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Dwyane Wade: My Transgender Daughter Knew Her Identity At 3 Years Old

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Dwyane Wade has continued to open up about his journey as the parent of a transgender daughter, crediting 12-year-old Zaya with being his family’s “leader” in what’s seemingly turned out to be a life-changing process. 

During a Tuesday appearance on “Good Morning America,” the retired NBA legend said he had never had a close relationship with a member of the LGBTQ community before Zaya, whom he said was 3 years old when she first identified as transgender.

“Zaya, early on, knew two things,” Wade told host Robin Roberts. “She knew ‘straight’ and she knew ‘gay.’ But Zaya started doing more research. … She went down the list and said, ‘This is how I identify myself. This is my gender identity.’” 

The retired NBA star said he and his wife, Gabrielle Union, took the moment as an opportunity to “sit down with our daughter and find out who she is and what she likes and not put something on her.”

“As parents, we put our hopes and our fears on our kids,” he added. “With Zaya, we decided to listen to her. She’s leading us along this journey.” 

Wade, who is also dad to Zaire Blessing Dwyane, 18, Xavier Zechariah, 6, and Kaavia James, 15 months, touches on his daughter’s gender identity in a new ESPN documentary, “D. Wade: Life Unexpected.”

He demonstrated his support for Zaya in an appearance on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” last week, explaining that he took his relatively newfound role as an LGBTQ ally “very seriously.” That same day, Union ― who is Zaya’s stepmother ― shared a short video of Zaya on social media in an effort to encourage others to “listen to, love [and] respect” their children as they are.

Seeing Zaya live as her authentic self at an early age, he told Roberts in the  “GMA” interview Tuesday, was “a moment of real.”

“I knew early on that I had to check myself,” Wade said. “I knew early on that I had to ask myself questions. I’ve been a person in a locker room that has been a part of the conversation that has said the wrong words and the wrong phrases myself. As I get older and as I watched my daughter grow, I had to look myself in the mirror and say, ‘Who are you?’”

As for the advice he would give to other parents who may be struggling with their child’s sexuality or gender identity, Wade stressed that he didn’t “have all the answers” but hoped his experience would prompt others to “have an open mind.”  

“Go out and research,” he said. “Ask your child, ask other people questions about this. This conversation is real.” 

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Banking Giant HSBC To Cut 35,000 Jobs Amid Restructuring

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HSBC says it will shed about 35,000 jobs over the next three years. The firm wants to shift more focus to Asian markets.

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British bank HSBC announced plans Tuesday to cut nearly 15% of its global workforce — some 35,000 jobs — and shed $100 billion in investments as it refocuses on growth markets in Asia.

Interim CEO Noel Quinn says the world’s seventh-largest bank had a resilient performance last year but that parts of the business, including Global Banking and investment markets in Europe and the U.S., “are not delivering acceptable returns.”

“We are taking decisive action today to address those underperforming parts of the business, to redistribute capital to the growth opportunity, to simplify our business — and in so doing reduce the cost base of HSBC,” Quinn said in a statement. “But it’s for a purpose, and that purpose is to grow.”

HSBC, which is based in London but does most of its business in Asia, has dealt with many recent uncertainties, including Brexit, protests in Hong Kong , U.S.-China trade disputes and now the novel coronavirus, The Associated Press reports.

The bank, which currently has 235,000 employees worldwide, says it is simplifying operations for “greater pace, greater agility and a less bureaucratic environment.” Job reductions are expected to take place over three years through a mix of layoffs and attrition.

HSBC has about 10,000 employees in the U.S. and operates branches in California, Connecticut, the District of Columbia, Florida, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Washington state.

Robert Sherman, an HSBC spokesperson for U.S. operations, said in a statement emailed to NPR that the bank is not sharing specific information on which jobs will be affected until those employees are notified.

However, Sherman said the bank will close about 80 branches this year in the U.S. alone, a reduction of about 30%. But he added that it will continue to open new branches on the West Coast to better serve the large Asian communities there.

HSBC’s troubles reflect trends in the wider banking industry, which is under pressure from low interest rates around the world, the AP noted. Banks tend to make less money when rates are low, as its squeezes their lending business.

The bank’s net profit fell 53%, to nearly $6 billion, last year, according to its annual report. HSBC also delivered an 8% return but hopes to reach returns of 10% to 12% in the next few years.

On news of the restructuring, HSBC stock fell more than 6% on the London Stock Exchange.

