WASHINGTON (AFP) - A 19-year-old man charged with possession of child pornography and arrested over a van-load of weapons had conducted Internet searches related to killing Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, according to court documents. Alexander Hillel Treisman was arrested in May after a search of his abandoned white Ford van in Kannapolis, North Carolina revealed several weapons including an AR-15 style semi-automatic rifle and a canister of explosive material. The search also found books on bomb-making, US$509,000 (S$690,000), and drawings of swastikas and planes crashing into buildings, according to the Oct 6 filing in the US District Court for the Middle District, North Carolina. The currency was believed to be Treisman's inheritance, officials said in the filing. Following his arrest, the Federal Bureau of Investigation searched his phone, computers and other devices and found 1,248 videos and 6,721 images of child pornography content, according to federal prosecutors. Joint Terrorism Task Forces investigators also found that on April 15, Treisman had posted an iFunny meme captioned "should I kill joe biden?", and that between March and May, he had conducted Internet searches seeking information about Mr Biden's home address, state gun laws and night vision goggles.
WASHINGTON (REUTERS) - The US Senate will vote on Wednesday (Oct 21) on a US$300 billion (S$407.7 billion) Senate Republican coronavirus relief Bill that is far below the estimated US$2 trillion that Democrats have demanded. The Bill, dubbed a "skinny" relief Bill for its pared-down funding, was already rejected by Democrats in September and is again expected to fail. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said in a statement on Saturday that the vote would follow a standalone vote on additional Paycheque Protection Programme (PPP) funds on Tuesday. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin spoke for an hour and 15 minutes on Saturday evening and their staff "will continue discussions, and they have agreed to speak again on Monday", Treasury spokesman Monica Crowley said on Twitter. Pelosi spokesman Drew Hammill said that there was progress on coronavirus testing but "there remains work to do to ensure there is a comprehensive testing plan". He added there are numerous other differences "that must be addressed in a comprehensive manner in the next 48 hours". Mr Hammill also said "decisions must be made by the White House in order to demonstrate that
MACON, GEORGIA (BLOOMBERG) - US President Donald Trump called on Friday night (Oct 16) for Joe Biden and his family to be jailed, escalating his attacks on his Democratic opponent over unsupported accusations as he struggles to reverse his deficit in the polls. "Lock up the Bidens. Lock up Hillary," Trump declared at a rally in Macon, Georgia, stoking the crowd that chanted "lock him up" in favour of the Democratic candidate's imprisonment. "We've learned over the last couple of months: Joe Biden is a corrupt politician," Trump said to his supporters, "and the Biden family is a criminal enterprise." Trump frequently demanded that his 2016 Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton, be incarcerated over her use of a private email server as secretary of state. It was believed to be the first time he has ever used that sort of attack against the Bidens. The FBI declined in 2016 to recommend charges against Clinton for sending a small number of classified emails through a private server at her New York home. Trailing behind Biden in most opinion polls with the election less than three weeks away, Trump has zeroed in on a New York Post report