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Here’s How You Can Leave A Message Of Condolence For The Bidens After The Loss Of Beau

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Saturday night, the Biden family announced the loss of Beau Biden. He was only 46, but had been battling brain cancer for quite some time now.

Joe Biden wrote in a statement:

“It is with broken hearts that Hallie, Hunter, Ashley, Jill and I announce the passing of our husband, brother and son, Beau, after he battled brain cancer with the same integrity, courage and strength he demonstrated every day of his life.

In the words of the Biden family, “Beau Biden was, quite simply, the finest man any of us have ever known.”

Beau Biden with his dad, Vice President Joe Biden (via Twitter)

The nation truly grieves for the loss of the Vice President’s son. And so that everyone can share their condolences with the Biden family, Whitehouse.gov has set up a page where everyone can express their heartfelt sympathies.

The page reads:

The nation truly grieves for the loss of the Vice President’s son. And so that everyone can share their condolences with the Biden family, Whitehouse.gov has set up a page where everyone can express their heartfelt sympathies.

The page reads:

In Memory of Beau Biden

“Beau Biden was, quite simply, the finest man any of us have ever known.” – Vice President Joe Biden

On Saturday, May 30, our country lost a dedicated public servant – a fighter for justice on the frontlines of war and in the courts here at home. A committed son, father, and husband, Beau Biden put his family first. His was a life we all strive to lead.

For all who knew him, who were inspired by his example, who share the passion for service that guided every day he lived, please offer your thoughts, prayers, and a message that will be shared with the Biden family as they grieve the loss and honor the memory of a most cherished man.

If you wish to leave a message of condolence for the Biden family, please visit the in memoriam page on Whitehouse.gov which can be found HERE.

May peace and love find the hearts of the Bidens as they grieve for their loss and cherish the memory of Beau’s life.

SARAH

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10 things you need to know today: May 31, 2015

Paul Sancya/Associated Press

THE WEEK

1.Joe Biden’s son, Beau Biden, dies at 46
Beau Biden, the eldest son of Vice President Joe Biden, died of brain cancer, his father announced Saturday. “His absolute honor made him a role model for our family,” Joe Biden’s statement read. “Beau embodied my father’s saying that a parent knows success when his child turns out better than he did.” Biden, 46, served in Iraq with the National Guard and had two terms as Delaware’s attorney general. He was expected to run in the state’s 2016 gubernatorial election.

Source: White House, New York Times

2.Sepp Blatter denies ties to FIFA corruption
FIFA president Sepp Blatter said at a news conference Saturday he has no ties to the soccer governing body’s corruption, which resulted in the arrests of several FIFA officials earlier this week, Mashable reports. “Arrested for what? Next question,” he told a reporter one day after easily winning re-election to his fifth term. He denied that the “high-ranking FIFA official” who wired $10 million in alleged bribes, as mentionedWednesday by the U.S. Department of Justice, was him. “Definitely that is not me,” Blatter said. “I have no $10 million.”

Source: Mashable

3.John Kerry hospitalized after bike accident
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry was hospitalized in Geneva with a broken leg Sunday after hitting a curb on his bike, the Associated Pressreports. He was in stable condition and never lost consciousness. Kerry will return to Boston for further treatment, a State Department spokesman said. The secretary was in Geneva for nuclear talks with Iran’s foreign minister Saturday. He’s cutting short a four-country trip that was to include meetings with Spain officials and an international conference in Paris on combating ISIS. Kerry will attend the Paris conference remotely.

Source: Associated Press

4.Patriot Act provisions set to expire at midnight
A part of the Patriot Act that the NSA uses to collect phone records in bulk from millions of Americans is set to expire at midnight, along with other provisions. Last weekend, the Senate fell three votes short of cloture on the USA Freedom Act, which calls for the NSA to abandon their program. Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) said Saturday he wants to force the provision’s expiration and buy more time to work on a new solution, The Hill reports. The Senate may take a procedural vote as early as 6 p.m.today, and, should it pass, legislators could work on amendments to a final bill.

