Tag: Democratic Party

Kirsten Gillibrand, New York Senator, Joins Democratic Race for President

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, an outspoken advocate for women’s causes and electing more women to office, is entering the 2020 race for the White House herself, becoming the latest candidate to join what is expected to be a crowded Democratic primary to take on President Trump. In an appearance Tuesday on the “Late Show With Stephen […]

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Democrats Jilt Trump on Lunch Talks but Look for Shutdown Exit

WASHINGTON — House Democrats spurned an invitation from President Trump to have a bipartisan lunch at the White House on Tuesday, as increasingly agitated lawmakers in both parties and on both sides of the Capitol began casting about for a compromise to end the standoff that has pressed the partial government shutdown into its 25th […]

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With New Voting Laws, Democrats Flex Newfound Power in New York

ALBANY — After years of lagging behind other states, New York was set to radically overhaul its system of voting and elections on Monday, taking up several bills that would allow early voting, preregistration of minors, voting by mail and sharp limits on the influence of money. The bills, which were expected to be passed […]

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What’s Really at Stake in the Los Angeles Teachers’ Strike

For decades, public schools were part of California’s lure, key to the promise of opportunity. Forty years ago, with the lightning speed characteristic of the Golden State, all of that changed. In the fall of 1978, after years of bitter battles to desegregate Los Angeles classrooms, 1,000 buses carried more than 40,000 students to new […]

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Trump’s Shutdown Is a Sucker Punch for Struggling Farmers

KNOXVILLE, Iowa — Today President Trump will address the American Farm Bureau’s 100th annual convention in New Orleans. But any promises of help will be too late for many farmers. Had he set out to ruin America’s small farmers, he could hardly have come up with a more effective, potentially ruinous one-two combination punch than […]

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Political Memo: Democrats Want to Run on Issues in 2020. But Does Beating Trump Matter Most?

WASHINGTON — Medicare for All. A federal jobs guarantee. The “Green New Deal.” No Super PAC money. No mass deportations. And, of course, a candidate who can beat President Trump — right? After a 2018 midterm election that energized the left, perhaps the most consequential political question facing the Democratic Party is whether liberals will […]

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Top Democrats Warn Trump Over Comments on Michael Cohen

WASHINGTON — Three newly empowered Democratic House committee chairmen, alarmed by statements over the weekend by President Trump about his former lawyer’s planned testimony before Congress, cautioned on Sunday that any effort to discourage or influence a witness’s testimony could be construed as a crime. The warning, a stark and unusual message from some of […]

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Run, Joe, Run

In the summer of 2016, it was becoming clear that Hillary Clinton was a weaker presidential candidate than many Democrats had expected. Some problems were of her own making (the Wall Street speeches), and some were overhyped by the media (emails!). But the bottom line was that she didn’t look like the ideal candidate for […]

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Stung by Florida Midterm Losses, Democrats See a Swing State Drifting Away

PEMBROKE PINES, Fla. — After a painful midterm election for Florida Democrats that showed this crucial swing state drifting away from them, a group of party activists gathered at a Cuban restaurant last month to receive some bitter medicine — and a sober warning — to go with their croquettes and plantain chips. Democrats started […]

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Ocasio-Cortez Pushes Democrats to the Left, Whether They Like It or Not

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] WASHINGTON — Not so long ago, left-wing activists were dismissed as fringe or even kooky when they pressed for proposals to tax the super rich at 70 percent, to produce all of America’s power through renewable resources or to […]

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Democrats Push to Block Sanctions Relief for Russian Oligarch’s Companies

WASHINGTON — Senate Democrats intend to force a vote this coming week on the Trump administration’s move to lift sanctions against companies controlled by an influential Russian oligarch, intensifying a new line of scrutiny of the administration’s handling of Russia policy. Senator Chuck Schumer of New York, the minority leader, said on Saturday that the […]

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Brexit and the U.S. Shutdown: Two Governments in Paralysis

ImageLeft, pro- and anti-Brexit demonstrators outside Parliament in London last month. Right, a view of the Capitol during the government shutdown in Washington.CreditAndrew Testa for The New York Times LONDON — In Parliament, lawmakers are mired in gridlock over Britain’s departure from the European Union, with no clear path forward. In Washington, President Trump stormed […]

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Julián Castro, Former Housing Secretary, Announces 2020 Presidential Run

Julián Castro, the former housing secretary and former mayor of San Antonio, announced on Saturday that he would run for president, one of the most high-profile Latino Democrats ever to seek the party’s nomination. His first campaign stop will be in Puerto Rico, where he will speak on Monday at the Latino Victory Fund’s annual […]

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Trump Furloughed Me. Should I Take Up Pole Dancing?

Monday, Jan. 7 5:30 a.m. It’s the first full day I am furloughed, but I’m not sleeping in. My wife goes to a hot yoga class on Monday and she gets up at 5:30 a.m. to get there on time. I get up then, too, because she needs every light on. 6:43 a.m. The kids […]

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Kamala Harris Is Hard to Define Politically. Maybe That’s the Point.

If Senator Kamala Harris’s book tour is a preview of her likely presidential campaign, the early signs point to a catchall message meant for Democrats across the spectrum. Speaking Friday night at the 92nd Street Y on New York’s Upper East Side, Ms. Harris covered many bases: her origin story from Oakland to Capitol Hill, […]

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Tulsi Gabbard, Representative From Hawaii, Announces Democratic Presidential Bid

Representative Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii said Friday that she would run for president, joining what is expected to be a crowded field of Democrats seeking to challenge President Trump in 2020. Ms. Gabbard announced her decision to CNN in an interview with the political commentator Van Jones that is scheduled to air on Saturday. “I […]

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On Conservative Media, Qualified Support for Trump on Shutdown

The government shutdown and partisan wrangling over a wall at the southern border have produced high political drama in Washington, where President Trump has sought to portray the impasse as a national emergency. And as the shutdown reached a record-tying 21st day on Friday, Americans following local and national media coverage would be forgiven for […]

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Gillibrand Hires New Aide, Signaling Presidential Run Is Imminent

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand of New York has hired a communications director for an expected presidential campaign, a sign that she is all but certain to join the race against President Trump and that her entry may be imminent. Ms. Gillibrand has recruited Meredith Kelly, formerly the top spokeswoman at the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, as […]

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Gavin Newsom’s First Budget Calls for Big Spending and Paying Down Debt

SACRAMENTO — Gov. Gavin Newsom proposed a blizzard of new spending in his first budget, calling for increased expenditures on education, homelessness and poverty, as well as programs to bolster California’s long-term fiscal health. His $209 billion proposal, which now goes to the Legislature, left little doubt that California, already one of the more liberal […]

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