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NYC Mayor Bill De Blasio Enters 2020 Democratic Presidential Race

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The mayor of America's biggest city, New York's Bill de Blasio, is jumping into a presidential race where an expansive Democratic field includes the man running a city about 99% smaller. Does he have what it takes or is he a second term has been with no where else to go?

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Kamala Harris hits Biden over 'mass incarceration' from crime bill


The former VP has said the 1994 crime bill he supported didn't result in widespread imprisonment. But on Wednesday Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., said she took issue with Biden’s claim that the crime bill he voted for did not lead to mass incarceration. But with unclean hands who is she to talk?

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Booker Vows To Make Roe V. Wade The Law Of The Land As President


The 2020 hopeful said recent abortion restrictions are “a threat to women's freedoms....all over our country.”  He vowed that if he becomes president Congress will pass a law that would make abortion legal nationwide, no matter what the Supreme Court decides. But is that even legal?

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Buttigieg hits obstacles with black voters


Buttigieg  vaulted into the top tier of Democratic candidates without gaining traction among African Americans, according to recent surveys of national and South Carolina Democrats. He is trying desperately to break down barriers to the black vote even attempting to unveil his agenda for black voters, but does he even stand a chance?

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Kirsten Gillibrand’s in Georgia to fight abortion a mounting 2020 issue


Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) will hold a campaign event at the Georgia State Capitol to protest the flurry of  restrictive "heartbeat" abortion bills that have been passed in red states. Alabama, Kentucky, Mississippi and Ohio have recently passed similar measures. But is this anything more than a photo op or has Gillibrand been a pro-choice advocate?

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Beto O'Rourke overshadowed by Biden and Pete Buttigieg


Beto O'Rourke is in a pinch. Biden’s entry into the 2020 campaign halted the momentum of most rivals and O’Rourke was among the casualties. Like 20 other contenders, he can’t touch the former VP’s experience and Buttigieg boxed him out on the youthful flank, becoming the recent flavor of the month. Can O'Rourke survive in these twin shadows?

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Local News


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Jolted: The indictment of state Insurance Commissioner Jim Beck and Saturday’s election of a new chairman for the Georgia GOP is a bright line that may decide the race.

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SRO tenants settle wrongful eviction lawsuit for $575K. Developer Danny Haber denies allegations that renovations made to drive out Oakland renters. 

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Washington, D.C.

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Jack Evans (D-Ward 2) now faces a second challenger in his re-election campaign following fallout from a federal investigation into his private dealings on city contracts.  

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Proposed Fur Ban in NYC Pits Animal Rights Advocates Against Black Ministers. Protesters yelled,  “Put people first,” and others responded, “How many animals  have to die?”

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Indicted MI lawmaker accused of attempting to extort a union in return for his vote on controversial legislation last year won't resign, said bribery allegations are 'crap'.

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Judge, defense attorney question why woman charged with filing false police report isn't being treated like actor Jussie Smollett saying the situation “smells, big time.”

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Why I Am Determined to End Voter Suppression

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We Cannot Resign Ourselves to Dismay and Disenfranchisement. 

As more people of color claim political power, efforts to block them will accelerate — unless we act. 

By Stacey Abrams

May 15, 2019

How Much of A Factor Is Age In the 2020 Presidential Election?


Trump is the oldest person to ever be elected president, but  2020 could set a new record for the oldest or youngest president ever elected. How much do voters care about a candidate’s age? 

By Karlyn Bowman

May 10, 2019

Demographic Shifts, Political Changes Identity Is Fueling Political Differences

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Georgia, Virginia, Texas and Ohio are among the states experiencing a shift in their demographics – and their politics. "The rural-urban divide is a big part of political conflicts these days."

By Susan Milligan 

May 14, 2019

U.S. Senator Kamala Harris on Being 'Momala'

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Aside from being a U.S. Senator and a 2020 presidential hopful, Kamala Harris is a stepmom. She writes about what it's like to be a stepmom—or, as her step-kids call her "Momala."

By Kamala Harris    

May 10, 2019

In Abortion Fight, 2020 Female Candidates Lead Call to Arms


Democratic presidential candidates vow to challenge recent abortion bills that would make nearly all abortions in those states illegal on grounds the laws are unconstitutional.

By Lisa Lerer and Katie Glueck

May 14, 2019

The 2020 U.S. Presidential Race: A Cheat Sheet

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As the Democratic field grows larger and larger, how do they compare side by side?  Its hard to know with so many Democrats vying for it, only a few will get it. 

Here’s a cheat sheet.

By David A. Graham

May 15, 2019


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