2020 Daily Trail Markers: Democrats rally union members in Philadelphia

Democratic presidential hopefuls rallied union members in Philadelphia on Tuesday, as they try to take back the battleground state of Pennsylvania in 2020. CBS News political unit associate producer Sarah Ewall-Wice reports.
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Viking drops 'cruise' from its name and website, saying 'We are about the destination'
"We are about the destination," Viking founder and chairman Tor Hagen said, explaining his company's name and URL change on Jan. 15.
Texas church hero takes on Michael Bloomberg: If we did things his way, many more would be dead
Had there been no average U.S. citizens with guns -- like 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg advocates for -- the "carnage" of the shooting inside the West Freeway Church of Christ on December 29 would have been "significantly greater," Texas church shooting hero Jack Wilson said Wednesday.
Lori Loughlin, Mossimo Giannulli's daughters may serve as 'star witnesses' in college admissions scandal: report
Lori Loughlin and Mossimo Giannulli's daughters may become "star witnesses" in the upcoming college admissions trial, according to a new report.
Brazilian far right member of fascist group claims responsibility for Molotov cocktail against
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Jason Momoa visits young fans at children's hospital: 'Greatest part of being Aquaman'
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Sanders surges in new nationwide CNN poll
The poll found that 27 percent of registered Democrats or Democratic-leaning independents said they would support Sanders.
Harvey Weinstein’s Pain
“I’ve found a spiritual connection I never had. In that, I have experienced the power of being vulnerable.”On Monday evening, in The New York Times, Harvey Weinstein did what he has been doing for decades: He explained the world from the perspective of Harvey Weinstein. This particular explanation came in the form of an email the accused rapist sent to the reporter Alan Feuer, for an article that explores what Weinstein’s life has been like over the past year and a half, as he has awaited the criminal trial that begins this week.“Harvey Weinstein’s Dark Days” is rich in reporting and tense in tone. The story features friends of Weinstein, both named and anonymous, sharing information about how he has been passing the time since his arraignment (“reading books, watching streamed TV shows, Googling himself and nervously obsessing about the outcome of his trial”). The story also features Weinstein writing notes to Feuer about vulnerability—notes belying a belief that the language of pain used by Weinstein’s accusers applies just as readily to himself.Weinstein, he and those remaining loyal to him share, is “terrified.” He is “dazed.” And he is “utterly isolated.” He suffers. He is making a performance of the suffering. A car accident this summer—Weinstein swerved his Jeep, he said, to avoid a deer—led to pain so severe, he said, that he required back surgery to ease it. Weinstein, just after the operation, gave an interview to the New York Post, which ran with a hospital-room photo shoot that featured, among other images, a close-up shot of Weinstein’s blood-filled IV bag. Weinstein walks, now, when he appears in public, hunched over a walker, its spindly legs shod with tennis balls.[Read: The facts and fictions of Harvey Weinstein’s arrest]The People of the State of New York v. Harvey Weinstein, which will hear opening statements this morning and is expected to span many weeks, will be in one way a test of facts: A jury, its members selected last week, will decide whether Weinstein raped a woman who has chosen to stay anonymous and whether he assaulted Mimi Haleyi, a former Weinstein Company employee. (Weinstein has denied ever engaging in non-consensual sexual encounters.)But the Weinstein trial will also be, as such exercises always will, a test of sympathies. A small number of the women whose allegations against the former producer cannot be charged as crimes because of statutes of limitation will testify at the trial as “prior bad acts” witnesses. And Weinstein’s defense, for its part, will very likely make use of a strategy that is common precisely because it is effective: attempting to discredit the women who speak out against him on the stand, portraying them as venal and/or vengeful and/or confused. Weinstein’s lawyers may well attempt to argue that alleged sexual abuse, committed in the shadows, is in the end a Rashomonic reality: Who can know, when she says one thing and he says another, what is finally true?Weinstein’s most recent public appearances, though—appearances that put the pain in “sympathy campaign”—suggest an additional tactic at play: an attempt to shift the focus away from the women and toward the accused. Weinstein-in-pain, as a figure in the trial, suggests an effort to transfer the terms from what Harvey Weinstein is alleged to have done, and toward what Harvey Weinstein is alleged to have felt: sorrow, fear, bewilderment, despair. (Regret does not, however, seem to be one of the emotions that have visited Harvey Weinstein as he has awaited his trial: “He thinks he’s the victim,” a friend of the mogul’s told the Times. “He doesn’t blame himself for anything.”)The women may have suffered, Weinstein’s pain allows, but so has Harvey himself. After all this time and all he has lost, his pain argues, perhaps he has suffered enough.[Read: Harvey Weinstein and the power of celebrity exceptionalism]Pain is a canny argument, because pain is unfalsifiable. Pain is relatable, and it is powerful. A year and a half ago, Christine Blasey Ford, the research psychologist, told the United States Senate, in measured tones, about the facts of an evening as she recalled them. Brett Kavanaugh, fighting for a job but also for a birthright, countered with anger and indignation and torment and tears, making his own kind of theater. Kavanaugh won the argument, that day, in the eyes of the only jury that mattered. Trials are emotional things. And the Weinstein trial will likely carry yet more reminders that, in a country that claims all to be equal in the eyes of the law, some are more equal than others.Another tactic Weinstein’s defense team will very likely deploy—indeed, the tactic on which Weinstein’s defense might well hinge—is that consent, too, is an emotional proposition. That it is subject, as social interactions will be, to misunderstandings. Weinstein, according to a former colleague who spoke with the Times, thought his encounters with the women he is charged with abusing were in fact “transactional.” The defense has suggested, in court filings, that it will make a similar argument to the jury this week. Weinstein’s alleged crimes, the idea would follow, amounted not to rape or assault, but rather to that most relatable of things: a simple misreading of the room. Weinstein misunderstood. And Weinstein, also, has been misunderstood. That is one source of his pain. And, at this point, hasn’t he suffered enough?
