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Joe Biden under fire for war hero story 'filled with inaccuracies'

Joe Biden under fire for war hero story 'filled with inaccuracies'Joe Biden, the Democratic presidential hopeful, is facing renewed questions over his memory and whether he is too old for office after telling an anecdote about a war hero that appears to be littered with inaccuracies.  The former US vice president faced scrutiny after recounting an emotive story of how a soldier he once presented with a medal did not want it because the person colleague tried to save had died.  Speaking in New Hampshire last week, Mr Biden recalled how he once visited Afghanistan’s Konar province while vice president and met a navy captain who scrambled down a 60ft ravine under fire to retrieve a comrade. Mr Biden said that when he tried to pin a Silver Star on the man at an honouring ceremony, the soldier replied: “Do not pin it on me, Sir! Please, Sir. Do not do that! He died. He died!’” While telling the anecdote Mr Biden had said: "This is the God’s truth, my word as a Biden.” Joe Biden, right, and senator Cory Booker during a debate between Democratic presidential hopefuls in July Credit: REUTERS/Lucas Jackson  However an investigation by The Washington Post based on interviews with more than a dozen US troops, commanders and Biden campaign officials found that many of the facts were wrong.  Mr Biden, the paper reported, appears to have merged details from three separate events into a single story.  “In the space of three minutes, Biden got the time period, the location, the heroic act, the type of medal, the military branch and the rank of the recipient wrong, as well as his own role in the ceremony,” a line in the article read.  The Biden campaign has not challenged the accuracy of the report, but Mr Biden himself has pushed back on criticism over the anecdote.  “I was making the point how courageous these people are,” Mr Biden said in a subsequent interview, adding later: “I don’t know what the problem is. I mean, what is it that I said wrong?” The issue has forced the spotlight once again on Mr Biden’s age and suitability for office. He is 76 and would be 78 on his first day in the Oval Office – the oldest person ever elected to the US presidency. Joe Biden was Barack Obama's vice president for eight years Credit: AP Photo/Susan Walsh Mr Biden continues to be the clear frontrunner to take on Donald Trump at the November 2020 elections, according to multiple opinion polls of Democrat voters, but the gap has narrowed this year.   In recent months Mr Biden has made a slew of errors in public, sometimes simply saying the wrong word and at other times making factual inaccuracies.  Mr Biden recently recalled how he met with victims of the Parkland, Florida shooting while vice president. However the shooting happened more than a year after he left office.  At a candidates debate last month Mr Biden accidentally referred to a rival as the “future president” rather than “senator” and tripped up when trying to urge supporters to look at his website.  Mr Trump’s supporters jumped on the gaffe. Mike Huckabee, the former Republican presidential hopeful, tweeted: “Starting to feel sorry for ol' Joe.  He's now become the incarnation of Forrest Gump, showing up in every moment of history, even though he wasn't there and gets it all wrong.” Rudy Giuliani, the former New York City mayor and attorney to Mr Trump, tweeted: “Does Biden plagiarise because he’s a serial liar or has a seriously impaired memory?" In this instance, Mr Biden appears to have merged three different events regarding feats of wartime bravery, according to The Washington Post.  Mr Biden was present in 2008 when a US soldier called Miles Foltz was honoured in Konar province, Afghanistan. But the award was not a Silver Star, the colleague he rescued did not die, Mr Biden was not yet vice president and he did not personally present the honour.  Donald Trump is facing re-election in November 2020. The Democrats will start voting on who they want to take him on in February 2020 Credit: REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst In 2011, Mr Biden did present a medal to a soldier, Chad Workman, who insisted he did not want it because the person he tried to save died. But the ceremony was in Wardak, not Konar, the recipient was not a navy captain and the fatality happened in a burning vehicle.  At another event in 2014, a soldier called Kyle White was honoured for saving colleagues after some had fallen down a ravine. But the award was the Medal of Honor, the event was at the White House and Barack Obama, not Mr Biden, made the presentation.  It is unclear whether the blunder, reports of which were carried prominently by US cable news on Friday, will impact Mr Biden’s standings in the race for the Democratic Party's presidential nomination.



