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2020 Democrats: Biden slips, Beto quits, Warren answers critics

2020 Democrats: Biden slips, Beto quits, Warren answers criticsJoe Biden’s standing in the Democratic presidential nomination battle has slipped in Iowa against top rivals including Elizabeth Warren, the frontrunner in the early-voting state, who on Friday answered critics over how she will pay for her progressive policies. As the 2020 protagonists clashed, one of the lower-polling Democratic candidates who started the contest with considerable promise, ex-congressman Beto O’Rourke, announced he was quitting the race. O’Rourke’s exit provided the latest dynamic in the crowded race to see who will challenge US President Donald Trump in November 2020.



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Kamala Harris Touts Tough Image as Race Slips in Key States

Kamala Harris Touts Tough Image as Race Slips in Key StatesJustin Sullivan/GettyThe mention of Attorney General Bill Barr as a point of contact for the Ukrainians should they start investigating former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter was just one of the shocking details a memo of the July phone call between President Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky revealed to the public on Wednesday. But to Sen. Kamala Harris’ (D-CA) presidential campaign, it was an opportunity. Shortly after the document’s release, Harris’ staff was circulating a video of her tough questioning of Barr during his confirmation hearing to get her back into the national conversation.  “Sen. Kamala Harris absolutely nailed AG Bill Barr back in May and now he’s in big trouble,” the progressive website Daily Kos’ account tweeted. Ian Sams, Harris’ national press secretary, gave the story—and several similar takes throughout the day—a retweet. “This now has 5 million views,” Lily Adams, Harris’ communications director, wrote on Twitter, linking to a C-SPAN video that showed the full exchange between Harris and Barr.But far outside Washington, on the presidential campaign trail, Harris is receiving less attention. The senator’s campaign had a fantastic Week 1. The crowds, the money, and the momentum all aligned following her January launch. Six months later, the first Democratic debate in June—where Harris landed a powerful blow against Biden—only helped crystallize a star on the rise. But since that moment her campaign has struggled to replicate those initial boosts. A series of national and early state polls released in recent days provide a grim glimpse into the California Democrat’s current standing, plummeting in some cases to low single digits and leaving Democrats to question what a plausible path forward would look like.  Interviews with more than 10 Democratic operatives and activists with deep ties to Iowa, New Hampshire, and South Carolina reveal a series of missteps in Harris’ presidential campaign: not showing up enough in some places, and in others failing to knock Biden and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) off track. And then there are the messaging issues. Several Democrats interviewed said they still weren’t quite sure who or what Harris was all about.   “Warren is the clearest example of a candidate who is prosecuting a worldview,” one national Democratic strategist said, referencing Harris’ often-repeated line that she is best equipped to “prosecute the case” against Trump. “Biden is prosecuting the case ‘I’m the guy who can win,’” the strategist went on. “And Kamala is, what?”In South Carolina, the first early primary with a significant African-American population, Democrats say Harris’ campaign has been hamstrung by voters’ longstanding affection for Biden, who has strong support with that crucial voting bloc; and a budding interest in Warren, the Massachusetts progressive with growing momentum in the primary. While things can change in the months before the first votes are cast, Democrats caution that a weak performance from Harris in Iowa and New Hampshire, where she has struggled to break out of the single digits, means she risks a dangerous ripple effect elsewhere.