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Trump walks back his call for Russia to hack Clinton: ‘I’m being sarcastic’

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Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump said on Thursday that he was not being serious when he invited Russian hackers to launch a cyber-attack against his Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton, The Hill reported.

“Of course I’m being sarcastic,” Trump argued in footage aired on Fox News. “They don’t even know if it’s Russia, if it’s China, if it’s somebody else. Who knows who it is?”

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Trump set off another round of criticism when he said Russia would be “rewarded by our press” if hackers dug into Clinton’s email server during a press conference.

“The real problem is what was said on those emails from the Democratic National Committee,” he told Fox. “It’s disgraceful. They talk about religion. They talk about race. They talk about all sorts of things, including women.”

Trump neglected to mention his own habit of “talking about women,” including Fox host Megyn Kelly, earlier in the campaign.

Watch footage of Trump’s remarks, as posted online, below.

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California bill to establish nation’s second public bank applauded as ‘historic challenge to Wall Street domination’

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"If California is serious about addressing racial and income inequities, we must create a banking system that centers people not profits."

In a move advocacy groups celebrated as a "historic challenge to Wall Street domination of municipal finances," a pair of California state lawmakers on Thursday unveiled legislation that would establish the nation's second publicly-owned bank and empower the institution to lend to businesses and local governments fighting to stay afloat amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

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What is China doing to stop Beijing’s new coronavirus outbreak?

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Over 1,000 flights have been cancelled, schools shut and residents urged not to leave Beijing, as Chinese authorities race to contain a fresh outbreak linked to the capital's largest wholesale food market.

The number of confirmed cases in the capital has shot up to 137 within the last week after two months of no cases, and four other provinces have revealed cases linked to the Beijing cluster.

How did the outbreak begin, and what measures are Beijing taking to contain it?

- What is the origin of the cluster? -

Beijing had turned into a virtual fortress at the height of the pandemic, with people arriving from other regions or countries required to undergo quarantines.

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2020 Election

Democrats and Never-Trumpers gaming out ‘doomsday scenarios’ if president refuses to leave office: report

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According to a report in the New York Times, Democratic strategists and Never-Trumper conservatives fear Donald Trump will refuse to leave office should he lose in November and are making plans and figuring out their legal options should such an unprecedented state of affairs come to pass.

The report, by the Times' Reid Epstein, begins with one such possible scenario.

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