Biden Surging as Democratic Front-Runner for 2020

Posted: May 16, 2019, 8:20 am

Former vice president Joe Biden has surged into a big lead among the Democratic presidential contenders for 2020. The latest polls show Biden leading Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders and a large, diverse field of Democratic White House hopefuls, in part because many Democrats see Biden as a strong challenger to President Donald Trump next year. VOA National correspondent Jim Malone has more on the state of the Democratic primary race from Washington.

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NYC Mayor de Blasio Seeking Democratic Nod for President

Posted: May 16, 2019, 7:17 am

NYC Mayor de Blasio Seeking Democratic Nod for President FILE – New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio speaks at an event in Washington, March 25, 2019. NEW YORK CITY — New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio says he is running for president.
The Democrat announced his bid with a video released by his campaign early Thursday morning.
In announcing his candidacy, de Blasio is seeking to claim a role on the national stage that has eluded him as mayor of the biggest U.S. city.
The 58-year-old could face obstacles in distinguishing himself in a field crowded with left-leaning Democrats.
He also faces skepticism at home. A recent poll found 76% of New Yorkers say they believe he shouldn't run.
De Blasio has shrugged off bad polls, saying he believes his message of fighting financial inequality will resonate with everyday Americans.
On the campaign trail, he'll be able to cite accomplishments such as expanding full-day prekindergarten citywide.

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Biden Grows His Lead in Democratic Field Early in Race

Posted: May 16, 2019, 6:28 am

Biden Grows His Lead in Democratic Field Early in Race Former vice president and Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden greets supporters during a campaign stop at the Community Oven restaurant in Hampton, N.H., May 13, 2019. WASHINGTON — Former Vice President Joe Biden has surged into a big lead among the Democratic presidential contenders for 2020.
The latest polls show Biden with a healthy lead over Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders and the rest of a large, diverse field of Democratic White House hopefuls.
Biden's rise comes in part because many Democrats see him as perhaps the strongest challenger to President Donald Trump next year.
A new Reuters/Ipsos poll of Democratic and independent voters has Biden at 29%, Sanders at 13% and the rest of the field at 6% or below.
/**/ /**/ /**/ SEE ALSO: Poll: Biden Expands Lead Over Rivals for 2020 US Presidential Nomination A Morning Consult poll this week also found Biden leading with 39% support, followed by Sanders at 19%, Cali..

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AP Explainer: Court Fight Ahead Over Abortion Rights 

Posted: May 15, 2019, 9:05 pm

AP Explainer: Court Fight Ahead Over Abortion Rights FILE – Abortion-rights activists protest outside the U.S. Supreme Court, during the March for Life in Washington, Jan. 18, 2019. WASHINGTON — Alabama's virtual ban on abortion is the latest and most far-reaching state law seemingly designed to prod the Supreme Court to reconsider a constitutional right it announced 46 years ago in the landmark Roe v. Wade decision.
But Chief Justice John Roberts may prefer a more incremental approach to reining in abortion rights than the frontal attack Alabama's new law or the “fetal heartbeat'' measures enacted by other states present.
The passage of abortion restrictions in Republican-led states and a corresponding push to buttress abortion rights where Democrats are in power stem from the same place: changes in the composition of the high court. The retirement of abortion-rights supporter Justice Anthony Kennedy and the addition of President Donald Trump's appointees, B..

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In Trump’s Immigration Plan, Skills Matter More than Family

Posted: May 15, 2019, 7:49 pm

In Trump's Immigration Plan, Skills Matter More than Family FILE – President Donald Trump speaks in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, May 9, 2019. WHITE HOUSE — U.S. President Donald Trump is scheduled to announce his long-awaited proposal on immigration Thursday, a plan that aims to move the immigration approval process away from family ties and humanitarian needs.
In a briefing to reporters, a senior administration official said the plan would bolster border security and create a merit-based system, insisting that it was a “competitiveness issue.”
Trump's proposal would keep the number of green cards issued for permanent residency at about 1.1 million annually, but would change the focus of how they would be allocated, prioritizing highly skilled and educated individuals with employment or investment prospects rather than family ties to U.S. citizens or humanitarian needs.
Currently, 12% of immigrants are given permission to come to the U.S. based on their skills, a..