“We’ve got to put Iowa first,” Adams said in a recent call with reporters. Harris plans to visit the state each week in October, Adams said, and will add 60 additional full-time organizers and open up 10 new offices. In talks about the influential state, Democrats often point to former President Obama’s success in the 2008 caucus as a pivotal turn-around moment for his historic campaign. “By this point in 2007 Barack Obama had been three times,” Steven Drahozal, chair of the Dubuque County Democrats, told The Daily Beast. With the smart money at the time on Hillary Clinton, Obama won the caucus after a breakout performance at the Democrats’ annual J-J Dinner. The rest is history.Need another example? Just look to 2004 and then-Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry, who was at one point on life support in a multi-field contest. After firing parts of his campaign staff and camping out in Iowa, he won the caucus with 37 percent of the vote and went on to secure the Democratic nomination. The most optimistic outcome for Harris would be cobbling together a similar route to success. And while strategists and activists agree it’s hardly too late for the California senator to pull off a surprise victory, warning signs are popping up for her campaign in Iowa and beyond. “In June she said we were going to be seeing her a lot,” Drahozal said. “We have not heard back from her directly.”JoAnn Hardy, the chair of Cerro Gordo County Democrats, said that while many voters remain undecided in their final pick, a few months ahead of the Feb. 3 caucus is not too early to start locking down support.“We’re starting to see people choose candidates. You’ve got to get in there before that happens,” Hardy said. “I’m hearing she’s moving to Iowa, but she has a lot of ground to make up.”Joe Trippi, a Democratic strategist who’s worked on multiple past presidential campaigns, including for Kerry’s 2004 rival former Vermont Governor Howard Dean, stressed the unpredictable nature of the race, but criticized what he sees as an initial blunder.“You can’t do what they did,” Trippi said about Harris’ early Iowa maneuvering. “They made a huge error in strategy.”In both early contests, it’s hard to mention the name Kamala Harris without hearing a follow-up point about Warren, who has in recent days surged ahead of Biden for the first time in Iowa and New Hampshire, and well ahead of Harris. Hailing from neighboring Massachusetts, Warren came in at 27 percent in a Monmouth University poll in New Hampshire released on Wednesday. Harris dropped to 3 percent, down 3 points from her 6 percent in the survey in May.“If the strategy is New Hampshire is not important to their campaign, that’s an OK strategy, but don’t get mad when people point it out,” one Democrat who has long worked in the state said.Judy Reardon, a Democratic activist and former longtime adviser to Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), wondered about the initial strategy for the first-in-the-nation primary.“I’d love to know the internal thinking,” she said. Harris has been questioned about whether she’s actually focused on the New Hampshire primary but consistently said she’s committed to the state. In a campaign briefing memo obtained by Politico, Harris’ talking points to Granite Staters reportedly included a line to emphasize that “NH absolutely a priority for my campaign—excited to be back for the convention and other events around the state.” Two days after attending the New Hampshire Democratic Party’s state convention, Dwight Davis, the vice president of the party’s African-American caucus, endorsed Harris. Taking place 18 days after New Hampshire, the primary in South Carolina, where Harris’ campaign has spent significant resources building a ground game, becomes more difficult to win if she can’t pull off a strong showing in the first two contests, Democrats in all three states emphasized. Prior to a recent visit on Saturday, Harris hadn’t been to the state in more than 70 days.Harris’ campaign declined to comment for this story but pointed to a recent briefing call with reporters that detailed new aspects of its early state strategies. In South Carolina, her campaign intends to double its staff in November.The most recent CBS News/YouGov poll taken between Aug. 28 and Sept. 4 placed Harris at 7 percent in South Carolina. While she’s spent significantly more time there than in the first two contests, most recently for the Charleston NAACP’s annual Freedom Fund Banquet, Democrats in the state say Biden’s long-standing ties there and Warren’s recent surge elsewhere complicate Harris’ path forward.“The vice president has made South Carolina something close to being his second home,” Don Fowler, a former leader of the South Carolina Democratic Party, said. Biden’s support in the African-American community, he added, will likely stay strong for the next two or three months, but it might take a conclusive turn after January, as Iowa’s caucus nears.“For Kamala, what happened in these states is that she didn’t stake out a lane and stay focused in that lane,” one Democratic strategist in the state unaffiliated with any campaign, said. “I think she underestimated the strength in the black community of Joe Biden, and she underestimated the strength of the progressive community” for Warren.Read more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast hereGet our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.



