Ex-governor Mark Sanford to launch 2020 Republican challenge to Trump

Trump and Sanford are longstanding political foes with former South Carolina governor saying: I am going to get in 2020. I am here to tell you now that I am going to get in, Sanford said in an interview on the Fox News Sunday TV political talkshow on Sunday morning. Sanford, 59, and Trump are longstanding politicallaunched an unusual attack against a then sitting House Republican only hours before polls closed in a primary election where Sanford was being challenged. He Sanford, urging voters to support his rival, Katie Arrington. Sanford lost the primary to Arrington. In his tweet at that time, Trump said: Mark Sanford has been very unhelpful to me in my campaign to MAGA [Trumps campaign slogan …

David Wallace-Wells: There are many cases of climate hypocrisy

The journalist and author on the climate crisis David Wallace-Wells is the deputy editor of New York magazine. In July 2017, he wrote a The Uninhabitable Earth: A Story of the Future, which is being published in paperback in September. The first line of your book states: It is worse, much worse, than you think. If you were sitting down to write the book again, would you be inserting another much into that sentence? I still think the public arent as concerned as they should be about some of the scary stuff thats possible this century. But I do think things have changed quite a bit. And I also think the politics have changed quite a lot. When I turned …

Our forever war: How a white male hegemony clings to power | Rebecca Solnit

Mass shootings enforce the oppression built into Americas economic and legal systems and our history We were never not at war. By we I mean the colonizers of this continent, who waged war first against Native North Americas original occupants and then entered into a state of war to keep kidnapped Africans subjugated in slavery. After the official Indian wars ended, we found other means to keep Native people confined and disempowered. After slavery officially ended, we found other means to keep black people impoverished and disempowered. Those means were forms of war. We launched a war to steal Mexicos northern half, a project completed in 1848 with the acquisition of what is now California, Nevada, Utah, Arizona (minus the …

‘People are afraid to be Hispanic’: Trump visits an angry, grieving El Paso

President faces protests as he spends day at sites of mass shootings in Texas and Dayton, Ohio Donald Trump arrived in El Paso, Texas, on Wednesday afternoon to pay tribute to the victims of one of the deadliest mass shootings in recent US history. But the president calls to stay away, as hundreds of residents gathered in the citys Washington Park, mere streets from the US-Mexico border, to denounce him.With much of Donald Trump, your racism, your hatred, your bigotry are not welcome here, Adri Perez of the El Paso ACLU said to the crowd. We must turn our grief into anger and our anger into action. The mood was somber yet resolute. Some got choked up when talking about …

Trump’s Fourth of July celebration helped bankrupt DC security fund

In a letter to the president, the citys mayor said the fund is running a $6m deficit for the fiscal year Donald Trumps Salute to America Fourth of July event in Washington and subsequent protests cost the District of Columbias security fund $1.7m, a sum that has contributed to the bankruptcy of the fund, according to the mayor of Washington DC. according to the Washington Post. ABC news featured a rally and a bombastic show of military might, including F-22 Raptors, a B-2 stealth bomber and six Blue Angel F-18s flying over the Washington monument. The controversial event also included two Abrams tanks and two Bradley fighting vehicles.

Trump fact check: is the Chinese economy really ‘going down the tubes’?

The president reckons Beijing will jump at a trade deal because the countrys grow is slowing. Martin Farrer takes a closer look Donald Trump has claimed ahead of his crunch meeting with Xi Jinping that Chinas economy is going down the tubes and that Beijing is desperate to do a trade deal to avert a bigger slowdown. So is there any truth to the US presidents claims? 1. Its true that China is slowing a bit, but not much China has seen more than 30 years of spectacular growth. The countrys share of global manufacturing was close to zero in 1990 but today accounts for a quarter of the worlds factory output. The transformation has dragged hundreds of millions out …

‘We see you!’: Democratic 2020 hopefuls visit migrant detention center

Candidates participating in the debates including ORourke, Sanders and Warren stopped by the Homestead facility in Florida For all the unprecedented scale and diversity of the massive number of candidates vying for presidential nomination of the Democratic party, they can be sheeplike in their herd behavior. No fewer than 12 of the 20 candidates who are appearing at the NBC News debates in Miami this week are making their way to the same spot that has become the current must-do photo op for the presidential hopefuls. The setting is an immigration detention center for far from humane. And it is here that the Democratic presidential candidates have been landing like bees to the hive. On Monday it was Eric Swalwell, …

