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Portland 'ground zero' for protests between right, left-wing

Portland 'ground zero' for protests between right, left-wingHundreds of far-right protesters and anti-fascist counter-demonstrators swarmed downtown Portland, Oregon, on Saturday for a long-hyped rally that attracted President Donald Trump’s attention and resulted in at least 13 arrests. “This was a dynamic event with demonstrators frequently moving from one part of the city to another,” Mayor Ted Wheeler said at an evening news conference. Leaders of the right-wing groups vowed to return to Portland, saying they would keep coming back to the liberal West Coast city so long as the left-wing antifascists, known as antifa, groups remained active.



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Biden jabs leftwing Democrats and says Trump a bully he'd 'smack in the mouth'

Biden jabs leftwing Democrats and says Trump a bully he'd 'smack in the mouth'Democratic frontrunner defends ‘centre-left’ credentials but admits he wasn’t prepared for debate attack from Kamala HarrisJoe Biden greets local residents in Independence, Iowa, on 4 July. Photograph: Charlie Neibergall/APJoe Biden, the Democratic presidential frontrunner, hit out at the Democratic party’s left wing on Friday, suggesting firebrand progressives cannot win in battleground states.Biden meanwhile admitted he wasn’t prepared for the attack by rising challenger Senator Kamala Harris on his historic handling of race issues in the first primary debates last week – and said Donald Trump was a bully and he would “smack him in the mouth”.The former vice-president, sounding defensive and angry at times, casual and confident at others, suggested the policies of the new socialist-leaning breakout stars of the party, such as the New York representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, would not prevail in key swing states needed to retake the White House for the Democrats in 2020.Seeking to reignite his campaign after a faltering performance in the first presidential primary debates, Biden suggested policies from “way left” did not have widespread support.“It’s centre-left, that’s where I am,” he said of the Democratic party, during an interview with CNN broadcast on Friday morning.Biden also returned to the type of aggressive warnings to the president that have received criticism in the past, saying Trump was a bully, a kind Biden said he was very familiar with, and suggesting: “I’d smack him in the mouth.”Facing robust competition for the 2020 nomination on the left from Senators Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, Biden pointed to the 2018 midterm elections, when the party retook control of the House of Representatives after moderate Democrats unseated a series of Republicans in swing districts.“I think Ocasio-Cortez is a brilliant, bright woman, but she won a primary,” said Biden. “In the general election fights, who won? Mainstream Democrats who are very progressive on social issues and very strong on education and healthcare.”Ocasio-Cortez, 29, rose to national prominence by ousting incumbent congressman Joe Crowley in the party’s primary in New York’s safely Democratic 14th district, but also went on to easily win her general election contest against a Republican opponent last November.Biden defended his comparatively moderate position on healthcare, which he claimed would “cost a hell of a lot less” than universal publicly funded plans such as Medicare for All that are proposed by some of his opponents.While the former vice-president has not set out a detailed healthcare plan, he told CNN his proposal would make Medicare “an option for anybody who in fact wants to buy into” it. “But if they like their employer-based insurance, which a lot of unions broke their neck to get, a lot of people like theirs, they shouldn’t have to give it up,” he said.Biden also appeared to dismiss proposals supported by some of his opponents to forgive the student loan debt owed by millions of Americans and to decriminalise entering the US without authorisation, which is a particularly hot topic in light of the furore over Trump administration immigration policies at the US-Mexico border.But he reiterated his support for funding emergency healthcare for undocumented immigrants in need of treatment.Pressed by Cuomo on whether he was equipped for a potentially bruising general election contest with Trump if nominated, Biden dismissed the president as “the bully that I knew my whole life” and boasted aggressively about taking him on.“He’s the bully that I’ve always stood up to,” said Biden. “He’s the bully that used to make fun when I was a kid, that I stutter – and I’d smack him in the mouth.”Biden has been criticised by Republicans since 2016 for repeatedly saying of Trump that he wished he could “take him behind the gym and beat the hell out of him”. Biden once clarified his remark by saying he would only do so if the two septuagenarians were still in school, stressing: “I want to make it clear I understand what assault is.”The former vice-president appeared unsettled by the strident criticism he faced during the first debate from Senator Kamala Harris, the former state attorney general of California, who assailed him for failing to support the federally mandated bussing of black children during the 1970s to racially integrate schools.“I was prepared for them to come after me, but I wasn’t prepared for the person coming at me the way she came at me,” Biden said, noting that Harris knew him and had known his late son, Beau.Biden has lost ground in some opinion polls on the primary field since the debate, while Harris has appeared to received a boost in support.Biden said his past position on the desegregation fight had been distorted but maintained: “Bussing did not work.”Biden appeared to pledge that he would not use opposition research against his Democratic opponents, saying the candidates should be “debating what we do from here” rather than digging up dirt.“I get all this information about other people’s past and what they’ve done and not done. And, you know, I am just not going to go there,” he said.



