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Age Isn’t Hurting 2020 Democratic Leaders, to Rivals’ Chagrin

WASHINGTON — Former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. is 76 years old and prone to sometimes-rambling monologues with antiquated references. But if his age and missteps are supposed to be liabilities, they haven’t helped rivals who have tried to use them to their advantage. Julián Castro, the former housing secretary, was the latest to […]

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Biden and Warren Avoid Direct Conflict — But for How Long?

If Joseph R. Biden Jr. and Elizabeth Warren are headed for a showdown, neither of them appears in a hurry to get there. The two candidates have seemed to be on a collision course for much of the last few months: Mr. Biden as the Democratic front-runner and de facto leader of the party’s moderate […]

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The Third Democratic Debate

Listen and subscribe to our podcast from your mobile device: Via Apple Podcasts | Via RadioPublic | Via Stitcher Just 10 candidates qualified for the stage in Houston, but that didn’t change some recurring themes: Joe Biden was again the target of fierce scrutiny, and health care was a central point of contention. But what […]

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Up, Up, Up With Elizabeth Warren

Elizabeth Warren didn’t have her best debate on Thursday night, nor was she the most poetic or passionate candidate on that overcrowded stage. Beto O’Rourke, describing the toll of gun violence, forged a moment more poignant than any of hers. Amy Klobuchar and Cory Booker had better one-liners. Pete Buttigieg’s beautifully shaped final answer put […]

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Zingers, Groaners and a Trump Pile-On: ‘That’s Called the Democratic Primary’

Former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. jammed his finger skyward, eyes narrowing like his polling advantage, accusing the “socialist” to his right, Senator Bernie Sanders, and the “distinguished friend” to his left, Senator Elizabeth Warren, of hawking infeasible health care proposals loaded with dubious math. Mr. Sanders, raspier than usual but no gentler on […]

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Who Won the Democratic Debate? Texas

All I can say is that if you are like me, and you remember those years when national Democratic Party leaders treated Texas like it had a near fatal case of kooties — from Michael Dukakis and Bill Clinton to Hillary Clinton’s attempts in 2008 and 2016 and all those off-year elections in between — […]

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Tonight’s Democratic Debate: Live Updates From Houston

How to watch: 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. Eastern on ABC, Univision and on streaming services. Moderators: The debate will be hosted by George Stephanopoulos, David Muir, Linsey Davis and Jorge Ramos. Candidates: Former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., Senator Elizabeth Warren, Senator Bernie Sanders, Senator Kamala Harris, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, the entrepreneur Andrew […]

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Tonight’s Democratic Debate: What Time Is It and How to Watch

The debate is 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. in Houston, and you can watch it on ABC and Univision. It will also be available on streaming services. Ten Democratic candidates will debate: Former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., Senator Elizabeth Warren, Senator Bernie Sanders, Senator Kamala Harris, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, the entrepreneur Andrew Yang, […]

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Beyond Ending Trump’s Policies, Democrats Largely Skirt Questions About Their Immigration Plans

WASHINGTON — One Democratic candidate would post asylum officers at the border to decide immigration cases on the spot. Others would create an entirely new court system outside the Justice Department. Some have suggested reinstating a program that would allow Central American minors to apply for refugee status in their home countries. The Democrats running […]

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5 Takeaways From the Democrats’ Climate Town Hall

CNN hosted back-to-back town halls Wednesday on global warming.CreditHilary Swift for The New York Times Over a marathon seven hours on Wednesday, 10 of the Democratic presidential candidates participated in back-to-back CNN town hall events on climate change, fielding questions from audience members and several of the network’s top anchors. It was something of a […]

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Democrats Say Their Climate Plans Will Create Jobs. It’s Not So Simple.

Want climate news in your inbox? Sign up here for Climate Fwd:, our email newsletter. WASHINGTON — The Democratic presidential candidates are rolling out their plans to fight climate change, and one thing is clear: Averting catastrophe is only one selling point. So far, nearly every presidential candidate claims that cutting greenhouse gases will also […]

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Climate Town Hall: Harris Releases $10 Trillion Plan Ahead of Tonight’s Event

WASHINGTON — Senator Kamala Harris of California released an ambitious new climate change plan early Wednesday, calling for $10 trillion in spending over a decade to combat human-driven global warming and a new tax or fee on companies that emit greenhouse pollution. Ms. Harris unveiled her plan hours before a CNN town-hall-style event on global […]

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Tainted Water, Ignored Warnings and a Boss With a Criminal Past

NEWARK — In the year after receiving test results showing alarming levels of lead in this city’s drinking water, Mayor Ras Baraka of Newark made a number of unexpected decisions. He mailed a brochure to all city residents assuring them that “the quality of water meets all federal and state standards.” He declared the water […]

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Why Kamala Harris Is Not a Lock in California in 2020

LOS ANGELES — At an auditorium here one evening this week, Atticus Tyagi stepped onstage with a canvas bag nearly as large as he is, bearing the name of his “Gammy” — Senator Elizabeth Warren — and the elementary schooler calmly chose raffle tickets to determine who in the audience of thousands would have a […]

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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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One-on-One With Marianne Williamson

Listen and subscribe to our podcast from your mobile device: Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Google Play | RadioPublic | Stitcher Marianne Williamson has distinguished herself in the Democratic primary as a voice for the role of spirituality in American politics. This week on “The Argument,” Ross Douthat sits down with Williamson to discuss her […]

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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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These 3 Cities Are Destinations for Democrats. They’re Not in Iowa.

MILWAUKEE — An energized crowd of 500 packed into a mixed-use space here on a summer Sunday afternoon to hear a rousing stump speech from Senator Cory Booker of New Jersey, who was making the final stop in a 12-day campaign blitz in a state that won’t hold its primary until April. “A Democratic victory […]

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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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