At last, I voted. My paper ballot has yet to arrive in the mail so I did so electronically. If I could've sent the county elections workers flowers or chocolates or something, I would have. They're dealing with a lot right now. – Corey
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THE BIG NEWS
Midterms Madness: Weekend Edition
- Trumpists Are Doing Door-to-Door Voter Intimidation Vigilantes wearing vests, badges, and sometimes carrying weapons have been showing up at people's homes in California, Texas, Oregon, Colorado and elsewhere to demand personal information and ask who they voted for; the possibly illegal intimidation campaign has been encouraged by MyPillow guy Mike Lindell and Trump adviser Steve Bannon. via Reuters and Vice News.
- Obama: Democracy "May Not Survive in Arizona. That's not an exaggeration. That is a fact." Campaigning at a high school gym in Phoenix, the former president warned of the consequences of Republican victory. All but 1 of 13 state or federal GOP nominees in the state is an election denier. via the Post.
- Texas AG Criminally Investigating Election Workers Republican Attorney General Ken Paxton, who is himself under indictment for securities fraud, has opened at least 10 investigations of election workers, mostly for alleged obstruction of partisan poll watchers. via ProPublica.
- Biden Aims to Shore Up Incumbents On the last weekend before Election Day, the president will be visiting California, Illinois, New Mexico and Pennsylvania, suggesting "Democrats are clearly on the defensive." via the Associated Press.
- GOP Majority Would Shred Safety Net, Shut Down Government Some Republicans in Congress are downplaying their ambition to cut Medicare and Social Security, but that -- and possibly impeaching Joe Biden -- is where the energy is at within the party. via the Washington Post.
- Campaign Ad Saturation Up 10 Percent Over 2018 Cycle "Nearly a third of pro-Democratic Senate TV ads in the past two weeks have talked about health care, closely followed by abortion. More than 4 in 10 pro-Republican airings have focused on public safety, the economy, budget matters, and inflation, followed closely by taxes." via the Post.
- Early Voting Turnout High, Along with GOP Enthusiasm As of yesterday, more than 32 million early votes had been cast nationwide; not every state reports partisan affiliation or demographic data. via the New York Times.
MORE STORIES TO WATCH
Protests Ignite in Pakistan After Gunman Attacks Political Rally
Former Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan survived an apparent assassination attempt yesterday as he led a large convoy toward the capital, Islamabad, to call for early elections. Khan, recently ousted from office, was reportedly shot in his right shin as the convoy stopped in Wazirabad, Punjab province, where Khan's PTI party holds power. Fourteen others were injured in gunfire and one person died; police arrested a suspect but released no details about his identity, apart from a video of a young man saying he hoped to kill Khan and acted alone. Khan, who was taken to a hospital in Lahore, subsequently accused government officials, including Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, of being involved. Sharif condemned the shooting and ordered another official Khan accused of involvement, Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah, to conduct an investigation. Protests including road blockades kicked off immediately following the news and are expected to continue today.
Trumpdates: Prosecution Rests in Oath Keepers Trial
Federal prosecutors rested their case yesterday in the seditious conspiracy trial of Oath Keepers founder Stewart Rhodes and four other members of the far-right paramilitary gang who tried to stage a coup on behalf of Donald Trump on Jan. 6, 2021. The government did not call as witnesses three Oath Keepers who pleaded guilty, likely because, as NBC News suggests, those defendants may have posed "too much of a risk on cross examination." Separately, the Justice Department granted immunity to Trump adviser and former Pentagon chief of staff Kash Patel in the Mar-a-Lago stolen documents case; Patel is reportedly expected to testify soon. Finally, the Washington Post reports that Trump settled a lawsuit on Wednesday with protesters who were beaten by his bodyguards outside Trump Tower in New York in 2015; "Powerful men may put their names on buildings, but the sidewalk will always belong to the people," the protesters' lawyer said.
- Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid Concedes to Benjamin Netanyahu Netanyahu, who is on trial for corruption, will bring Itamar Ben-Gvir, previously convicted of supporting a racist terror group, into his governing coalition. via the New York Times and Al-Jazeera.
- Paul Pelosi Released from Hospital And federal immigration authorities placed an immigration detainer on Pelosi's attacker, David DePape. via CNN and the San Francisco Chronicle.
- Red-Hatted Terrorist Fire Bombs Oklahoma Donut Shop that Hosted Drag Show Security cameras captured a hateful bigot breaking the window of the Donut Hole in Tulsa and throwing in a Molotov cocktail. via HuffPost.
- FBI Warns of Threats to Synagogues in New Jersey The bureau urged "synagogues to 'take all security precautions to protect your community and facility,' but wouldn’t say anything about who made the threat or why." via the Associated Press.
- LAPD Gave Special Treatment to CBS Exec After Alleged Assault A new report from New York Attorney General Letitia James, who secured a a $30.5 million settlement from CBS and its former CEO, Les Moonves, reveals that Los Angeles police tipped him off to a sexual assault allegation. via Vice News.
- Half of World Heritage Glaciers on Track to Melt by 2100 Of the 18,600 glaciers tracked by UNESCO, global warming stands to eliminate one-third or more, including the Dolomites, Yosemite, Yellowstone, and Mount Kilimanjaro. via NBC News.
That was the result of yesterday's United Nations General Assembly vote on a resolution condemning the U.S. embargo of Cuba. Only the U.S. and Israel voted against the resolution, while Brazil and Ukraine abstained.
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