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Democrat hopefuls either declared or considering presidential runs next year

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WASHINGTON — California Sen. Kamala Harris announced Monday she intends to seek the Democratic nomination to challenge U.S. President Donald Trump for the White House in 2020. She joins an already crowded field that’s widely expected to grow significantly in the coming days and weeks. Some of the names:

DEFINITELY/PROBABLY:

California Sen. Kamala Harris, 54, former state prosecutor and attorney general; critics say she took a hard line in those roles, turning her nose up at sentencing-reform initiatives and wrongful convictions.

New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, 52, former congresswoman; focused on issues of gender and racial equality.

Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, 69, former Harvard professor perhaps best known for her ill-advised DNA test to prove Indigenous heritage. A vocal champion of middle-class income equality and women’s rights.

New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker, 49, former mayor of Newark, outspoken on criminal-justice reform.

Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, 37, veteran of the Army National Guard; assailed for meeting with Syrian president and for anti-gay slurs and advocacy work.

Richard Ojeda, 48, veteran, former Virginia state senator who lost House bid in 2018 midterms.

Julian Castro, 44; former housing secretary under Barack Obama and former mayor of San Antonio, Tex., likely fearing a bid by fellow Texan Beto O’Rourke.

John Delaney, 55, former member of the House of Representatives from Maryland.

John Hickenlooper, 66, former Colorado governor and ex-mayor and brewery owner in Denver.

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PROBABLY/MAYBE

Joe Biden, 76, former vice-president under Barack Obama and a veteran of presidential campaigning. Widely acknowledged in early polls as the distant front-runner, but observers believe he may still be undecided about running.

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, 77, “democratic socialist” best known for strong views on income inequality and his stouter-than-expected challenge to Hillary Clinton for the 2016 Democratic nomination.

Montana Gov. Steve Bullock, 52, former state attorney general.

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, 47, former president of city council.

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MAYBE/MAYBE NOT

Beto O’Rourke, 46, former Texas congressman whose bid to unseat Ted Cruz in 2018 made him a millennial champion, a viral sensation and a small-dollar fundraising dynamo.

Michael Bloomberg, 76, former New York City mayor, media executive.

Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown, 66, liberal, economic populist and protectionist.

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, 67, climate-change champion.

Oregon Sen. Jeff Merkley, 62, former state legislator and housing activist.

Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar, 58, former prosecutor.

Mitch Landrieu, 58, former New Orleans mayor.

Terry McAuliffe, 61, former Virginia governor.

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Video attacking Canada’s response to COVID created by Conservative leadership hopeful is going viral

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This video was posted by MP Erin O’Toole.

The RCAF veteran, and former Minister of Veterans Affairs is running to replace Andrew Scheer and hoping to become Canada’s next Prime Minister.

The video is a scathing review of Canada’s response to the COVID-19 crisis.  It has already been viewed well over half a million times.

From the Facebook page of Erin 0’Toole  

The Truth About COVID-19

➡️ The Chinese regime, the WHO and the Trudeau government DO NOT want people to see this.Let's make sure Canadians see the truth! 👍🇨🇦

Posted by Erin O'Toole on Thursday, May 21, 2020

 

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Canadian Forces Snowbirds release video of Jennifer Casey homecoming

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From the Facebook page of Canadian Forces Snowbirds 

You are joining us live from the Halifax International Airport for the homecoming of Captain Jennifer Casey, a military Public Affairs Officer who was killed in a CF Snowbirds crash during Operation INSPIRATION.

Homecoming of Captain Jennifer Casey | La capitaine Jennifer Casey rentre chez elle

You are joining us live from the Halifax International Airport for the homecoming of Captain Jennifer Casey, a military Public Affairs Officer who was killed in a CF Snowbirds crash during Operation INSPIRATION.#CFSnowbirdsNous sommes en direct à l’Aéroport international d’Halifax afin d’assister au retour de la capitaine Jennifer Casey, officière des affaires publiques militaire qui a perdu la vie dans l’écrasement d’un appareil des Snowbirds des FC pendant l’op INSPIRATION.#SnowbirdsFC

Posted by Canadian Forces Snowbirds on Sunday, May 24, 2020

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