Trump and Biden go face-to-face with voters in separate Town Hall events after canceled second debate

IN COMPETING town halls on Thursday night, President Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden fielded tough questions and spoke mostly about themselves rather than their opponent.

Trump again tried to defend his coronavirus response, but also admitted that he may not have taken a test for the virus on the day of the first presidential debate.

Biden was pressed on whether he believes in packing the court, and answered he is "not a fan," before saying that he will reveal his stance after seeing how Judge Amy Coney Barrett's confirmation plays out.

The Biden and Trump town halls aired at the same time on ABC and NBC respectively, after the second presidential debate was canceled over Trump's refusal to participate in a virtual showdown with Biden.

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  • Joseph Gamp

    BIDEN CAMPAIGN SAYS DEMOCRAT NOMINEEHAS TESTED NEGATIVE FOR CORONAVIRUS

    Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden tested negative for the coronavirus on Thursday, his campaign said in a statement.

    The test comes after Biden flew earlier this week with a person who subsequently tested positive as he pushed ahead on the campaign trail.

    Kamala Harris, who is the staff members boss, also tested negative for the virus.

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    SOUR LEMONS?

    CNN host Don Lemon has blasted NBC News for scheduling a town hall with Donald Trump that’ll air at the same time as Joe Biden’s town hall with ABC News.

    During his show on Wednesday night, Lemon called the move by NBC an “embarrassing ratings ploy” and said network execs have been duped by Trump

    “How does that help the American people?” Lemon asked about the dueling broadcasts set to air on Thursday.

    “How does that inform the electorate, by putting those two people on at the same time and making people choose from one to the other?

    “And don’t give me that BS about ‘Well, you can tape one.’ That’s not what this is about. It is embarrassing.”

    Read the full rant here.

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    'STUFF OF COMMUNIST CHINA'

    Donald Trump Jr has called for an “immediate government investigation” into Twitter for “interfering” in the presidential election.

    The president’s son tweeted on Thursday, tagging both Twitter and CEO Jack Dorsey, that there should be an investigation “not just because of their blatant election interference to protect Biden.”

    “But to find out if they're censoring these NY Post stories at the behest of the Chinese Communist Party,” Trump Jr wrote. “Put Jack under oath!!!”

    On Wednesday, the New York Post published an article about a “smoking gun email” Hunter Biden received from Vadym Pozharskyi, an adviser to Ukrainian gas company Burisma's board.

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    IN PICTURES: DONALD TRUMP HOLDS RALLY IN NORTH CAROLINA

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    STUDENT CLAIMS HE GOT KICKED OUT OF VIRTUAL CLASS FOR REFUSING TO REMOVE TRUMP BANNER

    A high school student claims he got kicked out of a virtual class for refusing to remove a campaign banner for President Donald Trump hanging on the wall behind him and felt pressure from another teacher who called the banner a “distraction” and “offensive.”

    “Looking back I kind of regret it because I have the right in my house to do what I believe,” said Anthony Ribeiro, 17, who attends Toms River High School North. “This should not happen to anyone.”

    School district officials declined to comment on the specifics of the situation, but said in a statement that Ribeiro has the right to post the banner and any effort for him to remove it went against district policy.

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    SHOCKING MOMENT TRUMP SUPPORTER COUGHS AGGRESSIVELY ON BLM PROTESTERS

    A Donald Trump supporter coughed at Black Lives Matter protesters after shouting “black lives don’t matter” was caught on video.

    The incident took place in Utah on Saturday and footage shows Robert Brissette – who identified himself both in person and online – taunting the BLM protesters.

    The video starts off with Brissette and protesters yelling at one another, with Brissette shouting: “F**k off! You’re the one talking s**t to me.”

    While encouraging those at the gas station protest to “find me on Facebook,” Brissette continues to yell at them: “I hate all you Democrats.”

    Read more here.

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    OBAMA SAYS TRUMP IS A 'SYMPTOM OF MISINFORMATION'

    Former President Obama criticized President Trump for spreading misinformation as he kicks into campaign mode for Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden.

    Speaking on the “Pod Save America,” podcast, which is hosted by his former aides, Obama sounded the alarm on the rapid spread of false information on social media, accusing Trump of accelerating the trend.

