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    JOE Biden has backtracked about advising Barack Obama to wait on raiding Osama bin Laden's compound because he was worried about possibly failing.  According to Obama’s book, Biden “weighed in against the raid” in May 2011, in which Navy Seals were sent from Afghanistan to Pakistan to carry out the mission. 6Joe Biden, Barack Obama, and then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, among other top leaders, receive an update on the mission to kill Osama Bin Laden in May 2011Credit: AP:Associated Press 6Obama said Biden suggested to wait before saying OK to the raid, believing that US intelligence might not be strong enoughCredit: Reuters 6Navy Seals killed bin Laden in Pakistan in May 2011Credit: AP:Associated Press Obama said that his then-vice president said he suggested that Obama take more time to make a decision on the “Operation Neptune” raid, telling him, “Don’t go”. But the President-elect appeared to recall a different...
    President Donald Trump renewed his claims Wednesday that he 'won' the election despite President-elect Joe Biden getting millions more votes than he did – after suffering a public reversal in Michigan on an effort to disregard the vote count. The president retweeted a map from the New York Times showing that he won 10.1 million more votes than he got in 2016, including in areas with a majority of Hispanic voters. Trump and his top aides have regularly pointed to his raw vote totals, even while claiming the election was 'rigged.'   Trump added in all-capital letters: 'AND I WON THE ELECTION. VOTER FRAUD ALL OVER THE COUNTRY!' What the Times graphic didn't note is that Democrat Joe Biden has received nearly 6 million more votes than Trump, eclipsing Hillary Clinton's win over Trump in the national popular vote (a statistic that carries significance but does not determine the winner).  If...
    Nine years ago, a judge found that a financially struggling hotel in Koreatown had failed to pay its share of local taxes, ruling that the company owed the city of Los Angeles nearly $3.5 million. City officials, reeling from their own financial crisis, were so eager to collect that they sent sheriff’s deputies into the Wilshire Boulevard hotel to retrieve a portion of the money. The City Council eventually reached a legal settlement in 2012, securing $2.65 million — less than officials claimed they were owed — from the hotel and its owner, Leo Y. Lee. Council members began dealing with Lee again earlier this year. But this time, they began looking at providing financial help for his latest venture: a new 192-room hotel planned in another part of Koreatown. After The Times inquired about Lee’s previous legal dispute with the city, City Atty. Mike Feuer said he would oppose...
    Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden unequivocally denied that his son Hunter Biden made money from a foreign business deal involving China during Thursday evening's final presidential debate. As President Donald Trump went on the offensive bringing up allegations that the former vice president knew about his son Hunter's foreign business deals despite his multiple claims to the contrary, Biden forcefully claimed he has never received money from any foreign source. "I have not taken a penny from any foreign source ever in my life," Biden said. Joe Biden: “I have not taken a penny from any foreign source ever in my life.” https://t.co/JleCd5PGtP — NBC News (@NBC News)1603417632.0Responding to a question from moderator NBC News' Kristen Welker on whether Hunter Biden's involvement with Chinese and Ukrainian energy companies was "unethical," Biden deflected and pointed the question back on Trump. "Nothing was...
    MPCAUnder federal law, California is the only state that can set its own auto emission standards. Other states can choose to either follow California’s stricter pollution rules or use standards set by the federal government.Two Democratic state lawmakers who signed a pledge opposing tougher vehicle emission standards proposed by Gov. Tim Walz now say they support the regulations. State Rep. Mary Kunesh-Podein, DFL-New Brighton, and state Sen. Ann Rest, DFL-New Hope, asked to be removed from a list of more than 120 candidates who said they would fight efforts to mirror regulations written by other states, including California rules Walz hopes to adopt that promote cleaner-burning cars and electric vehicles. The pledge was circulated to legislative candidates by the Minnesota Automobile Dealers Association, which has staunchly opposed what the state has billed as its “Clean Cars” rules. “I clearly misread the statement,” said Rest, who said she supports the Minnesota...
    LIVERPOOL boss Jurgen Klopp blasted Roy Keane live on air after the Irishman called Liverpool's 3-1 win against Arsenal 'sloppy'. The German was left stunned when giving the post-match interview, and wanted to double-check if what he heard was true. 2Jurgen Klopp could not believe what he had heard from the Sky Sports studioCredit: Sky Sports ????️ "Did Mr Keane say it was a sloppy performance? Maybe he is speaking about another game..." ????Jurgen Klopp v Roy Keane ???? pic.twitter.com/MIw47L6N0o— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) September 28, 2020 Klopp said: "Did he [Keane] say we had a sloppy performance tonight? "He must have been watching a different game. Nothing was sloppy. This game was exceptional. "The football we played was absolutely exceptional." Goals from Sadio Mane, Andrew Robertson and Diogo Jota, on debut, saw the champions coast to a 3-1 victory. Alexandre Lacazette netted what proved to be a...
