Chinese biotech company: COVID-19 vaccine effective in treating multiple strains of virus

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A biotech company in China has claimed its new coronavirus vaccine is effective in treating multiple strains of the virus. Sinovac Biotech revealed the development on Friday.

Officials stated the vaccine they’re developing can neutralize the virus in differing strains from around the world. The company has sworn to share its findings and vaccine with the countries that China deems “in need” once the serum comes off the assembly line.

China has been working to curb the virus’s presence within the country.

“As you know, since April, we have had infected cases from abroad. They showed symptoms in China, but were infected in different places all over the world, not in China. We obtained over 20 different virus strains from them, including those from the United States, Europe, and different Middle East countries. Then we used the immune serum of our vaccine to neutralize these virus strains.” – Yin Weidong, CEO of Sinovac Biotech

The company has said they will be able to manufacture 300 million doses of the vaccine annually and have already come to an agreement to supply Indonesia.

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Campus Reform’s Cabot Phillips on Biden’s young voters: ‘I do think right now they feel pandered to’

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College students admit Joe Biden's campaign is beholden to radical progressives

Campus Reform editor-in-chief Cabot Phillips shares the new video.

Young voters told Campus Reform Editor-in-Chief Cabot Phillips they don't feel Joe Biden is the real leader of the Democratic Party.

Appearing on "Fox & Friends Weekend" with co-host Jedediah Bila, Phillips said students he recently spoke with on campus are "disillusioned" with the Biden campaign.

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"I do question the enthusiasm levels of Biden's younger supporters, and I do think right now they feel pandered to," Phillips said. "They don't feel like he is really supporting what they want."

Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden and his running mate Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., watch fireworks during the fourth day of the Democratic National Convention, Thursday, Aug. 20, 2020, at the Chase Center in Wilmington, Del. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden and his running mate Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., watch fireworks during the fourth day of the Democratic National Convention, Thursday, Aug. 20, 2020, at the Chase Center in Wilmington, Del. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

He said he feels like the younger generation has been robbed of thinking critically when it comes to politics.

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"They are told you have to support leftist ideas. You can't even ask questions about conservative ideas. They automatically support the Democrat liberal candidates, they want to show everyone else that they are on board with that," Phillips explained. "That's dangerous and that will have an impact on the polling and the election in 2020."

He had also said during the interview: "Well, we had a similar video where we asked young people about Kamala Harris and one of the most common things that kept coming up was her law enforcement background."

In a separate video for Campus Reform, a number of college students said they didn't like a 2014 quote from Biden's running mate, Kamala Harris, when she referred to 18- to 24-year-olds as "stupid."

"You have to take into account the irony, here, of the Democrat Party embracing this anti-cop rhetoric, embracing this idea of defunding the police and that all cops are terrible people and then they have someone in Kamala Harris on the ticket who spent a lifetime in criminal justice reform, many times unfairly sentencing young people that these same people would now look at as this terrible person because she's in law enforcement," Phillips said.

"So it is interesting to see that dynamic, and a lot of young people we've spoken to on campuses around the country have not been thrilled by the pick and they feel a pressure to support it, though. That's another element that's here."

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Most of the students in the video guessed that the quote was from President Trump and said they would not vote for someone like that.

One student said he was "a little bit surprised" when it was revealed Harris actually said it, but others said they were "not surprised" given her track record on law enforcement.

When asked if her comments would affect their view on the Democratic ticket, one student responded: "I mean it does, but, like I said, there’s no way I’m voting for Trump.”

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Herschel Walker slams Dems for ‘playing race card’ while ignoring violence in cities

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Herschel Walker accuses Democrats of playing the race card way too much during convention

The Democratic National Convention was "upsetting" to watch as Joe Biden and Kamala Harris talked about racial justice when they haven't done anything for African-Americans, former Heisman Trophy winner Herschel Walker said Saturday.

"I love, love, love America. I'm a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ, and for them to play the race card when they talk with all the racism going on, but they don't even acknowledge what's going on on in all of these cities," Walker said on "Fox & Friends Weekend."

"They don't even acknowledge God and then all they want to do is talk about race, and I said, 'Guys, you are doing nothing for race, if you think about it.'"

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The Trump-supporting football legend pointed to the primaries when Sens. Cory Booker, D-N.J., and Harris, D-Calif., accused Biden of "racist tendencies in the 1994 crime bill and then busing, but yet now, he's the best thing since sliced bread" for giving a speech at the DNC.

CNN commentator Van Jones disclosed Thursday that he and other Democrats were going to "praise" Biden's speech regardless of its context as long as the party's presidential candidate didn't "embarrass himself."

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"People would have accepted anything," the former Obama adviser told host Anderson Cooper. "We just wanted Joe to get out there. You know, sometimes when he gets out there, you're afraid he's going to make a mistake, he's gonna have a gaffe. The expectations are so low, and then he came out there and he gave an extraordinary speech."

Walker, 58, believes Democrats need to be honest about issues the country is facing.

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"There is a problem of equality that we gotta fix, but I don't know whether it's a problem that I think the Democratic Party is making it out to be because they won't even address it," he said. "Remember they've had all these hearings, but have they had a hearing on that yet? No."

The former running back for the Dallas Cowboys, Minnesota Vikings, Philadelphia Eagles and New York Giants also said Democrats want to turn the United States into a socialist country like Venezuela that is crippled with crime and poverty.

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"American people need to wake up and African-Americans need to wake up, because every four years, we get on the plate now. We are excited. We are the fresh thing out there right now. That's not true, because, if that is true, things would have changed a long time ago."

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Pelosi rips Trump for trying to ‘scare’ voters: ‘Don’t pay any attention to what the president is saying’

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Pelosi: It’s very important to shine a light on the Postal Service

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi condemned President Trump's efforts to "suppress" the vote and "scare" people away from the polls in November and encouraged Americans to make a plan to vote.

