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'It doesn't matter if it's Christmas': Hong Kong pro-democracy activists keep up protests

'It doesn't matter if it's Christmas': Hong Kong pro-democracy activists keep up protestsHong Kong anti-government protesters marched through Christmas-decorated shopping centers on Wednesday, chanting pro-democracy slogans and forcing one mall to close early, as police fired tear gas to disperse crowds gathering on nearby streets. The protests have turned more confrontational over the festive season, though earlier in December they had been largely peaceful after pro-democracy candidates overwhelmingly won district council elections. Despite the embarrassing results, Hong Kong’s pro-Beijing leaders have made no new concessions.



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The debate that didn't matter

The debate that didn't matterWhat if they held a debate and no one cared?Don't get me wrong: For political junkies like me, the Democratic debate in Los Angeles Thursday night was lively, enlightening, and at times highly entertaining. Going down from ten to just seven candidates was a big improvement, giving each more time to make their points and allowing for a greater range of questions to be asked. The moderators from PBS News and Politico did an excellent job of provoking discussion and sometimes heated exchanges. And the candidates themselves did well. Joe Biden didn't have any mental meltdowns. Andrew Yang got to display more of his intelligence and charm than in any previous debate. And even Tom Steyer got in a good line or two.But none of it will matter. In that respect, all of the debates have been the same. I've watched them. My journalistic colleagues have watched, too, and expressed strong opinions about the performance of various candidates within them. A few million have tuned in to each as well. And the effect? Not much.The biggest, most consequential moment in all of the Democratic debates so far was Kamala Harris's clash with Biden over busing in late July. The result? Harris doubled her polling for a short time before falling back down to Earth and then ultimately out of the race altogether.Other than that? Elizabeth Warren rose steadily over several months and has now fallen back somewhat in the polls, but there's no reason to think her performance in the debates has been a big factor in those changes. The professional debate critics at major media organizations have repeatedly pronounced Biden an inarticulate, doddering dud, even as he's maintained his solid lead. Over and over again, Cory Booker has been called a rising star, the underdog who's overdue for a breakout moment. But the moment never came, and he didn't even make the debate stage this time. They've said similar things about Amy Klobuchar — and some said it again on Thursday. And it's true, she had a good night. Just like she did the last time, and the time before that. For all the good it'll do, which is not much. (She currently stands around 3 percent in the polls, which is 24 points behind Biden.)The fact is that there isn't much evidence that the debates have made any significant difference to the shape of the race. Which, again, doesn't mean that those of us who are paid to watch, or who do so out of sheer, inexplicable perversity, weren't rewarded on Thursday night for our devotion to political competition.The greatest heat of the night by far was generated by a pair of duels involving South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg — first with Warren and then with Klobuchar. Mayor Peter has surged in the polls over the past couple of months, and clearly some of the competition is becoming antsy to knock him down a peg. Warren went after him over a recent exclusive fundraiser at a “wine cave.” Buttigieg hit back hard, claiming that he's happy to receive support from anyone, because all Americans need to band together to defeat President Trump next November. Warren countered with a variation of her trademark left-wing populism, insinuating that if he takes money from the wealthy, he must be owned by plutocrats.Klobuchar's beef with Buttigieg seemed to be motivated solely by irritation that he's managed to more than lap her in the polls when he has so much less political experience, including an extremely modest track record of winning elections. (As Nate Silver pointed out on Twitter, she may also have been inspired to go after Mayor Pete because polls often show that she's the second choice of a lot of his supporters in Iowa, where she needs to do well if she has any hope of staying in the race after the voting commences.) To Klobuchar's claim that there's no evidence Buttigieg can win a major political contest, the South Bend mayor mostly deflected with deliberative, gravely intoned expressions of civic earnestness.These were interesting, illuminating exchanges that revealed new dimensions to those involved in them. But will anyone besides professional political tea readers care? I seriously doubt it.Biden will stay in the lead. Warren will continue her slow fade. Bernie Sanders will keep consolidating his position as the great left-populist alternative to the frontrunner. Buttigieg will settle in as the fallback option for centrists if Biden has a complete meltdown. Klobuchar will still fail to light anyone's fire. Yang will remain the true wild card. And Steyer will continue to be the guy who bought himself onto the debate stage. (Perhaps Michael Bloomberg will eventually figure out a way to do the same.)Another debate in the can. Maybe it's time to finally start voting.Want more essential commentary and analysis like this delivered straight to your inbox? Sign up for The Week's "Today's best articles" newsletter here.More stories from theweek.com Sarah Huckabee Sanders apologizes for mocking Joe Biden's story about helping kids with stutters George Conway has a savage new nickname for post-impeachment Trump Evangelical magazine founded by Billy Graham calls for Trump's removal from office



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'Just a matter of time' before president removed following impeachment testimony: Former Trump aide

'Just a matter of time' before president removed following impeachment testimony: Former Trump aidePresident Trump’s ex-national security adviser, John Bolton, reportedly urged former Russia adviser Fiona Hill to warn the White House about a campaign to pressure Ukraine directed by the president’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani, describing the latter as a “hand grenade who’s going to blow everybody up.”



