Johnny Bobbitt, homeless veteran involved in GoFundMe scheme, gets 5 years probation

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imaginima/iStock(NEW YORK) — Johnny Bobbitt, who concocted a feel-good story with a woman and her boyfriend to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars as part of a GoFundMe campaign, has been sentenced to five years probation.

Part of the terms of the probation sentence, which was handed down in a New Jersey court Friday, include that he attend a drug treatment program and cooperate with prosecutors in their case against his co-conspirators, according to ABC station WABC.

If the probation is violated, however, he will be sentenced to five years in prison, WABC reports.

The veteran pleaded guilty in March to the state charges of conspiracy to commit theft by deception. Bobbitt faces an additional, separate federal sentencing at a later date for one count of money laundering conspiracy, which he also pleaded guilty to in March.

Bobbitt, 36, allegedly conspired with Katelyn McClure and her then-boyfriend Mark D’Amico in 2017 to create a page on GoFundMe’s website detailing how Bobbitt acted as a “Good Samaritan” and rescued McClure by giving her his last $20 when she ran out of gas along the highway.

The website said that any donated funds would be used to get Bobbitt off the street and provide him with living expenses. The New Jersey couple set a goal of $10,000.

But in truth, McClure’s entire story was bogus and Bobbitt never spent “his last $20” helping McClure, prosecutors said.

Instead, McClure and D’Amico allegedly conspired to create the false story, authorities said. After the story went viral, approximately $400,000 was donated from more than 14,000 donors in just a matter of weeks, officials said.

Bobbitt was informed of the scheme in mid-November 2017, when the donations had reached approximately $1,500, officials said. The following month, McClure and D’Amico deposited $25,000 of the proceeds into Bobbitt’s account, authorities said.

While all of the money was supposedly going to help Bobbitt, prosecutors said the majority of the donated funds was allegedly spent, very quickly, by D’Amico and McClure on personal expenses including purchasing a BMW, expensive handbags, vacations and other personal items.

Their tale inspired thousands, but things began to unravel when Bobbitt accused McClure and D’Amico of stiffing him out of the money, causing an investigation to be launched.

McClure, 28, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud in March and faces up to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Her sentencing is scheduled for June 19.

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Manafort-linked lobbyist dodges prison for charges initiated by Mueller

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Zolnierek/iStock(WASHINGTON) — Sam Patten, a veteran Republican lobbyist who pleaded guilty to illegally funneling foreign money into the Trump inaugural fund as part of a case initiated by special counsel Robert Mueller, avoided prison at sentencing on Friday in Washington, D.C.

Instead, Judge Amy Berman Jackson pegged Patten with 36 months of probation and a $5,000 fine.

Patten, 47, pleaded guilty in August for acting as an “agent of a foreign principal … without registering under the Department of Justice’s Foreign Agent Registration Act,” related to his work on behalf of a Ukrainian political party.

The special counsel’s office discovered Patten’s criminal activity over the course of its investigation into Russian meddling during the 2016 presidential election, but referred the case to federal prosecutors in Washington, D.C. One of Mueller’s top prosecutors, Andrew Weissmann, attended Patten’s sentencing hearing.

As part of his plea deal, Patten acknowledged accepting $50,000 to secure tickets to President Donald Trump’s inauguration in January 2017 for a Ukrainian client through a “straw” purchaser, circumventing rules about the inauguration committee accepting money from foreigners.

“I’m probably most troubled by that,” Judge Jackson said at the sentencing, referring to Patten’s conduct in purchasing the inauguration tickets.

Patten also admitted to lying to the Senate Intelligence Committee during its investigation into Russian election interference and has since been cooperating with investigators.

In court documents filed earlier this week, prosecutors sought a “downward departure” in Patten’s sentencing due to the extensive “cooperation and substantial assistance he has provided to the government.”

Patten has sought to distance himself from Trump’s former campaign manager, Paul Manafort, with whom he worked in Ukraine and shared clients.

