Biden vs Trump Live Election Updates


Biden, in a speech in Delaware, lays out his plan for assisting caregivers.

Former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. announced a sweeping proposal for a $775 billion investment in caregiving programs today, with a series of plans covering care for small children, older adults and family members with disabilities.

His campaign hopes the move will land with particular resonance given the caregiving needs of millions of American families during the coronavirus pandemic.

The proposal, which Mr. Biden outlined in a speech delivered near his home in Wilmington, Del., is the third of four economic rollouts that he is doing before the Democratic National Convention next month.

“If we truly want to reward work in this country, we have to ease the financial burden of care that families are carrying,” Mr. Biden said in the speech.

Mr. Biden’s plans are intended to appeal to voters now more acutely aware of how essential caregivers are, amid a health crisis that shuttered schools — a source of child care for many Americans — and limited the options to care for older family members who are more vulnerable to the virus. They include public pre-K, child care tax credits of up to $16,000 and eliminating the waiting list for home and community care under Medicaid.

But they are also aimed at the caregivers themselves, promising more jobs and higher pay. His campaign estimated that the new spending would create three million new jobs in the next decade, and even more after accounting for people able to enter the work force instead of serving as unpaid, at-home caregivers.

In a conference call outlining the plan on Monday night, the Biden campaign framed the issues as an economic imperative to keep the country competitive globally, and to enable it to recover from the economic crisis brought on by the pandemic. The United States is the only rich country without benefits like paid family leave and subsidized child care, and research has shown that labor force participation has stalled because of it.

Though Mr. Biden had previously called for public pre-K, paid family leave and elder care, this is the most detail he has given about what those plans would look like and about additional ideas he has for helping caregivers. During the Democratic primary, Senators Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders were at the forefront of family policies, and each proposed universal child care, beginning at birth. Even now, Mr. Biden has not gone that far. The senators’ other ideas, like raising preschool teachers’ pay, are included in his new plans.

Mr. Trump is set to restart his coronavirus briefings at 5 p.m., a concession to the reality of his diminished standing in his re-election effort and to how the spread of the virus — with infections, hospitalizations and now deaths on the rise — has reshaped the political landscape.

Mr. Trump is expected to take questions at the briefing, which will take place at the White House. In an interview with “Fox & Friends” on Tuesday morning, the White House press secretary, Kayleigh McEnany, said, “These are going to be short briefings, of the president mainly, delivering information to the American people that’s needed on therapeutics and vaccines.”

But beyond that, questions abound. Ms. McEnany suggested that Mr. Trump might bring guests, such as medical professionals, to some briefings, and that he might discuss other topics.

“These will be very newsy briefings with a lot of information the American — the American people will hear,” she said.

Ms. McEnany claimed at a press briefing later in the morning that Mr. Trump had “saved 3 to 4 million lives” through social distancing measures called for by the White House in the spring, a figure that was far inflated beyond earlier models and estimates.

The briefings are part of a broader communications plan that Mr. Trump’s advisers have sketched out for the coming weeks. They’re hoping to stop his slide in the polls, as every public survey and most private ones show Mr. Trump lagging behind Mr. Biden nationally and in several key battleground states.

For months, Mr. Trump has played down the virus, hoping to minimize news coverage of it as he banked on a rebounding economy to help him regain his political standing. After Mr. Trump’s performance at earlier iterations of the daily briefings harmed his poll numbers — he battled with reporters, complained about how he was personally being treated and mused about injecting people with chemicals to fight the virus — they were halted.

Ms. McEnany briefed reporters instead, but she has had little in terms of information to share. And some officials at the White House acknowledge that the economic climate and the public health climate are intertwined. So Mr. Trump will return to the podium today, and try again.

The White House is trying to exclude undocumented immigrants from being counted by the census.

Mr. Trump on Tuesday sought to exclude undocumented immigrants from being counted when drawing the nation’s House districts, a move that critics called a transparent political ploy to help Republicans that would violate the Constitution.

Though the Constitution tasks the census bureau with counting each person in the United States regardless of citizenship, Mr. Trump argued in a presidential memorandum that his executive power permits him to strip undocumented immigrants from a final count he is required to deliver to Congress. That final summary, provided by the president at the end of each decennial census, determines the count of House seats in each state.

