Biden Pick for Vice President Delayed to Second Week of August: Reports

Presumptive Democratic Party presidential nominee former Vice President Joe Biden has reportedly put off choosing his vice presidential nominee until the second week of August–sometime after August 10–according to reports. Biden had initially set a date of around the first of August but told reporters last week he would likely make his decision this coming week. That appears to be put off yet again.

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Biden is taking advantage of the postponement due to the pandemic of the Democrat National Convention in Milwaukee that was originally scheduled for July 13-16 but is now set for August 17-20. Biden has said he would choose a woman to be his running mate, with many in the party urging him to choose a black woman or woman of color.

Among those thought to be top contenders are: Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA), Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Rep. Karen Bass (D-CA), Rep. Val Demings (D-FL), Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms and former Obama national security advisor and U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice.

Whomever Biden chooses will have a better than most chance of becoming president due to illness, senility or a decision to not seek a second term by the 77-year-old Biden who would be 78 when inaugurated. Biden would be 82 at the end of a first term.

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Karen Bass emerged this week as a contender. Bass has served in Congress since 2011 and is currently Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus. Before that she was Speaker of the California Assembly and a community organizer. A profile of Bass published this week by the Atlantic to inoculate her on being a young communist, details her history in the 1970s of working with the Venceremos Brigades and her many trips to Castro’s Cuba.

The Trump campaign on Saturday questioned Bass’ suitability and Biden’s judgment:

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Mary Trump Says ‘Virulently Racist’ President Used Racial, Anti-Semitic Slurs

Mary L. Trump, President Donald Trump’s niece, said Thursday she has heard her uncle use racist and anti-Semitic slurs, the latest bombshell claim made after the publication of her book about the president and his family.

Speaking with MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow, Mary Trump said she had directly heard the president use the N-word but that the public shouldn’t be surprised due to his history of making racist statements and his defense of white supremacists while in office.

Maddow: “I have to press you on it a little bit if just to ask if the president, if your uncle, was an exception to that in your family or if you ever heard him express, either use anti-Semitic slurs, or the N-word or other racist slurs or other sentiments like that, did you hear it from him, too?”

Mary Trump: “Oh, yeah, yeah, of course I did. I don’t think that should surprise anybody given how virulently racist he is today.”

Maddow: “Have you heard the president use the N-word?”

Mary Trump: “Yeah.”

Maddow: “And anti-Semitic slurs specifically?”

Mary Trump: “Yes.”

The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the claims. The full interview with Maddow is set to air later Thursday.

Mary Trump has given a series of scorched-earth interviews this week following the publication of her controversial book, “Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World’s Most Dangerous Man.” The president’s younger brother had sued for a temporary restraining order last month to stop its publication, saying the contents violated a nondisclosure agreement Mary Trump signed. But the courts rejected those arguments, and the book broke its publisher’s first-day sales record, with 950,000 copies purchsed

The White House has moved to undercut Mary Trump’s shocking assertions, saying simply the book “is clearly in the author’s own financial self-interest.”

It’s not the first time the president has been accused of using an offensive slur. Omarosa Manigault-Newman, who served in the White House before she was firedclaimed in her own book, “Unhinged,” that Trump used the N-word while he hosted the reality TV show “Celebrity Apprentice.” Her accusations were never substantiated.

Speaking with ABC News this week, Mary Trump, the daughter of the president’s oldest brother, the late Fred Trump Jr., called on the president to resign and said if he were elected to a second term it would be the “end of American democracy.”

“He is utterly incapable of leading this country,” she told ABC host George Stephanopoulos. “And it’s dangerous to allow him to do so, based on what I’ve seen my entire adult life.”

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John Bolton calls Trump ‘naïve and dangerous’ in an interview, adding that he hopes his former boss will be remembered as a one-term president

“I hope (history) will remember him as a one-term president who didn’t plunge the country irretrievably into a downward spiral we can’t recall from. We can get over one term — I have absolute confidence, even if it’s not the miracle of a conservative Republican being elected in November. Two terms, I’m more troubled about,” Bolton told ABC News’ Martha Raddatz.

