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GM And LG Chem Plan $2.3 Billion Electric Battery Venture In Ohio

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GM and LG Chem say they’ll create more than 1,100 jobs in the area around Lordstown, Ohio — where GM closed a manufacturing plant earlier this year. Here, GM’s former Lordstown Complex is seen one year ago. Alan Freed/Reuters hide caption

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GM and LG Chem say they’ll create more than 1,100 jobs in the area around Lordstown, Ohio — where GM closed a manufacturing plant earlier this year. Here, GM’s former Lordstown Complex is seen one year ago.

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General Motors and LG Chemical plan to make battery cells for electric-powered vehicles, unveiling a joint venture that they expect to create more than 1,100 jobs in northeast Ohio. The companies say they’ll invest up to $2.3 billion in the venture.

The project is centered around Lordstown, Ohio, where GM shuttered a plant last March that had produced the Chevrolet Cruze. The new plant in the Lordstown area will make battery cells for GM’s upcoming all-electric vehicles, from a Cadillac sedan to a new electric truck that’s slated for release in late 2021.

GM recently sold its idled Cruze plant to a company called Lordstown Motors Corp., which plans to produce electric pickup trucks at the facility, as member station WCBE reported.

The new venture will pair GM’s manufacturing know-how with LG Chem’s battery-cell technology, says GM Chairman and CEO Mary Barra. Construction on the facility will begin in the summer of 2020, the companies say.

In a news release about the upcoming facility, Barra says the investment means “Ohio and its highly capable workforce will play a key role in our journey toward a world with zero emissions.”

The pending Lordstown plant could bring the promise of relief to the 1,600 workers who watched their assembly plant get shut down. As member station WKSU has reported, many of those workers have been forced to transfer to plants in Kentucky and Indiana.

GM and LG Chem hope to cut the costs of producing batteries for electric vehicles – a goal shared by many carmakers that are trying to make hybrid and plug-in vehicles more affordable to attract more buyers.

While electric vehicles have succeeded in drawing consumers in Europe and Asia, millions of U.S. auto buyers have resisted their quiet charms. For one thing, gasoline remains cheap. And for years, most electric vehicles have been sedans, making it harder for them to catch on in an era of SUV supremacy.

In each of the first six months of 2019, U.S. sales of electric plug-in vehicles rose compared to the previous year, according to the industry site InsideEVs. The website’s sales tally from 2018 shows that U.S. consumers bought 361,307 plug-in vehicles in the U.S. – a small fraction of the 17.215 million light vehicles that Wards Automotive says were sold in the U.S. last year.

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US officials release photos of ‘significant cache’ of Iranian missile parts captured

U.S. officials released photos Thursday of the missile parts intercepted by military personnel believed to be from Iran headed to Yemen.

The photos were displayed during an on-the-record briefing with Brian Hook, the U.S. Special Representative for Iran and senior adviser to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

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Suspected Iranian missile headed for Yemen 

On Wednesday, officials told Fox News a U.S. Navy warship intercepted a “significant cache” of alleged Iranian missile parts that were on their way to stock the Houthi rebels in Yemen.

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This is the first time such high-level missile components have been seized en route to the four-year civil war in Yemen, officials said. The U.S. has repeatedly accused Iran of smuggling arms to the rebels, who are battling the Yemeni government. Saudi Arabia, backed by U.S. arms sales, has intervened in the war to counter Iranian influence in the region.

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Suspected Iranian missiles headed for Yemen 

 IRANIAN MISSILE PARTS HEADED TO YEMEN CAPTURED BY US NAVY WARSHIP, OFFICIALS SAY 

A small Navy boat and a Coast Guard boarding team seized the weapons last Wednesday in the northern Arabian Sea.

According to officials, the USS Forrest Sherman, part of the Harry S. Truman strike group operating in the region, was conducting routine maritime operations when sailors noticed a small wooden boat that was not displaying a flag from any country.

Navy and Coast Guard personnel stopped the boat and boarded it for inspection when they found the weapons. They did not determine an exact number but asserted it was a significant cache.

They said the small boat was towed to port and the boat’s crew was transferred to the Yemeni Coast Guard. The weapons are being stored on the American warship.

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The civil war in Yemen is seen by many as a proxy conflict between Iran and Saudi Arabia. In light of the violence, 20 million people have been rendered food-insecure, with half of those suffering extreme levels of hunger, according to a United Nations report from February.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Karen McDougal Sues Fox News For Spreading Rumor That She Extorted Trump

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Karen McDougal, a former magazine model who says she had an affair with Donald Trump, has filed a lawsuit claiming that Fox News defamed her by airing a segment in which host Tucker Carlson accused her of extortion. 

