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With His Campaign Struggling, Joe Biden Turns His Focus To South Carolina

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Democratic presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden addresses supporters Tuesday night in Columbia, S.C. Biden skipped a primary night event in New Hampshire, expecting a poor showing.

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Former Vice President Joe Biden has suffered back-to-back poor showings in the first two states to vote in the Democratic primary, and there are now serious questions about whether his “electability” argument is still plausible.

Now in South Carolina, where Biden has consistently led in polls, he increasingly faces competition from rivals who sense that his campaign is stalling weeks before the state he’s described as his firewall heads to the polls. If Biden concedes that his fourth-place finish in Iowa was a “gut punch,” and fifth in New Hampshire was a “hit,” failure to win South Carolina’s primary may be a blow he’s not able to recover from.

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and the billionaire environmental activist Tom Steyer are both challenging Biden’s standing in South Carolina. And fresh off of strong performances in both Iowa and New Hampshire, former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg is adding more staff in state ahead of the Feb. 29 primary — the first contest in the South and the first to feature a heavily black electorate.

Biden is still a front-runner in South Carolina and enjoys a sizable loyal following in the state. Though there’s been limited reputable polling recently — especially as his fortunes have faltered elsewhere this month — Biden holds a 12-point lead, according to the RealClearPolitics polling average, with Steyer in second and Sanders third.

His supporters in the Palmetto State say that the results in Iowa and New Hampshire will do little to change minds in South Carolina.

“That doesn’t represent our state,” said Tina Herbert, a longtime supporter, as she waited for Biden to speak in Columbia Tuesday night. Biden skipped his New Hampshire primary rally, heading to South Carolina early.

Other candidates, Herbert said, had yet to show meaningful support among black and Latino voters, who play a larger role in South Carolina, Nevada and many of the more than a dozen states that cast ballots on Super Tuesday, March 3.

“We do have to get a better picture of the different states and really see if some of the new folks have really penetrated the minority votes,” she said. “I know what some of the polls have said today, but I’m interested in seeing what the voters say when it’s time to vote.”

In his own remarks, Biden reiterated his case that Democratic candidates should be judged after the first four states vote, not the first two. After bursting into the room to the strains of Jackie Wilson’s “Higher and Higher,” he implored South Carolina voters to give his campaign a much-needed lift.

“We’re moving into an especially important phase because up ’til now we have not heard from the most committed constituency in the Democratic Party, the African American community, and the fastest-growing segment of society, the Latino community,” Biden said.

Black voters make up roughly two-thirds of the Democratic primary electorate in South Carolina, and through his years in public service, the former vice president has forged strong ties both in the state and with African Americans nationally. But a new Quinnipiac University poll shows Biden’s support among black voters nationally is slipping, compounding questions about his core argument.

The question is now whether the relationships he has cultivated — in many cases for decades — will still translate into votes.

“Joe Biden is no stranger. He doesn’t need to do the same things that Pete Buttigieg or Tom Steyer or [former New York City Mayor] Michael Bloomberg does in South Carolina. We know him,” said state Sen. Marlon Kimpson, who represents a majority-black Charleston district and is supporting Biden’s campaign.

Kimpson has argued that his state’s pragmatic voters are seeking a “return to normalcy,” for which Biden is the best option.

A pointed challenge from Steyer

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Many rivals to Biden who have emerged from Iowa and New Hampshire with stronger performances have shown limited capacity so far to resonate with nonwhite voters, which could foretell trouble for them as the primary moves through Nevada and South Carolina, and later the diverse slate of Super Tuesday states.

The billionaire Steyer has been flooding South Carolina with radio and television commercials, as well as an aggressive direct mail campaign. He has visited the state more than a dozen times and has upwards of 90 staffers on the ground. His wife, Kat, is moving to the state, according to The Associated Press, with plans to remain in South Carolina through the duration of the primary.

Tameika Isaac Devine, the mayor pro tem of Columbia, is considering Steyer, among other candidates. She praised his campaign for spending time in parts of the state that other candidates might dismiss.

