长沙桑拿 24/04/2019

Turkey eyes major military shake-up after failed coup

ANKARA, Turkey – Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim on Thursday chaired a top-level military meeting that is likely to lead to a major shake-up within the country’s armed forces following a failed coup by renegade military officers.

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The Supreme Military Council, gathering top commanders of NATO’s second-largest army, met a day after Turkey discharged close to 1,700 officers – including 149 generals and admirals – suspected of involvement in the failed July 15 coup attempt. The council, which decides on promotions and retirements, was expected to announce more dismissals on Thursday. A senior Turkish official described the purges as “dishonourable discharge.”

Turkey declared a state of emergency following the violent coup attempt that led to 290 deaths, and embarked on a large-scale clampdown on people suspected of ties to U.S.-based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen, whom the government accuses of masterminding the coup. Nearly 16,000 people were detained over suspected links to the failed uprising, and about half of them were formally arrested to face trial.

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Tens of thousands of state employees have also been dismissed for alleged ties to Gulen, while schools, dormitories and hospitals associated with his movement have been closed down.

Authorities issued warrants for the detention of 89 journalists as the clampdown extended to the media. Dozens of media organizations – most of them also linked to Gulen – were ordered shuttered late Wednesday.

The media organizations include 16 television stations, 23 radio stations, 15 magazines, 29 publishing houses and 45 newspapers – including a Gulen-linked children’s television station and opposition daily Taraf.

Gulen, who lives in the United States and runs a global network of schools and foundations, has repeatedly denied any knowledge of the coup attempt. Turkey wants the cleric extradited but the U.S. has told Turkey to present evidence against Gulen and let the U.S. extradition process take its course.

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The military Council meeting was originally scheduled for the first week of August but was brought forward following the coup attempt. Its location was moved from the military headquarters to the prime minister’s office in a sign that the government aims to place the military under stronger civilian control.

Late Wednesday, the government issued a decree that removed the paramilitary police force and the coast guard from military command and placed them under the control of the Interior Ministry.

Turkish officials have said they believe the coup plot was put into force in haste before the Council in August, when many officers suspected of links to Gulen would have been discharged.


Elena Becatoros contributed from Istanbul.

长沙桑拿 24/04/2019

Baton Rouge shooting: VP Biden to speak at vigil honouring 3 fallen officers

BATON ROUGE, La. – Vice-President Joe Biden and U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch are scheduled to speak Thursday at a Baton Rouge vigil honouring the three law enforcement officers who were killed by a lone gunman during a shootout outside a convenience store.

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards and relatives of the slain officers also are expected to speak during the ceremony at Healing Place Church, where a funeral was held last Friday for 41-year-old Baton Rouge police officer Matthew Gerald.

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Gerald, 45-year-old sheriff’s deputy Brad Garafola and 32-year-old police officer Montrell Jackson were shot and killed July 17 by 29-year-old Gavin Long, an Army veteran from Kansas City, Missouri. Long also wounded three other officers before a SWAT officer gunned him down.

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Sheriff’s Deputy Nicholas Tullier was critically wounded and has remained in a hospital since the shooting.

Authorities said Long was targeting police when he ambushed the officers in Baton Rouge, where racial tensions had been mounting amid protests over a deadly police shooting. Alton Sterling, a 37-year-old black man, was shot and killed during a struggle with two white police officers July 5.

Jackson, a corporal, was a 10-year veteran of the Baton Rouge Police Department. He was married and had a 4-month-old son. Days before he was shot to death, Jackson posted a message on Facebook about the difficulties of being both a black man and a police officer in the tumultuous aftermath of Sterling’s shooting.

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“Please don’t let hate infect your heart. This city MUST and WILL get better,” wrote Jackson, whose funeral was Monday.

Garafola, whose funeral was Saturday, is survived by a wife and four children: sons ages 21 and 12, and daughters ages 15 and 7.

