Kirsten Gillibrand

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., said Sunday she’d eliminate the detention system for immigrants awaiting asylum claims in court, saying if released with a court date and a lawyer, they’d show up.

In an interview on CBS News’ “Face The Nation,” Gillibrand, who’s among a large field of Democratic candidates for president, said the detained immigrants “don’t need to be incarcerated.”

“As president of the United States, I wouldn’t use the dentition system at all,” she said adding: They can — if they’re given a lawyer and given a process, they will follow it. They can go into the community in the way we used to handle these cases under the Department of Justice.” 

She also blasted President Donald Trump for having ““started a war on American women.”

“This is nothing short of an all-out assault on women’s reproductive freedom,” she said of a new wave of anti-abortion bills being passed in the South and Midwest.

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Alabama’s passing of an anti-abortion bill, which awaits being signed by Alabama’s female governor, does not have the support of the “American people,” according to Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., a 2020 Democratic presidential primary candidate.

“This is not something the American people support – 70% of Americans want safe, legal abortion to be available to women when they need it,” Sen. Gillibrand told “MSNBC Live with Stephanie Ruhle” on Wednesday. “They believe in women’s civil rights and human rights and they believe that those healthcare decisions, those most intimate and difficult healthcare decisions, should be made by a woman, her family, and her doctor.”

Gillibrand called the bill an “outrage” and “an attack on women’s basic human rights and civil rights.”

“It is a women’s health issue,” Gillibrand told Ruhle. “And the Alabama law is the most severe law that’s been passed to date.

“In fact, it will put a doctor in jail for 99 years for meeting the needs of a woman’s health. It criminalizes abortion even in instances of incest and rape. And it will basically make it impossible for women to seek the reproductive care that they need when they need it.”

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Democratic 2020 U.S presidential candidate Andrew Yang holds a rally in the Manhattan borough of New York
Democratic 2020 U.S presidential candidate Andrew Yang holds a rally in the Manhattan borough of New York, May 14, 2019. REUTERS/Gabriela Bhaskar

May 15, 2019

By Joseph Ax

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Andrew Yang is ready for his closeup next month at the first Democratic presidential debate, when he knows most Americans will have one question: “Who is the Asian man standing next to Joe Biden?”

The thousands of so-called “Yang Gang” members who braved cold and rain to attend the candidate’s rally in New York City on Tuesday evening shouted his name in reply, showing his eclectic campaign is catching on with some voters.

The 44-year-old entrepreneur, philanthropist and self-described nerd launched his long-shot bid more than a year ago, centered on a proposal to give every American $1,000 a month in cash.

Since then, he has rolled out more than 100 policy ideas, a technocratic approach rivaled in sheer wonkiness perhaps only by that of U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts among the Democratic candidates seeking the 2020 nomination.

“I liked that he was a very policies-first kind of guy,” said Chris Nyugen, 28, who attended the rally and is considering backing Yang over U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders, his choice in the 2016 presidential election.

“He wasn’t just anti-Trump,” Nyugen said of Yang. “He ran on the issues.”

Yang’s odds of victory remain long against better-known and better-funded candidates such as Biden, a former vice president. Yang is drawing around 1 percent support among voters in national polls, on a par with experienced politicians like U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand of New York and Washington Governor Jay Inslee.

A native of upstate New York and the son of Taiwanese immigrants, Yang would be the first Asian-American president.

He has embraced social media, and Andrew Yang memes have proliferated on Reddit and Twitter. His campaign received a major boost after a lengthy February interview with comedian Joe Rogan’s popular podcast.

Yang’s biggest proposal is what’s known as a universal basic income, or UBI, a concept that in recent years has gained traction within certain academic circles.

Under his “Freedom Dividend” plan, every adult American would receive $1,000 a month regardless of income or work status, a cash infusion he says is the best way to combat the destruction of manufacturing and other jobs due to automation. The proposal would be funded by a European-style value-added tax that Yang says would ensure technology companies pay their fair share.

At the rally, Yang – who often sports a “MATH” hat in a nod to his devotion to numbers – rattled off the industries that were using machines to replace millions of humans: truck driving, retail stores and customer service call centers.

