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Hillary Clinton 2020 speculation ‘makes me want to drink,’ says former CIA officer

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Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is inserting herself into the political narrative once again because of her “bruised sense of self,” former CIA officer and Democrat Bryan Dean Wright said Thursday.

Appearing on “Fox & Friends” with host Ed Henry, Wright said that the revived speculation about the failed 2016 presidential candidate’s last-minute entry in the 2020 race makes him “want to drink.”

“And, I don’t even drink,” he told Henry.

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Appearing on “Tucker Carlson Tonight” on Wednesday, former top adviser Philippe Reines said Clinton had not foreclosed on the possibility.

“She ran for president because she thought she would be the best president. If she still thought that now, if she thought she had the best odds of beating Donald Trump, I think she would think about it long and hard,” Reines said. “She might as well run. She might be the best person to beat President Pence — I’m sorry, I meant President Trump.”

Prior to Reines’ interview, speculation had been growing that Clinton would make a last-minute entry into the 2020 presidential race after reports Tuesday said members of the Democratic establishment doubted any of the party’s current top candidates can beat the president next November.

But those Democrats already running said Clinton is doing more harm than good for the party by taking aim at Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii, in recent remarks.

Clinton in recent weeks has privately stated she would enter the 2020 presidential race if she were certain she could win, The New York Times reported Tuesday.

The story, titled “Anxious Democratic Establishment Asks, ‘Is There Anybody Else?’” said about a half-dozen Democratic donors gathered in New York City questioned whether former front-runner Joe Biden could stand strong against the president.

“It is so frustrating to keep hearing this from her over and over again,” Wright said. “Look, the country made it very clear not once, but twice, that we’re not interested. We’re just not that into her. It doesn’t seem that she’s getting the message.”

Wright added that he thought Clinton was probably “first and foremost” trying to sell her books.

“She got $8 million for her memoir. The Clinton family made over $23 million on their books. So, she throws some bombs, whether it be the Tulsi Gabbard stuff, teasing this 2020 run — I think that’s a part of it,” he theorized.

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“But, again, I think the other piece of it really is, at the end of the day, it’s her ego. It’s her bruised sense of self,” said Wright.

Fox News’ Danielle Wallace, Charles Creitz, and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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FDA Recommends Stronger Warnings For Breast Implants

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Amid escalating concerns about the potential health impacts of breast implants, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration released draft guidance on Wednesday recommending stronger warnings for the devices.

The FDA said manufacturers should use “black box” warnings ― the agency’s most stringent form of labeling ― to inform people of possible risks and complications from breast implants, including rare cancers and a need for additional surgeries. 

The FDA said the boxed warnings should also include language indicating that breast implants are not lifetime devices and that the odds of complications increase over time. The agency additionally recommended that people considering breast implants be provided with a “patient decision checklist” that would include information about potential risks and benefits, as well as implant alternatives.

“We have heard from many women that they are not fully informed of the risks when considering breast implants,” Dr. Amy Abernethy, FDA principal deputy commissioner,  and Dr. Jeff Shuren, director of the FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health, said in a statement.

“The agency appreciates this important feedback and, in today’s draft guidance, has proposed a number of recommendations designed to help inform conversations between patients and health care professionals when breast implants are being considered,” the officials added.

The draft guidance ― subject to a 60-day public comment period before being finalized ― comes months after the FDA heard testimony from dozens of women who said they’d fallen ill after getting breast implants.

“We do not feel we have been effectively and appropriately informed,” cancer survivor Holly Davis, who got breast implants after a mastectomy, said during the FDA public advisory panel meeting in March. 

Davis said she experienced chronic pain, rashes and hair and memory loss after the surgery ― symptoms that, she said, subsided after she finally removed her implants.

Some 400,000 people get breast implants every year in the United States, about a quarter of them as part of reconstruction after cancer surgery, The Washington Post reported. According to the FDA, up to 20% of breast implant patients have to have their implants removed within 8 to 10 years due to complications.

