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Rohrabacher confirms he offered Trump pardon to Assange for proof Russia didn't hack DNC email

Yahoo - Art News - Thu, 02/20/2020 - 08:14

Former congressman Dana Rohrabacher confirmed to Yahoo News he told Julian Assange President Trump would pardon him if he turned over information proving Russians weren't the source of Democratic emails published by WikiLeaks.

Trump repeatedly struggles to pronounce words during conspiracy-laden rally, before suggesting he'll pardon Roger Stone in late-night tweet

Yahoo - Art News - Thu, 02/20/2020 - 06:52

Donald Trump delivered a stumbling, incoherent and at times outright fictitious re-election rally addres in which he complained about a dog’s media coverage and appeared to approve calls to imprison Hillary Clinton.The dark, grievance-filled speech to supporters, delivered at the Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Arizona, was followed by a tweet which appeared to suggest he may pardon convicted friend and former advisor Roger Stone.

Stone’s sentencing to begin after judge refuses new trial request

Yahoo - Art News - Thu, 02/20/2020 - 06:39

Roger Stone, a longtime ally of President Trump and a self-described political dirty trickster, is set to be sentenced on Thursday for his attempts to sabotage a congressional investigation that posed a political threat to the president.

Looted 18th century crown returned to Ethiopia after decades

Yahoo - Art News - Thu, 02/20/2020 - 06:29

A rare and looted crown from the 18th century was returned to Ethiopia on Thursday after it was discovered in the Netherlands two decades ago. The Dutch government facilitated the handover “with the belief that it has a duty to restitute this important artifact back to Ethiopia,” the office of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed said, sharing photos of a smiling Abiy holding the ceremonial crown. “This is a historic day for us,” Hirut Kassaw, Ethiopia's minister for culture and tourism, told The Associated Press.

With Its Hong Kong Fair Canceled, Art Basel Comes Up with a Quick Fix: Online Viewing Rooms

ArtNews News Feed - Thu, 02/20/2020 - 06:00

Few were shocked earlier this month when Art Basel canceled its Hong Kong fair, as the coronavirus led to the deaths of hundreds in mainland China. Even though exhibitors were offered a 75 percent refund from the fair, some had expressed concerns that the fair’s cancelation could significantly hobble the business of the galleries who were set to participate, and now Art Basel has come with a quick fix for the enterprises that were set to bring their wares to Hong Kong.

On Thursday, Art Basel said it would give galleries that had planned to show at the Hong Kong fair in March an opportunity to sell their work via online viewing rooms. These online sales areas will be live from March 20–25, and there will be VIP preview days on March 18 and 19. The viewing rooms will be accessible via Art Basel’s website and the fair’s app, and will be available to exhibitors at no additional cost.

Marc Spiegler, the fair’s global director, said in a statement, “As the art market continues to evolve, Art Basel has continually investigated how new technologies can give us new opportunities to support our galleries. The online viewing rooms will provide galleries with a further possibility for engaging with our global audiences, complementing the essential personal interactions that continue to underly the art market.”

Art Basel’s latest pivot is another sign that online viewing rooms could prove lucrative in the years to come. Gagosian and David Zwirner, which both started their online viewing rooms in 2018, have set records by selling through these platforms, with works by Albert Oehlen and Yayoi Kusama being purchased at prices that approach the $2 million mark. In 2019, Sam Orlofsky, a director at Gagosian, told ARTnews that online viewing rooms make prices more easily accessible and do away with a kind of opacity often associated with market. “It bridges the greatest gap between us and potential buyers,” he said.

Bloomberg nabs three new congressional endorsements

Yahoo - Art News - Thu, 02/20/2020 - 06:00

Mike Bloomberg picked up three new congressional endorsements on the heels of his rocky debate performance, underscoring his staying power in the Democratic primary race despite an onslaught of attacks from opponents. Bloomberg has built extensive political ties to members of both parties on Capitol Hill after years of hefty political contributions to candidates and causes. In recent weeks those ties -- and his surprisingly strong support in a number of national polls — seem to be bearing fruit for him on Capitol Hill.

