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  1. Joe Biden, Bleeding Cash, Spent Nearly $1 Million on Private Jets Joe Biden’s presidential campaign is bleeding cash. And a big reason why appears to be an antiquated, higher-end approach to electoral politics that the former vice president has adopted. Biden’s team spent more than $923,000 on private jets during the third quarter of 2019, according to recently filed Federal Election Commission data. The expenses, all made to the company EJCR, LLC Dba Advanced Aviation Team, represented a major chunk of change—accounting for roughly one out of every 16 dollars the campaign raised. It’s not uncommon for candidates to lean on private jets as they crisscross the country in an effort to keep a schedule packed with speeches, rallies, and debates. But a review of Biden’s expenditures suggest that a good deal of what he’s spending money on currently involve efforts to simply raise more money. The former vice president spent more than $230,000 on “fundraising consultants” during Q3; nearly $500,000 on direct mail; and major chunks of change on high-end hotels in cities that serve as donor hubs but aren’t centrally located in early-voting states. During the third quarter period, the Biden campaign spent more than $20,000 at the Carlyle Hotel in New York City; more than $14,000 at the Coronado Island Marriott in San Diego; more than $4,400 at the Hotel Jerome Auberge in Aspen; more than $10,500 at the W Hotel in Los Angeles, and more than $3,000 at the Sun Valley Resort in Sun Valley, Idaho. While the campaign’s major expenses involved traditional campaign functions like payroll (which was nearly $9 million), office rentals, and digital advertising, the campaign also spent heavily on consultants—including several big-named aides. During Q3, the Biden campaign spent $228,378 on research consultants and $150,400 on “strategic consultants.” The firm Anzalone Liszt Grove Research Inc., run by longtime Biden pollster John Anzalone, received more than $122,000 for polling. And two well-known Biden advisers, Bruce Reed and Anthony Blinken, received $35,000 and $10,500 respectively for “policy consulting.” ******************************************** How very strange that Obama has not endorsed his former Vice_President?
  2. London rush-hour commuters yank climate-change protesters from roofs of trains Don't mess with Londoners' morning commute. Climate activists who crippled rush hour across London on Thursday by climbing onto the roofs of trains were met with angry commuters who took it upon themselves to drag some of them back to platforms. British Transport Police said officers were called to three stations in east London early Thursday after protesters climbed onto the roofs of trains or glued themselves to the carriages. The demonstrations on Thursday were part of the second week of protests organized by Extinction Rebellion that have previously targeted government buildings, London City Airport, and financial institutions in the British capital. Robin Boardman, a spokesman for the protesters, said that if such action is necessary to make the government take notice of their climate change demands, "then this is what we must do." "None of us want to inconvenience ordinary people," he said. "That's why we're doing this in the morning when it will impact business as usual, and not in the evening when people want to get home to be with their loved ones." Videos have shown protestors using a ladder to climb on top of the roof of one train, sparking an immediate reaction from commuters on the platform. Some tossed food and drinks at protestors, which one person could be heard shouting, "I need to get to work, I have to feed my kids." ********************************************** They can't debate the facts, so they have to impede people commuting now. It's desperate times for this scam.
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    Barack Obama Endorses Justin Trudeau

    I thought it would be tough to beat Obama doing the tango in a seedy bar.
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    Barack Obama Endorses Justin Trudeau

    How strange, Obama doesn't endorse Biden running for President of the United States, but he instead endorses a Canadian who wore blackface many times? That proves what an empty suit he is, just like his library having no actual books in it.
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    Barack Obama Endorses Justin Trudeau

    Trudeau making fun of minorities. How many more times did he do this?
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    Barack Obama Endorses Justin Trudeau

    Justin Trudeau ridiculed by Indians for wearing ‘fancy dress’
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    Barack Obama Endorses Justin Trudeau