Source: The Hill

5.U.S. paid former Nazis $20 million in benefits, report says
A federal investigation shows the U.S. government paid $20.2 million in Social Security benefits to more than 130 residents linked to Nazi war crimes, the New York Times reports. The payments, much higher than previously thought, were doled out over more than 50 years, with some as recent as last year. Anonymous officials familiar with the report toldNYT authorities couldn’t stop people with Nazi ties from getting benefits unless those individuals were deported. Roughly a quarter of the money went to more than three dozen ex-Nazis who were eventually deported. The Social Security Administration’s inspector general is expected to release the report this week.

Source: New York Times

6.U.S. police fatally shoot more than 2 people per day, report finds
During the first five months of 2015, police have averaged more than two fatal shootings per day, according to a data analysis from the Washington Post published Saturday. That’s 385 people so far, and experts say the true figure is likely even higher. The rate is more than twice that of fatal police shootings recorded over the past decade. The report finds one in six of the victims was either unarmed or carrying a toy gun. About half of all victims were minorities, but they comprised two-thirds of unarmed victims.

Source: Washington Post

7.2 stabbed inside Tufts University fraternity house
Tufts University went on lockdown early Sunday morning after two people were apparently injured in a stabbing inside the Delta Tau Delta fraternity house on the school’s Medford campus, the Boston Globe reports. The victims, both hospitalized, are not affiliated with the university, and the crime appears to be non-random, a university spokeswoman told the Globe. Police are searching for a suspect.

Source: Boston Globe

8.Moscow police break up unsanctioned LGBT rights rally
Police detained about 20 people during an unsanctioned LGBT rights rally in central Moscow on Saturday, Reuters reports, including demonstrators and anti-gay protestors. Authorities have now blocked demonstrators from holding a pride parade 10 years in a row. Police and anti-LGBT protestors attacked, beat, and pepper-sprayed demonstrators. Activists, who were outnumbered by cops at Tverskaya Square, held a rainbow flag reading “Make love not war” before police took it away.

Source: Reuters

9. A Muslim woman claims she faced discrimination on a United Airlines flight
Tahera Ahmad, a Muslim passenger who flew United Airlines on Saturday, described in detail on her Facebook page an incident of Islamophobia she faced. A flight attendant refused to give her an unopened can of Diet Coke, allegedly explaining she may “use it as a weapon on the plane.” Ahmed said the flight attendant and pilot apologized upon landing, but said United Airlines has not yet reached out. The company told BuzzFeed News it doesn’t discriminate against its customers. Using the hashtag #unitedfortahera, some Twitter users are saying they’ll boycott the airline.

Source: BuzzFeed News

10.Chicago Blackhawks advance to Stanley Cup finals
The Chicago Blackhawks bested the Anaheim Ducks 5-3 in Saturdaynight’s Game 7 of the Western Conference Finals. Center Jonathan Toews led the team, scoring two goals during the first period. In their third trip to the Stanley Cup finals in seven years, the Blackhawks will face off against the Tampa Bay Lightning. The series begins June 3 in Tampa at 8 p.m.

Source: Associated Press

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John Kerry Suffers Broken Leg in Bike Accident in France

Image: John Kerry rides his bike during a break in Lausanne, Switzerland, in March.
John Kerry rides his bike during a break in nuclear talks in Lausanne, Switzerland, in March. FABRICE COFFRINI / AFP – Getty Images

NBC News

Secretary of State John Kerry suffered a broken leg in a bike accident in France early Sunday, a U.S. embassy official told NBC News.

The cycling accident occurred near Scionzier, France, about 25 miles from Geneva, where Kerry had been holding nuclear talks with Iran’s foreign minister, Javad Zarif.

Kerry was flown by helicopter to a hospital in Geneva, where he is in a stable condition, State Department spokesman John Kirby said.

“Secretary Kerry is stable … He did not lose consciousness,” Kirby said.

Kirby said paramedics and a physician were in Kerry’s motorcade at the time of the accident.

Kerry was transported to the Hospital University Geneva for X-rays and evaluation.

“His life is not in any danger,” the U.S. Embassy official in Geneva told NBC News.

It was not clear how long the Secretary of State would be in the hospital.

Kerry had planned to travel later Sunday to Madrid for meetings with Spain’s king and prime minister, before spending two days in Paris for an international conference on combating the Islamic State, the Associated Press reported.