“Don’t ignore us. We are real,” Davis urged the panel, according to The New York Times

The FDA said it’s received thousands of complaints from people who say their breast implants caused a slew of chronic health problems, including fatigue, muscle pain and insomnia. These health conditions are collectively referred to as “breast implant illness.”

Dr. Oren Lerman, director of the Aesthetic and Reconstructive Breast Surgery Fellowship at New York’s Lenox Hill Hospital, told USA Today that breast implant illness is a widespread problem, but one that continues to baffle physicians. 

“We absolutely need more information on that,” Lerman said. 

The FDA said some breast implants have also been linked to a rare cancer called breast implant-associated anaplastic large cell lymphoma (BIA-ALCL), a type of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

“In most cases, BIA-ALCL is found in the scar tissue and fluid near the implant, but in some cases, it can spread throughout the body,” the regulator said in its draft guidance. “An individual’s risk of developing BIA-ALCL is considered to be low; however, this cancer is serious and can lead to death, especially if not treated promptly.”

Earlier this year, the FDA urged Allergan, the Irish pharmaceutical company, to recall its Biocell textured breast implants, which had been linked to a higher risk of BIA-ALCL. Allergan obliged, pulling the devices worldwide.  

Diana Zuckerman, president of the nonprofit National Center for Health Research, told the Post that while the FDA’s new draft guidance is a “very important” step, she said it remains to be seen whether implant makers will abide. That, she said, depends “on how much pressure the FDA puts on the manufacturers.” 

As FDA officials noted this week of the guidelines, “manufacturers may choose to follow the recommendations in the final guidance or they may choose other methods of labeling their devices, so long as the labeling complies with applicable FDA laws and regulations.”

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Foxconn finally admits its empty Wisconsin ‘innovation centers’ aren’t being developed

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FACT CHECK: Do Robots Or Trade Threaten American Workers More?

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Are robots stealing workers’ jobs? At last week’s Democratic presidential debate, CNN moderator Erin Burnett dove into the thorny issue.

“According to a recent study, about a quarter of American jobs could be lost to automation in just the next 10 years,” she said, asking candidates how they would respond to this problem.

The question ultimately pitted two divergent worldviews against each other. One came from entrepreneur Andrew Yang, who has centered his campaign around what he perceives as a massive employment threat from automation. His prescription is a universal basic income program.

The other point of view came from Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, who took issue with Burnett’s premise.

“So the data show that we have had a lot of problems with losing jobs, but the principal reason has been bad trade policy,” she said. “The principal reason has been a bunch of corporations, giant multinational corporations who’ve been calling the shots on trade, giant multinational corporations that have no loyalty to America.”

The question of whether trade or automation affects employment more not only divides economists, but appears set to drive major questions in the Democratic primary.

Fact-checking Burnett’s question

There are in fact two fact checks here. One is of Burnett’s question and one is of Warren’s contention that trade has driven job losses.

In her question about what candidates would do to combat automation-related job losses, Burnett seemed to be referring to a January 2019 report from Brookings Institution (NPR has reached out to CNN to confirm this; it has not responded). The authors of the paper noted this in their own post-debate blog post.

One author says Burnett was misstating their conclusions.

“The question distorted what we and other and many analysts say about how this will play out,” said Mark Muro, senior fellow and policy director of the Metropolitan Policy Program at the Brookings Institution.

The report found that around one-quarter of jobs have a “high susceptibility” to automation — meaning that 70 percent or more of the tasks in those jobs could potentially be automated using existing technology. But that doesn’t necessarily mean those jobs will disappear.

“If you play that out, that’s very different from saying 25% of jobs are going to be liquidated,” Muro said.

Fact-checking Warren and Yang

Even if Burnett was overstating the report’s findings, it’s nevertheless true that automation takes a lot of blame for U.S. job losses, particularly in manufacturing. Warren said that blame is misplaced.

“So the data show that we have had a lot of problems with losing jobs, but the principal reason has been bad trade policy,” Warren said.

