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Democratic debate winners and losers: Elizabeth Warren triumphs while Beto O'Rourke flounders

Democratic debate winners and losers: Elizabeth Warren triumphs while Beto O'Rourke floundersThe Democrat Party 2020 presidential election debate in Miami was the major chance for the many of the candidates involved to pitch themselves to a national audience.The 10 candidates on the stage, with another 10 debating tomorrow, had around 10 minutes maximum to make sure they stood out. Some triumphed, some failed.The candidates were: Cory Booker, Beto O'Rourke, Elizabeth Warren, Julián Castro, Amy Klobuchar, Tulsi Gabbard, Tim Ryan, John Delaney, Bill de Blasio, and Jay Inslee.Ms Warren is the frontrunner of those names when it comes to the national polls, with Mr Booker and Mr O'Rourke the other candidates with solid name recognition.Here are our winners and losers from the two hours of questions, impassioned statements and squabbles. WinnersElizabeth WarrenThe senator from Massachusetts was the person to beat in the debate and would have expected the other candidates to come after her. Getting through the two hours without a major slip or spat would have been enough.But Ms Warren did more than that. She has set herself up as the candidate with plans, putting out more policy plans than almost anyone else among the more than 20 Democrat candidates. That showed in a strong first hour that involved questions on her favourite topics - healthcare and the economy.She has called for "structural change" in many departments and that message was relayed strongly. Other candidates will be bemoan her airtime, the third most among the candidates, and the fact she was given the last word.A quieter second half to the debate might be picked up by some - but giving other candidates a chance to fight with each other for the limelight left her looking quite stately.Cory BookerThe New Jersey senator spoke for the longest amount of time, 10 minutes and 55 seconds, but he used it effectively.He was involved in most of the topics and had one standout moment talking about violence against the LGBT+ community and particularly."We do not talk enough about transgender Americans — especially African-American trans Americans," he said to a cheer from the audience.Mr Booker had decent name recognition before the debate and will not have done his standing any harm.Julian Castro The former San Antonio mayor had been running under the radar - but had a very strong night.He managed to carve out more than nine minutes of speaking time and made sure he took advantage of an emphasis on immigration for a large section of the debate.Gained a cheer for his quote that the the photograph of the bodies of Oscar Alberto Martínez and his 23-month-old daughter, Angie Valeria who drowned crossing the Rio Grande should "p*** us all off".Painted President Donald Trump as cruel over his border policies in the wake of that and made former Texas Congressman Beto O'Rourke look slightly foolish when the pair clashed over what to do over immigration at the southern border.Amy KlobucharThe centrist candidate sounded level-headed throughout the debate, whether she landed enough big hits is open to question - but she got a couple of quips in about Mr Trump's unsuitability for office.She also scored a big point in taking Washington Governor Jay Inslee to task in trying to claim credit over legislating to protect a woman's right to choice an abortion in his state. Ms Klobuchar said that there were "three women on the stage" who had fought hard to protect those rights.Lower-polling candidatesTim Ryan and John Delaney got in a decent amount of airtime each - around seven minutes - and scored some decent soundbites on immigration and climate policy.Mr Inslee's major issue is global warming and much of his four minutes of talking was taken up with discussion of it. He will take that as a win. LosersBeto O'RourkeThe former Texas congressman, who shot to national attention during his close-but-no-cigar run for the Senate in 2018 in a deeply Republican state, had a bad night.He has been able to raise a lot of money from donations, but was out of his depth on policy here and sounded forced.Speaking Spanish was a good way to reach out to the Latino vote - but being beaten on immigration issues by Mr Castro was not.He needs to start looking like a well-rounded candidate to lift his sagging poll numbers. But he did not do that here.Bill De BlasioThe New York mayor wanted to show off his policies on wages and gun control to a national audience. What he actually did was repeatedly talk over others and failed to make much of an impact.Will have done his likeability with voters some harm. Tulsi GabbardMs Gabbard was the most searched candidate on Google during the debate, and that is likely what she would want. Pushed her military credentials when speaking about foreign policy which should win some fans,However, pivoting questions to her military record when it did not call for it, such as when being asked about the gender pay gap will have left a sour taste.The debate formatIt was always going to be difficult for candidates to make inroads in a format that had 10 people on stage on each of two nights.Policy was generally front and centre, which will have pleased party leadership, but in reality we will not get a true idea of candidates and their ideals for another few months.

POSTED JUNE 27, 2019 12:51 AM

Witness could face perjury charge in Navy SEAL court-martial

Witness could face perjury charge in Navy SEAL court-martialA Navy SEAL who testified that it was he — not his platoon chief — who killed a wounded prisoner in Iraq may face perjury charges. The Navy said Wednesday it is reviewing Corey Scott's testimony following his stunning testimony last week in the court-martial of Special Operations Chief Edward Gallagher. Witnesses at his San Diego trial had said they saw Gallagher stab a wounded young Islamic State captive in the neck and shoot at two civilians during his 2017 tour in Iraq.

POSTED JUNE 27, 2019 12:24 AM

Trump says he 'decided not to kill a lot of Iranians' after drone shootdown

Trump says he 'decided not to kill a lot of Iranians' after drone shootdownThe downing of the drone came amid steadily escalating tensions between the U.S. and Iran over that country’s nuclear program. Iran’s government said the drone was over its airspace.

