Tag: Kamala Harris

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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Democratic Senators Will Introduce Legislation to Make Juneteenth a Federal Holiday

Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) (L) and Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) join fellow Democrats from the House and Senate to honor George Floyd with eight minutes and 46 seconds of silence in the U.S. Capitol Visitors Center June 08, 2020 in Washington, DC. Booker and Harris introduced new legislation to end excessive use of force by […]

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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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The Rush to Redefine “Defund the Police”

Before Minneapolis protesters briefly occupied and then set fire to a police station, activists’ calls to defund the police were considered—including by some more institutionally-minded criminal justice reformers—to be an impossibly radical demand. That was barely two weeks ago. Since, as those local protests in response to the police killing of George Floyd then spread […]

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There Are Really Only 2 Kinds of People: Those of Us Who Are Against Lynching and Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul

Photo: SAUL LOEB (Getty Images) On the day of George Floyd’s memorial service, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul just couldn’t pass up the moment to be an asshole. Paul, who has the hair of wet spaghetti noodles, wanted to add an amendment to the bipartisan anti-lynching legislation because he had nothing to do with writing it, […]

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Kamala and Maya’s Big Idea Celebrates the Girl Power That Launched Two Political Powerhouses

Kamala Harris, right, is inaugurated as attorney general as her sister, Maya Harris, center, applauds on Monday, Jan. 3, 2011.Photo: Anne Chadwick Williams (AP Photo) It’s Lit!It’s Lit!Where all things literary live on The Root Senator Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) is a consistent presence in our news cycle, currently due to being considered a frontrunner among […]

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Trump Honors Veterans on Memorial Day by Tweeting About Golf, Obama, and ISIS

Want the best of VICE News straight to your inbox? Sign up here. President Donald Trump defended himself from charges that he was blithely golfing as the U.S. neared the horrific six-figure coronavirus death milestone, after the campaign of presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden released an ad saying exactly that. Trump, who frequently criticized his […]

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Biden’s ‘You Ain’t Black’ Gaffe Could Mean Picking A VP Running Mate Who IS Black

Low gas prices. Cheap airfare. No summer school even for bad students. As the ironies of life continue to reveal themselves in 2020, one of the year’s greatest examples could be spawned from Joe Biden‘s now-infamous “you ain’t Black” interview with Charlamagne Tha God on Friday. It was reported last week that the presumptive Democratic […]

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Georgia Officials Investigate Note Left at Ahmaud Arbery Memorial; Lawmakers Press DOJ for Civil Rights Investigation

Photo: Sean Rayford (Getty Images) The unsigned note was simple, but haunting: “Ahmaud—I am so sorry. I should have stopped them. I am so sorry.” Advertisement Left at a memorial for Ahmaud Arbery, the 25-year-old Georgia man ambushed and killed by two white men in February, the note instantly provoked questions. Arbery family attorney Lee […]

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Joe Biden Surrogates, Aides Say Kamala Harris Tops List of Potential Running Mates

Photo: Mark Wilson (Getty Images) Everything is coming up Kamala. According to people familiar with Joe Biden’s campaign—and the ongoing process to select a running mate—the California senator is emerging as an early frontrunner to accompany Biden at the top of the Democratic presidential ticket this year. Advertisement “Biden aides, surrogates and major donors see […]

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God, Are You Listening? Senate Democrats Are Proposing $2,000 Monthly Payments

Photo: Andrew Harnik (Getty Images) Kamala Harris may very well be the next vice president of America and she’s starting her silent bid to win the nomination off by winning the heart of Bernie Bros far and wide. Advertisement On Friday, Sen. Harris (D-Calif.) along with Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Ed Markey (D-Mass) “will […]

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After Graphic Video of Black Jogger’s Killing Goes Viral, Georgia Prosecutor Recommends Case Go Before Grand Jury