There is good evidence for what Warren said, but there isn’t total consensus among economists, and it’s also true that trade and automation aren’t entirely separable phenomena.

Moreover, how correct Warren is may depend upon which time period she’s talking about.

“Automation and productivity growth has played a huge role in the decline of manufacturing as a share of employment in the postwar period,” said David Autor, professor of economics at MIT.

The evidence often cited to show this is that manufacturing employment as a whole has declined massively in recent decades while productivity has generally climbed lends credence to this idea.

But more recently, Autor contends, trade played a bigger role.

“When people think about the implosion of U.S. manufacturing post-1999, trade was more to blame for that,” he said.

What happened post-1999 is that the U.S. normalized trade relations with China, and China entered the World Trade Organization. That gave China better access to global trade, so it could sell more of its goods worldwide (and, in addition, allow other countries to sell more of their goods to Chinese consumers). Autor and his coauthors have found that the resulting economic shocks of this increased trade with China accounted for up to 40% of the manufacturing job losses between 2000 and 2007.

And there is some evidence to support that those drops were larger than those caused by automation, as Warren said. One of the most-cited studies on the topic is a 2018 analysis from the Upjohn Institute for Employment Research, a Michigan-based think tank.

In the study, highlighted by multiple analyses of the debate (like this one from Vox), economist Susan Houseman argues that the computer and electronics industry drove much of that productivity growth, and that for other areas, automation’s effects have been overstated. Their conclusion: “trade significantly contributed to the collapse of manufacturing employment in the 2000s,” but there’s “little evidence of a causal link to automation.”

In addition, a 2018 study from economists at the University of Maryland (and cited post-debate by former Treasury economist Ernie Tedeschi) found that trade with China led to a decline in employment levels twice as big as the decline caused by the “adoption of industrial robots.”

But then, they still found a sizable impact from automation: “our estimate is that robot adoption between 1999 and 2018 reduced employment by about 1.1 million jobs.” That’s smaller than their trade estimate, but certainly not nothing.

Yang’s team, meanwhile, told NPR that he believes that automation is a bigger factor than trade. As evidence, they pointed to a 2017 analysis from researchers at Ball State University. That study found that trade accounted for around 13% of manufacturing job losses between 2000 and 2010, while productivity gains accounted for nearly 88%.

But again, the underlying truth is more complicated. Michael Hicks, a professor of economics at Ball State and co-author of that study, pointed out in an email to NPR that “productivity” does not equal “automation” — it can also refer to things like factory workers’ increasing education levels, other types of technology, and more efficient processes.

And while believes productivity is a much bigger factor, he also said that trade should not be discounted: “We have always said that in the 2000s, trade-related job losses were important, just not as important as productivity-related job losses.”

In other words, while there’s evidence that trade in recent years has driven job losses, there’s certainly not consensus on which has disrupted labor markets more.

On top of that, trade and automation aren’t mutually exclusive forces; in some ways, one can propel the other.

“Offshoring depends on all kinds of technologies, and we viewed software as a form of automation,” Muro said of his team’s study. “And so absent strong internet, all kinds of software and so on, there’s no globalization. So these things are deeply entwined.”

What the candidates are really trying to say

It’s easy to get lost in the which-phenomenon-mattered-more weeds. But what also matters is what points the candidates are trying to make.

In bringing up job losses from trade, Warren was warning against “bad trade policy,” arguing that that “bad policy” tends to disproportionately benefit massive corporations.

In looking to the future, though, it’s not clear what kinds of shocks will result from even more global trade, because there are no more behemoths like China to rattle the U.S. job market.

“The China shock is largely kind of behind us in the sense of, it’s not going to happen again in that form,” Autor said. “There’s not an equally populous country that I don’t know about that’s about to become part of the world trading system.”

