Also trending on your TGIF: "I would not have thought I needed to say this": FEC chairwoman warns candidates not to accept help from foreign governments, New York eliminates religious exemption to vaccine requirements and a Georgia teen gets dragged by driver in a road rage incident caught on dashcam.
The 20 candidates who made the 1st 2020 Democratic debate
The Democratic National Committee has announced the 20 candidates who met the polling or fundraising measures required to qualify for the party's first presidential debate later this month.
Here's who's in and who's out:
Michael Bennet, senator from Colorado
Joe Biden, former vice president
Cory Booker, senator from New Jersey
Pete Buttigieg, mayor of South Bend, Indiana
Julian Castro, former Housing and Urban Development secretary
Bill de Blasio, mayor of New York City
John Delaney, former congressman from Maryland
Tulsi Gabbard, congresswoman from Hawaii
Kirsten Gillibrand, senator from New York
Kamala Harris, senator from California
John Hickenlooper, former Colorado governor
Jay Inslee, Washington governor
Amy Klobuchar, senator from Minnesota
Beto O'Rourke, former congressman from Texas
Tim Ryan, congressman from Ohio
Bernie Sanders, senator from Vermont
Eric Swalwell, congressman from California
Elizabeth Warren, senator from Massachusetts
Marianne Williamson, author and spiritual guru
Andrew Yang, entrepreneur
Steve Bullock, governor of Montana
Mike Gravel, former senator from Alaska
Wayne Messam, mayor of Miramar, Florida
Seth Moulton, congressman from Massachusetts
FEC chairwoman warns candidates not to accept help from foreign governments
Federal Election Commission Chairwoman Ellen Weintraub released a statement Thursday making clear that candidates for public office may not receive help from a foreign government, in an apparent warning to President Donald Trump, who said he would consider taking information about an opponent from another country.
Tweeting her statement, Weintraub wrote, "I would not have thought I needed to say this."
I would not have thought that I needed to say this.
The head of the agency responsible for campaign finance laws clarified that any campaign that accepts help from a foreign government "risks being on the wrong end of a federal investigation."
"Let me make something 100% clear to the American public and anyone running for public office," Weintraub wrote. "It is illegal for any person to solicit, accept, or receive anything of value from a foreign national in connection with a U.S. election. This is not a novel concept."
Weintraub put out the statement 24 hours after Trump told ABC News on Wednesday night that he would not necessarily report to law enforcement if a foreign national offered him political information.
New York eliminates religious exemption to vaccine requirements
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York eliminated the religious exemption to vaccine requirements for schoolchildren Thursday, as the nation's worst measles outbreak in decades prompts states to reconsider giving parents ways to opt out of immunization rules.
The Democrat-led Senate and Assembly voted Thursday to repeal the exemption, which allows parents to cite religious beliefs to forego getting their child the vaccines required for school enrollment.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat, signed the measure minutes after the final vote. The law takes effect immediately but will give unvaccinated students up to 30 days after they enter a school to show they've had the first dose of each required immunization.
With New York's move, similar exemptions are still allowed in 45 states, though lawmakers in several of them have introduced their own legislation to eliminate the waiver.
The issue is hotly contested and debate around it has often been emotional, pitting cries that religious freedom is being curtailed against warnings that public health is being endangered. After the vote in the Assembly, many of those watching from the gallery erupted in cries of "shame!" One woman yelled obscenities down to the lawmakers below.
The debate has only intensified with this year's measles outbreak , which federal officials recently said has surpassed 1,000 illnesses, the highest in 27 years.
"I'm not aware of anything in the Torah, the Bible, the Koran or anything else that suggests you should not get vaccinated," said Bronx Democrat Jeffrey Dinowitz, the bill's Assembly sponsor. "If you choose to not vaccinate your child, therefore potentially endangering other children ... then you're the one choosing not to send your children to school."
Hundreds of parents of unvaccinated children gathered at New York's Capitol for the vote to protest.
Stan Yung, a Long Island attorney and father, said his Russian Orthodox religious views and health concerns about vaccines will prevent him from vaccinating his three young children. His family, he said, may consider leaving the state.
"People came to this country to get away from exactly this kind of stuff," Yung said ahead of Thursday's votes.
Supporters of the bill say religious beliefs about vaccines shouldn't eclipse scientific evidence that they work, noting the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in 1905 that states have the right to enforce compulsory vaccination laws. During the Assembly's floor debate, supporters brought up scourges of the past that were defeated in the U.S. through vaccines.
