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Jennifer Aniston’s First Instagram Post Immediately Has People Freaking Out

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Jennifer Aniston is officially on Instagram and, in a surprise to no one, is already making headlines with her social media skills.

On Tuesday, the actress shared her first snapshot on the platform, surely delighting “Friends” fans. In an endearing selfie in front of a fireplace, Aniston can be seen smiling alongside her former castmates ― Lisa Kudrow, Courteney Cox, Matt LeBlanc, David Schwimmer and Matthew Perry ― from the iconic sitcom.

Naturally, Aniston paired the image with a cute caption: “And now we’re Instagram FRIENDS too. HI INSTAGRAM 👋🏻”

The 50-year-old’s account bio reads, “My friends call me Jen.”

Fans loved Aniston’s pivot to Instagram:

“[David] Schwimmer was in town and we all happened to have a window of time so we all got together,” said Aniston, who told Stern that heir bond was “lightning in a bottle.”

She went on to say that the entire cast misses the show “every day.”

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Chick-fil-A is testing new drinks – cold brew and tea lemonades

Chick-fil-A fans will be thrilled to learn that the chain is testing three new drinks – all the better to wash down that famous fried chicken.

The chicken-centric chain announced last week that they will be offering three new beverages – the Mocha Cream Cold Brew, Mango Passion Tea Lemonade and Blackberry Blossom Tea Lemonade – in select markets for a limited time.

Customers in Denver and Cheyenne, Wyo., can try the Mocha Cream Cold Brew, while diners in Jacksonville, Fla., will be able to order the Tea Lemonades until Nov. 9, a press release revealed.

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Diners in Denver and Cheyenne, Wyo. will be able to order the Mocha Cream Cold Brew, pictured, until Nov. 9. (Chick-fil-A)

“Served over ice, the Mocha Cream Cold Brew is a swirl of cold-brewed coffee, sweetened cream and chocolate-flavored syrup. It may be the perfect drink to get your morning off to a good start, or delightful sweet treat to pick up your afternoon,” the announcement detailed.

“Mango Passion Tea Lemonade is a tropical combination of our classic Lemonade and freshly-brewed Unsweetened Iced Tea, blended with mango and passionfruit natural flavors,” the release went on. “The Blackberry Blossom Tea Lemonade also features our Lemonade and Unsweetened Iced Tea, while infusing the natural flavors of blackberry, hibiscus and blood orange.”

In addition, the “seasonal” Tea Lemonades will also be sold by the gallon in the restaurant and can be added to catering orders.

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Customers in Jacksonville, Fla. can try the “seasonal” Mango Passion Tea Lemonade and Blackberry Blossom Tea Lemonade, pictured, for a limited time.  (Chick-fil-A)

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The Tea Lemonades will begin to retail at $1.95 for a small, while the prices for the Cold Brew begins at $2.69 for the same size.

In the weeks ahead, the fast-food chain will review customer feedback to determine if any of the beverages deserve a spot on menus nationwide, the release explained.

In related headlines, Chick-fil-A added mac and cheese (a permanent offering) and Frosted Caramel Coffee (a limited-time option) to menus at participating locations across the country over the summer.

In September, the Atlanta-headquartered chain met a longtime goal of serving antibiotic-free chicken at all of its restaurants.

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Whitney Houston, Notorious B.I.G. Nominated For Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame

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NEW YORK (AP) — The late musical icons Whitney Houston and the Notorious B.I.G. are among the 16 acts nominated for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s 2020 class.

The prestigious organization announced Tuesday that Dave Matthews Band, Motorhead, Pat Benatar, Soundgarden, The Doobie Brothers, T.Rex and Thin Lizzy join Houston and B.I.G. as first-time Rock Hall nominees. The 35th annual Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will take place on May 2, 2020, at the Public Auditorium in Cleveland, Ohio.

Nine Inch Nails, Judas Priest, Rufus featuring Chaka Khan, Depeche Mode, Kraftwerk, MC5 and Todd Rundgren round out the 16 nominees for the 2020 class. The official inductees will be announced in January.

Each year, between five and seven acts usually make it into the Rock Hall following a vote by 1,000 people, including performers, music historians and industry experts. Fans are able to vote online.

