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Jerry Springer says Trump ‘took my show and brought it to the White House’

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9/11 documentary ‘What Happened on September 11’ made to help kids understand terror attack

For students from elementary to high school, the Sept. 11 terrorist attack isn’t a memory. It’s history. A new HBO documentary that debuts on the event’s 18th anniversary treats it that way.

The necessity of her project, “What Happened on September 11,” struck filmmaker Amy Schatz when a third grade girl told her about a playdate where she and a friend Googled “Sept. 11 attacks.”

“When a child does that, what he or she finds are some pretty horrific images that are not necessarily appropriate for kids,” Schatz said on Tuesday. “So I felt a responsibility to try to fill that void and try to give kids something that isn’t horrifying and kind of fills in the gap.”

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FILE – In this Sept. 11, 2001, file photo, smoke rises from the burning twin towers of the World Trade Center after hijacked planes crashed into the towers in New York City. Sept. 11 victims’ relatives are greeting the news of President Donald Trump’s now-canceled plan for secret talks with Afghanistan’s Taliban insurgents with mixed feelings. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File) (AP)

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The half-hour film debuts Wednesday at 6 p.m. A companion piece, focusing on the memories of former students at a high school near Ground Zero, premieres three hours later.

Schatz has made a specialty of creating films that seek to explain the inexplicable, with “The Number on Great-Grandpa’s Arm” tackling the Holocaust and another on the Parkland shooting. “I’m really desperate for some more lightness very soon,” she said.

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In this case, she worked with the Sept. 11 remembrance museum on the story, filming two men who work there giving presentations to third graders. Stephen Kern, who worked on the 62nd floor of the World Trade Center’s North Tower, talks about being evacuated. Matthew Crawford, whose father was a firefighter who died that day, discusses his experience. She also found a middle school in Secaucus, New Jersey, that teaches history through art and poetry, helping students process the emotions of what they learned.

9/11: IMAGES OF THE ATTACK THAT CHANGED THE WORLD

9/11 ANNIVERSARY: REMEMBERING THE BEST OF HUMANITY ON AMERICA’S DARKEST DAY

Short history lessons are sprinkled throughout the film, about New York and the World Trade Center, the one-time tallest towers in the world. Construction began in 1968.

“One of the biggest questions the kids have is ’why? ‘Why would somebody do that? Why would there be such cruelty?’” she said. “That’s a very difficult thing to grapple with and answer so that was the trickiest part of the project.”

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The film tells of Usama bin Laden and his activism that started with the Soviet Union’s invasion of Afghanistan. But it never truly answers the whys. Maybe no one can.

Schatz doesn’t avoid some of the terrible images of the day: the second plane striking the World Trade Center and resultant fireball, the collapse of each tower and the giant clouds of debris that billowed through the canyons of city streets. Schatz didn’t want to avoid those clips, since kids know that planes crashed into the buildings, but she opted not to spend much time on them “so that we didn’t create too many lingering after-images in people’s minds.”

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This image released by HBO shows a New York City Fireman speaking to children in a scene from the documentary “What Happened on September 11,” a short film aimed at young people to explain to them what happened on Sept. 11, 2001. The program debuts on Wednesday. (AP)

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As part of her research, Schatz interviewed alumni of Stuyvesant High School near the World Trade Center site. But the memories of what they saw, heard and smelled that day — and the uncertainty of how they would get home from school — proved too raw. That’s why “In the Shadow of the Towers: Stuyvesant High on 9/11” is a separate film that premieres on HBO three hours after the first one.

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Schatz said a school curriculum is being developed for teaching children about the tragedy, and “What Happened on September 11” will be made available to schools for free. The film is aimed generally at children ages 7 to 12.

Throughout her work, Schatz kept returning to the memory of the youngster searching for details about Sept. 11 on the internet.

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“You can’t protect kids from what they’re going to come across,” she said. “It seemed to me there was an opportunity to put something out there that is age-appropriate and not too scary and give them the tools they need to understand the world around them.”

