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MLB: New York Yankees at Tampa Bay Rays
May 10, 2019; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Tyler Glasnow (20) throws a pitch during the first inning against the New York Yankees at Tropicana Field. Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

May 12, 2019

Tampa Bay Rays right-hander Tyler Glasnow is expected to miss four to six weeks after an MRI revealed a mild forearm strain Saturday.

The Rays placed Glasnow, who is 6-1 with an American League-leading 1.86 ERA, on the 10-day injured list and recalled infielder Andrew Velazquez from Triple-A Durham.

Glasnow, 25, exited Friday’s game against the visiting New York Yankees in the sixth inning due to what the team said then was right forearm tightness.

The Rays also activated recently acquired catcher Travis d’Arnaud, making room for him by sending catcher Nick Ciuffo to Durham.

–Veteran left-hander Madison Bumgarner’s contract with the San Francisco Giants allows him to put eight teams on his no-trade list, and he reportedly has done just that.

Bumgarner, who becomes a free agent after the season, has submitted this no-trade list to the Giants, according to Ken Rosenthal of the MLB Network: Atlanta Braves, Boston Red Sox, Chicago Cubs, Houston Astros, Milwaukee Brewers, New York Yankees, Philadelphia Phillies and St. Louis Cardinals.

But Rosenthal said that doesn’t mean Bumgarner won’t wind up with one of those teams. Instead, his list gives him better control of where he could wind up and over his future as a free agent. Bumgarner is 2-4 with a 3.99 ERA in eight starts this season.

–The Oakland Athletics traded well-traveled right-hander Edwin Jackson to the Toronto Blue Jays for cash considerations.

If he makes an appearance with Toronto, it would be his 14th different team and would break the major league record he shares with Octavio Dotel. Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoyo said Jackson could make his Toronto debut on Wednesday in San Francisco, according to Sportsnet.

Jackson, 35, who went 6-3 with a 3.33 ERA in 17 starts with Oakland last year, has started three games this season in the minor leagues.

–The Washington Nationals reinstated outfielder Juan Soto from the 10-day injured list.

Soto, who missed 10 games with back spasms, is batting .248 with six homers and 22 RBIs in 28 games. The 20-year-old reached base in 15 consecutive games (April 14-30) before going on the IL.

In a corresponding move, the Nationals optioned infielder Jake Noll to Triple-A Fresno.

–The Arizona Diamondbacks activated catcher Alex Avila from the injured list prior to their game against the Atlanta Braves.

Avila had been sidelined with a quadriceps injury suffered on April 5 while trotting around the bases after homering against the Boston Red Sox. He went on the injured list two days later.

Arizona optioned infielder Ildemaro Vargas to Triple-A Reno after Friday’s game to open up the roster spot.

–The Minnesota Twins placed left-hander Martin Perez on the paternity list and called up a pair of hurlers to bolster the staff in the meantime.

The Twins called up right-hander Kohl Stewart from Triple-A Rochester as Perez’s replacement on the 25-man roster and also recalled right-hander Tyler Duffey from Rochester as the 26th man for Saturday’s split doubleheader against the Detroit Tigers.

Perez, 28, is 5-0 with a 2.83 ERA this season, appearing in eight games and making five starts.

(Field Level Media)

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FILE PHOTO: A Spanish National Police car is seen outside the North Korea's embassy in Madrid
FILE PHOTO: A Spanish National Police car is seen outside the North Korea’s embassy in Madrid, Spain February 28, 2019. REUTERS/Sergio Perez/File Photo

April 24, 2019

By Alex Dobuzinskis

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A former U.S. Marine accused of stealing electronics from the North Korean embassy in Madrid in a robbery of the diplomatic compound was ordered by a federal judge in Los Angeles on Tuesday to remain in U.S. custody pending possible extradition to Spain.

The judge also ordered the unsealing of U.S. court documents in the case against Christopher Philip Ahn, 38, who was arrested by federal agents in Los Angeles on Thursday.

Spanish authorities have sought Ahn’s extradition from the United States. He is charged there with being among a group of seven intruders who stormed the North Korean mission on Feb. 22, restrained and physically beat some embassy personnel, held them hostage for hours and then fled.

Spanish investigators identified the intruders as self-professed members of a group that calls itself Cheollima Civil Defense and seeks the overthrow of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. According to U.S. court documents, the raiders removed computers, computer drives and a mobile phone from the embassy before the alleged ringleader, Adrian Hong, traveled to the United States and met with the FBI.