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Exclusive: U.S. could pull bulk of troops from Syria in matter of days – officials

Exclusive: U.S. could pull bulk of troops from Syria in matter of days - officialsThe United States is considering plans to withdraw the bulk of American troops from northern Syria in the coming days, two U.S. officials told Reuters on Sunday, in what would be a faster-than-expected timeline for the U.S. pullout amid Turkey’s escalating offensive. U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper announced earlier on Sunday that he was acting on orders from President Donald Trump to begin a deliberate withdrawal from northern Syria, where the United States has around 1,000 forces. The U.S. officials, who spoke to Reuters on condition of anonymity, said the United States was looking at several options but added it appeared likely the military would pull the majority of its forces in the coming days, instead of weeks.



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2020 Vision: 'Gaffe machine' in high gear, Biden's campaign says it doesn't matter

2020 Vision: 'Gaffe machine' in high gear, Biden's campaign says it doesn't matterA new poll shows Trump trailing the top Democratic contenders in a hypothetical 2020 general election match-up. The next step for Democrats is a strong debate performance on Sept. 12. Also crucial is a campaign’s follow-through.



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Biden confronts Fox News reporter: 'You're going to go after me no matter what'

Biden confronts Fox News reporter: 'You're going to go after me no matter what'2020 Democrat Joe Biden challenges Fox News' Peter Doocy after being asked about the size of his crowds in Iowa.



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538's Nate Silver on early 2020 polls versus fundraising: Which matter more?

538's Nate Silver on early 2020 polls versus fundraising: Which matter more?Nate Silver analyzes the significance of fundraising in the Democratic primary.



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No Matter 18,000 Lost Jobs, Germany OK With Deutsche Bank Cull

No Matter 18,000 Lost Jobs, Germany OK With Deutsche Bank Cull(Bloomberg) — Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government will look past Deutsche Bank AG’s cutting a fifth of its workforce as the German lender commits to an overhaul.Chief Executive Officer Christian Sewing’s bid to reboot the bank is viewed in Berlin as a necessary change, according to an official with direct knowledge of the issue who asked not to be named. Despite the headline 18,000 job cuts, normally a red flag for politicians, the Frankfurt-based lender’s makeover is seen as necessary to cut fat and boost the bank’s profitability. In addition, the government welcomes a step back from investment banking and a renewed focus on German businesses.Deutsche Bank’s failure in April to combine with Commerzbank AG, in which the government has a stake of about 15.5%, was a stinging defeat for Finance Minister Olaf Scholz, whose bid to rescue a potential national champion got little public support from across the political spectrum.That left Deutsche Bank to its own devices and Sewing on Sunday pledged to do what many in Germany’s political ranks have always called on it to do: drop its ambitions as a global investment bank and return to its German-lending roots.Olav Gutting, a lawmaker for Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union who sits on the finance committee of the lower house of parliament, called the overhaul “bold” given a challenging business environment in which lending money is hardly profitable any more. “This is very ambitious,” Gutting, who in the past has ruled out any form of state involvement in helping Deutsche Bank, said in a message, adding that job cuts naturally concerned politicians. “But I’m crossing my fingers, because we need a Deutsche Bank present globally.”A spokesman at Germany’s Finance Ministry declined to comment on the overhaul plans.Markets have had a mixed view on the overhaul for a bank viewed by German regulators as systemically relevant, with risk gauges falling and its euro convertible bonds climbing. Deutsche Bank shares fell 1.7% in afternoon trading after seesawing in the morning. (Updates with CDU lawmaker comments in fifth, sixth paragraphs.)To contact the reporters on this story: Patrick Donahue in Berlin at pdonahue1@bloomberg.net;Birgit Jennen in Berlin at bjennen1@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Ben Sills at bsills@bloomberg.net, Raymond ColittFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.



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Protestors ask Pete Buttigieg about black lives matter movement during heated confrontation

Protestors ask Pete Buttigieg about black lives matter movement during heated confrontationIndiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg cancelled several 2020 campaign events this week following a police-involved shooting that left a black man dead.



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Why Mueller's report won't matter much in 2020

Why Mueller's report won't matter much in 2020Democrats already know how they feel about Trump. What they want is a nominee who won’t become inexorably swallowed up in Trump’s all-consuming vortex of personal insults and cultural smears.



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