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Joe Kennedy, Bobby's grandson, to take on veteran Democrat for Senate seat

Joe Kennedy, Bobby's grandson, to take on veteran Democrat for Senate seat* Congressman, 38, to challenge Ed Markey in Massachusetts * ‘This is the fight of our lives, the fight of my generation’Joe Kennedy, pictured on Saturday in Boston with his wife Lauren and son James, will take on Ed Markey in the Democratic primary. Photograph: Brian Snyder/ReutersJoe Kennedy announced on Saturday morning that he will contest the US Senate seat for Massachusetts held by Edward Markey, in what promises to be an intra-party fight exposing divisions in Democratic ranks.The 38-year-old congressman is a scion of one of America’s most famous political families. He is a grandson of Robert F Kennedy, who was attorney general under his brother John F Kennedy, then a senator for New York and a presidential candidate before being assassinated, like his brother before him, in 1968.John and Robert’s brother Ted was a prominent Massachusetts senator until his death in 2009.Joe Kennedy made official his challenge to Markey, 73, a co-sponsor with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of the Green New Deal, on Saturday morning.“This isn’t a time for waiting,” Kennedy wrote, “for sitting on the sidelines, or for playing by rules that don’t work any more. This is the fight of our lives, the fight of my generation – and I’m all in.”In a video, he added: “In this moment, we refuse to accept the status quo that tells us big things aren’t possible. I’m running for Senate because this is the fight of our lives.”The son of former Massachusetts congressman Joe Kennedy II will pose a serious challenge. A Boston Globe and Suffolk University poll released earlier this month found Kennedy leading by 14 points in a head-to-head contest.Markey has been in Congress since 1976 and the Senate since 2013. In a statement anticipating Kennedy’s challenge, he said he would “run on all the issues I’ve been fighting for today and into the future”, which he listed as “climate change, income inequality, a woman’s right to choose and on gun safety legislation.“I am going to continue those fights into this campaign and I will do so every day that I’m out there crisscrossing the state of Massachusetts and fighting for the people of our state.”Kennedy and Markey are not far apart ideologically but the challenger sees a national Democratic party with more energetic leadership, standing up to Republicans who have chosen to back Donald Trump.“This about leadership,” a Democratic operative familiar with Kennedy’s thinking told the Guardian on Saturday. “It’s why he was asked to offer the party’s response to Trump’s state of the union address [in 2018], and should be seen in the context of the post-2016 election [era].”The challenge for Kennedy will be to articulate a compelling reason, other than his bloodline, for seeking to knock Markey out. The congressman planned a seven-stop tour of Massachusetts on Saturday, meeting figures from Democratic state leadership.On Friday, Salem mayor Kim Driscoll co-authored an op-ed in CommonWealth magazine in which she explained her endorsement of the congressman.“As mayors, our highest priority when it comes to partners in Congress is a leader who shows up. And Joe shows up for Massachusetts,” she wrote.His challenge will also invite criticism that he is embarking on an expensive and divisive fight at a time when the party should be united in seeking to unseat Trump and secure a majority in the Senate.Markey’s supporters include his fellow Massachusetts senator Elizabeth Warren, who told reporters last month he had been “a great partner in the Senate”. But the presidential hopeful also acknowledged Kennedy, noting he had once been her student.“I worked with Joe before either one of us was in politics and have worked with him ever since he’s been in Congress,” she said. “He’s really an amazing person.”Markey has the support of the Senate majority leader, Chuck Schumer, and Ocasio-Cortez, the New York congresswoman who dominates the progressive wing of the party. He has also lined up more than 100 state legislators, many of whom point to his leadership on climate change.“We are lucky to have one of the nation’s strongest climate champions, Ed Markey, representing Massachusetts in the US Senate,” Environment Massachusetts state director Ben Hellerstein said on Friday, saying the group would put $ 5m forward to support his reelection campaign.“Voters need to know what Ed Markey has done throughout decades of public service to advance renewable energy, clean water, clean air, and the protection of our public lands. We intend to tell his story.”The Kennedy family has never lost a statewide election. In his announcement on Saturday, he said: “It’s extremely meaningful to me to be able to do this here, where in 1848 a few steps from where this building is today, my father’s family first arrived here in this country.”Some Massachusetts Democrats have been unwilling to be drawn on their choice. Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley, a member of “the Squad”, has said she looks forward to working with Markey on environmental and gun control issues and with Kennedy on mental health.“I think primaries are healthy,” she said.Kennedy said: “The race is going to be decided by the people of Massachusetts.”



