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Biden Campaign Urges TV Networks to Stop Booking Giuliani

Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s presidential campaign contacted top television anchors and networks on Sunday to “demand” that Rudolph W. Giuliani, President Trump’s personal lawyer, be kept off the air because of what they called his misleading comments about the Biden family and Ukraine.

“We are writing today with grave concern that you continue to book Rudy Giuliani on your air to spread false, debunked conspiracy theories on behalf of Donald Trump,” a pair of top Biden campaign advisers, Anita Dunn and Kate Bedingfield, wrote in the letter.

“Giving Rudy Giuliani valuable time on your air to push these lies in the first place is a disservice to your audience and a disservice to journalism,” the advisers wrote.

The note, which was obtained by The New York Times, was sent to executives and top political anchors at ABC, CBS, CNN, Fox News and NBC, including star interviewers like Jake Tapper, Chuck Todd and Chris Wallace.

Mr. Giuliani could not immediately be reached on Sunday for comment.

Mr. Giuliani has been a ubiquitous presence on television news in recent days, advocating on Mr. Trump’s behalf. He has repeatedly alleged that Mr. Biden, while serving as vice president, intervened in Ukraine to assist his son Hunter Biden’s business interests. No evidence has surfaced that Mr. Biden intentionally tried to help his son in Ukraine.

The Biden campaign argued that Mr. Giuliani’s television appearances had allowed him to mislead the viewing public — and suggested that network journalists had done too little to hold him to account. “While you often fact check his statements in real time during your discussions, that is no longer enough,” the letter said.

Mr. Biden’s advisers have not been shy about offering advice to journalists. Earlier this month, the campaign sent a memo to an elite group of campaign reporters warning that any news story would be “misleading” if the Trump camp’s claims about Mr. Biden were unsubstantiated.

The news networks had no comment on Sunday.

As Mr. Trump’s personal lawyer, Mr. Giuliani remains a highly newsworthy figure, particularly amid an escalating impeachment inquiry in which Mr. Giuliani’s own actions in Ukraine could play a central role. It is likely that Mr. Giuliani will remain a coveted booking for television journalists seeking insight into the president’s mind-set and legal defense strategy.

As for Mr. Biden, he has shown little eagerness to engage one-on-one with TV anchors. The former vice president has declined to appear on any of the weekend political talk shows since declaring his candidacy, mostly reserving his on-air appearances for venues like late-night comedy shows and “The View.”

On Sunday, Mr. Giuliani made freewheeling appearances on “Face the Nation” on CBS and “This Week” on ABC to discuss the impeachment inquiry.

Producers at both shows also requested interviews with Mr. Biden. The Biden campaign declined the invitation and instead offered its national co-chairman, Representative Cedric Richmond of Louisiana, an option that the producers rejected, according to three people familiar with the deliberations.

Weekend political talk shows typically reserve airtime for newsmakers themselves — a candidate or politician in person, for instance — rather than for lower-ranking supporters.

Still, the Biden team’s memo highlighted a topic that had loomed large for network journalists gearing up for the 2020 race: how to responsibly cover a president who regularly lobs baseless accusation at opponents. Last week, the MSNBC anchor Nicolle Wallace cut away from the president’s first news conference since the start of the impeachment inquiry, telling viewers that Mr. Trump wasn’t “telling the truth.”

Other journalists argue that the public has a right to know what a president — or, in Mr. Giuliani’s case, one of a president’s closest advocates — has to say. Television anchors have other tools of accountability at their disposal, too; Mr. Tapper won praise on Sunday for his persistent questioning of Representative Jim Jordan of Ohio, who was defending Mr. Trump’s actions on Ukraine, during an interview on CNN.

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Giuliani says Pompeo was aware of his Ukraine outreach

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Rudy Giuliani on Sunday said Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was aware of his efforts to pressure Ukraine’s government to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and his son, Hunter, a claim furthering allegations of the State Department’s involvement in the campaign.

Appearing on CBS News’ “Face The Nation,” Giuliani said he had acted “at the request of the State Department.”

“I have all of the text messages to prove it,” Giuliani said. “And, I also have a ‘thank you’ from them from doing a good job.”

The State Department did not comment on Giuliani’s claims.

