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On Politics: Bloomberg’s in the Debate

  • News source: Giovanni Russonello
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Warren speaking to Colden Aldrich, 6, and his sister Avery, 8, in the selfie line after an event in Reno, Nev., on Sunday.

Bloomberg is finding his reintroduction to national politics a bit bumpy after spending most of the last decade out of office. His long record of advancing policies and making remarks that angered many liberals is colliding with a newly emboldened activist culture in the Democratic Party that views people like him — centrist, compromising and often controversial — as the past.

The success of his presidential campaign rests in...
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Comedy Returns to the White House Correspondents’ Dinner. Will Trump?

  • News source: Michael M. Grynbaum
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Live from Washington, it’s Saturday night!

Kenan Thompson, the longest-tenured “Saturday Night Live” cast member, will serve as M.C. of this year’s White House Correspondents’ Association dinner, the annual media jamboree that has become a flash point on free expression in the Trump era.

The dinner, to be held April 25, is also set to feature a repeat performance by Hasan Minhaj, the former “Daily Host” personality and current host of “Patriot Act” on Netflix. Mr. Minhaj was the featured entertainer at the 2017 edition of the event.

The lineup...
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Michael Bloomberg Surges in Poll and Qualifies for Democratic Debate in Las Vegas

  • News source: Reid J. Epstein
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WASHINGTON — Former Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg of New York has qualified for Wednesday’s debate in Las Vegas, the first time the billionaire will appear onstage alongside his Democratic presidential rivals.

A national poll from NPR, PBS NewsHour and Marist released on Tuesday showed Mr. Bloomberg with 19 percent support among Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents, putting him in second place behind Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont, who had 31 percent. That was a substantial surge since the group’s poll in December, when Mr. Bloomberg...
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Elizabeth Warren’s Allies Claim ‘Erasure’ as They Seek to Reignite Campaign

  • News source: Astead W. Herndon
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RENO, Nev. — A bad month for Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts keeps getting worse. She finished in a respectable third place in the Iowa caucuses, but a results-tallying meltdown muddled what could have been a good evening. New Hampshire was better at logistics but worse for her candidacy, considering she ended up closer to candidates who dropped out after the primary than those who finished on top.

On Sunday, Ms. Warren had a cold so severe it threatened to sideline one of the country’s most famous persisters.

“People told me, ‘You have...
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Reality Winner, Imprisoned for Leaking Russian Hacking Report, Seeks Clemency

  • News source: Neil Vigdor
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An Air Force veteran who has been imprisoned for nearly three years for leaking a classified report on Russian hacking while she was an intelligence contractor applied for clemency from President Trump on Monday.

The contractor, Reality L. Winner, 28, petitioned the Office of the Pardon Attorney, which is part of the Justice Department, to commute the rest of the 63-month sentence that she received in 2018.

A lawyer for Ms. Winner submitted more than 4,500 letters of support from members of the public with the application. During a news conference...
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Bloomberg’s ‘mercenaries’: Billionaire Dem funding network of climate lawyers inside state AG offices

  • News source: Tyler Olson
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A program funded by 2020 presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg is paying the salaries of lawyers who are farmed out to liberal state attorney general offices to pursue climate-based litigation -- a compact critics say amounts to Bloomberg buying state law enforcement employees to advance his preferred political agenda.

The arrangement, which currently pays the salaries of Special Assistant Attorneys General (SAAGs) in 10 Democratic AG offices, is drawing new scrutiny now that Bloomberg is running for president. The New York University School of...
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Bloomberg qualifies for Las Vegas debate with last-minute poll

  • News source: Tyler Olson, Kelly Phares
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Michael Bloomberg will be on the debate stage Wednesday night in Las Vegas, and he made it just under the wire.

The former New York City mayor and 2020 presidential candidate qualified for the Nevada Democratic presidential primary debate at the last minute, notching 19 percent support in a Marist, Newshour and NPR/PBS poll, the fourth national poll to put him above the 10 percent mark since Jan. 15. That means the billionaire, who has spent more than $400 million of his fortune on advertising, meets the polling threshold set by the DNC for the...
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Reporter's Notebook: How the war-powers fight has stretched back decades

  • News source: Chad Pergram
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Let’s start with Operation Ajax.

It was 1953. The United States, working with British intelligence, overthrew democratically-elected Iranian Prime Minister Mohammad Mosaddegh in favor of Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, the “Shah of Iran.”

The CIA-engineered coupe d’état marked the first time the U.S. used covert means to undercut the leadership of another country. U.S. intelligence services dubbed the mission “Operation Ajax.”

It should surprise no one that the American encroachment had a lot to do with oil.

Toppling Pahlavi came back to bite the U.S...
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Democratic White House candidates face high-pressure Nevada debate

  • News source: Reuters: Politics
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(Reuters) - At least five Democratic presidential contenders will meet in a pivotal debate in Nevada on Wednesday, three days before the state’s voters make their picks in an unsettled and tight nominating race for the White House.

The caucuses in Nevada on Saturday will be the third contest in the campaign to find a Democratic challenger to President Donald Trump in the Nov. 3 election. The first two produced a split verdict, with Pete Buttigieg edging Bernie Sanders in Iowa and Sanders narrowly beating Buttigieg in New Hampshire.

Michael...
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Bloomberg has barbs at the ready for his first 2020 debate

  • News source: Reuters: Politics
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - When Michael Bloomberg steps onto the Democratic debate stage for the first time on Wednesday, he will be ready to dismiss rivals like Joe Biden, who as vice president made “speeches that somebody writes for him,” and Pete Buttigieg, “mayor of a town.”

Bloomberg told Reuters in an interview earlier this month he would contrast their experience to his success as billionaire chief executive of global financial information and media company Bloomberg LP and three-time mayor of New York City.

“None of them would know how to run a...
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Bloomberg to seek tighter financial industry regulations: New York Times

  • News source: Reuters: Politics
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg on Tuesday will unveil his plan to overhaul the U.S. financial industry by taxing financial transactions and strengthening consumer protections, the New York Times reported.

The plan will also call for merging government-sponsored housing finance giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, and tightening banking regulations such as the Volcker Rule, the Times said.
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Bloomberg qualifies for next debate after poll boost

  • News source: Reuters: Politics
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg on Tuesday qualified for this week’s Democratic presidential debate in Nevada, putting him on the same stage as his rivals for the first time in the race for the party’s nomination.

The debate on Wednesday will be the ninth in the contest for who will challenge Republican President Donald Trump in the Nov. 3 election.

A late entry to the race, Bloomberg, 78, has risen in public opinion polls as he pours money from his estimated $60 billion personal fortune into a national campaign...
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