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  • Sanders gets hit early and often at Democratic presidential debate -

    Sanders gets hit early and often at Democratic presidential debateAt the start of Tuesday?s Democratic presidential debate in South Carolina, frontrunner Bernie Sanders came under fire from his rivals.


  • U.S. Supreme Court dismisses 'D.C. Sniper' Malvo case after change in law -

    U.S. Supreme Court dismisses 'D.C. Sniper' Malvo case after change in lawThe U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday formally dismissed a case in which Lee Boyd Malvo, who was 17 when he took part in the deadly 2002 "D.C. Sniper" shooting spree in the Washington area, was challenging his life without parole sentence. The move comes after a new law was passed in Virginia, where Malvo is incarcerated in a supermax state prison. The measure, signed into law on Monday, lets people sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for offenses committed before age 18 - as Malvo was - to seek release after 20 years.


  • Italian hikers rescued in Alaska after visiting infamous bus -

    Italian hikers rescued in Alaska after visiting infamous busAn Italian man suffering from frostbite and four other tourists were rescued in the Alaska wilderness after visiting an abandoned bus that has become a lure for adventurers since it was featured in the ?Into the Wild? book and movie. Alaska State Troopers say the five Italians were rescued Saturday from a camp they set up after visiting the dilapidated bus on the Stampede Trail near the interior town of Healy. The hikers were found 13 miles from the trailhead, Trooper spokesman Tim DeSpain said.


  • CDC warns Americans to prepare for coronavirus outbreak -

    CDC warns Americans to prepare for coronavirus outbreakThe Centers for Disease Control is warning Americans to prepare for the possibility of a severe disruption of their lives as a result of a coronavirus outbreak in the United States.Dr. Nancy Messonnier of the CDC's National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases said Tuesday that the spread of the coronavirus in the U.S. is "not so much of a question of if" but rather "a question of when," The New York Times reports.Messonnier also told Americans they should "prepare for the expectation that this might be bad," saying schools may need to use "internet-based teleschooling," business may need to use "video or telephone conferences and increase teleworking options," and communities might have to "modify, postpone, or cancel mass gatherings," CNBC reports."Now is the time for businesses, hospitals, communities, schools, and everyday people to begin preparing," she said. "I understand this whole situation may seem overwhelming and that disruption to everyday life may be severe. But these are things that people need to start thinking about now." Messonnier also explained that she has told her family they "ought to be preparing for significant disruption to our lives."Health officials also briefed members of Congress about the coronavirus threat on Tuesday, after which Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) said, per The Washington Post, that lawmakers were warned there's a "very strong chance of an extremely serious outbreak of the coronavirus here in the United States." More than 50 cases have been confirmed in the U.S. Meanwhile, President Trump has downplayed the threat, saying on Tuesday, "I think that whole situation will start working out."More stories from theweek.com Harvard scientist predicts coronavirus will infect up to 70 percent of humanity Jim Clyburn gives Joe Biden key South Carolina endorsement Weinstein juror laments 'the way things went' for Annabella Sciorra


  • Iran says it won't quarantine any towns or cities, despite recording the most coronavirus deaths outside of China -

    Iran says it won't quarantine any towns or cities, despite recording the most coronavirus deaths outside of ChinaIran said two people died from the coronavirus the same day it discovered its first case, leaving many questioning the honesty of the official count.


  • A rare, 'cryptic' rainbow snake was spotted in a Florida forest for the first time since 1969 -

    A rare, 'cryptic' rainbow snake was spotted in a Florida forest for the first time since 1969A rainbow snake, also known as an "eel moccasin," was spotted in Florida's Ocala National Forest for the first time in five decades.


  • Beijing?s Handling of Coronavirus Has Undermined Chinese Public?s Trust in State Media -

    Beijing?s Handling of Coronavirus Has Undermined Chinese Public?s Trust in State MediaChina's government is facing widespread criticism from its own citizens over its handling of the outbreak of the Wuhan coronavirus.Beijing has launched a massive propaganda campaign with stories of Chinese heroism in the struggle to contain the coronavirus, meant to unify the country's citizens behind the government. However, the government's efforts have faced scorn on Chinese social media, where citizens are openly complaining about the government's response to the crisis, New York Times reported Wednesday.The Times cited a blog post by a lawyer, Deng Xueping, excoriating the government over the coronavirus. Deng mentioned a story circulated on state media about a woman who was treated at a Wuhan hospital, but liked staying in the hospital so much that she didn't want to leave."When many patients in Wuhan were struggling to get treatment, our TV camera chose to turn to one happy outpatient," Deng wrote in the post. "By magnifying one individual?s happiness while hiding the sufferings of most people there, it?s hard to say such coverage was truthful about the epidemic."Some stories put out by state media are completely unbelievable. A newspaper in the city of Xi'an in central China was forced to retract a story detailing how a nurse's newborn twins asked their father where their mother had gone. The Times cited another Chinese newspaper which reported that another nurse's husband, who has been in a vegetative state since 2014, would smile whenever he "heard" his wife's name, "as if he knew that his wife was engaged in a great endeavor."There is also widespread anger over the government's initial condemnation of eight doctors who tried to warn others about the outbreak of the SARS-like illness in Wuhan in late December-early January, before the outbreak took hold in earnest. One of those doctors, Li Wenliang, tried to warn medical school friends of the illness.After Li was reprimanded by the local Wuhan government for spreading "rumors," he contracted the virus from a patient he did not know was infected. Li has since died.China has also changed its diagnostic criteria for the coronavirus multiple times, leading to confusion over the number of confirmed cases in the country. A health official from Hubei Provice, the epicenter of the outbreak, has accused the government of a lack of transparency and accuracy regarding its reporting of cases.


