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Rep. Rashida Tlaib Apologizes After Booing Hillary Clinton at Bernie Sanders Campaign Event

Top Stories - Sat, 02/01/2020 - 17:01

Clinton had previously said about Bernie Sanders: "Nobody likes him"


Xenophobia 'Is A Pre-Existing Condition.' How Harmful Stereotypes and Racism are Spreading Around the Coronavirus

Top Stories - Sat, 02/01/2020 - 16:06

As the number of coronavirus cases continue to grow, so do concerns of racist vitriol and stereotyping against people of Asian descent.


A student at the University of Massachusetts Boston is confirmed to be the 8th person in the US to have the Wuhan coronavirus after a trip to China

Top Stories - Sat, 02/01/2020 - 15:30

Seven other cases of the virus have been already reported throughout the US, in Arizona, California, and Washington.


Coronavirus infection detected in Boston as Pentagon prepares 1,000 quarantine beds

Top Stories - Sat, 02/01/2020 - 15:27

A case of coronavirus has been detected in Boston, the first case in Massachusetts which brings the nationwide total of infected people up to eight.The state’s department of public health said the man, in his 20s, recently returned from Wuhan, China - the epicentre of the virus.


Nigeria to address issues that led to visa restrictions

Top Stories - Sat, 02/01/2020 - 15:00

Nigeria's government pledged Saturday to try to address security issues the Trump administration cited in its decision to stop granting immigration visas to people from Africa's most populous nation. Immigrants from Nigeria and three other countries no longer will be eligible for visas allowing them to live in the United States permanently, the White House said Friday. Nigerians, who have long decried the visa application processes in both the United States and Europe as racist, expressed disbelief and anger after the Trump administration announced the new policy, which takes effect Feb. 21.


Coronavirus: Is the Media Over Hyping the Threat?

Top Stories - Sat, 02/01/2020 - 14:38

A contagion will happen at some point, and it’s important we recognize it and react. Unless the coronavirus mutates into something far more dangerous, this isn’t it. News and novelty seem to be driving policy.


Vanessa Bryant asked to keep items fans left at the Staples Center memorial for Kobe

Top Stories - Sat, 02/01/2020 - 14:36

The president of Staples Center, L.A. Live and Microsoft Theater said it will be cataloging everything before shipping them to the Bryant family.


U.S. confirms its 8th case of coronavirus, quarantine in effect

Top Stories - Sat, 02/01/2020 - 14:19

U.S. health officials on Saturday confirmed an eighth case of the fast-spreading new coronavirus in the United States in a person who had traveled to China. The latest U.S. patient, who was not identified, is in Massachusetts, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said in an emailed statement. The person recently returned from Hubei province in central China, the epicenter of the outbreak.


Biden Digs Deep Into Wall Street Rolodex to Brace for Fight

Top Stories - Sat, 02/01/2020 - 13:20

(Bloomberg) -- Joe Biden’s campaign has added big-name Democratic fundraisers to the candidate’s national finance committee, including billionaire Penny Pritzker and Avenue Capital Croup’s Marc Lasry, as it braces for a protracted fight for the Democratic nomination.Muddied or close results in the first few contests paired with multiple candidates who have signaled plans to stay in the race indefinitely drag the nominating contest deep into the year, and Biden’s camp argued Friday that it’s ready for the fight.“The VP remains in a strong position to perform well in the first four states and on Super Tuesday, but we’re also planning for an extended process into the summer,” campaign manager Greg Schultz said in a memo to Biden supporters, hinting that the campaign expects Bernie Sanders will stay in the race at least until the end of the primary calendar, even if he doesn’t have a delegate advantage.“Monday’s contest begins the process, it doesn’t end it,” Schultz said. “And, it’s a process we are fully prepared and well-positioned to win.” After falling behind top opponents in raising money, January has been Biden’s “strongest month of fund raising since launch,” he said, with much of the growth coming online.Setting the BarWhile Schultz’s memo could be interpreted as an effort to lower expectations ahead of an uncertain showing on Monday, so he could tout the results if Biden does reasonably well, it could also be seen as an effort to head off panic among Biden’s supporters should he perform poorly.For months, Biden’s top aides have stressed that their strategy doesn’t rely upon wins in Iowa or New Hampshire as much as it does on strong performances later in February in Nevada and South Carolina, and on Super Tuesday, March 3. But before Biden began falling behind Sanders in a variety of national and key-state polls, they hadn’t acknowledged the possibility that the nomination fight would stay competitive deep into the primary calendar.Currently, Biden trails Sanders in the RealClearPolitics polling average.In Iowa, Biden and his team are expecting a close finish, the candidate insisted. “I think it’s going to be just a tossup here. It has been all the way along,” Biden told reporters in Mount Pleasant at the end of a day of campaigning that took him to small events in three towns in the southeastern corner of the state.Calendar Favorable?Still he projected optimism, even as operatives and pundits in Iowa have become more skeptical about his chances. “I’ve said from the beginning I expect to do well. I probably shouldn’t tell you that, but I expect to do well,” he said.However Monday night’s caucuses turn out, Biden said he doesn’t see those results defining the race – at least for him if he doesn’t win. “It’s not as consequential in one sense as it has been in years past,” he said. New Hampshire will be “a real uphill race as it always is for a non-New Englander.” Both Sanders and Warren are from neighboring states.The calendar becomes more favorable to him after that. “I feel very strongly that we have a great firewall in South Carolina. I think we’re in a position where we’ll do very well in Nevada,” he said.Big-Name FundraisersIn addition to teasing a strong fundraising announcement as January comes to a close, Schultz big-name Democratic fundraisers who have joined Biden’s finance committee, including Pritzker, the former U.S. Commerce Secretary; former Ambassadors Jane Hartley and Rufus Gifford; Lasry, chairman and CEO of Avenue; Mark Gallogly, managing principal and co-founder of private equity firm Centerbridge Partners; Blair Effron, co-founder of investment banking firm Centerview Partners; and Alex Heckler, founding and managing partner of LSN Partners, a Miami Beach-based consulting firm.Schultz said he anticipates there will be only a small difference between the number of delegates among the top candidates after the Iowa and New Hampshire contests. That will benefit Biden, who has led polls of South Carolina by double-digits for months. To help with delegate strategy, Biden’s campaign has hired David Huynh, a veteran of Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign and Kamala Harris’s campaign, as delegate adviser. Schultz said that having Huynh, a top expert on delegate strategy, on board will be an “enormous advantage.”(An earlier version corrected the affiliation of Blair Effron.)(DISCLAIMER: Michael Bloomberg is also seeking the Democratic nomination for president. Bloomberg is the founder and majority owner of Bloomberg LP, the parent company of Bloomberg News.)(Recasts first paragraph.)To contact the reporter on this story: Jennifer Epstein in Mount Pleasant, Iowa at jepstein32@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Wendy Benjaminson at wbenjaminson@bloomberg.net, Magan CraneFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.comSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2020 Bloomberg L.P.


