Tag: Election 2020

2 Senior Black Congressional Leaders Take the Safe Route and Back Biden for President

Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-Mo.); Rep. G.K. Butterfield (D-N.C.)Photo: Tasos Katopodis (Getty Images for Yahoo Finance), Teresa Kroeger (Getty Images for Google) Reps. Emanuel Cleaver (D-Mo.) and G.K. Butterfield (D.-N.C.), both former chairs of the Congressional Black Caucus, are throwing their political weight behind Joe Biden in his bid for the Democratic presidential nomination. Cleaver says […]

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Pete Buttigieg’s Health Care Plan Is the Worst Yet

Rejoice, Democratic lovers of Plans, for your presidential field’s second-string wonk candidate Pete Buttigieg has produced details for his health care plan. (To be fair, this is more than can be said for the field’s starting wonk, Elizabeth Warren.) Despite his carefully cultivated image as a master squarer-of-circles—the only man on Earth to have surmised […]

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This Photo of (Sandy) Alex G Is Not Beto O’Rourke Peeing Himself

Fake news is everywhere. With social media’s sensory overload, bad actors are intentionally and unintentionally spreading disinformation, which is easier all the time thanks to our increasingly declining attention spans and poor media literacy. Yes, we’re more likely than ever to get duped by something online. But sometimes, the snap judgments and ideas being spread […]

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The Pragmatic Roots of Biden’s Incoherence

On Sunday, Miami real estate developer Craig Robins introduced Joe Biden at a fundraiser by telling prospective donors that Biden is a candidate seeking “a solution that could just make things normal again.”  It’s a pithy description for the campaign that Biden has run thus far. While the majority of the Democratic field has spent […]

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Trump Others ‘the Hispanics’ During Appeal for Latinx Support at New Mexico Rally

Donald Trump, with a smattering of “Latinos for Trump” signs behind him, speaks in New Mexico, a state he lost in 2016, during a campaign rally Sept. 16, 2019, at the Santa Ana Star Center in Rio Rancho, where he tried to enlist support from “the Hispanics” in his re-election efforts.Photo: Cengiz Yar (Getty) Never […]

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SNL Cans (Not-So) Funnyman Shane Gillis Over Racial Slur, and He’s Like, ‘Whatever, I Liked Mad TV ’

Celebrated new SNL cast hire Bowen Yang; ousted comic Shane Gillis; Democratic presidential hopeful Andrew YangPhoto: Alex Schaefer (NBC via AP), Phil Provencio (NBC via AP), Phil Long (Associated Press) A moment when fans should have been focused on celebrating the fact that Saturday Night Live had (finally!) promoted an Asian American, Bowen Yang, to […]

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Democrats Are Trapped in Trump’s “Deep State” War

The ongoing contretemps between President Donald Trump and the intelligence community forces a dismal and daunting question: Whose side must be taken in a power struggle between a legion of professional liars and a consummate bullshit artist?  Both the president and the spy agencies have mastered the arts of misrepresentation, self-righteousness, and Twitter (but perhaps […]

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Julián Castro Is Not Here to Make Friends

For all the plans and white papers the Democratic presidential candidates have released—for all of the vigorous back and forth between the field’s progressives and moderates on health care, climate, and other issues at the center of the primary—the race seems to be in a state of stasis. Joe Biden’s numbers continue their trickle downward, […]

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Second Tier in Top Form at Democratic Debate

Thursday’s Democratic debate was billed as a kind of battle royal. The first four nights of debates? They were preseason. Now, at long last, the ten leading candidates would appear on the same stage—and everything would again make sound-bite-sized sense in American politics.  But even if the party is done with the two-night debate format—and […]

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Joe Biden Doesn’t Seem to Understand Health Care

If we are going to keep having these grim circuses that we call debates, and begin each one with an extended segment about health care, it would be nice if we could stop asking the same questions again and again—but what about taxes?—and try to pin the leading candidates down on the specifics of their […]

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The Black Man Trump Called ‘My African American’ Calls It Quits on the Republican Party

Gregory Cheadle is shown in this June 3, 2016, photo talking to then GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump after a campaign rally in Redding, Calif., during which Trump singled him out while calling him “my African American.” Now, three years later, Cheadle says he’s turned off by Trump’s policies and politics and is quitting the […]

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Kamala Harris Gets Slightly Less Tough on Crime

In this Democratic primary, it can be difficult to distinguish between the candidates’ various criminal justice reform proposals—but at least they have them. Finally, maybe, Democratic presidential candidates no longer need to signal their “tough on crime” stance. They can propose that some criminal laws should be scrapped. They can commit to reducing the number […]

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Trump’s Cringe-Worthy Pitch to HBCU Leadership: I’m the Best You’ve Ever Had

Donald Trump addresses the National Historically Black Colleges and Universities Week Conference at the Renaissance Hotel Sept. 10, 2019 in Washington, D.C. Photo: Chip Somodevilla (Getty) Donald Trump, addressing leaders of the nation’s HBCUs on Tuesday, pledged to be a force for “strengthening” historically black colleges and universities, as HBCU leadership often find themselves working […]

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Two Dans, Two Elections, and No Winners

Meet Dan. Dan is in favor of increasing the ballooning military budget. He likes Medicaid expansion, but isn’t so hot on this Medicare-for-all deal. He’s a solar energy entrepreneur, so he’s in favor of proactively tackling climate change, but also maybe wishes that Senator Bernie Sanders would cool it with the talk of nationalizing the […]

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The Also-Rans Hoping for a New Hampshire Miracle

Amy Klobuchar sat on a couch Saturday afternoon amid the used-paper-plate debris of her skybox in a hockey arena after a long day at the New Hampshire Democratic convention. The three-term Minnesota senator had reason to be pleased; her ten-minute convention speech (“What’s the difference between Donald Trump and Greenland? Greenland is not for sale”), […]

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The Grassroots Battle to Save Democracy

In the wake of another mass shooting at the hands of another AR-15-armed gunman and a powerful hurricane heralding the beginning of a dangerous storm season, the policy conversation in the Democratic presidential primary has been dominated in recent days by gun control and climate change. Both issues have been the subject of expansive policy […]

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Kamala Harris Proposes Spending $10 Trillion (Yes, That’s Trillion With a ‘T’) to Fight Climate Change

Photo: Justin Sullivan (Getty) A problem of global proportion perhaps demands a solution of similar dimensions, and on Wednesday, Democratic presidential hopeful and U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris proposed a $10 trillion plan to combat global warming, aka climate change. The California senator announced her plan Wednesday ahead of a CNN-sponsored Democratic candidates’ forum on ways […]

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