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William Davis | Contributor

Massachusetts Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren laid out a new universal child care plan on Tuesday.

To fund said plan, the recently declared 2020 presidential contender announced her proposal to institute an “Ultra-Millionaire Tax” that her campaign estimates would generate $2.75 trillion in revenue over a 10-year period. Warren announced her long-anticipated plan in a Medium.com post. (RELATED: Sen. Elizabeth Warren Supports Use Of 25th Amendment To Sink Trump)

“Today, in more than half the states in the country, a year of childcare costs more than a year of in-state college tuition,” Warren said. “We’re placing a huge financial burden on working families looking to find a safe and nurturing place for their kids.”

Warren repeated an argument often used by her and fellow progressive presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, saying that a wealthy country such as the United States should be open to an expanded welfare state.

“We must do better for our kids — and our parents,” she said. “In the wealthiest country on the planet, access to affordable and high-quality child care and early education should be a right, not a privilege reserved for the rich.”

Warren promises that her plan will provide “free” and “high-quality” childcare for millions of American families.

“It will be free for millions of American families, and affordable for everyone,” Warren said. “This is the kind of big, structural change we need to produce an economy that works for everyone.”

Warren is considered one of the leading candidates for the Democratic presidential nomination next year, as she looks to unseat incumbent President Donald Trump.

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Saagar Enjeti | White House Correspondent

President Donald Trump’s prediction that he would be sued in the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals jurisdiction for declaring a national emergency at the southern border now seems well on its way to coming to fruition.

Trump delivered a singsong rendition of what he expected to happen in his Friday Rose Garden announcement, saying, “We will have a national emergency, and then we will then be sued, and they will sue us in the 9th Circuit, even though it shouldn’t be there. And we will possibly get a bad ruling, and then we’ll get another bad ruling. And then we’ll end up in the Supreme Court, and hopefully, we’ll get a fair shake.”

Trump’s dark humor quickly became reality Monday evening when 16 states sued the president over the national emergency declaration. The suit was organized by the State of California and filed in the Federal District Court in San Francisco, which appeals to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.

Other states that joined the lawsuit include Colorado, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oregon and Virginia.

“Contrary to the will of Congress, the president has used the pretext of a manufactured ‘crisis’ of unlawful immigration to declare a national emergency and redirect federal dollars appropriated for drug interdiction, military construction and law enforcement initiatives toward building a wall on the United States-Mexico border,” the lawsuit declares.

EL PASO, TEXAS – FEBRUARY 12: People work on the U.S./ Mexican border wall on February 12, 2019 in El Paso, Texas. U.S. President Donald Trump visited the border city yesterday as he continues to campaign for more wall to be built along the border. Democrats in Congress are asking for other additional border security measures. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

The lawsuit follows Trump’s political defeat in Congress when he was only able to secure $1.375 billion in funding for his proposed border wall. The president long requested $5.7 billion in wall funding and instead will tape funds available to him under his executive powers.

These funds include $600 million available to him as a result of asset forfeiture, appropriate funding under his authority to interdict drug corridors; it also includes use military construction funds available to him under his authority as commander-in-chief. (RELATED: Trump Will Sign Border Bill, Declare National Emergency)

White House officials long feared the lengthy court process which could enjoin court battles over a national emergency declaration. One official pointed out to The Daily Caller that the court battle over the travel ban took nearly one year to process its way through the courts even though the administration was ultimately vindicated.

Officials fear that border wall funding will be held in legal limbo as the 2020 presidential election draws closer and closer.

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Robert Blizzard, a Republican pollster, claimed Friday that Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez paid her boyfriend, Riley Roberts,”$1,750 out of her campaign account.”

Verdict: False

Roberts provided $1,750 worth of digital marketing services to the Ocasio-Cortez campaign, but the services were performed free of charge.

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Roberts made headlines after it was revealed Friday that a House email account had been created in his name. This caused some to speculate that Ocasio-Cortez had hired her boyfriend. The New York congresswoman responded via Twitter, saying that the email was created so that Roberts could have access to her calendar.

Ocasio-Cortez confirmed her relationship with Roberts in a 2018 Vogue interview. They met while students at Boston University. Ocasio-Cortez graduated in 2011, Roberts in 2012.

Vogue referred to him as “an easygoing redhead who works in web development.” According to his LinkedIn profile, Roberts specializes in digital marketing.

Roberts provided services to the Ocasio-Cortez campaign between March and June of last year, according to reports filed with the Federal Election Commission (FEC). Those services were valued at $1,750, but they were donated in-kind.