Sheriff Sid Gautreaux said Garafola “went down fighting,” with surveillance video showing him firing at the gunman as bullets hit the concrete around him.

Gerald was a former Marine and Army veteran who served three tours in Iraq before joining the police force nine months ago. His wife, Dechia Gerald – now a widow with two young daughters – called him “my blue-eyed rock” in a written tribute. She expressed hope that his legacy will “bridge the gap and foster peace in the country he lived, loved and died for.”

长沙桑拿 24/04/2019

Normandy church attack: second suspect identified as 19-year-old Frenchman

PARIS – The second man who attacked a Normandy church during a morning Mass this week, slitting the throat of the elderly priest, is a 19-year-old Frenchman from eastern France, the prosecutor’s office said Thursday.

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An official in the prosecutor’s office said it was “very probable” that the man, identified as Abdel-Malik Nabil Petit Jean, was the same man pictured in a photo distributed to police services four days before the attack and obtained by The Associated Press. The information accompanying the photo of an unidentified man said the person pictured “could be ready to participate in an attack on national territory.”

UCLAT, an agency that co-ordinates the anti-terrorist fight, said it obtained the photo from a trusted source.

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Petit Jean and another 19-year-old, Adel Kermiche, were killed by police as they left the church Tuesday in Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray. An elderly man among the five people in the congregation was seriously wounded by knife slashes. One of three nuns present escaped and alerted police.

Petit Jean was born in eastern France, in Saint Die des Vosges, in eastern France, the prosecutor’s office said. He was identified via his DNA. Kermiche was from Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray.

A man detained after the attack was still being held for questioning, the prosecutor’s office said.

The attack was claimed by the Islamic State group, which released a video Wednesday allegedly showing Kermiche and his accomplice clasping hands and pledging allegiance to the group.

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In it, Kermiche identifies himself by the nom de guerre Abu Jaleel al-Hanafi, and says Petit Jean is called Ibn Omar.

The UCLAT flyer to law enforcement said the person in the photo “could already be present in France and act alone or with other individuals. The date, the target and the modus operandi of these actions are for the moment unknown.”

The church attack came less than two weeks after an attack by a man barrelling his truck down a pedestrian zone in Nice, on the Riviera, that killed 84 people celebrating France’s national day.

The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for that attack, too, as well as two attacks that followed in Germany.


Elaine Ganley contributed to this report.

长沙桑拿 24/04/2019

Quality of life between Canadian provinces differ despite UN ranking: report

OTTAWA – Canada sits on an enviable top-10 perch when it comes to quality of life around the world, but a new analysis points to significant disparity among its provinces and territories.

Albertans, for example, enjoyed a quality of life in 2014 comparable to that found in countries like Switzerland or Denmark, says a new report that seeks to replicate the United Nations human development index for Canadian regions.

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At the other end of the spectrum, says the report released today, Nunavut would have had a quality of life similar to that of Latvia or Croatia.

Overall, Canada holds down the ninth spot on the 2015 UN index of 188 countries, which was based on 2014 data. It tied with New Zealand one slot below the United States.

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By comparison, if Alberta had been stacked up against countries on the list, it would have landed in fourth place – the highest among Canada’s provinces and territories.

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Nunavut would have ended up 46th, the report says.

“Although most Canadian provinces and territories achieve impressive ranks in the international context, evidently Canada’s overall (human development index) masks substantial variation among the different regions,” said the paper by The Centre for the Study of Living Standards.

“Our report highlights the diverse human development experiences of Canadians.”

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The UN human development index is a frequently used tool that measures one country’s standing with another. It combines data on life expectancy, education and gross national income to produce a ranking of the UN’s member countries.

To replicate the index for provinces and territories, report author and economist James Uguccioni wrote that he used Statistics Canada data to ensure it was as consistent as possible.

The study also ranked B.C. as the top-ranked Canadian region for life expectancy, while Nunavut was last. Compared to UN countries, Nunavut was No. 103 for life expectancy.