“Carlson’s statements were intentionally false and made with reckless disregard for the truth,” the lawsuit, filed Thursday, alleges. 

On the Dec. 10, 2018, episode of “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” Carlson told viewers McDougal was one of two women who “approached Donald Trump and threatened to ruin his career and his family if he didn’t give them money.”

“Now that,” Carlson added, “sounds like a classic case of extortion.” 

The lawsuit, filed in a New York State court, says Fox is liable for Carlson’s claim, which he advertised to his nearly 3 million viewers as the “undisputed facts” about payments to McDougal and adult film actress Stormy Daniels, who also says she had an affair with Trump.

“Indeed, every individual involved in the payment that Trump caused to be paid to McDougal never once stated that she extorted Trump or otherwise committed any crime or unlawful act whatsoever,” the lawsuit says. 

Multiple outlets have reported that Trump coordinated with his former lawyer Michael Cohen to issue hush-money payments to McDougal and Daniels ahead of the 2016 election. Cohen is currently serving a three-year prison sentence for campaign finance violations and his role in the scheme to hide those payments, and Cohen’s criminal indictment seemed to implicate the president as well

Trump’s involvement in the hush-money payments is reportedly still of interest to Congress. Carlson claimed that Trump had merely caved to an extortion attempt ― “for whatever reason,” he said, incuriously ― and directed his personal lawyer to “pay the ransom.” 

Responding to the lawsuit, Fox News said in a statement that the network “will vigorously defend Tucker Carlson against these meritless claims.”

Read the lawsuit below.

CORRECTION: The episode of “Tucker Carlson Tonight” at issue ran on Dec. 10, 2018 ― not on a December date this year, as the story previously indicated.

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Bill Nye allowed to take Disney to trial over profits from ‘Science Guy’ show

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Bill Nye is taking the Walt Disney Company to trial over claims that the organization drastically short-changed him on profits from his successful 1990s TV show.

Nye initially filed a lawsuit against Disney and many of its subsidiaries in 2017 claiming that an “accounting error” discovered in 2008 shows the Mouse House didn’t pay him his due share of the profits for “Bill Nye The Science Guy.”

According to The Hollywood Reporter, an L.A. Superior Court judge allowed Nye to take limited claims against Disney to trial after a fourth amended complaint. That trial is reportedly scheduled for May 2020.

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In Nye’s most recent complaint, he estimates that he’s owed $28 million in damages from the way the company handled the show’s profits. He’s also seeking punitive damages arising from how the company has, “a long and consistent pattern of under-reporting revenue and improperly applying deductions.”

The series ran 100 episodes on PBS from 1994 to 1999 and was syndicated to local stations, eventually earning it 23 Emmy nominations with 19 wins. Deadline reports that the host initially became suspicious when Disney paid him for his share of the profits in April 2008 before sending a second letter alleging it overestimated his share and asked for a majority of the money back.

THR notes that Disney tried to get the suit thrown out in May 2019, about two years after he filed the lawsuit, arguing that he waited too long to make the complaint after he became suspicious. Nye responded at the time by saying the quarterly profit statements he received from a subsidiary lacked detail, making it impossible for him to understand if the numbers were accurate. He also noted that he was therefore forced to spend his own time and money auditing Disney.

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An L.A. Superior Court Judge granted a summary judgment to Disney with respect to participation statements issued before Jan. 8, 2011. Although that’s still years before Nye moved forward with his requested audit, he was told that the company had such a backlog at the time that he may need to wait three to four years for it to begin.

Nye said the audit started in May 2016 but the company did not “produce documents including its license agreements with Netflix and Apple and its sales income from its websites,” according to the initial lawsuit.

“Nevertheless, even in the absence of these essential documents, even without the ability to fully examine the accounting and related records of the Defendants … the Auditor identified hundreds of thousands of dollars in underreported payments owed to Mr. Nye,” Charles Rainey, Nye’s lawyer, said in the initial complaint.

“The defendants, and each of them, have engaged in an ongoing, deliberate conspiracy to deceive Mr. Nye and the ‘BNSG’ Owners, and deprive them of their rightly owned share of the Net Profits from the ‘BNSG’ series and derivative works,” Rainey wrote.