POSTED JUNE 26, 2019 11:33 AM

Iran drone downing highlights limitations of US unmanned aircraft

Iran drone downing highlights limitations of US unmanned aircraftUS drones have been a key tool in conflicts against insurgent organizations such as the Taliban and the Islamic State group, but Iran's downing of one of the aircraft highlights their limitations against more sophisticated adversaries. While drones offer the significant attraction of not putting American lives at risk and can stay aloft for more than a day, allowing for extended surveillance missions, they can be vulnerable to air defenses, are often expensive, and their loss can lead to sensitive hardware falling into the wrong hands. "I believe sophisticated air defenses will continue to have good chances to shoot down an aircraft like an RQ-4 whenever it is in position to do meaningful surveillance of their territories or other assets," he said, referring to the type of drone brought down by Iran last week near the strategic Strait of Hormuz.

POSTED JUNE 25, 2019 10:04 AM

Best Kamado Grills From Consumer Reports' Tests

Best Kamado Grills From Consumer Reports' TestsFor more than 30 years, the Big Green Egg was the only widely available kamado-style charcoal grill. In that time, this grill developed a cultlike following, and it’s easy to see why.  Its thick ...

POSTED JUNE 25, 2019 5:00 PM

Millions of people are traveling to New York for WorldPride. Why are some opting to skip?

Millions of people are traveling to New York for WorldPride. Why are some opting to skip?WorldPride, the annual LGBTQ celebration, is in New York this year -- and LGBTQ people of all stripes are making the global trek.

POSTED JUNE 26, 2019 10:49 AM

UPDATE 5-U.S. regulator cites new flaw on grounded Boeing 737 MAX

UPDATE 5-U.S. regulator cites new flaw on grounded Boeing 737 MAXWASHINGTON/SEATTLE, June 26 (Reuters) - The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration has identified a new risk that Boeing Co must address on its 737 MAX before the grounded jet can return to service, the agency said on Wednesday. The risk was discovered during a simulator test last week and it is not yet clear if the issue can be addressed with a software upgrade or will require a more complex hardware fix, sources with knowledge of the matter told Reuters. The FAA did not elaborate on the latest setback for Boeing, which has been working to get its best-selling airplane back in the air following a worldwide grounding in March in the wake of two deadly crashes within five months.

POSTED JUNE 26, 2019 4:07 PM

Watch Arnold Schwarzenegger go undercover and prank prospective car buyers

Watch Arnold Schwarzenegger go undercover and prank prospective car buyersIn a somewhat bizarre, and yet entertaining, new commercial, Arnold Schwarzenegger goes "undercover" and tries to convince prospective EV buyers to get a gas-powered car instead. The ad itself was put together by Veloz, a California non-profit keen on accelerating the adoption of electric vehicles across the country. The ad is essentially a tongue-in-cheek effort to extol the virtues of electric cars by highlighting the drawbacks of traditional gas-powered vehicles. As a quick example, Schwarzenegger at one point brings out a Hummer and starts aggressively revving the engine and causing a lot of uncomfortable noise in the process. "Can a battery-powered car do this," Schwarzenegger asks rhetorically while sitting behind the wheel. When a prospective EV buyers says that the noise would annoy his neighbors, Schwarzenegger comedically responds: "You're god**** right it will impress your neighbors. This is testosterone!" When another customer tells Schwarzenegger that he's intrigued by the tax credit afforded to EV buyers, the former Governor of California exclaims, "You want a tax credit or do you want to have street credit?" Later on, Schwarzenegger -- who goes by the name Howard Kleiner in the commercial -- tries to argue that the pollution caused by gas-powered vehicles is actually a good thing because it helps stem population growth. All in all, the commercial is well done and the entire thing can be viewed below. There's even a subtle shout out to one of Schwarzenegger's all-time great movie lines if you pay close attention:

POSTED JUNE 26, 2019 11:07 PM

U.A.E. Splits With U.S. Over Blame for Oil Tanker Attack in May

U.A.E. Splits With U.S. Over Blame for Oil Tanker Attack in May(Bloomberg) -- The United Arab Emirates appeared to distance itself from U.S. claims that pinned attacks on oil tankers near the Strait of Hormuz on Iran.“Honestly we can’t point the blame at any country because we don’t have evidence,” Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan said on Wednesday in Moscow. “If there is a country that has the evidence, then I’m convinced that the international community will listen to it. But we need to make sure the evidence is precise and convincing.”While an investigation by the U.A.E., Norway and Saudi Arabia concluded that a “state actor” was most likely behind the incident in May, no nation was singled out. Still, U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton has said that Iran was almost certainly responsible.The attack predated the pair of strikes in the Gulf of Oman this month that the U.S. has also blamed on Iran. Vessels were targeted off the U.A.E. coast in May as they made their way toward the Strait of Hormuz, the world’s foremost oil shipping chokepoint.Iran’s foreign minister has labeled Bolton and the leaders of the U.A.E., Israel and Saudi Arabia as the “B-team” that’s prodding President Donald Trump into going to war with the Islamic Republic. Trump slapped new sanctions on Tehran this week.With tensions on the rise across the Middle East, the U.A.E.’s top diplomat tried to change tack after talks in Moscow with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov.“We are in a region that is tense and important for the world and we don’t want more tension,” said Sheikh Abdullah.\--With assistance from Zainab Fattah and Verity Ratcliffe.To contact the reporter on this story: Abbas Al Lawati in Dubai at aallawati6@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Shaji Mathew at, Paul Abelsky, Mark WilliamsFor more articles like this, please visit us at©2019 Bloomberg L.P.

POSTED JUNE 26, 2019 7:23 AM

What's different about Bernie Sanders' student loan plan? It would help more rich people

What's different about Bernie Sanders' student loan plan? It would help more rich peopleThe democratic socialist's plan would forgive the big student debts of high-earning professionals such as doctors -- making them wealthy, fast.

POSTED JUNE 25, 2019 12:40 PM

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