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 …

Here’s the beef with Dems’ climate crisis solutions

Washington (CNN)The climate change debate has reached America’shamburgers. Many of the 2020 Democrats specifically touched on cattle production in Wednesday’s town hall — and railed against the government’s role (or lack thereof) in regulating what people eat.  Cory Booker, a vegan who has eaten vegetarian since he was in college, suggested that the beef issue is being used to motivate people against making necessary strides to tackle the climate crisis. “‘Booker wants to take away your hamburger!’ — that is the kind of lies and fearmongering they spread,” Booker said. “Freedom is one of our most sacred values. Whatever you want to eat, go ahead and eat it.” Elizabeth Warren had a similar take. “This is exactly what the fossil fuel industry hopes we’re …

Elizabeth Warren embraces Jay Inslee’s climate change platform

(CNN)Sen. Elizabeth Warren on Tuesday announced she would adopt Washington Gov. Jay Inslee’s 10-year climate plan, while also expanding on his blueprint with a series of additional investments costing $1 trillion to offer additional protections to workers and help fund a radical transition of American infrastructure and industry away from fossil fuels. Inslee, who initially entered the primary focusing exclusively on climate change, departed with a reputation as one of the party’s leaders on the issue. Warren and Inslee met in Seattle last weekend, aides to both told CNN, and discussed climate policy. Warren told Inslee in that meeting that she would be endorsing his plan. A week earlier, at a rally that drew thousands, Warren told reporters that, in …

Six weeks, 328 false claims. Breaking down Trump’s dishonesty

Washington (CNN)We’ve been tracking all of President Donald Trump’s false claims since July 8, from the big lies to the small exaggerations. Immigration was the number-one subject of Trump’s dishonesty through his first two years in office. Over these six weeks, it was the economy — a change that reflects how central Trump’s trade war has become to his presidency. Over these six weeks, 26% of Trump’s false claims were at least in part about the economy. Twenty-three percent were at least in part about Democrats, 18% about trade, 16% about China. Immigration was down in the fifth spot, at 13%. Notable: Former President Barack Obama, rarely far from Trump’s thoughts, made the top 10. Trump has regularly tried to …

Bernie Sanders’ new climate plan asks Democrats: Do you want a revolution or not?

(CNN)The massive scope and cost of Bernie Sanders’ new “Green New Deal” plan to confront climate change encapsulates both the potential appeal and limits of the Vermont senator’s uncompromising presidential campaign. But even some who agree with Sanders’ goals believe that many will find the notion of such seismic change intimidating and unrealistic. Rather than catalyzing Americans to action, these critics worry that proposals like Sanders’ will paralyze them by making the climate challenge look too big to confront without unacceptable disruption to daily life. Paul Starr, a Princeton University sociologist and co-founder of The American Prospect, a leading liberal magazine, is one of those who think Sanders’ proposal may set back the cause of climate action. “This is not …

Recalling deaths of MLK and Robert Kennedy, Biden poses hypothetical question about an Obama assassination

Hanover, New Hampshire (CNN)During a town hall Friday afternoon, former Vice President Joe Biden asked a New Hampshire audience to imagine what it would have been like if Barack Obama had been assassinated when he became the Democratic nominee for president in 2008 and how it would’ve affected the country. The former vice president often references King’s and Kennedy’s assassinations as pivotal moments in his life. A Biden campaign official tells CNN that Biden has made a similar comment about Obama before as he’s tried to stress and explain the significance of Kennedy’s and King’s assassinations to people who may not have been alive at the time. Original Article : HERE ;

Mass shootings test Mitch McConnell’s iron grip

(CNN)President Donald Trump didn’t cite new gun legislation in his public remarks Monday, following the pair of deadly mass shootings over the weekend, and he won’t have to worry about any such bills so long as Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, the proud obstructionist of Capitol Hill, keeps them off the Senate floor. “That’s why I call myself the Grim Reaper,” he said of Democrats during an appearance at a Kentucky political event over the weekend. “I’m killing their socialist agenda.” His campaign tweeted a photo of homemade yard sign headstones, a questionable move coming hours after the shootings in Texas unfolded. The problem with McConnell’s boast of protecting the country from socialist takeover is that the bipartisan bills passed through …

Owner of SoulCycle and the Miami Dolphins faces outrage and calls for boycott over Trump fundraiser

(CNN)The billionaire owner of Equinox is planning a high-dollar Hamptons fundraiser for President Donald Trump, leading to calls for a boycott of the luxury gym and its associated businesses SoulCycle and Blink Fitness. “Sorry @soulcycle … you can’t peddle ‘inspiration’ in your classes and have an owner funding hate and racism in the back room,” actor Conrad Ricamora wrote. “Byyyeeeeeeeeeee.” Ross responded in a statement to CNN, saying that “I have always been an active participant in the democratic process. … I have known Donald Trump for 40 years, and while we agree on some issues, we strongly disagree on many others and I have never been bashful about expressing my opinions. … I have been, and will continue to …

