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Sherrod Brown surprises Democrats by announcing he will not run for president

Sherrod Brown surprises Democrats by announcing he will not run for presidentBrown, 66, plans to remain in US Senate but says he will ‘keep calling out Donald Trump and his phony populism’ * Paul Manafort sentencing – follow it liveBrown’s appeal among working-class voters should position him to play an influential role in the election. Photograph: John Locher/APSenator Sherrod Brown, one of the Democratic party’s progressive stalwarts, has announced he will not run for president in 2020.Brown, a three-term senator from the swing state of Ohio, said he would continue the fight to make his “dignity of work” platform a centerpiece of the Democratic agenda, but that his party would be best served by him remaining in the US Senate.“I will keep calling out Donald Trump and his phony populism. I will keep fighting for all workers across the country,” Brown said in a statement on Thursday. “And I will do everything I can to elect a Democratic president and a Democratic Senate in 2020.”Brown’s decision followed months of speculation over his plans – bolstered by a listening tour launched in January that saw him criss-cross early primary states such as Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina. But while Brown, 66, has long been a leader of the Democratic party’s populist movement, he would have entered the race without the national name recognition of Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, or the established legacy of former vice-president Joe Biden.Brown’s appeal among working-class voters will nonetheless position him to play an influential role in the general election, especially as Democrats vie to take back Ohio after the battleground swung in Trump’s favor in 2016. Brown was comfortably re-elected in the November midterm elections, earning nearly 10 percentage points more than Hillary Clinton did two years prior.Brown was considered a top contender to be Clinton’s running mate in 2016, but was widely perceived to have lost out because John Kasich, then the governor of Ohio, would have replaced him with a Republican in the Senate.Elected to the Senate in 2006, Brown has spent much of his career in Washington focused on workers’ rights and labor issues. Despite his decision not to run, Brown is expected to push for policies that include expanding overtime pay, universal childcare and raising the minimum wage.“We’ve seen candidates begin taking up the dignity of work fight, and we have seen voters across the country demanding it – because dignity of work is a value that unites all of us,” Brown said on Thursday.“It is how we beat Trump, and it is how we should govern.”



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No 2020 White House run for Dem Sen. Sherrod Brown of Ohio

No 2020 White House run for Dem Sen. Sherrod Brown of OhioCOLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown said Thursday he will not run for president in 2020, becoming the latest Democrat to bow out of the White House race.



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Why Sherrod Brown Decided Not to Run For President

Why Sherrod Brown Decided Not to Run For PresidentBrown concluded his path to the nomination was too narrow to be viable.



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Former S.F. Mayor Willie Brown writes about dating Kamala Harris, appointing her to posts

Former S.F. Mayor Willie Brown writes about dating Kamala Harris, appointing her to postsIn her 2003 run for San Francisco district attorney, Kamala Harris called Willie Brown an "albatross hanging around my neck."



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Cyntoia Brown to be freed after being jailed for murder as a teen