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Al Haynes, pilot of United Flight 232 and reluctant hero, dies 30 years after deadly crash in Iowa

Al Haynes, pilot of United Flight 232 and reluctant hero, dies 30 years after deadly crash in IowaFlight 232 pilot Al Haynes deflected the title "hero" and focused attention on the crew and unprecedented rescue coordination after the 1989 crash.



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A hero grandmother persuaded her 19-year-old grandson to check into a hospital when she learned he was planning a mass shooting

A hero grandmother persuaded her 19-year-old grandson to check into a hospital when she learned he was planning a mass shootingThe US Attorney's Office of the Northern District of Texas announced on Friday that William Patrick Williams, from Lubbock, Texas, had been arrested.



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El Paso Walmart Shooting: Meet the Hero Soldier who Saved Children's Lives

El Paso Walmart Shooting: Meet the Hero Soldier who Saved Children's LivesAt first, Army Pfc. Glendon Oakley Jr. was completely unaware of the chaos unfolding just around the corner. Then he pulled his gun.A 22-year-old Army automated logistics specialist assigned to the 504th Composite Supply Company, 142nd Combat Support Sustainment Battalion, 1st Armored Division Sustainment Brigade at Fort Bliss, Texas, Oakley had been shopping at a sporting goods store inside the Cielo Vista Mall in El Paso when a young child burst into the store shouting about an active shooter at the nearby Walmart."The guy at the register and I sort of looked at each other," Oakley told Task & Purpose in a phone interview on Saturday. "He's a little kid … are you going to believe him?"The threat was very real. At least 20 people were killed and dozens more wounded when a gunman opened fire at the Walmart, sending terrified bystanders fleeing through the neighboring mall.When Oakley exited the store minutes later and headed to the neighboring Footlocker, he finally heard the sound of gunfire echoing across the mall. He immediately pulled the Glock 9mm he occasionally carries under Texas's concealed carry laws. While he had just returned from an incident-free deployment to Kuwait, this was not his first firefight."That's what you do," he told Task & Purpose. "You pull your gun, you find cover, and you figure out what to do next."Oakley was born into an Army family. His father, Glendon Oakley Sr., served for 31 years before retiring in 2011 at the rank of sergeant major; his mother, Wendolyn D. Oakley, retired as a master sergeant in 2001 after two decades; and his older sister, Glenda Oakley, is a retired captain.



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Al Sharpton Is Not a Civil-Rights Hero

