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Bill de Blasio's net worth as he pulls out of 2020 presidential race

Bill de Blasio's net worth as he pulls out of 2020 presidential raceNew York Mayor de Blasio announced that he is officially dropping out of the 2020 presidential race -- here's a look at his current finances.


Texas man wanted for allegedly divorcing his wife without her knowledge

Texas man wanted for allegedly divorcing his wife without her knowledgeA Texas man is wanted by police after he allegedly filed for and completed divorce proceedings against his wife without her knowledge. 


Iowa Dems to Trump: You’re Helping Biden With Ukraine Claims

Iowa Dems to Trump: You’re Helping Biden With Ukraine ClaimsJoshua Lott/GettyDES MOINES—Iowa is over 5,000 miles away from Ukraine—which is where, according to repeated, baseless claims from Donald Trump, Democratic 2020 frontrunner Joe Biden engaged in a cover-up.And yet even here in Des Moines, Democrats aren’t buying the president’s feigned outrage, choosing instead to dismiss the political uproar over Ukraine, Trump, and the man who hopes to take him on in the general election as nothing more than a red herring. “This has been looked at and nothing untoward has been found,” Susan Judkins, a city council member from Clive, told The Daily Beast of Trump’s allegations that Biden abused his power in Ukraine. “Everything I’ve come to understand is that it isn’t a story.”Judkins was addressing the already debunked corruption scandal that both Trump and his attorney, Rudy Giuliani, have frantically tried to revive in recent days as Trump came under fire amid reports he’d repeatedly pressured Ukraine’s president, Volodymyr Zelenskyy, to investigate the Biden family ahead of the 2020 elections. Trump and Giuliani have long claimed that Biden abused his position while vice president to force Ukrainian authorities to fire a top prosecutor who was ostensibly investigating a gas company linked to Biden’s son, Hunter. Despite Ukraine’s prosecutor general already explicitly stating there was no evidence of wrongdoing by Biden—and confirmation from numerous Western officials that there was unanimous demand for the firing of the Ukrainian prosecutor in question—Trump is said to have asked Zelenskyy at least eight times in one July phone call to investigate Biden. The apparent pressure campaign is also said to be at least part of the reason for a whistleblower complaint over Trump that has sparked a standoff between Congress and the U.S. intelligence community. “I don’t know what Hunter did over there, but I don’t think he did anything illegal,” said Andrew Lietzow, a 67-year-old Des Moines resident who served as a precinct captain for former President Barack Obama. “People who want Biden are at this point really committed.”On Saturday, Biden turned the tables on Trump’s Ukraine conspiracy theories and accused him of engaging in “an overwhelming abuse of power.” Trump’s latest attack on his political rival started just before 17 presidential hopefuls and hundreds of supporters convened for the Polk County Steak Fry, one of the biggest cattle calls for Iowa Democrats of the year. Biden, who had a notable presence at the event, bought 1,800 tickets, the most out of any 2020 contender.In interviews with over a dozen Democrats at the event, including many who count Biden as their first choice, most agreed that they have become newly energized in their support after he endured another personal attack from the president.There’s Never Been a Whistleblower Case Like This Before“It’s Trump. What do you expect?,” Jim Benzoni, a 64-year-old Biden supporter and frequent caucus-goer said when asked what to make of the president’s allegations about Biden and his son. “What else is new?”Speaking to reporters under an overcast sky, Biden continued to redirect the attention back to the current occupant of the White House.“Trump deserves to be investigated,” Biden said. “He is violating every basic norm of a president. Trump’s doing this because he knows I’ll beat him like a drum.”Biden has enjoyed frontrunner status for much of the early Democratic primary. But a new Des Moines Register/CNN/Mediacom Iowa poll released on Saturday night showed his support may be more malleable than previously indicated. In the survey, he slipped to second place following Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA). Warren, who started off an impassioned speech on Saturday by saying she’s here “to stand up for the Constitution” and that “Congress failed to act” in impeaching Trump, earned 22 percent of likely Democratic caucus-goers, while Biden earned 20 percent. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) came in third at 11 percent.Still, among Biden’s most ardent supporters, many view Trump’s attacks on his role in Ukraine as both illegitimate and politically advantageous for the former vice president.“It’s something the president should have never done. Period,” Bill Alexander, a 73-year-old resident from Ottumwa, said.  “I don’t think there’s anything to back it up.”But it’s not just Biden supporters who agree Trump crossed a line. Supporters of a variety of rival Democratic candidates, including Warren, South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg, and others rushed to Biden’s defense when asked about the president’s latest attack.“I think it’s horrifying that he would bring in Biden’s son to try and divert people’s attention,” said Rose Oster, a 71-year-old Des Moines resident who’s leaning towards Montana Gov. Steve Bullock, but also likes Buttigieg and Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN).Other Democratic attendees sounded concerns more broadly about the need for Trump’s impeachment, citing his latest moves as just the most recent example.“Now that the Democrats and the Fake News Media have gone ‘bust’ on every other of their Witch Hunt schemes, they are trying to start one just as ridiculous as the others, call it the Ukraine Witch Hunt, while at the same time trying to protect Sleepy Joe Biden. Will fail again!” Trump tweeted on Saturday.It’s that kind of rhetoric that Carmen Winters, a 70-year-old Des Moines resident and longtime Biden supporter, says leads people to turn against Trump.“We know that he’s made up his life on lies,” Winters said. “He’s the one who makes the fake news. I don’t pay attention.”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.


