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Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg has died. Ginsberg died of metastatic pancreatic cancer at her Washington, D.C. home on Friday, surrounded by members of her family. She was 87.

Ginsberg had twice been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and also underwent lung surgery in 2018 to remove cancerous growths.

Ginsberg revealed she was battling cancer again after she was discharged from Sibley Memorial Hospital in Washington, D.C. in July. She was admitted into a New York City hospital weeks later for a routine non-surgical procedure to correct a bile stent.

She was last seen in public in August when she officiated a friend's outdoor wedding.

Ginsberg was the first female Jewish Justice, and the second of four women to ever sit on the nation's highest court.

She was nominated to the Supreme Court by President Bill Clinton on June 14, 1993 and had served since August 10, 1993. Ginsburg became the second of four female justices to be confirmed to the Court after Sandra Day O'Connor, the two others being Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan, both of whom are still serving in 2020.

Following O'Connor's retirement in 2006 and until Sotomayor joined the Court in 2009, Ginsberg was the only female justice on the Supreme Court.

During three separate interviews that were conducted in July 2016, Ginsburg criticized presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, telling The New York Times and the Associated Press that she did not want to think about the possibility of a Trump presidency.

She is survived by her daughter, Jane, and her son, James. Her husband of 56 years, Martin, died in 2010.

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Journalist Bob Woodward claims President Donald Trump downplayed the seriousness of the coronavirus during a phone call.

In February, Trump spoke to Woodward who was doing research for his latest book, Rage. Woodward claimed Trump downplayed the threat of the coronavirus at the time to prevent the public from panicking.

Democrats reacted with outrage to the leaked audio, saying Trump "intentionally" mislead the general public about the virus that originated in Wuhan, China in December.

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On the campaign trail in Michigan, Joe Biden told auto workers that Trump "lied" about the seriousness of the coronavirus pandemic, saying Trump's admission was "a life and death betrayal of the American people."

But Dr. Anthony Fauci, who heads the White Task Force on the coronavirus, told Fox News: "I don't think [Trump] ever distorted things that I spoke to him about."

Fauci added: "I don't think he said much different than what we said [to him] when we were in the Oval Office."

The White House Task Force held daily press briefings and Fauci even predicted that "millions" of Americans would die from the virus.

On Jan. 30, Trump told his supporters at a rally in Des Moines, Iowa, "We're working with China just so you know, and other countries very, very closely, so it doesn't get out of hand, but it's something that we have to be very, very careful with, right? We have to be very careful.

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Kamala Harris clarified Joe Biden's national face mask mandate that he plans to put in place if he is elected president in November.

Biden, who is campaigning from his beach house in Delaware, has previously said he will order a nationwide mask mandate if he is elected.

But the former vice president's running mate says the Democrats' plan for a national mask mandate is "a standard" and no one will be punished for not wearing one.

"It's a standard," she said in a sit-down interview Today's Craig Melvin. "I mean nobody is going to be punished. Come on"

Harris admitted mask-wearing isn't fun, saying, "Nobody likes to wear a mask. This is a universal feeling, right? So that's not the point - 'hey, let's enjoy wearing masks,'" she said. "No, the point of this is that we are responsible people who love our neighbor, we have to just do that right now."

"God willing, it won't be forever," she added.

But all indications are that the mandate will go into effect if Biden is elected president. The Democrats' are pushing face mask mandates at least until vaccines are available, which is expected to be in the 1st quarter of 2021.

Harris also explained she and Biden plan to campaign together during the weakening pandemic.

"You know, Joe, that's one of the things that he and I have in common. We love to interact with people," she said.

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Harris said she and Biden plan to campaign "in every way that we can in a way that will be safe for the people we are meeting with, right?"

"It would be irresponsible of us to try and pack people into a situation where they cannot safely social distance," she said.

She seemed to be referring to President Donald Trump's packed RNC speech on Thursday night, where 1,500 invited guests mingled on the White House's South Lawn.

Very few RNC attendees wore face masks or social distanced.

"And that's one of the problems, frankly, with the way Donald Trump conducts himself," Harris continued. "Because it really, it appears to be more about the people around him and himself, doing what is necessary to feed his ego, as opposed to what is necessary to feed the needs of the American people."

Biden also commented on Trump's packed RNC speeches on a fundraising call from the comfort of his beach home on Thursday evening.

Biden said the Democratic ticket wants to campaign in-person in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Pennsylvania and Arizona after Labor Day, which is next weekend.

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Biden, who has been dubbed "The Manchurian candidate" by some on social media, said if he and Harris do travel, there would not be "irresponsible rallies" like Trump's well-attended events.

"I'm a tactile politician," he said. "I really miss being able to, you know, grab hands, shake hands, you can't do that now."

