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The Democratic Socialists of America, whose membership ballooned after the 2016 candidacy of allied Sen. Bernie Sanders, announced its endorsement this week of the Vermont lawmaker in his second bid for the Democratic presidential nomination.
“Sanders is the only Democratic Socialist running for president in 2020, and the only socialist in American history with a serious chance of winning the presidency,” said the DSA in a press release. “Sanders’s platform — Green New Deal, Medicare for All, College for All, ending cash bail, strengthening unions, and a living wage — would transform American society by ending the worst forms of poverty and inequality while empowering workers to fight for even more.”
While the endorsement comes as little surprise, some democratic socialists had raised concerns that Sanders is not socialist enough.
“Sanders 2016 revived the progressive left and turned DSA into the largest socialist organization in America in seventy years,” former Sanders campaign worker Dan La Botz wrote on the DSA website in opposition to a Sanders endorsement. “Flooded with young people angry at the Democratic Party, DSA became a radical, activist organization projecting the need for a total socialist transformation of America.”
“Sanders 2020 will not have the same effect,” La Botz wrote. “Bernie will not appear to be much different than other progressive Democrats and his campaign threatens to lead DSA deep into the Democratic Party.”
About a quarter of some 13,000 DSA members responding to the organization’s poll before the decision to back the senator said they did not support the endorsement of Sanders.
But other DSA followers, who have debated among themselves whether they should seek to gain influence within the Democratic Party or on their own under the socialist banner, see Sanders as their ticket to growth.
An apparent DSA member identified only as “Neal M.” wrote on the organization’s website: “DSA benefited hugely from being the only socialist organization to actively endorse Sanders in 2016. If we enthusiastically support Sanders in 2020, DSA could become a 100,000 member organization, with significantly greater capacity and resources.”
“The number one lesson we should learn from 2016 is that small socialist organizations must participate in the big movements that dominate national politics.”
Sanders is a self-described democratic socialist. He announced his Democratic presidential bid last month, saying his campaign is about “creating a government based on the principles of economic, social, racial and environmental justice.”
Sanders spoke to striking university workers in Los Angeles this week and complained about “a war being waged against the working people.”
The DSA puts its membership at more than 56,000 as of March. Its long-term mission is to run candidates as socialists, and not under the Democratic Party banner.
Ella Mahony of the DSA’s national political committee said in recent days that democratic socialists have a unique spotlight right now to further their anti-capitalist agenda and convert more Americans to socialism. Not backing Sanders, she said on the DSA website, would mean losing an opportunity to push their message on a national stage.
“The combination of the Sanders campaign and the teachers’ strike wave has made our job as socialists so much easier,” Mahony said. “Now, we can go into our campuses or workplaces and find people willing to identify not just as union activists or as socially conscious but as Democratic Socialists.”
“It is our duty to take full advantage of this moment and run out the radicalizing processes happening in the formal political sphere, in labor, and in society as far as they can go, she added. “Whatever the details of his program may mean to us, to the rest of the world, the Bernie Sanders campaign will be a referendum on socialist politics in the United States.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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ABBEVILLE, Ga. – A Georgia prosecutor says a man charged with hiding a slain teacher's death inflicted "more pain" when he lied to police as the woman remained missing a decade later.
Jurors in Wilcox County heard closing arguments Thursday in the trial of 34-year-old Bo Dukes. He's charged with concealing a death by lying to police about his role in the October 2005 death of Tara Grinstead. Her disappearance remained a mystery until Dukes and a friend were charged in 2017.
District Attorney Brad Rigby told the jury Dukes sought to protect himself in 2016 when he denied to police that he confessed to an Army buddy in 2006.
Defense attorney John Fox said Dukes didn't lie, but couldn't recall a decade-old drunken confession.
Dukes later confessed to police in 2017.
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SALT LAKE CITY – A nationwide push to ban LGBTQ conversion therapy for minors looked like it could succeed in conservative Utah after The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints said it wouldn't stand in the way, but the effort ground to a halt this week.
Conversion therapy has a long history in Utah, and the legislation drew fierce opposition from people who said barring therapists from talking about changing someone's sexual orientation would violate free-speech rights.
It was seen as a milestone when the state's predominant faith announced would not oppose the ban, considering past teachings that being gay could be "cured," according to religion scholars. The church has taken a more welcoming stance to the LGBTQ community but remains opposed to gay marriage and sex.
The Utah effort got momentum amid a national campaign to ban the practice this year. Fifteen other states have passed laws, and advocates in Utah said it would help combat an alarming spike in youth suicide.
