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Kamala Harris’ 2020 bid seems to fade as other Democrats bypass her

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Democratic presidential candidate Kamala Harris’ star appears to be dimming as other Democrats rise past her while she struggles to gain a footing among likely voters.

The junior U.S. senator from California was one of the first Democrats to launch a White House bid, raising at the time an astonishing $1.5 million in just 24 hours while attracting tens of thousands of supposed supporters to a rally in Oakland.

The 54-year-old former state attorney general and San Francisco district attorney — who succeeded Democrat Barbara Boxer in the Senate in 2017 — was viewed as a frontrunner in the 2020 race thanks to her progressive bona fides and effective opposition to President Trump since moving to Washington. Meanwhile, her stint as a DA, while criticized by progressives, was seen as a way to appeal to more moderate voters.

KAMALA HARRIS: THE ODDS ARE ‘YOU WILL BE ABLE TO KEEP YOUR DOCTOR’ UNDER MEDICARE FOR ALL

But four months into her campaign, Harris is returning to Los Angeles for the annual state Democratic Party convention no longer as a frontrunner.

Political experts told the Los Angeles Times that part of the reason why Harris’ campaign has stalled is that she has failed to make a succinct case for her candidacy, beyond her background as a prosecutor and virulent opposition to the Trump administration.

“You don’t get elected because you’re a list of qualities,” Gil Duran, a former Harris adviser, told the newspaper. “What’s the big idea she’s carrying? That’s what she’s trying to figure out. She’s having trouble figuring out what she represents.”

“You don’t get elected because you’re a list of qualities. What’s the big idea she’s carrying? That’s what she’s trying to figure out. She’s having trouble figuring out what she represents.”

— Gil Duran, former Harris adviser

Latest polls were particularly troubling to Harris, with former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont fighting for the title of party frontrunner.

KAMALA HARRIS CALLS FOR FEDERAL APPROVAL BEFORE STATES PASS ABORTION RESTRICTIONS

Both Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and Pete Buttigieg — the mayor of South Bend, Ind., who’s surging despite being virtually unknown just a few months ago — are polling better than Harris.

In fact, according to the Morning Consult poll tracker, Harris’ support peaked just weeks after her announcement, with 14 percent of Democratic voters throwing their support behind her in a Feb. 3 poll. Since then, her support has halved to 7 percent.

But more evidently, the momentum behind her campaign has evaporated while other candidates have solidified their support and may be poised to expand further nationally.

Yet supporters of Harris suggest that her campaign is in the exact right spot at this time — still able to compete and fundraise without the burden of being a frontrunner.

“I don’t think anyone ever thought she would get in the race and blow away the field and be a frontrunner from January 2019 through Election Day,” Brian Brokaw, who managed Harris’ runs for state attorney general, told the Times.

“She needs to stay in the upper tier, which I think she is. Stay in striking position and you outlast everybody.”

Harris recently made a number of comments about policies that are supposed to solidify her progressive stances, including fining corporations that don’t take steps toward closing the gender pay gap.

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The senator’s plan, touted by the Harris campaign as “first-of-its-kind” and “historic,” if passed into law, would mandate that large corporations obtain “equal pay certification” from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). Companies failing to land a certification would face fines – for every 1 percent wage gap, they would be fined 1 percent of their profits.

In a separate proposal, Harris also said that she will use executive orders to mandate background checks on the private transfers of guns, revoke the licenses of gun makers and dealers whose guns are used in crimes, and ban the importation of many semi-automatic guns.

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California woman who broke Everest climbing record saw four bodies during expedition, says rules must change to stop deaths

A California climber who managed to climb Mount Everest and back down again in just two weeks is calling on Nepal to change the rules amid a series of deaths on the mountain, revealing she saw four bodies during her journey.

Roxanne Vogel, 33, conquered the mountain in record time last week, way ahead of other climbers who often take about two months. She prepared for the challenge over three years, which included working and sleeping in simulated high-altitude environments.

MOUNT EVEREST CLIMBERS SEEN CRUSHED TOGETHER IN NEW VIDEO AS NEPAL DEBATES LIMITING PERMITS

“This was definitely the hardest thing I’ve ever done in my whole life and I thought I’d adequately tried to prepare for it mentally, but there’s nothing you can do to prepare for it,” Vogel told the Washington Post. “I still haven’t wrapped my head around it completely yet. It’s life-changing, I suppose.”

Vogel’s record came amid growing controversy over the unprecedented traffic and deaths on the mountain, with the Nepalese authorities issuing hundreds of passes without any minimum requirements.

