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US Senate votes 51-48 to advance the nomination of Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court before final vote Monday

Yahoo News - Sun, 10/25/2020 - 12:23

US Senate votes 51-48 to advance the nomination of Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court before final vote MondayThe federal judge is just one step away from becoming the newest member of the high court, in one of the swiftest nomination processes in memory.


YouTube 'kidfluencers' exposing children to 'staggering' amounts of junk food ads

Yahoo News - Sun, 10/25/2020 - 12:23

YouTube 'kidfluencers' exposing children to 'staggering' amounts of junk food adsYouTube ‘kidfluencers’ are exposing children to "staggering" levels of junk food advertising with unhealthy items plugged in videos that have had over a billion views, a study has revealed. Researchers found that almost half of the clips looked at on the video site’s "wildly popular" channels featuring child stars promoted unhealthy food and drinks. The lead author of the report, published in the US journal Pediatrics, Dr Marie Bragg, warned that parents were often unaware that the kidfluencers their children watch can be paid by food and beverage companies to promote products. The research comes as some of the most popular channels on YouTube, the second most visited website in the world, in recent years have been for child vloggers, who entertain young audiences by reviewing toys or doing experiments and pranks. The largest such account is called Ryan’s World, which features nine-year-old Ryan Kaji from the US and has almost 27 million subscribers. Forbes estimates that the channel earned $26 million (£20 million) last year from advertising revenue from YouTube as well as sponsored content.


Jennifer Aniston urged her fans to vote but said it's 'not funny' to vote for Kanye West

Yahoo News - Sun, 10/25/2020 - 12:21

Jennifer Aniston urged her fans to vote but said it's 'not funny' to vote for Kanye WestJennifer Aniston told her Instagram followers that she cast her ballot for Biden and Harris, and urged them to "be responsible" with their votes.


Putin rejects Donald Trump's criticism of Biden family business

Yahoo News - Sun, 10/25/2020 - 12:19

Putin rejects Donald Trump's criticism of Biden family businessRussian President Vladimir Putin said on Sunday that he saw nothing criminal in Hunter Biden's past business ties with Ukraine or Russia, marking out his disagreement with one of Donald Trump's attack lines in the U.S. presidential election. Putin was responding to comments made by Trump during televised debates with Democratic challenger Joe Biden ahead of the Nov. 3 election.


Ocasio-Cortez Declines to Promise Support for Pelosi as Speaker, Will Back ‘Most Progressive Candidate’

Yahoo News - Sun, 10/25/2020 - 12:02

Ocasio-Cortez Declines to Promise Support for Pelosi as Speaker, Will Back ‘Most Progressive Candidate’Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Sunday hedged on whether she would support Nancy Pelosi as House speaker again, saying she will support the "most progressive" candidate."If Speaker Pelosi runs again, as she just indicated she will if the Democrats keep the House, will you support her?" CNN's Jake Tapper asked the freshman congresswoman during an interview on CNN."Again, I want to make sure that we win the House. I do believe that we will, but it's critically important that we are supporting Democrats in tight swing races, making sure that not only all of them come back but that we grow our majority. I believe that we have to see those races as they come, see what candidates are there," Ocasio-Cortez responded."I am committed to making sure that we have the most progressive candidate there. But, if Speaker Pelosi is that most progressive candidate, then I will be supporting her," she concluded.The New York progressive's remarks came just moments after Pelosi confirmed on CNN that she intends to run for speaker of the House should Democrats retain their majority in the chamber.Last year, Pelosi clashed with Ocasio-Cortez and three other freshmen progressive congresswomen after the four voted against an emergency border-aid bill brought to the floor by leadership, saying they wanted to see more protections for migrants in the measure.“All these people have their public whatever and their Twitter world,” Pelosi said after the bill passed in July last year. “But they didn’t have any following. They’re four people, and that’s how many votes they got.”Ocasio-Cortez then took issue with Pelosi’s minimizing the influence of the four representatives.“It got to a point where it was just outright disrespectful,” she said at the time. “The explicit singling out of newly elected women of color.”However, the two had an amicable meeting and united shortly afterwards on a resolution condemning President Trump's remarks about the congresswomen as racist.


