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Iran’s president mocks ‘childish’ US sanctions against Tehran’s top diplomat

Iran’s president mocked as “childish” U.S. sanctions targeting the regime’s foreign minister, saying the actions will be a barrier to diplomacy.

The Trump administration imposed financial sanctions on Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Wednesday in an effort to further pressure Iran to end its belligerent activities in the Persian Gulf region.

The move to penalize Zarif, an architect of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal who perceived as a more moderate figure in the Islamic Republic, follows Trump’s earlier executive order placing sanctions on Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

TRUMP ADMINISTRATION SANCTIONS IRANIAN DIPLOMAT; FEINSTEIN DERIDES ‘MISTAKE’

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In this photo released by the office of the Iranian Presidency, President Hassan Rouhani speaks in a cabinet meeting in Tehran, Iran, Wednesday, July 24, 2019. (Associated Press)

President Hassan Rouhani mocked the Trump administration in a speech in western Azerbaijan province, saying “They have started doing childish things.”

“Every day they claim: ‘We want to negotiate with Iran, without any pre-conditions’. and then they put sanctions on the country’s foreign minister,” he added.

Though the sanctions target Zarif personally, they won’t stop him from traveling to New York for official United Nations business, in accordance with America’s international obligations.

“It has no effect on me or my family, as I have no property or interests outside of Iran,” Zarif himself tweeted about the U.S. move.

Tensions between the U.S. and Iran have been heightened ever since the Trump administration pulled out of the 2015 nuclear deal and then imposed punitive sanctions on the Iranian regime, sending the economy into freefall.

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But in recent months, Washington and Tehran were on a constant brink of war after the regime attacked oil tankers in the Strait of Hormuz and later shot down an unmanned American drone.

The attack on the drone prompted President Trump to order military strikes on the regime – only canceling them at the last minute over concerns of potential casualties on the Iranian side.

Iran also seized a British tanker earlier this month. The regime said the seizure was a response to British authorities seizing an Iranian tanker on route to Syria, though the U.K. says the tanker was seized because it carried oil and was in violation of sanctions against the Syrian regime.

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The Iran nuclear deal also unraveled in recent months amid the failure to force the European powers to provide economic relief amid U.S. sanctions, prompting the regime to announce that it’s openly exceeding limits on its nuclear activities.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Harris mocks Gabbard attack on her AG record, calls herself ‘top tier’ while rival at ‘zero or 1 percent’

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Sen. Kamala Harris mocked 2020 opponent Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, after the lawmaker from Hawaii slammed the Californian’s record as a prosecutor on the presidential debate stage Wednesday.

Harris claimed it was a case of a “top-tier candidate” being attacked by someone at “zero or 1 percent.”

During Wednesday’s second Democratic debate in Detroit, Gabbard slammed Harris’ controversial record as California’s attorney general, which included extensive prosecution of marijuana users — even though Harris laughed about having consumed the drug herself in a recent radio interview.

TULSI GABBARD RIPS KAMALA HARRIS ON HER RECORD AS CALIFORNIA PROSECUTOR DURING SECOND DEBATE

“Sen. Harris says she’s proud of her record as a prosecutor and that she’ll be a prosecutor president, but I’m deeply concerned about this record,” Gabbard said. “There are too many examples to cite but she put over 1,500 people in jail for marijuana violations and then laughed about it when she was asked if she ever smoked marijuana.”

“There are too many examples to cite but she put over 1,500 people in jail for marijuana violations and then laughed about it when she was asked if she ever smoked marijuana.”

— U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii

She also blasted Harris for maintaining the cash bail system which, she argued, disproportionately hurt poor people. Gabbard accused Harris of keeping prisoners beyond their sentence in order to use them as “cheap labor” as well as blocking evidence that would have “freed an innocent man from death row.”

Harris later dismissed the attack after the debate during an interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper.

“I’m obviously a top-tier candidate, and so I did expect that I would be on the stage and take hits tonight, because there are a lot of people who trying to make the stage for the next debate,” Harris said.

“I did expect that I would … take hits tonight, because there are a lot of people who trying to make the stage for the next debate … especially when people are at zero or 1 percent, or whatever she might be at.”

— U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif.

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“For a lot of them, it’s do or die,” Cooper added.

“Well, yeah, and especially when people are at zero or 1 percent, or whatever she might be at, and so I did expect I might take hits tonight,” Harris said.

