In our news wrap Friday, the U.S. envoy to Afghanistan, Zalmay Khalilzad, blamed the Islamic State group for an attack that killed 24 people at a maternity hospital this week. Meanwhile, the Taliban condemned Afghan President Ashraf Ghani for attributing the attack to them. Also, a tropical weather system off the Florida coast could become the year’s first named storm in the Atlantic.
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In the day's other news: Former Vice President Joe Biden says that, if elected president, he would not pardon Donald Trump or his associates of any crimes.
Instead, he says he would let any investigations play out.
The presumptive Democratic nominee spoke in a virtual town hall on MSNBC last night, and he accused Mr. Trump of abusing his power.
Former Vice President Joseph Biden:
We never saw anything like the prostitution of that office like we see it today.
It is not something the president is entitled to do, to direct either a prosecution and/or to decide to drop a case. That is not the president's role, responsibility, and it's a dereliction of his duty.
Biden also denied again the sexual assault accusations by Tara Reade, one of his former Senate staffers. But he said Americans who believe her probably should not vote for him.
We will take an in-depth look at the Reade allegations later in the program.
The U.S. envoy to Afghanistan, Zalmay Khalilzad, blamed the Islamic State group today for an attack that killed 24 people at a maternity hospital. He tweeted that the militant group has — quote — "demonstrated a pattern for favoring these types of heinous attacks against civilians."
Meanwhile, the Taliban condemned Afghan President Ashraf Ghani for blaming the attack on them.
A tropical weather system off the Florida coast could become the year's first named storm in the Atlantic. It was blowing over the Northwestern Bahamas today, and already bringing high winds and downpours to South Florida. The 2020 Atlantic hurricane season does not officially begin until June 1.
And on Wall Street, stocks eked out gains to end the week, despite sharp drops in retails and industrial output. The Dow Jones industrial average was up 60 points to close at 23685. The Nasdaq rose 70 points, and the S&P 500 added 11.