Outgoing Virginia GOP congressman says 'the two-party system is really failing the American people right now'

Yahoo News - Sun, 10/25/2020 - 11:36

Outgoing Virginia GOP congressman says 'the two-party system is really failing the American people right now'First-term lawmaker Denver Riggleman called it "very difficult" to stay with any party and warned the GOP against soliciting support from fringe groups like QAnon.


Reps. Jim Jordan and Doug Collins on authenticity of purported Hunter Biden emails

Yahoo News - Sun, 10/25/2020 - 11:17

Reps. Jim Jordan and Doug Collins on authenticity of purported Hunter Biden emailsThe 'problem is Big Tech is censoring' reports related to purported Hunter Biden emails, Republican Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, tells 'Sunday Morning Futures.'


Ocasio-Cortez: No problem with Biden's lack of support for fracking ban, would be 'privilege' to lobby him

Yahoo News - Sun, 10/25/2020 - 10:59

 No problem with Biden's lack of support for fracking ban, would be 'privilege' to lobby himRep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) told CNN's Jake Tapper on Sunday's edition of State of the Union that she feels strongly about the need to ban fracking in the United States, but she's not letting that get in the way of her efforts to help former Vice President Joe Biden defeat President Trump in the upcoming election.Biden, she said, has "made very clear" that he disagrees with a fracking ban, but she says it would be a "privilege" to lobby him on the issue in the future. However, "we need to focus on winning the White House first," she told Tapper.> “Vice President Biden has made very clear that he does not agree with a fracking ban… It will be a privilege to lobby him should we win the White House, but we need to focus on winning the White House first,” Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez says CNNSOTU pic.twitter.com/NZ5SzTY8Co> > — State of the Union (@CNNSotu) October 25, 2020Ocasio-Cortez has emerged as one of the most prominent voices in the progressive wing of the Democratic Party, and she certainly has policy disagreements with the more moderate Democratic nominee. Indeed, earlier in the year, when she first threw her support behind Biden's candidacy after he secured the nomination over Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Ocasio-Cortez said "the whole process of coming together should be uncomfortable for everyone involved." But her latest comments reaffirm that she prefers that uncomfortable process continue over the next four years.More stories from theweek.com Trump loses on the merits Who won the final 2020 debate? Call it a draw. Get ready for Trump TV, America


More mass testing in China after 137 virus cases in Xinjiang

Yahoo News - Sun, 10/25/2020 - 10:40

More mass testing in China after 137 virus cases in XinjiangChinese officials were racing Sunday to smother a fresh coronavirus outbreak in the country's far northwest after 137 new infections were discovered.


Pakistan PM accuses Macron of attacking Islam by 'encouraging' blasphemous cartoons

Yahoo News - Sun, 10/25/2020 - 10:29

Pakistan PM accuses Macron of attacking Islam by 'encouraging' blasphemous cartoonsPakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan said on Sunday that French President Emmanuel Macron has "attacked Islam" by encouraging the display of cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammad. Khan's comments come days after Macron paid tribute to a French history teacher beheaded by an Islamist radical who wanted to avenge the use of cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammad in a class on freedom of expression. "Sadly, President Macron has chosen to deliberately provoke Muslims, incl his own citizens, through encouraging the display of blasphemous cartoons targeting Islam & our Prophet PBUH," Khan said on Twitter.


Gottlieb warns of "dangerous tipping point" as virus spread accelerates

Yahoo News - Sun, 10/25/2020 - 10:29

Gottlieb warns of "dangerous tipping point" as virus spread accelerates"These cases are going to continue to build. There's really no backstop here," Gottlieb said on "Face the Nation."


Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is heavily favored to win her reelection race. Her challenger has still raised $10 million because Republicans are desperate to beat her.

