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Atatiana Jefferson's death highlights a long history of police violence in Fort Worth, and the community says it's time for a 'reckoning'

Atatiana Jefferson's death highlights a long history of police violence in Fort Worth, and the community says it's time for a 'reckoning'Atatiana Jefferson was shot and killed by Fort Worth police officer Aaron Dean. Her death was the sixth fatal police shooting in the city since June.



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Ocasio-Cortez endorsement gives Sanders shot in the arm at critical time

Ocasio-Cortez endorsement gives Sanders shot in the arm at critical timeSanders’ recent heart attack was a reminder that he would be the oldest person ever elected president Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez speaks alongside Senator Bernie Sanders during a press conference to introduce college affordability legislation outside the US Capitol in June. Photograph: Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty ImagesBernie Sanders was in trouble. Why, pundits asked, would anyone vote for a 78-year-old white man – and socialist! – who just had a heart attack? On Tuesday the Vermont senator delivered a dramatic riposte; first with a feisty debate performance, then by gaining the backing of three rising stars of the progressive movement – all young congresswomen of colour. Among them was Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez who, with megawatt charisma and 5.5m Twitter followers, is one of the most coveted endorsements in the Democratic presidential party.“AOC”, as she is known, is expected to appear at a “Bernie’s Back” rally in her home city of New York on Saturday alongside Ilhan Omar of Minnesota and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan. That leaves Ayanna Pressley, who hails from Sanders’ rival Elizabeth Warren’s home state of Massachusetts, as the only member of “the squad” not in his camp.Whether it will have any long-term impact on the race is pure guesswork, but as a shot in the arm it comes not a moment too soon. Sanders’ heart attack on 1 October was a reminder that he would be the oldest person ever elected president, while Warren has surged past him in the polls to frontrunner status.“My gut is that Sanders’ campaign had this endorsement in their back pocket for a long time and they were waiting to deploy it at a moment where it would be most helpful,” said one progressive politician, who did not wish to be named.“The greatest tell on that was the fact that Sanders rolled it out in the way he did on the debate stage, specifically on a question about his health. That’s fine: that’s what a smart campaign would do. It’s designed to inject new energy into the campaign.”Suggestions that Sanders might bow out of the race were evidently premature. He raised $ 25.3m for his campaign in the last quarter, more than any other Democrat. At Tuesday’s night’s three-hour debate in Ohio, he forcefully defended his healthcare plans and was even humorous; when Cory Booker pointed out that Sanders supports legalising marijuana, Sanders replied: “I’m not on it tonight.”Ocasio-Cortez could prove an invaluable asset and antidote to his perceived weaknesses. While he is in his late 70s, she has just turned 30. While his supporters have sometimes struggled to escape their 2016 reputation as white male “Bernie bros”, she is a Hispanic woman with an ability to inspire big, diverse crowds.For Ocasio-Cortez, not endorsing Sanders would have been something of a snub. She was an organizer for his insurgent 2016 primary campaign against Hillary Clinton and has credited him for inspiring her, while working as a bartender, to go into politics. They are aligned as democratic socialists with millennial appeal and a passion for combating the climate crisis.Democratic Socialists of America welcomed the endorsements. “Backed by a diverse, energetic working-class movement and by democratic socialist politicians like Tlaib and Ocasio-Cortez, Bernie Sanders can win the Democratic nomination, beat Donald Trump, and, together, we can transform politics in this country and around the world forever,” it said in a statement.Should Sanders claim the nomination, however, the endorsements will likely delight Trump. He has sought to raise the profile of the squad and portray them as the face of a Democratic party taken over by radical leftists with trillion dollar spending plans. The idea of nominee Sanders sharing a stage with Ocasio-Cortez, Tlaib and Omar would be fodder for the president’s ad-making machine.But for now, the squad represents Sanders’ best hope of blunting Warren’s momentum. Neil Sroka, communications director for the progressive group Democracy for America, said: “This is an important boost for Senator Sanders at a critical time. There is no doubt that the heart attack amplified concerns people might have had about Senator Sanders and his health.”Sroka added: “Whenever you have a situation like that, you want to show a new sort of energy and I think getting this endorsement at this critical time is a smart move and will undoubtedly be helpful.”



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A new poll found the aggressive Medicare for All plan Bernie Sanders has championed is getting less popular as time goes on

A new poll found the aggressive Medicare for All plan Bernie Sanders has championed is getting less popular as time goes onThe decline in support suggests that repeated attacks over the sweeping proposal's costs and its end of private insurance may be taking a toll.



