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MSNBC sounds the alarm on Bloomberg’s ‘doctored’ debate video mocking 2020 Dems

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A segment on MSNBC Friday slammed former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg over a video he shared this week that was clearly mocking his debate opponents. The video has been described as “deceptively edited.”

During Wednesday night’s Democratic debate, Bloomberg was the target of several attacks, but the moment he touted his own business background had his opponents speechless.

“Maybe you want to talk about businesses. I think I’m the only one here who ever started a business, is that fair?” Bloomberg looked over at his opponents, none of whom responded.

A moment later, Bloomberg quipped, “OK,” and carried on with his remarks.

MAINSTREAM MEDIA CRYING FOUL OVER BLOOMBERG’S ‘DECEPTIVELY EDITED’ VIDEO CLEARLY MOCKING DEBATE OPPONENTS

Bloomberg had some fun on Thursday at the expense of his Democratic rivals, sharing a clip of that exchange but overtly embellished the response from the other candidates on the debate stage, showing blank facial expressions from Sens. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, Bernie Sanders from Vermont and Amy Klobuchar from Minnesota, as well as former Vice President Joe Biden and former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg, over a lengthy 20 seconds with the sounds of crickets being heard throughout.

“Anyone?” Bloomberg captioned the tweet.

During a segment about Twitter’s latest crackdown in “disinformation,”  MSNBC anchor Stephanie Ruhle slammed the Bloomberg campaign for sharing what she described as a “doctored” video.

“This isn’t just about rightwing conspiracies or something far to the left because just yesterday, Mike Bloomberg’s campaign played a doctored video from the debate,” Ruhle said.

Ruhle played a portion of the clip, which she claimed afterward to viewers “wasn’t true” and that the cricket noises were added for “dramatic effect.”

“The campaign has said it was tongue-in-cheek, but when somebody sends you that clip, that looks very good for the mayor and looks really bad for everyone else, and it’s not true,” Ruhle said.

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NBC News reporter Ben Collins also pushed back on the Bloomberg campaign for the video, which is something Collins said Twitter said would “flag” with the rollout of its new attempt to prevent the spread of disinformation.

“There was about a second or two of silence, not 20 seconds of silence or whatever, that’s the sort of thing, without the crickets, people might take seriously,” Collins told Ruhle. “And that’s how disinformation sort of steamrolls and if nobody is going to stop it, it can change narratives. It can change the outcome of the election. We’ve been there before.”

MSNBC wasn’t the only mainstream media outlet to blast Bloomberg, as CNN also called out the satirical video.

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“He’s making another mistake. His campaign [is] making another big one today and that is there’s a video that his campaign tweeted this morning, it’s gotten a million views — that didn’t happen,” CNN chief political correspondent Dana Bash had said. “It is a deceptively edited video.”

CNN then aired the entire clip, which Bash reminded viewers “didn’t happen.”

“His campaign is saying, ‘C’mon, it was tongue-in-cheek,’ but in today’s day and age where we are so concerned about things that are doctored, deep fakes on the Internet,” Bash added.

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Bloomberg, in Reversal, Says He’ll Release 3 Women From Nondisclosure Agreements

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LAS VEGAS — Michael R. Bloomberg said Friday that he was willing to release three women from nondisclosure agreements with his company so they could discuss their complaints about him publicly, reversing himself from his position at this week’s Democratic presidential debate when he came under fire from his rivals for resisting such a move.

But Mr. Bloomberg’s decision was seized upon as insufficient by the Democratic rivals who had denounced him during the debate, setting off a new round of sparring on the eve of the Nevada caucuses in which a representative for Mr. Bloomberg hit back at Senator Elizabeth Warren for the trouble she has encountered invoking her ancestry.

In a statement released Friday afternoon, Mr. Bloomberg, the former mayor of New York, said officials at Bloomberg L.P. had identified three nondisclosure agreements made with women related to “complaints about comments they said I had made.”

“If any of them want to be released from their NDA so that they can talk about those allegations, they should contact the company and they’ll be given a release,” Mr. Bloomberg said in the statement. “I’ve done a lot of reflecting on this issue over the past few days and I’ve decided that for as long as I’m running the company, we won’t offer confidentiality agreements to resolve claims of sexual harassment or misconduct going forward.”

