Marvin Joseph/The Washington Post via Getty Images(BALTIMORE) -- His bellowing voice cutting through a mid-June evening in the diverse Washington D.C. suburb of Silver Spring, Maryland, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ben Jealous did not hesitate to invoke President Trump and strike a national tone.
"We are building a movement on Trump's doorstep to get rid of his doormat named Larry Hogan," said Jealous, former president of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, flanked on stage by Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, just one of the nationally prominent politicians who've boosted his campaign ahead of Tuesday's Democratic primary in Maryland.
That Sanders, one of the most recognizable faces in American politics, stood beside Jealous that evening was no aberration, but rather another instance of the 45-year-old's calculation that consolidating local support within the state of Maryland will not be sufficient in securing victory over his main opponent, Prince George's County Executive Rushern Baker.
The Vermont senator also did not shy from casting the Maryland race as a fight between an insurgent and the political establishment, the same framework that defined his 2016 presidential run against Hillary Clinton.
"Let us all be very clear and very realistic that Ben is engaged in a very, very tough election. He is taking on the entire establishment of the state, and the likelihood is on election night the results are going to be very close," Sanders said introducing Jealous.
For his part, Jealous seems to be relishing his role as the tip of the spear, fighting back against what he calls the Trump administration's "un-American" policies.
"I was born into the resistance. I'm happy to lead it as the next governor of Maryland, and I'll be outspoken every time Trump attacks our values," Jealous told ABC News following the Silver Spring rally.
Jealous had also appeared on the campaign trail with California Sen. Kamala Harris, New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker and comedian Dave Chappelle, a sign that he is relishing the chance to mix star power with his organizing prowess to win the primary.
More than happy to demonstrate what he sees as his focus on local support over national figures, Baker, 59, touts endorsements from a bevy of prominent Maryland elected officials both past and present, including Sen. Chris Van Hollen, Rep. John Delaney, former Gov. Martin O'Malley and Valerie Ervin, the former chair of the Montgomery County Council and a longtime progressive activist who dropped out of the race last month to back Baker.
Ervin went as far as to label Jealous a "carpetbagger" over the fact that some 900 small-dollar donations to Jealous' campaign came from residents of California, according to recent campaign finance filings.
But the campaigns of Jealous and Baker, though they'd both dispute the narrative, demonstrate a strategic divide in how Democratic campaigns operate in the Trump era, and bring into focus a key question facing a party eager to wrest away control of not just governors' seats across the country but also the U.S. House and Senate.
Is harnessing the liberal discontent and anger of the so-called "resistance" the best way to build a "blue wave" to sweep Democrats into power, or will a premium on local support and the backing of prominent local figures prove more effective?
The question is one Democratic primary voters have been indecisive on this cycle.
A tale of two Democrats, and a popular 'blue-state' Republican
Baker and Jealous are both prominent African-American political figures with long careers in the state of Maryland, and each would make history this fall as the first black governor of the state.
As the youngest-ever ex-president of the NAACP, Jealous had his time in the national spotlight in the five years he led one of the nation's most prominent organizations, while Baker has cut his teeth as the executive of Prince George's County, the state's second most populous, for more than eight years.
One of the nation's wealthiest African-American majority counties, Prince George's and the other counties that encompass the District of Columbia provide the base of Baker's political support, while Jealous' base lies in and around the city of Baltimore, where the NAACP is headquartered.
Despite their differences, each shares the same goal: Defeat a governor who, like his fellow Northeast Republicans, has seemingly defied the odds in the Trump era and carved out a role as a sometime Trump critic who has avoided a drag the president has inflicted on the GOP and its midterm strategy.
Jealous' attempt to label Hogan, the state's incumbent Republican governor, as Trump's "doormat" is one salvo in a strategy Democratic candidates are employing against GOP opponents at all levels this cycle, and one that Baker is also not afraid to utilize while emphasizing the main difference he sees between himself and his opponent: his experience as an elected official.
"We need someone who's actually pushed back against Trump at the local level," Baker told ABC News in an interview, adding that the race against Jealous is not a "progressive versus establishment" proxy battle, but rather a contest of "record versus rhetoric."