Eleven people have died so far this year on Mount Everest – including nine in Nepal – likely due to altitude sickness, which is caused by low amounts of oxygen at high elevation and can lead to headaches, vomiting, shortness of breath and mental confusion.

Nepal has issued permits to 381 people to climb Everest, which the government says is the greatest number ever.

EXPERT CLIMBER SAYS OVERCROWDING, INEXPERIENCE CAUSED INCREASE IN MOUNT EVEREST DEATHS

Vogel now says the Nepalese government ought to do more to ensure that those who are attempting to make the Mt. Everest journey are fully prepared.

“On my summit day, I saw four bodies. They would be within a few feet of me. So you have to stop and stand there and be next to the body doing what you’re doing and it’s really eye-opening,” she told ABC 7 News.

“On my summit day, I saw four bodies. They would be within a few feet of me. So you have to stop and stand there and be next to the body doing what you’re doing and it’s really eye opening.” 

— Roxanne Vogel

Nepal should also require all climbers to have health checks and a minimum amount of climbing experience, Vogel said, expressing shock that some people would pick the tallest mountain in the world as their first climbing experience.

“It also goes to show that there are other ways to climb the mountain, or doing an accelerated itinerary, it doesn’t have to be what you saw on the south this year.”

A video filmed by Rohtash Khileri and posted to Instagram shows dozens of climbers as they wait in line before making their way towards the 29,035-foot peak. “Waiting for climbing up,” he wrote on the video that’s attracted tens of thousands of views.

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In this May 22, 2019 photo, a long queue of mountain climbers line a path on Mount Everest just below camp four, in Nepal.  (AP)

Because of the altitude, climbers have just hours to reach the top before they are at risk of pulmonary edema, when the lungs fill with liquid causing respiratory failure. Mountaineers have described traffic jams caused by exhausted rookies in the “death zone,” the final phase of the ascent from Camp Four at 26,240 feet to the 29,035-foot peak.

While government officials have said there were no plans to cap permits, another official had a different response to the New York Times on Wednesday.

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“Certainly there will be some change in the expedition sector,” Mira Acharya, a senior official with Nepal’s tourism department, told the newspaper. “We are discussing reforming some issues, including setting criteria for every Everest hopeful.”

Fox News’ Travis Fedschun contributed to this report.

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California woman who broke Everest climbing record saw four bodies during expedition, says rules must change to stop deaths

A California climber who managed to climb Mount Everest and back down again in just two weeks is calling on Nepal to change the rules amid a series of deaths on the mountain, revealing she saw four bodies during her journey.

Roxanne Vogel, 33, conquered the mountain in record time last week, way ahead of other climbers who often take about two months. She prepared for the challenge over three years, which included working and sleeping in simulated high-altitude environments.

MOUNT EVEREST CLIMBERS SEEN CRUSHED TOGETHER IN NEW VIDEO AS NEPAL DEBATES LIMITING PERMITS

“This was definitely the hardest thing I’ve ever done in my whole life and I thought I’d adequately tried to prepare for it mentally, but there’s nothing you can do to prepare for it,” Vogel told the Washington Post. “I still haven’t wrapped my head around it completely yet. It’s life-changing, I suppose.”

Vogel’s record came amid growing controversy over the unprecedented traffic and deaths on the mountain, with the Nepalese authorities issuing hundreds of passes without any minimum requirements.

Eleven people have died so far this year on Mount Everest – including nine in Nepal – likely due to altitude sickness, which is caused by low amounts of oxygen at high elevation and can lead to headaches, vomiting, shortness of breath and mental confusion.

Nepal has issued permits to 381 people to climb Everest, which the government says is the greatest number ever.

EXPERT CLIMBER SAYS OVERCROWDING, INEXPERIENCE CAUSED INCREASE IN MOUNT EVEREST DEATHS

Vogel now says the Nepalese government ought to do more to ensure that those who are attempting to make the Mt. Everest journey are fully prepared.

“On my summit day, I saw four bodies. They would be within a few feet of me. So you have to stop and stand there and be next to the body doing what you’re doing and it’s really eye-opening,” she told ABC 7 News.

“On my summit day, I saw four bodies. They would be within a few feet of me. So you have to stop and stand there and be next to the body doing what you’re doing and it’s really eye opening.” 

— Roxanne Vogel

Nepal should also require all climbers to have health checks and a minimum amount of climbing experience, Vogel said, expressing shock that some people would pick the tallest mountain in the world as their first climbing experience.

