Tom Perez Elected As The First Latino Democratic National Committee Chairman

Tom Perez, former Secretary of Labor for President Obama, was elected as the Democratic National Committee Chair over the weekend with a vote of 235-200. For a party in crisis, there were many eyes on the election. Perez, whose main competition was Congressman Keith Ellison, ended up asking Ellison to join him team.

Tom Perez is officially the chairman of the Democratic National Committee (DNC).

“We’re no longer simply the committee that helps elect the president; we’re the committee that helps to ensure we’re electing people up and down the Democratic ticket,” Perez said after winning, according to The New York Times.

As soon as the votes were in and Perez won, he asked Keith Ellison to join him as deputy chairman of the DNC.

But tapping Ellison as the deputy DNC chairman did little to pacify anger from Ellison supporters who felt, like they did with Sen. Bernie Sanders, that ‘big money’ chose the DNC chairman, rather than the will of the people.

Ellison immediately started to support Perez and called on his supporters to do the same in the name of party unity.

“We don’t have the luxury to walk out of this room divided,” Ellison told his angry supporters, according to The New York Times. Ellison supporters walked out chanting ‘Party of the people, not big money! Party of the people, not big money,’ according to ABC News.

Perez and Ellison want Democrats to know that they are committed to uniting the party.

“If they trust me, they need to come on and trust Tom Perez as well,” Ellison said, according to The New York Times. Ellison added that he would be both deputy chairman and retain his seat in the House of Representatives for Minnesota’s 5th district because, “The very fate of our nation, I believe, is in the balance right now.”

Ellison is making sure that he gets their message to President Trump in the best way: Twitter.

Seems like Ellison is ready to show Trump that Democrats are going to come together just in time for the 2018 midterm elections.

Trump tried to shade the election…

*Miranda Priestly Voice* “Groundbreaking.”

…and Perez was quick to fire back and show Trump that he is ready to lead the Democratic Party.

READ: Will We Have A Latino Vice President Or Nah?

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At Least 17 Dead And Hundreds Injured Following Massive Protests Across Colombia

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At Least 17 Dead And Hundreds Injured Following Massive Protests Across Colombia

A massive protest movement that swept across Colombia seems to have paid off – at least in the short term – as President Ivan Duque says that he will withdrawal the controversial tax plan that sent angry protesters into the streets. However, the protests claimed at least 17 victims who died during the unrest and hundreds more were injured.

Now that the president has withdrawn the controverial bill, many are wondering what’s next and will they have to take to the streets once again.

Massive protests claimed the lives of at least 17 people and hundreds more were injured across Colombia.

Unions and other groups kicked off marches on Wednesday to demand the government of President Ivan Duque withdraw a controversial tax plan that they say unfairly targets the most vulnerable Colombians.

Isolated vandalism, clashes between police and protesters and road blockades occurred in several cities on Saturday, and riot police were deployed in the capital.

Rights organization Human Rights Watch said it had received reports of possible police abuse in Cali, and local human rights groups alleged up to 17 deaths occurred.

After a week of protests, the government has shelved the controversial plan.

Faced with the unrest, the government of President Ivan Duque on Sunday ordered the proposal be withdrawn from Congress where it was being debated. In a televised statement, he said his government would work to produce new proposals and seek consensus with other parties and organizations.

President Duque, in his statement, acknowledged “it is a moment for the protection of the most vulnerable, an invitation to build and not to hate and destroy”.

“It is a moment for all of us to work together without paltriness,” he added. “A path of consensus, of clear perceptions. And it gives us the opportunity to say clearly that there will be no increase in VAT for goods and services.”

The tax reform had been heavily criticized for punishing the middle classes at a time of economic crisis brought on by the coronavirus pandemic. The government introduced the bill on April 15 as a means of financing public spending. The aim was to generate $6.3 billion between 2022 and 2031 to reignite the fourth largest economy in Latin America.

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Federal Investigators Executed A Search Warrant On Rudy Giuliani’s N.Y.C. Home And This Is Just The Beginning

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Federal Investigators Executed A Search Warrant On Rudy Giuliani’s N.Y.C. Home And This Is Just The Beginning

Months of investigations on Donald Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani officially came to a head Wednesday morning.

The former New York City mayor’s dealings with Ukraine officials in 2019 have been under scrutiny for months by authorities who have been investigating allegations Giuliani lobbied for powerful Ukrainian interests. The investigations have also looked into claims that Giuliani also solicited the Ukrainian government for damaging information on President Joe Biden when he was running against Trump in the 2020 election.

There is also the matter of allegations that Giuliani attempted to find information on Biden’s son Hunter, who was part of the board of an energy company in Ukraine.

Federal investigators executed a search warrant on Rudy Giuliani’s Manhattan home on Wednesday morning.

The search was part of a criminal investigation into Giuliani‘s activities with Ukraine. According to The New York Times, “Prosecutors obtained the search warrants as part of an investigation into whether Mr. Giuliani broke lobbying laws as President Trump’s personal lawyer.”

Federal agents seized cellphones and other electronic devices as part of the investigation. The search warrant took place around 6 a.m. at Mr. Giuliani’s apartment on Madison Avenue and his Park Avenue office in Manhattan.

The execution of a search warrant against the former president’s lawyer is particularly shocking.

The warrant comes as a major development in the investigation that has been ongoing for some time and examines the former- mayor’s conduct during Mr. Trump’s first impeachment trial.

“It was also a remarkable moment in Mr. Giuliani’s long arc as a public figure,” noted New York Times. “As mayor, Mr. Giuliani won national recognition for steering New York through the dark days after the Sept. 11 attacks, and earlier in his career, he led the same U.S. attorney’s office in Manhattan that is investigating him now, earning a reputation as a hard-charging prosecutor who took on organized crime and corrupt politicians.”

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