Tag: Democratic Party

Ask Mueller Anything. The Facts Won’t Change.

The back-to-back appearances before congressional committees on Wednesday by Robert Mueller, the former special counsel, are being hyped like the Super Bowl. Many critics of President Trump are hoping the event — nationally televised and slated to run roughly five hours — will be a turning point that will not only reveal Mr. Trump to […]

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With Three Simple Answers, Mueller Can Speak Volumes

There are just three simple yes-or-no questions Congress should ask Robert Mueller: Mr. Mueller, the president said your report found, in his words, “no collusion, no obstruction, complete and total exoneration.” First, did your report find there was no collusion? Second, did your report find there was no obstruction? Third, did your report give the […]

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Biden and Sanders, Behaving Badly

Health care was a key factor in Democrats’ victory in the 2018 midterm elections, and it should be a big plus in 2020 as well. The shared Democratic position — that every legal resident should have access to affordable care, regardless of income or health status — is immensely popular. The de facto Republican position […]

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Fact-Checking Trump’s Claims That Democrats Are Radical Socialists

WASHINGTON — President Trump has made branding Democrats as out-of-the-mainstream, economy-wrecking socialists one of the centerpieces of his re-election strategy. He has sought to do so partly by making four junior Democratic members of Congress — all women of color who are on the left side of the party’s ideological spectrum — the faces of […]

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How Democrats Defeat Donald Trump

Surprise, surprise: Donald Trump has no bottom. Just when you think he has sunk as low as he can, he stages a rally like that atrocity in North Carolina on Wednesday night and sinks lower. But the key takeaway isn’t that he’s a demagogue or a racist: These were facts put into evidence long ago. […]

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Trump Has Scrambled America’s Foreign Policy. Can the Democrats Do Better?

What is America’s role in the world? What does it stand for? What threats does it face? When and how should it intervene in disputes? With military force, or with diplomacy? With sanctions or development aid? For any Democrat competing to succeed President Trump as president, solutions to such problems could require not only undoing […]

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Trump’s Attacks Will Not Stop Me

On Nov. 7, 2018, I woke up to some astounding news: Two Muslim women had been elected to the House of Representatives. And in my Queens district, a young progressive, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who had defeated our longtime congressman, went on to become the youngest woman ever elected to Congress. At that moment, seeing what women […]

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Iowa and New Hampshire Go First. How Are the Leading Candidates Set Up There?

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa — In New Hampshire, Mayor Pete Buttigieg’s campaign is embracing activities like bowling and a potential poetry reading to forge relationships with activists and voters. In Iowa, party activists are discussing Senator Elizabeth Warren’s dozens of campaign organizers in awe-struck tones. And though Joseph R. Biden Jr. started campaigning late in […]

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House Democrats Prepare for Civil War as Challengers Plot Primary Battles

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] Representative Jerrold Nadler has served in Congress for 27 years, rising to become the chairman of the powerful House Judiciary Committee. He has become a boldface name in the age of President Trump, the linchpin of many Democrats’ hopes […]

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Defenders of a Racist President Use Jews as Human Shields

Sebastian Gorka, a onetime adviser to Donald Trump, wore a medal from the Vitezi Rend, a Hungarian group historically aligned with Nazism, to one of Trump’s inaugural balls. Gorka was reportedly a member of the group, whose founder, the Hungarian autocrat Miklos Horthy, once said, “For all my life, I have been an anti-Semite.” Max […]

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Anxious Democratic Governors Urge 2020 Field Not to Veer Too Far Left

WASHINGTON — After claiming governorships from Republicans in seven states last year, including in crucial presidential battlegrounds like Wisconsin and Michigan, Democratic governors should have good reason to celebrate. But there was as much anxiety as optimism when the governors gathered for their annual fund-raising retreat on Nantucket last weekend and grappled with why a […]

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Tuition-Free College Could Cost Less Than You Think

Paying for college seems out of reach for many Americans, so the idea of free college has broad appeal. Several Democratic presidential candidates and members of Congress have endorsed it. But free college isn’t really free — someone has to pay for it. Eliminating tuition at all public colleges and universities would cost at least […]

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FaceApp Shows We Care About Privacy but Don’t Understand It

FaceApp, a mobile face-editing application, has all the necessary components for a viral privacy scandal: a catchy concept, celebrity users, a mysterious company and a stampede of public interest. Here’s the rundown of FaceApp’s 15 minutes of fame: A viral app lets us see what we might look like as a wrinkle-laden 75-year-old. Users click […]

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Are the Democrats Heading for Defeat?

To the Editor: Re “‘Trump Will Be Re-elected, Won’t He?,’” by Thomas L. Friedman (column, July 17): I can only hope that the some of the leading Democratic candidates for president spend a few minutes considering Mr. Friedman’s request to “keep it simple.” There are many Democratic voters like me who are not asking for […]

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Sanders and Biden Fight Over Health Care, and It’s Personal

WASHINGTON — Senator Bernie Sanders does not understand Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s position on health care. To Mr. Sanders, the health care system is broken, and the only way to fix it is to replace it with his signature policy plan known as Medicare for All. “I am disappointed, I have to say, in Joe, […]

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Will Trump’s Racism Sink the G.O.P.?

Listen and subscribe to our podcast from your mobile device: Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Google Play | RadioPublic | Stitcher Most Republicans met President Trump’s racist tweets about four Democratic congresswomen of color with silence, mild rebuke or whataboutism. This week on “The Argument,” the columnists debate whether the Grand Old Party has fully […]

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2020 Won’t Repeat the Mistakes of 2016, Whatever They Were

WASHINGTON — Democrats still don’t agree on why they lost the White House in 2016. But they have absolutely no intention of repeating their mistakes. Whatever they were, exactly. Was it the loss of working-class white voters or urban black voters? Too much talk of Donald J. Trump or not enough? And what about those […]

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How Not to Insult Donald Trump

Maybe we should stop talking about Donald Trump being a racist. He seems to love the idea too much. “I think I’m winning,” he told reporters as he left for a rally on Wednesday. As the whole world now knows, the president was widely denounced for saying a quartet of young minority congresswomen, known as […]

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The Hard Immigration Questions

This article is part of David Leonhardt’s newsletter. You can sign up here to receive it each weekday. The history of American opposition to immigration is to a large extent a history of racism, which was often promoted by powerful or influential people. Calvin Coolidge wrote in 1921 that “Biological laws tell us that certain […]

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