  • Secretary of State Pompeo appeared to coordinate with Giuliani on Ukraine, new documents show -

    Secretary of State Pompeo appeared to coordinate with Giuliani on Ukraine, new documents showA trove of documents released on Friday by the State Department to American Oversight make clear that Rudy Giuliani ? who was acting as Trump?s personal attorney ? pressed American diplomats to consider the information he?d unearthed in Kyiv about corruption. Though the documents released amount to fewer than a dozen pages of emails, they nevertheless show aides to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo unambiguously receptive to Giuliani?s overtures.


  • Erdogan rules out even 'smallest step back' in Syria's Idlib -

    Erdogan rules out even 'smallest step back' in Syria's IdlibPresident Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday vowed Turkey would not take even the "smallest step back" in an escalating stand-off with Damascus and Russia over the northern Syrian region of Idlib. Meanwhile, a meeting between Erdogan and his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, could be in the pipeline, the Turkish foreign minister said, ahead of a possible summit including EU heavyweights Germany and France to find a political solution to the Idlib crisis. "We will not take the smallest step back in Idlib," Erdogan told his ruling party's lawmakers in parliament in Ankara.


  • Warren unloads on Bloomberg as Dem debate becomes more personal -

    Warren unloads on Bloomberg as Dem debate becomes more personalSen. Elizabeth Warren continued to remake herself as a combative debater in Tuesday?s Democratic face-off in Charleston, S.C., and once again her target was former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg.


  • Supreme Court rules Mexican parents can't sue Border Patrol agent who killed their son -

    Supreme Court rules Mexican parents can't sue Border Patrol agent who killed their sonThe ruling was a defeat for the parents of Sergio Hernandez Guereca, who was on the Mexico side when he was shot in 2010 by a Border Patrol agent who fired from the U.S. side.


  • Louisiana governor: Judge should resign after racial slurs -
  • John Bolton tries to slam Bernie Sanders for Castro remarks, rams headlong into more recent history -

    John Bolton tries to slam Bernie Sanders for Castro remarks, rams headlong into more recent historySen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) got some blowback Monday for comments he made on Sunday's 60 Minutes in favor of late Cuban leader Fidel Castro's literacy program. It's not clear many people outside of Florida or under age 70 have strong feelings about Castro anymore ? he died in 2016, after all, and Cuba is now mostly known as a hot vacation spot. And as Sanders also said on 60 Minutes, it's not like he thinks current, nuclear-armed despot "Kim Jong Un is a good friend," and unlike President Trump. "I don't trade love letters with a murdering dictator."Trump's former national security adviser John Bolton clearly did not pay attention to that last part of the interview when he jumped in to slam Sanders for "revealing the extent of his extremism" by suggesting "Castro's communist Cuba is not all bad." So Twitter reminded him.> pic.twitter.com/N3BVcFUKX5> > ? subscribe to my newsletter (@brianbeutler) February 24, 2020In any case, Sanders doesn't seem rattled by the criticism. "You know what? I think teaching people to read and write is a good thing," he said at a CNN town hall in Charleston, South Carolina, on Monday night. "I have been extremely consistent and critical of all authoritarian regimes all over the world ? including Cuba, including Nicaragua, including Saudi Arabia, including China, including Russia. I happen to believe in democracy, not authoritarianism." He still doubled-down on the not-all-bad motif, saying that China, while "becoming more an more authoritarian," has also clearly "taken more people out of extreme poverty than any country in history."More stories from theweek.com Harvard scientist predicts coronavirus will infect up to 70 percent of humanity Democratic candidates yell, interrupt each other during most chaotic debate yet Bloomberg accidentally claims to have 'bought' the 2018 midterm results


  • France has recorded its first death from the coronavirus, as infections spread further across Europe -

    France has recorded its first death from the coronavirus, as infections spread further across EuropeA 60-year-old was urgently admitted to a Paris hospital on Tuesday night and died overnight, France's health minister said.


