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Maryland Rep. Delaney is running for president in 2020

Source: CNN

Washington (CNN)Maryland Rep. John Delaney on Friday became the first Democrat to announce he would run for president in 2020.

The 54-year-old three-term congressman revealed his plans in a Washington Post op-ed. He won't run for re-election and is bypassing a run for Maryland governor in 2018.

He enters the race an extreme longshot -- with no national profile among Democrats and a moderate record that appears out of sync with the party's progressive primary electorate.

Delaney is a self-made businessman who has launched two companies and could pour millions of dollars of his own money into the campaign.

Read more: http://www.cnn.com/2017/07/28/politics/john-delaney-democrat-president-2020/index.html

India Elects Untouchable President From Lowest Dalit Caste

Source: NBC News

LONDON — India chose an “untouchable” as its next president Thursday after the first contest in which both candidates were from the lowest tier of the country's caste system.

Ram Nath Kovind, nominated by the ruling BJP party, had been clear favorite for the largely ceremonial post, which is decided by 4,800 lawmakers across the country.

Under India’s constitution, the prime minister and his ministers wield executive power but the president sometimes plays a role such as deciding which party should form a government if a general election is inconclusive.

Kovind, 72, is not the first president to be “Dalit,” a term that means “oppressed” in Sanskrit and refers to members of the lowest caste. Kocheril Raman Narayanan took office in 1997 more than half a century after Gandhi pledged to end the country’s ancient system of discrimination.

Read more: http://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/india-elects-untouchable-president-ram-nath-kovind-lowest-dalit-caste-n784726

Dems get top challenger for Nevada Senate fight

Source: The Hill

Freshman Democratic Rep. Jacky Rosen announced her Nevada Senate bid Thursday, hoping to take on Republican Sen. Dean Heller in 2018's general election.

The Nevada race represents one of the few offensive opportunities for Democrats, who face a daunting Senate map elsewhere in the country with many incumbents defending their seats. Landing a perceived top-tier candidate like Rosen in Nevada, a state that Democrat Hillary Clinton won in 2016, boosts their hopes of taking Heller's seat.

Rosen blasted the Trump administration in a Thursday statement announcing her bid, making it clear that opposition to President Trump will be a centerpiece of her bid against Heller.

"Now more than ever, Nevadans deserve a Senator they can trust to be an independent voice standing up to President Trump, not his enabler. Senator Heller might not sound like President Trump, but his voting record shows he supported Trump’s agenda 100% of the time in his first 100 days," she said.

Read more: http://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/340799-heller-gets-dem-challenge-for-nevada-senate-seat
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