But the statement by Mr. Bloomberg did not appear to release all former employees of his media and technology company from such agreements. For instance, it did not say he would allow people to speak out if they had signed nondisclosure agreements after complaining of harassment from any person other than Mr. Bloomberg.

The shift on the nondisclosure agreements came as Mr. Bloomberg’s Democratic rivals campaigned in Nevada on the final day before the state’s caucuses on Saturday. Former Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Ind., knocked on doors in the Las Vegas area seeking votes, and former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. joined a cookout and precinct captain training with supportive union members in Las Vegas, where he emphasized his longstanding support for labor.

Senator Bernie Sanders campaigned in California amid the disclosure that he had recently been briefed by intelligence officials on Russian efforts to aid him in the Democratic primary race.

Mr. Bloomberg, who is skipping the first four nominating states and will join the race on Super Tuesday on March 3, faced scathing criticism from his rivals at the debate on Wednesday about his refusal to release women from nondisclosure agreements. Senator Elizabeth Warren confronted him with the question: “So, Mr. Mayor, are you willing to release all of those women from those nondisclosure agreements so we can hear their side of the story?” Mr. Bloomberg said he was not.

Following the debate, allies of Mr. Bloomberg had grown particularly concerned about the issue and Mr. Bloomberg’s response, which was garbled at times and seemingly flippant at others.

“None of them accuse me of doing anything, other than maybe they didn’t like a joke I told,” Mr. Bloomberg responded, amid groans from the audience. “There’s agreements between two parties that wanted to keep it quiet and that’s up to them. They signed those agreements, and we’ll live with it.”

The harsh questioning seemed to fluster the mayor, whose debate performance was largely panned, and top aides took responsibility for poorly preparing the candidate.

Ms. Warren said on Friday that Mr. Bloomberg’s decision was “just not good enough.”

“Michael Bloomberg needs to do a blanket release so that all women who have been muzzled by nondisclosure agreements can step up and tell their side of the story in terms of what Michael Bloomberg has done,” she told reporters after stopping for a taco as she campaigned across the city.

She took particular issue with Mr. Bloomberg limiting the release to just three cases. “If there are only 3, then why didn’t he sign a blanket release?” she said. “If he’s limiting the number, then you can’t know whether there were 3 or 30 or 300. And that should not be in the control of Michael Bloomberg.”

The Bloomberg campaign defended the decision in response to Ms. Warren’s criticism. Kevin Sheekey, the campaign manager, wrote on Twitter that “3 is the total number of NDAs that have been IDed over thirty+ years pertaining directly” to Mr. Bloomberg.

Earlier, Tim O’Brien, a senior adviser to Mr. Bloomberg, said on CNN that he thought Ms. Warren had found an issue that “she doesn’t want to let go of” and instead pointed to her past comments about her ancestry.

“There was a lot of concerns about claims Senator Warren had made about her own ancestry when she applied to colleges,” he said. “She acknowledged publicly that she had made a mistake. She asked the public to give her a second chance and realize sometimes that people make mistakes. I think it would behoove everyone involve in this particular discussion to be forgiving.”

Mr. Biden’s campaign also condemned the move, saying, “Today’s release essentially tells the public nothing — we don’t know how many women signed these NDAs, what percentage of NDAs this represents, or what categories of signed NDAs exist that are excluded.”

One of the three women who is being released from her agreement is Sekiko Sakai Garrison, a former saleswoman at Bloomberg L.P., a Bloomberg campaign aide said on Friday. Ms. Garrison sued the company in 1997, describing a misogynistic workplace atmosphere that culminated, according to the suit, in Mr. Bloomberg reacting negatively upon learning that she was pregnant.

According to the lawsuit, Mr. Bloomberg told Ms. Garrison, “Kill it,” referring to her baby. When Ms. Garrison sought clarity, Mr. Bloomberg allegedly went on to complain about the number of female employees in his office who had become pregnant, according to the suit. Mr. Bloomberg has denied making that remark, and the company eventually settled with Ms. Garrison and issued no admission of guilt.

