Democrats

Mayor Pete On His Struggle With His Sexuality: If There Had Been A Pill To Make Me Straight, I’d Have Taken It

NBC News reports: In a speech before an audience of LGBT rights supporters on Sunday, the mayor of South Bend, Indiana, did not describe being gay as something he always believed was acceptable. Instead, he described wrestling with his sexual orientation as “a kind of war” — one he said he was only able to win when he came home …

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Beto O’Rourke Bashes “Racist” Netanyahu [VIDEO]

The Guardian reports: Beto O’Rourke, the Democratic White House hopeful, has weighed in on Israel’s election, describing the Israeli prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, as a racist and obstacle to peace in the Middle East. “The US-Israel relationship is one of the most important relationships that we have on the planet,” O’Rourke said on a campaign stop at the University of …

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Sen. Cory Booker Raises $5 Million In First Quarter

The Washington Post reports: Sen. Cory Booker has raised more than $5 million in the two months since he announced his 2020 plans, the presidential candidate’s campaign said Sunday. Booker’s haul, while competitive, puts him behind other Democratic White House aspirants, including former Texas congressman Beto O’Rourke, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Sen. Kamala D. Harris (Calif.) and South Bend, Ind., …

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Mayor Pete Blasts Evangelical Hypocrisy In Supporting Trump: He’s Not Consistent With Anything In Scripture

NBC News reports: Pete Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Indiana, defended his lack of experience Sunday, arguing that voters should look at the “quality, as well as quantity” of time spent in public service. Appearing on “Meet the Press” a week before he formally announces his presidential bid, Buttigieg argued he would step into the White House with more …

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Fritz Hollings, Dem Senator For 38 Years, Dies At 97

The Charleston Post & Courier reports: Ernest Frederick “Fritz” Hollings, the charismatic and quick-witted former U.S. senator and South Carolina governor who became one of the state’s most important national political figures, died early Saturday after a period of declining health. He was 97. “Our father, Fritz Hollings, was dedicated to his family, the United States Senate and the people …

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Dem Leaders Troubled By Lingering 2016 Primary Anger

The Associated Press reports: Some establishment-aligned Democrats worry the party could lose in 2020 if lingering concerns about the last primary aren’t put to bed. “It has the potential to escalate, and it has the potential to help re-elect Donald Trump,” said Mo Elleithee, a former spokesman for Clinton and the DNC. The acrimony stems from a fiercely fought campaign …

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Harry Reid Loses Suit Against Exercise Band Maker

The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports: A Las Vegas jury rejected former U.S. Sen Harry Reid’s claims in a civil case against the makers of a resistance exercise band after about an hour of deliberations Friday. Reid was injured while using an exercise band and blamed the injuries for ending his political career. According to Reid’s lawsuit, with losing vision in …

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Trump Fan Arrested For Death Threat Against Dem Rep

The Elmira Star-Gazette reports: A Steuben County man is in custody after federal authorities allege he made death threats against U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar, of Minnesota. Patrick W. Carlineo, 55, of Addison, New York, was arrested Friday morning and charged by criminal complaint with threatening to assault and murder a United States official. On March 21, a staff member in …

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AOC: I’m Proud To Have Been A Bartender [VIDEO]

The Hill reports: New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D) said she was proud of her humble roots as she delivered a speech at the National Action Network convention on Friday. “I’m proud to be a bartender,” the self-proclaimed democratic socialist said. “Ain’t nothing wrong with that. There’s nothing wrong with working retail.” “There’s nothing wrong with working retail, folding clothes …

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Trump Willing To Take Tax Return Battle To SCOTUS

CNN reports: President Donald Trump continues to hold his ground against Democratic efforts to obtain his tax returns, with one administration official telling CNN that the President and his team are willing to fight the House Democratic request all the way to the Supreme Court. “This is a hill and people would be willing to die on it,” the official …

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Anthony Weiner Ordered To Register As Sex Offender

The New York Daily News reports: Former U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner was ordered Friday to register as a sex offender as he nears the end of a 21-month prison sentence for having illicit online contact with a 15-year-old girl. A New York City judge designated Weiner a Level 1 offender under the state’s version of what’s known as Megan’s Law, …

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REPORT: Bill De Blasio Likely To Enter WH Race “Soon”

The New York Times reports: He has traveled to three early presidential primary states, held $5,000-a-plate events for donors and hired a small-dollar fund-raising consultant. He spoke at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, a pro-Israel lobbying group, and is now on another trip to raise money in Boston, after which he will meet with Democratic activists in Las Vegas. …

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Biden Jokes About Inappropriate Touching Controversy

The Washington Examiner reports: Former Vice President Joe Biden on Friday made light of allegations by eight women of touching them without their permission. “I just want you to know I had permission to hug Lonnie,” Biden, 76, told a crowd of 1,200 gathered for the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Conference at the Washington Hilton in Washington, D.C. He …

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Stacey Abrams Torn Between Senate And WH Bids

Politico reports: Stacey Abrams is doing everything a would-be presidential candidate would do: a nationwide book tour, candidate cattle calls and stops on late-night television and morning news shows. But the Georgia Democrat is also still actively considering a run for a seat in the Senate, and top Democrats continue to court her aggressively for the race. Abrams met with …

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Beto O’Rourke: Trump’s Rhetoric Echoes Nazi Germany

Newsweek reports: The El Paso Democrat recalled meeting a Mexican-American second or third grader who asked why the president didn’t like her, as he ended a speech in front of a crowd at Morningside College, simultaneously broadcast on Facebook Live. “I thought, what is that doing to her head and her conception of herself and what she is able to …

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House Dems To Sue Trump To Block Wall Funding

Politico reports: Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced Thursday that the House will file a lawsuit to challenge President Donald Trump’s emergency declaration on the southern border, dramatically escalating a clash over wall funding. “The House will once again defend our Democracy and our Constitution, this time in the courts,” Pelosi wrote in a statement. The House will take the rare legal …

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Swalwell Shares Death Threat From Gun Nut [AUDIO}

Reuters reports: Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.) today shared a death threat he received over his gun control advocacy. “I’m not afraid of this guy,” Swalwell, an outspoken advocate for gun reform, said in a tweet accompanied by audio of the voicemail. “I’m not afraid of the NRA. I’m not afraid. No fear.” “Eric Swalwell, here’s a little ditty for ya: …

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Democratic Rep. Tim Ryan: I’m Running For President

Via press release: As a congressman from Youngstown, Ohio for almost 20 years, I’ve watched the American Dream slip through the fingers of many Americans. Like so many in America’s heartland, I come from a long line of factory workers who helped build our nation into a powerhouse of innovation. But over the last 20 years, failed leadership and broken …

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REPORT: Swalwell To Launch 2020 WH Bid Next Week

The Atlantic reports: There are more long-shot Democrats running for president this year than there have been total candidates in previous campaigns—and next week, Eric Swalwell is joining the pack. The California congressman and frequent cable-news guest on all things related to President Donald Trump and Russia will announce his presidential plans in an appearance on The Late Show With …

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Mayor Pete Blasts Trump’s “Socialist” Attacks [VIDEO]

ABC News reports: Pete Buttigieg, the youthful mayor of South Bend, Indiana, whose presidential exploratory committee has attracted a surge of interest in recent weeks coinciding with a steady rise in the polls, defended his past criticisms of President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence during an appearance on ABC’s “Good Morning America” Thursday, while pushing back on Republican …

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