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US Vice President Pence to Pope Francis: You made me a hero

US Vice President Pence to Pope Francis: You made me a heroU.S. Vice President Mike Pence met with Pope Francis at the Vatican on Friday, discussing the anti-abortion march in Washington and telling the pontiff, "You made me a hero" back home by granting him a private audience. Pence was beaming after the meeting, which appeared to be particularly cordial. The hero description apparently referred to Pence's Catholic family upbringing.




POSTED JANUARY 24, 2020 6:59 AM

Trump administration accused by the UK of a 'denial of justice' after refusing to extradite a diplomat's wife accused of killing a British teenager

Trump administration accused by the UK of a 'denial of justice' after refusing to extradite a diplomat's wife accused of killing a British teenagerThe UK government said the decision to reject the extradition request was a "denial of justice."




POSTED JANUARY 24, 2020 5:14 AM

‘Fox & Friends’ Desperately Tries to End Unhinged Giuliani Interview, Repeatedly Fails

‘Fox & Friends’ Desperately Tries to End Unhinged Giuliani Interview, Repeatedly FailsPresident Donald Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani showed up on the president’s favorite morning program on Friday—and apparently didn’t want to leave.A day after Giuliani claimed on Twitter that he was about to go public with evidence that will reveal the “Biden Family Enterprise made millions by selling public office” when Joe Biden was vice president, the former New York City mayor sat down on Fox & Friends’ curvy couch for what can generously be described as an unhinged, rambling, off-the-rails performance.Giuliani, whose involvement in the Ukraine scandal is at the heart of the president’s impeachment, continually left the hosts of the Fox News slack-jawed as he prattled on and bulldozed right through their efforts to keep him from incriminating and implicating himself.For example, as he claimed he would provide “compelling” evidence later in the day on a podcast to support his wild assertions about the Bidens that seemingly ensnare the entire Obama administration AND Hillary Clinton, co-host Brian Kilmeade wanted to make sure “the State Department and the White House know everything you were doing."Elsewhere in the interview, which was aired in front of a live studio audience, the one-time America’s Mayor dismissed text messages and call logs with shady businessman Lev Parnas and other figures associated with Ukraine, oddly boasting, “How about all those phone records that show that I am a very hard-working lawyer?”Finally, after Giuliani once again repeated his Biden-related conspiracies, co-host Steve Doocy stepped in to wrap up the segment.“I know you could go clear through noon when your podcast starts. Give it up for Rudy Giuliani,” Doocy exclaimed to cheers from the audience. “We’re going to be watching.”The Trump lawyer, however, wasn’t budging, instead saying that he’d only shown the “tip of the iceberg” while rambling on some more.“Rudy, we’re done,” Doocy begged, prompting Kilmeade to add, “We have got to go. The president wants you to continue this investigation?”“Would you like me to give up?” Giuliani replied, before adding, “Would you like me to say OK, Biden can keep his 8 million that he got in bribes. He can keep all the bribes that they got.”Again, Doocy tried to give the signal that the interview was over, telling Giuliani that “we’re waiting for noon” for the podcast. Giuliani, meanwhile, ignored Doocy while asking Kilmeade if he should “give it up” while grabbing his head and awkwardly leaning off the couch.The ex-mayor would continue to steamroll over Doocy’s efforts to go to commercial break so he could get yet another last word in, finally giving it up after Doocy’s fifth attempt to end the interview.Stephen Colbert Grills CNN’s Chris Cuomo on His ‘Friend’ Kellyanne ConwayRead 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.




POSTED JANUARY 24, 2020 11:20 AM

'I really hope she is the future': AOC's support of Sanders fuels 2024 speculation

