trump Authorizes ‘Total Declassification’ Of All Documents On Russia Hoax, Clinton Emails Scandal by OAN Newsroom
File – Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe is pictured. (Andrew Harnik /AP Photo)
    President Trump announced he has authorized the total declassification of all documents pertaining to the 2016 Russia investigation.    On Twitter Tuesday, he said he will make public any and all documents in connection to what he called “the single greatest political crime in American history.”
    The President then instructed Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe to declassify the notes of former CIA Director John Brennan that show Hillary Clinton came up with a plan to connect President Trump to Russia back in 2016.
    Brennan contends the plan was simply a part of the Clinton campaign strategy and has tried to downplay its significance.    According to his handwritten notes, the campaign should “vilify Donald Trump by stirring up a scandal claiming interference by the Russian Security Service.”
    Brennan’s notes, allegedly dated July 28, 2016, detailed the plan was “a means of distracting the public from her use of a private email server.”    President Trump has also said all documents from “the Hillary Clinton email scandal” will also be released with no redactions.
    The declassification comes amid continued claims from Democrat lawmakers trying to link the president to Russian corruption, which is an accusation he has repeatedly denied.    When releasing the documents and new information, Ratcliffe added that he’ll be briefing Congress on “the sensitive sources and methods by which it was obtained in the coming days.”

10/7/2020 President Trump Puts Pressure On Democrats To Get Coronavirus Relief Passed by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this April 23, 2020, file photo, President Donald Trump’s name is seen on a stimulus check issued by the IRS to
help combat the adverse economic effects of the COVID-19 outbreak, in San Antonio, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)
    President Trump is calling for bipartisanship among lawmakers on Capitol Hill and is asking them to reach an agreement over coronavirus relief for the American people.    In a series of tweets Tuesday night, he demanded the House and Senate come together.
    The President then asked for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to pass a “stand alone bill for stimulus checks” and noted that he’s ready to sign the legislation “right now.”    His remarks came after he previously ordered all COVID-19 stimulus negotiations with House Democrats to stop while accusing the House speaker of acting in bad faith.
    President Trump accused Pelosi of only wanting to bail out poorly run blue states and refusing to agree on his $1.6 trillion plan.    He then said his administration plans to pass a “major stimulus bill” for hard working Americans and small businesses after he wins reelection.
    The President’s announcement came hours after Federal Reserve chairman Jerome Powell said the lack of federal stimulus puts the country on the wrong track to a stable economic recovery.
    “The expansion is still far from complete at this early stag, I would argue that the risks of policy intervention are still asymmetric,” he stated.    “Too little support would lead to weak recovery, creating unnecessary hardship for households and businesses.”
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has said he fully supports the President’s decision to walk away from negotiations if Democrats refuse to agree with outlined terms.    If an agreement is not met soon, the Senate has been asked to shift their focus towards confirming President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett.

10/7/2020 St. Louis Grand Jury Indicts McCloskeys by OAN Newsroom
In this image from video, Mark and Patricia McCloskey speak from St. Louis, during the first night of the Republican National
Convention Monday, Aug. 24, 2020. (Courtesy of the Committee on Arrangements for the 2020 Republican National Committee via AP)
    The St. Louis couple who took arms against protesters outside their home could face jail time and possibly lose their livelihood.    A grand jury indicted Mark and Patricia McCloskey on Tuesday, charging them with unlawful use of a weapon and tampering with evidence.
    The McCloskeys are standing by their actions by arguing that they were exercising their Second Amendment right and are protected under a Missouri law allowing deadly force on intruders.
    “There’s no doubt about it, the government chooses to persecute us for doing no more than exercising our right to defend ourselves, our home, our property, our family,” stated Mark McCloskey.    “And now, we’re getting drug here time after time and for what?    We didn’t fire a shot.”
    The couple gained notoriety from the late June incident after a viral video showed Mark wielding an AR-15 and Patricia holding a handgun.
    They became popular among conservative audiences, including President Trump, and were given speaking time on the first day of the Republican National Convention.
    Meanwhile, nine protesters connected with the demonstration were later charged with misdemeanor trespassing.    However, the city decided to drop the charges after noting that the protesters felt threatened by the McCloskeys.
    “Every single human being who was in front of my house was a criminal trespasser…they broke down our gate, they trespassed in our property,” Mark continued.    “People who were violently protesting in front of our house, screaming death threats…nobody gets charged, but we get charged.”
    If the couple is convicted, they could face up to four years behind bars and lose their licenses to practice law.    They are expected to return to court for an arraignment hearing October-14.
    Missouri Gov. Mike Parson (R) has been watching the couple closely and hinted at possible pardons.
FILE – In this June 28, 2020 file photo, armed homeowners Mark and Patricia McCloskey, standing in front their house along Portland Place confront protesters
marching to St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson’s house in the Central West End of St. Louis. (Laurie Skrivan/St. Louis Post-Dispatch via AP)

10/7/2020 Report: More Than 5.5M Americans Have Already Voted by OAN Newsroom
Voters wait in line at the Judicial Center in Noblesville, Ind., Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2020, to cast
their ballot on the second day of early voting in Indiana. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
    A record number of Americans have already cast their ballot ahead of the November election.    The United States Election Project released a report Wednesday showing more than 5.5 million people have either mailed in their ballot or voted in-person.
    That’s more than 73 times the number of people who voted at this point in 2016.    The massive spike in early voting comes as states expand voting periods and as the coronavirus pandemic continues throughout the country.
    Meanwhile, concerns over the U.S. Postal Service have driven others to cast their ballot in-person to make sure it counts.    Others have said it’s their duty as Americans to make their voices heard.
    So far, more than 30 states have started early voting.    Most of the early voting is taking place in Florida where about 947,000 people have cast their ballot and in Virginia where over 770,000 people have already voted.

10/7/2020 N.Y. Democrat Leaders Slammed For Targeting Jewish Communities by OAN Newsroom
Members of the Orthodox Jewish community gather on a street near a synagogue in the Borough Park neighborhood
of Brooklyn during the Jewish holiday of Sukkot, Sunday, Oct. 4, 2020, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
    New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) is facing backlash for increased health measures that some say are singling out New York City’s Orthodox Jewish communities.
    On Tuesday, Cuomo detailed a new plan to tackle a recent spike in COVID-19 infection rates in the Big Apple.    This includes plans to close down schools in “hot spots” around the city and shutter businesses in affected areas.
    “Step one, you take the most dramatic action within the cluster itself where you have the highest density of cases,” stated the Democrat governor.    “Understanding that the people in that cluster interface with the surrounding communities, take additional action in the communities surrounding the cluster.”
    According to officials, the worst hit areas include the boroughs of Brooklyn and Queens, which have large orthodox Jewish communities.
    Cuomo went on to warn against mass gatherings by saying there have been several instances of religious institutions holding events with a thousand people in attendance.    However, community leaders blame the city for not collaborating with them to enforce rules.
    Meanwhile, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is also facing backlash for announcing the shutdown on Sunday, which fell on the second day of the Jewish holiday festival Sukkot.    This is a time orthodox Jews refrain from using phones or computers.
An ultra-Orthodox Jewish man and woman wheel strollers with sleeping children in them as they cross a street on the Jewish
holiday of Sukkot, Sunday, Oct. 4, 2020, in the Borough Park neighborhood of Brooklyn in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
    Although De Blasio said he was aware of the holiday, he claims he wanted to get the information out as soon as possible.    Some have criticized the move by saying it shows “city hall’s incompetence and lack of sensitivity” towards Jewish residents.
    Gov. Cuomo said he plans to speak with community leaders on Wednesday to discuss the matter.

10/7/2020 White House Chief Of Staff: President Willing To Approve More Pandemic Aid On Case-By-Case Basis by OAN Newsroom
White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows walks towards the media to give a time update for a briefing at Walter Reed National Military Medical
Center in Bethesda, Md., Saturday, Oct. 3, 2020. Trump was admitted to the hospital after contracting the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
    White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows recently offered insight on the potential for further pandemic stimulus after the President ended negotiations in Congress this week. While speaking to reporters Wednesday, he confirmed negotiations are dead, but said the President is receptive to passing individual stimulus measures on a case-by-case basis.
    Meadows’ comments came one day after President Trump tweeted the House and Senate should immediately approve $25 billion in relief for the airline industry and another $125 billion for the Paycheck Protection Program.
    The White House Chief of Staff said there’s a higher chance of striking a deal if they handle legislation on an “a-la carte” basis.
    “We’re looking at the potential for standalone bills, there’s about 10 things that we agree on and if the Speaker is willing to look at those things on a piece-by-piece basis then we’re willing to look at it,” Meadows explained.    “It became very obvious over the last couple of days that a comprehensive bill was just going to get to a point where it didn’t have really much Republican support at all.”
    In the meantime, President Trump said if House Speaker Nancy Pelosi passes a standalone bill for more stimulus checks, he will sign off on it immediately.

10/7/2020 President Trump Receives Third Nomination For Nobel Peace Prize by OAN Newsroom
    The Nobel Committee continues announcing award recipients for several categories.    One America’s Grayce Rust gives us a look at President Trump’s three Nobel Peace Prize nominations.

10/7/2020 President Trump’s Doctor Reports No COVID-19 Symptoms Following First Night At Home by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this Oct. 5, 2020, file photo, President Donald Trump boards Marine One at Walter Reed National Military
Medical Center after receiving treatment for coronavirus in Bethesda, Md. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)
    President Trump appeared to be showing no symptoms of the coronavirus following his first night back in the White House.    That’s according to a statement Tuesday from the President’s physician who also said his vital signs and physical exam remain stable.
    The President spent the weekend at Walter Reed Medical Center in D.C., where he was treated after testing positive for COVID-19 last week.    Officials said he was only taken there out of an abundance of caution.    During his time there, the President expressed he was doing well and being taken care of.
    On Tuesday, President Trump’s doctor went on to say the President had a restful first evening back home and is continuing to do extremely well.    The physician plans to provide updates as his condition develops. President Trump is also reportedly considering addressing the nation in a televised speech to reassure the public he is healthy despite his diagnosis.
    Following his return to the White House, President Trump urged Americans not to be afraid of the virus.
    “Don’t let it dominate, don’t let it take over your lives, don’t let that happen,” he stated.    “We have the greatest country in the world…we’re going back to work, we’re going to be out front.”
    According to the President’s White House communications director, senior staff members have witnessed high energy in the President and have even told him to slow down.
    With the second presidential debate set to take place next week, some have wondered if the President will still be able to participate.
    However, President Trump laid those concerns to rest in a tweet Tuesday.
    Before that debate, Vice President Mike Pence will take on his Democrat rival Kamala Harris in Salt Lake City Wednesday night.    Since President Trump’s COVID-19 diagnosis, Pence and his wife have regularly been tested for the coronavirus and all tests, including one taken Tuesday, have turned out negative.

10/7/2020 White House Confirms President Trump Is Back Working In Oval Office by OAN Newsroom
President Donald Trump gives thumbs up as he stands on the Blue Room Balcony upon returning to the White House
Monday, Oct. 5, 2020, in Washington, after leaving Walter Reed National Military Medical Center,
in Bethesda, Md. Trump announced he tested positive for COVID-19 on Oct. 2. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
    President Trump is back in the Oval Office after his physician reported he has been fever free for more than four days and symptom free for over 24 hours.
    Reporters first took note of the President’s return after seeing a Marine standing guard outside the West Wing.    The White House has since confirmed he was being briefed on Hurricane Delta and stimulus talks.
    Earlier in the day, Dr. Sean Conley stated the President’s vital signs remain stable.    He also noted President Trump has not needed or received any supplemental oxygen since initially being hospitalized.
    According to the physician, President Trump reported feeling great as he continues to work.
White House deputy press secretary Brian Morgenstern talks with reporters as he walks back to the
West Wing of the White House, Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
    Despite this, the mainstream media has criticized the President for returning to the Oval Office and other areas of the West Wing while still infected with the virus.
    White House Deputy Press Secretary Brian Morgenstern defended his decision by citing ways the staff can assist the President safely.
    “So we have ways for him to do that (work in the Oval Office), we have PPE that we can use and we can interact with him standing back, like you’re standing back from me,” he said.    “People can wear masks, goggles, gloves or whatever may be needed, we have CDC guidelines.”
    Morgenstern also responded to questions about when the President’s last negative COVID test was.
    “Look, we’ve addressed this, we’re not asking to go back through a bunch of records and look backwards,” he added.    “We’re looking at the contact tracing process, to mitigate further spread of the disease.”
A Marine is posted outside the West Wing of the White House, signifying the President
is in the Oval Office, Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
    The White House official further explained that experts like Dr. Anthony Fauci have said President Trump is getting to the point where he wouldn’t be contagious to personnel.
    Morgenstern stated the bottom line is the President “can interact with staff in a safe way” and noted “that’s a great thing.”

10/7/2020 Trump Admin.: Still ‘Unknowable’ How Virus Got Into White House by OAN Newsroom
White House deputy press secretary Brian Morgenstern talks to reporters outside
the White House, Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
    Trump administration officials have said it remains unclear how the coronavirus got into the White House prior to President Trump’s diagnosis.    On Tuesday, Deputy Press Secretary Brian Morgenstern reported contact tracing has yet to produce definitive results on who was the so-called “patient zero” that infected White House employees.
    “The fact is, it could be any number of sources,” he said.    “So, it’s sort of an unknowable question as to where it entered the environment.” Morgenstern explained all visitors are routinely tested, but noted some may have had a false negative before entering the premises.
    “There could have been any number of guests who have been at the White House who maybe tested negative, but then later tested positive,” he added.
    According to the deputy press secretary, White House doctors are now focused on preventing a potential further spread of COVID rather than determining its origin.

10/7/2020 DHS: 128 Criminal Aliens Detained In ‘Operation Rise’ In Calif. by OAN Newsroom
Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad Wolf testifies before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
committee during his confirmation hearing, Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020 on Captiol Hill in Washington. (Shawn Thew/Pool via AP)
    According to acting DHS Secretary Chad Wolf, a recent immigration enforcement operation in California was a massive success.    Wolf touted “Operation Rise” on Wednesday after federal agents apprehended scores of criminal illegals.
    “In just five days, between September 28th and October 2nd, our officers in California arrested 128 illegal aliens wanted for some of the most heinous crimes imaginable,” he said.
    Wolf also slammed California officials for prohibiting the arrests, citing sanctuary city policies.    He added these sanctuary state policies only encourage crime and have nothing to do with compassion.
    “Instead of fulfilling our shared mission to protect our communities, they would rather play politics with the law by enacting so-called sanctuary city policies to the detriment of our country’s safety,” stated the secretary.    “Some mistakenly believe this is compassionate, but…there is no compassion for the Americans whose lives have been destroyed or ended by these policies.”
    Wolf reiterated the DHS and ICE will continue to enforce the immigration law in similar sting operations across the country in coming weeks.

10/7/2020 Orthodox Jewish Community Protests Latest COVID-19 Restrictions by OAN Newsroom
Members of the Orthodox Jewish community surround a rubbish fire in the street, Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2020, in
the Borough Park section of the Brooklyn borough of New York. (Joe Marino/New York Post via AP)
    Orthodox Jewish demonstrators rallied against state and city leaders’ latest COVID-19 restrictions this week.    Protesters took to the streets in Brooklyn on Tuesday night, where they set several things, including face masks, on fire.
    Jewish community leaders blasted the latest restrictions, which were proposed by Governor Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio, to close down several schools and businesses this week.
    They have suggested they are a targeted group, as stricter restrictions have been placed on communities where Jewish people are the main demographic.
    However, de Blasio has said they are still working out the details.
Members of the Orthodox community speak with NYPD officers, Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2020, in the
Borough Park neighborhood of the Brooklyn borough of New York. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
    The new restrictions will go into effect on Friday.
    “We’re working with the state to get very clear, exact boundaries, put that online and make it searchable by address,” he stated.    “Again, enforcement will start tomorrow when we send out agencies to do enforcement.”

10/8/2020 Oil up $0.01 to $40.06, DOW up 531 to 28,303.

10/8/2020 Beshear: ‘Startlingly high’ number of virus cases due to backlog by Emma Austin, Louisville Courier Journal USA TODAY NETWORK
    Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear announced 2,398 new coronavirus cases in the state Wednesday but said 1,472 of those were the result of a backlog out of Fayette County.
    The remaining 926 cases were newly reported from across the state Wednesday, Beshear said.    Kentucky last week saw a record number of new cases, with more than 6,000 reported, and Beshear said that number will likely be topped by this week’s totals.
    Kentucky has now confirmed 76,587 COVID-19 cases and is at a 4.21% positivity rate.    There are 672 patients hospitalized and 161 in intensive care units for the coronavirus.    Beshear announced five more deaths, including a 65-year-old man from Harlan County, an 80-year-old woman from Greenup County, a 75-year-old woman from Whitley County, a 68-year-old man from Fayette County and a 79-year-old man from Henderson County. Beshear said the backlog, which created Wednesday’s “startlingly high” report of new cases, was the result of Fayette County failing to get its data into the system shared by the state.    A few hundred more cases will be reported over the next few days, Beshear said.
    “They knew they had it, and it wasn’t getting done,” Beshear said, adding that the state lent the county its own employees to help get caught up.
    Dr. Steven Stack, the state’s public health commissioner, said the positivity rate is not affected by the backlogged cases.
    “The number of cases is not used to determine positivity rate,” Stack said.    “It’s the number of people who are tested and whether their test is positive or negative divided by the total number of people tested.”    Stack also explained the state’s declining mortality rate, which stood at about 1.6% Wednesday: With more people being tested daily, relatively healthier people will be included in the rate calculations and lowering the death rate.    Beshear responded again to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s and President Donald Trump’s Tuesday announcement they would not pursue another coronavirus relief bill until after the election, saying Kentucky needs it.    “Just because they failed to do it doesn’t mean they should take the position that it’s not necessary,” Beshear said.    “The president said it’s necessary, the House Democrats have said it’s necessary, surely the Senate Republicans believe it’s necessary. ...It’s a shame that in the midst of a pandemic we let an upcoming election stop us from getting work done.”
    First lady Britainy Beshear spoke at the beginning of the briefing and asked people to donate masks to Coverings for Kids, a program she launched in August to help Kentuckians donate facial coverings to local schools.    More than 40,000 masks have been donated to school districts, she said.    Indiana reported 1,302 new cases Wednesday and an additional 17 deaths, bringing the state’s total to 128,227 cases and 3,500 deaths since the start of the pandemic.
    Reach Emma Austin at or on Twitter at @emmacaustin.    Support journalism by subscribing today: subscribe.courierjournal. com.
[5 deaths / 962 cases = 0.005% really low compared to the 1.6% based on 76,587 cases for 1,225 deaths they promoted above and positivity rate still low at 4.21% which is better than the states around us so say it Beshear, "It is good," and stop your fear mongering.    By the way I get most of my information from OAN Newsroom, Newsmax, FoxNews and local news for the weather only because all the other stations are leftist and corrupt but I record all my shows and watch them using fast-forward on commercials and any thing that I do not want my children to see or hear and the rest of the news services i.e. Fake News are no where on my radar but I do subscribe to the courier-journal/USA TODAY so I can control what articles or images that I sometimes put on my website if I stopped this I would probably cancel my subscription unless they wake up and change their ways.].

10/8/2020 Documents Prove Obama’s Team Created Russian Collusion Hoax by OAN Newsroom
    The Director of Nation Intelligence reveals startling new details about the Russian Collusion Hoax against President Donald Trump.    As One America’s Pearson Sharp explains, senior Obama officials were working hard to cover up Hillary Clinton’s email scandal and undermine the 2016 election.
[It was OAN Newsroom and a report by Pearson Sharp that enlightened me about the F.I.S.A. Surveillance corruption in early 2018 and I soon learned that it was all connected to the Clinton campaign and included into the Obama administration and now after 3 years it is just now coming into the light so all Americans can see that this is real and has been covered up by the fake news, Deep State (a.k.a SWAMP) and even higher into the Globalist entities of the United Nations and all of its offshoots of an incoming World Government.].

10/8/2020 Eric Trump: President Trump ‘Literally Saved’ Christianity by OAN Newsroom
FIL- In this Oct. 10, 2019 file photo, Trump Organization executive vice president Eric Trump participates in the
Yahoo Finance All Markets Summit at Union West in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)
    Eric Trump is highlighting his father’s efforts to protect freedom of religion in America.    The Trump organization executive criticized Democrat governors in several states for shutting down churches while keeping liquor stores open as “essential” businesses.
    Eric said Democrat’s selective approach to lockdowns has exposed the partisan nature of their policies disguised as public health measures.
    “The Democratic Party, the far-left has become the party of the quote-on-quote atheists,” he stated.    “They want to attack Christianity, they want to close churches…they’re totally fine keeping liquor stores open, but they want to close churches all over the country.”
    Eric went on to say the Democrats have failed to support most of the President’s initiatives to address social and economic problems.

10/8/2020 Democrat Sen. Chris Coons Says Judge Amy Coney Barrett Is Perfectly Qualified by OAN Newsroom
FILE – Judge Amy Coney Barrett, President Donald Trumps nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court, meets with Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo.,
on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Oct. 1, 2020. (Demetrius Freeman/The Washington Post via AP, Pool)
    A Democrat senator has admitted Judge Amy Coney Barrett is a suitable choice for the country’s highest court. In an interview with MSNBC Wednesday, Delaware Sen. Chris Coons said he disagrees with Barrett on several major issues, but believes she is equipped to sit on the U.S. Supreme Court.
    Coons also remarked on her strongly conservative views by calling them comparable to those held by late Justice Antonin Scalia.    He said he looked forward to interviewing her during the confirmation process.
    “I’ve been reading her opinions and law review articles, and I’m increasingly convinced that she’s even more conservative than Justice Scalia for whom she clerked on the Supreme Court,” he stated.    “And she has demonstrated a willingness to reverse long-settled precedent…I think she is qualified as a judge, I think she’s going to be an engaging candidate.”
    Coons went on to admit his reluctance to see her confirmed did not originate in her qualifications, but in his personal politics stating “what matters is how she will change the balance on the court.”

10/8/2020 Democrat Senate Candidate Cal Cunningham Apologizes For Affair, Says Sen. Tillis Refusing To Focus On Key ‘Issues’ by OAN Newsroom
Democratic challenger Cal Cunningham, left, and U.S. Sen. Thom Tillis, R-N.C. talk during
a televised debate Thursday, Oct. 1, 2020 in Raleigh, N.C. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
    A North Carolina Democrat Senate candidate is attempting to shift the blame for his extramarital affair on his opponent.    On Wednesday, Cal Cunnhingham said he believes his opponent, Republican Sen. Thom Tillis, is focusing on his personal problems instead of “the issues” at hand.
    This was Cunningham’s first public appearance since reports of the affair broke out last week.    His campaign has confirmed the Democrat’s affair with a California woman featuring sexual messages between the two.
    However, Cunningham is still blaming Tillis for the scandal.    He also apologized for the hurt he has caused to both the people he wants to represent and everyone in his personal life before attacking Tillis.
    “And because Thom Tillis knows that he is losing and knows that we are winning, he has now resorted to trying to make this campaign about something other than the issues,” claimed the Democrat Senate candidate.
    The spouse of the woman Cunningham had the affair with has called for his withdrawal from the race while citing his “misplaced judgment.”
[This could result in the Democrats losing a seat in the Senate unless the voters do not care in NC that adultery of an service members wife is okay or not.].

10/8/2020 HHS Secy. Azar: U.S. Should Have Enough Vaccine Doses For Every American By March 2021 by OAN Newsroom
Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar testifies before the House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis,
on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, Oct. 2, 2020. (Michael A. McCoy/The New York Times via AP, Pool)
    Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar gave an update on Operation Warp Speed this week.    During Thursday’s virtual health care forum, he announced the U.S. should have 100 million doses of the coronavirus vaccine by the end of this year.
    According to Azar, this will be enough to help vulnerable populations.    He explained the U.S. is currently working on producing all six potential vaccines across more than 23 manufacturing facilities.
    Under the direction of the President, he reaffirmed there could be enough doses for every American by March or April of 2021.
    “This past spring, when we presented the likely timelines for vaccines and therapeutics to the President, he said, ‘Not good enough, figure out how you can do it faster,’” stated Azar.    “So, that’s what we did.”
    He went on to say the Trump administration is also working to ensure the mass production of vials and syringes, with over 1 billion under procurement.

10/8/2020 Vice President Mike Pence, Sen. Kamala Harris Square Off At Debate In Salt Lake City by OAN Newsroom
Moderator Susan Page, Washington Bureau Chief for USA Today, explains the rules to Vice President Mike Pence
and Democratic vice presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., during the vice presidential debate Wednesday,
Oct. 7, 2020, at Kingsbury Hall on the campus of the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
    Vice President Mike Pence and Democrat nominee Sen. Kamala Harris went head-to-head for the first and only vice presidential debate with both sharing their goals for the American people under the next presidential term.
    The debate took place in Salt Lake City and was moderated by USA Today’s Susan Page while having the two candidates be separated with plexiglass and sitting 12-feet apart.
    The debate kicked off with Pence “backing the blue” when asked about his stance on law enforcement. He shared how he disagrees with the left’s message of accusing America of being a systemically racist nation.
    “I must tell you this, this presumption that you hear consistently from Joe Biden and Kamala Harris that America is systemically racist and that as Joe Biden said, that he believes that law enforcement has an implicit bias against minorities, is a great insult to the men and women who serve in law enforcement,” he stated.
    The vice president also highlighted President Trump’s response to the environment and the economy while warning that under a Biden administration the U.S. could return the Paris Climate Accords and enact the Green New Deal.
    “Now Joe Biden and Kamala Harris could put us back in the Paris Climate Accord, they’d impose the Green New Deal, which would crush American energy and increase the energy cost of American families,” Pence explained.    “President Trump and I believe the progress we have made in a cleaner environment is happening because we precisely have a strong free market economy.”
    Meanwhile, Harris claimed electing Biden would help Americans with Pence reminding her the Biden administration would remove President Trump’s tax cut for millions of workers. The vice president also criticized the Democrats’ religious persecution by defending his faith and that of Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett.
    “We hope she gets a fair hearing and we particularly hope that we don’t see the kind of attacks on her Christian faith that we saw before,” Pence stated.    “The Democrat chairman of the Judiciary Committee, before when when Judge Barrett was being confirmed for the Court of Appeals, expressed concern that the dogma of her faith lived loudly in her.”
    At the end of the debate, both sides urged for American’s to get out and register to vote with the presidential election less than a month away.
    President Trump and Democrat nominee Joe Biden will face off next week while taking the podium for the second presidential debate.

10/8/2020 Vice President Pence Attacks China During Vice Presidential Debate by OAN Newsroom
Vice President Mike Pence makes a point during the vice presidential debate with Democratic vice presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif.,
Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2020, at Kingsbury Hall on the campus of the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
    Vice President Mike Pence took aim at China during Wednesday night’s vice presidential debate.    He defended President Trump’s “tough on China” approach and said the Trump administration plans to “hold China accountable for what they did to America.”
    Pence doubled down on moderator Susan Page of USA Today by noting the President’s remarks placing blame on China for letting the coronavirus get out of hand.    He then accused Democrat presidential nominee Joe Biden of being a cheerleader for the communist country.
    “China is to blame for the coronavirus and President Trump is not happy about it, he’s made that very clear,” stated the vice president.    “China and the World Health Organization did not play straight with the American people, they did not let our personnel into China to get information on the coronavirus until the middle of February.”
    Pence praised President Trump’s decision to suspend travel from China in January, which is a move Biden vehemently opposed at the time for saving American lives.
    “Fortunately, President Trump, in dealing with China from the outset of this administration…standing up to China that had been taking advantage of America for decades, in the wake of Joe Biden’s cheer leading for China,” he continued to explain.

10/8/2020 Pelosi Floats Possibility Of Using 25th Amendment Amid President Trump’s COVID Diagnosis by OAN Newsroom
Rep. Frank Pallone, D-N.J., left, listens as Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., speaks with
reporters at the Capitol in Washington, Thursday, Oct. 8, 2020. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has suggested she and her Democrat colleagues are discussing the 25th Amendment in regards to the President’s recent coronavirus diagnosis.    During a press conference concerning stimulus negotiations, Pelosi told reporters they should come back Friday to hear more details on how Democrats are planning to use the amendment.
    “Come here tomorrow,” she said.    “We’re going to be talking about the 25th Amendment.”
    The 25th Amendment gives special powers to Congress to remove the sitting President from office if they can prove the commander-in-chief is unable to perform the duties of office.
    This came after the House speaker slammed President Trump for stating he was a “perfect specimen” amid his recovery from the coronavirus.
    The President returned to the White House on Monday following a brief hospitalization last weekend.    Despite his diagnosis, he worked from the hospital and continues to perform his duties from the White House since his discharge.

10/8/2020 Biden Refuses To Reveal Position On ‘Packing’ Supreme Court Until After Election by OAN Newsroom
Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks at the Carpenters Local Union 1912
in Phoenix, Thursday, Oct. 8, 2020, to kick off a small business bus tour. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
    Joe Biden has said he will not reveal his position on “packing” the Supreme Court until after November’s election.    While speaking to reporters in Phoenix, Arizona on Thursday, Biden once again dodged questions on the matter.
    “You’ll know my opinion on court packing when the election is over,” he said.
    The former vice president argued revealing his stance on the issue would distract from the elections and from President Trump’s nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett.
    “It’s a great question and I don’t blame you for asking it, but the moment I answer that question, the headline in every one of your papers will be about that other than focusing on what’s happening now,” he added.
    Biden has faced increased scrutiny in recent weeks for refusing to answer questions on whether or not he would expand the high court following Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death in September.    Sen. Kamala Harris also dodged similar questions during Wednesday night’s vice-presidential debate.

10/8/2020 Mayor Bill De Blasio: Attack On Jewish Journalist Unacceptable by OAN Newsroom
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio speaks at the U.S. Conference of Mayors’ Winter Meeting, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
    New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio recently condemned the attack of a Jewish journalist in his city.    On Thursday, he spoke out on the targeted assault of Jewish Insider reporter Jacob Kornbluh.
    The journalist was targeted by a group of men in Borough Park in Brooklyn, which is one of the state designated “red zones” with tight COVID-19 restrictions.    The attackers allegedly suspected Kornbluh of reporting restriction violations to police.
    Kornbluh was covering the protests that followed Governor Cuomo’s announcement of another shutdown, which protesters argued unfairly targets Jewish communities.
    The mayor has called the attack unacceptable and disgusting.
    “Here’s a journalist who really cares about doing the work of informing people of what’s going on, and here’s a mob of people attacking him,” stated de Blasio.    “It’s absolutely unacceptable, disgusting really.”
    In the meantime, Kornbluh has said he is filing charges against the individuals who attacked him.

10/8/2020 BLM Rioters Damage Wis. Town Following Decision Not To Charge Police Officer In Feb. Shooting by OAN Newsroom
This undated photo provided by the Wauwatosa Police Department in Wauwatosa, Wis., shows Wauwatosa Police
Officer Joseph Mensah. (Gary Monreal/Monreal Photography LLC/Wauwatosa Police Department via AP)
    Black Lives Matter mobs took to the streets of Wauwatosa, Wisconsin after prosecutors declined to charge a Black police officer in the shooting of a Black>     Demonstrators, who have been protesting the shooting for months, caused havoc in the city late Wednesday night.    They were caught on camera smashing windows in the city’s north side.
    Wauwatosa officials previously called a curfew and had the National Guard standing by in anticipation of the violence.
    The mayor called for calm ahead of the announcement.    He also closed public buildings and moved school classes online for the week.
    “I really beg people to remain peaceful and allow the legal process, the governmental process, to work itself out,” stated Mayor Dennis McBride.    “Given what happened in Kenosha, just heightened the concern that we already had that some people might let their emotions run too high.”
    Rioters could be seen harassing locals at their homes and even drove vehicles through some people’s yards.    Police eventually used tear gas on the rioters after they refused to obey an order to disperse.

10/8/2020 President Trump: U.S. Troops Must Come Home To Boost Preparedness by OAN Newsroom
American military convoy stops near the town of Tel Tamr, north Syria, Sunday, Oct. 20, 2019. (AP Photo/Baderkhan Ahmad)
    President Trump has said he wants to bring American troops home from overseas so they can focus on countering threats from China and Russia.    On Thursday, the President stated U.S. troops have been exhausted by endless foreign wars in countries like Iraq and Afghanistan.
    He added America is facing far greater challenges today, including the military and economic threats posed by China, as well as transnational corruption by the Kremlin.
    President Trump also highlighted massive investment in the U.S. military by his administration to restore its preparedness.
    “We’ve spent $2.5 trillion over my term in office, that’s over 3 1/2 years,” he stated.    “I took over a depleted military, old equipment, broken equipment, even in the Army, all brand new uniforms with a belt, everybody wanted the belt.”
    The President reiterated U.S. troops must return home and be prepared to confront communist China or the Putin regime if necessary.

10/9/2020 Oil up $1.25 to $43.40, DOW up 122 to 28,426.

10/9/2020 Beshear announces 884 new COVID-19 cases, 11 deaths and 4.1% positivity rate by Sarah Ladd, Louisville Courier Journal USA TODAY NETWORK
    Gov. Andy Beshear announced 884 new coronavirus cases and 11 new deaths in Kentucky on Thursday.
    The state has now seen 77,455 cases, and the positivity rate is at 4.1%.
    “Even excluding some of the backlog cases that came in yesterday,” Beshear said, “we are unfortunately on track to have the single largest week thus far in this epidemic.”
    Beshear said while he feels good about where the state stands with personal protective equipment and testing, he doesn’t feel good about where the numbers are [HE WILL NOT ADMIT THAT EVERYTHING IS GETTING BETTER IN KENTUKY].
    The new deaths by county are:
62-year-old woman from Bell County
95-year-old woman from Boyd County
60-year-old woman from Bullitt County
80-year-old woman from Fayette County
85-year-old woman and 63-yearold woman from Jefferson County
58-year-old man from Jefferson County
65-year-old man from Lincoln County
86-year-old woman from Scott County
83-year-old man from Scott County
31-year-old man from Warren County with other health issues.
    After being absent from Beshear’s daily press conference for about a week, Kentucky’s sign language interpreter, Virginia Moore, announced Thursday via video that she’s been diagnosed with uterine cancer and asked people to wear a mask for her.
    “As you know Dr. (Steven) Stack indicated to us during the pandemic we needed to take care of our own health,” Moore said.    “And especially here recently, we needed to go to the doctor and follow up and take care of our own health.    I did put off some things.    And I’m here to say to you all, you don’t need to.”
    Moore said she was recently diagnosed with stage 1 uterine cancer and will undergo a hysterectomy.
She said there will not likely be a need for follow up treatment after that.
    “So actually, this is good thing, but it reminds me to tell you all you need to take care of yourself,” she said.    “This month of October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.    Ladies, please go have a mammogram.    Please go have a pap smear.    Please take care of yourself.”    Earlier Thursday, Indiana reported 1,488 new coronavirus cases and 16 new deaths, bringing the state’s totals to 129,677 cases and 3,515 deaths.
    Reach breaking news reporter Sarah Ladd at    Follow her on Twitter at @ladd_sarah.
[11 deaths / 884 cases = 0.012% very low and positivity rate at 4.1% lowest ever I rest my case.].

10/9/2020 President Trump Unveils Plan To Make The Treatment He Received For COVID-19 Available To Seniors by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this Monday, Oct. 5, 2020 file photo, President Donald Trump holds his mask after removing it from his face as he stands on the Blue Room Balcony
upon returning to the White House in Washington from the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
    President Trump recently extended a message to the nation’s senior citizens, promising to make available to them the very same treatment he received for COVID-19.
    The President’s address, delivered from the South Lawn of the White House on Thursday, opened up with an expression of solidarity, where he spoke of his shared experience as a fellow member of the group designated as “at-risk” by medical professionals.
    Yet once he tested positive for the virus, the President stated he made a quick recovery thanks to the cutting edge medical care he received at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.    Additionally, he announced that therapy will soon be accessible to seniors at no charge.
    “But we have medicines right now and I call them a cure,” he stated.    “…we’re gonna make them available immediately, we have an Emergency Use Authorization that I want to get signed immediately.”
    An Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) allows the FDA to fast-track the deployment of medical resources during times of national emergency when adhering to a standard timeline has the potential to put lives in peril.
    The mechanism has been successfully employed by the Trump administration since the beginning of the pandemic with the FDA issuing the original version of its declaration under the Public Readiness and Emergency Preparedness Act for medical countermeasures against COVID-19 in early February.    This was a full month before the World Health Organization had even designated the disease as a pandemic.
    The President contrasted the responsiveness of his policies to those adopted by Democrat leaders during past disease outbreaks, specifically taking aim at the Obama-Biden administration’s handling of the 2009 swine flu outbreak during which the CDC reported an estimated 43 to 89 million Americans contracted the H1N1 virus in the span of a single month.    That is five to 12 times the total number of COVID-19 cases reported in the U.S. since the beginning of the pandemic “My opponent, as you know, he talks, but he never did anything in 47 years,” said President Trump.    “…he had his chance with H1N1 Swine Flu and it was one of the great disasters.”
    President Trump rounded off his remarks by making a pledge to stand behind the country’s seniors while stressing the urgency of distributing the most effective treatments against the virus as soon as possible.
    “‘We’re taking care of our seniors,” he stated.    “…you’re gonna get the same medicine, you’re gonna get it free, no charge and we’re going to get it to you soon.”

10/9/2020 President Trump Calls On AG Barr To Speed Up IG Probe Into The Origins Of The Russia Investigation by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this March 23, 2020, file photo President Donald Trump moves from the podium to allow Attorney General
William Barr to speak about the coronavirus in the James Brady Briefing Room in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)
    President Trump has called on Attorney General William Barr to speed-up the Justice Department’s investigation into the origins of the Russia probe.
    In an interview Thursday, the President said Barr may go down in history as a disappointment for his reluctance to prosecute members of former President Obama’s administration over their roles in the investigation.
    Earlier this week, the President sent out multiple tweets asking why there haven’t been any major prosecutions in the probe led by Inspector General John Durham.
    So far, there has only been one criminal case as a result of the investigation with former FBI lawyer Kevin Clinesmith pleading guilty in August to altering a government email about a former Trump campaign adviser.
    On Tuesday, Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe declassified documents showing that former CIA Director John Brennan briefed then-President Obama that Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign allegedly planned to tie the Trump campaign to Russia as a way to distract from her email scandal.
    However, it’s still unclear what will be contained in Durham’s report or even when it’s set to be released.    According to reports, however,     Justice Department officials have been hoping it will be done before Election Day as they worry the probe will be closed if Joe Biden is elected.
    Democrats have attempted to derail efforts to get the report out before November 3 by claiming it is politically motivated.    Barr has addressed those concerns by saying he doesn’t believe a potential release of the report would have an impact on the race.
    “As I’ve already said, I’m conscious of the election and I don’t think any of the things that are being worked on are going to have an adverse effect on that,” stated the attorney general.    “I also think there’s strong public interest involved as well.”
    President Trump has also stated Biden should not have been able to run for the presidency due to his alleged involvement in the Russia collusion scandal.

10/9/2020 NIH Launches Late Stage Trial Testing For Blood-Based Antibody Treatment Taken With Antiviral Remdesivir by OAN Newsroom
FILE – This April 30, 2020, file photo shows Gilead Sciences headquarters in Foster City, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot, File)
    Another possible coronavirus treatment has entered phase three clinical trials with the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIH) being optimistic about its potential.
    On Thursday, the NIH announced the inpatient treatment with anti-coronavirus immunoglobulin study had officially begun.    The trial is testing the efficacy of hyperimmune intravenous immunoglobulin (HIVIG), which is a blood product containing antibodies from people who have recovered from the coronavirus in conjunction with anti-viral drug Remdesivir.
    Remdesivir was issued Emergency Use Authorization back in May and works by preventing the virus from producing enzymes needed to replicate itself within the body.
    The drug was developed by Gilead and has been consistently shown to shorten hospital stays of coronavirus patients, including President Trump who was treated at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center for just three-days.
    Researchers hope the combination of Remdesivir and anti-bodies, which can neutralize the virus and prevent it from infecting healthy cells, will help boost patients’ immune systems so they can better battle the virus.
    500 volunteers across 18 countries that are currently infected with COVID-19 are involved in the study, which is is set to conclude by early November.

10/9/2020 White House Press Secy. Slams House Speaker For Suggesting To Use 25th Amendment To Remove President From Office by OAN Newsroom
White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany, walks up to be interviewed by Fox News,
Sunday, Oct. 4, 2020, at the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
    White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany took aim at the House Speaker by suggesting Nancy Pelosi is “the only one who needs the 25th Amendment.”
    McEnany’s Friday morning tweet came after Pelosi discussed the introduction of the Commission on Presidential Capacity to discharge the powers and duties of office.    The commission would evaluate President Trump’s fitness to serve the American people under the 25th Amendment.
    In a Twitter response Thursday, President Trump echoed McEnany’s remarks by suggesting “crazy Nancy is the one who should be under observation.”

10/9/2020 Biden Won’t Say If He’ll Pack SCOTUS Until After The Elections by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020 file photo, Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks
during a roundtable discussion with veterans at Hillsborough Community College in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
    Democrat presidential nominee Joe Biden said he will not reveal his position on “packing” the Supreme Court until after the elections.    While speaking to reporters in Phoenix, Arizona on Thursday, he, once again, dodged questions on the matter.
    Biden argued that revealing his stance on the issue would distract from focusing on the elections and from President Trump’s nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett.
    You’ll know my opinion on court packing when the election is over,” he stated.    “Now look, I know it’s a great question and I don’t blame you for asking it, but, you know, the moment I answer that question the headline in every one of your papers will be about that other than focusing on what’s happening now.”
    The former vice president has faced increased scrutiny in recent weeks for refusing to answer questions on whether he would expand the high court following Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death in September.

Vice President Mike Pence speaks at a campaign rally at TYR Tactical Thursday, Oct. 8, 2020, in Peoria, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
    Meanwhile, Vice President Mike Pence said Biden and Kamala Harris want to erode the rule of law in America.    While speaking at a MAGA rally in Boulder City, Nevada on Thursday, he noted that said Harris has also failed to say whether Democrats plan to increase the number of Supreme Court justices.
    Pence said that plan, known as “packing,” would establish Democrat Party control over America’s judicial system.    He went on to say President Trump will defend the U.S. Constitution from this Democrat encroachment.
    “Had a little debate with Kamala Harris…I think it was a debate between two visions,” stated the vice president.    Joe Biden and Kamala Harris was higher taxes, open borders, socialized medicine, they want to abolish fossil fuels, use taxpayer funds for abortions.”
    Pence also reiterated Nevada and the entire U.S. need another four years of the Trump presidency to cement America’s economic and technological leadership.


10/9/2020 Pelosi Unveils Bill To Create Commission On President’s Fitness For Office Using 25th Amendment by OAN Newsroom
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., speaks during a news conference at the
Capitol in Washington, Friday, Oct. 9, 2020. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has introduced new legislation to officially evaluate the President Trump’s fitness for office.    On Friday, she announced a bill that would introduce the Commission on Presidential Capacity to Discharge the Powers and Duties of Office to determine if the President is “physically and mentally” fit to continue serving in office.
    During a press conference alongside Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-Md.), Pelosi stated the bill would set up a 16 member bipartisan panel of doctors and former administration officials to conduct a medical examination of President Trump.
    Pelosi has claimed the bill has nothing to do with the President.
    “This legislation applies to future presidents, but we are reminded by the necessities of the action by the health of the current President,” she said.
    Her remarks came just one day after she accused President Trump of being in an “altered state” from his coronavirus treatment.
Dr. Sean Conley, physician to President Donald Trump, talks with reporters at Walter Reed
National Military Medical Center, Monday, Oct. 5, 2020, in Bethesda, Md. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
    This latest move by Democrats came despite the professional opinion of White House physician Dr. Sean Conley, who recently confirmed the     President has completed his coronavirus treatment and should be ready to hit the campaign trail again soon.
    Meanwhile, President Trump has railed against the House speaker, calling her “crazy” and a “nut job.”    He suggested “we can say it nicely or we can say it badly” that Joe Biden is in no condition to be a presidential candidate.
    He went on to accuse Pelosi of forming the legislation to oust Biden, should he win in November.
    “This 25th Amendment, I think they put it in so they can get Kamala in,” stated the President.    “That was the first thing I thought of, and by the way, Republicans have been really very good to me.”
    However, the new legislation will likely never see the light of day, especially since the House is out of session until after the election.    Even if House Democrats were able to make use of the 25th Amendment, it is very unlikely Pelosi will succeed in accomplishing her goal.
A Marine is posted outside the West Wing of the White House, signifying the President is
in the Oval Office, Thursday, Oct. 8, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
    President Trump can only be removed from office involuntarily if his cabinet or vice president votes to remove him, if 2/3 of both the House and Senate vote to remove him, or Pelosi’s way under Section Four, which would impanel a commission to decide if the President is fit to carry out his duties.
    However, even if the House passes the bill to set up the commission, it will be dead on arrival in the Republican controlled Senate, just like the Democrats’ earlier impeachment attempt.
[Obviously Nancy really does not have any valid arrows in her quiver if she thinks trying to change the impeachment functions is going to get Trump away but she is wrong but they may be doing this so they can do it to Joe Biden if he wins to put socialist Harris as pres and Nancy as the backup so they can push all their anti-American values on this country and remove our 1st, 2nd and 4th Amendment Sovereignty rights and let the Globalist World Goverment take us over which is what Donald Trump stopped since 2017 to date.].

10/9/2020 Researchers Find School-Age Children Not Likely COVID-19 Super Spreaders by OAN Newsroom
Signs in a hallway reminds students to wear masks and distance themselves at Fox Trail
Elementary School, Friday, Oct. 9, 2020, in Davie, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
    New research has shown school-age children are less likely to become super spreaders of the coronavirus.    According to data from Qualtrics, 0.1% of students from elementary to high school ages have tested positive for the virus so far, falling well below the 2% estimate that was projected over summer.
    The study found teachers and staff had slightly higher rates of infection, but still fell under a quarter of a percent.
    Meanwhile, international studies showed children under 10 have experienced an unusual response to the virus compared to other age groups.    Prior to adolescence, experts reported children are less likely to transmit the disease to others.
    In light of these findings, researchers began advocating for the reopening of elementary schools, while suggesting junior high and high schools open at a slower pace.
Members of the Orthodox Jewish community wait for school buses to collect them in the Borough Park
neighborhood of the Brooklyn borough of New York, Thursday, Oct. 8, 2020. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
    Earlier this month, the CDC reported young children make up half as many coronavirus cases compared to teenagers.    Despite this, New York City decided to close hundreds of schools earlier this week as cases rose in the city.
    Parents, students and lawmakers protested the sudden closures in some neighborhoods.    They have argued case numbers in the region are not high enough to consider schools a public health threat to the community.
    This came after nearly 56 million children returned to school this fall across the country.

10/9/2020 Morgenstern: President Trump Interested In Getting Back On Campaign Trail by OAN Newsroom
White House deputy press secretary Brian Morgenstern talks to reporters outside the
White House, Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
    According to White House Deputy Press Secretary Brian Morgenstern, the President is very interested in getting back out on the campaign trail.    On Friday, he discussed President Trump’s health and his desire to get back to work.
    “He can’t wait to get out and interact with the American people in a safe way,” stated the deputy press secretary.
    As soon as the President is no longer contagious, Morgenstern has said he is planning to hold rallies and attend the remaining presidential debates as planned.
    “He can’t wait to debate Joe Biden, and the presidential debate commission changing the format unilaterally was a very bad idea,” he added.    “They should face off before the American people, live and in person.”
    Morgenstern reiterated the President does not plan to attend any in-person events until he is cleared by medical experts.

10/9/2020 White House To Present $1.8T Stimulus Proposal by OAN Newsroom
White House chief economic adviser Larry Kudlow talks with reporters outside the White House about
coronavirus relief package negotiations, Friday, Oct. 9, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
    The White House is preparing a $1.8 trillion coronavirus stimulus proposal.    It will be the largest aid package offered by the administration so far, but falls short of the $2.2 trillion bill passed by the House earlier this month.
    Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin is expected to present the bill to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Friday.    Chief economic adviser Larry Kudlow spoke on some of the possible details in the President’s offer.
    “I would reckon that some of our key asks (are) small business PPP extension, we need some back up on the unemployment assistance,” he explained.    “I think the President approved it because it will include the economic assistance direct mail checks…and I think airlines are going to be in there.”
    It remains unclear if Senate Republicans will support the larger proposal, as the last aid package floated in the Senate was about $500 billion.
    “I don’t want to step in the middle of the negotiations here, but the developments are very positive,” added Kudlow.    “This is breakthrough stuff, and it happened this morning.”

10/9/2020 Rittenhouse Attorneys Say Extradition Would ‘Turn Him Over To Mob’ by OAN Newsroom
In this screen grab from live stream video, Kyle Rittenhouse appears via video during a hearing at the Nineteenth Judicial Circuit Court
in Waukegan, Ill., on Friday, Oct. 9, 2020. Rittenhouse, who is accused of killing two protesters days after Jacob Blake was shot
by police in Kenosha, Wis., is fighting his return to Wisconsin to face homicide charges. (Nineteenth Judicial Circuit Court via AP)
    Attorneys for Kyle Rittenhouse have argued that turning him over to Wisconsin prosecutors would be “turning him over to the mob.”    The 17-year-old appeared for a virtual hearing Friday as his attorneys filed a petition arguing an extradition would violate his constitutional rights.
    Rittenhouse has been held in Illinois since an August shooting in Kenosha left two dead and one injured.    Attorney John Pierce said video evidence shows he was acting in self defense and he would be in danger if he were held in an adult jail.
    “It’s no secret that this is a very unique, extraordinary situation,” Pierce explained.    “There’s a massive amount of video evidence that shows that there’s beyond a shadow of a doubt that this is not a criminal prosecution, it is a political prosecution.”
In this screen grab from live stream video, Kyle Rittenhouse’s attorney John Pierce appears via video during a hearing
at the Nineteenth Judicial Circuit Court in Waukegan, Ill., on Friday, Oct. 9, 2020. (Nineteenth Judicial Circuit Court via AP)
    His attorneys argue prosecutors didn’t follow legal technicalities required for extradition.    The judge gave prosecutors seven days to respond to the petition, scheduling the next hearing for October 30.

10/10/2020 Oil down $0.74 to $40.53, DOW up 161 to 28,587.

10/10/2020 Beshear: 1,059 new COVID-19 cases, 8 deaths by Ayana Archie, Louisville Courier Journal USA TODAY NETWORK
    Gov. Andy Beshear announced the state’s positive coronavirus cases continue to rise, with 1,059 new cases Friday and eight deaths.
    “We continue to be in another escalation of COVID-19 cases here in Kentucky,” Beshear said.    “This is the highest Friday in the last four weeks, and this will be our highest week ever when we finish it for number of new COVID-19 cases.”
    The update brings the total amount of coronavirus cases in the state to at least 78,456 and the number of deaths to 1,242.    There is a positivity rate of 4.32%.     The deaths included:
A 90-year-old woman from Boyd County
A 73-year-old woman from Daviess County
A 76-year-old man from Harrison County
Two women, ages 70 and 74, from Henderson County
A 87-year-old man from Jefferson County
A 48-year-old woman from Logan County
A 54-year-old woman from McCracken County.
    Across the river in Indiana, there was another record high of new coronavirus cases, adding 1,832 to the state’s tally, breaking the previous high from a week ago.    Another 19 deaths were reported, bringing the state’s totals to 131,493 cases and 3,534 deaths.
[8 deaths / 1.059 cases = 0.007% very low and positivity rate at 4.32% very low and every state around us has twice as many cases and Beshear you are lying to Kentucky with this “another escalation of COVID-19 cases here” comment without validity.].

10/9/2020 Commission On Presidential Debates Cancels 2nd Debate by OAN Newsroom
FILE – The set is shown during a presidential debate at UNLV on Oct. 19, 2016, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, FILE)
    According to a statement from the Commission on Presidential Debates, the second debate has been officially cancelled.    Officials reportedly came to the decision after 48 hours of negotiations with both campaigns, during which they were allegedly unable to find common ground on how the debate would take place.
    Instead, the commission has said it will focus its attention on preparations for the final presidential debate, which is scheduled for October 22nd in Nashville, Tennessee.    Kristen Welker of NBC News will serve as moderator for the debate.
    “It is now apparent there will be no debate on October 15th,” read a statement from the commission.    “The CPD will turn its attention to preparations for the final presidential debate scheduled for October 22nd.”
    They added the next and final presidential debate will be in accordance with all required testing, masking, social distancing and other health safety protocols.
    In the meantime, both President Trump and Joe Biden are expected to hold separate events of their own on the 15th in lieu of the debate.

10/9/2020 President Trump Touts Antibody Drug That Led To His Speedy Recovery by OAN Newsroom
In this undated image from video provided by Regeneron Pharmaceuticals on Friday, Oct. 2, 2020, vials are inspected at
the company’s facilities in New York state, for efforts on an experimental coronavirus antibody drug. (Regeneron via AP)
    President Trump has attributed his quick recovery from COVID-19 to an experimental antibody drug by Regeneron Pharmaceuticals.
    While speaking with Rush Limbaugh on Friday, the President stated his doctors told him he could have become “very ill” from the coronavirus.    However, thanks to the drug, he recovered within 24 hours.
    The President went on to say he was not in great shape, but emphasized the drug completely wiped out the virus.
    “I feel better now than I did two weeks ago, it’s crazy,” he said.    “I recovered immediately, and I might not have recovered at all from COVID.”
    President Trump went on to say his administration has already begun the process of getting the drug approved in the hopes of sending hundreds of thousands of vials of it to hospitals nationwide.

10/9/2020 President Trump: ‘Lamestream’ Media Does Not Want To See A Great Country by OAN Newsroom
In this image provided by the White House, President Donald Trump listens during a phone call with Vice President Mike Pence,
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley, Sunday, Oct. 4, 2020,
in his conference room at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md. (Tia Dufour/The White House via AP)
    President Trump once again slammed the mainstream media by saying there are so many people who are lying about his administration.    During his interview with radio show host Rush Limbaugh on Friday, the President said he can’t figure out why they do not want to see a great country.
    “No matter what you do, they try and find fault,” he stated.    “They’re vicious, vicious people.”
    President Trump pointed out his administration is creating a strong economy and has even found treatments for the coronavirus, yet the media still isn’t satisfied.
    “Why would they want to have a country that’s in turmoil?” he asked.    “Because they create it, the fake news is the worst thing we have going.”
    Limbaugh went on to comment that the mainstream media wants all those things, but they do not want to see President Trump responsible for it.

10/9/2020 President Trump Calls For ‘Bigger Stimulus Than Democrats Or Republicans Are Offering’ by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this April 23, 2020, file photo, President Donald Trump’s name is seen on a stimulus check issued by the IRS to
help combat the adverse economic effects of the COVID-19 outbreak, in San Antonio, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)
    President Trump has reversed his position on another round of coronavirus stimulus.    On Friday, the President called for a bigger relief package with higher spending and stated he would like to see a deal.
    “I would like to see a bigger stimulus package, frankly, than either the Democrats or Republicans are offering,” he said.    “I’m going in the exact opposite (direction) now.”
    This came after the President previously suggested ending stimulus talks because House Speaker Nancy Pelosi wasn’t negotiating “in good faith.”    Democrats also wouldn’t budge on their $2.2 trillion proposal, which GOP lawmakers said was too high.
    “I would like to see a bigger package, I’d like to see money going to people,” added President Trump.    “It was not their fault that China sent in the plague.”
    Moving forward, White House Communications Director Alyssa Farah reiterated the administration is “willing and eager” to make a deal, but will go no higher than $2 trillion.

