Gov. Newsom proposes prescriptions for housing during State of State address

California Gov. Gavin Newsom delivers his State of the State address to a joint session of the legislature at the Capitol, Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020, in Sacramento, Calif. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

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California’s governor has said doctors should be able to write a prescription for housing as they would for medication. Gavin Newsom recently reiterated the idea on Twitter after originally suggesting it during his State of the State address earlier in the week.

Newsom told lawmakers that having shelter is as fundamental to residents as a necessary prescription for insulin or antibiotics. The governor devoted much of his speech to this issue and emphasized California must act while still protecting civil liberties.

“California can no longer treat homelessness and housing insecurity as someone else’s problem, buried below other priorities that are much easier to win or better suited for soundbites,” he said. “It’s our responsibility and it must be the top of our agenda.”

FILE – In this July 1, 2019 file photo, a homeless man moves his belongings from a street behind Los Angeles City Hall as crews prepared to clean the area. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel, File)

This came after President Trump criticized the governor’s handling of the homeless population in December and warned that the federal government could get involved if the issue was not resolved.

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President Trump: ‘Sen. Manchin was a puppet for Schumer, Pelosi during impeachment hoax’

FILE – In this Feb. 5, 2020, file photo, Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., speaks with reporters after President Donald Trump was acquitted in an impeachment trial on charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

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President Trump said he was very surprised about Sen. Joe Manchin’s (D-W.Va.) vote for conviction during the impeachment trial. In a string of tweets, the president said Manchin voted against him in the Democrats’ “totally partisan impeachment hoax.”

He added that “no president has done more for the great people of West Virginia than me.”

The president went on to say “every Republican, except Romney,…voted against impeachment.” He then took a jab at Manchin by saying “he was just a puppet for Schumer and Pelosi.”

This came after Manchin said he would consider endorsing President Trump for reelection. On Thursday, the senator emphasized “everybody can change” and that he’s “not ruling anything out.”

Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., speaks with reporters after President Donald Trump was acquitted in an impeachment trial on charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

This seeming reversal of opinion left many scratching their heads following his vote for conviction just weeks earlier.

“Over the duration of this trial, I have listened carefully,” Manchin previously stated. “The House managers have presented a strong case, showing what the president did was wrong.”

Manchin has been known to be a leader in the Senate and often crossed party lines to vote for what he believes is right. He’s even used his swing vote in critical situations to help push conservative issues, such as the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh.

However, this new reversal has many questioning his belief system.

He has called this switch “the most difficult and serious decision any senator could face.” He also voted to pass the controversial War Powers bill this week, which would limited President Trump’s ability to take military action against Iran.

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Ill. store owner fatally shot during attempted robbery

File – A Chicago police officer attends a news conference in Chicago, Illinois. (REUTERS/Jim Young/File Photo)

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A Chicago community is mourning the loss of a beloved store clerk who was fatally shot during an attempted robbery. Two teens were charged with first degree murder Saturday in connection with the shooting death of 33-year-old Mujammed Maali, known by many as Omar, in his Park Manor store.

“Everybody knew Omar. Omar was just a great person. He was a great person from the other end to this end, so I don’t understand why would someone go in there and hurt him.”

— Helen Gardner, neighboring resident

Chicago Police responded to reports of a shooting Friday after four males entered a convenience store and attempted to steal cash from the register. Kaali opened fire on the suspects, injuring them both.

“The offenders returned fire after being struck and struck the victim in the chest,” explained Officer Roberto Garduno of the Chicago Police Department.

Maali was taken to a local hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries six hours later. According to Police, all four suspects fled the scene, but were later apprehended. The two offenders who were shot are reportedly in stable condition.

Meanwhile, the Park Manor community is struggling to cope with the loss of Maali. He was man who was well known for his kindness and good deeds. He is survived by his wife and four children.

The shooting remains under investigation by the Chicago Police Department.

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President Trump promotes opportunity zones during N.C. visit

President Donald Trump speaks at the North Carolina Opportunity Now Summit at Central Piedmont Community College, Friday, Feb. 7, 2020, in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

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President Trump promoted stimulating the economy in low-income areas at the Opportunity Now Summit in Charlotte, North Carolina. On Friday, the president discussed aid for thousands of “opportunity zones” around the country, which were created under the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.

The summit’s workshop tackled economic development in low-income areas, inmate reentry into society, the future of historically black colleges and universities, and infrastructure.

The president also touted the January Jobs Report.

“The brand new jobs numbers came in,” he said. “We smashed expectations and created 225,000 new jobs last month.”

President Trump’s team noted the unemployment rate in North Carolina has dropped to a historic low of 3.7 percent. He also talked about the First Step Act, which was designed to help former inmates find jobs and assimilate into society.

President Donald Trump gives a thumbs up as he speaks during the North Carolina Opportunity Now Summit in Charlotte, N.C., Friday, Feb. 7, 2020. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

Before introducing the president, Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Ben Carson thanked the president for his dedication to the “forgotten men and women of this country.”

“Nearly 35 million people across the nation live in areas marked as an opportunity zone,” said Carson. “Today, this administration is reinforcing its commitment to revitalize neighborhoods by bringing economic freedom to the forgotten men and women of this country.”

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House Speaker Pelosi under fire for behavior during the president’s State of the Union address

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., tears her copy of President Donald Trump’s s State of the Union address after he delivered it to a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi added fuel to the partisan fire during the president’s State of the Union address. Both Senate and House Republicans are criticizing Pelosi for her actions on Tuesday.

At the start of the night, President Trump gave copies of his speech to Vice President Pence and the House speaker. While doing so, the president seemingly overlooked the speaker’s attempt to shake his hand. Many claimed this move was unintentional because he didn’t shake the vice president’s hand either.