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Former Obama aide Dan Pfeiffer calls for ‘steps to undo the electoral college,’ end to filibuster

One of former President Obama’s top advisers has called for the U.S. government to undergo a variety of “structural changes,” including moves to eliminate the electoral college.

“Right now, we are currently on the path where … a shrinking, mostly white conservative minority is going to govern, for decades, a growing, progressive, diverse majority,” former Obama senior adviser for strategy and communications Dan Pfeiffer told MSNBC host Joe Scarborough on Tuesday.

According to Pfeiffer, the U.S. should “immediately get rid of the filibuster,” make the District of Columbia a state, and “begin steps to undo the electoral college.”

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He added that Trump’s presidency showed that “norms and traditions are not enough” and claimed the president had broken the law without consequences.

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Other proposals Pfeiffer mentioned included requiring presidents to make their tax returns public and doing away with the Justice Department legal guidance that sitting presidents cannot be indicted.

Pfeiffer was just one of many to call for an end to the electoral college after the 2016 presidential election, in which Democrat Hillary Clinton received nearly three million more votes than Republican Donald Trump, but lost the Electoral College vote 304-227.

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Pfeiffer also told Scarborough that Trump didn’t scare him as much as a future authoritarian-leaning ruler.

“In some ways, Trump’s attention deficit disorder, his ability to be easily distracted by Twitter is something that we should be grateful for because the president who scares me the most is the next authoritarian-leaning president who is smarter than Trump,” he said. “And we are headed that direction if we don’t make changes.”

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Buttigieg and super PAC improperly coordinated on Nevada ads, watchdog group says

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Independent allies of candidates can’t spend money “in cooperation, consultation or concert with, or at the request or suggestion of” a candidate, under federal rules.

But candidates and the independent super PACs that support them have increasingly found ways to work together without breaking laws barring outright coordination.

One common method is to signal strategies to each other using public means of communication, such as speeches, interviews, social media, news articles, news releases or a campaign website.

It’s bold, but legal: How campaigns and their super PAC backers work together

Still, the complaint argues that this particular instance crossed the line.

“This is different from what we’ve seen before, because the tweeted request is so obvious, including significant details about content, timing, location and duration of the ads that the Buttigieg campaign was seeking,” said Brendan Fischer, who directs the federal regulatory work of the Campaign Legal Center, which advocates for greater restrictions on the role of money in politics.

The Buttigieg campaign did not respond to a request for comment Tuesday.

Joseph E. Sandler, an attorney for VoteVets, said in a statement that the group “has conducted all of its activities in full compliance with federal campaign finance laws and regulations.”

“Acting independently — without any discussion or consultation with the campaign, devising its own messages and selecting its own audiences — VoteVets created an advertisement, to be run in Nevada, supporting Mayor Buttigieg,” Sandler’s statement read.

Sandler added that Halle’s tweet was a public statement and “did not influence in any way VoteVets’ decision to run the advertisement, or the timing, content or targeting of the advertisement.” Nevada was the next state in the Democratic primary process and a natural place for the group to run its ads, he said.

It is highly unlikely that there will be any formal action on the complaint before the November election. The FEC typically takes more than two years to reach a conclusion on legal complaints.

And the FEC currently lacks a voting quorum, so the panel would not be able to take a formal vote until it had at least four commissioners.

“The FEC’s failure to enforce its own rules in the decades since Citizens United and the recent lack of quorum has encouraged super PACs and campaigns to work together. But this does cross the line,” Fischer said.

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Madonna’s daughter Lourdes Leon parties the night away at London fashion week

Lourdes ‘Lola’ Leon stepped out in London on Monday to attend the Burberry fashion show.

After which, the eldest child of Madonna was spotted leaving the LOVE magazine’s London Fashion Week party looking as though she enjoyed the after-hours event.

The 23-year-old donned a mini-dress with a bedazzled tiger on it, knee-high leather boots and an animal-printed jacket.

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Earlier that day, she sat front row at the British label’s fashion show in Burberry corset mini dress with matching hat.

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Lourdes Leon seen attending LOVE Magazine party at The Standard during LFW February 2020. (Ricky Vigil M/GC Images)

Leon usually prefers stays out of the spotlight, unlike her famous mom. The Queen of Pop told British Vogue in June, “[Lola] is insanely talented. I’m green with envy because she’s incredible at everything she does – she’s an incredible dancer, she’s a great actress, she plays the piano beautifully, she’s way better than me in the talent department.”

