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For Biden, Jewish voter turnout is key in Florida as race with Trump tightens

Signs that Jewish voters in Florida are turning out to vote in large numbers are raising hopes in Joe Biden’s campaign that the former vice president can effectively end the 2020 race on election night with a decisive victory in the state.

Based on recent polling, mail-in ballot returns and early voting numbers in South Florida’s largest Jewish communities, Biden campaign officials are increasingly optimistic they will outperform 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton with this voting bloc. Florida’s Jewish voters, largely an older population, are primarily motivated to vote this year by concerns over the coronavirus pandemic.

Even a marginal shift among Jewish voters, who make up roughly 5% of Florida’s electorate, could tip the balance in a state where election margins are historically tight and Biden and President Donald Trump are just about tied in the polls.

Biden has said in recent days that a decisive victory in Florida would all but end the national race, closing off most viable paths for Trump to reach the 270 Electoral College votes needed to win the presidency.

Read more: https://www.mcclatchydc.com/news/politics-government/election/article246648813.html

Italy plans further curbs as coronavirus cases hit new record

MILAN (Reuters) - Italy reported another daily record for COVID-19 cases on Saturday as the government planned further restrictions to contain a resurgence of the pandemic, despite a second night of street protests against curfews ordered this week.

Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte has said he wants to avoid a repeat of the blanket lockdown earlier in the year. But a number of regions have imposed overnight curfews and the central government is expected to announce more measures soon.

After clashes in the southern city of Naples on Friday night, police faced off against dozens of masked protestors in the centre of Rome after the far-right Forza Nuova group called for a protest against the curfews.

Earlier, health ministry data showed 19,644 new COVID cases and 151 dead as the disease surged in areas like Lombardy, Milan, Campania and Lazio.

Read more: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-coronavirus-italy/italy-plans-further-curbs-as-coronavirus-cases-hit-new-record-idUSKBN2790OO

Trump goes on offensive against Biden with trip to New Hampshire

(Reuters) - President Donald Trump will go on the offensive against Democratic rival Joe Biden on Sunday with a campaign trip to New Hampshire, a state he narrowly lost in 2016 but is trying to reclaim in this year’s White House race.

With nine days left until the Nov. 3 U.S. elections, the Republican president is storming his way through top battleground states in a late push to make up ground against Biden, who leads in national opinion polls.

Opinion polls in many of the most vital swing states that will decide the election show a closer race. New Hampshire, which Trump lost to Democrat Hillary Clinton by about 3,000 votes in 2016, has not been considered a top-tier battleground, and most polls show Biden with a comfortable edge in the New England state.

But Trump is running out of time and opportunities to change minds and shift the race in his favor. More than 56.5 million Americans have already voted in person or by mail, a pace of early voting that could lead to the highest voter turnout rate in more than a century, according to data from the U.S. Elections Project.

Read more: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-election/trump-goes-on-offensive-against-biden-with-trip-to-new-hampshire-idUSKBN27A04U

Ohioan reports being recruited for plot targeting Gov. DeWine at his home

A Miami County resident reported to police being recruited to take part in a citizen’s arrest of Gov. Mike DeWine at his Cedarville home a week ago, but the plot evidently never materialized.

The plot is alleged to have involved Renea Turner, a former write-in candidate for governor who ran against DeWine in 2018. A state representative says he recently met with Turner prior to the alleged call and she inquired about the governor’s home, the Ohio Capital Journal has learned.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol, which handles security for the governor and his residences, was notified of the report by local law enforcement and is investigating.

At a press conference Friday afternoon to discuss allocation of CARES Act funding in Ohio, DeWine told reporters he was unaware of the alleged plot and had not been briefed on it to that point.

Read more: https://ohiocapitaljournal.com/2020/10/23/ohioan-reports-being-recruited-for-plot-targeting-gov-dewine-at-his-home/

Atomic clocks experience the quantum phenomenon called superposition

Oct. 23 (UPI) -- Not even the most precise atomic clocks are immune to the quantum phenomenon known as superposition, according to a new theory developed by a team of physicists from Dartmouth College, Saint Anselm College and Santa Clara University.

Superposition describes the ability of an atom to simultaneously exist in multiple states. In a new study, published Friday in the journal Nature, scientists theorize that superposition leads a correction in atomic clocks -- an effect the study's authors call "quantum time dilation."

The new theory builds on Albert Einstein's theory of relativity, but offers a novel prediction about the nature of time.

"Whenever we have developed better clocks, we've learned something new about the world," lead researcher Alexander Smith said in a news release.

Read more: https://www.upi.com/Science_News/2020/10/23/Atomic-clocks-experience-the-quantum-phenomenon-called-superposition/3861603426093/

An expert in nonverbal communication watched the Trump-Biden debate with the sound turned down

An expert in nonverbal communication watched the Trump-Biden debate with the sound turned down – here’s what he saw


President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden met on Oct. 22 for the final debate in the 2020 election and, like the first debate, it was unusual.

