Tag: Hillary Clinton

News to Me: Former Attorney General Loretta Lynch Denies She Pushed Comey to Downplay Probe Into Clinton Emails

Loretta LynchPhoto: Getty Former U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch, testifying before Congress last year about how the probe into Hillary Clinton’s email use was handled, said she never told ex FBI chief James Comey to downplay the investigation by referring to it as a “matter” as opposed to an “investigation.” Lynch’s testimony was part of […]

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Former Attorney General Loretta Lynch Denies She Pushed James Comey to Downplay Probe Into Clinton Emails

Loretta LynchPhoto: Getty Former U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch, testifying before Congress last year about how the probe into Hillary Clinton’s email use was handled, said she never told ex-FBI chief James Comey to downplay the investigation by referring to it as a “matter” as opposed to an “investigation.” Lynch’s testimony was part of transcripts […]

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Victory Does Not Depend on Swing Voters

Nothing captures the imagination of the political press like the all-important, quasi-talismanic “swing voter.” And so, with the 2020 presidential election now a mere 18 months away, the electorate is already being fed a steady diet of punditry carefully repeating—as if it were a mantra—why… Democrats… must… win… swing… voters… to beat Donald Trump. On […]

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Bernie Sanders Sets His Sights on Biden

Bernie Sanders has a Joe Biden problem. The former vice president’s formal entry into the 2020 primary has cut into Sanders’s numbers, which have lagged in recent weeks. Already underwater with older voters, a Morning Consult poll released on Wednesday showed that Bernie’s support among younger ones—his base—has fallen from 45 to 33 percent. Sanders […]

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Popular Move: Maine Senate Passes Bill to Give All of State’s Electoral Votes to the Winner of the Popular Vote in 2020

Photo: iStock There’s a movement afoot in some quarters to get rid of the Electoral College, the institution that really elects the president of the United States. More often than not, the winner of the popular vote also wins enough electoral votes to gain the Oval Office. But in just the last 20 years, the Electoral […]

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Joe Biden Is Going Back to the Clinton Playbook

When Joe Biden made his first bid for president, he was forced to drop out after plagiarizing British Labour leader Neil Kinnock in a Democratic debate. Now, in his third run for the White House, Biden is plagiarizing himself. “Ladies and gentlemen, it’s time to restore America’s soul,” he bellowed at the Iowa Democratic Steak […]

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Democrats Already Have a Position on Tariffs… If You Know Where to Look

Donald Trump’s trade war with China is not going well. Weeks after assuring people that trade negotiations between the two countries were on the “five yard line,” a sheepish Larry Kudlow, Trump’s chief economic adviser, admitted on Sunday that we may be months away from a deal, if not longer. Markets tumbled Monday after China […]

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The Worst Businessman in America

Any dwindling belief that Donald Trump’s business career represented anything other than “The Art of the Scam” died Tuesday night when The New York Times reconstructed the president’s federal tax returns from 1985-1994. In a feat of forensic work worthy of a TV crime series, reporters Russ Buettner and Susanne Craig revealed that Trump lost […]

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Kellyanne Conway, Asked by No One, Offers Opinion on Obama After Clinton Loss in ’16

Photo: Getty Images Kellyanne Conway has managed to run afoul of quite a few people during her time as a member of Donald Trump’s braintrust. While using nearly every appearance on national television to muddy the waters of dialogue with half-truths, whole lies and missing hairspray, she has managed to flummox, flabbergast, and vex nearly […]

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Democrats Have Created an “Electability” Monster

Senator Kamala Harris was supposed to be a frontrunner. According to the rules of “the invisible primary,” in which donors and party activists coalesce around their chosen nominees, sending signals about candidate quality that primary voters, more often that not, eventually validate, Harris seemed to check all the boxes of a frontrunner. Her campaign team […]

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The RBG Election

With Joe Biden’s entry into the Democratic presidential race last week, there are now at least 20 candidates vying to challenge President Donald Trump next November. They run a wide gamut of ideological stances, from the democratic socialism of Bernie Sanders to the reformist liberalism of Elizabeth Warren to the nostalgic centrism of Biden, Beto […]

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Empowerment for What?

Maggie Thatcher, milk snatcher: I’ve known that rhyme for as long as I can remember. I couldn’t have been more than seven or eight when my mother explained to me that when she was my age, all children were given free milk at school, but a mean woman who used to be prime minister had […]

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What Does Joe Biden Stand For, Exactly?

Every presidential candidate runs on some combination of two things: what they’ve already done, and what they plan to do next. More experienced candidates like Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders can lean on both equally, while relative newcomers like Beto O’Rourke or Pete Buttigieg tend to focus on the latter. The calculus for Joe Biden […]

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Obama Had Biden Pump His Breaks on ’16 Presidential Bid: Report

Photo: Getty Images According to a New York Times feature describing the relationship between the former presidential partners, President Barack Obama urged Joe Biden, his Vice President, not to run. According to the times, Obama “gently pressed” Biden on his 2016 aspirations over the span of a few weeks before having a strategist deliver a […]

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The False Promise of the “Yoga Voter”

In late 1994, a few days after Christmas, Hillary Clinton and her husband retreated to the woods. They had had a bruising few months. The Republicans had retaken the House, and Clinton wanted a reset. So, she invited an anthropology professor, three writers—including miracle worker Marianne Williamson, the author of A Return to Love—and a psychic […]

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69-Year-Old Militia Leader Accused of Harassing Migrants on the US-Mexico Border Boasted of Aim to Kill Obama, Clinton: Report

Photo: iStock Guess we could have seen this one coming: The 69-year-old leader of an armed militia group accused of rounding up migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border and holding them at gunpoint before turning them over to U.S. Border Patrol told the FBI his group was training to kill Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and prominent Democratic […]

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The Impotence of “Stop Sanders” Democrats

Not too long ago, the conventional wisdom in mainstream Democratic circles was that Bernie Sanders was finished. He was too old and too stubborn; he reminded voters too strongly of an election they’d all like to forget. Sanders may have shocked observers (to say nothing of Hillary Clinton’s campaign) in 2016, but he was now […]

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Why Is Bill de Blasio’s Presidential Dream a Sad Joke?

It may be hard to believe now, but for a New York minute it seemed that Bill de Blasio was going to be the champion of an insurgent left. Progressive activists and commentators hailed de Blasio’s landslide victory in New York’s 2013 mayoral election as a sign of an encouraging new direction for the Democratic […]

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Joe Biden’s Silent Majority

A week ago, Joe Biden’s presidential campaign looked like it was dead on arrival. Accusations of unwanted touching brought forth by several women had become a major issue. Biden was lampooned by Saturday Night Live and by his potential 2020 adversary, President Donald Trump. The conclusion, reached again and again across the liberal commentariat, seemed […]

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‘Parks and Recreation’ Is the America We Were Promised

Parks and Recreation has been my go-to TV show for years now. Similar to how some people binge-watch The Simpsons or Seinfeld on a nightly basis, the Michael Schur sitcom is my televised comfort food. Possibly because it’s endlessly quotable, still boasts one of the strongest ensemble casts of the past decade, or because everything […]

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