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It was more than four decades ago as a battle raged across the country -- and in Congress -- over sending white students to majority-black schools and black students to majority-white schools often far away from their own neighborhoods. Biden forcefully opposed the government's role in trying to integrate schools, saying he favored desegregation, but believed busing did not achieve equal opportunity.
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WTF Note: The campaign ads against this one will be lots of fun. Sadly, she could murder someone and her base wouldn't care because she has a vagina. And, as we all know, the vagina is more important than anything else. Well. As long as it's a Democrat vagina. They don't care about any others.
Senator Elizabeth Warren, the Massachusetts Democrat and a sharp critic of big banks and unregulated capitalism, entered the 2020 race for president on Monday, becoming the first major candidate in what is likely to be a long and crowded primary marked by ideological and generational divisions in a Democratic Party desperate to beat President Trump.
In an 8:30 a.m. email to supporters on New Year’s Eve — 13 months before the first votes will be cast in the Iowa caucuses — Ms. Warren said she was forming an exploratory committee, which allows her to raise money and fill key staff positions before a formal kickoff of her presidential bid. Ms. Warren also released a video that leaned on the populist, anti-Wall Street themes that are sure to be central to her campaign message.
“I’ve spent my career getting to the bottom of why America’s promise works for some families, but others, who work just as hard, slip through the cracks into disaster,” she said in the video. “And what I’ve found is terrifying: these aren’t cracks families are falling into, they’re traps. America’s middle class is under attack.”
“But this dark path doesn’t have to be our future,” she continued. “We can make our democracy work for all of us. We can make our economy work for all of us.”
New York Times
President Trump to nominate former coal lobbyist Andrew Wheeler as head of Environmental Protection Agency
President Donald Trump said Friday he plans to nominate acting EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler as the permanent head of the environmental agency.
"He’s done a fantastic job and I want to congratulate him," Trump said about Wheeler during a Presidential Medal of Freedom ceremony in the East Room of the White House. Wheeler was in the audience attending the event when the president made the announcement.
"Congratulations, Andrew," Trump said, as a casual aside during the formal ceremony. "Great job.”
Wheeler, a former EPA bureaucrat, Capitol Hill aide and energy lobbyist known for his low-key manner, was named acting administrator in July after the ouster of his embattled predecessor Scott Pruitt. At the time, Wheeler was Pruitt's deputy.
Wheeler still must be confirmed by the Senate before he can be the EPA's permanent chief.
A watchdog group filed a Senate ethics complaint Monday against Sens. Kamala Harris and Elizabeth Warren for sending out fundraising emails asking for donations to support their votes against Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh — even before they cast their votes against him.
While voting and then asking supporters to back that decision with cash is common, the watchdog group, the Foundation for Accountability and Civic Trust (FACT), says asking for money ahead of time crosses the line into vote-buying.
FACT asked the Senate ethics committee to probe fundraising emails sent by Ms. Warren, Massachusetts Democrat, and Ms. Harris, California Democrat.
In what he is calling the largest single campaign complaint in history, Libertarian U.S. Senate candidate Neal Dikeman is alleging that a planned town hall meeting by CNN amounts to an illegal $10 million in-kind campaign contribution to Democrat Beto O’Rourke.
Dikeman filed a complaint with the Federal Elections Commission on the heels of news last week that O’Rourke shattered fundraising records with a $38.1 million take in the final quarter before the November 6 election. Dikeman alleges in his complaint that a town hall scheduled for Thursday in McAllen violates federal election law because it will give O’Rourke an hour-long prime time forum worth millions of advertising dollars.
“Politics should not be about money, and corporations should not be funding politicians,” Dikeman said in a prepared statement. “Particularly in this race as Congressman O’Rourke is running fundraising campaigns touting his exclusion of special interest money. Excluding a Libertarian nominee from the debates because you think I’ll take more votes from you than the other guy is one thing, politics is politics. But violating campaign finance laws, especially on this scale is much bigger than that. The scope of this violation should give every American pause.”
Neither the O’Rourke or Cruz campaigns responded to a Texas Monthly request for comment.
A “blue wave” in the midterm elections will be fueled in part by undocumented immigrants, Democratic gubernatorial nominee Stacey Abrams said at a campaign rally last week.
“But the thing of it is, the blue wave is African-American. It’s white, it’s Latino, it’s Asian Pacific Islander. It is disabled. It is differently abled. It is LGBTQ. It is law enforcement. It is veterans,” Abrams said to cheers. “It is made up of those who are told they are not worthy of being here ... those who are documented and undocumented.”
Abrams, running for governor in Georgia, made the comments at a rally on Tuesday with Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., according to the Washington Free Beacon. The remarks quickly made headlines, as they appeared to suggest illegal immigrant participation at the polls -- though Abrams may have simply been saying their interests would be represented.
GOP nominee Brian Kemp told Fox News on Monday that Abrams "wants illegals to vote in Georgia."
"I think hard-working Georgians should decide who their governor is, not people here illegally like my opponent wants," Kemp said on "Fox & Friends," adding it would be unlawful for undocumented immigrants to vote in the gubernatorial election.
Note: The thing they claim to hate the most... an old white man!
CNN released its first poll for the 2020 election season Sunday morning, and former Vice President Joe Biden dominates the field of Democratic contenders — even though the first debate is still likely more than eight months away.
The poll shows Americans are now "more likely" to believe Donald Trump will win a second term in office, however, putting the crowded Democratic field at an interesting disadvantage. Now, 46% of Americans believe Donald Trump will be a two-term president, up ten points from the same poll taken in May.
Republicans are also far more united now than ever before. Only 20% of Republicans say they'd prefer a different candidate at the top of the GOP ticket. That's good news for Trump; two years ago, Republicans predicted Trump might face a serious challenge from the Right. That doesn't seem to be the case anymore.
Democrats, though, may face a long and arduous election season. CNN polled the top 16 candidates, from Joe Biden, to Michael Avenatti, and found that Biden, and not more predictable names like Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) was Democrats' top choice to take on Trump in 2020.
The Daily Wire
Susan Rice, who was President Barack Obama's national security adviser, said Sunday she'll decide after next month's midterm elections whether to run for the Senate from Maine in 2020 and try to unseat Republican Sen. Susan Collins.
Collins cast a deciding vote to confirm Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, deeply disappointing those opposed to his nomination.
Speaking in New York during The New Yorker Festival, Rice said Collins "put party and politics over her own stated principles" of supporting equal rights and legalized abortion. "I think in a way that I really regret saying, she has betrayed women across this country," Rice said.
McConnell files cloture to end debate on Kavanaugh nomination, setting up key procedural vote later this week
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell late Wednesday night filed for cloture to end debate on Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court nomination, setting up a key procedural vote for Friday -- and a possible confirmation vote as early as Saturday.
McConnell also revealed that the Senate would receive the FBI's supplemental background investigation into Kavanaugh Wednesday night.
Two senators, both of whom are members of the Senate Judiciary Committee, told Fox News that they've been instructed to plan for a vote on Sunday.
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