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US election 2020 latest news: Kushner denies father-in-law Trump pushed ‘birther’ theory about Kamala Harris

JARED Kushner denied Donald Trump pushed the controversial "birther" theory about Joe Biden's running mate, Kamala Harris.

Kusher told CBS This Morning his father-in-law “just said that he had no idea whether that’s right or wrong, I don’t see that as promoting it" amid claims Harris wasn't eligible to be Biden's VP.

Their public sparring comes after primaries, polling, virtual press conferences and during a deadly COVID-19 pandemic.

New Pew Research Center data has found that Americans are “highly engaged” ahead of the monumental 2020 presidential election.

And on Thursday, Fox News released a poll indicating former Vice President Biden is leading by seven percentage points nationally.

Although Democrat Biden has dominated these surveys, so did Hillary Clinton before Trump's 2016 victory. 

Republicans are hoping their man can pull off another dramatic win, while Democrats are looking to the former VP to make Trump a one-term president and turn Congress blue.

The coronavirus crisis and Black Lives Matter protests have added to the uncertainty of a political race that sharply divides the country.

We’ll be with you for the next 80 days and beyond, through the daily ups and downs, the debates, and the election day itself to see who will walk into the Oval Office in January 2021 as US president.

Follow our US election 2020 blog below for all the latest on the Trump vs Biden race.

  • Fionnuala O'Leary 's avatarFionnuala O'Leary

    NYCPBA BACKS TRUMP

    The Police Benevolent Association of the City of New York has endorsed Donald Trump's 2020 run.

    “Today, it was my great honor to proudly accept the endorsement of the @NYCPBA!” Trump tweeted. “I have deeply and profoundly admired the brave men and women of the nypd for my entire life. New York’s Finest are truly the best of the best — I will NEVER let you down!”

    “We will bring safety to our cities,” he added later. “We will bring hope to our most distressed communities — and in everything we do, we will stand in solidarity with the men and women of LAW ENFORCEMENT!

    “Thank you to the @NYCPBA for your endorsement. God Bless the nypd, and God Bless America!

  • Fionnuala O'Leary 's avatarFionnuala O'Leary

    NYPDPBA BACKS TRUMP

    The Police Benevolent Association of the City of New York has endorsed Donald Trump's 2020 run.

    “Today, it was my great honor to proudly accept the endorsement of the @NYCPBA!” Trump tweeted. “I have deeply and profoundly admired the brave men and women of the nypd for my entire life. New York’s Finest are truly the best of the best — I will NEVER let you down!”

    “We will bring safety to our cities,” he added later. “We will bring hope to our most distressed communities — and in everything we do, we will stand in solidarity with the men and women of LAW ENFORCEMENT! Thank you to the @NYCPBA for your endorsement. God Bless the nypd, and God Bless America!

  • Fionnuala O'Leary 's avatarFionnuala O'Leary

    MIDDLE EAST BOOST?

    This week, the White House announced that the United Arab Emirates would normalize relations with Israel.

    Time noted that this could galvanize support from Jewish and Evangelical voters.

    “It reinforces to social conservatives why they took the risk on Donald Trump and why that risk ultimately paid off,” a senior Trump campaign adviser told the publication.

    For Jewish voters, the move reinforces “that you have a strong supporter in the White House,” the insider revealed. “Now they actually see the fruits of that.”

  • Fionnuala O'Leary 's avatarFionnuala O'Leary

    OBAMA AIDES MOCKED BIDEN

    Politico reported that White House aides would deride Joe Biden for his gaffes when Obama was president.

    The publication said they would laugh as Biden “like an elderly uncle at Thanksgiving, would launch into extended monologues that everyone had heard before.”

    “You could certainly see technocratic eye-rolling at times,” former WH communications director Jen Psaki told the publication.

    However, Politico also revealed that many politicians preferred Biden's negotiation tactics in lieu of Obama's somewhat elitist approach.

    “Negotiating with President Obama was all about the fact that he felt that he knew the world better than you,” said Eric Cantor, the Republican House majority leader from 2011 to 2014 – but Biden knew “you’re gonna have to agree to disagree about some things.”

