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Politics • American • US
2020-07-06T12:53:26+00:00
Trump campaign plans New Hampshire rally
Donald Trump at a "Keep America Great" rally at Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Phoenix, Arizona.
Donald Trump at a "Keep America Great" rally at Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Phoenix, Arizona. Credit: Gage Skidmore from Surprise, AZ, United States of America / CC BY-SA (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 2.0)

The Trump campaign has scheduled a rally in New Hampshire on Saturday. In a statement, the campaign promised "there will be ample access to hand sanitizer and all attendees will be provided a face mask that they are strongly encouraged to wear." The rally will be taking place at an airplane hanger at the Portsmouth International Airport, with visitors inside the hangar.

"Trump is flying in for a political rally that will only further highlight the chaos he has caused," said New Hampshire Democratic Party Chair Ray Buckley in a response to Trump's planned rally.

Politics • American • US
2020-06-29T11:00:02+00:00
Democrats call for California's John Wayne Airport to be renamed due to actor's racist views
John Wayne's statue at John Wayne / Orange County Airport
John Wayne's statue at John Wayne / Orange County Airport Credit: Dave & Margie Hill / Kleerup (Creative Commons Attribution 2.0)

The John Wayne Airport in California’s Orange County is the subject of a potential name change after the Democratic Party of Orange Country has passed an emergency resolution calling for the airport to revert back to its original name of Orange County Airport.

The resolution reads "The Democratic Party of Orange County condemnsJohn Wayne’s racist and bigoted statements, and calls for John Waynes’ name and likeness to be removed from the Orange County airport, and calls on the OC Board of Supervisors to restore its original name: Orange County Airport."

In a 1971 Playboy interview, John Wayne advocated derogatory views of African Americans, Native Americans and movies with gay characters. He even admitted to being a believer in white supremacy.

The final decision is up to the Orange County Board of Supervisors to make.

Politics • American • US
2020-06-28T07:00:02+00:00
"George Floyd" police reform bill passed by the House of the United States
"George Floyd" police reform bill passed by the House of the United States
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The United States House of Representatives, in which the Democratic party has a majority, has passed a police reform bill named after George Floyd. The chamber voted 236-181 in favor of the bill, but Donald Trump has already threatened to veto the legislation. If the legislation would be put into law, police officers could be held personally liable for lawsuits, ban no-knock warrants and stop the cash flow of the military surplus towards the police. The Republicans in the senate are also presenting a reform bill, though the senate one is far less reaching.

Politics • American • US
2020-06-24T08:30:02+00:00
AOC to defeat Michelle Caruso-Cabrera in Democratic primary
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez at the Women's March NYC, 2019
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez at the Women's March NYC, 2019 Credit: Dimitri Rodriguez / CC BY (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 2.0)

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) will most likely defeat Michelle Caruso-Cabrera in the Democratic primary in New York’s 14th District, which includes parts of Queens and the Bronx. AOC was leading with 74 percent against Caruso-Cabrera, but mail-in ballots have yet to be counted. Counties have until July 1 to release the results of the absentee ballots.

Politics • American • US
2020-06-21T11:30:02+00:00
All Confederate statues on Capital grounds will be removed in North Carolina
Memorial to Zebulon Baird Vance by Henry Jackson Ellicott. North Carolina State Capitol, Raleigh, North Carolina, USA.
Memorial to Zebulon Baird Vance by Henry Jackson Ellicott. North Carolina State Capitol, Raleigh, North Carolina, USA. Credit: Daderot / Public domain

In a statement on Saturday, North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper announced the removal of all Confederate statues and monuments on Capitol grounds, as "monuments to white supremacy don't belong in places of allegiance, and it’s past time that these painful memorials be moved in a legal, safe way."

Cooper issued a statement on Twitter, writing: "I have ordered the Confederate monuments on the Capitol grounds be moved to protect public safety. I am concerned about the dangerous efforts to pull down and carry off large, heavy statues and the strong potential for violent clashes at the site."

Politics • American • US
2020-06-19T15:30:01+00:00
Amy Klobuchar withdraws from VP consideration, urges Biden to "put a woman of colour on that ticket"
U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar at the 2019 Iowa Democratic Wing Ding at Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake, Iowa.
U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar at the 2019 Iowa Democratic Wing Ding at Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake, Iowa. Credit: Gage Skidmore from Peoria, AZ, United States of America / CC BY-SA (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 2.0)

Democratic senator Amy Klobuchar announced her withdrawal from the list of possible running mates for former Vice President Joe Biden. In a phone call with Joe Biden on Wednesday night, Klobuchar urged him to choose a woman of colour. Klobuchar told CNN: "After what I’ve seen in my state and what I’ve seen across the country, this is a historic moment and America must seize on this moment," adding that she truly believes "that this is a moment to put a woman of colour on that ticket".

Biden praised Klobuchar in a tweet late Thursday, writing: "Amy — from the moment you announced you were running for president in a snowstorm, it wasn't hard to see you had the grit and determination to do anything you set your mind to. You know how to get things done. With your help, we’re going to beat Donald Trump."

Politics • American • US
2020-06-17T17:30:01+00:00
Illinois declares election day a state holiday, expands vote by mail
A permanent outdoor ballot box
A permanent outdoor ballot box Credit: Joe Mabel / CC BY-SA (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 4.0)

Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker signed two new laws to make it easier for residents to vote. New voters will be able to apply for a vote-by-mail ballot via a modified voter registration system, and all registered voters should receive their ballot by October 6, if their VBM application is submitted by October 1.

Additionally, the state has declared election day as a state holiday, meaning Government offices will be closed on November 3, 2020.