Harris went on offense against Gabbard, who also recently said Harris is unqualified to be commander-in-chief, saying Gabbard was an “apologist” for Syria’s Bashar al-Assad, referring to her meeting with the dictator and previous claims that he’s not an enemy of the U.S.

“I can only take what she says and her opinion so seriously,” Harris said.

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Gabbard, meanwhile, said “that’s not what this is about” after being asked to respond to Harris’ attacks on Wednesday and whether she thinks Assad is a “murderer.”

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Biden under attack from all sides at Wednesday’s debate; Mystery surrounds death of bin Laden’s son

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Biden under fire from all sides on Night 2 in Detroit
Joe Biden seemed better prepared Wednesday in Detroit than he was last month in Miami as nine other would-be 2020 Democratic nominees took aim at his long record during the second round of the presidential primary debates. But he also found out that, not quite three years after he and President Obama left the White House, the Democratic Party of 2019 may no longer be the party of Obama. The former vice president tried keep his focus on President Trump and preview the general election battle he hopes to wage in 2020. But every other candidate quickly looked to score points by taking him out, and Biden spent the better part of the night fighting off their withering attacks.

The Democratic presidential primary front-runner sought to avoid a repeat of last month’s damaging clash with Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., but he faced the additional challenge in Detroit from Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J. The two senators tore into Biden’s record on everything from health care to immigration to criminal justice reform — as other candidates including New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio also took aim at the former veep. But Booker, who has struggled for months in the polls, was arguably toughest this time around, calling out Biden at one point for ducking a question on what advice he gave Obama on deportations.

Surrounded by candidates demanding that illegal border crossings be decriminalized, Biden struggled to push back. After all, some critics often called President Obama the “deporter-in-chief.” Booker dinged him for saying he wanted to “cherry-pick” the best and brightest immigrants, arguing it was pitting one set of immigrants against another. Uncensored, Booker elaborated to suggest it demeans some as being from “s—hole countries,” in a reference to a comment Trump reportedly once made.

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Former Vice President Joe Biden waves after the second of two Democratic presidential primary debates hosted by CNN Wednesday, July 31, 2019, in the Fox Theatre in Detroit. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

The big winners and losers of Wednesday’s Democratic debate were … 
Doug Schoen, a Fox News contributor and Democratic consultant, believes that despite the onslaught of attacks, Joe Biden emerged as the clear winner of Wednesday’s debate. However, Biden, Schoen says, faces a lingering question on whether he can win the support of progressives who believe the former VP is too moderate. Two of his greatest roadblocks to the Democratic nomination — U.S. Sens. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., and Bernie Sanders, I-Vt. — did not share the stage with him Wednesday. “Despite Biden’s strong performance and solid frontrunner status, it is clear that the party has seismically shifted away from the centrist Democratic Party of the 1990s, making his path to the nomination far from certain,” Schoen writes. CLICK HERE for Schoen’s full analysis.

Mystery surrounds the reported death of Usama bin Laden’s son
Hamza bin Laden, a son of Usama bin Laden, has died, according to multiple reports Wednesday. But the circumstances of his reported death remained a mystery. The date, location and other circumstances surrounding the death weren’t released. President Trump and top administration officials have chosen not to comment. The State Department in February had offered a $1 million reward for information leading to Usama bin Laden’s son. Hamza bin Laden was named a “specially designated global terrorist” in January 2017. He was not the head of Al Qaeda but had risen in prominence within the terror network his father founded, and the group may be grooming him to stand as a leader for a young generation of militants.

Ghosts of Elijah Cummings’ Baltimore past come back to haunt him
House Oversight Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings, D-Md., previously referred to his community of Baltimore as a “drug-infested” area, using a term that President Trump included in a tweet widely panned as a racist attack on the city. The video, tweeted by the president Wednesday, showed Cummings lamenting the city’s scourge of drugs while speaking during what appeared to be a congressional hearing. “This morning, I left my community of Baltimore — a drug-infested area where a lot of the drugs we are talking about today have already taken the lives of so many children,” he said.

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Arizona Diamondbacks’ Zack Greinke delivers a pitch during the first inning of a baseball game against the New York Yankees Wednesday, July 31, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

Astros land an ace in surprising deal; two dozen trades on MLB’s deadline day
Out of nowhere, the AL West-leading Houston Astros got a huge boost heading toward MLB’s postseason. On a dizzying day before baseball’s trade deadline, the Astros pulled off the biggest and most startling deal, adding ace Zack Greinke to an imposing rotation already loaded with All-Stars Justin Verlander and Gerrit Cole. Plenty of familiar names were on the move Wednesday — Shane Greene and Mark Melancon boosted the Braves’ bullpen, with Scooter Gennett, Jesús Aguilar, Mike Leake and Tanner Roark among those also changing teams. But it was the Astros’ acquisition of Greinke from Arizona for four minor leaguers that quickly became the talk of baseball. – Associated Press

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Malfunctioning wave machine injures 44 at Chinese water park

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A malfunctioning wave machine injured 44 people at a water park in northeastern China Sunday.

