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MJ Hegar launches 2020 Senate run against Texas' John Cornyn

MJ Hegar launches 2020 Senate run against Texas' John CornynAUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Democrat MJ Hegar, an Air Force veteran whose viral campaign ads nearly helped her get elected in one of Texas' most Republican-friendly congressional districts last year, set her sights higher on Tuesday and launched a run for U.S. Senate against Republican incumbent John Cornyn.



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Mueller report indicts Russia. Will Trump protect the 2020 election against Putin?

Mueller report indicts Russia. Will Trump protect the 2020 election against Putin?Special counsel finds 'sweeping and systematic' interference in American democracy. Address this information warfare to prevent a 2016 rerun: Our view



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The 2020 Jaguar XE in Photos

The 2020 Jaguar XE in Photos



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Seth Moulton, the 20th Declared Democratic Candidate, Enters 2020 Race

Seth Moulton, the 20th Declared Democratic Candidate, Enters 2020 RaceBrian Snyder / ReutersRep. Seth Moulton (D-MA), the 40-year-old veteran who is in his third term in Congress, is running for president. “Whether it’s appointing a Cabinet member, negotiating a treaty, or signing an executive order, I will always uphold America’s values,” Moulton said in his announcement video. “I’m running because we have to beat Donald Trump, and I want us to beat Donald Trump because I love this country. We’ve never been a country that gets everything right. But we’re a country that, at our best, thinks that we might. I’d be honored if you’d join me in this mission.”After spending time in early-voting states over the past few months, he announced his candidacy on Good Morning America, officially becoming the 20th candidate to compete for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination. His campaign will emphasize organizing young people and veterans on the ground and aides to Moulton say they’ve heard positive receptions to a younger candidate who can focus on issues of national security, defense, and foreign policy in contrast to President Trump. Moulton has recently spent time in early-voting states and his Serve America PAC contributed more than $ 4 million to candidates in the 2018 cycle, with staff on the ground working to flip almost two dozen House seats. In the run-up to his announcement, Moulton has given a speech on foreign policy, including arms control and re-examining NATO, called for the creation of a Federal Green Jobs Corps and an electoral reform plan and said both the Electoral College and the Senate filibuster should be abolished. Moulton was heavily criticized for his efforts to keep House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) from leading the party after Democrats won a majority in the House of Representatives last year, protestations that included angry constituents at a town-hall meeting and potential primary challengers. Moulton eventually backed her speakership after coming to a deal that included term limits for the leadership positions of the House’s top Democrats. More recently, Moulton has said Pelosi has done a good job in her role. One of his other competitors in the 2020 race, Rep. Tim Ryan (D-OH), also led the charge for new leadership and previously challenged Pelosi for the position of minority leader in 2016. When that vote was taken, another 2020 contender, former Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-TX) supported Ryan. Following the formal launch of his campaign, Moulton will participate in an aggressive media tour, including an interview with MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow, a must-stop for Democratic presidential aspirants as of late. And throughout the rest of the week, he’ll be heading back to early-voting states for campaign events. The number of candidates is not expected to remain at 20 for long, as former Vice President Joe Biden is poised to enter the race this week as well. Read more at The Daily Beast.



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Warren’s 2020 Platform Calls For ‘Ultra-Millionaire Tax’ to Pay Off Student Debt

Warren’s 2020 Platform Calls For ‘Ultra-Millionaire Tax’ to Pay Off Student DebtSenator Elizabeth Warren (D., Mass.) rolled out a policy proposal Monday that calls for the use of public funds to pay off hundreds of billions of dollars in outstanding student loan debt.Under the proposal, the government would pay off some $ 600 billion in outstanding student loan debt over the next ten years using revenue derived from a so-called “ultra-millionaire tax,” an annual 2 percent tax on wealth over $ 50 million plus an additional 1 percent on wealth over $ 1 billion.“Higher education opened a million doors for me. It’s how the daughter of a janitor in a small town in Oklahoma got to become a teacher, a law school professor, a U.S. Senator, and eventually, a candidate for President of the United States,” Warren wrote in a blog post announcing the policy. “Today, it’s virtually impossible for a young person to find that kind of opportunity.”The Democratic presidential contender's plan, which aims to eliminate $ 1.25 trillion in total student debt over ten years, also calls for a $ 100 billion increase in federal student aid that does not have to be paid back. It also asks states to partner with the federal government to make public two and four-year universities completely tuition-free.Debt-relief for lower-income Americans would be prioritized under the plan: Every person with a house-hold income of under $ 100,000 would be eligible for $ 50,000 in debt forgiveness, regardless of whether their loans were held in the private or public sector. Relief would then taper off by $ 1 for every $ 3 in income above $ 100,000 before eventually subsiding totally at $ 250,000.A group of Brandeis University professors said the economic growth that will result from the proposal “will create additional tax revenue that reduces the overall cost.”Much of the Democratic primary field has prioritized the cancellation of student debt but Warren is the first to release a policy proposal addressing the issue.