“It also goes to show that there are other ways to climb the mountain, or doing an accelerated itinerary, it doesn’t have to be what you saw on the south this year.”

A video filmed by Rohtash Khileri and posted to Instagram shows dozens of climbers as they wait in line before making their way towards the 29,035-foot peak. “Waiting for climbing up,” he wrote on the video that’s attracted tens of thousands of views.

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In this May 22, 2019 photo, a long queue of mountain climbers line a path on Mount Everest just below camp four, in Nepal.  (AP)

Because of the altitude, climbers have just hours to reach the top before they are at risk of pulmonary edema, when the lungs fill with liquid causing respiratory failure. Mountaineers have described traffic jams caused by exhausted rookies in the “death zone,” the final phase of the ascent from Camp Four at 26,240 feet to the 29,035-foot peak.

While government officials have said there were no plans to cap permits, another official had a different response to the New York Times on Wednesday.

CLICK HERE FOR THE FOX NEWS APP

“Certainly there will be some change in the expedition sector,” Mira Acharya, a senior official with Nepal’s tourism department, told the newspaper. “We are discussing reforming some issues, including setting criteria for every Everest hopeful.”

Fox News’ Travis Fedschun contributed to this report.

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Pelosi slams Facebook as ‘willing enabler’ of Russia despite owning up to $1M in company’s stock

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has slammed Facebook, calling it a “willing enabler of Russian interference in our election,” despite owning shares in the social networking company worth as much as $1 million.

The California Democrat attacked California-based Facebook after the platform refused to take down a three-minute doctored video of her that was reportedly slowed down to 5 percent of its original speed, prompting critics to claim it made Pelosi seem impaired or senile.

FACEBOOK IGNORES HILLARY CLINTON, NANCY PELOSI AMID GROWING BACKLASH OVER DOCTORED VIDEO

As of early Friday the video remained available on a conservative Facebook page where it has garnered millions of views, more than 30,000 comments and 11,000 reactions since being uploaded there last week.

“We have said all along, poor Facebook, they were unwittingly exploited by the Russians. I think wittingly because right now they are putting up something that they know is false. I think it’s wrong,” she told a local California station.

“I think they have proven — by not taking down something they know is false — that they were willing enablers of the Russian interference in our election,” she added.

“I think they have proven — by not taking down something they know is false — that they were willing enablers of the Russian interference in our election.”

— House Speaker Nancy Pelosi

But despite the tough words, Pelosi and her husband remain owners of Facebook stock, having bought shares priced between $100,001 and $250,000 during the company’s initial public offering in 2012, the Washington Free Beacon first reported.

FACEBOOK’S AVERAGE USER SPENT 38 MINUTES PER DAY ON THE PLATFORM, A DROP FROM LAST YEAR

Pelosi’s most recent fully detailed financial disclosure from 2017 shows that her current investment in Facebook is valued between $500,001 and $1,000,000.

Periodic reports also reveal that Pelosi and her husband increased their investment in Facebook, purchasing long-term call options on the stock worth between $50,001 and $100,000 on July 27, 2018, and between 100,001 to $250,000 on Oct. 9, 2018.

Pelosi’s office didn’t respond to Fox News’ request for comment.

Pelosi has also extensively used Facebook for political purposes, spending nearly $100,000 to run ads on the platform, according to the Washington Free Beacon.

Other Democrats joined Pelosi and criticized Facebook, with former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton assailing the company during a commencement speech to Hunter College graduates in New York City on Wednesday.

“When Facebook refused to take down a fake video of Nancy Pelosi, it wasn’t even a close call,” Clinton told the graduates. “The video is sexist trash. And YouTube took it down but Facebook kept it up.”

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But Facebook remains defiant and standing behind its decision not to remove the video from the platform.

The head of NetChoice, a trade association for e-commerce, called Pelosi’s comments “hyperbolic” and “over-the-top.”

“Speaker Pelosi’s accusation that Facebook is a ‘willing enabler’ of Russian interference in our elections is false and over-the-top,” Carl Szabo told Fox News in a statement.

“It’s obvious that Facebook is hugely invested in ensuring that its platform won’t be misused to aid election interference.”

Fox News’ Christopher Carbone contributed to this report.

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US-China trade war unlikely to end soon, ex-Chinese central bank chief says

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The deadlock over trade between the U.S. and China is unlikely to end during next month’s G20 summit in Japan, with a former Chinese central bank chief blaming President Trump for the lack of breakthrough.

