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Kamala Harris to Announce White House Bid MLK Weekend

Kamala Harris to Announce White House Bid MLK Weekend

Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA) will formally announce her White House bid on or around Martin Luther King Jr. Day, sources told KCBS Radio, a station in her home state of California. They said the announcement would likely be at a campaign rally in Oakland, where Harris was born and began her legal career. Harris had been making the media rounds this week promoting her newly released book, The Truths We Hold: An American Journey. The 54-year-old Howard University grad has yet to publicly confirm that she is running. Once she announces, she would be the only woman of color in the field. Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) is rumored to also be considering a White House run, but she has yet to make a formal announcement. During a CNN appearance, Harris said she thinks the U.S. is ready for a woman of color to be president. "We have to give the American people more credit, and we have to understand that the American public and the people of our country are smart people, who will make decisions about who will be their leader, based on who they believe is capable, who they believe has an honest desire to lead, to represent, to see them, to be a voice for them even if they have no power," Harris told The Lead’s Jake Tapper. KCBS reports that the sources cautioned that Harris' planned rollout is still being finalized. The location and timing could change. But the current plan is for Harris to throw her hat into the ring sometime over the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend, perhaps even on MLK Day itself, which is Monday, January 21st. More here.

Ted Lieu and Jimmy Gómez Intro Bold Bill on Climate Change 

Ted Lieu and Jimmy Gómez Intro Bold Bill on Climate Change 

Barbara Lee Named Co-Chair of Cannabis Caucus

Barbara Lee Named Co-Chair of Cannabis Caucus