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Biden goes viral after playing ‘Despacito’ at Florida campaign stop, as he tries to win Latino voters

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, who is struggling to win over Latino voters, made his first campaign appearance in Florida on Tuesday, at the opening of Hispanic Heritage Month. 

But Biden’s address at the event is likely to be remembered more for its opening music number than the content of the speech after the former vice president pulled out his phone and played “Despacito,” a Spanish-language pop song, when he first took the stage. 

After being introduced by Luis Fonsi, the singer of the international hit, Biden said,  “I just have one thing to say,” before hitting play. 

“There you go, dance a little bit, Joe. Come on,” encouraged Fonsi.

Biden bobbed to the opening of the 2017 reggaeton sensation before switching it off and placing his phone back in his pocket. 

“I’ll tell you what, if I had the talent of any one of these people, I’d be elected

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Trump spent years targeting Indian Americans. Then Biden picked Harris.

Donald Trump has worked for years to make inroads with Indian Americans in ways Republican presidential candidates never have — recruiting volunteers at Indian grocery stores, holding events in five Indian languages and paying for targeted digital ads.

Joe Biden undercut those efforts in a matter of weeks.

First, Biden selected Kamala Harris, the daughter of an Indian mother and Jamaican father, as his running mate. Within days, Harris was speaking to Indian Americans on India’s Independence Day about her grandfather, who helped push for India’s liberation. Then she was boosting the campaign’s launch of a new Indian coalition. And last week, Biden supporters released a video with a song remix from the popular Bollywood movie “Lagaan” about an Indian village fighting British rule.

“There was a level of enthusiasm that came out of the diaspora almost immediately when Sen. Harris was named as the vice presidential nominee,” said Rep.

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Biden Cites Close Police Ties After Shooting: Campaign Update

(Bloomberg) — Democratic nominee Joe Biden spoke with officials from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department after two deputies were shot over the weekend. Kanye West will not appear on the West Virginia ballot. And Colorado voters can now track mail-in ballots online, joining a growing list of states.

There are 50 days until the election.

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Biden Reaches Out to Shot Sheriff Deputies’ Department

Biden said he’s spoken with officials from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department after two deputies were shot over the weekend.

“I talked with the sheriff’s department in California, those two young deputy sheriffs were attempted to be assassinated. They’re both alive, thank God, by the grace

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Biden sizable but not radical tax plans

ATLANTA (AP) — President Donald Trump describes Democratic challenger Joe Biden as a “tool” of “radical socialists” who are bent on taxing every American business and household into bankruptcy. Some progressives say Biden is a corporate crony who will never address systemic inequalities in U.S. society.

In reality, Biden has taken a relative consistent approach over five decades in politics and during his latest White House bid. The former senator and vice president backs an active federal government that he says should support but not constrict private enterprise, and he believes the highest federal tax burden should fall on the wealthiest.

“Go out and make a million bucks,” Biden would sometimes tell deep-pocketed donors during his early campaign fundraisers. “Just pay your fair share” back into the system.

A look at his tax plans:

KEY NUMBER: $400,000 OF TAXABLE INCOME

Biden says no individual with taxable income of $400,000 or

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Biden audio first shared by ‘Russian agent’ thrives online

WASHINGTON (AP) — The leaked recordings were hardly a political bombshell: The apparent conversations between Joe Biden and Ukraine’s then-president largely confirm Biden’s account of his dealings in Ukraine.

But the choppy audio, disclosed by a Ukrainian lawmaker whom U.S. officials described Thursday as an “active Russian agent” who has sought to spread online misinformation about Biden, was nonetheless seized on by President Donald Trump as well as his supporters to promote conspiracy theories about the Democratic nominee. Social media posts and videos about the recordings have been viewed millions of times, according to an Associated Press analysis, even though Trump’s own administration says they rely on “false and unsubstantiated narratives.”

The audio’s proliferation on social media shows how foreign operations aimed at influencing the U.S. election are still easily reaching Americans, despite efforts by Facebook, YouTube and Twitter to rein in such meddling.

