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The year of constant sorrow: Defeating Donald Trump won’t heal the damage of 2020

How many times can you say “I’m so sorry” without the words losing their meaning? How many times can you answer a text or an instant message or an email by typing “I’m so sorry” without becoming inured to the feeling of sorrow? Even if you manage to pause your constant grief, you’re hit between the eyes with another statistic, another story. The day the coronavirus death total hit 220,000, we learned that the parents of 545 children who were separated at the border cannot be found. Can you even imagine? Can you imagine being a three-year-old child and not knowing where your mommy and daddy are? Can you imagine being a father or a mother and having no idea if you’ll ever see your daughter or your son again? 

We are spending so much time simply coping that we don’t have the time to express to ourselves the deep

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The case against Google is good, no matter what Trump had to do with it.

Google's offices stand in downtown Manhattan on October 20, 2020 in New York City. Accusing the company of using anticompetitive tactics to illegally monopolize the online search and search advertising markets, the Justice Department and 11 states Tuesday filed an antitrust case against Google. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
The man walking in front of this office cannot complete with Google search, nor can anyone else.
Spencer Platt/Getty Images

The antitrust reckoning for Big Tech might finally be happening, after years of promises, threats, and press leaks. This week, the Department of Justice hauled Google into court. And as with almost everything he touches, Donald Trump might have seriously jeopardized it.

I hope that despite the stain of uncertainty that now darkens all Trump administration actions, including everything its antitrust enforcers do, we come to see this as a solid case that deserved to be brought. And I hope that even our extremely conservative federal judiciary and a public that finds it hard to support antitrust enforcement will realize that if the suit against Google succeeds, it will do us good.

The complaint states such a familiar theory of liability that it’s hard to believe only a few years

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Neither slippery Biden nor frenetic Trump moves the needle

President TrumpDonald John TrumpMore than 300 military family members endorse Biden Five takeaways from the final Trump-Biden debate Biden: ‘I would transition from the oil industry’ MORE got one thing right in the final debate: Joe BidenJoe BidenMore than 300 military family members endorse Biden Five takeaways from the final Trump-Biden debate Biden: ‘I would transition from the oil industry’ MORE is a politician. And it showed. Biden relied on his politician’s training with practiced lines, comebacks — I think he said, “Come on!” about half a dozen times — and artful dodges. That training was beneficial as Biden was able to wriggle out of a few tough spots. Trump’s amateurism showed as he stepped on his own points and missed key opportunities.

The sum and substance? Trump needed to make up ground and didn’t, while Biden — overall — edged Trump on points.

Unlike the first debate

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Biden fends off flailing Trump but most voters have already decided

<span>Photograph: Getty Images</span>
Photograph: Getty Images

Shockingly, the second and last presidential debate, which was held in Nashville, Tennessee, on Thursday night, actually contained some discussion of policy. This was not thanks to President Trump, who spent much of the evening dissembling, spreading disinformation and attempting to lend credence to a suspicious story circulating in the rightwing media about a laptop that supposedly once belonged to Joe Biden’s son.

Instead, the substantive moments of the night were almost all secured by the efforts of NBC’s Kristen Welker, the only one of the debate moderators this cycle who was able to handle the president with the calm authoritativeness and unyielding confidence that is required. She did what the previous debate’s moderator, Chris Wallace, could not do: she kept the candidates as close to the designated topic as possible, she maintained her dignity throughout, and she handled the president’s outbursts with the demeanor of sedate

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Barack Obama blasts Trump in Philly speech supporting Biden

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While campaigning for former Vice President Joe Biden, President Obama reacts to reports that President Trump has a hidden Chinese bank account.

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Former President Barack Obama gave a fiery speech Wednesday in Philadelphia that attacked President Donald Trump as incompetent and surrounded by “hacks”, while promoting his former vice president, Joe Biden, as someone who would better deal with the pandemic and heal the economy.

Obama, in his first in-person campaign event two weeks before the end of 2020 voting, noted 220,000 Americans died from COVID-19, millions of jobs were lost and said the country’s reputation is in tatters around the world under Trump.

“He hasn’t shown any interest in doing the work or helping anybody but himself and his friends, or treating the presidency like a reality show that he can use to get attention,” Obama said. “This is not a reality show – this is

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Obama says Trump couldn’t ‘protect himself’ from COVID, has failed to protect the nation

Former President Barack Obama gave a fiery speech Wednesday in Philadelphia that attacked President Donald Trump as incompetent and surrounded by “hacks”, while promoting his former vice president, Joe Biden, as someone who would better deal with the pandemic and heal the economy.

