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Joe Biden on Thursday called for an immediate nationwide mask mandate for the next three months.

"Every American should be wearing a mask when they're outside for the next three months at a minimum," Biden told reporters in Wilmington, Delaware, after he and his running mate, Sen. Kamala Harris, left their Covid-19 briefing with health experts.

Both Biden and Harris emerged from their briefing wearing black face masks.

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Biden said he would mandate face masks nationwide if he was president. He cited health experts who predict a nationwide mask mandate would save 40,000 lives during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Democratic nominee called on every governor to mandate face masks until the November election. "Let's institute a mask mandate nationwide, starting immediately and we will save lives," he said.

He urged Americans to "be a patriot" and wear the masks.

Biden said he hoped President Donald Trump "learned the lesson" but he added a mask mandate is not about politics.

Some pundits believe Biden called for mandatory face masks until the election to boost mail-in voting.

But Dr. Anthony Fauci backed President Trump's demands for in-person voting, saying, "there is no reason we can't have in-person voting."

Fauci said voting at polling stations is okay if guidelines are observed.

Meanwhile, Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp dropped his lawsuit against Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, saying he would address the issue of mandatory face masks in his next executive order.

Kemp sued Bottoms in federal court after she mandated face masks in the city of Atlanta.

"Unfortunately, the mayor has made it clear that she will not agree to a settlement that safeguards the rights of private property owners in Georgia," Kemp said. "Given this stalemate in negotiations, we will address this issue in the next executive order. We will continue to protect the lives and livelihoods of all Georgians."

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The Fulton County district attorney who charged 2 white police officers with murdering Rayshard Brooks has lost his job.

Paul Howard Jr. conceded defeat after he lost his runoff election to lost to challenger, Fani Willis, Tuesday night.

Howard also angered law enforcement officers by charging cops who pepper sprayed a young couple on their way home in downtown Atlanta during the George Floyd riots in June.

Howard served as Fulton County's top prosecutor for more than 20 years. Willis is the first female district attorney in Fulton County.

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Howard made headlines in June after half of Atlanta Police Department's officers in zones 3, 4 and 6 walked off the job or called out sick in support of one of the cops who is charged with killing Brooks at a Wendy's in Atlanta.

Howard was accused of rushing to judgment by charging two former cops with multiple felony murder counts in the death of Brooks.

Howard's reign as DA was marred by controversies. He is currently under investigation by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation for allegedly funneling $140,000 to his nonprofit to supplement his salary.

Last week, Howard agreed to pay a $6,500 fine to the state ethics commission, WSB-TV reported. Howard admitted he failed to disclose his role with two nonprofits that paid him more than $200,000.

Howard claimed the cash was a "pay raise".

"I have every confidence that I'll be totally exonerated because what I've done is what most Americans do all the time. They ask for a pay raise," Howard told Channel 2 Action News.

Howard was first elected in January 1997, becoming the first Black man to be elected district attorney in the state of Georgia.

He is reportedly related to NBA star Dwight Howard.

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Democratic nominee Joe Biden announced former Calif. state prosecutor Kamala Harris as his VP pick on Tuesday.

Harris was former President Barack Obama's first choice for president when she ran a lackluster campaign last year.

Black people despised Harris because of her tough stance on crime. As California AG she locked up more Black males than any of her predecessors.

Harris was so unpopular as a presidential candidate that many Blacks breathed a sigh of relief when she dropped out of the race.

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Political analysts say Obama backed Biden because he agreed to put Harris on the ticket -- to shoehorn an unpopular candidate into the White House.

The left's support of a Biden/Harris ticket was so obvious that Politico.com let the cat out of the bag early in July by "accidentally" leaking her name as the VP nominee.

CNN floated the theory on Tuesday night by suggesting Biden may step aside to let Harris be the first female president if he wins the election in November.

CNN editor-at-large Chris Cilizza said Tuesday that the former vice president would step aside -- all but conceding that Biden will not finish his presidential term.

The theory is so widespread in Washington, that some members of Congress have already begun preparations for a Harris administration - with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi as her vice president.

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Biden has previously said his VP pick must be ready to be president on "day one." No candidate is more ready to assume power on day one than Harris.