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It also said Nunavut ranked last when it came to average educational attainment, while Yukon had the highest level.

Nunavut trailed in the category of expected years of schooling, in which Quebec was No. 1. Internationally, Nunavut was 107th.

For gross national income per capita, Northwest Territories was first and Prince Edward Island was last.

Here’s a rundown of where the provinces and territories would rank internationally:

– Alberta: 4

– Ontario: 8

– British Columbia: 11

– Saskatchewan: 12

– Quebec: 12

– Northwest Territories: 15

– Newfoundland and Labrador: 16

– Nova Scotia: 22

– Yukon: 22

– Prince Edward Island: 23

– Manitoba: 23

– New Brunswick: 25

– Nunavut: 46

长沙桑拿 24/04/2019

Const. James Forcillo sentenced to 6 years in prison for shooting death of Sammy Yatim

TORONTO – A Toronto police officer who gunned down a troubled teen on an empty streetcar three years ago abused his authority in a way that undermines public trust in law enforcement and the justice system, a judge said Thursday in sentencing him to six years in prison.

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In letting loose a second volley of shots on 18-year-old Sammy Yatim, Const. James Forcillo committed an “egregious breach of trust” and his sentence must serve as notice to other police officers that they should open fire “only as a last resort,” Justice Edward Then told a Toronto court.

The sentence “should not be taken to reflect adversely on the well-deserved reputation of the Toronto Police Service nor diminish in any way the respect and support individual police officers deserve for the dangerous and important work they do,” he said.

“However, when a police officer has committed a serious crime of violence by breaking the law which the officer is sworn to uphold, it is the duty of the court to firmly denounce that conduct in an effort to repair and affirm the trust that must exist between the community and the police to whom we entrust the use of lethal weapons within the limits prescribed by law.”

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Murmurs rippled through the packed courtroom as Then delivered the sentence. The disgraced police officer, wearing a dark suit, stood straight and stone-faced as he was handcuffed.

Yatim’s parents looked at Forcillo, then turned to one another in silence. But outside the courtroom, Sahar Bahadi, Yatim’s mother, said she remained outraged.

“He destroyed our family, he will destroy our lives,” she said.

“But he didn’t show any kind of remorse.”

“I am always angry. Since I lost my son, I am always angry. I have screams inside me and I have to control myself.”

Sammy Yatim.


His father, Nabil Yatim, said he hopes the ruling will bring about change so that no other family has to suffer as theirs has.

Yatim’s death on July 27, 2013, sparked public outrage in the city after a cellphone video of the shooting went viral.

Then cited that cellphone video as “powerful evidence” that what Forcillo said occurred on the streetcar that night did not actually happen.

The judge spent almost 90 minutes dissecting the evidence that came to light during the trial, delivering a series of stinging rebukes to Forcillo’s conduct, saying his actions constituted “a fundamental failure to understand his duty to preserve all life, not just his own.”

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Forcillo did not mistakenly believe that Yatim was getting up after being struck with a first volley of bullets, as the officer testified in court, Then found. Instead, he based his decision to fire again entirely on the fact that Yatim had managed to recover his knife, he said.

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Under police training, that alone would not justify shooting a suspect, the judge said. The second volley of shots was “not only contrary to (Forcillo’s) training, but unreasonable, unnecessary and excessive.”

What’s more, “at no time prior to the second volley did Officer Forcillo attempt to communicate with Mr. Yatim, notwithstanding that he had obviously been injured by the first volley,” he said.

“There was ample opportunity for Officer Forcillo to communicate with Mr. Yatim by engaging in verbal de-escalation or to issue commands in accordance with his training in order to allow Mr. Yatim to relinquish his knife.”

Forcillo’s lawyer, Peter Brauti, said an appeal has already been filed on the conviction and sentencing.

“It wasn’t how we saw the nature of the offence,” Brauti said.

Both sides were in appeal court later Thursday as the defence applied for bail pending appeal.