Ms. Garrison declined to comment on Friday.

The Bloomberg campaign aide said that the two other nondisclosure agreements stemmed from complaints within the company, rather than from lawsuits. The aide declined to provide additional details about the identity of the two women.

Mr. Bloomberg has a history of making demeaning, derogatory and sexist remarks, and lawsuits have painted his company, in the early days, as something resembling a frat house.

The decision by Mr. Bloomberg to limit the NDA release to only those pertaining to his personal interaction drew widespread criticism from civil rights groups and activists.

“It’s a start, it’s at least an acknowledgment that NDAs are inappropriate, but it’s not nearly enough because a leader leads and he is the leader of Bloomberg L.P.,” said Julie Roginsky, one of the founders of Lift Our Voices, a nonprofit group that works to end nondisclosure agreements that deal with workplace environment issues. “There’s no reason the chairman is protecting predators at his own company.”

Ms. Roginsky said that two women had recently contacted Lift Our Voices and confirmed that they have nondisclosure agreements for toxic workplace and harassment complaints with top executives at the company who are not Mr. Bloomberg.

The group also said that the process Mr. Bloomberg created — requiring a request to be released — also made it more unlikely that women would come forward.

“His saying that the women should come to him to be released is not the way that it should be handled,” said Gretchen Carlson, the former Fox News anchor and another founder of Lift Our Voices. “They should just have a statement saying ‘you are released.’”

The mayor’s debate performance also drew criticism from Mr. Sanders, who said in an interview released Friday that he was surprised by how unprepared Mr. Bloomberg seemed onstage and predicted that President Trump would “chew him up and spit him out” in a general-election debate if he won the nomination.

Asked by Anderson Cooper of CBS’s “60 Minutes” whether he was less worried about Mr. Bloomberg as a rival for the nomination after the debate, Mr. Sanders turned the question around and renewed his attack on Mr. Bloomberg’s campaign spending from his personal fortune.

“I am worried about an unprecedented amount of money being spent on a campaign,” Mr. Sanders said. “And — you know, we’ve never seen anything like this in American history. And I just think, though, that the American people will rebel against this type of oligarchic movement. We are a democracy. One person, one vote. Not a guy worth $60 billion buying an election.”

Though Mr. Bloomberg is not competing in the Nevada caucuses this weekend, he has been rising in national polls and spending hundreds of millions of dollars to boost his candidacy. And despite having amassed no pledged delegates to this point, his campaign has called on rivals to exit the race so that he can run head-to-head against Mr. Sanders.

It was also disclosed on Friday that the state Democratic Party has asked all caucus site leaders to sign nondisclosure agreements of their own that would keep them from talking to the news media. State party officials said it was standard operating procedure.

Nick Corasaniti reported from Las Vegas, and Michael M. Grynbaum from New York. Alexander Burns and Shane Goldmacher contributed from Las Vegas, Sydney Ember from Santa Ana, Calif., and Matt Stevens from New York.

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Greg Gutfeld rips Democrats, claim they ‘undermine national security’ with Russia accusations

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Geraldo Rivera, Tammy Bruce and Greg Gutfeld weighed in on accusations that President Trump is benefiting from Russian interference to ensure his reelection in November.

“They said today that Putin wants to be sure that Trump gets elected. Here we go again. I was told a week ago they said, you know, they’re trying to start a rumor,” Trump said at a Las Vegas rally. “It’s disinformation. That’s the only thing they’re good at.”

TRUMP ACCUSES ‘CRAZY’ DEMS OF ‘DISINFORMATION,’ PREDICTS NEVADA CAUCUS PROBLEMS DURING VEGAS RALLY

“Wouldn’t [Russian] rather have, let’s say, Bernie?” Trump asked the crowd. “Wouldn’t you rather Bernie who honeymooned in Moscow?”

Sanders disavowed alleged Russian efforts to help his campaign Friday after The Washington Post reported that U.S. officials have determined Moscow is attempting to interfere in the Democratic primary race on his behalf.

