Postponed yet again: NASCAR Cup Series race at Texas pushed to Wednesday – Yahoo Sports

  1. Postponed yet again: NASCAR Cup Series race at Texas pushed to Wednesday  Yahoo Sports
  2. Rain delays Tuesday resumption of Cup Series Playoff race at Texas  NASCAR
  3. TV Ratings: St Pete, Portugal, Texas  RACER
  4. NASCAR Playoffs Round of 8: Race set to resume Tuesday with 53 of 334 laps completed
  5. Persistent rain pushes resumption of Cup Series race at Texas to Wednesday  NASCAR
  6. View Full Coverage on Google News

Source: Google News, Postponed yet again: NASCAR Cup Series race at Texas pushed to Wednesday – Yahoo Sports

California's most intense campaign: The private pursuit of Harris' Senate seat

OAKLAND — California political icon John Burton emailed Gov. Gavin Newsom soon after Sen. Kamala Harris vaulted to the party’s presidential ticket. The colorful former Democratic congressman and state legislative leader nodded toward what looms as the biggest appointment of Newsom’s career — replacing Harris for possibly decades in the Senate.

“And I do not want the job,” joked the 87-year-old Burton.

“Well, you’re the only one,” Newsom shot back.

A week before the election — and potentially weeks before the outcome is known — California Democrats are elbowing each other for the chance to sway Newsom on how to fill the state’s junior senator seat should Joe Biden and Harris (D-Calif.) head to the White House.

At least a dozen California Democrats are seriously in the mix, and their supporters, donors and staffers are jostling behind the scenes to make their case. In this deep-blue state, where no Republican has won statewide in 14 years, a Senate seat could be the closest it gets to a lifetime appointment.

When a Senate seat goes vacant in California, the governor can appoint a replacement without calling a special election, and Newsom’s pick would serve the remaining two years on Harris’ term before facing the voters with the huge advantage of incumbency. The governor does have the ability to name a caretaker and call a special election, but sources do not expect him to go that route.

“It’s California, a one-party state … and there’s no shortage of ambition here,’’ said Democratic strategist Brian Goldsmith. “There’s three dozen plausible potential senators — and there’s only one spot. These seats don’t come around often, and once filled, they can be filled for decades. So everybody’s trying to do their own version of smart campaigning.”

Based on POLITICO interviews with more than 20 state political insiders, the short list is still topped by California Secretary of State Alex Padilla, a longtime Newsom supporter who would be the first Latino U.S senator in California’s 170-year history. Latino residents now comprise a plurality with 39 percent of the state’s population.

Another son of Mexican immigrants is high atop the list: Attorney General Xavier Becerra, who isn’t as close to the governor but has an established presence in Washington after serving 12 terms in Congress.

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra discusses the settlement reached with Equifax over a 2017 data breach, during a news conference in Sacramento, Calif., Monday, July 22, 2019. Equifax will pay up to $700 million to settle with the Federal Trade Commission, as well as 48 states, including California, over the data breach that exposed social security numbers and other private information of nearly 150 million people. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

Both have consistently been in the public eye, Becerra by filing dozens of lawsuits against the Trump administration and Padilla by defending the integrity of California’s elections system during the pandemic. Besides being experienced leaders who would make history, each would leave Newsom a second vacancy to fill upon leaving his own office.

Another top contender is Rep. Karen Bass, head of the Congressional Black Caucus who made Biden’s VP short list after elevating her national profile this year. She acknowledged to POLITICO that she’s being considered but noted multiple leadership opportunities could arise should Biden and Harris win.

Newsom hasn’t even begun to consider the possibilities and is focused on California’s wildfires and Covid-19 challenges, said communications director Nathan Click. Longtime Democratic strategist Garry South, who has advised former Gov. Gray Davis and Newsom, said the inside lobbying involves a delicate balance of chutzpah and diplomacy.

“A lot of this stuff if very subtle and behind the scenes … it’s all triple play and bank shots, trying to get someone to talk to someone to talk to someone,” South said. “The thing about this process is that everyone knows if they to go too public with their lobbying effort, it basically sinks your chances. A governor doesn’t want to be put in a position to look like he has succumbed to a public pressure campaign.”

Rep. Karen Bass, D-Calif., talks during a hearing before the House Judiciary Committee on the constitutional grounds for the impeachment of President Donald Trump, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2019. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

The moves right now include a timely reminder, text or call to Newsom — but also to those close to key decision-makers or influencers in the governor’s life, including First Partner Jennifer Siebel Newsom, Chief of Staff Ann O’Leary, or even the governor’s sister, Hillary Newsom Callan.

