New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio to announce his 2020 presidential bid

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Andrew Burton/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — New York Mayor Bill de Blasio will release a video on YouTube announcing his campaign for president on Thursday morning followed by an appearance on Good Morning America.

He is expected to speak to reporters in lower Manhattan later in the day. His first campaign stop on Friday morning will be in Towrie, Iowa with his wife, Chirlane McCray. With several stops expected that day, the mayor will end the night in Sioux City. On Saturday he heads to South Carolina with stops in Columbia and Charleston. Sunday, he starts the day in Charleston and leaves early for his son, Dante’s, graduation.

De Blasio, who is in his second term, joins a crowded field of nearly two dozen Democrats seeking to move into the White House.

The central theme of de Blasio’s campaign will be “working people first.”

Earlier this week, de Blasio held an event at Trump Tower in New York to announce that eight of the president’s signature namesake building would owe the city $2.1 million per a year if the Trump Organization doesn’t make changes to cut their greenhouse gas emissions, in New York City’s version of the Green New Deal, which is set to take effect on Friday. As he took the stage, behind him were protestors holding signs that said “failed mayor” and “worst mayor ever” as well as his face on the body of Big Bird from Sesame Street.

When asked if the protests foreshadow what’s to come for a potential bid, the mayor on Monday said “it means we’re doing something important here in New York City, if all these people who support president Trump are opposing what we’re doing. We must be doing something right.”

De Blasio has been New York City’s mayor since January of 2014. In that role, he implemented universal pre-K in New York City he also signed an executive order to exchange single-use plastics for compostable or recycling alternatives in an effort to reduce carbon emissions, plastic pollution and wildlife risks. In January, de Blasio also talked on The View about his plan for comprehensive health care for all New Yorkers, including 300,000 undocumented New Yorkers.

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Alabama governor signs controversial abortion ban into law but will likely face legal challenges

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Julie Bennett/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey signed the state’s controversial abortion ban into law, though it is expected to face near-immediate legal challenges.

The ban makes it a felony for doctors in the state to perform abortions in all cases, with the only exception being when the life of the mother is threatened.

The law, which was passed by the state’s Senate on Tuesday, does not include exceptions in cases of rape or incest.

The original sponsor of the bill when it was in the state’s House of Representatives previously said that supporters of the bill expect it to be challenged in the courts, but also hope that happens. Rep. Terri Collins told ABC News that they wrote the bill with the hopes that it will be picked up by the Supreme Court and allow for the landmark federal ruling in Roe v. Wade, which allowed for legal abortions, to be overturned.

In her statement announcing her decision to sign the bill, Ivey points to the fact that the bill “was approved by overwhelming majorities in both chambers” of the state’s legislature.

“Many Americans, myself included, disagreed when Roe v. Wade was handed down in 1973. The sponsors of this bill believe that it is time, once again, for the U.S. Supreme Court to revisit this important matter, and they believe this act may bring about the best opportunity for this to occur. I want to commend the bill sponsors, Rep. Terri Collins and Sen. Clyde Chambliss, for their strong leadership on this important issue,” Ivey said in her statement.

According to data compiled by the Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers University, Alabama ranks 47th in terms of female representation, with 15.7% women in their state legislature on the whole.

There are four women in the 35 seats in the state Senate and 18 women in the 105 seats in the House of Representatives.

There have been threats of legal challenges by civil rights groups already. The ACLU of Alabama issued a tweet on Tuesday night, after the state’s Senate vote and before the governor signing it into law, saying that they and the national ACLU as well as Planned Parenthood Federation of America “will file a lawsuit to stop this unconstitutional ban.”

“Planned Parenthood is ready to fight it in the courts,” Dr. Leana Wen, the president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, said on a call with reporters Wednesday morning.

Separate from any delays prompted from legal challenges, it will take at least six months for the law to go into effect.

Alabama is just the latest state to put an abortion restriction into law, following Georgia’s governor recently signing a so-called “heartbeat” bill into law, making it illegal to have an abortion after a fetal heartbeat is detected which can come as early as six weeks into a pregnancy.

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“Everything was gone” – ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ series director James Gunn opens up about his firing and rehiring by Disney

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(L-R) Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige, James Gunn, Michael Rooker/Marvel Studios(LOS ANGELES) — In a lengthy interview with Deadline, Guardians of the Galaxy series writer/director James Gunn discusses for the first time his firing from the Marvel Cinematic Universe by ABC News’ parent company Disney, and his eventual re-hiring.