Ignorance · Immigration · Phyllis Schlafy

Phyllis Schlafly: Today’s Immigrants Are ‘Not The Same Sort’ As Europeans ‘Who Contributed So Much’

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RIGHT WING WATCH

In a radio commentary earlier this month, Eagle Forum founder Phyllis Schlafly acknowledged that it’s “quite true that America was built by hard-working people from all over the world,” but cautioned that today’s immigrants from Latin America are “not the same sort” as the wave of mostly European immigrants who came to the U.S. in the early 20th century.

Schlafly criticized President Obama for calling the U.S. “a nation of immigrants,” saying, “The problem is that the immigrants coming into our country today are not the same sort as the immigrants who contributed so much to building our great country. The immigrants who came to America in the 1920s and ‘30s were different – with very different motives.”

“It’s quite true that America was built by hard working people from all over the world who sought a place of freedom where they could realize their dream,” she said. “But today’s immigrants don’t have the same motivation, the same love for America, the same desire to be part of the American culture and dream.”

She cited Russian-born songwriter Irving Berlin as the kind of America-loving immigrant who supposedly no longer come to the United States.

Schlafly’s commentary varies slightly from a transcript provided on Eagle Forum’s website, which adds this thought: “[Today’s immigrants] don’t want to leave their homes and become Americans, accepting all that comes along with it. Many of them just want to reap the rewards of our free nation without accepting American culture, the English language, and the rule of law.”

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Sunday Talk: See Dick Run

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Seemingly every single day, the Republican presidential field (aka, the clown car) grows more and more crowded—and the more crowded that it gets, the harder that some of the lesser candidates have to work for attention.

For those who aren’t lucky enough to be a Bush; or corrupt enough to warrant federal investigation(s); or hip enough to have a trademark style; or bankable enough to land a sugar daddy; or classy enough to develop a famous catchphrasethe struggle is real.

And so, as these also-rans seek to boost their profiles (by any means necessary), we’re likely to be exposed to all sorts of disturbing campaign stunts.

You might want to avert your eyes.

Morning lineup:

Meet the Press: Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT); Former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA); Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R); Former Rep. Tom Davis (R-VA); Nuala O’Connor (Center for Democracy and Technology); Roundtable: Chris Matthews (MSNBC), Manu Raju (Politico), Amy Walter (Cook Political Report) and Bush White House Social Secretary Sara Fagan.

Face the Nation: Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R); CIA Director John Brennan;Roundtable: Peggy Noonan (Wall Street Journal), Dan Balz (Washington Post), David Ignatius (Washington Post) and John Dickerson (CBS News).

Note: This will be the last edition of Face the Nation hosted by Bob Schieffer. CBS News political director John Dickerson will be taking over as host.

This Week: Former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley (D); Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal(R); “Brain Surgeon” Ben Carson; Roundtable: Mark Halperin & John Heilemann(Bloomberg Politics), Republican Pollster Kristen Soltis Anderson and Georgetown University Prof. Michael Eric Dyson.

Fox News Sunday: Former HP CEO Carly Fiorina; Former CIA/NSA Director Gen. Michael Hayden; Roundtable: Brit Hume (Fox News), Julie Pace (Associated Press),George Will (Washington Post) and Neera Tanden (Center for American Progress).

State of the Union: Former New York Gov. George Pataki (R); Sen. Angus King (I-ME); Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT).

Evening lineup:

60 Minutes will feature: an interview with Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams (preview); a report on the depletion of crucial groundwater across the globe, with a focus on California (preview); and, an interview with actor/writer/comedian Larry David (preview).

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Vice President’s Son Dies of Brain Cancer

TPM Editor’s Blog

News just broke that Vice President Biden’s son, Beau Biden, former Delaware Attorney General, has died of brain cancer.

Statement from the VP’s office …

It is with broken hearts that Hallie, Hunter, Ashley, Jill and I announce the passing of our husband, brother and son, Beau, after he battled brain cancer with the same integrity, courage and strength he demonstrated every day of his life.

The entire Biden family is saddened beyond words. We know that Beau’s spirit will live on in all of us—especially through his brave wife, Hallie, and two remarkable children, Natalie and Hunter.