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Trump news: President’s ‘embarrassing mess’ parade speech widely mocked, amid arrests over July 4 fights between MAGA fans and left-wing activists

Trump news: President’s ‘embarrassing mess’ parade speech widely mocked, amid arrests over July 4 fights between MAGA fans and left-wing activistsDonald Trump delivered his controversial ”Salute to America” address in Washington, DC, on Thursday amid hammering summer storms, his speech managing to avoid partisan politics but marred by an extraordinary gaffe in which he claimed the 1775 revolutionary army “took over the airports”.The president also promised to “plant a US flag on Mars” and encouraged young Americans to sign up for military service, despite receiving no fewer than five deferments himself preventing him from serving in the Vietnam War.While the event featured the Air Force flypast and spectacular fireworks display Mr Trump had promised, it was also defined by an unseemly brawl breaking out between protesters and members of the alt-right militant group Proud Boys after the former set fire to the stars-and-stripes in front of the White House.The president meanwhile saidon Friday he may issue an executive order over his 2020 Census demands. The US Constitution specifically assigns the job of overseeing the census to Congress, limiting the authority of the president over it, which could complicate an effort to add the question via presidential missive.“We’re working on a lot of things including an executive order,” Mr Trump told reporters outside the White House as he left for his resort in Bedminster, New Jersey.In a court filing in response to a Maryland-based federal judge’s deadline, the Department of Justice indicated it has not yet come up with a new legal rationale for adding the question after being blocked in the Supreme Court on 27 June.US District Judge George Hazel said on Wednesday that if the administration did not reach a decision he would press ahead with considering allegations based on newly discovered evidence that the decision to add the question was motivated by racial bias.The Justice Department said in its court filing it objects to the case moving forward.Critics have called the citizenship question a Republican ploy to scare immigrants into not participating and engineer a population undercount in Democratic-leaning areas with high immigrant populations. They say that officials lied about their motivations for adding the question and that the move would help Trump’s fellow Republicans gain seats in the US House of Representatives and state legislatures when new electoral district boundaries are drawn.Mr Trump on Friday said the “number one” reason for adding the question was for the drawing of electoral districts, which is not the legal reason the administration gave for adding it.He and his supporters say it makes sense to know how many non-citizens are living in the country. His hard-line policies on immigration have punctuated his presidency and 2020 re-election campaign.Additional reporting by Reuters. Please allow a moment for our liveblog to load



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Palestinian president meets Israeli left-wing leader

Palestinian president meets Israeli left-wing leaderPalestinian president Mahmud Abbas met the leader of Israel’s left-wing Meretz party in Ramallah on Sunday and both called for peace efforts to resume. Meretz leader Tamar Zandberg made the trip to the occupied West Bank as she campaigns ahead of Israel’s April 9 elections. While Israeli politics has moved firmly to the right in recent years, Meretz has doubled down on left-wing policies, including a two-state solution with the Palestinians and progressive social policies.



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Bernie Sanders: What are the left-wing senator’s policies for 2020 presidential campaign?

Bernie Sanders: What are the left-wing senator’s policies for 2020 presidential campaign?Senator Bernie Sanders will run for president proposing to enact a “Medicare for All” health care system, stave off catastrophic climate change through a “Green New Deal“ and other measures, and implement a $ 15 (£11.50) an hour minimum wage for all American workers, according to his aides. Mr Sanders’ criminal justice platform will include legalising marijuana, ending cash bail throughout the US, and abolishing private prisons, while he will also run on the standard Democratic policy goals of protecting young immigrants brought to the US as children and limiting the sale and distribution of guns. Mr Sanders’ policies would require trillions of dollars in additional government spending.



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Right-wing, left-wing protesters face off in Seattle

Right-wing, left-wing protesters face off in SeattleSEATTLE (AP) — Right-wing demonstrators gathered Saturday in Seattle for a "Liberty or Death" rally that drew counter-protesters from the left while dozens of police kept the two sides separated.



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'Liberty or Death': rightwing protesters march against alleged leftwing violence in Seattle

'Liberty or Death': rightwing protesters march against alleged leftwing violence in SeattleA man standing with members of Patriot Prayer and other groups supporting gun rights wears guns during a rally on Saturday at City Hall in Seattle. Many demonstrators at the “Liberty or Death” rally wore camouflage, body armor, helmets and insignia of the “Patriot Movement”.



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Mexico elections: Who is Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, the left-wing rebel tipped to take power?

Mexico elections: Who is Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, the left-wing rebel tipped to take power?Commentators say the former Mexico City mayor, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador – known as ‘Amlo’ – would inject a new dose of nationalism into government – something that could heighten tensions in already testy US-Mexican relations. Mr Lopez Obrador has led opinion polls throughout the campaign in an election marred by violence, with 130 candidates and political workers killed since September. If he ousts the ruling centrist Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), he would be the first leftist in decades to take the presidency.



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Florida Survivors Push Back After GOP Activist Says They're 'Hijacked By Left-Wing Groups'

Florida Survivors Push Back After GOP Activist Says They're 'Hijacked By Left-Wing Groups'Student survivors of the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School who are taking the fight for gun control to the state and national level don’t appreciate seeing their organizing efforts being labeled as a left-wing conspiracy.



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Russian Hackers Are Blackmailing US Left-Wing Groups, Report Says

Russian Hackers Are Blackmailing US Left-Wing Groups, Report SaysSince the election, Russian hackers have targeted liberal groups by stealing emails and documents, then asking for money, Bloomberg reported.



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