The FEC defines an in-kind donation as “a contribution of goods, services or property offered free or at less than the usual and normal charge.”

Filings show the Ocasio-Cortez campaign recorded two disbursements, or payments, to Roberts in 2018: one for $1,500 and another for $250. This appears to be the basis for Blizzard’s claim.

But records show another two entries – $1,500 and $250 in contributions under Roberts’ name – that offset the two disbursements. Taken together, these entries balance out to zero, and are how the FEC requires in-kind donations to be reported. In actuality, Roberts provided these services free of charge.

Blizzard did not respond to a request for comment.

Though he was not paid by the Ocasio-Cortez campaign, Roberts has previously worked as a marketing consultant on the campaign trail. Brand New Congress, a PAC started by former staffers on the Bernie Sanders presidential campaign, paid Roberts $6,000 over a two-month period in 2017.

According to its website, “Brand New Congress recruited Rep. Ocasio-Cortez to run for Congress back in 2017.”

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Amber Athey | White House Correspondent

Conservatives were falsely accused this week of attacking Malia Obama, daughter of former president Barack Obama, for drinking rosé while on vacation with friends.

Prominent leftist media and comedian accounts on Twitter claimed that conservatives were “frothing at the mouth,” “mad” and “obsessed” over a story published in The Daily Mail showing pictures of the 20-year-old Obama enjoying a bottle of wine.

Imani Gandy, a senior legal analyst with Rewire.News, wrote that conservatives were engaging in hypocrisy by “frothing at the mouth over Malia Obama” drinking wine because they “had no problem giving Justice Brett Kegstand a lifetime appointment to SCOTUS.”

Writer and comedian Zack Bornstein made a similar argument about alleged conservative hypocrisy, tweeting, “the same people mad at Malia Obama for drinking wine and wearing a bathing suit at age 20 are the same people who excuse Brett Kavanaugh for drinking beer and assaulting a woman at age 17.”

Professional anti-Trump tweeter Brian Krassenstein claimed Republicans “freak[ed] out” about Malia drinking, adding, “I just can’t wait for her to turn 35 so she can run for president.”

Each Twitter user racked up thousands of retweets and likes by blaming conservatives for attacks on Obama, but they provided no evidence that conservatives or Republicans at large cared about the first daughter drinking at all.

In fact, the “freak out” appeared to be limited to just one verified account. Andrew Wilkow, a host on Sirius XM’s Patriot channel, accused Obama of “privilege” for drinking nice wine underage.

Contrary to the claims of leftist Twitter, prominent conservatives largely defended Obama and trashed the Daily Mail for publishing photos of the underage college student drinking on holiday.

The media made similar false accusations against conservatives after a video of Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez dancing as a teenager made its rounds on social media. Vox’s Matthew Yglesias claimed the right had an “obsession” with Ocasio-Cortez and GQ said conservatives “failed” to take down the freshman congresswoman. (RELATED: The Media, Without Evidence, Claims Conservative Furious Over Ocasio-Cortez Dancing Video)

The New York Times even got in on the action, but none of the outlets were able to cite a single conservative who took issue with Ocasio-Cortez dancing beyond a single anonymous Twitter account.

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Saagar Enjeti | White House Correspondent

President Donald Trump’s campaign took the fairly rare step of reacting to an announced Democratic candidate after Independent Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders announced he will again seek the presidency in the 2020 election cycle.

“Bernie Sanders has already won the debate in the Democrat primary, because every candidate is embracing his brand of socialism,” Trump campaign national press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said in a statement Tuesday. “But the American people will reject an agenda of sky-high tax rates, government-run health care and coddling dictators like those in Venezuela. Only President Trump will keep America free, prosperous and safe.”

Sanders told Vermont Public Radio Tuesday morning that he would be running for president and released a subsequent campaign video.

Sanders in kind blasted Trump’s presidency, saying in an email to supporters, “we are running against a president who is a pathological liar, a fraud, a racist, a sexist, a xenophobe and someone who is undermining American democracy as he leads us in an authoritarian direction.” (RELATED: Bernie Sanders Accused Of Using Government To Target Company That Ran Political Ad Against Him)

Trump expressed some sympathy for Sanders during the 2016 presidential election cycle, often remarking that the Democratic presidential nomination was stolen from him by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Nonetheless, Trump has branded the senator “Crazy Bernie” and frequently has derided him since taking office.

