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Pete Buttigieg quips he's 'a Microsoft Word guy' during Democratic debate and attracts instant Clippy comparisons

Thu, 20 Feb 2020 11:06:45 -0500

The CEO of California‚??s public pension fund said Representative Jim Banks (R., Ind.) had made ‚??baseless accusations‚?Ě about the fund‚??s chief investment officer being involved in Chinese espionage ‚?? but did not deny that Yu Ben Meng had been recruited to the ‚??Thousand Talents Program.‚?ĚMarcie Frost, the head of California Public Employees‚?? Retirement System (CalPERS), also admitted that her organization ‚?? the largest public pension fund in the country with ‚??approximately $400 billion in global assets ‚?? had increased its Chinese investments in 2019 after shifts in ‚??well-established indexes.‚?Ě‚??CalPERS rebalanced its portfolio in light of these changes accordingly, resulting in the removal of 143 stocks and the addition of 198 stocks. Nearly half of the companies added were Chinese companies because the MSCI and FTSE indices changed to include China A-Shares,‚?Ě she wrote in a Thursday letter to Banks.Banks told National Review that Frost‚??s comments ‚??failed to answer two fundamental questions raised in my letter to Governor Newsom,‚?Ě which he sent last week over concerns about Meng‚??s history.Meng emigrated to the U.S. from China to study at the University of California, Davis. He initially worked for CalPERS in 2008, before returning in January 2019 as CIO. From 2015 to 2018, Meng worked as deputy CIO with China‚??s State Administration of Foreign Exchange (SAFE), which oversees China‚??s U.S. Treasury security holdings.In his letter to Newsom, Banks highlighted a 2017 Chinese article which mentioned Meng‚??s role in Beijing‚??s Thousand Talents Program, which provides under-the-table funding to U.S. citizens in exchange for valuable information.‚??First question: Is Mr. Meng a member of the Thousand Talents Program, something the FBI called a ‚??non-traditional espionage program?‚??‚?Ě Banks said Friday after Frost‚??s response. ‚??Second question: Since Meng came back as Chief Investment Officer of CalPERS, has CalPERS invested in companies that are affiliated with the Chinese People‚??s Liberation Army?‚?ĚThe Indiana Republican added that he wanted to hear from Meng over comments he gave to ‚??the Chinese communist rag People‚??s Daily.‚?ĚIn the 2017 article, Meng mentions that his ‚??roots were in China,‚?Ě and says that ‚??in human life, if there is an opportunity to serve the motherland, such responsibility and honor cannot be compared to anything.‚?Ě



Housing crisis: Berkeley law would put renters first

Thu, 20 Feb 2020 15:48:34 -0500

Ethan Kollie bought parts for the assault-style rifle used by Connor Betts in last year's mass shooting in Dayton.



A recurring Biden campaign story about being arrested in South Africa is full of inconsistencies

Fri, 21 Feb 2020 17:40:00 -0500

And it's not American.



Fuel tanker explodes causing 'catastrophic' damage on Indianapolis interstate

Thu, 20 Feb 2020 20:53:07 -0500

Bloomberg isn't even on the ballot in Nevada, but Trump may see the billboards when he visits Las Vegas and Phoenix for campaign events on Friday.



Ilhan Omar‚??s Challenger Is Literally on the Run From the Law

Fri, 21 Feb 2020 04:35:51 -0500

Former Vice President Joe Biden has a pretty good tale to share ‚?? but it may be a little tall.Biden, who is running for president, has been spicing up his recent campaign stump speeches with a story of how he was arrested while in South Africa trying to see Nelson Mandela, The New York Times reports. But that recollection of events has only recently come to light, and it was reportedly omitted from Biden's 2007 memoir that detailed his escapades in the country around that time.During recent campaign speeches, Biden says he "had the great honor" of meeting Mandela and "of being arrested with our U.N. ambassador on the streets of Soweto." As Miami Herald reporter Alex Daugherty points out, Soweto is a ways away from Robben Island, where Mandela's maximum security prison was located.> Adding to @katieglueck's story is Biden's quote doesn't make geographical sense. "I had the great honor of being arrested with our U.N. ambassador on the streets of Soweto trying to get to see him on Robbens Island." Soweto is almost 900 miles away from Robben Island https://t.co/WtlZMdkexq> > ‚?? Alex Daugherty (@alextdaugherty) February 21, 2020The arrest, which has seemingly only been brought up publicly by Biden in the last few weeks, was not found referenced anywhere by readily available news outlets, per the Times.The U.S. ambassador to the U.N. from 1977 to 1979 was Andrew Young. While Young reportedly acknowledged going to South Africa with Biden, he said he was never arrested in the country, and he told the Times he didn't think Biden had been arrested there either."I don't think there was ever a situation where congressmen were arrested in South Africa," Young told the Times, although he did say some people were being arrested in Washington.The story, which was seemingly nonexistent before a few weeks ago, has been told three times on the trail as Biden heads into Nevada and South Carolina, where he needs to pull in big numbers in order to counteract a lackluster showing in Iowa and New Hampshire.Word of advice: there are other ways to make yourself look tough to voters that don't include broadcasting a trip to the slammer.More stories from theweek.com The stunning Southern Baptist controversy over Donald Trump and Russell Moore, explained Friends reunion special officially announced for HBO Max How much will Medicare-for-all save Americans? A lot.



Watch Out! U.S. Army Tanks Could Collapse Polish Bridges On Their Way to Battle Russia

Thu, 20 Feb 2020 19:33:00 -0500

The U.S. Army and its closest allies have a problem. The region of the world where they arguably are most likely to deploy its heaviest vehicles for high-tech combat also is peppered with flimsy old bridges that can‚??t support the vehicles‚?? weight.



China is offering families of doctors who died fighting the coronavirus a 'sympathy payment' of $716

Thu, 20 Feb 2020 09:47:22 -0500

He can try.



This Fighter Jet Is The Biggest Threat To Russia's Su-57 Stealth Fighter (Not the F-35)

Fri, 21 Feb 2020 08:55:00 -0500

Donald Trump's Colorado Springs rally has booed the name of climate activist Greta Thunberg, who he mentioned as he complained that he should be honoured as Time magazine's Person of the Year every year.Mr Trump attacked the 17-year-old by noting she had beat him out for the magazine honour in 2019, but noted that he has won in the past. He has previously complained about losing to Ms Thunberg, notably during the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland earlier this year.



