Trump supporters, anti-socialists, and NYC cops are planning to protest during debates

Trump supporters, anti-socialists, and NYC cops are planning to protest during debates

Some of them just want to get on television. Thousands of Democratic political consultants, campaign staff, and big-dollar donors have arrived in South Florida for the party’s first presidential primary debates, held today and tomorrow. They’ve scheduled dozens of debate-watch parties and fundraisers — everywhere from union halls to country clubs to Irish pubs. Also on tap: a few party crashers. On Wednesday evening, at least three protests are planned outside the Adrienne Arscht Center…

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Elizabeth Warren has endorsed the most radical immigration idea in the 2020 primary

Elizabeth Warren has endorsed the most radical immigration idea in the 2020 primary

Warren is on board with a proposal, first floated by Julián Castro, to decriminalize crossing the border without papers. While Elizabeth Warren famously has plans for everything, the Democratic senator and presidential candidate hasn’t unveiled a full immigration proposal yet. But she has endorsed the most radical immigration idea already out there in the 2020 Democratic presidential primary (ahead of her appearance in the first debate on Wednesday night): making it no longer a federal…

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Mike Gravel, the former senator running an anti-war Twitter campaign for president, explained

Mike Gravel, the former senator running an anti-war Twitter campaign for president, explained

Mike Gravel, the anti-war zealot, is running for president on Twitter. Former Alaska Sen. Mike Gravel is running for president. Seriously. Gravel isn’t holding campaign events. He hasn’t stepped foot in Iowa or New Hampshire. In fact, until a couple of teenagers called him in March and urged him to run for president again, he was just an 80-something former Democratic senator and 2008 presidential candidate quietly fading from the public’s memory. Now Gravel is…

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6 questions on climate change 2020 Democrats should have to answer in the debates

6 questions on climate change 2020 Democrats should have to answer in the debates

What voters need to know to figure out which candidates have real climate chops. The first Democratic presidential debates are Wednesday and Thursday nights in Miami, and climate change is very likely to come up. Miami is a city plagued by rising sea levels and extreme weather threats, providing an easy opening for the candidates to sell their climate plans. Meanwhile, many primary voters are deeply concerned about the issue and will be eager to…

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San Francisco, the home of Juul, voted to ban e-cigarettes

San Francisco, the home of Juul, voted to ban e-cigarettes

It’s a legislative first for a major US city. San Francisco voted Tuesday to ban the sale of e-cigarettes that do not have FDA approval, a legislative first for a major U.S. city. The FDA specification is effectively moot, observes The Verge, as no e-cigarettes (which are touted as tobacco cigarette alternatives) currently bear FDA approval. Though pending executive signature, Mayor London Breed’s public statements voicing concern over the rise of teen vaping suggest she…

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Reddit restricts its biggest pro-Trump board over violent threats

Reddit restricts its biggest pro-Trump board over violent threats

The subreddit r/The_Donald is in digital detention. On Wednesday, Reddit “quarantined” a popular pro-Donald Trump forum on its site. Although the move was prompted because the “r/The_Donald” subreddit was hosting violent threats and violating other site policies, it’s likely to add to Republicans’ complaints that social media companies are biased against conservatives. Reddit put the message board, which is a popular place for Trump fans to gather and stir up support, in a sort of…

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