Police chief strips down to underwear and storms out of meeting after being sacked

Yahoo - Art News - Thu, 02/20/2020 - 05:37

A police chief stripped down to his underwear and walked home through a snowstorm after being sacked by officials in New Hampshire.Richard Lee said he was left with no alternative when his town board asked him to hand over his badge, his uniform and the keys to his patrol car.

Democratic socialist Bernie Sanders is too far left for Sweden's ruling Social Democrats, official says

Yahoo - Art News - Thu, 02/20/2020 - 05:13

Johan Hassel, the international secretary for Sweden's ruling Social Democrats, visited Iowa before the caucuses, and he wasn't impressed with America's standard bearer for democratic socialism, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.). "We were at a Sanders event, and it was like being at a Left Party meeting," he told Sweden's Svenska Dagbladet newspaper, according to one translation. "It was a mixture of very young people and old Marxists, who think they were right all along. There were no ordinary people there, simply."Hassel was most "impressed" with Pete Buttigieg, though he also liked Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.). Eric Kleefeld, assiduous student of foreign politics, provides some context on Sweden's Social Democrats:> Some more context: The “Left Party” he talks about in there is the old Communist Party back home in Sweden. (They changed their name around 1990 or so — wonder why.)> > The Left/Communists have worked with the Social Democrats in minority parliaments, but never included in cabinet.> > — Eric Kleefeld (@EricKleefeld) February 18, 2020Why would a Swedish Social Democrat favor Buttigieg over Sanders? Well, democratic socialism is different than Sweden's social democracy — the "Nordic model" Sanders touts — "and, unfortunately, Sanders has contributed to this confusion," writes MIT political economist Daron Acemoglu. Democratic socialism seeks to fix the iniquities of the market economy by handing control of the means of production to a company's workers or "an administrative structure operated by the state," he explains. "European social democracy is a system for regulating the market economy, not for supplanting it."Lars Løkke Rasmussen, then the prime minister of Denmark, made a similar point in a speech at Harvard in 2015, when Sanders was gaining national attention. "I know that some people in the U.S. associate the Nordic model with some sort of socialism," he said. "Denmark is far from a socialist planned economy. Denmark is a market economy," albeit with "an expanded welfare state which provides a high level of security to its citizens."Rasmussen's model, Vox's Matthew Yglesias wrote at the time, "is not especially different, as a substantive matter, from what Sanders is saying." Sanders wants "higher taxes, a lot more social welfare spending," and single-payer health care, he adds. "But in Rasmussen's view, this doesn't amount to socialism at all." Which may explain why, in Wednesday's debate, Warren affirmed she is a capitalist and Buttigieg held up Denmark as the paragon of the American Dream.More stories from The growing crisis in cosmology A new swing state poll paints an ominous picture for Democrats Mike Bloomberg is not the lesser of two evils

Fearing infection, residents protest coronavirus evacuees landing in Ukraine

Yahoo - Art News - Thu, 02/20/2020 - 03:50

Residents in central Ukraine protested the arrival of a plane carrying evacuees from China's Hubei province on Thursday, fearing they could be infected with the coronavirus despite authorities insisting there was no danger. The protest prompted President Volodymyr Zelenskiy to issue a statement reassuring Ukrainians that there was no danger, that the authorities had done everything possible to make sure the virus would not spread to Ukraine. In addition to 45 Ukrainians, there were 27 citizens of Argentina on the plane that landed in Ukraine on Thursday, as well as citizens from the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Kazakhstan, Costa Rica and other countries.

Ukrainians hurl stones at evacuees from China

Yahoo - Art News - Thu, 02/20/2020 - 03:12

Ukraine's effort to quarantine more than 70 people evacuated from China over the new virus outbreak plunged into chaos Thursday as local residents opposing the move hurled stones at the evacuees and clashed with police. Officials deplored the violence and the country's health minister pledged to share evacuees' quarantine for two weeks in a bid to reassure protesters who fear they'll be infected. Buses carrying evacuees were finally able to reach the designated place of quarantine after hours of clashes.

