Steve Bannon makes beheading comment about Fauci on War Room podcast

first_imgFormer top Trump aide Steve Bannon’s podcast was permanently suspended by Twitter and had an episode yanked from YouTube after he implied that FBI Director Christopher Wray and leading government infectious-diseases expert Dr. Anthony Fauci should be beheaded and have their heads put on pikes outside the White House.Those comments by Bannon on Thursday came while he is free on a $5 million release bond in a federal criminal case in which he is accused of defrauding donors to a nonprofit group purportedly dedicated to building a wall on the southern border of the United States.- Advertisement – “I’d actually like to go back to the old times of Tudor England, I’d put the heads on pikes, right, I’d put them at the two corners of the White House as a warning to federal bureaucrats. You either get with the program or you’re gone – time to stop playing games.”“Blow it all up, put Ric Grenell today as the interim head of the FBI, that’ll light them up, right,” Bannon said.Grenell is a hard-core Trump loyalist who served as former acting director of national intelligence and ambassador to Germany.Bannon’s co-host Jack Maxey then said, “You know what, Steve, just yesterday there was the anniversary of the hanging of two Tories in Philadelphia, these were Quaker businessmen who had cohabitated, if you will, with the British while they were occupying Philadelphia.”“These people were hung. This is what we used to do to traitors,” Maxey said.Bannon replied, “That’s how you won the revolution. No one wants to talk about it.”“The [American] revolution wasn’t some sort of garden party, right?” Bannon said. “It was a civil war. It was a civil war.”Twitter said it suspended Bannon’s account because of the remarks on “War Room.”A Twitter spokeperson in a statement said, “The @WarRoomPandemic account has been permanently suspended for violating the Twitter Rules, specifically our policy on the glorification of violence.”YouTube removed the episode, but other War Room episodes remain available.Alex Joseph, a spokesperson for YouTube, which is owned by Google, said, “We’ve removed this video for violating our policy against inciting violence. We will continue to be vigilant as we enforce our policies in the post-election period.”YouTube has a three-strikes policy before an account is terminated. While the Bannon show’s channel is still available, the strike from this incident temporarily disables uploading for at least a week, according to YouTube.Bannon’s spokeswoman, in an emailed statement, said, “Mr Bannon did not, would not and has never called for violence of any kind.” “Mr. Bannon’s commentary was clearly meant metaphorically. He previously played a clip of St. Thomas More’s trial and was making an allusion to this historical event in Tudor England for rhetorical purposes,” the spokeswoman said.“Mr. Bannon has been openly critical of FBI Director Chris Wray for weeks and has called for his firing for his failure to investigate and address Hunter Biden’s hard drive and that has been in Director Wray’s possession since in Dec 2019,” she said.“In addition, Mr. Bannon has supported comments from the White House calling for the immediate firing of Dr. Fauci.”In a 2016 interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Bannon compared himself to the famous chief minister to England’s King Henry VIII, who had him beheaded.“I am Thomas Cromwell in the court of the Tudors,” Bannon said in that interview.Bannon was arrested Aug. 20 off the coast of Connecticut aboard a 150-yacht owned by Chinese billionaireBannon and three associates, Timothy Shea, Brian Kolfage and Andrew Badolato, are accused of defrauding donors as they raised more than $25 million to build a wall along the southern border for the We Build the Wall nonprofit group.Bannon has pleaded not guilty in the case.He is free on a $5 million bond secured by $1.75 million in cash or property while awaiting his trial, scheduled for next May.Acting U.S. Attorney Audrey Strauss, after the men were charged, said in a statement, “The defendants defrauded hundreds of thousands of donors, capitalizing on their interest in funding a border wall to raise millions of dollars, under the false pretense that all of that money would be spent on construction.”“While repeatedly assuring donors that Brian Kolfage, the founder and public face of We Build the Wall, would not be paid a cent, the defendants secretly schemed to pass hundreds of thousands of dollars to Kolfage, which he used to fund his lavish lifestyle.”Prosecutors say Bannon received $1 million in funds from We Build the Wall, and that to divert that money used a separate nonprofit he had already created, whose ostensible purpose was “promoting economic nationalism and American sovereignty.”  A spokeswoman for Bannon said that he was not suggesting that Fauci and Wray actually be beheaded, but was speaking metaphorically by referencing the bloody politics of Tudor-era England. She also said he has “never called for violence of any kind.”A spokesman for prosecutors in the Southern District of New York declined to comment Thursday night when asked whether they will ask a Manhattan federal court judge to either revoke Bannon’s bond, or to issue a gag order on him.Bannon made the remarks about Wray and Fauci on his “War Room: Pandemic” podcast, when he was discussing a hypothetical second term for President Donald Trump.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – Bannon ran Trump’s 2016 campaign and served as a senior White House advisor until Trump fired him in August 2017.Bannon during the podcast said, “Second term kicks off with firing Wray, firing Fauci.”“Now I actually want to go a step farther, but I realize the president is a kind-hearted man and a good man,” Bannon continued.- Advertisement –last_img read more