California Pension Fund Does Not Deny CIO‚??s Involvement in China‚??s ‚??Thousand Talents Program‚??

Fri, 21 Feb 2020 12:09:08 -0500

The death toll from the coronavirus outbreak climbed to 2,236 in China. Here is the latest.



CDC is preparing for the 'likely' spread of coronavirus in the US, officials say

Sat, 22 Feb 2020 00:55:08 -0500

Democratic presidential candidate Buttigieg has revealed an affinity for Microsoft's famous word processor.



Elizabeth Warren trolls Republican donor with ad in his paper telling him how much tax she'll make him pay

Thu, 20 Feb 2020 18:51:07 -0500

Junaid Hafeez, a university lecturer in Pakistan, had been imprisoned for six years when he was sentenced to death in December 2019. The charge: blasphemy, specifically insulting Prophet Muhammad on Facebook. Pakistan has the world‚??s second strictest blasphemy laws after Iran, according to U.S. Commision on International Religious Freedom.Hafeez, whose death sentence is under appeal, is one of about 1,500 Pakistanis charged with blasphemy, or sacrilegious speech, over the last three decades. No executions have taken place. But since 1990 70 people have been murdered by mobs and vigilantes who accused them of insulting Islam. Several people who defend the accused have been killed, too, including one of Hafeez‚??s lawyers and two high-level politicians who publicly opposed the death sentence of Asia Bibi, a Christian woman convicted for verbally insulting Prophet Muhammad. Though Bibi was acquitted in 2019, she fled Pakistan. Blasphemy and apostasyOf 71 countries that criminalize blasphemy, 32 are majority Muslim. Punishment and enforcement of these laws varies. Blasphemy is punishable by death in Iran, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Brunei, Mauritania and Saudi Arabia. Among non-Muslim-majority cases, the harshest blasphemy laws are in Italy, where the maximum penalty is three years in prison.Half of the world‚??s 49 Muslim-majority countries have additional laws banning apostasy, meaning people may be punished for leaving Islam. All countries with apostasy laws are Muslim-majority except India. Apostasy is often charged along with blasphemy. This class of religious laws is quite popular in some Muslim countries. According to a 2013 Pew survey, about 75% of respondents in Southeast Asia, the Middle East and North Africa, and South Asia favor making sharia, or Islamic law, the official law of the land. Among those who support sharia, around 25% in Southeast Asia, 50% in the Middle East and North Africa, and 75% in South Asia say they support ‚??executing those who leave Islam‚?Ě ‚?? that is, they support laws punishing apostasy with death. The ulema and the stateMy 2019 book ‚??Islam, Authoritarianism, and Underdevelopment‚?Ě traces the root of blasphemy and apostasy laws in the Muslim world back to a historic alliance between Islamic scholars and government.Starting around the year 1050, certain Sunni scholars of law and theology, called the ‚??ulema,‚?Ě began working closely with political rulers to challenge what they considered to be the sacrilegious influence of Muslim philosophers on society. Muslim philosophers had for three centuries been making major contributions to mathematics, physics and medicine. They developed the Arabic number system used across the West today and invented a forerunner of the modern camera.The conservative ulema felt that these philosophers were inappropriately influenced by Greek philosophy and Shia Islam against Sunni beliefs. The most prominent in consolidating Sunni orthodoxy was the brilliant and respected Islamic scholar Ghazali, who died in the year 1111.In several influential books still widely read today, Ghazali declared two long-dead leading Muslim philosophers, Farabi and Ibn Sina, apostates for their unorthodox views on God‚??s power and the nature of resurrection. Their followers, Ghazali wrote, could be punished with death. As modern-day historians Omid Safi and Frank Griffel assert, Ghazali‚??s declaration provided justification to Muslim sultans from the 12th century onward who wished to persecute ‚?? even execute ‚?? thinkers seen as threats to conservative religious rule. This ‚??ulema-state alliance,‚?Ě as I call it, began in the mid-11th century in Central Asia, Iran and Iraq and a century later spread to Syria, Egypt and North Africa. In these regimes, questioning religious orthodoxy and political authority wasn‚??t merely dissent ‚?? it was apostasy. Wrong directionParts of Western Europe were ruled by a similar alliance between the Catholic Church and monarchs. These governments assaulted free thinking, too. During the Spanish Inquisition, between the 16th and 18th centuries, thousands of people were tortured and killed for apostasy.Blasphemy laws were also in place, if infrequently used, in various European countries until recently. Denmark, Ireland and Malta all recently repealed their laws.But they persist in many parts of the Muslim world. In Pakistan, the military dictator Zia ul Haq, who ruled the country from 1978 to 1988, is responsible for its harsh blasphemy laws. An ally of the ulema, Zia updated blasphemy laws ‚?? written by British colonizers to avoid interreligious conflict ‚?? to defend specifically Sunni Islam and increased the maximum punishment to death. From the 1920s until Zia, these laws had been applied only about a dozen times. Since then they have become a powerful tool for crushing dissent.Some dozen Muslim countries have undergone a similar process over the past four decades, including Iran and Egypt. Dissenting voices in IslamThe conservative ulema base their case for blasphemy and apostasy laws on a few reported sayings of Prophet Muhammad, known as hadith, primarily: ‚??Whoever changes his religion, kill him.‚?Ě But many Islamic scholars and Muslim intellectuals reject this view as radical. They argue that Prophet Muhammad never executed anyone for apostasy, nor encouraged his followers to do so.Nor is criminalizing sacrilege based on Islam‚??s main sacred text, the Quran. It contains over 100 verses encouraging peace, freedom of conscience and religious tolerance. In chapter 2, verse 256, the Quran states, ‚??There is no coercion in religion.‚?Ě Chapter 4, verse 140 urges Muslims to simply leave blasphemous conversations: ‚??When you hear the verses of God being rejected and mocked, do not sit with them.‚?ĚBy using their political connections and historical authority to interpret Islam, however, the conservative ulema have marginalized more moderate voices. Reaction to global IslamophobiaDebates about blasphemy and apostasy laws among Muslims are influenced by international affairs.Across the globe, Muslim minorities ‚?? including the Palestinians, Chechens of Russia, Kashmiris of India, Rohingya of Mymanmar and Uighurs of China ‚?? have experienced severe persecution. No other religion is so widely targeted in so many different countries. Alongside persecution are some Western policies that discriminate against Muslims, such as laws prohibiting headscarves in schools and the U.S. ban on travelers from several Muslim-majority countries.Such Islamaphobic laws and policies can create the impression that Muslims are under siege and provide an excuse that punishing sacrilege is a defense of the faith.Instead, I find, such harsh religious rules can contribute to anti-Muslim stereotypes. Some of my Turkish relatives even discourage my work on this topic, fearing it fuels Islamophobia. But my research shows that criminalizing blasphemy and apostasy is more political than it is religious. The Quran does not require punishing sacrilege: authoritarian politics do.[ Deep knowledge, daily. Sign up for The Conversation‚??s newsletter. ]This article is republished from The Conversation, a nonprofit news site dedicated to sharing ideas from academic experts.Read more: * Conservative Islamic views are gaining ground in secular Bangladesh and curbing freedom of¬†expression * Imran Khan hopes to transform Pakistan but he‚??ll have far less power than past¬†leadersAhmet T. Kuru is a FORIS scholar at the Religious Freedom Institute.



