What Joe Biden’s Flip-Flop On The Hyde Amendment Means For The Democratic Party (HBO)

Joe Biden no longer wants to be the only 2020 Democrat who supports a controversial rule to block federal funding for most abortions.

Biden said Thursday night that he doesn’t support the Hyde Amendment, a restriction added to the federal budget annually that prevents any money from going toward abortions — except in cases of rape, incest, or serious threats to the mother’s health. The U-turn comes just a day after his campaign told the New York Times Wednesday that he was still in favor of the rule.

Biden’s initial support made him the only 2020 candidate to come out in favor of Hyde, while a slew of his 2020 opponents — including the top three female candidates — almost immediately reiterated that they wanted to do away with the rule entirely.

On Wednesday, Sen. Elizabeth Warren flat-out called Biden’s original stance wrong and pointed out that Hyde most directly affected low-income women through Medicaid.

“Understand this: Women of means will still have access to abortions,” Warren said during an MSNBC town hall Wednesday night. “Who won’t will be poor women.”

Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand, Kamala Harris, Bernie Sanders, and Cory Booker all doubled down this week as well and said they support repealing Hyde. Abortion groups, too, quickly came after Biden’s support for the law.

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Madonna says she feels ‘raped’ by New York Times profile | AFP

Pop icon Madonna was unimpressed by a profile of her in the New York Times, calling the newspaper “one of the founding fathers of the patriarchy.”

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‘Error of judgement’: New York Times apologizes for ‘anti-Semitic’ cartoon

The New York Times has been forced to apologise for printing an anti-Semitic cartoon. It appeared in the paper’s international edition, and depicts the Israeli Prime Minister as a guide dog leading President Trump, who’s wearing dark glasses and a skull cap. READ MORE: https://on.rt.com/9t6s

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Images of dead ducks and sick children were enough for Trump to expel Russian diplomats from US

The current CIA director reportedly played on Donald Trump’s emotions to persuade him to expel dozens of Russian diplomats, using pictures of dead ducks and sick children that she claimed had been exposed to Novichok.

The New York Times reports that the president was reluctant to throw out any Russian officials in the aftermath of the Salisbury poisonings in Britain last year, until Gina Haspel, who was CIA deputy director at the time, showed him pictures of children ‘sickened by the Novichok’ and ‘a photograph of ducks that British officials said were inadvertently killed by the sloppy work of the Russian operatives’.

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Ellsberg sees Vietnam era parallels with Assange

Daniel Ellsberg who famously leaked the “Pentagon Papers” to the New York Times during the Vietnam era sees parallels between his case and the one against Julian Assange today. (April 12)

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The Long, Painful Legacy Of Blackface In America (HBO)

Ralph Northam is still the governor of Virginia—for now. But he’s facing increasing pressure to resign after a conservative media site unearthed a photo of a man in blackface on Northam’s page in a 1984 medical school yearbook.

Northam insists it isn’t him in the photo. And the New York Times today reported that a group of his medical school classmates is standing behind him. “We fully believe Governor Ralph Northam is neither of the individuals in those repugnant costumes,” they wrote in a letter. “We attended classes with the Governor. We socialized with him. We knew him very well.”

But even if Northam can prove he isn’t in the photo, there’s another problem: In a press conference on Saturday, Northam admitted he had “darkened” his face for fun around the same time. “That same year, I did participate in a dance contest in San Antonio in which I darkened my face as part of a Michael Jackson costume,” he said. “I look back now and regret that I did not understand the harmful legacy of an action like that.”

Northam may not have understood that “harmful legacy” back in the 80’s—plenty of people didn’t. In fact, many still don’t understand it now.

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‘Corruption is in Russia’s DNA’: NYT opinion piece slammed for ‘xenophobia’

A recent New York Times opinion piece has claimed, controversially, that ‘corruption is in Russia’s DNA’. The article was met with harsh criticism from a number of journalists and readers of the publication. READ MORE: https://on.rt.com/9nqy

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NYT journalist met with anti-Republican campaigners three months before explosive article – report

The US State of Alabama has opened an investigation into election meddling during the 2017 Senate race. It comes after the New York Times journalist, who first revealed an anti-Republican disinformation campaign, sat in on a meeting between those behind the operation. READ MORE: https://on.rt.com/9ldv

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Padma Lakshmi reflects on speaking out about her sexual assault

(13 Dec 2018) Padma Lakshmi says she stands by her decision to write a New York Times op-ed about being raped as a teenager. The ‘Top Chef’ host spoke while promoting a contest to choose this year’s must-bake holiday treat. (Dec. 13)

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Why Louboutin Shoes Are So Expensive | So Expensive

Christian Louboutin’s trademark red-bottomed shoes have become iconic. Beyoncé wore a custom pair of boots for her Coachella performance, and Cardi B slipped on a pair of “bloody shoes” for her “Bodak Yellow” music video. But why do these heels cost hundreds, and sometimes thousands, of dollars?

