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Curbelo: Booker Knows Dems Have To Do More Than Tear Down Trump’s Character | Katy Tur | MSNBC

Curbelo: Booker Knows Dems Have To Do More Than Tear Down Trump’s Character |...

As the 2020 Democratic field widens, former Congressman Carlos Curbelo weighs in on what it may take to beat Donald Trump and why he believes Senator Cory Booker has a leg up on the current swath of candidates. » Subscribe…
Smollett case: New questions over initial reaction from top Dems

Smollett case: New questions over initial reaction from top Dems

Maxine Watters, Nancy Pelosi, Kamala Harris and Cory Booker immediately condemned the alleged attack as a hate crime. #Outnumbered #FoxNews FOX News operates the FOX News Channel (FNC), FOX Business Network (FBN), FOX News Radio, FOX News Headlines 24/7,…

Leftwing Democrats steal the 2020 spotlight but can centrists fight back?

At the same time, some argue that debate over the Democrats’ supposed “lurch to the left”, as relentlessly highlighted by the president, is an oversimplification that overlooks the Democratic electorate’s desire to limit Trump to one term. “The challenge for Democrats will be to have a substantive, even heated debate over progressive policy while still reminding voters that re-electing Trump would be a catastrophe,” said Jon Favreau, a former speechwriter for Barack Obama whose podcast, The Wilderness, examined the rebuilding of the party after 2016. Play Video 1:18 “Democratic candidates should debate each other but they shouldn’t disqualify each other,” he said. Sanders pushed Clinton on issues including climate change, trade, Wall Street reform and college affordability. As he did so, he strengthened the progressive wing of the party. Warren, Gillibrand, Harris and Booker have signed on to Medicare for All, the single-payer healthcare proposal drafted by Sanders. Many of the contenders have pushed a variation of debt-free college tuition and Warren, Gillibrand, Booker and Harris have embraced the Green New Deal championed by rising star Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. “There’s going to be a lot of Democrats on the stage when the primaries begin,” he said, “but I don’t think there’ll be nearly as much distance between them as people think.” Play Video 1:49 Differences, he said, would likely amount to one candidate campaigning on a subsidized jobs program tailored to a marginal group versus another advocating for a guaranteed jobs program affecting millions of people. The question is how far does each of them want to push in terms of solutions to those problems.” Biden has been mulling a third run for president and would be the most establishment-friendly figure if he did jump in. People talked about reforming Ice.” ‘America will never be a socialist country’ Republicans have sought to cast the Democrats’ agenda as “socialist”, zeroing in on healthcare and tax proposals that poll better than the GOP seems to think.

Don’t Interrupt the Democrats

Can we blame U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), really? Being ambitious and bold are not usually considered bad things. A decade of quantitative easing, along with trillion-dollar annual deficits run up recently by congressional Republicans, have laid the debt-ridden tracks upon which she hopes her massive Green New Deal will glide. Keep your balance near those computer keyboards, folks. Economic security for all who are unable or unwilling to work.” Cut the green congresswoman some slack? You cannot tell me that silly FAQ wasn’t spot on. Who knew that, days after the GND offered to Americans the notion that high-speed train travel could be a human (almost religious) right, deepest blue-state Governor Gavin Newsom stopped California’s high-speed train projects in their tracks, looking at costs and declaring, “Let’s be real.” Nonetheless, the Green New Deal enthusiastically promises to “create millions of good, high-wage jobs . counteract systemic injustices.” But what about afterlunch? Kindly old Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced that he will generously bring the GND to a vote in the U.S. Senate, helping Ocasio-Cortez in the upper house — and putting Senate sponsor Edward Markey, a Massachusetts Democrat, and all other senators squarely on the record. The comeuppance would come, according to this rationale, when the public realizes just how humongously big Big Government would be if only Democrats were voting.

On Politics: The Biggest Stories of the Week

From the border wall fight to conflict with Iran, it’s been a busy week in American politics. ___________________ Trump declares national emergency to build border wall House and Senate negotiators agreed “in principle” on Monday to provide $1.375 billion for physical barriers at the southwestern border. The deal provided much less funding than the proposal President Trump rejected in December, and his border wall took a back seat in Congress’s budget negotiations, which instead focused on the record number of immigrants in detention. (Here are five takeaways from the deal.) On the Republican end, former Gov. Bill Weld of Massachusetts announced on Friday his intention to challenge Mr. Trump for the Republican Party’s 2020 nomination. There are six women in the 2020 race, but Senator Kirsten Gillibrand of New York is the only one who has been making feminism the central theme of her candidacy. While the United States and Israel have accused Iran of instigating terrorism in the Middle East, Iran itself has also been the target of terrorist attacks. Ms. Witt was charged with spying for Iran; ex-officials say her defection severely damaged United States intelligence efforts. Additional Reading • Trump Pushes Iraq to Stop Buying Energy From Iran • Acting U.S. Defense Secretary Makes Surprise Visit to Iraq • Mike Pence Lashes European Allies for Their Stance on Iran Here’s what else happened this week: • Federal prosecutors recommended Friday that Paul Manafort, President Trump’s former campaign chairman, serve up to 25 years in prison and pay up to $25 million in fines for a fraud scheme.
Senator Cory Booker 'Looking To Women First' As Running Mate If Nominated | Rachel Maddow | MSNBC

Senator Cory Booker ‘Looking To Women First’ As Running Mate If Nominated | Rachel...