“They’ve put their money where their mouth is. That’s why it’s funny when I hear people say he’s trying to buy the election,” Devine said of Steyer. “It’s not different than what he’s done in the past. Both he and Kat have been trying to build communities, which I think is admirable.”

Tensions between Steyer and Biden flared during last week’s Democratic debate, after Biden backer Dick Harpootlian, a former South Carolina Democratic Party chair, accused a state lawmaker of endorsing Steyer because he had been paid by the campaign.

During the debate, Steyer demanded an on-stage apology from Biden, one Biden did not offer. Instead he said that he has more support from South Carolina’s Black Caucus and black community than anyone else in the race.

State Sen. Kimpson was dismissive of Steyer’s efforts and spending in the state, and said he did not believe Biden’s support to be in jeopardy.

“We’ve got armies of folks down here prepared for this street fight, and it will be a fight,” he said. “Tensions have escalated. We won’t be swayed in our support for somebody we know, and that’s Joe Biden.”

Biden supporters say they expect him to win in South Carolina, but to do so, his campaign needs to mount an aggressive presence in the weeks before the vote.

“He cannot just assume that he has it,” supporter Herbert said of Biden. “You still have to do your due diligence. He’s just gonna have to get out there and knock on doors and get that personal contact. We’re Southerners. We like attention.”

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Rep. Jim Jordan accused of participating in OSU sexual abuse cover-up by ex-wrestler

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Andy Rubin’s Start-Up, Essential Products, Shuts Down

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SAN FRANCISCO — Essential Products, a consumer electronics start-up founded by the former Google executive Andy Rubin, said on Wednesday that it was ceasing operations.

Once considered one of Silicon Valley’s most promising hardware technology start-ups, Essential had raised $330 million in outside funding because of the track record of Mr. Rubin, who is widely credited for creating Google’s Android smartphone software.

But Essential, which was once valued at $1 billion, has struggled. It released a premium smartphone in 2017 that did not gain traction and the company later scrapped plans to develop a smart home speaker.

Essential was also dogged by news about Mr. Rubin and the circumstances of his departure from Google. The New York Times reported in 2018 that Google paid Mr. Rubin a $90 million exit package after claims of sexual misconduct with a company employee were deemed credible. Mr. Rubin has denied the allegations.

In a blog post on the company’s website on Wednesday, Essential said it had developed a new handset, but that there was “no clear path to deliver it to customers.”

Essential’s decision to shut down illustrates the challenges facing consumer electronics start-ups. Unlike software companies, hardware firms need more capital to buy components and maintain inventory of their products. Some hardware start-ups have broken through with hit products such as smart home device maker Nest and fitness tracker Fitbit, but those companies were eventually sold to Alphabet, Google’s parent company, partly because of the challenges of running a fledgling hardware business.

This story is developing. Check back for updates.

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UN rights council releases list of companies operating in Israeli West Bank settlements

The United Nations Human Rights Council on Wednesday released its long-delayed list of more than 100 companies it said were in violation of Palestinian human rights for operating within Israeli settlements in the contentious West Bank.

The “database” was created to single out companies contributing to the settlements, which are considered illegal by the vast majority of the international community. The attempt to name and shame the businesses is largely symbolic and has no direct impact.

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While a majority of the companies are Israeli, including banks and construction firms, others included international businesses from the United States, Netherlands, France, and the United Kingdom.

Travel companies Airbnb, Expedia, TripAdvisor, Booking.com and Opodo were among the names of U.S. companies.

Other names include food maker General Mills, known for brands like Cheerios and Pillsbury, tech and communications giants Motorola and Altice Europe, and infrastructure companies like France’s Egis Rail and Alstom, and Britain’s JC Bamford Excavators.

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The settlement of Mitzpe Yeriho is one of the Jewish settlements in the West Bank. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty, File)

Israel’s foreign minister, Israel Katz, called the publication of the list a “shameful surrender” to countries and organizations that want to hurt Israel. He accused the council of assisting a global anti-Israel boycott movement.

