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WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden's push to make South Carolina the first major battleground in Democratic presidential primaries has a second big beneficiary: Vice President Kamala Harris. "It's a good demographic mix of having to appeal to Black voters, White working-class voters and Latino and Asian American voters." “How many Black voters are persuaded that the Democratic Party cares about them because South Carolina goes first? South Carolina, one of the most Republican states in the country, isn't competitive at the presidential level in general elections. “South Carolina is also known to be kind to those who’ve been kind to her,” he said.
Walker said that Obama did not tell the whole story after making a joke about his interest in werewolves and vampires. Obama recently made a joke about it during a rally in Georgia which didn't sit well with Walker. Obama took a jab a Walker during a rally on Friday supporting Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock before the Senate runoff election. Like whether it's better to be a vampire or a werewolf," Obama joked as the audience laughed. During a November speech in McDonough, Georgia, Walker went on involving the mythical creatures, which quickly turned into a gaffe.
[1/4] Voters attend to cast their ballots in the runoff election for the Senate position, between Democratic incumbent Raphael Warnock and Republican candidate Herschel Walker, at the Metropolitan Library, in Atlanta, Georgia, U.S., November 29, 2022. REUTERS/Megan Varner/File PhotoDec 2 (Reuters) - Election officials on Friday reported heavy turnout in Georgia on the last day of early voting ahead of the Dec. 6 runoff election that will determine whether Democrats can add to their razor-thin majority in the U.S. Senate. As of Friday morning, at least 1,473,00 voters had cast early ballots in person or via mail, according to Raffensperger's office. Voters will be able to cast ballots in person on Tuesday and return mail ballots through that day as well. Warnock narrowly edged Walker in the Nov. 8 election by 49.44% to 48.49%, even as Republican candidates won other statewide races.
This year, it’s the Democrats with a noteworthy shakeup to the 2024 primary and caucus calendar. Biden finished a distant fourth in Iowa and fifth in New Hampshire and was seen as dead in the water. Perhaps what makes Iowa even more problematic for Democrats is that it has moved out of the political center. In 1988’s Democratic caucus, it is still arguably unknown who really won: the declared winner, Missouri Rep. Dick Gephardt, or Illinois Sen. Paul Simon. Perhaps what makes Iowa even more problematic for Democrats is that it has moved out of the political center.
Outgunned financially as Democrats dominate early voting, Herschel Walker’s Georgia Senate campaign Thursday begged donors to pony up more money because of Sen. Raphael Warnock’s growing sense of momentum. We need help,” Walker campaign manager Scott Paradise wrote in the memo sent to donors Thursday, which was obtained by NBC News ahead of Tuesday’s runoff election. “Core Republican voters just can’t get fired up about Walker, and they came out in the general because they liked Kemp or their congressional candidates. The Walker campaign is no longer beaming with the confidence it had heading into Election Day in November. “Some people still can’t get over the Trump connection,” said Ed Muldrow, the former chairman of the Gwinnett County GOP.
Walker mused during a speech whether he would want to be a vampire or a werewolf. "I don't know if you know, but vampires are some cool people, are they not?" "This would be funny if he wasn't running for Senate," Obama said. Obama wanted to make sure that people knew Walker ultimately decided that he would be a werewolf. "As far as I'm concerned, he can be anything he wants to be besides a United States senator," he said.
Barack Obama called out GOP Senate candidate Herschel Walker for lying about meeting him. Walker claimed on multiple occasions to have let Obama win at basketball games. "Now, listen, this would be funny if he weren't running for Senate," Obama said Thursday. "Now, listen, this would be funny if he weren't running for Senate," Obama continued on Thursday. The US Senate runoff in Georgia between GOP candidate Walker and the Democratic incumbent Warnock is set for Tuesday, December 6.
Obama mocks Herschel Walker's vampire remark
  + stars: | 2022-12-02 | by ( ) edition.cnn.com   time to read: 1 min
Former President Barack Obama campaigned for Georgia Sen. Raphael Warnock (D) and criticized his opponent Herschel Walker (R) for a remark he made about vampires and werewolves.
BOSTON, Dec 2 (Reuters) - Prince William greeted U.S. President Joe Biden at the waterfront in Boston on Friday, part of a three-day visit by British royals trying to focus attention on tackling environmental issues. On Friday afternoon, William smiled as he met Biden outdoors in cold weather along Boston's waterfront. [1/5] U.S. President Joe Biden meets Britain's Prince William, Prince of Wales at the John F. Kennedy Library and Museum in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S. December 2, 2022. Kate and William last visited the United States in 2014, when they were guests of then-President Barack Obama at the White House. In contrast, William and Kate are usually portrayed in the British media as dutiful and earnest, reflecting the style of the late queen.
