Myles Udland has a look ahead at what will be making headlines on Friday, September 7th.
Kevin: From Beto: "This democracy was under direct attack from a foreign power. There must be accountability and justice." It's good to see that one of the candidates objects to President Obama's failure to respond to Russian interference in the eleven months he knew about it. All the others seem to think this happened under a Republican administration. [Who’s running for president? Click here for Yahoo News’ 2020 tracker] All the candidates running for the 2020 presidential nomination issued statements responding to special counsel Robert Mueller’s long-awaited report on the Trump campaign’s contacts with Russia and President Trump’s repeated attempts to thwart the investigation. Most of them focused on Attorney General William Barr’s press conference 90 minutes before a redacted version of the report was released to the public. “We can’t trust Trump’s handpicked AG to be transparent about the Mueller report,” Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., tweeted. “Congress needs to see it in full — and the public needs to know whether Trump obstructed justice.” “The American people deserve the truth,” Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., wrote on Twitter. “Not spin from a Trump appointee.” “Attorney General Barr has made it clear he is not impartial when it comes to this investigation,” Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., tweeted. “Now that we have the report, we should hear from Robert Mueller himself in public hearings. Our democracy demands it.” Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Calif., said that Barr “must resign.” “You can represent the people OR you can represent the President,” Swalwell tweeted. “But you can’t do both.” Notably, none of their reactions included calls for Trump’s impeachment. South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg joined Swalwell in calling for Barr’s resignation. “He’s put himself in this incredibly humiliating position,” Buttigieg told reporters in Londonderry, N.H., Friday, adding: “I think given the legitimate concerns whether as attorney general his true loyalty is to the president or the Constitution ... I would advise him to step aside.” Their comments, excerpted or in full, are at the bottom of this report. Joe Biden Former Vice President Joe Biden. (Photo: Michael Dwyer/AP) Biden to announce bid next week After months of varying updates on the status of former Vice President Joe Biden, there are now multiple reports stating that Biden will officially enter the race. Originally reported by the Atlantic on Friday morning and subsequently confirmed by Associated Press and CNN, Biden is expected to launch his campaign on Wednesday with a video message. Biden still leads in most early polling but came under fire earlier this month when seven women came forward to say that he touched them inappropriately. Biden declined to apologize, and even joked about the allegations, but promised to do a better job of recognizing people’s “personal space.” A Politico/Morning Consult poll taken after the allegations were made public found half of Democrats saying the allegations made no difference in their vote while 29 percent said they made them less likely to support him. Biden previously ran for president in 1988, when he dropped out after a plagiarism scandal, and in 2008, when he withdrew following the Iowa caucuses. — Christopher Wilson “That does not particularly animate me right now.” — Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, on the prospect of a Biden run, in an interview with the Yahoo News “Skullduggery” podcast. Julián Castro Julián Castro (Photo: Brian Snyder/Reuters) Castro getting a bump among Latinos Former San Antonio mayor and Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro has struggled to gain traction in the 2020 primary, lagging in the polls and still shy of the 65,000-donor mark that would help him lock in a spot on the June debate stage. But a recent poll found that when you increase the number of Latinos surveyed, Castro’s prospects improve. A poll released Thursday showed Castro with the fourth-highest favorability rating among all Democratic candidates, trailing just Biden, Sanders and O’Rourke. The poll also found Castro with the lowest unfavorable rating of all candidates, at just 18 percent. If Castro, the only Hispanic candidate currently in the race, can survive the earliest debates and contests, the map starts to become friendlier. Nevada, the third primary race, scheduled for Feb. 22, has a substantial Latino population. On March 3, millions of Latino voters will head to the polls in California and Texas (Castro’s home state) for a packed Super Tuesday slate. Earlier this month, Castro became the first 2020 candidate to put forth an immigration plan, which would roll back laws put in place by Trump and former President George W. Bush. “It’s becoming much more noticeable that @JulianCastro is gaining traction in the L