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Butts-out! Spanish firemen protest budget cuts

Spanish firemen strip naked to protest spending cuts
Spanish firemen strip naked to protest spending cuts

Taking a page from the Yellow Vest Movement ,firemen from the northern town of Mieres in Spain stripped naked wearing except yellow hard hats to protest budget cuts.

According to EXPATICA SPAIN NEWS,the firefighters emerged one by one from their fire station wearing just their helmets and boots and lined up side by side against a wall with their backs to the assembled press.

“With so many cuts we have been left naked,” declared a banner on the wall above them.

“Eight firefighters who show their asses are worth more than a protest through the streets against the cuts,” said Javier Piedra, 41, one of the 16 members of the Mieres fire brigade.

Spain’s two main labour unions, the UGT and the CCOO, have planned demonstrations by public sector workers in 80 cities and towns later Thursday against the austerity measures.

According to the report, numerous firefighters and police officers have turned out at smaller protests which have taken place daily since the government announced the latest measures on July 11.

“We are protesting because they are reducing our salary and now they are getting rid of the Christmas bonus.”

Firefighters in Mieres earn an average of 1,500-1,550 euros ($1,840-1,900) a month, said Piedra.

“Without taking into account the end of the Christmas bonus, our salary has declined by around 200 euros since the first cuts came into force in June 2010,” he said.

Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy’s conservative government aims to save 65 billion euros with its latest austerity measures in order to lower Spain’s public deficit.

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IMF approves $4.2bn loan for Ecuador days before Julian Assange was expelled from the embassy

Source: AFP

WASHINGTON - The International Monetary Fund on Monday approved a $4.2-billion, three-year loan for Ecuador, part of a broader aid package to help support the government's economic reform program.

The Washington-based lender agreed to the terms of the financing late last month, and the final approval of the IMF board on Monday releases the first installment of $652-million.

“The Ecuadorian authorities are implementing a comprehensive reform program aimed at modernizing the economy and paving the way for strong, sustained and equitable growth,” IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde said in the statement.

Ecuador will be able to draw on the funds for three years. The loans have an interest rate of 3 percent and a maturity of 10 years, with a four-year grace period. In a statement, Finance Minister Richard Martinez called those terms “unbeatable.”

“We’ve ended the asylum of this spoiled brat,” President Lenin Moreno of Ecuador said on Thursday, explaining his decision to withdraw protection of Assange. “From now on we’ll be more careful in giving asylum to people who are really worth it, and not miserable hackers whose only goal is to destabilise governments.”

Lenin accused Julian Assange and Wikileaks of leaking personal information of himself and his family

Ex-Ecuadorian president Rafael Correa, who granted Julian Assange asylum in 2012, told FRANCE 24 that while they had problems with Assange“ that’s no excuse for throwing him to the lions.”

The former president Rafael Correa claim, current president Lenin Moreno offered up Julian Assange in order to get the loan form the IMF.

He argued that one week after taking office, Moreno had a meeting with Paul Manafort, the former campaign chief of Donald Trump. He claims that during this meeting Morena offered Julian Assange to the United States in exchange for financial support from the United States. He went on the say that Mike Spence visited Ecuador and Lenin Moreno again, offered up Assange in order to get financial support from the United States.

Nevertheless, he claims the final factor why Assange was expelled is because Wikileaks published a very huge scandal. The scandal contains documents of secret accounts, an offshore account of the Morena’s family in Panama. He added that Morena is corrupt and the leak documents proved that.

On 26 March, WikiLeaks’ Twitter account announced that President Moreno is being investigated by Ecuador’s Congress for corruption, sparked by the INA Papers leak. The same tweet referenced President Moreno’s attempt to surrender Assange in exchange for US debt relief, a fact that had been reported by The New York Times.

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Afro-Mexicans Want To Be Fully Recognize By Mexico.

According to recent DNA studies, although the average Mexican has a small amount of DNA dating back to Black African slave ancestors who had mixed into the predominant Mexican mestizo (mixed Spanish and Amerindian) genepool, averaging to about 5% Sub-Saharan African DNA, Afro-Mexican refers specifically to those Mexicans who, conversely, are predominantly of African ancestry.