Acts are eligible for induction 25 years after the release of their first commercial recording. Houston has been eligible for nearly a decade: Her self-titled debut album was released in 1985. The six-time Grammy winner is one of the greatest singers of all-time, known for hits like “The Greatest Love of All,” “I Will Always Love You” and “I Wanna Dance With Somebody.” She died in 2012.

B.I.G., born Christopher Wallace, released his debut album, “Ready to Die,” in 1994. He was shot to death in 1997, 16 days before the release of his sophomore album, “Life After Death.” His hits include anthems like “Juicy,” “Big Poppa,” “Stay With Me,” “Hypnotize” and “Mo Money Mo Problems.”

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France says Isis resurgence ‘inevitable’ after Trump decision to allow Turkish offensive

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Russia Savors U.S. Missteps in Syria, and Seizes Opportunity

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MOSCOW — These have been disastrous weeks for American foreign policy, a popular presenter on Russia’s state television told viewers on Sunday night with an I-told-you-so smirk.

The United States essentially turned its back on Ukraine amid the impeachment inquiry, TV host Dmitri Kiselyov said in his marquee weekly show. Then, Washington abandoned the Syrian Kurds.

“The Kurds themselves again picked the wrong patron,” Mr. Kiselyov said. “The United States, of course, is an unreliable partner.”

As the Middle East reels from President Trump’s erratic foreign policy, Russia is savoring a fresh chance to build its status as a resurgent world power and cast itself as a force for stability. The withdrawal of United States troops from northeastern Syria, coupled with Turkey’s incursion, is allowing Russia to play the part of responsible peacemaker and to present a contrast to what many in the region see as unstable leadership from Washington.

It’s too soon to tell whether Russia will be able to manage the new volatility in Syria, just as it’s not clear if the impeachment furor over Ukraine will help the Kremlin’s interests in Eastern Europe. But as Russian President Vladimir V. Putin landed in Saudi Arabia Monday for a state visit to one of America’s most important allies, it appeared clear that Mr. Trump’s moves in recent months were helping him make the case that Moscow, not Washington, was the more dependable actor on the world stage.

Revelations of White House pressure on President Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine to launch investigations that could help Mr. Trump’s re-election campaign provided new fodder for long-running Kremlin arguments about the dangers of doing business with the United States.

Ukrainian officials who counted on the United States for help have now become pawns both for Republicans who want to damage former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. and Democrats who want to impeach Mr. Trump, Russian Prime Minister Dmitri A. Medvedev said this month.

“I certainly don’t envy Mr. Zelensky,” Mr. Medvedev said in a televised interview. “He’s found himself between the rock of the Democratic Party and the hard place of the Republican Party.”

In Syria, Russia stuck by its ally, President Bashar al-Assad, even as the American strategy shifted. Russia’s often brutal airstrikes against the Assad regime’s foes helped turn the tide in the Syrian war and establish Moscow as a key power player in the Middle East.

As if to drive home the point, Mr. Putin landed in Riyadh on Monday for a rare state visit to Saudi Arabia, one of America’s closest allies in the region. His armored limousine flanked by an honorary Saudi horse guard, Mr. Putin arrived for talks with King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman focusing on regional security, oil prices and business deals.

“Russia is becoming an important player in the region — whether one likes it or not, it is a fact,” Prince Khalid bin Bandar bin Sultan, Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to the United Kingdom, said in a public discussion at a London think tank on Monday. “The Russians do to a certain extent understand the East better than the West does.”

The Syrian Kurds, previously allied with the United States in the fight against the Islamic State in Syria, announced a new deal on Sunday with the Russian-backed government of Mr. Assad in Damascus. The agreement came after Mr. Trump abruptly withdrew American troops in the region and Turkey mounted an incursion into Syrian Kurdish territory.

Turkey appears to have coordinated its actions to some extent with the Russians, who are now left to manage any potential clash between Turkey — which considers some of the Syrian Kurdish fighters terrorists — and Mr. Assad’s forces now moving into Kurdish territory.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey spoke with Mr. Putin by phone last week before mounting the invasion, and Kremlin spokesman Dmitri S. Peskov said on Monday that lines of communication were open between the Russian and Turkish militaries.

In the short term, Mr. Trump’s withdrawal is a win for Russia because it expands the territory under Mr. Assad’s control. Going forward, the situation presents new tests and potential rewards for Russia’s military and foreign policy apparatus, which critics say is already overextended.

Russia will have to confront the threat posed by Islamic State militants and supporters who had been detained by the Kurds and are now at risk of fleeing. Some relatives of Islamic State fighters have already fled detention.