10/9/2020 President Trump Says He Is ‘Totally For Protecting Pre-Existing Conditions’ by OAN Newsroom
President Donald Trump delivers remarks on healthcare at Charlotte Douglas International Airport, Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020, in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
    The President recently doubled down on his commitment to protect Americans with pre-existing conditions.    During Friday’s virtual rally on the Rush Limbaugh Radio Show, President Trump stated he is totally for protecting pre-existing conditions.
    It’s all part of his “America First Healthcare Vision” plan, which is designed to replace Obamacare.
    His reform plan includes expanding affordable insurance options and providing better care for Americans.
    “Pre-existing conditions I’m totally for, but I’m against Obamacare because it’s too expensive,” stated President Trump.    “I already got rid of the individual mandate, which was the worst part of Obamacare, where you had to pay a fortune for the privilege of not paying for bad health insurance.”
    The President also signed an executive order in September, which directed the Department of Health and Human Services to protect all Americans with pre-existing conditions even if Obamacare is repealed.

10/10/2020 NYC Halts Final Compensation Payment To Teachers, Union Vows Arbitration Process by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this March 31, 2020, file photo, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio speaks to the media in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II, File)
    The mayor of New York City faced backlash from the state’s largest teachers union after canceling a compensation payout.    On Friday, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the coronavirus pandemic forced him to freeze $900 million in teacher back pay.
    A 2014 union agreement declared teachers would receive 12% to 25% of the amount owed to them between 2009 and 2015.    The last payment was due this month.
    United Teachers Federation President Michael Mulgrew slammed the city for “waiting until the last minute” and stated the union will go directly to arbitration.
    “We all understand that we’re in a pandemic, that our economy has basically been wrecked both here in the city, the state and nationally,” he said.    “But this is money we have already earned from over 10 years ago, and the city needs to make good on their obligation.”
    In the meantime, the mayor has insisted the payments were not canceled and will be given at a later date.
[It looks like Blasio is going to piss off the Teacher's Union and this is what the Pelosi hold up on the bill to give the people relief money and he probably spent the money on riots and or fake demonstrations for the BLM and bailouts of criminals.].

10/10/2020 Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s Confirmation Hearing To Begin Monday by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this Oct. 1, 2020, file photo President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Judge Amy Coney Barrett listens as
Sen. Jerry Moran, R-Kan., not shown, speaks during their meeting on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, Pool)
    Supreme Court nominee Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s confirmation hearing is set to begin on Monday.    According to details released by the Senate Judiciary Committee, two GOP senators from Indiana and a former law professor will introduce her to the people to kick off the hearing.
    Sen. Todd Young, Sen. Michael Braun and former Notre Dame law professor Patricia O’Hara will open the hearing with a five-minute speech on Judge Barrett’s qualifications.    The judge will then give her own opening statement to the committee.
    Both senators met with the Supreme Court nominee in recent weeks as part of her circuit to meet with lawmakers.    They have spoken about her qualifications in the past, remarking on her deep understanding of the role of a judge.
    The hearing is set to be a hybrid mix of in-person and virtual participation.    Some senators are expected to join via teleconference, as several key senators like Thom Tillis recently tested positive for COVID-19.
    The Judiciary Committee will officially begin questioning Barrett on Tuesday.    Democrats are expected to grill her on health care, abortion and gun rights.

10/10/2020 President Trump Receives Endorsement From Fla. Police Chiefs Association by OAN Newsroom
Screengrab via Florida Police Chiefs Association.
    The Florida Police Chiefs Association offered its first ever presidential endorsement to President Trump this week.
    “On behalf of the Florida Police Chiefs Association, I am honored to announce our endorsement of President Donald J. Trump,” stated Chief Jeff Pearson.
    President Trump has expressed his gratitude to the association for their support.    On Twitter, the President stated he was honored to earn the first ever presidential endorsement from the organization.
    In a phone call with the organization, he told the members he is looking forward to meeting with them in person.    He went on to say he will never let them down.
    “Especially in Florida, it means so much to me and I really appreciate it,” said the President.    “You do a great job, really courageous people, and it’s an honor.”
    Former state Attorney General Pam Bondi stepped in to accept the endorsement for President Trump in person.
    “He believes in our law enforcement, our first responders and great military,” she stated.    “That’s why this endorsement is so personal to him.”
    According to the FPCA, the President has demonstrated his unwavering support for law enforcement, especially for the men and women who risk their lives to protect the peace.
    “President Trump’s support of law enforcement is unmatched,” added Pearson.    “He continues to support law enforcement by ensuring we have the tools, training and information that we need to protect our communities.”

10/10/2020 Thousands Of Ohio Voters Receive The Wrong Mail-In Ballot by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this Sept. 29, 2020, file photo Philadelphia City Council President Darrell L. Clarke fills out an application for a mail-in
ballot before voting at the opening of a satellite election office at Temple University’s Liacouras Center in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum, File)
    Ohio’s most populous county gained national attention after it failed to properly roll out mail-in ballots to voters.    On Friday, the Franklin County Board of Elections announced about 50,000 people had received the incorrect ballot.
    “I look down, start reading through the candidates and see it is not Joyce Beatty and Mark Richardson on it,” explained resident Ashley Castricone.    “Instead, it’s Steve Stivers and Joel Newby, who are not in my district for representative.”
    According to election officials, the error happened last week when an employee changed a setting on the machine that places ballots into envelopes.
    “A scanner on that equipment wasn’t functioning the way it should,” stated Director Ed Leonard.    “It should be scanning to confirm that the ballot and the envelope are the correct ballot and envelope that the voter should receive.”
    The board added it has already begun to print replacements that will be ready for delivery by the end of the weekend.    However, the error has furthered the ongoing national argument about absentee ballots and whether they promote voter fraud.
    President Trump took to social media to condemn the mistake. He emphasized the situation was out of control.
    Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose called the incident a “serious mistake,” but assured voters they would still have a fair election.
    Election officials noted there are multiple safeguards to ensure everyone only votes once.    They reiterated they will mail information to the affected voters and list their options moving forward.

10/10/2020 Hundreds Rally For President Trump At First Public Event Since COVID Diagnosis by OAN Newsroom
President Donald Trump speaks from the Blue Room Balcony of the White House to a
crowd of supporters, Saturday, Oct. 10, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
    On Saturday, President Trump held his first public event since his coronavirus diagnosis and treatment.    While speaking from the White House’s South Portico Balcony, the President thanked his supporters for their ongoing support amid his recovery.
    With the use of science and medicine, he reaffirmed the nation will defeat the virus “once and for all.”
    President Trump also touted his progress for Black and Latino Americans by highlighting the lowest ever unemployment rates among those communities.
    The President also highlighted law enforcement for their work amid nationwide unrest and stressed the need for law and order.

President Donald Trump gives thumbs up, as he departs after speaking from the Blue Room Balcony of the
White House to a crowd of supporters, Saturday, Oct. 10, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
    President Trump will be hopping back on the campaign trail Monday for a rally in Sanford, Florida.
    He will then travel to Pennsylvania for a “Make America Great Again” event in the battleground state.    According to his campaign, the rally will be held on Tuesday at the John Murtha Johnstown-Cambria County Airport.
    Next, President Trump will head to Iowa for another rally at the Des Moines International Airport.
    Campaign officials have confirmed all attendees will be given a temperature check, masks and access to hand sanitizer during these events.

10/11/2020 Beshear announces 1,002 new coronavirus cases, 7 more deaths by Emma Austin, Louisville Courier Journal USA TODAY NETWORK
    Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear reported 1,002 new coronavirus cases and seven more deaths on Saturday.
    The state has now seen 79,445 cases and 1,249 deaths [NOTE: That is only 0.015%].
    “It’s past time for us to get back to the behaviors that we know curb the spread of this virus,” Beshear said in a press release.    “It’s time to buckle down and treat this thing like the deadly disease that it is.”
    Saturday’s deaths included a 60-year-old man from Hancock County, an 87-year-old man from Carter County, a 58-year-old woman from Harlan County, a 93-year-old woman from Union County, an 89-year-old man from Union County, a 91-year-old woman from Daviess County and an 80-year-old man from Hardin County.
    “That’s seven additional families who are suffering during this time,” Beshear said.
    Of Saturday’s new cases, 108 were in kids under age 19, including 18 in kids under 6.
    Kentucky has recorded 1,650,148 tests, and the positivity rate is at 4.16%, according to state data.
    Dr. Steven Stack, the state’s public health commissioner, reminded Kentuckians Saturday that 20% to 40% of people who contract COVID-19 may not even know they have it.
    “This is a real danger with this virus since this large proportion of people without symptoms can be contagious and spread it to vulnerable people who get very sick,” Stack said in the news release.
    “Not only is it deadly, especially among older people and those with health conditions, but increasingly, there’s evidence of lingering effects including prolonged loss of smell, difficulty breathing, fatigue, ‘brain fog’ and other issues,” Stack said.
    Kentucky reported a record-high total of 6,126 coronavirus cases reported last week and could top that number this week.
    “The number of positive cases is increasing at a troubling pace,” Beshear said.    “We’ve had multiple week-overweek increases and we are at an all-time high here in Kentucky.    Don’t fool around with this virus.    Take steps to protect your health and the health of others: stay at least six feet from other people, wear a mask and wash your hands often.”
    Indiana reported a record-high daily total of coronavirus cases Saturday, with 1,945 new cases, topping Friday’s record of 1,832.    The state health department also reported 21 deaths Saturday.
    Reach Emma Austin at or on Twitter at @emmacaustin.    Support strong local journalism by subscribing today:
[7deaths / 1,002 cases = 0.006% extremely low and positivity rate at 4.16% is very lower than ever and Beshear keeps spewing statements like this “positive cases increasing at a troubling pace and multiple weeks increases and we are at an all-time high.”].

10/11/2020 Wis. Police Speak Out After 3 Consecutive Nights Of Violence by OAN Newsroom
Protesters and police line up Friday, Oct. 9, 2020, in Wauwatosa, Wis. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)
    Police in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin are speaking out after three consecutive nights of protests and riots in the city.    According to police, they responded to “broken windows at businesses and bricks thrown into the windows of homes” on night one.
    Stores in Milwaukee were looted, while “rocks, bricks and bottles were thrown at law enforcement officers.”
    On night two, police said they rescued several stranded civilians, who were trapped in their vehicles amid the demonstrations.    They also responded to an attempted looting in Milwaukee and multiple instances of reckless driving that blocked all lanes of traffic.
    Authorities also reported at least one rioter who pointed a gun at a law enforcement officers.
    On night three, the situation grew worse.    Police stated demonstrators were seen with Molotov cocktails and other fire starting supplies. Guns were also spotted in the crowds.
    Meanwhile, more objects were thrown at law enforcement, while vandalism and reckless driving continued in the area.
    The unrest initially kicked off on Wednesday in response to the officer involved shooting of 17-year-old Alvin Cole.    His mother and two sisters were arrested during Thursday night’s protests.
    “I’m very upset, I’m disappointed with the outcome,” stated Tracy Cole.    “We need justice, …this state been playing with us too long.”
This undated family photo provided by Taleavia Cole shows her brother Alvin Cole, left. (Taleavia Cole via AP)
    Critics believe the shooting and law enforcement’s response to the protests were unjustified.
    However, police noted they’ve seen an “escalation in force” by the protesters.    They reiterated their law enforcement response was in “reaction to this escalation.”
    When asked whether the protests should have remained peaceful or not, Cole’s mother expressed “it is what it is.”
    “It is what it is,” she said.    “They’re tired of the system and they’re tired of police brutality.”
    The department even posted video of an arrest on Saturday, which showed one protester carrying a bottle of lighter fluid, after the public claimed all protests were peaceful.

Police in riot gear line up Friday, Oct. 9, 2020, in Wauwatosa, Wis. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)
    Moving forward, the Wauwatosa Police Department reaffirmed they trust their officers to assess what is happening on the scene.    They added their goal is to maintain peace.

10/11/2020 Kudlow: Stimulus Deal Can Be Reached by OAN Newsroom
White House chief economic adviser Larry Kudlow talks with reporters outside the White House about coronavirus
relief package negotiations, Friday, Oct. 9, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
    White House Economic Adviser Larry Kudlow has said he believes a stimulus deal is still on the table.    During a recent interview, Kudlow voiced his optimism for a stimulus package getting through Congress.
    He suggested if Democrats can accept a proposal from the White House, Senate GOP members will follow suit.
    Republicans in the Senate have been skeptical of the President’s recent stimulus proposal of $1.8 trillion.    However, Kudlow stated the stimulus relief package is not dead and reiterated Senate Republicans will push a bill backed by the House.
    “I don’t think it’s dead at all,” he said.    “I think if an agreement can be reached, they will go along with it.”
    Kudlow also reaffirmed Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin may still be able to work out a deal with House Democrats.    According to the economic adviser, Mnuchin’s offer may go above $2.2 trillion, exceeding the latest stimulus proposal by the Democrats.
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, makes a brief comment as he leaves the Capitol, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020,
in Washington. Mnuchin earlier met with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
    Kudlow has said this would derail the Democrat argument that the Trump administration is not offering enough money.    Mnuchin’s current proposal stands at $1.8 trillion, which Democrats have expressed is insufficient.
    Kudlow went on to point out the White House will deliver actual stimulus instead of the political wish list proposed by Democrats.
    “He (Mnuchin) knows we need as much power for economic recovery as possible,” he added.    “It’s not just recovery in three weeks, it’s recovery to the end of the year and beyond in a second possible term.”
    He emphasized President Trump wants to make sure the new stimulus deal will actually help the economy and American workers rather than partisan interests.

10/11/2020 Colo. Man Fatally Shot Amid Dueling Protests by OAN Newsroom
Screengrab showing Police Chief Joe Montoya via The Guardian.
    A man attending a pro-police rally was fatally shot and one suspect is in custody following clashes with counter protesters in Denver, Colorado this weekend.    The violence reportedly broke out near the Denver Art Museum on Saturday afternoon.
    Black Lives Matter and Antifa protesters showed up to push out those attending the “Patriot Rally,” which was held in support of law enforcement.    According to the Denver Police Department, an argument broke out just as the two demonstrations began to disperse.
    “There was a verbal altercation that transpired, a firearm was discharged (and an) individual was shot,” explained Chief Joe Montoya.    “There were two guns recovered at the scene.”
    However, witnesses have said they think the situation was more complicated than that.
    “There didn’t seem to be an altercation, …the victim didn’t appear to be advancing on him in any menacing way,” stated witness Richard Johnson.    “I suspect when this all shakes out, we’re going to find that it was something other than what we might initially think at first.”
    Officials confirmed the man who was shot later died at the hospital.
    Police initially took two suspects into custody.    However, now only a private security guard for a local news stations remains the sole person of interest in the shooting.
    The case remains under investigation as a homicide.

10/11/2020 Joe Biden Refuses To Respond To Court Packing Question by OAN Newsroom
Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks with members of the media before boarding his campaign
plane at New Castle Airport, Saturday, Oct. 10, 2020, in New Castle, Del., en route to Erie, Pa. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
    On Friday, Joe Biden was asked, yet again, if he would inform voters on whether or not he is planning to add justices to the Supreme Court.    He dodged the question, prompting concern and frustration over his campaign’s lack of transparency.
    A number of prominent Democrats spoke out in support of the idea following President Trump’s nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the nation’s highest court.
    While Biden originally opposed court packing at the beginning of his campaign, many are now questioning if he’s changed his stance.    The former vice president has consistently refused to answer the critical question, suggesting he is willing to delegitimize the third branch of government in order to use the Supreme Court as a political tool for the left.
    Some have said court packing is a threat to citizens’ individual freedoms.    Court packing was once considered so radical that when FDR proposed the idea in 1937, his own party criticized him.
    Joe Biden is not the only person in his campaign who has refused to answer the question.    During Tuesday’s vice-presidential debate, Mike Pence asked Kamala Harris how a Biden-Harris administration would handle court packing.    She quickly changed the topic.
    Meanwhile, the Senate Judiciary Committee will begin Amy Coney Barrett’s confirmation hearing on October 12th.

10/11/2020 Dozens Stage Attack On Police Station In Paris Suburb
People use fireworks as projectiles as they stage an attack on a police station in Champigny, metropolitan Paris, France
October 11, 2020 in this still image taken from social media video. Instagram @funnyfamilyzen via REUTERS
    PARIS (Reuters) – About 40 unidentified people armed with metal bars and using fireworks as projectiles tried to storm a police station in the Paris suburbs on Saturday night, officials said.
    “Violent attack last night on the police station of Champigny with mortar shots and various projectiles.    No police officer was injured,” the Paris police headquarters said on Twitter on Sunday.
    The police posted a video showing a barrage of fireworks going off in the direction of the police station in Champigny-sur-Marne, about 15 km (nine miles) southeast of central Paris. The assailants tried to force entry into the station, but failed to do so.
    Nobody was arrested, but images showed smashed windows at the station and damaged cars.
    The motive for the attack, the third on this police station in two years, was not immediately clear.    The station is located in a housing estate area known for drug trafficking and deemed by authorities as a high priority district for order to be restored.
    Champigny Mayor Laurent Jeanne said the attack may have been triggered after a scooter accident that local residents blamed on the police.
    “It was an organised attack of about 40 people who wanted to do battle.    For a few days it has been tense with people who have a certain willingness to do battle with the police,” he told BFM TV.
    “Little gang leaders don’t impress anyone and they will not deter our work fighting drug trafficking,” Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin said on Twitter.    “Full support for our police officers who are doing a difficult job.”
    A spate of criminal incidents across France since the end of the COVID-19 lockdown in mid-May has put President Emmanuel Macron’s government on heightened alert for increases in crime amid the economic fallout from the pandemic.
(Reporting by John Irish; Editing by Gareth Jones and Frances Kerry)

10/12/2020 Beshear, family quarantining after exposure to person who tested positive by Lucas Aulbach, Louisville Courier Journal USA TODAY NETWORK
    Gov. Andy Beshear and other members of his family are quarantining after coming in contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19, he announced Sunday afternoon in a video.
    No members of the governor’s family have tested positive for the coronavirus, he said in a taped statement alongside his son Will, and they feel “great,” the governor said.
Beshear in a press release announced 852 new COVID-19 cases in the state Sunday, bringing Kentucky’s total over the past seven days to a record 7,675, topping the previous week’s record high total of 6,126.    This week’s total includes more than 2,000 backlogged cases from Fayette County reported Wednesday.
    Beshear also announced three more deaths linked to the pandemic, including a 33-year-old man from Jefferson County, a 60-year-old man from Hopkins County and a 70-year-old woman from Warren County.
    In-person daily press briefings will not take place this week, Beshear said, but will continue in video form.
    Beshear is not the first U.S. governor to enter quarantine during the coronavirus era.    Three governors have tested positive (Oklahoma’s Kevin     Stitt, Missouri’s Mike Parson and Virginia’s Ralph Northam) and have been required to isolate, while several others have quarantined when exposed to staffers who later tested positive.
    Beshear will stay busy in the meantime, Staley added.
    “While the quarantine will impact the Governor’s schedule, the Governor is committed to doing what so many other Kentuckians have had to do during COVID-19 – work from home fulltime,” she said in an email.    “The Governor will continue to safely host live press conferences remotely.”
    Reporter Emma Austin contributed reporting.
    Lucas Aulbach can be reached at, 502-582-4649 or on Twitter @LucasAulbach.
[3 deaths / 852 cases = 0.003% the lowest it’s been, but maybe the virus ghost is trying to find you Beshear for overreaching the threat of this virus.].

10/12/2020 Senate Begins Confirmation Hearings For President Trump’s SCOTUS Nominee Judge Amy Coney Barrett by OAN Newsroom
Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett listens during her Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing on
Capitol Hill in Washington, Monday, Oct. 12, 2020. (Erin Schaff/The New York Times via AP, Pool)
    The Senate Judiciary Committee began the first day of Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s confirmation hearings.    Lawmakers from both sides of the aisle delivered their opening statements on Capitol Hill Monday, arguing Barrett’s qualifications to sit on the nation’s highest court.
    Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) opened the hearing honoring the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg by noting the vacancy on the court came “through the tragic loss of a great woman.”    He added, “we’re going to fill that vacancy with another great woman.”
    “The person appearing before this committee is in a category of excellence, something the country should be proud of,” Sen. Graham continued.    “And she will have a chance to make her case to be a worthy successor and to become the ninth member of the Supreme Court of the United States.”
    Some senators took part in the hearings remotely while others participated in the hearing room, which has been modified to comply with CDC coronavirus guidelines.
Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, speaks remotely during a confirmation hearing for Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett
before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Monday, Oct. 12, 2020, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Erin Schaff/The New York Times via AP, Pool)
[I laughed my head off on Tuesday after the Democrats dissed the United Funding service of and then Cruz followed and made them look like fools that they are if you watched it but they are so anti-Christian that it does not change them.].


10/12/2020 Stimulus Talks Remain Stalled As Latest White House Proposal Faces Pushback From Both Sides by OAN Newsroom
File – -Sen. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D., speaks during a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
    Stimulus negotiations remain at a standstill as lawmakers from both sides of the aisle push back on the most recent proposal from the White House.
    The $1.8 trillion plan presented by the Trump administration last week has faced criticism from Senate Republicans for being too expensive, while Democrats claim it falls short on funding for testing, contact tracing and treatment of COVID-19.
    North Dakota Sen. Kevin Cramer (R) said the two sides should be focused on passing more target relief for what they agree on at this point, including small business relief, airline relief and unemployment.
    “One of the things that I’ve always found frustrating with Washington is when people oppose something for what’s not in it, that’s why I think we should find that common ground,” he explained.    “…whether it’s an extension and expansion of PPP, some help for the airline industry, maybe even an extension of unemployment and insurance benefits at a more modest number than Speaker (Nancy) Pelosi is providing, but we shouldn’t let nothing be the conclusion because you didn’t get everything.”
    The White House is now pushing for Congress to hold a separate vote on another round of the Paycheck Protection Program by using funds leftover from the last round.

10/12/2020 Twitter Flags President Trump’s COVID-19 Immunity Tweet by OAN Newsroom
President Donald Trump removes his face mask to speak from the Blue Room Balcony of the White House
to a crowd of supporters, Saturday, Oct. 10, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
    Twitter attempted to censor the President, yet again, on Sunday by flagging a tweet in which President Trump claimed he was immune to the coronavirus.    In a disclaimer, Twitter alleged the post violated its rules about misleading and potentially harmful information related to COVID-19.
    This comes as scientific evidence is unclear on how long people who have recovered from COVID-19 have antibodies and are protected from a second infection.
    President Trump also said he received a “total and complete sign off from White House doctors” and that he would not be a transmission risk to others.    This frees him to return to holding campaign rallies during the final weeks of the presidential race, which is something he’s been eager to get back to after more than a week-long absence from the campaign trail.
    The President’s comments came a day after his physician said the President had taken a test showing he was no longer infectious.    On Sunday, President Trump also repeated his past calls for states to reopen their economies.

10/12/2020 President Trump Signs ‘Savanna’s Act’ And ‘Not Invisible Act’ To Address Issue Of Missing, Murdered Native Americans by OAN Newsroom
File – President Donald Trump signs a bill in the Oval Office at the White House. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
    President Trump signed two bills into law that address deficiencies in Native American missing persons and murder statistics.    On Saturday, he signed the Savanna’s Act and Not Invisible Act, while noting he’s the first American president to address the issue.
    The Not Invisible Act establishes a task force on violent crime, which is made up of tribal leaders, federal partners and law enforcement agencies.
    Savanna’s law aims to tackle the issue on a grander scale while looking to establish a database to include the gender and age of the reported victims.    Additionally, it will direct different levels of governments to coordinate best practices for handling investigations.
    The bill was introduced by Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R) in 2019.    It later passed through the Senate in March of 2020 and then in the House in September of 2020.
File – Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska ) is pictured. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
    “What we’ve gotta do is deal with the jurisdictional loopholes that criminals knowingly exploit,” stated Murkowski.    “We have to improve the coordination among law enforcement at all levels, we have to provide the resources and they have to be significant.”
    It’s named after pregnant 22-year-old Savanna Lafontaine-Greywind who was a member of the Spirit Lake Nation in North Dakota.    In 2017, her body was found floating in the nearby Red River with her baby cut from her womb.
    The president and vice president of the Navajo Nation commended lawmakers and President Trump for passing the bills, which they hope will bring justice and healing to many people.

10/12/2020 Gov. Whitmer: Election Day Is Set By People With Political Agendas by OAN Newsroom
Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer wears a mask with the word “vote” displayed on the front during a roundtable
discussion on healthcare, Wednesday Oct. 7, 2020, in Kalamazoo, Mich. (Nicole Hester/Ann Arbor News via AP)
    Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D) said election results will not be counted by Election Day.    During an interview on Sunday, she slammed the deadline by claiming it was artificial and imposed from people with a political agenda.
    The Democrat governor failed to give an ETA of when officials would announce the results and stressed it wouldn’t be too far off from when polls close.    Whitmer went on to say her administration is focused on running a smooth and safe election.
    “We’re going to get this right, it will be soon after polls closed,” she stated.    “I’m not going to put a number on it, but we’re going to get it right.”
    Whitmer said as long as ballots are postmarked by November 3, officials will count the ballots.    She’s confident in her administration’s ability to squash possible voting fraud and that Michiganders will turnout to vote in historic proportions.

10/12/2020 Christopher Columbus Statue Taken Down In Mexico City by OAN Newsroom
A defaced statue of Christopher Columbus stands on Mexico City’s Paseo de la Reforma, Monday, Sept. 28, 2020. Smallpox was an unknown disease
in Mexico before the arrival of the Spanish conquistadores and exploded after their arrival. Smallpox and other newly introduced
diseases went on to kill tens of millions of Indigenous people who had no resistance to the European illnesses in the Americas. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte)
    A statue of Christopher Columbus has been removed in Mexico City.    The city’s secretary of government said in a statement over the weekend that the statue was taken down for maintenance purposes.
    However, the removal sparked speculation it was taken down for political reasons.    Protesters have been demanding its removal in recent weeks and the timing of the change came right before Columbus Day in the U.S.
    “I don’t agree with having that kind of monuments on the streets because I think they represent oppression or some kind of repression that was present in that era,” stated local resident Viridiana Chacon.    “So for me, there should be other kinds of monuments that represent other types of thinking rather than having these types of people on a monument that idolizes them.”
    Another protest was scheduled for Monday with the motto being “we will tear them down.”

10/12/2020 WHO Doctor Warns Against Lockdowns As Primary Method Of Pandemic Control by OAN Newsroom
A person wearing a face mask walks across London Bridge, with Tower Bridge in the background, at sunrise in London, Monday, Oct. 12, 2020.
In response to the coronavirus’ resurgence, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is expected to announce in Parliament on
Monday a three-tier local lockdown system, formally known as “Local COVID Alert Levels,” for England, his office said. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
    A World Health Organization doctor is urging world leaders to stop using lockdowns as their primary method to control the spread of COVID-19.
    The organization’s special envoy on COVID-19, Dr. David Nabarro, expressed concerns over the widespread economic consequences of prolonged lockdowns.    He said such measures can be justified to “buy time” and allow officials to “regroup” and “reorganize.    However," he also noted that “by and large, we’d rather not do it.”
    “So we’re saying that we really do have to learn how to coexist with this virus in a way that doesn’t require constant closing down of economies, but at the same time is not associated with high levels of suffering and death,” he explained.    “It’s what we are calling the middle path.”
    Dr. Nabarro went on to warn extended lockdowns present a clear threat to society’s most vulnerable.    He said, “lockdowns just have one consequence and that is making poor people an awful lot poorer.”

10/12/2020 In Venezuelan Rural Heartland, Angry Maduro Supporters Fuel Protest Wave by Keren Torres and Brian Ellsworth
FILE PHOTO: Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro speaks virtually during the 75th annual U.N. General Assembly, which is being held mostly virtually due to
the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, from Miraflores Palace in Caracas, Venezuela September 23, 2020. Miraflores Palace/Handout via REUTERS
    URACHICHE, Venezuela (Reuters) – In the Venezuelan town of Urachiche, long a bastion of support for President Nicolas Maduro’s ruling Socialist Party, a radio station broadcast messages in September calling for a protest over decaying public services and chronic fuel shortages.
    The man driving the rally was an activist named Edito Hidalgo of the Tupamaro party, which is closely allied with Maduro – a stark contrast from typical Venezuelan street agitators who are fiercely anti-government.
    “Our people have the right to live. We want efficiency in public services,” Hidalgo said at the municipal headquarters of the town of 20,000 during a Sept. 22 march, flanked by dozens of others demanding improved access to water, electricity and fuel.
    The march ended peacefully.    But by the next day, nearby towns in the agricultural state of Yaracuy were convulsed with protests that troops broke up with tear gas and rubber bullets.
    Within a week, hundreds of similar protests broke out across the South American nation, from the western Zulia state, which has been prone to black outs, to the isolated Caribbean shores of Sucre in the east, before a deployment of troops halted the demonstrations.
    The unrest revealed how Venezuela’s agricultural heartland remains a tinder box for social unrest and how even Socialist Party stalwarts are losing patience with the privations caused by a crippling six-year economic crisis that has been accelerated by a six-month coronavirus quarantine.
    In interviews with a dozen people in Urachiche and the nearby towns of Yaritagua and Chivacoa, residents described anger and weariness at the struggles of making do without basic services.
    Nearly all asked not to be identified, citing possible reprisals and intimidation by security forces.
    During a visit to four cities in Yaracuy in early October, protests had died down.    Troops and military vehicles remained stationed on the streets.
    Hidalgo, in a telephone interview, said the march he led was unrelated to the demonstrations that followed, and said citizens are angry at the lack of basic services and difficulty obtaining food.
    “Our march was totally peaceful,” he said.    “The people are walking around with their eyes sunken because they can’t get any protein.”
    Venezuela’s information ministry did not respond to requests for comment.
    Socialist Party officials say the problems with public services are the result of U.S. sanctions meant to force Maduro from office, and frequently accuse opposition leaders of orchestrating street violence.
    Rural Venezuela has been a Socialist Party stronghold for more than a decade, largely because government institutions are usually the only ones that can help isolated communities that struggle to find work, housing and medical attention.
    Urachiche, around 320 kilometers (200 miles) west of Caracas, was so devoted to late socialist leader Hugo Chavez that it once created a barter currency as part of an experiment in socialist economics.
    Yet the lives of small farmers in the hills around Urachiche who grow beans, corn and coffee have steadily worsened during Venezuela’s economic crisis.
    Carlos Pineda, 30, used to transport his wares to market on his truck, but fuel shortages now force him to walk for hours to town carrying 50 kilo (110 pound) sacks on his back.
    Mules are also sometimes available to transport goods but residents battling hunger have in many cases been forced to eat the animals.
    “Some people do it on mules, but there aren’t many animals left: they’ve eaten them,” said Pineda, sitting in Urachiche’s main plaza as he prepared to sell a sack of black beans he had hauled down from the mountains.
    Access to electricity, running water and fuel have steadily deteriorated in rural Venezuela in recent years as the government prioritizes urban areas such as Caracas, the capital, particularly after a massive weeks-long blackout in 2019.
    “They’ve forgotten about us.    No gas, water, food and now no power either,” said Maria Mendoza, 38, a merchant, who said she no longer plans to vote for “the process” – a catch phrase sometimes used to describe the Socialist Party.
    The Sept. 22 march organized by Hidalgo, the Urachiche activist, went largely unnoticed in a country accustomed to seeing angry citizens in the streets.
    But within days, videos on social media showed clashes between security forces in nearby towns, some of which featured what appeared to be gunshots as well as demonstrators bloodied by repeated volleys of rubber bullets.
    From Sept. 22 to Sept. 30, 701 protests broke out across the country, non-profit group Venezuelan Observatory of Social Conflict said in a report released last week.
    Authorities responded by arresting 35 people in Yaracuy and at least 50 nationwide, according to rights groups.
    Police arrested Dagni Salcedo, 19, a motorcycle delivery man in the town of Yaritagua, according to his mother Sullehil Rodriguez, who says they grabbed him as he was finishing a delivery, put a hood over his head and threatened to shoot him.
    “My son is beaten. He’s a worker – you can ask any of the neighbors,” Rodriguez said outside the police compound where he is being held.    She travels 58 km (36 miles) each day to take meals to her son, who recently recovered from COVID-19.
    “It’s no secret that there’s no gas, water, food or power.”
(Reporting by Keren Torres and Brian Ellsworth; Editing by Paul Simao)

10/12/2020 NYPD Arrests Activist In Journalist Attack by OAN Newsroom
Members of the Orthodox Jewish community surround a rubbish fire in the street, Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2020, in the Borough Park section of the Brooklyn
borough of New York. Hundreds of Orthodox Jewish men gathered in the streets of Borough Park after New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo moved to reinstate
restrictions on houses of worship, schools and businesses in areas where coronavirus cases are spiking. (Joe Marino/New York Post via AP)
    The New York City Police Department (NYPD) arrested activist Harold Tischler Monday morning in connection with the attack of Jewish Insider’s’ political reporter Jacob Kornbluh.
    After news broke he was a suspect, a chaotic scene erupted outside the journalist’s home Sunday night.    This came after a fan account for Tischler tweeted out the reporter’s address and encouraged people to organize outside his house.
    Last week, the Orthodox Jewish journalist said he was assaulted by a group of men in Bourough Park in Brooklyn, which is one of the state designated ‘red zones’ with tight COVID-19 restrictions.    The attackers allegedly suspected Kornbluh of reporting restriction violations to police.
    The journalist was covering the protests following Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s’ announcement of another shutdown, which protesters argue unfairly targets Orthodox Jewish communities.
    Kornbluh alleged Tishcler, who is also Orthodox and a former candidate for the Brooklyn City Council, recognized him among the crowd and directed others to chase him down the street.    Meanwhile, Mayor Bill de Blasio called the attack unacceptable.
    “Here’s a journalist, a journalist who really cares about doing the work of informing people of what’s going on, and here’s a mob of people attacking him,” he stated.    “It’s just unacceptable.”
    However, Tischler has deniesd any wrongdoing and continues to maintain his innocence.    The 56-year old activist is an outspoken critic of COVID-19 social distancing measures and lockdowns.    He faces charges of inciting to riot and unlawful imprisonment.

10/13/2020 Oil down $1.01 to $39.51, DOW up 251 to 28,838.

10/13/2020 Beshear feels ‘great’ after 1st workday in self-quarantine by Joe Sonka, Louisville Courier Journal USA TODAY NETWORK
    Beshear said in his briefing Monday that Kentucky’s “escalation” of COVID- 19 cases continues, with its 643 new cases that day reaching a record high for Mondays in the state, which typically records a low total because labs are closed on Sundays.
    Kentucky’s positivity rate remains stable at 4.37%, while three additional deaths were reported Monday, increasing the state’s total number of deaths tied to the pandemic to 1,255.
[3 deaths / 643 cases = 0.0005% the lowest ever and positivity rate at 4.37% so stay home Beshear everything is getting better and go visit Steve and ask him what he did with the teachers SLES retirement money for 8 years that was missing when you had the teachers to sue Bevin when he first came to office for not being there.].

10/13/2020 ELECTION 2020 = Race could hinge on these 6 states - Battlegrounds reflect lay of the land, pave a road to victory by Craig Gilbert, USA TODAY.
    Six states above all others have emerged as the top electoral prizes in the 2020 race for president.
    Three are Great Lakes battlegrounds that President Donald Trump carried four years ago by less than a percentage point: Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania.    And three are Sunbelt battlegrounds where Trump’s 2016 margins were a little bigger: Arizona, Florida and North Carolina.
    They represent 101 of the 270 electoral votes needed to win the White House.    In all likelihood, Republican Trump or Democrat Joe Biden will have to win at least three of them to capture an electoral majority.
    These aren’t the only battlegrounds in 2020.    But their size and competitiveness have made them the states most likely to decide the presidency.
    Between April and August, these six accounted for all of top 20 media markets in the presidential ad wars.
    In their makeup, they showcase the great dividing lines in American politics (race, education, urban-suburban-rural) and the key demographic groups that will shape the outcome.

10/13/2020 Judge Amy Coney Barrett: You Would Not Be Getting Justice Scalia, You Would Be Getting Justice Barrett by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this Oct. 1, 2020, file photo President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Judge Amy Coney Barrett listens as Sen.
Jerry Moran, R-Kan., not shown, speaks during their meeting on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, Pool)
    Judge Amy Coney Barrett recently dismissed comparisons between her and her mentor, late Justice Antonin Scalia.
    During her Senate confirmation hearing Tuesday, chairman Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) asked Judge Barrett what she would say to critics who argue she would rule just like Scalia would.    She responded by stating she would rely on the statutes at hand when making decisions and not the legacy of Scalia.
    “I would say that Justice Scalia was obviously a mentor and as I said when I accepted the President’s nomination, his philosophy is mine too, you know, he was a very eloquent defender of originalism,” she explained.    “And that was also true of textualism, which is the way I approach statues and their interpretation.”
    Barrett also said judges can’t wake up one day, decide they have an agenda and then impose their will on the world. She added, “you have to wait for cases and controversies.”
    “Similarly to what I just said about originalism for contextualism, the judge (Scalia) approaches the text as it was written with the meaning it had at the time and doesn’t infringe your own meaning,” she continued.    “But I want to be careful to say that if I’m confirmed you would not be getting Justice Scalia, you would be getting Justice Barrett.”
[Judge Amy Coney Barrett made mince meat out of all the Democrat attacks without having any information in books, etc. in front of her, and especially Leaker Lady, KFC eater and Spartacus and I bet Kavanaugh had a few snickers over that.].

10/13/2020 President Trump Holds First MAGA Rally Since COVID-19 Diagnosis by OAN Newsroom
President Donald Trump waves as he walks off after speaking at a campaign rally at Orlando Sanford
International Airport, Monday, Oct. 12, 2020, in Sanford, Fla. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
    President Trump held his first campaign event since recovering from coronavirus.    Massive crowds gathered on the tarmac of the Orlando Sanford International Airport in Florida on Monday in anticipation of the President’s ‘Make America Great Again’ rally.
    Just ahead of the rally, White House doctors confirmed the President has continued to test negative for coronavirus.
    President Trump kicked off the event by saying he will do whatever he can to make the treatment he received while battling COVID-19 as widely available across the U.S. as possible.
    “If you look at what we’re doing with therapeutics and, frankly, cures, we’ve made tremendous progress,” he stated.    “And I said to my people, we are going to take whatever the hell they gave me and we’re going to distribute it around to hospitals and everyone is going to have the same damn thing.”
    President Trump then focused on his achievements throughout his time in office, including his tackling of the mass immigration crisis along the southern border, his revitalization of the economy as well as the administration’s coronavirus response.    His pandemic response has been estimated to have protected close to 2 million American lives.
Supporters listen to President Donald Trump speak at a campaign rally at the Orlando Sanford
International Airport Monday, Oct. 12, 2020, in Sanford, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
The President also touched on the Obama-Biden administration’s approach to the pharmaceutical industry by saying it was disastrous for the economy.    He promised to take the industry back from China.     “We’ll bring it all back, the drug industry’s coming back into Puerto Rico…coming back into North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, coming back into Michigan, coming back into Ohio,” he stated.    “We’re bringing it all back.”
    President Trump’s visit to his home state kicked-off what’s primed to be a hectic week as he is now set to hold events in Pennsylvania, Iowa, North Carolina and Wisconsin.

10/13/2020 President Trump: We Will Have Health Care, Which Is Far Better Than Obamacare by OAN Newsroom
President Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally at Orlando Sanford International Airport, Monday, Oct. 12, 2020, in Sanford, Fla. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
    President Trump is determined to provide all Americans with superior health care coverage than what Obamacare affords them.
    While taking to Twitter Monday, the President noted that health care costs will be far lower and people with preexisting conditions will be protected at an even higher level than now.
    In a separate tweet, he said Republicans must state loudly and clearly that they are going to provide health care at a much lower cost.    The President also noted that Republicans will always protect pre-existing conditions.
    President Trump’s remarks came after Senate Democrats sought to tie his Supreme Court nominee to abolishing pre-existing condition protections.
    “I believe the reason you (Judge Amy Coney Barrett) were chosen is precisely because your judicial philosophy, as repeatedly stated, could lead to the outcomes President Trump has sought,” claimed Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.).    “And I think that has dramatic and potentially very harmful consequences with regards to the election, the Affordable Care Act and long settled rights.”
    However, Republicans did not let their colleagues accusations go unrefuted.
    “Several of my colleagues have engaged in fear mongering and describe Judge Barrett’s nomination as an end to health care, abortion rights, labor rights and the list goes on and on and on,” stated Sen. Thom Tillis (R-N.C.). “These statements are unfair and they’re untrue.”
    Additionally, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) notably called out Democrats attack as a pre-selected scare tactic during remarks last month.
    “One of the pre-selected scare tactics is that Judge Barrett is out to steal Americans’ healthcare coverage, that’s the claim,” he noted.    “This mother of seven, including multiple children who were born or adopted facing pre-existing medical challenges, is just itching to block families like hers from accessing medical care — what a joke.”
    Regardless if Obamacare is invalidated by the high court or not, the President has already taken action to address some areas of concern.    He signed an executive order called the America First Health Care Plan back in September.
    The order unequivocally affirms that it’s U.S. policy is to give Americans seeking health care more choices lower costs and better care.    It also notes U.S. policy includes ensuring Americans with pre-existing conditions can get the insurance of their choice at affordable rates.
    With the election rapidly approaching, the issue of health care will likely remain a top concern for lawmakers and voters alike.    A recent Gallup poll found reducing the cost of health care is one of the most important issues for Americans when it comes to determining their vote for president in the 2020 election.

10/13/2020 President Trump: N.Y. Gov. Cuomo ‘Didn’t Have A Clue’ On COVID-19 Response by OAN Newsroom
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaks during a ceremony to unveil the statue of the patron saint of immigrants,
Mother Frances Cabrini, in Battery Park Monday, Oct. 12, 2020, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
    President Trump has continued to take jabs at New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) over his response to the coronavirus outbreak.
    While taking to Twitter Monday, the President shared a video showing the Democrat governor side-stepping questions over his handling of the pandemic.
    When Cuomo was asked about his decision to return COVID-positive nursing home patients back into those facilities, he ignored the question. Instead, he took the opportunity to criticize the Trump administration.
    “Where was the CDC? where was the Department of Homeland Security?” asked the New York governor.    “The reason New York’s numbers were so high was because the virus was coming here for months…it moved from China to Europe and then flights were coming here.”
    President Trump also noted Cuomo could have placed people in convention centers or hospital ships instead of endangering the elderly population in nursing homes.
[And can you believe that Joe Biden wants Cuomo to be his Attorney General.].

10/13/2020 President Trump Slams Biden For Misspeaking About Running For Presidency by OAN Newsroom
Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks to reporters before he boards his campaign plane at Cincinnati/Northern
Kentucky International Airport, in Hebron, Ky., Monday, Oct. 12, 2020, en route to Wilmington, Del. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
    President Trump has continued to highlight gaffe’s made by democrat presidential nominee Joe Biden.    In a recent tweet shared Monday, the President criticized Biden for stating he is running for the Senate instead of the Oval Office.
    While making an appearance at campaign rally in Toledo, Ohio, the Democrat nominee fumbled on his remarks, seemingly forgetting he was running for the presidency.
    President Trump went on to say Biden’s constant gaffes raise concerns over whether he is even fit to serve in political office.
    This is not the first time Biden has misspoken while on the campaign trail with the former vice president pulling a similar stunt back in February at Democrat rally in South Carolina.

10/13/2020 Sen. McConnell Says Biden Plans To Pack SCOTUS In Order To Advance The Left’s Agenda More Easily by OAN Newsroom
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., speaks during a debate with Democratic challenger
Amy McGrath in Lexington, Ky., Monday, Oct. 12, 2020. (Michael Clubb/The Kentucky Kernel via AP, Pool)
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has accused Joe Biden of wanting to pack the courts if elected to office.    During a debate with his Democrat challenger Amy McGrath Monday, he said Biden won’t answer questions regarding whether he will pack the court because he will and wants to hide his motives from voters.
    The Kentucky Republican went on to say Democrats intend to expand their reach by adding justices, ensuring they can push their agenda without abiding by the Senate’s rules.
    The Senate majority leader also suggested the left wouldn’t stop with the Supreme Court.    He said they would make Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico states that support the liberal agenda.
    Meanwhile, a recent Quinnipiac poll shows McConnell leading McGrath by 12-points.

10/13/2020 China, Russia Elected To U.N. Rights Council; Saudi Arabia Fails by Michelle Nichols
FILE PHOTO: Overview of the session of the Human Rights Council during the speech of U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle
Bachelet at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, February 27, 2020. Picture taken with a fisheye lens. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse
    UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – China and Russia were elected to the United Nations Human Rights Council on Tuesday, but support for Beijing dropped by more than 20 percent compared with a 2016 vote and Saudi Arabia failed in its bid to win a seat on the Geneva-based body.
    The 193-member U.N. General Assembly also elected Ivory Coast, Gabon, Malawi, Cuba, Bolivia, Uzbekistan, France and Britain to the 47-member council.    Senegal, Nepal, Pakistan, Ukraine and Mexico were re-elected for a second three-year term.    Council members cannot serve more than two consecutive terms.
    Candidates are elected by secret ballot in geographical groups to ensure even representation.    The Asia-Pacific group, which included Saudi Arabia, was the only competitive race on Tuesday with five candidates vying for four seats.    The new members will begin their term on Jan. 1, 2021.
    “Saudi Arabia’s failure to win a seat on the Human Rights Council is a welcome reminder of the need for more competition in U.N. elections.    Had there been additional candidates, China, Cuba and Russia might have lost too,” said Human Rights Watch U.N. director Louis Charbonneau.
    Saudi Arabia received 152 votes when it was last elected in 2016 to be a council member from 2017 to 2019, but on Tuesday only 90 states voted for Riyadh – a 40 percent drop.    While China was elected on Tuesday with 139 votes, its support fell more than 20 percent compared to the last time it won a seat in 2016.
    Both countries have been criticized internationally for their human rights records.    Most recently China has been condemned by Western countries for its treatment of Uighur Muslims in the country’s Xinjiang region and handling of pro-democracy protests in Chinese-ruled Hong Kong.
    U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration quit the Human Rights Council in 2018 – half way through its term – over what it called chronic bias against Israel and a lack of reform.
    “The U.N. General Assembly once again elected countries with abhorrent human rights records,” U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Tuesday.    “These elections only further validate the U.S. decision to withdraw and use other venues and opportunities to protect and promote universal human rights.”
    Russia was elected on Tuesday four years after it was surprisingly ousted after one term, losing by two votes.    Former U.S. Ambassador Samantha Power, under President Barack Obama, revealed last year in her memoir that she had been directed by Washington to vote for Russia in the secret ballot, but did not.
(Reporting by Michelle Nichols; Editing by Mary Milliken and Cynthia Osterman)

10/14/2020 Oil up $0.67 to $40.18, DOW down 158 to 28,680.

10/14/2020 Beshear reports 776 new COVID-19 cases, 14 deaths by Emma Austin Louisville Courier Journal USA TODAY NETWORK
    Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear announced 776 new coronavirus cases and 14 more deaths Tuesday.
    “We’re gonna watch through this week because as you know we’ve been on this escalation, and we want to watch and see if we are seeing any stabilization,” Beshear said.
    Kentucky has now seen 81,691 COVID- 19 cases and 1,269 deaths, and its rate for positive tests is at 4.59%.    Beshear has reported record-high weekly totals of new cases in Kentucky for the past three weeks.
    Tuesday’s deaths are:
90-year-old man from Montgomery County
91-year-old woman from Laurel
68-year-old woman from Madison
95-year-old woman from Madison
74-year-old woman from Henderson
82-year-old man from Henderson
82-year-old man from Henderson
87-year-old woman from Henderson
76-year-old man from Henderson
88-year-old man from Fayette
87-year-old man from Jessamine
59-year-old woman from McLean
76-year-old man from Daviess
96-year-old man from Jefferson
    “It’s a big number,” Beshear said about the 14 deaths.    “These days are hard because we have this amount of loss.”
    Beshear also announced that he, first lady Britainy Beshear and their two kids all tested negative for COVID-19 after being exposed to someone who tested positive over the weekend.    The four have been in quarantine, with Beshear giving Monday and Tuesday’s briefings virtually from the Governor’s Mansion.
    Dr. Steven Stack, the state’s public health commissioner, recapped this week’s White House report, which labeled five more Kentucky counties in the “red zone” for cases.    Last week, 31 counties saw 101 or more new cases for every 100,000 people.
    High incidence rates are more common in rural communities, Stack pointed out.    A few months ago, the red zones were in urban areas such as Jefferson and Fayette counties, but “the disease and who it affects continues to change,” he said.
    Stack also explained the significance of the positivity rate, as well as Kentucky’s new method for calculating it.
    The incidence rate, which is the number of positive cases for every 100,000 people, is the best way to measure how active the disease is in each county, Stack said, while the positivity rate is a measure of whether there are enough resources to test people who need to be tested.
    The World Health Organization has recommended areas keep their positivity rates below 5%, which Kentucky has done for the last few weeks as its daily case totals hover around 1,000.
    “The state of Kentucky is doing a good job keeping its testing capacity in line with the spread of disease,” Stack said.    “    All that means is – not the disease is active or very common – it just means we’re testing enough people to find it.”
    Reach Emma Austin at or on Twitter at @emmacaustin.
[14 deaths / 776 cases = 0.018% and positivity rate 4.59% and Beshear still tries to make it like it is a severe crisis as if it is getting worse for this particular day and I bet all the personnel at the capital appreciate the vacation they are getting from him.].

10/14/2020 Judge Amy Coney Barrett: It’s Your Job To Choose Legislation, Mine To Interpret It by OAN Newsroom
Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett speaks during a confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary
Committee, Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, Pool)
    Partisanship took center stage in the second day of confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett.    On Tuesday, Barrett took questions from the Senate Judiciary Committee and stated that it would be her job to interpret the laws that Congress passes, not formulate them herself.
    During the hearing, Barrett was pressed by several Democrat senators on a number of issues, including gun rights, abortion and voting rights.
    When pressed by California Sen. Dianne Feinstein over whether the 1973 case Roe v. Wade was wrongly decided, Barrett said it’s not her place to opine on cases already decided in the high court.
    “I’m going to invoke Justice Kagan’s description, which I think is perfectly put,” stated the judge.    “When she was in her confirmation hearings, she said that she was not going to grade precedent or give it a thumbs up or thumbs down…it would actually be wrong and a violation of the canons for me to do that as a sitting judge.”
    Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin attempted to trip up the Supreme Court nominee by describing her views on gun rights and voting rights for felons as mismatched.    She rejected Durbin’s claims by arguing she views both issues as civic rights and governments can deprive felons of these rights if they are deemed dangerous to their communities.
    “Senator, what I said was that the Constitution contemplates that states have the freedom to deprive felons of the right to vote,” she explained.    “Its expressed in the Constitutional texts, but I expressed no view on whether it was a good idea..whether states should do that.”
    Democrat senators also grilled Barrett on her possible conservative bias and whether she’s made up her mind on cases regarding Obamacare as well as the 2020 presidential election.    Barrett stressed she has no agenda, and is independent from the legislative and executive branches of governments.
    “I have had no conversation with the President or any of his staff on how I might rule in that case,” she stated.    “It would be a gross violation of judicial independence for me to make any such commitment or for me to be asked about that case and how I would rule.”
    Meanwhile, Barrett is scheduled to go through one more hearing where senators will ask her questions Wednesday.    The Senate Judiciary Committee will meet Thursday to put Barrett’s confirmation vote on the Senate’s agenda as early as next week.

10/14/2020 Poll: Support Grows For Judge Amy Coney Barrett by OAN Newsroom
Supporters of the confirmation of President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Judge Amy Coney Barrett,
rally on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)
    A recent survey has revealed an uptick in Americans’ support for Judge Amy Coney Barrett.    According to the new poll, 48% of registered voters said the Senate should vote to confirm Barrett.
    This number was up 2% from a poll conducted one week ago.
    The survey also showed an 11% increase in the level of support for President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee since his announcement on September 26th.    The numbers came amid the judge’s confirmation hearings this week, where Barrett has been answering questions from the Senate Judiciary Committee.
    “I want to be careful to say that if I’m confirmed, you would not be getting Justice Scalia, you’d be getting Justice Barrett,” she stated.
FILE – Judge Amy Coney Barrett, President Donald Trumps nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court, meets with Sen. Josh Hawley,
R-Mo., on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Oct. 1, 2020. (Demetrius Freeman/The Washington Post via AP, Pool)
    The committee has questioned her on many topics, including the Affordable Care Act, voting rights and abortion.
    Some members of the Senate panel have expressed how impressed they are with Barrett, including Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas).    A moment between the two quickly went viral.
    Ranking member Sen. Diane Feinstein (D-Calif.) also shared the same sentiment as she grilled Barrett on the topic of severability.
    The Senate Judiciary Committee is expected to approve Barrett’s nomination next week, paving the way for a full Senate vote later this month.

10/14/2020 U.S. Officials Condemn China’s Election To UN Human Rights Council by OAN Newsroom
Member state flags fly outside the United Nations headquarters during the 75th session of the
United Nations General Assembly, Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
    Secretary of State Mike Pompeo recently highlighted U.S. efforts to truly take a stand for human rights worldwide, despite the United Nations’ elevation of authoritarian regimes.    Pompeo was bestowed with the International Republican Institute’s Freedom Award on Tuesday for his work promoting liberty and democratic ideals around the world.
    That same day, he spoke out in condemnation of the UN’s decision to name several countries that have a long history of human rights abuses as members of its Human Rights Council.    He noted this tasks oppressive states with safeguarding the very freedoms they routinely violate.
    This is not the first time the UN has elected an authoritarian regime to the HRC.    Last year, Venezuela was chosen to sit on the body for a three-year term, despite embattled President Nicolas Maduro’s long track record of oppression and human rights abuses.
    The decision was strongly condemned by U.S. officials at the time.    Meanwhile, American foreign policy leaders have lambasted this year’s slate of elected HRC members, including UN Ambassador Kelly Craft, who called it “a mockery” of the body’s intended purpose.
    She also asserted the move further validates America’s 2018 decision to withdraw from the Human Rights Council, which she characterized as fundamentally corrupt.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks during a news conference at the State Department,
Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, POOL)
    Secretary Pompeo added the withdrawal has allowed the U.S. to more effectively promote and defend human rights around the world through institutions unburdened by the influence of authoritarian regimes.
    He has been an avid critic of UN corruption in the past.    While addressing the urgency of fighting against abuses perpetrated by oppressive regimes like China, the secretary previously lamented the consequences of the United Nations having lost its way.
    “We must defend unalienable rights today, because the international human rights project is in crisis,” stated Pompeo.    “Authoritarian governments are depriving our fellow human beings of their basic rights (and) many multinational organizations have lost their way, focusing on partisan policy preferences while failing to defend fundamental rights.”
    Indeed, it was not only U.S. officials who named UN corruption as the reason why regimes like Cuba, China and Venezuela were being tasked with protecting the very rights they routinely abuse.
    Louis Charbonneau, the United Nations director at Human Rights Watch, placed blame on the very structure of council elections.    According to him, nominations depend on countries cutting deals with their regional neighbors in order to run unopposed.
    Charbonneau emphasized this process “makes a mockery of the word ‘election.’

10/14/2020 Speaker Pelosi Snaps At CNN Over COVID Stimulus Impasse by OAN Newsroom
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., meets with reporters at the Capitol in Washington, Thursday,
Oct. 8, 2020. Negotiations between Pelosi and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin for an additional
coronavirus aid package were abruptly halted last week by President Donald Trump. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi became highly defensive when pressed on COVID-19 stimulus negotiations. During an interview with CNN on Tuesday, she was shown a tweet by California Democrat stating she should accept the President’s $1.8 trillion offer for needed relief aid.
    The top Democrat accused the network of making excuses for GOP policies and further dismissed talks with the White House to make a deal.    Pelosi then continued to spar with anchor Wolf Blitzer until the end of the interview.
    Meanwhile, President Trump has continued to call for a large coronavirus stimulus bill, while urging lawmakers to put aside politics and provide much needed relief to the American people.

