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Booker Says He Could Confront Biden on Race at Detroit Debate

Booker Says He Could Confront Biden on Race at Detroit Debate(Bloomberg) — Presidential Democratic candidate Cory Booker on Sunday suggested he could confront former Vice President Joe Biden on racial issues during the second round of debates next week.Booker, a New Jersey senator, said it would be “fair” to bring up the 1994 crime bill, which Biden supported in the Senate and has called the “Biden crime bill.” Booker said the measure put “mass incarceration on steroids” for African Americans.“Yeah, it is fair,” Booker said on CBS News’s “Face the Nation,” when asked by host Margaret Brennan whether he would be more aggressive on race at the forums in Detroit on July 30-31. “I want people like Joe Biden, which he finally did, thank God, to stand up and say, ‘I was wrong, that bill did a lot of harm.’”Booker was among Biden’s most vocal critics last month when the former vice president spoke about the “civility” in the Senate that allowed him to work with segregationist lawmakers in the 1970s. Another Democratic presidential candidate, Senator Kamala Harris, seized the spotlight at the first set of debates last month in Miami by confronting Biden on his opposition to busing as a senator.Biden will face off against Harris, Booker and seven other Democratic candidates on July 31, the second night of the debates in Detroit.To contact the reporter on this story: Max Berley in Washington at mberley@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Wendy Benjaminson at wbenjaminson@bloomberg.net, Max Berley, Mark NiquetteFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.



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Storm Area 51: US military 'ready' to confront 600,000 alien-hunters threatening to break into top-secret base

Storm Area 51: US military 'ready' to confront 600,000 alien-hunters threatening to break into top-secret baseThe Air Force has issued a stern warning to the over half of million people planning to storm a top-secret US military base in the Nevada desert who are on a hunt to “see them aliens."Over 600,000 people have signed up to an event called “Storm Area 51, they can’t stop all of us” which invites attendees to gather en masse before going into the air force base, which has long obsessed alien conspiracy theorists.The satirical event, which is organised on Facebook and is scheduled to take place on 20 September, appears to be a joke given the high security and heavily guarded nature of the base.The organisers said: “We can move faster than their bullets. Let’s see them aliens."But Air Force spokesperson Laura McAndrews has released a warning to potential trespassers. “[Area 51] is an open training range for the US Air Force, and we would discourage anyone from trying to come into the area where we train American armed forces,” she said. Ms McAndrews added: “The US Air Force always stands ready to protect America and its assets”.But she failed to elaborate on specific details around how officials would react to potential intruders. “We will all meet up at the Area 51 Alien Center tourist attraction and coordinate our entry,” the event description reads. “If we naruto run, we can move faster than their bullets. Lets see them aliens.”The "Naruto run" is a reference to a Japanese manga-inspired running style featuring arms outstretched backwards and heads forward. It is inspired by the running style of Naruto Ozumaki – title character in the Japanese anime series Naruto. Conspiracy theorists have long believed the US government holds secret information about aliens and UFOs at Area 51 and believe it is used to stow captured UFOs or alien remains and technology. But the US government categorically denies the existence of such objects.While it featured in the 1996 alien invasion film Independence Day as an alien testing laboratory, the base’s actual main function continues to be unknown.The base, which has been the focus of conspiracy theories for decades, was only formally recognised as a military base in 2013 after a 2005 Freedom of Information Act request. The perimeter of the base is constantly patrolled by armed security guards and CCTV and motion-sensor cameras are also in use – with signs around the base warning intruders could face “deadly force”.Conspiracy theorists allege the area has been the site of frequent UFO sightings.



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UPDATE 7-Iran says it will confront any U.S. threat, Trump eyes new sanctions

UPDATE 7-Iran says it will confront any U.S. threat, Trump eyes new sanctionsIran said on Saturday it would respond firmly to any U.S. threat, the semi-official Tasnim news agency reported, amid escalating tension between Tehran and Washington over the shooting down of an unmanned U.S. drone by the Islamic Republic. On Thursday, an Iranian missile destroyed a U.S. Global Hawk surveillance drone. Tehran repeated on Saturday that the drone was shot down over its territory.