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Here Are All of the 2020 Hyundai Sonata's Available Colors—Including Yellow

Here Are All of the 2020 Hyundai Sonata's Available Colors—Including Yellow



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Mueller report: Elizabeth Warren becomes first 2020 candidate to call for Trump’s impeachment

Mueller report: Elizabeth Warren becomes first 2020 candidate to call for Trump’s impeachmentElizabeth Warren has become the first 2020 election candidate to make a clear call for impeachment proceedings against Donald Trump following the release of special counsel Robert Mueller’s redacted report.The Massachusetts senator tweeted that it would be damaging to “ignore a president’s repeated efforts to obstruct an investigation into his own disloyal behaviour” and would allow future presidents to act in the same way. She added: “The severity of this misconduct demands that elected officials in both parties set aside political considerations and do their constitutional duty. That means the House should initiate impeachment proceedings against the president of the United States.”Mr Mueller, who examined whether Mr Trump’s campaign coordinated with Russia during the 2016 election and whether the president tried to interfere with the inquiry, made no clear verdict on obstruction of justice.His report did, however, lay out 11 possible attempts to influence the investigation – although he indicated the president was “mostly unsuccessful” because his aides refused to carry out orders.Other Democrats running in 2020 have been more cautious on impeachment than Ms Warren in their response to the publication. Julian Castro said it would be “perfectly reasonable for congress to open up those proceedings”.Both Jay Inslee of Washington and Eric Swalwell – both of whom have recently launched presidential campaigns – said only that the idea should not be taken off the table.Other Democratic candidates, including senators Cory Booker and Kamala Harris, suggested it was too soon to start impeachment proceedings.> The severity of this misconduct demands that elected officials in both parties set aside political considerations and do their constitutional duty. That means the House should initiate impeachment proceedings against the President of the United States.> > — Elizabeth Warren (@ewarren) > > April 19, 2019“We don’t have an unredacted version of the report. We don’t have the underlying materials that that report was written upon. We haven’t had yet an opportunity to have hearings where we interview Mueller,” said Mr Booker said during a campaign stop in Reno, Nevada.“I think that’s there definitely a conversation to be had on that subject, but first I want to hear from Bob Mueller and really understand what exactly is the evidence that supports the summary that we’ve been given,” said Ms Harris on impeachment hearings.Pete Buttigieg, the Indiana mayor also running for the White House, suggested it was not the best way to get rid of Mr Trump.He told NBC’s Late Night with Seth Meyers: “If we really want to send Trumpism into the history books, the best thing we can do is defeat it decisively at the ballot box in 2020.”Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, while not running in 2020, has signed on to an impeachment resolution from fellow Democrat, Rashida Tlaib.The chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, Jerrold Nadler, has issued a subpoena for the full Mueller report and expects the Justice Department to comply by 1 May. Attorney general William Barr is to appear before the committee on 2 May, while Mr Nadler has also summoned Mr Mueller to testify by 23 May.The only Republican who had declared he will run against Donald Trump in 2020 said on Friday he was “horrified” by special counsel Robert Mueller’s report, but said he could not back impeachment for “political reasons”.The former Massachusetts governor Bill Weld told ABC News: “It’s very unlikely that he would ever be convicted in the Senate where you need a two thirds vote”.



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2020 Vision: Warren is first major candidate to call for impeachment as Mueller fallout continues

2020 Vision: Warren is first major candidate to call for impeachment as Mueller fallout continuesSen. Elizabeth Warren focused on Attorney General William Barr’s conduct — and not one mentioned impeachment.



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Why Mueller's report won't matter much in 2020

Why Mueller's report won't matter much in 2020Democrats already know how they feel about Trump. What they want is a nominee who won’t become inexorably swallowed up in Trump’s all-consuming vortex of personal insults and cultural smears.



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Trump must release his tax returns or be barred from state’s 2020 election ballot, Illinois senate votes

Trump must release his tax returns or be barred from state’s 2020 election ballot, Illinois senate votesDonald Trump will have to release five years of tax returns if he wants appear on the Illinois 2020 presidential ballot, the state's senate has ruled. The bill, which still requires approval by the Prairie State's House of Representatives, comes amid a growing row in Washington over Mr Trump’s unprecedented refusal to make publicly available his income tax returns. The US Treasury ignored a congressional deadline to release the documents earlier this week. Treasury secretary Steve Mnuchin claimed the request by the House ways and means committee was “politically motivated”. Mr Trump himself has claimed that he cannot release his tax returns because they are under audit, although technically there is nothing preventing him from doing so. In Illinois, the bill would need to be signed into law by Democratic governor Jay Robert Pritzjer, if it passes through the House which is also controlled by Mr Trump's political rivals. Mr Pritzjer is yet to take a public stance on the issue. Tony Munoz, the state senator who sponsored the bill said: “If you want to run for vice president or president of the United States, hey, what’s wrong with providing your tax returns for the past five years?” The veteran Democrat added: “If you’ve got nothing to hide, you shouldn’t worry about anything. That’s how I see it.”But the move drew complaints from Republicans in the senate. “This is, quite frankly, with all due respect to the sponsor, an embarrassing waste of the senate’s time,” said Dale Righter. “This is being pushed by a far-leftist organisation from the city of Chicago that wants to be able to get up and chirp about the president of the United States."Ilinois is not the only state where legislation to codify standard practices surrounding tax disclosures for presidential candidates is being advanced. The Washington state senate last month approved legislation that would legally require all presidential candidates to release the last five years of their personal tax returns in order to have their names featured on both primary and general voting ballots.New Jersey has also advanced a similar bill to the state’s general assembly that would force candidates to disclose their recent tax returns.



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