    “Social media, media infrastructure, the conservative media infrastructure. We've had this conversation before. That is a problem that is going to outlast Trump. Trump is a symptom of it and an accelerant to it,” he said in the interview, which was released Wednesday evening. “It has gotten turbocharged because of social media. And because the head of our government, of our federal government has resorted to it.”

    The former president said the rapid spread of misinformation online is hindering productive debates on substantive issues in the country, including climate change and the coronavirus pandemic.

    “I don't have a quick answer for that, because part of what happens within, when you get these echo chambers, is they become impenetrable, right? Any bit of information that contradicts the world view and the conspiracies within it or the conspiracy theories within it, it gets rejected as part of a conspiracy and part of the liberal plot. But I do think that that's going to be a big challenge that we all have. And I'm concerned about it,” he said.

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    WAS HUNTER BIDEN DISCHARGED FROM THE ARMY FOR COCAINE USE?

    Joe Biden's son Hunter was discharged from the military in 2014 after he tested positive for cocaine.

    He has recently come under scrutiny after his laptop hard drive, taken apart by a repair shop owner, revealed compromising images, videos and emails from the former Vice President's kin.

    50-year-old Hunter Biden has come under scrutiny after a range of controversies have recently come to light.

    Read more here.

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    TWITTER BLOCKED

    Donald Trump says he threatened action against Twitter for suppressing a Hunter scoop, and said it will “end up in a lawsuit.”

    Trump's comments came in an interview with Fox Business on Thursday, after an explosive report from the New York Post shared emails apparently showing Hunter Biden set up a meeting between his father when he was VP and a top Ukraine executive.

    Fox host Stuart Varney spoke with Trump about press secretary Kayleigh McEnany's account being locked, and then asked about the president's campaign account being locked.

    “Well, I haven't heard that, but if it is, it is,” Trump said.

    He then threatened legal action against the social media company, saying: “It's going to all end up in a big lawsuit.”

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    HILLARY 'EXPOSED'

    Donald Trump once again pushed for the release of Hillary Clinton’s deleted emails before the next month's election, saying there’s “so much evidence” his campaign was spied on.

    The president's latest comments came in a Thursday interview with Fox Business, 19 days out from the 2020 vote.

    Trump alleged people “tried to overthrow the presidency” in 2016.

    When asked if the emails and other declassified information would be released before the election, Trump said he's working to get them out.

    “It's okay for me to have to be spied on and ripped off and defrauded by these thieves, but they don't want to affect the election because the Republicans play a very much nicer game,” Trump said.

  • Joseph Gamp

    BIDEN 'BUSTED'

    Hunter Biden tried to land a series of lucrative deals with a Chinese energy company in 2017, including one deal the former VP’s son said would be of interest to “my family,” new leaked emails reveal. 

    Published by the New York Post on Thursday, Joe Biden’s son was in talks with the Shanghai-based conglomerate CEFC China Energy Co, with one message detailing “remuneration packages” for six people involved in the scheme.

    Read more here.

  • Joseph Gamp

    BIDEN CAMP COVID SCARE

    Kamala Harris' communications director Liz Allen is among two Biden campaign members who have tested positive for Covid, forcing the vice presidential nominee to cancel her travel plans.

    The Biden party members tested positive for Covid on Wednesday night.

    The campaign confirmed on Thursday morning that Senator Kamala Harris' communications director, Liz Allen, and another staff member who accompanied her to Arizona tested positive after that October 8 trip.

    Harris and Biden spent several hours together that day through multiple campaign stops, private meetings and a joint appearance in front of reporters at an airport.

    They were masked at all times in public, and aides said they were masked in private as well.

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    ELECTION TRACKER: HOW ARE TRUMP AND BIDEN DOING IN THE POLLS?

    DONALD Trump and Democratic rival Joe Biden are battling it out for the top spot ahead of the November election.

    But who looks set to win? Click here for the latest polls.

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    PICTURED: TRUMP GIVES THUMBS UP AS HE LEAVES FOR NORTH CAROLINA

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    TRUMP ON AIR FORCE ONE

    A maskless President Donald Trump is pictured here walking to board Air Force One for a trip to Greenville, North Carolina.

