For Biden Family, a History of Tax Problems

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Hunter Biden was hit with a $450,000 lien in July over delinquent state income taxes, which he paid off in six days despite having no discernible income. Last year, he told the court judge in his paternity case that he was broke and unemployed.

The younger Biden owed $238,562.76 in state income taxes from 2017 and $215,328.16 in state income taxes from 2018, according to records from the District of Columbia’s Office of Tax and Revenue. The District of Columbia filed a $453,890 lien against him on July 9.

The lien is the latest in a series of substantial tax problems members of the Biden family have faced over the years, from Joe’s brother James’s six-figure tax debt in 2015 to multiple liens filed against Joe’s sister Valerie and her husband. It also raises new questions about Hunter Biden’s finances, which have been scrutinized during the election cycle. The lien follows controversy over Hunter’s high-paying consulting work for companies in Ukraine and China, and a high-profile child support case in which the younger Biden claimed he was in “significant debt” and refused to turn over court-ordered financial records.

A spokesman for D.C.’s Office of the Chief Financial Officer confirmed that Hunter Biden’s lien was released on July 15 after the “tax issue was resolved.” The office declined to say whether Biden had paid off the debt.

Harvey Bezozi, a tax expert who specializes in large-scale tax debt negotiations, said the only way to get a lien released is to pay the settlement in full—often through a payment plan, penalty abatement, or other compromise with the government—or to prove the lien was filed in error. He said liens can take months or years to resolve.

“It drags on,” he said. “Six days had to be some kind of expeditious kind of process for this.”

Bezozi said the government rarely files liens in error. “Generally the lien filing process is a very stringent and reviewed approach because it’s a serious thing when you file a lien. It’s public record,” he said.

The Biden campaign did not respond to questions about how Hunter Biden settled the debt in less than a week and whether he has found gainful employment.

The Biden family has been hit with several tax liens over the past few decades.

James Biden has had at least five tax liens filed against him between 1995 and 2015, including one for $589,095 filed in 2015 and released one year later. Frank Biden, another brother of the presidential candidate, has had at least three liens for unpaid income taxes. He said in 2011 that a $32,500 lien in Kentucky stemmed from his struggle with alcohol addiction and was being paid off through a monthly plan, according to the Broward Palm Beach New Times. Joe Biden’s sister Valerie and her husband John Owens have faced at least five tax liens, including one for $229,749 in 1990.

This is also not the first time Hunter Biden has been accused of owing back taxes. In 2018, the federal government filed a $112,805 tax lien against him. He resolved that matter in March, according to records.

Hunter Biden’s finances have come under scrutiny due to work the younger Biden did for foreign entities while his father was vice president. He has fought to keep his financial information out of the public record, defying a court order to turn over his full 2017 and 2018 tax returns and arguing that his financial records should be subject to a nondisclosure agreement and encrypted during a paternity lawsuit last year.

Lunden Alexis Roberts, the mother of Hunter Biden’s two-year-old child, sued Biden for child support payments in Arkansas in 2019. Biden, a former lobbyist, claimed in a court filing related to that case that he was deeply in debt and had no source of income for more than six months.

“I attest that I am unemployed and have had no monthly income since May 2019,” said Biden in a Nov. 27, 2019, affidavit. “I currently have significant debts (in part as a result of obligations arising from my divorce which was final in April 2017).”

Although Biden claimed that he was broke, he was living in a $12,000-per-month Hollywood Hills rental home and spotted driving a $129,000 Porsche Panamera in Beverly Hills. After a judge ordered Biden to turn over his financial records and travel to Arkansas for a deposition, the former lobbyist agreed to settle the case with Roberts.

Biden has held lucrative positions at foreign companies. He was reportedly paid up to $50,000 a month to sit on the board of directors for Ukrainian energy giant Burisma between 2014 and last year and served on the board of BHR Partners, the $1.5 billion international private equity arm of Chinese investment fund Bohai Capital.

