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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For years, pundits have declared the United States has split into "two Americas". A nation divided by politics, geography and the economy. But one tech icon believes he can help even out the playing field. Steve Case, the man who co-founded America Online and injected the jingle "You've got mail!" into the American lexicon is now trying to steer venture capitalists and their money to areas they've typically overlooked. Mostly, small towns and cities in the middle of the country. His vehicle to do that is a $150 million dollar investment fund and a 35-foot long, bright red bus. 60 Minutes Overtime: Opioids and unemployment: stopping the cycle We joined the billionaire on his bus for a recent road trip and soon found ourselves aiming for the edge of a wheat field in Tennessee. Steve Case is here to meet a few entrepreneurs who say they've created a new technology that could revolutionize the way America farms. These robots are actually miniature tractors that are operated … [Read more...] about Venture capitalist spreading funding to Middle America
San Francisco Giants President and CEO Larry Baer has taken a leave of absence from the team. The move follows a physical altercation involving his wife that was caught on camera last week. "Mr. Baer has acknowledged his behavior was unacceptable, apologized to the organization and is committed to taking steps to make sure that this never happens again," the team's board of directors said in a statement released Monday morning. "He has also requested, and the Board has accepted, his request to take personal time away from the Giants beginning today."During Baer's absence, the Giants executive team has been asked to manage the club's day-to-day operations, CBS San Francisco reported.Baer was seen in a confrontation last Friday with his wife that resulted in her falling out of a chair and onto the ground at a plaza in the Hayes Valley neighborhood of San Francisco.Video recorded by a bystander in a public park, which was published by TMZ Sports, shows Baer grabbing something from … [Read more...] about San Francisco Giants CEO Larry Baer takes leave after altercation with wife
The FBI opened a “domestic terrorism” investigation into a civil rights group in California, labeling the activists “extremists” after they protested against neo-Nazis in 2016, new documents reveal. Federal authorities ran a surveillance operation on By Any Means Necessary (Bamn), spying on the leftist group’s movements in an inquiry that came after one of Bamn’s members was stabbed at the white supremacist rally, according to documents obtained by the Guardian. The FBI’s Bamn files reveal: The FBI investigated Bamn for potential “conspiracy” against the “rights” of the “Ku Klux Klan” and white supremacists. The FBI considered the KKK as victims and the leftist protesters as potential terror threats, and downplayed the threats of the Klan, writing: “The KKK consisted of members that some perceived to be supportive of a white supremacist agenda.” The FBI’s monitoring included in-person … [Read more...] about Revealed: FBI investigated civil rights group as ‘terrorism’ threat and viewed KKK as victims
This is a story about a horrific massacre and a death row inmate's claims of innocence. Kevin Cooper's case has drawn worldwide attention, including from Pope Francis and Kim Kardashian West. The heartbreaking story about the brutal assault that left four dead and one young survivor in Chino Hills, Calif., also raises questions about the initial police investigation, the loss of key evidence, and whether someone else is actually the killer. "Nearly 20 years ago, I got a stack of letters from an inmate at San Quentin Prison," "48 Hours" correspondent Erin Moriarty reports. "His name is Kevin Cooper – and he wrote that he had been framed, as he put it, 'for something that I didn't do.'" Moriarty and "48 Hours" began exploring the case, the investigation, and Cooper's claims of innocence when she got the letters, and her reporting continues to this day. In 1983, someone brutally murdered Doug and Peggy Ryen, their daughter Jessica, 10, and a family friend, Christopher Hughes, 11. … [Read more...] about Kevin Cooper case: Was the wrong man convicted in the 1983 Chino Hills massacre?