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Biden, Warren, Sanders, Yang, and Buttigieg are threatening to skip the next Democratic debate amid a labor dispute

Biden, Warren, Sanders, Yang, and Buttigieg are threatening to skip the next Democratic debate amid a labor disputeThe Democratic candidates say they stand in solidarity with campus food service workers who are on strike as they demand better wages and healthcare.



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Democrats Threaten to Skip Next Week's Debate Over Union Dispute

Democrats Threaten to Skip Next Week's Debate Over Union Dispute(Bloomberg) — All of the Democratic presidential candidates who have qualified for next week’s debate say they will skip the event rather than cross a planned picket line at the venue.The seven candidates — Joe Biden, Pete Buttigieg, Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, Amy Klobuchar, Tom Steyer and Andrew Yang — all said Friday that they will not show up for the debate at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles on December 19 if the Unite Here Local 11 goes forward with its protest of food service contractor Sodexo SA.The union, which represents about 150 Sodexo employees at the LMU campus, reached out to the campaigns on Friday to inform them they planned to demonstrate. The union and the food-services company have been negotiating for months but their talks stalled this week.This is the second labor issue to complicate plans for the December debate. It had been slated for the University of California at Los Angeles’s Luskin School of Public Affairs. But the Democratic National Committee asked the debate’s media sponsors to find a new location because the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees asked the candidates to boycott it over a contract dispute involving patient care workers at the university’s hospital system.A DNC official who asked not to be identified said the party was looking into the dispute and a potential change of venue but had learned of the issue only after Unite Here’s outreach to the campaigns.“The DNC should find a solution that lives up to our party’s commitment to fight for working people,” Warren wrote on Twitter. “I will not cross the union’s picket line even if it means missing the debate.”Biden said he would not cross a picket line and had to stand with the union’s members “for affordable health care and fair wages.”(Michael Bloomberg is also seeking the Democratic presidential nomination. Bloomberg is the founder and majority owner of Bloomberg LP, the parent company of Bloomberg News.)(Updates first three paragraphs with all candidates threatening to skip.)To contact the reporters on this story: Ryan Teague Beckwith in New York at rbeckwith3@bloomberg.net;Jennifer Epstein in Washington at jepstein32@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Wendy Benjaminson at wbenjaminson@bloomberg.net, Max BerleyFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.



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Trump impeachment explained: What is the president being charged with and what happens next?

Trump impeachment explained: What is the president being charged with and what happens next?House Democrats have unveiled articles of impeachment against Donald Trump, accusing him of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress in a historic rebuke of the president's demands for political probes from a foreign government.The two articles of impeachment followed a historic investigation into Mr Trump stemming from a whistleblower complaint about his 25 July phone call with Ukraine, in which the president was accused of demanding political investigations into one of his 2020 political rivals, Joe Biden.



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Democrats won Virginia and are claiming victory in Kentucky. What's next?