According to Minority Rights Group International  ,Afro-Mexican still, despite documentation on the African roots of many aspects of Mexican culture and Yanga’s official recognition as a national hero, Afro-Mexicans and their contributions largely remain invisible. As in Argentina, African descendants in Mexico are not conceived of or included in the contemporary nation or politics. As Afro-Mexicans increasingly migrate from the Costa Chica, where they are highly concentrated, to other parts of Mexico, they are often mistaken for immigrants from Belize or Cuba. In 2005, the Mexican government commissioned the first ever national survey on discrimination in Mexico, which included questions on discrimination against eight different groups. This study failed to mention the existence of or discrimination against Afro-Mexicans. Similarly, where government initiatives have acknowledged the African influence in the country, it has been through a historical lens, which has made invisible the contemporary situation of people of African descent.

Most Afro-Mexicans still live in poverty, often in isolated rural communities with negligible sanitation, health or education services. The lack of roads in Costa Chica continues to hinder much of the economic activity of the region. This lack of infrastructure paired with the declaring of the Pinotepa region a national reserve, and thus banning logging, has made it difficult for Afro-Mexicans to sustain themselves economically or even build their own shelter. Today, their primary sources of income are fishing, agriculture (mostly for their own consumption) and domestic work. Because the majority of Afro-Mexicans live in the poorest regions of Mexico, they lack adequate primary and secondary education and are largely absent from institutions of higher education.

The African presence in Mexico is often denied or trivialized, and where popular culture depicts black people they tend to be caricatured and ridiculed. Mexico produces a large percentage of Spanish-language television programmes in the Americas, which continue to present limiting and one-dimensional stereotypical and sexualized images of black women. In 2005, the release of the commemorative stamps of the central character of the 1940s Mexican comic book Memín Pinguín incited criticism by various civil rights groups in the US. The character is a stereotypical black image with exaggerated ‘black’ facial features resembling some of racist sambo images once popular in the US.

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Somali-British: Magic Magid – The Lord Mayor of Sheffield, England

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Magid Magid , also known as Magid Mah, is a British-Somali activist and politician who has served as the Lord Mayor of Sheffield since May 2018.

His appointment has attracted significant media attention, as he is the first Somali, the youngest-ever, and the first Green Party councillor to hold the role.

Born in Somaliland, Magid came as a child refugee to Britain in 1994. He grew up in Burngreave, Sheffield, and studied aquatic zoology at the University of Hull where he was elected president of Hull University Union. He has worked in digital marketing and was elected as a Green Party councillor on Sheffield City Council in 2016. From 2017 to 2018, he served as Deputy Lord Mayor, and during this period he participated in the third series of the reality show Hunted. In 2018, he was chosen by the council to serve the one-year term as Lord Mayor Magid.

He was born 26 June 1989 in Burao, the capital city of the Togdheer region of Somaliland.

The Civil War in Somali forced his mother, and five siblings to flee Somaliland in 1994.

They spent six months in a refugee camp in Ethiopia before being admitted to Britain. The family moved to the Burngreave area of Sheffield. Growing up, Magid has said that he remembers "just being happy," but notes difficulties in his childhood. He has said that life was difficult for his family as he moved to Britain without being able to speak English, and they had to learn this new language as well as adapt to a new way of life.

His mother worked as a cleaner to support her children through school. Burngreave, however, was one of Sheffield's most economically-deprived areas during the early 2000s. Magid has said that he didn't "have much in the way of a male role model," continuing that "it is easy to become a product of your own environment, and a lot of my environment was negative. So I was a bit of a pain in the arse for a while."

Lord Mayor

Magid attended Fir Vale School in Sheffield, and studied A Levels in Psychology, Law, and Philosophy, at Longley Park Sixth Form College. He cites an important part of his development being his interest in music, and at school he used to create and sell his own mixtapes on CDs.

He finished sixth form in 2008 and went on to raise his own funds, working 12-hour shifts for 9 weeks, in order to go on a gap year that he spent travelling. He visited the Swiss Alps, where he went on a mountaineering course, as well as Egypt, Kenya, Tanzania, Zanzibar, and Germany, where he ran the Berlin marathon. By 17, Magid had developed an interest in mountaineering as a hobby, and in September 2009 went on a trip to Kilimanjaro, enlisted the help of a local guide, and climbed the mountain.