“This is the tragedy of impeachment. By taking things like the dossier, the Russian dossier, and making that sufficient to impeach a president of the United States for only the third time in 243 years, they have destroyed the credibility of the intelligence agencies,” Rivera said of the Russia accusations on “The Five.” “You don’t believe them.”

Co-host Tammy Bruce said Democrats are reminding voters of the failure to convict Trump on the articles of impeachment that the House passed late last year.

“Here’s the bigger problem. By doing this, they’re reminding the electorate and the viewers of the failure from before,” Bruce said. “They’re bringing it all back, which is something they should want to avoid because we all then go back to the Russia hoax, the dossier with the failed impeachment, with failed Mueller stuff, all the negatives.”

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Co-host Greg Gutfeld said Democrats hurt the public’s belief in any future threat from Russia.

“If the day comes when there is a threat, it’ll still be a punch line because they’ve turned that threat, a potential threat, a hypothetical threat into a joke,” Gutfeld said. “Now, when you hear about this, it’s funny. It’s not serious. So they what they’ve done is they’ve actually undermined the security of the United States by crying wolf for four years.”

Fox News’ Alex Pappas contributed to this report.

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Greyhound to stop allowing Border Patrol agents to conduct immigration checks on buses without warrant

Greyhound said Friday it would prohibit U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents without a warrant from boarding its buses to conduct immigration checks as bus companies continue to face pressure from civil rights advocates over the practice.

The announcement comes after an Associated Press report said a Jan. 28 Border Patrol memo contradicted Greyhound’s stance that it had to allow the agents on its buses under federal law.

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In this Thursday, Feb. 13 photo, agents for Customs and Border Protection board a Greyhound bus headed for Portland, Ore., at the Spokane Intermodal Center, a terminal for buses and Amtrak in Spokane, Wash. (AP Photo/Nicholas K. Geranios)

The company has maintained it didn’t agree with the checks but had no choice but to comply.

The memo addressed to all chief patrol agents and signed by then-Border Patrol Chief Carla Provost before her retirement said agents can’t board private buses without consent from bus companies.

“When transportation checks occur on a bus at non-checkpoint locations, the agent must demonstrate that he or she gained access to the bus with the consent of the company’s owner or one of the company’s employees,” the memo states.

Border agents regularly climb onto buses within 100 miles of the border to ask passengers about their immigration status. Some have been captured on video, prompting outrage from immigration advocate groups.

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A worker, right, speaks with a Customs and Border Protection agent seeking to board a Greyhound bus headed for Portland, Ore., at the Spokane Intermodal Center, a terminal for buses and Amtrak in Spokane, Wash. (AP Photo/Nicholas K. Geranios)

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Civil rights organizations argue the checks are discriminatory and that passengers are routinely profiled under the Trump administration. Greyhound faces a lawsuit in California over the checks, which some claim violate consumer protection laws.

The company said it would provide training to its drivers and bus station employees about the new policy, along with stickers to be placed on buses saying it does not consent to searches.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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Greg Gutfeld: Democrats ‘undermine national security’ with Russia accusations

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Geraldo Rivera, Tammy Bruce and Greg Gutfeld weighed in on accusations that President Trump is benefitting from Russian interference to reelect him to office in 2020. This comes amid a report that Russians are trying to help Democratic presidential front-runner Bernie Sanders.

“They said today that Putin wants to be sure that Trump gets elected. Here we go again. I was told a week ago they said, you know, they’re trying to start a rumor,” Trump said at a Las Vegas rally. “It’s disinformation. That’s the only thing they’re good at.”

TRUMP ACCUSES ‘CRAZY’ DEMS OF ‘DISINFORMATION,’ PREDICTS NEVADA CAUCUS PROBLEMS DURING VEGAS RALLY

“Wouldn’t [Russian] rather have, let’s say, Bernie?” Trump asked the crowd. “Wouldn’t you rather Bernie who honeymooned in Moscow?”

Sanders disavowed alleged Russian efforts to help his campaign Friday after The Washington Post reported that U.S. officials have determined Moscow is attempting to interfere in the Democratic primary race on his behalf.

