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Stacey Abrams: I'd be 'honored' to be running mate of any 2020 Dem presidential candidate

Stacey Abrams: I'd be 'honored' to be running mate of any 2020 Dem presidential candidateTuesday the Georgia Democrat quashed months of speculation about her possibly jumping into the crowded 2020 Democratic presidential field to seek the top of the ticket.



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Hong Kong Airport Beatings Shows Protesters’ Fears Running Wild

Hong Kong Airport Beatings Shows Protesters’ Fears Running Wild(Bloomberg) — The beatings of two men during a tense rally at Hong Kong’s airport highlights protesters’ growing fear of mainland intervention, as well as the risk that demonstrators’ violent tactics could undermine support for their movement.An otherwise peaceful sit-in at Hong Kong International Airport on Tuesday turned ugly when protesters attacked and detained a man they suspected of being a security agent from the nearby mainland city of Shenzhen posing as a demonstrator. Such a deployment, if true, could represent a violation of the charter that guaranteed Hong Kong’s autonomous criminal justice system before its return to Chinese rule in 1997.For hours, the attackers ignored pleas from fellow demonstrators and reporters to let the man be taken for medical attention — ostensibly so they could prove his identity — and put a sign on his chest saying “I am China’s police.” The group subsequently restrained and struck a man later identified as a reporter for the Global Times, a newspaper published by China’s Communist Party, forcibly tying him to a luggage cart.The episodes — broadcast on live television from one of Asia’s busiest airports — illustrated protesters’ increasing use of violence after weeks of facing off against tear gas, rubber bullets and undercover officers sent into rallies. The police tactics have been repeatedly endorsed by the Chinese government and state-run media like the Global Times, whose editor-in-chief warned Monday that the chances of intervention were rising while commenting on a video of paramilitary forces assembling in Shenzhen.China’s Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office issued a statement Wednesday saying protesters at the airport “acted like terrorists” and it would support any local government effort to punish those responsible. Hong Kong police subsequently said the crimes were serious, but didn’t amount to terrorism.The incidents also drew criticism among the opposition: Calls for a code of conduct for front-line protesters, including no beating medical personnel or journalists, circulated on popular social media forums.The Foreign Correspondents’ Club in Hong Kong issued a statement expressing “grave concern” about the beating of the Global Times reporter and urged restraint from protesters. “Attacks on members of the media doing their job are unacceptable, regardless of the allegiance or views of the perpetrators,” the club said.‘Very Paranoid’Opposition lawmaker Fernando Cheung, who helped negotiate the journalist’s release, said the detentions were “totally not acceptable,” though he blamed police tactics for undermining public trust in the government.“It’s extremely unfortunate that protesters have resorted to such behavior, because the whole campaign, the whole movement was about protecting our safety and liberty in Hong Kong,” Cheung said Wednesday. “The situation has become so chaotic, with the deployment of decoys, that people are very paranoid. And it’s come to a point where the whole situation could be ignited, with more confrontations and possibly more casualties.”The South China Morning Post newspaper reported last month, citing an unnamed government adviser, that the central government’s strategy was to pressure protesters into revealing their intentions and “lure the snake from its hole.”While the airport was quiet Wednesday night, police fired tear gas at protesters in Sham Shui Po district, the site of previous scuffles. A group that gathered to burn incense and sacrificial gifts on the road for what is known as the Hungry Ghost festival attempted to hand the gifts to police, sparking a brief standoff. This week’s airport chaos followed an unverified report last week that Chinese authorities, rather than deploying the military, had secretly sent mainland security officers to supplement Hong Kong’s roughly 30,000-member police force. The Hong Kong police issued a statement Aug. 8 denying the claim as “just another wild rumor to confuse the public and generate conflicts in the society.”While Hong Kong is part of China, its Basic Law tightly restricts mainland government agencies from interfering in local affairs, one of several provisions credited with preserving the city’s status as global financial center. Anxiety over the erosion of such legal firewalls has been at the center of the protests, since more than a million people took to the streets in June to oppose a now-suspended bill allowing the transfer of criminal suspects to the mainland.“There are strict provisions that departments of the Chinese government cannot interfere in Hong Kong affairs,” said Danny Gittings, author of “Introduction to the Hong Kong Basic Law.” “So, if somebody is concurrently an officer in a mainland organization — in other words, is serving in a mainland police force — and is seconded to Hong Kong law enforcement agencies, there might be an argument that that constitutes such interference.”At the airport Wednesday, protesters displayed what they said were mainland identity cards and two wooden sticks found on the first beaten man. They cited a Shenzhen Municipal Public Security Bureau website mentioning the same name to justify their suspicions. Hong Kong police on Wednesday confirmed the man was from the mainland but provided no other details on his identity.Afterward, they similarly posted photos of an “I Love HK Police” T-shirt they said was taken from the Global Times journalist’s bag after he attempted to film their scuffles with the first man. The paper’s chief editor, Hu Xijin, confirmed in a tweet that the man was one of his reporters and said “he has no other task except for reporting.”(Updates with late night scuffle in a Hong Kong district, tear gas used.)\–With assistance from Sebastian Chau, Fion Li, Natalie Lung and Jinshan Hong.To contact the reporters on this story: Iain Marlow in Hong Kong at imarlow1@bloomberg.net;Shawna Kwan in Hong Kong at wkwan35@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Brendan Scott at bscott66@bloomberg.net, Karen LeighFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.



