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Delta plane slides off taxiway amid winter storm; airlines issue travel advisories into weekend

Delta plane slides off taxiway amid winter storm; airlines issue travel advisories into weekendAirlines are issuing travel waivers on account of a winter storm headed for much of the northern U.S. this weekend.



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Don't turn plane crash into political issue: Iran foreign ministry spokesman

Don't turn plane crash into political issue: Iran foreign ministry spokesmanAll countries involved in the Ukrainian airliner crash in Iran should avoid turning it into a political issue, an Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman said on Friday. “We request all sides not to make human issues, particularly this tragic accident, into an excuse for political gestures,” Abbas Mousavi was quoted as saying by the semi-official ISNA news agency. Five countries whose citizens died when Iran shot down the airliner last week said on Thursday that Tehran should pay compensation to families of the victims, and that the world was watching for its response.



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'The Issue Is Not What I Did.' Joe Biden Says He Would Not Comply With Subpoena to Testify in Trump Impeachment Trial

'The Issue Is Not What I Did.' Joe Biden Says He Would Not Comply With Subpoena to Testify in Trump Impeachment Trial"The reason I wouldn’t is because it’s all designed to deal with Trump doing what he’s done his whole life: trying to take the focus off him," Joe Biden said.



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Christianity Today again slams Trump, raises issue of 'unconditional loyalty'

Christianity Today again slams Trump, raises issue of 'unconditional loyalty'Christianity Today, the magazine founded by the late Reverend Billy Graham, renewed its criticism of President Donald Trump in a new editorial that cited his “misuses of power” and asked fellow Christians to examine their loyalty to him, days after a controversial editorial that called for his impeachment. The 130,000-circulation magazine, which has 4.3 million monthly website viewers, in its editorial last week cited Trump’s “profoundly immoral” conduct in office, drawing immediate criticism from Trump and dozens of evangelical leaders.



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Seven countries issue Iran-related sanctions on 25 targets

Seven countries issue Iran-related sanctions on 25 targetsThe United States and six other countries imposed sanctions on Wednesday on 25 corporations, banks and people linked to Iran’s support for militant networks including Hezbollah, the U.S. Treasury Department said in a statement. The targets were announced by the Terrorist Financing Targeting Center (TFTC) nations – which also include Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates – as Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin was on a Middle East trip to finalize details of an economic development plan for the Palestinians, Jordan, Egypt and Lebanon. All 25 targets were previously sanctioned by the United States.



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Warren Says She’ll Release a ‘Plan’ to Fund Medicare for All after Dodging the Issue during Debate

Warren Says She’ll Release a ‘Plan’ to Fund Medicare for All after Dodging the Issue during DebateAfter facing heavy criticism from fellow candidates during the last Democratic debate for evading questions about funding her Medicare for All proposal, Senator Elizabeth Warren (D., Mass.) announced Sunday at an event in Iowa that she was “getting close” to a funding plan after “working for a long time on this question.”“I plan over the next few weeks to put out a plan that talks about specifically the cost of Medicare for All, and specifically how we pay for it,” Warren said. “Right now, the cost estimates for Medicare for All vary by trillions and trillions of dollars, and the different revenue streams for how to fund it — there are a lot of them. So this is something I’ve been working for months and months, and it’s got just a little more work until it’s finished.” During the fourth Democratic debate on October 19, Warren was chastised by fellow Senator Amy Klobuchar (D., Minn.) and South Bend, Ind., mayor Pete Buttigieg for refusing to acknowledge that an increase in middle-class taxes would be required to fund the plan.When Warren was asked again on Sunday if middle-class taxes would go up under her plan, she deflected, saying, “The whole plan will be out — you’ll be able to look at it.”Senator Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.), who introduced the legislation on the Senate floor in 2017, has not shied away from explaining that middle-class taxes will go up under Medicare for All, assuaging concerns with a pledge that total costs will be less than they are currently. “The tax increase they pay will be substantially less than what they were paying for premiums and out-of-pocket expansions,” Sanders said during the Ohio debate. The original bill does not address how the single-payer system will be funded.Buttigieg, who last week released an ad claiming that Warren and Sanders were “infringing on freedom” with their Medicare for All proposals, told CNN’s Jake Tapper on Sunday that he thinks Warren is being “evasive” on the issue.“We need to see how this is going to be paid for,” Buttigieg said. “Right now, whether you copy-paste the Bernie Sanders math or do it some other way, there is a hole amounting to trillions of dollars in how this is supposed to work.”



