Deval Patrick announces presidential campaign

(CNN)Deval Patrick officially announced a late-entry 2020 presidential campaign on Thursday, thrusting the former Massachusetts governor into an already crowded field of Democratic candidates less than three months before the Iowa caucuses and New Hampshire primary. In his announcement video, Patrick signaled his intention to offer optimism over strict progressive ideology, presenting himself as a candidate who will strive to unify deep divisions in the country. His words echoed similar strains from several of his new rivals. “I admire and respect the candidates in the Democratic field. They bring a richness of ideas and experience and a depth of character that makes me proud to be a Democrat,” Patrick said in his announcement video. “But if the character of the …

Brexit referendum should never have been called, say majority of voters

Poll shows growing hindsight regret on leaving EU but a 16% Tory lead in a general election Twice as many people now think it would have been better never to have held a referendum on Brexit than believe it was a good idea, according to the latest Opinium poll for the Observer. Asked to consider the difficulties the government has had in reaching an agreement, 57% of UK adults surveyed said that they believed it would have been better not to have had a public vote in June 2016. This compares with 29% of voters who believe it was right to hold the referendum on whether the UK should stay in or leave the EU. The findings reflect a growing …

As White House struggles with impeachment strategy, Trump’s campaign takes the lead

(CNN)As the White House struggles to form a clear message and effective strategy to counter the fast-moving impeachment inquiry, President Donald Trump’s reelection effort is attempting to take the lead. While some of the campaign and RNC officials’ claims on the call Monday were misleading or inaccurate, it was the strongest, most concerted effort to defend Trump since the dam on impeachment broke late last month with a surge of Democratic support. For several days now, there has been grumbling inside the White House that there is no real strategy to counter Democrats, complaints that officials said were validated when not a single White House official appeared on television Sunday to defend the President. The White House has also not …

Booker campaign makes urgent appeal for money to stay in the 2020 race

(CNN)Sen. Cory Booker‘s 2020 presidential campaign is facing a do-or-die moment. Although Booker’s campaign is “not out of money nor are we at risk of running out of money,” Demissie said, meeting the fundraising target is “about the trajectory of our fundraising and our ability to use money now to continue to build the organization we need to win.” “And I can’t underscore enough,” he added, “we’re trying to win.” Speaking to CNN’s Jessica Dean on Saturday, Booker called the fundraising goal “a decisive moment for our campaign.” “If you believe in my voice and want it on the stage and want it part of this process, if you believe in me as the nominee this is the time,” he …

Trump administration touts big drop in border crossings

Washington (CNN)Acting Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Mark Morgan, speaking at the White House on Monday, touted a drop in border arrests and highlighted the construction of new sections of the border wall. The number of crossings has traditionally dropped during the summer months, but Morgan said the reduction “has nothing to do with seasonal trends.” But while citing Mexico’s deployment of the national guard and acceptance of asylum seekers waiting for their immigration proceedings, Morgan said that support may not last into next year. “I am concerned whether the government of Mexico” and Northern Triangle countries of Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras “are going to be able to sustain the level of commitment that they have,” he said. Border …

Boris Johnson Adopts Cute PuppyDog in Crucial Brexit Week

Boris Johnson welcomed his newly adopted Jack Russell puppy to his London home as the U.K. prime minister called an emergency meeting of his Cabinet, prompting fresh speculation there will be a general election. Just weeks ago the 15-week-old dog, named Dilyn according to a post on Twitter by Johnson’s partner Carrie Symonds, faced death after being abandoned by a south Wales puppy farmer as his misaligned jaw meant he would be difficult to sell. He was saved by a volunteer-run rescue charity in south Wales. Johnson’s predecessor, Theresa May, was encouraged to get a dog to increase her appeal to voters, but refused because she was concerned about who would look after it. Published on Updated on Original Article …

Dorian Winds Weaken but Storm Remains `Extremely Dangerous’

Hurricane Dorian is continuing to bash the Bahamas but its winds are weakening as the storm widens out, and forecasters are looking for signs it’s ready to turn north on a run up the U.S. East Coast rather than slamming head on into Florida. Dorian is continuing to move forward at just 1 mile per hour, according to a 2 p.m. advisory by the U.S. inflicting colossal damage to property and infrastructure in the Bahamas. Located about 25 miles (56 kilometers) from Freeport, Dorian has Dorian will cause In a briefing, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis said Florida utilities have assembled 17,000 personnel to help restore power quickly as needed. He said 72 nursing homes and assisted living centers along the …

