Hello everyone! Sabrina Siddiqui will be taking over the blog in the next few hours … let's start with a look at some of the developments in 2020: Several Democratic presidential candidates will join McDonald's workers Nationwide Strike for Trade Union Rights  Senators Bernie Sanders and Cory Booker Former Mayor of San Antonio Julián Castro and Governor of Washington Jay Inslee is one of the participants in the strike , which is due to take place on Thursday when McDonald's workers are seeking union rights and a minimum wage of $ 15 .
Most of the 2020 Democrats have welcomed the so-called Fight for $ 15 ($ 15 fight) and are pushing for a higher minimum wage for shift workers in the US.
"When giant companies like McDonald's restrict the system of preventing wages and workers from joining forces to form a union, they hold back millions of black, brown and white workers across the country."  Mary Kay Henry, President of the Service Employees International Union said in a statement.
It's time for a new future where anyone who wants to join a union at work can do so without exception. And it is time for those who were elected by workers – or want to be elected – to fight by our side, with no exceptions.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell today introduced laws to increase the age of cigarettes to 21.
McConnell's bill is a bipartisan effort, Politico reports. This repeals a derogation previously proposed for persons serving in the military. It would cover all tobacco products as well as e-cigarettes.
Colorado's Former Governor John Hickenlooper said on Monday that there is an authoritarian mentality "in the White House and the United States does not need one his own "strong man" because he held the first major foreign policy speech by a presidential Democrat. Reuters reports:
"I think the story clearly shows that you have no rule of law with a so-called strong man – a dictator -" Hickenlooper said when asked at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs if this was one better foreign policy approach than multilateralism.
In his speech, Hickenlooper said China is a "national challenge for generations". that Russia "actively works against our interests" by supporting Bashar Hafez al-Assad in Syria and Nicolás Maduro in Venezuela; and that North Korea's nuclear program "threatens its region and beyond."
"From Moscow to Beijing, from Ankara to Caracas and beyond, authoritarian strong men are threatening not only the rights of their own people, but also the foundations of international peace," Hickenlooper said.
"While no invading army is storming America's shores today, this authoritarian mentality has already broken through our defenses. In fact, it has occupied the White House. We have a president who not only ignores many of the threats to our national security but supports and supports them, "he added.
Hickenlooper said that President Donald Trump "blew up" North Korean President Kim Jong Un and treated Russia's Vladimir Putin "as his puppet master".
Hickenlooper also criticized Trump for threatening to withdraw from the NATO alliance and abandon the Paris climate agreement and withdrawal from trade negotiations.
The White House will instruct former lawyer Don McGahn to skip the Congressional testimony.
Donald Trump is expected to direct Former White House Attorney Don McGahn opposed a Tuesday congressional summons to leave a testimony, the New York Times reports.
The House Justice Committee has summoned McGahn to appear at a Tuesday hearing. The former lawyer of the White House was an important witness in the Russia report by Robert Mueller (19459022).
McGahn could oppose Trump's orders and testify anyway, but that exposes his law firm to the risk of tricking Trump's allies into holding back their deal, the Times said. However, if he opposes the summons of the congress, he might be despised.
Bernie Sanders calls Donald Trump a "schoolyard bat" for his saber rattling with Iran.
Lori Lightfoot was sworn in as Chicago's mayor today Hold the job.
"For years they have said Chicago is not ready for reform," said Lightfoot in her inaugural address, the Chicago Sun Times reports.
"Well, get ready … because the reform is here," she continued. "I promoted change, you voted for change, and I intend to pass on changes to our government."
Lightfoot expressed her signature campaign promises to deprive individual city councils of full control over zoning and permits in their districts.
Senator Amy Klobuchar is committed to receiving no donations from the fossil fuel industry.
Representative Ruben Gallego An Iraq war veterinarian, Disputes Senator Lindsey Graham describes the intelligence services in Iran.
Federal Prosecutor's Office reviews documents relating to the inauguration of Trump
The Federal Prosecutor's Office in New York is examining tens of thousands of documents relating to The Inauguration of Donald Trump, reports CNN.
The Presidential Inauguration Committee handed over the cache of documents in response to a summons requesting documents, records, and communications to the finances, sellers, and donors of the Opening Committee. The US Attorney for the Southern District of New York is conducting the inauguration investigation. They want to find out if one of the $ 107 million of donations for the inauguration was mis-issued or came from foreign donors, which violates election campaign financing laws.
The Guardian has reported that the inauguration of Trump has cost tens of thousands of dollars of shell companies with foreign connections.
The case that the Supreme Court dismissed contesting a ban on corporate donations to candidates was made by two Massachusetts companies, 1A, put forward Auto Inc and 126 Self Storage Inc, per CNN.
The companies that are part of the Massachusetts Fiscal Alliance, which campaigns for "tax accountability" and "greater economic opportunity," argued that the government's ban on direct corporate donations violated their first amendment rights. They also argued that it violated the equal treatment clause as unions and non-profit organizations are likely to exist.
The Massachusetts Supreme Court of Justice confirmed the law on the grounds that it was a valid measure to prevent corruption. Since the Supreme Court refused to judge the case, this decision remains valid.
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee says he was only afraid to have 65,000 individual donors for his presidential campaign. the number needed to qualify for democratic debates. Inslee has already qualified for the debate because of his position in the polls, but the Democratic National Committee may try to limit the number of candidates admitted if more than 20 qualify. In this case, competitors must meet both donor and survey goals in order to get started. Inslee hopes to attract enough new donors to secure his place.
Ed Cox, head of New York's Republican Party, joins Donald Trump's re-election funding team, according to the New York Times.