Trump Is Now Actively Discouraging Republicans From Voting In Georgia Senate Runoff

Trump told reporters that the system in Georgia is fraudulent and actively discouraged his supporters from voting in the state’s Senate runoff.


Trump was asked, “If you don’t think the presidential election was legitimate if you think that it was stolen, what confidence do you expect voters to have when they go to the polls to vote for say Kelly Loeffler or Purdue?”

Trump gave the one answer that Republicans fear the most, “Well, I told him today I think you’re dealing with a very fraudulent system. I’m very worried about that. They are tremendous people. Kelly Loeffler, David Perdue are tremendous people. They should be in the senate, but I told him today, I said listen, you have a fraudulent system. You have a system where the flick of a switch or the putting in of a new chip can change the course of history. And you have to be very careful. I read this morning where Stacey Abrams has 850,000 ballots accumulated. That’s called harvesting. You’re not allowed to harvest, but I understand the secretary of state who was really — he’s an enemy of the people. The secretary of state and whether he’s a Republican are not.”

The reason why Republicans at the top of Georgia’s political leadership have been standing behind Joe Biden’s win is that they don’t like Republicans to believe the false fraud claims that the president is making and not show up to vote in the Senate runoff election.

Trump attacked mail-in voting and discouraged his supporters from voting by mail. Those attacks may have cost him the election. He is now telling his supporters not to show up and vote in two Senate runoff elections that look to be very close.

Donald Trump is so bitter about his loss and wrapped up in bogus election fraud conspiracies that he may end up handing the Senate to Joe Biden and the Democrats in January.

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Republican Dirty Tricks Begin As Voting Equipment Delayed To Georgia Democratic Area

In a trick that was like a stunt Georgia Republicans pulled in the 2018 governor election, the delivery of voting equipment was delayed to Democratic areas.

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After an intervention by local Democratic state representatives hours later, things started to be figured out:

Seeming to figure something out after a delay is not the best outcome. There are reasons why the equipment is set up the day before. Poll workers have to make sure that everything is tested and in working order, and that they understand how to use the equipment. A delay in setup increases the odds of something going wrong on election day, and when things go wrong with voting equipment in Georgia, the end result is long lines and disenfranchised Democratic voters.

Georgia has a long history of these sorts of “glitches” that for some reason tend to impact African-American and Democratic voters.

In 2018, power cords for voting machines weren’t provided to Democratic precincts. Georgia Republicans also kept 2,000 voting machines locked up and did not make them available to areas with high Democratic turnout in the same election.

The dirty tricks have started and with Joe Biden having a real chance to turn Georgia blue, this likely won’t be the only report of election oddities out of the Peach State.

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Florida Early Voting Starts To Panic Democrats (VIDEO)

Democrats are panicking due to Republicans catching up to their initial lead on early in-person voting.

A man on the street filmed himself saying, “Are you anxious and afraid right now over what might happen in the next few days? Good! You are a normal person having a completely normal reaction to what is completely f****d up. OK. Nothing in the past four years is f***ing normal. It’s not f****ing normal to have two hundred forty thousand people die. And then you’re told, no, that never really happened! What? Trust the plan. What? All right. If you’re feeling anxious, if you’re feeling stressed right now, congratulations. You are a normal human being, having a normal human reaction. All right. So get out and f***ing vote! Because none of this is f***ing normal!”

CNN analysts told viewers that Democrat operatives are concerned about ‘stopping the bleeding.’

Alisyn Camerota said, “Hey, David. I just wanna stick with you for a second because of Florida. So there is information that the early in-person vote in at least Miami Dade County. Which Hillary Clinton won handily, but lost the state, that the Republican turnout is far outpacing the Democratic turnout. And it is so concerning to the congresswoman, Frederica Wilson, who covers that region, that she says she has been trying to sound the alarm to the Biden campaign. She says that they haven’t been doing door to door canvassing because of the pandemic. They haven’t invested money in the people there on the ground who know how to turn out the vote.”

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Camerota continued, “Here is her quote to Politico. “I screamed, hollered, I called. I lobbied from the top to the bottom. Wilson said of her efforts to turnout operations started in the community, including sending written proposals to Biden’s campaign and having virtual Zoom meetings with his advisers. She thinks they’re not listening to her.”