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Iran To U.S. After John Bolton Exit: ‘Put Warmongers Aside’

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran’s president urged the U.S. on Wednesday to “put warmongers aside” as tensions roil the Persian Gulf amid an escalating crisis between Washington and Tehran in the wake of the collapsing nuclear deal with world powers.

Hassan Rouhani’s remarks signaled approval of President Donald Trump’s abrupt dismissal of John Bolton as national security adviser, a man routinely pilloried by Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif as part of a “B Team” that targeted Iran.

Bolton had for years been critical of Tehran and once promised before an Iranian exile group that they’d be celebrating the overthrow of Iran’s government this year.

Bolton’s departure also comes amid speculation about Trump potentially meeting Rouhani during the upcoming U.N. General Assembly this month in New York. Whether such a meeting materializes, however, remains in question, though Iranian comments Wednesday seemed to suggest Tehran would be willing to pin hostilities on the departing Bolton rather than Trump himself.

Rouhani spoke after a Cabinet meeting Wednesday, a day that saw all major newspapers in Iran cover Bolton’s departure. The pro-reform Shargh daily newspaper had one large headline that read: “Bolton: A scapegoat for Iran?”

“Americans have to realize that warmongering and warmongers are not to their benefit,” the Iranian president said in televised remarks. “They should not only abandon warmongering but also abandon their maximum pressure policy.”

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ASSOCIATED PRESS John Bolton listens as President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with Romanian President Klaus Iohannis in the Oval Office of the White House, Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Ali Rabiei, a government spokesman, said after the meeting that Bolton’s dismissal may help the U.S. have a “less biased” attitude toward Iran.

Though he stressed the dismissal was an internal U.S. issue, Rabiei called Bolton “the symbol of America’s hawkish policies and its animosity toward Iran.”

For his part, Zarif again used Twitter to write about what he calls the #B_Team, which included Bolton, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, all hawks on Iran.

Zarif said “the world — minus 3 or 2 panicked cohorts — was breathing a sigh of relief” after Bolton’s ouster. “Thirst for war — maximum pressure — should go with the warmonger-in-chief,” Zarif wrote.

Hard-liners, however, urged caution.

Gen. Mohsen Rezaee, a commander in the powerful Revolutionary Guard and its former chief, said in a tweet: “We will not be deceived by the sacrificing of Bolton.”

Bolton was critical of any potential talks between Trump and leaders of Iran and had persuaded Trump to keep U.S. forces in Syria to counter the Iranian influence in the region.

Last year, Trump pulled the U.S. out of the landmark 2015 nuclear deal that lifted sanction on Iran in exchange for caps on Iran’s nuclear program. The U.S. administration later also intensified sanctions on Iran, slashing its sales of crude oil abroad and sending the country’s economy into freefall.

In response, Iran has in recent months crept past the limits the nuclear deal imposed on uranium enrichment and its uranium stockpile. And over the weekend, Tehran announced it would use advanced centrifuges prohibited under the deal.

Meanwhile, mysterious attacks on oil tankers near the Strait of Hormuz, the downing of a U.S. military surveillance drone by Iran and other incidents across the wider Middle East have exacerbated the crisis in the region as Tehran tries to pressure Europe to find a way to sell crude oil abroad despite U.S. sanctions.

Rouhani has called the use of faster centrifuges Iran’s “third step” away from the nuclear deal. On Wednesday, he said that “if necessary, we will take other steps in future.”

For his part, Bolton was a longtime hard-liner on Iran who favored regime change and took money for speaking engagements from an Iranian exile group reviled by Tehran called the Mujahedeen-e-Khalq, or MEK. Bolton famously wrote in 2015, before Iran’s nuclear deal was struck, an op-ed in The New York Times headlined: “To Stop Iran’s Bomb, Bomb Iran.”

“The declared policy of the United States of America should be the overthrow of the mullahs’ regime in Tehran,” Bolton told a cheering crowd of MEK supporters in March 2018. “The behaviors and the objectives of the regime are not going to change, and therefore, the only solution is to change the regime itself. And that’s why, before 2019, we here will celebrate in Tehran!”