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Tomi Lahren apologizes after Democrat Julián Castro calls out 'anti-immigrant' statement

Tomi Lahren apologizes after Democrat Julián Castro calls out 'anti-immigrant' statement"We have to have a means to defend ourselves from—who knows who's coming in," Tomi Lahren said while laying out a defense of the Second Amendment.



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Every top Democrat can beat Trump. Their unique strategies will determine who gets that shot

Every top Democrat can beat Trump. Their unique strategies will determine who gets that shotEach of the five leading 2020 Democratic candidates can beat the president in a general election, according to the latest national match-up polls. But first, they will need to secure the party’s nomination in a hotly contested primary season that started with more than two dozen hopefuls. They're each using very different tactics to do so.Those five candidates — Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris and Pete Buttigieg — joined each other on Thursday night for the third Democratic debates, along with five additional candidates currently polling beneath them: Cory Booker, Andrew Yang, Amy Klobuchar, Beto O’Rourke and Julian Castro.



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CNN’s Tapper to Mike Pompeo: Wouldn’t You Be Mad if a Democrat Invited the Taliban to Camp David?

CNN’s Tapper to Mike Pompeo: Wouldn’t You Be Mad if a Democrat Invited the Taliban to Camp David?On Sunday, State of the Union anchor Jake Tapper repeatedly confronted Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on President Donald Trump’s recent announcement that he abruptly called off secretive peace talks with the Taliban, asking the nation’s top diplomat why the president would invite the Taliban to Camp David days ahead of the 9/11 terror attack anniversary.Pompeo, who was booked to appear on all five Sunday shows, defended the president’s decision to initially welcome leaders of the Taliban to Washington without having a finalized agreement in place, telling Tapper that Trump “believed we could further America’s national interest by having conversations with the people who have the capacity to actually deliver.”Tapper, meanwhile, noted that the Trump administration has faced widespread criticism for inviting the militant group to Camp David, noting that even members of the president’s own party—such as Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL)—have openly derided the move.Peace Talks With the Taliban Are Off, Trump Announces Via Tweet“I think there are a lot of Americans out there who had been surprised the Taliban had been invited to Camp David, especially the week of the 9/11 commemoration,” the CNN host pointed out.After Pompeo waved off the criticisms while saying Trump was making “real progress” in achieving peace in Afghanistan, Tapper pressed him again.“I don’t think anyone begrudges the president or ambassador trying to bring an end to this war that’s been going on so long with so many innocent people and so many service members killed, but I guess the question is why invite the Taliban to Camp David?” Tapper wondered.Noting that the president’s effort was to work with those who can eventually end the violence, the secretary of state added that Trump is not going to reduce the pressure on the Taliban if they don’t deliver on their commitments, referencing the recent attack in Kabul that resulted in the death of a U.S. soldier.Tapper, however, continued to challenge Pompeo on the notion of even bringing the Taliban to American soil to negotiate terms, highlighting that the organization recently reiterated its support for the 9/11 attacks.“Here’s an organization that still supports 9/11—still believes that the United States was to blame,” the CNN anchor stated. “We brought that on ourselves. Why bring people like that to Camp David? I understand why you want to negotiate for peace but why bring people like that to Camp David?”Pompeo, again, punted on the specific question, saying that the administration has an “obligation to do everything we can” and that they “understand who the Taliban are.”This prompted Tapper to then confront Pompeo on how he would view this if the shoe were on the other foot.“I can’t help but think that if a Democratic president had talked about having the Taliban come to Camp David to negotiate a peace process that was not already a done deal,” Tapper noted. “That you as a congressman, as a soldier, as a veteran, as a West Point graduate, that you would be rather upset.”The secretary of state insisted that the State of the Union host was “just wrong about that” before taking a shot at Obama, claiming the former president was “prepared to leave without ensuring to protect America.”“We will never do that,” Pompeo added.Elsewhere on the other Sunday shows, the secretary of state was grilled on the scuttled peace talks, with much of the focus on the optics of inviting the Taliban to Camp David—especially since the presidential retreat is where American leaders gathered following the 9/11 attacks to plan a response.On Fox News Sunday, host Chris Wallace aggressively pressed Pompeo on the bipartisan uproar over the canceled meeting, asking Pompeo point-blank: “Who thought it was a good idea for the President of the United States to meet with Taliban leaders who have the blood of thousands of Americans on their hands just three days before 9/11?”During his appearance on ABC’s This Week, the secretary of state defended the Camp David setting, stating that he’s aware of the history surrounding the location and “President Trump reflected on that.”“We all considered as we were debating how to try and get to the right, ultimate outcome,” he continued. “While there have often been discussions about war at Camp David, There have been discussions about peace there as well. There have been some pretty bad actors travel through that place. It’s an important place.”Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.



