Mar 15, 2018

Some Democrats want Hillary Clinton to go away

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North Dakota Sen. Heidi Heitkamp said Hillary Clinton can't go away "soon enough" while speaking with local radio station KFGO. The host, Heitkamp's brother, asked when Clinton will "ride off into the sunset." Heitkamp responded simply: "Not soon enough."

Why it matters: Similar to the trend of Republican candidates distancing themselves from President Trump, Heitkamp joins a growing list of vulnerable Democrats up for re-election this year who don't want to be viewed as Clinton Democrats.

The backdrop: The backlash comes after a recent speech Clinton gave in India, in which she declared she "won the places that represent two-thirds of America's gross domestic product." She clarified her areas of support as "the places that are optimistic, diverse, dynamic, moving forward."

Other Democrats criticizing Clinton's comments:

  • Sen. Sherrod Brown of Ohio told Huffington Post: "I don't really care what she said. I just think that that's not helpful."
  • Sen. Claire McCaskill of Missouri told reporters on Capitol Hill "Oh, come on. You're killing me here," according to WashPost.
  • Patty Solis Doyle, Clinton's 2008 campaign manager, per CNN: "Look, this was bad. I can't sugarcoat it. She was wrong and clearly it's not helpful to Democrats going into the midterms and certainly not going into 2020."

Go deeper: Warning signs for vulnerable Senate Democrats in 2018.

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Updates: George Floyd protests enter 12th day

Protesters in Washington, D.C. on June 6. Photo: Samuel Corum/Getty Images

Tens of thousands of demonstrators are rallying in cities across the U.S. and around the world to protest the killing of George Floyd. Huge crowds have assembled in Washington, D.C., Philadelphia and Chicago for full-day events.

Why it matters: Twelve days of nationwide protest in the U.S. has built pressure for states to make new changes on what kind of force law enforcement can use on civilians and prompted officials to review police conduct.

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In photos: People around the world rally against racism

Despite a ban on large gatherings implemented in response to the coronavirus pandemic, protesters rally against racism in front of the American Embassy in Paris on June 6. Photo: Julien Mattia/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

Tens of thousands of people have continued to rally in cities across the world against racism and show their support this week for U.S. demonstrators protesting the death in police custody of George Floyd.

Why it matters: The tense situation in the U.S. has brought the discussion of racism and discrimination onto the global stage at a time when most of the world is consumed by the novel coronavirus.

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Coronavirus dashboard

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 7:30 p.m. ET: 6,852,810 — Total deaths: 398,211 — Total recoveries — 3,071,142Map.
  2. U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of 7:30 p.m. ET: 1,917,080 — Total deaths: 109,702 — Total recoveries: 500,849 — Total tested: 19,778,873Map.
  3. Public health: Why the pandemic is hitting minorities harder — Coronavirus curve rises in FloridaHow racism threatens the response to the pandemic Some people are drinking and inhaling cleaning products in attempt to fight the virus.
  4. Tech: The pandemic is accelerating next-generation disease diagnostics — Robotics looks to copy software-as-a-service model.
  5. Business: Budgets busted by coronavirus make it harder for cities to address inequality Sports, film production in California to resume June 12 after 3-month hiatus.
  6. Education: Students and teachers flunked remote learning.