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Democratic Debate: Candidates Air Widely Diverging Views

Seven Democratic presidential candidates are meeting in South Carolina Tuesday night to try to convince voters there to support them days before the fourth primary or caucus in the nation. Billionaire Tom Steyer qualified for the debate after missing last weeks event in Nevada. The 62-year-old businessman had supported early efforts to impeach President Donald Trump. Hell join six candidates on stage: former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, 78; former Vice President Joe Biden, 77; Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), 78; former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, 38; Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), 70; and Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), 59. Check back for updates. Sanders Would Study Moving US Embassy Back to Tel Aviv Sanders says he would study the issue of relocating the American Embassy in Israel to Tel Aviv from Jerusalem but wouldnt commit to commanding the change. The Vermont senator said during Tuesday nights debate in Charleston, South Carolina, that he is “very proud..

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Barr Vows to Make Reforms to Surveillance Process Following Watchdog Report

Attorney General William Barr met with Senate Republicans on Tuesday to convince them to support an expiring surveillance law, while telling them that he wants to make internal reforms to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrant process. Several GOP senators told reporters after a private caucus lunch that Barr was looking at steps to reform the FISA warrant application process internally to tighten standards on obtaining a warrant. The FISA warrant application process is at the center of a damning report by Inspector General Michael Horowitz on the surveillance of Trump campaign aide Carter Page during the 2016 presidential election. The report, released on Dec. 9, 2019, concluded that the applications for FISA warrants on Page included 17 significant errors or omissions. Horowitz faulted the entire chain of command involved in the FBI investigation. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) told The Hill that Barr went over “his recommendations an..

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Trump Says He Wants No Help From Any Country During 2020 Election

Amid questions over Russian interference in the 2020 election and the Democratic primary, President Donald Trump said he has not received any help from Russia and doesnt want any assistance from foreign powers during his reelection bid. “First of all, I want no help from any country, and I havent been given help from any country,” Trump told reporters Tuesday. The White House and Trump over the weekend responded to news reports citing anonymous sources that the Kremlin is again waging a disinformation campaign to get Trump reelected, and later, other reports claimed Russia is also trying to secure Democratic rival Sen. Bernie Sanders election. Those reports were based on a House Intelligence Committee briefing from a Trump administration official earlier this month. During a news conference in India, Trump said in a press conference that “somebody leaked it in intelligence, but nobody ever told me that.” Pointing to his national security adviser, Robert OBrien, the president then sa..

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Trump Calls for Recusal of Sotomayor, Ginsburg in Cases Involving Him

President Donald Trump said Supreme Court Justices Sonia Sotomayor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg should recuse themselves from any cases that involve Trump-related matters, citing statements they have made about him or his administration. “I just dont know how they can not recuse themselves for anything having to do with Trump,” he said at a Feb. 25 press availability during his trip to New Delhi. Sotomayor Comments Regarding Sotomayor, Trump was referring to her Feb. 21 dissenting opinion, in which she made a remark that at least some people interpreted as political. She criticized the countrys highest court for recently overruling a number of lower-court decisions that blocked Trumps policies, which some interpreted as accusing her colleagues of having a bias in favor of the administration. “Perhaps most troublingly, the Courts recent behavior on stay applications has benefited one litigant over all others,” she said (pdf). Trump called the statement “terrible” and “highly inappropria..

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Melania Trump Visits Happiness Class at Indian School

U.S. First Lady Melania Trump visited a “happiness class” at a government-run school in the Indian capital on Feb. 25 . The curriculum dovetails with her “Be Best” initiative to teach children and young adults to be kind, avoid drugs and take care of themselves. A student band at the Sarvodaya Co-Educational Senior Secondary School played bagpipes as they greeted the first lady at the school, which was decorated with floral garlands and motifs. U.S. First Lady Melania Trump walks with two children at Sarvodaya Co-Educational Senior Secondary School in New Delhi, India, on Feb. 25, 2020. (Altaf Qadri/AP Photo) She sported a floral wreath around her neck as she stopped at a reading room, spent time with kindergarten students and watched a yoga practice. She later told them during brief remarks that “Sarvodaya” means prosperity to all. U.S. First Lady Melania Trump speaks during her visit to Sarvodaya Co-Educational Senior Secondary School in New Delhi, India, on Feb. 25, 2020. (Al..

