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Democrat O'Rourke presidential bid draws $6.1 million in first 24 hours

Democrat O'Rourke presidential bid draws $  6.1 million in first 24 hoursBeto O’Rourke raised more than $ 6.1 million within 24 hours of announcing his candidacy for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, his campaign said on Monday, highlighting his fundraising prowess in a crowded field. The former three-term Texas congressman’s haul put him at the top of a Democratic pack of more than a dozen candidates so far including Bernie Sanders, the independent U.S. senator who sought the party’s nomination in 2016. Sanders raised $ 5.9 million in the first 24 hours of his 2020 campaign.



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'We need a million — and quick!' Dem candidates' playbook

'We need a million -- and quick!' Dem candidates' playbookWASHINGTON (AP) — Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, little known outside his home state, boasts he raised over $ 1 million in the days after launching his White House bid. Former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper and others say they did, too.



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Beto Campaign Raises $6.1 Million on First Day, Beating Dem. Rivals

Beto Campaign Raises $  6.1 Million on First Day, Beating Dem. RivalsFormer Texas representative Beto O’Rourke's brand new presidential campaign said Monday that it pulled in a hefty $ 6.1 million during its first 24 hours, besting the first-day totals for every other Democratic presidential candidate."In just 24 hours, Americans across this country came together to prove that it is possible to run a true grassroots campaign for president — a campaign by all of us, for all of us, that answers not to the PACs, corporations, and special interests but to the people," the El Paso Democrat said in a statement.O'Rourke announced his candidacy Thursday, triggering a massive outpouring of online donations from his supporters. He promised on Saturday to eschew lobbyist and PAC money."Our campaign will be funded by We the People — that is how we'll be able to reach and listen to voters in all 50 states. No PACs. No corporations. No lobbyists or special interests. It'll be ALL people," read a fundraising email from O'Rourke's campaign. "If we have a strong showing on our first day, people will see it as a sign that this campaign is off to a good start. That will encourage even more people to join us," a separate fundraising email read.Senator Bernie Sanders raised $ 5.9 million, just under O'Rourke's figure, during the first day of his 2020 campaign. Other Democratic candidates such as Senators Kamala Harris ($ 1.5 million) and Amy Klobuchar ($ 1 million) raised considerably less.O’Rourke, 46, served three House terms representing his western Texas district before giving incumbent Senator Ted Cruz an unexpectedly tough challenge last fall. He demonstrated his fundraising talent during that race, raising a record $ 80 million.



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Beto O'Rourke raises $6 million in first 24 hours of campaign as Republicans crank up attacks

