The gay husband of a Democratic presidential candidate, a born-again Christian pastor and a GOP-voting Army veteran: it doesn't take much to spot the odd brother out. Few were surprised, therefore, when Pete Buttigieg's spouse Chasten Glezman claimed he was disowned by his conservative older brothers and forced to flee his home after coming out at 18. But while the poignant backstory resonated with liberal voters and helped the South Bend, Indiana, mayor stand out among the crowded democratic 2020 field, it's now being denounced as a lie by Chasten's siblings. 'He was never shunned. He was never homeless. He had a home,' Dustin Glezman, 32, told DailyMailTV. 'When I read all this stuff, it's like I'm reading about someone else's family. I don’t recognize any of it.’ Dustin supplied DailyMailTV with an exclusive photo of himself, Chasten and eldest brother Rhyan, taken in 2010, about two years after Chasten supposedly alienated his family by revealing he was gay. … [Read more...] about EXCLUSIVE: ‘He was never shunned. He was never homeless.’ Pete Buttigieg’s brother-in-law says 2020 candidate’s husband is loved by his family and calls claims of a rift a ‘sob story’
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Jeremy Corbyn has poured cold water on the idea that Labour could support an attempt to attach a referendum to Boris Johnson’s Brexit deal at next Saturday’s emergency sitting of parliament. The prime minister is expected to convene the House of Commons for a rare Saturday session, either to ask for support for his deal, if he succeeds in striking one at this week’s European council – or to request that MPs back a no-deal exit at the end of this month. Pro-remain MPs hope to amend any motion put by the government, to insist that Johnson’s deal be subject to a public vote. But asked by Sophy Ridge on Sky News whether some MPs would be more likely to support a deal if it would be put to a referendum, Corbyn said, “I think many in parliament, not necessarily Labour MPs but others, might be inclined to support it, because they don’t really agree with the deal – but I would caution them on this.” He said he would instead be keen to see a … [Read more...] about Corbyn cautions against public vote on Johnson’s Brexit deal
Tulsi Gabbard defended herself Tuesday during the 2020 Democratic debate against claims she is a 'Russian asset.' The Hawaii Congresswoman and Iraq combat veteran was a forceful presence when the conversation on stage turned to foreign policy, specifically the situation in northern Syria following Donald Trump's withdrawal of U.S. forces there. 'First of all, we've got to understand the reality of the situation there, which is that the slaughter of the Kurds being done by Turkey is yet another negative consequence of the regime change war we've been waging in Syria,' Gabbard said. 'Donald Trump has the blood of the Kurds on his hand, but so do many of the politicians in our country from both parties who have supported this ongoing regime change war in Syria that started in 2011,' she continued, before blasting members of the 'mainstream media' who she said have been 'cheerleading this regime change war.' Gabbard traveled to Syria in January 2017 and met its dictator Bashar al-Assad. No … [Read more...] about I’m not a Russian asset! Tulsi Gabbard makes bizarre boast during 2020 debate as she accuses U.S. of trying to fight ‘regime change wars’ in the Middle East
When the end finally came for the iron curtain, it was not bulldozers or hammers that struck one of the first decisive blows, but a picnic. Thirty years ago this Monday, on 19 August 1989, thousands of Hungarians and Austrians gathered at the border fence between the two countries, which also marked the dividing line between the Communist bloc and the west. They had come for a “pan-European picnic” of solidarity and friendship across the iron curtain, as momentum for political change increased and the eastern bloc regimes struggled to keep up with rising popular discontent. They were joined by hundreds of East Germans who took the opportunity to rush across the border into Austria and from there to West Germany. Hungarian border guards declined to shoot, and in the subsequent weeks thousands more made the crossing. Three months later the Berlin Wall fell and the path to the end of communism in Europe and the continent’s unification was irreversible. On Monday the … [Read more...] about How a pan-European picnic brought down the iron curtain
Top story: PM lunges for border in Irish sea Hello, I’m Warren Murray – thanks for giving the Briefing your time this morning. Boris Johnson may be on the brink of reaching a Brexit deal with negotiating teams said to have agreed in principle that there will be a customs border down the Irish Sea. Amid the rush to find a deal for the EU27 leaders to sign off at Thursday’s European council summit, a draft text may be published on Wednesday if Downing Street gives the final green light, according to senior EU and British sources. The prime minister will brief his cabinet at 4pm before addressing a meeting of the Tory 1922 Committee. We are covering all the developments live. If a deal does emerge, Johnson would probably try to pass it through parliament very quickly on a historic Saturday sitting. The PM will need almost all Conservatives, most of the former Tories from whom he withdrew the whip, and either the DUP or a bloc of about a dozen Labour MPs to get it through … [Read more...] about Wednesday briefing: Has Johnson got a deal for EU?