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As Joe Biden’s Polling Flounders, Hillary Clinton Comes Out to Bat for Him

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Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has defended President Joe Biden’s achievements as his approval ratings remain stubbornly low.

Clinton, who was first lady from 1993 to 2001 and the Democratic presidential nominee in 2016, told MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow on Tuesday that “a lot of people” didn’t appreciate what Biden had accomplished during his first 12 months in office.

She was referring to the $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package signed by the president in March and the recent $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure deal.

Clinton was responding to a question about the January 6 Capitol riot and the use of violence during a broader discussion about American democracy.

She began by talking about social media and “demagogues” before highlighting what she sees as Biden’s key achievements.

“You know, democracy is messy,” Clinton said. “You know, a lot of people got, oh, I think, kind of frustrated looking at the messy process of legislation, and they—they didn’t really appreciate that within a year, the Biden administration has passed two major pieces of legislation through both the House and the Senate.”

She added: “They passed another major piece through the House that will soon be in the Senate—a reference to the $1.75 trillion Build Back Better Act.

It remains to be seen whether the act will pass the Senate, however, as it has exposed serious divisions within the Democratic Party. The party is set to use the budget reconciliation process to pass the bill, which will require no Republican votes.

However, all Senate Democrats will have to vote in its favor and Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) are seen as particular stumbling blocks.

Clinton praised the legislation that the Biden administration has passed so far.

“By any measure, those are extraordinary accomplishments, and they really will help many millions of Americans with health care and prescription drug prices, as well as climate change and so much else,” she told Maddow.

Her comments come as the president faces consistently low poll ratings in a slew of polls released ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday.

Poll tracker FiveThirtyEight, which monitors the president’s approval based on analysis of a wide range of polls and its own system of pollster ratings, gave Biden 42.9 percent approval as of November 24.

By contrast, disapproval of the president stood at 51.8 percent. His approval rating has been in negative territory since August 30, according to FiveThirtyEight.

A Rasmussen Reports/Pulse Opinion Research poll conducted from November 22 to 23 found that former President Donald Trump would beat Biden in a hypothetical match-up, with Trump on 45 percent and Biden trailing with 32 percent.

The study had a three-point margin of error and the pollster has a B rating from FiveThirtyEight.

Earlier in her interview, the former secretary of state had criticized demagoguery and referred specifically to the Republican Party.

“I think we’re really on the precipice, Rachel, of seeing people—particularly in the Republican Party, but not only there—who truly just want power, power to impose their views, power to exploit financial advantage, power to implement a religious point of view. We see all of that converging,” Clinton said.

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Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and President Joe Biden. Clinton has praised Biden for his administration’s achievements so far.
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Selling Sunset’s Mary Fitzgerald Reveals ‘Release Date’ For Season 5

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Hands up if you’re anything like us and you’ve already hoovered up season four of Selling Sunset?

The long-anticipated new season of the hit Netflix property show dropped last week, and we’re already desperate to find out when we can see more drama from the Oppenheim Group.

And if hints by Mary Fitzgerald are anything to go by, we may not have too long to wait…

Speaking on ITV’s Lorraine programme, the realtor explained: “We have season five coming out, probably in March.

“We’re done filming, we have a couple of pickups when we get back and a couple of interviews still to do, but for the most part season five is done filming and it will be very, very good.

“Any questions, any ‘what’s going to happen,’ it’s going to be big.”

Mary also hinted that the upcoming series was set to be just as tempestuous as what we’ve just seen on screen.

“In season four a lot was going on which was shocking and dramatic and season five’s going to be the same,” she revealed.

Mary has teased when we will see season 5 (Credit: Netflix)
Mary has teased when we will see season 5 (Credit: Netflix)

Chrishell Stause also teased season five will be dropping on Netflix early in the new year.

Replying to a fan on Instagram, Chrishell revealed: “Season 5 won’t be too long of a wait! We just wrapped filming.”

Girls, don’t tease us like this!

Tyla has contacted Netflix for comment.

Chrishell has also teased when the show will hit Netflix (Credit: Instagram)
Chrishell has also teased when the show will hit Netflix (Credit: Instagram)

While we adored season 4, which saw the realtors at the Oppenheim Group become even more divided than ever before (and also featured the absolutely bonkers dog birthday party), there were lots of events that we were desperate to find out more about.

We were yet to see any of Chrishell’s shock romance with her boss, Jason Oppenheim, nor did we get any goss on Heather Rae Young’s wedding to Tarek El Moussa.

Fingers crossed season 5 really is coming soon, as we need our daily dose of goss ASAP.

Selling Sunset is available to watch on Netflix.

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Jeffrey Epstein took teen girl to meet Trump, accuser says

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Portrait of American financier Jeffrey Epstein (left) and real estate developer Donald Trump as they pose together at the Mar-a-Lago estate, Palm Beach, Florida, 1997.

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A woman who says she was sexually abused by late sex criminal and financier Jeffrey Epstein and British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell testified Wednesday that Epstein took her to meet Donald Trump at his Florida club when she was 14 years old.

The woman, in testimony at Maxwell’s federal sex crime trial, did not allege any improper conduct by Trump when she met him at his Mar-a-Lago resort.

Nor did the woman characterize what happened at that meeting, which she confirmed under cross-examination by Maxwell’s lawyer Laura Menninger in U.S. District Court in Manhattan.

A spokeswoman for Trump did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Maxwell is charged with procuring the woman, who was testifying with the pseudonym “Jane,” and other then-underage girls to be sexually abused by Epstein, a money manager who for years socialized with Trump, former President Bill Clinton, Britain’s Prince Andrew, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates and other wealthy and powerful people.

Jane is the first of those accusers to testify at the trial, which began Monday.

Her account of meeting Trump was described in an interview she gave federal investigators, which Menninger asked her about Wednesday.

“Mr. Epstein introduced you to Donald Trump, correct?” Menninger asked.

Jane replied, “Yes.”

Jane said Epstein took her to Mar-a-Lago in a dark green car.

Ghislaine Maxwell talks with her attorneys during her trial on charges of sex trafficking, in a courtroom sketch in New York City, November 30, 2021.

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Epstein died in August 2019 while in a Manhattan jail from what has been ruled a suicide by hanging while awaiting his own trial on federal child sex trafficking charges.

Epstein’s arrest occurred a month before his death.

Trump said at the time that he was no longer friends with Epstein, and that they had not spoken for up to 15 years.

“I’m not a fan of his,” Trump said then.

But they used to be chummy.

In 2002, Trump told New York magazine, “I’ve known Jeff for 15 years. Terrific guy.”

“He’s a lot of fun to be with,” Trump said then. “It is even said that he likes beautiful women as much as I do, and many of them are on the younger side.”

The New York Times in 2019 reported that in 1992, a Florida businessman at Trump’s request had organized a “calendar girl” competition at Mar-a-Lago.

“I arranged to have some contestants fly in,” the businessman, George Houraney, told the Times.

“At the very first party, I said, ‘Who’s coming tonight? I have 28 girls coming.’ It was him [Trump] and Epstein.”

“I said, ‘Donald, this is supposed to be a party with V.I.P.s. You’re telling me it’s you and Epstein?'” Houraney recalled.

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