MADISON CAWTHORN ATTACKS JOURNALIST FOR SUPPORTING "NON-WHITE" CANDIDATES: Madison Cawthorn, a Republican candidate for the U.S. House from western North Carolina, created an attack website accusing a journalist of leaving a job in academia “to work for non-white males, like Cory Booker, who aims to ruin white males running for office.” The journalist, Tom Fiedler, who had written favorably about Cawthorn’s opponent, is a retired dean of the Boston University College of Communications. He volunteered for the 2020 presidential campaign of Booker, a Democratic U.S. senator from New Jersey. "My initial reaction was to find it so ludicrous that it was hardly worth a response," said Fiedler, a Pulitzer Prize winner who was part of the team at the Miami Herald that exposed the extramarital affair of one-time presidential candidate Gary Hart. Cawthorn's campaign has complained about him before, he said, "accusing me of being biased against Mr. Cawthorn because Mr. Cawthorn is a white candidate."
PASTOR AT (ERIC) TRUMP RALLY CALLS FOR BARRETT TO REVERSE ROE V. WADE: At the event in Raleigh, many people wore masks when they entered the building, but as they sat down, many of the masks slid down under chins or hung from a single ear. The signature red “Make America Great Again” hats were specks in the crowd. Red T-shirts were far more common. One said “Pro-Life,” another had a red, white and blue cross that said “Stand for America.” North Carolina limits indoor mass gatherings to 25 people as a precaution against spread of coronavirus, but there are exceptions for activities protected by the First Amendment, such as political events. Faith and Freedom Coalition founder Ralph Reed, a prominent voice among evangelicals, called for Barrett and the other justices to strike down Roe v. Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court decision which legalized abortion nationwide. “It was imposed on us,” he said. “She is a woman who loves God and Jesus Christ and doesn’t apologize for it,” he said about Barrett. The crowd exploded in applause.
DESPERATE TRUMP TRIES TO BRIBE LUMBEE TRIBE SUPPORT IN LUMBERTON TODAY: Harvey Godwin Jr., the tribe’s elected chairman, said support for full recognition from Trump and North Carolina Sens. Richard Burr and Thom Tillis is very positive but doesn’t mean it’s a done deal. Burr is the lead sponsor of the Senate measure. “It’s not 100% it’s going to happen — a lot of things can happen between now and the end of the year — but it’s just another big step,” Godwin said. The Senate measure also would allow the tribe to open a casino in Robeson County. Godwin said a casino wouldn't happen unless tribe members back one in a referendum. Trump’s announcement comes less that two weeks before Election Day, when he and Tillis will be on the ballot. Voters in Robeson County, which used to be reliably Democrat, have backed Republican candidates more in recent years. To emphasize their importance, Trump's campaign announced Thursday that Trump would hold a rally in Lumberton on Saturday. Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden’s campaign expressed earlier this month support for a Lumbee bill in the U.S. House. That measure doesn’t specify whether the Lumbees could build a casino.
TRUMP HAS REPEATEDLY TAKEN CREDIT FOR MCCAIN/OBAMA VETERANS BILL: The first time President Trump claimed false credit for the Veterans Access, Choice and Accountability Act — which President Barack Obama signed into law in 2014 — was on June 6, 2018. That day, as Trump signed the Mission Act, a modest update to the bipartisan VA Choice legislation, he seemed to conflate the two. “So it’s now my great honor to sign the VA Mission Act, or as we all know it, the Choice Act, and to make Veterans Choice the permanent law of our great country,” the president said, standing in the Rose Garden. “And nobody deserves it more than our veterans.” In the coming weeks, Trump began systematically erasing from the legislation’s history not just Obama but also the late senator John McCain (R-Ariz.), who not only co-sponsored the VA Choice Act but also was so instrumental in passing the Mission Act that he is one of three senators for whom the act is officially named. That didn’t stop Trump from falsely claiming — as he did at a tank factory in Lima, Ohio, in March 2019 — that McCain, his frequent political rival, failed to make any progress on the VA Choice Act. “McCain didn’t get the job done for our great vets and the VA, and they knew it,” Trump said. More than two years after signing the Mission Act, which made limited changes to the much broader Obama veterans law, Trump has repeated some version of his VA Choice Act mistruth more than 156 times, according to an analysis by The Washington Post’s Fact Checker, eventually claiming full credit for the bill codified by his predecessor. “We’ve got Choice approved,” Trump told a Fox-affiliate reporter in Michigan in January. “I mean, nobody thought we could possibly get Choice approved. We have Veterans Choice approved.” And, with that, Trump’s alternative history was complete.
85,000 NEW CORONAVIRUS CASES (IN A SINGLE DAY) REPORTED IN U.S. YESTERDAY, BREAKING PREVIOUS RECORDS: The United States is in the midst of one of the most severe surges of the coronavirus to date, with more new cases reported across the country on Friday than on any other single day since the pandemic began. Since the start of October, the rise in cases has been steady and inexorable, with no plateau in sight. By the end of the day, more than 85,000 cases had been reported across the country, breaking the single-day record set on July 16 by about 10,000 cases. The latest outbreaks, tracked by The New York Times using reports from state and local health departments, are scattered across the country, in states like Illinois and Rhode Island, which are experiencing a second upswing, and in places like Montana and South Dakota, which are still enduring a first flood of cases. Fifteen states have added more new confirmed coronavirus cases in the past week than in any other seven-day stretch. As of Friday, six states had set or tied weekly records for new deaths. Wisconsin had its deadliest day of the pandemic on Wednesday, with 47 total deaths announced. As the nation reached a record on Friday, experts expressed worry about what the coming weeks might bring. Testing has become more available in recent months, and administering more tests can often uncover cases that might otherwise go unnoticed. But experts said that the uptick in cases now could not simply be explained as a result of more testing. Even as cases of the virus are rising, deaths have remained relatively flat at about 775 a day.