New York Giants player Kamrin Moore cold-cocked a paramour and stepped on her neck so hard it left bruises during a love-triangle brawl outside his home on Thursday that led to his arrest and suspension, according to the team and law-enforcement authorities.
“New York Giants safety Kamrin Moore was arrested over the weekend in Linden, New Jersey, for an alleged domestic violence-related incident. Moore has been suspended by the team pending further investigation,” the Giants tweeted Monday.
This is a 2019 photo of Kamrin Moore of the New York Giants NFL football team. (AP)
The victim, identified in a criminal complaint as “H.P.,” had been seeing the grid-ironer since January and decided to drop by his New Jersey house Thursday after he did not respond to her text messages.
But when she got there, another woman — identified by Moore’s lawyers as his “girlfriend” — came out to confront her and the pair began scrapping, according to the criminal complaint filed in Linden City municipal court.
Moore, 22, first “watched while they assaulted each other” but then, when gal-pal H.P. fell to the ground, the 200-lb. safety “placed his foot on her neck and applied pressure,” the court papers charge.
She managed to free herself and then shoved Moore for choking her — and that’s when he cold-cocked her on the left side of her face, the papers allege.
A flight instructor was left dead and a student pilot was hospitalized after a helicopter landed upside down at a Bay Area airport Monday afternoon, according to reports.
The R44 helicopter crashed for unknown reasons at Hayward Executive Airport around 2:30 p.m., Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor said.
A helicopter crash at Hayward Executive airport left a flight instructor dead and a student pilot injured. (hayward-ca.gov)
Hayward Executive Airport general manager Doug McNeeley told the East Bay Times that the helicopter was being used for an instructional flight. He said two male occupants – an instructor and a student pilot – were inside the helicopter.
The helicopter landed upside down on the left side of Runway 28L at the airport, and was severely damaged, McNeeley said. The instructor was pronounced dead at the scene and the student was hospitalized with serious injuries, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.
It wasn’t immediately clear who had been operating the helicopter at the time of the crash. The Alameda County coroner’s office identified the instructor as 62-year-old Wayne Prodger of Sunnyvale, Calif. The student pilot’s identity was not released.
The teens found the human body part in the woods in Tulsa, Okla., around 7:50 p.m., the Tulsa Police Department said. Officers who searched the area also found a human skull nearby, Tulsa’s Fox 35 reported.
The Democratic Party is in no mood for a coronation. Joe Biden stepped onto the debate stage Thursday as a fragile front-runner and walked away facing new questions about whether he can maintain his standing atop the field. (June 28) AP, AP
Nearly two dozen candidates – most of the Democrats running – filed campaign finance reports late Monday night disclosing donors in the second quarter of 2019.
Money doesn’t determine who will win the nomination – Trump’s fundraising was eclipsed at this point in 2015 – but it is important. Candidates have to show they can deliver their message to voters. That usually means expensive advertising. They also must document tens of thousands of donors to get on future debate stages.
Here are five takeaways from the latest filings with the Federal Election Commission:
The latest campaign finance reports show that some candidates, including Sens. Kamala Harris and Elizabeth Warren, appeared to get a major boost in fundraising. For others, it’s far less clear because of the way campaigns report their numbers.
Warren raised more than double her daily average in the 48 hours after the debate compared with the rest of the quarter. Former San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro said his campaign raised $1.1 million after the debate, almost as much as the $1.7 million he raised in the weeks leading up to it.
The numbers offer only a glimpse of the haul. Campaigns only itemize donations over $200, and other candidates may have received a bump from smaller checks. Because of that, there is no way to verify some of the claims made by campaigns.
The mayor of South Bend, Indiana, who is making his first run for federal office, raked in nearly $25 million, besting better known candidates like Sens. Bernie Sanders, Warren and Harris. Roughly half of Buttigieg’s fundraising came from donors giving less than $200.
Biden was the next best candidate, raising just over $22 million in the quarter.
But there are important caveats to Buttigieg’s numbers. For starters, Biden wasn’t raising money during the whole second quarter – he entered the race in late April. Broken down by average donation amount per day, Biden crushed Buttigieg, and everyone else. Biden raised nearly $329,000 per day, according to a USA TODAY analysis.
Buttigieg also raised less from small donors, meaning candidates like Sanders and Warren may have a more sustainable cadre of donors to return to throughout the long campaign.
Trump raking it in
While the early fight for the Democratic nomination has consumed the nation’s attention, Trump’s campaign has been building up staff and pulling in cash. The latest reports show that effort continued at a record pace for a sitting president in the second quarter.
