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Bloomberg's Rise in Democratic Race Provides Foil for Sanders

(Bloomberg) -- Michael Bloomberg's sudden arrival in the Democratic spotlight has put him under new scrutiny from all of his opponents. But Bernie Sanders has taken him on with unparalleled zeal.Sanders is holding up Bloomberg as the embodiment of everything the democratic socialist rails against. He is a billionaire with ties to Wall Street who is self-funding his campaign. His past comments about policing, women, minorities and farmers are all grist for Sanders' rallies."Mr. Bloomberg, like anybody else, has a right to run for president," Sanders told a rally of more than 6,000 people in Richmond, a city near San Francisco on Monday, drawing boos against Bloomberg. "He does not have a...

Mike Bloomberg is not the lesser of two evils
Mike Bloomberg is not the lesser of two evils
  • World
  • 2020-02-18 10:45:02Z

Like the vast majority of Americans, I have been effectively disenfranchised in the last few presidential elections. In 2011, I moved to Washington, D.C., which is so heavily Democratic that any vote for president is totally meaningless - in 2016, Hillary Clinton won with 93 percent of the vote. But last year, I moved to famously swingy Pennsylvania, and suddenly I'm a full citizen again. (I'm already lording it over my friends from California and New York.)As I have written on many occasions, I think Bernie Sanders is the best candidate. But given the abominable Trump presidency, I have also said that I'll vote for whoever wins the Democratic nomination.However, that was before Mike...

Bloomberg qualifies for next debate after poll boost
Bloomberg qualifies for next debate after poll boost

The debate on Wednesday will be the ninth in the contest for who will challenge Republican President Donald Trump in the Nov. 3 election. A late entry to the race, Bloomberg, 78, has risen in public opinion polls as he pours money from his estimated $60 billion personal fortune into a national campaign

Bloomberg makes debate stage, facing Dem rivals for 1st time
Bloomberg makes debate stage, facing Dem rivals for 1st time
  • World
  • 2020-02-18 10:27:51Z

Billionaire Mike Bloomberg has qualified for the upcoming Democratic presidential debate, marking the first time he'll stand alongside the rivals he has so far avoided by bypassing the early voting states and using his personal fortune to define himself through television ads. A new NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll published Tuesday shows Bloomberg with 19% support nationally in the Democratic nominating contest. The former New York City mayor, who launched his presidential campaign in November, will appear in Wednesday's debate in Las Vegas alongside former Vice President Joe Biden, Sens.

Mike Bloomberg just made the debate. Can he keep his cool?
Mike Bloomberg just made the debate. Can he keep his cool?

The former New York mayor knows his opponents are coming after him at Wednesday's debate in Las Vegas - and he's been preparing for weeks.

Bloomberg qualifies for his first Democratic debate
Bloomberg qualifies for his first Democratic debate

The billionaire media mogul got the poll numbers he needed to make the the debate stage Wednesday night in Las Vegas.

Fox News Keeps Rudy Giuliani on Air Despite Internal
Fox News Keeps Rudy Giuliani on Air Despite Internal 'Disinformation' Docs

Even though internal Fox News documents caution that frequent guests Rudy Giuliani and John Solomon traffic in "disinformation," the network can't seem to quit booking them.Since The Daily Beast first reported on the 162-page document, produced by the network's research division known as the "Brain Room

Kidnappers prey with
Kidnappers prey with 'total impunity' on migrants waiting for hearings in Mexico

Report finds 80% of migrants waiting have been abducted by the mafia and 45% have suffered violence or violationA score or so migrants crouch in the dark corridor of the safe house where they have been waiting for a month. Today, their turn has come to go back on the road again - not across the US border, however, but deeper into Mexico, to save their skins.Outside, a minivan pulls up, driven by Baptist pastor Lorenzo Ortíz to take the migrants to relative safety, and away from kidnap, extortion and violation.This is Nuevo Laredo, in the north-west corner of Tamaulipas state, opposite Laredo, Texas, the world's busiest commercial trans-border hub. The people waiting to board the van have...

Warren: Sanders
Warren: Sanders 'has a lot of questions to answer' about supporters' attacks

"That is not how we build an inclusive Democratic Party. ... We do not build on a foundation of hate," Warren says after threats were made to a union that criticized Sanders' health care plan.

