Foreign Affairs Foreign AffairsMay 20, 2019
Donald Trump (POTUS)
Source: CBS News
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President Donald Trump declares that if Iran ever threatens the United States again, he plans to end them. His statement is spurred by reports that a rocket landed near the U.S. embassy in Baghdad.

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"If Iran wants to fight, that will be the official end of Iran. Never threaten the United States again!"

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Foreign Affairs Foreign AffairsMay 20, 2019
Bernie Sanders (I-VT)
Source: Twitter
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Senator and 2020 hopeful Bernie Sanders (I-VT) replies to President Trump’s statement that if Iran threatens the U.S., he will go to war with them. Senator Sanders discourages a war with Iran, citing that it would be harmful for the United States.

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"Trump, the schoolyard bully, is threatening to take us into another war in the Middle East. Just what we need! But it will not be Trump's or his billionaire friend's kids and grandkids who fight and die in that war. It will be working-class kids. No war with Iran!"

Foreign Affairs Foreign AffairsMay 20, 2019
Lindsey Graham (R-SC)
Source: The Hill
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Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) shares his support for President Trump’s approach to the conflict in Iran and Iraq after receiving a briefing from National Security Advisor Bolton.

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"Just received a briefing from National Security Advisor Bolton about escalating tensions with Iran. It is clear that over the last several weeks Iran has attacked pipelines and ships of other nations and created threat streams against American interests in Iran. If the Iranian threats against American personnel and interests are activated we must deliver an overwhelming military response. Stand firm Mr. President."

2020 Presidential Election 2020 Presidential ElectionMay 20, 2019
Pete Buttigieg (D-POTUS-Candidate)
Source: NBC
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2020 hopeful Pete Buttigieg (D-IN) explains his reasoning for accepting Fox News’ invite to a town hall, while many of his fellow democratic candidates have declined Fox’s invite. Buttigieg cites that although Fox can have hosts that "are not always there in good faith", it is important to come and speak on the news network in order to reach Americans from all over the U.S. and from both sides of the aisle.

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"There's a reason anybody has to swallow hard and think twice before participating in this media ecosystem. But I also believe that even though some of those hosts are not always there in good faith, I think a lot of people tune into this network who do it in good faith. And there are a lot of Americans who my party can't blame if they are ignoring our message, because they will never hear it if we don't go on and talk about it. We have to find people where they are, not change our values, but update our vocabulary so that we're truly connecting with Americans coast to coast."

2020 Presidential Election 2020 Presidential ElectionMay 20, 2019
Donald Trump (POTUS)
Source: Twitter
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President Donald Trump criticizes Fox News for hosting Pete Buttigieg (D-IN) on their network for a town hall event. He expresses his distaste that Fox is giving Democrats airtime, and emphasizes that Fox should focus on Republicans, who he credits for maintaining the network's success.

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"Hard to believe that @FoxNews is wasting airtime on Mayor Pete, as Chris Wallace likes to call him. Fox is moving more and more to the losing (wrong) side in covering the Dems. They got dumped from the Democrats boring debates, and they just want in. They forgot the people.........who got them there."

Education EducationMay 20, 2019
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY-14)
Source: The Hill
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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY-14) applauds billionaire and philanthropist Robert F. Smith for his decision to pay off Student Debt for graduates of Morehouse College's class of 2019. But she emphasizes that liberation from college debt should not depend upon a stranger's generosity, but that the United States needs to work on decreasing the high cost of attending college.

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"It’s important to note that people shouldn’t be in a situation where they depend on a stranger’s enormous act of charity for this kind of liberation to begin with (aka college should be affordable), but it is an incredible act of community investment in this system as it is."

Foreign Affairs Foreign AffairsMay 17, 2019
Lindsey Graham (R-SC)
Source: CNN
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Senator Lindsey Graham (R- SC) expresses his frustration that the Trump administration still has not briefed him regarding the situation in Iraq and Iran, despite Graham serving as the chairman of the United States Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs, which oversees funding for State Department and therefore the embassies.

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"It's a major deal to move people out of a consulate in Iraq. They were there during the war. I'm not doubting it's a real threat. I'm just frustrated they can't pick up a phone and tell us -- particularly me and Sen. Leahy, because we are in charge of embassy and consulate security. This is a mistake."

Foreign Affairs Foreign AffairsMay 17, 2019
Tim Kaine (D-VA)
Source: CNN
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Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA) expresses his concern regarding the situation with Iran, and how the Trump administration is acting. Senator Kaine serves on the Senate Foreign Relations and Armed Services Committees and has had “some conversations” at the classified level regarding the U.S.’s position toward Iran, but still has questions.

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"I still think there's a real issue about the US attempting to provoke stuff. I think the Trump administration would like Americans to believe that it's Iran acting, or potentially acting, unilaterally against us, but I think the US is trying to provoke them."

Civil Liberties Civil LibertiesMay 17, 2019
Pete Buttigieg (D-POTUS-Candidate)
Source: The Hill
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Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg speaks out against the Alabama abortion legislation passed that outlaws women from getting an abortion in all cases except if a mother's life is at risk. Buttigieg expresses his view that reproductive health is a fundamental right.

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"I don't think that you are free in this country if your reproductive health can be criminalized.”

Civil Liberties Civil LibertiesMay 17, 2019
Susan Collins (R-ME)
Source: CNN
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Susan Collins (R-ME) criticizes the Alabama abortion law that bans abortion in all cases except if a mother’s life is at risk. Collins expresses that she does not think that any justice, including Supreme Court Judge Brett Kavanaugh, would uphold the Alabama law.

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"The Alabama law is a terrible law -- it's very extreme -- it essentially bans all abortions. I can't imagine that any justice could find that to be consistent with the previous precedents."