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California becomes first US state to push back school start time

California becomes first US state to push back school start timeCalifornia has become the first state in the country to push back start times at most public schools in the hope the measure will help adolescents perform better in class. The new law signed on Sunday by Governor Gavin Newsom calls for middle schools to ring in classes no earlier than 8:00 am and high schools no earlier than 8:30 am. Most California schools currently start the day around 8:00 am and some require students to be in class before 7:30 a.m.



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Christian Communities in Northeast Syria Are the Target of a Turkish Attack for the First Time in Over a Century

Christian Communities in Northeast Syria Are the Target of a Turkish Attack for the First Time in Over a CenturyTurkey plans to use the Syrian National Army, an alliance of Islamist rebels, for its operations in Northern Syria.



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Biden calls for Trump's impeachment for first time

Biden calls for Trump's impeachment for first time“He’s shooting holes in the Constitution,” the former vice president said in a speech in New Hampshire on Wednesday. “And we cannot let him get away with it.”



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Minneapolis mayor responds to Trump: I don't have time to be 'tweeting garbage out'

Minneapolis mayor responds to Trump: I don't have time to be 'tweeting garbage out'Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey hit back at President Trump regarding the use of the Target Center for a Thursday campaign rally.



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Once Upon a Time, Seeking Foreign Help Was Out of the Question