Bolton would become Trump’s third national security adviser a month later.

“I don’t back away from any of it. Those are positions I took as a private citizen,” Bolton said when journalists asked him during a visit to Abu Dhabi in May about his prior remarks to the MEK. “Right now I’m a government official. I advise the president. I’m the national security adviser, not the national security decision-maker. It’s up to him (Trump) to make those decisions.”

Trump’s decision Tuesday was to fire Bolton. What happens next remains unclear.

Associated Press writer Jon Gambrell in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, contributed to this report.

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Tucker hails firing of John Bolton: He was ‘fundamentally a man of the left’

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Tucker Carlson hailed the firing Tuesday of White House National Security Adviser John Bolton, calling him a “man of the left” whose exit should be celebrated by young service members.

“It is great news for America. Especially for the large number of young people who would have been killed in pointless wars if Bolton had stayed on the job. They may not be celebrating tonight, but they should be,” said Carlson, noting that oil prices dropped on the news of Bolton’s firing, since global investors “knew for certain that Bolton planned on launching another Middle Eastern conflict that would inevitably spike energy prices.”

In his opening monologue on “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” Carlson looked back on his March 2018 interview with Bolton, recalling that Bolton displayed “selective amnesia” about the consequences of “regime change” in the Middle East.

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He also noted that several Democrats were quick to criticize Trump over Bolton’s ouster.

“If you are wondering why so many progressives are mourning Bolton’s firing tonight, it’s because Bolton himself fundamentally was a man of the left. There was not a human problem John Bolton wasn’t totally convinced could be solved with the brute force of government. That’s an assumption of the left, not the right. Don’t let the mustache fool you,” said Carlson, accusing Bolton of “promoting Obama loyalists within the National Security Council.”

Carlson said he had long warned about Bolton and that he’d been itching to start another war in the Middle East. He said Bolton was invited on the show Tuesday to respond and the offer still stands.

DEMOCRAT SAYS HE IS ‘CONVINCED’ TRUMP WILL BE IMPEACHED, DESPITE FAILED HOUSE VOTES

“In some ways, the story isn’t simply about John Bolton, it’s about the countless John Boltons who currently staff the federal bureaucracy. Deeply mediocre lifers, drunk on hubris, protected by bulletproof job security. They’re more likely to die on the job than be fired and they know it. As a group, these people have done a lot to make this country poorer and sadder and more divided,” he added.

Carlson said though Bolton is now gone, the question remains on whether “another John Bolton” will take his place advising the president.

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Trump announced Tuesday that he had fired Bolton, saying he “disagreed strongly” with his suggestions on a range of issues.

Bolton fired back immediately, tweeting moments after the president’s announcement that he offered his resignation on Monday evening, saying it was not immediately accepted by Trump.

“I offered to resign last night and President Trump said, ‘Let’s talk about it tomorrow,’ Bolton tweeted.

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Tucker hails firing of John Bolton: He was ‘fundamentally a man of the left’

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Tucker Carlson hailed the firing Tuesday of White House National Security Adviser John Bolton, calling him a “man of the left” whose exit should be celebrated by young service members.

“It is great news for America. Especially for the large number of young people who would have been killed in pointless wars if Bolton had stayed on the job. They may not be celebrating tonight, but they should be,” said Carlson, noting that oil prices dropped on the news of Bolton’s firing, since global investors “knew for certain that Bolton planned on launching another Middle Eastern conflict that would inevitably spike energy prices.”

In his opening monologue on “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” Carlson looked back on his March 2018 interview with Bolton, recalling that Bolton displayed “selective amnesia” about the consequences of “regime change” in the Middle East.

TRUMP SAYS JOHN BOLTON IS DEPARTING WHITE HOUSE, SAYS THEY ‘DISAGREED STRONGLY’

He also noted that several Democrats were quick to criticize Trump over Bolton’s ouster.