'I really hope she is the future': AOC's support of Sanders fuels 2024 speculationAlexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s aid of Bernie Sanders’ campaign is raising talk of the possibility she might run for the White House herselfIt was billed as a rally for Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign. But the only aging white man on the platform was the film-maker Michael Moore, and attendee Brittany Springmeier wasn’t there to see him.She was in Iowa City for real star of the show, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.“She’s speaking for us. She’s speaking for the people. She has a passion for the millennials. She’s speaking for everyone in America who doesn’t have a voice,” said Springmeier, a millennial herself who is unable to work because of a disability.With the Vermont senator trapped in Washington DC by the impeachment hearings, Ocasio-Cortez was fronting for him at the University of Iowa on Friday evening in the last days before the Iowa Democratic caucuses.Much of the crowd had already made up its mind to back Sanders, which was just as well because the New York congresswoman gave a 26-minute speech without once mentioning the man she was ostensibly there to promote. A passionate discourse on healthcare and the case for comprehensive public insurance, a cause at the heart of Sanders campaign, then gave way to a rousing appeal to build a movement to transform “a nation in decline”.Ocasio-Cortez disparaged the Democratic leadership in Congress as fearful of any radical policies that might cost votes and called on supporters to “come together and organise” to repeated cheers.But through it all, even as Sanders picture stared down on her, his name did not once cross the congresswoman’s lips.Ocasio-Cortez has been unstinting in her support of Sanders’ presidential bid but Friday’s rally will only reinforce the perception that his campaign also provides her with a platform to push a more visionary agenda. That in turn has fueled media speculation about the extent of the 30 year-old’s ambitions, and the possibility she might run for the White House herself in 2024 – should Trump win a second term.Whatever her plans, the congresswoman will not have been discouraged by the reception in Iowa City, where she was greeted with an enthusiasm bordering on adulation.Jonathan Katz, a high school math teacher from New York City who travelled to Iowa to canvass for Sanders, was at the rally specifically to see Ocasio-Cortez.“When she showed the courage after Bernie’s heart attack to say ‘I’m going to be supporting Bernie’, my respect went up 1,000%. Because here’s someone at Bernie’s most difficult moment in the campaign saying ‘I’m with you Bernie’,” said Katz.Ocasio-Cortez’s backing has meant more than throwing her weight behind Sanders’ positions. She has amplified some of them, not least on the environment with her push for a Green New Deal, and injected a much greater diversity of voices into the Vermont senator’s campaign, which he has frankly admitted were lacking in his 2016 run.“She’s been very important to Bernie, bringing people in, especially young people,” said Springmeier. “She’s helped bring in minorities, bring some light to the fact that they don’t really have a voice. I think a lot of people are drawn to her who may not otherwise have been interested in politics, and that helps Bernie.“I really hope she continues on the politics. She’s a force to be reckoned with. I really think she’s going to do great things for the people, for we the people. She’s working in the establishment but I think she’s going to be speaking for us.”If Ocasio-Cortez has reinforced the Sanders campaign, it’s clear she can also draw from that enhanced strength. For some of Sanders supporters, she offers a vision beyond his presidential campaign. Wendy Stevenson, a librarian who caucused for Sanders four years ago, came to the rally with her 11-year-old daughter, Estelle, who wanted to see Ocasio-Cortez after watching a Netflix documentary about her.“I love her vision. I love her guts to go in first term as a representative and propose the Green New Deal. It changes the way our economy will work. It’s exciting. You need that kind of energy and ideas out there. And she’s not scared to challenge the establishment. Even the Democrats, she’s pushing them further than they feel comfortable going. I love having that voice,” she said.But for all that, Stevenson is not sure on where Ocasio-Cortez should set her sights. For now she wants to see her remain in Congress, where she thinks she could rise to great heights and have real power and influence over the policies that matter most.“I hope she’ll be a powerful future politician that can change the way things are done. I feel like she really feels strongly about representing her people in her district. She’s still young. I’m excited that things are moving further to the left with a lot more fresh ideas. I really hope she is the future.”




POSTED JANUARY 25, 2020 10:15 AM

Warren Responds to ‘Angry Dad’ Over Student Loan Plan

Warren Responds to ‘Angry Dad’ Over Student Loan Plan(Bloomberg) -- Elizabeth Warren brushed off concerns expressed in a viral clip of a so-called “angry dad” who argued that her student loan forgiveness plan rewards irresponsible behavior.In a clip shared on an anonymous pro-Trump Twitter account Tuesday and amplified by conservative media, an unnamed man tells Warren that he gave up vacations and saved money for his daughter’s education so that she wouldn’t have debt. “We did the right thing and we get screwed,” he said of her plan.Asked about the clip in an interview on “CBS This Morning,” Warren responded that younger Americans are getting “crushed” by student loan debt, which is roughly $1.5 trillion.”Look, we build a future going forward by making it better,” she said. “By that same logic what would we have done? Not started Social Security because we didn’t start it last week for you or last month for you?”(Disclaimer: Michael Bloomberg is also seeking the Democratic presidential nomination. He is the founder and majority owner of Bloomberg LP, the parent company of Bloomberg News.)This post is part of Campaign Update, our live coverage from the 2020 campaign trail.  To contact the author of this story: Ryan Beckwith in Washington at rbeckwith3@bloomberg.netTo contact the editor responsible for this story: Wendy Benjaminson at wbenjaminson@bloomberg.net, Ros KrasnyFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.comSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2020 Bloomberg L.P.




POSTED JANUARY 24, 2020 10:37 AM

Damaged By Drone Strike: Suleimani's Sainthood Is Now Being Questioned

Damaged By Drone Strike: Suleimani's Sainthood Is Now Being QuestionedIran’s brand is thinning among the Shi’a and Suleimani’s departure creates breathing room for the Shi’a in the region.




