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    The New York Times reports former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is actively planning to make a late entry into the 2020 Democratic presidential race.

    Meanwhile, a judge orders Donald Trump to pay $2 million for illegally abusing funds from his own charity foundation.

    And lastly, billionaire Democratic presidential candidate Tom Steyer’s campaign caught bribing local politicians in exchange for endorsing his go-nowhere election.


    Axios reports that acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney has been subpoenaed to testify before the House Intelligence Committee today at part of the impeachment inquiry.

    House Democrats released the transcript of George Kent’s testimony, a senior diplomat who told the impeachment probe that President Trump’s anti-corruption campaign in Ukraine was itself corrupt.

    The New York Times reports that five years after Michigan switched Flint’s water supply to the contaminated Flint River from Lake Huron, the city’s lead crisis has migrated from its homes to its schools, where neurological and behavioral problems among students are threatening to overwhelm the education system.

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    Trump threatens to shut down the government in 17 days in order to stop The House impeachment process.

    Meanwhile, California governor Gavin Newsom threatens to take over PG&E in wake of the electrical utility’s bankruptcy crisis

    And lastly, a new Fox News poll shows Trump’s approval numbers hitting a two-year low and his true base of registered voters shrinking dramatically.


    Nancy Pelosi, who could still be Speaker in 2021, says the next president of the United States must abide by pay-as-you-go rules.

    The Treasury Department said on Thursday that it was rolling back regulations that were enacted to prevent American companies from moving their official residence abroad to reduce their tax bills.

    Air pollution in the north of India has "reached unbearable levels," Delhi's Chief Minister says.

    Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison pledged to outlaw climate boycott campaigns that he argued could hurt the country’s mining industry.

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    The Trump administration officially begins pulling the United States out of the Paris climate Agreement today.

    Meanwhile, Bernie Sanders calls Apple’s $2.5 billion home program a distraction from the hundreds of billions of dollars in tax avoidance that created the California housing crisis.

    And lastly, an aide for billionaire presidential candidate Tom Steyer resigns after he was caught stealing data from the Kamala Harris campaign.


    Marie Yovanovitch, the ousted U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, told House impeachment investigators last month that EU ambassador Gordon Sondland told her she should tweet out support or praise for Donald Trump if she wanted to save her job, according to a transcript obtained by the New York Times.

    From Bloomberg News; Luxury developers in New York City are fighting a proposed tax on second homes that cost $5 million or more — calling the plan "class warfare on the rich"

    USA Today reports that a Cameroonian migrant detained by ICE was removed from life support after his family asked that he continue to receive medical care.

    And lastly, YouTube has banned Sebastian Gorka from its platform, apparently because the former Trump White House adviser refused to stop playing songs from pop rock band Imagine Dragons on episodes of his radio show that were later uploaded to the site.

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    Donald Trump reportedly tried to get Attorney General Bill Barr to hold a press conference to clear him of the Ukraine quid pro quo crimes, but Barr refused.

    Meanwhile, Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin refuses to concede his loss to Andy Beshar as Republicans threatens to overturn Tuesday night’s election results.

    And lastly, a US judge scraps Trump administration rule that protects doctors who deny care because of religious reasons.


    Speaking at a conference on Wednesday, Bill Gates balked at Elizabeth Warren’s tax policies, saying, “If I had to pay $20 billion, it’s fine. But when you say I should pay $100 billion, then I’m starting to do a little math over what I have leftover.”

    The New York Times reports a federal judge has ruled that the U.S. government must provide mental health services to thousands of migrant parents and children who were separated under the Trump administration's zero-tolerance immigration policy.

    Former Attorney General Jeff Sessions is expected to announce plans to run in Alabama’s upcoming Senate race. A source tells the Daily Beast that Sessions is gearing up to make the announcement today.

    And lastly, Representative Ayanna Pressley, the first black woman to represent Massachusetts in Congress, announced she is endorsing Elizabeth Warren for president.