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Blurring Trump, other words in Womens March photo was mistake, National Archives says

3 0 19 Jan 2020

The U.S. National Archives and Records Administration said on Saturday it “made a mistake” by blurring some words in a photo showing protest signs in the 2017 Women’s March.

The admission comes after The Washington Post reported Friday that the National Archives made multiple alterations to a photo of the 2017 Women’s March, blurring signs held by attendees that were critical of President Donald Trump or that contained words that referenced women’s anatomy.

The Archives, an independent U.S. agency charged with preserving and documenting government and historical records, told NBC News on Saturday that it blurred the word “Trump” in signs on the photo as well as “words that referenced parts of a woman’s body.”

The image in question was part of a promotional display, not an artifact, for the Archives’ current exhibit on the 19th Amendment, which prohibits state and federal governments from denying the right to vote to U.S. citizens on the basis of sex.

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“This photo is not an archival record held by the National Archives, but one we licensed to use as a promotional graphic. Nonetheless, we were wrong to alter the image,” the Archives said in a statement on Saturday.

The agency added that it “removed the current display and will replace it as soon as possible with one that uses the unaltered image.”

The Women’s March on Jan. 21, 2017, held a day after Trump’s inauguration, drew hundreds of thousands of protesters in Washington, D.C., and an estimated 3 million in cities across the country and around the world.

National Archives spokeswoman Miriam Kleiman told NBC News in an email that the agency chose photos from both the Women’s March in 2017 and a 1913 women’s suffrage march “and presented them together in a single display.”

The display attempts to show the commonality between the women’s rights demonstrations, which both took place on Pennsylvania Avenue in the nation’s capital, even though they occurred 100 years apart.

“As a non-partisan, non-political federal agency, we blurred references to the President’s name on some posters, so as not to engage in current political controversy,” said Kleiman. “Modifying the image was an attempt on our part to keep the focus on the records.”

Close ups of the altered sign in the photograph from Women’s March in 2017 on display at the National Archives Research Center, left, the original by Getty photographer Mario Tama.The Washington Post; Getty Images

Kleiman said the Archives also blurred words “that could be perceived by some museum visitors as inappropriate, so as not to distract from the graphic’s intended purpose.”

“The decision to do this was made during the exhibit development process by a group that included agency managers and museum staff members,” she said. “The National Archives only alters images in exhibits when they are used as graphic design components. We do not alter images or documents that are displayed as artifacts in exhibitions. In this case, the image is part of a promotional display, not an artifact.”

The American Civil Liberties Union slammed the Archives’ alteration of the image.

“The government can’t airbrush history or erase women’s bodies from it. It is the job of the National Archives to document history, not alter it to serve the president’s ego,” said ACLU Deputy Legal Director Louise Melling in a statement.

The Archives said in its statement that it “will immediately start a thorough review of our exhibit policies and procedures so that this does not happen again.”

Biden demands apology from Sanders over doctored video on Social Security

3 0 19 Jan 2020

INDIANOLA, Iowa — Former Vice President Joe Biden demanded an apology Saturday from the Bernie Sanders presidential campaign for circulating what he called a “doctored” video misconstruing his record on Social Security.

Biden, a Democratic rival for the nomination, responded to a question from a woman who told him she received a call from a campaign questioning Biden’s position on Social Security and Medicare. He told an audience that “Bernie’s people” had circulated a video that falsely suggested he agreed in 2018 with then-House Speaker Paul Ryan’s position to dismantle the benefits.

“But it is simply a lie that video that is going around, and ask anybody in the press, it’s a flat lie. They’ve acknowledged that this is a doctored tape,” Biden said before pointing to a PolitiFact article outlining falsehoods from the Sanders campaign. “And I think it’s beneath and I’m looking for his campaign to come forward and disown it, but they haven’t done it yet.”

