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Cory Booker needs $1.7M before October to stay in race, campaign says
adamkaz/iStock (WASHINGTON) -- The next 10 days will decide whether Sen. Cory Booker's campaign for president continues. In a new internal memo, which was leaked and posted on Medium Saturday, Booker's campaign manager Addisu Demissie said Booker needs to raise $1.7 million by Sept. 30 to be in a position to continue running for president. If not, Booker may not meet the "increase in the DNC's debate-qualifying thresholds, which would require significant funds to meet." The Democratic National Committee has not announced the guidelines for its fifth debate, which is in November. During a press call Saturday morning, Demissie made...
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Elizabeth Warren highlights violence against transgender women of color, reads names of those killed this year
BalkansCat/iStock (WASHINGTON) -- Senator Elizabeth Warren, D-MA., was the penultimate speaker at Friday night’s forum focused on LGBTQ issues, and took the stage with a powerful opening statement. “If elected President, what should LGBTQ Americans expect from the first 100 days in office?” moderator Lyz Lenz asked Warren. “I’m not going to tell you - I’m going to show you,” Warren said, taking out a small slip of pink paper. “Dana Martin, Jazzaline Ware, Ashanti Carmon, Claire Legato, Muhlaysia Booker,” Warren read. Her voice began to shake. “Michelle ‘Tamika’ Washington, Paris Cameron, Chanel Lindsey, Chanel Scurlock, Zoe Spears, Brooklyn Lindsey,...
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North Carolina school officials cancel football game after cheerleaders' Trump 2020 banner
WSOC (CHARLOTTE, N.C.) -- A week after authorities placed a North Carolina high school cheerleading squad on probation for displaying a pro-Trump banner before a football game, school officials abruptly canceled the school's Friday night game due to safety concerns. On Monday, the cheerleading team at North Stanly High School, about 50 miles east of Charlotte, was put on probation by the North Carolina High School Athletic Association after an investigation determined that the squad had violated school policy by posing with a "Trump 2020: Make America Great Again" banner prior to a game on Aug. 30, according to Asheville...
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Inside President Donald Trump's push for Ukraine probe of Democratic rival
Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead (WASHINGTON) -- When Rudy Giuliani, the president's personal attorney, endeavored in early 2019 to have former Vice President Joe Biden investigated in Ukraine, one of his points of contact was the country's former prosecutor general, Viktor Shokin, whose ouster in March of 2016 -- and Biden's involvement in it -- has become the subject of controversy.During an appearance on CNN Thursday night, Giuliani said "of course" he asked the Ukrainians to investigate Biden, before backtracking. "I didn't ask them to look into Joe Biden," Giuliani said. "I asked them to look into the...
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Trump administration demands UNC, Duke revise joint Middle East studies program
akrassel/iStock (WASHINGTON) -- The Department of Education has ordered the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Duke University to remodel their joint Middle East studies program, alleging that it inappropriately uses federal grants to advance "ideological priorities" and that the curriculum does not spend enough time highlighting "positive" imagery of Christianity and Judaism. An Aug. 29 letter from the Education Department demanded that the universities revise the curriculum of the Duke-UNC Consortium for Middle East Studies by Sept. 22 or risk losing federal funding. "It seems clear foreign language instruction and area studies advancing the security and economic...
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Trump denies knowing whistleblower's identity, calls controversy 'political hack job'
Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead (WASHINGTON) -- President Donald Trump on Friday denied knowing the identity of a whistleblower who filed a formal complaint about a call the president had earlier this summer with a foreign leader, but attacked the person as "partisan" and called the unfolding controversy "just another political hack job." "I do not know the identity of the whistleblower," Trump said during a meeting with Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison in the Oval Office Friday morning. "I've had conversations with many leaders. They're always appropriate. Always appropriate. At the highest level they are always appropriate."...
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Public invited to reception, funeral Mass for legendary journalist Cokie Roberts
Samantha Sergi/ABC News (WASHINGTON) -- The family of legendary ABC News and NPR journalist Cokie Roberts has invited the public to help celebrate her life at a Friday reception and then at a Mass of Christian Burial on Saturday. On Friday, a reception in her memory will be held at the National Press Club on the 13th Floor of 529 14th St. NW in Washington, D.C. All are invited to gather in the NPC Ballroom between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. The family says the public is welcome as well at the funeral Mass on Saturday at 10 a.m. at...
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Trump announces sanctions on Iran's national bank ahead of military options meeting
Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead (WASHINGTON) -- President Donald Trump announced "the highest level of sanctions" on Iran's national bank on Friday, following an attack on Saudi oil facilities last weekend. The decision comes as the president will convene a meeting of his senior advisers Friday afternoon to consider options to retaliate against Iran for the strike, according to three U.S. officials."This will mean no more funds going to the [Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps] to fund terror. This is on top of our oil sanctions and our financial institution sanctions," said Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin. "This is very...
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Bill de Blasio ends 2020 presidential campaign
ABC News (NEW YORK) -- New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Friday morning that he is ending his 2020 presidential campaign."Getting out there, being able to hear people's concerns, address them with new ideas has been an extraordinary experience," he told MSNBC's Morning Joe. "But I have to tell you, at the same time I feel like I've contributed all I can to this primary election and it's clearly not my time. So I'm gonna end my presidential campaign, continue my work as mayor of New York City, and I'm gonna keep speaking up for working people."The mayor...
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Trump admin reverses decision to deny immigrants' access to medical care
krblokhin/iStock (WASHINGTON) -- U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services will resume accepting applications to delay deportations for non-citizens and their families legally seeking medical treatment in the country, USCIS confirmed to ABC News.It wasn't immediately clear why the administration decided to reevaluate the policy and backtrack on the decision to deny all applications. The full reversal comes after the agency initially canceled the application review process, sent letters to those with pending applications and later allowed pending applications to continue while refusing to accept new ones.In the statement to ABC News on Thursday, USCIS indicated that it was Homeland Security Secretary...
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O'Rourke visits marijuana dispensary amid call for fed legalization, reparations for ex-offenders
ABC News (OAKLAND, Calif.) -- Former Texas Rep. Beto O'Rourke visited a marijuana dispensary in Oakland, Calif., on Thursday and presented his sweeping legalization proposal, which includes directing revenue from a federally regulated industry towards reparations for those who faced served time for non-violent marijuana offenders. O'Rourke said these individuals would receive grants of about $1,200 per month served in jail or prison.The plan appears to be the most progressive and detailed on the issue among the top 2020 candidates and draws contrasts with front-runner former Vice President Joe Biden, the only one to stop short of supporting full federal...
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It would be 'wrong' to get fired because of sexual orientation: Trump's Labor nominee
iStock (NEW YORK) -- The son of a conservative icon, Eugene Scalia, told a Senate panel on Thursday that it would be "wrong" for employers to fire someone because of their sexual orientation or gender identity.In his first testimony as President Donald Trump’s nominee to become Labor secretary, Scalia also promised to take "a careful look" at a recent Trump administration proposal that would allow federal contractors to factor in a person's religion when hiring.Critics of the plan say it would enable employers to discriminate against LGBTQ workers and other groups by claiming the employee didn’t share their religious views."Do...
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