• Politics
    Reuters

    Biden holds U.S. election kick-off rally as Democratic rivals sharpen attacks

    Former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden on Saturday will hold a presidential-style rally intended to make his march toward becoming the Democrat to take on President Donald Trump seem inevitable, even as rivals search for ways to slow him down. Since entering the race last month, Biden, 76, has largely ignored the other 23 contenders in the Democratic field, instead training his fire on Republican Trump. Trump, in turn, has regularly knocked Biden, making the 2020 presidential contest sometimes feel like a general election more than a year before the vote takes place.

  • Democratic Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards prepares to sign restrictive abortion bill
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    USA TODAY

    Democratic Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards prepares to sign restrictive abortion bill

    "My inclination is to sign it," Gov. John Bel Edwards said when discussing a "heartbeat bill" currently under consideration in the state Legislature.

  • Illinois not alerted to early clues in womb-cutting case
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    Illinois not alerted to early clues in womb-cutting case

    CHICAGO (AP) — Police and Illinois' child welfare agency say staff at a Chicago-area hospital didn't alert them after determining that a bloodied woman who arrived with a gravely ill newborn had not just given birth to the baby boy, as she claimed.

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    Reuters

    Boeing says it has corrected simulator software of 737 MAX jets

    Boeing Co has made corrections to simulator software that mimics the flying experience of its 737 MAX jets, which were involved in two fatal crashes, and the company has provided additional information to device operators, a spokesman said on Friday. The spokesman, Gordon Johndroe, said the changes will ensure that the simulator experience is representative across different flight conditions and will improve the simulation of force loads on the manual trim wheel that helps control the airplane. The comments came after the New York Times on Friday reported https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/17/business/boeing-737-max-simulators.html?action=click&module=Top%20Stories&pgtype=Homepage that Boeing recently discovered that the flight simulators airlines use to train pilots could not adequately replicate conditions that played a role in the 737 MAX crashes.

  • Blast hits Egypt tourist bus, 17 injured: security, medical sources
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    AFP

    Blast hits Egypt tourist bus, 17 injured: security, medical sources

    An explosion struck a tourist bus on Sunday near Egypt's famed pyramids, injuring 17 people including foreigners, security and medical sources said. South Africans and Egyptians were among those injured when an explosive device went off, hitting the bus in Giza, according to the sources. Sunday's incident comes after three Vietnamese holidaymakers and their Egyptian guide were killed when a roadside bomb hit their bus as it travelled near the pyramids outside Cairo in December.

  • US 'afraid' of war with Iran, claims  head of Revolutionary Guard
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    The Telegraph

    US 'afraid' of war with Iran, claims  head of Revolutionary Guard

    The US is "afraid" of war with the US, the head of Iran's Revolutionary Guard said as tensions between Tehran and Washington intensified over the weekend. Major General Hossein Salami told the Iranian state news agency, IRNA, that the country does not want war. "The difference between us and them is that they are afraid of war and don't have the will for it," he said. His remarks came against a backdrop of increased volatility in the region, with the US sending an aircraft carrier strike group to the Persian Gulf to counter an unspecified threat from Iran. Major General Salami's comments were dismissed by the US president on Twitter. "If Iran wants to fight, that will be the official end of Iran. Never threaten the United States again!" Mr Trump tweeted. The US Federal Aviation Administration has urged commercial aircraft to exercise caution when flying over the Persian Gulf, warning they ran the risk of being "misidentified". How Iran has stoked tensions in Gulf A similar misunderstanding in 1988 led to an American warship bringing down an Iran Air flight, killing all 290 people on board. Iraq, meanwhile, has condemned as "political" a decision by US energy giant ExxonMobil to evacuate staff from a southern oil field after Washington ordered personnel to quit its Baghdad embassy. Saudi Arabia responded to the escalating crisis by calling for a Gulf summit,  adding that while the country did not want war it would defend itself if hostilities erupted. John Bolton wants tough line with Iran Credit: Joshua Roberts/Reuters In Washington Donald Trump has emerged as a dove within his own administration, telling his acting defence secretary, Patrick Shanahan, that he wants to avoid an armed conflict erupting. It has put the US president at odds with John Bolton, his national security adviser and a long-standing foreign policy hawk, who has made little secret of his desire for regime change in Tehran. Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, has also sought to lower the temperature by asking European allies to intervene with Iran. Washington's stance on Iran has put it at odds with European allies, notably after it withdrew from the nuclear deal negotiated by the Obama administration. Over the weekend Tulsi Gabbard, an Iraq war veteran and Democratic presidential candidate, rounded on Mr Trump and Mr Pompeo accusing them of leading the country into a war with Iran. "He says he doesn't want it, but the actions of him and his administration, people like John Bolton and Mike Pompeo, tell us a very different story," she said on ABC. "They are setting the stage for a war with Iran that would prove to be far more costly, far more devastating and dangerous than anything that we saw in the Iraq war."

