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Climate change forum loses sponsor after dispute over story

Climate change forum loses sponsor after dispute over storyA planned forum on climate change for Democratic presidential candidates lost several major sponsors on Saturday in the wake of the left-leaning magazine The New Republic publishing — and later retracting — a vulgar and homophobic story related to gay presidential contender Pete Buttigieg. The New Republic was slated as a chief sponsor of a September event designed to spark climate change discussion among candidates during a U.N. climate summit. The magazine pulled down what it called “an opinion piece” about Buttigieg soon after its publication on Friday, citing “criticism of the piece’s inappropriate and invasive content.” But The New Republic as well as three top sponsors bowed out of the climate change event.



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Rep. Omar admits she may have embellished dramatic story she told to high school students

Rep. Omar admits she may have embellished dramatic story she told to high school studentsMinnesota Democrat says she may have flubbed some facts in story meant to showcase racial injustice; reaction from Fox News contributor Deroy Murdock.



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Correction: Migrant Children Drawings story

Correction: Migrant Children Drawings storyMCALLEN, Texas (AP) —In a story July 5 about drawings made by migrant children depicting their time in Border Patrol custody, The Associated Press spelled incorrectly the name and misstated the title of the American Academy of Pediatrics’ incoming president Dr. Sara Goza. The American Academy of Pediatrics has released photographs of drawings made by migrant children who were asked to depict their time spent in Border Patrol custody. Another picture has frowning stick figures behind what appears to be a chain-link fence.



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Freshman Rep. Veronica Escobar reports death threats over asylum story

Freshman Rep. Veronica Escobar reports death threats over asylum storyTexas Democrat says federal authorities looking into threats against her, her family and aides



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The Story of an Air Force Defector to Iran

The Story of an Air Force Defector to IranWitt was a member of the aircrew of an RC-135 Rivet Joint surveillance aircraft forward deployed from RAF Mildenhall in Great Britain.Former Tech. Sgt. Monica Elfriede Witt, a former U.S. Air Force counterintelligence specialist who had defected to Iran and who was charged with espionage on Feb. 13, 2019, served as an airborne crypto linguist on board a RC-135 during Operation Iraqi Freedom, Military Times revealed.She earned the Air Medal as a result. The citation says she had “distinguished herself by meritorious achievement while participating in sustained aerial flight from March 29 to April 18.”In March 2003, then-Staff Sgt. Witt was serving as an airborne crypto linguist with the 95th Expeditionary Reconnaissance Squadron, 398th Air Expeditionary Group, out of Naval Support Activity Souda Bay, Crete.The U.S. invaded Iraq on March 20, followed by three weeks of major combat operations.



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Kamala Harris Uses Her Story to Force Dems to Really Consider Race

Kamala Harris Uses Her Story to Force Dems to Really Consider RaceIt took a while to get there, but as anticipated, former Vice President Joe Biden’s record on race led to one of the most heated moments of Wednesday’s Democratic presidential debate.Sen. Kamala Harris, who demonstrated her fierce prosecutorial acumen throughout the night, came at Biden for his “hurtful” comments about his friendly relations with segregationist senators in the 1970s, and then deftly pivoted to Biden’s own opposition to busing during that era, revealing that she was one of the young African-Americans who benefited from that desegregation program.Kamala Harris Hammers Biden for His Past Work With RacistsTrue to form, Biden reasserted his personal history on civil rights — ignoring the fact that Harris opened her attack by conceding that he is not a racist — and refused to apologize for his remarks about how “we got things done” with segregationists Democrats in the 1970s  or renounce his now politically untenable old position on busing.He condescendingly told Harris that it was her local City Council’s fault that she had to participate in busing in the first place, but his answer betrayed no empathy or compassion, just a stern defense of his own controversial record. When it comes to Biden’s long record in the Senate, he has failed to acknowledge how the compromises he is so proud of having forged frequently resulted in bad policy — ones whose impact often disproportionately landed on the backs of African-Americans. As Harris said of Biden’s old political allies in a post-debate interview, again stressing that she did not see Biden himself as a racist: “The consequences of their actions were very real, and on the shoulders of a history in our country of — really a very bad awful dark dangerous and lethal time.”This is not a problem singularly for Biden. The Democratic Party has been disappointing black voters for decades—and they may not be able to afford to come up short for them again.In a debate full of interruptions, forced talking points and uncomfortable exchanges, it may have been the discussion of racial matters that knocked a few of the top tier candidates off their game.Mayor Pete Buttigieg, who was smoother than many of the more seasoned politicians on stage for the most part, didn’t navigate a question well about the racial tensions back home in South Bend, Indiana where a police shooting has resurrected past complaints about his sensitivity on race.Buttigieg, who has struggled to connect with black voters, at first seemed to take total responsibility for his local department’s lack of diversity (just 6 percent black, even though South Bend is about 26 percent black), but he also absolved himself of making a judgment call, since an investigation was still ongoing.Rep. Eric Swalwell, who spent most of the night trying to remind viewers how young he was, goaded the mayor by saying he should “fire the police chief,” by the end of the exchange Buttigieg could only shoot Swalwell an exasperated stare.Sen. Bernie Sanders, whose own struggles with winning over African-Americans are well-documented, also failed to seriously address a question about a previous comment he’d made which seemed to dismiss the significance of representation of women and minorities in the race.Meanwhile, Sen. Harris was able to steal focus repeatedly, and in this case she pulled rank on race as the often overpowered MSNBC moderators had to helplessly seed the floor to her. These exchanges laid bare the challenge before the Democratic contenders, who fate in the primaries and eventually the general election will have a lot to do with how much they can inspire and appeal to voters of color.There was plenty of talk about systematic racism, voting rights and even reparations, but there was only one person on stage who consistently was able to weave an accessible narrative around these issues.Harris spoke about race in very personal terms — pointing out that there isn’t a single black man she knew who hadn’t experienced some form of racial profiling. And she talked about being told by a white neighbor as a child that they could no longer play together because she was black.It was a different side of the senator than the no-nonsense Senate committee questioner that those who are casually familiar with her might have previously seen. And her performance tonight should earn her a second look or first look from Democratic voters.Arguably the greatest hinderance to her candidacy to date, may be the perception that a black woman may be deemed less electable than established white politicians like Sanders or Biden, but the rapturous applause that greeted her reference to the president and “her hand,” suggests that previously held perceptions of electability can and should be thrown out the window.Tonight, the most coherent compelling candidate onstage was a black woman and a distant second was a gay man. Electability is the eye of the beholder. And when Biden’s camp released a statement saying that the debate was “exactly what Trump wants,” it failed to see that this kind of reckoning on representation is actually exactly what Democratic voters want..Read more at The Daily Beast.Get 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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Meghan McCain: I Assume I’ll Be ‘Raked Over the Coals’ for Doubting E. Jean Carroll’s Story

