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Trump to Biden: ‘There’s nothing smart about you, Joe’



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President Trump took a shot at Democratic challenger Joe Biden’s intelligence during a tense exchange at Tuesday night’s first presidential debate.

The broadside came as Biden was criticizing Trump’s response to the coronavirus pandemic.

“A lot more [Americans] are gonna die unless he [Trump] gets a lot smarter,” said Biden, drawing a stunned look on the president’s face.

“Did you use the word ‘smart?’” asked Trump. “You said you went to Delaware State [University] but you forgot the name of your college.”

The comment was in reference to Biden saying he “got started” at the historically black college, which the institution has refuted.

“Don’t ever use the word ‘smart’ with me,” continued Trump. “There’s nothing smart about you, Joe.”


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Trump: ‘I get along very well’ with Anthony Fauci





President Trump claimed at the final presidential debate on Thursday that he gets along well Dr. Anthony Fauci, despite his recent public criticism of him.

“I’m listening to all of them, including Anthony,” Trump said of the nation’s top infectious disease expert.

“I get along very well with Anthony,” Trump added, calling him a “good person.”

The president then criticized Fauci, saying he flip-flopped on issues like mask wearing, but added: “he’s allowed to make mistakes.”

In a conference call earlier this week, Trump said Fauci was a “disaster.”

“People are tired of hearing Fauci and all these idiots, these people that have gotten it wrong. Fauci is a nice guy,” Trump said.

“Every time he goes on television there’s always a bomb, but there’s a bigger bomb if you fire him. Fauci’s a disaster. If I’d listened to him, we’d have 500,000 deaths,” he added.


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Injunction against First Nations land reclamation camp sparks skirmish with police




Camp spokesperson says judge is ‘pitting Canada against Indigenous people’

Blazing wooden pallets and tires blocked one side of a street leading into a southern Ontario community on Thursday, after a skirmish between police and members of a First Nation land reclamation camp. 

The confrontation in Caledonia, Ont., came hours after a judge granted a permanent injunction against the camp’s presence, which has stopped construction of a subdivision. 

A electrical power pole was also set on fire by members of the Six Nations of the Grand River.

People at the blockade said officers with the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) used a Taser on one person and fired at least one rubber bullet.

The OPP said police cruisers parked on the street were “heavily damaged” by the protest and that officers responded with “appropriate non-lethal force.” There were no injuries and an investigation is underway, the force said on Twitter. Several cruisers had been used to create a buffer zone between the burning blockade and the public.

Earlier, Ontario Superior Court Justice R.J. Harper granted the injunction sought by Foxgate Development and Haldimand County, the municipality that oversees Caledonia, after removing Skyler Williams, a spokesperson for the camp, from the proceedings.

Harper, who insisted that Williams was the leader of the effort, said Williams showed “contempt” for the court by refusing to obey the previous, temporary injunctions, and by insisting the Cayuga, Ont., courtroom was part of the “colonial” court system.

Harper said the court must acknowledge the “abuses that have been put upon the Aboriginal community.”

However, he added, “claims and grievances in our society … must be done respectfully, must be done in compliance with the orders.”

Williams said later the judge is “is pitting Canada against Indigenous people” and that the camp would remain.

“We are committed to defending our territory, that includes staying on the land and it also means we will file an appeal immediately,” he said in a statement to CBC News.

“It’s clear that we’re facing racism and discrimination in this process. From the beginning, we’ve stated that the colonial court process is inherently unfair and it’s clear that is what is playing out today.” 

Members from Six Nations of the Grand River, which sits next to Caledonia about 22 kilometres south of Hamilton, set up the camp in July to stop the construction of the McKenzie Meadows development.

The camp, dubbed 1492 Land Back Lane, was raided by the OPP on Aug. 5, triggering a day of road and railway blockades. Demonstrators set tires ablaze and threw rocks and police fired rubber bullets. 

A senior OPP officer said, in an affidavit filed as part of the injunction, that a second enforcement operation could trigger a stronger reaction that could see railways, bridges and power stations “attacked and damaged in retaliation.” The affidavit also said infrastructure could be targeted in other parts of the country.

“The violence that was brought here was brought here by the guys with guns,” said Williams, speaking to reporters from the 1492 Land Back Lane site, after the hearing.