"I'm old enough to have been around when polio was a real threat," said Assemblywoman Deborah Glick, D-Manhattan. "I believe in science.... Your personal opinions, which may be based on junk science, do not trump the greater good."
Georgia teen gets dragged by driver in road rage incident caught on dashcam
An Atlanta-area teenager survived a terrifying road rage encounter ... and the whole thing was caught on dashcam video.
18 year old Dalton doesn't want his face shown or last name used, but he described the rather typical rush hour merging dispute that turned into combat.
"He gets out of his car.. Punches me in the face, I kick him in the face with my boot out the window," Dalton says.
Police identified the other driver as Emmitt Grubbs.
Dalton says during the fight in the middle of Georgia 316, he hit Grubbs with a baseball bat. Grubbs grabbed Dalton's keys and went back to his car.
Dalton followed and got the ride of his life.
"When he started dragging me, I was holding on to the car because I knew as soon as he let go I would just fall right off," Dalton says.
Dalton Says grubbs was yelling "I'm going to kill you" as he had him in the headlock at 40 miles an hour. "He let go and he took his hand and he shoved me out of the car," according to Dalton.
The victim in that incident told police grubbs stopped in the road, hit him in the face and left.
Court records show Grubbs was sentenced to 12 months probation.
Premature baby found in Border Patrol facility in Texas
The teenage girl with pigtail braids was hunched over in a wheelchair and holding a bunched sweatshirt when an immigrant advocate met her at a crowded Border Patrol facility in Texas.
She opened the sweatshirt and the advocate gasped. It was a tiny baby, born premature, being held in detention instead of where she believes she should have been — a hospital neonatal unit.
"You look at this baby and there is no question that this baby should be in a tube with a heart monitor," said Hope Frye, a volunteer with an immigrant advocacy group who travels the country visiting immigration facilities with children to make sure they comply with federal guidelines.
Frye and other advocates say the case highlights the poor conditions immigrants are held in after crossing the border at a time when the government is dealing with an unprecedented number of families and children who are arriving each day.
She says the mother, a 17-year-old from Guatemala, had an emergency cesarean section in Mexico in early May and crossed the border with the baby June 4. She was in a wheelchair in extreme pain when legal advocates found her this week. The girl told advocates she had crossed the border through the Rio Grande River but needed people to carry her, and also needed assistance getting into a Border Patrol car when she was apprehended.
The mother and daughter were expected to be transferred to a privately-run facility for underage immigrants without parents on Thursday after outcry on social media.
They were held in an overcrowded McAllen processing facility that holds hundreds of parents and children in large, fenced-in areas and gained international attention last year when it detained children separated from their parents. The converted warehouse is the same location where a flu outbreak caused authorities to shut down the facility last month.
Five children have died since late last year after being detained by the Border Patrol. Immigrants have been kept outside for extended periods near a bridge in El Paso in conditions that a professor who recently visited the location told the Texas Monthly magazine was like a "human dog pound." Investigators saw immigrants standing on top of toilets to make room and find space to breathe because the cell was so cramped.
In a letter to Congress this week, the Department of Homeland Security's acting secretary, Kevin K. McAleenan, and Alex Azar, who heads the Health and Human Services Department, pleaded for emergency supplemental funding.
"We continue to experience a humanitarian and security crisis at the southern border of the United States, and the situation becomes more dire each day," they wrote.
Frye first met the teenage girl at the McAllen facility on Tuesday. The girl said border authorities made her throw away a backpack with the baby's clothing and hadn't given her anything else, so the baby was in a dirty onesie bundled in a sweatshirt that another migrant mother gave her.
At one point, the baby got sick and was listless and unresponsive, Frye said.
Frye said the baby and her mother should never have been kept there. She said she isn't sure how premature the baby was born but said she is "minuscule" and that her head was "the size of my fist or smaller than my fist."
Customs and Border Protection, which runs the facility the girl and baby were held in, has not issued comment.
It's June 14. It must be Flag Day.
Expect to see plenty of old glory Friday: It's Flag Day.
The holiday celebrating the American flag originated in 1916 when President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed it. Congress then established it as a national day of observance in 1949.
Government buildings are required to fly the flag all week. Flag etiquette requires that no other flag can be flown higher than the national flag and that the flag cannot touch the ground or any surfaces beneath it.