Boy Scouts files Chapter 11 bankruptcy in the face of thousands of child abuse allegations
Boy Scouts files Chapter 11 bankruptcy in the face of thousands of child abuse allegations

Boy Scouts of America is facing hundreds, if not thousands, of sexual abuse cases thanks to changes in the statute of limitations.

Boy Scouts of America files for bankruptcy
Boy Scouts of America files for bankruptcy

The venerable non-profit is following the lead of the scandal-wracked Roman Catholic Church.

Newman has non-life-threatening injuries after Daytona crash
Newman has non-life-threatening injuries after Daytona crash

Ryan Newman was involved in a ghastly crash on the final lap of the Daytona 500 on Monday night, hospitalizing him with non-life-threatening injuries. NASCAR delivered the news nearly two hours after Newman was extricated from his car, saying he is in serious condition at nearby Halifax Medical Center

Ryan Newman in serious condition; injuries not life threatening
Ryan Newman in serious condition; injuries not life threatening

Ryan Newman was injured in a crash on the last lap of Monday's Daytona 500 while racing for the win at Daytona International Speedway.

Bolton says he hopes book is not
Bolton says he hopes book is not 'suppressed' by White House
  • US
  • 2020-02-18 02:58:40Z

John Bolton, the former national security adviser to President Donald Trump, raised concern on Monday about his unpublished book being "suppressed" by the White House and suggested he should be able to respond to the president's tweets about him. "I hope, ultimately, I can get the book published," Bolton told a Duke University event in North Carolina during his first public remarks since Trump's acquittal in his Senate impeachment trial. Bolton, 71, left his post in September after disagreements with the president.

China reports 1,886 new virus cases, death toll up by 98
China reports 1,886 new virus cases, death toll up by 98
  • World
  • 2020-02-18 02:44:15Z

China reported 1,886 new virus cases and 98 more deaths in its update Tuesday on a disease outbreak that has caused milder illness in most people, an assessment that promoted guarded optimism from global health authorities. The update raised the number of deaths in mainland China to 1,868 and the total confirmed cases to 72,436. Monday's report gives the World Health Organization a clearer picture of where the outbreak is headed, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said at a news conference.

Musk Calls Gates Underwhelming After Billionaire Buys a Porsche
Musk Calls Gates Underwhelming After Billionaire Buys a Porsche

(Bloomberg) -- Bill Gates paid Tesla Inc. a compliment for coaxing the car industry to go electric. If he was expecting kind words in return from Elon Musk, he apparently shouldn't have spoken about challenges that still lie ahead -- or about his new Porsche.Gates, the billionaire co-founder of Microsoft

Former No. 1 overall pick advises Joe Burrow to "pull an Eli Manning"
Former No. 1 overall pick advises Joe Burrow to "pull an Eli Manning"

In 1975, Steve Bartkowski sat where Joe Burrow does today. The Falcons traded with the Colts a few days before the draft and selected the Cal quarterback with the No. 1 overall choice. The Falcons were bad before Bartkowski got there. They were bad for three years after he arrived and won only one playoff

Daytona 500 resumes without president, pomp or packed house
Daytona 500 resumes without president, pomp or packed house

At entrances around the speedway, where fans were stuck in security lines for hours a day earlier, NASCAR executives thanked those who returned for more racing. Ben Kennedy, great-grandson of NASCAR's founder, was even assisting with bags searches at one checkpoint. When the race finally started under caution, the leaders pitted for fuel and fresh tires with Brad Keselowski moving to the front for the official restart.

Asia Stocks, U.S. Futures Drop After Apple Warning: Markets Wrap
Asia Stocks, U.S. Futures Drop After Apple Warning: Markets Wrap

(Bloomberg) -- Asian stocks fell with U.S. futures after Apple Inc. said quarterly sales would miss forecasts, illustrating the blow to corporate earnings and economic growth from the deadly coronavirus.Equities in Tokyo and Seoul opened lower, while Sydney saw more modest declines. Apple suppliers such as TDK Corp. and Tokyo Electron Ltd. slumped after the iPhone maker warned on both production and sales disruptions due to the epidemic. As Treasuries trading restarted following a U.S. holiday Monday, 10-year yields fell. Australia's dollar dropped after the central bank said it had discussed cutting interest rates two weeks ago. Tuesday's trading session saw renewed concerns about the...