“The state of Israel will not accept discriminatory and anti-Israel policies and we will work in every possible way to prevent such decisions from being carried out,” he said.

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NGO Monitor, an Israeli group that is highly critical of the rights council and has long denounced its actions as a “blacklist,” on Wednesday called the list “defamatory” and an endorsement of the anti-Israel boycott movement.

Anne Herzberg, the group’s legal adviser, called on countries to “reassess their relationships” with the rights office and urged the “maligned companies” to consider legal action against U.N. officials who prepared the list.

Meanwhile, Anne Bayefsky, the director of the Touro Institute on Human Rights and the Holocaust, said in a statement that the release of the “blacklist” will “unleash a wave of revulsion.”

“It is modern antisemitism on a global scale,” she said, adding: “Make no mistake. This is a Nazi-like effort to isolate, demonize and destroy the Jewish state. It is not about so-called Jewish ‘settlements.’ It is an attack on the very idea of Jews living, breathing, working where Arabs claim they can’t. Classic apartheid. And the antithesis of human rights.”

Palestinian Foreign Minister Riad Malki hailed the list as a “victory for international law and for the diplomatic effort to dry up the sources of the colonial system represented by illegal settlement in the occupied Palestinian territory.”

Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammed Shtayyeh demanded the companies shut down their operations in the settlements, threatening international legal action.

“We demand the companies immediately close their headquarters and branches inside illegal Israeli settlements because their presence contradicts international and U.N. resolutions,” Shtayyeh posted on Facebook. “We will pursue companies listed in the report legally through international legal institutions and in courts in their countries for taking part in human rights violations in Palestine.”

He also said Palestinians will “demand compensation” for “the use of our occupied territory.”

The council has previously come under fire from President Trump for anti-Israel bias, and he withdrew the U.S. in 2018 – criticizing the U.N. for accepting countries that his administration said have repeatedly violated human rights.

The list was released just two weeks after the U.S. announced its long-awaited Mideast initiative. The plan turns over key parts of the West Bank to Israel, which has angered Palestinians.

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The Palestinians seek all of the West Bank and East Jerusalem areas captured by Israel in the 1967 Mideast war — for an independent state and the removal of many of the more than 700,000 Israeli settlers from these parts.

Fox News’ Ben Evansky and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Andy Rubin’s Start-Up, Essential Products, Shuts Down

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SAN FRANCISCO — Essential Products, a consumer electronics start-up founded by the former Google executive Andy Rubin, said on Wednesday that it was ceasing operations.

Once considered one of Silicon Valley’s most promising hardware technology start-ups, Essential had raised $330 million in outside funding because of the track record of Mr. Rubin, who is widely credited for creating Google’s Android smartphone software.

But Essential, which was once valued at $1 billion, has struggled. It released a premium smartphone in 2017 that did not gain traction and the company later scrapped plans to develop a smart home speaker.

Essential was also dogged by news about Mr. Rubin and the circumstances of his departure from Google. The New York Times reported in 2018 that Google paid Mr. Rubin a $90 million exit package after claims of sexual misconduct with a company employee were deemed credible. Mr. Rubin has denied the allegations.

In a blog post on the company’s website on Wednesday, Essential said it had developed a new handset, but that there was “no clear path to deliver it to customers.”

Essential’s decision to shut down illustrates the challenges facing consumer electronics start-ups. Unlike software companies, hardware firms need more capital to buy components and maintain inventory of their products. Some hardware start-ups have broken through with hit products such as smart home device maker Nest and fitness tracker Fitbit, but those companies were eventually sold to Alphabet, Google’s parent company, partly because of the challenges of running a fledgling hardware business.

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Democratic Candidates Hire South Carolina Lawmakers to Help Build Support

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COLUMBIA, S.C. — Last April, just as the 2020 presidential campaign was getting underway, Senator Bernie Sanders trumpeted a breakthrough in his campaign’s quest for black voters’ support in South Carolina.