David said, “Well, I’m sure they’re looking at these early vote numbers from Florida. There is the one that struck my eyes that Miami Dade is much lower than the rest of the state in terms of a percentage of early voters coming out. And that is a place where he has to, Joe Biden has to mount a huge advantage going into Election Day. The other thing you notice, if you look deeply into these numbers, is that where the falloff is appears to be among African-American voters and that is a concern.”

President Trump and First Lady Melania visited their home state to outline a preview of their second term goals

First Lady Melania said, “Hello, Florida! It is wonderful to be here in our home state. Thank you for taking the time to be here and for supporting the administration. We love you, too. For those of you who are still deciding who to vote for on Tuesday, I hope that what I have to say will prove to you that a vote for President Trump is a vote for a better America.”

President Trump said, “We will end our reliance on China once and for all! It’s already started. We will hire more police, increase penalties for assaults on law enforcement, and we will ban deadly sanctuary cities. We will defend religious liberty, free speech, and the right to keep and bear arms, your Second Amendment will be defended. We will maintain America’s unrivaled military might. And we will ensure peace through strength. And I told you, we spent two and a half trillion, with a “T”, trillion dollars trillion on our military.”

President Trump continued, “We have the finest rockets, the finest missiles, the finest jets, F-35s. We have the finest tanks and submarines and ships all made in the USA. And our nuclear stockpile, we are in a position like no other country in the world. We’re the envy of every country, Russia, China, North Korea. No country in the world has what we have and just, a lot of religious people in this audience, pray to God that we never have to use it. And it’s more likely that we won’t have to use it now that we have it. But just hope that we never have to use it. We will end surprise medical billing require price transparency, lower drug prices even more. And we will always protect patients with pre-existing conditions.”

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These ballot measures will shape voting rights—and whether elections are fair—for years to come

Gerrymandering and Redistricting Reform

Missouri, New Jersey, and Virginia are all voting on measures that affect redistricting. In Missouri, Republicans placed a misleading amendment on the ballot that would effectively gut a reform that voters overwhelmingly passed in 2018 to make legislative redistricting fairer, trying to trick voters into repealing the reform by attaching token ethics reforms.

In New Jersey, Democrats have put an amendment on the ballot to delay legislative redistricting until the 2023 elections if the release of census data is delayed. The move is intended to protect incumbents from having to run in new districts for an extra two years to the detriment of New Jersey’s growing Asian and Latino populations, whose rightful share of representation would be delayed if the amendment passes.

In an extremely unusual move in Virginia, the state’s Democratic legislature allowed an amendment to pass with GOP support that would see Democrats surrender their own power to gerrymander and instead create a bipartisan commission appointed half by legislators from both parties and the other half chosen by retired judges. This reform was a compromise with Republican legislators and includes some flaws, but on the whole it should lead to relatively nonpartisan districts for Congress and the state legislature after 2020 if it becomes law.

Electoral System Reform

Efforts to replace the existing electoral system with something that more faithfully implements voters’ preferences are on the ballot in several jurisdictions. These measures take aim at the existing system of plurality-winner elections that can see a third candidate play “spoiler” and cost the runner-up a victory. They all aim to ensure majority rule, but not all may end up having a positive effect.

In Alaska and Massachusetts, voters could adopt variants of instant-runoff voting (also known as ranked-choice voting) in congressional and state elections. This system, which Maine adopted in 2016 and expanded in 2019, lets voters rank their preferences and sequentially eliminates the last-place finisher by reassigning their votes to each voter’s subsequent preference until one candidate attains a majority. Such systems cut down on the spoiler problem and help to protect majority rule. Alaska’s measure would use a variant where the top four finishers in an all-party primary would advance to an instant-runoff general election. (It would use a regular instant-runoff for the presidency.)

A more novel reform to plurality-winner elections is going before voters in St. Louis, Missouri. This approach would adopt a variation of so-called “approval voting,” letting voters cast up to one vote for each candidate and having whichever two candidates receive the most votes in the first round advance to the general election. This system aims to avoid some of the complications of instant-runoff voting but is largely untested in real elections, unlike instant-runoff voting, which has a long history both domestically at the local level and abroad.

A Florida initiative that would implement a top two “primary” for state-level elections could have disastrous effects for partisan fairness and Black and Latino representation. This system is in use in California and Washington and has seen major parties get shut out of winnable general elections solely because their vote was split between too many candidates in the primary. It could also make it much harder for Black voters especially to elect their chosen candidates and is facing a lawsuit that could invalidate it for that reason.