Cyntoia Brown to be freed after being jailed for murder as a teenCyntoia Brown, a Tennessee woman serving a life sentence in prison for murder and robbery, was granted clemency on Monday after high-profile campaigners brought her case to the public's attention, sparking debate about life terms for children. The case garnered widespread attention in the US, despite being over a decade old, and the hashtag #FreeCyntoiaBrown trended on Twitter after celebrities including reality TV-star Kim Kardashian West, singer Rihanna and comedian Amy Schumer advocated for her release.  Brown – now 30 – was charged in 2006 when she pleaded guilty to murdering Johnny Allen, a Nashville real estate agent, in 2004 when she was aged just 16. On the night she killed him, Allen picked up Brown outside a fast-food outlet, where he offered her $ 150 (£118) for sexual activity. Once at his home, Brown eventually got into Allen's bed. Brown told authorities she thought he was reaching for a gun, so she shot him with a handgun from her handbag and fled with his guns and money. The prosecution argued that the murder was a motivated by greed and not of self-defence, while the defence countered that she was a victim of sex trafficking who feared for her life and was afraid of coming back empty-handed to her pimp nicknamed "Cut Throat" with whom she was living at the time after running away from her adoptive family in 2004. Even though she was a juvenile at the time of the trial, a juvenile court found her competent to be tried as an adult. She was given a 51 years to life sentence, and placed in the Tennessee Prison for Women. Cyntoia Brown shown here in 2006 (left) and 2013 Credit: Tennessee Department of Corrections/Handout via REUTERS In an official statement on Monday, Bill Haslam, the Tennessee Governor, said that the "decision comes after careful consideration of what is a tragic and complex case. "Cyntoia Brown committed by her own admission, a horrific crime at the age of 16. Yet, imposing a life sentence on a juvenile that would require her to serve at least 51 years before even being eligible for parole consideration is too harsh, especially in light of the extraordinary steps Ms Brown has taken to rebuild her life." Juveniles are safeguarded from life-without-parole sentences in the US by the ruling of the US Supreme Court. But the state of Tennessee argued that as Brown had the possibility for parole, the sentencing did not violate the federal law. Houston Gordon, one of Brown's attorneys, said "we need to see this as a national awakening to change the draconian laws that allow juveniles, children, to be placed in adult prisons when they're just children. They're not little adults." Criminal justice advocates called it a "great day for social justice and our city" and Raumesh Akbari, the Democratic member of the Tennessee House of Representatives who praised Mr Haslam's announcement by saying that it shows that Tennessee "can show love, compassion and mercy" for traumatised people, have also expressed support for Brown's release, despite the opposition by some law enforcement officials. In response to her planned release, Brown said that she was grateful for the decision and that she would do her best to turn her life around. "I am thankful for all the support, prayers, and encouragement I have received. We truly serve a God of second chances and new beginnings.  The Lord has held my hand this whole time and I would have never made it without him. Let today be a testament to his saving Grace." In prison, Brown completed high-school-level tests and took college classes. In 2015, she received an associate degree from Lipscomb University. She is currently working on completing her bachelor's degree from the same university. Brown will be released on August 7 this year under ten-year-long parole supervision with the condition of not violating any state or federal laws, holding a job and attending regular counseling sessions. She has so far served 15 years in prison. Ed Yarbrough, another attorney for Brown, thanked the state governor. "It will not be popular with everyone in Tennessee, but he did the right thing and we praise him for that," he said.



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Cyntoia Brown was just granted clemency. Here's what that means.

Cyntoia Brown was just granted clemency. Here's what that means.After 14 years in prison, Cyntoia Brown, whose story has gone national, was granted clemency. This is what that means in Tennessee.



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Cyntoia Brown, Sex-Trafficking Victim, Must Serve 51 Years Before Release, Court Says

Cyntoia Brown, Sex-Trafficking Victim, Must Serve 51 Years Before Release, Court SaysCyntoia Brown, a Tennessee woman who was convicted as a teenager for shooting



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Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown Wins Re-election Against Jim Renacci

Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown Wins Re-election Against Jim RenacciOhio Sen. Sherrod Brown has been re-elected to his third six-year term in the



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Jerry Brown Calls Trump A 'Liar, Criminal, Fool' On Climate Change

Jerry Brown Calls Trump A 'Liar, Criminal, Fool' On Climate ChangeCalifornia Gov. Jerry Brown bashed President Donald Trump's record on the



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Mother of slain youth, Michael Brown, running for Ferguson City Council

Mother of slain youth, Michael Brown, running for Ferguson City CouncilLezley McSpadden announced her candidacy at an emotionally charged rally surrounded by supporters, a day after the fourth anniversary of her son’s death, which thrust the St. Louis suburb into the global spotlight as an emblem of troubled U.S. race relations. McSpadden, a onetime grocery store worker who founded and runs a charitable foundation in her son’s name dedicated to various social causes, had previously hinted at her intention to seek a City Council seat at an event in April. “I learned to walk again, and this is one of my first steps, running for Ferguson City Council of 2019.” McSpadden, who earned her high school diploma last year at age 37, said her three main focuses would be community policing, economic equality and healthcare access, especially for children.



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