“But she doesn’t have the same drive, and again, I feel social media plagues her and makes her feel like, ‘People are going to give me things because I’m her daughter,'” she explained.

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“I try to give her examples of other children of celebrities like Zoë Kravitz, for instance, who have to work through that ‘Oh yeah, you’re the daughter of…’ – and then eventually you are taken seriously for what you do,” the singer continued.

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Earlier on Monday, Lourdes Leon attended in Burberry fashion show.  (Ricky Vigil M/GC Images)

“You just have to keep going. But does she have the same drive that I have? No. But she also has a mother, and I didn’t. She grew up with money, and I didn’t. So everything is going to be different. But what can I do? I can’t fixate on it. I just have to do my best,” Madonna concluded.

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But Leon is forging her own path in the fashion world. The University of Michigan graduate was included in Miu Miu’s Spring 2019 ad campaign, was the face of Stella McCartney’s POP fragrance, and has walked in fashion show such as Jeremy Scott and Gypsy Sport.

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Jason Chaffetz claims ‘deep state’ is ‘scared to death’ of Trump, Barr exposing misconduct

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Former Utah congressman and Fox News contributor Jason Chaffetz told “Fox & Friends” Tuesday that the so-called  “deep state” is “scared to death” that President Trump, Attorney General Bill Barr, Connecticut U.S. Attorney John Durham, and Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz will expose misconduct at the Department of Justice during the Russia investigation.

Chaffetz spoke in response to an online petition urging Barr to resign and praising four federal prosecutors who withdrew from the sentencing of former Trump adviser Roger Stone over perceived interference from the White House. According to Politico, more than 1,100 former Justice Department employees have signed the petition.

The signatures were gathered by Protect Democracy, a nonprofit legal group that had also gathered signatures for a letter claiming Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia report presented enough evidence to charge Trump with obstruction of justice.

“This is the deep state being exposed. These people do not want accountability,” Chaffetz said on Tuesday. “There are about 110,000 people at the Department of Justice, roughly 10,000 of them are attorneys. There is one key thing that has to happen here, [and] most people don’t realize this, I was the chairman of the [House] Oversight Committee, the inspectors general out there can go out and inspect anything going on in the federal government, except attorneys at the Department of Justice.”

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“They can look at individual cases, but the one group of people that’s exempt are attorneys at the Department of Justice,” added Chaffetz, who noted that the House had passed a bill by voice vote which he said allows “inspectors general to go and look at these individual attorneys.”

“I think they’re scared to death of Donald Trump and Barr and Durham and certainly Horowitz because they don’t want people peeling back the onion [and] looking under the hood at how these people have operated at the Department of Justice,” Chaffetz said.

“That’s why they’re firing back. But now they’re being exposed.”

Last week, the Justice Department overruled its own prosecutors — who had recommended in a court filing that Stone be sentenced to up to nine years in prison. The revised sentecing memo did not recommend a specific prison term for Stone, leaving the matter in the hands of U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson.

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Trump, who has repeatedly denied influencing the DOJ’s action, applauded Barr on Twitter last week, writing: “Congratulations to Attorney General Bill Barr for taking charge of a case that was totally out of control and perhaps should not have even been brought.”

Fox News’ Andrew O’Reilly and Gregg Re contributed to this report.

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Quarantined Cruise Ship In Japan Became Incubator For Coronavirus

TOKYO (AP) — As an extraordinary two-week quarantine of a cruise ship ends Wednesday in Japan, many scientists say it was a failed experiment: The ship seemed to serve as an incubator for the new virus from China instead of an isolation facility meant to prevent the worsening of an outbreak.

Since the virus was identified late last year in central China, it has sickened tens of thousands of people and killed more than 1,800.

As of Tuesday, 542 cases of the virus, known as COVID-19, have been identified among the 3,711 quarantined passengers and crew, making the ship the site of the most infections outside of China. The Diamond Princess cruise ship is also the only place where health officials have seen the disease spread efficiently beyond China.

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ASSOCIATED PRESS Two buses leave a port where the quarantined Diamond Princess cruise ship is docked in Yokohama on Saturday, Feb. 15.

The Japanese government has repeatedly defended the effectiveness of the quarantine. But some experts suggest it may have been less than rigorous.

In a possible sign of lax quarantine protocols, three Japanese health officials who helped in the quarantine checks on the ship were also infected.