  • View Photos of the First Hot Wheels Toy Based on a Fan's Custom Car
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    Car and Driver

    View Photos of the First Hot Wheels Toy Based on a Fan's Custom Car

    A flame-throwing, 600-hp ground-bound jet from Jersey is cool enough-then they up and made a toy version.From Car and Driver

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    Reuters

    Exclusive - U.S. may scale back Huawei trade restrictions to help existing customers

    The Commerce Department, which had effectively halted Huawei's ability to buy American-made parts and components, is considering issuing a temporary general license to "prevent the interruption of existing network operations and equipment," a spokeswoman said. Potential beneficiaries of the license could, for example, include internet access and mobile phone service providers in thinly populated places such as Wyoming and eastern Oregon that purchased network equipment from Huawei in recent years. In effect, the Commerce Department would allow Huawei to purchase U.S. goods so it can help existing customers maintain the reliability of networks and equipment, but the Chinese firm still would not be allowed to buy American parts and components to manufacture new products.

  • This Missile Might be the U.S. Navy's Important Weapon in Decades
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    The National Interest

    This Missile Might be the U.S. Navy's Important Weapon in Decades

    The Tomahawk and its controversies might make headlines, but as the U.S. Navy re-arms for high-tech warfare, the SM-6 is the missile to watch.The U.S. Navy in late January 2019 confirmed the designation of its newest cruise missile, in the process clarifying its long-term plan for arming its growing fleet of warships.The plan heavily leans on one missile, in particular. It's the SM-6, an anti-aircraft weapon that quickly is evolving to perform almost every role the Navy assigns to a missile.(This first appeared earlier in the year.)The Navy dubbed the newest version of the venerable Tomahawk cruise missile the "Block V" model, Jane's reported. There are two separate variants of the Block V missile, one with an anti-ship warhead and another with a warhead the Navy optimized for striking targets on land.Raytheon's Tomahawk has been the subject of controversy in Washington, D.C. In order to save money the Obama administration wanted to pause production of the long-range missile, which since the 1980s has been the Navy's main weapon for striking land targets from the sea.Congress overruled the Obama administration and continued buying Tomahawks for roughly $1 million apiece, adding potentially hundreds of the missiles to the thousands the fleet already possesses.

  • Attorney general Barr is 'sliming his own department,' says former FBI director Comey
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    The Independent

    Attorney general Barr is 'sliming his own department,' says former FBI director Comey

    Former FBI director James Comey has accused Attorney General William Barr of “sliming his own department” by questioning the creation of the Trump-Russia investigation.Mr Comey also suggested the head of the US justice department – who has launched a review into the origins of the 2016 election meddling probe – had been acting as a “spokesperson” for Donald Trump.“The AG should stop sliming his own Department,” the former FBI chief tweeted. “If there are bad facts, show us, or search for them professionally and then tell us what you found. An AG must act like the leader of the Department of Justice, an organization based on truth. Donald Trump has enough spokespeople.”The attorney general has asked John Durham, the US attorney in Connecticut, to examine how the probe into Russian election interference began and whether laws were broken while intelligence was collected on the Trump campaign, it was revealed earlier this week.On Friday Mr Barr said the review would focus on the actions of the US intelligence community before the FBI opened a formal inquiry in July 2016.“Government power was used to spy on American citizens,” the attorney general told The Wall Street Journal. “I can’t imagine any world where we wouldn’t take a look and make sure that was done properly.”Mr Barr told a Senate subcommittee last month that he believed “spying did occur”. He said: “The question is whether it was adequately predicated and I’m not suggesting it wasn’t adequately predicated, but I need to explore that.”The attorney general has provided no details about what “spying” may have taken place but he could be alluding to a surveillance warrant the FBI obtained on former Trump associate Carter Page and the FBI’s use of an informant while investigating ex-Trump campaign foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos. The AG should stop sliming his own Department. If there are bad facts, show us, or search for them professionally and then tell us what you found. An AG must act like the leader of the Department of Justice, an organization based on truth. Donald Trump has enough spokespeople. — James Comey (@Comey) May 18, 2019His suggestions that members of the Trump campaign were unfairly targeted have been welcomed by the president and his associates, who have repeatedly claimed investigations into the campaign were motivated by political bias.The president said that he did not request Mr Barr launch the review, but that he thinks “it’s a great thing that he did it.”FBI Director Christopher Wray told Congress earlier in May that he has no evidence the FBI illegally monitored the Trump campaign and doesn’t consider court-approved FBI surveillance to be “spying”. Mr Comey has said “the FBI doesn’t spy, the FBI investigates”. He has been a consistent critic of Mr Trump since he was fired as FBI director by the president in May 2017, calling him “morally unfit to be president”.