Magid decided that he wanted to go to university, and began a degree in aquatic zoology at the University of Hull after his gap year. He founded the university's Mixed Martial Arts club, where he gained the nickname 'Magic Magid the Submission Magician'. He was elected as president of the students' union, the Hull University Union, where he notes that he was not "politically savvy" but knew that he "cared about certain issues.

Sheffield councillor

Magid joined the Green Party of England and Wales in 2014, despite many of his family and friends being Labour Party supporters. He decided to join the party having been affected by the rise of UKIP as a political force in England. On UKIP, he has said that they were "competent at being evil" and "exploited people's disengagement with politics and their frustration." He worked with the existing Green Party councillors in Broomhill and Sharrow Vale, and was elected as Fundraising Officer of the Sheffield Green Party. He was elected as a Green councillor representing the ward in the 2016 election.

He has said that, regarding his political rise, "There's a lot of luck involved."

As a councillor, Magid has sat on the Safer and Stronger Communities Scrutiny and Policy Committee and on the Senior Officer Employment Committee. Between his election and 1 June 2018, he had attended 90% of all meetings, and given apologies for all of his absences. He has said that his main priorities as a councillor are to establish strong partnerships between the students and residents living in his ward as well as protecting conservation areas in the ward.

Politically, Magid is a republican, stating that he believes hereditary heads of state to be an outdated concept, but that he personally believes the members of the royal family are not objectionable.

He has also stated support for greater devolution, free university education, and an end to private finance initiatives.

Magid ran the Sheffield Half Marathon in April 2017 dressed as a tree to object to the council's felling policies. He ran the London Marathon in 2017 to raise money for St John Ambulance. He was chosen by Sheffield City Council to serve as Deputy Lord Mayor from May 2017 to May 2018.

He was not present for his inauguration ceremony as he was filming the show Hunted. In May 2018, Magid raised money for Sheffield war memorial by leading a static cycling challenge. In October 2017, Magid was shortlisted for the Young Councillor of the Year award as part of the LGiU and CCLA's Councillor Achievement Awards.

In February 2019, Magid announced that he would not be contesting the Sheffield City Council election, 2019 and would therefore be standing down as a councillor.

Lord Mayorship.

Magid was nominated for the role of Lord Mayor of Sheffield by his three fellow Green Party councillors. The post, which is a ceremonial one, means the officeholder must represent the council and the city, speak at a variety of official functions, and undertake a range of ceremonial duties. He was chosen by majority vote by the whole council and sworn-in on 16 May 2018.

His aim has been to end the "archaic" nature of the role, and reflected this in his inauguration ceremony, where the Imperial March from Star Wars, and the Superman theme, were both played. During his speech at the ceremony, he condemned racism and "post-Brexit xenophobia". In his inaugural portrait, Magid squatted on a balustrade wearing green Dr. Martens boots; the image then went viral on Twitter.

Following his appointment, Magid noted the "backlash from right wing media," and some "racist comments," but said the vast majority of feedback to his appointment had been positive.

In October 2018, he appointed Sheffield's first poet laureate in the form of rapper Otis Mensah.

The three charities he will support as Lord Mayor are Flourish, a mental health organisation, Sheffield Women's Counselling and Therapy Services, and the Unity Gym Project. His fundraising aim as Lord Mayor is £100,000, a record aim for a Lord Mayor of Sheffield.

He has also encouraged people to apply to be his 'consort' and accompany him on official duties, as a way to improve engagement. Within a week of his appointment, he appeared on Daily Politics, where he confronted Jacob Rees-Mogg for calling Magid's story "brilliant and refreshing." In a July tweet, Magid described US President Donald Trump as a "wasteman" and stated that he was banning him from the city of Sheffield, though Sheffield City Council stated that he does not have the power to do so.

 

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Breaking News: Lawyer Michael Avenatti arrested on Wire and Bank Fraud..Extorting Nike

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Controversial Lawyer Michael Avenatti who represented adult-film star Stormy Daniels against President Donald Trump and who recently announced he will turn over allegedly sex tape featuring R. Kelly Having Sex With Minor is now arrested on fraud charges.