Beau’s life was defined by service to others. As a young lawyer, he worked to establish the rule of law in war-torn Kosovo. A major in the Delaware National Guard, he was an Iraq War veteran and was awarded the Bronze Star. As Delaware’s Attorney General, he fought for the powerless and made it his mission to protect children from abuse.

More than his professional accomplishments, Beau measured himself as a husband, father, son and brother. His absolute honor made him a role model for our family. Beau embodied my father’s saying that a parent knows success when his child turns out better than he did.

In the words of the Biden family: Beau Biden was, quite simply, the finest man any of us have ever known.

From President Obama and Michelle Obama …

Josh Marshall

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Maine Governor’s Massive Tantrum: Will Veto Every Bill Dems Propose Until He Gets What He Wants

Paul LePage/Facebook

ADDICTING INFO

You don’t have to know a lot about how America’s political system works to see that a governor threatening to grind the entire legislative process to a halt until he unilaterally gets his way presents a serious problem for democracy – but that’s just how Maine’s Republican Governor Paul LePage rolls.

In the latest move in a string of almost criminally-incompetent governing, LePage has announced that he will veto literally any and every Democratic-sponsored bill that comes to his desk as punishment for the lawmakers not going along with his “eradicate the income tax” plan.

According to the Associated Press, LePage was fairly open about his new found love of governing by hostage-taking. During what they called a “spirited news conference” (read: polite Associated Press way of saying “insane”), LePage bragged about it:

“The Maine people deserve to have a say on the income tax and until they lift it, that’s my leverage,” LePage said during a wide-ranging and spirited news conference at the Blaine House. “And yes, is that politics? I’m playing their game. I’m finally learning to play the game of the politician.”

The “leverage” he mentions? That would be laws, budgets, and other forms of governing that he will now no longer allow to take place until he gets what he wants. Funding for small business? Nope. Laws strengthening protections against child abuse? No. Disaster preparations? Not until he gets his Ayn Rand utopia. It’s an impossible situation if you’re a Maine Democrat – or even just a level-headed citizen not eager to watch your state be thrown off a cliff. Obviously, laws must be passed (giving LePage his leverage), but agreeing to kill the income tax is morally reprehensible.

Like much of what motivates LePage’s agenda, killing the income tax is a means to an end. The end being: hurt poor people. Perhaps a poor person made fun of him as a boy, because LePage has a seething contempt for his state’s most vulnerable people bordering on an obsession. The income tax plan represents the latest assault. Other states have abolished the state income tax and the results are universally the same – the rich get a bit richer, the poor carry even more of the tax burden.

As a 2012 report released by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities demonstrated, states without an income tax make up that massive loss in revenue by increasing sales and property taxes. Those are the kinds of taxes that disproportionately hurt the poor.

Families with moderate and low incomes pay more sales and property taxes, as a share of their incomes, than higher-income families because they spend a higher proportion of their earnings on taxable goods and housing. Thus, increased sales and property taxes would shift a larger share of the responsibility for paying for schools, health care, and other services onto those with relatively less ability to afford it.

Maine Democrats are watching LePage’s behavior with growing horror. After a legislative session in which LePage screamed at Democrats and referred to them as “repugnant,” Democratic House Leader Jeff McCabe told AP that LePage is increasingly coming “unglued.” That appears to be an understatement.

Even in these deeply partisan times, the idea that you can get everything you want and screw everyone else is almost unheard of in politics. Notably, House Republicans tried to pull a similar stunt by shutting down the federal government when President Obama didn’t agree to dismantle his signature healthcare law. The plan backfired spectacularly. The American public turned on Republicans and the party suffered massive blows to its popularity (which wasn’t great to begin with). LePage seems to have looked at that stunt and drawn exactly the wrong conclusions: He can get what he wants if only he proves he’s actually dangerous enough to follow through on his threats.

It’s a testament to how bad LePage’s reputation is in Maine that nobody is doubting him now.

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10 things you need to know today: May 30, 2015

Evan Vucci/Associated Press

THE WEEK

1.FIFA president Sepp Blatter wins re-election
As expected, FIFA president Sepp Blatter cruised to re-election on Friday, despite allegations that he presided over a culture of corruption that reached the top levels of soccer’s global governing organization. Thought to be buoyed by support from African, Asian, and South American countries, Blatter beat his challenger Prince Ali bin al-Hussein of Jordan 133 nations to 73 (three ballots were invalid). The vote was held only miles from the Swiss hotel where many of his lieutenants were arrested on corruption charges Wednesday.