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House Democrats Finding It Hard to Confront Anti-Semitism

House Democrats Finding It Hard to Confront Anti-SemitismThe Democratic party is having a rough time condemning anti-Semitism. Representative Ilhan Omar of Minnesota has, on several occasions, made classically anti-Semitic claims about American Jews, and the effort to formally denounce those statements in the House ruined a week in which the Democrats were supposed to talk about their agenda.The gist of Omar’s complaints is that the perfidious, string-pulling Hebraic hordes control Congress with their shady shekels; Israel has hypnotized the world; and American Jews are guilty of dual loyalty.The controversies have been compounded by the fact that her apologies suggest she’s not actually apologetic. Omar has claimed that the anti-Semitism charge is an effort to silence her because she wants to talk about the Jewish scheme to “push for allegiance to a foreign country.” In an earlier sorry-not-sorry episode, she apologized for hurting anyone’s feelings, which is not quite the same thing as recanting.The whole issue of hurt feelings is a red herring — which is precisely why so many Democrats want to focus on feelings rather than on the relevant facts. Indeed, if Omar had better facts on her side, she wouldn’t be in this mess.For instance, Omar seems to think the American Israel Public Affairs Committee is a political-action committee that funds candidates on behalf of Israel. Inconveniently for Omar, AIPAC isn’t a PAC, doesn’t work for Israel, and doesn’t donate to political campaigns.More interesting, however, is the Democratic leadership’s fact problem — namely the fact Omar simply isn’t a fan of Jews, or at least Jews who support Israel. It’s fine to be a critic of Israel, by the way. But when you hate the country so much that you can’t explain criticism of Israel without resorting to bigotry, you have a problem. Or rather, the Democratic party does.Because it’s not just Omar. If Omar had no sympathizers, House speaker Nancy Pelosi would probably have thrown her under the bus already. The younger, fresher, and more radical fringe of the party led by New York representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez doesn’t think Omar should be singled out for criticism or censure. In fairness, the primary reason is not that they all share Omar’s hang-up with the Jews. Some are just anti-Israel. Others think it’s unfair that Omar should be criticized when Donald Trump or other Republicans have said bigoted things.Ocasio-Cortez called efforts to censure Omar “hurtful” because statements by other politicians, most obviously Trump, aren’t similarly condemned. She has something of a point. I certainly wish Republicans did more to condemn many of the things Trump has said. But she seems to have forgotten that Republicans did condemn and punish Iowa representative Steve King recently for his on-brand racist blather.So while Ocasio-Cortez is right to a point, that point doesn’t take her very far. It’s her party that has established a zero-tolerance-for-bigotry standard. And “whataboutist” arguments are the lowest form of defense. Some Republicans may be hypocrites for not condemning all bigotry equally, but that’s a criticism of Republicans, not a defense of Omar.The effort to avoid singling out Omar is putting Democrats in knots they will be hard-pressed to untie anytime soon. Pelosi has said Omar wasn’t “intentionally anti-Semitic.”Asked if Omar’s comment about Jewish dual loyalty was anti-Semitic, Representative Emmanuel Cleaver of Missouri offered this profile in courage: “It may or may not be. I haven’t thought deeply about it.”South Carolina’s James Clyburn, the No. 3 Democrat in the House, offered a baffling defense of Omar by talking about — surprise! — her feelings. He says Omar’s experience as a refugee from Somalia who spent time in a Kenyan refugee camp has to be taken into account.“There are people who tell me, ‘Well, my parents are Holocaust survivors.’ ‘My parents did this.’ It’s more personal with her,” Clyburn told The Hill. “I’ve talked to her, and I can tell you she is living through a lot of pain.”Leave aside the fact that whatever happened to Omar in Kenya or Somalia, it has nothing to do with Israel or Jews. Are we going to have greater tolerance for bigotry based on a time-since-victimhood score? Slavery was even longer ago than the Holocaust. Does that make racist comments less outrageous than anti-Semitic comments?On Thursday, Pelosi announced that the House would vote on a resolution condemning all forms of “hate.” It’s a transparent dodge to avoid condemning a specific kind of hate.It might do the trick to turn the page. But it will almost surely be a temporary respite, because Omar (and others) come to their anti-Semitism honestly, and they’re inclined to be honest about it. So we’ll be here again.



