Donald Trump said Wednesday that he would be willing to accept information from a foreign country on his opponent in the 2020 US presidential race. "I think you might want to listen... there's nothing wrong with listening," Trump said when asked by ABC News what he would do if a country such as Russia or China offered him such information. He denied the suggestion that that would amount to foreign meddling in a US election. "It's not an interference, they have information -- I think I'd take it," Trump said. "If I thought there was something wrong, I'd go maybe to the FBI -- if I thought there was something wrong," Trump said. Trump team contacts with Russians during the 2016 presidential campaign led to an initial FBI investigation of such dealings, which spawned special counsel Robert Mueller's probe into possible collusion and obstruction of justice as well as several similar, ongoing efforts in Congress. The Russia issue has consumed the Trump presidency for the past two … [Read more...] about Trump says would take foreign info on 2020 presidential opponent
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MANILA, Philippines — Several names are being floated for the possible replacement of Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo when she ends her term next month. Sen. Aquilino "Koko" Pimentel III, president of President Rodrigo Duterte's political party Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban), earlier said the party would regain the leadership of the House of Representatives. Frontrunners for the speakership post are from the dominant PDP-Laban — Pantaleon Alvarez (Davao del Norte), Aurelio Gonzales (Pampanga) and Lord Allan Jay Velasco (Marinduque). Administration allied lawmakers are also being eyed for possible speakership — Alan Peter Cayetano (Taguig City), Martin Romualdez (Leyte) and presidential son Paolo Duterte (Davao City). Fredenil Castro (Capiz) of the National Unity Party and outgoing Sen. Loren Legarda have also expressed interest for the post. Pantaleon Alvarez Former Speaker Alvarez, who was booted out of the House Speakership in a coup last … [Read more...] about Race is on: Who will be the next House speaker?
NEW YORK: US media have panned him as a potential presidential hopeful and polls suggest an uphill battle, but New York Mayor Bill de Blasio was nonetheless expected Thursday (May 16) to jump into the crowded 2020 race.As the Democratic mayor of the nation's largest city for the past five years, the 58-year-old who first ran as an unapologetic leftist in 2013 coasted to re-election that November.Despite the old truism that the job of New York mayor is the second toughest in America after that of president, de Blasio - sometimes nicknamed "Big Bird" for his lanky, 1.97-meter frame - is one of the few people openly confident of his chances.While he has been testing the waters for months, travelling to early voting states like Iowa and South Carolina despite a packed mayoral schedule, his campaign has been met with widespread derision.Democratic polling has been particularly humbling back home for de Blasio, who is up against 22 other Democratic candidates.An eye-popping 76 per … [Read more...] about New York mayor de Blasio expected to join 2020 race
By Bill Barrow And Matt Volz The Associated Press Tues., May 14, 2019 HELENA, Mont. - Montana Gov. Steve Bullock announced Tuesday that he is seeking the Democratic presidential nomination, distinguishing himself among nearly two dozen candidates as the field’s only statewide elected official to win a state that President Donald Trump carried in 2016. The 53-year-old governor is running as a centrist Democrat who has advanced party values while navigating a Republican legislature and a GOP-leaning electorate. Bullock made his candidacy official in a video that capped months of speculation fueled by his political activity in Iowa, which hosts the nation’s first presidential caucus next February. He plans to address supporters later Tuesday in the state capital, Helena, where he grew up not far from the governor’s mansion. “What we need to do is get the country back on track, make sure everybody has a fair shot at success,” he told The … [Read more...] about Montana Gov. Bullock joins 2020 Democratic presidential race
MANILA -- Senator Cynthia Villar was leading a partial count on Tuesday, on course to top the 2019 senatorial elections that is expected to increase her political capital. Villar, 68, pulled away from fellow Sen. Grace Poe, who is also seeking reelection, to pull off the feat achieved by a former president and vice president. Villar, whose husband, Manuel Villar, lost in the 2010 presidential elections, earlier told ABS-CBN News that she was leaving her political future to "destiny." Topping the senatorial elections is a traditional springboard for higher office. Former president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo topped the 1995 senatorial elections. Her vice president, Noli de Castro, led the 2001 Senate vote. Poe, the topnotcher of the 2013 senatorial elections, lost to President Rodrigo Duterte in 2016 despite leading in pre-election surveys. Villar suited up for the campaign as "Mrs. Hanepbuhay," a successful mother and entrepreneur. The Villar family controls property giant Vista Land. … [Read more...] about News Cynthia Villar on course to top Senate race