As you’ll recall, Gunn was famously fired last year, when a series of old, offensive tweets of his were unearthed.

“There have been other difficult days in my life, from the time I got sober when I was younger, to the death of friends who committed suicide,” he tells Deadline. “But this…suddenly it seemed like everything was gone.”

A contrite Gunn takes the blame, telling the publication, “Disney totally had the right to fire me. This wasn’t a free speech issue.”

The loss of Guardians hit him hard, because, he explains, “My apparatus for being loved was my work…I had never really experienced before that feeling of being loved so deeply.”

“[But] then came this outpouring of real love,” he noted, referring to the Guardians cast who publicly backed him, as well as the support from his other friends and family.

“So a part of that day was the worst of my life, and a part of it was the greatest day of my life.”

Disney co-chair Alan Horn reportedly met with Gunn multiple times after the firing, and was convinced by his contrition; he was rehired in March.

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US suspends all flights to Venezuela citing safety and security

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Ruskpp/iStock(NEW YORK) — U.S. flights to Venezuela are being suspended due to safety and security concerns, officials with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security said Wednesday.

Officials said the decision was made “based on the ongoing political instability and increased tensions in Venezuela and associated inadvertent risk to flight operations.”

The suspension of flights will be revisited “if and when the conditions in Venezuela change,” officials said.

This is a developing story. Please check back for updates.

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‘Did you bring your handcuffs?’ Attorney General Barr asks Speaker Pelosi

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Jahi Chikwendiu/The Washington Post via Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — As the showdown between congressional Democrats and the Trump administration drags on, Attorney General William Barr and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi crossed paths at the U.S. Capitol for a few memorable moments on Wednesday, when Barr attempted to score a few political points at Pelosi’s expense.

But Barr’s attempt to playfully taunt the sharp-tongued political veteran quickly backfired.

While officials waited for President Donald Trump to arrive at the 38th annual National Peace Officers’ Memorial Service on Wednesday morning, Barr and Pelosi engaged in an exchange destined to become an instant Washington classic.

As those seated on the platform waited for the president’s arrival, Barr, who Pelosi accused of committing a crime by lying to Congress, approached her, shook her hand and said loudly, “Madam Speaker, did you bring your handcuffs?” according to a source who witnessed the conversation.

Pelosi smiled and quickly threw some shade back at Barr, indicating that “the House Sergeant at Arms was present at the ceremony should an arrest be necessary,” according to a source who observed the exchange.

Barr chuckled and walked away, according to the bystander.

The House Judiciary Committee voted to hold Barr in contempt of Congress on May 8, and Pelosi has threatened to jail Trump administration officials, including Barr, in the basement of the Capitol if they do not cooperate with the legislative branch’s efforts to conduct oversight on the executive branch.

Earlier this month, Pelosi told reporters that she believes Barr lied under oath during testimony at a hearing in April.

“The attorney general of the United States did not tell the truth to the Congress. That’s a crime,” Pelosi said May 2.

“He lied to Congress. If anybody else did that, it would be considered a crime,” Pelosi added. “Nobody is above the law. Not the president of the United States and not the attorney general. Being attorney general does not give you a bath to go say whatever you want and it is the fact because you are the attorney general. It just isn’t true.”

Democrats may package contempt resolutions together for multiple administration officials, including former White House counsel Don McGhan, who the president has blocked from turning over documents, and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, who denied Democrats’ request for six years of the president’s tax returns.

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President Trump to unveil new immigration plan in speech Thursday

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Phototreat/iStock(WASHINGTON) — President Donald Trump is expected to announce a new immigration plan in a speech Thursday afternoon, the latest attempt by the administration to follow through on a campaign promise to overhaul America’s immigration system.

A senior administration official told reporters on Wednesday that the proposal, which is being pitched to lawmakers on Capitol Hill, is aimed at allowing more high-skilled workers entry into the United States and modernizing ports of entry. But the official said the plan does not directly tackle one of the cornerstones of Trump administration policy: curbing illegal immigration.

“I don’t think most countries are giving us their finest. Do you agree? And that’s what’s happening and it’s causing tremendous problems with crimes,” the president said on Capitol Hill at the Annual National Peace Officers’ Memorial Service on Wednesday. The president went on to claim that the influx of undocumented immigrants has caused a spike in crime, recent studies that have shown no link between communities with increased undocumented immigrant populations and crime.