  • A Florida woman is being accused of zipping her boyfriend into a suitcase and leaving him to die -

    A Florida woman is being accused of zipping her boyfriend into a suitcase and leaving him to dieSarah Boone, 42, claimed it was just an accident. But police saw troubling videos of her taunting him as he struggled to get out of the luggage.


  • Despite California nearing drought, reservoir near San Jose ordered to be drained. Here's why. -

    Despite California nearing drought, reservoir near San Jose ordered to be drained. Here's why.Federal regulators have mandated that a water reservoir in Silicon Valley be drained because its dam may fail in an earthquake; local officials balk.


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  • In Iran, an Electoral Flop -

    In Iran, an Electoral FlopWhat if you held a national election and no one turned out? That?s the situation currently confronting Iranian officials, who are grappling with the aftermath of a truly disastrous outcome in last week?s parliamentary elections.According to the official Fars News Agency, just 42 percent of Iranians voted in the country?s latest parliamentary elections, which took place on Friday. That?s the lowest percentage ever recorded in the 41-year history of the Islamic Republic. (By way of comparison: The turnout for Iran?s last parliamentary elections, in 2016, was approximately 60 percent.) Yet there?s good reason to believe that even those official numbers are inflated, and perhaps significantly so. Outside reports, relying on internal Iranian media sources, indicate that actual voting tallies fell far below the official 42 percent figure, forcing the regime to keep polling stations open longer than planned to scrape together even a minimum number of legitimate votes.If you?ve been paying attention to events in Iran, that lackluster showing shouldn?t come as much of a surprise. Over the past two years, persistent protests in practically every major Iranian city -- and at virtually every stratum of Iranian society -- have showcased a population that has become profoundly disaffected with the country?s clerical regime. These protests have flared anew in recent weeks, following the Iranian government?s accidental January 8 downing of a Ukrainian airliner amid heightened tensions with the United States. That event helped to convince many Iranians that their government is dangerously incompetent, and a real hazard to their own safety.The regime in Tehran responded in predictable fashion: by trying to tighten its hold on political power. Ahead of Friday?s parliamentary vote, Iran?s government disqualified more than 7,000 applicants from running. That in and of itself is hardly new; Iran?s religious institutions have long been used to weed out politicians deemed insufficiently loyal to the country?s governing religious ideology. But this time, the ranks of those disqualified included dozens of parliamentarians who had previously passed clerical muster and were now standing for reelection. Apparently, Iran?s ayatollahs are now unable to tolerate even a semblance of pluralism within the country?s secular institutions.The reasons for this tightening of the ideological screw have everything to do with the regime?s growing fragility.Economically, the Trump administration?s ?maximum pressure? strategy continues to have a pronounced impact on the Islamic Republic?s financial fortunes. Earlier this month, the official Statistical Center of Iran disclosed that Iran?s gross national product declined by nearly 8 percent between March and December of 2019. That assessment is consistent with an earlier estimate by the Washington-based International Institute of Economics, which in January outlined how persistent U.S. sanctions pressure was leading to plummeting foreign-exchange reserves and driving the Islamic Republic ?deeper into recession,? as reported by Reuters.Politically, meanwhile, Iran?s continued rogue behavior has left the country increasingly isolated. Iran?s botched handling of the diplomatic fallout from its accidental downing of the Ukrainian airliner last month has profoundly roiled Tehran?s relations with the world, robbing the Iranian regime of much-needed international support. In the aftermath, the Islamic Republic is slowly but surely turning once again into an international pariah. On Friday, for instance, the Financial Action Task Force, the world?s most important illicit-finance watchdog, formally blacklisted Iran for its failure to fall in line with international regulations designed to prevent the financing of terrorism.Amid these setbacks, the question of legitimacy has loomed larger than ever for Iran?s beleaguered ayatollahs. Last week?s elections represented an important moment to demonstrate to the world that their regime remains stable, secure, and firmly in control. Unfortunately for them, Friday?s vote ended up highlighting the exact opposite: that Iran?s regime, facing fresh setbacks abroad, is also exceedingly unpopular at home.


  • China to Russia: End discriminatory coronavirus measures against Chinese -

    China to Russia: End discriminatory coronavirus measures against ChineseChina's embassy in Russia has demanded authorities in Moscow end what it said are discriminatory anti-coronavirus measures against Chinese nationals, saying they are damaging relations and alarming Chinese residents of the Russian capital. The complaint, detailed in an embassy letter to the city's authorities and published by Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta late on Tuesday, deplored what it called "ubiquitous monitoring" of Chinese nationals, including on public transport in Moscow. Russia, which enjoys strong political and military ties with Beijing, does not currently have any confirmed cases of coronavirus, but has temporarily barred many categories of Chinese nationals from entering the country.


