Tag: Joe Biden

The Viral Impotency of the Lincoln Project

Some Lincoln Project ads have focused on the perilous state of the economy and Trump’s failure to control the coronavirus, key pillars of Biden’s presidential campaign. But many others have taken a pettier approach. Recent ads have mocked the turnout for the president’s recent campaign rally in Tulsa, and suggested he was not physically well, […]

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Joe Biden Says Statues of Christopher Columbus, Thomas Jefferson and George Washington Should Be Protected

A goofy in his political habitatPhoto: Scott Olson (Getty Images) In a world where you, an elderly white man, are in a presidential race in which you are trying to defeat the super boss evil overlord orange elderly white man with the (alleged) Adderall sniffs, how do you overcome his rabidly racist base while still […]

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Democrats Can’t Quit Their Addiction to Big-Money Donors

If there briefly seemed to be some interest among Democrats in unshackling campaigns from corporate contributions and other forms of big money, that sentiment has all but vanished in the lead-up to November’s general election. The Biden campaign has amassed a number of super PAC contributions and donations from the wealthy, including $2 million from […]

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No, Symone Sanders Won’t Shut Up—and She Doesn’t Think We Should, Either

Image: Harper Collins It’s Lit!It’s Lit!Where all things literary live on The Root Later this summer, Democratic presidential hopeful Joe Biden will announce his running mate—and it’s widely presumed he will choose one of the many dynamic Black women who have risen to the top of the political sphere (and its adjacent headlines) in recent […]

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D.C. Statehood Is a Test of Biden’s Political Courage

On Friday, House Democrats are all but certain to pass a bill making the District of Columbia the nation’s 51st state, marking the first time in history a house of Congress has formally approved statehood for the District. Naturally, the bill is doomed in the Senate for reasons President Donald Trump candidly explained in May. […]

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The Democrats’ Future Depends on D.C. Statehood

It’s a safe bet that Democrats will someday stitch new stars on the flag, even if it takes another 232 years. It won’t happen in 2020, and it may not even happen under a potential Biden presidency. Nevertheless, raw political logic demands that it happen eventually. Put simply, Democrats need new voters just as much […]

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The Myopic Fantasy of Returning to “Normal”

At the beginning of March, there were plenty of signs that normal life would soon be upended in the United States: The Chinese government had quarantined a city of 11 million; the Italian government banned public gatherings and travel. But in the United States, stores were open, the NBA was in session, and the first […]

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This Is How Trump Plans to Beat Biden

We will be inundated by polls and charts and the sweaty, contradictory pronouncements of serious analysts and hacks alike between now and November, but the fundamentals of the election as it stands are actually quite simple. The president is just barely matching his 2016 margin with white working-class voters. He is losing white college graduates […]

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Black Student Loan Debt Should Be An Issue For All Of Us

Source: iOne Digital / iOne Creative As conversations around social justice equity, racial parity and building financial stability in the Black community remain on the forefront, the plight of African American college students should remain a topic of conversation. Tuition has more than doubled since the 1980s, but salaries have not increased at the same rate, and […]

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Trump Is Losing His Hold on the Senior Vote

If you had any doubt that America is a gerontocracy, consider that we’ve been talking for three days now about the president’s uncertain gait as he descended a ramp at West Point on Saturday. On the following day, Donald Trump turned 74—making him one year older than Ronald Reagan when, in the recollection of his son Ron, […]

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Inside the Fight to Shape Biden’s Climate Policy

“Very few executive branch appointments are unrelated to a green agenda.” Progressives are also concerned about keeping those likely to block climate progress out of Biden’s “kitchen” and official cabinets. For example, the Sunrise Movement and Justice Democrats have called for Biden to drop Larry Summers as an adviser. As the incoming and then-acting head Barack […]

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The Solution to Police Murder Is Not More Money

In my neighborhood of D.C., there is a Whole Foods on P Street NW, between 14th and 15th. Prior to its ultra-gentrification, the neighborhood was home to one of the city’s most well-known homeless shelters; years on, there are still often one or two homeless Washingtonians who spend the day on this particular block. I […]

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Can the Never Trumpers Deliver the Goods in 2020?

They define Never Trumpers as people who identify themselves as Republicans but voted against Trump in the 2016 primaries and also against him in the general election. Back then, they represented about 10 percent of the Republican electorate. By and large, Barber and Pope find these voters to be moderates, by Republican standards. They tend […]

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Democratic Veepstakes in a Time of Protest

Elizabeth Warren carries none of that baggage and would also lend some heft and credibility to claims that Biden is planning an FDR-sized presidency. But her chances probably rest on whether Democratic leaders who are ambivalent about the size of Biden’s ambitions—and hostile to progressives—fear party disunity more than they value minority representation on the […]

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Joe Biden To Trevor Noah: The Military Will Haul Trump Out Of The White House If He Tries To ‘Steal This Election’

The election is still months away (let that sink in), but presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden is already thinking about what will happen if he wins. Specifically, how he’ll kick the conspiracy theorist in office out of the White House. On Wednesday’s The Daily Show, host Trevor Noah asked Biden what he plans to […]

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Joe Biden Just Wrote That He Wants to Give Police More Money, and He Totally Needs to STFU

