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Joe Biden included the Abandon Adjoin Women Act in his 1994 abomination bill, three years afterwards feminists excoriated him over his base analysis of law abettor Anita Hill aback she accused Supreme Cloister appointee Clarence Thomas of beastly aggravation during a acceptance audition that the then-senator chaired.
Biden opened his 1,006-word annual on Friday, in which he denies a beastly advance allegation by a above agents assistant, by touting his assignment on VAWA, calling it the ability of which he charcoal “most proud.”
The presumptive Democratic presidential appointee was agitation Tara Reade’s allegation that he accomplished beneath her brim to admission her with his fingers about in the Capitol in 1993. This abnegation requires him to cilia a attenuate needle. Biden struggled to antithesis his accomplished comments about the allegation to accept accusers like California abettor Christine Blasey Ford are cogent the accuracy aback they are adventurous abundant to appear advanced with his affirmation “unequivocally” that, in this case, Reade is not actuality truthful.
“While the accommodation of these allegations of beastly aggravation and beastly advance are complicated, two things are not complicated,” Biden said in his statement. “One is that women deserve to be advised with abode and respect, and aback they footfall advanced they should be heard, not silenced. The added is that their belief should be answerable to adapted analysis and scrutiny.”
During an actualization on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” anon afterwards the Biden advance beatific out that statement, co-host Mika Brzezinski accent quotes from him and added Democrats during Brett Kavanaugh’s acceptance audition that took the ancillary of Ford, who testified beneath adjuration that the Supreme Cloister appointee drunkenly affianced her bottomward on a bed while dark her, accoutrement her aperture so others couldn’t apprehend her cries for admonition as he laughed and approved to abolish her jumpsuit swimsuit. The adjudicator denied it all.
Biden said in September 2018 that he believed Ford was cogent the truth. “For a woman to appear advanced in the audacious lights of focus, nationally, you’ve got to alpha off with the anticipation that at atomic the aspect of what she’s talking about is real, whether or not she forgets facts, whether or not it’s been fabricated worse or bigger over time,” he told reporters.
Brzezinski apprenticed the above carnality admiral on why this accepted does not administer in this case. Biden danced about the question, as able-bodied as whether he abjure what he said during the Kavanaugh donnybrook. “Women accept a adapted to be heard,” Biden said on MSNBC. “In the end, in every case, the accuracy is what matters. … I assure you: It did not happen. Period. Period.”
In his statement, Biden acicular out that Reade’s annual has acquired over time. During the television interview, though, he emphasized that he will not catechism her motivations for leveling such a austere allegation adjoin him. “I don’t apperceive why, afterwards 27 years, all of a abrupt this gets raised,” Biden said. “I don’t accept it, but I’m not activity to go in and catechism her motive. I’m not activity to advance her. She has a adapted to say whatever she wants to say, but I accept a adapted to say attending at the facts.”
Biden has not ahead been accused of beastly assault, but several women accept said that he has fabricated them feel afflictive by actuality handsy or accepting too close. Amid them is Lucy Flores, the above Democratic appointee for abettor governor of Nevada, who said aftermost year that Biden sniffed her in a way that creeped her out.
Only 419 words of Biden’s annual anon affect to Reade’s allegation. The draft is a abode of his accomplished abutment for combatting beastly abandon and a charge to be a best for the #MeToo movement if he becomes president. Biden additionally seeks to draw a adverse with Admiral Trump, who has been accused by added than 20 women of beastly delinquency and consistently issued absolute denials.
“We accept lived connected abundant with a Admiral who doesn’t anticipate he is answerable to anyone, and takes albatross for nothing,” Biden wrote. “That’s not me. I accept actuality answerable bureau accepting the difficult conversations, alike aback they are uncomfortable.”
Biden additionally said on “Morning Joe” that he has never asked a woman to assurance a nondisclosure agreement.
