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Beto O'Rourke finds 'personal connection' to slavery, argues for reparations to unite 'two Americas'

Beto O'Rourke finds 'personal connection' to slavery, argues for reparations to unite 'two Americas'The Democratic presidential hopeful from Texas published a blog post in which he discussed his family's history and his support for reparations.



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'Racist and vile': Democrats unite after Trump Jr. shares post questioning Kamala Harris's race

'Racist and vile': Democrats unite after Trump Jr. shares post questioning Kamala Harris's raceThe primary rivals of Sen. Kamala Harris came to her defense over the weekend, pushing back against a claim fueled by Donald Trump Jr. that she isn’t an “American black.”



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Democrats unite at debate in endorsing health care to undocumented immigrants

Democrats unite at debate in endorsing health care to undocumented immigrantsAll 10 candidates on Thursday night’s Democratic debate stage said their health care plans would provide coverage for people in the country illegally, a show of unity on what had been a contentious night between the candidates.



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Green New Deal: Senate defeats proposal as Democrats unite in protest

Green New Deal: Senate defeats proposal as Democrats unite in protestNon-binding proposal spearheaded by progressives aims to reduce greenhouse gases and lessen social inequity The US Senate defeated a motion to take up the Green New Deal, the non-binding proposal spearheaded by progressive Democratic lawmakers to radically reduce greenhouse gases and try to lessen social inequity. Republican leaders in the Senate had scheduled Tuesday’s vote in an effort to turn the proposal into a wedge issue in the 2020 elections, hoping to force Democrats on the record about their support – or opposition – for a proposal that is popular among the Democratic base but has been criticized by many conservatives. Democrats called the efforts by the Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell a “sham”, and 43 of them voted “present” rather than casting an up-or-down vote. Lawmakers ultimately voted 57-0 against the proposal. Three Democrats and independent senator Angus King of Maine ultimately joined all 53 Republicans in opposing the plan. The Green New Deal aims to virtually eliminate greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 and calls for the US to shift away from fossil fuels such as oil and coal. It also urges national healthcare coverage and job guarantees, high-quality education and affordable housing, as well as “upgrading all existing buildings in the United States” to be energy-efficient. The proposal has broad support among Democratic activists, and all six of the 2020 presidential contenders serving in the Senate have signed on as cosponsors, putting it at the forefront of the party’s sprawling primary race. Republicans say the plan would devastate the economy and lead to a huge tax increase. They call it more evidence of the creep of “socialism” in the Democratic party, along with “Medicare for All” and a sweeping elections reform package that would allow public financing of congressional campaigns. McConnell said the proposal “might sound like a neat idea in places like San Francisco or New York” but would result in communities across the country being “absolutely crushed”. He argued the deal would “kill off entire domestic industries” and eliminate millions of jobs. Donald Trump also weighed in against the plan, which the White House called “job crushing”. At a luncheon with Senate Republicans, Trump urged lawmakers to keep the Green New Deal alive as an issue to use against Democrats. Mike Lee, a Republican senator from Utah, called the Green New Deal “ridiculous” and displayed pictures of dinosaurs, cartoon characters and babies as he derided the plan. He said he was treating it “with the seriousness it deserves”. Democrats derided the GOP moves and said they carried their own political risk by mocking an issue – climate change – that a growing number of Americans care deeply about. Climate change, they said, is deadly serious, citing floods in the midwest, wildfires in the west and hurricanes in the south. “Climate change is not a joke,” said Ed Markey, a Democratic senator from Massachusetts and the resolution’s lead Senate author. “Mocking it is shameful.” “The GOP’s climate delaying is costing us lives [and is] destroying communities,” congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the plan’s sponsor in the House, tweeted. The GOP’s climate delaying is costing us lives + destroying communities.Iowa, Nebraska & many in the Midwest are catastrophically flooded right now, in one of the 1st major climate change disasters of 2019.A #GreenNewDeal urges us to pursue a plan on the scale of the problem. t.co/dWXe44hxWX— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) March 26, 2019 Ocasio-Cortez also said she had encouraged fellow Democrats to vote present, and questioned Republicans’ reluctance to schedule major hearings on the effects of climate change. Separately, speaking at a hearing of the House financial services committee on Tuesday, Ocasio-Cortez sharply criticized the suggestion that concerns about the environment were “elitist” and condemned past inaction. “You want to tell people that their concern and their desire for clean air and clean water is elitist? Tell that to the kids of the South Bronx, which are suffering from the highest rates of child asthma in the country,” she said. “This is about our lives, and this should not be partisan,” she added. “Science should not be partisan.” By Tuesday evening, the clip of her comments had been shared thousands of times. Watch every second of this… @AOC is so incredibly spot on. pic.twitter.com/ESP4dC5TTo— Brian Tyler Cohen (@briantylercohen) March 27, 2019 The New York senator Kirsten Gillibrand, one of a half-dozen senators seeking the Democratic nomination for president, said Republicans treat climate change “as a game” and said Democrats “will not fall for this stunt”. Slowing climate change “should be our nation’s moonshot” in the 21st century, Gillibrand argued. “We don’t know if we can get to net-zero carbon emissions in 10 years, but why not try?” she said at a rally before the Senate vote.