It came after the release last Thursday of a whistleblower complaint at the center of an impeachment inquiry against President Trump.

The complaint, which detailed a phone call between Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, alleged that Kurt Volker, a former U.S. envoy to Ukraine, reached out to Giuliani to “contain the damage” of his dealings with Ukraine.

Giuliani said Volker facilitated a meeting with Andriy Yermak, a top Zelensky aide, in July. After that meeting, Giuliani said he briefed Volker and U.S. Ambassador to the European Union, Gordon Sondland, on his conversation with Yermak.

The State Department has confirmed that Volker helped secure a meeting between Giuliani and Yermak but denied that Giuliani was acting “on behalf” of the Trump administration.

Volker resigned as special envoy to Ukraine after the allegations came to light. Congressional Democrats have said they will compel Volker to testify as part of the impeachment inquiry.

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Giuliani told “Face The Nation” that Pompeo’s name was never brought up during those conversations, but claimed that the secretary was aware of his outreach to Ukraine.

“[W]hen I spoke to the secretary last week, I said, ‘Are you aware of this?’ and he said, ‘Yes, I know about this,” Giuliani said.

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Giuliani also surmised that State Department officials have been trying to downplay Volker’s effort in his outreach.

“The State Department is running away from me,” he said.

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Florida mother arrested after baby critically injured with severe brain bleed

A Palm Harbor mother faces felony child abuse charges after her 5-month-old baby boy ended up in critical condition with a severe brain bleed, investigators said.

According to the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office, 30-year-old Burgandie Marquez told detectives she became enraged during a phone call with the baby’s father on Thursday, and intentionally and forcefully jerked the child up from the ground twice, causing the infant’s head to snap backward.

Marquez said she then placed her baby underneath her arm and ran up and down the stairs inside her Palm Harbor home, allowing the infant’s head to bounce up and down without support.

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Detectives said she admitted that she knew she had been too “rough” with the baby.

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Burgandie Marquez is facing felony child abuse charges after her baby ended up in critical condition. (Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office)

The next morning, Marquez noticed the 5-month-old was having seizures, but tried consoling the baby instead of taking him to the hospital.

That afternoon, Marquez decided to take the infant to Pasco County to meet the child’s father, but stopped at a gas station when the baby’s condition worsened and said she needed medical attention for his seizures.

Paramedics airlifted the baby to St. Joseph’s Hospital for life-threatening injuries. Medical staff at the hospital told detectives the child suffered a severe brain bleed caused by head trauma. He remains in critical condition.

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Forever 21, Which Helped Popularize Fast Fashion, to File for Bankruptcy

Forever 21, the California retailer that helped popularize fast fashion in the United States with its bustling stores and $5 tops, said on Sunday night that it would file for bankruptcy, a sign of the eroding power of shopping malls and the shifting tastes of young consumers.

The private, family-held company capped months of speculation about its restructuring efforts by saying that it would cease operations in 40 countries, including Canada and Japan, as part of a Chapter 11 filing. It will close up to 178 stores in the United States and up to 350 over all.

Forever 21 said that it would continue to operate its website and hundreds of stores in the United States, where it is a major tenant for mall owners, as well as stores in Mexico and Latin America.

“What we’re hoping to do with this process is just to simplify things so we can get back to doing what we do best,” Linda Chang, the chain’s executive vice president, said in an interview. Ms. Chang’s parents, Do Won and Jin Sook Chang, who still run the chain, founded Forever 21 in the 1980s after immigrating to California from South Korea.

The bankruptcy is a blow to a company that prided itself on embodying the American dream, as well as a reminder of how quickly the retail landscape is transforming. Forever 21 experienced big success in the early 2000s with its troves of merchandise that imitated of-the-moment designer styles at rock-bottom prices. It joined Zara and H&M in making fast, disposable fashion widely available to American shoppers, especially young women, who were exposed to new wares seemingly every time they entered a store. But the company expanded too aggressively just as technology was beginning to upend its business.

“We went from seven countries to 47 countries within a less-than-six-year time frame and with that came a lot of complexity,” Ms. Chang said. At the same time, she said, “the retail industry is obviously changing — there has been a softening of mall traffic and sales are shifting more to online.”

