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After 2016 Loss, Democrats Know They Need… White Male Voters

In this Tuesday, April 2, 2019, photo Mike Wessell, center, a Republican-turned Democrat, talks with other supporters for democratic party candidate for Pennsylvania state senator Pam Iovino at her election returns party in Pittsburgh. Some Democrats thought they didn’t need white male voters in 2016. But the party knows it needs them in 2020. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)
When he moved to Pennsylvania about five years ago, it was a coin toss which party Brian Heitman would register with.
No longer.
Since Donald Trump’s election in 2016, Heitman, who is 42 and white, has become a reliable Democrat. Last week, he voted for the Democratic candidate in a special state Senate election in Pittsburgh’s affluent southern suburbs.
“A decade ago I probably wouldn’t have even noticed this election...

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Sen. Amy Klobuchar’s Pitch for Presidency Sidetracked by Stories of Staff Abuse

Sen. Amy Klobuchar is pitching herself for the White House as the commonsense Midwestern answer to President Donald Trump — while former staffers portray her as a brutal boss who mistreated them.
The run-up to Klobuchar’s expected presidential campaign launch on Sunday has been sidetracked by former aides, speaking anonymously for fear of retribution, who described a toxic office environment including demeaning emails, thrown office supplies and requests for staff to perform personal chores for the senator. It’s a sharp departure from the public brand that Klobuchar has built to get to this moment: a pragmatic, aw-shucks Minnesotan who gets things done and wins her state by landslide margins.
Klobuchar defenders, including some former staffers, have gone on the record to push ba...

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WATCH: Stacey Abrams Delivers Democratic Response to Trump’s State of the Union

Former Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams delivered the Democratic response to the president immediately following the State of the Union address.
Former Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams delivers the Democratic party’s response to President Donald Trump’s 2019 State of the Union address.

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Oprah, Who Gave Obama the Nod in 2008, to Interview Beto O’Rourke in Times Square Ahead of His 2020 Decision

Oprah Winfrey might give former Rep. Beto O’Rourke a familiar boost.

The entrepreneur and media personality is set to interview the potential 2020 candidate one-on-one next month live as part of her “Oprah’s SuperSoul Conversations from Times Square.”
Winfrey’s support once kickstarted the presidential ambitions of another junior Democratic legislator: Barack Obama.
O’Rourke, a popular Texas Democrat, narrowly lost a hard-fought campaign for Senate in November to Republican Sen. Ted Cruz, who retained his seat representing the red state in the upper chamber.
The 46-year-old has performed well in early polls about potential Democratic candidates prompting comparisons to the former president, despite saying during his campaign he would not run in 2020.
The talk-show host once burnished Oba...

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Who Is Fethullah Gulen, and Why Is the US Considering Extraditing Him to Turkey?

Turkish Islamic cleric Fethullah Gulen at his residence in Saylorsburg, Pa., on Sept. 24, 2013. (AP Photo/Selahattin Sevi)
For the past 2½ years, the United States and its NATO ally, Turkey, have been at odds over the fate of Fethullah Gulen, a relatively little-known Muslim cleric living in the mountains of Eastern Pennsylvania.
His followers believe he is a peaceful emissary of interreligious dialogue and secular education. The Turkish government maintains he is a traitor and terrorist, the mastermind behind a July 2016 coup attempt that resulted in the death of 265 Turkish civilians. They want him extradited back to his homeland.
This week, a delegation from the U.S. traveled to Turkey to discuss his fate, according to published reports.

The Turkish government has made Gulen’s extra...

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Second White House Meeting Scheduled as Shutdown Drags Toward Week Three

A partial government shutdown showed no signs of ending Wednesday as congressional leaders left what appeared to be an unproductive meeting with President Trump.
Before and after the meeting, there was little talk of compromise as Trump and Democrats battled over his demand for border-wall funding, all but assuring the shutdown will barrel into a third week.
Trump invited congressional leaders back to the White House for another round of talks on Friday, the day after Democrats assume the House majority, according to House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy (Calif.) But it remains unclear how they will resolve the funding impasse.
House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (Calif...

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North Korea Warns US to Stop ‘Meddling’ in Its Affairs With South Korea

North Korea sent a warning to the U.S. on Thursday to avoid “meddling” in its affairs with South Korea and criticized Washington’s “unreasonable attitude” and “hostile” policies.
An editorial in the country’s state-run Rodong Sinmun newspaper blamed the U.S. for stagnation in the relationship between North and South Korea, claiming that “the United States does not want to see the improvement and development of the inter-Korean relations.”
While relations between Pyongyang and Washington remain at an impasse over North Korea’s nuclear disarmament and the lifting of international sanctions, Seoul has been pushing forward in peace gestures and engagement with the North.
{“i”:164,”p”:72,”n”:”partnerLink”,”y”:24,”o”:32}”>The two Koreas have removed 10 guard posts in the d...

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Peggy Noonan: Trump, Like Obama, Appeals Primarily to Emotion — That’s a Troubling Political Trend (Here Comes Beto)

Beto O’Rourke at a rally in Waco, Texas, Oct. 31. (PHOTO: LARRY W SMITH/EPA-EFE/REX/SHUTTERSTOCK)
Fox News’ year-end poll is interesting. Thirty-eight percent of respondents said they would vote today to re-elect President Trump, with 30% saying they definitely would. Thirty-nine percent say they expect him to be re-elected; 52% do not. At the same time, the president has a 46% job-approval rating, while 52% disapprove.
So the president’s approval numbers have been more or less steady, but not all those who approve of him are ready to vote for him again.
Possible reasons why are suggested deeper in the poll. The proportion who think the economy will be better a year from now has fallen 11 points since two years ago, to 45%—the most pessimistic outlook in Fox’s poll since January 2001...

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Rep. Nancy Pelosi Agrees to Step Aside by 2022 to Win Votes for House Speaker Bid

Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) promised to step aside as Democratic leader by 2022 in an agreement with members of her party who objected to her becoming House Speaker for a second time, The Washington Post reports. Under the agreement, Pelosi will reportedly support a “three-term limit” for the top three House Democratic leaders. “I am comfortable with the proposal and it is my intention to abide by it whether it passes or not,” she said of the plan. The agreement also reportedly stipulates that a fourth term would only be possible if House members vote for it by a two-thirds majority...

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Nick Cannon Defends Kevin Hart by Digging Up Old Tweets by Three White Female Comedians Using So-Called “Homophobic” Language

In an attempt to defend Kevin Hart, who stepped down from hosting the Academy Awards following a backlash over his past homophobic comments, Nick Cannon has resurfaced old tweets from Amy Schumer, Sarah Silverman and Chelsea Handler that he says also used homophobic language.

“Interesting,” Cannon, 38, tweeted on Friday evening alongside an old tweet of Handler’s from 2010. “I wonder if there was any backlash here…”
In the message, she wrote, “This is what a f— bird likes like when he flexes,” including a photo that is no longer available.
Cannon went on to share a 2012 tweet from Schumer, in which the comedian wrote, “Enjoy skyfall f—. I’m bout to get knee deep in Helen Hunt #thesessions.”
“I’m just saying… should we keep going???” he captioned the m...

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