Politics • American • US
2020-06-15T21:30:01+00:00
Joe Biden had best fundraising month in May
Joe Biden walking with supporters in Clear Lake, Iowa.
Joe Biden walking with supporters in Clear Lake, Iowa. Credit: Gage Skidmore (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 2.0)

Joe Biden’s presidential campaign announced it raised $80.5 million in May, fueled by his rise in the polls against President Trump and growth in his online fundraising operation.

“I’m in awe of this sum of money. Just a few months ago, people were ready to write this campaign off,” Biden said in a statement.

Politics • American • US
2020-06-10T18:30:01+00:00
Joe Biden calls for racial justice in video message shown at George Floyd's funeral
Joe Biden calls for racial justice in video message shown at George Floyd's funeral
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Former Vice President and presumptive Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden did not attend George Floyd's funeral in person but spoke to attendees via a video link. In his speech, Biden called for racial justice, saying "Now is the time for racial justice. That’s the answer we must give to our children when they ask why. Because when there is justice for George Floyd, we will truly be on our way to racial justice in America."

Biden also addressed Gianna, George Floyd's 6-year-old daughter, telling her: "When there is justice for George Floyd, we will truly be on our way to racial justice in America. Then, Gianna, your daddy will have changed the world."

Politics • American • US
2020-06-07T20:20:01+00:00
Colin Powell endorses Joe Biden
Gen. Colin Powell
Gen. Colin Powell Credit: Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (Creative Commons Attribution 2.0)

Former Republican Secretary of State Colin Powell said Sunday he will vote for the Democrat nominee Joe Biden in the upcoming presidential election.

During an interview to CNN, Powell said: “I cannot in any way support President Trump this year,”.

Politics • American • US
2020-06-06T10:50:01+00:00
Joe Biden wins enough delegates to formally secure Democratic presidential nomination

Former vice-president and the last remaining contender for the Democratic presidential nomination Joe Biden has announced that he has managed to secure the needed 1,991 delegates to formally win the nomination. Seven states and the District of Columbia have held democratic primaries on Tuesday and eight states still have to vote. According to Associated Press he stands at 1,995 delegates.

Politics • American • US
2020-06-03T06:18:42+00:00
Joe Biden to attend George Floyd's funeral
Joe Biden in Munich, 2019
Joe Biden in Munich, 2019 Credit: Kuhlmann/ MSC / CC BY 3.0 DE (Creative Commons Attribution 3.0)

Democratic presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden is said to attend George Floyd's funeral next week, according to the family's lawyer Ben Crump. The funeral will be held in Houston, Texas on June 9. The White House didn't comment on whether Trump would attend the funeral as well.

Politics • African
2020-06-02T05:25:41+00:00
DR Congo: UN experts murder suspect arrested

Militia leader Trésor Mputu Kankonde was arrested on Saturday for his involvement in the killing of two UN experts. United Nations experts Zaida Catalana and Michael Sharp were killed in 2017. They were investigating mass graves in the Democratic Republic of Congo which were a result of the Kamwina Nsapu rebellion between the Kamwina Nsapu militia (Black Ant) and the Congolese security forces.

Politics • American • US
2020-05-20T07:23:45+00:00
Biden 7 points ahead of Trump in Arizona

According to a new OH Predictive Insights survey, former Vice President and Democratic candidate Joe Biden is ahead seven points of Trump in Arizona. The survey showed 50 percent for Biden and 43 percent for Trump. The state has been a traditionally red state.

Politics • American • US
2020-04-29T03:02:22+00:00
Hillary Clinton endorses Joe Biden for president
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaking with supporters at a campaign rally at the Intramural Fields at Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona.
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaking with supporters at a campaign rally at the Intramural Fields at Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona. Credit: Gage Skidmore (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 4.0)

After Barack Obama, Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, Hillary Clinton - 2016 Democratic presidential nominee - announced her endorsement of Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden.

The endorsement, at an online town hall on the effects of the coronavirus crisis on women, came at a critical moment as Biden aims to raise his profile with female voters and other key demographic groups even as the pandemic ravages the U.S. economy.

Biden, who has vowed to pick a woman as his running mate this year, introduced Clinton at the town hall as the person who should now be president.

Politics • American • US
2020-04-27T17:11:19+00:00
New York state’s Democratic presidential primary cancelled

On Monday, New York officials announced that the state's Democratic presidential primary had been cancelled. After Bernie Sanders's withdrawal from the race, the primary would be considered a "beauty contest that the state can ill afford in the face of the coronavirus epidemic" and therefore unnecessary. The vote would have taken place in over 20 counties on June 23.

Politics • American • US
2020-04-08T15:38:05+00:00
Bernie Sanders is dropping out of the Democratic presidential race

The New York Times and CNN are reporting that Bernie Sanders dropped out of the Democratic presidential race, making Joe Biden presumptive nominee for the Democratic Party.

Politics • American • US
2020-03-30T07:19:34+00:00
Rudy Giuliani tweets Covid-19 misinformation, gets temporarily suspended

Over the weekend, Rudy Giuliani's Twitter account got temporarily suspended after tweeting misinformation regarding Covid-19. The tweet, a quote by conspiracy theorist and conservative activist Charlie Kirk, stated "Hydroxychloroquine has been shown to have a 100% effective rate treating COVID-19 yet Democrat Gretchen Whitmer is threatening doctors who prescribe it. If Trump is for something - Democrats are against it. They're okay with people dying if it means opposing Trump." The drug hydroxychloroquine has been used to prevent and treat malaria but hasn't been proven to be a safe or effective cure for the coronavirus.