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    Tulsi Gabbard Votes 'Present' on Impeachment

    In Iowa, Warren Talks 'Choice' in Her Plan to Move to Single-Payer Health System

    香蕉视频苹果下载Democrats Threaten to Boycott Debate Over Labor Dispute

    Booker Campaign Announces Bus Tour, Ad Buy After Not Qualifying for December Debate

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    Bloomberg Releases Health Care Plan With Public Option

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    香蕉视频苹果下载Billionaire Michael Bloomberg released a health care plan Thursday that fits with the more moderate ideas put forward by other Democratic presidential candidates, such as former Vice President Joe Biden and South Bend, Ind. Mayor Pete Buttigieg.

    香蕉视频苹果下载Under Mr. Bloomberg’s plan, which his campaign described as “politically practical,” consumers could opt to buy into a federal government health plan—modeled on Medicare—with premiums. In states that decided not to expand Medicaid, people who qualify financially would be able to get coverage from the public option without paying premiums. Subsidies would also be available to low-income consumers who enroll in the public plan.

    香蕉视频苹果下载The plan is likely to appeal to more moderate Democrats who see Medicare for All, a proposed federal health program that would replace the current U.S. health insurance system, as unfeasible and too costly. Many liberal activists in the party support Medicare for All, which Sens. Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren are pushing in the 2020 race.

    香蕉视频苹果下载“We don’t need Medicare for All proposals that are more likely to re-elect Donald Trump than expand coverage,” Mr. Bloomberg said Thursday while announcing his plan at an event in Memphis.

    Mr. Bloomberg would also seek to reverse actions taken by the Trump administration to undermine the Affordable Care Act. Those actions have included expanding the sale of health plans that don't comply with the 2010 law's consumer protections and cutting funds for outreach and marketing. Mr. Trump has also ended billions of dollars in payments to insurers that offset certain consumer costs.

    The former New York City mayor’s proposal includes a federal program to help reduce premiums and a cap on drug prices at 120% of the average in other advanced nations.

    香蕉视频苹果下载Mr. Bloomberg’s plan would also expand Medicaid with a dental health program, and he would curb out-of-network surprise medical bills by capping costs at 200% of Medicare reimbursement rates.

    香蕉视频苹果下载The plan has an estimated cost of $1.5 trillion, though Mr. Bloomberg’s team said some of that would be offset by programs such as ending surprise medical bills.

    Tulsi Gabbard Votes 'Present' on Impeachment

    Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, in Greenville, S.C., last weekend.MEG KINNARD/Associated Press

    Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, a Democratic presidential candidate, chose to be recorded as "present" when the House voted Wednesday night to impeach President Trump.

    香蕉视频苹果下载Ms. Gabbard, who was the only member of Congress on the House floor who did not cast a "yes" or "no" vote, criticized what she said had become a "partisan endeavor."

    Long an impeachment skeptic, Ms. Gabbard was the sole Democratic presidential candidate to ever explicitly say that the House shouldn’t begin an impeachment process—though she eventually supported opening an inquiry.

    香蕉视频苹果下载"After doing my due diligence in reviewing the 658-page impeachment report, I came to the conclusion that I could not in good conscience vote either yes or no," Ms. Gabbard said in a statement released by her campaign Wednesday night.

    "I could not in good conscience vote against impeachment because I believe President Trump is guilty of wrongdoing," Ms. Gabbard said in her statement. "I also could not in good conscience vote for impeachment because removal of a sitting President must not be the culmination of a partisan process, fueled by tribal animosities that have so gravely divided our country. When I cast my vote in support of the impeachment inquiry nearly three months ago, I said that in order to maintain the integrity of this solemn undertaking, it must not be a partisan endeavor. Tragically, that’s what it has been."

    香蕉视频苹果下载The Democratic-controlled House approved the two articles of impeachment almost entirely along party lines, with a few Democrats joining Republican minority in voting "no."

    Mr. Trump is the third U.S. president to be impeached by the House. The matter moves next to the GOP-controlled Senate for a trial, where an acquittal is likely.

    Paris, Glasgow to Host "Satellite" Caucuses

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    Iowa’s tradition-bound caucuses are going international.

    The Iowa Democratic Party said Wednesday that 99 “satellite” locations have been approved for the caucuses that mark the start of the 2020 presidential nomination balloting.

    香蕉视频苹果下载Paris will be among three locations hosting a site outside the U.S. for Iowans living abroad, and 10 will be located in Arizona, California and Florida for the state’s snowbirds and others spending February in warmer locales.

    香蕉视频苹果下载“From Paris to Palm Springs, Iowa Democrats will be caucusing on February 3,” state party Chairman Troy Price said in a statement. “Our goal has remained steadfast throughout this process -- to make these caucuses the most accessible in our party’s history, and the satellite caucuses do just that.”

    Applications to hold caucuses in places other than the 1,678 sites already sanctioned by the state party were due in mid-November. The expansion is part of an effort to make the caucuses more accessible, including for disabled people or night-shift workers who struggle to attend what can be hours-long caucus meetings.

    Some of the satellite locations will start voting before the action starts in Iowa -- the location in Paris, for example, will start 5 hours earlier -- but state party officials say the results will be held securely until after some traditional precincts start reporting results.

    香蕉视频苹果下载The precinct gatherings are typically held in places such as school gymnasiums, fire stations and community centers. The satellite locations will have a more eclectic mix.

    Private homes in the Republic of Georgia and Scotland will host them, as will a student housing building in Paris. A Marriott hotel in Washington, D.C., will bring the caucuses to the nation’s capital for the first time.

    Within Iowa, there will also be new locations in assisted-living centers, community gathering places, work centers and union halls.

    香蕉视频苹果下载Like traditional precinct caucuses, each satellite location will have a trained captain who is charged with overseeing the room, managing volunteers and reporting the results. The number of delegate equivalents awarded from each satellite site will be based on the total number of attendees at that site on caucus night.

