Progressives eye top economic posts in potential Biden cabinet

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Biden reportedly considering ex-Obama staffers, former 2020 rivals for Cabinet

A new report says 2020 hopeful Joe Biden is considering a mix of ex-Obama staffers and former 2020 candidates for a potential White House Cabinet.

As Election Day draws near there are rumors swirling about who Joe Biden might tap to serve in his administration should he win, including two very progressive Democrats who are eyeing key economic roles.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., for example, is vying for the U.S. Treasury Secretary position, according to a Politico report.

While running for president, Warren centered her campaign on fighting corporate greed and breaking up some of the country’s largest companies – like Amazon – which progressives often characterize as anticompetitive monopolies. She has also been vocal about the need to raise taxes on the rich and proposed a wealth tax to break up family fortunes.

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One lawmaker who is even more progressive than Warren, Democratic Socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., is also in the running for a cabinet post.

As previously reported by Fox News, sources close to Sanders said he has interest in serving as Labor Secretary.

Sanders was a prominent force behind a push to raise the federal minimum wage to $15 per hour – and he launched successful campaigns to pressure big companies like Amazon and Walmart to implement the policy.

Sanders’ platform was well-known for containing a slew of proposals to reduce costs for American households, ranging from Medicare for All and tuition-free college to free child care and early education, as well as the elimination of student loan debt.

President Trump has branded Biden a “puppet of left-wing extremists” who would acquiesce to demands of the progressive sect of the party.

Besides Warren and Sanders, however, Biden's shortlist appears much more moderate, with the former vice president allegedly debating tapping some members of the GOP.

As previously reported by Fox News, former Ohio governor John Kasich – a Republican – could serve in Biden’s inner circle.

Other Republican contenders reportedly include Quibi CEO Meg Whitman, Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker and former Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake.

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It is not uncommon for presidents to nominate members of the opposing party to work in their administrations – as former presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush did – though President Trump opted not to follow suit.

Other team-Biden names that have been floated include Chris Coons, D-Del., and several individuals who served under the Obama administration, like former Defense Department official Michele Flournoy, according to The Wall Street Journal.

Biden’s campaign told Politico it would not be making any decisions before Election Day, adding that diversity of ideology and background would be a central focus to a potential transition team.

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O’Brien: Trump put an end to Obama-Biden ‘leading from behind foreign policy’ toward China

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How American foreign policy has changed under President Trump

National Security Adviser Robert O'Brien explains on 'The Story'

President Trump successfully ended Barack Obama and Joe Biden's foreign policy of "leading from behind," especially when it comes to American interests in Asia, National Security Adviser Robert O'Brien told "The Story" Thursday.

O'Brien told host Martha MacCallum that under the president's predecessor, America had "turned a blind eye to Chinese unfair trade practices.

"It turned a blind eye to Chinese intellectual property theft of all of our great innovations," O'Brien added. "It turned a great blind eye to China hollowing out the American Midwest and our manufacturing capability."

The adviser referred to Trump as the "first president in my adult lifetime" to recognize the threat from Beijing, and respond with tariffs and consequences for intellectual property theft.

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O'Brien said Trump has adopted Ronald Reagan's "peace through strength" model of building up the military during a period of noninterventionism, letting the world to see the military capacity of the United States as a warning.

"All I can do is look at what we faced when Trump came into office and what President Trump has done," he said, "and it's been pretty spectacular what the president has done with respect to China."

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Which states have the most electoral votes?

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Biden accuses Trump of using Supreme Court to destroy ObamaCare

The Democratic nominee puts pressure on the president in Florida; Peter Doocy has the latest on 'Special Report'

The Electoral College is the formal process in which the president of the United States is elected.

There are 538 electors in total, with each state getting a certain amount of electors as it has representatives in Congress. Every state has two votes per senator and one vote for each of the state's congressional districts.

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A candidate must win at least 270 electoral votes — a majority — in order to be elected president.

Here are a list of states with the most electoral votes:

1. California has the most electoral votes with 55.

2. Texas has 38 electoral votes.

3. New York and Florida each have 29 electoral votes.

4. Illinois and Pennsylvania each have 20 electoral votes.

5. Ohio has 18 electoral votes.

Meanwhile, these states have the least electoral votes in the country:

1. Alaska, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Vermont and Wyoming each have three electoral votes.

2. Hawaii, Idaho, Maine, New Hampshire and Rhode Island each have four votes.

3. Nebraska, New Mexico, and West Virginia each have five votes.

4. Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Mississippi, Nevada and Utah each have six votes.

5. Connecticut, Oklahoma and Oregon each have seven votes.

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Warren eyes Treasury Secretary job in potential Biden White House: report

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Warren vows Biden will 'hold Trump accountable'

Sen. Elizabeth Warren expressed in an impassioned vow that if elected, Joe Biden will hold Trump 'accountable.' <br>

Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., was once competing against Joe Biden for the 2020 Democratic nomination, but now she reportedly wants to join his administration if he wins the election.

