Here’s How You Can Help People Affected by California’s Wildfires

Beto O’Rourke drops out of 2020 presidential race

Beto O’Rourke, the former Texas congressman, announced Friday that he was ending his Democratic presidential campaign, which failed to recapture the enthusiasm, interest and fundraising prowess of his 2018 Senate race.

In an online post, O’Rourke said, “My service to the country will not be as a candidate or as the nominee.” He was scheduled to address supporters later Friday at an event in Iowa.

O’Rourke was urged to run for president by many Democrats who were energized by his narrow Senate loss last year in Texas, a reliably Republican state. He raised an astonishing amount of money from small donors across the country, visited every county in Texas and used social media and livestreaming video to engage directly with voters. He ultimately lost to incumbent Republican Sen. Ted Cruz by 3 percentage points.

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But O’Rourke struggled to replicate that model in the presidential primary and both his polling and his fundraising dwindled significantly in recent months.

“Though it is difficult to accept, it is clear to me now that this campaign does not have the means to move forward successfully,” he wrote on Medium. “Acknowledging this now is in the best interests of those in the campaign; it is in the best interests of this party as we seek to unify around a nominee; and it is in the best interests of the country.”

Twitter Users Mock RNC Chairwoman’s ‘Internal Polling’ Showing Trump Surge

If patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel, it’s possible “internal polling” is the penultimate one.

That seems to be the reaction of many Twitter users to a post by Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel claiming that the president’s popularity is surging based on “internal polling.”

The surge that McDaniel is touting comes from a vague release sent out by the GOP on Halloween that claims Trump’s approval has increased by three points in “17 target states” since House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced her impeachment inquiry.

But the memo doesn’t mention which 17 states were targeted or the actual percentage the president increased by three whole points.

In McDaniel’s defense, she’s probably correct that impeachment doesn’t poll great in battleground states. But it’s generally good advice to be skeptical of claims about internal polling that contradicts all other polling.

Polls aggregated by FiveThirtyEight show that American voters are four percent more likely to support impeachment than they were two months ago.

In addition, the website said opinion polls of Trump’s approval rating are currently a lowly 41 percent, with a disapproval rating of 54 percent.

No internal polling was needed to determine McDaniel’s less-than-transparent claim would attract a lot of Twitter snark:

Connecticut man arrested after families found razors in Halloween candy, police say

Police in Connecticut have arrested a man after trick-or-treaters reported finding razor blades in their candy bags.

Waterbury, Connecticut police say 37-year-old Jason Racz faces charges including first-degree reckless endangerment and risk of injury to a minor.

Police started investigating Thursday night after children reported finding razor blades in their candy containers.

Chief Fernando Spagnola says no blades were founded embedded in the candy. He said no injuries were reported as a result of the razor blades.

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The chief said when officers questioned Racz, he said the blades accidentally spilled into the candy bowl he used to hand out treats.

Police urged parents to check their children’s candy.

Racz is being held on $250,000 bail pending arraignment Friday.

China says will 'improve' way Hong Kong chief executive selected

BEIJING (AFP) – China said on Friday (Nov 1) it would “improve” the way Hong Kong’s chief executive and other officials are selected after months of pro-democracy protests in the semi-autonomous city.

Mr Shen Chunyao, director of the Hong Kong, Macau and Basic Law Commission, also said Chinese Communist Party officials decided at a conclave this week that the legal system of the city would be improved to “safeguard national security”.

Largest powwow in Saskatchewan underway this weekend

The Spirit of Our Ancestors Cultural Celebration and powwow kicks off Friday at SaskTel Centre, starting with a grand entry at 7 p.m.

People from all across North America attend the celebration of culture. There will be a variety of vendors and events throughout the weekend, including drum circles, dances and ceremonies.

It’s also a milestone year, as the event is celebrating its 30th year. The now-largest powwow in Saskatchewan has grown drastically over the years.

Here’s How You Can Help People Affected by California’s Wildfires

California is naturally prone to wildfires. The devilish Santa Ana winds that annually blow through the state spark blazes when chanced upon dry plants. Still, in recent years, the fires have worsened beyond nature’s will, exacerbated by human activity. Some of the state’s deadliest blazes have taken place in the past two years. This year’s fire season in particular has been historically catastrophic: Dozens of wildfires across the golden state have forced hundreds of thousands to evacuate, prompted power shutdowns affecting about a million people, and consumed whole buildings and homes in its wake.

Whether or not you live in California, there are plenty of ways you can help the victims of this year’s fire season. From donating to organizations to volunteering your time, scroll down to see how you can assist.

Donate to different charities or organizations.

Below is a list of organizations that work to either provide resources to those affected or to prevent future fires from breaking out.

Volunteer your time to an organization.

If you live in California, consider some of the different ways you can volunteer through these organizations.