Sanders, Buttigieg campaign hard in Nev.

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., walks onstage to speak at a campaign event at Springs Preserve in Las Vegas, Friday, Feb. 21, 2020. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

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Democrat front-runners campaigned hard ahead of Saturday’s caucus in Nevada.

During a Friday night rally, Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-Vt.) revved up supporters by saying his campaign is different. He has said he doesn’t just want to beat President Trump, he wants to transform the economy and the way the government does business.

Sanders claimed the president is too dumb to understand that so-called climate change is real and has done devastating damage to the world as a result. The Vermont senator also promised he would not appoint judges who disagree with the landmark Roe v. Wade ruling, which legalized abortion in 1973.

“I will never nominate anybody to the Supreme Court or the federal bench who is not 100 percent pro-Roe v. Wade,” stated Sanders. “We will codify Roe v. Wade, put it into law, and we will significantly expand funding for Planned Parenthood.”

Democratic presidential candidate former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg poses for a photo as he visits a caucus site Saturday, Feb. 22, 2020, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)

Meanwhile, former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg recently took a shot at the Trump administration. He claimed he would bring results-driven leadership to Washington rather than controversy.

“If only we (could) offer presidential leadership that can deliver,” said Buttigieg. “I think most Americans would be happy to have a president that you could look at on the news and maybe feel your blood go down instead of up through the roof – wouldn’t that be nice?”

The former mayor has said he’s not running for president to glorify himself, but to empower the American people. Both he and Sanders have earned the most delegates towards the Democrat nomination going into Saturday’s caucus.

A precinct leader records votes at a caucus location at Coronado High School in Henderson, Nev., Saturday, Feb. 22, 2020. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

According to a new poll by National Public Radio, socialism is highly unpopular among Americans. The survey, which was released earlier this week, revealed 28 percent of respondents viewed socialism favorably while 58 percent did not.

The new data has raised questions of whether or not Sen. Sanders, who is a self-declared democratic socialist, would be able to garner enough votes to beat President Trump if he wins the Democrat nomination.

Center-left organization Third Way has urged a number of candidates in the Democrat primary to step up their efforts against the far-left candidate. In a memo, the group warned Joe Biden, Michael Bloomberg and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) that they could hand Sanders the nomination if they do not challenge him at the upcoming debate in South Carolina.

Third Way argued it’s “vital” they take on Sanders now because he could take a nearly insurmountable delegate lead on Super Tuesday.

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Katie Hill’s fmr. campaign staffer arrested on charges of hacking opponents’ websites

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A former campaign staffer for ex-Democrat Rep. Katie Hill was arrested for allegedly hacking her opponents’ websites.

The FBI took Arthur Dam into custody in California Friday in connection with their investigation into Hill’s 2018 congressional win.

FILE – In this April 3, 2019, file photo, Rep. Katie Hill, D-Calif., talks on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

Hill stepped down last year after it was revealed she had an inappropriate affair with at least two of her staffers.

According to reports, the Hill campaign received a $500 in-kind contribution from Dam for website security consulting. She would go on to secure the Democrat nomination over her opponents Jess Phoenix and Bryan Caforio.

On the night of the final debate between the candidates, the alleged victims’ accounts went offline.

The Hill campaign has yet to comment on Dam’s arrest.

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FMR Dem Rep. Katie Hill campaign staffer arrested on charges of hacking opponents’ websites in 2018 primary

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A former campaign staffer for ex-Democrat Rep. Katie Hill was arrested for allegedly hacking her opponents’ websites.

The FBI took Arthur Dam into custody in California Friday in connection with their investigation into Hill’s 2018 congressional win.

FILE – In this April 3, 2019, file photo, Rep. Katie Hill, D-Calif., talks on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

Hill stepped down last year after it was revealed she had an inappropriate affair with at least two of her staffers.

According to reports, the Hill campaign received a $500 in-kind contribution from Dam for website security consulting. She would go on to secure the Democrat nomination over her opponents Jess Phoenix and Bryan Caforio.

On the night of the final debate between the candidates, the alleged victims’ accounts went offline.

The Hill campaign has yet to comment on Dam’s arrest.

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Steyer hits Bloomberg on ‘racist’ policies in new campaign ad

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The wide open race for the Democrat presidential nomination has become increasingly more divisive on the airwaves.