Regarding the President, Bolton said, “I don’t think he’s fit for office. I don’t think he has the competence to carry out the job. I don’t think he’s a conservative Republican. I’m not gonna vote for him in November. Certainly not gonna vote for Joe Biden either. I’m gonna figure out a conservative Republican to write in.”

Bolton elaborated on many of the key themes outlined in his book, including Trump’s affinity for authoritarian leaders, including North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un, which the former national security adviser says has become more of a threat despite the President’s overtures.

“The idea that — just this oleaginous — layer of compliments to this brutal dictator would convince him that you could make a deal with Donald Trump, I thought, was both strikingly naïve and dangerous,” Bolton told ABC News.

“The threat from North Korea today is absolutely greater. Because while all these photo opportunities were taking place, there’s absolutely no doubt that North Korea’s work on both its nuclear and ballistic missile programs continued. It’s one of the most secretive societies on the planet,” he said.

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Bolton, a hawk on North Korean policy, said he did not believe the regime has “slowed down one bit during these two years of negotiations. So like the eight years of Obama, we just lost another two or three years. And the North Korea and the Iranian and other rogue state capabilities continue to advance.”

Kim was also able to manipulate Trump, Bolton says in his book.

Bolton writes extensively about his disagreements with Trump’s approach to North Korea before, during, and after the Singapore summit with Kim, which Bolton hoped would “collapse” before it happened and compared to the appeasement of Nazi Germany, even quoting Winston Churchill.

“The whole diplomatic fandango was South Korea’s creation,” Bolton writes, “relating more to its ‘unification’ agenda than serious strategy on Kim’s part or ours.”

Despite the objections of his advisers, Bolton writes that “Trump was desperate to have the meeting at any price.”

Bolton then writes that Kim had Trump “hooked” at the Singapore summit as they flattered each other in their meeting.

When Trump told Kim he would seek Senate approval of any nuclear deal, Bolton writes Secretary of State Mike Pompeo passed Bolton a note saying “he is so full of shit.” Bolton suggests Pompeo was referring to Trump, not Kim.

And Trump’s interactions with Kim were not the only instances that raises concerns for Bolton who said he was surprised about how the President was eager to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin and other autocrats.

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“I think there was the same fascination with speaking with a leader like Putin that we saw with respect to Xi Jinping and Kim Jong Un. It was hard to explain. The President himself used to comment on how strange it was that in one trip he took to a NATO summit, a summit with Theresa May, the prime minister of Britain, and then Vladimir Putin in Helsinki that he thought the easiest, most pleasant one might be with Vladimir Putin.”

In his interview with ABC News, Bolton said he believes Putin thinks he can play Trump “like a fiddle.”

“I think Putin is smart, tough. I think he can see that he’s not faced with a serious adversary here. I don’t think he’s worried about Donald Trump,” Bolton said.

Trump has previously claimed that no other president has been tougher on Russia than he has but that claim has been questioned by several of his own advisers, in addition to Bolton.

In his new book, Bolton writes that he was worried about leaving Trump alone in a room alone with Putin during the 2018 Helsinki Summit.

“I didn’t know what he would say. At any given moment, we didn’t know what he was gonna say. Now, it turned out and I say in the book, I feel very confident nothing untoward happened in the one on one. But that means we escaped without injury in the meeting. That not advancing American interests. I mean, it’s better than sustaining the injury. But it’s certainly not advancing the interests,” he says.

The press conference in Helsinki, during which Trump, standing alongside Putin, declined to endorse the US government’s assessment that Russia interfered in the 2016 presidential election, was particularly shocking for Bolton and other top officials.

“I thought I wouldn’t get up. I didn’t know what to do … I thought Dan Coats, then the director of national intelligence, was close to resignation,” Bolton told ABC News.

Lingering impeachment questions

Bolton devotes his final chapter to the Ukraine matter, in which he was part of several key meetings, including some described by other witnesses during the impeachment proceedings. But Bolton leveled an accusation in the book that no impeachment witness did: that he directly heard Trump tie withholding US security aid to an investigation into the Bidens.

