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The Trailer: Why polls haven't scared off 2020 Democratic hopefuls

In this edition: Why the other candidates still think they can beat Biden, Bill de Blasio's escape from New York, and Justin Amash's rebellion.
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The Trailer: Why polls haven't scared off 2020 Democratic hopefuls

In this edition: Why the other candidates still think they can beat Biden, Bill de Blasio's escape from New York, and Justin Amash's rebellion.

Nos. 44 and 45 broke the mold. What does that mean for the future of the presidency?

Obama and Trump upended two centuries of presidential selection. Voters say they’re open to new kinds of candidates this time, too.
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Nos. 44 and 45 broke the mold. What does that mean for the future of the presidency?

Obama and Trump upended two centuries of presidential selection. Voters say they’re open to new kinds of candidates this time, too.

When it comes to the Democratic presidential field, bigger is not better

With 23 candidates, Democrats face a messy nomination process that gives Trump an opportunity to define them before they define themselves.
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When it comes to the Democratic presidential field, bigger is not better

With 23 candidates, Democrats face a messy nomination process that gives Trump an opportunity to define them before they define themselves.

No Mueller, no McGahn and stalled investigations leave House Democrats frustrated 

Democrats face an uncooperative president, Pelosi’s reluctance about impeachment and a court system that could take years in resolving the standoff. 
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No Mueller, no McGahn and stalled investigations leave House Democrats frustrated 

Democrats face an uncooperative president, Pelosi’s reluctance about impeachment and a court system that could take years in resolving the standoff. 

A GOP lawmaker used the phrase ‘consensual rape’ during abortion debate. He says he misspoke.

Missouri state Rep. Barry Hovis, a former police lieutenant, said most of the sexual assault cases he handled in his law enforcement career were «date rapes or consensual rapes.»
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A GOP lawmaker used the phrase ‘consensual rape’ during abortion debate. He says he misspoke.

Missouri state Rep. Barry Hovis, a former police lieutenant, said most of the sexual assault cases he handled in his law enforcement career were «date rapes or consensual rapes.»

Briefing - Regional inequalities in the EU - 17-05-2019

The issue of inequality has gained increasing importance in the public and political agenda in the aftermath of the financial and economic crisis, and in the context of political movements representing the 'places left behind'. Inequality may relate to incom
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Briefing - Regional inequalities in the EU - 17-05-2019

The issue of inequality has gained increasing importance in the public and political agenda in the aftermath of the financial and economic crisis, and in the context of political movements representing the 'places left behind'. Inequality may relate to income and wealth, but also to a variety of aspects such as access to basic services, education and infrastructure. In the context of regional disparities, it may also refer to differing levels of socio-economic development. Common inequality measures have revealed that, while regional disparities have been decreasing when considering the EU as a whole, they have been increasing within some countries. A number of persistently low-growth regions exist in southern Europe, as do many low-income regions in eastern Europe. Every Member State has a number of 'inner peripheries', which are habitually located in post-industrial or rural areas and often characterised by high levels of unemployment, poor infrastructure, lack of skilled workforce and hampered accessibility. Strengthening social, economic and territorial cohesion, and reducing regional disparities is the main goal of EU cohesion policy. As a major EU tool to address regional inequalities, this policy provides a wide range of support for businesses and activities in areas such as research, environment, transport, employment, social inclusion, education and institutional capacity-building. Such support is crucial for addressing the underlying problems of many lagging regions, helping them create better living conditions, retain and attract talent, encourage investment, improve productivity and develop regional innovation systems. Together with economic governance frameworks and EU support for structural reform, EU cohesion policy can play an important role in reducing inequality, in a comprehensive and multidimensional way. While traditionally, GDP per capita has been used to assess regional convergence, a variety of new indicators tracking progress on issues correlated with inequality are available for this purpose today. Moreover, the proposals for the EU's post-2020 policy framework include new additional funding allocation criteria such as youth unemployment, education levels, climate change, and the reception and integration of migrants. These changes possibly indicate a shift towards a more comprehensive view of territorial convergence in the EU. Source : © European Union, 2019 - EP