CNN goes to ground zero of coronavirus outbreak in China
A deadly outbreak of the new coronavirus emerged in Wuhan, China, a city of 11 million people in December 2019. Within weeks, the virus has killed nine people, sickened hundreds and spread as far as the United States. CNN's David Culver reports.
Kid Culture is 18, produced a hit for Justin Bieber and may be the future of the Grammys
When it comes to youth, Kid Culture will be in good company at this year's Grammys.
Trump responds to Clinton’s comments against Sanders: ‘Nobody likes her’
President Trump said “nobody” likes Hillary Clinton, turning the former secretary of state’s comments about Sen. Bernie Sanders against her. “When Hillary says nobody likes him, nobody likes her. That’s why she lost, nobody liked her,” the president told Fox Business Network in an interview from Switzerland where he was attending the World Economic Forum....
Mysterious burst of gravitational waves hit Earth, baffling astronomers
A mysterious deep space event could have stretched and squeezed Earth last week.
Arizona Newspaper Calls State's Republican Senator Martha McSally a 'Political Opportunist Willing to Debase Herself And Dismiss Her Constituency'
The Eastern Arizona Courier compared the senator's behavior to "name-calling like a third-grader on the playground."
Iranian chess referee Shohreh Bayat remains scared to return home to her family over headscarf controversy
An Iranian chess referee says she is frightened to return home after she was criticized online for not wearing the appropriate headscarf during an international tournament.
Walking the Tightrope of Working Class America
Pulitzer Prize-winning foreign correspondents Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn report on how decades of government policies have robbed the working class of the American Dream.
Bernie Sanders Leads Donald Trump by Widest Margin of All 2020 Candidates: Election Poll
The poll asked voters to choose between President Donald Trump and each Democratic candidate as though the election was being held today.
Hans von Spakovsky: Senate sets Trump impeachment trial rules -- top takeaways from Day One
The first day of the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump was largely taken up with procedural issues.
Death toll from virus outbreak in China's Hubei reaches 17: state TV
The death toll from China's new flu-like virus in Hubei province has risen to 17 and the total number of confirmed cases has risen further, state television reported on Wednesday, citing the provincial government.
Trump says he has 'great confidence in Senate'
US President Donald Trump said on Wednesday that he had great confidence in the US Senate as it plunged into his impeachment trial. (Jan. 22)
'Be ready': Mother of Kristin Smart, who went missing in 1996, says FBI told her news coming soon
Kristin Smart's mother said she was contacted by the FBI and told to be ready for news that might bring closure to her more than 20-year nightmare.
3-year-old boy becomes youngest member of British Mensa
A 3-year-old “brainbox” is making waves across the pond, becoming the youngest member ever of the largest and oldest high IQ society in the world. Malaysian tot Muhammad Haryz Nadzim, who lives in the UK, was invited to join British Mensa after meeting with a psychologist and scoring 142 on the Stanford-Binet IQ test, placing...
Watch the 2020 Super Bowl ads
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Diamond Batteries Created with Nuclear Waste may Soon Provide Source of 'Near Infinite' Power
Researchers created a type of diamond that can generate a small electrical current when placed in close proximity to radioactive material. Could it be a new energy source?
US STOCKS SNAPSHOT-S&P, Nasdaq hit new highs on waning China virus fears, earnings
The S&P 500 and the Nasdaq hit fresh all-time highs at the open on Wednesday, as investors took heart from China's efforts to contain a virus outbreak and a strong forecast from IBM.
Brewers home ballpark to be renamed American Family Field
The Milwaukee Brewers home ballpark will have a new name next year after a 20-year deal with Miller comes to an end.
Tom Brady gives Patriots hope amid Robert Kraft’s plotting
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Japanese Shop Owner Tries to Ban Chinese Tourists Over Coronavirus Fears
According to China's National Health Commission, 471 people have been infected with the new coronavirus strain in the country as of January 22.