But eight Republican lawmakers in Utah approved changes this week that advocates said effectively gutted the ban. They would have allowed damaging practices aimed at changing kids' gender identity, activists said.
Republican Rep. Karianne Lisonbee sponsored the changes and insisted she was looking for a compromise that would still protect LGBTQ kids. But activists say some of her Facebook comments revealed by The Associated Press indicate that she supports the debunked practice.
In 2013 comments reviewed by the AP and confirmed by two family members, Lisonbee wondered whether it was "possible that living a homosexual lifestyle may cause individuals to choose to commit suicide?"
She also wrote a 1970s-era experiment in Utah using electric shocks to change sexual orientation was horrifying but shouldn't be considered torture on subjects who volunteered.
Lisonbee said people have "successfully overcome" what she called "unwanted same-sex attraction" and that such therapy should be available to others who want it.
Asked Thursday about the comments that have since been removed, Lisonbee didn't disavow them but said they came in an occasionally heated debate between members of her family over a story about same-sex marriage and the faith widely known as the Mormon church.
"I repeatedly said my stance was love and compassion and not judgment," she said.
Asked about the comment on suicide, she pointed to legislative testimony by a man who said he felt despondent about his attraction to other men until he underwent therapy that helped him meet and marry a woman.
Troy Williams with the gay rights group Equality Utah denounced the posts.
"She's falsely suggesting that people take their lives because they are gay," he said. "That is reckless and dangerous rhetoric that reveals her extreme homophobia."
Lisonbee denied that allegation. She said conversion therapy is a "horrific practice" and pointed out that her version also would have banned electroshock therapy.
"My goal was to find something that could pass," she said, adding that she's now the target of angry messages.
But activists say therapists practicing conversion therapy generally don't use outdated, painful techniques, and her revisions still would have allowed practices they do employ to try to change behavior and feelings.
"It's much worse than doing nothing," said Maria Olsen-Hiatt, 21, who suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder after going through conversion therapy at age 14.
She came to the state Capitol on Thursday night to protest the ban's defeat. Gov. Gary Herbert released a letter apologizing for supporting the changes, calling it "an enormous misunderstanding."
Olsen-Hiatt said the outcome reveals a disconnect. While state leaders have reached out to gay teens as they work to prevent suicide, she said there's still a widespread view in Utah that "LGBT existence is sinful."
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WILMINGTON, Del. – Jurors in the trial of four inmates charged in a deadly Delaware prison riot have told the judge that they're at an impasse on some charges.
Delaware State News reports jurors passed a note Monday to Judge Jan Jurden. They are hearing charges against John Bramble, Abednego Baynes, Kevin Berry and Obadiah Miller.
The four are charged with riot, assault, kidnapping, conspiracy and murder in connection with the 2017 uprising at the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center near Smyrna. Corrections officer Lt. Steven Floyd died in the riot.
Jurden told jurors to continue deliberations but they can deliver the partial verdict later if necessary.
Defense attorney Tony Figliola said the jurors have deliberated for five days, and their note indicates they've decided 35 of the 40 counts.
Information from: Delaware State News, http://delawarestatenews.net
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A literal-minded activist supporting Virginia's ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment exposed her breast Monday while recreating the commonwealth’s seal, the Richmond Times-Dispatch reported.
Capitol Police in Richmond arrested Michelle Renay Sutherland, 45 — whose address was listed as Florida, and charged her with indecent exposure after giving her a warning, the news outlet reported.
The state seal shows the Roman goddess Virtus, representing the commonwealth, holding a spear and sword with her left foot on the form of Tyranny, represented by the prostate body of a man.
According to the Times-Dispatch, a few passersby appeared uncomfortable when they saw the public display of a naked breast. One GOP lawmaker, Del. Chris Peace, recalled when former Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli gave his staff lapel pins with Virtus' breast covered, the news outlet reported.
Sutherland, who goes by the name "Sister Leona," is with a group called Radical Matriarchy, and her fellow protester Natalie White of New York City — who was arrested last week outside the office of GOP House Speaker Kirk Cox — is with a group called Equal Means Equal, the news outlet reported.
The Virginia Senate in January voted to pass a resolution for Virginia to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment, but it died in a state House subcommittee.
ERA supporters said if Virginia were to ratify the amendment it would become part of the Constitution, but opponents argue that the possibility of that has expired, the news outlet reported.
