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Elizabeth Warren Explore Running for President in 2020 Against Donald Trump

The Democratic Senator writes: Every person in America should be able to work hard, play by the same set of rules, & take care of themselves & the people they love. That’s what I’m fighting for, & that’s why I’m launching an exploratory committee for president. I need you with me:

Ms. Warren is known for her left leaning anti-Wall Street argument and the video continues that theme. There is no doubt this theme will be central to her campaign message.

(CNN) Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren took a major step toward a presidential run on Monday, announcing in a video message and email to supporters that she is forming an exploratory committee ahead of an expected campaign for the Democratic nomination in 2020.

The video was emailed 8:30 a.m. to supporters on New Year’s Eve. Ms. Warren said she was forming an exploratory committee, which allows her to raise money and fill key staff positions before a formal kickoff of her presidential bid— 13 months before the first votes will be cast in the Iowa caucuses.

“I’ve spent my career getting to the bottom of why America’s promise works for some families, but others, who work just as hard, slip through the cracks into disaster,” she said in the video. “And what I’ve found is terrifying: these aren’t cracks families are falling into, they’re traps. America’s middle class is under attack”, she said.

“But this dark path doesn’t have to be our future,” Warren continued. “We can make our democracy work for all of us. We can make our economy work for all of us.”

Elizabeth Warren, 69, is among the best-known Democrats seeking to take on Mr. Trump, who has already announced his re-election campaign

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UK is out. EU leaders approve Brexit deal

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UK’s withdrawal agreement from European Union approved by EU leaders, chief Donald Tusk says

(source: BBC)

According to the BBC, the European Union leaders have approved an agreement on the UK's withdrawal and future relations - insisting it is the "best and only deal possible".

The deal has been in negotiations for the past 20 months. The 27 European Union leaders gave the deal their blessing after less than an hour's discussion.

They said the deal - which needs to be approved by the UK Parliament - paved the way for an "orderly withdrawal".

Theresa May said the deal "delivered for the British people" and set the UK "on course for a prosperous future".

Speaking in Brussels, she urged both Leave and Remain voters to unite behind the agreement, insisting the British public "do not want to spend any more time arguing about Brexit".

President of the European Council Donald Tusk said the remaining EU member states have “endorsed the Withdrawal Agreement and Political Declaration on the future EU-UK relations.”

The UK is scheduled to leave the EU on 29 March 2019.

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CDC: Throw Out Your Romaine Lettuce Immediately. Nationwide Recall

The Centers for Disease Control warns consumers to throw out chopped romaine lettuce following E. coli outbreak this month.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention is telling consumers to not eat any romaine lettuce.  Retailers and restaurants are advised not to sell it.

The warning comes after the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced it is investigating a multistate outbreak of Shiga toxin-producing E. coli infections linked to the lettuce.

According to the FDA, it is "conducting a traceback investigation to determine the source of the romaine lettuce eaten by people who became sick.  Additionally, FDA and states are conducting laboratory analysis of romaine lettuce samples potentially linked to the current outbreak".

The most recent illness onset in the U.S. in the current outbreak was October 31, 2018.  For this outbreak investigation, the average interval between when a person becomes ill and when the illness is reported to CDC is 20 days: https://www.fda.gov/Food/RecallsOutbreaksEmergencies/Outbreaks/ucm626330.htm

The nationwide warning advised consumers to throw away any romaine lettuce in their refrigerator. All items which contain romaine lettuce including pre-packaged meals are also affected.

Reports are that 32 people from 11 states have been infected, including Illinois and Ohio are among the 11. 13 people have been hospitalized.

The illnesses range from Oct. 8 - Oct. 31. 18 people in Canada have also fallen ill.

This outbreak is not related to the previous 2018 E. coli infections linked to romaine lettuce.

Read the FDA report here: https://www.fda.gov/Food/RecallsOutbreaksEmergencies/Outbreaks/ucm626330.htm

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President Trump endorses bipartisan prison reform

(source: New York Post)

President Donald Trump on Wednesday (Wed Nov 14, 2018) announced that he supports the efforts to pass a bipartisan prison reform bill called the FIRST Step Act.

"Today, I am thrilled to announce my support for this bipartisan bill that will make our communities safer and give former inmates a second chance at life after they have served their time," said Trump in the Roosevelt room.

He added that his intention "to 'Hire American' includes those leaving prison and looking for a very fresh start -- new job, new life."