Instead of a gentle wave, the machine for a “tsunami pool” at Shuiyun Water Park in Longjing, China, generated one that hurtled swimmers into each other and out of the pool.

“According to the initial stages of the investigation, the incident was caused by a power cut that damaged electronic equipment in the tsunami pool control room, which led to the waves in the tsunami pool becoming too big and injuring people,” a statement from the Longjing city government said, according to the South China Morning Post.

Five people were still being treated at area hospitals midweek, some with fractured ribs, the Morning Post reported.

The water park is closed pending an investigation, The Washington Post reported.

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Confederate Railroad lead singer Danny Shirley on why he won’t change the band’s name

Country rock band, Confederate Railroad, has been under fire for its name.

So much so, venues have removed the band from their lineups including the upcoming Ulster County Fair in New York. Last week, a spokesman for Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan called Confederate Railroad’s logo, which depicts a steam train flying dual Confederate flags, “a symbol of division and racism.”

Danny Shirley, the lead singer of Confederate Railroad, responded to being dropped from the gig in a statement to Fox News:

ROCK BAND CONFEDERATE RAILROAD LOCKS DOWN NEW VENUE FOR PERFORMANCE AFTER REMOVAL FROM ILLINOIS STATE FAIR

I am who I am. We do what we do. I’ve been performing for more than 43 years and, hell, I’ve never seen anything like this.

Through that time me and the boys have been out playing for and connecting with audiences around the world with everyone having a good time. That’s what brings people together.

Lately, there have been a few officials who decided they didn’t want anyone to see us. But I’ve truly been humbled and overwhelmed by the outcry from the fans and our fellow artists saying they really do want to see us. 

Look, if you don’t want to come see us, that’s your choice. We’re listening to you. You’ll just miss out on a damn good time. To the fans who have stuck with us over the years though, thank you very much! You know who we are. We look forward to seeing you again soon.

I am who I am. We will keep doing what we do. The name of my band ain’t gonna change. 

If you’ve never seen us before, maybe this is the time to come out and see what this is all about.”

In early July, they were also dropped from the Du Quoin State Fair in Du Quoin, Ill., which is set to take place in August. At the time, Shirley told Fox News, it was “disappointing” to learn the news.

“We had played there before and it had gone great,” he said. “We were looking forward to playing.”

CONFEDERATE RAILROAD LOCKS DOWN NEW VENUE FOR CHARITY PERFORMANCE AFTER REMOVAL FROM ILLINOIS STATE FAIR LINEUP

Shirley helped form the band in 1987 and never expected there to be backlash about the name. “The attitude in the country was totally different then,” he explained.

Shirley added that the name was taken from a train that existed in the South during the Civil War and he never thought about updating the name as time progressed.

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“The people that don’t like the name of the band aren’t going to be fans anyway,” he said. “The last thing you want to do to the people who have supported all these years is to turn on them. I’m just going to keep doing what I’m doing and keep having fun onstage.”

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The logo has previously been on albums and printed on T-shirts, which they sell at events. Shirley has agreed not to sell merchandise with the logo and be as “cooperative as possible.”

Confederate Railroad is still booking over 100 shows a year and according to Shirley, “Everyone is welcome at our shows.”

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North Korea claims it tested new rocket system that could improve ability to strike South Korea, American bases

North Korea says its leader Kim Jong Un supervised the first test-firing of a new multiple rocket launcher system that could improve the Hermit Kingdom’s abilities to strike targets in South Korea and American military bases there.

The report by the regime’s official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) contradicts the South Korean military’s claims that the Wednesday test was of two short-range ballistic missiles.

NORTH KOREA FIRED ‘MULTIPLE’ PROJECTILES OFF EAST COAST, SOUTH KOREA REPORTS

The launches from the eastern coastal town of Wonsan were the North’s second weapons test in less than a week and were perceived as an effort to pressure the U.S. and South Korean governments to restart the nuclear diplomacy that has stalled for months now.