The video in question was posted by an unverified Twitter user and retweeted earlier this month by a senior Sanders campaign adviser. The video clipped remarks Biden made at the Brookings Institute in April 2018, showing Biden saying Ryan was “correct” in trying to dismantle Social Security, a remark his campaign says he made sarcastically.

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“The Sanders campaign has pushed a video and transcript that were intentionally, deceptively edited to make it seem like Vice President Biden was praising and agreeing with Paul Ryan, when it is clear he was doing the exact opposite,” a Biden campaign official said in a statement. “In the speech, Biden was reiterating his core belief that we need to undo Trump’s tax cuts for the super wealthy and replace them with a tax code that rewards work, not just wealth.”

Sanders campaign officials have also posted videos, mainly from Biden’s time in the Senate, in which Biden discusses contemporaneous proposals that would have affected Social Security benefits. They have sought to contrast Biden’s history on the issue with Sanders’ and cast the Vermont senator as an unflinching defender of the program.

In response to Biden’s demand for an apology, Sanders pushed back in a statement and told Biden to stop “dodging questions about his record.”

“Joe Biden should be honest with voters and stop trying to doctor his own public record of consistently and repeatedly trying to cut Social Security. The facts are very clear: Biden not only pushed to cut Social Security — he is on tape proudly bragging about it on multiple occasions,” Sanders said.

His campaign also immediately blasted out a memo titled “Joe Biden’s Record on Social Security,” listing video, statements and quotes of Biden talking about the program far as 1984.

Biden’s response came after numerous Sanders campaign advisers and the candidate himself had launched attacks against the former vice president’s record on Social Security.

In recent weeks, Sanders has continued to bring attention to Biden’s Iraq war vote and long political record — which he described as “baggage”— in an effort to dismantle Biden’s argument that he’s ready to be this era’s Democratic leader.

Moments before the Biden campaign official’s statement was released, Biden warned an Exeter, New Hampshire, crowd that Democratic infighting would only hurt the party’s chances of winning an election against President Donald Trump.

“I think the best thing for all Democratic candidates, and what we’re going to do in our campaign as you heard me tonight, you didn’t hear me say a word about any of the other candidates. We are going to focus on the issues of the working families of America and bring them together.”

Shaquille Brewster contributed.

SEAL, doctor, astronaut: Jonny Kim goes where few Korean Americans have gone before

12 0 18 Jan 2020

Newly minted astronaut Jonny Kim insists he has experienced plenty of failure in his 35 years of life — hard to believe coming from a budding space traveler who’s had career stints as a Navy SEAL and practicing physician.

Conquering the time-space continuum might be the only feat beyond his reach.

“I cannot believe where I am today,” Kim told NBC News on Thursday, just a week after graduating from NASA’s Artemis program, making himself eligible for blasting off into space. “If there was a time machine and I could tell my younger self what I’d be doing in 2020, there’s no way I’d believe it.”

Jonny Kim.NASA

Kim, whose parents emigrated from South Korea to Southern California in the early 1980s, is the first NASA astronaut of full Korean descent. He follows former astronaut Mark Polansky, whose mother is Korean.

With Kim’s now-late father toiling endless hours at a South Central Los Angeles liquor store and his mom working hard to home to raise Kim and his younger brother, the astronaut said he had no real direction as a child and struggled to make friends.

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“When I was a young kid, I didn’t have a lot of confidence. I was good at school but I thought I sucked at everything else,” Kim said. “I was socially scared of making relationships. High school was a big fail as the social experiment that it is.”

Jonny Kim with his brother Jeffrey.

Kim said he had little focus in life until he turned 16 when he first learned about the Navy’s elite Sea, Air and Land Team, whose members are known as SEALs.

And that was his spark. For the next two years, Kim said that’s all he could think about, training and working out to be in the best physical shape possible. He enlisted shortly after graduating from Santa Monica High School.

“I applied to zero colleges,” Kim said.

