With her back against the wall, Kamala Harris surged. Will it last?

Within 24 hours of the debate, her team raised more than $2m in online donations, and she moved up in the polls Kamala Harris is a multibillion-dollar plan to invest in black homeownership that matched concrete economic solutions with a fierce promise to right past wrongs. It is the jolt of energy that Harris campaign needed after months of struggling to stand out in the polls. Harris performance on 27 June, in the first round of debates of the 2020 presidential race, was a much-needed win. Harris walked on stage ranked fifth in the most crowded Democratic race in history. She left basking in attention, having metaphorically kneecapped the frontrunner. Within 24 hours, her team raised more than $2m in …

This Fourth of July, Trump will star in a movie of his own making

We will view the presidents remake of Gladiator, the Oscar-winning tale of a debauched and self-venerating Roman emperor Donald Trump won the presidency but never scored an Emmy for the Apprentice despite 15 seasons and 192 episodes. Come this Independence Day, however, the president will star in a movie of his own making. On the Fourth of July, the president will produce and take center stage in his own remake of Gladiator, Ridley Scotts Academy Award-winning tale of a debauched and self-venerating Roman emperor. Broadcast and filmed before a live audience from the Lincoln Memorial, Trumps extravaganza looms as a cinematic production befitting his politics and persona. flanked by the service branches brass, Trump will seek to honor himself as …

Booker not sure Biden up to the task of reconciling US over racial injustices

Booker, a Democratic presidential candidate, said Biden has an inability to talk candidly about the mistakes he made The Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden is up to that task. Whoever our nominee is going to be, whoever the next president is going to be, really needs to be someone who can talk openly and honestly about race with vulnerability because none of us are perfect, but really call this country to common ground, to reconciliation, the New Jersey senator told NBCs Meet the Press. Im not sure if Vice-President Biden is up to that task, given the way this last three weeks have played out, and frankly I know whoever is that nominee needs to be able to pull this …

The wild race to lead the Democrats could break the gender mould of US politics | Emma Brockes

Six female candidates have more chance of avoiding sexist stereotyping than poor, isolated Hillary Clinton, says Guardian columnist Emma Brockes It was a strange experience, watching the US Democratic candidates debate this week, and not having ones eye drawn to the traditional solitary female on stage. For the first time, more than one woman is standing in the race and in popularity has surged over the past few months and a woman who often carries an air of being the only grownup in the room. Unlike Amy Klobuchar, the senator from Minnesota, was spirited and amused. Hillary Clinton had been. Still, the playing field is a way off being levelled. Watching the exchanges I found myself maintaining in my head …

Vulnerable Trump begins 2020 campaign amid boasts and backlash

With poor poll numbers against Democrats, president faces coordinated opposition but history may be on his side Donald Trump will formally election day in November 2020. The rally looks to be setting records, claimed in a tweet on Monday, adding: We are building large movie screens outside to take care of everybody. Over 100,000 requests. Our Country is doing great, far beyond what the haters & losers thought possible and it will only get better! But beneath the surface self-congratulation, there is cause for panic in Trumpworld. Democrats will seek to undercut the show of strength by staging a counter-rally outside the stadium, featuring speeches from Floridians who say they have been personally hurt by the presidents policies. Protesters are …

Sanders lays out his vision for America: finish what Franklin Roosevelt started

The 2020 presidential candidate, who has consistently ranked second in national polls, defended democratic socialism Presidential Bernie Sanders confronted critics of his leftwing politics in a formal speech on Wednesday that sought to explain and forcefully defend democratic socialism the economic philosophy that has shaped his decades-long political career. Sanders, speaking to a friendly audience at George Washington University in Washington DC, presented himself as the heir to a progressive tradition championed by Franklin Roosevelt and Martin Luther King Jr as he argued that a wholesale political revolution was the only antidote to the tyranny of oligarchs, multinational corporations, Wall Street banks and billionaires. It is my very strong belief that the United States must reject that path of hatred …

Murders of three trans women in Texas underline increasing dangers across US

Three black trans women have been killed in Texas since October, and activists believe that attacks are on the rise due to a hostile political climate The transgender community in Dallas was still had been found in a lake, making her the second black trans woman murdered in the city in the space of a fortnight. Three black trans women in their 20s have now been said during the ceremony, standing at the altar next to a blue coffin adorned with flowers. Her back has been against the wall so many times and thats one of the reasons I didnt want her to be who she was, because its already hard for a black man. Then a black gay man …