    The satellite plan was put in place after the Democratic National Committee required states to offer absentee voting as a way to boost participation. A DNC panel rejected an earlier Iowa proposal to allow virtual voting via telephone, citing hacking and security concerns.

    In a state with more than 600,000 registered Democrats, the turnout record for the party’s caucuses was about 240,000 people in 2008. Iowa Democratic operatives say they expect record turnout in 2020, fueled by a sprawling field of candidates and strong sentiment within the party against President Trump. The added locations inside and outside Iowa could help boost those totals.

    In Iowa, Warren Talks 'Choice' in Her Plan to Move to Single-Payer Health System

    Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D., Mass.) speaks to a crowd of about 200 people during a campaign event in Washington, Iowa, Sunday.Jack Kurtz/Zuma Press

    香蕉视频苹果下载OTTUMWA, Iowa—Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren this month has been talking up what she says is a critical aspect of her transition to Medicare for All: choice.

    Ms. Warren has used the word before in her Medicare for All transition proposal, but her use of "choice" is a relatively new addition to her regular campaign speeches. It's noteworthy because her rivals, notably South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg, have criticized her for supporting a plan that would eventually eliminate people's choice to retain private insurance.

    Ms. Warren argues that complete government coverage would be superior because it cuts insurance companies out of the process, but her transition to that single-payer plan would allow people to opt in.

    "When people have a chance to try it—when you've had the choice; nobody has to, but when you've had the choice—and tried full health-care coverage, where the decision is between you and your doctor or your nurse practitioner or your mental health professional, or your physical therapist, with no insurance company in between, then—let a lot of people try it—and then we'll vote," Ms. Warren said in Washington, Iowa, on Sunday. "And I believe America is going to say we like Medicare for All ... and we're all going to be on board."

    In November, Ms. Warren released a timeline for a move to Medicare for All. She promised that the single-payer legislation championed by Democratic presidential rival Bernie Sanders would be passed by her third year in office. In her first 100 days, Ms. Warren would push for a separate transition bill that would let people buy or move into a government-provided health plan.

    "And at each step of my plan, millions more Americans will pay less for health care. Millions more Americans will see the quality of their current health coverage improve. And millions more Americans will have the choice to ditch their private insurance and enter a high-quality public plan," she wrote in November.

    Asked by a reporter at a town hall in Ottumwa, Iowa, why she has begun to introduce that language into her campaign speech, Ms. Warren said: "So I'm just talking about the plan ... and just trying to make sure that everyone understands."

    Andrew Yang Releases Plan to Expand Medicare

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    Tech entrepreneur and presidential candidate Andrew Yang released details of his health care plan, which he says would expand Medicare and lower the cost of prescription drugs.

    香蕉视频苹果下载Mr. Yang’s proposal would allow people to enroll in a Medicare system rather than their employer insurance plan, but there are few mentions of the issue that has become a lightning rod in the 2020 Democratic primary.

    “We are spending too much time fighting over the differences between Medicare for All, 'Medicare for All Who Want It,' and the Affordable Care Act expansion when we should be focusing on the biggest problems that are driving up costs and taking lives,” Mr. Yang said in a release announcing his proposal.

    He said he supports the spirit of a single-payer insurance system, but "I do believe that swiftly reformatting 18% of our economy and eliminating private insurance for millions of Americans is not a realistic strategy, so we need to provide a new way forward on healthcare for all Americans.”

    The Democratic field is split over how much control to give the government on health care. Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren both advocate for a single-payer system that would essentially eliminate private health insurance. Other candidates, such as former Vice President Joe Biden and South Bend Ind. Mayor Pete Buttigieg, support a more incremental approach.

    Mr. Yang has long said he supported a Medicare for All system, but he had not given details. In October, Mr. Yang said he thought Mr. Sanders’s plan would be too disruptive.

    Mr. Yang is polling in the low-to-mid single digits in national and early state polls, ahead of multiple elected officials. He also has developed a passionate following of young voters, including some former supporters of Mr. Sanders.

    香蕉视频苹果下载In an effort to lower the cost of prescription drugs, Mr. Yang proposes to open public manufacturing facilities, which he says could make drugs at a lower cost. His administration would use international pricing as a baseline and would consider importing prescription drugs if costs still were not going down enough.

    In addition to many of the traditional efforts to increase access to care, such as an expansion of telehealth, Mr. Yang’s proposal would provide loan forgiveness to doctors who go into general practice, with a focus on those working in rural areas.

    In an effort to decrease the influence of lobbyists, Mr. Yang would provide a stipend to members of the executive branch who leave the administration "to be paid as long as they don’t accept anything of value in exchange for advocating for a position to members of the federal government."

    Democrats Threaten to Boycott Debate Over Labor Dispute

    Sen. Elizabeth Warren speaks during a town-hall meeting at the Culinary Workers Union Local 226 hosted by Unite Here on Dec. 9 in Las Vegas.Yasmina Chavez/Associated Press

    香蕉视频苹果下载All of the presidential candidates scheduled to take part in next week's debate in Los Angeles said they won't participate amid a labor dispute with workers at Loyola Marymount University.

    Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, former Vice President Joe Biden, South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar, billionaire activist Tom Steyer and tech entrepreneur Andrew Yang have said they will “not cross the union's picket line” of the 150 campus workers who plan to protest Thursday evening when the Democratic debate is scheduled.

    “ is fighting for better wages and benefits—and I stand with them," Ms. Warren tweeted. "The DNC should find a solution that lives up to our party's commitment to fight for working people. I will not cross the union's picket line even if it means missing the debate."

    香蕉视频苹果下载According to Unite Here Local 11, the university contracts food-service operations through Sodexo. The union and Sodexo have been negotiating since March but have not reached a resolution.

    Union workers have been protesting since November, but decided to schedule a protest for Dec. 19 after upcoming labor negotiations were canceled by Sodexo. The union sent a letter to the presidential campaigns announcing the decision on Friday.