“Donald Trump is our president for one simple reason: Automation did away with 4 million manufacturing jobs,” mostly in states like Pennsylvania and Michigan that were key to Trump’s 2016 victory, Yang said.

Tyler Riley, a 27-year-old from Weehawken, New Jersey, said Yang’s argument resonated with him.

“A lot of candidates focus on immigration, but automation is doing a lot more damage to jobs than any immigrants coming into the U.S.,” he said.

Yang’s platform includes a dizzying mix of standard Democratic fare like Medicare-for-all; voting reform proposals like eliminating gerrymandering or making the Electoral College proportional; and seemingly quirky concepts such as subsidizing marriage counseling, giving everyone $100 to donate to charity and establishing a $1 billion journalism fund to support struggling local news outlets.

He has proposed cutting 10 percent of U.S. military spending and redirecting the funds to a domestic infrastructure force known as – in all seriousness – the Legion of Builders and Destroyers. The legion’s commander would have the power to override local regulations in pursuing massive improvement projects.

Yang has leaned into his political outsider status, coining the slogan “Not Left, not Right, Forward,” and emphasizing his experience running an education startup company eventually acquired by test-prep giant Kaplan.

Some supporters said they would consider his campaign a success if it brings some of his policy proposals to the forefront.

“Even if he doesn’t win, it’s OK – his ideas are there,” said Kai Wong, a 27-year-old physical therapy doctoral student at New York University.

(Reporting by Joseph Ax; editing by Jonathan Oatis; Editing by Colleen Jenkins)

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At least four candidates for the Democratic presidential nomination are vying to win the endorsement of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., Politico is reporting.

Sens. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., Elizabeth Warren-D-Mass., and Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., along with former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro are wooing the outspoken Democrat, according to Politico.

“I think it’s one of the most important endorsements in America right now,” said Rebecca Katz, a progressive political consultant. “AOC has captured the imagination of so many young people, so many women and so many non-politicos who really see her as a ray of light.”

Sanders’ team has said he and Ocasio-Cortez “have had phone calls.” Ocasio-Cortez worked on Sanders’ 2016 campaign.  And several of Sanders’ staffers from that campaign have gone to work for her. Warren had met with Ocasio-Cortez privately and the two teams have been in touch. Politico also noted both Gillibrand and Castro have made overtures.

Right now, Sanders and Warren appear to have the edge.

“She is excited about both of their campaigns and the ideas they are putting forward,” said Corbin Trent, a spokesman for Ocasio-Cortez.

But he noted she isn’t planning to endorse soon.

Rep. Ro Khanna, D-Calif., who co-chairs Sanders’ campaign, said he was told she would decide before New York’s primary next year.

“I know (Ocasio-Cortez) has very strong positive feelings toward Sen. Sanders,” he said. “I know she also has positive feelings toward Sen. Warren.”

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In a strange twist, the father of Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand once worked for Donald Trump, the man she is trying to defeat in the 2020 election, The Wall Street Journal reported on Monday.

Gillibrand’s father, Doug Rutnik, was one of 10 lobbyists and firms that Trump Hotels & Casino Resorts Inc. hired in 2000 and paid some $300,000 in the first half of that year.

Trump’s company was lobbying against an attempt by the St. Regis Mohawk tribe to develop a casino in the Catskill Mountains, because Trump feared such a new enterprise would harm his business as a major operator in Atlantic City.

According to the records, Rutnik was paid $22,715 for his work.

Roger Stone was in charge of the effort, and led conference calls in which Rutnik participated, according to two other lobbyists who were involved in the process, according to the Journal.

Trump’s team successfully pushed to require legislative approval of any casino contract between then-Gov. George Pataki and the St. Regis Mohawk Indians, as the following year a judge ruled that the Mohawk’s desire for a Catskills casino would indeed require the approval of the state legislature.

A Gillibrand campaign spokeswoman said that Rutnik never met with Stone and Trump, nor does he recall talking with either man during his lobbying effort.

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If you want to see where President Donald Trump rates among the women electorate, perhaps you may want to follow the money.

President Trump received more than 45 percent of the itemized individual contributions in the first quarter from women, and only two Democratic candidates carried a higher percentage, according to the Center for Responsive Politics, the New York Post reported.

Only Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., (53 percent) and Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., (49 percent) held higher first quarter donations rate among women than President Trump, according to the report.