Senator Cory Booker answers Rachel Maddow's question about whether he would commit to choosing a woman as his running mate if he wins the Democratic nomination for president. » Subscribe to MSNBC: MSNBC delivers breaking news and in-depth analysis…

‘I did inhale’: How the politics of pot is changing

President George W. Bush is believed to have partaken in illicit drugs in his youth, though he always played coy about it. Now, less than 30 years after Clinton felt the need to qualify his drug use, presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., is not only unabashedly owning up to her own personal marijuana use, but is in full support of making it legal nationwide. “Half my family is from Jamaica, are you kidding me,” Harris said laughing, during a radio interview Monday. Whereas once policymakers decried marijuana as a gateway drug, Harris defended its use by saying, “it gives a lot of people joy.” “And we need more joy in the world,” she said. Like the legalization of gay marriage in the last decade, there’s been a swift societal reversal. The first states, Colorado and Washington, only changed their laws in 2012. When Clinton was in the White House, just about 25 percent of Americans thought marijuana should be legal for recreational use. With that much public support for it, candidates for president, especially on the Democratic side, all but have to come down on the side of legalization. And Sen. Cory Gardner, R-Colo., whose state’s economy has benefited from legalization, is pushing legislation to ensure the federal government doesn’t interfere in states’ individual decisions. Trump even said last summer that he’d be likely to support Gardner’s legislation lifting the federal ban on pot.

On Politics: Tentative Deal Reached to Avert Shutdown

Good Tuesday morning. Here are some of the stories making news in Washington and politics today. The deal, which would stave off another partial government shutdown, appears to be a significant victory for Democrats. It still must pass the House and Senate, and secure the president’s signature. In a bit of political theater, Beto O’Rourke was holding his own rally less than a mile away. • Critics called Hillary Clinton “shrill” and “unlikable” in 2016. It’s no coincidence that the same words are being used against Senators Elizabeth Warren, Kirsten Gillibrand and Kamala Harris as they campaign for the 2020 Democratic nomination. Here’s how sexism plays out on the campaign trail. • Representative Ilhan Omar of Minnesota apologized for insinuating that American support for Israel is fueled by money from a pro-Israel lobby group — a comment that drew condemnation from fellow Democrats. • Cliff Sims, the former White House communications aide who wrote an insider account about working for Mr. Trump, is suing the president in his official capacity, alleging that he used his campaign organization to keep former employees from invoking their First Amendment rights.

Democratic senator Amy Klobuchar announces 2020 run for president

Senator Amy Klobuchar, of Minnesota, has joined the crowded field of Democratic candidates for 2020 that includes a historic number of women seeking the presidency. The three-term senator, who is often characterized as “Minnesota nice” amid the rough-and-tumble of politics, is looking to be a foil to Donald Trump’s brash personality and often vitriolic rhetoric. She stood outdoors in thick falling snow in Minneapolis on Sunday afternoon to declare: “In our nation’s heartland at a time when we must heal the heart of our democracy … I stand before you … as the first woman elected to the US Senate from Minnesota to announce my candidacy for president of the United States.” Amy Klobuchar rails at ‘shutdowns and putdowns’ in speech for 2020 race Read more Klobuchar on Sunday joined a jam-packed field that includes several of her Senate colleagues, including Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, Kamala Harris of California, and Cory Booker of New Jersey, as well as the former San Antonio mayor Julian Castro and Hawaii Representative Tulsi Gabbard. She launched her candidacy at an outdoor event in Minneapolis on Sunday afternoon. A report in the Huffington Post said that at least three people withdrew from consideration to lead her forthcoming campaign — in part because of Klobuchar’s history of mistreating her staff and “bursts of cruelty”, despite being “beloved” in her home state as smart, funny and personable. A spokesperson for Klobuchar’s campaign put out a statement that began: “Senator Klobuchar loves her staff” and defending her record as an employer. Unlike some of her fellow senators, Klobuchar has kept a low profile in Washington. She is neither the progressive firebrand that is Warren nor has the vast social media following that transformed Booker into a star. Who's running in 2020? She has many staff who have been with her for years – including her Chief of Staff and her State Director, who have worked for her for 5 and 7 years respectively, as well as her political advisor Justin Buoen, who has worked for her for 14 years — and many who have gone on to do amazing things, from working in the Obama Administration (over 20 of them) to running for office to even serving as the Agriculture Commissioner for Minnesota,” a campaign spokesperson said in the statement.
Suspicious package for Sen. Cory Booker recovered in Florida

Former Mayor of Newark Announces Presidential Bid

Senator Cory Booker has been in the spotlight since he was on the losing side of a notoriously vicious campaign for Newark Mayor in 2002. Nearly two decades later, he is running for President.
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