Warren is eyeing the Treasury Secretary position in a potential Biden administration, according to an exclusive report from Politico on Thursday, which cited three Democratic officials who have spoken with her inner circle.

Warren plans to make her case for the position depending on the outcome of next week’s election, the publication said.

Neither the Biden campaign nor Warren's office responded to Fox News' request for comment.

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The role of the Treasury Secretary, currently filled by Steven Mnuchin, is to promote policies and conditions that strengthen the U.S. economy and create jobs, in addition to protecting the integrity of the financial system.

The economy is currently combating a coronavirus-induced recession that began in February, which triggered the loss of 22 million jobs – slightly more than half of which have been recovered.

If Warren were to become a top contender for the spot, it could spark backlash on Wall Street, according to some critics.

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Warren is a progressive and a staunch consumer advocate who centered her campaign around fighting corporate greed.

During her run for the presidency, she unveiled a multitude of proposals that took aim at some of the country’s largest companies – including Amazon and Google – as she championed working-class Americans.

She proposed policies to hike taxes on the richest Americans, including a wealth tax that aimed to break up concentrated fortunes.

She also spearheaded the creation of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, which came to fruition under the Obama administration.

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Surge in early voting gives Democrats competitive edge in Texas

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Texas sees more than 7 million people vote early

What is driving people in the Lone Star State to the polls? Reaction from Rep. Lance Gooden.

Early voting in Texas has stirred hope among Democrats of gaining ground in the state that has been in the firm grip of Republicans for decades.

Data released Wednesday from the Cook Political Report, showed that Texas has shifted from “Leans Republican” to “Toss Up,” – figures that align with takeaways from the 2018 Senate race, in which Republican Sen. Ted Cruz narrowly defeated Democratic Rep. Beto O’Rourke at 51% to 48%.

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A staff member distributes water and snacks in front of the Democracy is Delicious food truck, powered by Pizza to the Polls and Uber Eats, Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020 in Houston. (AP Images for Pizza to the Polls)

The Texas Tribune reported Thursday that nearly 8.6 million Texans – more than have of the state’s registered voters – have already cast their ballot. That number represents roughly 95% of the entire vote in Texas in 2016.

The surge in voting is driven primarily by demographics like unmarried women and Latinos that tend to vote democratic and did not participate in the 2016 election.

Despite liberal enclaves like Dallas or San Antonio, Texas has for decades given the nation firmly conservative politicians like former President George W. Bush and U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry. But a surge of immigrants and younger voters participating in the election is shifting the pulse of the Lone Star State.

Still, others remain more cautious, given that Democratic voters are more likely to be wary of the coronavirus and vote early to avoid the crowds on Nov. 3.

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“I think until we see what the actual Election Day numbers look like, it’s not clear whether or how much this is going to carry through,” Jim Henson, a University of Texas professor, told Bloomberg.

A Biden victory in Texas would rely heavily on the Hispanic vote, which accounts for about 30% of all eligible voters in Texas and are participating at twice the numbers they were in 2016.

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“In Texas, the Latino vote has tended to lean Democratic, but that’s exactly it: It leans Democratic,” Renée Cross, senior director at the Hobby School of Public Affairs at the University of Houston, told the outlet. “I don’t think there’s any doubt that the majority of Hispanics will vote for Biden, but the question is how many of the ones who vote Republican will vote for Trump.”

Early voting in Texas ends Friday.

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If elected, Biden plans task force to reunite 545 children separated from parents at border

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Democratic nominee says president has 'waved the white flag' on pandemic at Florida rally

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden pledged that if he is elected president he will will create a task force to reunite 545 migrant children who were separated from their parents at the U.S. southern border.

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"On his first day as president, Joe Biden will issue an executive order creating a task force to reunite these children with their parents," Biden's campaign said in a newly released ad on Wednesday.

The American Civil Liberties Union sued the Trump administration over its policy that separated migrant children in 2017 and 2018 from their parents who were being held in government custody for illegal border crossings, part of a "zero-tolerance policy," to crack down on illegal immigration.

In 2018, U.S. District Judge Dana Sabraw in San Diego, Calif., ordered the families be reunited, but experts from the ACLU say that hundreds of parents who were separated in 2017 still cannot be found.

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A court-appointed steering committee could not make contact with 545 children's parents, out of at least 1,030 children whom the committee had telephone numbers for.

At least two-thirds of the parents have likely been deported to their country of origin, the ACLU said.

The ACLU blasted Trump last week, saying the administration has done little to help attorneys locate parents and reunite children.