Tom Steyer launched a multi-million dollar ad ahead of Super Tuesday, which took aim at fellow billionaire Michael Bloomberg. In the video, the businessman accused Bloomberg of implementing what he called “racist policies” during his tenure as mayor of New York City.

The 60-second ad included a clip of Bloomberg’s 2008 comments in which he blamed the financial crisis on the end of redlining. The discriminatory housing practice was used to deny credit to people often based on their race. It also featured his 2015 comments supporting the controversial stop-and-frisk policy.

The fiery ad came ahead of Super Tuesday, which is set for March 3rd, when voters in several states like California and Texas will cast their ballots.

Meanwhile, the Real Clear national polling average has Bloomberg in third place with roughly 16 percent support, while Steyer has less than 3 percent support.

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Buttigieg would accept Bloomberg’s money for campaign

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Democrat presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg has said he would accept money from campaign rival Michael Bloomberg. During a town hall event on Tuesday, the former South Bend mayor was asked whether he believes Bloomberg is trying to buy the Democrat nomination.

Buttigieg answered ‘yes’ and added Bloomberg’s refusal to campaign in early primary states is a sign he is unable to humble himself to voters.

However, he confirmed he is still open to accepting campaign contributions from the billionaire if he were to win the Democrat nomination.

“I’m not gonna reject that help because it came from a very wealthy person. This is the moment to bring everybody that we can into this effort. I promise exactly one thing in return for any contribution, which is, we’re gonna take that contribution and use it to go beat Donald Trump.” – Pete Buttigieg, (D) Former Mayor of South Bend, Indiana

Buttigieg went on to criticize Bloomberg’s approach by claiming the billionaire’s ability to use his own funds to circumvent the campaign process, “shows you what’s wrong with our system.”

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Bloomberg campaign: Sanders main rival in primary race

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Mike Bloomberg’s presidential campaign said it sees Bernie Sanders as the main opponent in upcoming primaries.

In a statement Tuesday, the Bloomberg campaign claimed the former mayor now holds a strong second place in nationwide polling, while other Democrats are stagnant or declining.

Democratic presidential candidate and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg speaks during his campaign launch of “Mike for Black America,” at the Buffalo Soldiers National Museum, Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

Campaign officials said, only Bloomberg and Sanders are able to deliver a serious number of delegates on Super Tuesday.

A new poll from NPR, PBS and Marist suggested Sanders is supported by 31 percent of likely Democrat voters, while Bloomberg has 19 percent support.

The Bloomberg campaign also said Joe Biden continues to lose voter confidence after poor performance in Iowa and New Hampshire.

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Trump campaign criticizes tweet by former President Obama claiming he made the economy what it is now

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The Trump campaign recently fired back at former President Barack Obama after he appeared to claim credit for the booming economy. In a statement Monday, a top campaign official said the economy is only recovering because of actions President Trump took to undo his predecessor’s policies.

“President Trump reversed every single failed Obama-era economic policy, and with it, reversed the floundering Obama/Biden economy,” Kayleigh McEnany, Trump campaign national press secretary, told Fox News reporters.

This comes after former President Obama took to Twitter noting the anniversary of his signing the 2009 Economic Stimulus Package.

The Trump campaign added that by deregulating, lowering taxes and supporting free market policies, President Trump has created the hottest economy on record. This is a fact Vice President Mike Pence has continued to stress.

“I hope you have figured out already American manufacturing has never had a greater champion in the Oval Office than President Donald Trump,” he stated. “And we’re going to keep working every day, not just earn your confidence, but to give you confidence to invest, to give you the confidence to know that this is a president that believes in growth.”

The Trump campaign added that by contrast Obama and former Vice President Joe Biden orchestrated the worst economic recovery in modern history.

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Joe Biden emphasizes his legislative record on gun control in new campaign ads.

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The two commercials released Friday touted Biden’s career accomplishments on gun safety and described his gun control goals. The ads came out on the same day of the deadly Parkland shooting that occurred two years ago in Florida.

One of the ads featured Biden interacting with children saying protecting them from gun violence is protecting their future.

FILE – In this Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018 file photo, students are evacuated by police from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., after a shooter opened fire on the campus. (Mike Stocker/South Florida Sun-Sentinel via AP, File)

The other ad attacked the NRA and touted Biden’s experience in dealing with the group. It said, “Joe Biden stood up to the NRA, got the Brady Bill background checks passed, wrote the law banning assault weapons, and limited the number of bullets in a magazine. As president, he will beat the NRA again.”