Federal prosecutors in New York on Monday accused Avenatti of operating "an old-fashioned shakedown" by trying to extort between $15 and $25 million from sports apparel giant Nike. This is part of a string of claims against the celebrity lawyer by Prosecutors.

According to prosecutors, Avenatti tried to extort Nike "by threatening to use his ability to garner publicity to inflict substantial financial and reputational harm on the company if his demands were not met."

"As alleged, Michael Avenatti approached Nike last week with a list of financial demands in exchange for covering up allegations of misconduct on behalf of the company," FBI Assistant Director in Charge William Sweeney Jr. said in a statement. "The lofty price tag included a $1.5 million payoff for Avenatti’s client and upwards of tens of millions of dollars for the legal services of his firm – services Nike never requested. This is nothing more than a straightforward case of extortion"

The New York case are extortion, transmission of interstate communications with intent to extort, conspiracy to transmit interstate communications with intent to extort, and conspiracy to commit extortion.

At the news conference Monday, Manhattan U.S. Attorney Geoffrey S. Berman said Avenatti used illegal tactics and threats in an effort to obtain millions of dollars for himself. He claimed that if Nike did not meet his demands, "the company might die."

"When lawyers use their law licenses as weapons, as a guise to extort payments for themselves, they are no longer acting as attorneys," Berman said. "They are acting as criminals and they will be held responsible for their conduct."

The New York complaint alleged, Avenatti and an unidentified co-conspirator met with attorneys for Nike on March 19th and "threatened to release damaging information" if the company did not agree to make multi-million dollar payments to them, as well as an additional $1.5-million payment to a client Avenatti claimed to represent.

According to TMZ, he allegedly told the attorneys that if his demands were not met, he would "go take ten billion dollars off your client's market cap ... I'm not f---ing around."

The complaint said Avenatti threatened to hold a news conference on the eve of Nike's quarterly earnings call and the start of the NCAA tournament to announce allegations of misconduct by Nike employees.

The co-conspirator was identified as an attorney licensed to practice in the state of California, and was "similarly known for representation of celebrity and public figure clients." Meanwhile, the alleged client was identified as a coach for an amateur athletic union men's basketball program based in California.

Earlier Monday, Avenatti tweeted he would be holding a news conference Tuesday to "disclose a major high school/college basketball scandal perpetrated by @Nike that we have uncovered. This criminal conduct reaches the highest levels of Nike and involves some of the biggest names in college basketball."

After R. Kelly was charged with 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse against four alleged victims, lawyer Michael Avenatti spoke out about the investigation, claiming that he turned over a sex tape to Cook County prosecutors in Illinois allegedly showing the singer engaging in sexual acts with a 14-year-old girl.

The tape, which Avenatti said is over 40 minutes in length, “leaves no question as to whether R. Kelly is guilty of multiple sexual, illegal acts against a 14-year-old girl,” he said.

“The tape was shot in the late ‘90s, approximately 1999, it depicts two separate scenes shot on two separate days within Mr. Kelly’s residence at the time,” Avenatti continued. “The audio on the tape, you can clearly listen to it — it is clear — the video is far superior to the video that was used in connection to the 2008 trial. It is an entirely different video.”

“This VHS video of Mr. Kelly depicts him engaging in multiple sexual assaults of a girl of fourteen years of age. On this tape, Mr. Kelly engages in oral, anal and vaginal sex with the young girl in two separate rooms in his home on two separate days. Mr. Kelly and the young victim are both clearly visible throughout the tape as is an identifying mole on the mid to low back of Mr. Kelly on his left side. Mr. Kelly and the victim can both be heard throughout the tape, with Mr. Kelly repeatedly directing the young girl to perform various sexual acts,” the statement read. “In addition, Mr. Kelly takes great pains to adjust the camera on many occasions to ensure that various acts are recorded with specificity and at a limited distance. Critically, Mr. Kelly and the victim verbally refer to the girl as only being 14 on multiple occasion on the video.”

