Why you shouldn’t count out Bernie Sanders

(CNN)Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders seems to be the third wheel among the Democratic frontrunners. Former Vice President Joe Biden has held a consistent advantage in national primary polls. Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren seems to have the crowds and momentum. Importantly, Sanders isn’t dropping. His 15% in national polls is what he’s averaged basically all year with the exception of a post-announcement bump in March. Sanders is not like California Sen. Kamala Harris, who started in the single digits, rose after she announced, dropped, rose again after the first debate and then dropped a second time. Having 15% support is key because it means he’s at the threshold to receive delegates in primary contests. The early state picture is a little …

Coloradans push Gardner on gun control ahead of marquee Senate race

Aurora, Colorado (CNN)Coni Sanders, the daughter of a teacher who was killed in the Columbine High School shooting, has a message for Colorado Republican Sen. Cory Gardner. “We have to prevent violence and we should protect our communities, but we can’t violate the Constitution,” Gardner said during a May radio interview when asked about red flag laws. The senator has also raised questions about whether red flag legislation in Colorado is constitutional. “I think you could possibly craft a bill to protect the Constitution,” Gardner said during the same interview in response to another question about red flag laws, adding, “I don’t know that you could construct it as they wrote it in 2018 or 2019,” a reference to state …

Mike Pence backs Boris Johnson over Brexit in awkward Dublin visit

US vice-president urges taoiseach and EU to negotiate with UK in good faith The US vice-president and the taoiseach have clashed over Brexit, with Mike Pence urging Leo Varadkar and the EU to work with Boris Johnson to protect the United Kingdoms sovereignty and limit trade chaos. Pence also asked Varadkar to support the US in its quest for a new trade deal with the EU. Pence made the intervention in the Brexit crisis during a two-day visit to Ireland, where his grandfather was born. In an uncomfortable press conference following a meeting in Dublin, he indicated his full support for Johnson over Brexit. Let me be clear: the US supports the UK decision to leave the EU in Brexit, …

Baby Trump Balloon Flies Over Copenhagen Despite Canceled Visit

Phtoographer: Morten Skovgaard A giant Trump Baby balloon hovered above Copenhagen’s tourist hotspot on Monday as part of a series of demonstrations planned for the U.S. president’s now canceled visit to Denmark. Thousands of people said on social media they planned to attend a Stop Trump rally at the U.S. embassy planned for later in the day. A pro-Trump parade organized by a group calling itself Danes for Donald Trump attracted less interest on Facebook. Trump famous worldwide after it featured in Trump’s July 2018 visit to London. Asked about expected numbers, Skovgaard said: “Judging from the media attention and all the traction on Facebook we expect a massive turnout. Trump would call it huge.” A Danish computer games entrepreneur, …

Pound Off Lows But Still Under Pressure as Brexit Showdown Looms

Photographer: Miles Willis/Bloomberg wouldn’t delay the country’s exit from the European Union, and left the The pound may not have much room to recover for now, according to Valentin Marinov, head of G-10 currency strategy at Credit Agricole CIB, who says Johnson is laying the groundwork for a confrontation with the House on Tuesday. “Risks of an early vote are still on the table,” Marinov wrote in an email, noting that the prime minister’s speech hadn’t sustained the pound’s rally. Sterling remains 0.78% lower on the day versus the dollar, and around 90.92 pence versus the euro. The currency may drop as low as $1.10 if a mandate is secured for a no-deal departure from the EU, according to Lee …

Georgia Republican Sen. Johnny Isakson to resign at end of year

Washington (CNN)Georgia Republican Sen. Johnny Isakson announced on Wednesday that he will resign at the end of the year, citing health concerns. Republican governor can appoint replacement before special election The new vacancy will reinforce the perception that Georgia is one of the most important battlegrounds in the 2020 election. The state will have two Senate seats on the ballot. Republican Gov. Brian Kemp will appoint a replacement for Isakson until a special election held in November 2020 will determine who will fill the remainder of his term — the same time Republican Sen. David Perdue is up for reelection. Isakson’s seat will be up for a full, six-year term in 2022. Some Democrats also hope to make Georgia, where …

Trump arrives for G7 summit as global disputes threaten unity

Saint-Jean-de-Luz, France (CNN)As the global economy shudders, the Middle East boils and the Amazon rainforest burns, world leaders are convening on France’s Atlantic coast for a weekend of talks few believe can solve any of it. And while Macron made little effort to paper over his differences with Trump — including on what he called “hot spots” like climate change — Trump insisted they were getting along, at least most of the time. “Once in a while we go at it just a little bit, not very much,” he said. Later, he’s due to attend a dinner for the leaders Saturday evening at the base of a tall white lighthouse planted atop a rocky cliff overlooking elegant Biarritz, the venue …

The democratic socialist revolution comes to a crossroads

Atlanta (CNN)On the night Donald Trump won the presidency in 2016, the Democratic Socialists of America had about 8,000 dues-paying members. By the time the group opened its 2017 convention the next summer, its ranks had grown threefold. But in entering the current election cycle with such gusto, DSA also ramped up the internal divisions simmering within its rank and file. Many of those disputes mirror the ones facing the Democratic Party — the very party DSA is dedicated to radicalizing from the inside out. After Bernie, who? Ideology repeatedly clashed with electoral pragmatism during this year’s convention, which veered between a giddy celebration of the group’s previously unfathomable successes, delegates’ passage of Green New Deal and open borders initiatives, …