Biden campaign officials believe gun reform will be a significant factor in the swing state of Nevada as 2020 Democrat primaries continue.

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Rep. Gabbard asks Yang voters to join her campaign

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Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) has pledged to “carry the torch” following Andrew Yang’s withdrawal from the 2020 presidential race. On Wednesday, Gabbard bid Yang farewell and said she has enjoyed getting to know him.

The lawmaker also mentioned she will continue to push Yang’s key proposal of universal basic income. She added that it will encourage job growth and productivity in the United States.

“I’ll continue to carry this torch of universal basic income that will reinvigorate our middle class and those struggling just to make ends meet, bridge the income gap, and unleash an era of entrepreneurship and productivity,” stated Gabbard.

Gabbard finished seventh in the New Hampshire primary with more than three percent of the vote.

Democratic presidential candidate businessman Andrew Yang speaks during the McIntyre-Shaheen 100 Club Dinner, Saturday, Feb. 8, 2020, in Manchester, N.H. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

Meanwhile, Andrew Yang is saying Americans haven’t seen the last of him just yet.

On Wednesday, the former candidate suggested he is eyeing executive political roles following the suspension of his presidential campaign.

The businessman also claimed he is open to serving as vice president or a member of the potentially Democrat-led administration. While he has yet to endorse a candidate, he previously said he has one condition for his support.

“If anybody wants my endorsement, all you have to do is come out for universal basic income,” said Yang. “Say every American should get $1,000 a month, and I will be there on the campaign trail the next day.”

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Rep. Gabbard asks Yang voters to join her campaign

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Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) has pledged to “carry the torch” following Andrew Yang’s withdrawal from the 2020 presidential race. On Wednesday, Gabbard bid Yang farewell and said she has enjoyed getting to know him.

The lawmaker also mentioned she will continue to push Yang’s key proposal of universal basic income. She added that it will encourage job growth and productivity in the United States.

“I’ll continue to carry this torch of universal basic income that will reinvigorate our middle class and those struggling just to make ends meet, bridge the income gap, and unleash an era of entrepreneurship and productivity,” stated Gabbard.

Gabbard finished seventh in the New Hampshire primary with more than three percent of the vote.

Democratic presidential candidate businessman Andrew Yang speaks during the McIntyre-Shaheen 100 Club Dinner, Saturday, Feb. 8, 2020, in Manchester, N.H. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

Meanwhile, Andrew Yang is saying Americans haven’t seen the last of him just yet.

On Wednesday, the former candidate suggested he is eyeing executive political roles following the suspension of his presidential campaign.

The businessman also claimed he is open to serving as vice president or a member of the potentially Democrat-led administration. While he has yet to endorse a candidate, he previously said he has one condition for his support.

“If anybody wants my endorsement, all you have to do is come out for universal basic income,” said Yang. “Say every American should get $1,000 a month, and I will be there on the campaign trail the next day.”

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Warren campaign cancels $500K in S.C. ads, $60K in Nevada after latest plunge in polls

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2020 Democrat hopeful Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) is cancelling campaign ads after a massive plunge in the polls. According to new reports, Warren has canceled $500,000 worth of campaign ads in South Carolina.

Her campaign also canceled $60,000 worth of ads in Nevada ahead of the Democrat debate later this month. Mike Bloomberg surged past her in the latest Quinnipiac and HarrisX polls.

The reports are stirring speculation Warren could drop out of the race as she struggles to maintain voter support. Thus far, the senator has rejected such claims.

“The fight we’re in, the fight to save our democracy, is an uphill battle, but our campaign is built for the long haul and were just getting started,” she said.

The Warren campaign reportedly still has around $300,000 worth of ads in both South Carolina and Nevada, as well as $67,000 worth of airtime in Maine.

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Democrats seek creative ways to campaign amid impeachment trial

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The ongoing impeachment trial has presented a challenge for 2020 hopefuls who are seeking to ramp-up campaign efforts before early voting begins next month.

This week, senators are stuck in Washington sitting in as jurors in the impeachment trial for President Trump. This means Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren and Amy Klobuchar will miss out on crucial campaign days during a key stretch in their campaigns.

“I would rather be in Iowa today, there’s a caucus there in two and a half weeks,” said Sen. Sanders. “I’d rather be in New Hampshire and in Nevada, and so forth.”

