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Kirsten Gillibrand announced she’ll be holding a reproductive rights town hall in visiting St Louis, Missouri on Sunday. “This is an emergency, and we need to fix it,” tweeted the New York senator and 2020 presidential candidate.
A new law in the state bans most abortions in at the eighth week of pregnancy. The restrictions have been challenged in federal court and have yet to take effect, but other policies have already severely restricted access to abortions.
With one licensed abortion provider left in the state, the people of MO know what a post-Roe reality would look like: They’re already living it.
I’ll be there on Sunday to hold a reproductive rights town hall. This is an emergency, and we need to fix it. https://t.co/tiPXiuU9gC
Pete Buttigieg unveiled an $80bn proposal to bring high-speed internet access to rural Americans.
Congressman Kevin McCarthy, the Republican minority leader of the House, has expressed support for the protestors in Hong Kong.
Lawmakers from both political parties have expressed support for the pro-democracy protestors.
To the thousands of young people in Hong Kong who are speaking UP for human rights and speaking OUT against the Communist Party of China: we see you waving the American flag, and we hear you singing our national anthem.
America stands for freedom. America stands with Hong Kong.
John Hickenlooper is considering ending his 2020 presidential bid and entering the race for Colorado’s Republican-held Senate seat, the New York Times is reporting.
California senator Dianne Feinstein says she supports her state’s efforts to fight the Trump administration’s policy of denying permanent residence to immigrants who have ever received public assistance.
The Trump administration announced yesterday a new policy of denying green cards to people who have legally immigrated to the US if they ever accepted food stamps, housing assistance, Medicaid or other forms of government assistance.
The administration is trying to deny green cards to legal immigrants if they’ve ever received public assistance or if the administration believes they may in the future. That’s not who we are as a country. I fully support California’s effort to fight this rule. pic.twitter.com/cV5g3Of4Vd
“We are going to fight to make sure every voice is heard,” said Stacy Abrams announcing a new initiative called Fair Fight 2020 at the IUPAT convention in Las Vegas.
Abrams said she’s leaving it to others to get voters excited to cast their ballots in the upcoming election, confirming that she won’t be running for president. Instead, she will work in battleground states to help strengthen voter protections ahead of next year’s general election.
That’s it from me today. My west coast colleague Maanvi Singh will be taking over the blog for the next few hours.
Here’s where the day stands so far:
Stacey Abrams has been floated as a possible candidate for multiple offices since she narrowly lost her 2018 gubernatorial race in Georgia.
I am grateful for all the encouragement I received to run for U.S. Senate, and I’m committed to doing everything I can to help elect a Democrat to that seat next year. #gapol pic.twitter.com/5o14BqgqwO
The news that Stacey Abrams will not run for president comes as the former Democratic gubernatorial candidate prepares to elevate her voting rights initiative to a national level.
The Washington Post reports:
The initiative, called Fair Fight 2020, takes its name from the organization that the Georgia Democrat founded last year after narrowly losing her bid to become the nation’s first black female governor. Abrams is set to announce the program Tuesday during a speech at the convention of the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades in Las Vegas.
Abrams, 45, who for the past several months has said she was considering a bid for president, will instead focus on helping Democratic Party leaders and activists in 20 states to immediately begin building systems to make sure their voters have minimal problems casting ballots and that those ballots are counted.
Former Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams has decided not to pursue a White House bid after toying with the idea for months.
Ms. Abrams will instead put her efforts into preventing voter suppression, including working with state parties in battleground states to more closely monitor voter protection ahead of next year’s general election.
The move comes after civil rights groups raised questions about voter suppression and election rigging in Ms. Abrams’ 2018 race against Brian Kemp, a Republican who was Georgia’s secretary of state.
Authorities in Dayton delivered an update on the investigation into the recent mass shooting that left 10 dead, including the gunman.
The investigations into the circumstances surrounding Jeffrey Epstein’s apparent suicide have been stymied by federal employees who have been hesitant to cooperate.