The White House is arguing that stripping undocumented immigrants from that final count would reflect a better understanding of the Constitution by clarifying that only citizens and legal residents are to be considered for purposes of drawing congressional lines. But the move is likely to draw a constitutional challenge in the courts.

The executive memorandum comes a year after Mr. Trump was blocked by the Supreme Court from adding a citizenship question to the census on the grounds that its ostensible reasoning “seems to have been contrived.” Without that data, it was unclear how the president could order that the census, which is nearly complete, disregard undocumented immigrants, although the administration has been trying to collect information on them through separate means like driver’s license files.

Experts in constitutional law dismissed Tuesday’s executive action as partisan politics just months before an election. “I think the Donald Trump view is: ‘I can look like I’m trying to do something by stoking anti-immigrant fervor, and if I lose in court then, I just stoke anti-court fervor too,’” Joshua Geltzer, the director of the Institute for Constitutional Advocacy and Protection at Georgetown, said in an interview. “It should be legally impossible as well as factually difficult to do.”

A study last year by the Center for Immigration Studies, a group that supports limits on immigration, found that excluding immigrants from the count for purposes of drawing congressional districts would take away seats from some states while giving more to others. If all immigrants and their U.S.-born minor children were not included — including naturalized citizens and legal residents as well as undocumented immigrants — it would switch 26 seats, enough to change the majority control of the House if all went from Democrats to Republicans.

If only undocumented immigrants and their U.S.-born minor children were excluded, the study found, it would flip five seats, with Ohio, Michigan, Alabama, Minnesota and West Virginia each gaining a seat in 2020 that they otherwise would not have had. California and Texas would each lose two seats and New York would lose one.

Mr. Trump has held only one campaign rally since the pandemic swept across the country in March. And it not only failed to fill the arena in Tulsa, Okla., but it was also very expensive.

New campaign filings submitted late on Monday showed that Mr. Trump’s campaign paid more than $2.2 million in event, facility and audiovisual costs in June, including $537,705.44 in “facility rental” payments to the BOK Center, where the event took place.

But that fee was just the start.

The campaign then paid nearly $1 million in “event staging” between June 16 and the end of the month to eight different companies, including $673,906 to Arcus Group, LLC. The campaign also made two payments totaling more than $426,000 to LMG, LLC for “audiovisual services,” right before and after the rally.

The payments in the campaign filings do not specifically list that they were for Mr. Trump’s Tulsa rally, but he held no other major political events for the public last month.

The Trump campaign declined to comment.

Expecting an overflow crowd in Tulsa, the Trump campaign had paid to set up an outdoor stage for Mr. Trump and Vice President Mike Pence. Those plans were scrapped when the crowd did not materialize. According to the Tulsa Fire Department, only 6,200 people attended.

The campaign reported another $148,981.25 for “event supplies” to a company called “AW Medical Supplies Inc.,” whose website features pictures of medical masks.

The Trump campaign offered masks to attendees and did temperature checks of those who entered but mask-wearing inside the arena was not mandatory, and many declined to wear one.

‘B*tches get stuff done,’ Ocasio-Cortez tweets, after a Republican congressman profanely insulted her.

Representative Steny H. Hoyer, Democrat of Maryland and the majority leader, called on Tuesday for a Republican congressman to formally apologize after he used a profane insult to refer to Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Democrat of New York.

In a confrontation on Monday outside the Capitol reported by The Hill newspaper, Representative Ted Yoho, Republican of Florida, approached Ms. Ocasio-Cortez and told her she was “disgusting” for suggesting that poverty and unemployment were driving a spike in crime in New York City.

After a brief and tense exchange, the newspaper said, Mr. Yoho walked away from Ms. Ocasio-Cortez, uttering a pair of expletives.

Mr. Ocasio-Cortez on Tuesday called Mr. Yoho’s conduct “virulent harassment,” and said that Representative Roger Williams, Republican of Texas, had witnessed the exchange and ignored it.

“I never spoke to Rep. Yoho before he decided to accost me on the steps of the nation’s Capitol yesterday,” Mr. Ocasio-Cortez wrote. “Believe it or not, I usually get along fine w/ my GOP colleagues. We know how to check our legislative sparring at the committee door. But hey, ‘b*tches’ get stuff done.”

