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The Day Jeffrey Epstein Told Me He Had Dirt on Powerful People

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Almost exactly a year ago, on Aug. 16, 2018, I visited Jeffrey Epstein at his cavernous Manhattan mansion.

The overriding impression I took away from our roughly 90-minute conversation was that Mr. Epstein knew an astonishing number of rich, famous and powerful people, and had photos to prove it. He also claimed to know a great deal about these people, some of it potentially damaging or embarrassing, including details about their supposed sexual proclivities and recreational drug use.

So one of my first thoughts on hearing of Mr. Epstein’s suicide was that many prominent men and at least a few women must be breathing sighs of relief that whatever Mr. Epstein knew, he has taken it with him.

During our conversation, Mr. Epstein made no secret of his own scandalous past — he’d pleaded guilty to state charges of soliciting prostitution from underage girls and was a registered sex offender — and acknowledged to me that he was a pariah in polite society. At the same time, he seemed unapologetic. His very notoriety, he said, was what made so many people willing to confide in him. Everyone, he suggested, has secrets and, he added, compared with his own, they seemed innocuous. People confided in him without feeling awkward or embarrassed, he claimed.

I’d never met Mr. Epstein before. I had contacted him because my colleagues and I had heard a rumor that he was advising Tesla’s embattled chief executive, Elon Musk, who was in trouble after announcing on Twitter that he had lined up the funding to take Tesla private.

The Securities and Exchange Commission began an investigation into Mr. Musk’s remarks, which moved markets but didn’t appear to have much basis in fact. There were calls for Mr. Musk to relinquish his position as Tesla’s chairman and for Tesla to recruit more independent directors. I’d heard that Mr. Epstein was compiling a list of candidates at Mr. Musk’s behest — and that Mr. Epstein had an email from Mr. Musk authorizing the search for a new chairman. Mr. Musk and Tesla vehemently deny this.

When I contacted Mr. Epstein, he readily agreed to an interview. The caveat was that the conversation would be “on background,” which meant I could use the information as long as I didn’t attribute it directly to him. (I consider that condition to have lapsed with his death.)

He insisted that I meet him at his house, which I’d seen referred to as the largest single-family home in Manhattan. This seems plausible: I initially walked past the building, on East 71st Street, because it looked more like an embassy or museum than a private home. Next to the imposing double doors was a polished brass plaque with the initials “J.E.” and a bell. After I rang, the door was opened by a young woman, her blond hair pulled back in a chignon, who greeted me with what sounded like an Eastern European accent.

I can’t say how old she was, but my guess would be late teens or perhaps 20. Given Mr. Epstein’s past, this struck me as far too close to the line. Why would Mr. Epstein want a reporter’s first impression to be that of a young woman opening his door?

The woman led me up a monumental staircase to a room on the second floor overlooking the Frick museum across the street. It was quiet, the lighting dim, and the air-conditioning was set very low. After a few minutes, Mr. Epstein bounded in, dressed casually in jeans and a polo shirt, shook my hand and said he was a big fan of my work. He had a big smile and warm manner. He was trim and energetic, perhaps from all the yoga he said he was practicing. He was undeniably charismatic.

Before we left the room he took me to a wall covered with framed photographs. He pointed to a full-length shot of a man in traditional Arab dress. “That’s M.B.S.,” he said, referring to Mohammed bin Salman, the crown prince of Saudi Arabia. The crown prince had visited him many times, and they spoke often, Mr. Epstein said.

He led me to a large room at the rear of the house. There was an expansive table with about 20 chairs. Mr. Epstein took a seat at the head, and I sat to his left. He had a computer, a small blackboard and a phone to his right. He said he was doing some foreign-currency trading.

Behind him was a table covered with more photographs. I noticed one of Mr. Epstein with former President Bill Clinton, and another of him with the director Woody Allen. Displaying photos of celebrities who had been caught up in sex scandals of their own also struck me as odd.

Mr. Epstein avoided specifics about his work for Tesla. He told me that he had good reason to be cryptic: Once it became public that he was advising the company, he’d have to stop doing so, because he was “radioactive.” He predicted that everyone at Tesla would deny talking to him or being his friend.

