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Nevada, SC, Kansas GOP drop presidential nomination votes

Nevada, SC, Kansas GOP drop presidential nomination votesRepublican leaders in Nevada, South Carolina and Kansas have voted to scrap their presidential nominating contests in 2020, erecting more hurdles for the long-shot candidates challenging President Donald Trump. “What is Donald Trump afraid of?” asked one of those rivals, former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld. Doing so allows Trump to try to consolidate his support as Democrats work to winnow their large field of candidates.



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2020 Vision: Democratic field continues to shrink as Inslee and Moulton drop out

2020 Vision: Democratic field continues to shrink as Inslee and Moulton drop outThe presidential primary field further winnowed this week, with Washington Gov. Jay Inslee and Massachusetts Rep. Seth Moulton announcing their withdrawals.



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Trump to drop out of 2020 race within months, former aide Scaramucci claims

Trump to drop out of 2020 race within months, former aide Scaramucci claimsDonald Trump will quit the 2020 race and not seek re-election, according to a former top aide.Anthony Scaramucci, the short-lived White House communications director, said the president will likelu quit the race in March to avoid the humiliation of defeat.“He’s gonna drop out of the race because it’s gonna become very clear. Okay, it’ll be March of 2020. He’ll likely drop out by March of 2020. It’s gonna become very clear that it’s impossible for him to win,” he said in an interview with Vanity Fair.“He’s got the self-worth in terms of his self-esteem of a small pigeon. It’s a very small pigeon. And so you think this guy’s gonna look at those poll numbers and say — he’s not gonna be able to handle that humiliation.”He also encouraged a primary challenger to take on Mr Trump, using a Game of Thrones analogy to make his case. “You know, this is like ‘Game of Thrones.’ We need an Arya Stark, okay? We gotta take this guy out because this is like the Night King.“The minute the Night King is vaporised, all the zombies are gonna fall by the wayside, right? We had the Wicked Witch of the West, but he is the Wicked Witch of the West Wing. We gotta get some water thrown on him. He’ll start melting.”In recent weeks, Scaramucci has escalated the feud with his old boss, saying Mr Trump would eventually “turn” on the “entire country”, and likening him to the Chernobyl nuclear disaster.He also claimed this week that Twitter temporarily locked him out of his account after he called Mr Trump “the fattest president” after the president fat-shamed a protester.Mr Trump has previously hit back at Scaramucci, saying he was “incapable” of handling his White House role – which lasted just a few days – and would “do anything to come back in”.



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Oil Resumes Drop as Demand Fears Overshadow Iran Tanker Seizure

Oil Resumes Drop as Demand Fears Overshadow Iran Tanker Seizure(Bloomberg) — Oil resumed its decline as a sharp drop in the Chinese yuan compounded fears that a deepening trade war will depress demand, countering concerns crude flows may be disrupted following Iran’s seizure of another ship.Futures lost as much as 1.5% in New York. The yuan weakened beyond 7 a dollar for the first time in more than a decade after President Donald Trump said Friday he can raise tariffs on China to a “much higher number.” That followed his threat the day before to increase levies, which spurred the steepest one-day drop in crude prices in more than four years. Iran seized a foreign tanker in the Persian Gulf on July 31, the Revolutionary Guards said on their Sepah News portal Sunday, without giving any details about the vessel.Asian stocks and currencies extended declines on the escalating tension between the world’s two largest economies as China’s move to let the yuan weaken stoked fears of a currency war. Investors are awaiting speeches from Federal Reserve policy makers this week after Chairman Jerome Powell said last month’s rate cut didn’t signal the start of a lengthy easing cycle.“Investors think a full confrontation or military clash between the U.S. and Iran is unlikely, but are more concerned about the possibility the U.S.-China situation will worsen,” said Jun Inoue, a senior economist at Mizuho Research Institute Ltd. in Tokyo. Oil prices could fall a lot further if the additional tariffs on China are imposed and the Fed doesn’t cut rates again, he said.See also: Trump Is Spooking Oil Markets More Than Iran: Julian LeeWest Texas Intermediate oil for September delivery fell 75 cents, or 1.4%, to $ 54.91 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange as of 7:23 a.m. in London after losing as much as 82 cents earlier. The contract dropped 1% last week and tumbled 7.9% on Thursday.Brent crude for October settlement declined 96 cents, or 1.6%, to $ 60.93 a barrel on the ICE Futures Europe Exchange. It fell 2.5% last week. The global benchmark traded at a premium of $ 6.04 to WTI for the same month.Trump said Thursday he would impose a 10% tariff on a further $ 300 billion of Chinese imports, before saying the following day that the levies could be raised even further. Beijing pledged to respond. China has a “nuclear option” of depreciating its currency even further as a potential way of provoking the U.S., said Kyle Rodda, an analyst at IG Markets Ltd. in Melbourne.The ship taken by Iran’s Revolutionary Guards was carrying around 4,400 barrels of smuggled fuel when it was seized near Farsi Island in the western part of the Persian Gulf off Iran’s southwestern coast, Sepah News reported. Iran’s state-run Press TV reported that the seized ship is an Iraqi tanker that was delivering the fuel to some Arab countries in the Gulf. Iraq’s oil ministry denied it was one of theirs.\–With assistance from James Thornhill.To contact the reporter on this story: Tsuyoshi Inajima in Tokyo at tinajima@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Serene Cheong at scheong20@bloomberg.net, Andrew Janes, Ben SharplesFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.