Manafort last year was convicted of a slew of financial crime charges largely related to his unregistered lobbying work in Ukraine.

On Thursday, Greg Craig, the former White House counsel during the Obama administration, was also charged with violating foreign lobbying laws related to his work in Ukraine.

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Show creator welcomes the freedom of the ‘Hanna’ series-sized canvas, as show gets renewed for second season

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L-R: Esme Creed-Miles, Joel Kinnaman/Amazon (NEW YORK) — On the heels of its March 29 series premiere, Amazon has renewed Hanna for a second season, according to Deadline. Based on the 2011 film of the same name, Hanna follows the titular character, played by Esmé Creed-Miles, a young girl raised in seclusion and trained in the deadly arts, who goes on the run to evade the relentless pursuit of a CIA agent, all while the teen tries to uncover the truth of who she is.

David Farr, who wrote the action-heavy original, created the series. He told ABC Radio he values having more time to further explore the kick-butt character, who was played by Saoirse Ronan in the original. “As I developed new episodes…I suddenly realized that there’s another thing here … a big coming of age story about a young woman who…gets away from her father’s controlling grasp, and suddenly experiences this world.”

He says, “She…has to reinterpret everything and experience everything for the first time. Laughter and intimacy and jealousy and all these emotions that we all go through.” 

Hanna can kill you six ways from Sunday, but, for example, she’d never seen another person her age until the global cat-and-mouse game unfolds.

Such a sheltered character was interesting, 19-year-old Creed Miles says.  “It was really fun actually, and I liked…playing someone who was kind of devoid of those social norms which can actually be quite binding sometimes. It’s so liberating to just have absolutely no filter and say exactly what’s on your mind because you don’t know otherwise. And…also I think lends itself to some very funny moments.” 

The show, which also stars The Killing veterans Joel Kinnaman and Mareille Enos, is streaming now.

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Man accused of taking tests for students as part of cheating scam expected to plead guilty

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DNY59/iStock(BOSTON) — The man who took tests for high school students as part of the “Varsity Blues” college entrance cheating scam is expected to plead guilty Friday afternoon.

Mark Riddell is alleged to have played a pivotal role in the scheme, taking the ACT and SAT for the students whose parents conspired with so-called mastermind Rick Singer to pay to help secure their admission into prestigious schools.

He is set to appear in federal court in Boston Friday afternoon.

Riddell would not only take tests for students, but he was able to determine exactly how many questions he would have to get right or wrong in order to achieve a given score.

U.S. Attorney for Massachusetts Andrew Lelling detailed the process of the alleged scheme at a news conference on March 13 and described Riddell as “just a really smart guy.”

Riddell, 36, previously apologized for his role in the scheme.

“I want to communicate to everyone that I am profoundly sorry for the damage I have done and grief I have caused those as a result of my needless actions. I understand how my actions contributed to a loss of trust in the college admissions process,” he said in the statement released by Stechschulte Nell, Attorneys at Law.

“I assume full responsibility for what I have done. I do, however, want to clarify an assertion that has arisen in the media coverage. I absolutely, unequivocally never bribed anyone, nor has the Information filed by the U.S. Attorney’s Office charged me with any form of bribery,” reads the statement, which was released the day after the charges were announced.

Riddell faces two criminal charges of conspiracy to commit mail fraud, honest services mail fraud, and conspiracy to commit money laundering in connection to his alleged involvement in the scheme.

Riddell will become the latest to enter a guilty plea in the case, as 14 parents — including actress Felicity Huffman — entered their respective guilty pleas earlier this week.

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Disney announces lineup, price, November 12 launch date for Disney+ streaming service

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Disney(LOS ANGELES) — On Thursday, Disney revealed details of its new Disney+ streaming service, which will offer users unique access to Disney, Pixar, Marvel and National Geographic content.

The service, set to launch on November 12, 2019, will be priced at $6.99 a month.

Some of the content that will be available on Disney Plus includes Disney’s entire Signature Collection of classic films, as well as content from its partners.

