Tag: Democratic Party

Failing to Decipher Black Voters

There was quite a bit of talk about the black vote and the black community at Wednesday night’s presidential debate. Maybe that’s because they were in Atlanta, the majority-black capital of the South. But it is also, I am sure, because black voters have played and continue to play a crucial role in who gets […]

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Hill and Holmes Impeachment Hearings: What We’ve Learned So Far

WASHINGTON — David Holmes, a career diplomat and political counselor to the United States embassy in Ukraine, and Fiona Hill, a former Europe and Russia expert at the White House, schooled lawmakers on Thursday on the United States’ geopolitical relationship with Ukraine and provided some new details about the efforts to pressure Ukraine to announce […]

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Pence Is Implicated

This article is part of David Leonhardt’s newsletter. You can sign up here to receive it each weekday. The president led a conspiracy to use American foreign policy for his personal benefit. We’ve known that much for weeks. Yesterday, we heard a credible accusation that the vice president, among other top officials, was aware of […]

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To Take on the Religious Right, We Need a Religious Left

I remember the first time I encountered God. It was 2002 and my mother, with three small children in tow, had just arrived at the doors of the Cathedral of the Holy Spirit in Atlanta, Ga. She was not seeking salvation from sin, but homelessness. For months we had been living in a domestic violence […]

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Are Public Impeachment Hearings Working?

Listen and subscribe to our podcast from your mobile device: Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Google Play | RadioPublic | Stitcher Are the impeachment hearings moving the needle on public opinion? With David Leonhardt out, Times columnist David Brooks makes his “Argument” debut to discuss the Democrats’ impeachment strategy so far. He thinks the inability […]

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With Impeachment as Backdrop, Democrats Direct Fire at Trump in Debate

The Democratic presidential candidates yielded to the furor surrounding the impeachment inquiry in Washington in their primary debate on Wednesday, for the first time training their fire more steadily on President Trump than on one another and presenting a largely united front on vital issues like climate change and abortion rights. One month after the […]

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Buttigieg Was a Target. But No One Was Attacked Like Warren.

Although the Democratic primary debate began with a series of questions about impeaching President Trump, allowing the candidates to take shots at the Republican rival they all hope to face in the general election, it swiftly transformed into a referendum on another politician who has increasingly presented a challenge to the Democratic Party: Senator Elizabeth […]

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Democratic Debate Live Updates: The Candidates and the Big Issues Tonight

How to watch: The debate will last two hours. It is co-hosted by MSNBC and The Washington Post. Moderators: Rachel Maddow, Andrea Mitchell, Kristen Welker and Ashley Parker. Candidates: Former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., Senator Elizabeth Warren, Senator Bernie Sanders, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Senator Kamala Harris, the entrepreneur Andrew Yang, Senator Amy Klobuchar, […]

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‘I’m 17 Years Old, and I’m Terrified’: The Issues Our Readers Hope Come Up at the Democratic Debate

Discussions about health care have dominated the six previous nights of debates among the Democratic presidential candidates. Ahead of Wednesday night’s debate in Atlanta, we asked our readers what issue they most wanted the candidates to address, and why it mattered to them and their families. One issue stood out: climate change. About two-thirds of […]

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Obama Moves Off Political Sidelines, Earlier Than He Expected

WASHINGTON — Barack Obama had a plan of sorts for the 2020 presidential primaries, according to several allies and advisers: Stay out of the way, offer advice when asked, promote voting rights, finish a new memoir — then jump back into politics after Democrats picked their nominee. Things haven’t worked out like that. After three […]

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What Do We Hear When Women Speak?

