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Pentagon Pushes Tech Industry to Help U.S. Retain Military Edge

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SAN FRANCISCO — Pentagon officials have been holding private discussions with tech industry executives to wrestle with a key question: how to ensure future supplies of the advanced computer chips needed to retain America’s military edge.

The talks, some of which predate the Trump administration, recently took on an increased urgency, according to people who were involved or briefed on the discussions. Pentagon officials encouraged chip executives to consider new production lines for semiconductors in the United States, said the people, who declined to be identified because the talks were confidential.

The discussions are being driven by the Pentagon’s increased dependence on chips made abroad, especially in Taiwan, as well as recent tensions with China, these people said.

One chip maker, the Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, better known as TSMC, plays a particularly crucial role producing commercial chips that also have applications for aircraft, satellites, drones and wireless communications. And because of unrest over the past few months in the semiautonomous Chinese territory of Hong Kong, some Pentagon officials and chip executives have wondered about situations that could force suppliers in Taiwan to limit or cut off silicon shipments, the people said.

Mark Liu, the chairman of TSMC, said he had recently discussed options for a new factory in the United States with the Commerce Department. The stumbling block was money; major subsidies would be required, he said, as it is more expensive to operate in America than Taiwan.

“It is all up to when we can close the cost gap,” he said in an interview.

The conversations are a sign of how federal agencies are grappling with a deep-rooted technology conundrum. The United States has long fielded the most advanced weaponry by exploiting electronic components once exclusively produced in the country. Chips help tanks, aircraft, rockets and ships navigate, communicate with one another and engage enemy targets.

But domestic production lines of many chips have long since moved overseas, raising questions about supply interruptions in the event of political or military crises abroad. Those fears have been exacerbated by the increasing importance of particular components — such as programmable chips that figure prominently in the F-35 fighter jet, which are designed by the Silicon Valley company Xilinx and mainly fabricated in Taiwan.

Some chips, such as the wireless baseband processors needed for new 5G communications abilities that Pentagon officials covet, require advanced manufacturing technology that has become a key selling point of TSMC.

“We in the Defense Department cannot afford to be shut out of all of those capabilities,” said Lisa Porter, deputy under secretary for research and engineering, in remarks at an event in July that were later widely circulated among chip makers.

Dr. Porter, at a technology event in Los Angeles on Wednesday, said secure supply chains for both essential components and software were a “macro” issue that the Pentagon and the tech industry had to collaborate on. She declined to discuss specific efforts to bolster American chip production. A Defense Department spokesman also declined to comment.

In another sign of action, Skywater Technology, a Minnesota chip manufacturing service, said this week that the Defense Department would invest up to $170 million to increase its production and enhance technologies, such as the ability to produce chips that can withstand radiation in space.

The Skywater investment illustrates how the Pentagon is also wrestling with how to upgrade aging technology at domestic companies that make small volumes of classified chips tailored for the military. Such “trusted” factories, as they are called, operate under Pentagon rules aimed at preventing sabotage or data theft.

Dr. Porter and other Pentagon officials have pushed for new technical safeguards besides guards and employee background checks to keep sensitive chip designs secure, a strategy that would help the Defense Department use more advanced commercial factories. She called the idea a “zero-trust” philosophy.

TSMC, which dominates the build-to-order services called foundries, recently took the lead from Intel in shrinking chip circuitry to give chips greater capability. Its production edge is one reason the company has continued to win business from big American chip designers such as Apple, Qualcomm and Nvidia, whose chips have become increasingly important for defense as well as civilian applications.

The United States remains the leading supplier and innovator in most chip technologies, including the processors that Intel sells for nearly all personal computers and server systems. But the Pentagon’s research arm — DARPA, for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency — has been trying since 2017 to spur chip innovations under a $1.5 billion Electronics Resurgence Initiative.

Its goals include finding alternatives to silicon for manufacturing and packaging small “chiplets” together instead of making big monolithic chips.

“We have vulnerabilities we really need to address, but we are still the dominant producer of electronics in the world,” said Mark Rosker, the director of DARPA’s microsystems technology office. He said questions about the American semiconductor industry called for “a graceful and considered kind of panic.”

Much of the recent urgency stems from China’s growing stature as a chip innovator. Designers there have developed chips for sensitive applications such as supercomputers. Many of the designers — including Huawei, a key target of the Trump administration in the trade war — also rely on TSMC for manufacturing.

Another impetus for action stems from a recent pullback by GlobalFoundries. The chip maker, owned by investors in Abu Dhabi, has spent around $12 billion on a sophisticated factory in Malta, N.Y. But it announced last year that it would stop trying to create smaller circuitry than that on its existing production processes.

GlobalFoundries now produces classified chips under the trusted foundry rules in two former IBM factories it took over in 2015. Company executives believe the technology in its Malta facility remains advanced enough to also serve military needs for years, and it is negotiating with officials to handle future classified work through proposed modifications to the government’s trusted foundry regulations. It recently filed a lawsuit accusing TSMC of patent infringement, an action that it said was aimed partly at protecting the American manufacturing base.