“This is the tragedy of impeachment. By taking things like the dossier, the Russian dossier, and making that sufficient to impeach a president of the United States for only the third time in 243 years, they have destroyed the credibility of the intelligence agencies,” Rivera said of the Russia accusations on “The Five.” “You don’t believe them.”

Co-host Tammy Bruce said Democrats are reminding voters of the failure to convict Trump on the articles of impeachment that the House had passed.

“Here’s the bigger problem. By doing this, they’re reminding the electorate and the viewers of the failure from before,” Bruce said. “They’re bringing it all back, which is something they should want to avoid, because we all then go back to the Russia hoax, the dossier with the failed impeachment, with failed Mueller stuff, all the negatives.”

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Co-host Greg Gutfeld said Democrats hurt the public’s belief in any future threat from Russia.

“If the day comes when there is a threat, it’ll still be a punch line because they’ve turned that threat, a potential threat, a hypothetical threat into a joke,” Gutfeld said. “Now, when you hear about this, it’s funny. It’s not serious. So they what they’ve done is they’ve actually undermined the security of the United States by crying wolf for four years.”

Fox News’ Alex Pappas contributed to this report.

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Trump tweets praise for Bollywood romcom featuring same-sex couple on eve of India visit

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President Trump provoked confused reactions on Friday after he heralded the release of a Bollywood movie that focuses on a same-sex couple.

“Great!” Trump tweeted in response to longtime gay rights campaign Peter Tatchell, who wrote on Twitter that the romantic comedy, titled “Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan,” was intended to persuade older Indians to support the nation’s recent decriminalization of homosexuality.

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The Trump administration has pushed to decriminalize homosexuality in dozens of countries around the world. The initiative is led by U.S. ambassador to Germany and current acting director of national intelligence Richard Grenell, who is openly gay.

In September 2018, India’s Supreme Court declared Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code, which criminalized sexual acts “against the order of nature,” to be unconstitutional. Trump is scheduled to visit the country next week.

For PinkNews and others, Trump’s tweet was a shock. One of their headlines read: “Donald Trump just retweeted a PinkNews article about a gay Bollywood romance – and we’re as confused as you are.”

“Shock horror!” Tatchell tweeted on Friday. “I tweeted a @PinkNews article about a new gay Bollywood movie & he retweeted it. I loathe Trump & tweet against his anti-LGBT+ policies, climate destruction denial, misogyny & collusion with the far right. SEE,” he tweeted.

According to PinkNews: “The film stars Ayushmann Khurrana and Jitendra Kumar as gay couple Kartik and Aman, as they struggle to win over Aman’s parents – who are unable to accept that their son is gay, and attempt to set up an arranged marriage.”

Others expressed shock on Twitter. For example, The Intercept columnist Mehdi Hasan tweeted: “Peter Tatchell just got retweeted by Donald Trump on the subject of Bollywood and homosexuality. 2020 literally can’t get any weirder.”

PFLAG, a group that has criticized Trump, was less optimistic than television personality Piers Morgan.

“While we are excited to see LGBTQ people gain global visibility in romantic comedies, the realities for LGBTQ people in the US under this administration are nothing to laugh about,”  PFLAG Executive Director Brian Bond said in a statement provided to Fox News.

“Right now, more than 200 bills are active in the states to dehumanize LGBTQ people, and transgender kids are the most frequent targets. PFLAG looks to our leaders and to President Trump to uplift our courageous transgender youth here at home and discourage continued legislative attacks on their rights.”

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Others, like pro-Trump activist Scott Presler, were more supportive.

“Thank you, President Trump, for supporting the gay community,” Presler tweeted. “I can’t wait to vote for you this November.”

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Jesse Watters on Trump’s rally performances: Democrats don’t get it’s ‘partially entertainment’

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The Five” took a look at President Trump‘s recent rally performances where the commander-in-chief transformed into the entertainer-in-chief, blistering his opposition.

“This was the first time, I think, that he referred to his presidency as a show. And for people who … used to be critical of Trump, who are no longer critical, [they] are the people that can discern the difference between the job [Trump is doing as president] and the show,” Co-host Greg Gutfeld said of Trump’s performance at a Las Vegas rally Friday.