“The OPP came in here shooting rubber bullets, Tasering … That’s what’s violent. As much as I don’t encourage any type of violent action, I certainly had no blame for folks that engage in it, any of the things going on in the world that has seen hundreds and hundreds of years of oppression and hate and racism, over-criminalization, residential schools. This is what can be expected from oppressing a people for so long.” 

Call for chief to step in

Six Nations member Gowenetoh said she wants to see elected council Chief Mark Hill take a stronger role in the evolving situation and approach the traditional government, the Haudenosaunee Confederacy Chiefs Council, to find a solution.

“He hears our cries,” she said. “He could rectify this. All he needs to do is go knock on the Confederacy door and say, ‘I’m willing to help us get our lands back.'”

The Six Nations members of the reclamation camp have historical records they say show that the land the development sits on was sold by a squatter to a settler who then received a land patent from the colonial authorities in 1853.

The property is part of the Haldimand Tract granted to Six Nations of the Grand River in 1784 for allying with the British during the American Revolution. The granted land encompassed 10 kilometres on both sides of the 280-kilometre Grand River which runs through southern Ontario and into Lake Erie. Six Nations now has less than five per cent of its original lands.

The Six Nations elected council has stated that, according to Ontario court decisions, there was no requirement for a private entity like a developer to accommodate Six Nations for developing lands that were taken illegally in the 1800s. Yet, the council said, Foxgate had transferred 17 hectares of land and $352,000 to Six Nations for accommodation.

Foxgate never consulted with the Haudenosaunee Confederacy Chiefs Council, the traditional Six Nations government, before commencing its project. The Confederacy Chiefs Council has supported 1492 Land Back Lane and deems the property to be in a red zone of land over which it contests title.

The Six Nations elected council has an ongoing court case, filed in 1995, against Ottawa and Ontario over lost lands. It is scheduled to go to trial in 2022.

The Six Nations elected council did not respond to a request for comment.

The Haudenosaunee Confederacy Chiefs Council could not be reached for comment.

Haldimand County Mayor Ken Hewitt said the blame fell on the federal government for allowing the situation to fester for decades. 

“The federal government has a huge role to play,” he said.

“It has abdicated its duties over the years in giving the people of Six Nations a platform for them to voice their concerns and push those concerns through a process. That is why we are here today.” 

Hewitt said if Ottawa stepped in to negotiate, it may create a path away from what the OPP says will lead to conflict. 

“I would hope there is enough respect between the two communities and ties between the two communities that we can find a better way to bring this to the front of the federal government,” he said. 


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Kid Rock in attendance for Nashville presidential debate




Kid Rock in attendance for Nashville presidential debate

Kid Rock’s in the house.

The musician, who has roots in Nashville, was spotted at Thursday night’s presidential debate hosted in the city.

The 49-year-old was seated in the stands of Belmont University next to PGA pro golfer John Daly.

Kid Rock, whose real name is Robert James Ritchie, was asked by NBC News if he was there to cheer on Trump.

“I think being here says it all, right?” he told the outlet. “Happy to be invited.”

The musician was wearing a mask over his mouth, but still had his nose exposed.

Last month, Kid Rock headlined a campaign rally for President Trump in Michigan.


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Ivanka campaigning to bring suburban women back to President Trump




Ivanka campaigning to bring suburban women back to President Trump

President Trump is turning to White House senior adviser Ivanka Trump in the final stretch of the 2020 campaign to try and shore up the support of suburban women — who carried him across the finish line in 2016.

Over the past six weeks, the first daughter and senior adviser to the president has made 17 campaign stops for her father, according to Politico.

From tweets to pleas at rallies, the commander in chief pledged repeatedly in recent months that he would save the ‘burbs as part of a larger effort to secure the support of suburban women.

“Finally! Suburban women are flocking over to us. They realize that I am saving the Suburbs – the American Dream! I terminated the Regulation that would bring projects and crime to Suburbia. Not on my watch!” the president tweeted Thursday morning, adding that a President Biden would oversee an increase in regulation.

In total, Ivanka has visited 10 battleground states — Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Ohio, Michigan, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Nevada and Arizona. She plans to visit Pennsylvania, Florida and North Carolina again before Election Day, a Trump aide told the outlet.

From August through late September, she brought in a staggering $15 million to the campaign by holding a mere four fundraisers, according to CNN.

Citing a Trump aide, Politico reported Wednesday that the campaign expected to raise $35 million from the first daughter’s fundraising and campaigning efforts from August through the election.