Mr. Putin said last week that thousands of those fighters originally hail from Russia and other former Soviet republics, presenting a serious security risk because they may seek to return home.

Russia will also have to broker a longer-term agreement between Damascus and the Kurds while working to prevent fighting between Mr. Erdogan’s and Mr. Assad’s forces, said Andrei Kortunov, head of the Russian International Affairs Council, a research group that advises the Kremlin.

“There are a lot of pitfalls here and it’s not totally clear how to realize this, but it would be an achievement,” Mr. Kortunov said. “It would demonstrate a certain superiority of Russian tactics over the American, and this would be noted in the region, and not only in the region.”

To be sure, even if developments in Syria and Ukraine present Mr. Putin with tactical and propaganda victories, his aggressive foreign policy of recent years means that Russia’s image will likely remain tarnished in much of the world for a long time to come.

In Ukraine, for all the discomfort with Mr. Trump’s actions, Russia is still largely viewed as a hostile, occupying power. In Western Europe and the United States, Russian election interference and assassination campaigns shocked many voters. And people around the world were horrified by Russia’s air campaign in Syria, which included the deliberate bombing of hospitals.

But Mr. Putin appears to be betting that he can boost Russia’s global standing by playing to other countries’ individual interests in a world in which the Trump administration’s moves have left many traditional American allies in dismay.

“Russia will never be friends with one country against another,” Mr. Putin said in an interview with two Arab news networks and the Kremlin-controlled channel RT Arabic that aired on Sunday. “We build bilateral relations that rely on positive trends generated by our contacts; we do not build alliances against anyone.”

David Kirkpatrick contributed reporting from London.

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Hong Kong Protesters Are Targeting Starbucks. McDonalds Could Be Next.

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HONG KONG — One company is the world’s largest coffee chain. Another runs a Japanese restaurant empire. A third makes some of the most popular online games on the planet.

The global businesses — Starbucks, Yoshinoya and Activision Blizzard — would seem far removed from the political discontent in Hong Kong. But to some of the pro-democracy protesters there, and a growing number of their global allies, the companies are seen, rightly or wrongly, as sympathizers with the authoritarian Chinese Communist Party in Beijing, and as legitimate targets for boycotts or even vandalism.

Protesters are documenting what they see as the companies’ ties to China, then circulating the information on mobile apps and websites — sometimes based on mere rumor, or on comments made by executives or their family members. Starbucks and Yoshinoya have been repeatedly targeted because of the owner of their Hong Kong franchises, while Activision Blizzard, the maker of World of Warcraft, has been subject to boycotts for attempting to censor a pro-democracy player in Hong Kong.

The monthslong protests and their fraught politics are rippling overseas, ensnaring an ever wider range of corporations and executives, no matter their nationality. All have spent years cultivating their brands, but now find their reputations in jeopardy over any suggestion that they don’t support the protesters.

Some companies are in the awkward position of trying to dodge questions about the issue, to avoid offending either China, with its vast market, or Hong Kong activists, who have fervent support among Westerners and Taiwanese. After a single recent tweet, the N.B.A. found itself caught between both sides.

“All corporations here are walking on eggshells when it comes to what they say, whether it’s about Hong Kong or about the mainland,” said David Webb, a shareholder activist in Hong Kong.

The companies’ vulnerabilities are growing, as activists turn increasingly to vandalism and to boycotts. And Hong Kong’s reputation as a hub of freewheeling capitalism, with one of the world’s most business-friendly environments, is already suffering. These days, workers regularly sweep up glass from shops with broken windows, as shuttered storefronts with graffiti sit in the shadows of gleaming skyscrapers.

Last weekend, protesters called for rallies in shopping malls and a boycott of allegedly pro-China restaurants and stores — with a small, hard-core contingent encouraging the “renovating” (smashing) or “decorating” (spray-painting graffiti) of those locations.

At a Starbucks branch in the Tseung Kwan O district, a few protesters used hammers and a fire extinguisher to smash glass shelves, while others threw plates and trays on the ground. “The heavens will destroy the Communist Party” was spray-painted on a counter.

Some protesters attacked subway stations, including with Molotov cocktails. Many believe the MTR Corporation, the company that operates the subway, has been working with local officials to undermine protests by shutting down some stations, ending service early and, once, closing the entire system.