The defence argued that Forcillo should be granted bail because he wouldn’t be likely to reoffend, given that the conditions under which he shot Yatim would not be repeated. The appeal judge, Justice Eileen Gillese, said she would make her decision about bail by Friday morning.

Mike McCormack, president of the Toronto police union, called the entire case a tragedy.

“We go out there and do our professional job each and every day, and this decision is under appeal,” he said. “This is a tragic day for the Forcillo family, the Yatim family – there will never be any good outcome from this, it’s tragic all around.”

After the sentencing, Toronto police suspended Forcillo without pay, according to spokesman Mark Pugash.

Police Chief Mark Saunders said in a statement that Forcillo still faces a disciplinary matter in the Toronto Police Service Tribunal, but declined to comment on the criminal case.

“The last three years have been difficult for everyone involved, including the families of Sammy Yatim and James Forcillo. The Toronto Police Service will continue to protect and support the public, and each other, and I am certain members will continue to do their jobs professionally and with respect,” he said.

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The outrage over Yatim’s death prompted Saunders’ predecessor to launch a review of officers’ use of force and their response to emotionally disturbed people.

Then rejected the defence’s assertion that Forcillo should not be subjected to the mandatory minimum sentence of five years in prison for the attempted murder conviction. But he also said the Crown’s request that the officer spend between eight to 10 years behind bars was “unreasonable.”

The judge said he took into account Forcillo’s overall “positive” character and lack of criminal record, and noted it was the only time the officer has fired his gun in his 3.5 years with the force.

That Forcillo will likely lose his job and will spend his time in prison in protective custody are also considered mitigating factors, Then said.

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But he also found the aggravating factors – including that Forcillo failed to follow his training or use de-escalation techniques – “substantially outweigh” the mitigating factors.

Forcillo’s lawyers, who had argued for house arrest instead of a prison sentence, filed a constitutional appeal, arguing the mandatory minimum was never intended to apply to peace officers who legitimately carry a gun at the behest of the state in order to protect society.

Prosecutors argued the mandatory minimum is meant to apply to everyone and that police officers shouldn’t get special treatment.

They also argued that Forcillo’s case appears to be “among the most egregious examples of unjustified violence by a police officer in Canada.”

Forcillo had been out on bail since being charged, but was taken to a holding cell in the courthouse immediately after sentencing.

长沙桑拿 24/03/2019

Another Canadian detained in Turkey after failed coup attempt

Global Affairs Canada says a second Canadian citizen has been detained in Turkey.

Spokesman Francois Lasalle says Canadian consular officials are in contact with Turkish authorities and are providing consular assistance to the family.

Global Affairs would not release the name of the Canadian, citing privacy concerns.

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However, the Anatolian Heritage Federation in Ottawa says in a release that the person arrested and detained at the Ataturk Airport in Istanbul is Ilhan Erdem on what it calls “trumped up” allegations.

It cites Turkish media as reporting Erdem is accused of leading the Hizmet movement in Canada.

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The Hizmet movement, also known as the Gulen movement, is described as a global network based on the teachings of U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gulen, a critic and former ally of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

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The federation says, however, that Erdem’s beliefs are “simply aligned with those of Hizmet” and was arrested only because Erdogan “continues to target all detractors … including peaceful Hizmet participants.”

Nurcan Topcuolgu, a family friend and a member of the federation, says no one has been able to contact Erdem or his wife since they tried to board a flight to Canada on Monday. She says Erdem, his wife and two children were planning a family vacation in Ottawa.

Topcuolgu says Erdem was working as an imam when he lived in Ottawa, but has been working as an education consultant in Turkey for the last three years.

There was still no concrete word, meanwhile, on why a Calgary man being detained in Turkey has been arrested, amid media reports that he’s accused of being a coup plotter.

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Davud Hanci, an imam who provides spiritual counselling to prisoners, is apparently being held on accusations he was involved in the July 15 coup attempt in Turkey.

