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Woman arrested on suspicion of sending a ricin-filled envelope to the White House to appear in court
Reuters report that a woman arrested on suspicion of sending a ricin-filled envelope to the White House and to five other addresses in Texas will appear before a federal court in Buffalo, New York, later today.
She was arrested on the Canada-US border on Sunday and is due to make her initial appearance at 4pm ET. She has yet not been officially identified. Canadian police on Monday searched an apartment in a Montreal suburb linked to the woman. She has joint Canadian and French citizenship, two sources told Reuters.
The woman is suspected of sending a total of six letters, with the other five addressed to law enforcement and detention facilities in South Texas, according to a US law enforcement source. So far no links to political or terrorist groups have been found, but the investigation is ongoing, the source said.
Here’s a reminder of how yesterday Republican Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell clashed with Democratic minority leader Chuck Schumer over the controversial timing of nominating and confirming a replacement for the late Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
Good morning and welcome to our live coverage of US politics for Tuesday. Here’s where we are, and what we might expect next.
- Trump cast doubts on Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s dying wish, claiming without any evidence whatsoever that leading Democrats wrote it.
- Republicans will move to fill the vacant supreme court seat as soon as possible, with Trump making his nomination on Friday or Saturday, despite polling shows a majority of the public thinks the nomination should be made by the winner of the presidential election.
- Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg will become the first woman to lie in state in the US Capitol on Friday. Rosa Parks was the first woman to lie in honor at the Capitol, a designation for non-office-holding citizens. There will be a private interment service for Ginsburg next week at Arlington National Cemetery.
- Democratic donors smashed fundraising records over the weekend, funneling more than $90m to candidates and progressive groups after the death of Ginsburg.
- There were 428 new coronavirus deaths and 54,875 new cases reported yesterday, which is an average of 7% more new daily cases than there were a fortnight ago. 17 states and Puerto Rico are seeing cases rise and stay high. Johns Hopkins University reports that the total death toll in the US stands at 199,886.
- The CDC removed information on the potential airborne transmission of coronavirus from its website. The agency had posted an update on Friday but it was then removed Monday, with the CDC claiming the update was posted in error. The news follows reports that Trump administration officials trying to interfere with CDC reports to paint a rosier picture about the pandemic.
- The Bobcat fire has become one of the largest in Los Angeles county history, with 156 sq miles burning.
- Video was released showing Utah police shooting at a boy with autism nearly a dozen times – his mother had called 911, requesting a mental health worker.
- After a summer where the president has angrily campaigned against calls to defund the police, the Department of Justice has labelled New York, Portland and Seattle ‘anarchist jurisdictions’, and plans to withdraw federal funds from the three cities.
- House Democrats released their stopgap government funding bill, which would keep the government open until 11 December. But Mitch McConnell quickly signaled he would not support the bill. The government is currently set to close on 30 September if a bill is not passed.
- Donald Trump will deliver remarks remotely to the UN General Assembly, which opens today. Also on the bill are Brazil’s Jair Bolsonaro, China’s Xi Jinping, Turkey’s Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Russia’s Vladimir Putin.
- Later on, in person, the president will be campaigning in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
- Kamala Harris is visiting Detroit and Flint today.
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Source: The Guardian
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