Biden ‘misspoke’ about ‘poor kids’ being ‘just as bright’ as ‘white kids’: Campaign

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Tom Brenner/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Former Vice President Joe Biden’s campaign said Friday he “misspoke” after he came under fire for a gaffe he made during an Asian and Latino Coalition PAC event Wednesday night in Iowa, saying “poor kids are just as bright and just as talented as white kids.”

“We have this notion that somehow if you’re poor, you cannot do it, poor kids are just as bright and just as talented as white kids. Wealthy kids, black kids, Asian kids. I really mean it. But think how we think about it. We think now we’re going to dumb it down. They can do anything anybody else can do give it a shot,” Biden said at the coalition event to applause.

President Trump’s re-election campaign quickly seized on the comments Thursday night, blasting them out on the “Trump War Room” Twitter account in a post that has been re-tweeted more than 7,000 times as of Friday afternoon.

Biden’s Deputy Campaign Manager Kate Bedingfield issued a statement following the criticism, saying Biden simply misspoke and noted the vice president “immediately corrected himself.”

“As we approach the two year anniversary of Trump calling neo-Nazis and Klansmen ‘very fine people,’ Donald Trump is desperate to change the subject from his atrocious record of using racism to divide this country. Vice President Biden misspoke and immediately corrected himself during a refrain he often uses to make the point that all children deserve a fair shot, and children born into lower-income circumstances are just as smart as those born to wealthy parents,” the statement read.

Biden’s campaign also responded directly to the Trump campaign.

“The Trump campaign posting the video without the Vice President’s immediate correction is patently disingenuous — and it’s no coincidence this comes days after Joe Biden laid out how this president emboldens white nationalism and embraces racism, and hours after one of Trump’s Breitbart lackeys confronted him in an attempt to gaslight about his response to Charlottesville,” Bedingfield said in the statement.

President Donald Trump hit Biden Friday morning as he left the White House for a fundraiser in Westhampton, New York.

“I saw his comment. Joe Biden’s not playing with a full deck,” Trump told reporters on the South Lawn. “This is not somebody you can have as your president.”

Biden was also criticized by one of his rivals for the Democratic presidential nomination, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, who was highly critical of the former Vice President during last month’s debate in Detroit, Michigan.

“To quickly dismiss @JoeBiden’s words as a mere ‘slip of the tongue’ is as concerning as what he said. We need to have a real conversation about the racism and sexism behind ‘electability.’” de Blasio tweeted Friday morning.

Biden often speaks about inequities in educational opportunities on the trail.

“Look, a kid coming from a poor background, by the time they get to school in first grade, they will have heard according to the studies, 4 million to 5 million few words spoken. Their vocabulary will be diminished compared to a kid coming from a school or the home where there’s books, and they’re wealthy. Folks, we can deal with this. Don’t tell me — don’t tell me kids can’t learn that are poor, or African American, Latino,“ Biden said during a speech in Orangeburg, South Carolina in early July.

Biden has three more campaign events scheduled in Iowa on Friday, including a speech at the Iowa Wing Ding Dinner alongside more than a dozen other Democratic candidates.

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Posted On 09 Aug 2019

Will William Shatner beam aboard ‘Dancing with the Stars’?

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ABC(NEW YORK) — On Good Morning America on Friday to promote his new History show The UnXplained, William Shatner got a surprise message from his pal Tom Bergeron — who tried once again to recruit the Star Trek star for Tom’s returning series Dancing with the Stars.

ABC’s George Stephanopoulos asked Shatner if he’d do DWTS, and his answer was surprising.

“For years they’ve been wanting [me], and I thought, ‘You know, you can make an idiot of yourself anywhere — but on Dancing with the Stars you’re more likely to make an idiot of yourself,'” he said to laughter.

“And I thought maybe I would — and then, I ride a lot of horses,” Shatner added. “I’m still competing on horseback. And your back slowly goes. And the back controls the legs.”

Still, Shatner offers, “I think my dancing years are over but if Tom would carry me around, I mean maybe.” 

The UnXplained airs tonight at 10 p.m. ET on History. DWTS returns to ABC this fall.

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Posted On 09 Aug 2019

Trump: ‘We have to have meaningful background checks’ but NRA’s views must be ‘respected’

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Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead(WASHINGTON) — President Donald Trump said Friday that he thinks “very meaningful background checks” can pass Congress but said the Republican-controlled Senate doesn’t need to come back early from its August recess and can deal with the issue in September.

“We have to have very meaningful background checks,” he told reporters as he left the White House for a trip to New York.

“I want to see it happen,” he said. “We need intelligent background checks.”

He said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell was “totally on board.” Republican senators, the president said, “are looking for me to give a signal.”