  • Here Are the Details of the Abortion Laws in Alabama, Georgia and Missouri
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    Time

    Here Are the Details of the Abortion Laws in Alabama, Georgia and Missouri

    Alabama is the latest state to pass a bill designed to severely limit abortion rights. Here's what you need to know about the wave of legislation.

  • Wild video shows the moment an F-16 fighter jet crashed into a California warehouse
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    Wild video shows the moment an F-16 fighter jet crashed into a California warehouse

    In a wild story that was captured on video, an F-16 fighter jet crashed into a warehouse in Riverside, California shortly after takeoff yesterday afternoon. The pilot managed to safely eject from the plane before the crash and is said to have suffered no injuries, according to a report from the Los Angeles Times.A full-on investigation into the cause of the crash will certainly yield more details, but early reports suggest that a hydraulics failure was the reason behind the malfunction and subsequent crash.Video of the impact was captured by a nearby car's dashboard cam. Ty Stanonis was on the freeway when the crash occurred ahead of him, he told FOX11. His vehicle's dashboard camera recorded the moment the jet crashed, showing the plane dropping into the building. "Everybody was slowing down, just trying to figure out what just happened," Stanonis said. The pilot's parachute deployed after he ejected, and he landed in a field inside the base. Stanonis said the pilot was still for a few moments but finally rose to his feet.The moment of impact can be seen in the first few seconds of the video below.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9j4dzuttA1wFootage captured from within the warehouse can be seen below. It's worth noting that the video contains explicit language.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Ho35RgfUfIMiraculously, no one in the warehouse was seriously injured as a result of the crash, though a few individuals were taken to a nearby hospital for evaluation for minor injuries.Further, the F-16 was said to be carrying live ammunition which thankfully -- and remarkably -- did not go off. All in all, what could have been an all-out disaster resulted in no deaths or serious injuries

  • Nearly 180 former Ohio State University students claim sexual abuse by doctor
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    Reuters

    Nearly 180 former Ohio State University students claim sexual abuse by doctor

    Dr. Richard Strauss was accused of abusing at least 177 male students when he worked as a physician for the university's athletic department and the student health center from 1978 to 1998, the report said, detailing the findings of a year-long independent investigation. Staff members knew of the abuse as early as 1979, but complaints were never elevated to administrators and senior officials of the athletics or student health departments until 1996. At that time, the school suspended and ultimately removed Strauss after a "very limited investigation" into a student's claim that the doctor fondled him during an exam, the report said.

  • Saudi Arabia calls urgent Gulf, Arab League meetings over tensions
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    AFP

    Saudi Arabia calls urgent Gulf, Arab League meetings over tensions

    Saudi Arabia has called for urgent meetings of the regional Gulf Cooperation Council and the Arab League to discuss escalating tensions in the Gulf, the Saudi official news agency said on Saturday. The Saudi Press Agency said King Salman had invited Gulf leaders and Arab states to two emergency summits in Mecca on May 30 to discuss recent "aggressions and their consequences" in the region.

  • Who will ‘win’ Game of Thrones? Play our predictions game ahead of season 8 episode 6
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    The Telegraph

    Who will ‘win’ Game of Thrones? Play our predictions game ahead of season 8 episode 6