The company, which announced plans for a $10 billion factory in China in 2017, is also rethinking that project as the promised demand from customers there now seems uncertain, said Thomas Caufield, the chief executive of GlobalFoundries.

Influencing the chip industry used to be easier when the Defense Department accounted for a major portion of chip sales. Now defense applications are dwarfed by civilian uses, such as smartphones and personal computers. More of the Pentagon’s budget now goes to chips like memory and processors whose designs are shaped by commercial needs.

At a recent panel of semiconductor industry veterans in Silicon Valley, the concern about an overreliance on TSMC was evident.

“What will happen when China makes its drive toward Taiwan? What will happen to TSMC?” asked Diane Bryant, a former Intel executive who is now a technology investor. “What is our way out of this pickle?”

The panelists suggested that the federal government should subsidize more domestic chip production. But advanced commercial factories can cost as much as $15 billion, plus the additional recurring costs to run, staff and supply such facilities.

“It’s a big dilemma,” said Handel Jones, a semiconductor consultant with International Business Strategies. “Our assessment was you have to spend big money.”

Dr. Liu of TSMC dismissed fears about Taiwan’s continued autonomy. He said he was weighing the pros and cons of a new American factory, though it was too early for a decision. If the financial challenges are overcome, he said, any new facility is likely to be smaller than TSMC’s massive plants in Taiwan and built near a factory it operates in Camas, Wash.

“We want to do what makes the best sense for our customers to help them to be competitive, and also deal with national-security concerns,” Dr. Liu said.

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The C.E.O. Taking On the Gun Lobby

Ed Stack didn’t set out to be an activist.

The chief executive of Dick’s Sporting Goods, Mr. Stack spent his career selling fishing rods, camping gear and athletic equipment at big-box stores around the country.

Dick’s was founded by Mr. Stack’s father in upstate New York. As a young man, Mr. Stack worked for the family business. But he didn’t enjoy the experience. His father was a divisive boss who couldn’t manage a supply chain, and was especially hard on his son.

Hoping to chart his own course, Mr. Stack went to work at a law firm. But when his father fell ill, Mr. Stack came back to help run the company. He soon grew to love the retail business and eventually bought the company from his father in 1984.

Mr. Stack set about expanding across the country, at times moving too aggressively. Overextended, the company flirted with bankruptcy. But Mr. Stack stabilized the business, and in 2002, took Dick’s public. Since then, he has managed to keep the company competitive in the age of Walmart, Amazon and e-commerce.

With all of that accomplished and retirement in sight, Mr. Stack wasn’t looking for attention. Then in February 2018, a gunman opened fire at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., killing 17 people. As Mr. Stack watched the news, he decided to drastically curtail Dick’s gun sales.

Days after the shooting, Dick’s said that it would immediately stop selling all assault-style rifles, no longer sell high-capacity magazines and require any gun buyer to be at least 21, regardless of local laws.

Dick’s was not alone. Walmart also tightened its gun sales policies after the shooting in Parkland, and companies including Delta Air Lines and MetLife moved to distance themselves from the National Rifle Association.

But for gun rights activists, Mr. Stack’s deeply personal engagement with the issue struck a nerve. The N.R.A. came after Dick’s, and calls for a boycott sprung up on social media.

Mr. Stack was unbowed. He announced that Dick’s would destroy the assault-style rifles and accessories on its shelves instead of returning them to manufacturers.

More than a year and a half after the Parkland shooting, Mr. Stack continues his campaign for stricter gun control, calling on lawmakers to introduce legislation and detailing his journey from businessman to activist in a new book, “It’s How We Play the Game.” He is reportedly exploring a run for president.

This interview, which was condensed and edited for clarity and occurred before any presidential musings, was conducted in New York.


Had you confronted the guns issue before Parkland?

Our journey with guns has been a long one. Around 1999, some kids broke into our store in Rochester, N.Y., and stole a bunch of handguns. A few days later, the cops found these kids, and a couple of them were dead.

I said, “I don’t want to be in this business.” So we stopped selling handguns. We were small at the time, with just six stores, and nobody noticed. We took a little bit of guff from it, but nobody knew who Dick’s Sporting Goods was really at the time.

Who did you take guff from? The National Rifle Association?

No, it was customers asking, “Why aren’t you selling handguns anymore?” Then we opened in Texas and put some handguns back because it just felt that was what the customer wanted. With the assault weapons ban from 1994, we hadn’t been selling assault rifles. But then, probably a year before Sandy Hook, merchants came and said, “To be competitive in the gun business, you got to have assault rifles. This is what’s selling.” So we put them back in.

Then Parkland happened, and you decided to significantly curtail your gun sales.

When Parkland happened — watching those kids, listening to those parents — it had a profound effect on me. It was at that point I said, “I just don’t want to sell these guns, period.”

I’m a pretty stoic guy. But I sat there hearing about the kids who were killed, and I hadn’t cried that much since my mother passed away. We need to do something. This has got to stop.