Warren: Bloomberg will drop 'another $100 million' just to 'erase America's memory' of the Las Vegas debate

Yahoo - Art News - Thu, 02/20/2020 - 03:07

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) was not pulling her punches in Wednesday night's Democratic presidential debate in Las Vegas, and her most potent haymakers landed on former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, standing to her right. MSNBC's post-debate panel showed the moment she started pummeling Bloomberg, and Chris Matthews described it in elaborate boxing metaphors.The Daily Show was a little more succinct:> Elizabeth Warren rn> > -- The Daily Show (@TheDailyShow) February 20, 2020Warren's biggest blow was set up by Bloomberg himself, and Joe Biden jumped in to help her finish him off.After the debate, Matthews asked Warren why she went after Bloomberg so hard. "I think it's important for people to know exactly what Michael Bloomberg has said and done," she said. "It is important to know who this guy is," and "he is a threat because he's already dropped $400 million in this campaign, and understand this: After his performance tonight, I have no doubt he is about to drop, tonight, another $100 million in this campaign ... to try to erase America's memory of what happened on that debate stage."Warren repeated her "arrogant billionaire" critique and when Matthews asked, she said Bloomberg's treatment of women should be disqualifying for the Democratic nomination. "Can we please keep in mind" that women have "finally been acknowledged to be important in electing our candidates?" she said. "You just can't lead with a guy who's got this kind of history."The Daily Show, again, had a similar idea, but with a different, less likely destination for Bloomberg's millions. > DemDebate> > -- The Daily Show (@TheDailyShow) February 20, 2020More stories from The growing crisis in cosmology Mike Bloomberg is not the lesser of two evils Mick Mulvaney says the United States is 'desperate' for 'more immigrants'

The Vietcong Proved That America's Enemies Don't Need Missiles To 'Sink' An Aircraft Carrier

Yahoo - Art News - Thu, 02/20/2020 - 03:00

Naval vessels often have a mystique about them, but they are vulnerable to attack.

Two former passengers from Japan cruise ship die

Yahoo - Art News - Thu, 02/20/2020 - 02:09

Two elderly former passengers from the coronavirus-wracked Diamond Princess died Thursday, Japanese authorities said, as fears mount for those who have left the ship after testing negative for the virus. The man and woman, both Japanese and in their 80s, were taken off the cruise ship last week and died in hospital, the first fatalalities among the more than 600 passengers and crew who have tested positive for the virus. The man had a pre-existing condition of bronchial asthma and a history of angina treatment, the health ministry said in a statement, but the woman had no known pre-existing conditions.

Florida ferry accident shocks residents: "This has never happened"

Yahoo - Art News - Thu, 02/20/2020 - 01:40

A car driven by a 63-year-old woman rolled off the front of the ferry into a channel more than 50 feet deep.

Tennessee man to be electrocuted for killing fellow inmate

Yahoo - Art News - Thu, 02/20/2020 - 01:37

A Tennessee inmate is scheduled to die in the state's electric chair Thursday, becoming the fifth convict in the past 16 months to choose electrocution over lethal injection, the state's preferred method. Nicholas Sutton, 58, was sentenced to death in 1986 for killing fellow inmate Carl Estep in a conflict over a drug deal while both were incarcerated in an East Tennessee prison. In a clemency petition to Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee, Sutton's supporters said he is not the same man who went to prison 40 years ago.

Why Aren't Countries Buying This Powerful Chinese Drone?

Yahoo - Art News - Thu, 02/20/2020 - 01:30

China isn't known for its quality technology.

Amy Klobuchar and Pete Buttigieg clashed more than ever in the Vegas debate. These numbers show why.

Yahoo - Art News - Thu, 02/20/2020 - 01:08

With heavy crossover appeal among their supporters and a two-three finish in New Hampshire, Amy Klobuchar and Pete Buttigieg took the gloves off.


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