"We're going to do it in a way that is totally consistent with being responsible, unlike what this guy's doing," Biden said of Trump. "He's on the White House lawn tonight, first of all, violating the Hatch Act, virtually throwing every major rule in the dustbin."

"So what we're working on is how I get out. I'm going to be traveling throughout the country where I can do it consistent with the state rules about how many people can be assembled," Biden said.

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Nancy Pelosi added her voice to the chorus of Democrats who express concern about Joe Biden debating President Donald Trump next month.

Former Vice President Biden, the 77-year-old Democratic nominee, and Trump, 74, will meet for their first presidential debate on Sept. 29.

Democrats are extremely concerned after President Trump demanded Biden take a drug test before they face off.

Speaker of the House Pelosi is desperately trying to cancel the debates altogether.

"I don't think that there should be any debates," Pelosi said on Thursday.

"I wouldn't legitimize a conversation with [Trump] - nor a debate in terms of the presidency of the United States," she added.

Pelosi said Trump was "disgraceful" when he "stalked" Hillary Clinton all over the stage during the 2016 debate, and that he will probably "act in a way that is beneath the dignity of the presidency."

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Pelosi fears Trump will dominate Biden and make him look weak in front of 300 million Americans.

"I think he will also belittle what the debates are supposed to be about," she said. "And they're not to be about skulduggery on the part of somebody who has no respect for the office he holds, much less the democratic process. I don't think that he should dignify that conversation with Donald Trump."

Pelosi suggested eliminating the debates in favor of each candidate holding separate "conversations" with voters, saying: "Let that be a conversation with the American people, not an exercise in skulduggery."

Democrats around the country are pressuring the Biden campaign to call off all debates with Trump due to the coronavirus pandemic. They don’t think Biden has the stamina to go toe-to-toe with Trump for an hour and a half.

Former White House Press Secretary Joe Lockhart warned Biden, "whatever you do, don't debate Trump."

Biden has said he will campaign from his basement until November amid the coronavirus pandemic -- leaving his running mate, Kamala Harris, to do his campaigning for him.

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Kanye West's chances of challenging President Donald Trump and Joe Biden in the November elections are fading fast.

The mega producer failed to get on the ballot for the U.S. presidential election in his adopted home state of Wyoming.

The rapper missed a Monday deadline to submit signatures for the ballot in Wyoming, USA Today reports. He previously failed to get on the ballot in his native Illinois. But he is willing to spend $500,000 to get his name on the ballot in Arizona.

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Kanye moved to Wyoming in 2018, allegedly to put distance between himself and the negative influence of the Kardashian Klan. His estranged wife, Kim Kardashian-West, remained at home in Calabasas, Calif. with their four children.

Kanye announced his decision to run for president on July 4, 2020, Independence Day in America.

After failing to get on the ballot in numerous states, he is pulling out all the stops to get on the ballot in a crucial swing state of Arizona.

According to TMZ, the 3rd-party petitioning group, Let the Voters Decide, is sending upwards of 100 people into Arizona over the next week to try and gather 37,769 names -- the required number to get on the ballot.

According to TheHill.com, Kanye has secured a spot in the key swing state of Minnesota, as well as pop singer Taylor Swift's home state of Tennessee.

He will also be on the ballots in Arkansas, Colorado, Oklahoma, Utah and Vermont, but failed to make it in Missouri after submitting just 6,557 of the 10,000 signatures required.

As a third-party candidate who will not appear on the ballot in many states, West has no realistic path to winning the 270 electoral college votes that would send him to The White House - leading to accusations he is running a spoiler campaign to help Trump defeat his opponent, former Vice President Joe Biden.

The hip-hop star said in an interview with Forbes earlier this month he is "not denying" that his campaign was meant to divert Democratic votes away from Biden, who helped author the 1994 crime bill that sent thousands of Black men to prison.

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Kim Klacik is on a short list of renowned Black speakers at the 2020 Republican National Convention, that kicked off on Monday.

Klacik, 38, made history by winning the Republican nomination in Maryland's 7th Congressional District special primary on February 4, 2020. She was the first Black female Republican candidate ever to run for a Maryland Congressional seat.

She spoke on Day 1 of the RNC in Charlotte, NC, saying, "The Democrats still assume that Black people will vote for them, no matter how much they let us down and take us for granted. Nope! We're sick of it and not going to take it anymore. The days of blindly supporting the Democrats are coming to an end."

The married mother-of-one continued: "In Baltimore, we have the highest number of Black Republicans in the entire country running for office this election cycle.

"Joe Biden believes we can't think for ourselves -- that the color of someone's skin dictates their political views. We're not buying the lies anymore -- you and your party have ignored us for too long."

Watch Kim Klacik's full speech at the RNC below.
 

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When the Republican Party released its list of speakers at their 2020 National Convention, one high-profile name was suspiciously missing: Candace Owens.

