Oct 16, 2019

Castro slams Trump for letting "ISIS prisoners run free" but "caging kids"

Former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julían Castro slammed President Trump during Tuesday night's debate for "caging kids on the border and effectively letting ISIS prisoners run free," following Trump's decision to pull U.S. troops from northern Syria.

"You asked the question about how we are going to get people to trust us again? The first thing is we got to boot Donald Trump out of the Oval Office so people will trust us again. The folks this week that saw those images of ISIS prisoners running free to think about how absurd it is that this president is caging kids on the border and effectively letting ISIS prisoners run free. He has made a tremendous mistake, a total disaster in Syria."
— Former HUD Secretary Julían Castro

What he's saying: Castro continued to say that Trump's recent actions will make it difficult for other leaders to "believe anything that this president says." Castro points to the ongoing discussion with North Korea's Kim Jung Un about nuclear weapons:

  • "Why in the world would you believe anything that this president says to contain your nuclear weapons program when he tore up an Iran nuclear agreement that we just signed 4 years ago, which was the strongest agreement to contain Iran’s nuclear weapons program, and now he’s abandoned the very people we gave our word to? "

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Julián Castro says his 2020 campaign needs to raise $800,000 by Oct. 31

Former HUD Secretary Julián Castro. Photo: Craig Barritt/Getty Images for The New Yorker

Julián Castro said Monday that his 2020 presidential campaign must raise $800,000 by Oct. 31 — or it "will be silenced for good."

Why it matters: Castro's existential ultimatum follows a similar plea last month from Cory Booker, who pulled in $1.7 million in just over a week to stay in the race. If Castro is successful, other lower-tier Democrats may attempt to replicate their strategies to pull in quick bursts of fundraising to try to make waves in the crowded primary field.

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Keep ReadingArrowOct 21, 2019

Pompeo warns of possible Iranian nuclear "breakout" as tensions escalate

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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo raised the possibility that Iran is preparing for "a rapid nuclear breakout" in a Thursday statement, highlighting the escalating crisis between Iran and the rest of the international community.

Why it matters: Since President Trump decided to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal last year and engage in a pressure campaign against the country, the Iranian government took steps to reduce their commitment to the 2015 deal.

Go deeperArrowNov 7, 2019

Julian Castro clears fundraising goal to keep 2020 campaign alive

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Julian Castro's campaign said Friday it reached a self-imposed $800,000 fundraising goal that will keep his bid for the 2020 Democratic nomination alive, NBC News reports.

Why it matters: "Castro did not have a stocked campaign chest to help boost his campaign when he launched," according to NBC News.

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