Coronavirus: Princess Cruises boss under fire for blowing kisses at ship where two have died and 3,000 have been quarantined for weeks

Thu, 20 Feb 2020 16:18:00 -0500

A picket line outside the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas proved to be a hot ticket for most Democratic hopefuls aiming to pick up a vote or two ahead of the Nevada caucuses.Elizabeth Warren turned up with donuts to support workers demanding a union contract, while fellow presidential candidates Joe Biden, Pete Buttigieg, Amy Klobuchar and Tom Steyer also found time in their busy schedules to meet workers, pose for pictures and express solidarity.One candidate notable by his absence was Bernie Sanders. The reason may be related to a recent dust-up between the Vermont senator‚??s campaign and the Culinary Workers Union Local 226, known in Las Vegas as ‚??the Culinary.‚?ĚConcern about damage to Sanders and the eagerness of his rivals to curry favor with the Culinary underscores the importance of the union in Nevada. Moreover, the political clout the Culinary possesses serves as an example of how unions can prosper at a time when legislators and politicans are working to limit labor rights.So who is the Culinary backing in the Nevada Democratic caucus? Nobody.The flash point in the Culinary‚??s decision not to endorse was the ‚??Medicare for All‚?Ě proposals of Sens. Sanders and Warren.In a leaflet distributed to members, the union stated that Sanders‚?? plan would ‚??end Culinary Health Care‚?Ě ‚?? the generous zero-deductible plan that serves 55,000 Culinary members and 70,000 of their dependents.Some of Sanders‚?? backers countered that the union had betrayed progressive values by protecting its members while sacrificing higher standards of care for all working-class families. Online, the fight quickly turned ugly. The Vermont senator disavowed supporters who ‚??attack trade union leaders‚?Ě during a televised debate with other candidates, but not before being accused by Pete Buttigieg of being ‚??at war‚?Ě with the Culinary.The online fracas harkened back to an old trope about labor unions that is relentlessly exploited by employers: that they don‚??t care about workers, only themselves and their own power. Which side are unions on?The spotlight on union power in Nevada comes at a time of debate within the labor movement over whether it needs to turn away from ‚??business unionism‚?Ě in order to survive. Business unionism, which organizes around specific goals for employees rather than a wider class struggle, was the dominant orientation of the labor movement in the U.S. though much of the 20th century.Some labor historians like Nelson Lichtenstein and David Montgomery point to business unions‚?? tendency to take care of their own rather than organizing new workforces as a primary reason for the decline of the labor movement to its current nadir, representing just 6.2% of the private sector workforce from nearly 35% in the 1950s.They have argued that in order to attract more members, unions need to adopt the tactics and strategies of new social movements and become engaged in political struggles for broad-based changes that affect all workers, not just those in unions.In a recent book, I argue that the Culinary bridges this traditional divide between business and social unionism.The union has been successful despite Nevada being a ‚??right-to-work‚?Ě state where employees don‚??t have to pay union dues to join a workforce and receive benefits. Culinary has grown its membership by touting the benefits that a strong union can bring, such as 24-hour health clinics, back-pay awards totaling hundreds of thousands dollars, and protections that have seen the return of terminated workers. At the same time, the Culinary has made political engagement a cornerstone of its value, both to its members and the wider public. In the 2016 election, the union knocked on more than 250,000 doors and was instrumental in getting Democrats elected to the state legislature, the governor‚??s office, and the U.S. House and Senate in Nevada.The social movement aspect of the union‚??s work is also seen in other policy areas that it used to compare the candidates: organizing rights and immigration reform. Policy changes on these issues will benefit members of the union, which include large numbers of recent immigrants. But it would also help many low-wage workers outside of the union. A brave face on JanusUnder President Trump, the National Labor Relations Board appears more intent on finding ways to limit labor rights than expand them. And the labor movement faced a major setback in 2018 when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Janus v. ASCME that nonunion public sector workers could not be compelled to pay dues for services they receive. After that decision, the Culinary shows how the labor movement can adapt to the hostility of employers, government agencies and courts.It has been facing these headwinds for more than 80 years in Nevada. Today, Culinary members have wages and health care that are the envy of nonunion workers in the hospitality industry. But that standard came only as a result of historic strikes and hard-fought campaigns with multinational corporations like MGM Resorts and Caesars Entertainment.Other locals of the Culinary‚??s parent union Unite Here have backed Sanders, including in Boston. The Los Angeles local co-endorsed Sanders and Warren. But they are in states with very different politics than Nevada.The Culinary has always had a good sense of where the electorate is in Nevada, sometimes leading the union to endorse Republicans like former two-term Gov. Kenny Guinn. And it has been successful at helping to keep Nevada blue in the last three presidential elections, countering one of the more predictive variables for how a state will vote for president ‚?? whether or not it has a right-to-work law. My research has shown a correlation between right-to-work laws in red states and a vote for the Republican candidate for president. In the last election, Nevada and Virginia were and the only states to buck that trend. Far from being a referendum on Medicare for All, the Culinary‚??s non-endorsement returns the focus where they want it: getting the biggest turnout possible to meet the union‚??s goals of immigration reform, workers‚?? rights and better health care. The mixture of business and social unionism that made the Culinary a political force in Nevada can now serve as a model for other unions in the post-Janus era.[Expertise in your inbox. Sign up for The Conversation‚??s newsletter and get a digest of academic takes on today‚??s news, every day.]This article is republished from The Conversation, a nonprofit news site dedicated to sharing ideas from academic experts.Read more: * Something Democrats and Republicans have in common: Exaggerated stereotypes about both¬†parties * When presidential campaigns end, what happens to the leftover¬†money?Ruben J. Garcia does not work for, consult, own shares in or receive funding from any company or organization that would benefit from this article, and has disclosed no relevant affiliations beyond their academic appointment.