Source: Associated Press

2.Hastert reportedly paid someone to conceal sexual misconduct
Former U.S. House speaker Dennis Hastert reportedly paid off a man to conceal past sexual misconduct, two federal law enforcement officials told the Los Angeles Times. A federal grand jury indicted Hastert on Thursday for allegedly evading currency reporting requirements. Sources told the Los Angeles Times the former teacher and wrestling coach has paid $1.7 million to a former male student over the last four years to conceal sexual abuse against that man.

Source: Los Angeles Times

3.Martin O’Malley formally announces presidential bid
Former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) formally launched his presidential candidacy Saturday in a Baltimore speech. “I declare that I am a candidate for president of the United States and I am running for you,” he told a crowd of supporters with his family by his side. O’Malley spoke of striving to work toward economic, racial, marriage, and gender inequality. He’ll face off against Hillary Clinton, Sen. Bernie Sanders, and likely former Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee for the Democratic nomination.

Source: C-SPAN

4.U.S. drops Cuba from list of state sponsors of terrorism
The U.S. formally removed Cuba from the list of states that sponsor terrorism Friday, according to a State Department news release. The White House first announced this move last month. In a December 2014 step toward normalizing diplomatic relations with Cuba after 50 years, President Barack Obama ordered the department to review the nation’s inclusion on the list.

Source: U.S. Department of State

5.Silk Road founder sentenced to life in prison
Ross William Ulbricht, 31, the creator of the black-market website Silk Road, was sentenced to life in prison Friday. After Silk Road’s 2011 launch, Ulbricht ran the cyber-bazaar, where anonymous users traded the cryptocurrency Bitcoin for narcotics, hacking tools, and fake identification, for about two years before he was arrested. Ulbricht received the maximum sentence for his felony convictions of conspiracy, money laundering, and drug trafficking.

Source: Bloomberg

6.Prosecutor claims ‘egregious’ mistakes in Cleveland cop verdict
An Ohio prosecutor filed a motion Friday asking a state appeals court to correct “egregious” mistakes in clearing police officer Michael Brelo in the 2012 fatal shooting of an unarmed black man and woman,Reuters reports. Judge John O’Donnell ruled a week ago it was impossible to determine whether Brelo fired the shots that killed Timothy Russell and Malissa Williams after a high-speed car chase. The officer had been charged with voluntary manslaughter and aggravated assault.

Source: Reuters

7.Idaho abortion ban ruled unconstitutional
A U.S. circuit court of appeals ruled Idaho’s ban on abortions after 20 weeks unconstitutional Friday, the Idaho Press-Tribune reports. The three-judge panel said the rule put restrictions on aborting non-viable fetuses and put an undue burden on a woman’s ability to obtain an abortion. Also ruled unconstitutional was a related law requiring all second-trimester abortions to take place in hospitals. The decision upholds a judgment made two years ago.

Source: Idaho Press-Tribune

8.Bob Schieffer is hosting his last Face the Nation tomorrow
Bob Schieffer, 78, will retire from CBS’ Face the Nation on Sunday after 24 years at the helm and 46 total with the network. CBS political director John Dickerson is slated to take over. Schieffer’s last show, featuring interviews with former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and CIA director John Brennan, kicks off Sunday at 10:30 a.m. EST.

Source: New York Times, CBS

9. New lung cancer treatment shows promise
A drug called Nivolumab has been shown to increase life expectancy in lung cancer patients by several months, the BBC reports. Results from 582 patients were presented at the American Society of Clinical Oncology annual meeting Friday in Chicago. The drug, also known as Opdivo, is approved to treat melanoma as well. Patients treated with the drug experienced fewer serious side effects than those treated with chemotherapy drug docetaxel.