Hong, a Mexican citizen and U.S. resident, was an activist who co-founded the non-profit human rights group Liberty in North Korea but later left that organization. His whereabouts remain unknown.

The anti-Kim group, which also calls itself Free Joseon, has denied attacking the embassy, insisting its members were invited inside.


Ahn is charged in Spain with breaking and entering, illegal restraint, making threats, robbery with violence and intimidation, causing injuries and criminal organization, U.S. court documents say. He could face more than 10 years in prison if convicted there.

The incident at the embassy came at a sensitive time, just days ahead of a second summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and Kim that abruptly collapsed without the two leaders reaching a deal on North Korea’s nuclear weapons program.

North Korea’s foreign ministry denounced the incident as a “grave terrorist attack” and cited rumors that the FBI was partially behind the raid. The U.S. State Department has said Washington had nothing to do with it.

Ahn arrived in Madrid on the morning on Feb. 22 and left shortly after the raid, Assistant U.S. Attorney John Lulejian told the judge on Tuesday. He was photographed outside the embassy wearing black and carrying a backpack that may have contained weapons, Lulejian said.

The FBI received the stolen material and returned it to the Spanish court investigating the raid, and Spanish authorities have returned the items to Pyongyang’s mission, according to a Spanish judicial source.

In U.S. court on Tuesday, Ahn’s public defender, Callie Steele, asked Magistrate Judge Jean Rosenbluth to keep records in the case sealed to protect her client, saying North Korea’s leader had ordered assassinations in the past and that credible death threats had been made against Ahn.

She also asked that Ahn be placed under home detention so he could care for his ill mother and blind grandmother at their house in Chino, California. The judge denied the request, ordering he remain in federal custody ahead of his next court appearance, set for July 18.

Ahn was arrested at Hong’s apartment in Los Angeles last week while dropping something off there, Steele told the judge.

He was armed at the time with a handgun, which he legally owned to protect himself, after the FBI informed him of threats on his life, she said in court.

Ahn was born and raised in Southern California and later obtained a masters degree in business administration from the University of Virginia, Steele said. He was honorably discharged after service in the U.S. military, she said.

(Additional reporting by Mark Hosenball in Washington and Brendan O’Brien in Milwaukee; Editing by Steve Gorman and Sandra Maler)

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FILE PHOTO: Visitors walk inside the glass dome of the Reichstag building
FILE PHOTO: Visitors walk inside the glass dome of the Reichstag building, the seat of the German lower house of parliament Bundestag in Berlin, Germany, January 12, 2018. REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke – RC180CE99100/File Photo

May 17, 2019

By Joseph Nasr and Riham Alkousaa

BERLIN (Reuters) – The German parliament voted on Friday to condemn as anti-Semitic a movement that calls for economic pressure on Israel to end the occupation of Palestinian land, grant Arab citizens equal rights and recognize the right of return of Palestinian refugees.

In a move welcomed by Israel, a majority of lawmakers in the Bundestag voted in favor of a motion to label the international Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) movement as an entity that uses anti-Semitic tactics to fulfill its political goals.

“The argumentation patterns and methods used by the BDS movement are anti-Semitic,” read the motion submitted by Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives, their Social Democrat coalition partners as well as the Greens and Free Democrats.

Securing Israel’s survival has been a priority for Germany since the defeat of the Nazi dictatorship that committed the Holocaust, in which an estimated six million Jews were murdered.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu welcomed the Bundestag decision in a statement on Twitter.

“I hope that this decision will bring about concrete steps and I call upon other countries to adopt similar legislation,” he said in a statement on Twitter.

The BDS condemned the motion as anti-Palestinian.

“The German establishment is entrenching its complicity in Israel’s crimes of military occupation, ethnic cleansing, siege and apartheid, while desperately trying to shield it from accountability to international law,” it said on Twitter.

Lawmakers from the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) party abstained during the symbolic vote. They had submitted their own motion calling for a total ban of the BDS in Germany. That motion was defeated.

A majority of the far-left Die Linke party voted against the motion. The party also submitted its own proposal, which called to oppose the BDS and commit the German government to work toward a political solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict based on U.N. Security Council resolutions. Its motion was also defeated.

The latest battle between the BDS and the Israeli government has been over the Eurovision Song Contest final, which takes place in Tel Aviv on Saturday.

In the run-up to the event, the BDS has called on artists, music fans and broadcasters to avoid the event, arguing it amounts to “whitewashing” Israel’s policies toward Palestinians in the occupied West Bank and the Gaza Strip.