"There's nothing more progressive than giving someone a job who didn't have it before," he added. "If you look at the record on those progressive issues they talk about, I've actually gotten things done on those issues."
Jealous is quick to tout his campaign's emphasis on turning out a broad coalition of voters, and points to his choice of a running mate, former Maryland Democratic Party Chair Susie Turnbull, as evidence that his campaign is not solely fueled by national themes and well-known Democratic surrogates.
"Hogan only wins if Democrats don't turn out," Jealous said, "My running mate, my campaign manager and I, the last time we were in charge of turning out voters in this state we succeeded against the odds in 2010, which was a bad year for Democrats across the country."
When pressed on the most effective way to try and paint Hogan as a rubber-stamp for the Trump agenda, Baker gave Hogan credit for his decisions like the one he made this week to pull Maryland National Guard troops from the U.S. Mexico border over the Trump administration's zero-tolerance policy that led to the separation of immigrant children from their families, but said the bigger issue is not having a governor who is able to effectively lead the counter-Trump charge.
"You have to call Governor Hogan out on what he hasn't done," Baker said. "The Trump administration has set a dangerous tone ... from the very first day he was inaugurated. We expect a governor to be proactive and go out there and lead on these issues locally and nationally and remind people how Gov. Hogan's policies have allowed the things that we don't like about Donald Trump to seep in Maryland.
Maryland voters weigh candidates' progressive bonafides
Speaking to voters at Jealous' Silver Spring rally, it is clear that many see the endorsements from the likes of Sanders and Harris to be a sign that he is the true progressive in a race that includes not just him and Baker but former Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton technology adviser Alec Ross, attorney Jim Shea, state Sen. Richard Madaleno and Krishanti Vignarajah, former president of the Baltimore Teachers Union and one-time policy director to first lady Michelle Obama.
"I'm not alone in thinking that if Bernie Sanders supports someone for governor or any position, that he or she shares the same progressive values that Bernie has. If he supports him, we definitely support him," said Andy Billotti, a voter from Frederick County, Maryland, north of Baltimore.
Jane Schultz, a voter from Reisterstown, Maryland, a Baltimore suburb, said she liked Jealous' position on raising the minimum wage and was encouraged to see Sanders out on the stump in the campaign's final days.
"I've been following Bernie Sanders since the election of 2016," Schultz added, "and I noticed that Ben Jealous was kind of in his side pocket. When he decided to run, I was like, That's the man."
Schultz also said that the Democratic Party needs to do more to "get money out of politics" and push for a move toward a "Medicare for All" healthcare system.
One voter was adamant in his belief Baker is nothing more than an establishment Maryland politician.
"I'm for stopping the 'Pay to Play' Prince George's political machine," said Jerome Dancis, an associate professor emeritus in the University of Maryland Mathematics Department.
The real test awaits
But despite the eagerness among progressives and the state party, the task of unseating Hogan remains an uphill battle for whoever wins. National Republicans are not sweating the results of Tuesday's primary.
"Regardless of who Democrats nominate on Tuesday evening, Governor Hogan is in strong position for re-election this November," Jon Thompson, communications director for the Republican Governors Association, told ABC News. "Gov. Hogan is delivering results for Maryland, and he's working in a bipartisan fashion to do so. His campaign serves as a strong example of how Republicans can win and govern successfully, even in deep-blue states."
Democrats still believe tying Hogan to Trump and hitting him on specific issues will be a winning strategy.
"Maryland voters are ready for a change and to elect a governor who will fight back against the dangerous policies coming out of the Trump White House," Democratic Governors Association press secretary Melissa Miller told ABC News. "Gov. Hogan has failed to stand up to Trump on issues that hurt Maryland families, like health care, immigration and the GOP tax scam. Hogan has spent the last four years like he’s spent his entire career: putting Republican political interests ahead of the interests of Maryland."
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CNN(FRANCE) -- Anthony Bourdain's toxicology report revealed the chef and television personality had no narcotics in his body at the time of his death, The New York Times reports.
