Billionaire, philanthropist and former presidential candidate Ross Perot has died, CBS News has confirmed. He was 89. In 1992, Perot made a name for himself when he became the most successful non-major party presidential candidate in 80 years, amassing 19% of the popular vote, running against President George H.W. Bush and Arkansas Gov. Bill Clinton. Perot died in Texas, the state where he was born, surrounded by family.
After months of deliberation, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders announced Tuesday that he is running for president again in 2020. It will be Sanders’ second consecutive bid for the Democratic nomination after losing to Hillary Clinton in 2016. Sanders enters the 2020 race as one of the frontrunners — a remarkable turn for the democratic socialist who, three years ago, was viewed as a protest candidate from the political fringe.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell moved to block two senators from introducing legislation to protect special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation. McConnell’s move prompted retiring Arizona Senator Jeff Flake to pledge that he will block progress on confirmation of judicial nominees. White House aide Mira Ricardel was fired after disagreeing with First Lady Melania Trump.
Boston city councilor Ayanna Pressley achieved an upset in Massachusetts on Tuesday, defeating 10-term representative Michael Capuano. Pressley will run unopposed and could become the first African American woman to represent Massachusetts in Congress. Arizona Governor Doug Ducey appointed Senator Jon Kyl on Tuesday to fill the open seat left by late Senator John McCain.
Former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort agreed on Friday to cooperate ‘fully, truthfully, completely, and forthrightly’ with special counsel Robert Mueller. Manafort’s decision comes after President Trump commented that Manafort ‘refused to break. Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court confirmation became uncertain Sunday when a woman accused him of sexual assault when they were teenagers.
Andrew Gillum the liberal Mayor of Tallahassee, Florida achieved an upset in Tuesday’s primaries to become the first black nominee for governor in the state’s history. Gillum’s victory comes as a collection of African-American Democrats run for governorships. President Trump abruptly announced Wednesday that White House counsel Donald F. McGahn II will be leaving his post.
President Trump fired FBI Directory James B Comey on Tuesday. The former Director was heading a criminal investigation into the Russian meddling in the 2016 US presidential election. He was dismissed for treating Hillary Clinton unfairly during the election and thus damaging the credibility of the FBI. Comey allegedly gave false information on evidence in the investigation surrounding Clinton.
Yesterday, Moon Jae In was appointed the president of South Korea, receiving a congratulatory call from President Trump where Trump agreed to cooperate on the nuclear North Korean issue and to also help strengthen ties between the US and South Korea. Moon wants to hold meetings in both Washington and Pyeongyang to help ease the crisis in North Korea. North Korea is suspected to be holding their sixth nuclear test soon, with efforts to create a missile that would be able to reach the USA.
The US government sent 7 delegates to the global climate summit meeting in Bonn, Germany, this week. Last week it was reported that the US may want to leave the Paris Climate agreement. The summit will confirm whether the US plans to stay or leave the deal. There are no legal repercussions if the US do decide to leave the deal.
Trump turned to his favorite site on Tuesday, twitter, to demand the senate change one of its signature legislative rules, in turn, Trump has created an untypical cause for bipartisan unity. He has secured $1.1 trillion dollars through September to help fund the government. Some of the funding will go towards military and border security.