Al Sharpton Is Not a Civil-Rights HeroImagine David Duke being a regular, esteemed guest and former honored host on Fox News Channel. Imagine every Republican presidential candidate scrambling to praise him whenever he’s in the news. Imagine David Duke being given a prime speaking slot at the Republican National Convention or President Trump welcoming him to the White House and openly soliciting his support. Imagine Duke appearing on White House visitor logs more than 70 times during Trump’s administration.Imagine all of this and you’ll have some idea of how the right and even, I think, the center of American political thought reacts to seeing Al Sharpton continue to be cosseted by the Democratic party and its allies in the media. Sharpton should long ago have been ruled out of bounds.Employing the morally disastrous logic that the enemy of your enemy is your friend, the Democrats have allowed President Trump to troll them into extolling Sharpton. Trump is incorrect about many things, but he fairly described Sharpton as a racist. Sharpton is a “con man, a troublemaker, always looking for a score,” Trump tweeted. “Hates Whites & Cops!” That’s a lot closer to the truth than the framing of Democrats, who bent the knee to Sharpton as though he were some sort of civil-rights hero rather than a huckster.> .@TheRevAl has spent his life fighting for what's right and working to improve our nation, even in the face of hate. It's shameful, yet unsurprising that Trump would continue to attack those who have done so much for our country.> > — Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) July 29, 2019> .@TheRevAl is a champion in the fight for civil rights. The fact that President Trump continues to use the power of the presidency to unleash racist attacks on the people he serves is despicable. This hate has no place in our country. It's beneath the dignity of the office.> > — Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) July 29, 2019> .@TheRevAl has dedicated his life to the fight for justice for all. No amount of racist tweets from the man in the White House will erase that—and we must not let them divide us. I stand with my friend Al Sharpton in calling out these ongoing attacks on people of color.> > — Elizabeth Warren (@ewarren) July 29, 2019Sharpton holds the position of America’s Senior Spokesman for Civil Rights only because it’s been some time since he’s done anything so egregiously contemptible that it made the front page; the Left simply assumes short memories have sanitized Sharpton’s reputation. I almost wrote “inflammatory reputation,” but that word might be too literal given the arson attack that followed one of his most notorious hate campaigns.After a black boy, Gavin Cato, was accidentally killed by a motorcade of Jews in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, in 1991, Sharpton delivered an incendiary eulogy at the funeral:> All we want to say is what Jesus said: If you offend one of these little ones, you got to pay for it. No compromise, no meetings, no coffee klatch, no skinnin' and grinnin'.For extra incendiary effect, he urged the crowd to think of Jews as “diamond merchants” responsible for apartheid in South Africa, and he marched at the head of an angry group of demonstrators on the Jewish sabbath. Rioters subsequently murdered Yankel Rosenbaum, a Jewish youth, in retaliation. Twenty years later Sharpton issued a watery not-quite apology in the form of a Daily News op-ed.Four years later, in 1995, Sharpton inflamed tensions on Harlem’s 125th Street that culminated in the murders of seven people in an arson attack. The owner of the building in dispute was actually a black Pentecostal church, whose leaders had asked a Jewish tenant to evict a black subtenant, who enlisted the aid of Sharpton and other race-baiters to whip up street protests. At one such demonstration, Sharpton shouted,> There is a systemic and methodical strategy to eliminate our people from doing business off 125th Street. I want to make it clear . . . that we will not stand by and allow them to move this brother so that some white interloper can expand his business.A fellow protest leader said, “We’re going to see that this cracker suffers. Reverend Sharpton is on it.” One protester, wielding a gun, entered the store in December, crying, “It’s on now, all blacks out!” He set fire to the store and killed seven before shooting himself dead. Sharpton didn’t apologize.It can hardly be stated often enough that the reason Sharpton first came to prominence was for promoting a vicious lie. In 1987, Tawana Brawley, a black upstate New York teen who wished to conceal from her father the fact that she had run away from home, concocted a story about being raped for four days by six white men, smeared with feces that spelled out racial slurs, and left in a dumpster. At the time, hate-crime hoaxes were all but unknown, and New York was still reeling over a genuine hate-crime attack, of a black youth in Howard Beach, Queens. After a jury ruled that the Brawley case was a hoax, state supreme-court justice S. Barrett Hickman wrote, “It is probable that in the history of this state, never has a teenager turned the prosecutorial and judicial systems literally upside-down with such false claims.” A local district attorney accused by Sharpton of being one of Brawley’s attackers, Steven Pagones, lost his job. It took him ten years to carry out and win a defamation action against Brawley, Sharpton, and another civil-rights activist. Sharpton never apologized for any of this.A few years ago, progressive reporter Wayne Barrett dug up a detail worthy of Bonfire of the Vanities. He found that Comcast had paid Sharpton’s outfit, the National Action Network, some $ 140,000 as it was preparing to buy NBC/Universal. By remarkable coincidence, Sharpton gave his blessing to the merger, which was being opposed by black leaders such as Jesse Jackson on diversity grounds. By a still-more amazing coincidence Sharpton was, after the merger, given his own hour-long talk show on MSNBC, though today he is merely a frequent guest on the news network. Stuart Stevens at The Daily Beast wrote, “Sharpton is hardly alone in having spent decades vomiting hate, leaving innocent victims in his wake. What distinguishes Sharpton is the willingness of powerful people and organizations to look past the hate when they believe it may benefit them.”Al Sharpton is a not a leading voice of anything except anti-Semitism. He seeks only to leverage racial resentment to advance the interests of Sharpton, to go “as far as his bullhorn audacity will carry him,” in the words of the New York Post columnist Bob McManus, who took Sharpton out to dinner once but drew the line at paying for the $ 350 glass of cognac Sharpton indicated he wanted. Making a career out of lies and hate has worked nicely for Sharpton, but only because the media and the Democratic party have served as his public-relations team.



