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FILE PHOTO: Singer Prince performs in a surprise appearance on the "American Idol" television show finale at the Kodak Theater in Hollywood, California in this May 24, 2006 file photo. REUTERS/Chris Pizzello/Files
April 22, 2019
By Alex Dobuzinskis
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – An unfinished memoir that Prince was writing before his 2016 death will be released in October, with previously unseen photos and other material rounding out the book, the publisher Penguin Random House said on Monday.
The Grammy Award-winning artist, known for his androgynous style and sexually-charged songs, announced in March 2016 at a New York City club that he was working on a memoir.
Prince held that news conference and brief concert about a month before he died at age 57 of an accidental overdose of the opioid fentanyl.
Part of Prince’s forthcoming book, titled “The Beautiful Ones,” is “the exquisite memoir he began writing before his tragic death,” with that unfinished section devoted to his childhood, Penguin Random House said on a web page for the project.
“We’re honored to be publishing Prince’s unfinished memoir, THE BEAUTIFUL ONES, on October 29, 2019,” Random House said in a message on Twitter on Monday.
The book will also contain photos, scrapbooks and lyric sheets and his original handwritten treatment for the 1984 film “Purple Rain,” a quasi-biographical blockbuster that turned Prince into a superstar.
COLLABORATED ON MEMOIR
The book will be published by the imprint Spiegel & Grau. A representative for the publisher could not be reached for further comment.
The writer Dan Piepenbring, who paid homage to Prince in a 2010 essay for the Paris Review, penned an introduction and annotations to the images contained in the book, Penguin Random House said in a statement.
Piepenbring collaborated with Prince on the memoir during the artist’s final months of life.
Prince’s multiple Top 10 hit songs include “When Doves Cry,” “Kiss,” “Little Red Corvette” and “Purple Rain,” the title song from the movie, and his albums sold millions of copies.
A two-year investigation into Prince’s death failed to determine where he obtained a counterfeit painkiller laced with fentanyl, resulting in no criminal charges, authorities said last year when they revealed their findings.
Prince, who was sometimes called “The Purple One,” for his frequent use of that color in outfits, left behind thousands of recordings and videos in the vaults of his home studio in suburban Minneapolis.
Last year, a nine-track album titled “Piano & A Microphone” from Prince’s unreleased collection went on sale, with material from a 1983 home studio cassette of him playing jazz piano versions of his own songs and those of others.
(Reporting by Alex Dobuzinskis; editing by Bill Tarrant and G Crosse)
President Donald Trump's approval rating has dropped 5 points since the release last Thursday of special counsel Robert Mueller's report on Russian interference in the 2016 election, a new poll showed.
The Politico/Morning Consult survey showed Trump's 39 percent approval rating matches his presidency's low-water mark in the wake of Charlottesville, Virginia, violence in August 2017.
There is little support, however, for impeachment, the poll showed.
Here are the highlights:
- 39% of voters approve of the job Trump is doing as president, down from 44% last week.
- 57% disapprove of the job Trump is doing.
- 34% believe Congress should begin impeachment proceedings, down from 39% in January; 48% say Congress should not begin impeachment proceedings.
- 43% say Congress should continue to investigate, while 41% say it should not.
- 46% think the investigation into Russia's influence on the 2016 presidential election was handled fairly, 29% think it was handled unfairly. Further, 48% of Democratic voters, 46% of Republicans, and 43% of independents say they think the investigation was handled fairly.
- 30% approve of the way Attorney General William Barr has handled the case.
The poll's margin of error is plus or minus 2 percentage points.
Source: NewsMax Politics
Owen Shroyer breaks down the widening schism between the far-left and the Democrat leadership over impeaching President Trump, but the far-left appears to be in control of the party. Tune in to The War Room for analysis and commentary you won’t find anywhere else!
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FILE PHOTO: A view of the Asiana Airlines' head office in Seoul, Aug. 8, 2013. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji
April 22, 2019
SEOUL (Reuters) – South Korean creditors plan to provide 1.6 trillion won ($1.4 billion) of financial support to debt-laden Asiana Airlines to address the carrier’s liquidity problems, Yonhap News Agency said, quoting the country’s finance minister.
The support includes buying perpetual bonds worth 500 billion won, Finance Minister Hong Nam-ki said at a meeting, the report said.
(Reporting by Hyunjoo Jin and Cynthia Kim; Editing by Jacqueline Wong)
FILE PHOTO: Traders work on the trading floor of Barclays Bank at Canary Wharf in London, Britain December 7, 2018. REUTERS/Simon Dawson
April 22, 2019
(Reuters) – Barclays Plc is planning to cut bonuses for investment bankers as it steps up its defense against activist investor Edward Bramson ahead of next week’s annual meeting, the Financial Times reported on Monday.