Behind the commander in chief himself, Ivanka is the most requested campaign surrogate for events, White House officials say.

President Trump’s eldest daughter will host a fundraiser alongside her father in Nashville on Thursday, just prior to his final debate appearance against Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden.

In a statement to Politico on Ivanka’s campaign efforts, Trump campaign senior adviser Mercedes Schlapp said, “As a working mother who has dedicated her career to the improvement of women’s lives, Ivanka intrinsically understands the issues facing American families today. Ivanka Trump can speak to President Trump’s success from the perspective of both a policy adviser and close family member — a remarkably effective combination on the campaign trail.”

Ivanka’s fundraising prowess is not lost on the minds of those in her father’s orbit.

After bringing in $4 million at a single fundraiser in August that a mere 100 people attended over Zoom, Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel released a statement showering praise on the first daughter’s ability to mobilize donors.

“Ivanka is a tremendous voice for the re-election effort. Supporters across the country are eager to hear from her on issues ranging from the economy to workforce development and paid family leave,” she said at the time.

One White House official told CNN of Ivanka’s appeal, “The fact is, she’s talking about issues at these events that other surrogates are not. She can talk about paid family leave, or workforce development, or the child tax credit — issues that a lot of voters frankly haven’t heard Republicans talk about as much this campaign.”

For his part, President Trump has spent much of his 2020 reelection effort placing a heavy emphasis on “the suburbs” and how he would protect them.


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Plexiglass removed from debate stage after Trump, Biden test negative for COVID-19




Plexiglass removed from debate stage after Trump, Biden test negative for COVID-19

Thursday night’s presidential debate will not feature plexiglass partitions after all.

The campaigns of both President Trump and his Democratic rival Joe Biden supported the removal of the barriers that were installed on the Nashville debate stage as a coronavirus precaution, Frank Fahrenkopf, the head of the debate commission, told CNN.

But with news that Trump and Biden both tested negative for COVID-19 hours ahead of their final debate, medical advisers to the debate commission felt the measure was unnecessary, the report said.

White House coronavirus task force member Dr. Anthony Fauci was also consulted — and gave the move his blessing, Fahrenkopf said.

Fauci “agreed that the plexiglass wouldn’t do anything,” according to Fahrenkopf.


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In uOttawa controversy, Quebec government seizes opportunity to push back against anti-racism advocates




Premier François Legault risks political capital in confronting movement demanding systemic change

The Quebec government now has an official position about how a university in Ontario should manage its teaching staff, a remarkable development for a number of reasons. 

One, Quebec is yet again struggling to contain the spread of COVID-19, which has killed more people here than anywhere else in Canada.

And yet no fewer than three members of the government, including the premier and two cabinet ministers, took time this week to make public comments chastising the University of Ottawa for temporarily suspending a professor who said the N-word in class.

Moreover, Premier François Legault has never hidden his ire when other governments — be they federal, provincial or municipal — have ventured to comment on Quebec’s internal politics.

Legault, for instance, lashed out at Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and several premiers when they criticized his government’s law, known as Bill 21, that bans religious symbols in parts of the civil service.

“You have to respect Quebec’s jurisdiction,” Legault’s intergovernmental affairs minister, Sonia LeBel, told critics in the rest of Canada last fall.

The University of Ottawa professor at the centre of a debate about the use of the N-word in classes apologizes. All of her students, but one, have dropped out of her class. 1:59

In Quebec City on Tuesday, a journalist asked Legault why he had abandoned the mind-your-own-business principle to launch broadsides at the bilingual university on the other side of the Ottawa River.

“I feel a certain responsibility to defend francophones,” Legault explained.

His response wasn’t beside the point. Legault’s current popularity is due, in no small part, to how he’s navigated the relationship between language and race, often playing one against the other.

Defending francophones

When the University of Ottawa suspended Verushka Lieutenant-Duval last month, more than 30 francophone colleagues signed an open letter defending the white art history lecturer.

Lieutenant-Duval used the N-word while attempting to illustrate to her students how some groups have reclaimed the slurs used against them. She later apologized and was reinstated. 

Her suspension, her francophone colleagues argued, violated her academic freedom, and would in future limit their ability to teach seminal works by Quebec writers who employ the term.