‘Something needs to be done’: A conversation about guns and race in America

(CNN)On Tuesday afternoon, Liliana Bustos, a 27-year-old waitress in El Paso, Texas, brought her 2-year-old son to see the growing memorial outside the Walmart commemorating the 22 people killed in the mass shooting there on Saturday. Andre Ortiz and his fiancée Caysee Brown frequent Dayton’s Oregon entertainment district where the shooting took place. Ortiz, 34, and Brown, 36, knew one of the victims, Lola Oglesby. “It feels a little different to even leave the house these days,” said Brown. “It just doesn’t feel like you can go anywhere. Can’t go to Walmart. Can’t go to church. Can’t go to a movie theater without the fear of something happening or something going wrong.” Ortiz said he’s had to talk with the …

These 4 questions may determine how Democrats go from 2 dozen candidates to 1

(CNN)This week’s Democratic presidential debates on CNN are likely to mark the next milestone in the winnowing process already shrinking the historically large field of candidates. Question 1: Can anyone else crack the top tier? To a striking extent in a field this large, Democratic voters have established a clear top tier in the race. The same candidates hold the top four positions in virtually all recent state and national polls: former Vice President Joe Biden and Sens. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, Kamala Harris of California and Bernie Sanders of Vermont. Though South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg has shown immense fundraising capacity, he has fallen well behind the other four in every recent survey. No one else in the …

Former Michigan governor: Dems need to convince voters they’re stronger than Trump on economy

Detroit (CNN)As the 2020 Democrats fan out across the country trying to convince voters they would be better shepherds of the US economy than President Donald Trump, some Democrats like former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm are questioning whether they are connecting with the voters of the industrial Midwest who believe Trump is fighting for them. It is the one bright spot in Trump’s abysmal poll numbers, and clearly a factor that is bolstering his approval rating. An NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll from this month had Trump’s approval rating among voters nationwide at 45% with a disapproval rating of 52%. In a CNN poll from June, 52% of voters approved of how Trump is handling the economy. The ideological gap …

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 …

Kyrsten Sinema says John McCain’s example is ‘lighting the way’ for her in first Senate speech

Washington (CNN)Arizona Democratic Sen. Kyrsten Sinema said the late Sen. John McCain’s example is “lighting the way” for her in her first Senate floor speech since taking office in January. Sinema — who has introduced the bipartisan Daniel Somers Network of Support Act, which aims to build networks of support for service members — said Somers had a traumatic brain injury and suffered from depression and other symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder. She said the US Department of Veterans Affairs delayed providing Somers with suitable support and care. Study: Trump administration derelict in outreach to suicidal veterans Last fall, Sinema won Arizona’s US Senate race, defeating Republican Rep. Martha McSally and flipping a seat that had been in GOP hands for …

Boris Johnson warned by Tory rebels: ditch no deal or face fight for survival

Leadership candidate told he is on collision course with parliament over no-deal Brexit Boris Johnson has been put on notice by rebel Conservatives that he will not survive long as prime minister unless he drops his no-deal Brexit agenda, as he stands on the brink of entering Downing Street. Johnson is expected to be announced as the choice of the Conservative party to be the next prime minister on Tuesday morning after running a campaign against Jeremy Hunt that promised to take the UK out of the EU by the end of October resigned dramatically to launch an attempt to test whether the new prime minister could command a majority among MPs. Duncans proposal for an emergency House of Commons …

Katie Porter isn’t part of ‘The Squad.’ But the freshman House Democrat is stirring up trouble for Trump

Washington (CNN)When Hillary Clinton lost the 2016 presidential election, a California law professor named Katie Porter — who had been expecting to join Clinton’s transition team to advise on housing policy — thought she would sit the next four years out of government. She’s carving out a Warren-esque role for herself that’s included asking top officials do basic math under oath. Her targets so far have included major Wall Street players like JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon, Equifax CEO Mark Begor and now-former Wells Fargo CEO Tim Sloan. “I remember saying to Elizabeth Warren — she called me a couple weeks after I got here — and talking to her and saying, ‘I don’t feel like I’ve found my voice,’” …

Here’s a look inside the controversial Clint, Texas, facility where migrant children have been detained

Clint, Texas (CNN)Children were sleeping on cots at a US Customs and Border Protection facility in Clint, Texas. Some were playing soccer, and a teenage girl also detained there was calling her family to tell them she was alive. CNN and other media outlets toured the facility on Wednesday but were barred from taking any pictures or video. The facility, which is meant to hold 106 people, is currently holding 117 migrant youths, CBP officials said. The youngest children in the facility were a 1-year-old, who has been traveling with a 17-year-old and a 2-year-old unaccompanied minor. Most of the children were being kept inside rooms with metal doors, a large glass window and no windows to the outside. Some …