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Name: Chris Bastian
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Pete Buttigieg: This is what Iowa has taught me

Des Moines Register

This election will decide whether the next president will mobilize Americans behind bold ideas or polarize them around the same Washington fights that have held us back for decades. We need to elect a president who can not only end the era of Donald Trump, but can launch the era that must come next. I’m running for president to lead a nation done with division and hungry for action.

I’ve seen that hunger on display throughout Iowa.

I’ve seen it in the Des Moines mother who wrote me that her medical bills had become so expensive that she and her parents sold their homes to pay for her 24-hour care. That’s why I’ve proposed Medicare for All Who Want It, which guarantees every American affordable coverage while letting you choose which plan is best for you, and introduced Long-Term Care America to ensure all Americans are supported. I measure the power of an idea not by how much controversy it generates, but by how many people it can help.

In a sweltering barn in Shenandoah, I met a young man who wanted to know how agriculture in the Midwest could help lead the fight against climate change. “People tend to forget about us,” he said. I told him how we’d put rural communities like his at the center of a national project and achieve a net-zero carbon economy by 2050.

During a Fourth of July parade in Storm Lake, I marched alongside 24 floats proudly displaying the two dozen countries that made up the area’s immigrant population. Places like Storm Lake inspired my plan for community renewal visas to attract immigrants to areas experiencing population decline, and strengthen my faith that we can manage our border in accordance with our values and our laws.

Cory Booker raised $6.6 M


The analysis you wanted to hear...


New Harris poll for The Hill: Bloomberg hits double digits


News from my Bundler acquaintance

Dear Friends:

Happy new year to all!

VP Joe Biden will be in NYC on Monday for an evening event and then on Tuesday for a morning event for his presidential campaign. With less than a month to go until Iowa, VP Biden needs your support now more than ever. The VP had his strongest fundraising quarter in the 4th quarter of 2019. His poll numbers are strong both nationally and in all of the early states. The invitations are below and space is limited. Please RSVP by using the links below. Also, please forward this email to your network as well. I look forward to seeing you on Monday or Tuesday.

Event Details: Reception with VP Biden
Midtown Manhattan, New York, NY - Address To Be Provided
Monday, January 6th

Contribution Level:
$2,800 per person

To contribute online, please visit: http://secure.joebiden.com/onlineactions/dp0vvcyaZ06VzJhtCfW-KQ2

Event Details: Reception with VP Biden
Skadden Arps, New York, NY
Tuesday, January 7th

Contribution Levels:
$2,800 per person (Includes photo)
$1,000 per person

To contribute online, please visit: http://secure.joebiden.com/onlineactions/Ae6I_2s6lkSoIZGgUlx6gQ2


Amy Klobuchar accepts campaign donation from Central Park 5 prosecutor Linda Fairstein

New York Daily News

Sen. Amy Klobuchar has reportedly accepted a presidential campaign donation from Linda Fairstein, the controversial prosecutor who led the botched and racially charged Central Park 5 case.

The Democratic candidate for the White House, who has been rising in recent polls on the back of strong debate performances, took $1,000 from Fairstein, according to a report in The Guardian.

Klobuchar, a former prosecutor herself who trumpeted her “tough on crime” policies, did not immediately comment on the report.

Fairstein has long been a lightning rod for criticism over her handling of the controversial case that put five young black men behind bars for the 1989 rape of a jogger in Central Park.

Judge: Indicted Giuliani associate may give records to House

Source: AP News

NEW YORK (AP) — A federal judge on Friday allowed a Rudy Giuliani associate indicted on campaign finance charges to turn over documents to Congress as part of the impeachment proceeding against President Donald Trump.

U.S. District Court Judge Paul Oetken granted Lev Parnas’ request to turn over to the House intelligence committee documents and data seized by federal investigators when Parnas was arrested in October.

Parnas’ attorney said in a court filing he expected to receive the materials from the U.S. Justice Department this week.

Parnas and another man, Igor Fruman, played key roles in efforts by Giuliani, Trump’s personal lawyer, to launch a Ukrainian corruption investigation against Democratic presidential contender Joe Biden and his son Hunter. Parnas and Fruman were indicted in October on federal campaign finance violations related to a $325,000 donation to a group supporting Trump’s reelection. They have pleaded not guilty.

Read more: https://apnews.com/f72d80dda4493e84899b9674cd9f8d42

Australia fires: Evacuation call stepped up as crisis worsens

Source: BBC

Authorities in Australia have urged tens of thousands of people to move to safety amid concerns that bushfires will burn out of control this weekend.

"If you don't need to be in the area, you need to leave," warned New South Wales (NSW) Premier Gladys Berejiklian.

Temperatures are expected to soar above 40C (104F) in parts of south-east Australia on Saturday, with strong winds increasing the fire danger.

Officials said it is expected to be a "very dangerous day".

Read more: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-australia-50986363
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