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New Istanbul mayor rallies supporters for 'new beginning'

New Istanbul mayor rallies supporters for 'new beginning'Istanbul’s new mayor rallied hundreds of thousands of supporters on Sunday to celebrate a “new beginning”, urging people to unite after his highly contested win against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s ruling party. Ekrem Imamoglu, 49, of the opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP), narrowly edged out his rival to capture the Istanbul mayor’s office, a stinging setback to Erdogan’s AKP after a decade and a half in power. As Imamoglu addressed the Istanbul rally, over in Ankara the CHP leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu was punched and kicked by a mob during a funeral for a soldier killed in clashes with Kurdish rebels.



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Baltimore mayor refuses to step down over children's book scandal despite pressure from city council

Baltimore mayor refuses to step down over children's book scandal despite pressure from city councilBaltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh is refusing to resign over a scandal surrounding children’s books she authored despite a unanimous call from the city council for her to step down.



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UPDATE 1-Baltimore city council urges mayor to resign amid probe into $500,000 book payment

UPDATE 1-Baltimore city council urges mayor to resign amid probe into $  500,000 book paymentPugh, a 69-year-old Democrat first elected in 2016, last week said she would take an indefinite leave of absence for health reasons after the Baltimore Sun revealed the deal with the University of Maryland Medical System. “The entire membership of the Baltimore City Council believes that it is not in the best interest of the city of Baltimore for you to continue to serve as mayor,” the council wrote to Pugh in a letter signed by 14 members. Every member of the council signed the letter except Bernard “Jack” Young, the council president who is currently serving as acting mayor of the city.



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Jussie Smollett update: Lawyer for 'Empire' actor responds to Chicago's civil suit threat, says he will depose Mayor Rahm Emanuel

Jussie Smollett update: Lawyer for 'Empire' actor responds to Chicago's civil suit threat, says he will depose Mayor Rahm EmanuelA lawyer for actor Jussie Smollett has issued a response to the city of Chicago's threat to sue the actor.



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Charges dropped against 'Empire' actor Jussie Smollett; Chicago mayor, police outraged

Charges dropped against 'Empire' actor Jussie Smollett; Chicago mayor, police outragedOn Tuesday, the prosecutors for Cook County, Illinois, dropped all charges against “Empire” star Jussie Smollett. The mayor and police said they were outraged.



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The Latest: Mayor seeks inquiry into police protest activity

The Latest: Mayor seeks inquiry into police protest activitySACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on the California attorney general's decision on whether to charge officers who killed an unarmed black man last year (all times local):



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Former NY Mayor Bloomberg to forgo 2020 White House bid, will focus on climate change

Former NY Mayor Bloomberg to forgo 2020 White House bid, will focus on climate changeA billionaire who could have sunk millions of his own dollars into a campaign, Bloomberg had publicly toyed with running and has become a vocal critic of Republican President Donald Trump. Bloomberg, 77, made his 2020 announcement in an opinion piece on the site of Bloomberg News, the company he runs. “I believe I would defeat Donald Trump in a general election,” Bloomberg wrote.



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Former New York mayor announces he will not run for president in 2020

