By Sara Burnett Associated Press Published 7:01 AM EST Jan 23, 2019 Democrat Pete Buttigieg, the 37-year-old mayor of South Bend, Indiana, is forming an exploratory committee for a 2020 presidential bid, according to a video and email announcement obtained by The Associated Press. "The reality is there's no going back, and there's no such thing as 'again' in the real world. We can't look for greatness in the past," Buttigieg says in a video that includes before-and-after footage of South Bend, a Rust Belt city once described as "dying." "Right now our country needs a fresh start," he says. Despite shutdown: Indiana's Republicans stand behind Trump's border request Including posh couples retreat: IDVA workers got welfare benefits for needy vets Buttigieg has touted his work to improve his city of 100,000 residents as he's prepared for an improbable jump from local politics to a presidential campaign. He's also said Democrats could benefit from a new generation of … [Read more...] about Presidential election 2020: South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg joins race
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Voting matters. But how much of an impact will your specific vote actually have? David McNew/Getty Images For decades, American voters lamented the inordinate amount of influence that 12 swing states wielded in choosing the leader of the free world. However, the same voters might actually look back on those days fondly as the 2020 presidential election approaches.America’s increasingly partisan divide in the aftermath of the 2016 election will have long-lasting effects on the U.S. political landscape. However, the greatest repercussion may be the incredibly disproportionate impact that 206 “pivot counties” will now have on the 2020 presidential race. Despite only representing approximately five percent of the total voting population in 2016, voters in these counties are likely to find themselves at ground zero in the run-up to 2020.The term “pivot counties” refers to 206 counties identified by Ballotpedia that voted for Donald Trump in 2016—after … [Read more...] about Less Than 5 Percent of American Voters Will Decide the 2020 Presidential Election
World International Affairs Brazilians will head to the polls on Sunday to choose between a leftist leader’s heir apparent and what many call the “Brazilian Donald Trump” in a second presidential election runoff. The presidential race occurs as the country continues to reel from the widespread corruption exposed in the 2014 “Operation Car Wash,” one of the world's largest investigations of government graft. The scandal ultimately led to the arrest and imprisonment of one former president, Inácio Lula Da Silva, and the ouster of his successor, President Dilma Rousseff, in 2016, for failing to comply with fiscal rules. Dozens of other politicians as well as the country’s largest companies were implicated as well. Cynicism and mistrust in the political system are running high, to say the least. However, voting is mandatory in the country and more than 140 million Brazilians are expected to cast their ballots. On October 7, 46 percent voted for … [Read more...] about Brazil Presidential Election: Jair Bolsonaro Is Hugely Controversial, but Could He Rescue Country’s Economy?
WASHINGTON — The Senate’s majority leader, insisting his chamber won’t be irreparably damaged by the bitter fight over new Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, is signaling he’s willing to take up another high court nomination in the 2020 presidential election season should another vacancy arise. “We’ll see if there is a vacancy in 2020,” said Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. Heading into pivotal midterm elections, McConnell tried to distinguish between President Donald Trump’s nomination of Kavanaugh this year and his own decision not to have the GOP-run Senate consider President Barack Obama’s high court nominee, Merrick Garland, in 2016. McConnell called the current partisan divide a “low point,” but he blamed Democrats. “The Senate’s not broken,” McConnell said. “We didn’t attack Merrick Garland’s background and try to destroy him.” He asserted that “we simply followed the … [Read more...] about McConnell says he’s open to Supreme Court nomination in presidential election year
In Sunday show appearances on CBS News' "Face the Nation" and Fox News' "Fox News Sunday," Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell offered an explanation of his decision to keep President Obama's Supreme Court nomination of Merrick Garland from being considered by the Senate: "We simply followed the tradition in America, which is if you have a party of a different -- a different Senate of a different party than the president, you don't fill a vacancy created in the presidential year," he told "Fox News Sunday's" Chris Wallace. "That went all the way back to 1888." After Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia died in February 2016, McConnell said: "The American people should have a voice in the selection of their next Supreme Court Justice. Therefore, this vacancy should not be filled until we have a new president." Wallace asked McConnell about his stand: "When you blocked Merrick Garland's nomination from President Obama, you basically said that we don't do this in a presidential … [Read more...] about McConnell doesn’t rule out confirming SCOTUS nominee in presidential election year