The service is expected to eventually feature all Pixar and Star Wars films, as well as new Star Wars offerings, like Jon Favreau’s The Mandalorian, which will be available on day one, and the untitled Cassian Andor series starring Diego Luna reprising his titular Rogue One character, with Alan Tudyk again voicing and performing the droid K-2S0.

The company also announced three new Marvel series, all of them featuring stars from the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The series include WandaVision, starring Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany as Scarlet Witch and Vision; The Falcon and The Winter Soldier, featuring Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan as those respective characters; and Loki, starring Tom Hiddleston as the scheming MCU villain everyone loves to hate.

Additionally, all 30 seasons of The Simpsons will be available on day one. Within the first year, audiences will also have access to family-friendly Fox films like The Sound of Music, The Princess Bride, and shows including Malcolm in the Middle.

Lastly, a series based on the beloved 1993 comedy The Sandlot, from the film’s original screenwriter and director, David Mickey Evans, is also in development for Disney+.

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Posted On 12 Apr 2019

Dwyane Wade says it was ‘so fitting’ to end NBA career with wife, daughter

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Phil Ellsworth / ESPN Images(NEW YORK) — Dwyane Wade will hang up the No. 3 jersey after more than 2,300 points, 13 All-Star appearances, three NBA titles and 15 years in the NBA.

The 37-year-old guard, who spent 15 seasons of his career with the Miami Heat, opened up about his time on the court as he looks ahead to retirement.

“I’m so lucky to be in the situation where I have a five-month-old daughter by my side — it just was so fitting to have the opportunity to end my career with me carrying her,” Wade said on ABC News’ Good Morning America about his daughter Kaavia.

He added he was “just filled with so much gratitude, so much love, so much appreciation for the people that supported me.”

“I just want to thank the fans, they made this last season like a movie for me,” he said.

In his final regular season game against the Brooklyn Nets at the Barclays Center, Wade’s friends — known as the “Banana Boat” crew — sat courtside and witnessed his 25-point, 11-rebound and 10-assist performance, notching the fifth and final triple-double of his career.

“Those guys all being there for my last game, being over there cheering the whole game, talking to me the whole game, man it was so dope, it was so cool and I was so appreciative of it,” Wade said.

The group of friends includes Carmelo Anthony, Houston Rockets guard Chris Paul and Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James.

Wade also celebrated after the game with his wife, actress Gabrielle Union, and singer Justin Timberlake.

“I had a hangover,” he admitted with a smile. “It was rough; I admit it’s the first hangover I’ve ever had in my life, and it sucked.”

The NBA superstar is now on to enjoy time off the court with his wife and kids.

Going out on top

Wade first announced his retirement last September in a video titled “One Last Dance,” which became the name for his farewell 2018-19 season.

Wade, known as “Flash” for his speed on the court, racked up an impressive list of professional accomplishments. These are just a sample of his serious numbers:

  • Third best shooting guard behind Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant.
  • Led the Heat to its only three franchise championship titles.
  • Selected fifth in the first round of the 2003 NBA draft out of Marquette University.
  • Scored 30 points in his final home game on Tuesday.
  • 2008-09 NBA scoring champion
  • Averages 22 points per game in his career
  • 1,054 games played, started in 909 games (at time of publication)
  • Two Olympic medals: one gold (2008), one bronze (2004)

Saying thank you instead of goodbye

“Walking off, I did the lap around the court with my wife, and I just wanted to thank the fans,” Wade said on GMA of the game against the Nets that capped his career.

After the victory over the Philadelphia 76ers on Tuesday night, an emotional Wade took the time to thank each of his teammates this season, including those who had been cut or traded, by name.

“I’m thankful for this moment. I’m thankful for this entire season,” he said, standing next to his oldest son, Zaire. “I’ve got some brothers that will always be my brothers. I love you guys.”

A touching tribute video began with Erik Spoelstra, Wade’s head coach of 10 years. It transitioned to his former teammate Shaquille O’Neal, who narrated the first act of Wade’s career — including the first NBA championship they won together in 2006.

