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Bernie Sanders announces President Bid for 2019 Election

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Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, whose insurgent 2016 presidential campaign reshaped Democratic politics, announced Tuesday he is running for president in 2020.

The 77-year-old self-described democratic socialist challenged Hillary Clinton in the Democratic presidential primary in 2016. He told Vermont Public Radio on Tuesday that he planned to again seek the nomination.

“Our campaign is not only about defeating Donald Trump,” the 77-year-old self-described democratic socialist said in an email to supporters. “Our campaign is about transforming our country and creating a government based on the principles of economic, social, racial and environmental justice.”

Sanders has earned a loyal following with his passionate defense of liberal proposals, including free college tuition and single-payer health care. But he will face off against several other Democratic candidates who also want to appeal to the party’s base.

Still, Sanders’s name recognition, fundraising prowess and passion for liberal policies makes him a top-tier 2020 presidential contender. He won more than 13 million votes in 2016, and opens his campaign with a nationwide organization and a proven small-dollar fundraising effort.

Sanders was asked Tuesday on CBS whether he believes the Democratic Party has come his way.

“I don’t want to say that. Most people would say that,” he said.

“You know what’s happened in over three years? All of these ideas and many more are now part of the political mainstream,” said Sanders.

The question now for Sanders is whether he can stand out in a crowded field of Democratic presidential candidates who also embrace many of his policy ideas and are newer to the national political stage. That’s far different from 2016, when he was Clinton’s lone progressive adversary.

“We’re gonna win,” Sanders told CBS.

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Ava DuVernay addresses Boycott against Central Park Five Prosecutor Linda Fairstein

Linda Fairstein’s role in the convictions of five boys falsely confessing to raping a woman in Central Park with no physical evidence is now being reexamined.
The “Central Park 5” case was one of the most publicized of the 1980s. Film director Ava DuVernay released a chilling Netflix mini-series, dubbed When They See Us recounting the racial injustices during the case.
The hashtag #CancelLindaFairstein began trending via Twitter, with users demanding a boycott of the prosecutor-turned-novelist’s books.
DuVernay is finally speaking out concerning the uproar. Take a look at her sit-down with CNN.

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Missouri on track to become first state without an abortion clinic

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According to Planned Parenthood, Missouri’s last abortion clinic could possibly close its doors by the end of the week due to the state’s pending decision on whether or now it will renew the business’ license.

In a teleconference on Tuesday (May 28), Planned Parenthood reps reported that the current license for the St. Louis clinic expires Friday.

If a renewal is not set in place, the organization claims Missouri would become the first state without a functioning abortion clinic since the 1973 Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision.

“This is not a drill,” said Dr. Leana Wen, president, and CEO of Planned Parenthood Federation of America. “This is not a warning. This is real and it’s a public health crisis.”

Gov. Parson signed a bill Friday banning abortions on or beyond the eighth week of pregnancy, with no exceptions for rape or incest.

Source: AP

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Ellen DeGeneres reveals she was sexually assaulted as a teen

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Entertainment veteran Ellen DeGeneres admits she was sexually assaulted as a teenager.

DeGeneres, 61, recently detailed about the traumatic experience which she alleges occurred after her mother Betty married “a very bad man” and was diagnosed with breast cancer shortly afterwards.

Speaking on Netflix show ‘My Next Guest Needs No Introduction With David Letterman’, she said: “He told me when she was out of town that he’d felt a lump in her breast and needed to feel my breasts because he didn’t want to upset her, but he needed to feel mine.

“Again, because I didn’t know about bodies, I don’t know that breasts are all different and … Anyway, he convinced me that he needs to feel my breasts and then he tries to do it again another time, and then another time.”

The daytime talk show host – who explained her mother Betty is “apologetic” about everything – also added she didn’t want to tell her mum about the incident at the time because she “knew that would ruin her happiness”.

Revealing why she has chosen to open up about the alleged abuse now, she said: “I’m angry at myself because, you know, I didn’t … I was too weak to stand up to … I was 15 or 16.

“It’s a really horrible, horrible story and the only reason I’m actually going to go into detail about it is because I want other girls to not, you know, ever let someone do that … I should never have protected her.

“I should have protected myself and I didn’t tell her for a few years and then I told her. And then she didn’t believe me and then she stayed with him for 18 more years. And finally left him because he’d changed the story so many times.”

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