With wins in 7 states and DC, Biden closes in on nomination
Joe Biden is on the cusp of formally securing the Democratic presidential nomination after winning hundreds more delegates in primary contests that tested the nation's ability to run elections while balancing a pandemic and sweeping social unrest. Biden could lock down the nomination within the next week as West Virginia and Georgia hold primaries. Trump secured the Republican presidential nomination in March. Two other states holding primary elections on Tuesday, Idaho and Iowa, chose their presidential nominee early in the year. And in Washington, Janeese Lewis George, a self-identified democratic socialist, upset incumbent Brandon Todd in the Democratic primary for a seat on the city council.
Dark-money attack ad pastes swastikas on House candidate
Congressional candidate and former CIA operative Valerie Plame of Santa Fe, N.M., seeks support from local party delegates at the Democratic Party preprimary convention in Pojoaque, N.M., Saturday, March 7, 2020. Incendiary new political attack ads against the former CIA operative and candidate for a northern New Mexico congressional seat portray Plame as a disgraced racist millionaire and can be traced to the Alliance for Combating Extremism Fund. Plame said in a statement that the new attack ads are disgusting and have hardened her resolve for campaign finance reforms that would restrict so-called dark money political spending that cannot be traced. The group's attack ads hound Plame for allegedly being embraced by white supremacists and use an image of the candidate with swastikas imposed over her eyes. Another prominent candidate, Teresa Leger Fernandez, called the attack ads extremely offensive and sexist, and said her campaign has no connection to the group behind it.
Joseph Wilson, U.S. diplomat who spoke out on Iraq War, dies at 69: NYT
(Reuters) - Joseph Wilson, a U.S. diplomat who questioned the central underpinning for the invasion of Iraq under former President George W. Bush, died on Friday at the age of 69, the New York Times reported. FILE PHOTO: Former CIA operative Valerie Plame and her husband Joseph Wilson leave a news conference at the National Press Club in Washington in this file photo taken on July 14, 2006. In 2002, the CIA asked Wilson to investigate claims that Iraq had attempted to buy uranium yellowcake, a nuclear material, from Niger. Wilson wrote in a 2004 memoir that he felt a duty to publish the Times op-ed. Plame, whose marriage to Wilson ended in divorce in 2017, is running for a congressional seat in New Mexico.feeds.reuters.com
Joe Wilson, skeptic on Iraq War intelligence, dies at age 69
Joseph Wilson, the former ambassador who set off a political firestorm by disputing U.S. intelligence used to justify the 2003 Iraq invasion, died Friday, according to his ex-wife. Plame and Wilson moved to Santa Fe in 2007 to raise twin children and divorced in 2017. Wilson drew intense criticism from Republican lawmakers over his statements regarding Iraq in the lead-up to the U.S. invasion. "The national security objective for the United States was clear; it was disarmament of Saddam Hussein," he said. We did not need to engage in an invasion, conquest and occupation of Iraq in order to achieve that objective."cnbc.com