  • A Wrongfully Convicted Kansas Man Who Spent 23 Years in Prison Is Awarded $1.5 Million -

    A Wrongfully Convicted Kansas Man Who Spent 23 Years in Prison Is Awarded $1.5 MillionLamonte McIntyre was convicted and sentenced to two terms of life in prison for the murder of Donald Ewing and Doniel Quinn back in 1994. The two victims had been shot in the middle of the day while they sat in their car


  • Study begins in US to test possible coronavirus treatment -

    Study begins in US to test possible coronavirus treatmentThe first clinical trial in the U.S. of a possible coronavirus treatment is underway in Nebraska and is eventually expected to include 400 patients at 50 locations around the world, officials said Tuesday. Dr. Andre Kalil, who will oversee the study at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, said the clinical trial was developed quickly in response to the virus outbreak that originated in China. Patients who are hospitalized with the COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus, will be eligible to join the trial if they have at least moderate symptoms.


  • Watch Bernie Sanders pull a dozen faces as Elizabeth Warren compares their health care plans -

    Watch Bernie Sanders pull a dozen faces as Elizabeth Warren compares their health care plansIn her response to why she would make a better president than Democratic frontrunner Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) during Tuesday night's debate in South Carolina, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) compared their plans to expand Medicare-style health care to all Americans. Sanders let his body do the disagreeing, and if this whole president thing doesn't work out, his face has enough expressiveness to anchor, say, an HBO show about a curmudgeonly old man who frequently throws up his hands at the world.> Bernie's face went through about six different emotions in 18 seconds of Warren's narration. pic.twitter.com/UOotDmMBs0> > -- Dan Diamond (@ddiamond) February 26, 2020Here's Warren's full answer on why plans and legislative strategy matter, with her face included. > WARREN: Bernie and I both want to see universal health care ? I dug in, did the work -- and Bernie's team trashed me for it. pic.twitter.com/bWE7RMFBbS> > -- Dan Diamond (@ddiamond) February 26, 2020More stories from theweek.com Harvard scientist predicts coronavirus will infect up to 70 percent of humanity Jim Clyburn gives Joe Biden key South Carolina endorsement Weinstein juror laments 'the way things went' for Annabella Sciorra


  • Trump's acting Homeland Security chief was excoriated by a GOP senator as he stumbled over basic questions on coronavirus preparation -

    Trump's acting Homeland Security chief was excoriated by a GOP senator as he stumbled over basic questions on coronavirus preparation"You're supposed to keep us safe. And the American people deserve some straight answers on the coronavirus," GOP Sen. John Kennedy said to Wolf.


  • Valet accidentally shot in the face by Boston police at Brigham and Women's Hospital -

    Valet accidentally shot in the face by Boston police at Brigham and Women's HospitalPolice were responding to a call of a person with a gun. The gun was later determined to be a replica and the suspect was fatally shot.


  • Beijing orders quarantine for foreign arrivals from virus-hit areas -

    Beijing orders quarantine for foreign arrivals from virus-hit areasBeijing announced Wednesday that people landing in the Chinese capital from countries hit by the new coronavirus epidemic will have to go into 14-day self-quarantine. A day earlier, more than 250 people arriving in eastern China from South Korea were placed in isolation after passengers on two flights were discovered to have fevers. Beijing had already ordered people returning to the capital to go into self-quarantine following the Lunar New Year holiday but exempted those arriving from abroad.


  • Surprise: China's Economy Is Smaller Than You Think -

    Surprise: China's Economy Is Smaller Than You ThinkWhy does China overvalue its GDP?


  • ?I?m Coming for You?: Biden Threatens Gun Makers at South Carolina Rally -

    ?I?m Coming for You?: Biden Threatens Gun Makers at South Carolina RallyJoe Biden warned gun manufacturers during a speech in South Carolina on Monday night that ?I?m coming for you, and I?m taking you down.?Biden has cast himself as a relative moderate in recent months on gun-control. His campaign?s gun control plan, which was released in October, proposed reinstating an ?assault-weapons ban" and universal background checks, but would not force the current owners of semiautomatic rifles to sell the guns to government, as a number of his opponents proposed.While he's avoided aggressively targeting gun owners, Biden has previously emphasized his commitment to holding gun manufacturers liable when one of their products is used in the commission of a crime.?A guy has 12 assault weapons with bump stocks, which means you can fire it faster. You can pull the trigger faster,? Biden said last week during a CNN town hall, referencing the Las Vegas hotel shooting. ?Why in God?s name should anyone, anyone, anyone, anyone be able to own that? It?s just wrong, and we?ve got to ? and I promise you, as president, I am going to get these guys.?> I promise you that if I am elected president, we will hold gun manufacturers accountable for the carnage they have caused. pic.twitter.com/b1HLGdFyeF> > -- Joe Biden (Text Join to 30330) (@JoeBiden) February 24, 2020As Senator Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.) has risen in the polls, Biden has taken to criticizing the Vermont lawmaker's early career record on gun control, pointing out that Sanders, who was endorsed by the NRA in his 1990 congressional race, voted against gun control legislation on a number of occasions as a young House member.?It's just flat-out immoral, it's just flat-out immoral," Biden said Thursday at a meeting with members of the anti-gun group Moms Demand Action in Nevada. "You know, committed Republicans and some Democrats ? like Bernie Sanders ? voted five times, five times against background checks and waiting periods; notwithstanding the fact that millions of people were denied having access to weapons of destruction because they didn't qualify."