Yahoo News - Sun, 10/25/2020 - 10:22

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is heavily favored to win her reelection race. Her challenger has still raised $10 million because Republicans are desperate to beat her."I guarantee you 75% of his contributors don't know anything about him," a Republican strategist told The New York Times.


Crews vacuum 'murder hornets' out of Washington nest

Yahoo News - Sun, 10/25/2020 - 10:16

Crews vacuum 'murder hornets' out of Washington nestHeavily protected crews in Washington state worked Saturday to destroy the first nest of so-called murder hornets discovered in the United States.


Spain declares state of emergency over coronavirus as Italy closes cinemas, theatres and gyms

Yahoo News - Sun, 10/25/2020 - 10:16

Spain declares state of emergency over coronavirus as Italy closes cinemas, theatres and gymsPedro Sánchez, the prime minister of Spain, declared a state of emergency and imposed a nationwide curfew on Sunday, as Italy closed down event halls and Bulgaria’s leader tested positive for coronavirus. Under Spain’s state of emergency, which was due to come into force on Sunday, citizens must remain inside their homes between 11pm and 6am unless they have a valid reason, such as work or other essential activities. Regional governments have been allowed to adjust the timing of the start and end of the curfew by one hour, while the Canary Islands have been exempted from the curfew altogether. After Spain recorded 110,000 new cases last week, passing a milestone of one million cases, Mr Sánchez said the situation was “extreme”, and urged citizens to “stay at home wherever possible”. The state of emergency also includes a “rule-of-six” limit on social gatherings, and allows regional governments to seal their borders against non-essential entry or exit, as well as place districts or cities under perimeter lockdowns. Mr Sánchez said he wants parliament to approve the state of emergency for six months, until 9 May. “Experts estimate that is the time we need to overcome the most destructive phase of the pandemic. The cost in terms of lives must be as low as possible,” he said. It came as Italy announced it would close cinemas, theatres, gyms and swimming pools, while restaurants and bars were told to shut at 6pm, in a fresh round of tough restrictions. The new rules, which come into force on Monday, were imposed after 20,000 cases of coronavirus were recorded on Saturday. Giuseppe Conte, the Italian prime minister, has stopped short of a full nationwide lockdown as the country’s economy was severely damaged by a ten-week lockdown imposed earlier in the pandemic. "Our aim is to protect health and the economy," Mr Conte said.


NYPD officers appeared to break protocol by broadcasting 'Trump 2020' over speakers from their patrol cars

Yahoo News - Sun, 10/25/2020 - 10:16

NYPD officers appeared to break protocol by broadcasting 'Trump 2020' over speakers from their patrol carsVideos show at least 3 NYPD officers blaring "Trump 2020" in Brooklyn, breaking protocol prohibiting them from endorsing candidates while on duty or in uniform.


New cease-fire announced in 4-week Nagorno-Karabakh conflict

Yahoo News - Sun, 10/25/2020 - 09:56

New cease-fire announced in 4-week Nagorno-Karabakh conflictArmenia and Azerbaijan have announced a third attempt to establish a cease-fire in their conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh starting from 8 a.m. (0400 GMT) on Monday. The new agreement was announced Sunday night in a joint statement by the governments of the United States, Armenia and Azerbaijan. The statement said the agreement came after a meeting between Armenian Foreign Minister Zohrab Mnatsakanyan, Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Jeyhun Bayramov and U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Stephen E. Biegun.


Majority of Biden, Trump supporters will accept election results no matter who wins, poll shows