An administration source told NBC News that some federal employees have been “lawyering up” as three different investigations into Epstein’s death unfold.
Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg shared this awkward exchange with a voter in Iowa after speaking at the state fair, per a CNN reporter:
“I shook Robert Kennedy’s hand in 1968,” a woman tells Pete Buttigieg. “So you’re good luck?” he asks. “Not really— he was shot a month later,” she tells him. pic.twitter.com/RiW0fw1uwB
Several reporters who accompanied Trump on his official White House trip to Pennsylvania have noted that the president has veered into decidedly political territory during the visit.
He has repeatedly attacked his Democratic rivals and claimed (without any evidence) that the presidency has cost him billions of dollars.
This is an official White House-sponsored (not campaign-sponsored) event on energy in Pennsylvania today, but @realDonaldTrump has focused his remarks largely on political themes, talking about his support for unions, his 2016 victory, tax cuts, etc. pic.twitter.com/CnFSctxHDy
Trump, at official WH event in PA: “We’ll have to hit Pocahontas very hard again if she does win… What a group: Pocahontas and Sleepy Joe.”
At official WH event in Pennsylvania, the president is talking about getting sued under the emoluments clause regarding his private business ownership while in office and pivots to complain that @BarackObama was paid for his book “sixty million dollars.”
Trump claims in Pittsburgh, with no information offered to support the claim, that being president is costing him $3 billion to $5 billion. Among the costs he cites are legal fees – at least some of his lawyers have worked for free. “Emoluments – nobody knows what it is.”
A day before the Metropolitan Correctional Center’s warden was reassigned, Attorney General William Barr voiced concern about “serious irregularities” in Jeffrey Epstein’s confinement at the jail.
“We are now learning of serious irregularities at this facility that are deeply concerning and demand a thorough investigation,” Barr said in a New Orleans speech yesterday. “We will get to the bottom of what happened.”
The Justice Department announced in a statement that Attorney General William Barr has reassigned the warden of the Metropolitan Correctional Center as investigations continue into the circumstances surrounding Jeffrey Epstein’s apparent suicide.
“Today, the Attorney General directed the Bureau of Prisons to temporarily assign the warden at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in New York to the Bureau’s Northeast Regional Office pending the outcome of the FBI and OIG investigations into the apparent suicide of Jeffrey Epstein, a former MCC inmate,” DOJ spokesperson Kerri Kupec said in a statement.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had a conversation in New York today with Yang Jiechi, a top Chinese official, in a previously unannounced meeting.
The readout from the meeting does not explain what the two officials discussed amid an escalating trade war and intensifying Hong Kong protests, per our colleague Julian Borger:
State Dept says Mike Pompeo met the Chinese Communist Party’s top foreign policy official, Yang Jiechi, this morning. The meeting, apparently in NY, had not been announced. Pompeo was scheduled to be at the state department in DC today.
The official readout just says they met. https://t.co/uphXv9lsmC
Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg is en route to the Iowa State Fair, where he will soon be speaking at the Des Moines Register Political Soapbox.
Trump has landed in Pennsylvania for a tour of the Shell Pennsylvania Petrochemicals Complex and is tweeting about the pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong.
Many are blaming me, and the United States, for the problems going on in Hong Kong. I can’t imagine why?
Our Intelligence has informed us that the Chinese Government is moving troops to the Border with Hong Kong. Everyone should be calm and safe!
Trump told reporters that Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell wants to “do something” to expand the background checks system.
The president said just before departing New Jersey for a Pennsylvania event that he’s “convinced that Mitch wants to do something.” He added, “He wants to do background checks and I do too.”
Trump told reporters that his administration chose to delay some tariffs on Chinese imports “just in case” the policy would negatively impact US consumers’ holiday shopping.
President Trump says he’s delaying the new China tariffs for “Christmas season just in case some of the tariffs would have an impact on U.S. customers” https://t.co/AfEIFrfeM5 pic.twitter.com/V0DyakmEjN
Despite the massive flight cancellations at Hong Kong’s airport, travelers are still arriving as the clashes between pro-democracy protesters and police escalate, CNN reports.
