Tag: Elizabeth Warren

There’s No Such Thing as a “Populist”

When I read mainstream political commentary, I often think of the awkward gyrating Elaine used to do on Seinfeld, flapping her limbs in all directions in an incompetent, and yet totally confident, imitation of what dancing is supposed to look like. Political pundits are engaged in a similar dance. Convinced of their abilities, they mimic certain […]

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Is the Biden Bubble About to Burst?

Joe Biden never thought he’d have to do this. Positioned, as he was, as the affable veep to an immensely popular president, the veteran of three previous bids for the Democratic nomination assumed a presidential primary was just a way to garner free media until main event, the general election. But, since declaring his candidacy […]

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Sanders and Warren Left Sex Workers Out of Their Criminal Justice Plans

Some sex workers and their allies are feeling left behind by Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders and Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren, who have both unveiled wide-reaching policy platforms on criminal justice reform this week that don’t include a single mention of decriminalizing sex work. The senators are two of just five 2020 Democratic candidates with a […]

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Shock Corridor

As reports exposing the shockingly brutal conditions at immigrant detention centers have drawn comparisons to ethnic detention compounds under authoritarian regimes, it becomes ever more pressing for the country’s vast immigration bureaucracy to lean on whatever prestige it can muster at the height of the Trump border crackdown. And like everything else connected with this […]

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Indian Country Is Finally Getting the Political Attention It Deserves

It took 243 years, but the path to the United States presidency, or at least the Democratic nomination, will run through Indian Country. On August 19 and 20, eight presidential candidates will descend on Sioux City, IA, to participate in the Frank Lamere Native Presidential Forum. The two-day event, named after the late member of […]

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Castro Gives Trump a Slap, Harris Gets a New Rap, and Stacey Abrams Sets a VP Thirst Trap: The Root’s 2020 Presidential Black Power Rankings, Week 7

Illustration: Elena Scotti (Photos: Getty Images) “Smart white people know how to hire black people who actually KNOW black people.” Yours truly (Dr. Jason Johnson politics editor for the Root) and Marcus Ferrell, (former Black Outreach for Bernie Sanders in 2016) and the rest of the Power Rankings Committee came to this conclusion this week […]

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Do Democrats Have a Plan for the Next Recession?

The recession alarm bells are sounding. Anxiety about the direction of the global economy has been growing for some time, amid concern about President Trump’s trade war with China, economic slowdowns in major economies like China and Germany, and Brexit. On Wednesday, the country received perhaps the strongest signal yet of an upcoming recession when […]

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Arguing the World

Over the past four decades, the American political landscape has been littered with the wreckage of booster rockets from eagerly anticipated presidential campaigns that failed to successfully take off. Begin with John Glenn, whom I profiled on the cover of Newsweek in 1983 just after the release of the film version of Tom Wolfe’s The […]

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Stacey Abrams Is Smarter Than Tom Steyer

If you have $10 million or so lying around, you can buy your way into a Democratic debate. That, at least, was one lesson from Tom Steyer’s announcement Tuesday that he had—after spending $7 million on television commercials and $3.5 million on online advertisements (including $2.6 million on Facebook ads alone)—likely purchased a lectern at […]

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Beto Goes Blue, Warren Wilts and Harris Goes O.G. AG: 2020 Presidential Black Power Rankings, Week 6

Illustration: Elena Scotti (Getty Images) Mass shootings hit in Dayton, Ohio, and El Paso, Texas; the stock market crashes; and Toni Morrison passes away. Why is it that every week of the Donald Trump presidency feels like a depressing opening scroll in some post-apocalyptic ’80s movie? In last week’s power rankings we noted that in […]

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Booker Bodies Biden, Bernie Gets Cardi, and Kamala Gets Clapped: 2020 Presidential Black Power Rankings, Week 5

Illustration: Elena Scotti (Getty Images) Before you read The Root’s 2020 Presidential Black Power Rankings for week 5, we want you to close your eyes and use your imagination. It’s January 2023: Lil Nas X has just accepted a Grammy for his 32nd remix of “Old Town Road”; Facebook has just rolled out its new […]

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Democratic Debates, Day 1: Elizabeth Warren Came to Detroit and Caught a Body

Democratic presidential candidates Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) (L) greets former Maryland congressman John Delaney (R) while Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) hugs Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) after the Democratic Presidential Debate at the Fox Theatre July 30, 2019, in Detroit.Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images DETROIT—Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) was supposed to come to Detroit and prove to […]

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This Is the Soul of the Democratic Party

Halfway through the Democratic presidential debate in Detroit on Tuesday night, there was an illuminating exchange between Senator Elizabeth Warren, who consistently polls in the double digits, and former Representative John Delaney, who does not. “I think Democrats win when we run on real solutions, not impossible promises, when we run on things that are […]

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Denali Berries Stuckey Becomes 12th Black Trans Woman Killed This Year

Photo: iStock The murderous death toll continues to climb for members of the transgender community with news of the killing of Denali Berries Stuckey, the 12th transgender woman to be slain this year. Stuckey, 29, was found shot to death along a road in North Charleston, S.C., on Saturday, and police are now investigating whether her […]

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The Man Who Fell to Earth

For most of this year, Joe Biden has strutted across stages in New Hampshire and Iowa, and at swanky fundraisers in New York and California, as if he were already the Democratic nominee. Questions about attacks from his rivals were, more often than not, met with a toothy grin—and a politician’s version of “I don’t […]

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Trump and His Deplorables

Hillary Clinton had a point. In September 2016, the Democratic presidential candidate, criticized some of her rival’s supporters for backing him. “You know, to just be grossly generalistic, you could put half of Trump’s supporters into what I call the basket of deplorables. Right?” she said at a fundraiser in New York. “The racist, sexist, […]

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The Root’s 2020 Presidential Black Power Rankings, Week 3: Kamala Harris Throws Black Voters Under the Bus(ing?)

Illustration: Elena Scotti (Getty Images) This week’s Root 2020 Presidential Black Power Rankings is full of surprises. We have a new No. 1 after several candidates forgot that black people still matter, and a special guest power-ranking judge. This week, me (Dr. Jason Johnson, Politics Editor at The Root) and Marcus Ferrell, former African American […]

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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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