Oct 22, 2018

Obama hits campaign trail, urges voters to use their voice in November

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Former President Barack Obama hit the campaign trail Monday with Democratic Senate candidate Jacky Rosen to urge Nevadans to vote this November and fight the Republicans' stronghold.

Why it matters: Obama has stepped back into the limelight recently to help boost Democratic turnout for the midterms, particularly by campaigning for candidates in tight races. Getting voters out to the polls is more crucial than ever, given recent polls show Republicans have narrowed the enthusiasm gap.

  • “I want this to be the capital of voting," Obama told the crowd. "I’m here just to get one thing from you — this is for you to vote. This November’s elections are more important than any in my lifetime, and that includes when I was on the ballot.”
  • “The consequences of you staying home would be profoundly dangerous for our country, for this democracy."
  • "The powerful, the privileged, they fight hard to keep what they got, and they fight hard to divide us … because that helps them keep power and their privileges. And we’re in one of those moments right now."
  • "Ultimately there is only one real check on abuses of power … and that is you and your vote."

Note: Former Vice President Joe Biden also hit the trail Monday, appearing in Tampa for a rally with the Democratic candidates for governor and U.S. Senate.

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Wisconsin Supreme Court blocks governor from delaying state's primary

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Wisconsin's Supreme Court on Monday blocked an executive order by Gov. Tony Evers (D) that attempted to delay in-person voting for the state's primary election — currently scheduled for Tuesday — until June 9.

Driving the news: Judges ruled 4-2 along ideological lines that Evers does not have the power as governor to unilaterally postpone the election, despite the fact that the state has a stay-at-home order in place due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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Stocks jump 7% despite bleak coronavirus projections

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The S&P 500 closed up 7% on Monday, while the Dow rose more than 1,500 points.

Why it matters: The huge market surge comes amid rare optimistic signs that the spread of the coronavirus may be slowing in parts of the country, including New York. But government officials say this will be a difficult week, while economists — including former Fed chair Janet Yellen today — warn that the pandemic could have a catastrophic impact on the global economy.