Once Upon a Time, Seeking Foreign Help Was Out of the QuestionWASHINGTON — One day in October 1992, four Republican congressmen showed up in the Oval Office with an audacious recommendation. President George Bush was losing his reelection race, and they told him the only way to win was to hammer his challenger Bill Clinton's patriotism for protesting the Vietnam War while in London and visiting Moscow as a young man.Bush was largely on board with that approach. But what came next crossed the line, as far as he and his team were concerned. "They wanted us to contact the Russians or the British to seek information on Bill Clinton's trip to Moscow," James A. Baker III, Bush's White House chief of staff, wrote in a memo later that day. "I said we absolutely could not do that."President Donald Trump insists he and his attorney general did nothing wrong by seeking damaging information about his domestic opponents from Ukraine, Australia, Italy and Britain or by publicly calling on China to investigate his most prominent Democratic challenger. But for every other White House in the modern era, Republican and Democratic, the idea of enlisting help from foreign powers for political advantage was seen as unwise and politically dangerous, if not unprincipled.A survey of 10 former White House chiefs of staff under Presidents Ronald Reagan, Bush, Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama found that none recalled any circumstance under which the White House had solicited or accepted political help from other countries, and all said they would have considered the very idea out of bounds."I served three presidents in the White House and don't remember even hearing any speculation to consider asking for such action," said Andrew H. Card Jr., who ran the younger Bush's White House and was the longest-serving chief of staff in the past six decades.William M. Daley, who served as commerce secretary under Clinton and chief of staff under Obama, said if someone had even proposed such an action, he probably would "recommend the person be escorted out of" the White House, then fired and reported to ethics officials.Other chiefs were just as definitive. "Did not happen on Reagan's watch. Would not have happened on Reagan's watch," said Kenneth M. Duberstein, his last chief of staff. "I would have shut him down," said Leon E. Panetta, who served as Clinton's chief of staff and Obama's defense secretary.The sense of incredulity among White House veterans in recent days crossed party and ideological lines. "This is unprecedented," said Samuel K. Skinner, who preceded Baker as chief of staff under Bush. Other chiefs who said they never encountered such a situation included Thomas F. McLarty III and John D. Podesta (Clinton) and Rahm Emanuel, Denis R. McDonough and Jacob J. Lew (Obama).History has shown that foreign affairs can be treacherous for presidents, even just the suspicion of mixing politics with the national interest. As a candidate in 1968, Richard M. Nixon sought to forestall a Vietnam peace deal by President Lyndon B. Johnson just before the election.Associates of Reagan were accused of trying to delay the release of hostages by Iran when he was a candidate in 1980 for fear that it would aid President Jimmy Carter, but a bipartisan House investigation concluded that there was no merit to the charge. Clinton faced months of investigation over 1996 campaign contributions from Chinese interests tied to the Beijing government.In none of those cases did an incumbent president personally apply pressure to foreign powers to damage political opponents. Trump pressed Ukraine's president this summer to investigate involvement with Democrats in 2016 and former Vice President Joe Biden while holding up $ 391 million in U.S. aid. Trump has said he was simply investigating corruption, not trying to benefit himself."The right way to look at it is the vice president was selling our country out," Rudy Giuliani, the president's personal lawyer, said in an interview Sunday. Trump was fulfilling his duty, he said. "I don't see what the president did wrong."Giuliani has been leading Trump's efforts to dig up evidence of corruption by the Democrats in Ukraine, meeting with various officials and negotiating a commitment by the newly installed government in Kyiv to investigate conspiracy theories about Ukrainian involvement in the 2016 election and supposed conflicts of interest by Biden.Told that past White House chiefs of staff said any legitimate allegations should be handled by the Justice Department, not the president, Giuliani said: "That's if you can trust the Justice Department. My witnesses don't trust the Justice Department, and they don't trust the FBI." He added that he would not have either until Attorney General William P. Barr took over.Barr has contacted foreign officials for help in investigating the origin of the special counsel investigation by Robert Mueller into Russian interference and ties with Trump's campaign, part of an effort to prove that the whole matter was a "hoax," as the president has insisted.Trump defends himself by saying that other presidents have leaned on foreign governments for help. That is true, but when other presidents have pressured counterparts and even held up U.S. assistance to coerce cooperation, it has generally been to achieve certain policy goals — not to advance the president's personal or political agenda.As an example, Trump often cites Obama, who was overheard telling President Dmitry Medvedev of Russia in 2012 that he would have more "more flexibility" to negotiate missile defense after the fall election. While that may be objectionable, it is not the same thing as asking a foreign government to intervene in a U.S. election."They assume everybody's as sleazy and dirty as they are, which is not the case," Emanuel said.Trump points to Biden, arguing that the former vice president was the one who abused his power by threatening to withhold $ 1 billion in U.S. aid to Ukraine unless it fired its prosecutor general.Biden's son Hunter Biden served on the board of Burisma, a Ukrainian energy company, earning $ 50,000 a month. The company's oligarch owner, Mykola Zlochevsky, had been a subject of cases overseen by the prosecutor, and so Trump contends that Biden sought the prosecutor's ouster to benefit his son.As a matter of appearances, at least, the former vice president's family left him open to suspicion. Even some of his defenders say it was unseemly for Hunter Biden to seemingly trade on his family name. The elder Biden has said he never discussed his son's business dealings in Ukraine with him, but some Democrats suggest he should have if only to prevent just such a situation from arising.For all of that, however, no evidence has emerged that Biden moved to push out the prosecutor to benefit his son. No memo or text message has become public linking the two. None of the U.S. officials who were involved at the time have come forward alleging any connection. No whistleblower has filed a complaint.In pressing for the prosecutor's ouster, Biden was carrying out Obama's policy as developed by his national security team and coordinated with European allies and the International Monetary Fund, all of which considered the Ukrainian prosecutor to be deliberately overlooking corruption.Indeed, at the time Biden acted, there was no public evidence that the prosecutor's office was actively pursuing investigations of Burisma, though Zlochevsky's allies say the prosecutor continued to use the threat of prosecution to try to solicit bribes from the oligarch and his team.The 1992 episode involving Bush and Baker provides an intriguing case study in the way previous administrations have viewed seeking political help overseas. At the time, Bush was trailing in the polls and eager for any weapon to turn things around.Reps. Robert K. Dornan, Duncan Hunter and Duke Cunningham of California and Sam Johnson of Texas urged the president to ask Russia and Britain for help.Dornan, reached last week, said Baker offered no objections during the meeting. "Baker sat there in the Oval Office like a bump on a log," he recalled. "He said nothing." If Baker advised Bush not to reach out to foreign governments, then he did so after the congressmen had left, Dornan said.Dornan said that was a mistake and that Bush should have done as Trump has. "The bottom line from me was, 'If you don't do this, Mr. President, leader of the free world, you will lose,'" Dornan said. "And he didn't do it and he lost. Baker cost Bush that second term."As it was, Baker and some of his aides got in trouble anyway because State Department employees searched Clinton's passport file to determine whether he had ever tried to renounce his U.S. citizenship. They found no such evidence, but an independent counsel was appointed to investigate whether the search violated any laws.The attorney general who requested the investigation? Barr, in his first tour running the Justice Department. The independent counsel who was appointed? Joseph diGenova, a lawyer now helping Giuliani look for information in Ukraine. In the passport case, diGenova concluded that no laws had been broken and that he should never have been appointed in first place.As for seeking help from Russia and Britain, Baker declined to comment last week, but his peers said he did exactly as they would have. "It would have been ludicrous at that stage to do anything," Skinner said. "Baker's decision was obviously the right one."This article originally appeared in The New York Times.(C) 2019 The New York Times Company