With Friday’s Bundestag motion, Germany has effectively backed Israel’s position that international boycotts are discriminatory and anti-Semitic.

The motion said a BDS campaign calling for Israeli products to be labeled with “Don’t Buy” stickers was reminiscent of the Nazi-era boycott of Jewish businesses, known in German as “Judenboykott”, which used slogans such as: “Don’t buy from Jews.”

Israel’s ambassador to Germany, Jeremy Issacharoff, welcomed the Bundestag decision.

“It (the motion) has broader European significance given that BDS makes no attempt to build coexistence and peace between Israel and all of its neighbors,” he wrote on Twitter.

(Additional reporting by Stephen Farrell and Rami Ayyub in Jerusalem; Editing by Douglas Busvine and Frances Kerry)

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Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., said Monday he thinks everyone should have the right to vote — even the Boston Marathon bomber.

At a CNN Town Hall, Sanders argued democracy demands that right for every American.

“This is a democracy and we have got to expand that democracy, and I believe every single person does have the right to vote,” he said.

Asked if that included sex offenders, the Boston Marathon bomber, terrorists, and murderers, Sanders replied:

“Yes, even for terrible people, because once you start chipping away and you say, ‘Well, that guy committed a terrible crime, not going to let him vote. Well, that person did that. Not going to let that person vote,’ you’re running down a slippery slope.

“So, I believe people commit crimes, and they paid the price, and they have the right to vote. I believe even if they’re in jail they’re paying their price to society, but that should not take away their inherent American right to participate in our democracy.”

Earlier this month, Sanders called for more states to join Vermont and Maine in allowing felons behind bars to vote, the Des Moines Register reported.

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Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., playfully brushed aside accusations she spoiled a part of the plot in the hit HBO drama “Game of Thrones” during a speech, saying “it’s a little hard to do a spoiler 21 hours” after the program was on air, The Hill reported Tuesday.

In order to make a point about public education, Warren made reference Monday to a sequence from the latest episode of the program’s final season in which two main characters are crushed by falling rocks in the midst of a battle scene set up by the senator’s favorite character, Daenerys Targaryen.

“The burden put on people who are trying to get an education so they can build a future, it’s like dumping rocks on them,” Warren said to approximately 300 educators and students in Philadelphia.

After some in the crowd pointed out she used the top show to illustrate her argument, a reporter asked the senator if she spoiled the episode for those who had not seen it the previous evening.

“‘Game of Thrones’ is already out in public now. C’mon,” Warren said jokingly. “It’s a little hard to do a spoiler 21 hours later.”

Last month Warren told New York magazine that Targaryen is her favorite character on the show.

She explained “This is a revolutionary idea, in Westeros or anywhere else. A queen who declares that she doesn’t serve the interests of the rich and powerful? A ruler who doesn’t want to control the political system but to break the system as it is known?” 

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Suspicious financial activity at Vatican reaches six-year low: watchdog

FILE PHOTO: Pope Francis delivers his
FILE PHOTO: Pope Francis delivers his "Urbi et Orbi" (to the city and the world) message from the balcony overlooking St. Peter's Square at the Vatican December 25, 2016. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi/File Photo

May 21, 2019

By Philip Pullella

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Reports of suspicious financial activity in the Vatican reached a six-year low in 2018, an internal watchdog report showed on Tuesday, continuing a trend officials said showed reforms were fully embedded.

The annual report by the Vatican’s Financial Information Authority (AIF) also showed that Vatican’s cooperation with international financial regulators to fight fraud and money laundering had increased nearly six-fold in the same period.

“I think it’s fair to say that a fully functioning system has been implemented and achieved,” Rene Bruelhart, a Swiss lawyer and anti-money laundering expert who has headed the AIF since 2014, told a news conference.

The report showed that 56 Suspicious Activity Reports (SARs) were filed with the authority in 2018, down from a peak of 544 in 2015.

Eleven were passed on to the Vatican’s investigating magistrate. They involved suspicion of international fraud, fiscal fraud or market abuse.

The trial of a former head of the Vatican bank and an Italian lawyer on charges of money laundering and embezzlement began last year and is still in progress.

For decades before reforms were implemented, the bank, officially known as the Institute for Works of Religion (IOR), was embroiled in numerous financial scandals as Italians with no right to have accounts opened them with the complicity of corrupt insiders.