Americans stranded at Pakistan airport after cruise ship was denied entry to multiple countries over coronavirus fears

Thu, 20 Feb 2020 17:00:30 -0500

A plane full of Americans and Canadians was stranded on a tarmac at an airport in Karachi, Pakistan, for several hours on Thursday after it was turned away from multiple countries due to fears of the coronavirus, according to a family member of two of the passengers.



Charity in China during a health crisis

Thu, 20 Feb 2020 15:08:35 -0500

A quadruple murderer was put to death in Tennessee on Thursday despite lawyers asking the US Supreme Court for a stay of execution. Nicholas Sutton, 58, was found guilty of stabbing a fellow inmate to death in 1985. Sutton's lawyers in January asked the state's Republican governor, Bill Lee, to grant clemency, citing expressions of support for Sutton from prison officials.



Airport worker with no license takes plane for spin near D.C., almost crashes, feds say

Thu, 20 Feb 2020 16:53:09 -0500

Candidates seeking to participate will need to meet either a polling or delegate threshold to take part in the event.



Mike Bloomberg is going after Trump with billboards mocking him for eating burnt steak and cheating at golf

Fri, 21 Feb 2020 15:46:21 -0500

The North Carolina officers apparently did not know that Jesse Bright was a defense attorney when they told him it was illegal to film cops last month



Democrat Warren, worried campaign will run out of cash, taps $3 million loan

Fri, 21 Feb 2020 00:37:48 -0500

NEW YORK/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren raised more money than most of her Democratic presidential rivals in the weeks before the Iowa caucuses, but spent so heavily that her campaign took out a $3 million loan fearing she would run out of cash. Warren raised $10.4 million in contributions in January -- more than former Vice President Joe Biden's $9 million and former South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg's $6 million -- but ended the month with only $2.3 million in cash, according to disclosures filed on Thursday. All of the presidential hopefuls were required to submit financial disclosures on Thursday, public documents that offer insights into how they are managing their multi-million campaign operations.



Man tied to former Rep. Katie Hill's campaign arrested for hacking website of opponent in 2018

Fri, 21 Feb 2020 20:05:47 -0500


Inmate says in letter that he killed 2 molesters in prison

Thu, 20 Feb 2020 22:08:50 -0500

While coronavirus has not spread in the United States, CDC officials said they're preparing for the coronavirus to become a pandemic.



Execution for a Facebook post? Why blasphemy is a capital offense in some Muslim countries

Thu, 20 Feb 2020 16:08:42 -0500

"Should the person with the most delegates at the end of this primary season be the nominee, even if they are short of a majority?"That was the final question to the panelists at the Democratic debate in Las Vegas, and it was a very appropriate one ‚?? as appropriate as the question asked of the Republican candidates in 2016 about whether they would support whoever the nominee was in the general election. Only one candidate in 2016 refused to say yes ‚?? Donald Trump. Bernie Sanders was the outlier last night as well ‚?? he was the only candidate this time to say yes ‚?? and it matters for the same reason.Cast your memory back to 2016. Why were Trump's rivals so reluctant for so long to attack him, when he was the frontrunner in the polls almost continuously from the moment he formally announced? One reason is that they knew he had a passionate following they didn't want to alienate ‚?? but Trump himself was in the best position to bring his supporters back into the fold if he lost. That's why Trump's refusal mattered. Trump was saying clearly that he had no loyalty to the Republican Party. If they attacked him frontally, he might attack the eventual nominee, or possibly even run as an independent, and thereby assure Hillary Clinton's victory. So they waited for his candidacy to deflate of its own accord. It wasn't until it was clear that was never going to happen that his surviving rivals proved willing to attack him, but by then it was too late.That's why Sanders' answer mattered as well. The prospects of no one winning a majority of delegates ‚?? once widely underestimated ‚?? are now widely recognized to be quite high. (FiveThirtyEight's model estimates the odds at 40 percent, slightly more likely than an outright Sanders victory.) In that circumstance, the various candidates will come to Milwaukee with their pledged delegates in tow, and on the first ballot nobody will win the nomination.That's when the horse-trading begins. On subsequent ballots, pledged delegates are no longer bound to vote for their pledged candidate. They will probably take their cues from that candidate about how to vote, though, which means other candidates can offer something of value ‚?? a VP slot, a place in the Cabinet, support for legislative priorities, or changes to the party platform ‚?? in exchange for their delegates' support. And they can also woo the so-called "superdelegates," party leaders who were never pledged to any candidate, and who cannot vote on the first ballot.By this means, a minority candidate could theoretically become the nominee. Let's say Sanders comes to the convention with 40 percent of the pledged delegates, Mike Bloomberg has 30 percent, and Pete Buttigieg has 15 percent. Bloomberg could offer to make Buttigieg his VP, taking his delegate count to 45 percent, and then use his own fortune ‚?? promising jobs on his campaign, financial support for their candidacies, contributions to their non-profits ‚?? to win over enough super delegates to put him over the top. That's the nightmare scenario that my colleague, Damon Linker, sketched in his recent column about the Democratic Party's institutional weakness, and it's precisely the scenario that Sanders wanted to foreclose by answering that the plurality delegate winner should win the nomination, full stop.Sanders has good self-interested reasons for taking his position; he is far more likely at this point to come into Milwaukee with a delegate plurality than any other candidate. But he's not by any means certain to do so. Consider the following alternative: Bloomberg comes into the convention with a delegate plurality of 32 percent, with Sanders at 30 percent, and some more conventional candidate ‚?? Biden, say, or Warren ‚?? at 25 percent. That's not an impossible scenario. Sanders might turn out to have a ceiling of support, and either Warren or Biden could parlay a better-than-expected showing in Nevada and/or South Carolina to a significant delegate haul on Super Tuesday. And states further along in the calendar ‚?? Georgia, Florida, Ohio, New York, Pennsylvania ‚?? may be easier territory for Bloomberg or Biden to beat Sanders on than either lopsidedly-liberal California or heavily-Hispanic Texas. In that case, would Sanders want the convention to be bound to give Bloomberg the nomination?Perhaps he would; perhaps, in principle, he believes that the will of the voters should prevail. But in the second scenario sketched above, it's not at all clear that giving Bloomberg the nod would be respecting the will of the voters. The candidate with the most support may not be the ideal choice even of his own voters, merely the perceived best choice to defeat another loathed candidate. He could even be the candidate with the most opposition ‚?? indeed, he could be the absolute last choice of a majority under the right circumstances. If you want to find the candidate with the greatest consensus support, ranked choice voting is a much better (though still imperfect) method rather than simply giving the nod to the plurality winner.That's not the system the Democrats have (and the difficulties in Iowa suggest that they shouldn't be trying to make voting more complicated any time soon). Instead, they've got a system where, if no candidate wins a majority, the party gets to decide.So how should they decide? They have to consider which candidate would, in the abstract, have the best chance of winning in the general election, as well as helping down-ballot: who will best mobilize their side, who is least-likely to mobilize the other side, and who will win over the wavering middle. They also need to take seriously the possibility that failing to choose a particular candidate will alienate that candidate's supporters to the point that they don't vote or even defect in the general election ‚?? an especially likely prospect if that candidate actually was the plurality winner.That's why Sanders' comment matters. What he's saying is: My people are not just going to vote for the Democrat if you deny me the nomination at the convention. And I'm not going to help you convince them to do so.Is that what will actually happen? I suspect it depends on precisely which scenario comes true. If Sanders comes to the convention with a large plurality, clearly outdistancing the competition, I think the party would be insane to deny him the nomination. The damage they would incur by so doing far exceeds any possible risks of a Sanders candidacy.But if the result is more muddled, the case will be more muddled as well. If Sanders limps into Milwaukee with a narrow and small plurality, having lost most of the late contests and polling poorly against Trump, and there is a clear compromise candidate with wide support within the party and decent general election numbers, then Sanders risks being perceived as a hostage taker if he persists with his current line and denounces the convention as undemocratic. And if Bloomberg earns a narrow plurality, I suspect even Sanders would change his tune and push for a compromise candidate rather than supporting the pledged delegate leader.Right now, though, Sanders is laying down a marker to any candidates who are unlikely to accumulate a plurality of delegates. The longer the field stays big, the less likely it is that anyone gets a majority. If they can keep funding their candidacies, Biden, Warren, Klobuchar and Buttigieg could justify staying in even without hope of a plurality by saying that the convention could pick anyone and maybe they'll emerge as the compromise candidate. But the longer the field stays divided, the more likely it is that Sanders gets a plurality. So Sanders is warning them that if they stay in just to keep him from earning a majority, and then try to deny him the nomination, he'll tear the party apart. So at the point their chances of prevailing are over, they should get out.And with Bloomberg in the race, he's laying down another marker as well: That if the billionaire tries to tip the nomination at the convention to himself, or to any other non-Sanders candidate, he'll attack that effort for being a flagrant corruption of the democratic process. Which is not how anyone who cares about defeating Trump wants to kick off the general election campaign.Want more essential commentary and analysis like this delivered straight to your inbox? Sign up for The Week's "Today's best articles" newsletter here.More stories from theweek.com The stunning Southern Baptist controversy over Donald Trump and Russell Moore, explained Friends reunion special officially announced for HBO Max How much will Medicare-for-all save Americans? A lot.