    This sounds like collusion with a foreign government, never mind that Trudeau wore blackface repeatedly and made fun of minorities.
  8. Dutch family found in cellar 'waiting for end of time' Dutch police found a father and six adult children hidden in the basement of a remote farmhouse where they had reportedly spent years "waiting for the end of time", officials said Tuesday. They discovered a man, believed to be the father of the family, and his children aged between 18 and 25 near the village of Ruinerwold in the northern province of Drenthe. Local media said the family were found after one of the sons went to a nearby pub in a confused state, drank five beers and then asked for help, saying he had not been outside for nine years. Police arrested a 58-year-old man at the scene for failing to cooperate with the investigation, but he was not the father. "I have never come across anything like this before," local mayor Roger de Groot told a press conference. "Police investigated after receiving a tip-off from somebody who was concerned about the people's living conditions" and discovered the adults, de Groot said. "They lived an isolated lifestyle," he said, adding that they had been living on the homestead for the past nine years and several of the children "had not been taken up in the birthing register" or officially registrated. Many questions were unanswered and police are investigating "all scenarios", the mayor added. The family meanwhile had been taken to a nearby holiday park while the investigation continued, reports said. Local news station RTV Drenthe, which first reported the story, said the family "have been living in a basement for years, waiting for the 'end of times'." Some of those freed "had no idea that other people existed," the station added. ****************************************** These people should be applauded as the first family to live under the Green New Deal.
  9. The worst news for Joe Biden Tuesday had nothing to do with the debate Just as Joe Biden -- and the rest of the 11 Democratic contenders -- were rounding the final turn in the fourth presidential debate on Tuesday night, a bombshell dropped. No, not on the stage in Westerville, Ohio. All the way back in Washington, DC, where reports detailing how much each of the candidates raised, spent and most importantly have left in the bank began to land at the Federal Election Commission. And the bombshell was this: Joe Biden, the former vice president of the United States and the 2020 Democratic front-runner from the day he entered the race officially in the spring, ended September with less than $9 million in the bank after spending more money than he raised in the previous three months. SIREN. Then consider this: Biden's total cash on hand is less than all of his main rivals for the Democratic nomination, including even California Sen. Kamala Harris ($10.5 million) who has dropped precipitously in polling over recent months. Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders ($33.7 million) has more than three times more left to spend than Biden, while Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren ($25.7 million) and South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg ($23.4 million) have well more than double Biden's total. DOUBLE SIREN. ************************************************* Poor Joe had a bad night, he stumbled through the debate then has the least cash of them all.
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    Live Updates Ahead of Tonight’s Democratic Debate