I came to our management team on that Monday, and started to read a statement I had written. I got emotional, and I couldn’t get through it. Our chief of staff had to actually take the piece of paper from my hand and finish reading it.

You’ve done more than just take guns out of the stores though.

We called on Congress to come together with the intent to actually solve this problem. I’ve spent a fair amount of time in Washington, and it was pretty clear that nothing was going to get done, and nothing has gotten done.

I don’t know how, at least, we can’t get universal background checks done. For the life of me, I cannot understand how people can see that having universal background checks or red-flag laws really violates anybody’s Second Amendment rights.

You also went down to Florida.

The families from Parkland asked me to come down and talk to them. So I went down and sat with many of the families who lost somebody in Parkland. It was probably the hardest day of my life, to listen to those parents talk about their kids and what happened to them.

One woman said it had been a month since her son was killed. She said, “I go into his room every night, I sit on his bed and I talk to him.” As a parent, you can’t imagine putting yourself in that position. This whole thing still gets to me.

But what I found surprising of those families, not one of them said we need to ban all guns, that guns have to go away. What they said was we need to find common-sense changes to our gun laws so what happened to our family doesn’t happen anyplace else. If those families feel that way, I have no idea how the guys in Washington can’t come together and find a solution to this problem.

How do you respond to your critics?

People have said, “You know Stack, if we do what you want and ban assault-style rifles, ban high-capacity magazines and don’t sell a gun to anyone under 21 years old, it won’t eliminate mass shootings.” You know what, they’re probably right. But there will be less loss of life if an assault-style rifle isn’t used. And if we do all those things and we save one life, in my mind it’s all worth it.

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“I’ve spent a fair amount of time in Washington, and it was pretty clear that nothing was going to get done, and nothing has gotten done,” Mr. Stack said.Credit…Guerin Blask for The New York Times

What do you say to other business leaders who don’t want to get political?

If you have ideas about how to solve certain problems, I think it’s your responsibility as business leaders to speak up. This country is craving for leadership today, and the leadership is not coming out of Washington. So the leadership has to come from someplace else. Right now, the private sector is the place that it’s going to have to come from.

We have an expertise from a gun standpoint. We see the holes in the system. We found out that a couple months before the shooter in Parkland did what he did, we sold that kid a shotgun. The background system should have flagged this kid. He should not have been able to buy a gun.

Tell me about your dad, who started the company.

He was a complicated guy. He had a great heart, but he always had a bit of an inferiority complex. He always had something to prove. I think his fear of failure is what really drove him. He was a really tough, old-school guy. This was a time that you just never told your kids you love them. His view was, “We’ll make a man out of you.”

I didn’t want to work for my dad. I wanted to go out and do my own thing. But when I was 13, I went to work. We’re this really small, family, little corner sporting goods store. The family went and worked and tried to help out.

What did your dad do wrong as a businessman?

My dad never had a plan. He ran the business by the seat of his pants. His idea around buying was, “You got a hunch, you buy a bunch.” We were always close to going out of business. He always owed the bank money. He always owed the vendors money. He always paid them, but he was always in debt. Our garage would be filled with excess merchandise: Coleman coolers, propane fuel, white gas.

His management style was as haphazard as his buying habits. He played people one off the other. You can’t do that. You have to have specific roles and functions. And if you pick somebody who’s going to be your right-hand guy, then that’s the guy.

How did you take control of Dick’s?

I fell in love with the business, but my father still owned the company. He was a tough taskmaster, and at times unfair. It was just his way of kind of making a man out of you. I didn’t particularly like working for my father.

We got into a spirited conversation one day, and he stuck his finger in my face and said, “If you think you’re such a smart goddamn son of a bitch, go down to the bank, get your own line of credit and buy me out.” So that’s what I did. I went down to the bank, got it put together, came back and said, “We’re ready to go.”

What don’t people understand about growing a business?

It’s not a straight line. You’re going to have ups and downs. You’re going to have those quiet introspective moments where you go, “What am I doing?” You’re going to have those days of self-doubt. And you’ve got to just power through them. But we almost went out of business.



How did you go from being a local retailer to a big-box store?

We built a bigger store. The first store my father built was 5,000 square feet. The second store was 2,800 square feet. Then we went to Syracuse and did a 20,000-square-foot store. That was a huge, huge difference. We were just shocked at how much business we did. The guys from Nike said, “Hey Dick, you’ve got to be really proud of these kids. They’re doing a lot of business.”

My father, who could never really quite give you a compliment, looked at them and said, “You’re right, they did a lot of business. They did 25 percent more business than they thought they would the first month. So they’re not really as smart as they think they are.” That was him to a tee.

So we built this store, did really well, and then we just started opening these 20,000- and 25,000-square-foot stores.

How did you almost go out of business?

The business outstripped our management’s ability, including my own, to run the business. We finally talked to G.E. Capital in New York, which was the lender of last resort before you called Tony Soprano. And I didn’t want to call Tony Soprano.

