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‘I have never seen him eat a vegetable’: With steak off the menu, officials scramble to feed fussy eater Trump in India

‘I have never seen him eat a vegetable’: With steak off the menu, officials scramble to feed fussy eater Trump in IndiaDonald Trump has embarked on his first presidential visit to India, the world’s largest democracy – and home to the world’s largest population of vegetarians. Since Mr Trump is a noted beef-eater, in particular a lover of steak and burgers, gastronomically speaking, the visit will prove one of his most challenging.It’s not all bad news for Mr Trump. India’s reputation for overwhelming vegetarianism is overstated, and it’s thought that more families eat beef at home than generally admit it.


Date : Mon, 24 Feb 2020 10:24:41 -0500

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It looks like people with no real interest in Bloomberg are signing up to be grassroots campaigners because he pays $2,500 a month

It looks like people with no real interest in Bloomberg are signing up to be grassroots campaigners because he pays $2,500 a monthMike Bloomberg's social-media army, who can command payments of $2,500 a month, have variable levels of commitment.


Date : Mon, 24 Feb 2020 07:46:34 -0500

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MSNBC Analyst Calls Out Colleague Chris Matthews for Comparing Bernie’s Nevada Win to Nazi Invasion

MSNBC Analyst Calls Out Colleague Chris Matthews for Comparing Bernie’s Nevada Win to Nazi InvasionMSNBC political analyst Anand Giridharadas called out his colleague Chris Matthews live on-air Sunday morning after the longtime MSNBC host likened Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders’ strong Nevada showing to France falling to the Nazis in World War II.As early results from Saturday’s Nevada caucuses showed Sanders held a massive lead and was primed for a huge victory, a deflated Matthews—who has been increasingly unhinged over the prospect of a Sanders nomination—made an eye-popping analogy about the Vermont senator’s frontrunner status.“I’m reading last night about the fall of France in the summer of 1940. And the general calls up Churchill and says, ‘It’s over,’” the Hardball host declared. “And Churchill says, ‘How can it be? You got the greatest army in Europe. How can it be over?’ He said, ‘It’s over.’”Appearing on MSNBC’s AM Joy, Giridharadas was asked by host Joy Reid—herself a fervent Sanders critic—about a recent piece he wrote criticizing former New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg’s campaign and his insistence he’ll be incorruptible due to his billionaire status, noting it is the same argument Donald Trump made last election.Giridharadas, meanwhile, stated that we are currently seeing a “wake-up moment for the American power establishment” that Sanders has tapped into, adding that many establishment figures are reacting to the prospect of a Sanders nomination “like out of touch aristocrats in a dying aristocracy.”Calling this a “moment of curiosity,” Giridharadas went on to say that while he loved the network he works at, he wonders why it is constantly allowing tech lobbyists to appear as pundits “explaining a political revolution to us.”“Why is Chris Matthews on this air talking about the victory [of] Bernie Sanders, who had kin murdered in the Holocaust, analogizing it to the Nazi conquest of France?” Giridharadas exclaimed.“People stuck in an old way of thinking, in 20th-century thinking are missing what is going on. It is time for all of us to step up, rethink the dawn of what may be, frankly, a new era in American life,” he added.Reid, for her part, defended Matthews, saying she didn’t think he was “trying to make an anti-Jewish disparagement” but instead was speaking to the “cultural revulsion” of socialism many in his generation have.Matthews’ latest remarks have led to progressives calling on MSNBC to fire the veteran host. The Hardball anchor isn’t the only one who has found himself in hot water over his anti-Bernie rhetoric. MSNBC contributor Jason Johnson faced swift and loud backlash after he dismissed the “island of misfit black girls” who supported Sanders.After Giridharadas’ segment began to make waves on social media, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY)—a passionate supporter of Sanders—took to Twitter to praise the MSNBC analyst while adding: “Mass movements are beginning to transform our political landscape in a way we haven’t seen in a long time.”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.