    Note: this piece contains multiple spoilers concerning the plot of Game of Thrones seasons 1-8  When you play the Game of Thrones you win or you die. There is no middle ground – so Cersei Lannister coolly said to Ned Stark. There are only a few major players left standing in this most brutal of games. But, as season eight comes to an end, the finale is still bound to have plenty of twists and turns in store. In the lull before each episode we’ve been speculating on directions the plot might take. We've been using your responses, to generate our collective best guesses for each week’s twists and turns. Your predictions in the comments section below have also been fed into the game.  Do let us know your hopes and fears for the final episode of the series in the comments below after playing.  GOT What happens next no-reg Your Game of Thrones predictions Week 5: The Bells By some margin the most popular predictions from last week had both Bronn and Jaime trying to kill Cersei. Unless we see a truly mind-blowing twist in the finale that doesn’t seem to be on the cards. On the more accurate side of things, regular readers were not remotely surprised at Dany’s turn to the dark side – hey, there was even wildfire just the way her dad would have wanted! In other news, two of our picks for the chop met their end this week. Euron did indeed meet his end, although it might have been wishful thinking that had him picked as our fan favourite to die. Readers are also pretty firmly of the opinion that we’ve seen the last of the wildlings. Most popular candidate for the Iron Throne: Sansa Stark. Surprising, but at least it wasn’t Cersei! Game of Thrones predictor week 5 Week 4: The Last of the Starks Last week’s biggest prediction was that we’d be seeing friction between Cersei and Euron. Bafflingly, that doesn’t seem to have been the case with the pirate king deliriously happy and perhaps we even saw a little twinkle in Cersei’s habitual smirk. Next week though, it has to kick off as Tyrion seems to have rather let the cat out of the bag about the coming baby. Wisely, our readers warned that Sansa is a huge threat to Dany’s ambitions and this did play out, with some judiciously-spread information to her loyal advisers. Perhaps unexpectedly, there was also support for Sansa and Tyrion giving their marriage a second chance. In other news, Bran Stark is not as benevolent as he seems and has a nefarious plan for the Seven Kingdoms. Oh, and in a triumph for the predictor crowd, we all saw Jaime/Brienne as on the cards two weeks before it happened! Most popular candidate for the Iron Throne: Sansa Stark, in her first week on our contenders list Game of Thrones predictor week 4 Week 3:The Long Night Last week saw a big upswell of support for Tyrion Lannister, as overwhelmingly readers put him down as loyal and to remain at Daenerys’s right hand for the foreseeable future. The dead-pool we ran turned out to get nothing right – perhaps Game of Thrones is turning into a show that surprises you by not killing off the main characters. Several times we thought Grey Worm was definitely done for, in the whirl of action around Winterfell – close but no cigar. On a downer note, maybe we’re never going to learn what those spiral patterns the White Walkers left actually meant. If the Night King was going to get a monologue, this would have been the week. On the longer-term view, almost nobody thinks that Sansa and Dany will wind up best buds. Are these two the main contenders for who will rule Westeros at the end of the show? Most popular candidate for the Iron Throne: Daenerys Targaryen, back on top Game of Thrones predictor week 3 Week 2: A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms This second predictor was on the money for quite a few plot developments. Far and away most readers don’t see Samwell Tarly as the vengeful type – we’ve yet to see if they’re 100 per cent right. On the other hand, we did successfully predict Arya and Gendry’s eve of battle tryst – and that Bran wouldn’t be blabbing anyone’s secrets for the foreseeable future. Unless you count weird, cryptic remarks that only the audience would necessarily get. Also, no elephants for Cersei this week and possibly never. Jaime Lannister also wound up getting inducted into the northern army pretty quickly, just as you predicted last week. Interestingly, a large number of readers want Jon and Dany to stay together, despite their auntie/nephew relationship. Perhaps that’s just because it’s Westeros’s best hope to defeat the White Walkers... Most popular candidate for the Iron Throne: Jon Snow Game of Thrones predictor week 2 Week 1: Winterfell Our first edition of the Game of Thrones predictor was quite speculative, due to the year-plus gap between seasons seven and eight. Nonetheless, several trends emerged. In short, people wanted a happy ending and the real baddies punished. Wildly the most popular theory was that Cersei has been lying about being pregnant again, as a ploy to manipulate her brothers. Surely she would never sink so low! People also want to see Arya wreak vengeance against the Lannister queen – a real tribute to Lena Headey’s performance. The third most-popular plot outcome was that Jaime Lannister would be welcomed to the North with open arms. That’s still in the process of playing out, but puts the Lannister siblings at the dramatic heart of the show going forward. Most popular candidate for the Iron Throne: Daenerys Targaryen Game of Thrones predictor week 1 Check back next Monday: we’ll be looking at how your predictions pan out for episode 6. Latest odds on who will rule Westeros? Latest odds on who will sit on the Iron Throne? There are six key players remaining in the race to the Iron Throne - but who will be the character to rule Westeros in the season eight finale? Bran Stark - 1/5 Sansa Stark - 4/1 Tyrion Lannister - 7/1 Aegon Targaryen/Jon Snow - 8/1 Daenerys Targaryen - 15/1 Arya Stark - 30/1 Gendry - 30/1 Samwell Tarly - 50/1 Odds last updated 16 May, 2019. Who will win and who will die? Conniving Cersei, Mother of Dragons Daenerys, King in the North Jon, downtrodden Tyrion? Or could a new contender emerge from the ashes? Do you have a suggestion for someone with an even stronger claim to the Iron Throne? Who will be the first character to meet their grisly end? Will the living prevail over the Night King and the forces of the undead? Share your Game of Thrones predictions in the comments section below.