I’d never been in a building like G.E. Capital’s: big conference room, 10 people firing questions at us, saying, “Why did you do this? How did this happen?” This is like our last resort. If this doesn’t work, there’s talk about filing for bankruptcy or selling the company.

They fired questions at us left and right, and we answered them, and I finally said, “Let me tell you something. This is what happened, this is why it happened, this is what we’ve done about it and this is why it’s never going to happen again.”

There was a guy sitting over in the corner, and I didn’t pay any attention to him. He never asked a question, was never involved in the meeting. After the meeting, he came over and sat down, looked at me and said, “What’s it going to take for you to shake my hand right now that we’ll agent your loan?”

The lesson I learned is the guy in the room who’s not saying anything, he’s the decision maker. Beware of the guy in the room who sits in the corner and doesn’t say anything. I told him how much money we needed and when we needed it by. He looked at me and shook my hand and said, “We’ll make this happen.” That saved the company.

What did you learn from that experience?

You look into the halls of hell, and near-death experience changes you. We slowed the growth down. We said, “We’re not going to open any stores for the next couple of years.” We got our inventory under control, we got our expenses under control and we learned from our mistakes.

The experience is on the list of mistakes I made. I wouldn’t say it’s a regret, because we learned a lot from it. One of the reasons we’re in the position we’re in right now is because of it. One of the things I learned from that is I don’t want to have debt; I don’t want to owe anybody any money.

What’s the difference between a mistake and a regret?

A regret is something that you wish you could take back. You go, “If I had to do it all over again, I wouldn’t do it because it didn’t turn out very well.” A mistake is something that you did that you learned from, that at the end of the day it helped make you who you are today.

I’ve made a lot of mistakes. I don’t have a lot of regrets.

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Jackie Kennedy Onassis once shared ‘a magical evening’ with Alec Baldwin in disguise, Carly Simon says

Jackie Kennedy Onassis had an unforgettable night with Alec Baldwin.

The former first lady’s pal Carly Simon released a new memoir on Tuesday titled “Touched by the Sun: My Friendship with Jackie,” which details Onassis’ thoughts about both of her husbands — President John F. Kennedy and Aristotle Onassis — as well as her two children.

But the celebrated singer also made a revelation about one night to remember involving the Hollywood actor and the former first lady.

In the book, the 74-year-old recalled when she and then-husband James Hart were joined by Onassis and her unlikely date. People magazine reported on Tuesday that according to Simon, Baldwin ended up as a last-minute plus-one for Onassis when her partner Maurice Tempelsman was out of town.

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Good friends Carly Simon and Jackie Onassis pose for a picture at Bunch of Grapes Bookstore on Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts, 9/2/89. (Photo by Stephen Rose/Getty Images)

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The outlet shared both Ken Burns and media exec Joe Armstrong passed up on the opportunity. However, Baldwin, now 61, had no qualms about being third in line. In fact, he happily joined the group to attend “Dancing at Lughnasa” on Broadway.

“Alec, who had never met Jackie, was in a state of hyper-disbelief,” wrote Simon, as the outlet shared. “’Jackie Kennedy wants to go on a date with me?’ he said. ‘Are you kidding?’ Alec’s incredulity gradually gave way to ‘What should I wear?’”

However, the group knew that the night out would cause mayhem among paparazzi. So, they decided to keep their identities a secret during the night by wearing wigs Simon had on hand.

“Jim, brave-faced and laughing, was the first to put his on, a long, curly, Eddie Van Halen wig that prompted a chorus of laughter,” recalled Simon. “Alec chose a short, brown one; mine was comely, blond, and Grand Ole Opry-esque, and Jackie reached impulsively for the one befitting Madame de Pompadour.”

CARLY SIMON SHARES STUNNING JACKIE KENNEDY ONASSIS DETAILS, INCLUDING VISIT TO HER DEATHBED

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Alec Baldwin during “The Spirit of Liberty” Awards Dinner & the 10th Anniversary Celebration of People for the American Way at Waldorf Hotel in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/Ron Galella Collection via Getty Images)

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Simon shared that Onassis was “at peace” that night.

“As anticipated, Jackie doted on Alec, and Alec, despite his been-there, seen-everything show business poise, occasionally revealed the lightest possible slick of sweat on his brow.

“First thing next morning, Jackie called to tell me what a magical evening it was, how divine Alec was, and how important she felt it was to think and act and cavort like a child now and again,” continued Simon.

Back in 2017, Hart told Fox News it was Onassis who made the special request to spend a night out with Baldwin for her 62nd birthday.

CARLY SIMON’S EX-HUSBAND JAMES HART TELLS ALL IN NEW MEMOIR

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Jackie Kennedy Onassis in 1975. (Getty)

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“We told her, ‘Look, we don’t want to do the usual dumb thing. What would you like for your birthday?’” he said. “And a couple of days later, she called Carly and said, ‘Is Jim friends with Alec Baldwin? Is that true?’ Carly said ‘yes’ and she said, ‘Do you think Alec would be my date for my birthday?’ I called Alec and he said, ‘Absolutely! I’m there!’ And so, we went to the theater. He was more of her escort than a date. But it was such a fun evening.”