However, Pelosi may have taken offense and went on to cut the president’s introduction short. She left out customary language, including the speaker’s tradition of saying he or she has the “high honor and distinct privilege” of presenting the president.

Pelosi has stated she did not intend the omission as a snub. However, as the president finished his remarks, the senator made it a point to tear up her copy of the speech. She later waved the pieces at those left in the chamber. When asked why, she said it was the only courteous thing to do considering the alternatives.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., holds the copy of President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address she tore up after he delivered it to a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020. At left is Rep. Val Demings, D-Fla. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

The White House later blasted Pelosi and said she will be remembered for disrespecting every single special guest invited by the president.

Her actions during the speech have attracted attention from both sides of the aisle. Some on the right called for her to be censured and stripped of her gavel.

“I can say the dark cloud is hanging over the Democratic Party in the House, who are sitting on their hands when the president’s talking about American exceptionalism,” said Rep. Chip Roy. “I think it was made very clear when you saw the Speaker of the House tearing up the speech at the dais here afterwards.”

Despite Pelosi’s actions, the president is likely to be acquitted by the Senate in the impeachment trial.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., waits before President Donald Trump arrives to deliver his State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

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Chief Justice Roberts remains neutral during impeachment trial

Chief Justice of the United States John Roberts, right, arrives on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, Jan. 31, 2020, for the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump on charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. (AP Photo/ Jacquelyn Martin)

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Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts’ goal to remain neutral during the impeachment trial may have helped protect his reputation. The presiding judge has reportedly gone through the trial virtually unscathed.

A senior fellow at the Brookings Institution said Roberts’ success came from him not making himself the story. Democrats had called for the chief justice to play a larger role in the witness vote on Friday. However, he refused and said the decision should be made by senators.

“I think it would be inappropriate for me, an unelected official from a different branch of government, to assert the power to change that result so that the motion would succeed,” said Roberts.

In this image from video, presiding officer Chief Justice of the United States John Roberts speaks during the impeachment trial against President Donald Trump in the Senate at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Friday, Jan. 31, 2020. (Senate Television via AP)

On Twitter, Rep. Andy Biggs noted that Sen. Elizabeth Warren and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi were grasping at straws when they called into question the legitimacy of the judicial branch. Biggs suggested this is all they have after the impeachment case fell apart.

His tweet referred to a question Warren presented during the Senate trial.

“At a time when large majorities of Americans have lost faith in government, does the fact that the chief justice is presiding over an impeachment trial – in which Republican senators have thus far refused to allow witnesses or evidence – contribute to the loss of legitimacy of the chief justice, the Supreme Court and the Constitution?” asked Sen. Warren.

Her question appeared to backfire as the Senate voted to reject the motion to call further witnesses.

However, Roberts may find himself in the political spotlight again in March, when the Supreme Court will decide whether or not to release President Trump’s financial records.

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Cory Booker to run his first TV ad during Thursday’s Democratic debate

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He didn’t make the stage, but many TV viewers watching Thursday night’s Democratic presidential primary debate will likely – and briefly – still see Sen. Cory Booker.

The senator from New Jersey will run the first television commercial of his Democratic campaign during the debate, which will be broadcast nationally on PBS and simulcast on cable TV by CNN.


Booker’s campaign announced early Thursday that their ad is specifically targeting viewers tuning into the debate and will be seen in 22 TV markets across the country, including the four early primary and caucus states of Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina, as well as in New York City, Washington D.C., and Los Angeles.

In the 30-second spot titled ‘Together,’ Booker jokes “how long are these things? 30 seconds? Are you sure we can afford this?”

The candidate – who has struggled with fundraising and is hovering in the low single digits in most polling – then spotlights that “you're only gonna see this ad once because I'm not a billionaire. I won't be on tonight's debate stage, but that's okay because I'm going to win this election anyway.”

“This election isn't about who can spend the most, or who slings the most mud. It's about the people. It's about all of us, standing together, fighting together. Not just to beat Donald Trump, but to bring about the transformative change we need,” he adds.

Only 7 of the roughly 15 remaining Democratic White House hopefuls qualified for Thursday’s sixth round debate. They are former Vice President Joe Biden, Sens. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, and Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, South Bend Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg, billionaire environmental and progressive advocate Tom Steyer, and tech entrepreneur Andrew Yang.

Booker reached the individual donor qualifying criteria set by the Democratic National Committee, but was far short of reaching the polling threshold. Thursday’s debate is the first for which he’s failed to qualify.


On Saturday, Booker spearheaded a letter to the DNC asking the national party committee to "consider alternative debate qualification standards" for four nomination debates scheduled in January and February in the early voting sates.

Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick, who besides Booker is the other remaining black candidate in the nomination race, also failed to qualify for the debate. A third black candidate – Sen. Kamala Harris of California – qualified for the debate but ended her White House bid earlier this month. Former Housing Secy. Julian Castro, the only Latino candidate in the field, also failed to qualify. Yang – who’s Asian-American – is the only non-white candidate to qualify.

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey campaigns in Portsmouth, NH in February 2019

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey campaigns in Portsmouth, NH in February 2019

Booker – in his letter – argued that the higher thresholds have “unnecessarily and artificially narrowed what started as the strongest and most diverse Democratic field in history.”

The letter, which was co-signed by all seven candidates who will appear in the debate, appeared to receive a frosty reception by the DNC, which has yet to reveal the qualifying thresholds for the January and February primary showdowns.


While Booker's commercial runs on TV, the candidate will be in Iowa Thursday night, kicking off a five day swing through the state that leads off the presidential nominating calendar.

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