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‘Turning against Trump’: Sunbelt voters are leaving the president in droves — here’s why

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In a new report, the New York Times examines Democratic strategy ahead of the 2020 election, and the mood is upbeat for many Democrats, who say not only is the midwest back in play, but so are Sun Belt states such as Texas, Arizona and Florida.

The Times quotes Julián Castro, a former federal housing secretary who is running for the Democratic nomination, as especially bullish on Democratic chances next year, thanks to Trump failures.

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“The Sun Belt is clearly turning against him,” Castro, the former mayor of San Antonio, said of Trump in the Times story.

“I do think [Democratic] candidates can connect with growing, diverse states like Arizona, Texas, Florida and Georgia,” Castro continued.

The Times also quotes Gov. Tony Evers of Wisconsin in the new piece. Evers tells the newspaper that: “I think Wisconsin is very winnable [for Democrats]….but it has to be someone that speaks to the issues but also is viewed as rational.’’

When the Times asked Evers if the Upper Midwest represented Democrats’ fastest route back to the White House, he answered simply, “hell yes.”

Read the full report here.

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‘Breadth and scale’ of nationwide protests is ‘staggering’: NYU history professor

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Protests continued to grow in size in cities and towns from coast-to-coast -- and around the world.

"As a historian of social movements in the U.S., I am hard pressed to think of any time in the past when we have had two straight weeks of large-scale protests in hundreds of places, from suburbs to big cities," NYU history Prof. Tom Sugrue posted on Twitter.

"The breadth and scale of #Floyd protests is staggering," he continued.

"We have had some huge one-day demonstrations, e.g. March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom (1963); antinuclear march in NYC (1982), and Women's March (2017). We have widespread, simultaneous protests, such as in the days following MLK, Jr.'s assassination (1968)," he explained. "But the two together--very unusual."

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Incel blew his hand off — and may have been planning for suicide bomber attack on ‘hot’ cheerleaders: report

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A young man in Virginia was photographed for his mugshot with extensive facial injuries.

"A 23-year-old Virginia man who appeared to be planning an incel bomb attack on "hot cheerleaders" accidentally blew off his hand with explosives, authorities say," BuzzFeed News reported Saturday. "Cole Carini was charged in federal court on Friday connection with the plot after he allegedly lied to FBI agents by saying his extensive injuries were the result of a lawnmower accident."

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Big turnout for protest in Texas town known as a ‘haven’ for the Ku Klux Klan

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Protesters gathered in Vidor, Texas on Saturday for a rally against racism and police violence.

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The East Texas town has long had a reputation for racism.

Vidor is a small city of about 11,000 people near the Texas Gulf Coast, not too far from the Louisiana border. Despite the fact that Beaumont, a much bigger city just 10 minutes away, is quite integrated, Vidor is not. There are very few blacks there; it's mostly white. That is in large part because of a history of racism in Vidor, a past that continues to haunt the present," Keith Oppenheim reported for CNN in 2006.

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