Tag: Kamala Harris

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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‘I’m All About Just Getting Stuff Done’: Kamala Harris Gets Political and Personal on Jemele Hill Is Unbothered

Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) speaks during the Spotify House Of Are & Be Podcast Session Presenting “Jemele Hill Is Unbothered Live With Senator Kamala Harris” on July 6, 2019, in New Orleans.Photo: Daniel Boczarski (Getty Images for Spotify) “Some might think that breaking barriers means you start out on one side of the barrier and […]

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If Elected, Kamala Harris Intends to Close the National Rape Kit Backlog in Her 1st Term

Kamala Harris speaks on stage at 2019 ESSENCE Festival at Ernest N. Morial Convention Center on July 06, 2019 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Photo: Paras Griffin (Getty Images for ESSENCE) We’re just short of a year away from officially naming a Democratic nominee to face off against Donald Trump in 2020, but the candidates have […]

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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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Kamala Harris and AOC Introduce Legislation That Protects Formerly Incarcerated People Against Federal Housing Discrimination

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) speaks during a television interview after the second night of the first Democratic presidential debate on June 27, 2019, in Miami.Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images U.S. Senator and presidential candidate Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) is introducing a bill Wednesday with freshman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) that aims to protect people […]

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What Does Big Tech Want from Buttigieg?

Pete Buttigieg made more than a few jaws drop last week when he released quarterly donation tallies that outperformed his place in the opinion polls by a large margin. Between April and July, Buttigieg raised a staggering $25 million from nearly 300,000 donors—more than any other candidate in the race, including consistent frontrunner Joe Biden […]

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An Economy in Waiting

The 2020 Democratic field now teems with proposals to mitigate rampaging wealth and income inequality, from Kamala Harris’s plan to increase tax credits for low- and moderate-income families to Elizabeth Warren’s wealth tax. Such plans overlook, however, the principal set of relations that skew American capitalism upward: the ownership and operational control of business enterprises.
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Kamala Harris Proposes $100 Billion Black Homeownership Plan

Photo: Paras Griffin (Getty Images) Joining what seems like every black woman in America at Essence Fest, senator and presidential hopeful Kamala Harris unveiled a $100 billion plan to increase black homeownership that, if implemented, could serve as a major step toward closing the racial wealth gap or at least pay two or three months […]

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Biden Misses the Bus, Booker Starts to Cuss, and Harris Adjusts: The Root’s 2020 Presidential Black Power Rankings, Week 2

Illustration: Elena Scotti (Photos: Getty Images) Welcome back to The Root’s 2020 Presidential Black Power Rankings, where our select committee of activists, consultants, politicians, and analysts decide where the candidates stand on the issues that matter to black people. This week’s rankings are curated by Dr. Jason Johnson, Politics Editor of The Root (yours truly) […]

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We Know Pride Month Is Technically Over, but Can We Revisit Kamala Harris’ Bedazzled Rainbow Jacket?

Democratic presidential candidate U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) rides in a car during the SF Pride Parade on June 30, 2019 in San Francisco.Photo: Justin Sullivan (Getty Images) No, it’s not #ThrowbackThursday, but remember a time, say, exactly four years and one week ago today (a much happier, more hopeful time), when same-sex marriage was […]

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What Kamala Harris Didn’t Say

When she stepped onto the debate stage in Miami last Thursday, Kamala Harris was running a presidential campaign that could best be described as “fine.” After entering the race with a huge rally in Oakland—and a strong $12 million raised in the first quarter—she largely receded to what’s been described as the contest’s “second tier.” […]

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Kamala Harris Now Tied for 3rd With Elizabeth Warren in Polls Behind Two Old White Men

Photo: Joe Raedle (Getty Images) The battle for third place among Democratic presidential candidates is heating up after a stellar showing during the debates. California Sen. Kamala Harris is now tied for third with Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) behind former Vice President Joe Biden and America’s favorite H&R Block tax consultant, Bernie Sanders. After the […]

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Cory Booker Tells Don Jr.: ‘Kamala Harris Doesn’t Have Shit to Prove’ About Being Black

Photo: Drew Angerer (Getty Images) Sen. Cory Booker would like to remind you that he, on occasion, cusses. Saturday marked such an occasion. In fact—he even put it in writing. The New Jersey senator and presidential hopeful hopped on Twitter to defend fellow senator (and fellow Democratic presidential candidate) Kamala Harris, who has been weathering […]

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Kamala Harris Raised $2 Million in 24 Hours Following the Debate

Image: Getty After calling out Biden for waxing nostalgic about how nicely he played with segregationists on the second night of the Democratic debates, Kamala Harris seems to have won some fans. According to the New York Times, 63,277 people donated, and an email from Harris to supporters said that 58 percent of those donations […]

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Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms Endorses Joe Biden for President

Photo: Marcus Ingram (Getty Images for City Of Hope) Keisha Lance Bottoms, mayor of what is arguably the blackest city in America, threw her support behind former Vice President Joe Biden on Friday, citing his experience and perceived ability to beat Donald Trump. Bottoms told the Associated Press, “For me, it was most important that […]

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Biden Defends Record on Race Before a Black Audience at Rainbow-PUSH Convention

Former Vice President Joe Biden sits with the Rev. Jesse Jackson at Jackson’s Rainbow PUSH Coalition annual convention in Chicago, June 28, 2019, one day after Biden took a big hit on racial issues during the second night of the Democratic presidential primary debates.Photo: Scott Olson (Getty) A day after getting spanked on the issue […]

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Chris Wallace Asked Kamala Harris to Explain Why She Doesn’t Hate White People. Here’s the Answer

Screenshot: YouTube (MSNBC) Shortly after Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) finished her cool-down exercises after forcing the former Pinky to Barack Obama’s Brain into submission with a Rear Naked Chokehold before a live television audience, she sat down with chronic interrupter and MSNBC pundit Chris Wallace to explain how she acquired the can of whoop-ass she […]

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Chris Matthews Asked Kamala Harris to Explain Why She Doesn’t Hate White People. Here’s the Answer [Corrected]

Screenshot: YouTube (MSNBC) Shortly after Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) finished her cool-down exercises after forcing the former Pinky to Barack Obama’s Brain into submission with a Rear Naked Chokehold before a live television audience, she sat down with chronic interrupter and MSNBC pundit Chris Matthews to explain how she acquired the can of whoop-ass she […]

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Biden’s Big Night Belonged to Others

Joe Biden had one job at his first Democratic debate. He didn’t have to win, but he couldn’t lose. He was there to remind everyone that he was a jovial grandpa—someone who would take his gloves off for Donald Trump, but put them back on for everyone else. He would take every opportunity to play […]

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