Apr 14, 2019

Cory Booker: We can't wait for justice reform

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Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) kicked off his 2020 presidential campaign in his hometown of Newark, New Jersey, Saturday with a pledge to fix the justice system and legalize marijuana.

Details: Booker said his administration would also look at closing the racial wealth gap and tackle climate change. He invoked the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr when he said the U.S. couldn't wait for social and economic reform. "We are here today to say, we can't wait," he said.

What he's saying: "We can’t wait when powerful forces are turning their prejudice into policy and rolling back the rights that generations of Americans fought for and heroes died for,” he said. "We can’t wait when this administration is throwing children fleeing violence into cages, banning Muslims from entering the nation founded on religious liberty, and preventing brave transgender Americans from serving the country they love."

The big picture: Booker has returned modest results in preferred presidential polling. His campaign manager Addisu Demissie told reporters they had a longer term goal to win the election, rather than the news cycle.

  • Booker's marijuana pledge builds on a bill he reintroduced in March that would legalize the drug on a federal level and supersede the 10 states and Washington, D.C. , which have legalized recreational marijuana.

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George Floyd updates

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Thousands of demonstrators are gathering 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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Coronavirus dashboard

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  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.

Why the coronavirus pandemic is hitting minorities harder

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The coronavirus’ disproportionate impact on black and Latino communities has become a defining part of the pandemic.

The big picture: That's a result of myriad longstanding inequities within the health care system and the American economy.