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    Reuters

    UPDATE 1-Argentina grants offshore oil, gas exploration permits in Malvinas West basin

    Argentina awarded permits for hydrocarbon exploration in 18 areas off its southern coast to companies including Exxon Mobil Corp, Total SA , YPF SA and Royal Dutch Shell Plc, the government said on Friday. The winning companies offered bids totaling $724 million, the government said in official statements, and won the rights to explore for up to 13 years in areas of the South Atlantic, some near the Malvinas Islands under the control of the British government but whose sovereignty is claimed by Argentina. The other companies that will make up exploration consortia in Argentina's Malvinas West basin include BP, Qatar Petroleum, Tullow Oil, Pluspetrol , Wintershall, Equinor, Eni , Mitsui &Co Ltd and Tecpetrol SA.

  • SAT to give students 'adversity score'
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    FOX News Videos

    SAT to give students 'adversity score'

    Students will now be given an 'adversity score' to show challenges they have overcome based on their environment.

  • AP sources: Former CIA chief Brennan to brief Dems on Iran
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    Associated Press

    AP sources: Former CIA chief Brennan to brief Dems on Iran

    WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats will hear from former CIA Director John Brennan about the situation in Iran, inviting him to speak next week amid heightened concerns over the Trump administration's sudden moves in the region.

  • Let Me Tell You About the Worst Submarine of All Time
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    The National Interest

    Let Me Tell You About the Worst Submarine of All Time

    For the Worst Submarine of All Time, I go further and nominate an entire silent service: the undersea arm of the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN).There are many candidates for this dubious honor. After all, submarining has been around for well over a century now. Many ships render honorable but unexceptional service. Standouts emerge, generally in times of strife, as do “floating coffins” and plain old hard-luck ships.And there are some that subtract value from the nation’s effort to reach its strategic and political aims. This is the unpardonable sin.The idea of ships that could submerge has been around since antiquity. Combat submersibles date to the Turtle, a hand-propelled contraption built to smite Royal Navy ships from beneath during the War of American Independence. But subs really became a going concern during the fin de siècle age, when propulsion technologies such as batteries, electric motors, and internal-combustion engines came to maturity around the same time.Combining these technologies yielded the diesel-electric propulsion plant, a hybrid affair that enabled subs to run silent, run deep on quiet electric motors when submerged and run on diesels and recharge batteries while cruising the surface. At the direction of First Sea Lord Jacky Fisher, the Royal Navy ordered five rudimentary boats designed by John Phillip Holland in 1900, and the age of modern undersea warfare was on.

  • As states pass restrictive abortion laws, questions surface
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    Associated Press

    As states pass restrictive abortion laws, questions surface

    ATLANTA (AP) — As multiple states pass laws banning many abortions, questions have surfaced about what exactly that means for women who might seek an abortion. The short answer: nothing yet.

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    10 deals you don’t want to miss on Saturday: AirPods 2, $35 Fire TV Stick 4K, $10 Philips Hue bulbs, more

    We've got another great weekend edition of our daily deals roundups for you, because great deals never take a day off! Highlights include a rare opportunity to save $20 on Apple AirPods 2 (order now to lock in the discount and they'll ship soon, likely within a few weeks), the Fire TV Stick 4K for $35 instead of $50 and the Fire TV Stick for $25 instead of $40 (Prime members only), all-time low prices for the Apple Watch Series 3 starting at $199, all-time low prices on iPads starting at $249, just $11.50 for a SanDisk 64GB microSD card (other sizes on sale too!), Philips Hue white LED bulbs for $10 a piece when you buy a 4-pack, Alexa and Google enabled WiFi smart plugs for $7.25 each when you buy a 4-pack, and more. See all of today's top deals below.

