Kamala Harris got ‘destroyed’ by Tulsi Gabbard in Democrat debates, dropped out before primaries – and now might be president

California Senator Kamala Harris crashed and burned early in the Democrat primary process, never recovering from the debate drubbing she took from Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard. She became Joe Biden’s running mate anyway.

“Tulsi” was trending on social networks shortly after the announcement that Harris would be Biden’s choice for vice president should Democrats win in November. That’s not surprising, since their famous clash from July 2019 was one of the most memorable moments of Harris’s short-lived presidential bid, widely credited with sinking her candidacy.

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That day Gabbard calmly took Harris to task over her prosecutorial past, pointing out that she was responsible for getting thousands of African-Americans locked up on draconian drug sentences, even as Democrats clamored for criminal justice reform and racial justice. 

Harris tried to brush that off, insisting she was a top-tier candidate while Gabbard was a nobody polling in single digits. Yet her ratings never recovered, and she called her campaign off by early December – long before the Iowa caucuses and New Hampshire primary – citing lack of funds. 

With polls showing Democrats favored to win the White House – though they also showed that in 2016, and things turned out differently – the identity of Biden’s running mate was a hot topic. Biden himself is 77 and even Democrat operatives have been content to keep him hidden “in the basement” and speak as little as possible. He is on the record as saying he would not seek a second term, if elected – and is considered unlikely to serve out the first. 

Given all that, it was widely understood that Biden’s running mate would be Democrats’ actual candidate for the top job. Though Biden had already said it would be a woman, advocates of racial identity politics absolutely insisted that it be a person “of color” as well.

As part Jamaican and part Indian, Harris checks off those boxes – although her claim to be African-American failed to sway black voters during the Democrat primaries.

The viral video of the August 2019 takedown of “Kamala the cop” appeared to be the perfect balm for progressives frustrated by her elevation, coming at a time when Democrats have widely embraced the calls to “defund the police.” 

That radical idea arose from the weeks of protests and violent riots following the May death of George Floyd, an African-American man, in Minneapolis. Soon Democrat-led cities across the US were declaring that police were irreparably and systemically racist, and needed to be replaced by social workers or something yet to be “reimagined.”  

With Harris’s entire political career as a prosecutor, it was clear on Tuesday that the mainstream media machine would have to work overtime to make her fit into that narrative. Denouncing any criticism of Harris as “racist” or “sexist” will be just the start.

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Howard Stern Urges Ellen DeGeneres To 'Just Be A Prick' Following Toxic Workplace Claims – HuffPost

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Tesla stock with plan for 5-for-1 split so more investors can afford it – USA TODAY

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Full Audio – Oral Arguments in U.S. DC Circuit Court of Appeals on Petition For Writ of Mandamus…

Today the United States Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit held a full panel hearing to decide the outcome of the unopposed DOJ and defense motion to drop the case against Michael Flynn. Panel Judges include Judge Srinivasan, Judge … Continue reading

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Microsoft Surface Duo leak reveals every detail — here's your best look – Tom's Guide

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  2. Surface Duo price finally leaks – MSPoweruser  MSPoweruser
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  4. Microsoft’s Surface Duo will cost $1,399 and arrive on September 10th  Engadget
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'This is a revolution': Black protester gets arrested, wants reparations

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A black protester in the riot-stricken city of Portland, Oregon, who was arrested for disorderly conduct and interfering with a police officer won’t be charged, authorities say.

Demetria Hester, 46, who was booked on the two charges over the weekend, said at a news conference that she would keep protesting and announced her support for a fundraiser to send black mothers to Washington, D.C., reported KATU-TV in Portland.

“I was born and bred to do this. This is a dream come true. This is a revolution and we’re getting reparations. We’re taking it to D.C., baby!” she said.

After Hester was charged, the Multnomah County district attorney’s office said she would not be prosecuted.

She became an activist in the Black Lives Matter movement several years ago when she was assaulted by a white supremacist who later was sentenced to life in prison for murder.

The report said Hester and 15 others were arrested over the weekend when a group of about 200 demonstrators gathered in a park and then marched to the police union headquarters.

Some set fires outside the building and others fired fireworks at officers, injuring two.

A short time later, police declared the event a riot.

The report noted President Trump said Portland was “out of control” and urged the governor to call the National Guard for help.

Civil rights groups and others condemned Hester’s arrest.

They said the city is the flashpoint for what they claim is a civil rights battle.

“The struggle here in Portland has become almost ground zero because what we’ve seen under this administration is the kind of flexing that we haven’t really seen in our generation, ever,” said Janaya Khan, co-founder of Black Lives Matter Toronto. “People only protest when politicians and policies and police have failed to protect them. That is the only time that people protest, risking life and limb.”

KATU reported Hester became known in 2017 as the victim of an assault by Jeremy Christian. He later stabbed two men to death, injured a third and was convicted and given two life sentences without the possibility of parole.

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Belarus Opposition Leader Flees the Country After Days of Bloody Protests – The Daily Beast

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What Kamala Harris will bring as Joe Biden's running mate

California Senator Kamala Harris has been chosen as Joe Biden’s running mate. Harris is the first Black woman to be chosen for a major party’s ticket. CBS News correspondent Natalie Brand, CBS News chief congressional correspondent Nancy Cordes, and CBS News political contributor Lynda Tran joined CBSN’s Elaine Quijano to discuss the impact on the campaign.