“We are extremely pleased that Vice President Biden has expressed an interest in helping the families who were torn apart by the Trump administration," ACLU attorney Lee Gelernt, the lead lawyer in the family separation lawsuit, said in a statement to Fox News on Thursday.

"We not only want to see the families reunited in the United States, but provided legal status given what they have been through. The families should also be provided with medical help to deal with the horrific trauma they have suffered.”

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Trump and Biden sparred over the family separation policy at the most recent presidential debate last week.

"What happened? Their kids were ripped from their arms and separated. And now they can not find over 500 sets of those parents and those kids are alone, nowhere to go. It's criminal," Biden said.

Trump countered that the children are "so well taken care of," and said his administration is "working on it" when asked what efforts towards reunification are being made.

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A recent Health and Human Services watchdog report revealed that there were 2,654 children initially determined to have been possibly separated from their parents, the majority of whom were from Guatemala or Honduras.

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Fox News’ Election Night Tools: Probability dials, Voter Analysis and more

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Prior to and on the night of Tuesday's election, FoxNews.com will have a wide selection of tools that users can access to analyze and track in real time how Americans are voting.

Visit the Elections Home Page to find top-level overviews of Presidential, House, and Senate races. It will also include Probability Dials gauging the probable balance of power in each house of Congress and the White House.

Through the Margin of Victory page, FoxNews.com will host a visual representation of each state's presidential vote split with live results on Election Day, and provide the ability for users to see historical election results on a state-by-state basis.

Be sure to check out the Live Coverage page where FoxNews.com's editorial team can interact in real-time with users.

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The tools will also allow users to find state and county-specific information through a fully-interactive map that contains real-time voter data. Each state will have its own page as well, with results for the major categories of races, including gubernatorial.

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Users will also be able to view races by category (gubernatorial, House, Senate, presidential) with real-time data and a breakdown of key races. To delve deeper into the data, users can access the Voter Analysis page, where data can be segmented according to state or race.

Customized data selections can also be found at the "My Races" page where users can view races they've selected as their favorites.

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Report: Hunter Biden emails show effort to target high-ranking Democrats

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Hunter Biden’s former business partner has said the former vice president’s son tried to bring politically connected officials into his business partnerships.

Tony Bobulinski provided a May 2017 email from Joe Biden’s brother James that was sent to himself, Hunter and others. In the email, Jim made the suggestion to target high profile Democrat politicians as “key domestic contacts” for their U.S.-China joint venture.

Tony Bobulinski speaks to reporters at a hotel in Nashville, Tenn. while holding a phone with alleged evidence of Hunter Biden’s corruption.

These high-profile Democrats included New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-N.Y.), Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (D-N.Y.).

A number of other Democrat politicians were also mentioned, including Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and then San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom (D-Calif.). Subsequent emails targeted even more Democrats.

Another email reportedly listed possible foreign contacts for the venture, which included leaders in Columbia, Argentina and Ireland as well as business leaders in India and Mexico.

This came amid reported texts from 2015 that detailed various schemes to bring in former federal officials. The texts stated that political influence was key to their business strategy.

Reports also claimed that once Hunter was brought into the fold, it finally led to productive meetings with high-profile names.

New texts have also suggested the Democrat presidential candidate met with James, Hunter and Bobulinksi in 2017 at the same time Hunter attempted to meet with the founder of a Chinese communist-linked energy company.

In an interview Wednesday, former NYPD Commissioner Bernard Kerik, who has been working with Rudy Giuliani on Hunter’s laptop, called the evidence against Hunter “overwhelming.”

He noted if an investigation isn’t ongoing, everyone at the FBI and Department of Justice should be fired. Kerik added if anyone doesn’t believe the emails, they should at least believe Bobulinski.

“If you really want to push the Russian disinformation issue, well then the Russians would have had to hypnotize Hunter,” Kerik noted. “And had him take his own hard drive into some store…and not pick it up.”

In an interview Thursday, lawmaker Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) said if Biden wins the presidency, he doesn’t see how a special counsel could be avoided. Johnson claimed it would be needed to get to the bottom of the former vice president’s son’s business dealings with Ukraine and China.

Otherwise, he warned the whole situation would be “tucked away” and evidence would be buried, meaning the public would never know what happened.

A recent poll cited around 75 percent of voters said they’ve heard at least a little about the Hunter Biden story. Four in 10 have claimed they think he did something wrong.

According to an additional report, Google searches for how to change one’s vote have spiked in recent days and have coincided with a search for more information on Hunter.

Reports have also indicated that at least one Senate Committee is investigating if Hunter Biden violated federal laws by failing to register as a foreign agent while promoting the interests of foreign business partners in Washington D.C.

RELATED: Ex-Hunter Biden Business Partner Interview Goes Unreported By MSM

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Pelosi not interested in passing smaller stimulus measures during lame duck session

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has no intention of pursuing smaller stimulus deals during Congress’s upcoming lame duck session.