“The fact is, passengers are still coming.”@PHancocksCNN is at the Hong Kong airport, where — despite flight cancellations — travelers are still arriving as riot police clash with protesters: https://t.co/nFrwjxGDQD pic.twitter.com/sXAsPm0bAa
The protests in Hong Kong have turned increasingly violent as pro-democracy demonstrators clash with police wielding pepper spray and batons.
The Washington Post reports:
Later in the evening, a group of demonstrators … seized a man they suspected to be an undercover Chinese police officer, cable-tied his hands and refused to let him through a large crowd. The incident showed increasing brazenness on the part of demonstrators in confronting what they perceive as symbols of the Chinese state.
Police entered the airport to help the man, whom paramedics tried to remove on a stretcher. The presence of officers sparked chaos, as protesters spilled out of the airport and began attacking police vans with officers inside.
Trump told reporters in New Jersey that the protests in Hong Kong were a “very tough situation,” but he predicted that it would “work out.”
President Trump: “The Hong Kong thing is a very tough situation, very tough. We’ll what see what happens. But I’m sure it’ll work out. I hope it works out for everybody, including China, by the way.” pic.twitter.com/QJrFWiUOLu
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Clashes between pro-democracy protesters and police appear to be escalating at the Hong Kong airport.
JUST IN: @ABC News reports live from a “chaotic” Hong Kong International Airport as police and demonstrators clash amid intensifying protests.
The threats of China are on full display as the people of Hong Kong are fighting for their freedoms. This is the level of control China wants to have not only over its people but around the world. #FightingForFreedom https://t.co/KqJmflg58h
The people of Hong Kong are trying to preserve the promise of One Country – Two Systems. If we don’t speak out for human rights in China because of commercial interests, we lose all moral authority to speak out elsewhere.
May we all stand in solidarity with the people of Hong Kong as they speak out for democracy, freedom from repression, and a world they long to see.
Ken Cuccinelli, the acting director of US Citizenship and Immigration Services, is facing criticism and mockery for offering an edited version of the poem that appears on a plaque at the Statue of Liberty.
Our colleague Edward Helmore reports:
The famous lines, taken from The New Colossus by the 19th-century New York poet Emma Lazarus, read: ‘Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.’
In a radio interview on Tuesday, Cuccinelli offered a change: ‘Give me your tired and your poor who can stand on their own two feet and who will not become a public charge.’
In New York, the Statue of Liberty holds a torch that lights the way & it proclaims: “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.”
My grandfather was one. Poor & tired, but filled with hope & promise. God bless him for coming to America. https://t.co/6S6z857De8
A Democratic congressman, Representative Ted Lieu of California, struck back against Trump’s false claim that China would bear the cost of the president’s trade war:
Today is Tuesday. That means @realDonaldTrump is lying, again. US is not getting billions of dollars from China as a gift. US importers pay US tariffs, not China. Also, US farmers are getting a fraction of what they would be getting if there was no trade war.#TuesdayThoughts https://t.co/v7L47aMqGY
Democratic presidential candidate Julián Castro has released a new ad responding to attacks from Trump against him and his brother, Representative Joaquin Castro.
Democratic presidential candidate Tom Steyer announced his campaign has hit the donor threshold required to qualify for the fall debates.
I’m thrilled to announce that today we’ve reached the required 130,000 individual donors to appear in September’s debate. Just one more qualifying poll stands between us and that stage!
Thanks to all who’ve contributed even $1 to this movement. We can’t do this without you.
The Dow closed down nearly 400 points yesterday amid mounting concerns about Trump’s trade war. After his administration announced the delay of some tariffs on Chinese imports, all of those losses were recouped.
It’s worth noting that Trump frequently brags about the strength of the stock market during his presidency. It has become a key talking point for him on the campaign trail, and he does not likely want to give it up — even for the sake of his trade war.
