Thursday, 20 Feb 2020

CNN goes to ground zero of Wuhan coronavirus outbreak in China

Hillary Clinton slams Mark Zuckerberg as ‘Trumpian’ and ‘authoritarian,’ says Facebook ‘intends’ to reelect Trump

That’s Hillary Clinton offering up her take on FacebookFB, -0.83%in an interview with The Atlantic over the weekend.

And because of that, she explained, there’s good reason to believe that the social-media giant is “not just going to reelect Trump, but intends to reelect Trump.”

Clinton recounted how she once tried to get Facebook to take down that edited video falsely showing Nancy Pelosi slurring. Facebook responded by saying that it lets users make up their own minds.

With that, Clinton said that CEO Mark Zuckerberg is “Trumpian” and “authoritarian” when it comes to his unwillingness to battle the spread of disinformation and propaganda that has exploded on his platform in recent years.

“I feel like you’re negotiating with a foreign power sometimes,” she said. “He’s immensely powerful. This is a global company that has huge influence in ways that we’re only beginning to understand.”

Clinton added “that it’s to [Zuckerberg’s] and Facebook’s advantage not to cross Trump… And it just gives me a pit in my stomach.”

Barack Obama Grieves Kobe Bryant, Daughter Gianna’s Sudden Deaths: ‘Unthinkable’

Former President Barack Obama paid his condolences to Kobe Bryant’s family amid news of Bryant’s shocking death on Sunday. 

The former Los Angeles Laker died in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California, alongside eight others on board. Bryant’s 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, was also among those dead.

“Kobe was a legend on the court and just getting started in what would have been just as meaningful a second act. To lose Gianna is even more heartbreaking to us as parents,” Obama wrote. “Michelle and I send love and prayers to Vanessa and the entire Bryant family on an unthinkable day.” 

Countless tributes poured in from friends, fans and former teammates of Bryant’s as his death sent shockwaves around the world. 

Shaquille O’Neal, who won three championships with Bryant, said that there were “no words” to describe the pain he was feeling. 

“There’s no words to express the pain I’m going through now with this tragic and sad moment of loosing my friend, my brother, my partner in winning championships, my dude and my homie,” O’Neal wrote in a tribute, alongside photos of him with Bryant. 

“I love you brother and you will be missed. My condolences goes out to the Bryant family and the families of the other passengers on board. IM SICK RIGHT NOW !” 

This is a developing story. Please check back for updates.

Biden Leads USA Today/Suffolk Iowa Poll; Sanders, Buttigieg Next

Joe Biden leads the Democratic field in Iowa, according to a USA Today/Suffolk poll, with 25% support. Bernie Sanders was second at 19%, followed by Pete Buttigieg in third at 18%.

It’s a better result for the former vice president than an NYT/Siena survey out Saturday, which showed Sanders in first and Biden trailing Buttigieg in third place. Elizabeth Warren was fourth and Amy Klobuchar fifth in both polls.

Yet taken together, both surveys show a fluid Democratic field a week before Iowa caucuses. RealClearPolitics, aggregating recent surveys in Iowa, showed Biden and Sanders essentially tied ahead of the USA Today survey’s release.

Under Iowa’s unique caucus system, voters’ backup plans could be decisive. If a candidate doesn’t reach 15% support in a local area, they aren’t considered viable, their votes won’t tally and supporters are encouraged to pick someone else.

Yet there’s no clear indication where the supporters of lesser-polling candidates might wind up. Three quarters of those supporting a candidate outside the top five were undecided about their next choice.

The USA Today/Suffolk poll surveyed 500 likely Democratic caucusgoers from Jan. 23-26, with an error margin plus or minus 4.4 percentage points.

Michael Jordan remembers Kobe Bryant — and this viral video helps us remember how incredibly similar their styles were

That’s Michael Jordan sharing his thoughts on the passing of Kobe Bryant and his daughter, Gianna, both of whom died in a helicopter crash on Sunday morning.

“He was a fierce competitor, one of the greats of the game and a creative force,” Jordan continued. “Kobe was also an amazing dad who loved his family deeply — and took great pride in his daughter’s love for the game of basketball. Yvette joins me in sending my deepest condolences to Vanessa, the Lakers organization and basketball fans around the world.”

Those words clearly would have meant a lot to Bryant, considering the imprint Jordan had on his life, and, as you can see from this video, his game:

Bryant, an 18-time NBA All-Star and five-time champion, surpassed Jordan as third on the NBA’s all-time scoring list back in 2014, but he just gave up that spot to LeBron James on Saturday night.

“I’m happy just to be in any conversation with Kobe Bean Bryant, one of the all-time greatest basketball players to ever play, one of the all-time greatest Lakers,” James said following the game. “The man has two jerseys hanging up in Staples Center. It’s just crazy.”

Check out: Here’s what other big names in sports, entertainment and politics had to say about Bryant’s passing

CNN goes to ground zero of Wuhan coronavirus outbreak in China

New York (CNN Business)US stock futures dropped sharply Sunday night as fears of the coronavirus grew.

Dow (INDU) futures fell by as much as 300 points. S&P 500 (INX) futures were down about 1.1% and Nasdaq (COMP) futures were lower by about 1.4%.
More than 50 people have been killed by the coronavirus in China, health officials said on Saturday. More than 1,900 confirmed cases have been reported across the country.

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Sunday that it confirmed a fifth case of the virus in the United States. All of the people in the United States with confirmed cases of coronavirus had recently traveled to Wuhan, the epicenter of the outbreak.
    The Dow closed down 0.6% on Friday —its worst day of the year. Also Friday, the S&P 500 had its worst day since early October, while the Nasdaq had its lowest close since early December.

    – CNN’s Anneken Tappe, Faith Karimi and Eliott C. McLaughlin contributed to this report

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