Mitt Romney barred from conservative conference after impeachment vote

Top Stories - Sat, 02/01/2020 - 12:52

Mitt Romney has been barred from a major conservative conference after he voted to hear from additional witnesses in President Trump’s impeachment trial.


George Soros: Facebook, Zuckerberg in cahoots with Trump to win 2020 election

Top Stories - Sat, 02/01/2020 - 12:51

George Soros is accusing Facebook and its CEO Mark Zuckerberg of conspiring with Trump to help the president win reelection. Facebook denies it.


Quarantines await Europeans flown home amid virus outbreak

Top Stories - Sat, 02/01/2020 - 12:43

European governments ramped up flights Saturday to bring their citizens back from China amid the outbreak of a new virus that has sickened thousands of people. A German air force plane arrived in Frankfurt carrying 128 passengers who were expected to spend two weeks quarantined at a military base. Russia sent military aircraft to evacuate citizens from Wuhan and other areas of China most affected by the virus.


Former White House counsel: Trump thinks differently

Top Stories - Sat, 02/01/2020 - 10:59

A former White House counsel said President Trump thinks differently than any client he has ever had.


China’s isolation from world grows as virus toll reaches 259

Top Stories - Sat, 02/01/2020 - 10:44

China faced deepening isolation due to its coronavirus epidemic on Saturday as the death toll soared to 259, with the U.S. and Australia leading a growing list of nations to impose extraordinary bans on Chinese travel.


9,000 Hong Kong hospital workers are threatening to strike amid coronavirus outbreak if the government doesn't close its border with mainland China

Top Stories - Sat, 02/01/2020 - 10:41

Doctors, nurses, and other hospital workers voted to strike if the Hong Kong government did not close its border with China.


U.S. pressure on Iran to continue despite lifting sanctions on China's COSCO unit, official says

Top Stories - Sat, 02/01/2020 - 10:32

A decision by the United States to lift sanctions on one of two units of the Chinese tanker company COSCO was not a sign that the Trump administration was letting up on its "maximum pressure" against Iran, a senior U.S. official said on Saturday. The lifting of sanctions on Friday by the U.S. Treasury Department partially reversed its punishment on the company for transporting Iranian oil after China complained about the measure in trade talks with Washington. The Treasury said it deleted COSCO Shipping Tanker (Dalian) Co from its sanctions list but continues to blacklist a second unit - COSCO Shipping Tanker (Dalian) Seaman & Ship Management Co Ltd.


See This Stealth Fighter? Iran Could Shoot It Down in a War

Top Stories - Sat, 02/01/2020 - 08:11

But it wouldn't be easy.


What Will North Korea Do If Coronavirus Comes to Its Shores?

Top Stories - Sat, 02/01/2020 - 07:25

Pyongyang has neither the resources nor the administrative culture – transparency, empiricism divorced from ideology, technocracy – to respond to a genuine epidemic. Sustained foreign assistance and, failing that, brutal repression would almost certainly be necessary to prevent a local plague.


Trump administration declares coronavirus emergency, orders first quarantine in 50 years

Top Stories - Sat, 02/01/2020 - 07:17

U.S. citizens from parts of China will undergo entry health screenings and will be monitored during a 14-day self-quarantine, officials said.


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