The influential head of a major labor union reported getting calls to pass names onto the governor. Major party donors and leaders of special interest groups are also quietly being asked to make plays, sources said. And reporters who cover the Capitol are being reminded, via text and Twitter, of contenders Newsom should consider.

Democratic strategist Amelia Matier said her advice to any serious hopefuls would note the need for a “multi-level” strategy to break through the political clutter.

That includes fundraising — she said California’s next senator should be a rainmaker for both the state and national party. Also, “pushing for a positive media narrative, working hard to get their name out there in favorable videos and viral posts” can boost name ID, she noted.

Political handicappers say Newsom will almost certainly aim for a historic choice.

“Gavin Newsom likes to make history,” said Dan Schnur, a former adviser to Gov. Pete Wilson who is now a professor of politics and communication at the University of Southern California. “And the likelihood of him appointing a white male is about as likely as me starting a World Series for the Dodgers.”

African American leaders “make a good argument that Kamala is the only Black female senator,” and that the Black community deserves to hold her Senate spot because “they have worked hard to help Biden close the deal” in the election, Matier noted.

Democratic women’s groups are making the case “it has to be a woman … they make up the majority of the Democratic party nationwide, and we have so few seats in the Senate — and there’s so few places where they can get elected,’’ she said. “Women are like, “No, no, no, we’re keeping that seat.'”

Aimee Allison, who heads SheThePeople — a national group that aims to boost representation and political activism among women of color — said she’s made no secret that she feels “there’s no doubt it — it should be a woman of color.” She said that without question, the top choice should be “the most senior woman of color in Congress — Barbara Lee,” a progressive icon from Oakland.

In recent weeks, Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia’s profile — and chances — have risen. Popular with both the party’s grassroots and business supporters, Garcia’s statements after losing both parents to Covid-19 have earned him national attention, and backers point out he would check two historic boxes for California as a Latino and openly gay leader. But advocates say State Senate Pro Tem Toni Atkins, the state’s first lesbian Senate leader and Assembly speaker, would also be a groundbreaking pick.

Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden, center, talks with Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia, left, and executive director of the Port of Long Beach, Mario Cordero during a touring the Gerald Desmond Bridge Replacement Project in Long Beach, Calif., Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)

Rick Zbur, executive director of Equality California, said his organization has made to clear that Newsom should seriously consider an LGBTQ candidate. “This is increasingly important position — and one that may serve in this role for 20 or 30 years.”

In a letter to Newsom last week, Zbur’s organization has put forward a slate of potential LGBTQ candidates. The list included Garcia and Atkins — in addition to some other names that haven’t been regularly thrown into the mix: state Sen. Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco), Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara and Rep. Mark Takano.

“I think one of the strengths of the LGBTQ candidates that we suggest it is that this would be a national priority for our candidate,’’ Zbur said.

Los Angeles City Councilman Kevin de León, the former Senate president pro tem, has had a tenuous relationship with Newsom. But he recently saw his stock surge as Democrats criticized Sen. Dianne Feinstein over her handling of the Supreme Court confirmation hearings for Amy Coney Barrett. That’s because de León bucked the establishment and challenged Feinstein in 2018 with support from progressives — who used the Supreme Court hearings as evidence that de León belongs in the Senate.

Backers of Rep. Adam Schiff have also been back-channeling their support of the House Intelligence chair, noting his popularity within the party, national media presence, and major profile as a key party surrogate on a wide range of issues.

And Rep. Katie Porter’s growing legions of supporters have hit reporters’ inboxes, noting that she has been a grassroots favorite and one of most successful fundraisers in the House freshman class.

Eleni Kounalakis, the state’s first woman lieutenant governor and a former ambassador to Hungary, is seen by many as a long shot — as a white woman who comes from a wealthy developer family. But Kounalakis can’t be counted out: she has a loyal following among many of the party’s women.

In California, where Asian-Americans now comprise 15 percent of the population, the community is clearly gaining more political clout. But that choice by Newsom wouldn’t be a first: two Asian-Americans have already served as U.S. senators — Harris, who is black and South Asian, and Republican S.I. Hayakawa, the former president of San Francisco State University who served from 1977 to 1983.

Still, two Asian American women holding statewide office are currently seen as potential Newsom picks: Controller Betty Yee, who has toyed publicly with a future run for governor, and Treasurer Fiona Ma.

File - In this June 28, 2016, file photo, California Controller Betty Yee listens during a meeting in Sacramento, Calif. As controller, Yee is the fifth voting member of the state Board of Equalization. Investigators from the California Department of Justice have interviewed staff members at the troubled state agency that collects more than $60 billion in taxes, which lawmakers voted last week to break up, officials confirmed Tuesday, June 20, 2017. Civil servants and executives from the Board of Equalization have spoken with investigators, a board spokesman confirmed. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)

Already, Ma has all but ruled out the Senate seat, telling POLITICO she believes her experience as the state’s chief banker makes her especially suited for a gubernatorial run in 2026 after Newsom is termed out.

