Tag: Election 2020

Trump Says Racist Nonsense Because He Means It and Because He Knows He Can Win on It

Photo: Photo by Alex Wong (Getty Images) Donald Trump, in a series of tweets from Sunday night to well into Monday morning, doubled down on his racist, xenophobic criticism of four Democratic congresswomen, Reps. Ilhan Omar, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib, and Ayanna Pressley. After calling on the congresswomen to go back to their countries and […]

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Missouri Rep. Lacy Clay Blasts AOC for ‘Using the Race Card’ in Her Pushback Against Pelosi

In this 2014 photo, Rep. Lacy Clay (D-Mo.) speaks to demonstrators gathered in Ferguson, Mo., to protest the fatal police shooting of Michael Brown.Photo: Scott Olson (Getty) Veteran African-American Democrats in the House are taking freshman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to task over how she’s come for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and comments AOC’s chief of […]

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Why We’re Challenging the 2020 Democrats to a Climate Summit

It’s been said before, but it bears repeating: The first round of Democratic presidential debates failed the planet. In a combined 240 minutes of discussion—at an event held in city poised to sink into the ocean—the moderators devoted a combined 15 minutes of airtime to the biggest existential threat humanity faces. We were hardly surprised. […]

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Federal Appeals Court Judges Appear to Back GOP Efforts to End Obamacare

Photo: iStock A federal appeals court panel seemed prone Tuesday to back Republican efforts to kill Obamacare, with judges questioning how much of a mandate President Barack Obama’s signature health care law can be since Donald Trump signed a law ending any penalties for those who choose not to buy health insurance. According to Reuters, […]

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Robert Johnson of BET Fame Still Got Love for Donald Trump While Saying of Democrats: Y’all Moving Too Far, Too Fast

In this November 2016 photo, Donald Trump greets Robert Johnson (right), the founder of BET, and Johnson’s wife, Lauren Wooden, as they arrive for a meeting with Trump at his Bedminster Township, N.J., golf club following Trump’s presidential election win. Photo: Drew Angerer (Getty) The nation’s first black billionaire, BET founder Robert Johnson, says Democrats […]

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Robert Johnson of BET Fame Still Got Love for Donald Trump While Saying of Democrats: Y’all Moving Too Far, Too Fast [Corrected]

In this November 2016 photo, Donald Trump greets Robert Johnson (right), the founder of BET, and NFL executive Traci Otey Blunt as they arrive for a meeting with Trump at his Bedminster Township, N.J., golf club following Trump’s presidential election win.Photo: Drew Angerer (Getty) The nation’s first black billionaire, BET founder Robert Johnson, says Democrats […]

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What Does Big Tech Want from Buttigieg?

Pete Buttigieg made more than a few jaws drop last week when he released quarterly donation tallies that outperformed his place in the opinion polls by a large margin. Between April and July, Buttigieg raised a staggering $25 million from nearly 300,000 donors—more than any other candidate in the race, including consistent frontrunner Joe Biden […]

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Elizabeth Warren Takes a Bite Out of the Bernie Bros With $19 Million Haul in Campaign Cash

Photo: Drew Angerer (Getty) Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Elizabeth Warren raised $19.1 million in campaign cash over the past three months, beating the take of similarly politically progressive rival Sen. Bernie Sanders during the same period. The numbers suggest Warren may be viewed as a more politically viable alternative to Sanders. And, as the New York […]

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An Economy in Waiting

The 2020 Democratic field now teems with proposals to mitigate rampaging wealth and income inequality, from Kamala Harris’s plan to increase tax credits for low- and moderate-income families to Elizabeth Warren’s wealth tax. Such plans overlook, however, the principal set of relations that skew American capitalism upward: the ownership and operational control of business enterprises.
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Democrats Should Attack the Trump Economy

Donald Trump tried to turn Independence Day into a celebration of himself. It was— thanks to poor planning, bad weather, and his hubris—a catastrophe. But a day later, Trump found another, less expensive way to throw a victory parade: The release of the unexpectedly good jobs numbers from June. “Record 157,005,000 Employed; 19th Record of […]

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Money Moves: Elizabeth Warren Touts Plan to Increase Pay for Black and Brown Women

Presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) embraces a supporter at a campaign event, July 2, 2019, in Las Vegas.Photo: John Locher (Associated Press) Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Elizabeth “I have a plan for that” Warren pledged Friday to help close the pay gap suffered by women of color, especially by women who are black or […]

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Do Democrats Really Want To See Trump’s Tax Returns?

On Tuesday, House Democrats finally, at long last, took the Trump administration to court over its steadfast refusal to obey a subpoena for the president’s tax returns. The move came almost exactly six months after the party retook the House of Representatives and two months after Representative Richard Neal, chairman of the Ways and Means […]

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‘Electability’ Is Just Another Word for White Supremacy

Image: iStock Black people know things. Despite the systematic erasure of our history, the centuries-long intentional miseducation and the collective brainwashing that this country has inflicted on us, there are certain things that black people just know. Whether it is instinctive or passed down through generations, our continued existence depends on an inherited education that […]

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Restoring Democracy is Not Open to Debate

Hours before Thursday’s Democratic presidential debate, the Supreme Court issued two rulings that could greatly affect our democracy. One decision failed to stop the drive toward increasingly partisan gerrymanders, and the other temporarily blocked the Trump Administration’s attempt to leverage the decennial United States Census for partisan advantage. Despite this timely news peg, the debate moderators failed to […]

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How Old is Too Old to Be President?

Are Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders too old to be president? Donald Trump—who, at 73, is not much younger than the 76-year-old Biden and the 77-year-old Sanders—thinks so. Asked by reporters back in April if someone can be “too old” to be president, Trump flattered himself. “Well, I think that—I just feel like a young […]

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Tulsi Gabbard Says a Teen Hacked a Replica of Florida’s Election System. She’s Wrong

The spectre of Russian hacking and election interference is very much a presence in the lead up to the 2020 presidential elections. And Hawaii Rep. and presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard has been one of the more outspoken candidates when it comes to that danger. On Friday, Gabbard went on HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher […]

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What Kamala Harris Didn’t Say

When she stepped onto the debate stage in Miami last Thursday, Kamala Harris was running a presidential campaign that could best be described as “fine.” After entering the race with a huge rally in Oakland—and a strong $12 million raised in the first quarter—she largely receded to what’s been described as the contest’s “second tier.” […]

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AI Weekly: China, the United States, and the struggle for global leadership

This week, 2020 presidential hopefuls took the stage in Miami for the first Democratic primary candidate debates. At times the whole thing felt a bit like a reality show, because some desperate people knew they wouldn’t make it to the next round, but also because of a smattering of meme-worthy moments. I know nobody wants […]

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Take Marianne Williamson Seriously

The Democratic debate last night wasn’t actually America’s introduction to Marianne Williamson. She has multiple New York Times best-selling books and was a regular fixture on The Oprah Winfrey Show for many years. In 1997, Mother Jones covered her fame and charisma—and shift to a more political message—in a prescient (and slightly mocking) profile. But […]

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Biden’s Big Night Belonged to Others

Joe Biden had one job at his first Democratic debate. He didn’t have to win, but he couldn’t lose. He was there to remind everyone that he was a jovial grandpa—someone who would take his gloves off for Donald Trump, but put them back on for everyone else. He would take every opportunity to play […]

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