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2020 Democratic contenders plead for cash after draining their accounts

2020 Democratic contenders plead for cash after draining their accounts

The Democratic presidential contenders are racing to refill their campaign coffers — following costly battles in the early nominating states and the looming Super Tuesday threat from New York tycoon Michael Bloomberg, who has plowed nearly half a billion dollars of his fortune into the fight to become the party’s standard-bearer. The campaign filings rolling…

More of Trump’s chaos vs. Sanders’ radical change?

More of Trump’s chaos vs. Sanders’ radical change?

The latest in President Donald Trump’s chaos: The New York Times reported Thursday that Trump edged out his acting Director of National Intelligence, Joseph Maguire, because Maguire briefed lawmakers on Capitol Hill about Russian meddling in the 2020 election. Reminder: Maguire took over the intelligence post last summer, just as the Ukraine scandal was erupting.…

America’s Russia nightmare is back

America’s Russia nightmare is back

It’s happening again. America is blundering into a new Russia election-meddling hall of mirrors that’s already doing Moscow’s work: tearing fresh political divides and threatening to again tarnish democracy’s most sacred moment, a national election. Revelations Thursday about intelligence assessments that Russia has launched a new interference effort to help reelect Donald Trump — and…

Trump plans to name Florida official as homeland security adviser

Trump plans to name Florida official as homeland security adviser

President Donald Trump is planning to name a Florida official in charge of preparing the state for the effects of climate change as his homeland security adviser, sources familiar with the matter tell CNN. Julia Nesheiwat, who holds the title of Florida’s chief resilience officer, will replace Coast Guard Rear Adm. Peter Brown, who held…

4 takeaways as Warren and Biden criticize Bloomberg at CNN town halls

4 takeaways as Warren and Biden criticize Bloomberg at CNN town halls

Michael Bloomberg remained a target of his Democratic presidential rivals Thursday night, as former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts harshly criticized the former New York City mayor during CNN town halls in Las Vegas. Their criticism came the day after Bloomberg was assailed for his past support for stop-and-frisk policing,…

Washington Post: Mick Mulvaney says US is ‘desperate’ for legal immigrants

Washington Post: Mick Mulvaney says US is ‘desperate’ for legal immigrants

Acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney said at a private event Wednesday that the US is “desperate” for more legal immigrants to help grow the economy, according to audio of his comments obtained by The Washington Post. “We are desperate — desperate — for more people,” Mulvaney said during the event in England,…

Sanders says Obama would ‘be there at my side’ if he’s the nominee

Sanders says Obama would ‘be there at my side’ if he’s the nominee

Sen. Bernie Sanders has no doubt that should he win the Democratic nomination he will have a very powerful figure by his side: former President Barack Obama. Obama has chosen to sit out his party’s 2020 presidential primary fight but has promised to support whomever the nominee is. Sanders, in an interview Thursday with CNN,…

Bloomberg’s VERY expensive debate performance

Bloomberg’s VERY expensive debate performance

Michael Bloomberg has spent an astonishing $464 million on his presidential campaign — which he launched just 10 weeks ago, as he noted on the debate stage Wednesday night. That debate was the major debut of Bloomberg’s presidential campaign — and he came off a bit rusty. His debate performance has been widely panned. Bloomberg…

Block on Mississippi’s fetal-heartbeat abortion bill is upheld

Block on Mississippi’s fetal-heartbeat abortion bill is upheld

Mississippi’s law banning abortions at the detection of a fetal heartbeat — as early as six weeks into pregnancy — will remain blocked, a panel of circuit judges ruled on Thursday. The decision makes the Mississippi law the first of the abortion bans passed in 2019 to be blocked at the appeals court level. The…

Russia is looking to help Trump win in 2020, election security official told lawmakers

Russia is looking to help Trump win in 2020, election security official told lawmakers

The intelligence community’s top election security official delivered a briefing to lawmakers last week warning them that the intelligence community believes Russia is already taking steps to interfere in the 2020 election with the goal of helping President Donald Trump win, three sources familiar with the matter tell CNN. Last week’s briefing, led by election…

Biden slams Sanders and ‘cowards’ in Congress over gun violence

Biden slams Sanders and ‘cowards’ in Congress over gun violence

Joe Biden is focusing his campaign on gun violence ahead of Saturday’s Nevada caucuses, criticizing Bernie Sanders by name and accusing “cowards” in Congress of being scared into inaction by the National Rifle Association. The former vice president delivered one of his most focused, forceful speeches of the 2020 race Thursday in Las Vegas —…

Senate GOP gives Trump’s pick for intelligence chief tepid response

Senate GOP gives Trump’s pick for intelligence chief tepid response

Senate Republicans are giving a tepid reaction to President Donald Trump’s decision to appoint US Ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell as acting director of national intelligence. While Grenell received praised from House Republican leaders, Senate Republicans have largely declined to speak out in support of the President’s pick for intelligence chief, after Trump announced Wednesday…

GOP lawmaker Matt Gaetz calls for Trump to pardon Roger Stone

GOP lawmaker Matt Gaetz calls for Trump to pardon Roger Stone

Rep. Matt Gaetz, a longtime defender of President Donald Trump, said the President should pardon longtime Trump confidant Roger Stone. Asked on ABC’s daytime talk show “The View” just before Stone was sentenced to 40 months in prison whether he thought Trump should grant Stone a pardon, the Florida Republican replied, “I do, and I…

Bernie Sanders and Medicare for All are at a crossroads with unions in Nevada

Bernie Sanders and Medicare for All are at a crossroads with unions in Nevada

Sen. Bernie Sanders has pitched himself as the most ambitiously pro-labor candidate in the Democratic primary. He has also centered his campaign on the promise of passing and implementing a “Medicare for All” single-payer health insurance system. But in Nevada, where unions remain key power brokers in Democratic politics, those priorities are coming into stark…

The 32-page booklet that is haunting Mike Bloomberg

The 32-page booklet that is haunting Mike Bloomberg

Seconds — literally! — into the ninth presidential debate on Wednesday night in Las Vegas, Elizabeth Warren dropped a rhetorical bomb on Mike Bloomberg’s candidacy. “I’d like to talk about who we’re running against,” said the Massachusetts senator. “A billionaire who calls women fat broads and horse-faced lesbians, and no I’m not talking about Donald…

Trump says he won’t pardon Roger Stone — for now

Trump says he won’t pardon Roger Stone — for now

President Donald Trump said Thursday he won’t act to grant clemency to his friend and former associate Roger Stone right now, saying he wants the process to play out before making a decision. “I’m not going to do anything in terms of the great powers bestowed upon a president of the United States, I want…