When Bourdain was found dead in his hotel bathroom in France June 8, police ruled it a suicide. The question remained if Bourdain -- who has a history of drug abuse -- used any drugs prior to his death that may have contributed to it. However, a French judicial official confirmed the only substance found in his system was an unspecified, non-narcotic medicine in its recommended dose.
Bourdain was open about his struggles with cocaine, heroin and alcohol, about which wrote in his 2000 bestseller Kitchen Confidential, revealing how he bought his first bag of heroin at 24 years old.
“I was a heroin addict, for sure, and I was a cocaine addict, for sure, but I never stopped drinking,” Bourdain later told People, but adding “I never was a person who needed a drink. I’ve never felt the urge to. When I’m home, it would never occur to me to sit at my house and drink beer or pour myself a cocktail.”
Bourdain's agent said there's no plan "at this time" for a public memorial to honor Bourdain's life and work.
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ABCNews.com(NEW YORK) -- Asking for a raise or promotion at work doesn't have to be an awkward or painful experience -- a lot of it comes down to simply knowing how to put your best foot forward and asking in the right way, at the right time.
ABC News' Rebecca Jarvis tapped "Shark Tank" stars Barbara Corcoran and Robert Herjavec -- two expert negotiators and longtime business gurus -- for help in coaching Elesia, 26, who is hoping to score a promotion.
The Jamaica native, who currently lives in New York City, is a negotiations supervisor for a debt settlement company. The next level up is negotiations manager. She said she already manages a team of eight people at the moment, but believes she can lead a team of 120.
"I have had a managerial role before," Elesia told Corcoran and Herjavec in a mock interview. "It wasn't as many as 120, in all honesty."
Show that you have the experience to thrive
The "Shark Tank" stars recommended Elesia package her skills to really flex that she has experience as a manager when asking for that promotion.
"You could package that like, 'I’m well-acquainted with managing people. Every time I've been put in charge of a group of people, I've exceeded expectations,'" Corcoran said.
Herjavec added that: "Anything you can do to illustrate your background in those areas is really power."
Do not devalue yourself
When asked by Corcoran, "Where would you rank yourself, among the top, or in the middle somewhere?" Elisia responded with "among the top."
For Herjavec, telling your boss that you are "among the top" is not good enough.
"You've done a really great job," he said. "But your value proposition is basic ... You're telling me you're not the very top but you're near the top."
Start with tangible evidence for why you should be promoted
As Corcoran and Herjavec continued mock-interviewing Elesia, it wasn't until later on in the conversation that they say they uncovered the most important things to mention when asking for a raise.
"If the other person generates more fees, why wouldn't it just give the promotion to them?" Herjavec asked her.
Elesia responded quickly, "Because we've settled more debts than the other team."
Herjavec recommended that she start with this, saying, "That was good, and it was tangible."
Mentioning that her team has settled the most debts out of any other team should be mentioned first when asking for a raise, according to Corcoran.
"That should be your byline walking in," Corcoran said.
In addition to your experience and how you present yourself, a lot of the game is asking for a raise at the right time, according to Corcoran and Herjavec.
Here, the two break down what to know about when is the best and worst times to ask your manager for a raise.
The best time to ask for a raise
The ideal time to ask for a raise is "when the atmosphere is happy," Corcoran said.
"Most people go and ask for a raise when it's review time. I don't think that's the right time. I give the biggest raises when sales were great," she added. "We just had a big party, we spent a lot of money, we're all happy."
Herjavec added, "The person you're asking is a human being so you've got to get them in a good mood."
"Do it in a time of day that works for the other person. I like doing it in a more social setting if I can get that in the cafeteria," Herjavec added, suggesting asking your supervisor, "Can we go for a coffee?”
Wherever you choose to do it, Herjavec recommends making sure the other person feels comfortable when you start asking them for a raise.
"If I'm uncomfortable someone's asking me for a raise, then they're probably not going to get one," he said. "It should seem natural to me."
"I almost want to feel guilty that I didn't give you a raise because you're so valuable," he added. "The best people who get a raise from me are the ones, when they sit down and they start telling me what they're doing for us, and my first reaction is, 'I can't believe I haven't given them a raise.'
