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Bernie Sanders and Keith Ellison lay out their plans to defeat Trump’s pernicious agenda

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Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) rallied behind Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) at the headquarters of American Federation of Teachers (AFT) where Ellison pitched his progressive campaign to become the Democratic National Committee’s new leader.

Ellison was introduced by Sanders who praised the congressman for his opposition to the Trans Pacific Partnership and leading the grassroots effort to defeat it.

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“Right now we have the support of more than 600,000 men and women in every state in this country who have signed petitions to demand Keith Ellison become the next chair of the democratic party,” Sanders announced.

He then told the D.C. crowd that the new goal was 1 million.

“We are going to need a political party that has the guts to stand with working families, has the guts to take on the big money interests who control, to a large degree, our economic and political life,” Sanders said, describing this moment in American history as “perilous.”

Ellison echoed Sanders’ statement in his own address.

“If there was ever a moment when people who love this country and the people in it need to step up and do everything they can to improve the lives of their fellow Americans, that moment is right now,” he told the crowd, before launching a full-on anti-Trump rant.

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“If I told you you had an opportunity to fight for people who felt vulnerable and scared in this Trump America, would you do it? If I told you you had a chance to stand up and fight for working people, would you do it? If you told you you could be the hero of folks who pour the cement, who teach the classes who take care of the folks in the hospital… I mean the hard working people of America, would you step up and do something for them?” Ellison asked.

The congressman then urged the audience, wherever they were on the “spectrum of grief” to accept the results of the election, protect each other and work tirelessly towards economic and social justice.

“It’s hard to imagine somebody like Donald Trump being elected president, but in a few days he will be the president,” Ellison lamented, but added that “this may very well be the moment that American people fought back to reclaim their democracy.”

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Ellison’s plan to win? Look beyond democratic or even blue-leaning areas.

“We need a 3,007-county strategy,” Ellison announced as Sanders and AFT President Randi Weingarten stood beside him. “We need a town strategy. We need a precinct strategy. The resources need to be moved down closer to the voter… if you got same-day registration in Minnesota, it’s because the state says so. If you’ve got a lifetime ban on voting for felons, like they do in Florida, it’s because the state says so.”

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New Zealand may postpone general election after 4 test positive for COVID-19: PM Jacinda Ardern

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New Zealand locked down nursing homes nationwide Wednesday after a 102-day streak without the coronavirus ended, as Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said the outbreak could force her to postpone next month's general election.

Ardern said authorities were scrambling to trace anyone who had been in contact with four Auckland residents who tested positive Tuesday, ending the dream run in which the virus had been contained at New Zealand's borders.

A three-day stay-at-home order for Auckland, New Zealand's biggest city with a population of 1.5 million, was announced on Tuesday night and went into force at lunchtime on Wednesday.

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Android phones to get ‘ShakeAlert’ earthquake warnings — and phones may double as tremor detectors

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Android phones will receive warnings triggered by a "ShakeAlert" earthquake early-warning system implemented on the West Coast by the US Geological Survey and partners.

ShakeAlert uses signals from hundreds of seismometers across the state to trigger warning messages that "an earthquake has begun and shaking is imminent," according to the system's website.

"We saw an opportunity to use Android to provide people with timely, helpful earthquake information when they search, as well as a few seconds warning to get themselves and their loved ones to safety if needed," principal software engineer Marc Stogaitis said in a blog post.

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‘Don’t talk about racism, racist’: Trump scorched after claiming Biden-Harris campaign has a ‘racism problem’

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President Donald Trump continued to lash out at Kamala Harris after the California Democrat was chosen to join the 2020 Democratic Party ticket as presumptive nominee Joe Biden's running mate.

At a news conference following the selection, Trump complained about Harris being "nasty."

After 10 p.m. on Monday, Trump tweeted out an attack ad claiming "Joe Biden has a racism problem."

Here's some of what people were saying about Trump's line of attack:

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