Finally, Mississippi’s GOP-led legislature, in the face of a lawsuit, has placed an amendment on the ballot to repeal part of its 1890 Jim Crow constitution that created an Electoral College-esque system for determining the winner in elections for governor and other statewide executive offices. This system has been further strained by GOP gerrymandering, such that it would be impossible for Democrats and the Black voters who support them to ever win statewide. This reform would require majority support to avoid a runoff, a method that is not ideal but is nevertheless fairer than the status quo.

Restrictions on the Ballot Initiative Process

Republicans across the country have gerrymandered their maps and passed widespread restrictions on voting, leaving direct democracy as a critical tool for fighting back against these efforts to entrench GOP minority rule. Republicans have responded by trying to restrict the initiative process to preserve their power and have advanced measures in Arkansas, Florida, and North Dakota that would make it harder for reformers to place new measures of their own on the ballot in the future.

Bans on Noncitizen Voting

Republicans in Alabama, Colorado, and Florida are supporting amendments that would rewrite their constitutions to emphasize that only citizens may vote. While these measures would have no effect on the status quo, they would prevent local governments from experimenting with letting legal permanent residents who lack citizenship still vote in local elections, something a handful of small localities in the U.S. and many European democracies already allow.

Efforts to Lower the Voting Age

Lowering the voting age to 16 is an idea that has quietly grown in popularity in recent years. A handful of small localities already allow the practice in local elections, and a majority of the House Democratic caucus voted in favor of doing so federally last year. A number of foreign democracies such as Austria and Brazil already allow 16-year-olds to vote, and San Francisco could become the first major city in America to lower the voting age to 16 in local elections. Just to the east, the city of Oakland could lower the voting age for school board elections, and all of California could join a growing number of states letting 17-year-olds vote in primaries if they’ll turn 18 by the general election.

Other Measures

Puerto Rico will once again vote on whether to become a state, and while the measure is not legally binding, it could spur Congress to act on passing an admission bill if Democrats retake the Senate and eliminate the filibuster. Statehood would mean that more than 3 million American citizens would gain representation in the House and Senate. It would also modestly mitigate the upper chamber’s bias against voters of color and potentially lessen its partisan bias toward the GOP, too.

The National Popular Vote Interstate Compact, which would assign a state’s votes in the Electoral College to the national popular vote winner if states with a majority of electoral votes sign on, has gained steam since Trump’s election in 2016 and saw Colorado become the first swing state to join in 2019. However, Colorado Republicans have fought back by putting an initiative on the ballot to repeal the law joining the compact. The outcome of the vote could encourage Democrats in other swing states to follow Colorado’s lead, or deter them.

While nearly every state constitution protects the right to vote in some form, Nevada could go even further by enshrining the right to vote in its constitution using modernized language to protect certain methods of voting access. California, meanwhile, could expand voting rights to tens of thousands of citizens on parole for a felony conviction, joining 18 other states that don’t disenfranchise anyone not in prison.

Finally, Oregon is one of the last states that allows individuals to donate unlimited sums of money directly to candidates in state elections, but that may soon change. A state Supreme Court ruling earlier this year overturned a precedent that had barred limits on campaign contributions, and now Democrats have placed an amendment on the ballot to codify lawmakers’ ability to regulate campaign donations and ensure that the existence of such limits and disclosure requirements isn’t dependent upon the ever-changing composition of the courts.

Below you can find a table summarizing all 24 ballot measures we’re tracking, and you can find a spreadsheet version of it here.