Obama, in his first in-person campaign event two weeks before the end of 2020 voting, noted 220,000 Americans died from COVID-19, millions of jobs were lost and said the country’s reputation is in tatters around the world under Trump.

“He hasn’t shown any interest in doing the work or helping anybody but himself and his friends, or treating the presidency like a reality show that he can use to get attention,” Obama said. “This is not a reality show – this is reality. The rest of us have had to live with the consequences of him proving himself incapable of taking the job seriously.”

But Obama said

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Trump or Biden? A painful election for survivors of sexual violence.

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Analysis: “When it comes to choosing a presidential candidate, we constantly have to take the violence that we have experienced and set it aside for the greater good,” says one sociologist.

Abigail Culverhouse, 21, was raped in high school. She’s seen here with her dog, Emma, who she adopted the November after her assault. “She saved me and I saved her,” she said. Emma passed away at 14 this August. (Photo: personal photo)

About six months before Donald Trump was elected president, Abigail Culverhouse was raped. She was 17, one month shy of the minimum voting age.

Culverhouse describes herself then as a bit of “a nerd,” and her perpetrator as a popular boy who paid her the kind of attention that began as flattering, drifted into unsettling and ended in violence. She reported the sexual assault to law enforcement and they effectively shrugged: It’s “he said, she said,”

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Rural voters gather at ‘Trump House’ in Pennsylvania as president attempts to woo disillusioned women

Ms Rossi holds the hand of the 14ft metal cutout of Donald Trump - Joe Appel for the Daily Telegraph
Ms Rossi holds the hand of the 14ft metal cutout of Donald Trump – Joe Appel for the Daily Telegraph

If the polls are to be believed then Joe Biden will win Pennsylvania. But Leslie Rossi doesn’t think so. “The polls are bull–t,” she says, sitting outside her “Trump House,” a star-spangled homestead with a 15ft statue of the president on the lawn.

Over the past week hundreds of Republicans have been patiently queuing outside the Trump House to pick up yard signs, banners and flags.

There are also voter registration forms to fill out, which Ms Rossi sends off. She’s registered dozens of “switchers,” former Democrats becoming Republicans.

It’s evidence of a potential late Trump surge in Westmoreland County, a rural area just outside Pittsburgh. Mr Trump currently trails Joe Biden by four points in Pennsylvania.

If he is to win what is widely seen as the most crucial

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Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is ‘hanging in there’ as Trump encourages supporters to ‘lock her up’ after the FBI thwarted a right-wing plot to kidnap and execute her

Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer
Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. Reuters/Rebecca Cook
  • Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer told Business Insider she was “hanging in there” after the FBI foiled a right-wing plot to kidnap and assassinate her.

  • “That’s my phrase for 2020,” she said, adding that she was “appalled” when President Donald Trump encouraged his supporters to “lock her up” just 10 days after the men suspected of plotting against her were arrested.

  • Whitmer sharply rejected the Trump campaign’s “ridiculous” allegation that she was encouraging “assassination attempts” against the president following a recent television appearance.

  • Whitmer also excoriated the president for stirring up conspiracy theories about the integrity of the election system and expressed confidence in state and local officials who are working overtime to ensure the safety of the vote.

  • “It’s going to take a while to count these ballots because we’re going to have historic turnout, which is a great thing for democracy,” she said.

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Tiffany Trump Celebrated Birthday in Miami amid Pandemic with Week of ‘Partying,’ Says Source

Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images Tiffany Trump speaking at the Republican National Convention in August

Tiffany Trump celebrated her 27th birthday in Miami this week, where novel coronavirus restrictions have continued to be lifted in recent months — and her festivities didn’t go unnoticed (or un-criticized).

Reflecting the divisiveness that trails the first family, a viral video seen more than a million times on Twitter compiled social media posts from her partying alongside somber scenes from the coronavirus pandemic that infected her father even as he has downplayed it.

Sources say that the second youngest of President Donald Trump’s children started off her birthday week on Sunday, joined by a group of eight friends, including her boyfriend, Michael Boulos.

The Georgetown Law graduate, whose father was hospitalized for three days after testing positive for COVID-19 earlier this month, began the night with a trip to Komodo, a local restaurant.

“They don’t have

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