    He's attending another campaign rally – this time at Andrews Air Force Base, Md.

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    TRUMP REPEATS WARNING RE CHINA

    President Donald Trump has again claimed that China’s Communist government will assert more power over the US if Joe Biden wins the race to the White House.

    After speaking to Fox News, Trump tweeted: “If Biden wins, China will OWN the United States.”

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    MEDIA WAITS FOR BIDEN

    A media member sets up their equipment outside the National Constitution Center ahead of an evening Town Hall visit by Democratic presidential candidate, former Vice President Joe Biden.

    Barricades line the sidewalk in front of the Center on Thursday, October 15 in Philadelphia.

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    BIDEN CAMPAIGN RAKES IN $383m

    The haul leaves Biden with $432m in the bank just weeks before the 3 November election.

    In the months since, a flood of donations and low spending has enabled him to eclipse Trump's once-formidable cash reserves.

    In the tweet announcing his September haul, Biden thanked his supporters and said he was “humbled.”

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    TRUMP TOUTS IMMINENT RALLY IN NORTH CAROLINA

    Donald Trump is preparing to head out on the Campaign trail once more.

    This time he will head to North Carolina for a rally in which he aims to win over his core support base.

    Tweeting on Thursday morning, the president said: “Heading to North Carolina soon.

    “Really Big Crowd. We will have a great time!!!”

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    TRUMP HAS NOT SPOKEN TO CHINA'S JINPING 'IN A WHILE' – AND DOES NOT WANT TO

    U.S. President Donald Trump, citing his concerns about China's handling of the coronavirus pandemic, said he has not spoken with Chinese President Xi Jinping in a while and does not want to.

    “I have not spoken to him in a while because I don't want to speak to him,” Trump told Fox Business Network in an interview, adding that China was continuing to order U.S. goods under a U.S.-China trade deal signed in January.

    The president declined to comment when asked if Xi had reached out to him.

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    WHAT IS QANON? CONSPIRACY THEORY EXPLAINED

    QANON, a bizarre conspiracy theory that gained rapid popularity on social media platforms, has been banned outright from Facebook.

    The theory alleges a group of paedophiles behind a global child sex-trafficking ring is plotting against President Donald Trump. But why has it become a phenomenon?

    Read our explainer here.

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    TRUMP WOULD GO HIGHER THAN $1.8BILLION STIMULUS DEAL

    Mr Trump has said he would agree to go higher than the $1.8 trillion that the White House has offered in coronavirus stimulus funding to strike a deal with House Democrats, who are seeking a package worth $2.2 trillion.

    In an interview with Fox Business Network, Trump said there was a chance of getting a COVID-19 stimulus package passed before the November 3 presidential elections, though hopes for a deal have dimmed.

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    BREAKING: TRUMP CALLS BIDEN 'CORRUPT' AND CALLS FOR MUELLER INVESTIGATION

    President Trump has labelled presidential rival Joe Biden as “corrupt” and called for a Mueller investigation into his presidential rival over Hunter’s deals.

    The President's comments came as he spoke with Fox Business' Stuart Varney on Thursday.

    Trump said: “Put him through a Mueller investigation. Joe Biden is a corrupt politician,” he claimed.

    Read the latest on this breaking story here.

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    CUOMO SLAMS TRUMP FOR HOLDING 'SUPERSPREADER RALLIES'

    Chris Cuomo slammed President Trump over his son Barron’s Covid fight, and said he’d have put an ICE PICK through his eye to spare his own family.

    The CNN host's rip on the president came on his Wednesday night show, Cuomo Prime Time.

    “How can Trump keep holding potential superspreader events that will sicken other folks and maybe their kids? After what their own family has been through,” Cuomo said.

    “I got my wife and son sick just like he did – but with me, it crushed me. It left me ashamed and super sensitive to keeping safe.

    “Now with Trump, not only does he not talk about either of them that much, but he’s parading around like Superman and saying he understands Covid better now.”

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    FAST CASH

    STEVE Mnuchin has caved to Nancy Pelosi on a key stimulus issue and said that the new $1,200 checks “need to get to the American public now.”

    The Secretary of the Treasury made the comments during an interview with CNBC on Thursday morning.

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