According to Simon, it was Onassis’ son John F. Kennedy Jr. who introduced his mother to her on Martha’s Vineyard back in 1983. The two remained close until Onassis’ death in 1994 at age 64.

While Onassis was 16 years older than Simon and notoriously private, it didn’t take long for her to open up to the singer.

Simon said Onassis even talked about President Kennedy’s adultery.

CARLY SIMON REVEALS WHO INSPIRED ‘YOU’RE SO VAIN’

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Former United States President John F. Kennedy and first lady Jackie Kennedy attend a dinner in honor of Andre Malraux, minister of state for cultural affairs of France, in Washington, in this handout image taken on May 11, 1962. (Photo by REUTERS/Robert Knudsen/The White House/John F. Kennedy Presidential Library)

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“[She] understood that he made some stupid mistakes,” said Simon. However, she told the outlet that Onassis brushed off the affairs because “she knew he loved her more, much more.”

Onassis also got candid about her second husband, Onassis, whom she married in 1968 — five years after Kennedy’s 1963 assassination.

“She said he was very sexy — he would sing to her on his yacht and take her great places to make love,” Simon recalled. “She knew marrying him was the bad-girl move. In a way, I never knew whether she was sticking up for her own decision or whether she really loved him.”

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Princess Diana once pushed her ‘wicked stepmother’ Raine Spencer down a staircase: doc

It was September 1989, and Princess Diana was staying at her ancestral home of Althorp in Northamptonshire, England when her fury for her stepmother boiled over.

The royal, then 28, berated Countess Raine Spencer, who had married her father, Johnnie, 13 years earlier. Then she pushed her so hard, she fell down the stairs.

“[Raine] was badly bruised and was dreadfully upset,” Raine’s former personal assistant, Sue Howe, explains in a revealing new documentary. “It was a cruel and heartless thing to do.”

The fraught relationship between troubled Diana and larger-than-life socialite Raine is the focus of the film “Princess Diana’s ‘Wicked’ Stepmother,” premiering on the Smithsonian Channel Monday.

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Diana, Princess of Wales at a private viewing and reception at Christie’s in aid of the Aid Crisis Trust and The Royal Marsden Hospital Cancer Fund, Diana is with her step-mother Raine, Comtesse De Chambrun (formerly Countess Raine Spencer), Diana is wearing a dress by Catherine Walker. ((Photo by Tim Graham Photo Library via Getty Images)

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Both women are dead — Diana was killed in a car accident in 1997, while Raine succumbed to cancer in 2016 — but their rivalry and surprising eventual friendship is fascinating.

“They were strong to the core — survivors,” Diana’s former butler, Paul Burrell, told The Post. “They suffered adversity and tragedy which brought them together in the end.”

Raine, the daughter of flamboyant British romance novelist Barbara Cartland, first entered Diana’s universe when dating her father, Earl John Spencer, following his 1969 divorce from Diana’s mother, Frances Shand Kydd.

Together with her younger brother, Charles, and two older sisters, Jane and Sarah, the young Diana gave this interloper the caustic nickname “Acid Raine.”

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Earl Spencer And His Wife Raine In Front Of Their Home Althorp House. (Photo by Tim Graham Photo Library via Getty Images)

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“They were used to having their father to themselves, and when Raine came along it was a disaster,” said royal biographer Penny Junor. “And Raine was not sensitive about the way she handled matters, [such as] changing Althorp because she had no sentimental attachment to it.”

She sold precious antiques to fund renovations of the dilapidated stately home and imposed her flashy taste on the decor. As Burrell explained: “Diana said she made it look like Disneyland.”

In 1978, the outrageously bouffant-haired Raine refused to allow Diana and her siblings to visit their father after he suffered a near-fatal stroke, causing further friction.

“She thought it would be better if he had peace, rest and no agitation,” recalled Junor.

PRINCE WILLIAM SAYS LOSING HIS MOTHER PRINCESS DIANA AT A YOUNG AGE WAS ‘A PAIN LIKE NO OTHER PAIN’

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Princess Diana and Prince Charles on their wedding day in 1981. (Reuters)

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John recovered to proudly walk Diana down the aisle at her wedding to Prince Charles in 1981. Raine, meanwhile, was banished to a seat at the back of St. Paul’s Cathedral.

As Diana’s marriage to Charles went into free fall, the princess used her stepmother as an outlet for her anger and frustration. “It was pretty full-on war,” said Junor.

When John died in 1992 — the same year Diana separated from Charles — Raine was unceremoniously kicked out of Althorp by her stepchildren. She went to live in the London townhouse her husband had left her in his will.

According to Burrell, things took a surprising turn during the last three years of Diana’s life, as the two women actually reconciled. Raine, newly married to French Count Jean-Francois de Chambrun, started writing to her former stepdaughter.

