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Nebraska Woman Arrested, Fined for Climbing Mount Rushmore

Courtesy: South Dakota Dept. of TourismRAPID CITY, S.D. – A Nebraska woman has been fined $1,000 for climbing the Mount Rushmore National Memorial in South Dakota. Authorities say Alexandria Incontro scaled the massive granite sculpture Friday with bare feet and no rope, making it to about 15 feet (4.5 meters) from the top. The Rapid City Journal states Incontro chose…

Round 2 of Democratic Debate is Party’s Most-Watched Ever

LOS ANGELES (AP) – NBC says round two of the Democratic presidential debate was the party’s most-watched ever. Based on Nielsen figures out Friday, the event including early front-runners Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders averaged 18.1 million viewers across NBC, MSNBC and Telemundo. That topped the previous Democratic debate audience high of 15.5 million for an October 2015 event, which…

2016 Redux? Trump Attacks on Biden Recall Clinton Fight

WASHINGTON (AP) – Gearing up to take on Democratic front-runner Joe Biden, President Donald Trump sees echoes of his 2016 foe, Hillary Clinton. Despite polls that show Trump trailing the former vice president in battleground states, the Republican president is relishing the chance to wage against Biden what he believes will be a redux of his successful 2016 campaign. Central…

Trump Campaign Raises $24.8M in Less Than 24 Hours

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump raised $24.8 million in the less-than 24 hours after kicking off his re-election campaign. The staggering sum was announced in a tweet on Wednesday morning by Republican Party Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel. It dwarfs what the top Democratic contenders in the 2020 White House primary raised over the course of the first three months of…

Klobuchar’s Mental Health Policy Inspires Iowa Endorsement

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Democratic presidential candidate Amy Klobuchar’s mental health policy has inspired her first Iowa endorsement. State Rep. Ruth Ann Gaines is one of Iowa’s four black legislators and the mother of a son with developmental and mental disorders. Gaines says Klobuchar made an impression on her during a one-on-one breakfast, when the Minnesota senator shared her…

Warren Releases $100 Billion Plan to Combat Opioids Epidemic

WASHINGTON (AP) – Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren has unveiled a new version of her plan to combat America’s opioid epidemic, proposing to spend $100 billion over 10 years on battling the consequences of addiction. Warren’s new opioids measure is modeled on a 1990 law passed to help fight the spread of AIDS and would be paid for using her…

Washington Gov. Inslee Joins Democratic Presidential Field

SEATTLE (AP) — Washington Gov. Jay Inslee will seek the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, mixing calls for combating climate change and highlights of his liberal record with an aggressive critique of President Donald Trump. The 68-year-old governor is launching his bid Friday in Seattle, following recent visits to the first primary state of New Hampshire and the early caucus state…

Klobuchar Raises $1M Within 48 hours of Launching 2020 Bid

WASHINGTON (AP) – Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar’s campaign says the Democrat raised more than $1 million in the 48 hours after launching her presidential bid. Klobuchar kicked off her candidacy Sunday during a snowy rally in Minneapolis. Her campaign says the money was raised from “online and grassroots supporters.” She is one of the few Democrats running for the presidency…

Senator Amy Klobuchar, of Minnesota, Announces 2020 Run for President

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Add one more name to the growing list of Democrats who want to be president in 2020. Amy Klobuchar, a three-term senator from Minnesota, made the announcement Sunday in Minneapolis. She’s the most prominent Midwesterner in the race so far. Her party is trying to win back voters in a region that help put Donald Trump in…