Date : Sun, 23 Feb 2020 13:50:18 -0500

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A California man drove his Jeep off the roof of a six-level parking garage and crashed into a McDonald's, police say

A California man drove his Jeep off the roof of a six-level parking garage and crashed into a McDonald's, police sayPolice say a California man drove a Jeep off a parking garage and into a McDonald's. Two people dove out of the car before it crashed.


Date : Sun, 23 Feb 2020 21:49:08 -0500

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10,000 mourn victims of racist shooting rampage in Germany

10,000 mourn victims of racist shooting rampage in GermanyAround 10,000 protesters marched through the central German town of Hanau on Sunday to mourn the nine people who were killed by an immigrant-hating gunman four days ago. “These days and hours are the blackest and darkest our town has ever experienced during peace times,” Hanau mayor Claus Kaminsky told the somber crowds, according to the German news agency dpa. Five of the victims were reported to be Turkish citizens.


Date : Sun, 23 Feb 2020 14:00:29 -0500

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Federal judge rejects Roger Stone's request for her recusal

Federal judge rejects Roger Stone's request for her recusalStone's request was nothing more than an attempt to "to disseminate a statement for public consumption that has the words 'judge' and 'biased' in it," the judge wrote.


Date : Sun, 23 Feb 2020 21:52:00 -0500

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As Conflict in Idlib Escalates, Turkey's Balancing Act Is Tested

As Conflict in Idlib Escalates, Turkey's Balancing Act Is TestedWhat happens next?


Date : Sun, 23 Feb 2020 23:00:00 -0500

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Trump administration backs off sending coronavirus patients to Alabama -governor

Trump administration backs off sending coronavirus patients to Alabama -governorThe news came as worry grew over the spread outside China of the sometimes fatal virus, with a spike in the number of cases found in South Korea, Iran and Italy. Alabama Governor Kay Ivey tweeted that she had thanked Trump during a separate phone call.


Date : Sun, 23 Feb 2020 20:34:27 -0500

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Hawaii holds woman over missing children amid suspicious deaths

Hawaii holds woman over missing children amid suspicious deathsA 46-year-old American woman with reported links to a doomsday cult and to at least three people whose deaths are being investigated has been arrested in Hawaii over the disappearance of her two children. Lori Vallow was arrested Thursday on the island of Kauai and charged with felony desertion of the children, 7-year-old Joshua Vallow, who is autistic, and 17-year-old Tylee Ryan, police said in a statement. According to US media reports, the children, who have different fathers, were last seen on September 23, 2019.


Date : Sat, 22 Feb 2020 16:42:24 -0500

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Tyranny is fueling the coronavirus pandemic