10/14/2020 Secy. Mnuchin, Pelosi Talk Stimulus Again, No Deal Reached by OAN Newsroom
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, makes a brief comment as he leaves the Capitol,
Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
    Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin recently criticized Nancy Pelosi for her unwillingness to reach a compromise on a COVID relief bill.    The secretary and House speaker held yet another round of stimulus talks on Wednesday, but could not reach an agreement.
    “We continue to have discussions and try to compromise on a broader package,” stated Mnuchin.    “I will say from our standpoint, the all or nothing approach doesn’t make sense.”
    Pelosi has taken a hardline stance by demanding the Senate and the Treasury accept her $2.2 trillion proposal.
    The administration has offered a $1.8 trillion package.
    “The President is interested in seeing significant support for the U.S. economy for those areas that are hardest hit,” added Mnuchin.    “The good news is a large part of the U.S. economy has come back strong, …we’re now back down to below 8% unemployment.”
    However, Pelosi has claimed she has leverage over President Trump to have her political wish list attached to COVID stimulus.    It remains unclear if the sides will reach an agreement this year.

10/14/2020 Pa. Trump Supporters Agree With White House COVID-19 Response by OAN Newsroom
President Donald Trump walks to speak with reporters as he walks to Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House,
Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2020, in Washington. Trump is en route to Pennsylvania. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
    Many supporters of President Trump are expressing agreement with his handling of the coronavirus as he continues to hold large in-person campaign events.
    On Tuesday, Trump voters in Pennsylvania said they are skeptical over left-wing media claims that the Trump administration has mishandled the virus.    Many said fears over the virus have been overblown by the media and they don’t believe everything they have been told.
    “I’m not entirely convinced that we’re being told the truth about it and I like the way the President is handling it, coming out and pretty much publicly taking his mask off and he’s just trying to get away from this whole thing,” stated Trump supporter Douglas Crouse.
    The President has now fully recovered from COVID-19 after being cleared multiple times by White House doctors.    The Trump campaign is now running at a full sprint, traveling to a number of hotly contested states before November 3.
    Recent polls have shown Democrat contender Joe Biden with a slight lead in Pennsylvania.    However, the Trump campaign has cast doubt on how those polls were conducted.    They have also pointed to President Trump’s victory in the state back in 2016, which is a sentiment echoed by his supporters.

10/14/2020 No Requests For U.S. Army To Be Present Around Presidential Election In Case Of Civil Unrest At This Time by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this March 19, 2020, file photo Secretary of the Army Ryan McCarthy, left, accompanied by Gen. James McConville, Army chief of staff, right,
speaks at a news conference at U.S. Army Medical Research and Development Command at Fort Detrick in Frederick, Md. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)
    U.S. Army leaders have said there are no plans so far for soldiers to be deployed in case of civil unrest caused by the presidential election next month.
    While speaking from the Pentagon Tuesday, U.S. Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy stated the force does not police America’s streets.    His comment came after he was asked if they will support and help law enforcement protect federal property.
    However, leaders of the National Guard said they have designated military police units in two states as a precaution, but didn’t specify which states.
    Army leaders stated they are also doing all they can to improve the health of soldiers by shortening troop deployments.
    “If we take care of our people, we’ll have a stronger and more committed force,” stated Gen. James McConville, Chief of Staff for the U.S. Army.    “We are moving away as secretary from incremental improvements and modernization in order to meet the challenges we face in the great power competition environment we live in today.”
    On Monday, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Mark Milley, asserted the military plays no role in politics.    He also noted that he trusts America’s institutions.

10/14/2020 Pandemic Puts Global Progress Against Tuberculosis At Risk: WHO
FILE PHOTO: Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO) attends a session on the coronavirus disease
(COVID-19) outbreak response of the WHO Executive Board in Geneva, Switzerland, October 5, 2020. Christopher Black/WHO/Handout via REUTERS
    LONDON (Reuters) – The COVID-19 pandemic is derailing global efforts to tackle tuberculosis (TB), the world’s deadliest infectious disease, with cases likely to rise without urgent action and investment, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Wednesday.
    The WHO’s annual TB report found that tuberculosis killed some 1.4 million people in 2019, little changed from the 1.5 million deaths it caused in 2018.    It warned that many countries are not on track to meet targets for successfully diagnosing and treating cases to try to stop the disease’s spread.
    Disruptions in services caused by the COVID-19 pandemic have led to major setbacks to TB programmes, the report found.    In many countries, human, financial and other resources have been reallocated from TB to the COVID-19 response.
    “Accelerated action is urgently needed worldwide if we are to meet our targets,” the WHO’s director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said in a statement with the report.
    Sharonann Lynch, a TB policy expert at the global health charity Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF), said progress against the killer disease had been “dismally slow.”
    “It’s disheartening to see that governments are not on track,” she said in a statement.
    Before the COVID-19 pandemic, the WHO’s report said, many countries had been making steady progress against TB, with a 9% reduction in incidence seen between 2015 and 2019 and a 14% drop in deaths in the same period.
    The WHO’s ‘End TB Strategy’ aims to cut TB deaths by 90% and reduce the TB incidence rate by 80% by 2030 compared to a 2015 baseline.    Interim targets for 2020 include a 20% reduction in incidence rates and a 35% reduction in deaths.
(Reporting by Kate Kelland, Editing by Nick Zieminski)

10/14/2020 Biden’s Son-In-Law Advises Campaign On COVID While On Investment Board by OAN Newsroom
Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks at Miramar Regional Park
in Miramar, Fla., Tuesday Oct. 13, 2020. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
    Democrat presidential nominee Joe Biden has an informal member of his campaign advising his team on it’s response to the pandemic while simultaneously sitting on the board of firm focused on coronavirus investments.    Who is that person?    It’s his his son-in-law Howard Krein.
    According to reports Tuesday, Krein serves as the chief medical officer to StartUp Health, which is a venture capital firm centered around technologies needed to combat COVID-19.
    Back in April, Krein reportedly sat in on phone calls with Biden, where the presidential candidate was filled-in regarding the state of the nation as well as possible health policies.    During this time, StartUp Health announced it’s plan to invest $1 million across 10 separate health care startups geared toward finding a solution to the pandemic.
    The Biden campaign argued Krein never served in a formal capacity.    They pointed to a comment Biden made in 2019, when he claimed he never discusses business dealings with his son, brother or anyone else.
    Despite his assertions to keep an absolute wall between his potential administration and his public life, more and more evidence turns up showing a connection between the former vice president, his son Hunter and the Ukranian energy firm Burisma.
    The link between Krein, his business and the Biden campaign has caused concern Krein is piggy-backing off knowledge he gains through his father-in-law.
    Even years before the pandemic, the Obama administration had close ties with Krein’s firm.    The former administration helped them get their foot in the door of HHS conferences in 2011.
    Additionally, Krein notably told the Philadelphia Business Journal back in 2015 that Biden was a “big fan” of the firm.

10/14/2020 DOJ Asks SCOTUS To Reinstate Rape Convictions Of Discharged Military Members by OAN Newsroom
File – The Supreme Court is pictured in Washintong, D.C. (AP Photo)
    The Supreme Court recently heard arguments regarding the U.S. military’s handling of rape cases.
    In a rare move by the Department of Justice Tuesday, officials asked the nation’s highest court to rehear cases involving three rape convictions that were thrown out due to a loophole.    The request is centered around the case of Michael Briggs who served as a lieutenant colonel for the United States Air Force.
    Briggs was discharged in 2014 and sentenced to five months of confinement after being convicted of raping a female staff sergeant in 2005.    However, the conviction was dismissed by the Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces after ruling a five-year statute of limitations applied to the case.
    Since the crime occurred before Congress amended the Uniform Code of Military Justice to abolish the five year time frame and the case was not considered a crime punishable by death, the statute stood.
    The respondents argue the military court ruling was a literal interpretation of the law, restricting rape prosecutions after the statute of limitations expire.    However, Acting Solicitor General Jeffrey Wall argues this allows suspected rapists to walk away Scott free.
    “And the position of the other side, Justice Breyer, by the way is that rape can never be punished in the military,” he stated.    “That’s what they need to prevail in this case and I think to say that rape could never be a constitutionally permissible punishment, even for let’s say a repeated brutal rape of a civilian.”
    Wall asserted it’s important to prosecute such cases for the benefit of the military.
    “It’s critical to be able to go after these crimes outside of what would otherwise be the five-year window in order to make progress on rape and sexual assault in the military,” he continued.    “It’s hard to get women to report.”
    The Pentagon released a study in April, which found that sexual assault and harassment is still a prominent issue within the armed forces.    The Department of Defense reported over 7,800 cases of sexual assault involving service members were reported last year, which is a 3 percent jump from the year prior.
    If the Supreme Court rules in favor of the Justice Department this could allow the prosecution of decades-old allegations.    The high court is expected to make a decision before July.

10/14/2020 G20 Vows To Do ‘Whatever It Takes’ To Support Global Economy by Jan Strupczewski, Christian Kraemer and Andrea Shalal
French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire leaves following the weekly cabinet meeting at the
Elysee Palace in Paris, France, October 14, 2020. REUTERS/Charles Platiau
    BRUSSELS/BERLIN/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Financial leaders from the Group of 20 major economies on Wednesday underscored the urgent need to bring the spread of the coronavirus pandemic under control, and vowed to “do whatever it takes” to support the global economy and financial stability.
    In a lengthy communique, G20 finance ministers and central bank governors also agreed in principle for the first time on a “Common Framework” to deal on a case-by-case basis with the rising number of low-income countries facing debt distress.
    That marks a significant step forward for China, which has become a major creditor to poor countries in recent years, but had balked at the prospect of writing off any debts, according to sources familiar with the G20 deliberations.
    The final draft of the communique, viewed by Reuters on Wednesday during the annual meetings of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank, said the officials would finalize the new framework at an extraordinary meeting before G20 leaders meet next month.    An earlier draft had the ministers adopting the framework, but officials were unable to reach agreement on that step this week.
    G20 officials also agreed to extend a freeze in official bilateral debt payments by six months, given continued liquidity pressure on low-income countries, and expressed disappointment about the absence of private-sector creditors in the moratorium.
    World Bank President David Malpass told G20 officials it was critical to look beyond the G20’s Debt Service Suspension Initiative, which only defers payments but doesn’t reduce them.
    He said the urgency of the crisis – which threatens to leave 150 million more people in extreme poverty by 2021 – required more forceful and quicker action on debt reduction for the most indebted of the world’s poorest countries.
    “The recession in advanced economies is less severe than had been feared, but in most developing economies, it has become a depression, especially for the poorest,” he said.
    “It’s urgent to make rapid progress on a framework because the risk of disorderly defaults is rising,” he said.
    G20 leaders, recognizing the uneven and highly uncertain outlook for the global economy, also pledged to continue to address the disproportionate impact the crisis has had on women, young people and other vulnerable segments of society.
    IMF Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva told a news conference that more international cooperation was needed to work on a vaccine, and early progress could boost global income by $9 trillion by 2025.
    “Nine months into the pandemic, we are still struggling with the darkness of a crisis that has taken more than a million lives, and driven the economy into reverse, causing sharply higher unemployment, rising poverty, and the risk of ‘a lost generation’ in low-income countries,” she said.
    “A durable economic recovery is only possible if we beat the pandemic everywhere,” she said.
    The IMF projects a partial and uneven recovery in 2021, with global growth expected to reach 5.2%, but has warned that significant risks remain, including the resurgence of the virus.
(Reporting by Andrea Shalal in Washington, Christian Kraemer in Berlin and Jan Strupczewksi in Brussels; additional reporting by Leigh Thomas in Paris and David Lawder in Washington; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama and Paul Simao)

10/14/2020 President Trump: Bidens Are ‘Grifters,’ ‘Crooks’ by OAN Newsroom
President Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally at Des Moines International Airport,
Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020, in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
    President Trump called out the Bidens after bombshell emails revealed Hunter had arranged business deals between Ukrainian officials and his father, then-Vice President Joe Biden.    On Wednesday, the President voiced disgust regarding the reported misconduct of Hunter Biden.
    He called the Bidens “crooks” and applauded The New York Post for their reporting.
    The newspaper revealed Hunter Biden had set up meetings with his father and officials from the Ukrainian energy firm Hunter had worked for at the time, Burisma Holdings.
    The President has said he found the Biden corruption to be worse than he previously thought.
    “They’re grifters and crooks,” he said.    “This is what we’re running against and it’s a disgrace.”
Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks to media before boarding his campaign plane
at New Castle Airport, in New Castle, Del., Tuesday Oct. 13, 2020, en route to Florida. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
    President Trump went on to slam Twitter and Facebook for suppressing reports about Hunter Biden’s corruption.    In a tweet, the President said the social media giants are trying to cover up the New York Post’s smoking gun story by blocking access to it.

    He added these revelations are only the beginning of the Bidens’ problems.    According to him, there is nothing worse for the country than the corrupt pair of Joe and Hunter Biden.
    In the meantime, the Senate Homeland Security Committee has announced an investigation into these emails and their substance.

10/14/2020 Justice Dept. Reveals New Information On The Russia Probe by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this Oct. 9, 2016, file photo Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and Democratic presidential nominee
Hillary Clinton speak during the second presidential debate at Washington University in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)
    President Trump has been pushing to declassify information as revelations into the 2016 Trump-Russia investigation continue to emerge.
    According to reports, U.S. Attorney John Bash concluded there was no wrongdoing by the Obama administration in the unmasking process during the 2016 investigation into the Trump campaign.
    Unmasking typically helps government officials make sense of intelligence.    However, the President has alleged the previous administration leaked the names improperly to reporters.
    Meanwhile, the Justice Department has said President Trump’s tweet, which authorized the “total declassification of any and all documents” pertaining to the Russia investigation, is not a legitimate order.
    On Tuesday, reports revealed a declassified spreadsheet that was used to corroborate the Steele dossier.    According to the report, several of the claims made by Steele against the Trump campaign were unverified and relied on bad intelligence from mainstream media outlets.
FILE – In this Sept. 21, 2020, file photo, Attorney General William Barr meets with federal officials for a panel discussion
at the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Atlanta on combatting human trafficking. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson, File)
    This came after a memo by former CIA Director John Brennan was declassified last week.    It contained allegations against former 2016 presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.
    The memo stated her foreign policy advisers had suggested she vilify then-candidate Trump by creating the Russia scandal.    However, in a recent interview, Brennan argued the memo contains too many redactions to understand the context behind his note on the Clinton campaign.
    In the meantime, the President has voiced his frustration over the delay in releasing reports from the Durham probe, which is currently reviewing the origins of the Russia investigation.
    President Trump and other GOP leaders hoped the review would be done before the November elections.    However U.S. Attorney John Durham is reportedly not in a rush to produce results before he finalizes a thorough investigation.
    The President has declassified a number of documents involving the investigation against his 2016 campaign.    Many of his allies have reiterated the documents prove the investigation was baseless.

10/15/2020 Oil up $0.89 to $41.07, DOW down 166 to 28,514.

10/15/2020 Now I know why President Trump is getting on AG Barr To Speed Up IG Probe Into The Origins Of The Russia Investigation
    He knows that they have the information and of course Durham is probably making sure it is accurate and not ready to release it, and I hope that the DEEP STATE did not get to them, but it has taken almost 4 years to get this information to the open air and before the November Election because if Trump loses it will be buried forever and the Globalist will make sure no one gets to it.
As seen in the above image Dan Bongino is releasing his book soon and he is stating that the 3 individuals
seen above are the main characters in Obama's administration DEEP STATE entities
who were in the shadows and doing all the dirty work to slowly take away Americas sovereignty to make sure that his policies
to put down anything that interfered with his policies and these three used all the government functions to achieve that

    As you see below is one of the three person who Obama used to do his dirty work and they were the architects who got all the other entities of the DEEP STATE involved that may be indicted hopefully.
Kathryn Ruemmler, who was Obama's Chief Councel and it is hard to get information on her since it was all under lock and key for the press and everyone as the surveillance systems were doing their thing.

next is Stephan Somma and as you can see by the article below:
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2/24/2020 FBI's 'Case Agent 1' Stephen Somma 'primarily responsible' for FISA failures by Jerry Dunleavy, Justice Department Reporter & Daniel Chaitin, Breaking News Editor
Mueller prosecutor should be held to account for misleading Congress
    The Justice Department watchdog referred FBI agent Stephen Somma for disciplinary review after an investigation into alleged Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act abuses.
    Somma, a counterintelligence investigator in the FBI's New York field office, was identified only as "Case Agent 1" in Inspector General Michael Horowitz's report, released in December.    Sources told the New York Times that Somma is that official.    The FBI did not comment for the report.
    Somma was “primarily responsible for some of the most significant errors and omissions" during the process of obtaining FISA warrants to wiretap Trump campaign adviser Carter Page in 2016 and 2017, according to Horowitz.    Horowitz confirmed the FBI relied heavily upon British ex-spy Christopher Steele’s salacious and unverified dossier when pursuing the secret surveillance.
    The DOJ watchdog found 17 “significant inaccuracies and omissions” in the FBI's applications to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court to wiretap Page, who was under suspicion of being an agent for Russia.    He was never charged with any wrongdoing.
    Mueller prosecutor should be held to account for misleading Congress Horowitz wrote that Somma and an unnamed Staff Operations Specialistwere the original Crossfire Hurricane team members who had primary responsibility over the Carter Page investigation.”    FBI documents showed that in late August 2016, Somma was told he had “not yet presented enough information to support a FISA application targeting Carter Page.”    Somma told Horowitz’s investigators “that the team's receipt of the reporting from Steele [in September] supplied missing information in terms of what Page may have been doing during his July 2016 visit to Moscow and provided enough information on Page's recent activities that [Somma] thought would satisfy the Office of Intelligence.”
    “Case Agent 1 said he prepared the FISA request form,” Horowitz wrote.    “The FISA request form drew almost entirely from Steele's reporting in describing the factual basis to establish probable cause to believe that Page was an agent of a foreign power."
    “We found no information indicating that the FBI provided the Office of Intelligence with the documents containing Page's denials before finalizing the first FISA application,” Horowitz wrote.    “Instead, Case Agent 1 provided a summary that did not contain those denials to the OI Attorney and that the OI Attorney relied upon that summary in drafting the first application.”
    The inspector general did not find that Somma or his immediate supervisors were politically biased.    Horowitz also did not find evidence showing the “pattern of errors” were intentional, but he noted: “we also did not find his explanations for so many significant and repeated failures to be satisfactory."
    Horowitz said he did not have enough information to determine “whether it was sheer gross incompetence that led to this versus intentional misconduct or anything in between.”
    When questioned by a lawyer from DOJ’s Office of Intelligence about Page’s prior relationship with the CIA, Somma claimed those “interactions took place while Page was in Moscow (which was between 2004 and 2007)” and were “outside scope.”    Because of this, the attorney “did not include information about Page's prior interactions” with the CIA in the FISA application.    Horowitz said the information Somma provided was “incomplete, inaccurate, and in certain respects contrary to the information the other agency provided to the Crossfire Hurricane team on August 17, 2016 and that Carter Page had provided to the FBI in 2009 and 2013.”    Page’s relationship with the CIA “actually overlapped with information alleged in the FISA application concerning his alleged ties to Russian intelligence officers.”
    Horowitz showed that Somma omitted significant information provided by confidential human source Stefan Halper — known as “Source 2” in the report.    Halper met with and recorded Page in October 2016, before the FBI filed its first FISA application. Horowitz concluded Somma failed to include key “exculpatory” information from that meeting, including Page denying meeting with Russians mentioned in Steele’s report, denying knowledge of the WikiLeaks dissemination of the DNC emails hacked by the Russians, and denying any role in the GOP platform related to Russia.
    Halper, 75, a Virginia resident and Cambridge professor, worked as an FBI informant in 2016 and had discussions with at least three Trump campaign members: Page, foreign policy aide George Papadopoulos, and Trump campaign co-chairman Sam Clovis.
    Cambridge Intelligence Seminars, which involved gatherings of academics and intelligence officials, were put together by Halper and Sir Richard Dearlove, a former director of MI6 who spent decades with the British spy agency.    Somma spoke at least one of these seminars in November 2011, delivering a talk titled “The FBI and Russian illegals 2010” along with FBI agents George Ennis Jr. and Alan Kohler Jr.
    When Halper’s role as an FBI informant was leaked to the media in May 2018, it led to accusations from Trump and Republicans in Congress that the Obama administration used Halper as part of an illegal effort to spy on the Trump campaign, dubbed “Spygate” by allies of the president.
    Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley, the chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, wrote to the Defense Department's Office of Net Assessment in January asking whether any of the funds from Pentagon contracts awarded to Halper were used for the FBI's Trump-Russia investigation.
    Kathleen Kavalec, then the Deputy Assistant Secretary of State, met with Steele on Oct. 11, 2016, 10 days prior to the first FISA application, and Kavalec forwarded her notes to the FBI.    During the meeting, Steele admitted he was encouraged by his client to get his research out before the 2016 election, signaling a political motivation.    Kavalec’s notes also show she found flaws with Steele’s allegations and cast doubt on his credibility.
    Horowitz said an FBI liaison informed Somma in late November “that Kavalec had met with Steele, she had taken notes of their meeting, the liaison could obtain information from Kavalec about the meeting, and, according to Kavalec, the information from Steele's reporting about a Russian consulate being located in Miami was inaccurate.”    But the FBI liaison “told us that he received no directives from the Crossfire Hurricane team to gather information from Kavalec regarding her contact with Steele.”
    Earlier this month, FBI Director Christopher Wray testified that current FBI employees involved in some of the events described in the FISA report "i>were referred to our Office of Professional Responsibility, which is our disciplinary arm."
    The FBI, Congress, and the FISA court itself have also been considering and implementing reforms following the inspector general's investigation.
    Former FBI lawyer Kevin Clinesmith, who altered a key document in FISA filings related to is the only person publicly known to be under criminal investigation by U.S. Attorney John Durham, who is conducting a review of the Russia investigation.
    "Case Agent 1" was one of 17 officials Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham asked Attorney General William Barr this month to make available for a transcribed interview for his review of the Crossfire Hurricane investigation and FISA orders against Page.

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10/13/2020 Mueller prosecutor should be held to account for misleading Congress by Mark Vargas
    Aaron Zelinsky, a member of Robert Mueller’s special counsel team and a prosecutor in the Roger Stone case, made headlines when he testified before the House Judiciary Committee last June — breaking news headlines, in fact.    He said that there was political pressure at the highest levels of the Department of Justice to treat Stone differently because he was a friend of the president.
    Zelinsky specifically testified about certain conversations with his superiors, and he even identified those who were in the room for those discussions, about Stone and the pressure to grant him special treatment.    The room included J.P. Cooney, chief of the DOJ's Fraud and Public Corruption Division, and Alessio Evangelista, an assistant U.S. attorney for Washington, D.C., Zelinsky said.
    Zelensky did not tell the truth.    According to the Washington Post, “Three career supervisors at the U.S. attorney’s office in D.C. have disputed the sworn congressional testimony given by a former prosecutor on Robert S. Mueller III’s team, telling Justice Department officials they believe he mischaracterized communications with them about undue political pressure in the criminal case against President Trump’s longtime friend Roger Stone, according to people familiar with the matter."
    As a prosecutor, Zelinsky is an officer of the court.    The Cornell Law School defines an officer of the court as any person who has “an obligation to promote justice and uphold the law."    Zelinsky breached that standard if he misled Congress about his conversations with superiors, and now he should be held accountable.
    State bar associations where Zelinsky is admitted should request a more formal inquiry into his misleading comments before the House Judiciary Committee under sworn testimony.    Roger Stone, who was convicted for lying to Congress about matters that were immaterial to the Robert Mueller special counsel investigation, was sentenced to 40 months in prison.    Zelinsky doesn’t tell the truth to Congress and has merely gotten a few headlines in the press.
    The words, “equal justice under law” are inscribed above the front of the U.S. Supreme Court building.    I implore Zelinsky’s colleagues at the bar associations and our justice system to apply that.
    Mark Vargas is a tech entrepreneur, political strategist, criminal justice reform advocate, and contributor to the Washington Examiner’s Beltway Confidential Blog.    From 2007-10, he served as a civilian in the Office of the Secretary of Defense.    Follow Mark on Twitter: @MarkAVargas.


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    Comey's "inside man" in the White House may have ties to DOJ and FBI surveillance investigation
    The individual in question is veteran FBI official Anthony Ferrante, an adviser on cybersecurity for the NSC.
    When former special counsel Robert Mueller publicly testifies before Congress on Wednesday, one of the names that is sure to come up during his testimony is James Comey — the former FBI director who was fired by President Donald Trump in May 2017.    And the Washington Examiner is reporting that in 2017, during the early months of Trump’s presidency, Comey had an “inside man” working in the White House — an individual that, according to the Examiner, might be tied to an investigation of FBI and Department of Justice (DOJ) surveillance activities being conducted by Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz.
    The individual in question is veteran FBI official Anthony Ferrante, who was an adviser on cybersecurity for the National Security Council (NSC).    In 2017, according to RealClearInvestigations, Ferrante was working in the White House while sharing information about the Trump Administration with the FBI.
    A former NSC official, interviewed on condition of anonymity, said of Comey’s relationship with Ferrante, “In an unprecedented action, Comey created a new FBI reserve position for Ferrante, enabling him to have an ongoing relationship with the agency, retaining his clearances and enabling him to come back in.”
    Ferrante’s work in the White House, that official alleged, seemed to be “in direct conflict with the no-contact policy between the White House and the Department of Justice.”
    Ferrante left the White House in April 2017, which was the month before Trump fired Comey from his position as FBI director.    After that, Ferrante was hired by BuzzFeed News to investigate a dossier put together by former British intelligence officer Christopher Steele.
    Steele authored a dossier alleging that the Russian government had a file that contained damaging information on Trump, and the dossier was published by BuzzFeed in January 2017 (the month in which President Barack Obama left office and Trump was sworn in as president).
    In RealClearInvestigations, Paul Sperry reported on Tuesday that Comey “had nine conversations with Trump between January and May 2017, some in the White House.    Almost every time, he went back to FBI headquarters and wrote up a memo documenting not only his version of the conversation but also, a complete update of the Crossfire Hurricane investigation — the FBI’s code name for the Trump Russia probe it launched in July 2016.”
    Comey, Sperry notes, was an “early skeptic of the Steele dossier” and described its claims as “salacious and unverified.”

10/15/2020 Beshear announces record-high total of 1,346 new COVID-19 cases by Emma Austin Louisville Courier Journal USA TODAY NETWORK
    Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear announced 1,346 new coronavirus cases in the state Wednesday – the highest single-day total yet, with the exception of last week’s report that included backlogged cases.
    “That’s not where we want to be right now, so we’ve got to stop this third escalation,” Beshear said.
    Kentucky has reported record-high weekly totals of new cases in Kentucky for the past three weeks.
    The commonwealth saw seven additional deaths Wednesday:
a 76-year-old man from Jefferson County,
a 49-year-old woman from Fayette,
an 81-year-old man from Webster,
an 82-year-old woman from Henderson,
a 76-year-old man from Boyd,
a 78-year-old man from Franklin,
and a 76-year-old man from Bullitt.
    Beshear also announced the deaths of two veterans at the Thomson-Hood Veterans Center in Wilmore.    They were the second and third veterans in Kentucky veteran nursing homes to die from the virus, Beshear said.
    “That’s another reason to make sure that we’re doing everything we can to stop the spread of this because a virus doesn’t arise in one of these centers; it’s brought into one of these centers,” Beshear said.
    Kentucky has now seen 83,013 COVID-19 cases and 1,276 deaths tied to the pandemic.    The positivity rate is at 4.72%.
    Beshear has given his daily briefings virtually from the governor’s mansion this week after he and his family were exposed Saturday to a person who tested positive for the coronavirus.    Beshear, the first lady and their two children have all tested negative, he announced yesterday, but he said he will remain in quarantine until cleared by the health department.
    Indiana reported an additional 1,172 coronavirus cases and 14 new deaths Wednesday, bringing the state’s totals to 139,269 cases and 3,609 deaths.
    Reach Emma Austin at or on Twitter at @emmacaustin.
[7 deaths / 1,346 cases = 0.005% and the positivity rate has gone up to 4.72% because of cases not because of deaths all together 1,276 deaths / 83,013 cases = 0.015% which is very low.].

10/15/2020 ‘Good Progress’ Is Not Good Enough: EU To Push Brexit Britain On Trade by Robin Emmott and Philip Blenkinsop
FILE PHOTO: European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen in Brussels, Belgium October 2, 2020. REUTERS/Johanna Geron/Pool/File Photo
    BRUSSELS (Reuters) – European Union leaders meeting in Brussels on Thursday will pressure Britain for concessions in their troubled Brexit talks, saying a trillion euros worth of trade could be sunk if London does not budge on fisheries, fair competition and solving disputes.
    Months of painstaking talks have narrowed the gaps on issues from energy ties to coordinating social benefits from 2021 when Britain’s standstill transition period after leaving the bloc ends.
    But the three most contentious areas have barred a deal on a new partnership between the EU and Britain, with businesses and markets increasingly jittery about uncertain trading rules as the year-end deadline to put a deal in place nears.
    “We have been making good progress but ‘good’ is not good enough,” an EU official said when asked if a deal was close.    “We have not found a solution on the three issues that are very difficult… so we cannot say we are close to an agreement.”
    The 27 EU national leaders are due to step up contingency plans for an abrupt economic split if no agreement emerges in time on trading with Britain without tariffs or quotas.
    But, keen to avoid being assigned blame for an eventual chaotic split, the bloc would also grant extra time for more talks.
    A German government source said the bloc would “continue the negotiations for as long as possible” and added: “The European Union will not be the ones getting up from the table.”
    The EU says a deal must come in early November at the latest to allow enough time for ratification by the European Parliament and some national chambers before the year ends.
    In a call with top Brussels officials on the eve of the summit, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson expressed disappointment at the scant progress so far and said he would decide whether to continue talks with the EU after the summit.
    A source close to the talks said the UK’s Brexit negotiator would advise Johnson that arriving at an agreement was not impossible if sides intensify talks in the coming weeks.
    The top EU officials – summit chairman Charles Michel and the head of the bloc’s executive arm that is negotiating with Britain on behalf of the whole EU – pushed Johnson in the call for progress.
    Fisheries is crucial to France and President Emmanuel Macron is expected to take a hard line on Thursday.
    The EU has warned it will not leave the matter to be solved last and that it could only be part of a wider deal together with issues like energy ties or financial services where London has a weaker bargaining position than on fishing rights.
    The estranged allies – the world’s largest trading bloc and the sixth-biggest economy – are also far apart on the so-called level playing field guarantees of fair competition.    They cover social, labour and environment standards, as well as state aid.
    If both sides follow the same rules, they can trade without any barriers.    But Britain wants to be able to set its regulations on corporate subsidies freely in the future, while the bloc seeks to lock in joint principles the EU and the UK would have to follow.
    Otherwise, the EU says Britain cannot have open access to the bloc’s cherished single market of 450 million people as it could offer its goods for sale on artificially low prices resulting from substandard production.
    “It’s a bit like one of your children not wanting to eat their veggies,” an EU diplomat said of Britain’s reluctance to accept the bloc’s position.
    “What do you do?    Do you force it into their mouth or do you try to mix it up another way?    He or she needs to eat their veggies.”
(Additional reporting by Jan Strupczewski, Gabriela Baczynska,; Kate Abnett, Sabine Siebold, Writing by Gabriela Baczynska; Editing by Toby Chopra)

10/15/2020 North Korea’s Nuclear, Missile Programs ‘Serious Threat’ To Security: Pentagon Chief
FILE PHOTO: Oct 10, 2020; West Point, New York, USA; United States Secretary of Defense Mark Esper, a West Point graduate,
greets cadets before a game between Army and The Citadel at Michie Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper on Wednesday said North Korea’s nuclear and missile programs pose a global threat, after Pyongyang’s unveiling of previously unseen intercontinental ballistic missiles at a predawn military parade.
    The appearance of a new intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) during a weekend parade in North Korea captivated many Western analysts.    But officials in South Korea were far more concerned by the display of new multiple launch rocket systems (MLRS) and fast, maneuverable short-range missiles that would be ideal for striking targets in the South.
    Speaking before the start of a meeting with South Korean Defense Minister Suh Wook at the Pentagon, Esper said: “We agree that North Korea’s nuclear and ballistic missile programs remain a serious threat to the security and stability of the region and the world.”
    “The United States remains committed to the security of the Republic of Korea,” Esper said.
    He added, however, that South Korea and the United States must find a more equitable way of sharing defense costs so it “doesn’t fall unequally on the American taxpayers.”
    U.S. President Donald Trump, who has touted his relationship with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, has repeatedly said Seoul should pay for a larger share of the cost of U.S. military forces deployed in the South.
    Some 28,500 American troops are deployed in South Korea, in what is seen as a deterrent to Pyongyang that also sends a message to China about U.S. influence and capability in Asia.
    Separately, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, citing a lack of ICBM tests by Pyongyang last year, told reporters on Wednesday there was a reduced risk to the United States from North Korea due to Trump’s policy of engagement.
    South Korea’s national security advisor Suh Hoon is also in Washington this week for previously unannounced meetings with his U.S. counterpart as well as Pompeo, South Korea’s presidential Blue House said in Seoul on Thursday.
(Reporting by Idrees Ali; Additional reporting by David Brunnstrom in Washington and Josh Smith in Seoul; Editing by Tom Brown and Michael Perry)

10/15/2020 Rudy Giuliani Cites Reportedly Leaked Text Revealing Hunter Biden’s Alleged Corruption by OAN Newsroom
Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani pauses while addressing supporters of President Donald Trump supporters Monday, Oct. 12,
2020 during a Columbus Day gathering at a Trump campaign field office in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Jacqueline Larma)
    President Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani shared a private text message that he said further highlights the alleged crimes committed by the Biden family.    In the latest episode of his podcast Wednesday, Giuliani quoted a message allegedly from Hunter Biden to his daughter Naomi.
    In the message, Hunter told Naomi he’s paid for everything for the entire family for the past 30 years, which is a statement Giuliani said is likely is due to Hunter receiving money from Ukrainian energy company Burisma.
    Giuliani then went on to highlight a part of the message that specifically references Democrat presidential nominee Joe Biden.    He made the following remarks on the matter:
    “But then it goes on to say because the boss, remember the Godfather, the boss has to wet his beak, the boss has got to get his money.    The boss here is Pop.    It’s really hard, but don’t worry, unlike Pop that’s one of the names for Joe Biden Democrat…candidate for the United States presidency.    I won’t make you give me half your salary.”
    The message is allegedly among the tens-of-thousands of texts, emails and photographs found on Hunter’s laptop.

10/15/2020 Twitter Under Fire For First Amendment Suppression by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this Feb. 8, 2018, file photo, the logo for Twitter is displayed above a
trading post on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)
    The mission statement of social media site Twitter is to “give everyone the power to create and share ideas and information instantly without barriers.”    However, when conservatives tried to share an explosive report detailing a cache of emails sent to and from Hunter Biden to his contacts in Ukraine, Twitter began erecting barriers to stop the story.
    Beginning with those that “created” the information, Twitter locked the main account of the New York Post, which remained down through Wednesday night.    With the post “silenced,” the site moved on to the “sharers” with White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany becoming a quick target.
    McEnany received a notification from Twitter regarding her personal account, which claimed she violated its rules against “distributing hacked material.”    Twitter demanded she remove the post in order for her to regain access to her account, which led her to tell reporters she will not censor reports that “may not fit the ideology of Silicon Valley.”    She strongly condemned the platform’s demand and said it was “not the American way.”
    Even OAN’s own Jack Posobiec was banned after he tried to share the story.    Posobiec said in a statement, “Silicon Valley has declared themselves the oligarchs of speech in this election.”    He went on to say, “they must be declared as public utilities and broken up in the name of national security.”
    Meanwhile, Sen. Josh Hawley of Missouri, who has routinely introduced legislation aimed at curbing immunities for tech companies under Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, demanded action.    He first filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission, arguing that the “active suppression of public speech” amounted to a “egregious campaign finance violation” that benefits the Bidens.
    Hawley also noted that the possible violations are occurring while millions of Americans are heading to the polls and the “unprecedented” suppression will influence how they cast their ballots.    In a direct appeal, he demanded Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey give an explanation “under oath” to the Senate Judiciary Committee.
    Dorsey attempted to address the outrage by saying he recognizes the company’s actions of immediately silencing anyone who attempted to share the information was “not great.”

10/15/2020 Sen. Cruz: Senate Judiciary Committee To Vote To Subpoena Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey by OAN Newsroom
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey testifies before the Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on ‘Foreign Influence Operations and
Their Use of Social Media Platforms’ on Capitol Hill, Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)
    Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) has announced he is planning to subpoena Twitter’s CEO over the social media site’s blocking of recent New York Post articles.    During a break in the Supreme Court nomination hearings, Cruz stated Twitter is actively blocking stories regarding Hunter Biden and allegations the Biden family received money from China.
    He called the blocks “unprecedented election interference” and said the Judiciary Committee wants to know what’s going on.
    On Tuesday, the committee will vote on whether or not to subpoena Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey for testimony, which would be scheduled for October 23rd.
    “Twitter, Facebook and Big Tech billionaires don’t get to censor political speech and actively interfere in the election,” stated Cruz.    “That’s what they’re doing right now.”
    On Wednesday, Dorsey acknowledged blocking the first New York Post article with zero context was “unacceptable.”

Sen. Michael Lee, R-Utah, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, stand together during a break in the confirmation hearing for Supreme Court
nominee Amy Coney Barrett, before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Ken Cedeno/Pool via AP)
    Twitter, however, continues to block sharing of Biden related articles.    The social media site suspended “Team Trump” on Thursday after the campaign account referred to the New York Post article in a video.
    The tweet also stated “Biden is a liar who has been ripping off our country for years.”    According to Twitter, the Trump campaign’s post violated site policy by sharing private information without the Bidens’ consent.
    The Biden campaign has stated the New York Post did not confer with Biden on critical elements of the story.
    Trump campaign officials have said the suspension of their account was an act of election interference.    They reiterated the election is only 19 days away.
    White House Press Secretary Kaleigh McEnany’s personal account was also suspended for linking the same New York Post article in one of her posts.
    This time, instead of citing privacy concerns, Twitter stated the post contained hacked information.
FILE – In this Feb. 8, 2018, file photo, the logo for Twitter is displayed above a trading post
on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)
    Meanwhile, more GOP senators have also called out Twitter and other social media sites.    They alleged the tech giants are censoring information on Hunter Biden, despite flashing the Russia investigation into the Trump campaign in 2016.
    “We believe in a free press in this country, and we also believe in free elections,” said Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.)    “The attempt to rig an election, which is what we’re seeing here by monopolies, is unprecedented in American history.”
    In the meantime, the Democrat candidate has claimed he did not know about his son’s dealing with other countries during his time as vice president.

10/15/2020 Calif. GOP Resists Cease And Desist Letter Requiring Removal Of Ballot Collection Boxes by OAN Newsroom
An official ballot drop box is seen Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020, in Santa Clarita, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
    California’s Republican Party has said it won’t remove ballot collection boxes, despite a cease and desist letter from the state.    According to reports, California’s secretary of state called the boxes illegal and stated the party has until Thursday night to remove them.
    In a letter to the secretary, attorneys for the GOP argued the boxes are indoors, securely staffed and not labeled as “official.”
    A spokesman for the Republican Party reiterated if the secretary wants to take them to court, they’ll see him there.
    “We have been opposed to ballot harvesting, …but we have a choice,” stated Hector Barajas.    “We can either whine and complain about the election results later, or we can get smart and figure out the rules, figure out the chessboard that they’ve laid out before us and play the game that they’re doing.”
    California state law allows ballot harvesting.    Republicans have pointed out while Democrats are so concerned with the practice, they’re the ones who wrote the legislation and voted for it.

10/15/2020 Calif. Breaks Records With 1.5M Ballots Cast by OAN Newsroom
California Secretary of State Alex Padilla stands next to a pallet with voting ballots, after a news conference on Orange County’s comprehensive plans
to safeguard election and provide transparency in Santa Ana, Calif., Monday, Oct. 5, 2020. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)
    Election Day is quickly approaching and a historic number of Californians have already cast their ballots.    According to Secretary of State Alex Padilla, more than 1.5 million people have returned their ballots, compared to around 150,000 at the same point in 2016.
    This is the most ballots returned at this point in any state election.    Nearly half of the mail-in ballots came from Los Angeles County.
    These numbers have partially been attributed to the fact that every California voter was sent a ballot this year.    Some voters have chosen to drop off their ballots rather than mailing them.
    “I just want to make sure my ballot got in, and I know it’s right here at the registrar’s office,” stated voter Jay Poggi.    “I thought that was a lot better than going through the mail.”
    Whether residents are dropping off or mailing in their ballots, the historic early voting numbers shed light on the meaning of this election to voters.
    “I’m really concerned with what’s going on in the United States,” said voter Yolanda Magdaleno.    “I want to make sure I vote early and get it out of the way, not wait until the last minute and get all stressed out.”
Pallets of voting ballots are ready for mailing to the United States Postal Service as they are displayed to the
media at the Orange County Registrar of Voters, before a news conference on Orange County’s comprehensive plans to safeguard
the election and provide transparency in Santa Ana, Calif., Monday, Oct. 5, 2020. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)
    Meanwhile, a new poll revealed liberal Americans are most likely to vote by mail this election.    According to a survey of 1,500 Americans, 52% of Democrats reported they are planning to cast their ballots by mail this year.
    That’s compared to just 28% of Republicans and 37% of moderates.
    Those voting by mail cited health concerns for their reasoning, while those pushing for in-person voting cited voter fraud concerns with mail-in ballots.

10/15/2020 President Trump: N.Y. Officials Incompetent In COVID-19 Response by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this Oct. 12, 2020 photo, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaks during a ceremony unveiling a statue of Mother
Frances Cabrini, the patron saint of immigrants, in Battery Park in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II, File)
    President Trump came down on local Democrat officials in New York for their coronavirus response.    On Thursday, the President was especially critical of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s handling of the pandemic.
    He noted the U.S.’s total number of cases would be significantly lower if it weren’t for the high number of cases in New York, which has become a major hot spot in the country.
    The President asserted this was not due to a lack of aid from the federal government.
    “I gave him a ship, a convention center, 2,800 beds and he never used it,” he stated.    “He was incompetent, they’re incompetent.”
    The state is currently experiencing another spike in coronavirus cases, which has prompted further shutdowns and cluster containment zones.

10/15/2020 New Emails Released Between Hunter Biden And Chinese Energy Officials by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this Jan. 30, 2010, file photo, Vice President Joe Biden, left, with his son Hunter, right,
at the Duke Georgetown NCAA college basketball game in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass, File)
    More of Hunter Biden’s emails were unveiled Thursday, showing questionable talks between the Democrat presidential nominee’s son and a private Chinese energy company.
    According to reports, one of the emails had the subject line “expectations.”    It contained details of “remuneration packages,” seemingly in the context of six people included in the business deal.
    In another email, it appears Hunter refers to a possible deal by saying it “would be interesting for him and his family.”    Hunter held a consulting contract with the company and reportedly received $10 million for “introductions alone.”
    The President recently commented on the findings by saying the evidence is there.
    “Hunter was a disaster, he got thrown out of the military, didn’t have a job,” he stated.    “His father becomes VP and then Hunter starts making millions and millions of dollars a year.”
    President Trump also called for an investigation into Biden’s brother James, who reportedly had business dealings in Iraq.

10/15/2020 N.Y. Gov. Cuomo Threatens To Pull Funding To Local Gov’ts, Schools Not Following Lockdown Guidelines by OAN Newsroom
Members of the Orthodox Jewish community speak with NYPD officers on a street corner, Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2020,
in the Borough Park neighborhood of the Brooklyn borough of New York. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
    The governor of New York has threatened to pull state funding from schools and local governments that don’t adhere to lockdown orders.
    During a conference call Wednesday, Democrat Gov. Andrew Cuomo pointed to multiple jurisdictions in the state, including New York City, Orange County and Rockland Counties.
    This comes as New York’s ultra-Orthodox Jewish community has staged mass protests against strict lockdown policies put in place last week in “hot spots” that have been designated as so-called “red-areas.”
    Cuomo said if he could change something about his coronavirus response, he would have the state be responsible for enforcement measures and not local governments.
    “On lessons learned, I would have had the state take over or hire statewide enforcement because the enforcement from the local governments is very uneven,” he stated.    “Especially when it’s politically sensitive and that’s what we’re running into with a lot of these ultra-Orthodox communities.”
    The governor stated letters will be sent to all schools in COVID-19 “hot spots,” notifying them about the potential loss in funding.    Cuomo said if he wants to, he has the authority to cut off all state funding to localities.    The amount of money withheld has not been decided, although officials indicated it could be a significant amount.

10/15/2020 Defense Secy. Esper Speaks With South Korean Counterpart At Pentagon by OAN Newsroom
Defense Secretary Mark Esper meets with South Korean Defense Minister Suh Wook at
the Pentagon on Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020 in Washington. (AP Photo/Kevin Wolf)
    Defense Secretary Mark Esper recently held a bilateral meeting with his South Korean counterpart at the Pentagon.    The officials met on Wednesday to discuss the eventual transition of military command in South Korea from the U.S. to the South Korean government.
    South Korean President Moon Jae-in is seeking to retake operational control before he leaves office in 2022.    They also addressed the recent unveiling of North Korea’s ballistic missiles.
    “North Korea unveiled a weapon presumed to be a new long-range ballistic missile at the military parade on October 10,” explained Defense Minister Suh Wook.    “Amid the environment of persisting security unrest on the Korean peninsula and in spite of the coronavirus pandemic, defense ministers of South Korea and the United States met in person to exchange our views and develop a bond.”
    Secretary Esper highlighted the importance of the alliance while noting South Korea is making great progress toward stability.

10/15/2020 President Trump Rallies Supporters In Iowa by OAN Newsroom
President Donald Trump dances on stage after speaking an airport campaign
Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020, in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
    President Trump has continued to rally his supporters across the United States, recently meeting with voters in Des Moines, Iowa.    This was the President’s third rally since undergoing treatment for coronavirus with the Commander-in-Chief highlighting his remarkable recovery.
    “And one of them is Regeneron and I said I’ll take that one because, very early in the testing, but it had great numbers,” he explained.    “And I’m telling you, they gave me this and they call it a therapeutic, but to me it’s a cure because I felt like Superman the following morning.”
    The President also briefed the audience on his youngest son’s recent COVID-19 diagnosis while advocating for schools across the nation to fully reopen, so children can interact in a classroom setting.
    “I don’t think he even knew he had it because they’re young and their immune systems are strong and they fight it off, 99.9 percent,” he stated.    “And Barron is beautiful and he’s free…Barron is just fine now, he’s tested negative.”
    President Trump then expressed his support for the military and noted he’s using his administration to bring American troops home that are currently in the Middle East.    He specifically pointed to the decrease in troops numbers in Afghanistan.
    “You know we are bringing all our soldiers back home, we’ve been doing it for a longtime,” he stated.    “And it’s not easy, not easy.”
    The President also commented on the recent Senate confirmation hearings of Judge Amy Coney Barrett, stating his nominee has shown great promise during the hearings despite tricks from the left.
    “To defend our rights and our Constitution I nominated Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the United States Supreme Court,” he stated.    “…she’s so been outsmarting these people, these people with bad intentions….she’s an intellect.”
    Thousands of the President’s supporters gathered in attendance and he thanked them for their enthusiasm.
    Meanwhile, the race between the two presidential candidates continues to heat up with weeks until the election.    President Trump is anticipating another win from the Hawkeye State just like in 2016.

10/15/2020 COVID Upsets EU Summit As European Commission Chief Self-Isolates by Francesco Guarascio
FILE PHOTO: European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen wearing a face mask arrives for an EU summit
at the European Council building in Brussels, Belgium October 15, 2020. Olivier Matthys/Pool via REUTERS
    BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The coronavirus upset a summit of European Union leaders in Brussels on Thursday as one of the key participants, EU Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen, had to quit the meeting minutes after it began to go into precautionary self-isolation.
    Planned meetings of the 27 EU nations’ leaders have been disrupted by the coronavirus pandemic since the spring.    Some have been postponed and some held by video-conference, but they returned to in-person summits over the summer as infection rates eased.
    On Thursday, for the first time, they faced a potential threat in the very room where they were meeting, when von der Leyen told them she had been in contact with an infected person.
    “I have just been informed that a member of my front office has tested positive for COVID-19 this morning,” the president of the bloc’s executive tweeted minutes into the meeting.
    “As a precaution, I am immediately leaving the European Council to go into self-isolation,” she said, adding that she herself had tested negative for the virus.
    Under Belgian rules, she is now required to self-isolate for seven days.    The summit continued after her departure, a spokesman for the European Council said.
    A European diplomat said the summit was unlikely to be disrupted as leaders kept at safe distance from each other.
    The two-day meeting was called to discuss Brexit and climate change, but a debate on the pandemic was added to the agenda after a second spike of infections across Europe.
    Von der Leyen, 62, was supposed to brief leaders on Friday about European Commission-led negotiations with pharmaceutical companies to secure potential COVID-19 vaccines.
    A physician by training, von der Leyen was forced into quarantine last week after she had contact with another infected person.
    Minutes before going back into quarantine on Thursday, she had urged leaders to agree on common rules for the length of self-isolation.    EU governments began diverging over the last weeks from the global standard of a 14-day period, with many of them shortening it.
    In September the head of the European Council and chairman of EU summits, Charles Michel, had to postpone a leaders’ meeting for a week after going into quarantine.
    EU leaders usually meet in Brussels at least four times a year to set the bloc’s political agenda.    It is not yet clear if the resurgence of coronavirus infections will send them back to video-conferencing when they meet again in December.
(Reporting by Francesco Guarascio @fraguarascio; additional reporting by Gabriela Baczynska; Editing by John Chalmers/Mark Heinrich)

10/15/2020 President Trump: If Big Tech Persists, We Must Strip Them Of Their Section 230 Protections by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this March 29, 2018, file photo, the logo for Facebook appears on screens
at the Nasdaq MarketSite in New York’s Times Square. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)
    On Thursday, President Trump slammed Big Tech companies for their alleged censorship.    During his latest rally in North Carolina, the President threatened to possibly strip tech giants of their Section 230 protections.
    The legislation effectively shields platforms like Twitter and Facebook from being held liable for posted content.    It also protects them from being held accountable for censoring or not censoring certain content.
    It’s meant to protect free speech while allowing tech giants to mitigate hate speech or violence.    However, President Trump and other officials have argued it’s actually enabled platforms to block or remove political speech without retribution.
    “If Big Tech persists, in coordination with the mainstream media, we must immediately strip them of their Section 230 protections,” stated the President.
    He went on to say when the government granted these protections, they created “a monster.”

FILE – In this Feb. 8, 2018, file photo, the logo for Twitter is displayed above a trading post
on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has also criticized Twitter and Facebook for blocking a story on Joe and Hunter Biden’s corrupt dealings.    The social media giants blocked the New York Post’s story earlier this week, citing concerns it may contain “hacked material.”
    On Thursday, the senator stated the social media giants’ decision to block or allow content as they please is “reprehensible.”    McConnell added he supports the calls by some senators to subpoena Twitter executive Jack Dorsey.
    “Whether one approves of the information or not, if you selectively suppress information, that’s censorship,” he said.    “In this country, we’ve always advocated competition of ideas.”
    According to Republican senators, this latest controversy shows a deepening pro-Democrat bias among the top leadership of Twitter and Facebook.

10/15/2020 President Trump Calls On Democrat Governors To End COVID Lockdowns by OAN Newsroom
President Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally in Greenville, N.C., Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020. (AP Photo/Karl DeBlaker)
    The President has called for an end to coronavirus related lockdowns ahead of November’s election.    During Thursday’s MAGA rally in North Carolina, he called on Governor Roy Cooper and his fellow Democrats in other states to end the harmful lockdowns.
    “North Carolina, tell your governor to open up your state, open up your schools,” said President Trump.    “…Got to open up your businesses, open up your schools, get it going.”
    He added COVID fears and death numbers have been greatly exaggerated, while the actual mortality rate remains low.
    “We’ve learned about this disease,” added the President.    “We have incredible therapeutics, we have incredible drugs, (and) we have, in my opinion, a cure because I took something (from) Regeneron.”
    He went on to say Democrat run states have had the highest number of COVID infections in the country, despite the most stringent lockdowns and face mask requirements.

10/16/2020 Oil down $0.40 to $40.67, DOW down 20 to 28,494.

10/16/2020 Beshear: 1,260 new coronavirus cases Thursday in Kentucky by Ayana Archie Louisville Courier Journal USA TODAY NETWORK
    Gov. Andy Beshear announced 1,260 new coronavirus cases across Kentucky on Thursday, with 20 deaths.
    The single-day case count is one of the highest yet in Kentucky, Beshear said, and comes one day after the state set a new single-day record.     The positivity rate is currently 4.94%, the highest it’s been in four weeks, he said.     “We keep reiterating that we got to do better and we got to wear masks, and we keep seeing high numbers that highlight how important that is,” he said.     There were 738 people hospitalized, 192 people in intensive care and 92 on ventilators, according to the state.
    Beshear said the western region of the state was hit particularly hard.    Eleven western Kentucky counties had double digit cases and accounted for nine of the deaths reported.
    “This is not moving in the right direction,” Beshear said.
    The deaths were:
An 86-year-old man from Bracken County
A 71-year-old woman from Christian County
A 100-year-old woman from Davis County
An 88-year-old woman from Davis County
An 82-year-old woman from Davis County
A 92-year-old woman from Davis County
A 96-year-old woman from Greenup County
A 74-year-old woman from Greenup County
A97-year-old woman from Henderson County
A 74-year-old man from Henderson County
A 92-year-old woman from Henderson County
An 84-year-old woman from Jefferson County
A 64-year-old man from Jefferson County
A 49-year-old woman from Jefferson County
An 88-year-old woman from Knott County
An 80-year-old man from Pulaski County
A 72-year-old woman from Scott County
An 81-year-old man from Webster County
A 73-year-old man from Whitley County
An 85-year-old woman from Whitley County
    Jefferson County had the highest percentage of new cases at 18.25%.
[20 deaths / 1,260 cases = 0.0.016% same as yesterday just more cases and positivity rate at 4.94% tells all the rioters to stop doing it as Louisville is the worse case.].

10/16/2020 Ballots found discarded in dumpster - US Postal Service investigating incident by Ben Tobin, Louisville Courier Journal USA TODAY NETWORK
    More than 100 absentee ballots intended for voters in Louisville were found discarded in a dumpster Thursday morning, a representative of the U.S. Postal Service Office of Inspector General confirmed to The Courier Journal.
    Special agents of the Postal Service OIG discovered 112 absentee ballots intended for the 40299 zip code of the Jeffersontown area after responding to a report of undelivered mail being found by a citizen in Louisville on Thursday morning, special agent Scott Balfour said in a statement.
    The agents also found two political flyers.    The ballots and flyers were returned to the Postal Service on Thursday and were set to be properly delivered, Balfour said.
    “USPS OIG Special Agents are working to identify who is responsible for discarding the mail,” Balfour said.    “When the investigation is concluded, the case will be presented for federal prosecution to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.”
    Balfour said he did not have the specific location where they were found.
    Nore Ghibaudy, spokesman for the Jefferson County Clerk’s office, told The Courier Journal Thursday he was “a little taken aback.” by the incident.    The ballots had been sent out Oct. 3, he said, and some voters who requested those ballots had contacted the office to express concern over not receiving them.
    Ghibaudy said the ballots were found by a contractor who had been putting items in a dumpster and noticed them mixed in with other mail.    The ballots had neither been opened nor filled out.

10/16/2020 President Trump: Red Wave Is Coming In November by OAN Newsroom
President Donald Trump speaks with members of the press on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington,
Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020, before boarding Marine One for a short trip to Andrews Air Force Base, Md. Trump
is traveling to North Carolina for a campaign event and Florida for a town hall. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
    President Trump has predicted a massive Republican sweep in upcoming elections.
    “It was on the broadcast today, the numbers are crazy,” he stated.    “And this is what we’re going to have, we’re going to have a red wave.”
    While speaking with voters in North Carolina on Thursday, the President warned Democrat Party officials are pushing mass mail-in voting in a last-ditch attempt to secure electoral victory.    However, he said those efforts will be in vain.     President Trump also called on the silent majority to go out and vote corrupt Democrats out of office.     “They don’t want to send in the ballots and have the ballots thrown away into a dumpster,” he explained. “…not a day goes by when you don’t read about what crooked things are happening, but the red wave will crush it and those are people that are going to get there on November 3rd.”     The President also noted that this is one of the most important elections in American history.