  • New Chinese billionaires outpace U.S. by three to one - Hurun -

    New Chinese billionaires outpace U.S. by three to one - HurunChina minted three times as many new billionaires than the United States in the past year, with fortunes made in drugs and online entertainment after a mini-boom from the coronavirus outbreak, a ranking of the world's wealthiest people shows. The Greater China region, including Hong Kong and Taiwan, created 182 new billionaires in the year to Jan. 31, taking its total to 799, according to the 2020 Hurun Global Rich List released on Wednesday. While the outbreak of a new coronavirus in China has hammered the world's second-biggest economy, it has also driven up stock valuations of Chinese companies in online education, online games and vaccinations, the report said.


  • Firefighter who found brother in rubble dies of 9/11-linked cancer -

    Firefighter who found brother in rubble dies of 9/11-linked cancerDaniel Foley, who helped find the remains of his firefighter brother in the rubble of the World Trade Center, died at the age of 46 after a battle with pancreatic cancer, officials said.


  • South Carolina church shooter Dylann Roof staged death row hunger strike -

    South Carolina church shooter Dylann Roof staged death row hunger strikeWhite supremacist mass murderer Dylann Roof staged a hunger strike this month while on federal death row, alleging in letters to The Associated Press that he?s been ?targeted by staff,? ?verbally harassed and abused without cause? and ?treated disproportionately harsh.?


