The San Francisco Board of Supervisors unanimously voted Tuesday to raise the legal age to buy cigarettes and e-cigarettes to 21. The city joins more than 120 others, including New York City and Boston, that have enacted similar legislation.

Supervisor Scott Weiner, who cosponsored the legislation, argues that restricting access to cigarettes helps reduce the likelihood of getting hooked in the first place. A 2015 report from the Institute of Medicine, for example, found that 90 percent of daily smokers started before 19.

But Tom Briant, executive director of the National Association of Tobacco Outlets (that's right, NATO), notes that California law not only stipulates that the smoking age is 18, but specifies that state law preempts local legislation: "No city, county, or city and county shall adopt any ordinance or regulation inconsistent with this section," it reads. A measure to raise the smoking age 21 across the state stalled in the state assembly last year.

Two other California cities that passed similar legislation have veered in different directions: Healdsburg, in Sonoma County, suspended enforcement of the raised age limit after threats of litigation from NATO. Meanwhile, Santa Clara continues to enforce its age limit of 21.

Wiener is unfazed by potential challenges, reports KQED: "Our city has a history of taking on major industries in the name of public health, in the name of consumers, and winning. And we will do so here."

Donald Trump supporters were seen attacking and shoving a young black woman out of a Super Tuesday rally in Louisville, Kentucky, last night. The incident, which was recorded and posted on social media by a local television reporter, is the latest in a string of events for the Republican front-runner that have turned violent. Several men are seen shoving the woman until she stumbles, as others cheer.

The video comes a day after a Time photographer was seen being manhandled and thrown to the ground by a member of Trump's security team. In December, a Black Lives Matter demonstrator was dragged out of a Trump rally as people were screaming violent exhortations such as "light the motherfucker on fire" and "kick his ass."

The real estate magnate has largely dismissed the violence, at one point suggesting one black activist "should have been roughed up"—comments that do not appear to have affected his support in the Republican primaries.

With votes still being counted, Hillary Clinton is projected to win Democratic primaries in six states and is leading in several more. Clinton addressed her cheering supporters from the Ice Palace Film Studios in Miami, thanking her volunteers, organizers, and small-dollar donors while touching on issues such as equal pay for women, student loans, inclusiveness and religious diversity, and reinvigorating the middle class. She leveled her attacks less on her Democratic opponent, Bernie Sanders, than on the GOP front-runner, Donald Trump. She riffed off several of Trump's favorite phrases: "We know we've got work to do. But that work is not to make America great again," she said, to raucous applause. "America never stopped being great. We need to make America whole again." Watch her victory speech here:

Donald Trump Just Compared Himself to Gandhi

After approvingly retweeting a quote from Benito Mussolini this weekend, Donald Trump on Monday invoked the words of another famous political leader in support of his campaign: Mahatma Gandhi. Trump, the GOP front-runner who has promised to build a wall to keep Mexican people out of the United States, floated the idea of a national registry for Muslim Americans, and suggested killing the families of terrorists, would seem to share little in common with the legendary anti-war activist who led India's independence movement against British rule. Then again, both Trump and Gandhi made some pretty outlandish claims about black people.

Trump's usage of this quote is not only strange because of the implied comparison; it's also a misquote. Gandhi never said that. Rather, socialist leader Nicholas Klein did

This post has been updated to reflect that Trump misquoted Mahatma Gandhi.

Rubio Makes Fun of Trump for Spelling "Choker" Correctly

At a campaign rally on Friday morning, Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida took out his phone and read from Donald Trump's Twitter account, hoping to mock the GOP front-runner. Things did not go according to plan. 

Rubio made fun of Trump's spelling of the word "choker"—except that Trump's tweet, as Rubio read it, spelled the word correctly. "He spelled choker C-H-O-K-E-R," Rubio said. "Chocker."

Trump did misspell the word in an earlier tweet, which he deleted.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie announced on Friday that he is endorsing Donald Trump for president.

"I am proud to be here to endorse Donald Trump for president of the United States," Christie said in a joint press conference with Trump by his side. 

"I will lend my support between now and November in every way that I can for Donald, to help make his campaign an even better campaign than it's already been and then to help him do whatever he needs to do to help make the country everything that we want it to be for our children and grandchildren."

Christie dropped out of the presidential race on February 10, after a sixth-place finish in the New Hampshire Republican primary. He told reporters he finalized his decision to endorse the real estate magnate Thursday morning. Among other reasons for backing Trump, Christie said he'd have the best chance to win the general election. "The one person Hillary Clinton does not want to see on that stage come next September is Donald Trump," he said.

