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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.

CARLY SIMON RECALLS SAYING GOODBYE TO JACKIE KENNEDY ONASSIS ON HER DEATHBED: ‘IT WAS SURREAL’

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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)

CARLY SIMON’S PAL JACKIE KENNEDY ONASSIS SAID JFK MADE ‘STUPID MISTAKES,’ ARISTOTLE ONASSIS WAS ‘VERY SEXY’

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)

JACKIE KENNEDY ONASSIS ENDURED ARISTOTLE ONASSIS FLAUNTING HIS AFFAIR WITH MARIA CALLAS, CARLY SIMON CLAIMS

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)

CARLY SIMON REVEALS SEAN CONNERY ASKED FOR MÉNAGE-À-TROIS WITH HER SISTER

“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)

LOST MICK JAGGER-CARLY SIMON DUET FOUND AFTER MORE THAN 45 YEARS

“[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.

SYLVESTER STALLONE AND RICHARD GERE ONCE FOUGHT OVER PRINCESS DIANA ACCORDING TO ELTON JOHN

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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)

PRINCESS DIANA WAS ‘PARANOID’ ABOUT HER CAR BEFORE FATAL CRASH, PODCAST CLAIMS

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.”

MEGHAN MARKLE AND PRINCE HARRY PAY TRIBUTE TO LATE PRINCESS DIANA ON SOCIAL MEDIA

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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)

PRINCESS DIANA ALMOST STARRED IN ‘BODYGUARD’ SEQUEL WITH SARAH FERGUSON’S HELP, SAYS KEVIN COSTNER

“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)

JOHN F. KENNEDY JR. WAS TURNED DOWN BY MADONNA AND PRINCESS DIANA TO APPEAR IN GEORGE MAGAZINE, PALS REVEAL

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)

PRINCESS DIANA SHOULD NOT HAVE DIED FROM CAR CRASH INJURY, EXPERT SAYS

“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)

PRINCESS DIANA HAD ‘A LONELY MISERABLE LIFE INSIDE THE PALACE,’ BIOGRAPHER CLAIMS

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.

SUZANNE GOSSELIN: WHY MEGHAN MARKLE’S EMOTIONAL ‘NOT OK’ INTERVIEW SPEAKS SO POWERFULLY TO NEW MOMS

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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)

MEGHAN MARKLE’S ‘PAIN’ AND ‘THE ATTACKS SHE FACES’ HAVE MADE PRINCE HARRY DETERMINED ‘TO SORT IT OUT’: REPORT

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.”

This article originally appeared on Page Six.

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Elijah Cummings to be remembered by Obama, Clintons at funeral

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The late Rep. Elijah Cummings was hailed as the “North Star” for fellow House Democrats as congressional leaders and colleagues paid tribute to him at a Capitol ceremony Thursday. (Oct. 24) AP, AP

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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Senator Chuck Schumer honored Rep. Elijah Cummings as he lies in state at the Capitol Building. USA TODAY

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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Members of the public are paying their respects to the late Maryland Rep. Elijah Cummings, as his body lies in state outside the House chamber where he served for 23 years. (Oct. 24) AP, AP

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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.

RONAN FARROW ‘BEHAVES LIKE A TERRORIST,’ NBCUNIVERSIAL EXECUTIVE REPORTEDLY SAYS

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.”

KILLED MY SEX ASSAULT STORY AFTER FARROW’S WEINSTEIN PIECE, AUTHOR CLAIMS 

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:

GUTFELD ON THE TRUMP OBSESSION AT THE DEBATE

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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‘Zombie’ Angelina Jolie speaks from jail on Iranian state TV

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The jailed Iranian Instagram star known for her transformation into a zombie Angelina Jolie was paraded on state TV as an example of how “social media has ruined a life.”

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Sahar Tabar appeared on Iranian Channel Two (IRTV2) about a month after she was detained on charges of blasphemy, inciting violence, gaining income through inappropriate means and encouraging the corruption of young people.

During the interview, the 22-year-old was introduced as a “zombie” and an example of how “the madness to become famous on social media has ruined a real life,” the BBC reported.

IRTV2 pointed out that Tabar was the only child of a divorced couple and that she “could have been in university by now” if not for her “strange” online persona.

