‘We vape, we vote’ movement insists it’s real in wake of bot reports

A large number of vapers are using several hashtags on social media to voice their concerns with a proposal from President Donald Trumps administration to ban the sale of all non-tobacco-flavorede-cigarettes and similar plans and actions in a number of states. In early September, the Trump administration announced that it was working on a policy that would bar the sale of any non-flavored e-cigarettes, including mint and menthol. Around the same timespurred by a number of illnesses believed to be linked to some form of vaping, including unregulated THC productssome states also announced their intentions to ban e-cigarettes. In the wake of the bans announcement, Trump initially called vaping a new problem, but shortly after said that he liked vaping …

Amid Warren controversy, women are sharing their pregnancy discrimination horror stories

Women are sharing their own stories of pregnancy discrimination afterconservative media outlets attempted to discredit presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warrens (D-Mass) claim that she faced pregnancy discrimination. Warren maintains that she was fired from a teaching job in the 1970s because she was pregnant. However, media outlets are starting to contest her account because of how she previously described these events. NBC News verified that Warrens resignation was accepted with regret around her sixth month of pregnancy. After I became visibly pregnant, I was told that the job I'd been promised for next year would go to someone else. Pregnancy discrimination is real, and it still happens todaybut telling our stories is one way we can fight back. Here are …

Mayor Pete Buttigieg Targeting Big Pharma in Bid to Set Health-Care Plan Apart

The debate over the future of health care has first segment of Medicare For All proposal also promises strong caps on out-of-pocket costs at $200 per year, and Sen. Bernie Sanders bill to that effect Twenty-nine percent of Americans report not taking medications as prescribed due to cost in the past year, including one in five who have not filled a prescription because of high prices and one in 10 who have skipped doses or cut pills in half to stretch their medication. Buttigiegs plan, like those of his chief rivals, would also empower the governmentthe largest purchaser of pharmaceuticals in the worldto negotiate drug prices for consumers on government health plans, what the campaign calls Walmart logic, allowing for …

Biden Calls for Impeachment Investigation of Trump for Abuse of Power

Former Vice President Joe Biden has joined the deluge of Democrats calling for the initiation of impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump if he refuses to comply with congressional investigations into his administration. Using its full constitutional authority, Congress, in my view, should demand the information it has a legal right to receive, Biden said on Tuesday afternoon, speaking from his hometown of Wilmington, Delaware. If Trump refuses to cooperate, he continued, Donald Trump will leave Congress, in my view, with no choice but impeachment. That would be a tragedy, but a tragedy of his own making. I can take the political attacks, Biden said, but if we allow a president to get away with shredding the U.S. Constitution that …

AOC-Style Challengers Looking to Unseat the Dems Top Brass in 2020

The House Judiciary Committee was in the middle of considering a resolution expanding Democrats impeachment proceedings when Rep. Matt Gaetz decided to get personal. Decrying Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadlers escalating impeachment inquiry into President Trump, the right-wing Florida congressman fired a shot at the integrity of the hearingand at the man holding the gavel. I would hope, Gaetz said, that these proceedings are not about the chairmans upcoming primary challenge. The quip prompted some shocked groans on the Democratic side of the daisand silence from Nadler. But the cheap shot raised by Gaetz is central to the argument that one of Nadlers Democratic primary opponents, Lindsey Boylan, eagerly makes herself. Without my challenge, I have no doubt in my …

After 25 Years of Cowering, Its Time for the Democrats to Get Tough on Guns

Its unclear how many more Americans need to die from gun violence before Donald Trump and the GOP support measures to end the carnage, but thankfully the 2020 Democrats have made championing laws to reduce gun violence a key issue. This is a far cry from past presidential campaigns, when Democrats feared that addressing guns would cost them politically. Over the weekend, Joe Biden abandoned his lets work with the GOP to find common ground approach and instead made it recently rolled out a detailed plan to reduce gun violence by 80 percent that includes not just an assault weapons ban, but raising taxes on gun manufacturers and establishing a federal licensing system for gun owners. As Warren criticized by …

14 Progressive 2020 Candidates Who Could be the Next AOC

While mainstream media is largely focused on the Democratic presidential primary, grassroots groups and organizers are eyeing opportunities to add progressive candidates to Congress. With the success of The Squad (Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y), Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.), and Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.)), both at the ballot box and in the media, there are a number of hopefuls lining up to build a left-leaning coalition that can land them in Congress. Here are some of the most interesting primary challengers jumping into the 2020 race. Jessica Cisneros Running for: Texas 28th District Jessica Cisneros Cisneros seeks to unseat Rep. Henry Cuellar, a conservative Democrat who has taken from immigrant detention centers. Cuellar also has an A …

Parkland teens announce massive gun reform proposal

Driven in part by Sen. Elizabeth Warrens (D-Mass.) penchant for plans, and perhaps as a rebuke to our often-impulsive president, the 2020 election cycle has been all about policy and proposals. Today one of the most vocal movements to arise since President Donald Trumps electionMarch for our Lives, the organization founded by Parkland teenagers in the wake of a mass shootingunveiled their plan for America most intractable issue: gun control. The Washington Post this morning obtained a copy ofA Peace Plan for a Safer America,which doesnt cede any ground in the debate to Second Amendment enthusiasts. Calling it a national health emergency, the Parkland teenagerswho saw a gunman kill 17 in their high school last Februarypropose six steps to alter …

Warren, Biden Campaigns Appear to Find Loophole Around Paid Internships

Unpaid interns are practically non-existent among Democratic presidential campaigns in 2019. But some top-tier candidates appear to be finding a creative way to tap unpaid talent: offering vague fellowship opportunities as volunteer positions. Theres no singular definition for a fellow among 2020 candidates and most this cycle dont offer the option. But two leading contenders, former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), give applicants who are selected a chance to participate in the campaign as volunteer fellows, without requiring compensation or academic credit. Volunteers are asked to do something, workers are told, Rene Hagerty, an executive council member for the Campaign Workers Guild, said. Everyone whos performing work on a campaign should be paid. For Bidens campaign, …

Bernie Sanders Decides to Play Rough This Time

In just the last month, unloaded a blistering attack on a leading Democratic think tank. He went after former Vice President Joe Biden on a number of policy fronts. And one of his top congressional surrogates senator who four years ago was known as a gruff but endearing candidate running a democratic-socialist, ideas-driven campaign has decided to bare his fangs more quickly this time, in hopes that it may actually win him the nomination. [T]he senator learned many lessons from 2016, Nina Turner, a national co-chair of Sanders 2020 campaign told The Daily Beast, and one of those lessons is to show what separates you very clearly from the rest of the people running. Its an effort, aides and associates …