“I think now we have a chance to do something much more meaningful,” Trump said, than measures taken after the Parkland, Florida, high school shooting in 2017.

“I think in the end the NRA will either be there or maybe be a little bit more neutral and that would be OK,” he said, following a report that NRA chief executive Wayne LaPierre has warned him Trump’s supporters don’t support new background check measures.

“We don’t want people that are mentally ill, people that sick — we don’t want them to have guns,” the president said.

Earlier Friday, Trump tweeted that there are “serious discussions” between House and Senate leadership on “meaningful background checks,” though Congress is unlikely to respond to last weekend’s deadly mass shootings until at least September.

At the same time, Trump, who spoke with the NRA’s LaPierre multiple times this week, said the “strong views” of the NRA and others should be “represented and respected” in any bipartisan agreement but stressed that “guns should not be placed in the hands of mentally ill or deranged people.”

“I am the biggest Second Amendment person there is, but we all must work together for the good and safety of our Country,” Trump tweeted. “Common sense things can be done that are good for everyone!”

In the aftermath of the shootings, which killed a combined 31 people, Trump has signaled a willingness to support congressional efforts to craft a bipartisan agreement to address background checks and enact red-flag checks to prevent mentally ill people from obtaining firearms. The Washington Post, however, reported that the NRA warned the president that changes to background check laws could cost him politically with the Republican base.

The president also spoke via telephone with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, as well as McConnell on Thursday.

“The President gave us his assurances that he would review the bipartisan House-passed legislation and understood our interest in moving as quickly as possible to help save lives,” Pelosi, D-Calif., and Schumer, N.Y., wrote in a joint statement.

The president and first lady Melania Trump visited Dayton, Ohio, and El Paso, Texas, on Wednesday, meeting with first responders, health care professionals and victims and their families from the shootings.

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Posted On 09 Aug 2019

To honor sitcom’s 25th anniversary, new LEGO set allows the ‘Friends’ cast to really click

Entertainment News  To honor sitcom's 25th anniversary, new LEGO set allows the 'Friends' cast to really click https://linewsradio.com/to-honor-sitcoms-25th-anniversary-new-lego-set-allows-the-friends-cast-to-really-click/ http://abcnewsradioonline.com/entertainment-news/

 

LEGO(LOS ANGELES) — We always knew Ross, Rachel, Chandler, Monica, Joey, and Phoebe really clicked…and now they’ll be able to do that literally, thanks to a new LEGO set commemorating Friends‘ 25th anniversary

On September 1, the company will release a 1,070 piece LEGO set depicting the show’s Central Perk coffee shop. Along with minifigure replicas of the cast — and of course, downtrodden barista Gunther — the set is packed with details and must-have memorabilia from the hit show.

And yes, of course Jennifer Aniston’s minifigure sports a plastic facsimile of the famous “Rachel” ‘do.

Most notable is the show’s iconic couch, which rolls out as a removable set piece of its own.

The accessories include Ross’s brick-built keyboard, Rachel’s tray and coffee cup, Monica’s muffin, Joey’s pizza box, pizza slice and “man bag,” Chandler’s laptop, Phoebe’s guitar and Gunther’s broom.

But at 1,070 pieces — could it BE any more complicated?

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What you need to know about compostable bowls in light of new report on harmful chemicals

Kritchanut/iStock(NEW YORK) — A recent headline claimed compostable bowls from popular restaurant chains like Chipotle and Sweetgreen contain PFAS chemicals that may be bad for environmental and consumer health.

Below, we break down what we know to be true and false about these chemicals in light of that report.

The non-profit, food-focused investigative website New Food Economy (NFE) released a report earlier this week that built a case claiming that moldable food containers are not as good for the environment, nor as safe for humans as people may think, because they contain polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS).

PFAS are man-made chemicals that persist in the environment for a long time and are used in various industries around the world. If exposed in sufficient levels, PFAS can pose health risks to humans.

While the report’s claims on potential environmental risks may hold true — that high levels of fluorine indicate that these products may not be 100% compostable — the NFE’s investigation is insufficient to conclude that PFAS in food containers are definitively harmful to humans.

Features editor Joe Fassler, who wrote the NFE report, told ABC News that “these are substances of extreme concerns to scientists, but a lot is unknown” and more research needs to be done.

Why claims of the bowls harmful impact on humans could prove false:

The study did not directly measure the presence, amount, or type of PFAS in containers. Instead, it measured the amount of fluorine as a way to gauge the presence of PFAS.

The extent to which humans may be at risk likely depends on the amount and type of PFAS involved.

There would likely need to be an additional, more comprehensive study to know the extent to which the various fiber bowls tested posed a threat to humans.

