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Biden Takes Heat After Saying
Confirming Barrett Would Not Be 'Constitutional’

(Fox News) — Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden is facing pushback to his claim that Republican efforts to confirm Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court are not “constitutional.”

Speaking to reporters on Saturday, Biden again declined to say whether he supports packing the court like some in his party and tried to turn the issue back on Republicans.

“The only court packing going on right now is going on with Republicans… It's not constitutional what they’re doing,” Biden told reporters, arguing the vacancy caused by the death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg should not be filled until after November's presidential election.

But critics hit back, saying that while Democrats can argue that there is a political argument against filling the seat now, the Constitutional doesn't prohibit doing so. Republicans are moving forward Monday with Barrett's hearings.

“To say that filing a vacancy on the Supreme Court is ‘court packing’ is like saying that a ‘Hail Mary’ pass at the end of a football game is ‘intentional grounding,’” said George Washington University law professor Jonathan Turley.
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Trump Hits Back At Pelosi's 25th Amendment Move,
Says Her Real Target Is 'Sleepy Joe'


(Fox News) — The White House pounced on Speaker Nancy Pelosi's 25th Amendment talk Friday, hitting her for her own mental fitness for office and also suggesting she was trying to target Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden.

Trump, who is recovering from coronavirus, took to Twitter immediately after Pelosi's announcement that Congress is considering legislation on how to remove a president from office and accused her of actually targeting Biden should he win in November.

"Crazy Nancy Pelosi is looking at the 25th Amendment in order to replace Joe Biden with Kamala Harris," Trump tweeted. "The Dems want that to happen fast because Sleepy Joe is out of it!!!" White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany, who is also infected, said it's really Pelosi who is unfit for office.

She tweeted out a bizarre moment in a television interview where Pelosi responded to a question about potentially impeaching Trump again with: "Good morning, Sunday morning." "The only one who needs the 25th Amendment is Nancy Pelosi herself," McEnany wrote. "Stop projecting, Nancy!"
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 Trump Tells Supporters He's
'Tested Totally Negative' For Coronavirus

(Fox News) — President Trump on Sunday said in a phone call to a group of supporters that he’s “tested totally negative” for the novel coronavirus, despite White House physcian, Navy Cmdr. Dr. Sean Conley, releasing no new statements on the president’s health.

“I’ve been tested totally negative,” Trump said in an audio message his campaign posted on YouTube. “I’m going to be out in Florida tomorrow, working very hard because this is an election we have to win.”

Despite Trump’s claim that he has tested negative for the virus, the White House has not released any information since Conley sent out a memo on Saturday saying the president was no longer at risk of transmitting the coronavirus. Conley did not, however, say explicitly whether Trump had tested negative for it.

A person can be symptom free and not be a risk of transmitting the virus to others and yet can still have the coronavirus in their system.
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New Jersey Postal Worker Dumped
1,800+ Pieces Of Mail, Including Election Ballots


(Fox News) — A New Jersey postal worker is accused of dumping more than 1,800 pieces of mail, including general election ballots and political flyers that he was supposed to deliver, officials announced Wednesday.

Nicholas Beauchene, a 26-year-old Kearny resident, was arrested Wednesday for disposing of 1,875 pieces of mail – including 99 general election ballots and 276 local campaign flyers – in dumpsters over the course of several days in North Arlington and West Orange, according to a press release by the U.S. Attorney's Office in the District of New Jersey.

Investigators were able to link Beauchene to the recovered mail when they found that he was the mail carrier assigned to deliver each discarded parcel to the assigned addresses on their designated delivery dates, officials said.

Beauchene, who worked as a city carrier assistant for the U.S. Postal Service's Orange Main United States Post Office in Orange, N.J., is suspected of dumping his first batch of mail in a bin located outside a North Arlington bank, the charging document states.
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Portland Man Arrested After
Shattering Patrol Car Window, Pepper-Sprayed Interior

(Fox News) — A Portland man was arrested on Sunday after he allegedly smashed out the window of a police cruiser and pepper-sprayed the interior.

An officer was inside the vehicle at the time and is recovering from his injuries, police said. The suspect, John B Russell, 41, is facing multiple charges.