  • Modi’s jobs deficit: J&J’s largest India plant idle three years after completion
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    Reuters

    Modi’s jobs deficit: J&J’s largest India plant idle three years after completion

    It was to eventually employ at least 1,500 people and help bring development to a rural area near Hyderabad in southern India. Two sources familiar with J&J's operations in India and one state government official told Reuters production at the plant, at Penjerla in Telangana state, never began because of a slowing in the growth in demand for the products. One of them said that demand didn’t rise as expected because of two shock policy moves by Prime Minister Narendra Modi: a late 2016 ban on then circulating high-value currency notes, and the nationwide introduction of a goods and services tax (GST) in 2017.

  • Austrian president calls for September poll in wake of scandal
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    AFP

    Austrian president calls for September poll in wake of scandal

    Austria's president on Sunday called for fresh elections in September after a corruption scandal embroiling the far-right brought down the coalition government in spectacular fashion. Just days before key EU elections, Vice-Chancellor Heinz-Christian Strache was forced to resign in disgrace Saturday following explosive revelations from a hidden camera sting. Conservative Chancellor Sebastian Kurz -- whose 18-month coalition with Strache's far-right Freedom Party (FPOe) had been held up as a model by many on the European right -- reacted by pulling the plug on their union.

  • Democrat 2020 hopefuls eye coveted Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez endorsement
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    The Telegraph

    Democrat 2020 hopefuls eye coveted Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez endorsement

    She is the great young hope of America’s Left-wing, an articulate and impassioned progressive whose policies have gained traction and Twitter feed is followed by four million.  Now Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the 29-year-old first-time congressman from New York, is seeing her newfound political clout manifest in a new way – a race for her endorsement.  With two dozen Democrats seeking their party’s presidential nomination, the support of Ms Ocasio-Cortez is being seen as a way to win over the young, energised voters who will help shape the race.  Chief among the contenders are Bernie Sanders, the independent 77-year-old senator from Vermont, and Elizabeth Warren, the former academic now representing Massachusetts in the Senate.  Both have made tacit acknowledgement of Ms Ocasio-Cortez’s influence in public in recent weeks – whether for policy reasons, or for political gain, or both.  Earlier this month, Mr Sanders appeared alongside Ms Ocasio-Cortez at an office table where they discussed the importance of reducing credit card interest rates.  At the end of the 25-minute video, shared on social media and viewed by more than half a million people, the pair patted each other on the back warmly and smiled.  Last month, Mr Warren wrote a 180-word ode to Ms Ocasio-Cortez for Time Magazine when the latter was named in its top 100 most influential people.  “A year ago, she was taking orders across a bar. Today, millions are taking cues from her,” Ms Warren wrote of the congresswoman’s remarkable political rise. “And she’s just getting started.” Those two are not the only Democratic hopefuls vying for an endorsement, it appears. Politico reported that both senator Kirsten Gillibrand and former housing and urban development secretary Julian Castro have made “overtures”.  There is no reason a person should pay more than 15% interest in the United States. It’s common sense - in fact, we had these Usury laws until the 70s. It’s a debt trap for working people + it has to end.https://t.co/sO0p5NF7WR— Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@RepAOC) May 9, 2019 The enthusiasm is understandable. The Democratic Party’s progressive base appears fired up for change and many candidates hoping to win the right to take on Donald Trump are leaning its way.  Government-funded health care for all, a $15 minimum wage and bold action on climate change have been widely adopted by the field ahead of the first debate in June and the first primary vote next February.  Ms Ocasio-Cortez, who last year shocked the political establishment by ousting a 10-term Democrat in her own party to take his seat, has become the progressive movement’s most recognisable star.  That was underscored this week as Joe Biden, the former US vice president who is polling top and running on a centrist ticket, was forced to defend his climate change stance after Ms Ocasio-Cortez dismissed it as “middle of the road".  Elizabeth Warren, the Democratic senator for Massachusetts, has developed a reputation for standing up to Wall Street Credit: AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall Mr Sanders is best placed to win the endorsement race. Ms Ocasio-Cortez worked on his 2016 presidential campaign, identifies like him as a democratic socialist and shares many of the same policy beliefs.  Ms Warren has also laid out a left-wing platform taking on Wall Street and redistributing wealth but makes clear she remains a believer in capitalism.  Asked recently about an endorsement by a CNN reporter, Ms Ocasio-Cortez said: “What I would like to see in a presidential candidate is one that has a coherent worldview and logic from which all these policy proposals are coming forward. "I think senator Sanders has that. I also think senator Warren has that.” And, the questioner followed up, would she consider endorsing Mr Biden? Ms Ocasio-Cortez turned and walked away without a definitive answer.