The official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said the plan has six main goals: “to fully secure the border,” “protect American wages,” “attract and retain the best and brightest,” “unify families,” “get labor in critical industries,” and finally to “preserve our humanitarian values as a country.”

The “Trump Immigration Plan,” as described by officials, would prioritize visas for applicants with extraordinary talent, professional and specialized vocations, and exceptional students.

Legal immigration numbers would remain the same with 1.1 million green cards, according to the official, who said the administration studied merit-based systems in countries like Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Japan and Singapore. Using points, the plan would change the makeup of American migrants – although the administration said, without evidence, it would increase overall diversity.

In 2017, over 1 million lawful permanent residents are admitted to the United States, with almost two-thirds gaining entry through family-based migration and less than 10 percent gaining entry via their employment.

It does not discuss what to do with temporary workers and it does not handle finding a pathway to citizenship for the so-called “DREAMers” or those temporarily covered by Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, DACA, an ongoing priority for Democrats and swing-state Republicans.

On Tuesday, the president’s son in law and architect of the plan Jared Kushner presented the framework at the Senate Policy Luncheon. It was met by some skepticism and confusion on Capitol Hill, although a senior administration official described the feedback and response as “fabulous.”

“I am concerned about the fate of the DACA young people, and they cannot be excluded from any immigration package,” Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, said following Kushner’s meeting.

A senior administration official said the main goal of the immigration policy rollout is to lay out the president’s priorities and try to gain Republican consensus.

“One of my favorite quotes is in Alice in Wonderland, where the Cheshire Cat says ‘if you don’t know where you’re going it doesn’t matter which path you take’ I think often in Washington people try to jump into debates without having a defined thoughtful proposal of what they think is achievable,” a senior administration official said. “What we tried to do is pick the places where we can unite. And the president’s trying to lead on that.”

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States passing abortion bans have among the lowest rates of women in power

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Joel Carillet/iStock(MONTGOMERY, Ala.) — When the Alabama state Senate passed a controversial bill that would ban most abortions, not one of the four female state senators voted for it.

The fact that there are only four female state senators in the Heart of Dixie comes as little surprise to political observers, as the state ranks among the lowest in terms of female representation in state legislatures.

The same is true for Kentucky, Mississippi and Ohio, three of the four states that passed abortion bans or so-called “heartbeat” bills that aim to ban abortion after a fetal heartbeat is detected, which can be as soon as six weeks, at which point some women may not know they’re pregnant.

Representation in politics has an impact on a number of topics, including abortion, where views may differ between men and women.

Jean Sinzdak, associate director of the Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers University, told ABC News when it comes to a whole range of policy issues, “research has shown that women legislators bring different perspectives. They bring their own life experience to bear on whatever the topic is, and they are more likely to bring marginalized voices into the policy conversation.”

“Abortion is an issue in which women on both sides of the aisle are particularly passionate, and they feel that they, as women, are best suited to speak to it because of its direct effect on women. However, it’s one those issues where it’s very clear that women are not monolithic and they feel very differently about what the solution is,” Sinzdak said.

According to data compiled by the Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers University, Alabama ranks 47th in terms of female representation, with 15.7% women in their state legislature on the whole.

There are four women in the 35 seats in the state Senate and 18 women in the 105 seats in the House of Representatives.

“We’re talking about 25 white men who just voted to make health and life decisions for women,” Dr. Leana Wen, the president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, said during a call with reporters Wednesday.

The proposed bans passed by state legislatures or signed into law so far this year have not gone into effect in any state and are facing various legal challenges.

Ohio, which passed a so-called “heartbeat” ban in April, ranks 30th in gender representation, with just over a quarter — 26.2% — of their state legislature being women. Of the 33 seats in the Ohio state Senate, eight are held by women, and 27 of the 99 seats in the state’s House of Representatives are held by women.

Kentucky, where the governor signed a “heartbeat” ban in March, ranks 41st in the country, with four women in their 38-seat Senate and 27 in the 100 seats in their House of Representatives.

Coming in last place is Mississippi, where a 15-week abortion bill was deemed unconstitutional. There are nine women in Mississippi’s state Senate and 15 women in the 122 seats of their House of Representatives. That equates to women making up 13.8% of the Mississippi state Legislature.

