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Laura Ingraham: ‘Globalists’ in the Democratic Party prefer Buttigieg to Bernie

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Laura Ingraham took on the rise of Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg Wednesday, mocking his media supporters with a large amount of sarcasm.

“This was supposed to be [Bernie Sanders’] time and then in Iowa, despite getting the most votes, he ended up with fewer delegates than Pete Buttigieg, giving the former mayor a rosy press narrative going into New Hampshire,” Ingraham said on “The Ingraham Angle.” “But even when Bernie pulled out a clear victory in New Hampshire, it’s still not even treated like a win.”

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Ingraham laughed at the media for ignoring Sanders’ victories in Iowa and New Hampshire.

“They’ll support anybody except the guy who actually won. But the reason is obvious,” Ingraham said. “The establishment and the elites don’t want the curmudgeon socialist Bernie Sanders to run away with the nomination.”

“I don’t think they’ve ever loved a Midwesterner as much as they love Pete. He’s a charmer,” Ingraham said jokingly.

The host put forth that “globalists” in the Democratic Party would prefer Buttigieg over Sanders.

“Let’s face it, they want to hedge against Bernie and they know Pete will be putty in the hands of someone like [Chinese] President Xi,” Ingraham said. “And that’s good for the globalists.”

Ingraham dismissed Buttigieg’s experience and his time as mayor of South Bend, Indiana.

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Ingraham credited Trump for Democrats supporting Buttigieg.

“Buttigieg really is kind of a bland composite of a lot of things, but with zero relevant experience,” Ingraham said. “The only thing he’s ever run, South Bend, Indiana, is a crime ridden mess.”

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Papa John’s Founder Reveals The Truth: He Didn’t Really Eat 40 Pizzas In 30 Days

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Papa John’s founder and former CEO, John Schnatter, has revealed that he did not, in fact, consume 40 whole pizzas in 30 days.

During an appearance on the H3 Podcast this week, Schnatter argued that in the viral November interview during which he made the claim, he used an ambiguous verb to describe his pizza consumption and never actually said he ate 40 whole pizzas.

“Well, I didn’t say I’d eaten 40 pizzas in 30 days. I said I had 40 pizzas in 30 days,” he told co-hosts Ethan and Hila Klein.

Ethan Klein pushed back on the former pizza mogul’s reckless use of language: “Well hold on…. When I said I had a pizza, that means I ate it.”

“When I said I had a pizza, this means I’m inspecting,” Schnatter responded. “I’m not eating every pizza. I may be eating parts of pizzas.”

He went on to discuss his current pizza-eating habits, saying that he eats about eight or nine slices a week. Previously, during his tenure at Papa John’s, he estimated this number to be more like “12 or 15 because I was testing the products.”

“Pizza’s actually very nutritious, very healthy,” he added, after explaining that he keeps fit with a few different sports. “You just can’t eat a bunch of it.”

Schnatter resigned as board chairman of Papa John’s in July 2018 as part of a settlement agreement following reports he used a racial slur on a company conference call. He had resigned as CEO the year before due to backlash over his criticism of NFL players kneeling during the national anthem.

In the viral November interview with WDRB News, a noticeably sweaty Schnatter claimed he’d “had over 40 pizzas in the last 30 days, and it’s not the same pizza.” He believed the quality of the pies had deteriorated since his ouster and vowed that the board members who forced his departure would see “a day of reckoning.”

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Coronavirus Infections In China Surge As Officials Add New Testing Methods To Tally

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Health officials in China’s Hubei Province — the epicenter of the outbreak of a new coronavirus — reported the largest single-day infection rate to date on Thursday, identifying 14,840 new cases in the region and 242 more deaths.

The figures, which are more than 10 times the previous day’s reported infections, come as Chinese health officials have expanded how they diagnose those who show symptoms associated with the virus, called COVID-19. Officials previously relied solely on specialized testing kits, but the new data includes those who have been screened by doctors, The New York Times reported. Hubei has also begun using CT scans to identify infected patients.

“From today on, we will include the number of clinically diagnosed cases into the number of confirmed cases so that patients could receive timely treatment,” Hubei’s health authority said in a statement, according to a translation from the South China Morning Post.

Reuters added that if cases identified using the new methods were excluded from the count, then there were only 1,508 new cases. More than 50,000 people have now been confirmed to have COVID-19 across China.