10/16/2020 Defense Secy. Esper: U.S. Armed Forces Ready To Face Challenge Posed By China by OAN Newsroom
File – Defense Secretary Mark Esper is pictured. (Evan Vucci/AP Photo)
    According to the secretary of defense, the U.S. armed forces are at the ready to preserve America’s primacy on the world stage and her ability to defend democratic values as well as inalienable freedoms around the globe.
    Mark Esper opened his remarks Thursday at the Heritage Foundation by addressing a fundamental shift in the military’s global strategy after decades of focusing on fighting threats from terrorist organizations and insurgent groups.    The conflicts of the 21st Century will likely be characterized by competition with near-peer states.
    “Today, our strategic competitors, China and Russia, are attempting to erode our hard-earned gains as they undermine international rules and norms, and use coercion against other nations for their own benefit,” stated the defense secretary.    “We continue to see this behavior globally from Beijing’s predatory economics and its aggression in the South and East China Seas to Moscow’s violations of its international obligations and the sovereignty of its neighbors.”
    Chief among those seeking to destabilize the American-led international system, Esper pointed out, is the People’s Republic of China and one of the armed forces’ primary tasks moving forward will be to counter its expansionist ambitions.
    To this effect, Esper reported the Trump administration has initiated a refocusing of the armed forces’ resources with the aim of ensuring maximum readiness against Chinese aggression in much the same way anti-Soviet preparedness was the main strategy of the Cold War.
    “Our path forward also relies on service-level training and professional military education that develops the expertise of our force on Chinese military systems, tactics and doctrine much like my generation did when we studied the Soviet armed forces during the Cold War,” the defense secretary explained.    “I directed the National Defense University to refocus its curriculum by dedicating 50 percent of the coursework to China by academic year 2021.”
    Esper also outlined plans to expand the country’s arsenal, including a plan to increase the size of the Navy’s fleet to 500 ships by 2045, asset acquisitions across all branches of the armed forces and the integration of new platforms to more effectively combat cyber attacks.
    In an appeal to lawmakers, Esper stressed the importance of steady financial support.    He argued that providing the armed forces with the resources necessary to achieve their mission was of vital national importance.
    The defense secretary commended the progress made under the Trump administration, which has increased the U.S. military budget by $200 billion a year since 2017.    This move has undone years of damage caused by insufficient budgets under previous administrations.
    Esper went on to assert that with continued support from the nation’s leaders and the relentless dedication of its service members, the armed forces will be well poised to meet the challenges of a shifting global landscape.
    “Simply put, readiness refers to our military’s ability to answer the nation’s call, and to fight and win, anytime, anywhere,” he stated.    “The question we must answer is this: if called upon to fight tonight, are we ready?

10/16/2020 President Trump Endorses Fmr. Rep. Darrell Issa In Calif. by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this Sept. 26, 2019 file photo, former Republican congressman Darrell Issa speaks
during a news conference in El Cajon, Calif. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull, File)
    The President has thrown his support behind California congressional candidate Darrell Issa ahead of this year’s election.
    President Trump took to Twitter on Friday, where he gave Issa his complete and total endorsement. He has called the candidate a “warrior” who will “never let you down.”
    Issa grew up in a working family of Arab American immigrants and served in the U.S. Army as an explosive ordinance disposal specialist. He went on serve in Congress, where he represented various California districts from 2001 to 2019.
    At one point, he was also the chairman of the Oversight Committee.
Democratic congressional candidate Ammar Campa-Najjar speaks during an interview Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2018, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)
    He announced his retirement in 2018, but is now looking to represent the Golden State’s 50th congressional district.    He expressed he is hoping to steer California away from socialism and communism.
    Socialist policies have infected all of our major cities like a disease and are now spreading into the rural areas of our state,” explained Issa.
    The congressional candidate has taken a strong stance on border security and is adamantly pro-life.    He also believes in the Constitution, with the goal of upholding the Second Amendment.
    According to Issa, his opponent Ammar Campa-Najjar is a radical leftist who has been endorsed by socialists like Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-Vt.) and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.).
    Campa-Najjar is in favor of “Medicare for All,” slashing military spending and the Green New Deal.    The two will face off in this year’s general election on November 3rd.

10/16/2020 Sen. Hawley: Americans Should Be Able To Sue Big Tech Companies For Blocking Hunter Biden Reports by OAN Newsroom
Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., questions Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett during the third day of her confirmation hearings before
the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020. (Photo by Samuel Corum/Getty Images)
    Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) said Americans who were prevented by social media networks from sharing recent stories about Hunter Biden should be able to sue those companies.
    In an interview Thursday, the Republican lawmaker said it’s impossible to hold tech giants like Twitter and Facebook accountable because they’ve gotten to be monopolies.    He pointed to the double standard of the New York Times publishing the President’s tax returns with virtually no push-back.
    On Wednesday, Hawley highlighted a September appearance before the Senate where he noted that Big Tech platforms are operated by “woke liberals.”
    The senator called efforts to block unfavorable stories about Joe Biden “collusion” that’s got to stop.    Back in June, Hawley introduced a bill to give Americans legal recourse toward tech companies that selectively censor political speech and hide content.

10/16/2020 VP Pence Attends Roundtable With Jewish Community Leaders In Fla. by OAN Newsroom
Vice President Mike Pence speaks at a campaign rally at the Cuban Memorial Monument, Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
    Vice President Mike Pence recently took part in a roundtable with Jewish community leaders in Doral, Florida.    Thursday’s event, organized by Jewish Voices for Trump, came as part of the Vice President’s “Faith in America” tour.
    Pence discussed the Trump administration’s efforts to support the Jewish community and called the President “a true champion of the Jewish people.”
    “This is a president that understands…understands strength and understands standing with our allies,” he stated.    “    And I want to tell you, I couldn’t be more proud to be serving alongside a president who’s made it clear that if the world knows nothing else, the world knows this — America stands with Israel.”
    The Vice President also touted the President’s passing of the Anti-Semitism Bill and the Holocaust Education Act.    Rabbis attending the roundtable went on to praise the administration for its devotion to upholding religious freedom.

10/16/2020 Second Lady Pence Visits Pa. To Discuss President Trump Mental Health Initiatives by OAN Newsroom
Karen Pence listens as Vice President Mike Pence speaks to members of the media at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., Monday, Oct. 5, 2020,
as he leaves Washington for Utah ahead of the vice presidential debate schedule for Oct. 7. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
    Second Lady Karen Pence made a trip to Pennsylvania to discuss President Trump’s efforts to improve mental health for Americans.    She spoke at a roundtable outside the Veteran Affairs Medical Center in Philadelphia om Thursday.
    Mrs. Pence focused on the President’s recent executive order addressing mental and behavioral health needs as well as preventing suicide.    She also talked about her role as the lead ambassador for PREVENTS and the importance of prioritizing mental health.
    “What we want to do and really if there was one thing I could do as Second Lady, if I could help reduce the stigma surrounding mental health — that’s what we want to do,” she stated.    “I’d like to say all the time, it’s okay to say you’re not okay.”
    If you or someone you know may be having suicidal thoughts call the Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.
    President Trump’s executive order established a cabinet-level team to assess the needs of vulnerable groups of Americans, especially those impacted by COVID-19.

10/16/2020 Explainer: When Will COVID-19 Vaccines Be Generally Available In The United States? by Carl O’Donnell and Michael Erman
FILE PHOTO: A small bottle labeled with a "Vaccine COVID-19" sticker and a medical
syringe in this illustration taken April 10, 2020. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/File Photo
    (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump and the head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have disagreed about when a COVID-19 vaccine would become widely available.    Trump has said enough vaccine would be available for every American by April, while the CDC director said vaccines were likely to reach the general public around mid-2021, an assessment more in line with most experts.
    Pfizer Inc said on Friday it could file for U.S. authorization of the COVID-19 vaccine it is developing with German partner BioNTech in late November, suggesting it is possible a vaccine could be available in the United States this year.
    General availability is when every American who wants the vaccine can get it.    There are currently no COVID-19 vaccines approved by U.S. regulators, although a handful are in late-stage trials to prove they are safe and effective.
    Experts estimate that at least 70% of roughly 330 million Americans would need to be immune through a vaccine or prior infection to achieve what is known as herd immunity, which occurs when enough people are immune to prevent the spread of the virus to those unable to get a vaccine.
    The CDC anticipates that up to 700 million doses of vaccine will be available in April of 2021, enough to vaccinate all Americans because most vaccines in development require two doses per person.
    It has forecast that 35 million to 45 million doses of vaccines will be available in the United States by the end of this year from the first two companies to receive authorization.    The current front-runners are Pfizer and Moderna Inc.
    Though 35 million to 45 million doses sounds like a lot, obtaining enough doses to inoculate everyone in the United States will likely take until later in 2021. CDC Director Robert Redfield told a congressional hearing in September that most Americans will be vaccinated by July, not April.
    Drugmakers have been more ambitious with their calculations.    Pfizer and BioNTech SE have said they expect to have 100 million doses available worldwide by the end of 2020, but did not specify how much of that was earmarked for the United States.    Moderna has said it is on track to make around 20 million doses by the end of the year and between 500 million and 1 billion doses a year beginning in 2021.
    AstraZeneca Plc has said it could deliver as many as 300 million doses of its experimental vaccine in the United States as early as October but its U.S. trial has been on hold since September.
    The CDC has said that if supplies are limited, the earliest inoculations may go to healthcare workers, people at increased risk for severe COVID-19, people aged 65 years and older and essential>     It is unclear when a vaccine will be available for children as major drugmakers have yet to include them in late-stage trials.    Pfizer and BioNTech have approval from regulators to start recruiting volunteers as young as 12 for vaccine studies.
    Pfizer/BioNTech said it may have data as early as October and Moderna says it could have similar evidence in November.    The vaccines would first need to be approved or authorized for emergency use by U.S. regulators, and Pfizer says it expects to have the safety data it needs in the third week of November to file with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
    Drugmakers have already started manufacturing supplies of their vaccine candidates to be ready as soon as they get the go-ahead.    The U.S. Department of Defense and the CDC plan to start distribution of vaccines within 24 hours of regulatory authorization.
    Several drugmakers including Pfizer, AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson and Novavax Inc have said they expect to produce at least 1 billion doses of their vaccines next year if they get regulatory authorization.
    Sanofi SA and GlaxoSmithKline Plc are also working on developing a vaccine they say could be authorized next year.
(Reporting by Carl O’Donnell, Michael Erman and Caroline Humer in New York; Editing by Bill Berkrot and Matthew Lewis)

10/16/2020 Coronavirus Spending Pushes U.S. 2020 Fiscal Year Deficit To Record $3.132 Trillion by David Lawder
A U.S. five dollar note is seen in this illustration photo June 1, 2017. REUTERS/Thomas White/Illustration
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. budget deficit hit a record $3.132 trillion during fiscal 2020, more than triple the 2019 shortfall due to massive coronavirus rescue spending, the U.S. Treasury said on Friday.
    The deficit more than doubled the previous record of $1.416 trillion in fiscal 2009, when the United States was battling a financial crisis.
    At the start of the 2020 fiscal year ended Sept. 30, the U.S. government had been forecast to rack up a $1 trillion deficit before coronavirus lockdowns began in March, shutting down large portions of the travel, retail and small business sectors of the economy.
    Outlays for fiscal 2020 jumped $2.105 trillion from 2019 to a total of $6.55 trillion, with the increase made up almost entirely from coronavirus aid programs: increased healthcare costs, stimulus checks and unemployment compensation, along with the cost of small business and corporate rescue programs approved by Congress.
    As a result of programs that kept paychecks flowing to laid off workers through September, receipts for the full year fell only about 1% or $43 billion from fiscal 2019, totaling $3.42 trillion.
    The final fiscal 2020 deficit numbers come as the Trump administration and Congress have been unable to agree on a new round of coronavirus stimulus, with many Senate Republicans calling for fiscal restraint in another package.
    A joint statement from the U.S. Treasury and the White House Office of Management and Budget emphasized an “incredible comeback” of economic activities as businesses reopened over the summer months.
    “The administration remains fully committed to supporting American workers, families, and businesses and to ensuring that our robust economic rebound continues,” Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said.
    In September, the year’s final month, the U.S. budget deficit was $125 billion, compared with an $83 billion surplus in September 2019, the Treasury said.
    September receipts totaled $373 billion, just $1 billion below a year earlier as higher Federal Reserve earnings and excise tax collections made up for lower personal and corporate income tax receipts.    September outlays rose by $206 billion from a year earlier to $498 billion, due to COVID-19 related spending.
(Reporting by David Lawder; Editing by Andrea Ricci and Marguerita Choy)

10/16/2020 Twitter Appears To Backtrack On Blocking New York Post Article
FILE PHOTO: Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey addresses students during a town hall at the Indian
Institute of Technology (IIT) in New Delhi, India, November 12, 2018. REUTERS/Anushree Fadnavis
    (Reuters) – Twitter Inc on Friday appeared to backtrack on its decision to block links to a New York Post article about Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden’s son, despite reaffirming the ban late on Thursday.
    Republicans who had decried Twitter’s earlier actions posted the story freely on the site.    “You can now share the bombshell story Big Tech didn’t want you to see,” Arizona Representative Paul Gosar tweeted on Friday morning.     Twitter declined to comment.
    The company’s policy chief Vijaya Gadde said Thursday night that Twitter had decided to make changes to its hacked materials policy following feedback, but a spokesman told Reuters that the New York Post story would still be blocked for “violating the rules on private personal information.”
    “We will no longer remove hacked content unless it is directly shared by hackers or those acting in concert with them,” Gadde said in a series of tweets.    “We will label Tweets to provide context instead of blocking links from being shared on Twitter.”
    Twitter had initially said the Post story violated its “hacked materials” policy, which bars the distribution of content obtained through hacking, but has provided no details on what materials it viewed as hacked.
    Twitter Chief Executive Jack Dorsey said in a tweet Friday morning that “straight blocking of URLs was wrong” and suggested that Twitter instead should have applied tools like labels.
    “Our goal is to attempt to add context, and now we have capabilities to do that,” he tweeted.
    Tweets of the story successfully published on Friday did not have any labels attached.    Twitter declined to answer Reuters questions on whether that was due to an error or a policy decision.
    The company had briefly restricted the Twitter account of U.S. President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign after it posted a video that referred to the New York Post story on Thursday.
    U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham and Republican Senators Ted Cruz and Josh Hawley said on Thursday the committee would vote on Tuesday on sending a subpoena to Dorsey.
(Reporting by Katie Paul in Palo Alto, Elizabeth Culliford in London and Akanksha Rana in Bengaluru; Editing by Sriraj Kalluvila and Cynthia Osterman)

10/16/2020 CORONAVIRUS NEWS BRIEFING - Blood type may affect chances of infections
    Good news for people with O-type blood: Two studies published in the journal Blood Advances suggest that they may have a lower chance of contracting COVID-19 – and have less severe symptoms.
    A study out of Denmark using health registry data from over 2 million people found that people with other blood types more frequently contracted COVID-19 than people with blood type O.
    Meanwhile, a study from Canada found that those with blood types O and B who tested positive for COVID-19 fared better than those with A or AB blood types, who needed mechanical ventilation and dialysis at a higher rate.
    The U.S. has reported more than 7.9 million cases and 216,000 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins data.    There have been more than 38.5 million confirmed cases around the world and 1 million deaths.
[If that is true I have been O positive all my life plus I survived the Hong Kong Flu in the 1970's.].

10/16/2020 President Trump Calls Bidens An ‘Organized Crime Family’ by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this Jan. 30, 2010, file photo, Vice President Joe Biden, left, with his son Hunter, right,
at the Duke Georgetown NCAA college basketball game in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass, File)
    President Trump has called the Bidens an organized crime family.    He made those remarks while speaking at an event for seniors in Florida on Friday.
    “A lot of disgrace,” he stated.    “…It’s an organized crime family, as far as I’m concerned.”
    The President began discussing middlemen after touting his plan to lower pharmaceutical drug prices.    He was slamming middlemen for taking money away from everyday Americans when someone in the crowd called Hunter Biden a middleman.
    The President acknowledged the comment and went on to slam the Bidens.
    “Hunter Biden is a middleman,” he said.    “He made no money until his father became vice president, …it’s a shame.”     He noted the Hunter Biden corruption report is the hottest topic there is and reiterated he can’t believe mainstream media is trying to suppress it.
Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani lowers his face mask as he approaches supporters of President Donald Trump Monday,
Oct. 12, 2020 during a Columbus Day gathering at a Trump campaign field office in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Jacqueline Larma)
    Meanwhile, Rudy Giuliani has accused the Biden family of three decades of racketeering.
    Earlier this week, Giuliani stated the emails found on a laptop reportedly belonging to Hunter Biden prove the Biden family has been selling Joe Biden’s office to the highest bidder.
    He highlighted a time when Hunter allegedly received a $1.5 billion commitment from the Bank of China to a private equity fund he partially owned.
    He suggested this deal came at a time when both Hunter and Joe Biden traveled to Beijing for a round of talks.    Joe Biden came away from the talks saying China is not a threat nor a competitor.
[I think Biden thought Clinton was going to win in 2016 but it did not happen and he had already started his corruption before that since he had been doing during the entire Obama administration and now I know why the Obama administration was so bad for 8 years is because he was listening to Biden who had 44 years of Biden's corruption.
    Another thing back when they were trying to Impeach Trump Giuliani was over in Ukraine investigating for Trump and got all this corruption which you can see in my FISA-Under Surveillance files that was done there by Biden and his son and brought it all back to Trump and the FBI then and he was being attacked by Adam Schiff and the DEEP STATE for trying to get the Ukrainian witnesses over here to testify for this very subject.    Don't you love it when what goes around comes around

10/16/2020 President Trump Vows To Continue Protecting Senior Citizens From COVID-19 by OAN Newsroom
Supporters of President Donald Trump listen to him speak during an event on
“Protecting America’s Seniors,” Friday, Oct. 16, 2020, in Fort Myers, Fla. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
    President Trump recently reaffirmed his commitment to protect senior citizens from the coronavirus.    On Thursday, he vowed to crush the virus and get our economy back on track.
    “As President, I’m deeply aware that America’s 54 million seniors have borne the heaviest burden of the China virus,” he said.    “Many older Americans have endured months of isolation, missing weddings, births, graduations, church and family communions.”
    The President then touted Operation Warp Speed and announced the administration is on track to produce over 100 million vaccine doses this year.
    He reiterated his promise to make the treatments he received, which helped him fight off the virus, available to America’s most vulnerable.
    He also empathized with the losses the elderly and their families have endured during the pandemic.
    “My heart breaks for every grieving family that has lost a precious loved one,” added President Trump.    “I feel their anguish and I mourn their loss.”
    The President added that together, we will end the pandemic, along with the left-wing lockdowns in our nation, and ensure our seniors will be able to live long, happy and secure lives.

10/16/2020 Lawmakers Remain Deadlocked On Stimulus Negotiations by OAN Newsroom
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., meets with reporters at the Capitol in Washington, Thursday, Oct. 8, 2020. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
    Lawmakers on Capitol Hill remain divided over the contents of the next economic stimulus package.
    During Thursday’s press conference, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi stated there are contents of their proposal which they are not willing to compromise on, including tax benefits for working families and provisions to aid communities of color.
    This came after an extensive series of negotiations with Republicans, in which Pelosi and several of her Democrat colleagues refused to budge on their costly proposals.
    Republicans and the Trump administration have condemned these policies as part of a Democrat “wish list.”
    White House Economic Adviser Larry Kudlow does not believe lawmakers can pass a full coronavirus relief package before the election.    On Friday, he said it may be possible to fulfill parts of a relief bill, but it would not be a large deal.
White House chief economic adviser Larry Kudlow talks with reporters outside the White House about
coronavirus relief package negotiations, Friday, Oct. 9, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
    He suggested lawmakers should instead extend unemployment benefits, restart PPP loans and offer airlines more relief with the unused $300 billion left over from the CARES Act.
    However, the adviser reiterated the President wants a deal and has enough support from Republicans to finalize a deal, if the House speaker would simply agree.
    In the meantime, unemployment pandemic relief is fading for many Americans following a surge over the summer.    According to a recent study, those who benefited from extended unemployment aid earlier this year have begun to dip below poverty lines once again.
    The data also showed workers who had received benefit checks from the summer stimulus tightened spending moderately throughout August and saved more money.    However, jobless workers are now feeling the effects of the pandemic.    The new research showed these savings are quickly running out.
    Workers are hoping to receive another round of stimulus to hold them over while pandemic conditions continue.
[Pelosi would not take a new reasonable offer from Trump because she does not want to give him a win before the election on November 3 and would make all the Americans who could make ends meet with the $400 per week or the $1200 one.].

10/16/2020 Catalonia Hospitality Workers Protest New Restrictions by OAN Newsroom
Workers of catering sectors clash with police officers during a protest organised by restaurants
and bar owners in Barcelona, Spain, Friday Oct. 16, 2020. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)
    Hospitality workers in the Catalan region of Spain rallied against new restrictions on the bar and restaurant industries this week.    On Friday, roughly 1,000 workers protested the restrictions in Barcelona, which were enacted in response to a spike in COVID cases in Spain.
    Protesters have proclaimed people have a right to work.    Some demonstrators called themselves an endangered species, while others threw eggs at the local city hall.     The new restrictions will limit bars and restaurants to takeout or delivery only.    Shop and gym capacities will also be limited until at least the end of the month.
    “The closing of bars and restaurants seems to be a drastic measure,” stated resident Antoni Miras.    “I don’t think it will solve the problem, and I think it will further increase the economic crisis that we are suffering from during these times of COVID.”
Workers of catering sectors take part in a protest organised by restaurants and
bar owners in Barcelona, Spain, Friday Oct. 16, 2020. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)
    According to the Catalan Hospitality Association, the shutdown will hit around 30,000 establishments and cause losses upwards of more than $1 billion.    Without government support, estimates have said half of Catalonia’s restaurants could be bankrupt by the end of 2020.

10/16/2020 Teacher Knifed To Death In France After Showing Class Cartoons Of Prophet Mohammad by Tangi Salaün and Geert De Clercq
FILE PHOTO: French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin speaks in Paris, France, October 15, 2020. Ludovic Marin/Pool via REUTERS/File Photo
    PARIS (Reuters) – A middle school history teacher in France was knifed to death near the school where earlier this month he had shown his pupils cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad, considered blasphemous by Muslims, French officials said on Friday.
    The attacker was shot dead by a police patrol a few streets away from the scene of the attack late on Friday afternoon, in a residential suburb north-west of Paris.
    “One of our fellow citizens was assassinated today because he was teaching, he was teaching pupils about freedom of expression,” French President Emmanuel Macron told reporters at the scene of the attack.
    “Our compatriot was flagrantly attacked, was the victim of an Islamist terrorist attack,” Macron said.    “They won’t win… We will act.    Firmly, and quickly.    You can count on my determination.”
    The incident carried echoes of the attack five years ago on the offices of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.    It published caricatures of the Prophet Mohammed, unleashing divisions that are still casting a pall over French society.
    Friday’s killing, by targeting a teacher, was interpreted by many public figures as an attack on the essence of French statehood, with the values it espouses of secularism, freedom of worship, and freedom of expression.
    “This evening, it’s the Republic that’s under attack,” Education Minister Jean-Michel Blanquer wrote in a tweet.
    The victim of Friday’s attack sustained multiple knife wounds to the neck, according to a police representative.    One law enforcement source said the teacher had been beheaded in the attack.
    French broadcaster BFMTV reported that the suspected attacker was 18 years old and born in Moscow.    Law enforcement officials did not name the attacker, or his victim.
    A police source said that witnesses had heard the attacker shout “Allahu Akbar,” or “God is Greatest.”
    The attack took place in the street in front of the middle school where the victim worked, in the suburb of Conflans Sainte-Honorine.    The area is a middle class neighbourhood with many residents who commute to work in Paris.
    According to French media reports, the teacher who was killed had earlier this month shown pupils the cartoons as part of a civics lesson.
    A Twitter thread posted on Oct. 9 contained a video of a man who said his daughter, a Muslim, was one of the pupils in the class, and that she was shocked and upset by the teacher’s actions.
    The man in the video urged Twitter users to complain to the authorities and get the teacher removed from his post. Reuters was unable to independently verify the authenticity of the video.
    France has over the past years seen a series of violent attacks by Islamist militants, including the 2015 Charlie Hebdo killings, and bombings and shootings in November 2015 at the Bataclan theatre and sites around Paris that killed 130 people.
    Less than a month ago, a man originally from Pakistan used a meat cleaver to attack and wound two people who were on a cigarette break outside the offices where Charlie Hebdo was based at the time of the 2015 attack.
    The issue of the cartoons had been revived last month when Charlie Hebdo decided to re-publish them to coincide with the start of the trial of accomplices in the 2015 attack.
    Al-Qaeda, the militant Islamist group that claimed responsibility for those killings, threatened to attack Charlie Hebdo again after it republished the cartoons.
    The magazine said last month it published to assert its right to freedom of expression, and to show it would not be cowed into silence by violent attacks.    That stance was backed by many prominent French politicians and public figures.
    Reacting to Friday’s attack outside the school, Charlie Hebdo wrote on its Twitter account: “Intolerance has crossed a new threshold and does not seem to give ground to anything in imposing its terror on our country.”
(Reporting by Geert De Clercq and Dominique Vidalon; Writing by Christian Lowe; Editing by Toby Chopra and Rosalba O’Brien)

10/17/2020 Oil up $0.09 to $40.76, DOW up 112 to 28,606.

10/17/2020 French Police Arrest Nine After Teacher Beheaded In Street
Police officers secure the area near the scene of a stabbing attack in the Paris suburb
of Conflans St Honorine, France, October 16, 2020. REUTERS/Charles Platiau
    PARIS (Reuters) – French police have arrested nine people after a suspected Islamist sympathiser beheaded a school teacher on the street of a Paris suburb on Friday, police sources said.
    Investigators were trying to establish whether the attacker, who was shot dead by police, had acted alone or had accomplices. French media reported that he was an 18-year-old of Chechen origin.
    Witnesses heard the assailant shout “Allahu Akbar” or “God is Greatest,” a police source said.    His victim, a history teacher, had earlier this month shown his pupils cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad in a civics class on freedom of expression.
    President Emmanuel Macron called the incident Islamist terrorism.
    Four relatives of the attacker, including a minor, were detained in the immediate hours after the attack in the middle-class suburb of Conflans-Sainte-Honorine, the police sources said.
    Five more were detained overnight, among them two parents of pupils at the College du Bois d’Aulne where the teacher was employed.
    Muslim leaders condemned the killing, which many public figures perceived as an attack on the essence of French statehood and its values of secularism, freedom of worship and freedom of expression.
    Tareq Oubrou, the imam of a Bordeaux mosque, denied the killing marked a clash of civilisations.
    “It is not a civilisation that kills an innocent person, it is barbarity,” Oubrou told France Inter, adding that the litany of deadly attacks by Islamist militants or their sympathisers was devastating for France’s Muslim community.
Every day that passes without incident we give thanks,” he said.    “We are between hammer and anvil.    It attacks the Republic, society, peace and the very essence of religion, which is about togetherness.”
(Reporting by Tangi Salaun and Geert de Clercq; Writing by Richard Lough; Editing by Kirsten Donovan)

10/17/2020 State reports more than 1,000 COVID-19 cases by Deborah Yetter, Louisville Courier Journal USA TODAY NETWORK
    Kentucky reported another near record daily high of 1,319 new cases of COVID-19 Friday, for a total of 85,506 statewide, continuing a trend of around 1,000 cases or more most days since late September.
    The highest daily number so far was 1,346 cases reported Wednesday.
    Kentucky also reported 4 deaths Friday linked to the coronavirus, for a total of 1,300 deaths since COVID-19 first surfaced in the state in early March.
    Among Friday’s positive tests for the virus were 189 individuals 18 or younger.    The youngest was 7 days old.
    Gov. Andy Beshear also reported a new outbreak of COVID-19 at a state prison, the Little Sandy Correctional Complex in Sandy Hook, where 17 inmates and two staff tested positive for the coronavirus.
    Beshear said the state will test the entire facility, using the protocols first used at Green River Correctional Complex in Central City to stop an outbreak there earlier this year.
    Kentucky’s rate of positive tests Friday was 4.7%.    Public health officials recommend that the rate needs to stay below 5% as an indicator spread of the virus is manageable.
    Beshear and Dr. Steven Stack, the state public health commissioner, have warned in recent days that cases are escalating and unless Kentuckians do more to stop the spread – wearing masks, washing hands and avoiding crowds – new cases and death counts will grow. Beshear repeated that warning Friday in a news release.
    “We need to buckle down; we need to wear masks; we need to follow that rule of no gatherings above 10 people at our homes,” he said.    “We need to social distance and we shouldn’t play politics with this virus.    It is real.    It doesn’t matter if there’s an election a couple of weeks away.”
    Deaths reported Friday were a 77year-old woman from Adair County, a 51-year-old man from Bullitt County and two women, ages 86 and 94, from Madison County.
    Indiana also has seen a spike in cases, reporting 2,348 new cases through Thursday for a total of 143,495, according to the state Health Department website.    It also reported 22 deaths for a total of 3,654 [Note 22 deaths / 3,654 cases = 0.006%].
    Its rate of positive tests was listed at 10.4% Friday.
    Reach Deborah Yetter at or 502-582-4228.
[4 deaths / 1,319 cases = 0.003% lowest than ever what does he want 0.001% and the positivity rate at 4.7%.].

10/17/2020 Biden Distances Himself From ‘Green New Deal’ by OAN Newsroom
Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks at Michigan State
Fairgrounds in Novi, Mich., Friday, Oct. 16, 2020. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
    Presidential hopeful Joe Biden is turning his back on the Green New Deal.    He announced his own plan to combat so-called climate change during a Thursday night town hall with ABC News.
    The former vice president wants to the U.S. reach net-zero emissions by 2050, starting with the electric sector hitting it’s first goal by 2035.    Some economists worry Biden’s proposed plan will be devastating to taxpayers.
    One report even suggested his plan could cost American taxpayers over $6 trillion a year.    However, voters seem hesitant to trust the ideas he has proposed, primarily because he has changed his mind on this issue in the past.
    During Thursday’s event, Biden made it clear that he does not support a ban on fracking.
    “i>Well first of all, I make it clear I do not propose banning fracking,” he stated.    “I think you have to make sure that fracking is, in fact, admitting methane or polluting the…well dealing with what can be a small earthquake and how they’re drilling, so it has to be managed very very well.”
    During a primary debate in July of last year, however, he said there was no place for fracking in a Biden administration.
    One prominent union leader, Shawn Steffee, also criticized Biden’s inconsistent messaging while arguing the Biden campaign has vowed to end fossil fuels, but has supported fracking.    This suggests the Democrat doesn’t understand the logistics of the plan he is advocating as fracking is a process used to extract fossil fuels.
    President Trump, who has repeatedly supported the use of safe fossil fuels, warned against a Biden presidency.
    “But at this very moment, Biden’s website includes a pledge to mandate net-zero carbon emissions, which means fossil fuel, coal, everything is gone and it’s gone soon,” stated the President.    “And with that goes our economy, and with that goes our country.”

10/17/2020 President Trump Holds MAGA Rally In Macon, Ga. by OAN Newsroom
President Donald Trump waves as he leaves after speaking at a campaign rally at Middle Georgia
Regional Airport, Friday, Oct. 16, 2020, in Macon, Ga. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
    The President marked his fifth visit to Peach State since he first announced his bid for the White House back in 2015.    On Friday, President Trump held a ‘Make America Great Again’ at the Middle Georgia Regional Airport in the city of Macon.
    The President took aim at Democrat opponent Joe Biden following a recent article exposing the alleged corruption surrounding the former vice president’s family.    He also accused Biden of being purchased by Wall Street by suggesting he’s being influenced by corporate interests.
    “He (Biden) is a servant of the wealthy donors, globalists and special interests who got rich bleeding America dry,” the President stated.
    While switching gears, President Trump then slammed Democrats for their attacks on the gun rights of Americans.
    President Trump went on to caution against a Democrat in the Oval Office.
    “If he wins, the radical left will be running this country,” he stated.    “They’re addicted to power and God help our country if that happens, I really mean it.”

10/17/2020 States Reporting Massive Turnout For Early Voting, Mail-In Ballots by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this Oct. 15, 2020, file photo, voters line up at an early voting satellite location
at the Anne B. Day elementary school in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Michael Perez, File)
    Millions of voters have showed up at the polls and sent in their mail-in ballots in what’s being called an “unprecedented” early voting turnout.    Concerns about the coronavirus and mail-in voting have been cited for the remarkable turnout.
    According to recent reports, more than 21 million voters have cast their ballots either in person or through the mail so far.    Around 1.4 million people had already voted by this time during 2016, accounting for more than 15 percent of the total votes during that election.
    The Georgia state secretary said nearly 130,000 people cast ballots in the state Monday, smashing the nearly 91,000 votes cast on the first day of the 2016 election. One county said it saw a 484 percent increase from the first day of voting.
    Georgia voters expressed a sense of urgency driving them to the polls, saying this election seems to be more complex due to the ongoing pandemic and the candidates.
    “I would strongly recommend coming early and getting it done, that way you know it’s done,” stated Georgia resident Steve Butts.    “It’s in the system, you don’t have to hear about it on the 6:00 o’clock news about ‘they found a burlap bag full of ballots’ in, you know, out in the woods somewhere.”
    In Texas, where early voting started Tuesday, more than 1 million votes have already been cast in a record turnout.    Nearly 17 million Texans registered to vote this year, which is up nearly 2 million since 2016.
    In Ohio, nearly 200,000 residents cast early votes this week compared to around 64,000 during the same week in the last election.
    Meanwhile in North Carolina, voters waited for up to three hours to cast their ballots in some areas when early voting started Thursday.
    "It’s a beautiful day, people are eager to vote,” said North Carolina resident Jason Roberts.    "If you wait and go next week, I think you’ll see the lines will not be nearly as long as they are today and it will be a much faster process for someone who doesn’t have the time to stand outside.”
    According to reports, the number of first-time voters choosing to vote early has more than doubled compared to 2016.    More than 2 million infrequent voters have also cast ballots compared to 658,000 during the last election.
    Officials said the steps taken by states to make it easier to register to vote and cast a ballot likely contributed to the increased turnout.    In Virginia, for example, voters can now vote absentee without having to provide a reason and lawmakers have made Election Day a state holiday.
    Registered Democrats are reportedly “significantly” outnumbering Republicans in this early turnout and have returned nearly 2.5 million more ballots.    However, GOP officials said they are not concerned while pointing out a majority of Republican voters prefer to vote in person, especially on Election Day.
    “This is a pattern we are seeing across other states as well — that Democrats in particular are very motivated to turnout, but they are also very motivated to either vote by mail or vote early,”stated Seth Masket, Director of the Center on American Politics, University of Denver.    “There is a good deal of enthusiasm among Republicans as well, they are more interested in voting close to or on Election Day.”
    One expert who tracks polling data said Democrats may be doing Republicans a favor by voting early thus clearing out polling places for Republicans to vote come Election Day.

10/17/2020 Rudy Giuliani Discusses What He Knows About Hunter Biden Emails by OAN Newsroom
Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani pauses while addressing supporters of President Donald Trump Monday, Oct. 12, 2020
during a Columbus Day gathering at a Trump campaign field office in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Jacqueline Larma)
    Former New York City mayor and Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani said the evidence allegedly implicating the Biden family’s corruption will be released 10 days before the election.
    In an interview on Thursday, Giuliani spoke about the latest allegations brought against Democrat nominee Joe Biden’s son, Hunter Biden.    The attorney pointed out the hypocrisy in the mainstream media demanding to verify the information when they continuously chase unsubstantiated claims about the President.
    Giuliani said he won’t release all the information found on Hunter Biden’s hard drive just yet because the Democrats will just try to brush it all off.
    Giuliani also noted the evidence against Hunter Biden backs up a tip he received from a secret informant privy to a meeting between Hunter and the former deputy Secretary of State, which violated the Foreign Agents Registration Act.

10/17/2020 President Trump Agrees To Friendly Transition Of Power by OAN Newsroom
President Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally at Des Moines International Airport, Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020, in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
    President Trump denounced the media’s assertion that he would not agree to a transition of power if he lost re-election.
    While speaking at a seniors event in Florida Friday, the President touched on Thursday night’s town hall, where he was asked about conceding the election if he lost the race legitimately.    The President then responded “of course” in agreement to a friendly power transition.
    President Trump has previously brushed off the question by saying the only way he could lose is if the election was rigged by Democrats.    He then pointed out that when the Obama administration transferred power to him in 2016, they investigated his campaign.
    “First of all, I don’t think there’s not going to be a transition cause we’re gonna win, let’s hope we don’t have to worry about it,” said President Trump.    “Think of this — we demand a friendly transition yet we caught them spying on my campaign and trying to take down the President of the United States, right?    That wasn’t too friendly.”
    His remarks came amid accusations from the left that the President would refuse to leave office if he lost the election.

10/18/2020 ‘Teaching Yes, Bleeding No’: France Pays Tribute To Beheaded Teacher
FILE PHOTO: People gather in front of the Bois d'Aulne college after the attack in the Paris
suburb of Conflans St Honorine, France, October 17, 2020. REUTERS/Charles Platiau
    PARIS (Reuters) – Thousands of people gathered across France on Sunday to support teachers and defend freedom of expression after the killing of Samuel Paty, a history teacher beheaded by a suspected Islamist on Friday.
    From Paris to Lyon, Marseille and Lille large crowds gathered quietly, pausing regularly to applaud, hold minutes of silence or sing the national anthem.
    Prime Minister Jean Castex attended the gathering on Place de La Republique in Paris along with Education Minister Jean-Michel Blanquer and politicians from across the spectrum, showing solidarity after a killing that has shocked the country.
    “You don’t scare us.    We are not afraid.    You will not divide us.    We are France!” Castex tweeted later.
    Paty, 47, was killed outside his school in a Paris suburb by an 18-year-old attacker.    Earlier this month, the teacher had shown his pupils cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad in a class on freedom of expression, angering a number of Muslim parents.    Muslims believe that any depiction of the Prophet is blasphemous.
    The assailant, who was born in Russia of Chechen origin, was shot dead by police soon after the attack.    Police have detained 11 people in connection with the killing.
    People at the events on Sunday wore masks against COVID-19 and carried signs such as “Teaching yes, bleeding no” or “I am Charlie” in a reference to satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, whose offices were attacked in a mass killing five years ago.
    “We’re here to defend the Republic, the values of the Republic: liberty, equality, fraternity and secularism. We can feel that the nation is threatened,” Pierre Fourniou, 83, said in Paris.
    Paty had been the target of an angry campaign on social media before he was killed.    Castex said in an interview in Journal du Dimanche newspaper that the government is working on a strategy to better protect teachers from threats.
    President Emmanuel Macron was due to hold a security meeting with key ministers later on Sunday, his office said.
    A national tribute will be organised for Wednesday.
(Reporting by Elizabeth Pineau, Yonathan Van der Voort, Sybille de La Hamaide and Bertrand Boucey; Editing by Frances Kerry)

10/18/2020 German CDU Mulls Virtual Congress To Elect New Leader: Handelsblatt
FILE PHOTO: Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel removes her mask for the EU summit final news conference at the
European Council building in Brussels, Belgium October 16, 2020. Kenzo Tribouillard/Pool via REUTERS
    BERLIN (Reuters) – Germany’s ruling Christian Democrats are considering holding a virtual party congress in early December to elect a new leader and potential successor to Chancellor Angela Merkel, Handelsblatt reported on Sunday citing an unnamed party leader.
    Germany is experiencing an accelerating second wave of coronavirus infections and having an in-person gathering for the party’s 1,000 delegates as planned on Dec. 4 would be irresponsible, the CDU presidium member told the newspaper.
    “There is no way we can justify meeting for a party congress when the rest of the country has to stay at home,” the conservative politician said.
    Merkel called in her weekly video podcast on Saturday on the public to stay at home and avoid travel where possible to minimise the spread of COVID-19. The daily number of infections hit a daily record of 7,830 on Saturday.
    The 66-year-old chancellor, who has already stepped down as party leader, will not run for a record fifth consecutive term at a general election due in Sept. 2021, meaning the CDU will be seeking re-election with a new figurehead.
    An attempt to stage manage the succession fell apart earlier this year when Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, who won a leadership vote two years ago only to struggle in the role, said she would step down.
    Three candidates – Armin Laschet, Friedrich Merz and Norbert Roettgen – are now vying to lead Germany’s most popular party.
    With campaigning restricted by coronavirus, the challengers had a rare opportunity to debate each other at a televised event organised by the party’s youth wing on Saturday evening.
    Laschet, state premier of North Rhine-Westphalia, pitched his experience as a continuity candidate; finance expert Merz promised education and job opportunities to younger voters; and Roettgen touted his foreign policy experience.
    Yet there was little to differentiate the platforms of the trio, who aired strikingly similar views on the need to accelerate digital transformation and tie economic growth to environmental sustainability.
    The German parliament this month passed legislation allowing virtual party conferences to pass resolutions and elect leaders, either by postal vote or by locally-held secret ballot.
(Reporting by Douglas Busvine; Editing by Alexandra Hudson)

10/18/2020 Senate To Vote On More PPP Funding, $500B COVID Relief Package by OAN Newsroom
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., speaks to reporters after casting his vote in the 2020 general election
at the Kentucky Exhibition Center in Louisville, Ky., Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)
    It’s going to be a busy week ahead for the Senate.    On Saturday, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced the upper chamber will hold votes on two pieces of legislation.
    The first measure on the list will be on additional funding for the Paycheck Protection Program, which is set for a vote on Tuesday.    If passed, it would dole out more funds for small business loans, which can be forgiven if spent maintaining or quickly rehiring employees and maintaining salary levels for employees.
    The second measure on the list is a $500 billion COVID relief package set for a vote Wednesday.    McConnell said the stimulus bill is not a proposal which would “resolve every problem forever,” but would “deliver huge amounts of help to workers and families.”
    The legislation would notably include funding for more federally expanded unemployment benefits for laid-off Americans, additional PPP loans, schools, coronavirus testing, contact tracing and much more.    However, it’s significantly lower than the $2.2 trillion dollar package Democrats are pushing and even the $1.8 trillion dollar proposal the White House is negotiating on.
    As a result, it may be shot down from advancing with reports pointing to the Senate’s last COVID relief package in September, which was struck down in a procedural vote 52 to 47.    That bill also proposed roughly $500 billion for relief, but didn’t garner support from Democrats who said it was “insufficient.”
    The latest bill, however, has gotten support from GOP lawmakers who have said a “skinny” stimulus bill is better to address the nation’s most pressing problems, while still allowing for more packages to be passed later as needed.
FILE – In this April 23, 2020, file photo, a stimulus check issued by the IRS to help combat the
adverse economic effects of the COVID-19 outbreak, is displayed in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)

10/18/2020 Gov. Cuomo: Movie Theaters May Reopen Except In Big Apple by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this Oct. 12, 2020 photo, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaks during a ceremony unveiling a statue of Mother
Frances Cabrini, the patron saint of immigrants, in Battery Park in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II, File)
    Movie theaters outside of the Big Apple will soon be able to reopen in New York. Governor Andrew Cuomo made the announcement on Saturday.
    The Democrat governor gave counties with less than 2% infection rate in the last 14 days the green light to welcome moviegoers back in as soon as next week.
    However, theaters will have to abide by new COVID-19 guidelines in order to do so.
    “Beginning October 23rd, movie theaters outside of New York City will be allowed to reopen at 25% capacity with up to 50 people maximum per screen,” stated the governor.    “This is outside of New York City, areas that are below 2% on their 14 day average and have no cluster zones.”
    Cuomo also announced the state’s new “microcluster” strategy to combat the virus, which will focus on smaller areas to quarantine rather than larger regions.

10/18/2020 RNC Chairwoman Speaks Out On COVID-19 After Recovering From Virus by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this May 24, 2018, file photo, Chair of the Republican National Committee Ronna McDaniel
appears on the “Fox & friends” television program in New York. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)
    Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel has said she thinks COVID-19 is “an incredibly contagious disease.”    She made the comment during an interview Sunday after fighting her own battle with the virus earlier this month.
    “I think people are getting sick and they don’t even know where,” she explained. Nonetheless, she noted President Trump’s push to continue testing and get a vaccine available is what will help the nation get out of the pandemic.
    “I think the President, with what he’s done with the (Operation) Warp Speed vaccines…the testing, these are going to be the things that are going to get us out of this pandemic,” stated McDaniel.    “The President taking that swift action early on is putting our country in a better place to fight this terrible virus.”
    According to the RNC chairwoman, the American people know President Trump is the best candidate to lead the nation out of the pandemic because he is already doing it.

10/18/2020 Ariz. Drive By Shooting Leaves At Least 7 Injured by OAN Newsroom
Screengrab via 12 News official report.
    At least seven people, including four children, were injured after a drive by shooting in Mesa, Arizona.    According to the Mesa Police Department, a vehicle drove by and opened fire on a food truck seating area on Friday night.
    Witnesses reported the shooter was in a white, box shaped SUV.    Investigators noted a man was seen assaulting a woman at the same location earlier that night.    They are not ruling out a possible connection to the shooting.
    “At this time, we don’t have any suspects detained, no charges filed,” explained one officer.    “We’re in the early stages of trying to find out who did this and what motive there might’ve been for the incident here behind us.”
    A 1-year-old remains in critical condition with a life-threatening injury, while the rest of the victims sustained injuries ranging from minor to severe.    While the investigation is ongoing, the Mesa Police Department has asked anyone with information about the incident to contact them.

10/18/2020 Pelosi Gives White House 48 Hours To Reach A Deal On Stimulus by OAN Newsroom
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., meets with reporters at the Capitol in Washington, Thursday, Oct. 8, 2020. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
    According to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Democrats and the White House are closer to reaching an agreement on a stimulus plan.    On Sunday, she stated there was agreement on some subjects such as testing, but noted there’s still work to be done on the language of the legislation.
    Pelosi and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin spoke by phone on the matter for more than an hour on Saturday night.
    Following their talks, the top Democrat said she was optimistic a deal could be made.    However, she put the spotlight on the White House to actually make the deal come together.
    “That depends on the administration,” she added.    “The heart of the matter is to stop the spread of the virus.”
    Pelosi reiterated negotiations must come to an agreement in the next 48 hours if legislation is going to be passed before the November 3rd election.    She also stated she’d be open to meeting with the President if there was a purpose to the meeting.
    Meanwhile, President Trump and the GOP have repeatedly called out the House Speaker for stalling negotiations and preventing a deal.

10/18/2020 SCOTUS To Consider Removal Of Illegal Immigrants From Census by OAN Newsroom
FILE – This May 4, 2020, file photo shows the Supreme Court building in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)
    The Supreme Court plans to hear President Trump’s case on why he believes illegal immigrants should be excluded from the census counts used to create congressional districts.
    On Friday, the court announced that it will review the case at the end of November after a lower court panel of judges attempted to block the President’s initiative.    The federal court panel said as long as undocumented citizens reside in a region, they must be counted.
President Donald Trump speaks during an event on “Protecting America’s Seniors,” Friday, Oct. 16, 2020, in Fort Myers, Fla. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
    This comes after President Trump signed a memorandum in July, directing the Department of Commerce to use all resources available in order to determine the amount of non-citizens included in the census.
    The President said he believes the additional information would allow for a more accurate tally of citizens in the country, which could alter the mapping of congressional districts.    Congressional districts are the designated regions within a state used to determine how many representatives a state is allowed to have in the House of Representatives.
    This, as critics said, could result in millions of people not being represented in Congress.    If the Supreme Court rules to uphold the President’s memorandum, some states such as California could stand to lose representatives.

    When I looked up the name Vadym Pozharskyi I found this file at: seen below.
10/15/2020 Burisma official reportedly linked to Joe Biden met with State officials in 2016, memos show Vadym Pozharskyi's contacts with USAID flagged for U.S. ambassador in 2016, by John Solomon
    The Burisma Holdings executive who reportedly met with Joe Biden and his son Hunter in 2015 subsequently pitched the Obama administration's foreign aid agency for business a year later, even as the Ukrainian gas company remained under a cloud of corruption suspicion, according to State Department memos obtained by Just the News.
    The November 2016 meeting between Burisma's Vadym Pozharskyi and USAID officials came as the Ukrainian gas firm where Hunter Biden worked as a highly compensated board member was scrambling to settle corruption allegations in Ukraine before Donald Trump became president and Joe Biden left office, according to the memos released under the Freedom of Information Act.
    Pozharskyi's contact with USAID officials was flagged in a Dec. 8, 2016 memo to U.S. Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch, then the top American diplomat in Ukraine, as she prepared herself to meet with representatives of a Democratic firm named Blue Star Strategies that was leading Burisma's campaign to end the corruption probes in Ukraine.
    Under the heading "WATCH OUT FOR," Yovanovitch's team recounted to the ambassador how Burisma had previously participated in a clean energy program with USAID before the embassy canceled the partnership because of the firm's reputation for corruption.
    "Subsequently, USAID spoke to Blue Star Strategies Representative Sally Painter by phone and indicated that we would be open to discussing other forms of cooperation between USAID and Burisma and agreed to meet with Burisma government and public affairs representative Vadym Pozharskyi," the memo read.
    "In the November meeting, Pozharskyi briefed USAID on Burisma and the gas sector more broadly but did not propose specific ideas for cooperation," the memo stated.
    You can read that memo here:
    The memo prepared Yovanovitch for a meeting with Blue Star Strategies official Karen Tramontano, a Democrat-connected American lawyer who helped lead a year-long campaign to clear Burisma of corruption allegations.
    "Tramontano informally represents Mykola Zlochevsky, the Burisma CEO who has long been the target of law enforcement proceedings in Ukraine," the memo told the ambassador.
    Both the USAID meeting with Pozharskyi and the embassy's meeting with Tramontano were remarkable given the deep concern State Department officials working in Ukraine held about Burisma and its alleged corrupt practices.
    Those officials reported in February 2015 to the FBI that they had gathered evidence that Burisma had paid a $7 million bribe to Ukrainian prosecutors in an effort to make the corruption probes go away, previously released memos show.    The U.S. officials also reported they believed Burisma had paid a second bribe in December 2016 by dumping cheap gas on the market and letting Ukrainian government officials buy it low and sell it high, memos show.
    Those officials also canceled a partnership that Burisma had struck with USAID in 2014, fearful that being associated with the gas firm would tarnish the Obama administration's anti-corruption efforts in Ukraine.
    The memos also show the embassy in Kiev as well as senior State Department officials were acutely aware of Hunter Biden's presence on the board.
    Former U.S. Deputy Chief of Mission George Kent testified to the Senate recently that he believed Vice President Joe Biden created the appearance of a conflict of interest that undercut U.S. policy in Ukraine by continuing to preside over the U.S. anti-corruption efforts in Ukraine while his son worked for a firm under corruption investigation in the country.
    Burisma's own public relations site contains pictures and press releases showing Pozharskyi meeting with USAID officials as early as 2015 and meeting with Yovanovitch in both April 2017 and again in November 2017.
    Pozharskyi burst into the public earlier Wednesday in a headline-grabbing story by the New York Post that claimed emails recovered from a laptop purportedly belonging to Hunter Biden suggested that the Burisma official met with Vice President Joe Biden in April 2015.
    Biden's campaign, which has previously denied the Democratic presidential nominee had any contact with his son's business, did not directly deny a meeting took place, instead saying there was no record of it on the vice president's official schedule.
    Just the News has been unable to confirm the authenticity of the emails cited by the New York Post.    But the State Department memos obtained under a FOIA lawsuit at least confirm Pozharskyi met with Obama administration officials at a time when the company he and Hunter Biden worked for remained under corruption investigation.
    And those meetings were controversial enough that they were briefed to America's top diplomat in Ukraine, the memos released under FOIA show.
[So Joe Biden as Vice-President was getting 10-50% cuts of this payoff money so now you know how Joe can live in several Mansions on his pay scale and do not forget this is just what happened with Ukraine, so what did he get from the illegal actions with China and Russian oligarchs.    And now we know why Hillary Clinton went with the Russian Collusion on Donald Trump because they used it to cover up the actions of former Vice-President Joe Biden who was the real collusion with Russia and Hillary was in on it to with the Uranium One fiasco which has been buried deep also and why her computers were destroyed and bleach bit.    IT IS TIME FOR 'LOCK HER UP' AND NOW 'LOCK HIM UP'.].

10/18/2020 Moderator For Final Presidential Debate Discovered To Have Democrat Ties by OAN Newsroom
Image via Kristen Welker’s Facebook.
    New concerns have emerged regarding the next debate moderator, Kristen Welker, and her alleged ties to the Democrat Party.    Reports about the moderator’s alleged Democrat bias broke in recent days, prompting outrage from supporters of the President.
    This came several days after the second debate moderator, Steve Scully, was also discovered to have a significant left-leaning bias.
    Despite this news, President Trump appears to be unfazed by these reports.    In a tweet Saturday, the President called her a fake reporter, though he vowed to “still play the game.”

The Curb Event Center at Belmont University is decorated for the presidential
debate Friday, Oct. 16, 2020, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
    The 44-year-old has been an NBC White House correspondent since 2011, where she gained a reputation for being a tough questioner.
    Notably, it was discovered Welker was a registered Democrat in Washington, D.C. as recently as 2012.    Her family has historically given thousands of dollars to Democrat candidates, including Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and even Joe Biden.
    Supporters of the President believe hard questioning from previous moderators could repeat itself this week.    Despite her potential bias, Welker is set to host the final presidential debate in Nashville, Tennessee on Thursday.

10/18/2020 President Trump: Biden Is A Corrupt Politician by OAN Newsroom
President Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally at Southern Wisconsin Regional Airport,
Saturday, Oct. 17, 2020, in Janesville, Wis. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
    President Trump has accused Joe Biden of being a “corrupt politician.”    On Twitter, the President said everyone knows Biden is corrupt and added now there is proof, “perhaps like never was had before, on a major politician.”
    He has called it the “second biggest political scandal in our history.”
    President Trump slammed Biden and his family as a “criminal enterprise” during a recent appearance in Wisconsin.
    “The Biden family is a criminal enterprise, …he makes crooked Hillary Clinton look like an amateur,” he said.    “Let me tell you, if Joe Biden becomes President, China will own this country.”
    The Biden campaign notably denied allegations of wrongdoing last week following the release of an article by the New York Post.

10/19/2020 CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC -Beshear announces 812 new cases, 5 new deaths Sunday by Olivia Krauth, Louisville Courier Journal USA TODAY NETWORK
    An uptick in COVID-19 cases continued Sunday as Gov. Andy Beshear announced 812 new cases — including a one-month-old baby.
    Children accounted for 116 of the new cases, including 28 who were 5 or younger.
    “Once again, we are seeing our case numbers growing instead of shrinking, and we must do better,” Beshear said in a press release.
    “All of the things that we want to do, like fully reengaging our economy and getting our children back to in-person instruction, is dependent on everyone taking this virus a lot more seriously."
    Beshear reported five new deaths Sunday, raising Kentucky's death toll to 1,317.    Sunday's reported deaths were:
A 76-year-old man from Boyd County,
A 73-year-old woman from Fayette County,
A 67-year-old man from Greenup County,
A 91-year-old woman from Lincoln County,
And a 91-year-old woman from Marion County.
    Sunday's report follows the largest number of cases on a Saturday, with the Bluegrass State seeing 1,295 new cases and 12 new deaths.
    Sundays tend to have lower numbers of cases due to limited reporting.
    Reach Olivia Krauth at okrauth@ or 502-582-4471, and on Twitter at @oliviakrauth.
[5 deaths / 812 cases = 0.006% it can’t get to much lower than that which is the value that Beshear ignores everyday.].