    Members of the Minneapolis City Council are backtracking and revealing they have regrets on their collapsed promise to dismantle the city's police department, saying the pledge was 'up for interpretation'.  On June 7 the council released a pledge to dismantle the Minneapolis police department and replace it with a new community support and outreach system following the May 25 death of George Floyd.  However, that effort was stalled in early August when the city’s Charter Commission voted to pause the amendment to dissolve and replace the police force and voted to take 90 more days to review it.  Council members have revealed that they didn't state their intentions clearly and it caused confusion among officials, activists and the public. Councilor Phillipe Cunningham said the language in the pledge was 'up for interpretation' and that even after the pledge was released, 'it was very clear that most of us had interpreted...
    CNN host Don Lemon is attempting to backtrack from controversial comments he made on Monday in light of President Donald Trump having the opportunity to confirm his third Supreme Court justice. What did Lemon say Monday?Speaking with fellow CNN host Chris Cuomo, who said both Republicans and Democrats are being "hypocritical" in comparison to their 2016 position on Supreme Court vacancies during an election year, Lemon advocated dismantling the American electoral system. "We're going to have to blow up the entire system," Lemon said. Specifically, Lemon said the Electoral College should be abolished — which would require a constitutional amendment — and Democrats should pack the Supreme Court with ideologically liberal judges. "You're going to have to get rid of the Electoral College, because the people — because the minority in this country decides who the judges are and they decide who the president is. Is that — is that...
    DON Lemon appeared to walk back comments he made about "blowing up the entire system," insisting that his critics took his words out of context. During his nightly handoff to colleague Chris Cuomo on Monday, the CNN anchor proposed a solution for voters who are disenfranchised by both Democrats and Republicans. 5Don Lemon appeared to backtrack comments he made on Monday night about 'blowing up the system'Credit: CNN 5The CNN anchor on Tuesday slammed his critics, who he claimed took his comments out of contextCredit: CNN "We're going to have to blow up the entire system," Lemon said. "I don't know about that," responded Cuomo, who argued that Americans simply have to get out and vote. Lemon continued: "You know what we're going to have to do?... You're going to have to get rid of the electoral college." "Because the minority in this country get to decide who our...
    (CNN)After a week and a half of in-person classes, West Virginia University announced Monday it was moving undergraduate classes online after seeing a spike in Covid-19 cases and the occurrence of several parties this weekend at the school.The Morgantown campus canceled all in-person classes Monday and will host online classes only starting Wednesday through September 25, the school said in a statement. Undergraduate classes started on August 26.The school said the shift to online classes is a result of the increase in positive cases on the Morgantown campus, as well as reports of parties held over the holiday weekend."This pause in face-to-face undergraduate instruction will give us time to monitor the steadily climbing cases of COVID-19," Dr. Jeffrey Coben, associate vice president of health affairs and dean of the School of Public Health, said. "There is increasing evidence that crowded indoor gatherings, such as those that occurred over the weekend,...
    (CNN)Iowa Sen. Joni Ernst appears to have backtracked on her suggestion that fewer people have died of Covid-19 than official health reports suggest, following criticism of her remarks. Ernst, a Republican facing a tough reelection this year, baselessly raised skepticism that US coronavirus deaths are being overcounted, peddling a false conspiracy theory that's been refuted by health officials, as cases of coronavirus climb in Iowa.She made the comments at a campaign event Monday in Waterloo, Iowa, when she told a crowd she is "so skeptical" of official Covid-19 data. She was responding to a man in the crowd who said he believed the theory that coronavirus cases and deaths had been overcounted, according to an account of the exchange by the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier. The assertion that Covid-19 cases are overcounted has been debunked by US health officials, including Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and...
    Pressure on the Big 10 might cause the conference to reconsider the decision to cancel the football season. As everyone knows, the Big 10 made the horrific decision to cancel the football season because of coronavirus, and all hell has broken loose in the days that have followed. (RELATED: David Hookstead Is The True King In The North When It Comes To College Football) According to Bill Rabinowitz, there’s now the belief that the conference might reconsider the decision. He cited an unnamed attorney who works within football programs who believes “that the pressure from parents, players and some schools will result in the Big Ten reconsidering its cancellation of fall sports. COVID-19 might force re-cancellation but expects a second chance.” An attorney I respect who long worked inside college football programs predicts that the pressure from parents, players and some schools will result in Big Ten reconsidering its cancellation of fall sports. COVID-19...
    Washington (CNN)Defense Secretary Mark Esper is downplaying any differences he had with the White House's assessment as to what caused the deadly explosion in Beirut after his speculation that the blast was likely the result of an accident drew push back from the White House."The bottom line is we still don't know" what caused the explosion, Esper told Fox News in an interview that aired this weekend."On the first day, as President Trump rightly said, we thought it might have been an attack, some of us speculated it could have been, for example, a Hezbollah arms shipment that blew up, maybe a Hezbollah bomb making facility, who knows?" Esper said, adding that the media was trying to stoke division between himself and President Donald Trump. Despite his comments that some were speculating that the explosion may have involved an attack, several defense officials told CNN on Tuesday the US military...
