Ocasio-Cortez added further fuel to the impeachment fire by saying the bigger scandal was Democrats' refusal to impeach President Trump.
Greek police said Saturday they have arrested a suspect in the 1985 hijacking of a flight from Athens that became a multi-day ordeal and included the slaying of an American. Police said a 65-year-old suspect in the hijacking was arrested Thursday on the island of Mykonos in response to a warrant from Germany. Lt. Col. Theodoros Chronopoulos, a police spokesman, told The Associated Press that the hijacking case involved TWA Flight 847.
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* ‘Without a fundraising surge we do not see a path forward’ * Booker insists announcement not a stunt to swell coffersCory Booker said: ‘I want people to see where we are and understand that we have a pathway to victory, but I can’t walk it alone.’ Photograph: José Luis Magaña/APCory Booker could be the next Democrat to drop out of the race for the presidential nomination.In a “now-or-never” memo to supporters and staff, campaign manager Addisu Demissie said Booker need to raise $1.7m by the end of the month or he would have to drop out of the race.“Without a fundraising surge to close out this quarter, we do not see a legitimate long-term path forward,” Demissie wrote in the memo, published online on Saturday morning. “The next 10 days will determine whether Cory Booker can stay in this race.”Booker, who is in Iowa this weekend, tweeted: “It’s an unusual move for a campaign like ours to be this transparent, but there can be no courage without vulnerability. I want people to see where we are and understand that we have a pathway to victory, but I can’t walk it alone.”He insisted the release of the memo was not a “stunt” aimed at boosting fundraising.“This is a real, unvarnished look under the hood of our campaign at a level of transparency unprecedented in presidential politics,” he wrote.> It would be a shame if that diversity was not reflected in the candidates who end up competing for the nomination> > Addisu DemissieBill de Blasio exited the Democratic race on Friday. Booker has consistently polled better than the New York mayor and made the field of 10 candidates for the debate in Houston last week, which also qualifies him for the debate stage in October.But despite working assiduously to place operatives, win endorsements and meet voters in Iowa and New Hampshire, key early voting states, he has not been able to keep pace with the leading group in the sprawling field.Former vice-president Joe Biden, the Massachusetts senator Elizabeth Warren and the Vermont senator Bernie Sanders are the top three, clear in most polls of Pete Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Indiana, and the California senator Kamala Harris.In the realclearpolitics.com average of polls, Booker also trails tech entrepreneur Andrew Yang and former Texas congressman Beto O’Rourke.In the memo, Demissie wrote: “If our campaign is not in a financial position to grow, he’s not going to continue to consume resources and attention that can be used to focus on beating Donald Trump, which needs to be everyone’s first priority.“Booker might not be in this race for much longer – the same is true for other important voices in the field.”The Minnesota senator Amy Klobuchar trails Booker, followed by the Hawaii representative Tulsi Gabbard, billionaire Tom Steyer, former housing and urban development secretary Julián Castro and the Colorado senator Michael Bennet. Other candidates score even lower.In a conference call with reporters on Saturday, Demissie said there was a “dissonance” between Booker’s standing in national polls and his support on the ground in early states.The campaign manager argued that the majority of Democratic voters have not made up their minds and expect that many of the 19 candidates still running will be on the ballot in February.“People like Cory Booker, they want him in this race,” he said, pushing back on a question about why the candidate has not gained traction.“The point that we’re trying to make very clearly is the final field that is going to be offered to the Democratic party come February, March and April and beyond is being determined right now here in September,” he said.Booker is one of two African American senators in the race and part of the most diverse primary field in history. The candidates who have led the field are all white.“It would be a shame if that diversity was not reflected in the candidates who end up competing for the nomination once people actually start voting come next spring,” Demissie said.Demissie was adamant the campaign’s “transparency and honesty” would prove that Democratic voters want Booker to stay in the race. But he conceded that if the campaign falls short of its goal, Booker will end his campaign.On Saturday, Booker and other Democrats were in Iowa for the Polk County Steak Fry.“If you’re all in for me,” the senator tweeted, “I can’t thank you enough. But if you haven’t settled on a candidate [and] still think my voice belongs in this race, if you believe the Democratic field should include someone like me, I want you to understand the field may narrow [and] pay attention to this too.”
African countries plan to call on the United Nations to declare a global climate emergency, among a set of demands to be presented at a climate summit in New York on Monday organised by the U.N. chief. Backed by African climate change negotiators, the statement is also expected to say that countries’ climate action plans should be made legally binding, to ensure the 2015 Paris Agreement goals to limit global warming are met. African governments will also likely request more international funding to implement their plans to brake heat-trapping emissions and help their people adapt to more extreme weather and rising seas.
Israel's national electricity company said Sunday it was cutting power to parts of the occupied West Bank due to outstanding payments amounting to nearly $483 million. The Israel Electric Corporation said it was owed 1.7 billion shekels in debts from the main Palestinian power distributor for the West Bank, which is based in east Jerusalem. From Monday, the company "will reduce the current in some areas of the West Bank" because of the debts, it said in a statement.
(Bloomberg) -- Mexico’s minimum wage will be reviewed for a possible boost to strengthen the purchasing power of workers, President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said Sunday, the newspaper Reforma reported.The increase will be gradual, he said while touring the state of Campeche, because the rate can’t be changed by decree. Economic activity has to increase so businesses are able to provide jobs that pay fair wages, he said.A national poll last week showed Lopez Obrador’s approval fell to 61% from 66% as the economy teeters on the brink of a technical recession. Investors are uncertain about an economy now estimated by the central bank to grow 0.2% to 0.7% this year, down from 0.8% to 1.8% previously.“I did some research on minimum wages in Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador and was surprised to learn that they are twice what we have in Mexico,” Lopez Obrador said. “It turns out even China has a higher minimum wage than Mexico, so it’s something we’re going to look into.”To contact the reporter on this story: Andrea Navarro in Mexico City at email@example.comTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Brendan Case at firstname.lastname@example.org, Steve GeimannFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.
GM and the UAW are in day 7 of the strike. They continue to negotiate. One area where the union says GM fell flat is with its profit sharing offer.