Mr. Hoyer called Mr. Yoho’s actions “despicable,” and said he owed Ms. Ocasio-Cortez an apology on the floor of the House.

“It was an act of a bully, it was the act of a person who is the antithesis of John Lewis, who we honor this week,” Mr. Hoyer told reporters, referring to the Georgia congressman and civil rights icon who died on Friday.

Several male lawmakers, mostly Democrats, expressed outrage on behalf of Ms. Ocasio-Cortez on Twitter Tuesday, with some suggesting that Mr. Yoho’s attack was a reflection of how conservatives have sought to demonize the first-term progressive because of her gender and race.

“Like @aoc, I believe poverty to be a root cause of crime,” Representative Dean Phillips, Democrat of Minnesota, wrote. “Wonder why Rep. Yoho hasn’t accosted me on the Capitol steps with the same sentiment? #shameful.”

New polls show that while most Americans support racial justice protests, a majority of Republicans oppose them.

A pair of polls released on Tuesday found that Americans continue to express broad support for racial justice protests sweeping the country, and most say that the movement has had an impact on their views.

But Republicans now appear to largely oppose the protests, suggesting that whatever political consensus may have begun to emerge around these issues in late spring has eroded significantly.

In a new ABC News/Washington Post poll, 69 percent of Americans said that the criminal justice system does not treat Black and white people equally, and most said they saw discrimination by police officers as a systemic issue. Sixty-three percent expressed support for the Black Lives Matter movement.

These kinds of numbers would have been hard to imagine before the current protest movement began in May. In a separate NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll, 57 percent of Americans said the demonstrations had made them more concerned about racial inequality.

But a stark partisan divide runs through the data. While support for Black Lives Matter is almost unanimous among Democrats, more than two-thirds of Republicans said in the ABC/Post poll that they opposed the movement. That marks a shift from early June, when some polls found that Republicans were about evenly split on Black Lives Matter.

Similarly, in a Washington Post/Schar School survey from early June, Republicans had been about evenly divided on whether George Floyd’s killing while in the custody of the Minneapolis police highlighted a broader issue with race and policing. But in the ABC/Post poll released on Tuesday, Republicans retrenched: Seventy-three percent said that recent police killings of unarmed Black people had been isolated incidents, not indicators of a systemic problem.

In the NBC/Journal poll, three-quarters of Republican voters said they worried that the protests were “creating social unrest and bringing too much change.”

Nearly $4 million in Trump campaign funds have gone toward his businesses since 2019.

Mr. Trump and the Republican National Committee have shelled out nearly $4 million in campaign funds on his businesses since the beginning of 2019, including more than $500,000 in newly reported spending this month.

Mr. Trump’s campaign continues to rent space at Trump Tower for more than more than $37,500. And in late March and early April, his joint committee with the R.N.C., known as the Trump Victory Committee, spent about $400,000 on a donor retreat at the Trump Hotel Collection in New York that was later canceled because of the pandemic.

Overall, the Trump Victory Committee, which solicits checks from the Republican Party’s biggest contributors, has paid $2.1 million to Trump family businesses since the beginning of 2019.

In addition, Mr. Trump’s campaign has disbursed nearly $950,000 on his properties, and the R.N.C. another nearly $915,000.

Two pro-Trump super PACs, America First Action and Great America Committee, have each doled out more than $100,000 on the president’s properties, though neither spent anything in the second quarter, as most campaign activities were frozen.

The latest spending comes amid new reports that show Mr. Trump spending more — and raising less — than Mr. Biden., whose re-election committee raised $63.4 million in June and used only $36.9 million. Mr. Trump’s committee raised $55.2 million and used $50.3 million.

More than 80 percent of Mr. Trump’s spending — $40.5 million — went to a single firm, American Made Media Consultants, LLC, which has served as a clearinghouse to purchase media for the campaign. Mr. Biden’s campaign paid out $26 million in digital and television advertising, campaign records show.

The difference in ad spending mostly accounts for the overall gap between the two.

After the death of John Lewis, Democrats renew a push to restore the Voting Rights Act.

