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New York bid to host Democratic National Convention gets close look

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A delegation began a visit to New York Monday to study the Big Apple’s bid to host the Democratic National Convention ahead of the 2016 presidential elections.

The 15-member delegation from the Democratic National Committee, greeted by dozens of people waving welcome signs, visited the Barclays Center in Brooklyn — an arena opened in 2012 that can accommodate 18,000 spectators — as part of their review process.

Four other cities are in the running to host the big political bash — traditionally held every four years when the parties officially nominate their presidential candidates — including Birmingham, Columbus, Phoenix and Philadelphia.

But New York officials stressed there’s no place like theirs to host the days-long event, marked by a slew of speeches, much fanfare and a massive media presence.

“The Big Apple is an unparalleled destination with the infrastructure and amenities needed to support an event of this magnitude,” said Governor Andrew Cuomo.

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Late last week, Mayor Bill de Blasio vowed authorities “would move heaven and Earth” to get the gathering. The city last hosted a national convention — for the Republicans — in 2004.

The DNC delegation heads to Philadelphia later this week, which seems to be the top contender at this point.

A decision on the winning bid is not expected before the end of the year or early 2015. The date for the convention has also not been set.

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The 2012 convention was held in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Last month, Republicans picked the rust-belt city of Cleveland, Ohio, for their convention.

Predominantly black and solidly Democratic, the Ohio city would seem an unlikely choice for the GOP.

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But the city, which is gradually rebounding after years of post-industrial decline, is located in one of the most important US states when it comes to choosing the occupant of the White House.


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Newly revealed video shows Trump and Jeffrey Epstein ogling cheerleaders at Mar-A-Lago party

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Newly revealed video recorded in 1992 shows Donald Trump and Jeffrey Epstein ogling NFL cheerleaders at a party held at the future president's Mar-A-Lago club.

The video recorded by NBC and broadcast Wednesday by MSNBC shows Trump, then a celebrity businessman, dancing with dozens of cheerleaders for the Buffalo Bills and Miami Dolphins, and then greeting Epstein and two other men.

Trump and the accused pedophile Epstein are then seen pointing toward various women and commenting on their looks, although it's not always clear what they're saying.

"She's hot," Trump says about one woman, and then leans in to say something that makes Epstein double over with laughter.

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‘Clear and present racism’: MSNBC’s Morning Joe and Mika say Kellyanne Conway should have been ‘fired on the spot’ for slurring reporter

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MSNBC's Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski were astonished by Kellyanne Conway's response to a reporter asking about President Donald Trump's racist attacks on four first-year lawmakers.

The White House senior adviser asked Breakfast Media White House correspondent Andrew Feinberg, who is Jewish, about his ethnicity after he asked Conway what countries Trump was telling the Democratic congresswomen to return.

"I won't draw any parallels with any fascist countries, but what happened yesterday in a press gaggle has nothing to do with the United States of America," Scarborough said, "and in any other administration over the past 240 years, a person that did what Kellyanne Conway did yesterday would have been fired on the spot. By the time she left the press gaggle and went back into the White House, they would have already packed up her belongings and would have told her leave by the back door and never talk to us again."

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Elon Musk shows off progress on brain-machine interface

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Futurist entrepreneur Elon Musk late Tuesday revealed his secretive Neuralink startup is making progress on an interface linking brains with computers, and said they hope to begin testing on people next year.

Musk has long contended that a neural lace meshing minds with machines is vital if people are going to avoid being so outpaced by artificial intelligence that, under the best of circumstances, humans would be akin to "house cats."

Musk and members of the Neuralink team laid out progress they have made on their mission at an event held in San Francisco to recruit talent in software, robotics, neuroscience and more.

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