At a Glance - Banking Supervisory challenges ahead in the Banking Union - 16-05-2019

This note presents the summaries of four papers requested by the ECON Committee to external authors on ”The next SSM term: Supervisory challenges ahead", given the recent appointment of Andrea Enria as Chair of the Single Supervisory Mechansim (SSM). The ex
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At a Glance - Banking Supervisory challenges ahead in the Banking Union - 16-05-2019

This note presents the summaries of four papers requested by the ECON Committee to external authors on ”The next SSM term: Supervisory challenges ahead", given the recent appointment of Andrea Enria as Chair of the Single Supervisory Mechansim (SSM). The experts were asked to briefly look back at how the SSM (part of the ECB) has over the past years performed against the main goals it was supposed to accomplish; look forward at the supervisory challenges ahead; and to reflect upon which modified supervisory practices would facilitate the Parliament’s scrutiny work. Source : © European Union, 2019 - EP

At a Glance - Banking resolution challenges ahead in the Banking Union - 16-05-2019

This note presents the summaries of three papers requested by the ECON Committee to external authors, to give a topical assessment of the Single Resolution Board’s past performance and a view on future priorities or areas that would call for increased atten
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At a Glance - Banking resolution challenges ahead in the Banking Union - 16-05-2019

This note presents the summaries of three papers requested by the ECON Committee to external authors, to give a topical assessment of the Single Resolution Board’s past performance and a view on future priorities or areas that would call for increased attention. Source : © European Union, 2019 - EP

Judge orders public release of what Michael Flynn said in call to Russian ambassador

The order calls for a public transcript of the call by the former national security adviser that was a critical avenue in the Mueller probe.
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Judge orders public release of what Michael Flynn said in call to Russian ambassador

The order calls for a public transcript of the call by the former national security adviser that was a critical avenue in the Mueller probe.

Trump wants his border barrier to be painted black with spikes. He has other ideas, too.

Pointed tops. Fewer gates. Resistance to climbing. The president’s frequently changing design requests have frustrated Homeland Security officials and military engineers.
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Trump wants his border barrier to be painted black with spikes. He has other ideas, too.

Pointed tops. Fewer gates. Resistance to climbing. The president’s frequently changing design requests have frustrated Homeland Security officials and military engineers.

Briefing - The rights of LGBTI people in the European Union - 16-05-2019

The prohibition of discrimination, and the protection of human rights are important elements of the EU legal order. Nevertheless, discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) persons persists throughout the EU, taking variou
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Briefing - The rights of LGBTI people in the European Union - 16-05-2019

The prohibition of discrimination, and the protection of human rights are important elements of the EU legal order. Nevertheless, discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) persons persists throughout the EU, taking various forms including verbal abuse and physical violence. Sexual orientation is now recognised in EU law as grounds of discrimination. However, the scope of the provisions dealing with this issue is limited and does not cover social protection, healthcare, education and access to goods and services, leaving LGBTI people particularly vulnerable in these areas. Moreover, EU competence does not extend to recognition of marital or family status. In this area, national regulations vary, with some Member States offering same-sex couples the right to marry, others allowing alternative forms of registration, and yet others not providing any legal status for same-sex couples. Same-sex couples may or may not have the right to adopt children and to access assisted reproduction. These divergent legal statuses have implications, for instance, for partners from two Member States with different standards who want to formalise/legalise their relationship, or for same-sex couples and their families wishing to move to another Member State. Combating discrimination has become part of EU internal and external policies, and the subject of numerous resolutions of the European Parliament. However, action in this area remains problematic when it touches on issues pertaining to areas traditionally reserved to Member States, such as marital status and family law. This is a further updated version of a Briefing originally drafted by Piotr Bakowski. The previous edition was published in June 2018. Source : © European Union, 2019 - EP

