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O'Rourke: We should begin impeachment proceedings

O’Rourke: We should begin impeachment proceedings

During a CNN town hall, Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke says impeachment proceedings should begin against President Donald Trump, citing the White House's refusal to comply with congressional subpoenas. #CNN #News
'A Terrible Number': President Donald Trump Faces Wide Gender Gap In Poll | Morning Joe | MSNBC

‘A Terrible Number’: President Donald Trump Faces Wide Gender Gap In Poll | Morning...

The president is trailing nearly all of the top 2020 Democratic presidential candidates in a new CNN/SSRS poll. Also, 62 percent of female voters oppose Trump, according to a new Quinnipiac poll. The panel discusses. "» Subscribe to MSNBC: http://on.msnbc.com/SubscribeTomsnbc…

Who’s the Jeb of the 2020 Race?

Welcome to On Politics, your guide to the day in national politics. [Get On Politics delivered to your inbox.] “With Warren and Jeb, both of them were presiding over big transformations of their party,” Mr. Gorman continued. “Bernie’s not going to say Elizabeth Warren was born in Canada.” [Sign up here to get On Politics in your inbox.] ____________________ New poll in New Hampshire Our colleague Matt Stevens sent us this note on a new poll in the 2020 race: I’m still relatively new to this politics thing, but I have to say, I love polls. Fifteen percent of voters said they would support him, up from 1 percent in the February poll. The New Hampshire poll showed Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris and Cory Booker next at 5, 4 and 3 percent, respectively, in what has separated into a second tier. Beto O’Rourke also got 3 percent, Amy Klobuchar 2 percent, and Kristen Gillibrand 1 percent. About 55 percent of Democrats reported being “extremely interested” in the 2020 race, compared with only 34 percent who expressed those sentiments in May 2015. Thanks for reading.

Workers’ rights are a 2020 campaign focus this weekend

DENMARK, S.C. (AP) — The issue of workers' rights is a focus this weekend for some of the Democrats running for president. Beto O'Rourke is campaigning in rural South Carolina, saying he wants to show up for communities that are often overlooked by politicians or "left for last." O'Rourke spoke specifically about using federal infrastructure spending to address issues like the water crisis in Denmark, where residents have been dealing with brown-tinted drinking water that smells foul and is filled with sediment. At a house party in New Hampshire on Saturday, the Massachusetts Democrat said the reason the country is headed in the wrong direction is because of corruption. "This is not ignorance," Warren said. The people in Washington, oh, they get it. But it's so much more than campaign contributions, she said. "The key that we've got to play into, unlock, fixing the problems we need to fix, starts with, we have got to push back on the influence of money in Washington," Warren said. New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker returned his Newark home on Saturday to kick off a two-week, nationwide "Justice For All" tour that will focus on issues that include gun control and criminal justice reform. John Hickenlooper said on Saturday Democrats can't beat President Donald Trump with anger.
Live: 2020 Dems participate in We The People Membership Summit

Live: 2020 Dems participate in We The People Membership Summit

Expected live at 12 p.m. ET: 2020 Democratic presidential hopefuls Cory Booker, Julian Castro, Amy Klobuchar, Beto O'Rourke, Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, Jay Inslee and Kirsten Gillibrand participate in "We the People Membership Summit", co-hosted by Popular Democracy Action, Communications…
Trump slams 2020 Democrats during Michigan rally

Trump slams 2020 Democrats during Michigan rally

The president challenges 2020 Democrats on their climate change warnings and the Green New Deal while addressing supporters in Grand Rapids; Peter Doocy reports. FOX News operates the FOX News Channel (FNC), FOX Business Network (FBN), FOX News Radio, FOX…

Beto O’Rourke: just how green is the Texas Democrat?

It was not hard for Beto O’Rourke to seem like a champion of green issues during his eye-catching Senate campaign in America’s 2018 midterm elections – after all, he was up against Ted Cruz, a climate change denier. Now, as the former US congressman vies to be the Democratic candidate to run against Donald Trump in the 2020 race for the White House, he faces much closer scrutiny on the subject. Environmental advocates and experts wait to see if – as O’Rourke pivots from an election in a conservative-led oil state to a national primary race heavily influenced by left-leaning Democratic candidates – he will have more latitude and desire to put progressive green policies at the heart of his strategy. “He’s going to have to take a pretty strong stand.” The seeds of a decisive and urgent approach were visible in his first campaign visits to Iowa in March, when O’Rourke praised the radical climate change-led proposals in the Green New Deal, citing his home state’s struggles with extreme weather such as droughts and hurricanes. “Already, five declared presidential candidates have officially signed the No Fossil Fuel Money pledge, meaning more than a third of declared Democratic candidates have done so,” said David Turnbull, strategic communications director of Oil Change US, a group that urges politicians to commit to clean energy. “We look forward to the sixth candidate signing the full No Fossil Fuel Money pledge, and we’re hopeful that Beto might be that candidate.” O’Rourke’s campaign did not respond to questions about whether he plans to sign the pledge or how his qualified support for natural gas is compatible with the Green New Deal. “We have seen the result, which is an emergency of booming fossil fuel production here in the United States at precisely the time we need to be urgently moving away from those dirty fuels,” Turnbull said. “Similarly problematic, Beto has pointed to fracked natural gas as a potential part of the solution to the climate crisis when the reality is that there is simply no room for new fossil fuel development of any sort, including fracked gas. Like with his support for the removal of the crude export ban, we hope that when Beto lays out his full climate policies it will reflect the fact that we can’t afford any new fossil fuels of any sort, including gas.” Given Texas’s critical importance to the environmental and economic future of the country, a Texas presidential candidate can deliver a powerful green narrative, said Luke Metzger, executive director of Environment Texas, an advocacy group. “I think Texas has a real interesting story to tell in terms of our both being number one in the country for global warming pollution but also being number one for renewable energy,” he said.