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Afghan troop numbers drop sharply in crackdown on 'ghost' soldiers

Afghan troop numbers drop sharply in crackdown on 'ghost' soldiersThere has been a sharp drop in the size of Afghanistan’s National Defense Security Forces in the past few months due to changes in the way troops are counted and an effort to reduce the number of so-called “ghost” soldiers, a U.S. government watchdog said on Thursday. The Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) said in a report that ANDSF personnel size had gone down by nearly 10 percentage points in the most recent quarter compared to the previous trimester. The disclosure comes as Washington attempts to clinch a framework peace agreement with Taliban insurgents that is expected to include a timeline for withdrawing U.S. troops, which now number about 14,000 in Afghanistan.



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The Democratic field is crowded with C-listers. It's time for some to drop out

The Democratic field is crowded with C-listers. It's time for some to drop outRelative nobodies like John Delaney and John Hickenlooper have taken up more airtime than the climate crisis during the debates. We deserve better‘If these and other candidates without a shot in hell at winning actually cared about the future of this country they would drop out.’ Photograph: Justin Sullivan/Getty ImagesMillions of Americans don’t know who John Delaney or John Hickenlooper are. They probably wouldn’t be able to correctly identify them in a photo. And yet, at the Democratic debate on Tuesday night, Delaney got to speak for nearly 11 minutes, and John Hickenlooper for almost nine. In one night, those two relatively unknown men combined got more airtime than the climate crisis has in all three debates thus far. And that’s despite the fact that, if we don’t do anything to address rising temperatures now, we will see several US cities underwater in the coming decades.So here’s my pitch: if these and other candidates without a shot in hell at winning actually cared about the future of this country, they would drop out.There are plenty of substantive differences among the viable candidates that deserve to be explored in depth, on just about every issue raised at Tuesday’s debate – healthcare, immigration, climate, gun violence – plus many more. And while it’s great for the ratings of networks like CNN, it’s not exactly a boon to American democracy to watch a stage flanked with unrecognizable C-list primary hopefuls pad their own egos because they’re rich or well-connected enough to meet the debate criteria.That’s not to say that there isn’t a case to be made for longshot candidates. Though Jay Inslee is unlikely to get the nomination, his detailed climate policy releases are invaluable resources for any future administration and set a high standard for other candidates on an issue that growing numbers of Americans are deeply concerned about.And I’m one of many that would love to see the Alaska senator-turned-internet-phenomenon Mike Gravel appear on stage and give voice to the millions of teens who are unable to vote. The DNC shouldn’t limit the field with stricter criteria to keep them out. But Delaney and other visionless outliers should have the humility to know that they’re adding next to nothing to the conversation besides hot air. And moderators should have the good sense not to let them drone on, let alone pivot whole debate topics around them.Consider the start of Tuesday night’s all-too-brief exchange on climate. In one of a long string of questions that might as well have been crafted by a Republican strategist, the moderator Jake Tapper asked Delaney what he thinks is unrealistic about the Green New Deal, a policy framework that most frontrunners, besides Joe Biden, have endorsed. The result was an extended detour into his half-baked plan for a bipartisan carbon tax and experimental technologies.You wouldn’t be wrong to say my frustration with Delaney and his ilk is a little misplaced; please forgive the weariness of a politics writer staring down the barrel of another 16 months of the horse race. But if progressives like me are angry with people like Delaney and Hickenlooper – who hold close ties to the healthcare and mining industry, respectively – it’s because they and their friends already enjoy such outsized influence over our political system.It’s thanks in no small part to the lobbying of the healthcare industry Delaney defended in the debate that America’s healthcare system is as broken as it is, and why this country hasn’t managed to catch up with other wealthy nations in providing care to everyone who needs it. It’s thanks to Hickenlooper’s buddies in the oil and gas sector that we’re only now even starting to have a serious conversation about what it will look like to curb climate breakdown at the scale that challenge deserves.It’s also for those reasons that Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren’s gloves-off approach to these problems and the millionaires driving them is so appealing, to young Democrats especially. We’ve heard enough from elites dipping their toes into politics when it suits them. Instead, we want candidates who will call the one per cent’s influence over our politics and economy what it is: absurd, undemocratic and even – as Sanders said of the fossil fuel industry tonight – criminal. * Kate Aronoff is a freelance journalist covering climate and US politics



