Front-Runner Biden Campaigning for President on His Terms

Posted: June 6, 2019, 8:50 am

Front-Runner Biden Campaigning for President on His Terms FILE – An attendee records former vice president and Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden during a campaign event, June 4, 2019, in Berlin, New Hampshire. Just six weeks into his presidential campaign, Joe Biden is running as the Democrat to beat, charting a distinct path through the primary states, taking positions that may rile the party base and working with a single goal in mind: not being lumped in with the rest of the field.
While most Democrats crowd an Iowa dinner this weekend, he won't be on the campaign trail. While most Democrats tout their support of abortion rights, Biden is offering a more nuanced, middle-ground position. And while most Democrats are preparing to battle one another, Biden is focused on President Donald Trump.
Biden's moves suggest a candidate looking beyond the Democratic primary to the general election, laser-focused on issues that could shore him up with swing voters in key bat..

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Warren Criticizes Trump’s ‘Dart Throwing’ Mexico Tariff Decision

Posted: June 5, 2019, 11:35 pm

Warren Criticizes Trump's 'Dart Throwing' Mexico Tariff Decision Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., speaks at the RV/MH Hall of Fame and Museum, June 5, 2019, in Elkhart, Indiana. ELKHART, INDIANA — Democratic presidential hopeful Elizabeth Warren on Wednesday criticized U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to impose tariffs on Mexico as “random dart throwing” that lacks a coherent strategy.
Trump unexpectedly told Mexico last week to take a harder line on curbing illegal immigration or face 5% tariffs on all its exports to the United States, rising to as much as 25% later in the year. On Tuesday, Trump said he expected to impose the tariffs as of Monday.
“Trump's random dart throwing ain't helping anybody,” Warren, a U.S. Senator from Massachusetts, told reporters after a campaign event in Elkhart, Indiana.
Moments earlier, before a crowd of about 600 in the town with a large manufacturing sector, Warren assailed compan..

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Bernie Sanders Urges Walmart to Boost Starvation Wages’

Posted: June 5, 2019, 9:30 pm

Bernie Sanders Urges Walmart to Boost Starvation Wages' FILE – Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., speaks during the 2019 California Democratic Party State Organizing Convention in San Francisco, June 2, 2019. ROGERS, ARKANSAS — Democratic U.S. presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders on Wednesday told Walmart shareholders and top executives that the world's largest retailer should boost the “starvation”-level wages it pays its workers and stop fueling income inequality.
Speaking at Walmart's shareholder meeting, the U.S. senator said: “Despite the incredible wealth of Walmart's owners” the company pays “starvation wages.”
He presented a shareholder proposal asking the company to give hourly employees a seat on its board and raise base wages to $15 an hour.
Walmart's “wages are so low, many of these employees are forced to rely on government programs like food stamps, Medicaid and public housing in order to survive,” Sanders said.
“The ..

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Democratic Rivals Rebuke Biden for Not Backing Abortion Rule Repeal

Posted: June 5, 2019, 7:03 pm

Democratic Rivals Rebuke Biden for Not Backing Abortion Rule Repeal Former U.S. vice president and Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden speaks to people in downtown Boston, Massachusetts, June 5, 2019. WASHINGTON — Joe Biden is under fire from his Democratic presidential rivals and women's rights advocates for his defense of a decades-old prohibition on federal money paying for abortions.
Most Democratic White House hopefuls reflect their party's latest platform calling for the outright repeal of the Hyde Amendment, which traces back to a compromise made when Biden was a young Delaware senator in the years after the landmark Roe v. Wade Supreme Court ruling legalized abortion nationwide.
But a Biden campaign spokesman said Wednesday that the former vice president supports the measure, though he “would be open to repealing it” if abortion access is further threatened by restrictive state laws, like those recently passed in Georgia and Alabama.
The hedging prompted in..

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De Blasio Gets 2020 Presidential Backing from Local Union

Posted: June 5, 2019, 1:01 pm

De Blasio Gets 2020 Presidential Backing from Local Union FILE – New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio speaks at an event in Washington, March 25, 2019. NEW YORK — New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (dih BLAH'-zee-oh) has picked up the first union endorsement of his longshot presidential bid.
The New York Hotel and Motel Trades Council announced Wednesday that it is endorsing de Blasio and will send members to campaign for him in early voting states including New Hampshire, Iowa and South Carolina.
De Blasio is among two dozen candidates seeking the Democratic presidential nomination. Since joining the race last month, he has struggled to emerge from the pack and may not qualify for the first Democratic debates .
But Hotel and Motel Trades Council President Peter Ward says de Blasio offers “much-needed hope to working families across the country.”
The 40,000-member union local is an affiliate of the national hotel workers union UNITE HERE.

