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Julian Castro ends presidential bid
Former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro announced Thursday via Twitter that he was ending his campaign. Despite being the candidate of many “firsts”—including visiting Flint, Michigan, and Puerto Rico, releasing policies on immigration, and supporting Trump’s impeachment—the sole Latino candidate faced fundraising challenges for months.
Biden wins first congressional endorsement from Iowa
Rep. Abby Finkenauer is the first Iowa Democratic House member to back a candidate in the presidential primary: Joe Biden. The endorsement, announced Thursday, came as little surprise. Finkenauer volunteered on Biden’s 2008 presidential campaign and Biden campaigned for her during the first-term congresswoman’s 2018 race.
The largest solar farm in the U.S. is coming
The federal government released a report indicating it will approve a massive energy project outside of Las Vegas. The Gemini Project, a 7,100-acre solar farm, is projected to cost $1 billion and at 690 megawatts will be one of the largest facilities of its kind. Despite the president’s skepticism of climate change and mainstream science, this is one of several larger renewable energy projects his appointees at the Department of Interior have pushed through the pipeline.
Trump raised $46 million in re-election funds last quarter while Sanders and Yang break their own records
President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign announced that it raised $46 million in the fourth quarter ending Dec. 31. Democratic rivals Sen. Bernie Sanders and Andrew Yang also broke their previous records by raising $34.5 million and $16.5 million, respectively. Pete Buttigieg’s campaign made $24.7 million in donations this quarter, a slight drop from the $24.8 million logged in the second quarter of 2019.