Screenshot: Twitter On Tuesday, a graphic video was posted online showing the deadly shooting of 25-year-old Ahmaud Arbery, an unarmed black man who was killed in February by two white men as he went for a jog in a Southern Georgia suburb. As video of the killing spread far and wide online, a Georgia prosecutor […]

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As Graphic Video of Black Jogger’s Killing Goes Viral, Georgia Prosecutor Recommends Case Go Before Grand Jury

Screenshot: Twitter On Tuesday, a graphic video was posted online showing the deadly shooting of 25-year-old Ahmaud Arbery, an unarmed black man who was killed in February by two white men as he went for a jog in a Southern Georgia suburb. As video of the killing spread far and wide online, a Georgia prosecutor […]

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Tara Reade Says She Feels ‘Discounted’ by Democratic Party in Wake of Joe Biden Sexual Assault Allegations

Photo: Alex Wong (Getty Images) In an interview published in BuzzFeed Thursday, former Senate staffer Tara Reade said she feels betrayed by the party she has long supported. Advertisement Reade, who has accused former Vice President and presumptive Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden of sexual assaulting her in 1993, was responding to the flurry of […]

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Team Biden Seems To Be Paving The Way For A Non-Black VP

Source: Drew Angerer / Getty Just when it seemed like Joe Biden had a strong chance of selecting a Black woman as his running mate, the tides seem to be changing. According to Politico, Biden’s presidential campaign announced their running-mate selection committee on Thursday, which has the task of vetting the person who will be […]

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Teen In Viral Video ‘Forgives’ Cop Who Brutally Attacked Him Over ‘Tobacco’

Source: Twitter / Twitter On Tuesday, a graphic video went viral of a California officer beating an unarmed Black teen who was pinned to the ground. Now the 14-year-old is speaking out about the incident, even saying that he forgives the officer in the attack. According to FOX40, Elijah Tufono recalled the moment Rancho Cordova […]

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Tarana Burke, Stacey Abrams, Weigh In on Sexual Assault Allegations Against Joe Biden

Photo: MANDEL NGAN (AFP via Getty Images) This week, new reporting about Tara Reade, a former Senate staffer who accused former Vice President Joe Biden of sexually assaulting her in the mid-1990s, forced the Biden campaign, its surrogates and its supporters to once again confront the polarizing allegations. Advertisement Among them was former Georgia gubernatorial […]

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Who Will Be Joe Biden’s Pick for Vice President?

The search for a vice president follows a series of rituals as stylized as those of the Japanese tea ceremony. There are leaks, carefully orchestrated by the campaign to appease various constituencies, expressions of humility by potential veeps, and pious promises from the candidate that political considerations would never enter into a decision this momentous. […]

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Stacey Abrams Makes Her Vice Presidential Goals Clear: ‘Black Women Are the Strongest Part of the Democratic Party’

Photo: Dustin Chambers (Getty Images) For months, former Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams has played coy on the topic of being someone’s running mate for the 2020 election. But now that former Vice President Joe Biden is the presumptive nominee, Abrams is making her intentions a lot more clear, recently saying she would have concerns […]

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I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream…at Senator Mark Warner’s Mayo Abomination of a Sandwich

Screenshot: Instagram If we can find just one moment of national unity this week, let it be the collective scream we all let out as Virginia Senator Mark Warner dumped a Mitch McConnell-sized helping of mayonnaise on what we’ve been told is a tuna melt. Advertisement “Senator’s mayo-heavy tuna melt met with jeers” crowed CNN. […]

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To Protect Black People in Face Masks, Democratic Senators Request Racial Bias Training for Police

Photo: Shutterstock Listen—Black people didn’t need a global pandemic to make us hyper-aware of our appearance and how we have to work a little harder than everyone else does to avoid being “suspicious-looking.” Hoodies, baggy pants and dark clothing are just a few things that have proven to increase the likelihood of us being racially […]