Both countries have been engaged in a trade war amid Trump’s call for fair trading practices that don’t take advantage of the U.S. economy.

SIMON LESTER: TRUMP IS WRONG TO BE ‘TOUGH’ ON TRADE WITH CHINA

Earlier this month, he pushed up tariffs on $200 billion in Chinese imports from 10 percent to 25 percent.

In retaliation, China increased tariffs on thousands of American products worth about $60 billion. A 25 percent tariff was levied on a few thousand other products, including soy oil, peanut oil, petrochemicals, frozen minerals and others.

Trump said Thursday that the U.S. tariffs on Chinese goods are making an impact on the Asian nation’s economy and will effectively force its leaders in Beijing to agree to a trade deal.

“I think we’re doing very well with China. We’ll see what happens. But I can tell you China very much wants to make a deal because the companies are leaving China to avoid the tariff,” Trump said.

WHY THE US-CHINA TRADE WAR COULD SETTLE THE 2020 ELECTION IN 2019

Dai Xianglong, former governor of the People’s Bank of China, said Friday that while China’s President Xi Jinping and Trump will likely meet next month in Japan, it remains improbable that the trade war will end.

“Leaders of China and the U.S. will meet late next month in Japan and I hope there will be positive news [from the meeting],” He said, the South China Morning Post reported.

“However, [any breakthrough] would not be easy because it is actually very difficult for the U.S. side to form a powerful and systematic correction that can right the wrongs made by [President] Trump,” he added.

“[Any breakthrough] would not be easy because it is actually very difficult for the U.S. side to form a powerful and systematic correction that can right the wrongs made by [President] Trump.”

— Dai Xianglong, former governor of the People’s Bank of China

A meeting between Xi and Trump at the G20 summit is also expected, according to Vice President Mike Pence.

He said Thursday during a visit to Canada that the meeting won’t just focus on trade but also on the issue of detained Canadians in China. “I expect the issue will come up again at the G20,” Pence said.

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“We’re going to continue to urge China to release the Canadian citizens even while we deal with the larger economic and structural issues,” Pence added.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Trump administration most ‘directly hostile’ to Russia’s interests since fall of communism: Ian Bremmer

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No U.S. administration since the collapse of the communism in Eastern Europe has ever been so directly hostile to Russian interests than the Trump administration, says Ian Bremmer, president and founder of Eurasia Group.

The foreign policy expert went to Twitter on Tuesday to dispel the accusation often voiced by Democrats who say the current administration has been soft on Russian efforts to spread its influence around the globe.

“Under Trump Admin, US is arming Ukraine, formally recognizing opposition to Venezuelan regime, and pushing for regime change in Iran,” he tweeted. “FACT: There’s been no US Administration so directly hostile to Russian interests since Soviet collapse.”

IRANIAN PRESIDENTIAL AIDE SAYS TRUMP WILL ‘GET A WAR’ FOR LISTENING TO ‘THE MUSTACHE’ JOHN BOLTON

This means that although Russia is expected to interfere in the 2020 presidential election, it “might be worth reconsidering who they’ll want to win” given that Trump’s foreign policy “is not turning out to be good for the Kremlin.”

“There’s the more structural question of whether Putin supports anyone that makes the US (and by extension the West) more divided,” he added. “Answer: Yes, but it matters less when the US economy is robust, defense spending is picking up, and the US is the world’s largest energy producer.”

The Trump administration has taken steps to support the Ukrainian military and announced last year the sale of 210 Javelin anti-tank missiles and 37 launchers, worth about $47 million. Ukraine has been embroiled in a years-long war against Russian-backed groups in Eastern Ukraine.

In Venezuela, Trump and his administration supported Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó from the onset of his declaration that he’s the interim leader of the country.

POMPEO WARNS RUSSIA AGAINST ‘MESSING AROUND WITH VENEZUELA’

Russia has been supporting the socialist regime of Venezuela for years, including supplying weapons and aircraft. The country continues to play a key role in sustaining authoritarian president Nicholas Maduro’s reign and sent Russian military advisers.

Earlier this month, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo directly rebuked Russia interference in the country.

“I’m going to tell him the same thing the president told the world: that every country must get out, including the Russians,” Pompeo said during an interview on “Fox News Sunday.” “That’s what I’ll tell him. We don’t want anyone messing around with Venezuela.”

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The U.S. has also been engaged in a showdown against the Iranian regime, an ally of Russia, which has threatened the U.S. with war after American military experts found that Iran or its proxies were responsible for damaging four commercial ships off the coast of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Sunday.