Michael Avenatti  full letter on Twitter about R.Kelly.

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Mueller: No proof of collusion with Russia or obstruction by Trump

AG Barr says evidence 'not sufficient' to prosecute

After years of continued investigations and allegations, the verdict is in. Special counsel Robert Mueller found no proof that President Donald Trump criminally colluded with Russia and conclude there is no conclusion about whether Trump obstructed justice, Attorney General William Barr told Congress on Sunday. He also announced that he found insufficient evidence to pursue the matter further.

Trump went on Twitter to reiterate what he had been saying all along.

No Collusion, No Obstruction, Complete and Total EXONERATION. KEEP AMERICA GREAT! 

The long-awaited end of the probe came almost two years after Mueller was appointed by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to investigate "any links and/or coordination between the Russian government and individuals associated with the campaign of President Donald Trump" and "any matters that arose or may arise directly from the investigation."

There has been a slew of criminal charges. The charges includes Trump's former national security adviser Michael Flynn; former campaign chairman Paul Manafort; longtime ex-political adviser Roger Stone; former personal lawyer Michael Cohen; and numerous Russian nationals. There have been a number of guilty pleas and convictions. None, however, has anything to do with Trump or anyone in his campaign conspiring with Russians to help Trump get elected in 2016.

Read the full letter to Congress released on Sunday. William P. Barr Attorney General wrote:

Dear Chairman Graham, Chairman Nadler, Ranking Member Feinstein, and Ranking Member

Collins:

As a supplement to the notification provided on Friday, March 22, 2019, I am writing today

to advise you of the principal conclusions reached by Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller and

to inform you about the status of my initial review of the report he has prepared.

"This was an illegal take-down that failed"~President Trump.

The Democrats want the full Report to be released.

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Man seen kicking elderly woman in face on New York subway in viral video arrested

NEW YORK — A man who was caught on video viciously attacking an elderly woman while riding a subway train in New York is in custody, officials said Saturday.

NYPD Chief of Detectives Dermot F. Shea tweeted a photo with a caption announcing, "The subject wanted for the brutal subway attack of an elderly woman IS IN CUSTODY."

Shea also gave an update on the victim's condition.

"The victim was treated & released from the hospital & is getting the care, advocacy & support needed. Thank you to the worldwide community for the tremendous assistance," wrote Shea.

The suspect has not been identified.

The incident happened just after 3 a.m. aboard a northbound 2 train on March 10 in front of several witnesses.

The video shows the suspect kicking and punching the 78-year-old victim in the face and body, causing her to bleed. None of the spectators who video the incident intervened.

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Former DNC chairwoman Donna Brazile hired by Fox News

Fox News has hired Donna Brazile, the former Democratic National Committee chairwoman, as a contributor, the company said in a news release on Monday.

Donna Brazile was disgraced and lost her job at CNN for allegedly giving information to Hillary during a debate between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders. According to the report, Brazile resigned from the network on October 14, 2016 three days after Wikileaks released an email in which Brazile says she got advance questions before a town hall event. "From time to time I get the questions in advance" CNN business , she wrote in the email. Brazile denied giving the campaign advance warning, saying that "as a long-time political activist" she had shared her thoughts "with each and every campaign, and any suggestions that indicate otherwise are simply untrue."

In an op-ed article on FoxNews.com, Brazile wrote that she hoped to improve the tenor of political debate.

“Will I agree with my fellow commentators at Fox News? Probably not. But I will listen," Brazile wrote.

Brazile said she would question assertions about low-income people and issues such as climate change, but would do so with “civility and respect.”

Brazile added: “I will also freely admit the weaknesses in liberal arguments and the strength in conservative positions.”

According to NBC, the move comes as Fox News faces criticism from liberal politicians as well as President Donald Trump, whose administration is closely tied to the cable news channel. The president over the weekend tweeted about two Fox News weekend anchors, Arthel Neville and Leland Vittert, asking if they been "trained by CNN" and stating that they should be working at CNN along with Shepard Smith, Fox News' weekday news anchor.

Brazile, had been off the grid since her departure from the Democratic National Committee ( DNC).

