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Updated: 11 hours 10 min ago may list logistics unit in future but no plan currently: exec

Mon, 06/17/2019 - 04:04

 execChinese e-commerce giant Inc may list its logistics unit in the future but it currently has no clear plan, a senior company executive said on Monday. Bing Fu, head of planning and development at JD Logistics, made the comments to reporters on the sidelines of a media tour.

Trump creates doubt over use of U.S. force to protect Gulf oil

Mon, 06/17/2019 - 04:02

Trump creates doubt over use of U.S. force to protect Gulf oilGENEVA/DUBAI (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said he was prepared to take military action to stop Tehran from getting a nuclear bomb but left open whether he would back the use of force to protect Gulf oil supplies that Washington fears may be under threat by Iran. Worries about a confrontation between Iran and the United States have mounted since attacks last week on two oil tankers near the strategic Strait of Hormuz shipping lane at the entrance to the Gulf. Washington blamed long-time foe Iran for the incidents.

Forget Stealth Fighters or Aircraft Carriers: China Will Beat America with This

Mon, 06/17/2019 - 04:00

 China Will Beat America with ThisWhat’s particularly interesting about a Chinese drone swarm is China’s predominance in drone production. Chinese manufacturer DJI makes nearly 80 percent of the drones used in the United States and Canada (U.S. authorities recently warned these robots could be stealing data from their users). Such a solid manufacturing base puts Beijing in a strong position to build large numbers of small attack drones.China has a history of overwhelming its enemies with sheer numbers of troops.Now, China may have a modern iteration on that tactic: swarms of tiny rocket-armed helicopter drones that will swamp enemy forces like angry bees.(This first appeared last month.)“China’s domestically developed helicopter drones carrying proximity explosive mortar shells, grenade launchers and machine guns can now form swarms and engage in coordinated strikes,” according to Chinese newspaper Global Times, citing a statement by the Guangdong-based Zhuhai Ziyan company, which makes unmanned aerial vehicles. The system was also displayed at a recent Turkish defense trade show.

'It’s Not the Final Battle.' 8 Questions for Freed Hong Kong Democracy Campaigner Joshua Wong

Mon, 06/17/2019 - 03:16

'It’s Not the Final Battle.' 8 Questions for Freed Hong Kong Democracy Campaigner Joshua WongThe youthful activist spoke to TIME the day he got out of prison

Hong Kong Leader Carrie Lam Clings to Power After Mass Protest

Mon, 06/17/2019 - 03:11

Hong Kong Leader Carrie Lam Clings to Power After Mass ProtestMany of the hundreds of thousands of protesters who turned out -- organizers put the number at around 2 million people -- said that Lam’s days were numbered even after she “paused” a bill that would for the first time allow extraditions to China. The protesters are aiming to knock out Lam in a show of people power that has gripped the world, embarrassing Beijing at a time when President Xi Jinping is engaged in an escalating economic fight with the Trump administration. Lam has failed to heal divisions in the former British colony two years after taking over from her unpopular former boss, Leung Chun-ying, who was forced to forego seeking a second term due to widespread discontent.