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Texas mom who allegedly left her baby in a running car at a nightclub flashed a big smile in her booking photo

Texas mom who allegedly left her baby in a running car at a nightclub flashed a big smile in her booking photoSamantha Grace Vaughan allegedly left her infant in a running car while she took shots at a Texas nightclub, police said in an arrest affidavit.



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Joe Biden says having a woman as 2020 running mate would 'help' campaign

Joe Biden says having a woman as 2020 running mate would 'help' campaign2020 Democrat and former Vice President Joe Biden has said it would be “great” to have a female deputy if he won the nomination.In an interview which aired on Friday at CNN, Mr Biden said, “I think it helps having a woman on the ticket.”Despite this, Mr Biden has not named or publicly considered any potential running mates.When asked during the interview if he would consider Kamala Harris, a former prosecutor and California senator who is also vying for the presidency, Mr Biden said he was not going to get into specifics because “I don’t even have the nomination”.Ms Harris brought up Mr Biden’s questionable history regarding integration via busing and working with segregationists like James Eastland during the Democratic debates.The California senator said: “I do not believe you are a racist,” to Mr Biden. She continued: “And I agree with you when you commit yourself to the importance of finding common ground.” “But it was hurtful to hear you talk about the reputations of two United States senators who built their reputations and careers on the segregation of race in this country.”She cited her own experience as a young girl who was part of the second wave of students integrating her childhood school, to much applause. Ms Harris beat her previous highest fundraising record in the 24 hours after the debate as she surged in the polls.



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Harris pressed to get more personal about why she's running

Harris pressed to get more personal about why she's runningKamala Harris nodded knowingly when a black woman at a weekend candidate forum recounted watching her mother face racial discrimination during her childhood. “You and I have a similar experience growing up,” said Harris, the California senator and former prosecutor who would be the first black woman elected president. It was the kind of moment some Harris advisers and allies have been waiting for: the blending of Harris’ polished political resume with a revealing glimpse at the forces that have shaped her life and her vision for the presidency.



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Texas mom charged with homicide after running over her 3-year-old during a game of 'chicken'

Texas mom charged with homicide after running over her 3-year-old during a game of 'chicken'A woman has been charged with criminally negligent homicide after police say she ran over her 3-year-old son during a game of 'chicken' in Houston.



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Fox mentions Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez for 42 days running – 3,181 times

Fox mentions Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez for 42 days running – 3,181 timesDemocrat receives 3,181 mentions on Fox News and Fox BusinessFigures suggest media obsession with congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez appears to have replaced Hillary Clinton as conservatives’ bete noire. Photograph: Lucas Jackson/Reuters Fox channels have mentioned the US congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez for 42 consecutive days, a study has found. The 29-year-old liberal star received at least 3,181 mentions in six weeks from Fox News or its sister Fox Business, according to research by Media Matters for America, a not-for-profit media watchdog. The finding will reinforce perceptions that Fox, owned by media mogul Rupert Murdoch, is obsessed by Ocasio-Cortez, portraying her as a radical socialist who threatens the American way of life. Sign up for the US morning briefing She tweeted in response on Friday: “Fox News brought me up 3,000+ times in *6 weeks.* That’s how hard they’re fighting against dignified healthcare, wages, & justice for all; and turning their firepower on the youngest Congresswoman in history to do it. Too bad for them, cause we don’t flinch. #ForThePeople.” Ocasio-Cortez, who has promoted ambitious leftist policies such as a Green New Deal , has supplanted Hillary Clinton and Nancy Pelosi as the favoured target of many conservatives. Courtney Hagle, a researcher at Media Matters for America, said: “Ocasio-Cortez is brought up constantly, even if the topic has nothing to do with her, as with the recent terror attacks in New Zealand. Hosts and guests smear and misrepresent Ocasio-Cortez’s agenda, caricaturing it while painting it as radical, dangerous, far-left socialism.” Hagle added: “Fox figures go on extended, aggressively angry rants about her. They’ve repeatedly attacked her intelligence, used her age to discredit her, and dismissed her as a ‘little girl’.” After only three months in Congress, Ocasio-Cortez has attracted outsized coverage in general, including a Time magazine cover and a huge social media presence. She has nearly 4 million followers on Twitter. Media Matters searched Grabien transcripts for “AOC” and “Ocasio” between 25 February and 7 April.



