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Sanders may debate Trump, not Clinton, before California contest

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U.S. presidential candidates Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump have appeared to agreed to debate each other ahead of California’s June 7 primary contest, an unconventional move before either political party has formally picked its nominee.

Sanders, a U.S. senator from Vermont, is still locked in a tight primary battle against Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton, while Trump effectively clinched the Republican party’s nomination earlier this month when his two remaining rivals dropped out.

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In an appearance on ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live” late Wednesday, Trump was asked whether he was willing to participate in such an event against Sanders.

“Yes, I am,” Trump said, adding that he would do it if the event’s proceeds were donated to a good cause.

“If I debated him, we would have such high ratings,” the billionaire businessman said. “I think I should … take that money and give it to some worthy charity.”

Sanders appeared to agree in a post on Twitter early Thursday.

“Game on,” he tweeted. “I look forward to debating Donald Trump in California before the June 7 primary.”

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Representatives for both campaigns did not immediately respond to requests for comment, and neither campaign has released any formal plans for such a debate.

Kimmel said he asked Trump about the debate at Sanders’ suggestion. Sanders, who is scheduled to appear on the show Thursday night, had first challenged Clinton to a California debate and said he was “disappointed” when the former secretary of state declined.

The Clinton campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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(Editing by Susan Heavey and Bernadette Baum)


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After Trump: No free pass for Republicans — they own this nightmare

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With the impeachment inquiry leveling up this month as public hearings begin, and with an election that might actually be the end of Donald Trump now less than a year away, the campaign to let Trump's Republican allies — even the most villainous offenders — move on and pretend this never happened is already underway.

This article first appeared in Salon.

Sadly, the clearest articulation of the let-bygones-be-bygones mentality has come from a Democrat — unsurprisingly, former Vice President Joe Biden.Biden, who is still, somehow, the frontrunner in Democratic primary polling, spoke at a chi-chi fundraiser on Wednesday, and dropped this pearl of wisdom: "With Donald Trump out of the way, you’re going to see a number of my Republican colleagues have an epiphany."

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As climate crisis-fueled fires rage, fears grow of an ‘uninhabitable’ California

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As activist Bill McKibben put it, "We've simply got to slow down the climate crisis."

With wildfires raging across California on Wednesday—and with portions of the state living under an unprecedented "Extreme Red Flag Warning" issued by the National Weather Service due to the severe conditions—some climate experts are openly wondering if this kind of harrowing "new normal" brought on by the climate crisis could make vast regions of the country entirely uninhabitable.

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‘A profound emoluments clause violation’: Andrew Napolitano slams Trump’s hosting the G7 at Doral

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In the wake of acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney's announcement this Thursday that next year's G7 summit will be hosted at President Trump's Doral golf club, Fox News senior judicial analyst Andrew Napolitano pointed out that Trump would be violating the emoluments clause if he were to go through with the move.

At the outset of the segment, Fox Business Network anchor Neil Cavuto said that the announcement is "effectively saying the president has given himself this contract."

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