That letter drew its share of counter-arguments. A group of BIPOC professors and librarians at the university said in a petition that even a pedagogical setting can’t neutralize the violence of the N-word, and it should be avoided outright by non-Black professors.

The letter of support for Lieutenant-Duval was also met with a stream of anti-francophone comments on social media.

Amid the invective directed at francophone Quebecers, Legault opted to pick a side, blaming the University of Ottawa for failing to stand up for Lieutenant-Duval.

It appears, though, that he wasn’t concerned simply with the treatment of francophones on Twitter. Legault warned vaguely on Tuesday of a “censorship police” and hinted that political correctness was running amok.

His deputy premier, Geneviève Guilbault, blamed “ideologies imported from the U.S.” for sparking the conflict, echoing an argument popular among Quebec’s white pundits who believe concepts like systemic racism can’t be applied to the province.

In the controversy at uOttawa, the Legault government saw an opportunity to push back against progressive anti-racism.

The rise of progressive anti-racism

The anti-racism movement that has claimed the attention of Canada’s political leaders in recent months includes Indigenous activist networks as well as Black Lives Matter and older social justice groups.

A central claim of the movement is that racism is systemic. It exists beyond individual intentions and is inscribed, rather, in most institutions, exposing Indigenous people and people of colour to the pervasive threat of violence.

The Legault government, on the other hand, has continued to deny the existence of systemic racism, ignoring a growing number of reports that have concluded otherwise.

Legault repeatedly justifies this reluctance by invoking the will of the majority.

He sometimes cites polls, comments on social media and even his own majority in the legislature as examples of how Quebec’s white francophone majority perceive progressive anti-racism as antagonistic to their interests. 

After Joyce Echaquan, a 37-year-old Atikamekw woman, died last month amid a torrent of racist remarks from staff at a hospital in Joliette, Que., pressure once again mounted for Legault to abandon his position that systemic racism does not exist.

“I am convinced my wife died because systemic racism contaminated the Joliette hospital,” said Echaquan’s husband, Carol Dubé.  

Legault demurred, saying it was his duty to protect the feelings of the majority, instead of acknowledging how minorities in the province experience racism.

“It wouldn’t be a good idea to turn your back on the good part of Quebecers who don’t think there is systemic racism in Quebec,” he said. 

Legault used a similar argument last year when racial and religious minorities urged him to reconsider Bill 21, which bans public teachers, government lawyers and police officers from wearing religious symbols at work.

The law, they said, would further marginalize already under-represented racialized groups, especially Muslim women.

After the bill was passed, Legault was asked why he had refused to consider their concerns.

“The majority was asking for secularism, and they were ignored,” he said. “Now they feel listened to.”

Who is winning the argument?

Legault came to power by appealing to this silent majority. 

As the leader of the third-ranked opposition party, he argued the incumbent Liberals were too busy lecturing the province about the merits of cosmopolitanism to listen to the concerns of francophones about their cultural survival.

It was largely white francophone voters outside Montreal who delivered Legault’s party, the Coalition Avenir Québec, a landslide victory in 2018. The Liberals were reduced to mainly urban ridings with large concentrations of immigrants and anglophones.

The day after the election, one prominent conservative nationalist remarked “francophone Quebec has just reclaimed its state.”

Taking systemic racism seriously entails a significant reordering of that state, refashioning institutions such as the police, hospitals and universities to be more inclusive.

From the perspective of a conservative nationalist like Legault, that would mean siding with progressive anti-racism against the block of voters that carried him to power.

Of course, not everyone in the province believes a commitment to anti-racism is incompatible with the interests of the francophone majority. 

At the provincial level, both the Liberals and left-wing Québec Solidaire — the two largest opposition parties — maintain racism is systemic. 

The federal Liberals won 35 seats in Quebec last year, despite their opposition to Bill 21. And the Bloc Québécois, too, has acknowledged that systemic racism exists, at least in terms of Ottawa’s treatment of Indigenous people.

Public opinion in the province also appears to be shifting.   

A Mainstreet poll conducted this summer found 67 per cent of Quebecers believe Black people are treated less equitably by police; 60 per cent said Black people are discriminated against in the workplace. 

Other recent polls suggest an overwhelming majority of Quebecers believe Indigenous people in the province are also the subject of systemic racism.

Therein lies the other danger of progressive anti-racism for Legault. It is fast making it seem like he’s the one in the minority.