Democrats won Virginia and are claiming victory in Kentucky. What's next?The latest contests point the Democrats to a path forward. Whether that road actually leads to the White House remains to be seen‘On Tuesday, impeachment wasn’t the vote magnet the president’s minions swore that it would be.’ Photograph: Steve Helber/APOn election day 2019, the Democrats swept the Virginia legislature, and appear to have won the Kentucky governor’s mansion. Trends visible when Nancy Pelosi reclaimed the House speaker’s gavel a year ago remain ever present.America’s suburbs continues to abandon their traditional political home even as rural voters remain energized by an unpopular president. On Tuesday, impeachment wasn’t the vote magnet the president’s minions swore that it would be.In Kentucky, Democrat Andy Beshear, the state’s attorney general, appears to have ousted Matt Bevin, the incumbent Republican who has refused to concede defeat. Less than half a percent separates the two candidates. Trump had triumphed in the Bluegrass State by 30 points. If not gone, his magic is not readily transferable.For the record, Beshear won the very suburban counties that had gone for Bevin four years earlier. Meanwhile, voters in Kentucky’s urban precincts flocked to the polls for the Democrat. Jefferson County, home to Louisville, voted Democratic by better than two-to-one.On the Monday night immediately before the election, Trump had headlined a Maga rally for Bevin and was joined onstage by Kentucky’s senators Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul. There, Trump proclaimed: “If you lose, they are going to say Trump suffered the greatest defeat in the history of the world. You can’t let that happen to me!” At the same gathering, Paul had urged the press corps to out the whistleblower who is the bane of Trump’s existence, a reminder of libertarianism’s neo-Confederate strains.Hours later, on Tuesday morning, Trump then tweeted that the “impeachment hoax had fired up voters in Kentucky”. Maybe so, but not exactly the way Trump had thought.Instead, Trump’s presence comes with a downside: it energizes his opposition. As to be expected, Donald Trump Jr told Fox News’ viewers as the results rolled in, “This has nothing to do with Trump.”To be sure, Trump and Bevin may have also been hurt by the headlines that emerged as Kentuckians went to the polls. Gordon Sondland, Trump’s ambassador to the European Union, had corrected his impeachment testimony and admitted that there had been a quid pro quo involving Ukraine and Hunter Biden.Republican demands that the Democrats release transcripts have given way to Republicans announcing that they now have no intention of reading said transcripts. Ignorance is the new bliss.Meanwhile, McConnell who doubles as Senate majority leader, was signaling that while he thought the Senate would acquit Trump in an impeachment trial, bipartisan agreement would be needed for the trial to proceed. “This is not something the majority can micromanage like it can on almost any other issue,” said McConnell.In Virginia, the Republicans fate was gloomier as they lost the state senate and the house of delegates. For the first time since 1992, the Democrats hold control of both legislative chambers. Adding insult to injury, Juli Briskman, the cyclist who flipped-off the presidential motorcade two years earlier, won her bid for local office in Virginia’s Loudon County.Looking back, the Republicans’ defeat in the 2017 gubernatorial race was a harbinger of what actually came next. Suburban Virginians again made themselves heard and stuck a thumb in the president’s eye. Against this backdrop, Elaine Luria and Abigail Spanberger, freshman congresswomen from swing districts in Virginia must be breathing more easily.The two had publicly announced their support for the House’s impeachment inquiry in a Washington Post op-ed along with five other freshman with national security credentials. They also served as catalysts for Democrats moving forward on the topic.Spanberger is a former CIA operative while Luria is an ex-navy commander. Together, they are a reminder that the House Democrats are not just about Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and the party’s left wing, and that Democrats have found traction outside the New York and California’s big cities.While Democrats have reason to smile, perspective remains essential. While Tuesday’s results can be spun as a defeat for Trumpism, Kentucky is not a swing state and Bevin was an unpopular governor. A year from now, it will appear in the president’s column regardless of the national results. The last time Kentucky voted Democratic was in 1996 for Bill Clinton and Ross Perot was on the ballot.Next, Beshear ran as a moderate, something that cannot be said of Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren. The former is a self-described democratic-socialist and the latter wants to remake capitalism in her own image. By the numbers, Warren appears poised to lose to Trump as suburban voters are turned-off by her plans for redistributive economics.In that sense, the latest contests point the Democrats to a path forward. Whether that road actually leads to the White House remains to be seen.



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Look out below: Which Democratic candidate will drop out next?

Look out below: Which Democratic candidate will drop out next?At first there were 26. Now there are “only” 17. Who will be the next Democratic presidential candidate to drop out?



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Turkey's Erdogan may call off a visit to Washington next week in protest

Turkey's Erdogan may call off a visit to Washington next week in protestTurkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan may call off a visit to Washington next week in protest of votes in the House of Representatives to recognize mass killings of Armenians a century ago as genocide and to seek sanctions on Turkey, three Turkish officials said.



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House Intel Chair Schiff says impeachment transcripts could come next week

House Intel Chair Schiff says impeachment transcripts could come next weekAdam Schiff, the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, said Friday that the panels investigating impeachment could begin releasing transcripts of closed-door witness depositions early next week, part of an effort to move the investigation into public view and allow Americans to evaluate the evidence against President Trump.



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Subaru Levorg, Bold New Station Wagon, Previews the Next WRX

Subaru Levorg, Bold New Station Wagon, Previews the Next WRXThe Levorg's chiseled looks and updated technology could reach our shores on other Subaru models, but, sadly, probably not in this form.



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Impeachment's hectic fourth week ends. Here's what to look for next week.

Impeachment's hectic fourth week ends. Here's what to look for next week.The fourth week of the Democrats’ impeachment inquiry in Congress was the busiest so far, with five different depositions, a fractious meeting of Republicans and Democrats at the White House, and a shocking press conference by President Trump’s chief of staff.



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'Climate change will not be on the agenda' of next G-7, White House says

'Climate change will not be on the agenda' of next G-7, White House saysPresident Trump will not be discussing climate change at the next G-7 meeting, his acting chief of staff says.



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