“The next morning, August 20, I took Trump’s temperature on the Ukraine security assistance, and he said he wasn’t in favor of sending them anything until all the Russia-investigation materials related to Clinton and Biden had been turned over,” Bolton writes.

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The former national security adviser reiterated that claim during Sunday’s interview with ABC News

“There is no question in my mind that — the President felt that the prior Ukrainian government — had been part of a conspiracy to take him down. He said that on any number of occasions. And that what he wanted — from the Ukrainians — this took months to develop. It didn’t — it didn’t happen all at once,” he said.

Trump “wanted a probe of Joe Biden in exchange for delivering the security assistance that was part of the congressional legislation that had been passed several years before. So that in his mind, he was bargaining to get the investigation, using the resources of the federal government, which I found very disturbing,” Bolton added.

Still, the lingering question remains: If Bolton was so troubled by Trump’s actions, why didn’t he speak up, especially during the impeachment proceedings?

House Democrats wanted Bolton to testify last year, but he refused to do so, threatening a legal battle if he was subpoenaed. Bolton offered to testify during the Senate impeachment trial, but Republicans voted to reject hearing from any witnesses.

Bolton wrote that the Democrats’ conducted a hurried, partisan investigation, and accused them of committing “impeachment malpractice” by only focusing on Trump’s involvement with Ukraine.

Asked why he did not testify during impeachment during Sunday’s interview, Bolton said his testimony in impeachment proceedings would not have mattered.

“I don’t think it would have made a difference because of the way the Democrats pursued the impeachment process in the House,” he said.

“I was fully prepared — if I got a subpoena like everybody else who testified got a subpoena. I think the way the House advocates of impeachment proceeded was badly wrong. I think it was impeachment malpractice. I think they were determined because of their own political objectives to conduct an impeachment proceeding that was very narrowly focused on Ukraine, and that went very, very quickly,” Bolton added.

When asked if the President was lying when he tweeted that he never told Bolton that Ukraine aid hold was ever tied to Biden, Bolton said he was lying. “Yes he is. And it’s not the first time, either.”

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The Top 10 women Joe Biden might pick as vice president

The killing of George Floyd at the hands of police officers late last month has drastically changed the calculation for former Vice President Joe Biden and his vice presidential vetting team when it comes to who he will pick to share the ticket with him this fall.

While Biden made clear months ago that he would pick a woman, there now appears to be a significant surge of support for him to select a black woman — making history (there has never been a black woman on either party’s national ticket) while also sending a very clear message to the black community that he not only understands their import to his nomination but also believes they need a major voice in his White House.

(Biden’s “you ain’t black” gaffe, while not nearly as important as the nationwide protests over police brutality, also plays a part in this calculation.)

With that in mind, I have made major changes in this week’s vice presidential rankings. The most likely picks are now all African American women. And Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar, who I’d ranked as the second-most likely women to be the pick, takes a major tumble this week amid questions about her record as the top prosecutor in Minnesota prior to being elected to the Senate in 2016.

These rankings change weekly, so if your favorite isn’t ranked where she should be — or isn’t even on the list — there’s always next week. Speaking of, here’s last week’s rankings. Necessary Michelle Obama caveat: The former first lady is not on this list because she has never indicated an interest in being a politician. If she does so, she would immediately jump to the top of these rankings.
Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo
10. Gina Raimondo: If you believe a) that Biden will have one self-identifying moderate in his final VP group and b) Klobuchar and Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, who is suffering from another self-inflicted wound this week, are moving in the wrong direction on this list, then the Rhode Island governor may well fill that niche. (I had long believed Biden would have a moderate in his final three; I am not sure I think that anymore.) The policy-focused Raimondo has won praise from the likes of conservative columnist George Will, and has a shown a willingness to make hard choices in office. (Previous ranking: Not ranked)
Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar
9. Amy Klobuchar: The issue of the Minnesota senator’s record during her time in the early 2000s as the lead prosecutor in Hennepin County (Minneapolis) had been percolating on a slow boil during the VP speculation. But George Floyd’s death has turned that record, which many black leaders have suggested was too pro-police, into a top-of-mind issue.