President Trump did trail both in overall individual donation dollars from women, but he outraised both overall ($30.3 million) in the first quarter, according to Federal Elections Commission records, the Post reported.

President Trump raised $3.2 million from individual donors, $1.5 million from women, per the Post.

“It’s dribs and drabs – I give $3 here, $5 there,” Staten Island’s Rose Bove, 73, told the Post, having given a total of $259.65, according to the FEC.

“I supported him from day one. I support him, and I’ll help him along in this campaign in any small way that I can.”

Harris brought in $7.4 million from individuals, 49 percent of that from women, while Gillibrand raised $2.4 million from individuals and 53 percent of which came from women. Harris ($13.2 million) and Gillibrand ($12.6 million) were far behind the president in total dollars raised, according to the report.

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While candidates were focused on campaigning in 2016, Russians were carrying out a devastating cyber operation that changed the landscape of American politics, with aftershocks continuing well into Donald Trump’s presidency.

And it all started with the click of a tempting email and a typed-in password.

Whether presidential campaigns have learned from the cyberattacks is a critical question ahead as the 2020 election approaches. Preventing the attacks won’t be easy or cheap.

“If you are the Pentagon or the NSA, you have the most skilled adversaries in the world trying to get in but you also have some of the most skilled people working defense,” said Robby Mook, who ran Hillary Clinton’s campaign in 2016. “Campaigns are facing similar adversaries, and they don’t have similar resources and virtually no expertise.”

Traditionally, cybersecurity has been a lower priority for candidates, especially at the early stages of a campaign. They need to raise money, hire staff, pay office rents, lobby for endorsements and travel repeatedly to early voting states.

Particularly during primary season, campaign managers face difficult spending decisions: Air a TV ad targeting a key voting demographic or invest in a more robust security system for computer networks?

“You shouldn’t have to choose between getting your message out to voters and keeping the Chinese from reading your emails,” said Mook, now a senior fellow with the Defending Digital Democracy Project at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center.

Mook has been helping develop a plan for a nonprofit to provide cybersecurity support and resources directly to campaigns.

The Department of Homeland Security’s cyber agency is offering help, and there are signs that some Democratic campaigns are willing to take the uncomfortable step of working with an administration they are trying to unseat.

DHS has had about a dozen initial discussions with campaigns so far, officials said.

Its focus has been on establishing trust so DHS can share intelligence about possible threats and receive information from the campaigns in return, said Matt Masterson, a senior DHS cybersecurity adviser. The department also will test a campaign’s or party’s networks for vulnerabilities to cyberattack.

“The challenge for a campaign is they really are a pop-up,” Masterson said. “They have people coming in and coming out, and they have to manage access.”

It’s unclear how much campaigns are spending on cybersecurity. From January to March, 12 Democratic campaigns and Trump spent at least $960,000 total on technology-related items, but that also includes technology not related to security, such as database or website services.

Former congressman John Delaney, the first Democrat to declare his candidacy for president , said he viewed cybersecurity as a fixed expense.

“It’s not supercomputers cracking through your firewalls,” he said. “It’s really tempting emails that people respond to and give away information.”

Candidates can get some advice from the Republican and Democratic national committees, which are in regular contact with Homeland Security and focus on implementing basic security protocols.

Republican National Committee press secretary Blair Ellis said the group also works with state Republican parties and emphasizes training. The organization is also developing an internal platform to share real-time threat information with state parties.

“Data security remains a top priority for the RNC,” she said.

The Democratic National Committee last year hired Bob Lord, formerly head of Yahoo’s information security. He has created a checklist that focuses on basics: password security, web encryption and social media privacy. This is a bigger priority than talking about the latest network protection gadget.

“What’s new and interesting is fine, but it’s really just about being incredibly single-minded about the basics,” Lord said. “It’s not glamorous, but neither is the advice for staying fit.”

The 2016 attacks were low-tech, with Russian agents sending hundreds of spearfishing emails to the personal and work emails of Clinton campaign staffers and volunteers, along with people working for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and the Democratic National Committee.

After an employee clicked and gave up password information, the Russians gained access to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee’s networks and eventually exploited that to gain entry to the Democratic National Committee.