SCARLETT JOHANSSON SLAMS THE PAPARAZZI, WARNS OF ANOTHER PRINCESS DIANA TRAGEDY FOLLOWING SCARE

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Princess Diana died in August 1997 after she was in a car crash in Paris, France. Conspiracy theories surrounding her death have persisted for years. (Photo by REUTERS/Ian Waldie)

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“The princess did a complete U-turn and invited Raine and her husband for lunch,” said Burrell.

In the documentary, Peter Constandinos, Raine’s hairdresser and friend, recalled what the then 70-something socialite told him about that lunch.

“Diana said to Raine: ‘I have to thank you. I know you loved my father deeply, and I have to be grateful for all the years of happiness you gave him,’ ” he says. The two hugged, and their reconciliation began.

“Diana mellowed as she got older, and they were quite similar characters,” Junor said.

Soon, the women were regularly spotted around London having lunch. Raine showered Diana with flowers, chocolate and gifts such as Hermès scarves.

MEGHAN MARKLE WANTED TO BE ‘DIANA 2.0,’ ROYAL BIOGRAPHER CLAIMS

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Princess Diana of Wales smiles as she sits with her sons, Princes Harry, front, and William, on the steps of the Royal Palace on the island of Majorca, Spain. (Reuters)

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But Diana may have been using Raine as a pawn.

Burrell told The Post that the princess would arrange for newspaper photographers to snap pictures of her embracing Raine in public — a move orchestrated to spite Shand Kydd, from whom Diana was then estranged.

Tragically, the women’s newfound friendship came to a premature end with Diana’s death in Paris on Aug. 31, 1997, at 36.

Raine visited Burrell at Kensington Palace the night he returned from France with Diana’s body. “She cried and held my hand and said, ‘What are we going to do now?’” said the butler. “She was devastated.”

Raine died Oct. 21, 2016, at 87, after throwing a “farewell” dinner for her closest pals.

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Princess Diana was photographed wearing the Queen Mary’s Lover’s Knot tiara, also often referred to as the Cambridge Lover’s Knot tiara. (Photo by Reuters)

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As her friend Geordie Greig, now editor of the Daily Mail, says in the documentary: “Was she a force for good? Was she the evil stepmother? Or was she the femme fatale? She was all of those things. What she wasn’t was dull.”

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Elijah Cummings to be remembered by Obama, Clintons at funeral

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WASHINGTON – Rep. Elijah Cummings’ legacy and life will continue to be honored Friday morning, as former Presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton are set to speak at the late-congressman’s funeral.

Cummings laid in state in Statuary Hall Thursday, making him the the first black lawmaker to do so in the Capitol. Cummings, who represented portions of Baltimore, died last week at 68 due to complications related to longstanding health issues.

In addition to Obama and the Clintons, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and former Rep. Kweisi Mfume, who Cummings succeeded in a special election in 1996, will give remarks at Cummings’ funeral. 

The funeral will be held at the New Psalmist Baptist Church, where the late-congressman worshiped for nearly 40 years. A public viewing will take place at 8 a.m. ET and the funeral will take place at 10 a.m.

Obama spokeswoman Katie Hill said in a tweet Wednesday night that the former president was asked by Cummings’ widow, Maya Rockeymoore Cummings, to “deliver remarks about the remarkable life and legacy of one of this country’s finest public servants.” Cummings was an early supporter of Obama’s 2008 presidential run and was personal friends with the former president.

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Obama said in a statement following Cummings death last week that the Maryland Democrat showed the “necessity of good people stewarding” the checks and balances within the United States’ democracy. 

“Steely yet compassionate, principled yet open to new perspectives, Chairman Cummings remained steadfast in his pursuit of truth, justice and reconciliation,” Obama said in the statement. “It’s a tribute to his native Baltimore that one of its own brought such character, tact and resolve into the halls of power every day.”

Bill Clinton in a statement last week said Cummings “was a resounding voice of moral courage who fought the good fights for the people of Baltimore.” In a statement last week, Hillary Clinton said Cummings was “a man of principle who championed truth, justice and kindness. He fiercely loved his country and the people he served.” 

Friday’s funeral follows several days of memorials for Cummings. Mourners paid respects to Cummings on Wednesday as his body lay in repose at Morgan State University, a historically black college in Cummings’ district. He served on the school’s Board of Regents for 19 years. 

On Thursday morning, family, friends and lawmakers on both sides of the aisle gathered on Capitol Hill to pay tribute. 

Pelosi, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and Rep. Mark Meadows were among several attendees who made remarks Thursday. 

Meadows, R-N.C., passionately described his friendship with Cummings, his eyes glistening as he held back tears.

“Some had classified it as an unexpected friendship,” Meadows said of their bipartisan relationship in a highly partisan era. “But for those of that know Elijah, it’s not unexpected.”

Cummings casket was open to the public to view following the memorial service. Hundreds lined up Thursday afternoon to say their final goodbyes to the late-congressman. 

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This Day in History: Oct. 25

On this day, Oct. 25 …

1964: The Rolling Stones appear on “The Ed Sullivan Show” for the first time.