And it’s very hard to see how Biden takes such a risk in picking Klobuchar given the mood within the Democratic Party right now. (Previous ranking: 2)

Illinois Sen. Tammy Duckworth
8. Tammy Duckworth: While the Illinois senator doesn’t get as much buzz as some of the names above her on this list, her profile stands up to any one of them: A helicopter pilot in Iraq, she lost both legs and the use of one arm when she was shot down. She went on to be elected to the US House and Senate from Illinois. She’s also making her voice heard in the days since Floyd was killed in Minneapolis: “George Floyd’s death was unnecessary and heartbreaking,” she wrote in a CNN op-ed on Monday. “It was a tragedy — but horrifyingly, it was not an anomaly.” (Previous ranking: Not ranked)
Stacey Abrams
7. Stacey Abrams: In an op-ed published in The New York Times on Thursday (no, not that one), Abrams makes the argument that the best way to react to Floyd’s death is for people of color to register to vote and then do so in November.

“Voting is a first step in a long and complex process, tedious but vital,” the former Georgia state House minority leader wrote. Wise words — and ones that suggest she is ready to lead on an issue of critical import to all minority communities. (Previous ranking: 9)

Susan Rice
6. Susan Rice: If Biden wants to pick the woman with the most hands-on experience on foreign policy and national security issues, there’s no question that Rice is at the top of that list — having served as national security adviser and US ambassador to the United Nations during the Obama administration. But she carries baggage, too — most notably her statements after the Benghazi, Libya, attack and her January 20, 2017, email on Michael Flynn. (Previous ranking: 7)
New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham

5. Michelle Lujan Grisham: Lost amid the flood of news over the last week is the fact that Nevada Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto removed herself from VP consideration. That move leaves Lujan Grisham, the governor of New Mexico, as the highest-ranking Latina in the VP mix.

(Other names like Texas Reps. Veronica Escobar and Sylvia Garcia still seem like something of a long shot to me.) Lujan Grisham has also stepped up her criticism of Trump and his response to Floyd’s death. (Previous ranking: 8)
Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren

4. Elizabeth Warren: As I said above, I think it is very likely Biden picks a black women to be his running mate. If he doesn’t, the Massachusetts senator probably has the best chance, as she is beloved by liberals and her selection be seen as an attempt to unite the Democratic Party. (Previous ranking: 3)

Florida Rep. Val Demings
3. Val Demings: Even before Floyd’s death and the ongoing reverberations from it, this Florida House member was getting rave reviews about her potential as a ticket-mate for Biden. But now consider what Demings would do to the ticket: A black former police chief of a major southern city (Orlando) who knows the issues within the law enforcement community vis a vis police brutality intimately. (Previous ranking 5)
Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms
2. Keisha Lance Bottoms: Lance Bottoms’ speech last Friday night — amid violent protests in Atlanta — was a moment. She was empathetic. Tough. And deeply human. I’ve had the Atlanta mayor on my list almost since the start of the VP process but I was never sure she would break into the top tier. Boy, was I wrong. (Previous ranking: 6)
California Sen. Kamala Harris

1. Kamala Harris: For all that’s changed on the list this week, the California senator’s positioning has not. If anything, Harris seems even more likely to be the pick now as she, at 55, is a generation younger than Biden but also has a wealth of experience — as California attorney general and a senator — that we know Biden values. (Previous ranking: 1)

CNN’s Allison Gordon contributed to this report.

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MIT elects first black woman student body president in its 159-year history

Danielle Geathers and running mate Yu Jing Chen won the student government election earlier this month.

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Geathers just finished her sophomore year at MIT and is majoring in mechanical engineering. She served as the diversity officer last year.

“In terms of coming from that diversity space and being focused on promoting equity across MIT, it would kind of be important to have someone in the President’s role who’s focused on that,” she said.

She said she plans to use her platform to make the school as inclusive as possible.

