Progressive challenger Jamaal Bowman has formally been declared the winner of his main race in opposition to longtime congressman Eliot Engel in New York.
The Associated Press known as the race this morning, greater than three weeks after New York held its primaries.
Bowman was already effectively forward of Engel within the preliminary outcomes, however the AP waited to name the race due to the excessive variety of excellent absentee ballots as a result of coronavirus pandemic.
In an announcement, Bowman celebrated his win as a victory for the progressive, grassroots help that powered his marketing campaign.
“I’m a Black man who was raised by a single mother in a housing project. That story doesn’t usually end in Congress,” Bowman stated. “But today, that 11-year old boy who was beaten by police is about to be your next Representative.”
He added, “The world has changed. Congress needs to change too. But if we can take on entrenched power and wealthy interests here in Westchester and the Bronx, then we can do it all across this country.”
Bowman’s win can also be a key victory for progressives in Congress, who’re searching for to develop their ranks with this 12 months’s elections.
Defense secretary Mark Esper has issued a memo on the show of flags at navy bases. The memo features a record of acceptable flags to show at bases, and the Confederate flag is notably ommitted from the record.
The memo doesn’t explicitly point out the Confederate flag, nevertheless it defines the American flag because the “principal flag we are authorized and encouraged to display.”
“Flags are powerful symbols, particularly in the military community for whom flags embody common mission, common histories, and the special, timeless bond of warriors,” Esper stated within the memo.
“The flags we fly must accord with the military imperatives of good order and discipline, treating all our people with dignity and respect, and rejecting divisive symbols.”
The coverage change seems to be Esper’s effort to bypass Trump, who has expressed opposition to altering the names of Army bases named after Confederate navy leaders.
Confederate statues and monuments have come underneath intensified scrutiny in latest weeks, as protests in opposition to racism and police brutality have unfold throughout the nation.
Last month, the governor of Mississippi signed a legislation to alter the state flag, the final within the nation to function the Confederate flag.
Barack Obama supplied fond remembrances of the Rev CT Vivian, a civil rights activist who labored alongside Dr Martin Luther King and died on the age of 95 earlier right now.
“Today, we’ve lost a founder of modern America, a pioneer who shrunk the gap between reality and our constitutional ideals of equality and freedom,” the previous president stated in an announcement.
Obama stated Vivian turned “a source of wisdom, advice, and strength” to him throughout his first presidential marketing campaign in 2008. “I will miss him greatly,” Obama stated.
The former president closed his assertion on a hopeful notice, reflecting on the latest nationwide protests in opposition to racism and police brutality within the wake of the police killing of George Floyd.
“I have to imagine that seeing the largest protest movement in history unfold over his final months gave the Reverend a final dose of hope before his long and well-deserved rest,” Obama stated.
Trump stated on Wednesday that he would quickly situation an announcement about steps the federal authorities will take to rein in “out of control” cities.
The president stated he would make an announcement subsequent week “with the attorney general, the FBI and others concerning our cities, because the left-wing group of people that are running our cities are not doing the job that they’re supposed to be doing, and it’s not a very tough job to do if they knew what they were doing.”
Trump specificlaly cited latest protests in opposition to racism and police brutality in Portland, Seattle and Minneapolis, earlier than pivoting to debate the latest gun violence in Chicago.
“We have other cities that are out of control, they’re like war zones,” Trump stated. “And if the city isn’t going to straighten it out, if local politicians or in this case, let’s say this for political reasons, they’re all Democrats. They’re liberal left-wing Democrats. And it’s almost like they think this is going to be this way forever.”
A reporter requested if Trump supposed to observe by on his Monday remark that the federal government would implement change within the cities “even if we have to go in and take over.” The president deflected that query.
Trump’s feedback got here as Portland activists warned latest incidents involving federal legislation enforcement officers utilizing unmarked automobiles to detain peaceable protesters could foreshadow the federal authorities’s actions in different cities.
The performing secretary of the division of homeland safety, Chad Wolf, visited Portland, Oregon, yesterday and supplied a hard-line message about cracking down on “violent extremists.”
As Portland activists expressed alarm about federal legislation enforcement officers utilizing unmarked automobiles to detain peaceable protesters, Chad stated in a tweet, “Our men and women in uniform are patriots. We will never surrender to violent extremists on my watch.”
Chad additionally shared images of his journey to Portland, which confirmed messages in graffiti, similar to “BLM” and “If not us, who? If not now, when?”
Chad defended the actions of federal legislation enforcement officers in Portland, saying, “These valiant men and women have defended our institutions of justice against violent anarchists for 48 straight days. We will prevail.”
Oregon activists have warned the alarming incidents in Portland could foreshadow the steps Trump will take in opposition to different cities which have seen protests within the wake of the police killing of George Floyd.
Activists in Portland, Oregon, are expressing extreme alarm about latest incidents involving federal legislation enforcement officers utilizing unmarked automobiles to detain peaceable protesters.
