Tag: Joe Biden

Bernie Can’t Say Our Name, Beto Has No Shame, and Biden Can’t Be Tamed: 2020 Presidential Black Power Rankings Week 14

During a week where there is a Democratic debate the Power Rankings usually focus on who performed best, and how much time candidates spent speaking to issues and policies that concern African-American voters, but not this week. This whole committee was hit hard by the news that Rep. Elijah Cummings passed early Thursday morning, and […]

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Tulsi Gabbard’s Stance on Abortion Is Stuck in the ‘90s

Reproductive rights advocates had some reason to celebrate during Tuesday night’s Democratic debate, which was the first to feature a direct question about mounting threats to abortion access in the United States. But that excitement was quickly dampened by the answer of one of the candidates: Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii), who resorted to a controversial […]

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Live Blog: The Democratic Debate at Otterbein University in Westerville, Ohio

Hosted by CNN and The New York Times, the Democratic presidential debate will see 12 candidates on stage for three hours. Photo: Chip Somodevilla (Getty Images) Greetings from The Root! Senior reporter Terrell Jermaine Starr will be live blogging the Democratic debate tonight from New York City. Please watch with us as Starr gives his […]

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Pre-Debate Analysis: Don’t Fall for Trump’s Conspiracy Theories on Ukraine

Tonight’s debate will potentially be a make-or-break moment for former Vice President Joe Biden, depending on how well he handles questions concerning his diplomacy in Ukraine as well as his son’s past business dealings in the country. ABC News broadcast an interview with Hunter Biden this morning where he admitted his decision to join the […]

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The Democrats Don’t Have a Frontrunner

Before the final game of the 1944 World Series, a veteran sportswriter looked at the two bedraggled teams gathered at Sportsman’s Park in St. Louis. During the last year of World War II, with their star players in Europe or the Pacific, both teams were filled with aged has-beens and younger 4-Fs. Assessing their odds, […]

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Joe Biden Is Right About The New York Times

Early Thursday, the Biden campaign sent a letter to The New York Times criticizing the paper for its coverage of President Trump’s allegations about Hunter Biden. The letter spotlighted recent reporting from the paper’s own Ken Vogel, as well as an op-ed on Hunter Biden from Peter Schweizer, a Breitbart contributor best known for his 2015 […]

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Bernie Rises Above, Kamala Cries Like a Dove and Yang’s Got No Computer Love: 2020 Presidential Black Power Rankings, Week 13

Earlier this week, Marcus Ferrell (former African-American outreach director for Bernie Sanders for America 2016, and senior adviser for Swing Left) sent me the following meme: Advertisement It was perfect, actually, since in making the Power Rankings this week we caught a few candidates slipping. It seems like in the midst of crowing over new […]

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Biden Calls for Trump’s Impeachment, Openly Aiming for His GOP Rival’s Head for the 1st Time

Joe Biden speaks during a campaign event on Oct. 9, 2019, in Rochester, N.H. For the first time, Biden has publicly called for Donald Trump to be impeached.Photo: Scott Eisen (Getty) After almost daily pointed attacks by Donald Trump as he tries to wiggle his way out of the Ukraine scandal, Joe Biden is finally striking […]

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Uber Driver, The Equalizer, a Home Depot Manager and More Things Joe Biden Should Be Instead of President

Joe Biden has settled into the BarcaLounger and Burn Notice phase of his life. Which is fine! My dad is there too, and in a slightly less-imperfect world, they’d be going on adventures to the mall and linen-soaked jazz cruises together. Instead, Joe Biden is running for president of the United States. And, well, here’s […]

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Joe Biden’s Case for the Presidency Is Collapsing

Joe Biden is in trouble. It’s not his actual campaign that’s in truly dire straits. Although Elizabeth Warren has risen steadily, troubling donors already troubled by Biden’s age, he’s still first or second in most polls and shows few signs of tumbling too far from the top of the field. He could do without the […]

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I’m Sorry Y’all, But I Just Can’t Find a Shit to Give About Donald Trump’s Impeachment