"As police officers, we know that the vast majority of community members who approach and contact us do so with no intention to do us harm," said Chief Chuck Lovell. "However, attacks like this one remind us all that there is the potential for people to try to take direct violent action against police officers."

Police said the officer was parked in a marked patrol car doing paperwork just south of the city's downtown area around 9:30 a.m. on Sunday when the suspect broke out the back window and used the chemical spray on the interior. He then ran away towards another car and took off, they said.
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Kyle Rittenhouse's Lawyers Fight Extradition
In Protest Of Turning Him 'Over To The Mob'

(Fox News) — Kyle Rittenhouse was back in court on Friday morning as his attorneys continued their efforts to keep the 17-year-old in his home state of Illinois instead of being extradited to Wisconsin to face trial on homicide charges.

Rittenhouse wore a face mask as he appeared on a video stream for a brief court hearing in Lake County, Ill., on Friday morning, one day after court papers argued that moving him to Kenosha, Wis. would effectively "turn him over to the mob."

Judge Paul Novak scheduled an Oct. 30 hearing on the extradition request, though prosecutors told Novak they were prepared to move faster.

"The law is pretty clear cut on this," Lake County Assistant State's Attorney Stephen Scheller said. "This case has been dragging on now, we're already into October. ... We want a hearing as soon as possible.
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 NC Democrat Candidate's Sex Scandal Raises Questions About Win, Taking Senate Majority

(Fox News) — North Carolina's Democratic candidate for Senate, Cal Cunningham remains confident that he will win the election, even after enduring a week's worth of speculation about an extramarital affair.

"I believe…that if I continue to hold Thom Tillis accountable for his failures, as we have, and I continue to focus on the issues of the lives of the people in this state, we will win this election," Cunningham said during a press conference Friday.

But incumbent Tillis, R-N.C., is using the recently exposed affair to try and gain in the polls, while he quarantines in his home in Huntersville after contracting the coronavirus.

North Carolina has been a closely watched race as congressional Democrats consider it one of their best chances to pick up seats in the Senate.
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 Justice Kagan Blocks Effort To Stop Montana From
Mailing Ballots To All Voters

(Fox News) — Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan denied a request from Republicans to stop Montana Gov. Steve Bullock's (D) plan to mail ballots to all registered voters.

Kagan, who has jurisdiction over the case based on geography, denied the request without referring the case to the full court.

The suit was brought by Joe Lamm of the Ravali County Republican Central Committee and other voters.

The GOP-dominated Legislature banned mail-in ballots for general elections, instead allowing only by-request, no-excuse-required "absentee ballots" and in-person voting compatible with Phase 2 safety restrictions in the governor's COVID-19 reopening plan.
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Warning: Hairy Caterpillar With 'Venomous Spines' Reported In Several Virginia Counties

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WAVY) — Virginia residents are being warned to stay away from a hairy caterpillar crawling its way to some parts of the state.

Officials from the Virginia Department of Forestry's health team said they have received reports about what is known as the puss caterpillar, seen in a few eastern Virginia counties. They did not, however, specifically name which areas.

Although it might look harmless, it is not. According to the University of Florida's entomology and nematology department, it is one of the most venomous caterpillars in the U.S.

The VDOF said the "hairs" of this caterpillar are actually venomous spines that cause a painful reaction to anyone who touches it.

Symptoms of contact may include intense pain, rash, nausea and vomiting, fever, muscle cramps, swollen glands and shock, according to the University of Michigan Health System.
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 Cheraw Man Accused Of Illegally Harvesting Alligators

CHERAW, S.C. — Officers with the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources and the Chesterfield County Sheriff’s Office have been involved in a year-long investigation into the killing of alligators.

They got a search warrant Thursday for a property on Highway 52 South outside Cheraw where Ray Loflin lives.

Officers found alligator parts and carcasses buried in the yard. They couldn’t say exactly how many there were.
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“We’re in the process of figuring out how many animals that might be, because if you have individual feet or a  head, you know, pieces cut up – it’s not immediately apparent how many animals,” said David Lucas, SCDNR.

Loflin’s Facebook page shows that he has a critter removal business.

He was also contracted with SCDNR to remove nuisance alligators.
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