Woodward said during his discussions with Trump, Trump consistently emphasized that Biden is impaired and has slowed down. Woodward agreed, in part.

 “He has slowed down a little bit. He’s hesitant on some things,” Woodward said. Conversely, “Trump just goes right to the throat.”

When asked about similarities and differences between President Richard Nixon and Trump and the impeachment proceedings earlier in the year, Woodward was unequivocal: “Nixon was a criminal and a proven criminal. No one has pinned a crime on Trump.”

A big difference, Woodward said, was the component of premeditation.

“A crime, as we know, required premeditation almost always. Particularly political crimes, you have to plot. Trump doesn’t plot. He doesn’t premeditate. It’s all the impulse,” he said.

When Robert Mueller began his special investigation, Woodward said he was pretty confident there would be no smoking gun because “Trump doesn’t think or act that way.”

When it

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Low-income Iowans struggling to pay their electric, natural gas and water bills can now receive up to $2,000 to help them avoid disconnected service. 

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Gov. Kim Reynolds announced Friday she will use federal CARES Act funding to launch the Residential Utility Disruption Prevention program, which will help Iowans who have lost income due to the coronavirus. 

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“For Iowans who lost their job or saw their paycheck shrink as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Residential Utility Disruption Prevention Program will help them keep the power on and their water running,” Reynolds said in a news release. 

In the lead-up to the 2020 election, all eyes are on Iowa. Get updates of all things Iowa politics delivered to your inbox.

The program is open to Iowa homeowners whose primary residence is in Iowa,

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As President Donald Trump fights to win battleground state Michigan, there is evidence that his tariff policies have hurt his chances. Steel and agriculture are important industries in the state and billions of dollars have been lost due to tariffs.

In March 2018, the Trump administration imposed a 25% tariff on steel in order to protect American steel mills from foreign competition. The tariffs decreased demand for steel from the auto industry and other consumers, hurting steel plants.

Great Lakes Works, one of the largest mills in Michigan, laid off 1,250 workers in June and shut down steelmaking operations. The plant is owned by Pittsburgh-based U.S. Steel.

A Reuters analysis reveals that Michigan steelmakers have issued layoff notices to 2,000 workers since the tariffs were implemented. 

The trade war has also hurt Michigan farmers. When Trump announced new tariffs on $60 billion of Chinese imports in May 2019, some farmers

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SINGAPORE (Reuters) – The parent of Malaysia Airlines has warned leasing companies that state fund Khazanah will stop funding the group and force it into a winding down process if restructuring talks with lessors are unsuccessful, according to a letter seen by Reuters.

The warning from Malaysia Aviation Group (MAG), the holding company for the state carrier, raises the stakes in negotiations for a financial shake-up known as “Plan A” and sets out an alternative plan to divert funds to a sister airline unit called Firefly.

“In the event Plan A fails, shareholder (Khazanah) will cease funding for MAG and will trigger winding down/liquidation process for MAG,” according to the document, the contents of which were confirmed by six people familiar with the matter.

Khazanah, MAG’s sole shareholder, declined to comment.

Finance minister Tengku Zafrul Abdul Aziz said in a radio interview on Thursday that the government would not provide

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TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — State investigators have fined 11 Washington businesses for allegedly failing to enforce portions of the state’s face mask mandate, according to a release Wednesday from the Department of Labor & Industries (L&I).

Mail Express Business Center in Enumclaw got the largest fine, $7,500. Investigators determined customers and employees there were not wearing masks and no signs were posted about the mandate, officials said.

According to L&I, the owner told investigators she did not enforce masking because, “she did not want to be an unpaid agent of the government,” KING-TV reported.


The news outlet talked to an L&I employee named Brian who said the overwhelming majority of businesses named in complaints turned out to be in compliance, or quickly made changes to follow the mandate.