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Boy slips through Heathrow security to board British Airways flight to Los Angeles

Boy slips through Heathrow security to board British Airways flight to Los AngelesPolice at Heathrow Airport are investigating how a 12-year-old boy slipped through security and managed to board a British Airways flight to Los Angeles without a ticket or boarding pass. The unaccompanied child, who had no travel documents, mingled with passengers getting on the flight and was only spotted when cabin crew asked to see his boarding pass in order to direct him to his seat. The mystery youngster, who is thought to be Dutch, was not travelling with his parents, and refused to cooperate with cabin crew when he was challenged. Fellow passengers said he refused to leave the aircraft and was eventually removed by police officers who boarded to assist aircrew. As a result of the security lapse, the aircraft had to be cleared and all the passengers were forced to undergo a second security check, delaying the flight by more than four hours. The mystery youngster, who is thought to be Dutch, was not travelling with his parents, and refused to cooperate with cabin crew when he was challenged Credit: AP Photo/Alastair Grant Detectives were working to establish where the boy was originally from and how he had managed to pass through strict security cordons, without being spotted. One theory is that he was a transit passenger who had arrived at Heathrow with a ticket to an onward destination, but had then attempted to see if he how far he could get with our being challenged as part of an elaborate dare. The lapse also raises concerns over the effectiveness of security checks at Britain’s busiest airport, although a spokesman for British Airways insisted the boy had been through the same controls as all other passengers. The spokesman said: “We have apologised to our customers for the delay to their flight after an issue during boarding.   “The safety and security of our customers and crew is always our top priority and everyone who had boarded the aircraft had been subject to security checks.  “We conducted additional precautionary screening as soon as this issue came to light and we are assisting the police with their enquiries.” Rachel Richardson, who was heading to Los Angeles on a business trip, described chaotic scenes as airline staff tried to deal with the situation. She said: “The boy would not speak to the cabin crew and they were asking if anybody spoke Dutch. He would not help them understand where his bags were so the whole aircraft had to be cleared which meant we were almost more than four hours delayed taking off. It was very frustrating.” A spokesman for Scotland Yard said: “A 12-year-old boy boarded a BA flight from Heathrow to Los Angeles at around 17:15hrs on 14 July.   “He was identified by cabin crew during pre-flight check. He did not have a ticket or any travel documents.   "The boy was an unaccompanied minor. He is not a UK national. As a security precaution, passenger de-planed following a discussion between police and the captain.   “The child is believed to have arrived at Heathrow as a transit passenger.” A Heathrow spokesperson said: “We are working with our police colleagues and British Airways to understand how an unauthorised passenger boarded the incorrect aircraft. The individual did not represent a security risk and, purely as a precaution, the aircraft in question was re-screened and has since departed. We apologise for the disruption and will continue working closely with the authorities and our airline partners to keep the airport safe.”



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Debate takeaways: Biden slips, Harris soars, Dems tilt left

Debate takeaways: Biden slips, Harris soars, Dems tilt leftThe first TV debates of the 2020 White House primaries have underlined Joe Biden’s vulnerability to a younger generation in a Democratic Party that is leaning increasingly to the left. The two-night event — sometimes tense, often compelling — that concluded Thursday in Miami introduced American voters to the top 20 Democrats aiming to challenge Republican incumbent Donald Trump next year. The most experienced, best-known candidate in the campaign came under repeated assault Thursday, notably from Senator Kamala Harris on race.



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As Trump's timeline for Syria withdrawal slips, U.S. allies are nervous, angry, confused

As Trump's timeline for Syria withdrawal slips, U.S. allies are nervous, angry, confusedTrump's advisers are trying to calm jittery U.S. allies amid Trump's Syria withdrawal announcement. But experts say they have lost credibility.



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Battered Woman Slips Note To Dog's Vet About Armed Boyfriend, Police Say

Battered Woman Slips Note To Dog's Vet About Armed Boyfriend, Police SayA Florida woman who was allegedly beaten and threatened at gunpoint by her



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Man taken to New York airport for deportation slips away from ICE agents and escapes in taxi

Man taken to New York airport for deportation slips away from ICE agents and escapes in taxiA manhunt has been launched for a detainee scheduled for deportation from the US who managed to escape from officers and flee from New York’s John F Kennedy International Airport in a taxi. Law enforcement officials said CCTV footage showed the prisoner leaving the airport in a yellow taxi. The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey has been contacted for comment.



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Suspected Shoplifter Slips Handcuffs, Takes Police Vehicle On Wild 100 MPH Ride

Suspected Shoplifter Slips Handcuffs, Takes Police Vehicle On Wild 100 MPH RideA suspected shoplifter led police in Texas on a dangerous high speed pursuit on Saturday, after she slipped her handcuffs and stole a police car.



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Man trapped in ATM slips notes to customers begging for help

Man trapped in ATM slips notes to customers begging for helpCORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (AP) — A Texas man who became trapped inside an ATM slipped notes to customers via the receipt slot pleading for them to help him escape, police said Thursday.



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