Bolton Warns of Possible
Bolton Warns of Possible 'Censorship' of His White House Memoir
  • World
  • 2020-02-18 00:51:50Z

(Bloomberg) -- Former National Security Advisor John Bolton raised alarm the Trump administration could block his memoir that describes his interaction with the president over Ukraine."I hope it's not suppressed," Bolton said Monday at a talk at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina. "This is an

President
President's Day scrape: Trump, Obama spar over who gets credit for robust U.S. economy

Mocking an earlier tweet from Barack Obama as a "con job," Donald Trump blasted his predecessor for "now trying to take credit for the economic boom."

OnPolitics: It would appear that Bernie Sanders is the one to beat
OnPolitics: It would appear that Bernie Sanders is the one to beat

Is the Bernie Sanders campaign unstoppable and all the other political news to know today.

Voter to Biden:
Voter to Biden: 'What the hell is going on with your campaign?'

Biden said his campaign was aware that he would face difficulty in the Iowa caucuses due to lack of diversity in the state.

Federal judges
Federal judges' association calls emergency meeting after DOJ intervenes in case of Trump ally Roger Stone

An association of federal judges has called an emergency meeting after Attorney General William Barr intervened in the case of Trump ally Roger Stone.

Top disease official: Risk of coronavirus in U.S. is
Top disease official: Risk of coronavirus in U.S. is 'minuscule,' skip mask and wash hands

Should I wear a mask? The U.S. infectious disease chief says no: "In the U.S. there is absolutely no reason whatsoever to wear a mask right now."

The Roger Stone Double Standard
The Roger Stone Double Standard

Whether Roger Stone, the loopy, self-aggrandizing political operative, deserves nine years in Supermax for obstructing an investigation into Russia-Donald Trump "collusion" is debatable. Whether the powerful men who helped create the investigation that ensnared Stone have been allowed to lie with impunity is not. They have.Only a few days after prosecutors melodramatically left the DOJ after Trump tweeted a defense of Stone and the DOJ subsequently revised its sentencing recommendation to be more lenient, former deputy FBI director Andrew McCabe was informed that he wouldn't face charges. McCabe faced an inquiry into whether he broke the law when he denied to investigators that he had...

Pete Buttigieg
Pete Buttigieg's next test: Winning over minority voters
  • World
  • 2020-02-17 22:15:21Z

Now the promise of his candidacy is colliding with the reality of the central question about his viability: Can he win among minority voters who form the critical foundation of the party's base? Buttigieg's strategy is to earn a fresh look from black and brown voters by flashing his support in the

The Latest: Warren calls for party unity in taking on Trump
The Latest: Warren calls for party unity in taking on Trump

Elizabeth Warren is preaching Democratic unity in taking on President Donald Trump, a challenge she framed as an existential crisis for America. Warren, having partly recovered her voice after catching a cold, said at a Monday afternoon town hall in the Las Vegas suburb of Henderson that America is at its best when it takes on a problem. The Massachusetts senator also spoke about how she's adopted policy plans and hired staff from Democrats who have dropped out of the race, including New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, former Obama administration housing chief Julián Castro, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee and California Sen. Kamala Harris.

Angels owner Moreno acknowledges he killed Dodgers trade
Angels owner Moreno acknowledges he killed Dodgers trade

Los Angeles Angels owner Arte Moreno acknowledges he scrapped the proposed trade that would have landed Joc Pederson and Ross Stripling from the Dodgers. Moreno also says the Angels can make an even bigger trade for an elite starting pitcher if they get a chance this season. Moreno covered many topics in his annual informal conversation with reporters on the training fields outside Tempe Diablo Stadium.

Indiana professor is suspended for calling police on student who wouldn
Indiana professor is suspended for calling police on student who wouldn't switch seats

"This decision is in the best interest of Dr. Borna and the University," Ball State University said in a statement.

Plymouth Rock vandalized, covered in graffiti:
Plymouth Rock vandalized, covered in graffiti: 'Why? Why would someone do this?'

Much of the graffiti was indecipherable, but several of the vandalized landmarks were tagged with numbers and letters.