Mr. Sanders was honored to have been endorsed for the Democratic nomination by seven black members of the South Carolina legislature, he announced in a tweet.

One of the lawmakers, records show, owned a company that was already being paid by the Sanders campaign. Another would soon be added to the payroll as a vendor.

By the end of 2019, consulting companies operated by the two lawmakers, Representative Wendell Gilliard of Charleston and Representative Terry Alexander of Florence, had collected a combined total of almost $150,000 from Mr. Sanders’s presidential effort, according to federal campaign records.

Campaigns regularly enter into financial dealings with companies and business owners as they build out operations in primary states; they also seek the endorsements of popular lawmakers of all races, some of whom also work in public relations, consulting or similar fields where payments can be routed.

This practice takes place in both political parties and, while many leaders find it unseemly, it continues unabated.

Even legal and fully disclosed payments, however, can raise questions about whether endorsements are heartfelt or driven by financial considerations.

That dynamic is evident in South Carolina, where presidential candidates will compete in the primary Feb. 29, the first test in a Southern state. Black voters may make up more than 60 percent of the Democratic electorate there.

Payments to endorsers in the state became an issue last week when a supporter of former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. made thinly veiled suggestions that a rival candidate, Tom Steyer, had traded cash for endorsements by making payments to State Representative Jerry Govan, the head of the South Carolina Legislative Black Caucus.

Federal Election Commission records showed that the Steyer campaign had paid Mr. Govan more than $40,000 since September, when Mr. Govan endorsed Mr. Steyer. The payments to a company associated with Mr. Govan, Govan Agency L.L.C., were for “community building services.”

The disclosures about Mr. Steyer’s payments also prompted a disdainful tweet from Bakari Sellers, a former state legislator and one of the state’s most sought-after surrogates. “Confused, so we’re OK with Steyer paying $10K a month for endorsements?” Mr. Sellers wrote on Friday, adding, “Presidential candidates shouldn’t be paying legislators for their endorsements.”

Mr. Steyer, however, was hardly chastened: On Wednesday his campaign said he had hired Gilda Cobb-Hunter, the longest-serving member of South Carolina’s House and an influential African-American leader who rarely endorses in presidential races. Ms. Cobb-Hunter will be a senior adviser to the campaign, a move that was first reported by The Associated Press.

A longtime ethics advocate in South Carolina, John Crangle, questioned whether such arrangements posed a real problem, noting that such work does not influence bills pending before the legislature and is not prohibited by state law. Mr. Crangle is a lobbyist for the South Carolina Progressive Caucus, which does not endorse candidates.

“If legislators were banned from taking consulting fees or legal retainers, I would guess that 75 percent would resign,” Mr. Crangle said.

Ms. Cobb-Hunter did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The arrangements by Mr. Sanders’s campaign — as well as recent history — reveal that such consulting deals are fairly commonplace in South Carolina.

In 2007, Hillary Clinton defended her South Carolina presidential campaign against allegations of endorsement-buying after her campaign entered a $10,000-a-month consulting contract with state Senator Darrell Jackson, a Columbia lawmaker and pastor who also operated a consulting company.

“Senator Jackson was someone who was involved in my husband’s campaigns,” Mrs. Clinton said at the time. “He was someone we turned to for political advice and counsel and I’m proud to have him on my team.”

At times the practice can cross legal boundaries: A former Iowa state senator was sent to prison in 2017 after a federal investigation revealed he had taken more than $70,000 from Ron Paul’s presidential campaign and that the money had been paid to an audio-visual production company to hide the payment from public view. Three former aides to Mr. Paul were also convicted of public corruption charges.

Mr. Sanders’s campaign said it was pleased with its connection to the two South Carolina lawmakers. “We’re proud that two leaders who endorsed in 2016 are not only supporting the senator again in 2020 but also working hard to help us win,” said a statement issued on behalf of the campaign by Nina Turner, a former Ohio state senator and a campaign co-chair.

Several current and former black elected officials expressed concern, though, that payments to officials who also endorse candidates, however legal, could create the impression that their support can be bought.