Trump campaign is firing pollsters after humiliating polling numbers are leaked

Mon, 06/17/2019 - 02:58

Trump campaign is firing pollsters after humiliating polling numbers are leakedDonald Trump’s campaign has decided to fire some of its pollsters after a leak of poor internal polls for the US president that he denied existed.Just two days before Mr Trump is set to kick off his bid for re-election, a top adviser said on Sunday that the campaign was cutting ties with three of its five pollsters to prevent further disclosure of survey data. The polling showed Mr Trump behind former vice president Joe Biden in several key battleground states, including by double digits in Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania.The results were confirmed by advisers to Mr Trump, but when they became public he called them “fake polls.”For days, aides to Mr Trump have tried to figure out whom to point the finger at over the leak of the data, which jolted and infuriated the president. But in continuing to discuss it, aides violated a long-held unofficial rule of campaigns not to comment publicly on internal polling, even if the numbers leak.[[gallery-0]] The resulting furore led to an effort by the campaign manager, Brad Parscale, to tighten control. By removing several pollsters, the campaign hopes to shrink the circle of outside operatives who have access to information that could leak, according to the presidential adviser who was not authorised to speak publicly.The rupture of the team came even as the US president and his advisers were preparing for a large and elaborate rally in Orlando, Florida, on Tuesday night to formally open his campaign for a second term. Mr Trump was hoping for a show of strength as Democrats had drawn increasing attention before their first debates on 26 and 27 June. The internal poll numbers, while not predictive, painted a bleak picture of the current state of the race for Mr Trump, at least against Mr Biden, when they were taken in March. They showed a number of critical states at risk – not just Florida and the Midwestern states, but even some longtime Republican bastions like Georgia. A Democratic state that Mr Trump’s aides have insisted they want to put in play, Minnesota, appeared out of reach for the president.The polling was reported on by The New York Times nearly two months ago without citing specific numbers. Last week, The Times reported that Mr Trump had told aides to deny that such polls existed and to say that other data in the survey showed him doing well.Some aides to the US president appeared to be using the episode to undermine one of the president’s closest advisers, Kellyanne Conway, who was Trump’s final campaign manager in 2016 and is now his White House counsellor.Ms Conway’s relationship with Mr Trump, and the praise he has given her for his 2016 victory, have long stirred envy among other advisers to the president. Her former firm, the Polling Co, was one of the ones to be ousted.Ms Conway no longer has any formal ties to the company, which was sold in 2017 to CRC Public Relations, a well-known conservative advocacy firm.In addition to Ms Conway’s former firm, the Trump adviser said the campaign would cut ties with Adam Geller, a pollster for former Governor Chris Christie of New Jersey, and Michael Baselice, a pollster for former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger of California. Both men were late additions to Mr Trump’s campaign in 2016.NBC News first reported the decision to oust the pollsters, although it did not identify which ones. Two other pollsters, Tony Fabrizio and John McLaughlin, will remain with the campaign.Mr Fabrizio conducted the March survey for Mr Trump. As a pollster, he worked for Mr Trump’s company many years ago.But he was brought into the 2016 campaign by Paul Manafort, Mr Trump’s former campaign chairman who was one of the people charged by the special counsel, Robert Mueller.Mr McLaughlin has known Mr Trump for years and did informal work for him in 2011 when the real estate developer was considering running for president.Mr Fabrizio and Ms Conway declined to comment. Mr McLaughlin and the other pollsters did not immediately respond to requests for comment.In recent weeks, Mr Trump has angrily denied receiving polls showing him losing or instructing aides to deny them. “Those polls don’t exist,” Mr Trump told ABC News in an interview broadcast on Thursday.“I just had a meeting with somebody that’s a pollster and I’m winning everywhere, so I don’t know what you’re talking about.”But on Friday, ABC reported specific information from that supposedly fake polling. The data obtained by ABC showed Mr Biden leading Trump 55 per cent – 39 per cent in Pennsylvania, 51 per cent – 41 per cent in Wisconsin and by 7 points in Florida. The US president was leading in Texas, a bulwark for Republican presidential candidates for four decades, by just 2 points.When approached by the network with the numbers, Mr Parscale confirmed that they were accurate, but dismissed them as outdated, insisting that the president’s public standing had subsequently been helped by Attorney General William Barr’s initial characterisation of the special counsel’s report. A redacted version of Mueller’s report has since been released, showing that it was not as favourable as Mr Barr suggested.“These leaked numbers are ancient, in campaign terms, from months-old polling that began in March before two major events had occurred: the release of the summary of the Mueller report exonerating the president, and the beginning of the Democrat candidates defining themselves with their far-left policy message,” Mr Parscale said in a statement on Friday.“Since then, we have seen huge swings in the president’s favour across the 17 states we have polled, based on the policies now espoused by the Democrats,” he said. “The president is correct that we have no current polls against defined Democrats – at all – that show him losing in any of the states we have tested.”Internal polls, like any other surveys, are a snapshot in time and not predictive more than 18 months from Election Day, especially with Mr Trump’s Democratic challenger yet to be determined. Historically, they are used by campaigns to guide their understanding of where to expend resources, and of the mood of the electorate.But Mr Trump is famously focused on numbers as affirmation – the larger the better – and he has recoiled at suggestions that he is struggling in a general election contest. Throughout 2016, Mr Trump began almost every conversation with reporters by highlighting his polling lead in public surveys of the Republican primary field.“Well, the polls I see, we’re doing great in Pennsylvania,” he said in a telephone interview with “Fox & Friends” on Friday. “We’re doing really good in North Carolina. Florida, I’m winning by a lot. Ohio, I’m winning by a lot. I just left Iowa. We’re winning that by a lot. And every poll that I see and every poll that we have, I’m winning by – we’re doing well.”New York Times

