The first: what critics and analysts have called her “please clap” moment. Klobuchar was boasting that in each of her elections she won every congressional district in her state, including that of former Rep. Michele Bachmann, a Republican.
After the audience didn’t react to her victories, Klobuchar gave them permission to be excited.
“It’s when you guys are supposed to cheer, okay?” Klobuchar grinned, which prompted applause and some laughter.
Many on social media have drawn comparisons to former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, who famously told a town hall crowd to “please clap” on the campaign trail during the 2016 election.
“I feel you creeping over my shoulder,” Klobuchar told the CNN anchor. She jokingly clarified, “not in a Trumpian manner.”
Klobuchar was referring to the second presidential debate in 2016. Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton later accused then-candidate Donald Trump of being a “creep” for approaching behind her on the debate stage and claimed her “skin crawled” in her memoir, “What Happened.”
The woman then was seen walking toward the bin and dropping the clear, plastic bag nearby before driving away.
Around an hour later, a man named John who was rummaging through the trash discovered puppies still alive, officials said.
Culwell allegedly dumped seven puppies. All were 3 days old and believed to be terrier mixes. Officials said had it not been for John’s actions, the puppies may not have survived much longer since temperatures in Coachella on Thursday were in the mid-90s.
During a CNN town hall on Monday night, Harvard student Anne Carlstein asked if his position would support “enfranchising people” like Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who she noted is a “convicted terrorist and murderer,” as well as those “convicted of sexual assault,” whose votes could have a “direct impact on women’s rights.”
Sanders first responded by saying he wanted a “vibrant democracy” with “higher voter turnout” and blasted “cowardly Republican governors” who he said were “trying to suppress the vote.”
The Vermont senator then argued that the Constitution says “everybody can vote” and that “some people in jail can vote.”
“If somebody commits a serious crime- sexual assault, murder, they’re gonna be punished. They may be in jail for 10 years, 20 years, 50 years, their whole lives. That’s what happens when you commit a serious crime,” Sanders elaborated.
“But, I think the right to vote is inherent to our democracy. Yes, even for terrible people, because once you start chipping away and you say, ‘That guy committed a terrible crime, not gonna let him vote. Well, that person did that. Not gonna let that person vote,’ you’re running down a slippery slope. So, I believe that people who commit crimes, they pay the price. When they get out of jail, I believe they certainly should have the right the vote, but I do believe that even if they are in jail, they’re paying their price to society, but that should not take away their inherent American right to participate in our democracy.”
CNN anchor Chris Cuomo pressed the Democrats’ frontrunner, asking him if he was “sure about that” since he effectively was “writing an opposition ad.” Sanders dismissed such concerns, saying he’d written “many 30-second opposition ads” throughout his life.
“This is what I believe. Do you believe in democracy? Do you believe that every single American 18 years of age or older who is an American citizen has the right to vote?” Sanders continued. “This is a democracy. We’ve got to expand that democracy and I believe that every single person does have the right to vote.”
Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) says that political considerations should not prevent House Democrats from opening impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump in the wake of the release of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report.
“There is no political inconvenience exception to the United States Constitution,” the presidential candidate said Monday evening during a CNN town hall event.
The Massachusetts Democrat said that if any other person behaved like Trump and members of his 2016 presidential campaign ― welcoming help from Russia and attempting to obstruct a probe into those actions, according to the Mueller report ― they would be “arrested and put in jail.”
Warren also argued that lawmakers ought to go on the record with regard to Trump’s behavior, despite top Democrats expressing reluctance about going down the impeachment path ahead of the 2020 election.
“If there are people in the House or the Senate who want to say that’s what a president can do when a president is investigated for his own wrongdoings … then they should have to take that vote and live with it for the rest of their lives,” she said.
When Elizabeth Warren is asked about calling for impeachment hearings, she responded with this:
However, Pelosi said that Democrats would keep investigating and could always change course if they find something truly objectionable.
“We don’t have to go to articles of impeachment to obtain the facts, the presentation of facts,” Pelosi said, according to a readout of the call.
She added that if impeachment was the “place the facts take us, that’s the place we have to go.” But she was also careful to note that Democrats aren’t moving forward with impeachment at the moment.
Warren was first 2020 Democratic presidential candidate to call for Trump’s impeachment and the most high-profile one to do so. Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) joined her in that call during her own town hall candidate appearance Monday night on CNN.
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NEW DELHI – Indians are voting in the third phase of the general elections with campaigning by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Hindu nationalist party and the opposition marred by bitter accusations and acrimony.
