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'Morning Joe' praises Biden's ability to connect with people: 'Almost therapeutic'

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Author Jon Meacham praised former Vice President Joe Biden's ability to connect with people, suggesting that he had an "almost therapeutic" effect.

"That personal connection, it’s -- and I hesitate to use this word -- but it’s almost therapeutic. It’s this -- something that is separate and apart from politics," he said, while appearing on "Morning Joe" on Thursday.

Both Biden and former First Lady Michelle Obama had that type of charisma, Meacham suggested. "One thing that the former vice president has that also Mrs. Obama has... is there is this emotional component, this sense of connection that is separate from the content of the political message," he said.

He quoted Biden saying that when he talks with someone, he tries to think about "what kind of pain" they're experiencing.

"You know, [former President] Ronald Reagan was a great American president and one of the great communicators and one of the great vote-getters but he didn't have that exactly. You know, he appealed to a kind of big vision of the country,' Meacham added.

Biden's ability to connect, Meacham speculated, may not win him the 2020 presidential election, but could keep him "very durable" during the race.

His comments came as Biden consistently outranked other candidates seeking to challenge President Trump in 2020. In a poll released for Pennsylvania on Wednesday, Biden also led Trump by double digits.
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Trump claims to be the "youngest person"

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Trump, 72, currently holds the record as the oldest person to take the office of the presidency at 70 years and 220 days old on Inauguration Day 2017.

But Biden, currently 76, and fellow Democratic contenders Sen. Bernie Sanders, 77, and Sen. Elizabeth Warren, 69, could break his record.

If elected, Biden would be 78 years and 61 days old on Inauguration Day 2021. That would also break Ronald Reagan's record for the oldest president at any point in a presidency. Reagan was 77 years and 349 days old when he departed office.

"I think that I feel like a young man. I'm so young. I can't believe it. I'm the youngest person — I'm a young, vibrant man," Trump told reporters on the White House's South Lawn before departing on Air Force for an NRA convention in Indiana.

"I look at Joe, I don't know about him. I don't know. I would never say anyone is too old. I know they are all making me look very young both in terms of age and I think in terms of energy," Trump added.
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California Takes Trump Off Presidential Ballot

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The California state Senate on Thursday approved a bill to require candidates appearing on the presidential primary ballot — including President Trump — to release five years' worth of income tax returns.

The measure was approved in a 27-10 vote, according to The Associated Press. California, for the first time, will be one of the first states to hold its presidential primary in the 2020 cycle.

The bill is a response to Trump's insistence that he will not release his tax returns as presidential candidates traditionally have done, claiming he is under audit. If the bill becomes law and Trump does not release his returns, he may not appear on the California primary ballot.

"We believe that President Trump, if he truly doesn’t have anything to hide, should step up and release his tax returns,” said state Sen. Mike McGuire (D) who co-authored the bill, according to the AP.

All 10 Republicans in the state Senate voted against the bill's passage.
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Georgian Abortion Law: Abortions after six weeks will now be illegal in Georgia

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Roe vs Wade 2.0 incoming...

>Georgia Gov. Kemp has signed into law the state's "fetal heartbeat bill," a piece of legislation that would prohibit abortion after a heartbeat is detected in an embryo. That is something that usually happens between five and six weeks into a women's pregnancy, before many women know they are pregnant.

>Abortion rights advocates have called the bill an effective ban on abortion in the state.

>"Georgia is a state that values life," Kemp said at the bill signing on Tuesday morning. "We protect the innocent, we champion the vulnerable, we stand up and speak for those that are unable to speak for themselves."

>State Rep. Ed Setzler also spoke at the bill signing on Tuesday and called the legislation a "common sense issue," saying that a preschooler would call a six-week-old embryo a baby. He also said the legislation "tries to strike a balance" between "the interest of women who find themselves in difficult circumstances" and what he called "the right thing."

>The bill appears to be a violation of Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 Supreme Court decision that protects a woman's right to an abortion up until when the fetus is viable, which typically happens between 24 and 25 weeks. The American Civil Liberties Union and the Center for Reproductive Rights have promised to challenge the legislation long before it goes into effect in January 2020.
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Russian bridge to Crimea strangles Ukraine ports

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Careful anglojew propaganda:

When Vladimir Putin personally led a fleet of construction trucks over a new $3.7bn bridge spanning the Kerch Strait last May, he was sending a clear message that Crimea was now very much part of Russia.

The bridge, Mr Putin declared, would bring “all of us closer together” and help the economy of Crimea, which the west said was illegally annexed by Moscow in 2014, to “develop at a new pace and in new ways”.

