Today is Monday, Feb 24, and the stories below are grabbing headlines this morning.
1-Bernie Sanders defends Fidel Castro’s socialist Cuba in new interview
Sen. Bernie Sanders, the front-runner for the Democrats’ presidential nomination, doubled down on his support for some of Cuban dictator Fidel Castro’s policies, saying in an interview that aired Sunday, “it’s unfair to simply say everything is bad.”
Speaking to CBS News’ “60 Minutes,” Sanders, a self-proclaimed Democratic socialist, pointed to social welfare programs introduced under Castro’s regime that he described as redeeming, despite the communist dictator’s often repressive human-rights violations against Cubans.
“We’re very opposed to the authoritarian nature of Cuba but you know, it’s unfair to simply say everything is bad. You know? When Fidel Castro came into office, you know what he did? He had a massive literacy program. Is that a bad thing? Even though Fidel Castro did it?” Sanders told Anderson Cooper. Click here for more on our top story.
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2-Trump speaks at massive rally in India in first visit as president
President Trump, in his first official visit to India on Monday, was greeted by overflowing crowds and a massive stadium rally where he announced a $3 billion deal that will send state-of-the-art military helicopters to the country.
The “Namaste Trump” rally was a sequel to the “Howdy, Modi” event Trump held with prime minister Narendra Modi in Houston last September.
Trump’s motorcade passed along seemingly endless crowds in Ahmedabad with many cheering and waving American flags on the way to the 110,000 capacity Sardar Patel Stadium.
Large billboards were spread throughout the route showing Trump alongside Modi and his wife Melania.
When Modi handed the podium to Trump, the president thanked those in attendance for the welcome he received, adding that he and Melania would remember the hospitality given. “America will always be faithful and loyal friends to the India people,” Trump said.
Trump also touted the peacefulness of India in the past. Later he announced that he will sell $3 billion dollars worth of state of art helicopters and other equipment to the country.
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3-Dow futures plunge 600 points on coronavirus spread
U.S. equity futures are pointing to a large decline in stocks on Monday morning on concerns about the spread of coronavirus outside China, with Italy, South Korea and Iran seeing a big jump in infections.
The coronavirus cases spike in several countries has sparked fears of a global pandemic.The major futures indexes are indicating a decline of 2 percent when trading begins on Wall Street. Economically sensitive oil is tumbling for a second day. U.S. crude is trading at $51.70, down 3 percent. Brent crude is trading at $56.57, down 3.3 percent.
In Asian markets, Hong Kong’s Hang Seng is down 1.8 percent and China’s Shanghai Composite is off 0.3 percent. Japan’s markets are closed for a holiday.
The decline is a continuation of the selling the markets experienced on Friday. The S&P 500 index fell 1.1 percent, while the Dow Jones Industrial Average lost 0.8 percent and the tech-heavy Nasdaq Composite slipped 1.8 percent.
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4- Russia hoax 2.0
Contrary to numerous recent media reports, there is no evidence to suggest that Russia is making a specific “play” to boost President Trump’s reelection bid, a U.S. intelligence official told Fox News on Sunday. In addition, top U.S. election official Shelby Pierson, who briefed Congress on Russian election interference efforts, may have overstated intelligence regarding the issue when speaking to the House Intelligence Committee earlier this month, the source added.
The Wall Street Journal reported last week, citing people familiar with her work, that Pierson “has a reputation for being injudicious with her words and not appreciating the delicate work of corralling federal agencies, technology firms and state election officials to collaborate on election security.”
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