THIS WEEK IN POLITICS: APRIL 26, 2019
MONDAY APRIL 22, 2019: MASSACHUSETTS REPRESENTATIVE JOINS 2020 PRESIDENTIAL RACE
U.S. Representative of Massachusetts, Seth Moulton (D-MA), announced that he is joining the 2020 Presidential race. Moulton is an Iraq War veteran and he has gained attention in the past, because he tried to lead efforts for Democrats to reject Nancy Pelosi as the House Speaker. Moulton is the third politician from Massachusetts that has announced a Presidential bid, alongside Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Gov. William Weld (R-MA).
TUESDAY APRIL 23, 2019: FORMER TRUMP ADMINISTRATION OFFICIAL CALLS FOR IMPEACHMENT
J. W. Verret, an official who worked on Pres. Trump’s transition team, is calling for impeachment of Pres. Trump after the release of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report. Verret has said that there is enough information available in the report to justify impeachment, and is calling on Congress to begin that process. Calls for impeachment from both Republicans and Democrats began after (mostly) the full Mueller report was released to the public and that Mueller was unable to determine that no criminal conduct had occurred in regards to obstruction of justice.
WEDNESDAY APRIL 24, 2019: SUBPOENAS AND THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION
The Chairman of the House Oversight and Reform Committee, Elijah Cummings (D-MD), is accusing the Trump administration of a “massive pattern of obstruction” after ordering federal employees to not comply with congressional requests. The administration has openly asked for federal employees to not comply with congressional subpoenas and investigations, and simply not show up. Cummings is warning those federal employees to consider their own legal interests as a priority.
THURSDAY APRIL 25, 2019: FORMER V.P. JOE BIDEN JOINS 2020 PRESIDENTIAL RACE
Former Vice President to Barack Obama, Joe Biden, announced that he is joining the 2020 Presidential race. The announcement comes after multiple speculations of whether or not Biden would be running for President in 2020. Before Biden was the two-term Vice President of Barack Obama, he served as a Senator for Delaware. Biden had ran for President twice in the past, in 1988 and 2008, but had failed to gain significant support.
FRIDAY APRIL 26, 2019: FEDERAL JUDGE BLOCKS TRUMP ADMINISTRATION’S TITLE X RULE
A federal judge from Washington state granted a nationwide preliminary injunction that blocks the Trump administration’s revised Title X regulations. These new regulations were to go into effect on May 3, but now Title X providers and people protected by it will be unaffected. The new rule that the Trump administration had introduced in February would have blocked Title X health providers, such as Planned Parenthood, from referring patients for abortions. It would also prevent such providers from receiving federal family planning money if they did refer their patients to an abortion.
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