“If you are wondering why so many progressives are mourning Bolton’s firing tonight, it’s because Bolton himself fundamentally was a man of the left. There was not a human problem John Bolton wasn’t totally convinced could be solved with the brute force of government. That’s an assumption of the left, not the right. Don’t let the mustache fool you,” said Carlson, accusing Bolton of “promoting Obama loyalists within the National Security Council.”

Carlson said he had long warned about Bolton and that he’d been itching to start another war in the Middle East. He said Bolton was invited on the show Tuesday to respond and the offer still stands.

DEMOCRAT SAYS HE IS ‘CONVINCED’ TRUMP WILL BE IMPEACHED, DESPITE FAILED HOUSE VOTES

“In some ways, the story isn’t simply about John Bolton, it’s about the countless John Boltons who currently staff the federal bureaucracy. Deeply mediocre lifers, drunk on hubris, protected by bulletproof job security. They’re more likely to die on the job than be fired and they know it. As a group, these people have done a lot to make this country poorer and sadder and more divided,” he added.

Carlson said though Bolton is now gone, the question remains on whether “another John Bolton” will take his place advising the president.

CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP

Trump announced Tuesday that he had fired Bolton, saying he “disagreed strongly” with his suggestions on a range of issues.

Bolton fired back immediately, tweeting moments after the president’s announcement that he offered his resignation on Monday evening, saying it was not immediately accepted by Trump.

“I offered to resign last night and President Trump said, ‘Let’s talk about it tomorrow,’ Bolton tweeted.

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Trump-backed Republican Dan Bishop narrowly wins in North Carolina special election

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Conservative Republican Dan Bishop won a special election Tuesday for an open House seat in North Carolina, averting a demoralizing Democratic capture of a district the GOP has held for nearly six decades. (Sept. 11) AP, AP

Republican Dan Bishop narrowly won the special election in North Carolina’s 9th Congressional District on Tuesday, keeping the GOP’s grasp on the traditionally conservative seat.  

President Donald Trump had won the Republican-leaning district by 12 points in 2016, but polls had indicated a tight race in the district, which runs from south Charlotte to suburban Fayetteville.

State election officials had nullified the results of the 2018 race, citing details of election fraud to boost Republican Mark Harris over Democrat Dan McCready.

With all precincts reporting, Bishop led McCready by about two percentage points, according to the North Carolina State Board of Elections.

McCready, a moderate Democrat, had campaigned on the slogan “country over party,” while Bishop had wholeheartedly embraced Trump. 

“WE DID IT,” Bishop wrote on Twitter, declaring victory in the election. 

Speaking at his victory party, Bishop said, “I hope the Democrats in Washington are watching this incredible victory and realize what they’re doing is not working.”

Both Trump and Vice President Mike Pence had flown to North Carolina to campaign for Bishop, and national Republican groups spent millions of dollars in the district to boost him.

In his Fayetteville, N.C. rally on Monday night, Trump had tied himself closely to Bishop’s candidacy, telling supporters that Democrats will “try and take it away” if voters didn’t give Republicans a victory in the district.  

Trump took credit for the victory on Twitter, noting that Bishop was “down 17 points 3 weeks ago” before Bishop asked him for help.

McCready, who had also run for the seat in 2018, struck a more somber tone after conceding the election. 

“Tonight, we were not successful, but victory postponed is not defeat,” McCready wrote on Facebook. “The mission to unite our country doesn’t end here tonight. That mission continues.”

Political analysts noted that the narrow victory was representative of Republican weakness among moderate suburban voters going into 2020. Democratic strength among those voters had helped Democrats win the House of Representatives in 2018.  

Dave Wasserman, the U.S. House editor for the Cook Political Report, noted on Twitter that “Bishop’s 2% win isn’t encouraging” as there are 35 House seats less Republican than the 9th District.

Republican pollster Frank Luntz said celebrations over the victory were overstated. 