“Although some people think it is just a figurehead role, figureheads can matter in terms of people seeing themselves in terms of representation,” she said. “Seeing yourself at a college is kind of an important part of the admissions process.”

About six percent of undergraduates at MIT are black and 47 percent are women, according to the school.
MIT students had to leave campus in March because of the coronavirus pandemic, so Geathers campaigned online and through social media from her home in Miami, Florida. Students voted online.
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She said that a lot of the work of the student government takes place in meetings with administrators, so she hopes to make the group more visible on campus.

“I think one thing that the election taught me was kind of the power of social media and how to leverage on new different resources to get the word out,” she said.

Her term started once school got out for the semester and she’s already been participating in meetings — including discussions about how classes will resume in the Fall.

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As President Trump seeks to open the economy back up in the face of the coronavirus pandemic, the Pentagon’s senior leadership are broadcasting a different message, warning the crisis could last well into the summer.The severity of the challenge was underlined with the news that 3 US sailors tested positive for the virus while at sea.

The severity of the challenge was underlined with the news that three US sailors tested positive for the virus while at sea.

“You’re looking at somewhere around 90 days based on some of the other countries. That may or may not apply to the United States,” said Gen. Mark Milley the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, when asked how long the crisis could last during an online town hall. Milley and Defense Secretary Mark Esper took questions from service members during the town hall.

“If it does apply, you’re looking at probably late May, June, something in that range. Maybe could be as late as July.”

Milley was clear that “no one actually knows” when the crisis would be over, but that they were looking at “a variety of models.”

On the same day that the President said at a Fox News town hall that he wants the country “opened up and just raring to go by Easter,” Esper made it clear the Pentagon was preparing for a longer period of social distancing.

“I think we need to plan for this to be a few months long at least, and we’re taking all precautionary measures to do that,” he said.

Esper said that Pentagon employees would be teleworking for “weeks, for sure,” and “maybe months,” after announcing on Monday that the Pentagon was increasing the number of staff that would be teleworking, and limiting the number of access points into the building.

He further warned that the Defense Department, despite stockpiling medical supplies, would likely face shortages of personal protective equipment, such as masks and gloves, as the civilian health care system is currently dealing with, “until the private sector industry can pick up the slack.”

Sailors flown for treatment

Later on Tuesday the Pentagon announced that three sailors aboard the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt have tested positive for the virus and have been flown to a military medical facility for treatment.

“Three cases of Covid-19 have been identified among personnel currently deployed and underway on the USS Theodore Roosevelt, these are our first three cases of Covid-19 on a ship that is deployed,” said acting Secretary of the Navy Thomas Modly.

“We’ve identified all those folks that they’ve had contact with and we are quantifying they as well,” he added.

They are the first reported cases of the virus aboard a US Navy ship while it was at sea.

The carrier was last in port 15 days ago as part of a visit to Vietnam. However, Navy officials would not say if the sailors were exposed to the coronavirus while there, noting that multiple aircraft had flown to the carrier in the intervening period.

There are approximately 5,000 personnel on board the carrier.

Esper had previously announced on Monday that the Pentagon is looking at sending military field hospitals to New York and Washington state, in addition to the Army Corps of Engineers’ undertaking to retrofit buildings in New York like hotels, dormitories and convention centers into temporary hospitals, in order to add an additional 10,000 hospital beds to the state’s capacity.
However, he warned that although multiple states have requested assistance from the Defense Department, they “can’t meet everyone’s needs.”

“Right now I anticipate sending a hospital to Seattle and a hospital to New York City and beyond that once that’s confirmed we will look at sending to other places, and as necessary we will continue to alert units to prepare to deploy and deploy them as appropriate,” Esper said on Monday.

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The Pentagon has already ordered the deployment of the Navy hospital ship USNS Mercy to Los Angeles to help alleviate the some of the burden on civilian hospitals, while the USNS Comfort is expected to deploy to New York in the coming weeks, after it is finished undergoing maintenance.

And as countries all over the world grapple with the pandemic, Milley warned today that the crisis could lead to “social breakdowns” or “political chaos in certain countries” as health care systems are overwhelmed. However, he assessed that the virus would likely have a “moderate to low” impact on US military readiness.