On Thursday, she made the suggestion during a press conference on Capitol Hill. The Democrat said a larger bill is better at addressing the nation’s needs on a more complete scale.

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) speaks during a news conference at the U.S. Capitol (Photo by Sarah Silbiger/Getty Images)

The Speaker added that a stimulus bill should not focus on the size of the relief being offered, but rather the quality of that relief.

“We are talking about quality,” Pelosi stated. “We are not going to take a small bill that has the bulk of reinforcing funds to the richest people in America while questioning the integrity of people on unemployment insurance.”

Pelosi noted she’s still holding out hope for a stimulus deal after the election but has said it must be large enough to satisfy the nation’s economic needs.

RELATED: Kudlow: Targeted Relief Is Not Going To Happen

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Former Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder on being a ‘proud Republican’ who voted for Biden

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Biden-supporting former Republican governor slams Trump

Rick Snyder speaks out against Trump's fiscal policy, COVID response on 'Your World'

Former Michigan Republican Gov. Rick Snyder defended his vote for Joe Biden and criticized President Trump's handling of multiple issues during an interview with "Your World" Thursday.

""I've already voted," Snyder told host Neil Cavuto. "I'm a proud Republican. This was a big decision but you come back to the basics, I'm an American first.

"We shouldn't let partisanship get in the way of good decision-making for our country," Snyder added. "Joe Biden is a better decision than Donald Trump for the next four years."

Snyder, who spent eight years in office and was succeeded by Democrat Gretchen Whitmer in 2019, slammed Trump's response to the coronavirus pandemic by contrasting it unfavorably with Canada.

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Later, Cavuto pressed Snyder on Biden's tax plan and economic platform, noting that the former governor operated as a fiscal conservative while in Lansing.

"If you look at Donald Trump's record, it's not that good," Snyder answered. "His tax reform was not that successful or thoughtful. It wasn't simple, fair, or efficient. If you look at what he's done on trade policy, the tariffs have not resulted in job creation. It hasn't helped our agriculture sector, and the worst part is his COVID response.

"How can you sit there and say we are rounding the corner on COVID?"

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"Canada's rate of new cases is less than half of our rate, they are right across the border," Snyder added. "That's because they have their act together. They have half the cases we do."

He added that Biden's suggestion of a national mask mandate would be a "good thing" and accused Trump himself of being a "super-spreader."

"We have people dying," Snyder said. "And we have a leader that is ignoring that. That's not right."

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Retired Minnesota police officers asked to be Trump poll watchers in ‘rough neighborhoods’

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Minnesota GOP fighting back against lockdowns

Minnesota House Minority Leader Kurt Daudt weighs in on the contentious battle between lockdown restrictions.

A volunteer attorney for the Trump 2020 campaign is asking the Minneapolis Police Federation to gather retired officers to help watch polling places in "rough neighborhoods."

William Willingham sent an email to Minneapolis Police Federation President Lt. Bob Kroll on Wednesday, asking him to recruit 20 to 30 former officers to serve as poll challengers and act as the campaign's "eyes and ears in the field," as The Star Tribune first reported, but State Secretary Steve Simon told Fox News that the email appeared to be in conflict with Minnesota law.

"Every major political party gets to designate one [poll challenger] per polling place," he said. "If a retired police officer wants to be a challenger, they have to get … a political party to designate them."

He explained that under Minnesota law, the Minnesota Republican Party or a county Republican Party group would have to designate one poll challenger to represent a specific polling place and that the Trump campaign itself cannot do that.

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In this Sept. 8, 2020 file photo voters line up outside of the Minneapolis early voting center as Minnesota opened early voting for the general election. (AP Photo/Steve Karnowski, File)

"It’s an opportunity for me to say what the law is," he said.

Both the Trump and Biden campaigns have been assembling thousands of volunteer poll observers and attorneys ahead of Election Day, according to Politico.

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"Mr. Willingham is a volunteer who has been assisting in Minnesota," Trump campaign Deputy National Press Secretary Thea McDonald said in a statement to Fox News. "Neither the Trump Campaign nor the RNC instructed him to send this email. Even so, retired police officers are members of their communities, and as such are well within their rights to participate and volunteer as rule-abiding poll watchers."

She continued: "The media’s breathless obsession with the Trump Campaign poll watchers is baffling, given that every campaign—including Joe Biden’s—recruits them, and they are key to election transparency and accountability."

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At least seven police officers in Minneapolis have quit and others are in the process of resigning in the wake of the protests over George Floyd's death. (Photo by Stephen Maturen/Getty Images)

Poll watchers and challengers are not supposed to interfere with elections or voters but can monitor polling areas, check identification, report turnout for specific parties and report issues or concerns to election officials. Simon said poll challengers in Minnesota must also remain six feet away from voters, and any challenges they wish to make must be based on personal knowledge and put into writing.