“I’m 75 years of age, and all my life you’ve had candidates come into the predominantly black community and dropping out a few dollars or a lot of dollars to a few people,” said Bernice Scott, a former member of the Richland County, S.C., council who supports Mr. Biden. “Call it consulting or whatever they want to call it, I wouldn’t do it. It puts a bad taste in everybody’s mouth.”

Mr. Steyer, a billionaire who is largely self-funding his campaign, has spent lavishly in South Carolina on advertising and staff and has also retained Harold Mitchell, an environmental activist and former state senator from Spartanburg who starred in an ad for Mr. Steyer, endorsing the former hedge fund manager.

The payments by Mr. Steyer to Mr. Govan prompted a series of charges and countercharges in South Carolina last week. State Senator Dick Harpootlian, a longtime Biden supporter, called Mr. Steyer “Mr. Moneybags” in a tweet last week, hinting that the arrangement with Mr. Govan was a cash-for-endorsement trade-off and alleging that Mr. Govan had previously intended to support Mr. Biden.

Mr. Govan, of Orangeburg, accused Mr. Harpootlian of “throwing mud,” and so did members of the black caucus, who organized an impromptu news conference at the South Carolina State House to demand that the Biden campaign disavow Mr. Harpootlian’s statement.

Extending the controversy, Mr. Steyer raised the issue during the Democratic primary debate on Friday night. “Joe, I’m asking you to come with me and the legislative black caucus and disavow Dick Harpootlian and what he had to say,” Mr. Steyer said. “It was wrong. And I’m asking you to join us. Be on the right side.”

Mr. Biden retorted: “I’m asking you to join me and join in the support I have from the overwhelming number of the members of the black caucus. I have more support in South Carolina in the black caucus and the black community than anyone else, double what you have or what anyone else has.”

Mr. Sanders interjected: “I don’t think that’s quite right.”

In its statement, the Sanders campaign emphasized its efforts to reach out to black voters in South Carolina by hiring black staff members, holding events in black-owned venues and paying black vendors, such as caterers.

Payments by the Sanders campaign to the two lawmakers were contained in 2019 campaign records filed with the Federal Election Commission. They show that Mr. Sanders’s campaign began paying TA Network, Mr. Alexander’s company, for political consulting in the second quarter of last year, with total payments of $90,000 for the year.

“I’ve been an elected official 28 years and I’ve worked on state, local and federal campaigns for those 28 years,” said Mr. Alexander, whose primary job is as pastor of Wayside Chapel Baptist Church in Florence. He added that elected officials in South Carolina, white and black, had been performing such consulting work for a long time.

“It becomes an issue now, questionable, when black folks are part of the game,” he said.

The records show that Mr. Sanders’s campaign also hired WGG Consulting early last year for “event planning” and “consulting/political strategy,” with disbursements to WGG reaching $56,500 by year’s end.

WGG is operated by Mr. Gilliard, a former union activist who said he had been a passionate supporter of Mr. Sanders since Mr. Sanders endorsed Jesse Jackson for president.

“As a young black man back in the 1980s, I read that a white man from a predominantly white state like Vermont had actually endorsed a black man for president,” Mr. Gilliard said, adding that his consulting agreement with Mr. Sanders was above board.

“No more pat on the back and given a bale of cotton and saying thanks for your services. Those days are gone,” Mr. Gilliard said.

Stephanie Saul reported from Columbia, and Jonathan Martin from Manchester, N.H.

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Coronavirus ‘super-spreader’ linked to 11 cases of virus released from hospital: ‘I’m happy to be home’

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A British man who unwittingly spread the deadly coronavirus, now known as COVID-19, to at least 11 people across three countries has been released from the hospital.

Steve Walsh contracted the virus while on a business trip to Singapore in late January. He then went to a ski resort in the French Alps, where he unknowingly spread the virus to at least 11 others. At least five Britons who stayed at the resort – including a 9-year-old boy – were infected, as were five people in France. He was also connected to at least one case in Spain.