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Sweden’s Anti-Immigrant Party Draws Even With Social Democrats in Poll for First Time

Sweden’s Anti-Immigrant Party Draws Even With Social Democrats in Poll for First Time(Bloomberg) — Support for the nationalist Sweden Democrats and the Social Democrats is almost equal for the first time in an Expressen/Demoskop poll, adding to Prime Minister Stefan Lofven’s burden as he steers his minority government.His Social Democrats, the largest political party in Sweden for most of the past century, have lost voters to anti-immigration party Sweden Democrats, the survey showed."The result stands out," Demoskop spokesman Peter Santesson told Expressen. "The loss of voters to the Sweden Democrats is the main reason for the decline in support for the Social Democrats".Recent shootings and gang violence may be the reason for the rising concern and frustration among voters, Social Democrats spokeswoman Lena Radstrom Baastad told Expressen.Support for the Social Democrats declined by 0.9 percentage point from a month earlier to 23.1%, while the Sweden Democrats gained 1.5 percentage point to 22.9%. The other parties saw marginal changes.To contact the reporter on this story: Veronica Ek in Stockholm at vek@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Edith Moy at echan10@bloomberg.net, Jonas BergmanFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.



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China Won’t Save the World Economy This Time

China Won’t Save the World Economy This Time(Bloomberg Opinion) — U.S. recession indicators are growing stronger and there's one bigger-than-usual reason why the world should be worried: China isn't coming to the rescue this time.In the past week alone, a gauge of U.S. manufacturing unexpectedly fell to its weakest reading in a decade and payrolls at private companies grew less than forecast. Economists are starting to wonder whether the U.S. has approached so-called stall speed, the slowest pace of growth without careening into a recession. The International Monetary Fund, meanwhile, will likely downgrade global growth estimates this month.One of the engines that drove a global economic recovery after the last two downdrafts in America – the relatively shallow one in 2001 and the catastrophe that began in 2007 – was China. As the financial crisis escalated, Beijing opened a floodgate of credit and cut interest rates, which stoked demand for everything from Australian coal to German cars.We’re unlikely to see anything like that this time. Beijing has shown little appetite for another round of massive fiscal stimulus as it atones for the profligacy of the last decade, which left a massive buildup of debt and fueled asset bubbles.While Chinese authorities have been juicing the economy the past year, they have been very careful about how they go about it. Economists keep predicting cuts in the benchmark interest rate; but those haven't been forthcoming, as my Bloomberg Opinion colleague Shuli Ren wrote recently. The People's Bank of China has preferred trims to lenders' reserve requirements, as officials focus on the best way to channel credit to certain sectors of the business world. Open-slather easing, it isn’t. That doesn't augur particularly well for the prospects of a global recovery. The financial crisis saw the world's most consequential central banks coordinate rate cuts, with China's participation. Beijing’s involvement made China a serious player in the global monetary order.How likely is it that the PBOC will happily sign off on something with the Fed once again? With President Donald Trump sitting in the White House, not very. Then again, Trump has already likened Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell to Chinese President Xi Jinping. Desperation has been known to make odd bedfellows in pursuit of shared short-term goals. The good news is that any steps China does take will have ripple effects given its sheer size. Gross domestic product is now about $ 14 trillion, compared with barely more than $ 1 trillion in 2001 and about $ 4 trillion in 2007. Chinese firms continue to plow investment into neighboring countries and Beijing-funded lenders like the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank may well step up to provide cash to struggling economies.Let's keep things in perspective, though. China is now recording quarterly economic growth of about 6%, not the 15% notched in 2007 or the roughly 10% in 2001. The executives and politicians who tripped over themselves to praise China’s model of development are noticeably quieter now.Not every recession is like 2007, nor are they always accompanied by a financial collapse. The next slump, whenever it comes, will still be painful, so the U.S. might want to start casting about for an enthusiastic partner. It’s probably a mistake to expect that’ll be China this time around – it’s not only less willing, but less able.To contact the author of this story: Daniel Moss at dmoss@bloomberg.netTo contact the editor responsible for this story: Rachel Rosenthal at rrosenthal21@bloomberg.netThis column does not necessarily reflect the opinion of the editorial board or Bloomberg LP and its owners.Daniel Moss is a Bloomberg Opinion columnist covering Asian economies. Previously he was executive editor of Bloomberg News for global economics, and has led teams in Asia, Europe and North America.For more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com/opinion©2019 Bloomberg L.P.



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