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Washington man busted with guns, child porn made threats to Joe Biden




Washington man busted with guns, child porn made threats to Joe Biden

A Washington state man busted with a van full of guns and explosives and facing child porn charges had plans to assassinate Joe Biden — and drove to within four miles of the presidential candidate’s Delaware house, newly released federal court records reveal.

Alexander Hillel Treisman, 20, searched for Biden’s home address and posted an iFunny meme online with the caption, “should I kill joe biden?” according to a federal judge’s ruling made public on Thursday.

“A timeline of internet searches conducted by defendant between March and May 2020 seeking information about Joe Biden’s home address, state gun laws, rifle parts, and night vision goggles, along with actions taken by defendant, including posting the abovementioned meme about killing Joe Biden, purchasing an AR-15 in New Hampshire, traveling to Wendy’s within 4 miles of Joe Biden’s home, and writing a checklist not ending with, ‘execute,’” US Magistrate Joe Webster wrote on Sept. 28.

Treisman first came to the attention of authorities on May 28, when employees at a Fifth Third Bank branch in Kannapolis, North Carolina, complained about an abandoned white Ford van outside their building, according to the court papers, posted by WBTV News.

Inside police found an AR-15-style rifle, a canister of the explosive material Tannerite, and $509,000 in cash, along with a cache of other weapons, the papers say.

After the van was towed, Treisman showed up in a green Honda Accord and asked bank employees about the whereabouts of the van. The workers called Kannapolis police, who arrested Treisman and found more guns — .380-caliber and 9 mm handguns — inside the Honda, according to records.

Following the arrest, FBI agents got warrants to check Treisman’s phone and other electronic devices, which were filled with comments suggesting a fascination with mass shootings — and a trove of child pornography, the records show.

In all, Treisman allegedly had 1,248 videos and 6,721 images of “child pornography containing sadism and/or masochism content,” legal papers ay.

Treisman told investigators that he had traveled across the country and bought guns at various points, including Washington, Kansas, New Hampshire, and West Virginia, the court document shows.

In his Sept. 28 ruling, the judge ordered that Treisman remain in jail without bail.

“Having considered the information presented, the court concludes that the record established by clear and convincing evidence that no combination of available release conditions would reasonably assure the safety of the community,” he wrote.

Federal court records online do not indicate that Treisman has pending charges related to the guns and threats, although the ruling largely addresses concerns over violence or terror acts.

Authorities said he had no prior record.


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At least nine countries in Europe hit record-high daily COVID-19 cases




New coronavirus infections hit record highs in at least nine European countries Thursday —  as some nations announced tougher restrictions to stop the disease from spreading, according to reports.

The nine hard-hit nations — including Italy, France and Germany — saw the highest daily increase in cases since the pandemic began, according to CNN and other outlets.

“The general situation has become very serious,” Lothar Wieler, the president of Germany’s RKI public health institute said at a press conference in Berlin. “We have to expect that the virus will continue to spread rapidly.”

Overall, France reported 41,622 new cases in the 24 hours leading up to Thursday evening, and Italy recorded 15,199. Spain, which this week became the first European nation to hit 1 million cases, recorded 20,986.

Meanwhile, Germany reported 11,287 new cases while the Netherlands saw 9,283 and Portugal recorded 3,270. Poland also broke its daily infection record with 12,100 new cases, along with the Czech Republic, which reported 14,968 and Greece, which reported 882.

In response to the rising case load, Ireland, Greece and the Czech Republic set in place stricter curfew and mask-wearing rules — but stopped short of implementing lockdowns, according to Bloomberg News.

Greece set a new curfew from 12:30 a.m to 5 a.m. in all areas deemed to be at-risk, including Athens, Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis announced Thursday.

In Ireland, officials installed a midnight curfew and closed all non-essential businesses for six weeks, officials said.

Medical staff tend to a patient at a level intensive care unit for patients infected with coronavirus at the University Hospital of Strasbourg in Strasbourg, France.

Medical staff tend to a patient at a level intensive care unit for patients infected with coronavirus at the University Hospital of Strasbourg in Strasbourg, France.

Spanish authorities are also considering a curfew in its capital city, Madrid.

France imposed a curfew on Paris and eight other cities last week.

More than 41,500,000 COVID-19 cases have now been recorded across the country since the virus emerged late last year, according to Johns Hopkins University. More than 1,135,000 people have died, though fatality rates in the US have declined sharply.

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