Battleground state lawmakers seek law changes to avoid ‘man-made disaster’ of mail-in ballot delays

Despite efforts in many states to expand early voting both in person and through mail-in ballots, the results of November’s election may still be delayed because a number of key states do not allow those votes to be processed until Election Day.

Lawmakers in swing states including Pennsylvania and Michigan have pushed to change state laws to enable pre-canvassing — which includes opening ballot envelopes and verifying them, readying them for eventual counting — before Nov. 3, but with varying success.

PENNSYLVANIA DEMS SAY SUPREME COURT SHOULD LEAVE 3-DAY BALLOT DEADLINE EXTENSION, WARN OF DISENFRANCHISEMENT

“Regardless of what your political affiliation might be, no one wants to have a

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Trump signs stopgap bill to avoid U.S. government shutdown

FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Donald Trump speaks while hosting an event commemorating the repatriation of Native American remains and artifacts from Finland in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, U.S., September 17, 2020. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

(Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump signed a stopgap funding bill on Thursday that would keep the federal government open through December 11, the White House said in a statement.

Trump signed the measure into law shortly after government funding ran out at midnight.

The law would maintain current funding levels for most programs, avoiding a government shutdown in the middle of a pandemic just weeks ahead of the Nov. 3 presidential election.

It would also give lawmakers more time to work out budget details for the fiscal year that ends on Sept. 30 2021, including for military operations, healthcare, national parks, space programs, and airport and border security.

On Tuesday, the

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Senate passes stopgap funding measure to avoid government shutdown

The Senate passed a resolution with broad bipartisan support Wednesday to fund the government through Dec. 11, averting the possibility of a shutdown before the new fiscal year begins at midnight.



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Trump, who was holding a re-election rally in Minnesota, was expected to sign the measure when he returned to the White House. The stopgap measure passed by an 84-10 vote in the Republican-controlled Senate. The Democratic-controlled House passed the legislation, known as a continuing resolution, last week on a 359-57 vote.

The legislation includes a bailout for farmers — which Trump and Republicans fought to include — in exchange for boosts in funding for nutrition benefits for poor families requested by Democrats. It also continues to fund various parts of the federal government.

Farming and food benefits for poor families appeared to be the only coronavirus-related items included in the resolution as top

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Senate passes stopgap government funding measure to avoid government shutdown

The Senate on Wednesday passed a resolution with broad bipartisan support to fund the government through Dec. 11, averting the possibility of a shutdown before the new fiscal year begins at midnight.



a man wearing a suit and tie


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Trump, who is holding a re-election rally in Minnesota, is expected to sign the measure before the deadline. The stopgap measure passed by an 84-10 vote in the GOP-controlled Senate. The Democratic-controlled House passed the legislation, known as a continuing resolution or “CR,” last week with a 359-57 vote.

The legislation includes a bailout for farmers — which Trump and Republicans fought to have included — in exchange for boosts in funding to nutrition benefits to poor families requested by Democrats. It also continues to fund various parts of the federal government.

Farming and food benefits to poor families appeared to be the only coronavirus-related items included in the resolution as top

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U.S. airlines to accept billions in loans from federal government; still no deal to avoid furloughs

The announcement comes as tens of thousands of airline employees face the possibility of furloughs if Congress is unable to reach a deal to extend a separate grant program that gave airlines billions of dollars if they agreed to keep workers on the job through the end of September. While negotiations continue, a deal must be reached before midnight Wednesday.

“The payroll support and loan programs created by the CARES Act have saved a large number of aviation industry jobs, and kept workers employed and connected to their health care, during an unprecedented time,” Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said in a statement. “We are pleased to conclude loans that will support this critical industry while ensuring appropriate taxpayer compensation.”

Mnuchin also said Congress must extend the payroll support program, “so we can continue to support aviation industry workers as our economy reopens and we continue on the path to recovery.”

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Senate To Take A Procedural Vote On A Bill To Avoid Government Shutdown

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The Senate will meet late Tuesday to consider a bill designed to avoid a government shutdown when the 2021 fiscal year begins Thursday, even as a potentially contentious Supreme Court fight looms in the background and the two main presidential contenders meet for the first debate.

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The Republican-dominated Senate is expected to resume consideration of H.R.8337, the Continuing Appropriations Act, 2021, born in part of negotiations between House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-California) and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin; the measure passed in the House on a bipartisan 359 to 57 vote and was expected to easily clear the Senate.

Tuesday’s vote would limit debate, according to CNN, and set the stage for a final vote to pass the spending measure Wednesday in the waning hours of a fiscal year that has seen the nation take on trillions of dollars in debt to bail out businesses and consumers

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Business leaders urge UK government to avoid no-deal Brexit



Carolyn Fairbairn wearing a blue shirt: Dame Carolyn Fairbairn, CBI director general, has said ‘a deal can and must be made’.


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Dame Carolyn Fairbairn, CBI director general, has said ‘a deal can and must be made’.

Business leaders have heaped pressure on the government to agree a last-minute Brexit trade deal after a survey showed that more than three-quarters backed an agreement with Brussels.

The CBI warned ministers that only 4% of company bosses from a survey of 648 said they supported a no deal Brexit, while 77% said they wanted a deal.

Businesses reported that the pace of decline in parts of industry had eased, but half of respondents said the impact of dealing with Covid-19 had negatively affected preparations for Brexit.

The study showed that private sector activity fell in the quarter to September, but at a slower pace, adding to concerns from the British Chambers of Commerce and Make UK, which represents manufacturers, that the recovery has stalled across much of the economy.

Carolyn Fairbairn, CBI

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Avoid Conclusory Statements in Law School Essay Exam Answers

Law school essay examination answers that do not supply the explanatory information detailing step-by-step how each issue can be resolved are said to be “conclusory.” That is, they recite conclusions without stating supportive analysis. Here’s an example of a conclusory statement taken from an exam answer: “Because Adam’s intent manifested the malice required for murder, he will be convicted.” The problem here is that although the statement may be true, the writer has not told the reader (professor) precisely which of Adam’s acts show he had the malice required to prove murder, what degree or variety of intent the law considers sufficient to prove malice, nor what type or variety of malice is required to obtain a murder conviction.

Here’s a better way to handle the Adam/intent issue.

The intent required to obtain a conviction for murder is malice. Malice can be proven by demonstrating that the defendant had the … Read More