10/19/2020 DNI John Ratcliffe: Hunter Biden’s Laptop Is Not Part Of A Russian Disinformation Campaign by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this Oct. 11, 2012, file photo, Hunter Biden waits for the start of his father’s, Vice President
Joe Biden’s, debate at Centre College in Danville, Ky. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)
    Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe has said Hunter Biden’s laptop is not part of a Russian disinformation campaign.    In an interview Monday, he called out Democrat House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff for claiming such.
    Ratcliffe stated the Intelligence Community does not believe Schiff’s claims because there is no intelligence to support them.    The Republican also has said the laptop is in the jurisdiction of the FBI and the Intelligence Committee has not been involved in the matter.
    The emails in question detail Hunter’s ties to corrupt Ukrainian oligarchs and Chinese officials who paid him for introducing them to his father when he was vice president.
    Republican Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) fired off a letter to FBI Director Chris Wray, urging him to disclose if the agency is probing emails reportedly from Hunter’s laptop.
    Johnson has asked Wray to inform the panel if the agency has taken any action regarding those emails.    The lawmaker also questioned what the FBI knew about Hunter and when they knew it, while noting it speaks to a “larger issue.”
    This comes as outrage surrounding the emails continues to grow.
    “You have taken blood money,” said former White House strategist Steve Bannon.    “…blood money, Hunter Biden, to do your drugs and all your depravity.”
    Bannon has accused Joe and Hunter of stealing money from the people of China as well as Ukraine by aiding and abetting their corrupt regimes.
    Hunter tried to retrieve his laptop from a Delaware computer shop after the latest revelations broke of his corruption overseas, added Bannon.    However, Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani has said the computer now belongs to that shop and to the American public.
    “So it was now his property, according to the contract signed by Hunter Biden, which we have right here,” Giuliani said of the shop owner.    “Property that is abandoned, under the law, becomes the property of the person that’s in possession of it.”
    Giuliani has also said the man who found Hunter’s Ukraine emails told the FBI he was “really afraid” and “scared for his life.”    The former New York City mayor noted the man even gave copies of Hunter’s hard drive to his friends in case he got killed.
    Hunter Biden’s computer also contains photos that show illegal activities,” Giuliani added.    “In short what the photographs display is Hunter Biden, who is a very serious…degenerate.”
    Giuliani went on to say the FBI also has a copy of Hunter’s hard drive along with his own legal team.    The evidence of the Biden’s corruption overseas is under review.

    Meanwhile, both Bannon and Giuliani have claimed more evidence on the corruption scheme will be released in the coming days.

10/19/2020 Trump Supporters Cheer ‘Lock Him Up’ In Response To Biden Dealings by OAN Newsroom
President Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally at Carson City Airport,
Sunday, Oct. 18, 2020, in Carson City, Nev. (AP Photo/Lance Iversen)
    Trump supporters have condemned Joe Biden and what President Trump called his “criminal enterprise” family.    During the President’s rally in Nevada Sunday, attendees could be heard cheering “lock him up.”
    Their chants came in response to President Trump accusing the former vice president of using millions of dollars to help his son escape trouble in Ukraine.    The President went on to say Biden is from a “failed and corrupt political class.”
    The Nevada rally was part of President Trump’s journey on the campaign trail with just about two weeks left until the November election.
   "16 days from now, we are going to win the state of Nevada,” he told the crowd.    “We are going to win four more years in the White House.”
    The President took to the stage in Carson City in an effort to resonate with voters as they hit the polls.    While speaking to thousands of supporters, he warned his Democrat opponent would lead the country further into lockdown.
    “If you vote for Biden he will surrender your jobs to China, he will surrender your future to the virus,” said President Trump.    “If I listen totally to the scientists, we would right now have a country that would be in a massive depression, instead we’re like a rocket ship.”
    The President went on to highlight his administration’s commitment to delivering coronavirus treatment and recovery options.
    “Under my leadership, we are delivering a safe vaccine and very rapid recovery,” he noted.    “We have the military ready to deliver it, it’s going to be incredible.”
    The President himself shared his own experience with the virus, saying he felt like “superman.”    Overall, he reaffirmed that a vote for Democrats is a vote for open borders, a crippling economy and the loss of Second Amendment rights.
    “The Democrats and this horrible group of people, they have nothing but disdain for you and for your values,” said President Trump.        “They lecture you on the need for open borders while they live behind gated communities like Nancy Pelosi.”
    The President plans to campaign every day leading up to Thursday’s second and final debate against Biden.

10/19/2020 Congress Would Elect The President If Electoral College Tie by OAN Newsroom
FILE – The Dome of the U.S. Capitol Building is visible through heavy fog in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)
    Poll numbers on the presidential race are showing it could be a close election between the two candidates.    This is leading some to wonder, what happens if there is a tie?
    Although an unlikely event, the founding fathers did devise a provision in the Constitution outlining what to do in the event of an electoral tie in a presidential election.
    For this to occur in this year’s election, both candidates would receive 269 electoral votes, which is short of the needed 270 majority.
    In that scenario, according to the Constitution, the incoming House would only elect the president while the incoming Senate would elect the vice president.    This could result in an administration with a president and vice president from different parties.
    Although Democrats currently hold a 232 majority of seats in the House, each state would cast a single vote rather than each representative.     Meanwhile, the Senate would vote normally, requiring a 51-49 majority.
    However, the decision would be made after each chamber is potentially flipped by the November election.
    While a 50-50 tie has never happened in the history of the electoral colleges, Congress has decided the outcome of an election before.    In the election of 1824, which had four candidates running for the presidency, no single candidate received over 50 percent of the vote.
    John Quincy Adams was ultimately elected by the House while the Senate elected John Calhoun to the vice presidency.    Both lawmakers were Democratic-Republicans.
    Meanwhile, the 435 House races and 35 Senate races this year could ultimately determine who becomes president and vice president as either party could still dominate both the House and the Senate.

10/19/2020 President Trump Receives Blessing At Las Vegas Church Faith by bOAN Newsroom
President Donald Trump, lower left, attends church at International Church of Las Vegas, as Pastor Pasqual Urrabazo,
right, gestures on stage, Sunday, Oct. 18, 2020, in Las Vegas, Nev. AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
    Faith leaders in Las Vegas, Nevada have predicted a decisive Republican victory in upcoming elections.
    On Sunday, President Trump attended the International Church of Las Vegas during his campaign trip to the state, where he received a blessing from the clergy and made an offering during the service.    The President had visited that same church in October 2016, shortly before winning the election.
    Nevada faith leaders also praised President Trump for ensuring safety and prosperity for all Americans.
    “We bless this man, we bless his princess, the First Lady,” said Pastor Paul Marc Goulet.    “We bless her, helping to hold onto his kids…we bless this whole family.”
    Later, the President held a rally in Carson City, where he explained the Democrats would threaten religious freedoms if given more power and would use the pandemic to stifle religious expression.
    “Under the Biden lockdown the lights of Reno and Las Vegas were extinguished…Carson City would become a ghost town,” warned President Trump.    “If he comes in, Carson City would become a ghost town and the Christmas season will be canceled.”
    Throughout his term, President Trump has been a fierce defender of religious rights, including supporting the Justice Department’s religious liberty task force and signing an executive order promoting free speech as well as religious liberty.

10/19/2020 As U.S. Election Looms, Europe Weighs Risk Of A Disputed Result by Robin Emmott, Andreas Rinke and Luke Baker
U.S. President Donald Trump holds a campaign rally in Carson City, Nevada, U.S., October 18, 2020. REUTERS/Carlos Barria
    BRUSSELS/BERLIN/LONDON (Reuters) – With less than three weeks until the U.S. presidential election, European capitals are concerned about the risk of a disputed outcome and the impact it would have in the United States and abroad.
    While Democrat candidate Joe Biden leads in opinion polls, the 2016 election produced a split between the popular vote and the Electoral College.    Analysts say that remains possible on Nov. 3.
    With Trump equivocating on whether he would accept a peaceful transfer of power if he loses, and suggesting the Supreme Court may have to decide the winner, the risk of a contested result is significant.
    One British bookmaker is offering 9/4 that Trump will lose the popular vote but be re-elected, odds that imply a 69% probability.    A poll of global fund managers by Bank of America found 60% expected the result to be disputed.
    In major European capitals, where many quietly hope the election will produce a change of president and a shift in U.S. policy on issues from climate to trade, NATO and the Iran nuclear deal, caution prevails.
    “The majority of EU governments hope for a Biden victory, although no one would say that,” said one EU diplomat.
    “Governments are looking at scenarios, contingency plans, although it remains to be seen what could be done in the case of Trump contesting the result.”
    German officials have been thinking through the implications for months – since Trump raised doubts about whether he would accept the outcome.    “We analyse what could happen, different scenarios,” one said.
    Presidential elections have been disputed in the past, as in 2000, when lawyers for Al Gore and George W. Bush spent a month arguing over a Florida recount that the Supreme Court ultimately decided in Bush’s favour.
    But a dispute this time could last longer and be more unpredictable, officials say, including the risk of violence on the streets, legal challenges and the chance Trump refuses to vacate the White House.
    That would have grave implications in a country already polarised over race and politics and battling the coronavirus.
    Washington is in a trade dispute with China and trying to exert influence from the South China Sea to Yemen.    A contested result could risk a leadership vacuum that Beijing, Moscow or Pyongyang might seek to exploit.    Geopolitical analysts are concerned, for example, that China might move against Taiwan.
    For Britain, it would create more uncertainty as a potential no-deal Brexit kicks in on Jan. 1, and as London tries to clinch a trade deal with Washington.
    Britain’s Foreign Office says it is “ready for any outcome.”
    For France, it could mean the difference between the United States fully withdrawing from the Paris climate accord or potentially rejoining it under Biden.
    NATO wants a strong U.S. recommitment whether Trump or Biden wins, and countries in east Europe, always wary of Russia, want U.S. security promises kept, including more troops in Poland.
    “There are several concerns – one is that Trump will be reelected,” said a senior EU official.    “The other big concern is that there might be violence on the streets in the U.S. after the elections.”
    Some European officials feel more confident now about Biden winning.
    “I think the game’s almost over,” said one.    “For a long time we thought Trump would do it, but now, I don’t see it.”
    Yet in Brussels, officials fear Trump’s return would mean another four years of tension.    They are preparing for either outcome, while hoping that the result is accepted.
    If Trump disputes it, one official said, “it would send Washington into political paralysis.”    Brussels would have to look at “how quickly the rats leave the sinking ship,” including how quickly the Republican party distances itself from Trump.
(Additional reporting by John Irish in Paris; Writing by Luke Baker; Editing by Giles Elgood)

10/19/2020 WHO Chief Tedros Says 184 Countries Signed Up To Vaccine Facility
FILE PHOTO: Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO) attends a session on the coronavirus disease
(COVID-19) outbreak response of the WHO Executive Board in Geneva, Switzerland, October 5, 2020. Christopher Black/WHO/Handout via REUTERS
    GENEVA (Reuters) – World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Monday that 184 countries have now joined the COVAX facility, which aims to finance COVID-19 vaccines to be distributed fairly to both rich and poor countries.
    “Equitably sharing vaccines is the fastest way to safeguard high-risk communities, stabilise health systems and drive a truly global economic recovery,” Tedros told a news briefing in Geneva.
    Ecuador and Uruguay were the most recent countries to join, he said.
(Reporting by Michael Shields and Stephanie Nebehay; Editing by Alex Richardson)

10/19/2020 Pompeo: US To Sanction Any Country Which Makes Arms Deals With Iran by OAN Newsroom
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo appears with Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter (not pictured) at the foreign ministry. (Photo by Laszlo Balogh/Getty images)
    Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has issued a warning stating the U.S. will sanction any country that makes arms sales to Iran. His statement on Sunday noted any state that provides military assistance to Iran is contributing to its continued efforts to fund terrorist violence in the Middle East.
    The warning came on the same day an arms embargo enacted by the U.N.’s Security Council against Iran expired.    The sanctions were rolled back in accordance to the 2015 Iran nuclear deal , which the Trump administration pulled out of in 2018.
    Pompeo argued Iran has failed to follow through on its commitments under the deal and a broader plan needs to be enacted. The secretary said other western countries agree with the U.S. on this point, but have refused to bring anything to the table.
    “As for decisions other nations make, they’re sovereign countries and they get to make their own choice, but…it is an enormous mistake not to extend this arms embargo,” he stated.    “I haven’t heard privately from any country that thinks it’s wise…except for Iran.”
    Tehran has been connected to a number of sanction-breaking military conflicts, including the arming of Houthi rebels in Yemen.    Although the regime has denied claims it armed the terrorist group, multiple western governments and organizations have linked firearms used by the rebels to Iran.
    In August, a group of six gulf Arab nations, including the U.A.E. and Saudia Arabia, sent a letter to the U.N. Security Council calling for the sanctions to be re-imposed.    In addition to the Houthi, the letter accuses Iran of arming Hezbollah in both Lebanon and Syria as well as various other militia groups across the Middle East.
    Last year, U.S. intelligence officials predicted if sanctions were lifted Iran may try to purchase fighter jets, tanks and missile defense systems from Russia and may also look to China to buy arms.

10/19/2020 Senate Panel To Vote On Pres. Trump’s SCOTUS Nominee This Week by OAN Newsroom
Judge Amy Coney Barrett looks on while being introduced by U.S. President Donald Trump
as his nominee to the Supreme Court. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
    Seventh U.S. Circuit Court Judge Amy Coney Barrett is on the fast-track to be confirmed by the Senate before Election Day.     Fresh off hours-long confirmation hearings, the Senate Judiciary Committee will now vote to approve President Trump’s pick to serve on the nation’s highest court.
    “I’m not willing to make a deal, not with the committee, not with the President, not with anyone,” said Barrett.    “I’m independent.”
Judge Amy Coney Barrett smiles with President Donald Trump. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
    The 22 member Senate panel of 12 Republicans and 10 Democrats will hold the vote on Thursday.    With the Committee needing a simple majority vote to advance it to the Senate floor, it is likely to pass on a 12 to 10 party line vote.
    Democrat senators have suggested they won’t help the Republicans meet the simple majority requirement.    As long as all 12 Republicans are present for the vote, however, it can be done without them.    This means Barrett’s confirmation is on track to head to the Senate floor.
    “The Senate has a job to do, after they discharge their duty to advise,” said Vice President Mike Pence.    “I will make you a prediction: Judge Amy Coney Barrett is going to be Justice Amy Coney Barrett.”
    After the panel’s vote, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is expected to move quickly to take up the procedural steps to set up a full Senate vote.
    While it is unclear exactly what day that will take place, it will likely happen in the later part of next week, just days before Election Day.

10/19/2020 DOJ Charges Alleged Russian Intel Officials For Cyber Attacks by OAN Newsroom
A view of the lecture before US Attorney General William Barr holds a press conference
(Photo by Brendan Smialowski / AFP) (Photo by BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP via Getty Images)
    U.S. prosecutors have charged six Russian intelligence officers with what’s being called the “most destructive and costly cyber attack ever known.”
    In a press conference on Monday, the Department of Justice claimed the group launched encrypting malware, which was aimed at promoting Russian interests by attempting to hack the 2018 Winter Olympics.
    Officials also announced additional charges for a malware attack against control systems in Ukraine.    The DOJ referred to the suspects as “conspirators” who committed crimes “against real citizens” and inflicted “real harm.”
    “The conspirators, feeling the embarrassment of international penalties to Russia’s state-sponsored doping program, took it upon themselves to undermine the Games,” said Assistant Attorney General John Demers.    “Their cyber attack combined the emotional maturity of a petulant child with the resources of a nation-state.”
    He also noted the hackers conducted spearfishing campaigns against South Korea, the host of the Winter Games, as well as the International Olympic Committee, Olympic partners and athletes.
    “During the opening ceremony, they launched the Olympic destroyer malware, which deleted data from thousands of computers supporting the Games, rendering them inoperable,” added the assistant attorney general.
    In the meantime, the department is also seeking to hold Russian officials accountable for hacks in Georgia and France.

10/20/2020 Oil down $0.13 to $40.65, DOW down 411 to 28,196.

10/20/2020 ‘Critical’ virus status could cancel JCPS sports - Positive COVID-19 cases in Jefferson County average more than 25 per 100,000 people by Jason Frakes, Louisville Courier Journal USA TODAY NETWORK
    High school sports for Jefferson County Public Schools could be canceled next week if the county remains in a “critical” stage for COVID-19 cases.
    “It’s a real issue and concern,” Superintendent Marty Pollio said Monday.    “I want to get kids back in school.    I do.    But the trend here with this and across America is not looking positive right now, and athletics is a concern.”
    Over the weekend, Jefferson County was listed as a red, or “critical,” county for COVID-19 in a report from the governor’s office.    Red counties have a daily average of 25 or more positive COVID- 19 cases per 100,000 people.    It remained that way Monday afternoon, with an average daily rate of 28.7.
    Pollio said JCPS policy is to wait until Thursday evening to make a decision about playing high school sports for the following week.    If Jefferson County still is listed as critical on Thursday, Pollio said this weekend’s games — including Friday night’s high school football schedule — would not be affected.
    “The concern would be for beginning next Monday, a week from today, if we do not drop in cases,” Pollio said.
    Gov. Andy Beshear said Monday during his COVID-19 briefing that the state was experiencing a 'third escalation' in new coronavirus cases.
    The governor announced 647 new cases on Monday and nine additional deaths, bringing the state's totals during the pandemic to at least 88,247 cases and 1,326 deaths.
    “This is our highest number of cases that we’ve ever seen on a Monday,” said Beshear, who is quarantining with his family after potentially being exposed to the virus.    “At a time when we need cases to be going down, when more people are going to be going inside, when our kids are going back or will be back in school, we need to do better."
    The state's positivity rate — a rolling seven-day average of the number of positive tests divided by the total number of administered tests — also moved 'in the wrong direction' to 4.97%, Beshear said.
    Across the river, Indiana reported 1,589 new cases of the coronavirus Monday and an additional 23 deaths, bringing the state to 149,166 cases and 3,727 deaths.    Indiana's positivity rate was at 6.5% In Louisville, Pollio said the decision on whether to cancel JCPS sports ultimately is his.
    “It’s a decision I would make, but I’m following the guidance of the state,” Pollio said.    “The state document is very clear when you run red that (you) suspend athletics.    Some people will say to me, ‘Other districts don't do that."    I'm here for Jefferson County Public Schools, and     I have to follow the guidance of the health experts at the state and the federal level, and they have given us a clear rubric on this and we will follow that.
    "So instead of going by other gut feelings or opinions, we’re going to follow the guidance of the experts.”
    As of Monday afternoon, 44 counties in Kentucky were in the red zone for their COVID-19 incidence rates, according to state data.
    A decision to cancel high school sports next week could impact several teams competing in postseason play.    Next Monday’s schedule features the state field hockey championship game, the start of the state soccer tournaments and the start of volleyball regional tournaments.    The state cross country championships are set for Oct. 30-31 in Paris, Kentucky.
    Positive coronavirus tests among players and coaches have forced handfuls of high school athletic teams to quarantine themselves and cancel games this fall.
[5 deaths / 647 cases = 0.016% due to less cases and positivity rate at 4.97% for Kentucky and in Louisville it is 6.5% due to riots and the states around us have more that 1,500 to 3,000 cases a day so why is Beshear in some phoney crisis that is not there and maybe we do not have to do positivity rate = number of positive tests / total number of administered tests which he seems to think it means something.]

10/20/2020 Exclusive: Process To Elect ICC War Crimes Prosecutor Stalls Amid U.S. Sanctions by Stephanie van den Berg
FILE PHOTO: Public Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda waits for alleged jihadist leader Al Hassan Ag Abdoul Aziz Ag Mohamed Ag Mahmoud
to enter the court room for his initial appearance on charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity at the
International Criminal Court in The Hague, The Netherlands April 4, 2018. REUTERS/Peter Dejong/Pool via REUTERS/File Photo/File Photo
    THE HAGUE (Reuters) – Washington’s decision to impose financial sanctions on the chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court is overshadowing the search for her successor, with countries deadlocked over a post that has new visibility as the target of American anger.
    The court’s 123 member countries are due to meet in New York on Dec. 7, when they are meant to pick a successor for Fatou Bensouda, the court’s Gambian chief prosecutor whose term expires in June.    A shortlist of four candidates has been drawn up for the nine-year term, narrowed down from a list of 14 by a panel of diplomats and experts.
    But in a letter, a copy of which was reviewed by Reuters, the court’s oversight body wrote to inform members that none of the four nominees had enough support.    It proposed widening the search to include all 14 of the original candidates.
    Diplomats say the U.S. sanctions are not the main reason for the disagreement over the body’s leadership.    But the sanctions have drawn greater international attention to the process, added to the objections some countries have with the shortlist, and raised the stakes of a potentially damaging fight.
    “Its been a refrain from the U.S. that the ICC is not a judicial institution but a political one.    It will haunt us for nine years if the decision of who will be the new prosecutor is a political one and not a merit based one,” said one diplomat.
    According to diplomats, who discussed the selection process on condition of anonymity, some countries argue the four shortlisted candidates lack the international stature needed to stand up to Washington.
    But other countries say any decision to change the procedure so late in the process would only make the situation worse, by adding to criticism that the court has become politicised.
    In a letter sent to all members on behalf of Sierra Leone and a dozen other African states, signatories objected to a “striking deviation from the principles of inclusiveness, transparency, fairness and informed decision-making.”
    Liz Evenson, associate international justice director at Human Rights Watch, said: “We would see a real risk in deviating from the procedure which was put in place to de-politicise the election of the prosecutor.    Any process going forward needs to ensure a close look at all candidates with merit in mind.”
    President Donald Trump’s administration announced personal financial sanctions on Bensouda in September, citing the court’s decision to look into activities of U.S. troops as part of a wider investigation into potential war crimes in Afghanistan.
    The U.S. move was criticised by a number of countries as a misuse of sanctions powers, targeting the head of a major international justice body with measures normally reserved for terrorists, drug lords and human rights abusers.
    The four lawyers on the shortlist to succeed Bensouda are Morris Anyah of the United States and Nigeria, Fergal Gaynor of Ireland, Susan Okalany of Uganda and Richard Roy of Canada.
    Gaynor and Roy told Reuters they were committed to going forward with a transparent election process.    Anyah and Okalany did not respond to requests for comment.
    “My understanding is that of the four short-listed candidates I have the most support from states parties,” Gaynor told Reuters.
    Though the identities of the ten candidates who failed to make the shortlist have not been released publicly, one of those said to have been interested in the job is Serge Brammertz, a Belgian now serving as UN chief prosecutor for the Rwandan and Yugoslav war crimes tribunals.
    Diplomats supporting his candidacy have argued he has more senior international experience than those on the shortlist, making him better able to withstand U.S. pressure, according to sources close to the process.
    After the U.S. sanctions were imposed, Bensouda, a former minister of justice of The Gambia and trial attorney at the UN tribunal for the Rwandan genocide, abruptly found her bank accounts frozen and credit cards cancelled.
    Though so far none of the candidates to replace her has withdrawn, diplomats say the U.S. action changes the personal calculation of anyone up for the job, knowing that they and their family members could be caught up in any U.S. reprisals.
(Reporting by Stephanie van den Berg and Anthony Deutsch; Editing by Peter Graff)

10/20/2020 U.S. And Brazil Must Reduce Dependence On China Imports: Pompeo by Anthony Boadle and Andrea Shalal
FILE PHOTO: U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks during a news conference at the State Department,
in Washington, DC, U.S., October 14, 2020. Manuel Balce Ceneta/Pool via REUTERS
    BRASILIA/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo warned on Monday that as the United States and Brazil reinforce their business partnership, they need to reduce their dependence on imports from China for their own security.
    At a virtual summit on increased U.S.-Brazil cooperation aimed at post-pandemic recovery, Pompeo underscored the importance of expanding bilateral economic ties, given what he called “enormous risk” stemming from China’s significant participation in their economies.
    “To the extent we can find ways that we can increase the trade between our two countries, we can … decrease each of our two nations’ dependence for critical items” coming from China, he said.
    “Each of our two peoples will be more secure, and each of our two nations will be far more prosperous, whether that’s two or five or 10 years from now,” he added.
    The Trump administration is working to boost ties with Brazil and provide a counterweight to China, keen to gain some advantage in what it sees as a new “Great Power” competition.
    Brazilian far-right President Jair Bolsonaro wants to follow suit but is hamstrung by China being Brazil’s largest trade partner, which buys much of its soy and iron ore.
    Some U.S. politicians are trying to “sow discord,” said Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian, when asked about Pompeo’s comments.
    Cooperation between China and Brazil is durable and has broad support in both countries, he said, speaking at a news conference in Beijing on Tuesday.
    Bolsonaro has yet to decide whether to ban Brazilian telecom companies from buying 5G equipment from China’s Huawei Technologies Co Ltd [HWT.UL] as the U.S government has sought.
    At the summit organized by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Bolsonaro announced three agreements with the United States to ensure good business practices and stop corruption.    He said the package will slash red tape and increase trade and investment.
    “In the last year and a half, together with President Trump, we have elevated Brazil-U.S. relations to its best moment ever, and opened a new chapter in the relationship between the two largest economies and democracies in the hemisphere,” he said.
    The two countries signed the protocol outlining the three agreements late on Monday, saying they would set the stage for future talks on expanding trade ties between the two allies and identifying priority sectors to further reduce trade barriers.
    Two top U.S. Democratic lawmakers slammed the Trump administration for increasing trade cooperation with Bolsonaro’s far-right government despite its “abysmal record” on human rights, the environment and corruption.
    “Giving President Bolsonaro ammunition to claim that the United States endorses his behavior sullies our nation’s reputation as a country that demands our trade partners respect human rights and the rule of law,” said U.S. House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal.
    Representative Earl Blumenauer, who heads the committee’s trade panel, said the protocol was the latest mini trade deal signed by the Trump administration without congressional buy-in.
    Pompeo said Brazil was getting closer to joining the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) grouping rich nations with the support of the United States.
    “We want this to happen as quickly as we he said.
    The U.S. Export-Import Bank would back projects valued at $450 million in Brazil this year, while the U.S. Development Finance Corp had plans involving about $1 billion in projects there, he said.
    U.S. goods and services trade with Brazil totaled an estimated $105.1 billion in 2019.
(Reporting by Lisandra Paraguassu and Anthony Boadle in Brasilia, Humeyra Pamuk and Andrea Shalal in Washington, Leonardo Benassatto in Sao Paulo; Additional reporting by Gabriel Crossley in Beijing; Editing by Richard Chang, Cynthia Osterman and Edwina Gibbs)

10/20/2020 NATO Would Seek Early Summit With Biden, If Elected, Envoys Say by Robin Emmott
FILE PHOTO: U.S. Vice President Joe Biden meets NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg (L) during the 51st Munich
Security Conference at the 'Bayerischer Hof' hotel in Munich February 7, 2015. REUTERS/Michaela Rehle/File Photo
    BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The NATO military alliance is considering a summit in March in Brussels to welcome a new U.S. president if Democrat candidate Joe Biden wins, diplomats and officials said, with a gathering in the first half of next year if Donald Trump is reelected.
    While the U.S.-led alliance agreed last year to hold a summit in 2021, a meeting in the spring would be an early chance to repair transatlantic ties if Biden were to be voted into the White House on Nov. 3, after a bruising four years under Trump.
    Trump has said that the Western alliance is “obsolete” and some allies are “delinquent” as well as issuing a veiled threat in July 2018 to pull the United States out of the alliance.
    He also announced his intention earlier this year to cut the U.S. troop contingent in Germany, faulting Berlin for failing to meet NATO’s defence spending target and accusing it of taking advantage of the United States on trade.
    Biden, who leads in opinion polls, is seen in Europe as offering a shift in U.S. policy away from Trump’s ‘America First’ agenda, which has undermined European priorities on issues from climate to the Iran nuclear deal.
    “Most allies want a Biden victory next month, but they would obviously work with a reelected Trump administration,” one diplomat at NATO’s Brussels headquarters said.
    A March summit “would give Biden a platform to bring Europe and North America back together and also give NATO a chance to put the Trump era behind it,” a second diplomat said.
    Two officials echoed that statement.    They and the two diplomats also said that if Trump were reelected, NATO would seek to hold a summit in early summer, but that there was less urgency because he had already attended NATO summits and his position was seen as likely to harden.
    The now 30-member North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, which was created in 1949 to confront the threat of the communist Soviet Union, declined to comment.
    NATO summits, with their pomp and gravitas, have traditionally been the setting for the nuclear-armed alliance to showcase its unity and agree new political and military goals in its long stand-off with Russia.
    In a potential twist of fate, any NATO summit next year is likely to hear the results of a report commissioned in 2019 on reforms to the alliance, after Trump questioned its relevance.
    Any summit plans would have to consider coronavirus pandemic restrictions that have complicated in-person gatherings of government leaders, diplomats said. Last week, three leaders were forced to leave a European Union summit in Brussels because of COVID-19 infection risks.
(Reporting by Robin Emmott; editing by Philippa Fletcher)

10/20/2020 President Trump Slams Mainstream Media Over Pro-Biden Bias by OAN Newsroom
President Donald Trump speaks with reporters while in flight on Air Force One after a campaign rally at Tucson International
Airport, in Tucson, Ariz., Monday, Oct. 19, 2020, while en route to Andrews Air Force Base, Md. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
    President Trump pushed back against the mainstream media for their alleged biased coverage of the upcoming election.    He took a stand against reporting bias by pointing to repeated instances in which the mainstream media extended preferential treatment to Joe Biden’s campaign.
    While speaking to reporters in Prescott, Arizona on Monday, the President rebuked the recent coverage of his bid for reelection while citing the selection of pundits with a history of bias against him to moderate presidential debates.
    NBC’S Savannah Guthrie has been the subject of widespread condemnation among conservatives over her aggressive demeanor during a town hall event last week in which she repeatedly interrupted the President and leveled a number of unfounded accusations against him.
    Moving on from debates specifically, the President also addressed the way recent allegations of corruption perpetrated by the Biden family have been covered by the mainstream media, which he stated has failed to sufficiently report on the issue due to their blind support of the Democrat nominee.
    “Joe Biden is a criminal and he’s been a criminal for a long time,” stated President Trump.    “And, you’re a criminal in the media for not reporting it.”

10/20/2020 President Trump Fires Up Ariz. Crowds In Prescott, Tuscon by OAN Newsroom
President Donald Trump works the crowd after speaking at a campaign rally Monday, Oct. 19, 2020, in Tucson, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
    President Trump has remained hot on the campaign trail, recently making two stops in the battleground state of Arizona.    He made his first appearance with a rally at the Prescott Regional Airport on Monday.
    While speaking to supporters, the President reiterated calls to prosecute his Democrat opponent, Joe Biden, for his shady business dealings in Ukraine.    President Trump said if it weren’t for Attorney General William Barr, Biden would already be in prison.
    With the prospects of a potential criminal in the White House, the President turned to the upcoming elections by encouraging voters in the Grand Canyon State to cast their ballot.
    “We’re going to win the state of Arizona and we’re going to win four more years in the White House,” he told the crowd.    “Everybody needs to get out and vote…return your absentee ballot today or vote early in person as soon as you can.”
    Shortly after the Prescott rally, the President traveled south to Tucson, Arizona.    He promised his supporters the pandemic is finally turning around and applauded Gov. Doug Ducey (R-Ariz.) for reopening the state.    His remarks came just weeks after all counties in Arizona were given the green-light to reopen businesses.
    “We are rounding the turn, we have the vaccines coming and all…people are pandemic-ed out,” President Trump stated.    “You know that their pandemiced out, that’s why it’s so great what your governor has done.”
    The President capped off the rally with a promise to Americans:
    “We are going to keep on working, we are going to keep on fighting and we are going to keep on WINNING, WINNING, WINNING.”
President Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally at Tucson International Airport,
Monday, Oct. 19, 2020, in Tucson, Ariz. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

10/20/2020 Vice President Meets With Voters In Maine And Pa. On Campaign Trail by OAN Newsroom
Vice President Mike Pence waves to supporters at a campaign rally, Monday, Oct. 19, 2020,
at Dysarts in Hermon, Maine. (Linda Coan O’Kresik/The Bangor Daily News via AP)
    The Trump campaign is pulling out all the stops on the 2020 campaign trial with Vice President Mike Pence reaching out to supporters in Maine and Pennsylvania on Monday.
    Pence first made his remarks in Hermon, Maine where he urged voters to go against Democrat presidential nominee Joe Biden in the upcoming election.    He slammed Biden for failing to hold China accountable while encouraging the communist country to increase its global influence.
    "For decades, Joe Biden has been a cheerleader for Communist China,” stated the vice president.    “He actually said that the rise of China was a positive development for America and he scoffed at the notion that China was even a competitor of our country."
    Pence went onto highlight President Trump’s work to rebuild the economy while being able to withstand threats from China.    He called the President a “proven job creator.”
    “And when Communist China put a 30 percent tariff on Maine lobsters, this President took action,” Pence noted.    “We gave Maine’s lobstermen $26 million in aid and we stood up to China to buy more lobsters from Maine and more agricultural good from America."
    The Vice President then traveled to New Cumberland, Pennsylvania to meet with his supporters.    He slammed Big Tech companies for their political censorship while vowing to stop them from blocking online content from the public.
    “At a time when Big Tech is actually trying to censor what Americans read or see or say, President Trump and I will always fight for the American people’s right to know we’re not going to let Big Tech block the truth,” stated Pence.
    He said the Trump administration will stand against this type of political censorship.    He then citied how Facebook and Twitter have tried keeping articles about Hunter Biden’s alleged overseas corruption from circulating on their platforms.
    With just two weeks until the presidential election, the Trump campaign has continued to reach out to voters across multiple swing states in an effort to show how the President is “making America great again.”

10/20/2020 Tiffany Trump Speaks To LGBTQ Voters At Fla. Rally by OAN Newsroom
Tiffany Trump, daughter of President Donald Trump, pre-records her address to the Republican National Convention. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
    Tiffany Trump hosted a Trump Pride rally in Tampa, Fla. on Saturday, where she urged attendees to re-elect her father.
    Former National Intelligence Director Richard Grenell also spoke at the event, where he slammed vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris for being “the queen bee of cancel culture.”
    President Trump’s youngest daughter told audience members that despite criticism and lies alleged from the left, the President has continued to support members in the LGBTQ community.
    “I have friends of mine who reach out and they say…how would you support your father, we know you, we know your friends are gay,” said Tiffany Trump.    “I say its because my father has always supported all of you…he’s never done it for politics, he’s never doing it politics.”
    She went on to highlight President Trump’s efforts to decriminalize homosexuality, which is illegal in 69 countries.

10/20/2020 President Trump Says No Candidate In Past 200 Years Attracted Such Support As 2020 Trump Campaign by OAN Newsroom
President Donald Trump applauds after a campaign rally at Tucson International
Airport, Monday, Oct. 19, 2020, in Tucson, Ariz. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
    President Trump recently shared his excitement about the upcoming elections by stating he’s feeling more confident than ever before.
    “I’m running happy and I’m running very content because I’ve done a great job and I think that’s the reason you have such crowds like this,” he noted.
    The President said he has to remain on the campaign trail and speak to thousands of people each day because America is facing unprecedented challenges.    He added, the Republican Party will solve the problems while the Democrats will sell this country to the far-left and Mainland China.
    President Trump also said voter enthusiasm for his campaign is at record high levels unseen in the past 200 years of U.S. political history.

10/20/2020 Reports Claim 440K Questionable Ballots Sent To Deceased Or Inactive Voters In Calif. by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this May 12, 2020 file photo, Robb Rehfeld wears a mask as he walks to cast his vote during a special election
for California’s 25th Congressional District seat in Santa Clarita, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)
    Millions of California voters have turned in their mail-in ballots early amid an intense election cycle.
    In Orange County, the ballot count within the first few days of early voting was up by 400 percent compared to four years ago.    On Tuesday, Registrar of Voters Neal Kelley stated tens of thousands of ballots are already being scanned and sorted by machines.
    “What you’re seeing here are the ballots that are coming in from mail or drop boxes and these ballots, the first stop they make is this device which captures the signature of the voter and then we make the comparison to the voter’s signature on file and then we open the ballot if it’s eligible,” he explained.    “The volume you’re seeing in these trays is about 20,000 higher than it was four years ago, so it’s significantly higher in volume.”
    Kelley, who has been involved in the voting process for five elections, said this year’s voter engagement has been through the roof.    Despite early voter turn out, however, authorities are not allowed to begin processing the votes until election night.
    “We do everything, but tally the votes — I can’t do that until election night,” said Kelley.    “So we hold the data in suspense and it’s in multiple databases, and then we fuse it all together on election night to produce the results.”
    When it comes to election interference, Kelley said district attorneys in the area will help election officials enforce the law and mitigate any issues that arise.
    “I think one of the things to point out is that, you know, elections have a lot of moving parts, and so it’s our job as election officials to try and plug those vulnerabilities,” he explained.    “…to plug those holes and to have a good response system in place because things can go wrong.”
    This comes as critics of mail-in voting, including President Trump, have said the process is ripe for fraud.    On Saturday, a nonpartisan voting watchdog group called the Election Integrity Project sent the California secretary of state a letter notifying him of 440,000 questionable mail-in ballots.
    According to the letter, the state sent ballots to voters who have likely died or moved in the last decade.    The report notes these individuals have been inactive for up to 20 years yet are still considered active voters.
    Meanwhile, thousands more California voters have received two or more ballots due to individuals being inaccurately registered in multiple places in the state.
    This comes as Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) issued an executive order earlier this year, allowing universal mail-in voting among registered voters amid pandemic concerns.

10/20/2020 President Trump: We Have To Open Up by OAN Newsroom
President Donald Trump holds a joint news conference (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
    President Trump has continued calls to reopen the country amid the pandemic.    During an interview on Tuesday, he noted the White House has made good progress in getting major industries, like the manufacturing sector, back up and running.
    The President has stated the next big fight will be persuading schools to reopen.    When asked if he could get it done, the President mused about his success in getting college sports to resume amid the pandemic despite no one thinking it was possible.
    “I’m the one that got Big 10 and Pac-12 football back…that wasn’t coming back and I got it back,” he stated.    “I hope people realize that.”
    Last week, the White House released a new set of guidelines meant to help government offices reopen safely during the pandemic.
    President Trump has also noted that Dr. Anthony Fauci is a “nice guy,” but “not a team player.”    He discussed his relationship with the infectious disease expert in a recent interview.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. (Photo by Al Drago – Pool/Getty Images)
    The President claimed that many people believe the Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases is against him, but he’s really not.
    Despite this, President Trump recently told supporters the American people are tired of listening to Dr. Fauci.    Additionally, the President has blasted Joe Biden for wanting to heed the doctor’s advice.

10/20/2020 Google Calls Justice Department Lawsuit ‘Deeply Flawed’ by Paresh Dave
FILE PHOTO: An illuminated Google logo is seen inside an office building in Zurich, Switzerland December 5, 2018. REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann
    OAKLAND (Reuters) – Alphabet Inc’s Google said the U.S. Justice Department’s antitrust lawsuit against the company was “deeply flawed” and that users would find it more difficult to access superior search tools and affordable smartphones if the government wins its case.
    “American antitrust law is designed to promote innovation and help consumers, not tilt the playing field in favor of particular competitors or make it harder for people to get the services they want,” Google senior vice president Kent Walker said in a blog post on Tuesday.
    The lawsuit by the Justice Department and 11 states alleges Google used its market power to fend off rivals, including through distribution agreements that gave its search engine prominent placement on phones and internet browsers.
    Google says those agreements, in which it shares revenue from search ads with distributors such as iPhone maker Apple Inc, help subsidize phones.
    Companies could carry other search engines, but users have repeatedly shown a preference for Google’s search tools, Walker said.    Consumers who prefer an alternative are able to switch the default search tool on iPhones and other devices, he said.    But forcing device and browser makers to set “lower-quality search alternatives” as the default was not beneficial to consumers, Walker added.
    He also described as incorrect the Justice Department’s conclusion that topic-specific search tools such as travel services Kayak and Expedia or shopping giant Inc were not competitors to Google search.
    Google contends the popularity of those narrow search tools lowers its market share than when counting only Microsoft Corp’s Bing and other “general” search tools as competition.
(Reporting by Paresh Dave; editing by Edward Tobin)

10/21/2020 Oil up $0.80 to $41.51, DOW up 113 to 28,309.

10/21/2020 Poll has McConnell, Trump with sizable leads in Kentucky
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is leading his Democrat opponent Amy McGrath by 9 percentage points, with just two weeks to go until Election Day, a new poll finds.
    The new survey also found President Donald Trump leading Joe Biden by a 17-point margin in Kentucky, though significantly less than his blowout 30-point win over Hillary Clinton in 2016.
[And this just shows early voting as most Kentuckians will vote at the voting polls on November 3rd and this state is predominately voting for Republicans just as they did last year for all except somehow Andy Beshear may have got lucky or someone cheated and I have seen information where the polls were being tampered with that may have given him 5,000 extra votes over Bevin in Jefferson County.].

10/21/2020 Beshear: Kentucky preparing for surge in COVID-19 cases by Emma Austin, Louisville Courier Journal USA TODAY NETWORK
    Kentucky has begun preparing for a surge in coronavirus cases in case hospitals reach their capacity this fall and winter, Gov. Andy Beshear announced Tuesday.
    The state is planning for the potential use of hotels and state parks and ensuring its field hospital is ready to go if necessary, as case counts continue to rise, with 1,312 reported Tuesday — the fourth-worst day for new cases.
    “If we can’t get everybody to buy in, we can’t get more people doing the right thing each and every day, my concern is that we are going to experience a real surge that we must avoid,” Beshear said.    “But if we’re going to face it, I want you to know that we are spending our time getting prepared.”
    Kentucky has stockpiled 120 days of personal protective equipment, and hospitals should have two weeks of PPE, Beshear said.
    The governor asked Kentuckians to redouble their efforts against community spread by practicing social distancing and wearing masks to stop the surge.
    The state’s positivity rate increased to 5.08% on Tuesday, the highest it’s been in nearly two months.    Beshear also announced 16 more deaths, raising the state’s total to 1,342.    The state has had nearly 90,000 cases since the pandemic began.
    “The last couple weeks, and really the last couple months, there’s been a lot of loss, and let’s make sure that we’re working just as hard for these families as we were for the families early on,” Beshear said.    “They deserve that from us.”
    Beshear reported an outbreak at the Thomson-Hood Veterans Center in Wilmore, which has seen five resident deaths linked to COVID-19.    Seventy-one residents and 42 staff members at the facility have tested positive.
    The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is providing 15 nursing staff to aid the facility, which is testing all employees and veterans every Monday and Thursday, Beshear said.
    “These are people who have served our country,” Beshear said.    “It’s our job."
    “The virus isn’t going away anytime soon and each of us plays a role.”
Greg Fischer Mayor of Louisville
[16 deaths / 1,312 = 0.012% and did not identify the location of the deaths but shows the positivity rate up to 5.08% but Beshear is only expecting the worst when many of the states around us have been up around 8% for months so we are doing good and whatever caused the spike is the issue.].

10/21/2020 EU Tells Britain To Make Up Its Mind As Brexit Deal ‘Within Reach’ by Gabriela Baczynska and Marine Strauss
FILE PHOTO: European Council President Charles Michel attends the EU summit finale news
conference in Brussels, Belgium October 16, 2020. Olivier Mattys/Pool via REUTERS
    BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Union told Britain on Wednesday to make up its mind on Brexit, putting the onus back on London to unlock trade talks as the bloc’s chief negotiator said an agreement was still within reach.
    A frustrated European Union and piqued Britain both exhorted each other this week to compromise to avoid a disruptive finale to the five-year Brexit drama that would add to economic pain from the coronavirus crisis.
    “Time is very short and we stand ready to negotiate 24/7, on all subjects, on legal texts.    The UK has a bit of a decision to make and it’s their free and sovereign choice,” European Council President Charles Michel told the European Parliament.
    He said Britain’s answer would determine its level of access to the EU’s internal market, adding: “This is just common sense.”
    With some 900 billion euros of annual trade at stake in the talks, the EU’s Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier told the parliament an agreement was still “within reach.”
    “Time is of the essence … Along with our British counterparts, we must find solutions to the most difficult areas,” Barnier said, in comments that pushed sterling higher.
    Michel said the 27 EU members were equally ready for an abrupt split in trading ties at the end of the year without a new agreement to avoid tariffs or quotas.
    He listed three main sticking points in the trade negotiations: guaranteeing fishing rights and economic fair play, and agreeing ways to settle future trade disputes.
    “We don’t need words, we need guarantees,” he said of the so-called level playing field guarantees of fair competition.    “Do our British friends want to regulate state aid and uphold high medical standards?    If so, why not commit to them.”
    Michel called for agreement on a “binding, independent arbitration” to redress any market distortions swiftly.
    Michel said London’s draft new Internal Market Bill – which, if adopted, would undermine Britain’s earlier divorce deal with the EU – only solidified the bloc’s belief that it needed tight policing of any new deal.
    A deputy head of the bloc’s executive European Commission, Maros Sefcovic, also said London must respect its divorce settlement with the EU regardless of the outcome of trade talks.
    Michel said losing access to British waters would inflict “extraordinary damage” on the EU’s fishing industry and that the bloc was therefore seeking to prolong the status-quo just as London wanted to keep the EU’s market of 450 million consumers open for UK companies.
    “But the UK wants access to the single market while at the same time being able to diverge from our standards and regulations when it suits them.    You can’t have your cake and eat it too,” Michel said.
    Britain’s current EU trading terms expire at the end of this year following Brexit last March and commerce free of tariffs and quotas can no longer be guaranteed from 2021 without a new partnership agreement.
    “Our doors remain open and will remain open until the last day possible.    We are ready to work day and night,” Barnier said.    “But it takes two to reach a deal. We need to be ready to deal with the consequences of a possible no-deal scenario.”
(Additional reporting by Kate Abnett and Franceso Guarascio, Writing by Gabriela Baczynska, Editing by Gareth Jones and Giles Elgood)

10/21/2020 Analysis: Google Antitrust Case To Turn On How Search Engine Grew Dominant – Experts by Paresh Dave and Jonathan Stempel
A Google sign is pictured on a Google building in the Manhattan borough of New York City, New York, U.S., October 20, 2020. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri
    OAKLAND, Calif./NEW YORK (Reuters) – The U.S. government’s antitrust case against Alphabet Inc’s Google appears strong, but could face an uphill battle from a business-friendly judiciary that may question whether a free search engine beloved by consumers has actually left them worse off, several legal experts said.
    Google was accused in the long-anticipated lawsuit filed on Tuesday of harming competition in internet search and search advertising through distribution agreements and other restrictions that put its search tool front and center whenever consumers browsed the web.
    To win, the U.S. Department of Justice must prove that Google gained or maintained monopoly power through abusive conduct, or something beyond competition on the merits.
    Several legal experts said Google’s alleged misconduct appears similar to allegations the government leveled in the 1990s against Microsoft Corp.    That landmark case was settled in 2002, and a consent decree required the maker of the Windows operating system to stop retaliating against computer makers that used non-Microsoft software.
    Rebecca Haw Allensworth, a professor at Vanderbilt Law School, said the Justice Department appeared wise to offer credible and narrow arguments in its 59-page complaint.
    “They are not jumping on the bandwagon of we have to restructure antitrust law for tech,” she said.    “They are sticking to the existing law.”
    Eleven U.S. states joined the government’s lawsuit, and New York Attorney General Letitia James said her state and six others may soon file their own lawsuit.
    Experts said the federal government is unlikely to back away from the case, and in fact might press harder, if Democrat Joe Biden wins the presidency over Republican incumbent Donald Trump in the Nov. 3 election.
    Google is expected to argue that the government overestimated the company’s power by defining its market too narrowly.
    But some experts said Google’s ubiquity makes the case more likely to hinge on whether its dominance stems from consumers preferring it to rivals, or whether the Mountain View, California-based company steered them away from those rivals.
    “We know Google has a large share of that market,” said John Lopatka, a law professor at Pennsylvania State University.    “The question is why.”
    Shubha Ghosh, a law professor at Syracuse University, said the government alleges Google is blocking more consumer-friendly search engines, such as ones that do not collect user data to personalize ads, from gaining popularity.    But he said Google could argue simply that its search engine was effective at generating results that consumers want, and was “not meant to be exclusionary.”
    Or, as Lopatka put it: “It could say, we were an admired scrappy firm and we did really good work, and that’s why we became as dominant as we are.”
    Skyrocketing prices often show that customers have been hurt by anticompetitive behavior.
    But Google provides its search services for free, adding to the Justice Department’s challenges.
    “The trend in judicial doctrine in Supreme Court decisions involving dominant firms has been to give big companies broad freedom to choose business strategies they prefer,” said William Kovacic, a law professor at George Washington University and former chair of the Federal Trade Commission.    “If you’re a plaintiff, including a government plaintiff, that’s hard to overcome — not impossible, just very difficult,” he added.
    Experts said that even if the Justice Department proved Google was a monopoly and abused its monopoly power, a court might struggle to fashion measures to improve competition in searches.
    “Making a search engine isn’t easy,” said Chris Sagers, a law professor at Cleveland State University.    “It seems extraordinarily unlikely any other firm is going to challenge Google meaningfully.”
(Reporting by Jonathan Stempel and Paresh Dave; Editing by Greg Mitchell and Leslie Adler)
[I was using Google when it came out in the early 1990's because it was really good at finding information much better than the other search engines at that time and I told all my friends to use it and the only thing I did not do back then is bought stock in it.    I noticed around 2006 that my site information was not coming up like it did then and it sometime to go to the hundreds to find mine and soon realized that people were paying to get their sites on the top but I have never had my sites blocked or stopped like Facebook and Twitter is doing and I still think that google is still the best and use it all the time and I have to refine my request to get to what I am interested in.].

10/21/2020 Presidential Candidate Joe Biden Suffers Numerous Breakdowns In Memory, Speech On Campaign Trail by OAN Newsroom
    Presidential candidate Joe Biden continues experiencing numerous breakdowns in his memory and speech on the campaign trail.
    One America’s Pearson Sharp has more on Biden’s repeated blunders, raising doubts about his mental stability.
    The man Hidin Biden is a pervert fondler, accused of sexual assault of oneof his workers and denied it, has been accused and proved to be plagerist and is still doing it today copying the things that Trump has alread done, and has denied he did a Quid Pro Quo which is on video trying to get a Ukrainian prosecutor fired who was investigating his son Hunter working with Burmisa or he would not give Ukraine the billion dollars that belongs to the American people, and he keeps denying everything but now we have evidence of his actions taking money from foreign countries using his son as a bag man, and he is busted now and if he is elected president I think we Republicans should show the Democrats what an overthrow of that looks like.

10/21/2020 Sen. McSally Announces She Will Vote To Confirm Judge Amy Coney Barrett To The SCOTUS by OAN Newsroom
Supreme Court nominee Judge Amy Coney Barrett. (Graeme Jennings/Pool via AP)
    Sen. Martha McSally (R-Ariz.) has announced she will vote to confirm Supreme Court nominee Judge Amy Coney Barrett.    In a video released on Tuesday, the Arizona senator praised the President’s pick for the high court as an amazing jurist who is respected across the spectrum.
    McSally also pointed out that if confirmed, Barrett, who is a mother of seven, will be the first woman with school-aged children to sit on the court.    The senator noted the judge is a woman of faith as well as grace and highlighted how Barrett will interpret the Constitution and laws.
    “She will interpret the Constitution and the laws the way they were written, not from her opinion or agenda or anything like that,” said the Republican.    “She is a barrier breaker and a pioneer that is a role model for all women and girls.”
    The senator added that as someone who broke barriers herself, she feels inspired by Judge Barrett and is looking forward to seeing her on the Supreme Court bench.

10/21/2020 White House Chief Of Staff Speaks Out On Hunter Biden by OAN Newsroom
White House chief of staff Mark Meadows speaks with reporters at the White House, Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
    According to White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, appointing a special counsel to probe emails from Hunter Biden’s laptop would have “merit.”
    In an interview Wednesday, Meadows said he has not spoken to Attorney General William Barr about appointing a special prosecutor and does not plan to.    The White House official noted he has tried to let the attorney general do his job independently.
    Meadows also pointed out that a special counsel investigation would not produce results by Election Day.
    “It’s not necessarily at the top of our priority list in this last 13 days, but as we’re looking at that, we think an independent special counsel might be the best medicine for this,” he explained.    “Not that anything would come out before November 3rd, nor should that be an expectation.”
    His remarks came after President Trump called on Barr to take action regarding Biden on Monday.

10/21/2020 Acting DHS Secy. Wolf Says New Division To Target Human Smuggling by OAN Newsroom
    Acting Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Chad Wolf established a new division within his division called the Center for Countering Human Trafficking.
    On Tuesday, Wolf said the center will investigate cases of human smuggling, collect data and intelligence as well as well provide victim support.    This comes as federal authorities continue nationwide anti-crime efforts dubbed ‘Operation Rise‘ and ‘Operation Legend.’
    Wolf also noted the DHS will look into cases of domestic servitude, sexual exploitation and forced labor of foreign persons on U.S. soil.
    “No more to the victimization of innocent people through forced labor, no more to the gross abuse of human rights and dignity resulting from this despicable crime,” stated the secretary.    “The launch of the DHS Center for Countering Human Trafficking represents the investment of resources, attention, and time by this administration to combat and dismantle all forms of human trafficking.”
    The DHS is now ramping up efforts to break-up circles of illegal immigration and investigate possible commercial and political interests in that process.

10/21/2020 President Trump Holds Campaign Rally In Erie, Pa. by OAN Newsroom
President Donald Trump pumps his fist after a campaign rally at Erie International Airport,
Tom Ridge Field, Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020, in Erie, Pa. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
    President Trump has continued to campaign across the United States ahead of the presidential election with a recent stop in Erie, Pennsylvania, where he rallied with supporters.
    The President first commented on how massive his audience was by noting the crowds seem to have grown even larger than they were four years ago.
    “I always want the cameras to show, they never like to show,” he stated in reference to the number of people in attendance.    “The biggest crowds anyone’s ever had, bigger than what we had four years ago…bigger.”
    President Trump then slammed the mainstream media and Big Tech companies while accusing them of censoring the truth as well as his campaign’s speeches due to their blatant bias towards the Democrat Party.
    “I’m not just running against Biden, sleepy Joe,” he noted.    “I’m running against the corrupt media, the Big Tech giants, the Washington swamp and the Democrat Party is a part of all of them.”
    President Trump then criticized his opponent, Joe Biden, for threatening to lockdown the entire country if he became president while also warning a Biden presidency would severely damage the American economy.
    “They support crippling lockdowns like your governor (Tom Wolf) is doing while their jobs and their industries remain totally exempt,” stated the Presient.    “And it’s time to send a message to these wealthy liberal hypocrites by delivering Joe Biden, sleepy Joe, a thundering defeat on November 3rd.”
    President Trump and his Democrat opponent are set to go head-to-head one last time on the debate stage this coming Thursday with both parties ramping up campaign efforts as Election Day approaches.    OAN will provide live coverage of the event starting at 6 p.m. PST / 9 p.m. EST.

10/21/2020 Meadows: Stimulus Package Depends On Pelosi by OAN Newsroom
White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
    The White House has maintained that any progress on a stimulus package hinges on Democrat leadership in Congress.
    On Wednesday, White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows spoke to reporters and noted the President has put forward four different relief proposals.
    He has noted while the Trump administration has been flexible in negotiations, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has refused to budge on her requests.    Senate Republicans have said that any bill would only pass if she is reasonable.
    The Republican has dismissed concerns about possible opposition from GOP lawmakers in the event both sides reach a deal.    He has also said his conversations with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell have been robust.
    “Sen. McConnell and the Senate Republicans have the same priority that the President has,” stated Meadows.    “That’s to make sure that we get enough help to those that are hurting as quickly as possible.”
    The chief of staff has stated he’s confident there would be enough votes in the Senate to send a bill to the President’s desk.    However, he added that both sides do share one goal: to get to some sort of deal in the next 48 hours or so.

10/21/2020 Court Sides With Pa. Restaurant That Reopened During Lockdown by OAN Newsroom
Courtesy of Taste of Sicily official Facebook page
    A Pennsylvania judge has ruled on the side of a restaurant that was fined $10,000 for reopening amid coronavirus lockdown orders.    ‘Taste of Sicily’ opened its doors to full capacity in May, with no masks or social distancing.
    The Department of Agriculture tried to cite the restaurant; however attorney Eric Winter argued the citations must be prosecuted by an attorney general or district attorney.    Judge Carl Garvey agreed that the business was unconstitutionally cited and found the owners not guilty.
    “A lot of different people said a lot of different things about ‘Taste of Sicily’…that we were selfish, that all we cared about was business and money,” stated Mike Magnano, the restaurant’s spokesperson.    “It’s like, look, we need to make a living.”
    Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf has claimed he plans to appeal Judge Garvey’s decision, despite the fact a federal judge ruled coronavirus-related shutdowns illegal in the state.