He said this was something he’d become used to, even though it didn’t stop people from visiting him, coming to his dinner parties or asking him for money. (That was why, Mr. Epstein told me without any trace of irony, he was considering becoming a minister so that his acquaintances would be confident that their conversations would be kept confidential.)

If he was reticent about Tesla, he was more at ease discussing his interest in young women. He said that criminalizing sex with teenage girls was a cultural aberration and that at times in history it was perfectly acceptable. He pointed out that homosexuality had long been considered a crime and was still punishable by death in some parts of the world.

Mr. Epstein then meandered into a discussion of other prominent names in technology circles. He said people in Silicon Valley had a reputation for being geeky workaholics, but that was far from the truth: They were hedonistic and regular users of recreational drugs. He said he’d witnessed prominent tech figures taking drugs and arranging for sex (Mr. Epstein stressed that he never drank or used drugs of any kind).

I kept trying to steer the conversation back to Tesla, but Mr. Epstein remained evasive. He said he’d spoken to the Saudis about possibly investing in Tesla, but he wouldn’t provide any specifics or names. When I pressed him on the purported email from Mr. Musk, he said the email wasn’t from Mr. Musk himself, but from someone very close to him. He wouldn’t say who that person was. I asked him if that person would talk to me, and he said he’d ask. He later said the person declined; I doubt he asked.

When I later reflected on our interview, I was struck by how little information Mr. Epstein had actually provided. While I can’t say anything he said was an explicit lie, much of what he said was vague or speculative and couldn’t be proved or disproved. He did have at least some ties to Mr. Musk — a widely circulated photo shows Mr. Musk with Ghislaine Maxwell, Mr. Epstein’s confidante and former companion, at the 2014 Vanity Fair Oscars party. But it seemed clear Mr. Epstein had embellished his role in the Tesla situation to enhance his own importance and gain attention — something that now seems to have been a pattern.

About a week after that interview, Mr. Epstein called and asked if I’d like to have dinner that Saturday with him and Woody Allen. I said I’d be out of town. A few weeks after that, he asked me to join him for dinner with the author Michael Wolff and Donald J. Trump’s former adviser, Steve Bannon. I declined. (I don’t know if these dinners actually happened. Mr. Bannon has said he didn’t attend. Mr. Wolff and a spokeswoman for Mr. Allen didn’t respond to requests for comment on Monday.)

Several months passed. Then early this year Mr. Epstein called to ask if I’d be interested in writing his biography. He sounded almost plaintive. I sensed that what he really wanted was companionship. As his biographer, I’d have no choice but to spend hours listening to his saga. Already leery of any further ties to him, I was relieved I could say that I was already busy with another book.

That was the last I heard from him. After his arrest and suicide, I’m left to wonder: What might he have told me?

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Mom says McDonald’s worker wouldn’t clean up syringe in bathroom: ‘I ain’t touching or cleaning that’

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When a syringe was allegedly found in the bathroom of a McDonald’s, one of the restaurant’s staff allowed it to remain there, a mother insists.

The incident is said to have occurred at a McDonalds in Birmingham, United Kingdom, in early August. Photos of the syringe were posted to Facebook, along with claims that a worker for the restaurant “just left” the needle where it lay.

Aimee Price Lawlor shared the photos with the caption, “Anyone with kids that goes to McDonald’s at the Yenton be very careful I found this on the sink in the toilet there earlier and if that wasn’t bad enough I told the cleaner and she just said I ain’t touching or cleaning that someone else can! Then she just left it there!”

According to Lawlor, the incident occurred around 6 p.m., with the restaurant full of customers.

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“I saw the needle and I did go to pick it up myself for a second then I realized how dangerous that could be,” Lawlor told Fox News. “That’s when I found the cleaner and she said that she would get someone else to clean it up, but I didn’t see her go to talk to anyone else. Even if she did, she didn’t lock the toilet up, so it was open and anybody else could have gone in there.”

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“I completely understand the cleaner not wanting to touch it, but I think she should have locked the toilets up until it had been sorted,” Lawlor continued.

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A spokesperson for McDonald’s told The Birmingham Mail that the worker did the right thing by not touching the needle. According to the company, the issue was appropriately escalated by the worker, and the needle ultimately removed properly.

That doesn’t sit quite right with Lawlor, though. She said she thinks the situation could have been handled better.