In the wake of tragedy, Beto O’Rourke channels El Paso’s anger at Trump

El Paso, Texas (CNN)As Beto O’Rourke left a vigil for the victims of the mass shooting in El Paso on Sunday, his anger boiled over when a reporter asked if there was anything President Donald Trump could say to make things better. In speeches and interviews, he has sought to channel the indignation of his bilingual border community over Trump’s racist comments and actions — which people here say is fomenting hatred and violence. The 21-year-old white supremacist suspected of carrying out a deadly shooting at a Walmart that killed 22 people wanted to stop a “Hispanic invasion of Texas,” according to a political document police believe he wrote. The document echoed some of Trump’s rhetoric toward immigrants. “It’s these …

‘Too bad:’ Trump reacts to burglary at Cummings’ Baltimore home after week of attacks

Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump appeared to sarcastically call out a break-in at Rep. Elijah Cummings’ Baltimore home after a week of attacking the prominent African American lawmaker over the conditions of his Baltimore district – even comparing the city’s murder rate to third world countries. Cummings confirmed the incident in a statement Friday, but said that the individual did not gain access into his home. “I was notified of the intrusion by my security system, and I scared the intruder away by yelling before the person gained entry into the residential portion of the house,” Cummings said. “I thank the Baltimore Police Department for their response and ask that all further inquiries be directed to them.” Trump attacks Cummings and …

Virginia black caucus, state Democrats boycott commemorative events over Trump’s attendance

(CNN)Black state lawmakers in Virginia are planning to boycott an event commemorating the 400th anniversary of the first representative legislative assembly in the western hemisphere because President Donald Trump plans to attend. “The VLBC will not in good conscience sit silently and support his inclusion in this event. It is impossible to ignore the emblem of hate and disdain that the President represents,” the 20-member caucus said, adding, “Those who have chosen to attend and remain silent are complicit in the atrocities that he incites.” Trump on Tuesday appeared unbothered by the boycotts, downplaying it as “all a fix.” “That’s OK. Well I think if that’s the case I’d be shocked, but if that’s the case, they’re fighting against their …

Democrats worry window closing for impeachment probe

(CNN)House Democrats who are publicly and privately agitating to begin impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump are growing worried that their time is running short — and that they are missing key opportunities to give them a clear opening to mount a formal probe. After the Mueller hearing, Nadler floated at a closed-door caucus meeting the option of drafting articles of impeachment, along with five other committees that are leading investigations into the President, according to multiple sources. He also indicated his panel could move forward on impeachment proceedings without a full vote of the House, according to attendees. On Thursday, two Democratic chairmen who are also investigating Trump, Reps. Adam Schiff of California and Elijah Cummings of Maryland, told …

How will the US-UK relationship evolve with Boris Johnson in No 10?

Donald Trump is a fan of the incoming PM but it is unclear if there will be any real convergence on policy Boris Johnson has already been dubbed holding hands in the White House, but that relationship soured as soon as she Brexitwasnt enough, a new Johnson government must immediately take steps to make sure he doesnt begin his time in No 10 with a slide into war. The situation in the gulf is complex, fast-moving and hugely dangerous. Johnson did not cover himself in glory as foreign secretary, especially over Iran. It will be his task to prove he has learned. Managing parliament and Tory MPs Johnson will start as PM with a working Commons majority of four, thanks …

Boris Johnson’s Brexit plans under threat from ministers’ resignations

Likely new PM could find no-deal option thwarted by senior Tories such as Philip Hammond Boris Johnsons hoped-for triumphant march into Downing Street this week is set to be dampened by a carefully timed series of resignations by senior ministers, who will retreat to the backbenches with a vow to thwart any moves towards a no-deal Brexit. The Philip Hammond and David Gauke that they will step down on Wednesday, immediately before Johnson is likely to head to Buckingham Palace, highlight the perilous political climate for Theresa Mays expected successor. It comes amid predictions that the Conservatives already wafer-thin working Commons majority of three could entirely disappear by the time MPs return from their summer recess, with mooted defections to …

Joe Biden, Kamala Harris will face off again as lineups for CNN Democratic primary debates are set

Washington (CNN)It’s time for round two. The lineups for each night were announced on air during a live, random draw for transparency around the event. There were three distinct draws based on polling: One to divide the bottom 10 candidates, one to divide the middle six candidates and one to divide the top four candidates. The 20 candidates who qualified for the debate stage, based on rules outlined by the Democratic National Convention were: Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet, Biden, New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker, Montana Gov. Steve Bullock, South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, former Maryland Rep. John Delaney, Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, New York Sen. …

Trump defends Pelosi, says she’s ‘not a racist’

Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump, in a surprising turn, defended Democrat Nancy Pelosi amid her dispute with Rep. Alexandria Ocascio-Cortez and other freshman Democrats, saying the House speaker “is not a racist.” Trump said Ocasio-Cortez “should not be doing what she’s doing” adding she’s being “very disrespectful to somebody that’s been there a long time.” “I don’t think that Nancy can let that go on. A group of people that came … I don’t know where they came from,” Trump said. Pelosi responded to Ocasio-Cortez’s comments Thursday saying: “I’ve said what I’m going to say in the caucus.” The day before, Pelosi delivered an impassioned pitch for unity during a closed-door caucus meeting, encouraging her colleagues to turn their ire on …