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Exclusive: U.S. ban on TikTok could cut it off from app stores, advertisers – White House document

August 11, 2020

By Karen Freifeld and Alexandra Alper

NEW YORK/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Donald Trump’s executive order banning China’s TikTok could prevent U.S. app stores from offering the popular short-video app and make advertising on the platform illegal, according to a White House document seen by Reuters.

Trump signed an order last week prohibiting transactions with TikTok if its parent ByteDance does not reach a deal to divest it in 45 days. It did not specify the scope of the ban, stating only that the U.S. Department of Commerce would define which transactions would be barred at the end of the 45-day period.

The White House document, sent out to supporters last week, provides insight into the Trump administration’s thinking. It shows the U.S. government is considering disrupting key aspects of TikTok’s operations and funding, amid concerns over the safety of personal data that the app handles.

“Prohibited transactions may include, for example, agreements to make the TikTok app available on app stores … purchasing advertising on TikTok, and accepting terms of service to download the TikTok app onto a user device,” the document states.

A source familiar with the White House document verified its authenticity. TikTok did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Some technology industry experts said eliminating TikTok’s ability to be offered on Apple Inc <AAPL.O> and Google owner Alphabet Inc’s <GOOGL.O> app stores, which in turn allow it to be downloaded on iPhone and Android smartphones, could cripple the app’s growth.

“That kills TikTok in the U.S,” said James Lewis, a cyber security expert with the Washington-based Center for Strategic and International Studies. “If they want to grow, these rules are a huge obstacle.”

He added, though, that the U.S. government may not be able to prevent Americans from downloading TikTok from foreign websites.

Apple and Alphabet did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Following Trump’s executive order last week, TikTok told advertisers it would continue to honor planned ad campaigns, refund any that it cannot fulfill, and work with major influencers to migrate to other platforms in the event of a ban. Some advertisers told Reuters they were drafting contingency plans and considering other apps for their marketing. [nL1N2F91N2]

It is not clear whether Trump’s order will be implemented. Microsoft Corp <MSFT.O> has been leading negotiations to acquire the North America, Australia and New Zealand operations of TikTok under the supervision of the Trump administration. A successful deal would make banning transactions with TikTok moot.

The White House document seen by Reuters is not clear on whether the United States would implement a similar crackdown on WeChat, the social media app owned by China’s Tencent Holdings Ltd <0700.HK> that Trump also sought to ban in an executive order on last week.

TikTok, which has said is exploring legal challenges to Trump’s order, has 100 million active users in the United States, and is especially popular with teenagers. It has said U.S. user data is safely stored in the United States and Singapore, and that it would not hand over such information to the Chinese government.

(Reporting by Karen Freifeld in New York and Alexandra Alper in Washington, D.C.; Additional Reporting by Echo Wang in New York; Editing by Greg Roumeliotis and Tom Brown)

Howard U. President: Kamala Harris stood on the shoulders of those before her, now she clears a path

Here’s what Howard President Wayne A. I. Frederick had to say about Kamala Harris chosen as Joe Biden’s vice presidential pick: “For us at Howard University, it’s a signature moment. She has stood on the shoulders of many who have gone before her, and now

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Airbnb backs OECD approach to digital services tax

August 11, 2020

LONDON (Reuters) – Home rental startup Airbnb said on Wednesday it supported the development of a digital services tax regime being discussed by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) to bridge a divide between the United States and Europe.

The OECD talks involve over 100 countries on a major rewrite of global tax rules to bring them up to date for the digital era, but they have so far not produced results as the negotiations have been complicated by the coronavirus pandemic.

“The almost century-old system we still use today was not designed with today’s increasingly digital economy in mind and it should be improved,” Airbnb said in a statement backing the OECD talks.

“We believe that for a global tax system to work effectively and efficiently, it needs to be truly global, consistently applied across borders, and simple to comply with.”

The EU and Britain view digital service taxes as a way to raise revenue from the local operations of big tech companies which they say profit enormously from local markets while making only limited contributions to public coffers.

But the United States has said that a digital services tax announced last year by France discriminates against U.S. tech firms such as Alphabet’s Google <GOOG.O>, Facebook <FB.O> and Apple Inc <AAPL.O>.

Both the French tax and retaliatory U.S. duties have been deferred, in hope of a breakthrough in the OECD process.

In June, the United States said it would pull out of negotiations, citing a lack of progress, though the OECD has said Washington is still committed to the talks.

Google boss Sundar Pichai told Reuters last month that the tech giant supports the multilateral solution for taxing digital services being discussed by the OECD, saying its frameworks were the “right approach”.

(Reporting by Alistair Smout; editing by Stephen Addison)

Apple’s Radical iPhone 12 Upgrade Suddenly Confirmed – Forbes

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Xbox Series X officially launching this November – CNET

  1. Xbox Series X officially launching this November  CNET
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Michael Wilbon sounds off on Nebraska's response to Big Ten | Pardon The Interruption – ESPN

  1. Michael Wilbon sounds off on Nebraska’s response to Big Ten | Pardon The Interruption  ESPN
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