    A Democratic National Committee official said the DNC and the university were not aware of the letter until after it was sent Friday.

    "(DNC Chairman) Tom Perez would absolutely not cross a picket line and would never expect our candidates to either. We are working with all stakeholders to find an acceptable resolution that meets their needs and is consistent with our values and will enable us to proceed as scheduled with next week’s debate," DNC spokeswoman Xochitl Hinojosa said in a statement.

    香蕉视频苹果下载Sodexo did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

    香蕉视频苹果下载Ada Briceno, co-president of Unite Here Local 11, said the candidates were helping the union's efforts by threatening to skip the debate.

    “We need to shed light to folks about what’s happening,” Ms. Briceno said.

    The dispute comes as Democrats fight to court the endorsement of powerful labor unions. Unite Here, the union that Local 11 is part of, represents 300,000 hospitality workers across the U.S. and Canada.

    香蕉视频苹果下载The Unite Here Local 11 represents 32,000 workers in Southern California and Arizona, key states to securing the Democratic nomination. The Culinary Workers Union Local 226, a powerful bloc of 60,000 people in Nevada—the third state to vote in the nominating contest—is also an affiliate of Unite Here.

    The DNC already has changed the location for the debate once over a labor dispute with a different union, according to.

    Booker Campaign Announces Bus Tour, Ad Buy After Not Qualifying for December Debate

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    香蕉视频苹果下载New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker will begin a multiday bus tour in Iowa on Dec. 19, the day other top Democratic presidential candidates are on the debate stage in Los Angeles, his campaign manager, Addisu Demissie, said in a conference call with reporters Thursday.

    香蕉视频苹果下载Despite Mr. Booker not meeting the qualifications for the Democratic primary debate in December, Mr. Demissie said the campaign sees a path to victory. He pointed to increasing crowd sizes at events in early-voting states and a bump in fundraising following California Sen. Kamala Harris's exit from the race.

    "This is going to be as late-breaking a race as we've had in a Democratic primary," he said.

    Mr. Booker's campaign has raised more than $3 million since the November debate, and is on track to having its best fundraising quarter, Mr. Demissie said. The campaign now has the resources to invest $500,000 in TV and digital ads in Iowa, he said.

    In a reversal, Mr. Demissie said that the campaign will release this week the names of its bundlers, or top donors who raise money on behalf of the campaign. He also said the campaign would allow reporters into fundraisers.

    香蕉视频苹果下载Another top candidate, South Bend, Ind. Mayor Pete Buttigieg, announced he would release his list of bundlers and open up fundraisers after being criticized by Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren for not releasing those details.

    With the House of Representatives likely to impeach President Trump in the coming days, Mr. Demissie said the Booker campaign will build its plans around the schedule for a Senate trial. The trial is expected to start just weeks before the first nominating contest in Iowa.

    "We're considering every possible option," he said, suggesting red-eye flights to get to campaign events after attending the trial during the day, hosting tele-town halls and using campaign surrogates.

    GOP Poll: Kobach Would Win Kansas Senate Primary, Unless Pompeo Jumps In

    Kris Kobach won a crowded Republican primary for governor last year only to lose the general election to Democrat Laura Kelly.Charlie Riedel/Associated Press

    香蕉视频苹果下载Internal Republican polling shows Kris Kobach trouncing the current GOP primary field for an open U.S. Senate seat in Kansas, but losing by double digits to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, should he jump into the race.

    The previously unpublished findings show Mr. Kobach with 43% support among likely Kansas primary voters in a field without Mr. Pompeo, which puts him far ahead of his next closest rival, Rep. Roger Marshall (R., Kan.), who got 24%. Republican Senate President Susan Wagle registered at 8%, followed by oil magnate Wink Hartman at 5% and former Chiefs defensive end Dave Lindstrom at 3%. Sixteen percent of GOP voters said they were undecided. The poll has a margin of error plus or minus 4.1%.

    The telephone survey of 607 likely Kansas primary voters was conducted Oct. 21-23 for the National Republican Senatorial Committee, the Senate GOP campaign arm, which has publicly warned that Mr. Kobach's Senate candidacy could put the party’s Senate majority at risk.

    "These numbers reflect what we have seen on the campaign trail. Republicans across Kansas overwhelmingly support our campaign. And there is still room to grow and push the needle past 50 percent," said Mr. Kobach.

    Mr. Kobach, an outspoken opponent of illegal immigration, previously served as Kansas' top elections official. He won a crowded Republican primary for governor last year only to lose the general election to Democrat Laura Kelly. A previous NRSC poll showed Mr. Kobach losing by 10 percentage points to a Democrat in the 2020 general election for the Senate seat vacated by retiring Sen. Pat Roberts (R., Kan.).

    香蕉视频苹果下载"If Mike Pompeo doesn't run, we don't have a prayer," said a top Republican strategist who had seen the latest poll.

    香蕉视频苹果下载Mr. Kobach's campaign did not immediately comment.

    Mr. Pompeo has publicly said he's ruled out a Senate run, but President Trump said recently that Mr. Pompeo might run if it looked like Republicans were in danger of losing the GOP-held Kansas Senate seat.

    Mr. Pompeo's entry into the race would dramatically alter the primary landscape. The new survey found Mr. Pompeo with a strong image among likely Kansas Republican primary voters, even as the impeachment drama unfolded in Washington this fall. Seventy four percent had favorable opinions of Mr. Pompeo, compared to 13% with unfavorable opinions.

    香蕉视频苹果下载If he were on the GOP primary ballot, the poll found that Mr. Pompeo would easily lead the field, with 54% of GOP voters supporting him. Mr. Kobach trailed him with 17%. Mr. Marshall got 11%, Mrs. Wagle 4%, Mr. Hartman 2% and Mr. Lindstrom 1%. Ten percent of Republican voters said they would be undecided.

    Sixty percent of Mr. Kobach's voters would move to Mr. Pompeo were he on the ballot, the poll found. And in a head-to-head contest, Mr. Pompeo would beat Mr. Kobach, 68%-24%.