  • Fionnuala O'Leary 's avatarFionnuala O'Leary

    VOTERS WARNED

    The USPS warned voters that their ballots may not be delivered in time to be counted for the November election as the threat of disenfranchisement looms.

    Thomas Marshall, the USPS General Counsel and Executive Vice President, revealed the stark news in a letter to Washington Secretary of State Kim Wyman.

    “Under our reading of Washington's election laws, the vast majority of your voters should have sufficient time to receive, complete, and return their ballots by the state's deadlines,” he wrote.

    “However, certain deadlines concerning mail-in ballots, particularly with respect to voters who register to vote or update their registration information shortly before Election Day, may be incongruous with the Postal Service's delivery standards.”

  • Fionnuala O'Leary 's avatarFionnuala O'Leary

    HOUSE DEMS: TRUMP SUBVERTED ELECTION

    On Friday, Rep Bill Pascrell said he made a criminal referral to the New Jersey attorney general asking them to investigate Trump and USPS boss Louis DeJoy.

    Pascrell accused the pair of possibly subverted the November election “in their accelerating arson of the post office” in a tweet.

    “[A]ll of us must do whatever we can right now to protect the integrity of our elections,” the complaint stated.

    “I implore you to open an immediate investigation into whether the Trump administration's attacks on the U.S. Postal Service violate New Jersey state laws against electoral subversion, and if so, pursue criminal and civil charges against President Trump, Louis DeJoy and any other high-ranking officials involved.”

  • Fionnuala O'Leary 's avatarFionnuala O'Leary

    OIL PRICE DRAMA

    Forbes noted that Trump was “between a rock and hard place” as the November election looms.

    This is because US Energy Information Administration data shows domestic gasoline prices at the pump remain low at about $2.17 per gallon, 50 cents below the price of a gallon in 2019.

    Low prices at the pump are usually good news for the president – but he's also an advocate for the oil and natural gas industry, which provided 10 million jobs.

    As major players like Exxon Mobil and Chevvon struggle to show a profit, the industry itself is flailing, which could threaten Trump's touted “energy dominance” as oil production plummets.

  • Fionnuala O'Leary 's avatarFionnuala O'Leary

    UK BOOKIES BET ON TRUMP

    Donald Trump's election odds have improved overnight on Betfair Exchange, a betting exchange that allows members to bet against each other and is based in the UK.

    Betfair noted that the US president's average odds still make him the least likely incumbent for re-election in political betting history.   

    Nevertheless, Trump's chances at succeeding rose overnight to 40 percent (odds of 6/4) – but Biden remains the odds-on favorite (8/11) with a 58 percent likelihood of winning the November election.

    Though he was in the lead in major US polls, Biden has dipped 2 percent from a probability of 60 percent registered midweek, Betfair revealed.

    Trump's chance improved by 2 percent in the last 12 hours and 5 percent from the low of 35 percent registered in June.

    (Graph represents implied percent chances of victory from Betfair Exchange odds since start of 2020)

  • Nicole Darrah 's avatarNicole Darrah

    KUSHNER ON BIRTHER THEORY

    The president's son-in-law Jared Kushner has denied that Donald Trump promoted the 'birther' theory that questioned whether Kamala Harris could serve as VP.

    He said on CBS This Morning on Friday that Trump “just said that he had no idea whether that’s right or wrong, I don’t see that as promoting it.”

    “But look, at the end of the day, it’s something that’s out there.”

    Kushner added: “I personally have no reason to believe she's not.”

    On Thursday, Trump said he “heard” that Harris, born in California to Jamaican and Indian parents, “doesn't meet the requirements” to serve in the White House.

  • Nicole Darrah 's avatarNicole Darrah

    TRUMP 'GOING FOR NEW YORK'

    President Donald Trump flew to New York City on Friday to see his younger brother Robert, who has been hospitalized for unknown reasons.

    After his arrival, Trump tweeted: “Just landed in New York to see my brother, Robert. We’re going for New York on November 3rd.”

    The president shared a New York Post interview in which Trump played up his shot at winning the liberal state of New York in the 2020 election.

    “We’re going to Reduce Taxes, Increase Law Enforcement, and bring it back BIG TIME! maga,” the president tweeted.

  • Nicole Darrah 's avatarNicole Darrah

    USPS FUNDING?