Forever 21, which said e-commerce made up 16 percent of its sales, saw its revenue drop to $3.3 billion last year, down from $4.4 billion in 2016. It expects the restructured company to bring in $2.5 billion in annual sales. The company employs about 32,800 people, down from 43,000 in 2016.

Mr. Chang, the company’s chief executive, said in a 2012 interview that the chain was named Forever 21 because it targeted 20-somethings and because “old people wanted to be 21 again, and young people wanted to be 21 forever.” A large part of the company’s base is minorities, Ms. Chang said, and customer studies have suggested that 40 percent of Forever 21 shoppers are between the ages of 25 and 40. She said the company would still aim to keep merchandise below $50.

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Every Forever 21 shopping bag has “John 3:16,” a reference to the Bible verse, printed on it.CreditHaruka Sakaguchi for The New York Times

In 2010, Michael Bloomberg, then mayor, appeared with Forever 21’s co-founder, Do Won Chang, and his daughter Linda at the company’s Times Square store, which occupies four floors and about 90,000 square feet.CreditJamie Mccarthy/Getty Images for Forever 21

Forever 21’s bankruptcy puts a spotlight on the widening chasm between America’s lower-quality malls, which are losing customers and anchor tenants, and its top shopping centers, which continue to draw foot traffic.

In the years before and after the recession, Forever 21 opened stores at a rapid clip — they also served as the company’s main marketing vehicle — and bigger was often better. While teenage and 20-something women were the core customer base, Forever 21 believed that it could sell to the whole family. It moved into spaces vacated by bankrupt chains like Mervyn’s and Gottschalks and opened huge flagships in major cities, including a Times Square colossus in 2010 that was around 90,000 square feet and still spans four floors. (The company said it is in discussions with the landlord of that store about its future.)

The retailer, which did not pay rent on its stores in September in order to preserve capital, believes it can renegotiate many of the leases on its United States stores after the filing, said Jon Goulding, an executive at the consultancy Alvarez & Marsal who will be Forever 21’s chief restructuring officer during the proceedings. He said liquidations might begin Oct. 31 for the stores that are closing and that he anticipated the final count to be below 178.

“A number of these folks don’t want boxes back of the size we have with what’s going on in the mall space,” he said of the chain’s landlords. While the company did not have specific data available, Mr. Goulding said that underperforming stores were likely located in lower-quality malls and those that had lost other bankrupt retailers, like Sears.

Forever 21 continued to add more merchandise as it grew and did not seem to anticipate the rise of digitally-savvy competitors like Asos and Fashion Nova. It introduced F21 Red in 2014 with a plan to sell Forever 21 “basics” like $1.90 camisoles and $7.90 jeans, while Riley Rose, a beauty brand created by Linda Chang and her sister, Esther, opened in 2017. The Riley Rose stores will likely close and become part of existing Forever 21 locations, while F21 Red will continue to operate some stand-alone locations.

Ms. Chang said that the company still saw promise in areas like men’s and girls’ merchandise, but that it planned to pare down other areas like home décor, electronics and cosmetics.

Forever 21’s struggles have provoked questions around the appeal of fast fashion more broadly. The industry has faced backlash surrounding the environmental impact of quickly disposable clothes and concerns about worker safety in the wake of the Rana Plaza building collapse in Bangladesh in 2013 that killed more than 1,100 garment workers.

Younger shoppers have increasingly turned to consigned goods and brands that claim sustainability as a value, said Wendy Liebmann, chief executive of the consultancy WSL Strategic Retail.

Forever 21 “placed their bets on this notion that fast fashion was going to continue the same way it had for the last decade or so, and that they just needed to be in the right locations and create newness with some of the spinoffs they were playing around with,” Ms. Liebmann said. “The emotional and physical aesthetic of it is not something that the current shopper wants as much.”

Mark A. Cohen, the director of retail studies at Columbia Business School, said that he believed fast fashion was as popular as ever, pointing to the success of Zara, but that Forever 21 had expanded far too quickly “without regard to a reasonable outlook.”

“It’s a self-inflicted catastrophe,” he said. “This is a bonanza for the competition that Forever 21 has and it’s another death knell for the malls they’re in that have already lost a Sears, Macy’s, Penney’s, and are struggling with footsteps diminishing every day.”

When asked whether Forever 21’s challenges were from declining mall traffic or a waning interest in fast fashion, Ms. Chang said she thought it was “a little of both.”