Trump’s campaign and two closely affiliated political action committees together raised $57 million, the campaign said,which doesn’t include money heading directly into the coffers of the Republican National Committee.
In terms of sheer income, Trump raised more than every other Democrat. But Trump is largely alone in the GOP field (Republican challenger Bill Weld raised less than $1 million). Democrats, on the other hand, are splitting the party’s donors between some 20-plus candidates. And so the balance may change as the Democratic field is winnowed.
Rich and famous
Democrats are heavily focused on small-dollar donors, but that doesn’t mean they’ve sworn off checks from Hollywood.
Warren took in $2,800 from Jane Fonda and another $2,800 from actress Scarlett Johansson, FEC reports showed. Musician Jackson Browne gave roughly $1,300 to Sanders. Actor Jeff Bridges gave more than $2,000 to Democrat Marianne Williamson.
Bradley Whitford, who played Josh Lyman on the long-running television show The West Wing, gave Castro $300.
Not every candidate was basking in strong numbers. Former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke, who built a powerful fundraising operation in his race for Senate last year, reported $3.6 million in the second quarter compared with more than $9 million earlier this year.
Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar raised just under $4 million, which was also less than her haul in the first quarter. She also spent more money than she raised, shelling out $4.1 million on campaign expenses. New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand raised $2.3 million but wound up spending more than $4 million over the same period.
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Actors Dylan Minnette and Katherine Langford seen in Netflix’s “13 Reasons Why.” (Beth Dubber/Netflix)
Netflix Inc. removed a suicide scene from an episode of the first season of its popular teen drama “13 Reasons Why,” following a debate over whether the show increased the risk of teen suicide.
Based on the book of the same name, “13 Reasons Why” is about a depressed high-school girl who takes her own life and sends a classmate a tape explaining why she did it and who she blames.
In the final episode of the first season—the story is told in flashback—the protagonist Hannah is shown slitting her wrists in the bathtub.
While a Netflix spokesman declined to comment, the company tweeted early Tuesday that, on the advice of medical experts, it decided to edit the scene from the episode. The show is produced by Viacom Inc. ’s Paramount Television unit, which supported the decision to remove the scene, a person close to the show said.
“13 Reasons Why” has been praised by critics but criticized by health advocates and some media watchdogs who fear it glorifies suicide. The show, which premiered in March 2017, is set to start its third season this year.
A study funded by the National Institutes of Health suggested that “13 Reasons Why” was a factor in a rise in teen suicides. The study found that the suicide rate among people 10 to 17 went up by nearly a third in April 2017, the month after the show launched on Netflix. Some school officials issued warnings and guidance to parents about the show.
She doesn’t have the typical résumé — no doctorate in economics, no post as a central banker — for running the body that sets monetary policy for one-fifth of the global economy. But investors are betting that Christine Lagarde, the surprise nominee to be the next president of the European Central Bank, will act in much the same way as the bank’s last leader.
Interest rates fell to record lows in the days after she was named, a clear sign they expect her to follow her predecessor, Mario Draghi, and do “whatever it takes” to protect the euro and keep easy money flowing.
But the background of Ms. Lagarde, who is the respected managing director of the International Monetary Fund, has raised some questions, beyond the usual political intrigue, about her candidacy.
Ms. Lagarde, a lawyer, will take over at a time of economic uncertainty. Growth in the eurozone has slowed to a crawl, and central banks in the United States, Japan and Europe have largely exhausted their arsenals of stimulus measures.
The organization overseen by Ms. Lagarde warned as much on Thursday. “Even in the absence of a major shock,” the I.M.F. said in a report prepared before her nomination, “there is a danger that the area could enter a prolonged period of anemic growth and inflation.”
European finance ministers easily endorsed Ms. Lagarde last week. The European Parliament and the European Central Bank’s governing council will now weigh in, though neither has the power to block her from taking charge Nov. 1. Here is what they will be talking about.
Philip Lane, the European Central Bank’s new chief economist.CreditClodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters
Lots of central bank chiefs aren’t economists
There is plenty of precedent for people without advanced economics degrees to run central banks. Jerome H. Powell, chair of the Federal Reserve, trained as a lawyer. So did Ms. Lagarde before entering politics as a minister in the French government. Jean-Claude Trichet, president of the European Central Bank before Mr. Draghi, studied economics but did not have a doctorate. He spent most of his career as a civil servant.
Both Mr. Powell and Mr. Trichet had central banking experience.
Ms. Lagarde’s most perilous moments, analysts say, will come when she cannot rely on a prepared text, like the news conferences that follow monetary policy meetings of the European Central Bank’s governing council. The sessions are broadcast live on the web, and financial markets react instantly to nuances in the bank president’s language. The president must display great finesse to avoid sending false signals. That has sometimes been a problem for Mr. Powell, despite his experience.