Pictures that had circulated in Turkish media show a man purported to be Hanci with Gulen.

Hanci was allowed to see his wife on Monday, but the visit was too brief to glean much information.

长沙桑拿 24/03/2019

Uncle of Surrey’s latest shooting victim speaks out

The uncle of Surrey’s latest shooting victim is speaking out and sharing his frustration.

“He did nothing wrong, he wasn’t a gangster. Stop stereotyping, we are not all gangsters,” says Balkar, the uncle of 28-year-old Michael Sandhu.

Last Saturday Michael went for a coffee with his friend Sean Pasha after having dinner with his parents.

When they returned to Sean’s home, they were talking about each other’s weddings on his driveway when the pair was gunned down.

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Pasha’s family, including his eight-week-old niece were inside the house at the time of the shooting.

“What a perfect young innocent boy he was, he had done nothing wrong to nobody at all,” says Balkar.

“Sean was excited, he was showing Michael a pair of shoes, ‘what do you think of these shoes, I want to buy these ones for my wedding.’ And that’s what they were discussing the minute it happened.”

Sean was shot on the shoulder and survived – but Michael was shot in the arm and the head and did not survive.

READ MORE: Families of victims in fatal Surrey shooting speak out

Police released a statement saying the shooting was targeted, but his family says that couldn’t be further from the truth.

“He loved his family, he was home all the time. And that’s what all his life was about,” adds Balkar.

According to his family Michael did really well at school. Balkar says he always made his family proud and was just getting ready to get his Real Estate license.

Police later said Michael did not possessed a criminal record nor was he believed to be involved in the current gang conflict.

But Balkar says police need to do more than that to clear his nephew’s name.

“I need the police to come out and say, 100 per cent that Michael was an innocent party in this. Absolutely innocent, nothing wrong with Michael. Wrong place, wrong time,” says Balkar.

However, police said that friends and family members of individuals involved in the street lifestyle could become collateral damage of violent disputes.

In this case it’s believed that one of Sean relatives is caught up in the current conflict.

“We can’t control who’s around us all the time,” says Balkar.

The family and the whole community are still in shock.

Wednesday was the first time the parents were allowed to see their son since the shooting.

A teary Balkar says that for now, all they can do is focus on Michael’s funeral which is being held this Saturday.

With files from Sonia Deol 

长沙桑拿 24/03/2019

‘I trust Hillary Clinton with our son’s life’: Tim Kaine says at DNC

PHILADELPHIA — It took just four days for Hillary Clinton’s newly minted running mate, Sen. Tim Kaine, to drop the t-word.

“Let’s talk about trust,” Kaine said in his Wednesday night speech at the Democratic convention. “I trust Hillary Clinton with our son’s life.”

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Traditionally, vice presidential candidates are deployed as attack dogs, slamming their opponent to free the presidential candidate to rise above the political fray, and Kaine did spend much of his speech accepting his party’s nomination going after GOP rival Donald Trump.

But the Virginia senator’s speech also underscored his other, more unique, role on Clinton’s ticket: Validator-in-chief.

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Mixed into a largely biographical address designed to introduce the little-known Kaine to the American public was a testimony to Clinton’s character, including what poll after poll shows is her biggest weakness: what American’s make of her honesty.

“I want to tell you why I trust Hillary Clinton,” he said.

Clinton, he said, is ready, consistent and delivers, rattling off a list of her accomplishments as first lady, senator from New York and secretary of state.

Campaign aides say repairing Clinton’s image with the American public will take more than just one speech or even a four-day convention. They’ve begun looking for opportunities for Clinton to begin building trust with voters at various moments in the campaign to come between now and Election Day.

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It’s clear that testimonials from Kaine, a folksy politician who projects more of an everyman image than his running mate, will be a key piece of that strategy.

“We better elect the candidate who’s proven she can be trusted with the job,” he said.

