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Kamala Harris On Joe Biden Accusers: I Believe Them (in April 2019)

Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) said she believes the women who have come forward alleging that former Vice President Joe Biden touched them without their consent.

“I believe them, and I respect them being able to tell their story and having the courage to do it,” Harris told reporters at a presidential campaign stop in Nevada on Tuesday.

Biden, who is expected to announce a 2020 presidential bid soon, has been accused of inappropriately touching or kissing four women. All of them said his behavior was inappropriate and made them uncomfortable.

Asked whether Biden should still run for president, Harris responded that it was up to him. “He’s going to have to make that decision for himself. I wouldn’t tell him what to do,” she said.

Former Neighbor Corroborates Tara Reade's Account Of Sexual Assault By Joe Biden

New information has emerged in recent days about the sexual assault allegation made against Joe Biden, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee. The allegation was made by Tara Reade who worked as a junior staffer in his Senate office in 1993 when she says the assault occurred. His campaign denies the accusation. NPR has now spoken to a former neighbor of Reade's, the first person to corroborate Reade's account in detail on the record, recalling a conversation from about 25 years ago. We should mention this story contains descriptions that will be upsetting to many listeners. Let me bring in NPR political correspondent Asma Khalid, who has been looking into this.
KELLY: So you have now spoken with an old neighbor of Tara Reade's who's corroborating her allegation. Who is that and what are they saying?

KHALID: Yeah, that's right. Her name is Lynda LaCasse, and her name first came to our attention because of some interview she did with Business Insider. They published this account earlier this week in which Lynda LaCasse, who was a neighbor of Reade's in California in the mid-1990s, says that Reade told her about the assault. LaCasse did not respond to my initial messages or phone calls, but through Tara Reade, I was able to reach her earlier today. And I should note that through public records, NPR was also able to verify that Reade and LaCasse were neighbors for a point in the 1990s. So LaCasse told me that she recalls stepping outside one day in 1995 or early 1996 and Reade joined her and they started talking. And at that point, Reade started sharing this story of an alleged assault by Joe Biden. What she told me matches the details of what Reade has alleged.

LYNDA LACASSE: I do remember her telling me that Joe Biden had put her up against the wall and had put his hand - his hand - his hand up her skirt and had put his fingers inside her.

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Biden assault allegation now has more evidence than Blasey Ford's claim against Kavanaugh

Tara Reade's allegation that Joe Biden acted inappropriately toward her has been made more credible by a revelation that strongly suggests she complained to her mother about "problems" related to working in Biden's office around the time she left the job.

To be sure, the news doesn't prove Reade's underlying claim that Biden pushed her against a wall and penetrated her with his fingers while a staffer in his office, but there is now solid evidence that she complained about Biden's behavior at the time. That alone is something that could never be said for Christine Blasey Ford's accusation against Brett Kavanaugh.

The latest development comes as the Intercept has found a piece of hard evidence that proves she complained to at least one person, her late mother, shortly after leaving her job. A listener of the left-wing outlet found a call to Larry King Live in 1993, which Reade had claimed was her mother. The date and location from the call transcript does not conclusively show that the woman calling in was indeed Reade's mother. But the timing and context are consistent with Reade's account.

"I’m wondering what a staffer would do besides go to the press in Washington?" Reade's mother says, according to the transcript. "My daughter has just left there, after working for a prominent senator, and could not get through with her problems at all, and the only thing she could have done was go to the press, and she chose not to do it out of respect for him."

New evidence surfaces in Tara Reade allegation against Biden

A 1993 video has surfaced that appears to show the mother of Tara Reade, the former aide to Joe Biden who has accused him of sexual assault, talking about "problems" her daughter faced on CNN’s "Larry King Live."
As first reported by the Intercept, an unnamed woman from San Luis Obispo, California, called into King's show and said, "I’m wondering what a staffer would do besides go to the press in Washington? My daughter has just left there, after working for a prominent senator, and could not get through with her problems at all, and the only thing she could have done was go to the press, and she chose not to do it out of respect for him."

Reade confirmed to POLITICO it was her mother's voice.

King asked the woman, “She had a story to tell but, out of respect for the person she worked for, she didn’t tell it?"
The caller replied, "That's true."

Rep. Donna Shalala (D) Failed to Disclose 2019 Stock Sales in Violation of Federal Law: Report

Rep. Donna Shalala (D-FL) violated federal law when she sold stocks while preparing to enter Congress in 2019, the Miami Herald reports. Shalala, who served as secretary of health and human services under President Bill Clinton and now represents for Florida’s 27th Congressional District, failed to disclose 2019 stock sales as required under the 2012 STOCK Act, regulation meant to prevent congressional insider trading. Shalala said she had been in the process of placing her assets into a blind trust when the trades were made. The trust still has not been finalized, the Herald reports, so the disclosures were still required.

Shalala was the sole Democrat selected to oversee $500 billion designated for coronavirus stimulus payments to large businesses, but her failure to abide by financial ethics rules raises questions about her ability to do so. The appointment led her to declare that she owned stock in some businesses that may benefit from the bailout. Shalala admitted her mistake to the Herald, calling it “a misunderstanding,” and apologized. It’s unclear if she will suffer any penalty.

Certain ethnic protesters riot in Paris due to coronavirus lockdown

It followed prosecutors opening an enquiry after a 30-year-old motorcyclist, reportedly from an Arab Muslim background, was critically injured after a collision with an unmarked police car in the suburb.

Residents claimed it was an example of police heavy-handedness against ethnic minority communities during the lockdown.

French journalist Taha Bouhafs posted several clips of the riots on Twitter.

"Lots of fireworks fire this evening at #VilleneuveLaGarenne, tensions underway in several neighborhoods, notably in the northern suburbs," he wrote.

Lefty wants you to stay at home but not immigrants

'Xenophobe in chief': Democrats blast Trump's plan to suspend immigration to the U.S.

WASHINGTON — Congressional Democrats slammed President Donald Trump after he announced that he plans to suspend immigration to the United States, arguing that such a move does nothing to protect Americans from the coronavirus and deflects attention away from his handling of the outbreak.

House Democratic Caucus Chairman Hakeem Jeffries, D-N.Y., tweeted that Trump is the "xenophobe. In. chief."

"This action is not only an attempt to divert attention away from Trump's failure to stop the spread of the coronavirus and save lives, but an authoritarian-like move to take advantage of a crisis and advance his anti-immigrant agenda. We must come together to reject his division," tweeted Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-Texas, chairman of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus.

Michigan Gov. Whitmer faces fierce backlash over strict stay-at-home order

DETROIT — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed one of the most restrictive stay-at-home orders in the country late last week in hopes of containing the coronavirus outbreak in her state — one of the hardest hit.

The backlash has been immense.

Michiganders, many from the more conservative areas of the state, believe Whitmer's latest order went too far. They accused her of stripping them of their constitutional rights. Online, they pledged to protest, signed petitions calling for her recall and joined Facebook groups dedicated to having the order curtailed.

Whitmer's executive action extended her prior stay-at-home order through the end of April and toughened it up.

For at least until then, Michiganders won't be allowed to travel to in-state vacation residences. They are not permitted to use a motor boat. Business restrictions have been tightened, including that large stores must close areas "dedicated to carpeting, flooring, furniture, garden centers, plant nurseries, or paint," among other measures. Violators could be fined or charged with a misdemeanor, though the practicality of strict enforcement was unclear.
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