Ms. Lagarde may well commit a few gaffes as she finds her footing, said Edwin Truman, a fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics in Washington.
“That’s probably true of every person who rises to the level of central bank governor — there is a possibility to make a misstep,” Mr. Truman said. “She probably will need to learn a little bit of central bank speak.”
Ms. Lagarde at a conference in Paris last year.CreditYoan Valat/European Pressphoto Agency
She will depend on others for economic advice
Ms. Lagarde will become the European Central Bank’s president just as it is losing some of its finest economic minds.
Peter Praet, the chief economist, left in May after an eight-year term. Benoît Cœuré, a widely respected member of the bank’s executive board, will leave in December. And of course the bank will lose Mr. Draghi, who earned a doctorate in economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. All have been pivotal in the bank’s efforts since 2011.
Philip Lane remains as the only hard-core economist among the six members of the executive board, which sets policy with the other 19 members of the governing council.
Mr. Lane, who was governor of the Central Bank of Ireland, has an enviable depth of practical and academic experience. He was previously a professor at Trinity College in Dublin, where he did groundbreaking research on how the movement of money across borders contributed to the 2008 financial crisis.
“It’s a reasonable assumption that she would rely a lot on the judgment of the chief economist and more experienced members of the E.C.B.,” said Ángel Talavera, an economist who follows the European Central Bank at Oxford Economics. The challenge, said two other economists who have observed her closely and asked not to be identified for fear of offending someone so powerful, is whether Ms. Lagarde has the economic know-how to recognize and challenge bad advice.
Mr. Trichet blundered in 2011, late in his term, when he raised interest rates, braking the economy even as the eurozone hurtled toward crisis. Jürgen Stark, the chief economist then and an inflation hard-liner, certainly influenced the decision. Mr. Draghi, who took office that year, quickly reversed the cuts.
Ms. Lagarde’s supporters point out that she has spent eight years at the I.M.F. and certainly learned a lot. One of the I.M.F.’s main functions is to monitor the economic performance of member countries, and the fund played a crucial role in preventing the collapse of Greece during the eurozone debt crisis.
But the I.M.F. does not have nearly as much power as the European Central Bank to determine the course of the global economy.
“The core monetary policy part of it is really hard, and that’s where she’ll have to come up a very steep learning curve,” said Krishna Guha, head of the global policy and central bank strategy team at Evercore ISI, a firm that advises investment banks.
Ms. Lagarde took over the International Monetary Fund when it was “in disarray,” a former member of its executive board said.CreditFrancois Mori/Associated Press
She will bring fresh skills to the job
Ms. Lagarde has a record as a strong manager.
She took over the I.M.F. when it was in crisis. Dominique Strauss-Kahn, her predecessor, was forced out in 2011 after being accused of sexually assaulting a housekeeper in a New York hotel. The charges were later dropped.
The I.M.F. “was in disarray,” said Douglas Rediker, who then represented the United States on the fund’s executive board. “One of the first things she did was restore the reputation, integrity and confidence of the I.M.F.,” said Mr. Rediker, now chairman of International Capital Strategies, a consulting firm.
Ms. Lagarde is known as a boss who scolds employees when they check their mobile phones during meetings. But she is also more informal than Mr. Draghi. During a visit to the European Central Bank in June, probably before she realized she could become president, she bantered easily with lower-level employees, according to a person who was present.
Ms. Lagarde once said she tried to do something for women every day, and can be expected to address gender imbalance at the central bank. Just two of the 25 members of the governing council are women.
Ms. Lagarde, who was the French finance minister before leading the I.M.F., may rely on her political skills to get eurozone governments to do more of the heavy lifting if there is another crisis, Mr. Rediker and others said.
That’s important because there is probably not that much more that the European Central Bank can do if the eurozone sinks into recession. Benchmark interest rates are at record lows. Countries like Germany that are in good financial shape could stimulate the eurozone economy by spending more on infrastructure. Eurozone leaders could agree on a common deposit insurance fund to strengthen the banking system.
“Everything in Europe, whether tacitly or overtly, has a political element to it,” Mr. Rediker said. “Christine Lagarde’s skills might be ideal for the E.C.B. at the current moment.”
Monetary policy should remain accommodative where inflation is below target, and should anchor expectations. Exchange rate flexibility should be used, as needed, to help absorb shocks.
QUICK TAKE: Central banks should step in if inflation is weak.
On government and monetary policy
Mr. Draghi, June 18, 2019:
Monetary policy can always achieve its objective alone, but especially in Europe, where public sectors are large, it can do so faster and with fewer side effects if fiscal policies are aligned with it.