“You hear a lot of conversations about the rental market or the resale market and things like that, so I think there are definitely shifts there that are happening,” she said. “It’s still a massive market but we do want to make sure we get ahead of things and that we’re not just staying still while the consumers are changing.”

While trying to quickly mimic designer wares for its customers, Forever 21 has been the subject of multiple copyright and trademark lawsuits over the years, including a recent complaint from the singer Ariana Grande that the company used a “look-alike model” to make it seem like she was endorsing its goods. The company said it could not comment on how ongoing litigation may be handled during its reorganization.

The information set to emerge in a bankruptcy will be of interest for the retail industry. Forever 21 has maintained a tight-knit corporate culture even as it spread across shopping malls in the United States and expanded to other countries. Mr. Chang and his wife rarely give interviews, though they nod to their faith by having “John 3:16,” a reference to the Bible verse, printed on every one of Forever 21’s bright yellow shopping bags. The elder Changs have long planned to pass the company on to their two daughters.

Ms. Chang said that she and her sister intended to keep working for the brand, but could not speak to whether they would still take it over someday.

“My parents built an amazing brand,” she said. “When you think of fast fashion, there’s really only a handful of names that come top of mind for most people, and to be in that top list is a pretty amazing feat.”

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Trump Says He Wants To Meet His Whistleblower

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President Donald Trump said Sunday that he wants to meet the whistleblower behind the bombshell complaint at the center of his historic impeachment inquiry.

“Like every American, I deserve to meet my accuser, especially when this accuser, the so-called ‘Whistleblower,’ represented a perfect conversation with a foreign leader in a totally inaccurate and fraudulent way,” Trump tweeted about the complaint, which alleges the president tried to get Ukraine to interfere in the 2020 U.S. elections and that the White House tried to hide the attempts.

An unnamed U.S. official within the intelligence community submitted the complaint that was declassified Thursday morning. According to the complaint, several White House officials said they were concerned by a July phone call in which Trump pressured Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate former Vice President and potential 2020 rival Joe Biden and his son Hunter. 

In that call, a summary of which the White House provided last week, Trump asked Zelensky to “do us a favor, though” immediately after the recently elected Ukrainian president said he was grateful for U.S. military aid to his country. The call came days after Trump froze nearly $400 million in military aid to Ukraine.

The favors included investigating the Bidens, as well as investigating a conspiracy theory that the Democratic National Committee servers that Russia hacked to benefit Trump’s presidential campaign in 2016 were not actually hacked. Trump urged Zelensky to meet with personal attorney and shadow diplomat Rudy Giuliani and to speak on the phone with Attorney General William Barr to discuss a potential investigation.

According to the complaint, senior White House officials worked to “lock down” all records of the call and were told by White House lawyers to move the electronic transcript from its usual system and place it into a top-secret system used for classified information.

Michael Atkinson, the inspector general for U.S. spy agencies, told acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire in an Aug. 26 letter that he found the whistleblower complaint “credible” and of “urgent concern.” After handing the complaint to Congress, Maguire told the House Intelligence Committee last Thursday that he believes the whistleblower “acted in good faith” and “did the right thing” by filing the complaint the director called “unprecedented.”

The complaint resulted in House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) launching a formal impeachment inquiry into Trump last Tuesday. The House Foreign Affairs, Intelligence and Oversight Committees have since issued subpoenas for Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who Giuliani said on Sunday was “aware” of his meetings with Ukrainian officials. 

The committees also scheduled depositions for five State Department officials, including Marie Yovanovitch, who was removed as U.S. ambassador to Ukraine in May and who Trump threatened in his call to Zelensky; and Kurt Volker, who resigned Friday as U.S. special envoy to Ukraine after the whistleblower complaint’s release.

House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) told ABC’s “This Week” on Sunday that the whistleblower has reportedly agreed to testify before the panel, though a date and time has not yet been set due to Maguire needing to complete the security clearance process for the whistleblower’s attorneys. One of the attorneys, Mark Zaid, tweeted that lawyers are still working with Congress and that everyone agrees “that protecting whistleblower’s identity is paramount.”

