Winners and losers from the 1st 2020 Democratic debate

Winners and losers from the 1st 2020 Democratic debate

The first debate of the 2020 Democratic nomination fight is in the books! With 10 candidates onstage, their answers limited to 60 seconds and most of the candidates unwilling to engage one another, the debate was less a debate than a series of one-minute speeches. I watched the whole thing and picked out some of…

Democrats tried to speak Spanish at the debate. How’d they do?

Democrats tried to speak Spanish at the debate. How’d they do?

When Beto O’Rourke opened the first Democratic debate by answering a question about tax rates in Spanish, he appeared to get some shade from Sen. Cory Booker. The New Jersey Democrat initially looked taken aback, impressed or jealous at the power move, which highlighted O’Rourke’s ability to fluently speak the language and may have distracted…

Family of slain man sues South Bend and officer who shot him

Family of slain man sues South Bend and officer who shot him

The family of a black man killed by a white police officer in South Bend, Indiana, filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday against the city and the officer involved in the shooting, accusing him of using excessive deadly force. Lawyer Brian Coffman filed the federal lawsuit on behalf of the family of Eric Jack Logan, requesting…

Fact-checking the first night of the first Democratic presidential debate

Fact-checking the first night of the first Democratic presidential debate

The first 2020 Democratic presidential debate kicked off in Miami with 10 candidates trying to stand out in a crowded field. They took on taxes, equal pay, health insurance, gun control and immigration reform. Here are the facts. Insurance industry profits Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren said the insurance industry last year “sucked $23 billion in…

Asylum officers union opposes sending migrants back to Mexico

Asylum officers union opposes sending migrants back to Mexico

The union representing US asylum officers asked a federal court to end the Trump administration’s policy of returning some asylum seekers to Mexico for the duration of their immigration hearing. “Asylum officers are duty bound to protect vulnerable asylum seekers from persecution. However, under the (Migrant Protection Protocols), they face a conflict between the directives…

Former staffer says Duncan Hunter groped her at a party in 2014

Former staffer says Duncan Hunter groped her at a party in 2014

A former Capitol Hill staffer said Rep. Duncan Hunter grabbed her behind at a party in downtown Washington in 2014, adding a new element of impropriety alleged against the embattled California Republican, who is charged with using campaign funds to pay for vacations and to finance extramarital affairs. Rory Riley-Topping, a former subcommittee staff director…

Navy exploring perjury charge against witness in trial of Navy SEAL accused of murder

Navy exploring perjury charge against witness in trial of Navy SEAL accused of murder

In the wake of bombshell testimony in the trial of Navy SEAL Eddie Gallagher, prosecutors are now exploring perjury charges against a witness, according to a Navy email obtained Wednesday by CNN. Special Operator First Class Corey Scott could face a court-martial for lying to investigators and prosecutors. When called to the witness stand, Scott…

It’s Cory Booker’s moment (if he can seize it)

It’s Cory Booker’s moment (if he can seize it)

You can’t watch 10 candidates for two hours. So here’s the ONE candidate you need to watch tonight: Cory Booker. The senator from New Jersey comes into tonight’s debate with a bit of momentum — thanks to a high-profile fight with Joe Biden last week over comments the former vice president made that praised the…