UPDATE 6-New blow to Boeing from engine delay, Airbus long-range rival takes off

Mon, 06/17/2019 - 02:53

UPDATE 6-New blow to Boeing from engine delay, Airbus long-range rival takes offBoeing suffered a fresh setback at the opening of the Paris Airshow on Monday as the U.S. planemaker's engine supplier revealed a delay affecting its all-new 777X jet, while Airbus targeted the middle of the market with a rival plane. GE Aviation said it had found unexpected wear in a component for the GE9X engine it is making for Boeing's 777X, the world's largest twin-engined jet, forcing a delay of several months while it redesigns and tests the part. The aerospace industry's biggest annual event, which alternates with Britain's Farnborough Airshow, is traditionally a slugging match between Airbus and Boeing in the $150 billion a year commercial aircraft market.

Belgian dad pleas for help to find son missing in Australia

Mon, 06/17/2019 - 02:04

Belgian dad pleas for help to find son missing in AustraliaAn encrypted phone message sent by a missing Belgian tourist could hold a clue to the 18-year-old's disappearance from an Australian coastal town, his father said on Monday. Theo Hayez was last seen leaving a Byron Bay nightclub late on May 31. Hayez on Monday made a public appeal for help to access his son's encrypted WhatsApp account.

Boeing's embattled chief faces tough crowd at Paris Air Show

Mon, 06/17/2019 - 01:00

Boeing's embattled chief faces tough crowd at Paris Air ShowBoeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg will have his work cut out for him at the Paris Air Show this week as he tries to reassure airlines and industry partners over the fate of its flagship 737 MAX plane, indefinitely grounded after two fatal crashes.

Is showing compassion to migrants a crime?