The ex-governor, also a former mayor of Richmond and city council member, hasn’t lost an election in Virginia since his first campaign in the mid-1990s. But he remains largely unknown on thenational political stage.

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Vouching for Clinton wasn’t Kaine’s only job during his star turn at the Wells Fargo Center. He introduced himself to the American public, switching between English and Spanish and talking about his time as a Catholic missionary in Honduras.

When he highlighted his background as the son of a union ironworker and graduate of Jesuit schools, he made sure to mention his father-in-law, former Virginia Gov. Linwood Holton, a Republican who integrated the state’s public schools.

“Lin’s still a Republican but he’s voting for an awful lot of Democrats these days,” said Kaine. “Because any party that would nominate Donald Trump for president has moved too far away from this party of Lincoln.”

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He placed Clinton in a long line of liberal icons, including her husband and predecessor.

“Thomas declared all were men equal and Abigail remembered the women,” he said. “Bill built a bridge into the 21st century and Barack gave us hope.”

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And he offered a series of tough attacks on Trump, offering an impression of the New York millionaire before mocking him as a “slick-talking, empty-promising, self-promoting one-man wrecking crew.”

Yet the threat of Trump hasn’t led to an open embrace of Kaine by liberals, who had hoped Clinton would select Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, a champion of tougher restrictions on Wall Street and other liberal causes.

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Much of their unhappiness has centered on Kaine’s vote in 2015 to support so-called “fast track” authority, allowing the president to put forward the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal. The Pacific Rim agreement has been promoted by President Barack Obama as a way to increase U.S. influence in Asia and act as a counterweight to China.

Kaine now opposes the deal, a position in step with Clinton, but liberals raised concerns about him after he praised parts of the agreement.

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Kaine’s allies say his record must be judged in totality. They point to his work as a civil rights attorney specializing in fair housing, his opposition to the death penalty, and record as governor of defending education funding during tough times.

Kaine attempted to defray some of that worry during his address.

“We all should feel the Bern and we all should not want to get burned by the other guy,” Kaine said, to cheers.

长沙桑拿 24/03/2019

Joe Biden delivers blistering attack on Donald Trump at Democratic Convention

PHILADELPHIA — Leveling a blistering attack on Donald Trump, Vice President Joe Biden put on his rhetorical hat as “middle-class Joe” Wednesday and told Democratic delegates and millions of television viewers that the billionaire businessman “has no clue” about the needs of working-class people or what makes the nation great.

“He’s trying to tell us he cares about the middle class?” Biden said at the Democratic National Convention. “Give me a break. That’s a bunch of malarkey.”

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The delegates ate it up, chanting “not a clue, not a clue” and jumping to their feet over and over, waving signs that read simply “Joe.”

It was a bittersweet moment for Biden in more ways than one. He took note of the loss of his son, Beau, to brain cancer a little more than a year ago. And left unspoken was the knowledge that Biden had long hoped for a very different kind of convention moment — one in which he claimed the nomination for himself.

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Biden, 73, ran for president twice and spent months last year debating whether to challenge Hillary Clinton for the 2016 nomination before he opted out in October.

But Biden put that behind him and delivered a stirring defense of Clinton as smart, tough and passionate about helping others.

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“There’s only one person in this race, who will be there, who’s always been there for you,” he declared.

Then he quickly segued into a harsh comparison with Trump, taking note of his own nickname as “middle-class Joe.”

“To state the obvious — and I’m not trying to be a wise guy here — that’s not Donald Trump’s story,” Biden said.

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“His cynicism is unbounded,” Biden said, citing a lack of empathy and compassion summed up in Trump’s signature catchphrase, “You’re fired.”

The vice president gave Trump one distinction:

“No major-party nominee in the history of this nation has ever known less or has been less prepared to deal with our national security.”

“We cannot elect a man who exploits our fears of ISIS and other terrorists, has no plan whatsoever to make us safer, a man who embraces the tactics of our enemies — torture, religious intolerance,” Biden said. “That’s not who we are. It betrays our values.”