Siege: Trump under Fire by Michael Wolff review

Michael Wolffs second bite at the Trump presidency speculates on how the fiasco will end The Trump presidency began as Kim Jong-un, Michael Wolffs siege of Mafeking, let alone that of Leningrad. The war of attrition waged by Wolff and his fellow journalists has hardly worn Trump down; he retains the freedom of the air, tweeting out a daily barrage of lies and insults and jetting off to stoke up bigots in midwestern arenas or embarrass foreign heads of state who wince as they welcome him on to their soil. Mostly Siege retells scandalous stories that are pretty familiar, with few fresh disclosures. Despite the indiscreet tattle dribbled into his ear by the disgruntled Melania in hospital for a week …

Black Democrats push abortion rights over impeachment as 2020 heats up

As lawmakers debate whether to impeach Trump, Democrats at Atlantas I Will Vote gala held voting rights and reproductive rights above other issues A fierce debate over whether or not to try and impeach Donald Trump is roiling the Democratic party in Washington, pitting scores of lawmakers in favor of impeaching Trump against the partys leadership, led by the House speaker Nancy Pelosi. The hotly contested argument has divided the 2020 campaign trail too, as a slew of Democratic candidates, including Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders, have joined the impeachment movement, while frontrunner Joe Biden has resisted the push. But at a key pit stop on the 2020 trail where a number of top candidates, including Biden and former Texas …

Mueller drew up obstruction indictment against Trump, Michael Wolff book says

Spokesman for special counsel denies existence of document at heart of revelation in Fire and Fury sequel, Siege: Trump Under Fire A new book from Fire and Fury author Michael Wolff says special counsel Robert Mueller drew up a three-count obstruction of justice indictment against Donald Trump before deciding to shelve it an explosive claim which a spokesman for Mueller flatly denied. The stunning revelation is contained in Siege: Trump Under Fire, which will be published a week from now, on 4 June. It is the sequel to Fire and Fury, Wolffs bestseller on the first year of the Trump presidency dysfunction within the Trump White House and engendered huge controversy after the Guardian Fear: Trump in the White House …

Deutsche Bank staff saw suspicious Trump and Kushner activity report

In explosive New York Times report on Russia-linked bank, fired employee says nothing happened after she raised concerns Several financial moves by legal entities controlled by Donald Trump and Jared Kushner between 2016 and 2017 triggered suspicious activity alerts inside Deutsche Bank, a major lender to the Trump family, according to a report in the New York Times. $300m still outstanding. In the House of Representatives, Democrats have been drilling into the link between the Trump Organization and Deutsche Bank. Last month two committees financial services and intelligence counter-attacked by launching a lawsuit against Deutsche Bank in an attempt to stop it complying with the subpoenas. The lawsuit claimed the demand for documents amounted to harassment of the president and …

Trump to nominate former Boeing executive as defense secretary

Patrick Shanahan has served in the role in an acting capacity since the departure of former Pentagon chief Jim Mattis Donald Trump will nominate Patrick Shanahan, the acting Pentagon chief, as his new defense secretary, the White House announced on Thursday. Shanahan, a former executive at Boeing, has been serving in the role in an acting capacity since the departure of the former defense secretary James Mattis in December. Unlike Mattis, who disagreed with Trump on multiple issues and used his Original Article : HERE ; This post was curated & posted using : RealSpecific

The media is failing on climate change here’s how they can do better ahead of 2020

We spoke to climate change experts for advice on how news outlets can cover the environment in ways that make voters listen America elected Donald Trump at the end of the hottest year Democratic National Committee to host a debate solely focused on climate. Bernie Sanders raised the issue during his town hall on Fox News earlier this month and even town halls last week. In the run-up to 2020, as newsroom leaders grapple with their mistakes in the 2016 election from reliance on inaccurate polls to underestimating the impact of fake news the failure to press candidates on climate change is emerging as an area of self-examination. In 2016 there were almost no questions asked , which is insane, …

Trump is just one chapter of bad fiction in America’s history, White House press dinner told

When you chip away at the press, you chip away at our democracy, Pulitzer-winning historian Ron Chernow tells Trump-free event As Donald Trump flailed his arms and railed against the media at a raucous campaign rally on Saturday night, a Pulitzer prize-winning historian delivered an elegantly scathing rebuke at the in polarised reactions to special counsel Robert Muellers report on Russian election interference was on vivid display again in two speeches. In Washington, Chernow, biographer of founding father Alexander Hamilton and former president Ulysses S Grant, delivered an eloquent and erudite defence of the freedom of the press with some subtle barbs, winning a standing ovation from an audience that quickly forgot any disappointment over the lack of a comedian …