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Twitter CEO reveals secret to running two companies: daily meditation and eating just one meal a day

Twitter CEO reveals secret to running two companies: daily meditation and eating just one meal a dayTwitter's chief executive Jack Dorsey has revealed he takes daily ice baths and eats only one meal a day in an in-depth interview about his extreme fitness routine. Appearing on a fitness podcast, the billionaire said the "biggest impact" on his mental health has been meditation but said he also does weekend-long fasts to give him the focus and energy to run two companies.  The 42-year-old has been meditating for 20 years and spends an hour each morning and evening on the spiritual practice, he told the Ben Greenfield fitness podcast.  He has came under fire last year for attending a 10-day meditation retreat in Burma with Twitter users accusing him of ignoring the country's human rights abuses. He later said he needed to "learn more". Mr Dorsey, who co-founded the platform Twitter and mobile payments company Square, said his daily routine includes fasting for 22 hours a day and walking the five mile commute to his office. I did my meditation at Dhamma Mahimã in Pyin Oo Lwin. This is my room. Basic. During the 10 days: no devices, reading, writing, physical excercise, music, intoxicants, meat, talking, or even eye contact with others. It’s free: everything is given to meditators by charity. pic.twitter.com/OhJqXKInD3— jack (@jack) December 9, 2018 The daily walk allows him to spend time thinking or listening to podcasts. “I might look a little bit more like I’m jogging than I’m walking… I try to get as much sunlight as possible and then I begin the day 9," he said.  The tech chief said skipping breakfast and lunch frees up his day and makes him more productive. His dinner usually consists of meat or fish accompanied with a salad or green vegetables, followed by some fruit or dark chocolate.  “During the day, I feel so much more focused… the time back from breakfast and lunch allowed me to focus more on what my day is,” he said, adding that it allows him to sleep better. Mr Dorsey said he thought he was hallucinating when he first began fasting Credit: Reuters  Mr Dorsey also said he uses a sauna and ice bath for "mental clarity" every evening. He sits in a barrel sauna set at 220F degrees (104C) for 15 minutes followed by three minutes in an ice bath set at 37F degrees (2C). Rather than easing up on himself on weekends, Mr Dorsey said he has trialled 48-hour fasts from Friday to Sunday evening during which he only drinks water.  “The first time I did it, like day three, I felt like I was hallucinating. It was a weird state to be in. But as I did it the next two times, it just became so apparent to me how much of our days are centered around meals and how – the experience I had was when I was fasting for much longer, how time really slowed down,” he said. Profile | Jack Dorsey Earlier this week it also emerged that Mr Dorsey was received a total salary of just $ 1.40 from Twitter last year, a nod to its former 140-character per tweet limit. "As a testament to his commitment to and belief in Twitter’s long-term value creation potential, our CEO, Jack Dorsey, declined all compensation and benefits for 2015, 2016 and 2017, and in 2018 he declined all compensation and benefits other than a salary of $ 1.40," a section of the company's filing stated. However, Mr Dorsey owns 2.3 per cent of the company's stock. He also made an estimated $ 80 million (£61 million) after taxes from selling 1.7 million shares in his second company Square, according to Forbes.



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Jamie Dimon Says He Didn't Seriously Consider Running for President

Jamie Dimon Says He Didn't Seriously Consider Running for President“I tell people, I thought that I should think about it,” Dimon said Thursday, drawing laughs from the audience at a Council on Foreign Relations event in New York. CNBC reported earlier in the day that Dimon spent much of 2018 mulling a possible run for president.



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Joe Biden Is Facing a Political Crisis — And He's Not Even Running (Yet)

Joe Biden Is Facing a Political Crisis — And He's Not Even Running (Yet)As women claim Joe Biden touched them in inappropriate ways, questions about gender will linger ahead of his potential 2020 race.



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