Biden stepped down from both boards last year, according to his lawyer. He told the New Yorker last summer that as part of his 2017 divorce agreement he had offered to pay his ex-wife Kathleen $37,000 per month for a decade. He said he was living on about $4,000 per month and was forced to max out his credit cards, which the magazine described as an “adjustment.”

Biden’s ex-wife said in a 2017 divorce filing that Hunter Biden had left the family in massive debt after blowing their money on “drugs, alcohol, prostitutes, strip clubs and gifts for women with whom he had sexual relations.”

“Mr. Biden has created financial concerns for the family by spending extravagantly on his own interests … while leaving the family with no funds to pay legitimate bills,” said Kathleen Biden in the court filing.

She said the family’s debts were “shocking and overwhelming,” including a $313,000 tax delinquency, maxed out credit cards, unpaid medical bills, and bounced checks to housekeepers.

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Pakistan and China Reach New Intelligence Sharing Agreement

Pakistan and China have initiated an “unprecedented” intelligence-sharing relationship, U.S. News & World Report reported Thursday.

The new agreement provides Pakistan Defense Ministry officers with top-secret clearance to use and interact with the Chinese intelligence infrastructure under the aegis of the Joint Staff Department of the Chinese Central Military Commission. While there is little public information about the commission, the most high ranking party and military officials are privy to its operations.

Islamabad has also provided assurances to Beijing that the Taliban will not act as a harbor for Uighur Muslims. China has reportedly forced over one million Uighurs into detainment and work camps within Chinese borders.

“The arrangement far exceeds any accommodation the Afghan insurgent network has ever afforded the U.S. with regard to Washington’s concerns about al-Qaida presence in Afghanistan,” U.S. News reported.

The two countries have also worked extensively on creating a trade corridor through Pakistan to buttress China’s ongoing “Belt and Road Initiative.” The project has pushed a large amount of capital into a floundering Pakistani economy.

“With the Chinese, we have a special relationship. And—it’s the way China functions—any issues like these we talk to them privately, we don’t make public statements, because that’s how China is,” Pakistani prime minister Imran Khan said last September.

“China came to help when we were right at the rock bottom,” he added.

Elsewhere in the region, the United States has struggled to make inroads to pacify the Taliban in a series of stalling peace talks. Meanwhile, China has developed relations with nearby authoritarian Iran with a series of military and technology sharing agreements.

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Catholic Group Calls on Biden to Denounce Vandalism, Violence Against Churches

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A Catholic political advocacy group is calling on presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden to speak out on a rash of violence and vandalism against churches across the nation.

“Catholic churches across America are literally burning, and Joe Biden has said nothing. Leading members of the Democratic Party have fueled a climate of hate against Catholics, and these attacks have now led to acts of vandalism and violence,” CatholicVote president Brian Burch said Thursday.

“These attacks on the Church raise serious questions about the commitment of Joe Biden, a self-professed Catholic, to stand up to the rising climate of anti-Catholicism across the country.”

Between July 10 and July 16, Catholic institutions from Massachusetts to Colorado reported several instances of vandalism, with some acts endangering the lives of congregants. In Florida, a 24-year-old man set fire to a church while several congregants were inside preparing to celebrate Mass. Police arrested the man and charged him with attempted second-degree murder and arson.

Statues of Jesus and the Virgin Mary have also been desecrated by vandals in Colorado and in other locations on the East Coast.

Protesters also pulled down statues of Junipero Serra, a Spanish Catholic priest who founded several missions in California. Pope Francis declared Serra a saint in 2015, which sparked pushback from critics who claimed that Serra’s legacy was linked to the abuse of indigenous peoples in California.

Biden’s fellow Democrat, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (N.Y.), drew criticism by using a statue of Father Damien, a Catholic priest who spent more than a decade ministering to a Hawaiian leper colony before dying of leprosy himself, as an example of “patriarchy and white supremacist culture.”

Ocasio-Cortez defended herself on Twitter by arguing she did not say Father Damien was a “bad figure,” but instead was trying to draw attention to the fact that the “huge supermajority of statues in the Capitol are white men.”

Biden has made his Catholic faith a theme of his political career. He called it a “bedrock foundation of my life” after President Trump said Biden would “hurt God” as president.