“There are sometimes environments in which disease can spread in a more efficient way,” said Dr. Michael Ryan, executive director of the World Health Organization’s health emergencies program. Ryan said cruise ships in particular were known to occasionally accelerate spread.

“It’s an unfortunate event occurring on the ship and we trust that the authorities in Japan and the governments who are taking back people will be able to follow up those individuals in the appropriate way,” he said.

Japan’s health minister, Katsunobu Kato, told reporters Tuesday that all passengers who remained on the cruise ship have had samples taken and that those who tested negative would start getting off the vessel beginning Wednesday, when their required 14-day quarantine is scheduled to end.

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ASSOCIATED PRESS A passenger stands on the balcony of the quarantined cruise ship Diamond Princess on Sunday, Feb. 9.

“They all want to go home as early as possible, and we hope to assist them so that everyone can get home smoothly,” Kato said.

The process is expected to take until Friday because of the large number of people involved.

“Obviously the quarantine hasn’t worked, and this ship has now become a source of infection,” said Dr. Nathalie MacDermott, an outbreak expert at King’s College London.

She said the exact mechanism of the virus’ spread was unknown. Although scientists believe the disease is spread mostly by droplets — when people cough or sneeze — it’s possible there are other ways of transmission.

“We need to understand how the quarantine measures on board were implemented, what the air filtration on board is like, how the cabins are connected and how waste products are disposed of,” MacDermott said.

“There could also be another mode of transmission we’re not familiar with,” she said, noting the possibility of environmental spread and the importance of “deep-cleaning” the entire ship to prevent people from touching contaminated surfaces.

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ASSOCIATED PRESS Medical workers in protective suits lead a passenger who tested positive for a new coronavirus on the Diamond Princess cruise ship on Wednesday, Feb. 5.

During the 2002-2003 outbreak of SARS, a related virus, more than 300 people were infected through a defective sewage system in a Hong Kong housing estate. MacDermott said it was possible there was a similar issue aboard the Diamond Princess.

“There’s no reason this (quarantine) should not have worked if it had been done properly,” she said.

Cruise ships have often been struck by outbreaks of diseases like norovirus, which can spread quickly in the close quarters of a boat and among elderly passengers with weaker immune systems. But MacDermott said it would be highly unusual for an entire boat to be quarantined.

“They might quarantine the people affected in their rooms until they’re 48 hours clear of symptoms, but certainly not all passengers,” she said.

Some passengers on the Diamond Princess described the ship as a “floating prison” but were allowed to walk on the decks every day while wearing a mask and were told to keep their distance from others.

“I suspect people were not as isolated from other people as we would have thought,” said Dr. Paul Hunter, a professor of medicine at the University of East Anglia in England. He said the continued spread of the virus could be due to compliance problems.

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ASSOCIATED PRESS Japanese health officials are conducting extensive medical checks on all 3,700 passengers and crew of the cruise ship that returned to Japan after one passenger tested positive for the new coronavirus.

“It’s difficult to enforce a quarantine in a ship environment and I’m absolutely sure there were some passengers who think they’re not going to let anyone tell them what they can and cannot do,” he said. He suggested that if the passengers had been quarantined on land, having more space might have allowed for better infection control procedures. But he acknowledged that attempting to quarantine more than 3,700 people was logistically challenging.

Hunter said it was “a huge disappointment” that the quarantine hadn’t curbed the spread of the virus and that it was unfortunate some passengers returning to their home countries would now face a second period of isolation.

“Given how the virus has continued to spread, we have to presume everyone leaving the ship is potentially infected, and therefore they have to go through another two-week quarantine period,” he said. “Not to do so would be reckless.”

Japanese health officials say a 14-day quarantine on the ship is adequate, noting that all but one of more than 500 Japanese returnees from the epicenter of the virus in China who initially tested negative were found to be virus-free at the end of their 14-day quarantine.

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ASSOCIATED PRESS This undated electron microscope image made available by the U.S. National Institutes of Health shows the Novel Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, orange, emerging from the surface of cells, green, cultured in the lab.

Those officials also defended precautions taken on the ship. About 1,000 crew members were told to wear surgical masks, wash their hands, use disinfectant sprays and stop operations at restaurants, bars and other entertainment areas after Feb. 5, when the first group of 10 infections was reported and the start of the 14-day quarantine was announced.

Passengers were instructed to stay in their cabins and not walk around or contact other passengers. Those in windowless cabins could go out on the deck for about an hour each day.