TRUMP KICKS OFF THIRD RALLY IN WEST COAST CAMPAIGN BLITZ AHEAD OF NEVADA CAUCUSES

At the rally Trump referenced his friendship with “The Apprentice” creator Mark Burnett — who also produced CBS’ “Survivor” franchises.

“Mark Burnett said this is the greatest reality show in history,” Trump claimed, adding that someone could take “The Apprentice,” combine it with “Survivor” and “multiply” them by 10,000 and still fall short of the show that the Democratic presidential candidates are putting on.

Gutfeld said Democrats are starting to understand after Wednesday night’s Democratic presidential debate that Trump has a “skill set” none of the candidates do.

“After the debate you saw a sense of the Democrats’ realization that this wasn’t luck, impulsiveness or Russian bots that elected him, that this is a unique skill set that only he possesses and that they can’t beat,” Gutfeld said.

Co-host Jesse Watters brought up how the media continues to fact check the president’s “jokes.”

“They they don’t get that this is partially entertainment,” Watters said.

“Because they have zero sense of humor,” Fox Business’ Dagen McDowell responded. “They can’t detect what is funny. His jokes land and are funny because they are true. He has that ability to pick off all his candidates.”

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Co-host Geraldo Rivera compared Trump to a “great fighter,” saying he can spot weaknesses in his opponents.

“He finds the weak spot wherever it is. He’s like a great fighter. He knows,” Rivera said. “And he’s also he’s such an oversized personality that he blocks out the sun.”

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Thailand’s Constitutional Court Dissolves Major Opposition Party

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Thailand’s Constitutional Court ordered the popular opposition Future Forward Party dissolved, declaring that it violated election law by accepting a loan from its leader Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit.

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Thailand’s top court has dissolved a nascent political party that has rankled the country’s military establishment.

The court said the party’s leader, 41-year-old Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit, violated election law because he gave the new party about $6 million – far more than Thai law allows for political donations. Thanathorn insists the money was a loan.

The party, Future Forward, was formed less than two years ago and surprised observers with its strong third-place showing in elections last March. It “ran on a platform that included reducing the military’s role in Thai politics, a message that resonated, especially with young people,” as Michael Sullivan reported for NPR from Chiang Rai.

The court also banned the party’s 16-member executive committee from politics for the next ten years, some of whom are currently serving in Parliament. More than 60 other party members who hold seats in Parliament have 60 days to join a different party, according to the Bangkok Post.

Thanathorn, the heir to an auto parts fortune, addressed supporters on Friday and encouraged them to keep fighting.

“This is the time to prove they can’t destroy us. We must be stronger as they want to grind us into the dirt,” he said, according to The Associated Press. “Therefore, this is the time to stand firm. Don’t change your mind. Don’t lose your fire. Don’t stop dreaming. The Future Forward Party isn’t just a political party, but a spirit, people and a journey.”

Thailand’s prime minister, Prayuth Chan-ocha, took power in a military coup in 2014. His party performed well in last year’s general election and he held onto his office, though as Sullivan reported, it was a contest that “most independent observers say was rigged in the military party’s favor.” In 2016, Thai voters also approved a new constitution that further enshrined the power of the military in the country’s political life.

Future Forward and its leader have faced dozens of legal challenges. The party has had to defend itself in court against claims that it is associated with the Illuminati secret society, apparently because its inverted triangle symbol bears a likeness to the group’s symbol. A court dismissed the charge last month.

According to the Bangkok Post, Thanathorn told supporters that the party would rebrand as a movement focusing on education and environmental issues, and he will fund it. The word “party” has been crossed out from the group’s logos on social media, the newspaper stated.

The isn’t the first time Thailand’s Constitutional Court has dissolved a party, as Reuters noted. In 2006, the Thai military launched another coup against then-Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra. The following year, the court dissolved his party.

The European Union sharply criticized Future Forward’s dissolution, calling it “a set-back for political pluralism in Thailand.” The EU noted that the party received more than 6 million votes.

“Dissolving political parties or banning Members of Parliament runs counter to the process of restoring pluralism initiated last year,” the EU stated. “Political space in Thailand should remain open.”