But many of Biden’s political positions contradict the Roman Catholic Church’s teachings, including his pro-choice stance on abortion. Last year Biden’s public support for abortion caused a Catholic priest to deny him the Eucharist at a parish in South Carolina.

Until the beginning of his presidential campaign, Biden consistently supported the Hyde Amendment to ban federal funding of abortion. He reversed that position last year, saying he opposed the measure because “times have changed.”

The Biden campaign hired a director of faith engagement who worked on the 2012 Obama campaign. He acknowledged the difficulty of peeling off evangelical support from Trump, saying the campaign is “going to go after every vote, but I do not think we will suddenly win the evangelical vote with 80 percent.”

Trump enjoys high levels of support from Evangelical voters, but his hold on Catholic voters is less stable. Thirty-six percent of Catholics said they approve of Trump’s presidency, according to a June survey. Forty-seven percent of white Catholics said they approve, while just 20 percent of Hispanic Catholics said the same.

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After Release From Jail Over Coronavirus Fears, Alleged Rapist Kills His Accuser

A Maryland man indicted on rape charges, who a Virginia court released in April due to the coronavirus pandemic, murdered the woman who accused him, Alexandria, Va., police say.

Ibrahim Bouaichi was indicted on five separate charges, including rape, strangulation, and abduction, and was originally jailed without bond after Karla Dominguez accused him of raping her in October.

Bouaichi shot and killed Dominguez outside of her Alexandria apartment on July 29, according to police.

Two days after Dominguez’s death, police obtained a warrant for Bouaichi’s arrest. After searching for the suspect for days, Bouaichi shot himself as city police attempted to apprehend him on Wednesday. He is currently in critical condition.

Bouaichi’s lawyers pushed for the suspect’s release this spring after his March 30 trial was postponed, arguing that the coronavirus pandemic threatened his health while in jail. Circuit court judge Nolan Dawkins, who retired in June, released Bouaichi in April on a $25,000 bond and ordered him to stay at home.

When the coronavirus pandemic began earlier this year, jails and prisons across the country released inmates over fears for their health. New York City released thousands of prisoners from Rikers Island—250 of which have been re-arrested. California state prisons are aiming to release nearly 18,000 prisoners in response to the coronavirus.

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Missouri Dem Demands Universal Basic Income

Left-wing activist and Missouri Democratic congressional candidate Cori Bush on Friday said the next coronavirus relief bill should ensure a retroactive $2,000 universal basic income that continues for a year.

“I would love to see a $2,000-a-month universal basic income that’s retroactive and that lasts for a year, also making sure that there is a real moratorium on evictions,” said Bush, who is a member of the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA).

Bush also stressed the need for increased school funding and Medicare for All in the face of the pandemic.

“Some schools still are trying to fight to get [computers] for the students, and we’re trying to make teachers become medical professionals,” Bush said. “We need to put money there and continue to fight for Medicare for All.”

Not only has Bush campaigned on Medicare for All and a universal basic income, she has also backed defunding the police. Those positions helped get her the support of key far-left groups including the DSA, Our Revolution, and Justice Democrats, which powered her to victory in the Democratic primary in Missouri’s 1st Congressional District, which includes St. Louis.

Bush defeated veteran congressman William Lacy Clay Jr. in Tuesday’s primary.

Republicans and Democrats are negotiating the next round of coronavirus relief, and MSNBC anchor Katy Tur was questioning Bush what she believed would “make things easier in this moment” and should be included in the Democratic-led HEROES Act or another relief package.

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Harris, Tlaib, Whitmer Back Author of Misogynist Blog

A slew of prominent liberals are standing behind a Democratic congressional candidate who ran a misogynistic, drug-enthused blog.

Sen. Kamala Harris (D., Calif.), Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D., Mich.), Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D., Wash.), and Michigan governor Gretchen Whitmer are among the top backers of Democratic congressional hopeful Jon Hoadley. Prior to his political career, Hoadley ran a college blog in which he called women “breeders,” discussed his interest in crystal meth, and referred to sexual partners as “victims,” a recent New York Post report revealed. While his Democratic primary opponent refused to endorse him over the posts, Hoadley’s national endorsers have not pulled their support and have yet to address the scandal.