    Mr. Marshall’s chief adviser, Brent C. Robertson, said it is "encouraged to be within striking distance of a man who has run for office for 20 years.”

    香蕉视频苹果下载“People need to remember that this is what campaigns are for - we have the money and infrastructure to get it done, and we've done it before. We're feeling good," Mr. Robertson said.

    Klobuchar Calls for Return to International Agreements

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    Democratic presidential candidate Amy Klobuchar called for a return to broad international agreements and a rejection of the approach to diplomacy taken by President Trump over the past three years.

    “The Trump administration's withdrawal from international agreements has been one of America’s biggest foreign policy blunders,” the Minnesota senator said Wednesday, citing Mr. Trump’s removal of the U.S. from the Iranian nuclear agreement, the Paris climate accords and the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty.

    The remarks came during a wide-ranging speech at the Council on Foreign Relations in Washington, where Ms. Klobuchar, who has seen a recent polling boost in Iowa, laid out her foreign policy agenda if she is elected president.

    Ms. Klobuchar also pledged to expand the State Department's budget and chided Mr. Trump for leaving a NATO summit earlier this month after a video surfaced of the leaders of the U.K., France and Canada laughing and discussing the president without him present.

    “Honestly, I’ve heard worse on the United States Senate floor, not just about the president, but about a lot of people that we may even like,” she said. “You don’t walk out just because people are making jokes about you. You don’t quit on the world. I don’t think that makes America great again”

    The remarks came about a week ahead of the next Democratic presidential debate and shortly after a placed Ms. Klobuchar in fifth place in Iowa with 10% support.

    香蕉视频苹果下载In the WHDH 7 News/Emerson College Iowa Poll of likely caucus-goers, Ms. Klobuchar trailed former Vice President Joe Biden, who led with 23%, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders with 22%, South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg with 18%, and Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren with 12%. The poll, taken Dec. 7-10, was based on interviews with 325 likely Democratic caucus goers and had a margin of error of plus or minus 5.4%.

    Biden Immigration Plan Would Undo Trump Policies

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    香蕉视频苹果下载Joe Biden is pledging to undo much of President Trump’s immigration policy in a new plan released Wednesday.

    香蕉视频苹果下载Mr. Biden would pursue as president a comprehensive immigration overhaul through Congress, his plan says, and it would reverse most of the actions Mr. Trump took to curb nearly all forms of immigration.

    The former vice president has faced skepticism from immigration advocates and Latino activists, who criticize the Obama administration for deporting more immigrants per year than the current president. Mr. Biden's plan promises only to deport serious criminals and not to detain children, as the Obama administration did at the height of the child migrant crisis in 2014.

    香蕉视频苹果下载But Mr. Biden stops short of some of the sweeping pledges of his primary opponents. Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont has said he would end all deportations if elected president, and former Housing Secretary Julian Castro has pushed to decriminalize unauthorized border crossings.

    香蕉视频苹果下载The former vice president would reinstate the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which provides legal protections to about 700,000 immigrants who came to the U.S. as children.

    He would ban for-profit immigration detention centers and release most immigrants with ankle monitoring bracelets. His administration would set refugee admissions at 125,000 per year—which would mark a new high—while the Trump administration has sought to resettle a record low number of refugees.

    香蕉视频苹果下载And Mr. Biden would end the Trump administration’s “remain in Mexico” policy, one of the largest and most successful programs to date at curbing border crossings, which requires migrants to live in Mexico for months as they attend U.S. court dates.

    Mr. Biden also released a detailed plan to provide aid to countries in Central America. As vice president, Mr. Biden led the Obama administration's effort to bolster Central American economies in hopes of slowing the flow of migrants making the dangerous trek up through Mexico to the U.S. border.

    Yang Campaign Says He Has Qualified for Next Debate

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    Andrew Yang has qualified for the Democratic debate in California next week, the tech entrepreneur's campaign manager .

    Some Democrats had scrutinized the party's diversity recently because, before Mr. Yang qualified, no candidates of color were set to appear in the upcoming debate. California Sen. Kamala Harris had met the requirements to appear onstage, but she exited the race last week.

    香蕉视频苹果下载Zach Graumann confirmed Tuesday that Mr. Yang met the threshold to make the debate when he received 4% of support from Democratic primary voters in a new . Politico, which will host the debate with PBS NewsHour, reported earlier Tuesday that Mr. Yang had qualified.

    Mr. Yang will join former Vice President Joe Biden, South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar, billionaire Tom Steyer, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren on stage.

    Rahm Emanuel: Next President Must Be Both Idealistic and Ruthless

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    WASHINGTON--Former Chicago mayor and Obama adviser Rahm Emanuel said the next U.S. president must be both idealistic and ruthless, able to advocate for ideas while accepting disagreement.

    Speaking to an audience of chief executives Tuesday, Mr. Emanuel said the job of running a government is unlike that of overseeing a business.

    “You can have all the ideas you want, but if you don’t know how to actually both move the country and move the legislative body, which are two different degrees and two different gear shifts, then you can’t be an effective chief executive,” Mr. Emanuel said at The Wall Street Journal CEO Council gathering.

    He praised two of the leading Democratic presidential candidates, Sen. Elizabeth Warren and former Vice President Joe Biden, while also taking a jab at the Trump administration. He said Ms. Warren had the skill of developing ideas and philosophies while also knowing “where to trim her sails.” Mr. Biden, he said, benefited from knowing how the Oval Office operates and having the capacity to work with Congress.

    Mr. Biden “is not scared to have people who disagree with him and tell him to his face,” Mr. Emanuel said. “Otherwise you’re just going to have a bunch of yes people, and if you look at today, I think you know what the consequences of that are.”

    His comments came during a session on skills-building in which Mr. Emanuel discussed his work in Chicago of partnering with employers and community colleges. When an audience member asked Mr. Emanuel, known for his profanity-laced style, on how to restore civility, kindness and respect in the U.S., Mr. Emanuel quipped: “You can go to hell,” before adding, “Do you want a hug now?”

