Cory Booker announces he's running for President

On Friday morning, Senator Cory Booker of New Jersey announced he's running for President. The former mayor of Newark was elected to the Senate in 2013 in a special election to replace the late Senator Frank Lautenberg.

In his video announcement, Booker said, "I believe that we can build a country where no one is forgotten, no one is left behind; where parents can put food on the table; where there are good paying jobs with good benefits in every neighborhood; where our criminal justice system keeps us safe, instead of shuffling more children into cages and coffins; where we see the faces of our leaders on television and feel pride, not shame."

Booker is the fourth Democrat to officially declare their candidacy. Elizabeth Warren has said she'll make an announcement on February 9th; widely expected to be her official entry into the 2020 race.

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Newark airport halted all flights after 2 drones spotted flying nearby

Two drones flying near Newark Liberty International Airport led to a full stop on all flights. The airport, also known as EWR, serves the greater New York City area. Read the rest

Snubbed by an airport: Chris Christie denied VIP entrance at Newark

Sick burn, EWR. The crooked as heck governor of New Jersey has barely been out of office for three whole days, and he gets escorted out by a cop when attempting to waddle his way into Newark International Airport's VIP entrance. Read the rest

Newark customs officers "hazed" new hires on a "rape table" in a locked room

Three CBP officers are facing criminal charges stemming from 2016 and 2017 incidents in which two newly hired CBP employees were locked in a small room, thrown on a table referred to as a "rape table" and then forced to endure a "simulated sex act" in which the senior officers ground their genitals against them. Read the rest

Thug cop chokeholds CBS reporter: "I hate the press and I can do whatever I want."

The police in Newark don't like it when reporters film them at public events. The event happened a couple of years ago and the officer suspended; the inevitable lawsuit[PDF] was unresolved as of 2010.

Update: BB reader Wetdog2 says the case was dismissed following a settlement just days ago, which may account for the video doing the rounds now, so long after the incident. Read the rest