(New York, NY-AP) — New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is joining a crowded field in the Democratic race for the White House.
On ABC’s “Good Morning America” he said what sets him apart from the other candidates is that he’s proven he can improve the lives of working Americans because he’s done it in the Big Apple with universal pre-K, paid sick leave and guaranteed health care for all.
De Blasio also coined a new nickname for President Trump, calling him “Con Don.” President Trump later responded to the mayor’s 2020 announcement via Twitter calling de Blasio a “joke” and claiming “NYC hates him.”
(Washington, DC-AP) — President Trump insists that China is paying the tariffs that he has imposed in the trade war with Beijing, but Goldman Sachs disagrees. The U.S. bank claims the costs of U.S. tariffs are falling entirely on American businesses and households.
Goldman warns that the impacts on U.S. consumer prices will get worse if the dispute is not resolved. Stocks have tumbled in recent days amid fears that the trade war is growing, with no end in sight.
The U.S. and China have the world’s two biggest economies.
(Washington, DC-AP) — The chairman of the House Judiciary Committee expects former White House counsel Don McGahn to testify on May 21st.
New York Democrat Jerry Nadler told reporters today that McGhan will be subject to contempt if he does not show up. Nadler said McGahn has to “respect the rule of law like anybody else.”
President Trump has ordered McGahn not to give the Judiciary Committee documents related to the investigation by Special Counsel Robert Mueller. Trump recently suggested he may seek to prevent McGahn from testifying in Congress.
(Panama City Beach, FL-AP) — President Trump is getting a kick out of one of his supporters joking about migrants getting shot at the border. During his rally last night in the Florida Panhandle, the President was making his case for a border wall and said their are “hundreds and hundreds” of migrants and only two or three border security people.
Trump said, we don’t let border security use weapons and “I would never do that,” and then asked, “how do you stop these people?” Someone in the audience yelled “shoot them.”
Trump laughed at the remark and said, “only in the Panhandle” could you get away with that statement, which in turn got a laugh from the audience.
(AP) – Iran says it will no longer fully comply with the nuclear deal it signed with the U.S. and five other nations. Today’s announcement comes one year after President Trump pulled the U.S. out of the agreement.
Iran’s Supreme National Security Council said in a statement the Islamic Republic will no longer abide by limits on keeping enriched uranium and heavy water reserves.
Iran says the other nations that signed the 2015 agreement – Britain, Germany, China, Russia, and France – now have 60 days to ease restrictions on its banking and oil industries. The Trump administration is currently working to block all of Iran’s oil exports.
A Kremlin spokesman told reporters today that Iran was provoked by the U.S., and said Washington’s decision to pull out of the deal last year was “unthought-out.” The spokesman said Russia wants to keep the nuclear deal alive and that its diplomats were doing all they could behind the scenes to try and save it.
(Washington, DC-AP) — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is worried that President Trump would not voluntarily step down if he loses re-election by a small margin. Pelosi told the New York Times that Trump may not accept the election results if they are less than overwhelming.
She said, “We have to inoculate against that, we have to be prepared for that.” Trump has previously warned about massive voter fraud in the U.S., though scant evidence exists to support that claim.
Meanwhile, many Democrats are pushing to do away with the Electoral College in favor of a national popular vote after Hillary Clinton and Al Gore won the popular vote but ended up losing to a Republican.
(San Francisco, CA-AP) — A San Francisco city attorney is suing the Trump administration over a new federal rule that would reportedly allow health care staff to refuse medical treatment to members of the LGBTQ community.
The suit was filed yesterday by City Attorney Dennis Herrera in U.S. District Court, and claims the new so-called “conscience” rule would reduce access to health care for a number of groups including women, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.
The lawsuit claims the Department of Health and Human Services exceeded its statutory authority by creating the new rule, and violated provisions of the U.S. Constitution. The lawsuit seeks to have the rule declared unconstitutional, and seeks a court order to prevent it from taking effect.
(Los Angeles, CA-AP) – A teenage immigrant from Guatemala has died in federal custody. The 16-year-old was in the custody of federal agents in Texas, who said he was listed as an unaccompanied minor.
Within days of being taken to a shelter in Brownsville, the teenager became ill and was taken to a hospital. He was treated and released, but his condition didn’t improve, so he was taken to a different hospital, where he was placed in intensive care.
The young immigrant died yesterday. No cause of death has been released.
(Washington, DC-AP) — The chairman of the House Judiciary Committee is threatening to hold Attorney General William Barr in contempt. Opening a brief hearing today, New York Democrat Jerry Nadler slammed Barr for refusing to testify about Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s final report. Barr cited an ongoing dispute with House Democrats over the format of the scheduled hearing. Dems wanted staff lawyers to question Barr, along with House members. Nadler said the Trump administration will not dictate how the House runs its hearings.
Nadler called Barr’s refusal to testify an act of obstruction. Georgia Republican Doug Collins said the only problem is with Democrats. He accused Dems of running a political circus and also called the dispute with Barr a stunt. Collins noted that Barr fielded hours of questions during a Senate hearing yesterday.
Nancy Pelosi, on the other hand, during a capitol briefing, was very specific in calling Barr out for lying to lawmakers about Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s final report.
Pelosi said, “He lied to Congress; if anybody else did that, it would be considered a crime.”
Pelosi did not elaborate on what she believes Barr lied about. She also argued that the attorney general is more loyal to President Trump than he is to the American people.
(Washington, DC-AP) — A federal judge is denying a request by the Justice Department to dismiss a lawsuit alleging President Trump is improperly accepting payments from foreign governments while serving in the White House. U.S. District Court Judge Emmet Sullivan issued a 48-page ruling that accepts a broad definition of the Constitution’s “emoluments” clause.
The lawsuit was filed by 200 Democrats and claims foreign governments are staying at Trump International Hotel for the purpose of earning favor with Trump by helping him profit financially.
The emoluments clause forbids any person holding public office from accepting presents of any kind from a foreign state unless Congress has given its approval. In his ruling, Sullivan wrote that the Justice Department’s argument ignores the definition of the term set in a vast majority of dictionaries used by the Founding Fathers.