“Conservative Twitter celebrating a 2-point win in a +12 GOP district from 2016 is like Michigan celebrating a win over Army in double-overtime,” he quipped

Both political parties see North Carolina as a swing state going into the 2020 election. Former President Barack Obama narrowly won the state in 2008, but the state has since swung towards Republicans in presidential elections since then. 

Contributing: David Jackson 

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Mariah Carey Told Her Daughter She Could Shop Anywhere. This Is Where They Went.

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Mariah Carey lives larger than a discount-store budget, but the pop diva wasn’t about to let her daughter down.

In an adorable Instagram post on Tuesday, the Grammy-winning singer wrote that she asked 8-year-old Monroe to pick anywhere in the world she wanted to go for a shopping spree.

And the kid picked Target.

Hold onto that shopping cart, Mimi. Those stilettos could easily slip on the shiny floor.

Seriously, though, Carey looks like she’s having fun. (And if going to Target is good enough for Beyoncé as well, then shop on!)

Fellow celebs cheered them on.

“Oh don’t tell me yal target bandits like me and my boys !!!!!” Oscar-winner Jennifer Hudson commented.

“Best ad for Target I’ve ever seen,” talk show host Andy Cohen wrote.

Target also got in on the fun, writing in reference to one of Carey’s song titles, “We belong together.”

Carey, who shares Monroe and her twin brother Moroccan with ex-husband Nick Cannon, told People recently that she’s trying to instill solid values. “It’s hard, but I try to keep them grounded so they don’t think everything is just handed to them,” she said.

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The voracious and invasive lionfish is taking over the Atlantic. Here’s why.

One of the most notorious invasive species around, the lionfish, is known for its voracious appetite and can literally eat its competitors out of an ecosystem. And that’s what the striking fish is doing, feasting its way through waters that stretch from the Gulf of Mexico to the Eastern Seaboard.

Now, scientists and startups are crafting methods for capturing and killing the hungry invaders. But while these new ideas show promise, tried-and-true spearfishing seems to be the most effective way to eradicate lionfish, scientists told Live Science.

“It’s actually hard to describe how a lionfish eats because they do it in a split second,” said Kristen Dahl, a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Florida. Lionfish use a complex series of tactics that no other fish in the world is known to employ. In the blink of an eye, a lionfish goes from silently hovering above its prey to flaring its fins, firing a disorienting jet of water from its mouth, unhinging its jaw and swallowing its meal whole, scientists reported in a study published in 2012 in the journal Marine Ecology Progress Series. The attacks happen so quickly that nearby fish don’t seem to notice.

“It’s actually nice when I’m looking at gut contents,” Dahl said, “because if something has been freshly eaten, it’s in immaculate condition.”

New fish on the block

Lionfish (Pterois volitans) are one of the most notorious invasive species in the United States. Their bold colors and frilly fins make lionfish popular in the aquarium trade; over the past 25 years or so, it seems aquarium fish owners have sometimes dumped unwanted lionfish — which are native to the Indo-Pacific region — into the Atlantic Ocean, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Their popularity in the aquarium trade has also spurred several breeding programs.

Lionfish are fast and powerful, but their biggest advantage is novelty. Atlantic prey fish simply don’t know what’s going on. Biologists call this phenomenon prey naivete, and they believe it is largely responsible for the lionfish’s dramatic success as an invader.

Since the first breeding populations were spotted off the coast of North Carolina in 2000, lionfish have rapidly overtaken coastal environments in the Atlantic Ocean, Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea.

“Sightings increased rapidly in 2004 along the Atlantic seaboard of the United States,” according to Pam Schofield, research fishery biologist at the U.S. Geological Survey.

“Lionfish sightings quickly spread throughout the Caribbean and then the Gulf of Mexico,” Schofield, who tracks non-native marine fish in U.S. waters, told Live Science. There are now breeding populations in the coastal waters of Venezuela, throughout the coastal Caribbean and the Gulf of Mexico. On the Eastern Seaboard, breeding populations extend into North Carolina, and stray individuals are seen as far north as Massachusetts, Schofield said. Reports of lionfish sightings have tapered off since their peak in 2010, but that’s probably not because their populations have decreased — lionfish are so pervasive that spotting one is no longer noteworthy.