“The outbreak of vandalism or violence in an operating station will endanger the safety of other passengers and MTR staff,” the company said in explaining the closures.

“When I see people destroying public facilities and stores, I feel pained because you still need money to repair it,” said Michelle Tang, a 40-year-old sales worker. “I want it to be peaceful and free again,” she said of Hong Kong. “Now I wouldn’t dare say anything if people were smashing glass around me.”

As the movement settles into a prolonged campaign, activists are systematically pushing for broader boycotts.

One group developed an app, WhatsGap, that tells residents which restaurants to patronize and which ones to avoid. The ones considered friendly to the protests appear on a map of Hong Kong marked in yellow, while those considered hostile have a black marker. The developers plan to add shops.

“For a lot of people not on the front line, these are things they can do,” said Alison Yung, 36, an events planner, who backs the protests. “They can support the movement this way.”

At universities, students are handing out cards with lists of businesses to boycott and staging sit-ins at establishments on campus. Twice last month, people occupied the cafeteria of S.H. Ho College at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

The cafeteria’s caterer is Maxim’s Group, which is also the franchise owner of Starbucks in Hong Kong. Maxim’s has drawn the ire of activists because the founder’s daughter, Annie Wu Suk-ching, said last month in a speech to the United Nations Human Rights Council that the protesters were “rioters” who did not represent Hong Kong.

Maxim’s released a statement saying that Ms. Wu had no position at the company, and that it hoped “all parties” in the ongoing political conflict “will resolve their differences.”

Starbucks did not answer an email request for comment.

Yoshinoya also got the attention of activists when its Hong Kong executives fired an advertising agency that created a post on the restaurant’s Facebook page mocking the police. Hop Hing Group, which operates Yoshinoya in Hong Kong, did not return a call seeking comment.

The chief executive of Best Mart 360, a local convenience store chain, was accused having ties to gangs from Fujian Province in mainland China that have clashed with protesters. (Best Mart 360 has denied any such ties.)

McDonald’s presents a dilemma for the movement. The chain is ubiquitous in Hong Kong (and open 24 hours), and some people have shown their support for the protesters by buying them McDonald’s coupons, to keep them going through the long demonstrations. But some activists have pointed out that McDonald’s sold an 80 percent stake in its China and Hong Kong business in 2017 to a private equity group comprised of Citic, a Chinese state-owned conglomerate, and the Carlyle Group, based in New York.

International support for the protests has made the issue harder for companies to navigate.

Last week, the Chinese government punished the N.B.A. after Daryl Morey, general manager of the Houston Rockets, posted a tweet in support of the protests. After the league distanced itself from Mr. Morey, some Americans began showing up at games with “Free Hong Kong” posters and banners, and members of Congress chastised the N.B.A.

Activision Blizzard faced a similar backlash after it suspended an e-sports player in Hong Kong, Chung Ng Wai, for voicing support for the movement during a live broadcast. It forced the player, who goes by the name Blitzchung, to forfeit a reported $10,000 in prize money. Many gamers called for a boycott of the company; dozens of Blizzard employees staged a walkout in protest at the company’s California headquarters; and members of Congress spoke up, too.

Blizzard said last Friday it would restore the prize money to Mr. Chung and reduce his suspension to six months, while asserting that the company’s relationship with China had not played a role in the original decision.

Whether the backlash against global brands will deliver a financial hit remains to be seen. Some actions being contemplated by the protesters are not likely to have much effect.

Whether the backlash against global brands will result in financial damage is unclear. Some actions taken by the protesters may not have much effect by themselves.

For example, protesters have been calling for a boycott of Cathay Pacific because the airline, under pressure from Beijing, has fired or punished employees who are part of the movement. But for anyone who wants to fly directly from Hong Kong to a Chinese city, it is impossible in most cases to avoid taking either Cathay or a Chinese state-owned airline. Flights between Hong Kong and mainland China are emptier than usual these days not because of a boycott, but because many Chinese want to avoid the protests.

Some activists have made mistakes in choosing which businesses to target. That was the case with Shanghai Commercial Bank. Activists vandalized at least one branch, apparently thinking the chain was based in mainland China.

But the bank is based in Hong Kong. Its motto is “serving the community.”

Tiffany May contributed reporting.

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Chevy will give Ford Mustang owners $3,000 to buy a Camaro

Your Ford Mustang just got $500 more valuable.

