Jan 2, 2020

Andrew Yang's campaign says it raised $16.5 million in Q4

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Andrew Yang's 2020 presidential campaign said Thursday that it raised $16.5 million during 2019's fourth quarter, reports the New York Times.

Why it matters: It's Yang's best quarter yet, topping the $10 million he raised in the third quarter, and is likely to put him among the top fundraisers in the crowded Democratic field.

  • The strong fourth-quarter performance also shows how quickly Yang has built a fundraising machine — as he raised just $2.8 million in the second quarter.

The state of play: Yang's campaign said that New Year's Eve ended up being his best fundraising day of the year, raking in more than $1.3 million.

  • It also said that he's received donations from 400,000 people who have together given more than 1 million donations over the course of the campaign.

The big picture: Yang is one of the first candidates to release his Q4 fundraising totals. Pete Buttigieg released his on New Year's Day, touting a $24.7 million haul that also looks set to put him among the top fundraisers in the field.

Yes, but: Despite Yang's big quarter, he may not find himself on the debate stage this month thanks to the DNC's polling requirements.

  • It rejected his request to commission more early-state polls in order to help a more "diverse set of candidates" qualify for the next debate.

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Black Americans' competing crises

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For many black Americans, this moment feels like a crisis within a crisis within a crisis.

The big picture: It's not just George Floyd's killing by police. Or the deaths of EMT Breonna Taylor and jogger Ahmaud Arbery. Or the demeaning of birdwatcher Christian Cooper and journalist Omar Jimenez. Or the coronavirus pandemic's disproportionate harm to African Americans. It's that it's all happening at once.

Amnesty International: U.S. police must end militarized response to protests

Washington State Police use tear gas to disperse a crowd in Seattle during a demonstration protesting the death of George Floyd. Photo: Jason Redmond/AFP via Getty Images

Amnesty International issued a statement on Sunday morning calling for an end to militarized policing in several U.S. cities and the use of "excessive force" against demonstrators protesting police brutality.

Why it matters: The human rights group said police across the country were "failing their obligations under international law to respect and facilitate the right to peaceful protest, exacerbating a tense situation and endangering the lives of protesters."

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Coronavirus looms over George Floyd protests across the country

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Health experts fear that massive protests against police brutality in major cities around the United States could result in new coronavirus outbreaks due to the close proximity of demonstrators, AP reports.

Why it matters: The U.S. has already recorded more confirmed coronavirus cases and deaths than any other country in the world. A potential surge in cases stemming from the protests would come as many states are weeks into their phased reopening plans.