Norah O’Donnell: On the campaign trail, President Trump has attacked you frequently. He’s called you a monster. He’s said you’re nasty and it would be an insult to our country if you became the first female president. Do you see this as just the rough and tumble of politics, or do you view those attacks against you as racist?
Senator Kamala Harris: Well, this is not the first time in my life I’ve been called names and it– you know, it was predictable, sadly.
Norah O’Donnell: Do you think the president is racist?
Senator Kamala Harris: Yes, I do. (LAUGH) Yeah. I do. You can look at a pattern that goes back to him questioning the identity of the first Black president of the United States. You can look at Charlottesville, when there were peaceful protesters, And on the other side, Neo-Nazis and he talks about fine people on either side. Calling Mexicans rapists and criminals. His first order of business was to institute a Muslim ban. It all speaks for itself.
All of these examples are invalid, as Breitbart News has shown countless times — most recently in a fact check of Harris’s speech last week in Atlanta:
(1) [Birtherism] Trump questioned Obama’s eligibility to be president. He did the same with Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), who was born in Canada (and later produced evidence of his mother’s U.S. birth). Trump applies the same standard to everyone. (Proof.)
(2) [Charlottesville] Trump never said the neo-Nazis were “fine people.” In fact, he said they should be “condemned totally.” Harris knows that she is lying, because Vice President Mike Pence told her the truth to her face at their debate earlier this month. (Proof.)
(3) [“Mexicans”] Trump did not refer to Mexicans as rapists and criminals. He was referring to people who entered the U.S. illegally, making clear that he was not even talking about all illegal immigrants: “And some, I assume, are good people.” (Proof.)
(4) [“Muslim ban”] Trump never imposed a “Muslim ban.” He restricted travel from terror-prone countries identified under Obama. Most Muslim states were unaffected, and the ban was upheld at the Supreme Court. Non-Muslim countries are on the list. (Proof.)
During the Democratic presidential primary, Harris attacked former Vice President Joe Biden for his past racial insensitivity. 60 Minutes did not ask her about Biden’s statements on race.
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United States President Donald Trump has posted a complete and uncut version of an interview he did with CBS News’s 60 Minutes program to Facebook ahead of the show’s scheduled Sunday broadcast.
Mr Trump walked out of the interview after about 40 minutes
CBS News called the White House’s decision to release the interview “unprecedented”
The broadcaster said the interview would air on Sunday as planned.
Mr Trump released the footage on the same day that he is set to take on Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden in their final presidential debate.
The footage shows Mr Trump growing increasingly prickly as CBS anchor Lesley Stahl presses him on a host of topics, including his response to the coronavirus pandemic, his slipping support among suburban women, the lack of masks at his rallies, and the Obamacare replacement plan he has long promised but failed to unveil.
“Look at the bias, hatred and rudeness on behalf of 60 Minutes and CBS,” Mr Trump wrote Thursday as he tweeted the Facebook link.
He also once again pre-emptively criticised the moderator of Thursday night’s final presidential debate.
Throughout the interview, Mr Trump returns to attacks on Joe Biden’s son, based on an unconfirmed New York Post report, and accuses the media of being too soft on his Democratic rival.
As Stahl comments at one point that Mr Trump is offering attack after attack, Mr Trump responds: “It’s not attack, it’s defence. It’s defence against attacks.”
“I’m defending myself and I’m defending the institute of the presidency,” he said.
As Mr Trump continued to throw unsubstantiated allegations at Mr Biden and former President Barack Obama, Stahl tried to explain: “This is ’60 Minutes’ and we can’t put on things we can’t verify.”
But Mr Trump continued to criticise the mainstream media.
“Lesley, you’re discrediting yourself,” he said.
‘That’s enough. Let’s go’
The interview began on a tense footing as Stahl asked the President as the camera started rolling, “Are you ready for some tough questions?” and only grew more testy.
At the end of the nearly 40 minutes, Mr Trump complained: “Are you ready for tough questions. That’s no way to talk. That’s no way to talk.”
Mr Trump eventually cut the interview short and declined to appear with Vice-President Mike Pence.
“That’s enough, let’s go,” he said.
CBS News called the White House’s decision to release the interview “unprecedented,” but said the interview would still air on Sunday (local time) as planned.
“The White House’s unprecedented decision to disregard their agreement with CBS News and release their footage will not deter 60 Minutes from providing its full, fair and contextual reporting which presidents have participated in for decades,” the network said in a statement.
“60 Minutes,” it continued, “is widely respected for bringing its hallmark fairness, deep reporting and informative context to viewers each week.
“Few journalists have the presidential interview experience Lesley Stahl has delivered over her decades as one of the premier correspondents in America and we look forward to audiences seeing her third interview with President Trump and subsequent interview with Vice-President Pence this weekend.”