Cilizza suggested that Biden's pick is an indication that he knows he won't finish his first term.

Cilizza wrote: "At 55 years old, [Harris] represents a younger generation of leader — something that Biden, who will be 78 on Inauguration Day 2021, said was a major factor in his choice..."

"What Biden did is make the pick that maximized his chances of continuing to make the race a straight referendum on Trump while also selecting someone, in Harris, whose resume suggests will be ready to step in if and when Biden decides to step aside."

Biden didn't hide his intentions in an email to his supporters on Tuesday:

"I've decided that Kamala Harris is the best person to help me take this fight to Donald Trump and Mike Pence and then to lead this nation starting in January 2021."

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Kanye West seemed relaxed and worry-free after arriving in Miami on Sunday, following a family vacation with estranged wife Kim Kardashian-West and their four children.

A source tells ET that Kanye is "in a great place" after spending a week with Kim and their children, daughters North and Chicago and sons Saint and Psalm.

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The source added that Kanye is "feeling creatively inspired" by the trip abroad for a little fun in the sun.

Paparazzi photos show the family, their nannies and security team exiting a private jet in Miami after vacationing in the Dominican Republic.

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"The family seemed fine. The kids were having a great time," an eyewitness tells ET. "You could see [the kids] running around as they waited to get off of the plane. Kim got off the plane with the kids first. When they were about halfway down the runway Kanye exited the plane."

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"Kim seemed fine and not worried at all; she had the kids close by her," the witness said. "Kanye didn’t seem worried either. He walked with his head up the whole time."

On Friday, the independent presidential candidate fired back at Wisconsin Democratic Party for spying on his presidential campaign.

In documents obtained by TMZ, Kanye claimed the Democrats hired a private investigator to spy on him, as part of an "organized effort of harassment and intimidation".

He also said the Democrats were wasting their time because nothing they turned up can harm his presidential chances.

"The goal is to win," he tweeted on Aug. 6.

Kanye needed 2,000 signatures from registered voters to get his name on the ballot in Wisconsin.

But the Wisconsin Democratic Party accused the rap producer of submitting bogus signatures. They included affidavits from people who claim they were "tricked" into signing their names.

According to TMZ, the Elections Commission will review the legal papers and make a recommendation whether to allow Kanye's name on the ballot.

He was already kicked off the ballot in his home state of Illinois, where election officials claim more than half of his submitted signatures were invalid.

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John Legend took aim at his former boss, rapper Kanye West for allegedly conspiring with President Donald Trump to divert votes away from Democratic nominee Joe Biden.

Legend, who is best known for his song "Tonight (Best You Ever Had)", took to Twitter to denounce Kanye and Trump.

Legend retweeted this post to his 13.5 million followers, writing, "Just in case anyone needs some clarity around what's happening here:"

"A little update — The GOP lawyer who helped @kanyewest get on the ballot in Wisconsin is actively working for @realDonaldTrump's campaign. She's the lawyer of record in their lawsuit to try to get a @prioritiesUSA anti-Trump ad pulled..."

He followed up by tweeting: "Anyway.... Anyone reckless and/or misinformed enough to fall for the okey doke probably wasn't voting for Biden (or voting at all)."

His followers reacted by asking Legend to speak to Kanye rather than drag him on social media.

User @dweebs193 tweeted: "I was under the impression that you were friends with Kanye. Why you telling us? Shouldn't you talk to him? Also I think it's pretty racist for them to assume that black ppl are going to vote for Kanye bc he's on the ballot."

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President Trump sparked a frenzy on Twitter.com when he proposed a delay in the Nov. 3 election over fears of mail-in voting fraud.

"With Universal Mail-In Voting (not Absentee Voting, which is good), 2020 will be the most INACCURATE & FRAUDULENT Election in history," Trump tweeted on Friday morning. "It will be a great embarrassment to the USA. Delay the Election until people can properly, securely and safely vote???"

The president's tweet triggered a 490-point drop in the stock market amid concerns that the president is attempting to delay the election.

Political analysts say a president can't delay the election unless he gets the approval of Congress.

But Trump's supporters say he is trolling his Twitter followers, as usual.