"Don't pay any attention to what the president is saying because it is all designed to suppress the vote," Pelosi said at a rare Saturday news conference ahead of a vote on a U.S. Postal Service funding bill.

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Pelosi and Democrats have accused Trump of trying to sabotage the November election by delaying the mail and peddling misinformation about mail-in voting.

Now they say Trump is deploying more voter suppression tactics by suggesting he'll send law enforcement to polling places to monitor the election.

"Why would he do that, except to scare people off?" Pelosi said.

"It's in their playbook that they'll have people intimidated to vote by having ICE agents … or other law enforcement there to instill fear in people as they show up," she said. "…It's scary but ignore that. It's a suppress-the-vote tactic."

Trump, who is opposed to widespread mail-in voting and has warned of potential fraud, told Fox News' Sean Hannity on Thursday that he's interested in having law enforcement at the polls to monitor the votes and avoid fraud.

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"We’re going to have everything," Trump said. "We’re going to have sheriffs, and we’re going to have law enforcement, and we’re going to have, hopefully, U.S. attorneys, and we’re going to have everybody, and attorney generals. But it's very hard."

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Trump raised the possibility that states that are sending out widespread ballots because of the coronavirus pandemic could play political games.

"They may send them to all Democrat areas and not to Republican areas, as an example. It could be the other way, too, but I doubt it," Trump said.

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Pelosi encouraged voters to disregard suppression tactics and get their ballots in early.

"Ignore them. Make a plan to vote," Pelosi said. "… Vote early so that we will have an outcome that is clear as close to election night as possible."

She added: "There may be some counting after the election, but I hope that our victory will be so big…that it will be so clear."

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Thousands of Californians flee as officials battle largest wildfires in state history

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Thousands of California residents have been forced to leave their homes as wildfires continue to spread across several parts of the state. On Friday, Governor Gavin Newsom announced the state is currently battling more than 560 separate wildfires.

This included SCU and CZU lightning complexes, which have burned roughly 600,000 acres. According to officials, these wildfires have even become larger than the state of Rhode Island.

“These two fires represent two of the top 20 fire largest fires the state of California has had to battle in recent memory, arguably in modern history,” said Newsom.

At least six people have died and more than 100,000 residents are under evacuation orders. After one evacuee came home to nothing, she expressed these fires were like nothing she’s ever seen.

“The sheriff’s department told us we had to be out of here in a few minutes. We left and this is what we came home to today. I’ve never seen anything like it. The whole sky was red, orange. It was coming over the hill there and it was massive. I’ve never seen anything like it, and it only took a few minutes to get here.” – Karen Hansen, wildfire evacuee

Hank Hanson, 81, gestures to the kitchen of his home, destroyed by the LNU Lightning Complex fires, in Vacaville, Calif., on Friday, Aug. 21, 2020. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)

Meanwhile, smoke from these wildfires has amassed over roughly 600 miles, stretching into the Pacific Ocean and making California’s air quality extremely hazardous in certain areas. Residents in Utah have also been advised to watch out for high smoke levels as winds blow the toxic fumes over the northwestern sky.

Californians who have been forced to evacuate continue to feel uncertain, not knowing what will happen in the days to come.

“By tomorrow, maybe I’ll know more, but pretty much I’m thinking we’re going to lose the house,” stated evacuee Steve Walsh.

Nearly 12,000 firefighters have been deployed, while 96% of California’s fire engines are battling the blazes. The state has also received help from neighboring states, including Arizona, Oregon, Texas, Nevada, New Mexico and Washington.

A firefighter monitors the advance of the the CZU August Lightning Complex Fire Friday, Aug. 21, 2020, in Boulder Creek, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Governor Newsom has thanked President Trump for his quick response during the crisis.

“There’s not one phone call that I have made to the president where he hasn’t quickly responded. Almost in every instance, he has responded favorably in terms of addressing the emergency needs of this state, through COVID and, of course, over at least the last year and a half that I’ve been governor as it relates to these wildfires. He may make statements publicly, but the working relationship privately has been a very effective one.” – Gavin Newsom, Governor of California

He has also reportedly reached out to Australia and Canada for help with these fires.

“We’ve also reached out across the border into Canada for resources and support,” added the governor. “Many of you up here recall, I think it was 2017, the support that we were provided and the support we provided in turn of some of the best wildfire firefighters in the world from Australia; we also have requests out for that talent as well.”

These fires have injured at least 43 firefighters and civilians so far. Some of the newer fires remain zero percent contained.

This satellite image provided by 2020 Maxar Technologies on Aug. 20, 2020 shows the LNU Lightning Complex wildfire burning in Sonoma County near Healdsburg, Calif., on Aug. 20, 2020. (2020 Maxar Technologies via AP)

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Charges filed in May explosion that injured 12 L.A. firefighters

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The owner of the site of a massive fire and explosion in downtown Los Angeles, along with his business tenants, is facing dozens of charges in connection with the incident. The charges, which were announced Friday, alleged the owner illegally stored hazardous materials at the building that caught fire and three other buildings he owns.

The explosion happened as city firefighters fought the blaze, which ignited in mid-May at the site of a butane oil supplier and two other businesses.

According to the fire department, the heat was so intense it melted through helmets and injured a dozen firefighters.

FILE – In this May 16, 2020, file photo, Los Angeles Fire Department firefighters work the scene of a structure fire that injured multiple firefighters in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu, File)

“We started bailing from the roof down our aerial ladder. At that point, it sounded like a 747 was flying over our heads. The ground was shaking, the roof was shaking.”

– Ian Soriano, injured firefighter

The building owner is facing a maximum sentence of almost 70 years in prison, while the neighboring shop owners are facing more than 40 years. Arraignments are scheduled for November.