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There is limited evidence that suggests links from PFAS exposure to low infant birth weights, effects on thyroid hormones and the immune system, and even cancer.

PFAS primarily accumulates in water systems like oceans and groundwater, but, as yet, there is not much evidence or data on how the compounds themselves can negatively harm the environment.

Most of the information in reports from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the United States Environmental Protection Agency centered around its effects on humans.

The compostable questions seems like more of an environmental issue that could later have public health implications if allowed to accumulate over time, because of the amplifying impact if the chemicals are introduced to compost that is later used to grow food.

Fassler agreed that “the issue isn’t so much that you’re going to have exposure through the food you’re eating from the bowl — but it’s more because it’s that it will get exposed to the water in the compost facilities.”

Although NFE’s sample testing method appears to be in line with a previous study that looked at PFAS in food containers, their results do not absolutely confirm the presence, amount or type of PFAS in the containers.

NFE editor Kate Cox explained that the initial test highlights “the limits of our very small sample” and explained that their team has already started the process for a follow up study.

“We’ve begun putting together what is required to do the additional test which then tests for the specific PFAS to detect whether it’s the short chain or long chain PFAS that are showing [in the samples],” Cox said.

Even if a subsequent study followed, in general it would remain unclear how much of the PFAS chemicals would actually make it into our bodies.

PFAS’ ability to get in to foods depends on several different factors, including temperature and even what kind of food is in the container.

More research is needed to understand if PFAS transferring from packaging into food is a serious source of exposure to humans.

Chipotle responded to the NFE report with a statement that referred back to their company’s sustainabiilty report.

“As evidenced in Chipotle’s Sustainability Report, we are committed to using safe and sustainable food packaging and only partner with suppliers who make fluorochemical sciences and food safety a top priority. These suppliers operate under strict guidelines set forth by the FDA, and have all provided Chipotle with certification that all raw material and finished pulp products fully meet regulatory requirements,” the statement said, referring to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

NFE tested fiber bowls from 14 locations of eight different New York City restaurants, including Chipotle, Dig Inn and Sweetgreen. Experts who conducted the testing said that all of the samples contained high levels of fluorine, which they believe indicated treatment with PFAS.

The editors at NFE told ABC News they are “in alignment” with these conclusions.

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Report: WR Jermaine Kearse breaks leg during Lions’ first preseason game

Sports News Report: WR Jermaine Kearse breaks leg during Lions' first preseason game https://linewsradio.com/report-wr-jermaine-kearse-breaks-leg-during-lions-first-preseason-game/ http://abcnewsradioonline.com/sports-news/

33ft/iStock(DETROIT) — Detroit Lions wide receiver Jermaine Kearse barely spent time wearing his new jersey before he was sidelined with an injury Thursday.

Citing a source, ESPN reports the 29-year-old broke his left leg and tweaked an ankle during Detroit’s first preseason game against the New England Patriots, which the Lions wound up losing, 3-31.

The injury occurred during the first drive of the game.

Kearse, who played the past two seasons for the New York Jets, joined the Lions just this past June.

So far in his NFL career, he has 255 catches for 3,291 yards and 17 touchdowns.

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Posted On 09 Aug 2019

Trump signals support for gun background checks but says NRA’s views must be ‘respected’

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Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead(WASHINGTON) — President Donald Trump tweeted Friday morning that there are “serious discussions” between House and Senate leadership on “meaningful background checks,” though Congress is unlikely to respond to last weekend’s deadly mass shootings until at least September.

At the same time, Trump, who spoke with National Rifle Association Chief Executive Wayne LaPierre multiple times this week, said the “strong views” of the NRA and others should be “represented and respected” in any bipartisan agreement but stressed that “guns should not be placed in the hands of mentally ill or deranged people.”

“I am the biggest Second Amendment person there is, but we all must work together for the good and safety of our Country,” Trump tweeted. “Common sense things can be done that are good for everyone!”

In the aftermath of the shootings, which killed a combined 31 people, Trump has signaled a willingness to support congressional efforts to craft a bipartisan agreement to address background checks and enact red-flag checks to prevent mentally ill people from obtaining firearms. The Washington Post, however, reported that the NRA warned the president that changes to background check laws could cost him politically with the Republican base.

The president also spoke via telephone with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, as well as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Thursday.

“The President gave us his assurances that he would review the bipartisan House-passed legislation and understood our interest in moving as quickly as possible to help save lives,” Pelosi, D-Calif., and Schumer, N.Y., wrote in a joint statement.

The president and first lady Melania Trump visited Dayton, Ohio, and El Paso, Texas, on Wednesday, meeting with first responders, health care professionals and victims and their families from the shootings.

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Posted On 09 Aug 2019