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Biden was introduced by his wife, Jill, and with a six-minute video that summed up his four-decades-plus political career as a congressman, senator and vice president.

“He was authentic long before it became a buzzword in politics,” his wife told the delegates, who showed they agreed, some waving signs that read “Scranton,” his working-class hometown in Pennsylvania.

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“I love Joe Biden,” said Tammie Lewis, a Michigan delegate. “He should have been our next president.”

“He’s always come across as just one of us,” she added.

First lady Michelle Obama, who got a shout-out from Biden in his speech, tweeted back: “To one of my favorite men in the world. Joe, thank you & Jill for all you’ve done for this country.”

Biden’s speech to the convention is likely one of the last major addresses of his political career. He has said he expects to stay involved on issues after his tenure as vice president ends but he has no plans to run for office again.

长沙桑拿 24/03/2019

Michael Bloomberg at DNC: ‘richest thing about Donald Trump is his hypocrisy’

NEW YORK — Michael Bloomberg, elected mayor of New York City as a Republican, offered a forceful denunciation of fellow New York billionaire Donald Trump on Wednesday at the Democratic convention, describing the GOP presidential nominee as a “risky, reckless, and radical choice.”

One of the nation’s richest men, Bloomberg drew upon his business background in his unorthodox convention speech in Philadelphia to make the case that a Trump administration would be disastrous for the nation’s economy.

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“Trump has left behind a well-documented record of bankruptcies and thousands of lawsuits and angry shareholders and contractors who feel cheated and disillusioned customers who feel ripped off,” said Bloomberg, now an independent. “Trump says he wants to run the nation like he’s running his business? God help us.”

“Truth be told,” said Bloomberg, “the richest thing about Donald Trump is his hypocrisy.”

A three-term mayor who left office in 2013, Bloomberg considered making a third-party run for president this year before opting against a campaign, expressing worry he would siphon away votes from Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and inadvertently help elect Trump.

Though Bloomberg said that Clinton was “not a flawless candidate,” he praised her work ethic, intelligence and attempts at bipartisanship that made her “the right choice — and the responsible choice — in this election.”

“To me, this election is not a choice between a Democrat and a Republican,” said Bloomberg, wearing a purple tie and exhorting fellow independents to join him in supporting Clinton. “It’s a choice about who is better to lead our country right now, better for our economy, better for our security, better for our freedom, and better for our future.”

While in office, Bloomberg had a cordial relationship with Clinton, who, as a senator from New York, was involved in the city’s post-9/11 rebuilding effort. He did, too, with Trump, whom he knew from New York’s glitzy social circuit and from dealings with him as a developer.

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But Trump’s hardline approach to immigration alienated Bloomberg, who often makes the case that an open immigration policy is needed to keep the nation’s economy growing. He deemed Trump’s economic plan “a con” and “a disaster in the making.”

“He would make it harder for small businesses to compete, do great damage to our economy, threaten the retirement savings of millions of Americans, lead to greater debt and more unemployment, erode our influence around the world, and make our communities less safe,” Bloomberg said.

Bloomberg has also become arguably the nation’s leading gun-control advocate, spending millions of his own fortune to finance candidates and groups that call for the restriction of firearms. Trump, meanwhile, has courted the support of the National Rifle Association, a pro-gun lobbying group that frequently criticizes Bloomberg.

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Trump did not immediately respond to the speech.

The Clinton campaign believes that Bloomberg’s appearance, scheduled in a prime-time slot, shows the breadth of support for the ex-secretary of state. Clinton aides expressed hope he would sway independent voters and make further appearances on her behalf.

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Bloomberg, worth an estimated $47 billion, is the founder of the financial news and information provider Bloomberg LP. He was a political novice when he launched an unlikely bid for mayor in 2001. Largely a social liberal but a fiscal conservative, he served for 12 years, overseeing a gilded age in the nation’s largest city even as the gap between its rich and poor grew.