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Democratic leadership again considers climate change debate — and again says no

baona/iStock(SAN FRANCISCO) —  Democrats have shut the door to a presidential debate focused on climate change. The proposal dominated the party’s convention this week in San Francisco and pitted party officials who oppose single-issue debates against activists, who see climate change as an existential threat that deserves special attention heading into the 2020 election. On […]

Immigration lawyers say efforts to address a backlog of cases has hurt clients

Isaura Aceves/ABC News(WASHINGTON) — In 2014, Texas immigration lawyer Robert Painter first met a domestic violence victim he believed had a strong case for asylum. But due to the backlog in U.S. immigration courts, they did not appear before a judge until last month. The woman’s next hearing is now a year away, and Painter […]

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg treated for new pancreatic cancer

iStock Photo/Bill Chizek(WASHINGTON) — Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was recently treated for a “localized malignant tumor” on her pancreas, a court spokesperson said Friday. “The tumor was treated definitively and there is no evidence of disease elsewhere in the body,” spokesperson Kathy Arberg said. The news, coming during the court’s summer recess, is […]

Murphy says White House still committed to gun background checks despite Trump's mixed signals

ABC News(WASHINGTON) — Connecticut Democratic Sen. Chris Murphy told reporters on Friday that, despite President Donald Trump’s recent mixed signals on gun sale background checks, he believes the White House is still committed to working on a comprehensive anti-gun violence proposal. Murphy, who spoke with Trump by phone last week, said Trump “told me personally […]

Tulsi Gabbard’s campaign wants the DNC to change debate qualifying poll requirements

ABC News(NEW YORK) — Rep. Tulsi Gabbard’s presidential campaign is calling on the Democratc National Committee to revise its list of debate qualifying polls in an effort to help the Hawaii Congresswoman qualify for the upcoming third DNC debate hosted by ABC News. According to the criteria that the DNC set forth, 2020 candidates must […]

Democratic presidential hopeful Rep. Seth Moulton drops out of 2020 race

sanfel/iStock(WASHINGTON) — Combat veteran Rep. Seth Moulton, D-Mass., wanted to add “president” to his long list of accomplishments — four tours of duty in Iraq, three Harvard degrees, four years in the U.S. Congress — but announced on Friday that he’s dropping out of the 2020 presidential race. Struggling to meet the Democratic National Committee’s […]

Trump team defends 2020 campaign manager's compensation

adamkaz/iStock(WASHINGTON) — President Donald Trump’s 2020 campaign team on Thursday angrily disputed a report in a British tabloid that campaign chairman Brad Parscale is profiting excessively from his work for Trump. Trump campaign communications director Tim Murtaugh rejected as false anonymous allegations in The Daily Mail that Parscale was getting a cut of 2020 campaign […]

Trump's claims and what experts say about mental illness and mass shootings

Kameleon007/iStock(WASHINGTON) — “Mental illness and hatred pull the trigger, not the gun,” President Donald Trump said soon after the recent mass shootings in Texas and Ohio that left 31 dead. Under pressure to take action, the president has repeatedly tried to shift the cause of mass shootings away from guns and toward mental illness. Experts […]

John Hickenlooper joins crowded Senate race in Colorado

krblokhin/iStock(DENVER) — Onetime 2020 Democratic presidential candidate and former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper launched his campaign to unseat GOP Sen. Cory Gardner, R-Colo., Thursday morning, entering a crowded Democratic primary to challenge the vulnerable Republican incumbent. “I know changing Washington is hard but I want to give it a shot,” Hickenlooper said in a new […]

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee announces he's dropping out of the 2020 race

liveslow/iStock(WASHINGTON) — Washington Gov. Jay Inslee is dropping out of the 2020 presidential race. He made his announcement on MSNBC Wednesday night. “It’s become clear that I’m not going to be carrying the ball, but we’re going to make sure somebody is,” he said on “The Rachel Maddow Show.” Inslee was the first governor to […]