Democrats unleashed their most direct and personal attacks on one another of the 2020 election during Thursday night's presidential debate in Houston, with attacks based on age, ideology, and the legacy of Barack Obama. With increased urgency of top-tier candidates to distinguish themselves, and for lower-tier candidates to rise to close the gap from behind the top three poll leaders, contenders threw jabs in multiple directions at the third debate, with health policy as the chief battleground. Sanders went after Biden early on for having attacked his own Medicare for All plan for its explosive $30trillion price tag, claiming the status quo would cost even more. 'Well, let me tell you something, for a socialist, you got a lot more confidence in corporate America than I do,' Biden told Sanders, a self-described Democratic Socialist who caucuses with Senate Democrats. Former Housing Secretary Julián Castro, 44, tore into Biden, 76, appearing to question his memory during an angry … [Read more...] about The Democrats’ family feud: Insults fly as the top 10 candidates go head-to-head for the first time with Joe Biden targeted for his age, bitter disputes over healthcare and candidates wrestling over who is the TRUE heir to Obama
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When it comes to rental nightmares, I thought I’d seen it all. I’ve been the victim of a holding deposit scam, lived in a dilapidated garret, with a filthy shared bathroom, above a pub. I’ve been electrocuted, thrown across the room by an unearthed hob as I was making pasta in a place I rented above a betting shop. I’ve paid my rent, monthly in cash, to dodgy letting agents and taken threatening calls from angry landlords. My personal low came with a leak that went on for 10 months. I didn’t think Chinese water torture sounded all that bad, until I experienced it myself. The drip, drip, drip from our bedroom ceiling, along with the resultant damp and peeling, mouldy wallpaper, proved an ideal breeding ground for moths, which feasted hungrily on everything from carpets to my mother’s wedding dress. And it continued to rain on us, despite repeated calls to our landlord, begging for help. But none of this comes close to what I see when I visit Georges … [Read more...] about Generation rent v the landlords: ‘They can’t evict millions of us’
POLICE investigating the seven-months-old disappearance of a young father are searching woodlands for his remains. Mohammed Shah Subhani, 27, vanished in May and his Audi Q3 was later recovered with bullet holes. Met Police homicide detectives are now searching a large woodland site just off the M40 Motorway close to the village of Hedgerley, near Gerrards Cross, Bucks. Dozens of cops are involved in the digging operation, which was launched last Thursday and is being guided by a forensic archaeologist.PAINSTAKING SEARCH Locals say several sites around the area, close to Beaconsfield Services, have been searched. It is understood most of the work is being focused at the bottom of a muddy slope which has been covered over with wooden boarding by police.A local said: "It is a very difficult place to access and a hard environment to search because the mud slope there at the moment will be like a sheet of ice." Police are said to be confident of finding Shah’s remains and are hopeful … [Read more...] about Police search woods for remains of dad, 27, missing for seven months after his Audi was found riddled with bullet holes
Material and form were everything to the Australian artist Robert Klippel; whether he was carving in wood, creating assemblages out of metal or creating dizzyingly intricate collages, he tapped into an alphabet, or visual grammar, of his own devising. “His ‘language of forms’ looks at natural history and science to understand how things are put together,” says Kirsty Grant, curator of Assembled, The Art of Robert Klippel, a major survey show of the artist at Tarrawarra Museum of Art in Victoria’s Yarra Valley. The Australian Modernist artist was feted by the French surrealists in the 1940s, and a decade later was part of The Club: a debating and drinking circle in New York that included the US art legends Willem de Kooning and Jackson Pollock. In 1964 the late art critic Robert Hughes described him as one of the “purest and most articulate abstract artist yet to work in Australia”, yet Klippel – despite being widely collected and in many … [Read more...] about ‘He was a pure artist’: Robert Klippel’s junkyard sculptures return to the spotlight
It was Margaret Thatcher who broke the news. Waking up in his New York hotel suite, Soviet president Mikhail Gorbachev was handed a telegram from the prime minister, telling him that a massive earthquake had struck the Soviet republic of Armenia while he was asleep. The death toll was thought to be enormous. Britain sent its sympathy and would do anything necessary to help. The date was December 7 1988. Gorby was at the peak of his power. An international superstar admired by millions around the world, he had just delivered one of the most remarkable speeches the United Nations had ever heard, calling for an end to the cold war and announcing the unilateral withdrawal of half a million Soviet troops from eastern Europe. That morning he was due to say goodbye to Ronald Reagan and meet his newly elected successor, George Bush Sr. Immediately after their photo-opportunity with the Statue of Liberty in the background, however, he cut short his transatlantic trip and flew home. The … [Read more...] about What happened next?