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Sanders knocks Harris on Medicare for All: 'I don't raise money from billionaires'

Sanders knocks Harris on Medicare for All: 'I don't raise money from billionaires'When Sen. Kamala Harris, in her latest effort to define her position on health care insurance, told a big-dollar Hamptons fundraiser she still wasn’t “comfortable” with the Medicare for All plan she has endorsed, her rival Bernie Sanders was quick to fire back.



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Sanders Hits Back after Co-Sponsor Harris Criticizes Medicare for All

Sanders Hits Back after Co-Sponsor Harris Criticizes Medicare for AllSenator Bernie Sanders hit back at Senator Kamala Harris Monday evening after Harris said at a fundraiser in the Hamptons that she has "not been comfortable" with the Medicare for All plan she cosponsored with Sanders.> I don't go to the Hamptons to raise money from billionaires. If I ever visited there, I would tell them the same thing I have said for the last 30 years: We must pass a Medicare for All system to guarantee affordable health care for all, not just for those who can afford it.> > — Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) August 19, 2019Harris courted wealthy donors in the Hamptons and at Martha’s Vineyard over the weekend, assuring them that, “I believe in capitalism, but capitalism is not working for most people.”"I think almost every member of the United States Senate who's running for president, and many others, have signed on to a variety of plans in the Senate. And I have done the same," the California Democrat said. "I support Medicare for All. But as you may have noticed, over the course of the many months, I've not been comfortable with Bernie's plan, the Medicare-for-All plan."Harris floundered slightly earlier in her campaign on the question of whether private insurance plans would still be available under her health-care proposal. She originally said private health insurance would be eliminated but has since backtracked, saying that while she is “committed to reining in the private insurance companies,” phasing out private insurance “has to happen over a period of time.”Sanders is currently polling ahead of Harris but behind the front-runner, former vice president Joe Biden, and Senator Elizabeth Warren, who is in second place.



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Kamala Harris at church: ‘This is where we go when the times test our faith’

Kamala Harris at church: ‘This is where we go when the times test our faith’In an era in which religion and politics have frequently been used to create division and dissention, the pastor of a historic church is instead trying to utilize them for higher purposes.



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How Kamala Harris was shaped by 'the People's Republic of Berkeley'

How Kamala Harris was shaped by 'the People's Republic of Berkeley'Kamala Harris grew up in the radical environs of Berkeley and spent her childhood at marches and protests with her parents. But she went to law school and became a prosecutor, an unexpected career choice that she has to explain — and defend — to Democratic voters as she seeks the presidency.



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'I am absolutely committed': Kamala Harris fighting notion that she's overlooking Iowa voters

'I am absolutely committed': Kamala Harris fighting notion that she's overlooking Iowa votersIn recent months, some Iowa party organizers haven’t always felt sure about Kamala Harris’ strategy in the first-in-the-nation caucus state.



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On Ferguson, Elizabeth Warren and Kamala Harris Told a Terrible Lie