Her Tell-All book, Hacks: The Inside Story of the Break-ins and Breakdowns that Put Donald Trump in the White House was released November 7, 2017. In the book Brazile explained there was no Democratic Primary: 

In what some called the Smoking Gun, Donna Brazile said The Hillary Campaign took on Obama's DNC debt and with it Hilary signed an agreement to gain full control of the DNC one whole year before she got the nomination. 

The revelation was shocking for many who saw it as an attack on her own party. According to the Politico, Brazile’s forthcoming memoir triggered renewed recriminations at the highest ranks of the Democratic Party.

Since then, Brazile seemed to have cut ties with the Democratic Party hence her new role at Fox News.

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Kenya’s border fence that cost $35m for just 10km

Source: BBC

According to the BBC, the Kenyan MPs have asked how a 10km wire fence built along the country's border with Somalia cost $35 million.

Many would wonder why Kenya wanted to build a wall in the first place? Well,  according to the BBC, the wall intended to to stop  al-Shabab militants from crossing into Kenya. The government had originally promised to build a complex wall to run about 700km (435 miles) along the border. But the "wall", has ended up being a wire fence that is only 10km long.

Kenya's parliament has now suspended construction, and is demanding an investigation into the project.

The initial plan by the government (2014) was to build a 708km wall made up of a series of concrete barriers, fences, ditches, and observation posts overlooked by CCTV stations. The wall was meant to stretch from the Indian Ocean all the way to the border region of Mandera, where Kenya and Somalia meet Ethiopia.

The idea, ministers said, was to tackle illegal trafficking and immigration - and most pressingly, to keep al-Shabab militants in Somalia from crossing over into Kenyan territory~BBC

Kenya has one of the world's largest refugee camps. The camp is made up of mostly Somalians fleeing wars and violence in their country. The Dadaab refugee complex has a population of 235,269 registered refugees and asylum seekers as at the end of January 2018. Dadaab refugee complex consists of four camps. 

The first camp was established in 1991, when refugees fleeing the civil war in Somalia started to cross the border into Kenya. A second large influx occurred in 2011, when some 130,000 refugees arrived, fleeing drought and famine in southern Somalia.

BBC Four years later, there is a chain-link and barbed wire fence that is just 10km long - a far cry from the mega-wall that was initially promised.

Altogether it cost 3.4 billion Kenyan shillings - that is, $35 million, or £26 million. At 10km long, that works out to around $3 million per kilometre.

To put it in perspective, the BBC's Ferdinand Omondi in Nairobi notes that this is more than double the amount of money the Kenyan government has put aside for its strategic food reserves this year.

It is also about a million dollars more than it is spending on universal healthcare, and three times the amount it has set aside for affordable housing.

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Beto O’Rourke is running for president.

Another Democrat throw his hat in the ring to run for President Of The United States in 2020
 
"I am running to serve this country as the next President of the United States".
 
"The challenges we face are the greatest in living memory. No one person can meet these challenges on their own. Only this country can do that, and only if we build a grassroots movement that includes all of us. It will be animated by an ambition for the country that recognizes that the obstacles we face will only be overcome by lifting each other up; that the opportunities before us will only be realized by overcoming the differences between us before they define us forever".
 
"I want you to be part of this. I want this to be your campaign – a campaign by all of us for all of us that answers not to the PACs, corporations, and special interests but to the people. Say you're in: BetoORourke.com"

Updated 8:08 AM ET, Thu March 14, 2019

O'Rourke, who is starting a three-day swing through eastern Iowa on Thursday, said he will hold a kick-off rally for his campaign in El Paso, Texas, on March 30.

His entrance into the race is the culmination of his two-year, out-of-nowhere rise from a back-bench congressman largely unknown outside El Paso to Democratic stardom as a record-breaking fundraiser, the subject of an HBO documentary and the target of two separate efforts to draft him into the presidential campaign. He joins a crowded field of more than a dozen Democrats vying for the party's nomination.
In his announcement video, O'Rourke said he would run a "positive campaign that seeks to bring out the very best from every single one of us, that seeks to unite a very divided country."
"We saw the power of this in Texas, where people allowed no difference, however great or however small, to stand between them and divide us," O'Rourke said.

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