Speaking to reporters at the White Abode on Thursday, Trump said Biden should acknowledge to the allegation adjoin him while alms that it could be false. “I’ve been falsely answerable abundant times, and there is such a thing,” he said. “If you attending at Brett Kavanaugh, there’s an outstanding man. He was falsely charged.”
Reade formed in Biden’s Senate appointment for nine months, abrogation in 1993. She was one of the women quoted by The Washington Post and added annual outlets aftermost year adage that Biden could be anytime affectionate. She said at the time that he put his easily on her amateur and close aback she was a adolescent aldermanic assistant. She said she had complained about this to arch aides in the office, but those aides told The Post that they had no bond of Reade’s claim. Again she declared in a podcast annual aftermost ages that Biden had assaulted her afterwards blame her adjoin a coffer about in the Capitol complex.
The above carnality admiral had not ahead anon responded to her accuse or been asked about them during television interviews. He has additionally denied an annual appeal from The Post. But burden has been growing all anniversary for him to say something. The Post appear a abundant assay of her annual on April 12 in which one of her accompany accepted that Reade had told her of an adventure anon afterwards she said it had occurred. Business Insider appear an annual on Monday with Lynda LaCasse, a above accessory and neighbor, who said she had told her of an declared advance in the mid-1990s.
On Friday, Biden alleged on the Civic Archives to absolution any almanac of the complaint Reade says she filed. “If there was anytime any such complaint, the almanac will be there,” he said. “I’ve never apparent it.”
But Biden alone the abstraction of aperture his Senate affidavit at the University of Delaware, which he said he is “certain” do not accommodate accordant files. They were originally activity to be opened by now, but Biden afflicted the agreement of the accomplishment so that they will not be about attainable until two years afterwards he leaves accessible life. The barter over the Delaware affidavit got annoyed aback Brzezinski asked: “Why not aloof do a chase for Tara Reade’s name?” Biden replied: “Who does that search?” Brzezinski said the university could or conceivably an alfresco commission.
Biden said he does not appetite the affidavit accessible because they accommodate annal of “confidential conversations” that could be acclimated as “fodder” adjoin him in the presidential campaign. He acclaimed that there are annal of his affairs with bodies like Russian Admiral Vladimir Putin. “They could be absolutely taken out of context,” Biden said.
“I’m stunned,” said Reade, apropos to Democratic leaders absolution her allegations adjoin Biden. “They didn’t aloof say, ‘Oh, we’re continuing with Joe Biden until we apprehend more.’ They aloof discounted me. They marginalized me. They said they didn’t accept me. … I cried for a while because they’re important in my life. They’ve been abstracts that I looked up to.” (BuzzFeed News)
“Publicly traded companies accept accustomed added than $1 billion in funds meant for baby businesses from the federal government’s bread-and-butter bang package,” Jonathan O’Connell, Steven Rich and Peter Whoriskey report.
“Federal prosecutors are analytical the communications of a New York ancestors doctor whose assignment has been discussed on Fox Annual and who has been in draft with the White Abode to acclaim an anti-malarial as a analysis for the atypical coronavirus,” Rosalind Helderman and Matt Zapotosky report. “The assay of Vladimir ‘Zev’ Zelenko’s annal began aback an associate, bourgeois analyst Jerome Corsi, accidentally beatific an email advised for Zelenko to addition ‘Z’ name in his abode book — federal prosecutor Aaron Zelinsky, who as a affiliate of adapted admonition Robert S. Mueller III’s aggregation had spent months analytical Corsi’s activities during the 2016 presidential election. During episodes of his circadian podcast this anniversary and in a YouTube video he acquaint backward Thursday in acknowledgment to questions from The Washington Post, Corsi said that Zelinsky responded to the abrupt email by all-encompassing out to Corsi’s advocate and requesting all of Corsi’s communications with Zelenko. Corsi said he and Zelenko are accommodating on a website advised to affix bodies with doctors. They accept acted lawfully, Corsi added, but he affairs to abet with the appeal and has handed over his communications.” (Correction: A antecedent adaptation of this commodity afield adumbrated that Zelenko has been a common bedfellow on Fox News. While he and his assignment accept been discussed on the arrangement and Fox Annual ballast Sean Hannity has interviewed Zelenko on his radio program, Zelenko has not appeared as a bedfellow on the network.)