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Dixie Crush singer Lindsey Lagestee dead after being struck by car

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Lindsey Lagestee, the lead singer and a founding member of the Midwest country band Dixie Crush, has died. She was 25.

The songstress was making her way to a concert she was playing at Firewater Saloon in Chicago on Feb. 14 when she was struck by a vehicle, Dixie Crush member Jim Nonneman told Taste of Country on Thursday.

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“She had just parked a couple of blocks down for the club we were scheduled to play,” he said. “She exited her pickup truck and was making her way to the venue when she was struck by a car.”

Legestee succumbed to her injuries on Monday, the band confirmed in a post shared to Facebook on Wednesday.

“It is with the heaviest of hearts, we sadly share that Lindsey Renee passed away on Monday due to complications from the accident last Friday,” the band wrote in a statement to its followers.

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According to the statement, the band played more than 250 gigs over the past five years and Lagestee treated each of them the same.

“It made no difference to Lindsey whether we were playing to 40,000 people at Arlington Racecourse, a few thousand people at Parkway Bank Park in Rosemont, a few hundred people at a community festival, or the last 25 patrons at 1:00 am at a club, Lindsey cherished every moment on stage and put her heart and soul into every song…every performance,” read the statement.

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“Above and beyond being an incredible performer, great friend, and the best bandmate, Lindsey was a loving daughter to Linda and Vaughn, compassionate sister to Lauren, Carrie, and Samantha, adoring aunt to Andrew, Colin, Danielle, Alexander, and Amber, and wonderful girlfriend to Kevin,” the note added.

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In addition to being an accomplished musician, the Chicagoland native was also a published pharmacist and held her PharmD doctorate from Midwestern University, according to her obituary.

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Coronavirus Outbreak Deepens Its Toll on Global Business

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A loss of $29 billion in airline revenue. China auto sales down by 92 percent. Interruptions for Procter & Gamble’s 387 suppliers in China.

As the coronavirus outbreak rattles the global economy and disrupts supply chains, international companies across nearly every industry are confronting a stark reality: Business will not go on as usual.

And investors have taken notice. U.S. stocks fell for the second-straight day on Friday. Shares of energy, airline and technology companies led the broader market lower on Wall Street, as the S&P closed more than 1 percent lower, putting it on pace for its worst day of the month. Oil and gas prices also fell, with the price of a barrel of benchmark American crude slipping nearly 1 percent. The markets have become more volatile since the outbreak, but American investors have largely shrugged off the threat. Since Jan. 7, when Chinese officials identified the virus, the S&P 500 remains up more than 3 percent, even after this morning’s sell-off. — Matt Philips

The International Air Transport Association this week warned of a deep downturn in earnings among global carriers related to the collapse of travel in Asia because of the virus.

The virus outbreak could reduce global airline revenue by about $29 billion in this year, resulting in a small industry contraction compared with 2019, it said.

Virtually all of the losses are expected to hit airlines in the Asia-Pacific region, which are facing a 13 percent decline in passenger demand for the year, according to the association’s analysis.

Some airlines have begun to acknowledge the outbreak’s effects, with Air France-KLM Group and Australia’s Qantas Group separately warning on Thursday of a potential financial hit.

Qantas said that the coronavirus could reduce its profit for the fiscal year that ends June 30 by $66 million to $99 million, while Air France-KLM estimated a hit to earnings of as much as $216 million between February and April this year.

More than 20 international airlines have suspended or restricted routes that end in Wuhan, the center of the outbreak, and other major Chinese cities.

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      While the virus is a serious public health concern, the risk to most people outside China remains very low, and seasonal flu is a more immediate threat.
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      World Health Organization officials have praised China’s aggressive response to the virus by closing transportation, schools and markets. This week, a team of experts from the W.H.O. arrived in Beijing to offer assistance.
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And airlines in Asia are cutting flights elsewhere. Singapore Airlines said it would temporarily cut flights between the city state and major destinations like New York, Paris, London, Tokyo, Seoul and Sydney.

