Here's everyone who's running for president in 2020, and who has quit the race
- New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg filed paperwork to run in the Alabama and Arkansas, and former Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick also announced a presidential bid on November 14.
- After months of teasing a presidential run, Biden officially entered the race with a video announcement on April 25, the 20th Democratic candidate to join the Democratic field.
- The former vice president, who has been in politics for almost 50 years, will still have to contend with some of the more controversial aspects of his record, and make the case for his candidacy in the largest and most diverse Democratic presidential primary field in recent history.
- Weld, who served as Massachusetts' governor in the 1990s and was more recently on the Libertarian Party ticket in 2016 as presidential candidate Gary Johnson's running mate, announced his campaign on April 15.
Elizabeth Warren targets Buttigieg and Biden as she seeks to regain momentum in Iowa
- Now Warren plans to paint those differences in an even harsher light, using a Thursday address in New Hampshire on economic policy to blast Buttigieg for his reliance on wealthy donors, and to paint Biden as naive about the roadblocks Republicans are likely to put up in Congress should a Democrat take the White House in 2020.
- The speech is expected to also include references to Michael Bloomberg, the billionaire former mayor of New York, who recently upended the Democratic race by spending more than $100 million of his vast fortune on a national television ad campaign.
- Warren held first place in Iowa polls for a period last month, but has since sunk to fourth place, behind Buttigieg, Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt, according to an average of state surveys compiled by Real Clear Politics.
The key battleground seats which will decide the UK general election
- Boris Johnson's Conservatives are seeking a parliamentary majority which would help the prime minister get his Brexit deal through Parliament and take the UK out of the European Union after years of parliamentary deadlock.
- Since YouGov published the findings of its poll, prominent Labour supporters have pointed out that the combined projected vote share of the Liberal Democrats and Green Party in this seat is, you guessed it, nine percentage points.
- In this case, the Liberal Democrats have refused to stand aside for Labour's Rosie Duffield, who won the seat in 2017, despite her being a vocal supporter of a new Brexit referendum and staying in the European Union.
- However, Jo Swinson's Liberal Democrats believe that with the help of tactical voting from ex-Labour and Green Party supporters, this Remain-voting seat could boot out this senior government minister and elect a Lib Dem member of Parliament.
If Nancy Pelosi ran for president, she'd beat Trump
- Under her leadership, the Democrat-controlled House has passed a number of significant bills—ones that would protect voting rights, take needed action on climate change, address gun violence and help achieve equality for LGBTQ Americans.
- Perhaps more importantly, given the way Republicans routinely let Trump off the hook, Pelosi has repeatedly gotten the best of the President in very public ways.
- Now, on a day that will live in memory, Pelosi has pulled off a two-step: Democrats announced the articles of impeachment, calling out the President for abuse of power and obstruction, and just an hour later, announced their support for a major trade deal that Trump had sought.
- While Democrats considered having an article related to Trump's obstruction that was detailed in the Mueller Report, Pelosi kept the focus on Ukraine, because that is what the country appears to care about and what her members support.
House passes defense bill that would include paid family leave for federal workers for the first time
- The paid parental leave provision was added after a significant push from Democrats, who during the course of the negotiation saw an opening with President Donald Trump's desire to see the establishment of Space Force as a branch of the US military.
- Over the objection of congressional Republicans, the White House agreed to the paid parental leave for federal workers in order to ensure the establishment of Space Force, the aides said.
- Democrats celebrated the paid leave provision in the must-pass legislation, although the bill on the whole was met with dismay from some progressive members who felt they lost on many of their other legislative priorities after negotiations with the Republican-held Senate.
- The initial provision in the bill would have established paid parental leave for military and Department of Defense employees, but Democrats were able to extend the policy to all federal employees, Wexton said.
Whistleblower's team preparing for possibility of Senate testimony
- A senior GOP aide said this is a possibility if 51 senators supported it, but like all other ideas for conducting the trial, it remains under discussion among lawmakers and White House officials.
- Senate lawmakers are examining how key events in the months before intelligence watchdog Michael Atkinson's transmitted the complaint to Congress -- including the departure of former intelligence director Dan Coats in August, failed nomination of his potential replacement, Rep. John Ratcliffe, and naming of acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire -- may have affected the disclosure process, a committee source said.
- The whistleblower's legal team started preparing for the possibility of being called in the Senate trial before Thanksgiving in anticipation that the process will likely start in January, one source said.
Here's what's really behind Elizabeth Warren's drive to make antitrust great again
- Stoller doesn't mind if that gets him criticism from others on the left, because he said that fighting concentrated corporate power in America is the most pressing issue of our time, and considers it connected to all of the other defining challenges of the past decade.
- But they, like Stoller and Nobel laureate economist Joe Stiglitz, connect this general concentration to relatively poor economic growth of the past 40 years.Last year, Stiglitz argued before the FTC that loosened antitrust regulation has led to companies that use their size to create barriers to entry for smaller competitors, keep wages low, and increase their wealth without creating new wealth.
- While the debate continues over the role of antitrust policy and the threat of corporate power, polling has found that many Americans have grown suspicious of Big Tech — namely Google, Amazon, Facebook, and Apple.
If a Democrat is elected president in 2020, it could be the end of US support for Israel's Palestinian occupation
- But Democrats have begun to shift on this in recent years, with progressive, rising stars in the party and presidential candidates increasingly speaking out in support of Palestinian rights.
- Since the occupation began in 1967 and under support of the Israeli government, groups of Israelis have been moving into the West Bank and establishing or living in communities popularly referred to as settlements.
- Sanders, who is Jewish and briefly lived in Israel during the 1960s, has been an unabashed critic of Netanyahu (whose government he's referred to as "racist") and is the most vocal proponent of a shift is US policy toward Israel among 2020 Democrats.
- Similarly, Buttigieg has signaled to Netanyahu that under his presidency the US wouldn't support Israel's annexation of the West Bank through the expansion of settlements — and that there could be financial penalties if things don't change.
House Democrats avoided adding Mueller findings to impeachment in order to woo skittish members and voters
- Washington (CNN) - House Democrats engaged in a vigorous behind-the-scenes debate about whether to charge President Donald Trump with obstruction of justice as part of an article of impeachment, but ultimately decided that doing so would become a more difficult message to sell and could cost votes on the floor, multiple Democratic sources involved in the discussions tell CNN.
- But a source familiar with the matter said that Democrats didn't want to jeopardize the overall impeachment effort, and Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee ultimately got behind the decision to allude to the Mueller allegations in the articles as part of a reference to a pattern of Trump's behavior.
- House Foreign Affairs Chairman Eliot Engel, one of the six chairmen who announced the articles on Tuesday, said adding an obstruction of justice charge to the impeachment articles would have been a "mixed bag of tricks." Because it didn't have broad consensus in the caucus, the New York Democrat said, it could have been tough to get the votes needed.
We have the articles of impeachment. Now what?
- That Republican unity was rightly understood as a major win for Trump who had lobbied hard in the days leading up to the vote to keep any GOP members from crossing party lines.
- Even with that forethought, it seems like as foregone conclusion that at least Van Drew and Peterson, who opposed the formal impeachment vote, will also stand against the history-making attempt to actually impeach Trump.
- The bigger question for Democrats is whether any more of their moderate members or members sitting in districts Trump won in 2016 will feel compelled to vote against one or more of the articles of impeachment.
- The goal for Democrats is to limit the rebellion to just Van Drew, who seems like a lost cause, and Peterson, who represents a district that Trump won by 30+ points in 2016.