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Epstein's Caribbean islands drawing tourists after his death

Epstein's Caribbean islands drawing tourists after his deathJeffrey Epstein’s armed guards and the sharp rocks that lie beneath the turquoise waters glistening around his Caribbean island have long deterred boaters from the area, but curiosity has overcome concern since the financier apparently killed himself in jail as he awaited trial in New York on sex trafficking charges. Tourists and locals alike are powering up boats to take a closer look at a place nicknamed “Pedophile Island” that lies just off the southeast coast of St. Thomas. Among the attractions are two huge white-and-yellow cockatiel statues that stand guard at the top of a set of stairs near the dock, as well as a life-size Holstein-Friesian cow statue that locals say was moved to a different spot weekly and sometimes even daily while Epstein lived there.



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Biden Begins Drawing Contrasts With His Democratic Rivals

Biden Begins Drawing Contrasts With His Democratic Rivals(Bloomberg) — Joe Biden returned to the campaign trail with a new drive to contrast his views with those of other Democratic presidential hopefuls after a rough debate performance last week highlighted his tenuous grasp on front-runner status.After spending the first two months of his campaign focused on attacking President Donald Trump, the former vice president turned his attention to rivals in his own party. He began a two-day swing across Iowa to make his case for moderation as other leading candidates pull the party leftward.Biden zeroed in on health care Wednesday, arguing that Democrats should be concentrating on improving the Affordable Care Act instead of replacing it with an entirely new system such as Medicare for All. “I fundamentally disagree with anyone who says, ‘Scrap Obamacare,’” he told voters in Waterloo, at his first public appearance since last Thursday’s debate. “I’m against any Republican who wants to scrap it, I’m against any Democrat who wants to scrap it.”At a campaign stop in Iowa on Thursday, Biden said he wouldn’t respond to attacks from rivals by digging up controversies from their pasts. During the debate last week, California Senator Kamala Harris criticized him in deeply personal terms about his record of opposition, when he was in the Senate, to federally mandated busing to desegregate schools.“I’m not going to go back and use the same tactic they’re trying to use,” he said in Independence, where he walked in a Fourth of July parade. “I’m not going to go back and talk about the record of anyone from 10, 20, 30 years ago. There’s a lot out there that a lot of people would like to do differently than they did but everything is lost in context.”Asked if he understood that the conversation about race has changed, he said: “Absolutely, positively I do. As much or more than anyone.”On Wednesday, members of Biden’s communications team had dueled with Harris’s campaign on Twitter about the busing issue.Pressed on whether she’d support such a mandate for busing now, Harris told reporters in West Des Moines, “I believe that any tool that is in the toolbox should be considered by a school district.”Biden deputy campaign manager Kate Bedingfield tweeted in response that “it’s disappointing that Senator Harris chose to distort Vice President Biden’s position on busing — particularly now that she is tying herself in knots trying not to answer the very question she posed to him!”Harris’s national press secretary Ian Sams responded by saying that Biden had called busing an “asinine concept” and the back-and-forth continued with Sams later adding that he and Harris both thought Biden is “a good guy” and “That’s why a simple ‘working with segregationists to stop busing 40 years ago was wrong, and I shouldn’t have done it’ would be welcome.”He was referring to Biden’s comments from last month about two fellow senators in the 1970s who were advocates of segregation.Praising ObamacareOn Wednesday, Biden pointed out that many presidents before Barack Obama had tried to pass a health care bill and not succeeded. “We have to finish the job and make health care a right not a privilege,” he said.He has not yet rolled out his full health care plan, but suggested that he would favor a hybrid public-private system that could help the uninsured get coverage.“We can’t start over. There’s no time to start over in my view,” he said. “Building on what we’ve got, not starting over. Allowing people to keep their employer-based insurance or their private insurance or any insurance they have if they want. But if they don’t, allowing them the ability to buy into a public option, a health care plan like Medicare.”Biden’s shift to a more direct comparison with other candidates for the Democratic nomination comes as his poll numbers have fallen.A Quinnipiac national poll released Tuesday found Biden slipping to 22%, just 2 percentage points ahead of Harris at 20%. Senator Elizabeth Warren was next with 14% then Senator Bernie Sanders with 13%. A CNN national poll found Biden slipping 10 percentage points in one month — to 22%. Behind him was Harris with 17%, 9 percentage points higher than in CNN’s previous poll, and Warren with 15%, an 8-percentage-point gain, and Sanders with 14%, a 4-percentage-point drop.And a Focus on Rural America poll released on Wednesday showed a significant drop for Biden in Iowa and that he was essentially tied with Warren and Harris. David Binder Research, which conducted the survey, also works for Harris’s presidential campaign but began the poll before it was hired by Harris’s team.Biden’s campaign said Wednesday that it raised $ 21.5 million in the second quarter, second to Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Indiana, who took in $ 24.8 million.Biden’s team was quick to note that he entered the race on April 25, nearly a month into the quarter, meaning that he took in more per day than any other candidate. Sanders said that his campaign raised $ 18 million during the second quarter. Harris and Warren have not yet disclosed their fundraising totals.(Adds Biden campaign stop Thursday in fifth through seventh paragraphs.)To contact the reporter on this story: Jennifer Epstein in Waterloo, Iowa at jepstein32@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Joe Sobczyk at jsobczyk@bloomberg.net, Max Berley, Scott LanmanFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.



