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Welcome to Thursday, September 12th, morning people and those who want to end morning people...
The race to 2020 heats up as the top-ten Democratic candidates take the stage in Houston for the third debate.
According to RealClearPolitics’s national polling on Sept. 6, the top five contenders in tonight's debate have the following averages:
- 30.1% for Former Vice President Joe Biden
- 17.6% for Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren
- 16.9% for Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders
- 6.7% for California Sen. Kamala Harris
- 4.4% for South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg
On the Radar
Banning Flavored E-Cigarettes
President Donald Trump announced Wednesday that he will seek to ban the sale of all flavored e-cigarettes in an effort to discourage youth vaping.
"We are going to have to do something about it," Trump said after meeting with health policy advisers, adding that vaping was a "new problem in the country."
Recently, a sixth person in the U.S. died from lung disease related to vaping. And exactly one-year ago, the FDA declared teenage use of e-cigarettes an epidemic.
Last week, First Lady Melania Trump tweeted:
"I am deeply concerned about the growing epidemic of e-cigarette use in our children. We need to do all we can to protect the public from tobacco-related disease and death, and prevent e-cigarettes from becoming an on-ramp to nicotine addiction for a generation of youth."
Abortion & Border Wall ‘Poison Pills’
Congress returned to the Capitol on Monday with lawmakers poised to start the process of allocating the $1.371 trillion in discretionary spending they agreed to this summer in the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2019, which was made possible thanks to a handshake deal to leave out poison pill riders.
By the end of Tuesday, however, partisan fighting over poison pills forced the Senate Appropriations Committee take two of the four bills it planned to markup Thursday off the agenda―leaving lawmakers with even less time to avoid a partial government shutdown on October 1st.
A (D)-introduced amendment would block the Trump administration’s Title X rule while an (R) amendment would give the Trump administration an extra $12 billion for the wall.
Under the Radar
Foreign Interference in the 2020 Election
Yes, Russia interfered in the 2016 presidential election. It’s likely Moscow, and others, will also attempt to hack the vote in 2020.
Just don’t call it a comeback: the U.K. attempted to influence their former colony’s elections in the 1940s, the Nazis hoped to torpedo FDR’s reelection, and South Vietnam consulted with the Nixon campaign in 1968.
What is new, however, is the use of cyberattacks, fomenting discord on social media, and spreading misinformation online.
Here's a taste of what happened in 2016:
Your Gov at a Glance 👀
The White House: President Trump in D.C. & MD
- At 12:30pm EDT, the president will have lunch with the secretary of state.
- At 6:30pm EDT, the president will participate in a joint fundraising committee reception in Baltimore, Maryland.
- At 7:10pm EDT, the president will deliver remarks at the 2019 House Republican Conference Member Retreat Dinner.
- At 8:55pm EDT, the president will arrive at the White House.
The House of Representatives: In
- Voting on a bill to ban oil and natural gas exploration in the Section 1002 area of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska.
The Senate: In
- Voting on the confirmations of a member of the Federal Reserve's Board of Governors, an assistant secretary of treasury, and the executive director of the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development.
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And, in the End…
It's Video Games Day.
American presidents have had cameos in more games than you might expect.
Here's Ronald Reagan thanking the Bad Dudes for rescuing him from evil ninjas in "Bad Dudes Vs Dragon Ninja":
Crossing the aisle, here's Bill Clinton psyching himself up for a match in "Ready to Rumble: Round 2":
Hope you get a high score today,
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