The British bank is cutting bonuses as part of a cost-cutting measure to enhance returns at the bank’s underperforming investment division, the FT said, citing several people briefed on the plans.
Monday was a public holiday in Britain, and Barclays declined to comment on the matter.
Last month, the chief executive of Barclays, Jes Staley, took direct control of its investment bank and ousted head Tim Throsby in a surprise shake-up.
Barclays has been urging shareholders to oppose Bramson’s bid to be appointed to the bank’s board at its annual general meeting on May 2.
Last week, Bramson made a renewed plea to investors about a seat on the bank’s board.
(Reporting by Mekhla Raina in Bengaluru; Editing by Cynthia Osterman)
Main candidates for Spanish general elections People's Party (PP) Pablo Casado, Spanish Prime Minister and Socialist Workers' Party (PSOE) Pedro Sanchez, Ciudadanos' Albert Rivera and Unidas Podemos' Pablo Iglesias pose before a televised debate ahead of general elections in Pozuelo de Alarcon, outside Madrid, Spain, April 22, 2019. REUTERS/Sergio Perez
April 22, 2019
By Ingrid Melander and Belén Carreño
MADRID (Reuters) – The main candidates in Spain’s general election on Monday clashed over how to handle Catalonia’s independence drive, accusing each other of lying in a tense television debate that left questions open on what coalition deals could be struck.
Spain’s parliamentary election on April 28, one of the country’s most divisive since its return to democracy in the late 1970s, is being fought more on emotional and identity issues, such as Catalonia’s botched independence bid than on the economy.
None of the four candidates emerged as a clear winner from the late-night debate during which all except the anti-austerity Pablo Iglesias appeared quite tense, trading barbs and accusing the others of lying, being out of touch with reality and not doing enough to handle corruption cases within their respective parties.
Pablo Casado, of the conservative People’s Party, and Albert Rivera, from the center-right Ciudadanos, repeatedly accused outgoing Socialist Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez, the election front-runner, of working against the country’s interest.
“The unity of Spain is at risk because of the Socialist government of Pedro Sanchez … those who want to break Spain apart have Sanchez as their favorite candidate,” said the right-wing Casado.
“Do we want the future of Spain to remain in the hands of those who want to liquidate Spain?,” the center-right Rivera said in the late-night televised debate.
Rivera also kept pointing to a picture of Sanchez meeting with Catalonia separatist leader Quim Torra, which he put on his podium for much of the debate.
The October 2017 independence referendum in Catalonia – declared illegal by Spanish courts, but followed by a short-lived declaration of independence – has sent shockwaves through Spanish politics, which are weighing on Sunday’s vote.
Sanchez, who became prime minister in June of last year and has been more open to dialogue with Catalan separatists than his conservative predecessor Mariano Rajoy, responded by saying he was in favor of dialogue, but was opposed to independence for the region located in the country’s northeast.
He said several times throughout the debate that his two right-of-center opponents, who both accused him of lying, might need “a truth detector to see if they tell any truth.”
Sanchez’s Socialists are seen as ahead in opinion polls, but without enough seats to rule on their own. The same polls show they will likely need more than the support of the anti-austerity Podemos to rule, and may need the support of nationalist parties, including those from Catalonia.
WHAT COALITION DEAL?
The polls show it will be even harder for the three right-wing parties to win enough seats to rule.
But the number of undecided voters is so high that all possible outcomes are within the margin of error and could still change on Sunday, pollsters say, all the more so because of how hard it is to predict how many seats the upstart far-right Vox party will get.
Opinion polls show a possible coalition deal would be between the Socialists and Ciudadanos, but Rivera has repeatedly ruled it out and did so again on Monday.
Sanchez, however, did not respond when Podemos leader Iglesias repeatedly asked him if he was ruling out a deal with Ciudadanos, indirectly keeping the door open to such an option.
Vox was not invited to the debate and was not mentioned by name by any of the candidates, with only Sanchez mentioning its leader Santiago Abascal by name, to try and rally left-wing voters against the possibility of seeing a right-wing government backed by the far right. [nL5N21Y5LX]
Vox is forecast to be the far-right party to get seats in the national parliament in nearly four decades, marking a watershed in the country’s modern democratic history.
Another TV debate among the same four candidates will follow on Tuesday, giving them another chance to differentiate themselves ahead of the election.