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People watch a TV showing a file image of North Korea’s missile launch during a news program at the Seoul Railway Station in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, July 31, 2019. (Associated Press)

KCNA said Kim was satisfied with the test firing and said the newly developed rocket system would soon serve a “main role” in his military’s land combat operations, creating “inescapable distress to the forces becoming a fat target of the weapon.”

Such rocket systems, along with new short-range missiles that the regime tested last week, could pose a serious threat to South Korea’s defense.

NORTH KOREA SAYS NEW MISSILE TEST WAS ‘SOLEMN WARNING’ TO SOUTH KOREAN ‘WARMONGERS’

The state media report didn’t disclose how the new rocket system performed, but noted that the test confirmed the system’s “combat effectiveness.”

Released test photos show Kim watching the spectacle with binoculars while a rocket shoots from what appears to be a launcher installed on a vehicle.

According to analysis by South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff, the tested missiles flew about 155 miles at an apogee of 19 miles. At this range, the North would be able to hit targets in the region surrounding Seoul and a major U.S. military base just south of the city.

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The North Korea regime has been increasingly lashing out amid a stalemate over nuclear talks, despite Kim meeting with President Trump in June on the North-South Korean border and agreeing to continue the talks.

The regime said last Friday that the new missile test was a “solemn warning” to “South Korean military warmongers” over its weapons development and plans to hold joint military drills with the U.S.

Earlier last week, Kim also visited a newly built submarine and expressed his satisfaction with its weapons system. North Korea said its deployment was “near at hand.”

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Kushner meets with leaders of Jordan, Israel on first day of Mideast tour to unveil peace plan

Jared Kushner met with the leaders of Jordan and Israel on Wednesday to outline the administration’s Mideast peace plan on the first day of a five-country tour through the region.

Kushner first discussed the “Deal of the Century,” a plan for Israeli-Palestinian peace, with  King Abdullah II in Jordan before heading to Israel for a meeting with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, The Jerusalem Post reported.

The administration has been working on the plan for two years.

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After the meeting in Jordan, Abdullah reiterated “the need to achieve just, comprehensive and lasting peace on the basis of the two-state solution,” Jordan’s state news service said, according to Al Arabiya.

It’s not clear if the plan calls for a two-state solution, and it fails to address Israeli occupation, according to Al Arabiya.

U.S. Ambassador David Friedman, who attended the Kushner-Netanyahu meeting, said the U.S. believes in “Palestinian autonomy,” according to The Post.

Kushner will leave on Thursday for Egypt, Morocco and Saudi Arabia.

The Trump administration has invited Arab leaders to a peace summit at Camp David in September to further discuss the plan.

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Israeli officials were involved in planning the summit but Netanyahu does not plan to attend.

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Victor Davis Hanson: Biden and Booker threats to punch out Trump no laughing matter

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Former Vice President Joe Biden has bragged on two occasions that he would like to beat up President Trump.

In March 2018, Biden huffed: “They asked me would I like to debate this gentleman, and I said no. I said, ‘If we were in high school, I’d take him behind the gym and beat the hell out of him.”

Biden’s tough-guy braggadocio was apparently no slip. A year later, he doubled down on his physical threats.

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“The idea that I’d be intimidated by Donald Trump? … He’s the bully that I’ve always stood up to. He’s the bully that used to make fun when I was a kid that I stutter, and I’d smack him in the mouth.”

Had former Vice President Dick Cheney ever dared to say something similar of President Obama, what would the media reaction have been?

Sen. Corey Booker, D-N.J., another presidential candidate, took up where Biden left off.

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“Trump is a guy who you understand he hurts you, and my testosterone sometimes makes me want to feel like punching him, which would be bad for this elderly, out-of-shape man that he is if I did that. This physically weak specimen,” Booker said.

One trait of the Democratic field of presidential candidates is always to sound further to the left than any of their primary rivals. Apparently, a similar habit is to see who can most effectively imagine beating up the president. For now, Booker seems to be in first place.

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The current candidates are just channeling three years of sick showboating by Hollywood celebrities.

Actor Robert De Niro has repeatedly expressed a desire to physically assault Trump. A month before Trump was elected, De Niro said of him, “I’d like to punch him in the face.” Later, De Niro doubled down with a series of “F— Trump” outbursts.

This is especially dangerous in the aftermath of progressive zealot and Bernie Sanders supporter James Hodgkinson’s 2017 attempt to assassinate Republican congressmen at a practice for a charity baseball game. Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La., was shot and nearly killed. Three other people were also shot and wounded.

Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., just hours after she was sworn in, said a rally that she had promised her young son that “we’re going to impeach the motherf—-r.”

Trump is a controversial president, no doubt. He replies to his critics with strong, often inflammatory invective.

Yet the continued litany of threats to physically assault or kill a president is lowering the bar of assassination, and it will haunt the country long after Trump is gone.

On the day Trump was inaugurated, the pop music star Madonna told a large crowd outside the White House that she had thought of blowing it up.

A few months later, comedian Kathy Griffin issued a video where she held up a bloody facsimile of a decapitated Trump head.

Since then, Hollywood and the entertainment industry have been in constant competition to imagine the most gruesome way of killing off Trump — stabbing, blowing up, burning, shooting, suffocating, decapitating or beating.

Celebrities such as Johnny Depp, Snoop Dogg, George Lopez, Moby, Rosie O’Donnell, Mickey Rourke and Larry Wilmore seem to relish the media attention as they discuss or demonstrate what they consider to be creative ways to kill the president.

It is hard to determine whether their tweets and outbursts are designed to restore sagging careers, are heartfelt expressions of pure hatred, or both.

We saw something similar to the current climate of threatened violence during the reelection campaign and second presidential term of George W. Bush.

A few columnists, documentary filmmakers and novelists went well beyond the boilerplate invective of calling Bush a fascist, racist, or Nazi and war criminal, and imagined his assassination in a variety of ways.

But we are now well beyond even that rhetorical violence.

Trump and his critics often go at it relentlessly in interviews, in Twitter wars, and on television and radio. No insult seems too petty for Trump to ignore.

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Yet progressives like Biden and Booker seem to think that by bragging of wanting to do violence to the president, they will rev up their base and win attention, as if physical violence is justified by Trump’s unorthodox presidency.

Nonetheless, the current climate is becoming scary. Those who brag of wanting to violently attack the president should worry about where their boasts will finally lead if any of the thousands of James Hodgkinsons in America take such threats seriously and act upon them.

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‘The Irishman’ trailer shows visual effects that de-age Robert De Niro 30 years

A trailer released Wednesday for an upcoming Frank Sheeran/Jiffy Hoffa biopic gives the first glimpse at the film’s cutting edge anti-aging visual effects.

“The Irishman,” which stars Robert De Niro and Al Pacino as Frank “The Irishman” Sheeran and Jimmy Hoffa respectively, covers several decades of the men’s lives, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

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This image released by Netflix shows Joe Pesci, left, and Robert De Niro in a scene from “The Irishman.” The film will make its world premiere at opening night of the New York Film Festival on September 27. (Niko Tavernise/Netflix via AP)

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Lucasfilm’s Industrial Light & Magic handled the digital de-aging VFX, which made De Niro about 30 years younger to play a more youthful Sheeran.

“We’re so used to watching them as the older faces,” “The Irishman” director Martin Scorsese told the A24 podcast about his hesitation over the technology. “Does it change the eyes at all? If that’s the case, what was in the eyes that I liked? Was it intensity? Was it gravitas? Was it threat?… How do we get that? I don’t know.”

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“The Irishman” will be in select theaters and on Netflix this fall, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

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Dan Gainor: In Dem debate, Biden confounds with joe30330 (do what?), media hero Obama takes at hit

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Democratic presidential candidates came out swinging in their debate Wednesday night, each trying to score a knockout blow to keep an old white guy out of the Oval Office. Only their immediate target wasn’t 73-year-old President Trump – it was 76-year-old former vice president Joe Biden.

As the early front-runner in a crowded field for his party’s presidential nomination, Biden got hit from all sides, especially on his actions taken as President Barack Obama’s vice president. The other candidates need to defeat Biden before one can go on to the title fight against Trump.

“The View” co-host Abby Huntsman tweeted: “Was there a pact made before with everyone to gang up on Biden?”

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MSNBC reporter Kasie Hunt commented that it was “Starting to feel like death or at least serious injury to Joe Biden by a thousand cuts from across the stage.”

It sure looked that way. Except Biden also threw some punches of his own. But he closed like a punch-drunk fighter – lost and befuddled.

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At one point, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York criticized Biden for writing a 1981 op-ed criticizing paid child care. She asked him: “What did you mean when you said when a woman works outside the home, it’s resulting in ‘the deterioration of family?’” Then she hit harder, reminding him that “these are quotes.”

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Biden acted surprised and explained how Gillibrand “came to Syracuse University with (him) and said it was wonderful.” Then he counterpunched. “I don’t know what’s happened except that you’re now running for president.” The crowd roared.