The Trump campaign trains all of its poll workers not to interact with voters, even if state law does not mandate such training.

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Willingham's email said "poll challengers do not ‘stop’ people, per se, but act as our eyes and ears in the field and call our hotline to document fraud," according to the Star Tribune.

The email continues: "We don’t necessarily want our Poll Challengers to look intimidating, they cannot carry a weapon in the polls due to state law. … We just want people who won’t be afraid in rough neighborhoods or intimidating situations."

The email also said poll watchers would be observing "problem areas" — a phrase Minnesota State Secretary Steve Simon took issue with, saying, "When [poll challengers] do get in there, I sure hope the email didn’t mean to imply that 'problem areas' should somehow be subject to more scrutiny."

The Minneapolis Police Federation did not respond to a request from Fox News for a copy of the email.

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Minnesota's official state website says "major political parties can appoint voters who are residents of Minnesota from that party to act as challengers." There can only be one challenger per precinct, and challengers may only "contest a voter’s eligibility, if and only if they have personal knowledge of that voter’s ineligibility."

"Suspicion is not a basis for making a challenge. The challenger must personally know that a specific person is not eligible to vote for a specific reason," the website states.

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Biden campaign dodges questions about Bobulinski meeting claims, dismisses ‘smear campaign’

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Media silence around Hunter Biden allegations is ‘scary,’ step towards socialism: RNC Chair

Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel reacted to the media coverage of the Hunter Biden story on 'America's Newsroom.'

The Biden campaign on Thursday again refused to address new allegations about Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden’s alleged role in his son’s business dealings, dismissing the claims as a “smear campaign.”

“Look we’re not going to waste any seconds on this smear campaign,” National Press Secretary Jamal Brown said on Cheddar about recent reports about Hunter Biden’s business dealings.

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“If we want to talk about corruption, let’s look at Donald Trump. He’s paid more money and taxes to China than he has to the United States of America, so we’re not going to waste any time on that,” he said.

Host J.D. Durkin followed up about Hunter’s former associate, Tony Bobulinski, who gave an interview on Fox News’ “Tucker Carlson Tonight” on Tuesday and detailed his alleged meetings with the former vice president — one he says took place on May 2, 2017.

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“Did those meetings happen as they have been alleged when Joe Biden was a private citizen,” the host asked.

"We're not going to waste any time on this smear campaign because it's just another distraction to distract again away from four years of Donald Trump's reckless policies and his failed leadership,” Brown said.

Bobulinski claimed Tuesday that it was Hunter Biden and Jim Biden, the brother of the former vice president, who had pushed for the meeting.

“They were sort of wining and dining me and presenting the strength of the Biden family to get me engaged,” he said.

The Biden campaign declined to comment on the meeting Biden allegedly had with Bobulinski. Biden himself has not yet directly addressed Bobulinski's claims on "Tucker Carlson Tonight."

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The former vice president has previously denied being involved with his son's business dealings, however.

"I have not taken a penny from any foreign source ever in my life," Joe Biden said at a presidential debate last week. "We learned this president … has a secret bank account with China, does business in China, and in fact is talking about me taking money? I have not taken a single penny from any country whatsoever, ever.”

Meanwhile, Jim Biden refused to answer questions Wednesday when approached by Fox News outside a house in Maryland

Approached at a residence on the Eastern Shore, Jim Biden repeatedly rebuffed inquiries in his driveway as Fox News asked questions from a distance in the street.

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“I don’t want to comment about anything,” Jim Biden said.

Asked if he cared to answer questions, Biden said: “Nope.”

Fox News’ Brooke Singman and Marisa Schultz contributed to this report.

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Pending home sales fall 2.2% in September as prices rise

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Pending home sales fell unexpectedly in September as prices have continued to rise.

The National Association of Realtors reported pending sales fell 2.2 percent in September but were still more than 20 percent higher when compared to a year ago.

That was the first monthly decline in four months as the housing market has boomed amid the pandemic.

However, buyers looking to enter the market amid record-low mortgage rates have faced a shrinking supply of homes for sale which has pushed the prices higher.

Data earlier this week showed home prices rising at the fastest pace in more than two years.

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Pelosi not interested in passing smaller stimulus measures during lame duck session

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has no intention of pursuing smaller stimulus deals during Congress’s upcoming lame duck session.

On Thursday, she made the suggestion during a press conference on Capitol Hill. The Democrat said a larger bill is better at addressing the nation’s needs on a more complete scale.

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) speaks during a news conference at the U.S. Capitol (Photo by Sarah Silbiger/Getty Images)

The Speaker added that a stimulus bill should not focus on the size of the relief being offered, but rather the quality of that relief.

