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Biden building 2020 White House campaign ahead of expected bid: sources

Biden building 2020 White House campaign ahead of expected bid: sourcesBiden has told supporters and former staff that he will run, according to one source who has knowledge of discussions. Biden and his aides also have reached out to donors and potential bundlers - people who volunteer to raise money on behalf of the candidate - to assess support, according to another source. A third source with direct knowledge of Biden's plans offered a caveat, saying the former vice president was very close to running, but "it’s not 100 percent." “We’re leaning into that moment” when Biden gives the green light, the source said.




POSTED MARCH 20, 2019 3:38 PM

Catholic Church scandal: 395 Illinois priests, deacons accused of sexual misconduct

Catholic Church scandal: 395 Illinois priests, deacons accused of sexual misconductA report identifies 395 Catholic clergy members in Illinois who have been accused of sexual misconduct.




POSTED MARCH 20, 2019 10:54 PM

Harvard 'shamelessly' profits from photos of enslaved people, descendant claims in lawsuit

Harvard 'shamelessly' profits from photos of enslaved people, descendant claims in lawsuitA descendant of enslaved people has sued Harvard University, alleging that the Ivy League institution has “shamelessly” profited from photos of her ancestors. Tamara Lanier, of Norwich, Connecticut, claims that Harvard has ignored requests to surrender images of a man named Renty, whom she says is her great-great-great grandfather, and his daughter Delia. Lanier is suing Harvard for “wrongful seizure, possession and expropriation” of the images, asking the university to return the photos to her, pay unspecified damages, and recognise her ancestry.




POSTED MARCH 21, 2019 10:18 AM

In Jerusalem, Pompeo takes a jab at US Democrats on anti-Semitism

In Jerusalem, Pompeo takes a jab at US Democrats on anti-SemitismJerusalem (AFP) - Top US diplomat Mike Pompeo issued a thinly veiled jab at US Democrats over anti-Semitism on Wednesday, following controversial comments by a Muslim congresswoman over American support for Israel.




POSTED MARCH 20, 2019 4:38 PM

The Latest: Minnesota to help Nebraska flood fight

The Latest: Minnesota to help Nebraska flood fightKANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Latest on Midwest flooding (all times local):




POSTED MARCH 20, 2019 7:41 PM

FBI joins criminal probe into Boeing 737 Max 8 safety certification in wake of crashes

FBI joins criminal probe into Boeing 737 Max 8 safety certification in wake of crashesThe FBI has joined the widening criminal probe into how Boeing's 737 Max 8 jets were deemed as safe in the months before two of them crashed in Indonesia and Ethiopia,




POSTED MARCH 20, 2019 7:28 PM

Danish MP told her baby not welcome in parliament

Danish MP told her baby not welcome in parliamentA Danish MP said on Tuesday she was ordered to remove her infant daughter from parliament's chamber, sparking surprise in a country often hailed as a pioneer in women's rights. "You are not welcome with your baby in the parliament's chamber," speaker Pia Kjaersgaard, an outspoken former leader of the far-right Danish People's Party, allegedly told MP Mette Abildgaard. "I didn't ask for permission to bring her since I had previously seen another colleague bring a child into the chamber without any problems," Ms Abildgaard, whose Conservative party is part of the ruling centre-right coalition, wrote on Facebook. Ms Abildgaard, who is in her 30s, said she found herself in an exceptional situation with her five-month-old daughter, and had never brought her into the chamber before. But she said the infant was "in a good mood and had a pacifier in her mouth." Mette Abildgaard responded to the incident on Facebook Ms Kjaersgaard passed the message to an assistant, who then asked Ms Abildgaard to remove the baby from the room. Ms Abildgaard handed the child to an assistant and returned to the chamber to vote. "MPs should be in the chamber, not babies or children," insisted Ms Kjaersgaard when questioned by news agency Ritzau. She said clear rules would be issued on the subject. The Scandinavian country is often held up as a champion of gender equality and women's rights, and as a child and family-centred nation with generous parental leave. Ms Abildgaard noted that she was entitled to a year's maternity leave with full pay, but that she had chosen to return to work. Her Facebook post garnered more than 600 comments within the space of a few hours. New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern holds her baby after speaking at the UN General Assembly Credit: REUTERS/Carlo Allegri "A chamber that represents mothers, fathers and babies ought to be open to mothers, fathers and babies," one person wrote. In 2016, an Icelandic lawmaker made headlines after breastfeeding her infant while speaking at the podium in parliament. And in September, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern became a symbol for working mothers when she brought her baby to the UN General Assembly in New York.




POSTED MARCH 20, 2019 9:06 AM

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POSTED MARCH 20, 2019 8:00 AM

Citigroup to sell Venezuelan gold in setback to President Maduro: sources

Citigroup to sell Venezuelan gold in setback to President Maduro: sourcesMaduro's government has since 2014 used financial operations known as gold swaps to use its international reserves to gain access to cash after a slump in oil revenues left it struggling to obtain hard currency. Under the terms of the 2015 deal with Citigroup's Citibank, Venezuela was due to repay $1.1 billion of the loan on March 11, according to four sources familiar with the situation. Citibank plans to sell the gold held as a guarantee - which has a market value of roughly $1.358 billion - to recover the first tranche of the loan and will deposit the excess of roughly $258 million in a bank account in New York, two of the sources said.




POSTED MARCH 20, 2019 8:37 PM

Trump changes his mind on Electoral College, now wants to keep it

Trump changes his mind on Electoral College, now wants to keep itIn a not-totally-unexpected reversal of policy, President Trump, who before being elected president called the Electoral College “a disaster for democracy,” now says it’s “far better for the U.S.A.”




POSTED MARCH 20, 2019 9:50 AM

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