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2020 hopeful Beto O'Rourke visited an Arkansas gun show to talk about gun control
Jeffrey Cook/ABC News (NEW YORK) -- Two weeks after his hometown of El Paso was the site of a mass shooting, 2020 presidential hopeful Beto O'Rourke made an unannounced visit to a gun show in central Arkansas to speak with gun buyers and sellers about what can be done to stop gun violence in America. O'Rourke, who was in between campaign events in Arkansas on Saturday, paid $10 to enter the event, and walked through aisles lined with handguns, AR-15s, stun-guns, hunting rifles, scopes, magazines and knives before striking up a conversation with Preston Linck, who was selling handguns and...
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Court allows Trump admin asylum restrictions to take place along most of border
VallarieE/iStock (WASHINGTON) -- The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals rolled back a prior nationwide injunction that blocked the Trump administration's attempt to deny most asylum claims at the U.S.-Mexico border. With that decision, the asylum restrictions can now take effect in border states outside of the 9th Circuit's jurisdiction, which includes California and Arizona. Reversing the move everywhere outside the 9th Circuit means those who cross the border into California or Arizona will be able to seek asylum, while those entering into New Mexico and Texas will be barred unless they're from Mexico, according to Aaron Reichlin-Melnick, a former immigration...
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Trump rule to make it tougher to prove unintentional housing discrimination
Johnrob/iStock (WASHINGTON) -- The Trump administration on Friday proposed a new rule that would make it harder for Americans to file complaints of unintentional housing discrimination by local officials or housing developers, a move officials said was necessary to protect businesses from unnecessary legal exposure. Anti-poverty advocates countered that the draft rule would worsen an already existing “racial wealth gap” in America at a time when African American homeownership remains low. “The Trump administration designed these changes to make it much more difficult, if not impossible, for communities of color to challenge discriminatory effects in housing," Diane Yentel, president of...
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Rep. Rashida Tlaib will not travel to Israel, citing 'oppressive & racist policies'
MicroStockHub/iStock (WASHINGTON) -- Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., will not travel to Israel after all, she announced Friday on Twitter and in a statement, rejecting an earlier approval by the government that would have allowed to come on a "humanitarian visit."The Michigan congresswoman cited "oppressive & racist policies" for not going to Israeli-occupied West Bank -- and not seeing her grandmother. "The Israeli government used my love and desire to see my grandmother to silence me and made my ability to do so contingent upon my signing a letter – reflecting just how undemocratic and afraid they are of the truth...
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Trump calls supporter after mocking his weight at rally
Official White House Photo by Joyce N. Boghosian (BERKELEY HEIGHTS, New Jersey) -- President Donald Trump phoned up a supporter whose weight he mocked at a rally, a White House official said, after the president mistook the attendee for a protester. "That guy's got a serious weight problem," Trump said during a campaign rally in Manchester, New Hampshire, on Thursday night, as a protester was removed from the arena. "Go home. Start exercising. Get him out of here please. Got a bigger problem than I do. Got a bigger problem than all of us." But the person about whose weight...
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Sen. Elizabeth Warren rolls out policy on Native American communities
US Senate (WASHINGTON) -- Presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren has repeatedly addressed the most well-known cloud over her campaign -- the senator's controversial claims of Native American heritage and subsequent DNA test -- in two ways: with an apology and a determination to move forward as a partner to tribes.On Friday, Warren’s campaign put forth a lengthy and exhaustive policy plan aimed at addressing injustices in the Native American community that attempts to do the latter. "As I said when I spoke to the National Congress of American Indians in 2018, Washington owes Native communities respect – and much more. Washington...
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Trump officials abused, retaliated against career State Dept. employees: IG report
Kiyoshi Tanno/iStock (WASHINGTON) -- Career State Department employees in one of the agency's critical bureaus faced harassment, mistreatment and retaliation by its top Trump appointees, according to a new inspector general report. The report on the Bureau of International Organization Affairs centers around two senior officials, Mari Stull, a food and beverage lobbyist turned wine blogger under the name "Vino Vixen," and the bureau's head, Assistant Secretary of State Kevin Moley. According to the report, Stull harassed career employees who she thought were "disloyal" to President Donald Trump and, together with Moley, they removed some from their responsibilities and even...
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Trump claims 'prices haven't gone up' due to China tariffs in 2020 pitch to New Hampshire voters
adamkaz/iStock (WASHINGTON) -- President Donald Trump kicked off his campaign rally in New Hampshire by defending his administration's escalating trade war with China and taking familiar jabs as his potential 2020 Democratic opponents.The president ran down a list of candidates including Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Sen. Kamala Harris, former Rep. Beto O'Rourke and former Vice President Joe Biden, who he seemed to save most of his venom for.“What about a sleepy Joe Biden rally? Right? Boy, he’s made some beauties,” the president said. "I sort of hope it’s him.”“I don't mind any of them. You got Pocahontas is rising. You got...
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House Democrats subpoena Lewandowski, Dearborn for testimony
Luka Banda/iStock (WASHINGTON) -- Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee have issued subpoenas to President Donald Trump's former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski and Rick Dearborn, Trump's former White House deputy chief of staff for policy for their public testimony next month as part of the panel's ongoing probe into potential obstruction of justice and public corruption."It is clear that any other American would have been prosecuted based on the evidence Special Counsel (Robert) Mueller uncovered in his report. Corey Lewandowski and Rick Dearborn were prominently featured in the Special Counsel’s description of President Trump’s efforts to obstruct justice by directing...
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Corey Lewandowski joining Trump at New Hampshire rally amid Senate run speculation
ABC News (WASHINGTON) -- President Donald Trump's former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski will join him Thursday evening at a campaign rally in Manchester, New Hampshire, amid speculation that he will formally announce a run for the U.S. Senate in New Hampshire in 2020.Ahead of his rally, Trump told the radio show "New Hampshire Today" he didn't think that Lewandowski had made a decision yet on whether to run, but praised him."I think Corey is a fantastic guy. And I don't think he's made that decision yet. I will say this, if he ran, he would be a great senator," Trump...
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John Hickenlooper ends 2020 White House bid
ABC News (WASHINGTON) -- John Hickenlooper, the former Colorado governor, announced the end to his 2020 presidential campaign in a video Thursday morning. "While this campaign didn’t have the outcome we were hoping for, every moment has been worthwhile and I’m thankful to everyone who supported this campaign and our entire team," he said in the video. Campaign sources previously confirmed his intentions to ABC News.Stubbornly low poll numbers, a lack of donors, a mostly new campaign staff following a rash of departures in July and the likelihood of missing the Democrats' third debate all contributed to his decision, according...
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Cardi B, Bernie Sanders discuss immigration, police brutality in new campaign video
ABC News (WASHINGTON) -- Sen. Bernie Sanders has enlisted the help of chart-topping rapper Cardi B in a newly released campaign video. The unlikely pair filmed last month at a black-owned nail salon named TEN Nail Bar in Detroit, Michigan while the Vermont senator was in the city for the second round of Democratic presidential debates.In a social media post, Cardi said she fielded questions from her more than 49 million Instagram followers to prepare for her meeting with the senator from Vermont.“You know, what I'm trying to do is I'm trying to advocate the youth and my community because...
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