Beto O'Rourke Is Relaunching His Presidential Campaign... Again

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Trump is tweeting way too much this week. Help!

Here’s all the shit we couldn’t cover today:

  • Beto O’Rourke is good at some things, like unflinchingly calling out white supremacy and cursing at very opportune times. He’s less good at running for president. But that didn’t stop O’Rourke from relaunching his presidential campaign for the second time since initially announcing his run. He gave a speech in his hometown of El Paso, Texas where he largely spoke of the dangers of gun violence almost two weeks after the city was rocked by a mass shooting that left 22 people dead. “If at this moment we do not wake up to this threat, then we, as a country, will die in our sleep,” O’Rourke said. This is a nice line. It’s probably not nice enough to resurrect his presidential campaign. [Washington Post]
  • Hickenloopwho?
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  • Even AIPAC thinks Israel went too far by denying Congresswomen Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib entry into the country, which... wow. [CNN]
  • Cory Booker says he would launch a new office in the White House focused on hate crimes and white supremacist violence if he is elected president. [Washington Post]
  • Marcia Fudge, a key member of the Congressional Black Caucus, has backed Senator Kamala Harris for president. [Politico]
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So, apparently Trump wants to buy Greenland.

The idea of the U.S. purchasing Greenland has captured the former real-estate developer’s imagination, according to people familiar with the deliberations, who said Mr. Trump has, with varying degrees of seriousness, repeatedly expressed interest in buying the ice-covered autonomous Danish territory between the North Atlantic and Arctic oceans.

In meetings, at dinners and in passing conversations, Mr. Trump has asked advisers whether the U.S. can acquire Greenland, listened with interest when they discuss its abundant resources and geopolitical importance and, according to two of the people, has asked his White House counsel to look into the idea.

Some of his advisers have supported the concept, saying it was a good economic play, two of the people said, while others dismissed it as a fleeting fascination that will never come to fruition. It is also unclear how the U.S. would go about acquiring Greenland even if the effort were serious.

Hmm?

Officials with Denmark’s Royal House and the Danish embassy in Washington didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment, nor did officials with Greenland’s representative office in Washington and Greenland’s prime minister’s office.