• Coronavirus live news: India becomes second country to pass 8m cases; France braces for lockdown
    by Helen Sullivan on October 29, 2020 at 7:08 AM

    France reimposes national lockdown; Iran suffers record deaths; China reports highest cases in two months. Follow latest updates India passes 8m cases as Germany sees record infectionsGermany to bring in new rules after record surge in casesEU leaders urged to aid transfer of patients between countriesSee all our coronavirus coverage 7.08am GMTGood morning from London. This is Damien Gayle and I’ll be bringing you the latest updates in coronavirus news from the UK and around the world for the next few hours. If you have any comments, tips or suggestions for coverage from your part of the world, please send them my way, either via email to damien.gayle@theguardian.com or via Twitter direct message to @damiengayle. 6.57am GMTMaanvi Singh and Lauren Gambino in Phoenix Related: ‘Turning pain into purpose’: why the Covid crisis is driving Arizonans to the polls Continue reading...

  • US election 2020: Trump and Biden camps rally in Arizona – live
    by Tom McCarthy on October 29, 2020 at 7:04 AM

    Obama will campaign with Biden in Michigan on SaturdaySign up for Fight to Vote – our weekly US election newsletter 7.04am GMTDemocratic presidential candidate Joe Biden has promised to put top priority on passing the LGBTQ rights legislation known as the Equality Act, hoping to sign what would be a landmark civil rights law within 100 days, should he win Tuesday’s election, Reuters reports:Biden, a leading voice for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer rights as vice president under Barack Obama from 2009 to 2017, also pledged in an interview with the Philadelphia Gay News to expand queer rights internationally by making equality a centerpiece of U.S. diplomacy if he assumes office in January.Although he has championed the Equality Act before, his priority is significant, given the urgency of the coronavirus pandemic and a host of other executive orders and regulatory actions that would compete for attention in the early days of a Biden administration.He outlined his agenda for LGBTQ rights in an email interview with Philadelphia Gay News publisher Mark Segal, a nationally known advocate for gay rights since the 1970s. 6.44am GMTIn this public service announcement, former housing secretary Julían Castro warns how Republicans could try to take advantage of a “red mirage” on election night to try to declare victory before every vote is counted.Republicans try to prevent people from voting every year, but this is the first time in memory that key party figures from Donald Trump to supreme court justice Brett Kavanaugh have attempted to advance the outlandish and anti-constitutional idea that Americans’ votes don’t count if elections officials have not tabulated and announced them by midnight Tuesday.It’s “one person, one vote,” not “you only get to vote if we can’t stop you.” This isn’t football. There aren’t supposed to be interceptions. People have *died* for this right.If Donald Trump is going to try to steal this election, here’s how he will do it—and how we can stop him. pic.twitter.com/miRjx9fidS Continue reading...

  • The man who wants to help you out of debt – at any cost
    by J Oliver Conroy on October 29, 2020 at 7:00 AM

    Millions turn to financial guru and radio host Dave Ramsey for his ‘tough love’. Many say he saved their lives. Critics say he ignores the structural reasons so many are in debt and povertyDave Ramsey, America’s most influential personal finance guru, drives a pickup truck that, he says, will eat your electric car. He wears a .45 on his hip with a hollow-point in the chamber. He is an older white male, a self-described “capitalist pig”, and an evangelical Christian who almost always votes conservative. He hates government intervention in his life – and yours.His mortal enemy, however, is personal debt, and he has spent the last three decades on a crusade against modern usury, in the form of credit card companies (scum), payday lenders (the scum of the earth), and debt collectors (“some good people”, but largely “complete scum”). Continue reading...

  • The age of the elderly candidate: how two septuagenarians came to be running for president
    by David Smith in Washington on October 29, 2020 at 6:15 AM

    Biden and Trump have been eager to prove their virility, calling into question what effect old age has on the leader of the US“I woke up and I felt good,” Donald Trump told supporters at a campaign rally in Arizona, slamming the side of his lectern as he described hospitalisation with the coronavirus. “I said, ‘Get me out of here’. Boom! Superman!” Continue reading...

  • ‘Turning pain into purpose’: why the Covid crisis is driving Arizonans to the polls
    by Maanvi Singh and Lauren Gambino in Phoenix on October 29, 2020 at 6:15 AM

    As election day looms, a traumatized electorate is weighing the failures of Republican leaders to control the pandemic in Arizona, and across the USWhen Kristin Urquiza drafted an obituary for her father, Mark Urquiza, she didn’t imagine it would be all that controversial or notable.“I was just being honest,” she said, when she wrote that her dad’s death from Covid-19 was “due to the carelessness of the politicians who continue to jeopardize the health of brown bodies through a clear lack of leadership, refusal to acknowledge the severity of this crisis, and inability and unwillingness to give clear and decisive direction on how to minimize risk”. Continue reading...