“It’s very, very important, again, that we do what the professionals are telling us to do, which is flatten that curve, take all the appropriate measures for US in the military,” said Milley, “but also in the nation to do our part, so to speak, in order to reduce the probability and to mitigate the impact of this coronavirus globally.”

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Carlos Cordeiro: The president of US Soccer steps down as he apologizes for legal document’s language

Carlos Cordeiro, who has been president of the organization for the last 13 years, announced his decision Thursday in a news release.

“My one and only mission has always been to do what is best for our Federation, and it has become clear to me that what is best right now is a new direction,” Cordeiro’s statement said.

“The arguments and language contained in this week’s legal filing caused great offense and pain, especially to our extraordinary Women’s National Team players who deserve better.”

Cordeiro called the wording “unacceptable and inexcusable,” and regretted not fully reviewing the filing before it was submitted.

The legal document released Monday argued that male players have “more responsibility” and the men’s team “requires a higher level of skill” than their female counterparts.

In response to the filing, the USWNT wore their warm-up jerseys inside out at Wednesday’s game, to hide the US Soccer logo.

After the game, Megan Rapinoe tore into the Federation and the wording of the document.

“I just want to say, it’s all false,” she said in a post-game interview. “To every girl out there, to every boy out there, who watches this team, who wants to be on this team or just wants to live their dream out, you are not lesser just because you’re a girl. You are not better just because you’re a boy.”

Vice president Cindy Parlow Cone will take over in Corderio’s place.

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Sanders says ‘rampant’ sexism in US is a hurdle for women running for president

During an interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper on “State of the Union,” Sanders was asked if he thinks “sexism and other forms of bigotry remain hurdles for candidates appealing for not just the general electorate but for the Democratic votes.”

“The short answer is yes, I do,” Sanders replied. “I think women have obstacles placed in front of them that men do not have.”

Sanders also said that the country has made progress in the last half century in terms of more women in politics.

“On the other hand, we have made progress in the last 40, 50 years in terms of the number of women who are now in the Congress. You can remember it wasn’t so many years ago — few decades ago — that Barbara Mikulski of Maryland was the only woman in the United States Senate, and we have made some progress,” the Vermont senator said. “But the day has got to come sooner and later that women can see themselves equally represented in Congress — half or more members of Congress, president of the United States, leaders of companies all over this country.”

“We have got to get rid of all of the vestiges of sexism that exist in this country, which is still pretty rampant,” Sanders added.

The comments from Sanders come three days after Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, who was once considered a front-runner in the race, dropped her bid for the party’s nomination following a disappointing finish in primary contests on Super Tuesday. Earlier that week, Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota dropped out of the race as well.
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Their departures left just one woman — Rep. Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii — in a race that once saw six women vying for the nomination and raised questions about the challenges women face when they campaign for an office that has yet to be held by someone other than a man.

Earlier this year, author Marianne Williamson ended her bid, while Sens. Kamala Harris of California and Kirsten Gillibrand of New York dropped their campaigns in December and August, respectively.

Warren herself commented on the issue when she publicly dropped out on Thursday outside her home in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

“You know, that is the trap question for women,” she said after a reporter asked what role gender played in her campaign. “If you say, ‘Yeah — there was sexism in this race,’ everyone says, ‘Whiner.’ And if you say, ‘No, there was no sexism,’ about a bazillion women think, ‘What planet do you live on?'”

In January, after Sanders denied a report — and Warren’s confirmation of it — that he told her, in a private 2018 conversation about the upcoming presidential election, that he didn’t believe a woman could win, tensions between the two candidates boiled over in public.

Sanders, who is now locked in a tight race for the nomination with former Vice President Joe Biden, said Sunday that he would “love” to have support from Warren, who has not yet endorsed a candidate.

“Well, I’m not going to speculate. We would love to have Sen. Warren’s support and we would love to have the millions of people who supported Sen. Warren in her campaign on board,” he said.