Trump has repeatedly questioned the whistleblower’s patriotism and threatened the person last week by saying those involved in the complaint should be dealt with as “we used to do” for “treason,” a sentence that can be punishable by death. He also said Sunday that Schiff should be questioned “at the highest level” for treason.

“In addition, I want to meet not only my accuser, who presented SECOND & THIRD HAND INFORMATION, but also the person who illegally gave this information … to the ‘Whistleblower,’” Trump tweeted Sunday evening. “Was this person SPYING on the U.S. President? Big Consequences!”

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Pelosi ‘abusing’ her role as House speaker with impeachment inquiry, failing to give Trump due process, Collins says

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House Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Doug Collins told Fox News on Sunday that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has “abused” her role with her treatment of the impeachment inquiry into President Trump, claiming the president won’t receive “due process” over a whistleblower’s claim he improperly pushed Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in a July phone call to investigate Joe Biden and his son Hunter, who served on the board of an energy company in Ukraine.

“We saw Speaker Pelosi abuse her oath of office, if you would, by abusing the role of the speaker by saying an impeachment inquiry had started and they were sending it to the Intelligence Committee where you have a gentleman who has a habit of lying about the facts, [Rep. Adam] Schiff,” Collins, R-Ga., told host Maria Bartiromo on “Sunday Morning Futures.” “They have decided to walk down a path in which they are in contrary to American values. They’re not going to allow this president to have due process. They’re not going to be fair. They’re going to ramrod this thing through.”

Collins also said Trump was “not in jeopardy of being removed from office. He’s in jeopardy of having to continue that onslaught of lies and attacks and half-truths from a one-sided investigation in the House.”

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Hunter Biden served on the board of Ukrainian gas company Burisma at the same time as his father was leading the Obama administration’s diplomatic dealings with Kiev. Trump also has claimed that Joe Biden pressured the Ukrainian government to shut down a corruption investigation of Burisma. The former vice president has denied doing anything wrong.

In the July call, Zelensky appeared to make an effort to stay in Trump’s good graces, telling him at least twice that he was “absolutely right.” But, after the White House released a rough transcript this week based on officials’ recollections of the call, Zelensky told reporters he didn’t feel pushed, emphasizing that “no one can pressure me.” He also sought to play down the situation involving Biden and his son’s activities in Ukraine, calling it just one of “many cases that I talk about with leaders of other countries.”

This past Friday, Trump demanded Schiff resign after the House Intelligence Committee chairman read an exaggerated take of the call during a hearing. “I have a favor I want from you,” Schiff, D-Calif., said while appearing to read from a piece of paper. “And, I’m going to say this only seven times, so you better listen good. I want you to make up dirt on my political opponent, understand? Lots of it, on this and on that.”

Schiff later said, “My summary of the president’s call was meant to be at least, part, in parody.”

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Pelosi, D-Calif., has defended her decision to announce the formal impeachment inquiry into Trump last week, after saying for months that she wasn’t yet on board. She told CBS News’ “60 Minutes” in an interview that aired Sunday night, “It is wrong for a president to say that he wants you — another head of state — to create something negative about his possible political opponent to his own advantage, at the expense of our national security, his oath of office to the Constitution and the integrity of our elections.”

Trump repeatedly has denied any wrongdoing.

Fox News’ Adam Shaw and Fox Business Network’s Maria Bartiromo contributed to this report.

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Republicans, the Time Has Come—America is better than Donald Trump.

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Whistleblower in federal protection over safety fears, letter shows

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David Cameron Calls The Brexit Referendum His ‘Greatest Regret’

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With the fraught negotiations over Brexit continuing to embroil British politics, the nation’s former prime minister, David Cameron, says his “greatest regret” is calling for the referendum vote that has divided the country, paralyzed the government and left Britain increasingly at risk of leaving the European Union without any deal with Europe.

After resigning in 2016 in the wake of Britain’s vote to leave the EU, Cameron has broken his silence on his role in unleashing the ongoing political drama around Brexit. He writes about it in the new book For The Record.

In an interview with NPR’s All Things Considered, Cameron laments his call for the Brexit referendum — a vote that shocked Britain and the whole of Europe when 52% of voters chose to leave the EU.

