5 things you need to know now
5 things you need to know now
  • Trump doubles down, refusing to commit to accepting election loss

  • FBI Director Wray says there's no evidence of national voter fraud

  • Trump order protects patients with pre-existing conditions, which is already law

  • Protests continue in Louisville after no police charged for killing Breonna Taylor

  • Jobless claims come in worse than forecast, rising to 870,000

President Trump on Thursday repeated his baseless claim that the presidential election may not be "honest," again refusing to commit to accepting the election's results if they aren't in his favor. Asked whether he would consider the November election results legitimate only if he wins, Trump said "we want to make sure that the election is honest and I'm not sure that it can be." On Wednesday, Trump refused to commit to a peaceful transfer of power if he's not re-elected this fall, and alleged without evidence Democrats are running a "scam" to steal the election. White House Press Secretary Kaleigh McEnany sought to walk back his comments, saying "the president will accept the results of a free and fair election," but similarly pushing the idea that Democrats are trying to conspire to prevent him from winning.

Source: C-SPAN, The New York Times

FBI Director Christopher Wray affirmed on Thursday there's no proof of a national attempt to defraud the 2020 election. On Wednesday, President Trump refused to say whether he would peacefully give up power if Democratic nominee Joe Biden is elected this fall, repeating baseless allegations that Democrats are running a "scam." But in sworn testimony before Congress, Wray said he's seen no evidence of this happening. While Wray takes "voter fraud and voter suppression ... seriously," he said "We have not seen, historically, any kind of coordinated national voter fraud effort in a major election, whether it's by mail or otherwise." He has seen instances of local voter fraud, but said "to change a federal election outcome by mounting that kind of fraud at scale would be a major challenge."

Source: NBC News

President Trump on Thursday said he was issuing an executive order making it the "official policy of the United States Government to protect patients with pre-existing conditions." A major tenet of the Affordable Care Act, passed under former President Barack Obama and still in place, barred health insurers from charging people more or denying coverage based on someone's pre-existing conditions. Trump on Thursday did discuss a lawsuit his administration is undertaking in an attempt to find ObamaCare unconstitutional. His replacement for the ACA, which he has yet to divulge, will be "better and less expensive," Trump claimed. It also "will always protect individuals with pre-existing conditions," Trump said, explaining the reasoning behind his executive order.

Source: MSNBC, PBS Newshour

Protests broke out in Louisville, Kentucky, and around the country Wednesday after a grand jury indicted one of the three Louisville police officers involved in the March 13 shooting of Breonna Taylor, but not directly for her death. Two Louisville police officers were shot while responding to a report of gunfire downtown; both are recovering. A suspect has been charged. Police shot Taylor while executing a warrant in search of her ex-boyfriend, who was not in the apartment, but the only officer to face charges was indicted on three counts of wanton endangerment for shooting into the apartment next door. The officer, Brett Hankison, will reportedly plead not guilty. After 127 people were arrested amid protests Wednesday, officials are expecting protests to continue through Thursday.

Source: Louisville Courier-Journal, The New York Times

The Labor Department said Thursday that 870,000 Americans filed new jobless claims last week, which was about 4,000 claims higher than the revised total from the week prior. The number was above the level that economists were expecting, as experts had forecast a decline to 850,000 claims. This was another week that the new jobless claims remained below one million, but months into the coronavirus crisis, they're still at a level that far surpasses the worst week of the Great Recession. Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, the record for most claims filed in a single week was 695,000 in 1982. Schmidt Futures labor economist Martha Gimbel told NBC News, "It is astonishing that we are getting used to a number every week higher than we have ever seen before."

Source: CNBC