Pope Francis, who has made cleaning up Vatican finances a priority and given Bruelhart wide powers, considered closing the IOR when he was elected in 2013.

Hundreds of accounts have been closed at the IOR, whose stated purpose is to manage funds for the Church, Vatican employees, religious institutes, or Catholic charities.

Asked about resistance to change, Bruelhart, in an apparent reference to the pope’s backing, said: “The support on the political level from superiors has been tremendous, otherwise it would not have been possible to bring these reforms forward in such a short period of time, especially from a Vatican perspective.”

The AIF carried out an on-site inspection of IOR in 2018 to see it was complying with anti-money laundering legislation and the outcome was “substantially positive”, the report said.

In 2017, Italy put the Vatican on its “white list” of states with cooperative financial institutions, ending years of mistrust. The same year, Moneyval, a monitoring body of the Council of Europe, gave Vatican reforms a mostly positive evaluation.

Not everything is rosy in the Vatican’s financial departments, however.

Its economy minister, Cardinal George Pell, was found guilty of sexual abuse of minors in his native Australia in February and the post is vacant. Pell denies all wrongdoing.

(Reporting by Philip Pullella, editing by Ed Osmond)

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Canada sends delegation to China to press for release of citizens

FILE PHOTO: Canadian businessman Michael Spavor arrives at Beijing Capital International Airport
FILE PHOTO: Canadian businessman Michael Spavor arrives next to the former NBA basketball player Dennis Rodman (not pictured) after a trip to North Korea, at Beijing Capital International Airport, Beijing, China January 13, 2014. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon/File Photo

May 21, 2019

OTTAWA (Reuters) – Canada has sent a parliamentary delegation to China to press for the release of two Canadian citizens formally arrested for espionage last week, Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland said on Tuesday.

Businessman Michael Spavor, who worked with North Korea, and former diplomat Michael Kovrig were picked up separately in December, shortly after Canada arrested Huawei Technologies Co Ltd Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou, who faces extradition to the United States.

Canada has condemned the detentions as “arbitrary”, while China has repeatedly demanded Meng be released. Freeland, speaking in an interview with CBC radio, said she sought “repeatedly” to speak with her Chinese counterpart, but to no avail.

Instead, Liberal lawmaker Robert Oliphant is now leading a Canadian delegation in China to push for release of the two men. She did not say who else was on the mission or give further details.

“That is really important for the Chinese to be hearing directly from us,” she said. “It’s a terrible situation and we are very clear that these two men are arbitrarily detained.”

Canadian diplomats have made recent consular visits to both men, though they have not provided details to the public for privacy reasons. Now that the men have been formally arrested, they could soon face trial.

While Canada says China has made no specific link between the detentions of the two men and Meng’s arrest, experts and former diplomats say they have no doubt it is using their cases to pressure Canada.

Meng, 47, is the daughter of Huawei Technologies Co Ltd’s billionaire founder, Ren Zhengfei.

She was arrested at Vancouver’s airport in December on a U.S. warrant and is fighting extradition on charges that she conspired to defraud global banks about Huawei’s relationship with a company operating in Iran.

Meng was released from jail in December on C$10 million ($7.5 million) bail and must wear an electronic ankle bracelet and pay for security guards. She has been living in a Vancouver home that was valued at C$5 million in 2018.

Both she and the company have denied the U.S. charges.

(Reporting by Steve Scherer; Editing by David Gregorio)

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Turkish Airlines chairman expects Boeing 737 compensation, to meet Friday

A Turkish Airlines counter is pictured at the departure terminal of the Istanbul International Airport in Istanbul
A Turkish Airlines counter is pictured at the departure terminal of the Istanbul International Airport in Istanbul, Turkey, April 3, 2019. REUTERS/Murad Sezer

May 21, 2019

ANKARA (Reuters) – Turkish Airlines expects compensation from Boeing Co for losses over the grounding of 12 737 Max aircraft, the chairman of Turkey’s flagship carrier was quoted as saying, adding that he would meet Boeing’s chief executive on Friday.

Turkish Airlines grounded all commercial flights by Boeing 737 Max models on March 13 until uncertainty over the safety of the aircraft was resolved, after an accident in Ethiopia killed 157 people in the second such crash for the model in recent months.

Turkish Airlines Chairman Ilker Ayci said on Tuesday he would meet Boeing’s CEO on Friday to discuss the airline’s pending orders from Boeing and its expectations for compensation for its losses, state-owned Anadolu news agency reported.