The only state that recently passed an abortion restriction that ranks in the top half of the country in gender representation is Georgia. They come in 20th place in CAWP’s rankings, with 15 women among the 56 state senators and 57 women in the 180-seat House.

Gallup reports that in 2018, 31% of women and 27% of men felt abortion should be legal under any circumstances, while 46% of women and 54% of men reported feeling abortion should be legal under certain circumstances.

Jeff Jones, a senior editor for Gallup, told ABC News the difference between opinions of men and women may not be as dramatic as some might expect because those stark contrasts tend to run along party lines, not gender lines.

“Even though women are more Democratic than men, there are still 36% of women who are Republican or Republican leaning, so it’s not a monolithically Democratic group,” Jones said.

Indeed, the Alabama House bill had a woman, Rep. Terri Collins, as its primary sponsor, and it’s awaiting the signature of a female governor. Both women are in the Republican Party.

The Gallup data did not break down the preferences by state or region, but the Pew Research Center reported in 2014 that half of adults in most southern states believed abortion should be legal in all or most cases, while that number was about or more than half in other states.

Specifically, the Pew data reported that 37% of adults in Alabama, 36% of adults in Kentucky and Mississippi, and 48% of adults in Georgia and Ohio believed it should be legal in all or most cases.

“Generally speaking, women are better represented in places where there are more opportunities, so when you have a larger legislature, there’s literally more seats to run for,” Sinzdak said. “That helps, that definitely helps.”

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Sticky situation: Truck carrying 41,000 pounds of honey overturns on highway

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Indiana State Police(INDIANAPOLIS) — An overturned semi-truck caused what the Indiana State Police are calling a “sticky situation” Wednesday when it spilled 20 tons of honey on Interstate 80/94.

The spill closed down three lanes of traffic for several hours while crews worked to remove the truck and its payload of 41,000 pounds of amber honey.

According to a press release from the Indiana State Police, the semi was traveling eastbound when its axle broke, causing the vehicle to roll over when its driver lost control.

The truck’s 41,000 pounds of honey was being hauled in 13 containers. Five of the containers sheared through the trailer’s roof and fell out during the crash, with several of the containers leaking honey onto the roadway.

In addition to the honey, the truck was leaking diesel fuel as it had just refueled.

Indiana State Police urged commuters to avoid the area because of what they called “gawkers” slowing down to view the wreck from the opposite lanes.

It’s not known how long the accident will take to clean up, but police expect it to be an extended cleanup and closure.

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2020 presidential candidate Kamala Harris slams conversation about being Biden’s running mate

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ABC News(WASHINGTON) — In a not-so-subtle jab at Democratic front runner Joe Biden, Sen. Kamala Harris on Wednesday slammed recent talk that she would be a great running mate — for the former vice president.

“Sure, if people want to speculate about running mates, I encourage that. Because I think Joe Biden would be a great running mate,’ Harris, herself a 2020 candidate, said.

“As vice president, he’s proven he knows how to do the job, and there are certainly a lot of other candidates that would make for me a very viable and interesting vice president,” she told reporters after a campaign event in New Hampshire.

On Tuesday, Biden, responding to a similar reporter question about a running mate, said, in part, “I wouldn’t hesitate to pick a woman if that person is the most qualified person available.”

Other Democratic men running have said they, too, would consider picking a woman.

Later, a member of the Harris team told ABC News: “You don’t run for second place. We announced we are running for POTUS. This … reflects that.”

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TBS renews Tracy Morgan’s ‘The Last O.G.’ for a third season

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TBS(NEW YORK) — Tracy Morgan’s life after prison comedy, The Last O.G., is coming back for another season.

The Jordan Peele-produced comedy series, which stars Morgan and Tiffany Haddish, has officially been renewed for a third season by TBS, ABC Radio confirmed Wednesday.

The series stars Morgan as Tray, a recently released inmate who returns to his native Brooklyn after serving 15 years in prison. Unfortunately for Tray, he has trouble assimilating into a radically changed society. 

Haddish plays Shay, Tray’s ex-girlfriend, who is now married with twins — which Tray soon learns are his children.

The third season is expected to pick up where it last left off. Tray will finally get to live out his dream of becoming a chef, while Shay has found a new business venture of her own.

There is no word on an official return date for The Last O.G.

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