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UN nuclear watchdog chief to visit Iran, push for access to suspected nuclear sites

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State Department challenges UN Security Council's 'lack of courage' on Iran

The head of the U.N.’s nuclear watchdog will go to Tehran to meet with Iranian authorities and urge them to grant the agency access to a number of suspected sites of undeclared nuclear material, the agency announced Saturday.

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)’s Director General Rafael Grossi, who took the position in December, will make his first visit to Iran on Monday at a time as the U.S. is ramping up pressure on Tehran and calling for the international community to get tougher against the regime’s nuclear ambitions.

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“I have decided to come personally to Tehran so that I can reinforce the importance of cooperation and the full implementation of all safeguards commitments and obligations with the IAEA,” Grossi said in a statement.

“My objective is that my meetings in Tehran will lead to concrete progress in addressing the outstanding questions that the Agency has related to safeguards in Iran and, in particular, to resolve the issue of access," he said.

The access requested by the IAEA is focused on two sites from before Iran signed the 2015 nuclear deal — formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPoA). It is thought that those sites contained undeclared nuclear material.

The Trump administration took the U.S. out of the deal in 2018, and has reimposed a number of sanctions on Iran as part of a "maximum pressure" campaign. This week, it triggered a process contained in the U.N. Security Council Resolution 2231 that will “snapback” all U.N. sanctions in Iran, including a soon-to-expire arms embargo that the Council failed to extend last week.

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Both U.S. allies and adversaries have claimed that, because the U.S. left the deal, it has no legal basis to invoke snapback. But the U.S. argues that while it left the deal, it still retains rights under Resolution 2231. The move sets a 30-day countdown until the sanctions are re-imposed.

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At the U.N. on Friday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo cited the difficulties the IAEA is having in getting Iran to give it access.

“This is happening, of course, at a moment when Iran is refusing to allow the IAEA to inspect sites suspected of undeclared nuclear activity, that were formerly part of Iran’s nuclear weapons program,” he said.

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He also took direct aim at the United Kingdom, France and Germany for not supporting the extension, while accusing them of privately telling him they didn’t want the embargo lifted.

“And yet today, in the end, they provided no alternatives, no options. No country but the United States has had the courage and conviction to put forward a resolution,” he said. “Instead they chose to side with the ayatollahs. Their actions endangered the people of Iraq, of Yemen, of Lebanon, of Syria and indeed their own citizens as well.”

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Thousands of Californians flee as officials battle largest wildfires in state history

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Thousands of California residents have been forced to leave their homes as wildfires continue to spread across several parts of the state. On Friday, Governor Gavin Newsom announced the state is currently battling more than 560 separate wildfires.

This included SCU and CZU lightning complexes, which have burned roughly 600,000 acres. According to officials, these wildfires have even become larger than the state of Rhode Island.

“These two fires represent two of the top 20 fire largest fires the state of California has had to battle in recent memory, arguably in modern history,” said Newsom.

At least six people have died and more than 100,000 residents are under evacuation orders. After one evacuee came home to nothing, she expressed these fires were like nothing she’s ever seen.

“The sheriff’s department told us we had to be out of here in a few minutes. We left and this is what we came home to today. I’ve never seen anything like it. The whole sky was red, orange. It was coming over the hill there and it was massive. I’ve never seen anything like it, and it only took a few minutes to get here.” – Karen Hansen, wildfire evacuee

Hank Hanson, 81, gestures to the kitchen of his home, destroyed by the LNU Lightning Complex fires, in Vacaville, Calif., on Friday, Aug. 21, 2020. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)

Meanwhile, smoke from these wildfires has amassed over roughly 600 miles, stretching into the Pacific Ocean and making California’s air quality extremely hazardous in certain areas. Residents in Utah have also been advised to watch out for high smoke levels as winds blow the toxic fumes over the northwestern sky.

Californians who have been forced to evacuate continue to feel uncertain, not knowing what will happen in the days to come.

“By tomorrow, maybe I’ll know more, but pretty much I’m thinking we’re going to lose the house,” stated evacuee Steve Walsh.

Nearly 12,000 firefighters have been deployed, while 96% of California’s fire engines are battling the blazes. The state has also received help from neighboring states, including Arizona, Oregon, Texas, Nevada, New Mexico and Washington.

A firefighter monitors the advance of the the CZU August Lightning Complex Fire Friday, Aug. 21, 2020, in Boulder Creek, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Governor Newsom has thanked President Trump for his quick response during the crisis.

“There’s not one phone call that I have made to the president where he hasn’t quickly responded. Almost in every instance, he has responded favorably in terms of addressing the emergency needs of this state, through COVID and, of course, over at least the last year and a half that I’ve been governor as it relates to these wildfires. He may make statements publicly, but the working relationship privately has been a very effective one.” – Gavin Newsom, Governor of California

He has also reportedly reached out to Australia and Canada for help with these fires.

“We’ve also reached out across the border into Canada for resources and support,” added the governor. “Many of you up here recall, I think it was 2017, the support that we were provided and the support we provided in turn of some of the best wildfire firefighters in the world from Australia; we also have requests out for that talent as well.”

These fires have injured at least 43 firefighters and civilians so far. Some of the newer fires remain zero percent contained.

This satellite image provided by 2020 Maxar Technologies on Aug. 20, 2020 shows the LNU Lightning Complex wildfire burning in Sonoma County near Healdsburg, Calif., on Aug. 20, 2020. (2020 Maxar Technologies via AP)

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House Democrats push forward with $25B Post Office bill, GOP dismisses rare Saturday vote as a ‘joke’

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President Donald Trump responds to accusations he's sabotaging the USPS on 'Fox & Friends.'