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Nye will get to move forward with the more recent participation statements at the trial. The outlet also notes the judge rejected Disney’s bid to rule out punitive damages. However, the company was able to avoid claims it breached any fiduciary duties.

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Ian Somerhalder says he lost virginity at age 13

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Ian Somerhalder lost his virginity at a surprisingly early age.

In a new interview, the former “Vampire Diaries” star revealed he first had intercourse with a girl at age 13.

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“[I was] 13. It was fun,” Somerhalder, 40, said on Andy Cohen’s SiriusXM show, “Radio Andy.” “When you’re 13 and you’re a boy, you know, or a girl, boys are pretty on it.”

Somerhalder noted that the girl he slept with was 16 at the time. The actor also spoke on how spying on older brother Robert prepared him for his big moment.

“He taught me a lot. And he was quite a Casanova,” Somerhalder said. “He used to have girls in his bedroom all the time and what I did was, I went into the bottom corner of his window and I pinched the Venetian blinds — I pinched the blinds down so I’d have a clear view — and then when he’d have girls over… I’d go outside and I would watch and I learned a lot.”

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He continued, stating, “We do what we have to do. This was the live action organic version [of Internet porn].” “Now kids are watching all this s—t on the Internet and it’s destroying society.”

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Why America’s 1-Percenters Are Richer Than Europe’s

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Over the last four decades, incomes in the United States have grown much less equal. Inequality is less pronounced in Western Europe.

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A new Gilded Age has emerged in America — a 21st century version.

The wealth of the top 1% of Americans has grown dramatically in the past four decades, squeezing both the middle class and the poor. This is in sharp contrast to Europe and Asia, where the wealth of the 1% has grown at a more constrained pace.

At the turn of the last century, European aristocrats controlled even more of their national wealth than robber barons in the U.S. But for much of the 20th century tycoon fortunes gave way to a rising middle class, and income inequality narrowed on both sides of the ocean.

Somewhere around 1970, that trend began to reverse itself and America’s superrich started getting richer much faster than their counter parts in Europe.

Since that time, the share of total income claimed by the top 1% of earners in the U.S. has more than doubled — from 8% in 1970 to 20% in 2010. In Western Europe, on the other hand, the gains for 1-percenters have been much more modest — rising from 7.5% in 1970 to about 10% in 2010, according to the World Inequality Lab at the Paris School of Economics.

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This trend toward inequality in America can no longer be dismissed as the inevitable result of globalization or technology. Other developed countries in Europe and Asia have weathered those forces without the same yawning gap between winners and losers. This suggests that policy choices — on taxes, labor relations, worker training — can help to limit inequality, or else make it worse.

The Peterson Institute for International Economics recently hosted a conference to explore the roots of unequal pay and possible responses. Some of the findings presented at the meeting were striking.

Since 1980, the share of total income going to the bottom 50% of earners has fallen much more sharply in America than Europe. Four decades ago, that share was about 20% in both places. Since then, it’s fallen sharply in the U.S. to about 13%. But in Europe it slipped only modestly, to 18%.

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That’s not an accident, says conference presenter Lucas Chancel of the World Inequality Lab. He notes that during this period, both the U.S. and Europe were exposed to globalization and changing technology. But the U.S. experienced a much sharper rise in inequality.

In this country, policymakers often look to the tax code as a tool that can either redress inequality — through higher taxes on the wealthy as Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders have proposed — or contribute to it.

Some of the outsize gains enjoyed by the top 1% of earners in the U.S. stem from tax cuts that disproportionately benefit the wealthy. The top marginal tax rate in the U.S. has been cut by more than half since the 1960s.

But, Chancel notes, the tax code does not fully explain the difference in earnings for Americans and Europeans in the bottom half of the income scale. There, Europeans enjoyed higher pretax earnings than Americans, suggesting more equitable distribution of paychecks on the far side of the Atlantic.

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Rather than simply trying to make up for unequal pay through tax-code redistribution, Europe’s economy delivers more equitable paychecks from the outset. Economists call this strategy “pre-distribution.”

Chancel suggests that the Europeans accomplish this through policies and institutions that improve workers’ bargaining power — such as strong labor unions and higher minimum wages. And they push to make workers more productive, for example through broad-based access to education and health care.

Whether U.S. voters will embrace such policies is an open question. But it’s clear that rising inequality has made America exceptional — and not in a good way.

