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|2020 election poll: Joe Biden's lead shrinks to zero against Bernie Sanders in critical Iowa
Joe Biden may be leading national polls among Democratic voters, but a new poll shows his dominance doesn’t necessarily extend to Iowa.Mr Biden is matched by Bernie Sanders in the state, a sharp drop from his 11 point lead in a separate poll last month. Both candidates can claim 24 per cent support in the state, which will vote first in the nominating process next year.Mr Biden and Mr Sanders are followed in the new poll by several candidates with significant showings, including Pete Buttigieg (14 per cent), Elizabeth Warren (12 per cent), and Kamala Harris (10 per cent).Reading into the polls just a bit more, Mr Biden has more to worry about than just Mr Sanders, too.Ms Warren stands out as the most liked candidate in the race, with a favourability rating at 78 per cent — the top in the race. She is followed by Mr Sanders, who is the next closest with 71 per cent.“Good news for Elizabeth Warren: her favourability exceeds that of any other candidate in the race and her name recognition is near universal,” said principal pollster Jane Loria in a news release.She continued: “In some states, we see a large spread between the front-runners and the so-called second-tier in the excitement barometer, but in Iowa the candidates are all pretty tightly clustered. When we ask respondents to identify the five candidates they’re most excited about, 54% say Warren, followed by Biden (53%), then Harris (53%), Sanders (49%), and Buttigieg (46%)The terrain looks much better for Mr Biden when looking at the other states that follow close after Iowa, however. In New Hampshire, Mr Biden beats Mr Sanders 36 per cent to 18 per cent. In South Carolina, meanwhile, Mr Biden recently got 46 per cent support compared to Mr Sanders’ 15 per cent.But, any fragility in Iowa could have real consequences for Mr Biden’s third presidential race. The state has an outsized influence on the presidential nominating process, and a loss there would show potentially significant vulnerabilities for the former vice president.The Iowa Starting Line/Change Research Poll was released on Monday, and the Iowa caucuses will be held in January.
POSTED MAY 20, 2019 1:04 PM
|Swedish prosecutor requests Assange's detention over rape allegation
Sweden reopened the rape investigation last week. It was begun in 2010 but dropped in 2017 after Assange took refuge in the Ecuadorean embassy in London. "I request the District Court to detain Assange in his absence, on probable cause suspected for rape," Deputy Chief Prosecutor Eva-Marie Persson said in a statement on Monday.
POSTED MAY 20, 2019 4:01 AM
|Al Jazeera suspends two journalists over Holocaust report
Qatari state-funded broadcaster Al Jazeera suspended two journalists on Sunday over a video they produced claiming the extent of the Holocaust was being misrepresented by Jews. The clip, posted by Al Jazeera's online AJ+ Arabic service, claimed "the narrative" that the Nazis killed six million Jews was "adopted by the Zionist movement". The video said that "along with others, the Jews faced a policy of systematic persecution which culminated in the Final Solution".
POSTED MAY 19, 2019 2:00 PM
|F-16 fighter jet crashes into warehouse near March Air Reserve Base in California
The crash happened as the pilot was landing following a routine training mission, March Air Reserve Base Deputy Fire Chief Timothy Holliday said.
POSTED MAY 19, 2019 1:53 PM
|What happened to Arya Stark in the Game of Thrones finale - and what's west of Westeros?