The House of Representatives kicked off heated debate Saturday morning over a $25 billion funding bill for the United States Postal Service (USPS) that Democrats say is needed to prevent President Trump from trying to "destroy" the Post Office before the 2020 mail-in election, while Republicans dismissed this "conspiracy theory" and blasted Democrats for staging a purely political vote between two presidential conventions.

"I am again on the floor of the House of Representatives watching a cartoon," said Rep. Steve Womack, R-Ark. "About the only outcome this debate is going to have today is one of entertainment value — nothing substantive."

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Democrats, however, framed the rare Saturday session as a "five-alarm fire" after Postmaster General Louis DeJoy started operational and equipment changes that have slowed down mail delivery for their constituents. Meanwhile, Trump continues to attack mail-in voting in advance of an election that will rely increasingly on ballots sent through the Post Office due to the coronavirus pandemic.

"This is an emergency," said Rep. James McGovern, D-Mass. "And on top of that, we have a president who does not want every vote counted in the upcoming election because he believes that if we do count every vote he will lose. We're in the middle of a pandemic. More and more people are going to be voting by mail."

“This president is on a warpath to destroy the postal service,” added Rep. Mark Pocan, D-Wis.

But Rep. Debbie Lesko, R-Ariz., said Democrats are using the USPS to gin up "a new Trump conspiracy theory" even though the president doesn't control the Postmaster General.

"Seems insane, but all too typical for the Trump-hating Democrats," Lesko said.

The House bill, the Delivering for America Act, would infuse the post office with $25 billion, reverse the service changes that DeJoy enacted and prevent the USPS from taking any measures that could slow down the mail until after the coronavirus pandemic or Jan. 31, 2021 — whichever is later.

The White House already threatened a veto of the bill saying the "USPS does not need a $25 billion bailout."

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The House GOP has pushed a "no" vote and an aide said they don't expect to lose a large amount of Republicans on the final vote later Saturday.

Republicans have downplayed the concerns of service delays at the Postal Office and said DeJoy is taking prudent operational steps at the budget-challenged Post Office. They said if Democrats really wanted to do something meaningful, they would include a bipartisan vote on some coronavirus relief measures Saturday.

Democrats point to the $3 trillion HEROES Act they passed in May and have been waiting since then for the Republican Senate to act on a new stimulus bill. That coronavirus measure also included postal funding that Republicans rejected.

Rep. Tom Cole, R-Okla., called the USPS vote a "theatrical moment" between the Democratic and GOP conventions that has no chance of becoming law.

He dubbed the proposal "silly" and a "joke" and questioned why Democrats want to give $25 billion to DeJoy, when they've characterized the new postmaster general as a GOP megadonor out to do Trump's bidding.

"We're going to hear a lot of terrible things about him [DeJoy], but at the end of the day, my [Democratic] friends are going to vote to give him $25 billion," Cole said. "And they're going to do it in a bill that has no reforms and it just says you can't change anything. Now, how smart is that?"

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"Do we need that money? Absolutely not," Cole said.

Amid growing concerns over mail delays, restrictions on overtime and removal of equipment, DeJoy this week announced he would delay further changes to operations until after the election.

"To avoid even the appearance of any impact on election mail, I am suspending these initiatives until after the election is concluded," DeJoy said in a statement Tuesday. On Friday, he sought to reassure lawmakers in the Senate that election ballots will be counted if received within seven days of the election while acknowledging a "dip in the level of service."

But Democrats say they want legislation to reverse the policy changes, such as restoring sorting machines that were removed and make it illegal for USPS to reduce services.

The House legislation would prohibit reducing service hours at postal facilities, decommissioning mail sorting machines and removing community mailboxes. The bill would also bar any limits on overtime pay, hiring freezes, delaying mail service and treating election mail as anything less than first-class mail.

The USPS legislation isn't expected to get a vote in the GOP-led Senate and Trump is expected to veto it if it makes it to his desk.

"We will pass the bill and it will be in a bipartisan way today," House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said Saturday. "And then we will send it to the Senate. … Public sentiment is everything. They'll be hearing from their constituents because this hits home. Not receiving your mail in a timely fashion hits home. Not receiving your prescriptions, especially for our veterans, hits home in a way that is harmful to our country."

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Biden claims President Trump wants to defund police

Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks during the fourth day of the Democratic National Convention, Thursday, Aug. 20, 2020, at the Chase Center in Wilmington, Del. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

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Democrat presidential nominee Joe Biden has claimed the president wants to defund the police. On Friday, Biden called for national policies that would give clearer details into what counts as misconduct from law enforcement.

He asserted he does not want to take monetary resources away from the police, but instead get rid of discriminatory practices within the force.

When asked if he is in favor of defunding police, Biden suggested President Trump supports cutting programs that help fund police departments.

“No, I don’t (support defunding police),” stated Biden. “By the way, he proposes cutting half a billion dollars out of local police support.”

Despite this claim, the president has been a major opponent of defunding the police. He has adopted a campaign platform based on “law and order.”

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President Trump urges Portland officials to accept help

Photo via Portland Police Bureau.

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After another protest in Portland turned into riot this weekend, President Trump urged local officials to ask for help. On Twitter, the president said Friday night was another bad night for the city.

Around 200 people marched on the North Precinct Community Policing Center, where they vandalized vehicles, blocked traffic and threw projectiles at officers.

Police declared the scene a riot early Saturday and used smoke to physically move rioters from the area.

At one point in the night, groups of people also took to residential neighborhoods, where they chanted things like “stolen people, stolen land” and “wake up.” They also invaded locals’ privacy by shining flashlights into the windows of homes, where families sat inside.

Photo via Portland Police Bureau.

Overall, nine arrests were made. Charges ranged from disorderly conduct and trespassing to assault and harassment.

The riot came after a car bomb threat prompted people in the Portland courthouse and several other federal buildings, including two child development buildings in the area, to evacuate on Friday. FBI agents have confirmed the threat is still being investigated.