Bass acknowledged in an interview this week that her hat is in the ring for Harris’ job. But she is clearly leaving her options open.

“I think it’s important to look at possibilities,’’ she said. “For me, this is also the first time I’ve seen an administration come together in since Obama. So I’m definitely looking to see what’s there.”

She insisted she’s “laser-focused” on the first stop — the Nov. 3 election.

“But I will tell you,’’ Bass adds. “The last thing I would do right now is to call Governor Newsom. He has a lot on his plate.”

Source: Politico, California’s most intense campaign: The private pursuit of Harris’ Senate seat

Conspiracy theories go viral and raise concerns ahead of 2020 election

Conspiracy theories have exploded online during the pandemic and in the days leading up to the election, bombarding people with false narratives intended to cause fear and disorder. CNET senior producer Dan Patterson joins CBSN’s “Red & Blue” anchor Elaine Quijano to explain some of the ways people can identify disinformation and protect themselves against its influence.

Source: CBS, Conspiracy theories go viral and raise concerns ahead of 2020 election

Black Voters Matter Fund co-founder Latosha Brown weighs in on voter intimidation

Black Lives Matter Fund co-founder Latosha Brown joins CBSN’s “Red & Blue” anchor Elaine Quijano to discuss the decades-old tensions between police and people of color on Election Day, as well as her organization’s efforts to mobilize marginalized communities in the final days of voting.

Source: CBS, Black Voters Matter Fund co-founder Latosha Brown weighs in on voter intimidation

With time running out to mail in ballots, millions have already voted

With just a week left in the 2020 campaign, the window to mail an absentee ballot and have it arrive by Election Day may already have closed. CBSN political reporter Caitlin Huey-Burns and Washington Post political reporter Eugene Scott join CBSN’s “Red & Blue” host Elaine Quijano to talk about the state of the race in the final seven days.

Source: CBS, With time running out to mail in ballots, millions have already voted

President Trump's Campaign Website Was Just Hacked

President Trump’s Campaign Website Was Just Hacked

Tyler Durden

Tue, 10/27/2020 – 19:52

Update (2015ET): Trump 2020 Campaign comms director Tim Murtaugh has issued a statement:

“Earlier this evening, the Trump campaign website was defaced and we are working with law enforcement authorities to investigate the source of the attack. There was no exposure to sensitive data because none of it is actually stored on the site. The website has been restored.”

*  *  *

In an ironic piece of timing, shortly after US officials issues a warning about a hacking group from North Korea, President Trump’s campaign website – – was hacked.

The hackers took over the site at around 1920ET and replaced the landing page with the following threat

The hackers behind the stunt claimed to have compromised multiple of the president’s devices, that gave them “full access” to Trump and his relatives, along with access to confidential information.

“Strictly classified information is exposed proving that the Trump gov is involved in the origin of the coronavirus.”

“We have evidence that completely discredits mr trump as a president, proving his criminal involvement and cooperation with foreign actors manipulating the 2020 elections. the US citizens have no choice.”

We have blurred the crypto addresses (which were Monero, a private cryptocurrency) where readers were supposed to send contributions to unlock the mysterious information that would discredit the president.

While we will be accused of racism, we are sure, we strongly suspect this attackers were foreign given the typos and grammar: “the world has had enough of the fake-news spreaded by president donald j trump.”

Shortly after the site was taken down, presumably by Trump campaign officials, but the usual 404-page was not present…

The site is back up and running (as of around 1945ET).

Source: Zero Hedge, President Trump’s Campaign Website Was Just Hacked

New MacBook Pro Leak Reveals Apple’s Powerful Update – Forbes

  1. New MacBook Pro Leak Reveals Apple’s Powerful Update  Forbes
  2. Report: Apple Silicon iMac Featuring Desktop Class ‘A14T’ Chip Coming First Half of 2021  MacRumors
  3. Apple accidentally reveals new 2020 MacBook Pro  Creative Bloq
  4. Apple may be planning to release a new MacBook Pro 16 before the year is out
  5. Apple Files Mystery ‘Personal Computer’ With Placeholder ‘B2002’ Name in Bluetooth Product Database  MacRumors
  6. View Full Coverage on Google News

Source: Google News, New MacBook Pro Leak Reveals Apple’s Powerful Update – Forbes

New Study Found 80% of COVID-19 Patients Were Vitamin D Deficient – Healthline

  1. New Study Found 80% of COVID-19 Patients Were Vitamin D Deficient  Healthline
  2. COVID-19 causes ‘chronic’ cognitive deficits equivalent to brain aging 10 years  New York Post
  3. Health Check: Treating COVID-19 patients remotely  WFAA
  4. COVID’s cognitive costs? Some patients’ brains may age 10 years  Reuters
  5. Number of COVID-19 symptoms you have could determine how long you’re sick, study says  Miami Herald
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Source: Google News, New Study Found 80% of COVID-19 Patients Were Vitamin D Deficient – Healthline

45 Missing Children Found, 109 Human Trafficking Victims Rescued in Ohio

Forty-five missing children and 109 human trafficking victims were rescued in Ohio by US Marshals in the largest anti-human trafficking effort in US history.