Former national security adviser denounces the House's impeachment proceedings as 'grossly partisan'

Thu, 20 Feb 2020 09:26:35 -0500

In northern Syria, heavy exchanges between Syrian and Turkish troops are erupting with more frequency, threatening to escalate into full-blown conflict. U.S. troops even have had a deadly clash with Syrian gunmen at a checkpoint. Syria‚??s civil war long has provided a free-for-all battlefield for proxy fighters.



Tesla just bested Toyota, Volkswagen, and Lincoln to become one of drivers' favorite brands

Fri, 21 Feb 2020 13:11:00 -0500


Trump‚??s spiritual guide urges congregation to neglect bills in favour of church donations

Thu, 20 Feb 2020 12:45:31 -0500

A California inmate serving a life sentence for murder confessed in a letter that he beat to death two child molesterswith another inmate's cane hours after a prison counselor ignored his urgent warning that he might become violent. In a letter to the Bay Area News Group, Jonathan Watson, 41, said he clubbed both men in the head on Jan. 16 at the California Substance Abuse Treatment Facility and State Prison in the small central California city of Corcoran. The first attack occurred after Watson became enraged that one of the sex offenders was watching a children‚??s television show,the East Bay Times reported Thursday.



DNC announces qualifications for South Carolina debate

Fri, 21 Feb 2020 02:07:23 -0500

An Iowa professor has been charged for allegedly gagging and binding her husband to a chair with rope for hours before his death, authorities said on Wednesday evening.Gowun Park, a 41-year-old assistant economics professor at Simpson College, was charged with first-degree murder and first-degree kidnapping in the death of her 41-year-old husband, Sung Nam, on Saturday, West Des Moines police told The Daily Beast.¬†‚??Ms. Park‚??s actions and in-actions were directly responsible for Mr. Nam‚??s death. The injuries sustained by Mr. Nam were not self-inflicted,‚?Ě a criminal complaint obtained by the Des Moines Register says. ‚??Ms. Park stated that the only people present during the duration of the events were her and her husband, Sung Woo Nam.‚?ĚCalifornia Woman Fabricated Firefighter Husband to Scam Donors: PoliceAuthorities allege Park bound her husband‚??s hands and feet with zip ties before tying him to a chair in their West Des Moines home on Saturday between 10:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. Park then allegedly stuffed ‚??an item of clothing‚?Ě into Nam‚??s mouth to prevent him from yelling in protest before finally using duct tape to place a towel over his head to cover his eyes.Several hours later, at about 5:05 p.m., police say Nam asked to be untied in distress, but his wife refused to free him. Gun finally called West Des Moines police officers at around 6:45 p.m., at which point deputies found Nam unresponsive with ligature marks on the front of his neck and throat. His wife was ‚??performing CPR‚?Ě on him, authorities said.‚??Ms. Park made efforts to hide and conceal the binding items prior to the arrival of emergency personnel,‚?Ě the criminal complaint said.¬†Nam was transported to UnityPoint Health-Iowa Methodist Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.¬†The next day, Park emailed her students to say she was canceling classes for the following week and postponing their midterm because of a ‚??personnel issue,‚?Ě according to the Des Moines Register. Park, who was hired at the small liberal-arts college in 2017, was arrested on Wednesday after faculty members saw deputies in her office. Air Force Major Charged With Murder After Missing Wife‚??s Remains Found‚??I witnessed three police officers in the faculty member's office searching through papers and drawers,‚?Ě Brian Steffen, professor of multimedia communications, told the school‚??s newspaper, The Simpsonian. ‚??I did see police officers remove a computer from her office. I don‚??t know whether they took other materials, but I did see them take a computer away.‚?ĚA Simpson College spokesperson told The Daily Beast that the school has suspended Park following her arrest and is cooperating with authorities during the ongoing investigation. As of Thursday afternoon, Park‚??s staff profile page was removed from Simpson College‚??s website, as was any mention of the assistant economics professor.Wife Kills Husband, Admits It in a Bar Bathroom‚??The recent news has left me and other classmates in shock,‚?Ě Kody Ricken, a sophomore and one of Park‚??s advisees, told the student newspaper. ‚??We never would have expected her to do anything like this.‚?ĚPark received her master‚??s degree in economics from New York University in 2010 before teaching there as an adjunct professor for five years, a school spokesperson confirmed. She later received her doctoral degree in economics in 2017 from the City University of New York just before joining Simpson College faculty, according to alumni records.¬†Park is being held on a $5 million bond at Dallas County Jail. It was not immediately known whether she has a lawyer.¬†Read 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.