Trump administration proposal could kick 3 million off food stamps

(CNN)The Trump administration wants to tighten the rules governing who qualifies for food stamps, which could end up stripping more than 3 million people of their benefits. Republicans have long argued that this expanded eligibility option is a “loophole” that permits those with higher incomes and assets to get public assistance. GOP lawmakers have tried to limit it several times — including in last year’s farm bill, though it didn’t make it into the final version. The proposed USDA rule is expected to save $2.5 billion a year. “For too long, this loophole has been used to effectively bypass important eligibility guidelines,” said Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, who pointed out on a call with reporters that a millionaire in Minnesota …

Here’s a little secret about Donald Trump’s plans tomorrow

Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump, according to President Donald Trump, won’t be watching former special counsel Robert Mueller’s testimony to the House Judiciary and Intelligence committees on Wednesday. Unless he does. Consider what we know of this President: 1) He has, long before getting into politics, been a cable TV addict 2) His TV watching habits haven’t diminished in office — as aides have carved out “executive time” designed for Trump watch the tube and tweet about what he sees 3) He has long fixated on Mueller and the broader special counsel probe, dedicated hundreds of tweets over the past two years to discrediting the investigators and their findings Just look at Trump’s last few days. He’s repeatedly made mention of …

Alex Acosta to address his role in Epstein sexual abuse scandal

Washington (CNN)Labor Secretary Alex Acosta is expected to make a statement Wednesday afternoon amid renewed scrutiny of his role securing a sweetheart deal for Jeffrey Epstein more than a decade ago. Earlier Wednesday, a top administration official suggested Acosta would address the matter and provide more information amid the uproar. “I think that Alex will probably be sharing more information with you all,” Marc Short, the chief of staff to Vice President Mike Pence, told reporters at the White House on Wednesday. “And as you heard Alex say yesterday, we welcome the fact that there’s additional evidence that can be prosecuted, the crimes and atrocities, and certainly should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.” President Donald Trump …

Seattle Times: DOJ’s Boeing investigation expands to 787 Dreamliner

(CNN)Federal prosecutors have expanded their probe beyond the Boeing 737 Max aircraft to the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, The Seattle Times reported Friday, citing two sources familiar with the investigation. The update comes as the probes into the 737 Max continue, following crashes involving the aircraft in Ethiopia and Indonesia. This week saw the discovery of a new flaw in the 737 Max computer system that could push the plane downward, two sources told CNN. Boeing engineers are now trying to address the flaw, which has led to another delay in recertifying the aircraft. The Federal Aviation Administration has identified similarities between the two Boeing crashes that killed 346 people, specifically involving the plane’s automatic safety feature known as MCAS. That …

Mike Pence won’t say if he views climate crisis as threat to US

Washington (CNN)Vice President Mike Pence on Sunday wouldn’t say if he views the global climate crisis as a threat to the United States. When pressed again on whether he believes the climate crisis is a threat, Pence said, “I think the answer to that is going to be based upon the science.” “Well the science says yes,” Tapper said. “I’m asking you what you think.” “Well, there’s many in the science that debate that,” Pence said. Tapper responded, “The science community in your own administration — at (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration), at the (Director of National Intelligence) — they all say it’s a threat. But you won’t, for some reason.” Pence said, “What we’ve said is that we are …

Louisiana sends ‘heartbeat’ abortion ban bill to governor’s desk

(CNN)Louisiana lawmakers voted Wednesday to ban abortions once a fetal heartbeat is detectable — as early as six weeks into a pregnancy — with no exceptions for rape or incest. The bill does not make exceptions for instances of rape or incest. Democratic state Rep. Ted James introduced an amendment to include those exceptions, arguing that “we are not that important to make that decision for a woman who’s been raped,” but the move failed 35-67. The bill would allow for abortions preventing a pregnant woman’s death or “serious risk of the substantial and irreversible impairment of a major bodily function,” and would require doctors who perform abortions under such circumstances to specify their eligibility in writing. Abortions on “medically …

McConnell unveils bill to combat youth tobacco use by raising purchase age to 21

(CNN)Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell formally introduced legislation Monday to raise the age for buying tobacco and e-cigarettes to 21, a move designed to combat the health effects of tobacco addiction across the country and help his home state of Kentucky move off production of the crop that has sagged in popularity for decades. Both senators pointed to figures from the Centers for Disease Control that show an alarming spike in teen vaping since the recent advent of e-cigarettes. “Kentucky farmers don’t want their children to get hooked on tobacco products while they are in middle school or high school any more than any parent anywhere wants that to happen,” McConnell said. “Kentucky is proud of what we make but …