Hoadley’s blog, titled “Rambling Politics,” was hosted on social networking site LiveJournal. In a string of posts between 2004 and 2005, the Democrat detailed attending a gay bar to “learn about crystal meth.” Hoadley, who is gay, called women “breeders”—a derogatory term used to refer to heterosexual couples who can reproduce—and referred to his sexual partners as “victims.” The Democrat also alluded to a “four year old wearing a thong” when describing a friend’s wedding. His campaign called the writings “bad college poetry” in a comment to the Post.

A three-term Michigan state legislator, Hoadley will attempt to unseat GOP representative Fred Upton in November after winning his Tuesday primary by nearly 5 points. Sen Gary Peters (D., Mich.), Harris, Jayapal, and Whitmer—none of whom returned a request for comment—joined Hoadley during a July 9 virtual fundraiser. The Democrats heaped praise on Hoadley, with Harris labeling him a “fighter” and Whitmer calling him “primed and ready to be a hurricane when he gets to Washington, D.C.”

Also included on Hoadley’s endorsement list is the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC). The organization added the state lawmaker to its “highly selective” Red to Blue program—aimed at bolstering “top-tier” candidates with fundraising support and staff resources—in late July. Rep. Cheri Bustos (D., Ill.) announced the addition by touting Hoadley’s “strong record of service” and “authentic message.” The DCCC did not respond to a request for comment.

In addition to the DCCC, the Progressive Change Campaign Committee (PCCC) endorsed Hoadley in January. A far-left activist group with ties to Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D., Mass.), the PCCC called Hoadley a “champion for progressive issues” in its endorsement, noting his support for Medicare for All and the Green New Deal. The PCCC did not respond to a request for comment.

Reps. Haley Stevens (D., Mich.) and Sharice Davids (D., Kan.) have also endorsed Hoadley. Neither returned requests for comment.

Hoadley survived an unexpectedly close primary on Tuesday, winning a close race against educator Jennifer Richardson, who spent less than $67,000 on the race. Hoadley, meanwhile, spent more than $950,000 and currently holds $418,000 on hand. He has lagged behind Upton in fundraising, bringing in roughly $1.4 million to the Republican’s $2.1 million. Upton won his primary by 25 points and holds nearly $1.4 million on hand as of July 15.

Upton’s seat is a top target for national Democrats looking to expand the party’s House majority. The nonpartisan Cook Political Report rates the race “lean Republican.”

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MSNBC Host: Is Ron Johnson ‘In Cahoots’ With Russia?

MSNBC anchor Nicolle Wallace asked Friday if Republican senator Ron Johnson (Wis.) was in “cahoots” with Russia because of his efforts to “actively denigrate” Democratic nominee Joe Biden.

“The intelligence community has reached an assessment, and it says this: Russia is actively working to, quote, denigrate Joe Biden. My question for you is Ron Johnson, senator from Wisconsin, is also actively working to denigrate Joe Biden. Are they in cahoots?” she asked MSNBC analyst Jeremy Bash.

“I don’t know if they’re in cahoots, but a senator, an American citizen has the right to participate in the political process,” Bash said. “The former KGB operative Vladimir Putin does not have the right.”

The discussion came as a top intelligence official said Russia is working to boost President Donald Trump over Biden, while China and Iran would prefer to see Trump defeated. Liberals have criticized Johnson, the chairman of the Senate Homeland Security Committee, for his investigation of the Ukrainian gas company Burisma’s hiring of Biden’s son Hunter Biden. Trump’s political interest in Biden’s son and request that Ukraine look into the matter spurred his impeachment last year by House Democrats.

Wallace exhaustively covered Russia investigation developments during the two-year Robert Mueller probe and is one of the most vociferous critics of President Donald Trump on MSNBC. She and her “favorite reporters and friends” on Deadline: White House frequently discuss whether Trump is a witting or unwitting asset of the Kremlin.

