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May 26, 2020

Former Vice President Joe Biden on Tuesday fired back at President Trump for sharing a tweet that mocked Biden for wearing a mask during a Memorial Day event, calling him an "absolute fool."

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has recommended that people wear masks to slow the spread of coronavirus, but Trump has opted out of publicly wearing a face covering during visits to factories, despite the companies requiring masks for the safety of their employees. This is irresponsible, Biden told CNN's Dana Bash, and Trump's refusal to listen to health experts is "costing people's lives." Presidents, Biden added, "are supposed to lead, not engage in folly and be falsely masculine." Catherine Garcia

May 15, 2019

Alabama's state Senate passed a bill on Tuesday effectively banning abortion statewide, and the women running for president in 2020 wasted no time in condemning it.

Responses to the bill, which, if signed by Gov. Kay Ivey (R), would make it a felony to perform or receive an abortion, started as simple as Sen. Amy Klobuchar's (D-Minn.) tweeted declaration that "this is wrong" and "unconstitutional." Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) pointed out that "the bill's authors want to use it to overturn Roe v. Wade," and tweeted that "we will fight this."

Spiritual author turned debate qualifier Marianne Williamson tweeted that "abortion bills appearing around the country are intended to overturn Roe v. Wade and intimidate women," but pledged that "women cannot and will not be intimidated." Sen Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), meanwhile, made sure to bring it up at a Wednesday town hall.

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) took the boldest step, tweeting a string of denunciations before the Alabama Senate even passed the ban and later saying she was headed to nearby Georgia, which recently passed a "heartbeat" abortion ban of its own.

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) hadn't responded to the bill by 11 a.m. ET. Kathryn Krawczyk

March 28, 2019

After his Republican colleagues on Thursday called on him to resign as chair of the House Intelligence Committee, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) fired back against their claims that he used his position to "knowingly promote false information" about collusion between President Trump's campaign and Russia.

Congress has not yet received Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report, just Attorney General William Barr's four-page summary, but Rep. Mike Conaway (R-Texas) told Schiff that its findings "conclusively refute" Schiff's assertions that there is evidence of collusion. "We have no faith in your ability to discharge your duties," Conaway said.

An angry Schiff shot back, accusing Republicans of ignoring major pieces of public evidence that indicate collusion occurred — that Donald Trump Jr. said he would "love" for the Russian government to pass along damaging information on Hillary Clinton; that former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn lied to the FBI about his communications with the then-Russian ambassador to Washington; and that Trump's former campaign chair Paul Manafort was accused of passing along polling data to an associate with ties to Russian intelligence.

"You might think that's okay," Schiff said. "I don't. I think it's unethical. I think it's unpatriotic. I think it's corrupt and evidence of collusion." Schiff added that he has "always said that the question of whether this amounts to conspiracy is another matter. But I do not think that conduct, criminal or not, is okay. And the day we do think that's okay is the day we will look back and say that is the day America lost its way." Catherine Garcia

October 28, 2018

Dodgers pitcher Rich Hill did not appreciate President Trump's tweet about Saturday night's World Series game, telling the Los Angeles Times on Sunday that Trump was focusing on the wrong thing.

Trump criticized manager Dave Roberts for removing Hill in the seventh inning, when the Dodgers were leading 4-0; they ended up losing the game 9-6, and the Red Sox now lead the series 3-1. "Managers do it all the time, big mistake!" Trump tweeted. Roberts responded Saturday night, saying he was "happy" the president tuned into the game, but "I don't think he was privy to the conversation. That's one man's opinion."

Hill went further. "I understand you're watching the World Series, but there was a huge tragedy that happened and people will say what they want to say," he said, referring to the shooting at a synagogue in Pittsburgh that left 11 people dead. "The focus, in my opinion, of the president is to be on the country, and not on moves that are made in a World Series game."

Regarding the decision to take him out of the game, Hill told the Times he had asked Roberts to "keep an eye on me," meaning, "Hey, if there is a better option coming out of the bullpen, I'm going to be on board with that, because of the gravity of the situation. To have an act of selflessness in this moment is what it's all about. At the end of the day, the move was made, and it didn't fall in our favor." Catherine Garcia

October 7, 2018

During a speech delivered at the Ohio Democratic Party's annual state dinner on Sunday night, Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) said the way Republicans pushed through Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation to the Supreme Court was a "sham" and "disgrace."

"Let's speak the truth that it was a denial of justice for the women of this country and sexual assault survivors, men and women," she said. "What we have been witnessing is a display and an exercise of raw power. Power that is being exercised not just to win, but to demean, and deflate, and defeat. And we are better than this."

There is much speculation that Harris will run for president in 2020, and she told reporters she is thinking about the midterm elections "and what we need to do around these races. And then I'll seriously take a look at things after that." Catherine Garcia

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