(Reporting by Ingrid Melander, Belen Carreno and Joan Faus; editing by G Crosse)
The Trump administration is considering suspending or limiting entry to the U.S. for individuals from countries with high rates of short-term visa overstays — a proposal vaguely reminiscent of the controversial travel bans President Donald Trump pursued during his first year in office.
In a memo signed Monday, Trump directs officials to examine new ways to minimize the number of people overstaying their business and tourist visas as part of a renewed focus on immigration as the 2020 campaign kicks into high gear.
And it says the administration is considering developing "admission bonds" — people entering the country would pay a fee that would be reimbursed when they leave — in an effort to improve compliance.
"We have laws that need to be followed to keep Americans safe and to protect the integrity of a system where, right now, there are millions of people who are waiting in line to come to America to seek the American Dream," Trump said in a statement.
More people are in the U.S. because they overstay visas than because they cross the border illegally, according to the nonpartisan Center for Migration Studies. Some of the countries with high overstay rates include Chad, Djibouti, Eritrea, Liberia, the Solomon Islands, Benin and Burkina Faso. Officials say 20 countries have rates over 10 percent.
The memo gives the secretaries of state and homeland security 120 days to come up with recommendations, including potentially limiting how long visas last.
The idea of restricting travel from high overstay countries is part of a long list of proposals being tossed around by officials as they try to appease a president who has been seething over the influx of migrants at the border as he tries to make good on his 2016 campaign promises and energize his base going into 2020.
The ideas have ranged from the extreme — including Trump's threat to completely shut down the southern border and resume the widely denounced practice of separating children from parents — to more subtle tweaks to the legal immigration system.
Plans are also in the works to have border patrol agents, instead of asylum officers, conduct initial interviews to determine whether migrants seeking asylum have a "credible fear" of returning to their homelands. And the administration has been weighing targeting the remittance payments people living in the country illegally send home to their families and moving forward with plans to punish immigrants in the country legally for using public benefits, such as food stamps.
Source: NewsMax Politics
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2020 Democratic presidential frontrunner Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., told voters and Fox News viewers why they should vote him into the White House in a special town hall event Monday night.
Sanders spent an hour answering questions from potential voters and Fox News hosts Bret Baier and Martha MacCallum, before thanking the audience and viewers.
The senator defended his wealth, outlined his health care plan, and critiqued President Trump in what was the most watched town hall event so-far this election season.
But that wasn’t the whole story…
Fox Nation took a behind the scenes look at Monday’s Town Hall as Fox News crews worked tirelessly setting up the event and reaching out to the local community about the important issues that Sanders needed to address.
The crew even dealt with a weather situation that threatened the event.
“Due to the weather conditions in the area they’re worried about a power cut from the local utility,” Roger Germinder, Coordinator Operations and Engineering for Fox News revealed in the Fox Nation special.
To see how the Town Hall was put together, how the anchors prepared and more go to FoxNation.com.
Source: Fox News Politics
A Royal Thai navy ship drags a floating home, lived in by an American man and his Thai partner, in the Andaman Sea, off Phuket Island in Thailand, April 22, 2019. REUTERS/Stringer
April 22, 2019
By Panu Wongcha-um
BANGKOK (Reuters) – Thailand’s navy on Monday began towing to shore the floating cabin of a fugitive U.S. citizen and his Thai girlfriend, both prominent members of the “seasteading” movement who face possible death sentences for setting up their offshore home.
The cabin set on top of a spar 14 nautical miles off the Thai island of Phuket had been touted as milestone in the movement to build floating communities in international waters as a way to explore alternative societies and governments.
Authorities have revoked the visa of bitcoin trader Chad Elwartowski, 46, and charged him and his partner, Supranee Thepdet, with violating Thai sovereignty, punishable by the death penalty or life in prison.
The Royal Thai Navy dispatched three boats on Monday to dismantle the structure and bring it back to shore for use as evidence in the government’s case against the couple.
“The couple announced on social media declaring their autonomy beyond the jurisdiction of any courts or law of any countries, including Thailand,” Rear Admiral Vithanarat Kochaseni told reporters, adding they had invited others to join them.
“We see such action as deteriorating Thailand’s independence,” he said.
HTMS Mannai, a landing craft utility ship, was expected to return to Phuket with the six-meter (20 ft) wide, hexagon-shaped cabin by late Monday.
Elwartowski and Supranee lived in the cabin for two months and left before the Thai navy raided the structure on April 13.
Their whereabouts are unknown, though the government has said the pair is believed to be in Thailand.
Elwartowski has referred requests for comment to Ocean Builders, which funded and built the cabin, and the Seasteading Institute, which advocates building offshore floating cities and originally received backing from PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel.