The quarantine was largely for passengers because crew members kept sharing double rooms and continued to serve guests by delivering food, letters, towels and amenities, and entering passenger cabins for cleaning. Crew members also ate in groups in a crew mess hall.

“Unlike passengers, crew members share their rooms, they share food, and that’s why some of them are infected even after the quarantine started,” said Shigeru Omi, a former regional director for the World Health Organization.

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ASSOCIATED PRESS Patients infected with the coronavirus take rest at a temporary hospital converted from the Wuhan Sports Center in Wuhan in central China’s Hubei Province on Feb. 17.

Omi said quarantine is one of the measures considered effective early on. But the virus has already made its way into local communities across Japan, where untraceable cases have been popping up, he said.

At this stage, “the spreading of the virus will be inevitable, and that’s why quarantine is out of the question,” Omi said.

He said the focus now should shift from border control to preventing the spread in local communities.

Other scientists said that passengers should have been removed from the ship from the beginning.

“Boats are notorious places for being incubators for viruses,” said Arthur Caplan, a professor of bioethics at the New York University School of Medicine. “It’s only morally justified to keep people on the boat if there are no other options.”

Caplan said that a second quarantine was warranted, but that officials had done a poor job of explaining what would happen if their original plan failed.

“It’s never good to lose your civil liberties and your rights of movement, but two more weeks of quarantine is not an undue burden if you’re trying to protect spread of a disease,” he said.

Cheng reported from London. Associated Press writer Jamey Keaten in Geneva contributed to this report.

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Trump Grants Clemency to Rod Blagojevich, Bernard Kerik and Michael Milken

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WASHINGTON — President Trump commuted the 14-year prison sentence of former Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich of Illinois, the Democrat who was convicted of trying to essentially sell Barack Obama’s vacated Senate seat for personal gain, and pardoned the financier Michael R. Milken and Bernard B. Kerik, the former New York City police commissioner, the president announced on Tuesday.

“Yes, we commuted the sentence of Rod Blagojevich,” Mr. Trump told reporters just before boarding Air Force One for a four-day trip to the west coast where he is scheduled to hold three campaign rallies. “He served eight years in jail, a long time. He seems like a very nice person, don’t know him.”

Mr. Kerik, the former New York City police commissioner, was convicted of tax fraud and lying to the government. And he said he had also pardoned Mr. Milken, the investment banker who was known in the 1980s as the “junk bond king” and who has fought for decades to reverse his conviction for securities fraud.

Mr. Trump commuted the former governor’s sentence on Tuesday after saying for years that he was considering intervening in Mr. Blagojevich’s case. By commuting the sentence, the president would free Mr. Blagojevich from prison without wiping out the conviction. Republicans have advised the president against it, arguing that Mr. Blagojevich’s crime epitomizes the corruption that Mr. Trump had said he wanted to tackle as president.

The president’s decision came the same day that he pardoned or commuted the sentences of eight others including Edward J. DeBartolo Jr., a former owner of the San Francisco 49ers who pleaded guilty in 1998 to concealing an extortion attempt and eventually surrendered control of his team.

Mr. DeBartolo, the scion of a prominent real estate development family who created one of the National Football League’s greatest dynasties, was prosecuted after agreeing to pay $400,000 in brand-new $100 bills to Edwin W. Edwards, the influential former governor of Louisiana, to secure a riverboat gambling license for his gambling consortium.

Mr. DeBartolo avoided prison but was fined $1 million and suspended for a year by the N.F.L. He later handed over the 49ers to his sister Denise DeBartolo York. His nephew Jed York currently runs the team, which made it back to the Super Bowl this year only to fall to the Kansas City Chiefs.

In conversations with advisers, Mr. Trump has also raised the prospect of commuting the sentence of Roger J. Stone Jr, his longest-serving adviser, who was convicted in November of seven felony charges, including tampering with a witness and lying under oath in order to obstruct a congressional inquiry into whether the Trump campaign conspired with Russia to influence the 2016 election.

Asked about a pardon for Mr. Stone on Tuesday, Mr. Trump said “I haven’t given it any thought.”

Mr. DeBartolo, often called Eddie D., controlled the franchise for 23 years, presiding over the 49ers’ golden era in the 1980s and 1990s when the team won five Super Bowl championships under coach Bill Walsh with legendary players like Joe Montana, Steve Young, Ronnie Lott and Jerry Rice. Despite his felony conviction, Mr. DeBartolo was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2016.

