Good Morning! Here are some top stories for this Monday morning:
1: Former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz Is Considering Running For PresidentEmbed from Getty Images
The former CEO of Starbucks Coffee Company told CBS’ “60 Minutes” that he is “seriously considering” running for president.
Schultz said that he’s a lifelong Democrat but voiced frustration with both the Republican and Democratic parties and said if he did launch a White House bid he would do so as an Independent:
“We’re living at a most fragile time. Not only the fact that this president is not qualified to be the president, but the fact that both parties are consistently not doing what’s necessary on behalf of the American people and are engaged every single day in revenge politics.”
Schultz has long been considered a potential contender for the White House but after he indicated he would run as an independent, Democratic strategists fretted that Schultz would draw enough votes from the Democratic nominee and spoil their chances of taking back the White House.
2: Hillary 3.0?Embed from Getty Images
As more candidates announced their White House bids, it appears that former Democratic for president Hillary Clinton is once again mulling a White House bid.
CNN’s Jeff Zeleny said that sources close to Clinton indicated she hasn’t closed the door on running again:
“I’m told by three people that as recently as this week, she was telling people that look, given all this news from the indictments, particularly the Roger Stone indictment, she talked to several people, saying ‘look, I’m not closing the doors to this.’”
However, Zeleny noted that thus far no campaign being developed.
3. U.S, Taliban Agree On Peace Plan FrameworkEmbed from Getty Images
The New York Times reported Monday that U.S. and Taliban negotiators have made progress on a peace plan for Afghanistan which could lead to the withdrawal of U.S. forces.
The U.S. special envoy to Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad told the Times that the plan still needs to be “fleshed out” but said that the Taliban is committed “to do what is necessary that would prevent Afghanistan from ever becoming a platform for international terrorist groups or individuals.”
That’s it for this Monday, have a great day!