Senator Mitch McConnell took to the Senate floor Monday to lament the death of Representative John Lewis, a civil rights icon, calling him a “monumental figure” who made “huge personal sacrifices to help our nation move past the sin of racism.”

While many Democrats welcomed the tribute, they immediately pressed for more than just reverent words, arguing that if Mr. McConnell and his fellow Republicans really wanted to honor Mr. Lewis, they should agree to restore the voting rights protections that were the cause of his life, which were stripped away by the Supreme Court seven years ago.

The death of Mr. Lewis, who was brutally beaten in 1965 while demonstrating for voting rights in Selma, Ala., has renewed a push by Democrats and civil rights activists to reauthorize the Voting Rights Act, a move that Republicans have steadfastly opposed, and name it in his honor.

“The law he nearly died for has been gutted by the Supreme Court,” Senator Chuck Schumer, Democrat of New York and the minority leader, said Monday. “Congress has the power to restore it. But only one party seems interested in doing so.”

Ever since the Supreme Court in 2013 invalidated key aspects of the Voting Rights Act — allowing states, mostly in the South, to change their election laws without advance federal approval — Democrats and voting rights advocates have been trying to persuade Congress to pass legislation to restore protections for Black voters at the polls.

Last year House Democrats — joined by just one Republican, Representative Brian Fitzpatrick of Pennsylvania — voted to reinstate federal oversight of voting rights in nine states and many other jurisdictions. That and another House attempt to dismantle barriers to voting ran into a brick wall in the Senate.

“Mitch McConnell just spoke on the Senate floor about John Lewis (and quoted Dr. King) but said nothing about restoring the Voting Rights Act or taking any action to honor his legacy,” Vanita Gupta, chief executive of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, wrote on Twitter on Monday.

Ms. Gupta’s organization says it identified 1,688 polling place closures between 2012 and 2018, and that such closures are likely to make ballot access more difficult for Black voters. And a full-scale voting meltdown last month in Georgia’s statewide primary election, in which predominantly Black areas experienced some of the worst problems, raised new concerns about racially discriminatory voter suppression.

“The appropriate way to honor John Lewis is for the Senate to take up the Voting Rights Act and name it for John Lewis,” Speaker Nancy Pelosi said in an interview on MSNBC. “That it should be so difficult for them to take up the Voting Rights Act is really hard to comprehend, but maybe now they see a path. I certainly hope so.”

The Biden campaign unveils a weeklong ad blitz exceeding $15 million.

Baseball is back and television audiences can expect a flurry of commercials from Mr. Biden, whose campaign announced on Tuesday that it had quintupled its spending on advertising to more than $15 million for the next week.

The campaign said that it had spent roughly the same amount on advertising over the previous five weeks and was broadening its media market footprint in battleground states won by Mr. Trump in 2016, specifically Arizona, Florida, Michigan, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.

The strategy includes national cable television ad buys on news and sports channels, according to the campaign, which said that it was timing ads around the opening games of the baseball season, which begins on Thursday.

The advertising blitz, which also includes radio, digital and print ads, comes as Mr. Biden’s campaign tries to seize on its polling momentum and the return of major team sports after a four-month hiatus because of the pandemic.

Mr. Biden has sought to contrast himself with Mr. Trump on the direction of the country’s response to the outbreak.

In a 60-second ad released this week, the former vice president is repeatedly shown wearing a mask, something that Mr. Trump had resisted until he visited Walter Reed National Military Medical Center earlier this month.

The ad opens with Mr. Biden saying that “numbers don’t lie” as he points out that there are more states showing rising rather than declining infection rates. He goes on to say that the country needs a president “who will listen to the experts” and “follow the science.”

Ohio’s state House speaker is arrested in a bribery inquiry.

The F.B.I. arrested Ohio’s state House speaker and at least four other Republican officials and lobbyists as part of an investigation into $60 million in bribes, according to Ohio officials and newspaper accounts from the state.

The state House speaker, Larry Householder, was arrested on his farm shortly after dawn, the Dayton Daily News reported. Mr. Householder is the second consecutive Ohio House speaker to be ensnared in a federal probe, following Cliff Rosenberger, who resigned in 2018 but has yet to be charged with a crime.