The Trump administration was facing backlash over its proposed tariffs from US business owners, some of whom had taken down job postings after the policy was announced.
The Washington Post reports:
Trump’s escalating trade war has spooked business executives. There’s already been a noticeable decline in business investment as corporate leaders say Trump’s tariffs and unpredictability are creating too much uncertainty, dissuading them from spending large sums on new buildings or equipment. Now there are early signs that business leaders are beginning to pull back on hiring, too. …
The United States had 7.3 million job openings in June, down from a peak of 7.6 million in November, according to the latest Labor Department data. While the decline is modest, economists are concerned hiring could dry up quickly as companies see no end in sight to Trump’s trade war and they look to cut costs. The reduction in job openings is also widespread across many industries, signaling how cautious companies are becoming.
Just this morning, Trump was falsely claiming that China would bear the cost of his trade war.
Through massive devaluation of their currency and pumping vast sums of money into their system, the tens of billions of dollars that the U.S. is receiving is a gift from China. Prices not up, no inflation. Farmers getting more than China would be spending. Fake News won’t report!
The news of the delayed tariffs on items like cell phones, laptops and video game consoles will certainly come as a relief to US retailers, who have expressed concerns that Trump’s trade war could impact holiday sales.
But as a Politico reporter noted, the administration’s decision to delay the policy appears to fly in the face of Trump’s repeated (and false) claim that American consumers will not bear the cost of his tariffs.
I mean this is just giving away the game and admitting tariffs are bad for Americans and that you have a pain threshold the Chinese can easily exploit.
The Trump administration also announced that certain Chinese imports would no longer be subject to the 10 percent tariff.
“Certain products are being removed from the tariff list based on health, safety, national security and other factors and will not face additional tariffs of 10 percent,” the statement from US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer notes.
Robert Lighthizer, the US trade representative, announced today that some of the Trump administration’s tariffs against China will be delayed until Dec. 15.
“Products in this group include, for example, cell phones, laptop computers, video game consoles, certain toys, computer monitors, and certain items of footwear and clothing,” the statement from Lighthizer’s office reads.
Continuing to mock Chris Cuomo for lashing out against a heckler, Trump oddly suggested the CNN host shouldn’t be allowed to carry a gun.
Would Chris Cuomo be given a Red Flag for his recent rant? Filthy language and a total loss of control. He shouldn’t be allowed to have any weapon. He’s nuts!
Bernie Sanders might have finally found something he and Trump can agree on: the alleged bias of the Washington Post.
Without citing any evidence, the presidential candidate claimed the newspaper was giving him negative coverage because of his criticisms of Amazon. (The retail giant’s founder, Jeff Bezos, owns the Post.)
….In my opinion the Washington Post is nothing more than an expensive (the paper loses a fortune) lobbyist for Amazon. Is it used as protection against antitrust claims which many feel should be brought?
Another member of the National Rifle Association’s board of directors has resigned, the fourth such departure in the past two weeks.
Trump has joined in on the discussion about Chris Cuomo after the CNN anchor lashed out against a man who called him “Fredo,” referring to the dimmer-witted son of Vito Corleone in “The Godfather.”
“Punk ass bitches from the right call me ‘Fredo.’ My name is Chris Cuomo, I’m an anchor on CNN,” Cuomo told his heckler in a video shared on Twitter last night. “Fredo is from the ‘Godfather,’ he was a weak brother and the use of it to an Italian is disparaging.”
Chris Cuomo defended himself when he was verbally attacked with the use of an ethnic slur in an orchestrated setup. We completely support him.
I say good for @ChrisCuomo
He’s out with his 9 year old daughter, and his wife, and this guy is being a jackass in front of his family.
Imho Chris Cuomo has zero to apologize for. He deserves the apology. https://t.co/VnyMNgz14U
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The Trump administration is already facing pushback for two significant policy changes announced yesterday. One would penalize green card applicants who use public benefits, and the other would overhaul the Endangered Species Act in ways that critics fear will accelerate the extinction of many plants and animals.
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