On Ferguson, Elizabeth Warren and Kamala Harris Told a Terrible LieOn Friday afternoon, two of the leading contenders in the Democratic presidential primary lied. There’s no other fair way to put it. They flat-out spread fiction, libeled an innocent man, and stoked American divisions — all for political gain.Five years ago, a Ferguson, Mo., police officer named Darren Wilson shot a young black man named Michael Brown to death after an altercation in the street. False rumors about Brown’s death — namely that he was shot in cold blood while trying to surrender with his hands in the air — ignited violent protests in Missouri and revulsion across the United States.“Hands up, don’t shoot” became a national rallying cry — until the Obama Department of Justice comprehensively and thoroughly debunked it in a lengthy report published on March 4, 2015. Writing in December of the same year, the Washington Post’s Glenn Kessler called the slogan one of “the biggest Pinocchios of the year.”But Kamala Harris and Elizabeth Warren ignored the Obama DOJ. They blew straight through the facts of the case and published these accusations:> Michael Brown’s murder forever changed Ferguson and America. His tragic death sparked a desperately needed conversation and a nationwide movement. We must fight for stronger accountability and racial equity in our justice system.> > — Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) August 9, 2019> 5 years ago Michael Brown was murdered by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri. Michael was unarmed yet he was shot 6 times. I stand with activists and organizers who continue the fight for justice for Michael. We must confront systemic racism and police violence head on.> > — Elizabeth Warren (@ewarren) August 9, 2019To demonstrate just how preposterous it is to accuse Wilson of murder, it’s worth revisiting the actual facts of the case, according to the best evidence available to the investigators. On August 9, 2014, Michael Brown and a friend were walking in the middle of the street shortly after Brown had stolen cigarillos from a local market and shoved away the store clerk when he tried to intervene.When Wilson first spotted Brown and his friend, he told them to walk on the sidewalk. He then realized that they matched the description of the theft suspects and blocked their path with his vehicle.Wilson tried to open his door, but it either bounced off Brown or Brown slammed it shut. Brown then reached into the vehicle and started punching Wilson. As Wilson fended off the blows, he reached for his gun. Brown allegedly tried to take the gun from Wilson, and Wilson managed to get a shot off, injuring Brown in the hand. Eyewitnesses corroborated Wilson’s claims that Brown was reaching in the car, and these claims were further corroborated by “bruising on Wilson’s jaw and scratches on his neck, the presence of Brown’s DNA on Wilson’s collar, shirt, and pants, and Wilson’s DNA on Brown’s palm.”Brown then started to run away. After a brief pause Wilson pursued, ordering Brown to stop. Brown then turned back to Wilson and started running toward him. According to the report, “several witnesses stated that Brown appeared to pose a physical threat to Wilson as he moved toward Wilson.” Wilson fired again, striking Brown several times, yet Brown kept moving toward Wilson until the final shot hit him in the head, killing him.The report’s conclusion was crystal clear:> Given that Wilson’s account is corroborated by physical evidence and that his perception of a threat posed by Brown is corroborated by other eyewitnesses, to include aspects of the testimony of [Brown’s friend], there is no credible evidence that Wilson willfully shot Brown as he was attempting to surrender or was otherwise not posing a threat. [Emphasis added.]The report flatly declared that Wilson “did not act with the requisite criminal intent.”“No credible evidence” is a powerful statement, but if you read the report, it’s a powerful statement based not just on extensive forensic evidence but also on the courageous testimony of witnesses who feared reprisal for speaking the truth. One witness, a 58-year-old black male, told prosecutors that there were signs in the neighborhood that said “Snitches get stitches.” Yet he spoke the truth anyway. Other witnesses overcame their fears and spoke the truth.How do we have confidence that they spoke the truth? Because, as the report notes, their statements “have been materially consistent, are consistent with the physical evidence, and . . . are mutually corroborative.”To be sure, there were other witnesses. Some neither incriminated him nor fully corroborated him. And there was an entire category of witnesses whose accounts were “inconsistent with the physical and forensic evidence,” the report noted, adding:> Some of those accounts are materially inconsistent with that witness’s own prior statements with no explanation, credible [or] otherwise, as to why those accounts changed over time. Certain other witnesses who originally stated Brown had his hands up in surrender recanted their original accounts, admitting that they did not witness the shooting or parts of it, despite what they initially reported either to federal or local law enforcement or to the media.There are few more fraught issues in American public life than the question of police shootings — especially police shootings of black men. I’ve written about the issue time and time again and have come to believe not only that too many American police officers resort to deadly force too quickly but also that there is an unacceptable pro-police bias in our criminal-justice system. There is also evidence that race plays a more malignant role in policing than many of us hoped.Indeed, while we must of course remember the DOJ’s report exonerating Darren Wilson, we should also remember that there was a second DOJ report in 2015 that found systematic misconduct at the Ferguson Police Department, misconduct that disproportionately affected Ferguson’s black citizens. I urge you to read both reports, and if you read the second report with an open mind, you’ll almost certainly come to believe that Ferguson’s black residents possessed legitimate grievances against their police department.That’s the complicated nation we inhabit, but the complexity does not mean there aren’t simple obligations that attach to every politician, activist, and member of the media. And the simplest of those obligations is a commitment to the truth. We know that lies and falsehoods can cause riots. They can cause city blocks to burn. They can destroy a man’s life. At the very least, they can further embitter an already toxic public discourse. When issues are most fraught, the obligation of courageous, honest leadership is most imperative.But Warren and Harris’s failure is more than a failure of leadership. The publication of a false accusation of a crime like murder is libelous under American law. In other words, their lies may well have been illegal. Democrats — especially Democrats who seek to address the very real challenges surrounding police violence in the United States — should demand better. Harris and Warren should do better. They should correct and retract their false statements. There is no excuse for their inflammatory lies.