Brian told KING-TV he didn’t want his last name used because there’s a “significant security concern” in his work spot-checking businesses. He

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More absentee ballot guidance

Have you heard about “naked” ballots after a viral video? Tulsa County Election Board Secretary Gwen Freeman said to worry more about completing the affidavit properly than “clothing” your ballots.

“We will most certainly accept ballots that are in the envelope unsealed. It happens frequently. We will even accept ballots that are not enclosed in the white secrecy envelope,” she said in an email to Tulsa World.

“Sometimes people lose the envelope or forget to enclose the ballot in the envelope. These ballots are accepted and counted as long as the affidavit is properly executed.”

The deadline to request a ballot is officially Oct. 27, but waiting that long can put an unnecessary burden on an already-strained U.S. Postal Service. Not to mention probably making local election board officials work a 16-hour day at the deadline to ensure voters will receive their absentee ballots with enough

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SINGAPORE (Reuters) – The parent of Malaysia Airlines has warned leasing companies that state fund Khazanah will stop funding the group and force it into a winding down process if restructuring talks with lessors are unsuccessful, according to a letter seen by Reuters.

Malaysia Airlines planes are seen parked at Kuala Lumpur International Airport, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Sepang, Malaysia October 6, 2020. REUTERS/Lim Huey Teng/Files

The warning from Malaysia Aviation Group (MAG), the holding company for the state carrier, raises the stakes in negotiations for a financial shake-up known as “Plan A” and sets out an alternative plan to divert funds to a sister airline unit called Firefly.

“In the event Plan A fails, shareholder (Khazanah) will cease funding for MAG and will trigger winding down/liquidation process for MAG,” according to the document, the contents of which were confirmed by six people familiar with the matter.

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CHICAGO—Illinois voters will decide next month whether to replace the state’s flat income tax with a graduated rate to help solve a fiscal crisis that has been exacerbated by the coronavirus pandemic.

Even before the pandemic prompted Gov. J.B. Pritzker in March to order a shutdown that curtailed most businesses and caused unemployment to rocket, the state was beset by unfunded pension liabilities currently tallied at about $137 billion and a backlog of unpaid bills totaling several billion dollars.

The state also faces a $4.1 billion budget shortfall this fiscal year, which started July 1, that officials say resulted from revenue losses stemming from the pandemic.

Mr. Pritzker, who proposed the constitutional amendment on the Nov. 3 ballot, said a progressive rate that taxes the wealthy more is a necessary step toward putting Illinois on firm financial footing.

“The failure of revenues that came with Covid-19 was of course unexpected,

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SINGAPORE, Oct 7 (Reuters) – The parent of Malaysia Airlines has warned leasing companies that state fund Khazanah will stop funding the group and force it into a winding down process if restructuring talks with lessors are unsuccessful, according to a letter seen by Reuters.

The warning from Malaysia Aviation Group (MAG), the holding company for the carrier, raises the stakes in negotiations for a financial shake-up known as “Plan A” and sets out an alternative plan to divert funds to a sister airline unit called Firefly.

“In the event Plan A fails, shareholder (Khazanah) will cease funding for MAG and will trigger winding down/liquidation process for MAG,” according to the document, the contents of which were confirmed by six people familiar with the matter.

Khazanah, MAG’s sole shareholder, declined to comment.

In an email response

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COLUMBUS, Ohio — With Ohio State football’s running backs room in crisis mode last spring, many considered the Buckeyes lucky that a transfer with Trey Sermon’s talent and experience fell into their laps.

What about the other side of that equation? How fortunate is Sermon that a program with Ohio State’s resources, coaching prestige and supporting talent needed someone — anyone, almost — to come play right away?

That reality did not escape the graduate transfer from Oklahoma. Sermon might have been exactly what OSU was looking for, but the Buckeyes may also be a lifeline for him.

“I definitely realize how fortunate I was,” Sermon said. “I mean, this is a big-time program. There’s always great running backs coming through here, such as J.K. (Dobbins) and (Ezekiel Elliott).

“It was a good opportunity once I found out there was an opening here. I just wanted to take advantage of

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