Also on this day:

  • 1400: Geoffrey Chaucer, “the Father of English literature,” dies in London.
  • 1760: King George III of Britain is crowned.
  • 1917: The Bolsheviks under Vladimir Ilyich Lenin seize power in Russia.
  • 1929: Albert B. Fall, who was U.S. secretary of the interior under President Harding, is found guilty of taking a bribe. He is sentenced to a year in prison and fined $100,000.
  • 1935: A major hurricane strikes Haiti, leaving more than 2,000 people dead and many thousands homeless and hungry.
  • 1954: A U.S. Cabinet meeting is televised for the first time.
  • 1955: The microwave oven, for home use, is introduced by The Tappan Company.
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  • 1962: John Steinbeck is awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature.
  • 1964: Minnesota Vikings defensive end Jim Marshall recovers a fumble and runs 66 yards the wrong way into his own end zone for a safety. Despite the gaffe, the Vikings defeat the San Francisco 49ers, 27-22. 
  • 1971: The United Nations recognizes the communist People’s Republic of China and expels the Nationalist Chinese government of Taiwan.
  • 1983: U.S. troops and soldiers from six Caribbean nations invade Grenada to restore order and provide protection to U.S. citizens after a recent coup within Grenada’s Communist (pro-Cuban) government.
  • 2000: AT&T Corp. announces it will restructure into four separately traded companies (consumer, business, broadband and wireless).
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Ronan Farrow responds to NBC executive reportedly calling him a ‘terrorist’

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Journalist and author Ronan Farrow responded Thursday night to reports that an NBC executive called him a “terrorist” and he defended his reporting about media corruption and abuse of power his new book, “Catch and Kill.”

Farrow, who won a Pulitzer Prize for his explosive report exposing Harvey Weinstein’s alleged sexual assaults, told “Fox News @ Night” host Shannon Bream that what the anonymous executive said about him is no different than what some political leaders have said about members of the press.

“When you hear rhetoric like journalists being called terrorists, we’re living in a moment where our political leaders also have sometimes used authoritarian rhetoric to try to describe the press as the enemy of the people,” Farrow said.

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The former NBC reporter described his book as “extremely fair” to his former employer, as well other media companies discussed in the book, such as AMI, the publisher of the National Enquirer.

“This book itself is an example of precise, fact-checked journalism. It’s two years of investigative reporting. One of the senior fact-checkers at The New Yorker combed through every sentence,” Farrow said.

Farrow won the Pulitzer in 2018 for his report for The New Yorker exposing sexual misconduct allegations made by multiple women against disgraced film producer Weinstein, after he said NBC refused to air his initial findings of Weinstein in 2016. His New Yorker piece helped to ignite the #MeToo movement in Hollywood and other industries.

“We witnessed a shutdown of the story. We had multiple named women in every draft of this story; an audio recording of Harvey Weinstein from a police sting operation admitting to not just one sexual assault, but a pattern of them.”

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Farrow said that news organizations and other companies burying reports of sexual misconduct and assault or abuse of power are “fundamental threats to the free flow of information.”

He described a scene in his book where he claims the powers that be at NBC pushed back against having an internal investigation regarding sexual misconduct and cover-ups, to the dismay of some journalists at the company.

NBC News President Noah Oppenheim wrote that Farrow’s reporting fell far short of proving that NBC News had tried to conceal anything. NBC News did not immediately respond to an after-hours email from Fox News.

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“At a certain point, the general counsel, Kim Harris, gets fed up and says, if the press would just stop talking about this, the problem will go away. And a journalist in the room says, we are the press,” Farrow said.

“Journalists are the hero of this story. We need a free press,” he added. “Yes, it is incredibly admirable that people like Chris Hayes have gotten on-air and said, look, if there is a pattern of secrets at this company and people are maybe getting hurt as a result and coverage is getting distorted as a result, that’s a significant problem to look at.”

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Larry Elder: 10 questions for Democrats left on the cutting room floor

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The New York Times and CNN co-sponsored the recent Democratic presidential debate. The New York Times has not endorsed a Republican for president since 1956. Prior to the Mueller report, the influential paper published story after story about alleged Russian collusion with the Trump presidential campaign.

Project Veritas, the investigative reporting outfit that uses undercover video, recorded CNN employees complaining about the cable news organization’s anti-Trump agenda. On one video, a voice, identified as CNN president and CEO Jeff Zucker, can be heard all but instructing his staffers to focus on impeachment, to the exclusion of what taped staffers say they considered other important news.

“There’s a lot of people out here just trying to do what they think is the best of journalistic integrity,” said one CNN staffer. “Then you get on the 9 a.m. call and big boss Jeff Zucker f—-ing tells you what to do.”

