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Police visited AJ Freund’s house 17 times before his brutal death. Why was the boy in his parents’ care?

Police visited AJ Freund’s house 17 times before his brutal death. Why was the boy in his parents’ care?Last December, police reports indicated dog feces and urine were scattered throughout 5-year-old Andrew "AJ" Freund's home.



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Joe Biden's voting record weakened his presidential hopes before, but experts say it may crush him in 2020

Joe Biden's voting record weakened his presidential hopes before, but experts say it may crush him in 2020Joe Biden might appear the most likely Democrat to win the primaries and take on Donald Trump in 2020 — but the 76-year-old politician may be facing his greatest uphill battle yet as he tries to reconcile his past with voters calling for a progressive future. For each of his political flaws there seems to be a younger, fresher Democrat lacking similar baggage. Whereas Mr Biden voted to support legislation the National Rifle Association (NRA) hailed in 1986 as “the law that saved gun rights” in America, Kamala Harris proposed this week a slate of aggressive executive actions on gun control reform that she would take if Congress fails to act within her first 100 days in the Oval Office.Mr Biden’s record also includes longstanding support, dating back to 1999, for the Bankruptcy Reform Act, a bill critics said made it more difficult for students to release college-related debts. Elizabeth Warren, in comparison, recently called for debt-free college and massive student loan cancellations. A 39-year-old Mr Biden also voted in favour of an amendment allowing individual states to overturn Roe v Wade in 1982, while the 46-year-old Beto O’Rourke speaks eloquently and unabashedly about his support for pro-choice abortion policies, even in his deeply red home state where the issue remains taboo.“There’s plenty of fodder for all of [Mr Biden’s] opponents to jump on,” Tobe Berkovitz, a professor at Boston University whose spent 30 years as a Democratic political media consultant, told The Independent.“He is somewhat the frontrunner … and he also has perhaps the most amorphous record because he was in the Senate so long, he was the vice president — so there are going to be plenty of things these campaigns can find as a weakness at the current time in his record.” Yet as one of the highest-polling Democrats to throw his hat in the ring this season, Mr Biden still remains popular across the country for his brand of centrist politics, and reports indicate he will run on a message of unity and moving the country forward. Mr Biden says he’s changed his stance on a range of issues — and in many ways he has. Former President Barack Obama tasked him with spearheading the former administration’s efforts surrounding gun control, and he earned an “F” from the NRA. He also was one of the highest-profile Democrats to support marriage equality, before the Supreme Court legalised same-sex marriage in 2015. He’s previously rebuked his own past in some cases, acknowledging his “regret” over his handling of the Anita Hill hearings in 1991 as chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee. “I wish I could have done something — I opposed Clarence Thomas’ nomination, and I voted against him,” he said in a recent statement. “But I also realized that there was a real and perceived problem the Committee faced: There were a bunch of white guys.”Mr Biden seemingly foreshadowed how he might address the controversies from his past in a March speech.“I’m told I get criticised by the ‘New Left,’” he said. “I have the most progressive record of anybody running for the … anybody who would run.” Other facets of his past could also seriously diminish his shot in 2020, after multiple women accused Mr Biden in recent months of inappropriate touching along the campaign trail in past years. He has not been accused of sexual assault. In an Op-Ed, HuffPost’s Washington Bureau Chief Amanda Terkel wrote: “Biden is the wrong guy to bear the standard of any party purporting to speak for victims of unaccountable power.” “The newly energized women under the Democratic tent may not want a relic from the pre-woke era to be their standard-bearer,” she wrote.Mr Biden also faces a bounty of criticism over his handling of racial issues, including his support for desegregating schools while previously referring to integration as “the most racist concept you can come up with.” When announcing the end of his first presidential candidacy in September 1987, Mr Biden blamed “the exaggerated shadow” of his past mistakes for obscuring “the essence” of his campaign. He also expressed frustration with “the environment of presidential politics that makes it so difficult for the American people to measure the whole of Joe Biden and not just the misstatements that I have made.” “There will be many opportunities for me to run for President again,” he said at the time. Whether that opportunity has already come and gone for Mr Biden, however, will soon be far more evident.“What he has to do is what Obama did very effectively multiple times,” Mr Berkovitz said. “Go to the thesaurus, look up five synonyms for ‘evolved,’ and sprinkle them through all of his presentations.”



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Does the Vice Presidency Give Joe Biden an Advantage in the Race to the Top? Here’s How VPs Before Him Fared

Does the Vice Presidency Give Joe Biden an Advantage in the Race to the Top? Here’s How VPs Before Him FaredDoes having been VP help or hinder a candidate?



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Rouhani says U.S. must lift pressure and apologize before Iran will negotiate

Rouhani says U.S. must lift pressure and apologize before Iran will negotiateGENEVA (Reuters) – Iran is willing to negotiate with America only when the United States lifts pressure and apologizes, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Wednesday, according to state media. Oil prices hit their highest level since November on Tuesday after Washington announced all waivers on imports of sanctions-hit Iranian oil would end next week, pressuring importers to stop buying from Tehran and further tightening global supply. "We have always been a man of negotiation and diplomacy, the same way that we've been a man of war and defense. …



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Trump praises AOC about VA healthcare — before completely contradicting her

Trump praises AOC about VA healthcare — before completely contradicting herDonald Trump has praised Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Twitter over comments she made last week about the Department of Veterans Affairs — while simultaneously undermining her stance on the issue of privatising health care for US veterans. The president claimed the agency “is doing great” thanks to his administration in a tweet, seemingly undermining the fundamental point the 29-year-old lawmaker was making during a town hall event in New York. Mr Trump supported at least a portion of the congresswoman’s statements surrounding veterans’ health care in America, writing Wednesday, “Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is correct, the VA is not broken, it is doing great. But that is only because of the Trump administration.” Ms Ocasio-Cortez was speaking out against efforts by the Republican Party to privatise the VA — the second largest federal department following Defence — when she said at a town hall event in New York, “When it comes to the VA, all I can think of is that classic refrain that my parents always told me growing up, which is that, ‘if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.’” “That is their opening approach that we have seen when it comes to privatisation,” she continued. “the idea that this thing that isn’t broken, this thing that provides the highest quality care to our veterans somehow needs to be fixed, optimised, tinkered with, until — until we don’t even recognise it anymore.”More follows…



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Exclusive: Sri Lanka warned of threat hours before suicide attacks – sources

Exclusive: Sri Lanka warned of threat hours before suicide attacks - sourcesIndian intelligence officers contacted their Sri Lankan counterparts two hours before the first attack to warn of a specific threat on churches, one Sri Lankan defense source and an Indian government source said. Another Sri Lankan defense source said a warning came “hours before” the first strike. One of the Sri Lankan sources said a warning was also sent by the Indians on Saturday night.



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Views of the Notre Dame Cathedral before, after, and during blaze

Views of the Notre Dame Cathedral before, after, and during blazeThe beloved landmark has been declared saved after suffering extensive damage



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Donald Trump's lawyers reviewed Mueller report before its public release, AG Barr says

Donald Trump's lawyers reviewed Mueller report before its public release, AG Barr saysAttorney General William Barr confirmed President Trump's attorneys requested and were allowed to view a redacted version before the report's release.



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La. church fires: Documents claim suspect bought gas can before crimes

La. church fires: Documents claim suspect bought gas can before crimesAuthorities used surveillance video, debit card purchases and cell phone data to tie Holden Matthews to three church fires, according to court records.



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Take One Last Look at the 2019 Ford F-series Super Duty Before It's Updated for 2020

Take One Last Look at the 2019 Ford F-series Super Duty Before It's Updated for 2020



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