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Cuban authorities arrest LGBT activists after banning march over grounds foreign powers could use it to criticize human rights

Cuban authorities arrested LGBT activists on Saturday after holding a pride parade in Havana, the country’s capital.

The parade, officially dubbed Cuban Conga against Homophobia and Transphobia, has been occurring for over a decade and celebrates LGBT people in the repressive country.

But this year’s celebration wasn’t sanctioned by the communist authorities on the grounds that it could be used by foreign powers as an example to criticize Cuba’s human rights record.

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Cuban police detain a gay rights activist taking part in an unauthorized march in Havana, Cuba, Saturday, May 11, 2019. The march was organized largely using Cuba’s new mobile internet, with gay-rights activists and groups of friends calling for a march over Facebook and WhatsApp after the government-run gay rights organization canceled a Saturday march. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)

FACED WITH ECONOMIC AND FOOD SHORTAGE CRISIS, CUBA RAMPS UP RATIONING

“Aggression against Cuba and Venezuela has encouraged groups that, although they already existed, in recent times to try harder to distort the reality of Cuba, and they intend to use our Conga to discredit, divide and replace the true meaning of this activity,” the National Centre for Sex Education, a state-run organization, said in a statement, Local 10 reported.

Some Cuban citizens concerned about the cancelation of the event were also reportedly told that the Cuban government feared that “organized groups could attack members of the LGBT community forcing police to act and create negative images around the world.”

But despite the ban on this year’s march, community leaders, totaling around 100 people, proceeded with the parade after organizing its activities on social media.

“Aggression against Cuba and Venezuela has encouraged groups that, although they already existed, in recent times to try harder to distort the reality of Cuba, and they intend to use our Conga to discredit, divide and replace the true meaning of this activity.”

— National Centre for Sex Education

“It was a complete success because we got so many people together despite all the expectations of government interference,” said Raul Soublett, a 26-year-old gay rights activist. “It’s historic.”

BURGEONING NUMBERS OF CUBANS TRYING TO ENTER US VIA MEXICO

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Cuban police detain a gay rights activist taking part in an unauthorized march in Havana, Cuba, Saturday, May 11, 2019. The march was organized largely using Cuba’s new mobile internet, with gay-rights activists and groups of friends calling for a march over Facebook and WhatsApp after the government-run gay rights organization canceled a Saturday march. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)

The demonstrators, who carried rainbow flags and shouted pro-LGBT slogans, said they were harassed and subjected to violence by the police officers in plain clothes, the BBC reported. At least three activists were detained for their participation in the march.

Some activists also claimed that the authorities had tried to prevent them from leaving their homes even before the march, issuing veiled threats of repercussions.

“This is because we don’t want to lose our rights to public space,” said Lidia Romero, 49. “We’re not here in opposition to anybody,” Soublett seconded.

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Other events celebrating LGBT people, which were officially sanctioned by the government, will reportedly be going ahead as planned.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Stacey Abrams fuels White House speculation, says she’s ‘going to look at the 2020 presidential election’

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Georgia Democrat Stacey Abrams said she’s “going to look at the 2020 presidential election,” fueling speculation that she will join the crowded Democratic presidential primary field.

Abrams, who lost the Georgia gubernatorial election last year – although she continues to insist that she actually won – spoke at an event hosted by the Council on Foreign Relations on Friday.

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“I’m looking at executive level opportunities, and that means that I am going to look at the 2020 presidential election,” she said, according to USA Today.

“I’m looking at executive level opportunities, and that means that I am going to look at the 2020 presidential election.”

— Stacey Abrams

The remarks appear to have caused gasps in the audience, prompting Abrams to contain the excitement: “Stop. Stop. I didn’t announce anything. We have an amazing crop of candidates running, but as I have tried to articulate, this is early.”

“I want to see what these candidates talk about,” she added. “I think a number of them have been talking about what needs to be done… my goal is to think about whether I should be a part of this conversation.” “

During the event, Abrams also left the door open to becoming vice president, a position she previously dismissed, or running for Georgia governor in the next election.

“If I decide not to run, and someone wins and decides they like me, I’m open to conversations after June [2020]. And there still is a state of Georgia, and it does need a governor, and I’m going to be looking at that too.”

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Abrams has recently made numerous public appearances on television and events, where she faces questions about her future political career. She also continues to assert that she actually won against Republican Governor Brian Kemp, despite receiving less votes in the 2018 election.

