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'You have to face a bully': Castro brothers unite against Trump's race-baiting

Presidential hopeful Julián and Texas congressman Joaquin stand up with one voice against president’s anti-immigration policies

They were born a minute apart, Julián at 2.40am and Joaquin at 2.41am, and for the next 20 years were virtually inseparable.

They went to school together, played tennis as a doubles team, shared classes at Stanford and Harvard law. They look and speak so identically that local media in their hometown of San Antonio, Texas, have posted quides on how to tell them apart.

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Antonio Brown countersues ex-trainer who claims he raped her
Antonio Brown is countersuing a former female trainer who claimed in a civil suit that the ex-NFL wide-receiver raped her on three separate occasions, a report said. Brown, 31, who has denied the allegations by Britney Taylor, is suing the woman for defamation and interference with his NFL contracts and endorsement, according to documents obtained...
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Trump brags he “opened” Apple’s Texas Mac Pro plant—it opened in 2013
"I opened a major Apple manufacturing plant in Texas," Trump wrote Wednesday.
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Moderate Democrats Should Stop Pretending That Free College Is a Giveaway to Rich Kids
What Pete Buttigieg and Amy Klobuchar really oppose is free college for the upper middle class.
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Iceland accused of putting mackerel stocks at risk by increasing its catch
Leaked document says fishing surge in international waters poses long-term risksIceland has been accused of threatening the long-term sustainability of vital mackerel stocks after unilaterally increasing its catches in the international waters of the north-east Atlantic.In a damning leaked document agreed at a meeting in London in October, the EU, Norway and the Faroe Islands lambasted Reykjavik’s decision to significantly raise its quota without consultation. Russia and Greenland were also criticised. Continue reading...
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Gordon Sondland delivers the goods
Gordon Sondland testified he spent a million dollars to get a ticket to Donald Trump's inauguration. It also got him an ambassadorship and a starring role in Trump's impeachment.
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Stunning testimony links Trump to abuse of power
Gordon Sondland wrote his name in history and triggered a turning point in the House impeachment inquiry with stunning testimony implicating the President in an abuse of power.
Politica
Free Internet Is Proposed in Britain. Is It Even Possible?
A Labour Party plan to provide government-sponsored broadband service has raised questions about how it would work, and who would pay for it.
The New York Times
The winners of the crowded Democratic presidential debate weren't on stage on Wednesday
REUTERS/Chris Aluka Berry Ten of the 2020 Democratic presidential candidates took the stage in Atlanta, Georgia, on Wednesday night for the fifth round of presidential debates after a long day of bombshell impeachment hearings. But none of the candidates emerged as winners. Instead, House Democrats came out on top on Wednesday night because the low-conflict debate ensured the vast majority of media attention will stay on the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump.  Civility also won the night. The candidates spent the vast majority of the debate agreeing on policy basics and calling for a unifying nominee.  Biden was the biggest loser of Wednesday night's debate. The former vice president is known for putting his foot in his mouth, and he didn't disappoint on Wednesday.  Visit BusinessInsider.com for more stories. Ten of the 2020 Democratic presidential candidates took the stage in Atlanta, Georgia on Wednesday night for the fifth round of presidential debates.  This was the second debate to occur since the launch of the House impeachment probe into President Donald Trump in the House, and it came after a full day of public hearings on Wednesday. See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: Extremists turned a frog meme into a hate symbol, but Hong Kong protesters revived it as an emblem of hopeSee Also:Biden claims at debate that he has the support of 'the only black woman' elected to the Senate, to which Kamala Harris responds, 'the other one is here!'Here are the 2020 Democratic presidential candidates who will be on stage at tonight's debate in AtlantaPete Buttigieg is running for president in 2020. Here's everything we know about the candidate and how he stacks up against the competition.SEE ALSO: The 25 women who have accused Trump of sexual misconduct
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Democratic debates: Arrow pointing up for a couple of long-shots
The political fireworks mostly stayed in Washington, D.C. as a dozen Democratic candidates assembled in Atlanta for their two-plus hour-long debate — where the top-tier Democratic candidates largely avoided sharp and personal exchanges that could redefine the race, says The Post’s debate expert Eric Soufer. That means that Pete Buttigieg’s momentum — fueled by strong...
