Tag: Cory Booker

Democratic Senators Will Introduce Legislation to Make Juneteenth a Federal Holiday

Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) (L) and Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) join fellow Democrats from the House and Senate to honor George Floyd with eight minutes and 46 seconds of silence in the U.S. Capitol Visitors Center June 08, 2020 in Washington, DC. Booker and Harris introduced new legislation to end excessive use of force by […]

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There Are Really Only 2 Kinds of People: Those of Us Who Are Against Lynching and Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul

Photo: SAUL LOEB (Getty Images) On the day of George Floyd’s memorial service, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul just couldn’t pass up the moment to be an asshole. Paul, who has the hair of wet spaghetti noodles, wanted to add an amendment to the bipartisan anti-lynching legislation because he had nothing to do with writing it, […]

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Mental Health Evaluation Ordered After Cory Booker Reveals His Top Five Favorite Rappers

Photo: Chip Somodevilla (Getty Images) Cory Booker is at a crossroads. Since his graceful exit from our upcoming presidential race, his affable nature and eternal optimism have struggled to find a place to call home. I mean, sure, he has the Senate and his constituency in New Jersey, but Cory is a man of the […]

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Georgia Officials Investigate Note Left at Ahmaud Arbery Memorial; Lawmakers Press DOJ for Civil Rights Investigation

Photo: Sean Rayford (Getty Images) The unsigned note was simple, but haunting: “Ahmaud—I am so sorry. I should have stopped them. I am so sorry.” Advertisement Left at a memorial for Ahmaud Arbery, the 25-year-old Georgia man ambushed and killed by two white men in February, the note instantly provoked questions. Arbery family attorney Lee […]

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I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream…at Senator Mark Warner’s Mayo Abomination of a Sandwich

Screenshot: Instagram If we can find just one moment of national unity this week, let it be the collective scream we all let out as Virginia Senator Mark Warner dumped a Mitch McConnell-sized helping of mayonnaise on what we’ve been told is a tuna melt. Advertisement “Senator’s mayo-heavy tuna melt met with jeers” crowed CNN. […]

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The Political Media’s Blurred Reality

In the midst of a presidential cycle with Donald Trump and democracy itself on the ballot, the 2012 election between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney seems, in hindsight, as benign as a P.G. Wodehouse novel.
 Sure, there were misadventures—Obama’s flailing first debate, Romney’s claim that 47 percent of voters are on the government dole. But […]

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Jim Clyburn Called Joe Biden An ‘Honorary Black Man’ And Other Wild Things Cory Booker Claimed In Michigan

Source: MANDEL NGAN / Getty As if Cory Booker’s enthusiastic endorsement of Joe Biden wasn’t startling enough to anyone who’s been paying attention, the former presidential candidate on Monday night went to apparent extreme lengths to prove his loyalty to the same former vice president with whom he not-so-long-ago exchanged some pretty pointed barbs on […]

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In 2020, Endorsements Matter More Than Ever

Speaking to reporters after dropping out of the presidential race last week, a deflated Elizabeth Warren admitted that her theory of the Democratic primary was wrong. “I was told at the beginning of this whole undertaking that there are two lanes, a progressive lane that Bernie Sanders is the incumbent for and a moderate lane […]

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Kamala Harris And Cory Booker Endorsements: Will Black Voters Follow Their Preferred Candidates?

Source: NICHOLAS KAMM / Getty There have been two prominent voices glaringly omitted from the conversation surrounding the domino effect of presidential candidates dropping out and endorsing others: Cory Booker and Kamala Harris. Like the most recent examples of Pete Buttigieg and Amy Klobuchar, the sitting senators have suspended their campaigns. But unlike the former […]

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Emmett Till Bill: Black Leaders React To The Anti-Lynching Law Being Passed

Wednesday marked a monumental and equally historic day in Black history as the Emmett Till Anti-lynching Act was passed by the house, criminalizing lynching, thus making the act a hate crime under federal law. The legislature, which is in honor of Till, the 14-year-old Black boy who was kidnapped, tortured and lynched in 1955 after […]

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Will Lynching Finally Become a Federal Hate Crime? House to Decide Next Week

A plaque marks the gravesite of Emmett Till at Burr Oak Cemetery May 4, 2005 in Aslip, Illinois.Photo: Scott Olson (Getty Images) While many of us view lynchings as a thing of the past, the unspeakable traumas that they’ve inflicted upon our community are still very much alive today. That and they aren’t exactly a […]

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Rosario Dawson Purportedly ‘Came Out’ as Queer. Here’s What It Can Teach Us About How We Talk About Sexuality

Rosario Dawson attends the 2020 NBCUniversal Winter Press Tour 45 on January 11, 2020, in Pasadena, Calif.Photo: Frazer Harrison (Getty Images) “People kept saying that I [came out]…I didn’t do that,” actress-activist Rosario Dawson recently told Bustle magazine, referencing a 2018 Pride Month post on Instagram in which she seemed to identify and align herself […]

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DNC Debate Rules Forced Diversity Out of the Democratic Presidential Race—and Then They Changed the Rules for a Really Rich White Man

Democratic presidential candidate, former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg.Photo: Joe Raedle (Getty Images) When the race for president began with Sens. Kamala Harris and Cory Booker and former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julián Castro, it was hailed as the most diverse Democratic presidential field in history. By the end of January, damn […]

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VICE News to Broadcast the 2020 Brown & Black Democratic Presidential Forum Jan. 20

Want the best of VICE News straight to your inbox? Sign up here. The 2020 presidential election will feature the most diverse group of voters in American history. That’s why VICE News is proud to partner with multicultural agency Cashmere Originals to present the 2020 Iowa Brown & Black Forum, the nation’s oldest and only […]

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Booker Says Farewell, Warren Decides to Tell and Yang Gets Chappelle: 2020 Presidential Black Power Rankings, Week 25

Graphic: Jim Cooke (G/O Media), Photo: Getty Images Once upon a time, there was a really popular TV show on HBO called Game of Thrones. We’ve written about it a few times at The Root; it’s a show about ambitious white people in an ancient realm who have a lot of incestuous sex, ride dragons […]

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Democrats Debate Everything Except The State Of Black And Brown Lives

Source: Scott Olson / Getty The anticipation of a Democratic debate filled with fiery confrontations between candidates on Tuesday night gave way to a mostly civil discussion on issues that should have been very familiar to anyone who’s been paying attention to this political cycle. MORE: Deval Patrick Slams Democratic Debate As All-White ‘Reality TV’ […]

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