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Warren moves toward White House bid

SEN. ELIZABETH WARREN questioning Wells Fargo CEO John Stumpf (CNN).

Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts on Monday became the first big name candidate to begin a bid for the Democratic 2020 presidential nomination.

Her announcement that she was forming an “exploratory committee” is not an ironclad pledge to run, but is typically the first step toward such a campaign.

“No matter what our differences, most of us want the same thing,” said Warren, 69. “To be able to work hard, play by the same rules and take care of the people we love. That’s what I’m fighting for today and why I’m launching an exploratory committee for president.”

Warren is considered one of the three top potential candidates, the others being Sen. Bernie Sanders and former Vice President Joe Biden, for the Democratic nod. However, other possible candidates could emerge, such as California Senator Kamala Harris and Beto O’ Rourke, who ran a strong race against Ted Cruz in the Texas senatorial election this year.

Warren is best known for her criticism of the U.S banking system and argues that the current economic climate works against middle class families.

House Democrats have plan to end shutdown

When the Democrats assume control of the House of Representatives on Thursday, they have a plan to end the partial government shutdown that revolves around a proposal to build a wall at the Mexican-U.S. border.

The Associated Press is reporting that Nancy Pelosi – considered likely to again become the Speaker of the House – and other Democrats will push for a Homeland Security Department bill that will include $1.3 billion for border security but not the $5 billion president Donald Trump is asking for the wall.

Other bills – which have some bipartisan support – would fund other departments through Sept. 30, 2019.

President Trump has said he will not sign a bill that does not fund the wall.



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