Biden stumbles over abortion rights while Warren receives cheers

In a first-of-its-kind forum, the former vice-president claimed a 100% voting record before his mic suddenly cut out In the first presidential forum on reproductive rights in recent memory, former vice-president Joe Biden told an audience of mostly female Planned Parenthood supporters he had a 100% voting record on reproductive rights. In fact, gone back and forth on support for abortion access. In this election cycle, reproductive rights has emerged as a top issue as Republican statehouses across the US have attacked abortion rights. Biden told his audience in Columbia he would codify the right to an abortion, granted in Roe v Wade, into law as defined by Casey a stance more conservative than those of many other Democratic candidates …

Tweets, lies and the Mueller report: Sarah Sanders’ lowest moments

Few aides have been as willing to step out in front of the worlds media and defend Trump, no matter what he has said or done Sarah Sanders, who will leave her position as White House press secretary at the end of the month, will likely be remembered for her contentious or adversarial relationship with the press during her time in the role. Few Trump aides have been so willing to so often step out in front of the worlds media and defend him, no matter what he had done or said. In a press conference to mark her departure, Sanders said she will continue to be one of the most outspoken and loyal supporters of the president and his …

All I have done, no credit! Enraged Trump defends US-Mexico migrant deal

President tweets ire at New York Times and opponents as agreement to avoid tariffs comes under scrutiny The Trump administration was forced to defend its immigration agreement with Mexico on Sunday, bringing the highest number of monthly apprehensions made by US authorities in the past 13 years. In the deal announced with in the joint declaration during secretive negotiations over the past six months. On Sunday, the president fired off a series of enraged tweets as he headed for a second day of golf at his course in Sterling, Virginia. Lamenting what he called another false report in the Failing New York Times, he wrote: If President Obama made the deals that I have made, both at the Border and …

Iran tensions: 1,500 US troops head to Middle East as Trump seals $7bn Saudi arms sale

White House downplays prospect of conflict but blames Iran for tanker bombings and Iraq attack The US will send hundreds of additional troops and a dozen fighter jets to the Middle East in the coming weeks to counter what the Pentagon has said is an escalating campaign by Iran to plan attacks against the US and its interests in the region. And for the first time, Pentagon officials on Friday publicly blamed Iran and its proxies for sent up to 10,000 military reinforcements to the region. The acting defence secretary, Patrick Shanahan, later said planners hadnt settled on a figure. The US currently has about 70,000 troops across the Middle East. Tension had been rising with Iran for more than …

Iran nuclear deal: what has Tehran said and what happens next?

Hassan Rouhanis move to alter commitments amid crippling US sanctions outlined What has Iran announced? Iran has suspended commitments it made under the terms of the 2015 nuclear deal, which lifted sanctions on the country in exchange for limits on Tehrans nuclear programme. The deal was reached after years of negotiations. Hassan Rouhani, president of Iran, said Tehran would hang on to its stocks of excess enriched uranium and heavy water instead of exporting them. He threatened to resume enriching uranium above a limit set out in the deal unless there was progress on sanctions relief. What did the deal say about these commitments? The removed waivers on nuclear co-operation with Iran, including the shipment abroad of excess supplies, perversely …

The media is failing on climate change here’s how they can do better ahead of 2020

We spoke to climate change experts for advice on how news outlets can cover the environment in ways that make voters listen America elected Donald Trump at the end of the hottest year Democratic National Committee to host a debate solely focused on climate. Bernie Sanders raised the issue during his town hall on Fox News earlier this month and even town halls last week. In the run-up to 2020, as newsroom leaders grapple with their mistakes in the 2016 election from reliance on inaccurate polls to underestimating the impact of fake news the failure to press candidates on climate change is emerging as an area of self-examination. In 2016 there were almost no questions asked , which is insane, …

No women anything’: Trump Fed pick Stephen Moores list of misogynistic remarks

Economic commentator and former Trump campaign adviser has a long history of making offensive comments about women Donald Trumps attempts to fill the vacancies on the Federal Reserve board are not going very well. On Monday, Herman Cain, a pizza mogul, long history of making misogynistic statements. A 2002 column of his for the National Review, for example, sets out his views on the role women should play in mens college basketball. Heres the rule change I propose: No more women refs, no women announcers, no women beer venders, no women anything. Like all rules, this one has an exception: Women are permitted to participate, if and only if, they look like Bonnie Bernstein, Moore wrote. He also suggested the …