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Beto O’Rourke wins Democratic Primary in Texas after rejecting donations from super PACS

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Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-TX) will face Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) in November after winning the Long Horn state’s Democratic primary Tuesday night.

Prior to taking office in 2013 representing El Paso, O’Rourke was a punk rocker-turned-businessman who sat on the El Paso City Council. He announced his bid for Senate in 2018, and did so specifically to unseat Cruz. In the interim, he repeatedly out-raised the Republican senator, garnering $2.4 million in donations in the first 45 days of 2018 alone without the help of large political action committees.

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O’Rourke will become the first Texan Senate candidate to run on a pro-marijuana legalization platform, and is known for supporting LGBT and immigrant communities.

The congressman beat out Democratic candidates Sema Hernandez and Edward Kimbrough to win the party’s nomination.


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AG Bill Barr will ‘try to interfere’ in the 2020 election to re-elect Trump: MSNBC national affairs analyst

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Attorney General William Barr will use the Department of Justice to "try to interfere" in the 2020 presidential election to re-elect Donald Trump, MSNBC's national affairs analyst predicted on Tuesday.

John Heilemann was interviewed by Lawrence O'Donnell on MSNBC's "The Last Word."

"The attorney general, from the moment he walked into this job, has behaved in a -- as a ruthless, relentless political hack and a thug and who has behaved not as attorney general of the United States," Heilemann said.

"He made a travesty of the Mueller report and continues to lie on Donald Trump's behalf at every opportunity," he added.

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Trump welcomed Russia’s Sergey Lavrov to the White House — to humiliate us all

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Despite the fact that President Donald Trump still refuses to have Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to Washington for an officials meeting — a topic at the center of the scandal driving Trump’s impeachment — the White House hosted Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Monday.

And while Lavrov was honored with his second private Oval Office meeting (the first one was a cataclysmic disaster) and a press conference with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, the foreign minister took his opportunity here to repeatedly humiliate the United States.

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United States, Mexico, Canada finalize Donald Trump’s USMCA trade deal

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The United States, Mexico and Canada signed a deal Tuesday to finalize their new trade agreement, paving the way to ratification after more than two years of arduous negotiations.

However, the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump in the US Senate would likely delay Congressional ratification of the agreement until next year, said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

In reality, it is the second time the three countries have triumphantly announced the conclusion of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), the deal meant to replace the 25-year-old NAFTA, which President Donald Trump complains has been "a disaster" for the US.

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