Federal prosecutors in Ohio scheduled a news conference for 2:30 p.m. to discuss the case.

Gov. Mike DeWine of Ohio had planned to hold his own news conference at 2:30 p.m. to discuss the coronavirus pandemic, but he has canceled it.

A federal official confirmed the arrest of Mr. Householder, as well as that of Matt Borges, a former chairman of the Ohio Republican Party who last month launched a super PAC aimed at convincing Republicans to vote against Mr. Trump.

Mr. Borges lost his post as Ohio’s Republican chairman in January 2017 when Mr. Trump, then the president-elect, intervened to oust Mr. Borges in favor of an ally.

Mr. Borges has long been aligned with former Gov. John Kasich, the last Republican to concede to Mr. Trump in the party’s 2016 presidential primary. Mr. Kasich has gone on to become, largely from his perch as a cable television commentator, one of the president’s harshest critics from within the Republican Party.

Facebook labels Trump post attacking mail-in voting as rigged.

Facebook on Tuesday added a label to a post by President Trump attacking mail-in voting, in the latest example of new policies by social media companies to quell an outcry over their moderation policies.,

Starting this week, Facebook is attaching the label to all posts by high-profile politicians about voting. It provides a link to voting information, but does not specify whether a post contains inaccurate or misleading information, as Mr. Trump’s did.

“Mail-In Voting, unless changed by the courts, will lead to the most CORRUPT ELECTION in our Nation’s History! #RIGGEDELECTION,” he had written.

As the country grapples with how to safely carry out elections during a pandemic, Mr. Trump has made an escalating series of fantastical — and false — accusations about the risks of embracing mail voting, warning that mail elections would involve robbed mailboxes, forged signatures and illegally printed ballots. But in states that have long embraced mail voting — such as Washington State, which has been mainly using mail balloting since 2005 — those running elections say they have seen no evidence of widespread fraud.

Facebook also added its new voting information label this week to a post by Mr. Trump promoting an online campaign event, and a post from Mr. Biden counting down the days to the November election.

Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s chief executive, announced the labels last month, in part to mitigate a growing outcry from major advertisers who have boycotted the platform over its handling of hateful speech.

Twitter added a label to a tweet by Mr. Trump in May, saying it violated its rules about glorifying violence and contained manipulated media. Twitter said it would not label Mr. Trump’s post on Tuesday because it does not take action on “broad, nonspecific statements about the integrity of elections or civic processes.”

Sky-high turnout and surging fund-raising: Both have unfolded this year for Democrats despite a pandemic that upended normal voting and Republican efforts to restrict ballot access.

The apparent energy in the party’s base could foreshadow significant turnout in the November general election, even as the coronavirus scrambles the political process. The trend is especially notable in some traditionally Republican states like Texas, Georgia and Arizona, as well as Democratic-leaning states that Republicans often contest, like Virginia.

There is ample evidence of enthusiasm among the Republican base, too. Despite Mr. Trump’s lack of a serious challenger within the party, more than 14 million people have voted in Republican primaries, according to data from The Associated Press. That is nearing the 18 million ballots cast in the contested 2012 Republican primary and outpaces turnout in 2004, the last time there was a Republican incumbent.

As for the energy coursing through the Democratic electorate, political analysts point to the prospect of getting Mr. Trump out of office as the core reason.

“The intensity around ousting Donald Trump, which we saw on full display in 2018, has not waned one bit,” said Amy Walter, the national editor of the nonpartisan Cook Political Report. “That enthusiasm in coming out to vote is saying, ‘I’m letting everyone know that I am showing up now — in a primary that’s over and in a pandemic — to send a signal that I am going to show up in November.’”

Reporting was contributed by Davey Alba, Maggie Astor, Peter Baker, Julian E. Barnes, Luke Broadwater, Nick Corasaniti, Reid J. Epstein, Nicholas Fandos, Shane Goldmacher, Isabella Grullón Paz, Maggie Haberman, Thomas Kaplan, Annie Karni, Patricia Mazzei,Giulia McDonnell Nieto del Rio, Claire Cain Miller, Elaina Plott, Katie Rogers, David E. Sanger, Rachel Shorey and Neil Vigdor.

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