Mon, 06/17/2019 - 01:00

Is showing compassion to migrants a crime?Trump – and governments across the western world – are putting humanitarians on trial. That should scare us Scott Warren, a border activist charged with giving migrants water, food and lodging at the Arizona-Mexico border, has argued that his spiritual values compel him to help all people in distress. Photograph: Charlie Riedel/Associated Press On 11 June, a federal jury in Tucson, Arizona refused to convict the immigration activist Scott Warren on felony charges that could have sent him to prison for twenty years. What had Warren done to merit such extreme punishment? In January 2018, he committed the unconscionable act of offering food, water, and lodging to two migrants who had crossed the US-Mexico border without authorization. Warren is a member of the group No More Deaths, an organization founded in 2004 to stop the epidemic of migrant fatalities occurring in Arizona’s unforgiving Sonoran desert. Their work is constant, necessary, and honorable. After all, more than 7,000 people have perished crossing the US-Mexico border, according to US government statistics, though the actual number is almost certainly much higher. Over a third of those deaths are in the Arizona desert. But the work of No More Deaths is now under threat. While most Americans are aware that Trump has increased border enforcement since coming into office, fewer probably realize that migrants are not the only ones targeted by his administration. New guidelines issued by the then attorney general, Jeff Sessions, in 2017 order prosecutors to prioritize “any case involving the unlawful transportation or harboring of aliens”. With Warren’s arrest, the Trump administration is putting humanitarianism itself on trial. (A hearing on 2 July will determine if Warren’s case proceeds.) That the jury deadlocked in this case is a small sign of hope for those of us who hold on to the basic, though essential, notion of our shared humanity. Make no mistake about it, however. Warren’s trial is yet another example of that specific kind of nastiness that is coming to define our age – one that venerates political borders over human life at almost any cost. Ours is an era when cruelty masquerades as policy and compassion is increasingly viewed as a crime. Nor is this solely an American phenomenon. All over the western world, governments are militarizing their borders, ratcheting up immigration enforcement, and prosecuting humanitarian workers. The British volunteer Tom Ciotkowski is currently on trial in France, facing up to five years in prison on assault and contempt charges. Last summer, Ciotkowski was filming French police checking the IDs of volunteers distributing food to refugees and migrants in Calais. When he observed a police officer pushing and kicking another volunteer, Ciotkowski complained, only to be pushed himself and then arrested. Amnesty International has taken up his case. Then there’s the case of the German boat captain Pia Klemp, currently facing criminal charges in Italy. Klemp is reported to have assisted in the rescue of more than 1,000 people in the burial waters known as the Mediterranean (where more than 18,000 people have died in the sea since 2014). Anti-migrant sentiment was already high in Italy, but with the rise of rightwing populists such as Italy’s interior minister, Matteo Salvini, the crackdown on migrants and humanitarian actors has expanded. Klemp faces up to 20 years in prison for assisting illegal immigration. More than 111,000 people have signed a petition demanding her release. Today’s criminalization of humanitarian assistance is sustained, widespread, and growing. A recent study by openDemocracy discovered that “more than 250 people across 14 countries have been arrested, charged, or investigated under a range of laws over the last five years for supporting migrants”. The study found that there had been a dramatic increase in this harassment over the last 18 months and that it had targeted such figures as “a priest nominated for the Nobel peace prize, a football player, firefighters, rural farmers, ex-soldiers, pensioners, a university professor and several local politicians”. The cases make for painful, if sometimes ridiculous, reading. The Swiss pastor Norbert Valley was arrested in the middle of a church service for sheltering a Togolese man who had just been denied asylum. A high-profile couple in Denmark were convicted of the crime of “harboring” for giving a Syrian migrant family a lift and taking them home for coffee and biscuits. A French mountain guide was charged last year with aiding and abetting illegal immigration after he rescued a Nigerian woman about to give birth in the snow and drove her to the hospital. He got lucky after prosecutors later dropped the charges, citing “humanitarian immunity”. She delivered her baby that night. Populists and nationalists will malign these humanitarian volunteers as witting or unwitting helpers of human traffickers, but that’s simply not true. There is not a shred of solid evidence to substantiate such a claim. The real danger lies not in the humanitarianism but in its criminalization. In both Europe and the United States, discourses about dangerous migrant hordes invading our civilized lands abound. The migrants, we’re told, pose a fundamental threat to our values, to who we are. But when our leaders make compassion itself a crime, just what set of values do they think they’re protecting? Who needs an invader when we can destroy ourselves, perfectly well, one trial of a humanitarian volunteer at a time. Moustafa Bayoumi is the author of How Does It Feel To Be a Problem?: Being Young and Arab in America

Alibaba Plans Stock Split as It Preps Giant Listing

Mon, 06/17/2019 - 00:28

Alibaba Plans Stock Split as It Preps Giant Listing(Bloomberg) -- Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. plans a one-to-eight share split, as the e-commerce giant prepares for a stock sale that could be Hong Kong’s largest since 2010.China’s largest company is proposing to increase the number of ordinary shares eight-fold to 32 billion, it said in a statement. The proposal will be discussed and put to a vote at its annual general meeting in Hong Kong on July 15. If approved, the split should take place no later than July 2020.Alibaba is said to have filed for a listing in Hong Kong last week via a confidential exchange application. That sale of stock, which could raise as much as $20 billion, replenishes the online retailer’s war-chest and helps it attract investors closer to home as tensions between China and the U.S. escalate.In the Hong Kong offering, the company will seek to preserve its governance system, where a partnership of top executives has rights including the ability to nominate a majority of board members, a person familiar with the matter has said. It’s possible also that the company may not need to seek a waiver, as the city’s listing rules allow some Chinese issuers who have already listed on an established international bourse to keep their existing structures in a secondary listing.To contact the reporter on this story: Lulu Yilun Chen in Hong Kong at ychen447@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Peter Elstrom at, Edwin ChanFor more articles like this, please visit us at©2019 Bloomberg L.P.