Briefing - LGBTI in Africa: Widespread discrimination against people with non-conforming sexual orientations and gender identities - 16-05-2019

Three out of five African countries have laws criminalising homosexuality and the public expression of sexual or gender behaviour that does not conform with heterosexual norms. These same laws even sometimes punish LGBTI (lesbian, gay, trans, intersex) right
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Briefing - LGBTI in Africa: Widespread discrimination against people with non-conforming sexual orientations and gender identities - 16-05-2019

Three out of five African countries have laws criminalising homosexuality and the public expression of sexual or gender behaviour that does not conform with heterosexual norms. These same laws even sometimes punish LGBTI (lesbian, gay, trans, intersex) rights advocacy. Some African countries have partly decriminalised LGBTI persons or given them better protection. However, across the continent – with the notable exception of South Africa – such persons are still far from fully enjoying the same rights as other citizens. Furthermore, recent years have seen the emergence of a worrying trend: the adoption of tougher legislation coupled with clampdowns on homosexuals. An argument frequently used in support of discriminatory legislative and other measures targeting LGBTI persons is that non-conforming sexual orientations and gender identities were brought to Africa by Western colonisers and are contrary to the 'African values'. This claim has long been proven false by academic research, but tolerance for LGBTI is still very low in most African countries, and LGBTI people are all too often exposed to discrimination and violence. Against this backdrop, the EU institutions and Member States have a difficult task: on the one hand, they are committed under the Treaties to promote the EU core values in their external relations, and to monitor and tackle abuses in their partner countries. On the other hand, their actions and declarations in this area risk reinforcing the perception that the EU is trying to impose non-African values on Africa, all the more so since the notion of sexual orientation and gender identity as grounds for discrimination is contested by African countries in the multilateral arena. Source : © European Union, 2019 - EP

GOP lawmaker indicted for trying to trade his vote for cash, lying to the FBI, authorities say

The charges set off bipartisan calls for the legislator's resignation — requests he has so far forcefully resisted, claiming his innocence and setting up a potential intraparty showdown in the GOP-controlled Michigan state legislature.
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GOP lawmaker indicted for trying to trade his vote for cash, lying to the FBI, authorities say

The charges set off bipartisan calls for the legislator's resignation — requests he has so far forcefully resisted, claiming his innocence and setting up a potential intraparty showdown in the GOP-controlled Michigan state legislature.

Trump, frustrated by advisers, is not convinced the time is right to attack Iran

“They are getting way out ahead of themselves, and Trump is annoyed,” one official said of aides pushing for aggressive action.
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Trump, frustrated by advisers, is not convinced the time is right to attack Iran

“They are getting way out ahead of themselves, and Trump is annoyed,” one official said of aides pushing for aggressive action.

Republican voters nominate N.C. state lawmaker who sponsored controversial ‘bathroom bill’ in 9th Congressional District race

North Carolina State Sen. Dan Bishop (R) will face veteran and business executive Dan McCready (D) in September’s special election.
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Republican voters nominate N.C. state lawmaker who sponsored controversial ‘bathroom bill’ in 9th Congressional District race

North Carolina State Sen. Dan Bishop (R) will face veteran and business executive Dan McCready (D) in September’s special election.

‘I don’t see him crying uncle’: Trump believes China tariffs will help him win reelection

The president’s confidence comes amid disagreement inside the White House over his strident nationalism and firm belief in tariffs as economic weapons.
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‘I don’t see him crying uncle’: Trump believes China tariffs will help him win reelection

The president’s confidence comes amid disagreement inside the White House over his strident nationalism and firm belief in tariffs as economic weapons.