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Democratic debate: Amy Klobuchar, Pete Buttigieg spar over experience
The two Democratic presidential hopefuls went head-to-head over the type of experience needed to serve as president
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Democratic debate highlights: minority outreach, political experience and 'murderous dictators'
The fifth presidential debate featured sharp exchanges on Wednesday over outreach to minority voters and which of the Democratic contenders is best prepared to lead.
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Graham: Report on FBI's handling of Russia probe will be released December 9
Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz's report into the FBI's handling of the Russia investigation will be released December 9, Senate Judiciary Chairman Lindsey Graham said Wednesday night.
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CNN to air December PBS Democratic presidential debate live
CNN will air the Democratic presidential debate live on multiple platforms next month, joining local PBS stations to bring the final Democratic National Committee-sanctioned debate of 2019 to viewers in the US and around the world.
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Antonio Brown Files Defamation Countersuit Against Britney Taylor
Antonio Brown has filed a countersuit against Britney Taylor while claiming defamation and interference with his NFL contracts and endorsements, according to Jeremy Fowler of ESPN...
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Vogue cover features transgender 'muxe' from Mexico for the first time
Mexican and British editions of the magazine feature Estrella Vazquez on the cover in DecemberA culture of indigenous transgender women that has been part of southern Mexico’s heritage for centuries is getting the Vogue treatment, featuring on the magazine’s front cover for the first time in more than 120 years of publishing.An indigenous “muxe” woman will appear next month on the cover of the magazine’s Mexican and British editions. Continue reading...
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Biden claims at debate that he has the support of 'the only black woman' elected to the Senate, to which Kamala Harris responds, 'the other one is here!'
Associated Press/John Bazemore Former Vice President Joe Biden said at the Democratic debate on Wednesday he had the support of the only black woman elected to the Senate — to which Sen. Kamala Harris replied, "That's not true!" Biden was discussing marijuana legalization and criminal justice reform when he sought to highlight how he has earned the support of former Sen. Carol Moseley Braun, the first black female senator. But he misspoke, sparking raucous laughter from Sen. Kamala Harris, currently the only black woman elected to the Senate. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Former Vice President Joe Biden tried during Wednesday's debate to talk up his support among black voters, but ended up accidentally claiming he had the support of the only black woman elected to the Senate — a title that currently belongs to one of his opponents. Biden was discussing marijuana legalization and criminal justice reform when he sought to highlight how he has earned the support of former Sen. Carol Moseley Braun, the first black female senator.See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: Extremists turned a frog meme into a hate symbol, but Hong Kong protesters revived it as an emblem of hopeSee Also:Here are the 9 biggest moments from the fifth Democratic debate in AtlantaBiden said we need to 'keep punching at' domestic violence and the internet was not amusedKamala Harris rips into Tulsi Gabbard for being an Assad apologist and Fox News regular who criticizes her own party
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Here are the 9 biggest moments from the fifth Democratic debate in Atlanta
Brendan McDermid/Reuters On November 20, ten presidential candidates gathered in Atlanta, Georgia, for the fifth Democratic primary debate co-hosted by MSNBC and The Washington Post. With less than three months out before the first primary contests take place in Iowa and New Hampshire, the race is quickly heating up. But after two marathon days of explosive impeachment hearings, Wednesday's debate was relatively subdued, with Democrats mostly focusing on the issues and refraining from attacking each other directly. Here are the nine biggest moments from the debate. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.  On November 20, ten presidential candidates gathered in Atlanta, Georgia, for the fifth Democratic primary debate co-hosted by MSNBC and The Washington Post. In order to qualify for the November debate, candidates needed both 165,000 individual donors and to earn either 3% in four DNC-approved national polls or 5% in two approved early-state polls from Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina, or Nevada.  In all, ten candidates made the stage, down from 12 who participated in the October debate. The November debate was moderated by veteran NBC correspondent and host Andrea Mitchell, MSNBC anchor Rachel Maddow, NBC News White House correspondent Kristen Welker, and Washington Post White House reporter Ashley Parker. With less than three months out before the first primary contests take place in Iowa and New Hampshire, the race is quickly heating up. While former Vice President Joe Biden leads most national polls and has a massive lead among both African-American and Latino voters, he's facing fierce competition in Iowa and New Hampshire from Sens. Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, and especially from Mayor Pete Buttigieg in the moderate lane.  But after two marathon days of explosive impeachment hearings, Wednesday's debate was relatively subdued, with Democrats mostly focusing on the issues and refraining from attacking each other directly.  Still, the candidates took some shots at each other. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard and Sen. Kamala Harris traded sharp criticisms over each other, and Sen. Cory Booker brought down the house with a zinger against Biden's lack of support for national marijuana legalization.  Here are the nine biggest moments from the debate:Biden made a powerful argument for his candidacy based on the ongoing impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump Christopher Aluka Berry/Reuters The House of Representatives is currently pursuing an impeachment inquiry into allegations that the Trump administration leveraged a $400 million military aid package to Ukraine in exchange for the Ukrainian government announcing investigations into the Bidens. Biden's son Hunter Biden served on the board of Burisma Holdings, a Ukrainian oil and gas company, from 2014 to 2019. Trump's administration and the GOP have falsely argued that Biden acted improperly by calling for the firing of a Ukrainian prosecutor who they incorrectly claim was investigating Burisma at the time.  After a dramatic day of hearings detailing the extent to which the Trump administration tried to pressure Ukraine to investigate the Bidens, the former vice president made a powerful case arguing that he is so formidable that neither Trump nor Russian President Vladimir Putin wants him to be president.  Tweet Embed: //twitter.com/mims/statuses/1197337119070523392?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw Joe Biden: "By the way, I learned something about these impeachment trials: I learned No. 1 that Donald Trump doesn't want me to be the nominee. That's pretty clear." pic.twitter.com/V0KTdHcJYM   Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Cory Booker politely sparred over Warren's wealth tax plan. AP Photo/John Bazemore Warren and Sen. Cory Booker had a remarkably polite exchange over the details of Warren's wealth tax, which would place a 2% tax on individuals with assets over $50 million and a 6% tax with individuals who hold over one billion in assets.  While Warren asserts that a wealth tax is justified based on the fact that almost every Americans build their wealth based on public resources, Booker said that public policy should focus more on helping Americans become entrepreneurs and build up wealth of their own.  Tweet Embed: //twitter.com/mims/statuses/1197340685281742848?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw "We as Democrats have got to start talking not just about how we tax from a stage, but how we grow wealth in this country amongst those disadvantaged communities that are not seeing it." Sen. Cory Booker and Sen. Elizabeth Warren square off on the wealth tax. #DemDebate pic.twitter.com/968bAfX7po   Rep. Tulsi Gabbard and Sen. Kamala Harris sparred and traded criticisms of each other. MSNBC/Screenshot Gabbard and Harris reignited a feud initially sparked during the September Democratic debate, when Gabbard took aim at Harris over her controversial record on criminal justice.  In the November debate, Harris attacked Gabbard for her frequent, pointed criticism of the Democratic party's foreign policy doctrine, which Gabbard casts as promoting dangerous interventionism.   "It's unfortunate that we have someone on this stage who during the Obama administration spent four years full-time on Fox News criticizing President Obama," Harris said.  In turn, Gabbard accused Harris of "trafficking in lies, smears, and innuendos because she cannot challenge the substance of the argument I'm making." Tweet Embed: //twitter.com/mims/statuses/1197341965089693697?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw WATCH: Sen. Harris heavily criticizes Rep. Gabbard's record, and Gabbard fires back. pic.twitter.com/7fLwSVpLbu   See the rest of the story at Business InsiderSee Also:Here are the 2020 Democratic presidential candidates who will be on stage at tonight's debate in AtlantaHere's who will be onstage for the tonight's Democratic debate hosted by MSNBC and the Washington Post, what time it'll start, and how to watchHere's everything we know about the net worth and personal finances of each 2020 Democratic presidential candidateSEE ALSO: Today is Joe Biden's 77th birthday — here are the ages of all the 2020 Democratic presidential candidates
Business Insider
Sondland implicates top Trump officials in Ukraine "quid pro quo" scheme
The ambassador to the EU said the White House and State Department were fully aware of the effort to pressure Ukraine
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Commentators: Who won the Democratic debate
CNN commentators weigh in on the fifth Democratic debate, Wednesday night in Atlanta.
