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    No sitting Mayor has ever been elected President of the United States. In fact, New York City Mayor Clinton DeWitt is the only one to even be nominated by a major party. He lost in 1812 to incumbent James Madison. Pete Buttigieg -- no, his name is not pronounced the way you think -- is hopeful of being the first.

    South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg launches presidential exploratory committee, could be nation's first openly gay nominee

    https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/sout...ry?id=60543998

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    On January 18, the Washington Post reported that advisers are encouraging former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz to run for President as an independent. Two CNN reporters think he actually has a chance of winning. If that should happen, I wonder if he would start putting dozens of White Houses in every major American city. Each one could be located next to a Starbucks.

    Why Starbucks' Howard Schultz might have a shot at the White House

    https://www.cnn.com/2019/01/23/opini...man/index.html

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    Speaking today at the US Conference of Mayors in Washington, DC, Joe Biden lamented that America has been "divided into pieces" and said we can not "continue on that path." He believes he could win the support of working-class voters in 2020 but still hasn't announced whether he will run for President. He ran -- and lost -- in 1988 and 2008 and Democratic voters are now embracing (figuratively, not literally) women, minorities and political newcomers. Biden, 76, is evaluating his chances. Meanwhile, another woman has announced her candidacy:

    US Representative Tulsi Gabbard formally launches bid for President

    https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/polit...ent/ar-BBSHzBo

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    Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, who supports labor rights, universal healthcare, campaign finance reform and the elimination of income inequality, ran for President in 2016 and won 23 primaries and caucuses. Sources say he will run again, as a Democrat, in 2020. If he can win the support of women, blacks and Hispanics, Tulsi and Kamala may as well pack up and go home.

    Bernie Sanders set to announce 2020 Presidential run

    https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/polit...run/ar-BBSKd7e

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    Ojeda, a former West Virginia Senator, concedes that a successful candidate needs "wealth, influence and power." Okay, so Jeff Bezos, Bill Gates, Rupert Murdoch and Mark Zuckerberg should run?

    Richard Ojeda, first Democrat to announce 2020 run, becomes first to drop out of the race

    https://www.newsweek.com/richard-oje...l-race-1306541

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    The Democratic party was founded January 8, 1828. Until 2008, every Democratic Presidential nominee was a white man. In 2019, the diversity of the candidates matches the diversity of the party itself -- and what does that say about the chances of Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders? I wonder. By the way, Beto O'Rourke told Politico two days ago that he is "potentially" months away from deciding whether to run.

    The 2020 Democratic field is the most diverse ever
    Seven of the eight candidates are non-white, women, identify as LGBT, or some combination of the three.

    https://www-m.cnn.com/2019/01/27/pol...ity/index.html

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    "The American dream and our American democracy are under attack and on the line like never before," declared California Senator Kamala Harris today, announcing her candidacy for President at a rally in her home town and affirming that she will always "speak with decency and moral clarity, treat all people with dignity and respect, lead with integrity and speak the truth." In other words, she is the complete opposite of Donald Trump. At 7 PM Pacific time tomorrow, January 28, Harris will take part in a televised town hall discussion hosted by CNN's Jake Tapper at Drake University in Des Moines.

    Kamala Harris kicks off Presidential campaign with rally in Oakland

    https://www.mercurynews.com/2019/01/...paign-kickoff/

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    Kamala Harris' campaign raised $1.5 million in its first 24 hours. Last night, MSNBC's Rachel Maddow told Harris, "I think there is a good chance you are going to win the nomination. You in a general election fight against Donald Trump would be the funniest thing in the world to cover." "Funniest"? Really?

    Russian trolls created thousands of fake social media accounts in 2016 and spread misinformation and pro-Trump, anti-Clinton propaganda. Congressmen and the Department of Defense expect Russia to use "deep fake" technology to create highly realistic, manipulated videos in an effort to influence our 2020 election. I think it's safe to say Russia wants Trump to serve another four years.

    Lawmakers warn of 'deepfake' videos ahead of 2020 election

    https://www.cnn.com/2019/01/28/tech/...ers/index.html

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    Here is another poll which Donald Trump will denounce as "fake." Trump loves himself so much, he can't comprehend, or accept, that millions of Americans don't even like him.

    Trump is facing historically bad numbers for re-election in 2020
    CNN, Jan 30 2019 6:07 PM ET

    President Donald Trump is no stranger to bad poll numbers. His net approval rating (approval rating minus disapproval rating) has consistently been negative. But that figure on its own doesn't necessarily mean Trump will be defeated in 2020. As conservative commentators Newt Gingrich and Hugh Hewitt have correctly pointed out, President Ronald Reagan had similarly low approval ratings at this point in his Presidency before going on to a blowout victory in his 1984 re-election campaign. New polling finds, however, the depth of the opposition against Trump is considerably deeper than it was against Reagan. This suggests Trump could have a much more difficult job turning around his bad ratings than Reagan or really any President in the modern polling era.

    An astounding 56% of voters said they would definitely vote against Trump in the 2020 general election, compared with 28% who said they would definitely vote for him and 14% who would consider voting for him, according to an ABC News/Washington Post poll. Anyone who thinks it will be easy for Trump to persuade his doubters is sorely mistaken. A record 47% of Americans already say they believe the Trump Presidency will be unsuccessful. This means Americans don't just disapprove of Trump in the moment but believe they won't ever change their minds about him. That 47% is higher than any poll taken at any point for any Presidency in the last 25 years.

    https://www.cnn.com/2019/01/30/polit...020/index.html

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    If awards are ever given for headlines, NBC News' Robert Schlesinger should win the grand prize for the headline of his January 30 editorial:

    Howard Schultz's Presidential bid is unnecessary. We already have a delusional rich guy in the White House.

    https://www.nbcnews.com/think/opinio...nal-ncna963946

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