That doesn’t invalidate Warren’s ultimate argument about corporations’ involvement in trade deals, but it does complicate this debate, because presidential candidates are trying to determine how to shape future policy. While trade may have led to more job losses than automation in the past, Autor also added, “That doesn’t mean that in the long run automation won’t be as or more important.”

Yang, meanwhile, is trying to argue that automation is an existential threat to many American jobs. But even if that’s true, it’s an entirely separate question as to whether his universal basic income is the right prescription for that problem.

Ultimately, one important takeaway from this debate is that it’s easy to oversimplify the effects of both trade and automation on the U.S. job market.

Trade can lead to offshoring of some jobs, but it also often leads to shifts in employment, from one sector to another; it doesn’t necessarily lead to lower total employment.

Similarly, a new technology can replace a worker, but it can also simply alter a job’s tasks. One common example is that after the introduction of ATMs, bank tellers remained employed (indeed, their numbers grew); they just handled less cash and ended up doing more work marketing for their banks.

This doesn’t mean that trade and technology don’t matter. They will continue to affect and even displace some workers. And a worker that loses their job likely doesn’t care whether a robot or offshoring is to blame; they just want a new job. And to Muro, it’s important to figure out a way to support that person, regardless of cause.

“The U.S. does a terrible job of supporting worker transition and adjustment and helping people when things break down,” he said.

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Justin Verlander becomes first pitcher to lose first 5 World Series decisions

Justin Verlander has not been at his best when pitching in the World Series during his career and it showed again Wednesday night in a Game 2 loss to the Washington Nationals.

Despite dominating in the regular season – possibly en route to yet another Cy Young Award – and moments where he was nearly untouchable in the American League Division Series and the AL Championship Series, the Houston Astros flamethrower has come up short for his team when it matters the most.

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On Wednesday, Verlander became the first pitcher to lose his first five World Series decisions.

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“We don’t dwell on win-loss record anymore, right?” Verlander told reporters, referencing the uptick in data-driven analytics that’s overtaken baseball and proven assigning wins and losses to a pitcher is a poor method of evaluation. “I’d like to win a couple. Hopefully, I’ll have another opportunity.”

Heading into Game 2 against the Nationals, Verlander had a 5.67 ERA in five starts with 30 strikeouts in 27 innings. He’s appeared in four World Series during his career – twice with the Astros, in 2017 (0-1) and 2019 (0-1), and twice with the Detroit Tigers, in 2006 (0-2) and 2012 (0-1).

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Against the Nationals on Tuesday, he surrendered four earned runs on seven hits in six innings. He allowed a key solo home run to Kurt Suzuki in the seventh which broke a 2-2 tie and jumpstarted a six-run inning en route to the Nationals’ 12-3 victory.

“In the regular season, you’re like, ‘OK, here it is, hit it, right down the middle.’ In the World Series, it’s a different story,” Verlander said. “You can’t really ever do that. You still got to hit your spots.”

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According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Verlander has allowed nine first-inning runs. The most for any pitcher in one postseason. He allowed two to the Nationals on Wednesday and four to the New York Yankees in Game 5 of the ALCS, which he also lost.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Astros’ Justin Verlander draws shade from Yu Darvish in clapback tweet 544 days in the making

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Chicago Cubs pitcher Yu Darvish bid his time and delivered a sick comeback to Houston Astros pitcher Justin Verlander during Game 2 of the World Series on Wednesday night.

In April 2018, Verlander tweeted shade at Darvish after he fell over rounding second during a regular season game. Darvish dove back to second but displeased the Astros pitcher with his athletic ability.

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“Yu… Not doing a lot here to help us dispel the pitchers aren’t athletes thing,” Verlander tweeted at the time.

Darvish waited for the right moment to strike back and he did so at the perfect time — during the World Series while the Washington Nationals were gaining momentum.

Verlander tried to make a diving play on a dribbler in front of him and ended up firing the ball into his own leg. Verlander was flat on his back — and that’s when Darvish struck.

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“Justin…. Not doing a lot here to help us dispel the pitchers aren’t athletes thing,” he wrote.