The worst time to ask for a raise
"Don't do it on a Friday afternoon. Because what am I thinking on a Friday afternoon? I want to go home," Herjavec said.
Herjavec also recommended not asking for a raise "before lunch."
Corcoran agreed that Friday is not the way to go, saying, "That's when I fired everybody, Friday."
Make a one-on-one meeting with your boss
If you want to set up a one-on-one meeting with your boss to ask for a raise, Herjavec recommends asking more than a day in advance.
"One thing that drove me crazy, and it happens much more than you'd expect," he said, "People would just meet me on a Thursday and say, 'You have some time tomorrow, I wanna talk with you?'"
"And then they come and hit me for a raise," he said. "I hate that, it's like no respect."
"I like, 'When you have time, could I put a date in my book?'" he said. "Then I feel like, well, I'm very important, and they're giving me enough lead time. And what do I do in that lead time? I start checking them out and seeing if they deserve a raise, because I know it's coming. And they’re more apt to get the raise."
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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- You can buy drinks with caffeine to rev you up, and now you can also buy a drink with melatonin that says it will help you sleep.
Som Sleep is making a splash in the wellness market as a drink that promises to promote relaxation and help maintain a normal sleep cycle.
Whether a melatonin-fueled drink is safe and necessary is debatable, according to a registered dietitian consulted by "Good Morning America."
An 8-ounce can of Som Sleep, which comes in regular and sugar-free versions, contains not just melatonin but also magnesium, vitamin B6, GABA and L-theanine.
The idea for the drink, the company's co-founder, John Shegerian, said, came when he almost crashed his car into oncoming traffic when he "nodded off" behind the wheel. The product launched in January and is now sold in national retailers like GNC.
"A sleep supplement only works if people use it. That's why we created Som Sleep to fit better sleep seamlessly into everyone's lifestyle," Shegerian told ABC News in a statement. "Our 8.1-ounce can is a format people are very familiar with -- it's simple, easy to consume, and you don't need instructions on how to pop open a can. I think that's one of the many reasons we're seeing such great feedback and adoption thus far. Plus, many Americans are chronically dehydrated, which leads to fragmented sleep, so our liquid format helps address that issue also."
Shegerian uses "healthy" buzzwords to describe the product, adding, "To top it off, Som is drug-free, non-habit-forming, vegan, gluten-free, non-GMO, NSF Certified for Sport ... and the list goes on!"
An eight-ounce can of Som Sleep contains 357 milligrams of a blend of L-theanine, GABA and melatonin and 40 milligrams of magnesium, according to the label.
If you believe the more than 200 mostly positive reviews on Amazon, Som Sleep has earned a four of out five-star rating on the e-commerce giant’s website.
But do you need to spend $9.99, the price of a 4-pack of Som on Amazon, for a good night’s sleep? And are any melatonin supplements a good choice for a good night’s rest?
We asked Maya Feller, a New York-based registered dietitian, for her take.
Can Som Sleep's ingredients help with sleep?
"There is research that has found that each of these supplements can improve either the quality or duration of sleep," Feller said, referring to melatonin, magnesium, vitamin B6, GABA and L-theanine.
But there's a big caveat, one that comes with all supplements not required to be tested for effectiveness by any government agency.
"The big takeaway is, before starting to take it, because it is a supplement, talk to your healthcare provider," Feller said.
What is melatonin?
Melatonin is a hormone that plays a role in sleep. Melatonin production and release in the brain rises in the evening and falls in the morning, according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
Short-acting, over-the-counter melatonin does not appear to have clinically meaningful benefits on sleep, research shows.
Do people in their 20s and 30s need a melatonin supplement?
Probably not, Feller said.
"Before you start a supplement, look at your sleep hygiene," she said. "Are you engaging in behavior that is stimulating right before going to bed? Are you watching TV right before you go to bed, are you drinking alcohol, are you smoking cigarettes, are you exercising really closely before going to bed?"
She continued, "I would try to modify those behaviors before taking a supplement."
