Why Jews should vote for Joe Biden
- I have devoted my life to fighting anti-Semitism, defending Israel's security and seeking restitution for Holocaust survivors.
- In remarks he delivered during the American Israel Public Affairs Committee's Policy Conference earlier this year, Biden said, "Israelis wake up every morning facing an existential threat from their neighbors -- a rain of rockets from Gaza ...
- When I successfully negotiated billions of dollars in European compensation and restitution payments to Holocaust survivors on behalf of the American government, I had no greater supporter than Joe Biden, first in his capacity as the top Democrat responsible for European issues on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and later as our nation's vice president.
- Drawing on his deep and abiding decency, humanity and empathy, Biden will work every day to heal and unite our divided country, and to appeal to the best of America.
An ultra-rare coin celebrating Julius Caesar's assassination sells for a record $3.4 million
- London (CNN) - An ancient gold coin described as a "naked and shameless celebration" of the assassination of Julius Caesar, featuring a portrait of one of the men who killed him, has set a new record for a coin sold at auction.
- Bought by an anonymous bidder for £2.7 million ($3.5 million), the "aureus" coin features a portrait of Marcus Junius Brutus -- one of the ringleaders in the assassination of Caesar in 44 BC.
- Brutus subsequently killed himself after losing the Battle of Philippi to Caesar's nephew and heir, Octavius, and friend Mark Antony.
- The previous record price for a Roman coin was set in 2008, when a bronze sestertius of the Emperor Hadrian sold for around $2.5 million.
- The previous record for any coin was held by ancient Greek gold stater, which sold for $3.25 million in 2012.
Olya Sharypova: Ex-girlfriend of tennis star Alexander Zverev alleges abuse, player says 'simply not true'
- Olya Sharypova, 23, says Zverev tried to strangle her with a pillow in a hotel room in New York before she fled barefoot in fear of her life.
- Screenshots of Whatsapp messages sent by Sharypova and shown to CNN Sport appear to suggest the alleged incident happened on August 23, 2019.
- Sharypova described the incident without naming Zverev in an Instagram post Thursday but has confirmed she was referring to him in an interview with Russian outlet Championat.
- In later posts to her Instagram story, Sharypova thanked people for their support since the story emerged and posed a series of questions to Zverev.
- Sharypova provided CNN photos of clothes outside a hotel room, alleging her items had been removed by Zverev.
- From two pictures posted during the first of two weeks of September 2019 on her Instagram feed, Sharypova would appear to have remained in New York after the alleged incident.
Election Day is also a referendum on Trump's era of 'fake news'
- In the 2000s Jon Stewart and "The Daily Show" were "fake news." In 2014 BuzzFeed's Craig Silverman started using the term to describe malicious made-up stories that preyed on peoples' fears.
- I say that I share in the responsibility because, in the weeks leading up to Election Day, I used my platform on CNN to call attention to this "fake news" plague.
- And it's "a great little case study in how our information environment works." Trump redefined the term and stripped away the original context; world leaders with authoritarian tendencies used it as a cudgel; and "so our ability to actually have a focused conversation about, you know, actual fake news" was impaired.
- CNN has a regularly-updated guide to "false and misleading content online." This week the Washington Post and The New York Times both reported on lie-filled text messages that are making the rounds.
Facebook and Twitter took drastic measures to limit the reach of a disputed story about Hunter Biden
- Scrutiny over a New York Post article is reviving accusations of anti-conservative bias at social media companies.
- Facebook said on Wednesday morning that it’s reducing distribution of a New York Post story containing unconfirmed claims with questionable sourcing about Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden’s son, Hunter Biden.
- There’s a real argument that Facebook — a primary news source for four in 10 Americans — and Twitter should be trying to slow the spread of an unproven news story whose claims haven’t been corroborated by other major news outlets and whose origins are from questionable sources.
- Some have questioned whether Facebook is taking firmer action recently against political misinformation and hate speech because the company is trying to curry favor with a potential Democratic leadership in the White House and Congress.
Bill Barr and Elizabeth Warren find a common enemy: Google
- News organizations now scrutinize Google and other big companies with newfound zeal, and Congress has hauled in tech executives for public hearings.
- Just as crucially, the fact that Google is likely to spend years fighting the federal government in court could slow down the company, forcing it to pass on moves it wants to make, or simply by distracting it from its core business.
- Not only is Barr routinely accused of turning the DOJ into Trump’s personal law service, but Trump — and Barr — have made it clear that punishing technology companies is a political act, meant to win points with Trump’s base.
- But while an antitrust suit could take years to play out, it could actually affect the way Google does business — both in the future and in the present — as it spends time and attention fighting the government in federal court.
Why the US government is suing Google
- The Department of Justice and 11 states filed the lawsuit against Google in a federal court, accusing Google of using money it makes from its dominant position in search to pay other companies to help maintain its lead and block out competitors.
- And the suit says Google uses its profits from its massive hold on the search industry to maintain that grip by paying companies like Apple, LG, and AT&T to make it the default search engine on their devices, thus making it harder for potential rivals to compete.
- Earlier this month, the Democrat-led House Judiciary Committee concluded its year-long investigation into major tech companies, concluding that not just Google, but also Amazon, Facebook, and Apple, use monopoly power to protect their dominant positions in the industry.
House Oversight Committee moves to subpoena border agency over lewd social media posts
- Washington (CNN) - The Democratic-led House Oversight Committee plans to subpoena US Customs and Border Protection for documents relating to inappropriate or derogatory social media posts or the Facebook groups that had such posts, according to a memo obtained by CNN.
- Last year, media reports revealed the existence of secret Facebook groups with an apparent nexus to CBP that were discovered to contain vulgar and sexually explicit posts.
- House Oversight Committee Chairwoman Carolyn Maloney criticized the border agency for not providing sufficient information to the committee about the incident, more than a year after the committee launched its investigation.
- While the agency shared similar information with the House Oversight Committee, Maloney is requesting more detailed information on the personnel who engaged in misconduct.
- The House Oversight Committee will issue a subpoena to compel acting CBP Commissioner Mark Morgan to turn over the requested documents by November 13.
NFL legend endorses Trump for president
- The endorsement comes a little more than a week since Favre asked Trump during a town hall how professional sports leagues should promote an anti-racism position without alienating fans.
- Favre mostly avoided making political statements throughout his playing career and since retiring in 2010.
- But in July, he was photographed golfing with President Trump.
- The two "discussed the importance of sports as a critical unifying and uplifting part of the safe reopening of America," White House deputy press secretary Brian Morgenstern said, according to CNN affiliate WTMJ.
- While NFL team owners have donated millions to Trump's campaign in the past, Favre is one of the few former or current NFL players to endorse the President.
- In 2017 and 2018, he criticized Colin Kaepernick and other players who knelt during the National Anthem to protest police violence against Black Americans and said they should be fired.
The cops who shot Walter Wallace Jr. didn't have Tasers. Here's why that might not have made a difference
- Philadelphia Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw said Monday the department has the technology to flag a call that has a behavioral health component, but the person in that role was not working at the time of Wallace's shooting.
- About 4,500 patrol officers make up Philadelphia's police force and the department has 2,300 Tasers, Outlaw said in a news conference Wednesday.
- Ramsey was police commissioner from 2008 to 2016, during which time the department was assessed by the US Department of Justice and he requested more funding for Tasers.
- A 2015 report from the Justice Department found "serious deficiencies" in the Philadelphia Police Department's use of force, finding about 15% of police shootings were of unarmed suspects who were mistaken for being armed.
- The Justice Department recommended regular and consistent training of the department's deadly force policy and that ECWs be starndard issue weapons for every officers.