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I'll say this: CNN is making this look like a magic trick...

Here's how the candidate draw will work:

Three tiers of candidates, based on polling

Top tier (4 candidates; 2 per night)

Middle Tier (6 candidates; 3 per night)

Lower Tier (10 candidates; 5 per night)
Everyone else (Steve Bullock replacing Eric Swalwell)

Each tier will be drawn separately. Names and dates will be dropped into separate boxes. CNN correspondents will draw a name and date until all candidates in the tier are assigned

Rep Ilhan Omar returns to Minnesota...


O'Hare Standoff: Border Patrol Detaining Three Children Of Undocumented Parents

Source: WBEZ

Chicago lawyers and a representative from the Mexican Consulate are meeting with U.S. border patrol officials to find out why three American citizen children are being detained at O’Hare Airport. They’re arguing for the release of the children.

Several immigration lawyers, advocates and reporters have gathered inside the international terminal at O’Hare to await the outcome of what is shaping up as a standoff between border patrol and the undocumented parents of the three children, all girls, ages 9, 10 and 13.

Activists here say the children were detained by border patrol and will not be released until their parents pick them up. They’ve been detained since 3 a.m. The children flew back from Mexico early this morning with a cousin who had a valid visitor visa. The girls’ cousin is being detained, too.

Activists say that’s a trap and the parents are afraid of being detained and placed in deportation proceedings.

Read more: https://www.wbez.org/shows/wbez-news/ohare-standoff-border-patrol-detaining-three-children-of-undocumented-parents/285e32de-2516-4be2-b660-fd7b0419e913


Rep. Ilhan Omar: "I believe he is a fascist"


Just had chat with a Freshman member of Congress in a competitive district...

...who said that yesterday's vote on Impeachment was a big distraction, esp. with Mueller's testimony next week.

Embattled GOP congressman ordered to stop using Marine Corps emblem after Islamophobic campaign ad

Source: Washington Post

Embattled Republican Rep. Duncan D. Hunter was issued a cease-and-desist letter from the Marine Corps for using its official emblem and slogan in a campaign mailer that targeted three Muslim officials.

The Marine Corps demanded that Hunter (R-Calif.) stop using its Eagle, Globe and Anchor emblem and the motto “No better friend, no worse enemy” in campaign advertisements after criticism of the Islamophobic mailer peaked this week, according to NBC News.

The ad’s envelope included photographs of Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), who has become the focus of xenophobic outcry on the right, Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) and Ammar Campa-Najjar, a Democrat of Palestinian and Mexican descent who is challenging Hunter for his seat — calling them “radical Democrats” and accusing them of anti-Semitism and “family-terrorist ties.” The mailer also misspelled Israel.

Omar and Tlaib are the first Muslim women to serve in Congress.

Read more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2019/07/18/embattled-gop-rep-duncan-hunter-ordered-stop-using-marine-corps-emblem-after-islamophobic-campaign-ad/

Perhaps prison bars and an inmate number?


Retired Four Star General Stanley McChrystal endorses Representative Seth Moulton for President


Presidential candidate Seth Moulton did not qualify for the next 2020 debate- but today he's getting a high profile endorsement. Representative Seth Moulton and Retired General Stanley McChrystal join Andrea Mitchell to make the announcement.

Commentary from Columbus Councilwoman Liz Brown (Sherrod Brown's daughter):

Chris ––

Yesterday President Trump incited chants of “send her back” about a U.S. Congresswoman at a rally and advised Americans who criticize the United States to “leave it.”

Today I had the honor of speaking at a naturalization ceremony, where we welcomed 52 new U.S. citizens. That’s because in Columbus, we tell a different story.

I told our newest citizens that they are welcome in our city and already add to its culture, economy, and future. In our best times as a nation, people have come here to seek freedom, opportunity, and protection from persecution. In turn, immigrants have bolstered our economy and stitched the fabric of American life.

We fight for everyone who seeks a home here in Columbus.

For Columbus,


Booker says he felt disrespected in his verbal tussle with Biden


Sen. Cory Booker said Thursday that he felt disrespected by Joe Biden's counterattack after Booker condemned the former vice president for his remarks about working with segregationist senators.

The flap started when Biden told a group of wealthy donors that his past work with segregationist senators was an example of "civility" that's missing from politics today.

Booker was one of the first 2020 Democratic candidates to rebuke Biden's comments, saying "he is wrong" to use the senators "as examples of how to bring our country together" and that Biden should apologize.

Biden bristled at the comments, telling reporters, "Apologize for what? Cory should apologize." He added, "He knows better. There's not a racist bone in my body."
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