The voting for 117 parliamentary seats in 13 states and two Union Territories on Tuesday means polls are half done for 543 seats in the lower house of Parliament. The voting over seven phases ends May 19, with counting scheduled for May 23.
The election is seen as a referendum on Modi’s five-year rule. He has adopted a nationalist pitch trying to win the majority Hindu votes by projecting a tough stance against Islamic neighbor Pakistan.
The opposition is challenging him for a high unemployment rate of 6.1% and farmers’ distress aggravated by low crop prices.
Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) said she believed Congress should move forward in impeaching President Donald Trump during a CNN town hall on Monday night when asked about the possibility.
“For those of us who have been following the investigation and have seen any part of that report, it is very clear that there is a lot of good evidence pointing to obstruction of justice,” she said.
“I believe Congress should take the steps towards impeachment,” Harris added.
A redacted version of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report was released to the public on April 18, examining whether there were links between Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election and Trump’s campaign. (Mueller declined to make a definitive conclusion on whether Trump obstructed justice during the investigation).
Impeachment proceedings are “very likely” to begin in the House, Harris said. But she voiced concern about how a trial on articles of impeachment would play out in the Senate, where Republicans hold the majority.
“I’ve not seen any evidence to suggest that they will weigh on the facts instead of on partisan adherence to being protective of this president,” she said of Senate Republicans. “And that’s what concerns me and what will be the eventual outcome. So we have to be realistic about what might be the end result, but that does not mean the process should not take hold.”
Harris’ comments during the town hall are a significant shift fromwhat she has said in the past. Shortly after she announced her presidential bid in January, the senator declined to call for impeachment, pending the outcomeof Mueller’s then-ongoing investigation. Then, last week, she told MSNBC that she wanted to hear from Mueller before coming to any conclusions.
“There is definitely a conversation to be had on that subject, but first I want to hear from Bob Mueller and really understand what exactly is the evidence that supports the summary that we have been given today,” she said.
Democratic 2020 candidates, and the Democratic Party as a whole, has been somewhat divided on the issue of impeachment. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro have explicitly called for Trump’s impeachment, while South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Sens. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Cory Booker (D-N.J.) and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), as well as former Rep. Beto O’Rouke (D-Texas), have skated around giving a specific answer on the subject.
Ina letter to Democrats on Monday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) acknowledged her party’s divide on impeachment. “While our views range from proceeding to investigate the findings of the Mueller report or proceeding directly to impeachment, we all firmly agree that we should proceed down a path of finding the truth,” she wrote. “It is also important to know that the facts regarding holding the President accountable can be gained outside of impeachment hearings.”
But the one person who doesn’t appear to be worried about impeachment proceedings is Trump himself.
“Only high crimes and misdemeanors can lead to impeachment. There were no crimes by me (No Collusion, No Obstruction), so you can’t impeach,” Trumptweetedon Monday. “It was the Democrats that committed the crimes, not your Republican President! Tables are finally turning on the Witch Hunt!”
The Mueller report specifically stated that the investigation did not exonerate Trump of obstruction of justice. The redacted version of the report details 10 instances in which Trump may have used his authority to hinder the investigation.
The Philadelphia Flyers and New York Yankees may have turned their collective backs on Kate Smith, but the Jersey Shore town of Wildwood has not.
Wildwood Mayor Ernie Troiano Jr. told a Philadelphia radio station Monday that the singer’s rendition of “God Bless America” will continue to be played every day at 11 a.m. on the town’s boardwalk.
“I’m a small town mayor, and I look at what’s happening to the world, and it’s amazing how everyone wants to rewrite history,” Troiano told WPHT-AM. “Nobody wants to allow history to be an educator and a teacher to help us improve in the future … The song is greater than anything, so you know what; it’ll continue to play in Wildwood.”
Kate Smith sings “God Bless America” prior to a Philadelphia Flyers Stanley Cup playoff game in May 1975. (AP Photo, File)
On Sunday, the Flyers removed a statue of Smith from outside the NHL team’s arena two days after covering it with a black sheet amid controversy over several of Smith’s songs – including a 1939 tune “That’s Why the Darkies Were Born.” The song originated in the 1931 Broadway revue “George White’s Scandals,” and was considered satire at the time. The song was also recorded by Paul Robeson, who was black, in addition to Smith.
Smith’s likeness also appeared in a 1939 ad that heavily used the mammy caricature, one of the most well-known racist depictions of black women.