“My childhood dream was to become famous,” Tabar said, her face blurred. “I saw people were following what I did and, when the likes grew, I felt I was doing the right thing.”

The young woman shot to fame in 2017 after claiming that she’d had “50 surgeries to look like her favorite Hollywood star — and posting selfies showing her hollow cheeks, inflated lips and cartoonish upturned nose.

She later revealed the shocking, emaciated look was actually created with the help of makeup and digital editing. Last year, she shared an image with her tens of thousands of followers showing what she actually looks like.

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“I do not currently look like my Photoshopped pictures,” she admitted during the IRTV2 interview.

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Bernie Sanders slams Joe Biden campaign for accepting super PAC donations in effort to ‘buy the election’

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Sen. Bernie Sanders’ campaign on Thursday accused Joe Biden of selling out to big donors in an effort to “buy the election” following reports that the former vice president and frontrunner for the Democratic Party’s 2020 presidential nomination would form a super PAC to accept unlimited donations from billionaires and corporate elites to cure his current fundraising woes.

A spokesperson for Biden’s campaign responded Thursday evening, telling Fox News in a statement that, in the eyes of President Trump, “the general election has already begun,” and Democrats must use any means possible within the parameters of current federal elections laws to win back the presidency — even if that includes taking money from corporations and billionaires alike.

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“Joe Biden has spent his campaign promising elite donors that nothing will fundamentally change for them, and he has made clear to fossil fuel and pharmaceutical donors that he will be their ally,” Sanders’ campaign manager, Faiz Shakir, said in a statement. “As a result, he has had trouble generating significant grassroots support from Americans who are getting crushed by those same big donors — and so his supporters are suddenly begging for help from super PACs, even though they are vehicles for the kind of corporate corruption that Democrats should be fighting to stop.”

“Let’s be clear: super PACs exist for one reason and one reason only: to help billionaires and corporations bankroll a presidential campaign with unlimited amounts of money, in exchange for favors,” he continued. “Every Democratic candidate should forcefully reject any help from super PACs — and they should tell their supporters and surrogates to stop engaging with super PACs that aim to buy elections and undermine our democracy.”

Biden, who’s trailing his Democratic rivals in fundraising, said when he first announced his candidacy in April that he would not accept money from super PACs. The former U.S. senator from Delaware declared he was committed to driving perceived “dark money” from politics.

Before entering the 2020 race, Biden told PBS NewsHour in January 2018 that he was the one who told Sanders not to accept super PAC money, arguing he would lose the trust of the middle class.

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“My positions are a hell of a lot closer to Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders on some of the economic positions,” Biden told PBS’s Judy Woodruff last year. “I mean, I sat with Bernie. I’m the guy that told him you shouldn’t accept any money from a super PAC because people can’t possibly trust you.”

Within the third quarter, Biden’s campaign raised $15.2 million but was left with just $9 million after expenditures, Reuters reported. Meanwhile, the Trump campaign, which welcomes super PAC contributions, and the Republican Party together raised $125 million in that same time period for the president’s re-election, according to the Republican National Committee. Using these funds, Trump’s campaign paid for attack ads targeting Biden amid an ongoing Democratic-led House impeachment inquiry against the president.

While Biden’s campaign this week softened its stance on accepting super PAC donations, Sanders boasted his bid for the presidency is 100 percent grassroots funded. Biden’s campaign told Fox News on Thursday that he is still committed to eradicating private donations from federal elections — but until then is open to big-donor contributions to defeat Trump.

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“As president, Joe Biden will push to remove private money from our federal elections. He will advocate for a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United [a 2010 Supreme Cout decision on campaign financing] and end the era of unbridled spending by Super PACs,” Kate Bedingfield, Biden’s deputy campaign manager, told Fox News.

“Until we have these badly needed reforms, we will see more than a billion dollars in spending by Trump and his allies to re-elect this corrupt president,” she continued. “And let’s be clear: Donald Trump has decided the general election has already begun. In this time of crisis in our politics, it is not surprising that those who are dedicated to defeating Donald Trump are organizing in every way permitted by current law to bring an end to his disastrous presidency. Nothing changes until we defeat Donald Trump.”

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