  • Israeli zeal for second Trump term matched by Palestinian enmity
    by Oliver Holmes Jerusalem correspondent on October 29, 2020 at 6:00 AM

    Netanyahu’s clear choice for US president seen as ‘extremely dangerous’ in PalestineAnyone in any doubt about Benjamin Netanyahu’s preferred candidate in the US presidential election need only visit his personal Twitter account.Right at the top, behind the headshot of Israel’s longest-serving prime minister, is a banner photo of him with Donald Trump in the Oval Office, their eyes fixed on each other. Continue reading...

  • US hospital systems facing 'imminent' threat of cyber attacks, FBI warns
    by Guardian staff and agencies on October 29, 2020 at 4:44 AM

    An alert said malicious groups are targeting the healthcare sector with attacks designed to lock up information systems and steal dataFederal agencies have warned that the US healthcare system is facing an “increased and imminent” threat of cybercrime, and that cybercriminals are unleashing a wave of extortion attempts designed to lock up hospital information systems, which could hurt patient care just as nationwide cases of Covid-19 are spiking.In a joint alert Wednesday, the FBI and two federal agencies warned that they had “credible information of an increased and imminent cybercrime threat to US hospitals and healthcare providers”. The alert said malicious groups are targeting the sector with attacks that produce “data theft and disruption of healthcare services”. Continue reading...

  • Seven new charges brought against adult film star Ron Jeremy
    by Agencies on October 29, 2020 at 3:22 AM

    He has now been accused by 23 alleged victims and faces a total of 11 counts of rape, eight of sexual battery and 16 other sexual offensesPorn star Ron Jeremy was charged on Wednesday with an additional seven counts of rape and sexual assault, bringing to 23 the number of his alleged victims, the Los Angeles district attorney’s office said.Jeremy, 67, one of the biggest names in the adult film industry, was initially charged in June with raping three women and sexually assaulting a fourth, but more women have come forward to police since then. Continue reading...

  • Marcus Rashford, free school meals and Boris Johnson's political own goal
    by Presented by Anushka Asthana with Gaby Hinsliff and Aamna Mohdin produced byHannah Moore and Axel Kacoutié; executive producers Nicole Jackson and Phil Maynard on October 29, 2020 at 3:00 AM

    Guardian columnist Gaby Hinsliff looks at why the government has refused to extend the free school meals scheme and how the decision has backfired while Guardian journalist Aamna Mohdin reports from a food bank in HillingdonThe Guardian columnist Gaby Hinsliff talks to Anushka Asthana about the government’s decision not to extend the free school meals programme into the half-term. There is widespread anger at the government’s decision to refuse to provide 1.4 million disadvantaged children in England with £15 a week in food vouchers during the holidays, despite massive public pressure led by the England footballer Marcus Rashford. The Guardian reporter Aamna Mohdin reports from Hillingdon Crisis Support Service in north-west London. When the government voted against the decision to feed hungry children, local charities and businesses rallied together and offered to help. Several local councils, including Hillingdon council, announced they would be stepping in to ensure children did not go hungry. But there is widespread frustration that it has come to this. Continue reading...

  • Hurricane Zeta kills one in Louisiana as category 2 storm bashes coast
    by Associated Press on October 29, 2020 at 2:47 AM

    Rain and winds pummeled the New Orleans metro area, a region already hit by multiple storms this yearHurricane Zeta slammed into the storm-weary Gulf coast on Wednesday, pelting the New Orleans metro area with rain and howling winds that ripped apart buildings, knocked out power to thousands and threatened to push up to 9ft of sea water inland in a region already pounded by multiple storms this year.The storm killed at least one person, a 55-year-old man who a Louisiana coroner said was electrocuted by a downed power line, and officials said life-threatening conditions would last into Thursday. Continue reading...

  • Australia’s pandemic travel ban brings family heartbreak
    on October 29, 2020 at 6:30 AM

    Astrid Magenau wasn’t able to keep a promise to hold her father’s hand at his deathbed in Germany because of Australia’s extraordinary pandemic restrictions that make her feel like a … Click to Continue »

  • Asian shares lower, US futures up after S&P 500 sinks 3.5%
    on October 29, 2020 at 6:18 AM

    Asian shares declined Thursday and U.S. futures were higher after the S&P 500 slid 3.5% overnight for its biggest drop since June. The selling in U.S. markets followed broad declines … Click to Continue »

  • Philadelphia pledges better response after Black man’s death
    on October 29, 2020 at 6:12 AM

    Philadelphia police pledged to release 911 tapes and police body camera footage “in the near future” in the shooting death of a Black man with a history of mental health … Click to Continue »

  • Analysis: Iran frets over US vote it insists doesn’t matter
    on October 29, 2020 at 6:08 AM

    Top officials in Iran say the upcoming U.S. election doesn't matter, but nearly everyone else there seems to be holding their breath. The race for the White House could mean … Click to Continue »

  • Zeta barrels northeast after battering storm-weary coast
    on October 29, 2020 at 5:44 AM