A federal appeals court on Wednesday declined to put on hold a Texas judge’s ruling that said President Joe Biden’s plan to cancel hundreds of billions of dollars in student loan debt was unlawful. Circuit Court of Appeals rejected the Biden administration’s request to pause a judge’s Nov. 10 order vacating the $400 billion student debt relief program in a lawsuit pursued by a conservative advocacy group. Circuit Court of Appeals that, at the request of six Republican-led states, had barred it from cancelling student loans. Biden announced in August that the U.S. government would forgive up to $10,000 in student loan debt for borrowers making less than $125,000 a year, or $250,000 for married couples. About 26 million Americans have applied for student loan forgiveness, and the U.S. Department of Education had already approved requests from 16 million by the time Pittman issued his ruling.
Austan Goolsbee Named Next President of the Chicago Fed
  + stars: | 2022-12-01 | by ( Nick Timiraos | ) www.wsj.com   time to read: 1 min
Austan Goolsbee, who served as a top economic adviser to former President Barack Obama , will become the next president and chief executive of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, the bank said Thursday. Mr. Goolsbee, 53, is a professor of economics at the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business. He was chair of the White House Council of Economic Advisers from 2010 to 2011.
Economist Austan Goolsbee named next Chicago Fed president
  + stars: | 2022-12-01 | by ( ) www.cnbc.com   time to read: +3 min
Economist Austan Goolsbee will take over as president of the Chicago Federal Reserve early next year as the central bank weighs critical policy moves ahead, according to an announcement Thursday. "Austan is an exceptional choice to be the next president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. Goolsbee comes to the Chicago Fed at a sensitive time for the central bank. A Chicago Fed release announcing the appointment said the new district president is "a leading empirical economist" whose research spans a wide variety of topics. Goolsbee called the Chicago Fed "one of the crown jewels" of the central bank system.
Nov 30 (Reuters) - A federal appeals court on Wednesday declined to put on hold a Texas judge's ruling that said President Joe Biden's plan to cancel hundreds of billions of dollars in student loan debt was unlawful. Circuit Court of Appeals rejected the Biden administration's request to pause a judge's Nov. 10 order vacating the $400 billion student debt relief program in a lawsuit pursued by a conservative advocacy group. Circuit Court of Appeals that, at the request of six Republican-led states, had barred it from cancelling student loans. Biden announced in August that the U.S. government would forgive up to $10,000 in student loan debt for borrowers making less than $125,000 a year, or $250,000 for married couples. About 26 million Americans have applied for student loan forgiveness, and the U.S. Department of Education had already approved requests from 16 million by the time Pittman issued his ruling.
Another lawmaker, Republican Sen. Tommy Tuberville of Alabama, disclosed at a Senate Agriculture Committee hearing about FTX on Thursday that he, too, holds some crypto assets. Tuberville's most recent disclosure reports from this year reviewed by CNBC do not show any crypto stock purchases. Out of all ten offices contacted, only one said they sold their crypto stock holdings after FTX imploded. Rep. Marie Newman, D-Ill., who lost her bid for reelection owned crypto stock up until last week, recently sold her digital token stocks as the industry took a hit. Toomey told CNBC "HODL" when asked about whether he plans to sell his crypto stock following FTX's collapse.
It was in response to Biden's appeal to the court after a Texas judge blocked the relief. Separately, the Supreme Court is expected to rule on an 8th Circuit decision also blocking relief. On Wednesday night, a three-judge panel in the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that it would not grant the Biden administration's request to pause a district court decision that blocked the implementation of student-loan forgiveness. The Supreme Court has not yet issued a decision on whether it will grant the Biden administration's request to revive debt relief for millions of borrowers. Now, the fate of student-debt relief appears to rest at the Supreme Court.
Elon Musk has generated fresh interest in Twitter, and you don’t have to take his word for it. The growth was slower outside the U.S., though, with 14% growth from a month earlier and 4% growth from a year earlier, Apptopia data showed. Musk, who already had a huge following when he bought Twitter, has continued to add followers at a rapid clip. Those apps count their users in the billions, while Twitter has about 259 million daily users, according to Musk. But it may have already ended, with Substack downloads peaking Nov. 6, the firm’s data showed.
Elon Musk is expected to become Twitter's top influencer in JanuaryDimitrios Kambouris/Getty ImagesMusk, who acquired Twitter in late October, has the second most-followed account on the platform with 119.5 million followers. Social Blade, an analytics website, told BBC News it predicts that Musk would have the most Twitter followers by January 17. Musk has gained an average of 268,303 Twitter followers a day over the past year, Social Blade told the BBC. When Twitter fired contractors on November 12, Musk lost almost 200,000 followers in a day, according to Social Blade. Since he took over Twitter, Musk has posted 84% more often and hit his tweet record on November 22 with 75 tweets, Social Blade told the BBC.
