Tag: Biden, Joseph R Jr

Democrats to Union Members: The Economy Is Failing You

ALTOONA, Iowa — Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont on Wednesday rolled out an ambitious plan to strengthen organized labor in the United States, setting a goal of doubling union membership in his first term as president. Mr. Sanders was among the biggest names in a procession of Democratic presidential candidates who affirmed their support for […]

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Joe Biden’s Poll Numbers Mask an Enthusiasm Gap

PROLE, Iowa — Joseph R. Biden Jr. is coasting in the national polls. Surveys show him ahead of his Democratic rivals in hypothetical matchups against President Trump. He has maintained a lead in Iowa all summer, despite facing months of controversies over his record and his campaign missteps. But less than two weeks before Labor […]

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What the 2020 Campaign Sounds Like

Listen and subscribe to our podcast from your mobile device: Via Apple Podcasts | Via RadioPublic | Via Stitcher Song playlists at presidential campaign rallies can be about more than music — they can reflect a candidate’s values, political platform, identity and target audience. We examine the role of these playlists in the 2020 campaign. […]

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Giuliani Renews Push for Ukraine to Investigate Trump’s Political Opponents

WASHINGTON — Months after backing out of a trip to Ukraine amid criticism that he was mixing partisan politics with foreign policy, Rudolph W. Giuliani, President Trump’s personal lawyer, has renewed his push for the Ukrainian government to pursue investigations into political opponents of Mr. Trump. Over the last few weeks, Mr. Giuliani has spoken […]

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Why the 2020 Criminal Justice Debate Is Completely Different

Marijuana would be decriminalized, mass incarceration would be reversed and the death penalty would be eliminated as part of sweeping changes that leading Democratic presidential candidates have proposed to make to the criminal justice system, which has become a dependable political foil for its inefficiency and excesses but has also proved resistant to change. Both […]

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Jill Biden, Stressing Trump Matchup, Makes a Blunt Case for Her Husband

Jill Biden laid out the political calculus of her husband’s presidential campaign in extraordinarily blunt terms on Monday, directly acknowledging that some voters may prefer other candidates but urging them to support Joseph R. Biden Jr. anyway, in an effort to defeat President Trump. As Mr. Biden, the early poll leader, works — and sometimes […]

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Does Anyone Know What Electability Is?

What do Democrats say in poll after poll that they want in a 2020 presidential candidate? Someone who can beat Donald Trump. In the abstract, that makes plenty of sense. The only problems? No one really knows what voters will do in the primaries. And there’s simply no good way to know which candidate will […]

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Rethinking America’s Approach to the World

The White House has ordered a freeze on up to $4 billion that Congress approved for global health, United Nations peacekeeping and other foreign aid. Unless lawmakers can overcome a complicated legislative process and force a reversal by the end of the fiscal year on Sept. 30, that money could be denied to programs fighting […]

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Obama and Biden’s Relationship Looks Rosy. It Wasn’t Always That Simple.

WASHINGTON — Barack Obama was riding his call for generational change to the Democratic presidential nomination in the spring of 2008 when he began musing about potential running mates with aides traveling with him on the trail. “I want somebody with gray in his hair,” Mr. Obama, then 46, told one of them. He was […]

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Many Democrats Love Elizabeth Warren. They Also Worry About Her.

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa — Senator Elizabeth Warren has built the most formidable campaign organization of any Democratic presidential candidate in the first nominating states, raised an impressive $25 million without holding high-dollar fund-raisers, and has risen steadily in Iowa and New Hampshire polls. Few candidates inspire as much enthusiasm as she does among party voters, […]

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Colbert Says Trump Is Just Trolling With ‘Fracking for Plastic’ Plant Visit

Welcome to Best of Late Night, a rundown of the previous night’s highlights that lets you sleep — and lets us get paid to watch comedy. If you’re interested in hearing from The Times regularly about great TV, sign up for our Watching newsletter and get recommendations straight to your inbox. Trump’s Gone Fracking President […]

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Stephen Colbert Has Doubts About the Clinton-Epstein Conspiracy Theory

Welcome to Best of Late Night, a rundown of the previous night’s highlights that lets you sleep — and lets us get paid to watch comedy. If you’re interested in hearing from The Times regularly about great TV, sign up for our Watching newsletter and get recommendations straight to your inbox. ‘Unstable, Tin-Foil-Hat Loons’ Officials […]

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On Gun Control, 2020 Democrats Agree: No Reason to Hold Back

DES MOINES — Democrats running for president have engaged in bitter disputes this year over topics like health care, immigration and criminal justice. But after mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton, Ohio, jolted the nation earlier this month, the field of 2020 contenders seemed to move in lock step toward more aggressive gun control […]

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The Pundit-Defying Idiosyncrasies of Iowa Voters

On Friday, Julie Allen, a 62-year-old Medicaid consultant, took time off work to sit in the scorching sun at a midday, open-air rally for Joe Biden in Boone, Iowa. In 2016, she told me, she was “all in” for Bernie Sanders, but she now feels “he’s past his time,” and as she considers her choices […]

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Democrats Want to Revive a Ban on Assault Weapons

WASHINGTON — As Congress wrestles with how to respond to a wave of mass shootings, leading Democrats are raising an idea once viewed as political suicide: reviving the ban on assault weapons, which barred Americans from purchasing certain military-style firearms for a decade until Republicans let it expire in 2004. The idea is gaining traction […]

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Democrats’ 2020 Problem: How to Be Tougher on Trade Than Trump

WASHINGTON — President Trump’s escalating economic war with China highlights a challenge for Democrats hoping to unseat him in 2020: They’ll have a hard time being tougher on trade than he is. For years, Democrats in Congress have been warning that China is an economic aggressor bent on undermining American industry. They have denounced the […]

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At Iowa’s Wing Ding Dinner, Democrats Assail G.O.P. on Gun Control

CLEAR LAKE, Iowa — The Democratic presidential candidates paused here for a moment of silence for the victims of the mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton, Ohio, underscoring how the turbulent events of the past week have refocused the primary contest. The brief lull in the primary campaign came as nearly the entire field […]

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Can Anyone Catch Joe Biden?

DES MOINES — The pack of cheering voters, sweating reporters and snapping cameras surrounding Joe Biden made its way through the Iowa State Fair like a pulsating amoeba, consuming everyone and everything in its path. “Do you like being the front-runner?” a reporter shouted Thursday afternoon. “What about calling President Trump a white supremacist, like […]

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Biden’s Biggest Weakness? Iowa. But Some Rivals Don’t Seem to Know It.

On April 3, Joe Biden held 30 percent of Democratic support in national polls. That week, he faced allegations that he touched women without their permission. And over the next few months, he faced criticism over his attempted rapprochement with Anita Hill; his reminiscences of his past closeness to white supremacist senators; and his at […]

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