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US Election 2020: Biden is crowned as Democratic nominee

US Election 2020: Biden is crowned as Democratic nominee

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Media playback is unsupported on your device Joe Biden has been officially anointed the Democratic presidential candidate at the party's convention, helped over the line with some glowing testimonials from elder statesmen.Two Democratic former presidents, Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter, and former Secretary of State Colin Powell, a Republican, endorsed Mr Biden.Mr Clinton said President Donald Trump had brought "chaos" to the Oval Office.Mr Trump trails Mr Biden in opinion polls ahead of November's election.The convention is largely virtual, amid the coronavirus pandemic, and it is unclear whether a format of pre-recorded speeches and no live audience will generate the same levels of enthusiasm as the traditional party gatherings. Next week's Republican con...
FDA nominee ducks questions on Trump e-cigarette flavor ban

FDA nominee ducks questions on Trump e-cigarette flavor ban

Health
Trump’s pick to lead FDA sidesteps questions on future of proposed ban on vaping flavorsBy MATTHEW PERRONE AP Health WriterNovember 20, 2019, 10:07 PM4 min read President Donald Trump’s nominee to lead the Food and Drug Administration sidestepped questions Wednesday on the future of a 2-month-old proposal to ban most flavored electronic cigarettes. Dr. Stephen Hahn told Senate lawmakers that a recent wave of underage vaping is an “urgent, important crisis” and demands “aggressive action.” But he said he is not privy to the administration’s plans for vaping flavors, which are pending. Hahn also told members of the Senate’s health committee that he had not discussed the issue with the president. The full Senate must vote on whether to confirm him to the position. Senators from both parties p...
FBI nominee Christopher Wray says Russia probe not witch hunt

FBI nominee Christopher Wray says Russia probe not witch hunt

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Media playback is unsupported on your deviceDonald Trump's pick to lead the FBI has rejected the president's depiction of a probe into alleged Russian meddling in the US election as a witch hunt. "I do not consider Director Mueller to be on a witch hunt," Christopher Wray said about the former FBI director who is leading the special investigation.Mr Wray, 50, also told a Senate hearing he would quit if the president asked him to do anything illegal.The last FBI director, James Comey, was fired by the US president on 9 May.The US president earlier on Wednesday tweeted: "This is the greatest Witch Hunt in political history. Sad!"Mr Wray told the Senate panel on Wednesday: "Anybody who thinks that I would be pulling punches as FBI director sure doesn't know me well. "I will never allow the FB...