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Omar the flashpoint as Democrats confront divide over Israel

Omar the flashpoint as Democrats confront divide over IsraelWASHINGTON (AP) — Back in January, the Democrats welcomed their brash young newcomers to Congress with smiles and hugs. That was before the new colleagues dragged the party's simmering divisions over Israel out in the open.



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Mike Pence: ‘It’s Time’ for World Leaders to Confront Maduro

Mike Pence: ‘It’s Time’ for World Leaders to Confront MaduroVice President Mike Pence on Monday called on world leaders to levy sanctions against the government of Venezuelan dictator Nicolás Maduro."To leaders around the world: It's time. There can be no bystanders in Venezuela's struggle for freedom," Pence said in Bogota, Colombia at a meeting of the Lima Group, a group of mostly Latin American leaders. “The day is coming soon when Venezuela’s long nightmare will end and Venezuela will once more be free.”"Nicolas Maduro is a usurper with no legitimate claim to power, and Nicolas Maduro must go," the vice president continued. “Our message today very much was intended to say to Mexico, to Uruguay, to nations across the eastern Caribbean that they need to come off the sidelines.”Pence also announced new U.S. sanctions on Venezuela intended to cripple Maduro's regime, including cracking down on several governors who back him. The U.S. already enforces heavy sanctions on Venezuela's mammoth state-owned oil and natural-gas company, PDVSA, which is one of the government's keys to monetizing the country's vast oil reserves, the largest in the world."In the days ahead, the United States will announce even stronger sanctions on the regime's corrupt financial networks," Pence promised. "We will work with all of you to find every last dollar they have stolen and work to return it to the Venezuelan people."Pence pledged nearly $ 56 million in additional aid to "our partners in the region as they come to the aid of the Venezuelan people," and urged them to support Juan Guaidó, the opposition leader recognized by the U.S. and dozens of other countries as Venezuela's rightful leader, with whom he met before his speech.Over the weekend, Maduro's troops skirmished with opposition forces and destroyed foreign food and medical aid at border points, killing at least four people and injuring hundreds.“Today’s events force me to make a decision: to formally propose to the international community that we must have all options open to secure the freedom of our country,” Guaidó wrote on Twitter after the violent clashes."These men worked to block aid for people in need and suppress peaceful protests. Their actions will not go unpunished," Pence said. "We hope for a peaceful transition to democracy, but as President Trump has made clear, all options are on the table."



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The Latest: Syria says air defenses confront 'enemy targets'

The Latest: Syria says air defenses confront 'enemy targets'BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on developments in and related to Syria (all times local):



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Sexual assault survivors confront Flake in elevator over his support for Kavanaugh

Sexual assault survivors confront Flake in elevator over his support for KavanaughMoments before, the Republicans issued a statement saying he would vote to confirm Kavanaugh for the Supreme Court.



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'They're Not Welcome Anymore, Anywhere.' Maxine Waters Tells Supporters to Confront Trump Officials

'They're Not Welcome Anymore, Anywhere.' Maxine Waters Tells Supporters to Confront Trump Officials'History is not going to be kind to this administration'



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Florida Cop Who Failed to Confront Parkland Shooter Is Getting $8,000 Monthly Pension

Florida Cop Who Failed to Confront Parkland Shooter Is Getting $  8,000 Monthly PensionHe resigned and retired after the shooting



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