Bash said the specter of foreign interference in the election and what he called Trump’s “fascist rhetoric” about the election should “scare Americans.” Biden has held consistent leads in national and battleground state polls over Trump.

“Unless this election is a landslide in favor of Joe Biden, almost any other scenario I think will result in chaos, and even scarier, potentially violence,” he said.

MSNBC recently announced it would extend Wallace’s show to two hours in the afternoon.

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Lib Senator Sheldon Whitehouse Didn’t Let The Woke Mob Bully Him Out of Elite All-White Beach Club

Most libs would immediately apologize and surrender if pressured by the woke mob to cancel their membership at one of the most exclusive, all-white beach clubs in the country. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D., R.I.) is not most libs.

Whitehouse, who was elected to a second term in 2018, might have a difficult time if his name were on the ballot this year—when politicians and commoners alike are being canceled for running afoul of “woke” culture. His refusal to renounce his ties to Bailey’s Beach Club in Newport, R.I., might be considered problematic AF in some circles, especially given that he promised to cancel his membership back in 2006.

In any event, the senator deserves credit for defending his right to enjoy a privileged lifestyle surrounded by rich white people in a coastal town best known for its Gilded Age mansions.

Local journalists confronted Whitehouse in 2017 after learning that he resigned from the club in 2010, but transferred his ownership shares to his wife, Sandra Thornton. As a result, “Mrs. Sheldon Whitehouse” became one of the largest shareholders in the exclusive club, alongside prominent members of the Vanderbilt and Astor families.

Whitehouse refused to back down, telling that while he thought “it would be nice if [Bailey’s] changed a little bit,” he was not in a “position” to make those decisions. “I will take that up privately,” he said, before refusing to comment further.

Whitehouse stood firm when Mike Araujo, executive director of the activist group Rhode Island Jobs With Justice, described the senator’s position regarding his membership in Bailey’s as “deeply disappointing yet not surprising” because “racism is the air we breathe in this country.” The senator’s refusal to distance himself from the club, Araujo wrote, “casts a lot of doubt on his overall integrity when it comes to issues of diversity and racial justice.” Whitehouse responded by getting reelected with 62 percent of the vote.

In an age when few are willing to celebrate and defend the privileges afforded by wealth and status, Whitehouse stands tall as a noble champion of his First Amendment right to free association. Fans of wealth, privilege, and white supremacy can hardly blame the Whitehouses for not wanting to abandon Bailey’s, described in a 2003 New York Times article as a place where “the ruling class keeps its guard up.”

“People kill to belong to the beach,” said Beth Pyle, whose twin sister, she added, has never quite made it into the club. “It has really driven some people crazy when they don’t get in.”

Diversity, of course, has made scant inroads on the Newport of Bailey’s Beach, whose membership profile might be defined less by who people are than what they are not. “Jewish, yes,” Audrey Oswald, a lifelong member replied, when asked about the club’s demographic composition. “Blacks, not really,” Ms. Oswald added, although that is not altogether the case. Mrs. Slocum, by all accounts the reigning dowager of the resort, has grown grandchildren who sometimes visit the beach and who are biracial, the offspring of her daughter Beryl’s marriage to Adam Clayton Powell III.

Some privileges are worth defending, no matter the consequences. The benefits of being a senator aren’t what they used to be. Ted Kennedy (D., Mass.), for example, served for 30 years after Mary Jo Kopechne drowned in his car. Whitehouse and his wife just want to pal around with old-money aristocrats who happen to be white. That shouldn’t be too much to ask. Considering his long history of promoting social justice and racial equality, he deserves it.

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Ethics Committee Orders Tlaib to Return Campaign Funds She Paid Herself

The House Ethics Committee ordered Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D., Mich.) to return $10,800 she paid herself from her campaign, a violation first discovered by the Washington Free Beacon in March 2019.

The committee ruled on Friday that Tlaib violated federal election laws in 2018 when she received $17,500 from her campaign after the election. While Federal Election Committee rules allow candidates to receive a salary from their campaign up to Election Day, candidates are prohibited from receiving contributions after being elected.

