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Trump mocked Biden's 'awful facelift,' brushed off Pete Buttigieg and Mike Bloomberg as weak Dem candidates and insisted 'I am going to stay the President' during 2020 primaries, new book claims

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After seeing Michael Bloomberg get pummeled on the Las Vegas Democratic debate stage, former President Donald Trump viewed himself as a shoo-in for the November presidential election.  Wall Street Journal reporter Michael Bender recalled in his new book Frankly, We Did Win This Election: The Inside Story of How Trump Lost how Trump had invited reporters to watch the February 19, 2020 debate with him aboard Air Force One, as they flew back from a Trump rally that night in Phoenix.  'Trump then started offering his own color commentary: Bloomberg was smart, but not quick. Biden had an awful facelift. Bernie was sharp, and Warren was a good debater, even though she was nasty,' Bender wrote.  'He thought Pete Buttigieg was articulate, and seemed to surprise himself with repeated praise for the former South Bend mayor,' Bender continued.  In a previous conversation that month, Trump had asked pollster Tony Fabrizio who he was most worried about in the Democratic pack.  '

How releasing a balloon could see you fined $1,000 as part of a new crackdown to protect the environment

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Releasing a balloon into the sky could result in Victorian residents being slugged with a fine of almost $1,000. It is part of a new  statewide crackdown, with the  Environment Protection Authority given official powers to enforce the penalties from July 1. The crackdown has been introduced to protect the environment from pollution and waste. Residents will have to hand over $991 if they are caught releasing a single helium balloon, while companies could be forced to pay up to $4956 for the same offence. Releasing a balloon into the sky could result in Victorian residents being slugged with a fine of almost $1,000 (stock image) It is part of a new statewide crackdown, with the Environment Protection Authority given official powers to enforce the penalties in the Garden State from July 1 (stock image) If individuals or businesses release a series of balloons, the penalties increase to a whopping $16,522 and $82,610 respectively. 'Wildlife can be seriously harmed or killed by ballo

EXCLUSIVE: Tori Spelling steps out WITHOUT her wedding ring to run errands, adding fuel to long-running rumors her marriage to Dean McDermott is in turmoil

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Tori Spelling has been seen without her wedding ring while running errands in her Calabasas neighborhood.  DailyMail.com spotted the 90210 alum and mom-of-five, 48, this weekend as she stopped to get gas and pick up items at a CVS pharmacy.  Looking slimmed down, Tori wore a baseball cap, tight biker shorts, a T-shirt and bright red lipstick. She also carried a heart-shaped Louis Vuitton bag.  There was no wedding ring in sight, adding fuel to long-running rumors of marriage trouble with husband Dean McDermott This comes just a few weeks after Tori revealed she and her husband have been sleeping in separate bedrooms.   DailyMail.com spotted Tori Spelling, 48, this weekend as she stopped to get gas and pick up items at CVS pharmacy The actress ditched her wedding ring for the outing, fueling the rumors her marriage to Dean McDermott is in trouble Looking slimmed down, Tori wore a baseball cap, tight biker shorts, a T-shirt and bright red lipstick. She also carried a heart-shaped Louis V

EXCLUSIVE: Republican Rep. to introduce 'Britney Spears' bill to stop healthcare providers from aiding conservators in forcing contraception on individuals without their consent

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Republican Congressman Jason Smith is introducing legislation on Wednesday to stop healthcare providers from aiding conservators in forcing contraception on individuals without their consent, a bill tied to Britney Spears.  Among the many stunning allegations Spears revealed in her trial last month was that her team of conservators, led by her father, prevented her from having her IUD removed because the team did not want her to have more children.  Called the 'CIRCUS' Act, Smith's bill specifically targets healthcare providers and would prevent them from participating in the numerous federal health programs - such as Medicaid, Medicare, and Tricare - if they deny removal of an intrauterine device or other contraceptive device without the approval of an individual’s conservator or knowingly prescribe contraception to an individual subject to a conservatorship without the written consent of such individual.  The legislation would not affect Obamacare participants as the exch

YouTube and Spotify streaming sites are killing the music industry and a ‘complete reset’ is needed to give artists a fair reward, MPs warn

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The music streaming model perpetuated by Apple, YouTube and Spotify is in dire need of a 'complete reset', an exhaustive MP-led inquiry has said.  A highly critical report on the industry by the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee, pointed out ‘critically acclaimed’ performers were getting ‘meagre’ money from streaming, with session musicians ‘frozen out altogether’.  The eight-month inquiry raises 'deep concerns' about the position of the major music companies in the market, with several record labels posting record profits. The report follows a number of musicians publicly criticising the small amounts they make from streaming services such as Spotify and YouTube, and added that the current situation was impacting the ‘entire creative ecosystem’. The committee said artists should be given a legal right to ‘a fairer share of revenues’. In the report, MPs called on the Government to introduce a system of equitable remuneration for streaming income - where perfor