Carole Simpson, a longtime television newscaster, was told early in her career that she could not be an anchor because “women don’t like to hear other women on the air.” “Women’s voices are shrill and not authoritative enough,” one boss told her, noting that news coming out of their mouths “sounds like gossip.” Ms. Simpson […]

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What Democrats Need to Know to Win Latinos

By the evidence of the Democratic primary so far, it’s clear that no leading Democratic candidate has any idea of how to engage Latinos. The Latino electorate has always been complex, a reality that Democratic candidates, consultants and election “experts” fail to grasp or simply ignore. The 2018 midterm elections showed a sharp increase in […]

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Dear Debate Moderators …

This article is part of David Leonhardt’s newsletter. You can sign up here to receive it each weekday. Dear Rachel Maddow, Andrea Mitchell, Ashley Parker and Kristen Welker: Please don’t start with Medicare. The four of you will be moderating tonight’s Democratic debate in Atlanta. And I’m hoping you can avoid the Medicare obsession that […]

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Impeachment Hearing Updates: Gordon Sondland Heads to Capitol Hill

Here’s what you need to know: The basics: Who, what, when and how to watch. Who: Gordon D. Sondland, the ambassador to the European Union, will appear by himself in the morning session. Laura K. Cooper, a deputy assistant defense secretary, and David Hale, the under secretary of state for political affairs, will testify together […]

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What Happened to Kamala Harris?

Listen and subscribe to our podcast from your mobile device: Via Apple Podcasts | Via RadioPublic | Via Stitcher When Senator Kamala Harris started her presidential campaign 10 months ago, she drew a crowd of 20,000 to her kickoff rally — the biggest of any candidate’s. She was talked about as a potential heir to […]

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The Democrats Are in Georgia. The Stakes Couldn’t Be Higher.

With tonight’s presidential primary debate, Georgia Democrats are breathing a sigh of relief. Finally, they are saying, the national party is recognizing that demographics really are destiny, that Georgia can and should be a central part of any plan to win back the White House and the Senate. For nearly two decades now, the demographic […]

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The Danger of Elizabeth Warren

Under pressure, Elizabeth Warren has retreated from the idea of immediate implementation of Medicare for All, but she remains committed to the progressive core of her candidacy. As she put it in a speech to Iowa Democrats on Nov. 1: If we’re going to meet the challenges of our time, we need big ideas. Big […]

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There’s Only One Way the Patrick and Bloomberg Campaigns Make Sense

I’m going to write something annoying. I’m going to write some horse-race campaign analysis. I’m going to write very broadly and subjectively about trends in the race without using hard data or discussing policy. I’m doing so because I think what I am describing has a possibility of happening, and I think people who are […]

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What to Watch For in Day 4 of the Trump Impeachment Inquiry Hearings

The House impeachment hearings hit a critical moment on Wednesday with the appearance of perhaps the most significant witness on the public schedule. Gordon D. Sondland, the Trump donor now serving as ambassador to the European Union, will be asked about his role in pressuring Ukraine to open investigations into Democrats and any link to […]

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White House Attacks Its Ukraine Expert as He Says Trump Call Was ‘Inappropriate’

WASHINGTON — The White House attacked its own top Ukraine expert on Tuesday as he offered sworn testimony before the House’s impeachment inquiry that President Trump’s request to Ukraine’s president to investigate Democratic rivals had been “inappropriate” and validated his “worst fear” that American policy toward that country would veer off course. On the opening […]

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They’re Blue Collar, and They Like That Biden Is an Average Joe

WEST POINT, Iowa — They are white and nonwhite alike, prefer Facebook over Twitter, if they are on social media at all, and can be hard to find at Democratic campaign events dominated by activists from the professional class. But these blue-collar voters could go a long way toward determining who captures the Democratic presidential […]

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How Tulsi Gabbard’s Feud With Clinton Helped Extend Her Time in the Spotlight

Sitting at a bar in the coastal New Hampshire city of Portsmouth, Ray Brunelle rattled off the qualities he admires in Representative Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii. A retired air force veteran, he appreciates Ms. Gabbard’s military background. He praised her “cool and calm” performance in the last primary debate. But the thing that most impressed […]

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