Beto O'Rourke: former congressman announces 2020 presidential bid – live news

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The Trump administration is proposingto strip protections for the gray wolf, arguing that its populations have rebounded enough to remove it from the endangered species list.

Gray wolves have been protected since the 1970s, after ranchers and governments enacted programs to kill the predators to protect livestock. At their lowest numbers, only a few hundred remained in the contiguous US.
There are now more than 6,000 gray wolves in the lower 48 states, with more in Alaska where the species was not listed as endangered, according to the US government. The iconic species was already delisted in the Northern Rocky Mountains.

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Beto O’Rourke has been running for President for three hours but has already received his first congressional endorsement from Kathleen Rice of New York.

I’m proud to endorse my friend @BetoORourke for President!

He’s honest, authentic and has the courage of his convictions and a bold vision for our future. Most importantly, he’ll build a movement that will rise above the toxic division in our politics and unite this country.

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Source: The Guardian
Beto O'Rourke: former congressman announces 2020 presidential bid – live news