According to the President Trump, a small number of federal troops were there to protect the courthouse and federal property. He added they did a great job.

Moving forward, he called on city and state officials to request help to stop the riots. The president has said he would bring in the National Guard and end the chaos immediately.

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Rep. Jeff Van Drew slams Dems for putting this in USPS funding bill: ‘What are they thinking?’

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The House Democrats' $25 billion bill funding the U.S. Postal Service is a "typical" example of how the Democratic Party is no longer moderate, according to Rep. Jeff Van Drew, R-N.J.

Ahead of the House vote Saturday on the “Delivering for America Act,” Van Drew, who famously switched parties at the end of 2019, said he supports the Postal Service but not everything in the bill.

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"They suddenly put in there that now you can sue the post office," he said on "Fox & Friends Weekend." "We're going to have a lot more liability issues, a lot more costs, certainly more money for, I guess, attorneys, but a whole lot less money for the taxpayers.

"Who told them to do that? Who wants that? Why are we doing that? I don't understand what we're actually doing sometimes rather than getting good work … accomplished for the people of the United States of America. It's just folks arguing with each other, and Democrats not wanting to cooperate, ever."

President Trump has already warned he will veto the bill if the House passes it.

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A White House letter warning of a veto says the bill “would arbitrarily give U.S.P.S. $25 billion in “emergency” taxpayer funding, without linking that funding to either the COVID-19 pandemic or the upcoming election.”

But House Democrats already tried to tie the funding to the current pandemic by including the funds in the previous economic stimulus package, that the White House rejected.

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"They want $25 billion for the post office. Now, they need that money in order to have the post office work so it can take all of these millions and millions of ballots,” Trump said in an interview with Fox Business’ “Morning with Maria” last week after the stimulus package was blocked.

“But if they don't get those two items, that means you can't have universal mail-in voting, because they're not equipped to have it," Trump said, also referring to a separate $3.5 billion Democratic lawmakers requested to assist the Postal Service with the rise in mail-in ballots during the pandemic.

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Trump accuses ‘deep state’ FDA of thwarting efforts for coronavirus treatments until after election

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President Trump on Saturday accused the “deep state” at the Food and Drug Administration of making it hard for drug companies to test coronavirus treatments — and suggested the agency is trying to delay them until after Election Day.

“The deep state, or whoever, over at the FDA is making it very difficult for drug companies to get people in order to test the vaccines and therapeutics,” he tweeted. “Obviously, they are hoping to delay the answer until after November 3rd. Must focus on speed, and saving lives!”

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He also tagged FDA Commissioner Stephen Hahn in the tweet. Trump later re-tweeted a Twitter Moments story from June that reported on the FDA’s decision to revoke emergency-use authorization for hydroxychloroquine — a drug Trump has promoted as a "game changer" in the pandemic.

“Many doctors and studies disagree with this!” he said.

Trump has repeatedly urged agencies to push forward with experimental treatments as part of the effort to move beyond the virus and reopen the country. But some in those agencies and other federal officials have been more cautious.

Trump’s tweet appears to be partially in response by a move by the FDA to stop the planned emergency use authorization for blood plasma as a treatment for COVID-19 patients.

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The FDA was reportedly planning last week to allow emergency use of blood plasma. But The New York Times reported that the authorization is now on hold after experts, including Dr. Anthony Fauci, said evidence supporting the move was not strong enough.

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The FDA often approves emergency-use authorizations during public health emergencies when there are no other adequate and available alternative treatments.

In May, Trump announced that the FDA authorized emergency use of Gilead Science's experimental antiviral drug remdesivir after early results of a clinical study indicated the drug helps speed recovery from coronavirus. But it had also revoked authorization for hydroxychloroquine in June.

Trump has hailed plasma as a “beautiful ingredient” that can be used to improve the conditions of those suffering from the virus.

H. Clifford Lane, clinical director at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told the Times that the authorization was on hold pending more evidence, but it could be granted in the near future.

“The three of us are pretty aligned on the importance of robust data through randomized control trials, and that a pandemic does not change that,” Dr. Lane said, referring to himself, Fauci and Dr. Francis Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health.

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Trump had a similar response when asked at a White House press briefing Wednesday about the halting of the authorization.

“Well, I hear great things about [plasma]…That’s all I can tell you. And it could be a political decision, because you have a lot of people over there that don’t want to rush things because they want to do it after November 3rd. And you’ve heard that one before,” he said.

Fox News' Kayla Rivas contributed to this report.

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Former President George W. Bush backs Maine’s Sen. Susan Collins

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KENNEBUNKPORT, Maine (AP) — Former President George W. Bush on Friday backed Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine in his first public endorsement of the 2020 election cycle.

Bush has largely stayed out of the political fray since he left the White House in 2009, and his endorsement is a welcome boost for Collins, who is waging her most difficult campaign yet as she seeks a fifth term. The centrist senator has become a top target for Democrats, who cast her as an enabler of President Donald Trump’s agenda, even though she said she votes against him more than any other GOP senator and distances herself from his more controversial statements and policies.

“She's honest. She's forthright. She brings dignity into a world that has gotten really ugly. The political world is uglier than I can ever remember it,” Bush said after he and his wife, Laura, had lunch with Collins at the family's summer home overlooking the ocean. Bush called her “smart and capable," "very influential" and "pretty darned independent."

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Laura Bush said she has been “shocked” by attack ads targeting Collins. “I don’t like the way the ads are portraying her because I know they’re not correct, and I also just don't like that kind of campaign,” she said. “So it gave me really an extra reason to stand up and speak for Susan Collins.”

Collins said she was happy “on a personal level” for the backing. “I have great admiration for President Bush and Laura Bush. To have their support means the world to me,” she said afterward.