The only other Democratic presidential hopeful to garner a Trump campaign statement is Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren. The campaign noted, “Elizabeth Warren has already been exposed as a fraud by the Native Americans she impersonated and disrespected to advance her professional career, and the people of Massachusetts she deceived to get elected.”

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Democratic Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar announced that she does not support free four-year college for all, during a CNN town hall in New Hampshire on Monday night.

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“So I’d like to ask you, would you be willing to stand with my generation and end the student debt crisis by supporting free college for all? And would you include undocumented and formerly incarcerated people in that program?” Griffin Sinclair-Wingate asked. “And if you could please just preface your answer with a clear yes or no, I would really appreciate that. Thank you so much.”

“All right. Let me answer you first of all. I think we have to do everything to help our students afford college. My idea is to make it easier to refinance, to start with two-year degrees, the community colleges being free. That’s something that President Obama was pushing. There’s a reason I’ll get to why I’m starting there instead of four-year,” Klobuchar responded. (RELATED: Klobuchar Says She’d Vote For The Green New Deal, But Isn’t Sold On It As ‘Actual Legislation’)

“So here’s what we need to do. The first thing is we need to make it easier to afford college, and you need to do that by making it easier to refinance these loans, by extending Pell grants so it includes more students, those are simply grants, right?” she continued. “So if you extend those Pell grants, that’s going to make it even easier because right now it’s for a limited number of students. And I think we should expand it to more students.”

“So he did ask you yes or no. Would you support free college for all?” Lemon chimed in.

“No, I am not for free four-year college for all, no. Thank you,” Klobuchar answered. ” And I wish — if I was a magic genie and could give that to everyone and we could afford it, I would.”

Klobuchar is one of approximately 10 Democrats seeking the 2020 party nomination to run against President Donald Trump. She has separated herself from many of her Democratic opponents for opting not to fully support the Green New Deal.

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The second woman who accused Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax of sexual assault wrote an op-ed Monday in the Washington Post, in which she renewed her offer to testify publicly in front of the state legislature.

Last month, Meredith Watson alleged that Fairfax raped her while they were students at Duke in 2000, but he has denied the allegations(RELATED: Second Woman Accuses Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax Of Sexual Assault)

Watson wrote in her op-ed, “Despite the professed belief of numerous elected officials in Virginia and elsewhere that Vanessa Tyson, who says that Fairfax sexually assaulted her in 2004, and I have brought forward credible allegations, the Virginia General Assembly has not taken the simple and responsible step of arranging the thorough public hearing that we have sought.”

She continued:

I am frustrated by calls for an investigation rather than a public hearing into these matters. Such “investigations” are secret proceedings, out of the public eye, leaving victims vulnerable to selective leaks and smears. And we all know how such investigations end: with “inconclusive results.” My privacy has already been violated, yet I am still willing to testify publicly under oath. Tyson has made the same offer. Our plea to the Virginia General Assembly to require the same of Fairfax has been met with inaction.

In a more detailed statement, Watson alleged that she told Fairfax and other friends about getting raped by a player on Duke’s basketball team. According to her story, Fairfax then raped her. Later on, Watson says she confronted him about the assault and asked why he did it. He allegedly answered, “I knew that because of what happened to you last year, you’d be too afraid to say anything.’”

Fairfax was also accused of sexually assaulting a woman days before Watson came forward. Dr. Vanessa Tyson accused Fairfax of forcing her to perform oral sex on him in 2004 at the Democratic National Convention in Boston. (RELATED: Several 2020 Dems Are Calling For Lt. Gov. Fairfax To Resign)

Despite both allegations, Fairfax remains in his position.

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Saagar Enjeti | White House Correspondent

President Donald Trump delivered a forceful message to Venezuelan security forces who remain loyal to the Maduro regime, in a Monday afternoon speech at Florida International University.

To any official who continues to support the Maduro regime, Trump said, “The eyes of the entire world are upon you today, every day, and every day in the future. You cannot hide from the choice that now confronts you,” adding, “we seek a peaceful transition of power but all options are open.” 

Talking points distributed by the White House ahead of the speech emphasized a stark message to Venezuelan security forces who have not put themselves under the control of Venezuelan National Assembly leader Juan Guaido.

Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro delivers a speech during the ceremony of recognition by the Bolivarian National Armed Forces (FANB), at the Fuerte Tiuna Military Complex, in Caracas on January 10, 2019. - Maduro begins a new term that critics dismiss as illegitimate, with the economy in free fall and the country more isolated than ever. (Photo by Federico Parra / AFP)

Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro delivers a speech during the ceremony of recognition by the Bolivarian National Armed Forces (FANB), at the Fuerte Tiuna Military Complex, in Caracas on January 10, 2019. (Photo by Federico Parra / AFP)

“Venezuelan military officials have a clear choice — work toward democracy for their future and the future of their families, or they will lose everything they have,” White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said was a key highlight of the speech, adding that “the United States knows where military officials and their families have money hidden throughout the world.”