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Chevrolet is offering Mustang owners a $3,000 cash allowance if they buy a 2019 model year Camaro before the end of October, as first reported by GM Authority.

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It follows a similar incentive program Chevy ran in August that gave defectors $2,500 and applies to anyone who has owned or leased their Mustang for at least 30 days.

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But has Chevy targeted the right competitor? The Camaro currently stands third in American muscle/pony car sales, not just behind the Mustang, but also the Dodge Challenger, which came in first of the trio in sales last quarter with the help of a “Power Dollars” promotion worth $10 for every horsepower under the hood.

That was worth $2,920 to $7,970 for anyone who bought a Challenger, regardless of what they were trading in.

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Hunter Biden Admits to ‘Poor Judgment’ but Denies ‘Ethical Lapse’ in Work Overseas

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WESTERVILLE, Ohio — Hunter Biden, former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s son, said in an interview released on Tuesday that he probably would not have been named to the board of a foreign company if his last name weren’t Biden and acknowledged “poor judgment,” but he rejected suggestions by President Trump that he and his father had engaged in wrongdoing.

“Did I make a mistake? Well maybe in the grand scheme of things, yeah,” Mr. Biden said in an interview with ABC News. “But did I make a mistake based upon some ethical lapse? Absolutely not.”

“I don’t think that there’s a lot of things that would have happened in my life if my last name wasn’t Biden,” he said.

The interview comes two days after Hunter Biden pledged that he would not work for foreign-owned companies if his father became president, and just hours before the CNN/New York Times Democratic debate held here in central Ohio, an appearance that is critical to his father’s presidential hopes.

Hunter Biden’s sudden public comments signal the level of concern among Biden allies that the overseas dealings of the younger Mr. Biden had become a potentially damaging liability to his father’s campaign, and are the latest in a flurry of actions pro-Biden forces have taken to mitigate the issue this week ahead of the debate.

Mr. Trump has seized on the younger Mr. Biden’s business dealings in Ukraine and China to initiate a series of unfounded attacks against the former vice president, a leading Democratic presidential candidate, over the past month. Mr. Trump also asked the government of Ukraine to investigate the Bidens, helping to trigger an impeachment inquiry that Mr. Trump now faces in the House.

There is no evidence that the elder Mr. Biden, while serving as vice president, improperly intervened to aid his son, but that has not stopped Mr. Trump and other Republicans from raising questions about possible conflicts of interest even as Mr. Biden has fiercely defended his son’s integrity, and his own, over the last week.

Hunter Biden, who recently said he would resign from the board of a Chinese investment company, acknowledged his work abroad has become a “distraction, because I have to sit here and answer these questions. And so that’s why I have committed that I won’t serve on any boards or I won’t work directly for any foreign entities when my dad becomes president.”

Mr. Biden, 49, said he had exercised “poor judgment” by getting involved in a situation that he compared to a “swamp.” But he blamed his father’s opponents, including Mr. Trump, for spreading a “ridiculous conspiracy idea” involving his work, and repeatedly insisted that he did not discuss his business decisions with his father.

“I gave a hook to some very unethical people to act in illegal ways to try to do some harm to my father,” he said. “That’s where I made the mistake. So I take full responsibility for that. Did I do anything improper? No, not in any way. Not in any way whatsoever.”

Many Democratic strategists and officials have warned that the scrutiny on the Biden family has become a significant distraction for the former vice president, and poses perhaps the greatest threat yet to a candidacy that until recent weeks was well ahead in the polls. That makes it all the more urgent for Mr. Biden to land the kind of consistently fluent, forceful debate performance that has so far eluded him at a moment when Senator Elizabeth Warren has now surpassed him in some polls, Democratic operatives and activists said.

“I’m never a distraction to my dad, but as it relates to actually going and being onstage with him — this is not a family business,” Hunter Biden said Tuesday in the ABC interview, which aired on “Good Morning America’’ and was also excerpted online by the network. “Everybody kind of thinks that somehow, whether it’s a compliment that we’re like the Kennedys or whether it’s a, you know, backhanded compliment like you’re the Trumps, my dad has a, a job, but that does not mean that I have had any plans to go do rallies and, you know and, you know, talk about Donald Trump’s kids and I never will, you know, that’s not what Bidens do.”