Then, the tribute turned the page to the second act, which was narrated by his longtime teammate LeBron James and covered the “Big Three era” in Miami, when the Heat won two back-to-back titles and reached four NBA Finals in as many years. It also included Wade’s departure to Chicago, where he played for the Bulls in the summer of 2015.

The final act showed Wade’s triumphant return to Miami last season and was narrated by three people: his wife, Union, his longtime teammate, Udonis Haslem, and Pat Riley, who coached and ran the Heat during Wade’s entire career.

The video ended with a silhouette of Zaire Wade, who was shown walking all alone into American Airlines Arena. He mimicked some of his father’s moves — from the pull-up midrange jumper to a pump fake — then slowly walked up the steps of the arena bowl to a microphone, where he sat down and introduced his father.

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Posted On 12 Apr 2019

Taxes, town halls and taking on Trump: A weekly roundup of 2020 field

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ANNECORDON/iStock(NEW YORK) — Nearly 20 candidates are now crisscrossing the country to court voters in early primary states, including Rep. Eric Swalwell who declared that he was running for president this week. But despite being one of the early-poll front-runners, former Vice President Joe Biden is still sitting on the sidelines for now, while the party embraces some of the lesser-known contenders.

South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg, for instance, out-raised several well-known Democratic candidates, including Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar and New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker, according to an ABC News analysis of candidates’ preliminary fundraising numbers from the first quarter of 2019.

A new Quinnipiac poll of California voters put Buttigieg in a tie for fourth place with Warren, with each earning 7 percent of the vote. It’s early yet, though, so whether Buttigieg’s bump in the polls will continue, or if another candidate will edge him out, remains to be seen.

Here’s the weekly candidate roundup:

April 5-11, 2019

Stacey Abrams (D)

The Georgia Democrat continues to hover on the periphery of the 2020 field as she decides whether to run for president or Senate (or neither). When asked during an interview with CNN whether there are too many Democrats running for office, she said, “No, I think that’s a false narrative.”

“The point of a primary is to winnow down the number of people who are actually going to be viewed by the public and go through the fisticuffs of debate,” she said.

Michael Bennet (D)

Days after announcing his prostate cancer diagnosis, the Colorado senator hit the campaign trail with back-to-back stops in early-voting states. The potential 2020 candidate returned to New Hampshire for his second visit over the weekend. He then jetted to Iowa on Monday for a meet and greet with the Polk County Democrats.

Joe Biden (D)

Despite capturing headlines last week over claims that he made several women uncomfortable by inappropriately touching them, Biden avoided controversy during a speech to accept a lifetime achievement award for his work supporting cancer access and affordability, particularly for African Americans.

At the close of his remarks, he told the crowd in Washington, “I am convinced, as we make significant progress in cancer, the only truly nonpartisan issue facing the country, that the rest of the nation is going to say, ‘Dammit we can do anything. This is the United States of America.'”

With an announcement expected in the coming weeks, according to CNBC, Biden stopped at the University of Pennsylvania on Thursday for a panel discussion on the opioid epidemic. He will also deliver the eulogy for late U.S. Sen. Fritz Hollings in Charleston, South Carolina, on Tuesday.

Cory Booker (D)

Booker, who formally announced his entry into the 2020 race in February, is hosting a hometown official kickoff on Saturday to launch his “Justice for All Tour” that will take him on a two-week trip across the country.

At the onset of the week, the New Jersey senator introduced a bill in the U.S. Senate to form a commission to study reparations. Booker told The Root that he “unequivocally supports” reparations for black people. His bill is a companion to HR 40, introduced by Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee in the U.S. House.

“Since slavery in this country, we have had overt policies fueled by white supremacy and racism that have oppressed African Americans economically for generations,” he said. “[The bill] will bring together the best minds to study the issue and propose solutions that will finally begin to right the economic scales of past harms and make sure we are a country where all dignity and humanity is affirmed.”