In posting the interview, Trump and the White House violated an agreement with CBS News that the White House was taping the interview “for archival purposes only,” said a network source with knowledge of the interview.
CBS, for its part, posted a 90-second-long preview of the Trump interview on social media on Thursday morning, with “More Sunday on @CBS.” The show will also include an interview with Joe Biden.
The network decried the President’s decision to post the interview.
“The White House’s unprecedented decision to disregard their agreement with CBS News and release their footage will not deter 60 Minutes from providing its full, fair and contextual reporting which presidents have participated in for decades,” the network said.
“60 Minutes, the most-watched news program on television, is widely respected for bringing its hallmark fairness, deep reporting and informative context to viewers each week. Few journalists have the presidential interview experience Lesley Stahl has delivered over her decades as one of the premier correspondents in America and we look forward to audiences seeing her third interview with President Trump and subsequent interview with Vice-President Pence this weekend.”
In the clip posted by CBS, Stahl challenges Trump when he says that his administration “created the greatest economy in the history of our country”.
Stahl retorts: “You know that’s not true. No.”
In the clip posted by Trump, Stahl begins the interview by asking the President: “Are you ready for some tough questions?” Trump replies, “Just be fair. .. I’m looking for fairness.” Stahl says that Trump “is going to get fairness”.
Trump was combative with Stahl throughout the interview, saying at one point: “You’re so negative. You’re so negative.”
When asked about his comments urging suburban women to vote for him, Trump called it a “misleading question”.
When Stahl was sceptical about Trump’s claims about his administration’s accomplishments, he responds: “You’re really quite impossible to convince.”
One particularly prickly exchange began when Stahl first asked Trump about calling Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, and other health officials “idiots” before asking whether he thinks masks work.
“Where did I call him an idiot?” Trump asked, then shrugged and added, “Well, he’s been wrong. I like him, but he’s been wrong a lot.”
Stahl made clear at the beginning of the interview that she did not plan to fact-check the President’s words. “I’m not going to do that,” she said.
But when Trump said that his campaign was “spied on,” Stahl replied: “There’s no real evidence of that. … This is 60 Minutes. And we can’t put on things we can’t verify.”
Still, Stahl got Trump to admit that new coronavirus cases are up around the country, although he argued that “cases are up because we’re doing so much testing”.
Stahl tried to press Trump about mask-wearing at his rallies.
“A lot of people are wearing masks,” Trump said.
“And a lot of people aren’t,” she added. “I am watching all these people jammed together, and I’m seeing most of them without masks and I’m wondering about the message you’re sending with these pictures.”
Trump accused Stahl of “protecting” Biden by giving him soft coverage, saying that she wouldn’t interview the former vice-president as combatively.
Stahl said that Trump is trying to “discredit” the media. “You discredit yourself,” he replied. “I don’t have to discredit you.”
Trump said that a lot of Stahl’s questions were about topics that were “inappropriately brought up”.
“You’re President,” she replied. “Don’t you think you should be accountable to the American people?”
At the end of the video clip, Trump spends several minutes complaining to Stahl about her questions and then tells her: “That’s no way to talk.”
A man’s voice can then be heard cutting in. “Leslie, one second, we’re – this is the first warning,” the man says. “I think we have five minutes until we have the Vice-President step in. Is that about right?”
Trump then responds: “Well, I think we have enough. Really, we have enough of an interview.”
The President suggests that he and the man “go meet for two seconds,” then turns to Stahl and abruptly gets up to leave, telling her: “I’ll see you later. Thanks.”
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President Donald Trump has followed through on his threat, or promise, to release video of his interview before it is set to air on 60 Minutes on Sunday night.
Trump was interviewed by CBS News journalist Leslie Stahl at the White House on Tuesday, but abruptly ended the interview after 45 minutes, declining to participate in a scheduled walk-and-talk that would have included Vice-President Mike Pence as well.
Later that day, he said on Twitter said that he was “considering” posting the White House’s copy of the video interview, “so that everybody can get a glimpse of what a FAKE and BIASED interview is all about”.
Then, on Thursday morning (Friday AEDT), after he again teased a release of the video (“the vicious attempted ‘takeout” interview of me”), a 37-minute-clip of the interview appeared on the president’s Facebook page.
I have no idea where to begin with this post. Be warned, it is probably going to be the most bizarre and cringeworthy thing you read today.
Donald Trump’s personal lawyer and adviser, former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani, has found himself in an extremely embarrassing position due to a scene in the new Borat film, which comes out this week.
The reviews have started to drop, and pretty much all of them describe the scene in question. It features Mr Giuliani, 76, and the Bulgarian actress Maria Bakalova, 24, who is playing Borat’s daughter and posing as a conservative TV journalist.