The list included such conservative stars as Kimberly Guilfoyle, Kim Klacik, Diamond and Silk, Charlie Kirk, Scott Baio, and Alice Marie Johnson.

But Owens, who has arguably done more to lead Blacks off the Democrat plantation, was not on the list.

Many wondered if Owens and the Republican Party split because they thought she was too outspoken about George Floyd.

One follower commented: "@realCandaceOwens didn't make the grade even after spending the last 4 yrs. kissing @realDonaldTrump's fat ass. How sad is that?"

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Richard Spencer made headlines when he announced he's voting the Democratic ticket in November.

Spencer (center) and his supporters clashed with Virginia State Police in Emancipation Park at the "Unite the Right" rally on August 12, 2017 in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Spencer famously endorsed President Donald Trump in the 2016 elections. But he says he's switching tickets because he believes Biden is a bigger racist than Trump.

"I plan to vote for Biden and a straight democratic ticket. It's not based on "accelerationism" or anything like that; the liberals are clearly more competent people," Spencer tweeted on Sunday.

Biden's camp hastily rejected Spencer's endorsement.

"When Joe Biden says we are in a battle for the soul of our nation against vile forces of hate who have come crawling out from under rocks, you are the epitome of what he means. What you stand for is absolutely repugnant. Your support is 10,000% percent unwelcome here," Biden's campaign tweeted.

Biden, 77, helped author the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act that later became known as the 1994 crime bill.

Biden oversaw the Senate Judiciary Committee at the time. The bill was signed into law by former President Bill Clinton in 1994.

Many Black males were incarcerated under the 1994 crime bill. Biden's running mate, California Senator Kamala Harris, was a prosecutor who locked up more Black males than her predecessor.

Together, Biden and Harris have locked up more Black people than any presidential candidates in history.

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Former President Barack Obama slammed current U.S. President Donald Trump as unfit to hold office. The Hawaiian-born multi-millionaire ended Day 3 of the DNC convention with a 19-minute speech attacking his successor, Trump.

Obama, 59, claimed America's democracy was at risk as long as Trump remained in office. He said Trump's presidency was like a "reality show" to get "the attention he craves."

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Obama suggested Trump had not risen to the role of president and he was incapable of doing so.

Trump, 74, watched Obama's speech with interest while tweeting his reactions.

In one tweet, Trump wrote in all caps: "HE SPIED ON MY CAMPAIGN, AND GOT CAUGHT!"

"WHY DID HE REFUSE TO ENDORSE SLOW JOE UNTIL IT WAS ALL OVER, AND EVEN THEN WAS VERY LATE? WHY DID HE TRY TO GET HIM NOT TO RUN?"

Trump also tweeted a video that showed him criticizing Obama and his former VP Joe Biden. "Now President Obama did not do a good job. And the reason I'm here is because of President Obama and Joe Biden - because if they did a good job, I wouldn't be here."

Watch Obama's full DNC speech below.
 

 

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Kanye West is serious about his quest to become the 46th president of these United States. The 43-year-old rap and fashion mogul has been added to more ballots in multiple states.

Utah is the latest state to add West's name to the ballot. According to the Associated Press, West qualified for the Utah ballot as an unaffiliated presidential candidate.

State Elections Director Justin Lee said his office verified that 1,000 signatures collected by West's campaign were from registered voters.

According to the NY Times, some Republicans are helping West, including Lane Ruhland, a lawyer who has worked for the Trump campaign, and Mark Jaboky, who worked for the California Republican Party.

West has hinted that his goal is to divert Democratic votes away from Joe Biden.

Some states booted West from their ballots, claiming the signatures were invalid.

According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, the state Democratic Party filed a complaint against West for bogus signatures like "Mickey Mouse" and "Bernie Sanders".

But West challenged the complaint, insisting that the DNC prove the signatures aren't Mickey Mouse or Bernie Sanders.

Affidavits from six people say they were tricked into signing their names on West's paperwork.

"If the affidavits are true, crimes were committed by the West campaign," said attorney Michael Maistelman.

West's campaign is gaining support. Biden has began to slip in the polls after picking Calif. Senator Kamala Harris as his running mate.

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Michelle Obama attacked President Donald Trump in a blistering speech during the virtual Democratic National Convention on Monday night.

Some of the scheduled speakers phoned in their speeches due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Mrs. Obama closed out the first night of the virtual DNC with an impassioned 18-minute speech.

Speaking via livestream from her $11 million Hamptons mansion -- one of five mansions the Obamas own -- the former first lady called Trump "the wrong president for our country."

"Donald Trump is the wrong president for our country. He has had more than enough time to prove that he can do the job, but he is clearly in over his head," she said.

She added: "He cannot meet this moment. He simply cannot be who we need him to be for us. It is what it is."

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Mrs. Obama praised Democratic nominee Joe Biden, calling him a "profoundly decent man."

