➔ Russia: Anti-corruption campaigner and leading opposition figure Alexei Navalny was poisoned in Russia on Aug. 20 with a chemical nerve agent from the Novichok group, according to toxicological tests described as "unequivocal evidence" by a spokesman for the German government. … "The United States is deeply troubled by the results released today. Alexei Navalny’s poisoning is completely reprehensible," White House National Security Council spokesman John Ullyot said in a statement on Wednesday. "Russia has used the chemical nerve agent Novichok in the past." The Trump administration vowed to work with allies to call those responsible in Russia to account (The Hill). Novichok is a Soviet-era chemical weapon used before in poisoning plots mounted against critics of Russian President Vladimir PutinVladimir Vladimirovich PutinWhite House calls poisoning of Putin critic 'completely reprehensible' Germany says Kremlin critic was poisoned with same nerve agent used in UK … [Read more...] about The Hill’s Morning Report – Presented by Facebook – Trump, Biden intensify battleground focus as 2020 race tightens
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The attorney general cited a report from more than a decade ago from a commission led by former President Jimmy Carter and former Secretary of State James Baker that said vote-by-mail was vulnerable to fraud. But the commission pointed out in a statement in May that it had found little evidence of fraud in states such as Oregon that had sufficient safeguards. … [Read more...] about AP FACT CHECK: Trump on McCain; Biden’s stretch on virus
TRUMP: “One of the reasons I’m making the trip today and going to Wisconsin is we’ve had such a big success in shutting down what would be, right now, a city — that would’ve been Kenosha — a city that would’ve been burnt to the ground by now. ... And it all stopped immediately upon the National Guard’s arrival.” — remarks Tuesday before visiting Wisconsin. … [Read more...] about AP FACT CHECK: Trump’s errant views on voting, Biden miscues
The Roseanne reboot, with delayed viewing, reached 25 million viewers for its premiere. The reincarnation, which now imagines Roseanne as a Trump voter, has even received praise from President Trump himself, who personally called Roseanne Barr to congratulate her. The ratings dipped a bit in its second week, but the series is still a bonafide hit. Time will tell, however, if ABC's new strategy includes hitting the "heartland" with more nostalgic reboots of working-class shows like Roseanne, or if it will develop new series with other conservative voices like Barr. … [Read more...] about With ‘Roseanne,’ Is ABC Becoming Trump TV?
The Vikings' Mike Zimmer will look to lead the team to the Super Bowl. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File) … [Read more...] about Minnesota Vikings: What to know about the team’s 2020 season