JurisdictionTitleSubjectImpact on Fair ElectionsDescription
AlabamaAmendment 1Noncitizen votingNegativeBans noncitizens from voting in local elections by requiring citizenship for voting
AlaskaMeasure 2Electoral system reformPositive or NeutralAdopts a top-four primary with instant-runoff general election; adds campaign finance disclosure requirements
ArkansasIssue 3Ballot initiative processNegativeTightens geographic distribution restrictions for ballot initiative signature requirements in order to make liberal-supported initiatives harder
ArkansasIssue 2Term limitsNeutralLoosens lifetime term limits for legislators
CaliforniaProposition 18Voting agePositiveLets 17-year-olds vote in primaries if they turn 18 by the general election
CaliforniaProposition 17Felony disenfranchisementPositiveEliminates disenfranchisement of voters on parole for a felony conviction
ColoradoAmendment 76Noncitizen votingNegativeBans noncitizens from voting in local elections by requiring citizenship for voting
ColoradoProposition 113Electoral CollegeNegativeReferendum to repeal law joining the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact for the Electoral College
FloridaAmendment 4Ballot initiative processNegativeRequires ballot initiatives to win (at least 60%) voter support in two consecutive general elections instead of one
FloridaAmendment 3Electoral system reformNegativeAdopts a top-two primary (aka two-round system) in state-level races
FloridaAmendment 1Noncitizen votingNegativeBans noncitizens from voting in local elections by requiring citizenship for voting
IowaConstitutional ConventionConstitutional conventionNeutralDecides whether to call a state constitutional convention
MassachusettsQuestion 2Electoral system reformPositiveAdopts instant-runoff voting (aka ranked-choice) in congressional, state, and countywide elections
MississippiMeasure 2Electoral system reformPositiveRepeals Jim Crow-era “electoral college” law in statewide elections and replaces it with provision for a separate runoff election if no candidate wins a majority
MissouriAmendment 3Legislative redistrictingNegativeEffectively repeals a voter-approved 2018 ballot measure that made legislative redistricting treat both parties more fairly
MissouriAmendment 1Term limitsNeutralSets a two-term limit for statewide executive offices below the governorship, which is already subject to that limit
NevadaQuestion 4Right to votePositiveGuarantees the right to vote via certain methods
New JerseyQuestion 3Legislative redistrictingNegativePostpones 2021 legislative redistricting until the 2023 election cycle if census data release is delayed to after Feb. 15, 2021
North DakotaMeasure 2Ballot initiative processNegativeRequires a ballot initiative to win voter support in two consecutive general elections instead of one if the legislature doesn’t approve it
OregonMeasure 107Campaign financePositiveAllows the legislature to set campaign donation limits and disclosure requirements in state and local elections
VirginiaRedistricting Commission AmendmentRedistricting reformPositiveCreates a bipartisan commission to draw congressional and legislative districts
Oakland, CAMeasure QQVoting agePositiveLowers the voting age to 16 in school board election
San Francisco, CAProposition GVoting agePositiveLowers the voting age to 16 in local elections
St. Louis, MOProposition DElectoral system reformPositiveAdopts approval voting primary where the top-two finishers advance to the general election for local elections

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From the confirmation hearings of Amy Coney Barrett to early voting, these are some of the most powerful photos of this week.

Posted on October 16, 2020, at 5:27 p.m. ET

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Judge Amy Coney Barrett during the first day of her Senate confirmation hearings on Capitol Hill, Oct. 12, 2020.

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President Donald Trump takes part in a live one-hour NBC News town hall forum with a group of Florida voters in Miami, Oct. 15, 2020.

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President Trump addresses a rally on the White House’s South Lawn, Oct. 10, 2020.

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Deirdre Barrett wears a protective face mask as she waits in line to cast her ballot for the upcoming presidential election as early voting begins in Houston, Oct. 13, 2020.

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Early voters wait in line to cast their ballots at a polling location in Durham, North Carolina, Oct. 15, 2020.

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A home is seen destroyed in the aftermath of Hurricane Delta in Creole, Louisiana, Oct. 10, 2020.

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A portrait of King Maha Vajiralongkorn towers over pro-democracy demonstrators who give a three-finger salute while marching during a Thai anti-government mass protest in Bangkok, Oct. 14, 2020.

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Pro-democracy protesters march toward the Government House during an anti-government rally in Bangkok, Oct.14, 2020.

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Pro-democracy protesters hold up their cellphones as they gather for an anti-government rally in Bangkok, Oct. 16, 2020.

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Security guards from a Muslim organization stand by barbed wire separating them from police guarding the area around the presidential palace during a demonstration against Indonesia’s recently passed omnibus law on Oct. 13, 2020, in Jakarta.

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An overhead view shows a field hospital known as an “alternate care facility” set up at the state fairground near Milwaukee as cases of COVID-19 spike in Wisconsin, Oct. 12, 2020.

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Medical staffers transport a patient at the intensive care unit of a hospital in Paris, Oct. 14, 2020.

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Detained Filipino activist Reina Mae Nasino holds a flower during the burial of her 3-month-old baby River, who died while she was in jail, at the Manila North Cemetery, Philippines, Oct. 16, 2020.