POSTED JANUARY 24, 2020 10:52 AM

Female prisoner dies after guards ‘did not stop her being beaten with soap bars’

Female prisoner dies after guards ‘did not stop her being beaten with soap bars’A female prisoner died after guards did not intervene while she was being beaten with a sock filled with bars of soap, it is claimed in a lawsuit set to be heard in the US.Nicole Rathmann was attacked by another inmate as she lay on her bunk at the Central Mississippi Correctional Facility.




POSTED JANUARY 25, 2020 10:52 AM

Millions of locusts are swarming in Kenya. These striking photos show just how bad the outbreak is

Millions of locusts are swarming in Kenya. These striking photos show just how bad the outbreak isHundreds of millions of locusts are swarming into Kenya from neighboring Somalia and Ethiopia with unprecented size and destructive potential.




POSTED JANUARY 25, 2020 4:12 PM

Australia's Kangaroo Island is looking for volunteers to feed animals injured in bushfires

Australia's Kangaroo Island is looking for volunteers to feed animals injured in bushfiresNearly half of Kangaroo Island was burned by the bushfires this month alone. The RSPCA has posted an application form.




POSTED JANUARY 24, 2020 10:10 AM

Trump Strips Protections for Streams and Wetlands

Trump Strips Protections for Streams and WetlandsWhat does it mean for the country's clean water supply?




POSTED JANUARY 24, 2020 11:05 AM

News – Insurance Journal

Sompo International Hires Allied World’s James to Run International Insurance Business
Sompo International Holdings Ltd., a Bermuda-based specialty property and casualty re/insurer, announced that Julian James will soon join the organization to lead the London market and international insurance platforms. Subject to regulatory approval and after a short period of transition, …

POSTED JANUARY 23, 2020 2:16 PM
Massive Fire Scorches Six Row Houses in Staten Island
A fast-moving five-alarm fire severely damaged six row houses in Staten Island on Monday, displacing more than 30 people and causing minor injuries. John Sudnik, chief of the Fire Department of New York, said wood construction in the attics of …

POSTED JANUARY 23, 2020 1:14 PM
New Jersey Law Bans Sale of Flavored Vaping Products
The sale of flavored vaping products is banned in New Jersey under legislation Democratic Governor Phil Murphy signed Tuesday. Murphy signed the measure that moved to his desk amid a nationwide scare last year over mysterious illnesses linked to vaping. …

POSTED JANUARY 23, 2020 1:10 PM
The Hilb Group Acquires New York’s BR Vital Brokerage
The Hilb Group LLC (THG) has acquired New York-based BR Vital Brokerage Inc. (BRV). The transaction became effective January 1, 2020. Based in Brooklyn, N.Y., BRV is an independent brokerage primarily providing property and casualty insurance with a specialty in …

POSTED JANUARY 23, 2020 1:03 PM
Massachusetts’ EverQuote Hires Brainard as EVP of Engineering, Marketplace
EverQuote Inc., a Cambridge, Mass-based online marketplace for insurance shopping in the U.S., has hired David Brainard as executive vice president of Engineering, Marketplace. In this role, Brainard will serve as the operational leader of marketplace-wide engineering teams and platforms …

POSTED JANUARY 23, 2020 1:00 PM
Bushfire-Ravaged Australians Face Choice in Era of Climate Change: Rebuild or Leave?
It took two years for Nigel Allison to build his mud-brick house on a sleepy southeastern tip of Australia, and just hours for it to be gutted by fire. The cherished three-bedroom home built in 1986 was one of several …

POSTED JANUARY 23, 2020 8:00 AM
Ratings Agencies Disagree Over Financial Strength of Florida Family Insurance Co.
The credit ratings of homeowners insurer Florida Family Insurance Co. and its subsidiary, Florida Family Home Insurance Co., have been downgraded by AM Best due to a deterioration in underwriting results for the insurer. However, ratings agency Demotech says it …

POSTED JANUARY 23, 2020 7:38 AM
Major Cyber Attacks of 2019 Seen via Infographic from Cyber Risk Modeling Firm Kovrr
With the number of cyber attacks on the rise, it’s natural to think that this increase of cyber attacks is due to new actors and technological developments, said Yakir Golan, the CEO of Kovrr, the Tel Aviv-based provider of predictive …

POSTED JANUARY 23, 2020 7:30 AM
Munich Re Weighs Whether to Set Long-Term Profit Target of $3.3 Billion: Source
Munich Re is considering whether to set itself a long-term net income target of 3 billion euros ($3.3 billion) a year as the company seeks to match levels it regularly achieved until 2015. The reinsurer may announce such a plan …

POSTED JANUARY 23, 2020 7:20 AM
J.C. Flowers Considers Sale of Its French Loan Insurance Broker CEP
J.C. Flowers & Co, the U.S. investment and financial services-focused private equity firm, is reviving plans for a potential sale of its French loan insurance broker Financiere CEP, according to people familiar with the matter. The firm is considering various …

POSTED JANUARY 23, 2020 7:15 AM

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