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Lori Lightfoot makes history — becomes first LGBTQ black woman mayor of Chicago

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On Tuesday, former Chicago Police Board president Lori Lightfoot was elected mayor of Chicago, who will become the first black woman and the first openly LGBTQ candidate to serve in that role.

No matter which way the election went, Chicago was set to become the largest American city ever to be run by a woman of color. Lightfoot’s opponent was Toni Preckwinkle, president of the Cook County Board.

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Lightfoot will succeed President Barack Obama’s former chief of staff Rahm Emanuel, who served two terms as mayor of Chicago and declined to seek a third. Emanuel has suffered anemic approval ratings ever since the 2014 police shooting of Laquan McDonald, a black teenager. Although the police officer involved was ultimately convicted of second-degree murder, the city and the mayor were widely considered to have mishandled the case.

Lightfoot ran on a platform that included legalizing recreational marijuana, progressive municipal taxation, combating gun violence, and reining in excessive force by police.


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Barney Frank unveils the slogan Democratic candidates can use to win the Senate in 2020

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Former Rep. Barney Frank suggested a slogan that Democrats could use to end the reign of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY).

Frank suggested the slogan during a Friday appearance on MSNBC.

"The Republican electorate -- and what happens is the dynamic as the Republicans get harder and harder in this far-right Trump fealty, some people leave the Republican Party, so that means the remainder are this hardcore," Frank replied.

"Mitch McConnell is going to pay a price," he said. "And frankly, I think the way this is going to play out the Republican senators are now making the toughest choice a politician can make, between the primary and the final -- between making sure you can get renominated and the winning in November."

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He ‘deserves better than to be mocked, taunted, and bullied by the commander-in-chief’: Lt. Col. Vindman lawyer to Trump

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Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman was ripped during an Oval Office press availability Friday by President Donald Trump. The president, who never served in the military, mocked Vindman's rank, belittling him with sarcasm as “the lieutenant colonel."

In response to the president, Vindman's lawyer called out the president, saying that the decorated Iraq war hero deserves better.

“My client has seen war, and has sacrificed greatly for our country. He has said nothing publicly but for statements made pursuant to a subpoena. He deserves better than to be mocked, taunted, and bullied by the Commander-in-Chief,” the lawyer said according to CNN's Kaitlan Collins.

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Trump-loving troll who attacked veteran reporter Kurt Eichenwald will plead guilty: report

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Maryland man, John Rayne Rivello, will officially plead guilty in a Dallas, Texas court next week for intentionally attempting to cause a seizure in a former Newsweek reporter using an animated strobe image, the Dallas Morning News reported.

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