Pete Buttigieg (D)

Earlier this week, Buttigieg traded barbs with Vice President Mike Pence after he criticized the former Indiana governor for his views on LGBTQ issues.

“If me being gay was a choice, it was a choice that was made far, far above my pay grade,” he told a crowd at the LGBTQ Victory Fund National Champagne Brunch. “That’s the thing I wish the Mike Pences of the world would understand. That if you got a problem with who I am, your problem is not with me — your quarrel, sir, is with my creator.”

Pence’s press secretary responded to Buttigieg’s comments, writing in a tweet, “The last time we recall Pence even mentioned @PeteButtigieg was in 2015, after news that Pete came out, Pence said: ‘I hold Mayor Buttigieg in the highest personal regard. I see him as a dedicated public servant and a patriot.'”

The 37-year-old South Bend mayor, who announced his exploratory committee in January, is poised to officially launch his candidacy on Sunday at a rally in his hometown.

Julian Castro (D)

In the hours after President Donald Trump touched down in San Antonio for a fundraiser, Castro held an opposing rally in the city, according to the Corpus Christi Caller Times. Admonishing the president’s hardline immigration policies, the former San Antonio mayor said: “People in San Antonio understand the value of immigrants. This is a city that has been built up by immigrants, and it’s one of the most successful cities in the United States. It’s a testament to the power of immigration over the generations.”

The former secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development travels to Iowa on Sunday for his third trip to the first-in-the-nation caucus state since announcing his candidacy.

John Delaney (D)

Delaney, one of the first candidates in the field, emphasized his centrist platform on the trail in Pennsylvania to cast himself as a “different kind” of Democrat, according to the The Daily Pennsylvanian.

On Sunday, Delaney makes his 17th trip to New Hampshire, meeting with voters in Bedford, Nashua, Laconia, Meredith, Conway, Lancaster and Deerfield.

Tulsi Gabbard (D)

Gabbard, who launched her campaign in January, hit a significant milestone on Wednesday: reaching the 65,000 donor threshold needed to qualify for the first Democratic debate.

“For a small campaign like ours without a big dollar donor network and a campaign that refuses PAC contributions, we knew we had to rely fully on the power of the people,” she said in a video posted on her Twitter account. “We’ve been blown away.”

Kirsten Gillibrand (D)

The New York senator contended with past congressional votes this week as she addressed her controversial record on immigration during her tenure in the U.S. House while also embracing her relationship with former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.

“When I was a member of Congress from upstate New York, I was really focused on the priorities of my district. When I became senator of the entire state, I recognized that some of my views really did need to change,” Gillibrand said during a CNN town hall Tuesday. “They were not thoughtful enough and didn’t care enough about people outside of the original upstate New York district that I represented. So, I learned.”

GIllibrand also said in the town hall that Clinton has given her advice about her presidential campaign and is a “role model for all of us.”

 Hillary Clinton put that 65 million cracks in that highest and hardest glass ceiling. She’s inspired the world by her bravery and courage,” Gillibrand said. “Secretary Clinton is still a role model for all of us.”

But despite her admiration for Clinton, Gillibrand said that she believes former President Bill Clinton should have resigned after the Monica Lewinsky scandal.

Kamala Harris (D)

Harris landed in third place in a new Quinnpiac University poll of her home state of California. The poll found that Harris had the support of 17 percent of Democrats and voters who lean Democratic, putting her behind Biden (26 percent) and Sanders (18 percent).

She also made her third trip to Iowa earlier this week — focusing on the issue of raising teacher pay — according to her campaign.

John Hickenlooper (D)

The former Colorado governor took the stage at the Building Trades Conference in Washington to court the pro-union crowd, urging that the country “needs a president” that supports unions.

In his speech, Hickenlooper focused on his private sector experience as a business owner, saying that it will complement his ambitions in the public sector.

“I didn’t check off how many times I said you’re fired,” he told the audience, an apparent jab at President Trump. “I said you’re hired. … That’s why I am running for president.”