At Democratic Campaign Events, Mueller Report Is Barely Mentioned

But it was pretty close. At events across early primary states, voters asked about health care and school shootings and immigration. [Sign up for our politics newsletter and join our conversation about the 2020 presidential race.] “We don’t know what’s in it,” said Alane Sullivan, 63, a retired businesswoman, after attending a town hall meeting with Senator Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota in Rye, N.H. “One thing about people in New Hampshire: They are looking for answers, and they knew she wouldn’t know yet.” The lack of questions at campaign events about the report surprised some of the candidates, who had come prepared with lines about the latest development in the nearly two-year investigation. In South Carolina, the one question Beto O’Rourke, the former Texas congressman, fielded about the Mueller report came from State Senator Marlon Kimpson, a local Democrat and a host of a town hall with Mr. O’Rourke in Charleston. He asked whether Congress should consider impeaching the president “assuming there’s facts and evidence” that President Trump knew about collusion or coordination with Russians who meddled in the 2016 election. 1 focus right now is to get it public,” Ms. Klobuchar, who said she was worried that Mr. Barr would resist releasing details, told reporters after her town hall meeting. He wanted to know as much as possible about the Mueller report’s contents, he said. Yet.” Patricia Shearin, 54, a farmer and a Democrat, said she saw no reason candidates should comment on the report at this stage, and she urged them to refrain from calling for impeachment. I think the report should be made public and hopefully those that are in place to make decisions will be ethical.” Campaigning in South Carolina on Saturday, Pete Buttigieg, the 37-year-old mayor of South Bend, Ind., said Democrats should focus on why Mr. Trump was elected in the first place rather than pin their hopes on impeachment as the way to end his presidency.

A changing Texas means shifting political priorities for all [Opinion]

The 2020 presidential election will tell us much about the future political direction of Texas. The nation’s political future runs through our state and the other booming southwestern states that are changing just as speedily. Last month, President Donald Trump visited El Paso to build support for the proposed border wall in an effort to shore up his support among the more conservative voters of our state. Other 2020 presidential candidates such as U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., and former Massachusetts Gov. These rapid changes also portend serious challenges that need to be met with consensus leadership. Millions of Texans are income insecure, without health care insurance, or denied access to quality medical care. A plurality of Texans embrace the state’s growing diversity with optimism, according to a recent poll by the University of Texas and Texas Tribune. Texans of both parties have come to expect economic progress as a significant feature of government, combined with responsible growth. Political fights about moderation inside our polarized parties sapped significant energy in the 2018 cycle. Candidates also need to balance what voters want with the needs of the state and nation.

Political Cornflakes: Expelling the Electoral College? It’s an idea some top Democrats cheer.

When Sen. Elizabeth Warren advocated for the move during a CNN town hall in Mississippi this week, she drew loud applause. The next day Beto O’Rourke seemed to endorse the concept. And Washington Gov. Jay Inslee called the Electoral College a vestige “of a bygone era.” The proposal is seen as a play to win support from younger voters, but it is panned by Republicans, who see it as sour grapes after popular vote winners Al Gore and Hillary Clinton lost the presidency because of the constitutional provision. [Bloomberg] Topping the news: A new ruling by a federal judge is aimed at halting recent oil and gas leases in Wyoming because of the failure to take climate change into account. [Trib] [DNews] -> Utah Sen. Luz Escamilla D-Salt Lake City, said she will join the city’s 2019 mayoral race. After an unexpected withdrawal from incumbent Mayor Jackie Biskupski, Escamilla will join a crowded, otherwise all-male field. [Trib] [Fox13] -> Tribune columnist Robert Gehrke backs up Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski’s claims of a family crisis as the reason she bowed out of a campaign for re-election and gives his perspective on where that decision leaves mayoral hopefuls. [AP] [WaPost] [NYTimes] ->Despite pleas from Republicans to desist, President Donald Trump continued his attacks on the late Arizona senator and veteran of war John McCain. [WaPost][NYTimes][Politico] -> After Trump attacked the husband of one of his top aides, Kellyanne Conway, via a series of twitter posts, Conway defended the president’s right to fire back at her husband’s criticism of him.