Poll Problems, Plane Crashes and Violence at the Pipeline
While Donald Trump insisted that he would spend $100 million on his own campaign before the end of the election, it looks like he’s only going to reach the $56 million mark. Experts say it won’t do much good to spend that remaining $44 million in the final days before the election. Yesterday, the candidate told Fox News that he would immediately give $10 million to his campaign, but retreated from his $100 million promise. Compared to Clinton, Trump has hardly been investing in either a campaign staff or television advertising.
Meanwhile, Trump’s running mate faced a different sort of problem. The potential vice president’s plane ran off a runway at LaGuardia Airport Thursday night. The 48 people on board landed safely, but the Boeing 737-700 experienced a rough landing, fishtailing and sliding off the runway into the grass. As travelers departed, they were met by emergency crews. Reporters on the scene said there was noticeable damage to both the runway and the plane. The Federal Aviation Administration says it will investigate the incident further.
Nightmares of a rigged election are getting a little more attention after reports of ballot confusion in Texas and a voting machine in Georgia that flipped votes from Hillary to Trump. The voting machine has since been removed. In Texas, early voters are saying that ballots are creating confusion, causing some to accidentally vote for Clinton and Kaine. Trump took advantage of the early voter reports, which are going viral on Facebook. He tweeted out, “A lot of call-ins about vote flipping at the voting booths in Texas. People are not happy. BIG lines. What is going on?”
Also in Texas, one Trump supporter was arrested for showing up to the early polls wearing a Trump hat and t-shirt. Police stopped him before he could vote, charging him with electioneering, a class C misdemeanor occurring when an individual promotes a political candidate within 100 feet of a polling place. The man was asked to remove his hat, which he did, but then he refused to turn his shirt inside out.
Demonstrations against the North Dakota oil pipeline resulted in elevated conflict between police and activists early yesterday morning. After a six-hour standoff, police, with riot gear and armored vehicles, arrested more than 140 protestors. Demonstrators were blocking off roads and bridges with large fires, as well as implementing fire bombs to throw at law enforcement. Others were creating devices to latch themselves onto vehicles and concrete fixtures. One woman did open fire on the officers, of whom more than 200 responded, using pepper spray as needed. Large vehicles and buses continued to patrol the area, with two helicopters and one airplane watching from above. While police are saying that demonstrators have now “drawn a line in the sand” and it’s now impossible to avoid confrontation, the protestors insist they won’t stand down.
Dave Archambault II, chairman, Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, criticized the “militarized” actions on behalf of police, but said, “We won’t step down from this fight. As peoples of this earth, we all need water. This is about our water, our rights and our dignity as human beings.”
The European Union and 24 countries reached a deal to establish the world’s largest marine sanctuary. Located in the Ross Sea in Antarctica, the area is about twice the size of Texas, or 600,000 square miles. "The Ross Sea is widely considered to be the last great wilderness area on Earth and known as the polar 'Garden of Eden'," said the statement released by the United Nations Environment Program. It houses "50 percent of ecotype-C killer whales (also known as the Ross Sea orca), 40 percent of Adélie penguins, and 25 percent of emperor penguins.”
The United Nations Environment’s patron of the oceans, Lewis Pugh, added, “In 1959 at the height of the Cold War, Antarctica was set aside as a place for peace and science. Today’s announcement shows that Antarctica continues to be a place for peace and bridge building, a place where we can find common ground. My hope is that what has been achieved here, can be used to foster dialog and cooperation in other parts of the world.”