US Democratic debate night one: What did the candidates say?



it's one of the most crowded and diverse group of candidates in the Democratic Party's history so packed that the first televised debates will run for two nights lesser-known politicians like Hawaii's Tulsi Gabbard the first Hindu member of the US Congress fought to raise their profile going forward these debates will have tougher standards to qualify so for some there's little to lose and everything to gain the American people deserve a president who will put your interests ahead of the rich and powerful that's not what we have right now Massachusetts senator Elizabeth Warren doesn't have that problem she's doing well in the polls is known to the public and visited a migrant detention center in Florida before the debates with a clear message to voters we do not lock people up for money we follow up by saying we do not lock people up for political ends which is what if the President of the United States is doing here health care economic disparity and immigration were among the dominant themes there was some infighting among the candidates over how to implement policies they all broadly agree on but former San Antonio mayor Julian Castro showed the kind of emotion that they helped his campaign I'm very proud that in April I became the first candidate to put forward a comprehensive immigration plan and we saw those images watching that image of Voskhod and his daughter ballet dia is heartbreaking it should also piss us all off outside the debate Trump supporters made their voices heard the president tweeted during the debate with just one word boring the Democratic candidates and those looking for someone to take on the president in 2020 it was an exciting start to what will be a long and hard-fought process the biggest challenge for many of these candidates is creating a buzz with limited time in a crowded field most performed as expected but over the next few weeks there will be a cold without increasing polling numbers campaign cash will dry up ending their president hopes for those that came into these debates with good polling numbers they have a clear advantage now they need to build momentum and that will be the battle ahead Anna Gallacher al Jazeera Miami Florida

US politicians ask Pompeo to clarify policy on Libya



as forces loyal to Khalifa Haftar moved on Tripoli the US Secretary of State sounded the alarm this won't be resolved through force of arms there's just no way that's going to take place we there's a UN process we've been part of that general Hrothgar has been part of that we urge general Hoffs are to stand down move back to the negotiating table so that we can get a political resolution Libya but then soon after the president picked up the phone and in a readout of the call the White House said President Donald Trump recognized Field Marshal heft our significant role in fighting terrorism and securing Libya's oil resources and the two discussed a shared vision for Libya's transition to a stable democratic political system that too many seemed like an endorsement including to the Democratic members of the Foreign Affairs Committee who have sent this letter to the Secretary of State writing the call has led to uncertainty regarding the u.s. position and that Libyan armed actors are using the confusion to continue the conflict they are urging him to clarify the country's position this is part of a broader fight for influence according to federal filings just last month half nars organization agreed to pay two million dollars to a u.s. lobbying firm to help improve his image in DC the White House says he has not been invited to meet with the president at the White House but they've said very little about which side of the conflict the u.s. actually supports members of Congress say that needs to change Hideko hain al Jazeera Washington