Mr. Trump made no immediate comment Tuesday on his decision but left it to his deputy press secretary, Hogan Gidley, to announce the pardon to reporters. Joining Mr. Gidley at the announcement was a host of N.F.L. legends who supported Mr. DeBartolo, including Mr. Rice, Mr. Lott, Jim Brown and Charles Haley.

“Eddie was like that 12th man that was on that football field,” Mr. Rice told reporters. “You know that this guy, you know, he wanted us to win. And I think he’s the main reason why we won so many Super Bowls. So today is a great day for him. I’m glad to be here and be a part of that.”

Along with Mr. Brown, Mr. DeBartolo was among the hosts of a pre-inauguration party in 2017 that honored people close to Mr. Trump at the time, including Michael D. Cohen, his personal attorney who later went to prison for campaign finance violations and tax evasion, and Omarosa Manigault Newman, a former contestant on “The Apprentice” who joined the White House staff before later being fired. Mr. Trump promoted the event on Twitter at the time.

In the late 1990s, Mr. DeBartolo was an investor in the Hollywood Casino Corp., a Dallas company seeking permission for a riverboat casino in Louisiana. On March 12, 1997, he met Mr. Edwards for lunch in California and handed over $400,000 that the former Louisiana governor had demanded for his help in securing a license. The next day, the Gaming Board granted the license. A month later, federal agents raided Mr. Edwards’s house and office, seizing the $400,000.

“Why do it? It actually was just plain stupidity, and I should have just walked away from it,” Mr. DeBartolo told NFL Films for a biographical documentary in 2012. “I was as much to blame because I was old enough to know better and too stupid to do anything about it.”

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Elizabeth Warren: 5 things to know

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Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., has fought a high-profile battle with Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., to capture the Democratic party’s progressive wing and present general election voters with an option for “big, structural change” in November. An early favorite to secure the party’s nomination, Warren and her campaign outlasted those of two of her fellow well-known senators: Kamala Harris, D-Calif., and Cory Booker, D-N.J.

Here are five things to know about Warren as the 2020 presidential election cycle is officially underway.

1. She had to apologize for claiming to be a Native American

After taking DNA test and publicizing its results — that she was between 1/64 and 1/1024 Native American — Warren was forced to apologize to Cherokee Nation for claiming Native American ancestry in her past.

“Senator Warren has reached out to us and has apologized to the tribe. We are encouraged by this dialogue and understanding that being a Cherokee Nation tribal citizen is rooted in centuries of culture and laws, not through DNA tests,” Cherokee Nation spokeswoman Julie Hubbard said in a statement in early 2019.

ELIZABETH WARREN APOLOGIZES TO CHEROKEE NATION FOR TAKING DNA TEST TO PROVE NATIVE-AMERICAN ROOTS

Warren had previously claimed to be a minority when applying for jobs and has been given the nickname “Pocahontas” by President Trump.

2. She’s a big CFPB fan

Many of Warren’s policy proposals involve creating new departments or bureaus in the executive branch, and she already has experience doing that.

BUREAUCRACY BONANZA? WARREN’S PLANS WOULD CREATE PLETHORA OF NEW FEDERAL OFFICES

Warren was one of the driving forces behind the creation of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), which monitors and regulates consumer financial products, during the Obama administration.

3. She has a plan for that

One of the hallmarks of Warren’s campaign is that she is a policy wonk — someone who doesn’t just have ideas but comes prepared with a detailed road map of how to make those ideas happen.

Warren’s campaign website includes dozens of plans for prospective voters to peruse, from how to cancel student loan debt to universal child care to ending private prisons.

4. She’s a former law professor

After practicing law for a short time after getting her J.D., Warren went back to teaching in public schools, which she said was her preferred job. She later got to combine her passions, embarking on a 30-plus-year career as a law professor.

Warren taught at prestigious schools including the University of Pennsylvania and Harvard University, according to her website.

5. She had one child and was pregnant with a second by the time she graduated law school

Warren’s first child was born when she was a 22-year-old teacher, according to her website. Soon after, she went to law school and graduated while eight months pregnant.

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Warren advocates for universal child care on the campaign trail, citing her experience with what she says was sexist discrimination against her as part of her argument.

Fox News’ Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report.