Politica
Opinion: Who won
Democratic candidates for president took part in their party's fifth debate on Wednesday night in Atlanta and CNN commentators weighed in. The opinions expressed in these commentaries are those of the authors
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Seth Meyers unpacks a 'devastating' day 4 of the Trump impeachment hearings
If you didn't have time to watch the absolutely massive Day 4 of the impeachment hearings, featuring the explosive testimony of Gordon Sondland and Donald Trump's instantly memed Sharpie notes, here's Seth Meyers' Closer Look at it.  And if you don't have time even for the 15-minute wrap-up, as Meyers noted on Wednesday night, the look on ranking committee member and GOP Rep. Devin Nunes' face after Sondland's testimony should tell you all you need to know. "There's only two explanations for that face," Meyers said at the beginning of the segment, pointing to the congressman's glum look. "Either he just heard lengthy testimony detailing a criminal scheme so shocking it could bring down the presidency of Donald Trump, or he sharted and he's trying to remember how far away his backup pants are." Read more...More about Ukraine, Late Night With Seth Meyers, Impeachment, Culture, and Talk Show
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Democratic debates: Amy Klobuchar’s shaking leaves viewers rattled
Sen. Amy Klobuchar raised eyebrows during Wednesday’s Democratic primary debate when she appeared to shake as she answered questions. Some viewers were concerned for the 59-year-old Minnesota lawmaker and others were just plain distracted by her apparent vibrating. “klobuchar has been very visible shaking all night is she f–in okay,” tweeted @LukisYT. “Why is Amy...
New York Post
With Impeachment as Backdrop, Democrats Direct Fire at Trump in Debate
The candidates mostly tempered their criticism of one another and presented a united front on vital issues like climate change.
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Protesters stay holed up on Hong Kong campus, surrounded by riot police
Fewer than 100 protesters remained holed up in a Hong Kong university on Thursday as riot police encircled the campus, with some activists still desperately searching for ways to escape while others hid.
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Biden stumbles with gaffes on women, marijuana and race
The last 30 minutes of Wednesday’s debate did not go well for Biden.
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Susan Choi and Sarah M. Broom Win National Book Awards
Susan Choi’s novel “Trust Exercise” has won the National Book Award for fiction
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BTS won't be exempt from South Korean military service, says government official
BTS won't receive any special treatment when it comes to fulfilling military duties, a mandatory service nearly every South Korean man must undergo.       
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'I thought you might have been high': Quips from candidates and other top moments from the November Democratic debate
Democrats took stabs at their rivals' policies and made jokes on stage Wednesday night, as they debated at the close of a long day of impeachment.       
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In pictures: The Democratic debate in Atlanta
There are less than 11 weeks until the Iowa caucuses, and for some presidential candidates, Wednesday night's debate could have been the last chance for them to stand out in a crowded Democratic field.
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Democratic White House candidates unite on impeachment in most polite debate yet
Democratic White House contenders united in condemning Republican President Donald Trump and supporting the inquiry into his impeachment at a debate on Wednesday, but largely backed away from the attacks that marked their earlier encounters.
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Would-be terrorist fixated on ‘True Crime Community’ sentenced to prison
The Ohio woman who was inspired by an online group known as the “True Crime Community” to plot the bombing of a pipeline and another terrorist attack at a local bar was sentenced to 15 years in prison on Wednesday, authorities said. Elizabeth Lecron, 24, was also sentenced to a lifetime of supervision for plotting...
New York Post
Buttigieg Was a Target. But No One Was Attacked Like Warren.
The debate was often a referendum on a politician who has presented a challenge to the party.
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Five Journalists Are Suing the U.S. Government After Border Officials Questioned Them at Length
The lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union seeks to test the limits of U.S. officials’ broad authority to question anyone
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Democratic debate updates: Can there be anti-abortion Democrats?
Ten candidates for president will be on stage Wednesday night in the fifth debate of the Democratic primary.        
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Mets interview Hensley Meulens for bench-coach job
Add Hensley Meulens to the list of candidates for the Mets’ bench coach job. The former Giants’ coach interviewed for the spot. He spent 10 years with the recently retired Bruce Bochy in San Francisco, the last two as bench coach. Gabe Kapler, fresh off getting fired in Philadelphia, took over the manager’s job with...
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Questions of Prince Andrew’s billionaire lifestyle arise amid his public retreat
Embattled royal Prince Andrew announced Wednesday he was stepping back from public duties “for the foreseeable future” in the wake of a “car crash” of an interview about his longtime friendship with convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein. “It has become clear to me over the last few days that the circumstances relating to my former association...