In an effort to make up for lost time, Democrats are forced to get creative with their campaign tactics. Sanders, Warren and Klobuchar are now deploying surrogates across early primary states.

Behind Sanders is Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who is set to appear in Iowa on his behalf. Meanwhile, the daughter of Klobuchar will be hosting so-called “hot-dish house parties” in the state. Plus, residents who endorse her campaign will even offer office hours for local supporters.

While candidates such as Bernie Sanders have said that they would rather be in Iowa, some voters believe the impeachment trial is more important.

“What we have to do is protect the Constitution of the United States, that’s more important, even in this moment, than what happens at the next elections because if we don’t protect that Constitution it won’t matter who the next president is.”

— Ann Valentine, retired higher education executive – Iowa

Democratic presidential candidate former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg arrives at the Iowa State Education Association Candidate Forum at the Sheraton West Des Moines Hotel, Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020, in West Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Meanwhile, former Vice President Joe Biden and former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg appear to have the upper hand as they continue to campaign in early primary states. However, some supporters argue the creative efforts put forth by the other candidates are helping shed a different light on their campaigns.

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Trump campaign launches ‘Democrats for Trump,’ seeking disaffected liberals

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The Trump reelection campaign is betting that “disaffected Democrats” have had enough of radical progressivism, launching the “Democrats for Trump” coalition on Thursday.

“From the sham impeachment to the outright embrace of socialism, the Democrat party of today is unrecognizable and leaving moderate Democrats behind,” said President Trump’s campaign manager, Brad Parscale, in a statement. “For Democrats who feel abandoned by the socialist radicalization of their party, there is room for you on Team Trump and we welcome you to join the movement and a President that are putting America first.”

Parscale also took to Twitter to release campaign internal polling showing the possibility of Democrats holding House seats in districts won by Trump in 2016.

He tweeted: “House Dems sitting in @realDonaldTrump won districts know a vote for impeachment is a vote to lose their seats in 2020. Internal polling shows voters in those districts OPPOSE impeachment by 10 points. ⬇️”

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The campaign said its new coalition is for moderate liberals who want to work with Trump-led conservatives on lowering prescription drug costs, passing strong trade deals and fixing America’s infrastructure.

“President Trump speaks for a generation of Democrats who feel abandoned by today’s partisan tactics,” said Tony Mace, Cibola County, New Mexico, sheriff, in a statement from the campaign. “Coastal elitists and left-wing radicals have seized the Democrat Party.”

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Also Thursday, Jeff Van Drew, the New Jersey congressman who broke with the Dems to vote against Trump’s impeachment, officially switched parties and became a Republican.

“Jeff will be joining the Republican Party,” Trump announced during an Oval Office event with Van Drew. “It’s a big deal.”

“I believe that this is just a better fit for me,” Van Drew said of his decision, promising Trump his “undying support.”

“This is who I am, it’s who I always was, but there was more tolerance of moderate Democrats, of Blue Dog Democrats, of conservative Democrats,” said Van Drew, “and I think that’s going away.”

Van Drew on Wednesday broke with his party and voted against impeaching Trump — a move that bolstered GOP attempts to depict Democrats as divided on the matter. Republicans voted unanimously against it.

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Wednesday night’s House vote, almost entirely along party lines, made the president just the third in U.S. history to be impeached. The House impeached Trump on two charges — abusing his presidential power and obstructing Congress — stemming from his pressure on Ukraine to announce investigations of his political rival as Trump withheld U.S. aid.

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Impeachment may prove increasingly unpopular among moderates in key battleground states.

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Maine Sen. Susan Collins announces reelection campaign ahead of expected Senate trial on Trump

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Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, said Wednesday she'll be seeking reelection, in an announcement ahead of the Senate's expected trial of President Trump.

Collins has maintained she's willing to have an open mind when considering articles of impeachment against the president. The center-leaning senator famously gave a last-minute speech in support of Brett Kavanaugh for the Supreme Court last year ahead of the Senate's narrow vote to confirm the justice.

Although she hasn't publicly weighed in on whether or not she would vote for or against removing the president, Collins repeatedly has defended the whistleblower whose allegations of misconduct by Trump have been central to the investigation into the president's abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.

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The last remaining New England Republican in Congress, Collins historically has presented herself as a moderate politician, bucking party-line stances on issues such as abortion and challenging Trump's policies, including building a wall on the southern border between the U.S. and Mexico and withdrawing troops from Syria.