His son-in-law and senior advisor, Jared Kushner, has taken over criminal justice reform efforts since joining the White House and has been working on crafting the FIRST Step Act and building bipartisan support for it alongside a group of senators.

Trump excitedly added "I'm waiting. I'll be waiting with a pen and we will have done something that hasn't been done in many, many years, and it's the right thing to do."

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell promised to bring the bill to a floor vote if there are 60 votes in favor of it but added that it would probably not get a vote by year's end.

He indicated that there may not be enough time to consolidate different iterations of the measure for the required number of senators to agree on. "We don't have a whole lot of time left, but the first step is to finalize what proponents are actually for. There have been a lot of different versions floating around. And then we'll whip it and see where the vote count is."

If the deal passes, it would shorten select federal mandatory minimum sentences and extend the 2010 law called Fair-Sentencing Act that helps federal prisoners convicted of crack offenses who are serving disproportionately long sentences.

The Fair Sentencing Act was passed to counteract the Anti-Drug Abuse Act of 1986 and Bill Clinton's 1994 anti-crime law, as part of the war on drugs that aimed to appease a section of the population who perceived him as “not tough enough on crime.”

Retrospectively, it was deemed a racist law, as it disproportionately affected minorities and inner-city communities. This is especially worthy of mention since Trump has been called a racist and his support of the FIRST Step Act would seem to show otherwise. However, critics of the deal say that it doesn’t specifically address the racial disparities in the criminal justice system and will not lower the imbalanced targeting of minorities.

President Trump Makes an Announcement Regarding H.R. 5682, the "First Step Act"

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Betsy DeVos set to change sexual assault definition to limit the cases that schools can investigate

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Education Secretary Betsy DeVos released on Friday (Fri. Nov. 16, 2018) her proposed changes to Title IX rules pertaining to campus sexual harassment and assault allegations. In effect, it would limit the cases that schools must investigate and would give accused students more rights, such as cross-examination of their victim.

She announced that these changes aim to fix a “failed” and “shameful” system that she feels has been treating accused students unfairly.

The proposal is set for release before Thanksgiving and would replace the Obama-era guidelines from 2011. The new rules would reduce liability for universities, narrow the definition of sexual harassment, and allow institutions to set higher standards for what qualifies as sexual harassment and assault.

The proposal came under fire immediately by women's rights groups and Democrat lawmakers who denounced it for making women less safe on college campuses, and criticized the fact that schools and assailants would be able to avoid liability for harassment and assault.

However, others have come out in support of the proposed changes and claim that it will restore balance in a system that was unfairly skewed in favor or accusers, to the detriment of due process.

DeVos said she wants to create a more balanced system that works better for everyone involved and is more transparent.

“We can, and must, condemn sexual violence and punish those who perpetrate it, while ensuring a fair grievance process. Those are not mutually exclusive ideas,” she said.

John B. King Jr., who served as education secretary in the Obama administration, said on Twitter.“I am dismayed with the Trump administration’s cruel proposal that will have the effect of putting power in the hands of abusers & dissuading survivors from coming forward.”

In fact, the most controversial part of the proposal is the way it would allow attorneys for accused students to cross-examine accusers. According to some, this would allow some students to hire highly paid attorneys that would grill students, which may dissuade them from coming forward in the first place.

Betsy DeVos's full speech on Title IX and campus sex assault. NBC News.

The proposal prompt Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., to tweet, warning DeVos that she "won't get away with what you are doing."

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Black woman was allegedly wrongfully arrested for not paying her fare at Atlantic Terminal in Brooklyn, New York

This video was recorded by Faraz Ahmad is at Atlantic Terminal. 9 November at 17:23New York, NY

According to Faraz Ahmad, "I’m not normally one to post to Facebook but what I just saw was very disturbing.

I got off the train and saw a black woman being aggressively handled by a few cops at Atlantic Barclays terminal. As I asked around, I figured out that a white cop had claimed that this woman had not paid to get on the subway. According to the woman’s friend who was with her as all of this occurred, the metrocard was checked and she indeed had paid her fare. However, since she was apparently “disrespectful” to this same cop (who later tells me to get out of her space when I’m filming after telling me to back up, this is around 30:30 in the video), she was handcuffed. The situation escalated and more cops showed up. This woman’s name is Amanda Jackson. The way this situation was handled was abhorrent but unfortunately all too familiar. Please comment/share as this is just wrong. I’m just throwing some questions out there...who would jump the Atlantic mall subway when there’s already a precinct and holding cell as well as 50+ cops watching? Also, why would she insist on the metrocard being shown to all the cops if she was lying?#policebrutality #wrongfullyarrested"

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Detroit: Voting machines discovered locked inside a closet

According to local DETROIT (WXYZ)  News, some voters were reportedly turned away at a polling site in Detroit early on Election Day due to missing voting machines. 