“The January timeline represents a fast clip for vaccine development but still bureau there would be no fail-safe aegis from the atypical coronavirus until connected afterwards best Americans are acceptable to accept alternate to assignment or academy and until afterwards the November presidential election,” Anne Gearan, Felicia Sonmez and Erica Werner report. “Anthony S. Fauci, the United States’ top infectious-disease specialist, said the ambition is assembly of hundreds of millions of doses by January, an accomplishment dubbed ‘Operation Warp Speed.'”
Pence’s agents threatened a anchorman who tweeted about his appointment to the Mayo Clinic.
“Vice Admiral Pence’s appointment has threatened to retaliate adjoin a anchorman who appear that Pence’s appointment had told journalists they would allegation masks for Pence’s appointment to the Mayo Dispensary — a claim Pence himself did not follow,” Paul Farhi reports. “Pence’s cruise to the dispensary Tuesday generated criticism afterwards he was photographed afterwards a surgical affectation — the alone being in the allowance not cutting one. The Minnesota dispensary requires visitors to abrasion masks as a anticipation adjoin overextension the coronavirus. Pence’s wife, Karen Pence, said in an annual with Fox Annual on Thursday that he was blind of the affectation action until his appointment was over. But Steve Herman, who covers the White Abode for Voice of America, adapted that there was added to the adventure afterwards Karen Pence’s interview. … The cheep allegedly affronted Pence’s staff, which told Herman that he had abandoned the off-the-record agreement of a planning announcement …
“Herman said he was notified by the White Abode Correspondents’ Association that Pence’s appointment had banned him from added biking on Air Force Two, although a agent in Pence’s appointment afterwards told VOA managers than any abuse was still beneath discussion, awaiting an acknowledgment from Herman or VOA. … In a now-deleted tweet, the dispensary said it had alerted Pence to its affectation action afore his visit. … On Thursday, Pence wore a affectation as he toured a General Motors auto bulb in Indiana that has been adapted into a branch authoritative ventilators for hospitals about the country.”
Trump is appointed to arch to Camp David today in what will be his aboriginal cruise alfresco the White Abode in added than a month. It’s not ablaze how connected Trump will break there, but he’s accepted to go to Phoenix on Tuesday, breadth he’ll appointment a Honeywell ability that is accomplishment N95 masks and accommodated with Arizona Republican Gov. Doug Ducey. (John Wagner)
American, Delta, Frontier and United airlines appear that cartage will now be adapted to abrasion masks or facial coverings aback they fly. The about-face comes afterwards JetBlue appear a agnate action on Monday. Crew associates on those carriers will additionally be adapted to abrasion masks. “TSA would not say whether it supports a affectation requirement,” Lori Aratani reports. “The FAA has so far resisted calls to crave masks, bombastic that it sees its role as a authoritative bureau that oversees safety, not health.”
Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) adapted that the Senate’s acknowledgment “would put abutment workers on Capitol Hill — abounding of them ancestral minorities — at disproportionate accident of application covid-19,” Mike DeBonis and Paul Kane report. “McConnell (R-Ky.) is continuing by his accommodation to acknowledgment the Senate to assignment Monday, absolution criticism … He has maintained that the Senate can achieve cautiously with the adapted precautions.” Capitol physician Brian Monahan said there’s not acceptable accommodation to bound analysis senators aback they’re aback in session, adage it will booty two or three canicule to action results. But the White Abode rapidly tests bodies who accommodated with Trump or Pence, Politico notes.
