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At a Saturday morning rally in Federal Hill Park, Baltimore, Martin O’Malley formally announced his run for the presidency.

You can watch video from O’Malley’s announcement below:

O’Malley, the former governor of Maryland and the former mayor of Baltimore, has long been speculated as a likely player in the 2016 Democratic primary.

He now joins Bernie Sanders (I-VT) as the second candidate to challenge Hillary Clinton for the Democratic nomination.

David Corn, writing in Mother Jonesopined that O’Malley was an ideal challenger in that he would “make a good sparring partner. He’s a smart guy with sass, but he’s not a slasher who could inflict long-lasting political damage.” In other words, he’s not too tame, but he doesn’t have that Sanders-esque streak of tempestuousness that might rock the boat.

As Jill Lawrence wrote last month, in anticipation of more non-Clinton candidates: “The Democratic side of the arena has finally come alive.”

Check out our primer on the 7 Things You Should Know About Martin O’Malley

Photo: Karen Murphy via Flickr.

Outside the Supreme Court in Washington after Ruth Bader Ginsburg's passing

Photo by ehpien / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Reprinted with permission from DailyKos

Of course we're crying. A woman who held us all up for so, so long has finally laid down her burden after the literal fight of a lifetime. We're hurting. We're afraid. We miss her already.

But Republicans are already celebrating the death of pioneering Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg as an opportunity. Donald Trump is calling on Republicans to act quickly to confirm whatever nominee he puts forward. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is contemplating whether a no-witnesses impeachment can be topped with a no-hearings confirmation. Ted Cruz is thinking about nothing except what he won't be wearing under that black robe. Tom Cotton is speeding through his collection of KKK-approved all-white handkerchiefs mopping up all of the drool. And Josh Hawley is … probably shooting something.

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