    President Donald Trump on Friday suggested he'd sign funding for the US Postal Service in a coronavirus stimulus package if Democrats agree to what the White House asks for.

    When asked if he would accept an additional $25billion for the USPS and more than $3billion that could be used for mail-in ballots, Trump told reporters: “Sure, if they give us what we want.”

    On Thursday, Trump suggested he was opposed to giving the Postal Service money because it would help Americans vote by mail in the presidential election.

    It's been repeatedly claimed that mail-in voting leads to widespread voter fraud, but there is no evidence to prove that.

  • Nicole Darrah 's avatarNicole Darrah

    POSTAL WORKERS ENDORSE BIDEN

    The US Postal Service employee union, the National Association of Letter Carriers, endorsed Joe Biden on Friday.

    “Vice President Biden is — was — and will continue to be — a fierce ally and defender of the United States Postal Service (USPS), letter carriers, and our fellow postal brothers and sisters,” Fredric Rolando, the union president, said in a statement.

    “Together, Biden and Harris fully exhibit the experience, dedication, thoughtfulness and steady hands that will work to ensure that letter carriers and working families are put first,” he said.

    According to NBC News, the union includes 300,000 active and retired postal workers.

  • Nicole Darrah 's avatarNicole Darrah

    NJ VOTING BY MAIL

    New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy says the state will adopt mail-in voting for the presidential election.

    He said on CNN that the state's vote-by-mail primary in July was a “success,” adding: “We're going to extend that model into the general election in November.”

    “It was a success — not perfect, but overwhelmingly a success.”

    “We learned some lessons. Most importantly, we’re going to have more presence of secure drop boxes — make sure there is that physical in-voting capacity.”

  • Nicole Darrah 's avatarNicole Darrah

    CAMPAIGN TRAIL

    The Trump campaign announced on Friday three new events in three different states next week.

    On Monday, President Donald Trump will make an appearance at North Star Aviation in Mankato, Minnesota, at 2pm.

    Around 4.30pm, he'll visit Basler Flight Service in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.

    Trump will then be making a stop in Yuma, Arizona, on Tuesday.

  • Nicole Darrah 's avatarNicole Darrah

    'NO ISSUE' ABOUT HARRIS' VP ELIGIBILITY

    South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham – one of President Donald Trump's strongest allies – said there's “no issue as to whether or not” Kamala Harris can serve as vice president.

    He tweeted on Friday: “There are plenty of issues to find disagreement with @KamalaHarris regarding her record as Senator or as a Vice Presidential nominee.”

    “However, there is no issue as to whether or not she is an American citizen,” he wrote. “She was born in the United States in 1964 to parents who were legally present.”

    “Under the Constitution and Supreme Court precedent, she is unequivocally an American citizen.”

    His tweets come a day after Trump questioned whether Harris, of Jamaican and Indian descent, was eligible for the job.

  • Nicole Darrah 's avatarNicole Darrah

    ACCEPTING THE NOMINATION

    President Donald Trump told the New York Post he plans to accept the Republican Party's 2020 nomination from the White House lawn.

    “I’ll probably be giving my speech at the White House because it is a great place,” he said. “It’s a place that makes me feel good, it makes the country feel good.”

    Critics have said using the White House as the spot for his acceptance speech would be inappropriate.

  • Fionnuala O'Leary 's avatarFionnuala O'Leary

    LATTER DAY SAINTS FOR TRUMP

    Latter-day Saints for Trump, a group co-chaired by retired senator Orrin Hatch of Utah, announced their intention to encourage church members to vote for him.

    “Latter-day Saints for Trump will work to mobilize and energize Latter-day Saints communities across the country to re-elect President Donald Trump by focusing on and educating the community on the many successes of the Trump Administration,” according to their website.

    This group isn't affiliated with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS), according to Deseret News.

  • Fionnuala O'Leary 's avatarFionnuala O'Leary

    MAIL-IN VOTING 'SAFE' IN FA

    Trump has repeatedly decried mail-in voting – unless it's in his adopted state of Florida.

    On August 4, he assured Floridians that mail-in voting was “safe and secure” on Twitter.

    The president has since requested a mail-in ballot for the primary election in Florida on Tuesday.

