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WATCH: Sarah Sanders defends Trump’s bizarre claim you need an ID to buy groceries

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White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Wednesday faltered when asked to explain Donald Trump’s bizarre claim Americans need identification to purchase groceries, insisting the president was talking about purchasing beer and wine.

At a rally in Florida on Tuesday, Trump attempted to bolster his administration’s push for tougher voter I.D. laws, telling the crowd, “if you go out and you want to buy groceries, you need a picture on a card, you need I.D.”

Asked about the president’s remarks, Sanders said Trump “wants to see the integrity of our election systems upheld.”

“He wants to make sure that anybody that’s voting is somebody that should be voting,” Sanders said. “And that’s something that should be celebrated. Not discriminated.”

“When was the last time the president went to a grocery store?” a reporter asked.

“I’m not sure. I’m not sure what that matters,” Sanders replied as journalists in the room reminded her of Trump’s comment.

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“You go to the grocery store, I go to the grocery store, I’ve never had to show an I.D.,” the reporter said. “At the grocery store. I’ve never had to show an I.D. when I go to buy groceries. Most people don’t.”

“Certainly, if you go to a grocery store and buy beer and wine you’ll show your I.D.,” Sanders shot back.

“The president doesn’t drink,” the reporter replied.

“He’s not saying every time he went in,” Sanders insisted. “He’s saying when you go to the grocery store. I’m sure everybody in here who has been to a grocery store that’s purchased beer or wine has probably had to show their I.D. If they didn’t, then that’s probably a problem with the grocery store.”

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WATCH: Katie Porter explains to constituents why her conscience demands support for Trump impeachment inquiry

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Congresswoman Katie Porter, in a video posted on social media Monday night, shared with residents of her purple California district why she is joining dozens of other Democrats who support launching an impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump.

"I didn't come to Congress to impeach the president," said the first-term representative. "But when faced with a crisis of this magnitude, I cannot with a clean conscience ignore my duty to defend the Constitution. I can't claim to be committed to rooting out corruption and putting people over politics and then not apply those same principles and standards in all of the work I do."

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Bernie Sanders calls fact that minimum wage worker cannot afford 2-bedroom apartment in any US state ‘a national disgrace’

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For a decade, U.S. lawmakers have kept the federal minimum wage at a level which increasingly leaves workers unable to afford housing.

That's according to a report from the National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC). The group's 30th annual study of housing affordability found that a worker earning the federal minimum wage of $7.25—which is unchanged since 2009—cannot afford to rent a modest two-bedroom apartment in any state, metropolitan area, or county in the United States.

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There is growing concern that China is trying to use universities to silence its critics in the West

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This is an important year in Chinese history. It marks the anniversaries of two political movements involving students and scholars: the May Fourth Movement and the Tiananmen Square protests – known in China as the June Fourth Incident.

The May Fourth Movement of 1919 challenged traditional Chinese values and authorities and demanded freedom of speech and democracy. Seventy years later – and 40 years after the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) had taken power – students, scholars, and other citizens mobilised again in defence of freedom of speech, human rights, and democratic values. But on June 4 1989, the CCP brutally crushed their movement. The crackdown created a legacy of heavily censored wrongs that cannot be righted while the current system lasts.

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