National attention on the race has helped Collins' opponent, Democrat Sara Gideon, the speaker of the Maine House of Representatives, amass a sizable cash advantage.

The nod from the former president, whose politics appear centrist by Trump-era standards, may nudge some traditional Republicans into Collins’ corner. Trump has not endorsed the Maine senator, whose race is among a handful critical to Republicans' hopes of keeping control of the Senate, where they have a 53-47 advantage.

Collins, meanwhile, has not said whether she intends to vote for Trump.

The endorsement is a rare move for Bush. While he has done some private fundraisers for candidates since leaving office, this is his first show of public support for a candidate this year, his office said.

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Collins worked with Bush when he was president and served as the first chair of the Senate Homeland Security Committee.

Back then, Collins served alongside another Republican from Maine, Olympia Snowe, who has since retired from the Senate. Collins is now the only Republican member of Congress from New England.

Collins has been popular in Maine, but Democrats were incensed when she voted for Brett Kavanaugh for the Supreme Court and for Trump's tax breaks.

Democrats view unseating Collins this fall as a key to retaking control of the Senate, and Gideon drew early support from the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.

Gideon already has raised more than $24 million, compared with more than $16 million for Collins. That doesn't include $3.8 million for Gideon that was crowdsourced by critics of Collins during the Kavanaugh debate.

Gideon also has picked up a number of endorsements from groups that previously backed Collins: the Human Rights Campaign and the Maine State Council of Machinists, for example. The Planned Parenthood Action Fund, which was neutral in Collins' 2014 race, is backing Gideon.

Bush’s family has long had a compound in Kennebunkport, where his father, former President George H.W. Bush, spent much of the year in a stone-and-shingle house until his death in 2018.

George and Laura Bush now reside in the main house. This is their second time spending the summer there, Laura Bush said.

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This story has been corrected to show that the Planned Parenthood Action Fund, not the Planned Parenthood Victory Fund, endorsed Gideon.

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Biden says Trump seeks to ‘defund the police’ — through proposed cuts

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President Trump is the one who wants to “defund the police,” Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden asserted during an interview Friday.

"I don't want to defund police departments. I think they need more help, they need more assistance,” Biden told ABC News for a wide-ranging interview airing Sunday that also includes Biden's running mate, U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif.

Biden accused the president of cutting funding to programs that support local police, in sharp contrast to the Republican incumbent's campaign-trail rhetoric.

Harris also stressed that voters should watch the president's actions rather than listen to his words.

"There is so much about what comes out of Donald Trump's mouth that is designed to distract the American people from what he is doing," Harris told ABC.

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Instead of slashing funding, police departments should focus on forcing out officers who abuse their authority, the former vice president said.

“There are unethical senators, there are unethical presidents, there are unethical doctors, unethical lawyers, unethical prosecutors, there are unethical cops. They should be rooted out,” Biden told Roberts.

Racial injustice protesters across the country have been calling for the defunding of police departments in the wake of George Floyd's May 25 death in police custody in Minneapolis and other cases of alleged police brutality.

Biden told Roberts that if elected president he would call for national standards for police departments and would make police misconduct records more easily accessible for public scrutiny.

He said Trump plans to cut “half a billion dollars of local police support,” referring to proposed cuts to a federal program aimed at hiring more local officers. Biden said he would call for more resources and social service support for police.

"We have to make it clear that this is about protecting neighborhoods, protecting people, everybody across the board," he told Roberts.

“The only guy that actually put in a bill to actually defund the police is Donald Trump,” Biden added, after defending the 1994 crime bill he backed while a U.S. senator from Delaware. That legislation, signed into law by former President Bill Clinton, call for community-based policing.efforts — but has been criticized for leading to mass incarceration of African Americans and other minorities.

"Everybody forgets a third of that bill that I wrote was to put more cops in the street, not in their automobiles, but getting out and knowing the community — knowing who owns the local grocery store, knowing everybody in the community, and crime will drop," he said.

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While Biden has expressed support for redirecting police funds, neither he nor Trump has specifically expressed support for "defunding" the police.

The interview with ABC's Robin Roberts and David Muir was Biden and Harris' first joint media sit-down since accepting their party's nominations at the Democratic Convention.

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Rep. Elise Stefanik to target Biden’s ‘failed record’ in prime-time GOP convention speech: reports

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U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik of New York, considered by many to be a rising star in the Republican Party, will have a prime-time speaking spot next week when the GOP holds its presidential nominating convention, according to reports.

Stefanik, 36, represents the state’s 21st Congressional District, far north of New York City — a region known as the “North Country.”

She said she will use her air time to attack what she described as Democratic nominee Joe Biden’s “47-year failed record of far-left policies.”

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Her remarks also will include a defense of what she called President Trump’s “record of results,” the Albany Times Union reported.

Stefanik announced her selection to speak at the convention in a Twitter message on Friday.

“Honored to be invited to speak by @realDonaldTrump at #RNCConvention #RNC2020 next week,” she wrote.

“It’s a great opportunity for the North Country to have a national audience,” she added, using a quote she gave to the Daily Gazette of Schenectady, N.Y.

Stefanik told the Daily Gazette she learned of her speaking spot only recently.

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“The planning for the convention, given how unprecedented this year has been, has been updated throughout given the challenges,” Stefanik told the newspaper in a phone interview, referring to disruptions caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

The GOP convention was initially scheduled to be held in Charlotte, N.C., but concerns over the virus prompted the party to plan a split between North Carolina and Jacksonville, Fla.

Now further logistical updates will most several speakers, including President Trump, addressing the nation from Washington, the Times Union reported.