“We are talking about quality,” Pelosi stated. “We are not going to take a small bill that has the bulk of reinforcing funds to the richest people in America while questioning the integrity of people on unemployment insurance.”

Pelosi noted she’s still holding out hope for a stimulus deal after the election but has said it must be large enough to satisfy the nation’s economic needs.

RELATED: Kudlow: Targeted Relief Is Not Going To Happen

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Trump, Biden trade barbs at dueling Florida rallies

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Democratic nominee says president has 'waved the white flag' on pandemic at Florida rally<br>

With five days left until Election Day on Nov. 3, Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and President Trump took aim at each other and courted the dwindling ranks of undecided voters at campaign stops in Florida on Thursday.

The former vice president, at his first of two events Thursday in the Sunshine State, charged that “Donald Trump has given up,” as Biden slammed the president’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic.

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With more than 228,000 deaths from COVID-19 since the pandemic first swept the nation in February and March, and over 8.9 million cases of the contagion in the country, Biden argued that “Donald Trump has waved the white flag, abandoned our families and surrendered to the virus.”

As Biden spoke at a drive-in car rally in the Democratic stronghold of Broward County in southeastern Florida, the president headlined a rally in Tampa, which is the western anchor of the Interstate-4 corridor, a crucial swing region that often dictates which party will win the state.

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“The Obama-Biden recovery was the worst recovery since the Great Depression. All Biden does is talks about COVID,” Trump said at a rally just outside of Raymond James Stadium, home to the National Football League’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

“He doesn't call it the China virus. You know why? Because China pays him off,” Trump charged, without citing any evidence, as the crowd broke out in a “lock him up chant.”

“I didn't say it,” the president added.

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The president – speaking in front of a large, mostly mask-less and shoulder-to-shoulder crowd – vowed that “we’re never going to lockdown again.” Trump has repeatedly claimed that Biden would impose severe coronavirus restrictions if elected.

But Biden, speaking at his socially distanced event that drew 201 cars according to officials, vowed “I’m not going to shut down the economy. I’m not going to shut down the country. But I am going to shut down the virus.”

And pointing to the economic recovery from the Great Recession under the Obama-Biden administration that Trump inherited, the former vice president accused the GOP incumbent in the White House of “squandering that economy, like he’s squandered everything else.”

Florida has long played a decisive role in presidential elections. Twenty years ago, it was the state that decided the battle between then-Texas Gov. George W. Bush and Vice President Al Gore. President Bush won the state by five points in his 2004 reelection.

President Barack Obama carried the state by razor-thin margins in both 2008 and 2012, and four years ago, Trump narrowly edged out 2016 Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton by just over one point to win the state’s prized 29 electoral votes.

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The latest public opinion polls in the state show a close contest between Biden and the president. Three polls conducted last weekend and this week – NBC News/Marist College, Monmouth University, and Quinnipiac University – all indicate Biden with a mid-single-digit edge over Trump in Florida.

Both candidates, along with their running mates and high profile surrogates, have flooded Florida during the general election. And both campaigns and allied outside groups have poured resources and money into state.

Florida’s considered by many pundits and strategists to be a must win for Trump. And Biden on Thursday told his supporters that “you hold the key. If Florida goes blue, it’s over, it’s over.”

In his comments, the president told his supporters that the U.S. would be a “very big Venezuela” under a Biden administration.

“Venezuela on steroids, that’s what can happen,” Trump said. “A very, very big Venezuela.”

Latinos make up about a quarter of the Florida population, and their votes will once again be crucial in deciding whether Biden or Trump win the largest tradition battleground in the country.

Since 2014, more than 3 million people have fled socialist Venezuela, according to UN estimates. Over 200,000 live in Florida.

“Biden betrayed Hispanic Americans for 47 years, and he's been very bad for Hispanic Americans.” Trump said.

Two polls released Thursday show very different pictures of which candidate will win the Latino vote. The NBC News/Marist survey indicates Trump edging Biden 52%-46% among Latinos, while the Monmouth survey showed Biden leading Trump 58%-32%. According to exit polls from the 2016 presidential election, Clinton won the Latino vote by 27 points – 62%-35%.

Trump seemed surprised by his relatively strong Latino support in one of the surveys. “What the hell happened to those poll numbers?” he asked. “We are beating Biden with Hispanic Americans.”

President Donald Trump gestures as he is introduced by first lady Melania Trump during a campaign rally Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

President Donald Trump gestures as he is introduced by first lady Melania Trump during a campaign rally Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

First Lady Melania Trump introduced the president in their adopted home state. While the president has already cast his ballot, the first lady is expected to vote in Palm Beach County on Election Day.

“In a time when hate, negativity and fear are the messages the media streams into our homes, and the large tech companies are protecting political censorship, we need to remember what is really important: my husband's administration is focused on the future,” she told the crowd.

Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks at a drive-in rally at Broward College, Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020, in Coconut Creek, Fla. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks at a drive-in rally at Broward College, Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020, in Coconut Creek, Fla. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Biden was introduced by Patricia and Manuel Oliver. The couple's 17-year-old son Joaquin was killed in the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in nearby Parkland, Fla., in February of 2018.

The former vice president – who’s eldest son Beau died in 2015 and who’s first wife Neilia and 13- month old daughter Amy died in a car crash nearly 50 years ago – emphasized that “I know what it means to lose a child….Every time you want to stand up and talk about your son or daughter that you lost, it brings back the memories as if it happened 10 minutes ago. It takes a lot of courage to stand up and talk.”

The visits by the two candidates come as 7.3 million Floridians have already voted. Roughly 3 million Democrats, 2.8 million Republicans, and 1.5 million independents have cast ballots.

Biden urged his supporters to “return your ballot today if you haven’t done it so far, or you can get to vote early in person through Nov. 1, but you’ve got to get out and vote and make sure everyone you know votes as well.”

After his Broward County event, Biden stopped by what his aides described as a campiagn victory center, to speak to staffers and volunteers. Later, he headed to Tampa to hold another drive-in car rally, while the president traveled to North Carolina, another battleground state.

Fox News' Allie Raffa and Madeleine Rivera contributed to this story

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What happens if there is a tie in the Electoral College vote?

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With the 2020 presidential election less than a week away, many are speculating about what would happen if there is a tie in the Electoral College vote. Although unlikely, a potential tie is not entirely impossible and does have historical precedent.

The Electoral College consists of 538 votes distributed among all 50 states and Washington, D.C. To become president, a candidate must win a majority of these votes, with 270 being the absolute minimum.

But 538 is an even number, meaning that there could be a scenario in which both candidates receive 269 electoral votes. In that outcome, the vote would go to the U.S. House of Representatives to break the tie.

United States electoral college map showing number of electoral votes by state. 

United States electoral college map showing number of electoral votes by state. (Universal Images Group via Getty Images)

Unlike the number of electoral votes, there are 435 members in the U.S. House of Representatives, meaning that a majority vote is guaranteed. However, each state – and not each representative – gets one vote, based on the party majority.

So, for example, a vote among U.S. representatives from Maryland – which has seven Democrats and one Republican – would go to the Democratic candidate. A vote among U.S. representatives from Florida – which has 13 Democrats and 14 Republicans – would go to the Republican candidate.

Critics say this system is vastly disproportionate given that the Top 10 largest states, which have half the population, would 20% of the vote while the remaining 40 states, with less than half the population, would get 80% of the vote.

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The vice president, meanwhile, would be chosen by the Senate in the case of a tie. This means that the U.S. could have a Republican president and Democratic vice president. If the House of Representatives couldn’t decide on the president, and the Senate has chosen a vice president, then the vice president would become the acting president until the matter was resolved. If both the Senate and the House could not pick someone, then the speaker of the House would become acting president until both houses of Congress decided on someone.

A tie in the electoral college – let alone the speaker of the House becoming acting president – is highly unlikely to happen. But an electoral tie did occur in 1800, during the presidential election between Thomas Jefferson and Aaron Burr. The candidates each received 73 electoral votes. (There were fewer states at the time.)

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The House of Representatives voted among themselves to eventually settle on Jefferson as the third president and Burr as his vice president. This unusual situation led to the passage of the 12th Amendment to prevent a situation in which multiple candidates win a majority of electors.

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Border wall construction nears 400 miles as DHS declares border ‘more secure’ than any time in US history

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Tom Homan: 'Trump understands the immigration issue better than any president I worked for'

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The Trump administration on Thursday touted its success on the border wall as construction approaches 400 miles — fulfilling a central, if controversial, goal for President Trump’s first term in office.

“Today we can confidently say our border is more secure now than any time in our history,” acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf said in front of new construction in Texas.

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The visit, coming days before Election Day, saw officials praise the president for his efforts in moving forward with the project — which appears set to meet the goal set by the president of 450 miles built by the end of the year.

“Without the president’s vision and dedication we would not be here today to celebrate construction of nearly 400 miles of new state of the art border wall system,” Wolf said.

Border Patrol agent Justin Castrejon speaks in front of newly replaced border wall sections Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020, near Tecate, Calif.  (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

Border Patrol agent Justin Castrejon speaks in front of newly replaced border wall sections Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020, near Tecate, Calif. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

The wall was perhaps the most well-known, and divisive, of Trump’s 2016 promises. His promise to make Mexico pay for the construction has not been fulfilled, but the administration has pointed to increased cooperation with Mexico in the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP) as paying dividends in dramatically reducing illegal immigration.