She showed signs of emotional stress during her speech. She previously said she was struggling with "some form of low-grade depression" due to the Trump administration's "hypocrisy".

During her podcast earlier this month, Obama said the hypocrisy of the Trump administration keeps her up at night.

Among her symptoms are insomnia, mood disturbances, anxiety, stress, and lack of motivation in her normal daily routines.

"I'm waking up in the middle of the night, cause I'm worrying about something, or there's a heaviness," she said.

Obama added, "You know, um, so I, I know that I am dealing with some form of low-grade depression. Not just because of the quarantine, but because of the racial strife, and just seeing this administration, watching the hypocrisy of it, day in and day out, is dispiriting."

President Trump mocked her pre-recorded speech during a campaign stop ahead of the Democratic convention.

Trump told supporters in Minnesota. "Why don't they tell me that? I'll tape my speech next week. It's a lot easier."
 

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Cardi B shared her ideas with Democratic nominee Joe Biden that she hopes he will do if he is elected president in November.

The rapper, who hopes to be appointed Biden's secretary of education, spoke with the politician via Zoom video conference, as part of her Elle magazine cover story.

During the chat, Biden asked the "Bodak Yellow" rapper what she expects from the next U.S. leader.

"I have a whole list of things that I want our next president to do for us. But first, I just want Trump out," she said. "His mouth gets us in trouble so much."

"I don't want to be lied to -- we're dealing with a pandemic right now, and I just want answers. I want to know when this will be over. I want to go back to my job. But I don't want someone to lie to me and tell me that it's fine not to wear a mask, that everything is going to be okay."

Cardi continued: "I want a president to tell me what the steps are for us to get better, to tell me, 'This is why it is taking so long, this is why other countries are doing better than ours.' Tell me the truth, the hard-core truth."

"And also: I want free Medicare. It's important to have free (healthcare), because look at what is happening right now. Of course, I think we need free college. And I want Black people to stop getting killed and no justice for it. I'm sick of it. I just want laws that are fair to Black citizens and fair to cops, too..."

After listening to the "WAP" star's list of demands, Biden, 78, responded: "Also, by the way, if I get elected president, anybody with a family (that makes) less than 125 grand, you're going to get free education. And everybody gets free community college."

He added: "The way we can pay for all of this is doing practical things, like making sure that everybody has to pay their fair share. (For example) no corporation should pay less than 15 per cent tax."

Cardi is lending her support to Biden, after her initial pick for president, Bernie Sanders, dropped out of the race in April to make way for Biden.
 

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Kanye West is making believers out of people who initially laughed at Donald Trump's presidential campaign.

While Democrats and Republicans have written off Kanye's campaign, Fox News anchor Harris Faulkner said Democrats and Republicans would be foolish to ignore Kanye.

"Democrats cannot ignore him because he could split the vote," she told Page Six. "No one can ignore a black candidate, even though they may think whatever they think about Kanye," she said.

Trump, a former reality TV star, drew laughter and ridicule when he announced his intentions to run for president. He shocked the world when he beat the odds-on-favorite, Hillary Clinton, to win the 2016 election.

Faulkner says Kanye could pull off a similar November surprise by siphoning off Democratic votes from Joe Biden.

"They kind of have to keep an eye on him because he's going to pop up on the ballot in certain places and they better hope it's not in a swing state," Faulkner said.

She added the GOP "can't ignore him either," because Trump and Kanye are pals and Kanye has already hinted that he would act as spoiler to Biden's campaign.

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Shaun King was brutally mocked on Twitter.com for flip-flopping after Joe Biden announced Kamala Harris as his running mate on Tuesday.

The transracial activist had said he "absolutely" would not support Harris or Biden's presidential campaigns.

In a 2018 tweet, King wrote that he would not support them because of their "dismal history on criminal justice reform over their entire careers."

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But on Tuesday, he tweeted his support for Harris, stating he is "incredibly proud" to support Harris as VP on the Biden ticket.

"Kamala Harris is the most progressive VP nominee in American history," he tweeted.

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Twitter users reminded King of his 2018 tweet as a meme showing both tweets went viral on the social media platform.

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King addressed his flip-flopping, stating, "I can only speak for myself, but when I harshly critique leaders, it's with the hope that they will grow and evolve."

"Kamala has done so, in very specific ways, on issues of justice."

"I'll remain a critic," he added, "But I'm nothing but glad to see the growth. Is what it is."

Harris, who is former President Barack Obama's choice for president, was dad last on the Democratic presidential platform in 2019. But she dropped out of the race in December, citing a lack of funds and an overall lack of enthusiasm.

She was despised by the Black community for her hard stance on crime as a prosecutor in San Francisco. As a state prosecutor, Harris locked up more Black and brown people than her predecessors.
 

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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.