Through eight truly traumatic seasons of Westerosi warfare, no-one has had to adapt quite as fast or as frequently as Arya Stark. The tiny teenager seemed to spend mere moments as a child before becoming a water dancer, massacre escapist, Hound-in-training, Faceless Woman and maleficent assassin. With many identities in between - quite literally. As Game of Thronesseason 8 slams into its bizarrely bitter end worldwide, here's a quick need-to-know guide on the feistiest young Stark, Arya. Season 8 finale spoilers below. Who is Arya Stark? Everyone's favourite Needle-wielding Stark sister - the third child of Lord Eddard and Lady Catelyn - has had a pretty rough ride. If seeing her father beheaded wasn't enough, Arya goes on to arrive at the Red Wedding right after her mother, brother and sister-in-law had been brutally murdered. Outside, she sees Robb's direwolf is killed and its head sewn onto her dead brother's body, paraded around by Lannister/Frey savages. Fleeing her family's slaughter, Arya finds herself on the island of Braavos and begins to train as a Faceless Man at the House of Black and White. In the following months she becomes blind, loses a significant number of stick fights, gets miraculously cured of blindness by some well water, fails to kill actress Lady Crane when her conscience kicks in, and enters a killer cat-and-mouse game with The Waif. Around this time, there is something entirely traumatic and unnerving about Arya. She has a childlike dependence on Needle (a slight sword gifted by her 'bastard' brother Jon Snow), but uses it to trick and kill her adversary. Using valuable - albeit deadly- skills from the assassin's guild, she then turns to Westeros to don disguises and avenge the deaths of her family. Most notably, perhaps, by serving Walder Frey a pie filled with his family's body parts before slitting his throat - all while face-swapped as a serving girl. As a young girl becoming a woman, Arya is a breath of fresh air to Westerosi ideals - she is unconstrained by social expectations like gender roles and class distinctions, fiercely opposing the norm at every opportunity. Though her cold-blooded kill list appeared to have no room for error, Arya also still doesn't seem completely detatched from her Stark-standard morality. When finding out her family gained control of Winterfell, she didn't hesitate to abandon her list and run to their side. The Raven newsletter in-article Who is Maisie Williams who plays her? Margaret Constance "Maisie" Williams was born in Bristol on April 15, 1997 and her home village is Clutton, in nearby Somerset. She has always been known as "Maisie" after the character from the comic strip The Perishers. Interestingly, Williams has not read the Game Of Thrones books and has no intention to. As the TV adaptation omits a large amount of material, she wanted to avoid basing her reactions or character on points which only exist in the books. Arya wields her trusty weapon 'Needle' in her left hand Nonetheless, Arya is left-handed in the books so Williams plays her thus, despite being right-handed herself. On May 11th, 2017 it was announced that Williams will be playing Wolfsbane - a mutant with the power to turn into a werewolf - in the next installment in the X-Men movie franchise, New Mutants. Williams joins her on-screen sister Sophie Turner (Sansa) in the X-Men universe, after Turner was cast as young Jean Grey (a telepath) in X-Men: Apocalypse. Game of Thrones stars out of character What's happened to Arya so far in Game of Thrones? Season 1 Young Arya was more interested in learning swordplay than needlework, so her father Eddard arranged lessons with a Braavosi sword-master and her half-brother Jon Snow gave her a blade she named “Needle”. Fleeing Lannister assassins, Arya was on hand to witness the execution of her father by Joffrey Lannister. She headed north to seek refuge with Jon. Season 2 Incognito, Arya was captured by Lannister men. In the process she rescued a mysterious convict called Jaqen H’ghar, whose assassination skills ultimately enabled her to escape from the Lannister stronghold. He offered to take her to Braavos and teach her to kill like him. Season 3 Running from outlaws, Arya fell in with Lannister deserter Sandor “The Hound” Clegane. They attempted to reunite Arya with her mother Catelyn and brother Robb, but arrived just as the Starks were betrayed and murdered by houses Frey and Bolton on behalf of the Lannisters. Season 4 The Hound and Arya formed an uneasy travelling partnership. Distrustful, Arya hid from would-be rescuers. Refusing to kill a wounded Hound, she took his money and headed by boat to Braavos. Season 5 On the island of Braavos, Arya attempted to learn the assassination skills of the Faceless Men. Unable to let go of thoughts of vengeance, she killed a stray Lannister visitor and was punished