The new figures reflected a statistical whiplash and come just a day after Beijing reported the lowest daily number of new infections in two weeks. The government touted that decline in its attempt to champion its containment efforts that have effectively quarantined 60 million people in and around Hubei. Senior Chinese officials have also been urging workers to return to their jobs after extending the Lunar New Year holiday, although many have been staying home out of fear.

Experts have warned, however, that the number of people infected with the virus could be far higher than reported due to the complicated testing required, a shortage of medical supplies at some hospitals and recent observations that many people have mild cases that don’t require medical treatment.

Officials agree, however, that COVID-19 is highly transmissible and warned that infection rates could fall or skyrocket at any moment.

“Our greatest fear remains the damage this coronavirus could do in a country like [the Democratic Republic of Congo],” Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the director-general of the World Health Organization, said during a WHO meeting on the Ebola crisis in West Africa on Wednesday. “Even as the flames of one outbreak begin to die down, we are fighting another fire-front.”

He added: “The number of newly confirmed cases reported from China has stabilized over the past week, but that must be interpreted with extreme caution. This outbreak could still go in any direction.”

The fallout from the spread of the coronavirus, which WHO dubbed COVID-19 on Tuesday, continues to spread.

Businesses have also taken steps to prevent the spread of the virus, including airlines that have canceled many of their flights into China. One of the world’s largest technology trade shows, set to be held in Barcelona, called off this year’s event because of the outbreak.

New cases have continued to pop up around the globe. The United States reported its 14th on Wednesday, saying a person evacuated from Wuhan to a military base near San Diego had tested positive for the virus.

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How did Valentine’s Day become a huge commercial boom?

Every year for Valentine’s Day, lovers around the world pull out all the stops for their sweetheart.

From the traditional flowers and chocolate to more expensive gifts such as diamonds, the holiday is just as much about spending your hard-earned cash as it is about love.

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In fact, this year consumers are anticipated to spend an average of $196.31 and a record total of $27.4 billion, according to data released by the National Retail Federation (NRF).

So if you’re feeling the pressure to get your significant other the perfect gift for V-Day, it’s likely because the commercialization of the holiday is by capitalist design.

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The origins of Valentine’s Day becoming a major commercial holiday can apparently be traced back to the United States. (Photo: iStock)

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The origins of Valentine’s Day becoming a major commercial holiday can apparently be traced back to the United States.

While the practice of gifting your Valentine greeting cards was a centuries-long tradition in England, where the holiday was birthed, it wasn’t until Valentine’s Day was “rejuvenated” across the pond in the mid-19th Century that it saw its commercial boom, according to the Library of Congress.

The Old World celebration was “often forgotten” and “easily neglected” by those in the U.S. Things took a turn in the 1840s when the holiday was transformed into something “not-to-be-missed,” author Leigh Eric Schmidt wrote in his 1995 book “Consumer Rites: The Buying & Selling of American Holidays.”

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Merchants outside of the card industry such as jewelers, florists and confectioners eventually joined the bandwagon.

“Commerce rather than ethnicity would be the creative and guiding hand in the holiday’s American rebirth,” Schmidt wrote. “When merchants rediscovered the [holiday], the former transformed the latter, not vice versa, as a merchants systematically extended the apparatus of the market into the realm of celebration.”

While companies may not have created the holiday and some of its traditions, they have certainly capitalized on it. Fast forward to the present day and we can expect to see companies rolling in the dough, as the number of Americans expected to celebrate this year has increased to 55 percent from 51 percent last year.

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Department stores are the most popular Valentine’s Day shopping destination, and they are visited by 36 percent of shoppers, the NRF reports. Thirty-two percent of shoppers are expected to seek business at discount and online stores, while 19 percent at specialty stores, 17 percent at florists, 15 percent at local small businesses, and clothing stores and jewelry shops are tied with 11 percent of shoppers.

So while Valentine’s Day may be a traditional holiday about romance, there’s nothing accidental about its tendency to hit your pockets. Love may be free, but Valentine’s Day as we know it? Not so much.

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Mike Bloomberg Once Blamed End Of ‘Redlining’ For 2008 Economic Collapse

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WASHINGTON (AP) — At the height of the 2008 economic collapse, then-New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg said the elimination of a discriminatory housing practice known as “redlining” was responsible for instigating the meltdown.

“It all started back when there was a lot of pressure on banks to make loans to everyone,” Bloomberg, now a Democratic presidential candidate, said at a forum that was hosted by Georgetown University in September 2008. “Redlining, if you remember, was the term where banks took whole neighborhoods and said, ‘People in these neighborhoods are poor, they’re not going to be able to pay off their mortgages, tell your salesmen don’t go into those areas.’”