'Historic, unprecedented' flooding swamps southern USA; Mississippi and Tennessee hardest hit

Weeks of heavy rain have inundated a large portion of the southern USA, bringing near-record flooding to Mississippi and Tennessee

Pelosi Objects to CNN Anchor
Pelosi Objects to CNN Anchor's Claim That Trump Was Acquitted in Impeachment Trial

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) interjected during an interview Saturday to make the case that President Trump was not acquitted from impeachment because his Senate trial lacked additional witnesses and documents demanded by Senate Democrats."You can't have an acquittal unless you have a trial, and you can't have a trial unless you have witnesses and documents - so he can say he's acquitted, and the headlines can say 'acquitted,' but he's impeached forever: branded with that, and not vindicated," Pelosi argued.> His enablers in Washington may have chosen to betray their oath of impartial justice and cover up his abuses of power, but the fact remains: The President is impeached...

Apple says will not meet revenue guidance for March quarter due to coronavirus outbreak
Apple says will not meet revenue guidance for March quarter due to coronavirus outbreak

Apple Inc said on Monday that it will not meet its revenue guidance for the March quarter due to the coronavirus outbreak affecting both production and demand in China. The company said that despite the fact that its productions facilities in China have re-opened, they are ramping up slower than expected

Michael Bloomberg Is a Condescending Jerk . . .
Michael Bloomberg Is a Condescending Jerk . . .

The hunt is on for offensive clips of Michael Bloomberg talking off the cuff, and over the weekend a new one circulated. In the version passed around, Bloomberg nonchalantly tells his Oxford audience that he could teach anyone how to farm - "even people in this room": "It's a process; you dig a hole, you put a seed in, you put dirt on top, add water, up comes the corn." He adds that modern "information economy" jobs require more "gray matter."The denunciations came quickly and furiously, many of them pointing out that farming these days is a pretty high-tech endeavor. There are three things to know about this episode.First, the version of the clip that went around left out important...

Former mayoral candidate drugged woman with cupcake to steal newborn, officials say
Former mayoral candidate drugged woman with cupcake to steal newborn, officials say

Juliette Parker, 38, was arrested Friday on suspicion of attempted kidnapping and assault, per the Pierce County Sheriff's Office.

Doug Collins Says Trump Not Picking Sides in Georgia Senate Race:
Doug Collins Says Trump Not Picking Sides in Georgia Senate Race: 'He's Staying Out of It'

Georgia congressman Doug Collins insisted that President Trump will be "staying out of" the state's special-election race for Senate between Collins and the recently-appointed Senator Kelly Loeffler."He's not getting in this race," Collins told the Georgia Recorder last week. He added that Trump "respects the senator and her position and he knows me intimately."Trump praised both individuals for their support during a White House address following his acquittal vote on February 6."She's been so supportive, and she's been downright nasty and mean about the unfairness to the president," Trump said of Loeffler. He then added that Collins was a ""man who has been an unbelievable friend of...

Stacey Abrams Says She
Stacey Abrams Says She's Open to Joining Dem Ticket as Veep after Dismissing Idea of Running for 'Second Place'

Stacey Abrams, the former Democratic gubernatorial candidate for Georgia who called out alleged voter suppression during her election, said Monday that she "would be honored" to be the vice presidential candidate on the 2020 Democratic ticket."It would be doing a disservice to every woman of color, every woman of ambition, every child who wants to think beyond their known space for me to say no or to pretend, 'Oh, no, I don't want it,'" Abrams said on ABC's "The View." "Of course I want it. Of course I want to serve America. Of course I want to be a patriot and do this work."Abrams shot to notoriety in 2018 when she ran in Georgia to become the...

Cuba burning tires to power factory as US oil sanctions bite
Cuba burning tires to power factory as US oil sanctions bite

The Cuban government has ordered a cement factory to burn old tires to power its operations and save on oil, amid a worsening fuel shortage brought on by US sanctions on the Communist island. On orders of President Miguel Diaz-Canel, the firm Cementos Cienfuegos, located in the center of the country, will receive an increasing supply of used tires to burn, the official daily Granma said Monday. Cuba has been suffering oil shortages since last September, when the administration of President Donald Trump imposed sanctions on ships carrying petroleum to the island from its main fuel supplier Venezuela.

NSA whistleblower who leaked Russian hacking report petitions for clemency
NSA whistleblower who leaked Russian hacking report petitions for clemency

Reality Winner was sentenced to five years in 2018 after leaking classified report about Russia's interference in the 2016 electionSupporters of Reality Winner, a National Security Agency whistleblower who leaked classified information about Russia's interference in the 2016 presidential election, petitioned Donald Trump on Monday for her early release from prison.Alison Grinter, an attorney representing the former US air force intelligence specialist, announced at a press conference in Dallas that she had submitted 4,500 letters of support to the federal office of the pardon attorney, the division of the Department of Justice that advises the US president on executive clemency...

