Month: November 2020

For less-raucous Biden, election hope rests on Pennsylvania

Philadelphia (AFP) – The difference was as stark as any moment during the tempestuous 2020 presidential campaign. While Donald Trump barnstormed five states 48 hours before the election, Covid-conscious Joe Biden homed in on one valuable patch of political turf: battleground Pennsylvania.Instead of also jetting to Michigan or Wisconsin, swing states he most likely must…

Europe imposes new virus curbs as exasperation, anger grows

Berlin (AFP) – Germany on Monday led a further tightening of coronavirus restrictions in Europe that have triggered anger and frustration across the continent, while the Covid-19 crisis in the United States deepened.The virus has infected more than 46 million people worldwide, with close to 1.2 million deaths, and the acute outbreaks in Europe and…

Half Sun with Prominence

What’s happening to the Sun? Clearly, the Sun’s lower half is hidden behind a thick cloud. Averaging over the entire Earth, clouds block the Sun about 2/3rds of the time, although much less over many land locations. On the Sun’s upper right is a prominence of magnetically levitating hot gas. The prominence might seem small…

Edward Snowden aims to become dual US-Russian citizen

Moscow (AFP) – Fugitive US whistleblower Edward Snowden said Monday he had applied for Russian citizenship but would keep his US nationality.The former American intelligence contractor, who revealed in 2013 that the US government was spying on its citizens, has been living in exile in Russia since the revelations.Snowden’s tweet comes weeks after he was…

Partly Cloudy/Wind today!

With a high of 38F and a low of 31F. Currently, it’s 41F and Cloudy outside. Current wind speeds: 10 from the Northwest Pollen: 0 Sunrise: November 2, 2020 at 06:21AM Sunset: November 2, 2020 at 04:37PM UV index: 0 Humidity: 78% via https://ift.tt/39gcPzv November 2, 2020 at 12:00AM

Donald Trump: the wrecking ball who came to ‘fix’ America

Washington (AFP) – All his life, the only constant about Donald Trump has been that everything must be about Donald Trump.”I alone can fix it,” the property tycoon claimed about America’s deepest problems in a speech accepting his Republican Party’s nomination for the presidency in 2016.This Tuesday, four years after Trump’s shock victory over Hillary…

Joe Biden: From tragedy to verge of triumph in storied political career

Washington (AFP) – He has suffered profound personal tragedy and seen his earlier political ambitions thwarted, but veteran Democrat Joe Biden hopes his pledge to unify Americans will deliver him the presidency after nearly half a century in Washington.Rarely has the profile of opposing presidential nominees differed so sharply as in the 2020 race, which…

Portrait of an election: US race boils down to six swing states

Washington (AFP) – The US election on Tuesday is boiling down to a handful of battleground states that Joe Biden must flip in order to snatch the White House from President Donald Trump.All of this year’s top swing states — Florida, Pennsylvania, Michigan, North Carolina, Wisconsin and Arizona — went to Trump in 2016, including…

Win the vote but still lose? Behold the US Electoral College

Washington (AFP) – “Beautiful” is how US political outsider Donald Trump described his shock presidential win against rival Hillary Clinton on the night of November 8, 2016. The details were less clean-cut.Former secretary of state Clinton had received nearly three million more votes than her Republican rival. But, by narrowly winning key battleground states, Trump surpassed the…

Bad Romance: Lady Gaga in Twitter feud with Trump campaign

Washington (AFP) – Music superstar Lady Gaga got into an unlikely Twitter feud Sunday with President Donald Trump’s reelection campaign after they accused her of being anti-fracking.Democratic challenger Joe Biden announced that Gaga would appear with him Monday evening at a drive-in rally in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, a state crucial to clinching victory on November 3.Trump’s…