Cathay Pacific, the Hong Kong carrier, has also canceled nearly all of its flights to mainland China and is reducing service elsewhere over the next two months. — Niraj Chokshi and Amie Tsang

Auto sales in China collapsed this month, with the Chinese Passenger Car Association saying that sales at dealerships had plummeted 92 percent in the first half of February compared with the same time last year.

China is the world’s biggest car market by a wide margin. So a nose-dive in sales there hurts the global industry.

The German luxury auto giant Daimler — which makes Mercedes-Benz — cautioned in its annual report that the virus could lead to a significant drop in Chinese economic growth. The report said the virus “may not only affect the development of unit sales, but may also lead to significant adverse effects on production, the procurement market and the supply chain.”

Jaguar Land Rover warned that the coronavirus could soon begin to create production problems at its assembly plants in Britain.

Like many carmakers, Jaguar Land Rover uses parts made in China. With factories there shut down or operating at reduced capacity, assembly lines in the rest of the world are expected to run short of essential components. — Keith Bradsher

With much of China still on lockdown, businesses are struggling to get workers back and factories running.

In a release this week, Foxconn, the world’s largest contract manufacturer of electronics and a key player in Apple’s supply chain, indicated just how difficult that will be. Foxconn said its revenue would take a hit from the spread of the coronavirus, and that it would be “cautious” in resuming work at its factories in China. Plants outside of the country, in places like Vietnam and Mexico, were at full capacity, the company said.

The revenue warning comes as Chinese leaders try to balance restarting the economy with controlling the virus. Concerns about Foxconn’s production also underscore the potential broader impact the epidemic could have on global electronic supply chains. A huge portion of the world’s electronics come out of China’s factories, filled with parts also made in China’s factories, and a longer suspension of production could hit overall supply. Some have even warned that it could hasten a decoupling, which has been urged at times by both Chinese and American leaders out of security concerns. — Paul Mozur

Procter & Gamble, the consumer products behemoth, said in a federal filing this week that disruptions to supply and demand caused by the outbreak would “materially” affect the company’s quarterly results.

“China is our second largest market — sales and profit,” Jon R. Moeller, a company executive, said at a conference in New York on Thursday, according to the filing. “Store traffic is down considerably, with many stores closed or operating with reduced hours. Some of the demand has shifted online but supply of delivery operators and labor is limited.”

The company relies on 387 suppliers in China, each facing difficulties in resuming operations, Mr. Moeller said. — Niraj Chokshi

The French government said it would urge companies to review their “over-dependence” on China for raw materials and parts as the outbreak exposes weaknesses among French manufacturers that have outsourced their supply chains there.

The French finance minister, Bruno Le Maire, singled out automakers, which have been having trouble getting parts like brake pedals, and the pharmaceutical industry, which gets 80 percent of the raw materials for some drugs from China and Asia.

The government estimated the economy may shrink by around 0.1 percent this year as result of the outbreak. Wuhan, the center of the outbreak, is home to more than one third of all French investment in China. — Liz Alderman

China’s banks are lowering borrowing costs for companies and households to try to soften the economic blow of the coronavirus.

The move follows a rash of policies from China’s central bank to shore up an economy hobbled by weeks of a near nationwide shutdown of business. On Thursday, the People’s Bank of China said it lowered the one-year loan prime rate to 4.05 percent from 4.15 percent, and slashed the five-year loan rate to 4.75 percent from 4.8 percent.

Economists are lowering their growth expectations for China this year as businesses are only just beginning — somewhat haltingly — to get back to work. Some said the move would do little to address the widespread impact of the epidemic on China’s once vibrant business community. — Alexandra Stevenson

Adidas, the German sportswear maker, said that its mainland China business had been decimated by the outbreak.

Sales in the region dropped by about 85 percent since Chinese New Year on Jan. 25, the company said, compared with the same period a year ago. Fewer shoppers in South Korea and Japan also contributed to the falloff in sales, a result of the sharp drop in Chinese tourism that has also affected the aviation and hospitality sectors as well as the fashion retail business.

Adidas sells its products from about 12,000 stores in China, around 500 of them its own stores and the rest franchises. — Elizabeth Paton

Geneva Abdul contributed reporting.

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