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Mexican wrestler Mister Jerry floats with a boatful of marigold flowers in the famous floating gardens of Xochimilco, on the outskirts of Mexico City, Oct. 14, 2020.

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Balloons and flowers decorate a memorial site for George Floyd as people prepare to celebrate his birthday in Minneapolis, Oct. 14, 2020.

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Residents of Kibera form a human chain as they pass water to extinguish a fire that gutted homes in Nairobi, Oct. 14, 2020. About 50 families were left homeless by the inferno.

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A wounded soldier is getting treatment at a medical center outside the city of Stepanakert, Artsakh, Oct. 14, 2020, during the ongoing fighting between Armenia and Azerbaijan over the disputed region.

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Aybeniz Khasanova, the mother of a 29-year-old soldier who was killed during clashes with Armenia, cries next to his grave during the military conflict over the Nagorno-Karabakh region, in the city of Agdam, Azerbaijan, Oct. 15, 2020.

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Men fish from a sandbank on the Paraguay River, taking advantage of the drop of the water level, in San Antonio, Paraguay, Oct. 15, 2020.

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An aerial view shows a dried-up pond on farmland outside Senekal, South Africa, Oct. 15, 2020.

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Passengers onboard a flight over Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in the Northern Territory of Australia take pictures through the windows, Oct. 10, 2020. With border closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic putting a halt on travel, the Qantas Great Southern Land scenic flight will take 150 passengers on an aerial tour over iconic Australian destinations.

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A trainer plays ball with a white lion at the Al Buqaish private zoo in the Emirate of Sharjah, Oct. 15, 2020.

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A supporter for Guinean President Alpha Condé reacts during a campaign rally in Conakry, Oct. 15, 2020.

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A dog sniffs out COVID-19 during a training at a veterinary school in Paris, Oct. 15. Researchers around the world are training canines to detect COVID-19.

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Schoolchildren joke around and play at the Olympic Primary School in Kibera, Kenya, Oct. 12, 2020.

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Prince Harry, Meghan Markle ‘violated’ Megxit deal with voting plea: report

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s comments urging Americans to vote were a “violation” of their deal to leave the royal family, prompting talks about whether to strip the couple of their titles, according to a report.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex irked the other royals when they called on American voters last week to “reject hate speech, misinformation and online negativity” in “the most important election of our lifetime,” the Sunday Times reported.

Royals are supposed to remain politically neutral and the pair had pledged when they resigned from the family that “everything they do will uphold the values of Her Majesty,” the outlet reported.

“The [royal] family are all wringing their hands, thinking: where is this going and does this abide by the deal to uphold the values of the Queen?” a royal aide told the outlet. “The feeling is it’s a violation of the agreement.”

Buckingham Palace said last week that “any comments made by Prince Harry are made in a personal capacity.”

But sources said the royal household was embarrassed by the comments, which were seen as a dig at President Trump.

“If Trump is re-elected and makes another visit here, what is the Queen supposed to say when her grandson and his wife have effectively campaigned against him?” a source told the newspaper.

Following the couple’s remarks, discussions were held among aides about how to further distance the royal household from them, the report said.

Among the possibilities under consideration would be to take away their royal highness titles, which they were allowed to keep but not use when they hammered out their Megxit agreement.

“The view at the moment is that you can’t do that to Harry. Even Edward VIII kept his [His Royal Highness] when he abdicated … [but] there is a strong view that the family really does need to put more distance between them and Harry and Meghan,” one aide told the newspaper.

Buckingham Palace has not commented on the supposed talks over the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, the outlet reported.

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Michelle Obama talks coronavirus, voting on Conan O’Brien

Michelle Obama stressed her get-out-the-vote message during an appearance on Conan O’Brien’s show Wednesday and said that her husband, former President Barack Obama, won’t be adding a stand-up special to his Netflix duties anytime soon. 

In particular, she emphasized the variety of options for voters casting their ballots this year — and added that she hoped to fight for easier voting requirements in the future.

“You can mail [your ballot] in, you can sit in line if you want. You can vote early, do it all ways,” the former first lady said.

“Hopefully with the right leadership we’ll get voting requirements that will be easier. But right now it’s pretty easy.”

Obama also talked at length about how her family was handling the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

“We kind of had different stages of COVID. Where we were all excited to be together and we were being all organized … we actually had some organized things,” she said.