Oregon Public Broadcasting reports:
Federal legislation enforcement officers have been utilizing unmarked autos to drive round downtown Portland and detain protesters since at the least July 14. Personal accounts and a number of movies posted on-line present the officers driving as much as folks, detaining people with no rationalization of why they’re being arrested, and driving off. …
Federal officers have charged at the least 13 folks with crimes associated to the protests thus far, whereas others have been arrested and launched, together with Pettibone. They additionally left one demonstrator hospitalized with cranium fractures after shooting him in the face with so-called ‘less lethal’ munitions July 11.
Authorities have stated the federal legislation enforcement officers are there to defend federal property amid the latest protests in opposition to racism and police brutality in response to the police killing of George Floyd.
However, OPB notes:
[I]nterviews performed by OPB present officers are additionally detaining folks on Portland streets who aren’t close to federal property, neither is it clear that the entire folks being arrested have engaged in legal exercise. [Two demonstrators] stated they assume they have been focused by federal officers for merely carrying black clothes within the space of the demonstration.
Portland activists have warned the technique could point out how the Trump administration plans to crack down on different cities which have seen protests in latest weeks.
“I think Portland is a test case,” Zakir Khan, a spokesman for the Oregon chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, told the Washington Post. “They want to see what they can get away with before launching into other parts of the country.”
Atlanta mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms stated Georgia governor Brian Kemp’s lawsuit over town’s masks mandate exhibits he’s “putting politics over people.”
Speaking to the Today present this morning, Bottoms stated, “This filing of a lawsuit is simply bizarre, quite frankly.” The Democratic mayor famous a number of different Georgia cities have required residents to put on masks, however the lawsuit is aimed toward Atlanta and particularly Bottoms.
Bottoms added, “I don’t think it happenstance that this lawsuit came the day after Donald Trump visited Atlanta and I pointed out that he was violating city law by not having on a mask at Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.”
Kemp has strongly urged Georgians to put on masks, and the Republican governor even launched a statewide tour to encourage residents to cowl their faces and take different precautions to restrict their danger of contracting coronavirus. But Kemp stated Bottoms’ government order overstepped her authority.
When particularly requested if she believed Kemp was motivated by politics, Bottoms replied, “I absolutely do. He is putting politics over people.”
Mike Pence is visiting Wisconsin right now, marking the vp’s newest in a sequence of journeys to swing states in latest weeks.
According to the Trump marketing campaign, the vp will go to Ripon, Wisconsin, to ship “a major address today where he will outline the dangers of socialism and the extreme Sanders-Biden agenda in the birthplace of the Republican Party.”
Trump has equally sought to color Joe Biden as an excessive socialist in an effort to tie him to politicians like Bernie Sanders and congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
However, the president’s technique doesn’t appear to be working, probably partly as a result of voters typically view Biden as extra of a centrist than Trump.
According to a Politico/Morning Consult survey launched earlier this month, solely 17% of registered voters take into account Biden to be extra liberal than most Democrats, and 23% of voters in that ballot stated they considered Biden as a average, in comparison with solely 9% who stated that of Trump.
The Cook Political Report has shifted the scores of 20 House races in Democrats’ favor, as a sequence of nationwide polls launched this week confirmed Trump trailing Joe Biden by double digits.
Cook’s Dave Wasserman has more on the scores change:
President Trump’s abysmal polling because the pandemic started is severely jeopardizing down-ballot GOP fortunes. We could also be approaching the purpose at which dozens of House Republicans might want to determine whether or not to chop the president free and run on a ‘check and balance’ message, providing voters insurance coverage in opposition to congressional Democrats shifting too far left underneath a possible Biden administration. …
Republicans started the cycle hoping to choose up 18 seats to win the bulk again. Now they’re simply attempting to keep away from a repeat of 2008, once they not solely misplaced the presidency however bought swamped by Democrats’ cash and misplaced much more House seats after shedding 30 seats and management two years earlier. For the primary time this cycle, Democrats have at the least pretty much as good an opportunity at gaining House seats as Republicans on a web foundation.
So even when Trump can by some means handle to carry on to the White House, it’s trying much less and fewer probably that he will probably be governing with a Republican-controlled Congress, as he did at the beginning of his first time period.
If Democrats can maintain on to the House, it’s going to make it way more tough for Trump to move any main laws after successful reelection.
Good morning, dwell weblog readers. This is Joan Greve in Washington.
Coronavirus instances within the US proceed to interrupt information, and a brand new ballot out this morning signifies Donald Trump is shedding help because of the alarming development.
According to knowledge compiled by Johns Hopkins University, 77,255 new instances have been reported within the US yesterday, marking the primary time the nation’s each day caseload has surpassed 70,000.
Meanwhile, a brand new ballot out this morning exhibits Trump’s approval score on his dealing with of coronavirus continues to deteriorate.
The Washington Post-ABC News poll discovered that 38% of Americans approve of Trump’s dealing with of the pandemic, down from 46% in May and 51% in March. Disapproval has concurrently climbed to 60%, up from 53% in May and 45% in March.
Trump is clearly conscious he’s in bother, and his choice this week to shuffle his marketing campaign workers exhibits he’s anxious about his re-election bid.
But if the president can not change some minds on how he has responded to the pandemic, he could not have a lot of a path to victory.