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Democrats Are Getting Very Serious About the Native American Vote

What do the 573 federally recognized nations of American Indians and Alaska Natives all have in common? A never-ending need for lawyers. The Frank LaMere Native American Presidential Forum held this week in Sioux City, Iowa, at which 11 presidential candidates fielded questions from indigenous elected officials and activists, was a rousing two-day argument for […]

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What the 2020 Campaign Sounds Like

Listen and subscribe to our podcast from your mobile device: Via Apple Podcasts | Via RadioPublic | Via Stitcher Song playlists at presidential campaign rallies can be about more than music — they can reflect a candidate’s values, political platform, identity and target audience. We examine the role of these playlists in the 2020 campaign. […]

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Why the 2020 Criminal Justice Debate Is Completely Different

Marijuana would be decriminalized, mass incarceration would be reversed and the death penalty would be eliminated as part of sweeping changes that leading Democratic presidential candidates have proposed to make to the criminal justice system, which has become a dependable political foil for its inefficiency and excesses but has also proved resistant to change. Both […]

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Does Anyone Know What Electability Is?

What do Democrats say in poll after poll that they want in a 2020 presidential candidate? Someone who can beat Donald Trump. In the abstract, that makes plenty of sense. The only problems? No one really knows what voters will do in the primaries. And there’s simply no good way to know which candidate will […]

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Many Democrats Love Elizabeth Warren. They Also Worry About Her.

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa — Senator Elizabeth Warren has built the most formidable campaign organization of any Democratic presidential candidate in the first nominating states, raised an impressive $25 million without holding high-dollar fund-raisers, and has risen steadily in Iowa and New Hampshire polls. Few candidates inspire as much enthusiasm as she does among party voters, […]

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At Iowa’s Wing Ding Dinner, Democrats Assail G.O.P. on Gun Control

CLEAR LAKE, Iowa — The Democratic presidential candidates paused here for a moment of silence for the victims of the mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton, Ohio, underscoring how the turbulent events of the past week have refocused the primary contest. The brief lull in the primary campaign came as nearly the entire field […]

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Does Trump Help Fuel Mass Shootings?

Listen and subscribe to our podcast from your mobile device: Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Google Play | RadioPublic | Stitcher Just how much responsibility does President Trump bear for violence motivated by racism? This week on “The Argument,” the columnists discuss the recent shootings in El Paso, Tex., and Dayton, Ohio. Michelle Goldberg sees […]

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Can the Democrats Do Better Than Trump on North Korea?

Over the two years and three meetings that President Trump has engaged with Kim Jong-un, the North Korean leader may have produced fissile material for as many as a dozen more nuclear weapons, according to expert estimates. That’s hardly the total denuclearization of North Korea that Mr. Trump promised. Would his Democratic challengers do a […]

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Some Democratic Candidates Seek to Link Shootings to Trump

EL PASO — Democratic candidates for president on Sunday reacted strongly to two mass shootings that killed at least 29 people, calling on Congress to act decisively on gun control while denouncing a culture of hatred and white nationalism that some said emanated from the Trump White House. Speaking to CBS News early Sunday, former […]

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Debates and More Debates: This Week in the 2020 Race

Every Saturday morning, we’re publishing “This Week in the 2020 Race”: a quick way to catch up on the presidential campaign and the field of 24 candidates for the Democratic nomination. Debate Night 1: An ideological rift The first night of this week’s Democratic debates in Detroit pitted the two leading liberals against lesser-known moderates, […]

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The Who-Can-Beat Trump Test Leads to Kamala Harris

Nations, like people, may change somewhat, but not in their essential characteristics. The United States is defined by space and hope. It is an optimistic country of can-do strivers. They took the risk of coming to a new land. They are suspicious of government, inclined to self-reliance. Europeans ask where you came from. Americans ask […]

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With a Democrat, a Cooler Head Would Prevail on Iran

While President Trump has escalated pressure on Iran, even coming close to launching a military strike, most Americans want the United States to reduce tensions and return to the 2015 nuclear agreement from which Mr. Trump withdrew, according to a new poll by the Center for American Progress. The leading contenders for the Democratic presidential […]

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What Beto Gets Right

This article is part of David Leonhardt’s newsletter. You can sign up here to receive it each weekday. I’ve been pretty tough on Beto O’Rourke’s presidential campaign so far. A lot of other journalists have too. But campaigns are longer and more fluid than we journalists often acknowledge. And this week’s debates made me realize […]

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Young Climate Activists Push Democrats to the Left

Episode 8: ‘Hard Left’ Producer/Director Samantha Stark Many Democrats want their 2020 presidential nominee to do two things above all: Defeat Donald Trump and protect the planet from imminent environmental disaster. But liberal activists, party officials and even some of the candidates themselves disagree on how far left the party should go to successfully accomplish […]

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How Democrats Will Attack Trump on the Economy

It took more than 90 minutes for the moderators of the Democratic presidential primary debate on Wednesday night to turn to the economy, which polls show is a top issue on voters’ minds and is one of President Trump’s strengths as he seeks re-election. The candidates wasted no time attacking him on it. Over two […]

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Debate Round 2: How Did Biden Do?

To the Editor: Re “Too Moderate? Too Nostalgic? To That, He Says, ‘Malarkey’” (news analysis, front page, Aug. 1): While Joe Biden may not have stumbled as badly as he did in the first debate, his indelibly mediocre performance in Detroit may have been more damaging to his claim as front-runner. He seemed to think […]

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What We Learned From the July Democratic Debates

Five hours of debating over two nights. A widening rift between the party’s populist and centrist wings. Strong messages from the race’s leading progressives. A shaky front-runner. Here is what we learned about the 2020 Democratic primary from the debates on Tuesday and Wednesday nights. The race is fluid Former Vice President Joseph R. Biden […]

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Democrats Are Not Up To Their Historic Responsibility

To adapt a line from Huey Lewis, I want a new party — one that won’t make me sick. I have written so often (and so recently) about the ways Donald Trump’s G.O.P. makes me sick that I won’t repeat myself here. It’s enough to say that when the president calls for four elected members […]

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