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Trump adversary Carmen Yulin Cruz to run for Puerto Rico governor in 2020

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Carmen Yulin Cruz, the mayor of Puerto Rico’s capital San Juan and a fierce adversary of President Donald Trump, said on Friday she was running for governor of the U.S. territory in 2020.

Cruz gained international attention in 2017 when she sparred with Trump over the speed and scale of the federal response to Hurricane Maria, which devastated her Caribbean island.

“The day after the hurricane, it was clear that President Trump and his Republican government were going to leave us to die,” Cruz, 56, said in her announcement speech, wearing a T-shirt reading “Without Fear.” “The governor of Puerto Rico and the resident commissioner put their political interests in front of the country’s needs and kept quiet.”

Cruz will face Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rossello, 40, in the 2020 November general elections. Rossello, of the New Progressive Party which backs Puerto Rico becoming a U.S. state, is seeking a second term.

Cruz is a member of the Popular Democratic Party, which supports Puerto Rico remaining a Commonwealth of the United States with self government. She is also a co-chair of Senator Bernie Sanders’ 2020 presidential campaign.

She is in favor of eliminating a federal financial oversight board tasked with managing the territory’s finances.

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The island is navigating the largest government bankruptcy in U.S. history, with $120 billion of combined bond and pension debt when it declared bankruptcy in May 2017 after more than a decade of recession.

Reporting by Andrew Hay; Editing by James Dalgleish

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Donald Trump has repeatedly violated his oath of office and that’s reason enough for impeachment

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On Jan. 20, 2017, Donald Trump put his hand on a Bible and took the presidential oath:

I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.

In the almost two and a half years since that moment, Trump has willfully and repeatedly violated this promise.

Every day and every week bring more examples.

In a new interview, Donald Trump told ABC's George Stephanopoulos that he would be willing to take information from a foreign country — information likely obtained through illegal means, and that may be  incorrect, fraudulent or used for blackmail — about a political rival if it would help him win the 2020 presidential election. To advance this plot and public invitation, Trump and his Republican allies have refused to enact laws that could help to prevent foreign interference in America's elections and related infrastructure. In total, Donald Trump and the Republican Party are leaving American democracy naked and open to foreign attack.

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Trump’s chaotic administration prepares for war — with no defense secretary

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After months of ducking cameras and avoiding public accountability as the U.S. ramps up its aggressive military posture towards Iran, President Trump’s acting secretary of defense, Patrick Shanahan, invited a pair of Washington Post reporters into his apartment for an in-depth interview. Just before the story published on Tuesday, however, Trump took to Twitter to make another major personnel announcement: Shanahan is out as the head of the Pentagon.

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Morning Joe panel cracks up laughing after Trump busted for spotlighting ‘the same black guy’ at rallies

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MSNBC's Joe Scarborough busted President Donald Trump for planting the same black supporter behind him at multiple rallies -- including his 2020 campaign kickoff in Orlando.

The "Morning Joe" hosts watched video of Trump attacking his 2016 rival Hillary Clinton, who isn't running again, and compared his stale themes to Elvis Presley's concerts in the months before he died from a heart attack in 1977.

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