Democrats expressed fears that Trump is setting himself as a dictator who will refuse to leave the White House if he loses in November.

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L.A. County District Attorney Jackie Lacey holds a big lead over her challengers in early election results late Tuesday. Lacey, who tearfully apologized after her husband, David, pointed a gun at Black Lives Matter activists on Monday, says she's "really happy" LA County voters accepted her apology.

"We're really happy that the number is what it is; that it's almost 55% and my competitors are down around 22%," Lacey said before adding she's "cautiously optimistic" because it's still early.

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Lacey is leading challengers George Gascon, former San Francisco District Attorney, and former public defender Rachel Rossi, by 55% of the vote as of late Tuesday night.

"There are still a lot of votes to be counted, but this is a really good start. I must say that I'm very optimistic."

David Lacey pulled a gun on Black Lives Matter activists who gathered early Monday morning outside the Laceys' modest Granada Hills home.

The group accused the DA of not being tougher on officer-involved shootings and other high-profile crimes.

They said they approached Lacey's home and rang the doorbell because she has refused to meet with them in the past.

BLM activist Melina Abdullah (@DocMellyMel) recorded the incident on her cell phone when Lacey's husband, David, opened the front door and pointed a firearm at them.

In the video, David yells "Get off my porch!"

"Good morning," says a female voice. "Are you gonna shoot me?"

"I will shoot you," says David Lacey. "Get off of my porch," he repeats.

"Can you tell Jackie Lacey that we're here?"

"I don't care who you are," David replies. He told the group he was calling the police before closing the door.

The police arrived on the scene minutes later, but no arrests were made.

Jackie Lacey tearfully apologized for her husband's actions. She said he was scared because she has received death threats in the past.

"It was just him and I in that house, and we really didn't know what was about to happen," she said while fighting back tears.

Lacey said she hopes to be reelected to a third term to continue serving the people of LA County.
 

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Republican Gov. Matt Bevin, left, has apparently lost the Kentucky governor's race to a Democrat in Tuesday's elections. Democratic state attorney general Andy Beshear led Bevin by a slim margin of 4,658 votes, but it was enough for the Democrats to declare an “earth shattering victory" over the Republican governor.

Bevin refused to concede the governor's race to Beshear, saying the race was "too close to call." He said, "We know for a fact there have been irregularities and the outcome will be determined by law."

In other races Virginia Democrats took control of both the state House and Senate for the first time in 26 years on Tuesday, according to Dailymail.com.

It is the third election in a row that Virginia Democrats have won significant legislative victories since President Donald Trump was elected in 2016. The legislative elections on Tuesday provided a test of President Trump's political influence in local elections.

Democratic National Committee chairman Tom Perez said Trump should be "terrified" of Beshear's "earth-shattering victory" in a state that Trump won by 30 points in 2016.

Brad Parscale, Trump's 2020 campaign manager, blamed Bevin for the apparent loss, saying five other Republican candidates won their races in the state.

Parscale said President Trump practically "dragged Gov. Matt Bevin across the finish line, helping him run stronger than expected in what turned into a very close race at the end."

President Trump took credit for the Republicans' 5 out of 6 election wins in Kentucky on Tuesday night.

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The "Trump Effect" helped Brian Kemp secure the GOP nomination in a landslide over Lt. Governor Casey Cagle in Tuesday's hotly contested runoff race for Governor of Georgia.

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Danica Roem

Virginia elected a cross-dressing man for Delegate in the state's district 13 on Tuesday. Danica Roem, 33, a gender confused man, defeated 13-term incumbent Republican Robert G. Marshall, who dubbed himself the state's "chief homophobe."

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Jon Ossoff

In yet another crushing blow to the Democratic party, Karen Handel won Georgia's special election to become the first female House Republican from Georgia.

Handel easily defeated Democrat Jon Ossoff, whom the Democrats branded their "Trump-killer". The Democrats turned a meaningless local election into a referendum on President Trump -- only to suffer a stinging defeat.

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Greg Gianforte

The Democrats just lost another Congressional seat.

Republican Greg Gianforte easily won the special election in Montana despite body slamming a pesky reporter on the eve of the special election.

The incident was captured on audio by a Fox News reporter (click here to hear audio).

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