NBC News poll: Biden, Sanders and Warren lead 2020 field

The poll also shows President Donald Trump’s approval rating has ticked upward in the past 10 months.

Source: NBC News poll: Biden, Sanders and Warren lead 2020 field

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Lineups for CNN Democratic primary debates are set – CNNPolitics

It’s time for round two.

CNN’s two-night Democratic primary debate will offer a rematch of former Vice President Joe Biden and California Sen. Kamala Harris, whose clash over race became the most closely watched moment of the first round of debates. Biden and Harris will debate in Detroit on Wednesday, July 31.
The debates will also, for the first time, offer a match-up between Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, the two top progressives in the Democratic primary. The duo — who will debate on Tuesday, July 30 — were not on the same stage during the first debate.
The lineups for each night were announced on air during a live, random draw for transparency around the event. There were three distinct draws based on polling: One to divide the bottom 10 candidates, one to divide the middle six candidates and one to divide the top four candidates

Source: Lineups for CNN Democratic primary debates are set – CNNPolitics

Poll: Two-thirds of country favors statehood for Puerto Rico – POLITICO

The 66 percent support for admitting the island as the 51st state is consistent with polling dating back to the early 1960s.

President Donald Trump, who has disparagedPuerto Rico’s leadership and faced criticism for the federal government’s slow response to deadly Hurricane Maria, has said he is an “absolute no” on Puerto Rico statehood. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell recently said granting the island statehood and full representation in Congress would be “full-bore socialism.”

Source: Poll: Two-thirds of country favors statehood for Puerto Rico – POLITICO

Thousands of Puerto Ricans gather to demand governor’s resignation | Fox News

Thousands of Puerto Ricans gathered Wednesday in the commonwealth capital of San Juan to demand the resignation of Gov. Ricardo Rosselló, the second mass demonstration against the embattled leader this week.

The hashtag #RickyRenuncia, Spanish for Ricky Resign, was trending on Twitter during a Monday protest that drew hundreds to the same cobblestone streets in Old San Juan. Some police officers were injured and several people were arrested.

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Graham declines to condemn racist Trump tweets and calls Democratic congresswomen ‘a bunch of communists’ – CNNPolitics

Washington (CNN)Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham, one of President Donald Trump’s strongest allies on Capitol Hill, declined on Monday to condemn the President over his racist tweets against several minority members of Congress, instead calling them a “bunch of communists.”

Graham’s comments, which were later tweeted out by Trump, are the latest example of congressional Republican alignment with Trump in the face of fierce controversy.
“Well, we all know that (New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez) and this crowd are a bunch of communists, they hate Israel, they hate our own country,” Graham said during an appearance on “Fox and Friends.” “They’re calling the guards along our border, the border patrol agents, ‘concentration camp guards.’ They accuse people who support Israel of doing it for the Benjamins. They’re anti-Semitic. They’re anti-America.”

Source: Graham declines to condemn racist Trump tweets and calls Democratic congresswomen ‘a bunch of communists’ – CNNPolitics

2,100 more troops headed to the U.S.-Mexico border, Pentagon says – POLITICO

Acting Defense Secretary Richard Spencer authorized the deployment of additional troops to the border to provide “aerial surveillance, operational, logistical, and administrative support” to Customs and Border Patrol. | Alex Edelman/Getty Images

(Politico) – The deployment will bring the total force on the border mission to 6,600.

The new active-duty troops will arrive “in the next several weeks” and will provide “aerial surveillance, operational, logistical, and administrative support” to Customs and Border Patrol, Pentagon spokesperson Maj. Chris Mitchell said in a statement.

The increase in active-duty forces is required due to a “shortfall in volunteer National Guard personnel” conducting the same missions, Mitchell said.

Source: 2,100 more troops headed to the U.S.-Mexico border, Pentagon says – POLITICO

Mayor under fire for last-minute cancellation of LGBTQ pride event

Reading, Pennsylvania, Mayor Wally Scott said he axed the event because the rainbow pride flag — which was set to fly over City Hall — is a political symbol.

Dozens of Pennsylvanians were geared to make history Monday evening by raising the pride flag for the first time over Reading City Hall. Yet minutes before the event was slated to begin, the city’s mayor, Wally Scott, prohibited council members and city employees via text message from hanging the flag.

“People were disappointed at first, then they just became angry,” Ben Renkus, president of the Reading Pride Celebration, the group that planned the event, told NBC News. “The event was at 4:45 p.m. and many people had to leave work early to attend.”

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The flag ceremony coincided with Reading’s 13th annual LGBTQ Pride Celebration, which kicked off this past weekend. The pride flag was supposed to be flown until Sunday, the last day of the festivities.

Source: Mayor under fire for last-minute cancellation of LGBTQ pride event

Trump slams progressive congresswomen at fiery ‘MAGA’ rally in North Carolina | Fox News

President Trump took the stage Wednesday night in Greenville, North Carolina, for a “Make America Great Again” campaign rally — his first since a developing feud with progressive Democrats, and a string of comments they slammed as “racist.”

Source: Trump slams progressive congresswomen at fiery ‘MAGA’ rally in North Carolina | Fox News

 

Mike Pence meets with migrants at detention facilities – CBS News

Pence spent hours touring Border Patrol facilities, including the tent city in Donna, just outside McAllen, Texas, where he and his entourage saw migrants sleeping on the floor. Five Republican senators were with him, but not a single Democrat accepted the invitation to come along.

Pence’s visit comes on the heels of a scathing report from the Office of Inspector General, where one manager called the situation at Border Patrol facilities “a ticking time bomb.” At least five migrant children have died in government custody since September.

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Five Republican senators were with him, but not a single Democrat accepted the invitation to come along

Source: Mike Pence meets with migrants at detention facilities – CBS News

Trump, ‘not backing down’ in effort to count citizens amid census fight, announces executive order | Fox News

President Trump, speaking at the White House on Thursday, announced that he would “immediately” issue an executive order to get an accurate count of non-citizens and citizens in the United States — a measure Trump said would be “far more accurate” than relying on a citizenship question in the 2020 census.

Source: Trump, ‘not backing down’ in effort to count citizens amid census fight, announces executive order | Fox News