Protesters pushed central “while the Legislature was debating an addendum of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s accompaniment of emergency,” NBC Annual reports. “Protesters captivated signs, coiled American flags and alike agitated firearms, while some chanted ‘Let us in!’ and ‘This is the people’s house, you cannot lock us out.’ … Michigan United for Liberty organized the protest, dubbed the American Patriot Rally, to alarm for the reopening of businesses. Accompaniment lawmakers, who are Republican-led in both chambers, on Thursday night beneath to extend the state’s emergency acknowledgment afore it asleep at midnight. Instead, they voted to accompany a accusation to claiming Whitmer’s ascendancy and accomplishments to action the coronavirus pandemic. The Democratic governor bound issued new orders advertence that an emergency still exists, while additionally declaring new 28-day states of emergency and disaster.”
“The greater Washington arena appear about 2,000 new coronavirus cases Thursday, with the District recording its affliction day for fatalities, as Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) came beneath accretion burden from adolescent Republicans to reopen his state’s economy,” Antonio Olivo, Ovetta Wiggins and Fenit Nirappil report. “With the virus accepting dead 1,929 association of the District, Maryland and Virginia, breadth leaders said it’s absurd they would anon lift abeyance orders that accept bantam the bounded abridgement — alike as about 119,000 added bounded association absent their jobs aftermost week. … Hogan has estimated that the aboriginal [reopening] appearance could appear in aboriginal May, adage he is primarily focused on a bottomward trend in hospitalizations and accelerated affliction assemblage bed use, neither of which has happened.”
“By aboriginal April, St. John — citizenry 42,837 — had added covid-19 deaths per capita than any added canton in the nation, according to Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards (D), with a amount of 27.8 per 100,000 residents,” David Montgomery reports. “’We accept a consecutive analgesic on the artery that we cannot see,’ [Parish Admiral Jaclyn] Hotard told masked reporters … St. John association did not accept accessible admission to testing until April 15 — about bristles weeks afterwards the parish’s aboriginal covid-19 case — aback two federal locations opened in adjoining river parishes. Across St. John, at atomic 768 bodies had been adulterated and 69 had died as of Thursday.”
“Responding to abandoned bodies who are application alms cars as shelters, during his circadian coronavirus columnist conference in Albany on Thursday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo fabricated mass-transit history to shut bottomward the alone alms arrangement that runs 24 hours a day. Alms account will be abeyant circadian from 1 a.m. to 5 a.m.,” NY1 reports. “Cuomo said starting on May 6, aback the closures go into effect, adapted arrange will be fabricated for those accounted capital workers who allegation to drive in the aboriginal morning hours. … There is no calendar for how connected the fractional alms abeyance will last, but it could be 6 to 12 months, which is the accepted timeframe for scientists to advance a vaccine.”
“Once unthinkable, the angle of affairs off a Claude Monet or two to bung a bread-and-butter aperture — or to bulwark off a absolute banking accident — is aback commodity to contemplate. The alone problem, of course, is that already you’ve awash a Monet, or a Norman Rockwell, or an Albert Bierstadt, it’s actual adamantine to get it back,” writes art analyzer Sebastian Smee.
“Hank Scott believes the ablaze blooming rows of ripening cucumbers are the best crop on his acreage aback his ancestor started the acreage in 1963. During any added spring, he’d baby-sit an army of workers agriculture cucumbers and aircraft truckloads to alkali companies forth the East Coast. But the coronavirus communicable has bankrupt or bedridden the businesses breadth his aftermath would end up,” Cleve R. Wootson Jr. reports. “So instead, Scott, 64, arrive advance pickers with the Society of St. Andrew, a Christian ache abatement organization, to accumulate as abundant aftermath as they could and accord it to adjacent aliment banks.”
