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April 24, 2019

Pete Buttigieg is no Bernie Bro.

The upstart presidential candidate and South Bend, Indiana, mayor told The New York Times that he has a "hard time" seeing Americans "ultimately coming together" to vote for his competitor Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) in a general election against President Trump in November 2020.

Buttigieg's reasoning, the Times reports, is that Sanders' left-wing proposals are no longer as "provocative" as they were when Sanders ran against former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in the 2016 Democratic primary, which he ultimately lost. "People were refreshed by the novelty of that boldness," said Buttigieg. But that was then.

Sanders' campaign manager, Faiz Shakir, responded to Buttigieg's comments, telling the Times the senator's "unifying progressive agenda" best-positioned him to beat Trump in the general election.

The Times also reports that Buttigieg, while speaking to high school students in New Hampshire, went so far as to call Sanders supporters and Trump supporters "two sides of the same coin," suggesting both wanted to "blow up the system" in 2016. Buttigieg, it seems, is aiming to employ more hopeful rhetoric in his campaign, taking a page from former President Barack Obama's book. Read more at The New York Times. Tim O'Donnell

November 28, 2017

After North Korea tested an intercontinental ballistic missile on Tuesday, President Trump responded with a volley of attacks ... on Democrats.

Flanked at a White House press conference by two empty seats with name tags for Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), Trump first cryptically said he would "take care of" the test, then blasted the Democratic leaders for not coming to a White House meeting on a government shutdown in light of the launch. "They should be calling immediately and saying we want to see you, but probably they won't because nothing to them is more important than raising taxes," Trump said. Schumer and Pelosi had canceled plans to attend the meeting after the president attacked them in a tweet earlier Tuesday morning, saying "'Chuck and Nancy' ... want illegal immigrants flooding into our Country unchecked, are weak on Crime and want to substantially RAISE Taxes. I don’t see a deal!"

During the press conference, Secretary of Defense James Mattis also told reporters that the launch was North Korea's highest yet. "The bottom line," he said, "is it is a continued effort to build a ballistic missile threat that endangers world peace, regional peace, and certainly the United States."

Then President Trump expressed his hope that North Korea's action would prompt Democrat leadership to put the military first in budget discussions, despite the fact that both Schumer and Pelosi voted in favor of a bill authorizing approximately $700 billion in military spending next year.

Shortly after Trump's press conference, frequently undercut Secretary of State Rex Tillerson released a statement saying that "diplomatic options remain viable and open, for now." Nuclear experts have claimed that Tuesday's launch showed that North Korea has developed missile that could hit any part of the continental United States, which the president previously tweeted, "won't happen!" Kelly O'Meara Morales

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