Briefing - Outcome of the informal meeting of EU-27 leaders on 9 May 2019 in Sibiu - 13-05-2019

EU-27 Heads of State or Government met on 9 May 2019 in the Romanian city of Sibiu, to discuss the Union’s common future. They adopted the Sibiu Declaration, recalling the achievements and values of the European Union. EU leaders reaffirmed their unity, an
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Briefing - Outcome of the informal meeting of EU-27 leaders on 9 May 2019 in Sibiu - 13-05-2019

EU-27 Heads of State or Government met on 9 May 2019 in the Romanian city of Sibiu, to discuss the Union’s common future. They adopted the Sibiu Declaration, recalling the achievements and values of the European Union. EU leaders reaffirmed their unity, and recognised the role they have to play to make the EU stronger and the future brighter. They also discussed the forthcoming Strategic Agenda for 2019-2024, which will outline policy priorities for the next five years. The European Council President, Donald Tusk, suggested a process for the forthcoming appointments to a set of high-level EU positions, and called a special summit for 28 May. Source : © European Union, 2019 - EP

Briefing - Police cooperation achievements during the legislative term 2014-2019: the role of the European Parliament - 13-05-2019

Effective police cooperation is a key step in turning the EU into an area of freedom, security and justice (AFSJ) based on respect for fundamental rights. Cross-border law enforcement cooperation – involving the police, customs and other law enforcement ser
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Briefing - Police cooperation achievements during the legislative term 2014-2019: the role of the European Parliament - 13-05-2019

Effective police cooperation is a key step in turning the EU into an area of freedom, security and justice (AFSJ) based on respect for fundamental rights. Cross-border law enforcement cooperation – involving the police, customs and other law enforcement services – is designed to prevent, detect and investigate criminal offences across the EU. In practice, this cooperation mainly concerns serious crime (organised crime, drug trafficking, trafficking in human beings and cybercrime) and terrorism. Considerable progress in strengthening police cooperation was made during the 2014-2019 legislative term. Most importantly, the new Europol Regulation took effect in May 2017. In Parliament, the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE Committee) is responsible for measures relating to police and judicial cooperation in criminal matters, including terrorism, and substantive and procedural measures relating to the development of a more coherent EU approach to criminal law, in accordance with Parliament’s Rules of Procedure. Source : © European Union, 2019 - EP

A reporter declined to reveal his source. Then police showed up at his front door with guns.

The raid on the home and office of freelancer Bryan Carmody drew wide First Amendment attention in the San Francisco Bay area.
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A reporter declined to reveal his source. Then police showed up at his front door with guns.

The raid on the home and office of freelancer Bryan Carmody drew wide First Amendment attention in the San Francisco Bay area.

House Republicans criticize Rep. Tlaib over remarks on Holocaust, Israel

The Democratic lawmaker spoke of the suffering of her Palestinian ancestors and the creation of the state of Israel. Republicans called her remarks anti-Semitic.
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House Republicans criticize Rep. Tlaib over remarks on Holocaust, Israel

The Democratic lawmaker spoke of the suffering of her Palestinian ancestors and the creation of the state of Israel. Republicans called her remarks anti-Semitic.

Trump’s go-it-alone approach on trade, immigration poses economic risks

The self-described dealmaker has embraced an “I alone can fix it” attitude on two intractable problems that Republicans and Democrats have long failed to resolve.
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Trump’s go-it-alone approach on trade, immigration poses economic risks

The self-described dealmaker has embraced an “I alone can fix it” attitude on two intractable problems that Republicans and Democrats have long failed to resolve.

Trump and his allies are blocking more than 20 separate Democratic probes in an all-out war with Congress

Legal and congressional experts fear that the president’s noncooperation strategy could undermine Congress’s oversight role for years to come.
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Trump and his allies are blocking more than 20 separate Democratic probes in an all-out war with Congress

Legal and congressional experts fear that the president’s noncooperation strategy could undermine Congress’s oversight role for years to come.