  • Who won the Democratic debate? Our panelists' verdict -

    Who won the Democratic debate? Our panelists' verdictThe South Carolina debate was the final one before Super Tuesday. So who emerged as the victor? ?Warren dominated the mic and Sanders held his ground?Oh yeah, man. Let?s get into it. Let?s dive into the issues that other debate moderators have not yet dared to approach so far. Let?s ask questions such as: ?Would you, as president, support a ban on trans fats and large sodas??Did everyone else get this push notification from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warning that there was going to be a ?disruption to everyday life? with the looming coronavirus pandemic? I don?t know if that was just Russia meddling in the election or whatever, but I am wondering why it took 90 minutes for the moderators to bring the virus up, and why their question was framed around whether the United States should completely freak out and shut down all the borders. Not, should we do something about the fact that the uninsured will often avoid doctors when they are ill because they are afraid of unpredictable medical bills, or how our rural hospitals are shutting down, or how we have sanctions on medical supplies against Iran, where a coronavirus outbreak is worsening. Look, I know Mercury is retrograde, but there is absolutely no excuse for this shameful performance.As for the candidates, for someone who doesn?t support the use of filibuster, Elizabeth Warren sure did dominate the microphone on Tuesday night. Pete Buttigieg tried to make everything about him by talking over everyone, Michael Bloomberg was absolutely adorable trying to explain the history of hostilities in the Middle East, and Tom Steyer somehow felt emboldened to talk about economic justice despite building part of his wealth on private prisons and mines. Amy Klobuchar was also there.The mood was chaotic, the audience paid a lot of money to behave like they were attending a Jerry Springer show, most of the candidates? hair was weirdly terrible, and the only person to hold their ground was Bernie Sanders. He stayed on message, he refused to take easy bait, and he didn?t do what I would have done, which is when asked about his ?controversial? remarks about thinking it was good that Cuba taught people how to read he did not yell ?would all of you people grow up? and storm off the stage. This is the last time we?ll see probably about half of these candidates, after Super Tuesday annihilates their campaigns. Too bad. Sure gonna miss Pete and Amy fighting over who is the most midwestern candidate. * Jessa Crispin is the host of the Public Intellectual podcast. She is a Guardian US columnist ?Donald Trump was the winner yet again?On Tuesday night, the Democrats held a prime-time steel cage match. Seven presidential aspirants repeatedly traded verbal blows. After two-plus hours, Donald Trump emerged victorious ? and he wasn?t even in the ring.Even worse, many of the combatants appeared removed from reality. Coronavirus, a reeling stock market, and low unemployment now shape our landscape. Yet the potential pandemic drew no mention until Michael Bloomberg, New York City?s former mayor, raised the threat the virus poses.Medicare-for-All continued to receive outsized attention despite the fact that most Americans take a dim view of government being the be-all and end-all of individual healthcare. By the numbers, US adults reject socialism by better than two-to-one. Jeremy Corbyn?s fate is a cautionary tale.As the 2018 midterms remind us, control of the US House of Representatives and US Senate hinges on wooing and winning persuadable voters. Yet, Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren posture as if they can impose their will upon a blank slate.As for the rest of the field, Pete Buttigieg delivered a crisp performance. Meanwhile, Joe Biden looked and sounded engaged. His sense of humor may yet get him to the finish line first in South Carolina?s upcoming Saturday primary. * Lloyd Green was opposition research counsel to George HW Bush?s 1988 campaign and served in the Department of Justice from 1990 to 1992 ?The well-heeled audience booed Sanders and Warren and loved Bloomberg?Judging purely by the reaction of the crowd watching the Democratic primary debate live in South Carolina, you would think Bloomberg had a magnificent comeback ? almost as if he had miraculously developed a personality that Americans could connect with.Elizabeth Warren quickly found herself on the receiving end of an angry crowd as she excoriated Bloomberg for his and his company?s past that is littered with sexual harassment accusations. It?s extraordinary that Warren?s attempt to champion the women who have been silenced by his non-disclosure agreements was met with furious booing.Bernie Sanders found himself on the receiving end of raucous booing, too, when he challenged Mayor Bloomberg throughout the night, including when he was criticizing Bloomberg?s relationship with China.It didn?t take long before rumors about Bloomberg purchasing the audience started spreading around. So much so that one of Bloomberg?s top staffers had to inform Josh Lederman of NBC news that the Bloomberg campaign ?did not pay people to attend the debate and cheer for Bloomberg?.Perhaps not. Still, a few Google searches later we quickly discovered that the price of tickets to the South Carolina debate ranged between $1,750 and $3,200. And while this does not mean these individuals were paid by Bloomberg to cheer for him, it does mean that the audience members were most likely in a financial position to oppose candidates like Warren and Sanders, who would likely raise their taxes.So it may be the case that Bloomberg had no need to purchase support in the South Carolina debate when the system established by the Democratic party created the conditions under which only the wealthiest people in South Carolina could attend and, subsequently, cheer on the oligarch who would ensure their taxes would not go up. * Benjamin Dixon is the host of the Benjamin Dixon Show ?Attempts to woo black voters sounded like virtue signalling?It?s hard to identify anything but losers of this debate. As expected, Bernie Sanders ? who has won the popular vote in each of the primaries and caucuses thus far ? was attacked at the onset with red scare-level fear mongering about basic social policies from both the moderators and most of the candidates.Virtually all the other candidates, except perhaps Elizabeth Warren, who exuded an air of calm, acted as if their chances would be blasted into oblivion unless they threw the kitchen sink at every answer.Ahead of the first primary that tests the candidates? appeal to a significant black electorate in South Carolina, this came across as virtue signaling instead of meaningful engagement with the issues at hand. Candidates used Bloomberg?s stop-and-frisk policy, for instance, to discuss virtually every racial inequality under the sun and plug various race-centric plans they are running on. Will black voters buy it? We?ll soon find out. * Malaika Jabali is a public policy attorney, writer and activist ?Sanders won an awful debate?What a wretched debate, two hours of shouting and interrupting and pandering from which it was hard to discern much sense. All that noise worked for Bernie Sanders. He remains the frontrunner because nobody else made a point. The others had their chance to bash him as a Fidel Castro sympathizer, but didn?t manage to pull it off.None took him down over healthcare, since it appears to be the issue that has driven him to the front. Elizabeth Warren would have ground Michael Bloomberg into dust over sexism (and failure to release his tax returns) if the moderators had allowed her. But the moderators had no control over candidates desperate to make a mark just before South Carolina and Super Tuesday. So none of them really made a mark.Biden did himself no harm but did not deliver the sort of performance that could propel him into Super Tuesday and stunt Sanders?s rise. Bloomberg looked bad enough that it should give African Americans serious doubts about whether to abandon Biden for him. Sanders won by not making any big mistakes and by offering a reasonable defense of his comments about Latin America, and Biden held his own on friendly ground in South Carolina. * Art Cullen is editor of The Storm Lake Times in northwest Iowa, where he won the Pulitzer Prize for editorial writing. He is a Guardian US columnist and author of the book Storm Lake: Change, Resilience, and Hope in America?s Heartland, just out in paperback


  • New Mexico governor to sheriffs: Enforce gun law or resign -

    New Mexico governor to sheriffs: Enforce gun law or resignNew Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham signed a red-flag gun bill Tuesday that will allow state district courts to order the temporary surrender of firearms, and she urged sheriffs to resign if they still refuse to enforce it. Flanked by advocates for stricter gun control and supportive law enforcement officials at a signing ceremony, Lujan Grisham said the legislation provides law enforcement authorities with an urgently needed tool to deter deadly violence by temporarily removing firearms from people who pose a threat to themselves or others. ?If they really intend to do that, they should resign as a law enforcement officer and leader in that community,? she said.