“The greatest regret is that we lost the referendum, that I didn’t prevail, that we could’ve fought perhaps a better campaign, we could have conducted perhaps a better negotiation — perhaps the timing wasn’t right — and that I didn’t take the country with me on what I thought was a really important issue,” Cameron said.

Even though he opposed Brexit, the former Conservative Party leader said he underestimated the extent to which voters understood the stakes of the referendum.

“I think the biggest mistake was letting expectations about what a renegotiation of Britain’s position in the European Union could achieve,” he said. “I allowed people to think there were much more fundamental changes — that we could almost have a sort of pick-and-choose aspect to which European laws we obeyed and which we didn’t. And this, I think, was damaging.”

In the three years since his resignation, Cameron has come under fire from critics who say he recklessly called for a referendum in an effort to appease more conservative elements of his party, and then stepped aside when he lost the vote. Cameron said he resigned because he felt he could not carry out negotiations in good faith for a cause he did not himself support.

“I was wholly on one side of the argument and so I felt it was right to resign, having lost because the country needed a new prime minister with the credibility to take us forward and deliver the outcome of the referendum.”

“But of course, you know, I will, to my dying day, wonder whether there was something more we could have done to secure what I thought was the right outcome — which was to keep Britain in.”

The man now charged with finding a solution for Brexit, Prime Minister Boris Johnson, has vowed to leave the EU even if Britain is unable to forge a deal with Brussels — a scenario that economists warn would be devastating for the country’s economy. But Johnson was rebuffed in that effort last week when Britain’s Supreme Court ruled that his effort to suspend Parliament with just weeks remaining until the country’s scheduled departure from the EU on Oct. 31 was illegal.

The ongoing political drama has left Britain deeply divided between the “Remainers” and the “Leavers.”

“I think what Boris is doing right is he’s trying to get a deal from Brussels. He wants to take that deal back to Parliament and he wants to deliver the outcome of the referendum. In doing that, he’s got my support,” said Cameron. “I think what would be a mistake is trying to leave without a deal because I think that would lead to a lot of economic dislocation and would be damaging.”

Asked about whether he has a responsibility to help mend political divisions in the country, Cameron said he does not see a role for himself.

“As the person who called the referendum and lost the campaign, I’m not sure that I should be active in current politics. But I am deeply depressed by what’s happening.”

Cameron still said he believes Britain would “be better off inside” the European Union, but understands what led voters to support leaving.

“It’s not an illegitimate choice for the sixth biggest country in the world to say to the European Union, we want to be your friends, we want to be your neighbors, we want to be your partners,” he said. “But we don’t want to be members, and that’s the choice that we’ve taken. And I don’t think that is an illegitimate choice or an impossible choice to deliver.”

NPR’s Elizabeth Baker and Tinbete Ermyas produced and edited this story for radio.

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California woman, 19, who livestreamed DUI crash that killed sister is released on parole after 26 months

A 19-year-old California woman who livestreamed her drunken-driving crash that killed her 14-year-old sister has been released on parole after serving 26 months in prison.

Obdulia Sanchez was sentenced in February 2018 to six years and four months in prison after being convicted of gross vehicular manslaughter, DUI and child endangerment.

She was released on parole on Sept. 21 after receiving credit for completing “approved rehabilitative or educational programs,” a spokesman for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation told the Merced Sun-Star on Saturday.

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Sanchez was released Sept. 21 after serving 26 months in prison. She was sentenced to serve six years and four months in February 2018. (AP Photo/Scott Smith, File)

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Sanchez, who was 18 at the time of the July 2017 crash, had been livestreaming herself on Instagram as she drove drunk.

The video showed her taking her hands off the steering wheel, prosecutors said.

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Sanchez veered onto the shoulder of a road in Los Banos, about 100 miles south of San Francisco. Investigators said she overcorrected, causing the vehicle to swerve and overturn. Her 14-year-old sister, Jacqueline, was ejected and killed.

She also livestreamed her sister’s dead body, asking her to wake up, the paper reported. She then said she killed her sister and was “going to jail.”

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Sanchez’s blood-alcohol level measured 0.106 nearly two hours after the crash, the Sun-Star reported, citing court records.

Sanchez was approved for the state’s Custody to Community Transitional Reentry Program, which has allowed serious or violent offenders to serve their sentences in the community while undergoing provided rehabilitative services, the spokesman told the paper.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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