Hong Kong activist Joshua Wong vows to fight 'long term battle' after surprise release

Mon, 06/17/2019 - 00:18

Hong Kong activist Joshua Wong vows to fight 'long term battle' after surprise releaseJoshua Wong, one of Hong Kong’s most renowned pro-democracy activists, vowed to fight the “long term battle” for the city’s freedoms after his surprise release from jail on Monday morning. Mr Wong, 22, who became the face of the “Occupy” movement five years ago when he was just a teenager, was freed from the Lai Chi Kok Correctional Institute halfway through a delayed two month sentence for obstructing the clearance of a major protest camp during the 2014 mass protests. The exact reasons for his release remain unconfirmed, but the timing suggests Hong Kong’s authorities may have been seeking to ease public tension after what may have been the city’s largest rally since 1989, when citizens flooded the streets in support of Tiananmen Square activists. Protest groups on Sunday claimed that two million people had clogged the streets of the financial hub, demanding the resignation of Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam and the scrapping of a controversial extradition law that leaves citizens vulnerable to being renditioned into China’s opaque justice system. Granting the freedom of a charismatic youth leader at a time when the grassroots protest movement is building momentum was an unusual move by the Lam administration. Joshua Wong thanks the media after being released  Credit: Rex But it perhaps indicated the government’s growing desperation to claw back public trust during one of Hong Kong’s worst political crises in decades.   The announcement of his release was made late on Sunday after Ms Lam issued a rare apology for misjudging the public’s views and pledged to “adopt a most sincere and humble attitude.” Addressing a media scrum on the side of the road in fluent Cantonese, Mandarin and English, Mr Wong said he was ready to rejoin the frontlines of the pro-democracy movement and immediately echoed their demands for Ms Lam to step down. If she did not do so before the 22nd anniversary in July of Hong Kong’s handover to China, even more people would throng the streets to “join our fight until we get our basic human rights and freedom.” Hong Kong protests against extradition bill, in pictures Mr Wong praised the “spirit and dignity of the Hong Kong people” who have staged two massive demonstrations against the extradition bill within the past two weeks, the first on June 9, when organisers claimed one million marchers. The cry to abolish the bill was only the start of the struggle, he said. “It is a long-term battle for us to fight for democracy under the suppression of the Communist party of China,” declared Mr Wong. “What we are trying to do through civil disobedience and direct action is to let the whole world and the international community know that Hong Kong people will not keep silent under the suppression of President Xi and the Chief Executive Carrie Lam,” he added. The strength of public opposition to the draft extradition law led to its indefinite suspension on Saturday followed by Ms Lam’s apology the next day when protesters failed to be placated. Mr Wong was reluctant to declare a victory. “I have just recognised the achievement,” he said. Hong Kong democracy activist Joshua Wong speaks to the media after leaving Lai Chi Kok Correctional Institute in Hong Kong  Credit: AFP But Hong Kong’s most recent uprising, which has drawn support from a vast cross-section of its seven-million-strong population is in many ways a vindication of the perseverance of Occupy, also known as the “Umbrella” movement. In 2014, they were eventually dispersed without achieving their objective of genuine universal voting to elect the city’s chief executive, but they appear to have inspired a younger generation of activists dedicated to fighting for their freedoms as their rights shrink under Chinese rule. “In December 2014, during the final days of the Umbrella Movement, prominent signs proclaiming We’ll Be Back sprang up along Harcourt Road, one of the three major thruways occupied by peaceful pro-democracy protesters for nearly three months,” Mr Wong wrote from his prison cell last week in TIME.   “That promise was fulfilled when more than 1 million people took to the streets,” he said.

Google Appoints New Chief to Oversee Tumultuous China Region

Mon, 06/17/2019 - 00:16

Google Appoints New Chief to Oversee Tumultuous China Region(Bloomberg) -- Alphabet Inc.’s Google has appointed a new Greater China head, as the company tries to reset a checkered relationship with Beijing while tensions with Washington flare.Stanley Chen will become managing director of Greater China sales, the company said Monday, taking up a post Scott Beaumont vacated after he was appointed Google’s Asia-Pacific president in March. The incoming executive, who will be based in Shanghai, had been general manager of its Taiwan business for eight years.Google takes in about 15% of its annual revenue from the Asia Pacific even though it pulled its search engine from the world’s No. 2 economy around 2010, citing censorship. Advertising from Chinese companies however remains an important business for the internet giant.The company came under fire last year for an unsuccessful attempt to bring a censored version of its search engine back to China. Google has also figured prominently in the trade war as it contends with a ban on Huawei, one of its biggest advertisers and Android customers, and comes under scrutiny for its work on artificial intelligence in the country. Google is also said to be reordering its supply chain to move some hardware production out of China as tariffs on these goods increase.The company declined to make Chen available for comment.To contact the reporter on this story: Shelly Banjo in Hong Kong at sbanjo@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Peter Elstrom at, Edwin Chan, Colum MurphyFor more articles like this, please visit us at©2019 Bloomberg L.P.