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“I’m happy to be home and feeling well,” he said in a statement, according to Yahoo. “I want to give a big thank you to the NHS who have been great throughout and my thoughts are with everyone around the world who continues to be affected by the virus.”

“It’s good to be back with my family,” he added.

Walsh earlier this week made headlines when he came forward for the first time since being identified as the so-called “super-spreader.”

“Whilst I have fully recovered, my thoughts are with others who have contracted coronavirus,” he said at the time.

“I’m pleased to say that – following two negative tests for coronavirus, 24 hours apart – Mr. Walsh has been discharged from Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, having made a full recovery following his treatment,”  Professor Keith Willett, the NHS strategic incident director, said in a statement, according to the outlet.

Willett confirmed that Walsh is “no longer contagious, and poses no risk to the public.”

“He is keen to return to his normal life and spend time with his family out of the media spotlight.”

The news comes after government officials in the U.K. on Monday declared the coronavirus outbreak a “serious and imminent threat to public health.” To date, the country has reported eight cases of the novel virus.

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“In light of the recent public health emergency from the novel Coronavirus originating from Wuhan, Secretary of State has made regulations to ensure that the public are protected as far as possible from the transmission of the virus,” the government said in a statement, adding Arrowe Park Hospital in Merseyside, and Kents Hill Park in Milton Keynes, are “isolation facilities.”

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At least 1 US marshal injured in Baltimore shooting

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At least one U.S. marshal was shot in northeast Baltimore Wednesday afternoon, Baltimore police confirmed to Fox News.

Two officers responded to a call shortly after noon in the Maryland city’s Frankford neighborhood, the Baltimore Sun reported. 

The Baltimore Police Media Relations office confirmed to Fox News that one U.S. marshal was shot. She could not confirm his or her condition or if there were multiple shots.

A police spokeswoman initially told the Baltimore Sun a second U.S. marshal was injured in the shooting, but then said the department was still confirming details.

In a separate shooting about 10 miles away, two people died and another suffered gunshot wounds around 11 a.m. in Baltimore’s Cherry Hill neighborhood.

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Coronavirus ‘super-spreader’ linked to 11 cases of virus released from hospital: ‘I’m happy to be home’

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A British man who unwittingly spread the deadly coronavirus, now known as COVID-19, to at least 11 people across three countries has been released from the hospital.

Steve Walsh contracted the virus while on a business trip to Singapore in late January. He then went to a ski resort in the French Alps, where he unknowingly spread the virus to at least 11 others. At least five Britons who stayed at the resort – including a 9-year-old boy – were infected, as were five people in France. He was also connected to at least one case in Spain.

CORONAVIRUS ‘SUPER-SPREADER’ SPEAKS OUT AFTER INFECTING 11 OTHERS WITH VIRUS

“I’m happy to be home and feeling well,” he said in a statement, according to Yahoo. “I want to give a big thank you to the NHS who have been great throughout and my thoughts are with everyone around the world who continues to be affected by the virus.”

“It’s good to be back with my family,” he added.

Walsh earlier this week made headlines when he came forward for the first time since being identified as the so-called “super-spreader.”

“Whilst I have fully recovered, my thoughts are with others who have contracted coronavirus,” he said at the time.

“I’m pleased to say that – following two negative tests for coronavirus, 24 hours apart – Mr. Walsh has been discharged from Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, having made a full recovery following his treatment,”  Professor Keith Willett, the NHS strategic incident director, said in a statement, according to the outlet.

Willett confirmed that Walsh is “no longer contagious, and poses no risk to the public.”

“He is keen to return to his normal life and spend time with his family out of the media spotlight.”

The news comes after government officials in the U.K. on Monday declared the coronavirus outbreak a “serious and imminent threat to public health.” To date, the country has reported eight cases of the novel virus.

