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More signs of imminent Biden 2020 launch, as ad shoot turns into a ‘hot mess’

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New signs emerged this week that it’s all but certain former Vice President Joe Biden will be announcing a presidential campaign in very near future.

One of those signals comes Thursday when Biden – who’s long been a friend to the labor movement – travels to Boston to speak with striking supermarket employees in southern New England.

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That’s a very intentional move.

But another sign apparently came by accident.

Supporters of the former vice president were filming a Spanish-language commercial over the weekend in South Florida. Word of the shoot was supposed to be kept quiet, with Politico reporting that local actors paid to take part in the ad were asked to sign non-disclosure agreements promising not to discuss the shoot.

But some images were posted on social media, which ignited a flurry of email warnings calling for the images to be deleted.

“We are in a hot mess with campaign and client because someone leaked footage,” read a Monday email to the actors that Politico obtained. The email speculated that the images were from “some moms taking photo/video of their kids while they were being filmed.”

It’s not clear if Biden’s soon-to-be presidential campaign was behind the ad – or if it was American Possibilities, the political committee supporting the former vice president, or another group.

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Meanwhile, Biden will speak Thursday in Boston to striking Stop & Shop workers in the Dorchester neighborhood of Boston.

Approximately 31,000 employees of the southern New England-based grocery chain’s employees have been on strike since last week. The chain – the largest in New England – is one of the last remaining union supermarkets in the industry.

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts spoke on Friday with the striking Stop and Shop employees, who are members of the United Food and Commercial Workers International union.

Later that day, Biden took to Twitter to write “in the last 5 years, @StopandShop’s parent company has bought back billions of dollars in stock. Now they want to cut employee wages & benefits. This is wrong. I stand with the 31,000 @UFCW workers fighting for their healthcare. Join me and support them.”

Biden’s trip to Boston comes days before a likely presidential announcement.

Sources close to the former vice president have told Fox News that the launch of a campaign – which would be Biden’s third for the White House – would come after Easter – which is Sunday – and possibly as early as next week. The sources add that a campaign staff is being lined up and Biden political advisers are in the process of hiring staff in the early voting primary and caucus states.

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Trump sues to block Democrats’ subpoena for financial information

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Lawyers for President Trump on Monday sued to block a subpoena issued by members of Congress that sought the business magnate’s financial records.

The complaint named Rep. Elijah Cummings, the Democratic chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform, and Peter Kenny, the chief investigative counsel of the House committee, as its plaintiffs.

“We will not allow Congressional Presidential harassment to go unanswered,” said Jay Sekulow, counsel to the president.

This is a breaking news story. Check back for updates.

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Congressman Moulton enters Democratic 2020 presidential race

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Representative Seth Moulton entered the 2020 Democratic presidential race on Monday as a long-shot contender in a contest that now includes almost 20 candidates.

FILE PHOTO: U.S. Congressman Seth Moulton (D-MA) speaks at a Merrimack County Democrats Summer Social at the Swett home in Bow, New Hampshire, U.S., July 28, 2018. REUTERS/Brian Snyder/File Photo

A 40-year-old Iraq War veteran who represents a district in Massachusetts, Moulton enters the race as an underdog, with little national name recognition and a shorter track record than some rivals who have spent years in the U.S. Senate or as state governors.

Moulton has built a political career by challenging the party’s establishment. He entered Congress in 2015 after winning a Democratic primary challenge against John Tierney, who had held the seat for 18 years.

After Democrats took control of the U.S. House of Representatives in 2018, Moulton helped organize opposition to Representative Nancy Pelosi’s bid to again become Speaker of the House.

He ended his opposition to Pelosi with a statement saying: “Tough conversations make us stronger, not weaker, and we need to keep having them if we’re going to deliver on the change that we’ve promised the American people.”

In a YouTube video announcing his presidential candidacy, he said: “Decades of division and corruption have broken our democracy and robbed Americans of their voice.”

“While our country marches forward, Washington is anchored in the past,” he said.

In the video, Moulton said he wants to tackle climate change and grow the U.S. economy by promoting green jobs as well as high tech and advanced manufacturing.

Moulton served in the Marines from 2001 to 2008. During his 2014 congressional bid, he became a vocal critic of the Iraq War in which he served, saying no more troops should be deployed to the country.

He has advocated stricter gun laws, saying military-style weapons should not be owned by civilians.

Moulton supports the legalization of marijuana and told Boston public radio station WGBH in 2016 that he had smoked pot while in college.

He graduated from Harvard University with an undergraduate degree in physics in 2001 and returned to receive a master’s degree in business and public policy in 2011.

For a graphic of the 2020 presidential candidates, see: tmsnrt.rs/2Ff62ZC

Reporting by Ginger Gibson; additional reporting by Rich McKay; Editing by Colleen Jenkins, Jonathan Oatis, Kirsten Donovan and David Gregorio

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Trump sues to block subpoena for financial information

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U.S. President Donald Trump boards Air Force One as they travel to Florida for Easter weekend, at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland, U.S., April 18, 2019. REUTERS/Al Drago

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday sued to block a subpoena issued by the Democratic chairman of the U.S. House Oversight Committee that sought information about his and his businesses’ finances.

“Chairman Cummings’ subpoena is invalid and unenforceable because it has no legitimate legislative purpose,” lawyers for Trump and the Trump Organization said in court filing.

Reporting by Makini Brice; Editing by Tim Ahmann

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