Sanders faces an uphill battle to win Warren’s endorsement as their relationship has become complicated by the election, which pitted the two progressives against one another. After dropping out of the race, Warren deflected questions about her plans, but her public comments about Sanders and Biden Thursday night added to concerns among movement progressives that she could either endorse Biden or sit out of the contest.

CNN’s Maeve Reston, Gregory Krieg and Ryan Nobles contributed to this report.

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Tulsi Gabbard is still running for president

The Hawaii Democrat’s two delegates came from American Samoa, a US territory that former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg won on Super Tuesday. (Bloomberg has since dropped out of the race.)

The congresswoman, who has not polled above 1% in recent national surveys, is heading to Las Vegas this weekend to campaign. Gabbard will attend a town hall moderated by the nonprofit National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, according to a release by her campaign. The group advocates legalizing nonmedical marijuana in the US.

Gabbard’s campaign continues even as several of her rivals have ended their own presidential bids in recent days. This week, candidates who were once in the top tier of contenders dropped out, including former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg and Sens. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota and Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts.
What started out as a wide Democratic primary field has now narrowed to three candidates: former Vice President Joe Biden, Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Gabbard.

Gabbard is an Iraq War veteran who was elected to Congress in 2012, and has staked out a distinctly anti-interventionist foreign policy.

She qualified for some of the Democratic National Committee debates in 2019 but has not met the debate thresholds this year. The DNC has not announced the criteria to qualify for the next debate, which will be hosted by CNN and Univison on March 15 in Arizona.
Gabbard has vowed to stay in the presidential race until the Democratic National Convention, according to Business Insider. CNN has reached out to Gabbard’s campaign for comment on the congresswoman’s plans now that the field has narrowed.

A candidate must earn 1,991 delegates to become the Democratic nominee. Delegates are representatives elected in primaries and caucuses who will be responsible for choosing the presidential and vice-presidential nominees at the parties’ national conventions.

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Grieving Native American families shamed law enforcement and won support from President Trump

They read the names to remember and to honor, but also to shame local, state and federal officials whom they accuse of ignoring their women when perhaps they could have been helped.

“They didn’t make it a priority. They blamed her,” says Paula Castro-Stops, mother of 14-year-old Henny Scott, who was found dead of exposure with alcohol in her system, weeks after she went missing.

“They really didn’t act on it,” Yolanda Fraser says of the disappearance of her granddaughter, Kaysera Stops Pretty Places. “She had just turned 18 a week before, on August 14th. And they said she’s probably just out with her friends or whatever.”

These families felt driven to set up their own searches, to ask their own questions. And even if they couldn’t save their loved ones, they fought to make it different for the next family. Their campaign made it to the desk of the President, and this year, there were finally signs of change.

There’s no question that life can be hard for both residents and police in Big Horn County, a little east of Billings, which includes parts of the Crow and Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservations. Law enforcement officials deal daily with a community deep in a substance abuse crisis, still impacted and traumatized by generations of systemic oppression of Native Americans, a crisis that too often manifests as physical and sexual violence that can break up families, research has shown

When called in, the officers face lack of funding and resources for searches across the vast and barren open spaces of eastern Montana.

But native families say those challenges have been used as an excuse for a lack of action. Or worse, that there is something unsolvable about why their women are lost or killed.

“There’s a lot of coverage of this issue that describes it as a mystery, like we don’t know what’s happening,” says Annita Lucchesi, a researcher and descendant of the Cheyenne tribe. “As if native women are kind of like a rabbit and a magic act, like we just mysteriously disappear and that’s not real.”

Native Americans are 6.7% of the population of Montana, yet they make up 26% of missing person reports.

Lucchesi, now studying for a doctorate at the University of Arizona, has collected data the federal government lacks to try to get a database of missing and murdered indigenous cases across the country. She says she has now tabulated more than 4,200 cases dating back to the 1970s for the Sovereign Bodies Institute, where she is executive director.

Annita Lucchesi has gathered information on thousands of cases of murdered and missing native women.

She says while each case is different, there are common threads, many pointing to centuries of discrimination that still hurt today.

