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Pence to lead US response to coronavirus after days of mixed messages
Official White House Photo by D. Myles Cullen (WASHINGTON) -- Vice President Mike Pence will lead the U.S. response to coronavirus."I'm going to be announcing exactly right now that I'm going to be putting our Vice President Mike Pence in charge," President Donald Trump said at a news conference Wednesday evening. "And Mike will be working with the professionals, the doctors and everybody else that's working. The team is brilliant."Pence "will report back to me," Trump said.The announcement came following days of sending mixed messages on the risk the coronavirus poses to the United States.Because of the steps the administration...
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Trump campaign plans to open retail-style 'community centers' in latest effort to court black voters
Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead (WASHINGTON) -- The Trump campaign is ramping up its efforts to court black voters, with plans to open up retail style community centers in several predominantly black cities in battleground states -- to pitch voters on the president's record with the black community.The community centers are a significant investment in the "Black Voices for Trump" initiative, an effort spearheaded by Katrina Pierson, a senior Trump campaign adviser, to attract black voters who have stood as the bedrock of the Democratic party, according to the campaign.Staffers at the campaign centers will work to register...
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Bloomberg's millions for Republicans drawing Democrats' fire
Jeff Neira/ABC (NEW YORK) -- Former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg, who’s made his major contributions to Democrats and liberal causes a central part of his pitch to Democratic primary voters, highlighted his efforts in Tuesday’s debate arguing that, unlike others on the stage, he’s achieved results."I have a 6-million-person organization around this country, Moms Demand Action, and Everytown," he said to applause on the Charleston debate stage.While he’s also touted the roughly $100 million he spent to support House Democratic candidates in 2018, his critics seized on the millions he spent earlier in his political career to boost...
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Oregon lawmakers were supposed to vote on a climate change bill. Republicans walked out - again
4kodiak/iStock (SALEM, Ore.) -- For the second year in a row, Oregon Republicans walked out of the statehouse Monday and delayed a vote on a major climate change bill.The Oregon state Senate lacked the 20-member minimum to have a quorum after all of the Republican members failed to show up. The two sides have been debating a bill that would cap greenhouse emissions from major industries, including energy providers, industrial companies and fossil fuel companies, and require them to buy credits for each metric ton of carbon dioxide they emit.Oregon Gov. Kate Brown chastised the Republicans for holding up the...
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Biden senior adviser says the former VP will get a 'real bump' out of South Carolina
Win McNamee/Getty Images (WASHINGTON) -- Anita Dunn, a senior adviser and strategist for former Vice President Joe Biden's campaign, told ABC News' "Powerhouse Politics" podcast on Wednesday that she believes Biden will get a "real bump" out of his performance in the upcoming South Carolina primary."We feel very good about coming out of South Carolina with the kind of momentum that can really help us two days later," Dunn told ABC News Political Director Rick Klein, stressing her confidence in Biden's chances of walking away with the highest number of delegates from the Palmetto state and soon after, the 14...
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Emmett Till bill making lynching a federal crime passes House
Scott Olson/Getty Image (WASHINGTON) -- A bill to make lynching a hate crime under federal law passed the House on Wednesday, making it the first attempt since 1900 poised to successfully make its way through Congress.The legislature is titled the Emmett Till Anti-lynching Act, an ode to Till, a 14-year-old African American boy who was kidnapped, beaten and murdered in 1955 after he was accused of whistling at a white woman.The vote was 410-4.The members who voted against were Independent Rep. Justin Amash and Republican Reps. Louie Gohmert, Thomas Massie and Ted Yoho.Rep. Bobby Rush, D-Ill., who introduced the bill...
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Biden secures endorsement from influential South Carolina Rep. Jim Clyburn
ABC News (NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C.) -- Former Vice President Joe Biden scored a key endorsement from one of South Carolina's most influential political figures, just days before the state's crucial primary.House Majority Whip and longtime South Carolina Congressman Jim Clyburn ended months of speculation on Wednesday, announcing at a press conference in North Charleston that he is backing Biden’s bid."I've been saying to the media. I've known for a long time who I'm going to vote for. But I had not decided whether or not to share it with the public," Clyburn said. "But I want the public to know...
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Five key takeaways from the South Carolina Democratic debate
Paul Hennessy / Echoes WIre/Barcroft Media via Getty Images (CHARLESTON, S.C.) -- Seven Democratic candidates took the debate stage Tuesday in South Carolina to win over voters before the state’s primary on Saturday.The debate was the 10th in the election cycle and the final major debate before next week’s Super Tuesday races.Here are the key takeaways:Sanders takes heat as front-runnerSen. Bernie Sanders is currently leading in the delegate count following his showings in Iowa, New Hampshire and Nevada. The six other candidates began the debate by questioning his viability in the general election and asserting why he wouldn’t be the...
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Trump maintains Russian interference in 2020 election is about Sanders, not his reelection
discus63/iStock (WASHINGTON) -- As questions about Russian interference in the 2020 presidential election continue to loom over both the president’s reelection campaign and the Democratic primary, President Donald Trump on Tuesday again denied that he’s receiving help from Russia, stressing he doesn’t want any assistance from any foreign powers.“First of all, I want no help from any country, and I haven't been given help from any country,” Trump told reporters Tuesday, despite his telling less than a year ago ABC News Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos that he would accept damaging information against his 2020 rivals.For the better part of a...
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Both GOP and Democratic lawmakers slam Trump admin as unprepared for coronavirus
Moussa81/iStock (WASHINGTON) -- With an uptick in coronavirus cases in the U.S. expected to rise, lawmakers on Tuesday hammered President Donald Trump’s top advisers on whether the administration was doing enough almost two months into the global crisis and expressing deep skepticism of the president’s claims that the situation was “under control.""It looks like they're getting it under control, more and more, they're getting more and more under control," Trump said Tuesday morning at a news conference in India. "So, I think that's a problem that's going to go away."Lawmakers were briefed on the crisis in the morning by the...
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Donald Trump accuses Supreme Court justices of bias in 1st direct attack as president
peterspiro/iStock (WASHINGTON) -- President Donald Trump on Tuesday demanded that two sitting U.S. Supreme Court justices recuse themselves from all Trump-related matters, insisting without evidence that they have treated him unfairly.“While ‘elections have consequences’, I only ask for fairness, especially when it comes to decisions made by the United States Supreme Court!” Trump said in a pair of tweets posted from Delhi, India, where he was completing a state visit 7,000 miles from Washington.Trump singled out Justices Sonia Sotomayor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg – both appointed by Democratic presidents -- for comments he alleged reflect animus toward him. “Both should...
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Bloomberg campaign signals renewed focus on Democratic front-runner Bernie Sanders ahead of SC primary
George Frey/Getty Images (CHARLESTON, S.C.) -- Former New York City mayor Mike Bloomberg is preparing to aggressively target Sen. Bernie Sanders during Tuesday's primary debate in South Carolina -- an effort to dislodge the Democratic front-runner and steady his own half-a-billion-dollar campaign before he first appears on primary ballots next week.With aides warning that Sanders, who leads the Democratic field after the first three primary contests, could be on his way to an "insurmountable" delegate lead after Super Tuesday, Bloomberg has opened up several lines of attack on the Vermont independent, knocking his record on gun control and recent praise...
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