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Democrat O'Rourke vows to end Trump's trade war with China under new plan

Democrat O'Rourke vows to end Trump's trade war with China under new planDemocratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke released a plan on Thursday that would end Republican President Donald Trump’s trade war with China, but would also demand that China stop unfair practices such as currency manipulation and corporate espionage. The former Texas congressman said that, if elected president he would immediately eliminate Trump’s tariffs against Chinese goods, demanding in exchange that China revoke its retaliatory tariffs against American products including soybeans, beef and cars, which have been hurting U.S. farmers and manufacturers. O’Rourke, 46, said his trade policy would prioritize American workers over corporate interests.



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2020 White House race: Democrat Andrew Yang rolls out plan to tackle climate change

2020 White House race: Democrat Andrew Yang rolls out plan to tackle climate changeThe entrepreneur's plan would cost $ 4.87 trillion, the Yang campaign website says. As he unveiled his climate change plan Monday, the 2020 Democrat also called the planet "a mess."



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Joe Biden is my Harvard, not my 'safety school.' He really is my favorite 2020 Democrat.

Joe Biden is my Harvard, not my 'safety school.' He really is my favorite 2020 Democrat.Pundits say there's no enthusiasm for Joe Biden. Why is it so hard to believe that many people, including me, like him best of all the 2020 Democrats?



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U.S. Democrat Warren wants to repeal 1994 crime bill, end cash bail

U.S. Democrat Warren wants to repeal 1994 crime bill, end cash bailU.S. Democratic presidential hopeful Elizabeth Warren on Tuesday proposed sweeping changes to federal and state criminal justice systems, including ending cash bail requirements and doing away with a crime bill that rival Joe Biden helped make law. “It’s not equal justice when a kid with an ounce of pot can get thrown in jail, while a bank executive who launders money for a drug cartel can get a bonus. Warren’s popularity has risen in public opinion polls measuring the crowded Democratic field, but she has not gained much traction among black voters, a key voting demographic in the party’s nominating contests.



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Gingrich on Tlaib visiting Israel, Trump's New Hampshire rally, 2020 Democrat polls

Gingrich on Tlaib visiting Israel, Trump's New Hampshire rally, 2020 Democrat pollsFormer House speaker and Fox News contributor Newt Gingrich talks the news of the day on 'Fox & Friends.'



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Biden is still the Democrat to beat, but rivals see weakness

Biden is still the Democrat to beat, but rivals see weaknessIn a barn down a gravel road in Iowa, Joe Biden tore into President Donald Trump’s moral character, declaring in one of the fiercest speeches of his campaign that the words of the American president matter. The next day, Biden’s own words tripped him up. The back-to-back episodes magnified the promise and the peril of Biden’s candidacy.



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