Joe Biden on Hillary Clinton: 'I never thought she was a great candidate'

Former Vice President Joe Biden slighted Hillary Clinton during a hedge-fund conference in Las Vegas Thursday. He said, “I never thought she was a great candidate. I thought I was a great candidate.”

White House counselor Kellyanne Conway tweeted, “Joe Biden basically calls Hillary Clinton a deplorable, irredeemable candidate.”

By the way, Biden hasn’t ruled out the possibility of a 2020 presidential bid.

Appeals Court Strikes Down FAA Drone Registration Rule

A federal appeals court struck down a federal regulation that required drone hobbyists to register their devices with the Federal Aviation Administration. The FAA established the rule in 2015, saying it would enforce aviation safety. Drone owners had to register their vehicles at an FAA website and pay a $5 fee.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit voted in favor of a drone hobbyist, who questioned the legality of the registration program. The Associated Press reports the appeals court said federal law doesn't allow the FAA to issue any regulations on "model aircraft."

U.S. Warplanes Strike Syrian Army Convoy

 

U.S. warplanes struck a convoy of pro-Syrian forces after they violated a restriction zone in the southern part of the country. The convoy drove near an airbase which houses U.S. forces and allies.

Government officials say this happened despite “Russian attempts to dissuade” the convoy and warning shots being fired. Reuters reports the convoy consisted of dozens of vehicles, including a tank and construction vehicles.

Reuters also reporting a U.S. official, who wanted to remain anonymous, said the group might have been trying to establish a position near a garrison used by U.S. and partner forces.

Ford to Slash 10% of Workforce

Ford plans to cut 10% of its global workforce to boost its profits and raise its stock price as first reported by The Wall Street Journal.  1,400 total salaried positions will be cut from Ford's North America and Asia Pacific operations by the end of September through voluntary packages, reports the Detroit News. The Detroit News also reporting Ford did not say how many jobs will be cut in the U.S.

Chinese State Media Says U.S. Should Take Some Blame for Cyberattack

Chinese State Media says the U.S. should take some blame for the WannaCry “ransomware” attack, which has affected hundreds of thousands of computers around the world, including systems in China.

Reuters reports the China Daily said, “concerted efforts to tackle cyber crimes have been hindered by the actions of the United States” and the U.S. had “no credible evidence” to support bans on Chinese technology in the wake of the attack.