7 takeaways from the third Democratic presidential debate

Houston, Texas (CNN)Pete Buttigieg called it “unwatchable.” Amy Klobuchar warned that “a house divided cannot stand.” Julin Castro said what was unfolding on stage was “called an election.” “This is why presidential debates are becoming unwatchable. Because this reminds everybody of what they cannot stand about Washington. Scoring points against each other, poking at each other, and telling each other that, ‘My plan, your plan,’” he said. That’s when Castro, the former Housing and Urban Development secretary and the chief instigator Thursday night, interjected. “Yeah, that’s called the Democratic Primary Election, Pete. That’s called an election. That’s an election. You know?” he said. “This is what we’re here for. It’s an election.” Here are seven takeaways from the third Democratic …

Buttigieg: ‘I feel sorry for the President’ after he showed apparently altered hurricane map

(CNN)Pete Buttigieg said Thursday he feels “sorry for the President” after Donald Trump used an apparently altered National Weather Service map to vindicate his erroneous claim Hurricane Dorian would affect Alabama, calling the President’s comments “literally pathetic.” “Look, when the presidency has been reduced to this, all of us are diminished because the presidency is supposed to be something we all look up to, even if we disagree with the President… what we’re seeing there is literally pathetic,” he continued. “It makes you feel a kind of pity for everybody involved, and that’s not how I want to feel about a president whether it’s for my party or the other.” Buttigieg also defended tying climate change to faith during his …

Dorian Winds Weaken but Storm Remains `Extremely Dangerous’

Hurricane Dorian is continuing to bash the Bahamas but its winds are weakening as the storm widens out, and forecasters are looking for signs it’s ready to turn north on a run up the U.S. East Coast rather than slamming head on into Florida. Dorian is continuing to move forward at just 1 mile per hour, according to a 2 p.m. advisory by the U.S. inflicting colossal damage to property and infrastructure in the Bahamas. Located about 25 miles (56 kilometers) from Freeport, Dorian has Dorian will cause In a briefing, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis said Florida utilities have assembled 17,000 personnel to help restore power quickly as needed. He said 72 nursing homes and assisted living centers along the …

Baby Trump Balloon Flies Over Copenhagen Despite Canceled Visit

Phtoographer: Morten Skovgaard A giant Trump Baby balloon hovered above Copenhagen’s tourist hotspot on Monday as part of a series of demonstrations planned for the U.S. president’s now canceled visit to Denmark. Thousands of people said on social media they planned to attend a Stop Trump rally at the U.S. embassy planned for later in the day. A pro-Trump parade organized by a group calling itself Danes for Donald Trump attracted less interest on Facebook. Trump famous worldwide after it featured in Trump’s July 2018 visit to London. Asked about expected numbers, Skovgaard said: “Judging from the media attention and all the traction on Facebook we expect a massive turnout. Trump would call it huge.” A Danish computer games entrepreneur, …

Greg Craig found not guilty on foreign lobbying-related charge

Washington (CNN)Greg Craig, a top lawyer in the Obama administration, was acquitted by a federal jury in Washington on Wednesday afternoon of allegedly making a false statement to the Justice Department. One of Craig’s jurors, who said his name was Michael Meyer, approached him. “I’m so grateful for your service. Thank you!” Meyer told Craig outside the courtroom, bowing to him with his hands clasped. The juror told journalists as he left the courthouse that he was infuriated that special counsel Robert Mueller had wasted so much time on the topic “when the republic itself is under assault.” (The Mueller team initially had handed the Craig case to federal prosecutors in Manhattan, before the US attorney in Washington took it …

Another Kennedy eyeing the Senate could create a ‘titanic match’ in Massachusetts

Washington (CNN)Here are the stories our panel of top political reporters have on their radar in this week’s “Inside Politics” forecast. “That would create a titanic match between two well-known figures in that state,” Martin said. “And increasingly, people think that as long as Kennedy keeps this door open, he probably is going to have to run, because pulling back will show weakness for a future race. And if you don’t run now, the lines aren’t going to be any shorter down the road in a state full of liberals.” 2. Bernie Sanders’ campaign schedule Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders will campaign this week in Pennsylvania and Kentucky. The two states hold very late primaries next year, meaning they’re less likely …

Israel likely had a role in Iraq airstrike that has roiled US-Iraqi relations

(CNN)The US government has assessed that Israel was likely involved in a strike that took place north of Baghdad last month, a strike that has complicated America’s relationship with Baghdad, according to two US officials. The US has refused to officially say whether Israel was involved but has denied any responsibility for the strike, saying Iraq’s sovereignty should be respected. Several other military facilities belonging to Iranian-backed groups in Iraq have also been rocked by a series of explosions, but at this time the US believes Israel is responsible for only one of those blasts, with the officials telling CNNthat several other scenarios could have caused the other explosions, including poor practices with regard to the storage of munitions and …

21 Democrats are still running for president. Most of them only have a small chance of winning.

(CNN)The Democratic primary dropouts are coming a mile a minute now. Earlier this week, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee decided to depart the 2020 presidential race. Now, Massachusetts Rep. Seth Moulton is bowing out. While we still have a while to go until the Iowa caucuses, a FiveThirtyEight study shows that national polls in the second half of the year leading up to the primary have been telling. In primaries without an incumbent running since 1972, I count 86 candidates who ended up running and averaged less than 5% in the polls. Just one, Jimmy Carter, went on to win the nomination (and, as we know, the presidency). Another way to look at it is that we’re examining 16 primaries since …

Democrats are debating socialism, just like Donald Trump wants them to

(CNN)South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg was probably right Tuesday night when he said said that no matter what kind of agenda Democrats adopt, Republicans and President Donald Trump are “gonna say we’re a bunch of crazy socialists.” This will be a recurring theme as Democrats sort through their large primary field.