The intended beneficiaries of the taxpayer-fueled Presidential Election Campaign Fund — presidential candidates — don't want it, as they're soured by its restrictions on their election fundraising and spending. An accounting of the Presidential Election Campaign Fund, as of October 31, 2022. Several nonprofit leaders told Insider that Congress could use the Presidential Election Campaign Fund money to immediately ease suffering, particularly in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. During the 2019-20 congressional session, two Republican lawmakers sponsored similar bills that attempted to kill the Presidential Election Campaign Fund. Until that or any other repurposing decision comes down, the FEC continues to spend taxpayer resources keeping the Presidential Election Campaign Fund alive.
REUTERS/Evelyn HocksteinWASHINGTON, Nov 30 (Reuters) - From Maine lobster to California wines, President Joe Biden will showcase the flavors of America at a state dinner on Thursday for French President Emmanuel Macron. The menu will feature some American specialties, butter poached lobster from Maine, American Osetra caviar, and beef and potatoes followed by cheeses from Oregon, California and Wisconsin. All this will be washed down by wines from California - Newton "Unfiltered" Chardonnay and Anakota "Knights Valley" Cabernet Sauvignon, along with a California sparkling wine with French roots, Roederer Estate Brut Rose. Serving American-made wine to official French visitors is not original to Biden. Barack Obama served French President François Hollande a Chardonnay from a Virginia's Thibaut-Janisson Winery, founded by two French natives.
DeSantis wrote the book during the Tea Party movement and before he ran for Congress. He did so throughout his 2011 book, "Dreams from Our Founding Fathers: First Principles in the Age of Obama." According to NPD BookScan, which tracks retail sales of US print books, "Dreams from Our Founding Fathers" sold 125 copies through July of 2022. In one section of the book, DeSantis wrote that Obama lacked the humility of George Washington, the first US president. Obama, DeSantis wrote, "garnered flattering media coverage by a press thoroughly enamored with his progressive politics."
They’re offering more policy briefings to longtime supporters, Zoom calls with top administration officials and White House tours, too. "The $500,000 people like me, we’re not going to be players in 2024," said Dick Harpootlian, a longtime Democratic donor and South Carolina state senator. For the White House, the shift is an acceleration of a courtship campaign that began more modestly before the midterm elections. Amid concerns about the omicron variant last year, the White House was forced to abandon plans for a more full set of holiday parties. Some of those same people were invited to the White House next month for an in-person policy briefing.
As a person who writes about honesty and deception, I felt a spark of hope Monday when I found out that Merriam-Webster had made “gaslighting” the official word of the year for 2022. We have to engage with issues like gaslighting, including all the ugliness of the ways it’s been done in the past and the ways it’s still happening today. Gaslighting, as Merriam-Webster defines it, is “the act or practice of grossly misleading someone especially for one’s own advantage.” Our friends at the dictionary choose every year’s word based solely on data: This year saw a 1,740% increase in lookups on Merriam-Webster’s site for the term gaslighting. So while gaslighting is very 2022, it also could have been the word of the year many times before now — indeed, in nearly every period of American history. If we all did this, maybe the word of the year for 2023 would be self-awareness.
"The royal family are a competitive bunch, they always have been and always will be," royal biographer Andrew Morton told Reuters. "Prince William is the future king, Prince Harry no longer has a royal role. William and Kate will visit Boston, primarily to attend an awards ceremony for the Earthshot environmental prize which the prince set up. In contrast, William and Kate are portrayed in the British media as dutiful and earnest, encapsulating the style of monarchy set by the late queen. "I can tell you that Americans have never been as enthusiastic about the royal family as they are now," said Morton, who was in California to promote his latest book "The Queen".
Russia has "unilaterally postponed" nuclear arms control negotiations with the U.S. that were to be held in Cairo this week, a State Department spokesperson said Monday. In response to Washington's support of Ukraine after Russia invaded in February, Moscow suspended the inspections in August. A State Department spokesperson said that Russia had postponed the latest series of meetings and "stated that it would propose new dates." Presidents Barack Obama of the U.S. and Dmitry Medvedev of Russia sign the New START treaty in Prague on April 8, 2010. The New START Treaty "has to do with the disposition of our respective nuclear assets," Price said at a news briefing on Nov. 8, Election Day.
Early voting has started for the Georgia Senate runoff between Raphael Warnock and Herschel Walker. A Warnock victory would usher in a 51-49 Democratic majority, while the GOP hopes for a 50-50 split. Georgia Republican Senate nominee Herschel Walker speaks with supporters during a campaign rally in Milton, Ga., on November 21, 2022. Angus King of Maine and Bernie Sanders of Vermont — who caucus with the Democratic Party, creating an equal split in the upper chamber. However, some Republicans would prefer that Trump remain at Mar-a-Lago, worried that he could cost them another Senate win.
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