Hickenlooper will also make six stops in Iowa starting Friday, during his second trip to the state.

Jay Inslee (D)

Inslee, who has staked his 2020 candidacy on climate change, reinforced his focus on the issue Wednesday while seeking to show his broader record beyond climate.

“We are the first generation to feel the sting of climate change, and we are the last generation, literally, who can do something about it,” the Washington governor said at a CNN town hall.

He also took aim at one key debate playing out across the 2020 field — reforming Senate rules and the filibuster.

“We’re not going to be able to get health care done, or anything else for that matter, unless we get rid of the filibuster,” he said. “If the filibuster is still in Mitch McConnell’s hand come 2021, all hope is sort of down the tubes to be able to do real significant reform.”

Inslee travels to Iowa on Friday to visit community members who have been affected by recent flooding, according to his campaign.

Amy Klobuchar (D)

After announcing earlier this week that her campaign committee, Amy for America, raked in $5.2 million in the seven weeks after the launch of her campaign, Klobuchar stopped at a union conference in Washington to deliver a pitch to voters.

Politico reported that the Minnesota senator spoke about her grandfather saving money in a coffee can to send her father to college and her father’s struggle with alcoholism later in life.

“I saw him sink to the lowest valleys because of his struggles. He got three DWIs, and it was on the third DWI that he finally had to go and get treatment,” she said. “Because of his work, because of people that worked with him … just like people work with you, he was pursued by grace, and his life changed.”

Terry McAuliffe (D)

Former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, who is still considering a run for the White House, signaled that he is closer to making a final decision.

“I have not made my decision yet. I am very close,” he said at the Building Trades Conference in Washington. “If I do decide, I’ll make a decision in a couple of weeks.”

McAuliffe spent most of his speech Wednesday touting his record as governor of Virginia — before underscoring his willingness to take on Trump.

“I think when you’re looking for your next president, you have to look at the governors because they are CEOs,” he said. “I just want you to remember one thing — of all the candidates running, how many have actually wrestled a 280-pound, 8-foot alligator for a political contribution for $15,000.”

“If I can wrestle an alligator, I can sure as hell wrestle Donald Trump,” he said.

Wayne Messam (D)

After announcing his long-shot bid for president, Messam traveled to both South Carolina and Nevada, before heading to California on Thursday. The Democratic mayor of Miramar, Florida, kicked off a two-day visit in the state with a stop at the University of Southern California’s College Democrats meeting.

Seth Moulton (D)

The Massachusetts Democrat embarked on a tour through the early primary states of New Hampshire, South Carolina, Iowa and, most recently, Nevada.

The former Marine, who is considering a 2020 bid, sought to bill himself as an “outsider” in his pitch to a core group of Nevada voters: veterans.

“I’ve always been an outsider,” Moulton said, according to the Nevada Independent. “I’ve always been willing to take on the Washington establishment. That’s been true in almost everything I’ve done, and I’m someone who doesn’t have a long political history. But I am someone who believes in this country.”

As Moulton inches closer to a decision, Politico reported that he is asking voters if he should run for higher office in digital advertisements running on social media.

Beto O’Rourke (D)

The presidential hopeful recently told the Texas Tribune that he had a change of heart about a controversial vote he cast in 2016 on offshore drilling.

His campaign spokesperson told the news outlet that his vote to allow federal dollars to fund oil and gas exploration studies in the eastern Gulf was about trying to “get off of our foreign reliance on resources in oil and gas that has caused so much foreign wars and American lives and troops and resources.” But after speaking with voters on the campaign trail, the spokesperson said, O’Rourke “wouldn’t cast the same vote today.”

The former Texas congressman has been crisscrossing early voting states, bringing the style of his unsuccessful 2018 Senate bid against Ted Cruz to the rest of the country. After an 843-mile drive through Iowa, O’Rourke returns to South Carolina on Friday for his second trip since announcing his candidacy, for a three-day drive through Charleston, Clemson, Denmark, Beaufort and other communities.

