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Tulsi Gabbard at the 2016 Democratic National Convention. Photo: Aaron P. Bernstein/Getty Images

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) is an Iraq War veteran who has bucked the Democratic establishment on a few high-profile occasions. During the 2016 primary, she resigned as vice chair of the DNC to throw her support behind Sen. Bernie Sanders. She also met with President Trump during his transition — and joined Republicans in promoting the use of the phrase "radical Islam."

Key facts about Gabbard
  • Current position: Congresswoman from Hawaii since 2013
  • Age: 37
  • Born: Leloaloa, American Samoa
  • Undergraduate: Hawaii Pacific University
  • % of votes in line with Trump, per FiveThirtyEight: 21.7%
  • Previous roles: Hawaii state legislature, Hawaii Army National Guard, Senate legislative aide, Honolulu City Council
Gabbard's stance on key issues
  • Green New Deal: No stated position, but proposed a bill in 2017 to transition to 100% renewable energy to generate electricity by 2035.
  • Medicare For All: Supports. Said that she doesn't want to eliminate private insurance.
  • Abortion: Told the Rubin Report: "Unless a woman's life or severe health consequences is at risk, then there shouldn't be abortion in the third-trimester."
  • Education: She wants to get rid of tuition and fees at 4-year public colleges and universities. She also supports free community college tuition for everyone.
  • Also Sanders-esque: She has spoken about reducing the role of money in politics and has called for a reduced military presence in the Middle East.
  • Big business: Supports breaking up big banks, per her campaign website.
Key criticism of Gabbard
  • Syrian President Bashar al-Assad meeting: In what her office called a "fact-finding" mission, Gabbard made a secret trip to Syria in January 2017 and met with Assad. There are questions about the Arab American organization that funded the trip. She has also met with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi.
  • Her LGBTQ record: When she was young, she worked for her father's anti-gay organization, and when running for state legislature in 2002, she talked up her support for her father's efforts to ban same-sex marriage in Hawaii. She has since apologized, saying that those positions were a result of her conservative upbringing.
  • "Extreme vetting" vote: She voted with congressional Republicans on an Obama-era bill that would place "extreme vetting" measures on Iraqi and Syrian refugees.
1 fun thing about Gabbard
  • She is the first American Samoan and first Hindu member of Congress.

Go deeper: Everything you need to know about the other 2020 candidates

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At least 3 dead after Amtrak train derails in Montana

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An Amtrak train derailed near Joplin, Montana, resulting in at least three deaths and multiple injuries on Saturday, per a Liberty County Sheriff's Office statement to media outlets.

The big picture: Some 147 passengers and 13 crew were aboard the Empire Builder train, which runs from Seattle to Chicago, when five cars derailed about 4p.m., Amtrak spokesperson Kimberly Woods said in an emailed statement. The National Transportation Safety Board said it's investigating the derailment.

New York prepares for staff shortages from health vaccine mandate

New York Gov. Kathy Hochul during a news conference Tuesday in New York City.. Photo: Mark Kauzlarich/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Gov. Kathy Hochul (D) announced Saturday she would declare a state of emergency if there were health worker shortages due to New York's upcoming COVID-19 vaccine mandate.

Why it matters: Hochul moved to reassure concerns of staffing shortages in the health care sector in a statement that also outlined plans to call in medically trained National Guard members, workers from outside New York and retirees if necessary when the mandate takes effect Monday.

California to remove word "alien" from state laws

Gov. Gavin Newsom during a September news conference in Oakland, California. Photo: Jane Tyska/Digital First Media/East Bay Times via Getty Images

California is removing the word "alien" from its state laws and replacing it with words such as "noncitizen" and "immigrant," Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) announced.

Why it matters: The word "alien" began to be used in the 1990s "as a political dog whistle to express bigotry and hatred without using traditionally racist language," per a statement from Newsom's office.