Tyranny is fueling the coronavirus pandemicOn the other side of the world, one of the worst disease outbreaks in modern history is simmering. As of Friday, what is being called "coronavirus" (this is actually a name for a family of viruses including the common cold; medical experts are calling the actual virus in question COVID-19) had supposedly infected 75,567 people in China and killed 2,239 of them. Outside China, another 1,152 cases had been reported in 26 other countries, causing eight deaths, including recent outbreaks in South Korea and Iran. The director general of the World Health Organization, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, said Friday: "Our window of opportunity [to stop the outbreak] is narrowing."It remains to be seen whether China and other countries will be able to control the outbreak. But one thing is clear: Authoritarian political systems are lousy at dealing with disease pandemics. We see this in China today and in the United States as well.COVID-19 originated in the Chinese city of Wuhan, and as Laurie Garrett writes in Foreign Policy, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) horribly botched its initial response to the coronavirus outbreak: "China now faces international vilification and potential domestic unrest as it blunders through continued cover-ups, lies, and repression that have already failed to stop the virus and may well be fanning the flames of its spread."One primary reason the Chinese government failed to contain the outbreak is because corruption and incompetence are inherent features of tyrannical rule. The CCP can't point to democratic elections to obtain the consent of the governed, so they instead rely on techniques like a massive patronage machine to cultivate loyalty. Political reliability is a major prerequisite for filling any of the millions of positions in the vast Chinese bureaucracy, which tends to inculcate a culture of blind order-following, telling one's superiors what they want to hear, and leveraging one's position for personal advantage.At the same time, the CCP, like any tyranny, uses violent political repression to frighten the populace against challenging its rule. Both freedom of speech and freedom of the press are sharply restricted there — and anyone perceived as a threat to CCP rule gets a treatment straight out of 1984. There are reportedly about a million Uighur Muslims in horrific re-education camps in western China — essentially, the CCP is attempting to commit cultural genocide in a fit of paranoia.The first person to call attention to the COVID-19 outbreak was a doctor named Li Wenliang, who told colleagues via social media that it looked like a SARS outbreak. This is the kind of honest competence that is absolutely vital in any rapid disease response, but tyrannies often try to suppress bad news rather than deal with the problem. So as Garrett writes, "for the so-called crime of rumormongering, Li and seven other physicians were brought before China's security police and compelled to sign a document admitting to 'spreading lies.'"For the critical first few weeks, when aggressive quarantine measures might have stopped the virus in its tracks, the Chinese state first insisted there was no new virus, then that they had this situation well in hand — all while it continued to spread. When the epidemic became undeniable, the CCP looked like the liars they were, sowing panic as Chinese citizens wondered how bad it really was. When Li caught the virus and died on Feb. 6, heroically trying to raise the alarm to the end, flames of distrust and anger were fanned higher still — and foreign governments reasonably began to suspect they could not trust the numbers coming out of China.Trust is a vital component of any efficient disease response effort. The population must believe that the government is not lying about what is happening, and that its response measures are based on science and reason — especially so people do not panic and try to flee, possibly spreading disease further by accident. The CCP has proved beyond any question it is not trustworthy, and is relying on yet more brutal repression, locking down entire cities and herding thousands into poorly-equipped quarantine facilities. So far these efforts have not successfully curtailed the virus' spread.Americans should not take much comfort in our somewhat-less authoritarian system. The Trump regime's style of rule bears all the marks of typical tyrannical rule — the bureaucracy stacked with corrupt idiot stooges, the legal system corrupted to protect the president and his cronies from facing criminal charges, and inconvenient information denied by a howling propaganda apparatus.As Michael Lewis writes in his book The Fifth Risk, the entire federal bureaucracy has been rotting under Trump rule, as he neither knows nor cares to take the most basic actions to keep it functioning. Most of the people running what remains of the American state are either committed ideologues (like the virulent racist Stephen Miller), interested parties, or career civil servants operating without official leadership. Only 35 percent of the key positions in the Department of Homeland Security that require Senate confirmation are currently filled. The department does not even have a nominee for secretary, deputy secretary, or general counsel. The Federal Emergency Management Agency has no nominee for deputy administrator or deputy administrator for resilience.As Garrett writes in another article, "In 2018, the Trump administration fired the government's entire pandemic response chain of command, including the White House management infrastructure." As a result, Trump's COVID-19 response has been flailing and helpless. "In numerous phone calls and emails with key agencies across the U.S. government, the only consistent response I encountered was distressed confusion," she writes. Recently The Washington Post reported experts at the Centers for Disease Control said 14 infected Americans who caught the virus on a cruise ship should stay in Japan for the moment rather than fly on a plane with hundreds of others and risk spreading it further. But the Trump administration higher-ups overruled the CDC, and all the passengers came back to California and Texas — the infected individuals separated behind plastic screening, but still posing an unknown risk.Reactionaries often argue that ruthless authoritarian rule is more efficient than the democratic sort. But the world is getting a brutal lesson in how false that is. It was false in fascist Italy and Germany — the Nazi state was a chaotic disaster of corruption and incompetence — and it's false today. There is no substitute for democratic legitimacy and the patient, dull work of building and maintaining a competent, honest bureaucracy. The tyrannical idiocy of Donald Trump and China's communist dictatorship may get millions of people killed.Want more essential commentary and analysis like this delivered straight to your inbox? Sign up for The Week's "Today's best articles" newsletter here.More stories from theweek.com The real third way in 2020 Trump's host on his India visit is a fervent vegetarian. The White House is apparently nervous about the menus. The Dow is on pace for its biggest 1-day drop in 3 years


Date : Mon, 24 Feb 2020 06:02:00 -0500

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