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Welcome to Thursday, June 27th, early birds and night owls...
10 contenders for the 2020 Democratic presidential ticket took the stage in Miami on Wednesday.
Each hoped their message connected with voters.
Click here for our roundup of the quotes of the night from the first 10. Here's a peek:
"Immigrants do not leave their human rights at the border." Cory Booker, Senator from New Jersey
"There is no one in our government at any level who has the right to tell any American who they should be allowed to love or who they should be allowed to marry." Tulsi Gabbard, Congresswoman from Hawaii
"Our greatest existential threat is climate change." Beto O'Rourke, former congressman from Texas
“Who is this economy really working for? It’s doing great for thinner and thinner slice at the top. It’s doing great for giant drug companies It’s not doing great for people who are trying to get a prescription filled." Elizabeth Warren, Senator from Massachusetts
On the Radar
TSA to Border
The Transportation Security Administration plans to shift more than 650 airport screeners and federal air marshals to the southern border to help handle in the influx of migrants arriving from Mexico.
House Oversight Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings (D-MD) revealed the information Tuesday, saying the TSA told his committee that it already dispatched around 200 screeners and supervisors and 172 air marshals to the U.S.-Mexico border.
“The administration’s actions are not helping aviation security, they are harming it,” Cummings said.
Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) defended the White House decision: “Why are they sending TSA personnel to the border? Because there’s a crisis.”
Under the Radar
Maine Goes Neutral
Maine has joined a growing number of states in passing laws to protect net neutrality rules.
The bill prohibits the state from using funds to pay internet service providers (ISPs) unless they adhere to "net neutral" standards. ISPs must promise not to block lawful content, not to throttle internet speeds, and not to engage in paid prioritization.
Gov. Janet Mills (D) signed the bill on Tuesday, saying "the internet is a powerful economic and educational tool that can open doors of opportunity for Maine people and small businesses. That potential should not be limited by internet service providers interested in increasing their profits."
Former Maine state Sen. Eric Brakey (R) wrote an impassioned plea against net neutrality for the Maine Wire, arguing that "if Washington imposes burdensome government regulations that interfere with our free and open internet, it will reduce the ease with which we can access it and impede future advancements, causing undue hardship for Mainers like myself."
Ammo Background Check
California, which already has some of the most stringent gun laws in the nation, will now require background checks for all gun ammunition purchases.
“At the end of the day, it is a perverse fact: Guns don’t kill people. Unless a gun is used as a blunt instrument, a gun is not particularly dangerous,” Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) said Monday. “A gun requires a dangerous component and that’s ammunition.”
Chuck Michel, an attorney for the National Rifle Association and its state affiliate, the California Rifle & Pistol Association, decried the decision.
“For retailers and the average recreational shooter, these new requirements are going to, at a minimum, create practical and financial problems and friction when trying to make a simple ammunition purchase," Michel said. "And they will do nothing to stop access by criminals who have so many other ways to get ammunition.”
Your Gov at a Glance 👀
The White House: President Trump in Japan
- At 7:10pm local / 6:00am EDT, the president will land in Osaka, Japan.
- At 8:00pm local / 7:00am EDT, the president will have a working dinner with the prime minister of Australia.
The House of Representatives: In
- Voting on a bill to require paper ballots & improved cybersecurity for federal elections.
The Senate: In
- Possible votes on a bill authorizing $750 billion in defense spending for FY2020.
What You're Saying
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But wait, there's more!
- Governor of Illinois Signs Bill Legalizing Recreational Marijuana
- The Death of a Father and Daughter Highlights the Human Cost of the Immigration Crisis
- Robert Mueller Agrees to Publicly Testify to Congress
And, in the End…
It's Helen Keller Day.
Keller, who was born on today's date in 1880, was the first deaf-blind person to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree. She later went on to be a prolific author, political activist, and lecturer.
Keller and her instructor, Anne Sullivan.
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