Clinton’s campaign chairman, John Podesta, fell for the same trick on his personal email account, which allowed Russians to steal thousands of messages about the inner workings of the campaign.

But it wasn’t as if the Clinton campaign ignored cybersecurity. Mook said training was extensive on cyber threats, two-factor authentication was mandatory, and multiple fake emails were sent to test staffers’ ability to detect phishing attempts.

The relative ease with which Russian agents penetrated computers underscores the perilous situation facing campaigns. Clinton has been talking about this with Democratic presidential candidates.

“Unless we know how to protect our election from what happened before and what could happen again … you could lose,” Clinton said in a MSNBC interview. “I don’t mean it to scare everybody. But I do want every candidate to understand this remains a threat.”

California Sen. Kamala Harris’ campaign said it also was preaching the basics of cybersecurity with staff, such as requiring two-factor authentication and using encrypted messaging.

“All staff is being trained on threats and ways to avoid being a target,” Harris spokesman Ian Sams said.

Others running in the Democratic primary avoided discussing the topic. Some campaigns, including those for Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand and Bernie Sanders, would not comment. The campaigns of Pete Buttigieg, Sen. Amy Klobuchar and Beto O’Rourke didn’t respond to requests for comment.

Trump’s re-election campaign wouldn’t talk either.

The president has often downplayed Russia’s interference in 2016. And his staff told former Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen not to bring up election security during her meetings with him — saying she should focus on border security, his signature issue, according to people familiar with the discussions who were not authorized to speak publicly and spoke to AP on condition of anonymity.

Administration officials insist election security is a priority.

“We’re all in in protecting 2020,” Chris Krebs, head of DHS’ cyber efforts, told lawmakers Tuesday at a House committee hearing-. “I’d ask, each of you: Do you know if your campaign is working with us?”

Cassidy reported from Atlanta. Associated Press writers Chad Day, Zeke Miller, Juana Summers and Will Weissert in Washington, Meg Kinnard in Manning, South Carolina, and Sara Burnett in Chicago contributed to this report.

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Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., is proposing a plan to give every voter $600 to donate to federal campaigns.

Gillibrand, a candidate for president, announced plans for the “Democracy Dollars” on Wednesday.

“If you want to accomplish anything that the American people want us to accomplish — whether it’s healthcare as a right, better public schools, better economy — you have to take on the greed and corruption that determine everything in Washington,” she told NBC News.

Gillibrand’s plan would require eligible voters to register for vouchers to donate up to $100 in a primary election and $100 in a general election each cycle. The money could be used all at once or in $10 increments to one of more candidates, according to NBC News.

Those choosing to participate would get a separate $200 for House, Senate and presidential contests.

And politicians would have to agree not to accept any contributions larger than $200 per donor to be eligible to receive the “Democracy Dollars.”

Gillibrand predicted candidates would want to be part of the voucher system “because the potential of how much you could raise in this system is exponentially higher.”

She tweeted on Wednesday: “We can change the way Washington works by leveling the playing field of whose voices are heard in our democracy. It starts with getting big money out of our elections, and I have a plan to do just that.”

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Iowa voters sent a record number of women to the Legislature during last year’s midterms. Women won two of the state’s most competitive U.S. House races, and a woman was elected governor for the first time.

Yet across Iowa, there’s palpable anxiety among some Democratic women about nominating a female candidate to face off against President Donald Trump next year.

“I want to be for a woman, but it’s just hard when you see a lot of other people not supporting women yet. I feel that America’s just not there yet,” said Wendy McVey, a 20-year-old junior at Iowa State University who is most interested in Beto O’Rourke, a former Texas congressman.

And it’s not just Iowa.

Across Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina, three of the first states to hold 2020 nominating contests, dozens of women told The Associated Press that they are worried about whether the country was ready to elect a woman as president. Their concerns are political and personal, rooted as much in fear of repeating Hillary Clinton’s 2016 loss to Trump as in their own experiences with sexism and gender discrimination.

These worries have created a paradox for Democrats.

Women are among the party’s most energized and engaged voters, accounting for more than half the electorate in the 2018 midterms. Democrats sent a historic number of women to Congress last year and have a record number of women running for president, including Sens. Kamala Harris of California, Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota and Kirsten Gillibrand of New York.