The Economic and Monetary Union needs to be strengthened, first and foremost by implementing what has already been agreed and finishing the common projects we have started: completing the banking union, strengthening the operational capacity of the European Stability Mechanism in full compliance with Union law, and making ambitious progress on the capital markets union.
Trump over the weekend attacked Democratic lawmakers, specifically women of color, telling them to “go back” to their own countries.
“If that strikes you as a little racist, you do not know the meaning of the word ‘little,’” Colbert said.
Trump also claimed the progressive lawmakers shouldn’t tell Americans “how our government is to be run.”
Colbert shot back: “What does he mean they’re telling us how our government is to be run? They’re in Congress. They are our government.”
The “Late Show” host explained that all but one of the lawmakers Trump attacked were born in the United States.
“But here’s the point: Who cares!” Colbert said, adding:
“It is insulting to these women to even have to defend them from these ridiculous racist accusations, and that’s the problem. Even touching on Trump’s obvious racism gets it on you. Also a fair amount of bronzer.”
A rug was also found behind Spurlock’s body when it was discovered last week during a search of Sparks’ parents’ home in Garrard County, Ky, Lexington’s WTVQ reported. Detective Tye Chavies of the Kentucky State Police testified Monday that the rug came from Sparks’ bedroom in the home and that he sent a text to his sister on Jan. 5, asking her where she purchased the rug.
Sparks was later spotted on surveillance footage at Walmart purchasing a rug similar to that of the one found with Spurlock’s body, the detective said in court. Blood found in a closet in Sparks’ home matched Spurlock’s DNA, he said.
“A lot of stuff that he revealed that we didn’t know,” Spurlock’s friend Sabrina Speratos told Lancaster’s WKYT. “I personally didn’t know. That was rough. It’s emotional. It’s hard to talk about. You hope to never hear anything like that. It’s pretty gruesome.”
Sparks is the primary suspect in the case but so far has not been charged with murder.
After Monday’s hearing, the case was sent to a grand jury who will decide whether to indict Sparks on charges related to Spurlock’s disappearance. A cause of death has yet to be revealed. Authorities have not said if they plan to make more arrests related to the case.
Conway, a vocal critic of the president despite his wife’s senior role in his administration, said Trump’s comments in recent days had shifted his opinion of the president. Though Conway once thought of Trump as merely “boorish, dim-witted, inarticulate, incoherent, narcissistic and insensitive,” now the lawyer says the president’s behavior leaves “no doubt” about his character.
“No matter how much I found him ultimately unfit, I still gave him the benefit of the doubt about being a racist. No matter how much I came to dislike him, I didn’t want to think that the president of the United States is a racial bigot,” Conway wrote in The Washington Post. “Naivete, resentment and outright racism, roiled in a toxic mix, have given us a racist president. … Telling four non-white members of Congress — American citizens all, three natural-born — to ‘go back’ to the ‘countries’ they ‘originally came from’? That’s racist to the core.”
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Conway’s comments come amid an ongoing furor over Trump’s vicious attacks against several Democratic lawmakers. In a series of tweets this weekend, the president, apparently referring to progressive Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (N.Y.), Rashida Tlaib (Mich.), Ayanna Pressley (Mass.) and Ilhan Omar (Minn.) — should “go back” to the countries they came from.
All four are women of color, but only Omar was born outside the U.S. The Minnesota congresswoman’s family emigrated from Somalia when she was a child.
The remarks prompted a widespread outcry, with many saying they amounted to a racist, xenophobic and inaccurate attack on duly elected members of the government. But Trump refused to back down on Monday, telling reporters outside the White House he had no regrets about the statements.
“If you hate our country, if you’re not happy here, you can leave,” he said Monday. “You can leave. You can leave right now. Come back if you want. Don’t come back, that’s OK, too. But if you’re not happy, you can leave.”
“For him to condemn us and to say we are un-American for wanting to work hard to make this country be the country we all deserve to live in, it’s complete hypocrisy,” Omar said Monday.
In his piece in the Post, Conway also slammed Republican leaders for largely ignoring the controversy, saying that party members have largely grown accustomed to Trump’s divisive rhetoric and fearful he’ll turn against them.
“They’re silent because, knowing that he’s incorrigible, they have inured themselves to his wild statements; because, knowing that he’s a fool, they don’t really take his words seriously and pretend that others shouldn’t, either,” Conway wrote. “Because, knowing how damaging Trump’s words are, the Republicans don’t want to give succor to their political enemies; because, knowing how vindictive, stubborn and obtusely self-destructive Trump is, they fear his wrath.”
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