“You will lose everything,” Trump warned in his speech, declaring, “Today I ask every member of the Maduro regime: end this nightmare of poverty, hunger and death for your people.” 

The explicit threat to go after Venezuelan security force assets who remain loyal to Maduro is the latest escalation of the United States against the regime, which is locked in a major power struggle. Trump recognized Guadio as the democratically elected president of Venezuela in January, paving the way for several Western nations to follow suit. (RELATED: Progressives Break With Democratic Party Over U.S. Opposition To Socialist Dictator Nicolas Maduro)

Guadio became the leading opposition figure in Venezuela to Maduro after securing the support of the National Assembly. The U.S. maintains that he is the Democratic representative of the Venezuelan nation and Trump emphasized in his speech that the strong stance against Maduro is part of a broader push to expand Democracy in the Western Hemisphere.

The United States has sought to target the Maduro regime by enforcing strict sanctions on state oil exports that remain under its control, which is expected to cripple the Venezuelan economy further.

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Democratic California Sen. Kamala Harris stammered when asked by reporters Monday about the recent claims that Jussie Smollett may have staged his alleged attack.

“.@JussieSmollett is one of the kindest, most gentle human beings I know. I’m praying for his quick recovery. This was an attempted modern day lynching. No one should have to fear for their life because of their sexuality or color of their skin. We must confront this hate,” Harris tweeted on Jan. 29. (RELATED: Here Are All The Politicians Who Rushed To Judgement On The Smollett ‘Hate Crime’)

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“Which tweet? What tweet?” Harris asked in response to a reporter’s question about her tweet.

“About saying that it was a modern-day lynching,” a reporter responded. “Jussie Smollett.”

“Okay, so I will say this about that case. I think the facts are still unfolding and I’m very concerned,” Harris answered.

Smollett alleged that two white men attacked him in the middle of the night as he was walking home from a Chicago-area “Subway” restaurant last month. He told police that the men poured a bleach-like substance on him, tied a rope around his neck similar to a noose, and shouted racist and homophobic slurs. Over the past couple days, the police have reported that it appearst that Smollett staged the attack and paid two Nigerian men to attack him. (RELATED: Jussie Smollett On MAGA Hats: ‘I Never Said That!’)

Many other Democrats rushed to support Smollett following the alleged attack. Democratic New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker and Democratic Reps. Maxine Waters of California, Nancy Pelosi of California and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, among others, all issued statements condemning the alleged hate crime.

Pelosi deleted her sympathetic tweet about Smollett on Sunday evening.

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Graeme Gallagher | Contributor

It has been only a month-and-a-half since the start of 2019, yet many Democrats are not off to the best start.

Most recently, “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett has been under fire for his own role in an alleged attack on himself in January. The star first reported that two men beat him, tied a rope around his neck, poured chemicals on him, shouted racist slurs and yelled, “This is MAGA country!” at him in Chicago outside a Subway restaurant. He subsequently walked away from the attack with his sandwich still in hand.

However, a report from two Chicago Police Department sources believed that Smollett paid the two suspects — brothers from Nigeria who also happen to have been extras on “Empire” — to plan the attack. The development has led to increased doubt in Smollett’s case and prominent Democrats to rescind their support of the actor. (RELATED: Pelosi Deletes Sympathetic Tweet For Jussie Smollett)

Another Democrat who has faced a rough start to the year is New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and her Green New Deal. The bill had a rough start in which her staff’s FAQ of the document did not match up with the bill itself, forcing it to be removed online.

On the Senate side, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren has faced criticism for her claims to be Native American. The Democratic presidential candidate has been reported to refer to herself as Native American multiple times. After taking a DNA test, Warren found that she was only 1/1024th Native American and acknowledged that she is not a person of color.

Lastly, all the Democrats from Virginia have had a difficult beginning to the year. A controversial abortion bill paired with two instances of blackface from the governor and attorney general — and then topped with Lieutenant Governor Justin Fairfax being accused of two cases of sexual assault — made the Commonwealth at the center of news recently. (RELATED: GOP Virginia House Speaker Breaks Silence – He Could Be Next Governor)

Which Democrat do you think had the worst start to the year? Vote below. 

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