He continued: “And then Congress got involved ― local elected officials, as well ― and said, ‘Oh that’s not fair, these people should be able to get credit.’ And once you started pushing in that direction, banks started making more and more loans where the credit of the person buying the house wasn’t as good as you would like.”

Bloomberg, a billionaire who built a media and financial services empire before turning to electoral politics, was correct that the financial crisis was triggered in part by banks extending loans to borrowers who were ill-suited to repay them. But by attributing the meltdown to the elimination of redlining, a practice used by banks to discriminate against minority borrowers, Bloomberg appears to be blaming policies intended to bring equality to the housing market.

The term redlining comes from the “red lines” those in the financial industry would draw on a map to denote areas deemed ineligible for credit, frequently based on race.

“It’s been well documented that the 2008 crash was caused by unethical, predatory lending that deliberately targeted communities of color,” said Debra Gore-Mann, president and CEO of the Greenlining Institute, a nonprofit that works for racial and economic justice. “People of color were sold trick loans with exploding interest rates designed to push them into foreclosure. Our communities of color and low income communities were the victims of the crash, not the cause.”

Campaign spokesman Stu Loeser said that Bloomberg “attacked predatory lending” as mayor and, if elected president, has a plan to “help a million more Black families buy a house, and counteract the effects of redlining and the subprime mortgage crisis.”

The campaign also pointed to efforts by Bloomberg’s private philanthropy to help other cities craft policies that will help reduce evictions. He promised in a January speech to do a version of the very thing he criticized in 2008: Ask lenders to update their credit-scoring models, “because millions of black households don’t have a credit score which is needed to get a mortgage.”

After this story was published, Loeser added: “He’s saying that something bad – the financial crisis – followed something good, which is the fight against redlining that he was part of as Mayor.”

Bloomberg’s 2008 remarks stand in contrast with the decadeslong positions some of his rivals have held.

Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s work as a professor and attorney has been devoted to the study of bankruptcy and the disastrous impact it has on the financial well-being of families. As a young Delaware senator, Joe Biden held hearings on unfair lending practices and sponsored legislation to ban discrimination in lending and crack down on industry figures who did.

The remarks are the latest instance of past comments by Bloomberg that have resurfaced in recent days that make him appear racially insensitive.

On Tuesday, an audio recording ricocheted around social media of the then-mayor defending his police department’s use of the controversial “stop-and-frisk” tactic during a 2015 appearance at the Aspen Institute.

Under the program, New York City police officers made it a routine practice to stop and search multitudes of mostly black and Hispanic men to see if they were carrying weapons.

Although he has since apologized for his support for the policy, in the recording Bloomberg said that “95%” of murders and murder victims are young male minorities and that “you can just take the description, Xerox it and pass it out to all the cops.” To combat crime, he said, “put a lot of cops where the crime is, which means in minority neighborhoods.”

Bloomberg’s resurfaced comments about redlining come as he’s in the midst of a two-day tour of the South that in part is focused on building relationships with black voters who are the backbone of the Democratic Party. On Thursday, he plans to launch “Mike for Black America”

Speaking to reporters in Tennessee on Wednesday, he refused to directly apologize for the 2015 comments. In response to repeated questions, he said, “I don’t think those words reflect how I led the most diverse city in the nation.”

“I apologized for the practice and the pain that it caused,” he said Wednesday. “It was five years ago. And, you know, it’s just not the way that I think, and it doesn’t reflect what I do every day.”

Introducing Bloomberg at an event in Chattanooga, Tennessee, Dr. Elenora Woods, president of the city’s NAACP chapter, said he would be a tireless fighter for economic justice for black Americans.

“Look, I know what racism looks like. I know what it looks like, and that’s not Mike Bloomberg,” she said.

Associated Press writers Alexandra Jaffe in Washington and Kathleen Ronayne in Chattanooga, Tenn., contributed to this report.

Catch up on the 2020 election campaign with AP experts on our weekly politics podcast, “Ground Game.”

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Rodrigo Duterte: What to know about the controversial Philippines president

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Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, an anti-establishment crusader and a ruthless fighter for the war on drugs shows parallels between himself and President Trump, both for their brash rhetoric and embrace of populism.

