Mar 21, 2019

Hickenlooper: Trump should be ashamed of remarks on white nationalism

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President Trump "should be ashamed of himself" for saying white nationalists are a small group of people, Former Colorado Gov. and 2020 Democratic hopeful John Hickenlooper told a CNN town hall Wednesday.

What he's saying: "The rise of Islamophobia and white nationalism are different sides of the same coin," Hickenlooper said, referring to Trump's remarks made after the fatal New Zealand attacks. "Anytime you are making comments and creating, fanning the flames of hatred, then you're doing a genuine harm to your community."

Details: During a wide-ranging town hall moderated by Dana Bash in Atlanta, Georgia, Hickenlooper said his centrist approach had helped bring groups such as environmentalists and oil and gas industry reps together when he was governor of Colorado. He believes that's why he's the best candidate to defeat Trump.

On the death penalty: Hickenlooper spoke out against the death penalty and said he would not carry it out. "It’s not a deterrent," he said. "It’s expensive. It prolongs misery, and the worse thing is it is random.”

On gun control: Hickenlooper pointed to his record as governor of Colorado, where he introduced weapons regulations.

On healthcare: He said healthcare should be a "right, not a privilege," but he doesn't believe it can be achieved via single-payer healthcare.

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Mass shooting in Milwaukee: What we know

Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett in 2012. Photo: John Gress/Corbis via Getty Images

Six people died in a shooting at the Molson Coors Brewing Company in Milwaukee on Wednesday, including the gunman, Mayor Tom Barrett told reporters at a Wednesday evening press conference with local police.

Details: All of the victims worked at the brewery complex, as did the shooter who died of "an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound," police confirmed in a statement late Wednesday.

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Coronavirus updates: South Korea case count tops 2,000

Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins, the CDC, and China's Health Ministry. Note: China numbers are for the mainland only and U.S. numbers include repatriated citizens.

33 people in California have tested positive for the coronavirus, and health officials are monitoring 8,400 people who have recently returned from "points of concern," Gov. Gavin Newsom said Thursday.

The big picture: COVID-19 has killed more than 2,850 people and infected over 83,000 others in some 50 countries and territories. The novel coronavirus is now affecting every continent but Antarctica, and the WHO said Wednesday the number of new cases reported outside China has exceeded those inside the country for the first time.

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Syria's darkest chapter

Family room without a family, in Idlib. Photo: Muhammed Said/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

The worst humanitarian crisis of Syria’s brutal civil war is colliding today with what could be the war’s most dangerous geopolitical showdown, after at least 29 Turkish troops were killed in an airstrike.

The big picture: The fighting is taking place in Idlib in northwest Syria, where a ferocious Syrian and Russian offensive has displaced 1 million civilians and infuriated Turkey, which borders the region.

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