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Kamala Harris hits back at NRA after group criticizes her gun control proposals

Kamala Harris hits back at NRA after group criticizes her gun control proposalsSen. Kamala Harris earlier this year said if elected president, she would take executive actions to ban the importation of AR-15-style weapons into the U.S. and expand background check requirements.



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Harris decries Trump's 'campaign of terror' against immigrants

Harris decries Trump's 'campaign of terror' against immigrantsSen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., on NBC’s “Meet the Press” on Sunday, said President Trump’s administration is running a “campaign of terror” against immigrants.



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Elizabeth Warren and Kamala Harris cross paths in northern Iowa, where voters say bumping into 2020 candidates is 'normal'

Elizabeth Warren and Kamala Harris cross paths in northern Iowa, where voters say bumping into 2020 candidates is 'normal'Just as Elizabeth Warren finished up her short speech at the Iowa Wing Ding dinner — “2020 is our chance, we can make this government work for all of America”, she said — a key rival of her’s was leaning down, just a stone’s throw away, and talking to a 10-year-old girl.Swarmed by reporters on the side of the venue in Clear Lake, Iowa, a town with just under 8,000 residents, Kamala Harris took a moment to hear from Eva Shannon, a little girl wearing a bright red t-shirt, who just wanted to meet an idol.“She asked me how old I was, and if I’m old enough to vote,” Eva, who carried around a small notepad with a pen, and had spoken to so many candidates on Friday night that she had lost count, said later. “Then she told me to make sure everyone in my family votes.”It was a sight that in any other context in any other part of the country would have seemed bizarre, but in northern Iowa, two US senators who are leading presidential candidates passing in a dimly-lit concert hall like ships in the night is hardly unusual: Just moments after Ms Warren stepped off the stage, Joe Biden stood up to the same podium. Before those three, some 18 other candidates had also spoken to the crowd.In fact, it’s expected in the organised chaos that comes alongside the Wing Ding dinner — an annual fundraiser — where voters said that meeting the people who may one day become president, one-on-one, is something of a normal occurrence.“I think this is fairly typical,” said Kevin Li, 18, a first time voters who lives in Johnston, Iowa. “It becomes normal to have a bunch of candidates around.”Mr Li had just taken a selfie with New York City mayor Bill de Blasio, who had himself just given a speech, before hanging out in the lobby with a member of his staff. A few voters approached, but, mostly, the leader of America’s biggest city was left to his own devices.Mr Li continued, noting that many of the candidates actually ask local Democratic groups to host them as they try to build their name recognition: “It gets to the point where, rather than being exciting, it becomes a chore.”During the speeches, the 21 Democrats in the room struck a similar chord, hoping to prove to those voters that they deserve their vote. They trashed Donald Trump, calling him a danger to the United States who had sold the American people on false promises to shake up the status quo in favour of ordinary people.But, they largely refrained from attacking one another. If there was any animosity from the most recent round of debates in Detroit, where CNN moderators repeatedly goaded the candidates to attack one another, they kept it out of Clear Lake.Outside of the event space, though, the competition was palpable. Supporters for Mr Biden lined up on one side, and chanted across the street at supporters for Julian Castro and Cory Booker supporters. Nearby, Ms Warren’s supporters chanted and waved their signs, just across the street from the acolytes for Ms Harris.“It’s a toss up between Kamala and Booker,” Bob Grant, 65, of Mason City, said later. “I like their ideas, and she is, she has so much strength.But, Mr Grant — like the majority of voters at the Wing Ding dinner — said he would be fine with any of the candidates who spoke Friday, so long as they can beat Mr Trump. “I want someone who can build America back,” he said.John Bailey, 79, who said he lives two blocks away from the venue, said he likes Joe Biden and Elizabeth Warren. But, at the end of the day, again, he’s in it to make sure Mr Trump is denied a second term.“Anybody that’s running would make a better president than stupid.”



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Kamala Harris: Immigration raids will distort 2020 census

Kamala Harris: Immigration raids will distort 2020 census'I'm telling you that, given the policies of this administration, that is going to be a flawed census,' Harris said.



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