Past Remarks Are Challenging for Bloomberg, and Fair Game for Rivals
Past Remarks Are Challenging for Bloomberg, and Fair Game for Rivals

HOUSTON -- It hadn't even been a full day since a 12-year-old video surfaced of Michael Bloomberg showing him linking the 2008 financial crisis to the end of redlining, a practice that allowed banks to declare low-income, mostly minority neighborhoods off-limits for loans.But as the criticism swelled

11 Children Among 26 People Shot During Single Weekend of Gun Violence in Chicago
11 Children Among 26 People Shot During Single Weekend of Gun Violence in Chicago

According to the Chicago Police Department, there were a total of 15 shooting incidents over the weekend but that number could go up as the final numbers will be released tomorrow.

Justin Turner rips Rob Manfred like no player has ripped him yet
Justin Turner rips Rob Manfred like no player has ripped him yet

Every day brings a new player showing up to camp, facing the media and offering their two cents about the Astros, the sign-stealing scandal and Major League Baseball's handling of it. Today Justin Turner of the Dodgers gave more than his two cents. He gave a few bucks worth.

Peter King predicts where Tom Brady, Philip Rivers, top QBs will go in offseason
Peter King predicts where Tom Brady, Philip Rivers, top QBs will go in offseason

Belichick might want to begin anew with a quarterback he feels is good and who costs significantly less-someone like 32-year-old Andy Dalton; the Patriots would probably have to pay a third or fourth-round pick for Dalton, who has a year left on his contract and no future in Cincinnati. The Patriots have two thirds and two fourths, including a likely third-round compensatory pick. If Belichick makes up his mind that it's time to move on from Brady, then my argument is moot.

'It Failed': Cruise Ship Coronavirus Snafus Stoke Fears of Global Pandemic

Matthew Smith was feeling very good Monday about rejecting the U.S. government's offer to be evacuated from the Diamond Princess cruise ship docked in Japan.He had just gotten word that 14 of the 300-plus Americans and fellow passengers who had boarded a cargo plane back to the U.S. had actually tested positive for the new coronavirus."OMG! US Gov't said they would not put anyone on the planes who was symptomatic, and they ended up knowingly and intentionally putting on 14 people who actually have the virus," Smith tweeted. "Decision not to be evacuated = best decision ever!"Smith and his wife will remain in quarantine on the ship until the Japanese government agrees they can leave-likely...

Jeff Bezos launches $10 billion Bezos Earth Fund, kicking off his own effort to fight climate change
Jeff Bezos launches $10 billion Bezos Earth Fund, kicking off his own effort to fight climate change

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos says he's launching a $10 billion Bezos Earth Fund that will issue grants aimed at addressing climate change - a move that comes less than a month after hundreds of Amazon employees criticized what they saw as the company's weak commitment to tackling the issue. Bezos, who

Trump
Trump's campaign manager deletes photo of Air Force One at Daytona 500 after users point out it was from 2004

The photo was of President George W. Bush's departure from the Daytona 500 in 2004, Twitter users pointed out. Brad Parscale later posted a new photo.

Donald Trump attends the wedding of adviser Stephen Miller and Pence press secretary Katie Waldman
Donald Trump attends the wedding of adviser Stephen Miller and Pence press secretary Katie Waldman

Stephen Miller and Katie Waldman's wedding was held at the Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C.

Chinese police reportedly put a professor under house arrest, cut his internet, and kicked him off social media after he criticized President Xi over the coronavirus
Chinese police reportedly put a professor under house arrest, cut his internet, and kicked him off social media after he criticized President Xi over the coronavirus

Xu Zhangrun, a law professor at the elite Tsinghua University, had published a scathing essay on the Chinese government's handling of the coronavirus.

Ex-boyfriend arrested after sex therapist Amie Harwick falls from balcony
Ex-boyfriend arrested after sex therapist Amie Harwick falls from balcony
  • US
  • 2020-02-17 16:42:00Z

Gareth Pursehouse, 41, was arrested on a murder charge Saturday, police said. Harwick is a former fiancée of comedian Drew Carey.

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