New York Times reporter Nicholas Confessore said: “Instead of running against Trump, the Democrats tonight are running against Obama.”

New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof noted how Gillibrand “seems opportunistic when she smacks Biden for long-ago sexist comments.”

Politico Chief Economic Correspondent Ben White agreed, adding: “Yeah she bungled that about as bad as she could.”

Fox News Chief Political Anchor Bret Baier tweeted out a reminder of why Gillibrand’s attack “did not really land” and included a photo Gillibrand and Biden smiling together. Gillibrand’s comment next to the photo complimented Biden: “Thank you @VP Biden for your unwavering commitment to combating violence against women!”

But Biden couldn’t maintain his momentum. By the time he got to his one-minute closing statement at the end of the debate, which aired on CNN, he was punched out.

Even lefty Vox said Biden “bungled debate closing statement.” He actually ended the debate with an error, telling viewers: “If you agree with me, go to joe30330 and help me in this fight.” Only that sounded like a website, when he meant for them to text to it.

To make matters worse, Biden gave a very ominous warning. “Eight more years of Donald Trump will change America in a fundamental way,” he said, screwing up the fact that Trump can only serve four more years. He added that “The America we know will no longer exist.”

Not a good close for the former VP. It was reminiscent of a funny video Trump had tweeted as a joke that showed him winning elections all the way out to 2048, at the age of 101.

Much of the debate in Detroit focused on criticism of Biden’s record, which in many instances also meant the record of former President Obama.

New York Times reporter Nicholas Confessore said: “Instead of running against Trump, the Democrats tonight are running against Obama.”

The Washington Post described the criticism this way: “Earlier, other candidates went after Biden over his involvement in a stringent 1990s crime bill and for standing by President Barack Obama during ramped-up deportations. Later attacks incorporated his stances on trade deals and dealing with climate change.”

CNN Editor-at-Large Chris Cillizza noted how strange it all was. “I am really surprised that everyone but Biden on the stage appears to be good with bashing Obama on what his administration didn’t do.”

Even anti-Trump Atlantic Staff Writer David Frum was amazed by it all. “I voted against him twice, and *I* seem to have more positive things to say about the last Democratic president than these Democrats seeking to succeed him,” he tweeted.

The Washington Post hammered the former VP, with a headline: “Candidates challenge Biden on keeping up with Democratic Party.”

The New York Times was more nuanced: “Democrats Put Harris and Biden on the Defensive.”

Kaili Joy Gray, executive editor of far-left Share Blue, blasted the former VP. “Joe Biden does not have good answers to explain his record,” she tweeted. Then she added: “It’s OK to make mistakes and realize you were wrong. But he refuses to do that. I don’t get it.”

Biden wasn’t the only one who got beaten up. Sen. Kamala Harris of California, who crushed Biden in their first debate, got a taste of her own medicine. Before noon, journalist Michael Tracey had ominously warned: “My one prediction for tonight is that Tulsi is going to take Kamala to the woodshed.”

He was right. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii went after Harris over her time as a prosecutor, saying she was “deeply concerned about this record.” AOL headlined it: “Gabbard rips into Harris for her record on marijuana prosecutions and death penalty.”

Gabbard punched like a political veteran in addition to a military vet, saying of Harris: “There are too many examples to cite but she put over 1,500 people in jail for marijuana violations and then laughed about it when she was asked if she ever smoked marijuana.” Harris later dismissed the allegations because of Gabbard’s low rank in the polls.

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The rapid-fired debate format had few fans. CNBC Editor at Large John Harwood complained that “this debate is working a lot better for CNN than the Democratic Party.”

GQ Correspondent Julia Ioffe was equally critical. “Once again, CNN has opted for entertainment rather than debate. We’ve learned nothing from 2016, it seems,” she wrote.

A lot of the commentary was aimed directly at moderator Jake Tapper. Poynter Institute Senior Media Writer Tom Jones mocked his interviewing style. “Jake Tapper’s moderating plan: ‘Okay, start fighting with that person over there,’” he tweeted.

NBC analyst Howard Fineman had the funniest comment about the CNN anchor. “If @jaketapper were a marriage counselor everyone would be divorced.”

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Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee used the opportunity to slam CNN, a popular position on the right.

“Just how bad is CNN? These past 2 awful nights gave CNN more viewers than it normally gets in a month, but still dismal numbers because their format is worse than farting cows,” Huckabee said.

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