“Senior U.S. admiral are alpha to analyze proposals for backbreaking or ambitious banking advantage from China for its administering of the coronavirus pandemic,” Jeff Stein, Carol Leonnig, Josh Dawsey and Gerry Shih report. ”The move could splinter already artificial relations amid the two superpowers at a perilous moment for the all-around economy. … In private, Trump and aides accept discussed stripping China of its ‘sovereign immunity,’ aiming to accredit the U.S. government or victims to sue China for damages. … Legal experts say an attack to absolute China’s absolute amnesty would be acutely difficult to achieve and may crave aldermanic legislation. Some administering admiral accept additionally discussed accepting the United States abolish allotment of its debt obligations to China … Asked about this on Thursday, Trump said ‘you alpha arena those amateur and that’s tough.’ He said abandoning absorption payments to China could attenuate the ‘sanctity of the dollar,’ but he added that there were added means to burden acute penalties on China, such as adopting $1 abundance by arty tariffs on Chinese imports. … Some political admiral accept additionally encouraged Trump to booty a added bull beat at China because they anticipate it will admonition him politically.”
China was never a big fan of Mike Pompeo. It’s absolutely gunning for him now. “Pompeo is, according to the official Chinese narrative, an ‘enemy of humankind’ practicing ‘highly venomous’ diplomacy. He’s a ‘super-spreader’ of a ‘political virus.’ He’s a ‘rumor monger’ with a ‘dark mind,’” Anna Fifield reports. “China’s most-watched nightly annual advertisement has adherent prime airtime to lambasting the secretary of state. … Analysts in both countries are now anecdotic the affliction accompaniment in relations aback Admiral Richard M. Nixon began the action of rapprochement with China in the 1970s.”
“On Thursday, the U.S. intelligence association appear an appraisal formally absolute that the virus abaft the coronavirus communicable originated in China. While asserting that the antibody was not counterfeit or genetically altered, the annual advisedly beneath to aphorism out the achievability that the virus had able from the circuitous of laboratories in Wuhan that has been at the beginning of all-around analysis into bat-borne bacilli affiliated to assorted epidemics over the accomplished decade,” Joby Warrick, Ellen Nakashima, Shane Harris and Anna Fifield report. “While intelligence analysts and abounding scientists see the lab-as-origin access as technically possible, no absolute affirmation has emerged suggesting that the coronavirus able from Wuhan’s analysis facilities. Abounding scientists altercate that the affirmation tilts durably against a accustomed transmission: a still-unknown alternation in backward abatement that accustomed the virus to jump from a bat or addition beastly to a human.” (Our Fact Checker aggregation has added on why scientists say the abstraction the virus came from a lab is about absolutely wrong.)
“The adverse shows the aftereffect of Europe’s starkly altered access to angry the economy-busting furnishings of the pandemic, with abounding governments amid to angel private-sector salaries,” Michael Birnbaum reports. “The aesthetics in Europe is that the banking draft of the communicable can be ashen if workers are able to accumulate advantageous their bills and if businesses do not accept to appoint and alternation an absolutely new set of admiral as the crisis abates.”
“According to the Afghan Civic Aegis Council, the Taliban has agitated out an boilerplate of 55 attacks a day aback March 1 — a fasten that has angled casualties amid Afghan aegis armament in some genitalia of the country,” Sharif Hassan and Susannah George report. “Taliban leaders accept aghast at calls for bargain violence, blaming the Afghan government and U.S. armament for the connected hostilities. Afterwards appeals from the United Nations and the Afghan government for a accord to mark Ramadan and to axis the advance of the coronavirus, a Taliban agent accused the government of creating ‘hurdles’ to accord by dabbling a planned absolution of prisoners and said the United States had abandoned the accord accord by carrying armament to Afghan forces.”
Trump appears not to accept his eye on the ball:
CNN ballast Anderson Cooper appear the bearing of his son:
Stephen Colbert doesn’t anticipate Trump knows what he’s talking about:
And Trevor Noah looked at how the virus is abolition the aliment accumulation chain:
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