MLB’s Cut 4 Twitter account noted that it’s been 544 days since Verlander chided him on Twitter.

Adding insult to injury, Verlander had one of the worst postseason games of his career. He allowed four earned runs in six innings. Washington exploded for 12 runs during the game and won 12-3.

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The Nationals own a 2-0 series lead with the World Series heading to Washington D.C. for the first time since 1933.

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More Than 200 Women Say Trump Molested Them

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US air quality dropped during Trump presidency after years of improvement, leading to thousands of premature deaths

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Conor McGregor announces his UFC return fight

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Conor McGregor is returning to the UFC octagon next year.

McGregor said during a press conference on Thursday that he will fight again on Jan. 18, 2020 in Las Vegas, The Mac Life is reporting. He said he plans on fighting the winner of Nate Diaz and Jorge Masvidal, according to MMA Fighting. Diaz and Masvidal face off Nov. 2 at UFC 244 in New York City.

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According to ESPN, Donald Cerrone and Justin Gaethje were also options. UFC president Dana White, however, has not commented on McGregor’s plans or confirmed the news.

McGregor has not fought since UFC 229 when he lost to Khabib Nurmagomedov via submission. The fight then turned into a brawl outside the octagon between the fighters’ camps and resulted in suspensions.

According to The Mac Life, McGregor suffered a hand injury in the summer that nixed any possibility of him returning. McGregor also said he wants to fight the winner of the planned 2020 championship bout between Nurmagomedov and Tony Ferguson.

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Last week, McGregor raised the possibility of a fight against Frankie Edgar at the last UFC event for 2019. However, UFC president Dana White shot down the idea.

McGregor said Wednesday at a press conference in Ukraine that UFC kept putting his return on hold, according to MMA Weekly.

“I was trying to get the Dec. 14th card, for whatever reason they’ve been holding me back,’ he said. “I’m giving them dates, I’m saying I want to fight this date, this date, this date, this date in a row, and we had opponents selected and everything and they’re just making it very difficult for me for whatever reason.”

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With McGregor apparently returning to the fold, it will be a good way to kick off the new year for UFC.

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Canada’s Trudeau Rejects Coalition In Favor Of Minority Government

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Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he will carry on with his progressive agenda despite the rebuke voters delivered in a national election this week that robbed his Liberal Party of its parliamentary majority.

Saying he hoped to move beyond the “divisive and challenging” campaign, Trudeau ruled out a coalition, saying he would instead govern from a minority position while working with other parties. He also pledged a tax-cut for the middle class as “the very first thing” his new administration would put forward.

In Monday’s election, the Liberals lost 20 seats, leaving them 13 short of an absolute majority in the 338-member Parliament. The main opposition Conservatives won 121 seats, with Bloc Québécois and the New Democratic Party splitting the bulk of the remaining seats.

“I think Canadians sent a clear message across the election of multiple parties that affordability and the fight against climate change are really clear priorities that they want this Parliament to work on,” the prime minister said Wednesday in his first news conference since the election.

“They also sent a clear message that they expect us as government to work with the other parties on these issues that matter to them, and that’s exactly what we’re going to do,” he said.

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Even so, Trudeau, who said he would unveil his new Cabinet on Nov. 20, promised to move ahead with the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, something the New Democrats and the Greens oppose but that Alberta — where the Liberals failed to win any seats — desperately wants.

The election results reflected a growing political divide between Canada’s eastern and western provinces. Although it won fewer seats in Parliament than the Liberals, the Conservative Party received more votes overall.

The $5.5 billion 620-mile-long pipeline has attracted strong opposition from environmentalists and some indigenous groups, but it would give the western province, which has the world’s third-largest oil reserves, direct access to Asian markets, bypassing U.S. refineries that now process 99% of its crude.

“For too long we have been selling our natural resources to the United States at a discount,” Trudeau said. “Getting our resources to markets other than the United States and getting that done as quickly as possible remains a priority.”

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