10/21/2020 Democrats Throw Support Behind NC Senate Candidate Cal Cunningham Despite Cheating Scandal by OAN Newsroom
Screen grab of Cal Cunningham courtesy of WNCN
    Democrats have continued to express support for North Carolina Senate candidate Cal Cunningham, even after reports emerged he was engaged in an extramarital affair.
    A poll released on Tuesday found Cunningham and Sen. Thom Tillis (R- N.C.) are still running neck and neck with the Democrat sitting at 49 percent support among likely voters while Tillis is at 47 percent.
    Earlier this month, the news site ‘The National File’ published evidence of Cunningham’s affair with the wife of an army veteran.
    The Senate candidate admitted to the scandal in a statement but has refused to drop out of the race.    He has also faced a second accusation alleging his involvement with another woman since 2012, but he has not admitted to those claims.
    Since releasing the statement on the first affair, Cunningham has avoided answering any direct questions about his personal life. He’s currently married and has two teenage children.
    In the meantime, Sen. Tillis has grasped onto the scandal, pointing out his opponent’s entire messaging has been about “integrity” yet his affair shows he’s a hypocrite.
Sen. Thom Tillis, R-N.C. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, Pool)
    “Cal Cunningham was running on a campaign of truth and honor, but he was being untruthful and dishonorable in the midst of this campaign,” said the North Carolina lawmaker.
    Still, mainline Democrats continue to throw their support behind Cunningham.    On Monday, North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper (D) was caught on a hot mic telling Joe Biden he thinks Cunningham will can still win the race despite his scandal.
    Cunningham, who is a lieutenant colonel of the Army Reserve, is now under investigation by the army for his conduct.

10/22/2020 Oil down $1.51 to $40.00, DOW down 98 to 28,211.

10/22/2020 CORONAVIRUS IN KENTUCKY - New cases and deaths near record levels by Emma Austin, Louisville Courier Journal USA TODAY NETWORK
    Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear on Wednesday reported the state’s second- highest total of new COVID-19 cases and the second-highest death total.
    The commonwealth has surpassed 90,000 coronavirus cases with Beshear’s announcement of 1,487 new cases.    The only day with a higher number of newly reported cases was Oct. 7, which included more than 1,400 backlogged cases out of Fayette County.
    Beshear also reported 21 deaths Wednesday — one fewer than the state’s single-day record of 22 on Sept. 10.
    Kentucky has now seen 90,996 coronavirus cases and 1,363 deaths.
    “We must do better,” Beshear said. “And this week we’re going to be talking about different practices that we need to get back to do better.”
    Among those practices is limiting gatherings outside of immediate family.    And counties labeled red or orange should avoid them altogether, according to White House recommendations.
    Contact tracing has connected more than 100 cases over recent weeks to gatherings such as weddings, funerals, parties and yard sales, Beshear said.
    “What this means is we’ve got to be more careful,” he said.    “Nobody wants their wedding day to result in 44 cases ... so we’ve got to make sure that it’s safe.”
    The rate for positive tests in Kentucky is at 4.99%, just under Tuesday’s 5.08% — the highest it has been in nearly two months.
    “Obviously, we’d like that much further down,” Beshear said.    “We are testing significant numbers of Kentuckians that’s positive, and when you’re testing as many as we are and you’re at almost 5%, it shows that there is a lot of virus out there.”
    Meanwhile, Indiana reported 1,766 new cases of the coronavirus Wednesday and an additional 15 deaths, bringing the state’s totals to 152,396 cases and 3,790 deaths.    Its positivity rate was 6.9%.
    Beshear also encouraged Kentuckians who are voting early to do so this week, saying “things are getting more dangerous and not less” with the COVID-19 escalation.
    “You’re safer to go ahead and vote in the next couple days than probably what we’ll be seeing next week,” he said.    “What it means is you need to vote early so we can spread people out.”
    Beshear also announced during his briefing a $780,000 federal grant going toward Kentucky law enforcement and public safety agencies to help prevent scams and fraud during the pandemic.    The executive order prohibiting price gouging that Beshear signed in March remains in effect, he said.
[21 deaths / 1,487 cases = 0.014% still very low and Beshear is trying to stop us from doing life or we will all die and the positivity rate back at 4.99% so Beshear stop your leftist BS!!!!!!! before an election.].

10/22/2020 Giuliani turns over alleged Hunter Biden files to authorities
    WILMINGTON, Del. – Rudy Giuliani visited a police station Monday to share files from what he said was Hunter Biden’s laptop.    A computer repairman claimed that the younger Biden brought a liquid-damaged MacBook Pro to his repair shop.    The New York Post reported that the hard drive contained emails indicating that then-Vice President Joe Biden met with an official at Burisma Holdings, a Ukrainian energy company whose board employed his son.    Biden denies a meeting occurred.    The device was sent to the FBI.

10/22/2020 Secy. Of State Pompeo Outlines Efforts To Contain Threat From Communist China by OAN Newsroom
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks during a news conference at the State Department
in Washington, Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020. (Nicholas Kamm/Pool via AP)
    The United States has continued to stand-up to the People’s Republic of China with officials working to eradicate communist propaganda.
    In a press briefing held in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo addressed reporters on the growing threat of Chinese aggression.    He announced his latest efforts to form a long-term dialogue between the U.S. and the EU in order to protect global stability against communist ideology.
    “This Friday, the EU High Representative Josep Borrell and I will launch the U.S.-EU dialogue on China,” said the secretary.    “I’m confident that the discussion will deepen our long-term engagement with EU friends on this important issue.”
    Pompeo also announced the State Department will designate six Chinese media companies located in the U.S. as foreign missions in a bid to battle the spread of communist propaganda on the home-front more effectively.
    “We’re pushing back on the Chinese communist propaganda efforts here at home, too,” he stated.    “Today I’m announcing the State Department is designating the U.S. operations of six China-based media companies as foreign missions…they are all substantially owned or effectively controlled by a foreign government.”
    Pompeo went on to the slam the Chinese Communist Party by accusing the regime of failing to abide by international rules and backing down on its commitments to other nations as well as global organizations.
    The official stressed with the U.S. working with other “free nations” around the globe, more progress can be made to thwart threats raised by Communist China.

10/22/2020 FBI Warns American Voter Registration Data Has Been Obtained By Iran, Russia by OAN Newsroom
File – Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe is pictured. (AP Photo/ Andrew Harnik)
    Federal officials sent a warning about national security after the FBI said Iran and Russia obtained voter registration data and are using the information to interfere with the upcoming presidential election.
    In a press conference Wednesday night, Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe and FBI Director Christopher Wray announced that voters were being intimidated in order to cause political unrest with their personal information later stolen.
    “First we have confirmed that some voter registration information has been obtained by Iran and separately by Russia,” announced Ratcliffe.    “This data can be used by foreign actors to attempt to communicate false information to registered voters that they hope will cause confusion, sow chaos and undermine your confidence in American democracy.”
    Ratcliffe went into further detail, stating Iran has been sending out fake emails to registered voters while posing as members of the Proud Boys group in an effort to fuel political tensions before November’s vote.
    The national security officials went onto reassure the public by stating they will work swiftly to identify and disrupt these threats, while boosting up security for the sake of protecting the integrity of the presidential election.

10/22/2020 Senate Panel Advances Supreme Court Nominee Amy Coney Barrett by OAN Newsroom
Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, attends a Senate Judiciary Committee meeting on the nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to be
an associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020 on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Hannah McKay/Pool via AP)
    Supreme Court nominee Judge Amy Coney Barrett has received the votes needed to advance her nomination to a full Senate vote.
    While all 10 Senate Democrats refused to show up for the vote Thursday, all 12 Senate Republicans voted in favor of advancing Barrett.
    The Democrats’ no-show was a symbolic move, however, only a simple majority was needed and Republicans were able to approve Barrett without them.
    Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) commented on the fact Democrats boycotted the vote, calling it “surreal” and noting they treated it like a sporting event during COVID-19.
    A final floor vote on Barrett’s nomination is expected to take place Monday.
[Well the Democrats acted like children throwing a tantrum and we should replace them with the images they left in their seats since it will be more entertaining and I was expecting Chuck Shumer to come in and threatened her like he did the Supreme Court in a rally.].

10/22/2020 CDC Redefines ‘Close Contact’ To Include Multiple Brief Encounters by OAN Newsroom
Dr. Robert R. Redfield, Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, speaks during a COVID-19 briefing at the Centers for Disease Control
and Prevention headquarter campus in Atlanta, Wednesday, October 21, 2020. (Alyssa Pointer /Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)
    The Center for Disease Control has redefined what counts as “close contact” with a COVID-19 patient.    The CDC released the updated guidelines on Wednesday, noting people should quarantine if they have multiple close encounters with an infected person amounting to 15 minutes in one day.
    The update came after a Vermont prison employee caught COVID-19 from inmates after having a number of brief encounters with them, which amounted to 17 minutes.
    CDC Director Dr. Robert Redfield said the change falls in line with new scientific data.
    “There is some recent data that has been determined that individuals who had a series of shorter contacts, but over time added up to more than 15 minutes, became infected,” he explained.    “And clarifying that new science, that new data into our contact recommendations, is what you’re alluding to.”
    Officials went on to stress the importance of social distancing and wearing masks whenever possible.
    Meanwhile, HHS Secretary Alex Azar said the U.S. is getting close to having a vaccine by the end of the year.

10/22/2020 N.C. Gov. Cooper Extends Phase Three Amid Case Rises by OAN Newsroom
Gov. Roy Cooper listens as DHHS Secretary Dr. Mandy Cohen talks about the increase of COVID-19 cases in North Carolina
during a news conference in Raleigh, N.C. on Wednesday Oct. 21, 2020. (Julia Wall/The News & Observer via AP)
    North Carolina will not be moving to the next phase of reopening as the number of COVID-19 cases rise.
    On Wednesday, Gov. Roy Cooper (D) said the state is expected to remain in phase three for at least three more weeks.    This comes as health officials have said the daily positive rate is over 7 percent when it should be closer to 5 percent.
    Under phase three, capacity limits will remain in force for bars and mandatory mask orders are still in place.    Gov. Cooper said local law enforcement will be able to step in if people do not follow precautions.
    “Local health departments and our State Department of Health and Human Services have authority under the health laws to enforce safety precautions, to make sure that we’re sending the signal that this is serious and that we have to slow the spread of the virus,” he stated.
    Meanwhile, health officials have encouraged residents to download a state app, which can alert users when they may have been exposed to someone who tested positive.
    The extension of phase three will last until at least November 13.

10/22/2020 Senate Finance Committee Chairman Warns Biden’s Tax Plan Will Raise Taxes For Middle, Working Classes by OAN Newsroom
Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, speaks during the confirmation hearing for Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett, before the Senate
Judiciary Committee, Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Erin Schaff/The New York Times via AP, Pool)
    The Senate Finance Committee chairman recently warned about the damage Joe Biden’s tax plan could do to the economy.    While speaking on the Senate floor Wednesday, Republican Chuck Grassley said people should be skeptical when Biden promises not to raise taxes.
    The 2020 Democrat presidential nominee has repeatedly told voters taxpayers who make less than $400,000 a year would not see a raise in taxes.    However, Grassley argues that former President Obama made a similar promise and failed to keep it.    He also noted that raising business taxes could result in lower wages for workers.
    “My democratic colleagues and former President Biden have made no bones about their plans for tax reform, and their tax reform would be tax increases,” explained the chairman.    "Tax payers should take Mr. Biden’s promise not to raise their taxes with a whole grain of salt.”
    Grassley also pointed out that President Trump’s 2017 tax law is set to expire after 2025 and lawmakers should work to make it permanent.

10/22/2020 Exclusive: Trump, U.S. Intelligence Chief Push To Declassify Document On Russia’s 2016 Election Role: Sources by Mark Hosenball, Christopher Bing and Jonathan Landay
FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Donald Trump holds a campaign rally in Gastonia, North Carolina, U.S., October 21, 2020. REUTERS/Tom Brenner
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump and his intelligence chief have pushed for quick declassification of a document disputing the 2017 intelligence community finding that Russia acted to help Trump get elected in 2016, three U.S. government officials familiar with the matter told Reuters on Thursday.
    But their effort faces strong objections from inside the intelligence agencies, two officials said on condition of anonymity given the sensitivity of the matter.    One reason for their opposition is the proximity of the Nov. 3 election.
(Additional reporting by Sarah N. Lynch; Editing by Mary Milliken and Daniel Wallis)

10/23/2020 Oil up $0.67 to $40.67, DOW up 153 to 28,364.

10/23/2020 Analysis: Biden Win Would Lift Mexico-U.S. Ties But Energy Is ‘Canary In The Mine’ by Dave Graham
FILE PHOTO: Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden speaks during the final 2020 U.S. presidential campaign debate with U.S. President
Donald Trump, in the Curb Event Center at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee, U.S., October 22, 2020. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
    MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – A Joe Biden presidency would lower border tensions and raise pressure on Mexico to respect U.S. business interests as the two neighbors implement a trade deal designed to claw back jobs from China, officials and industry sources say.
    The Democratic former vice president on Nov. 3 aims to unseat Republican President Donald Trump, who has stirred up tensions with Mexico over trade and border security ever since he referred to Mexican migrants as rapists and drug runners at the outset of his 2015-16 presidential bid.
    Still, since taking office in late 2018, Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has forged an uneasy alliance with Trump, acceding to his demands to keep out illegal immigrants in return for a relatively free hand in Mexico to interfere with foreign businesses, many of which are planning litigation.
    If victorious, Biden would face political and corporate pressure to curb Lopez Obrador’s efforts to sideline private companies in Mexico’s energy sector, and to ensure its government honors commitments to strengthen labor laws to make outsourcing American jobs tougher, a priority for U.S. trade unions.
    “I think Biden will be able to tell Mexico to make sure that we abide by the rule of law if you have any contracts with energy or whatever,” said Henry Cuellar, a Democratic congressman who chairs the U.S.-Mexico Interparliamentary Group.
    Cuellar, a staunch ally of Mexico in its efforts to prevent Trump from tearing up the 1994 North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), said Biden would be firm in adhering to joint accords, but much more actively engaged with the Mexican government.
    Biden’s desire to salve diplomatic bruises of the last four years has many politicians in both countries looking forward to a relationship free of the blame games and brinkmanship Trump often deployed to get his way.
    Business leaders expect Biden to govern in a more rules-based way than Trump, whose clashes with U.S. courts mirror some of Lopez Obrador’s own battles with checks on his power.
    Advocating a more “humane” approach to migration, Biden says he aims to combat the poverty and violence behind it, just as he did in 2014 as Barack Obama’s vice president when he spearheaded a major infrastructure plan to lift Central American economies.
    That would dovetail with Lopez Obrador’s attitude in his own election campaign, before Trump threatened to hammer Mexico with trade tariffs if it did not stop the migrants.
    Mexico’s government also knows Biden would not want to face a sudden influx of migrants crossing Mexico via Guatemala, said a Mexican official, speaking on condition of anonymity.
    “(Mexico) won’t be withdrawing its national guard from the southern border the day Biden takes office,” said the official, expressing the hope the Democrat wins the election.
    The Biden campaign did not respond to requests for comment.
    The pathway to cooperation on the economy is more fraught.
    Billions of dollars worth of energy sector projects, particularly in renewables, have been held up by Lopez Obrador, who argues that past governments rigged the power market to favor private companies at the public’s expense.
    This arbitrary use of power was unacceptable for a Mexican government that had just renewed its trade vows with Washington under the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), the deal replacing NAFTA, a senior U.S. industry source said.
    “Companies are watching the (Mexican) energy sector as the proverbial canary in the coal mine on the general investment climate,” said the source, speaking on condition of anonymity to avoid publicly taking sides in the U.S. election.
    Investors contend the Mexican government’s steps are discriminatory under protections enshrined in USMCA and NAFTA, under which claims can still be filed until 2023.
    “(Businesses) will be advocating very strongly with the Biden administration that the obligations of USMCA be the starting point with which to engage Mexico,” the source added, noting that Trump had done little to hold Mexico to account.
    On Oct. 22, more than 40 members of Congress, including Cuellar, signed a letter to Trump protesting Lopez Obrador’s energy policies and urging the U.S. president to act.
    The Mexican president has said repeatedly he will defend the primacy of the state in its disputes with energy investors, and it is unclear how flexible he may be.
    Mexican officials believe Biden is unlikely to use migration as a bargaining chip over trade access as Trump did.     However, potentially costly arbitration disputes loom.
    Some energy investors have already begun litigation and many others plan to sue Mexico once the U.S. election is over, according to five officials, lawyers and industry sources familiar with deliberations.
    Lopez Obrador has signaled willingness to negotiate with investors, much as he did in a dispute over gas pipelines last year.    The Mexican official said that, provided he could claim a political victory, some kind of compromise should emerge.
    The energy disputes have hurt investment, helping to tip Mexico into recession even before the coronavirus pandemic deepened the downturn.
    Lopez Obrador hopes that USMCA will help dig Mexico out of the economic rut, and lure industrial capacity back from China to strengthen regional supply chains.
    For that to happen, companies must be able to rely on Mexico to respect investments, so pressure from Biden would be welcome, said Emilio Cadena, a former head of Mexican manufacturing export industry group Index.
    “It won’t be easy, and they’re going to demand a lot from us,” he said.    “I’m all in favor of it.    Because it will move us all toward greater legal certainty and more competitiveness.”
(Reporting by Dave Graham; Additional reporting by Anthony Esposito; Editing by Daniel Wallis)

10/23/2020 Biden Win Would Bring Relief But Few Fixes, Says Merkel Ally by Andreas Rinke
FILE PHOTO: Peter Beyer, Coordinator of Transatlantic Cooperation in the Field of Intersocietal Relations, Cultural and Information Policy for the German government,
gestures as he speaks during an interview with Reuters in Berlin, Germany, November 2, 2018. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch/File Photo
    BERLIN (Reuters) – A sigh of relief would go around the world if Democratic challenger Joe Biden wins the U.S. presidency but Berlin would still face many of the same policy problems with Washington, Germany’s coordinator for transatlantic ties said on Friday.
    Peter Beyer, a member of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative Christian Democrats, said Biden would offer a more collaborative tone than U.S. President Donald Trump who has called Germany’s trade and spending policies “very bad.”
    Trump trails Biden in polls ahead of the Nov. 3 vote.
    “A big sigh of relief would go around the planet if Joe Biden wins,” Beyer told Reuters.
    “Would it help?    I don’t think so because (from) what we’ve heard from Joe Biden … we will see that many of the existing transatlantic topics will remain, such as Nord Stream 2, energy security, economic issues,” he added.
    Trump has attacked Berlin for supporting the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline spanning the Baltic Sea, accusing Germany of being a “captive” of Russia due to reliance on its energy.
    “We would be well advised to expect a president Joe Biden to be much more collaborative, he would be much friendlier in tone, but many of the issues will remain on the table, some would be much easier to address, others would be tough,” Beyer said.
    “One of his top priorities would be healing the wounds of his own country.    There’s a lot to do.”
    Trump has also accused Germany of taking advantage of the United States while not meeting financial obligations to NATO, the military organization he once called obsolete to the chagrin of shocked allies.
    Defence Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer said Germany was looking forward to more clarity in U.S. foreign policy.
    “We are not in favour of a disruptive political style,” Kramp-Karrenbauer, another close ally of Merkel, said on Friday according to a pre-distributed text of her speech.
    The U.S. military in July unveiled plans to withdraw about 12,000 troops from Germany.
(Additional reporting by Sabine Siebold; Writing by Paul Carrel; Editing by Andrew Cawthorne)

10/23/2020 Polls Show President Trump Won Debate Against Biden by OAN Newsroom
President Donald Trump and Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President
Joe Biden participate in the final presidential debate. (Jim Bourg/Pool via AP)
    Following Thursday’s final presidential debate, President Trump shared multiple polls on Twitter that showed as much as 96 percent of participants claimed he won.

    Experts have said the President’s performance was measured, controlled and on message.    In the meantime, analysts noted Democrat presidential nominee Joe Biden often struggled to present coherent ideas and made several gaffes throughout the 96-minute event.
    Election experts have predicted President Trump’s performance could have even been good enough to win over undecided voters.
    The two candidates went head-to-head in Nashville, Tenn. and debated on a number of issues currently pressing the American people.    The President opened up the debate and touted his administration’s response to the coronavirus.    He highlighted the great strides American companies have made to bring a swift end to the pandemic.
    “We have a vaccine that’s coming, it’s ready, it’s going to be announced within weeks and it’s going to be delivered,” said President Trump.    “We have Operation Warp Speed.”
    When he spoke about healthcare, Biden said he would replace the ‘Affordable Care Act’ with his own personal plan and argued his policy would drive insurance competition.    President Trump pushed back against his opponent’s idea and noted his healthcare plan is a political ploy to attempt to bring socialism to the U.S.
    “When he talks about a public option, he’s talking about destroying medicare… and destroying your social security,” the President noted.    “And this whole country will come down.”    Additionally, President Trump slammed Biden for being a puppet for “the left” and warned voters that his opponent wants to close up the country.    The President added that this threatens to destroy the national economy.
    “We can’t lock ourselves up in a basement like Joe does,” said the President.    “We can’t close up our nation…or you’re not going to have a nation.”
    Throughout the debate, President Trump hammered down on the Biden family and accused his opponent of accepting bribes from foreign entities.    He stated that the Democrat owes an explanation to the American people in regard to the Hunter Biden email scandal.
    The President wrapped up by reminding voters that he originally ran for president back in 2016 in order to fix “America from the control of the radical left.”
    “You know, Joe, I ran because of you,” the President stated.    “Because you did a poor job.    If I thought you did a good job, I would have never run.”

10/23/2020 Hunter Biden’s Former Business Partner Meets With FBI by OAN Newsroom
Tony Bobulinski, who says he is a former associate of Hunter Biden, talks with reporters before the presidential debate. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
    Hunter Biden’s former business partner has reportedly been asked to meet with the FBI after he was set to sit down with the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee to discuss his dealings with the former vice president’s son.
    According to his lawyers, the FBI has now asked Tony Bobulinski for an interview and has also requested him to turn over copies of his phones with alleged evidence of Biden’s corruption.
    “The evidence sits on these three phones, I don’t want to go into anything any further,” noted Bobulinkski.    “This will all be discussed with Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) and his committee and the American people can decide what’s fact.”
    This came after the former associate spoke to reporters before the final presidential debate on Thursday.    He stated Biden was well involved in a Chinese business venture with him and his son Hunter.
    “I’ve heard Joe Biden say that he’s never discussed business with Hunter,” said the U.S. Navy Veteran.    “That is false… I have first-hand knowledge of this because I directly dealt with the Biden family including Joe Biden.”
    Although Bobulinski’s interview with Sen. Ron Johnson and Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) has been postponed, he has maintained that he will honor his commitment to the upper chamber in the near future.

10/24/2020 Oil down $0.96 to $39.72, DOW down 28 to 28,336.

10/24/2020 Kentucky reports 1,457 new COVID-19 cases, 16 new deaths by Ben Tobin, Louisville Courier Journal USA TODAY NETWORK
    Kentucky on Friday had its third highest day of new COVID-19 cases, with 1,457 reported, as the commonwealth continues to see a higher COVID- 19 positivity rate, Gov. Andy Beshear said.
    An additional 16 people died due to the coronavirus in Kentucky, bringing the commonwealth’s death toll to 1,396.    Those deaths are:
69-year-old woman from Boyd County
77-year-old woman from Daviess County
84-year-old woman from Daviess County
71-year-old woman from Fayette County
84-year-old woman from Jefferson County
101-year-old woman from Jefferson County
102-year-old woman from Jefferson County
73-year-old man from Jefferson County
76-year-old man from Jefferson County
84-year-old man from Jefferson County
64-year-old man from Knott County
87-year-old woman from Lee County
84-year-old woman from Leslie County
75-year-old woman from Logan County
86-year-old woman from Marshall County
80-year-old man from Todd County.
    Kentucky’s COVID-19 positivity rate stands at 5.34%. With the exception of this week, for the past several of months, the positivity rate was below 5%.     Friday marks the fourth-straight day Kentucky has had more than 1,300 new COVID-19 cases.
    On Wednesday, the commonwealth had 1,487 new cases. The only day with a higher number of newly reported cases was Oct. 7, which included more than 1,400 backlogged cases out of Fayette County.
    “This week has been a tough week, with three out of the five highest days for new COVID-19 cases,” Beshear said in a statement.     “This virus is everywhere.    It is in your community.    We need every community doing what it takes to defeat it.”
    There were 819 Kentuckians hospitalized with the coronavirus Friday, Beshear said, and 205 in the intensive care unit.    Ninety-seven people were on a ventilator.
[16 deaths / 1,457 cases = 0.01% still low and positivity rate at 5.34% and today I learned that my sons grandmother and my landlady went into COVID-JAIL because of her older son in his 30-40’s has been tested positive for coronavirus but neither of them have symptoms and life must go on as we can not go into the dark and non future that the Democrats are pushing on Americans.].

    Remember when the image below came out to show all who were fired, quit or demoted when Trump took office, except one seen below:

    And soon after Preistap who I learned later was the one who did not go along with the corruption that was to come and quit to get out of that spotlight which was a good decision considering what was coming.    And if you have learned since then he was in a meeting when Peter Strzok and the rest of them were planning their takedown of Flynn and he was the one in the form they found asking what they were trying to do to him which can be seen on an article above on this site.
Edward William Priestap, also known as Bill Priestap, an American attorney and intelligence official, and since 2015, he has been the assistant director of the FBI Counterintelligence Division.
    Priestap joined the Federal Bureau of Investigation in 1998, and he was appointed as assistant director of the FBI Counterintelligence Division in 2015.
    In June 2017, Priestap told the PBS NewsHour program that Russian intelligence "used fake news and propaganda and they also used online amplifiers to spread the information to as many people as possible" during the 2016 United States presidential election.
    Then I think the DEEP STATE sent someone in to replace him and I was suspect of him at that time since all you can see going on is corruption galore going down, and since he was in he made no efforts to produce anything of what was going on and it was an easy conclusion because he was going after everything but that.
Christopher Asher Wray, seen in the image above an American lawyer serving as the eighth and current Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation since 2017.    From 2003 to 2005 Wray served as Assistant Attorney General in charge of the Criminal Division in the George W. Bush Administration.    Wray was Assistant Attorney General from 2003 to 2005, working under Deputy Attorney General James Comey.    From 2005 to 2017 he was a litigation partner with the law firm King & Spalding.
    On June 7, 2017, President Donald Trump announced his intention to nominate Wray to be the next Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, replacing James Comey, who was dismissed by Trump on May 9, 2017.    Trump interviewed Wray for the vacant FBI Director job on May 30, 2017, according to then Press Secretary Sean Spicer.    Wray's Senate confirmation hearing commenced on July 12, 2017.    Among other testimony, when asked if he believed that the investigation into Russian election interference and possible links to Trump's campaign is a "witch hunt," he stated that he did not.
    On July 20, 2017, the Senate Judiciary Committee unanimously recommended to confirm Wray as the next Director of the FBI.    Wray was officially confirmed by the Senate with bipartisan support on August 1, 2017; the vote was 92–5.    He was sworn in by Attorney General Jeff Sessions in a private ceremony on August 2, 2017.    Wray was formally sworn in on September 28, 2017, in a ceremony that was not attended by President Trump, marking the first time an FBI director has been sworn in without the President who nominated him present at the ceremony.
    On February 13, 2018, in a hearing before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, Senator Marco Rubio [R-FL] asked Wray about the risk posed from Chinese students in advanced science and mathematics programs.    In response, Wray stated "nontraditional collectors" (which he elaborated to include professors, scientists, and students) are "exploiting the very open research and development environment that we have" and consequently he viewed the risk "as not just a whole of government threat but a whole of society threat."    Representatives Judy Chu [D-CA], Ted Lieu [D-CA], and Grace Meng [D-NY] released statements criticizing Wray's response as "irresponsible generalizations" implying that all Chinese students and scholars were spies.    A coalition of Asian American advocacy groups wrote an open letter to Wray asking for a dialogue "to discuss how well-intentioned public policies might nonetheless lead to troubling issues of potential bias, racial profiling, and wrongful prosecution."    In a follow-up interview with NBC, Wray stood by his earlier remarks, elaborating that "To be clear, we do not open investigations based on race, or ethnicity, or national origin.    But when we open investigations into economic espionage, time and time again, they keep leading back to China."
    On 12/21/2018 U.S., allies slam China for economic espionage, spies indicted by Diane Bartz and Jack Stubbs.    “No country poses a broader, more severe long-term threat to our nation’s economy and cyber infrastructure than China,” FBI Director Chris Wray said at a news conference.    “China’s goal, simply put, is to replace the U.S. as the world’s leading superpower, and they’re using illegal methods to get there.”
    Well at least Wray got that right.
    On 5/14/2019 According to reports, Barr has begun a multi-agency investigation into possible surveillance on the Trump campaign.    He is reportedly working closely with CIA Director Gina Haspel, National Intelligence Director Daniel Coats, and FBI Director Christopher Wray to uncover the origins of the Mueller probe [THIS STATEMENT SHOULD BE NOTED AS ALL THREE OF THEM WHO WERE PROMOTED TO FIND OUT ABOUT THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION CORRUPTION WERE THE VERY ONES WHO KEPT IT FROM TRUMP.].
    This is when comes for the Trump Justice Department appointed a career Department of Justice lawyer — John Durham — to assist Barr into looking into those allegations.    Durham has reportedly been on the case for months now.
    On 5/19/2019 Last week, FBI Director Christopher Wray said he was unaware of any evidence indicating the FBI abused its authority, distancing himself from the attorney general.    “That’s not the term I would use,” Wray told the same Senate panel, referring to the “spying” reference.

    The following was found at and
7/30/2019 John Solomon: Christopher Wray’s FBI is Fighting in Court to Cover For Team Comey’s Russia Hoax by Cristina Laila, The Gateway Pundit
    Christopher Wray Wray needs to go.
    Christopher Wray’s FBI is fighting like hell in court to stop the public release of a number of documents the State Department sent to FBI agents from dossier ... author Christopher Steele.
    The FBI argued in court that giving up the small number of documents will give up sources and methods to our enemies and terrorists.
    State Department official Kathleen Kavalec flagged this in memos and handwritten notes just 10 days before the first FISA warrant on Trump campaign advisor Carter Page was granted.
    Multiple sources confirmed to John Solomon that Kavalec’s red flag on Steele was immediately sent to a senior FBI official.
    The email from State Department official Kathleen Kavalec was sent to Special Agent Stephen Laycock (his name was initially redacted), then the FBI’s section chief for Eurasian counterintelligence, 8 days before the first FISA warrant was granted on Carter Page.
    In November of 2018, FBI Director Christopher Wray named Stephen Laycock Assistant Director for the Directorate of Intelligence.
    And now Wray’s FBI is fighting to keep these documents under wraps.
    One of the documents Kavalec downloaded is about the conspiracy theory spread by the liberal media (and Hillary Clinton) that pings between Trump Tower server and Alfa Bank in Russia might be secret communications between Trump and Putin — of course this has been thoroughly debunked and even Mueller poured cold water on this story.
    This story is not classified and has been discussed in a hearing by Mueller so why is the FBI hiding the documents?
    Via John Solomon of The Hill:
    And if that wasn’t enough, the bureau actually claimed that “FBI special agents have privacy interests from unnecessary, unofficial questioning as to the conduct of investigations and other FBI business.”
    In other words, agents don’t want to have to answer to the public, which pays their salary, when questions arise about the investigative work, as has happened in the Russia case.
    The FBI’s July 10 court filing speaks volumes about Director Christopher Wray’s efforts to thwart the public understanding of what really happened in the FBI’s now-debunked Russia collusion probe.
    On its face, the FBI’s behavior in the Citizens United case isn’t about protecting national security secrets.    It’s about protecting the bureau’s reputation from revelations its agents knew derogatory information about Steele and his work before they used his dossier to support a surveillance warrant targeting the Trump campaign and failed to disclose that information to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC).
[So as seen above is that group who will be under investigation for some time until they get the real story out to the public but did you notice who was in the image below, who mysteriously was picked to come in to take over..
    On June 7, 2017, President Donald Trump announced his intention to nominate Wray to be the next Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, replacing James Comey, who was dismissed by Trump on May 9, 2017, as Trump was still fighting the corruption that was mounting to attack him.
5/15/2019 Durham to review Russia probe by Kevin Johnson, USA TODAY
    Last week, FBI Director Christopher Wray said he was unaware of any evidence indicating the FBI abused its authority, distancing himself from the attorney general.    “That’s not the term I would use,” Wray told the same Senate panel, referring to the “spying” reference.
    I was suspicious of Wray when he first came into the position as Rosestein and him were doing their thing and I felt they were picked to come in and cover up anything that the DOJ, FBI and CIA was doing, and as you can see we never know if Wray and even Coats were doing that.    But their actions now will tells us if so if Attorney General Barr and Durham cannot access the materials and persons they need to investigate the investigators.
    So Wray stop stonewalling to help cover up Democrats crimes or you will become part of that Comey corruption and release the unclassified documents or else.]

    The recipient of this email we learned only yesterday was FBI agent Stephen Laycock.    Conservative group Citizens United filed a FOIA request to obtain copies of the email plus all documents attached to it and received a highly redacted copy several months ago.    They filed a second FOIA request for an unredacted or at least less redacted version of it and current FBI Director, Christopher Wray, has actually gone to court to prevent that from happening.    I wrote about this story on Wednesday.
    Asked if he thought Trump’s campaign was unfairly targeted in the Russia investigation, Wray said: “I do not.”
    “I don’t know what report current Director of the FBI Christopher Wray was reading, but it sure wasn’t the one given to me,” Trump tweeted then, adding that Wray “with that kind of attitude will never be able to fix the FBI...
    More recently, Wray has drawn Trump’s ire for his testimony during congressional hearings in September when he highlighted the conclusions of intelligence officials who warned that Russia was actively attempting to denigrate the candidacy of Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden.
    President Donald Trump has hit out at FBI Director Christopher Wray—who was appointed by Trump after he fired his predecessor James Comey—after Wray accepted the key findings of the Justice Department inspector general’s report into the origins of the investigation into Trump’s 2016 campaign.    That report found that political bias did not influence the opening of the probe into Trump’s 2016 campaign officials, contradicting Trump’s oft-repeated allegation that it was a “witch hunt.”    However, the report did find that FBI agents made mistakes during the investigation.    In an angry tweet Tuesday morning, Trump wrote: “I don’t know what report current Director of the FBI Christopher Wray was reading, but it sure wasn’t the one given to me... With that kind of attitude, he will never be able to fix the FBI, which is badly broken despite having some of the greatest men & women working there!.”    On Monday, Wray told ABC News he has no evidence that the FBI unfairly targeted Trump’s campaign, rejected the theory that Ukraine interfered in the 2016 election, and warned Americans to use reputable news outlets for accurate information.

10/24/2020 China’s Purchases Of U.S. Farm Goods At 71% Of Target Under Trade Deal: U.S.
FILE PHOTO: Corn Kernels sit inside a silo in Bellevue, Iowa, U.S., July 26, 2018. REUTERS/Joshua Lott
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – China has substantially increased purchases of U.S. farm goods and implemented 50 of 57 technical commitments aimed at lowering structural barriers to U.S. imports since the two nations signed a trade deal in January, the U.S. government said on Friday.
    In a joint statement, the U.S. Trade Representative’s (USTR) office and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) said China had bought over $23 billion in U.S. agricultural goods to date, or about 71% of the target set under the so-called Phase 1 deal.
    “Since the Agreement entered into force eight months ago, we have seen remarkable improvements in our agricultural trade relationship with China, which will benefit our farmers and ranchers for years to come,” U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer said in a statement.
    The deal defused a bitter trade war between the world’s two largest economies, but disputes over human rights, the COVID-19 crisis and technology have strained ties between Washington and Beijing, raising doubts about the prospects for deepening the agreement in a second phase.
    Agriculture is one of the four areas where China pledged to increase its purchases of U.S. goods and services.    Many experts question whether China will meet its overall targets this year given lockdowns imposed earlier this year to contain the virus.
    The report showed outstanding sales of U.S. corn to China were at an all-time high of 8.7 million tons, while U.S. soybeans sales for marketing year 2021 to China were at double the levels seen in 2017.
    U.S. exports of sorghum to China from January to August 2020 totaled $617 million, up from $561 million for the same period in 2017, it said.
    U.S. pork exports to China hit an all-time record in just the first five months of 2020, and U.S. beef and beef products exports to China through August 2020 are already more than triple the total for 2017, it said.
    In addition to these products, USDA expects 2020 sales to China to hit record or near-record levels for other U.S. agricultural products including pet food, alfalfa hay, pecans, peanuts, and prepared foods.
(Reporting by Andrea Shalal; editing by Grant McCool)

10/24/2020 Europe Becomes Second Region To Cross 250,000 Deaths As Second COVID Wave Hits by Anurag Maan and Kavya B
FILE PHOTO: A doctor, wearing a protective mask and a protective suit, works in a Intensive Care Unit (ICU) where patients suffering from
the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) are treated at the Bethune-Beuvry hospital in Beuvry, France, October 16, 2020. REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol
    (Reuters) – Europe became the second region after Latin America to surpass 250,000 deaths on Saturday, according to a Reuters tally, with record numbers of daily COVID-19 infections reported in the past two weeks.
    Europe reported 200,000 daily infections for the first time on Thursday, as many Southern European countries this week reported their highest number of cases in a single day.
    Europe accounts for nearly 19% of global deaths and about 22% of global cases, according to a Reuters tally.
    The United Kingdom, Italy, France, Russia, Belgium and Spain account for nearly two-thirds of about 250,000 deaths registered until now from a total of about 8 million cases across Europe.
    The United Kingdom leads Europe’s death toll with about 45,000 deaths, followed by Italy, Spain, France and Russia.    Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Thursday Britain cannot rely on a vaccine and will need to use other measures to slow the pandemic.
    Based on last seven-days daily reported average deaths, Russia is reporting 250 deaths per day, Europe’s highest toll, followed by the United Kingdom and France with about 143 deaths each.
    France became the seventh country to report more than 1 million coronavirus cases on Friday.    It has been one of the countries hardest hit in the second wave and has imposed curfews across much of the nation.
    The average number of COVID-19 deaths reported each day in France has been increasing for 10 days straight, according to Reuters analysis.
    Spain recently crossed 1 million cases and is reporting 136 fatalities on the latest seven-day average of reported deaths.    Its death rate of about 7.38 per 10,000 people is the highest in Europe and second highest in the world after Peru.
    The global coronavirus tally stands at about 42.1 million cases and 1.1 million deaths, according to a Reuters tally.
    While health services have not so far been overwhelmed to the extent they were in the first wave, medical authorities have warned of a likely surge in demand for intensive care beds as colder weather forces more people indoors and infections spread.
(Reporting by Anurag Maan and Kavya B in Bengaluru; Editing by Daniel Wallis)

10/24/2020 Italy Plans Further Curbs As Coronavirus Cases Hit New Record
    MILAN (Reuters) – Italy reported a further record daily total of 19,644 new coronavirus cases on Saturday as the government considered further restrictions including early closures of bars and restaurants to contain a resurgence of the pandemic.
    Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte has said he wants to avoid a repeat of the blanket lockdown earlier in the year.    But a number of regions have imposed overnight curfews and the central government is expected to announce more measures soon.
    Conte pledged on Saturday to speed up help for businesses suffering in the crisis but said the weeks ahead would be very complex.    “We cannot lower our guard,” he added.
    According to a draft decree, public gyms and swimming pools may be closed and bars and restaurants told to shut from 6 p.m., while people will be encouraged not to travel outside their home districts.
    Like many authorities across Europe, the Italian government is desperate not to close down the economy completely but is facing growing public anger at renewed restrictions that are being imposed to limit public gatherings.
    Late on Friday, crowds in the southern city of Naples clashed with police in protest against a night-time curfew in the Campania region.
    Earlier in the week, overnight curfews were ordered by local governors in Campania, Lazio around the capital Rome, and Lombardy, the epicentre of the first wave where the financial capital Milan recorded more than 1,000 new cases on Saturday.
    The northern region of Piedmont and Sicily in the south will follow next week and other regions are expected to match them.
    With public health services coming under strain, authorities have reopened temporary intensive care facilities built during the first phase.    Despite this, Italy’s top public health body warned on Friday services were approaching crisis point.
    The mortality rate remains well below the earlier peak of more than 900 deaths in a day but it has moved up steadily, with 151 deaths reported on Saturday.
(Reporting by James Mackenzie; Editing by Alison Williams and James Drummond)

10/24/2020 Israel Set To Permit US Warplanes Sale To UAE by OAN Newsroom
An F-35 fighter plane flies over the White House. (ERIC BARADAT/AFP via Getty Images)
    President Trump’s normalization agreement between Israel and the United Arab Emirates has continued to produce results.
    On Friday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he would not oppose the sale of “certain weapons systems” to the UAE.    This is likely referring to the F-35 fighter planes Abu Dhabi has been seeking for several years.
US President Donald Trump speaks with F-35 fighter plane pilot Lt Col Jason Curtis as he tours Luke Air Force Base in Phoenix, Arizona where he is for a
“Make America Great” rally on October 19, 2018. (Photo by NICHOLAS KAMM / AFP) (Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP via Getty Images)
    The announcement came shortly after Defense Minister Benny Gantz and U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper signed an agreement allowing Israel to acquire advanced weapons and upgrade its military.
    However, the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations and House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committees do have the right to review and block such sales.

10/24/2020 Supplier Of San Bernardino, Calif. Terrorists Gets 20 Years In Prison by OAN Newsroom
Photos of the 14 victims killed in a 2015 terror attack in San Bernardino, Calif. (AP Photo/Stefanie Dazio)
    On Friday, a California U.S. attorney’s office sentenced 28-year-old Enrique Marquez Jr. to 20-years in federal prison.
    Marquez was reportedly an active member of the 2015 attack on the ‘Inland Regional Center’ which resulted in the killing of 14 people. He had purchased the two rifles used in the mass shooting.
FBI Assistant Director in Charge Kristi K. Johnson of the Central California District’s
national security division, right, talks to reporters. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)
    Marquez has pleaded guilty to conspiring to provide support and resources to terrorists as well as making false statements regarding the acquisition of the weapons.
    Once he completes his sentence, Marquez will be on supervised release for 15 years.

10/24/2020 Fla. Man Claims He Was Fired In Retaliation For Sharing A Letter About Layoffs Under Biden Administration by OAN Newsroom
Screengrab courtesy of WESH.
    A Florida man has claimed he was fired after he revealed a letter from his employers that warned of potential lay-offs if Joe Biden wins the upcoming election.
    Stan Smith said the letter warned: “if Biden and the Democrats win, Daniels Manufacturing Corporation in Florida could be forced to begin permanent layoffs in late 2020 or early 2021.”
President Trump and Democratic candidate Joe Biden. (Photo by JIM WATSON,SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images)
    The company’s president, George Daniels, reported it was his duty to notify employees of potential outcomes in the workplace following the election.
    President of the ‘Job Creators Network‘ Elaine Parker also defended the letter and stated it was not about revenge over election results.
    “Employers have the right to educate their employees about the negative impacts of policy,” claimed Parker.    “We believe that they have the obligation to do so.”
    Smith was allegedly fired for sharing the information with a media source as well as falsely accusing Daniels of voter intimidation.    He plans to file a lawsuit over his termination.

10/25/2020 Beshear announces ‘frightening’ record-high new COVID-19 cases = Kentucky reports 1,738 positive tests Saturday by Emma Austin, Louisville Courier Journal USA TODAY NETWORK
    Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear announced a record-high number of new COVID-19 cases with 1,738 reported on Saturday — a total the governor called “in a word, frightening.”
    The case count is topped only by the day a backlog of cases from Fayette County was reported earlier this month.
    The state’s previous single-day record was 1,487, reported Wednesday.
    “This is exploding all over the country.    Yesterday was the highest amount of cases ever reported in a single day in the United States,” Beshear said in a statement.    “We’ve got to do better, and on Monday we’ll be talking about new recommendations to counties that are in the red.    We’ve got to tamp down these cases.    The more cases, the more people that end up in the hospital and the more people die.”
    Counties with the most cases Saturday include Jefferson (390), Fayette (86), Elliott (74), Shelby (63) and Kenton (57).
    Beshear also announced eight more deaths on Saturday, bringing Kentucky’s total to 1,404.
    The deaths are:
69-year-old woman from Lee County
70-year-old man from Lincoln County
71-year-old man from Jessamine County
89-year-old man from Jessamine County
86-year-old man from Greenup County
89-year-old man from Henderson County
71-year-old man from Jefferson County
79-year-old man from Harlan County
    “That’s eight additional families who are suffering during this time,” he said.    “Do what it takes to protect your neighbor, to protect their life.    That’s what we’re fighting for now — life and death.”
    The commonwealth has now confirmed 95,480 coronavirus cases during the pandemic.
    Kentucky’s rate for positive tests increased Saturday to 5.63%.
    Until this week, the state had kept its rate below 5% for nearly two months.
    There were 840 Kentuckians hospitalized with the coronavirus Saturday, including 208 in an intensive care unit and 107 on a ventilator.
    Indiana reported 2,765 new cases and 24 deaths on Saturday, bringing its totals to 160,454 cases and 3,882 deaths.
    Reach Emma Austin at or on Twitter at @emma caustin.
[8 deaths / 1,738 cases = 0.005% a 1/2 of 1% and of course the Democrats are all in that we will have a Dark Winter with the virus spiking to extremes so remember that they pushed that.].

10/25/2020 Putin Rejects Donald Trump’s Criticism Of Biden Family Business by Andrew Osborn
FILE PHOTO: Russia's President Vladimir Putin speaks at a meeting of the Valdai Discussion Club via a video conference call at
the Novo-Ogaryovo state residence outside Moscow, Russia October 22, 2020. Sputnik/Alexei Druzhinin/Kremlin via REUTERS
    MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Sunday that he saw nothing criminal in Hunter Biden’s past business ties with Ukraine or Russia, marking out his disagreement with one of Donald Trump’s attack lines in the U.S. presidential election.
    Putin was responding to comments made by Trump during televised debates with Democratic challenger Joe Biden ahead of the Nov. 3 election.
    Trump, who is trailing in opinion polls, has used the debates to make accusations that Biden and his son Hunter engaged in unethical practices in Ukraine.    No evidence has been verified to support the allegations, and Joe Biden has called them false and discredited.
    Putin, who has praised Trump in the past for saying he wanted better ties with Moscow, has said Russia will work with any U.S. leader, while noting what he called Joe Biden’s “sharp anti-Russian rhetoric.”
    Putin appeared less friendly towards Trump in remarks broadcast by Russian state TV on Sunday.    In what may be seen by some analysts as an attempt to try to curry favour with the Biden camp, he took the time to knock down what he made clear he regarded as false allegations from Trump about the Bidens.
    “Yes, in Ukraine he (Hunter Biden) had or maybe still has a business, I don’t know.    It doesn’t concern us.    It concerns the Americans and the Ukrainians,” said Putin.
    “But well yes he had at least one company, which he practically headed up, and judging from everything he made good money. I don’t see anything criminal about this, at least we don’t know anything about this (being criminal).”
    Putin also reacted with visible irritation when asked about comments Trump has made concerning Putin’s ties to the former mayor of Moscow, and to an alleged payment made to Hunter Biden by the ex-mayor’s widow.    Putin said he knew nothing about the existence of any commercial relationship between Hunter and the woman.    Joe Biden says the accusation about his son is not true.
    U.S. intelligence agencies concluded that Russia tried to interfere in the 2016 U.S. presidential election to tilt the contest in Trump’s favour, an allegation Moscow has denied. Russia has also dismissed accusations by U.S. intelligence agencies of trying to interfere with this year’s election too.
(Reporting by Andrew Osborn; Editing by Frances Kerry)
[For years the Democrats have blamed Republicans of using Russia to do crimes and here again Putin is denying any of it, but the difference here is the Democrats could never show any proof of their claims but now the Republicans and Trump campaign actually have proof of Hunter Biden's activity as we have the evidence to show and prosecute him and Joe Biden although the U.S. fake news and big tech will not show the American public as they act just like we would believe that Russia would cover it up also.].

10/26/2020 COVID-19 PANDEMIC - State sets another weekly record - Jefferson County leads in new cases Sunday by Emma Austin, Louisville Courier Journal USA TODAY NETWORK
    For the third time this month, Kentucky set a new record for the highest number of new COVID-19 cases reported in a single week, Gov. Andy Beshear announced.
    Sunday’s report of 1,462 new cases brought the week’s total to 9,335 and the state’s overall case count to 96,942.
    “Since March 6, Kentuckians have been fighting COVID-19, yet we are facing the highest number of cases ever reported on a Sunday, and the highest week of new cases. We must do better,” Beshear said in a statement.    “We all know the steps we need to take to stop the spread of this virus — wear a facial covering, wash your hands, stay six feet apart and limit gatherings and travel — let’s all do these simple things to protect each other.”
    Kentucky’s previous highest week of new cases was Oct. 5-11, when 7,675 cases were reported over the seven-day period.
    At the time, the record had been topped for three consecutive weeks.
    The state’s highest single-day case count yet was reported Saturday, with 1,738 new cases.
    Beshear also announced three more death related to the coronavirus: an 87-year-old woman from Fayette County, a 74-year-old woman from Grayson County and an 83-year-old man from Spencer County.
    Kentucky has reported 1,462 deaths linked to the pandemic.
    There were 841 Kentuckians hospitalized with the coronavirus on Sunday, including 231 in intensive care units and 106 on ventilators.
    Counties with the most new cases Sunday were Jefferson (379), Elliott (137), Kenton (53), Fayette (40), Warren (37), Bullitt (36) and Shelby (35).
    Indiana reported 2,175 new cases and 12 related deaths on Sunday.    The state has now seen 162,607 cases and 3,894 deaths during the pandemic. Reach Emma Austin at or on Twitter at @emmac austin.
[3 deaths / 717 cases or 1,178 cases = 0.004% hospitalized or 0.003% counties depending on which one is correct which is very low and we will not stop living Beshear because of your stupid Democrat politics.].

10/26/2020 President Trump Criticizes Democrat Opponent Joe Biden For Calling Him The Wrong Name by OAN Newsroom
Democratic presidential nominee Joe Bide (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
    President Trump has once again questioned his Democrat opponent’s mental fitness for office.    In a tweet on Monday, the President noted that Joe Biden could not remember his name.
    On Sunday, the former vice president misspoke during a virtual campaign event where he stressed the importance of this year’s election because of “who he is running against.”    However, many believe Biden accidentally referred to former President George Bush rather than his actual opponent.
    The President has also criticized what he is calling the “fake news cartel” for attempting to cover up Biden’s gaffes on the campaign trail.

10/26/2020 Vaccine Hopes Rise As Oxford Jab Prompts Immune Response Among Old As Well As Young Adults by Guy Faulconbridge, Kate Kelland and Kate Holton
FILE PHOTO: A test tube labeled with the vaccine is seen in front of AstraZeneca logo
in this illustration taken, September 9, 2020. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/File Photo/File Photo
    LONDON (Reuters) – One of the world’s leading COVID-19 experimental vaccines produces a immune response in both old and young adults, raising hopes of a path out of the gloom and economic destruction wrought by the novel coronavirus.
    The vaccine, developed by the University of Oxford, also triggers lower adverse responses among the elderly, British drug maker AstraZeneca Plc , which is helping manufacture the vaccine, said on Monday.
    A vaccine that works is seen as a game-changer in the battle against the novel coronavirus, which has killed more than 1.15 million people, shuttered swathes of the global economy and turned normal life upside down for billions of people.
    “It is encouraging to see immunogenicity responses were similar between older and younger adults and that reactogenicity was lower in older adults, where the COVID-19 disease severity is higher,” an AstraZeneca spokesman said.
    “The results further build the body of evidence for the safety and immunogenicity of AZD1222,” the spokesman said, referring to the technical name of the vaccine.
    AstraZeneca did not provide detail of the data behind the statement or say when it would publish eagerly awaited late-stage phase III trial data, which would show whether the vaccine works well enough in large scale trials for it to be approved.
    The Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine is expected to be one of the first from big pharma to secure regulatory approval, along with Pfizer and BioNTech’s <22UAy.F> candidate.
    The news that older people get an immune response from the vaccine is positive because the immune system weakens with age and older people are those most at risk of dying from the virus.
    If it works, a vaccine would allow the world to return to some measure of normality after the tumult of the pandemic.
    British Health Secretary Matt Hancock said a vaccine was not yet ready but he was preparing logistics for a possible roll out mostly in the first half of 2021.
    Asked if some people could receive a vaccine this year he told the BBC: “I don’t rule that out but that is not my central expectation.”
    Work began on the Oxford vaccine in January.    Called AZD1222 or ChAdOx1 nCoV-19, the viral vector vaccine is made from a weakened version of a common cold virus that causes infections in chimpanzees.
    Immunogenicity blood tests carried out on a subset of older participants echo data released in July which showed the vaccine generated “robust immune responses” in a group of healthy adults aged between 18 and 55, the Financial Times reported earlier.
    “We need to see the data before concluding that the responses were ‘similar’,” Stephen Evans, a professor of pharmacoepidemiology at London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, said.
    He said that reactogenecity, which refers to common side-effects of vaccines like soreness and redness of the arm, was “often, but not always” associated with a vaccine’s immunogenicity.
    “Studies carried out in the first stage of development of a vaccine will result in choosing a dose that does not cause too much reactogenicity,” he said.
    AstraZeneca has signed several supply and manufacturing deals with companies and governments around the world as it gets closer to reporting early results of a late-stage clinical trial.
    It resumed the U.S. trial of the experimental vaccine after approval by U.S. regulators, the company said on Friday.
    Staff at a London hospital trust have been told to be ready to receive the first batches of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine, The Sun newspaper reported on Monday.
(Additional reporting by Bhargav Acharya and Kanishka Singh in Bengaluru; Writing by Guy Faulconbridge in London; Editing by Angus MacSwan)

10/26/2020 U.S. Appeals WTO Ruling On Its Multi-Billion Tariffs On China
FILE PHOTO: A logo is pictured outside the World Trade Organization (WTO) headquarters next
to a red traffic light in Geneva, Switzerland, October 2, 2018. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse
    GENEVA (Reuters) – The United States lodged an appeal on Monday against a WTO ruling last month that found U.S. tariffs imposed on China in 2018 breached global trade rules, a World Trade Organization (WTO) official said.
    A three-person panel had ruled that Washington had not justified why the tariffs imposed after a Section 301 investigation against China were a justifiable exception to its obligations.
    The U.S. delegation, in a speech seen by Reuters announcing its appeal, said that the panel report “reflects a major, missed opportunity for the WTO to begin to address the most serious problem faced by every member that seeks a balanced and fair world trading system: namely, aggressive, state policies that seek to dominate broad industrial sectors.”
(Reporting by Stephanie Nebehay; Editing by Michael Shields)

10/26/2020 U.S. Issues Fresh Iran-Related Sanctions Targeting State Oil Sector
FILE PHOTO: Steven T. Mnuchin, Secretary, Department of the Treasury during the Senate's Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
hearing examining the quarterly CARES Act report to Congress, in Washington, DC, U.S., September 24, 2020. Toni L. Sandys/Pool via REUTERS
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States on Monday imposed fresh Iran-related sanctions targeting the Islamic Republic’s oil sector, including the Iranian Ministry of Petroleum, in Washington’s latest move to increase pressure on Tehran.
    The U.S. Treasury Department in a statement said it was slapping sanctions on key actors in Iran’s oil sector for supporting the Quds Force, the elite foreign paramilitary and espionage arm of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps.
    “The regime in Iran uses the petroleum sector to fund the destabilizing activities of the IRGC-QF,” Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said in the statement.
    The minister of petroleum, the National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC) and National Iranian Tanker Company were also blacklisted alongside other individuals and entities in Washington’s move on Monday, which freezes any U.S. assets of those blacklisted and generally bars Americans from dealing with them.
    The action imposes counterterrorism sanctions on NIOC, the National Iranian Tanker Company and National Petrochemical Company, which had previously been blacklisted by Washington under different authorities.     Tensions between Washington and Tehran have soared since President Donald Trump unilaterally withdrew in 2018 from the Iran nuclear deal struck by President Barack Obama and began reimposing U.S. sanctions that had been eased under the accord.
    Iranian oil exports rose sharply in September in defiance of U.S. sanctions, according to three assessments based on tanker tracking, throwing a lifeline to the Islamic Republic and its collapsing economy.
    Exports have shrunk from over 2.5 million barrels per day (bpd) since the United States withdrew from the nuclear deal.    Still, Iran has been working to get around the measures and keep exports flowing.
    “The few remaining buyers of Iranian crude oil should know that they are helping to fund Iran’s malign activity across the Middle East, including its support for terrorism,” U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a separate statement.
    The Treasury also imposed sanctions on Mahmoud Madanipour and United Arab Emirates-based Mobin International Limited, accusing them of entering into an agreement with Venezuelan state-owned Petroleos de Venezuela (PDVSA) to ship gasoline obtained from NIOC to the government of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro.
    The British-based companies Madanipour, Mobin Holding Limited and Oman Fuel Trading Ltd were also blacklisted.
    Mobin International and Oman Fuel have said they were the owners of the cargo aboard several tankers confiscated by U.S. authorities in August.
    The U.S. Justice Department said the cargo was destined for Venezuela, whose oil industry is also under U.S. sanctions, but the companies denied in court filings that Venezuela was the destination.
(Reporting by Daphne Psaledakis; Additional reporting by Luc Cohen and Doina Chiacu; Editing by Bernadette Baum and Giles Elgood)

10/26/2020 President Trump Is Leading Over Biden In Nationwide Poll by OAN Newsroom
U.S. President Donald Trump and former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden. (Photo by JIM WATSON,SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images)
    President Trump has taken the lead over Joe Biden in a nationwide poll of likely voters.    On Monday, the Rasmussen Reports released a survey that identified 48 percent of voters support the President, while 47 percent are backing the former vice president.
    The boost for President Trump came just a week after Rasmussen released a poll that showed Biden leading the President at 49 to 46 percent.
    This newest poll was conducted last week among 1,500 likely voters.
[Joe hiding in your basement because your son has got you busted for criminal activities is not the best thing to do.    You will not be able to get away this time as it is time to pay the piper and you are dealing with the God of Heaven who will allow Trump 4 more years to fulfil prophecies of the future of his Jerusalem so that all will be fulfilled in time as it has said in Revelation 12:1-2 that the Great Eagle with two wings has a purpose which is one that you are not in it.].

