Sanders and Biden would be burning 80 candles on their birthday cakes during a first term as president. Photo: Getty Images With Bernie Sanders’s announcement of a 2020 presidential candidacy, we know for sure that there will be at least one aspirant for the job who would turn 80 during his first term in office. He’s the second septuagenarian to enter the race, counting the 72-year-old incumbent, though Elizabeth Warren will turn 70 this summer. And the field could soon include another candidate who would have an 80-candle birthday cake in the White House, Joe Biden (a little over a year younger than Sanders). Will our budding gerontocracy be an issue during the nominating or general election stages of the 2020 campaign? The very idea seems to infuriate fans of Biden and Sanders, who tend to brush off questions about their heroes’ ages by denouncing ageism, touting their vigor as compared to the junk-food-loving and sedentary Trump, or pointing at each other (if … [Read more...] about Will Age Be an Issue in the 2020 Presidential Race?
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Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota entered the 2020 presidential race Sunday with a speech in the middle of a Midwestern snowstorm, joining a record number of women in the most diverse Democratic primary field in U.S. history. "At a time when we must heal the heart of our democracy and renew our commitment to the common good, I stand before you as the granddaughter of an iron ore miner, as the daughter of a teacher and a newspaperman, as the first woman elected to the United States Senate from the state of Minnesota, to announce my candidacy for president of the United States," she told supporters braving frigid temperatures and relentless snowfall at an outdoor rally along the Mississippi River in Minneapolis. Klobuchar, who is expected to tout her moderate politics and Midwestern roots on the campaign trail, denounced the polarization in Washington and the divisiveness in political discourse. "That sense of community is fracturing across our nation right now, worn down by the petty and … [Read more...] about Amy Klobuchar launches presidential bid, joining record number of women candidates
Democrats need a presidential candidate who, like TV’s Kimmy Schmidt, is impervious to adversity. Photo: Eric Liebowitz/ Netflix While doing research for a different article, I made a discovery that shouldn’t have shocked me, but did: The first formal candidate debate in the Republican presidential nominating contest eventually won by Donald Trump was on August 6, 2015. If Democrats follow a similar pace in choosing their nominee from a wide-open field, their 2020 contest could become deadly serious in just over a year from now. And they are not even remotely ready for that, at all. Thanks to the national obsession with Trump’s antics, and the natural preoccupation among Democrats with making enough midterm gains to disrupt or destroy the GOP “trifecta” of control in Washington, talk about 2020 seems remote and almost theoretical. Lists of possible presidential candidates are enormous; one published last month by the Washington Post had 33 names. The … [Read more...] about Democrats Need an Unbreakable Presidential Candidate in 2020
US President Donald Trump signed an executive order on Wednesday that allows punitive sanctions to be placed on foreigners who interfere in US elections. The move follows sustained criticism of the president for failing to take seriously threats to the US electoral system from foreign actors. In particular, Trump had previously dismissed reports of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential race, which he won. The executive order also comes roughly two months ahead of crucial US mid-term elections that feature tight races. The outcomes of could shift the makeup of the American Congress. The excecutive order will punish those who spread disinformation or hack into voter systems Foreign meddling, past and present While announcing the new order, Dan Coats, the director of national intelligence, said that foreign election meddling could possibly take place before November's vote. He said that signs of Russian interference were visible, though not on the … [Read more...] about Donald Trump approves sanctions for foreign meddling in US election
Breitbart News has exclusively obtained a heretofore unreported-on police report from days before the 2016 presidential election that describes how a cocaine pipe that authorities determined was used to smoke cocaine was found in a rental car returned to an Arizona Hertz location in the middle of the night. Also found in the vehicle were several personal effects of Hunter Biden, then-Vice President Joe Biden’s son, like two of his DC driver’s licenses, multiple credit cards, and personally identifying information like a Delaware Attorney General badge and a U.S. Secret Service business card that police said bore his name. Hunter Biden, according to the police report, had rented the vehicle from a location in California with the intent to return it to the Prescott, Arizona, location, where it was discovered the morning after it was dropped off with the drug paraphernalia and Hunter Biden’s personal effects inside.Instead of returning the car keys to the drop box where … [Read more...] about Exclusive — 2016 Arizona Police Report: Cocaine Pipe Found in Car Rented by Joe Biden’s Son Hunter Biden, Authorities Declined to Prosecute
Get '5 things' in your inbox If your day doesn't start until you've gotten up to speed on the latest headlines, then let us introduce you to your new favorite morning fix. Sign up here for the '5 Things' newsletter. (CNN)Some parts of fire-ravaged Southern California could get a little bit of good news: The area is predicted to have its first significant rainfall since May. (Unfortunately, with rain may come flash flood warnings. They just can't catch a break.) Here's what else you need to know to Get Up to Speed and Out the Door. (You can also get "5 Things You Need to Know Today" delivered to your inbox daily. Sign up here.) 1. Impeachment investigation We're in the thick of some of the most important -- and compelling -- impeachment hearings to date. Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, the National Security Council's Ukraine expert, offered testimony yesterday about the pivotal July 25 call, saying he knew immediately that it was inappropriate. He also said President Trump and his … [Read more...] about 5 things to know for November 20: Impeachment, Syria, UK election, Bolivia, Epstein