"He's been my friend for many years," Trump said of Christie. "He's been a spectacular governor."

This is a breaking news post. We will update as more news becomes available.

While Republican presidential candidates continued scream-debating in Houston last night, Sen. Lindsey Graham took a shot at his former challengers with a series of insults that capture the insanity that is the remaining GOP presidential field.

The South Carolina senator, who was speaking at the Washington Press Club Foundation Dinner, nailed it with the following jabs:

At one point, Graham donned Donald Trump's trademark "Make America Great Again" cap and sarcastically endorsed the real estate magnate.

We'd say we miss you, Lindsey, but this is the party Republicans built.

During Thursday's CNN-Telemundo GOP debate, front-runner Donald Trump strayed from his colleagues on the campaign trail by saying some nice things about Planned Parenthood. 

"Millions and millions of women—cervical cancer, breast cancer—are helped by Planned Parenthood," he said. "So you can say whatever you want, but they have millions of women going through Planned Parenthood that are helped greatly."

He's made similar points before. "They do some very good work," Trump said of Planned Parenthood on Sunday's Meet the Press. "Cervical cancer, lots of women's issue, women's health issues are taken care of.”

But throughout the campaign, Trump has said—and he reiterated this point at Thursday's debate—that as long as Planned Parenthood continues to provide abortions, he would defund the women's health provider as a show of his pro-life bonafides.

"I would defund it because of the abortion factor, which they say is 3 percent. I don't know what percentage it is," he said at Thursday's debate in Texas. "But I would defund it, because I'm pro-life."

But here's the thing about Trump's pro-life pledge: The federal Hyde Amendment already prohibits the use of federal funding for abortions, except for those performed in cases of rape, incest, and where the life of the mother is at risk. This amendment has been attached to federal appropriations bills regularly since the 1970s. Planned Parenthood receives virtually no federal funds to provide abortions. It's that simple.

 

Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey, the only black Democrat in the Senate, took a subtle jab at Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders on Thursday for ignoring issues affecting African Americans in his own state of Vermont.

Campaigning for Hillary Clinton at a black church in Florence, South Carolina, on Thursday, Booker fired up the crowd with invocations of past violence against African Americas—from "gas and billy clubs" on the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama, to the martyred teenager Emmett Till—while framing Clinton as the only candidate in the race voters could trust to fix the criminal justice system. "If you don't mind all this talk in this campaign about race, I want to get real with y'all for a minute," Booker said. His support for Clinton, he explained to the church audience, was because "she was here when it wasn't election time. I'm here because she was supporting criminal justice reform before it was [popular] to talk about it on the campaign trail."

In case the contrast he was trying to draw wasn't clear, Booker got more specific. "This is not just a South Carolina issue," he said. "I don't care what state you come from. Heck, Vermont! People told me, 'Cory, they don't have black people in Vermont.' I'm sorry to tell you this, there are 50 states; we got black people in every state! That's true!"

He continued, "And the problems of racial disparity did not begin in this campaign. They go deep in every state. Vermont has 1 percent African Americans. But their prison population is 11 percent black! You want to speak about injustice—I see campaigns and candidates running all over this country. Don't you come to my communities, talk about how much you care, talk your passion for criminal justice, and then I don't hear from you after an election. And I didn't hear from you before the election!"

Clinton has focused on winning black voters in counties where she lost big to Barack Obama (including Florence County, where Obama beat her by 42 points), emphasizing Sanders' votes against gun control measures and her friendship with a group of African American women who lost their children to gun violence or in police custody. But her aggressive push on criminal justice is in part defensive; she's been criticized on the left for supporting, among other things, welfare reform and the 1994 crime bill. At a fundraiser in Charleston on Wednesday night, she was confronted by a young black woman about comments she'd made as First Lady in support of the crime bill, alleging that "super-predators" were threatening urban communities. Clinton said on Thursday, "I shouldn't have used those words."

 
Vincente Fox on Donald Trump

Former Mexican President Vincente Fox to Donald J. Trump: I'm NOT going to pay for that f****g wall."

Posted by Jorge Ramos on Thursday, February 25, 2016

In an interview with Jorge Ramos on Fusion, former Mexican President Vicente Fox said emphatically that if Donald Trump were to be elected to the Oval Office in November and make good on his promise of building a wall along the US-Mexico border, Mexico should not foot the bill, as Trump has suggested.

"I declare: I'm not going to pay for that fucking wall," Fox said. "He should pay for it. He's got the money."