Barack Obama did his level best to nudge Joe Biden out of the 2016 presidential race, after concluding that Hillary Clinton was more electable. The then-president 'gently pressed' his vice president during a series of weekly lunches, according to a report in The New York Times, tapping him toward the conclusion that he wasn't up to the grueling task of running. And then came the hammer: Obama sent political aide David Plouffe to talk him out of it. It worked. Biden scrapped an announcement speech he had drafted. Instead, he declared alongside Obama in a Rose Garden speech that the time he spent grieving the death of his son Beau from brain cancer had closed the path forward. Now, at age 76, Biden has decided his time has come. But days after he launched his third White House run in earnest, an Obama endorsement still seems a great distance away. The former vice president gamely responded to the lack of a legacy-nod by telling reporters on Thursday that he wanted it that way. 'I … [Read more...] about Obama sent an aide to talk Biden out running for president in 2016
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''The Social Democratic Party welcomes the President's suggestion,'' outgoing health minister Riina Sikkut (SDE) told ERR's Estonian news on Thursday.President Kaljulaid took the opportunity during her speech welcoming the new coalition, consisting of the Centre Party, the Conservative People's Party of Estonia (EKRE) and Isamaa, to call for 100 ''hate free'' days, interpreted in the media as a reaction to various incidents which characterised the election campaign and subsequent government formation.While the president, in her role as head of state, did not name any names, ERR's Toomas Sildam pointed out on current affairs show Aktuaalne kaamera that this was directed at EKRE.President Kaljulaid had in fact previously criticised statements made by a leading EKRE MP and now finance minister, Martin Helme. In March, Mr Helme had stated an opinion that doctors in Estonia violated the Hippocratic oath when performing the around 4,500 abortions carried out in the country each year. Prime … [Read more...] about Opposition members back presidential calls for graciousness in politics
Vladimir Gusakov MINSK, 25 April (BelTA) – Belarusian scientists have designed three models of electric vehicles, BelTA learned from Chairman of the Presidium of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus Vladimir Gusakov on 25 April.The official said: “We've developed a small truck, an electric car based on a Geely model, and a minivan, which has met a strong interest. We are testing them now. We will manufacture an entire lineup of these electric vehicles by the end of the year. Some may be available for sale. We are going to reveal them before our institutes so that they could test them thoroughly. The components are made by our industrial enterprises, so we have components of our own already. We also intend to switch a municipal vehicle to electricity. We are working on it with BelAZ and MAZ.”A session of the General Meeting of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus is in progress in Minsk today. The General Meeting is the supreme collegiate … [Read more...] about Belarusian scientists come up with three electric vehicle models
The 14th edition of Business Review Awards Gala, BR’s flagship event that recognizes outstanding achievements in the business community, took place last night at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Bucharest. There were 14 categories in which the independent jury selected the winners for their exceptional performance in 2018. BEST COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT INITIATIVE (COMPANIES) Winner: Microsoft Romania for their Alt Viitor campaign // Award handed out by Vasile Ciolpan, Gas Sales Division director @ Romgaz Alt Viitor is funded by Microsoft Romania with an investment of USD 1 million, launched in June 2018. It is an ongoing project, designed to run for two years, which will support the development of digital skills, with a focus on programming for 11,000 students. Gabriela Popescu, Corporate, External and Legal Affairs Director at Microsoft, said: “I’m very proud and honored to receive this prize in the name of the Microsoft team. It obliges us to … [Read more...] about Discover the winners of BR Awards 2019!
The two debates, one on Thursday hosted by national broadcaster ERR, and its English-language portal ERR News, moderated by Aili Vahtla, and the other on Friday, live streamed by ERR but organised by the American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham), moderated by Andreas Kaju of Meta Advisory, were not the first of their kind, in fact. An English-language debate during the lead-up to the local government elections in October 2017 took place, moderated by expat journalist João Rei, who I believe has another similar debate to moderate a little over a week from now.A standard practice in Finland, for instance, has been to open up politicians to all European (or certainly EU) languages ahead of the European elections. This is not in the form of a debate, just a short interview in which the candidate speaks in a language of their choice, sometimes with comic results.Whole spectrum of experiencePoliticians are amusing, there is no question about it. Whilst the Roger Stone maxim, ''politics is … [Read more...] about Opinion: Election English debates hardly perfect, but set healthy precedent