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2020 Hopeful Inslee: Build US Foreign Policy Around Climate

Posted: June 5, 2019, 11:11 am

2020 Hopeful Inslee: Build US Foreign Policy Around Climate FILE – Democratic Presidential candidate Washington Gov. Jay Inslee speaks during a campaign event at the Unity Freedom Presidential Forum, May 31, 2019, in Pasadena, Calif. Democratic presidential hopeful Jay Inslee wants the U.S. to shape all foreign policy decisions around a commitment to combat the climate crisis, including willingness to use tariffs, other trade incentives and international finance rules to compel other nations to reduce carbon pollution.
“Our goal is to re-establish American leadership in the fight against climate crisis and use all the tools in the international relations toolbox,” Inslee told The Associated Press.
That vision could involve butting heads with China, the world's leading carbon polluter, and leading oil producers including Russia and Saudi Arabia. But Inslee said the crisis demands a tough approach. “We certainly have an obligation not only to ask but to use mechanisms to put press..

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Virginia Governor Launches Effort to Remove Discriminatory Laws

Posted: June 5, 2019, 9:50 am

Virginia Governor Launches Effort to Remove Discriminatory Laws FILE – An advertisement for a “Colored Horse Show” is on display at the Montpelier Train Depot segregation exhibit in Orange, Va., Jan. 27, 2016. RICHMOND, VA. — Gov. Ralph Northam has signed a bill striking Jim Crow-era exceptions from Virginia's minimum-wage law, and he formed a commission to find other discriminatory language in state laws and regulations.
The bill the Democrat signed Tuesday eliminates an exemption in state law that said certain jobs traditionally held by African Americans, including ushers and doormen, didn't have to pay minimum wage.
And in his executive order, Northam tasked the commission with identifying other examples of “vestiges of inequity and inequality” on Virginia's books, and issuing its findings by November.
Northam pledged to focus on addressing Virginia's longstanding history of racial inequity after a blackface scandal nearly forced him from office in February.

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O’Rourke Voting Rights Plan Seeks 65% National Voter Turnout

Posted: June 5, 2019, 9:38 am

O'Rourke Voting Rights Plan Seeks 65% National Voter Turnout Democratic presidential candidate and former Texas Congressman Beto O'Rourke speaks during the 2019 California Democratic Party State Organizing Convention in San Francisco, June 1, 2019. Beto (BET'-oh) O'Rourke has unveiled a voting rights proposal he says can increase voter registration by 50 million and raise nationwide voter turnout to 65%.
He's seeking to ensure 35 million new voters cast ballots in 2024's presidential race.
The former Texas congressman and 2020 Democratic presidential candidate announced Wednesday he'd champion legislation ensuring automatic voter registration, including preregistration starting at age 16 and same-day registration. He'd make Election Day a holiday, extend early voting and strengthen the Voting Rights Act.
O'Rourke promises to direct the Justice Department to combat strict voter ID laws around the country and keep some state officials from ..

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US House Votes to Protect ‘Dreamer’ Immigrants

Posted: June 4, 2019, 8:34 pm

US House Votes to Protect 'Dreamer' Immigrants FILE – Immigrant rights supporters gather at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Sept. 26, 2017. The U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday passed legislation to end the threat of deportation that has long hung over undocumented immigrants known as “Dreamers” who entered the United States when they were children.
By a vote of 237-187, the Democratic-controlled House approved the legislation despite opposition from the White House, which said the move would “reward illegal immigration.”
Only seven Republicans voted for the bill.
There have been no signs that the Republican-controlled Senate would consider the House bill, likely leaving this Democratic initiative to be fought over during the 2020 presidential and congressional election campaigns.
Earlier in his administration, Republican President Donald Trump said he wanted to help Dreamers, many of whom were very young when they arrived in the United States with their parents.
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Top House Republican Wants More Hearings on Russian Election Meddling

Posted: June 4, 2019, 6:24 pm

Top House Republican Wants More Hearings on Russian Election Meddling FILE – Rep. Doug Collins, R-Ga., ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee, speaks during a hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, May 21, 2019. The top Republican on the House Judiciary Committee is calling for immediate hearings on the threat of meddling by Russia and others in the 2020 elections.
“Congress should show the American people we are prioritizing the security of our democratic institutions above partisan posturing,” Republican Doug Collins of Georgia said Tuesday in a letter to Democratic chairman Jerrold Nadler.
Collins pointed out that special counsel Robert Mueller concluded that U.S. national elections are still vulnerable to foreign interference.
FILE – U.S. Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-NY, Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, speaks during a news conference, in New York, May 29, 2019. Collins told Nadler that instead of playing politics and flirting with impeaching President Donald Trump,..

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