  • Rush Limbaugh is under fire for claiming the coronavirus is a 'common cold' being 'weaponized' to bring down Trump -

    Rush Limbaugh is under fire for claiming the coronavirus is a 'common cold' being 'weaponized' to bring down TrumpLimbaugh accused China of bioterrorism, claiming it was using the coronavirus to destroy the US economy.


  • Modi calls for calm as Delhi riots toll rises to 27 -

    Modi calls for calm as Delhi riots toll rises to 27Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi called for calm Wednesday after Delhi's worst sectarian violence in decades left at least 27 people dead and prompted demands for a military curfew. This week's battles between Hindus and Muslims have seen mobs armed with swords, guns and acid raze parts of a northeastern district of the Indian capital. The clashes, which also left more than 200 injured, were triggered by protests against a citizenship law seen by many critics as anti-Muslim and part of Modi's Hindu nationalist agenda.


  • 1,000 tourists on a Spanish island are quarantined in their hotel after one of them tested positive for coronavirus -

    1,000 tourists on a Spanish island are quarantined in their hotel after one of them tested positive for coronavirusThe Costa Adeje Palace is closed and its 1,000 guests stuck inside after an Italian guest was found to have the coronavirus in preliminary tests.


  • Coronavirus: 700 New York residents who traveled to China under voluntary quarantine -

    Coronavirus: 700 New York residents who traveled to China under voluntary quarantineAt least 700 travelers who returned to New York from areas affected by coronavirus since Feb. 3 faced voluntary quarantine. Here's what that entails.


  • If Japan And Russia Went To War Earlier, World War II Would Never Have Been The Same -

    If Japan And Russia Went To War Earlier, World War II Would Never Have Been The SameThey nearly did.


  • Trump official says coronavirus death rate same as flu ? despite it being 100 times worse -

    Trump official says coronavirus death rate same as flu ? despite it being 100 times worseIn congressional testimony today, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf claimed that the mortality rate for coronavirus is similar to the flu, both at about 2 per cent.In response, Republican Senator John Kennedy of Louisiana asks: ?Are you sure of that??


  • 7-year-old died 1 minute into tonsil surgery, says parents -

    7-year-old died 1 minute into tonsil surgery, says parentsParents of a 7-year-old South Carolina girl said she died one minute into surgery to have her tonsils removed. Paisley Elizabeth Grace Cogsdill died Friday at a medical center in Greenwood, WHNS-TV reported. Family members said the girl snored in her sleep but was otherwise healthy.


  • Bloomberg girlfriend Diana Taylor on concerns over NDAs: 'Get over it...it was a bro culture' -

    Bloomberg girlfriend Diana Taylor on concerns over NDAs: 'Get over it...it was a bro culture'The campaign later distanced itself from her comments after a "Women for Mike" rally in Texas.


  • Cambodian refugee deported 2 years ago set to return to US -
  • Israel's Netanyahu pulls his punches after Sanders calls him a racist -

    Israel's Netanyahu pulls his punches after Sanders calls him a racistIsraeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Wednesday Bernie Sanders was wrong to call him a racist during a debate among contenders for the U.S. Democratic presidential nomination, but shied away from attacking the senator in return. "I am not intervening in the U.S. election," Netanyahu replied when asked on Israeli Army Radio about what an interviewer termed Sanders' personal attack on him at Tuesday's event in Charleston, South Carolina. Sanders, who has been critical of the right-wing leader's policy toward Palestinians, described Netanyahu as "a reactionary racist who is now running" Israel.


  • 'Fear and panic' as virus threatens Afghanistan, Pakistan -

    'Fear and panic' as virus threatens Afghanistan, PakistanWith porous borders, creaking hospitals and large illiterate populations, Afghanistan and Pakistan face a potentially devastating health crisis after the new coronavirus erupted in neighbouring Iran. Islamabad has closed official border crossings while Kabul has suspended all travel to the Islamic republic, which has reported 19 deaths and a total of 139 infections -- making it one of the hardest hit countries outside the virus epicentre China. The virus has spread to more than 30 countries, killing over 2,700 and infecting 80,000, mostly in China.


  • Carnival, Royal Caribbean, and Norwegian Cruise Line are taking a financial beating from the coronavirus ? here's how much the companies predict it will hurt earnings this year -

    Carnival, Royal Caribbean, and Norwegian Cruise Line are taking a financial beating from the coronavirus ? here's how much the companies predict it will hurt earnings this yearCarnival Corp., Royal Caribbean Cruises, and Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings have predicted that the coronavirus will hurt their earnings this year.