for it. Season 6 Arya fought her way out of Braavos through the Faceless Men. She returned to Westeros and began to work her way through her kill list. Season 7 After nabbing the face of Walder Frey, Arya hosts a feast for the men of House Frey and kills the lot with poisoned wine. Though she initially sets off to kill Cersei in King's Landing, news that her family regained control of Winterfell sends her towards her ancestral home. On the way, she runs into a wolf pack led by Nymeria, her long-lost direwolf, and Brienne - the Stark-serving warrior. Whilst sparring, the tiny Stark amanges to rival the fight of Brienne. After Littlefinger tries to turn the reuinted Stark sisters against each other in Winterfell, Bran's greenseeing proves his manipulative guilt and sends him into a trial of treason and murder, ending in Arya cutting his throat. Season 8 Once reunited with Jon (and, perhaps more importantly, Gendry) in the godswood, Arya sets it upon herself to prepare for the arrival of the undead armies somewhat independently. She spends most of her time asking Gendry when her requested weapon will be ready, playing a little dragonglass knife-throwing foreplay in the time being, before realising she may not live through the night while chatting to the Hound. In response, she heads back to Gendry, questions his sexual history (always a good move) and loses her virginity with him. At the Battle of Winterfell, the fierce warrior not only escaped an endless stream of undead killers but managed to assassinate the Night King with the Valyrian steel dagger Bran gave her last season (using the same hand-switch dagger trick she tested out on Brienne in training, nonetheless), killing the entire army – including an undead dragon –in the process. Spending next to no time to celebrate (bar a few kisses with Gendry and a rejection of his marriage proposal), she heads towards King's Landing to kill Cersei. GOT What happens next no-reg What happened to Arya Stark in the finale? Though many of Game of Thrones' best theories concerned Arya's place at the end of the series, her storyline wrapped up far different than the majority expected. As a Faceless Man, Arya had the ability to carry out in a number of important deaths in a number of ways; killing Jaime and taking his face to get into the Red Keep, killing Euron and taking his face to kill his love interest and 'baby' (which would be particularly merited for avenging Robb and Talisa), killing Greyworm to get within reach of Mad Queen Daenerys — the list goes on. Unexpectedly, she kind of just... hung back. Hung back until Jon felt morally indebted to kill Daenerys and a council meeting was called so the Great Houses could elect Bran (sigh) to rule as King. In support of his appointment, Arya was able to set sail – quite literally – for whatever's west of Westeros. Did Arya kill anyone with green eyes? Though we were all waiting for Melisandre's infamous brown eye (Walder Frey), blue eye (Night King), green eye (expectantly TBD) prophecy to come true with the murder of Daenerys or Cersei, Arya had technically already fulfilled it. Petyr Baelish (aka Littlefinger) had green eyes and his kill was one of Arya's most significant. Game of Thrones Season 8 | Latest news What is West of Westeros? "No-one knows" according to Arya, proving there's always a good opportunity to throw shade at one's all-knowing brother turned King. In reality, the lands unmapped will give author George RR Martin a fantastic opportunity to write an assassin-packed spin-off with one of the best and most complex characters at the helm. That is, if he ever finishes The Winds of Winter. Catch up on Game of Thrones season 1-8 with a 7 day free Entertainment Pass trial on NOW TV
POSTED MAY 21, 2019 4:58 AM
|Romney: GOP Rep’s Call to Impeach Trump a ‘Courageous Statement’
Reacting to Republican Congressman Justin Amash’s call for President Trump to face impeachment over the obstruction of justice findings of the Mueller report, Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT) on Sunday praised the Michigan lawmaker for his “courageous statement” while saying he didn’t personally feel it was a time to call for impeachment.Noting that Romney had said last month that he was “sickened” and “appalled” that the president welcomed help from Russia during the 2016 election, State of the Union anchor Jake Tapper asked Romney if he was surprised that he and Amash are the only two elected Republicans who have condemned the president’s behavior.