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‘Not going to ask permission’: Angela Rye says it’s time for black women to assume power in the Democratic Party

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As primary season bears swiftly upon the nation in the lead-up to November’s midterm elections, a fresh slate of black women candidates are making waves — and their ascension couldn’t be more timely.

Discussing the rise of women like Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams, political commentator and advocacy executive Angela Rye told the Washington Post that after the 2016 election, the time for black women running for (and winning) elected seats is now.

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“What I am banking on at this point is supporting people who I know have always supported me and my community,” the CNN and NPR commentator said. “That does not mean that there are not wonderful candidates who are white allies. But what I am saying is I’m not waiting around. I’m not going to ask permission.”

“I’m going to do what I know is the right thing to do and support the leader that has supported these people,” Rye said of Abrams, who she campaigned for ahead of today’s Democratic primary. If she wins the primary and the general election, Abrams would become the first black woman governor in American history.

“I reject the notion that we can make special exceptions for some people,” Rye told the Post. “The times are challenging and we need to grow our political power, and we need to ensure that we are putting people in office that are bold and brave and pushing our agenda and unafraid and work hard.”

Black women have already made significant wins in earlier primaries, the Post report noted.

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“Linda Coleman, the Democratic candidate for North Carolina’s 2nd Congressional District; Dee Thornton, the Democratic candidate for Indiana’s 5th Congressional District seat; and Vanessa Enoch, the Democratic candidate for Ohio’s 8th Congressional District” have all made gains in their primaries, though their elections are likely to be won by GOP opponents.


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Pulitzer Prize-winner reveals why the White House thinks Trump’s Ukraine scandal ‘can be spun as positive’

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Despite the growing movement for impeachment, advisors to President Donald Trump believe the bombshell reports about soliciting foreign election interference from Ukraine can be "spun as a positive" for the president's 2020 re-election campaign.

Ashley Parker, a White House reporter for The Washington Post, was interviewed about the thinking of Trump's advisors by MSNBC's Steve Kornacki on Monday.

"This is a White House, a Trump White House, that is used to being under siege. There was of course the two-and-a-half-year saga with the Mueller investigation culminating in the Mueller report, Mueller’s testimony recently. There have been a million other controversies, flare-ups, moments when the White House was forced to defend a comment from the president, allegation against the president, these sorts of things," Kornacki noted.

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Pelosi may start ‘Select Panel’ for Trump impeachment after latest Ukraine bombshells: report

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As the movement in Congress to impeach President Donald Trump continues to grow, Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) is considering starting a select committee to focus the investigations into President Donald Trump.

"As House Democrats find themselves once more navigating the tricky politics of impeachment, a new idea is being floated by several members: creating a select panel of members that would handle those responsibilities," The Daily Beast reported Monday evening. "A senior Democratic aide tells The Daily Beast that the idea of a select panel has 'been raised by some members' as a way to consolidate impeachment proceedings around Donald Trump."

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Latest Democrat to back impeachment did so live on MSNBC: ‘We have no choice’

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Yet another Democrat is backing impeachment following the latest revelations that Donald Trump allegedly solicited foreign election interference from Ukraine in return for military aid.

The movement for impeachment grew significantly on Monday.

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