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Other speakers are expected to include U.S. Sens. Joni Ernst of Iowa and Tim Scott of South Carolina; Richard Grenell, former acting director of national intelligence; Nikki Haley, a former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations and a former governor of South Carolina; Andrew Pollack, the father of a Parkland, Fla., massacre victim; Abby Johnson, a pro-life activist; South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem and Pennsylvania U.S. House candidate Sean Parnell.

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Nick Sandmann, a Kentucky high school student who successfully sued media organizations after a confrontation in Washington last year, and Mark and Patricia McCloskey, St. Louis gun owners who used their weapons to defend their home from rioters, also are scheduled to appear, according to reports.

Stefanik will be seeking her fourth term in the House when she competes against Democrat Tedra Cobb in November, the Daily Gazette reported.

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Jessica Tarlov admits DNC was ‘missed opportunity’ for party to address urban violence, riots

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Fox News contributors Katie Pavlich and Jessica Tarlov debate the tone of the Democratic National Convention.

Democrats are fighting for the soul of the U.S. and are clearly the "empathetic party" in the 2020 election, Fox News contributor Jessica Tarlov argued on "The Story" Friday.

Tarlov conceded to host Martha MacCallum that this week's Democratic National Convention represented a "missed opportunity" for the party to address ongoing riots and violence in U.S. cities. However, she added that the election will come down to healthcare and the state of the coronavirus pandemic in the U.S.

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"The contrast couldn’t be starker than listening to Joe Biden talk to the families of the 170,000 Americans who lost their lives versus Donald Trump, when asked about the COVID death toll, saying 'it is what it is,' which has become a catchphrase across all of the DNC with Michelle Obama most notably on Monday night using it," she said.

"So, I think that Joe Biden did a great job with the contrast of light versus darkness … I think that we know who is really fighting for the soul of this nation and is the empathetic party, which is the Democrats."

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Tarlov's fellow Fox News contributor Katie Pavlich disagreed, arguing that Democrats didn't exhibit empathy in their responses to either the pandemic or the riot.

"It is not empathetic to ignore rioting and burning down of businesses of the very people that Democrats claim to be standing up for, like immigrants in Minneapolis," she said. "For example, an African immigrant who came here, saved all of his money — was a firefighter in Minneapolis — to open a sports bar, it was closed for COVID-19 and he was about about to reopen it, and then it got burned down and Democrats didn't have anything to say about that.

"It's about the Ethiopian immigrant who owned a furniture store in Minneapolis that Democrats claim to be standing up for, but are completely ignoring on this issue," Pavlich added. "Yes, COVID is at the top of mind of all Americans, but so is law and order and safety, and for Democrats just to completely ignore it and then stand on the soapbox of empathy doesn’t really add up when it comes to policy positions and what they would actually do.

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"And in terms of dealing with the pandemic, you know, last night, Joe Biden talked all about how it doesn’t have to be this way, he would have handle the pandemic differently, but didn’t give any details, and when he said that he would engage in PPE [personal protective equipment] and testing — well, the Trump Administration has done a lot of that," Pavlich continued.

"The testing is a little slower than it should be, but they created a test from scratch, pulled off a lot of government regulation to do it and Democrats are the party that likes to put a lot of regulation onto private industry when the Trump Administration has taken it off to fight this virus. And COVID isn’t just about fighting the virus, by the way. It’s about people's economic livelihood, it's about children’s education, it's about suicide rates, it's about overdoses. So, the president has talked about all of those things and doing more than one thing at once, and Joe Biden hasn’t addressed any of it in detail."

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Brennan interviewed in Durham probe, told he’s not a ‘target,’ aide claims

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John Brennan was interviewed Friday by U.S. Attorney John Durham as part of the review of any misconduct related to the origins of the Russia probe, but the former CIA director was assured he’s not a target in the investigation, a Brennan spokesman said.

“Earlier today Brennan was informed by Mr. Durham that he is not a subject or a target of a criminal investigation and that he is only a witness to events that are under review,” said Nick Shapiro, a Brennan spokesman. “The interview was conducted at CIA headquarters and lasted eight hours.”

Attorney General William Barr last year appointed Durham, the U.S. attorney for Connecticut, to examine the decisions that were made by government officials as they investigated ties between the Trump campaign and Russia.

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Barr has challenged the idea that the FBI had sufficient basis to open its counterintelligence investigation and gave Durham a mandate that allows him to look into the actions of other agencies too.

Brennan, now a vocal critic of President Trump, led the CIA under the Obama administration as it and other intelligence agencies arrived at the conclusion that Russia had interfered in the 2016 election to benefit Trump.

Republicans have suggested Brennan acted improperly. In May, White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany argued Brennan has “the most to answer” of any Obama administration official when it comes to the origins of the Russia investigation.

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McEnany said that of all the “bad actors” of the Obama White House, Brennan “has the most to answer” for because he testified before Congress that the so-called Christopher Steele dossier, “paid for by Hillary Clinton, paid for by the DNC,” had no part in the opening of the Russia investigation.

“In fact, we know it did, in fact we know it was the impetus and testified before a FISA court for its truthfulness to spy on the Trump campaign,” the press secretary continued. “So too does Samantha Power and Susan Rice and these individuals who admitted under oath that they spoke to foreign leaders and representatives of foreign leaders during their transition, yet somehow during the Trump transition that was uncalled for.”

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According to Shapiro, “Brennan welcomed the opportunity to answer Mr. Durham's questions related to a wide range of intelligence-related activities undertaken by CIA before the November 2016 presidential election as well as the Intelligence Community Assessment (ICA) published in early January 2017. Brennan provided details on the efforts made by the Intelligence Community to understand and disrupt the actions taken by Russia to interfere in the 2016 presidential election.”

While the statement said Brennan “expressed appreciation for the professional manner in which Mr. Durham and his team conducted the interview,” it also lashed out at the Trump administration.