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FILE PHOTO : The logo of Samsung Electronics is seen at its office building in Seoul, South Korea January 7, 2019. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji/File Photo
February 20, 2019
By Stephen Nellis
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Samsung Electronics Co Ltd on Wednesday said it will release a pricey folding smart phone in April, with specially adapted applications from Facebook Inc and Alphabet Inc designed for the new device.
The Galaxy Fold will cost $1,980 and go on sale on April 26, Samsung officials said at an event in San Francisco. The device will have a 4.6-inch display while folded and a 7.3-inch display when unfolded. Samsung said it worked with Facebook, Google and Microsoft Corp to create special versions of their popular apps to fit the new display.
(Reporting by Stephen Nellis; Editing by Lisa Shumaker)
PHOENIX – PHOENIX (AP) _ Vereit Inc. (VER) on Thursday reported a key measure of profitability in its fourth quarter. The results matched Wall Street expectations.
The Phoenix-based real estate investment trust said it had funds from operations of $172.5 million, or 17 cents per share, in the period.
The average estimate of five analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for funds from operations of 17 cents per share.
Funds from operations is a closely watched measure in the REIT industry. It takes net income and adds back items such as depreciation and amortization.
The company said it had net income of $27.2 million, or 1 cent per share.
The real estate investment trust posted revenue of $313.3 million in the period.
The company's shares have increased 14 percent since the beginning of the year. The stock has risen 19 percent in the last 12 months.
This story was generated by Automated Insights using data from Zacks Investment Research. Access a Zacks stock report on VER at https://www.zacks.com/ap/VER
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A Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) supporter wears a mask of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, after BJP won complete majority in Tripura Assembly elections, during a victory celebration rally in Agartala, India March 4, 2018. REUTERS/Jayanta Dey
March 25, 2019
By Subrat Patnaik and Munsif Vengattil
NEW DELHI (Reuters) – India’s frenetic cities, historical monuments, tasty food, and beautiful scenery may be among the biggest attractions for foreign tourists.
But with election fever hitting India, a few of them are prepared to forgo some of that – and the elephant ride – to meet an election candidate or attend a political rally.
The world’s biggest democracy, with about 900 million voters, is set to decide in April-May whether Prime Minister Narendra Modi gets a second term following his thumping victory in 2014, and that gives the Indian tourism industry a different way to market the country.
Some Indian tour companies are courting international visitors with week-long ‘election tourism’ packages that would try to combine some traditional sightseeing with access to political campaigning.
The packages were first tested during the 2012 state elections in the Western state of Gujarat and have now mushroomed nationwide.
“The Indian election is like a festival,” founder of Election Tourism India and Chairman of Gujarat Tourism Corporation Society Manish Sharma told Reuters.
Election campaigns and rallies in India can be spectacular in terms of scale, reflecting the power of fundraising for the state and national political parties.
Events and rallies headlined by India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the head of his ruling Bharatiya Janata Party, Amit Shah, and the opposition Congress party’s Priyanka Gandhi Vadra have generated a lot of interest, Sharma said.
The Ahmedabad-Gujarat based Election Tourism India, which works with more than 35 tour companies across India, has received nearly 3,500 bookings for election packages from outside India, he said.
The packages consist of popular tourist destinations, political rallies and interactions with election candidates and other local politicians. The length of the election – it takes more than five weeks for everyone to be able to vote – also provides tour operators with plenty of options.
The trips offered range from 5 to 8 days, and offer visits to a wide variety of places.
The packages are not expected to appeal to the average tourist but more for those who are inclined in politics, such as political students, journalists and researchers.
(Reporting by Subrat Patnaik and Munsif Vengattil in New Delhi; Editing by Martin Howell & Simon Cameron-Moore)
FILE PHOTO: Kosovo’s Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj talks during an interview withe Reuters in Pristina, Kosovo, October 16, 2017. REUTERS/Hazir Reka/File Photo
March 25, 2019
PRISTINA (Reuters) – Kosovo Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj has fired the country’s ethnic Serb deputy justice minister after she called NATO’s 1999 bombing campaign against Serbia a “planned genocide”.
Deputy minister Vesna Mikic comes from Kosovo’s Serb minority which accounts for about 5 percent of the country’s population of 1.8 million.
“The NATO alliance committed a deliberately planned genocide against a sovereign country that fought Albanian terrorism inside its own borders,” Mikic said on her Facebook account on Sunday, marking the 20th anniversary of the NATO bombing.
NATO carried out air strikes in 1999 against the now defunct Yugoslavia, comprised of Serbia and Montenegro, to halt a brutal crackdown against Kosovo Albanians by Serbian security forces.