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“I just want people with children to be careful,” she said, “because I know how children would just pick it up to look. I dread to think of what would happen. I’m very lucky I only had my youngest child with me that day because my older two children would be inquisitive about it.”

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Commutation of Blagojevich prison sentence on hold

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The potential commutation of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich‘s federal prison sentence has been put on hold amid White House officials’ fears of public pushback, sources say.

Two sources told Fox News that on Thursday, Blagojevich, 62, made it to processing for his discharge from a federal prison in Littleton, Colo. However, a commutation was put on hold after a Trump administration official became concerned about opposition to the idea, which the president said he was “seriously” considering.

In a tweet, Trump said the issue was under review.

“Rod Blagojevich, the former Governor of Illinois, was sentenced to 14 years in prison. He has served 7 years. Many people have asked that I study the possibility of commuting his sentence in that it was a very severe one. White House staff is continuing the review of this matter,” he posted.

The final step is known as “R&D,” for “reception and discharge.”

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The former Democratic governor is serving a 14-year sentence in connection with corruption charges. Federal prosecutors alleged he tried to sell the Senate seat vacated by President Barack Obama and extort a hospital and a race track.

Trump called the sentence “unbelievably unfair” and pointed to former FBI Director James Comey’s alleged role in Blagojevich’s conviction.

“I thought he was treated unbelievably unfairly; he was given close to 18 years in prison,” Trump told reporters aboard Air Force One last week. “And a lot of people thought it was unfair, like a lot of other things — and it was the same gang, the Comey gang and all these sleazebags that did it. “

Illinois Republicans are urging Trump to rethink the commutation.

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Tim Schneider, the GOP chairman for Illinois, said in a statement that officials found guilty should serve their full sentences, especially in a state where “corrupt, machine-style politics is still all too common.”

Attorneys for the disgraced governor have called his sentence unfair but appeal efforts have fallen short.

Fox News editor Gerren Keith Gaynor and The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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WATCH: Kangaroos Discover Snow

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It’s been a summer of heat waves in the Northern hemisphere. But in Australia, a group of kangaroos is enjoying wintry conditions.

Stephen Grenfell captured their joy as the troop leaped across open fields, undeterred by the cold, wet ground just north of Goulburn, in New South Wales.

While the area sees a few snowy days each winter, the high in August is usually in the 50s Farenheit. Heavy snowfall and blustery conditions are ongoing in some parts of Southeastern Australia early this week.

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As Saudis and Indians Grow Closer, a $15 Billion Deal Blooms

MUMBAI, India — Underscoring its desire for stronger ties to India and the country’s 1.3 billion people, Saudi Arabia’s state-owned oil giant is buying 20 percent of the petroleum-related businesses of Reliance Industries, one of India’s biggest companies.

The $15 billion investment, which Reliance announced on Monday, is a vote of confidence by the Saudis in India’s economy and its prime minister, Narendra Modi, at a time when India’s economy is flagging. Mr. Modi has recently stepped up his efforts to court the Saudis and other overseas investors as the flow of foreign money into India has declined and the country’s trade relationship with the Trump administration has deteriorated.

Saudi Arabia’s closer embrace of India also deals a blow to Pakistan, which has been trying unsuccessfully to rally support among fellow Muslim nations to oppose Mr. Modi’s decision last week to revoke the statehood and semiautonomous status of Jammu and Kashmir, India’s only Muslim-majority state. The region has been fought over by Pakistan and India since they both gained independence from Britain in 1947, and each country occupies portions of it.

Saudi Arabia and Pakistan have long been close, with the Arab nation often supporting its South Asian neighbor in disputes with India. During a February visit, Saudi Arabia’s crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman, promised to invest $20 billion in Pakistan, offering its government a crucial lifeline as it copes with an economic crisis.

But Prince Mohammed has also sought to build closer ties to other countries in Asia, including China and India.

“Saudi Arabia looks at India with much greater hope and optimism than Pakistan,” said Sreeram Chaulia, dean of the school of international affairs at O.P. Jindal Global University near New Delhi. “From the Saudi perspective, India doesn’t need aid. India is a great place where they can make money.”

