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Sanders retracts controversial endorsement less than 24 hours after making it

Sanders retracts controversial endorsement less than 24 hours after making itSen. Bernie Sanders retracted his endorsement of congressional candidate Cenk Uygur on Friday, less than 24 hours after making it, as allegations of sexism hit the former online talk show host.




POSTED DECEMBER 13, 2019 5:03 PM

Trump: 'I'll do whatever I want' during Senate impeachment trial

Trump: 'I'll do whatever I want' during Senate impeachment trialPresident Trump said Friday that he hasn’t decided whether to wage a long or short impeachment defense in the U.S. Senate, but either way, he expressed confidence in the outcome.




POSTED DECEMBER 13, 2019 1:02 PM

Greta Thunberg apologizes for "against the wall" comment

Greta Thunberg apologizes for "against the wall" commentThunberg says she was translating a Swedish saying into English and was not calling for violence.




POSTED DECEMBER 15, 2019 1:13 AM

Meghan McCain Confronts Tom Steyer: ‘You Bought Your Way’ Onto Debate Stage

Meghan McCain Confronts Tom Steyer: ‘You Bought Your Way’ Onto Debate Stage2020 Democratic presidential candidate Tom Steyer got a warm welcome from every co-host of The View except one on Friday morning. “Mr. Steyer, between you and Mayor Bloomberg, you have now spent $200 million on political ads,” Meghan McCain told their guest. “It hasn't really helped you very much in the polls, but you did make it to the next debate stage. I think you bought your way there, and I don't think it's fair that you’re there and Cory Booker isn't. Change my mind.” After letting out an uncomfortable chuckle, Steyer skirted the question by touting his message about a “broken” government “bought by corporations.” When the candidate pointed out that he has been spending time in the early primary states—unlike that other billionaire—McCain shot back, “Cory Booker has too, who doesn't have $200 million.” “I’m talking about breaking a corporate stranglehold on our government that is preventing it from acting on anything,” Steyer said. “And no one can say that I have been purchased, but I also have 10 years of putting together coalitions like the people in this audience to stand up for our rights and to take on unchecked corporate power that has bought our government.” “But it’s good you have $100 million to buy Facebook ads to get you on a debate stage,” McCain said, interrupting him. “I’m completely unconvinced by this, but we can move on.” Later in the segment, after Steyer vowed to help elect whoever the Democratic nominee ends up being and reminded the hosts that he started “one of the biggest grassroots organizations in the United States,” McCain came back with, “That doesn’t make you a good politician, with all due respect.” “Mayor Bloomberg was mayor for three terms, and so if you’re going to go the billionaire route,” she continued, with a dramatic eye roll, “he's a lot more compelling than you are.” Meghan McCain: Greta Thunberg Didn’t ‘Earn’ Person of the YearRead more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast hereGet our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.




POSTED DECEMBER 13, 2019 12:30 PM

An exclusive fundraiser reveals Pete Buttigieg is being backed by some of Silicon Valley's wealthiest families

An exclusive fundraiser reveals Pete Buttigieg is being backed by some of Silicon Valley's wealthiest familiesButtigieg has come under fire from rival Democratic candidate Elizabeth Warren for his ties to big tech.




POSTED DECEMBER 14, 2019 10:05 AM

Anger erupts at U.N. climate summit as major economies resist bold action

Anger erupts at U.N. climate summit as major economies resist bold actionMajor economies resisted calls for bolder climate commitments as a U.N. summit in Madrid limped toward a delayed conclusion on Saturday, dimming hopes that nations will act in time to stop rising temperatures devastating people and the natural world. With the two-week gathering spilling into the weekend, campaigners and many delegates slammed Chile, presiding over the talks, for drafting a summit text that they said risked throwing the 2015 Paris Agreement to tackle global warming into reverse. "At a time when scientists are queuing up to warn about terrifying consequences if emissions keep rising, and school children are taking to the streets in their millions, what we have here in Madrid is a betrayal of people across the world," said Mohamed Adow, director of Power Shift Africa, a climate and energy think-tank in Nairobi.