Ocean Builders said on its website the cabin was in international waters and beyond Thailand’s jurisdiction. Thai authorities say the structure is within its 200-mile exclusive economic zone and therefore a violation of its sovereignty.
Joe Quirk, president of the Seasteading Institute, said the couple had achieved a milestone for the movement.
“They proved a single-family seastead can float stably in international waters for less than the cost of the average American home,” Quirk said in a statement.
Elwartowski also conducted valuable research on ecosystems over the two months the couple lived in the cabin, he said.
“You can demolish the seastead, but you can’t demolish the knowledge that was gained,” said Quirk, who is described by his group as a “seavangelist” and an “aquapreneur”.
(Additional reporting by Panarat Thepgumpanat. Editing by Kay Johnson and Darren Schuettler)
“Tomorrow marks the one-hundredth day of Nancy Pelosi’s speakership and it’s been defined by nothing but failure,” Scalise told host Laura Ingraham.
“Failure to secure the border; a failure to focus on lowered health care costs; failure to end infanticide; failure to stand up to the anti-Semitism,” he said.
The House Minority Whip criticized Pelosi and Democrats for not taking the border crisis seriously. Scalise also brought up Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., her controversial 9/11 comments and how they’ve offended the victims of that event.
Omar received backlash after a speech at a Muslim rights group’s event in which she described the September 11, 2001, terror attacks as “some people did something”.
The comment has drawn ire from many including Rep. Dan Crenshaw, R-Texas, and the New York Post, which published a dramatic front page Thursday.
Scalise believes Democrats are avoiding real issues in order to “harass” the president.
“It’s just one thing after another and they continue to want to harass President Trump and not deal with the real issues.”
Fox News’ Chris Irvine contributed to this report.
Source: Fox News Politics
Democratic U.S. presidential candidate Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) speaks at the North America’s Building Trades Unions (NABTU) 2019 legislative conference in Washington, U.S., April 10, 2019. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas
April 16, 2019
By Ginger Gibson
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren has hired the largest campaign staff in the run-up to the 2020 presidential election, quickly building a payroll that far exceeds her Democratic rivals, according to disclosures filed with the Federal Elections Commission.
Warren spent more than $1 million on payroll in the first quarter of 2019, more than double that of rivals such as U.S. Senators Bernie Sanders and Kamala Harris, the two who raised the most money in the first quarter.
The total does not include other payroll-related expenses. She spent about $566,000 on payroll taxes and $114,000 on health insurance.
Warren has said she intends to build a “grassroots” campaign. She has sworn off expensive fundraisers and is relying almost entirely on online donations to fund her campaign.
Building a large campaign staff can create challenges. If a campaign begins to run short on cash, it is often more difficult to cut back on staff compared to trimming other expenses, such as advertising.
Warren had 161 employees already on her staff by the end of the first quarter, according to the disclosures she filed. About half of the staff, her campaign said, are positioned in early primary states of Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Nevada.
By comparison, Sanders’ campaign had 86 people on its payroll by the end of the quarter, during which he spent $417,209 on salaries. Harris spent $477,108 on salaries on the 44 people she had on her payroll in the first quarter.
Warren has also outpaced Republican President Donald Trump’s campaign hiring. Trump spent about $408,000 on staff in the first quarter, although the Republican National Committee is already working to help his reelection and has hundreds on staff.
Warren isn’t without cash to pay her employees – she raised $6 million in the first quarter and had an additional $10.4 million from her Senate campaign. She finished the quarter with $11 million in cash.
However, her campaign disclosures revealed that she may be making tradeoffs.
Warren spent about $905,000 on online advertising. Sanders spent about $1.6 million and Harris $1 million.
(Reporting by Ginger Gibson; Additional reporting by Amanda Becker and Grant Smith; Editing by Paul Tait)
Formula One F1 – Chinese Grand Prix – Shanghai International Circuit, Shanghai, China – April 14, 2019 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton in action during the race REUTERS/Thomas Peter
April 14, 2019
SHANGHAI (Reuters) – Lewis Hamilton won the Chinese Grand Prix on Sunday to retake the overall lead from Mercedes team mate Valtteri Bottas in Formula One’s 1,000th world championship race.
Bottas, who had started on pole but lost out to five times world champion Hamilton into the first corner, finished second for his team’s third one-two finish in as many races this season.
Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel took third place, the German’s first podium appearance of the campaign, with Red Bull’s Pierre Gasly taking the fastest lap.
(Writing by Alan Baldwin in London, editing by Amlan Chakraborty)