Early life

The son of a former governor of Davao Province in the southern Philippines, Duterte, despite coming from privilege, ran with a rough and tumble crowd, often getting into fights and brawls throughout his teenage years.

By the age of 15, he was carrying a gun and known as a street brawler, according to his brother Emmanuel Duterte.

Duterte told a reporter in 2018 that the first time he may have killed someone was during a drunken beach brawl at age 17. “Maybe I stabbed somebody to death,” he said of the incident.

“Violence in the house, violence in the school and violence in the neighborhood,” Duterte’s brother said. “That is why he is always angry. Because if you have pain when you are young, you are angry all the time.”

Duterte was regularly whipped by his mother, who reportedly once wore out a horsewhip from the frequent beatings, his brother said.

Throughout parochial school, he was caned by Jesuit priests, and as a freshman at the Ateneo de Davao High School, he was fondled by an American priest, he revealed in 2015.

The priest, whom Duterte identified as Rev. Mark Falvey, moved to California and died in 1975. The Jesuit order agreed in 2007 to pay $16 million to nine people Falvey molested when they were children attending a Hollywood church.

Political career

Duterte rose to political prominence in 1988, when he carved out a place for himself as the strong-arm mayor of Davao. In his more than 30 years since becoming mayor, he has never lost an election.

Duterte spent 20 years as mayor of his city and earned himself the nickname of “the death squad mayor” as rumors swirled that he regularly employed teams of hitmen to allegedly target and kill suspected drug dealers and addicts.

Despite being a fierce anti-drug crusader, Duterte himself struggled with drug abuse. Ten years after taking office, he filed for an annulment of his marriage, and a psychological assessment of Duterte concluded that he had “narcissistic personality disorder” and a “pervasive tendency to demean, humiliate others and violate their rights.”

Duterte has proudly touted his transformation of Davao from the country’s murder capital to one of its safest cities in the country.

Despite being a brutal mayor, Duterte is also known for his softer side and has been described as being one to take out a wad of cash from his pockets and give it to someone in need.

Duterte became president of the Philippines in May 2016. He garnered more than 16.6 million votes in the election, 6.6 million more than his closest opponent, Manuel Roxas, according to the Associated Press.

His policy agenda ramped up the war on drugs even further, employing brutal and deadly tactics including police raids.

As president, Duterte continued his repressive war on drugs killing over 5,526 people throughout his tenure, many who are from impoverished urban areas, and all through police operations from July 1, 2016, to June 30, 2019, according to the Philippine National Police.

The death toll does not include the thousands more unidentified gunmen have killed in cases that the police do not seriously investigate, pushing the death toll to as high as 27,000 according to estimates by domestic human rights groups.

Duterte’s police forces have committed thousands of extrajudicial killings spreading from the capital region of metro Manila, into other cities and provinces, by raining homes and apprehending alleged drug dealers and users. Instead of being taken into custody, those arrested have died at the hands of police claiming self-defense.

Duterte has not been shy about his anti-drugs crusade, openly saying “I would be happy to slaughter them,” in reference to drug dealers.

“I might go down in the history as the butcher,” he said in January 2017.

Relationship with the U.S.

The Philippines notified the United States on Tuesday it would end a major security pact allowing American forces to train in the country – a pivotal move under Duterte, who continues to warm to China while distancing itself from the U.S., who was the nation’s former colonial ruler.

The 1998 Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) allows American forces, along with U.S. military ships and aircraft, to rotate through Philippine military bases for roughly 300 joint exercises annually with Filipino troops.

The decision by the Philippine government comes as Duterte’s relationship with the United States has grown contentious after the American government denied Senator Ronald dela Rosa, one of Duterte’s biggest champions for his violent war on drugs, a U.S. visa.

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MSNBC’s Chuck Todd criticized by Anti-Defamation League over Sanders ‘brownshirt brigade’ remark

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The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) called out MSNBC anchor Chuck Todd for bringing up a quote suggesting that supporters of Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., are part of a “digital brownshirt brigade.”

On Monday, during a panel discussion about the candidate’s surge ahead of Tuesday’s New Hampshire primary, Todd cited a column critical of Sanders’ online support.

“I want to bring up something that Jonathan Last put in The Bulwark today,” Todd said. “Here’s what he says: ‘No other candidate has anything like this digital brownshirt brigade. I mean, except for Donald Trump. The question that no one is asking is this; what if you can’t win the presidency without an online mob? What if we now live in a world having a bullying, agro-social media running around, hobbling everyone who sticks their head up is either an important ingredient for or a critical marker of success?'”