Meghan McCain: I Assume I’ll Be ‘Raked Over the Coals’ for Doubting E. Jean Carroll’s StoryMeghan McCain was a bit defensive during Monday’s broadcast of The View, telling her colleagues and the audience that she “was scared” and assumed she’d be “raked over the coals” for saying she’s not sure whether she believes E. Jean Carroll’s allegation that she was sexually assaulted by Donald Trump.Leading off the show by discussing Carroll’s claims that Trump attacked her at a department store in the mid-1990s, co-host Sunny Hostin said she found it surprising that so many people have accused the well-known writer of lying. Hostin, who was once a prosecutor, went on to note that rape is the “most underreported crime” in this country before recounting times when women told her they couldn’t go forward “because no one will believe me.”This prompted McCain to jump into the conversation, first pointing out that New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has offered to open up an investigation into Carroll’s accusation. “She has hedged as to whether or not she wants that to happen,” McCain stated. “I think 100 percent we should open up that investigation. I think she deserves that.”Writer E. Jean Carroll: Trump Sexually Assaulted Me in a Bergdorf’s Dressing RoomThe conservative co-host went on to say she was also skeptical of Stormy Daniels’ claims towards Trump but now 100 percent believes her before bringing up actress and Harvey Weinstein accuser Asia Argento.Noting that Argento said to “believe everyone all the time and don’t ask questions” following her Weinstein allegations, McCain noted that the actress was later accused of sexually assaulting a minor. She further said that she’ll “always ask questions” because she’s a “politician’s daughter” who has been “lied to my entire life.”“Do you believe her?” Joy Behar asked McCain.“I don’t know. And it’s not—I know this probably makes me unpopular in this space, but I believe that something happened,” McCain responded. “And I believe—but she has been accusing a lot of other very prominent famous men of sexual assault, and I believe of rape, and again, it’s like I was scared to even come out here and say that, but I would prefer to be honest with the audience and I would like to open up the investigation.”As they discussed whether the statute of limitations would apply in an investigation, McCain invoked Brett Kavanaugh accuser Julie Swetnick to place more doubt on Carroll’s story, adding that the advice columnist is currently promoting a book.Hostin highlighted that the prevalence of false reporting on rape is very low, causing Behar to assert that if it “walks like a duck and talks like a duck,” clearly implying her belief that Trump could be culpable in this instance.McCain, meanwhile, once again said she figured she was going to be chastised for her opinion.“I 100 percent came out here assuming I’m going to be raked over the coals, but I would rather be honest with this audience and with all of you than sit here and lie because it’s going to make my life easier in the media,” she declared.The panel went on to bring up other famous instances of people being falsely accused, with Whoopi Goldberg specifically mentioning the Central Park Five. Trump, of course, notably called for the wrongly convicted group to be executed.Getting in one last word, McCain said she has learned to be a “lot more careful” with the way she approaches touchy subjects, promoting Hostin to respond: “I hope people realize what she’s saying is, ‘I don’t know.’”“Yes,” McCain concluded. “Thanks, Sunny.”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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Correction: Election 2020–Beto O'Rourke story

Correction: Election 2020--Beto O'Rourke storyEL PASO, Texas (AP) — In a story March 31 about a Beto O'Rourke campaign rally, The Associated Press reported erroneously that O'Rourke spoke to a rally in his native Spanish. O'Rourke is not a native Spanish speaker.



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The Origin Story: A blind date, a border and Beto O'Rourke

The Origin Story: A blind date, a border and Beto O'RourkeEL PASO, Texas (AP) — "1659."



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Correction: Southern Flood Threat story

Correction: Southern Flood Threat storyIn a story March 21 about the U.S. flooding outlook, The Associated Press misspelled the last name of a weather forecaster. He is Kevin Low, not Lao.



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