    A fast-moving Hurricane Zeta barreled northeast Thursday morning after ripping through Louisiana and Mississippi where storm-weary residents were advised to stay indoors overnight while officials assessed the havoc the storm … Click to Continue »

  • Millions of mail ballots not yet returned in key states
    on October 29, 2020 at 5:34 AM

    Just days before the presidential election, millions of mail ballots have yet to be returned in key battleground states, and election officials warn that time is running out for voters … Click to Continue »

  • Trump, Biden to appeal to last-minute voters in Florida
    on October 29, 2020 at 5:21 AM

    President Donald Trump and Democratic rival Joe Biden are set to chase votes in Florida, a state all but essential to the Republican's pathway to another term as both nominees … Click to Continue »

  • FBI warns ransomware assault threatens US healthcare system
    on October 29, 2020 at 5:17 AM

    Federal agencies warned that cybercriminals are unleashing a wave of data-scrambling extortion attempts against the U.S. healthcare system designed to lock up hospital information systems, which could hurt patient care … Click to Continue »

  • At least 1 dead as Hurricane Zeta hammers Gulf Coast
    on October 29, 2020 at 5:15 AM

    Hurricane Zeta slammed into the storm-weary Gulf Coast on Wednesday, pelting the New Orleans metro area with rain and howling winds that ripped apart buildings and knocked out power to … Click to Continue »

  • Philly shooting brings policing, racism back into campaign
    on October 29, 2020 at 5:11 AM

    The fatal shooting of another Black man on America's streets by police — with subsequent unrest — has brought the fraught issues of policing and racism in the nation back … Click to Continue »

  • Ex-DEA Spokesman Gets 7 Years for $4.4M Fraud Scheme
    on October 29, 2020 at 1:48 AM

    A former spokesman Drug Enforcement Administration received a seven-year prison sentence on Wednesday for a $4.4 million fraud scheme, according to the Washington Examiner.

  • Joe diGenova to Newsmax TV: NY Times Embellished Miles Taylor
    on October 29, 2020 at 1:38 AM

    The New York Times aiding the "anonymous" op-ed title of now-revealed Miles Taylor as a senior Trump administration official was an egregious embellishment, according to former U.S. Attorney Joe diGenova on Newsmax TV.

  • FBI Says Extremist Threatened Trump, Obama in Online Posts
    on October 29, 2020 at 1:13 AM

    A man charged in an alleged conspiracy to kidnap Michigan's governor also made threatening online comments about President Donald Trump, former presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton and other prominent political figures, an FBI agent said in a federal court filing.Barry...

  • Bernie Kerik to Newsmax TV: DOJ, FBI Complicit If They Fail to Investigate
    on October 29, 2020 at 12:44 AM

    If the FBI is not investigating the "facts" from Hunter Biden's laptop and Tony Bobulinski's credible whistleblowing, everyone in the Justice Department and FBI should be held accountable, according to former NYPD commissioner Bernie Kerik on Newsmax TV.

  • Dick Morris to Newsmax TV: Dems Doing Everything to Keep Voters at Home
    on October 28, 2020 at 11:57 PM

    Democrats are doing everything to keep voters at home since most Trump supporters plan to vote on Election Day, says former Democratic strategist and White House adviser Dick Morris on Newsmax TV.

  • Joe diGenova to Newsmax TV: NY Times Embellished Miles Taylor
    on October 29, 2020 at 1:38 AM

    The New York Times aiding the "anonymous" op-ed title of now-revealed Miles Taylor as a senior Trump administration official was an egregious embellishment, according to former U.S. Attorney Joe diGenova on Newsmax TV.

  • Philly DA Threatens Trump Over Poll Watchers: 'I've Got Something for You'
    on October 29, 2020 at 12:57 AM

    Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner referred to President Donald Trump as a ''lawless, power-hungry despot'' and appeared to threaten him, issuing a statement that said if he sent ''uncertified 'poll watchers''' to the city, ''I've got something for you.''...

  • Bernie Kerik to Newsmax TV: DOJ, FBI Complicit If They Fail to Investigate
    on October 29, 2020 at 12:44 AM

    If the FBI is not investigating the "facts" from Hunter Biden's laptop and Tony Bobulinski's credible whistleblowing, everyone in the Justice Department and FBI should be held accountable, according to former NYPD commissioner Bernie Kerik on Newsmax TV.

  • Supreme Court Leaves NC Absentee Ballot Deadline at Nov. 12
    on October 29, 2020 at 12:39 AM

    The Supreme Court will allow absentee ballots in North Carolina to be received and counted up to nine days after Election Day, in a win for Democrats. The justices, by a 5-3 vote Wednesday, refused to disturb a decision by the State Board of Elections to lengthen the period...

  • DOD, HHS Buy $1.1B in Coronavirus Therapeutics
    on October 29, 2020 at 12:04 AM

    The Department of Defense will now focus its Operation Warp Speed to coronavirus therapeutics after agreeing to buy $375 million on Wednesday of Eli Lilly's yet-to-be-proven antibody treatment, according to the Washington Examiner.

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