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Cory Booker raises more than $5 million for U.S. presidential run

Cory Booker raises more than $  5 million for U.S. presidential runNew Jersey Senator Cory Booker raised more than $ 5 million for his presidential election campaign in February and March, and has more than $ 6.1 million in cash on hand, his campaign said on Sunday. U.S. Senator Kamala Harris of California raised $ 12 million in the first three months of 2019 while Pete Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Indiana, who recently saw a bump in opinion polls but is still considered a long-shot, announced Monday that he had raised $ 7 million. Beto O’Rourke, a former U.S congressman from Texas, raised $ 9.4 million in the first 18 days of his bid for the presidency, his campaign said.



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Booker raises $5 million, below other White House hopefuls

Booker raises $  5 million, below other White House hopefulsCory Booker's early fundraising numbers are well behind those posted by other major Democratic candidates in the race to challenge President Donald Trump.



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India auctions Nirav Modi's art, raises $8 million

India auctions Nirav Modi's art, raises $  8 millionIndian tax authorities raised about $ 8 million in an auction on Tuesday of rare oil paintings that were once part of fugitive billionaire jeweller Nirav Modi’s collection and seized by the government. Tax authorities who are pursuing Modi in connection with the country’s largest bank fraud appointed auction house Saffronart to carry out the sale of 68 works. The sale will be challenged in court on Wednesday by lawyers for a company controlled by Modi that owns the artwork.



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Trump Administration’s Move to Gut Obamacare Raises Risks for 2020

Trump Administration’s Move to Gut Obamacare Raises Risks for 2020The Justice Department shifted its stance, after arguing last year that some parts of the 2010 law — but not all of it — should be struck down in a case brought by the state of Texas. A federal district judge voided the law in a December ruling that is now under appeal. In a filing late Monday night, the Justice Department said that President Barack Obama’s signature legislative achievement should be wiped out.



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Banning of manifesto raises free speech debate in N. Zealand

Banning of manifesto raises free speech debate in N. ZealandDUNEDIN, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealanders are debating the limits of free speech after their chief censor banned the 74-page manifesto written and released by the man accused of slaughtering 50 people at two mosques in the city of Christchurch.



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Goldman Sachs raises chances of no-deal Brexit after UK PM's late reprieve

Goldman Sachs raises chances of no-deal Brexit after UK PM's late reprieveGoldman Sachs on Friday lowered its expectations of UK Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit deal getting ratified, and hiked its estimate of the chances of a “no-deal” exit from the European Union. The changes to the bank’s previous predictions came after the EU agreed to grant the UK a short reprieve, until April 12, before Britain could lurch out of the EU if May fails to persuade lawmakers to back her withdrawal treaty.



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Ethiopian Airlines crash raises questions about Boeing 737 Max certification process

Ethiopian Airlines crash raises questions about Boeing 737 Max certification processThe Justice Department is reportedly looking into the development of the grounded Boeing 737 Max blamed for two crashes.



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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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'You Are a Good Egg.' Fundraiser for Australian Teen Who Egged Senator Raises Over $30,000

'You Are a Good Egg.' Fundraiser for Australian Teen Who Egged Senator Raises Over $  30,000The teen 'egged' a controversial senator following his Islamophobic comments



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