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3 months ago

Inside Hillary Clinton's debate prep - Politico

Karen Dunn is polite, precise and barely more than five feet tall -- but after Barack Obamas dreadful first debate against Mitt Romney in 2012, she got up in the face of the leader of the free world.

You need to punch him in the mouth! said Dunn.

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And Obama did delivering a powerful, campaign-stabilizing performance at Hofstra University on Long Island, the location of Mondays critical showdown between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, a debate that is likely to be the most watched political event in history.

Its not clear if Dunn and her partner Ron Klain the two most experienced debate prep specialists in Democratic politics are giving Hi

6 months ago

Economy Leads Mohammed Bin Salman's Visit to US 'Fortress of Technology' - Asharq Al-awsat English

A great number of technology agreements are expected to be signed between Saudi Arabia and U.S. companies in the Silicon Valley during the visit of Saudi Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to California, according to several Saudi sources.

The meetings of the prince with U.S. technological, financial and business companies also carry an important message that Saudi Arabia is open to welcome solid and large investments.

Prince Mohammed bin Salman headed to western U.S. where he is expected to meet with a great number of companies in the Silicon Valley, California, following a week of extensive meetings in Washington.

The Crown Prince is expected to remain four days i

8 months ago

'Tell the truth:' Bill Clinton clashes with Black Lives Matter protesters

Former president runs into complications on the campaign trail

Former President Bill Clinton was involved in a heated exchange with Black Lives Matter protesters Thursday at a Hillary Clinton campaign event in Philadelphia, where he was forced to defend his record as president and his wifes past statements.

For almost 15 minutes Clinton sparred with protesters who objected to the 1994 criminal justice reform bill he signed into law as president that increased prison sentences for a number of gang-related offenses. Black Lives Matter activists claim the bill disproportionately hurt African-Americans.

A visibly agitated Clinton told the protesters that the bill helped crack down on gangs who were killing African-American children.

"I talked to a lot of African-American groups. They thought black lives mattered. They said take this bill because our kids are being shot in the street by gangs. We had 13-year-old kids planning their own funerals," Clinton said.

One protester yelled that black youth are not super predators a reference to a statement Hillary Clinton made as first lady. The former president shot back.

I don't know how you would characterize the gang leaders who got 13-year-old kids hopped up on crack and sent them out onto the streets to murder other African-American children, maybe you thought they were good citizens, Clinton said, his face turning increasingly red. She didnt.

You are defending the people who killed the lives you say matter. Tell the truth. You are defending the people who cause young people to go out and take guns, Clinton yelled.

He also addressed claims by the protesters that the 1996 welfare reform bill increased poverty among African-Americans.

They say the welfare reform bill increased poverty then why did we have the largest drop in African American poverty in history when I was president? he asked rhetorically.

11 months ago

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1 year ago

What Reporter Behind Touted 9/11 Report Says About Trump's Claims - ABC News

For almost two weeks now, Donald Trump has been asserting that "thousands" of Muslims in New Jersey were celebrating the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. Today, a senior adviser to Donald Trump's presidential campaign, Dan Scavino, said he was backing up Trump's claims by tweeting a video report by former WCBS-TV reporter Pablo Guzman describing celebrations in Jersey City, N.J., after the World Trade Center collapsed.

Scavinos tweets prompted Guzman to respond on Twitter.

Guzman said the video does not show anyone celebrating and he disputes Trump's claims. Guzmans report stems from investigators telling him that eight men who were found celebrating on the roof of a Jersey City apartment complex were detained in the aftermath of 9/11. Six of the eight, Guzman reported, lived in the building, which Guzman was told was "swarming with suspects." The report also mentions that authorities found a model of the Trade Center and binoculars on the roof.

Reached by phone Wednesday, the now-retired Guzman told ABC News his 9/11 news report came via Jersey City and Port Authority sources, all of whom told him it was "reports of at most a handful of people...mostly from the same building in Jersey City."

Guzman said all of these reports were "mostly anecdotal. People called into police and news. When you tried to follow up it wasn't quite like we were told -- it was a game of telephone."

Guzman said large celebrations by Muslims in the New Jersey area were not reported and it is a "stretch" for Trump to say thousands celebrated. He said there's no video or photo evidence of what Trump is claiming.

Trump told NBC's "Meet the Press" Sunday he "saw clips and so did many other people and many people saw it in person. I've had hundreds of phone calls to the Trump Organization saying 'We saw it. It was dancing in the streets.'"

Trump also referenced a report in the Washington Post of "tailgate style" celebrations after the attacks, a report the Washington Post now said was never proven.

"I saw it at the time. I stick by it," Trump said.

In an interview with ABC's George Stephanopoulos in November, Trump said "There were people that were cheering on the other side of New Jersey where you have large Arab populations. They were cheering as the World Trade Center came down. I know it might be not politically correct for you to talk about it, but there were people cheering as that building came down -- as those buildings came down, and that tells you something. It was well covered at the time."

Trumps allegations have been refuted by other presidential candidates including New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. Speaking to reporters at a campaign stop in New Hampshire Monday, Christie condemned Trump, saying it didnt happen and the fact is, people can say anything, but the facts are the facts, and that didnt happen in New Jersey that day and hasnt happened since.

1 year ago

Balloons are Blown Up for Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade - ABC News

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1 year ago

How American Apparel Went Bankrupt

American Apparel, once a juggernaut in the fashion industry, is now bankrupt, a precipitous fall for a company that was once worth $1 billion.

The California-based company filed for Chapter 11 protection in Delaware today. As part of a deal with lenders, the company said it will continue operating its business "without interruption to customers, employees and vendors" but it will close some of its stores outside the U.S. The company has 227 retail locations in 19 countries, 130 of which are in the U.S.

A spokeswoman for American Apparel declined to comment, instead referring ABC News to its bankruptcy document.

"This restructuring will enable American Apparel to become a stronger, more vibrant company," Paula Schneider, American Apparel's CEO, said in a statement. "By improving our financial footing, we will be able to refocus our business efforts on the execution of our turnaround strategy as we look to create new and relevant products, launch new design and merchandising initiatives, invest in new stores, grow our e-commerce business, and create captivating new marketing campaigns that will help drive our business forward."

American Apparel's deal with lenders was approved by its board.

Ronnie Moas of Standpoint Research, an investment research firm, said tight competition from other clothing retailers have put pressure on American Apparel for years.

"Zara, H&M and Forever 21 came in and ate these guys alive," Moas told ABC News. "There was too much competition and wage pressure. It was survival of the fittest."

The clothing company's stock once traded at $15 a share in late 2007, when the company was valued at around $1 billion.

"[American Apparel] basically got killed during the recession when the market crashed and they never recovered from that," Moas said.

But the final straw for American Apparel was the rising cost of litigation related to founder Dov Charney. Last year, the company ousted Charney for alleged employee sexual harassment and misconduct. He later sued the company for defamation.

"The nail in the coffin was the legal expenses tied to the CEO," Moas said. "It was such a distraction and they already had zero margin for error. They just couldnt come up with money with the legal expenses at the same time."

But Moas is hesitant to blame the company's founder and management solely for its downfall. Moas, who said he supports the company's mission to pay its workers a "living" wage, said he believes other companies that use cheap foreign labor are also to blame.

"A lot of times you point the finger at the company when it goes to zero,"Moas noted. "In this particular instance, Im pointing a finger at the company and the American consumer that they didnt vote with their wallets that what these other companies are doing is not okay."