Opponents claimed the wall was unnecessary, cruel and even an environmental hazard. The project faced fierce opposition from Democrats in Congress, who refused to agree to funding — a fight that resulted in a government shutdown.

But the administration moved to reappropriate money from other sources, including the Pentagon, and construction moved quickly this year. In January, the administration reached the 100-mile mark, and officials said that construction moved at an even quicker pace during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Officials have said the wall plays a vital role in keeping the border secure, even if it is not a tool to solve the problem of illegal immigration by itself. Other tools, such as MPP (known as the “Remain-in-Mexico” policy), which returns migrants to Mexico to await their immigration hearings, have been credited with reducing numbers at the border by cutting down on pull factors.

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Immigration has not been front and center in the 2020 campaign, but the administration and the Trump campaign have sought to draw attention to it in recent weeks, both touting the successes in reducing migrant flows, and drawing a contrast with Democratic nominee Joe Biden — who has promised to end many of the current administration's policies.

Biden has pledged to end policies such as the Migrant Protection Protocols and has opposed the building of the wall.

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“His obsession with building a wall does nothing to address security challenges while costing taxpayers billions of dollars,” Biden’s campaign website says. “Most contraband comes in through our legal ports of entry.”

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Wolf said that in FY 2019, DHS released nearly 500,000 individuals into the country, and in FY 2020 that number dropped by 90% to just 15,000. With a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention order that allows migrants to be removed under public health concerns amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Wolf said that authorities can return 90 percent of individuals to Mexico or home countries within just two hours.

The event marks a number of pushes on immigration by the administration. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has held a number of press conferences, announcing operations targeting criminal illegal aliens. And on Wednesday, White House adviser Stephen Miller told reporters this week that Joe Biden would bring in “nationwide catch and release” if elected.

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Biden has multiple ‘pathways to get to 270’ while Trump does not, ex-Obama deputy campaign manager says

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Trump, Biden hold dueling rallies in battleground state Florida

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Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden has more paths to win the 270 electoral votes required to become president than incumbent President Trump, former Obama deputy campaign manager Stephanie Cutter told "The Daily Briefing" Thursday.

"Florida is a must-win state for Donald Trump," Cutter told host Dana Perino as both candidates held near-simultaneous rallies in the Sunshine State. "It is not a must-win state for Joe Biden."

Cutter admitted that many Democrats are still concerned about a Trump victory due to memories of 2016, when Trump upset the favored Hillary Clinton despite trailing in most key state polls over the final days.

Despite that caution, Cutter told Perino she sees Biden running ahead of Trump in Georgia, a state that has not backed a Democrat for president since 1992. She added that Democrats are overperforming in Texas early voter turnout.

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"So having all of these pathways to get to 270 is exactly where you want to be four days out from the election," she said.

Cutter did admit that Biden has a better chance of winning Florida than he does Ohio.

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Turning to the Senate races, Cutter predicted that the Georgia and Kentucky contests should give Americans an early idea on Election Night of whether Republicans hold the Senate.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., is trying to ward off a challenge from Democratic veteran Amy McGrath, while in Georgia, GOP incumbent David Perdue is facing Democrat Jon Ossoff.

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Storm ‘Zeta’ continues to batter the southeast

A resident clears storm drains after the eye of Hurricane Zeta passes over. (Photo by Sandy Huffaker/Getty Images)

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Tropical storm ‘Zeta‘ has claimed the lives of at least three people across the southeast and has caused extensive damage.

On Thursday, one person died in Georgia after a tree fell through a mobile home early in the morning. Two others died in Louisiana, including a 55-year-old man who was electrocuted by a downed power line, just hours after the storm touched down on Wednesday evening.

Gov. John Bel Edwards (D-La.) offered his condolences and urged residents to be cautious.

“This is sad and tragic and certainly we offer our prayers to the family of that gentleman,” stated the Louisiana governor. “At the same time, we need people to take seriously the threat of downed power lines all of which should be regarded as live.”

‘Zeta’ has brought about strong winds and heavy rain which damaged many businesses and homes. More than two million people are without power in Louisiana, Georgia, Alabama and Mississippi.

Storm surge hits the banks of Lake Pontchartrain as Hurricane Zeta makes landfall in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Sandy Huffaker/Getty Images)

Officials in those states are assessing the damage and have urged people to take precautions.

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Pending home sales fall 2.2% in September as prices rise

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Pending home sales fell unexpectedly in September as prices have continued to rise.

The National Association of Realtors reported pending sales fell 2.2 percent in September but were still more than 20 percent higher when compared to a year ago.

That was the first monthly decline in four months as the housing market has boomed amid the pandemic.

However, buyers looking to enter the market amid record-low mortgage rates have faced a shrinking supply of homes for sale which has pushed the prices higher.

Data earlier this week showed home prices rising at the fastest pace in more than two years.

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