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Evoking 1968, Joe Biden asks New Hampshire voters: What if Barack Obama had been assassinated in 2008?

Evoking 1968, Joe Biden asks New Hampshire voters: What if Barack Obama had been assassinated in 2008?Reflecting on a turbulent period in the late 1960s that included high-profile assassinations of prominent U.S. political figures, former VP Joe Biden asked voters in New Hampshire to imagine what would have happened if Barack Obama had been assassinated in 2008.



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Epstein case: judge agrees to keep documents on 2008 plea deal secret

Epstein case: judge agrees to keep documents on 2008 plea deal secretCourt grants prosecutors’ request amid concern that releasing materials could hinder investigation of financier’s associatesJeffrey Epstein, left, looks on during a bail hearing, in a 15 July court sketch. Photograph: Jane Rosenberg/ReutersA judge in New York has granted a request from prosecutors to keep secret documents relating to Jeffrey Epstein’s controversial 2008 sexual abuse plea deal, on the grounds that the materials could hamper their investigation of others in the financier’s milieu.The documents, which will be shared with Epstein’s attorneys, are believed to concern not only the deal itself, which allowed Epstein to plead guilty to low-level state solicitation charges, but also a clause that granted immunity to any and all potential co-conspirators and named four women suspected of facilitating or participating in alleged crimes against minors.The documents may also shed light on the 2008 deal, which was kept secret from accusers for nearly a year in what some claim was a violation of the Crime Victims’ Rights Act. Controversy over the deal forced the resignation earlier this month of the US labor secretary, Alex Acosta, who was US attorney in Miami at the time.In a court filing, prosecutors with the southern district of New York argued that the materials could “affect the privacy and confidentiality of individuals … [and that] would impede, if prematurely disclosed, the government’s ongoing investigation of uncharged individuals”.The order is only one of several signals that prosecutors plan to widen their investigation into what they allege was a years-long scheme to recruit and sexually abuse dozens of girls.Epstein, denied bail and remaining in custody pending trial, has pleaded not guilty to federal sex-trafficking charges. He is on suicide watch in a Manhattan detention facility, after being found unconscious with marks on his neck.On Friday, it was revealed that pilots of Epstein’s private jets, including a Boeing 727 that carried high-profile friends to and from his home in the Virgin Islands, have been served with subpoenas.According to court filings, the pilots were responsible for keeping flight logs of passengers on the jets. Their testimony could be used by prosecutors to corroborate accusers’ accounts and provide details of Epstein associates.Bill Clinton and Prince Andrew, who was named in a civil suit brought by Epstein accuser Victoria Giuffre in 2003, are regularly named among associates of Epstein.Clinton has denied flying with the financier as many as 26 times, as has been reported, although he did say he took “a total of four trips” with him in 2002 and 2003.In a statement, the former president said he “knows nothing about the terrible crimes Jeffrey Epstein pleaded guilty to in Florida some years ago, or those with which he has been recently charged in New York”.Buckingham Palace has repeatedly denied the accusations against Prince Andrew.In 2015, Giuffre brought a defamation suit against Ghislaine Maxwell, daughter of the late press baron Robert Maxwell, for publicly calling Giuffre a liar after she claimed Maxwell participated with Epstein in sexually abusing her for two years starting in 2000, when she was 16 years old.This month, Maxwell, who has long denied allegations that she played a central role in the procuring of young women, told a three-judge panel in New York a media “feeding frenzy” justified keeping documents from the defamation suit secret.But Josh Schiller, one of Giuffre’s lawyers, argued: “There is an overwhelming public interest both in getting access to these documents as well as the indictment of Mr Epstein and his prosecution.”The judicial panel agreed. As soon as next week, 2,000 pages of documents relating to that case, which was settled in 2017, will be made public.In its ruling, the panel said the documents included descriptions of alleged abuse by Epstein and other individuals “including numerous prominent American politicians, powerful business executives, foreign presidents, a well-known prime minister, and other world leaders”.In April, Giuffre filed a defamation suit against the Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz, Epstein’s longtime lawyer and friend, after he denied her claim that he abused her.The shockwaves from Epstein’s arrest on 6 July could travel further still. Central to the mystery of his operations is how he acquired his wealth, which was listed at his bail hearing as more than $ 550m.Last week, Deutsche Bank confirmed that Epstein moved millions of dollars through dozens of private accounts. Executives said they had believed they had severed the relationship with Epstein but had discovered accounts still controlled by him as recently as June.“Deutsche Bank is closely examining any business relationship with Jeffrey Epstein, and we are absolutely committed to cooperating with all relevant authorities,” a spokesman said.Authorities in Florida, meanwhile, have launched an investigation into whether Epstein was properly monitored during the 13-month sentence for soliciting prostitution from underage girls that was the product of the controversial 2008 deal.



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The Latest: Boy drowns after mom tried to drown him in 2008

The Latest: Boy drowns after mom tried to drown him in 2008More than a decade after a woman was prosecuted in Montana for trying to drown her baby son in a river, she’s accused of killing the now 12-year-old by drowning him in an irrigation ditch in California. Officials in Tulare County, California, said Monday that an autopsy found Jackson Telnas died Saturday of drowning. Deputies responded to a 911 call reporting Sherri Telnas was acting strangely and had taken her sons to a cornfield across from their rural home in central California.



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This 2008 Corvette Z06 Has Clocked Just 81 Miles From New

This 2008 Corvette Z06 Has Clocked Just 81 Miles From NewThought you missed your chance to buy a new Corvette C6 when production ended in 2013? With the imminent launch of the new mid-engined C8 Corvette, and the current C7 Stingray still in the spotlight, the sixth generation American sports car has been somewhat forgotten about. Fans of the C6 cars should check out this special listing on Craigslist.



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Trade Bear David Woo Hasn't Been This Nervous Since 2008

Trade Bear David Woo Hasn't Been This Nervous Since 2008The Bank of America strategist is the most worried about volatility in global markets — particularly in the developing world — since the 2008 financial crisis. “We’ll have a $ 1 trillion budget deficit, a big fight over the debt ceiling, gridlock and the U.S. economy will be slowing at the same time,” Woo said from New York.



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Trump’s Potential Criminal Exposure Is Not Comparable To 2008 Obama Campaign’s Fine

Trump’s Potential Criminal Exposure Is Not Comparable To 2008 Obama Campaign’s FinePresident Donald Trump on Wednesday responded to his former lawyer Michael



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John McCain Now Wishes He'd Never Selected Sarah Palin As His 2008 Running Mate

John McCain Now Wishes He'd Never Selected Sarah Palin As His 2008 Running MateSen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) reportedly wishes he had never picked former Alaska



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NBC WSJ Poll: Democratic favorability highest since 2008

NBC WSJ Poll: Democratic favorability highest since 2008In a new poll from NBC News/Wall Street Journal, President Trump's approval sits at the lowest level for any president at this point in time.



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Shell to start cleaning up 2008 Nigeria oil spills in April, says official

Shell to start cleaning up 2008 Nigeria oil spills in April, says officialThe head of a group helping organize Shell’s clean-up efforts in an oil Delta community in Nigeria said on Friday he was hopeful clean-up work after two spills in 2008 could start in April. Royal Dutch Shell agreed in 2015 on a 55 million pound ($ 68.62 million) settlement with the Bodo community after accepting liability for two pipeline leaks due to corrosion that contaminated their land. A community representative said they were unhappy with the contractor Shell picked.



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