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Why It Matters:

Senator Sanders' presidential campaign said they raised $25.3 million, mostly from small contributors, the largest 2019 quarter for a Democratic presidential candidate to date. Sanders's ability to tap into progressive grassroots has allowed his campaign to surge in fundraising while other Democratic presidential candidates struggle to even reach the party’s qualifications for making the November debate.

Tale of the Tape:


Fair Play: Newsome "This is a change for the better"

Governor Gavin Newsome has signed SB 206, also known as the Fair Pay to Play Act, into law Monday. The law goes into effect in 2023, and would allow college athletes to hire agents, be compensated from their name, image and likeness, and sign all types of endorsement deals.

NCAA issued a statement on Gov. Newsom signing SB 206:

"As a membership organization, the NCAA agrees changes are needed to continue to support student-athletes, but improvement needs to happen on a national level through the NCAA’s rules-making process. Unfortunately, this new law already is creating confusion for current and future student-athletes, coaches, administrators and campuses, and not just in California.
We will consider next steps in California while our members move forward with ongoing efforts to make adjustments to NCAA name, image and likeness rules that are both realistic in modern society and tied to higher education.
As more states consider their own specific legislation related to this topic, it is clear that a patchwork of different laws from different states will make unattainable the goal of providing a fair and level playing field for 1,100 campuses and nearly half a million student-athletes nationwide."

Lakers Star #Lebron James Reacts on "The Shop":



The lawyer who represents the intelligence whistle-blower, who filed a complaint and started an impeachment inquiry against President Trump, for allegedly pressuring Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate 2020 Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden, fear for their "client's personal safety". At one point in the letter, the lawyer writes "certain individuals have issued a $50,000 “bounty” for “any information” relating to our client’s identity".

Trump "I deserve to meet my accuser":


The New York Times received criticism last week for reporting that the whistle-blower was a C.I.A officer, "who was reportedly working in the White House at one point." The hashtag #CancelNYT was trending on twitter last Thursday.

Read The Letter:


Mark Zaid, the whistle-blower's attorney is disputing 60 Minutes report, saying the news program "misinterpreted the contents of our letter".