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Elizabeth Warren’s new book: Run-ins with Obama and praise for Hillary Clinton

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Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) flustered both President Barack Obama and his former economic advisor on top of making Republicans “nervous,” according to an her upcoming autobiography, the Boston Globe reported on Wednesday.

In the book, scheduled to be released on April 22, Warren wrote that Obama informed her during a 2010 meeting in the Oval Office that he would not nominate her to lead the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, saying she made Senate GOP members and Wall Street executives “very nervous.” Ohio State Treasurer Richard Cordray would subsequently be nominated instead, although his own nomination process also faced Republican opposition.

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During another meeting a few weeks later, Warren expressed her reluctance to Obama’s suggestion that she take on a consultancy role to assist in setting the bureau up.

“You’re jamming me, Elizabeth,” she quoted Obama as saying. When she accepted the position, Warren wrote, the president “urged me not to overplay my hand.”

Politico reported that Warren’s book also contains a brief mention of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, saying Clinton promised Warren in 1998 that she would “fight on behalf of working families” against the bill that would eventually be known as the Bankruptcy Reform Act of 2000, which had gained support from the finance industry. Clinton’s husband, then-President Bill Clinton, would later use the “pocket veto” to kill the bill.

“President Clinton stood strong with struggling families,” Warren wrote. “With no public fanfare, he vetoed the industry’s bill.”

Hillary Clinton has been the rumored front-runner for the Democratic Party presidential nomination in 2016, though some progressives have also made the case for Warren to seek the nomination, which some observers say could be buoyed by the new book, titled A Fighting Chance.

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“It’s not the book that would have been on the syllabus for her Harvard Law School class,” Democratic consultant Chris Lehane told the Globe, adding that if Warren does make a bid for the White House, “it will be on the syllabus of every reporter covering the presidential election in 2016.”

The book also reportedly chronicles the deterioration of her relationship with Larry Summers, a former Harvard colleague who became Obama’s economic advisor. Summers also opposed Warren’s nomination to lead the bureau, she wrote, but during one dinner he told her she faced a choice between being an “insider” or an “outsider,” arguing that being an insider offered the benefit of access to present her ideas to the powerful.

“But insiders also understand one unbreakable rule: They don’t criticize other insiders,” Warren wrote, quoting Summers. “I had been warned.”

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Cops fire bean bag rounds into crowd as police response to Atlanta protests escalates

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Protesters in cities across America took to the streets on Friday to protest police brutality following the killing of George Floyd while in the custody of the Minneapolis Police Department.

In Atlanta, protesters defaced CNN's logo and broke windows at the company's headquarters.

Things escalated further as police began firing bean bag rounds from atop armored vehicles.

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Here are other scenes from the protest:

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Man threatened to kill Ohio House Democratic leader’s father unless she resigned: report

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On Friday, the Ohio Capital Journal reported that House Minority Leader Emilia Sykes received a call from an unidentified man threatening to kill her father unless she resigned from the legislature.

"The suspect claimed he had her father, Democratic state Senator Vernon Sykes, captive. He told her not to contact the police," reported Jake Zuckerman. "He repeatedly told her to step aside, telling her to resign or else she would kill him. Emilia Sykes hung up the phone and called the number belonging to her father. Her father then answered the phone."

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WATCH: Video shows NYPD beating anti-police violence protesters with batons

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Protesters of police violence received a harsh reception from the New York Police Department on Friday evening.

The protesters had marched to the Barclays Center, where they were met with a large police presence.

Heavy police presence posted outside of Barclays Center. If you’re protesting, please stay safe.

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