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Trump impeachment: Majority of Americans say Ukraine issue is ‘serious’ as president fumes over inquiry

Trump impeachment: Majority of Americans say Ukraine issue is ‘serious’ as president fumes over inquiryAlmost two-thirds (64 per cent) of Americans believe that Donald Trump pressuring the leader of Ukraine to investigate his potential 2020 presidential rival is a serious issue, according to a new poll.A total of 43 per cent of respondents to the ABC/Ipsos survey said the allegations were “very serious” while 21 per cent agreed the situation was at least “somewhat serious".



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Malaysia PM says can't provoke Beijing on South China Sea, Uighur issue

Malaysia PM says can't provoke Beijing on South China Sea, Uighur issueMalaysia does not want to take a confrontational stance toward China over the disputed South China Sea and Beijing’s alleged mistreatment of its minority Uighur Muslims, Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said in an interview published on Saturday. Malaysia is too small to face up to the Asian powerhouse, even though Chinese ships surveying its waters for oil and gas in South China Sea do so without permission, he told an online news service during a visit to New York this week. “We watch what they are doing, we report what they are doing, but we do not chase them away or try to be aggressive,” Mahathir told BenarNews www.benarnews.org/english/news/malaysian/question-answer-09272019150003.html.

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Donald Trump is touting voter ID laws as an issue in the 2020 election. Here’s why.

Donald Trump is touting voter ID laws as an issue in the 2020 election. Here’s why.As Donald Trump ramps up his reelection for 2020 he is resurfacing a controversial gripe held over from 2016: That voter fraud cost him support.



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Slavery Reparations Draws 2020 Democrats as Race Rises as Issue