A history of massive Hong Kong protests

Sun, 06/16/2019 - 23:06

A history of massive Hong Kong protestsHong Kong protesters have piled the pressure on pro-Beijing leader Carrie Lam with a series of huge demonstrations against a divisive bill to allow extraditions to mainland China. Hong Kong, a former British colony, was handed back to China in 1997 but benefits from a "One Country, Two Systems" policy that allows it to retain certain key liberties, such as freedom of speech and an independent judiciary, until 2047. A push for democratic reforms saw unprecedented street protests in 2014, with demands for change reignited in February this year.

FOREX-Strong data keeps dollar near 2-week highs before Fed meeting

Sun, 06/16/2019 - 22:46

FOREX-Strong data keeps dollar near 2-week highs before Fed meetingThe dollar held near a two-week high against its major rivals on Monday ahead of a crucial U.S. Federal Reserve meeting that many expect will lay the groundwork for an interest rate cut to bolster the world's largest economy. While strong U.S. retail sales on Friday reduced the already-low chance of an easing this week and lifted the dollar, investors are betting Fed Chairman Jerome Powell would leave the door open to future rate cuts in light of increasing economic strains. "As long as Powell does not rule out near term rate cuts, the dollar will be top heavy after the Fed meeting," said Masafumi Yamamoto, chief currency strategist at Mizuho Securities.

Mexico Reinforces Checks Amid U.S. Pressure Over Migrant Flow

Sun, 06/16/2019 - 22:42

Mexico Reinforces Checks Amid U.S. Pressure Over Migrant FlowThe National Migration Institute said 1,000 immigration agents had been deployed

Hong Kong activist Joshua Wong released from prison

Sun, 06/16/2019 - 22:18

Hong Kong activist Joshua Wong released from prisonJoshua Wong, a leading figure in Hong Kong's 2014 Umbrella Movement demonstrations, was released from prison on Monday and vowed to soon join the latest round of protests. Wong's release from the Lai Chi Kok Correctional Facility came as student demonstrators and police were gathered near the city's government headquarters after a protest on Sunday that organizers said drew nearly 2 million people.