10/26/2020 New Home Sales Dip In September But Remain Hot For Fall by OAN Newsroom
A for sale sign is seen on a single-family home. (Photo by David Paul Morris/Getty Images)
    New home sales dipped in September but they have remained unusually hot for the typically slow fall season.    On Monday, the U.S. Department of Commerce reported sales of newly built homes fell 3.5 percent throughout the month of September but still remained 32 percent higher when compared to a year ago.
    The northeast saw the largest drop at 28 percent, while the west saw an increase of 3.8 percent in new sales.    New home prices continued to rise throughout the month with the median price at $326,800.
    So far in 2020, new sales have been 17 percent higher compared to the same time period in 2019.

10/26/2020 Report: Hunter Biden Storms Out On Family, Breaks Sober Streak by OAN Newsroom
Hunter Biden attends Usher’s New Look Foundation. (Photo by Moses Robinson/Getty Images for Usher’s New Look Foundation)
    A new report has alleged that Hunter Biden, a recovering drug addict, recently broke his sober streak and threw a massive party at a pricey Los Angeles mansion.
    According to a report, Hunter rented the $2,300 per night mansion in September after he got into an argument with his new wife, Melissa Cohen Biden.    He allegedly returned days later to Melissa, who then threatened to leave him and take their child back to South Africa.
Screenshot of Hunter Biden from the DNCC’s live stream of the 2020 Democratic National Convention. (Photo by Handout/DNCC via Getty Images)
    Hunter’s personal attorney has denied the claims and has stated the story is completely untrue.

10/26/2020 Over 42k People Enrolled In Pfizer’s COVID-19 Vaccine Trial
Pfizer to help supply the U.S. government with 100 million doses of coronavirus
vaccine under a $1.95 billion deal. (Photo by Jeenah Moon/Getty Images)
    American pharmaceutical giant ‘Pfizer‘ has enrolled more than 42,000 people in its phase two trial of its potential COVID-19 vaccine.    The company has also said over 35,000 participants have received a second dose of the vaccination.
    The pharmaceutical company has been one of the front-runners in the race for a coronavirus vaccine.    Additionally, President Trump mentioned the company during the final presidential debate.Pfizer is doing very well, and we have numerous others,” the President stated.    “And then we also have others that we’re working on very closely with other countries, in particular Europe.”
    Researchers hope the trial results will be in by November, and if so, they’ll be sent to the FDA for a review process which could take up to four weeks.

    This file was date 10/22/2020 Officials Arrest 39-Year-Old For Boston, Mass. Ballot Drop Box Arson by OAN Newsroom
Courtesy of Boston Police Department
    A 39-year-old Boston, Mass. man has been taken into custody in connection with what officials are calling a “deliberate act of arson” to a ballot drop off box.    Worldy Armand was arrested Sunday night and was charged with willful and malicious burning.
    This came after video surveillance showed a man setting fire to a ballot drop-off box in Boston’s Copley Square.
    Secretary of State William Gavin and Boston Mayor Marty Walsh issued a joint statement that stated this crime was a complete disgrace to democracy.
    An initial inventory was done by the Boston elections department which counted a total of 122 ballots in the drop-off box, 87 of which were reportedly unaffected by the arson.
    “My immediate concern is to notify every city and town clerk in Massachusetts,” stated Gavin.    “I sent out an urgent directive this afternoon to secure ballot drop boxes, if at all possible, have them inside of municipal facilities.”
    The Democrat added that if it seems necessary, police officers may be staffed at drop boxes for extra security and the compensation issues can be dealt with later.
    Authorities have advised anyone who used the Copley Square ballot drop box after 2:30 p.m. Saturday and 4 a.m.    Sunday to check their ballot status or call the Boston election department immediately.

10/27/2020 Oil down $0.65 to $38.50, DOW down 650 to 27,686.

10/27/2020 Beshear tightens virus steps -Several markers hit record levels in state by Grace Schneider and Sarah Ladd, Louisville Courier Journal USA TODAY NETWORK
    Warning that “a dark, difficult time” in the coronavirus pandemic is about to get worse, Gov. Andy Beshear on Monday issued a new set of recommendations for Kentucky counties that have surged into the “red.”
    Most of the guidance aligns with the tighter “Healthy at Home” orders the state issued last spring when the pandemic began. But none of nine steps involves shutting down in-person classes for public school children or ordering hospitals to eliminate elective surgeries.     “We are moving in the wrong direction. … It’s our job as a commonwealth and a country to turn this around,” the governor said.
    For the next week, people living in red zone counties — those with 25 or more average cases every day for every 100,000 residents — are being asked to reduce in-person shopping by ordering online and picking up items curbside.
    Private and public events should be canceled or postponed; gatherings of any size should not be held at homes; and people should avoid nonessential activities outside the home.    People should also patronize businesses that are sticking to the mask mandate and other guidelines, Beshear said.
    He also urged employers to allow employees to work from home, and for counties to shut down in-person work at “noncritical” government offices and to operate virtually instead.
    The recommendations impact more than a third of Kentucky’s 120 counties, including Jefferson, that have seen rising case numbers and a statewide positivity rate of 5.84%.    That rate had hovered below 5% for almost two months.
    Kentucky reported 953 new coronavirus cases, the highest for a Monday, and three additional deaths.    That pushed the state’s pandemic totals to 97,866 cases and 1,410 lives lost.
    The latest counts come after daily numbers surged to 1,738 on Saturday, hitting a high only exceeded by a day when a backlog of Fayette County cases was added to totals earlier this month.
    Louisville’s cases have increased beyond that level, and there have been more reported COVID-19-related deaths this month than any other month.    Jefferson County reported 331 new cases, the highest of any county Monday.
    Dr. Steven Stack, Kentucky’s health commissioner, warned the risk of getting infected now is at an all-time high.    “We’re running much hotter now … if we launch (higher) from now, this is where we get in trouble.”
    Beshear repeated the warning that the increase in cases means more hospitalizations and deaths will follow.    Last week was the worst for the state during the pandemic, setting a record of 9,335 cases, a steep rise from the previous high of more than 7,670.
    There were 858 people in hospitals, 253 in intensive care units and 112 on ventilators, another increase, the governor noted, which appears to be tracking a few weeks behind the state’s boost in new cases.    While there’s still adequate capacity in hospitals, with nearly 64% of inpatient beds taken, there are concerns about stretching limits and the heightened level of illness now seen at many facilities, Beshear said.
    When asked whether the state may have to impose stricter orders if the positivity rate surpasses 6%, the governor said that “we may have to look at statewide solutions,” but that things are not at that point yet.
    The dire warnings in Kentucky come as public health experts around the country fear the pandemic is blazing out of control.
    “We are heading into a very substantial fall-winter surge,” Christopher Murray, director of the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington’s School of Medicine, was quoted as saying in USA TODAY.    “We expect that surge to steadily grow throughout different states, and at the national level continue to increase as we head towards quite high levels of daily death in late December and January.”
    Earlier Monday afternoon, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced its sending more than 1.3 million COVID-19 point-of-care antigen tests to Kentucky. The tests, which are self-administered under supervision, can return results within 15 minutes.
    The first priority will be prisons, where such supplies will help check inmates and staffŤ, the governor said.
    A statement from the White House said the administration already had shipped over 284,000 COVID-19 rapid tests directly to Kentucky nursing homes, assisted living facilities and historically Black colleges and universities in the state.    As of Monday, over 595,000 such tests had been shipped to Kentucky.
    University of Kentucky officials said earlier Monday that its Chandler Medical Center in Lexington hasn’t been overwhelmed with coronavirus cases, but it’s seen an increase in the last two weeks from a daily average of 25 to 30 patients to 45 to 50 now.
    The hospital has surge space of about 300 beds in a section of the facility, so there’s no need to consider returning to a field hospital, Colleen Swartz, vice president for hospital operations, said during a video call with reporters.
    Both the university and a team in Louisville set up temporary field hospitals last spring, at UK’s football practice center and at the Kentucky Exposition Center, amid fears that a surge would overwhelm even large hospitals across the state.
    Meanwhile, Indiana reported 2,009 new coronavirus cases Monday, its fifth subsequent day with more than 2,000 cases [13 / 2009 = 0.006% aha more deception].    The state has now seen 164,581 total cases and 3,907 deaths [Note: only 0.023%].    Thirteen of those deaths are new.
    Reach reporter Grace Schneider at or on Twitter at @gesinfk.    Reach breaking news reporter Sarah Ladd, at    Follow her on Twitter at @ladd_sarah.
[As usual Beshear is going nuts again as all the Democrat controlled states trying to create their Dark Winter theme before the election because the positivity rate was up to 5.84% even though the 3 deaths / 953 cases in Kentucky on Monday is only 0.003% which means people are not dying and they have no validity in cases if no one is dying from it.].

10/27/2020 Texas Gov. To Deploy National Guard In Multiple Cities On Election Day by OAN Newsroom
Members of the National Guard arrive. (Photo by Gary Williams/Getty Images)
    The Texas National Guard is set to be deployed to multiple Texas cities on Election Day.
    Gov. Greg Abbott (R-Texas) has decided to send 1,000 troops to polling stations across the state in preparation for potential unrest following election results.    Among the cities include San Antonio, Dallas, and Austin.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott. (Photo by Lynda M. Gonzalez-Pool/Getty Images)
    Democrats were reportedly upset to hear of the move because they believe it will be used for voter suppression and intimidation.    However, officials have reiterated that troops will be used only to deter any civil disturbance or violence.

10/27/2020 Ohio Officials Discuss Results Of ‘Operation Hope’ by OAN Newsroom
(Photo by Larry W. Smith/Getty Images)
    The U.S. Marshals Service has recovered dozens of missing and exploited children in Ohio as part of an anti-human trafficking operation called ‘Autumn Hope.’
    In a press conference Monday, Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost announced that 45 missing children were recovered and more than 100 human trafficking victims were found and referred to social services.
    Additionally, nearly 180 people were arrested.    The operation was conducted in various counties over the course of one month, with the help of more than 50 federal, state and local agencies.
    “Some of the people you’re going to hear from don’t wear a badge,” stated Yost.    “But they carry a helping hand and a tool kit to help the survivors of human trafficking to try to reclaim their life.”
    Sheriff Dallas Baldwin of Franklin County said he apprehended eight individuals, including a pastor and a rehabilitation resident advisor, who had allegedly traveled to Ohio with the intention of having sex with a minor.
    Meanwhile, Sheriff Jerry Greene of Mahoning County detained 14 individuals who were allegedly involved in online chat rooms seeking under-aged children.
    Greene said those individuals were charged with felony counts of “importuning and attempted unlawful sexual conduct with a minor.”    Reports have cited investigators also filed charges for alleged crimes related to sex trafficking, parental kidnapping and the possession of drugs and weaponry.
    “Our message is quite clear,” stated Sheriff Greene.    “If you’re using the internet to try to exploit or take advantage of underage individuals, we want it to be in the back of your head that you may be talking to one of us and hopefully you will be talking to one of us.”
    Over the past five years, the USMS has recovered missing children in 75 percent of the cases it’s received.    Of those, more than half were recovered within the first week.
    Officials with ‘Operation Autumn Hope’ have said they will continue to be vigilant in tackling the issue of human trafficking and urged other states to do the same.

10/27/2020 Pa. Police Injured After Protesters Gather Outside Philadelphia Police Precinct by OAN Newsroom
Police create a barrier in front of a damaged vehicle during widespread unrest. (Photo by Mark Makela/Getty Images)
    The city of Philadelphia, Pa. experienced violent demonstrations after a fatal officer-involved shooting of a man armed with a knife took place on the city’s west side.    On Monday afternoon, the incident was captured on cell phone video.
    According to police, 27-year old Walter Wallace Junior disregarded multiple warnings to drop his weapon.
    “Immediately they noticed that he had a knife in his possession and he was brandishing it and waving it erratically,” Sergeant Eric Gripp of the Philadelphia Police Department stated.    “Officers ordered him several times to drop the weapon.    Unfortunately, he did not do so.”
    The two police officers then fired several shots at Wallace.    Gripp added that upon being struck, the male immediately dropped the knife and was scooped up by one of the discharged officers.    The officer took Wallace into his police car and drove him to the nearby Presbyterian Hospital, where he, unfortunately, succumbed to his injuries.
    Following the victim’s death, crowds took to the streets and demonstrations outside the police precinct quickly turned violent.

    Protestors showed active aggression toward police by throwing bricks and other projectiles at them.    One officer, a 56-year-old female sergeant, was reportedly hit by a black pick-up truck.    A police car was also destroyed as protesters vandalized and looted in the area.    At least 35 people were arrested including five juveniles.

    The incident followed months of nationwide unrest amid ‘Black Lives Matter’ and Antifa demonstrations in several cities across the country.    In the meantime, the names of the injured officers have not yet been released but the mayor has promised a full investigation.

10/27/2020 Sen. Cruz Is Very Worried About National Debt by OAN Newsroom
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) answers a question. (Photo by Sergio Flores/Getty Images)
    In an interview on Monday, Texas Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) said he wished reigning-in spending and lowering the debt was a higher priority for President Trump. However, the senator stated the President gets to decide his own priorities.
    Cruz also pointed out that the President never promised to lessen the national debt or spending.
    “In terms of how you eliminate the deficit and move towards reducing the debt, the most important factor…(is growth),” noted the Republican.    “President Trump’s policies have been profoundly pro-growth.”
    Sen. Cruz also acknowledged the national debt could become a top priority for GOP lawmakers again in the future.

10/27/2020 President Trump Nominated For 2021 Nobel Peace Prize by OAN Newsroom
US President Donald Trump smiles during a Make America Great Again rally. (Photo by SAUL LOEB / AFP)
    The President has been nominated for another Nobel Peace Prize, this time for his work with North Korea.    This marks the first nomination for President Trump for the 2021 Nobel award season.
    The President was nominated by national security expert Dr. Peter Pry and colleagues for his work in de-escalating nuclear threats from Pyongyang and “deterring nuclear war.”
The front of the Nobel medal awarded to the Nobel Peace Prize laureate for 2010. (BERIT ROALD/AFP via Getty Images)
    President Trump has been nominated five times this year so far, though four of those nominations were for the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize.

10/27/2020 U.N. In New York Cancels In-Person Meetings Over Coronavirus Infections
FILE PHOTO: The United Nations Headquarters is pictured as it will be temporarily closed for tours due to the spread of
coronavirus in the Manhattan borough of New York City, New York, U.S., March 10, 2020. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri
    NEW YORK (Reuters) – The United Nations on Tuesday canceled all in-person meetings at its New York headquarters for the rest of the week after five people in Niger’s U.N. mission were infected with the novel coronavirus.
    After largely operating virtually since New York became a global COVID-19 hotspot in March, the 193-member world body had been holding some in-person gatherings again, with precautions such as requiring diplomats to wear masks, social distancing and restricting the number of people at meetings.
    In a letter to U.N. General Assembly President Volkan Bozkir, Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said that “out of an abundance of caution and following medical advice” all in-person meeting should be suspended for the rest of this week “to allow for a better understanding of the extent of the exposure and for full contact tracing.”
    Niger is a member of the 15-member Security Council, which last met in person on Thursday.    Diplomats said people who attended Thursday’s meeting were being tested and an in-person meeting on Syria planned for Tuesday was instead held virtually.
(Reporting by Michelle Nichols; Editing by Bernadette Baum and Grant McCool)

10/27/2020 Democrat Rep. Criticizes Pelosi For Not Accepting GOP Stimulus Deal by OAN Newsroom
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
    A House Democrat has claimed House Speaker Nancy Pelosi made a mistake by refusing to accept Republicans’ offer on a COVID-19 stimulus relief bill.
    In an interview on Tuesday, Rep. Max Rose (D-N.Y.) said this is the most relief Republicans have offered during negotiations.
    He suggested Pelosi had a perfect opportunity to accept the deal before the election but she fumbled in order to play politics.
Rep. Max Rose (D-N.y). (Photo by Anna Moneymaker-Pool/Getty Images)
    “The Republican party…two months ago did not want to do anything…and now because of the sheer force of our argument, as well as the obvious pain of the American people, they have moved up to $2 trillion,” Rose stated of the stimulus bill.    “It is a tremendous bipartisan framework for action that is commensurate with the scale of the crisis that we are facing.”
    Even though he criticized Pelosi, Rose distanced himself from comments made by Democrat senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va).    Manchin has suggested getting new negotiators in the House to push for a stimulus deal.

10/28/2020 Oil up $0.87 to $39.40, DOW down 222 to27,463.

10/28/2020 Virus cases set single-day record - Kentucky hits new high for third time in a week by Emma Austin, Louisville Courier Journal USA TODAY NETWORK
    Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear again reported a record-high number of new coronavirus cases on Tuesday with 1,786 cases. Beshear also announced 18 more deaths, which he said all occurred in October.
    Kentucky recorded its highest weekly total of COVID-19 cases last week, including two record-high numbers reported Saturday and Wednesday.    Tuesday’s case count is topped only by the day a backlog of cases from Fayette County was reported earlier this month.
    “That’s 1,786 Kentuckians — some portion of which end up in the hospital, will end up in the ICU, will end up not making it,” Beshear said.    “It is our duty as Americans, as Kentuckians, as good people of values and faith, to come together once again to fights this virus.”
    There were 913 Kentuckians hospitalized with the virus Tuesday, including 233 in an intensive care unit and 115 on ventilators.
    Kentucky has now seen 99,637 people test positive for the coronavirus and has confirmed 1,428 related deaths.     And the high case counts aren’t solely attributable to an increase in tests administered, Beshear has said; the rate for positive tests also has been increasing over the past week, sitting at 5.97% Tuesday.    Counties with the most new cases Tuesday include Jefferson (379), Fayette (118), Warren (68), Kenton (60), Hardin (49), Pike (45), Barren (42), Laurel (42), Madison (42), Boone (41) and Bullitt (40).
    With the surge in cases, Beshear said the state is rethinking its advice on trick-or-treating for this weekend.
    People who choose to go trick-or treating should do it only with their immediate family, and when they get home, they should wipe offŹ the candy with a sanitary wipe.    People passing out candy should place it outside and spaced out, he said.
    “I can tell you my kids are not going to trick or treat this year,” Beshear said.    “They love it, but that’s the decision we’re going to make because even with those guidelines in place — you know, we just got out of quarantine.    We don’t want to go back in.”
    Beshear reminded Kentuckians of new recommendations for counties in the “red” zone, which will go into effect     Thursday, though he said people should begin following them now.    The White House’s report this week labeled more than a third of Kentucky’s 120 counties red, meaning they have an incidence rate of 25 or more average daily cases for every 100,000 residents.
    “If communities can’t keep these under control, we’re not ruling out additional steps,” the governor said.
    Reach reporter Emma Austin at or on Twitter at @emmacaustin.
[18 deaths / 1,786 cases = 0.010% as this is still low Beshear has his whoopee all-time it is getting worse daily rampage and it is still in the big populated cities Louisville, Lexington, Bowling Green, etc. and if you start shutting down businesses you will have riots toward you like you would never believe.].

10/28/2020 Merkel Wants To Close Bars, Gyms, Restaurants To Halt Virus Spread: Draft
FILE PHOTO: German Chancellor Angela Merkel attends the weekly cabinet meeting of the government
at the chancellery in Berlin, Germany October 21, 2020. Markus Schreiber/Pool via REUTERS
    BERLIN (Reuters) – German Chancellor Angela Merkel wants state premiers on Wednesday to agree to close all restaurants and bars from Nov. 4 in a bid to curb coronavirus infections but keep schools and nurseries open, a draft resolution seen by Reuters showed.
    Under the new restrictions people would only be able to go out in public with members of their own household and one other household, said the resolution.    It said people would be punished if they broke the rule, but did not give further details.
    It said an exponential increase in infections in almost all regions of Germany meant that many local health authorities could not track and trace all infections so it was necessary to significantly reduce contact between people now in the hope that extensive restrictions are not required over Christmas.
    If the leaders of Germany’s 16 states agree to the draft during a telephone conference later on Wednesday, fitness studios, discos and cinemas will close along with theatres, opera houses and concert venues.
    Shops would be allowed to remain open if they implement hygiene measures and limit customer numbers, while restaurants would only be allowed to offer takeaways.
    Germany, widely praised for keeping its infection rate well below other major powers in the initial phase of the crisis, now faces a faster than expected surge in cases, with the latest data from Tuesday showing cases increased by 11,409 to 449,275.
    The government has so far been keen to avoid a second national lockdown after an initial shutdown earlier this year hit economic growth hard.
    But Merkel warned on Tuesday that Germany’s health system could hit breaking point if coronavirus infections continue to spiral and Economy Minister Peter Altmaier said Germany was likely to reach 20,000 new infections a day by the end of the week.
    Altmaier told German broadcaster ARD on Wednesday: “We are in a very difficult situation in the pandemic – the infection numbers are exploding and that is threatening the capacity of the health system and therefore human lives so politicians have to act.”
    The draft said the federal government wanted to provide financial aid to firms affected by closures, adding that a concept for this would be presented on Wednesday.
    It said only “necessary and specifically non-tourist” stays overnight would be allowed and brothels, swimming pools, cosmetic studios, massage parlours and tattoo studios would all have to close their doors but physiotherapy services and hairdressers would be able to stay open.
    If agreed, the measures would apply nationwide until the end of November, with leaders meeting two weeks after implementation to consult on whether adjustments are necessary.
(Reporting by Michelle Adair and Sabine Siebold; Writing by Michelle Adair; Editing by Thomas Seythal and Michael Perry)

10/28/2020 Trump Administration Sets Record Low Limit For New U.S. Refugees
FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Donald Trump arrives aboard Air Force One at McCarran International
Airport in Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S. October 27, 2020. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
    (Reuters) – The Trump administration has slashed the number of refugees it will allow to resettle in the United States in the coming year, capping the number at 15,000, a record low in the history of the country’s modern refugee program.
    President Donald Trump finalized his plan in a memo overnight and said the ceiling for fiscal 2021, which started this month, includes 6,000 unused placements from last year “that might have been used if not for the COVID-19 pandemic.”
    The Republican president, seeking re-election on Nov. 3, has taken a hard line toward legal and illegal immigration, including sharply curbing refugee admissions every year since taking office in 2017.
    In his statement, Trump said any new refugees this year should be placed by the U.S. State Department in parts of the country open to hosting them.
    “Newly admitted refugees should be placed, to the maximum extent possible, in States and localities that have clearly expressed their willingness to receive refugees” and “resettled in communities that are eager and equipped to support their successful integration into American society and the labor force,” Trump said.
    Critics say that Trump has abandoned a longstanding U.S. role as a safe haven for persecuted people and that cutting refugee admissions undermines other foreign policy goals.
    Trump’s Democratic rival and former Vice President Joe Biden has pledged to raise refugee admissions to 125,000 a year if he defeats Trump, although advocates have said the program could take years to recover.
    Tens of thousands of refugees have applications in the pipeline for the United States, even as increased vetting by the Trump administration and the novel coronavirus have slowed arrivals for the 2020 fiscal year, which had an 18,000 quota.
    Trump’s 2021 plan allocates 5,000 slots for refugees facing religious persecution, 4,000 for refugees from Iraq who helped the United States, and 1,000 for refugees from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras, leaving 5,000 for others.
    It bans refugees from Somalia, Syria and Yemen except in cases of “special humanitarian concern,” citing terrorism risk.
(Reporting by Susan Heavey and Ted Hesson in Washington; additional reporting by Kristina Cooke and Mimi Dwyer in Los Angeles and Mica Rosenberg in New York; Editing by Bernadette Baum)

10/28/2020 U.S. Accuses Eight In Alleged Plot To Harass And Intimidate Citizens To Return To China by Sarah N. Lynch and Mark Hosenball
FILE PHOTO: Signage is seen at the United States Department of Justice headquarters in Washington, D.C., U.S., August 29, 2020. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Eight people have been charged with conspiring to work on China’s behalf in a plot involving threatening letters and the use of night vision goggles to surveil and coerce a Chinese family to return to their home country to face charges, according to a U.S. criminal complaint unsealed on Wednesday.
    Five of the individuals charged, including an American private investigator hired to help spy on the family, were arrested on Wednesday in New Jersey, New York and California, while the rest are believed to be in China, top Justice Department officials said in a news conference.
    The alleged plot was known as “Operation Fox Hunt” and “Operation Skynet,” court records show.    Its goal was to target Chinese nationals living in foreign countries and intimidate them into returning to China to face charges.
    The criminal complaint alleges that the group plotted to target a former Chinese government employee and his wife and daughter, who have been living in New Jersey since 2010.
    The alleged harassment the family endured included receiving a threatening note that read: “If you are willing to go back to the mainland and spend 10 years in prison, your wife and children will be all right. That’s the end of this matter!
    “Today’s charges reflect yet another example of China’s ongoing and widespread lawless behavior,” FBI Director Christopher Wray said on Wednesday.
    Three of the defendants – Zhu Yong, Hongru Jin, and Michael McMahon – were arrested on Wednesday in New York and New Jersey, and will appear in court later in the day.
    Two others – Rong Jing and Zheng Congying – were arrested in California.    The last three defendants – Zhu Feng, Hu Ji, and Li Minjun – remain at large.
(Reporting by Sarah N. Lynch and Mark Hosenball in Washington and Jonathan Stempel in New York; Editing by Jonathan Oatis and Bill Berkrot)

10/28/2020 Germany And France Prepare For New Lockdowns As COVID Sweeps Europe by Andreas Rinke and Sudip Kar-Gupta
FILE PHOTO: Unicorns are seen on display in front of a store in city center prior to an ordered lock-down due to the further
spreading of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Pfarrkirchen, Germany, October 26, 2020. REUTERS/Andreas Gebert
    BERLIN/PARIS (Reuters) – Germany announced plans to shut down large swathes of public life for a month on Wednesday while France prepared to tighten controls further as COVID surged across Europe and financial markets tumbled at the likely cost of a second lockdown.
    German Chancellor Angela Merkel met state premiers in a video conference and agreed a partial lockdown that will see bars, restaurants, cinemas, sports facilities and trade fairs closing from Nov. 2 to Nov. 30.
    “November will be a month of truth.    The increasing numbers of infections are forcing us to take tough countermeasures in order to break the second wave,” Finance Minister Olaf Scholz said on Twitter after the meeting.
    People should reduce contacts outside their immediate household to “the absolute minimum necessary” and policing measures to enforce the rules will be stepped up.    However schools and many businesses will continue to operate and shops are allowed to remain open on condition they set strict social distancing limits.
    In France, which has seen more than 50,000 new cases a day, President Emmanuel Macron will give a televised address in the evening and is expected to announce further restrictions following curfew measures introduced across much of the country last week.
    News television BFM TV reported that the government was considering a month-long lockdown from midnight on Thursday, but there was no confirmation from Macron’s office.
    The measures in Germany and France, following similar moves in Italy and Spain would be less severe than the near-total lockdowns imposed at the start of the crisis in March and April.
    But, despite government pledges to help businesses affected by the new measures, the economic cost is likely to be heavy, wiping out the fragile signs of recovery seen over the summer and raising the prospect of a double-dip recession.
    European stock markets hit their lowest levels since June on Wednesday while the euro fell against the dollar and the Cboe Volatility Index .VIX, known as Wall Street’s “fear gauge,” surged to its highest level in nearly two months.
    To help soften the impact, Scholz is expected to make available up to 10 billion euros ($11.82 billion) in aid and step up government borrowing while Italy has set aside more than 5 billion euros.
    While leaders have been desperate to avoid the crippling cost of lockdowns, the new restrictions reflect mounting alarm at the galloping pace of the pandemic from Spain, France and Germany to Russia, Poland and Bulgaria.
    “If we wait until the intensive care units are full, it will be too late,” said German Health Minister Jens Spahn, whose country has already taken in patients from its neighbour the Netherlands, where hospitals have reached their limits.
    Russian Deputy Prime Minister Tatiana Golikova said on Wednesday that hospital beds were at 90% of capacity in 16 regions of the country, while officials have warned that even well-equipped health systems like those in France and Switzerland could reach breaking point within days.
    Hopes that new treatments might curb the spread were dented when the head of Britain’s vaccine procurement task force said that a fully effective vaccine may never be developed and that early versions were likely to be imperfect.
    The European Commission called on European governments to step up their response and coordinate testing strategies and said there was still time to hold back the disease.
    “The situation is very serious, but we can still slow down the spread of the virus if everybody takes responsibility,” Commission President Ursula von der Leyen told a news conference.
    The latest figures from the World Health Organization on Tuesday showed Europe reported 1.3 million new cases in the past seven days, nearly half the 2.9 million reported worldwide, with over 11,700 deaths, a 37% jump over the previous week.
    The United States, which saw more than 500,000 cases over the past week, has seen record daily infections and, while many countries in Asia have largely brought the disease under control, China reported 42 new cases on Tuesday, its highest daily toll in more than two months.
    With less than a week of voting left before the Nov. 3 election, U.S. President Donald Trump pushed ahead on Wednesday with mass rallies despite the surge in COVID cases and mounting criticism that he is prioritising his re-election above the health of his supporters.
    So far, more than 42 million cases and more than 1.1 million deaths have been recorded worldwide from the virus, which was first identified in the central Chinese city of Wuhan at the end of last year.
    While surveys in several countries show many want strict controls to halt the spread of the disease, the broad climate of public support for governments seen in the first wave of the pandemic has increasingly evaporated.
    Governments across Europe have been under fire for a lack of coordination and for failing to use a lull in cases over the summer to bolster defences, leaving hospitals unprepared and forcing people on to packed public transport to get to work.
    Since the weekend, Italy has seen repeated clashes between police and protesters in cities from Naples to Turin as well as bitter criticism from restaurant owners and business groups.
    “At 6 p.m. public transport is often crowded.    You take the risk because you have to get to work.    You wear a mask, you take hand gel with you,” Elio Venafro said after getting off a bus in central Rome on Wednesday.    “It’s the new normal.”
($1 = 0.8461 euros)
(Reporting by Reuters bureaux; Writing by James Mackenzie; Editing by Nick Macfie and Hugh Lawson)

10/28/2020 ‘Who The Hell Elected You?’ U.S. Senate Tech Hearing Becomes Political Tussle by Nandita Bose and David Shepardson
FILE PHOTO: Jack Dorsey, co-founder of Twitter and fin-tech firm Square, sits for a portrait during
an interview with Reuters in London, Britain, June 11, 2019. REUTERS/Toby Melville
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A U.S. Senate hearing to reform an internet law and hold tech companies accountable for how they moderate content quickly turned into a political scuffle as lawmakers not only went after the companies but also attacked each other.
    Lawmakers are split on ways to hold Big Tech accountable under Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act – which protects companies from liability over content posted by users but also lets the firms shape political discourse.
    The chief executives of Twitter Inc, Facebook Inc and Alphabet Inc’s Google called the law crucial to free expression on the internet.
    A little over an hour into the hearing, the conversation turned into a heated exchange between senators of both parties.
    Senator Ted Cruz went after Twitter’s Jack Dorsey after the CEO said Twitter has no influence over elections.
    “Who the hell elected you and put you in charge of what the media are allowed to report and what the American people are allowed to hear,” Cruz said.    Ahead of the hearing, the senator released a picture on Twitter titled “Free Speech showdown Cruz vs Dorsey” that showed him and Twitter’s Dorsey pitted against each other.
    Democratic Senator Brian Schatz said he did not have any questions, calling the hearing “nonsense.”
    “This is bullying and it is for electoral purposes,” he said.
    Top Democrat on the panel, Senator Maria Cantwell, said the hearing would have been better if held in January after the Nov. 3 election.    The law has little chance of being acted upon by Congress this year.
    President Donald Trump, who alleges the companies’ stifle conservative voices, and Republican lawmakers sent a flurry of tweets as the hearing continued.    “Repeal Section 230!” Trump tweeted.    Separately, Senator Josh Hawley took a jab at Twitter’s Dorsey.    “This level of idiocy confirms the widespread impression that Jack’s primary food source is weed.”
    Twitter’s global vice president of communications Brandon Borrman said: “There’s nothing in the (Hawley) tweet that deserves a response.”
    Twitter’s Dorsey warned the committee that eroding the foundation of Section 230 could significantly hurt how people communicate online.    Pichai said Google operates without political bias and that doing otherwise would be against its business interests.
    The committee was unable to establish contact with Facebook Inc’s Zuckerberg and declared a short recess.    He appeared shortly after and said:     “I was having a hard time connecting myself.”
    Zuckerberg said he supports changing the law but also warned that tech platforms are likely to censor more to avoid legal risks if Section 230 is repealed.
    All three CEOs agreed the companies should be held liable if the platforms act as a publisher.
    Republican Senator Roger Wicker, who chairs the committee, said it was important to shield companies from liability without giving them the ability to censor content they dislike.
    “The time has come for that free pass to end,” he said.
    Wicker also criticized the companies’ decision to block stories from the New York Post that made claims about Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden’s son.    He and other senators such as Cory Gardner went after Twitter for not taking down tweets from world leaders that allegedly spread misinformation but going aggressively after Republican President Donald Trump’s tweets.
    Biden has expressed support for revoking the law.
    U.S. lawmakers are not the only ones pushing for reform.    The European Union’s executive Commission is drafting a new Digital Services Act that, in addition to tackling market abuses by dominant platforms, would also address liability for harmful or illegal content.    Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager is due to unveil her proposals on Dec. 2.
(Reporting by Nandita Bose and David Shepardson in Washington; Additional reporting by Diane Bartz in Washington and Douglas Busvine in Frankfurt; editing by Kirsten Donovan and Lisa Shumaker)

10/28/2020 Spy Agency Ducks Questions About ‘Back Doors’ In Tech Products by Joseph Menn
FILE PHOTO: FILE PHOTO: An aerial view of the National Security Agency (NSA) headquarters in
Ft. Meade, Maryland, U.S. January 29, 2010. REUTERS/Larry Downing/File Photo/File Photo
    SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – The U.S. National Security Agency is rebuffing efforts by a leading Congressional critic to determine whether it is continuing to place so-called back doors into commercial technology products, in a controversial practice that critics say damages both U.S. industry and national security.
    The NSA has long sought agreements with technology companies under which they would build special access for the spy agency into their products, according to disclosures by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden and reporting by Reuters and others.
    These so-called back doors enable the NSA and other agencies to scan large amounts of traffic without a warrant.    Agency advocates say the practice has eased collection of vital intelligence in other countries, including interception of terrorist communications.
    The agency developed new rules for such practices after the Snowden leaks in order to reduce the chances of exposure and compromise, three former intelligence officials told Reuters.    But aides to Senator Ron Wyden, a leading Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, say the NSA has stonewalled on providing even the gist of the new guidelines.
    “Secret encryption back doors are a threat to national security and the safety of our families – it’s only a matter of time before foreign hackers or criminals exploit them in ways that undermine American national security,” Wyden told Reuters.    “The government shouldn’t have any role in planting secret back doors in encryption technology used by Americans.”
    The agency declined to say how it had updated its policies on obtaining special access to commercial products.    NSA officials said the agency has been rebuilding trust with the private sector through such measures as offering warnings about software flaws.
    “At NSA, it’s common practice to constantly assess processes to identify and determine best practices,” said Anne Neuberger, who heads NSA’s year-old Cybersecurity Directorate.    “We don’t share specific processes and procedures.”
    Three former senior intelligence agency figures told Reuters that the NSA now requires that before a back door is sought, the agency must weigh the potential fallout and arrange for some kind of warning if the back door gets discovered and manipulated by adversaries.
    The continuing quest for hidden access comes as governments in the United States, the United Kingdom and elsewhere seek laws that would require tech companies to let governments see unencrypted traffic.    Defenders of strong encryption say the NSA’s sometimes-botched efforts to install back doors in commercial products show the dangers of such requirements.
    Critics of the NSA’s practices say they create targets for adversaries, undermine trust in U.S. technology and compromise efforts to persuade allies to reject Chinese technology that could be used for espionage, since U.S. gear can also be turned to such purposes.
    In at least one instance, a foreign adversary was able to take advantage of a back door invented by U.S. intelligence, according to Juniper Networks Inc, which said in 2015 its equipment had been compromised.    In a previously unreported statement to members of Congress in July seen by Reuters, Juniper said an unnamed national government had converted the mechanism first created by the NSA.    The NSA told Wyden staffers in 2018 that there was a “lessons learned” report about the Juniper incident and others, according to Wyden spokesman Keith Chu.
    “NSA now asserts that it cannot locate this document,” Chu told Reuters.
    NSA and Juniper declined to comment on the matter.
    The NSA has pursued many means for getting inside equipment, sometimes striking commercial deals to induce companies to insert back doors, and in other cases manipulating standards – namely by setting processes so that companies unknowingly adopt software that NSA experts can break, according to reports from Reuters and other media outlets.     The tactics drew widespread attention starting in 2013, when Snowden leaked documents referencing these practices.     Tech companies that were later exposed for having cut deals that allowed backdoor access, including security pioneer RSA, lost credibility and customers.    Other U.S. firms lost business overseas as customers grew wary of the NSA’s reach.
    All of that prompted a White House policy review.
    “There were all sorts of ‘lessons learned’ processes,” said former White House cybersecurity coordinator Michael Daniel, who was advising then-president Barack Obama when the Snowden files erupted.    A special commission appointed by Obama said the government should never “subvert” or “weaken” tech products or compromise standards.
    The White House did not publicly embrace that recommendation, instead beefing up review procedures for whether to use newly discovered software flaws for offensive cyber operations or get them fixed to improve defense, Daniel and others said.
    The secret government contracts for special access remained outside of the formal review.
    “The NSA had contracts with companies across the board to help them out, but that’s extremely protected,” said an intelligence community lawyer.
    The starkest example of the risks inherent in the NSA’s approach involved an encryption-system component known as Dual Elliptic Curve, or Dual EC.    The intelligence agency worked with the Commerce Department to get the technology accepted as a global standard, but cryptographers later showed that the NSA could exploit Dual EC to access encrypted data.
    RSA accepted a $10 million contract to incorporate Dual EC into a widely used web security system, Reuters reported in 2013.    RSA said publicly that it would not have knowingly installed a back door, but its reputation was tarnished and the company was sold.
    Juniper Networks got into hot water over Dual EC two years later.    At the end of 2015, the maker of internet switches disclosed that it had detected malicious code in some firewall products.    Researchers later determined that hackers had turned the firewalls into their own spy tool by altering Juniper’s version of Dual EC.
    Juniper said little about the incident. But the company acknowledged to security researcher Andy Isaacson in 2016 that it had installed Dual EC as part of a “customer requirement,” according to a previously undisclosed contemporaneous message seen by Reuters.    Isaacson and other researchers believe that customer was a U.S. government agency, since only the U.S. is known to have insisted on Dual EC elsewhere.
    Juniper has never identified the customer, and declined to comment for this story.
    Likewise, the company never identified the hackers.    But two people familiar with the case told Reuters that investigators concluded the Chinese government was behind it.    They declined to detail the evidence they used.
    The Chinese government has long denied involvement in hacking of any kind.    In a statement to Reuters, the Chinese foreign ministry said that cyberspace is “highly virtual and difficult to trace. It is extremely irresponsible to make accusations of hacker attacks without complete and conclusive evidence.    At the same time, we also noticed that the report mentioned that it was the U.S. intelligence agency – the National Security Agency – that created this backdoor technology.”
    Wyden remains determined to find out exactly what happened at Juniper and what has changed since as the encryption wars heat up.
    This July, in previously unreported responses to questions from Wyden and allies in Congress, Juniper said that an unidentified nation was believed to be behind the hack into its firewall code but that it had never investigated why it installed Dual EC in the first place.
    “We understand that there is a vigorous policy debate about whether and how to provide government access to encrypted content,” it said in a July letter.    “Juniper does not and will not insert back doors into its products and we oppose any legislation mandating back doors.”
    A former senior NSA official told Reuters that many tech companies remain nervous about working covertly with the government.    But the agencies’ efforts continue, the person said, because special access is seen as too valuable to give up.
(Reporting by Joseph Menn; editing by Jonathan Weber and Edward Tobin)

10/28/2020 White House On Pa. Riots: Consequence Of Liberal Democrats’ War On Police by OAN Newsroom
Protesters confront police during a march, Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
    On Tuesday, the Trump administration responded to the ongoing violence in Philadelphia, Pa. and claimed that the looting and rioting is the result of the radical left’s war on police.
    Protests sparked after police fatally shot Walter Wallace Junior on Monday after he walked toward authorities while wielding a knife, despite being ordered to drop it.    Viral footage of the event circulated on social media and prompted the riots.
Hundreds of demonstrators marched in West Philadelphia over the death of Walter Wallace, a Black man who was killed by police in Philadelphia on Monday.
Police shot and killed the 27-year-old on a Philadelphia street after yelling at him to drop his knife. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
    The White House stated America cannot allow mob rule and should follow the facts to ensure fair and just results.    They added that they stand proudly with law enforcement and would send federal aid if needed.
    Authorities continue to work to contain the violent protests which have left the ‘City of Brotherly Love’ in chaos after hundreds of protesters took to the streets for a second night.
    On Tuesday, authorities responded to rioters that had looted local businesses and department stores, including ‘Target,’ ‘Walmart’ and ‘Family Dollar.’    The national guard has been deployed and authorities have asked residents to remain indoors in order to avoid violence.

    Roughly 500 hundred gathered at a West Philadelphia park and police arrested 90 people who violently confronted officers during the protests.    In a statement shared with the public, the father of Wallace denounced the aggressive acts and asked the demonstrators to stop the chaos.
    “I don’t condone no violence tearing up the city, looting up stores and all this chaos,” stated Walter Wallace Sr. “    I want everybody having respect for my family and my son to stop this violence and chaos that’s going on in the city.”
    According to reports, at least 30 police officers were injured Monday night as rioters hurled projectiles at them.    Additional law enforcement has been sent to help contain the unrest.    Officers have also closed off sections to Philadelphia’s commercial district.

10/28/2020 Report: Biden Would Kill Upwards Of 159K Jobs In Mich. by OAN Newsroom
Democratic presidential candidate former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden pauses. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
    An analysis by ‘Breitbart News‘ has raised the alarm over Joe Biden’s position on fracking and phasing out fossil fuels and natural gas.
    According to a recent study, Michigan supports around 159,000 jobs in the oil and gas industry, all of which would be eliminated under Biden’s plan to achieve zero emissions by 2035.
    According to the Mackinac Center for Public Policy, Michigan’s energy sector has contributed nearly $14.6 billion dollars to the state’s economy.
    The state has also been number one in terms of its capacity to store energy, housing 1.1 trillion cubic feet in underground storage space.

10/28/2020 Secy Of State Pompeo: US Citizen Detained In Belarus Is Released by OAN Newsroom
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo walks out of the West Wing. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
    Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced a fellow U.S. citizen has returned home after being imprisoned overseas.
    Pompeo took to Twitter on Wednesday to share the news that Vitali Shkliarov is once again home with his family safely in the U.S.
    Shkliarov was detained in Belarus for three years after he was arrested during a visit with his family and was charged with assisting foreign rallies.
    Pompeo went on to state “we will not rest until all U.S. citizens wrongfully detained by foreign governments are reunited with their families.”

10/28/2020 CBP Commissioner Mark Morgan Warns Of Illegal Alien Invasion If Biden Wins by OAN Newsroom
U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Mark Morgan holds up a protective vest worn by Customers and Border Protection. (Photo by Samuel Corum/Getty Images)
    On Tuesday, U.S. Customs and Border Protection Acting Commissioner Mark Morgan said the U.S. would have an invasion of illegal aliens if former vice president Joe Biden were to win the election.
    He added that Biden would stop the construction of the border wall and in turn encourage a massive rise in illegal arrivals.
    He noted human smuggling rings have hoped that the Biden administration would resume the ‘Catch-and-Release’ policy.    As a result, the number of illegal aliens in the U.S. would increase by several million people.
    Morgan also warned that the Democrat’s promises of free health care and other benefits would also support illegal communities already in the U.S.

10/28/2020 Secy Of State Pompeo: Chinese Communist Gov’t Is A Predator by OAN Newsroom
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, speaks during a naturalization ceremony co-hosted by U.S. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, Pool)
    Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has continued to condemn China on his latest stop in Sri Lanka.
    During a news conference in Colombo on Wednesday, Pompeo slammed China’s communist government as a “predator.”    He also assured the U.S. is a friend to the South Asian nation and will not tolerate China’s lawlessness.
    Pompeo also touted the U.S. partnership with the nation and stated that a strong sovereign Sri Lanka is indeed a powerful strategic partner for the U.S. on the world stage.
    “It can be a beacon for a free and open Indo-Pacific,” Pompeo noted.    “That is quite a contrast to what China seeks.    We see from bad deals, violations of sovereignty and lawlessness in the land and sea that the Chinese Communist Party is a predator.    And the United States comes in a different way.    We come as a friend and as a partner.”
    China has since criticized the United States’ support for Sri Lanka.    This came as several nations have speculated that China is luring Sri Lanka into a debt trap.

10/28/2020 Trump Campaign Ads Rejected By Facebook And CNN by OAN Newsroom
US President Donald Trump speaks during a retreat with Republican lawmakers. (SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images)
    Left-wing media and Silicon Valley have made an attempt to impede the President’s campaign efforts.    Facebook has said it will be removing ads by the Trump campaign from its website that read “today is election day.”
    In a statement Tuesday, the social media giant said it told both campaigns ads that stated “vote today” without additional explanation would not be allowed.
    Analysts have said the ads may have been a strategy to get around Facebook’s recently announced rule to not accept new political ads.
    This came just days after the tech giant removed nearly 50 ads from the Trump campaign, most of which read “your vote has not been counted.”    However, Facebook has not explained why the ads were pulled and only claimed they violated voter interference policies.
    In the meantime, CNN has refused to run an ad on presidential nominee Joe Biden that highlights his economic plan’s potential to raise taxes on the middle class.
    The super-PAC responsible for the advertisement, ‘America First Action,’ claimed Tuesday it was rejected by CNN even though other major news stations approved it.    An attorney for the super-PAC accused the media company of censoring information that is crucial to the election.

10/29/2020 Oil down $1.63 to $39.09, DOW down 943 to 26,520.

10/29/2020 COVID-19 PANDEMIC - KENTUCKY PASSES 100,000 CASES - Beshear calls for increased precautions, not mandates by Deborah Yetter, Louisville Courier Journal | USA TODAY NETWORK
    Kentucky has hit another milestone in its battle with COVID-19 — reaching more than 100,000 cases as the highly contagious virus surges across the state in record numbers.
    Gov. Andy Beshear on Wednesday announced 1,864 new cases, for a total of 101,494 since early March, with 1,442 deaths now linked to the coronavirus.
    This month alone, COVID-19 has led to:
    The deaths of 11 residents at the Thomson-Hood Veterans Center in Jessamine County, among them Bobby Rorer, 96, a World War II veteran who spent his final days in isolation because of the virus, calling his wife’s name.
    The infection of 263 inmates at the Little Sandy Correctional Complex in Elliott County — about one-third of the 800 people incarcerated at the Eastern Kentucky prison.
    "Increasing numbers of Kentuckians hospitalized, including a healthy, 40-year-old Louisville firefighter, Josh Alexander, with acute respiratory failure, pneumonia in where people come together because we need to, not because we have to,” Beshear said.
    Beshear’s authority to issue emergency orders, such as the both lungs and liver inflammation.
    Yet, Beshear, a Democrat, has resisted more stringent steps, such as renewing the lockdowns of March — when COVID- 19 first surfaced in Kentucky — instead trying a new strategy of imploring Kentuckians to take stronger measures against the virus within their own counties.
    Beshear told The Courier Journal on Wednesday he doesn’t think more mandates are the answer.
    “What we need right now is a community response one requiring Kentuckians to wear a mask in public, is under challenge on two fronts in a dispute that echoes partisan battles of other states over COVID-19 restrictions."
    “We are working very hard on enforcement, but we can’t enforce our way out of this.” Gov. Andy Beshear
……………………………………………... left out for too much useless information ....
    “There’s not a 100% guarantee that a mask is going to protect you, but we’ve got to do something until a vaccine is going to protect us from it,” he said.
    Beshear, in his public comments Tuesday, recognized Rorer’s service and his life as a husband, father and grandfather, noting his death came even as Kentucky’s cases escalate — meaning more illness, hospitalizations and death from COVID-19.
    “We are seeing this very serious escalation of cases in Kentucky,” Beshear said.    “Sadly, I think we will see the numbers grow even higher.”
    Meanwhile, the Supreme Court is expected to rule soon on a challenge to Beshear’s emergency orders by Cameron and others seeking to overturn authority the governor’s lawyers argue is established in the state constitution and state law.
    And GOP leaders in the House and Senate are considering legislation that would limit Beshear’s authority under KRS 39A, the section that spells out the governor’s power in an emergency.
    At a hearing last week, State Treasurer Allison Ball presented a report to the House-Senate Judiciary Committee that recommended the law be modified to provide “clarification” of such powers.    While the report was presented as a review of Beshear’s use of tax money for alleged “unconstitutional” actions during the pandemic, such as limiting church attendance, it included no details on actual spending.
Senate Judiciary Chairman Whitney WesterfiŹeld, a Hopkinsville Republican, said Ball’s report would likely be a factor as GOP lawmakers consider revisions to the law.     Also, Rep. Savannah Maddox, a Dry Ridge Republican, has prefilled a bill to revise the law and sharply limit the governor’s powers to issue executive orders in an emergency and add legislative oversight.
[The above article had I assume 11 deaths / 1,864 cases = 0.006% but it is good to see someone is getting on Beshear's case to kill his overreach.].