The incident took place at the Martin Luther King Jr. High School in Detroit. Early voters arrived shortly after polls opened ready to vote but were turned away due to missing voting machine. They were shocked to find out that the precinct wasn't prepared and because they had no voting machines. 

Officials said there was a miscommunication about where the machine was located in the school.

After learning it was in a locked closet, workers said they were left with no key to open the door. Voters say they were initially told to go to the precinct across the street, though that was incorrect information. The delay left avid voters like Sheree Walton outraged.

"I take it very seriously," she said. "Someone died so I would have the right to vote." https://www.wxyz.com/news/voters-turned-away-due-to-missing-voting-machines-at-precinct-in-detroit,

The machines were eventually set up at  8:30 a.m, one and a half hour later. The workers finally had the machine up and running. The people who waited were worried about others that may have missed out on the opportunity because they had to leave.

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Mail bomb suspect identified as Cesar Sayoc,jr. Van with hate speech is been transported.

A Florida resident was identified Friday as the suspect who sent a dozen pipe bomb packages to prominent critics of President Donald Trump, several law enforcement officials said.

DNA evidence played a role in the arrest of Cesar Sayoc, Jr., 56, the officials said. The authorities seized his white van, which had pictures of Trump and the presidential seal plastered to a window.

According to CNN, Federal authorities have arrested a man in connection to the suspected explosive packages.  The arrest happened in South Florida, law enforcement sources said.

According to the authorities, the bomb squad used equipment to conduct an X-ray of the package. Authorities saw “what appears to be a pipe bomb consistent with other devices we’ve seen this week contained in a package."

Miller said an “alert” postal worker, who was aware of the suspicious devices going through the mail, detected the package this morning.

That postal worker notified US Postal Police on scene who contacted the Joint Terrorism Task Force and the New York Police Department. https://www.cnn.com/politics/live-news/clintons-obama-suspicious-packages/index.html

CNN, is also reporting that the man have New York ties but has a Florida address. He had lived in the New York area for a while and have a criminal history.

Twelve packages have been sent to figures such as former president Barack Obama and actor Robert de Niro. The bomb was sent to the New York restaurant of actor Robert de Niro.

So far no one has been hurt. The public are being told be on alert for possible more suspected packages.

The suspect white van pictured with hate speech and presidential seal.NBC News

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The alleged bomb suspect was arrested in South Florida

According to CNN, Federal authorities have arrested a man in connection to the suspected explosive packages.  The arrest happened in South Florida, law enforcement sources said.

According to the authorities, the bomb squad used equipment to conduct an X-ray of the package. Authorities saw “what appears to be a pipe bomb consistent with other devices we’ve seen this week contained in a package."

Miller said an “alert” postal worker, who was aware of the suspicious devices going through the mail, detected the package this morning.

That postal worker notified US Postal Police on scene who contacted the Joint Terrorism Task Force and the New York Police Department. https://www.cnn.com/politics/live-news/clintons-obama-suspicious-packages/index.html

CNN, is also reporting that the man have New York ties but has a Florida address. The man is in his 50s and had lived in the New York area for a while and have a criminal history.

The authorities as yet to release the man's identity.

Twelve packages have been sent to figures such as former president Barack Obama and actor Robert de Niro. The bomb was sent to the New York restaurant of actor Robert de Niro.

So far no one has been hurt. The public are being told be on alert for possible more suspected packages.

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A racist white Englishman verbally abused a black Jamaican lady on plane

A racist white Englishman verbally abused a black Jamaican lady yesterday on Ryanair flight FR9015.

The flight Departed from Barcelona to London Stansted yesterday October 19. The video was shot my David Lawrence who is overheard telling the flight attendant to kick the man off the plane.

According to David Lawrence, he refused to sit next to the woman because she is black.

David argued that, Ryanair are accountable for the protection of their customers and they FAILED!
They instead allow the man to carry on without removing him from the flight.

There are calls for Ryanair to be held accountable and the man to be found and arrested.

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