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    1st Asian American Dem to Run in 2020 Has Boston Fundraiser

    Andrew Yang is not a household name yet, but he is one of the early candidates making play for the White House. Jonathan Choe reports.

    (Published Monday, June 11, 2018)

    The 2020 presidential election could feature the most crowded Democratic primary in decades, and President Donald Trump’s success as an outsider could embolden even more non traditional candidates to run.

    Andrew Yang, a New York entrepreneur, is not a household name, but he's one of the early candidates making a play for the White House.

    "One of my friends said the opposite of Donald Trump is a smart Asian guy who actually cares about facts and information," he said.

    He’s now the first Asian American Democrat ever to run for the Oval Office. On Monday, he campaigned in Boston, trying to bring attention to automation and artificial intelligence, that’s already here in factories, retail, and expected to take over other industry’s like fast food and trucking.

    Trump Responds to Putin Summit Criticism

    [NATL] Trump Responds to Putin Summit Criticism

    President Donald Trump said Tuesday that he misspoke during his summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, Finland. Trump said he does "accept" the intelligence community's conclusion that Russia meddled in the 2016 election. Trump also said he needed to clarify that he didn't see a reason why the meddling "wouldn't be Russia." Trump had said the opposite a day earlier, prompting bipartisan backlash.

    (Published Tuesday, July 17, 2018)

    "We’re going to automate away millions of American jobs," Yang said.

    He believes businesses are not prepared for the rise of robots, and the potential social fallout.

    "So if you think you can displace them with robot trucks and there will not be riots, you are actually fooling yourself," Yang said.

    To avoid that, Yang is pushing the "Freedom Dividend," which would be $1,000 a month given to every American adult.

    "If we provide a universal basic income, Americans will be able to go back to school, move for a new opportunity, start up their own business," Yang said in a campaign video.

    Yang plans to fund that by taxing businesses benefitting the most from automation.

    Obama Delivers Rebuke on Trump Policies at Mandela Celebration

    [NATL] Obama Delivers Rebuke on Trump Policies at Mandela Celebration

    Former President Barack Obama condemned the current state of American politics while not mentioning President Donald Trump by name during a speech to honor the late Nelson Mandela in South Africa.

    (Published Tuesday, July 17, 2018)

    But Northeastern economist Barry Bluestone is a skeptic.

    "It's pie in the sky, and we really don’t have the financial where withall in this country to do that," Bluestone said.

    Yang, who is is 43 years old and married with two kids, and based in New York, has ties to New England, graduating from Phillips Exeter and Brown University.

    Boston College professor Heather Cox Richardson said he does not have the name recognition right now.

    "Andrew Yang is going to be a player, but I’m not convinced he’s going to be the Democratic standard bearer," Richardson said.

    However, Richardson added that anything is possible.

    Trump on Poor Relations With Russia: ‘I Hold Both Countries Responsible’

    [NATL] Trump on Poor Relations With Russia: ‘I Hold Both Countries Responsible’

    President Trump was asked if he held Russia accountable for a decline in relations with the U.S. He said there is blame on both sides.

    (Published Monday, July 16, 2018)

    "It is completely a free for all. The starting line is so muddy because of the chaos in Washington," says Richardson.

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