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Google’s ‘Knowledge Panels’ Are Very Bad At Labeling Terrorists And Cult Leaders

A Google search feature meant to save time and provide quick information on prominent people, places and things tends to mislabel terrorists, white nationalists and mass murderers by automatically generating bizarre snapshot biographies of them.

David Duke, for instance, is primarily known for being a former leader of the Ku Klux Klan and a raging white supremacist ― not a “former [Louisiana] representative,” as Google lists him. When people look up Stephen Paddock, the Las Vegas shooter who killed 58 people in one of the worst mass shootings in modern U.S. history, it’s probably not because he was an “American real estate investor.”

The feature is called a Knowledge Panel, and it’s what shows up as a box in the top right corner of your search page when you Google someone or something that’s famous enough. They work fairly well most of the time, featuring brief descriptions usually taken from Wikipedia on subjects ranging from the Queen of England to grilled cheese sandwiches.

But when it comes to more controversial or infamous people, the Knowledge Panels begin to break down and choose misleading or simply strange titles. Since robots essentially write them, they miss what makes certain people notable.

“Knowledge Panels … reflect information from sources and databases across the web (including Wikidata, Wikipedia’s knowledge base), so there may be inconsistencies in how individuals are described or how information is structured in those sources,” a Google spokesperson told HuffPost.

The panels function similar to Google features that show short blocks of text for common searches like “how to cook a turkey,” keeping users on Google’s page rather than having them click through to another site. But because they are automatically generated, there appears to be a lack of quality control. 

The descriptions are often inconsistent, at times labeling people who might fall under the same category in wildly different ways. The Aurora movie theater gunman James Holmes is named as a “mass murderer,” while white supremacist killer Dylann Roof has no title under his name. 

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HuffPost US Las Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock is listed as a “American real estate investor.”

The knowledge panels run into trouble with extremists who have any semblance of a legitimate profession, even if it’s being a propagandist for hateful ideologies. White nationalist Greg Johnson — who runs an openly bigoted publishing house for pseudo-intellectual racist screeds, writes books such as “The White Nationalist Manifesto,” and was recently arrested in Norway for his extremism — is listed as “American writer.” White nationalist Richard Spencer, meanwhile, is an “American publisher.”

Prominent white supremacists and far-right media influencers are also commonly vaguely labeled as “writer” or “commentator.” Conspiracy theorist Alex Jones is listed as an “American radio host,” which is technically accurate but chooses to focus on the medium over the message.

The issue extends to violent extremists as well, where Google’s panels seem to exclude ideology or crimes in favor of featuring their unrelated job. Far-right extremist Baruch Goldstein, who killed 29 Palestinians in a mosque in Hebron, has the title of “American-Israeli physician.” 

Google’s official name for the one-line descriptions is a “subtitle,” and the company does have a process for receiving feedback about inaccuracies, although it’s vulnerable to the same problems of automation. If Google’s systems get enough negative feedback about a subtitle, it gets removed and replaced by a new automatically generated subtitle. But Google can’t write custom subtitles; it’s at the mercy of its own automated systems.

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Meanwhile, many of Google’s Knowledge Panels simply have no title for prominent people at all and instead only have the more accurate and descriptive blurbs of text below the title. Islamist terrorists often lack labels, including al Qaeda leaders Osama Bin Laden and Ayman al Zawahiri. Former ISIS leader Abu Bakr al Baghdadi is an exception, and gets the confusing label “military commander.” 

Cults are another weak spot, with Jim Jones named simply as a “religious leader” as opposed to something that might directly indicate that e organized the mass murder and suicide of more than 900 people. Shoko Asahara — who commanded followers to launch a deadly sarin gas attack on the Tokyo subway system in 1995 — gets the title of “founder,” as if his apocalyptic doomsday cult was a successful tech start-up.

Google’s algorithm tends to do better with infamous politicians, especially heads of state: Syrian dictator Bashar Assad isn’t listed as an ophthalmologist and Adolf Hitler isn’t an aspiring artist. But the preference towards political office also creates problems for people better known for things, like labeling Duke a former Louisiana state representative as opposed to the former head of the KKK. (“Predator” star and former Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura is still somehow just an “American actor.”)

Google’s questionable descriptions don’t appear specific to any region: Former Liberian warlord Joshua Milton Blahyi is a “Liberian priest” because he became a preacher after admitting responsibility for over 20,000 deaths. They also defy any historical period — John Wilkes Booth may have assassinated Abraham Lincoln, but to Google he remains an “American actor” at heart.