Trump nominates staunch loyalist John Ratcliffe to become chief US spymaster

Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump’s nomination of John Ratcliffe to replace Dan Coats as the next Director of National Intelligence would launch a lawmaker with less than five years national experience under his belt to the pinnacle of US espionage in one of the most powerful and sensitive jobs in government. “I’m not going to accuse any specific person of any specific crime,” Ratcliffe said on Fox News’ Sunday Morning Futures. “I just want there to be a fair process to get there. What I do know, as a former federal prosecutor, is, it does appear that there were crimes committed during the Obama administration.” Trump unveiled the nomination by tweet, saying he was “pleased to announce that highly respected Congressman …

Obama ‘proud’ of former members of his administration who stood up to Trump in op-ed

Washington (CNN)Former President Barack Obama praised members of his administration for “continuing to fight for an America that’s better” after nearly 150 African Americans signed an op-ed slamming President Donald Trump for his recent racist attacks targeting four progressive Democratic congresswomen of color. Earlier this month, Trump — in racist language that was later condemned by a House resolution — told the four progressive Democratic congresswomen of color to “go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came.” Three of the four were born in the US, and the fourth is a naturalized US citizen. On Saturday, Trump unleashed a new assault against Democratic Rep. Elijah Cummings — chairman of the House Oversight …

GOP challenger Bill Weld: Trump is a “raging racist”

Washington (CNN)Former Massachusetts governor and longshot candidate for the Republican nomination for president Bill Weld levied a series of attacks against his primary opponent, President Donald Trump, dubbing him a “raging racist.” Weld’s comments come a week after Trump lodged racist attacks at Democratic Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Rashida Tlaib of Michigan, Illhan Omar of Minnesota and Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts when he tweeted that they should “go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came.” The tweets were widely condemned by congressional Democrats and some Republicans, and the House passed a resolution condemning the racist language Trump used. Weld, the former two-term Republican governor of Massachusetts, officially announced his primary …

Bernie Sanders says campaign has reached agreement with staffers for higher pay

Washington (CNN)Sen. Bernie Sanders said Tuesday that his campaign has reached a deal with its unionized staffers to increase their pay following negotiations, defusing an issue that threatened to distract his populist messaging for higher wages. Jonathan Williams, a spokesman for the UFCW Local 400, confirmed the union and the Sanders campaign have agreed to new a compensation package within the confines of their existing collective bargaining agreement. “Both the campaign staff and management have engaged in this process in good faith and to achieve a mutually agreed upon outcome. This is what democracy in the workplace looks like,” said Williams, who added that he would like to see other campaigns and “every employer in this country rise to the …

Another NRA official leaves organization amid turmoil

Washington (CNN)Another official with the National Rifle Association has left as the organization faces legal troubles, allegations of financial misconduct and other high-profile staff departures. Politico first reported Baker left the organization. Baker’s departure is the latest sign of turmoil within the gun rights organization. But her exit is not entirely surprising. She had worked closely with Chris Cox, the NRA’s former chief lobbyist, who resigned last month after NRA leadership accused him of participating in coup to overthrow NRA chief executive Wayne LaPierre — a charge Cox denied to the New York Times. The NRA alleged in a federal lawsuit filed in June that the group’s former President Oliver North attempted to oust LaPierre, and argued texts and emails …

Bernie Sanders defends unionized staffers’ salaries amid clash with campaign over guarantee of $15 an hour

(CNN)Sen. Bernie Sanders is a staple on the front lines of the labor fight, leading the charge in Washington and around the country to raise the minimum wage for workers to $15 an hour. But within his own campaign, which unionized earlier this year, tense discussions over pay have spilled out into public view. “We have a historic contract agreement that provides unprecedented protections and benefits,” he said in the statement provided to the Post. “Through that framework, we are committed to addressing concerns in good faith through the bargaining process.” Earlier Friday, Sanders expressed frustration in an interview with the Des Moines Register that staffers were airing their complaints publicly. “It does bother me that people are going outside …

Rep. Elijah Cummings: Trump’s ‘go back’ comments bring back painful memories of childhood racism

Washington (CNN)House Oversight Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings said President Donald Trump’s racist tweets aimed at four congresswomen of color bring back memories of the racism he faced as a child growing up in Baltimore. “And they called us the N-word over and over again.” Trump launched racist attacks last week aimed at the four members of “The Squad” — Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Rashida Tlaib of Michigan, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota and Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts. Ocasio-Cortez, Tlaib and Pressley are natural-born US citizens, while Omar was born in Somalia and immigrated to the US when she was young. The tweets were widely condemned by congressional Democrats and some Republicans, and the House passed a resolution condemning the …