Tim Ryan (D)

In a pro-worker pitch to a union audience at the Building Trade Conference, the newly announced 2020 candidate anchored his speech to his roots in the Midwest, pushing a populist message to the predominantly blue collar audience.

“The national emergency in the United States today is that the American dream for millions of Americans is on life support,” he began. He also took a swipe at Trump, without mentioning him by name: “Put the phone down, let’s get to work.”

But the native Ohioan then turned his criticism inward, to his own party, suggesting that Democrats don’t need a “savior” but someone who can “grind it.” He also added that the party should “not be so hostile to the free enterprise system, not be hostile to business.”

Bernie Sanders (D)

All eyes were on the two-time White House hopeful’s tax returns this week. Sanders, a millionaire, told The New York Times he would release 10 years of tax returns by April 15. He refused to do so in 2016, which brought comparisons to President Trump.

Sanders also introduced a signature piece of legislation Wednesday: the Medicare for All Act. The bill, which he has introduced several times in the past decade, is far more sweeping than previous versions; it would provide government-run, Medicare-style health insurance for all Americans.

“Health care is a human right not a privilege,” Sanders said. “Together, we are going to end the international embarrassment of the United States of America — our great country being the only major nation on earth not to guarantee health care to all as a right. That is going to end.”

Earlier this month, Sanders reported that his first-quarter fundraising numbers show that he pulled in an impressive $18.2 million. Sanders heads to several Midwest battleground states this weekend, holding rallies in Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania.

Howard Schultz (I)

The former Starbucks CEO, who has not formally entered the race, stopped in Johnson County, Kansas, this week to pitch running as an independent to voters.

Schultz said he plans to make a decision over the summer on running, according to the Kansas City Star. During his trip through Kansas, before continuing on to Arizona and Utah, he told a crowd at a local community college that “the extreme ideology of the Republicans and the extreme ideology of the Democrats do not represent the vast majority of Americans who are at the center of this country, and we have to unleash them.”

Eric Swalwell (D)

The U.S. House member from California officially announced his candidacy on Monday on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.

“It’s official,” Swalwell said. “Boy, did it feel good to say that.”

Swalwell also unveiled that gun control and student loan debt will be the centerpiece of his 2020 agenda on ABC’s Good Morning America on Tuesday.

“I’m telling folks, keep your rifles, keep your shotguns, keep your pistols, we just want the most dangerous weapons out of the hands of the most dangerous people,” Swalwell said. “Most gun owners believe that.”

At his first event as a presidential candidate, Swalwell visited Broward County — the site of the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School that killed 17 students and teachers.

“Throughout this campaign, there will be other issues that I talk about — health care, education and climate change,” he said. “But my pledge to you tonight is that this issue comes first.”

Elizabeth Warren (D)

Warren announced a $6 million fundraising haul in the first quarter from 135,000 donors. The average donation was $28.

While the Massachusetts senator bested two of her colleagues in the Senate — outraising both Klobuchar and Booker by $1 million — she still fell short of others like Sanders and Harris.

The announcement came on the heels of Warren releasing her 2018 federal tax returns, which revealed that she and her husband together made nearly $850,000 and paid about $231,000 in federal taxes after deductions on that income.

“I’ve put out 11 years of my tax returns because no one should ever have to guess who their elected officials are working for. Doing this should be law,” Warren said in a statement.

Andrew Yang (D)

Yang told ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos on This Week that his cornerstone universal basic income proposal — which would provide every U.S. adult with a $1,000 guaranteed monthly income — will prepare the U.S. economy for the 21st century.

“We have to solve the problems that got Donald Trump elected in 2016,” Yang said. “And to me, the main driver of his victory was that we automated away 4 million manufacturing jobs in Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, the swing states he needed to win.”

Yang said he’s running to prepare the country for a future in which new technologies could cause a third of the nation’s jobs to disappear.

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Posted On 12 Apr 2019