    By DANICA KIRKA, Associated Press LONDON (AP) — The British government is reportedly poised to backtrack on plans to give Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei a limited role in the U.K.‘s new high-speed mobile phone network, a decision with broad implications for relations between the two countries. Britain’s decision to re-examine the question, the results of which will be announced Tuesday, came after the U.S. threatened to sever an intelligence-sharing arrangement because of concerns Huawei equipment could allow the Beijing government to infiltrate U.K. networks. Prime Minister Boris Johnson is also under pressure from rebels in his own Conservative Party who criticize China’s new Hong Kong security law and its treatment of ethnic Uighurs, as well as Huawei’s links to the Chinese government. Ten Conservative lawmakers sent a letter to Johnson demanding that he remove Huawei from “the UK’s critical national infrastructure.” “Everybody has advocated engagement for years and years and...
    LONDON (AP) — The British government is reportedly poised to backtrack on plans to give Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei a limited role in the U.K.‘s new high-speed mobile phone network, a decision with broad implications for relations between the two countries. Britain’s decision to re-examine the question, the results of which will be announced Tuesday, came after the U.S. threatened to sever an intelligence-sharing arrangement because of concerns Huawei equipment could allow the Beijing government to infiltrate U.K. networks. Prime Minister Boris Johnson is also under pressure from rebels in his own Conservative Party who criticize China’s new Hong Kong security law and its treatment of ethnic Uighurs, as well as Huawei’s links to the Chinese government. Ten Conservative lawmakers sent a letter to Johnson demanding that he remove Huawei from “the UK’s critical national infrastructure.” “Everybody has advocated engagement for years and years and years, but it’s become apparent...
    SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — Amid an increase in COVID-19 cases, Gov. Gavin Newsom is ordering some businesses in 19 counties to stop indoor operations ahead of the holiday weekend. “I’m going to ask for a refund on 2020 and get the 2021 model,” said Oliver Ridgeway, Owner of Camden Spit & Larder in downtown Sacramento. The statewide shutdown closed the restaurant down in March, and then his bar was destroyed by looters Memorial Day weekend. Now, Gov. Newsom is ordering all indoor dining to close in Sacramento County, again. “It’s another thing to add to the list,” he said. Restaurants are just one of several businesses the governor is ordering to close down indoor operations, after seeing an “unsettling” surge in new coronavirus case, weeks after most counties reopened businesses. For Ridgeway, he’s worried about his staff, who was just rehired and getting back to work. READ: Fight For Hospital Bed: Woman...
    Facebook erased almost $60billion from its market value Monday after a massive two-day stock decline as more advertisers joined the boycott of the social network. Stocks in the world's largest social media platform rose 1.2 percent again Monday afternoon after shaking off a loss earlier in the morning.  The social media giant is facing a defection of advertisers tired of the racist and violent posts spreading through the social network.  Among the long list of companies are Starbucks, who have halted advertising on all social-media platforms.    Facebook reacted Friday with policy tweaks but the boycott list keeps growing.  Facebook cut its market value by $60billion in two days despite CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Friday announcing policy tweaks that it hoped would appease advertisers tired of the social media giant's inaction on posts containing hate speech on its platform Starbucks on Sunday announced it is cutting advertising from all...
    By ALEX VEIGA and DAMIAN J. TROISE Stocks on Wall Street fell sharply Friday as confirmed new coronavirus infections in the U.S. hit an all-time high, prompting Texas and Florida to reverse course on the reopening of businesses. The combination injected new jitters into a market that’s been mostly riding high since April on hopes that the economy will recover from a deep recession as businesses open doors and Americans begin to feel more confident that they can leave their homes again. The S&P 500 dropped 2.4%, giving up all of its gains after a rally the day before. The sell-off capped a choppy week of trading that erased the benchmark index’s gains for the month. Even so, the S&P 500 is still on pace for its best quarter since 1998. The surge in the number of confirmed new coronavirus cases prompted Texas and Florida to reverse course and clamp...
    Abbott's announcement came after Texas set new records of confirmed virus cases for three days in a row, increasing from 5,489 new cases on Tuesday to 5,996 new cases on Thursday. Some hospitals in Houston reached 97% capacity for their intensive care units as COVID-19 admissions spiked. Abbott’s executive order "is far too little too late," Gilberto Hinojosa, chair of the Texas Democratic Party, said on Friday in an email. "The dam has burst in Texas and now Texans are paying the price." In Florida, the Department of Business and Professional Regulation suspended alcohol consumption at bars across the state, the Tampa Bay Times reported on Friday. The decision came a day after Florida experienced a record-level of new coronavirus cases, reaching nearly 9,000 on Thursday. The state's previous single-day record was 5,508 cases, which happened earlier this week. Experts have warned for months about the dangers of reopening businesses...
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