[NFA] For the first time in 25 years a Democratic presidential candidate is running TV ads specifically targeting Texas, and Democrats say even a small investment in the Lone Star state could boost down-ballot contests and force Republicans to shift resources from other battlegrounds.
A spike in coronavirus cases in Texas and growing frustration here with Donald Trump's response to the crisis mean Democrats say they have a real chance to win a presidential contest in this state for the first time in more than four decades.
Joe Biden's campaign recently aired TV ads specifically aimed at Texans - the first time a Democratic presidential candidate has done so in a quarter-century, according to the state party.
Texas is among the states targeted by a $280 million fall advertising blitz the campaign unveiled last week, part of a broader strategy aimed at putting Republican-leaning states, including Georgia, Iowa and Ohio, in play ahead of the Nov.
3 election against the Republican Trump.
Polls show Biden holding a national lead over Trump, and effectively tied in Texas.
Dissatisfaction with Trump in 2018 led to a suburban revolt against Republicans nationwide.
Democrats in Texas took seats from long-time Republican incumbents and a popular former Congressman, Beto O'Rourke, came within three percentage points of unseating Republican Senator Ted Cruz.
O'Rourke went on to endorse Biden, who won the state's Democratic primary in March.
In addition to the suburban shift, the state’s Latino, Black and Asian populations – all of which vote heavily Democratic – have grown faster than the white population.
Democratic officials argue even a modest campaign investment in Texas could pay dividends by forcing Trump to divert money from other states, while benefiting down-ballot candidates.
They need just nine more seats to flip the state assembly and take control in 2021 when Texas will redraw its congressional lines for the next decade.
Gizmodo Earther reports thousands of migratory birds are now dropping dead across the Southwest. In late August, dozens of birds fell from the sky at the White Sands Missile Range and White Sands National Monument, both in southern New Mexico. Since then, Colorado, Texas, Arizona, and Nebraska residents have seen dead creatures scattered along hiking paths, golf courses, and even in driveways. Finches, flycatchers, swallows, warblers, and bluebirds are among the species that have been reported.
The parents of a 12-year-old Guatemalan boy named Gustavo, who struggles to speak, has deformed limbs and suffered a machete attack, sent their son to the United States alone amid turmoil in Mexico. They hoped for a better future for him in the U.S., until he vanished and was deported to Guatemala, where he's targeted and bullied. Gavino Garay tells the story.
President Donald Trump has chipped away at Joe Biden's lead in the classically red state of Texas. A new poll from the Dallas Morning Star released Sunday has Trump leading Biden in Texas state 48 per cent to 46 per cent among likely voters. Among the larger group of registered voters, Biden beats Trump by 1 percentage point: 44 per cent to 43 per cent. The Daily Mail reports that both poll totals are within the margin of error.
The US presidential candidates have both paid tribute to the Supreme Court’sveteran judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died following complications withcancer aged 87. She was best known for her liberal views and fighting forequality for all. Joe Biden learned of the news whilst on a flight, and held apress conference once he landed. President Trump described her as an “amazingwoman”.
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Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died on Friday at her home inWashington aged 87, setting off a likely intense debate over the appointmentof her replacement. A diminutive yet towering women’s rights champion whobecame the court’s second female justice, Ms Ginsburg died of complicationsfrom metastatic pancreatic cancer, the court said. Her death little more thansix weeks before Election Day is expected to spark a heated battle overwhether President Donald Trump should nominate, and the Republican-led Senateshould confirm, her replacement, or if the seat should remain vacant until theoutcome of his race against Democrat Joe Biden is known.
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[NFA] Voters in Minnesota, Virginia, South Dakota and Wyoming began casting in-person ballots on Friday. In Virginia, elections officials in Fairfax and Arlington counties reported heavy turnout, with lines out the door. This report produced by Jillian Kitchener.
A former White House aide who helped coordinate the Trump administration's response to the coronavirus pandemic sharply criticized President Donald Trump in a video released on Thursday and said she planned to vote for Democrat Joe Biden. Gloria Tso reports.
Economists at Bank of America lifted their forecast for third-quarter US GDP growth to 27% from 15% on Friday. Business Insider reports better-than-expected trends in retail sales, the housing market, and hiring. BoA lowered its fourth-quarter projection to 3% from 5%. Failed stimulus negotiations are growing increasingly likely. No new aid could be a speed bump for the American economy. BoA made the adjustment after Senate Democrats blocked Republicans' $500 billion measure on Thursday.
A new research paper on the spread of COVID-19 from the Sturgis motorcycle rally in South Dakota last month has generated both attention and skepticism. According to HuffPost, the paper claims that the 10-day event led to nearly 267,000 cases around the country. But that figure is far higher than the number of cases public health departments have linked directly to the festival, not to mention the state's Republican governor.
[NFA] A deadline looms before enhanced unemployment benefits expire, and Republican lawmakers are desperately trying to hammer out an agreement within their own party on relief efforts. This report produced by Zachary Goelman.
[NFA] As many U.S. colleges have continued in-person classes amid the pandemic, some students are blowing the whistle on peers who aren't following rules put in place to stem the spread of the coronavirus. This report produced by Jillian Kitchener.
Kira Pierson, from Cincinnati, adopted Marcus from Animal Friends Humane Society in Hamilton, Ohio. They have been together three years, and Kira describes Marcus as being “playful, but stubborn”. So, when Kira decided to paint her front door she decided to lock her little friend inside. However, a glance up at the door’s window revealed the funny sight of Marcus seemingly pulling an extremely angry face. A video also sees the grumpy cat squishing his nose against the glass. “I was outside painting for about 10 minutes before I noticed him,” Kira told The Dodo. “He stayed in the window for about three minutes before he decided that he had better things to do.”
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