In this Nov. 6, 2019, file photo, Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, is surrounded by reporters as she heads to vote at the Capitol in Washington. Collins officially launched her bid for a reelection Wednesday, Dec. 18, setting up an expensive and closely watched battle for the seat the moderate Republican from Maine has held for nearly 24 years. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

In this Nov. 6, 2019, file photo, Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, is surrounded by reporters as she heads to vote at the Capitol in Washington. Collins officially launched her bid for a reelection Wednesday, Dec. 18, setting up an expensive and closely watched battle for the seat the moderate Republican from Maine has held for nearly 24 years. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

Collins detractors from the left have slammed her for supporting Kavanaugh for the Supreme Court, despite a myriad of sexual misconduct allegations against him, as well as advocating for the GOP tax cut.

"The fundamental question I had to ask myself in making my decision was this: In today's polarized political environment, is there still a role for a centrist who believes in getting things done through compromise, collegiality, and bipartisanship?" Collins said in an email, according to reports by NPR. "I have concluded that the answer to this question is 'yes' and I will, therefore, seek the honor of continuing to serve as Maine's United States senator."

Four Democrats are vying for the party’s nomination to face the 67-year-old senator, include activist Betsy Sweet, attorney Bre Kidman, former Google executive Ross LaJeunesse and Maine House Speaker Sara Gideon, who is backed by the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.

Collins has amassed $8.6 million for her reelection bid, the largest haul of any political candidate in Maine history.

The expensive race is projected to cost anywhere between $80 million to $100 million before the 2020 elections, making it the most expensive run the state has ever seen.

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Biden campaign releases doctor statement calling him ‘healthy, vigorous 77-year-old’

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The doctor who treated Joe Biden during his eight years as vice president is giving the Democratic presidential candidate’s health a thumbs-up.
"Vice President Biden is a healthy, vigorous 77-year-old male, who is fit to successfully execute the duties of the presidency, to include those as chief executive, head of state, and commander in chief,” Dr. Kevin O’Connor said Tuesday in a statement released by the Biden campaign.

O’Connor, who served in the Army, was assigned as White House physician to the vice president from 2009 to 2017.

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Questions about Biden’s health and age have repeatedly come up since even before the former vice president declared his candidacy in April. In September, Biden committed to publicly releasing his medical records before the Iowa caucuses, to try and put to rest concerns over whether he was fit enough to take on President Trump in a general election campaign — and whether he would be up to the rigors and stress of serving as president.

Biden is one of five septuagenarian candidates in the race for the White House. Democratic nomination rivals Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont is 78, former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg is 77, Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts is 70, and President Trump is 73.

Biden has repeatedly downplayed scrutiny over his health, at times challenging skeptics to such physical tests as arm wrestling or pushups.

The release of his medical history was the first for Biden since 2008, when he was the running mate on the Democratic ticket headed by Barack Obama. At the time, doctors found that he had an irregular heartbeat.

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In his report, O’Connor said that Biden is currently being treated for non-valvular atrial-fibrillation, better known as A-fib, which is an irregular heartbeat. He said Biden is also being treated for hyperlipidemia, which is an abnormally high concentration of fats or lipids in the blood, as well as gastroesophageal reflux, a digestive disorder that occurs when acidic stomach juices, or food and fluids back up from the stomach into the esophagus. And he noted that Biden – as many Americans do – suffers from seasonal allergies.

“For these, he takes three common prescription medications and two common over-the-counter medications,” O’Connor said.

His report listed Biden's weight as 178 pounds and his height as 5 feet, 11.65 inches.

Last week, Warren released a note from her doctor regarding her health. Dr. Beverly Woo said that the Massachusetts senator was in "excellent health" and shared that Warren’s "only medical condition" was an under-active thyroid gland.

Bloomberg also made public a letter from a physician last week, which said he was "in outstanding health" and "great physical shape."

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In February, President Trump had his second full physical exam since winning the White House. His physician, Dr. Sean Conley, said in a statement that a team of 11 doctors had examined Trump and that he was in “very good health.”

Last month there was speculation regarding the president’s health due to an unannounced trip to Walter Reed Medical Center. But Conley said that “despite some of the speculation, the president has not had any chest pain, nor was he evaluated or treated for any urgent or acute issues.”