Former New York mayor announces he will not run for president in 2020Billionaire Michael Bloomberg, who backs gun control and climate change causes, has pledged his wealth to the Trump resistanceThe former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg has announced he will not run for president in 2020. Photograph: Jim Watson/AFP/Getty ImagesMichael Bloomberg, the billionaire former New York mayor and champion of causes such as gun control and climate change, has ended months of speculation by announcing that he will not run for US president next year.The 77-year-old, one of the richest men in the world, revealed his decision on Tuesday not to join the crowded Democratic field – currently at 16 candidates – but pledged to pour his vast wealth into the resistance movement against Donald Trump.“I know we can do better as a country,” he wrote in a Bloomberg News editorial. “And I believe I would defeat Donald Trump in a general election. But I am clear-eyed about the difficulty of winning the Democratic nomination in such a crowded field.”Bloomberg has toyed with a presidential run before as an independent but re-registered as a Democrat last year and spent recent months courting primary voters as a political centrist. However, the fiscal conservative increasingly seemed out of step with a liberal base questioning the morality of economic inequality and the influence of money in politics.Another billionaire, Tom Steyer, who has been campaigning for Trump’s impeachment, read the runes and decided in January not to make a bid for the White House. It appears that Bloomberg has reached a similar conclusion. His pro-business positions and support for stop-and-frisk policing as mayor of New York would also have come under scrutiny.Neil Sroka, spokesperson for the progressive political action committee Democracy for America, said: “No surprise. No constituency. He had an additional challenge as a billionaire at a moment when the last thing people want is someone with ungodly sums of money telling them what to do. More importantly, he was pushing an agenda that has little support in the Democratic party and even less outside the Democratic party.”There will not, after all, be a battle of the septuagenarian New York billionaire businessmen, between Trump and Bloomberg. Sroka added: “It shows Bloomberg has one thing over Trump: he’s not so blindly narcissistic that he got into this race.”In the editorial, Bloomberg urged Democrats to unify behind a nominee who could defeat Trump, an implied warning against veering to the left as some candidates embrace a Green New Deal and Medicare for All – already painted by Republicans as socialist projects.Senator Bernie Sanders, a self-declared democratic socialist, is among the early frontrunners. Howard Schultz, the billionaire former chief executive of Starbucks, is considering a run as an independent despite a fierce backlash from voters who fear he will peel off Democratic votes and help re-elect Trump.Following Bloomberg’s announcement, Schultz tweeted: “I’ve long said there isn’t room for centrist moderation in either party and it appears Mr Bloomberg has come to the same conclusion.”> .@MikeBloomberg governed from the center with big ideas, pragmatism and common sense. In an era of paralysis and dysfunction, he’s an exception. I've long said there isn't room for centrist moderation in either party and it appears Mr. Bloomberg has come to the same conclusion.> > — Howard Schultz (@HowardSchultz) March 5, 2019However, Bloomberg may be pinning his hopes on Joe Biden, the former vice-president, joining the fray as a centrist heavyweight.“It’s essential that we nominate a Democrat who will be in the strongest position to defeat Donald Trump and bring our country back together,” he wrote. “We cannot allow the primary process to drag the party to an extreme that would diminish our chances in the general election and translate into ‘Four More Years’.”Bloomberg, the UN secretary general’s special envoy for climate action, is expected to play an active role in the 2020 election from the outside. In his editorial, he said he would focus on tackling climate change and addressing gun violence, noting that both still face major obstacles in Congress.This will include “Beyond Carbon”, a grassroots effort to begin moving America as quickly as possible away from oil and gas and toward a 100%-clean-energy economy.Bloomberg spent more than $ 100m to help Democrats in the 2018 midterm elections, and his team has been preparing a data-driven effort to go much further in 2020. While the effort would have supported Bloomberg’s presidential bid had he run, it will now be used to defeat Republicans.Chuck Schumer, the Democratic minority leader in the Senate, told the New York Times: “Mike Bloomberg was a great mayor and would have been a strong candidate. I am certain his passion for making the country a better place will continue, albeit not as a candidate, particularly on issues like climate change, guns and curtailing the abuses of President Trump.”Bloomberg’s announcement followed confirmation that Hillary Clinton, the former secretary of state and 2016 Democratic nominee, will not run again next year. Trump tweeted in response: “‘(Crooked) Hillary Clinton confirms she will not run in 2020, rules out a third bid for White House.’ Aw-shucks, does that mean I won’t get to run against her again? She will be sorely missed!””



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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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Los Angeles teachers strike for second day as mayor seeks to restart talks

Los Angeles teachers strike for second day as mayor seeks to restart talksSome 30,000 Los Angeles teachers on strike for higher pay, smaller classes and more staff walked picket lines in the rain for a second day on Tuesday as Mayor Eric Garcetti embraced their cause while trying to nudge the two sides back to the bargaining table. The walkout, with teachers garbed mostly in red braving two days of rainy weather to stage mass rallies downtown, has shattered 30 years of labor peace by Los Angeles teachers but has not completely idled schools.



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