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“India is rising,” said Mukesh Ambani, the leader of Reliance. “No power on earth can stop India from rising higher.”CreditFrancis Mascarenhas/Reuters

[Saudi Aramco says it’s “ready” for an I.P.O. as it reports its half-year earnings.]

For Reliance, which is run by Asia’s richest man, Mukesh Ambani, the deal is a way to keep moving the company from its roots in energy and chemicals toward faster-growing sectors like telecom, television and retailing.

Using profits from the petroleum side of the empire, Mr. Ambani started an upstart cellphone carrier, Jio, three years ago, and cut prices for consumers to nearly zero. As rivals struggled to respond to the devastating price war, customers flocked to Jio, and today it is India’s biggest mobile phone provider, with 340 million subscribers. Reliance is also India’s biggest retailer, with chains selling everything from groceries to toys.

At the company’s annual meeting on Monday, Mr. Ambani told shareholders that Reliance would soon offer broadband internet services to homes and businesses, again at rates far cheaper than existing offerings. And he announced plans to challenge Amazon’s profitable web services division through a new partnership with Microsoft.

Mr. Ambani’s deal with the Saudis would allow him to reduce the billions of dollars in debt incurred to build all these new businesses while also scoring political points with Mr. Modi. The Modi administration has made several regulatory rulings that have helped Reliance. Mr. Ambani, meanwhile, has supported much of Mr. Modi’s political and economic agenda, including the prime minister’s call last week for Indian companies to invest in Kashmir’s economy.

“The government is laying the foundation of new institutions for business promotion and regulation,” Mr. Ambani told shareholders. “India is rising. No power on earth can stop India from rising higher.”

Prince Mohammed of Saudi Arabia has faced heavy criticism from some quarters for his leadership, including the jailing of dissidents at home and his role in the murder of the journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Despite that record and Saudi Arabia’s historic ties to Pakistan, Mr. Modi has adopted a practical approach to wooing the oil-rich kingdom.

The Saudi crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi in February.CreditAdnan Abidi/Reuters

The prime minister welcomed Prince Mohammed in New Delhi right after the prince’s visit to Pakistan in February. The prince told Mr. Modi that the kingdom saw at least $100 billion in investment opportunities in the country. Although no specifics were announced, the Reliance deal was already under discussion and may be one of the opportunities the prince had in mind.

P.M.S. Prasad, a top Reliance executive and board member, said that Saudi Aramco would pay about $15 billion in cash and assumed debt for 20 percent of Reliance’s petroleum and chemicals business, including its fuel stations. About half the money would be paid when the deal closed, which Reliance expected would occur by the end of March, with the remainder paid out over the next two years.

Under the arrangement, Mr. Prasad said, Aramco will supply about 500,000 barrels of oil a day to Reliance’s huge refinery and petrochemical complex in the state of Gujarat and get at least two senior management positions in the petroleum-related businesses and a seat on the parent company’s board.

“This is a strategic partnership,” he said. “We have an aligned vision for growth.”

The deal is still subject to due diligence and government approvals.

Khalid al-Dabbagh, Aramco’s senior vice president for finance, strategy and development, was more cautious. The Reliance deal is “at the very, very early stages,” he said Monday during Aramco’s first-ever conference call to discuss its finances.

Still, Saudi Arabia is keen to invest in India’s energy markets and had previously joined Abu Dhabi and state-owned Indian oil companies in announcing a planned $42 billion refinery on India’s west coast.

India, for its part, is looking to replace Iranian oil, which it can no longer import after President Trump’s embargo against Iran.

“India is a large country with large demand, and it’s a growing demand,” Mr. al-Dabbagh said.

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Elizabeth Warren Promises to Kill State Laws That Ban Locally-Owned ISPs

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Gregg Jarrett: Comey’s FBI was running a secret counterintelligence operation against Trump, new docs show

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Newly obtained documents confirm that James Comey’s FBI was running a secret and corrupt counterintelligence operation against the Trump campaign in the summer of 2016 and repeatedly deceiving the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) thereafter in order to wiretap a Trump campaign associate.

The disclosure was the result of a federal lawsuit and a year of litigation. Despite efforts by FBI Director Christopher Wray to obstruct, a federal court issued an order that forced the FBI and Department of Justice to produce the records known as “302 reports.”  They are a summary of interviews FBI agents conducted with Bruce Ohr, a top DOJ official.