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Palestinians denounce Trump tweets against local hero

Palestinians denounce Trump tweets against local heroPalestinians on Monday denounced President Donald Trump’s attack on U.S. Rep. Rashida Tlaib, accusing him of racism and saying it once again proves his bias against the Palestinian people. Tlaib, a Michigan Democrat and daughter of Palestinian immigrants, was one of four congresswomen of color who were targeted in a Trump Twitter barrage over the weekend. Although Tlaib has never lived in the West Bank, she still has relatives in the area and is widely seen as a local hero for making her way to the highest levels of American government.



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Hero firefighter and his GP wife named among British victims of Sri Lanka terror attacks

Hero firefighter and his GP wife named among British victims of Sri Lanka terror attacksA former firefighter and his GP wife have been named as among the eight Britons killed in the Easter Sunday terror attacks in Sri Lanka. Bill Harrop and Dr Sally Bradley from Manchester had been on holiday in the country when they were killed in the blast that struck the Cinnamon Grand Hotel. Mr Harrop's son Gavin, who had joined them on the trip, survived the blasts as he was staying in a different hotel. Assistant County Fire Officer Dave Keelan, of Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service, paid tribute to his former colleague who was decorated for his role in the aftermath of the 1996 IRA attack on Manchester. He said: "This is devastating news and the thoughts of Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service are with Bill and Sally's families. "Bill served here for 30 years, retiring at the end of 2012. He was a much a loved and respected colleague and friend. He will be greatly missed." Bill Harrop in 2012 when he was Stockport Borough Commander of GMFRS Credit: MEN media The couple had been living in the Australian city of Perth since 2013 where Dr Bradley was practising medicine, but were due to return to the UK soon. They had bought a retirement home in the Cotswolds, Dr Bradley's nephew Jonathan Bradley said. He described her as a "true daughter of Manchester" who had worked as a GP in Salford, a director of public health in Manchester and as a consultant. She was sister to Labour peer Lord Keith Bradley, former MP for Manchester Withington who paid tribute to her Monday, describing her as "truly a bright light in many people's lives. "The light may have been cruelly distinguished for no reason or justification, but she will always live in our hearts and the memories she provided will be forever cherished. I, and my family, will miss her more than words can articulate." Read more | Sri Lanka attacks Other relatives described Dr Bradley as "kind, loyal and hardworking", saying "she lived for adventure". The family said in a statement: "She was the personification of joy that life could bring if you approached it with a smile on your face and warmth in your heart. She dedicated her professional life to public service and was a true daughter of Greater Manchester." "Their aim was always to experience life to the fullest. Kindred spirits they travelled the world together, safe in each other's arms and with smiles across their faces. "They were the heartbeat of their families and the inspiration in their lives. They will be forever sorely missed, but never forgotten." Dr Bradley was the director of clinical services at Rockingham Peel Group in Perth. Executive director Kathleen Smith told 6PR radio: "She absolutely loved living in Australia. She felt very at home here. "They (Dr Bradley and Mr Harrop) were soulmates, they just lived for each other. "He had two boys, which Sally took on as her step-sons. She talked about them as if they were her own." No group has claimed the attacks, but Sri Lankan officials have named little-known Islamic extremist organisation National Thowfeek Jamaath. The seven suicide bombers were all Sri Lankan citizens but the group is believed to have links with foreign terrorist networks. At least 290 people were killed in the explosions and more than 500 were wounded. Twenty-four people have since been arrested in a series of raids.



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Trump visits tank factory and renews attack on war hero McCain

Trump visits tank factory and renews attack on war hero McCainThe president complains that he was never thanked for giving McCain the "kind of funeral he wanted."



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Trump visits tank factory and renews attack on war hero McCain

Trump visits tank factory and renews attack on war hero McCainThe president complains that he was never thanked for giving McCain the "kind of funeral he wanted."



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Hero refugee chased gunman away from New Zealand mosque

Hero refugee chased gunman away from New Zealand mosqueWhen Afghan refugee Abdul Aziz saw a man brandishing a gun outside his mosque in Christchurch, he ran towards the attacker armed with the only weapon he could find — a hand-held credit card machine. Seven people were killed when a white supremacist stormed Linwood Masjid — the second mosque he attacked on Friday — as worshippers knelt to pray.



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