But Ukraine and its western allies believe the bridge was also built to deliver another strategic aim: to impose an economic stranglehold over Ukraine and cripple its commercial shipping industry in the Azov Sea.

In November tensions boiled over when Russia seized three Ukrainian naval vessels and their crew after they attempted to cross the Strait and enter the Sea of Azov.

the decision to build the bridge was made after Ukraine banned the travel to Crimea, kidnapped russian and ukrainian citizens who were traveling to Crimea and destroyed power lines to Crimea causing black out and several death in hospitals and remote villages during the winter. Later Ukraine kidnapped fishers and arrested ships which were visiting the Crimea.

'I'm going to die'

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A schoolboy who suffered from a fierce dairy allergy screamed 'I'm going to die' after classmates shoved some fatal cheese down his collar, an inquest heard.

Another pupil at the school, who apologised to Karan's family yesterday, said he 'flicked' a small piece of cheese at him but claimed he didn't know he was allergic.

Schoolboy, 13, with dairy allergy who died after 'pupil put cheese down his collar' screamed 'I'm going to die' minutes before 'staff gave him out-of-date epipen meant to save his life'
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Seattle elites show little sympathy for a woman raped by a homeless man.

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A year ago, in Seattle, a man living in a city-funded homeless encampment raped a woman in the bathroom of a Volkswagen dealership in the city’s Ballard neighborhood. Christopher Teel had arrived from Texas as a transient and was evading multiple warrants, but the city-sanctioned encampment welcomed him without conducting a criminal-background check.

The story caused a sensation, with wide media coverage and public demands for increased security measures, but the crime victim remained silent and her identity was kept secret. Nearly a year later, the victim, Lindsey, contacted me. After being raped, she had approached city leaders and met with the sitting councilman for nearly an hour but was received, she says, with dismissiveness. Teel’s crime against her did not fit the preferred narrative of compassion for the homeless, so the political class downplayed it. By the time Lindsey reached out to me, she was ready to speak out.

Lindsey asked me to create a short documentary so that she could tell her story in her own words. I’ve worked for more than a decade as a documentary filmmaker, but my interview with Lindsey was one of the most wrenching I’ve ever done. She walked me through the details of the attack and her deep frustrations with the political leadership that created the conditions for the crime to occur and then resisted making changes even after her story broke.

We edited the film together and posted it to Facebook on April 22. That evening, it was the lead story on all four local Seattle news networks and had reached more than 35,000 people on social media. The public renewed its call for warrant checks at city-sanctioned encampments. Seattle mayor Jenny Durkan condemned the assault and commended “the courage of a survivor of sexual violence to speak out.”

Then came the backlash.
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Soviet Sanders recalls the time he tried to stop America from defeating the USSR in new interview

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As Burlington’s mayor from 1981 to 1989, Bernie Sanders tried to infuse local politics with international issues. From his earliest days in office, Mr. Sanders aimed to execute his own foreign policy, repudiating President Ronald Reagan’s aggressive support for anti-Communist governments and resistance forces, while going further than many Democrats in backing socialist leaders.

In an article on Friday, The New York Times detailed Mr. Sanders’s foreign policy views during his mayoralty, including on the Sandinista government in Nicaragua and on the Soviet Union, and how his activities at the time brought into relief the fervently anti-imperialist worldview that would continue to guide him.

Mr. Sanders, an independent senator from Vermont who is running for the Democratic nomination for president, initially declined an interview request for the article. But after it was published, he requested a phone interview.

Read the full interview here:
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Is Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez about to endorse Jay Inslee for president?

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Ocasio-Cortez sure is taking her sweet time deciding who to endorse for president, but that is because she is researching each of the over 20 candidates carefully. The most important issue she will be looking at is climate change. After all, her signature issue is the Green New Deal. She has called out several candidates such as Beto O’Rourke who she doesn’t think is strong enough on climate change. However, one recent tweet reveals that Ocasio-Cortez may be warming up to Jay Inslee as her endorsee.

> [email protected]’s climate plan is the most serious + comprehensive one to address our crisis in the 2020 field.

>It meets key marks:
> Big enough
> Fast enough

Both Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Jay Inslee have made climate change their signature issues, so their priorities are obviously aligned.

Whomever Ocasio-Cortez ends up endorsing is expected gain significant support from her endorsement. Polls currently show Joe Biden as the clear frontrunner with multiple candidates vying for second place.

“People are dying” seems to be Ocasio-Cortez’s argument against everything

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Sounds scary, but it is 100% emotional appeal with no factual basis. First she said it about climate change, and now she’s saying it about medications. Ironically, medications are supposed to help people, not kill them.

When Saikat Chakrabarti was training her, he must have said: “If you can’t think of your own argument, just say that people are dying because of it.”
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