What can I do besides take supplements for sleep?
In addition to skipping stimulants like alcohol, caffeine and cigarettes before bed, Feller also recommends avoiding eating a large meal close to bedtime.
If your own remedies do not work, talk to your primary care physician, Feller advised.
"If people are looking to [supplements] because they want to improve their sleep, and there's a problem, they should consider getting help," she said. "Sleep is incredibly important."
Some foods, including tart cherries, orange bell peppers and tomatoes, have also been shown to have some possibly helpful levels of melatonin.
Are there side effects of melatonin?
The hormone, which is usually taken as a supplement in pill form, was associated with a potential risk for depression as well as adverse cardiovascular effects, including arrhythmias, according to Dr. Dima Qato, who led a newly-released study that found the use of so-called "alternative" supplements in kids and teens doubled between 2003 and 2014.
Side effects of melatonin are uncommon but can include nausea, drowsiness, headache or dizziness, according to the NIH. There is also not much research on the longterm effects of taking the hormone as a supplement.
Why is sleep so important?
Sleep has effects not just on brain function, but on your diet too.
"Sleep is one of those topics where everyone says, 'Oh, I'm so tired,' but over time, not being well rested is detrimental," Feller said. "When the brain is tired, it wants more refined carbohydrates because it's a faster source of energy."
She added: "People who sleep consistently and engage in relaxation before bed and don't have the TV on, they tend to engage in better health choices all around, which in turn influences things like cardiovascular disease, hypertension and diabetes."
What is good sleep hygiene?
Advice from the experts: Low light in the evening will help trigger your own natural melatonin.
A nighttime routine and not using the bed as a place to read, play video games or finish up work are all marks of good sleep hygiene.
If you've been lying awake for more than about 20 minutes, get up and read in a chair or another room with a dim light. The idea is to make sure that your mind sees the bed as a cue for relaxation and sleep.
And how long should you sleep for? There is no "magic number" for the number of hours you should be sleeping each night, according to Feller.
The goal, she said, is finding what works for you and consistently going to bed around the same time each night and waking up the same time each morning.
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ABCNews.com(DETROIT) -- Two people died Sunday near Detroit Coleman A. Young International Airport when a Cessna 210 crashed and exploded.
The third person on board, the pilot, appeared to have escaped the wreckage with help from witnesses, according to ABC Detroit affiliate WXYZ.
The pilot had reported having a problem with the plane's landing gear and was low on fuel short before the accident, according to a statement from the Federal Aviation Administration.
Both the FAA and National Transportation Safety Board will be investigating the crash. The NTSB is expected to release a preliminary report within 10 days.
As the plane descended, it hit a tree and flipped over, catching fire, said Capt. Mark Thornton of the Detroit Police Department. No one on the ground was injured, and no buildings were damaged.
"Courageous" witnesses were able to help pull the pilot free, Thornton said. The pilot appeared to be coherent and was sent to Detroit Receiving Hospital for treatment.
Witnesses told police that the people who helped free the pilot used baseball bats to break glass in order to reach him inside the burning wreckage.
Neither person who died in the crash has been identified, pending notification of their families.
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Chris Jackson/Getty Images(LONDON) -- Prince Harry has returned to Lesotho -- without his new wife, American Meghan Markle -- for an emotional trip to his charity.
The journey to the charity, Sentebale, which was set up to honor his late mother, Diana, the Princess of Wales, was a "private visit," according to Kensington Palace.
The Duke of Sussex was on hand to support his charity and the vulnerable children of Lesotho for the opening of a new dining hall at the Phelisanong Children’s Centre in Pitseng. It is one of the partners Harry’s charity helps fund in Lesotho and Botswana, where the charity has recently expanded.
Harry was joined by his close friend and Sentebale Ambassador Adam Bidwell for the visit.
The Facebook page of the Phelisanong Children’s Centre shows photos of the sixth-in-line’s visit to the community centre and describes the day with a caption: “Adam Bidwell, Sentebale and a guy with red hair open the hall.”