Sanders was briefly sidelined from the campaign trail in October after suffering a heart attack. Sanders later admitted to missing warning signs of his medical condition.

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Anti-Trump Republicans launch PAC to defeat him, as president’s campaign mocks ‘pathetic little club’

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A group of prominent anti-Trump Republicans launched a new super PAC on Tuesday aimed at preventing the GOP incumbent’s 2020 re-election and even defeating some of the president’s top congressional allies at the ballot box next November.

“We are Republicans and we want Trump defeated,” is the title of an op-ed in the New York Times announcing the launch of the group, which is called the Lincoln Project.

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“Over these next 11 months, our efforts will be dedicated to defeating President Trump and Trumpism at the ballot box and to elect those patriots who will hold the line. We do not undertake this task lightly, nor from ideological preference,” the GOP strategists behind the effort said.

The president’s re-election campaign quickly fired back, with communications director Tim Murtaugh calling the Lincoln Project a “pathetic little club of irrelevant and faux ‘Republicans,’ who are upset that they’ve lost all of their power and influence inside the Republican Party.”

The ringleaders of the group – which includes vocal anti-Trump critic attorney George Conway, husband of White House counselor Kellyanne Conway – said in their op-ed that they've been “broadly conservative … in our politics and outlooks. Our many policy differences with national Democrats remain, but our shared fidelity to the Constitution dictates a common effort.”

George Conway's partners in the new anti-Trump effort include Steve Schmidt, a Republican strategist who worked for then-President George W. Bush, Sen. John McCain and California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger; GOP strategist John Weaver, who worked for then-President George H.W. Bush, McCain, and Ohio Gov. John Kasich; and Republican media consultant Rick Wilson, author of “Everything Trump Touches Dies” who frequently tears into Trump on Twitter and during cable appearances.

Murtaugh, in returning fire, described the super PAC’s leaders as “establishment charlatans, who for years enriched themselves off the backs of the conservative movement, were the very swamp he was referring too. Calling any of these people ‘conservative’ or even referring to them as ‘Republicans’ at this point is an insult to conservatives and Republicans everywhere.”

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Pointing to a likely record-high turnout in the 2020 general election, the Lincoln Project’s leaders said that their “efforts are aimed at persuading enough disaffected conservatives, Republicans and Republican-leaning independents in swing states and districts to help ensure a victory in the Electoral College, and congressional majorities that don’t enable or abet Mr. Trump’s violations of the Constitution, even if that means Democratic control of the Senate and an expanded Democratic majority in the House.”

They argue that the president “has neither the moral compass nor the temperament to serve” and say that Trump’s “actions are possible only with the craven acquiescence of congressional Republicans.”

The group told Fox News about five hours after the launch of their op-ed and website that “we have raised a significant amount of money since the op-ed went live this morning.” Former New Hampshire GOP chair Jennifer Horn, who’s serving as an adviser with the Lincoln Project, said that “we’re going to use all the resources that we have available to us to go out to go after President Trump and to also target in particular some of the Senate seats.”

Among those GOP-controlled Senate seats she listed were Arizona, Colorado, and Maine. She said that depending on the fundraising, the group would go up with digital, cable, and broadcast TV ads.

“It’s easy to figure out who our audience is,” Horn shared. “Likeminded disaffected Republicans – independents who are persuadable and lean right.”

Horn said that the group’s energies won’t be directed toward helping either of two remaining long-shot shot presidential primary challengers taking on Trump, who is on the cusp of facing a full House impeachment vote but is likely to be acquitted in the Senate.

One of those two challengers is former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld, who in April declared his bid for the GOP presidential nomination.

Hours after the announcement of the Lincoln Project, Weld told Fox News he shares the same goal as the group.

“It’s the same message. It’s that the president has misbehaved and deserves to be removed,” Weld said.

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Ex-Trump campaign official Rick Gates sentenced to 45 days in jail, probation in Mueller probe

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Former U.S. attorney Andy McCarthy says the 'slap on the wrist' that Rick Gates received in exchange for his testimony in the fraud trial against former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort makes it difficult for prosecutors to minimize his importance to their case.

Former Trump campaign official Rick Gates was sentenced Tuesday to 45 days in jail and three years of probation, after pleading guilty as part of former Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation.

Gates was also fined $20,000 and ordered to complete 300 hours of community service. He will be allowed to serve his jail time intermittently on a schedule he works out in the future.