Last month, Abrams shot down rumors that she’s considering joining former Vice President Joe Biden’s 2020 bid as his running mate.

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“I do not believe you run for second place and I do not intend to enter a presidential race as a primary candidate for vice president,” she said.

Fox News’ Adam Shaw contributed to this report.

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Ocasio-Cortez assails Biden’s ‘middle ground’ climate change plan, says it’s ‘dealbreaker’

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez slammed former Vice President Joe Biden’s “middle ground” climate change plan that is yet to be released, saying it’s a “dealbreaker” for the progressives.

The New York Democrat joined environmental groups Friday in attacking Biden amid a report that his climate change plan will strike a less alarmist tone and won’t commit to a radical transformation of the economy.

“This is a dealbreaker. There is no ‘middle ground’ w/ climate denial & delay,” tweeted Ocasio-Cortez, who earlier this year introduced the Green New Deal, a far-reaching proposal to combat climate change.

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“Blaming ‘blue collar’ Americans as the main opponents to bold climate policy is gas lobbyist 101,” she added. “We’re not going to solve the climate crisis w/ this lack of leadership. Our kids’ lives are at stake.”

According to Reuters, Biden’s plan, which hasn’t yet been released, aims to appeal to both die-hard environmentalists and blue-collar voters who voted for President Trump in 2016.

The core of the plan will likely include the U.S. re-joining the Paris Climate Agreement and focusing on technology and regulations to limit emissions from the burning of fossil fuels.

The leading 2020 candidate also teased his plan on social media, tweeting: “I’m proud to have been one of the first to introduce climate change legislation. What I fought for in 1986 is more important than ever — climate change is an existential threat. Now. Today.”

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“We need policies that reflect this urgency. I’ll have more specifics on how America can lead on climate in the coming weeks.”

But progressive activist and environmental groups pounced amid the report about his plan. Sunrise Movement issued a scorching statement, calling Biden’s plan “a death sentence for our generation.”

Prominent anti-capitalism activist Naomi Klein, meanwhile, tweeted: “No Joe, there is no “middle ground” on climate breakdown – there is bold, transformative action or there is sinking ground, burning ground and churning ground.”

Yet some Biden staffers have objected to Reuters’ characterizations of the plan, issuing a number of tweets arguing that Biden’s plan will be as radical as those of his more progressive opponents.

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Biden “knows how high the stakes are,” campaign spokesman T.J. Ducklo said on Twitter. “As president, Biden would enact a bold policy to tackle climate change in a meaningful and lasting way, and will be discussing the specifics of that plan in the near future.”

“Any assertions otherwise are not accurate,” he added, noting in another tweet that “Reuters got it wrong.”

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Dems fume as Trump moves to amend DC’s July 4 celebration, possibly address the nation

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President Trump has apparently taken charge of this year’s Fourth of July celebration in Washington, D.C., and will possibly give a personal address, angering some Democrats who fear the president will politicize the holiday.

City officials in the nation’s capital were notified of Trump’s plan to address the nation on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial and move the traditional fireworks display from the Capitol Reflecting Pool to the nearby West Potomac Park, the Washington Post reported.

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But the plans, which the administration says will allow more people to attend, have raised logistical concerns among officials as they make preparations for the holiday, which is fast approaching.

“We have a lot of people come to the Fourth of July. Logistically, over the years, the kinks have been worked out,” Mayor Muriel Bowser told the Post. “We don’t want to throw off what already works.”

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— Muriel Bowser, mayor of Washington, D.C.

The move to amend the July 4 celebrations in Washington comes after Trump floated the possibility of holding a military parade, an idea he got when he attended Bastille Day celebrations in France.

But the military parade idea was dropped after senior White House and Pentagon leaders estimated it would cost $92 million.

“When asked to give us a price for holding a great celebratory military parade, they wanted a number so ridiculously high that I cancelled it. Never let someone hold you up!” Trump tweeted.

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Trump’s plans are being criticized not only for imposing a burden on the city logistically, but also for political reasons.

Rep. Betty McCollum, a Minnesota Democrat who chairs the House Subcommittee on Interior, Environment and Related Agencies, told the newspaper that Trump’s address would undermine the spirit of the celebration.

“It’s not about any one president. It’s about how our nation came to be, because of a hardy band of brave men and women,” she said.

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“It’s not about any one person, it’s about ‘We, the people.’ And if the president moves to make this about him, I think he will find the America public disappointed and angered by it.”

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