  • Health Officials Expect U.S. Coronavirus Outbreak: ?It?s More of a Question of When? -

    Health Officials Expect U.S. Coronavirus Outbreak: ?It?s More of a Question of When?U.S. officials admitted Tuesday that the United States is likely to suffer a coronavirus outbreak, one day after the Trump administration requested $2.5 billion to help slow the spread of the virus.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention revealed that it now expects a large increase in U.S. cases, and urged Americans to prepare for ?the expectation that this might be bad.?Nancy Messonnier, the director of the Center DC?s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, said that ?it?s not so much of a question of if this will happen in this country any more but a question of when this will happen.? She also warned that ?the disruption of daily life might be severe.?The Trump administration has delivered a mixed response on the virus, with U.S. health secretary Alex Azar admitting during a Senate hearing on Tuesday that ?we cannot hermetically seal off the United States to a virus . . . and we need to be realistic about that.? Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf added that "we only know that, again, we anticipate those numbers to grow in the U.S.,? but said he could not give an ?exact number.?Later in the day, National Economic Council Director Larry Kudlow struck a different tone on CNBC. ?We have contained this ? I won?t say airtight, but it?s pretty close to airtight,? he said. Stocks plunged for the second consecutive day, as the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell over 900 points after Tuesday-morning gains.President Trump told reporters in India early Tuesday that he thought ?the whole situation will start working out.?There are currently 14 domestic cases confirmed in the country, with an additional three cases among those evacuated from China aboard U.S.-chartered flights, and 40 aboard the Diamond Princess cruise ship in Asia.Health officials are also concerned about the lack of resources needed to diagnose and contain an outbreak, with the CDC still trying to roll out a testing kit for state and local health departments. As of Tuesday, a total of 426 people in the U.S. have been tested for the virus, with 12 states and localities now conducting their own tests.?You?re the secretary of Homeland Security and you can?t tell me if we have enough respirators?? Senator John Kennedy (R., La.) asked Wolf during the Senate hearing, after Wolf did not give a straight answer.Senator Josh Hawley (R., Mo.) announced on Tuesday that he is introducing a bill to reduce reliance on Chinese products, over concerns that coronavirus is threatening ?the domestic supply of some 150 prescription drugs, including antibiotics, generics, and branded drugs."


  • DNA on a straw helps jury convict man of murder in 1979 slaying of Iowa teen -

    DNA on a straw helps jury convict man of murder in 1979 slaying of Iowa teenIt took just shy of three hours for the jury to return a verdict for Jerry Lee Burns, who was on trial for the 1979 killing of Michelle Martinko.


  • A British Tank Army Expected to Last Just a Few Days Against the Russians -

    A British Tank Army Expected to Last Just a Few Days Against the RussiansA cold war horror story: ?We would have fought and probably all died,? tweeted Nigel Price, a Cold War veteran of 3 Armored Division. ?But we would have fought. And the enemy knew it. Deterrent worked.?


  • Elizabeth Warren says Kamala Harris and Kirsten Gillibrand regularly check in on her -

    Elizabeth Warren says Kamala Harris and Kirsten Gillibrand regularly check in on herSen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) is on good terms with some Democratic exes.While she can't claim to have raised thousands of dollars from ex-boyfriends, like Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) can, Warren has remained quite friendly with several ex-Democratic presidential candidates. In an interview with NBC News, Warren said she's texted nature photos with Washington Gov. Jay Inslee (D) shortly after he dropped out of the race, talked math with Andrew Yang, and kept in touch with former Housing Secretary Julián Castro, who has endorsed her run.But she says Sens. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) have particular insight into what NBC News calls the "loneliness" of the campaign trail, something Warren described as like "living in a movie that is running at high speed with everything coming so quickly.""Kamala and Kirsten, in particular, ask me am I getting rest? Am I eating? And am I having some fun out there?," said Warren of her fellow women candidates. "It's a very personal experience to run. Running for president can be thrilling but also very lonely," she said. "The candidate stands alone."Warren even got back in good graces with former Rep. John Delaney (D-Md.) after taking him down a few pegs in one of the first debates. Delaney said her call to wish him well after he dropped out was "quite lengthy and quite in-depth" and showed "she's not entirely self-absorbed. She actually listens."Read more about Warren's relationship with her ex-competitors at NBC News.More stories from theweek.com Harvard scientist predicts coronavirus will infect up to 70 percent of humanity Donald Trump tells biographer he's the same now as he was in first grade Is Bernie Sanders the Democrats' Goldwater, Reagan, or Trump?


  • Trump hires college student as top White House official -

    Trump hires college student as top White House officialA university student has been given a top role in the White House, according to three administration officials with knowledge of the matter.James Bacon, a 23-year-old student at George Washington University, will reportedly become the director of operations for the White House?s Presidential Personnel Office (PPO), Politico reported.


  • Former Baltimore mayor awaits sentence in book deals case -

    Former Baltimore mayor awaits sentence in book deals caseIn a 2005 self-published collection of poetry, the woman who would become Baltimore's mayor wrote about her solutions for the city?s challenges and dream of seeing the community unite. Fifteen years later, a federal judge is weighing the contrast described by those poems ? commitment to public service and self-interest ? to decide how much time Pugh will spend in prison. Attorneys for Pugh, who was elected mayor in 2016, have suggested a sentence of 366 days.


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