I’m just going to quote from a couple of reviews here, because goodness knows I don’t want to summarise it myself.
“She meets the former mayor of New York and current adviser to the President in a hotel room, where he holds her hands, compliments her appearance, and follows her to the bedroom,” writes Vanity Fair.
“She spends some time elaborately taking off their microphones; briefly, he lies down on the bed. His hand is in his pants. Watching it, your brain turns into an exclamation point.
“They are strategically interrupted before more transpires, but you cannot help wondering exactly what Giuliani may have done next.”
“Following an obsequious interview for a fake conservative news program, the pair retreat at her suggestion for a drink to the bedroom of a hotel suite, which is rigged with concealed cameras,” says The Guardian.
The number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 across the globe passed 40 million early Monday, according to Johns Hopkins University. The actual worldwide total is most likely considerably higher: Testing hasn’t been widely available, many have been asymptomatic, and certain governments have concealed numbers.
The U.S., Brazil and India are reporting the highest numbers of cases.
Meanwhile, in a Sunday night interview on CBS’ “60 Minutes,” Dr. Anthony Fauci said he was “absolutely not” surprised President Donald Trump contracted an infection after attending what he described as a “superspreader event” in the Rose Garden on Sept. 26. He also said the White House has blocked him from speaking to the media on a number of occasions.
In Washington, the clock is ticking for a stimulus relief bill ahead of the Nov. 3 election. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Sunday set a 48-hour deadline for the White House, insisting that a second round of $1,200 checks for Americans, expanded unemployment benefits and additional financial aid for the Paycheck Protection program “depends on the administration.”
Some significant developments:
Dr. Anthony Fauci dismissed the idea of a nationwide lockdown on “60 Minutes,” saying the U.S. is “fatigued” by coronavirus restrictions. He also said he’d take a vaccine upon approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
An analysis of 114,411 COVID-19-associated deaths published in the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly report found the percentage of deaths among Latinos increased from 16.3% to 26.4% from May to August. In the same time period, decedents who were white decreased from 56.9% to 51.5%, and the percentage who were Black decreased from 20.3% to 17.4%.
The report notes there was a geographic shift in COVID-19-related deaths from the Northeast to the West and South, where Latinos account for a higher percentage of the population. However, the shift alone doesn’t explain the increase in deaths as disparities among Latinos and other racial and ethnic groups have been well-documented during the pandemic.
41 states had more cases in the last week than the previous week
A USA TODAY analysis of John Hopkins University data shows 41 states had more cases in the latest week than in the week before. New case records were set in Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Arizona, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, and Wyoming.
According to an analysis of COVID Tracking project data found 36 states had a higher rate of people testing positive on testing than the week before. Those states: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Minnesota, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, Nebraska, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming.
The U.S. has reported 8,154,594 cases and 219,674 deaths.
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Dr. Anthony Fauci talks national lockdown, vaccine on ’60 Minutes’
Things would have to get really, really bad” to suggest a national lockdown, Dr. Anthony Fauci said during a “60 Minutes” interview that aired Sunday night. “First of all, the country is fatigued with restrictions. So we want to use public health measures not to get in the way of opening the economy, but to being a safe gateway to opening the economy.”
In the interview, Fauci also said the White House has controlled some of his media availability – “I certainly have not been allowed to go on many, many, many shows that have asked for me” – and said he was “absolutely not” surprised President Donald Trump contracted COVID-19 after attending what he described as a “superspreader event” in the Rose Garden on Sept. 26.
What about a vaccine? Fauci put his trust in the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
“If the final outcome is that the FDA approves it, I will take it,” said Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases who is regarded as the country’s top infectious disease expert.
Twitter blocks Donald Trump adviser’s tweet downplaying use of masks
Twitter blocked a post Sunday from an adviser to President Donald Trump who suggested that masks do not work to stop the spread of the coronavirus.
Scott Atlas, who joined the White House in August as a science adviser, had tweeted “Masks work? NO,” and said widespread use of masks is not supported.
The tweet violated a Twitter policy that prohibits sharing false or misleading misinformation about COVID-19 that could lead to harm, the company said. The policy bans statements that have been confirmed to be false or misleading by experts such as public health authorities.
“I don’t understand why the tweets were deleted,” Atlas said in an email, calling Twitter’s actions censorship. He said his tweet was intended to show that “general population masks and mask mandates do not work,” and he clarified that the correct policy is to use masks when one cannot socially distance.
Italy tightens COVID-19 restrictions amid surge but stops short of curfews
With coronavirus infections reaching new daily highs, Italian Premier Giuseppe Conte on Sunday announced new restrictions that stopped short of a curfew like those imposed in Paris and other major French cities.