The association between Smith and the Flyers dated back to 1969 when a team executive ordered her version of “God Bless America” to be played instead of “The Star-Spangled Banner.” Smith performed the song several times in person before games at the height of the team’s success in the 1970s and the club erected a statue of her outside the Spectrum in 1987, a year after her death.
The Kate Smith statue was removed from outside the Wells Fargo Center on Sunday. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
“The NHL principle ‘Hockey is for Everyone’ is at the heart of everything the Flyers stand for,” Flyers President Paul Holmgren said in a statement Sunday. “As a result, we cannot stand idle while material from another era gets in the way of who we are today.”
On Friday, the team said Smith’s recording of “God Bless America” had been removed from its library.
The Yankees stopped using Smith’s recording of “God Bless America” last week after the controversy broke. The franchise had started playing the song during the seventh-inning stretch of every home game following the terror attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, at the insistence of late owner George Steinbrenner. In addition to Smith’s recording, the Yankees have used live singers on occasion. An organ version of the song was used following the removal of Smith’s recording.
Nearly three dozen men and women filed a federal class-action lawsuit claiming authorities violated their right to privacy by videotaping them in January at the Orchids of Asia Day Spa in Jupiter, Fla.
“It is horrific when you think about the scenario,” said Joseph Tacopina, a New York attorney who filed the suit on Monday. “It is akin to going to a bathroom.”
The court papers name the Palm Beach County State Attorney Dave Aronberg, the Jupiter Police Department and the lead detective as defendants. It accuses Jupiter cops of unlawfully obtaining warrants to install the secret cameras.
The 31 John and Jane Does want all the video recordings blocked from public release and destroyed — and are asking for unspecified monetary and punitive damages. None of them were charged with a crime.
FILE – In this Aug. 23, 2002, file photo, Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, smiles as he hugs North Korean leader Kim Jong Il during their meeting in Vladivostok. North Korea on Tuesday, April 23, 2019, confirmed that leader Kim Jong Un, a son of Kim Jong Il, will soon visit Russia to meet with President Vladimir Putin. The summit would come at a crucial moment for tenuous diplomacy meant to rid the North of its nuclear arsenal, following a recent North Korean weapons test that likely signals Kim’s growing frustration with deadlocked negotiations with Washington. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko, File)
SEOUL, South Korea – North Korea confirmed Tuesday that leader Kim Jong Un will soon visit Russia to meet with President Vladimir Putin in a summit that comes at a crucial moment for tenuous diplomacy meant to rid the North of its nuclear arsenal.
North Korea has so far not gotten what it wants most from the recent flurry of high-level summitry between Kim and various world leaders — namely, relief from crushing international sanctions. There are fears that a recent North Korean weapon test and a series of jibes at Washington over deadlocked nuclear negotiations mean that Pyongyang may again return to the nuclear and long-range missile tests that had many in Asia fearing war in 2017.
The North’s state-run Korean Central News Agency released a terse, two-sentence statement saying Kim “will soon pay a visit to the Russian Federation,” and that he and Putin “will have talks.” A date for the meeting was not released, and it wasn’t clear if Kim would fly or take his armored train. There are some indications the meeting will be held this week in the far-eastern port of Vladivostok, not too far from Russia’s border with the North.
The Kremlin said in a brief statement last week that Kim will visit Russia “in the second half of April,” but gave no further details.
It’s not clear how — or even if — Putin will push the stalled nuclear talks along, and the visit may have more to do with each nation’s economic interests. Russia is interested in gaining broader access to North Korea’s mineral resources, including rare metals. Pyongyang, for its part, covets Russia’s electricity supplies and wants to attract Russian investment to modernize its dilapidated industrial plants, railways and other infrastructure.
Kim and President Donald Trump have had two summits, but the latest, in Vietnam in February, collapsed because North Korea wanted more sanctions relief than Washington was willing to give for the amount of disarmament offered by Pyongyang.
For a leader often perceived by foreign media as isolated, Kim has had a remarkable string of summits, meeting with the leaders and other senior officials of South Korea, China, Vietnam and Singapore. He has also sent his deputies to Washington and received Trump’s lieutenants in Pyongyang as part of nuclear talks.
But Kim’s patience appears to be wearing thin. The North last week announced that it had tested what it called a new type of “tactical guided weapon.” While unlikely to be a prohibited test of a medium- or long-range ballistic missile that could scuttle the negotiations, the announcement signaled the North’s growing disappointment with the diplomatic breakdown.
The North also demanded that U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo be removed from the talks, and on Saturday criticized White House national security adviser John Bolton for calling on North Korea to show more evidence of its disarmament commitment before a possible third leaders’ summit.