These 302s show that the FBI and DOJ were warned repeatedly by Ohr that ex-British spy Christopher Steele was virulently biased against the target of their investigation, Trump.

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That bias tainted the credibility of the “dossier” Steele composed and upon which officials in the Obama administration relied when they officially launched their counterintelligence investigation on July 31, 2016.  The “dossier” was also the basis for the surveillance warrant against former Trump campaign adviser, Carter Page.

The FBI and DOJ ignored the warnings of bias and actively concealed it from the FISC. They never advised the judges that the information contained in the “dossier” was “unverified.”

They hid from the judges that it was all funded by the Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee (DNC).

The court was never told that Ohr’s wife helped cultivate some of the researched used against Trump. Having fired Steele for leaking to the media and lying about it, the FBI and DOJ represented to the judge that Steele was “reliable” when they knew he was not. They continued to rely on him months after his termination.

An apparent fraud was perpetrated on the court not once, but four times in successive warrants through June of 2017. These are dishonest, if not felonious acts.

Secret Meetings

On July 5, 2016, Comey stood before television cameras and microphones at a nationally watched news conference.

By mangling the law and contorting the facts, he announced that he was exonerating Hillary Clinton of any crimes for her mishandling of thousands of classified documents.

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At roughly the same time, some 3,660 miles away from Washington, Comey’s FBI was meeting in a London building with Steele who conveyed the contents of his initial “dossier” memo dated June 20, 2106, with agent Michael Gaeta. When the FBI agent read the document, he was stunned and remarked, “I have to report this to headquarters.” Thus, on the same day, Comey cleared Clinton, the witch hunt against Trump began in earnest.

On July 30 Steele met with Ohr at 9 a.m. at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington.

Steele shared his “dossier” but added that the FBI already had it in its possession.

Immediately thereafter, Ohr convened a meeting with FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe and the FBI lawyer who worked for him directly, Lisa Page.

The 302 reports corroborate Ohr’s congressional testimony behind closed doors that was made public in February of this year.

He told lawmakers that he specifically warned McCabe and Page that the information in the “dossier” was highly dubious and driven by a biased author who despised Trump.

He also advised that it was commissioned by Fusion GPS where his wife worked because, “I wanted the FBI to be aware of any possible bias.”

Page 125 of Ohr’s congressional transcript is especially revealing. “I told them that Steele was desperate that Donald Trump not get elected,” he stated.

He pointedly informed McCabe and Page that Trump’s political rival, the Clinton campaign, was financially underwriting the “dossier,” which would call into question its veracity because the campaign had a motive to distort or fabricate in order to damage its opponent.

Ohr testified that he cautioned the FBI, “These guys were hired by somebody relating to –who’s related to the Clinton campaign.”

In truth, the funding wasn’t merely “related” to the campaign, it was the campaign, along with the DNC. Ohr also disseminated the “dossier” to Peter Strzok and Joe Pientka at the FBI. But Ohr wasn’t done.

Shortly after the July 30 breakfast with Steele, Ohr gave the same improbable intelligence to three prosecutors at the Justice Department during another meeting.

Two of those individuals, Andrew Weissmann and Zainab Ahmad, were later hired by Robert Mueller to be a part of his assembled team of special counsel prosecutors that escalated the investigation of Trump beyond the FBI and DOJ.  They, too, were informed by Ohr that the Clinton campaign and Democrats had paid for the “dossier” and that Steele was severely biased against Trump.

Instead of investigating Clinton and her confederates for conspiring with foreigners to defraud the U.S. government or violate campaign finance laws, the FBI used the Clinton-Russian “dossier” to target Trump despite a dearth of evidence that any of it was true.

Information Laundering Scheme

Even though Steele was fired by the FBI as a confidential informant, the new 302 reports confirm that Comey’s FBI kept returning him as a source.  By using Ohr as a conduit, they continued to receive information from Steele.

This continued even after Trump was elected and inaugurated as president. Indeed, Steele kept feeding the bureau his phony information through May of 2017.

To circumvent the rules they were breaking, the FBI set up an “information laundering scheme.” Steele would feed information to Ohr, who would pass it to his “handler” Joe Pienka, who would feed it to his partner Peter Strzok, who would give it to Andrew McCabe, who would deliver it to Comey.