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Indonesia’s foreign exchange reserves close to all-time high in January

first_imgThe country’s foreign exchange (forex) reserves rose to near record-high levels in January at US$131.7 billion owing to foreign inflows from global bonds issuances and the oil and gas sector, Bank Indonesia (BI) announced Friday.The current reserves level is close to the record-high of $131.9 billion booked in January 2018. It indicates a $2.5 billion increase from the previous month and is enough to support 7.8 months of imports and 7.5 months of imports and payments of the government’s short-term debt. It was above the international adequacy standards of about three months of imports.The central bank deemed the current reserve level “strong enough” to support the country’s resilience to external factors, as well as to maintain macroeconomic and financial system stability, BI spokesman Onny Widjanarko said in a press statement. Topics : “This is due to flagging growth of major economies and the Federal Reserve’s dovish monetary stance, attracting more capital inflows to emerging markets [Ems] including Indonesia,” said Andry in a research note.The risk, he went on to say, will come from weakening global growth due to the trade war and geopolitical uncertainty, including the fear of the coronavirus outbreak, which will burden Indonesia’s exports.The central bank has injected about Rp 25 trillion (US$1.82 billion) into the country’s financial markets as investors sell off assets over fears that the rapidly spreading coronavirus will hurt the global economy.Read also: BI injects $1.8b to stabilize Indonesian markets as investors flee over coronavirus fearsBI Governor Perry Warjiyo said on Wednesday that the central bank had been buying government bonds to stabilize prices and liquidity as the coronavirus scared off foreign investors.“Do you know how many bonds we have bought from the government with the heavy capital inflow this year? The figure is close to Rp 25 trillion,” Perry said during his remarks at the Mandiri Investment Forum on Wednesday.He said the disturbance the virus was causing was not only happening in the spot market but also in the domestic non-deliverable forwards market.Foreign investors dumped Indonesian stocks on the Indonesia Stock Exchange, recording a Rp 2.07 trillion net selloff in the regular market as of Thursday afternoon.Read also: Indonesian stocks take a hit as global markets grapple with coronavirus concerns “BI is of the view that foreign exchange reserves are adequate, supported by stability and a positive outlook for the economy.”The Finance Ministry issued government bonds (SUN) in January to raise $2 billion and €1 billion ($1.09 billion).Bank Mandiri chief economist Andry Asmoro said forex reserves would reach around $130 billion to $135 billion at the end of 2020, citing external sector resilience and stability. In addition to applying monetary policies, the central bank is cooperating with the government to maintain market stability.“We are working closely with the Finance Ministry to stabilize the market and prevent the short-term impact of the coronavirus,” he said.Factories are closing, and some workers have been told to work from home as the coronavirus outbreak impairs Chinese cities. As of Thursday morning, 563 had died from the illness with 28,256 cases having been reported. The virus is believed to have originated in Wuhan. last_img read more