He took college board exams only to satisfy his mother, who couldn’t grasp why her oldest son would want to take such a difficult path. She begged him not to join the Navy, up until the moment he enlisted.

“I don’t know if ‘flipped out’ is the right term, but when I told her she was crying,” recalled Kim, now a married father of two.

“They sacrificed so much for their children,” he said of his parents’ generation. “They think the best way to lead a fulfilling life, in their eyes, is to become a physician, a lawyer, and going to school was a big part of that. It was really hard for my mother to understand” his enlisting in the military, Kim said. “She was hoping I would change my mind.”

Despite his mom’s fears, Kim jumped into relatively uncharted waters with only a handful of Asian American role models to fuel his SEAL dreams, and later his NASA ambitions. Kim said that relative lack of trailblazers only emboldened him.

“I was reminded of that, that I was the only Asian in a lot of things I was doing,” Kim said. “I felt the pressure that I wanted to be the best I could be, to make sure I was a good representation, to disprove any Asian stereotypes.”

Kim said that he could count the number of Asian American Navy SEALs on one hand, “and we all knew each other.”

“If anything it made me stronger. I don’t care about any perceived notions,” he said.

As a combat medic, sniper and navigator during two deployments to the Middle East, Kim said he witnessed too many colleagues die or be severely wounded in combat.

Those haunting memories drove him to become a physician after leaving the military. “I made a promise to a lot of my dead friends, who would have done incredible thing had they lived, to answer that call,” he said.

He graduated from the University of San Diego with a degree in mathematics, and then from Harvard Medical School. After his first year of residency at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, he departed for NASA with three years of residency left.

With an already sky-high career, Kim was remarkably low-key in forecasting what his next move might be: “I don’t know what that looks like at this point.”

Trump lawyer dismisses new evidence, including photos of the president with Lev Parnas

7 0 18 Jan 2020

Less than 12 hours after the White House announced President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial defense team, new questions have emerged about connections between some of his lawyers and figures at the center of the Ukraine investigation.

A document dump from the House Judiciary Committee overnight Friday included more information about Rudy Giuliani associate Lev Parnas, who is currently under federal indictment for his alleged role in the political pressure campaign in Ukraine.

The released documents included photos of Parnas with President Trump as well as shots of him with Ivanka Trump, Donald Trump Jr., and Pam Bondi, a former Florida attorney general who is among the lawyers on the president’s impeachment team.

Trump has repeatedly said he does not know Parnas.

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Bondi, in an interview on NBC’s “TODAY” on Saturday morning, dismissed the photos.

“Clearly, Lev Parnas liked to take pictures with a lot of people,” she said. “He showed up at events pretty much everywhere where Republicans were.”

The Judiciary Committee’s release also included information obtained by the FBI when they searched Parnas’ electronic devices. According to his electronic calendar, Parnas had a breakfast meeting scheduled with Trump in September, just days before Parnas was arrested.

“I don’t know what that matters, what they’re planning on doing with it,” Bondi said when asked about how apparent evidence of the president’s relationship with Parnas might figure into Democrats’ strategy at the trial. “We’re going to stick to the facts and stick to the law in this case.”

This undated image released by the House Judiciary Committee from documents provided by Lev Parnas to the committee in the impeachment probe against President Donald Trump, shows a photo of Lev Parnas with Trump in Florida.House Judiciary Committee / via AP

Besides questions about possible connections of Parnas to the president and Bondi, another person on Trump’s defense team drawing attention is Kenneth Starr, who in the 1990s oversaw investigations into President Bill Clinton that led to his impeachment. At that time, Trump called Starr a “lunatic” and a “disaster.”

Asked about Trump’s prior comments on Starr, Bondi said, “Clearly he does not think this now.”

“Ken Starr knows what he’s doing,” she said. “He has experience in this field.”

Bondi also addressed the question of whether new witnesses might be called at the Senate trial, which is set to begin on Tuesday.

“If they want to force a witness to be called, that’s going to be discussed,” Bondi said.

