Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand dropped out of the race for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination Wednesday afternoon, ending a campaign that failed to catch on despite the New York Democrat’s substantial campaign war chest and high profile position. Gillibrand’s decision to drop out comes as she was on the cusp of failing to qualify for the third Democratic primary debate as she was unable to meet the donor and polling thresholds outlined by the Democratic National Committee.
Rep. Katie Hill, D-Calif., announced her resignation Sunday after a string of reports shining a negative light on her personal life, including a reported affair with her legislative director that sparked a House Ethics Committee investigation. The congresswoman last week had fought back against reports of an affair with the congressional staffer, as well as reports she was in a so-called “throuple” relationship with husband Kenny Heslep and a campaign staffer.
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.
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.
Three frontrunners in the race to become Democratic Party candidate for US president have clashed over healthcare at the party’s third debate. The debate in Houston, Texas, was the first time Joe Biden, Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders faced off on stage. Only the 10 highest-polling Democrats were eligible to take part in Thursday’s debate.
President Donald Trump said Tuesday that he had fired national security adviser John Bolton after a string of disagreements, removing one of the most hawkish voices in Trump’s inner circle on a number of issues, including Taliban negotiations and China trade talks. Bolton himself said in a tweet that he had offered to resign Monday night, and that the president had said in response that they would “talk about it tomorrow.”
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.
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.
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.
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.