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Symone Sanders, Bernie’s Former Press Secretary, Goes to Work on Biden’s Campaign

Symone Sanders, Bernie’s Former Press Secretary, Goes to Work on Biden’s CampaignJP YimSymone Sanders, who rose to prominence as Sen. Bernie Sanders’ (I-VT) national press secretary during his 2016 presidential campaign, has signed on to work for former Vice President Joe Biden’s 2020 bid. She will serve as a senior advisor. Sanders, who had been uncommitted throughout the cycle, is a CNN political commentator and has worked with Priorities USA, the largest Democratic Party Super PAC. She was a major hire for Sanders during the 2016 campaign, coming just as he faced criticism over the lack of diversity on his staff. But in the summer of 2016, she quit the campaign, at the time saying she did so of her own volition. Sanders is a prominent progressive voice and a regular presence on cable news, giving Biden a valuable addition to his team. But she hasn’t always been sympatico with the former vice president. Recently, Sanders chastised Biden for cracking jokes in response to the unwanted touching allegations leveled against him by several women with whom he’d interacted during his career. In the segment, she raised a hypothetical about how she would handle communications for Biden. “If I’m Vice President Biden’s communications person, if he comes out and says the words ‘I’m sorry,’ all the chyrons and headlines will say ‘I’m sorry,’ Sanders said encouraging Biden to keep listening and talking to people. Prior to then Sanders had also characterized the conventional wisdom around Biden being the frontrunner in the Democratic primary as being “overhyped.” In the same report though, she acknowledged that he could be “formidable.”The Biden campaign did not return a request for comment but Sanders confirmed to The Daily Beast in a text message on Thursday.Sanders was later featured among the staff hires announced by the Biden campaign on Thursday.“We are incredibly proud of the diverse and talented team that has come together behind this campaign’s vision to restore the soul of this nation, rebuild the backbone of the country, and unify America,” said Greg Schultz, who will serve as campaign manager. “We know this is exactly the kind of change voters are looking for and we are excited to get to work to share Vice President Biden’s vision in every corner of the country.”Read more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast here



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'I smiled in the face of bigotry': A woman's response to anti-Islam protesters goes viral

'I smiled in the face of bigotry': A woman's response to anti-Islam protesters goes viralA group of anti-Islam protesters gathered at a conference in Washington, D.C. One woman's reaction: 'I smiled in the face of bigotry.'



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Meghan McCain goes after anti-vaxxers, slams their 'stupidity' for endangering children

Meghan McCain goes after anti-vaxxers, slams their 'stupidity' for endangering childrenMeghan McCain isn't mincing words when it comes to her take on anti-vaxxers, taking to Twitter Friday to send a message about their "stupidity."



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Google goes big for April Fool's Day with pranks and games

Google goes big for April Fool's Day with pranks and gamesGoogle this weekend began announcing new products, application tools, and games far too absurd to be true but not too outrageous to be fun. To celebrate April Fool’s Day on Monday, Google brought Google Home users the ability to talk to tulips and Google Files users the ability to clean their phone screens from the inside out. Google announced on Monday that it had finally cracked the code on plant communication and can now translate Tulipish into various human languages.



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Why 'Florida Man' is a thing: Weirdness in other states goes unnoticed

Why 'Florida Man' is a thing: Weirdness in other states goes unnoticedThere's just as much weirdness in every other state, but Florida has more people — and most important, wide-open public records laws.



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Taipei's goes dark for Earth Hour

Taipei's goes dark for Earth HourTaiwan's tallest building joined cities around the world to mark Earth Hour by turning off its lights on Saturday in a call for global action on climate change. (March 30)



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Skyfall: Another budget airline goes down as sector struggles

Skyfall: Another budget airline goes down as sector strugglesIceland’s budget carrier WOW Air collapsed on Thursday, the latest in a string of low-cost airlines to go under after the fiercly competitive industry suffered from rising fuel prices last year. WOW Air, which transported more than a third of people travelling to Iceland, ceased operations and cancelled all its flights on Thursday after failing to find investors to save it from going under. In February Berlin-based airline Germania, which transported more than four million passengers a year, cancelled its own flights and filed for bankruptcy.



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Michael Avenatti goes from media darling to criminal suspect

Michael Avenatti goes from media darling to criminal suspectLOS ANGELES (AP) — Michael Avenatti seemingly came out of nowhere, a sharply dressed lawyer with a penetrating gaze who said he would prove President Donald Trump had sex with a porn star and paid her off to keep quiet ahead of the 2016 election.



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The Latest: Trump claims vindication, goes on attack

The Latest: Trump claims vindication, goes on attackWASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump's response to the special counsel's findings (all times local):



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Lakers G Ball fires family friend after $1.5M goes missing

Lakers G Ball fires family friend after $  1.5M goes missingLos Angeles Lakers guard Lonzo Ball said he no longer is working with a family friend after $ 1.5 million from Ball’s personal and business bank accounts apparently remains missing. The second-year player told ESPN that the man, Alan Foster, “used his access to my business and personal finances to enrich himself. Foster owns 16.3 percent of the family’s Big Baller Brand and also has managed the family companies.



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