Screenshot: CNN (YouTube) So before I write this thing, I have to admit that, right now, I’m about to do a version of a thing that deeply annoys me. Someone will write a thing. (Let’s say about libertarian marsupials.) And the people who care deeply about libertarian marsupials will respond to that thing. Maybe they’ll […]

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The Plot Against Medicare For All

Last week, at a huge and frightening retirement community in Florida known as The Villages, Donald Trump promised to protect seniors from two of the most menacing monsters lurking under their beds: Immigrants and socialism. You would think it might get boring, blaming everything on foreigners and commies, but its political utility is tried and […]

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SNL Does Kamala, Mayor Pete Starts to Holla and Booker Says ‘Can I Hold a Dollar?’: 2020 Presidential Black Power Rankings, Week 12

Graphic: Jim Cooke (G/O Media), Photo: Getty Images This is by far one of the strangest weeks in the history of The Root Presidential Black Power Rankings. We had a mutiny within our committee, we had a special guest analyst who is just brilliant, and we had half a dozen major events occur this week […]

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Open Secret? This Time, Trump Publicly Seeks a Foreign Country’s Help in Digging Up Dirt on Biden

Donald Trump at an event in Florida, Oct. 3, 2019 Photo: Joe Raedle (Getty) Despite being the subject of a House impeachment inquiry over reports he sought the help of a foreign power for personal gain (aiding his re-election hopes), Donald Trump on Thursday publicly asked a different foreign power—China—to do the exact same thing. […]

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Elizabeth Warren Is Officially a Frontrunner—Except Among Black South Carolina Voters

Photo: Scott Eisen (Getty Images) Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren certainly appears to be living some version of “hot nerd fall.” New polls show the presidential hopeful, who’s branded herself as the candidate with a detailed plan for everything, surging ahead of in three key primary contests: Iowa, New Hampshire, and Nevada. In Iowa and New […]

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Biden Gets Impeachment, Castro Talks High Rents and Booker’s Totally Spent: 2020 Presidential Black Power Rankings, Week 11

Graphic: Jim Cooke (G/O Media), Photo: Getty Images The Root 2020 Presidential Black Power Rankings takes a one-week snapshot of the campaign season and imagines, using just that week, which candidate running for president would be best for black America. Most weeks we (me, Dr. Jason Johnson, politics editor of The Root; Marcus Ferrell, former […]

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CNBC Survey Finds Wall Street Democrats Will Sit Things Out if Elizabeth Warren’s Their Nominee

Elizabeth WarrenPhoto: Scott Olson (Getty) It’s all about the Benjamins, baby—even for Wall Street bigwigs who call themselves Democrats, who say they’ll sit out the election, or even wholesale back Donald Trump, if Elizabeth Warren, the big-banks-bashing senator from Massachusetts, is their party’s presidential nominee. That’s the finding of a recent informal survey by CNBC of private […]

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A Staged Reading of Trump’s Phone Call With Ukraine President Zelensky

We couldn’t be in the room for President Trump’s history-making call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. Trump says the call was “perfect” — so we decided to recreate it. We’ll let you decide for yourself how well it went. The White House released a rough transcript of the July 25 phone call on Wednesday after […]

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Donald Trump, Sitting Duck

The Republicans projected confidence going into Thursday. Reports that President Trump had pressured Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate Joe Biden’s son had finally nudged Democrats on Wednesday to announce an “official impeachment inquiry,” but some of Trump’s top defenders insisted that he would be exonerated by a transcript of the call between the two […]

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Trump’s Ukraine Transcript Damn Sure Won’t Be Enough to Stop the Impeachment Train

WASHINGTON — Democrats pressed forward with an impeachment even though they “never even saw the transcript” of the now-infamous call with Ukraine’s leader, President Trump fumed Tuesday. But that transcript marks just the tip of the impeachment iceberg, now that Democrats have gotten clearance to proceed with an official inquiry on the possibility of booting […]

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