“My own view is that Justin Amash has reached a different conclusion than I have,” the former Republican presidential nominee replied. “I respect him. I think it’s a courageous statement. But I believe to make a case for obstruction of justice, you just don’t have the elements that are evidenced in this document.”He went on to say that when it comes to impeachment, one has to consider not just the law but politics and practicality, adding that the “jury” in this case is the Senate and they are “certainly not there either.”Asked why he doesn’t believe the obstruction of justice findings rise to the level of impeachment, Romney said he doesn’t “think there is the full element you need to prove an obstruction of justice case.”“I don’t think a prosecutor would actually look at this and say, OK, we have here all the elements that would get this to a conviction,” he continued. “So, you know, everyone reaches their own conclusion. As I read the report, I was troubled by it. Was very disappointing for a number of reasons. But it did not suggest to me this was a time to call for impeachment.”After reiterating that he was distressed by the president’s behavior but didn’t think there was an underlying crime to prosecute Trump, Romney moved on to discuss the rising tension with Iran, including reports that the White House is considering a plan to move 120,000 troops to the Middle East.Insisting that the “threat is real” from Iran, Romney nonetheless said that he believes the Trump administration is not looking to lead America into another war.“I don’t believe for a minute that either the president or [National Security Adviser] John Bolton or, frankly, anyone else in a senior position of leadership in the White House has any interest in going to the Middle East and going to war,” Romney declared. “That’s just not going to happen.”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.
POSTED MAY 19, 2019 10:16 AM
|US intelligence chiefs shared classified info with tech execs about doing business with China
The trade war with China has reached new heights in the past few weeks, as the Trump administration recently announced that US companies will be banned from buying equipment from certain Chinese companies. Huawei's name wasn't explicitly mentioned, but it was obviously implied that China's biggest tech company is included on the list. Separately, the US government also issued a ban that prevents Huawei from dealing with US tech companies, whether it's for parts procurement or software licenses. The first effects of that decision are already here, as Google has already said it will comply with the ban, effectively revoking Huawei's access to the version of Android that everybody wants. Several chipmakers, including Intel and Qualcomm, have also reportedly cut ties with Huawei for the time being.On top of that, a report reveals that top officials from the US intelligence community have been meeting with tech execs, universities, and trade organizations to brief them about the security perils related to doing business with China.The briefings began last October and have been held in California and Washington, The Financial Times reports (via The Verge), with US intelligence informing those in attendance about the cyber threats and the theft of intellectual property risks that come with dealing with China.Among those giving the briefings was Dan Coats, the director of national intelligence, the report notes. The meetings reportedly included the sharing of classified information, which is an unusual element for such meetings. It's unclear what kind of information was shared with tech execs during these meetings, and what companies attended them.Republican Senator Marco Rubio, one of the politicians who organized the meetings, confirmed their existence. "The Chinese government and Communist party pose the greatest long-term threat to US economic and national security," Rubio said. "It's important that US companies, universities, and trade organizations understand fully that threat."
POSTED MAY 20, 2019 5:33 PM
|9 Cool Things We Learned Driving the Spectre Land Rover Defender
POSTED MAY 20, 2019 11:00 AM
|InterDigital expects to be able to license 5G tech to Huawei, despite U.S. ban
InterDigital and Qualcomm are the two major American holders of patents for wireless networking technology, including the 5G networks rolling out this year in China. Last week, President Donald Trump issued an executive order restricting the ability of U.S. firms to sell technology to Huawei, though officials on Monday eased some of those restrictions for 90 days. InterDigital, which generates revenue by developing wireless technologies and then licensing out the patents, said it believes it can continue its efforts to strike a 5G deal with Huawei because export control laws do not cover patents, which are public records and therefore not confidential technology.
POSTED MAY 20, 2019 9:34 PM
|The Latest: Saudi Arabia won't hesitate to defend itself
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The latest on developments in the Persian Gulf region and elsewhere in the Mideast amid heightened tensions between the U.S. and Iran (all times local):
POSTED MAY 20, 2019 2:30 AM