The sentencing came after Gates gave a short statement accepting responsibility for his actions, in remarks before District Judge Amy Jackson in a Washington, D.C., courtroom.

Gates' hearing had been postponed several times since 2018, with Mueller's team citing Gates' cooperation in "several ongoing investigations." He was a former associate of ex-Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and had cooperated extensively in the case against his former partner.

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The cooperation seemed to smooth the way for more lenient treatment. The Justice Department last week said it would not oppose his recent request for probation due to his assistance, and praised Gates for his cooperation in several cases on Tuesday, in advance of Jackson's decision.

Gates, who worked closely with Manafort, pleaded guilty in February 2018 to one count of conspiracy against the U.S. and one count of making false statements to FBI agents. The counts related to his role concealing millions of dollars he made from lobbying work he and Manafort had done for Ukraine.

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The plea deal was far narrower than what Gates originally faced — a host of conspiracy, false statement, fraud and other charges leveled against both him and Manafort. The special counsel's eventual move to back off most of those charges for Gates signaled federal prosecutors were yielding good information from him as they pursued a bigger case against Manafort.

Gates had intimate knowledge of Manafort’s years of political consulting work in Ukraine, and testified in the latter's trial.

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Manafort was sentenced in March to a total of roughly seven years in prison, in connection with two cases. A federal jury in Virginia convicted him on eight counts of bank and tax fraud, while he pleaded guilty in a Washington court to charges related to foreign lobbying and witness tampering.

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Buttigieg releases list of campaign fundraisers after criticism from Warren

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Presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg’s campaign on Friday released a list of people who have raised $25,000 or more for his campaign, amid continued scrutiny from his Democratic primary rivals.

The list is something that the South Bend, Ind. mayor's campaign claims make it “more transparent than any other campaign this cycle.” It includes names such as Rep. Don Beyer, D-Va., while Politico reported that other names include an executive vice chairman of the private equity company Blackstone and a partner of McKinsey and Co. — a consulting firm where Buttigieg used to work.

“In addition to releasing these names, which no other current campaign has done, Pete has also opened his fundraisers to the press,” the campaign said in a statement. “He has made public 12 years of tax returns, he has held three multi-day bus tours with reporters that were completely on the record, and he has committed to restoring daily press briefings in the White House.”

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Politico also reported that a number of former fundraisers for both Hillary Clinton and President Barack Obama are on the list.

The release comes amid blistering criticism from Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., who has taken aim at Buttigieg and former Vice President Joe Biden — without naming them directly — for mingling with wealthy donors.

"They are spending their time in fundraisers with high-dollar donors, selling access to their time for money. Some of them have spent months blocking reporters from entering those fancy, closed-door affairs,” she said at an event this week.

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And pointing to Buttigieg, again without naming him, she said the candidate “calls the people who raise a quarter-million dollars for him his ‘National Investors Circle,’ and he offers them regular phone calls and special access. When a candidate brags about how beholden he feels to a group of wealthy investors, our democracy is in serious trouble.”

Following Warren’s address, the Buttigieg campaign returned fire.

“Senator Warren's idea of how to defeat Donald Trump is to tell people who don’t support her that they are unwelcome in the fight and that those who disagree with her belong in the other party. We need to move beyond the politics and divisiveness that is tearing this country apart and holding us back,” Buttigieg senior advisor Lis Smith said in a statement.

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Buttigieg has also faced criticism from the left for an alleged lack of transparency about his work for McKinsey. He responded last week by releasing a summary of his work there and called on the company to release him from the nondisclosure agreement he had signed. It later did, and Buttigieg released a list of clients for whom he had worked.

His clients from 2007 to 2010 included Michigan Blue Cross Blue Shield, Canadian grocery store and retail chain Loblaw’s, Best Buy; the NRDC, EPA and Department of Energy, together, for an energy project; environmental nonprofit the Energy Foundation, the Department of Defense working on building the economies of Irag and Afghanistan, and the U.S. Postal Service.

Fox News' Paul Steinhauser and Morgan Phillips contributed to this report.

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Biden campaign acknowledges ‘pain’ caused by Obama-era deportations

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Former Vice President Joe Biden's presidential campaign attempted to respond to other Democrats' criticisms of former President Obama's deportations when rolling out Biden's immigration plan on Wednesday.

“Joe Biden understands the pain felt by every family across the U.S. that has had a loved one removed from the country, including under the Obama-Biden administration,” his campaign wrote.