    KUSA-TV reported that on Wednesday, ballots were mailed to Trump and his wife Melania Trump at his Mar-a-Lago abode, which is listed as his legal address according to election records.

    Meanwhile, the Trump 2020 campaign have sued Nevada over its new vote-by-mail legislation.

  • Fionnuala O'Leary 's avatarFionnuala O'Leary

    PRESIDENT HARRIS?

    Vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris is eligible to become the President of the United States.

    As a natural-born citizen, she qualifies for the role of president and VP under the 14th Amendment of the Constitution.

    She would become the first female President if she was required to step into the position.

    Multiple fact-checkers, including AP, PolitiFact and Snopes, confirmed that she was born and raised in Oakland, CA.

    Read the full story here.

  • Fionnuala O'Leary 's avatarFionnuala O'Leary

    PA BALLOTS 'MAY ARRIVE TOO LATE'

    On July 29, USPS warned Pennsylvania that some mail ballots may arrive too late.

    The postal service cited the state's tight deadlines which were too tight for their “delivery standards.”

    The stark message was delivered to Pennsylvania Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar from Thomas J. Marshall, the Postal Service VP and made public today.

    Election officials have asked the Supreme Court to extend the deadlines to ensure that voters aren't disenfranchised, reported The Inquirer.

  • Fionnuala O'Leary 's avatarFionnuala O'Leary

    NO EXTRA DROP BOXES FOR OHIO

    Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose said the state won't be allowing extra dropboxes in counties.

    After seeking legal advise on the matter, LaRose said it's too late to make the change with only 81 days to go.

    Residents can place absentee ballots in dropboxes at their county board of elections, reported WKRC-TV.

  • Fionnuala O'Leary 's avatarFionnuala O'Leary

    BASEMENT THEORY

    Trump leveled an unusual accusation at his opponent Biden during Thursday's coronavirus press briefing.

    The president was responding to Biden calling for a mask mandate to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in the US.

    “Sleepy Joe rejects the scientific approach in favor of locking all Americans in their basements for months on end,” Trump raged. 

    “We've been dealing pretty strongly over the last number of weeks. But he wants them in the basement for months on end.”

    “He wants to shut down our economy, close our schools, and grind society to a halt.  And he wants it done by a federal decree.  This would lead to a crippling long, long-lasting depression.This would be a crippling long-lasting depression.”

    Earlier today, Biden said every American should be wearing a mask “when they’re outside for the next three months at a minimum.”

  • Fionnuala O'Leary 's avatarFionnuala O'Leary

    TRUMP LAMBASTS BIDEN

    Trump laid into Biden at a press briefing this evening.

    “While Joe Biden would allow rioters and looters and criminals and millions of illegal aliens to roam free in our country, he wants the federal government to issue a sweeping new mandate to law-abiding citizens,” he raged.

    “He wants the President of the United States, with the mere stroke of a pen, to order over 300 million American citizens to wear a mask for a minimum of three straight months – I guess this just happened; he thinks it's good politics, I guess – no matter where they live and no matter their surroundings. 

    “Because different states are much different, both in terms of the atmosphere itself and also in terms of the corona problem.”

  • Fionnuala O'Leary 's avatarFionnuala O'Leary

    JUDGE'S ORDER

    A Pennsylvania federal judge has ordered the Trump campaign to provide evidence of voter fraud with mail-in ballots in-state by Friday.

    They have been told to substantiate claims the campaign made in a lawsuit in-state that reiterate President Trump's numerous complaints about mail-in voting.

    “The Court finds that instances of voter fraud are relevant to the claims and defenses in this case,” District Judge J. Nicholas Ranjan said, according to CNN.

  • Fionnuala O'Leary 's avatarFionnuala O'Leary

    DODGERS STADIUM VOTING SITE

    The Los Angeles Dodgers offered its stadium as a voting center for the election.

    “Dodger Stadium is part of the fabric of Los Angeles and we’re proud to continue to partner with the County to make the property available for the benefit of the community at large,” Dodger President & CEO Stan Kasten said on Thursday.

    “Voting is all of our civic duty, and we’re excited to work with More than a Vote to do anything we can to help get out the vote by making this process as easy, accessible and safe for all Angelenos.”

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