Phelisanong is the only facility in Lesotho that provides needed resources and support to children with both physical and mental disabilities. It includes a home for orphaned and abandoned babies and operates a school for children from surrounding areas as well as residents of the facility.
It provides desperately needed resources to the community along with life skills such as agriculture training, nutrition, and HIV and AIDS awareness.
A spokeswoman for Harry's charity Sentebale told ABC News: “The Duke was on a private visit to see the work of Sentebale at a camp for vulnerable children and young people, as well as other projects funded by the charity."
"During his private working visit to Sentebale in Lesotho, the Duke visited one of Sentebale's community-led partners for the opening of a new dining hall," the spokeswoman continued. "This was funded by the charity and will provide a space for children to eat together and have an indoor space to play.”
Harry co-founded Sentebale –- which means "forget me not" -– with Prince Seeiso in 2006 after first visiting the nation two years earlier during his gap year as a teenager.
In 2015, Prince Harry returned to Lesotho to make a heartfelt tribute to his late mother at the opening of the Mamohato’s Children Centre. He named the dining room the "Princess of Wales Hall," after Diana, who was one of the first pioneers seeking to destigmatize prejudice for those living with HIV/AIDS.
Harry famously developed a close bond with 4-year-old Mutsu Potsane, a boy who grew attached to Harry and followed him around in a pair of blue Wilkie boots given to him by the young Prince in 2004.
He was reunited with Mutsu last month at his wedding to Meghan Markle. He is now 18 years old and a representative of Sentebale who has stayed in touch with Harry since his childhood.
Harry has had a busy month since his wedding to Meghan Markle on May 19.
The couple postponed their honeymoon so that Harry and Meghan could attend a post-wedding garden party in honor of Prince Charles at Buckingham Palace on May 22. The couple has a busy schedule of charitable engagements in the coming months.
Just two weeks ago, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex joined the royal family at Trooping the Colour, which was the official celebration of Queen Elizabeth’s 92nd birthday.
Meghan made her first solo appearance with Her Majesty in Cheshire last week.
Kensington Palace is also expected to shortly announce Meghan's first charitable patronage since becoming the fourth member of the Royal Foundation, founded by Prince William, Princess Kate and Prince Harry. While the Palace hasn’t given any indication of where Meghan will focus her charitable work, given her previous interest in women’s empowerment, she may select a charity that benefits from her experience in this arena.
Queen Elizabeth recently named Harry as Commonwealth Youth Ambassador and the couple has a busy few months ahead. Meghan and Harry have stated their desire to jump right in and get to work in their new roles.
“Both of us have passions for wanting to make change, change for good, and, you know, with lots of young people running around the commonwealth, that's where we’ll spend most of our time hopefully," Harry said shortly after the couple's engagement was announced in November.
Harry and Meghan's first major tour as husband and wife will be in October as part of Harry’s Commonwealth Youth Ambassador role. Kensington Palace recently announced they will travel to Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and Tonga.
In Australia, Meghan and Harry will visit Sydney for the 2018 Invictus Games, the Paralympic-style sporting event Harry founded for service men and women.
Kensington Palace also announced a short trip the newlyweds will take to Ireland in July. Next week, Meghan and Harry will join Queen Elizabeth for a reception at Buckingham Palace to honor the recipients of the Queen’s Young Leaders Award.
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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Here are the scores from yesterday's sports events:
Final Atlanta 7 Baltimore 3
Final Boston 5 Seattle 0
Final Tampa Bay 7 N-Y Yankees 6, 12 Innings
Final Cleveland 12 Detroit 2
Final Chi White Sox 10 Oakland 3
Final Houston 11 Kansas City 3
Final Minnesota 2 Texas 0
Final Toronto 7 L-A Angels 6, 10 Innings
Final Cincinnati 8 Chi Cubs 6
Final L-A Dodgers 8 N-Y Mets 7, 11 Innings
Final Arizona 3 Pittsburgh 0
Final St. Louis 8 Milwaukee 2
Final Miami 8 Colorado 5
Final San Francisco 3 San Diego 2, 11 Innings
Final Washington 8 Philadelphia 6