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Elizabeth Warren Retreats From Medicare for All

“Why would anyone go through all the trouble of running for president just to get up on stage and talk about what’s not possible?” This is the question Elizabeth Warren posed to thumb-faced millionaire John Delaney at a Democratic debate in July, as paraphrased by her campaign in a tweet, in response to Delaney’s characterization […]

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Ending DACA Affects Black Undocumented Immigrants, Too

UPDATED: 11:37 a.m. EST, Nov. 12, 2019 — The decision by President Donald Trump‘s administration to end a program protecting young undocumented immigrants in the U.S. from being deported was being reviewed by the Supreme Court on Tuesday. Oral arguments were being made in Department of Homeland Security v. Regents of the University of California, […]

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The Billionaire’s Burden: Running for President

The news that Michael Bloomberg is expected to file to be on the presidential ballot in Alabama was not greeted on Thursday night with explosions of public joy and gratitude. There were no street parties or flash mobs, no lines of cars honking cheerfully outside Bloomberg HQ. For some reason, the American public did not […]

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Barack Obama Calls Out ‘Cancel Culture’ in the Era of Donald Trump

Former President Barack Obama speaks to guests at the Obama Foundation Summit in Chicago Oct. 29, 2019.Photo: Scott Olson (Getty) For all eight years of his presidency, Barack Obama was the epitome of class and grace, ever speaking to how to bring opposing sides to common ground, whether during a beer summit or in offering a […]

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How Men Distort the Race Debate

In video footage that went viral this fall, the hip-hop mogul Jay-Z said that growing up in a Black single-parent household contributed directly to anti-Black police brutality. As I pondered his remarks, I was reminded of the lengthy history of stupefying male-centric social analyses that Jay-Z’s take was in league with. And the net effect […]

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Susan Rice Breaks Down Why Trump Is a Threat to National Security and Chats Tough Love

Susan Rice is most famously known as Barack Obama’s National Security Advisor and U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, but her decades of public service go well beyond that. In her new book, “Tough Love: My Story of the Things Worth Fighting For,” Rice talks about growing up in Washington, D.C., and how influential her […]

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How the Drug War Blob Took Over The Washington Post

For more than two years, The Washington Post has relentlessly pursued the story of how a combination of corporate greed and government inaction fueled the deadliest drug overdose epidemic in recorded history. The causes and conditions of this massive—not to mention preventable—death toll are ripe terrain for a Pulitzer Prize–winning team of investigative journalists with […]

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‘It’s Getting Better All the Time’: If We Can’t Have Love Like Barack and Michelle Obama After 27 Years, We Don’t Want It

First lady Michelle Obama and U.S. President Barack Obama on the South Lawn of the White House August 2, 2016 in Washington, DC.Photo: Mark Wilson (Getty Images) Soul mates. Twin flames. #CouplesGoals. All of these phrases have been used to describe the most idyllic relationships, and could be used to describe Barack and Michelle Obama, […]

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Donald Trump Can’t Stand That Obama Won a Nobel Peace Prize and He Never Will

Photo: Win McNamee (Getty Images) “What do you play?” If you are a black male on a large, predominantly white college campus, you’ve likely answered this question when someone—usually a white person—innocently assumed you play a sport that landed you at their prestigious university. As a 16-year-old freshman at SEC football powerhouse Auburn University, I […]

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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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