    He then said he did not think the country was as divided as some suggested. “There’s actually a lot of consensus and agreement” on issues such as gun control and trade. The Democratic Party has failed, he said, by not talking enough about its own unity on issues.

    香蕉视频苹果下载“I don’t think we as a country, and I would say our party, which is more about our diversity, speak enough about the common foundation and the things that we agree upon,” he said.

    香蕉视频苹果下载 — Chip Cutter

    Bloomberg’s $85 Million Ad Spending Tops Steyer’s Investment

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    Michael Bloomberg entered the Democratic presidential race a little more than two weeks ago, but he has already topped fellow billionaire Tom Steyer’s television and radio ad spending.

    Mr. Bloomberg has put about $85 million of his own money into media buys through next Tuesday, compared to Mr. Steyer’s $79 million, according to ad tracker Kantar/CMAG. Mr. Steyer announced his campaign July 9.

    香蕉视频苹果下载The billionaires’ combined $164 million is more than six times the roughly $25 million that the rest of the Democratic field has collectively spent on TV and radio ads, Kantar/CMAG shows.

    香蕉视频苹果下载While Mr. Steyer’s largesse has helped him meet the Democratic National Committee’s polling and donor requirements to make the October, November and December debates, Mr. Bloomberg has said he isn’t trying to make the stage later this month.

    Instead, the former New York City mayor’s strategy is to build national name recognition and begin competing in delegate-rich states that hold primaries on Super Tuesday in early March.

    Buttigieg to Allow Reporters Into Fundraisers, Name Bundlers

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    香蕉视频苹果下载Pete Buttigieg will give reporters access to his closed-door fundraisers starting this week and is preparing to release a list of people who are raising money for his 2020 bid, his campaign said.

    Separately, Mr. Buttigieg's campaign that consulting powerhouse McKinsey & Co. will now allow him to disclose his clients from his time working there for about three years early in his career. Mr. Buttigieg had previously said he could not disclose those names because he signed a confidentiality agreement.

    The South Bend, Ind., mayor had been under pressure from Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren to disclose more information about his interactions with high-dollar donors and his consulting work.

    Mr. Buttigieg's campaign released a short list of so-called bundlers in April, but it had not been updated. The campaign has not said how much those bundlers are raising for his White House run. Mr. Buttigieg had raised about $50 million by the end of September, according to Federal Election Commission reports.

    The mayor has fundraisers in New York and New Jersey this week.

    Ms. Warren, who does not hold fundraisers with big donors, had called for the mayor to open his events to reporters. In return, Mr. Buttigieg demanded that the lawmaker release her pre-2008 tax returns to shed light on any possible conflicts of interest due to corporate consulting work.

    On Sunday, Ms. Warren disclosed that she was compensated nearly $2 million over about three decades for doing consulting and other legal work while she was a law professor. She had already released 11 years of tax returns but had not disclosed compensation details for her legal work.

    香蕉视频苹果下载Until now, the only Democrat regularly releasing names of bunders was California Sen. Kamala Harris, who recently dropped out of the 2020 race. Former Vice President Joe Biden, who had raised about $39 million by the end of September, allows reporters into high-dollar fundraising events.

    The Warren and Buttigieg campaigns signaled their candidates will keep pressuring each other. "Elizabeth does not sell access to her time—no closed door big dollar fundraisers, no bundling program, no perks or promises to any wealthy donor," Warren communications director Kristen Orthman said in a Sunday statement.

    香蕉视频苹果下载Mike Schmuhl, the Buttigieg campaign manager, said in a Monday statement: “No other candidate for president has released the entirety of their tax returns since their education concluded."

    Biden, Seeking to Emulate Kerry in Iowa, Hits Campaign Trail with Him

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    Cedar Rapids, IOWA -- Former Secretary of State John Kerry on Friday pitched former Vice President Joe Biden as the most prepared Democratic presidential candidate, as the two men campaigned together for the first time in the 2020 race.

    Mr. Kerry, the party’s 2004 nominee and winner of that year’s Iowa caucuses, endorsed Mr. Biden earlier this week. They’re scheduled to make two campaign stops today in the state that starts the nomination voting on Feb. 3.

    香蕉视频苹果下载“The strongest candidate to lead our party and lead our country is Joe Biden,” Mr. Kerry told several hundred people gathered for the formal rollout of the endorsement, which came amid an eight-day bus tour Mr. Biden is taking across Iowa that wraps up this weekend.

    香蕉视频苹果下载Mr. Kerry, a former Massachusetts senator, is also scheduled to campaign with Mr. Biden on Sunday in New Hampshire and in the weeks ahead. The two men worked together in the Senate for more than two decades, are close friends and were part of the Obama administration.

    香蕉视频苹果下载Both men delivered impassioned speeches often critical of President Trump as they spoke from a teleprompter.

    Mr. Kerry stressed Mr. Biden’s foreign policy credentials and existing ties to world leaders. “He can get to work on day one and call on those relationships,” he said.

    As he highlighted what he called “seasoning” and “experience,” Mr. Kerry said Mr. Biden would “make America act like America again.”

    While Mr. Kerry noted there are other "good candidates” in the race, he argued Mr. Biden could best deliver what Democrats want most. “Joe Biden can beat Donald Trump,” he said.

    香蕉视频苹果下载After praising Mr. Kerry, Mr. Biden pitched his White House experience as he tried to draw a contrast with his rivals. “There won’t be any time for on-the-job training,” he said.

    Mr. Kerry in the 2004 race built momentum with victories in Iowa and New Hampshire, then quickly wrapped up the party’s nomination before narrowly losing to President George W. Bush in the general election.

    Pro-Biden Super PAC to Air First Iowa Ad

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    香蕉视频苹果下载The super PAC supporting Joe Biden is airing its first ad next week in Iowa, promoting the former vice president as a candidate of courage.

