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The Pragmatic Roots of Biden’s Incoherence

On Sunday, Miami real estate developer Craig Robins introduced Joe Biden at a fundraiser by telling prospective donors that Biden is a candidate seeking “a solution that could just make things normal again.”  It’s a pithy description for the campaign that Biden has run thus far. While the majority of the Democratic field has spent […]

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Trump: Enough About My Corruption Investigation, Let’s Talk About Obama’s Netflix Deal

The Obamas’ deal with Netflix—a lucrative bag secured last year—trended on Twitter Monday morning after Donald Trump used it to shield himself from accusations he was using the presidency to enrich himself. Trump has drawn renewed scrutiny recently, thanks in part to a federal lawsuit, about whether and how his businesses have benefitted from his […]

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Is Joker Just a Movie?

Joker won’t come out in America until October 4, but after its Venice premiere this week a critical maelstrom is already aswirl. Joaquin Phoenix plays Arthur Fleck—the Joker before he was the Joker—a mentally ill and broke man with a warped relationship with his mother. The trailers suggest Phoenix has brought all his febrile abilities […]

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The Historical Amnesia of Joe Biden’s Candidacy

Recently, two Baby Boomers born in the mid-’50s said things that worried me. One expressed surprise when I alluded to Richard Nixon’s underhanded dealings at the Paris peace talks in 1968; he didn’t know anything about the matter. Another, a filmmaker who kept radical company in his day, and who prides himself on being With […]

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The Fog of Intervention

Let’s say it’s January 2021, and President Bernie Sanders has just assumed office. On his second day as commander-in-chief of the most powerful military in world history, Bernie and his foreign policy team are ushered into the White House Situation Room. After being seated at a long wooden table, a group of diplomats and military […]

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Looking Back on Obama’s Tan ‘Suitgate’ from 5 Years Ago & its Juxtaposition to Trump’s Scandals Today

Obama’s Tan ‘Suitgate’ 5 Years Ago vs. Trump’s Scandals Today | PEOPLE.com Top Navigation Close Explore PEOPLE.com Profile Menu Follow us Close Share options Close View image Looking Back on Obama’s Tan ‘Suitgate’ from 5 Years Ago & its Juxtaposition to Trump’s Scandals Today this link is to an external site that may or may […]

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State Democratic Leaders to Presidential Hopefuls: Remember Y’all Ain’t Barack Obama

Barack Obama in Berlin April 6, 2019 Photo: Sean Gallup (Getty) Barack Obama may still be Democrats’ (and just about everyone else’s) fave, but party leaders weren’t too happy when he decided to form a competitive political group, Organizing for Action. Now, the current crop of leading Democratic presidential hopefuls have pledged that they won’t […]

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Jackie Wilson to Receive Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

Rock and Roll singer Jackie Wilson waves as he leaves New York’s Roosevelt Hospital with his mother Elizabeth Lee, left, and his then-wife Friea Wilson on March 18, 1961.Photo: AP No more “lonely teardrops!” Fans of Jackie Wilson have something to celebrate, as the man known as “Mr. Excitement” is getting a star on the […]

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Crazy Uncle Joe Strikes Again: Presidential Hopeful Biden Asks Crowd About Obama’s ‘Assassination’

Photo: Joshua Lott (Getty Images) Was it wishful thinking? Or just another off-kilter faux pas? While on the campaign trail Friday, presidential hopeful Joe Biden came out of his face with an audacious thought. The 76-year-old former Veep to Forever President Barack Hussein Obama pondered the thought: “What if Barack Obama had been assassinated during […]

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Obamas Tackle Trump’s Promises to the Rust Belt in Their 1st Netflix Offering, American Factory

Photo: Mark Wilson (Getty) Shots fired. That’s the take among reviewers of the Obamas’ first foray into TV production, which looks at the promise to America’s Rust Belt unfulfilled by the Trump administration. American Factory, which premieres on Netflix Wednesday, does not name Donald Trump explicitly, but, according to reviewers at Politico, it is a […]

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Do Democrats Have a Plan for the Next Recession?

The recession alarm bells are sounding. Anxiety about the direction of the global economy has been growing for some time, amid concern about President Trump’s trade war with China, economic slowdowns in major economies like China and Germany, and Brexit. On Wednesday, the country received perhaps the strongest signal yet of an upcoming recession when […]

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The Donald’s Worst Nightmare? More Than 260,000 People Petition to Rename Trump Tower Block for Barack Obama

Photo: Zach Gibson (Getty) Donald Trump seems to have a love affair with Barack Obama; he just can’t seem to resist mentioning the forever president every chance he gets. Trump Continues to Take Credit for Forever-President Obama’s Work Here’s the Trump presidency in a snapshot: If there is an issue, blame former President Barack… Read […]

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Post-Presidential Flex: New Netflix Producers the Obamas Unsuccessfully Woo Will Smith, but May Have Sealed a Deal With Denzel

Photo: Mark Wilson (Getty Images) You win some, you lose some; that’s the lesson the Obamas are learning as newly minted producers for Netflix. According to the Hollywood Reporter, the dynamic duo has been moving full-throttle into their Hollywood hustle via their Higher Ground productions, already set to release the documentary American Factory, their first […]

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Paying Tribute to a ‘National Treasure’: How We Remember Toni Morrison

Photo: Francois Durand (Getty Images) “At some point in life, the world’s beauty becomes enough. You don’t need to photograph, paint or even remember it. It is enough. No record of it needs to be kept and you don’t need someone to share it with or tell it to. When that happens—that letting go—you let […]

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Here’s What Obama Had to Say About This Weekend’s Horrific Mass Shootings

Photo: Sean Gallup (Getty Images) Once upon a time, there was a widely held—if never fully realized—belief that the country’s president ought to serve as a moral compass. If not that, at least, they ought to emphatically articulate and speak to the nation’s highest values. This is especially true in times of turmoil and tragedy. […]

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Status Quo Joe

The first words spoken by a candidate on Wednesday’s debate stage came from Joe Biden. “Go easy on me, kid,” he joked to Kamala Harris as she walked out on stage for the candidate introductions. The senator did not go easy on him, nor did most of the other Democratic contenders in Detroit. But nobody […]

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9 Legit Interesting Moments in a Very Personal Democratic Debate

Barack Obama wasn’t on the debate stage Wednesday night, but he was on everyone’s mind. And for what felt like the first time in this already frenzied and strange 2020 presidential campaign, it wasn’t all fawning and flattery. Before the candidates could discuss the legacy of the last Democrat to win the White House, however, […]

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African American Officials from the Obama Administration Sign Op-Ed Condemning Trump’s Racism

Photo: Kevin Dietsch-Pool (Getty Images/File) Considering Donald Trump’s continuous attacks against people of color and his despicably racist tirades—in both verbal statements and written comments on Twitter—it’s impossible to remain silent. Even before Trump published yet another racist Twitter thread on Saturday targeting House Oversight Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings while watching Fox News, 149 African […]

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