“There are undoubtedly steps that we expect them to take, in light of our expectations or the sector’s realities, to resolve our losses, capacity issues we are experiencing and frequency problems to a certain extent,” Ayci was quoted as saying.

“They are taking these steps seriously since they are coming to visit directly at the highest level,” Ayci said, adding that he expected the issue to be resolved by the end of the summer.

Several nations, including the United States, Singapore, Britain and Australia, suspended Boeing 737 Max flights in March after the Ethiopian Airlines crash, leaving the world’s largest planemaker facing its worst crisis in years.

Several airlines have since asked for compensation from Boeing, including United, Ryanair, China Eastern Airlines, and Flydubai.

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is hosting a meeting of global regulators in Dallas on Thursday to review software and training proposals from Boeing before deciding whether, and when, to end the two-month grounding.

(Reporting by Tuvan Gumrukcu; Editing by Dominic Evans and Alexander Smith)

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Democrats fume as McGahn skips House hearing: ‘Our subpoenas are not optional’

The top Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee vowed Tuesday to go to court if necessary to seek White House Counsel Don McGahn's testimony after he skipped a committee hearing at President Trump's direction.

“Let me be clear, this committee will hear Mr. McGahn's testimony, even if we have to go to court to secure it,” House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y, said, accusing Trump of witness intimidation.


He added, “When this committee issues a subpoena, even to a senior presidential adviser, the witness must show up. Our subpoenas are not optional.”

A day earlier, the president directed McGahn to not appear for the committee hearing, citing a Justice Department opinion that he cannot be compelled to testify about his official duties.

“In short, the president took it upon himself to intimidate a witness who has a legal obligation to be here today,” Nadler said. “This conduct is not remotely acceptable.”

But Georgia Rep. Doug Collins, the ranking member on the committee, responded to Nadler’s remarks by accusing Democrats of political theatrics, saying they are “trying desperately to make something out of nothing.”

"I cannot emphasize this enough — the chairman’s track record demonstrates he does not actually want information,” Collins said. “He wants the fight, but not the truth.”

Earlier this month, House Democrats opted to question an empty chair -- and a bucket of fried chicken -- when Attorney General Bill Barr failed to appear, citing Democrats' unusual demands.

In a statement released Monday afternoon, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders blasted Democrats for continuing to pursue Trump investigations, saying they want a "wasteful and unnecessary do-over" in the wake of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's probe -- and describing the subpoena for McGahn as part of that.

The related DOJ memo said McGahn, like other senior advisers to a president, has "immunity" from being compelled to testify about his official duties.

"This immunity applies to the former White House Counsel. Accordingly, Mr. McGahn is not legally required to appear and testify about matters related to his official duties as Counsel to the President," the memo said.

The committee announced the hearing last week, but it was unclear whether McGahn would appear due to the ongoing battle between congressional Democrats and the White House over his testimony.

The committee, led by Nadler, subpoenaed McGahn on April 22, days after the release of Mueller’s report, which featured McGahn prominently in its section related to the obstruction of justice inquiry. This included a claim that McGahn disobeyed Trump’s call to have him seek Mueller’s removal.

The report also revealed that when the media reported on the president’s request, the president directed White House officials “to tell McGahn to dispute the story and create a record stating he had not been ordered to have the special counsel removed.” He did not.

The House committee's subpoena, coming amid a fight over access to the unredacted Mueller report, called for McGahn to appear before the panel to testify and provide documents related to the Mueller investigation.

The battle over McGahn's testimony is just one front in the clash between the White House and congressional Democrats.

Earlier this month, the committee voted to hold Barr in contempt for defying a subpoena for Mueller's full and unredacted report, as well as underlying evidence and documents used in the investigation.

Trump, prior to the vote, asserted executive privilege over the materials in a bid to protect them from being turned over to the committee. The full House has yet to take a final vote on whether to hold Barr in contempt of Congress.

Fox News’ Brooke Singman contributed to this report.

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Trump appeals ruling allowing Congress to see his financial records

U.S. President Donald Trump walks to Marine One as he departs for a campaign rally in Washington
U.S. President Donald Trump walks to Marine One as he departs for a campaign rally from the White House in Washington, U.S., May 20, 2019. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

May 21, 2019

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday appealed a federal judge’s ruling against his attempt to block a House of Representatives committee from seeking his financial records, according to a court filing.

Lawyers for Trump and his company filed the appeal in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia one day after a U.S. district judge backed the House Oversight Committee’s subpoena for Trump’s financial records from his accounting firm Mazars LLP.