Managing an invasion

Lionfish aren’t easily caught when traditional fishing techniques are used, so a number of research groups and startup companies are developing novel tools for managing the invasion. These include specially designed traps that lure in lionfish while sparing native species, remotely operated vehicles that allow a human pilot to remotely spear lionfish and autonomous hunting vehicles that use artificial intelligence to find the fish themselves. While some progress has been made in new technologies, spear guns used by scuba divers still seem to be the tool that’s most effective tool at killing them, Dahl said.

Florida’s Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, a leader in lionfish management, has a number of incentive programs to entice recreational and commercial scuba divers to harvest lionfish, according to the FWC. The lionfish derby is one of the most successful management tools being used today. At a derby, spearfishing divers spend a day working together to remove as many lionfish as they can. At the larger derbies, organizers award prizes to the teams or individuals who catch the biggest, smallest or most lionfish. “The derbies are a good opportunity to educate people about the lionfish and about the danger of releasing aquarium fish into the wild,” Dahl said. She’s worked and volunteered at dozens of derbies. “If enough people learn about this invasion, maybe there won’t be another ‘lionfish.'”

Culling lionfish one by one will never eliminate the species from the Atlantic, but it can help mitigate their effects. While a single lionfish can eat a lot of native fauna, lionfish wreak havoc on a reef only after their populations reach a certain density, researchers reported in 2014 in the journal Ecological Applications. And the incentives seem to be working. At a handful of popular dive sites in the Florida Keys, recreational divers are so diligent in culling invasive lionfish that it is unusual to see a single one, according to several dive tour operators.

Scientists knew from the start that population growth would eventually taper off as lionfish populations reach the point at which there’s no more food or habitat to support additional individuals. But the number of lionfish in parts of the Gulf of Mexico where Dahl and her colleagues have tracked their populations for several years have actually declined. It’s too early to say what’s behind the change, but Dahl points to a poorly understood parasitic skin lesion that “has put a dent in their population.”

Now, less than two decades since the invasion began, ecologists are still trying to learn enough about lionfish to manage the new invasion.


”We’re not sure if [the population decline] is going to last or if it’s a boom-bust population cycle,” Dahl said. “It could be a little bit of both. We aren’t really sure.”

Originally published on Live Science

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Five Cuban men’s national soccer team players defect during Nations League: report

Five players from the Cuban men’s national soccer team defected either before or after their Nations League match against Canada on Saturday, reports say.

Cuban defender Alejandro Portal, midfielder Andy Baquero and forward Yordan Santa Cruz were missing from the team after their 6-0 loss to Canada on Sunday, according to El Nuevo Herald.

IRANIAN FEMALE SOCCER FAN ‘BLUE GIRL’ DIES AFTER SETTING HERSELF ON FIRE

Forward David Urgelles and Orlendiz Benitez reportedly left the squad before Saturday’s game.

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Canada forward Junior Hoilett (10) and Cuba midfielder Alejandro Portal (8) battle for the ball during the second half of a CONCACAF Nations League soccer match in Toronto, Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019. (Cole Burston/The Canadian Press via AP)

Portal, Baquero and Santa Cruz all played against Canada on Saturday. Baquero and Santa Cruz were part of the 2013 Cuban U-20 World Cup team, according to MLSSoccer.com.

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At least 44 players have defected from Cuba over the past 17 years. Four players defected during the 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup.

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They Meet at Last: Biden-Warren Matchup Is Main Event in Debate

He tends to meander and misspeak. She once won a college debate scholarship.

He is a relative centrist who is seen by Democrats in early polls as the strongest candidate against President Trump. She is a self-styled progressive fighter who still worries some voters and party officials about her general election appeal.