    The ad, which uses Mr. Biden’s voice from a speech, highlights his work in support of same-sex marriage, protecting women from acts of violence and backing a ban on assault weapons.

    香蕉视频苹果下载The super PAC, Unite the Country, said it was spending $650,000 for the first week of the ad buy and planned to spend more later in the month.

    Mr. Biden has been on an eight-day bus tour of Iowa this week, seeking to improve his standing as rivals such as South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg outstrip him in recent polls in the nation’s first presidential caucus state.

    Mr. Biden’s campaign initially disavowed the use of super PACs but later said it wouldn’t oppose those efforts. Unite the Country was formed香蕉视频苹果下载 by several supporters of Mr. Biden who were alarmed by his fundraising disadvantage compared to Democratic primary opponents such as Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren and Mr. Buttigieg.

    Bloomberg Proposes Requiring Permits for All Gun Buyers

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    香蕉视频苹果下载Billionaire Michael Bloomberg's presidential campaign is proposing a new federal requirement that gun buyers obtain permits as part of a plan to tackle gun violence — a signature issue for the former New York City mayor and one on which he has spent millions of dollars.

    The proposed system would require gun buyers who don't live in states that already require permits to apply for them through the Department of Justice, where law enforcement officials would look at whether applicants have a history of violence or any behavioral health risks.

    香蕉视频苹果下载The system would be similar to the national gun licensing program proposed by New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker, which other presidential candidates are also backing. Mr. Booker's program would require applicants to submit fingerprints, sit for an interview and complete a gun safety course.

    香蕉视频苹果下载Mr. Bloomberg announced the proposal Thursday after a town hall with advocates and gun-violence survivors in Aurora, Colo., near a theater where a 2012 mass shooting occurred. He was endorsed by state Rep. Tom Sullivan, whose son was killed in the shooting.

    Besides the permit system, the plan calls for appointing a White House gun coordinator and other gun control measures backed by all Democratic presidential candidates, such as expanding background checks, banning assault weapons and closing certain loopholes for gun purchases.

    Mr. Bloomberg's campaign used the new plan to stress his previous work and spending on the issue. As mayor, he filed lawsuits against 27 gun dealers in five states, according to the campaign. In the 2018 midterm election, he spent $110 million to help elect candidates who supported gun control measures.

    John Kerry Endorses Biden in 2020 Democratic Race

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    Former Vice President Joe Biden has picked up the endorsement of former Secretary of State John Kerry, the Democratic Party’s 2004 presidential nominee.

    香蕉视频苹果下载Mr. Kerry vouched for Mr. Biden’s experience and character, saying in a statement that the former vice president was “uniquely the person running for president who can beat Donald Trump and get to work on day one at home and in the world with no time to waste.”

    香蕉视频苹果下载Mr. Kerry plans to campaign Friday alongside Mr. Biden in Iowa, where the former vice president has been on an 8-day bus tour through the nation’s first presidential caucus state.

    香蕉视频苹果下载Mr. Kerry will also campaign with Mr. Biden on Sunday in New Hampshire and in the weeks ahead.

    Mr. Kerry, a former Massachusetts senator, served with Mr. Biden in the Senate for more than two decades and carved a path in the 2004 primary race that Mr. Biden’s campaign hopes to emulate.

    After struggling at times in a crowded field, Mr. Kerry built momentum with victories in Iowa and New Hampshire and then quickly wrapped up the party’s nomination.

    香蕉视频苹果下载He narrowly lost to President George W. Bush in the general election.

    Buttigieg, Sanders Aides Trade Barbs Over College Tuition Plans

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    香蕉视频苹果下载A spat between Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg and his liberal rivals over their college tuition plans led to an argument Tuesday between campaign aides over which policy was most "elitist."

    香蕉视频苹果下载The tiff has been bubbling since the Buttigieg campaign released last week highlighting his higher education plan, which would make public college tuition free for families earning up to $100,000. Sens. Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren have proposed making tuition free for all Americans.

    香蕉视频苹果下载Mr. Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Ind., Monday he was concerned that free-college proposals alienate people who do not have or want college degrees.

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    Jeff Weaver, a top adviser to Mr. Sanders who ran his 2016 presidential campaign, responded Tuesday by calling Mr. Buttigieg’s argument “ludicrous."

    “The type of attitude that Mayor Pete Buttigieg is exhibiting here is in fact elitist in itself. The reason not everyone is going to college is in fact because not everyone can afford to go to college,” he said in a call with reporters.

    Lis Smith, a top adviser to Mr. Buttigieg, responded to Mr. Weaver on Twitter: “1- wants to tax the wealthy & spend it on lower & middle income students- NOT the wealthy

    2- He, unlike other candidates in this race, understands that not everyone NEEDS香蕉视频苹果下载 to go to college & that's it's height of elitism to suggest ppl can't live well w/o a degree,” she .

    香蕉视频苹果下载Mr. Buttigieg has also argued that free-college plans should not apply to the children of wealthy people. Supporters of universal tuition-free proposals say such public services are designed to benefit all Americans, regardless of income level.

    Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a prominent surrogate of Mr. Sanders's, accused Mr. Buttigieg of “engaging in bad faith tactics to undermine progressive policies" by questioning whether free-college proposals alienate Americans without degrees.

    Matt Corridoni, an aide to Mr. Buttigieg, responded on Twitter: "Taxpayers shouldn't pay for millionaires to go to college for free.”

    Garland Tucker Drops Primary Bid Against North Carolina Sen. Thom Tillis

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    香蕉视频苹果下载RALEIGH, N.C.—Businessman Garland Tucker is dropping his primary bid against Republican North Carolina Sen. Thom Tillis, telling supporters Monday that he could not continue self-funding his campaign at a sufficient level to be competitive.