Violence against indigenous women is “a result of colonialism and racism,” Lucchesi says. “And how that manifests in the justice system, in law enforcement departments, and even in other systems that contribute to high risk or targeting of native women.”

In her database are many instances of officials doing little or nothing when a woman needs help.

One is the case of Henny Scott, an athletic and artistic 14-year-old. When she went missing in the Northern Cheyenne reservation in December 2018, her mother Paula Castro-Stops says she called police and told them where she thought her daughter might be: near a house where other teens were partying that night, not too far from her own home.

Henny Scott was a creative and athletic teen.

But she was told her daughter’s case did not qualify for an AMBER alert, and for days no search party was formed by authorities. Castro-Stops and her husband got a group of volunteers together. It was those community volunteers who found the girl weeks later, just a couple of hundred yards from the house Castro-Stops had identified.

Scott had died of hypothermia, but there is much that is still unexplained for her mother, who keeps pottery decorated by her daughter in her living room.

“I think someone was chasing her for her to run this way,” Castro-Stops says, pointing toward a ravine in between two foothills. She still doesn’t believe there was no foul play, but there are no answers.

Lame Deer, in the Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation where Henny Scott lived and was found dead.

It’s a similar story for Kaysera Stops Pretty Places, who was 18 when she went missing in August 2019. Five days later, a jogger saw her dead in the backyard of a home in Hardin.

The medical examiner found no evidence of injury or illness but her body was already decomposing when she was found, and death by asphyxia could not be ruled out.

The Big Horn County Sheriff’s Office did not return multiple calls and emails asking for comment on its cases. It’s unclear whether there was ever a search operation for Stops Pretty Places, according to the family’s lawyer, Mary Kathryn Nagle.

For Yolanda Fraser, the grandmother and legal guardian for Stops Pretty Places, there are no answers.

Yolanda Fraser lost her granddaughter, Kaysera Stops Pretty Places, in 2019.

Fraser believes the fact that her granddaughter had gone missing before was a factor in the way law enforcement responded to her disappearance.

“I feel really angry about it. I feel helpless because I can’t control anything that they do or decide not to do,” Fraser says.

What she and the other grieving relatives found they could do was bind together and force a spotlight on the issue, through social media campaigns, marches and protests.

Now there are three task forces established specifically to look at the issue of missing and murdered indigenous women. President Donald Trump signed an executive order last November setting up a federal interagency task force, and the state of Montana and Big Horn County have their groups, too.

President Donald Trump signs an executive order establishing the Task Force on Missing and Murdered American Indians and Alaska Natives, last November.

The response to missing women cases is already different, even if the result hasn’t changed yet.

When Selena Not Afraid was reported missing on New Year’s Day, new plans were put into action. A drone equipped with a camera was flown; so, too, was a helicopter to look for her. The sheriff’s department was there, teams of people walking the landscape to try to find her. The FBI showed up, too.

“Hers was the first case where, a missing and murdered indigenous women coordinator was deployed and the first case where we deployed the FBI rapid deployment team,” said Kurt Alme, US Attorney for Montana. “It was the first case where the attorney general’s initiative and some of the resources he brought to bear were deployed.” Alme welcomed the White House involvement and said could bring more standardized responses across jurisdictions.

Not Afraid’s body was found about a mile from a rest stop between Billings and Hardin, the last place where she had been seen alive.
Cheryl Horn holds a picture of her niece, Selena Not Afraid, who went missing on the first day of 2020.

When the coroner found she had died from hypothermia, it seemed the sheriff’s department was ready to close the case. But in another break from the past, the county attorney made it clear the case was open and active.

The task forces and new attention have been welcomed by the indigenous residents of Big Horn County. But for many, there remains a lack of trust in government to work for them.

The community thinks they only got this far by bonding together to scream their outrage. And they believe they will have to continue to use their voice to demand action for — and maybe save lives of — their young women.

Lucchesi says she has an aunt who describes the women she is fighting for as warriors. “They gave their lives so that we could fight for a better world here,” she says. “And we’re here as their helpers, they send us to where we need to go.”

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