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Trump Concludes India Visit as US-India Relationship Pushed to New Level

As President Donald Trump concluded his two-day trip to India on Feb. 26 after an extravagant reception and signing of a slew of important defense and economic deals, analysts said the trip was mutually beneficial and the Indo-U.S. strategic ties will endure across party lines. During a joint press conference on Tuesday, Trump and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi talked about taking the relationship between the two countries to the next level. “This relationship is the most important partnership of the 21st century. And therefore, today, President Trump and I have taken a decision to raise our partnership to the level of a comprehensive global strategic partnership,” said Modi. Aparna Pande, research fellow and director of the India Initiative at the Washington-based Hudson Institute, told The Epoch Times that comprehensive global strategic partnership means upgrading the already existing partnership. A joint statement released by the White House on Wednesday said that this comp..

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Arizona Congressional Candidate Suspends Campaign After Drug Overdose

A military veteran who was running for Congress in Arizona announced he is suspending his campaign on Monday after he reportedly overdosed on heroin. “Today, I have suspended my campaign for the US House of Representatives and am seeking treatment for substance abuse disorder. I will fully cooperate with local authorities on any matters arising from my recent relapse and overdose,” Chris Taylor told CNN. “Im not going to hide from this. Im not ashamed of what happened. I wish to sincerely apologize to the amazing people who have supported me,” Taylor said. Taylor, who is a city council member in Safford, Arizona, said that he relapsed after staying sober for “many solid years.” “Im not going to hide from this. Im not ashamed of what happened. I wish to sincerely apologize to the amazing people who have supported me,” Taylor said. After enlisting in the U.S. Army in 2007, he served two combat tours in Iraq. Taylor said he used drugs to cope with the numerous traumatic experiences he..

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Buttigieg Knocks Sanders Over Praise of Castro After Sanders Defended Remarks

Positive remarks Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) made about Cuban dictator Fidel Castro were out of line, former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg said late Monday. “As a Democrat, I dont want to be explaining why our nominee is encouraging people to look on the bright side of the Castro regime going into the election of our lives,” Buttigieg, 38, said at a CNN townhall in South Carolina. Sanders, 78, said during a recent interview with CBSs “60 Minutes” that it was “unfair to simply say everything is bad” about Castros regime. “When Fidel Castro came into office, you know what he did? He had a massive literacy program. Is that a bad thing? Even though Fidel Castro did it?” Sanders said. He also said he is “very opposed to the authoritarian nature of Cuba” and, after being prompted, said that he condemns Cuba for imprisoning dissidents. The back-and-forth stemmed from the self-described socialists praise of communist governments decades ago, including claims he made about why Cubans did..

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Hillary Clinton Says She Will Support Any Democratic Nominee

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said that she will support the Democratic nominee for president even if it is Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.). She was asked about her 2016 primary rival at the Berlinale film festival where she is promoting a new movie about her, “Hillary.” In January, the former first lady criticized Sanders for being hard to work with. “Im going to wait and see who we nominate,” Clinton told reporters, according to The Hill. “I will support the nominee, and it wont surprise you to hear me say that I think its imperative that we retire the incumbent.” Clinton last month angered some of Sanders supporters after she claimed during a Hulu special that “nobody likes” the self-described democratic socialist before saying that as a senator, he “got nothing done.” The two were engaged in a hard-fought primary four years ago. “He was a career politician. Its all just baloney and I feel so bad that people got sucked into it,” Clinton also said. So far, Sanders has em..

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Florida Democratic Party Condemns Dictatorships After Sanders Defends Castros Cuba

Florida Democrats on Feb. 24 condemned dictatorships in places such as Venezuela, Cuba, and Nicaragua, and shared their support for people fleeing tyrannical governments after 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) said that not everything “was bad” about Cuba under the late Fidel Castros rule. In a statement published on the partys official website, Chairwoman Terrie Rizzo urged candidates to better understand the stories of immigrant communities and said Democrats “stand in solidarity” with those who have been forced to flee dictator-ruled countries. “Florida Democrats condemn dictators who toppled democracies across the globe and stand in solidarity with the thousands of people who have fled violent dictatorships in Cuba, Venezuela, and Nicaragua,” Rizzo said. “Candidates need to understand our immigrant communities shared stories, as well as provide solutions to issues that matter to all Floridians including access to affordable health care and reject..

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