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Biden caught on mic insulting Fox scribe******
United States President Joe Biden was caught on a hot mic cursing a Fox News reporter at a White House event on Monday after the latter shouted a question about the impact of rising inflation on this year's congressional elections.
As journalists were ushered out of a meeting of Biden's Competition Council, Peter Doocy, a White House correspondent with whom Biden regularly spars, asked if it was OK to ask about inflation and if it was a political liability.
"That's a great asset, more inflation," Biden responded sarcastically over a din of reporters shouting questions, apparently not realizing his microphone was still on. "What a stupid son of a bitch," he added.
US consumer prices increased solidly in December, culminating in the largest annual rise in inflation in nearly four decades.
Within about an hour of the exchange, Biden called Doocy's cell phone and said "it's nothing personal, pal," Doocy later told Fox News host Sean Hannity.
The White House did not respond to a request for comment while Fox News pointed to a transcript of an interview with Doocy about the exchange on Monday evening.
Biden took office a year ago pledging to take a hard line on any disrespect among members of his administration.
"If you're ever working with me and I hear you treat another colleague with disrespect, talk down to someone, I promise you I will fire you on the spot ... no ifs, ands or buts," Biden told political appointees during a virtual swearing-in ceremony. "Everybody is entitled to be treated with decency and dignity," he said at the time.
Biden's predecessor, Republican Donald Trump, famously attacked reporters at rallies and news conferences, to the delight of many of his supporters.
Doocy, who has long covered Biden, regularly gets called on by the president at events, often asking skeptical and critical questions. Conservative-leaning Fox News has been critical of Biden's presidency and Democrats.
Verstappen dominates F1 Mexico City GP******
by F1 correspondent Michael Butterworth。
BEIJING, Nov. 8 (Xinhua) -- Red Bull's Max Verstappen took a big step towards the 2021 Formula One World Championship with a dominant win in Sunday's Mexico City Grand Prix, with title rival Lewis Hamilton a distant second.。
Starting third on the grid, Verstappen used the long run down to the first corner to slipstream past the Mercedes duo of Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas to take the lead, as pole man Bottas fell to the back after being tagged by Daniel Ricciardo's McLaren.。
Once at the front, Verstappen comfortably extended his lead over Hamilton and was never threatened as he cruised to his ninth win of the 2021 season.。
"The start was nice and it was all about trying to brake as late as [I could]. I kept it on the track, came from third to first and that was basically what made my race because I could just focus on myself, and we had incredible pace in the car," said the Dutchman, who has led more laps in 2021 than every other driver combined.。
"There's still a long way to go [in the championship]. It's of course looking good but also it can turn around very quickly. I'm looking forward to [the next round in] Brazil, I also have very good memories there."
Behind Verstappen, Hamilton only just held onto second ahead of the Dutchman's teammate Sergio Perez, whose every move at his home race was cheered to the echo by a partisan crowd.。
AlphaTauri's Pierre Gasly had a quietly excellent run to fourth, ahead of the Ferraris of Carlos Sainz and Charles Leclerc. Sebastian Vettel took seventh for Aston Martin, with Alfa Romeo's Kimi Raikkonen equalling his best finish of the year with eighth.。
Fernando Alonso finished ninth for Alpine, and McLaren's Lando Norris rounded out the top ten.。
Verstappen's win puts him on 312.5 points, 19 ahead of Hamilton with just four races of the season left. Bottas stays third on 185 points.。
In the constructors' championship, Mercedes still lead with 478.5 points, but Bottas' non-score means Red Bull are now just one point adrift. Ferrari have leapfrogged McLaren in the battle for third and now have 272.5 points.。
The next round of the 2021 F1 season is next weekend's Brazilian Grand Prix at the Interlagos circuit in Sao Paulo. Enditem。