CORONAVIRUS CASES IN UK DOUBLE AFTER COUNTRY SEES 4 MORE CASES

“In light of the recent public health emergency from the novel Coronavirus originating from Wuhan, Secretary of State has made regulations to ensure that the public are protected as far as possible from the transmission of the virus,” the government said in a statement, adding Arrowe Park Hospital in Merseyside, and Kents Hill Park in Milton Keynes, are “isolation facilities.”

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Bernie Sanders Would ‘Ruin Our Economy,’ Says Ex-Goldman Sachs Boss

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Bernie Sanders has proposed a wealth tax on the richest Americans, blasted big businesses for turning huge profits while paying little in taxes and said he believed billionaires should not exist.

After his win in Tuesday’s Democratic primary in New Hampshire solidified Mr. Sanders’ status as a contender for the nomination, one Wall Street billionaire fired back.

Lloyd Blankfein, the former Goldman Sachs chief executive, took aim at Mr. Sanders on Twitter, saying the Vermont senator would “ruin our economy” if elected president.

He added that Mr. Sanders did not care about the military and was just as polarizing as President Trump.

“If I’m Russian, I go with Sanders this time around,” he wrote, referencing that country’s efforts to support Mr. Trump in 2016.

The post quickly attracted thousands of comments from Mr. Sanders’s supporters — some of whom invoked Goldman’s position at the center of the 2008 financial crisis.

“This is what panic from the Wall Street elite looks and sounds like,” Faiz Shakir, Mr. Sanders’s campaign manager, responded in a tweet on Wednesday morning.

Mr. Blankfein’s comments reflect the growing unease among corporate players and investors about the likely Democratic contenders for the presidential nomination. The narrow victory in New Hampshire has helped position Mr. Sanders as a front-runner with the most enthusiasm on the party’s most liberal wing. Former Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Ind., was second and Senator Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota surged to third, with those two candidates splitting the centrist vote.

Mr. Sanders’ performance through the first two primary contests has pushed him ahead of Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts in the race to grab voters looking to shake up the status quo.

Both candidates have been watched warily by Wall Street for months because they would represent a stark reversal from President Trump’s economic agenda, which has been centered on cutting taxes and rolling back regulations.

Last year, Mr. Sanders proposed the creation of a wealth tax on the richest Americans to help pay for his “Medicare for all” health program, universal child care and an overhaul to the housing market that would include big subsidies for first-time home buyers.

Mr. Sanders, when asked if billionaires should exist in the United States, said, “I hope the day comes when they don’t.”

Mr. Blankfein, a former investment banker who left the top job at Goldman Sachs in 2018 after a 12-year tenure, has not let the attacks on corporate America go unnoticed and has tussled online with both Mr. Sanders and Ms. Warren.

In November, Mr. Blankfein took aim at Ms. Warren after being featured in one of her campaign ads, saying “vilification of people as a member of a group may be good for her campaign, not for the country.” In February 2019, Mr. Sanders and Mr. Blankfein sparred on Twitter over corporate stock buybacks, which Mr. Sanders wanted to limit.

The antagonism between Mr. Blankfein and Mr. Sanders goes back years. In 2012, Mr. Sanders targeted the then-chief of Goldman Sachs in a speech from the Senate floor, labeling him the “face of class warfare” for supporting cuts to Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid.

Other business chiefs have weighed in. Leon Cooperman, the billionaire money manager of the Omega Family Office, a critic of Ms. Warren, said in an Oct. 30 letter to her that was made public that her “vilification of the rich is misguided.” Bill Gates, another billionaire, expressed his concern in November about a wealth tax.

Hillary Clinton, the former Democratic presidential nominee, has also criticized Mr. Sanders. Footage from an upcoming documentary about her showed her ripping into Mr. Sanders, saying, “Nobody likes him, nobody wants to work with him, he got nothing done. He was a career politician.”

Mr. Blankfein, a registered Democrat, supported Mrs. Clinton in the 2016 presidential election and has donated to Republicans in the past. He said in October at a CNN conference that he did not see himself reflected in the current party.

Mr. Blankfein, a rare tweeter, used his first Twitter post to slam Mr. Trump for leaving the Paris climate accord in 2017.

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