Dec 3, 2018

Bernie Sanders eyes bigger 2020 campaign

Sen. Bernie Sanders shaking hands at a campaign event. Photo: Stephanie Keith via Getty Images

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) has not made a final decision on whether he'll run for president in 2020, but the democratic socialist's massive national profile and existing fundraising network could set the stage for a much bigger campaign than in 2016, the AP's Steve Peoples reports from a gathering of Sanders' advisers this weekend.

The big picture: Once an "insurgent underdog," Sanders would begin the 2020 Democratic campaign as a frontrunner, his campaign manager tells the AP, even in a packed field of potential candidates like Sens. Kamala Harris, Elizabeth Warren and Cory Booker that share his progressive policy dreams. Sanders' wife Jane O’Meara Sanders says that the his path to victory would come via a "very strong progressive commitment" to issues like climate change, affordable housing and student debt.

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Tanker truck appears to plow into Minneapolis protesters

Authorities closed major roads in Minneapolis for the march. Photo: Chandan Khanna/AFP via Getty Images

A tanker truck appears to have driven toward thousands of protesters during a demonstration in Minneapolis, video from the scene shows.

Details: Minnesota Department of Public Safety tweeted, "Very disturbing actions by a truck driver on I-35W, inciting a crowd of peaceful demonstrators. The truck driver was injured & taken to a hospital with non-life threatening injuries. He is under arrest. It doesn’t appear any protesters were hit by the truck."

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U.S. enters 6th day of nationwide protests over George Floyd's killing

A protest in Philadelphia on May 31. Photo: Mark Makela/Getty Images

Local news footage captured a tanker truck appearing to drive toward protesters at a peaceful demonstration in Minneapolis, forcing demonstrators to quickly get out of the way of the incoming vehicle on Sunday evening.

The big picture: Protests have continued across the country for six days, as demonstrators call for justice in response to the deaths of George Floyd and other other black Americans who have died in police custody or who have been killed in racist attacks.

Inside Trump's antifa tweet

President Trump at Cape Canaveral on May 30. Photo: Paul Hennessy/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

As recently as Saturday night, senior administration officials told me that the designation of a violent cohort of far-left activists, antifa, as a terrorist organization was not being seriously discussed at the White House. But that was Saturday.

Behind the scenes: The situation changed dramatically a few hours later, after prominent conservative allies of the president, such as his friend media commentator Dan Bongino, publicly urged a tough response against people associated with antifa (short for "anti-fascist").