A guide to 20 inquiries Trump and his allies are working to impede

1. Tax returns Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin is blocking Congress’s request for Trump’s tax returns, a demand based on a 1924 anti-corruption law. On Friday, House Ways and Means Committee Chairm...
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A guide to 20 inquiries Trump and his allies are working to impede

1. Tax returns Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin is blocking Congress’s request for Trump’s tax returns, a demand based on a 1924 anti-corruption law. On Friday, House Ways and Means Committee Chairm...

John Paul Stevens looks back on nearly a century of life and law, but worries about the future

The long-serving justice has written a memoir and says he is concerned about the Supreme Court’s direction on issues he thought were already settled.
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John Paul Stevens looks back on nearly a century of life and law, but worries about the future

The long-serving justice has written a memoir and says he is concerned about the Supreme Court’s direction on issues he thought were already settled.

Trump takes over Fourth of July celebration, changing its location and inserting himself into the program

 The president’s starring role has the potential to turn what has long been a nonpartisan celebration of the nation’s founding into another version of a Trump campaign rally.
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Trump takes over Fourth of July celebration, changing its location and inserting himself into the program

 The president’s starring role has the potential to turn what has long been a nonpartisan celebration of the nation’s founding into another version of a Trump campaign rally.

Decision to subpoena Donald Trump Jr. sets off a Republican firefight

Senators took sides on the propriety of a demand that the president’s eldest son testify again in the Intelligence Committee’s Russia probe.
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Decision to subpoena Donald Trump Jr. sets off a Republican firefight

Senators took sides on the propriety of a demand that the president’s eldest son testify again in the Intelligence Committee’s Russia probe.

In-Depth Analysis - The Future of Europe debates in the European Parliament, 2018-19: A synthesis of the speeches by EU Heads of State and Government - 08-05-2019

This paper concludes a series of four briefings on the Future of Europe debates that have explained the views of the different Heads of State or Government who have spoken in the European Parliament's plenary sessions from January 2018 until April 2019. The f
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In-Depth Analysis - The Future of Europe debates in the European Parliament, 2018-19: A synthesis of the speeches by EU Heads of State and Government - 08-05-2019

This paper concludes a series of four briefings on the Future of Europe debates that have explained the views of the different Heads of State or Government who have spoken in the European Parliament's plenary sessions from January 2018 until April 2019. The first part of this paper describes the overall points of convergence and divergence among the speakers, trends in the topics tackled, and proposals advanced. In the second part, the paper offers excerpts from some of the most significant statements by the speakers, as well as a more detailed analysis of their various positions on the following key policy areas: Economic and Monetary Union, migration, the social dimension, international trade, climate change and energy, security and defence, the next Multiannual Financial Framework, and institutional issues. Source : © European Union, 2019 - EP

Briefing - Area of freedom, security and justice: Cost of non-Europe - 08-05-2019

Substantial progress has been made since creating an area of freedom, security and justice became a major political objective for the EU 20 years ago. Still, there is a lack of consistent monitoring and enforcement of EU values and norms as well as outstandin
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Briefing - Area of freedom, security and justice: Cost of non-Europe - 08-05-2019

Substantial progress has been made since creating an area of freedom, security and justice became a major political objective for the EU 20 years ago. Still, there is a lack of consistent monitoring and enforcement of EU values and norms as well as outstanding gaps in the EU’s framework in certain areas. These deficiencies have a significant impact at individual level, notably in terms of preventing the effective exercise of fundamental rights by EU citizens and third country nationals alike. They also have a negative effect on budgetary spending, growth and tax revenue, which is estimated at at least €180 billion annually, with the lack of enforcement of EU values still to be assessed in more detail. Further EU action in four main areas: 1. monitoring and enforcement; 2. the creation of safe legal pathways for migrants and asylum seekers to enter the EU; 3. ingraining a European law enforcement culture; and 4. completing the Union’s fundamental rights framework, would have significant benefits. In particular, it could allow individuals to fully enjoy their fundamental rights and make EU society more secure, open, fair and prosperous. This would also foster trust in the EU on the basis of its ability to deliver on its aims Source : © European Union, 2019 - EP