Similar to a “money-laundering scheme,” the complex transfer cleansed the dirty information to obscure the original source –Steele.  But the information, of course, was largely fabricated and/or the product of Russian disinformation.

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It should be remembered that a counterintelligence investigation is designed to collect evidence of foreign threats to U.S. national security. Normally, the president is the beneficiary of such information.

Here, Comey’s FBI was abusing its counterintelligence authority by using it against Trump. Moreover, Comey appears to have been lying to the president about it.

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In early 2017, he kept assuring Trump he was not being investigated. These documents show that he obviously was, well into his presidency.  And yet, the FBI had no evidence that corroborated any of Steele’s “collusion” allegations.

As John Solomon of the Hill has reported, the FBI developed a “spread-sheet like document” that was 90 percent empty of any proof. This did not deter them. They continued to investigate Trump. And when Comey was fired, he helped engineer part two of the witch hunt –the special counsel investigation.

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John Sununu: Republicans should sit back and let Democrats pick apart Biden over his gaffes

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Former Vice President Joe Biden’s gaffes on the campaign trail will cost the Democrats and help Republicans, the former White House chief of staff under President George H.W. Bush said Monday.

In an interview with “America’s Newsroom” co-host Sandra Smith, John Sununu predicted Biden’s mistakes will continue to be a problem and that “there will be a huge list by the time we get into the Iowa caucus and the New Hampshire primary.”

Biden’s reputation as an inconsistent campaigner was reinforced at recent events in Iowa, the state that hosts the first Democratic presidential primary balloting in less than six months.

On Thursday — during a campaign speech to Hispanic and Asian voters — Biden told a crowd: “poor kids are just as bright and just as talented as white kids.” Realizing his mistake, he added: “wealthy kids, black kids, Asian kids.” On Saturday, he said that he “misspoke” and meant to say “wealthy.”

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Biden also recently confused the locations of two mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, mentioning the “tragic events in Houston” and “also in Michigan.” He quickly corrected his errors.

Most recently, he stumbled on Saturday afternoon at a forum organized by gun-control advocates. He said he had met, as vice president, with students after a mass shooting took the lives of 17 people at a high school in Parkland, Fla. However, the shooting happened in 2018 and Biden left office in January of 2017.

Sununu said Monday that remarks like these will raise doubts within the Democratic Party about whether Biden can defeat Trump.

“He will be attacked, primarily, by his primary opponents; the Republicans can sit on the sidelines and watch,” Sununu told Smith. “The Democrat Party is in a slight mode of panic. They don’t know. … In the morning they want Biden; in the evening they don’t want Biden.”

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Biden’s lapses have provided ammunition for the president, though Trump has made his own speaking gaffes. On Friday he told a gaggle of reporters at the White House, “This is not somebody you can have as your president. But, if he got the nomination, I’d be thrilled.”

On Saturday, the president tweeted: “Does anybody really believe he is mentally fit to be president? We are ‘playing’ in a very big and complicated world. Joe doesn’t have a clue!”

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FBI agents are livid that Trump is amplifying ‘bulls— theories’ about Jeffrey Epstein’s death ‘that have no basis in reality’

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‘Arrogant’ son pushes BMW given to him into river because he wanted a Jaguar

A young driver allegedly pushed this BMW he got from him parents into a river– because he wanted a Jaguar.

The man, named locally only as Akash, is alleged to have pushed the brand new car into the water after he got upset it was “too small” for him and his pals.

A video shows the car sinking beneath the water in Yamunanagar, Haryana state in northern India. It had to be pulled out using a crane and police have opened an investigation.

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Locals said that he jumped out of the vehicle just before it reached deeper water and onlookers helped him to safety.

A police official said: “The youth was arrogant and kept insisting that he be given a Jaguar as a BMW is a little small for him and his friends inside.

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“We would do a preliminary investigation but this seems to be a personal matter. We will proceed according to the law.”

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The lad’s father said, “I wanted to give my son a birthday present. We could only afford to give him a BMW, while he kept on insisting that he be given a Jaguar. He said the vehicle was too small but we thought he will be okay.

“We never imagined he would do anything like this.”

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