The lower court’s decision on Monday handed an early setback for the Republican president in his legal battle with congressional Democrats as lawmakers investigate various aspects of his administration.

The House Oversight Committee has said it needs Trump’s financial records to examine whether he has conflicts of interest or broke the law by not disentangling himself from his business holdings, as previous presidents did.

Trump’s lawyers argue the panel’s demand exceeded Congress’s constitutional limits. Mazars has said it will comply with its legal obligations but has taken no sides as the case plays out in court.

A real estate developer and former reality television star, Trump still owns the Trump Organization but has said he would leave its day-to-day operations to his eldest two sons while in office. Unlike previous modern U.S. presidential candidates, he did not disclose his tax returns during his run for the White House.

(Reporting by Doina Chiacu and Susan Heavey; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama and Jonathan Oatis)

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40 Percent of Americans Back Socialism

Americans are sharply divided on whether they think socialism would be good or bad for the country, according to the latest Gallup poll.

Gallup compared data on socialism collected in their latest poll with data from 1942 collected by Roper Center for Public Opinion Research. They found that Americans have much stronger opinions on socialism now than they did then. 

In 1942:

  • 25 percent thought socialism would be a good thing for the country.
  • 40 percent thought it would be bad.
  • 34 percent had no opinion.

In 2019:

  • 43 percent think socialism would be a good thing for the country.
  • 51 percent think it would be bad.
  • 6 percent have no opinion.

Gallup notes that although the majority of people still oppose socialism, there has been a net gain in the number of people who think it would be a “good thing” for the country.

Gallup also found that most Americans think that in the next fifty years, most nations will have democratic governments, with less than a third saying that most governments will be socialist, and less than one-tenth think most governments will be communist.

“Americans' views on socialism are complex,” Gallup’s Mohamed Younis writes, adding later that “while half of Americans consider socialism as bad for the country, nearly two-thirds say that the U.S. economy is more influenced by the government than the free market, or that it reflects an equal mix of the two.”

Gallup polled 1,024 adults from April 17-30, 2019 by phone, with a margin of error of 4 percentage points.

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Mark Levin slams Joe Biden as ‘washed up,’ questions Pete Buttigieg’s experience

After President Trump and 2020 presidential hopeful Joe Biden hosted campaign rallies in his home state of Pennsylvania, author Mark Levin slammed the former vice president, as well as mainstream media outlets and other major political players including Bernie Sanders and Pete Buttigieg.

Speaking with "Fox & Friends" to promote his new book 'Unfreedom of the Press,' Levin argued that Joe Biden's attempt to pull blue-collar workers is hypocritical and that Biden has little to show for his 50 years spent in politics.

"This notion of blue-collar Joe, tell me what blue-collar job did Joe ever hold? What blue-collar job did Joe ever create? This is all a concoction," he said. "Joe Biden is washed up liberal Democrat who really has very little in terms of his accomplishment in the last half-century."

Levin also argued that Biden has a history of changing his stances on crucial issues, and hasn't made any friends along the way in his political career.

"Joe Biden has been very, very vicious to tremendous icons in this country. He tried to destroy Bob Bork and tried to destroy Clarence Thomas," Levin said. "He has seriously defective history."


Levin added that Joe Biden will end his own campaign because he is "just not that bright" and "steps on his tongue about every other speech."

Among those who also drew Levin's ire were 2020 Democratic presidential candidates Bernie Sanders and Pete Buttigieg.

Levin slammed Bernie Sanders as an "old red" who is attempting to "redress" himself as a Democratic socialist, and questioned Pete Buttigieg's political experience serving as the mayor of South Bend, Indiana.

"This mayor out of Indiana, can't even pronounce his name, call him mayor Pete. Great, what has mayor Pete done?" Levin asked. "What is his position on foreign policy? Where has he been on the border? How will he create jobs? How does he view the constitution?" he continued.

"The problem, again with the mass media in this country is, this isn't the Academy Awards. This isn't Hollywood. This isn't some game show," he added. Levin also argued that mass media companies like CNN and MSNBC are "the greatest threat we have today to freedom of the press."


Ultimately, the author said, the Democratic party has yet to present any serious candidates for the 2020 presidential election.

"We have a conga line of newbies coming in we've never heard of before and we're supposed to take the Democrat party serious," he said.


"I don't take the Democrat party seriously except if they win, then I'm worried."

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