Politics

REPORT: Trump To Pledge An End To HIV At SOTU

Politico reports: President Donald Trump plans to use Tuesday night’s State of the Union address to promise an end to the HIV epidemic in America, four individuals with knowledge of the planned remarks told POLITICO. Under Trump’s 10-year strategy, health officials would target the U.S. communities with the most HIV infections and work to reduce transmissions by 2030. The strategy …

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Pete Buttigieg Defends “Audacity” Of WH Bid [VIDEO]

“Look, I get the audacity of somebody like me talking about running for this office, but frankly it’s a leap for anybody. Anybody who arrives behind that desk. And yet all of the people who had that job have been mortals who just bring their experience to the table. My experience is that of guiding a city through a transformation, …

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Terry McAuliffe: Still Deciding On 2020 White House Bid

The Hill reports: Former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) said Sunday he would “like” to run for president in 2020, but hasn’t decided yet. “I’ve said I’d make a decision by March 31. I’ve been talking to other candidates, I want to see what the positions are out there,” McAuliffe said on CNN’s “State of the Union,” adding he’s talked …

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Twitter CEO: Trump Is No Worse Than Obama When It Comes To Threatening Countries With Military Action

The Daily Beast reports: Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, who has been under fire for failing to police hate speech, harassment, and outright racism on his platform, told podcast host Joe Rogan that “everyone has a right” to social media and that Donald Trump’s use of Twitter wasn’t much different from how previous presidents have used media, comparing him to Barack …

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Dem Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam Won’t Resign, Admits To “Darkening” His Face For Michael Jackson Contest

Politico reports: An apologetic but defiant Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam refused calls to resign Saturday from his own state party and nearly every major Democratic presidential contender after a picture on his medical school yearbook page surfaced showing a picture of two men dressed as a Ku Klux Klansman and in blackface. “I believe then and now that I am …

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LIVE VIDEO: Virginia Governor Holds Press Conference

Norfolk’s WAVY reports: Gov. Ralph Northam is expected to make a statement from the Executive Mansion at 2:30 p.m. according to the Office of the Governor. The governor’s communications director tells WAVY Capitol Bureau reporter Sara McCloskey Northam is not resigning. After the picture went public Friday, Northam issued a statement saying he was “sorry for the decision I made …

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Northam Reverses On Racist Photo: That’s Not Me

The Washington Post reports: Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam (D) is refusing to resign despite overwhelming pressure from within his own party and has told at least one lawmaker that he now does not think that a racist photo in his 1984 yearbook includes him, Democratic party officials said Saturday. Northam publicly apologized Friday for the medical school yearbook photo and …

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WH Unveils 2019 SOTU Theme: “Choosing Greatness”

The Associated Press reports: President Donald Trump heads into his State of the Union address dogged by bruising midterm losses and sinking poll numbers, wounded by a blistering standoff with Democrats. But for the stately speech, he plans to embrace unity — at least for the night. “Choosing Greatness” is the official White House theme. Addressing the nation at the …

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Dems And Progressives Unite: Northam Must Resign

The Daily Beast reports: Within hours of a racist yearbook photo of Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam surfaced, prominent fellow Democrats and organizations began to call on him to resign. “It doesn’t matter if he is a Republican or a Democrat. This behavior was racist and unconscionable. Governor Northam should resign,” Democratic 2020 contender Julián Castro wrote on Twitter. Two California …

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Dem Virginia Gov Apologizes For Racist Yearbook Photo: “This Behavior Is Not In Keeping With Who I Am Today”

“I am deeply sorry for the decision I made to appear as I did in this photo and for the hurt that decision caused then and now. This behavior is not in keeping with who I am today and the values I have fought for throughout my career in the military, in medicine, and in public service. But I want …

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DC School Won’t Play Sports At School Where Karen Pence Teaches Due To Its Anti-LGBT Student Policies

Newsweek reports: A school in Washington, D.C., said it would not play any sports at the school where Karen Pence teaches because of its policy against LGBTQ students. The Sheridan School headmaster, Jessica Donovan, wrote in a letter to parents that the school had decided not to play any sports games at the Immanuel Christian School because of its policy …

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VIRGINIA: 1984 Medical School Yearbook Page For Dem Governor Shows Men In Blackface And KKK Costume

The Virginian Pilot reports: A photo from Gov. Ralph Northam’s medical school yearbook shows two men, one in blackface and one in a Ku Klux Klan robe and hood, on the same page as the governor. The photo, which The Virginian Pilot obtained a copy of Friday from the Eastern Virginia Medical School library, comes from the 1984 yearbook, the …

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Parkland Activist To Attend SOTU As Dem Rep’s Guest

The Washington Post reports: A survivor of last year’s mass shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., will attend President Trump’s State of the Union address next week as a guest of Rep. Eric Swalwell, the congressman said Friday. Cameron Kasky, 18, became an activist following the Feb. 14, 2018, school shooting, which killed 17 people. He co-founded …

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US Withdraws From Nuclear Missile Treaty With Russia

CNN reports: Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced Friday that the US is withdrawing from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, a key pact with Russia that has been a centerpiece of European security since the Cold War. “For years, Russia has violated the terms of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty without remorse,” Pompeo said at the State Department Friday. The …

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Erik Prince’s Firm To Open Training Camp In China

The Guardian reports: A Hong Kong-listed security firm founded by Erik Prince has signed a preliminary deal with authorities in China to build a training centre in Xinjiang, where Uighur Muslims have experienced a huge security crackdown. Frontier Services Group, which specialises in providing security and logistics for businesses operating in risky regions, said it had signed a deal to …

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Adelson Gave $500K To Trump Campaign Defense Fund

ABC News reports: A legal defense fund set up to help President Donald Trump’s aides caught up in special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election received half a million dollars from casino mogul Sheldon Adelson and his wife Miriam Adelson, a new report filed late Thursday shows. The Patriot Legal Expense Fund Trust has …

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Sen. Cory Booker Announces 2020 Presidential Bid

CBS News reports: New Jersey Senator Cory Booker is joining the 2020 Democratic presidential contest, announcing his campaign on Friday with a tweet and an emailed video to supporters. “We are better when we help each other,” he said. “I believe that we can build a country where no one is forgotten, no one is left behind; where parents can …

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Senate Told Junior’s Blocked Calls Weren’t With Daddy

CNN reports: Senate investigators have obtained new information showing Donald Trump Jr.’s mysterious phone calls ahead of the 2016 Trump Tower meeting were not with his father, three sources with knowledge of the matter told CNN. Records provided to the Senate Intelligence Committee show the calls were between Trump Jr. and two of his business associates, the sources said, and …

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Bernie Sanders To Intro 77% Estate Tax On Billionaires

The Washington Post reports: Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) will unveil a plan Thursday to dramatically expand the federal estate tax on the wealthy, including a new 77 percent rate on billionaires’ estates, as leading Democratic politicians push new taxes on the richest Americans to combat inequality. Sanders’s bill, the “For the 99.8% Act,” would tax the estates of the 0.2 …

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Trump Interviewed Heidi Cruz To Head World Bank

The Independent reports: Donald Trump interviewed Heidi Cruz – wife of Texan senator Ted Cruz – for World Bank president but is not now considering giving her the job, people familiar with the matter have said. Treasury Undersecretary David Malpass remains the clear frontrunner for the job, but Mr Trump has continued to consider others, including Ms Cruz and prominent …

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