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Biden campaign tries to shore up his African-American base with pitch aimed at HBCUs

Biden campaign tries to shore up his African-American base with pitch aimed at HBCUsJoe Biden’s presidential campaign is set to launch a program designed to organize grassroots support at historically black colleges and universities, focusing on electability as a key part of the pitch to students.



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Biden Says He Would Defy Impeachment Subpoena—Then Tries to ‘Clarify’

Biden Says He Would Defy Impeachment Subpoena—Then Tries to ‘Clarify’Joe Biden told a newspaper that he would not comply with a subpoena to testify in President Trump’s impeachment trial—then sought to clarify his remarks on Saturday.“The reason I wouldn’t is because it’s all designed to deal with Trump doing what he’s done his whole life: trying to take the focus off him,” Biden told the Des Moines Register editorial board. “The issue is not what I did.”This is all about a diversion,” Biden added. “And we play his game all the time. He’s done it his whole career.”Biden’s statement of defiance to the Register drew sharp criticism from some quarters, including a former associate White House counsel under President Barack Obama.“Terrible answer @JoeBiden,” Ian Bassin tweeted. “Subpoenas aren’t optional. You know better. You should correct record and commit to complying with any lawful subpoena, reserving the right to contest it in court if you believe it to be unlawful. Let Trump tarnish the rule of law; you should defend it.”Dems Warn Against Calling Bidens to Testify: It ‘Would Be Literally Rolling a Grenade Down’ the SenateOn Saturday, Biden appeared to back off his original comments to some degree in a Twitter thread that suggested he might fight any subpoena in court.“I want to clarify something I said yesterday,” he wrote. “In my 40 years in public life, I have always complied with a lawful order and in my eight years as VP, my office — unlike Donald Trump and Mike Pence — cooperated with legitimate congressional oversight requests.”Stopping short of denying he would defy a subpoena, he went on to say that he was “just not going to pretend that there is any legal basis for Republican subpoenas for my testimony in the impeachment trial. That is the point I was making yesterday and I reiterate: this impeachment is about Trump’s conduct, not mine.”He then tried to shift focus back to the president. “The subpoenas should go to witnesses with testimony to offer to Trump’s shaking down the Ukraine government — they should go to the White House,” he wrote.Bassin then praised Biden for revising his comments:“This is what responsible leadership looks like. He said something imprecise that mattered and fixed it because, unlike Trump and his lawless crew, Biden cares about the Constitution and the rule of law. Will Trump’s team now comply w the law?”The issue of whether Biden has any role to play in impeachment proceedings in the Senate has become a focal point for many Republicans seeking to protect the president. They said Biden and his son Hunter should be forced to answer questions about their activities in Ukraine.The impeachment process kicked off after Trump spoke to Ukraine president Volodymyr Zelensky about investigating the Bidens and then held back military aid. Biden himself has repeatedly said he and Hunter did nothing wrong and that he did not speak to his son about official business involving Burisma, the Ukrainian natural gas company on whose board the younger Biden served. The House of Representatives voted along party lines on Dec. 18 to impeach Trump. The order is expected to be passed to the Senate for a trial in early 2020.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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Biden tries to win over Iowa seniors enamored with Buttigieg

Biden tries to win over Iowa seniors enamored with ButtigiegElderly voters say age and experience are positives and negatives for both candidates.



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Devin Nunes Tries to Explain Away His Parnas and Giuliani Calls to Hannity

Devin Nunes Tries to Explain Away His Parnas and Giuliani Calls to HannityHours after the House Intelligence Committee released call logs on Tuesday that revealed ranking member Devin Nunes (R-CA) had multiple phone calls with Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani and Giuliani’s indicted Ukrainian associate Lev Parnas this past spring, Nunes appeared on Fox News host Sean Hannity’s show.According to the pro-Trump Republican lawmaker, the calls with individuals at the heart of the impeachment inquiry against the president were joking in nature—or maybe didn’t even happen at all (despite records saying they did).After talking about Nunes’ lawsuit against CNN over the network’s report that the congressman met with a former Ukrainian prosecutor in Vienna (Nunes has also threatened The Daily Beast with a suit), Hannity brought up the phone calls while offering Nunes a helping hand.“My sources are telling me that three of the four so-called calls were apparently just to Giuliani and maybe on Parnas’ phone and under a minute,” the Trump-boosting Fox host wondered. “Is that true?”Claiming he’s known Giuliani for a very long time, Nunes insisted that he was speaking to the former New York City mayor quite a bit in April due to the release of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report on Russian election interference.“And during that time, if you remember, that was right when Robert Mueller completely bombed and flamed out,” Nunes recalled. “So, I remember talking to Rudy Giuliani. And we were actually laughing about how Mueller bombed out.”The California lawmaker went on to say that if there were recordings of the calls, “they are welcome to play them,” as he “wouldn’t care if the American people found out.”“Did you ever talk to this guy Les Parnas or whatever his name is?” Hannity asked, mispronouncing the Giuliani henchman’s name while acting like he barely knows who Parnas is.“You know, it’s possible,” Nunes replied. “I haven’t gone through my phone records. I don’t really recall that name.”“I remember the name now because he has been indicted,” the conservative congressman added. “Why would CNN rely on somebody like this? I will go back and check my records, but it seems very unlikely I will be taking calls from random people.”The phone logs, meanwhile, showed that one of the calls between Parnas and Nunes lasted nearly nine minutes.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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Rep. Nunes tries to use Steele dossier to defend Trump during closed-door hearing

Rep. Nunes tries to use Steele dossier to defend Trump during closed-door hearingDuring a closed-door impeachment meeting on Capitol Hill, Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) brought up a topic that surprised some attendees: the Steele dossier. The context, according to three sources familiar with the episode, was his effort to explain why President Trump might be “upset” about Ukraine.



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U.S. will act if Iranian tanker tries to deliver oil to Syria: Pompeo

U.S. will act if Iranian tanker tries to deliver oil to Syria: PompeoThe tanker is carrying about 2 million barrels of oil.



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UPDATE 3-U.S. will act if Iranian tanker tries to deliver oil to Syria -Pompeo

UPDATE 3-U.S. will act if Iranian tanker tries to deliver oil to Syria -Pompeo



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A woman tries to rob Family Dollar — and the cashier responds: ‘Not today,’ cops say

A woman tries to rob Family Dollar — and the cashier responds:  ‘Not today,’ cops sayEmployees at the Family Dollar in the 5000 block of 14th Street West thwarted a robbery attempt just after 9 p.m. on Sunday, according to the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office.



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Bullock tries to find middle ground on guns

Bullock tries to find middle ground on gunsAs a Democratic politician in deep-red Montana, Steve Bullock has long searched for a middle ground on guns. Now a presidential candidate in a party pushing hard for new gun-control laws, he still is. While many of his Democratic opponents go all-in on new proposals for restricting guns, responding to the latest string of mass shootings, Bullock is the rare voice of caution warning Democrats about going too far.



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Mob of teens surrounds police station, tries to break out their drunken friend

Mob of teens surrounds police station, tries to break out their drunken friendThe incident occurred Thursday night in the town of Starnberg after a boy was denied entry to a high school graduation party.



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