“Brennan also told Mr. Durham that the repeated efforts of Donald Trump and William Barr to politicize Mr. Durham's work have been appalling and have tarnished the independence and integrity of the Department of Justice, making it very difficult for Department of Justice professionals to carry out their responsibilities. It is Brennan's fervent hope that the results of the Durham review will be apolitical and not influenced by personal or partisan agendas,”

Durham brought his first criminal charge last week against a former FBI lawyer accused of altering an email related to the secret surveillance of former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page. The attorney, Kevin Clinesmith, pleaded guilty on Wednesday to a false statement charge.

Fox News’ Mike Emanuel and Morgan Phillips and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Biden campaign hauls in $70 million during Democratic convention

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It remains to be seen if Joe Biden gets a bounce in the polls coming out of the Democratic National Convention, but the party’s presidential nominee did get boost in his fundraising.

The former vice president’s campaign announced on Friday that it, the Democratic National Committee (DNC), and their joint fundraising committees brought in $70 million in fundraising this week, during the 4-day quadrennial national convention. The Biden campaign held numerous grassroots and high dollar fundraising events during through out the week.

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The staggering haul comes a week after the Biden campaign announced that it raised $48 million in the 48 hours after Biden announced Sen. Kamala Harris of California as his running mate.

The campaign also touted on Friday that the convention was watched by roughly 122 million viewers — including 85.1 million on TV and 35.5 million livestream views. After the coronavirus pandemic swept the nation – which has prevented large gatherings of people in order to limit the spread of the virus, the Democratic Party scrapped their plans for a tradition convention held in a packed arena full of officials, lawmakers, delegates and activists – and instead held a nearly entirely virtual event.

“We reimagined and reinvented our convention to reach, engage, and mobilize Americans everywhere while showcasing Joe Biden’s positive, hopeful, and bold vision for the country,” Biden campaign manager Jen O’Malley Dillon said.

Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden, with Democratic vice presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., raise their arms up as fireworks go off in the background during the fourth day of the Democratic National Convention, Thursday, Aug. 20, 2020, at the Chase Center in Wilmington, Del. Looking on are Jill Biden, far left, and Harris' husband Doug Emhoff, far right. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden, with Democratic vice presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., raise their arms up as fireworks go off in the background during the fourth day of the Democratic National Convention, Thursday, Aug. 20, 2020, at the Chase Center in Wilmington, Del. Looking on are Jill Biden, far left, and Harris' husband Doug Emhoff, far right. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

The campaign cash haul appears to be a healthy increase over what was raised during the 2016 Democratic National Convention, which was held in Philadelphia. Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign and the DNC raised nearly $90 million during the entire month July, 2016 – which included the week of the party’s convention.

The Biden campaign, the DNC, and their joint fundraising committees combined hauled in $140 million last month. The former vice president’s campaign also touted that they have a $294 million in cash on hand as of the end of July, an increase of $50 million in their coffers from the previous month.

President Trump’s reelection campaign reported that they, the Republican National Committee (RNC) and their joint fundraising committees combined brought in $165 million in contributions in August. They also touted that they had more than $300 million cash on hand as of the end of July.

The president’s been raising money for his reelection bid since entering the White House three-and-a-half years ago. And the reelection effort’s hauled in an unprecedented $1.1 billion the past two years.

The former vice president, who declared his candidacy in April of last year, struggled to bring in cash for much of his campaign. He raised just $8.9 million in January and $18 million in February. But he saw his fundraising spike starting in March, as he became the clear front-runner for the Democratic nomination and much of the party coalesced around his White House bid. Biden became the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee in April, as his last remaining primary rival – Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont – dropped out of the race and backed the former vice president.

The Biden campaign surge in fundraising the past couple of months – it narrowly outraised the Trump campaign in May and June – helped it trim the president’s once-massive cash-on-hand advantage.

Fox News' Jacqui Heinrich contributed to this report

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Dr. Marc Siegel calls Biden’s willingness to lock down US this winter ‘very disturbing’

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Fox News medical contributor Dr. Marc Siegel joins Tucker Carlson with insight on 'Tucker Carlson Tonight.'

It is "very disturbing" to hear Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden say he would be willing to put the country through another costly economic shutdown this winter if elected due to a combination of seasonal flu and coronavirus, Fox News medical contributor Dr. Marc Siegel told "Tucker Carlson Tonight" Friday.

"First of all, we're not even predicting a severe flu season because in the Southern Hemisphere, we're not seeing it," Siegel told host Tucker Carlson.

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"But that aside, what about all of the costs of another lockdown imposed?"Siegel added. "Kids that can’t then get their teeth taken care of [or] eyeglasses? No nutrition, problems with mental health, problems with physical health, operations that are put off. Many more people will die of heart disease and cancer from extended lockdowns then will ever die of COVID-19. That’s not to mention the depression and the suicide."

In an ABC News interview that will air in full on Sunday, "World News Tonight" anchor David Muir asked the former vice president: "If you're sworn in come January and we have coronavirus and the flu combining, which many scientists have said is a real possibility, would you be prepared to shut this country down again?"

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"I would be prepared to do whatever it takes to save lives because we cannot get the country moving until we control the virus. That is the fundamental flaw in this administration's thinking to begin with," Biden answered. "In order to keep the country running and moving and the economy growing and people employed. You have to fix the virus. You have to deal with the virus."

"So if the scientists say, 'Shut it down'? Muir pressed.

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"I would shut it down," Biden responded. "I would listen to the scientists."

In response, Siegel asked, "How can you superimpose something on Florida right now, which has done so well and is actually down in terms of the case rate of positivity to 8%? Or California, down now, rates are going down [to] 6.6% meaning that if you're tested, there’s only a 6% chance you’re even going to be positive?"

Many U.S. states are in the sixth month of restrictions on gatherings, public events and other economic activity to combat the pandemic, which has killed more than 175,000 Americans.

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