Here Are Five New Takeaways From Trump’s ABC News Interview

Sun, 06/16/2019 - 22:17

Here Are Five New Takeaways From Trump’s ABC News InterviewABC NewsBy the time ABC News aired its lengthy, wide-ranging, and extensive interview with President Trump on Sunday evening, many of the most headline-making moments had already been released by the network via excerpts. Washington has already been rocked, for example, by the bombshell revelation that Trump was seemingly open to the idea of receiving dirt on his 2020 opponents from foreign entities and didn’t think it was necessary to contact the FBI if approached.But while we already knew heading into Sunday night that Trump wouldn’t speak to Robert Mueller because he was concerned about lying, that he didn’t fire Mueller because firings didn’t “work out too well” for Richard Nixon, and that he believes former White House Counsel Don McGahn lied to Mueller to make himself look good, there were still a number of eyebrow-raising tidbits from the full interview.1) Trump hopes North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un isn’t building nuclear weapons because “he likes me a lot.”Discussing the president’s claim a year ago that North Korea was no longer a nuclear threat, ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos pressed the president on the fact that the reclusive nation still has stockpiles of nuclear weapons. Trump, meanwhile, insisted that there had been no nuclear testing by the country before boasting about his warm relationship with dictator Kim Jong Un.After the president bragged about the concessions he had received from North Korea (and the “very nice letters” from Kim), Stephanopoulos asked him point blank if he thought the brutal North Korean leader was still building nuclear weapons.“I don’t know. I hope not,” Trump replied. “He promised me he wouldn’t be. He promised we—me—he wouldn’t be testing. I think he’d like to meet again. And I think he likes me a lot. And I think—you know, I think that we have a chance to do something.”2) Trump dismisses the rising national debt under his watch because Obama/Biden “doubled” it.Complaining about the Federal Reserve and his belief that interest rates are holding the economy back, Trump insisted that if it weren’t for recent interest rate hikes the stock market would be “10,000 points higher” than it currently is. That prompted him to take aim at his predecessors over the national debt.“What I don’t like is when you raise the interest rates, there’s no inflation—there’s virtually no inflation,” the president said. “When you raise interest rates, that means you’re paying more in debt. And I inherited almost $21 trillion in debt. I inherited that. President Obama and Biden, they doubled the debt during their eight years. You know that.”When Stephanopoulos attempted to point out that the debt has been soaring under Trump’s watch, the president groused that he had to “rebuild the military” while the Obama administration “doubled the debt on nonsense.” Trump has vowed to eliminate the national debt in eight years. His budget plans, however, would leave it 50 percent higher.3) Trump falsely claims that he didn’t campaign for the House during the 2018 midterms.Dismissing concerns that many voters are turned off by his nonstop Twitter activity and penchant for personal insults, Trump claimed the 2018 midterm elections were a success for him because the Republican Party held on to the Senate. Stephanopoulos, naturally, noted that the GOP lost the House of Representatives as Democrats picked up 40 seats.According to Trump, that loss was due to the fact that he didn’t get involved in House races.“Well, I didn’t campaign for the House,” Trump stated. “Remember this also. I wanted to say, ‘I’m running. I’m running. I’m running.’ But I wasn’t running. There’s a big difference when I run and when I just say, ‘Hey, I hope you vote for somebody.’ But look at Senate. We had 51. They thought they were going to take over the Senate, and we took it from 51 to 53.”The Brookings Institution, however, found that the president endorsed 75 House and Senate candidates during the 2018 election, of whom 55 percent won their races. Of the nearly 40 candidates Trump hit the campaign trail for (who were largely in safe Republican districts), 64 percent won.4) Trump demanded his acting chief of staff leave the interview because he couldn’t stop coughing.As Trump was talking to Stephanopoulos about releasing his tax returns, someone off-camera began coughing. Trump began answering the ABC News anchor’s question, but he stopped midway and wanted to start over.“And let’s do that over, he’s coughing in the middle of my answer,” Trump grumbled. “I don’t like that, you know, I don’t like that.”It was revealed that the cougher in question was none other than acting Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney—and Trump then demanded Mulvaney leave.“If you’re going to cough, please leave the room. You just can’t—you just can’t cough. Boy, oh boy,” the president huffed.5) Trump claimed that he’d finally reveal his plan to replace Obamacare in “the next month.”Trump leaned heavily on one of his favorite rhetorical crutches when he told Stephanopoulos that he’d be revealing a new health-care plan very soon.After Trump claimed that Americans will have “the greatest health care that anybody’s ever had” if the GOP sweeps the House, Senate, and White House in 2020, the ABC host asked when the new plan would be revealed. “And you said, yesterday you told me, you’re going have a plan, in what, the next couple of weeks?” Stephanopoulos wondered aloud, prompting Trump to reply: “I’m going have a plan over the next month.”Trump has long promised to provide additional information on a whole host of issues in the “next two weeks.” This time around, he’s claiming it will be a month. That may come as news to the Republican senators he’s tasked with crafting the plan, however, as The Daily Beast reported earlier this month that their Obamacare replacement push has been “totally abandoned.”Read 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.

LAPD investigates officer's actions in Costco shooting

Sun, 06/16/2019 - 22:05

LAPD investigates officer's actions in Costco shootingThe Los Angeles Police Department is gathering evidence and video footage in an administrative investigation into an off-duty officer who shot and killed a man authorities say attacked him inside a Southern California Costco Wholesale warehouse store. Two others were critically injured in the shooting in Corona, which is about 40 miles (64 kilometers) east of Los Angeles. The officer opened fire after Kenneth French, 32, of Riverside, "assaulted" him "without provocation" as the officer held his young child, Corona police said Saturday.

New dads celebrate Father's Day in San Francisco

Sun, 06/16/2019 - 21:04

New dads celebrate Father's Day in San FranciscoDoctors cleared the newborn to go home on Sunday. He needed some extra care in the hospital after being born last week.

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