Harry and Meghan will no longer use royal highness titles or receive public funds for royal duties

10 0 18 Jan 2020

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will no longer use “royal highness” titles and won’t receive public money for their public duties, Buckingham Palace said Saturday.

In addition, the couple will pay back money spent renovating Frogmore Cottage, which will remain their home in the U.K.

The announcement comes after the couple shared their plans to “step back” from their roles as senior members of the British royal family and live a more independent life.

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“Harry, Meghan and Archie will always be much loved members of my family,” Queen Elizabeth II said in a statement. “I recognize the challenges they have experienced as a result of intense scrutiny over the last two years and support their wish for a more independent life.”

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The Queen said she hopes that Harry and Meghan will be able “to start building a happy and peaceful new life.”

“I want to thank them for all their dedicated work across this country, the Commonwealth and beyond, and am particularly proud of how Meghan has so quickly become one of the family,” she said.

Earlier this month, the couple said in a statement, which was posted on their Instagram account, that they plan to split their time between the United Kingdom and North America.

“This geographic balance will enable us to raise our son with an appreciation for the royal tradition into which he was born, while also providing our family with the space to focus on the next chapter, including the launch of our new charitable entity,” the couple said.

Buckingham Palace said Saturday that “the new model will take effect” in the spring of 2020.

Saturday’s announcement comes after the queen on Monday gave an initial reluctant blessing to Harry and Meghan’s decision to “live a more independent life.” She said in that statement she “would have preferred” that they remain “full-time working Members of the royal family.”

This is a breaking story. Check back for updates.

F. Brinley Bruton contributed.

Model Karlie Kloss, Jared Kushners sister-in-law, says shes voting against Trump

13 0 18 Jan 2020

Supermodel Karlie Kloss, the sister-in-law of Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner, says she will vote against President Donald Trump in 2020.

Kloss is married to Joshua Kushner, the younger brother of Jared Kushner who is also a senior adviser to President Trump.

Kloss disclosed her voting plans to Andy Cohen on an episode of “Watch What Happens Live” that aired Thursday night on Bravo.

“There is so much speculation about your home life and your family,” Cohen told the “Project Runway” host. “Can I ask you about it?”

“Ask me anything. I’m an open book,” Kloss said.

He responded: “Are you on the same page politically with the family?”

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Kloss said, “Andy, I’m sure I’m not the only person in this country who does not necessarily agree with their family on politics. I voted as a Democrat in 2016 and I plan to do the same in 2020.”

“Wow,” Cohen said in response.

Kloss went on to say that she is very passionate about different issues, including women’s reproductive health and that she is very involved with Planned Parenthood.

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A mention of the Kushners on the Jan. 2 episode of “Project Runway” became a viral moment.

After judge Brandon Maxwell told contestant, Tyler Neasloney, that he could not see Kloss wearing a dress the designer had created for Kloss to wear to an event in Paris, Neasloney quipped: “Not even to a dinner with the Kushners?”

Kloss fired back: “I was going to Paris, that was your challenge here. Keep it to the challenge.”

Neasloney later apologized to Kloss during the episode, telling her: “I want you to know that I’m not a jerk. I’m professional. What I said earlier had no hidden agenda, no meaning, no … nothing like that.”

When asked by Cohen on Thursday’s episode of “Watch What Happens Live” about the exchange, Kloss said she was honored to be one of the first memes of the decade.

“But honestly, the real tragedy of this whole thing is that no one is talking about how terrible that dress was,” she said, adding that the dress was why Neasloney was eliminated from the show.

This was not the first time Kloss has been public about her political preferences.

In a 2016 Instagram post, Kloss announced that she voted for Hillary Clinton.

“One of the greatest privileges we have as Americans is a voice. I’m proud to say I did my part, now it’s your turn. #ImWithHer,” the caption read.

Her husband, a Democrat, also did not support Trump at the polls.