    Mr. Tucker talked with his family over Thanksgiving weekend and came to realize that he would have to drastically increase what had been a limited travel schedule to raise money, said Jim Womack, a leader in the state GOP who is close to the campaign. Mr. Womack said the Tucker campaign has struggled to raise money in the months since President Trump endorsed Mr. Tillis at a rally and since Mr. Tillis has stepped up as a vocal critic of impeachment.

    “I don’t think his heart was in it,” said Mr. Womack, chair of the Lee County GOP.

    Mr. Tucker had spent more than $1.1 million of his own money as of September, primarily on ads attacking Mr. Tillis's record as insufficiently supportive香蕉视频苹果下载 of President Trump. Mr. Tillis announced his own $2.2 million advertising campaign earlier this fall, with ads describing his challenger as being against Mr. Trump before he was for him.

    Mr. Tucker told campaign staff and donors about his decision on Monday, according to state Republicans, and is expected to make a formal announcement soon. The decision became public on the opening day of candidate filing for the seat, and a day after the conservative Washington Free Beacon website posted an about a Tucker company's investment in Dick’s Last Resort restaurant chain.

    Carter Wrenn, Mr. Tucker’s campaign manager, did not return a call seeking comment.

    Mr. Tillis had been considered among the most vulnerable Senate incumbents in 2020. The nonpartisan Cook Political Report in September changed the race's rating to "lean Republican" from "likely Republican," citing the primary as a factor.

    Tillis spokesman Andrew Romeo said that “with our potential primary challenge behind us, it’s now time to turn our attention to building the diverse coalition necessary” to defeat the eventual Democratic nominee.

    香蕉视频苹果下载Mr. Tillis is likely to face former state Sen. Cal Cunningham, who has the support of national Democrats, or former state Sen. Erica Smith.

    State House Majority Leader John Bell, a Tillis supporter, said he did not expect Mr. Tucker to bow out, because he seemed to have some support in Mr. Bell’s rural southeastern district.

    “I’m surprised to be honest with you,” Mr. Bell said. “I think it adds up to a Tillis victory.”

    Joe Sestak Ends Democratic Presidential Bid

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    香蕉视频苹果下载Former Rep. Joe Sestak of Pennsylvania said Sunday he is ending his 2020 presidential campaign after failing to build support in the crowded Democratic field.

    Mr. Sestak, a retired Navy admiral who launched his longshot bid in June, said in a statement Sunday that “without the privilege of national press, it is unfair to ask others to husband their resolve and to sacrifice resources any longer.”

    香蕉视频苹果下载Mr. Sestak, age 67, failed to qualify for any presidential debates as he sought to build a campaign centered on the nation’s standing around the globe, fighting climate change and dealing with what he said was the threat posed by China.

    In the statement, Mr. Sestak said he would cherish his time in the race, recalling a veteran from a maximum security penitentiary who called him to say, "Hey, Joe, the guys have heard you’re running for President, and they want you to know they’re going to organize Philadelphia for you.”

    Mr. Sestak served two terms in the U.S. House, then bucked party leaders by challenging the late Sen. Arlen Specter in the 2010 Democratic primary. Mr. Sestak defeated Mr. Specter but lost in the general election to Pat Toomey, a Republican.

    香蕉视频苹果下载Mr. Sestak sought a rematch against Mr. Toomey in 2016 but was defeated by Katie McGinty in the Democratic Senate primary.

    Bloomberg Books $25 Million in Ads Across US Next Week

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    香蕉视频苹果下载Billionaire Michael Bloomberg has begun buying a massive amount of television advertising time for next week in another sign that he may be preparing to formally announce a Democratic presidential bid.

    As of mid-afternoon Friday, the former New York City major had booked at least $25 million in advertising in dozens of media markets across the U.S., data from political ad tracker Kantar/CMAG show. He also has nearly $4 million worth of time secured for the week starting Dec. 3.

    That level of spending would be high even for a presidential nominee in the final week before a general election. Through this week, the rest of the Democratic field has combined for $82.5 million in TV spending so far, about $60 million of which has been spent by billionaire Tom Steyer.

    "Mike is prepared to spend what it takes to defeat Donald Trump," said Bloomberg spokesman Jason Schecter, who declined to comment on the specifics of the ad buy.

    香蕉视频苹果下载Absent from Mr. Bloomberg's list of media markets are early states in the Democratic primary contest: Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina. Instead, the spending is concentrated in those that will hold primaries on March 3, the so-called Super Tuesday that will feature contests in more than a dozen states.

    Aides to Mr. Bloomberg have said that if he enters the race, he is likely to bypass the states that hold their contests in February and focus on March states, where large amounts of spending are needed to be competitive. If he runs, Mr. Bloomberg has said he plans to finance his campaign out of a fortune estimated by at $54 billion.

    Federal Communications Commission filings for some of the ads list them as being for “Mike Bloomberg 2020” and indicate they’re intended for a presidential bid. The ad bookings come a day after Mr. Bloomberg filed paperwork with the Federal Election Commission for a presidential committee called “Mike Bloomberg 2020, Inc.”

    香蕉视频苹果下载Aides said Thursday the FEC filing was part of Mr. Bloomberg’s preparations for a potential bid and didn’t reflect a final decision. His team had previously announced plans for a $100 million digital advertising campaign designed to attack President Trump in battleground states, but they made no mention of TV spots as part of that campaign.

    Warren Names Three High-Profile Lawmakers as Campaign Co-Chairs

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    Sen. Elizabeth Warren named three prominent women to be co-chairs of her presidential campaign: freshmen Democratic Reps. Deb Haaland of New Mexico, Katie Porter of California and Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts.

    Ms. Pressley is one of the four Democrats referred to on Capitol Hill as "The Squad." The other three "squad" lawmakers—Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Rashida Tlaib of Michigan and Ilhan Omar of Minnesota —have backed Sen. Bernie Sanders in the party's presidential primary.

    The three new campaign co-chairs are poised to be some of Ms. Warren's most prominent surrogates, and they each bring something to the table.