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Cinnamon Toast Crunch, Milk Bar team up to create Cinnamilk beverage mix

No longer do you have to indulge in that pesky fun of actually eating Cinnamon Toast Crunch to get to the part everyone wants — the grainy leftover slightly-cinnamon-flavored milk.

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Fan-favorite dessert company Milk Bar has teamed up with the beloved General Mills cereal to create Cinnamilk, a “limited-edition do-it-yourself beverage mix” that allows consumers to create their own post-cereal milk concoction by pouring in what appears to be ground-up Cinnamon Toast Crunch into a glass of milk and stirring.

Each bottle retails for $7 and has eight servings. For comparison, a 19.3 oz. box of Cinnamon Toast Crunch retails online for about half that and has around 18 servings.

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“Our fans have been obsessed with Cinnamilk for a long time,” said Mindy Murray, senior marketing communications manager for Cinnamon Toast Crunch. (Milk Bar)

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The “new indulgent” Cinnamilk is only one of three new dessert creations dreamed up by the pair. Milk Bar is also launching a Cinnamon Toast Crunch Milk Bar Pie, featuring a Cinnamon Toast Crunch graham crust, and a cinnamon Toast Crunch Marshmallow Cookie.

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“Our fans have been obsessed with Cinnamilk for a long time,” said Mindy Murray, senior marketing communications manager for Cinnamon Toast Crunch in a press release. “By partnering with Milk Bar, we’re elevating Cinnamilk beyond the cereal bowl, delivering three new indulgent treats. Each of the dessert items puts a unique spin on the iconic cinna-sugar flavor combination, offering fresh ways to savor our cereal this holiday season.”

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Though the Cinnamilk, which is sold in a bottle with the capacity for eight servings, is only one of three new dessert creations dreamed up by the pair. (Milk Bar)

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However, those who want to “savor” the new flavors will have to either visit one of Milk Bar’s select locations – which includes several locations in New York, as well as Washington, D.C. and Los Angeles – or order from the Milk Bar store website starting Dec. 5, as the limited-time confections won’t be making it to grocery stores.

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John Kerry endorses Biden for president, says Trump has ‘broken apart’ country

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Former Secretary of State John Kerry announced on Thursday that he is endorsing former Vice President Joe Biden in his 2020 White House bid.

Kerry, who was the Democratic presidential nominee in 2004, losing to President George W. Bush, said in a tweet that he was endorsing Biden because the former vice president can “put back together the country and the world that Donald Trump has broken apart.”

“I’m not endorsing Joe because I’ve known him for so long, “Kerry tweeted. “But because I know him so well: he’ll be ready on day one to put back together the country and the world that Donald Trump has broken apart.”

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Kerry, who worked with Biden during their time in the Senate and in the Obama administration, is arguably the most high-profile Democrat to lend an endorsement to the former vice president. The nod comes as Biden has regained the lead in a number of national polls.

The former secretary of state will join Biden in Iowa on Friday as part of a week-long bus tour of the early voting state. Kerry will also accompany Biden to New Hampshire, and said he plans to campaign for him in the coming weeks and months. Despite holding a sizeable lead in the national polls, Biden trails far behind South Bend, Ind. Mayor Pete Buttigieg in the polls in both Iowa and New Hampshire.

While the Kerry’s endorsement of Biden made headlines, Buttigieg on Thursday picked up the endorsement of a number of former Obama administration staffers, including from the former president’s body man, or personal assistant, Reggie Love.

“A lot of what is said about Pete echoes what critics said about presidential candidate Barack Obama – too young, too different, maybe another time – but I believe there is never a better time to fight for change than right now,” said Love, who served as Obama’s special assistant and aide from 2007 to 2011, in a statement.

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Buttigieg also nabbed the endorsement of Linda Douglass, the former chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers, Austan Goolsbee, and the former communications director for the White House Office of Health Reform.

Obama himself has yet to endorse a candidate for the 2020 Democratic nomination, but Biden told Politico earlier this week that he was not worried about getting the backing of his former boss.

“[E]veryone knows I’m close with him,” he said. “I don’t need an Obama endorsement.”

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Trump Again Asks Supreme Court to Bar Release of His Financial Records

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WASHINGTON — President Trump asked the Supreme Court on Thursday to hear a second case concerning a subpoena to his accounting firm for his financial records. The new petition, objecting to a subpoena from a House committee, follows a petition filed last month about a similar subpoena from Manhattan prosecutors.

