Tag: Democratic Party

Victory Does Not Depend on Swing Voters

Nothing captures the imagination of the political press like the all-important, quasi-talismanic “swing voter.” And so, with the 2020 presidential election now a mere 18 months away, the electorate is already being fed a steady diet of punditry carefully repeating—as if it were a mantra—why… Democrats… must… win… swing… voters… to beat Donald Trump. On […]

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There’s No Boom in Youngstown, but Blue-Collar Workers Are Sticking With Trump

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — In May 2016, David Betras, a Democratic Party leader in the heart of industrial northeast Ohio, sent a memo warning Hillary Clinton’s campaign that it was on the verge of losing Ohio, Pennsylvania and Michigan because she was not connecting with blue-collar voters. These states “should be easy wins for us,’’ he […]

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Biden Delivers Call for National Unity at Philadelphia Rally

PHILADELPHIA — Joseph R. Biden Jr., sometimes known to Democrats in this city as Pennsylvania’s “third senator,” returned to the state of his birth on Saturday to deliver a forceful call for national unity, looking past the Democratic presidential primary to directly appeal to the voters who helped power President Trump’s victory in this state […]

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De Blasio Once Ignored Trump. But in Iowa, It Was All Trump.

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] SIOUX CITY, Iowa — When Mayor Bill de Blasio visited Iowa in February, he delivered a deluge of ideas about how his party could take back the White House. He also offered one main piece of political advice: Ignore […]

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After Alabama Abortion Law, 3 Democrats Propose a New Strategy

Responding to a series of highly restrictive abortion laws aimed at overturning Roe v. Wade, several Democratic presidential candidates have called on Congress to codify abortion rights, signaling a newly aggressive approach in a debate whose terms have long been set by conservatives. Senator Cory Booker of New Jersey was first out of the gate […]

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Kirsten Gillibrand Is Struggling. Will Abortion Rights Be Her Rallying Cry?

In the two years leading up to her 2020 run, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand spent millions of dollars building up a network of online and grass-roots donors who could power her coming presidential campaign. But after Ms. Gillibrand’s big announcement in January, her expensively laid plans unraveled as those potential contributors all but vanished. Ms. Gillibrand […]

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Mayor and ‘Foreign Minister’: How Bernie Sanders Brought the Cold War to Burlington

BURLINGTON, Vt. — For Daniel Ortega, the president of Nicaragua, the summer of 1985 was to be a moment of extraordinary triumph. In July, on the sixth anniversary of the Sandinista revolution, Mr. Ortega would address a crowd of hundreds of thousands with a message of defiance for his political nemesis, Ronald Reagan, and the […]

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Who Runs New York When the Mayor Campaigns for President?

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] Mayor Bill de Blasio has not always had the best luck with his travels out of town. There was the trip to Germany in July 2017, when the mayor joined protest events around the Group of 20 meeting in […]

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House Passes Legislation Aiming to Shore Up Health Law and Lower Drug Costs

WASHINGTON — The House on Thursday passed a suite of health care bills that tied shoring up the Affordable Care Act to lowering drug prices, as Democrats tried to hold Republicans to their campaign promises to secure coverage for pre-existing medical conditions and rein in the cost of prescription medicine. But Democratic leaders appeared to […]

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Republicans’ Messaging on Abortion Puts Democrats on the Defensive

WASHINGTON — With grisly claims that Democrats promote “birth day abortions” and are “the party of death,” the Republican Party and its conservative allies have aggressively reset the terms of one of the country’s most divisive and emotionally fraught debates, forcing Democrats to reassess how they should respond to attacks that portray the entire party […]

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Republicans’ Extreme Messaging on Abortion Puts Democrats on the Defensive

WASHINGTON — With grisly claims that Democrats promote “birth day abortions” and are “the party of death,” the Republican Party and its conservative allies have aggressively reset the terms of one of the country’s most divisive and emotionally fraught debates, forcing Democrats to reassess how they should respond to attacks that portray the entire party […]

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Heckles, Support, Shrugs: New Yorkers on de Blasio’s Presidential Bid

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] In the video announcing his presidential run, Bill de Blasio, the mayor of New York City, described his hometown as “legendarily tough and big and complicated.” Soon after, New Yorkers proved just how apt that was. As Mr. de […]

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The Socialist Network

Future historians may well portray the second decade of the twenty-first century as the moment when American socialism returned from the dead. The collapse of the Soviet empire in the early 1990s had supposedly sealed the overarching terms of political dispute within the confines of the “end of history”—the abrupt cessation of ideological hostilities stoked […]

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Bernie Sanders Sets His Sights on Biden

Bernie Sanders has a Joe Biden problem. The former vice president’s formal entry into the 2020 primary has cut into Sanders’s numbers, which have lagged in recent weeks. Already underwater with older voters, a Morning Consult poll released on Wednesday showed that Bernie’s support among younger ones—his base—has fallen from 45 to 33 percent. Sanders […]

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In Abortion Fight, 2020 Female Candidates Lead Call to Arms

For Senator Elizabeth Warren, the moment brought up memories of “back alley butchers” and “desperate women.” Senator Kamala Harris compared it to “a scene from ‘The Handmaid’s Tale.’” And Senator Kirsten Gillibrand warned about a “war on women,” calling for Americans to “fight like hell.” Female presidential candidates have charged into the battle over the […]

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Democrats Already Have a Position on Tariffs… If You Know Where to Look

Donald Trump’s trade war with China is not going well. Weeks after assuring people that trade negotiations between the two countries were on the “five yard line,” a sheepish Larry Kudlow, Trump’s chief economic adviser, admitted on Sunday that we may be months away from a deal, if not longer. Markets tumbled Monday after China […]

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A de Gaulle of Our Own

I wrote my Sunday column about a memoir, “My Father Left Me Ireland” by Michael Brendan Dougherty, and what his Irish story might offer to Americans thinking about a reinvention of our traditions, a synthesis beyond our current culture wars. Now, as a kind of sequel, I want to recommend a biography, Julian Jackson’s “De […]

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Elizabeth Warren Has a Plan to Fight the Opioid Crisis. Why Don’t Other Democrats?

Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren is causing a stir in Trump country. In rural West Virginia town with a population of 400, Warren spoke to a crowd of 150—many decked out in MAGA paraphernalia—about the opioid crisis. “Anyone here know someone who’s been caught in the grips of addiction?” Warren asked. Nearly every hand shot up. […]

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