Though the payments violated the law, the report said the payments were not made out of “ill intent,” but rather “in bad timing.”

“The Committee, after further reviewing the allegations, has determined that the evidence is sufficient to support a determination that a portion of the salary payments that Representative Tlaib received after the 2018 general election was inconsistent with the requirements outlined by the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971,” the report said. “The Committee also recognizes, however, that Representative Tlaib’s violation of the applicable restrictions was one of bad timing and not ill intent. Representative Tlaib engaged in good faith efforts to comply with the relevant FECA requirements.”

The report insists Tlaib only received a small salary from her campaign after leaving her full-time job as an attorney to focus on the election. An election law and government ethics lawyer told the Free Beacon when the payments were originally reported that Tlaib may have drawn a conservative salary during the campaign to avoid negative press coverage, with the intention of collecting a large sum after the election.

“What she may have done is to low ball her earlier payments for political purposes, knowing full well that she would make up any difference at the end by giving herself a lump sum payment,” the lawyer said. “That would let her skirt negative publicity, of the sort that Alan Keyes generated when he paid himself a sizable salary.”

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Blackburn, Rubio Blast NBA for Covering Up Chinese Training Center Abuse

Sens. Marsha Blackburn (R., Tenn.) and Marco Rubio (R., Fla.) accused the NBA of being complicit in “Chinese state-sanctioned abuse of children” after the league misled lawmakers on its training academy in Xinjiang, China.

“Recent investigations suggest that your organization has been aware of Chinese state-sanctioned abuse of children in its Xinjiang basketball training camps, but did not take action,” a Thursday letter from Blackburn and Rubio to NBA commissioner Adam Silver states.

“The Chinese Government and Communist Party are committing some of the worst human rights violations of our time. … History will not judge kindly those who remained silent or were complicit in the Chinese Communist Party’s human rights abuses.”

The letter comes after the NBA claimed in July that it “has had no involvement with the Xinjiang basketball academy for more than a year.” A recent ESPN report, however, called the statement “completely inaccurate,” with former academy coaches revealing that the training center was fully operational in spring 2019. According to the coaches, the NBA was “still seeking other coaches to move” to Xinjiang “well into the summer” of 2019.

Academy coaches also said young players in the training center suffered routine physical abuse by the league’s Chinese partners. A former employee compared the Xinjiang academy to “World War II Germany,” and one American coach said he was surveilled by the Chinese government and detained three times without cause. The abuse reportedly continued after coaches filed reports to the NBA’s Shanghai office.

“It is appalling to learn that child athletes were allegedly physically abused at NBA training academies in China and that the league was looking to reopen their training camp in the Xinjiang region, despite telling me otherwise,” Blackburn told the Washington Free Beacon. “The more we learn, the more questions come up, and Commissioner Adam Silver must clear the air.”

Silver, who is a max donor to presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden, has yet to answer for the bombshell ESPN report. CNN’s Wolf Blitzer failed to mention the scandal in a 16-minute interview held hours after the report was published. Blackburn and Rubio’s letter calls on Silver to clarify the league’s “degree of engagement with the Chinese Communist government.”

The NBA has placed social justice at the center of its July 30 restart, allowing players to wear custom messages on their jerseys, such as “Black Lives Matter,” “I Can’t Breathe,” and “Say Their Names.” Not included in the list of approved messages, however, are statements criticizing China’s human rights abuses. Silver praised the league’s “long history of supporting important issues around social justice” in his interview with Blitzer but did not address the Communist nation.

Blackburn has previously called Xinjiang “one of the world’s worst humanitarian zones.” China reportedly holds more than one million Uighur Muslims in concentration camps in the region, with detainees subject to torture, physical abuse, and forced sterilization treatments in an attempt to reduce Uighur birth rates.

Current and former league officials have kowtowed to China on the issue. Former Detroit Pistons head coach Stan Van Gundy said critics of China are “using abuses elsewhere to try to distract from our own poor record on human rights” in a Thursday tweet. Van Gundy currently works as an NBA analyst for Turner Sports, which is led by CNN president Jeff Zucker.

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