Harvey Weinstein arrives for trial
Opening arguments are set for today in New York for the Harvey Weinstein rape and sexual assault trial. (Jan. 22)
Prince Charles: We need a new economic model or the planet will burn
Only a revolution in the way the global economy and financial markets work can save the planet from the climate crisis and secure future prosperity, Prince Charles warned on Wednesday
White Claw dominated seltzer in 2019. Its crown is up for grabs this year
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Coronavirus Outbreak Forces Chinese to Rethink Travel Plans
A senior health official warned that the annual Spring Festival holiday travel rush would complicate efforts to contain the outbreak, as the official death toll nearly doubled.
Bernie on Clinton comments: ‘Ask her’ why she’s still talking about 2016
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Soccer players union promises to defend Olympic protesters
Soccer players who defy Olympic rules by making protest gestures at the 2020 Tokyo Games will be supported by their global union.
Saudi Arabia denies hacking Jeff Bezos' phone
A forensics team hired by Jeff Bezos has concluded with medium to high probability that a hack of the Amazon CEO's mobile phone originated from an account controlled by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, according to a source.
Rep. Elise Stefanik: Schiff showed 'complete hypocrisy' at impeachment trial
Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., is hypocritical in decrying the impeachment trial as unfair, Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-N.Y., said Wednesday, arguing that Schiff did not allow Republicans to call witnesses during the House's proceedings.
Terry Jones, Monty Python star, dies at 77
Terry Jones, a founding member of Monty Python, died Tuesday night at the age of 77. He appeared in the comedy troupe's TV series and movies, including “Life of Brian" and “Monty Python and The Holy Grail.” One of Jones' most iconic lines was "He's not the messiah, he's a very naughty boy" in "Life of Brian."
Trump downplays service members' concussion injuries from Iranian attack: 'I heard they had headaches'
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Harvey Weinstein arrives to court for opening statements in rape trial
The case will unfold inside a 15th-floor courtroom at 100 Centre Street, more than two years after bombshell news reports emerged about filmmaker's alleged serial sexual misconduct.
Coco Gauff sets up Osaka showdown in Australia; Serena wins
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The war on Muslims
Photo by Bill Pugliano/Getty Images Mehdi Hasan discusses the rise of global Islamophobia on the Ezra Klein Show With “reeducation” camps in China, religious disenfranchisement in India, ethnic cleansing in Myanmar, street violence in Sri Lanka, mass shootings in New Zealand, the flourishing of far-right parties across Europe, and the mainstreaming of Islamophobia in America, there’s been a global surge in anti-Muslim bigotry — often supported by the full power and might of the state. It’s one of the most frightening and undercovered political stories of our time. That is why this week on the Ezra Klein Show I wanted to bring on Mehdi Hasan, a senior writer for the Intercept, the host of the Deconstructed podcast, and the anchor of Al Jazeera’s Up Front. Hasan has done some of the best reporting on anti-Muslim prejudice and persecutions worldwide, covering everything from Narendra Modi’s rise in India to the treatment of Uighurs in China to the role that social media plays in amplifying anti-Muslim sentiment. We discuss all of that in this conversation, but we also try to answer some deeper questions: Why Muslims? Why now? What is the ideology that drives and justifies anti-Muslim bigotry? What are the political incentives that foster it? Not everything in this conversation is easy to hear. But understanding the scope and scale of the war on Muslims is central to understanding the world we live in, the Orwellian nature of the Islamophobic narrative, and the resentments and traumas we’re inflicting on the future. You can listen to this conversation — and others — by subscribing to The Ezra Klein Show on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, or wherever you get your podcasts. Mehdi Hasan’s book recommendations: The Fear of Islam by Todd H. Green The Enemy Within by Sayeeda Warsi The Autobiography of Malcolm X by Alex Haley
Corey Johnson slams Eric Adams for ‘go back to Iowa’ rant
City Council Speaker and fellow mayoral hopeful Corey Johnson rebuked Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams on Wednesday for telling out-of-state transplants to “go back” to the Midwest. “The young person who moved here from Ohio or Iowa, we welcome them to New York City,” Johnson said on NY1. “We are the greatest city in the...
Impeachment state of play: What to watch in opening arguments
Well, that was fun: 12 hours later after Tuesday's Senate impeachment trial session for President Donald Trump began, the rules for the opening stage are now set.
Schilling the one to watch in next Hall of Fame vote
Derek Jeter's election to the Hall of Fame marked the seventh straight year with at least one first-ballot honoree.
Trump campaign manager: Americans see impeachment trial as boring 'political theater'
President Trump’s chief 2020 reelection campaign manager Brad Parscale said on Wednesday that amid the Senate impeachment trial, Americans have been fatigued by the Democrats’ entire process.
Tom Homan hits back at Biden for remark on illegal immigrants arrested for DUI: He's 'lost his mind'
Former Acting Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Director Tom Homan said Wednesday that Joe Biden has "lost his mind," calling out the former vice president for saying that the United States should not deport illegal immigrants over a drunk-driving arrest.
Is Hernandez the biggest MLS signing since Beckham?
The biggest MLS signing since David Beckham?
Is Javier Hernandez the biggest MLS signing since David Beckham?
LA Galaxy's signing of David Beckham in 2007 revolutionized Major League Soccer, helping draw more eyeballs to North American football than ever before.