He rarely delves deep into policy on the campaign trail, preferring to discuss American values and the dangers of a second Trump administration. She gleefully ticks through her long list of detailed plans.

In style, substance and strategies for winning the White House, former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. and Senator Elizabeth Warren present two starkly different options for Democratic voters, and in many ways they embody competing theories about what the Democratic Party should stand for.

Those tensions will be laid bare Thursday night in Houston, when the two candidates meet onstage at a debate for the first time in the presidential race.

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It’s a highly anticipated matchup between the early front-runner, Mr. Biden, and a liberal standard-bearer, Ms. Warren, who has steadily climbed in the polls to challenge him. Mr. Biden is eager to stress his experience. And his advisers and allies suggested in interviews that, whether obliquely or overtly, he is prepared to seize on one of Ms. Warren’s perceived strengths — her extensive and boldly progressive policy plans — and use that to accentuate his own record of liberal achievements despite the sometimes-challenging political realities in Washington.

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Former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. CreditJordan Gale for The New York Times

“You have to have plans, but you have to be able to execute those plans,” he said at a fund-raiser last week in Manhattan, a message he is expected to reiterate.

Ms. Warren is unlikely to pursue the kind of personal, premeditated broadside that Senator Kamala Harris launched against Mr. Biden in the first debate. But she has emerged onstage as a skilled advocate for her message of “big, structural change,” and showed that she is capable of crisply defending her far-reaching proposals.

During the second debate when her policies were implicitly criticized as unrealistic, Ms. Warren responded that she did not understand why anyone would run for president “just to talk about what we really can’t do and shouldn’t fight for.”

On Thursday, Mr. Biden, a Beltway veteran, is expected to preach pragmatism, with a focus on how to achieve Democratic priorities in a divided political moment. Ms. Warren will have another opportunity to stress the urgency of fixing what she views as an economic and political system that caters to the rich and powerful at the expense of working people.

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One risk for Mr. Biden is that, while he connects well with voters in one-on-one interactions, he is prone to uneven and sometimes faltering performances onstage. And the debate arrives as he has faced scrutiny for a series of gaffes and misstatements.

“Vice President Biden has not proven to be really great on his feet,” said Steve Drahozal, chairman of the Dubuque County Democratic Party in Iowa. “I know he does not think that his gaffes are a big deal, but he is going up against a very keen, intelligent, articulate candidate who is able to frame issues very well.’’

A strong night for Ms. Warren could further propel her already-accelerating campaign both nationally and especially in Iowa, the state that begins the presidential primary process, where Mr. Biden already faces challenges.

Signs for Mr. Biden and Ms. Warren outside of the Democratic debate in July. CreditMaddie McGarvey for The New York Times

“She’s been the one who’s been gaining the most,” Mr. Drahozal said. “With Biden being in the front-runner position, I don’t think he has a lot to gain. He has a lot to lose.”

Mr. Biden’s team has no illusions about Ms. Warren’s skill as a debater and her rise in the polls, advisers and others close to the campaign acknowledge, though they insist that they are not focusing on her alone. Mr. Biden spent the first two debates facing intense criticism from his opponents, a reflection in part of his current standing atop the polls, and his campaign is bracing for more broadsides from all across the stage.

Allies noted that Mr. Biden has survived rough debate performances before, with little lasting impact on his national poll numbers. That, they argue, is evidence of the deep-seated good will that Mr. Biden, President Barack Obama’s vice president, continues to enjoy from the Democratic base.

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They also see several opportunities for him to draw contrasts that could work to his benefit. That list includes emphasizing his foreign policy credentials — as a former vice president and a former chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee — amid several prominent foreign policy-related controversies involving the Trump administration. His team is convinced that the Democratic electorate is far more moderate than some activists suggest, and welcomes a debate over issues like health care — Mr. Biden supports a public option but opposes eliminating private insurance, something Ms. Warren supports under “Medicare for all” — and which social programs should be offered for free. And allies are eager to deepen an argument Mr. Biden has been previewing: that it is not enough to have ambitious plans if those proposals cannot survive the political realities of Washington.