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Thanks to Black Women, There’s More Political Interest In Fixing Black Maternal Care Than Ever Before

Photo: Shutterstock Racial disparities in maternal care have been an issue for decades—and for decades, many politicians were content with ignoring the issue or made decisions that actively exacerbated inequality. But in recent years, there has been a sea change nationwide as more elected officials at every level of government have committed themselves to addressing […]

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Kamala Harris: President Trump’s Failure to Lead On Coronavirus Has Resulted in ‘Body Bags’

Sen. Kamala Harris thinks that President Trump’s failure to respond quickly to the coronavirus has made the crisis worse, causing economic destruction and costing American lives. “There is no question that that had we a president in charge who actually took their responsibility seriously, that we would probably be looking at a lot less damage […]

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Kamala vs. the Coronavirus

Photo: Mark Wilson (Getty Images) Post-Viral AmericaPost-Viral AmericaThe Root asked some the country’s leading authorities and experts to explain how the coronavirus might affect the future of black America. Kamala Harris knows how to fight. When The Root solicited the California senator (for now…hint, hint) for our series on how the novel strain of the […]

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Warren Or Harris? Twitter Debate Over Joe Biden’s Running Mate Excludes Stacey Abrams

The only thing we know for sure about Joe Biden‘s prospects for potential vice presidential running mates is that he has vowed whoever he selects will be a woman. Beyond that, it wasn’t really clear who exactly was on his shortlist, assuming there is one. But in classic Twitter form, a growing number of tweets […]

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During a Global Health Pandemic, It’s More Important Than Ever to Protect Black Mothers

Photo: Shutterstock Despite its status as a “developed” nation, about 700 women will die each year from complications related to pregnancy or childbirth in the U.S.—more than any of its peers. Of that number, a disproportionately high number are black women—from 2007 to 2016, black mothers died at a rate of 3.2 times that of […]

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Diddy Holds Virtual Coronavirus Town Hall With Rep. Ayanna Pressley, Killer Mike, Sen. Kamala Harris and More

Screenshot: Revolt TV As COVID-19 has spread through the country, so too has misinformation. To combat this, politicians and celebrities have been holding virtual town halls to provide accurate information to the public. Now, Diddy is the latest to step up. Advertisement On Thursday, Diddy hosted a two-hour town hall event titled State of Emergency: […]

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Something Tells Me Joe Biden Is Going to Mess This Up

Photo: Mandel NGAN (Getty Images) As a Washington football team fan (until Colin Kaepernick’s protest, when I realized that the Washington team owner is not only a huge asshole but also a huge Trump donor, which is basically saying the same thing), I’m pretty familiar with the idea of a serviceable quarterback. Just a body […]

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Let’s Reflect On When Matt Gaetz Was Called Out For His DUI By Hank Johnson

Source: The Washington Post / Getty For someone in Congress, making arguments is not one of Rep. Matt Gaetz‘s strong suits. The Florida Congressman is constantly talking out of his mouth without any context or tact to a particular topic and it always suggests racist inclinations on his part. He recently proved this when he […]

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Rep. Matt Gaetz Is Big Mad That Howard University Is Getting Stimulus Money. Kamala Harris Calls Him Out

Photo: Al Drago (Getty Images) On Wednesday, Congress reached an agreement on a $2 trillion stimulus deal to relieve businesses and individuals affected financially by the coronavirus outbreak, and as usual, certain people are mad at all the wrong things. Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz, a Republican, loyal Trump supporter and all-around loud and wrong white […]

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Kamala Harris Checks MAGA Congressman Angry About Coronavirus Stimulus Money For Her HBCU

Source: OLIVIER DOULIERY / Getty In spite of — or because, maybe — the Senate reached and passed a bipartisan deal on Wednesday for a $2 trillion economic stimulus package over the coronavirus, a chorus of ride-or-die Republicans just couldn’t seem to contain themselves from chiming in with their objections to it. In the most […]

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