After 78 days of bombing, under the terms of an armistice, former Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic ordered his troops to withdraw from Kosovo and be replaced with NATO control.
Mikic’s post sparked criticism in the predominantly ethnic Albanian Kosovo where most people praise NATO for halting the two-year war and clearing the way for its independence in 2008. As many as 4,000 NATO peacekeepers are still deployed.
Mikic was not immediately available for comment.
Haradinaj dismissed the deputy minister with immediate effect.
“In Kosovo government there will be no place for individuals, despite their ethnicity, to denigrate our common euro-Atlantic values,” Haradinaj said in a statement.
More than 13,000 thousand people, mainly local Albanians, were killed in the 1998-99 war.
Kosovo has earned recognition from the United States and most EU countries, but Serbia and its major allies Russia and China remain adamantly opposed to Kosovo’s independence.
(Reporting by Fatos Bytyci; additional reporting by Aleksandar Vasovic in Belgrade, editing by Ed Osmond)
FILE PHOTO: A sign marks a Biogen facility in Cambridge, Massachusetts, U.S. January 26, 2017. REUTERS/Brian Snyder/File Photo
March 25, 2019
(Reuters) – Biogen Inc said on Monday it would buy back shares worth $5 billion, days after its stock slumped on the drugmaker’s announcement to end two Alzheimer’s disease trials.
Biogen had lost more than $18 billion of its value last week after the company and partner Eisai Co Ltd ended two late-stage trials of their experimental Alzheimer’s disease treatment, aducanumab.
Biogen shares, which lost 32.4 percent of their value since the company’s announcement on Thursday to scrap the trials, were up 1.5 percent before the opening bell on Monday.
The share buyback is in addition to the approximately $1.7 billion remaining under the stock repurchase program authorized by its board in August 2018, the company said in a regulatory filing https://bit.ly/2Tt6APq.
(Reporting by Manojna Maddipatla in Bengaluru; Editing by Maju Samuel)
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Special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation has fueled 533,074 web articles since its inception in May 2017, according to NewsWhip data cited by Axios.
After nearly two years of saturated media coverage of the topic, Attorney General William Barr delivered a report of the special counsel’s investigation to Congress Sunday. Barr wrote in a memo that the special counsel found no evidence the Trump campaign conspired with Russia to influence the 2016 election.
The investigation continues to dominate headlines — all four stories on the front page of The New York Times were Mueller-related Monday. (RELATED: Justice Department Delivers Mueller Conclusions To Congress – No Collusion)
The more than 530,000 articles on “Russia and Trump/Mueller” generated an additional 245 million likes, comments and shares on Twitter and Facebook since May 2017, according to Axios. That is not counting all of the airtime the investigation (and pundits’ opinions) received on cable news.
MSNBC seems to lead the pack when it comes to Mueller coverage, with over 4,200 posts mentioning the Mueller probe popping up when searched, according to research by the Republican National Committee (RNC). The RNC also found that 1,965 CNN stories mentioned the Mueller investigation since May 2017, while 1,156 by The New York Times mentioned it and 1,184 by The Washington Post.
The Mueller report seemingly attracted more coverage than other issues Americans also care about. For example, WaPo published 192 more stories about the Russian interference probe than about the Trump administration’s defeat of the Islamic State, according to research by the RNC.
Many pundits on the right called out members of the media for allegedly rooting for a different outcome in the Mueller probe.
Mueller: no evidence of collusion w/Russia. Now will the media who invested so much in this narrative accept it, remembering that they are not supposed to root for outcomes? Or will they hold on, looking for ways to save face on their earlier (wrong) predictions/coverage?
— Megyn Kelly (@megynkelly) March 24, 2019
“Mueller: no evidence of collusion [with] Russia. Now will the media who invested so much in this narrative accept it, remembering that they are not supposed to root for outcomes? Or will they hold on, looking for ways to save face on their earlier (wrong) predictions/coverage?” former NBC host Megyn Kelly wrote on Twitter Sunday.
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"NEVER turn your back on the ocean!" the rescue agency said.
Sneaker waves — large waves that strike without warning — sometimes claim lives of the unwary along the coast of the Pacific Northwest due to their unpredictability.
All major sneaker wave incidents since 1990 have taken place between October and April, according to a tally by The Oregonian. The incidents have peaked in November and March, killing at least 21 people.
The woman involved in Saturday’s incident sustained serious injuries to her chest and back, FOX12 reported.
She was later flown to Portland for treatment and is expected to recover, according to the officials.
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