Beto O'Rourke raises $  6 million in first 24 hours of campaign as Republicans crank up attacksWord travels fast through the corn fields of Iowa – and the word among Democrats is that Beto O’Rourke could be the real thing. After launching his White House bid last week the Texan, light on policy but long on charm, has beguiled and dazzled voters at cafes, bars, and other small venues across the state, which is the first to vote in the 2020 primaries. "He's Obamaish," said Jenny Turner, 38, a Republican voter who stopped in at an O'Rourke event to see what all the fuss was about. "I saw every Republican candidate in 2016 and this guy's better than all of them," she said. “He's something else, more likeable. He looked me straight in the eye and he really connected. Yes, he can win.” On Monday it was revealed that the O'Rourke campaign raised $ 6.1 million in the first 24 hours after his announcement, outstripping all other Democrat candidates.  Reactions like that are why Republican operatives in Iowa have Mr O’Rourke at the top of their list to be torpedoed early. Anti-O’Rourke TV adverts, the first against a 2020 Democrat contender, have already launched. The Republican answer to the “Beto problem” is an unexpected one. Rather than painting the skateboarding former punk rock guitarist, as a dangerous radical, the adverts instead describe him as a man "dripping in white male privilege”. The 2020 presidential candidate gesticulates enthusiastically as he speaks to a crowd in Iowa Credit: Reuters He is from a "blue blood pedigree,” educated at a  private boarding school, and his father-in-law, a billionaire property developer, "bought" him a seat in Congress, it is claimed. When he fled the scene of a drunk-driving crash, he got away with it because he was white and rich. The allegations, which will dog Mr O’Rourke, 46, for the next year, are aimed at driving a wedge between the candidate and the liberal primary voters he will need to win the Democrat nomination. For Republicans there is a sense of urgency because if Mr O’Rourke becomes the Democrat nominee, then his native Texas, the biggest Republican state, could turn blue for the first time in decades. Without Texas, Donald Trump almost certainly cannot win re-election. There is substance to this Republican depiction of Mr O'Rourke. He is far from the left-wing firebrand some might have expected. During six years in Congress his voting record put him in the most moderate 25 per cent of Democrats. With socialism all the rage in progressive circles he proudly declares himself a capitalist, and he has been evasive on committing to a government-run healthcare system. Those are positions that went down well in the tiny Iowa town of Washington, where a "Make America Great Again" banner welcomes visitors in the main square. Voters in the area went for Mr Trump by 20 points over Hillary Clinton in 2016. Speaking in a tiny art gallery, surrounded by paintings of corn fields, Mr O’Rourke delcared himself a "unifier" who could work with both parties. In a hyperbolic, and sometimes contradictory, speech he vowed to save the world from climate change, while also empathising with business owners. O'Rourke stands on a pick-up truck to speak to an audience of 200 on his plans for healthcare and education Credit: Xinhua/Barcroft Images He hailed US victory in the Second World War, and called for it to “reassert global leadership,” but also admitted to having voted against more funding for the military when he was a congressman. Then he misquoted Sir Winston Churchill. It didn’t matter, his audience applauded anyway. All the while Mr O’Rourke bobbed up and down on his toes, accepting questions by saying "Right on, right on" and flashing what some have described as his “Kennedy smile”. Mr O’Rourke is one of the most gesticulative politicians ever to take to the stump. When he talks his hands flail around wildly. On occasion he resembles a human windmill. If he gets particularly enthused – which is often – he raises an arm and appears to dunk an imaginary basketball. Whatever he says, he is difficult not to watch. While he was talking, and gesticulating, in Washington the first real scandal of his candidacy emerged. The Reuters news agency reported that he had once been part of a notorious computer hacking group called the “Cult of the Dead Cow”. Speaking outside the art gallery, in the deserted, windswept town square, Mr O'Rourke admitted it was true. He told The Telegraph: “Yeah, stuff I was part of as a teenager is not anything that I’m proud of today, that’s the long and short of it. It was something I was a part of in El Paso a long, long time ago.” O'Rourke told the Telegraph he was 'not proud' of his days in a hackers collective as a young man Credit: AFP Could it hurt him with centrist voters? "It could,” he admitted, nodding. "I can't control anything that I've done in the past, only what I do going forward. What I plan to do is give this my best. I will work with everything I’ve got. It’s going to be largest grassroots campaign this country has ever seen." Given his position towards the right of the party Mr O'Rourke may end up competing for the same moderate Democrat primary voters as Joe Biden. The Texan said he thought "very highly" of Mr Biden, but believes he would do a better job in the White House. "I do absolutely, yeah," he said. "I've got a history of running a (internet software) business, meeting a payroll week in week out, working in Congress across the aisle." Asked if he thought Mr Trump should be impeached, he was more forthright than other Democrats. He said: "You're asking me has the president committed impeachable offences? Yes. Period.” Mr O’Rourke’s foreign policy agenda has yet to be fleshed out. When asked about Brexit the candidate said he had "no position" but appeared to oppose it. He told the Telegraph: "I think it's in the world’s interest to strengthen our alliances and our partnerships. “I think the more breakups we see the more isolations we face and the harder it’s going to be for us to face our common challenges." He dismissed suggestions that his policies lack detail, saying part of the purpose of the campaign was to listen to citizens and hear their ideas. "If you have all the answers already then why show up," he said, then flashed a particularly Kennedyesque smile.



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A Powerful 'Bomb Cyclone' Could Impact 70 Million Americans. Here's Everything to Know

A Powerful 'Bomb Cyclone' Could Impact 70 Million Americans. Here's Everything to KnowThe Central U.S. is bracing for the strong storm, with winds surpassing 80 mph



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CNN hit with $275 million defamation suit by Kentucky student

CNN hit with $  275 million defamation suit by Kentucky studentThe lawsuit, filed on behalf of Covington Catholic High School student Nicholas Sandmann in federal court in Kentucky, seeks $ 275 million in compensatory and punitive damages over the videotaped incident in the nation’s capital. Sandmann and other Covington Catholic students had been in Washington to attend a March for Life anti-abortion rally.



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Every Angle of the $18.9 Million Bugatti La Voiture Noire

Every Angle of the $  18.9 Million Bugatti La Voiture Noire



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The $18.9 Million Bugatti La Voiture Noire Is the World's Most Expensive New Car

The $  18.9 Million Bugatti La Voiture Noire Is the World's Most Expensive New CarThe one-off has been inspired by Jean Bugatti's legendary 57SC Atlantic.



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Subaru Recalling 1.3 Million U.S. Vehicles, and Scented Household Products Could Be the Reason

Subaru Recalling 1.3 Million U.S. Vehicles, and Scented Household Products Could Be the ReasonThe brake-light malfunction issue affects 2008–2017 Subaru Forester, Crosstrek, and Impreza models in the U.S.



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Wells Fargo Sees ‘Possible’ Legal Losses Rising by $500 Million

Wells Fargo Sees ‘Possible’ Legal Losses Rising by $  500 MillionThe higher estimate for “reasonably possible” legal losses — essentially a worst-case scenario — shows risks grew as the bank and authorities examined abuses in recent months and discussed potential penalties. The change stems from “a variety of matters,” including probes of its sales to retail customers, Wells Fargo wrote Wednesday in an annual regulatory report.



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