Under Conte’s measures, however, Italian mayors can close public squares and other gathering places after 9 p.m., permitting access only to reach homes or businesses. Restaurants and bars are restricted to table service only after 6 p.m., three hours earlier than previously allowed, but can maintain the current midnight closing time.
Local festivals have been banned. Gyms and public swimming pools may remain open – but Conte said they would be closed in a week if they don’t do a better job of following restrictions.
Speculation about US politics, as well as negotiations within US Congress regarding a US fiscal stimulus bill, will be the major drivers in the global financial markets. Polling continues to suggest a Joe Biden victory in the US general election, with the balance of probabilities seemingly indicating a so-called ‘blue wave’, which would see Democrats seize control of both houses of congress, with the markets also positioning for a subsequently bigger spending government after the election. The markets also appears to be less concerned about the possibility of a contested election result. Although it remains inverted, the US VIX Futures curve has flattened considerably in recent weeks.
Australian markets SPI Futures are suggesting that the ASX200 ought to kick-off the week with a 0.63 per cent rally, following a neutral lead from Wall Street on Friday. It backs up what was a positive week for Australian equities, with the ASX200 briefly challenging post-virus-crisis highs during the week and closing trade 1.22 per cent higher. The highlight for the local trading week this may prove to be the RBA’s minutes from its last meeting. The minutes will be read for how close the RBA came to cutting rates last month, as market participants price-in a likely easing of monetary in November, along with the increased likelihood of a more conventional quantitative easing program from the central bank in the near future.
Virus and lockdowns Second and third waves of the coronavirus in several major economies is weighing on market sentiment. A spike in infections in the UK and parts of Europe cast doubt over the global economies recovery last week, the UK and France two notable countries to reimpose fresh lockdown measures. The need for a vaccine has become more pronounced for the markets, as it becomes clearer that the global economy faces a slow journey to normalcy without one. Hopes were bolstered at the end of last week that a vaccine may come sooner than expected, after US pharmaceutical company Pfizer flagged it could release its vaccine by as soon as November.
US earnings season The reporting period for US corporates has so far been a positive one. According to financial data company FactSet, of the 49 companies that have reported profits, 83 per cent have exceeded expectations, with the market now tipping a contraction in earnings this quarter of -18.5 per cent. Better than expected results from financial sector firms were largely responsible for the outperformance, with some of America’s biggest banks surprising investors by reporting lower provisions, and continued strong revenues in trading divisions. Attention will turn to US tech in the week ahead, with Netflix and Tesla reporting their Q3 results.
Economic data A raft of economic data will deliver a health check on the global economy’s recovery this week. China will publish its GDP data for the quarter, with economists tipping the figure will reaffirm the view that the Chinese economic rebound is on strong footing. GDP is projected to have expanded by 5.5 per cent on a quarter-over-year basis, up from 3.2 per cent last quarter. Global PMI surveys will also be closely watched to get a live pulse on global business activity. Estimates are suggesting a plateauing of both manufacturing and services activity across the world economy, with special concern directed to the services surveys this week, as fresh lockdowns roll-out across several major economies.
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The NSW Rugby League employee accused of spreading rumours about axed Broncos coach Anthony Seibold is an ex-part-time referee in NSW bush footy.
According to a Sydney Morning Heraldreport, the person at the centre of Seibold’s cyber security probe is a former part-time referee and not a person of great prominence at the NRL or one of its clubs.
Seibold appeared on 60 Minutes on Sunday in which it was claimed the person implicated was a full-time NSWRL employee.
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The NRL’s integrity unit is said to be aware of the individual named, who previously held an officiating role on a part-time basis in regional NSW.
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“It’s been pretty tough, particularly the last couple of months. In some ways it’s like the wild west out there,” said Seibold, who was the target of rumours about his personal life, was accused of taking illicit drugs and sleeping with partners of his Broncos squad.
“My situation went viral with defamatory comments. My reputation was ruined in a lot of respects.
“It’s someone who makes a living from our game. There’s someone who is part of this conversation who has added to the rumours, through messages who’s then forwarded on to social media platforms.”
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That was news to NSWRL chief executive Dave Trodden who was blindsided by the 60 Minutes report on Seibold’s trolling.
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He vowed to meet with the former Broncos and Rabbitohs coach to address his concerns.
“I have had the opportunity today to have a number of conversations with various representatives of the NRL and Anthony Seibold,” Trodden said.
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“While the various parties are unable to provide the identity of the person involved because of ongoing police investigations, I am confident that the person is not a full-time employee of NSWRL.
“Trolling is appalling … and action should be taken if it is properly proven. It should never be tolerated and we feel for Anthony Seibold and his family for what he has been put through.
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“Equally, it is really important for me, as CEO of NSWRL, to make it clear that none of our full-time employees are involved in the alleged behaviour and it’s also important that our reputation is not unfairly tarnished.”
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