8 Statement-Making Cabinets to Make Any Room

Thu, 20 Feb 2020 08:00:00 -0500

Fighting words last night at the MSNBC debate:¬†‚??So, I'd like to talk about who we're running against, a billionaire who calls women ‚??fat broads‚?? and ‚??horse-faced lesbians.‚?? And, no, I'm not talking about Donald Trump. I'm talking about Mayor Bloomberg,‚?Ě Warren said.



Physicists spend $50M to support African American students

Fri, 21 Feb 2020 11:13:02 -0500


Nurse sentenced to 13 years in prison for harming infants

Fri, 21 Feb 2020 07:01:08 -0500

The driver was able to get out of the tanker truck on his own and was met by three good Samaritans who helped usher him to safety.



Kill Shot: Did Elizabeth Warren Just Knock Michael Bloomberg Out of the Presidential Race?

Thu, 20 Feb 2020 14:07:24 -0500

"This is a complicated case," the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation tweeted Thursday about the disappearance of Evelyn Mae Boswell. "Right now, our primary focus is finding Evelyn."



2 passengers die after leaving 'chaotic' cruise ship

Thu, 20 Feb 2020 18:09:00 -0500

The Kempeitai were the military police of the Japanese Imperial Army. Literally translated, the name means ‚??Law Soldier Regiment.‚?Ě Westerners of 1930s generally called them ‚??gendarmerie‚?Ě



U.S. charges ex-DEA agent with laundering millions in drug funds

Fri, 21 Feb 2020 18:28:59 -0500

Ryan Guy Parker allegedly "bounced" the landing and spun out when he touched down at the end of one harrowing flight.



Trump rally boos Greta Thunberg as he complains he should win Time Person of the Year 'every single year'

Thu, 20 Feb 2020 19:54:00 -0500

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez announced Friday her political action committee‚??s first round of endorsements, which will include two progressive candidates challenging sitting Democratic members of Congress.



Iowa Professor Bound and Gagged Husband Before His Death: Cops

Thu, 20 Feb 2020 14:09:40 -0500

Elizabeth Warren has bought ad space in a newspaper owned by Republican mega-donor Sheldon Adelson, taunting the billionaire with an estimate for how much he would pay during the first year of her presidency with her promised 2 per cent wealth tax.‚??Here‚??s how much Sheldon Adelson pays under Elizabeth Warren‚??s wealth tax in the first year: $2,300,000,000,‚?? the ad, printed in the Las Vegas Review-Journal, says.



The Culinary Union of Nevada takes a pass on endorsing ‚?? here's why that may be a winning political strategy

Fri, 21 Feb 2020 07:34:18 -0500

The mayor of Berkeley, California, proposed a new housing policy Thursday aimed at giving renters first dibs when a property goes up for sale, as the state battles a severe housing shortage and homelessness that Gov. Gavin Newsom has declared his top priority. Berkeley Mayor Jesse Arreguin announced a proposed ordinance to give renters "the first refusal and right to purchase" when their apartment buildings or rented homes are put on the market. Berkeley's city council will vote on the idea later this month.