    AP FACT CHECK Here's a look at how some of their claims from Westerville, Ohio, stack up with the facts: JOE BIDEN: "I would not have withdrawn the troops, and I would not have withdrawn the additional 1,000 troops that are in Iraq, which are in retreat now being fired on by Assad's people." THE FACTS: The former vice president is wrong. There is no evidence that any of the approximately 1,000 American troops preparing to evacuate from Syria have been fired on by Syrian government forces led by President Bashar Assad. A small group of U.S. troops came under Turkish artillery fire near the town of Kobani last week, without anyone being injured, but there is no indication that Syrian troops have shot at the withdrawing Americans. Also, Biden was addressing the situation in Syria, not Iraq. ___ PETE BUTTIGIEG: "We are at the cusp of building a new American majority to actually do things that congressmen and senators have been talking about for my entire life — on guns, we are this close to an assault weapons ban, that would be huge." THE FACTS: No, the U.S. is not close to enacting an assault-weapons ban. Congress is not on the verge of passing one. Prospects for such a ban are bound to remain slim until the next election at least. Legislation under discussion in the Senate would expand background checks for gun sales, a politically popular idea even with gun owners. But even that bill has stalled because of opposition from the National Rifle Association and on-again, off-again support from Trump. Democrats and some Republicans in Congress say they will continue to push for the background checks bill, but movement appears unlikely during an impeachment inquiry and general dysfunction in Congress. And Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has made it clear he won't move forward on gun legislation without Trump's strong support. Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Indiana, was citing the chance for an assault-weapons ban as a reason for not supporting the more radical proposal by Democratic presidential rival Beto O'Rourke to force gun owners to give up AR-15's and other assault-style weapons. But the ban is not coming together as he stated. ___ KAMALA HARRIS: "Five million assault weapons are on the streets of America today." THE FACTS: The California senator's statistic on the number of AR- and AK-style firearms is not accurate. Even the gun industry estimates there are now 16 million "assault weapons" in circulation in the United States today. In 1994, President Bill Clinton enacted an assault weapons ban, at a time when there were an estimated 1.5 million of them in circulation. Current owners were allowed to keep them, however, and once the ban expired a decade later, sales resumed and boomed. ___ ELIZABETH WARREN: "The data show that we've had a lot of problems with losing jobs, but the principal reason has been bad trade policy. The principal reason has been a bunch of corporations, giant multinational corporations who've been calling the shots on trade." THE FACTS: Economists mostly blame those job losses on automation and robots, not trade deals. So the Massachusetts senator is off. Let's start by acknowledging that the U.S. economy has been adding jobs, just that the nature of those jobs has changed as factory work and other occupations have become less prevalent. Trade with China has contributed to shuttered factories and the loss of roughly 2 million jobs, according to research published in 2014. But the primary culprit that accounted for 88% of factory job losses between 2000 and 2010 was automation, according to researchers at Ball State University. There is also a bigger threat from automation for workers outside factories. These are secretaries, bookkeepers and a wide array of professions. Automation can displace these workers and put downward pressure on their wages, forcing them to find other jobs. ___ WARREN: Buttigieg's Medicare buy-in option is "Medicare for all who can afford it." THE FACTS: Warren ignored the fact that Buttigieg would provide subsidies to help people pay premiums for the plan. She was jabbing at Buttigieg's proposal to create an optional health insurance plan based on Medicare. Individual Americans could join it, even those covered by employer plans. Buttigieg calls it "Medicare for all who want it." His plan tracks with Biden's health care proposal . Biden would also provide subsidies for those who pick his "public option." Details are unclear on who would get financial assistance, and how much that would be. But Buttigieg and Biden have said they want to provide help to a broader cross section of Americans than are currently helped by the Affordable Care Act. ___ JULIAN CASTRO, former U.S. housing secretary: "Ohio, Michigan, and Pennsylvania actually in the latest jobs data have lost jobs, not gained them." THE FACTS: Nope. Figures from the Labor Department show that the former Housing and Urban Development secretary is wrong. Ohio added jobs in August. So did Michigan . Same with Pennsylvania . So Castro's statement is off. However, these states still have economic struggles. Pennsylvania has lost factory jobs since the end of 2018. So has Michigan . And Ohio has shed 100 factory jobs so far this year. __ WARREN: "Mueller had shown to a fare-thee-well that this president obstructed justice." THE FACTS: That's not exactly what special counsel Robert Mueller showed. It's true that prosecutors examined more than 10 episodes for evidence of obstruction of justice, and that they did illustrate efforts by President Donald Trump to stymie the Russia investigation or take control of it. But ultimately, Mueller did not reach a conclusion as to whether the president obstructed justice or broke any other law. He cited Justice Department policy against the indictment of a sitting president, and said that since he could not bring charges against Trump, it was unfair to accuse him of a crime. There was no definitive finding that he obstructed justice. ***************************************** Snow White got most of the air time, and the dwarfs did their best. Biden had a virus in his computer, stuttering and stammering. Bernie had to hold back his blood pressure. Overall a bad debate with lots of lies.
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    Live Updates Ahead of Tonight’s Democratic Debate

    One of the dwarfs says his son was worth every penny he was paid in the Ukraine.
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    Live Updates Ahead of Tonight’s Democratic Debate