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Democratic 2020 Hopefuls Unite in Push to Release Mueller Report

Democratic 2020 Hopefuls Unite in Push to Release Mueller ReportThe Democrats took to Twitter, press releases and campaign stump speeches to press their case after Mueller on Friday submitted his final report, a still-secret document that closed his 22-month investigation into whether Trump or those around him conspired in Russia’s meddling in the 2016 campaign. Senator Kamala Harris of California, a former federal prosecutor who sits on the Judiciary Committee, called for Attorney General William Barr to testify publicly and under oath about the investigation’s conclusions.



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New Zealand attacks unite government on gun control. America stands divided.

New Zealand attacks unite government on gun control. America stands divided.The Second Amendment, as Justice Antonin Scalia wrote, is 'not a right to keep and carry any weapon whatsoever in any manner whatsoever': Our view



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Pelosi Urges Democrats to Unite Ahead of First Leadership Vote

Pelosi Urges Democrats to Unite Ahead of First Leadership VoteIn a letter sent on Friday, Pelosi thanked those who’ve supported her so far, and said she requests “that we all support the nominee of our Caucus for Speaker on the Floor of the House,” consistent with party rules that require all members to vote in favor of the Democratic candidate. Pelosi praised her colleagues’ views and participation as the party works to implement changes in the next Congress.



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Iran urges Muslims to unite against US, including Saudi 'brothers'

Iran urges Muslims to unite against US, including Saudi 'brothers'Iranian President Hassan Rouhani urged Muslims worldwide on Saturday to unite against the United States and assured Saudis they were “brothers” who had nothing to fear from Tehran. US President Donald Trump abandoned a landmark 2015 nuclear deal between major powers and Tehran in May and has since reimposed crippling unilateral sanctions. “What the United States wants of (the Middle East) today is enslavement,” Rouhani told an Islamic unity conference in Tehran.



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Macron and Merkel unite in struggle for Europe

Macron and Merkel unite in struggle for EuropeBeleaguered at home, belittled abroad, Emmanuel Macron of France and Germany’s Angela Merkel will use a Berlin meeting on Sunday to bolster their alliance as champions of a united Europe fraught with resurgent nationalism. After weeks of stalemate on issues such as eurozone reforms and how to get internet giants to pay more tax, the French president and German chancellor have recently gone out of their way to demonstrate unity and common purpose. Macron gave Merkel pride of place last weekend during commemorations marking the end of World War I where he spoke out against nationalism — a message he is likely to hammer home again Sunday when addressing Germany’s parliament as part of ceremonies to commemorate victims of war.



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China's Xi calls for Moscow and Beijing to unite to fight protectionism

China's Xi calls for Moscow and Beijing to unite to fight protectionismChinese President Xi Jinping said on Tuesday that Russia and China should work together to oppose trade protectionism and what he called unilateral approaches to international problems, a veiled reference to U.S. foreign policy. Xi made the comments at a news conference in Vladivostok in Russia’s far east after holding talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin on the sidelines of an economic forum. “In a rapidly changing international situation with growing instability and unpredictability, cooperation between Russia and China takes on even more importance,” said Xi, according to a transcript on the Kremlin’s website.



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