    Ms. Porter is a native Iowan and has campaigned with Ms. Warren there. She's also a longtime Warren protege and former student.

    Ms. Pressley has emerged as one of Ms. Warren's most visible African American supporters. The impact of her backing was on display Thursday night in Atlanta, when Ms. Pressley helped calm protesters who interrupted the senator during a speech at a historically black university.

    Ms. Haaland is one of two Democrats who in 2018 became the first Native American women elected to Congress. She's co-authored legislation with Ms. Warren expanding rights for Indian Country and could be a powerful voice in helping Ms. Warren blunt criticism over her past claims to Native ancestry, for which the senator earlier this year apologized.

    Trump Appears Open to Possible Pompeo Senate Run: 'He Would Win in a Landslide'

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    President Trump opened the door to a possible Senate run by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, telling “Fox & Friends” he was confident Mr. Pompeo would “easily win in Kansas.”

    香蕉视频苹果下载“He came to me, 'Look, I would rather stay where I am,’” Mr. Trump said Friday. “But he loves Kansas. He loves the people of Kansas. If he thought that there was a chance of losing that seat, I think he would do that. He would win in a landslide because they love him in Kansas.”

    It’s a shift for Mr. Trump, who has previously been chilly to the idea of Mr. Pompeo leaving the cabinet to run for a Senate seat vacated by retiring Sen. Pat Roberts (R., Kan.).

    Republicans who have been hoping Mr. Pompeo might run were thrilled. They took Mr. Trump’s remarks on Friday as a green light.

    香蕉视频苹果下载“He’s never said anything like this before,” said a national Republican strategist. “Republicans who care about the Senate and want to maintain the majority are just very ecstatic that we’ve got such a strong partner in the president. Honestly, it’s incredible.”

    “Getting the president’s signoff has always been the x factor,” said another national GOP operative.

    One Kansas political consultant called Mr. Trump’s change in tone the most significant news related to a possible Pompeo run in two years. “Donald Trump just blessed the run, which means it's very likely to happen,” the person said, adding that Mr. Pompeo’s reputation remains strong among Kansas Republicans, despite impeachment proceedings involving Mr. Trump, and that the secretary would dominate even a crowded GOP primary. “Anyone who tells you otherwise gets a check from the Democratic Party,” the person said.

    In February, shortly after news first broke that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell had called Mr. Pompeo to recruit him for the Kansas race, Mr. Trump told CBS that Mr. Pompeo had reassured the president he wasn’t going anywhere. “He says he’s absolutely not leaving,” Mr. Trump said at the time. “I don’t think he’d do that. And he doesn’t want to be lame duck.”

    Since then, Mr. Pompeo has repeatedly said he’s ruled out a Senate run in his adopted home state, but he’s also made multiple trips to Kansas, stoking speculation that he might still jump in.

    Born in California, the former businessman and Army officer served three terms as a congressman representing Wichita, Kansas, before Mr. Trump appointed him to head the Central Intelligence Agency and then the U.S. State Department.

    Mr. McConnell and some Republicans in Kansas and Washington want Mr. Pompeo to join the race because they are concerned that former Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach might win the GOP primary but lose the general election. They point to the fact that Mr. Kobach, an outspoken critic of illegal immigration, narrowly defeated the Republican incumbent governor in Kansas last year only to lose to Democrat Laura Kelly.

    Kobach campaign manager Steve Drake said his team's models show Mr. Kobach beating the Democrat easily."Republicans need a true conservative in the Senate seat who will make a huge impact on stopping illegal immigration and activist judges," Mr. Drake said.

    this week that Mr. Pompeo is telling some prominent Republicans that he plans to resign from the Trump administration to run for Senate. A person close to Senate GOP leaders told The Wall Street Journal Friday that Mr. Pompeo has not made them aware of any decision to run.

    香蕉视频苹果下载In addition to Mr. Kobach, four Republicans have filed paperwork to run for Senate in Kansas in 2020.

    Democratic Candidates Divided on Whether Donors Should Become Ambassadors

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    Democratic presidential candidates were divided on the longstanding tradition of appointing top donors and bundlers to be U.S. ambassadors, as Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren pushed to end the practice.

    The issue drew scrutiny this week after Gordon Sondland, the ambassador to the European Union, testified on Capitol Hill as part of the impeachment investigation into President Trump. Mr. Sondland was tapped for his position after donating $1 million to Mr. Trump’s inaugural committee.

    香蕉视频苹果下载During the fifth Democratic presidential debate, Ms. Warren said Mr. Sondland’s appointment was an example of “how money buys its way into Washington” and renewed her pledge to no longer award ambassadorships to donors.

    香蕉视频苹果下载Ms. Warren also released a digital ad on Thursday calling on other candidates to join her pledge.

    Not everyone in the sprawling 2020 field agreed with her stance.

    When asked Thursday if he also would not appoint top donors or bundlers as ambassadors if elected, South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg declined to rule it out.

    “I’ll certainly commit that anybody I appoint to any position will be qualified and somebody who will do a good job serving the United States,” Mr. Buttigieg said.

    香蕉视频苹果下载“I certainly believe that any presidential appointment should be driven by the qualifications of the appointee,” he said.

    香蕉视频苹果下载Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders also weighed in Thursday, tweeting that it was an “outrage that throughout the history of this country, presidential administrations have been filled with wealthy campaign contributors.”

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    香蕉视频苹果下载Julian Castro, the former U.S. housing secretary, joined Ms. Warren’s pledge in a statement Thursday.

    “If we’re serious about reforming our democracy and taking money out of politics, it means eliminating the pay-to-play practices that have dominated diplomatic appointments in both parties,” Mr. Castro said. In my administration, only those most-qualified people will be considered for ambassadorships and appointments—not wealthy donors or big bundlers.”

    Under Republican and Democratic administrations alike, donors have regularly been named to diplomatic posts, accounting for roughly 30% of ambassador positions. The practice is rare in other countries, where such posts are typically reserved for career foreign service officials, found.