Far out from 2020, a deep Democratic bench takes shape

Far out from 2020, a deep Democratic bench takes shape   Washington (AFP) – Senator Amy Klobuchar on Sunday officially joined a crowded field of Democrats vying to challenge President Donald Trump in 2020 — already shaping up to be one of the largest and most diverse ever. Klobuchar is now party of a group of White House hopefuls that includes other high-flying female US senators, charismatic military veterans and a young gay mayor. And…

"Far out from 2020, a deep Democratic bench takes shape"

Fire guts election office in key Nigerian state

Fire guts election office in key Nigerian state   Jos (Nigeria) (AFP) – A fire gutted an electoral commission office in central Nigeria, destroying ballot boxes and other materials just a week before polling, officials said on Sunday. The blaze happened at the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Office in the Qua’an Pan area of Plateau state late on Saturday. The INEC head of voter education and publicity in Plateau state, Osaretin Imahiyereobo, said of…

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Texas City Councilman Calls Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez A ‘Bimbo’ After She Criticizes Trump

Texas City Councilman Calls Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez A ‘Bimbo’ After She Criticizes Trump A Texas elected official was roundly slammed after he called Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) a “bimbo” for criticizing President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address. Ocasio-Cortez apparently triggered the ire of Republican Scott Dunn, member of the City Council of Richardson, near Dallas, when she responded to GOP criticism that she wasn’t enthusiastic enough during Trump’s speech. She declared in a tweet: “Why should I be…

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Average Tax Refunds Down 8.4 Percent As Angry Taxpayers Vent On Twitter

Average Tax Refunds Down 8.4 Percent As Angry Taxpayers Vent On Twitter Average tax refunds were down last week 8.4 percent for the first week of the tax season over the same time last year, according to the Internal Revenue Service. Dipping refunds are inflaming a growing army of taxpayers stunned by the consequences of the Trump administration’s tax law — and the effects of the partial government shutdown. The average refund check paid out so far has been $1,865, down…

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Seattle almost reached its yearly amount of snowfall in a day

Seattle almost reached its yearly amount of snowfall in a day Seattle got almost the same amount of snow it gets in a year in one day, leaving officials scrambling to get people off the streets and Washington’s governor declaring a state of emergency. Seattle-Tacoma International Airport had 6.4 inches of snow Friday, according to the National Weather Service. It’s the second most snow recorded in the area in a day for the past 20…

"Seattle almost reached its yearly amount of snowfall in a day"

Virginia black caucus, Dem lawmakers call for Justin Fairfax to step down after new sexual assault accusation

Virginia black caucus, Dem lawmakers call for Justin Fairfax to step down after new sexual assault accusation   Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax has lost key support from state Democratic lawmakers and the black caucus in his bid to remain in office following a second allegation of sexual assault. One state legislator, Patrick Hope, a Democrat, has vowed to begin impeachment proceedings on Monday if Fairfax does not step down immediately. Fairfax, one of three top Virginia Democrats embroiled in…

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Reckoning time: Trump checks in for another medical checkup

Reckoning time: Trump checks in for another medical checkup BETHESDA, Md. (AP) — It’s reckoning time: President Donald Trump had his annual medical exam Friday, a year after his doctor advised him to up the exercise and cut the calories. Trump spent more than four hours at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center for a checkup supervised by Dr. Sean P. Conley, his physician, and involving a panel of 11 specialists. “I am happy to…

"Reckoning time: Trump checks in for another medical checkup"