A photo of Joe Biden either in the beginning phases of dapping someone up or about to punch something. Odds are 50-50.Photo: Olivier Douliery (Getty Images) I don’t know how many times I need to say this, but Joe Biden needs to only be rolled out to the American public three times: Once to say […]

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Amid Movement To Defund Police, Biden Wants To Give Them More Money

Source: JIM WATSON / Getty At a time when many activists are calling for governments to defund the police, Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden wants to give the police more money. Biden gave his stance in an opinion piece for USA Today. In the article, he pitched his ideas about solving systematic racism in the […]

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George Floyd Laid to Rest in Houston, Following Weeks of Protests Calling for Racial Justice and an End to Police Brutality

Pallbearers recess out of the church with the casket following the funeral for George Floyd at The Fountain of Praise church on June 9, 2020 in Houston, Texas. Floyd died after being restrained by Minneapolis Police officers on May 25, sparking global protests. Photo: Godofredo A. Vásquez (Pool/Getty Images) After several memorials that took place […]

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Gayle King to Host Justice for All, a CBS News Special on Racism and Police Brutality

Photo: Dia Dipasupil (Getty Images) In the aftermath of the death of George Floyd at the hands of police, many are looking for dialogue on how America got here (as if they didn’t already know). In order to help facilitate those conversations, Good Morning America anchor Gayle King will host CBS News’ special about racism […]

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Joe Biden Visits George Floyd’s Family in Houston; Derek Chauvin Makes First Court Appearance, Has Bail Set at $1.25 Million

Mourners view the casket of George Floyd during a public visitation Monday, June 8, 2020, at The Fountain of Praise Church in Houston. Floyd died after being restrained by Minneapolis Police officers on May 25.Photo: Godofredo A. Vásquez (Pool/Getty Images) On the same day that Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis officer charged in the death […]

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Colin Powell Is Voting for Joe Biden and You-Know-Who Went Into an Orange Rage

Photo: Drew Angerer (Getty Images) Former Secretary of State and noted Republican Colin Powell is voting for Joe Biden in the upcoming presidential election. Advertisement “I’m very close to Joe Biden in a social matter and in a political matter,” Powell told CNN’s Jake Tapper on State of the Union Sunday morning, Politico notes. “I’ve […]

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This Is a Good Moment to Hear Joe Biden’s Thoughts on Attorneys General

President Donald Trump’s grip on the Republican Party is now so tight that it’s easy to forget the unease with which most of its establishment viewed him in 2015 and 2016. Some of that unease sprang from his racism, sexism, and authoritarianism, which Republican elites feared might imperil the GOP’s electoral chances. But much of […]

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Cops Are ‘Shaking Their Heads’ At Biden As Military Leaders Distance Themselves From Trump

Source: The Washington Post / Getty A divide seems to be occurring between leaders in the military and representatives of the police. While one group seems to be condemning Donald Trump‘s rhetoric against protestors, the other group is taking issue with Democratic nominee Joe Biden. According to CNN, former Defense Secretary James Mattis, a man […]

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Biden Comes for Trump’s Saggy Throat: ‘I Won’t Traffic in Hate and Fear’—Unless It’s Trump, Because I Hate Him (OK, I’m Paraphrasing a Bit)

Photo: Jim Watson (Getty Images) Former Vice President Joe Biden is tired of Trump’s hateful and divisive speech. He’s tired of Trump speaking out of both sides of his mouth, and he, like much of America who doesn’t believe that McDonald’s is a sustainable and healthy diet, is just tired of watching Trump grandstand just […]

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How the Democrats Should Imitate the Republican Party

Throughout the 1980s and 1990s, there was a steady stream of Democrats who became Republicans, following in the footsteps of Sen. Strom Thurmond of South Carolina, who defected in 1964. Republicans were generous to those crossing the aisle. Sens. Richard Shelby of Alabama and Ben Nighthorse Campbell of Colorado were allowed to keep their seniority […]

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How the Democrats Should Imitate the Republican Party

Throughout the 1980s and 1990s, there was a steady stream of Democrats who became Republicans, following in the footsteps of Sen. Strom Thurmond of South Carolina, who defected in 1964. Republicans were generous to those crossing the aisle. Sens. Richard Shelby of Alabama and Ben Nighthorse Campbell of Colorado were allowed to keep their seniority […]

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From Shameik Moore to John Boyega: The Root Grades 2 Presidents and a VP’s Words on George Floyd’s Death

Photo: PAUL J. RICHARDS (Getty Images) On Friday, as America was still reeling from the death of George Floyd, 49, at the hands Minneapolis police officers and the subsequent protests that have once again called for America to deal with its original sin, former President Barack Obama and his then-second-in-command former Vice President Joe Biden […]

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Donald Trump Used T.I.’s ‘Whatever You Like’ To Slam Joe Biden And T.I. Is Not Happy

Despite artists from across the spectrum voicing their complaints every time Donald Trump misappropriates their music to serve his political ambitions, the man just can’t seem to shake the habit. The latest musician he’s incensed with his unauthorized use is T.I., who reacted harshly to the former television host’s anti-Joe Biden jingle repurposing T.I.’s 2008 […]

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