Racist German Shooter Exposes the Global Network of Hate

Thu, 20 Feb 2020 13:08:14 -0500

BERLIN‚??Late Wednesday night in the central German city Hanau, a gunman that police have identified as 43-year-old Tobias Rathjen opened fire at two shisha bars. They‚??re the kind of places favored by people who enjoy a laid-back atmosphere as they puff tobacco bubbling through water-filled hookahs, and on any given evening, many of those folks may be from Turkish, Kurdish, or North African backgrounds. They‚??re quiet places for conversation and minding your own business. Do Germans Know a Hate Crime When They See It?But Rathjen just started blowing people away. He first opened fire at a hookah bar called Midnight in the center of Hanau. He then drove five minutes away to the Arena Bar and Cafe, where he opened fire again. He killed nine and injured several others at the two locations, then fled. Police swarmed into the neighborhood. When they tracked Rathjen down and stormed his apartment at 5 a.m., they found his dead body next to that of his 72-year-old mother. Apparently he had shot her, too.Investigators also found a manifesto with racist and ultranationalist views, and the federal prosecutor is treating the case as an example of extreme-right terrorism and it is already clear the shooter was drawing on the international propaganda of hate that has inspired murderers from New Zealand to the United States. It is also apparent that, despite condemnation of the killings by the ascendant far-right German opposition party AfD, or Alternative f√ľr Deutschland, it has contributed to this country's increasingly incendiary atmosphere.Witnesses were stunned.‚??I got a call from a colleague that there was a shooting,‚?Ě Can Luca Frisenna, the 24-year-old son of the owner of a convenience store next to the Arena Bar, told reporters in front the taped-off crime scene. ‚??I drove here directly. First I thought that my father had been hit and my little brother... and then I saw both of them, they were in shock, they were crying. Everyone was shocked.‚??Things like this do not happen in this area,‚?? Frisenna said. "It‚??s like a film, like a prank. I can‚??t yet believe what has happened. I think all of my colleagues, they are like my family, they cannot believe it either.‚?ĚBoth the Midnight and the Arena have owners with Kurdish backgrounds, according to Mehmet Tanriverdi, the chairman of the Kurdische Gemeinde Deutschland, or Kurdish Community in Germany.Tanriverdi said that five of the nine victims have Kurdish backgrounds, but ‚??They are German citizens.‚?Ě One witness, Kenan Kocak, told the television network station NTV, ‚??It‚??s very sad in particular that young people‚??a young lad, and a young girl about 20 or 25 years old‚??have died. I was there with them yesterday. Someone who worked there was also taken to the hospital. It looks very bad.‚?ĚThe news agency ANF has identified two of the people killed as Ferhat √?nvar and G√∂khan G√ľltekin, both young men. A week ago the killer, who described himself as a bank teller, published a video on YouTube in which he addressed ‚??all Americans.‚?Ě He spoke English in a light German accent and mouthed bizarre conspiracy theories about ‚??underground military facilities‚?Ě on U.S. soil. He referred repeatedly to 9/11 as an example of the imminent threat. He said that he, for one, has been under surveillance since birth and called on American citizens to wake up and ‚??fight now.‚?Ě The video appeared to have been recorded in a private apartment; a bookshelf in the background was stacked with dozens of binders.¬†Meanwhile, Rathjen uploaded a 24-page text on his personal website. It included long sections of white supremacist, ethno-nationalist rambling. He wrote that ‚??not everyone who owns a German passport is purebred and valuable.‚?Ě He talked about one German Volk‚??‚??the people‚?Ě in the ethno-nationalist sense‚??which he describes as being the best. Otherwise there are only ‚??destructive races.‚?Ě The ‚??solution to the puzzle,‚?Ě he wrote (misspelling ‚??puzzle‚?Ě‚??is that billions of people (he named Arab countries and Israel) be ‚??annihilated.‚?ĚIf such demented ravings were limited to one unhinged bank teller with a gun, society might rest easy in spite of the tragedy. But they are not. Last week, police in Germany arrested 12 right-wing extremists who allegedly had been planning terror attacks on mosques across the country, inspired by those carried out in New Zealand last year. They had plans to provoke revenge attacks and bring about a ‚??civil war,‚?Ě authorities said.This often is part of the global hate network's gospel. The young white supremacist who murdered nine black men and women in a Bible study group in Charleston, South Carolina, one evening in June 2015, preached much the same philosophy.Inside the Head of Dylann Roof, Jihadist for White HateRathjen also wrote about the coming ‚??war‚?Ě on his website, claiming that it would be a double blow, both against the secret organizations that he says are reading his mind, and against the ‚??degeneration of the Volk.‚?ĚRight-wing extremists who turn to terror rely on apocalyptic scenarios (‚??civil war‚?Ě) to characterize their targets as a threat and thus justify their criminal acts as ‚??self defense.‚?ĚPoliticians from Alternative f√ľr Deutschland (AfD), now Germany‚??s biggest opposition party, have spurred this narrative by spreading conspiracies about ‚??ethnic replacement‚?Ě and disinformation campaigns about non-existent crimewaves‚??as exemplified by campaign posters that accused hookah bars of being places of ‚??rape ‚?? and ‚??poison.‚?ĚFor Germany‚??s radical right, escalation is the goal. Crime levels in Germany are still at an all-time low. Right-wing terrorism aims to spread fear and potentially bring about authoritarian measures that the AfD cannot implement directly. So of course AfD politicians have condemned the terror attack‚??one AfD politician wrote on Twitter, ‚??Is this still the ‚??Germany in which we live well and happily‚?? that Merkel‚??s CDU (Conservative party) conjured up in 2017?‚?ĚFour months ago, 27-year-old Stephan Balliet tried to commit a terror attack against a synagogue in the city of Halle an der Saale, and killed two bystanders. As was the case with Rathjen, he had not been known to intelligence services prior to his act of terror. Meanwhile, Stephan E., the man accused of murdering conservative politician Walter L√ľbcke on his front porch in June, was a neo-Nazi in the '90s, but only became active again in the past few years. The German newspaper Die Zeit reported Thursday that police found a New Right book in his apartment that propagates the same ethnic replacement theories AfD politicians have cited. In 2016, 18-year-old student David Sonboly killed nine people in Munich on the fifth anniversary of the terror attack in Norway by Anders Breivik. He had been bullied at school, but turned his resentment and fury on people simply for their appearance, claiming that refugees and immigrants were a threat to Germany‚??s future. In 2018, reporters from the newspaper Taz uncovered a network of people (including soldiers from the German army) who were preparing ‚??kill lists‚?Ě of left-wing politicians and activists, whom they could execute on the apocalyptic ‚??Day X.‚?ĚRead more at The Daily Beast.Get 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.



Quadruple murderer executed in Tennessee

Thu, 20 Feb 2020 22:23:28 -0500

The president of Princess Cruises welcomed a coronavirus-quarantined ship by blowing kisses and making heart signs, captured on a video set to upbeat music and posted on social media the same day as reports of the deaths of two passengers had surfaced.In a video posted to the company's social media on Wednesday, Jan Swartz is seen wearing a surgical mask and forming heart hands over her head as the cruise ship finally begins to disembark after its passengers were forced to remain at a port in Yokohama, Japan for several weeks following a shipwide outbreak of the flu-like respiratory virus.



Is Putin Turning the Mediterranean Into a Russian Lake?

Thu, 20 Feb 2020 11:17:00 -0500


More than 100 wild animals in China died from poisoning in a mass die-off seemingly triggered by coronavirus disinfectant