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Time to change: Virus-hit US urges people to spend coins

first_imgThe flow of coins through the US economy is the latest victim of the coronavirus pandemic and now the government is asking people to spare a little change to balance out the supply.Virus restrictions have meant stores doing less business and thus fewer coins are being spent, bunching up the normal flow of quarters, dimes and nickels.”The problem is the circulation kind of stopped because stores were closed, banks were closed,” Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell told journalists on Wednesday. As a result the government has asked people to start parting with their change either by spending it or cashing it in at banks.It noted that the lopsided flow is a problem because not everyone pays with bank cards or other touch-less options that have surged as people tried to keep their hands clean during the outbreak.”For millions of Americans, cash is the only form of payment and cash transactions rely on coins to make change,” the United States Mint coin-maker said last week.The Mint said it is track to make 1.6 billion coins a month until the end of the year, a boost over its average production of one billion per month.  “The coin supply problem can be solved with each of us doing our part,” it added.Powell also said the government has created a “coin task force” to tackle the problem.center_img Topics :last_img read more

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Indonesia’s GDP to decline more than thought as virus keeps spreading: IMF

first_imgIndonesia’s economic downturn is likely to be worse than previously expected as Southeast Asia’s largest economy struggles to contain the coronavirus pandemic, says the International Monetary Fund (IMF).Indonesia’s gross domestic product (GDP) is now expected to shrink by 1.5 percent this year rather than the 0.3 percent contraction the IMF had projected in June.The downward revision for Indonesia comes as the IMF has turned less pessimistic about the global economy, according to the October update of the World Economic Outlook, published on Tuesday. Indonesia’s economic state remains precarious because of the continuing spread of the pandemic and the adverse impact on severely affected sectors, such as tourism, the Washington-based institution said.“All emerging market and developing economy regions are expected to contract this year, including notably emerging Asia, where large economies, such as India and Indonesia, continue to try to bring the pandemic under control,” the IMF said in its report.Indonesia has been struggling to contain the outbreak in the country as COVID-19 cases reached 340,622 with more than 12,000 deaths as of Tuesday afternoon, official data show. The country has been adding around 3,000 to 4,000 cases daily since Sept. 19.The IMF projection is largely in line with the government’s estimate for a full-year contraction of 0.6 percent to 1.7 percent made in late September, down from GDP growth of 5.02 percent in 2019. Indonesia’s GDP was down 5.32 percent year-on-year (yoy) in the second quarter due to falling household spending and investment, with economists and government officials projecting another contraction in the third quarter, which would mark a recession.The global economy, meanwhile, is expected to shrink by 4.4 percent this year, a less severe contraction compared to the IMF’s previous estimate of 4.9 percent, due to better-than-expected second-quarter GDP data in countries where activity began to improve after lockdowns and signs of rapid recovery in the third quarter.GDP figures could have been much weaker had it not been for “sizable, swift, and unprecedented” fiscal, monetary and regulatory responses that maintained income for households, cash flow for firms and credit provision, according to IMF economic counsellor Gita Gopinath.“Collectively, these actions have so far prevented a recurrence of the financial catastrophe of 2008 and 2009,” she said in the report. “While the global economy is coming back, the ascent will likely be long, uneven and uncertain.”The pandemic will reverse the progress made since the 1990s in reducing global poverty and will increase inequality, as the IMF expects nearly 90 million people to fall into poverty this year.In Indonesia, the government has said it expects an additional 4 million Indonesians to fall into poverty and 5.5 million people to lose their jobs during the coronavirus pandemic.The IMF expects the global economy to rebound and grow by 5.2 percent in 2021, while Indonesia’s economy is expected to expand by 6.1 percent.Although social distancing would continue into 2021, it may fade over time as vaccine coverage expanded and governments’ fiscal support was extended, IMF said. Risks, however, loomed for the global economy, such as further outbreaks, premature withdrawal of policy support as well as liquidity shortfalls and insolvencies.As countries reopened their economies, the IMF urged governments to support the recovery by facilitating the reallocation of workers and resources to sectors less affected by social distancing and providing stimulus where needed.“[Furthermore,] investment in healthcare, education and infrastructure projects could help support the economy,” it said. “Moreover, as lifelines are unwound, social spending should be expanded to protect the most vulnerable where gaps exist in the safety net.”The government’s efforts to contain the pandemic and extended fiscal support would help boost economic growth to 5 percent in 2021, the Finance Ministry’s Fiscal Policy Agency director for state budget policy, Ubaidi Socheh Hamidi, said on Tuesday, adding that a rise in commodity prices and accommodative fiscal and monetary policies would help lift the economy.“With consistent government efforts, we expect growth at 5 percent next year, despite the risks of an escalating outbreak and uncertainty surrounding [coronavirus] vaccines and the global economy,” he told a discussion. “We expect a rebound next year, but we will be careful going forward.”The government will prepare Rp 2.75 quadrillion (US$186.3 billion) in state expenditure to fuel the virus-battered economy next year, with a large chunk of the spending allocated to infrastructure, education and health care.Topics :last_img read more

