Tag: Bernie Sanders

There’s No Such Thing as a “Populist”

When I read mainstream political commentary, I often think of the awkward gyrating Elaine used to do on Seinfeld, flapping her limbs in all directions in an incompetent, and yet totally confident, imitation of what dancing is supposed to look like. Political pundits are engaged in a similar dance. Convinced of their abilities, they mimic certain […]

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Is the Biden Bubble About to Burst?

Joe Biden never thought he’d have to do this. Positioned, as he was, as the affable veep to an immensely popular president, the veteran of three previous bids for the Democratic nomination assumed a presidential primary was just a way to garner free media until main event, the general election. But, since declaring his candidacy […]

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Sanders and Warren Left Sex Workers Out of Their Criminal Justice Plans

Some sex workers and their allies are feeling left behind by Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders and Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren, who have both unveiled wide-reaching policy platforms on criminal justice reform this week that don’t include a single mention of decriminalizing sex work. The senators are two of just five 2020 Democratic candidates with a […]

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Bernie Sanders Is the First Candidate to Call for Ban on Facial Recognition

Democratic senator Bernie Sanders just became the first presidential candidate to call for a ban on the use of facial recognition software by law enforcement. A spokesperson for the Sanders campaign said in an email that Sanders plans on introducing a national ban on facial recognition that can be enforced on a state and local […]

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Indian Country Is Finally Getting the Political Attention It Deserves

It took 243 years, but the path to the United States presidency, or at least the Democratic nomination, will run through Indian Country. On August 19 and 20, eight presidential candidates will descend on Sioux City, IA, to participate in the Frank Lamere Native Presidential Forum. The two-day event, named after the late member of […]

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Bernie Sanders wants to ban facial recognition use by police

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) wants an end to facial recognition software use by police. Sanders called for the ban as part of a criminal justice reform plan introduced today ahead of a two-day tour of South Carolina. The plan also calls for the ban of for-profit prisons and allowing law enforcement agencies […]

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Castro Gives Trump a Slap, Harris Gets a New Rap, and Stacey Abrams Sets a VP Thirst Trap: The Root’s 2020 Presidential Black Power Rankings, Week 7

Illustration: Elena Scotti (Photos: Getty Images) “Smart white people know how to hire black people who actually KNOW black people.” Yours truly (Dr. Jason Johnson politics editor for the Root) and Marcus Ferrell, (former Black Outreach for Bernie Sanders in 2016) and the rest of the Power Rankings Committee came to this conclusion this week […]

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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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Watch: Cardi B Chops It Up With Bernie Sanders Over Wages, Student Loans and Getting Rid of This ‘Bully’ President

Photo: David Dee Delgado/ (Getty) Cardi B sat down with presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders to “educate” her followers on the issues fans told her they wanted to discuss, and they got an earful on everything from erasing student loan debt to ending police brutality. Recorded at the TEN Nail Bar in Detroit last month, video […]

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Cardi B Quizzes Bernie Sanders On Jobs, Healthcare, And More In Their Full Interview

[embedded content] Cardi B may be tired of “Press,” but she still gets plenty of it — especially when she talks politics. Fortunately, as a closet politics and news geek, it seems like she knows what she’s talking about, making her the perfect pop culture figure for Bernie Sanders’ campaign video sharing his presidential platform. […]

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Stacey Abrams Is Smarter Than Tom Steyer

If you have $10 million or so lying around, you can buy your way into a Democratic debate. That, at least, was one lesson from Tom Steyer’s announcement Tuesday that he had—after spending $7 million on television commercials and $3.5 million on online advertisements (including $2.6 million on Facebook ads alone)—likely purchased a lectern at […]

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Cardi B Discussed Raising The Minimum Wage With Bernie Sanders

Getty Image Cardi B took her interest in politics a step further recently, partnering with presidential candidate Bernie Sanders to help Sanders promote his platform with a one-on-one interview on Instagram TV. In the first of what appears to be a series of interview videos, Cardi asks Bernie questions about his minimum wage policy, which […]

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Beto Goes Blue, Warren Wilts and Harris Goes O.G. AG: 2020 Presidential Black Power Rankings, Week 6

Illustration: Elena Scotti (Getty Images) Mass shootings hit in Dayton, Ohio, and El Paso, Texas; the stock market crashes; and Toni Morrison passes away. Why is it that every week of the Donald Trump presidency feels like a depressing opening scroll in some post-apocalyptic ’80s movie? In last week’s power rankings we noted that in […]

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Bernie Sanders Is Getting His Very Own Ben & Jerry’s Flavor, And Ted Cruz Is Not Happy

CNN Over 20 people are still in the running for the Democratic presidential ticket, but so far only one has their own Ben & Jerry’s ice cream flavor. No, it’s not Elizabeth Warren, or even Marianne Williamson, and definitely not Steve Bullock. It’s the coiner of the phrase “I wrote the damn bill” himself, Bernie […]

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Booker Bodies Biden, Bernie Gets Cardi, and Kamala Gets Clapped: 2020 Presidential Black Power Rankings, Week 5

Illustration: Elena Scotti (Getty Images) Before you read The Root’s 2020 Presidential Black Power Rankings for week 5, we want you to close your eyes and use your imagination. It’s January 2023: Lil Nas X has just accepted a Grammy for his 32nd remix of “Old Town Road”; Facebook has just rolled out its new […]

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Democratic Debates, Day 1: Elizabeth Warren Came to Detroit and Caught a Body

Democratic presidential candidates Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) (L) greets former Maryland congressman John Delaney (R) while Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) hugs Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) after the Democratic Presidential Debate at the Fox Theatre July 30, 2019, in Detroit.Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images DETROIT—Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) was supposed to come to Detroit and prove to […]

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This Is the Soul of the Democratic Party

Halfway through the Democratic presidential debate in Detroit on Tuesday night, there was an illuminating exchange between Senator Elizabeth Warren, who consistently polls in the double digits, and former Representative John Delaney, who does not. “I think Democrats win when we run on real solutions, not impossible promises, when we run on things that are […]

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Bernie Sanders Saying ‘I Wrote The Damn Bill’ To Tim Ryan At The Democrat Debate Is Blowing Minds

Getty Image If you come for the king you better not miss. That’s what fellow presidential candidate Tim Ryan learned during the second round of Democratic debates. On Tuesday night’s event, the Ohio congressman tried to interrupt a rant from noe less than ever-punchy Vermont senator — and, now, Cardi B collaborator — Bernie Sanders. […]

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Dems Descend on Detroit for Round 2 of Presidential Debates

Photo: Terrell Jermaine Starr DETROIT—Here in the Motor City, locals are looking for Democratic candidates to prove one thing: Can you beat Donald Trump? This is not a question germane to Detroit—indeed, Trump is wildly unpopular with black people nationally—but what makes this city particularly vital is that it is the biggest black city in […]

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