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Trump is doing nothing to prevent the ‘election disaster’ he is warning about: columnist

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On Monday, writing for MSNBC, Steve Benen pointed out that for all of President Donald Trump’s warnings that mail-in voting will lead to an “election disaster,” he is doing nothing to help states administer their elections more effectively.

In an interview on Friday, Benen noted, Trump said, “‘This will be catastrophic for our nation. You’ll see it. I’m always right about things like this.’ At the White House gathering, which lasted less than an hour, Trump described election-related developments as a looming ‘disaster’ six times. According to the transcript, a reporter soon after asked, ‘If the system is a disaster, as you say, why not commit to putting in resources to fix it?’ Trump largely dodged the question, instead saying, ‘They’re not prepared for an onslaught of millions of ballots pouring in. They’re not prepared. They’re not prepared.'”

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This evasiveness, Benen said, extends to other White House officials.

“About an hour earlier, NBC News’ Peter Alexander asked White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany, ‘[I]f the president is so worried about how long it’ll take to count ballots in the election, then why isn’t the president and this White House doing everything it can to secure more funding for staffing and other resources to make sure that we can have a safe and proper election?'” said Benen. “McEnany didn’t answer directly, either.”

Trump has particularly harped on the election administration issues in New York, which saw problems with ballot counting and verification as voters used mail-in ballots on a scale that had never been seen before in the state. The administration has not offered any resources to help New York fix these problems, however.

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Scientists alarmed as first ever nest of giant ‘murder hornets’ is found in the United States

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After months of meticulous tracking, authorities in the western US state of Washington on Friday said they had uncovered the first ever nest of the deadly Asian giant hornet in the country.

The nest was found on Thursday by Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) entomologists on a property in Blaine, near the border with Canada, the agency said in a statement.

It added that an attempt to eradicate the nest of wasps -- the world's largest hornet species also known as the "murder hornet" -- would take place on Saturday.

"The successful detection of a nest comes after a WSDA trapper collected two live Asian giant hornets on October 21 (Wednesday), caught in a new type of trap the agency had placed in the area," the statement said.

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Mormons fed up with Trump’s vulgar rhetoric and behavior are flocking to the Democratic Party

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Mormons in the United States have traditionally been reliable Republican voters, but some members of the conservative church put off by President Donald Trump are switching sides and backing veteran Democrat Joe Biden.

Support for Trump among members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which emphasizes family values and morals, is especially lagging among women.

Experts say that could have a significant impact in some key battleground states -- notably Arizona and Nevada, where Mormons represent six percent of the population.

"There are things about Biden that I don't agree with, but I think it's more important not to vote for Trump," said Melarie Wheat, a 36-year-old mother of five who lives in the western state of Utah, where the LDS Church is headquartered.

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‘Nuts!’ The Lincoln Project mocks Jared and Ivanka for their ‘comical’ threat to sue over Times Square billboards

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The Lincoln Project on Friday night fired back at White House advisors Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump for threatening to sue over billboards in Times Square attacking their response to the coronavirus crisis.

The ads show the couple smiling alongside coronavirus death tolls for New Yorkers and Americans.

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Kushner and Trump's attorney, Marc Kasowitz, on Friday sent a letter to the Lincoln Project warning that the billboards were defamatory. “Those ads show Ms. Trump smiling and gesturing toward a death count of Americans and New Yorkers, and attribute to Mr. Kushner the statement that “[New Yorkers] are going to suffer and that’s their problem” (alteration in original), with body bags underneath,” the letter read.

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