Boris Johnson tries to reassure southern voters as he insists his 'levelling up' agenda will not leave them out in the cold

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Boris Johnson will today try to reassure southern voters that his 'levelling up' agenda will not leave them out in the cold. The Prime Minister will insist that prosperous areas in the South East will benefit from spreading economic growth more widely. His speech – designed to put flesh on the bones of his election-winning slogan – comes amid Tory jitters over last month's Chesham and Amersham by-election defeat to the Liberal Democrats. Mr Johnson will say that the Government's success will hinge on whether it can 'raise living standards, spread opportunity, improve our public services and restore people's sense of pride in their community', particularly in areas that had been left behind. The Prime Minister will insist that prosperous areas in the South East will benefit from spreading economic growth more widely He will warn that previous governments invested too much in 'areas where house prices are already sky high and transport is already congested

The inside story of the texts and phone conversations between Kevin Rudd, Scott Morrison AND the boss of Pfizer before Australia's vaccine rollout was FINALLY sped up - and why the pharma giant's boss agreed to take ex-PM's call

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In a customary media blitz last Friday, Scott Morrison triumphantly announced millions of coveted Pfizer vaccines would be shipped to Australia earlier than planned following weeks of talks between the government and the U.S. pharmaceutical giant. In TV and radio interviews across Australia, Mr Morrison praised Health Minister Greg Hunt, Health Department Secretary Brendan Murphy and Covid taskforce boss Lieutenant General John Frewen for 'the great job we've been doing to get those supplies brought forward'. But it turns out there was another person involved in conversations with Pfizer who Mr Morrison didn't mention: Former Labor prime minister Kevin Rudd.  Kevin Rudd speaks to Scott Morrison in 2012 when both had very different jobs - Mr Rudd as a recently deposed Labor PM and Mr Morrison as shadow immigration minister US President Joe Biden listens to Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla making a statement at the G7 summit in Cornwall On June 30, while government officials and

Staffy that killed a five-week-old baby as his parents slept 'saw the infant as prey' and 'should never have been near him' - as experts warn powerful dogs shouldn't be within three metres of ANY child

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A vicious dog that mauled a five-week-old baby to death while his parents slept should never have been near the infant it 'viewed as prey', canine experts say. The six-year-old American Staffordshire terrier killed the little boy in his home in Kariong, on the NSW Central Coast, in the early hours of Sunday morning. Paramedics arrived at the scene about 2.18am, but the infant could not be revived. The family pet was euthanised days later. Dog experts warned such powerful dogs should never be within three metres of a child under 14. However, they insisted specific dog breeds, like staffies, were not inherently dangerous, instead saying individual dogs were 'unstable' and should be put down. This is despite some types of dogs being bred to hunt and kill, and being overrepresented in fatal attacks - prompting calls to ban them. Pictured: A distraught man outside a home where a newborn baby boy was mauled to death by a staffy Pictured: First responders at a home on the Cent

New green taxes planned for cars and flights: Electric vehicles could face road duty within five years in range of measures to recoup fuel levies lost as vehicles go green

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Green taxes on cars and planes are likely to be introduced as part of the Government's delayed Transport Decarbonisation Plan. A ban on selling HGVs by 2040, cheaper public transport and more electric vehicle charging points are also under consideration. Documents published by the Department for Transport show how ministers plan to shift to more green-friendly forms of travel, including helping drivers switch from petrol and diesel cars to electric ones. Further 'carbon pricing' for flights could be introduced while a road pricing scheme could offset the anticipated loss of fuel duty from electric vehicles. The Government will also need to ensure that 'revenue from motoring taxes keeps pace' with the switch to electric. A ban on selling HGVs by 2040, cheaper public transport and more electric vehicle charging points are also under consideration  The delayed Transport Decarbonisation Plan includes several consultations aimed at cutting transport pollution to help the

Up to 60,000 people in England could die from flu this winter because so few people have immunity due to lockdowns, warns report commissioned by Patrick Vallance

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Up to 60,000 people could die from the flu in England this winter in a worst-case scenario, medics warned today. It is feared the nation will suffer one of the worst influenza outbreaks in decades due to Covid lockdowns causing a huge drop in immunity against other viruses. And flu isn't the only threat, according to the report by the Academy of Medical Sciences, which said the NHS could be crippled by a triple-whammy of Covid, flu and other seasonal viruses.   Modelling of how bad influenza could strike say the death toll could be twice as bad as normal, with flu typically kills between 10 to 30,000 people annually.  The AMS report, which was commissioned by England's chief scientific adviser Sir Patrick Vallance, called for ministers to start treating flu like Covid, saying usual death tolls from the seasonal virus are unacceptable. It means Boris Johnson — who has repeatedly pledged to follow the science — could face pressure to adopt draconian measures to tackle other virus