The Daily Bradlo 2/20/2019

Good morning! Here are the top four stories to start your day:

1: Bernie Sanders Launches Second Presidential Bid

Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) announced on Tuesday that he is joining the field of Democrats running for president in the 2020 election.

In an interview with Vermont Public Radio, Sanders said “We began the political revolution in the 2016 campaign, and now it’s time to move that revolution forward.”

The underdog in the 2016 Democratic primary race, Sanders is credited with pushing the party to adopt more progressive social and fiscal policies which many of the declared Democratic candidates have endorsed.

While Sanders has larger name recognition than most of the candidates in the race so far, some political strategists believe that his campaign will struggle to gain traction running against a younger and more diverse field of candidates.

2: Trump Nominates DOT’s Rosen to Replace Rosenstein

President Trump announced on Tuesday that he is nominating Department of Transportation Deputy Secretary Jeff Rosen to replace Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein who is leaving his position in mid-March.

Rosen has served in several other Administration posts and was easily confirmed to his DOT position – despite some pushback from Democrats over his views on climate change. At DOT, Rosen was in charge of the role back of several Obama-era regulations.

Rosen has also served as the general counsel of DOT and the Office of Management and Budget during the George W. Bush Administration.

3: Trump Administration Asks California to Give Back $2.5 Billion

The Department of Transportation announced it was drawing up plans to reclaim the $2.5 billion in federal funds that have already been spent on a high-speed railway system, The New York Times reports.

The Trump Administration also said it is cancelling a $929 million grant to California High-Speed Rail Authority.

President Trump and Republicans have railed against the high-speed rail network which is estimated to cost $77 billion dollars, but on Tuesday the president connected the cost of the rail system to estimated cost for the construction of a border wall.

4: Former Acting Director of FBI Says Trump May Be A Russian Asset

The former Acting Director of the FBI, Andrew McCabe, said on Tuesday that President Trump may be working for the Russian government.

In an interview with CNN’S Anderson Cooper, McCabe said “I think it’s possible. I think that’s why we started our investigation, and I’m really anxious to see where [special counsel Robert] Mueller concludes that,” when asked if Trump works for the Russians.

Tuesday’s interview comes McCabe admitted to opening an obstruction of justice investigation into Trump in 2017 after the president fired then-FBI Director James Comey.