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Beto says he has ‘no fears’ about Bernie’s fitness for office: ‘There isn’t a more energized, energetic candidate’

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Beto O’Rourke told reporters Saturday that he has no concerns about Sen. Bernie Sanders’s fitness for the presidency following the Vermont senator’s brief hospitalization for a heart attack last week.

“There isn’t a more important voice out there on some of the most important issues that this country faces,” said O’Rourke, a former Texas congressman and current 2020 Democratic presidential candidate. “There isn’t a more energized, energetic candidate and campaigner keeping up a relentless schedule.”

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“I have no fears about Bernie Sanders, and [it] does not cause me any concern at all,” O’Rourke added, referring to Sanders’s hospitalization. “And really all I wish for him is a full and speedy recovery, and his ability to get back after it on the campaign trail. Grateful that he’s a candidate and grateful to be in this race with him.”

David Sirota, Sanders’s speechwriter, applauded O’Rourke’s remarks, which came as the Sanders campaign is pushing back against an emerging media narrative that the senator was not forthright about his health scare.

“A class act,” tweeted Sirota.

Sanders was discharged from the hospital Friday after two and a half days. On Tuesday, the campaign said Sanders had a heart stent procedure after the senator experienced chest discomfort on the trail in Nevada.

Upon Sanders’s exit from the hospital Friday, the campaign released a statement from the senator’s doctors announcing he was treated for a myocardial infarction, the medical term for a heart attack.

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Responding to criticism of the way the campaign handled Sanders’s hospitalization and diagnosis, Mike Casca, senior communications adviser for Sanders, tweeted: “Give me a break. We consistently updated the press and supporters on the senator’s condition during his stay through statements and a gaggle with Jane, and we released all the information from his doctors as he was discharged.”

In a video posted on Twitter hours after leaving the hospital, Sanders expressed gratitude for the love and well-wishes he received and said he is “feeling so much better.”

“See you soon on the campaign trail,” Sanders said.

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Your guide to the 2020 Democrats: Who’s in, who’s out and WTF is going on anyway?

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With the Iowa caucuses less than two months away, the 2020 Democratic presidential field is finally starting to achieve ... no, forget it. It's definitely not coherent and it's probably not permanent either; we may well see more dropouts and late entries. But with the departure of Sen. Kamala Harris (and the earlier departures of a bunch of guys whose names you don't remember), the field now has a recognizable shape.

There's a frontrunner, who has led almost every national poll since last winter, allowing for a few outlier polls and a brief period around the end of the summer. There are three other leading contenders, two of whom have been near the top of the polls for months, while the third only recently emerged from the pack. There is a pack of dark-horse candidates, whose odds of being elected president now approach zero but who remain in the race for various reasons.  There are some with no shot at all. There are two fringe candidates, likely using this campaign to explore career options. And there's a pair of billionaires who hope to buy their way to the presidency by spending alarming amounts of money on campaign ads. That probably won't work — but you might have heard the same thing about another billionaire in that other party, a few years back.

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Ronny Jackson, former White House doctor and Trump VA nominee, running for Texas congressional seat

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Jackson is at least the 13th Republican to jump into the race to replace retiring U.S. Rep. Mac Thornberry, R-Clarendon.

Ronny Jackson, the former White House doctor and President Donald Trump's onetime nominee to be secretary of veterans affairs, is running to replace retiring U.S. Rep. Mac Thornberry, R-Clarendon.

With hours until the filing deadline, Jackson, a former Navy rear admiral, arrived at the Texas GOP headquarters in Austin on Monday afternoon to submit paperwork for the seat.

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WATCH LIVE: House Judiciary Committee holds second day of hearings on the impeachment of Donald Trump

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The Democratic-led House Judiciary Committee takes up the impeachment of Donald Trump again on Monday morning, with lawmakers expected to hear evidence against the president that could lead to a Senate trial for high crimes and misdemeanors.

Monday's hearing will include opening arguments "made by Barry H. Berke for the committee Democrats and Stephen R. Castor for the Republicans. Daniel S. Goldman, the Democratic counsel for the House Intelligence Committee, will then present the evidence for impeachment, and Mr. Castor will present the evidence against it. Judiciary Committee members will then ask questions," reports the New York Times.

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