UAE's first official synagogue to open in multi-faith complex in 2022

UAE's first official synagogue to open in multi-faith complex in 2022Construction on the United Arab Emirates' first official synagogue will begin next year and be completed by 2022, according to local media reports. The synagogue will be part of the multi-faith "Abrahamic Family House" complex in Abu Dhabi, which will also feature a mosque and church of which full construction will be completed in 2022, Abu Dhabi newspaper the National reported on Sunday. The complex was announced in February following a visit by Pope Francis to the UAE, the first by a pontiff to the Arabian Peninsula.


Could a Tax on Stock Trades Pay Off the Nation’s Student Debt?

Could a Tax on Stock Trades Pay Off the Nation’s Student Debt?The 2020 Democratic candidates all have a plan to eliminate student debt.

POSTED SEPTEMBER 20, 2019 10:30 PM

Stranded cars, rescues and deadly flooding: Waters slowly begin receding in Houston after Imelda

Stranded cars, rescues and deadly flooding: Waters slowly begin receding in Houston after ImeldaAs floodwaters began slowing receding in Houston, police worked to clear freeways of hundreds of stranded vehicles after four days of relentless rain


History buff finds ships that sank in 1878 in Lake Michigan

History buff finds ships that sank in 1878 in Lake MichiganA diver and maritime history buff has found two schooners that collided and sank into the cold depths of northern Lake Michigan more than 140 years ago. Bernie Hellstrom, of Boyne City, Michigan, said he was looking for shipwrecks about 10 years ago when a depth sounder on his boat noted a large obstruction about 200 feet (60 meters) down on the lake bottom near Beaver Island. "I've made hundreds of trips to Beaver Island and every trip I go out the sounder is on," he told The Associated Press on Friday.


Rohingya 'bandit' couple killed in Bangladesh gunfight

Rohingya 'bandit' couple killed in Bangladesh gunfightA Rohingya couple was shot dead during a gunfight in a border town camp hours after they were detained by Bangladesh police, officials said Sunday, the latest killings amid growing tensions between the refugees and authorities. Police in Teknaf town said the refugee couple -- Dil Mohammad, 32, and his 26-year-old wife Jaheda Begum -- were members of a Rohingya "bandit group". Authorities claim the gang killed a local ruling party official, Omar Faruk, in a refugee settlement in southeastern Bangladesh last month.


High school sparks controversy over 'ridiculous' lunch: 'It's honestly sad'

High school sparks controversy over 'ridiculous' lunch: 'It's honestly sad'A Minnesota high school is facing criticism for serving a meal that many people have since called "ridiculous."


A car crashed through a Sears in Woodfield Mall outside Chicago and kept driving, injuring at least 2 shoppers

A car crashed through a Sears in Woodfield Mall outside Chicago and kept driving, injuring at least 2 shoppersA black SUV appears to have driven through a Sears into the Woodfield Mall outside Chicago, with police stating at least 2 people were injured.


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