THIS WEEK IN POLITICS: JUNE 28, 2019
SUNDAY JUNE 23, 2019: FORMER CONGRESSMAN JOE SESTAK ANNOUNCES 2020 PRESIDENTIAL RUN
Retired Navy Admiral and former Pennsylvania Congressman Joe Sestak, announced on his website that he will be joining the 2020 Presidential race and the already crowded Democratic field. Sestak was also a part of former U.S. President Bill Clinton’s national secutiry team. Sestak had postponed announcing his candidacy, because he had to care for his daughter who was ill with brain cancer.
MONDAY JUNE 24, 2019: U.S. ANNOUNCES NEW IRAN SANCTIONS
Earlier in the week, Pres. Trump had called off military strikes against Iran that would have killed at least 150 people. The “close-call” strikes came after a U.S. drone was shot down by Iranian military. The reason behind the actions taken by Iran was that the U.S. drone had entered Iranian airspace but the U.S. is arguing that it was international territory. The Trump administration is interested in holding negotiations with Iran, but they will not comply until the sanctions placed on Iran are lifted.
TUESDAY JUNE 25, 2019: STEPHANIE GRISHAM NAMED NEW WHITE HOUSE PRESS SECRETARY
The Chief Spokeswoman for First Lady Melania Trump, Stephanie Grisham, has been named the new White House Press Secretary. Grisham will be replacing former White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders, whom earlier this month announced that she would be stepping down from her position.
WEDNESDAY JUNE 26, 2019: SPECIAL COUNSEL ROBERT MUELLER WILL TESTIFY INFRONT OF CONGRESS
Special Counsel Robert Mueller, has agreed to testify before congressional committees in the upcoming month. After multiple subpoenas issued by the chairmen of the U.S. House Judiciary and Intelligence Committees, it is planned for Mueller to appear in front of those committees on July 17 to testify about his report on the Russia interference investigation.
THURSDAY JUNE 27, 2019: SUPREME COURT RULES AGAINST CITIZENSHIP QUESTION ON 2020 CENSUS
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the Trump administration did not provide an adequate explanation as to why they were planning on adding the citizenship question onto the 2020 census. The Trump administration was planning on adding a citizenship question to the 2020 census that would require people to declare whether they were citizens or not. The administration argued that the question would have been used to enforce voting rights but many believed it was for a different motive. Many organizations and states challenged the plan, which led to a federal judge barring the question for the future census.
FRIDAY JUNE 28, 2019: FIRST DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY DEBATES
Two nights, 20 candidates and one Democratic Presidential nomination. The first Democratic primary debates were ones to remember, with candidates stealing the spotlight each night and “underdogs” proving that they were capable of the Presidential duties. Candidates in both nights focused mostly on policies involving healthcare, climate change, foreign policy and immigration.
Many believed that Sen. Elizabeth Warren won the first night of debates with her slogan “I have a plan for that”, and Julián Castro showed that even though he has been a “background candidate”, he had great plans involving immigration. Many candidates such as Sen. Cory Booker and Mayor Pete Buttigieg also showed off their Spanish skills in the first night of the debates. Booker had received the most airtime on Wednesday night but did not particularly stand out with any of his plans or policies, compared to other candidates.
In the second night of debates, many believe that Sen. Kamala Harris won the night because she was able to connect with the audience through her personal experiences and also confronted Former Vice President Joe Biden about past actions anf comments. Sen. Bernie Sanders was able to stand out on the stage with his Medicare-for-All plan, whereas Biden held on to the already established Obamacare. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand is one of the only candidates that is primarily focusing her campaign on women, but it is believed that some of her policies were overshadowed by other candidates during Thursday’s debate.
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