Slavery Reparations Draws 2020 Democrats as Race Rises as Issue(Bloomberg) — Democrats in Congress and running for the White House are taking a fresh look at reparations for the descendants of slaves, as the party wrestles with addressing inequality and confronting racial tension and violence they say are being stoked by President Donald Trump.Texas Representative Sheila Jackson Lee has given new life to an idea first raised in the aftermath of the Civil War and periodically revived since then. It’s pushed into the Democratic presidential contest as a marker for candidates seeking to show their commitment to addressing issues of race and the economic disparity between whites and blacks.In the Senate, Cory Booker of New Jersey has introduced companion legislation to Jackson Lee’s measure that would form a commission to study proposals for reparations. All six of the other senators in the Democratic presidential race, including Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and Kamala Harris of California, have signed on as co-sponsors.Another presidential hopeful, former Representative Beto O’Rourke of Texas, said at the Democratic debate in Detroit in July that, if elected, he would sign Jackson Lee’s legislation if it passed Congress “so that we can have the national conversation we’ve waited too long in this country to have.” Historic StepA commission to study compensating African-Americans for slavery would be an historic step, although Congress is unlikely to pass Jackson Lee’s legislation while Republicans control the Senate. And while studying reparations is a far step from enacting them, the debate is pushing the Democratic candidates to articulate how they would address the wealth gap between white and black families that continues to widen. “America has to come to grips with something that is continuously raising its head again,” Jackson Lee said in an interview in July. Race has jumped to the forefront of the 2020 campaign as Democrats denounce Trump’s rhetoric, accusing him of using racist language that’s encouraged extremists, like the gunman who killed 22 people in a mass shooting in El Paso, Texas.“This president has fanned the flames of white supremacy in this nation,” Joe Biden, the front-runner in the Democratic presidential contest, said at a campaign stop this week in Iowa, days after the shooting in Texas and another in Dayton, Ohio.Still, the support for a study of reparations rather than an actual program for payments is a sign of the cautious approach the candidates are taking toward the idea, which surveys have shown has little support among voters. Instead, they’re emphasizing broader economic policies intended to address income inequality.Booker’s campaign proposed “Baby Bonds” which could give all U.S. children a savings account at birth, with as much as $ 2,000 added each year for children from low-income families to access at age 18. Harris offered an economic plan called “The Lift Act” to give a tax credit to all families who make less than $ 100,000 a year.Warren and Sanders both suggested education policies aimed at closing racial achievement gaps. Warren’s plan includes universal tuition free college and an increase in Pell Grants. She would also put $ 50 billion into historically black colleges and universities and cancel 95% of student-loan debt in an effort to close the wealth gap. Schools and WealthSanders’s “Thurgood Marshall Plan,” named for the first African-American Supreme Court justice, focuses on combating school segregation and increasing funding for public schools.South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg proposed the Douglass Plan, named for 19th century author and abolitionist Frederick Douglass, which aims to help black families build wealth by supporting home ownership, health care and entrepreneurship, and would overhaul the criminal justice system. His campaign describes the policy as “a complement to any potential reparations proposals.”Biden said he supports a commission to study reparations, but hasn’t endorsed a specific bill so far. His campaign has emphasized education reforms including investing in schools serving low-income areas, as well as policies to reduce incarceration. His proposal would change sentencing for drug offenses and establish social programs to reduce crime.Only Marianne Williamson, a self-help author and outlier in the crowded Democratic field, fully endorsed cash reparations, which she estimated to cost as much as $ 500 billion. History of ReparationsTrump regularly points to job gains for minorities and the low African-American unemployment rate achieved during his administration to deflect criticism for his comments targeting immigrants and other people of color, including members of Congress.Republicans have largely dismissed the idea that descendants of slaves should be compensated as a way to address enduring wealth disparities. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said that he doesn’t believe Americans today should pay for the nation’s “original sin” that happened “150 years ago for whom none of us currently living are responsible.”America did attempt reparations for former slaves after the Civil War. In 1865, Union General William Sherman issued Special Field Order No. 15, which dictated that land in Georgia and South Carolina be reserved for newly freed slaves. The slaves were offered 40 acres of land and a mule, a calculation Williamson cited on the debate stage to calculate how much would be owed today. While 40,000 former slaves ended up living on this land, President Andrew Johnson reversed those orders.Making the Case The argument for reparations began in Congress in 1989 when Representative John Conyers of Michigan introduced the original bill to establish a commission to study reparations.Author Ta-Nehisi Coates sparked the conversation again in a 2014 article in The Atlantic, “The Case For Reparations.” He argued that the descendants of slaves are owed reparations for the role their ancestors played in building the nation and the economy. Coates testified during the House Judiciary Committee’s June 19 hearing on Jackson Lee’s bill, H.R. 40.The hearing was timed to coincide with Juneteenth, marked by many African Americans as the anniversary of their emancipation from slavery in Texas on that day in 1865. Built the NationAlso at the hearing, House Majority leader Steny Hoyer said he expects the committee to advance Jackson Lee’s bill, with a possible floor vote. Jackson Lee said this moment, in which Trump’s controversies follow the two terms of the country’s first black president, Barack Obama, is the perfect time to study reparations.“Cotton was king, people were in bondage, they were never paid, they helped the build this nation, they built the United States Capitol that we’re sitting in, they built the White House that we love and have affection for, they served in all the wars starting with the revolutionary war,” Jackson-Lee said. “Once you have all that understanding, I don’t think anyone would be angry or mad about the fact that we would pass H.R. 40.” To contact the reporter on this story: Jarrell Dillard in Washington at jdillard11@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Joe Sobczyk at jsobczyk@bloomberg.net, Anna Edgerton, Ros KrasnyFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.



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