Fri, 21 Feb 2020 14:42:18 -0500

It‚??s not unheard-of for members of Congress to resign their seats because of serious legal trouble. Now Republican House candidate Danielle Stella is trying to achieve the inverse: getting elected to Congress while being wanted by the law.¬†Stella, one of the five Republicans competing for the right to take on Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) in November, has been wanted for months on an arrest warrant for felony shoplifting. Even while facing arrest, though, she‚??s managed to achieve a respectable fundraising haul‚??nearly¬†$84,000 as of the end of 2019‚??and built up a following on social media, where, well, she‚??s made some waves.¬†Stella first stirred the pot in July over tweets suggesting she supports the QAnon conspiracy theory, which claims that Trump is engaged in a ceaseless secret war against high-ranking pedophile-cannibals in the halls of power. At the same time, The Guardian reported that she had been arrested twice in the Minneapolis area‚??s Hennepin County on shoplifting charges, including an allegation that she stole $2,300 from Target.¬†Stella insisted she didn‚??t break the law. According to records, though, Stella failed to show up for multiple October court hearings about her alleged felony. After Stella missed another hearing, a judge issued a still-outstanding warrant for her arrest.¬†‚??We can confirm that she does have an active felony theft warrant in Hennepin County,‚?Ě a spokesman for the Hennepin County Sheriff‚??s Office told The Daily Beast.¬†Stella didn‚??t respond to requests for comment.¬†Stella‚??s primary rivals have watched her mounting legal woes with surprise. Lacy Johnson, an entrepreneur who has raised nearly $500,000 in his own bid for the Republican nomination, said that negative headlines about Stella could undermine whoever eventually faces Omar in the general election. The eventual Republican nominee already faces a steep challenge in the district, which heavily favors Democrats.‚??Candidates are reflections of the party in a way, and it‚??s not a good reflection of the party in a sense,‚?Ě Johnson said. ‚??But now, being in politics, you do learn that people do have all kinds of ways of looking at things.‚?̬†Sheriff‚??s deputies aren‚??t the only ones interested in Stella‚??s whereabouts. Questions about her location flared anew over the weekend, when a conspiracy theorist with 50,000 YouTube subscribers claimed with no evidence during a livestream that Stella was in some unspecified danger at a hotel in Osceola, Wisconsin. Callers from across the country deluged the Osceola hotel with calls, and police were called to the scene.¬†A spokeswoman for the Osceola Police Department declined to share an incident report about the event, citing an open investigation.¬†Stella is facing obstacles beyond the courtroom, too. In November, Twitter suspended her campaign account after she repeated a fringe allegation that Omar is an Iranian government asset and claimed that Omar ‚??should be tried for treason and hanged‚?Ě if the allegation was true.¬†¬†Despite all the legal attention, Stella continues to operate her campaign‚??at least online. In addition to raising money for her campaign, Stella has posted messages to her supporters on Facebook and Instagram, including promotional memes about QAnon.¬†¬†As a candidate himself, Johnson said that anyone facing an arrest warrant would no doubt face complications while running for office. How, for example, could they show up for debates in the face of police pressure?¬†‚??I wouldn‚??t even run if I was on the run from the police,‚?Ě Johnson said.¬† How the Ilhan Omar Marriage Smear Went From Fever Swamp to TrumpRead more at The Daily Beast.Get 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.



A 15-month-old last seen in December was reported missing only this week

Fri, 21 Feb 2020 13:21:39 -0500

Donald Trump‚??s pastor is telling Florida worshippers to prioritise giving money to her church over paying their own mortgages.Paula White, the controversial televangelist who serves as Mr Trump‚??s spiritual guide, warned thousands of congregants in Miami to put God before their own financial needs.



Meet Japan's Gestapo: The Kempeitai Secret Police That Americans Feared

Fri, 21 Feb 2020 10:21:00 -0500

Here's the Navy's laundry list of stuff it wants in 2021 but says it couldn't fit into its FY21 ask.



Moscow says Russian official detained in Spain after U.S. request

Fri, 21 Feb 2020 10:46:04 -0500

People on the Chinese social media site Weibo balked at the low number. "Is this missing a few zeros?" one asked.



A crowd in Ukraine threw bricks at buses carrying coronavirus evacuees from Wuhan to quarantine

Fri, 21 Feb 2020 05:26:01 -0500

The buses were attacked in Novi Sanzhary on Thursday night. Nobody on board has tested positive for the coronavirus ‚?? the quarantine is a precaution.



Cop who told driver not to record police demoted

Fri, 21 Feb 2020 11:45:30 -0500

Tesla placed 11 out of 32 in Consumer Reports 2020 automotive brand ranking, rising eight spots from 2019.



Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez‚??s progressive PAC makes first round of endorsements

Fri, 21 Feb 2020 13:46:59 -0500

Former national security adviser John Bolton on Wednesday denounced the House's impeachment proceedings against President Trump as ‚?Ěgrossly partisan‚?Ě and said his testimony would not have changed Trump's acquittal in the Senate, as he continued to stay quiet on the details of a yet-to-be-released book.



Bernie Sanders' subtle warning to the Democratic Party

Thu, 20 Feb 2020 15:19:12 -0500


Here‚??s $5.4 billion of stuff the US Navy says it wants but didn‚??t fit in its FY21 budget request

Fri, 21 Feb 2020 09:44:22 -0500

Arthur Dam is married to someone who worked for former Rep. Katie Hill, according to a criminal complaint. The victim was opponent Bryan Caforio.



Police: Couple forced boys off road, angered by Trump flags

Fri, 21 Feb 2020 13:34:42 -0500

A northwestern Indiana couple allegedly used a car to force two teenage boys off a road, angered that the twin brothers were riding bicycles adorned with flags supporting President Donald Trump, before ripping one of the sibling's flag from his bike, police said Friday. Hobart police said Snapchat videos helped officers secure charges against Kyren Gregory Perry-Jones, 23, and Cailyn Marie Smith, 18, in connection with a July 22 incident. Police Capt. James Gonzales said the Hobart couple are accused of driving in their car, running the 14-year-old boys off of the road, and making threats toward them.



Bloomberg campaign accuses Bernie Sanders camp of inciting vandalism on their offices

Fri, 21 Feb 2020 17:14:02 -0500

The Bloomberg campaign listed five incidents of vandalization they said mirrored Sanders' campaign rhetoric



Syrian war pulls in major foreign actors, increasing tension

Fri, 21 Feb 2020 13:34:41 -0500

‚??I will tell you there are just as many nerdy black kids who would love to be physicists and engineers as there are nerdy Jewish kids or nerdy white kids.‚?Ě



Man who bought 100-round magazine for Dayton mass shooter sentenced to 32 months

Thu, 20 Feb 2020 17:30:25 -0500

Former CIA Director John Brennan is very disturbed by a new report from the New York Times, which says last week, members of the House Intelligence Committee were warned by an aide to acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire that Russia is actively meddling in the 2020 campaign in order to get President Trump reelected.



Former CIA director: We‚??re in a ‚??national security crisis‚??

Fri, 21 Feb 2020 12:43:12 -0500

Animal activists also shared distressing photos on Weibo: bloodied animals, a man hitting a dog with a stick, and an officer poking a lifeless dog.