Trump may discredit an impeachment trial designed to acquit him

12 0 18 Jan 2020

WASHINGTON — As his impeachment trial opens Tuesday, President Donald Trump’s instinct for creating chaos represents an imminent threat to Senate Republicans’ ability to protect him, and themselves.

That is, the more Trump discredits the Senate during his trial, the more he discredits an outcome engineered to help him now and as he seeks re-election.

For Republicans, the challenge is to acquit Trump while using the trappings of the Senate to present as much of a patina of high-minded fairness and objectivity as possible. And no venue in American politics is more aptly designed to preserve his power than a Senate that has perfected the art of smothering justice with solemnity.

Likewise, no one in the modern Senate is better at working the rules and the Republican members of the Senate than Trump’s ally, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., who has made no secret of his desire to deliver an acquittal of the president as swiftly, and with as little fanfare, as possible.

McConnell’s strategy is fairly simple: If the outcome is a foregone conclusion — and it will be without a massive shift in circumstances — there’s no reason to call extra attention to that fact or give House Democratic prosecutors any extra opportunity to present politically damaging information to the Senate and the public.

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“There’s a clear understanding at the White House and among Senate Republicans that they want the same thing: to get it done as quickly as possible because it’s been distracting from the policy accomplishments that they’ve been achieving together,” said Ron Bonjean, a former Senate leadership aide who is in contact with White House officials.

But Trump’s own treatment of his trial so far — his Twitter rants, his public statements and his appointment of a television dramedy cast of lawyers to represent him — suggests deep trepidation on his part about the prospect of cutting his losses so far and walking away with the win of a quiet acquittal. Instead, he appears to be spoiling for the kind of high-profile fight — a trash-talking, institution-bashing, circus-like demonstration of raw muscle — that threatens to expose the inequity of a politically driven trial controlled by his own party.

One tension point is that Republican senators in tight re-election races want as little attention to the trial as possible, because it inherently challenges their ability to stoke their political bases while attracting crossover votes from Democrats. Meanwhile, Trump typically sees his best political tactic as raising the stakes of any confrontation with adversaries.

Ever since House Democrats impeached him last month, more evidence surrounding Trump’s Ukraine scandal has emerged, including text messages the House obtained from Lev Parnas, an associate of Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani, that appear to show surveillance of then-U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch. If Trump is eventually acquitted, new revelations between now and then that support an impeachment article alleging he withheld federal aid to Ukraine to secure that country’s help in his re-election campaign are not helpful to Senate Republicans who vote in his favor.

Julian Zelizer, a historian and professor at Princeton University, said that while impeachment is different from a legislative issue, the Senate has historically dispatched matters of national importance, from civil rights to climate change and immigration, by silently voting “no.”

“They want to kill this quickly, they want to kill it quietly,” he said, “whereas President Trump likes to handle problems by creating chaos and creating a circus.”

Aside from Trump’s own conduct outside the chamber, one unknown, Bonjean said, is how the TV talking-head lawyers on his team — Alan Dershowitz, Ken Starr and Pam Bondi among them — will engage in his defense.

In an interview Friday on Sirius XM radio, Dershowitz played down his role on the legal team but hinted that it will be aimed at turning the trial into a meditation on 2016 Trump rival Hillary Clinton. He said he would present his constitutional argument against Congress trying to remove her from office “had Clinton been elected and had she been impeached.”

Or maybe not. No matter what, Bonjean said, “this really all depends on how they interact, like how robust and dynamic President Trump’s legal team is going to be during this trial or if this is really being done as a show of force — and either way, the fact that he has such a huge legal team makes for great television. That doesn’t mean this is going to be turned into a circus.”

But the risk exists. That risk always exists with Trump.

This time, Trump needs one of Washington’s institutions to work for him. If he turns it into a circus, he may undermine the credibility of its verdict even with persuadable voters. And that’s the real danger he faces over the coming weeks and months.

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