Since there’s no evidence the heavily

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Biden lavishes time and money on key industrial states, but hasn’t locked them down yet

Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden campaigns in Warren, Mich., on Wednesday. <span class="copyright">(Patrick Semansky / Associated Press)</span>
Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden campaigns in Warren, Mich., on Wednesday. (Patrick Semansky / Associated Press)

The worst strategic mistake Hillary Clinton made in her 2016 campaign for president, many analysts believe, was overconfidence about three states Democrats had won in every presidential election since 1992 — Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.

No one is going to accuse Joe Biden of taking those states for granted.

The Democrats’ presidential nominee is showering money, staff and time over those states — the “blue wall” that crumbled when Donald Trump’s victories by tiny margins in all three propelled him to the White House.

By this weekend, Biden will have made five trips to those battleground states in less than two weeks.

He traipsed across Pennsylvania as he began venturing from quarantine in his Delaware home last month. On Friday, both he and Trump are scheduled to be in the state at the very

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Trump, Biden and the road to 270 electoral votes

WAYZATA, Minn. (AP) — For such a volatile year, the White House race between President Donald Trump and Democratic challenger Joe Biden has been remarkably consistent.

With Election Day just eight weeks away, Biden is maintaining the same comfortable lead in most national polls that he enjoyed through the summer. He also has an advantage, though narrower, in many of the battleground states that will decide the election. Trump remains in striking distance, banking on the intensity of his most loyal supporters and the hope that disillusioned Republicans ultimately swing his way.

Still, both parties are braced for the prospect of sudden changes ahead, particularly as Trump makes an aggressive pitch to white suburban voters focused on safety and fear of violent unrest. It’s unclear how well his rhetoric will resonate, but Democrats insist it can’t be ignored, especially in the upper Midwest.

That’s especially true in Minnesota, a state

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Trump’s errant views on voting, Biden miscues

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has been putting forth convoluted guidance to his supporters on submitting double votes in the November election, an act that would be illegal and risk public safety in the pandemic.

In a week filled with fabrication, half-truths and misrepresentation, he also wrongly took full credit for veterans improvements that were underway before he took office.

He said he never called John McCain a loser — he did — and also distorted events in Kenosha, Wisconsin.

Meanwhile, Democratic rival Joe Biden falsely claimed to have been the first person to have called for the use of emergency production powers in the pandemic, and he tried to shed light on the history of the incandescent bulb, but was a bit hazy.

A look at recent claims and reality:

NOVEMBER ELECTION

TRUMP: “So you sign your ballot and mail it in, just mail it … On election

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‘I’ve Been Praying For This City,’ Kenosha Biden Attendee Says

KENOSHA, WI — Theresa McMorris had to see for herself.

McMorris, an early childhood educator from Racine, stood across the street from the Kenosha Grace Lutheran Church to catch a glimpse of Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden. Media and onlookers lined the sidewalks, and a group of demonstrators at times poured onto the street.

“When I heard Biden was here, I had to come and see him,” McMorris told Patch. “The thing I like about Biden is when he came to town, he went to talk with Jacob’s family. I think that’s extremely important.”

Biden’s visit came a little more than a week after the police shooting of Jacob Blake, a 29-year-old Black man who was shot several times in the back by a Kenosha police officer. Blake survived the shooting, yet remains paralyzed from the waist down.

Biden spoke with the Blake family after his flight touched down in

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Biden campaign ‘flooding the zone’ with celebrity backers

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — Poised over the piano, Carole King was set to play “I Feel the Earth Move” during a recent virtual fundraiser for Joe Biden when the Democratic presidential nominee himself beat her to it.

“On my playlist, Carole!” Biden proclaimed, holding up his phone and letting a few seconds of the song blast.

“Oh, well, I’ll just sit back and let you play your playlist,” King said with a laugh.

The four-time Grammy winner isn’t the only Biden playlist mainstay helping his campaign against President Donald Trump. Jimmy Buffett noted that “Come Monday” was among the hits stored on Biden’s phone before singing it at another recent fundraiser. And James Taylor told another group that he learned to play “America the Beautiful” for President Barack Obama’s 2013 inauguration, when Biden was sworn in for four more years as vice president.

With in-person campaigning largely suspended because of

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