Source: BBC, New York Times

10.The Tampa Bay Lightning will head to the Stanley Cup final
The Tampa Bay Lightning bought a ticket to the Stanley Cup final with a 2-0 win over the New York Rangers in Game 7 on Friday night. After a scoreless 40 minutes in Madison Square Garden, Alex Killorn and Ondrej Palat each notched a goal. The Lightning will face the winner of tonight’sGame 7 matchup between the Anaheim Ducks and the Chicago Blackhawks in the Stanley Cup, which begins June 3.

Source: ESPN, NHL

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Martin O’Malley 3rd Democrat To Launch White House Bid

Former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley announces his intention to seek the Democratic presidential nomination in Baltimore on May 30. JIM BOURG / Reuters

NBC NEWS

Former Governor Martin O’Malley has formally launched his presidential campaign Saturday at a morning rally in Baltimore. The Democratic candidate’s motto is “new leadership,” which can be meant to draw a contrast with Hillary Clinton whose is a decade and a half older than O’Malley and whose husband served two terms as president.

With the backdrop of a divided city based on race and class behind him, O’Malley jumpstarted his campaign on the theme of inclusion.

“This is the urgent work calling us forward today: to rebuild the truth of the American Dream for all Americans. And to begin right now,” O’Malley said.

As president, he vowed comprehensive immigration reform, to reign in Wall Street, to tackle climate change, to allow for union organization, and increasing the minimum wage.

The former governor’s term ended in January and has been planning for a presidential run since before then, making frequent trips to Iowa and New Hampshire as well as a few visits to South Carolina – early primary states.

But O’Malley has faced some early problems even before his launch – a fact that was symbolized at his announcement when technical difficulties prevented a video on a big screen from being viewable.

O’Malley has struggled to register in the polls, achieving only single digits in most surveys, is positioning himself to the left of frontrunner Hillary Clinton. But his being challenged in that space by Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, a self-proclaimed socialist, who recently announced his White House run.

The former governor didn’t spare Clinton from his announcement.

“The presidency is not a crown to be passed back and forth by you between two royal families,” he said, knocking not only Clinton but likely Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush. “The only way we are going to rebuild the American Dream is if we re-take control of our own American government.”

O’Malley announced in Baltimore – where he was elected mayor twice – a city that has experienced racial strife after 25-year old African American Freddie Gray’s spine was severed spine and later died in police custody. In the aftermath of protests, the city experienced its deadliest month in decades as murders have reached nearly 40 in May.

As Baltimore came into the spotlight after Gray’s death, O’Malley’s record came under fire by some who say his no-tolerance policies toward crime were extreme. While his policies dramatically reduced crime but also escalated the number of arrests, which some say were unnecessary and violated people’s rights.

O’Malley addressed the protests that at times turned violent, saying that they are symptomatic of a deeper problem.

“For what took place here was not only about race – not only about policing in America. It’s about everything it is supposed to mean to be an American,” he said. “Conditions of extreme and growing poverty, create conditions for extreme violence. We have work to do. Our economic and political system is upside down and backwards and it is time to turn it around.”

In the height of the Baltimore protests, O’Malley returned prematurely from a speaking engagement overseas to tend to the struggling city. He was met with mixed reviews as some welcomed him hope while others blamed him for the policies he implemented during his mayorship for the heavy-handed police tactics that allegedly led to Gray’s death.

During his time as governor implemented a liberal agenda. He oversaw the legalization of same-sex marriage, enabled undocumented immigrants to receive drivers’ license and attend college paying in-state prices, decriminalized pot and overturned the death penalty.

At least one liberal group, the Progressive Change Campaign Committee, which is working to move Clinton to the left on their economic priorities such as debt-free college and expanding Medicare, welcomed O’Malley into the race. While they didn’t endorse him they said will put significant pressure on Clinton to adopt progressive police.

“Martin O’Malley’s entrance into the race will be one more factor that incentivizes a race to the top on economic populism issues. He has already taken strong stands in favor of debt-free college, expanding Social Security benefits, and Wall Street reform — and the more Democrats compete to be the biggest hero on popular issues like these, the better it will be for Democrats and for America,” Adam Green, co-founder of the organization, said.

O’Malley, who plays in a Celtic Rock band and has been known to wear sleeveless shirts while strumming his guitar, previewed Saturday’s announcement with a 23-second video playing “Hail to the Chief” on his guitar.

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