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Border numbers drop amid heat, Mexico crackdown

Border numbers drop amid heat, Mexico crackdownHomeland Security officials said Tuesday there was a 28% drop in the number of migrants encountered by Customs and Border Protection last month, amid a crackdown on migrants by Mexico. There were 104,344 people encountered in June, down from 144,278 the month before. Homeland Security officials said the numbers of single adults, families and unaccompanied minors encountered at the border had all declined but didn’t immediately give a breakdown.



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Report: Migrant Apprehensions at Southern Border Drop by 37,500 in June

Report: Migrant Apprehensions at Southern Border Drop by 37,500 in JuneThe number of migrants apprehended crossing the southern border illegally dropped by more than 37,500 in June, the first month-to-month decline since apprehensions began skyrocketing six months ago.Border Patrol agents apprehended 94,487 people crossing the border between ports of entry in Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and California in June after capturing 132,000 migrants at the southern border the previous month, the Washington Examiner reported Tuesday.While the official figures have not yet been released, Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Kevin McAleenan estimated during a recent press conference that June saw a 25 percent decline in apprehensions. The numbers reported by the Examiner indicate a 28 percent decline.McAleenan credited President Trump's recent tariff threat with prompting increased border enforcement by Mexican officials. But the weather may also have played a role as apprehensions usually drop off from spring to summer due to dangerously hot temperatures.In early June, Mexico agreed to deploy troops to its border with Guatemala to stem the flow of Central American asylum-seekers traveling through Mexico to the U.S. The concession was extracted after Trump threatened to impose a 5 percent tariff on all Mexican goods entering the U.S. if its government failed to slow the influx of migrants that has overwhelmed American detention capabilities at the border in recent months.Mexico has, however, resisted the Trump administration's demand that they adopt a “safe third country” policy that would require all asylum-seekers who travel through Mexico to apply for asylum in Mexico before trying to enter the U.S.Mexican officials did agree to the administration's Migrant Protection Protocols, which require that certain asylum-seekers remain on the Mexican side of the border while their U.S. asylum claims are being adjudicated.



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Swalwell becomes first major Democrat to drop out of 2020 race

Swalwell becomes first major Democrat to drop out of 2020 raceRep. Eric Swalwell officially ended his presidential bid on Monday after failing to gain traction in a crowded Democratic primary.



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Alabama DA to drop manslaughter charge against woman whose fetus died after shooting

Alabama DA to drop manslaughter charge against woman whose fetus died after shootingMarshae Jones, 27, was arrested last week after another woman shot and killed Jones' fetus in December 2018.



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