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Cory Booker says he thought Joe Biden was 'high' when he said marijuana shouldn't be legalized
Screenshot via MSNBC Sen. Cory Booker went after former Vice President Joe Biden during the fifth Democratic debate on Wednesday night over Biden's opposition to legalizing marijuana.  "This week I hear him literally say that I don't think we should legalize marijuana — I thought you might have been high when you said it," Booker said.  That line provoked big laughter and applause from the audience.  Visit BusinessInsider.com for more stories. Sen. Cory Booker went after former Vice President Joe Biden during the fifth Democratic debate on Wednesday night over Biden's opposition to legalizing marijuana.  "I have a lot respect for the vice president — he swore me into my office, he's a hero," Booker began. "This week I hear him literally say that I don't think we should legalize marijuana — I thought you might have been high when you said it."See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: Extremists turned a frog meme into a hate symbol, but Hong Kong protesters revived it as an emblem of hopeSee Also:Biden said we need to 'keep punching at' domestic violence and the internet was not amusedHere's who will be onstage for the tonight's Democratic debate hosted by MSNBC and the Washington Post, what time it'll start, and how to watchPete Buttigieg is running for president in 2020. Here's everything we know about the candidate and how he stacks up against the competition.SEE ALSO: The 25 women who have accused Trump of sexual misconduct
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Biden said we need to 'keep punching at' domestic violence and the internet was not amused
Former Vice President Joe Biden was derided online after using an unfortunate choice of words to condemn domestic violence. In response to a question about addressing sexual violence, Biden said people need to "keep punching at it and punching at it and punching at it." Biden also noted in his answer that he has written legislation addressing violence against women. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Former Vice President Joe Biden made a clumsy attempt at condemning domestic violence on Wednesday by vowing to "keep punching at it and punching at it and punching at it," as the audience stifled laughter. Biden was asked during Wednesday's Democratic Debate about how to address sexual violence, and he immediately mentioned that he created legislation addressing violence against women, known as the Violence Against Women Act.See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: Extremists turned a frog meme into a hate symbol, but Hong Kong protesters revived it as an emblem of hopeSee Also:Andrew Yang says if he's elected president he'll tell Putin: 'I'm sorry I beat your guy'Here are the 2020 Democratic presidential candidates who will be on stage at tonight's debate in AtlantaJoe Biden is running for president in 2020. Here's everything we know about the candidate and how he stacks up against the competition.
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Democratic debate: Joe Biden says we need to ‘keep punching’ at domestic violence
Joe Biden really put his fist in his mouth this time. The former vice president had a cringe-worthy moment late in Wednesday fifth Democratic presidential primary debate when he used the words “keep punching at it ” to answer a question about violence against women. Asked what could be done to address sexual violence and...
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Former Disney star Brenda Song says she was 'not Asian enough' for 'Crazy Rich Asians'
Brenda Song revealed to Teen Vogue she was denied an audition for "Crazy Rich Asians" because her "image was basically not Asian enough."      
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Fact-Checking the November Democratic Debate
Our reporters are following all of the exchanges and fact-checking the candidates, providing context and explanation on the policy debates.
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Rangers pick up much-needed win over Capitals
There was discipline, there was structure, there was even a successful penalty kill. In the end, it resulted in the Rangers taking a much-needed 4-1 win over the Capitals on Wednesday night at the Garden. The Rangers (9-8-2) had come into the game after a few days off, licking their wounds after getting swept on...
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Apple cancels planned festival premiere of its TV+ movie 'The Banker'
Just a day before The Banker was supposed to premiere at the American Film Institute's festival in Los Angeles, Apple yanked the movie while it looks into "some concerns surrounding the film." Based on a true story about two black men in the 1960s wh...
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Johnson & Johnson loses pelvic mesh class action in Australia
More than 1,350 Australian women won a seven-year-old class action lawsuit on Thursday against Johnson & Johnson (J&J) for misleading patients and surgeons about the risks of the pharmaceutical giant's pelvic mesh implants.
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Democratic debate: Amy Klobuchar rebuffs notion woman can't beat Trump
Senator Amy Klobuchar highlighted the struggles facing women who run for office but said it's untrue that a woman cannot beat Trump
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