At a news conference on Sunday, however, his father did appear to take some oblique swipes at the ethical practices of members of the Trump family, some of whom who have conducted their own overseas business dealings. And Hunter Biden seemed to be dismissive of Donald Trump Jr., who along with his father and brother have been highly critical of the Bidens.

“Donald Prince Humperdinck, um, Trump, Jr., is not somebody I really care about,” he said, an apparent reference to a character in the movie “The Princess Bride.”

In the interview, Hunter Biden signaled that by backing away from foreign dealings, he hoped to eliminate the controversy as a campaign issue for his father.

“I’m taking it off the table,” he said. “I’m making that commitment. Let’s see if anybody else makes that commitment. But that’s the commitment that I’m making.”

A lawyer for Hunter Biden said Sunday in a statement that he planned to leave the board of the Chinese private equity company by the end of October, and that if the elder Mr. Biden were elected president, Hunter Biden would “agree not to serve on boards of, or work on behalf of, foreign-owned companies.” Hunter Biden had previously served on the board of a Ukrainian gas company, Burisma Holdings, including during a time when his father was running American policy in that country, but he stepped down in April, the same month that the elder Mr. Biden announced his candidacy for the Democratic nomination.

While the elder Mr. Biden said he learned of the Sunday statement from his son’s lawyers, his campaign is taking steps to address the potential damage from Mr. Trump’s unfounded claims of corruption by the Bidens. On Monday morning, Mr. Biden’s campaign released a plan centered on promoting ethics in government. His campaign and his allies have said that Mr. Biden would both push back forcefully against Mr. Trump and continue to discuss policy matters, like health care, on the debate stage and on the campaign trail.

The Biden family has faced significant tragedy over the decades: Mr. Biden’s first wife and a baby daughter were killed in a car crash in 1972 that injured Hunter Biden and his brother, Beau. In 2015, Beau Biden died from brain cancer, influencing his father’s decision not to seek the presidency that year. Hunter Biden has also struggled with addiction.

Asked if he was concerned that the “noise” associated with Mr. Trump’s attacks could affect his sobriety, he replied, “of course.”

“Look, you don’t want to live in the worry of it,” he added. “Because then you’re feeding the beast. I have no answer other than this: You’ve got to live in the connections that you have to healthy things. And I have so many of them. And I’ve got to live there instead of living in fear like, ‘Oh my God, the stress is going to make me drink, or the stress is going to make me use.’”

He also grew emotional when discussing the presidency.

“I take no pleasure in this, watching, watching, this, this death spiral of this, this administration, this president, and the people that surround him,” he said. “I hope that, that the history isn’t fully written yet.”

Katie Glueck reported from Westerville, Ohio, and Stephanie Saul from New York.

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Steelers fans pack Chargers home stadium as players express disappointment with music choice

Since the Chargers moved from San Diego to Los Angeles, fans at Dignity Health Sports Park have mostly been supporting the away team or have been non-existent.

The Chargers took on the Pittsburgh Steelers in a Sunday night primetime matchup and the team was greeted by mostly fans east of the Mississippi River. When the Steelers’ anthem – “Renegade” by the Styx – blared in the stadium’s speakers, Los Angeles was not happy.

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“It was crazy,” Chargers star running back Melvin Gordon told the Los Angeles Times. “They started playing their theme music. I don’t know what we were doing — that little soundtrack, what they do on their home games. I don’t know why we played that.”

He added: “I don’t know what that was. Don’t do that at our own stadium … It already felt like it was their stadium … I don’t understand that.”

Chargers offensive lineman Forrest Lamp also didn’t appreciate the music.

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“We’re used to not having any fans here,” he told the L.A. Times. “It does suck, though, when they’re playing their music in the fourth quarter. We’re the ones at home. I don’t know who’s in charge of that but they probably should be fired.”

Apparently, playing “Renegade” at their home field in front of thousands of Steelers fans was the Chargers’ way of trying to “Rick Roll” the fans. The team cut off “Renegade” and played Rick Astley’s “Never Gonna Give You Up.”

But because “Renegade” was played while the Chargers were still down by a few scores, 24-10, it didn’t help boost morale.

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The Chargers have already had a tough start to the season. Los Angeles is 2-4 to start the year, having dropped Sunday’s game to the Steelers 24-17.

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Los Angeles has two games on the road coming up, one against the Tennessee Titans and the other against the Chicago Bears. The team returns home Nov. 3 against the Green Bay Packers.

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