    Snow White is at the podium, saying "it's all the fault of the rich" while one of the dwarfs sneezes.
  13. Live Updates Ahead of Tonight’s Democratic Debate How to watch: 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. Eastern on nytimes.com, The New York Times app, CNN, CNN International, CNN en Español and CNN.com. Candidates: Former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., Senator Elizabeth Warren, Senator Bernie Sanders, Senator Kamala Harris, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, the entrepreneur Andrew Yang, Senator Cory Booker, former Representative Beto O’Rourke, Senator Amy Klobuchar, the former housing secretary Julián Castro, Representative Tulsi Gabbard and the billionaire Tom Steyer. Moderators: The CNN anchors Anderson Cooper and Erin Burnett and The Times’s National editor, Marc Lacey. A debate can make or break a campaign Each of the 12 candidates onstage tonight will be looking for standout moments. But if history is a guide, avoiding the wrong kind of standout moment may be even more important. However superficial it may be, a gaffe at a debate can destroy a campaign, as New York Times political reporters explored in a video today. Just look at Rick Perry’s “oops” moment in 2011, when he forgot the name of the third government agency he promised to eliminate as president, or Gerald Ford misspeaking in 1976 and saying Russia did not have influence in Eastern Europe. That moment was especially devastating for Ford because it played directly into an image many voters already had of him. ******************************************* They are showing Snow White and the many dwarfs in a debate tonight, in case anyone is interested.
  14. California becomes first state to mandate later start times at public schools California is set to become the first state to require later start times for some public schools after Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) signed legislation into law Sunday. The new law will be implemented over time and will eventually mandate middle schools to start no earlier than 8 a.m. and high schools to begin no earlier than 8:30 a.m., according to the Los Angeles Times. The new start times must be in effect by the start of the 2022-2023 school year or when a school’s three-year collective bargaining agreement with its employees comes to an end, depending on which comes first. State Sen. Anthony Portantino (D) applauded Newsom’s signing of the bill, saying research has shown later start times benefit students. "Newsom displayed a heartwarming and discerning understanding of the importance of objective research and exercised strong leadership as he put our children’s health and welfare ahead of institutional bureaucracy resistant to change,” Portantino said, according to the news outlet. “Generations of children will come to appreciate this historic day and our governor for taking bold action. Our children face a public health crisis. Shifting to a later start time will improve academic performance and save lives because it helps our children be healthier,” he added. A legislative analysis from July found about half the public schools in the state will be forced to push back their start times by 30 minutes or less in order to be compliant with the new law. The bill overwhelmingly passed the state Assembly last month. Those against the bill argued individual districts and schools should set their own start times. *************************************** Why stop at 8 AM, be really generous and make it noontime. How about paying students to attend as well. A minimum wage./
  15. Bernie Sanders slams Elizabeth Warren as ‘capitalist’ Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders – the self-proclaimed Democratic socialist whose standing in the 2020 primary has become threatened by Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s surge in the Democratic primary with progressive voters – is seeking to cut into the support of his rival by dismissing her as a “capitalist.” “There are differences between Elizabeth and myself,” Sanders said during an interview Sunday on ABC’s “This Week.” “Elizabeth I think, as you know, has said that she is a capitalist through her bones. I’m not.” The comments come amid a rise in socialism in the Democratic Party, as candidates become more willing to openly embrace socialism over capitalism. It also follows polling showing that Democrats now view socialism more positively than they do capitalism. Last year, when asked if she was a capitalist, Warren reportedly said, "I am a capitalist to my bones." Sanders explained he is not a capitalist because he "will not tolerate for one second the kind of greed and corruption and income and wealth inequality and so much suffering that is going on in this country today, which is unnecessary.” A Gallup poll this year found that 43 percent of Americans think socialism would be a good thing for the United States, while 51 percent say it would be a bad thing. Gallup noted that in 1942, a Roper/Fortune survey that found 40 percent of Americans described socialism as a bad thing while only 25 percent called it a good thing. The polling is fresh evidence that attitudes toward socialism are changing, amid the popularity in the Democratic Party of Democratic socialists like Sanders and New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who pushes policies like “Medicare-for-all” and the Green New Deal. ************************************************ This is what it's like when two socialists fight. "You're an evil capitalist." "No, you're an evil capitalist." "Yes you are." "No, you are!"

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