POSTED DECEMBER 14, 2019 5:28 AM

Harvey Weinstein seen without zimmer frame amid accusations of 'playing for sympathy'

Harvey Weinstein seen without zimmer frame amid accusations of 'playing for sympathy'Harvey Weinstein has been photographed walking unassisted around a supermarket near his New York home, days after arriving at a court hearing dishevelled and using a zimmer frame. Weinstein, 67, shocked onlookers on Wednesday as he arrived for a bail hearing looking a shadow of his former self. Hunched over, scruffy and shuffling along with a zimmer frame, he was almost unrecognisable. Donna Rotunno, his lawyer, said Weinstein was using the medical equipment at the insistence of his legal team. “We wanted him to use a walker last week, and Mr Weinstein didn’t want the press to think he was seeking sympathy,” she said. She said that, on Thursday, he would undergo a three-hour operation on for a back injury sustained during a car crash in August. Harvey Weinstein inside the Manhattan court on Wednesday “He had a bilateral laminectomy and is now recovering, and will be remaining one night in the hospital,” a representative said. On Thursday night The New York Post  published an undated photograph of Weinstein, which the paper claimed was taken recently, standing tall inside a Target store near Mount Kisco, in upstate New York.   Weinstein’s adversaries suggested that the disgraced film producer was using the zimmer frame to curry sympathy, a suggestion refuted by his lawyers.   It has been widely reported that Weinstein has been intent on “producing” his legal fight to specifically win over the court of public opinion. Weinstein has seen a swift turnover of lawyers as it is rumoured that his legal team have repeatedly disagreed with his “stage managing” tactics. The New York-born producer, who is due to go on trial for rape and sexual assault on January 6, is currently on his third set of lawyers.   Benjamin Brafman, who headed up Weinstein’s first legal team until he was dismissed in January, has said that Weinstein sends his lawyer dozens of emails a day, and he leaves voice mails if he doesn’t hear back. “He’s a hands-on client,” he said. “He’s relentless.” At Wednesday’s hearing his bail was increased from $1 million in cash to a $2 million bond, after Weinstein was accused by prosecutors of having 57 violations involving his ankle monitor. His lawyers told the judge that any issues with the ankle monitor were due to technical glitches. Later that evening it was reported that a $25 million settlement had been reached between Weinstein and more than 30 women who accused him of sexual assault in a civil case. Under the terms of the deal Weinstein does not admit any wrongdoing, and will not personally pay for the damages, as the finance comes from insurance firms. Weinstein’s accusers reacted with dismay to the settlement, but many said they had been advised it was the best they could hope for.




POSTED DECEMBER 13, 2019 12:12 PM

Kamala Harris flames out: Black people didn't trust her, and they were wise not to

Kamala Harris flames out: Black people didn't trust her, and they were wise not toYounger blacks and black progressives took a deeper, dispassionate dive into Kamala Harris’ real-world record. They didn’t like what they found




POSTED DECEMBER 14, 2019 5:00 AM

Iran Demands $6 Billion Oil Payment From South Korea: Chosun

Iran Demands $6 Billion Oil Payment From South Korea: Chosun(Bloomberg) -- Iran’s Foreign Ministry called in the South Korean ambassador last month to demand payment of 7 trillion won ($6 billion) for oil it sold to the Asian country, Chosun Ilbo reported, citing officials it didn’t identify.Iran expressed “strong regret” over Seoul’s failure to complete the payment, which has been deposited at two South Korean banks without being transferred to Iran’s central bank for years due to U.S. sanctions against the Middle Eastern country, the newspaper said. It added that other Iranian authorities including the central bank also complained.South Korea sent a delegation to the Middle East late last month and explained that the country will cooperate with the U.S. to successfully complete transfer of the payment, it added.To contact the reporter on this story: Kanga Kong in Seoul at kkong50@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Brendan Scott at bscott66@bloomberg.net, Sara Marley, Siraj DatooFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.




POSTED DECEMBER 14, 2019 3:47 AM

Man gives DNA to find out if he's Detroit boy missing since 1994

Man gives DNA to find out if he's Detroit boy missing since 1994A Michigan man give a DNA sample to the Livonia Police Department to find out if he is D'Wan Sims, a boy who has been missing for 25 years.




POSTED DECEMBER 13, 2019 2:30 PM

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