WTSP repored:

Forty-five missing children were recovered in Ohio by the U.S. Marshals (USMS) as part of an October operation called “Autumn Hope.”

Ohio Attorney General David Yost said this is the largest anti-human trafficking effort in state history.

Yost said more than 50 agencies were involved in the operation resulting in the rescue of 109 human trafficking survivors and 177 arrests.

The Ohio Attorney General’s Office said 157 men were arrested on charges of soliciting and other crimes in Franklin, Cuyahoga and Lucas Counties.

Yost said the operation focused on four main points:

  • Rescuing victims of human trafficking and referring them to social services
  • Recovering missing and exploited children
  • Apprehending those seeking to have sex with a minor
  • Arresting male johns seeking to buy sex

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Source: The Gateway Pundit, 45 Missing Children Found, 109 Human Trafficking Victims Rescued in Ohio

Gov. Abbot Sending 1,000 National Guard Troops To 5 Texas Cities For Possible 'Post-Election Violence'

Gov. Abbot Sending 1,000 National Guard Troops To 5 Texas Cities For Possible ‘Post-Election Violence’

Tyler Durden

Tue, 10/27/2020 – 19:45

It’s been a nationally observable trend for months that Americans – often who have never so much as purchased a single weapon – are now stockpiling guns, ammo, and survivalist gear ahead of what many fear will be a contested election followed by mayhem and unrest, especially in urban areas which saw mass rioting and looting over the summer and the complete breakdown of law and order. 

Anticipating this very scenario Republican Gov. Greg Abbot has mobilized up to 1,000 troops to safeguard major cities in Texas on election day and afterward over potential unrest and “disturbances”Fox News reports.

National Guard file image, Getty

The San Antonio Express-News in a report Monday listed the five large cities where potential violence is expected, but which will see national guardsmen patrolling streets as Dallas, Houston, Fort Worth, Austin and San Antonio

Recall that last month Abbot threatened to take over the Austin Police Department to thwart the capital city’s attempt to drastically cut police funding.

The Texas National Guard command has further reportedly been asked by the governor’s office to draft specific contingency plans in case of an outbreak of election violence

Adjutant General Maj. Gen. Tracy Norris in a statement said the Texas Military Department was previously “activated to provide additional support to the Department of Public Safety in the summer of 2020” and that it will fill this role once again related to the November election.

“Texas Service Members continue to support DPS in this capacity, guarding historical landmarks such as the Alamo and the State Capitol,” Norris said. Austin police earlier said local law enforcement “will plan and prepare for any large protest or civil unrest events related to the upcoming elections.” 

However, given Texas Democrats are outraged and on edge over the Republican governor ordering up the National Guard, the general further underscored:

“To be clear, there has been no request nor any plan to provide any type of support at any polling location in Texas.”

On Tuesday many county and local Democrats slammed the move as unconstitutional and completely unjustified as nothing but a “peaceful election” is expected, they said.

It’s also the case that the 5 cities tend to be Democratic strongholds, as many commentators are also pointing out.

Critics have cried foul, claiming the mere presence of troops anywhere on Texas city streets is a form of voter suppression and intimidation. But as is currently being demonstrated with police being attacked by large roving mobs in Philadelphia, the potential for post-election chaos remains very real, especially if there’s a Trump victory.

Source: Zero Hedge, Gov. Abbot Sending 1,000 National Guard Troops To 5 Texas Cities For Possible ‘Post-Election Violence’

Pennsylvania A.G. on Supreme Court, ballot deadlines and the vote count

The addition of Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court potentially breaks the deadlock after last week’s 4-4 decision allowing Pennsylvania’s extended mail-in ballot deadline to stand. Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro spoke to CBSN’s “Red & Blue” host Elaine Quijano about why he believes the Supreme Court should leave the extended deadline intact, the potential for a drawn-out election fight, and the recent protests in Philadelphia following the police shooting death of Walter Wallace.

Source: CBS, Pennsylvania A.G. on Supreme Court, ballot deadlines and the vote count