It added that the country "must do better to uphold our laws humanely and preserve the dignity of immigrant families, refugees, and asylum-seekers."

Biden's fellow Democratic candidates have used his former boss's deportation record as an attack line in an attempt to knock the frontrunner down a peg. Last month, Biden was confronted by a protester who cited Obama's massive number of deportations.

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“You should vote for Trump. You should vote for Trump,” Biden told the protester at the time. He also refused to apologize following a similar confrontation in June.

Biden's campaign has positioned his immigration plan as a stark contrast to President Trump, with priorities that include ending family separations at the border, rolling back Trump’s travel limits on citizens from certain Muslim-majority countries and providing a path to citizenship for about 11 million people in the U.S. illegally, including immediately shielding immigrants who were brought to the country illegally as children from deportation.

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While speaking in Las Vegas, Biden promised to spend "literally, a billion dollars a year" on stabilizing Central American governments and economies, a reference to his proposal to spend $4 billion in four years to help those nations.

The former vice president also pledged to enforce existing asylum law by reversing the Trump administration’s moves that have made claiming asylum extremely difficult and end the national emergency that Trump has declared to divert Pentagon funding to the construction of a wall at the U.S.-Mexico border.

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Biden joins progressive senators Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders, along with South Bend, Ind. Mayor Pete Buttigieg, as Democratic White House hopefuls promising to close for-profit detention centers. The U.S. government contracted for such facilities under Obama, drawing criticism from civil rights groups at the time. But the practice has gained new scrutiny under Trump’s hard-line approach to immigration, especially his administration’s practice of separating families in the facilities.

Fox News' Danielle Wallace, Nick Givas, and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Pelosi campaign selling ‘Don’t Mess with Nancy’ shirts after tussle with reporter

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., is trying to use a testy exchange with a reporter to her advantage.

Nancy Pelosi for Congress is selling "Don't Mess with Nancy" crewneck sweatshirts in an apparent attempt to fundraise off the media attention she received after Thursday's press briefing. The Speaker caused an uproar after she told a reporter not to "mess with" her, pushing back on a question about whether she hated the president.

"As a Catholic, I resent your using the word 'hate' in a sentence that addresses me. I don't hate anyone," she told Sinclair reporter James Rosen.

"I was raised in a way that is a heart full of love and always pray for the president. And I still pray for the president. And I pray for the president all the time, so don't mess with me when it comes to words like that."

NANCY PELOSI SNAPS AT REPORTER AFTER QUESTION ABOUT HATING TRUMP: 'DON'T MESS WITH ME'

Rosen, who previously worked for Fox News, denied accusing her of hating the president.

Their exchange was just the latest instance in which Pelosi appeared to try and tell off a reporter. She previously knocked Rosen in November, describing him as "Mr. Republican talking points" after he asked a question about Trump getting the right to confront his accuser in the Ukraine controversy.

The Speaker similarly tried to leverage a viral moment for her benefit. She previously made her Twitter cover photo that of one President Trump tweeted as evidence that she had an "unhinged meltdown" during a meeting in October.

Not everyone was fan of her viral moment. President Trump tweeted that Pelosi looked like she "just had a nervous fit."

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"She says she 'prays for the President.' I don’t believe her, not even close. Help the homeless in your district, Nancy," he said shortly after Thursday's press briefing.

"Rosen asked best Q which exposed her," Fox News host Laura Ingraham tweeted. "This IS based on hate. Everyone knows it. Pelosi answer was basically 'we don’t hate anyone,' but then called Trump 'a coward.'"

But the Speaker won praise from "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert," which tweeted a video arguing that Trump would do better to call Pelosi "boss."

Ingraham also took issue with Pelosi calling herself a Catholic. The California congresswoman has described herself as a "devout practicing Catholic," identifying with what is perhaps the largest pro-life organization in the world.

But Pelosi has defended congressional funding for Planned Parenthood, the nation's largest abortion provider, and vowed to defend the landmark abortion legalization case Roe v. Wade with "every tool in our disposal."

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Catholic clergy have repeatedly condemned both the act itself and pro-choice political advocacy. Vatican officials have reportedly said Pelosi should be denied the sacrament of Holy Communion. The Archbishop of San Francisco — where Pelosi's district is located — also reportedly said "no Catholic can dissent in good conscience" from the Church's position on abortion.

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