Yahoo News - Sun, 10/25/2020 - 09:41

Majority of Biden, Trump supporters will accept election results no matter who wins, poll showsPresident Trump has stirred up controversy by giving some evasive answers on what he'll do if he fails to win re-election on Nov. 3 (or whenever the presidential race is called). The president has said he will accept a peaceful transition of power, but he continues to suggest the election may not be "honest" or "clean," with a particular focus on the mail-in voting process, which he believes is vulnerable to fraud.Regardless, the majority of his supporters are prepared to accept the election results no matter who wins, a new Reuters/Ipsos poll revealed Sunday. In the survey, 59 percent of those who are backing Trump said they'll accept a win from his Democratic competitor, former Vice President Joe Biden, and the data is pretty much the same on the other side of things, where 57 percent of Biden supporters said they'd accept a Trump victory.That does theoretically leave a significant amount of people who would refuse to accept the results, but not all of those folks would take action to challenge the outcome. Among Trump backers, 16 percent said they would try to do something about a Biden victory, while 22 percent of Biden voters said they'd make an effort to dispute a Trump win.The Reuters/Ipsos poll was conducted online between Oct. 13-20. It gathered responses from 2,649 American adults. The margin of error was 4 percentage points. Read more at Reuters.More stories from theweek.com Trump loses on the merits Who won the final 2020 debate? Call it a draw. Get ready for Trump TV, America


Blackburn: Trump will ensure COVID recovery quicker than Biden

Yahoo News - Sun, 10/25/2020 - 09:24

 Trump will ensure COVID recovery quicker than BidenSenate Judiciary Committee member Marsha Blackburn offers insight on the election as early voting in Tennessee breaks records.


CNN's Jake Tapper presses White House chief of staff after new round of coronavirus cases among top officials

Yahoo News - Sun, 10/25/2020 - 09:20

CNN's Jake Tapper presses White House chief of staff after new round of coronavirus cases among top officials

CNN’s Jake Tapper grilled White House chief of staff Mark Meadows after it was revealed that top aides to Vice President Pence tested positive for COVID-19. Under CDC guidelines, this development would call for Pence, who has been in close contact with them, to self-isolate. But Pence is still hitting the campaign trail.


Fox News Is Covering Hunter Biden Claims More Than 2016 WikiLeaks Emails

Yahoo News - Sun, 10/25/2020 - 09:19

Fox News Is Covering Hunter Biden Claims More Than 2016 WikiLeaks EmailsA month before the 2016 presidential election, WikiLeaks released hacked emails from John Podesta, Hillary Clinton's campaign chairman.Last week, The New York Post published an article featuring emails from a laptop purportedly owned by Hunter Biden, son of the Democratic presidential nominee, Joe Biden. The emails, about business dealings in Ukraine, have not been independently verified.So how did cable news treat these two caches, which were both aimed at Democratic candidates during the heights of their presidential campaigns?The answer: Fox News is giving more airtime to the unverified Hunter Biden emails than it did to the hacked emails from Podesta in 2016, according to an analysis from the Atlantic Council's Digital Forensic Research Lab, which studies disinformation.While Fox News' mentions of the word "WikiLeaks" took up a peak of 198 seconds in one day in mid-October 2016, the news channel's references to "Hunter" reached 273 seconds one day last week, according to the analysis. Fox News did not respond to a request for comment.In contrast, most viewers of CNN and MSNBC would not have heard much about the unconfirmed Hunter Biden emails, according to the analysis. CNN's mentions of "Hunter" peaked at 20 seconds and MSNBC's at 24 seconds one day last week.CNN and MSNBC covered the WikiLeaks disclosures more, according to the study. Mentions of "WikiLeaks" peaked at 121 seconds on CNN in one day in October 2016 and 90 seconds on MSNBC in one day in the same period."In 2016, the WikiLeaks releases were a gigantic story, covered across the political spectrum," said Emerson Brooking, a resident fellow at the Digital Forensic Research Lab, who worked on the report. "In 2020, the Hunter Biden leaks are a WikiLeaks-sized event crammed into one angry, intensely partisan corner" of cable news television.As for online news outlets, 85% of the 1,000 most popular articles about the Hunter Biden emails were by right-leaning sites, according to the analysis. Those articles, which were shared 28 million times, came from The New York Post, Fox Business, Fox News and The Washington Times, among other outlets. The researchers did not have a comparative analysis for the WikiLeaks revelations.This article originally appeared in The New York Times.(C) 2020 The New York Times Company


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