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In major elections ruling, U.S. Supreme Court allows partisan map drawing

In major elections ruling, U.S. Supreme Court allows partisan map drawingIn a major blow to election reformers, the U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday rejected efforts to rein in electoral map manipulation by politicians aimed at entrenching one party in power, a practice known as partisan gerrymandering that critics have said warps democracy. The justices, in a landmark 5-4 ruling that could reverberate through U.S. politics for years to come, ruled for the first time that federal judges do not have the authority to curb partisan gerrymandering – a decision that could embolden state lawmakers to intensify use of the practice. The court sided with Republican lawmakers in North Carolina and Democratic legislators in Maryland who drew electoral district boundaries that were challenged by voters as so politically biased that they violated rights guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution.



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$750M Powerball drawing would be 4th-largest US jackpot

$  750M Powerball drawing would be 4th-largest US jackpotLottery officials say the Powerball jackpot for Wednesday's drawing has ballooned to an estimated $ 750 million , which would be the fourth-largest grand lottery prize in U.S. history.



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Manafort faces state charges after drawing more federal time

Manafort faces state charges after drawing more federal timeWASHINGTON (AP) — Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort was sentenced to a total of seven and a half years in prison on federal charges, then was hit almost immediately with fresh state charges in New York that could put him outside the president's power to pardon.



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Hondurans form a new US-bound caravan, drawing fire from Trump

Hondurans form a new US-bound caravan, drawing fire from TrumpHundreds of Hondurans have set out on a trek to the United States, forming another caravan that US President Donald Trump cited Tuesday to justify building a wall on the border with Mexico. “A big new Caravan is heading up to our Southern Border from Honduras,” Trump tweeted Tuesday. As the procession left the town of San Pedro Sula under a steady rain Monday night, one of the migrants summed up their plight: “We are leaving because there is crime and no work,” said Juan Garcia, 52.



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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez accused of playing politics with Christmas after drawing comparison between Jesus and refugees

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez accused of playing politics with Christmas after drawing comparison between Jesus and refugeesThe incoming Democratic congresswoman tweets out a series of jabs at what she calls 'anti-immigrant pundits'; reaction from Fox News contributor Robert Jeffress, pastor of First Baptist Church in Dallas.



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Mega Millions drawing could deliver biggest Christmas lottery gift ever

Mega Millions drawing could deliver biggest Christmas lottery gift everAmericans who included Mega Million tickets on their holiday shopping lists have a shot at winning more than $ 300 million in Tuesday’s drawing, the largest Christmas Day jackpot in the history of the multi-state lottery. The grand prize has grown to $ 321 million after a nine-week spell without a winner. Combined with a $ 294 million Powerball jackpot up for grabs on Wednesday, the holiday week could deliver prizes worth more than $ 600 million.



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Mega Millions drawing on Christmas Day will be for $321 million jackpot

Mega Millions drawing on Christmas Day will be for $  321 million jackpotMillions of people will be competing for a whopper of a Christmas present this year: The next Mega Millions drawing falls on Dec. 25.



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Italy's far-right minister visits Israel, drawing criticism

Italy's far-right minister visits Israel, drawing criticismJERUSALEM (AP) — One of Europe's most divisive political figures, Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini, opened his visit to Israel Tuesday with warm words of support for his hosts, condemning Hezbollah as a "terrorist" organization and denouncing rising waves of anti-Semitism in Europe.



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