But the Oval Office has been elusive, and given Democrats’ deep desire to oust Trump, some don’t want to take any chances with their nominee.

“I think a lot of people voted for him because they didn’t want to vote for her,” Katrina Riley, a 69-year-old from Summerville, South Carolina, said of the 2016 contest between Trump and Clinton. “And I don’t want that to happen again.”

Helen Holden Slottje, a 52-year-old New Hampshire attorney, noted the irony in women raising concerns about nominating a woman.

“I fear for that with women, that it’s, ‘Well, we had our chance. We had Hillary. Hillary didn’t pan out. Best to just pick another 65-year-old plus white guy who has the best chance of winning,'” Slottje said.

Older white men do sit atop most early polls: former Vice President Joe Biden, 76, and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, 77. Two younger white men, O’Rourke and Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Carolina, have become media darlings despite having less political experience than many of the women in the White House race.

Amanda Hunter, research and communications director at the Barbara Lee Foundation, which studies how female candidates are perceived in politics, said women face particular challenges when running for president that they don’t at the local level.

“We know that it’s one thing to support women as a decision-maker as part of a legislative body, but if she’s the decision-maker, voters need to be that much more convinced that she’s up to the job,” she said. “Men can put out their resume. Women have to justify over and over what they’ve accomplished.”

A Pew Research Center report from July 2018 backs up that assessment. According to the survey, 76% of women said a major reason why there are fewer women in office is that women have to do more to prove themselves. About 60% of women said they believe gender discrimination is an obstacle, and 57% of women said they didn’t believe Americans were ready to elect a woman to higher office.

“I feel like we ourselves have lived in a country where women’s power and leadership has been so absent,” said Cecile Richards, the former president of Planned Parenthood. “I think it’s hard even for women to imagine a future of real equity but I think that time has come.”

Advisers to some of the women in the crowded Democratic field said early polling and focus groups have revealed similar concerns among voters about electing a woman. “A Hillary hangover,” one said.

In focus groups, women have said they want a candidate who can go toe-to-toe with Trump on a debate stage. Despite the fact that Clinton was broadly seen as the better prepared candidate in her three debates with Trump, some women have said the moment they remember most was Trump looming over Clinton and following her as she walked across the stage.

Jennifer Palmieri, who advised Clinton’s 2016 campaign, urged women to “not be scared of the 2016 phantoms.”

“Women voters who want to support a woman candidate should not overthink this but have courage of their convictions and believe in their power to make a difference,” Palmieri said. “That’s what women did in 2018 and look what happened.”

In the aftermath of the 2016 election, Clinton has said she believes sexism and misogyny contributed to her loss. Some of the women in the 2020 race haven’t shied away from those issues.

“If you ask the question, is there gender bias in America today? Absolutely,” said Gillibrand. “Is there gender bias in every industry? Absolutely. But I think for each of us, we can overcome it.”

Warren recounts becoming a teacher but not being “asked back” to work the next year by the principal after she became pregnant. She makes subtle references to some of the sexism she’s faced on Capitol Hill.

At a Friday event in Tipton, Iowa, she told the crowd that when she talks to colleagues in the Senate, they tell her “you’re asking for too much” with her campaign platform.

“Don’t ask for such hard things. Smile more,” she said she’s been told, using language familiar to many women.

The crowd erupted in boos and groans.

Pace reported from Summerville, South Carolina, and Woodall from Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

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President Donald Trump on Monday mocked CNN after The Daily Caller reported the new network posted its lowest ratings of the year this past week.

Trump tweeted, “Congratulations!” along with a link to The Daily Caller article noting CNN averaged an audience of 690,000 people the week of April 8-12, with only 180,000 viewers between the ages of 25-54, a vital demographic for the network. That same week, MSNBC averaged 1,600,000 viewers in prime time, with 249,000 aged 25-54. Fox News performed even better with 2,438,000 viewers and 394,000 in that age range.

During that time, CNN hosted three presidential town halls with Democratic candidates, including Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., Washington Gov. Jay Inslee and former House and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro. Gillibrand’s town hall performed the worst, ratings-wise, with 507,000 viewers, lagging behind Inslee’s 549,000 and Castro’s 654,000.

CNN finished that week as the 15th most popular basic cable network, after the Food Network, the Discovery Channel, TLC, and A&E.

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