So if viewers assumed the debate moderators’ questions wouldn’t be tough, they weren’t disappointed. Here are just 10 questions that were not asked:

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1. About the Trump tax cuts, Democrats like Rep. David Cicilline, D-R.I., claim that 83 percent of the benefits would go to “the top 1 percent, richest people in this country, and the most powerful corporations.” But the Washington Post fact-checker said: “The nonpartisan Tax Policy Center found that initially more than 80 percent of taxpayers would get a tax cut, with less than 5 percent getting a tax increase.” Why, then, do you keep restating what The Washington Post said isn’t true?

2. Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, for years, you’ve said, “We are now spending twice as much per capita on health care as do the people of any other country.” And for years, PolitiFact has said that’s false. So why do you keep saying it?

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3. Many of you support reparations, but former President Obama said, “Children who grow up without a father are five times more likely to live in poverty and commit crime, nine times more likely to drop out of schools and 20 times more likely to end up in prison.” Isn’t family breakdown a far bigger problem than a need for reparations?

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4. In 1900, government at all three levels — state, local and federal — took less than 10 percent of Americans’ income. Today, government takes close to 31 percent. How much more income should government take from the American people?

5. In 2017, nearly 40,000 Americans were murdered or committed suicide by firearms, so you’ve demanded that Congress pass “commonsense gun control laws” to save lives. But how many Americans are alive each year because they used firearms in self-defense?

6. Some of you have proposed a “buyback” of AR-15s and other “weapons of war.” In 2018, according to the FBI, there were 297 people killed by rifles — all rifles, not just AR-15s. But 443 people were killed by hammers, clubs and other blunt objects. And 672 were killed by “fists, feet and other ‘personal weapons.'” Gun rights advocates argue that these numbers show you have lost perspective. Please comment.

7. You criticize President Trump’s decision to withdraw troops from Syria. But when President Obama withdrew troops from Iraq, Democrats supported the policy — even though it ran counter to the advice Obama got from his national security team. The withdrawal allowed ISIS to grow and metastasize. Obama sent back about 4,000 troops, and the troop level remains about 5,000. Is it not hypocritical to criticize Trump for doing the same thing that Democrats applauded Obama for?

8. Does President Trump deserve any credit for an economy that’s producing rising incomes and record-low unemployment for blacks and Hispanics?

9. Rep. Beto O’Rourke, you say you’ve benefited from “white privilege” and that America is built on “endemic” and “foundational” racism. On the stage with you are New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker, of African descent; Andrew Yang, of Chinese descent; Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, who is Samoan American; and California Sen. Kamala Harris, whose background is Jamaican and Indian. Why didn’t “endemic” and “foundational” racism prevent these candidates of color from being on the same stage with you, on the same night, competing for the same job?

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10. About Charlottesville, where a woman was killed by a white nationalist, you claim President Trump said there were good white nationalists and good neo-Nazis on “both sides.” In fact, at that very same press conference, Trump said, “I’m not talking about the white nationalists and the neo-Nazis — because they should be condemned totally.” Why do you keep misquoting the president?

Compared to previous Democratic debates, this recent three-hour long one aired on CNN rated pretty bad. Who knows? A tough question or two might have generated a bit more interest.

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Chinese paper says Britain should have done more to prevent deaths inside truck: report

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A state-backed Chinese newspaper on Friday placed at least some blame on Britain for not preventing the tragic deaths of 39 Chinese nationals whose bodies were discovered in the back of a semi-truck about 25 miles east of London.

The Global Times wrote an editorial claiming it was clear that Britain and “relevant European countries have not fulfilled their responsibility to protect these people from such a death.”

Essex Police said 31 men and 8 women were found dead inside the truck container Wednesday at the Waterglade Industrial Park in Grays. The truck’s driver, a 25-year-old man from Northern Ireland, was detained on suspicion of murder.

Reuters, which cited the paper, reported that China did not confirm that the dead were its citizens.

Authorities in Britain are investigating. The Chinese Foreign Ministry said embassy employees in the U.K. will assist in the investigation.

The paper wrote that even if it is confirmed that those in the truck were being smuggled, their deaths should have been prevented.

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“Imagine how thoroughly European countries would take measures if dozens of Europeans were collectively, tragically killed in some way,” the paper wrote, according to Reuters.

Fox News’ Lucia I Saurez Sang contributed to this report

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Jeff Bezos to be No. 2 richest, behind Bill Gates, after Amazon stock drop

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It’s hard to become the world’s richest person – and just as hard, or even harder, to stay No. 1.

Amazon boss Jeff Bezos will reportedly drop to the No. 2 spot on the list of the world’s richest people after Amazon’s stock price tumbled in after-hours trading Thursday.

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Who’ll be the new No. 1? Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, according to Bloomberg. Bezos had overtaken Gates to claim the top position in October 2017, the report said.

The Amazon stock drop is estimated to give Bezos a revised net worth of $102.8 billion, nearly $5 billion lower than Gates, Bloomberg said.

It’s been a tough week for Bezos. Earlier this week, The Washington Post – which Bezos owns – reported that he went largely unrecognized by students when he recently paid a visit to a Washington, D.C., high school.

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Bezos visited Dunbar High School to talk about Amazon’s Future Engineer Program, the report said.

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