“Lots of other candidates have great plans, they have good policy papers, many of them have, you know, talked about them on college campuses or in the Senate,” said Senator Chris Coons, Democrat of Delaware. “The difference, I think, is that Joe has decades of actual experience getting things enacted in a bitterly divided and partisan Washington, and I think he can and should point to that.”

Ms. Warren did not face significant scrutiny from other leading contenders in the first two debates. Mr. Biden’s allies are privately hopeful that she will be pressed on the details and practicalities of her proposals by several of the candidates onstage, as her formidable standing in the race now makes her a bigger target for attacks.

Ms. Warren pitches herself in a very different way than Mr. Biden does — her entire candidacy revolves around the idea of championing sweeping change.

“We start with a plan, and then we get out there and fight for it,” she told reporters in Austin, Tex., on Tuesday, when she was asked about Mr. Biden’s focus on what progressive proposals are achievable. “To me, that’s what being president is all about. It’s about laying those plans out and showing the direction for this country, and then getting in the fight, leading the fight and bringing people along.”

Ms. Warren and Mr. Biden have clashed before, exchanging sharp words during a fight over the nation’s bankruptcy laws, which culminated in the passage of a bill in 2005 that Mr. Biden supported and Ms. Warren opposed.

In April, in response to a reporter’s question on the day Mr. Biden entered the race, Ms. Warren took a swipe at him over the bankruptcy legislation they had disagreed about. But she has almost always refrained from overtly criticizing her rivals, and any kind of premeditated attack on Mr. Biden on the debate stage would be a significant departure from how Ms. Warren has approached the campaign so far.

Ms. Warren at a town hall in Los Angeles last month. CreditPhilip Cheung for The New York Times

“Different candidates have different imperatives in the debates, and there are some candidates that need to throw wild punches in order to get attention,” said Adam Green, a founder of the Progressive Change Campaign Committee, which is backing Ms. Warren. “Fortunately, Elizabeth Warren is not in that camp.”

Still, Mr. Green said, “Just because she doesn’t throw a punch doesn’t mean that she doesn’t strongly show a contrast.”

Scott M. Stringer, the New York City comptroller, who endorsed Ms. Warren on Monday, said there was no need for Ms. Warren to confront Mr. Biden on the debate stage.

“I think she has to challenge the Democratic Party and say, we can be incremental or we can be big and bold,” he said. “And if she can showcase big and bold, I don’t think she has to look at Joe Biden. I think she has to look directly into the camera and speak to the American people and Democrats.”

Speaking to reporters on Saturday at the New Hampshire Democratic Party convention, Ms. Warren portrayed the debate as an opportunity to share her message with a large audience. She received a far more raucous reception at the convention than did Mr. Biden, who was the first presidential candidate to speak. But asked to compare her welcome to Mr. Biden’s, she did not engage.

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“All I can do is stand up and talk about why I’m running,” she said. “I’m not here to criticize any other Democrat or anyone else’s campaign.”

Still, veteran Democrats caution that for all of the momentum she has enjoyed lately, Ms. Warren still has work to do in assuaging concerns about whether her unapologetically progressive candidacy would resonate in general election battlegrounds.

“Elizabeth probably needs to show that she is ready to take on Middle America, the center of our country,” said Sylvia Larsen, the former New Hampshire Senate president, who also questioned whether Mr. Biden could excite younger voters. “Our primaries push people into a more left position and so to get back to a center — Joe already holds the center. And so, can Elizabeth Warren move back to the center if she’s our nominee?”

Ms. Warren, for her part, has challenged the idea that a more moderate candidate is best positioned to win. At the convention Saturday, she told the crowd that “we can’t choose a candidate we don’t believe in because we’re scared.” And at a house party in New Hampshire on Labor Day, she cautioned against “nibbling around the edges” — without mentioning Mr. Biden by name.

“I think what’s going to carry us as Democrats is not playing it safe,” she said.

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