Grind for May 18th, 2019
“It’s always good to be underestimated.”
– Donald Trump
Montana Governor announces presidential bid
Montana Governor Steve Bullock (D) announced his presidential bid Tuesday, promising to “take our democracy back” from a broken system.
“I believe in an America where every child has a fair shot to do better than their parents,” he said. “But we all know that kind of opportunity no longer exists for most people…We need to defeat Donald Trump in 2020 and defeat the corrupt system that lets campaign money drown out the people’s voice, so we can finally make good on the promise of a fair shot for everyone.”
Bullock, 53, served one term as Attorney General of Montana before he was elected governor in 2012. He was re-elected in 2016 at the same time Donald Trump won the state with 56% of the vote.
Bullock is a moderate Democrat known for cooperating with Republicans, expanding Medicaid in his state, and fighting to protect public lands.
More recently, he has expressed support for a ban on assault weapons.
Bullock has eyed the presidency for years, visiting the Iowa State Fair in 2018 and delivering speeches in New Hampshire. In April, he hired campaign staff in Iowa in preparation for the February caucus there.
The way I see it, Bullock’s first two challenges will be: 1) How to gain name recognition and 2) How to distinguish himself from other moderate Dems like Amy Klobuchar, Tim Ryan, and John Hickenlooper.
Iran accused of bombing four commercial tankers in Gulf of Oman
Four tankers in the Gulf of Oman were hit with explosives on Sunday.
Two of the tankers belonged to Saudi Arabia, one to Norway, and another to the United Arab Emirates (UAE). At least one of the tankers had been on its way to collect oil for shipment to the United States.
US investigators, who found large holes in each ship, believe the attack was carried out by Iran or by groups affiliated with Iran.
Iran denied responsibility, describing the attack as “dreadful” and suggesting Israel could be at fault.
The Gulf of Oman is a sensitive region connecting the Strait of Hormuz to the Arabian Sea; it borders Iran and Pakistan to the north and the UAE and Oman to the south.
The Strait of Hormuz, which links the Persian Gulf to the Gulf of Oman, is a key waterway through which one third of all the world’s oil tanker traffic passes.
At its narrowest point, the Strait of Hormuz is just two miles wide.
Iran threatened to block the Strait of Hormuz last month as the US announced an end to waivers allowing countries to purchase Iranian oil.
This month, the Trump Administration dispatched a carrier strike group and bomber task force to the Middle East to safeguard US interests in the face of increased Iranian aggression.
On Monday, President Trump issued this warning to Iran: “If they do anything they will suffer greatly.”
Sunday’s attack caused no oil spillage, no explosions, and no casualties.
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