COVID-19 forced social distancing and largely took the studio audience, with their laughter, cheering and booing out of the equation.

What’s more, with norm-breaking interruptions and stealing of speaking time an inherent part of Donald Trump’s debate strategy, the contentious crosstalk between the two candidates and the moderator made long sections of the candidates’ first debate nearly impossible to hear or follow. The threat of having the microphone cut off effectively muted this aggression.

But is what they say as important as we think?

Although news coverage generally focuses on what the candidates say, as a political psychologist who studies nonverbal behavior, I focus less on the rehearsed answers and more on the space between talking points. These moments, when candidates nonverbally – and largely involuntarily – respond to their opposition can be enormously revealing.

Read more: https://theconversation.com/an-expert-in-nonverbal-communication-watched-the-trump-biden-debate-with-the-sound-turned-down-heres-what-he-saw-148688

Ex-top aide to Texas AG: 'Shocked' at his legal intervention

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A former aide to Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton on Friday spoke out for the first time since he stepped down after accusing the state's top lawyer of crimes including bribery and abuse of office.

Jeff Mateer, the Republican attorney general's former top aide, told the Dallas Morning News in an interview that in July he initially had concerns about his boss' conduct when he learned that Paxton wanted to get involved personally in a case against Nate Paul, a Texas real estate developer.

Paul, a Paxton campaign donor, was under federal investigation in a case between an Austin nonprofit and his entities, the newspaper reported Friday. Paxton planned to personally argue a motion in Travis County court, Mateer said, which he noted was alarming. Mateer said Paxton's top staff subsequently advised him against doing that.

“I was shocked,” Mateer told the Dallas Morning News after resigning this month. “That, in my memory, no attorney general has ever done.”

Read more: https://www.itemonline.com/news/ex-top-aide-to-texas-ag-shocked-at-his-legal-intervention/article_f020833a-15bb-11eb-8c5d-6f4d2272a025.html
(Huntsville Item)

Nate Paul companies alleged to have defaulted on $258M in debt centreal figure to AG Paxton scandal)

Austin entrepreneur Nate Paul developed a reputation as a real estate wunderkind in recent years as he snapped up commercial properties here and elsewhere, growing his company into an industry force while still in his early 30s.

But a quarter of a billion dollars in delinquent debt is raising questions about the stability of Paul’s real-estate empire.

Since late 2019, lenders have moved to foreclose on a combined $258 million in what they have contended are overdue loans made to more than two dozen Texas-based real-estate entities controlled by Paul and his company, World Class Property, according to bankruptcy filings and foreclosure actions reviewed by the American-Statesman.

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The Statesman
first reported Oct. 3 that seven senior Paxton aides filed a criminal complaint against their boss, alleging abuse of office, bribery and other wrongdoing stemming from his dealings involving Paul, who is an acquaintance of Paxton’s and has been one of his campaign donors.

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Still, an informal legal opinion ordered by Paxton this summer involving foreclosure sales is among the actions that raised red flags regarding his relationship with Paul, two senior officials in Paxton’s office have told the Statesman.

Read more: https://www.statesman.com/business/20201023/nate-paul-companies-alleged-to-have-defaulted-on-258m-in-debt

Mar-a-Lago is taxed as a private club, not a residence. So can President Trump vote as a Florida man

Mar-a-Lago is taxed as a private club, not a residence. So can President Trump vote as a Florida man?


President Donald Trump is planning to cast his ballot in person for the first time in Palm Beach County this weekend.

But some have questioned whether he can legally vote as a Florida man because his Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach is taxed as a private club and not as a residential property. Jim Watson, a Boynton Beach resident, filed an elections fraud complaint in June challenging Trump’s ability to vote in Florida, The Washington Post reported.

Trump intends to cast his ballot on Saturday at one of Palm Beach County’s 18 early-voting sites, White House officials said. In the two primary elections earlier this year, he voted by mail.

Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections Wendy Link says Mar-a-Lago’s zoning status is irrelevant in whether he can register to vote using that address.

Read more: https://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/politics/elections/fl-ne-how-can-trump-vote-20201023-tetnflz3uzflrjjmnbxt3wn3ji-story.html

Democrats plan political counterattack on day of Mike Pence visit in Tallahassee

Local Democrats and Democratic organizations are planning for political counterattacks as Republican Vice President Mike Pence plans to visit Tallahassee International Airport Saturday evening.

The Florida Coordinated Campaign, a Democratic effort, told the Tallahassee Democrat on Friday it will hold a "pop-up" press conference at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Tallahassee Victory Center, 428 W. Tennessee St.

City Commissioners Jeremy Matlow and Curtis Richardson, Gadsden County healthcare provider Zachary Woods and local retiree Dave Jacobson of the workers' union AFSCME will speak at the event, spokeswoman Stephanie Lambert said.

Richardson is running for reelection against challenger Bill Schack for the District 2 seat.

Read more: https://www.tallahassee.com/story/news/2020/10/24/mike-pence-tallahassee-visit-democrats/3741607001/
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