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Rafael Benitez responds directly to Arsenal manager job links

first_imgLjungberg is in charge on a temporary basis (Picture: Getty)Ljungberg’s reign has got off to a slow start, with Arsenal drawing with Norwich before losing to Brighton, and the Gunners are thought to be stepping up their chase for a new manager.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTBut Benitez has ruled himself out of contention, insisting he will see his contract through in China.Asked directly by Sky Sports if he would replace Emery as Arsenal manager, he firmly responded: ‘At the moment, it’s a no.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal‘In the future I would like to come back to the Premier League but at the moment I must be very clear: there is no chance that I will come back now because I’m really happy, really pleased, they trust me, we have a lot of staff working in a big, big project.‘People will say the league is different. Yes, it’s different. We want to leave a legacy, it’s a challenge for me. I’m quite happy at the moment.’Would Rafa Benitez be a good appointment for Arsenal?Yes0%No0%Share your resultsShare your resultsTweet your results Rafael Benitez responds directly to Arsenal manager job links Advertisement Benitez has been linked with Arsenal (Picture: Visual China Group via Getty Images)Rafa Benitez dismissed speculation linking him with a return to the Premier League with Arsenal and insists he is happy in China.The former Liverpool and Chelsea manager is currently working with Chinese Super League side Dalian Yifang but was tipped as a potential candidate to replace Unai Emery at the Emirates.Emery was sacked by Arsenal chiefs after a poor start to the season, with Freddie Ljungberg taking charge on an interim basis. Advertisement Comment Metro Sport ReporterMonday 9 Dec 2019 7:35 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link111Shareslast_img read more

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BEDC board member changes announced

first_imgBatesville, In. — Mayor Mike Bettice has announced his departure from the Batesville Economic Development Commission. Ginnie Faller from the Southeast Indiana Small Business Development Center has been introduced as his replacement.Faller has a great deal of experience working with small businesses, that will help her assist Batesville in taking the next step in downtown development and beyond.last_img

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Man Utd serious about Dembele ‘after years of regular dialogue’

first_img read also:Umtiti, Dembélé’s poor disciplinary records angers Barcelona Dembele’s valuation has apparently reportedly declined due to the coronavirus pandemic to around €50m, and much will depend on how much United can afford to spend this summer. Their pursuit of Dembele will also hinge on Odion Ighalo’s Old Trafford future. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Manchester United are serious about bringing Lyon striker, Moussa Dembele, back to England this summer. L’Equipe says United are in constant contact with the Dembele camp. United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is a huge fan of the Lyon striker and a regular dialogue continues. The relationship between club and player is said to have been built over several years and remains strong.Advertisement Loading… Promoted ContentThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoWhat Happens To Your Brain When You Play Too Much Video Games?Fans Don’t Know What She Looks Like NowContemplate Life At These 10 Stargazing LocationsThe Best Cars Of All Time11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table Top2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This YearCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way7 Facts About Black Holes That Will Blow Your Mind7 Mind-Boggling Facts About Black Holeslast_img read more

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Singh helps Guyana take control