In addition to family time, Obama, 56, also said Barack has spent the majority of his time in quarantine finishing his book, which is set to be published sometime after the election.

At one point, Conan asked if the former President would be interested in pursuing a Netflix comedy special — referring to his remarks at the 2013 White House Correspondents dinner as proof that he was capable of putting on a show.

“I don’t want to close any options because who knows, but I can safely say that stand up will not be on the Higher Ground roster.”

The first lady concluded her time on the show by surprising the workers at the “When We All Vote” group which is dedicated to making sure that citizens are registered to vote and informed about both candidates.

The conversation follows O’Brien’s recent appearance on Obama’s podcast, in which the pair talked at length about marriage and dating — with Obama saying at one point that “there were times I wanted to push Barack out of the window … but that doesn’t mean you quit.”

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    Funding For Postal Service, Mail-In Voting Stall Coronavirus Relief Talks : NPR

    President Trump on Wednesday criticizes Democratic congressional leaders for seeking additional funding for mail-in voting and the U.S. Postal Service.

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    President Trump on Wednesday criticizes Democratic congressional leaders for seeking additional funding for mail-in voting and the U.S. Postal Service.

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    Discussions for the next round of coronavirus relief funding remain ensnared in a political back and forth over election money, with the topic of mail-in voting a lingering point of contention between Democrats and the Trump administration.

    President Trump on Wednesday spent much of his daily briefing to reporters railing against additional funding to support the U.S. Postal Service and mail-in voting, making the baseless accusation that voting by mail is ripe for fraud.

    “The Democrats have abandoned the American people over the simple subject of politics. Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi are holding the American people hostage over money for the radical, left-wing agenda that the country doesn’t want and won’t accept,” Trump said.

    “Now they want to take it countrywide — mail-in voting. It’s going to be the greatest fraud in the history of elections. When you always talk about Russia, Russia, Russia and China, Iran on voting — the biggest problem is going to be with the Democrats, not with China, Russia and Iran.”

    Each side continued to blame the other for refusing to budge. Democrats have said they are willing to compromise with Republicans to reach a deal to provide Americans with financial relief from the effects of the deadly pandemic, but party leaders said Trump and his allies have refused to meet them partway in negotiations.

    “An overture was made by [Treasury] Secretary [Steven] Mnuchin to meet and he made clear that his televised comments from earlier today still stand: The White House is not budging from their position concerning the size and scope of a legislative package,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said in a joint statement.

    “Democrats have compromised. Repeatedly, we have made clear to the Administration that we are willing to come down $1 trillion if they will come up $1 trillion. However, it is clear that the Administration still does not grasp the magnitude of the problems that American families are facing.”

    Because of the coronavirus pandemic, experts suggest that up to 70% of votes could be cast by mail this election cycle, necessitating costly equipment upgrades to handle the increase.

    Last month, Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., chairman of the Senate Rules Committee, said on the Senate floor he was “prepared to look at more money for the states to use for elections this year,” signaling a new willingness from Republicans to address the issue.

    Still, the Trump administration on Wednesday seemed unwavering.

    “The Administration is willing to move forward with legislation that allows for substantial funds for schools, child care, food, vaccines, hospitals, [personal protective equipment] for small businesses, rental assistance, broadband, airports, state and local government assistance, and liability protection for universities, schools, and businesses,” Mnuchin said in a statement.

    “The Democrats have no interest in negotiating.”

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    Kal Penn to host Freeform series on election issues for millennial, Gen Z voters

    EXCLUSIVE: Freeform has ordered an election-themed series hosted and executive produced by Kal Penn.

    The untitled project, from Michael Davies’ Embassy Row, is described as a smart, irreverent unscripted comedy series that explores issues and topics relevant to Millennial and Gen Z voters.

    The series was created by Penn and Romen Borsellino, who also serve as executive producers with Dan Spilo as well as Michael Davie and Julia Cassidy of Embassy Row.

    Penn and Borsellino met in 2007 when Penn visited Borsellino’s Roosevelt High School in Des Moines for a campaign event on behalf of Young Americans for Obama. Borsellino introduced Penn and the two developed a friendship. While Penn worked on President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign in 2012, he did a Young Americans for Obama meet-and-greet with ISU students, which ISU’s Borsellino helped organize.

    In addition to his acting career, Penn has been very involved in political and social initiatives. He was a co-chairman on the Obama campaign and served as an associate director in the White House Office of Public Engagement.

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