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'He gave me permission': Joe Biden jokes about touching complaints

'He gave me permission': Joe Biden jokes about touching complaintsFormer vice-president’s comments came during first public appearance since allegations from at least seven women surfacedJoe Biden has twice made joking references to complaints from women that his physical behavior made them uncomfortable.The former vice-president’s comments on Friday came during his first public appearance since the allegations began to surface last week.Taking the stage in Washington at a gathering of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Biden was introduced by the president of the union, Lonnie Stephenson.Biden quipped: “I just want you to know – I had permission to hug Lonnie.”The crowd, which was mostly male, erupted in laughter. Later, Biden made a similar joke after inviting a group of children onstage and putting his arm round a young boy.“By the way, he gave me permission to touch him,” the former vice-president said, again to laughter.“Everybody knows I like kids more than people,” Biden said.Sign up for the US morning briefing Biden, who is widely expected to enter the 2020 presidential race, has faced allegations from at least seven women that they were troubled by physical interactions with him.Although he has not been accused of sexual assault or harassment, the women have said they felt Biden violated their personal space.On Wednesday, Biden pledged in a video to change his behavior.“Social norms are changing. I understand that, and I’ve heard what these women are saying,” Biden said. “Politics to me has always been about making connections, but I will be more mindful of personal space in the future. That’s my responsibility and I will meet it.”Speaking to reporters after Friday’s event, Biden was asked if he would apologize to the women directly.“I’m sorry I didn’t understand,” he said. “I’m not sorry for any of my intentions.”He added: “I literally think it is incumbent upon me and I think everybody else to make sure that if you embrace someone, if you touch someone, it’s with their consent, regardless of your intention.”The controversy began when Lucy Flores, a former Nevada state assemblywoman, alleged Biden put his hands on her shoulders, leaned in to smell her hair and kissed the back of her head at a political event in November 2014.Other women have shared similar accounts. Several prominent Democratic women have come to Biden’s defense, suggesting such behavior is part of his affectionate demeanor.Donald Trump, who has been accused of sexual misconduct by at least 17 women, has sought to weaponize the issue.The president posted a derisive tweet featuring Biden’s apology video doctored to include an image of the former vice-president creeping up behind himself and grabbing his own shoulders.“WELCOME BACK JOE!” Trump tweeted.Biden hit back, tweeting: “I see that you are on the job and presidential.”



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Joe Biden says he 'never' acted inappropriately after an ex-Nevada state rep. claims he gave her an unwanted kiss

Joe Biden says he 'never' acted inappropriately after an ex-Nevada state rep. claims he gave her an unwanted kiss"I felt — I felt powerless.”



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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi takes back honorary office Paul Ryan gave to Mike Pence

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi takes back honorary office Paul Ryan gave to Mike PenceDon't cry for the vice president. As the president of the Senate, he will still have space on that chamber's side of the Capitol.



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Robert Kraft, accused of soliciting prostitution, gave hundreds of millions to charitable causes

Robert Kraft, accused of soliciting prostitution, gave hundreds of millions to charitable causesThe $ 400 million Robert Kraft has contributed to a wide range of causes has earned him enormous goodwill in Boston and beyond.



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Arizona nurse pleads not guilty to raping disabled woman who gave birth

Arizona nurse pleads not guilty to raping disabled woman who gave birthAn Arizona nurse pleaded not guilty on Tuesday to raping a severely disabled woman in a crime that only came to light when the victim unexpectedly gave birth in the long-term care facility where she had been a patient for about two decades. Nathan Sutherland, 36, wearing an orange jumpsuit and shackled at the wrists and legs, entered his plea during a brief arraignment at the Maricopa County Superior Court. Sutherland, a licensed practical nurse who began working at Hacienda HealthCare Skilled Nursing Facility in Phoenix in 2012, has been charged with one count each of sexual assault and abuse of a vulnerable adult.



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Obama Spoke at Boeing Retreat After Firm Gave Millions to Library Fund

Obama Spoke at Boeing Retreat After Firm Gave Millions to Library FundGeorge W. Bush addressed the group last year, said people familiar with the matter. Obama dropped in on the leadership sessions while traveling back to the mainland from his year-end holiday in Hawaii, and Arizona’s top-notch golf courses were part of the allure. The former president waived his speaking fee for the informal address, said Katie Hill, Obama’s spokeswoman.



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Nurse arrested after US woman gave birth in vegetative state

Nurse arrested after US woman gave birth in vegetative stateA male nurse has been arrested in Arizona for the sexual assault of a woman who gave birth while in a long-term vegetative state, police in the US state said Wednesday. The suspect — identified as Nathan Sutherland, age 36 — faces charges of one count of sexual assault and one count of vulnerable adult abuse, Phoenix police Sergeant Tommy Thompson told a news conference. Sutherland is a “licensed practical nurse who was responsible for providing care to the victim during this time the sexual assault occurred,” Phoenix Police Chief Jeri Williams said.



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911 call reveals moment woman in vegetative state gave birth: 'Baby's turning blue!'

911 call reveals moment woman in vegetative state gave birth: 'Baby's turning blue!'The emergency dispatcher asks how the mother of the newborn is doing. The staff then reveal that somebody has performed CPR on the newborn baby to save it. The publication of the recording, obtained from police by KPHO-TV, is the latest turn in the story of the young woman at the care of Hacienda HealthCare, whom police say was sexually assaulted.



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Lindsey Buckingham says Stevie Nicks gave Fleetwood Mac 'an ultimatum,' caused his departure

Lindsey Buckingham says Stevie Nicks gave Fleetwood Mac 'an ultimatum,' caused his departureLindsey Buckingham is opening up about why he was ousted from Fleetwood Mac – and pointing a finger at Stevie Nicks in the process.



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Jared Kushner Gave Saudi Crown Prince Advice After Khashoggi Slaying: NY Times

Jared Kushner Gave Saudi Crown Prince Advice After Khashoggi Slaying: NY TimesJared Kushner, President Donald Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser, flouted



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