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His remarks sparked backlash on social media, so much so that the ADL weighed in.

“As we enter a contentious campaign season, it is incumbent upon leaders & pundits to refrain from using offensive comparisons to the Holocaust. Doing so only diminishes the memories of the 6M Jews who were killed by Nazis & Nazi sympathizers,” the ADL tweeted.

The ADL is an international Jewish non-government group whose self-declared mission is to “stop the defamation of the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment to all,” according to its website. A “brownshirt” is defined in Webster’s New World College Dictionary as “a storm trooper in Nazi Germany.”

Tom Elliott, founder and news editor of Grabien, which is a media company, told Fox News that because Todd is “one of NBC’s ostensibly straight news guys,” the “Meet The Press” moderator has to be more crafty in order to express his own opinions.

“Chuck Todd has to resort to these kinds of journalistic sleights of hand to get his own views across,” Elliott said. “He doesn’t have to personally express any opinions, he can just approvingly quote other people likening Sanders supporters to Nazis, or Trump fans to Bible-thumping rubes.”

Elliott referenced commentary Todd made in December 2019, where he read a letter to the editor of a Kentucky newspaper from January 2019, something Todd thought was a “fascinating attempt” to explain why so many Americans support President Trump.

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The letter read: “[W]hy do people support Trump? It’s because people have been trained from childhood to believe in fairy tales… This set their minds up to accept things that make them feel good… The more fairy tales and lies he tells the better they feel… Show me a person who believes in Noah’s ark and I will show you a Trump voter.”

“This gets at something, Dean, that my executive producer likes to say, ‘Hey, voters want to be lied to sometimes.’ They don’t always love being told hard truths,” Todd told New York Times Executive Editor Dean Baquet.

“I’m not quite sure I buy that,” Baquet immediately responded. “I’m not convinced that people want to be lied to. I think people want to be comforted, and I think bad politicians sometimes say comforting things to them.”

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Mike Bloomberg Once Blamed End Of ‘Redlining’ For 2008 Economic Collapse

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WASHINGTON (AP) — At the height of the 2008 economic collapse, then-New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg said the elimination of a discriminatory housing practice known as “redlining” was responsible for instigating the meltdown.

“It all started back when there was a lot of pressure on banks to make loans to everyone,” Bloomberg, now a Democratic presidential candidate, said at a forum that was hosted by Georgetown University in September 2008. “Redlining, if you remember, was the term where banks took whole neighborhoods and said, ‘People in these neighborhoods are poor, they’re not going to be able to pay off their mortgages, tell your salesmen don’t go into those areas.’”

He continued: “And then Congress got involved ― local elected officials, as well ― and said, ‘Oh that’s not fair, these people should be able to get credit.’ And once you started pushing in that direction, banks started making more and more loans where the credit of the person buying the house wasn’t as good as you would like.”

Bloomberg, a billionaire who built a media and financial services empire before turning to electoral politics, was correct that the financial crisis was triggered in part by banks extending loans to borrowers who were ill-suited to repay them. But by attributing the meltdown to the elimination of redlining, a practice used by banks to discriminate against minority borrowers, Bloomberg appears to be blaming policies intended to bring equality to the housing market.

The term redlining comes from the “red lines” those in the financial industry would draw on a map to denote areas deemed ineligible for credit, frequently based on race.

“It’s been well documented that the 2008 crash was caused by unethical, predatory lending that deliberately targeted communities of color,” said Debra Gore-Mann, president and CEO of the Greenlining Institute, a nonprofit that works for racial and economic justice. “People of color were sold trick loans with exploding interest rates designed to push them into foreclosure. Our communities of color and low income communities were the victims of the crash, not the cause.”

Campaign spokesman Stu Loeser said that Bloomberg “attacked predatory lending” as mayor and, if elected president, has a plan to “help a million more Black families buy a house, and counteract the effects of redlining and the subprime mortgage crisis.”

The campaign also pointed to efforts by Bloomberg’s private philanthropy to help other cities craft policies that will help reduce evictions. He promised in a January speech to do a version of the very thing he criticized in 2008: Ask lenders to update their credit-scoring models, “because millions of black households don’t have a credit score which is needed to get a mortgage.”

After this story was published, Loeser added: “He’s saying that something bad – the financial crisis – followed something good, which is the fight against redlining that he was part of as Mayor.”

Bloomberg’s 2008 remarks stand in contrast with the decadeslong positions some of his rivals have held.

Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s work as a professor and attorney has been devoted to the study of bankruptcy and the disastrous impact it has on the financial well-being of families. As a young Delaware senator, Joe Biden held hearings on unfair lending practices and sponsored legislation to ban discrimination in lending and crack down on industry figures who did.

The remarks are the latest instance of past comments by Bloomberg that have resurfaced in recent days that make him appear racially insensitive.

On Tuesday, an audio recording ricocheted around social media of the then-mayor defending his police department’s use of the controversial “stop-and-frisk” tactic during a 2015 appearance at the Aspen Institute.

Under the program, New York City police officers made it a routine practice to stop and search multitudes of mostly black and Hispanic men to see if they were carrying weapons.

Although he has since apologized for his support for the policy, in the recording Bloomberg said that “95%” of murders and murder victims are young male minorities and that “you can just take the description, Xerox it and pass it out to all the cops.” To combat crime, he said, “put a lot of cops where the crime is, which means in minority neighborhoods.”

Bloomberg’s resurfaced comments about redlining come as he’s in the midst of a two-day tour of the South that in part is focused on building relationships with black voters who are the backbone of the Democratic Party. On Thursday, he plans to launch “Mike for Black America”

Speaking to reporters in Tennessee on Wednesday, he refused to directly apologize for the 2015 comments. In response to repeated questions, he said, “I don’t think those words reflect how I led the most diverse city in the nation.”

“I apologized for the practice and the pain that it caused,” he said Wednesday. “It was five years ago. And, you know, it’s just not the way that I think, and it doesn’t reflect what I do every day.”

Introducing Bloomberg at an event in Chattanooga, Tennessee, Dr. Elenora Woods, president of the city’s NAACP chapter, said he would be a tireless fighter for economic justice for black Americans.

“Look, I know what racism looks like. I know what it looks like, and that’s not Mike Bloomberg,” she said.

Associated Press writers Alexandra Jaffe in Washington and Kathleen Ronayne in Chattanooga, Tenn., contributed to this report.

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Snoop Dogg Apologizes To Gayle King For ‘Derogatory’ Attack Over Kobe Bryant

Snoop Dogg has apologized to CBS News anchor Gayle King after he attacked her in a threatening Instagram video last week for asking a guest on her show if the sexual assault charges once pursued against the late Kobe Bryant complicated his legacy.

The rapper, whose real name is Calvin Cordozar Broadus Jr., posted a new video addressing the“CBS This Morning” host Wednesday, saying he overreacted and should have handled the situation differently.

“Gayle King, I publicly tore you down by coming at you in a derogatory manner based off of emotions,” he said.

“So I would like to apologize to you publicly for the language that I used and calling you out of your name and just being disrespectful.” 

Snoop Dogg said he was angry over the questions King asked about Bryant, who died last month in a helicopter crash, during the interview last week with former WNBA star Lisa Leslie. Snoop Dogg said he felt he had to stand up for a friend who was no longer alive to defend himself.

In the rapper’s initial video condemning King, which has since been deleted, he raged at King and also Oprah Winfrey for attacking Black men accused of sexual assault but not calling out Harvey Weinstein in equal proportion. He made several subsequent posts about this point and defended Michael Jackson and Bill Cosby, who is currently serving a three-to-10-year prison term for sexual assault. Those posts have not been removed.

In the deleted video, he said: “How dare you try and tarnish my motherfucking homeboy’s reputation…. Respect the family and back off, bitch, before we come get you.”

Though the comments section contained many comments urging the rapper on, others, including former national security adviser Susan Rice, harshly criticized the comments.

Snoop Dogg claimed in another video days later that he “didn’t threaten her,” but he was just calling for some respect to the Bryant family.

Winfrey said on NBC’s “Today” last week that King was “not doing well” and had been targeted by death threats in the backlash that followed her interview.

“The misogynist vitriol and the attacking to the point where it is dangerous to be in the streets alone,” Winfrey said. “It’s not just the people who are attacking. It’s the other people who take that message and feel like they can do whatever they want to because of it,” she said.

King also spoke out to clarify that that portion of her interview was just one part of a much longer and wider discussion giving an overview of Bryant’s life, accomplishments and career, and she felt the court case was a part of the whole picture. 

“I’m embarrassed and I am very angry. Unbeknownst to me my network put up a clip from a very wide-ranging interview, totally taken out of context and when you see it that way it’s very jarring,” King said.

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