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Narrator: What makes these shoes worth almost $800? Christian Louboutin is the mastermind behind these iconic red-bottomed shoes. It’s safe to say his footwear has stepped into the mainstream. Celebrities all over the world wear them.

“You know the ones with the high heels and the red bottoms?”

♪ These expensive, these is red bottoms ♪ ♪ These is bloody shoes ♪

Narrator: Louboutin even had the red bottoms trademarked. The signature Louboutin pumps, start at $695. The most expensive pair, nearly $6,000. So how did this craze start? Christian Louboutin had the idea for red soles in 1993. An employee was painting her nails red. Louboutin snagged the bottle and painted the soles of a prototype shoe. Just like that, the red soles were born.

So, what makes these shoes worth the cost? In 2013, when the New York Times asked Louboutin, why his shoes are so expensive, he blamed production costs. Louboutin said, “It’s expensive to make shoes in Europe.” From 2008 to 2013, he said his company’s production costs had doubled as the euro strengthened against the dollar, and competition increased for quality materials from factories in Asia.

David Mesquita, the co-owner of Leather Spa, says craftsmanship also plays a part in the shoes’ high price tag. His company works directly with Louboutin to repair its shoes, repainting and replacing the red soles.

David Mesquita: I mean there’s a lot of things that go into the design of a shoe, and the making of a shoe. Most importantly, I think is, who’s designing it, who’s manufacturing it, and also what materials they’re using to make the shoes.

Whether you’re talking about feathers, rhinestones, or exotic materials, there’s so much attention to detail that they put into their manufacturing and designing of their shoes. Narrator: For instance, these $3,595 Louboutins are embellished with Swarovski Crystals. And these raccoon fur boots cost $1,995. When it all comes down to it, people are paying for the status symbol.

Producer Spencer Alben bought a pair of Louboutins for her wedding.

Spencer Alben: It makes me sound so stuck up, but I love the red soles because it’s such like a fashion icon symbol. There’s something about them that when you see them in a picture, you instantly know what those are. So it’s like a status symbol I guess, which makes me sound terrible.

They were over $1,000, which when I say that now, is insane for one pair of shoes that you’re probably never gonna wear again. It’s like something that everyone knows, so the second you see the red bottoms, it’s like, I know what those are, I know what those cost. And it’s so superficial that we care about that, but it really is something that is universal. You see that and you instantly know what those are, and it’s something special. So I think, something as silly as the color of the sole on the shoe, makes them so special, because it’s universally identifiable.

Narrator: Would you drop $1,000 for red-bottomed shoes?

NYT columnist mocked after fact-ckecking a clearly-fake image of heroic Trump

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CrossTalk Bullhorns: No Norms (Extended version)

What is the state of journalism? Let’s have a look at the New York Times. The paper catalogues what is called ‘Russiagate’. Its conclusion is astonishing. This and much more on this edition of CrossTalk.

CrossTalking with Mark Sleboda, Dmitry Babich, and Glenn Diesen.

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AP Top Stories September 9 P

(9 Sep 2018) Here are the top stories for Sunday, September 9th: New sexual misconduct allegations against Les Moonves; Pence speaks out on New York Times op-ed; Deadly explosions in Syria; North Korea celebrates 70 years.

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The Internet Thinks It Knows Who Wrote That Anonymous Op-Ed (HBO)

After the New York Times published an anonymous op-ed authored by a “senior official” in the Trump administration, the internet got started on one of the things it does best: straight-up speculation.

A primary contender for the mysterious author was Vice President Mike Pence, whose previous utterances of the term “lodestar,” which also appeared in the column, was seen by some as a giveaway. But then others pointed out that Defense Secretary Jim Mattis had previously written the phrase “first principles,” another term which appears in the op-ed.

Both were solid arguments, given that we have almost nothing to go on.

But there are many, many, senior officials in the Trump administration, and people had many, many more theories as to who wrote the op-ed. So Michael Kalenderian took a look at some other favorite — and not so favorite — contenders.

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Trump talks NYT ‘treason,’ Nike and Kavanaugh

(6 Sep 2018) At a rally in Montana, President Trump said that the anonymous New York Times op-ed criticizing him is “treason.” Later, he went on to discuss Nike’s ad campaign with former NFL player Colin Kaepernick and Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. (Sept. 6)

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