10/29/2020 Microsoft Detects Cyberattacks From Iran-Linked Actor Engaged In Intelligence Collection
FILE PHOTO: The Microsoft store is pictured in the Manhattan borough of New York City, New York, U.S., June 26, 2020. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri
    (Reuters) – Microsoft Corp said on Wednesday that it detected and attempted to stop a series of cyberattacks from Phosphorus, which the company described as an ‘Iranian actor’, with the attacks aimed to target over 100 high-profile individuals.
    “Phosphorus, an Iranian actor, has targeted with this scheme potential attendees of the upcoming Munich Security Conference and the Think 20 (T20) Summit in Saudi Arabia,” Microsoft said in a blog, adding it believed Phosphorus is engaging in these attacks for intelligence collection purposes.
(Reporting by Kanishka Singh; Editing by Shri Navaratnam)

10/29/2020 Exclusive: Biden, If Elected, Would Consult Allies On Future Of U.S. Tariffs On China – Advisers by Matt Spetalnick and Trevor Hunnicutt
FILE PHOTO: Democratic U.S. presidential nominee and former Vice President Joe Biden speaks during a drive-in
campaign stop in Atlanta, Georgia, U.S., October 27, 2020. REUTERS/Brian Snyder/File Photo
    WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) – Democrat Joe Biden would immediately consult with America’s main allies before deciding on the future of U.S. tariffs on China, seeking “collective leverage” to strengthen his hand against Beijing if he is elected president, Biden top advisers said on Wednesday.
    In an interview with Reuters six days before the presidential election, the two Biden aides said the starting point would be to not repeat the mistakes of President Donald Trump when he slapped tariffs on European and Canadian goods as part of his “America First” agenda, antagonizing key U.S. partners.
    “The failure of the Trump administration has been to go it alone. And that has given China an escape hatch,” said Jeffrey Prescott, a former senior foreign policy in the Obama administration.
    The advisers declined to say whether the Democratic presidential candidate, if elected, would be inclined toward lifting the massive tariffs on China that Trump has used to fuel a trade war between the world’s two biggest economies.
    “He’s not going to lock into any premature position before we see exactly what we’re inheriting,” Prescott said.    “But consulting with allies is going to be a central part of that.”
    The bitter trade dispute is just one of the main sources of tensions between Washington and Beijing, whose relations have sunk to the lowest point in decades over a range of issues, including the coronavirus, Hong Kong, intellectual property theft, human rights, Taiwan and the South China Sea.
    China has been a central foreign policy focus in the 2020 presidential campaign. In political rallies, Trump has often claimed that Biden would take a softer approach to China.
    Biden has struck back, saying he would be tougher on China than Trump and not afraid to use trade barriers – but only when they make sense.    For instance, he told the United Steelworkers union in May that steel and aluminum tariffs would stay until a global solution to limit excess production – largely centered in China – can be negotiated.
    Trump and his aides argue, without evidence, that China itself is paying the U.S. tariffs.    Trump says a Phase 1 trade deal signed with China in January was a big step forward, but experts say Beijing’s total purchases of U.S. goods will fall far short of the targets set for the first year of the accord.
    The series of staggered tariffs the Trump administration imposed on $370 billion worth of Chinese goods in 2018 and 2019 have cost U.S. importers more than $60 billion, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection data, and have been blamed for eroding U.S. manufacturing competitiveness.
    But due to the political sensitivities of easing U.S. pressure on China, questions remain about the prospect that Biden will act swiftly to decrease tariffs if he is elected.
    Biden’s advisers made clear that he would first want to confer with U.S. allies instead of taking unilateral action on trade action the way Trump did.
    “You can start by not slapping tariffs on the Europeans and the Canadians and instead work with them on the trade issue,” said Brian McKeon, a former White House and Pentagon adviser in the Obama administration.
    Immediate consultation would be needed “to identify areas where we can bring collective leverage on China,” Prescott said.    “But they’ve been alienated, they’ve been insulted by President Trump, and that’s made our hand with China even weaker than it should be.”
(Reporting by Matt Spetalnick and Trevor Hunnicutt; writing by Matt Spetalnick; Editing by Leslie Adler)

10/29/2020 Three Dead As Woman Beheaded In Attack In French Church by Eric Gaillard
Police officers secure the area after a reported knife attack at Notre Dame church in Nice, France, October 29, 2020. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard
    NICE, France (Reuters) – A knife-wielding attacker shouting “Allahu Akbar” (God is Greatest) beheaded a woman and killed two other people in a church in the French city of Nice on Thursday.
    A defiant President Emmanuel Macron, declaring that France had been subject to an Islamist terrorist attack, said he would deploy thousands more soldiers to protect important French sites, such as places of worship and schools.
    Speaking from the scene, he said France had been attacked “over our values, for our taste for freedom, for the ability on our soil to have freedom of belief.”
    “And I say it with lots of clarity again today: we will not give any ground.”
    A police source told Reuters the assailant was believed by law enforcement to be a 21-year-old Tunisian national who had recently entered France from neighbouring Italy.    His identity was still being checked.
    In Saudi Arabia, meanwhile, state television reported that a Saudi man had been arrested in the Red Sea city of Jeddah after attacking and injuring a guard at the French consulate.    The French Embassy said he was in hospital after a knife assault though his life was not in danger.
    Within hours of the Nice attack, French police killed a man who had threatened passersby with a handgun in Montfavet, near the southern city of Avignon.
    France’s Le Figaro newspaper quoted a prosecution source as saying the man was undergoing psychiatric treatment, and that they did not believe there was a terrorism motive.
    Nice’s mayor, Christian Estrosi, said the attack in his city had happened at Notre Dame church and was similar to the beheading earlier this month near Paris of teacher Samuel Paty, who had used cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad in a civics class.
    Thursday’s attacks, on the birthday of the Prophet Mohammad, came at a time of growing Muslim anger at France’s defence of the right to publish the cartoons, and protesters have denounced France in street rallies in several Muslim-majority countries.
    After the Nice attack, Prime Minister Jean Castex raised France’s security alert to its highest level.
    Estrosi said the Nice attacker had repeatedly shouted “Allahu Akbar” even being detained by police.
    At around 9 a.m. (0800 GMT), a man armed with a knife entered the church and slit the throat of the sexton, beheaded an elderly woman, and badly wounded a third woman, according to a police source.
    The sexton and the elderly woman died on the spot, the third woman managed to make it out of the church into a nearby cafe, where she died, Estrosi told reporters.    None of the victims has so far been named.
    “The suspected knife attacker was shot by police while being detained.    He is on his way to hospital, he is alive,” he said.
    “Enough is enough.    It’s time now for France to exonerate itself from the laws of peace in order to definitively wipe out Islamo-fascism from our territory.”
    Reuters journalists at the scene said police armed with automatic weapons had put up a security cordon around the church, which is on Nice’s Avenue Jean Medecin, the French Riviera city’s main shopping thoroughfare.    Ambulances and fire service vehicles were also at the scene.
    Condemnations of the attack came from Britain, the Netherlands, Italy, Spain, Saudi Arabia and Turkey, whose President Tayyip Erdogan earlier this week slammed Macron and France over displays of the Prophet Mohammad.
    Turkish Presidential Communications Director Fahrettin Altun said Islam could not be used in the name of terrorism, adding: “We call on the French leadership to avoid further inflammatory rhetoric against Muslims and focus, instead, on finding the perpetrators of this and other acts of violence.”
    In Paris, lawmakers in the National Assembly observed a minute’s silence.    The mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, said the people of Nice “    can count on the support of the city of Paris and of Parisians.”
    A representative of the French Council for the Muslim Faith also condemned the attack.    “As a sign of mourning and solidarity with the victims and their loved ones, I call on all Muslims in France to cancel all the celebrations of the holiday of Mawlid.”    The holiday is the birthday of the Prophet Mohammad, celebrated on Thursday.
    The foreign ministry of Saudi Arabia, the birthplace of Islam, said “extremist acts” such as that in Nice “contravene all religions," while stressing “the importance of avoiding all practices which generate hatred, violence and extremism,”
    France is still reeling from the killing by a man of Chechen origin of schoolteacher Paty in a Paris suburb earlier this month.    The assailant said he wanted to punish Paty for showing pupils cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad to his pupils.
    France, with Europe’s largest Muslim community, has suffered a string of Islamist militant attacks in recent years, including bombings and shootings in 2015 in Paris that killed 130 people and a 2016 attack in Nice in which a militant drove a truck through a seafront crowd celebrating Bastille Day, killing 86.
(Reporting by Sudip Kar-Gupta, Maher Chmaytelli, Raya Jalabi and Mahmoud Mourad; Writing by Christian Lowe and Giles Elgood; Editing by Mark Heinrich)

10/29/2020 Thousands Of German Police Plan To Hunt Out Lockdown Breakers
Officers of Frankfurt city police control pedestrians due to restrictions as the coronavirus disease
(COVID-19) outbreak continues in Frankfurt, Germany October 29, 2020. REUTERS/Ralph Orlowski
    BERLIN (Reuters) – Germany plans to deploy thousands of federal police officers across the country to enforce toughened coronavirus restrictions from Monday, including the closure of restaurants and bars, Interior Minister Horst Seehofer said on Thursday.
    Chancellor Angela Merkel and Germany’s state leaders agreed on Wednesday to an emergency month-long lockdown that includes closing restaurants, gyms and theatres to reverse a spike in coronavirus cases that risks overwhelming hospitals.
    “Running checks will be crucial to ensure the success of the new measures,” Seehofer said.    “In coordination with the states, federal police will deploy thousands of officers.”
    Heightened checks could be unpopular in a country wary of state surveillance after the experience of Communist East Germany and Hitler’s Nazis.
    The western city of Essen has provoked criticism from opposition politicians for trying to recruit residents to report other citizens who do not comply with coronavirus restrictions, a method seen by some as a reminder of the Nazi past.
    On its homepage, Essen provides an online form for people to fill in their complaints over violations of the rules, including the possibility to upload pictures.
    Seehofer said federal police would first be used in big cities and areas most severely hit by the pandemic.
    Officers would also run increased checks at airports, railway stations and close to the borders to ensure people entering the country from high-risk regions observe the rules.
    In Germany, responsibility for the police mainly lies with the 16 states.    The roughly 40,000 officers of the federal police are in charge of border security, but can also support state police if necessary.
    Even before the new measures were announced, the capital Berlin had enlisted the help of 500 federal police officers to tackle illegal parties and gatherings that local police failed to bring under control.
(Reporting by Sabine Siebold; Editing by Paul Carrel and David Gregorio)

10/29/2020 Britain Resists COVID Lockdown As Europe Counts Cost by Kate Holton and Madeline Chambers
FILE PHOTO: People make their way amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Nottingham, Britain, October 28, 2020. REUTERS/Molly Darlington
    LONDON/BERLIN (Reuters) – Europe began counting the cost of the sweeping restrictions on social life imposed to contain a surge in coronavirus infections while Britain continued to hold out against following Germany and France in ordering a second lockdown.
    As the pandemic raced ahead across the continent, Europe has moved back to the centre of the global pandemic, facing the prospect of a prolonged economic slump alongside a public health crisis which has so far seen more than 44 million infections and 1.1 million deaths worldwide.
    France and Germany have imposed controls almost as strict as the lockdowns of the first phase of the crisis in March and April, shutting bars and restaurants and restricting movement, while allowing schools and most businesses to remain open.
    But Britain, the country with the largest number of coronavirus deaths in Europe, said it would stick with a system of local lockdowns despite a new study which showed cases in England doubling every nine days.
    “The judgement of the government today is that a blanket national lockdown is not appropriate, would do more harm than good,” Housing Minister Robert Jenrick told Times Radio.
    Germany has set aside some 10 billion euros ($11.82 billion) to help small businesses hit by the new measures but Economy Minister Peter Altmaier said the economy was not experiencing an industrial collapse as it did in the initial phase of the pandemic.
    “(The economy) is so strong that we can avoid sliding into a long period of recession,” he said. However he added output would not return to pre-pandemic levels until at least 2022.
    Separately, Bank of France Governor Francois Villeroy de Galhau also said the drop in gross domestic product (GDP) expected at the end of the year should be less severe than in first half of the year after the initial lockdown.
    Financial markets steadied somewhat on Thursday following a brutal selloff a day before as the latest restrictions snuffed out faint signs of recovery seen over the summer and pointed to further economic pain at the end of the year.
    The European Central Bank, which has been propping up the economy through its 1.35 trillion euro ($1.60 trillion) Pandemic Emergency Purchase Programme, said it was ready to offer additional support.
    Governments have been desperate to avoid a repeat of the spring lockdowns but have been forced to move by the speed of new infections and a steadily increasing mortality rate across the continent as winter approaches.
    Even the well-equipped health systems of countries like France, Germany, the Netherlands and Switzerland have been pushed close to their limits by the exponential surge in cases recorded this month.
    On Thursday, Sweden, which alone among European countries never imposed a lockdown, reported its third record increase in cases in a matter of days.
    “We’re beginning to approach the ceiling for what the healthcare system can handle,” Chief Epidemiologist Anders Tegnell told a news conference, calling for a joint effort to curb the spread of the virus.
    German Chancellor Angela Merkel said her government had moved quickly to prevent intensive care facilities being overwhelmed and called for a joint effort to face the crisis.
    “We are in a dramatic situation at the start of the cold season.    It affects us all, without exception,” Merkel told the Bundestag lower house of parliament, adding new restrictions to reduce social contact were “necessary and proportionate.”
    However she warned of difficult months ahead and said: “The winter will be hard.”
    While Paris and Berlin hope that the month-long lockdowns will be enough to slow the spread of the disease, there was little certainty about whether they would be enough for a return to even near-normality.
    “We want to do everything so that French people can be with their families and their friends for the festivities at the end of the year,” French Health Minister Olivier Veran said.    “Will it be the same? Possibly not.”
    While the latest restrictions have put a spotlight on Europe, the United States has also seen a surge in new coronavirus cases in the run-up to next week’s presidential election, with more than 80,000 new cases and 1,000 deaths reported on Wednesday.
    “We are on a very difficult trajectory.    We’re going in the wrong direction,” said Dr. Anthony Fauci, task force member and director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.
    By contrast, many Asian countries have begun to relax controls as the disease has been brought under control, with Singapore announcing it would ease restrictions for visitors from mainland China and the Australian state of Victoria.
(Reporting by Reuters bureaux; writing by James Mackenzie; editing by Nick Macfie)

10/29/2020 Merkel Lashes Out At Populists Who Say Coronavirus Is Harmless
German Chancellor Angela Merkel wears a face mask as she attends a session of the German lower house of parliament Bundestag,
as the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues in Berlin, Germany, October 29, 2020. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch
    BERLIN (Reuters) – Populists who argue the coronavirus is harmless are dangerous and irresponsible, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Thursday, defending a circuit break lockdown aimed at slowing the spread of the virus.
    “We are in a dramatic situation at the start of the cold season.    It affects us all, without exception,” Merkel told the Bundestag lower house of parliament, adding new restrictions to reduce social contact were “necessary and proportionate.”
    With an election less than a year away, Merkel is keen to keep Germans on board, despite the risk of a new hit to Europe’s biggest economy.    She said populists who question the seriousness of the crisis were putting lives at risk.
    “Lies and disinformation, conspiracy theories and hatred damage not only the democratic debate but also the fight against the virus,” she told parliament in a speech during which she was heckled by far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) lawmakers.
    Criticism of the latest restrictions has come from sectors that will be hit hardest, including hospitality and gastronomy.
    On a more fundamental level, many AfD lawmakers are angered by what they see as a historic curtailment of freedom.
    “The daily bombardment with infection numbers is clearly designed to scare people as most don’t see COVID in their daily lives,” said AfD Honorary Chairman Alexander Gauland.
    “In the name of citizens’ health, (the government) has decided on the biggest restrictions of freedom in the history of this republic,” he said.
    Worried hospitals will be overwhelmed, Merkel announced on Wednesday a month-long lockdown from Nov. 2 to include the closure of restaurants, gyms and theatres.
    Germany was widely praised for keeping infection and deaths below those of many of its neighbours early in the crisis but, like much of     Europe, is now in the midst of a second wave.    It recorded a record 16,774 rise in cases on Thursday, bringing the total to 481,013. The death toll rose by 89 to 10,272.
    “The winter will be hard – four long, hard months – but it will end,” said Merkel.
(Reporting by Madeline Chambers, Sabine Siebold and Thomas Escritt; Editing by Michelle Adair, Maria Sheahan, William Maclean)

10/29/2020 Protests Erupt In Washington Following Fatal Moped Crash by OAN Newsroom
Police officers stand guard outside the 4th District Police Station during the second night of
protest against the death of Karon Hylton. (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)
    12 officers have been injured after the second consecutive night of violent demonstrations in front of a Washington D.C. police station.
    Protests broke out on Wednesday night after a vigil for 20-year-old Karon Hylton Brown, who died while trying to evade the police.
    Demonstrators at the protest threw rocks, bricks and fireworks at officers. They have blamed police for the death of Hylton-Brown.
    Authorities initially tried to stop the 20-year-old for not wearing a helmet while riding a moped-scooter, when he fled and collided with another vehicle.
    Hylton-Brown’s family took part in the demonstrations.
Protesters gather as police officers stand guard outside the 4th District Police Station during the second
night of protest against the death of Karon Hylton. (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)
    “They need to check their officers,” stated Charles Brown, Hylton-Brown’s father.    “When they’re doing something that’s messed up out here, they ain’t gotta do it on the streets so we can see it, but when they get back to the precinct right here they need to tell them….    ‘hey look, that was messed up what you did out there.'
    Police have said there were several arrests made Wednesday night and the unrest quelled before midnight.

10/29/2020 U.S. Air Force Test-Launches ICBM From Calif. by OAN Newsroom
An Air Force Global Strike Command unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile launches during an operational test at
12:27 a.m. Pacific Time, Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020, at Vandenberg Air Force Base, California. (U.S. Air Force photo by Michael Peterson)
    The U.S. Air Force has test-launched an unarmed intercontinental ballistic missile.
    According to reports, the ‘Minute-Man Three‘ missile and re-entry vehicle was launched shortly after midnight on Thursday from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.
    The missile traveled around 4,200 miles to the Marshall Islands.    This verified the accuracy and reliability of the system.
    Officials have said the test demonstrates that the U.S. nuclear deterrent is a ‘safe… secure and effective means’ to deter modern threats.    They added test launches are planned months in advance and are not a response to world events or regional tensions.

10/29/2020 Kudlow: Targeted Relief Is Not Going To Happen by OAN Newsroom
Director of the National Economic Council Larry Kudlow speaks to reporters after a TV interview. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN / AFP)
    White House economic advisor Larry Kudlow has said targeted pandemic relief “is not going to happen.”
    On Thursday, Kudlow again blamed House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) for sabotaging negotiations and stated she’s unwilling to compromise on key stimulus issues.    He also added he’s doubted the Speaker’s seriousness in recent weeks.
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) speaks during a news conference at the U.S. Capitol. (Photo by Sarah Silbiger/Getty Images)
    Kudlow has said his suspicions were confirmed when a copy of a letter Pelosi sent to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, asking him to respond to the Democrat’s latest stimulus proposal, was somehow published by Politico.
    He also reiterated that he doesn’t believe the country’s economic recovery depends on another assistance package.

10/29/2020 Pending Home Sales Fall 2.2% In September As Prices Rise by OAN Newsroom
A “For Sale” sign is seen in front of a house in the Georgetown neighborhood of Washington, DC. (NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP via Getty Images)
    Pending home sales fell unexpectedly in September as prices have continued to rise.
    The National Association of Realtors reported pending sales fell 2.2 percent in September but were still more than 20 percent higher when compared to a year ago.
    That was the first monthly decline in four months as the housing market has boomed amid the pandemic.
    However, buyers looking to enter the market amid record-low mortgage rates have faced a shrinking supply of homes for sale which has pushed the prices higher.
    Data earlier this week showed home prices rising at the fastest pace in more than two years.

10/29/2020 Report: Hunter Biden Emails Show Effort To Target High-Ranking Democrats by OAN Newsroom
Screenshot of Hunter Biden, son of Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, addressing
the virtual Democratic National Convention. (Photo by Handout/DNCC via Getty Images)
    Hunter Biden’s former business partner has said the former vice president’s son tried to bring politically connected officials into his business partnerships.
    Tony Bobulinski provided a May 2017 email from Joe Biden’s brother James that was sent to himself, Hunter and others.    In the email, Jim made the suggestion to target high profile Democrat politicians as “key domestic contacts” for their U.S.-China joint venture.
    Tony Bobulinski speaks to reporters at a hotel in Nashville, Tenn. while holding a phone with alleged evidence of Hunter Biden’s corruption.
    These high-profile Democrats included New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-N.Y.), Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (D-N.Y.).
    A number of other Democrat politicians were also mentioned, including Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and then San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom (D-Calif.).    Subsequent emails targeted even more Democrats.
    Another email reportedly listed possible foreign contacts for the venture, which included leaders in Columbia, Argentina and Ireland as well as business leaders in India and Mexico.
    This came amid reported texts from 2015 that detailed various schemes to bring in former federal officials.    The texts stated that political influence was key to their business strategy.
    Reports also claimed that once Hunter was brought into the fold, it finally led to productive meetings with high-profile names.
    New texts have also suggested the Democrat presidential candidate met with James, Hunter and Bobulinksi in 2017 at the same time Hunter attempted to meet with the founder of a Chinese communist-linked energy company.
    In an interview Wednesday, former NYPD Commissioner Bernard Kerik, who has been working with Rudy Giuliani on Hunter’s laptop, called the evidence against Hunter “overwhelming.”
    He noted if an investigation isn’t ongoing, everyone at the FBI and Department of Justice should be fired.    Kerik added if anyone doesn’t believe the emails, they should at least believe Bobulinski.
    “If you really want to push the Russian disinformation issue, well then the Russians would have had to hypnotize Hunter,” Kerik noted.    “And had him take his own hard drive into some store…and not pick it up.”
    In an interview Thursday, lawmaker Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) said if Biden wins the presidency, he doesn’t see how a special counsel could be avoided.    Johnson claimed it would be needed to get to the bottom of the former vice president’s son’s business dealings with Ukraine and China.
    Otherwise, he warned the whole situation would be “tucked away” and evidence would be buried, meaning the public would never know what happened.
    A recent poll cited around 75 percent of voters said they’ve heard at least a little about the Hunter Biden story.    Four in 10 have claimed they think he did something wrong.
    According to an additional report, Google searches for how to change one’s vote have spiked in recent days and have coincided with a search for more information on Hunter.
    Reports have also indicated that at least one Senate Committee is investigating if Hunter Biden violated federal laws by failing to register as a foreign agent while promoting the interests of foreign business partners in Washington D.C.

10/29/2020 Pelosi Not Interested In Passing Smaller Stimulus Measures During Lame Duck Session by OAN Newsroom
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) speaks during a news conference at the U.S. Capitol
on October 29, 2020 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Sarah Silbiger/Getty Images)
    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has no intention of pursuing smaller stimulus deals during Congress’s upcoming lame duck session.
    On Thursday, she made the suggestion during a press conference on Capitol Hill.    The Democrat said a larger bill is better at addressing the nation’s needs on a more complete scale.
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) speaks during a news conference at the U.S. Capitol (Photo by Sarah Silbiger/Getty Images)
    The Speaker added that a stimulus bill should not focus on the size of the relief being offered, but rather the quality of that relief.
    “We are talking about quality,” Pelosi stated.    “We are not going to take a small bill that has the bulk of reinforcing funds to the richest people in America while questioning the integrity of people on unemployment insurance.”
    Pelosi noted she’s still holding out hope for a stimulus deal after the election but has said it must be large enough to satisfy the nation’s economic needs.

10/30/2020 Oil down $1.08 to $36.39, DOW up 139 to 26,659.

10/30/2020 CORONAVIRUS IN KENTUCKY - State adds 1,821 virus cases, 19 deaths by Sarah Ladd, Louisville Courier Journal USA TODAY NETWORK
    Kentucky had its third worst day for coronavirus cases Thursday, with Gov. Andy Beshear reporting 1,821 new cases. He also reported 19 new deaths.
    This comes after Wednesday saw the second worst day of cases and Tuesday was the fourth worst since the pandemic hit the commonwealth in March.
    'This is a type of outbreak where we can't deny our way out of it, we can't rationalize our way out of it,' Beshear said.    'We can't try to find excuses for not following the guidance, it is that present.'
    The state has now reported 103,305 cases since the pandemic began, and the positivity rate is at 6.04%.    As of Thursday, 969 people were hospitalized, 234 were in intensive care units and 120 were on ventilators. More than 200 new cases are in people 18 and younger, Beshear said.    The mortality rate in the state is 1.4%, and 1,461 Kentuckians have died from the virus.    There have been at least 18,277 recoveries.
    'It's going to start feeling more and more like March and April with the case numbers that we continue to see,' Beshear said.    'Remember, we're gonna make it through this.    We're gonna get to the other side; there is an end.    But the actions that we take, and our reactions to the spread of the virus, are going to determine the number of Kentuckians we lose along the way.'
    Thursday's deaths are:
- 68 -year-old man from Adair - 75-year--old man from Callaway - 93-year-old man from Casey - 81-year-old man from Daviess - 65-year-old man from Fayette - 90-year-old man from Jefferson - 83-year-old woman from Jefferson - 88-year-old man from Jefferson - 88-year-old woman from Jefferson - 73-year-old man from Jessamine - 72-year-old man from Lee - 61-year-old woman from McLean - 80-year-old woman from Meade - 71-year-old man - 68-year-old woman from - 58-year-old man from Russell - 68-year-old woman from Shelby - 87-year-old woman from Warren - 89-year-old woman from Whitley Beshear on Monday issued a new set of recommendations for counties in the 'red' zone — those identified by the     White House as having more than 25 cases per 100,000 people.    He hasn't been advised by White House or Kentucky health officials to introduce any new mandates at this time, he said, but if that advice comes, 'we'll consider it.'    Kentucky already has a mask mandate in place, as well as a bar and restaurant curfew and a limit on social gatherings.
    'These actually should be enough,' Beshear said.    'Compliance is our issue.    And if not enough people are following a mandate, will another mandate help with that compliance?'
    Amid the influx, the Kentucky Supreme Court recommended court guidance for counties in the red zone in a Thursday letter.
    Courts in red zones should, according to the recommendations, hold proceedings virtually and postpone jury trials until a return to the yellow zone.    Circuit court clerks should move away from in-person options, court facilities should be limited to attorneys and those who need to attend emergency hearings, court employees who can should work remotely should do so, and masks and social distancing should be 'strictly enforced' in court facilities.
    'Health experts have warned that this fall and winter will be the darkest days of the pandemic,' Chief Justice John Minton Jr. said in an email sent to justices, judges, circuit court clerks and court employees.    'I want to encourage all of you to remain vigilant and take the necessary precautions to protect yourselves, your co-workers and the people we serve.'
    Meanwhile, Indiana broke another record, with 3,649 new cases Thursday and 33 new deaths (0.009%) from the past week.    The state has now had 172,730 cases and 4,024 deaths (note 2.3%).
    Reach news reporter Sarah Ladd at or on Twitter
    The recommendations for red counties are:
- Employers allow employees to work fromm home when possible.
- Noncritical government offices should operate virtually.
- Reduce in-person shopping by ordering online or via curbside pickup.
- Order takeout and avoid dining in resttaurants or bars.
- Prioritize businesses that follow and enforce the mask mandate and other guidelines.
- Reschedule, postpone or cancel public and private events.
- Do not host or attend gatherings of anny size.
- Avoid nonessential activities outside of your home. - Reduce overall activity and contacts, and follow existing guidance.
    Kentucky had its third worst day for coronavirus cases Thursday, with Gov. Andy Beshear reporting 1,821 new cases.    He also reported 19 new deaths.
    This comes after Wednesday saw the second worst day of cases and Tuesday was the fourth worst since the pandemic hit the commonwealth in March.
    'This is a type of outbreak where we can't deny our way out of it, we can't rationalize our way out of it,' Beshear said.    'We can't try to find excuses for not following the guidance, it is that present.'
    The state has now reported 103,305 cases since the pandemic began, and the positivity rate is at 6.04%.    As of Thursday, 969 people were hospitalized, 234 were in intensive care units and 120 were on ventilators.    More than 200 new cases are in people 18 and younger, Beshear said. The mortality rate in the state is 1.4%, and 1,461 Kentuckians have died from the virus.    There have been at least 18,277 recoveries.
    'It's going to start feeling more and more like March and April with the case numbers that we continue to see,' Beshear said.    'Remember, we're gonna make it through this.    We're gonna get to the other side; there is an end.    But the actions that we take, and our reactions to the spread of the virus, are going to determine the number of Kentuckians we lose along the way.'
[19 deaths / 1,821 cases = 0.010% and Beshear finally said the mortality rate was 1.4% or Ky 1,461 deaths / 103,305 cases = 0.014% so it is not getting worse actually normal which is only 1 person dies out of 100 and we are not sure if they died from the coronavirus and most of them are above 60 years of age and should wear a mask to protect themselves and I live in Livingston County and it is not a red zone and not everyone wears a mask but our lives are going on anyway with restrictions from over-reaching Democrat Governor before a presidential election and do not be fooled by the RED ZONE PROJECTIONS which was released before election to fear monger and I suspect if we looked at it most of them are Democrat controlled.].

10/30/2020 ‘War Against Islamist Ideology’ Means More Attacks In France: Interior Minister
FILE PHOTO: French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin, wearing a protective face mask, makes a phone call as he leaves
following the weekly cabinet meeting at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, October 21, 2020. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes
    PARIS (Reuters) – More attacks on French soil are likely as France is engaged in a “war against Islamist ideology,” its interior minister said on Friday.
    A knife-wielding Tunisian man shouting “Allahu Akbar” (God is Greatest) beheaded a woman and killed two other people in a church in the French city of Nice on Thursday before being shot and taken away by police. [nL1N2HK0N2]
    “We are in a war against an enemy that is both inside and outside,” Gerald Darmanin told RTL radio.
    “We need to understand that there have been and there will be other events such as these terrible attacks.”
(Reporting by Matthias Blamont; editing by John Stonestreet)

10/30/2020 Washington D.C. Prepares For Election Day Unrest by OAN Newsroom
DC Mayor Muriel Bowser holds an American flag. (Photo by BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP via Getty Images)
    Police in Washington D.C. have planned to establish “no parking zones” for a majority of streets in the downtown area on election night.
    In a news conference Thursday, Washington D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser stated the measures are aimed to “ensure the city’s safety.”    She added that officials were working to prepare for the worst as she believes some residents would like to cause mayhem.
    Meanwhile, many small businesses in the area have prepared for possible protests by boarding up their windows as well as hiring security personnel.

10/30/2020 DHS To Launch 24/7 Virtual War Room For Election Security
People cast votes at the Richland County Voter Registration & Elections Office. (Photo by Sean Rayford/Getty Images)
    The Department of Homeland Security has prepared to launch the largest operation geared toward election security in the nation’s history.
    The DHS announced that on Election Day, the Cyber Security Division will establish a virtual war room that will stay up and running 24/7 to protect against foreign interference, especially threats from Iran and China.
    Election officials across the country will be able to call in and report any suspicious activity and the DHS will send directives on how states can best defend themselves against attacks.
    Officials have said the virtual war room may stay in operation all the way up until the election results are verified in December.

10/30/2020 Philadelphia, Pa. Police Prepare For More Protests Amid City Council Limitations by OAN Newsroom
A protester points while facing police during a demonstration. (AP Photo/Michael Perez)
    Tensions have remained high in Philadelphia, Pa. amid protests and clashes with police officers.    The city’s curfew has ended but state officials have called for residents to stay indoors amid consecutive nights of protests.
    On Thursday, the Philadelphia Police Department confirmed more than 55 officers had been injured since the unrest started as well as more than 200 people had been arrested.
    Demonstrations turned violent when protesters began throwing rocks and other items at police on Tuesday which led to a closure of all non-essential businesses on Wednesday evening.
Demonstrators stand near a burning barricade in Philadelphia on October 27, 2020, during a protest over
the police shooting of 27-year-old Black man Walter Wallace. (Photo by Gabriella AUDI / AFP)
    This came as state officials announced the state National Guard would be deployed to the city and would arrive on Friday.
    “These individuals are doing nothing but simply wasting our precious resources,” noted PPD Commissioner Danielle Outlaw.    “Let me be perfectly clear, this behavior is not acceptable under any circumstance, nor will it ever be tolerated.”
    The city council also passed a ban on police use of “less-than-lethal” force on protesters, such as tear gas and rubber bullets.    Critics have warned the move could leave police with fewer options to deal with dispersing crowds, possibly resulting in more clashes and injuries.
    The mayor has planned to review the bill again before moving forward with the legislation.
    In the meantime, Philadelphia police have claimed they will soon release the 911 calls and body-cam footage of the police shooting of Walter Wallace Jr.

10/30/2020 NYPD Names First Black Woman To Chief Of Patrol by OAN Newsroom
Chief Juanita Holmes speaks at ‘March to End Violence Against Women’ hosted by UNWFPA.
(Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images for UN WOMEN FOR PEACE ASSOCIATION)
    The New York Police Department has named its first woman as Chief of Patrol.
    On Thursday, Juanita Holmes made history as the highest-ranking African-American woman in the NYPD.
    “I’ve seen her work up close, I’ve seen her leadership skills,” stated NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea.    “I can tell you that she has walked the walk and she talks the talk.”
    Holmes will oversee most of the department’s uniformed officers patrolling the city.
    During a press conference, Holmes said she was humbled and honored to continue to serve the people of New York City, N.Y.    She spoke on her role and how she plans to lead going forward.
    “In every role I think I’ve played in this department… equality, fairness and transparency have always been at the very heart of what I do,” noted Holmes.    “As Chief of Patrol, this is how I will lead every day.    I am so grateful for this opportunity.”
    Holmes’s appointment is set to officially go into effect on Friday.

10/30/2020 France Tightens Security After Nice Attack, Protests Flare In Parts Of Muslim World by Tangi Salaün and Caroline Pailliez
A picture of Vincent Loques, sexton of the Notre Dame church, one of the victims of a deadly knife attack, is seen with
candles and flowers in front of the Notre Dame church in Nice, France, October 30, 2020. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard
    PARIS/NICE, France (Reuters) – France stepped up security nationwide on Friday to guard against Islamist attacks after the fatal stabbings at a church in Nice, while protests flared in parts of the Middle East, Asia and Africa over French caricatures of the Prophet Mohammad.
    President Emmanuel Macron deployed thousands of soldiers to protect sites including places of worship and schools, and the nation was at its highest level of security alert after the second deadly knife attack in its cities in two weeks.
    Police were holding a 21-year-old Tunisian migrant, identified by a French police source and Tunisian officials as Brahim al-Aouissaoui, over the attack in which a man shouting “Allahu Akbar” (God is Greatest) decapitated a woman and killed two other people in Notre Dame Basilica in Nice on Thursday.
    The attack took place at a time of growing anger among Muslims in many countries over the issue of French cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad, which they deem insulting and blasphemous.
    It occurred almost two weeks after Samuel Paty, a school teacher in a Paris suburb, was beheaded by an 18-year-old Chechen.    Paty had shown his pupils such cartoons in a class on freedom of expression.
    France, home to Europe’s largest Muslim community and hit by a string of militant attacks in recent years, has defended the right to publish such cartoons.    Macron has insisted France will not compromise on its basic freedoms of belief and expression.
    In Pakistan, Bangladesh and the Palestinian territories, tens of thousands of Muslims staged anti-French protests after Friday prayers.
    In Islamabad, police briefly fired tear gas at protesters who broke through security blockades in a failed attempt to demonstrate at the French embassy.
    In Bangladesh, marchers in the capital Dhaka chanted “Boycott French products” and carried banners calling Macron “the world’s biggest terrorist.”    Some burned effigies of the French president.
    “Macron is leading Islamophobia,” said Dhaka demonstrator Akramul Haq.    “The Muslim world will not let this go in vain.    We’ll rise and stand in solidarity against him.”
    Protests also took place in India, Lebanon and Somalia.
    Interior Minister Gerald Damarnin said France was engaged in a war against Islamist ideology and more attacks on its soil were likely.    “We are in a war against an enemy that is both inside and outside,” he told RTL radio.
    Nice Police Chief Richard Gianotti said any symbol of the republic or Christianity was a potential target.    “We have to be vigilant, we have to be attentive,” he told Reuters.
    French embassies were also told to step up security.
    Police used a Taser and rubber bullets to overpower a man in Paris on Friday when he threatened officers with two knives after they challenged him.    The motive was not immediately clear.
    In Nice, residents mourned the victims of what was the second attack in the Mediterranean city in recent years.    In July 2016, a militant drove a truck through a seafront crowd celebrating Bastille Day, killing 86 people.
    People gathered in front of the Notre Dame church to lay flowers and light candles.
    “I’m from Nice and this is a tragedy once again,” said Frederic Lefevre, 50, who wore a French national rugby shirt.
    “We’re a free country.    Let’s love freedom – that’s a message to the world.    No god should kill,” he said.
    France’s chief anti-terrorism prosecutor, Jean-Francois Ricard, said the suspect was a Tunisian born in 1999 who arrived in Europe on Sept. 20 in Lampedusa, the Italian island off Tunisia that is a main landing point for migrants from Africa.
    He arrived in Nice by train on Thursday morning and made his way to the church, where he stabbed and killed the 55-year-old sexton and beheaded a 60-year-old woman.
    He also stabbed a 44-year-old woman, who fled to a nearby cafe where she raised the alarm before dying, Ricard said.
    Police then arrived and shot and wounded him.
    The woman who died after raising the alarm was identified as mother-of-three Simone Barreto Silva, who moved to France from Brazil as a teenager.
    “She crossed the road, covered in blood,” said Brahim Jelloule, manager of the Unik cafe.    “She was still talking, she was saying that there was someone inside (the church),” Jelloule told France Television.
    The Notre Dame parish treasurer, Jean-Francois Gourdon, told Reuters he had been working in the church with the sexton, Vincent Loques, but left shortly before the attacker arrived.
    The sexton, he said, “was very honest, he was at everyone’s service, good-humoured, liked to joke.”
    In the Tunisian city of Sfax, Aouissaoui’s family said he had spoken to them on a video call outside the church hours before the attack.    He had shown no sign that he planned any violence, they said.
    Aouissaoui had gone there looking for a place to sleep, his sister Afef said.
    Family members told Reuters they were shocked at the idea that he had committed such a violent crime.
    “My brother is a friendly person and never showed extremism,” his older brother Yassin said.    “He respected all other people and accepted their differences even since he was a child.”
(Reporting by Reuters bureaux; Writing by Angus MacSwan; Editing by Mark Heinrich and Giles Elgood)

10/30/2020 Exclusive: Russian Hackers Targeted California, Indiana Democratic Parties by Raphael Satter, Christopher Bing and Joel Schectman
The Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) is seen through the rain in Washington, D.C., October 29, 2020. REUTERS/Raphael Satter
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The group of Russian hackers accused of meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election earlier this year targeted the email accounts of Democratic state parties in California and Indiana, and influential think tanks in Washington and New York, according to people with knowledge of the matter.
    The attempted intrusions, many of which were internally flagged by Microsoft Corp over the summer, were carried out by a group often nicknamed “Fancy Bear.”    The hackers’ activity provides insight into how Russian intelligence is targeting the United States in the run-up to the Nov. 3 election.
    The targets identified by Reuters, which include the Center for American Progress, the Council on Foreign Relations and the Washington-based Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, said they had not seen any evidence of successful hacking attempts.
    Fancy Bear is controlled by Russia’s military intelligence agency and was responsible for hacking the email accounts of Hillary Clinton’s staff in the run-up to the 2016 election, according to a Department of Justice indictment filed in 2018.
    News of the Russian hacking activity follows last month’s announcement by Microsoft that Fancy Bear had attempted to hack more than 200 organizations, many of which the software company said were tied to the 2020 election.    Microsoft was able to link this year’s cyber espionage campaign to the Russian hackers through an apparent programming error that allowed the company to identify a pattern of attack unique to Fancy Bear, according to a Microsoft assessment reviewed by Reuters.
    Microsoft declined to comment on Reuters’ findings.
    The thrust of espionage operations could not be determined by Reuters.    The Office of the Director of National Intelligence said in August that Russian operations were attempting to undermine the campaign of presidential candidate Joe Biden.
    Democratic National Committee spokesman Chris Meagher said it was “no surprise” that foreign actors were attempting to interfere with the election.
    The Russian Embassy in Washington said it does not interfere in America’s internal affairs and denied any link to “Fancy Bear,” calling the allegation “fake news.”
    The Trump campaign did not return messages.
    Over the summer, a specialized cybersecurity unit at Microsoft and federal law enforcement agents notified many of the targets who were in Fancy Bear’s crosshairs, according to six people with knowledge of the matter.    Reuters identified SKDKnickerbocker, a lobbying firm allied with Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, as one of them last month.
    The targeting of Democrats in Indiana and California – confirmed by four people familiar with the matter – suggests that the Russians are “casting their net wide,” said Don Smith of cybersecurity company Secureworks.
    The Indiana Democratic Party said in a statement it was “unaware of any successful intrusions.”    California Democratic Party Chair Rusty Hicks acknowledged being targeted, but stopped short of naming Fancy Bear, saying in an email that “the effort by the foreign entity was unsuccessful.”
    The FBI declined comment.
    Fancy Bear also targeted think tanks and foreign policy organizations that hold sway in Washington and have, in the past, provided staff for presidential administrations.
    Among them was the Center for American Progress (CAP), a left-leaning group whose founder, John Podesta, was at the center of the 2016 Russian hack and leak operation, according to a person with direct knowledge of the incident.
    A CAP spokesperson said the organization had not been breached and declined further comment.
    The Open Society Foundations, one of the first organizations to see its correspondence leaked to the public by Fancy Bear in 2016, was targeted by the Kremlin again earlier this year, according to two people briefed on the matter.    The group’s founder, George Soros, has provided substantial funding to pro-democracy causes and is a regular target of Russian disinformation as well as domestic conspiracy theories.
    In a statement, the Open Society said “obviously tensions are extraordinarily high heading into this election, and we are taking many steps to ensure the safety of our staff.”
    Others targeted by Fancy Bear in 2020 included the New York-based Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), the Washington-based Carnegie Endowment, and the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) – all of whom were notified by Microsoft, according to people familiar with the respective organizations.
    A CSIS spokesman declined comment on the hacking activity.    A Carnegie spokeswoman confirmed the targeting, but declined to provide further detail.    A spokeswoman with the Council on Foreign Relations said they had not been breached.
(editing by Jonathan Weber, Chris Sanders and Edward Tobin)
[We do not have to much trust in Mcrosoft, Twitter and Facebook and I can only assume that the reason for this article is a set up if the Democrats lose they can blame it on Russia and the Republicans.].

10/30/2020 Joe Biden Says He Wouldn’t Use Threat Of Cutting U.S. Troop Levels In Ties With South Korea
FILE PHOTO: Democratic U.S. presidential nominee and former Vice President Joe Biden speaks during
a drive-in, Get Out the Vote campaign stop in Tampa, Florida, U.S., October 29, 2020. REUTERS/Brian Snyder
    (Reuters) – Democratic U.S. presidential challenger Joe Biden said that if elected he will strengthen Washington’s alliance with Seoul and not use the threat of reducing U.S. troop levels in South Korea as a bargaining chip.
    During the Trump administration, South Korea and the United States have been at odds over how much of the cost South Korea should shoulder to accommodate U.S. Forces Korea (USFK), a legacy of the 1950-53 Korean War that ended in an armistice, not a peace treaty.
    President Donald Trump has said South Korea should pay more and the disagreement raised the prospect that he could push to withdraw at least some U.S. troops, as he has done elsewhere.
    “As President, I’ll stand with South Korea, strengthening our alliance to safeguard peace in East Asia and beyond, rather than extorting Seoul with reckless threats to remove our troops,” Biden wrote in a piece published on Friday in South Korea’s Yonhap news agency.
    “I’ll engage in principled diplomacy and keep pressing toward a denuclearized North Korea and a unified Korean Peninsula, while working to reunite Korean Americans separated from loved ones in North Korea for decades,” he wrote.
    Earlier this month, cost-sharing talks were a major sticking point during an annual security meeting between Defence Minister Suh Wook and U.S. Secretary of Defence Mark Esper.
    The U.S. military said this month that it will put nearly 9,000 South Korean workers on unpaid leave from April in the absence of an agreement on the sharing of costs of maintaining 28,500 U.S. troops in South Korea.
(Reporting by Kanishka Singh; Editing by Frances Kerry)

10/30/2020 EU Urges Quick WHO Reform, Asks For More Transparency In Pandemics by Francesco Guarascio and Caroline Copley
FILE PHOTO: A member of the medical staff removes a face mask after treating a patient suffering from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19)
in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at Havelhoehe community hospital in Berlin, Germany, October 30, 2020. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch/File Photo
    BRUSSELS/BERLIN (Reuters) – The World Health Organization (WHO) should be quickly overhauled, get more powers to handle pandemics and expose its member states’ shortfalls in health emergencies, European Union officials said on Friday.
    The comments were made at a video conference of EU health ministers that endorsed an EU document on the reform of the U.N. agency which for the first time outlines a series of sweeping changes needed to boost WHO’s powers and resources, as exclusively reported by Reuters in September.
    The moves followed criticisms that China and other countries did not share information on the COVID-19 pandemic in a timely fashion at its onset.
    “The current pandemic challenges us very acutely … but it is very important that the (WHO) reform debate is held in parallel,” German Health Minister Jens Spahn told a news conference.
    He did not say when the reform process should begin, but stressed that as a result of the overhaul the WHO should become faster in its reaction to health crises, while its member states should share more information in emergencies.
    “We greatly appreciate the EU’s strong leadership in global health and its steadfast support for WHO, including support for strengthening the organization,” the WHO said, declining to comment specifically on the EU document.
    “It is extremely important we move ahead with this reform,” EU Health Commissioner Stella Kyriakides told the same news conference.
    After months of international pressure, an independent panel was set up in September to review the global handling of the pandemic. The process to reform the WHO would begin after that, officials had said.
    The EU draft document, which will represent the EU’s position at a WHO assembly in mid-November, urges the U.N. agency to make public more quickly how and whether its member states respect their obligations on sharing information on health crises.
    The United States has accused the WHO of being too close to China in the first phase of the pandemic, when critics say Beijing was slow in sharing crucial information on the new coronavirus which first appeared in the city of Wuhan.
    The WHO has repeatedly dismissed these accusations.
    “Transparency on who complies with the rules is fundamental,” Kyriakides told ministers at the video conference, according to her speaking notes.
    The draft document also says WHO countries should allow independent epidemiological assessments on-site in high risk zones during health crises.
(Reporting by Francesco Guarascio @fraguarascio; Editing by David Holmes and David Evans and Kirsten Donovan)

10/30/2020 Va. Passes Sweeping Radical Police Reform Package by OAN Newsroom
Virginia Governor Ralph Northam speaks to members of the media. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
    The state of Virginia has moved forward with numerous major police reforms.    On Wednesday, Gov. Ralph Northam (D-Va.) signed the changes aimed at police and criminal justice reform.
    This came after months of protests called for radical police reform in the state and across the country.    The state’s new regulations banned “no-knock warrants,” and limited the use of force.    The new legislation also established a Civilian Law Enforcement Review Board.
    “In every profession, there’s some type of ethical responsibility,” stated Henrico County Commonwealth’s Attorney Shannon Taylor.    “We want to be able to allow officers to know that we are there to support them, so if they do see something, they’ve got to say something.”
    Virginia State Police officials have said they recognize the significance of the reforms and are supportive of the end goal.    However, they also noted they plan to amend the new bills and add critical safety measures not adopted in the special session.

10/30/2020 Twitter Unfreezes New York Post Account Days After Backlash From Republican Lawmakers by Nandita Bose and David Shepardson
FILE PHOTO: The Twitter logo is displayed on a screen on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE)
in New York City, U.S., September 28, 2016. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid/File Photo
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Twitter said on Friday it had changed its policy on hacked materials and lifted a freeze it had placed on the account of the New York Post.
    The New York Post can now send tweets again, the social media platform said.    It had blocked the newspaper’s account on Oct. 14 after it published articles about Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden’s son, which Twitter said violated its hacked materials policy.
    Earlier this week, Twitter’s Chief Executive Jack Dorsey drew fire from Republican lawmakers, who accused the company of selective censorship against conservatives.
    The New York Post tweeted a picture featuring Twitter’s bird logo flying out of a cage, with the caption “Twitter backs down, finally unlocks Post account after Biden ban.”
(Reporting by David Shepardson and Nandita Bose in Washington, Editing by Rosalba O’Brien)

10/30/2020 FBI Hiring Outside Contractor To Overhaul Use Of FISA Spying Tool by OAN Newsroom
Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Christopher Wray. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
    The FBI has said it’s hiring a private firm to revamp its policies regarding the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, or FISA, a controversial tool used to spy on Americans.
    Companies reportedly had until this week to bid on a contract, but critics have questioned the move over concerns sensitive data could be leaked while working with an outside contractor.
    This came after the agency came under scrutiny over errors it made while wire-tapping former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page.
Former Trump Campaign foreign policy adviser Carter Page. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
    The Bureau was looking to examine Page over alleged links to possible Russian interference in the 2016 election.

10/30/2020 Regeneron Halts COVID-19 Therapeutic Trials On Sick Patients by OAN Newsroom
(Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
    ‘Regeneron’ has paused its trials on the sickest patients following safety concerns.
    According to reports on Friday, the pharmaceutical company decided to stop giving its antibody-drug to coronavirus patients on ventilators or those receiving high amounts of oxygen.
    However, the company has said it will continue the trial on patients with less severe bouts of the illness.
    This comes as another pharmaceutical company, ‘Eli Lilly,’ ended trials on hospitalized patients on Monday after the drug was determined ineffective for severe cases of the coronavirus.

10/30/2020 Democrat Strategists Concerned Biden Neglecting Swing States by OAN Newsroom
Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden speaks during a drive-in campaign rally. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
    Democrats have been losing confidence in their presidential nominee’s campaign strategy.
    Joe Biden and his running mate, Kamala Harris, have planned to visit Republican stronghold states like Texas and Georgia in the days leading up to Election Day.
    The Biden campaign has apparently tried to “expand the map” by reaching out to these states.    However, this left Democrat strategists nervous that their candidate is not focusing enough on battleground states such as Pennsylvania and Michigan.
    In the meantime, President Trump has targeted these swing states in the final days leading up to the election.    On Friday, he hosted rallies in Michigan, Wisconsin, and Minnesota.

10/30/2020 Nat’l Guard Arrives In Philadelphia, Pa. To Protect Businesses, City Landmarks by OAN Newsroom
National Guard member Private First Class Clemens (L) confers with a colleague while patrolling
the area around Philadelphia City Hall. (Photo by Mark Makela/Getty Images)
    The National Guard has arrived in Philadelphia, Pa. as the city prepares for more unrest following the police shooting of Walter Wallace Jr.
    Members of the Pennsylvania National Guard arrived in the city on Friday morning to protect vulnerable city landmarks and businesses.
    On Monday, police said Wallace ignored multiple orders to drop his knife when police responded outside his home in a West Philadelphia neighborhood.
    The deadly shooting sparked a week of violent demonstrations in the city which included looting and rioting.    Meanwhile, the city has implemented a 9 p.m. curfew.

10/30/2020 Report: Spanish-Speaking Fla. Residents Receive Threatening Messages by OAN Newsroom
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) speaks during a news conference. (Photo by Stefani Reynolds/Getty Images)
    According to reports, Spanish-speaking supporters of President Trump have recently been targeted by threats over social media.
    Reports on Thursday stated residents in South Florida have started getting messages on ‘WhatsApp‘ chats this week.    The messages claimed they’ll be targeted if President Trump loses the election and refuses to concede.
    This also included threats to burn down their houses, similar to messages seen in other states.    Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) took to Twitter on Friday to state the ‘WhatsApp’ messages that threatened Trump supporters in Florida are indeed fake.
    Experts have said the message’s anonymity, method of delivery as well as nature of threats point to a disinformation campaign.

10/31/2020 Oil down $0.50 to $35.61, DOW down 158 to 26,502.

10/31/2020 Beshear reports 1,941 new coronavirus cases Friday in state, 15 more deaths by Sarah Ladd, Louisville Courier Journal USA TODAY NETWORK
    Friday was another bad day for the coronavirus in Kentucky, with Gov. Andy Beshear reporting 1,941 new cases and 15 new deaths.
    This comes after Thursday’s numbers marked Kentucky’s third-highest day for coronavirus cases.    Up from 6.04% on Thursday, Friday’s positivity rate is 6.19%.    There are now 974 people hospitalized, 241 in the intensive care unit and 121 on ventilators.    At least 18,407 people have recovered.
    'Remember, the more cases, the more people in the hospital, the more people in the ICU and the more people who die,' Beshear said in a statement.    'It’s time for a coordinated community effort with everybody on board.    Now is the time for leadership, not for excuses.'
    With Friday’s deaths, 1,476 Kentuckians have now died from COVID-19. The new deaths by county are:
- 88-year-old woman from Clark County - 83-year-old man from Daviess County - Two men, ages 39 and 89, from Fayette County - 82-year-old man from Greenup County - 68-year-old man from Hancock County - Two men, ages 66 and 67, from Jefferson County - 75-year-old woman and a 71-year-old man from Knott County - 84-year-old man from Laurel County - 91-year-old man from Lee County - 86-year-old woman from Montgomery County - 69-year-old man from Pike County - 67-year-old woman from Washington County 'We absolutely must double down in terms of applying caution,' Dr. Steven Stack, the state’s public health commissioner, said in a statement.
    'With nearly 70 counties now in the red zone, I am pleading with you to observe both Halloween and Red Zone Reduction Recommendations.    Lives and livelihoods literally depend on all of us doing our part.'
    More than half of Kentucky’s counties are in the 'red zone,' meaning they have more than 25 cases per 100,000 people (0.00025%), and the state recommends a series of extra precautions for those areas.    That includes limiting in-person interactions at work and socially, ordering takeout rather than dining in and reducing in-person shopping.
    Jefferson, Fayette, Kenton, Hardin, Warren and Campbell counties had the most cases Friday, Beshear’s office said.
[Here we go again 15 deaths / 1,941 cases = 0.008% is a very low figure and more hype by Democrats before election on the 3rd and most cases in Red Zone cities listed above are highly populated Louisville, Lexington, Bowling Green, Kenton and Elizabethtown so put your mask on and go out to interact, eat out and shop and ignore any lockdown and do Halloween and dress up like a Democrat which should scare anyone.].

10/31/2020 French Police Hunt Assailant Who Shot And Wounded Orthodox Priest In Church by Marc Angrand and Sarah White
Police officers guard a scene where an Orthodox priest was shot and injured as the assailant fled, as police source claims,
in Lyon, France October 31, 2020 in this screen grab obtained from a social media video. Julien Damboise/Lyonmag/via REUTERS
    PARIS (Reuters) – A Greek Orthodox priest was shot and injured on Saturday at a church in the centre of the French city of Lyon by an assailant who then fled, a police source and witnesses said.
    The priest was fired on twice at around 4 p.m. (1500 GMT) as he was closing the church, and he was being treated for life-threatening injuries, the source said.
    Witnesses said the church was Greek Orthodox.    Another police source said the priest was of Greek nationality, and had been able to tell emergency services as they arrived that he had not recognised his assailant.
    A Greek government official identified the priest as Nikolaos Kakavelakis.
    There was no indication from French officials that the attack was terrorism-related.    The French anti-terrorism prosecutor’s office had not been brought in, as is normal when law enforcement officials suspect a terrorism link, France’s BFMTV broadcaster said.
    The incident came two days after a man shouting “Allahu Akbar!” (God is Greatest) beheaded a woman and killed two other people in a church in Nice.
    Two weeks ago, a schoolteacher in a Paris suburb was beheaded by an 18-year-old attacker who was apparently incensed by the teacher showing a cartoon of the Prophet Mohammad during a class.
    While the motive for Saturday’s attack was not known, government ministers had warned that there could be other Islamist militant attacks.    President Emmanuel Macron has deployed thousands of soldiers to protect sites such as places of worship and schools.
    Prime Minister Jean Castex, who was visiting Rouen, said he was heading back to Paris to assess the situation.
    The Nice attack took place on the day Muslims celebrate the Prophet Mohammad’s birthday.    Many Muslims around the world have been angered about France’s defence of the right to publish cartoons depicting the Prophet.
    A third person has been taken into police custody in connection with that attack, a police source said on Saturday.    The suspected assailant was shot by police and remained in critical condition in hospital.
    Macron took to Arabic-language airwaves on Saturday, saying he understood the publication of cartoons depicting the Prophet Mohammad may shock some people but that there was no justification for acts of violence.
    In an interview with Al Jazeera released on Saturday, Macron said his position had been misconstrued: that he never supported publication of cartoons seen as insulting by Muslims, but had defended the right of free expression.
    “I understand and I respect the fact that people might be shocked by these caricatures, but I will never accept any justification for acts of violence over these caricatures,” Macron said.
    The teacher killed on Oct. 16, Samuel Paty, had showed cartoons in class to prompt discussion of free speech.
(Reporting by Catherine Lagrange and Sarah White; Additional reporting by Lefteris Papadimas in Athens; Writing by Kevin Liffey and Christian Lowe; Editing by Frances Kerry)

10/31/2020 Three In Custody In France Following Nice Attack by Sarah White and Michel Rose
A policeman carries flowers in front of the Notre Dame church in tribute to the victims
of a deadly knife attack in Nice, France, October 30, 2020. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard
    PARIS (Reuters) – A third person was taken into custody in France in connection with a knife attack which left three dead in Nice on Thursday, a police source said on Saturday, as the government ramps up security efforts against possible militant attacks.
    An assailant shouting “Allahu Akbar” (God is Greatest) beheaded a woman and killed two other people in a church in Nice, in France’s second deadly knife attack in two weeks.
    The third arrest took place on Friday and followed another that day and a previous one on Thursday, the police source said.    At least two of the people in custody, including one Nice resident, were being investigated over suspected contacts with the attacker, judicial sources have said.
    The suspected assailant was shot by police and is now in critical condition in a hospital.
    President Emmanuel Macron has deployed thousands of soldiers to protect sites such as places of worship and schools, and ministers have warned that other Islamist militant attacks could take place.
    The Nice attack, on the day Muslims celebrate the Prophet Mohammad’s birthday, came amid growing Muslim anger across the world over France’s defence of the right to publish cartoons depicting the prophet.
    On Oct. 16, Samuel Paty, a school teacher in a Paris suburb, was beheaded by an 18-year-old Chechen who was apparently incensed by the teacher showing a cartoon of the Prophet Mohammad in class.
    Protesters have denounced France in street rallies in several Muslim-majority countries, and some have called for boycotts of French goods.
    An interview with Macron on the TV network Al Jazeera, in which he addresses some of these tensions, is due to air later on Saturday, the French president’s office said.
    By reaching out directly to Muslim audiences, Macron is keen to counter what he sees as a misinterpretation of his recent statements on Islam and explain France’s often misunderstood secularist model, people close to him said.
    Macron also spoke to Pope Francis on Friday, following the attack at the Notre-Dame Catholic basilica in Nice, the President’s office said, and discussed the importance of freedom of speech and of dialogue between religions.
    “He (Macron) stated he would continue to fight against extremism so that all French people can express their faith in peace and without fear,” his office said.
    France’s chief anti-terrorism prosecutor has said the man suspected of carrying out the Nice attack was a Tunisian born in 1999 who had arrived in Europe on Sept. 20 in Lampedusa, the Italian island off Tunisia.
    Prosecutors in the Sicilian city of Palermo, in Italy, are investigating the man’s subsequent passage through the island, including the people he might have been in touch with there, and are requisitioning phone records, judicial sources told Reuters.
    Investigators are looking into the possibility that the suspect arrived in the Italian city of Bari in early October, on a ship used to quarantine migrants, before leaving for Palermo, the sources said.
(Reporting by Sarah White and Michel Rose in Paris and Wladimiro Pantaleone in Sicily; Editing by Angus MacSwan and Ros Russell)

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