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Trump Grants Clemency to Rod Blagojevich, Bernard Kerik and Michael Milken

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WASHINGTON — President Trump commuted the 14-year prison sentence of former Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich of Illinois, the Democrat who was convicted of trying to essentially sell Barack Obama’s vacated Senate seat for personal gain, and pardoned the financier Michael R. Milken and Bernard B. Kerik, the former New York City police commissioner, the president announced on Tuesday.

“Yes, we commuted the sentence of Rod Blagojevich,” Mr. Trump told reporters just before boarding Air Force One for a four-day trip to the west coast where he is scheduled to hold three campaign rallies. “He served eight years in jail, a long time. He seems like a very nice person, don’t know him.”

Mr. Kerik, the former New York City police commissioner, was convicted of tax fraud and lying to the government. And he said he had also pardoned Mr. Milken, the investment banker who was known in the 1980s as the “junk bond king” and who has fought for decades to reverse his conviction for securities fraud.

Mr. Trump commuted the former governor’s sentence on Tuesday after saying for years that he was considering intervening in Mr. Blagojevich’s case. By commuting the sentence, the president would free Mr. Blagojevich from prison without wiping out the conviction. Republicans have advised the president against it, arguing that Mr. Blagojevich’s crime epitomizes the corruption that Mr. Trump had said he wanted to tackle as president.

The president’s decision came the same day that he pardoned or commuted the sentences of eight others including Edward J. DeBartolo Jr., a former owner of the San Francisco 49ers who pleaded guilty in 1998 to concealing an extortion attempt and eventually surrendered control of his team.

Mr. DeBartolo, the scion of a prominent real estate development family who created one of the National Football League’s greatest dynasties, was prosecuted after agreeing to pay $400,000 in brand-new $100 bills to Edwin W. Edwards, the influential former governor of Louisiana, to secure a riverboat gambling license for his gambling consortium.

Mr. DeBartolo avoided prison but was fined $1 million and suspended for a year by the N.F.L. He later handed over the 49ers to his sister Denise DeBartolo York. His nephew Jed York currently runs the team, which made it back to the Super Bowl this year only to fall to the Kansas City Chiefs.

In conversations with advisers, Mr. Trump has also raised the prospect of commuting the sentence of Roger J. Stone Jr, his longest-serving adviser, who was convicted in November of seven felony charges, including tampering with a witness and lying under oath in order to obstruct a congressional inquiry into whether the Trump campaign conspired with Russia to influence the 2016 election.

Asked about a pardon for Mr. Stone on Tuesday, Mr. Trump said “I haven’t given it any thought.”

Mr. DeBartolo, often called Eddie D., controlled the franchise for 23 years, presiding over the 49ers’ golden era in the 1980s and 1990s when the team won five Super Bowl championships under coach Bill Walsh with legendary players like Joe Montana, Steve Young, Ronnie Lott and Jerry Rice. Despite his felony conviction, Mr. DeBartolo was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2016.

Mr. Trump made no immediate comment Tuesday on his decision but left it to his deputy press secretary, Hogan Gidley, to announce the pardon to reporters. Joining Mr. Gidley at the announcement was a host of N.F.L. legends who supported Mr. DeBartolo, including Mr. Rice, Mr. Lott, Jim Brown and Charles Haley.

“Eddie was like that 12th man that was on that football field,” Mr. Rice told reporters. “You know that this guy, you know, he wanted us to win. And I think he’s the main reason why we won so many Super Bowls. So today is a great day for him. I’m glad to be here and be a part of that.”

Along with Mr. Brown, Mr. DeBartolo was among the hosts of a pre-inauguration party in 2017 that honored people close to Mr. Trump at the time, including Michael D. Cohen, his personal attorney who later went to prison for campaign finance violations and tax evasion, and Omarosa Manigault Newman, a former contestant on “The Apprentice” who joined the White House staff before later being fired. Mr. Trump promoted the event on Twitter at the time.

In the late 1990s, Mr. DeBartolo was an investor in the Hollywood Casino Corp., a Dallas company seeking permission for a riverboat casino in Louisiana. On March 12, 1997, he met Mr. Edwards for lunch in California and handed over $400,000 that the former Louisiana governor had demanded for his help in securing a license. The next day, the Gaming Board granted the license. A month later, federal agents raided Mr. Edwards’s house and office, seizing the $400,000.

“Why do it? It actually was just plain stupidity, and I should have just walked away from it,” Mr. DeBartolo told NFL Films for a biographical documentary in 2012. “I was as much to blame because I was old enough to know better and too stupid to do anything about it.”

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