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White House to Congress: No ‘Do-Over’ of Mueller Probe

Posted: May 15, 2019, 3:36 pm

White House to Congress: No 'Do-Over' of Mueller Probe FILE – A rainbow is seen over the North Portico of the White House after a brief rain storm, July 24, 2017, in Washington. WHITE HOUSE — The White House has sent a 12-page response to the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, accusing him of over-reach and wanting to re-do the special counsel’s investigation into connections between the Donald Trump campaign and Russia during the 2016 election.
The committee’s chairman, Jerry Nadler, desires to hold a “show trial” for “political theater,” according to a White House senior official.
The response from White House lawyer Pat Cipollone calls on committee Chairman Nadler to narrow his request for documents that the president’s team contends are protected by executive privilege.
“The president is not above the law, but he’s also not below the law,” said the White House official during a telephone conference call with reporters.
FILE – Chairman of the House Judiciary Co..

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Poll: Biden Expands Lead Over Rivals for 2020 US Presidential Nomination

Posted: May 15, 2019, 12:33 pm

Poll: Biden Expands Lead Over Rivals for 2020 US Presidential Nomination Democratic 2020 U.S. presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden speaks at a campaign stop in Manchester, New Hampshire, May 13, 2019. NEW YORK — Former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden has expanded his lead over a wide field of candidates for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination by 5 percentage points since he entered the race in late April, according to a monthly Reuters/Ipsos poll.
The poll released Wednesday found 29% of Democrats and independents said they would vote for Biden in the state nominating contests that begin next year. That is up from 24% who said so in a poll that ran in late April, days before Biden announced his bid.
Biden led the field among all major demographic groups except millennials (ages 18-37), who favored U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont over Biden 18% to 16%.
Biden, 76, remains in the strongest position for the top of the ticket despite questions about his..

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Alabama Legislature Approves Ban on Nearly All Abortions

Posted: May 15, 2019, 7:12 am

Alabama Legislature Approves Ban on Nearly All Abortions Senator Clyde Chambliss (R), center, is seen with other senators during a state Senate vote on the strictest anti-abortion bill in the United States at the Alabama Legislature in Montgomery, Alabama, May 14, 2019. Lawmakers in the southeastern U.S. state of Alabama passed a near-total ban on abortion Tuesday, sending what would be the nation's most stringent abortion law to the state's Republican governor.
The Republican-dominated Senate voted 25-6 to make performing an abortion at any stage of pregnancy a felony punishable by up to 99 years or life in prison for the abortion provider. The only exception would be when the woman's health is at serious risk.
Senators rejected an attempt to add an exception for rape and incest.
Supporters said the bill is designed to spark a court case that might prompt the U.S. Supreme Court to revisit the landmark 1973 decision that legalized abortion nationally.
The spokeswoman..

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US House Democrats Probe Justice Department’s Handling of Police Shootings

Posted: May 14, 2019, 9:19 pm

US House Democrats Probe Justice Department's Handling of Police Shootings FILE – U.S. Attorney General William Barr speaks at the Justice Department in Washington, May 9, 2019. The Democratic-led U.S. House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday unveiled a probe of the Trump administration's moves to curtail the federal government's role in scrutinizing police shootings.
In a letter to Attorney General William Barr, Chairman Jerrold Nadler and other committee Democrats requested documents and updates on how the Justice Department has addressed shootings and other cases of excessive police force since President Donald Trump took office in early 2017.
The lawmakers cited statistics, including media reports, that show nearly 1,000 people were shot and killed by police in 2018 and that at least 265 others have met with the same fate this year. The numbers include cases of unarmed shooting victims that have drawn international criticism.
“Despite continuing concerns from civil ri..

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Trump: ‘Spying’ Investigation by Barr Not Requested by Me

Posted: May 14, 2019, 7:24 pm

Trump: 'Spying' Investigation by Barr Not Requested by Me President Donald Trump listens to a question from a member of the media on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, May 14, 2019. President Donald Trump says he did not order Attorney General William Barr to launch another investigation into the origin of the Mueller probe, but says he is glad Barr did.
“No, I didn't ask him to do that. I didn't know it, but I think it's a great thing that he did it,” Trump shouted to reporters on the White House lawn.
He again called the Mueller report a “hoax,” even if he previously said it exonerates him of allegations that he and his campaign colluded with Russia to interfere in the 2016 presidential election.
Barr has appointed U.S. Attorney for Connecticut John Durham to oversee the new investigation into the beginnings of the Mueller probe.
FILE – John Durham speaks to reporters on the steps of U.S. District Court in New Haven, Conn., April 25, 2006. ..

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