first_img(CMC) – Discarded Test left-hander Vishaul Singh was eyeing his ninth first-class hundred as five-time reigning champions Guyana Jaguars took command of their sixth round contest against Jamaica Scorpions.The 31-year-old Vishaul closed yesterday’s day two unbeaten on 93 to steer the visitors to 287 for six in reply to Scorpions’ first innings of 216 at the Trelawny Multi-Purpose Stadium.Opener Chandrapaul Hemraj missed out on three digits when he fell for 83 while captain Leon Johnson got a start with 35 but failed to build.Left-arm spinner Dennis Bulli was the hosts’ best bowler with three for 84, accounting for the two wickets to fall in the final session.Resuming the day without a run on the board from two overs the previous evening, Jaguars lost the obdurate Tagenarine Chanderpaul cheaply for eight, with the score on 21, the left-hander squared up by seamer Alwyn Williams and he was bowled off-stump in the morning’s sixth over.However, Hemraj then anchored two successive half-century stands to pull the innings around and put Jaguars on top.First, he put on 60 for the second wicket with Johnson, who faced 73 balls and counted four fours, as Jaguars reached 75 without further loss at lunch.When Johnson added just one run before going stumped, off Bulli, in the third over after the interval, Hemraj and Vishaul combined to put on a further 98 for the third wicket.Hemraj, also a left-hander, faced 173 balls in 3-¾ hours and struck three fours and sixes while Vishaul, who played three Tests against Pakistan three years ago, punched seven fours off 171 deliveries in a shade over 3-½ hours.Jaguars suffered a double blow with the score on 179, however, when Hemraj and Chris Barnwell (0) perished in the third over before tea.Hemraj edged a booming drive at left-arm spinner Patrick Harty (2-67) and was taken by Jermaine Blackwood above head height at first slip and two balls later, Barnwell scooped an ordinary delivery to captain John Campbell at cover.On 183 for four at tea with Vishaul unbeaten on exactly 50, Jaguars flourished in the final session, as Vishaul posted 34 for the fifth wicket with Raymon Reifer (16), 32 for the sixth with Anthony Bramble (25) before adding 42 in an unbroken seventh-wicket stand with Kevin Sinclair (20 not out).last_img read more

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Syracuse men’s basketball opponent preview: What to know about Oakland

first_imgSyracuse (3-0) has just a one-day reprieve between its games, as it prepares to play Oakland (2-1) on Monday night in the Carrier Dome. The Orange beat Texas Southern on Saturday night, while the Golden Grizzlies are coming off a Saturday night loss to Toledo, which SU plays on Wednesday night in the Dome.Here’s what to know about the Golden Grizzlies:All-time series: Syracuse leads, 2-0Last time they played: SU blew out OU on Dec. 22, 2009, winning 92-60. Syracuse was led by Brandon Triche (27 points) and Wesley Johnson (19 points, 11 rebounds).The Oakland Report: Oakland has come out firing with a strong offense, averaging 82 points per game. The team is led by two players who average more than 20 points per game — Kendrick Nunn (28) and Martez Walker (24.3). Nunn has taken 41.1 percent of the Golden Grizzlies shots while he’s on the floor, the seventh-highest mark in the country per Kenpom.com.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textDefensively, though, the Golden Grizzlies haven’t been very strong. The team has allowed 75.3 points per game. OU ranks just 325th out of 351 teams in forcing opponent turnovers, per Kenpom. The one thing that Oakland has done well is limit opposing teams from making 3-pointers, although that 3-point shot hasn’t been a huge part of SU’s offense, anyway.How Syracuse beats Oakland: Crash the glass. Syracuse has a distinct size advantage over Oakland, as the Orange ranks first in average height per Kenpom and the Golden Grizzlies ranks 247th. Syracuse also ranks fifth in the country in offensive rebounding percentage. OU’s tallest player, 6-foot-11 Brad Brechting, broke his toe in the preseason. He’s been out all season and won’t play Monday. The next tallest player for OU is 6-foot-9 Julius Palmer.Kenpom odds: Kenpom gives Syracuse a 75 percent chance to win this game.Stat to know: 29.4 percentTyus Battle has accounted for 29.4 percent of Syracuse’s scoring so far this season. The next highest player on the list is Frank Howard, at just 15.8 percent.Player to watch: Kendrick Nunn, guard, No. 1Nunn can light it up for OU, and has been fairly efficient too, scoring his 28 points per game while average 46 percent from the field and 43 percent from deep. The transfer from Illinois averaged 15.5 points in his final season there and made the Big Ten all-Freshman team in 2013. He’s in his first year playing for the Golden Grizzlies and he’s become their go-to scorer so far. Comments Published on November 20, 2017 at 12:01 am Contact Tomer: tdlanger@syr.edu | @tomer_langer Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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