Both cases are moving fast, and the court could announce as soon as Dec. 13 whether the justices will hear them. If the court agrees to weigh in, it will probably issue a decision by June, in the midst of the final months of the presidential campaign.

A Supreme Court ruling in either or both cases would almost certainly produce a major statement on presidential immunity from criminal and congressional investigations.

In both cases, Mr. Trump sued to stop his accounting firm, Mazars USA, from complying with subpoenas for records. Federal appeals courts ruled against Mr. Trump in both cases.

The new petition stressed the novelty and importance of the second dispute.

“This is a case of firsts,” Mr. Trump’s petition said. “It is the first time that Congress has subpoenaed personal records of a sitting president. It is the first time that Congress has issued a subpoena, under the guise of its legislative powers, to investigate the president for illegal conduct. And, it is the first time a court has upheld any congressional subpoena for any sitting president’s records of any kind.”

The Supreme Court has granted reviews in earlier cases, the petition said, when “the president has been subjected to novel legal process and seeks review.” In two earlier cases involving Presidents Richard M. Nixon and Bill Clinton, United States v. Nixon in 1974 and Clinton v. Jones in 1997, the court granted review but handed both presidents unanimous losses.

The new case concerns a subpoena that the House Oversight and Reform Committee issued in April after it learned that Mr. Trump’s ethics disclosure forms did not list a debt for hush-money payments made in the run-up to the 2016 election. Mr. Trump and his company reimbursed the president’s former lawyer, Michael D. Cohen, for payments to the pornographic film actress Stormy Daniels, who said she had an affair with Mr. Trump. The president has denied the relationship. (Mr. Cohen is serving a three-year sentence in prison related to the case.)

Mr. Cohen also told the committee that Mr. Trump had inflated and deflated descriptions of his assets on financial statements to obtain loans and reduce his taxes.

Mr. Trump’s lawyers argued that the subpoena was improper because the committee lacked a legitimate legislative purpose for seeking the information. In October, a divided three-judge panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit rejected that argument.

“Having considered the weighty interests at stake in this case, we conclude that the subpoena issued by the committee to Mazars is valid and enforceable,” Judge David S. Tatel, wrote for the majority, joined by Judge Patricia A. Millett.

In dissent, Judge Neomi J. Rao, wrote that “allegations of illegal conduct against the president cannot be investigated by Congress except through impeachment.”

The full District of Columbia Circuit refused to rehear the panel’s ruling.

The committee’s case may have been strengthened in the interim by the House’s vote to conduct a formal impeachment inquiry, as congressional authority to seek information in that context is quite broad.

Lawyers for the committee have argued that its investigation was driven by its legislative and oversight responsibilities. They added that the “rapidly advancing impeachment inquiry also makes it particularly important that Congress not be deprived of the information sought by the subpoena.”

The case from New York concerns a subpoena from the Manhattan district attorney, Cyrus R. Vance Jr., a Democrat, for eight years of Mr. Trump’s personal and business tax returns in connection with the hush-money payments.

A unanimous three-judge panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, in New York, ruled against Mr. Trump. The court, in a focused ruling, said state prosecutors may require third parties to turn over a sitting president’s financial records for use in a grand jury investigation.

Mr. Trump has fought hard to shield his tax returns from scrutiny, for reasons that have been the subject of much speculation. In a footnote to the Second Circuit’s decision, Chief Judge Robert A. Katzmann said that Mr. Trump’s break with his predecessors’ practice was significant.

“We note that the past six presidents, dating back to President Carter, all voluntarily released their tax returns to the public,” Judge Katzmann wrote. “While we do not place dispositive weight on this fact, it reinforces our conclusion that the disclosure of personal financial information, standing alone, is unlikely to impair the president in performing the duties of his office.”

Mr. Trump’s lawyers, in a petition seeking review of the Second Circuit’s decision, said he was immune from criminal investigation while in office.

The Supreme Court is dominated by five Republican appointees, two of them named by Mr. Trump. But earlier Supreme Court cases in which presidents sought to avoid providing evidence did not break along partisan lines.

The court was unanimous in ruling against Mr. Nixon and Mr. Clinton in such cases, with Nixon and Clinton appointees voting against the presidents who had placed them on the court. The Nixon case led to his resignation in the face of mounting calls for his impeachment. The Clinton case led to Mr. Clinton’s impeachment, though he survived a Senate vote on his removal.

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